A mag-nificent offer from your local library!

magazine coverDo you spend a small fortune on magazine subscriptions? Can’t get through the week or the month without your regular fix of Hello! Magazine, Cosmopolitan, Good Housekeeping or even F1 Racing UK?

How would you like to choose from around 80 different titles, to read whenever and wherever you like on your PC, laptop, tablet or smartphone – all of them absolutely FREE?!

Well, if you’re a member of the Nottinghamshire Library service you can…

I’m a huge fan of the library here in Newark, which re-opened a few weeks ago after a four month facelift. As one of their best customers, getting through at least half a dozen books a week, I thought I knew all about their services; but somehow I missed this one, until a chance conversation at a networking meeting yesterday…

All you need is membership of the county library service (you can sign up online) and a few minutes to create an emagazine account. Then pick the titles you want, add them to your account and you’re ready to start reading, either in your browser or via the free Zinio 4 app.

You can even download back copies of some of the titles and register for alerts when the latest issues pop up online.

To get started, take a look at the titles on offer here, then click on the Create New Account tab at the top of the page.

Happy reading!!



Our favourite things…3

GracegentleIf you’re looking for lovely things for your home, your friends or yourself, Gracegentle in Newark is a real find!

This pretty little shop is packed with gorgeous home and giftware for you to adorn and adore – I’m definitely loving the Dansk Smykkekunst bracelet that was nestling among my presents on Christmas Day…

gracegentle braceletIf you’re reading this in early January and want to be in with a chance to win this red leather and silver bracelet from the same range, all you need to do is enter the Gracegentle competition on Facebook.

Just ‘like’ their page and share the post about their Valentine competition – the closing date is Friday 17 January so head over to Facebook now!

But if not, you can always shop their collection online at gracegentle.co.uk or better yet, drop by 25a Castlegate and browse among the goodies on offer – they’re open from 10am to 4pm Tuesday to Saturday (Sunday opening resumes in the spring).

I guarantee you won’t come away empty-handed!!

Our favourite things…2

v2v marilyn dressHere’s another one of our favourite places owned by John and Siouxsie, two more of our favourite people.

Hardly a week goes by without one of us dropping into Vintage2Versace to check out the latest stock in this treasure trove of beautiful things – June being the biggest culprit of course, it’s handbag heaven! Not to mention the hats, shoes, jewellery and the most extensive collection of vintage and couture clothing outside London…

And with coffee and cakes as tempting (well, almost!) as the goodies in the shop itself, The Secret Garden Café is a great place for a break from shopping or a quick catch-up with friends. What’s not to like?!

It’s also the venue for regular events and next month there’s a chance to celebrate Valentine’s Day in style in an evening which combines poetry and fashion.

From 7.30pm to 9.30pm on Friday 14 February there’ll be love poetry composed and read by Fiona Theokritoff and Deborah Tyler-Bennett as well as classic works read by John Knight, followed by a fashion parade of beautiful ballgowns and desirable dresses.

Wine and canapés will be served throughout the evening and tickets are on sale now, priced £15 each or £25 for two. Visit the shop at 6 Stodman Street, email admin@vintage2versace.co.uk or call 01636 676999 for more details and bookings.