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The autumn issue will be focusing on feeding little ones, whether that’s in our local pubs and restaurants, or at home. We’d love to hear your favourite recipes and places to eat. This is your Chatterbox so please get in touch with your tips and thoughts.

Thanks for picking up this issue of Chatterbox. I’m excited to be taking over as editor from Hazel who did a fantastic job over the last year. I know the whole team would like to thank her for her hard work and commitment, and pleased that she will be continuing to work with us through the Facebook page. We are also welcoming three new members to the team: Sophie, Jodie and Jenny. Also since our last issue Lisa, who does our brilliant craft pages, has had a beautiful baby girl, Evie Rose. We’d like to wish Lisa and her family a big congratulations.

Thank you!

As the days are getting warmer and longer I’m looking forward to making the most of our beautiful corner of the country surrounded by so much wonderful countryside and fun spaces to enjoy with my son Noah. At 2 and a half he loves being outside all day. We hope we can give you lots of inspiration for the coming months with our ‘What’s On’ and activities pages.

What’s in this issue: What’s On – page 5 Travelling with Toddlers – page 9 Public Transport and Toddlers –page 11 Getting Back in Shape – page 12 Playgroups – page 15 Fancy a Picnic? page 17 Down on the Farm – page 18 Easy Garden Games – page 19 Sale and Wants – page 21 Our Favourite Park Cafés – page 22 Craft: Holiday Collage – page 27 Simple Picnic Recipe Ideas – page 29 Chatterbox Local Star – page 32

The Chatterbox team hope you’ll find lots of ideas and inspiration to help you keep your little ones busy, including places to picnic, farms to visit, and outdoor games to play in the sunshine. If you have any of your own suggestions please don’t forget to post them on our Facebook page. We love to hear of any summer fêtes, sales and events that we might not have heard about.

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Chatterbox competition Win £50 to spend at b.biscuit ‘Where’s my bike?’

I seem to have lost my bike! I can’t remember where I left it. Could your little one help you to find it for me? They’ll have to look very carefully! For your chance to win £50 of vouchers for b.biscuit at Hunters Bar (77 Junction Rd), see if you can find the Chatterbox bike that is hiding in one of our great adverts. You could spend it on some of their gorgeous baby and kids clothes including locally hand-made t-shirts, gently worn second-hand clothes, and stylish new clothes and accessories. Send us an email with the name of the correct advert along with your name and th address to chatterbox.sheffield@gmail.com by the 10 of July. 4


What’s On For Them - And You Regular Events Monday

Baby time at Upperthorpe Library 10.30 to 11.30am.

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Story time at Walkley Library 2-3pm. Please telephone Deborah Bacon as there is currently a waiting list. Tel 231 2947.

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Story time for under 5s at Broomhill Library 2–2.45pm. Crafts and stories. Free - just pop in!

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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.

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Baby time at Broomhill Library, 10.00-11.00.

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Storytime at Hillsborough Library. 2-3

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Coffee morning at Walkley Library, South Road. Tel 231 2947.

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Baby time at Walkley Library.10.30 to 11.30am, 2nd Friday of the month.

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

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

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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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Enchanted fairy forest at the Tropical Butterfly House, Woodsetts Road, North Anston S25. Tel 01909 569416. Experience a magical fantasy world as you discover tiny pixie dwellings & fairy hideaways. 10am-5.30pm. Normal admission charges apply

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Half term craft activities - Pirates, parrots and pieces of eight at Sudbury Hall & National Trust Museum of Childhood, Ashbourne, Derbyshire DE6 SHT. Tel 01283 58305. 12-4pm. Come dressed as a pirate, parrot or even a mermaid! Normal admission charges apply plus £1 per child. Also 4th & 5th June - Follow the pirate treasure hunt around the play area to find the pieces of eight. No charge. Donations welcome.

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Family Time at Meadowhall Shopping Centre Take part in singing, rhymes, songs & listening to stories. 11 – 12. No charge

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Broomhill Festival Children's Day at Sheffield Botanical Gardens, Clarkhouse Road , S10. 2 -5pm. Location: South Lawn.

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Open Farm Sunday: Heeley City Farm, Richards Road, Heeley, S2 3DT. Tel 2580482. Free admission. Meet all the rare breed animals, follow the nature trail, and spot wildlife. The cafe will also be open. 9-5pm. Whirlow Hall Farm Trust, Whirlow Lane, S11 9QF. Activities will include pony rides, tractor trail rides, sheepdog demonstrations, crafts and educational activities will also be on offer for children. The farm shop and cafe will also be open.

th th 12 &26 Jun, Abbeydale Miniature Railway 224A Abbeydale Road South ,S17 1LA. th th th 10 &24 Jul Refreshments available. Also Teddy Bears’ Picnic on the 7 August. th th th 7 , 28 & 29 Aug

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Heeley Festival at Taggy's field in the Heeley Millennium Park off Spencer Road. 12 -8pm. Will include a mini fun fair, a farmer's market, charity stalls, fire service displays, a falconry display, dancers, and a Sheffield Museum marquee. No charge.

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Nether Edge Market & Summer fair, Nether Edge Road. Live entertainment and children's activities. Community craft and farmer's stalls with hot and cold food & drink.

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The Green Fair at St Mary's Church & Community Centre, Bramall Lane Stalls, children's games, and entertainment. £2 Adult admission.

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Teddy Bear's picnic at Elsecar Railway. Take your teddy along for a ride on the train. Tel 01226 746746.

