Choc(k) full of fun

IMPORTANT UPDATE – THURSDAY 19 MARCH

Due to the current situation, the event below has unfortunately been cancelled


Do you fancy your chances of being crowned Newark‘s new Star Baker next month?

Have you got the skills – and the chocolate! – to walk away with the title when Newark Does Bake Off returns to Ann et Vin on Sunday 19 April?

Whether you want to bring along your best bake or just your appetite, find out more on next weekend’s show when Ann Hayes joins the Girls Around Town to talk about what’s in store,

Entries will be judged in three different categories – best decorated one-tier cake, best children’s bake (open to under 16s) and of course best chocolate cake – and whether you’re planning on being a baker or a taster, tickets are just £10 each.

Doors open at 12 noon for entrants to set up and the all-important judging, then the equally important tasting will get under way at 1pm.

With all the proceeds from the event going to the Stand Up For Cancer campaign, it’s the perfect opportunity to help raise funds for this much-loved charity while enjoying a bit of Sunday afternoon fun – what’s not to like about that?

Tune in to 107.8FM or listen online from 10am to 12 noon next Sunday when Ann will be sharing all the details with June and Claire.

In the meantime, you’ll find more about the event here and if you’re a would-be star baker you might want to get a little bit of inspiration from the contestants of The Great Celebrity British Bake Off, who’ll be making their first appearance in the famous tent on Channel 4 at 8pm on Tuesday 10 March

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Finding your ideal client

It’s back to the all-important topic of how to Mind Your Own Business on the show next weekend…

And who better to offer a few helpful hints and tips than the Girls Around Town‘s very own dynamic duo, co-presenter Rosalyn Palmer and regular guest Cathie Babbington?

They’ll be in the studio with June discussing what’s often referred to in marketing manuals as an Ideal Client Avatar, explaining just what it means, why you need to understand who your ICA is and how to put your findings to the best possible use. 

Many small businesses spread their marketing much too widely because they aren’t taking the time to identify their ideal customers.

Which invariably means they’re wasting valuable time and resources, either targeting the wrong clients altogether or just spreading the net much too wide…

Tune in to 107.8FM or listen online between 10am and 12 noon on Sunday to hear Cathie and Ros explaining how to narrow down your focus, the key characteristics you should be looking for in those ideal clients and how to use what you’ve learned to market your business wisely and well.

You never want to be the business that says it specialises in everything – because we all know this means you aren’t any good at anything!

Bra-vissimo!

Remember the show nine months ago when Janice Holmes dropped into the studio to launch her Bras for Gambia appeal?

How confident she was that the ladies of Newark and beyond would bring out their bras to support the project?

And how, a few weeks later, she was back with the Girls Around Town to admit just how much she’d underestimated the response, with over 8,000 bras flooding into Newark from as far afield as Canada and Australia?!

By the time the container was ready to head off to West Africa, that 8,000-plus had grown to 10,000-plus and more than a dozen volunteers had come forward to join her in the experience of a lifetime last November

Catch up with Janice in the first hour of next weekend’s show when she’ll be joined by Lesley Rhodes, one of those volunteers, to tell June all about the trip – the people they met, the places they visited and of course the girls and ladies of all ages who were expertly measured for and fitted with what in most cases were the first bras they’d ever owned.

Now rumour has it that plans are already being made for a return visit.

Tune in to 107.8FM or listen online from 10am next Sunday morning to find out just what could be in the pipeline – apparently next time it might not be only bras they’ll be taking with them!