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

Just the ticket


Back in September, a campaign for better public transport links between Fernwood and Newark finally bore fruit when Nottinghamshire County Council and bus operator Travel Wright joined forces to launch the trial of a Saturday service for village residents.

The news came hot on the heels of the announcement that operator Marshalls had extended its Fosseway Flyer between Newark and Nottingham to include Fernwood, with a new two-hourly Sunday return service also added to the existing timetable.

“We’ve been fighting for a better deal for the 2500-strong Fernwood community since the start of the development nearly 18 years ago,” said Julia Smith, who was one of those leading the call for improvements. “The new services are a step in the right direction and hopefully they will be well supported so we can prove the demand for more comprehensive provision.”

Three months on, Julia will be in the studio with June to report on progress, sharing feedback on the take-up from the two operators and comments from some of those who are taking advantage of the new services.

Tune in or listen online between 11am and 12 noon on Sunday when Julia will be describing the campaign, the impact the recent improvements have had both on her and on fellow residents – and where they go from here…