A Christmas party with a purpose

A first-time guest on Girls Around Town this weekend…

But if you live in or around Newark, there’s a pretty good chance you’ll at least recognise the name of the local charity Rosemary Holland will be talking about.

You may have already seen details of the event she’s been working on recently alongside Newark’s Town Mayor, Lisa Geary – and if you were as quick off the mark as June, you might even have tickets for it!

Taking place from 6.30pm to 10.30pm on Friday 26 November at LetsXcape in The Buttermarket, their Christmas Community Event is in aid of Newark Women’s Aid, one of Lisa’s chosen charities…

And when June and Rosemary starting planning this Sunday‘s on-air chat, top of the list of things to share with listeners was, not surprisingly, how to buy those all-important tickets.

A slight change of plan there though, because within days of the event details being released, they’d all literally flown off the shelf!

Which means that, unless you’ve already booked yours, unfortunately it’s too late to join in the fun on the night, when guests will be enjoying food and drink, a quiz and a raffle and of course plenty of chat.

The good news is you can still get involved and help support the amazing work done for women and children by this local charity and you can find out exactly how to do just that in the second hour of the show.

With Christmas fast approaching, Lisa and Rosemary are asking guests on the night to donate gifts for those women and children, along with essential household items for the refuge. And even if you’re not one of the lucky ticket-holders for the event, they’d be over the moon if you could do that too!

Rosemary will be explaining just what sort of things they’re looking for, how you can make those donations and of course describing the invaluable work done by the charity since it was founded in 1975 by a local women’s group that recognised the need for the provision of refuge for victims of domestic abuse in this area.

Make sure you’re tuned in to 107.8FM, listening on the apps, on Alexa or online from just after 11.10am to find out more…

And don’t forget to Put On Your Sunday Best again on Sunday 28 November, when June will be sure to report back on how things went on the Friday evening!

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!