Winter warmers

Autumn’s here – winter’s just round the corner – time to start thinking about cosy coats, warm woollies and snuggly scarves!

If you’re looking for some stylish new additions to your wardrobe, why not do it over lunch and help raise funds for a good cause at the same time?

On Monday 12 November, you’ll have an opportunity to do just that when Shirt Sleeves in Newark hosts its autumn/winter fashion show…

All proceeds from the event will be going to Faith in Families, an East Midlands based charity which has been helping families on their adoption journey for 70 years. Find out more about its work as you see all the latest collections modelled while enjoying a delicious two-course lunch with coffee.

Starting at 11am, the event takes place at The Ram and tickets are on sale now, priced £28 each – advance booking is essential so pop into the store on Middlegate or call 01636 605880 to get yours now.


Stay tuned – we’ll be back soon!

If you were listening in last Sunday, you’ll already know about this but just in case you missed it…

There’s good news and bad news – the bad news is that the Girls Around Town are hanging up their headphones for a little while but there’s good news too – your favourite Sunday morning show will be back before you know it!!

Good luck to Tina, who’s leaving the show to concentrate on BELOVED@THEBARN, her new business in Southwell. And a big ‘thank you’ to Phil who’ll be keeping those headphones warm for us while we’re away with his Sunday Breakfast Show from 8am till 12 noon – we promise to reward him with cake when we return…

In the meantime, we’re already making plans for GAT#2, lining up lots of great guests and working on at least one regular new feature. Keep an eye on our Facebook page for updates and watch out too for news of what we’ve got in mind for the relaunch – the details are still under wraps for now but we promise there’ll be something a little bit special about the first show.

And as you’d expect, there’ll probably be cake involved as well!

Until then, if you’re missing your Sunday mornings with Radio Newark’s answer to Loose Women and Woman’s Hour, don’t forget that you can always listen again to the podcasts featuring some of the awesome guests who’ve joined us in the studio over the past year…

We’ll still be sharing stories about what’s going on in and around Newark over the next few months so let us know if you have events and activities you’d like us to feature here.

And if you have an interesting story to tell or you’re an expert in a field you think would be of interest to GAT listeners, why not get in touch to add your name to the guest list for next year? Just email – we’d love to hear from you!

Have a happy Christmas and a great New Year – keep warm this winter and we’ll see you next spring!!

What’s for afters?


You’ve supped the soup, scoffed the stew – now what’s for afters?

The third recipe from Lisa Holloway on Sunday’s show of course, because no meal is complete without a perfect pud!!

And the added bonus – minimal washing up afterwards because it’s a one-bowl cake…

Warm Ginger and Plum Cake

  • Servings: Serves 6
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 6 large or about 8 small  ripe plums, halved and stoned
  • 280g jar stem ginger in syrup
  • Handful of pecans or toasted flaked almonds
  • 114g self raising flour
  • 1 level teaspoon baking powder
  • 114g soft butter
  • 114g muscavado sugar
  • 2 large or 3 small eggs


  1. Line a deep, loose-bottomed sponge tin with a non-stick cake tin liner and heat the oven to 325F/170C/Gas mark 3.
  2. Arrange the plums on the bottom of the cake liner, round sides up, then place the nuts in between the plums.
  3. Blitz the stem ginger in syrup until smooth, then add to all the cake ingredients in a bowl. With an electric whisk, beat well on high for about a minute until thoroughly blended – you don’t want this mixture too wet.
  4. Pour the cake mix over the plums and nuts, smooth the top and bake in the centre of the oven until  firm. You might need to cover with foil and leave a little longer in the oven if not fully cooked.
  5. Test the sponge with a skewer – when it comes out clean, it’s ready. Leave in the tin to cool slightly,
  6. Then tip out onto a cake stand so the top is a beautiful pattern of glossy plums with the nuts in between.
  7. Serve warm with ice cream, yogurt or thick double cream.