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An adventurous Autumnal special... WILDLIFE & THE OUTDOORS



Hello! Welcome to the Autumn issue of Chatterbox! In this issue we have covered Wildlife and The Outdoors! As the nights get darker earlier and the wet weather begins (or continues?!) we can need a few extra ideas on how to keep our little ones active and entertained. We hope you find these ideas useful. If you think we‘ve missed anything we would love to hear your ideas, let us know on our facebook page so that we can share it with all of our followers. We‘re really excited to be introducing our pregnancy & new baby pages in this issue. We would love to hear if you like them and if there is anything that you would like us to write about in these new sections. So please drop us an email at to let us know your thoughts.

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Simply tell us which page the ‗Yorkshire Tea‘ teapot is hidden on. Email your answer along with your name & address to Closing date 30th September, 2012. Lounge @ Crosspool is a family friendly cafe serving beverages and light refreshments. Open 8:30am-4pm during the week and 8:30pm-1pm on Saturdays, the cafe has good disabled access, baby changing facilities and is child friendly. There is a kids corner coming soon! In addition to serving hot drinks and homemade cakes, scones and quiche, Paula also hires out vintage pottery for special occasions. Lounge @ Crosspool, 20 Sandygate Road, Crosspool, S10 5NH. 0114 2667339



Autumn What’s On Guide Regular Events Weekdays

Free baby checks with Chris Johnson, registered Osteopath at The Osteopathic Practice, 1 Sale Hill, Broomhill, S10 5BX. Offering a free treatment with an opportunity to make a donation to benefit Sheffield Hospitals Charity or The Children‘s Hospital Charity. 0114 266 4786


Baby time at Upperthorpe Library 10.30 to 11.30am.


Story time at Walkley Library 2-3pm during term time. All welcome. Please call the library for more information Tel 231 2947.


Kino Bambino at the Showroom Cinema. 11am special screenings for parents with babies under the age of 1. For information visit

Mon andFriday

Story time for under 5s at Broomhill Library 2–3pm [term time only]. Crafts and stories. Free - just pop in!

1st Mon

Parent life line support group For any parent or carer. Why not come along for an informal chat & coffee with other parents. In our Sheffield Office at 7pm. For information or to book a place please call June on 273 0269.


Baby time at Broomhill Library, 10.00-11.00. Call 0114 273 4276 for details.

Tues 1st and 3rd Fri.

Storytime at Hillsborough Library. 2-3pm. Toddlertime at Walkley Library, South Road. Friday 10.30-11.30am. 1st and 3rd Fridays during term time.Tel 231 2947.

2nd Fri. Every 2nd Fri of the month

Baby time at Walkley Library.10.30 to 11.30am, 2nd Friday of the month. Stepping Stones at St. Columba‘s Church, Crosspool. 1.45pm—3pm. Group for the under 5s and their carers inc. singing, bible studies, crafts, fun and refreshments. Call Fiona on 07870132 471 for info.


Art craft - Creative craft activities for 3 -10 years, Millennium Galleries. Free, drop in 1–3pm.


Family activity time - Suitable for 3 - 7 years Millennium Galleries, Metalwork Gallery. Free. Drop in from 11.30am -1.30pm or 2 - 4pm.

Every Sat. & Sun.

Discovery time. Weston Park Museum: storytelling, crafts & puzzles. Free. 12.30 - 1.15pm & 2 - 2.45pm. Book 30 minutes before session.

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Magic Worlds at Weston Park. Magic show bringing to life the Magic World exhibitions. Free entry & no need to book. 1-4pm. Party In The Park. Sports, games, food, medieval reinactments, craft & book sales. Chelsea Park, S11. 2-5pm Chatsworth Country Fair For a taste of the very best of the countryside. Children welcome. Keep Britain Smiling at Magna Science. Free to Magna ticket holders. Explains everything about how the mouth works & its role in speaking, eating & drinking. Magan Science Adventure Centre, Sheffield Road, S60 1DX. 01790 720002. Open 7 days a week 10-4pm. Rother Valley Country Park. Follow my lead dog walk. 3 mile & 5 mile walk available. Sheepdog trials, countryside crafts, activites & refreshments. Adults £5, Children 50p. Go Wild at Hardwick Hall. A monthly, seasonal, family fun walk with activities along the way. Don‘t forget your wellies! 10:30am. Free event (normal admission charges apply). Longshaw Estate Kitchen Garden Open Day. Come and discover Longshaw‘s kitchen garden and join in with some gardening & craft activities. £2 per activity. Open 12-4pm. No need to book. Manor Lodge Autumn Open Day. Harvest activities, farmers market, historical displays, meet the animals including pigs, rabbits & chickens! 197 Manor Lane, S2 1UL. Open 11-4pm. Free entry. London 2012 Closing Party at Weston Park. Join us at Weston Park for a London 2012 closing party featuring a mix of music, dance, arts & crafts and have-ago activities. Free. No need to book. 11-3pm. Abbeydale Miniature Railway Opposite 283 Abbeydale Road, S17 3LB. Trains run from 1pm until 5pm. Crosspool Healthy Fun Day at Hallam Football Club in Crosspool - raising money for the Sick Children's Trust. 12-4pm Whirlow Hall Farm Fayre. Acoustic beer tent, farmers market, crafts, live entertainment, donkey rides, food, active zone, kids zone, face painting, antiques tent, love demos. Kids free entry. 10-4pm. Frog Rescue! Join Sheffield & Rotherham Wildlife Trust as the annual hay cut approaches, the resident frogs on Sunnybank need a helping hand to keep them out of harms way. Sunnybank Nature Reserve, S10 2DF. Free entry. Magic Worlds at Weston Park. An afternoon of Magic Worlds inspired activities for adults, families & children in the museum and park as part of the big launch of the University of Sheffield Festival Of The Mind 20-30th Sept. Free. No need to book. Abbeydale Miniature Railway Opposite 283 Abbeydale Road, S17 3LB. Trains run from 1pm until 5pm. Norfolk Heritage Park. 2 day event. Join Sheffield Museums in the summer sunshine at Norfolk Heritage Park for world-inspired displays plus free arts & crafts activities. @chatterboxsheff 6


