Stevo’s Snowy Days

As ‘The Beast from the East’ grips our island for its third consecutive day it is safe to say that the whole world seems to have stopped functioning. Sports and Societies photographs postponed, Asda deliveries cancelled, lectures postponed, Exec and Non-Exec husts postponed, Spensley’s postponed, Locomotion Dinner postponed. Some might say that we might as well lock the doors here at Stephenson and give up on this week! However we have more spirit than that here at Stephenson and weren’t prepared to let that stop us in still offering our students the best possible day we could with the limited services that we could offer.

With this in mind, Ailish, Craig and I put our winter coats and boots on and set off on our expedition all the way to Sainsbury’s. Leaving the protection of our residence buildings we made our way onto the main road. As we ambled, or should that be waded, past the Riverside College we remarked on the similarity to the apocalypse film 28 Days Later. Our hope was that we would eventually reach the hallowed ground of Sainsbury’s and even seeing John Snow was a relief in this cold.

As you may imagine it was a relief to make it back to Stevo and with bread, Nutella and Hot Chocolate in tow we were ready to greet all of our students who came through the door with toast and a hot chocolate. The day was a clear success with many students joining us – who knew free food and drink would make students want to come to events?

Snow Days Blog
Can you still complain if your free food is burnt?

As Stevo’s day in the snow has snowballed into a week we look forward to sharing with you the very best our students have to offer soon as they enter our snowman making competition!


UPDATE: Snowman Making Competition!

We had 3 entries to the competition to win 2 free pizzas and soft drinks behind the bar as you can see below:

No need for a caption.
Photography skills on point!
Buttons but no coat?

After plenty of tough deliberating and a decision as difficult as the X Factor final, the last of the above snowmen was crowned the winner due to its size and impressive fashion choices. Congratulations to Izzy and Kate!


We hope you enjoyed the snow and all Stevo had to offer during the ‘Beast from the East’!

Lumiere Invites Students to ‘Be Our Guest’

Hilton Cottage at capacity as Stevo students descend on light festival

Back in Durham for a fifth time, Lumiere lit up Durham in customary spectacular fashion once again last week. The four-day festival attracted in excess of 200,000 people to the City leaving manoeuvring around the narrow, cobbled streets more difficult than ever. But boy was it worth it! 29 illuminations and installations from artists across the world adorned the city’s landmarks ranging from suspended white lines above the River Wear, a mobile suspended from a crane adjacent to Elvet Bridge and an open air palace on Market Square to name but a few!

To mark the occasion of the UK’s largest light show heading to our historic Northeast city, and in true Stephenson fashion of providing free food and beverages, we hosted our very first hot chocolate and cake evening at our satellite site of Hilton Cottage. Cakes from our wonderful receptionist Rebecca were eagerly devoured by at least 40 visiting Rangers travelling from Queen’s Campus and our students based in Durham. The cakes were washed down with marshmallow and cream topped hot chocolates in our Stephenson branded travel mugs as students and staff alike wrapped up warm and headed out to explore the wonder of an illuminated Durham.

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Below are some of the photos of the light installations taken by one of our students, Lewis Connell (a member of the Durham University Photography Society).