Back on pointe with Christina

It’s been just over a year since Christina Phillips-Kelly was last on Girls Around Town, chatting to June about how things were gradually returning to normal for The Studio at Averham after the lifting of Covid-19 restrictions.

And now she’s back, live in the studio this weekend with news of what’s on the cards in the coming weeks and months for her and the dancers she trains…

Bright and early in the first hour of the show because she needs to rush across to Averham to carry out some of that training!

Just a few days after her chat with June, on Saturday 17 September to be precise, she’ll be putting on a street performance – if you’re not quite sure what one of these involves, she’ll have a full explanation to share with you, along with what the theme of this particular one is, where it’s taking place and of course the all-important timing for those of you who’d like to pop along and enjoy it.

Looking a bit further forward, she’ll be talking about a long-awaited opportunity to bring a special event to the area, postponed for a couple of years because of those lockdowns.

Taking place at Southwell Minster School on Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 December, it’s Cinderella – quite possibly one of the most well-known and best-loved tales of all time transformed into a ballet.

If panto’s not really your thing, this sounds like a great alternative for a pre-Christmas treat so make sure you’re tuned in to 107.8FM or listening on the apps, on Alexa or online from just after 10.20am for a bit of a preview…

And you’ll probably want to do the same again on Sunday 27 November, when Christina will be back on air for an update on how the rehearsals are progressing as they head towards the day when the curtain will rise for the first performance a few weeks later!

Tackling hygiene poverty in and around Newark

For the first time in a long time, not one but two guests in the studio with June this weekend…

When Ginette Smith and and her daughter Kayleigh Hardy join forces to talk about a recently-launched local project that’s part of a national charity called The Hygiene Bank.

The charity’s belief is simple – basic hygiene is not a privilege – and its vision is to ensure that one day everyone living in the UK will have access to essential hygiene products.

It’s just a few weeks since the launch of the Newark Hygiene Bank and in the second hour of the show Ginnette will be explaining why and how she became its co-ordinator, as well as how local businesses and residents can help it achieve its aims.

“The UK is facing the biggest drop in living standards since the 1950s and as the cost of living reaches record levels, many people across the country are finding themselves caught between being able to heat their homes, pay the rent, buy food or keep clean,” she says.

“As a result, increasing numbers of households are now exposed to hygiene poverty and are left without access to essentials such as nappies, toothpaste and period products.

“Our aim is to help them overcome this problem and to do so we’re looking to house donation boxes in local stores or pick up such items from them so that those in need can collect the products from Beaumont Walk Community Centre on Strawberry Hall Lane in Newark.”

Make sure you tune in to 107.8FM or listen on the apps, on Alexa or online from just after 11am to find out more from Ginnette and Kayleigh…

And in the meantime, if you’re a local business owner able to house a collection box or donate hygiene products, you can get in touch with Ginnette by email here.