Choc(k) full of fun

IMPORTANT UPDATE – THURSDAY 19 MARCH

Due to the current situation, the event below has unfortunately been cancelled


Do you fancy your chances of being crowned Newark‘s new Star Baker next month?

Have you got the skills – and the chocolate! – to walk away with the title when Newark Does Bake Off returns to Ann et Vin on Sunday 19 April?

Whether you want to bring along your best bake or just your appetite, find out more on next weekend’s show when Ann Hayes joins the Girls Around Town to talk about what’s in store,

Entries will be judged in three different categories – best decorated one-tier cake, best children’s bake (open to under 16s) and of course best chocolate cake – and whether you’re planning on being a baker or a taster, tickets are just £10 each.

Doors open at 12 noon for entrants to set up and the all-important judging, then the equally important tasting will get under way at 1pm.

With all the proceeds from the event going to the Stand Up For Cancer campaign, it’s the perfect opportunity to help raise funds for this much-loved charity while enjoying a bit of Sunday afternoon fun – what’s not to like about that?

Tune in to 107.8FM or listen online from 10am to 12 noon next Sunday when Ann will be sharing all the details with June and Claire.

In the meantime, you’ll find more about the event here and if you’re a would-be star baker you might want to get a little bit of inspiration from the contestants of The Great Celebrity British Bake Off, who’ll be making their first appearance in the famous tent on Channel 4 at 8pm on Tuesday 10 March

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Pampered to perfection

We all deserve a little bit of ‘me’ time occasionally, don’t we?

And if it comes with shopping and a glass of Pimms too – well, what’s not to love?

When Emma Mayle mentioned an evening with all this and more coming up in Balderton during her interview on the show a couple of weeks ago, June and Rachel immediately spotted a chance for a fun night out.

Not surprisingly, Rosalyn was quick to agree – so it’s Girls Around Town On Tour on Friday 29 March

The Pimms, Shopping and Pamper Evening takes place from 7pm to 9.30pm in St Giles Church Hall (opposite Chesters pub for those of you not too familiar with Balderton) and tickets are just £5 each, with a glass of Pimms included in the price.

But you’ll have to get your skates on if you haven’t got yours yet – advance booking is essential and the deadline is Wednesday 27 March.

With Mothering Sunday and Easter just around the corner, you’ll find plenty of ideas for gifts and treats among the stands with fresh flowers, dream catchers, jewellery and paintings just a few of the goodies on offer.

Add bouquets of sweets from Simply Sweet, garden ornaments, children’s books, music from Adele Woodsford Priestley, a fashion show courtesy of Rocket Retro and a raffle to the mix and it’s safe to say there’ll be something for everyone…

From a pampering perspective, how about a mini manicure, a mini head massage or a chance to check you’re wearing the right size bra and browse through the lovely lingerie sold by Janice Holmes, another recent GAT guest?

All proceeds from the evening will be divided equally between Newark‘s Beaumond House Hospice, St Alice Hospice in Esher and Cancer Research UK. So call or text Lorraine West on 07707 524998 by next Wednesday to get your tickets and support these good causes while having an equally good time.

Oh and there’ll be cake too – in fact, rumour has it there might even be Pimms cupcakes! Need we say more?