Have a heart

Did you hear Phil talking to Lucy Millard a couple of weeks ago about a major new fundraising campaign that’s just been launched by one of the best known – and best loved – charities based here in Newark?

If you missed it, don’t worry – her colleague Katherine Wright will be on the phone next weekend, this time to June on Girls Around Town, explaining just how you can keep Beaumond House in your heart…

As part of the campaign, Kat and the team will be working hard over the coming months to fill the hospice garden with little blue hearts.

Made by potter Karen Chesney of Norwell, they’ll be mounted on steel stems and put on display in the garden. Each heart will carry the name of the loved one being remembered, just like the one in the picture of four-year old Evie above, dedicated to the hospice’s former director John Oldham.

Their aim is to have 1,000 hearts in the garden by the autumn, after which they can be collected by the donors to keep, and the first orders have already started to arrive.

Make sure you’re tuned to 107.8FM or listening online from just after 11.10am next Sunday to find out how the campaign will help Beaumond House continue to care for more than 550 patients and their families every year…

And how you can support them in their work if you have a heart dedicated to the memory of someone special in your life.

Photograph by Claire Andrews, Little Posy Photography

Swap till you drop

IMPORTANT UPDATE – TUESDAY 17 MARCH

This event has now been postponed until later in the year – watch this space for further updates as they become available….


Did you know that nearly two-thirds of women have unworn clothes languishing in their wardrobes?

Or that a survey carried out last summer estimated that in 2019 British shoppers would on average buy 28 items of clothing but only wear just over half of them?

And that doesn’t take into account all the clothes they buy that are worn a few times and then. for whatever reason, are destined never to see the light of day again.

As March draws to a close, you’re probably already thinking about spring cleaning – it’s time to clear out the clutter and those wardrobes are as good a place as any to make a start.

Especially if giving them a good decluttering not only offers you the chance to swap what you don’t want for something that you do but raises much-needed money for local charities into the bargain…

Well, here’s how you can do just that – instead of shopping till you drop, why not swap till you drop?!

It’s known as swishing and if you want a chance to give it a go, the place to head for on Saturday 21 March is Newark Golf Club, where SWISH 2020 will be open from 12 noon to 3pm.

Admission is just £10 per person, payable by making your donation here, and all proceeds from the event will be donated to Beaumond House Community HospiceThe Children’s Bereavement Centre and the British Heart Foundation.

Just bring along your good quality clothes, shoes and accessories on the day, making sure your name’s on them so the organisers know you’ve already paid the entry fee.

Then get ready to do your purse – not to mention the planet and the three charities – a favour while injecting a little new life into your wardrobe…

Don’t shop, swap!

Swishing – a frock-swapping event that’s a fun and frugal way to pick up some new clothes and accessories but is also ethically and environmentally sound too

Girls’ night out!

Starting the year as they mean to go on, albeit a little belatedly, Girls Around Town hosts June and Rosalyn were doing exactly what it says on the tin when they joined artists and art-lovers at Meander and Mooch in Newark last Friday evening…

In the first of (hopefully!) many opportunities to enjoy getting out and about around town in 2020, they were among the guests invited to the pre-launch Private View of the gallery’s latest exhibitionThe Wall.

The show’s new business guru Cathie Babbington joined the party- regular GAT guest Janice Holmes popped in for  a while – and there were plenty of other familiar faces among those raising a glass to celebrate with gallery owners Susi and Neil Wright too.

In addition to showcasing the work of 20 top artists, sculptors and jewellery-makers from across the UK, the three-week exhibition will be raising money for one of Newark’s best-loved charities, Beaumond House Community Hospice.

Local businesses have joined forces to show their support by sponsoring ‘bricks’ on display in one of the windows – next time you’re passing, see if you can spot the Girls Around Town’s own brick in the wall

In fact, don’t just pass! The gallery on Cartergate is open seven days a week till the exhibition comes to a close on Friday 28 February and admission is free.

So why not drop in and have a meander and mooch around the work on display while you’re in town?

Official photos courtesy of Kurt and Jackie Spindley of SHUTTERBUG – selfies by the ‘girls’ themselves!

For more of Kurt and Jackie’s pics from the evening, visit Meander and Mooch’s photo gallery on Facebook