Swap till you drop

IMPORTANT UPDATE – TUESDAY 17 MARCH

This event has now been postponed until later in the year – watch this space for further updates as they become available….


Did you know that nearly two-thirds of women have unworn clothes languishing in their wardrobes?

Or that a survey carried out last summer estimated that in 2019 British shoppers would on average buy 28 items of clothing but only wear just over half of them?

And that doesn’t take into account all the clothes they buy that are worn a few times and then. for whatever reason, are destined never to see the light of day again.

As March draws to a close, you’re probably already thinking about spring cleaning – it’s time to clear out the clutter and those wardrobes are as good a place as any to make a start.

Especially if giving them a good decluttering not only offers you the chance to swap what you don’t want for something that you do but raises much-needed money for local charities into the bargain…

Well, here’s how you can do just that – instead of shopping till you drop, why not swap till you drop?!

It’s known as swishing and if you want a chance to give it a go, the place to head for on Saturday 21 March is Newark Golf Club, where SWISH 2020 will be open from 12 noon to 3pm.

Admission is just £10 per person, payable by making your donation here, and all proceeds from the event will be donated to Beaumond House Community HospiceThe Children’s Bereavement Centre and the British Heart Foundation.

Just bring along your good quality clothes, shoes and accessories on the day, making sure your name’s on them so the organisers know you’ve already paid the entry fee.

Then get ready to do your purse – not to mention the planet and the three charities – a favour while injecting a little new life into your wardrobe…

Don’t shop, swap!

Swishing – a frock-swapping event that’s a fun and frugal way to pick up some new clothes and accessories but is also ethically and environmentally sound too

Back to the drawing board

Six months ago, Marie Elizabeth Edwards joined the Girls Around Town to talk about helping local businesses stand out from the crowd by designing and producing bold and beautiful signage for them.

It’s back to the drawing board this weekend when she’s in the studio again to tell Rosalyn and Rachel a little more about how she turned a hobby into a thriving business of her own.

And how, through a range of other creations Made By Mee, she brings a uniquely personal touch to special celebrations such as weddings, christenings and Christmas…

On her previous visit to Radio Newark, Marie was about to host the first meeting of a new local branch of the Mums in Business Association. Since then, the group has gone from strength to strength and she’ll have news of the events that have taken place so far and, of course, what’s next on the agenda for working mothers in area.

And there’s more! Last month, she was a member of Carrie’s Babes, one of 27 teams taking part in the Dragon Boat Festival here in Newark. Find out how the babes prepared for the big event, how things went for them on the day – and above all, how delighted they were to be crowned top team on the sponsorship front, raising over £1,700 for two of Newark’s best-loved charities!

Tune in to 107.8FM or listen online from 10am to 12 noon on Sunday to hear what Marie has to say about what’s obviously been a very busy year so far…