Time to get crafty – with cake!

If you’re a regular listener to Girls Around Town, you’ll know that cakes feature on the show fairly frequently – and this week is no exception!

But when former co-presenter Tina Bettison joins June on air again on Sunday, they’ll be talking about much more than just baking cakes…

Because Tina will be inviting everyone to get crafty and make a special one to share on social media to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Open Studio Notts

Whether you want to draw or paint, sculpt or sew, write a poem or sing and dance – or bake, of course! – anything goes. All you need to do is photograph or video your creation and post it on social media using the hashtag #osnottscake.

There are four different categories

  • Practising artists (for whom art or craft is their main income source)
  • Adults over 18 (not making an income from art or craft)
  • Young people (over 12)
  • Children (under 12)

Entries open on Monday 19 April and you have until Monday 14 June to get yours online – just include your name and category on the post and you could be in with a chance of winning a prize in the Crafty Birthday Cake Competition!

Tina will have more details when she’s on the phone from just after 11.10am this weekend and she’ll also be sharing the latest information about how artists across the county will be showcasing their work during May and June both virtually and, if the gradual easing of restrictions permits, by opening their doors to welcome visitors into their studios.

Make sure you’re tuned in to 107.8FM or listening online to find out more…

And in the meantime, get your thinking caps on so you’re ready to join the party and get crafty with cake!

Building a business

It’s not unusual for guests on Girls Around Town to be talking about making major changes in their lives, especially on the work front.

Someone who recently made such a change is Nottingham-based chartered architectural technologist Aimie Crossland-Rimmington, who’ll be on the phone to the Radio Newark studio in the second hour of this weekend’s show to describe why and how she did just that!

After many years’ experience working on commercial and residential projects, following the birth of her first longed-for daughter she soon realised that returning to a similar job in the construction industry while spending time with her baby was going to be difficult to manage.

Having taken the decision to set up her own building and design consultancy company, working on a range of projects from new builds and extensions to renovation work and loft conversions, she’ll be explaining what it’s been like starting her own business.

And the challenges she’s faced doing so in a male-dominated profession!

Make sure you’re tuned in to 107.8FM or listening online just after 11.20am on Sunday when Aimie will be telling June – and you – how she’s risen to those challenges and is well on the way to building that new business…

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!