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Summer 2013 Issue Number 119

Front Cover By Edan Hayward


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Hello!

On page 16 we tackle the problem of where to find maternity & nursing clothing in Sheffield.

Welcome to the Summer issue of Chatterbox and lets hope that this summer we get to enjoy And on page 14 you can find a list of all the great farms to visit in and around Sheffield. some sunshine! Let’s just hope the sun keeps shining so you We have a packed issue with ideas for picnic can get round to see them all! spots on page 20, and over on page 21 you’ll find some alternative ideas for picnic snacks There are lots of events happening over the because we all know the sandwich can get a summer, so we have an extended What’s On listing for this issue. bit boring! Whatever you decide to get up to this summer we hope you have a fantastic time!

Following on with the food theme, our recipes this issue are a range of cake ideas that are perfect for birthday celebrations (for adults as well as kids!). You can find them on page 30 with step by step instructions on how to decorate your perfect cake.

Don’t forget to drop in to The Bulls Head in Ranmoor on July 2nd at 8pm to meet the team and to see if you fancy volunteering for Chatterbox.

Father’s Day is coming up on Sunday, 16th June so check out page 23 for a Father’s Day Best wishes craft and card idea. Kate

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What’s On There’s an awful lot happening over the next few weeks/months, so this issue we have an extra page of What’s On events! But even with an extra page, What’s On is bursting at the seams! Don’t forget to check our facebook & twitter posts for more events! If you would like to list your event for FREE then email chatterboxwhatson@googlemail.com

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 enquiries@theosteopathicpractice.com

Monday

Baby time at Upperthorpe Library 10.30 to 11.30am.

Monday

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

Monday

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

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.

Tues

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

Tues

Storytime at Hillsborough Library. 2-3pm.

1st and 3rd Fri. 2nd Fri.

Toddlertime at Walkley Library, South Road. Friday 10.30-11.30am. 1st and 3rd Fridays during term time.Tel 231 2947. Baby time at Walkley Library.10.30 to 11.30am, 2nd Friday of the month.

Every 2nd Fri 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.

Saturday

Art craft - Creative craft activities for 3 -10 years, Millennium Galleries. Free, drop in 1–3pm. www.museums-sheffield.org.uk.

Saturday

Showroom Saturday Club Craft activities from midday followed by a file at 13:00. £6 per under 15 (includes packed lunch, craft & film). Accompanying adults £4 each. Book in advance!

Sunday

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. 5


What’s On June 1st Jun

Discovery Club at Clumber Park. First Saturday of each month Clumber Park holds a range of explorations and activities. Normal Admission Charges apply.

1st Jun

Alfred Denny Museum. Open the first Sat of each month. Artefacts include the enormous skull of an extinct man sized eagle, a half porpoise, fossilised tiny flying dinosaurs and Sun Spiders with their poisonous jaws. Free entry.

1st & 2nd Jun

Half Term at Clumber Park. Traditional games and fun. Normal admission charges apply.

1st & 2nd Jun

A Day in the Wildlife of Longshaw.Discover who lives at Longshaw with a family self-guided trail. £1 per trail guide 10:30-17:00

8th Jun

Story Walk at Clumber Park. A gentle stroll through the park stopping for stories and songs on the way. Suitable for under 8s. Normal admission charges apply.

9th Jun Abbeydale Miniature Railway. First train 1pm, last train 5pm. 15th & 16th Heeley Art Group Exhibition. Moorland Discovery Centre. 10am – 4pm. BeautiJun ful and interesting artwork in mixed media, with the chance to make some art of your own to take home. Free. 16th Jun

Father’s Day BBQ & Games. Ilam Park, White Peak. 12pm-2.30pm. Time to play with the kids and let us do the BBQ for you! Prices from £3.50.

16th Jun

Wildflower Wander. Longshaw, near Hathersage. 10.30am-12.30pm. A walk through the hay meadows identifying some of rare and beautiful wildflowers. £3. Booking essentrail.

18th-22nd Jun

James and the Giant Peach at Lyceum Theatre. Tickets £12-15.

19th - 23rd East Peak Outdoor Festival. Artisan Fayre on Saturday at Penistone Market Jun Hall 11-4pm. On Sunday there is family run , Our Cow Molly Farm doing free craft activitires and there are free bike safety checks from Dr Bike. www.artinthepark.org.uk/eastpeakoutdoors 22nd Jun

Colour Coded at Weston Park. Launch of the new Colour Coded exhibition. Activities for all the family. 10:00-16:00. Free.

22nd Jun

Summer Garden Party at Broomhall Nursery. 4 Broomhall Road, S10 2DN. Contact is Gill Peacock 0114 272 1453

23rd Jun 28th Jun

Abbeydale Miniature Railway. First train 1pm, last train 5pm. Whispering Woods presents ‘Bridge of Elder’. Longshaw, near Hathersage. 6pm & 8pm. Enchanting tales and twilight adventures in the wild wood, guided by storytellers, musicians and aerial acrobats. Adults £8 adv (£10 on the door), child £5, family £24 (online booking only) under 5s free. Book direct through www.whispering-wood-folk.co.uk

30th Jun

Ilam Archaeology Family Day. Ilam Park, White Peak. 11am-4pm. A day for all the family to discover the world of archaeology with excavations and a wide range of activities to have a go at. Small charge for some activities. 6


What’s On July 6th Jul

Discovery Club at Clumber Park. First Saturday of each month Clumber Park holds a range of explorations and activities. Normal Admission Charges apply.