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Weekends in Oct & daily during half term

Go Wild at Hardwick Hall. A monthly, seasonal, family fun walk with activities along the way. Don‘t forget your wellies! 10:30am. Free event (normal admission charges apply). Steam Gathering at The Sheffield Industrial Hamlet. The annual celebration of steal with steam rollers, road locomotives & engines. Exciting family activites. 10-5pm. Adults £3. Children Free. Abbeydale Miniature Railway Opposite 283 Abbeydale Road, S17 3LB. Trains run from 1pm until 5pm. Slinn Street Smart Market. Good quality nearly new clothing, nursery equipment, books, toys and bric a brac for sale at St. Timothy's Community Hall, Slinn Street, Crookes . 11am - 1pm . Admission 50p Abbeydale Miniature Railway Opposite 283 Abbeydale Road, S17 3LB. Trains run from 1pm until 5pm. Fright Night’s Little Brother. Halloween carnival on The Moor. Aimed at younger children. 12-3pm. Free. Sheffield Wildlife Trust Wyming Brook. Meet at Redmires Road car park. Practical habitat management, birch bash & broomstick building. 1-3pm. Half Term Autumn Crafts at Sudbury Hall. Creative arts & crafts for children & families to join in with a seasonal theme. 01283 585337. Children £1. Normal admission charges to the Museum apply. Creepy Crafts at Sheffield Manor Lodge. A family workshop with lots of Halloween activities. 1.30-3.30pm. 0114 276 2828. Angelina Ballerina - The Mousical. Lyceum theatre. Tickets £16. Box office 0114 249 6000. Family Halloween Party. Sheffield Manor Lodge. Adults £3, children £4. 4-6pm. Paper Stenciling at Central Library. A fun workshop, use stencils & paint to create fabulous pictures & designs. Free entry. 10:30-11:30. General Cemetery Halloween Event. Join in making Halloween wands and masks. A fun event for children & families. The General Cemetery Gatehouse, S11 8NT. 0114 268 3486. Halloween Spooktacular at Whirlow Hall Farm. Creepy crafts, face painting, apple bobbing, pumpkin sculpting, meet the witches of Whirlow Woods, free pumpkin soup, disco with games & prizes. 12-4pm. Adults £2.50 children £4. Tickets must be booked in advance. Halloween Spooktacular at The Tropical Butterfly House. Take a haunted hay ride around the freaky forest. Play trick or treat on with the witch in the wood. Carve a pumpkin. Join in creepy crafts. Daily fancy dress competition. 01909 569416. Woodsetts Road, S25 4EQ.

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Heather & Hot Potatoes! Join Sheffield Wildlife Trust at Blacka Moor for a morning of Den Building & moorland exploration followed by baked potatoes for lunch. Aimed at younger children. Meet at Stoney Ridge car park 10-12pm Manor Oaks Open Studio & Craft Fair. Visit the artists in their studios & purchase early Christmas presents from the fair. Christmas Lights Switch On! Sheffield City Centre. Time TBC. @chatterboxsheff 7


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Staying Active Outdoors in Autumn! So once again it‘s getting colder outside as the nights are getting darker, writes Kate. Does this mean that we have to bundle the kids up in the house and avoid cold, dark nights? Of course not! In fact there‘s lots of evidence to prove that staying active outdoors during the Autumn/ Winter months keeps us all healthier and less down in the dumps. As a mum to an energetic little boy and a baby girl, I‘ve gone one step further for my family and for families across Sheffield – I created a free membership website called FunMeFit ( that hopefully shows us all that there‘s plenty of active fun that can be had all year round. Here are some of the great activities that the members put on: Pedal Ready - It‘s FREE! Fun, exercise and learning for the whole family – every parent‘s ideal situation. Pedal Ready offer cycle training for families. Their instructors can even come to your house and give your bikes a ‗health-check‘ first before taking you out on a cycle safety lesson. It‘s not all about training and cycle safety though, they run regular cycle events and family rides throughout the year – all great fun, a great way to meet other families and keep the kids happy, no matter how old they are – it‘s easy to get a baby seat fitted to the back of your bike! Little Kickers - Football training teaches children a wide range of skills from concentration, co-ordination and self-confidence to team work and social skills. Little Kickers is a great way for children as young as 18 months old – yes you read correctly, to get active and learn lots of skills. The closest sessions can be found at St. Andrews Hall, Nether Edge and you do pay for a course of sessions but well worth it for getting your little moving. Contact Becky Morton 0114 2668880 or E-mail for more information. Activity Sheffield - So we‘ve all heard of them in Sheffield but if you look through their activities, they do seem to have a pretty good mix for families all year round. Worth a try: 0114 273 4266 or e-mail:

Other ideas to try… I‘ve always tried making my own fun for the family in local parks like Endcliffe Park. You‘ll find it can be sometimes more fun and a great bonding experience. There are ideas on the Change4Life website


GET ACTIVE! But here‘s what I‘d recommend whether it‘s wet, cold or muddy: Rounders – a great sport that us adults forget how to play, the fun is in learning again! Puddle Splash – Race towards the biggest puddles and see who can make the biggest splashes! Great for the little ones (with wellies and waterproofs). Tiggy Lamposts – Go back to school and chase your kids! Whoever is ‗on‘, once they‘ve ‗tigged‘ you, you have to be a ‗lamppost‘ until a member of your team runs through your legs.

