From fiction to fizz

Two guests on Girls Around Town again this Sunday, both talking about events coming to Newark next month.

First up, it’s best-selling author Sarah Ward who returns to Newark Book Festival on Saturday 13 July to join the panel of writers taking part in Hull Noir Presents Crime Around The World.

Chaired by Nick Quantrill, the panel will be taking its audience on an international crime spree from India, Mexico, Texas and Japan to Russia, France and West Germany.

And in Sarah’s case, bringing them even closer to home…

Her four novels – In Bitter Chill, A Deadly Thaw, A Patient Fury and The Shrouded Path – are all set in the Derbyshire Peak District where she lives and each one features investigations involving DC Connie Childs.

In the first hour of the show, Sarah will be talking to June and Rachel about what brought her to the world of crime fiction, the talks she gives to reading groups and the workshops she runs for budding authors, as well as sharing news of her next book.

Moving from fiction to fizz, Cheryl Day from Newark Live at Home will be in the studio from 11am to invite listeners to enjoy a bit of a mid-week treat.

Prosecco, pizza and pudding – what more could you ask for on a summer’s evening?

Well, how about a bit of shopping thrown in for good measure, along with the chance to help raise money for a local charity too?

It all comes together from 6.30pm to 8.30pm on Thursday 18 July, when Southwell & Newark Live at Home join forces to bring the Prosecco, Pizza and Pudding fundraiser to Aura Business Centre on Manners Road in Newark.

As well as sharing more details of the event, Cheryl will be describing how Live at Home groups – part of the award-winning charity MHA that has been helping to improve the lives of over 18,000 older people across Britain for more than 75 years – run a variety of social activities for people aged 55 and over, with lunch clubs, assisted shopping, dance and exercise classes, outings and holidays just a few things on offer.

Tune in or listen online from 10am to 12 noon to hear what Sarah and Cheryl have to say and find out how to book your tickets for these two events.

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?

It’s in the bag

Did you know that over 31,000 children in England are taken into foster care every year?

Or that nearly 300 of them live in Nottingham – that’s one child entering foster care in Nottingham alone every 32 hours?

As a foster carer who accepts emergency placements, Nicola Barber understands only too well how arriving in an unfamiliar environment, often with few if any possessions, can affect a child’s pride, self esteem, dignity and confidence.

And it’s that understanding which inspired her to find a way to make a difference to some of the city’s most vulnerable…

Primary teacher, parent and taekwondo instructor Nicola joins the Girls Around Town in the studio this weekend to explain how, with the help of family and friends, she set out to do just that through the charity My Bag.

To help foster children have a more positive experience, My Bag provides a holdall filled with a variety of items they can call their own for as long as they wish to and take with them should they move.

“We want children in foster care to feel like children and we believe this is an important first step in doing so,” says Nicola. “Hopefully it will give them some self esteem and confidence and go some way towards helping them feel like they belong.”

Tune in or listen online between 10am and 12 noon on Sunday to find out just how the system works and what goes into each My Bag holdall.

And how you could help Nicola and her fellow trustees continue to make a difference for these children at a difficult time in their lives…