A new chapter begins…

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She’s no stranger to interviews but the boot will be firmly on the other foot for next weekend’s guest when she’ll be the one answering questions instead of asking them.

A journalist with 40 years’ experience, Lucy Millard will be joining the Girls Around Town to talk about some of the highlights of her time spent working for the Newark Advertiser.

And about how she’s now put her notebook and pen to one side to take up a new role with what is probably one of the town’s best known and best loved charities, Beaumond House Community Hospice

One of the memories Lucy will be re-living goes right back to her first assignment as a young reporter, when she interviewed the legendary Ken Dodd after one of his equally legendary appearances at the Palace Theatre. As usual, his performance ran over until well past midnight but, ever the gentleman, he was happy to give her all the time she needed to capture her story.

From court cases to council meetings, wedding anniversary celebrations to Royal visits, she’s lost count of the number of events she’s attended and the interviews they’ve involved and has always had a keen interest in helping to promote the work of local charities and volunteers.

So it’s perhaps not surprising that the new job she chose earlier this year gives her the chance to combine the two. She’ll be describing her own role as volunteer co-ordinator for Beaumond House and, with help from Maria Hewitt, the role of its volunteers as well.

Who knows, at this point June may well pass the baton back to Lucy and let her be the one to interview Maria about the 15 years she’s been a volunteer and a member of the hospice fundraising team!

Tune in or listen online between 10am and 12 noon on Sunday to hear Lucy’s stories of days gone by and find out what’s in store for her and her team in the months to come…

Conflict and cakes…

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It’s almost 17 months since the National Civil War Centre first opened its doors to the public and over nine months since the Girls Around Town caught up on the latest news from this jewel in Newark’s crown.

Time to revisit the subject then, when Andrea Smedley joins June and Sue in the studio this Sunday. She’ll be talking about what’s been going on down at the Appletongate site, what’s in store for the near future and, in her role as volunteer co-ordinator, explaining how you can get involved.

Volunteer guides, helpers and room stewards of all ages and backgrounds play a vital role in the £5.4m Centre’s operation. It’s a great way to learn new skills, make new friends, meet people from all over the world and just have fun – so why not tune in from 10am to 12 noon or listen online to find out how more?

From the conflict of the Civil War to cakes – one of the girls’ favourite subjects, as you well know! In the first hour, there’ll be news live from The Turquoise Teapot, where an event in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support will be featuring a cake-eating competition.

And if you get your skates on after the show, there’ll still be time to join in the fun on Bowbridge Road!