All that jazz at Christmas

 

Who doesn’t love a Christmas carol?

If there’s one thing guaranteed to get you in the festive spirit, it’s singing along to your favourite seasonal hymns and songs.

And if you’re doing it for a good cause, so much the better…

Help raise money for The Sam White Legacy by joining in the fun between 3pm and 5.30pm (doors open from 2.30pm) on Sunday 15 December, when Wendy Kirkland, Pat Sprakes, Si Potts, Mat Short and Neil C Young take to the microphones for the ninth annual Jazzy Carols at Stray’s Coffee in Newark.

From small beginnings in 2010, the event’s grown to a full-on jazz gig with Christmas at its heart – and with the obligatory mince pies thrown in of course!

There’ll be a raffle too, with prizes generously provided by local shops and businesses, and as always printed song sheets will be provided so you can join vocalist Wendy in raising the roof in true jazzy style.

Tickets are on sale online now, priced £12 each to include a complimentary mince pie with tea, coffee or cold drink and, with the musicians travelling and performing for free, all proceeds go to this much-loved local charity.

Are you a crafty sew n sew?

crafty betty imageDid you just say yes? Then this Saturday’s show will be right up your street…

Michelle Baker will be joining the Girls Around Town after 11am to talk about upcoming events and workshops at her Crafty Betty studios in Newark. And top of the list will be the one that’s happening on Saturday 17 October.

With activities for stitchers of all ages and abilities, Sew Saturday at Crafty Betty is part of a national campaign to raise the profile of sewing stores across the country. Pop over to The Arcade any time between 2pm and 6pm and you’ll find plenty of things to interest and inspire you – from demonstrations and workshops to a craft fair and even a Sewing Bee.

sew saturdayWith free goody bags and a raffle in aid of the Sam White Legacy, not to mention some delicious cupcakes too, there’ll be lots to see and do throughout the afternoon.

June, Tina and Sue will all be putting in an appearance after their show – and no, not just for the cupcakes! They’ll be channelling their inner May Martin, of The Great British Sewing Bee fame, stepping up to judge the entries in the competition to Make a Patchwork Cushion.

Although they probably won’t say no to a cupcake to fortify themselves for the task…

Tune in or listen online from 10am to 1pm on Saturday to find out more. Meanwhile, there’s still time to have a go at one of the various competitions – the closing date is now Friday 16 October so why not visit the website for all the details and download the free patterns for your entry?

Celebrating Sew Saturday in Newark

sew saturdayWhether you’re a professional dressmaker, a novice stitcher or just fancy trying out a new craft, Sew Saturday is something you won’t want to miss.

Launched by home and style magazine Sew, this national campaign is designed to remind customers about the fantastic personal service provided by sewing stores across the country. And here in Newark, our very own Crafty Betty will be entering into the swing of things on Saturday 17 October with activities for stitchers of all ages and abilities.

From 2pm to 6pm, the studio in The Arcade will be the setting for everything from demonstrations, workshops and a raffle to free goodie bags, a craft fair and a Sewing Bee. Word is there’ll be cupcakes on offer too – how’s that for an added incentive?!

“We’re delighted to be taking part and looking forward to welcoming customers old and new on the day,” says Michelle Baker. “As part of the event we’re raising money for the Sam White Legacy, a local charity we actively support, so we’re hoping lots of people will come along to enjoy the afternoon with us.”

patchwork cushionOn Saturday 10 October, Michelle will be joining June, Tina and Sue on air, to talk about what’s in store for visitors to the Crafty Betty studio.

And on Saturday 17 October, the Girls Around Town will be hot-footing it down to Newark straight after the show to judge one of three competitions taking place, casting their eyes over entries in the Make a Patchwork Cushion category. And no doubt checking out those cupcakes too…

Meanwhile, to find out more about all three categories in the competition – as well as making a patchwork cushion, you can Sew an Aly Owl or Sew a Saturday Skirt – visit the website to download the free patterns for your entry.

The closing date for entries is Wednesday 30 September so get out your needles, thread and fabric and start stitching!