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

A site to behold

If you were a member of the networking group Women in Newark, you may remember some years back an evening spent surrounded by beautiful blooms on a 1.5 acre eco site just up the road near Southwell.

A unique social enterprise run by local charity Reach Learning Disability,  the original Flower Pod still continues to offer people with learning disabilities the opportunity to enrich their lives through horticulture by taking part in activities which help them gain vital skills for a more independent life in the community.

Now there’s a new Flower Pod in town – right here in Newark, covering a whole 2.5 acres this time – and its development manager Christine Daniels will be on Girls Around Town next weekend to tell you all about what’s in store there…

Christine will be on the phone to June from just after 11.20am to explain more about the charity’s aims and activities and how she and the team are currently working to make Flower Pod Newark much more than just a place to grow fruit, vegetables and flowers.

“We go into the garden for lots of reasons of course,” she says. “We go there looking for peace and tranquillity too and we’re planning to run a variety of courses, including perhaps a yoga class or two.

“My aspirations for this garden are huge – we already have two ponds and an orchard but with running water and a better building on the site, I feel the sky would be the limit.”

Tune in to 107.8FM or listen online from 10am to 12 noon next Sunday to hear more from Christine.

And in the meantime, for a sneak peak at this exciting new venture for Newark and Reach take a look at this short video…

Do the write thing

Have you ever thought about writing a book? A novel perhaps or maybe something non-fiction?

And having thought about it, did you actually put pen to paper – or, more likely these days, fingers to keyboard – to do it and even have it published?

One local lady who’s done just that is Kathy Davies and she’ll be on the phone to Girls Around Town next weekend to tell June all about it…

Published in May and written under her pen name Kathy Kingsley, Regrets? has already earned several 5-star reviews on Amazon.

Married with three young children and a job she loves,  Laurie supposedly has it all. Or she would have if it wasn’t for her arrogant, domineering, chauvinistic husband Rich, who just wants a housewife. Tension builds and their marriage begins to crumble.

With her life spiralling out of control, Laurie meets Mike. Funny, caring, considerate and loving, he’s everything Rich isn’t and inevitably she falls in love, utterly and completely.

Caught between duty and happiness, she faces a heartbreaking choice…

An avid reader herself, June admits to seeing some of the developments in Laurie’s story coming but the final chapter definitely took her by surprise. Don’t worry though, no spoiler alert necessary – Kathy won’t be giving the ending away during their chat!

She will be sharing a bit more of the plot, along with the personal experience that prompted her to finally make a start on the book after years of putting it off and what she’s decided to do with all the profits from sales in 2020…

Tune in to 107.8FM or listen online from 11.20am next Sunday to find out more – who knows, what Kathy has to say just might inspire you to do the write thing too!