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Support Dogs Gala Day at Hillsborough Park. 10- 4pm. Including agility displays, craft food, and cake stalls, bouncy castle, face painting and competitions. Free admission.

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Big Toddle at Millhouses Park. Short sponsored walk for under 5's. All money raised goes to Barnado's projects.See Barnado's website for details.

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Richmond Park Family Fun Day. Including a fun fair, face painter, market stalls, charity stalls, a fire engine, and an old school sports day. 11- 4pm. Free of charge.

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Heartbreak productions presents Pinocchio at the Botanical Gardens Clarkhouse Road S10. Times to be confirmed check website for full details: www.heartbreakproductions.co.uk.

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Abbeydale industrial Hamlet Summer Festival , Abbeydale Road South S7 2QF. Tel 236 7731. £3/ adults Children Free.

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Hillsborough Park Extravaganza. Including fun fair , market stalls, and entertainment. 10.30am -4pm. Free entry.

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Sheffield Fayre at the Norfolk Heritage Park, Guildford Av. S2. Inc. children’s fair rides, craft tent & market. Free entry. For up-to-date What’s On information go to our website: www.facebook.com/chatterboxsheffield. To update us with upcoming events email us at Chatterbox Connect chatterboxwhatson@ googlemail.com. Have you just moved into the area or stopped work

SPECIAL NOTE: Sheffield Museum opening times have been reduced from May 2011. Millenium Gallery Open every day 10am - 4pm Exhibitions open 11am - 4pm. Weston Park Open Mon - Fri 10 am - 3pm. Open Sat & Sun 11 am 4 pm, and 11am - 4pm during school holidays & Bank Holidays. Graves Gallery will be open three days a week Thurs- Fri 10am - 2 pm Sat 11am - 3pm. Open 11am - 3 pm during school holidays.

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Travelling with Toddlers When our baby son was 9 months old, we set off on a oncein-a-lifetime trip to Australia, Singapore and Hong Kong for 4 weeks, writes Stephanie. This might seem like madness but we thought it might be best to attempt a trip like this with a smaller, non-walking child, and while we still only had the one. We all had a great time and we learned a lot in the process about getting the most out of our young travelling companion and making sure he remained happy and relaxed as much as possible. Here are a few tips and hints that we found useful:

Flying (especially long haul) • For long haul flights, book night flights wherever possible as your child is far more likely to sleep • Don’t automatically book the bulk head seats with a bassinet – our son was too old for the bassinet (he could sit up in it and make a good attempt at climbing out, even though he was technically within the age limit); all the other families with babies tend to sit in this area, making it noisier, and there is actually less foot room as you can’t stretch your legs under the seat in front. We sat near the back of the plane with my son on my lap – not the greatest night sleep I ever had but at least he didn’t scream all night, which was my greatest concern! • Always ask when you check in whether there are any spare seats – a spare seat in between you is invaluable for storage/playing etc • Take lots of small, new toys that your child hasn’t seen before and get them out one at a time when distraction is most called for – these can be very small and inexpensive but try not to get things that make a lot of noise, you (and many others) will regret it! • Pack lots of favourite snacks in your hand luggage (try to avoid too many sugary snacks though) and don’t rely on the plane having any food that your child will like – it may not • Take a sling on the plane – great for walking up and down the aisle to get baby to sleep and for wearing at night if your baby falls asleep on you

Kit • Take a lightweight, cheap stroller – it will get thrown around on aeroplanes and you will need to be able to carry it around with you along with all your other stuff • A portable nappy changing mat with space for nappies and wipes is really handy when you’re on public transport or out and about in places without nappy changing facilities • A lightweight, good quality sling is invaluable – pushchairs can be very hard work in some parts of the world • Make sure you plan well for the weather - for our holiday, we took UV protection sunsuits, several sun hats and lots of sun tan lotion • Antibacterial or steriliser wipes can be useful for wiping down tables and highchairs etc if you are doubtful about cleanliness • If you are worried about the quality of nappies in the country you’re visiting, take enough of your favourite brand just for one each night time – this will mean you avoid night time accidents, and you can change more frequently during the day. 9


Rooms • Try to get kingsize beds or family rooms where possible in case it is difficult to get a cot or the cot isn’t suitable in some way – at least you will all be able to fit in a bed together if you need to • Have a scan around the room before you let your baby loose in it if they are crawling – check for loose wires, breakable objects on low tables, low switches etc and try to remove anything that may cause trouble; some parcel tape can be useful for temporarily sticking wires to walls and covering switches/sockets etc Gruffalo Trunki, £40, johnlewis.com Useful websites:

Lastly… Remember your camera and/or video camera – and use it! Hopefully, you will go home with memories to treasure for the rest of your lives.

www.travellingwithchildren.co.uk www.holidaywithbaby.co.uk www.babygoes2.com www.50thingsandbeyond.com/travel www.baby-equipment-rental.com

Would you like to be able to communicate more effectively with your baby? If so, why not give baby sign language a try? Ten week courses run on Fridays by a practicing midwife, who is also Level 3 British Sign Language qualified (Weekend classes starting soon).

