Celebrating books, arts, crafts and a whole lot more this autumn!

It’s time for a look ahead to a couple of major events coming to two local towns with the help of this week’s guests on Girls Around Town.

Getting it all started, Jane Keightley will be on the phone to the studio from just after 10.20am with the latest news about the first ever Boston Book Festival taking place next month…

Then the focus is on Newark itself when Donna Hall joins June in the studio at 11.10am with details of another brand new event the Palace Theatre will be hosting at the beginning of October.

A regular guest on the show, Jane will have the latest details of what’s in store for book lovers over the weekend of Friday 17 to Sunday 19 September.

From poetry to chicklit, children’s books to historical fiction – and everything in between – there’s bound to be something to suit you, whether you’re an avid reader or just looking for something to pass the time while you’re sitting on a plane heading to the sun!

With all the events taking place at venues in and around Boston’s historic Market Place, there’ll be plenty of opportunities to meet some of the authors and talk about their work…

Who knows, you may even be inspired to write your very own best-seller!

Then, with a little help from Donna, it’s time to look ahead to the beginning of October and an event which, among other venues, features another equally historic Market Place just a short distance from the Radio Newark studio.

Part of a nationwide initiative which encourages communities to come together and create their own events, sharing and celebrating the genius in everyone, Newark’s Fun Palace will be showcasing all that the area has to offer.

From crafts to cooking, dance to self-defence classes and much more, the sky really is the limit in what’s being described as ‘a jumble sale of skills’ on offer between Friday 1 and Sunday 3 October.

Donna will have all the information you need, whether you’re a local crafter, maker or business owner looking to show off your own skills or you want to bring the family along to some of the activities and join in the fun.

Don’t forget to your Put On Your Sunday Best this weekend to join June, Jane and Donna listen online, on the apps or on 107.8FM from 10am to 12 noon….

And in the meantime, put those September and October dates in your diaries to make sure you don’t miss these two exciting new events coming to Boston and Newark this autumn!

Without dance, what’s the pointe?

If there’s one person who’d definitely agree with the words above, it has to be the next guest on Girls Around Town!

It’s almost two years since Christina Philllips-Kelly was last in the studio with June talking about The Studio at Averham, where she runs ballet and tap classes for young people aged over 14 and for adults.

But she’s back in the studio this weekend, this time describing how she kept in touch with her students during lockdowns…

And how the recent lifting of restrictions has finally allowed them to get back to classes and workshops, among them a three-day event aimed at nine to 14-year olds taking place later this month.

Christina is over the moon about the studio’s re-opening of course but she’s particularly excited about one other piece of news she’ll be sharing this weekend – that right now one of her young students is busy honing his skills at the Royal Ballet School!

Pictured above in his ballet uniform, 14 year-old Jem Allam is taking part in an intensive summer course run by what is widely recognised as one of the world’s greatest centres of classical ballet training.

She’ll be explaining how Jem got this incredible opportunity, the kind of things he’s doing and learning during his time there and what it means not only to him but to his fellow students back in Newark and to Christina herself as his tutor.

Make sure you’re tuned to 107.8FM or listening online, on the apps or on Alexa from 11.10am on Sunday to hear what Christina has to say…

And don’t forget to Put On Your Sunday Best from 10am to join June for more local news and great music in the first hour of the show too!

Sewing to swimming, patchwork to paddle boarding – and more!

If you were listening to Girls Around Town last weekend, you’ll have heard June sharing a little bit of good news…

Face-to-face interviews in the studio are back at last!

Some guests will continue to join her by phone and, in the first hour of this week’s show, one of them will in fact be doing that.

But the second guest of the day will be sitting behind the mic on the other side of the desk, just like the good old days!!

Put On Your Sunday Best between 10am and 12 noon to hear what Kath Fox and Rachel Repper have to say – two very different interviews but, as with all the stories shared on the show, both well worth a listen.

Kath will be on the phone to talk about how she and her neighbours on Winchelsea Avenue in Newark joined forces to keep in touch via WhatsApp shortly after the start of lockdown one…

And how, more recently, they’ve gone from friendly chats to putting needle and thread to fabric and started getting crafty.

Featuring 35 different patches, The Lockdown Quilt is a record of some of the different elements that have helped keep everyone going during these unprecedented times and, in Kate’s own words, it ‘symbolises resilience and stoicism, optimism and community cohesion’.

Find out more from Kath at 10.20am – and why not pop over to St Mary Magdalene Parish Church to take a look at their handiwork for yourselves?

But not before you’ve heard the rest of the show, of course, when Rachel will be doing the first face-to-face interview in the studio since March 2020.

A regular Girls Around Town guest for quite a while and until lockdown a co-presenter too, she’ll be back to chat about what she’s been doing over recent months and how Covid-19 affected her life, both personal and professional.

On a lighter note, she’ll be describing some of the activities she’s taken up in the last few months to make the most of the great outdoors – a definite water-y theme to these, as you’ll hear when she picks up the mic just after 11.10am!

Make sure you’re tuned to 107.8FM or listening online, on the apps or on Alexa to join June, Kath and Rachel on Sunday

For a show that covers everything from sewing to swimming, patchwork to paddle boarding and a whole lot more!!