Bra-vo!

When Janice Holmes popped into the studio at the beginning of June to launch her Bring Out Your Bras! appeal, the Girls Around Town were confident she’d have plenty of support from the ladies of Newark and beyond…

But who could have imagined that, two months on, a staggering 8,000-plus bras are now in a container that will shortly be heading out to Gambia to await her arrival there in November?

And that ‘beyond’ wouldn’t just mean across Nottinghamshire and the UK but all the way to Australia?!

Still reeling from the response, Janice will be back on the show next weekend to describe the impact the venture will have on the lives of all the Gambian girls and women who will soon be wearing their first ever bras.

Joining her next Sunday will be Sylvia Morgan, founder of the New Life Children’s Centres charity. She’ll be giving June an insight into the work it does, providing a future for more than 1,300 children by giving them access to free education and health care and offering outreach programmes to the local communities for hundreds more children and families.

Tune in or listen online from 10am to hear what Janice and Sylvia have to say…

One thing’s for sure, there’ll be a huge ‘thank you’ in there somewhere from them both to everyone whose generosity has made this appeal such a resounding success.

From fiction to fizz

Two guests on Girls Around Town again this Sunday, both talking about events coming to Newark next month.

First up, it’s best-selling author Sarah Ward who returns to Newark Book Festival on Saturday 13 July to join the panel of writers taking part in Hull Noir Presents Crime Around The World.

Chaired by Nick Quantrill, the panel will be taking its audience on an international crime spree from India, Mexico, Texas and Japan to Russia, France and West Germany.

And in Sarah’s case, bringing them even closer to home…

Her four novels – In Bitter Chill, A Deadly Thaw, A Patient Fury and The Shrouded Path – are all set in the Derbyshire Peak District where she lives and each one features investigations involving DC Connie Childs.

In the first hour of the show, Sarah will be talking to June and Rachel about what brought her to the world of crime fiction, the talks she gives to reading groups and the workshops she runs for budding authors, as well as sharing news of her next book.

Moving from fiction to fizz, Cheryl Day from Newark Live at Home will be in the studio from 11am to invite listeners to enjoy a bit of a mid-week treat.

Prosecco, pizza and pudding – what more could you ask for on a summer’s evening?

Well, how about a bit of shopping thrown in for good measure, along with the chance to help raise money for a local charity too?

It all comes together from 6.30pm to 8.30pm on Thursday 18 July, when Southwell & Newark Live at Home join forces to bring the Prosecco, Pizza and Pudding fundraiser to Aura Business Centre on Manners Road in Newark.

As well as sharing more details of the event, Cheryl will be describing how Live at Home groups – part of the award-winning charity MHA that has been helping to improve the lives of over 18,000 older people across Britain for more than 75 years – run a variety of social activities for people aged 55 and over, with lunch clubs, assisted shopping, dance and exercise classes, outings and holidays just a few things on offer.

Tune in or listen online from 10am to 12 noon to hear what Sarah and Cheryl have to say and find out how to book your tickets for these two events.

Bring out your bras!

When Janice Holmes launched her new mobile bra fitting business in Newark recently, even she couldn’t have imagined quite how far she’d be travelling to share her knowledge and expertise…

To say she was excited about what she had to tell June and Rachel this morning is quite possibly the biggest understatement of all time. But then why wouldn’t she be when she’s off to Gambia later this year?

Janice joined the Girls Around Town in the studio to reveal all and to explain how listeners living in Newark and beyond can offer her their support – quite literally!!

She’ll be making the trip in November, accompanied by son Tom and daughter Victoria, to meet and talk to girls and women of all ages living in Gambia.

And above all, with a little help from some of her suppliers and hopefully from you as well, to provide as many of them as possible with their first ever bras…

Janice will be working with the NEW LIFE CHILDREN’S CENTRES charity and all the bras collected will be sent to West Africa in early August to await her arrival.

So how can you help?

Quite simply, check your underwear drawers! How many bras in there do you no longer wear? Too big, too small, the wrong style or colour – chances are you’ll find one or two at least.

All she’s asking is that you donate those unwanted undies – any style or size, so long as they’re in reasonable condition – by taking them to one of the collection points listed below by Monday 29 July.

And don’t forget to tell all your female friends and relatives – guys, that includes you too! – and ask them to get involved. Because every single bra collected will find a new home in Gambia and help change a life…

Bring Out Your Bras! collection points can be found at

New Life Children’s Centre, The Arcade, Newark                                              Carriages Café, Platform 1, Newark Castle Station
Tennyson Wharf Care Home, Burton Waters, Lincoln
Larkhill Retirement Village, Clifton, Nottingham
Janice Rose Lingerie, Juniper Lea, 1A Grove Street, Balderton, Newark