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Public Transport and Toddlers I am probably too attached to my car, writes Amy. I will throw Noah in his car seat for even the shortest journey as I am constantly running late or trying to cram too much into our day. Noah however, would much prefer to take the bus, and is fascinated by the tram and trains [he knows all the words to the Chuggington theme tune]. Sheffield has a great public transport network, and toddlers love the experience of riding the tram or train anywhere. We have been known to go to the station just to stand and wave at the train drivers who always wave back. A great train journey to start off with is the 20 minute ride from Sheffield Station to Hathersage or Grindleford. A simple ride can be a whole adventure for an enthusiastic pre-schooler. During the summer this is perfect for getting to the lido at Hathersage, or just for a cup of tea and a piece of cake at the café at Grindleford. Longer train journeys that are manageable with a little one are to Leeds or York. The Railway Museum in York [www.nrm.org.uk] is a short walk from the station. Travelling by train, if your little one is small enough, it’s advisable to take them in a sling so you are more mobile, and you don’t have to find space to park your pushchair, but this isn’t always possible. We recently took the train to Leeds to see Peppa Pig at the West Yorkshire Playhouse (www.wyp.org.uk) which was great fun. We travelled with a friend and her double buggy, and I would certainly recommend travelling with someone to give you a hand lifting a large pushchair in and out of the train (sympathetic passers-by aren’t always to hand), although train staff should help you out if you ask. It’s advisable to take a smaller, folding buggy if you have to take a longer train journey so it can be more easily stored on luggage racks at the end of the carriages. We headed for the bike storage areas and managed to store the buggies away without too much difficulty. Also take advantage of reduced fares at off-peak times and avoid rush-hour with a pushchair if you can at all cost! The trams are particularly well designed for buggy access as they have ramped platform approaches, level boarding and alighting, and plenty of space on each tram for wheelchairs or pushchairs. Useful information: For full fare and timetable information : http://www.travelsouthyorkshire.com/ http://www.nationalrail.co.uk/ www.supertram.com

While you don’t have to concentrate on driving you can make any journey on public transport into a whole experience, playing colour-eye-spy (“I spy with my little eye something red”…), or just talking about everything that’s flying by. Just don’t forget to pack food and drink for the ride!

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Getting Back in Shape As a new mum I understand how easy it is to become totally consumed by your little one, writes Jenny. It’s easy to forget all about yourself and also how difficult it is to find time to get back in shape. After carrying Isabella for nine months it is novel to no longer get out of breath walking up a flight of stairs and I wanted to take advantage of this and start getting out and getting some exercise. Summer is the perfect time to do this as there are numerous ways you can exercise in the sunshine without having to leave your baby with someone else. I have found walking with the pram a convenient and free way to exercise and a great way to better get to know other mums that I have met through a local NCT group. To mark your progress you can also register online for a free Get Walking Pack with the ramblers society (details below). The Get Walking Pack contains a twelve-week walking plan, logbook and free step counter so you can set yourself goals and see how well you are doing. You can also find a programme of summer walks especially for mums and babies around Sheffield on the website [see box below]. After losing my grandfather to cancer when Isabella was just two weeks old I have also decided to take part in the St Luke’s starlight charity walk. All the family including Isabella will be joining me on the walk to raise funds for the charity. There are several other charity walks that have been organised over the summer period which you can get involved in and take your family along with you. If you are feeling really energetic and want to embark on something a little more challenging you can also go running with your pram. I went along to a ‘Buggy fit’ class which is a combination of fast walking, jogging and Useful info resistance exercises that you do with your pram to strengthen and tone specific muscles Ramblers society: www.getwalking.org which are weakened during pregnancy and in Postnatal exercise classes: the post-natal period. These classes are held www.keepmumsfit.com weekly at Endcliffe Park and you can go along Buggy Fit: Mondays at Endcliffe Park. after having the ok from your GP at your six Email: kate.salinsky@yahoo.co.uk week appointment. Getmummyfit.com at Millhouses. Email: breedaley@getmummyfit.com After doing no strenuous exercise for the best Get your body back bootcamp Tues, part of a year I found this class challenging but Wed, Fri at Endcliffe Park Tel. also very rewarding and was still aching two 07734262508 days later! You are encouraged to go at your own pace however and nobody gets left Charity walks and runs: behind. Just ensure you feed your baby th 4 June: 10 mile Children’s Trust beforehand and bring something to keep older Twilight Walk, Sheffield City Centre. children occupied. Similar classes are also Tel: 0115 932 6109 being run in Millhouses Park with Get Mummy rd 3 July: Race for Life, City Centre Fit [see box for details]. www.raceforlife.org 12th July: Big Toddle Big Fun After all that exercise you can definitely stop sponsored walk for under 5’s, Millhouses off at a café and treat yourself to a big piece of Park. Tel: 0845 270 9900 chocolate cake! 12


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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 Hilary on 263 0764 or toddlergroups.chatterbox@googlemail.com Crosspool Community Pre-School

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 from 9.15am to 11.30am. Contact Gina on 267 0630.

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

Ofsted Registered, Independent Community Pre-School in Crookes. For 2 ½ to 4 yrs. Held on Mon, Wed & Fri from 9.15am to 11.30am. There is a waiting list. Contact Gill on 266 6346.

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 Pre-School

Wisewood Primary, Ben Lane, S6 4SD. Mon. – Thurs. 93pm 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.

