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Welcome to Families Pennines
Thank you for all the feedback – it’s wonderful to know that you like and value Families Pennines so much. Summer is on the horizon and there’s a lot to see and do in the Pennines – whatever the weather! If you don’t know Littleborough then have a look at page 12 and discover this Pennine gem.
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The summer term brings SATs and news of which primary school your child will be heading to in September – our education page offers useful advice for both these events.
It’s a party time of year and we’ve a four-page pull out and keep birthday party special – so if your children’s birthdays are in midwinter you still have something helpful to hand when you’re doing your planning. If you’re a mum-to-be – or you know someone who is - then My Own Midwife may be just what you’re looking for – find out more on page 6. Poor Dads – there just isn’t the same fuss made over Father’s Day as there is over Mother’s Day – but at Families Pennines we’re not easily defeated! Page 13 has some great ideas for ways to make it a day to remember. Don’t miss our great competition – the chance for your 5-15 year old to have an indoor karting session at Daytona Manchester – enter online at www.familiespennines.co.uk/ competitions The website’s also the place to go if you want to find out even more what’s on options than we’ve packed into the magazine – www.familiespennines.co.uk/what’son Look out for Issue 3 – available in the first week of July. It will be full of things you can do over the summer holiday.
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Contact us firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 01457 870112 www.familiespennines.co.uk Next Issue: July/August (Summer activities main feature) To advertise in our July/August issue ring 01457 870112 or email email@example.com Deadline is 3 June. Families Pennines is free to our readers thanks to our advertisers. Designed by Russell Finneran 01457 873300 www.stonehousecreativeser vices.co.uk Printed by Bishops Printers Tel: 023 9233 4900 www.bishops.co.uk Contributors: Robina Cowan; Steve & Judith Uttley; Ruth Walton; The Parent Practice Front cover photograph courtesy of Hollingworth Lake Water Activity Centre Party photography courtesy of Tiger Photography www.tigerphoto.co.uk Copyright Families Pennines May/June 2011. Families Pennines is one of a group of magazines established in 1990. It is a Families Franchise independently owned and operated under licence. We take every care preparing this magazine, but the publishers and distributors cannot be held responsible for the claims of advertisers nor for the accuracy of the contents nor for any consequences. Any original materials submitted for publication are sent at owner’s own risk and, while every care is taken, neither Families not its agents accept liability for loss or damage.
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Heathfield celebrate Pennine biathlon success out to be the first school to have their name engraved on the winner’s shield. That honour went to Heathfield because of what Pentathlon GB’s Liam O’Neill described as, “their strength in depth.”
The Heathfield Pennine Biathlon launched in glorious spring sunshine on Tuesday 8 March 2011. Year 4 & 5 pupils from schools in Cumberworth, Elland, Lightcliffe, Luddendenfoot, Rishworth, Sowerby Bridge and Triangle raced against the clock in the warmth of the Heathfield swimming pool and the bracing air of the bottom pitch as they swam and ran their hearts
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If you’re looking for something a bit different for your child’s bedroom then Delph dad, Carl Hirst, is the person to speak to. Carl will transform your child’s room into a unique world of their own. Taking his inspiration from whatever interests them, pirates to princesses, animals to sport, he can make their room a place of wonder. 4
The winner for the Year 4 boys was Reon Todd from Hipperholme Grammar Junior School; Year 4 girls, Hannah Speakman from Heathfield; Year 5 boys, Carrick Keighley Payne from Triangle CofE Primary; and Year 5 girls, Kiera Baillie from Hipperholme Grammar Junior School. The full results and an extended report are available on the Families Pennines website www. familiespennines.co.uk/biathlonsuccess Saddleworth mum Nicola Donnelly is delighted with her son Max’s room. “We wanted it to be fun,” she explains. “Carl came and chatted to us, found out what Max likes and created a fantastic mural. Max is 4 and loves aliens so Carl has painted cheeky aliens on the wall – we love hearing Max and his friends chuckle as they discover new things about it.” Carl studied art after leaving school, planning to be a teacher but his career took a different path until his love for art was rekindled with the birth of his own children. As Carl explains, “At 14, I was painting my friends’ bedroom walls with Che Guevara and Iron Maiden album covers – the difference now is that I get parents’ permission first.” If you want to find out more, ring Carl on 07773 036593.