About FunMeFit – Join the fun! It‘s a free place for parents and clubs to come together as a community, get involved in community fitness/health, sports and events, make friends and discuss a range of topics. Anyone can set up their own group like a Mother and Baby‘s walking group through Broomhill for example or promote their own club/group/meet-ups. It‘s quick and easy to become a member and once you‘ve joined us, you can find some great sports and activities to try out. We‘re a Sheffield-based initiative trying to help families get more active and promoting all things fun, active and healthy, run by a local mum and dad who love Chatterbox magazine!

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PILATES THERAPY FOR MUMS 85 Clarkehouse Road Sheffield S10 2LG Telephone: 07860 777 100

Ante natal and Post natal Pilates Classes and Pregnancy Massage

Ante natal Classes Pilates is probably the safest and best method of exercise and for relaxation during pregnancy. Benefits  feel more comfortable and strong within your growing and changing body  to prepare the muscles for childbirth  strengthen core muscle groups  improve posture  reduce backache  feel calm, relaxed and energised  achieve a more toned body  to gain pelvic floor control more quickly after your delivery Post natal classes give mums the opportunity to bring their baby until crawling age. Classes have maximum 4 participants and clients work to their own ability and fitness level in a calm environment. There is a focus on reconditioning the pelvic floor and deep abdominal muscles. Use of the Reformers also available in the class. Benefits  To help repair the body after the stress put on it through pregnancy  Return overstretched muscles to better tone and connection  Return joints to their normal flexibility and stability  To strengthen and re balance the spine again  To provide strength for the demands of motherhood and the strain in places on the body Pregnancy massage has been found to reduce stress, decrease swelling in the arms and legs, and relieve aches and pains in muscles and joints. It's a popular complementary therapy during pregnancy for back pain, when choices for pain relief, such as medication, are often limited. Not only can massage be physically beneficial, but the human touch can be comforting and provide emotional support during pregnancy.



AUTUMNAL RECIPES! YORKSHIRE PARKIN After an autumnal walk in the brisk outdoor air a slice of traditional Yorkshire Parkin is a fabulous comfort as winter closes in, writes Angela. It is easy to make and stores well. Try this recipe and have a sticky tea time treat that both adults and children will enjoy. Ingredients: 175g (6oz) plain flour 1 teaspoon of salt 1 teaspoon of ground ginger 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon 1 teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda 300g (10oz) of coarse oatmeal 175g (6oz) of black treacle 125g (5oz) of butter 100g (4oz) of dark soft brown sugar 150ml (1/4 pint) of milk 1 medium egg (beaten) Method 1. Preheat the oven to 180c/Gas Mark 4/350f 2. Sieve together the flour, bicarbonate of soda, cinnamon, ginger powder and salt 3. Stir in the oatmeal 4. Put the treacle, butter, sugar and milk in a pan and heat gently until the butter has melted 5. Take pan off the heat and leave to cool, then, mix in the beaten egg into the pan 6. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and mix until it is brown and sticky 7. Pour ingredients into a lined a loaf tin 8. Cook for 1 Âź hours, until the top is firm to the touch 9. Leave to cool for ten minutes and turn out on to a rack

Halloween Special - Ghost Meringues Try these cute spooky treats for Halloween, great to make and eat with your kids. Ingredients: 3 large egg whites 175g caster sugar Method 1. Pre Heat the oven to 150c/Gas Mark 2/300f 2. Separate 3 egg whites 3. Whisk on a slow speed for 2 minutes 4. Whisk on a medium speed for 1 minute 5. Whisk on a high speed until stiff peaks have formed 6. Whisk sugar a spoonful at a time on high speed until mixture is stiff and glossy 7. Spoon into a piping bag and pipe mounds of ghosts onto baking paper 8. Add chocolate chips or silver balls as eyes 9. Put into oven and turn the oven down to 140c 10. Bake for 30 minutes and then turn oven off, leave in the oven whilst it cools 12

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GET ACTIVE! What To Do In Wet Weather! Apparently we‘ve just experienced one of the wettest Junes on record, writes Jodie, and after today, spent dodging the torrential downpours, I thought about what there is to do when the rain really doesn‘t stop! I‘m all for wrapping the kids up in wet weather layers and hoping that when you get to the park you won‘t get caught in too heavy a downpour. But there are some days when the weather does defeat you, and you have to come up with hours of creative indoor play. So here are a few ideas of trips out you can make, when you‘ve exhausted your repertoire of indoor ―fun‖ at home that is… A favourite place of mine to take the boys on wet days is Weston Park Museum. Apart from the fact it‘s free (it is a struggling charity though, so they always welcome donations), it‘s a big space for the kids to run around in, and it‘s never too busy. The history part is a bit beyond preschoolers, but there are some nice activities they can do, like build an igloo in the Ice Age area, and play in the fruit and veg and butcher‘s shop in the section about Sheffield of yesteryear. The café is reasonably priced, and if the weather does perk up you can chuck the kids in Weston Park outside for a runaround before heading home. The only downside is parking, which is always tricky as there‘s no car park. I usually head for a space around Broomhill or outside Goodwin sports centre and walk down. Playcentres are obviously great to let off some steam, though not so much for the adults! I personally find I can‘t spend too long in them without feeling a little cooped up and nauseous, but it doesn‘t help being heavily pregnant and crawling after the kids through very small tubes. Play Arena recently opened on Little London Road, Heeley, and is good for a range of ages. There‘s a ball crawl for the very little ones, an area with an inflatable octopus for the under fives, and an immense climbing frame to lose your older ones on. There‘s also a computer area for those who aren‘t feeling overly energetic. The prices vary according to peak and off peak times, and there‘s a loyalty card to tick off visits until you get a free entry. The Megacentre on Bernard Road offers very reasonably priced music classes for babies and preschoolers, as well as being an indoor play centre. The advantage over bigger playcentres is it‘s never too crowded, and there‘s a bouncy castle and zip wire which the kids always find entertaining. It‘s good for parties too. Indoor classes also come in handy during the wetter and colder months. There are tonnes to choose from around Sheffield, including music and singing classes, sports sessions and craft classes. Talk to parents and carers at your local playgroup to get some ideas of what‘s on near you, but one of my current favourites is Playball, which encourages ball skills and concentration skills and general running around fun! The kids are coached in a separate room to parents so it‘s good if you have a baby or younger toddler in tow as you don‘t have to get involved. Similarly Gymini, run at Fulwood Scout hut, is a good way for the kids to let off some steam indoors. There are morning and afternoon sessions, but a long waiting list, so get your kids‘ names down soon if you‘re interested.


