Category Archives: Interviews

Julia Franks joins John on Tuesday 13th November

Julia Franks joins John Smeeton’s Afternoon delight on Tuesday 13th November between 1 and 3 pm Julia plays classical guitar and entertains the patients at The Royal Free Hospital in the wards and also in the discharge area while patients wait to leave. Try to join us on Tuesday as we will also have the pleasure of listening to Julia play for live on air some beautiful soothing and relaxing classical music.



30th October Julie Hackworth Speech Therapist joins John this Tuesday

Julie is a Speech and Language Therapist working presently with a Parkinson’s Unit  and an autism service for adults. Julie Is interested in communication generally and how our voice or expressive language enables us to participate and form relationships with others. Specifically if there is impairment with someone’s communication skills how this impacts their wellbeing and sense of identity. Prior to working in these roles she worked for nearly 10 years in paediatric services supporting initial language development.


Bonnie Lythgoe Is a real afternoon delight on John Smeeton’s show this week

In 1969, aged 19 years, Lythgoe auditioned for the BBC’s Young Generation dance troupe, which included her future husband Nigel among its members. Bonnies  success as a choreographer of dance productions within the West End led to a career as a producer/director of various theatre productions, including pantomimes. She produced/directed and choreographed the Christmas 2006 version of Peter Pan, starring Henry Winkler, in Wimbledon and Cinderella, starring Patrick Duffy, in Woking.[4]

Lythgoe came to American public attention as a producer and judge on season one of the reality television series So You Think You Can Dance. She also served as one of the judges on So You Think You Can Dance Australia prior to its cancellation in July 2010.

In 2016, Lythgoe was a contestant on the second season of the Australian version of I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here!, lasting 3 weeks. Her charity of choice was Olivia Newton-John’s Cancer and Wellness Centre.


Afternoon delight second hour @AlzSocLondon Tuesday 9th Oct

In the second hour John is joined by Monique Gardener @AlzSocLondon the UK’s leading dementia charity ahead of their #memorywalk taking place this Saturday. They’ll be taking about what support is available locally and general advice for people who have received a dementia diagnosis. There’s still time to sign up to the Memory Walk, visit



Laura Muir comes in to Johns program on Tuesday 2nd October

Laura Muir comes into John Smeeton’s Afternoon Delight this Tuesday 2nd October between 1 and 2pm to update us on the progress of the charity shops

Our high street charity shops sell a fantastic range of high quality donated items including clothing, shoes, fashion accessories, homeware, toys, books and an amazing array of other treasures all at bargain prices.

We currently have four charity shops: in Enfield, Borehamwood, Potters Bar and Southgate. All profits go towards funding the services we provide to patients and visitors at our hospitals. So whether you want to donate items, shop for a bargain, or volunteer your time, it all helps to support your local hospital and the patients and visitors.

Lesley Johnson is coming in to talk about Legal and Illegal Drugs, and The impact on Families and society

Lesley Johnson is coming in on Tuesday 26th September to talk to John Smeeton Lesley has a BA Hons in Criminology and started with Haringey Local Authority as their Drugs Adviser. Then worked with schools and the police for 10 years. Having moved to Enfield, the role evolved into “ Vulnerable Young person’s Adviser”  working with Schools, Police, and partner agencies such as Drug Treatment services, Social Services, parents and directly with young between ages of 11- 18. Lesley retired last year after a total of 25 years in the “business”. We will talk about Legal and Illegal Drugs, The impact on individuals,The impact on Families, and Society. The role of Schools and Education, and the role of Parents and of course legalisation. DON’T MISS IT !!!!!!!! 1pm to 3pm

Autism Direct Tuesday 18th September 1pm to 3pm

John Smeeton has two guests Liza Dresener (Director) and Mary Oketch (Adult Autism Support Manager) coming in to talk about Resources for Autism. Resources for Autism is a registered charity  they provide practical services for children and adults with an autistic spectrum condition and for those who love and care for them. They have a team of trained, enthusiastic and kind staff and volunteers offering a wide range of support. All the staff are autism specialists who understand communication and sensory

Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice

On Tuesday 22nd of May between 1 and 3pm Join John Smeeton when Rebecca Lowe comes in to update us on the progress and talks about Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice a community-based hospice service providing support for children and young people with life-limiting or life-threatening conditions and their families in North and Central London and Hertsmere. In 2017 we looked after 234 families (up from 189 in 2017), provided 3,850 hours of specialist care and organised 43 Family Activities events. However we need to provide more care for more children, and that is why we are building the Ark, the first children’s hospice building in North and Central London. It will be a home-from-home for seriously unwell children, where they will be given the time and space to be children, and not just patients. Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice recently celebrated a build milestone for the Ark – the erection of our oak frame for the central atrium. The atrium of The Ark will be a communal area with natural light, windows looking out onto the nature reserve and a warm welcoming environment. It will feature a café and seating areas where parents can meet each other for a chat over a coffee and slice of cake’