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!

All you knead to know

12186525_10153367135288558_6880246592293046059_oIf you were listening earlier, you’ll have heard June, Tina and Sue waxing lyrical about the croissants and morning rolls brought into the studio by today’s guest Gail Hooley.

Definitely a batch made in heaven – the smile on Sue’s face here says it all!

Between mouthfuls of buttery, flaky croissants and tasty little rolls, the Girls Around Town managed to find time to chat to Gail about her work as an artisan bread maker and the community group she runs at the Ecocentre in Screveton.

They were even given a quick masterclass in the right way to knead – no more aching arms and backs, it’s all in the way you position your feet!!

If you fancy finding out how to make your own clean bread in a convivial and social environment, Gail’s group meets every other Thursday and places are £5 per session.

eco_building-300x187It’s just one of a whole range of events and activities taking place at the Ecocentre, an amazing building of straw bale, rammed earth construction with a sedum roof which sits on a working farm close to Newark.

Since January 2015, over 3200 people have visited Screveton to take part in activities which, in addition to the fortnightly bread making group, include

  • Yoga for All
  • Seated Yoga for Seniors
  • Community Health Club
  • Quercus Community (for young adults with learning difficulties)
  • Men in Sheds
  • Community Allotment Club

Perhaps one of the special events on the menu over the next couple of months appeals to you? Take your pick from

  • Grow, Cook, Eat on Friday 30 October at 7pm – Chef Robert Reid will be in the kitchen demonstrating how to make the most of local seasonal produce, without it costing the earth. Tickets are £12.50 each, to include cookery demo, food and a glass of wine.
  • Turkey Tasting Event on Saturday 28 November
  • Christmas Event and Wreath Making Workshop on Saturday 12 December

Or why not just drop in between 9am and 1pm any Saturday and enjoy a full English breakfast with their own farm-reared sausages, for just £5? Like Gail’s croissants and rolls, breakfast at the Ecocentre’s Saturday Kitchen Café comes highly recommended – just ask Tina!!

For details of all events and activities at the centre, visit the website, email or call 01949 21261.