Return of the dragons!

All kinds of exciting – and unusual! – events in and around Newark recently…

And on Girls Around Town this week, there’ll be news of yet another one set to make its return on Sunday 19 September!

Joining June in the studio in the second hour of the show, Beaumond House Hospice head of fundraising Cathy Lowe will have all the latest information about the Dragon Boat Festival coming to the River Trent alongside Riverside Park.

Originally scheduled to take place in the summer of 2020, the event was of course postponed due to Covid-19 but Cathy and Rachel Wilson of the Children’s Bereavement Centre have been busy since early spring making sure it will be back bigger and better than ever this autumn.

“We’re determined to build on the success of the Dragon Boat Festival held here in 2019,” says Cathy. “That one raised vital funds for both charities and brought together people from our communities in a fantastic fun-filled day – we can’t wait to do it all again!”

Cathy will be live on air from just after 11.10am on Sunday to talk about some of the teams taking to the water in their dragon boats and the different prizes on offer, not just for the finalists but for the best-dressed team and the one raising the most money for the two charities.

She’ll have details too of what’s in store for visitors making their way down to Riverside Park on the day, when some of the Radio Newark team will be taking to the stage – although not to the water! – to entertain one and all between 10am and 5.30pm.

So a couple of important dates to remember…

Make sure you tune in to 107.8FM or listen online this weekend to hear what Cathy has to stay – and don’t forget to put Sunday 19 September in your diary to enjoy an action-packed day in support of two of Newark’s best-loved charities!

One donation, twice the impact!

If you were listening to last Sunday’s show, you’ll have heard Christine Daniels talking about REACH Learning Disability‘s new project, Flower Pod Newark

Something else she mentioned during her phone call to June was The Big Give Christmas Challenge, an annual fundraiser which this year runs from midday on Tuesday 1 December to midday on Tuesday 8 December.

Make a donation between these two dates and and whatever you give will be doubled – what a great way to help a local charity, don’t you think?

The team at REACH is hoping to raise £20,000 during the seven day appeal, which will then be doubled to £40,000 and go towards its My Place Online project, providing online learning and social activities to people with learning disabilities and their family carers in Nottinghamshire.

Your donation, however small, will help them reach that goal and get them on the way to supplying this valuable support to their clients.

Find out how to do it through The Big Give Christmas Challenge here

But don’t forget – you need to do it between those two dates in order for your donation to be doubled!

Pick of the pets

Do you have a dog that bears an uncanny resemblance to you? A cute cat maybe or a pet with a penchant for fancy dress?

Then Reach Learning Disability wants to hear from you and, more importantly, wants to see your photographs of them…

The Nottinghamshire charity is hosting its first ever Virtual Pet and Wildlife Show and inviting entries in seven different categories

  • Pet that looks most like its owner
  • Best action shot (pet or wildlife)
  • Best fancy dress
  • Funny photo (pet or wildlife)
  • Cutest animal (pet or wildlife)
  • Best wildlife shot
  • In loving memory (a non-competitive category)

All photos must be your own, created by you and not by a professional – no Photoshopping please! – and must be submitted by 12 noon on Friday 5 June.

They’ll be uploaded to the charity’s Facebook page on Monday 8 June, when voting will begin. The winner in each category will be the one with the most ‘likes’ and the results will be announced on Tuesday 16 June.

You’ll pay just £2 per entry into each class and all funds raised will go towards helping Reach support people with disabilities across the county.

For full details of the competition and information on how to pay for your entries, click here – then start digging into your photo archives or get out your camera to capture what could be a winning shot!