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Broomhill Infant School 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.  Small and inclusive  Children’s wildlife garden  First hand experiences  A wide range of educational visits and visitors

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Fancy a Picnic? When the weather is sunny it is great to take the opportunity to go outside and have a picnic writes Hazel. A good place to picnic is always somewhere where kids can climb trees, play pooh sticks, or paddle in streams. Here are a few of my children’s favourite places that we always enjoy over the summer months. Yorkshire Sculpture Park South Yorkshire is lucky to have this big park. It is a vast area (500 acres) with a large collection of sculptures (including a collection from Henry Moore). Toddlers love the open space, running around exploring the sculptures as well as climbing the rhododendrons plants. There are free maps to help you get around though it is nice to just wander. Some areas are accessible by pushchair and there are plenty of places to picnic. Dogs must be kept on a lead and no ball games or kite flying is allowed. There is plenty of parking (£4/day). It is only 26 miles north of Sheffield and 1 mile from junction 38 on the M1. There is a visitor centre with a café. For more details visit www.ysp.co.uk Burbage Brook, Peak District Burbage Brook is on the Longshaw Estate leading to Padley Gorge. It is an ideal picnic spot with toddlers and children as there is plenty of space to picnic allowing the children to run around and they can paddle in the brook (with or without wellies). Burbage Brook can be found on the B6521 (about 300 metres from Hathersage Road). If you have a baby carrier or older children and don’t mind carrying your picnic you could alternatively park at Longshaw Estate or Burbage Bridge. You can find the footpath down to Burbage Brook from the B6521 by looking for the ice cream van (which sells big ice creams). Burbage Brook can get busy on a sunny day but it is worth it. Whirlow Brook Park, Whinfell Court, Sheffield S11 9QA On the outskirts of Sheffield, at the Ecclesall Road South end of the Limb Valley, lies Whirlow Brook Park which is in the landscaped grounds of Whirlow Brook Hall. It offers vast lawned areas which are perfect for picnics. There is a small pond where children can feed the ducks and a children’s sensory area beside Whirlow Brook Hall. If you go behind the house you will find a footpath leading down to Limb Valley where you will find stick dens and places to play hide and seek. There are 2 car parks providing plenty of parking spaces and it does have a small café with a sunny terrace providing great views. For some picnic recipe ideas go to page 30. Photo: Jonty Wilde 17

More of our favourite picnic spots: Bolsover Castle Renishaw Hall Gardens Botanical Gardens Clifton Park, Rotherham Clumber Park


Down on the Farm Animals and tractors are always a great combination for little kids, writes Hazel. Local farms are a fun day out with kids and can be educational too. Sheffield and the surrounding area has lots of farms that you can visit. Heeley City Farm Heeley City Farm is a small friendly free farm which is ideal for toddlers, especially the small animal area. It is an inner city farm and environmental area run as a charity. If you’re lucky enough to be there when they are feeding the animals you can hold the guinea pigs or help feed the pigs. Heeley Farm has a small café and a tiny play area for under 8’s. There is plenty of on-road parking around the farm. For more information, go to www.heeleyfarm.org.uk. Chatsworth Farmyard & Adventure Playground, DE45 1PP A great farm and adventure playground set in beautiful grounds of Chatsworth. There is an entrance fee for children and adults (under 3’s free). On the farm you can find ponies, Shire horse, pigs, cows with opportunity to meet the pony, stoke the guinea pigs and see milking demonstrations. Above the farm is a large woodland adventure playground which includes a big sand pit with fabulous water play and diggers. It has spiral slides and plenty of places to climb. A toddler’s kingdom! It is quiet during term time and although busy over the school holidays they run crafts and various other activities. There is a small café though it is expensive so recommend you bring a picnic as there are plenty of indoor and outdoor picnic areas. It costs £2 to park. If you have time Chatsworth Gardens are also worth a visit. My kids love the tunnel as well as climbing up and down the water steps. For more information visit www.chatsworth.org Cannon Hall Farm, Cawthorne, Barnsley, S75 4AT This farm is our family favourite working farm in South Yorkshire only 45 minutes away from Sheffield. It has a reasonably priced entrance fee with a wide variety of farm animals which are friendly and well cared for, allowing children to learn a lot about them. You can also see alpacas More great farms and Llamas. You can buy bags of food to feed the barn animals with plenty of places to wash your Matlock Farm Park: hands. The farm has an excellent adventure www.matlockfarmpark.co.uk playground which caters for children of all ages. A Graves Park: www.sheffield.gov.uk large café is on site which offers hot and cold food, Family Farm at Wentworth Garden and there is a picnic area. Next door to the farm is Centre: Cannon Hall Grounds which is a lovely picnic area www.wentworthgardencentre.co.uk (with extra parking and ice cream van) down by the White Post Farm, Farnsfield nr river. There is a hill to roll down and wooded area Mansfield: with plenty of trees to climb and space to play ball www.whitepostfarmcentre.co.uk games. There are plenty of places to park with a Wigfield Farm near Barnsley: small charge. Another bonus is the farm shop www.barnsley.ac.uk which has a great selection of meat and other farm products. For more information go to www.cannonhallfarm.co.uk 18


