Getting crafty for Christmas!

It’s official – the countdown to Christmas has begun…

Time for the Girls Around Town to start getting into the festive spirit and where better to begin than with news of a series of Christmas workshops, especially one that involves chocolate?

Joining June and Claire next weekend, Amanda Stone will be sharing all the details of the seasonal events on the Rural Antics programme over the next couple of months.

Whether you want to add a personal touch to your presents or give wreath-making a go, create your own wire angel or add a touch of style to the table with a stunning centrepiece, the programme has something to fit the bill.

Then of course there’s the chocolate truffle making experience when you’ll not only be feasting your way through the morning of Sunday 24 November but will leave laden with goodies to share with family and friends…

And as if all of that isn’t enough to tempt you to book a place on one of the workshops, did you know that they’re held at the Hanwell Wine Estate, a family-run vineyard at Hickling Pastures near Melton Mowbray?

Yes, you guessed it – while you’re there you can stock up on English wines for those Christmas meals and drinks parties, including their very own new rosé!

Tune in to 107.8FM or listen online from 10am to 12 noon next Sunday to find out from Amanda just how and when you can get crafty this Christmas…

Let’s get sewcial!

Fancy trying your hand at crochet or quilting? Perhaps you’d like to make your own bauble wreath for Christmas, give calligraphy a go or you’re looking for an after-school club for the kids?

It’s all about getting creative in the second hour of the show this weekend, when Crafty Betty‘s Michelle Baker joins June and Rachel to talk about some of the different ways you can do just that right here in Newark.

With events and activities for all ages and abilities, Michelle and her crafty colleagues have plenty of fun ideas for the whole family to enjoy.

She’ll be describing some of the highlights of the year so far as well, from a road trip to the NEC for The Festival of Quilts to a day of non-stop sewing last month as part of the North Notts Sew Day in aid of Quilts for Care Leavers.

Tune in to 107.8FM or listen online from 10.45am to hear what’s on offer over the coming weeks and months.

If you feel like getting sewcial, Michelle and the Girls Around Town might have just what you’re looking for…

How to be frugal but still festive!

Mum of four Claire Lyons returns to Girls Around Town this weekend with more hints and tips on how to become a Frugal Family.

And this time, not surprisingly, it’s all about making sure you don’t end up breaking the bank during the festive season…

From letters to Santa to an Advent calendar with a twist and more, she’ll be sharing some of the ways you can follow in the footsteps of the Lyons family over Christmas.

Tune in or listen online between 10am and 12 noon on Sunday to find out too about the family’s resolutions for 2019 and some of the things Claire has in store for the online community whose members share her resolve to live a more ethical and frugal life.

Don’t worry though, she won’t be telling you that you can’t enjoy the celebrations! She’ll be explaining how her own family – and yours – can still have fun without being unnecessarily wasteful.

As she says on her website, it’s all about ‘living your dreams, within your means’…