John Humphrys masterminding Grove House’s annual Robert Runcie Dinner

RADIO Four and Mastermind presenter John Humphrys is the guest speaker at an annual dinner in March in aid of Grove House.

Mr Humphrys, who has become a household name over the last 30 years as regular presenter of the award-winning radio programme Today as well as hosting the quiz show Mastermind, will be speaking at the Robert Runcie Dinner to be held at the Noke Thistle Hotel in Chiswell Green on Tuesday, March 15.

As an interviewer, Mr Humphrys has gained a reputation for being both forthright and tenacious, occasionally upsetting politicians who have been known to be very critical of his style after being subjected to a tough interview on live radio.

In his years of broadcasting, he has met and interviewed more personalities than many people meet in a lifetime.

Paul Parrish, fundraising director at the hospice, said: “We are delighted that such a well known and highly respected celebrity is coming to St Albans to speak at our annual Robert Runcie dinner. I am very much looking forward to a fascinating evening, I am sure it will do much to raise the profile of local hospices as well as raise funds for Grove House.”

Copies of Mr Humphrys’ books will be available for sale during the evening.

To reserve a place at �60 which includes champagne and a three-course dinner, contact Grove House as soon as possible via or call 01727 731002.