Let’s raise some dough!

Have you been watching The Great Celebrity Bake Off for Stand Up To Cancer on Channel 4 over the last few weeks?

Probably not ideal viewing if, like June, you’ve given up cakes for Lent but great entertainment nevertheless – and all in a good cause too, of course.

If you’ve been inspired to follow the example of Jeremy Paxman, Johnny Vegas, Nicola Adams and the other 17 celebs lined up for the series, here’s your chance to do just that.

Whether you’re a Star Baker or a Soggy-Bottomed runner up, Newark Does Bake Off wants to hear from you. And you can hear all about it next Sunday, when Ann Hayes joins June and Rachel in the studio…

Bring your best bake – or just your appetite – to Ann et Vin on Sunday 14 April and join in the fun from 2pm. Tickets, priced £10 for bakers and £10 for testers, are on sale now from 23-25 Castlegate and all proceeds will be going to Stand Up To Cancer.

The Girls Around Town were a little disappointed to learn that the hunky Mr Hollywood won’t be among the judges. But between them Newark town mayor Tony Roberts and local chef/restaurant owner Steve Taylor no doubt have all the experience and expertise needed to step up to the plate in his place!!

Tune in or listen online from 10am for all the details from Ann. And find out whether June, Rachel and Rosalyn will be putting their own baking expertise to the test or just going along to give their taste buds a treat…

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Pampered to perfection

We all deserve a little bit of ‘me’ time occasionally, don’t we?

And if it comes with shopping and a glass of Pimms too – well, what’s not to love?

When Emma Mayle mentioned an evening with all this and more coming up in Balderton during her interview on the show a couple of weeks ago, June and Rachel immediately spotted a chance for a fun night out.

Not surprisingly, Rosalyn was quick to agree – so it’s Girls Around Town On Tour on Friday 29 March

The Pimms, Shopping and Pamper Evening takes place from 7pm to 9.30pm in St Giles Church Hall (opposite Chesters pub for those of you not too familiar with Balderton) and tickets are just £5 each, with a glass of Pimms included in the price.

But you’ll have to get your skates on if you haven’t got yours yet – advance booking is essential and the deadline is Wednesday 27 March.

With Mothering Sunday and Easter just around the corner, you’ll find plenty of ideas for gifts and treats among the stands with fresh flowers, dream catchers, jewellery and paintings just a few of the goodies on offer.

Add bouquets of sweets from Simply Sweet, garden ornaments, children’s books, music from Adele Woodsford Priestley, a fashion show courtesy of Rocket Retro and a raffle to the mix and it’s safe to say there’ll be something for everyone…

From a pampering perspective, how about a mini manicure, a mini head massage or a chance to check you’re wearing the right size bra and browse through the lovely lingerie sold by Janice Holmes, another recent GAT guest?

All proceeds from the evening will be divided equally between Newark‘s Beaumond House Hospice, St Alice Hospice in Esher and Cancer Research UK. So call or text Lorraine West on 07707 524998 by next Wednesday to get your tickets and support these good causes while having an equally good time.

Oh and there’ll be cake too – in fact, rumour has it there might even be Pimms cupcakes! Need we say more?

Captain Krankypants comes to Carriages

On Tuesday 18 December Australian returning veteran and successful businessman Trace Dann, known to audiences worldwide as the legendary Captain Krankypants, will be entertaining guests at Newark’s Carriages Café with his highly energetic presentation on how to enjoy life despite suffering from Depressive Disorder and PTSD.

With so many people today suffering from these conditions, Captain Krankypants will be sharing the story of his own journey, from a life of inner turmoil, stress, unhappiness, displeasure, annoyance, anger and distrust to a new life of self-awareness, acceptance, trust and hopefully happiness.

“After more than 30 years in the work force and 19 years in the military, including multiple tours to battle zones, Trace has a wealth of experiences that combine to provide a unique outlook on life,” said Wendy Baird, owner of Carriages.

“We’re delighted to welcome him to Newark for what promises to be a very special evening. His personal take on what is obviously a very serious topic is guaranteed to provoke laughter and tears in equal measure and give hope to those who have suffered or are suffering from depression themselves.”

Tickets for the show, which starts at 7.30pm, are available now from Carriages Café and are priced £10 each, including a welcome drink on arrival. For more details and reservations, visit Carriages at Platform 1, Newark Castle Station or call 01636 676129.