Parents and supporters from all seven schools were delighted by the spectacle. Luddendenfoot parent, Rebekah Bell, praised the event, saying, “It’s brilliant to see all the schools mix together in a good atmosphere – and if some are better than others, then it gives everyone something to aim for.” The next Heathfield Pennine Biathlon will take place on Tuesday 11 October –so if your school would like to be in with a chance of having their name engraved on the shield, email Heathfield’s Deputy Head, Chris Bouckley, firstname.lastname@example.org or ring 01422 823564.
Party in the Park with 400 year old Hulme Oldham Hulme Grammar Schools invite you to join The Greatest Fake That in celebrating their first 400 years in the town at their Party in the Park on Saturday 2 July. Organised by the same team that put together the hugely popular annual Delph Party in the Park, it will be in the Schools’ Chamber Road grounds from 1-9pm. An outdoor covered stage will host a variety of talented musicians of all types: classical, rock, jazz and blues, with headliners The Greatest Fake That on around 7.30-8.30pm. There will also be a Summer Fair where you’re welcome to take your own picnic or sample the food and drink on offer, including a barbeque and licensed bar, as well as a variety of stalls. To book tickets ring 0161 630 6181.
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What is a Jazzy Pipkin? That was the question Families Pennines had to ask when visiting Diane Blundell at her light, bright and airy Jazzy Pipkins Paint A Pot Studio on Uppermill High Street. Diane, a Saddleworth mum of 7 year old twins, has totally revamped the inside of the shop opposite the Museum, making it an ideal venue for the whole family to discover their creative side. Trust me, it’s great fun to all sit down and paint a pot together – and it’s lovely when you call back to collect your artwork a few days later after it’s been fired in the kiln. Diane was an Area Sales Manager for a large engineering company covering the north which meant a lot of travel. The family were on holiday in Scotland when they first experienced the joys of pot painting for themselves and that got Diane
thinking about a change of career. Jazzy Pipkins opened in February and is proving a popular addition to Uppermill’s High Street. Diane also provides mobile studios for nurseries and schools and will open in the evening for parties & group bookings (minimum 10 people). And the answer to the question? A pipkin is a small pot and you can make yours as Jazzy as you like - see Diane’s website www.jazzypipkins.co.uk or ring her on 01457 878222.
NHS says limit mobile phone use in under 16s
But everybody else has one!
A new Department of Health leaflet spells Mobile phones and base stations out that children under the age of 16 should use mobile phones for essential purposes only. It says: “The body and nervous system are still developing into the teenage years. Health advice on using mobile phones Therefore, as a precaution, the UK Chief Medical Officers advise that children and young people under 16 should be encouraged to use mobile phones for essential purposes only, and to keep calls short. If you are concerned, you can take steps to reduce your exposure such as using hands free kits or texting.” You can download the full leaflet at www.dh.gov.uk or visit www.familiesonline.co.uk/radiation
If you decide you don’t want your child to use a mobile phone you may still face the cry of children through the ages when thwarted in getting something they want. The Parent Practice blog on the Families website reassures you that they won’t be the only one without a mobile. If you say yes to a mobile, make your child aware of the importance of keeping the phone away from their body in a bag rather than a pocket. The Parent Practice offers the following tips l
Stop Press – New Halifax class for Due to popular demand Splish Splosh Swimming School now offer lessons at Warley Road School, Halifax from 4-6pm on Wednesday evenings as well as Fridays. New teacher, Victoria Andrew, will give the lessons for babies upwards. Ring 0844 264 1102 for details.
