Exploring one of Nottinghamshire’s hidden gems

LIVING LANDSCAPE © The HopBarn

Back in August, Angie Atmadjaja was one of the first guests live in the studio for more than a year and a half when she joined June to share the story of one of the county’s hidden treasures.

Just a few miles up the A612 from Newark, The HopBarn is rapidly becoming known as a centre for contemporary culture in rural Nottinghamshire, a place where visitors can discover arts, music and nature through its events.

High on the agenda for that chat was Living Landscape, a trail created by artists and makers through The Hopbarn’s wildlife-rich land…

And two of the creatives whose work it features will be on Girls Around Town next weekend to share their own stories.

First up and on the phone to the studio at just after 10.20am is Susan Isaacs, a Cardiff-born painter and sculptor now based here in Nottinghamshire whose contribution to the trail is a living sculpture entitled Green Fuse.

Then shortly after 11.10am it’s the turn of woodworker Steve Hunt, in the studio to describe how he adapts Scandinavian designs to develop finished items with well-proportioned, elegant shapes that are both practical and sculptural.

Both Susan and Steve will be telling listeners how and why they became involved in Living Landscape, the inspiration behind their own contributions and the reactions from some of the visitors over the past two months.

Make sure you’re tuned to 107.8FM or listening online, on the free Radio Newark apps or on Alexa between 10am and 12 noon next Sunday to hear what they have to say…

And, if you haven’t already done so, to find out how you can visit The HopBarn to see and enjoy not only their work but that of the nine other creatives taking part in this trail uniting nature and art.

Time for a break but back before you know it!

June‘s going off the grid for a little while, taking a bit of a break after a hectic couple of months, so no Girls Around Town next weekend.

But don’t worry, she’ll be back behind the mic at the end of October, inviting you to Put On Your Sunday Best on Halloween!

In the meantime, watch this space for the podcast of yesterday’s interview with Helen Stanbridge from Newark and Sherwood CVS about its Door2Door transport service…

And here’s a reminder of some the events mentioned on the same show that you and your kids might like to check out.

A little bit of self defense

If you went along to Newark’s Fun Palace at the beginning of the month, you may well have seen the self defence demo that took place in the Civil War Centre.

It was run by Newark Ninjitsu‘s Kiyth Fotitt, who’s putting on another event, this one especially for ladies, on Thursday 21 October.

The Ladies Self Defense Class runs from 10am to 12 noon at BeanBlock Cafe in the St Marks Shopping Centre – another free event but you do need to register online here to book your place.

Fun and games at Newark Library

Are you looking for some fun for the kids on a Saturday morning? Then the place to head for is Newark Library, where two new events will be on offer every weekend in the run up to Christmas.

Both will be taking place from 10am to 12 noon, alternating each weekend, with the Lego Club – a chance to build with Lego and join in the library’s Lego Challenge Themes – kicking things off on Saturday 23 October.

Then on Saturday 30 October it’s the Games Club, when youngsters can try out a few games and make some new friends.

The two Clubs alternate every week until Saturday 11 December – they’re absolutely free and kids of all ages are welcome but they must be accompanied by an adult.

Next Sunday’s litter pick

Do you live in or around South Muskham and Little Carlton and have a bit of free time on Sunday 24 October?

If you do, Charles Brightmore could really use your help!

He’s organising a litter pick in the area and he’s looking for a few more volunteers to get involved…

All equipment will be provided – just bring your own gloves, head over to the South Muskham Roundabout for the 9.30am start and help spruce up the area along the Great North Road and the A616 through Little Carlton.

From finding your inner balance to stem cell extraction on this weekend’s Sunday Best!

Two familiar voices on this weekend’s show, when Rosalyn Palmer and Susi Wright are on Girls Around Town

Or, to be more precise, better make that three because they’ll be chatting to June of course!

On the phone to the studio from just after 10.20am, Ros will no doubt have a quick update about life on the farm over in Lincolnshire.

Then, on a more serious note, she’ll be sharing the secret to inner alignment, something she’s discovered herself over the years – how to find the right balance between constantly pushing and challenging yourself and listening instead to your inner soul sometimes, doing something much more nurturing.

That secret lies at the midpoint of a line between the two axes of ‘Just do it!‘ and ‘Just be!‘ says Ros and she’ll be explaining how, as a coach and therapist, this is one of the things she helps her clients do.

In the second hour of the show, it’s Susi’s turn to step up to the mic when she’s in the studio for a face-to-face catch-up with June.

More lighthearted chat to begin with – if you’re a dog owner, some surprising information about what they’re calling Barking Mad will be among the topics on their agenda.

Then, again on a slightly more serious note, Susi will be talking about working in PR and marketing for a stem cell bank and a children’s book called Nothing But The Tooth she wrote at the time.

Whether you’re struggling to find your inner balance, interested in finding out more about stem cell extraction from children’s naturally shed milk teeth or looking for a truly over-the-top Christmas pressie for your precious pooch…

Make sure you’re tuned to 107.8FM, listening on the apps, on Alexa or online between 10am and 12 noon for all this and more when you Put On Your Sunday Best this weekend!