From bakes to makes

Two for the price of one again this weekend – as the first guest leaves the studio, another arrives for the second hour of the show…

Ever wondered who’s behind those bold and beautiful menu blackboards in your favourite coffee shop or restaurant? Or tried to find someone to custom-make a sign for a special occasion of your own?

Well, chances are at least some of those blackboards were Made By Mee – aka Marie Elizabeth Edwards, who’ll be talking to June and Rachel about her passion for creating freehand works of art that help make businesses stand out from the crowd.

And describing how her flair for design can add a personal touch to everything from the countdown to holidays and Christmas to weddings, christenings and home decor.

Given that Marie will be chatting to the Girls Around Town on Mothering Sunday, the other news she has to share is particularly appropriate.

As coordinator for the Newark branch of the Mums In Business Association, she’ll be hosting the group’s first event on Thursday 11 April, from 10am to 12 noon at the Roman Way on Lincoln Road.

Tune in or listen online from11am on Sunday to find out more about MIBA, an international community with almost 32,000 members worldwide, and what’s in store for Marie’s fellow MIBs at next month’s launch.

Tickets for the first meeting are already available online – if you’re a busy working mum, this child-friendly networking group could be just what you’ve been looking for!

Let’s raise some dough!

Have you been watching The Great Celebrity Bake Off for Stand Up To Cancer on Channel 4 over the last few weeks?

Probably not ideal viewing if, like June, you’ve given up cakes for Lent but great entertainment nevertheless – and all in a good cause too, of course.

If you’ve been inspired to follow the example of Jeremy Paxman, Johnny Vegas, Nicola Adams and the other 17 celebs lined up for the series, here’s your chance to do just that.

Whether you’re a Star Baker or a Soggy-Bottomed runner up, Newark Does Bake Off wants to hear from you. And you can hear all about it next Sunday, when Ann Hayes joins June and Rachel in the studio…

Bring your best bake – or just your appetite – to Ann et Vin on Sunday 14 April and join in the fun from 2pm. Tickets, priced £10 for bakers and £10 for testers, are on sale now from 23-25 Castlegate and all proceeds will be going to Stand Up To Cancer.

The Girls Around Town were a little disappointed to learn that the hunky Mr Hollywood won’t be among the judges. But between them Newark town mayor Tony Roberts and local chef/restaurant owner Steve Taylor no doubt have all the experience and expertise needed to step up to the plate in his place!!

Tune in or listen online from 10am for all the details from Ann. And find out whether June, Rachel and Rosalyn will be putting their own baking expertise to the test or just going along to give their taste buds a treat…

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