l be aware of cyber bullying l preset your number into the phone & monitor numbers they list l children can easily lose or damage phones so avoid expensive ones l know the school rules on mobile phones & help your child stick to them l place a bar on premium rate numbers – teach your child these cost a lot l monitor usage especially late at night - set rules on time to switch off & stop texting l set a pay-as-you-go limit – if it's breached have clear consequences
keep it simple - if the phone has internet access you can’t monitor what they see so choose a model that prohibits access
l ensure your child knows to tell you if they receive an unwanted text, image or link
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Every mum-to-be needs MOM When you’re pregnant, whether it’s your first or your fourth, you soon realise how important a good midwife is to your wellbeing and that of your baby. NHS midwives do a tremendous job – but for those mums who feel they’d like more attention than the NHS can provide Families Pennines is delighted to announce the arrival of a brand new service. Louise Bennett reports on My Own Midwife. Meet Tameside mums Andrea Plumbley, Colette Boyd-Terry and Janet Blair. With their friend and colleague Catherine Chmiel, who isn’t camera-shy but was on holiday, they want to provide you with the best ante and post-natal care possible. All four are Nursing & Midwifery Council registered midwives and between them they have 36 years of experience – they’ve lost count of how many babies they’ve brought into the world but it’s thousands. Each of them has two children, with ages ranging from 7 to 2. Between them they’ve experienced all manner of births: home, hospital, normal, water and caesareans.
They’re all part-time NHS midwives and are passionate in their commitment to the NHS. But as Colette explains, “When we were pregnant, we looked after each other outside of the time-constraints of NHS care.” Andrea continues, “The idea for My Own Midwife came from the personal service we were able to give each other – we wanted to share that with other people.” Janet adds, “We really enjoy time spent with mumsto-be and we want to be able to answer their questions, guide them through their pregnancy and help them in those crucial first weeks after their baby is born.”
What about the birth?
So what is My Own Midwife?
Congratulations! What happens now?
It’s a bespoke midwifery service that you can tailor exactly to meet your needs and budget. MoM’s services and costs are set out very clearly on their website www.myownmidwife.co.uk Something that many working parents-tobe will find appealing is that MoM provide antenatal visits in your own home at a time that suits you. MoM has already found that fathers-to-be really appreciate the home-based approach – there isn’t any embarrassment at being part of a large class of people they don’t know and they find comfort in knowing their pregnant partner has a dedicated team of people who are only a phone-call away. MOM have full access to a variety of diagnostic scans, tests and fellow professionals, including a private Consultant Obstetrician and Foetal Medicine specialist.
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If all this starts to sound perilously expensive, it needn’t be. MoM see their service as a menu of things they offer for you to choose from. An hour-long initial consultation costs £50, with no obligation to use their services beyond that. They can also refer you to the relevant NHS service or consultant as necessary.
Private midwifery has traditionally been chosen by people who want a home birth. MoM is different because it provides private midwifery care to those who prefer a hospital birth but want to benefit from private ante and post-natal care. As with all private midwives working independently from the NHS, MoM is not able to act as your midwife in labour in a hospital setting. MoM help to prepare you for birth through their antenatal care but the birth is handed over to the maternity unit of your choice.
So you finally meet the person you’ve been carrying for up to 9 months – and there are a whole range of emotions for you and your partner to run through. It can be delightful. It can be tough. The first few weeks after giving birth are often a mixture of highs, lows and everything inbetween. And this is where MoM can be a real asset in helping you, your partner and your baby get used to each other and your new way of living for up to six weeks.
During that time they can: l advise on feeding (breastfeeding and bottlefeeding) l advise on caring for your baby such as bathing, sleeping and safety l provide a debrief service on your labour and delivery, allowing you time to reflect on your experience with skilled professionals – possibly over a cup of tea! The MoM team are friendly, relaxed and highly professional – just the sort of people you want to accompany you through pregnancy and beyond. If you want to find out more about their services then you can visit their website www.myownmidwife.co.uk or ring them on 0808 186 5205.
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for birthdays Children love birthday parties – but it can be stressful for the adults who are organising it. No parent wants to disappoint the birthday child - but how to pick the right option without breaking the bank or wrecking the home? Worry not - it’s Families Pennines to the rescue with this four-page pull out and keep guide as Robina Cowan and Louise Bennett put on their party hats to find the best suppliers around so your ‘do’ is one they’ll talk about, at least until next year...
Before you start Different age-groups have different needs. The party doesn’t have to last all afternoon - around two hours is enough, before everyone gets tired and emotional (not least the host parents). As a guide: Keep it simple. Opt for a small & family/ friends get-together buffet with similar aged children. Enjoy it while you can - it’s a doddle to organise and sociable for the adults. (It has been known for babies to sleep right through while the grown-ups catch up over nibbles.)