Easy Garden Games Sometimes my children have been happiest in the garden playing with very little equipment. Here’s a few games we have played over the years writes Hilary: 12 months plus Once babies are walking you can give them a small watering can and they can be very busy helping parents water the flowers (whether they need it or not). To save the effort of you refilling at the tap every 2 minutes you can fill a washing up bowl or bucket with water so that they can do it themselves. Paddling pool too much of a palaver? Just as good is a washing up bowl full of water with bubbles and some plastic cups and a teapot. Once they’ve finished pouring and making cups of tea, they can stand in the water and then make wet footprints all over the patio, and water the flowers all over again. 18 months plus Your garden may not be big enough to hide even the smallest people but you could play hide and seek with a tiny cuddly toy or ball instead. Try counting to 10 before the toddler starts to search, then tell them if they are getting ‘cooler’ or ‘warmer’ until ‘very hot’ when they find it. When the youngest children have a go they will invariably hide the toy in exactly the same place every time or where they have just found it. I’ve warned you in advance so you can pretend it’s a great surprise and say it’s a wonderful hiding place! 2 years plus Toddlers like running races to the far side of the garden or washing pole and back etc. Walking backwards, hopping, jumping and skipping come a little bit later usually with some cheating by breaking into a run. They do like to beat parents now and again and older siblings will need reminding that they were once slower too. Wriggling rope - Toddlers may not yet be able to skip with a rope but if you tie one end to a garden table or washing pole and waggle the other near to the ground, they love to jump over a wriggling ‘snake’, especially if you pretend it is poisonous! Try playing balancing games along a low garden wall, you could even create mini obstacle races with objects to jump over and balance along. This will use lots of concentration and energy. 3 years plus If you have a few friends round they might like to play ‘What time is it Mr Wolf?’. Everyone must be able to count to 12 and be ready to be the ‘wolf’ if they are caught. One ’wolf’ stands at the end of the garden, looking away, and the children chant ‘What time is it Mr Wolf? S/He replies a time between 1 and 12 and the children must walk that many footsteps towards the ‘wolf’. When they get close, the ‘wolf’ shouts ‘teatime’ and s/he then chases the children and the first one caught becomes the wolf. Bouncing beans is a fun game for a few children. An adult simply calls out different types of bean and the children change their actions to match eg. Runner bean is running, jumping bean is jumping, broad bean is standing out wide like a star, French bean goes ‘Ooh –la-la’ with drooped hand etc. You can add new beans and actions of your own. 19


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Call Hannah : 0114 2338340 www.sheffieldyoga school.co.uk

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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 Hilary on 263 0764 or toddlergoups.chatterbox@gmail.com by rd 23 June. Remember to include your phone number and/or email address. Boys bike with stabilisers (age 4-7) Excellent condition. £20. Cot - dark wood. Good condition. £20. Lindam Stairgate. Excellent condition. £10. Travel cot. Good condition. £15. Mamas and papas baby car seat (colour blue/beige) - newborn to 12 months. Excellent condition. £20. Reclining toddler car seat (colour blue/white stripes) - 12 months to 2.5 years - £10 Silver cross reclining pram with hood (colour - black). Newborn to 3/4 years. Folds flat. Includes head hugger, foot muff and under pram net basket. Good condition. £25. Contact Denise 07817261565. Baby Sense II, Infant Respiratory Monitor (breathing alarm), £35. Contact Mirja on 07599 293627 or mirjas@gmx.at Dreamgenii Maternity Pillow and White Pillowcase £18.00; Premaxx Bab (Sling) Suitable from birth to 18 months £15.00; Mamas and Papas Pop it trav suitable up to six months £17.50; Mothercare white and yellow baby bath £5.00; Mamas and Papas Neutral Wood Cot Top Changer £30.00; Mamas and Papas Moses Basket with White Stand (neutral colours) £40.00. AVENT ISIS iQ UNO Single Electronic Breast Pump BPA free (never used) inc battery pack, bottle, teat travel pack, sealing disc and conversion parts to manual pump £60.00; Philips AVENT ISIS iQ UNO Single Electronic Breast Pump includes battery pack, bottle, teat travel pack, sealing disc and conversion manual pump £36.00. Sleepbags all 0-6 months: Grobag 2.5 tog Walter and Wilf white and green £10. Grobag 1.0 tog Little Bear cream £10.00; Tu Blue 2.5 tog £6.00; Cherokee Blu tog £6.00; Mothercare Yellow Giraffe 2.5 tog £4.00; Disney Winnie the Pooh 2. £4.00. Reusable Lollipop nappies and washing accessories in pristine condition – contains 5 x size 1 cream Bamboo nappies with boosters, 15 x size 1 Blue fleece nappies with boosters, 4 x xs small velcro waterproof covers up to 5kg, 3 x small waterproof covers up to 7kg. 5 x washable liners in white, 300+biodegradable flushable nappy liners, 1 x Pure Nappy Sanitiser, Washbag and bucket £100.00 Contact Susan on 2344863 25 Kushies Ultras nappies (all in one nappy and waterproof)Infant size -excellent condition as most have never been used (except the two washes they need to make them absorbent)+ a few liners etc. Cost about £170, will accept £40 Mothercare cot-top

