Putting health and wellness at the top of the agenda

It’s all about networking again this weekend, when Johanna Thompson and Kayleigh Langley join the Girls Around Town to talk about the meetings and events they organise for people working in the health and wellness industry.

They’ll be sharing details of the Wellness Network‘s regularly monthly meetings, currently held in Lincoln and Grantham, which bring together like-minded professionals to share best practice, make new contacts and create collaborations.

There’ll be news too of their plans to expand the group’s activities to other locations, a look back at some of the special events that have taken place recently and a look ahead to one on the cards for Sunday 8 September.

The Grantham Health & Wellness Show at the Urban Hotel runs from 11am till 3pm and visitors can take their pick from no fewer than 10 short talks on popular topics such as the facts and fiction of the menopause, green beauty, reflexology and how a boudoir shoot can help boost your confidence.

With various demonstrations on the programme, a range of stands to browse around and the opportunity to try different exercise classes, there’s something for everyone at this free event. And there’s even a goody bag for the first 100 people who register!

Tune in or listen online between 10am and 12 noon on Sunday for all the details from Johanna and Kayleigh. In the meantime, you’ll find more information about the talks here – places are free but they’re limited so you do need to register if you want to secure yours.

And if you’re quick, you just might be going home with one of those goody bags too…

From bakes to makes

Two for the price of one again this weekend – as the first guest leaves the studio, another arrives for the second hour of the show…

Ever wondered who’s behind those bold and beautiful menu blackboards in your favourite coffee shop or restaurant? Or tried to find someone to custom-make a sign for a special occasion of your own?

Well, chances are at least some of those blackboards were Made By Mee – aka Marie Elizabeth Edwards, who’ll be talking to June and Rachel about her passion for creating freehand works of art that help make businesses stand out from the crowd.

And describing how her flair for design can add a personal touch to everything from the countdown to holidays and Christmas to weddings, christenings and home decor.

Given that Marie will be chatting to the Girls Around Town on Mothering Sunday, the other news she has to share is particularly appropriate.

As coordinator for the Newark branch of the Mums In Business Association, she’ll be hosting the group’s first event on Thursday 11 April, from 10am to 12 noon at the Roman Way on Lincoln Road.

Tune in or listen online from11am on Sunday to find out more about MIBA, an international community with almost 32,000 members worldwide, and what’s in store for Marie’s fellow MIBs at next month’s launch.

Tickets for the first meeting are already available online – if you’re a busy working mum, this child-friendly networking group could be just what you’ve been looking for!

A local group offering year-round breast cancer support

You probably don’t need the Girls Around Town to tell you that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

And, one week in, chances are you’ve already seen the familiar pink ribbon on a range of products being sold to help raise funds to support much-needed research into diagnosis and treatment.

But did you know that, this month alone, over 5,000 women in the UK will be told they have breast cancer?

More than ever are surviving but physical treatment is only part of the story. And one local group that knows the importance of being there for those who are living with, or supporting someone who has had, a diagnosis of breast cancer is the Newark Breast Cancer Support Group.

Its chairman, Elaine Ellison, will be joining Rosalyn (herself a breast cancer survivor) and Rachel on this weekend’s show to talk about how they do this. Also with her in the studio will be Heidi and Julie, two work colleagues who have both experienced their own breast cancer journeys at an early age.

Tune in or listen online between 10am and 12 noon to hear their stories and find out more about the group, which meets on the fourth Wednesday of every month at Aura Business Centre on Manners Road in Newark.

Here members have time to chat and exchange experiences, listen to guest speakers or watch demonstrations. They also enjoy a range of other events, from nights out at the theatre and visiting local places of interest to bowling or bocca and sampling afternoon tea – and, of course, the annual Christmas meal.

Elaine will be talking too about the importance of early detection, how treatments have become more personalised of late and some of the facts and figures from a recent Breast Cancer Now report into how unhealthy lifestyles could lead to the number of women dying from the disease rising for the first time in decades, despite advances in medical science…