Making the most of International Craft Month

Not just a day – not even just a week – but a whole month dedicated to crafting…

International Craft Month is just around the corner and who better to talk about some of the workshops on offer locally than Rural Antics‘ Amanda Stone?

She’ll be back in the studio in the first hour of next weekend’s show to tell June and Claire about how Hanwell Wine Estate will be celebrating throughout March with a host of different activities on offer.

If you heard Amanda chatting to the Girls Around Town back in November, you may remember that making chocolate truffles was one of the workshops on the calendar for Christmas. The good news is that it’s on the programme for March too – on Friday 27 March to be precise if you want to book your place before they’re all gobbled up!

Not that into chocolate? Presumably there are a few folk out there who aren’t but, with everything from Bentwood Chair Making and Beginners’ Embroidery to Pencil Drawing and Willow Weaving on the menu during the month, there’s sure to be something there you’d like to try.

Whether you want to polish up an existing skill or give something new a go, tune in to 107.8FM or listen online from 10am next Sunday to check out the full programme of events and join crafters across the globe making the most of March…

Back together again

Back in November 2017 Tina Bettison and Sue Jackson stepped away from the microphones, leaving June with the unenviable task of finding two new co- presenters to fill their shoes.

Fortunately Rachel, Rosalyn and, most recently, Claire were all more than happy to do just that and, after a brief sabbatical, Girls Around Town returned to the airwaves in March 2018

Although Tina’s been in the studio on the other side of the desk at least twice since then, next weekend will see all three friends re-united for the first time when both she and Sue drop by for a catch up.

And Ros will be joining the party too!

They’ll be reminiscing about the old days – remember all those Chocolate Moments, not to mention that valuable advice on how to choose the right shade of lippy? – before bringing June and Ros up to date on what’s been keeping them busy over the last two years.

From the brand new cookery school Sue’s about to launch to Tina’s return to her love of writing and photography, they’ll have no shortage of news to share.

So it’s probably just as well that virtually the whole of next week’s show has been set aside for them to do so!

Tune in to 107.8FM or listen online from 10am to 12 noon next Sunday to join the reunion – who knows, chocolate might even make a comeback too…

Living life on the veg!

Did you know that across Northern Europe and Scandinavia there are over 3.5 million allotment gardeners?

Or that the National Allotments Society, which in 2020 is celebrating more than 90 years helping allotmenteers maintain, manage and enjoy allotments in the UK, has 125,000-plus members?

If the idea of growing your own produce is something that appeals to you, make sure you stay tuned for the second hour of Girls Around Town this weekend to find out how you can do so here in Newark and beyond…

Rupert Vinnicombe joins June and Rachel from 11am to talk about why he became one of the thousands of British allotment holders and how Newark Town Council offers support and guidance to local residents wanting to follow in his footsteps.

He’ll have information on getting started and what to grow, together with advice on some of the problems and environmental issues involved.

And above all, he’ll be sharing his thoughts on the social, health and wellbeing aspects of gardening…

Tune in to 107.8FM or listen online from 11am to find out from Rupert how you can start living life on the veg!