GET ACTIVE! For something a little more creative you could try Fired Arts on Ecclesall Road or Planet Pot in Fulwood to get your hands dirty and paint some mugs and photo frames. It‘s probably not somewhere for a big crowd of you, and having attempted a Father‘s Day gift there last year with two little ones I wouldn‘t recommend you go without assistance! But if you‘re fed up with clearing up painting mess in your own home, it‘s somewhere the kids can unleash their creative side and take home a special occasion gift once it‘s been fired. Rather pricey though, so not ideal as a regular trip!

Sheffield library and the winter gardens that are next door. A great day out!

The local library I find a Godsend when I‘m looking to fill an hour in the rain. Apart from the obvious benefits it‘s a good place for people watching and spotting things from the window, which keeps the kids entertained! Of course there‘s always the ―killing two birds with one stone‖ method of taking frustrated toddlers to Meadowhall to stretch their legs. Though personally I think I‘d rather get very wet outdoors rather than attempt a shopping trip with two hyperactive children. It may work for you, I have friends who swear by the ―indoor playcentre‖, as they‘ve sold it to their kids, on wet days. Be prepared for buggy hell though, as lots of others will probably have had the same idea! Luckily, living up north has hardened us all to the rough elements. So if you find you‘ve really run out of ideas for indoor play, and realise you haven‘t got anything appropriate to dress your kids in in miserable weather, get yourself down to GO Outdoors or Decathlon to stock up on plenty of wet weather gear. Then simply head to the park and let the kids loose – at least the fresh air may wear them out! – and as Sir Rannulph Fiennes said, ―There is no such thing as bad weather, only inappropriate clothing.‖

All geared up for a bike ride in the wet weather - Sir Ranulph Fiennes would be impressed!



Lions, Tigers and Bears, Oh My! Or will it be Donkeys, Ducks and Butterflies? The leaves are falling brown and red, the setting sun is going to bed. Kids wrapped up in scarves and coats, “but please mummy, can we see some goats”. A lion, a frog, a clucking hen. A black bird, a meerkat and a pig in its pen. They’re all out there - you just need to seek, in the parks and gardens just take a peek. Karen Nagalingam Sheffield and beyond has a vast array of wildlife options for children and adults alike to explore, whether it is the exciting lions, leopards and giraffes to be found in The Yorkshire Wildlife Park or the farm animals that can be found at Graves Park, Heeley City Farm or Whirlow Hall Farm. There are smaller exotic animals to be discovered too at The Butterfly house, but sometimes wildlife can be just as exciting when you have to find it! In this article we will be looking at what you can find in the great outdoors! Yorkshire Wildlife Park is a great day out for young children. With under 3‘s going for free with a full paying adult. Be warned there is a lot of walking to see the whole park so little legs may require a pram! Picnic areas are plentiful so you can bring a pack up although there is a café area to purchase refreshments.

Some of the regulars at Yorkshire Wildlife Park

Graves Park is a great place to see a range of animals from Highland cows, donkeys, owls, chickens and rabbits (among a lot others). It is free which is brilliant. There is also the Rose Garden Café too (perfect for a moment of calm before letting your kids loose on the fantastic playground!). It is open every day between 9 and 4pm (except Christmas Day) though parking can be limited. For more information call 0114 258 2452. Heeley City Farm is always worth a visit and is an active working farm in the middle of the city!

Whirlow Hall Farm Trust is worth a visit although it is essential to check opening times and events. It offers educational environmental sessions as well as a tour of the farm.


WILDLIFE One of my favourite places to visit is The Butterfly House. It is located on the outskirts of Sheffield and hosts a ‗tropical house‘ where tropical butterflies, Egyptian fruit bats and exotic birds interact in a beautiful environment. Outside there is a Meerkat Mansion, birds of Prey display, farm animals and a small animal house where you can discover chipmunks and rabbits. It has indoor and outdoor areas so if it is raining there is always somewhere to shelter. Oh, and they have the most Parrots enjoying a Halloween pomegranate at The fantastic selection of cakes too! Tropical Butterfly House If the weather is cold, windy and wet, there is The Deep in Hull. A place to see sharks, stingrays, butterfly fish among many others. At £10.50 per adult and £8.50 per child (3-15) it‘s not the cheapest day out but savings can be made with a family ticket for £34 (2 adults, 2 children). The real value in the tickets is that it is free to visit for 12 months from the date of purchase. Wildlife can also be found in your back garden, local park and on country walks. The only stipulation is that you may not find it with a noisy boisterous toddler! A great place to get started on the hunt for birds, squirrels and bugs is Derwent Valley. As soon as you leave the safe environment of your car, you will get accosted by tame ducks who will follow anyone with breadcrumbs or broken biscuits. A well maintained bird garden is outside the café and a wide variety of birds including blue tits, chaffinches and speckled thrush can be seen there. Follow the path round and in the forest you may find all sorts of creatures lurking in the trees and undergrowth including bats, birds and badgers (albeit carved wooden ones). The Botanical Gardens has been known to have woodpeckers (rare), as well as squirrels who appear to have no fear of adults or excitable tots. There is also a bear lurking there if you can find him! On a walk around Forge Dam, ducks, birds, horses and fish can be found if you are lucky and it is a great place to be quiet and listen to all the bird calls. Wildlife can be found in a wide variety of places. Whether you are walking through woods, wondering through a farm, or just looking out the window in your garden. It isn‘t always the easiest to find and sometimes it just takes a bit of searching and exploring to locate the robin on the fence or the moorhen in the reeds. So grab your wellies and your coat (and child) and go explore!


