Social butterflies spread their wings


Free pampering treatments, home-made cakes and an opportunity to make new friends – what’s not to like about a group offering all this and more to women living in and around Newark?

Whether you want to enjoy a facial or a massage, try a craft activity or just relax and chat for an hour or so, you’ll find a warm welcome at the twice-monthly meetings of Butterflies run by Alive Newark.

There’s even a dedicated play area for babies and toddlers, where busy mums can get together for cake and a cuppa while the little ones have some fun of their own nearby!

Coordinator Penny Gault and volunteer Lois Unwin will be talking to June, Tina and Sue next Sunday morning about why, where and when Butterflies began. And how it’s since spread its wings to come to Newark…

If you’re new to the area, feeling lonely or just want to try something different, tune in or listen online between 10am and 12 noon, when Penny and Lois join the  Girls Around Town to explain how this new social group could be just what you’re looking for.

And don’t forget to make a note of their next meeting, from 1pm to 2.30pm on Tuesday 18 April

What’s your clothing personality?

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If you were listening to the show last Sunday, you’ll have heard Tina and Sue having all kinds of fun talking to Lisa Newport about finding your personal style.

Whenever she starts working with a new client, one of the first things Lisa does is get her to take a Clothing Personality Quiz, which helps to identify the client’s dominant style. Is it classic or creative, romantic or dramatic, natural or fashionista?

The quiz is usually only available to Lisa’s customers but guess what? She’s kindly agreed to share it with the Girls Around Town, which means they can share it with you!

So here it is – just follow this link and give it a go – you may be surprised by what you learn.

And if you’re inspired to take it further,  why not check out Lisa’s website for details of her self-image workshops, one-to-one consultations and online programmes? Just head over to My Ruby Slippers to find out more…

Embrace the change!

By Fiona Theokritoff

menopauseFeeling hot and bothered too often? Lost for words or feeling as if you are losing the plot altogether some days? If you’re a woman of a certain age, these trials will sound only too familiar.

Until recently, a lot of women signed up to take HRT but these days many of us are seeking a natural solution.

Homeopathy is a safe and natural system to support health that was developed 200 years ago in Germany. Brought to the UK by Queen Victoria’s husband Albert, it has been used in UK as well across the world ever since, with our current Queen known to carry remedies, rather than money, in her handbag.

Homeopathic remedies are made from natural sources:  plants and minerals. They work in tandem with the body, and don’t create unpleasant side-effects. The remedies can help support mental and emotional health as well as dealing with physical problems.

That’s what makes homeopathy so useful for the menopause. As well as physical problems like hot flushes, we may feel a range of emotions at what is happening. Emotions that can feel like quicksand, shifting very suddenly and leaving us feeling insecure.

One of the upsides is that you can take stock of your life… so make it count

The average menopause age – when your periods stop altogether – is 51. But for some years before that your body makes it clear that change is afoot – what is often called the peri-menopause.

One of the upsides is that you can take stock of your life. We can expect to live a lot longer post-menopausally than any other women in history. So make it count. If you aren’t happy with your life, get it sorted. Make sure you are doing the best for you and your health.  And if you want to start new venture, sport or hobby, then go for it!

But – I hear you cry – how can I do all that when I feel so rubbish? Absolutely. First things first, let’s sort the practical problems :

homeopathic remediesWith a little guidance, I can help you choose a homeopathic remedy that will reduce the distress of hot flushes. There are about six remedies most often used – taking account of this reflects the differences we experience in our symptoms; whether days or nights are toughest, or exactly when and where we feel the heat.

Of course it’s not all hot flushes. Other symptoms such as anxiety, cystitis and lack of libido make life harder than it should be. Homeopathy offers lots of natural choices.

menopause 2Eating well is always important. Quality rather than quantity is what to aim for. Take a good look at what and when you are eating – hot flushes can be set off by the stress of low blood sugar levels. Choose a balanced diet, high in fruit and vegetables, and consider adding ‘helpful’ foods containing phyto-oestrogens, such as lentils, linseeds and soya.

50 Is The New 40 is a light-hearted and practical morning packed with information about using remedies not HRT for hot flushes, and eating for energy.

Remember you are not alone – come and meet others in the same hot and steamy boat. Let’s work together, and get ready to enjoy life again!

The next date for 50 Is The New 40 in Newark is Thursday 7 April from 10am to 12 noon. Email me ( for more information and to book your place or visit my website here