A Christmas party with a purpose

A first-time guest on Girls Around Town this weekend…

But if you live in or around Newark, there’s a pretty good chance you’ll at least recognise the name of the local charity Rosemary Holland will be talking about.

You may have already seen details of the event she’s been working on recently alongside Newark’s Town Mayor, Lisa Geary – and if you were as quick off the mark as June, you might even have tickets for it!

Taking place from 6.30pm to 10.30pm on Friday 26 November at LetsXcape in The Buttermarket, their Christmas Community Event is in aid of Newark Women’s Aid, one of Lisa’s chosen charities…

And when June and Rosemary starting planning this Sunday‘s on-air chat, top of the list of things to share with listeners was, not surprisingly, how to buy those all-important tickets.

A slight change of plan there though, because within days of the event details being released, they’d all literally flown off the shelf!

Which means that, unless you’ve already booked yours, unfortunately it’s too late to join in the fun on the night, when guests will be enjoying food and drink, a quiz and a raffle and of course plenty of chat.

The good news is you can still get involved and help support the amazing work done for women and children by this local charity and you can find out exactly how to do just that in the second hour of the show.

With Christmas fast approaching, Lisa and Rosemary are asking guests on the night to donate gifts for those women and children, along with essential household items for the refuge. And even if you’re not one of the lucky ticket-holders for the event, they’d be over the moon if you could do that too!

Rosemary will be explaining just what sort of things they’re looking for, how you can make those donations and of course describing the invaluable work done by the charity since it was founded in 1975 by a local women’s group that recognised the need for the provision of refuge for victims of domestic abuse in this area.

Make sure you’re tuned in to 107.8FM, listening on the apps, on Alexa or online from just after 11.10am to find out more…

And don’t forget to Put On Your Sunday Best again on Sunday 28 November, when June will be sure to report back on how things went on the Friday evening!

Let’s get positive

June‘s got hers at the ready – this Sunday‘s guest definitely never leaves home without hers…

So you’d better make sure you put on your own positive pants when you join them for Girls Around Town this week!

Live in the studio for the first time since early 2020, Put On Your Positive Pants‘ Claire Clements will be looking back at some recent highlights as well as looking forward to what’s on the cards for the coming months.

She’ll have the latest news of her best-selling book, published at the end of July, as well as details of some of the events she’s been running recently.

And if you’ve got kids, you’ll certainly want to hear the tips and activities she’ll be sharing to help boost their wellbeing through the coming winter months.

Rounding off Claire’s latest on-air chat, the focus switches from positve pants to crafty pants, her exciting new collaboration with The Inky Nook which brings mindfulness and wellbeing crafts to your doorstep.

Designed to help children express and control their feelings as they lose themselves in their ideas, thoughts and play, the Crafty Pants box is aimed at kids from six to 10 and is perfect for them to enjoy on their own, with a friend or with a sibling.

Find out more on 107.8FM, on the apps, on Alexa or online from just after 11.10am this weekend…

And don’t forget to join June from 10am for all the usual news, views and great music here on Your Sunday Best!

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 Isaac, 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.