By Lisa Harrison – LJH Copywriting
A damp and dreary start to the 1st of the month didn’t putoff Newark Business Club (NBC) members from showing up to November’s meeting.
Chairman, Kerri Saxby started the agenda by reminding us that Christmas is just around the corner, and inviting us to help decorate the NBC Christmas tree that will appear in Newark Parish Church’s annual ChristmasTree Festival. If anyone would like to volunteer at the event then please email email@example.com
Speaking of Christmas volunteering, last month we got a thorough update on Newark’s Newest Santa’s Grotto and it’s return to Holdens of Newark at the end of November. Another great charity initiative with all proceeds going to Lincs and Notts Air Ambulance and the Children’s Bereavement Centre. If you’d like to volunteer to be one of Santa’s helpers this year, he’s recruiting now. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org Rachel@childrensbereavementcentre.co.uk for more information.
Kerri also told us that NBC are on the look out for interesting speakers to add to their roster over the next few months. If you or anyone you know is interested in speaking at a future NBC meeting, please email email@example.com. The same applies if you’re thinking about sponsoring any future NBC meetings.
Bringing the house down
This month’s meeting sponsor was The Shaw Mind Foundation. Peter Wingrove, Operations Manager and Shirley Novak, Community Development Manager talked us through some of the fantastic work they’ve been doing in the local community.
The Shaw Mind Foundation believe everyone should have access to mental health resources. Shirley updated us on their outreach programme – Breathe, that launched in June this year.
Working with local volunteers and focusing exclusively on improving mental health and wellbeing, the Breatheprogramme currently includes:
• Breathe:Together – which provides supportive listening services
• Breathe:ManCave – specifically aimed at helping men of all ages
• Breathe:Youth – helping pupils and students at schools and colleges
• Breathe:Create – using the power of music, writing and art
As part of these four strands, the charity has opened Breathe café, currently situated in Newark Buttermarket. It’s a space where people can go if they’re having a bad day, drink a cup of tea and just…breathe.
Breathe:Youth and Breathe:Create are two focus areas that Shirley is hugely passionate about. Combining her love of music and making children and young people aware of mental health issues, the charity is taking Breathe into local schools and colleges.
450 voices across 7 schools have recorded a song called ‘Just be you’, written by a local songwriter. The track’s message is – just be yourself. Shirley said “it’s not a Christmas song it’s a forever song, but it will be available to download soon and performed for the first time during the Newark Christmas light switch on event”.
Peter and Shirley let us listen to a small snippet of the song that came as part of a ‘making of’ video. A moving song, children and a very worthy cause equals watery eyes all round and a huge applause.
The charity can’t survive without a steady income. To find out more and how you can support The Shaw Mind Foundation, visit www.shawmindfoundation.org/get-involved or www.shawmindfoundation.org/donate
And the winners are…
Peter Wingrove from The Shaw Mind Foundation had the honour of drawing this month’s business card prize draw. The winning newcomer, who wins an advert in the Newark Advertiser, was Ketchup Marketing, while the winning established member was APT Legal.
APT Legal are experts in and advise on wills, probate, powers of attorney and inheritance tax. Providing a flexible service that includes home and evening appointments, they help their clients to navigate this complex world.
Director, Carrie Boughtwood says, “people rarely think about getting their house in order with regards to these things but it is so important. If you have children, think about making a will. If you're aged 18 or older and have the mental ability to make financial, property and medical decisions for yourself, you can arrange for someone else to make these decisions for you in the future, should you need them to. Unmarried couples should consider making wills as they don’t have the same rights as married couples.” The company offer a simple and affordable service for all of these areas and if you’d like to find out more, please visit www.apt-legal.co.uk.
It's ok to not be ok
There seems to be a theme this month as Samantha Kendall, Director of SK First Aid Training took to the stage to remind us that it’s ok to not be ok and how we can all be better at helping each other when it comes to protecting our mental health.
Sam talked us through what mental health is, daily stressors and how we can tackle them. She was very good at bringing to our attention that we all handle situations and stress differently and we should be kinder and less judgemental towards people. She reminded us that the journeys we’ve all been on to get to where we are now are completely different and it’s our journeysthat shape our perception of the world and how we react to life.
The days are getting shorter and colder, the nights are getting longer, it’s quite easy to start feeling a bit run down. Sam left us with a message that might help; none of us are getting out of here alive, so please stop treating yourself like an afterthought. Eat the delicious food, walk in the sunshine and jump in the ocean. Say the truth that you’re carrying in your heart. Be silly, be kind, be weird. There’s no time for anything else.
SK First Aid Training’ mission is to provide both First Aid Training and Adult Mental Health Training to the highest of standards. If you’re interested in finding out more about their training courses, please visit www.skfirstaidtraining.com/courses.
Setting the record straight
There’s been a lot of news recently about the future of Newark and the direction it’s taking in terms of its development and growth. Matt Lamb, Director of Growth and Regeneration at Newark and Sherwood District Council came to set the record straight.
Matt started his presentation by telling us that in a bid to generate further funds for the town, the council applied for a stake in the Future High Street Fund. However, we weren’t successful because Newark is deemed to have better connections, infrastructure and economy when compared to other candidates.
But it’s not all doom and gloom. A completion date for the Farndon to Winthorpe A46 dualling project has been released and it’s estimated to be open for traffic in 2027.
Matt also confirmed that Newark is in a position to apply for a stake in £3.6 billion as part of a new government initiative - Towns Fund. Newark could receive up to £25 million to invest in improved transport infrastructure, connectivity, skills and culture.
Whilst the council await the funding prospectus for the Towns Fund, they’re still having to do a lot of ground work to determine how and where it could be distributed.
The council have had to consider Newark boundaries and borders which can often be fluid according to the different needs of different communities.
There are important questions to answer that will help to support the solid evidence base for future projects and programmes that will be enabled by the fund such as:
1. What are our economic challenges and opportunities?
2. What are the lives of people living here really like?
3. How and where do we go next?
Using strong evidence from various reports, detailed data analysis, district profiling, real world/lived resident experiences, the council are able to answer the abovequestions that will help determine how to invest any funding Newark is able to secure through the new Towns Fund. They’ll also take into consideration the town’s current infrastructure, housing plans, unemployment rates and the strength of our education establishments.
Although the funding hasn’t been confirmed and a general election is just around the corner, Matt says that’s not holding them back in terms of putting a plan together.
The council want to specifically focus on:
• Improving business and education and find better ways to engage with these providers
• Finding ways to decrease unemployment rates
• Improving how they work with landlords and tenants both collectively and separately
To round up his presentation, Matt said the take away is this, “there is funding in our district and some is already in the bag. The 12th December will determine the rest”.
In support of Newark Women’s Aid
One final thing that wasn’t part of the official agenda but worthy of a shout out, if you like Michael Bublè, Frank Sinatra or just listening to great music, the Jack Packare in town for one night only at Newark Palace Theatre on Friday 15 November.
They've played for Prince Charles, sung to 75,000 people in Hyde Park and now they're coming to entertain Newark with this fabulous charity Christmas show! Don't miss the new Kings of UK Swing accompanied by a stunning live band!
For more information and to book your tickets visit www.palacenewarktickets.com
The meeting closed at 9am with the promise that the next one will be full of Christmas cheer. We look forward to seeing you on Friday 6 December at Newark’s Everyday Champions Centre at 7am, Christmas jumpers and all.