Stephanie Wareham

Final year BA Journalism (NCTJ Accredited) student at Brunel University.

Charity condemns mental health hospital (From Haringey Independent)

A charity boss has condemned a hospital for its “disregard” for Haringey’s mental health sufferers. Anita Hudson, the chief executive of Mind in Haringey, made the statement after St Ann’s Hospital, in St Ann’s Road, Tottenham, was told it urgently needed to improve the care it provides for its patients. Inspectors from the Care Quality Commission (CQC) visited the mental health hospital in November and found that the hospital was still using seclusion rooms, which are meant to hold dangerous

Lady Gaga wows in sunglasses from a St Albans opticians

A St Albans optician is enjoying the fame after Lady Gaga was snapped wearing a pair of his glasses. The pop icon was a vision of sophistication in the £177 pair of sunglasses from Robert Roope, in George Street, when she was spotted wearing them in London last week. The same design was modelled at St Albans Fashion Show during Fashion Week in November. Robert Roope, a lifelong Jazz fan who runs the independent opticians, created the Black Eyewear range and dedicated his collection of vintage

Parrots and stories at primary school (From Borehamwood Times)

Schoolchildren in Borehamwood enjoyed a fun filled day of singing and painting when a writer paid a visit. Author Shirley Askew read her first children’s book ‘Naughty Mr Macaw’ to Year 3 pupils at Meryfield School in Theobald Street. The excited children spent the morning listening to her story and music played by Hertswood Academy music teacher Richard Morgan. In the afternoon, they painted colourful pictures of parrots, made maracas and shakers and used brightly coloured tissue paper to cr

St Albans business wins Theo Paphitis competition

Sally Shepherd from Eve and Adam Day Spa, Theo Paphitis and Sue Wybrow from Popdance A businesswoman from St Albans is dancing with joy after her business won a competition run by Theo Paphitis. The dragon chose Sue Wybrow’s dance club Popdance, as a ‘Small Business Sunday’ winner back in January. Sue was then invited to meet Theo at the SBS winners’ event in Birmingham recently. Theo’s Twitter competition asks small organisations to tweet at him and describe their business in one Tweet. The

Live well and prosper (From Borehamwood Times)

The launch of a project to help older people become more active in the community was judged "a great success". Live Well, a scheme established by Community Action Hertsmere to help older people socialise, become more independent and involved in the community launched at Farriers Hall on January 31. The eighteen month project, which is funded by the People’s Health Trust, is aimed at people over 50 living in the Hillside and Kenilworth wards in Borehamwood. Stalls from Hertfordshire Adult and

MP inspires children with stories of life in politics (From Haringey Independent)

An MP inspired a group of children with stories from her life in politics. Lynne Featherstone, MP for Hornsey and Wood Green, paid a visit to St Paul’s Catholic Primary School, in Bradley Road, Wood Green, on Friday 7. The Liberal Democrat MP took a tour of the school before meeting the school council to talk about her role in politics. The school council is made up of one boy and one girl from each class, who are elected by their fellow pupils, and who meet regularly to discuss ways to impro

Things you didn't know about Harrow... (From Harrow Times)

There are tales from Harrow’s past lurking on every corner. Stephanie Wareham has compiled a list to impress your friends next time you’re wandering around the town. Crossing the finish line... Ever wondered who the Sir Roger Bannister Playing Fields were named after? Well, back in 1954 the Harrow-born athlete was the first person to run a four- minute mile, completing the race in 3.59.4 seconds. You’ve got mail... Next time you post a letter, remember the pillar box was introduced to Britain

Brunel angers students over e-cig ban

Brunel has angered students by banning the use of e-cigarettes in all university buildings, including halls of residences. The controversial move came after the University’s non-smoking policy was reviewed on 5th February. On campus, smoking is only permitted in open spaces which are at least four metres away from any building, or in designated smoking areas. The smoking ban will now apply to e-cigarettes too and anyone caught smoking in a smoke-free area could be fined £50. Brunel’s non-smo

Public Lectures 2014: The Future of Secularism and Religion

Brunel’s 2014 Public Lecture Series kicked off last night with an ‘inspiring’ talk from Professor A.C. Grayling. The philosopher and author addressed an audience of over 350 people to talk about ‘The Future of Secularism and Religion’. Professor Grayling, described as the ‘Fifth Horseman of New Atheism,’ has written and edited over thirty books on philosophy, including his 2013 release ‘The God Argument: The Case against Religion and for Humanism.’ Professor Grayling identified two possibilit

Hillingdon tackles drug offences following illegal rave death

Hillingdon police and council have been forced to step up their fight against drug offences following the death of a 16 year-old who died after attending an illegal rave in Hayes. A-Level student Daniel Spargo-Mabbs from Croydon collapsed having taken ecstasy at a rave on an industrial site in Pump Lane, on 18th January. After suffering three heart attacks, Daniel died two days later in hospital. In the aftermath of Daniel’s death, Hillingdon Police and Hillingdon Council are working harder t