6th Jul

Alfred Denny Museum. Open the first Sat of each month. Artefacts include the enormous skull of an extinct man sized eagle, a half porpoise, fossilised tiny flying dinosaurs and Sun Spiders with their poisonous jaws. Free entry.

6th Jul

The Boggle at Montgomery Theatre. A strange creature wreaks havoc in this adventure. Workshop for children 6+. £6 show only, £8 show & workshop. 14:00.

6th & 7th Jul

Clumber Show. Live bands and arena events. A fun day for all the family. Adult £7, Children £5, Family £20. From 10:00.

7th Jul

Abbeydale Miniature Railway. Open day and Annual exhibition (free entry). First train 1pm, last train 5pm.

13th Jul

Story Walk at Clumber Park. A gentle stroll through the park stopping for stories and songs on the way. Suitable for under 8s. Normal admission charges apply.

18th Jul

Little Imps Picnic. Fun for under 5s with sensory games and craft activities. Booking essential. Children £3, 10:30am.

21st Jul

Abbeydale Miniature Railway. First train 1pm, last train 5pm.

24th Jul

Get Crafty at Weston Park. Add a touch of creative stuff to your summer fun. Build your own Kaleidoscopes. Book in advance. £4. 13:00-14:00 and 14:30-15:30

29th Jul

Little Imps Picnic. Fun for under 5s with sensory games and craft activities. Booking essential. Children £3, 10:30am.

31st Jul

Vegetable Show at Weston Park. Join Madame Zuchini & friends and make your own colourful vegetable character. Book in advance. 13:00-14:00 and 14:30-15:30. £5.

31st Jul

Cool Kites & Crafts at Hardwick Hall. Make and fly your own kite! Children £5. 11:00.

31st Jul

Chatsworth Young Farmers. Help the farmyard team care for the animals. Suitable for 6-11 years. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Adult £11, Children £21. 13:30-17:30.

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What’s On August 1st Aug

Down By The Pond at Longshaw. Pond dipping and bug hunting. Children £2 from 13:30.

2nd & 3rd Ben & Holly's Little Kingdom at Lyceum Theatre. Join Ben & Holly and their Aug friends on an enchanting and magical musical adventure packed full of games, songs and laughter. Tickets £12-14. 3rd Aug

Discovery Club at Clumber Park. First Saturday of each month Clumber Park holds a range of explorations and activities. Normal Admission Charges apply.

3rd Aug

Alfred Denny Museum. Open the first Sat of each month. Artefacts include the enormous skull of an extinct man sized eagle, a half porpoise, fossilised tiny flying dinosaurs and Sun Spiders with their poisonous jaws. Free entry.

4th Aug 5th Aug

Abbeydale Miniature Railway. First train 1pm, last train 5pm. Mini Beasts at Clumber Park. A minibeast hunt! Including log rolling, tree shaking and grass sweeping. Normal admission charges apply.

6th Aug

Spells & Potions at Sheffield Manor Lodge. Using herbs from our apothecary garden, mix up some spells and potions Tudor style. £3 per child (4+ years). 10:30 -12:30 and 13:30-15:30.

7th Aug

Get Crafty at Weston Park. Make a colourful chameleon following a story telling session. Book in advance. £4. 13:00-14:00 and 14:30-15:30

7th Aug

Den Building at Clumber Park. Have a go at building a den in the woodlands. Normal admission charges apply.

7th Aug

Chatsworth Young Farmers. Help the farmyard team care for the animals. Suitable for 6-11 years. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Adult £11, Children £21. 13:30-17:30.

8th Aug

Rushes To Rafts at Longshaw. Turn rushes & sticks into rafts and sail them down Burbage Brook. Children £3. From 13:30. Booking essential.

8th Aug

Prefect Prints at Sheffield Manor Lodge. Using etchings and woodcuts for inspiration, create your own design to print onto fabric. £3 per child (4+ years). 10:3012:30 and 13:30-15:30.

10th Aug Babe The Sheep Pig at Clumber Park. Bring along a picnic and chairs. Adults £14.50, Children £9, Family £38 from 18:30. 10th Aug Story Walk at Clumber Park. A gentle stroll through the park stopping for stories and songs on the way. Suitable for under 8s. Normal admission charges apply. 11th Aug Abbeydale Miniature Railway. Teddy Bears Picnic & Children's Hospital Fund Raising Day. First train 1pm, last train 5pm.

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We are committed to providing a safe and secure environment where all children are encouraged to achieve their best within an enriching, exciting and relevant curriculum with creativity at heart.

