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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Bra-vissimo!

Remember the show nine months ago when Janice Holmes dropped into the studio to launch her Bras for Gambia appeal?

How confident she was that the ladies of Newark and beyond would bring out their bras to support the project?

And how, a few weeks later, she was back with the Girls Around Town to admit just how much she’d underestimated the response, with over 8,000 bras flooding into Newark from as far afield as Canada and Australia?!

By the time the container was ready to head off to West Africa, that 8,000-plus had grown to 10,000-plus and more than a dozen volunteers had come forward to join her in the experience of a lifetime last November

Catch up with Janice in the first hour of next weekend’s show when she’ll be joined by Lesley Rhodes, one of those volunteers, to tell June all about the trip – the people they met, the places they visited and of course the girls and ladies of all ages who were expertly measured for and fitted with what in most cases were the first bras they’d ever owned.

Now rumour has it that plans are already being made for a return visit.

Tune in to 107.8FM or listen online from 10am next Sunday morning to find out just what could be in the pipeline – apparently next time it might not be only bras they’ll be taking with them!

All that jazz at Christmas

 

Who doesn’t love a Christmas carol?

If there’s one thing guaranteed to get you in the festive spirit, it’s singing along to your favourite seasonal hymns and songs.

And if you’re doing it for a good cause, so much the better…

Help raise money for The Sam White Legacy by joining in the fun between 3pm and 5.30pm (doors open from 2.30pm) on Sunday 15 December, when Wendy Kirkland, Pat Sprakes, Si Potts, Mat Short and Neil C Young take to the microphones for the ninth annual Jazzy Carols at Stray’s Coffee in Newark.

From small beginnings in 2010, the event’s grown to a full-on jazz gig with Christmas at its heart – and with the obligatory mince pies thrown in of course!

There’ll be a raffle too, with prizes generously provided by local shops and businesses, and as always printed song sheets will be provided so you can join vocalist Wendy in raising the roof in true jazzy style.

Tickets are on sale online now, priced £12 each to include a complimentary mince pie with tea, coffee or cold drink and, with the musicians travelling and performing for free, all proceeds go to this much-loved local charity.