Your carriage awaits

If you take the train to, from or even through Newark Castle Station, the Victorian building alongside Platform 1 will no doubt be a familiar sight.

Disused for several years, it’s now been renovated to house a ticket office, toilets and waiting area – and, by the end of next month, its rebirth will be complete with the opening of Carriages Café

Wendy Baird and Suzie Jones, two members of the team behind the project, will be joining June and Sue on the show next weekend to explain how a once empty space has been transformed into a brand new venue that’s just weeks away from opening its doors to train travellers and the local community.

Find out when and why the journey began and how Carriages’ steampunk style was inspired by the building’s 19th century heritage, creating an inviting and unusual setting for meetings, functions – and of course, coffee and cake!

There’ll be news too of the launch of a regular Community Café and events supporting local charities, as well as details of how to get involved in some of the other Carriages Communities they’ll be setting up.

Tune in or listen online between 10am and 12 noon next Sunday when Wendy and Suzie take a break from putting the final touches to Newark’s newest meeting place to chat to the Girls Around Town

All you knead to know

12186525_10153367135288558_6880246592293046059_oIf you were listening earlier, you’ll have heard June, Tina and Sue waxing lyrical about the croissants and morning rolls brought into the studio by today’s guest Gail Hooley.

Definitely a batch made in heaven – the smile on Sue’s face here says it all!

Between mouthfuls of buttery, flaky croissants and tasty little rolls, the Girls Around Town managed to find time to chat to Gail about her work as an artisan bread maker and the community group she runs at the Ecocentre in Screveton.

They were even given a quick masterclass in the right way to knead – no more aching arms and backs, it’s all in the way you position your feet!!

If you fancy finding out how to make your own clean bread in a convivial and social environment, Gail’s group meets every other Thursday and places are £5 per session.

eco_building-300x187It’s just one of a whole range of events and activities taking place at the Ecocentre, an amazing building of straw bale, rammed earth construction with a sedum roof which sits on a working farm close to Newark.

Since January 2015, over 3200 people have visited Screveton to take part in activities which, in addition to the fortnightly bread making group, include

  • Yoga for All
  • Seated Yoga for Seniors
  • Community Health Club
  • Quercus Community (for young adults with learning difficulties)
  • Men in Sheds
  • Community Allotment Club

Perhaps one of the special events on the menu over the next couple of months appeals to you? Take your pick from

  • Grow, Cook, Eat on Friday 30 October at 7pm – Chef Robert Reid will be in the kitchen demonstrating how to make the most of local seasonal produce, without it costing the earth. Tickets are £12.50 each, to include cookery demo, food and a glass of wine.
  • Turkey Tasting Event on Saturday 28 November
  • Christmas Event and Wreath Making Workshop on Saturday 12 December

Or why not just drop in between 9am and 1pm any Saturday and enjoy a full English breakfast with their own farm-reared sausages, for just £5? Like Gail’s croissants and rolls, breakfast at the Ecocentre’s Saturday Kitchen Café comes highly recommended – just ask Tina!!

For details of all events and activities at the centre, visit the website, email or call 01949 21261.