St Luke’s Church Centre, Blackbrook Drive, Lodge Moor, Sheffield, S10 4LS Tel: 0114 2306034 18

Playgroups Children can be left unaccompanied at playgroup sessions from the age of 2 to 3 depending on the playgroup. We suggest you put your child‘s name on the waiting list as soon as they are 2. Please help us keep this list up-to-date by telling us about any new local groups or changes to the groups below by contacting Lorna at Crosspool Community PreSchool

Lydgate Infant School, Lydgate Lane (use own entrance). Every day sessions run from 8.45 – 11.45am and from 12.15 – 3.15. For more details contact Lauren on 268 3444.

Endcliffe Playgroup

Endcliffe Methodist Church, Ecclesall Rd (use Neill Road Entrance). Mon, Wed and Thurs from 9am to 11.30am. Free Early Learning places for over 3‘s. Contact Gina on 2670630.

Fulwood Play Group

Christ Church Youth Centre, Canterbury Avenue. Mon, Tues, Wed & Fri. 9.15am to 11.45am. Call Fiona on 263 2603.

Rivelin Playgroup

Rivelin Primary School, Morley Street, Hillsborough. Weds, Thurs and Fri. 9.15 – 11.15am. From 2 years +. For more details contact Megan on 07761 348993.

St. Columba’s Playgroup

St. Columba‘s Church, Manchester Rd, Mon & Wed, 9.30am – 11.30am. A traditional playgroup from 2 years to 4+. Contact Elaine on 30 5296.

Slinn Street Starters

Small independent community Preschool with garden in Crookes . Held Mon, Wed , Fri from 9.15 to 11.30 .for 2 1/2 to 4 year olds . Contact Gill on 2666346 or visit during sessions.

Stepping Stones, Broomhall

Jesus Centre, 93 Broomspring Lane (just off Hanover Way), Broomhall. Fridays 10am-12 noon (term time). Arts & crafts, snacks, songs & storytime. All free, all welcome! Contact Kat Jackson

St. Thomas’ Nursery

Nairn Street, Crookes. Held from 9am to 1pm on Mon, Tues & Fri. 9am to 3pm sessions available on Wed and Thurs. Registered to take Nursery grants. Contact Helen on 07791614910 or

Wisewood Community PreSchool

Wisewood Primary, Ben Lane, S6 4SD. Mon. – Thurs. 9-3pm and Fri. 9-12noon. From 2 ½ yrs. Contact Katie 234 3304.

Trinity Pre-School

United Reformed Church, Ecclesall Road. Held Tues & Weds from 9.45am to 11.45am.

For a list of Nurseries that provide full and part-time childcare, please contact the Children’s Information Service on 275 6699 19

Parent & Toddler /Baby Groups Please help us to keep this list up-to-date by letting us know of any new groups in the area, or changes to existing groups. Contact Lorna at: Artists In The Making

ClubOK Crosspool Baby Group Fir Street First Step Toddler Group Firth Park Toddler Gardening Fulwood Toddler Group Fulwood Babygroup Fulwood Men Behaving Dadly Hampdon View Baby & Toddlers Japanese Play Group Jubilee MiniKidz Les Puces Les Petits Poissons

