Time to smell the roses

smell the roses

It’s Fiona’s turn to take the chair again this Sunday, when she joins June and Tina to talk about all things aromatic with guest Julie Payne of Naturally Tip to Toe

A complementary therapist who specialises in stress reduction and bringing balance back into the lives of her clients, Julie will be explaining how aromatherapy uses the unique qualities of our sense of smell – which, amazingly, is 20,000 times more acute than our sense of taste – to create a powerful healing experience.

Tune in or listen online between 10am and 12 noon to find out just what aromatherapy is, where it comes from, how the oils are produced and how Julie uses them in the other treatments she offers too.

She’ll also be passing on some helpful hints and tips on the use of essential oils such as lavender and tea tree for health and around the home.

With Fiona sharing some of her own advice on how to stay happy and healthy this summer as well, there’ll be a definite feel-good factor on this week’s Girls Around Town!

Christmas beer for Christmas cheer

christmas-beerLooking for a tipple that’s a little bit different for your Christmas and New Year celebrations?

Join the Girls Around Town on Saturday when they’ll be raising a glass with this week’s guest, Abigail Cutts from The Funfair Brewing Company.

They’ll be drinking responsibly, of course – drunk in charge of a microphone really isn’t a good idea! – so just a sip or two to get the flavour of some of the seasonal offerings from the Elston-based artisan brewery…

Tune in or listen online from 10am to 1pm to find out what June, Tina and Sue think about Abigail’s alternatives to the more traditional festive fizz – Christmas Fruits Beer anyone?!

During the show, the girls will also be letting you into a secret they’ve been wanting to share for a few weeks now – the cat will be out of the bag on Saturday…

On the IPA trail in and around Newark

ipaNo fewer than 18 pubs in and around Newark will be joining forces in a 10-day celebration of the classic beer style IPA (India Pale Ale) next month.

Organised by the Newark branch of the Campaign for Real Ale, the second IPA Trail takes place from Friday 1 to Sunday 10 August, in recognition of International IPA Day on Thursday 7 August. The trail will be launched at The Organ Grinder on Portland Street at 12 noon on Friday 1 August.

Pubs taking part in the Newark Trail will be

  • The Flying Circus – Newark
  • The Prince Rupert – Newark
  • The Fox & Crown – Newark
  • The Organ Grinder – Newark
  • The Castle & Falcon – Newark
  • The Sir John Arderne – Newark
  • The Castle Barge – Newark
  • The Rose & Crown – Balderton
  • The Chequers – Elston
  • The Final Whistle – Southwell
  • The Bramley Apple – Southwell
  • The Hearty Goodfellow – Southwell
  • The Old Coach House – Southwell
  • The Roaring Meg – Newark
  • The Real Ale Store – Newark
  • The Grey Horse – Collingham
  • The Castle Pub – Newark
  • Just Beer – Newark

Throughout the 10 days, they will all be featuring IPAs, with drinkers able to pick up a collector card from any of the pub and get a sticker for buying a pint or a half in participating pubs. Completed cards will be entered into a grand prize draw and there will also be a second prize draw for those visiting 10 pubs or more but not completing the Trail.

In recent years, Newark has become a real ale hub. With many pubs opening and breweries thriving, it is a stark contrast to the scene elsewhere in the country, where up to 30 pubs are closing each week on average.

Newark is also home to a number of other real-ale related businesses. Its real ale and pub scene helps to strengthen the town’s night time economy and provides a welcome boost to the town’s economic prosperity as a whole.

“There are numerous ale trails across the country, with many of them themed on a particular beer style,” said Derek Graham, Vice Chairman of Newark CAMRA and one of the Trail organisers. “But we believe we were the first to celebrate IPA this way, when we held the first trail last year.

“Originally brewed in London and Burton-on-Trent for the colonial market, particularly the troops in India, this was once a classic British beer type and is now increasing in popularity again.

“We are expecting more than 40 different IPAs to be available during the 10 days and the Trail also gives us a chance to showcase many of the excellent pubs we have in the branch area.”