Pick of the pets

Do you have a dog that bears an uncanny resemblance to you? A cute cat maybe or a pet with a penchant for fancy dress?

Then Reach Learning Disability wants to hear from you and, more importantly, wants to see your photographs of them…

The Nottinghamshire charity is hosting its first ever Virtual Pet and Wildlife Show and inviting entries in seven different categories

  • Pet that looks most like its owner
  • Best action shot (pet or wildlife)
  • Best fancy dress
  • Funny photo (pet or wildlife)
  • Cutest animal (pet or wildlife)
  • Best wildlife shot
  • In loving memory (a non-competitive category)

All photos must be your own, created by you and not by a professional – no Photoshopping please! – and must be submitted by 12 noon on Friday 5 June.

They’ll be uploaded to the charity’s Facebook page on Monday 8 June, when voting will begin. The winner in each category will be the one with the most ‘likes’ and the results will be announced on Tuesday 16 June.

You’ll pay just £2 per entry into each class and all funds raised will go towards helping Reach support people with disabilities across the county.

For full details of the competition and information on how to pay for your entries, click here – then start digging into your photo archives or get out your camera to capture what could be a winning shot!

Swap till you drop

IMPORTANT UPDATE – TUESDAY 17 MARCH

This event has now been postponed until later in the year – watch this space for further updates as they become available….


Did you know that nearly two-thirds of women have unworn clothes languishing in their wardrobes?

Or that a survey carried out last summer estimated that in 2019 British shoppers would on average buy 28 items of clothing but only wear just over half of them?

And that doesn’t take into account all the clothes they buy that are worn a few times and then. for whatever reason, are destined never to see the light of day again.

As March draws to a close, you’re probably already thinking about spring cleaning – it’s time to clear out the clutter and those wardrobes are as good a place as any to make a start.

Especially if giving them a good decluttering not only offers you the chance to swap what you don’t want for something that you do but raises much-needed money for local charities into the bargain…

Well, here’s how you can do just that – instead of shopping till you drop, why not swap till you drop?!

It’s known as swishing and if you want a chance to give it a go, the place to head for on Saturday 21 March is Newark Golf Club, where SWISH 2020 will be open from 12 noon to 3pm.

Admission is just £10 per person, payable by making your donation here, and all proceeds from the event will be donated to Beaumond House Community HospiceThe Children’s Bereavement Centre and the British Heart Foundation.

Just bring along your good quality clothes, shoes and accessories on the day, making sure your name’s on them so the organisers know you’ve already paid the entry fee.

Then get ready to do your purse – not to mention the planet and the three charities – a favour while injecting a little new life into your wardrobe…

Don’t shop, swap!

Swishing – a frock-swapping event that’s a fun and frugal way to pick up some new clothes and accessories but is also ethically and environmentally sound too

Choc(k) full of fun

IMPORTANT UPDATE – THURSDAY 19 MARCH

Due to the current situation, the event below has unfortunately been cancelled


Do you fancy your chances of being crowned Newark‘s new Star Baker next month?

Have you got the skills – and the chocolate! – to walk away with the title when Newark Does Bake Off returns to Ann et Vin on Sunday 19 April?

Whether you want to bring along your best bake or just your appetite, find out more on next weekend’s show when Ann Hayes joins the Girls Around Town to talk about what’s in store,

Entries will be judged in three different categories – best decorated one-tier cake, best children’s bake (open to under 16s) and of course best chocolate cake – and whether you’re planning on being a baker or a taster, tickets are just £10 each.

Doors open at 12 noon for entrants to set up and the all-important judging, then the equally important tasting will get under way at 1pm.

With all the proceeds from the event going to the Stand Up For Cancer campaign, it’s the perfect opportunity to help raise funds for this much-loved charity while enjoying a bit of Sunday afternoon fun – what’s not to like about that?

Tune in to 107.8FM or listen online from 10am to 12 noon next Sunday when Ann will be sharing all the details with June and Claire.

In the meantime, you’ll find more about the event here and if you’re a would-be star baker you might want to get a little bit of inspiration from the contestants of The Great Celebrity British Bake Off, who’ll be making their first appearance in the famous tent on Channel 4 at 8pm on Tuesday 10 March

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