Les Petits Pupes Mumbies Music Zone

Nether Green Nippers Noah’s Ark Baby & Toddler Groups Noah’s Ark Dad’s Time

St Augustine's Church, Brocco Bank. The sessions are based around a carefully chosen story and involve an art activity in response to that story. Tuesday mornings from 9.15am- 10.15 am St Stephen Church, Fawcett Street, S3. Sat. 1-3pm. Russian speaking, ages 012. Contact Olga on 07726971900. The Beacon Methodist Church @ Stephen Hill, Manchester Rd. Tues. 10 – 11.30am term-time. For Bumps, Babies and Bairns. Contact Deacon Jan 230 1338 or Mavis 230 4152. Walkley Community Centre, Walkley, Wed. 9.45 -11.15 am Contact Rachel on 07969088918 or email Walkley Ebenezer Church, Greenhow St, Tues. 1-3pm and Thurs. 10-noon. Contact Margaret on 2349083 or Freda on 2311148. Firth Park Community Allotment 10-12 Mondays( Existing group 1-3 pm Thursdays). Contact 0114 258 0482 Christ Church, Canterbury Ave. Mon., Wed. & Thurs. 10-11.30 am. Contact Carolyn on 230 8423. Christ Church, Canterbury Ave. Thurs. 10.30am-midday (mums-to-be welcome). Contact Church Office on 2301911. Christ Church, Canterbury Ave. 3rd Sat. of each month, 10am – midday. Bacon butties and coffee for dads with playtime for 0 – 6s. Contact Rob on 2295637. Hampdon View Church, Greaves St, Langsett Estate, Mon. 10-11.30am. Contact Anne-Marie on 233 4852. ‗Nihongo-do Asobo‘. Walkley Community Centre, Sun. 11am-1pm. For anyone interested in Japanese language and culture. Contact Yuki on 222 8449. City Church Jubilee Centre, Wilson Road, S11. Mon 10-11.30am. Contact 268 2555. St Polycarps Church Hall, Loxley Rd, S6. For children with at least 1 parent with French as 1st language. Meet monthly. Contact Elizabeth on 230 3759. Walkley Community Centre, French speaking playgroup 0-12yrs, Fri. 3.30 – 5.30pm. Parents/carers should have a good level of spoken French. Contact Sylvie on 220 1508. French after school club for Y4, 5 & 6. Every Tuesday & Friday 4-5pm. Lomas Hall, Stannington, S6. Contact Cecile/Estelle 0114 234 9141 07976484325 Hallam Methodist Church, Nether Green, Tue 10.30–midday. For Mums-to-be & new Mums/carers with babies. Contact Jo on 230 7073 Music group with action songs, rhymes, movement, & instruments for children age 1-4+. St Mark‘s Church, Broomhill, Fri 10-11am. Contact Ben on 07812456984. Hallam Methodist Church, Nether Green. 0-3‘s group, Thurs. 10-11.30 am. Contact Cassie on 230 7952. Wycliffe Independent Church, Hickmott Rd., Ecclesall. Ages 0-5 with parent/ carer for play, singing, story, craft and home baking. Weds. 9.45-11.15, termtime. Free. Contact Laura on 239 8004. Wycliffe Independent Church, Hickmott Rd, Ecclesall. 1st Saturday of every month - 10.30am-12 noon. Age 0-5. Breakfast, story, singing & games. No Charge. Contact Dave on 230 2149. 20

Parent & Toddler/Baby Groups continued Playtime Toddler

Playtime Baby Group Primrose Children’s Centre

Phildadelphia Campus Playtime Centre, 6 Gilpin St. Mon.(includes singing and signing), Tues. (women only), Thurs. all 10-11.30am. Contact Church Office on 241 9560. Phildadelphia Campus Playtime Centre, 6 Gilpin St. A new group for first-time mums and babies supported by health visitors. Thurs. 2-3.30pm. Contact Church Office on 241 9560.Also toddler groups: Mon.(includes singing and signing), Tues. (women only), Thurs. all 10-11.30am. Contact Church Office on 241 9560. Sure Start, Creswick Street , S6 2TN. For further information on all the range of groups and activities contact Elizabeth on 07973 478192.


Ranmoor Parish Centre, Ranmoor Park Rd, Wed. 10-11.30am. Contact Parish Centre on 230 1199.


Christ Church Central, Fitzwilliam St, near Devonshire Green. Mon. & Thurs. 1011.30am Mums–to–be welcome. Contact Claire 07803 930789

Se habla español en Sheffield

Broomhall Centre, Broomspring Lane, S10 2FD. Saturdays 10:00 to 12:00. For Spanish speaking children and parents. Contact:

Sticky Fingers

Christchurch Endcliffe, St Augustine‘s, Brocco Bank. Mon and Thurs. 10– 11.30am. Age 0-4s. Waiting list. Contact Helen on 07752 546717.

St. Barts. Toddler Group

St. Bartholomew's Church, Primrose Hill/Burgoyne Rd, Langsett. Wed. 12.302pm. Contact Liz on 285 3075 or Catherine 233 5197.

St. Francis Church

Sandygate Rd, Wed & Thurs 9.30 -11.30am. Contact Lucy on 2687939 or Irena on 2678686. Starts September 13th. Every Thursday during term time 10:00 - 11:30. St Johns Church, Ranmoor. 0114 230 1199 Starts September 12th. Every Wednesday during term time 10:00 - 11:30. St Johns Church, Ranmoor. 0114 230 1199 Blackbrook Rd, Lodge Moor. Tues. 10-11.30am in church lounge. Contact Linda on 230 8585.

St Johns, Ranmoor Babies & Bumps St Johns, Ranmoor Toddler Group St. Luke’s Bumps & Babies St Luke’s Toddlers

Blackbrook Rd, Lodge Moor. Wed. 10-11.30am. Contact Carolyn on 230 1544 and Fri. 10-11.30am Contact Alex on 07946 582276. Also Wed. 10-11.30am within the Toddler group.

St Thomas’ Dads & U 5’s St Thomas' Tots and Toddlers

Nairn St. Crookes. Sat. 9 –11am all year except Christmas and Easter. Babies to 5 yr olds. Contact via Helen Ward on 267 1090. Nairn St, Crookes. Mon & Fri 10-11.30am. Contact Helen Ward on 2671090.

St Timothy's Sunbeams

Slinn St., Crookes. Thurs. 9.45-11.15am. Contact Tracey on 266 1843.

