A fun-filled festival that’s packed with positivity

It’s getting on for almost three years since Claire Clements popped into the Radio Newark studio to announce the launch of her brand new Positively Empowered Kids Festival.

And now she’s back on Girls Around Town next weekend to share some of the details of the next one!

Of course, she’s been behind the mic or on the phone to June several times since that initial on air chat, with news of all the other events and activities she’s been running to help kids build their confidence and understand the importance of gratitude and positivity…

And most recently to talk to about her best-selling book, Put On Your Positive Pants, an uplifting and empowering story that introduces you and your children to a variety of ways to boost their mood when they’re feeling sad.

But putting together the 2022 festival is top of her list right now and if the one back in 2019 – packed with everything from yoga, circus skills and wellbeing crafts to making healthy food, family massage and tai chi – is anything to go by, those kids are in for a day full of fun in September!

Make sure you Put On Your Sunday Best – and your Positive Pants too – to join June and Claire in the second hour of next week’s show on 107.8FM, on the apps or online to find out what’s already on the cards for the festival, how you can keep up to date with other activities being added over the coming weeks and months…

And of course how to book tickets for the big day when they’re up for grabs!

Bringing artists into view

Their studios may be closed to the public right now but artists across Nottinghamshire will still be welcoming ‘visitors’ throughout May and June, thanks to a special initiative designed to bring Open Studios 2020 to the county ‘virtually’.

“Of course it is no longer possible to run Open Studios in its usual format this year,” said Michael Trueman, co-ordinator of the initiative. “However, the creative community is the best at keeping morale high when times are rough, not only for the wider public but for ourselves too.

“Hence we have decided to use the online and digital opportunities available to continue to fulfil our mission of ‘bringing artists into view’.”

OS Notts will be sharing virtual studio tours and videos of artists’ work in progress on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter and on a dedicated YouTube channel. There will also be opportunities to meet participating artists on social media and a new Meet the Artist section on the OS website.

Linked photographic exhibitions showing artists and makers at work that would normally be held in libraries across the county courtesy of  Inspire: Culture, Learning and Libraries will also take place online.

Links to the exhibition, which launches on Friday 24 April, will be posted on social media and on the OS website. For the third year running, the photographs have been taken by Neil Pledger and curated by Lucianna Gallucci.

And don’t forget to keep an eye on the Girls Around Town social media feeds for regular updates about this year’s Open Studios…

Photographs by Neil Pledger

All that jazz at Christmas


Who doesn’t love a Christmas carol?

If there’s one thing guaranteed to get you in the festive spirit, it’s singing along to your favourite seasonal hymns and songs.

And if you’re doing it for a good cause, so much the better…

Help raise money for The Sam White Legacy by joining in the fun between 3pm and 5.30pm (doors open from 2.30pm) on Sunday 15 December, when Wendy Kirkland, Pat Sprakes, Si Potts, Mat Short and Neil C Young take to the microphones for the ninth annual Jazzy Carols at Stray’s Coffee in Newark.

From small beginnings in 2010, the event’s grown to a full-on jazz gig with Christmas at its heart – and with the obligatory mince pies thrown in of course!

There’ll be a raffle too, with prizes generously provided by local shops and businesses, and as always printed song sheets will be provided so you can join vocalist Wendy in raising the roof in true jazzy style.

Tickets are on sale online now, priced £12 each to include a complimentary mince pie with tea, coffee or cold drink and, with the musicians travelling and performing for free, all proceeds go to this much-loved local charity.