Zooming in on health and hospitality

Things were very different when Johanna Thompson first joined the Girls Around Town to talk about the meetings and events organised by the Wellness Network for people working in the health and wellbeing industry.

Back in September 2019, she and Kayleigh Langley were both in the studio chatting face to face with June, something that’s definitely off the agenda these days of course.

But that’s not stopping her bringing everyone up to date with the group’s activities this Sunday, when she’ll be on the phone from just after 11.20am with all the latest news…

Like many groups in the region, around the country and across the world, their regular meetings these days are now held online. And they’re on Sunday mornings too, from 10am to 11am, so no doubt Johanna will be talking about the one she hosted while June was busy bringing you the first hour of your favourite weekend show here on 107.8FM!

If you work in the hospitality business, you’ll definitely want to hear what she has to say about new meetings in the pipeline designed specifically for you. With special guest speakers sharing ideas and offering support, they could be just what you need right now and they’ll be absolutely free to join.

Make sure you’re tuned in or listening online to find out more about these and other upcoming Wellness Network meetings…

And don’t miss the latest news about a very special event taking place on Sunday afternoon, when Radio Newark joins forces with the town and district councils, local artists and local schools to bring you live on air and online coverage of Newark’s Virtual Christmas Lights Switch On!

A site to behold

If you were a member of the networking group Women in Newark, you may remember some years back an evening spent surrounded by beautiful blooms on a 1.5 acre eco site just up the road near Southwell.

A unique social enterprise run by local charity Reach Learning Disability,  the original Flower Pod still continues to offer people with learning disabilities the opportunity to enrich their lives through horticulture by taking part in activities which help them gain vital skills for a more independent life in the community.

Now there’s a new Flower Pod in town – right here in Newark, covering a whole 2.5 acres this time – and its development manager Christine Daniels will be on Girls Around Town next weekend to tell you all about what’s in store there…

Christine will be on the phone to June from just after 11.20am to explain more about the charity’s aims and activities and how she and the team are currently working to make Flower Pod Newark much more than just a place to grow fruit, vegetables and flowers.

“We go into the garden for lots of reasons of course,” she says. “We go there looking for peace and tranquillity too and we’re planning to run a variety of courses, including perhaps a yoga class or two.

“My aspirations for this garden are huge – we already have two ponds and an orchard but with running water and a better building on the site, I feel the sky would be the limit.”

Tune in to 107.8FM or listen online from 10am to 12 noon next Sunday to hear more from Christine.

And in the meantime, for a sneak peak at this exciting new venture for Newark and Reach take a look at this short video…

Better with age

Whisky and wine, fine leather and flannel sheets – what do you think they all have in common?

They’re just four of the things that pop up when you try Googling ‘things that get better with age’, the subject of next weekend’s on air chat between June and Mandy Moran…

They’ll be taking a light-hearted look at these and other items on the list when Mandy’s on the phone to the studio from just after 11.20am – and adding a few suggestions of their own too.

Needless to say, women are right up there – well, what you else would you expect from a discussion between two such prime examples? – and they’ll probably include one or two men as well!

On a slightly more serious note, Mandy will be updating listeners on her recent career change from fashion consultant to civil celebrant. Shortly after her first interview on the show in September, she passed her exam with flying colours and wasted no time getting started, carrying out her first funeral ceremonies just days later.

Make sure you’re tuned in to 107.8FM or listening online from 10am to 12 noon next Sunday for all this and more…

And in the meantime, why not share your comments on how you’ve been getting better with age on the Girls Around Town Facebook page or Instagram feed?