Tot’s Story & Art Group Weekday Dads Wesley Hall Playhour

St Augustine's Church on Brocco Bank, Tuesday 9.15am- 10.15 Contact Jordanna on 078999 57273 Anytime, Any place, Anywhere! Contact Wesley Hall Methodist Church, Crookes Road. Wed. term-time only 10-11.30am. Contact Lesley on 268 6603. 21



Getting Out & About When Pregnant We are pleased to introduce our pregnancy pages, brand new for this issue! Being pregnant can be overwhelming as well as exhausting, so we’ve decided to dedicate some pages to all those lovely bumps out there. Out and about during pregnancy Discovering that you are pregnant is an exciting time as it marks the start of a new chapter in your life, writes Anne-Marie. It can be very exhausting but as you enter the second trimester, the dreaded waves of nausea should start to dwindle and you will regain a new lease of life. Take the opportunity to attend some antenatal classes to meet other mums-to-be, share your experiences and find out what to expect in future weeks. You may also meet some experienced mums who will be able to listen to your concerns and put you at ease. Some antenatal class recommendations can be found below: Keep active Aquanatal (Hillsborough Leisure Centre, Thursdays 7.15pm or King Edwards Pool, Fridays 1.15pm): An aqua aerobics exercise class and discussion group for pregnant women, run by midwife and fitness instructor, Rachel Herbert. A fun and gentle way to keep fit during pregnancy, with alternatives given for each exercise depending on how energetic you are feeling! Tel: 0114 226 8454.

Sheffield Satyananda Yoga School Pregnancy yoga: the perfect way to unwind after a hectic day in the office. Learn safe and effective yoga exercises to help keep your body healthy and strong during pregnancy and to prepare you for labour. Tuesdays (6.00-7.30pm or 7.45-9.15pm) at Broomhill Methodist Church, Fulwood Road, or Thursdays (7.45-9.30pm) at Ebenezer Hall, Greenhow Street, Walkley. Contact Hannah Penn Tel: 0114 233 8340.

Antenatal Keep Mums Fit: Tuesdays (7.30pm-9pm) Trinity United Reformed Church, Ecclesall Road. Safe and gentle cardiovascular exercises, strengthening core muscles used during labour, stretching and relaxation. Attend from 13 weeks. Contact Kate Campbell, qualified midwife and fitness instructor Tel: 0114 2303 177.



Prepare for labour, birth and beyond Hypnobirthing: learn how to release any preconceived fears of birth and to trust your own natural birthing instincts for a more relaxed birth. A great way for your birthing partner to learn how they can help you during labour. Contact Chris Ojari, qualified nurse, midwife, health visitor and hypnotherapist

NCT antenatal classes: a great way for you and your partner to find out all the answers to your questions about labour, birth, being a parent and how to care for your baby. Provides a great support network of friends who will have babies of a similar age to yours so you are not alone at any stage of their development. To find your nearest course visit Jessops Hospital also run either weekend or 5-week antenatal courses which cover similar topics on how to prepare for labour and how to care for your newborn. Tel: 0114 226 8000.

Last minute treat Spa 1877: Make the most of your last days of freedom and treat yourself to a relaxing maternity massage at Spa 1877, Victoria Street. Why not combine it with a pedicure to treat those hard to reach feet! Tel: 0114 221 1877.

An ‘open’ letter of thanks from Chris Johnson, Registered Osteopath, Sheffield Every week, we dedicate a number of appointments to treat babies up to a year old at The Osteopathic Practice in Broomhill free of charge. Instead of charging for the initial treatment, parents are invited to make a voluntary donation at the time of their baby‘s appointment to benefit either the Children‘s Hospital Charity (Reg‘d charity no.505002) or the Special Care Baby Unit at Jessops (Reg‘d charity no.1059043). Donations are entirely voluntary, many parents do give what they can and as a result, we are well on the way to raising £6000 and over 400 babies (and their parents!) have benefited from a free treatment. I‘d like to say a sincere ―thank you‖ to all the local readers who have brought their little ones to the Practice for the free baby check and donated so generously, and to the editor of Chatterbox for printing this letter. It is both a privilege and a pleasure to treat babies and I continue to do so whilst raising funds for two charities that are close to the hearts of many local people. Thank you.

If you would like to book your baby a free appointment with Chris , call 0114 266 4786 or email 24


Getting Out & About With A Newborn As well as our pregnancy pages, we are pleased to introduce our new baby pages too! Venturing out of the house for the first time with your newborn baby will feel like a huge task, writes Anne-Marie. It may take you all morning to get organised, in that hope that you are prepared for every eventuality. However, soon enough you will be doing it with your eyes closed and will wonder what used to take you so long! That said, the first few trips can be daunting and so here are some tried and tested baby-friendly venues and activities to help put you at ease. Cafes (all breast-feeding friendly) Millhouses Park Cafe & Rivelin Park Cafe: Ideal for a stroll with the buggy and a convenient place to meet up with friends. Both venues are run by ‗The Pudding Ladies‘, selling a vast array of delicious homemade refreshments and providing baby-changing facilities. Endcliffe Park: A smaller cafe but has the benefit of a great walk up to Forge Dam. Cream, Broomhill: Always filled with babies and children of all ages. Offers a wide selection of food and drink. The Lounge, Crosspool: A newly opened vintage-style tearoom on the outskirts of town. Baby friendly and accommodating. Great place to catch up with friends over a cream tea. John Lewis: The cafe is very baby friendly with staff always offering to take your drinks/food to your table. Great baby change & breast feeding room too.

Arts and crafts Fired Arts, Ecclesall Road: make a cast of your baby‘s hand or foot, or paint their hand or footprint onto a piece of crockery of your choice for a perfect keepsake. Ideal activity for a rainy day that provides endless fun. Light refreshments available. Very friendly staff, breastfeeding friendly and baby changing facilities available. Tel: 0114 267 0797.

