A blooming good show!

Your garden might not be looking its best right now, especially if it’s still snowy out there as you’re reading this, although it won’t be long before those spring flowers start to bloom, bringing a welcome touch of colour and the promise of lots more to come as we head towards summer.

But if like June‘s your garden is a bit of a wilderness at the moment or maybe you just want to ring the changes a little, the next Girls Around Town guest can definitely point you in the right direction…

Just over the border into Lincolnshire and the beautiful setting of Belvoir Castle to be precise!

The man behind the Belvoir Castle Flower and Garden Show since its launch in 2018, Andy Tudbury will be on the phone to the studio in the second hour of the show this weekend to look back at some of the highlights of the first two events.

He’ll be reporting too on the 2020 show, that went ahead a little later than originally planned with a few changes to comply with Covid-19 regulations, and will be sharing news of this year’s show which is scheduled to take place on Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 July.

“We have some great content already lined up for the summer, some you will be familiar with, along with some brand new additions,” says Andy. “You’ll find newcomers to the gardening world rubbing shoulders with some of the best horticulturists in the country, specialist growers, garden furniture, sculptures, tools and much more.

“And fabulous food will tempt you to sit and relax while you listen to the live music on the stage.”

If you’re  a budding garden designer or landscaper, there’s still time to enter the new Design and Build competition sponsored by CED Stone and it’s not too late to book Early Bird tickets for the show either.

Follow the links above to find about more about both of them…

Or better yet, make sure you’re tuned to 107.8FM or listening online from just after 11.20am on Sunday for details from Andy about these and some of the other things to inspire you on the flower and garden front!

A new chapter for Newark Book Festival

If like June you’re a bit of a bookworm, you’ll probably remember this weekend’s guest from previous interviews over the last few years…

The organiser of the Newark Book Festival since summer 2017, Sara Bullimore will be on the phone during the second hour of show to share news of various book-related events, taking a look back at some of the past highlights and, more importantly perhaps, looking ahead to what’s on the cards for the coming weeks and months.

First up she’ll have details of the final chapter in the festival’s 2020 series, some online events for children, young people and families that will be taking place on Saturday 27 February.

And she’ll have news too of a month-long window trail around the town, an opportunity to add a little extra fun to your daily exercise and essential shopping trips with the help of the festival’s mascot.

Preparations are already well under way for this, with lots of local shops, cafés and other businesses signed up to take part, and if all goes to plan, you and your family will be able to go out and start the search for Barry The Bookworm from Monday 1 March!

For all the latest updates, together with news of a special new schools programme and more, make sure you’re tuned in to Girls Around Town on 107.8FM or listening online from 11.20am this Sunday to join fellow booklovers Sara and June…

Building a business

It’s not unusual for guests on Girls Around Town to be talking about making major changes in their lives, especially on the work front.

Someone who recently made such a change is Nottingham-based chartered architectural technologist Aimie Crossland-Rimmington, who’ll be on the phone to the Radio Newark studio in the second hour of this weekend’s show to describe why and how she did just that!

After many years’ experience working on commercial and residential projects, following the birth of her first longed-for daughter she soon realised that returning to a similar job in the construction industry while spending time with her baby was going to be difficult to manage.

Having taken the decision to set up her own building and design consultancy company, working on a range of projects from new builds and extensions to renovation work and loft conversions, she’ll be explaining what it’s been like starting her own business.

And the challenges she’s faced doing so in a male-dominated profession!

Make sure you’re tuned in to 107.8FM or listening online just after 11.20am on Sunday when Aimie will be telling June – and you – how she’s risen to those challenges and is well on the way to building that new business…