Run for Reach this Christmas

Is it too soon to be talking about Christmas? Well, the Girls Around Town certainly don’t think so – they’ve already started their shopping!

And on next week’s show they’ll be sharing news of an event taking place in the run up to the festive season when June and Rachel are joined in the studio just after 10am by Sarah Cobb, the fundraising officer for local charity Reach

Their first Santa Run will be held at Sconce & Devon Park in Newark on Sunday 9 December, starting at 11am, and if you’re quick off the mark there’s still time to take advantage of the Early Bird Price to join in the fun.

Jog, walk or run round the two mile course and help to raise much-needed funds for Reach. Everyone taking part will receive a mince pie, a medal and a free Santa suit – what’s more, if you accessorise your outfit you could be in with a chance of winning a prize in one of the three categories, for the best fancy dress adult, best fancy dress child or best fancy dress dog!

Register before 11pm on Thursday 27 September and you’ll pay the Early Bird Price of £10 for adults and £5 for children aged 15 and under (standard entry fees from Friday 28 September are £12 and £6.50). In addition, all you’re asked to do is raise a minimum of £10 per person in sponsorship to help Reach raise as much as possible from this family-friendly event.

Full details and registration forms can be found online here – and remember to tune in or listen online between 10am and 12 noon on Sunday for more information about the event and about the work Reach does to support over 200 adults with learning disabilities in Nottinghamshire.

In bloom at Beloved

It’s the Newark Half Marathon on Sunday 12 August so there’ll be no Girls Around Town  this week…

The girls aren’t taking part (why are you not surprised?!) but they’ll be having a bit of a break while Radio Newark broadcasts live from the race throughout the morning.

Fear not though, June and Rachel will be back the following weekend when they’ll be joined by old friend and former co-presenter of the show, Tina Bettison

Tina will be in the studio on Sunday 19 August to talk about all things arty, both in her own studio and gallery BELOVED@THEBARN and further afield in and around Southwell.

She’ll be looking back at some of the events of the last few weeks and there’ll be news too of what’s happening now and what’s to come – including the Southwell Music FestivalCeramics in Southwell and, last but by no means least, The Barn’s very own Summer Party!

To find out more, tune in or listen online between 10am and 12 noon – in the meantime, if you’re reading this well before Sunday 19 August, there could still be time for you catch a couple of those upcoming events.

Local artist Jo Munks, whose exhibition Women InBloom runs throughout the month, will be giving an evening talk about her work on Thursday 16 August. The talk begins at 7pm and refreshments are included in the ticket price of £5 in advance or £8 on the door but places are limited – call Tina on 07519 826819 or visit The Barn at 79 King Street in Southwell to check availability…

On Saturday 18 August, there’s a opportunity for children over 8-years old (and their well-behaved parents!) to create their own collage masterpieces to take away. Tickets are £10 for adults, kids go free, all materials are included and there’s no need to book – just drop in any time between 1pm and 4pm.

And if you haven’t visited The Barn yet, how about a little virtual tour?

New year, new show – and a new girl in town!

The show may be off air at the moment but there’s a lot going on behind the scenes as the Girls Around Town get ready to return…

If all goes to plan, they’ve something extra special in mind for the first show to make sure things get off to a sparkling start and – headline news – there’s another new girl in town!

After a fond farewell to Tina, who left the show in November to concentrate on her new business BELOVED@THE BARN, Rachel Repper is joining the team full time. Local theatre-goers will know her as one of the leading lights of the Robin Hood Theatre and if you’re a regular listener, you’ll have heard her as a guest on Girls Around Town several times this year. So who better to become the latest co-presenter when GAT#2 takes to the airwaves in a few weeks’ time?

In other news so far, the guest list for early spring is growing, the new feature Sunday Supplement is coming together nicely and ideas for informative and entertaining interviews and discussions are flowing thick and fast. There’ll be plenty of opportunities for you to get involved in the conversations too, with invitations to have your say on everything from vegan cookery to big knickers via the Facebook page and Twitter feed.

In the meantime, if you’re making a list of resolutions for the New Year, here’s one more to add. Watch this space for confirmation of the relaunch date and be sure to put Sundays from 10am to 12 noon in your diary for the rest of 2018