Two special events in Newark this November

If you’re starting to add dates to your diary for the rest of 2022, especially in the run up to Christmas, this week’s guests on Girls Around Town will be sharing details of a couple you might want to put on your list for November!

Live in the studio in the second hour of the show, Newark Patriotic Fund‘s events chairman Jayne Mason will be chatting to June about the charity’s work, its regular meetings here in the town centre and a special concert it will be hosting in just a few weeks’ time.

Featuring the Cranwell RAF College Band and the Cranwell Military Wives, the concert takes place at the Palace Theatre on Friday 4 November.

“We’re delighted to be bringing this event to our town,” says Jayne. “Newark and the Lincolnshire village of Cranwell have a great relationship but that’s not all – it’s very rare for the college band and the military wives to perform together so we’re definitely in for a special treat when they do so at the Palace.”

Jayne will of course have details of how and where to get tickets for the concert but if you don’t want to wait until the weekend to book yours, just follow this link to do it now.

Earlier in the show, when June’s joined by one of her fellow Radio Newark managers, there’ll be news of another great event coming to town soon.

Clare Atherley will be popping in at about 10.20am to reveal all – until then, it’s a closely guarded secret but in the meantime, just a couple of hints…

This one will be part of the Christmas Lights Switch On which takes place on Sunday 27 November and will be raising money for another really good cause here in Newark.

Make sure you Put On Your Sunday Best on 107.8FM, on the apps, on Alexa or online from 10am to find out more from Clare…

And don’t forget to stay tuned through into the second hour of the show to hear what Jayne has to say about the Newark Patriotic Fund and its special event too!

Newark exhibition explores freedom and survival and promotes peace around the world

As part of the international art festival Big Draw 2022, an extra special exhibition will soon be opening its doors to visitors here in Newark

And if you want to find out all about it, you need to join June and her two guests Susi Wright and Lynne Whitfield in the second hour of this weekend’s Girls Around Town!

Inspired by the white rose Memorial Gardens of the National Holocaust Centre in Laxton and in remembrance of the six million Jews murdered in the holocaust, Six Million White Roses will feature paintings, ceramics, glass and sculptures on display in the ground floor Gallery Space of The Buttermarket in Newark’s historic Market Place.

“Exploring freedom and survival and promoting peace around the world, the exhibition is dedicated to the victims of the holocaust, to victims of war worldwide and to those who stand up to hatred,” says Susi.

“And we couldn’t have wished for a better venue to pay this tribute to them – not only is it right in the centre of town and easy to access, it’s light and bright, the perfect place to showcase the work done by many talented artists.”

Following a Private Viewing on Friday 4 November, the exhibition will be open to the public daily, except on Sundays, from Saturday 5 to Saturday 26 November between 10am and 3.30pm, with free admission to all.

To find out what inspired Susi and Lynne to join forces to bring Six Million White Roses to Newark and learn a little about some of the work that will be on display, don’t forget to Put On Your Sunday Best between 10am and 12 noon, whether it’s on 107.8FM, on the free Radio Newark apps, on Alexa or online

And in the meantime, make sure you put a note of those all-important dates in your diary so you can see for yourself the outstanding work produced by all of those artists and makers!

Are you ready for this year’s Book Festival?

If you’ve been soaking up the glorious sunshine recently, you’ll know that summer has definitely arrived and not far behind it is festival season.

But while some festival goers are ticking off checklists including sleeping bags, waterproofs and ear defenders, visitors to the Newark Book Festival don’t have such extensive equipment requirements.

And although others may still be trying to choose where to go depending on their favourite music style, be it heavy metal, country or pop, there’s no need for fans of various literary genres to compromise…

Because the organisers of the festival that runs from Thursday 7 to Sunday 10 July have events covering everything from crime to romance, children’s books to current affairs and history to speculative fiction.

So just what do you need to do to be Newark Book Festival ready?

  • Book your tickets – The festival programme includes many free as well as paid for events. And although some tickets may be available on the door, it’s always advisable to book in advance to ensure your seat. Newark Palace Theatre can help with that on 01636 655755 or online via the website.
  • Make a plan to not miss out – Many festivals have multiple stages with acts performing simultaneously and the Newark Book Festival is no exception, using numerous venues across the town over the four days. So pore over a printed programme or head over to the festival website here for a bit of bedtime reading over the coming days to ensure you’ll be in the right place at the right time.
  • Headliners – When you’re making that schedule, don’t forget to add in a few of the showstopping headliners to make sure they get a warm welcome when they arrive in town. KJ Maitland, Elly Griffiths, Gill Hornby, Milly Johnson and Louise Candlish are just some of the bestsellers getting ready to visit Newark.
  • Festival fashion – There’s no need to update your wardrobe – tassels, body glitter or flower crowns are not necessary, although they’re perfectly acceptable of course! Just make sure you accessorise with a bag that’s big enough to take home your own mini library of signed editions.
  • Hit the right note – There may not be any crowd surfing required but there’ll still be a lot of mellow melodies to drift into summer on, given that this year’s festival has a musical theme. West End performers Glyn Kerslake and Elaine Glover will both perform famous songs inspired by literature, Mark Lewisohn will be talking all about The Beatles and the Palace Theatre will host An Evening With The Kanneh-Masons.
  • Come armed with questions – Audience participation is much encouraged, not only during the workshops on offer but also when there’s a chance to quiz the authors in Q&A sessions at the end of their talks and conversations.
  • Bring sun cream – You might not need a tent to enjoy this festival but it’s still worth lathering on the lotion as there are lots of events taking place outside as well as inside, with the Market Place, St Mary Magdalene Church Gardens and Newark Castle all providing backdrops for street theatre, live music and alfresco story times.

If there’s anything else you’ve found essential at a previous Newark Book Festival, just get in touch through the social media accounts @newarkbookfest and #NewarkBF or tell one of the team in person at the festival stall in the literature village in the Market Place throughout the festival.