From one kind of studio to another

Welcome to the first Girls Around Town of 2021!

June will be back in the Radio Newark studio from 10am till 12 noon this weekend, as she always is on Sunday mornings…

And, in a different kind of studio just a few miles up the road, another guest will be waiting to join her by phone for the first interview of the new year!

Upton-based artist and sculptor Susan Isaac will be describing how she’s had to change her business style slightly over the past few months, with the closure of all galleries and the cancellation of so many events and craft fairs.

A self-confessed tech novice, she’s been busy learning more about the online world as a way to keep in touch with people interested in her work and, with the help of daughter Elsa, has been building up her Instagram presence and working on her website.

Now, with the lifting of the second lockdown, some of her recent work is on display at Newark’s Gallery 6 in Between Times, a solo exhibition that’s open for pre-arranged private appointments until Saturday 9 January.

To hear more of Susan’s story, including her plan to invite visitors to view some of her work temporarily set up in her family’s 18th century threshing barn next to her studio once it’s allowed, make sure you’re tuned in to 107.8FM or listening online from 11.20am on Sunday…

And don’t forget to join June from 10am for all the usual features that make Girls Around Town your favourtie Sunday morning show!

United against violence against women

On last weekend’s show, you’ll no doubt have heard June talking about the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, which took place on  Wednesday 25 November.

Since that date, 16 days of action have been taking place, one of which will be held right here in Newark next week.

Commemorating the 108 women killed by men in the UK since 25 November 2019, 108 pairs of women’s shoes will go on display in the Market Place at 8am on Wednesday 9 December. The names of those women, who can no longer see the sunrise or be there for their families and friends, will be read out and the event will of course be captured in photographs.

If you’d like to help mark this, it’s not too late to donate a pair of women’s shoes which, after the event, will either be given to a local charity or returned to the donor.

All you need to do is drop off the shoes at Carriages Café between 9am and 6pm on Friday 4 December – if you want your shoes returned, just make sure they are clearly marked with your name on stickers on the soles.

Watch this space for some of the photographs from the Newark event – in the meantime, if you want to find out more about this annual International Day, just follow this link

One donation, twice the impact!

If you were listening to last Sunday’s show, you’ll have heard Christine Daniels talking about REACH Learning Disability‘s new project, Flower Pod Newark

Something else she mentioned during her phone call to June was The Big Give Christmas Challenge, an annual fundraiser which this year runs from midday on Tuesday 1 December to midday on Tuesday 8 December.

Make a donation between these two dates and and whatever you give will be doubled – what a great way to help a local charity, don’t you think?

The team at REACH is hoping to raise £20,000 during the seven day appeal, which will then be doubled to £40,000 and go towards its My Place Online project, providing online learning and social activities to people with learning disabilities and their family carers in Nottinghamshire.

Your donation, however small, will help them reach that goal and get them on the way to supplying this valuable support to their clients.

Find out how to do it through The Big Give Christmas Challenge here

But don’t forget – you need to do it between those two dates in order for your donation to be doubled!