Wall to wall talent

Twenty of the UK‘s top artists will be joining forces to showcase their work when Meander and Mooch brings a unique new exhibition to Newark next month…

After a private view and launch party on Friday 7 February, The Wall opens to the public at 10am on Saturday 8 February, when visitors will be able to meet some of the artists as they explore what’s on show in the gallery.

One of those whose paintings are featured is the aptly-named Jackie Whall, who together with gallery owner Susi Wright joins the Girls Around Town next weekend to talk about the three-week event and some of the stories behind it.

“Our aim is to take people on a journey through walls in history and music, from the Berlin Wall to Bowie‘s Heroes and Pink Floyd‘s unforgettable film and music The Wall,” says Susi.

“And if you’re a fan of Pink Floyd, there’s another treat in store for you in Newark too, with tribute band Think Floyd performing the music from The Wall at the Palace Theatre on the evening of Friday 7 February.

“No prizes for guessing where we’ll be headed after our own launch party!”

Join June and Rachel on 107.8FM or listen online between 10am and 12 noon next Sunday to hear what Susi and Jackie have to say about the exhibition and find out how you can even add your own personal touch to the event.

“We’ll be raising money for Beaumond House Community Hospice and, for a small donation, visitors will be able to write their own message to a loved one on the wall in the gallery window to help support this worthwhile charity,” adds Susi.

The stage is set…

Given that their shows are all about speech and music – with the occasional bit of drama thrown in – how appropriate that the Girls Around Town are starting the new year this Sunday discussing a festival dedicated to those very things!

And even more appropriate that Rachel, who’ll be joining June as co-presenter, is one of the trustees of the organisation behind the event.

As is this weekend’s guest Lucy Kitchen, who’ll be in the studio to talk about the 22nd Wolfit Festival of Drama, Music and Verse Speaking, which takes place here in Newark next month…

Named after Sir Donald Wolfit, who was born in Balderton and made his first appearance at The Robin Hood Theatre in Averham, the Wolfit Endowment Fund was established to support drama students who live in Newark or Balderton or attend schools there.

Its annual festival, which this year takes place between Thursday 26 and Sunday 29 March, is an opportunity for entrants of all ages to showcase their music, drama and speaking skills in a total of 36 different classes which range from school and church choirs to barbershop groups, duets to dramatic dialogue and Shakespeare solos to choral verse speaking.

Tune in to 107.8FM or listen online between 10am and 12 noon on Sunday to learn more from Lucy, who will also be sharing details of the Festival Showcase which takes place Tuesday 31 March.

And, with the closing date for entries approaching fast, how to get in touch if you want to take part this year…

Summer fun – and shopping! – in Newark

School’s out, it’s time for some fun – and there’ll be plenty to choose from in Newark this summer…

Louise Clark joins June on the show this weekend to talk about upcoming events in the town. And top of the list is the new Summer Dusk Market taking place between 5pm and 9pm on Wednesday 31 July.

Browse among the 30-plus stalls in the historic Market Place, enjoy the entertainment and take advantage of the opportunity to pop into a few of more than 20 of the town’s independent shops staying open till late for the occasion.

With face painters, jugglers, Punch and Judy and a colouring competition, there’s lots for the kids to enjoy while you explore the foodie quarter or buy gifts and treats as the sun sets over the stalls.

Tune in or listen online from 10am when Louise will have more details of what’s on offer during the evening, as well as information about some of the other events and activities to look forward to over the coming months.