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Judged as “Outstanding” by Ofsted June 2011 Small and inclusive Children’s wildlife garden First hand experiences A wide range of educational visits and visitors Contact: Gillian Briggs, Headteacher Broomhill Infant School Beech Hill Rd, Sheffield S10 2SA Tel: 0114 2660936 http://broomhill.sheffield.sch.uk/ 9


Looking to join a Pregnancy Yoga Class? I run a small, friendly yoga classes in the local area & Hathersage.

Pregnancy Yoga Classe s: Sharrow - Tue 18:00 & 19:45 Hathersage - Wed 18:00

Mum & Baby Yoga : Sharrow - Tue 11:00 Handsworth - Wed 11:30 Hathersage - Thurs 14:30

Toddlers & Family Yoga : Sharrow - Fri 11:30

Infant Massage : Hunt ers Bar - Thurs 11:30 All sessions must be booked in advance of attendance

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What’s On August 12th Aug Museums Sheffield Summer School. Spend the week being creative with professional artists. 09:30-16:30 daily. £125 per child. 5 day course. Book in advance. 12th Aug Mini Beasts at Clumber Park. A minibeast hunt! Including log rolling, tree shaking and grass sweeping. Normal admission charges apply. 13th Aug Brilliant Bees at Sheffield Manor Lodge. Create some bee inspired art to add to the Bee House installation. £3 per child (4+ years). 10:30-12:30 and 13:30-15:30. 14th Aug Vegetable Show at Weston Park. Join Madame Zuchini & friends and make your own colourful vegetable character. Book in advance. 13:00-14:00 and 14:30-15:30. £5. 14th Aug Den Building at Clumber Park. Have a go at building a den in the woodlands. Normal admission charges apply. 14th Aug Chatsworth Young Farmers. Help the farmyard team care for the animals. Suitable for 6-11 years. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Adult £11, Children £21. 13:30-17:30. 15th Aug Down By The Pond at Longshaw. Pond dipping and bug hunting. Children £2 from 13:30. 19th Aug Museums Sheffield Summer School. Spend the week being creative with professional artists. 09:30-16:30 daily. £125 per child. 5 day course. Book in advance. 19th Aug Mini Beasts at Clumber Park. A minibeast hunt! Including log rolling, tree shaking and grass sweeping. Normal admission charges apply. 21st Aug Get Crafty at Weston Park. Make a colour mixing spinner. Book in advance. £4. 13:00-14:00 and 14:30-15:30 21st Aug Den Building at Clumber Park. Have a go at building a den in the woodlands. Normal admission charges apply. 21st Aug Chatsworth Young Farmers. Help the farmyard team care for the animals. Suitable for 6-11 years. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Adult £11, Children £21. 13:30-17:30. 22nd Aug Rushes To Rafts at Longshaw. Turn rushes & sticks into rafts and sail them down Burbage Brook. Children £3. From 13:30. Booking essential. 26th Aug Mini Beasts at Clumber Park. A minibeast hunt! Including log rolling, tree shaking and grass sweeping. Normal admission charges apply. 25th & Abbeydale Miniature Railway. First train 1pm, last train 5pm. 26th Aug 28th Aug Den Building at Clumber Park. Have a go at building a den in the woodlands. Normal admission charges apply. 28th Aug Vegetable Show at Weston Park. Join Madame Zuchini & friends and make your own colourful vegetable character. Book in advance. 13:00-14:00 and 14:30-15:30. £5. 28th Aug Chatsworth Young Farmers. Help the farmyard team care for the animals. Suitable for 6-11 years. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Adult £11, Children £21. 13:30-17:30. 11


National Holidays/Events June, July & August 1st Jun

International Children's Day. It is marked with speeched on children's rights and wellbeing.

2nd Jun

Coronation Day. Marking the day when the Queen was crowned in 1953.

5th Jun

World Environment Day. An annual event aimed to the biggest and most widely celebrated global day for positive environmental action.

8th Jun

World Oceans Day. An opportunity to raise awareness of the challenges faced by the international community in connection with the oceans.

16th Jun

Father's Day. A time to show appreciation to your father/male guardian.

21st Jun

Summer Solstice. The time when we are at our closest point to the sun.

9th Jul 8th Aug

Ramadan. The ninth month in the Islamic calendar, when Muslims do not eat or drink during daylight hours.

14th Jul

Bastille Day. A French national day, when French people around the world commemorate the storming of the Bastille prison on 14th July, 1789, seen as a symbol of the revolution which created modern France.

18th Jul

Mandela Day. A day to honour the legacy of South Africa's former president and to inspire individuals to take action to help change the world for the better.

22nd Jul

Dharma Day. One of the most important dates in the Bhuddist calendar, it marks the day the religion was established.

6th Aug

Hiroshima Day. Commemorating the day in 1945 when an atomic bomb was dropped on the Japanese city of Hiroshima.

8th Aug

Eid-ul-Fitr. The Muslim holiday marking the end of Ramadan.

