Exploring some of Flintham’s hidden treasures

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A dozen glorious gardens, plants, paintings and poetry, homemade cakes and opportunities for a little retail therapy – there’s something for everyone to enjoy in Flintham this weekend!

From 12 noon to 5pm on Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 June, 12 gardens in the village will be open to the public, many of them normally hidden from view due to Flintham’s unique design with its houses facing straight onto the street.

For the first time, the Girls Around Town‘s very own Tina Bettison will be showing off her artist’s garden. A Greek goddess, modern sculpture, the Stumpery and stone cairns sit among cottage garden borders and a long rectangular pond, a mix of formality and wilderness in equal measure.

Tina will also be hosting the plant sale, while a selection of artworks from her Cosmos collection will be on display in the Diva Den and, weather permitting, in the garden itself.

New member of the Girls Around Town team Fiona Theokritoff will be there too. With her poet’s hat on, she’ll be sharing some of her work and may even be writing some new poems during the weekend.

Elsewhere in the village, Anthea Chalmers will be opening both her garden and her jewellery studio – local artist Sally Anne Morten will be showing and selling her work – and botanical artist Barbara Munro’s work will be on display in her garden.

The village community shop will be open on both days, as will Flintham’s award-winning village museum.  The current museum shop window display, described by volunteer curator Sue Clayton as ‘a riot of colour with unexpected quirky touches of humour’, features the four seasons of the English garden through unsold shop stock and advertising material.

Parking will be available in the paddock behind the village hall – just follow the signs – and admission to the 12 open gardens is £5 per person (under 12s free). Teas and homemade cakes will be on sale in the village hall and all proceeds from the weekend will go to village good causes.

By the book

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With just two weeks to go till Books in the Castle returns to Newark for the second year, June and Sue will be chatting to festival organiser Paul Trickett on this Sunday’s show.

Throughout the day on both Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 July, the Castle Gardens and Undercroft will play host to a series of author talks and special events celebrating the world of books.

Join Paul and the Girls Around Town between 10am and 12 noon, on air or online, to find out about some of the weekend’s highlights – from Crime Scene Saturday to children’s story-telling, shows and crafts sessions, there’ll be something for all the family to enjoy.

Admission to the Castle grounds is free and tickets for the author talks are available now at WH Smith in Newark or by contacting Paul (paultrickett@hotmail,com). All-day tickets for the Saturday can be purchased online here, priced £25 for admission to the seven crime-writing talks between 10.15am and 7pm.

Also on the show, Tina will be reporting live from her garden in Flintham, one of 12 in and around the village open to the public this coming Saturday and Sunday.

She’ll be taking a quick break from showing visitors around to call the studio with an update on what’s on offer – everything from garden tours and plant sales to delicious homemade refreshments available in the village hall…

Show and tell

flintham museumThe spotlight will be on two of our local villages in Saturday’s show, when the Girls Around Town take a look at what’s happening out in Flintham and Lowdham this month.

Living in Flintham, Tina’s got the inside track on the new exhibition in its award-winning museum and she’ll be talking to Sue Clayton shortly before it opens to the public at 11am.

Keeping the Home Fires Burning? is a free interactive exhibition about the impact of World War I on the village and its residents. Visitors on Saturday and Sunday – 11am to 4pm both days – will even have chance to decide how well villagers coped during and after the war, with each one given an old penny to use as they cast their vote.

Then the girls will be getting the lowdown on this year’s Lowdham Book Festival from their second guest of the day, Jane Streeter

Now in its 16th year, this popular event celebrates books of every genre, with talks, treasure hunts and music all on the menu between Friday 19 and Sunday 28 June.

For all this and more, join June, Tina and Sue and their guests on 107.8FM or online from 10am to 1pm on Saturday.