A different kind of departure lounge

Since the first one opened its doors in September 2011, more than 9,000 death cafés have been held in 65 countries across EuropeNorth America and Australasia.

Now this global social enterprise, which offers people the chance to talk about life and death over tea and cake, is heading this way…

The Newark meetings will be known as the Departure Lounge  – a particularly appropriate choice given the fact that they’ll take place at Carriages Café on Platform 1 of Newark Castle Station – and are being held on the first Tuesday of every month, starting with the launch on Tuesday 3 September.

Facilitator Hilary Wellington, who has been passionate about supporting people through death, dying and bereavement all her life, will be joining the Girls Around Town next weekend to share a few more details of what’s in store.

“Although there’s an organiser to start conversations, there are no leaders nor do we have a set philosophy or agenda,” she explained. “Everyone’s views are accepted and respected and much can be learned by coming together in a safe place to share cultural beliefs or traditions around death.”

The monthly meetings run from 2.30pm to 4.30pm, there’s no need to book and entry is free although the organisers do ask that participants buy something to eat and drink from the tempting menu at Carriages.

Tune in or listen online from 10am next Sunday when Hilary will be chatting to June and Rosalyn about  the Departure Lounge’s aim to increase awareness of death to help people make the most of their (finite) lives…


Falling in love with fashion

Hopefully there’s still a little time left to enjoy the last few weeks of summer but even so it’s probably not too early to start looking ahead to autumn.

And if in your case that means thinking about shopping for new outfits, Ann Hayes from Ann et Vin and Lucky Secret Boutique‘s Sue Allen will be in the studio next weekend with news of something which will definitely be right up your street…

The street in question is Castlegate in Newark, the ‘something’ is an Autumn Fashion Show and, given the fact that it’s being hosted by Ann et Vin, you won’t be surprised to learn that there’ll be fizz as well as fashion on Thursday 12 September!

From 6.30pm to 9.30pm, local businesses will be joining forces to raise funds for Beaumond House Community Hospice in an evening which features new autumn ranges from Lucky Secret Boutique alongside handbags, lingerie, jewellery, scarves, shoes, make up and more.

Tickets are on sale now, priced £15 each which includes a glass of Prosecco on arrival and nibbles during the interval. To book your seat by the catwalk, visit Lucky Secret Boutique on Wilson Street or call 01636 919748.

And don’t forget to tune in to 107.8FM or listen online from 11am next Sunday when Ann and Sue will be sharing more details of the event with the Girls Around Town.

They’ll be chatting to June, who already has her ticket for the show – but then what else would you expect from a self-confessed shopaholic?!