23rd Aug Remembrance of the Slave Trade. The night of the 22nd-23rd August, 1791 saw the beginning of the uprising in Santo Domingo (today's Dominican Republic) that would play a crucial role in the abolition of the transatlantic slave trade.

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Colour in the queen and our fishy friends in celebration of the Queen’s coronation & World Ocean Day!


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Summer Activities Farm-tastic! Maybe it’s still the child in me, writes Kate, but I love going to farms and visiting the animals! Here are some great places to go with the little ones.

Whirlow Hall Farm Free farm tours are offered on Saturdays & Sundays, they will take you up to Piggy Palace where you can see the many pigs, there is a real push on education here so adults may find it just as interesting as children! There are also bees, chickens, goats, rabbits, ponies & much more! Whirlow Hall also run many events, including Whirlow Day which us on Sunday 14th July, there will be a Sheep race, Archery, Climbing Wall, and a children’s fun run. www.whirlowhallfarm.org

Canon Hall Farm Brand new farmyard facilities open this summer covering 50,000 sq ft! There will be seven new farm buildings with viewing galleries to give you a real experience of a working farm. Until then, there is still plenty to see on the farm as well as an adventure playground, tearoom, toy & gift shop. www.canonhallfarm.co.uk

Heeley City Farm A farm in a city... This is a fantastic place to visit and it is completely free! There are plenty of events, animals, an under 8’s playground, a farm cafe and a gift shop featuring local crafts. www.heeleycityfarm.org.uk

Chatsworth Farm There is lots to do here, there are animal demonstrations all year round (they will vary depending on the season). Children can see cow milking, chicks hatching, piglets, trout rearing and there is a newly refurbished Guinea Pig Village! There is also an adventure playground and a climbing forest (for over 6’s). www.chatsworth.org

Graves Park Animal Farm Formal gardens, ancient woodland, rare breeds, lakes, an adventure playground and a cafe! There are lots of animals to see, and with free entry, this is a must visit!

Our Cow Molly A dairy farm on the north of Sheffield that produces it’s very own milk & ice cream yum yum!! There are quite often child friendly events too. www.ourcowmolly.co.uk

Hope Valley Ice Cream This is one of my favourite places to stop in when I’m out in the Peaks. It is a dairy farm and if you catch them at the right time you can see all the cows being milked. There is usually a few other animals to take a look as well, last time I visited there were 3 beautiful calves and some chickens which we had great fun watching while we ate our fresh ice cream. But be warned... The ice cream is incredibly good!! www.hope-valley.co.uk 14


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Pregnancy & New Baby Maternity & Nursing Clothes For those of you with grand ideas of being back in your size 10 jeans within a month of giving birth, let me try and break this to you gently…. 9 months up, 9 months down is the general rule of thumb, writes Kate! So, although you may be looking at maternity clothing and thinking ‘there’s no need to spend money on this as I will only need it for a few months’ I would recommend you reconsider instead of being left short of clothes like I was! When your bundle of joy arrives you will have such a mix of emotions, and the tiredness kicks in quickly. Therefore I found that for me it was important to have a few nice clothes that didn’t make me feel any worse about myself because we need some TLC at this time! The problem is, where do you find these clothes? They are not exactly the easiest section to find in any store, and even when you’ve found the right section, you may not be overwhelmed by the choice on offer. Well, here is a guide to maternity clothes in Sheffield!

Maternity Clothes Where are they all hiding???! It can be quite difficult to find much maternity wear in the city centre, but if you head to Meadowhall you can find maternity sections at the following places; H&M, New Look, Mothercare, Mamas & Papas. It’s always nice to try things on before you buy, especially when you have a totally new body shape!! However, there is much more choice and variety to be found online. Look out for places like Asda & Marks & Spencers who do free delivery to store. Other places to try are: Asos, Seraphine, Isabella Oliver, Verbaudet, JojoMamanBebe. When buying maternity clothes, take into account that you might need it to use again! I scrimped and saved with my first child, now I’m expecting another and have nowhere near enough clothes! However, a trip to a few local seconds sales have proved to be very helpful!

Nursing Clothes We’ve all seen those ‘nursing tops’, not exactly the most glamorous of garments are they?! When I was nursing my little boy, I used a standard Marks & Sparks vest (several sizes larger than my normal size!) and I would wear this underneath whatever t-shirt I was wearing. This meant that I could lift my t-shirt up without exposing my post-natal belly and pull my vest down over whichever breast I needed to get to. I found some pretty lace edged vests and some more brightly coloured vests which meant that I felt like I was dressed with a bit more style. The other tip for nursing clothing is to wear patterned clothing, if you are breast feeding you are bound to experience leaky boobs at some point. With patterned clothes, wet patches are much harder to spot and can really help to keep you worry free. I highly recommend you look at ‘normal’ shops too, for example Fat Face quite often have a lot of ‘loose fit’ styled clothes which can be perfect for those post-natal days/months and you will find much more choice in a shop like this than in any maternity section! 16