Baby Jack making his mark at Fired Arts cafe


NEW BABY Baby classes Happy Baby Massage, St Thomas‘ Church, Crookes. An ideal way to bond with your baby as well as helping your baby to relax, sleep more deeply and to relieve symptoms of colic and trapped wind. £45 for a five week course. Private courses in your own home are also available. Contact Abigail Brown Tel: 07983 411790. Baby Yoga, Cowlishaw Road. A lovely class for both mother and baby, which combines gently movements with a good sing song. The class begins with each mother introducing themselves and their baby, giving you the opportunity to raise any concerns to the rest of the group. £8.50 per class or £37.50 for five weeks. Contact Nicola Harpin Tel: 07739 490143. Classes for mum (baby comes too!) Keepfitmums, Ecclesall Parish Church Hall. A six-week exercise programme to help new mums exercise safely. You can attend with your baby from six weeks after a normal delivery or 8-10 weeks after a caesarean. A fun way to get back to fitness! Contact Kate Campbell Tel: 0114 2303 177.

Mums Know Best! We‘ve been out and about asking you for your advice. After all, mums (and dads too!) know best. What is the one piece of advice you would give to a new mum/dad? Spend the first weeks sat on your bum & enjoying cuddles! Don‘t stress.

Don‘t obsess about reading books and/ or advice

Chill! Don‘t be upset if your baby doesn‘t follow the rules. Every baby is different.

What is the one thing that you couldn’t have done without? A bouncing chair. It allows you to put the baby somewhere so you can have a shower or cook

2 changing stations. One for upstairs, one for downstairs.


What is the one thing you would advise new parents not to waste their time with? Buying a full price pram. Get one second hand.

Don‘t buy outfits - they are awkward & your baby will probably live in babygrows for the first few months!

Many thanks to Jo (mum of Gene, 9 months), Katie (mum of Ava, 9 months), Abi (mum of Poppy, 9 months) and Nuria (mum of Elizabeth, 9 months) 26


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LOCAL STAR THE SICK CHILDREN’S TRUST HELPING PARENTS STAY BY THEIR CHILDREN’S SIDE If our children fall ill, it feels that the most natural place for us as parents to be is right by our child‘s side, writes Kate. It seems heartbreaking to think that most hospitals, including our special Sheffield Children‘s Hospital struggle to find the resources for parents to stay - but there is a wonderful charity called The Sick Children‘s Trust helping parents sit by their children, hold their hands and make them smile. The last thing parents need is the added stress of daily travelling and the financial strain of hotels and parking. Treetop House in Sheffield currently acts as a ‗Home from Home‘ for parents whose children are being treated at Sheffield Children‘s Hospital from across the UK but with an increasing number of families needing this basic help and many having to be turned away due to lack of space, The Sick Children‘s Trust have launched their Branching Out Appeal in Sheffield. The aim is to raise £1.2m for a second ‗Home from Home‘. The appeal pulls on the heartstrings of any parent and for Samantha Silverwood, The Sick Children‘s Trust‘s Fundraiser; it‘s a charity that is close to home: ―Both my children have required lengthy hospital stays. With my son I was able to have a camp bed at his bedside, but this is not ideal, sleep is limited and the cost of canteen food really adds up! When my daughter was in intensive care, there was no room for a camp bed. We were lucky to be allocated one of only a handful of parent rooms so that we didn‘t have to leave her side. It also gave us somewhere to spend time with her brother as leaving the hospital was not an option when she was in such a critical condition. The SCT means so much to me on a personal level as it does a professional one as I truly value the service that it offers.‖

For more information about The Sick Children’s Trust or to find out how you can help the appeal, Go to Email:

Or call Ann Wyatt (House Manager) on 0114 271 7176.

The Dews family (pictured above with Treetop House Assistant Nicola Higgins) have used Treetop House over the years as their eight year old daughter, Isobel was born with cerebral palsy.




HOMEMADE BIRD FEEDER You will need:  Yarn approx. 25cm  Pinecone  Lard  Bird seeds  Loop shaped breakfast cereal Step one: Tie the string around the top of the pine cone. Step two: Cover the pine cone in the lard. Step three: Then dip the covered pine cone into the bird seeds, completely covering the lard. Step four: Thread the looped shaped cereal onto the string. Step five: To finish tie the string into a knot.


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Broomhill Methodist Church Monday 10:30, 12:00 and 13:30

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Self-Help Information ARC Antenatal Results & Choices

0207 631 0285

Birth preparation Classes

0844 243 6852

Child Help Line –Sheffield

0800 279 7454

Counselling – support for depression, PND & loss

07847 623214

National Childline

0800 1111


0114 249 3328

Children‘s Hospital

0114 271 7000

Cot Death Help Line

08088 026868

Homestart Family Support

0114 27 8377

Breastfeeding Support

0114 232 2203

Meningitis Support Group

0808 8003344

Miscarriage Association Self Help Group

01924 200 799

NHS Direct

0845 4647

Parent Life Line (helpline for parents)

0114 272 6575

Sands (stillbirth & neonatal death)

0207 436 5881

Scoop (Sheffield Lone Parent)

275 7212 Mon-Fri,10am –2pm

Sheffield Autistic Society

0114 230 4839

Sheffield Down Syndrome

0114 273 4017

Sheffield Information Link

0114 275 6699 34

The Garden House Nursery 0114 2630149 Family run nursery, established over 23 years Secure environment emphasising the natural world Top quality flexible care from 3 months to 5 years Open from 8am – 6pm, all year round 

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OFSTED rated outstanding, they stated: “Children are extremely confident and competent” “Children‟s progress in communication and numeracy skills is exceptionally good” “Exemplary organisation” Well qualified high ratio staffing Tennis/ball skills club run by local tennis coach Language and music groups included Free places available for 3 and 4 year olds First local nursery to achieve GOLD STANDARD in Sheffield Quality Assurance Scheme

In a 2012 survey where parents were asked to rate every aspect of care at the Garden House, 100% rated us overall as either „good‟ or „outstanding‟, of which 94% declared the standard „outstanding‟ 72 Crimicar Lane, Fulwood, Sheffield, S10 4FB. 35


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