Living life on the veg!

Did you know that across Northern Europe and Scandinavia there are over 3.5 million allotment gardeners?

Or that the National Allotments Society, which in 2020 is celebrating more than 90 years helping allotmenteers maintain, manage and enjoy allotments in the UK, has 125,000-plus members?

If the idea of growing your own produce is something that appeals to you, make sure you stay tuned for the second hour of Girls Around Town this weekend to find out how you can do so here in Newark and beyond…

Rupert Vinnicombe joins June and Rachel from 11am to talk about why he became one of the thousands of British allotment holders and how Newark Town Council offers support and guidance to local residents wanting to follow in his footsteps.

He’ll have information on getting started and what to grow, together with advice on some of the problems and environmental issues involved.

And above all, he’ll be sharing his thoughts on the social, health and wellbeing aspects of gardening…

Tune in to 107.8FM or listen online from 11am to find out from Rupert how you can start living life on the veg!


Pampered to perfection

We all deserve a little bit of ‘me’ time occasionally, don’t we?

And if it comes with shopping and a glass of Pimms too – well, what’s not to love?

When Emma Mayle mentioned an evening with all this and more coming up in Balderton during her interview on the show a couple of weeks ago, June and Rachel immediately spotted a chance for a fun night out.

Not surprisingly, Rosalyn was quick to agree – so it’s Girls Around Town On Tour on Friday 29 March

The Pimms, Shopping and Pamper Evening takes place from 7pm to 9.30pm in St Giles Church Hall (opposite Chesters pub for those of you not too familiar with Balderton) and tickets are just £5 each, with a glass of Pimms included in the price.

But you’ll have to get your skates on if you haven’t got yours yet – advance booking is essential and the deadline is Wednesday 27 March.

With Mothering Sunday and Easter just around the corner, you’ll find plenty of ideas for gifts and treats among the stands with fresh flowers, dream catchers, jewellery and paintings just a few of the goodies on offer.

Add bouquets of sweets from Simply Sweet, garden ornaments, children’s books, music from Adele Woodsford Priestley, a fashion show courtesy of Rocket Retro and a raffle to the mix and it’s safe to say there’ll be something for everyone…

From a pampering perspective, how about a mini manicure, a mini head massage or a chance to check you’re wearing the right size bra and browse through the lovely lingerie sold by Janice Holmes, another recent GAT guest?

All proceeds from the evening will be divided equally between Newark‘s Beaumond House Hospice, St Alice Hospice in Esher and Cancer Research UK. So call or text Lorraine West on 07707 524998 by next Wednesday to get your tickets and support these good causes while having an equally good time.

Oh and there’ll be cake too – in fact, rumour has it there might even be Pimms cupcakes! Need we say more?

All you read is love

summer reading

From fiction to flowers – there’ll be two guests in the studio for next week’s show, when June and Sue are joined by Cathy Bramley and Linda Clark…

If you’re looking for ideas for summer reading, Nottinghamshire-based Cathy’s books are guaranteed to fit the bill.

She’ll be joining the Girls Around Town in the first hour to talk about how she made the switch from a marketing career to writing romantic fiction and introducing some of her best-loved characters from books such as The Plumberry School of Comfort FoodThe Lemon Tree Café and Appleby Farm.

You know you’ve read a good book when you turn the last page and feel a little as if you’ve lost a friend – Paul Sweeney

There’ll be news too of Cathy’s involvement in this year’s Newark Book Festival, when she joins fellow writers Jackie Buxton and Eve Makis from 1.45pm to 3pm on Saturday 15 July in the Council Chamber of Newark Town Hall to discuss romance, relationships and contemporary fiction.

Later in the show, the focus is on all things floral when Linda steps up to the microphone.

June’s been a busy month for Linda, with British Flowers Week and the Lincolnshire Show just two of the events on her calendar. Find out how they both went, how The Spotted Dog Flower Co got its name and how it’s grown into ‘a real business’ since it was first launched in the spring of 2014.

She’ll be sharing details of upcoming workshops and talks and, of course, how you can treat yourself or your friends to beautiful, freshly cut seasonal Flowers From The Farm too…

After women, flowers are the most lovely thing God has given the world – Christian Dior

Tune in or listen online between 10am and 12 noon; if all goes to plan in her kitchen this week, June will be baking Amaretto Almond Biscuits from one of Cathy’s own recipes for everyone to share and Linda’s promised to bring flowers as well.

So all in all the Girls Around Town studio will be even more fragrant than usual next Sunday morning!