changer -fits most cots Cost £60, accept £10. Blue bumbo £5 Contact Ruth 01142302592 Mamas and papas Tour stroller in lemon spot (grey with yellow spots on seat). Only used for a 3wk holiday so in fantastic condition. Still under warranty, in original box with instructions and rain cover- £45. Contact Kate 07971553026 or email katerigney1@hotmail.com Mamas and Papas A3 Pramette pushchair (black/grey) complete with Primo Viaggio car seat (no accidents) with Surefix adjustable car seat base, apron and raincover - £125 ono. Babybjorn change bag/backpack (Babybjorn dynamic changing bag in city black) - £15. 1x Lindam and 1x Mothercare pressure-fit stairgates - £10 each. Hippychick hip seat - £10 Contact Rachel 0114 230 2267 or 07751 386 195 Maclaren Twin Techno double pushchair in black, suitable from birth - 15kg, with adjustable recline positions and lie-flat seats, 2 x cosy toes and rain covers. Excellent condition, used only twice. Cost £270, available for £120. Dutailier Candy Baby Glide rocking chair and matching foot stool in lime with cream textured fabric. £150. Graco CitiSport pushchair, suitable from birth - 15kg. Fully reclining seat, large shopping basket, raincover, lockable front wheels. £20. Lorenzo Changing Table in pine finish, 3 shelves. £10. Bags of baby girl's clothes, aged 0-3 months, 3-6 months, 6-12 months, £5 per bag. Contact Cassie on 07817 376623. Philips Avent single electronic breast pump. In original box. Complete set including instruction book, 2 bottles, spare unused parts, battery charger, AC adapter and handle for manual use. Excellent condition, £30. Lindam Night and Day Feeding System. A plug-in bottle warmer that can be used at the side of the bed. Also keeps bottles cold. Instructions included, £5. Brand new in box VTech Crawl and Learn Bright Lights Ball, £9 Contact details Nicki tel: 2683133 Boy's bike 20" wheel, 5 gears. Good condition. £20. Contact Linda 285 4727 Free to the first caller - 3 ELC zipped bags of plastic ball pool balls. Contact Hilary on 263 0764.


Our Favourite Park Cafés What a change in the weather writes Jodie! Hopefully you've just about retained your sanity and survived those long winter days being forced to stay inside when it really isn't feasible to drag the kids to the park, again, in freezing temperatures writes Jodie. Indoor activities have their moments, but how lovely it is to be able to chuck your bundles of energy outdoors, and spend the day tiring them out in the fresh air - and doesn't it do wonders at bedtime! With two boys under two and a half I’m often found in local parks, usually either running, chasing balls or hunting sticks. So I suppose it's only fair after all that activity that from time to time I should treat them to a much begged-for snack. And now the sun’s out the snack of choice is the 99, with a flake, but no sauce. Strange that the 99 actually now appears to cost nearer £1.50, but at least it lasts a while. Unless your child is like mine of course and within two metres of the van looks helplessly on while the ice-cream topples off the cone. (And although you know you probably should say "I told you to hold onto it properly, you're not having another one", you duly rejoin the queue to replace it and end the wailing.) So where are the best refreshment stops when you're out and about? Ice-cream vans appear to be competing at both ends of Endcliffe Park at the moment, one by the mini-roundabout on Rustlings Road and the other by Hunter's Bar roundabout. But if you manage to miss/avoid those, the café in the park itself has a separate ice-cream hatch at busy times for a faster service. There are plenty of tables outside the café to eat at, a decent children’s lunch menu, and a dog or two to clear up any debris your kids might leave. If you’re into cakes the place to go is Millhouses Park café. The Pudding Ladies’ sumptuous array means the queue probably moves slightly slower while people ponder the choice, but they do offer very generous slices so the cakes can be easily shared if you're in a big group and realise you haven't got enough cash between you for one each! They, too, have introduced a separate fast-service hut for drinks and ice-creams which is just around the corner from the water play-area, so you can always nip for a quick take-away coffee without dragging the kids away. The café proves very popular when the sun shines, but if there’s no time to queue there is usually an ice-cream van, sometimes even in colder climes, parked on the playing field, so you should at least be able to provide the kids with a Mini-Milk if nothing else. Graves Park now boasts a new play area and the park itself is a good all-rounder with its animal farm, a large playing field, and a little train which circles the park. According to a Mum I got chatting to recently the new play area is better equipped than Endcliffe Park, with a giant sandpit and plenty of swings and climbing things to keep the kids entertained. She also suggested the coffee - filter, not instant - was better than at Millhouses! Now that's definitely worth testing for yourself. And last, but not least, if you happen to be passing through Limb Valley it’s worth stopping at Whirlow Hall for a proper afternoon tea in a sophisticated setting. Whilst supping Earl Grey from a china cup and saucer on the veranda it feels rather like you’ve stepped into the first few scenes of an Agatha Christie novel. Hopefully there'll be no sinister ending for you, although there could be a bit of fuss from the kids when you tell Don’t forget… them no ball games are allowed on the neatly cut lawn. The café at Forge Dam. You can send them off to run around the rose garden Weston Park and Museum instead though, or feed the ducks in the pond. It’s a café. perfect place for a quiet-ish afternoon and a wellRivelin Valley Park Café also appointed picnic. run by The Pudding Ladies. For more ideas on where to picnic see page 17. 22


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. Any changes or new groups, contact Hilary on 263 0764 or at toddlergroups.chatterbox@googlemail.com. Allsorts Parent & Toddler Group

St Stephen’s Church, Fawcett St. Netherthorpe, Tues. 1-2.45pm. Contact Helen 275 1480.

ClubOK

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

Crosspool Baby Group

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.

Fir Street

Walkley Community Centre, Walkley, Wed. 9.45 -11.15 am Contact Chloe 2346877.

First Step Toddler Group

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

Fulwood Toddler Group

Christ Church, Canterbury Ave. Mon., Wed. & Thurs. 10-11.30 am. Contact Carolyn on 230 8423.

Fulwood Babygroup

Christ Church, Canterbury Ave. Thurs. 10.30am-midday (mums-to-be welcome). Contact Church Office on 2301911.

Fulwood Men Behaving Dadly

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 Baby & Toddlers

Hampdon View Church, Greaves St, Langsett Estate, Mon. 10-11.30am. Contact Anne-Marie on 233 4852.

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.

Jubilee Tots

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

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.

Les Petits Poissons

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.

Mumbies

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

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.

