Sunday – best day of the week once more!

At last, the news you’ve all been waiting for – Newark‘s favourite show by, for and about women will be back on 107.8FM and online soon!

There’ll be a few small changes to the format, in line with government guidance about safety and social distancing, but rest assured June, Rosalyn, Rachel and Claire will still be going all out to keep you informed and entertained between 10am and 12 noon every Sunday morning…

Kicking things off on Sunday 12 July, June will be in the studio catching up with fellow presenter Ros by phone in the first hour.

Then in the second hour, it’s time for Wendy Baird from Carriages to give her a call and talk about the fantastic work the team at the Newark café has been doing recently.

Believe it or not, over the last few months literally hundreds of meals have made their way to the homes of Newark residents, many of whom would have normally visited Carriages every Wednesday evening for the Community Café

Make sure you’re listening from 11.20am to find out from Wendy how, with the help of local businesses and lots of willing volunteers, those meals just kept on coming – and will continue to do so.

There’ll be plenty of good music throughout the show too and news of some of the other guests already lined up for the next few weeks…

When lockdown began at the end of March, the Girls Around Town told you they’d be back as soon as possible and finally they’re ready to make good on their promise!

Bringing artists into view

Their studios may be closed to the public right now but artists across Nottinghamshire will still be welcoming ‘visitors’ throughout May and June, thanks to a special initiative designed to bring Open Studios 2020 to the county ‘virtually’.

“Of course it is no longer possible to run Open Studios in its usual format this year,” said Michael Trueman, co-ordinator of the initiative. “However, the creative community is the best at keeping morale high when times are rough, not only for the wider public but for ourselves too.

“Hence we have decided to use the online and digital opportunities available to continue to fulfil our mission of ‘bringing artists into view’.”

OS Notts will be sharing virtual studio tours and videos of artists’ work in progress on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter and on a dedicated YouTube channel. There will also be opportunities to meet participating artists on social media and a new Meet the Artist section on the OS website.

Linked photographic exhibitions showing artists and makers at work that would normally be held in libraries across the county courtesy of  Inspire: Culture, Learning and Libraries will also take place online.

Links to the exhibition, which launches on Friday 24 April, will be posted on social media and on the OS website. For the third year running, the photographs have been taken by Neil Pledger and curated by Lucianna Gallucci.

And don’t forget to keep an eye on the Girls Around Town social media feeds for regular updates about this year’s Open Studios…

Photographs by Neil Pledger

We’re taking a break – but we will be back!

Here at Radio Newark, the team is continuing to keep you entertained and informed during these troublesome times, broadcasting 24/7 as always.

But unfortunately it’s not so easy where Girls Around Town is concerned…

Your favourite Sunday morning slot relies on lots of lovely guests giving up their time to pop into the studio, sharing their stories, both personal and professional, with listeners in live, face-to-face interviews every weekend.

Under normal circumstances, social distancing is the very last thing on on the minds of JuneRosalynRachel and Claire but at the moment circumstances are far from normal of course.

And since the wellbeing of those guests – and of the girls themselves – has to come first, it’s with heavy hearts that Newark’s Fab Four have decided to take a bit of a break.

But don’t despair – just like Arnold Schwarzenegger, they’ll be back!!

Initially, the show will be off air from Sunday 22 March until the end of April, with the option to extend the break further as necessary.

Looking on the bright side, in its place the lovely Ady Crampton‘s show will be broadcast on both FM and DAB – while the girls are away, Ady will play!!

And there’s more…

Some of the stories that would ordinarily have been aired on the show will now be covered in Sunday Best, a new online magazine that was already in the pipeline anyway, along with extra features designed to keep you connected with the GAT team and the other members of its community.

You’ll be able to access it here on the website, free of charge – just watch this space for details of Issue 1, coming soon.

In the meantime, don’t forget to keep an eye on the show’s FacebookTwitter and Instagram feeds for regular posts and pics. And if you’re missing those Sunday morning chats with guests, why not hop over to the podcast page and listen to one or two of the interviews you may have missed?

Above all, please take care and stay safe – looking forward to making a comeback soon but till then, please continue to support Radio Newark by turning on and tuning in

Big hugs to you all –

June, Rosalyn, Rachel & Claire xxxx