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Local Charity What does a local law firm want with dozens of empty baby wipe packets? Rosalind Watchorn Solicitors are supporting Ellie’s Fund Brain Tumour Trust in their Wipe Out Waste initiative, raising money for the charity by recycling the empty packets. Ellie’s Fund Brain Tumour Trust was set up after founder Heather Othick sadly lost her daughter Ellie. A locally founded charity, Ellie’s Fund aims to raise money for children and young people in Yorkshire and the Humber who have a brain tumour, raise money for brain tumour research and raise awareness. How can you help? By collecting your empty baby wipe packets! Each pack will raise 2 pence for Ellie’s Fund and all brands are accepted so please bring yours in - whether you have 2 packets or 20! Recent changes to the scheme have meant that the packets can only be sent off in bulk so Rosalind Watchorn Solicitors have set up a collection point in their reception - accessible via Priory Road. Partner Rebecca Linsell is mother to twins Tilly and Ted, and is also Treasurer of the Sheffield Twins and Multiples Club she says “Ellie’s Fund is a fantastic cause and Heather is an inspiring woman. I have been collecting packets for them myself for the past year, however after the changes to the scheme I wanted to ensure that Ellie’s Fund did not miss out – so we set up the drop-off point.” The money raised from the collection of any baby wipe packet will go to the brain tumour research laboratory in Leeds and to support children who are going through treatment. Since 2010 Ellie’s Fund BTT has raised over £108 000, supported 31 children and sent £40 000 to the research lab. Heather Othick says of the campaign: ‘’Brain tumours are the biggest cancer killer of children and people under 40; including leukaemia. When I found this recycling initiative that involves parents, and raises money, as well as helping the environment, it made me think that this could be a way of raising a lot of awareness about this deadly disease to the people who need to be aware – parents.’’ Rosalind Watchorn Solicitors offices are at: 10 Kenwood Park Road, Nether Edge, Sheffield, S7 1NF - entrance via Priory Road. Tel: 0114 229 0160 Email: mail@rwatchorn.co.uk

Rosalind Watchorn Solicitors have set up a collection point in their reception. Drop your empty wipe packets off to raise 2p per packet for the charity.

For more information on the collection you can visit Rosalind Watchorn Solicitors website at: www.rwatchorn.co.uk and for news and information on Ellie’s Fund Brain Tumour Trust their website is: http:// www.elliesfund.com/.

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Picnicking! Picnicking Places in the Peaks With summer approaching and the odd glimmer of sunshine around it’s that time of year when we start thinking about eating “al fresco”, writes Angela, and on children’s terms that means picnics!! There are many parks across Sheffield that have wide open grassy spaces great for a picnic; Endcliffe Park, Forge Dam, Graves Park, Weston Park, Spider Park etc However if you want a more adventurous option then try a picnic on the train at Lodge Moor Park or venture out into the peaks for some stunning views and rugged scenery to accompany your sandwiches. Out in the peaks at Higger Tor (between Burbage and Stanage Edge) there are large rocks to scramble on, tunnels and gaps to squeeze through (the technical term is ‘weaselling’). Within this area there are huge slabs of rocks that slope gently within fairly easy reach that make ideal picnic places and offer fantastic views (see picture). The Longshaw Estate (National Trust) on the edge of the peak district next to the ‘Fox House’ pub is a very family friendly attraction with a cafe, toilets on site and a wide grassland area with circular walks through woods, paths, a pond, and lots of logs and areas that are great for picnics. Just recently they have new attractions for children, a shorter circular walk now plays host to a family of ‘Bogart’s’; look in their houses, investigate their burrows in the rhododendron bushes and explore the bivouac shelters. You can also reach ‘Padley Gorge’ walking through the Longshaw estate; a bubbling stream to paddle in, with many picnic places along its banks, although it does get busy at weekends. Hunting for Bogarts! If you are looking to extend a picnic into an exciting day trip then take the train from Sheffield centre or Dore out to Grindleford or Hathersage. There is a great playground within walking distance from the station tucked up behind Hathersage Lido (Take the gated alley way next to the house with the stone dog statues). There is a cafe next to the lido and the excitement of travelling on a train back home too. Waiting for the train!

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Picnicking! Escape the Sandwich! Sandwiches on a picnic can become a bit mundane and boring especially if your children insist on sticking to ‘ham’ or ‘jam’. You could try adding sauces or extra vegetables to make the standard cheese and ham fillings a bit more interesting, e.g. pickle, mayonnaise, cucumber, tomatoes, lettuce, grated carrot or coleslaw, sweetcorn.

Fed up with sandwiches Take a salad, pasta or use:     

Tortilla wraps, Pita bread, French sticks, Different shaped rolls Cheese and crackers

Healthy Extras for a picnic A small box of chopped up fruit or vegetables e.g. baby tomatoes, cucumber, sugar snap peas, grapes, pepper strips, melons, plums, strawberries, berries, raisons Bread sticks, Dips – humus, Malt loaf, Cereal bars, Dairy lee / baby bells / cheesy strings, Quiche slices

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Craft! Father’s Day Craft This is perfect for your little ones to make a mess and sort your father’s day gift at the same time, writes Lorna! You will need:  2 Sheets of Cardboard  Paper  Paint/Glitter/Glue/Colouring pens  Scissors (Adults help)  A photograph 1. 2. 3. 4.

