A glass act

Step into Emma Mayle’s studio on the outskirts of Newark and you’ll find yourself surrounded by all the colours of the rainbow – a cornucopia of fused glass jewellery, art and household objects…

Tucked away in a purpose-built log cabin in her garden, that studio is home to Stopped Clock Glass, the business she launched in the summer of 2017 after quitting her job as a family support officer to pursue her dream of being a glass artist.

Emma will be chatting to June and Rachel on next Sunday‘s show, describing how a couple of curve balls thrown her way in her mid 20s prompted her to turn her attention to her lifelong passion for the arts and study for a degree in contemporary crafts.

Find out how, with her two young sons now at school, she’s achieved her dream of creating her own colourful creations and selling them at craft markets across the region.

And how she’s now taken the next step, joining fellow artists and small business owners who’ve opened pop up shops just this month in the newly-renovated Newark Buttermarket

Tune in or listen online between 10am and 12 noon as Emma shares her story with the Girls Around Town – and learn how you could try your hand at creating your own pieces of glass work on one of her taster or full day workshops.

Celebrating Christmas in Southwell

Upton Christmas Studios – Picture by artist Susan Isaac

Tina’s back in the building – or at least she will be next weekend!

It’s only a flying visit, between 10am and 12 noon on Sunday, but she’ll have plenty of news to share when she sits down with June and Rachel in the studio once  more.

Not surprisingly, Christmas will be high on the agenda as she shares some of the festive highlights for Southwell and the surrounding villages. She’ll have details of the Late Night Shopping event on Thursday 29 November, together with how the town will be celebrating Small Biz Saturday on 1 December.

Tune in or listen online to find out too what’s been happening at BELOVED@THEBARN, her Southwell gallery, studio and shop, and what she has planned to celebrate its first birthday over the same weekend.

Last but by no means least, Tina will be describing how she and her mum have coped with the trials and tribulations of clearing out the family home. Just how do you decide what’s treasure and what’s trash at a time like this?!

In bloom at Beloved

It’s the Newark Half Marathon on Sunday 12 August so there’ll be no Girls Around Town  this week…

The girls aren’t taking part (why are you not surprised?!) but they’ll be having a bit of a break while Radio Newark broadcasts live from the race throughout the morning.

Fear not though, June and Rachel will be back the following weekend when they’ll be joined by old friend and former co-presenter of the show, Tina Bettison

Tina will be in the studio on Sunday 19 August to talk about all things arty, both in her own studio and gallery BELOVED@THEBARN and further afield in and around Southwell.

She’ll be looking back at some of the events of the last few weeks and there’ll be news too of what’s happening now and what’s to come – including the Southwell Music FestivalCeramics in Southwell and, last but by no means least, The Barn’s very own Summer Party!

To find out more, tune in or listen online between 10am and 12 noon – in the meantime, if you’re reading this well before Sunday 19 August, there could still be time for you catch a couple of those upcoming events.

Local artist Jo Munks, whose exhibition Women InBloom runs throughout the month, will be giving an evening talk about her work on Thursday 16 August. The talk begins at 7pm and refreshments are included in the ticket price of £5 in advance or £8 on the door but places are limited – call Tina on 07519 826819 or visit The Barn at 79 King Street in Southwell to check availability…

On Saturday 18 August, there’s a opportunity for children over 8-years old (and their well-behaved parents!) to create their own collage masterpieces to take away. Tickets are £10 for adults, kids go free, all materials are included and there’s no need to book – just drop in any time between 1pm and 4pm.

And if you haven’t visited The Barn yet, how about a little virtual tour?