Se habla español en Sheffield

Old Junior School , South View Road S7. Saturdays 11:30 to 1:30. For Spanish speaking children and parents.Contact: jacquelinediaznieto@gmail.com 23


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

Please contact me, Nicola Harpin on: 07739490143 email pregnantyogini@hotmail.com www.pregnantyogini.com

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Parent & Toddler/Baby Groups continued Nether Green Nippers

Hallam Methodist Church, Nether Green. 0-3’s group, Thurs. 10-11.30 am. There is a waiting list. Contact Cassie on 230 7952.

Noah’s Ark Baby & Toddler Groups

Wycliffe Independent Church, Hickmott Rd., Ecclesall. Ages 0-5 with parent/carer for play, singing, story, craft and home baking. Weds. 9.4511.15, term-time. Free. Contact Laura on 239 8004.

Noah’s Ark Dad’s Time

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.

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 firsttime 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.

Primrose Children’s Centre

Sure Start, Creswick Street , S6 2TN. For further information on all the range of groups and activities contact Elizabeth on 07973 478192.

Ranmoor

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

Ripples

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

Sticky Fingers

Christchurch Endcliffe, St Augustine’s, Brocco Bank. 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. 12.30-2pm. 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.

St. Luke’s Bumps & Babies

Blackbrook Rd, Lodge Moor. Tues. 10-11.30am in church lounge. Contact Linda on 230 8585.

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. 1011.30am 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.

Weekday Dads

Anytime, Any place, Anywhere!Contact wddadsheffield@googlegroups.com

Wesley Hall Playhour

Wesley Hall Methodist Church, Crookes Road. Wed. term-time only 1011.30am. Contact Lesley on 268 6603. 25


Holistic Therapies for the good of your health and relaxation Reflexology . Reiki. Bach Flower Therapy Therapeutic & Aromatherapy Massage Hopi Ear Candling . Sports Massage Indian Head Massage Tsuboki (Japanese Face Massage) Auricular Acupuncture

Serenity Holistic Therapies 80-82 Infirmary Road, Sheffield, S6 3DD

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Craft: Holiday Collage If you’re lucky enough to get away on holiday this summer this is a great activity to try when you get home – just be sure to collect a few mementos of your trip like sand and shells from the beach. As you’re creating your collage you can talk about memories of your holiday, you could get creative and use postcards and flyers to cut up to make the sailboat and fish.

You’ll need: Piece of paper [blue or grey work well] Glue Sand or glitter Sticky eyes and pipe cleaners Shells / buttons / lollipopsticks and any other holiday ephemera Cut out shapes for waves, fish and boat [Mum or Dad’s bit] How to: Start by putting the glue along the bottom of the page for the sand, this is the fun part – tip the sand onto the paper and then lift the sheet up to remove excess sand. Apply glue directly to smaller shells and stick in place. Make the sailboat by sticking triangles of paper over a lolli-stick and a semi-circle shape for the bottom of the boat. Stick the waves over the boat, then apply your fish, buttons and seaweed wherever you like.

This is all about your little one remembering their holiday so let them go crazy!! You may need to hoover up afterwards!

Great places for craft supplies: Local hardware shop Home Bargains, Parkway The Works, Meadowhall

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Simple Picnic Recipes You’ve figured out where you’ll be pitching your blanket for the day so why not let the kids help out making some easy recipes, writes Jodie. Savoury and sweet, and perfect for a picnic...

Picnic Wraps These are a great picnic alternative to sandwiches and the kids can easily help to build them by spreading the salsa, adding the ingredients and wrapping them up at the end.

Ingredients: 8 flour tortilla wraps 8 tsp pepper salsa [or other sweet relish] 1 pack of ready cooked chicken tikka pieces [plain if you prefer] 2 whole roasted red peppers sliced Method: 1. Roast the peppers in advance in a hot oven (200 degrees C) for about 30/ 40 mins turning after 20 mins. Once cooked cut into thin slices. 2. Cut 8 pieces of greaseproof paper. 3. Top each with 1 tortilla wrap, then spread each with the salsa. 4. Add the chicken slices and pepper slices. 5. Roll the tortillas up, then tightly wrap with the paper, twisting at the ends. NOTE: You can substitute other crunchy veg and mayo if this is more to your little one’s taste, and you can also microwave each tortilla on high for 1 and a half minutes before serving.

Smooth Chocolate Brownies Ingredients: 225g butter 225g caster sugar 4 medium eggs 225g plain flour 1 tsp baking powder 2 tbsp cocoa powder 2 tbsp ground almonds 175g plain chocolate, melted 2 tsp vanilla extract

For more kids recipe ideas: www.channel4.com/4food www.bbcgoodfood.com www.donnahay.com www.annabelkarmel.com www.netmums.com/food www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/icancook

Method: 1. Mix the butter and sugar in a bowl until fluffy. 2. Beat in the eggs, then add the flour, baking powder, cocoa powder and almonds. 3. Mix in the melted chocolate and vanilla extract. 4. Spread into a prepared tin and bake for 35 to 40 mins at 180 degrees C. 5. Slice into squares and leave to cool. 29


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Meet the Team 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

Editor

Amy

Chatterbox.sheffield@gmail.com

Assistant Editor

Stephanie

(currently on maternity leave)

