Boxing clever

More than 20 years have passed since Dean Sugden, himself a former World Champion kickboxer, first opened the doors of Suggy’s Gym in Newark.

And for almost 10 of those years, June – aka the oldest deadlifter in town – has been there in the red and black room of pain three times a week for her personal training sessions with none other than The Boss himself!

Although she’s never walked out into the ring herself, other than to present trophies at a few fight nights, there are plenty who have – kickboxers and boxers, professional and amateur, all flying the flag for Newark both at home and abroad.

Now she can’t wait to get her own back on Dean for all that suffering when they go head to head in the studio in the second hour of this weekend’s Girls Around Town, talking about those two decades of fitness and fighting on Castlegate, how he and his team have adapted things over there during and after lockdowns…

And how it’s not just about professional fighters although, as you’ll hear, he manages and coaches a fair few of them!

If you think boxing, kickboxing, weight training and working out are just for boys and blokes, think again – there are plenty of lasses and ladies giving it their all during the different training sessions and a few female rising stars on the fighting front too, not least among them the second guest joining in the chat, young boxer Megan Williams.

Make sure you’re tuned in to 107.8FM or listening on the apps, on Alexa or online from just after 11am – gym gear and/or boxing gloves are optional of course, just Put On Your Sunday Best to hear what Dean and Megan have to say about what’s on the cards for them and everyone else in the coming weeks and months.

And don’t forget that this Sunday also sees the welcome return of the Newark Dragon Boat Festival

Among the Radio Newark team joining in the fun down there at Riverside Park will be Chris Bevans, who’ll be on the phone to the studio from just after 10.20am to share a quick bird’s eye view of how things are going as it all starts to kick off.

Photo by Rick Wilks, Primal Pixels Photography

Supper with a Mediterranean twist

Didn’t get chance to scribble down the recipe from Sue’s Kitchen, shared by Sue herself on this morning’s show?

No worries, here it is!

Ideal for a simple summer supper – all you need to do is adjust the quantities to suit the number of folk who’ll be enjoying it with you…

Easy-peasy doesn’t even come close!!

Sausage and Mediterranean Vegetable Bake

  • Servings: Makes 3 servings
  • Difficulty: Easy
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    Ingredients

      2 peppers (red and yellow)
      2 courgettes
      6 medium tomatoes
      5-6 tblsp olive oil
      2-3 tsp dried thyme or dried mixed herbs
      Pack of herby sausages (enough for the people you are feeding)

Method

    1. Heat the oven to Gas mark 4, 180° or 160° fan
    2. De-seed the peppers and chop each one into about 6 or 8 pieces
    3. Cut the courgettes into half lengthways then into chunks
    4. Cut the tomatoes in half
    5. Place all the veg in a roasting tray and drizzle the oil over the veg
    6. Sprinkle the herbs on top and give it all a good stir
    7. Nestle the sausages in the veg
    8. Bake for 45 mins to an hour
    9. Serve with your choice of carbohydrate – crusty bread or jacket potatoes are good because they will soak up the lovely juices

Creating a happy life

Not long now till lots of lovely small businesses across the country will be opening their doors once more…

And if you’re anything like June, Monday 12 April just can’t come soon enough!!

Someone who’s looking forward even more to the next stage in the easing of restrictions is artist Liz Goulding, who’ll be on the phone in the second hour of next weekend’s Girls Around Town to share news of what’s on the cards for mid-May onwards, when a range of brand new workshops will be up and running in her Secret Garden Studios here in Newark.

Overlooking the beautiful secret garden itself, the studios will be home to a variety of different classes from poetry and printmaking to creative writing and textiles – and painting too of course!

A firm believer that a creative life is a happy life, Liz can’t wait to spread a little of that happiness when the workshops and classes get under way in May.

Make sure you’re tuned in to 107.8FM or listening online from just after 11.10am next Sunday when she’ll be chatting to June about what’s in store…

And how you can find your happy by joining Liz and various other experts, ready to start getting creative together!

Pictures courtesy of Liz Goulding