Return of the dragons!

All kinds of exciting – and unusual! – events in and around Newark recently…

And on Girls Around Town this week, there’ll be news of yet another one set to make its return on Sunday 19 September!

Joining June in the studio in the second hour of the show, Beaumond House Hospice head of fundraising Cathy Lowe will have all the latest information about the Dragon Boat Festival coming to the River Trent alongside Riverside Park.

Originally scheduled to take place in the summer of 2020, the event was of course postponed due to Covid-19 but Cathy and Rachel Wilson of the Children’s Bereavement Centre have been busy since early spring making sure it will be back bigger and better than ever this autumn.

“We’re determined to build on the success of the Dragon Boat Festival held here in 2019,” says Cathy. “That one raised vital funds for both charities and brought together people from our communities in a fantastic fun-filled day – we can’t wait to do it all again!”

Cathy will be live on air from just after 11.10am on Sunday to talk about some of the teams taking to the water in their dragon boats and the different prizes on offer, not just for the finalists but for the best-dressed team and the one raising the most money for the two charities.

She’ll have details too of what’s in store for visitors making their way down to Riverside Park on the day, when some of the Radio Newark team will be taking to the stage – although not to the water! – to entertain one and all between 10am and 5.30pm.

So a couple of important dates to remember…

Make sure you tune in to 107.8FM or listen online this weekend to hear what Cathy has to stay – and don’t forget to put Sunday 19 September in your diary to enjoy an action-packed day in support of two of Newark’s best-loved charities!

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