Secretary

Kate

Tel. 07904 194303

Advertising

Sophie

advertising.chatterbox@gmail.com

Facebook

Hazel

www.facebook.com/chatterboxsheffield

Illustrator

Fran

Subscriptions

Ruth

Sales & Wants

Hilary

Toddlergroups.chatterbox@gmail.com

Toddler groups

Hilary

Toddlergroups.chatterbox@gmail.com

Treasurer

Victoria

Tel. 230 3066

What’s On

Kate

Chatterboxwhatson@googlemail.com

Writers

Jodie Jenny

jofielder@hotmail.com

If you’d like to be involved get in touch with us on any of the numbers or emails below. Thank you to all members of the team who helped to compile this issue. Thanks to Megan for her front cover drawing, and to those who distributed this edition to your collection point

Advertising in Chatterbox: We depend on advertising income for our continued existence. If responding to an advert in Chatterbox, please mention this to the advertiser, so they will advertise with us again! We distribute 2,000 copies throughout our area which is a great way for your company or business to advertise. Disclaimer: The views expressed in this magazine are those of the individual contributors and not necessarily shared by the team. We reserve the right to amend or refuse articles for publication. Articles submitted for publication will be posted on the website unless you specify otherwise. No responsibility can be accepted for any goods or services bought through mention in Chatterbox.

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Sophie’s Wish Each issue we’d like to highlight someone within our area that we think is a Chatterbox Star for either their service to the community or something amazing they’ve done. This issue we’d like to mention little Sophie Burchill. Sophie was diagnosed with an aggressive brain tumour when she was just 11 months old. She underwent two life-saving brain operations and 16 months of chemotherapy at Sheffield Children’s Hospital. During her period of treatment her family and friends discovered that brain tumour research is desperately under-funded compared to other cancers, receiving just 0.7% of national cancer research spending. They were also shocked and saddened to discover how common brain tumours are in children and young people. They witnessed first hand the effects of this condition and saw many of Sophie’s hospital friends lose their lives. Sophie’s family and friends felt that something needed to be done and so created the charity Sophie’s Wish. Their aim is to raise awareness of brain tumours, their symptoms, diagnosis and treatment. They will campaign for and raise much needed funds for further research into brain tumours in order to help improve survival rates. If you want to find out more about Sophie’s Wish or how to get involved please visit the website at www.sophieswish.org.uk , find them on Facebook or follow on Twitter (@sophieswish)

If you’d like someone mentioned as a Chatterbox Star drop us an email at chatterbox.sheffield@gmail.com.

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PILATES THERAPY FOR MUMS 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.

Mondays and Wednesdays in Crookes Privat e classes also available Post natal Classes These classes give mums the opportunity to bring their baby until crawling age. Classes have maximum 4 participants Use of the Reformers also available in the class.

Fun and informal, learn a valuable skill Golden time bonding with your baby Increase baby’s health and wellbeing Learn more about your baby’s cues and communication

Suitable from birth to 6 months 5 week course costs £45

Pregnancy massage is a popular complementary therapy during pregnancy for back pain, when choices for pain relief, such as medication, are often limited.

Telephone Abi: 07983 411790 Email: abi@happybabymassage.co.uk www.happybabymassage.co.uk

For more information contact us at Breathe Pilates, 85 Clarkehouse Road (near the Botanical Gardens) Telephone: 07860 777 100 www.breathe-pilates.co.uk Mention seeing us in Chatterbox and receive your first session at half price

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Self-Help Information ARC Antenatal Results & Choices www.arc-ul.org

0207 631 0285

Birth preparation Classes www.nct.org.uk

0844 243 6852

Child Help Line –Sheffield

0800 279 7454

Counselling – support for depression, PND & loss counselling@inyourcommunity.org.uk

07847 623214

National Childline www.childline.org.uk

0800 1111

Cruse www.crusebereavementcare.org.uk

0114 249 3328

Children’s Hospital www.childrens.nhs.uk

0114 271 7000

Cot Death Help Line www.sids.org.uk/sad

08088 026868

Homestart Family Support www.hssheffield.org.uk

0114 27 8377

Breastfeeding Support

0114 232 2203

Meningitis Support Group www.meningitis.org

0808 8003344

Miscarriage Association Self Help Group www.miscarriageassociation.org.uk

01924 200 799

NHS Direct www.nhs.direct.nhs.uk

0845 4647

Parent Life Line (helpline for parents) www.parentlifeline.org.uk

0114 272 6575

Sands (stillbirth & neonatal death)

0207 436 5881

Scoop (Sheffield Lone Parent) www.scoopaid.org.uk

275 7212 Mon-Fri,10am –2pm

Sheffield Autistic Society www.shauties.org.uk

0114 230 4839

Sheffield Down Syndrome www.sheffielddownsyndrome.co.uk Sheffield Information Link

0114 273 4017 0114 275 6699

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THE GARDEN HOUSE NURSERY SCHOOL Long Established Family Run Secure Environment Top Quality Flexible Care and Education from 3 months – 7 years Open All Year 8:00am – 6:00pm OFSTED rated “OUTSTANDING” – they have commented: ‘All children’s achievements and well-being are very good’ ‘Children display high levels of confidence and self esteem’ Well qualified high ratio staffing. Tennis / ball skills club run by local coach. Language clubs for older children. Wildlife walk and kitchen garden – eco friendly. FREE places available to 3 and 4 year olds. The first local nursery to have achieved the GOLD STANDARD in the Sheffield Quality Assurance scheme. In this year’s 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’. Please Ring To Visit On: 0114 2630149 72 Crimicar Lane, Fulwood, Sheffeld S10 4FB www.thegardenhousenursery.co.uk The Very Best for your Child 35


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