Category Archives: Listen

Harlequin Theatre re-purposed as community support centre

The closed Harlequin Theatre has been given a new role as the centre of the Council’s community support initiative.

It has been re-purposed as the centre employed with the organising of essential assistance for vulnerable residents affected by the coronavirus epidemic.

Council staff have been redeployed from their normal jobs and are joined by volunteers in distributing food, medicines and essential supplies to high risk and vulnerable residents needing to stay at home, as well as to those in severe financial need.

The Council is working with Voluntary Action Reigate & Banstead (VARB) to mobilise and coordinate the volunteer response to Coronavirus, and additional volunteers would be most welcome. Anyone wishing to volunteer can register on the VARB website at

Cllr Mark Brunt, Leader of Reigate & Banstead Borough Council, spoke with Neil Munday about the project:

The Harlequin is not open to the public. If you need support, see the Council’s ‘I need help‘ page or call 01737 276000


Kay Hymas – ‘Reigate and Banstead Writes’ – Update

Organiser Kay Hymas spent the whole of an Afternoon Stroll with David, talking about the history of the ‘Reigate & Banstead Writes’ story-writing competition for school pupils.
The 2020 competition, which opens for entries on 1st February; and the new ‘RH Fringe’ festival in June which is spinning off the original concept.

The current coronavirus crisis has regretably caused the cancellation of the planned launch event for the time being.

However, the competition IS still going ahead with deadline day being extended to 10th April. The organisers are encouraging stories to be sent to [email protected]
Full details can be found HERE.

For more information, please visit:
Twitter: @RBWrites1

‘SHE’ in session with Steve Jesson

‘SHE’ are are four piece Indie Rock band formed in South East London in 2019.

Taking inspiration from acts such as Wolf Alice, Frightened Rabbit, Yeah Yeah Yeahs with a healthy dose of Pop Punk bands like Sum 41, Paramore and The Offspring.

‘SHE’ visited the Susy studios to chat and perform a live classic cover and gave the chance to hear their new single Switch, ahead of their upcoming gig in Dalston on Saturday 29th February.

More information on the gig can be found at

Facebook: @shebandlondon

Trying to reduce or quit alcohol? Listen to Annie’s interview with Mike Collins

Has your New Year resolution to cut down or quit the booze disappeared along with the month of January?

Listen to Part 1 and 2 of Annie Whitmore’s interview with Mike Collins. He took on the One Year No Beer Challenge and shared tips on how to succeed with reducing or stopping alcohol.

Listen On Demand:

Part One:

Part Two:


close up of empty Prosecco bottle
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Ella Sowton – YMCA East Surrey ‘Young Worker of the Year’

Ella Sowton, from YMCA East Surrey, won the National YMCA award for ‘Young Worker of the Year’ towards the end of 2019, and was David Jay’s guest recently.

Ella manages the WAVES project at the local ‘Y’, and spoke with David about her award.

Email: [email protected]