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Using a large sheet of paper get your child to paint, hand print or stick whatever they would like to decorate the paper. Whilst this is drying, take 1 piece of cardboard and draw round the size of a photograph. Cut this shape out leaving a rectangular frame. When the decorated paper is dry, cut and fold this around the cardboard frame or alternatively cut out your child’s favourite prints/coloured areas and stick around the frame like a collage. With the 2nd piece of cardboard secure this to the back of the frame by 3 sides leaving the top open. Secure your photo in position. Additional suggestions are to write a message on the front of the frame.

Father’s Day Card On a similar theme an easy Father’s day card is to draw around your child’s hand on some wrapping paper/coloured paper, and cut out. Also do this to the Father’s hand and glue these to a folded piece of cardboard. As a suggestion for a message on the front, ”You are the world’s best dad hands down” This is a great memory keeper too, to remind you in years to come just how small these hands once were!

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St Luke’s Church Centre, Blackbrook Drive, Lodge Moor, Sheffield, S10 4LS Tel: 0114 2306034 www.stlukenursery.co.uk 118

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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 toddlergroups.chatterbox@googlemail.com 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 07967 332158

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 stardusky@gmail.com

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 nursery@stthomascrookes.org.

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 25


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: toddlergroups.chatterbox@googlemail.com S10 - Broomhall Ripples

Christ Church Central, Fitzwilliam St, near Devonshire Green. Mon. & Thurs. 10-11.30am Mums–to–be welcome. Contact Claire 07803 930789

Broomhall Centre, Broomspring Lane, S10 2FD. Saturdays 10:00 to 12:00. Se habla español For Spanish speaking children and parents. Contact: jacquelinedien Sheffield aznieto@gmail.com The Beacon Methodist Church @ Stephen Hill, Manchester Rd. Tues. 10 Crosspool Baby – 11.30am term-time. For Bumps, Babies and Bairns. Contact Deacon Group Jan 230 1338 or Mavis 230 4152. Music Zone

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.

S10 - Crookes St Thomas’ Dads Nairn St. Crookes. Sat. 9 –11am all year except Christmas and Easter. Babies to 5 yr olds. Contact via Helen Ward on 267 1090. & U 5’s St Thomas' Tots Nairn St, Crookes. Mon & Fri 10-11.30am. Contact Helen Ward on 2671090. and Toddlers St Timothy's Sunbeams

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

Wesley Hall Play- Wesley Hall Methodist Church, Crookes Road. Wed. term-time only 1011.30am. Contact Liz Harding on 07412 124 310. hour S10 - Crosspool St. Francis Church

Sandygate Rd, Thurs 10am - 11.30am during term time.1st session free. Ages 0 - 5 with parent/carer inc play, craft, singing & snack. Contact Sarah 07748987460 or Maria 07919920326

S10 - Fulwood Fulwood Toddler Christ Church, Canterbury Ave. Mon., Wed. & Thurs. 10-11.30 am. Contact Clare 0114 230 1911. Group Fulwood Babygroup

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. Fulwood Men Bacon butties and coffee for dads with playtime for 0 – 6s. Contact Rob Behaving Dadly on 2295637. S10 - Lodge Moor St. Luke’s Blackbrook Rd, Lodge Moor. Tues. 10-11.30am in church lounge. Contact Bumps & Babies Linda on 230 8585. Also Wed. 10-11.30am within the Toddler group. St Luke’s Toddlers

Blackbrook Rd, Lodge Moor. Wed. 10-11.30am. Contact Carolyn on 230 1544 and Fri. 10-11.30am Contact Sue on 2302550. 26


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: toddlergroups.chatterbox@googlemail.com S10 - Nether Green Mumbies

Hallam Methodist Church, Nether Green, Tue 10.30–midday. For Mums-tobe & new Mums/carers with babies. Contact Jo on 230 7073

Nether Green Nippers

Hallam Methodist Church, Nether Green. 0-3’s group, Thurs. 10-11.30 am. Contact Louise 348 4537 or Siobhan 229 5234

S10 - Ranmoor Ranmoor

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

St Johns, Ranmoor Babies & Bumps

Starts September 13th. Every Thursday during term time 10:00 - 11:30. St Johns Church, Ranmoor. 0114 230 1199

St Johns, Ranmoor Toddler Group

Starts September 12th. Every Wednesday during term time 10:00 - 11:30. St Johns Church, Ranmoor. 0114 230 1199

S11 - Brocco Bank/Hunter's Bar Jubilee MiniKidz

City Church Jubilee Centre, Wilson Road, S11. Mon 10-11.30am. Contact 268 2555.

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.

