Better with age

Whisky and wine, fine leather and flannel sheets – what do you think they all have in common?

They’re just four of the things that pop up when you try Googling ‘things that get better with age’, the subject of next weekend’s on air chat between June and Mandy Moran…

They’ll be taking a light-hearted look at these and other items on the list when Mandy’s on the phone to the studio from just after 11.20am – and adding a few suggestions of their own too.

Needless to say, women are right up there – well, what you else would you expect from a discussion between two such prime examples? – and they’ll probably include one or two men as well!

On a slightly more serious note, Mandy will be updating listeners on her recent career change from fashion consultant to civil celebrant. Shortly after her first interview on the show in September, she passed her exam with flying colours and wasted no time getting started, carrying out her first funeral ceremonies just days later.

Make sure you’re tuned in to 107.8FM or listening online from 10am to 12 noon next Sunday for all this and more…

And in the meantime, why not share your comments on how you’ve been getting better with age on the Girls Around Town Facebook page or Instagram feed?

From fashion to funerals

It’s not unusual for guests on Girls Around Town to be talking about why and how they made the decision to change their careers.

But switching from fashion consultant to civil celebrant? That surely has to be a first and definitely one worth hearing more about…

Which is exactly what you’ll be doing when you tune in to this weekend’s show!

Based in Newark, just a stone’s throw away from the Radio Newark studios in fact, Mandy Moran will be on the phone to tell June – and you – what prompted her to take on such a role after many years working for two well-known clothing shops in town.

The new job’s not just about funerals though – as a celebrant, Mandy will be helping people to organise weddings and christenings too…

Tune in to 107.8FM or listen online from 11.20am on Sunday for her story – she’s an artist as well, so no doubt she’ll be talking about her passion for pencil and ink drawings during their chat.

And don’t miss the rest of your favourite weekend show – as usual, there’ll be plenty of gossip and good music to enjoy between 10am and 12 noon!

Celebrating life events

It’s been more than two years since Sarah Willis last joined the Girls Around Town to describe her role as a civil celebrant

As she explained then, although she’s called on to celebrate various other life events, as a member of the Institute of Civil Funerals she’s conducted literally hundreds of such ceremonies since 2007.

A good funeral is one that gives thanks for a life, whether short or long. It can bring comfort but, when we’re at our lowest ebb, the planning it involves can seem daunting…

Sarah’s job is to work with the family to help ensure that this final act focusses on their loved one. “Civil funerals all about choice,” she says. “With guidance from me, the family members plan the ceremony themselves and choose whether or not to have any spiritual or religious content.

“It can be held anywhere and can include songs, music, readings, poems, eulogies and even slideshows. But at the heart of it all is a written tribute telling the story of the person who has died and celebrating his or her character, beliefs and achievements.”

Tune in or listen online between 10am and 12 noon on Sunday when Sarah returns to the studio to tell June and Rachel how she puts her writing, story-telling and public speaking skills to good use in her role as a civil celebrant, whether it’s for a funeral, a naming ceremony or a renewal of vows.