S11 - Ecclesall Noah’s Ark Baby Wycliffe Independent Church, Hickmott Rd., Ecclesall. Ages 0-5 with parent/ & Toddler carer for play, singing, story, craft and home baking. Weds. 9.45-11.15, term-time. Free. Contact Rachel 2665287/07866677707 Groups S1, S3 & S5 Christ Church Central

Christ Church Central, Fitzwilliam St, near Devonshire Green. Mon or Thurs 10-11.30am. Mums-to-be welcome. Contact Kate on 07884 015771

ClubOK

St Stephen Church, Fawcett Street, S3. Sat. 1-3pm. Russian speaking, ages 0-12. Contact Olga on 07726971900.

Firth Park Toddler Gardening

Firth Park Community Allotment 10-12 Mondays( Existing group 1-3 pm Thursdays). Contact dotrodman@heeleyfarm.org.uk 0114 258 0482 27


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: toddlergroups.chatterbox@googlemail.com S6 - Langsett Hampdon View Baby Hampdon View Church, Greaves St, Langsett Estate, Mon. 10-11.30am. Contact Anne-Marie on 233 4852. & Toddlers Playtime Toddler

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.

Playtime Baby Group

Phildadelphia Campus Playtime Centre, 6 Gilpin St. A new group for first-time mums and babies supported by health visitors. Thurs. 23.30pm. Contact Church Office on 241 9560.Also toddler groups: Mon. (includes singing and signing), Tues. (women only), Thurs. all 1011.30am. Contact Church Office on 241 9560.

Primrose Children’s Sure Start, Creswick Street , S6 2TN. For further information on all the range of groups and activities contact Elizabeth on 07973 478192. Centre St. Barts. Toddler Group

St. Bartholomew's Church, Primrose Hill/Burgoyne Rd, Langsett. Wed. 12.30-2pm. Contact Debbie 07702 724805.

S6 - Malin Bridge & Stannington Les Puces

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.

Twinkling Stars Mu- Knowle Top Chapel, Stannington- close to Hillsborough. Wed & Fri 9.30 - 11.00am Ages 6 months to 4 years. Contact Alison 07713764885 sic & Playtime Les Petits Pupes

French after school club for Y4, 5 & 6. Every Tuesday & Friday 4-5pm. Lomas Hall, Stannington, S6. Contact Cecile/Estelle 0114 234 9141 07976484325

S6 - Walkley Fir Street

Walkley Community Centre, Walkley, Wed. 9.45 -11.15 am Contact Rachel on 07969088918 or email rachel.radford@gmail.com

First Step Toddler Group

Walkley Ebenezer Church, Greenhow St, Tues. 1-3pm and Thurs. 10noon. Contact Margaret on 2349083 or Freda on 2311148.

Japanese Play Group

‘Nihongo-do Asobo’. Walkley Community Centre, Sun. 11am-1pm. For anyone interested in Japanese language and culture. Contact Yuki on 222 8449.

Walkley Community Centre, Thursday 3.45 - 5.30pm. French speaking Les Petits Poissons playgroup 0-12 years with structured activities and songs. One parent must speak French at home. Contact Sylvie on 01142201508 28


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Recipe - Birthday Cakes Birthday Cakes Have you ever gazed in envy at those marvellous birthday cakes that some mums produce on their children’s birthday….…and wondered how they do it, writes Louise. It’s easier that you might think to make a stunning birthday cake for your little one with a bit of know-how and a bit of practice! Our ‘how to’ guide should have you producing an edible masterpiece in no time…..

The Cake You can use a basic Victoria sponge cake recipe but this is not great for covering in sugar paste, because a Victoria sponge is very light it doesn't always support the weight of the icing very well. The best option is a Madeira cake - you can find basic Madeira cake recipes at BBC Good Food Website

Preparing the cake for icing Once you've baked your scrummy Madeira Cake, you need cut off the domed top (you should aim to get your cake about 2.5" tall). Turn the cake upside down and put onto a cake board 3" bigger than the cake (this leaves you just over an inch around the cake when iced). Cut through the middle and fill the cake with jam and butter cream. This bit is really important! Once you have the cake filled, take some of the Butter cream and coat the whole of the outside of the cake in a very thin layer. This means you can get the sides of the cake straight and smooth but best of all the icing can stick to butter cream. Then put the cake in the fridge for 15 minutes or so. This firms the butter cream making it really easy to ice!

Icing Whatever cake you are making, you can probably find an appropriate colour sugarpaste icing to cover it. A 1kg pack of sugar paste (roll out icing) will cover an 8" round or square cake or 1.5kg will cover a 10" round or square cake. You need to knead your icing to get a bit of heat into it before you roll it (make sure you dust your surface well so it doesn’t stick!) and then roll it as uniformly as you can to about 4-5mm thick. Once you have draped your icing over your cake, start with the top of the cake, and use the flat of your hand to smooth the icing (basically you are sticking the icing to the butter cream), now with the sides of the cake gently tease out any folds by pulling them away from the cake and then smooth back on to the cake. ALWAYS SMOOTH UPWARDS, if you smooth down you will stretch the icing on the top edge of the cake, causing it to crack or show the cake through. If you are icing a square cake - start with the corners - if you start with sides it will be a disaster! Smooth the corners down and then start with the sides, teasing out the folds. Once you have the icing on the sides of the cake with no creases, you can begin to smooth and polish. If you don’t have a professional cake smoother, you can just use a ball of the same colour icing to achieve a smooth polished finish. A vast array of colours are now readily available in sugarpaste icing so you can create almost anything…with a little bit of time and patience.

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Recipe - Birthday Cakes Castle Cake For those little princesses, a castle cake is fairly simple option. Just cover two different size cakes in pink icing. You can make the turrets from swiss rolls covered in icing, or cheat and use a cut down kitchen roll tube!! Use waffle cones for the top, add a toy princess and you have a fantastic castle your little girl will love. Add extra details such as windows, climbing flowers and a gate to make it look even better.

Football Shirt Cake For boys, how about a football shirt cake in their team colour. Cut a square cake into the shape of a shirt and then ice, adding details for your team.

Character Cakes If you are feeling a bit more confident then why not try modelling some of your little ones favourite characters?

Most supermarkets now sell a wide range of cake supplies and some coloured icing, but for a wide variety of colours you will need to order online or go to a specialist shop. Hobbycraft at Meadowhall Retail Park sell some, but Cakecraft on the balcony at Sheffield Castle Market is a veritable Aladdin’s cave of all things cake. Happy baking!

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Sales and Wants

FREE ADVERTISING! Advertise your baby or children's toys or equipment for free in the next edition of Chatterbox. Contact Lorna at toddlergoups.chatterbox@gmail.com Remember to include your phone number and/or email address. For Sale: Bugaboo Chameleon Travel system in red and black, with carry-cot and buggy seat attachments, 2 hoods, rain cover, parasol and shopping basket. Good condition, non-smoking home. £150. Will deliver locally, contact Hannah on 0773 8082415. For Sale: Mothercare Universal Cot-Top Changer, £9.50; Tommee Tippee door bouncer, £5. Contact Karen on 07789597110. For Sale: Hamax 'Siesta' child's bike seat, which reclines and there are adapters for two bikes. It is in very good condition. £55 or offers. Phone 0114 2307002. For Sale: Mamas & Papas 'bedtime hugs' moses basket with adjustible hood & 2.5 tog blanket (cream & beige) - £12, Mothercare luxury moses basket stand - £8, Mamas & Papas 'ripple' bear bouncer (with vibrate settings & music) - £12, Blue bumbo seat with tray (in original box) - £12, Safababy sleeper cot divider (keeps blankets in place safely when baby is small) - £8, Clippasafe bump belt (to safely position car seat belts during pregnancy) (in original box) - £7, Tommee Tippee nappy disposal system (brand new, unopened) - £5 Mamas & Papas creme nappy stacker - £3, Mothercare 'precious bear' top n tail bowl - £2, Clothes bundles - boys from 0-2 years, girls from 0-6 months, price negotiable All good condition/nearly new. Please contact Fiona on 07587143130 or f.a.kesteven@hotmail.co.uk - photos can be emailed on request

Meet the team Editor

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Secretary & What’s On

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Advertising

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Web

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Facebook & Twitter

Lydia

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Finance

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Kate C, Amanda, Brenda, Kate Hy, Vicky, Angela, Lorna, Hilary, Edwin, Kate Hd, Karen

Chatterbox is run entirely by volunteers. We are all Mums who meet four times a year [sometimes more often for a drink and to share our toddler tales]. Contributions from parents or carers from any section of the community are always welcome. If you’d like to be involved drop us an email or call us, details above. Thanks to everyone who helped to compile this issue and those who helped distribute it. Please note: The views expressed in Chatterbox are those of the individual contributors and not necessarily shared by the team. 32


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Self Help Information ARC Antenatal Results & Choices

www.arc-uk.org

0207 713 7486 0845 077 2290

Birth preparation Classes

www.nct.org.uk

0844 243 6000

Child Help Line –Sheffield

0800 279 7454

A local, free & confidential counselling service for children & young people.

National Childline

Cruse

Children’s Hospital

www.childline.org.uk

0800 1111

www.crusebereavementcare.org.uk

0114 249 3328 0844 477 9400

www.sheffieldchildrens.nhs.uk

0114 271 7000

www.sids.org.uk

0808 802 6868

www.hssheffield.org.uk

0114 278 8377

Cot Death Help Line Homestart Family Support Breastfeeding Support

0114 232 2203

Meningitis Support Group

www.meningitis.org

080 8800 3344

www.miscarriageassociation.org.uk

01924 200 799

www.nhsdirect.nhs.uk

0845 4647

www.parentlineplus.org.uk

0808 800 2222

www.uk-sands.org

0207 436 5881

Scoop (Sheffield Lone Parent)

www.scoopaid.org.uk

0114 253 7672 (Mon-Fri 10-2pm)

Sheffield Autistic Society

www.shauties.org.uk

0114 230 4839

Miscarriage Association NHS Direct Parentline Plus (helpline for parents) Sands (stillbirth & neonatal death)

Sheffield Down Syndrome

www.sheffielddownsyndrome.co.uk

Sheffield Information Directory

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