They need lots of action. Name badge them on arrival then capture their imagination with simple ‘circle time’ singing, clapping games, & ‘dancing’ (i.e. jumping up and down to music). Hang balloons high so they don’t burst and it all ends in tears. Ideal guest list for this age around 8-12 children in a familiar venue - often your home (sorry about that!).
Top Tips for planning your party
Keep the food simple and don’t over cater
It’s all in the timing For little children, 11am-1pm or 12-2pm are best. Most of them have been up since six and they’re past their best by the afternoon. For older children a lunchtime slot or mid-afternoon start will work.
Liaise with parents whose children have similar birthdays If you both book the same day for a party, the guest list will be tricky. Join forces - you can share the costs, the joys and any hassle.
Most children are too excited to have a big appetite. Limit junk food and check for vegetarians and food intolerances.
Come midnight, you’ll be regretting it... Planning ahead is KEY. Read our ‘been there, done that’ parent’s guide: go to www.familiespennines.co.uk and type ‘successful sleepovers’ into the search box. (Please do this – it’s eyewateringly funny in parts as well as very informative – Ed.)
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Traditional party games work well, such as Simon Says, Pass the Parcel & What’s the Time Mr Wolf. Allow space and time too for simply zipping around for a burst of unstructured play. A maximum of 20 guests at this age is about right
Ready for more concentration and involvement in the party entertainment. Most are now old and skilled enough for arts and crafts (making their own goodie bag filler at the same time, which is jolly handy).
This worldly-wise lot is unlikely to want Mummy and Daddy embarrassing them by donning a paper hat and insisting on joining in (save it for when they’re teens - it’ll be SO much more fun for you). They’ll be wanting to do something special, such as bowling, karting, a mini disco in the living room, or a Glee style drama and singing workshop.
Book venues well ahead There are only so many party groups venues can accommodate at any given time - you don’t want to be scratching around at the last minute and end up somewhere you’d rather not be or paying way more than you planned.
Entertainers Tap into their knowledge of local venues for hire, a realistic timetable and suitable prizes as well as the entertainment itself. Find out their preferred age group and maximum number of children - too many and you’ll not get the best out of them. Write down everything you’ve agreed together so there is no doubt on the day.
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There are lots of party options in and around the Pennines. Here’s a flavour of what’s on offer.
Let them create At Jazzy Pipkins in Uppermill the children select the item they want to paint from the wide range available. The dolphin wall shows the colours to use and then they hand their creations over to Diane who will fire them in the kiln, ready for collection a few days later – making memories of that special day last longer. All Party Packages include a buffet of crisps,
biscuits, cakes, fruit & drinks after painting has finished & tables are cleared.
If your party group wants to be creative but imagining them around pottery gives you collywobbles then the unique offering of Messy Rascals may be just the thing.
don’t worry – they provide big Messy Rascals t-shirts to cover party clothes.
Just west of Saddleworth & Littleborough, near junction 20 of the M62, Messy Rascals parties offer messy art, craft and sensory play for children aged 1-10.
All Messy Rascal parties are exclusive. For an extra £5 they provide a party canvas of all your guests’ handprints surrounding the birthday child’s as a special memento of the day. And best of all for parents, they clean up all the mess!
Their parties start with an hour of creative and sensory play, moving to party games, then food and finally a shredded paper fight which is great fun and very messy. And 8
The birthday child receives a small tile to decorate for inclusion on Jazzy Pipkins’ 'Happy Birthday' wall. Party prices: £10, £12 or £15 per person. Contact Diane on 01457 878222 or visit the website www.jazzypipkins.co.uk
And if the children need a run around after all that creative effort, there’s a lovely park across the road, ducks to feed by the canal and some excellent ice cream at A Month of Sundaes. Just up the High Street, All Wrapped Up is great for cards and wrapping paper – and around the corner, if you’re looking for the perfect gift Countryside Kids at the top of Court Street has a superb range of toys – see their website www.countr ysidekids.co.uk
Every child is given a craft bag to take home their creation and you’re welcome to add little extras like balloons. Parties require a minimum of 10 children, 20 maximum. Prices start at £8.50 per child. Paint & play parties for 1-3 years olds cost £7.50 per child.
To find out more, ring Beau on 07852 336328 or visit the website www.messyrascals.co.uk
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If you have fond memories of fun fairs where you could put a coin in the slot and ‘drive’ an electric car round a small roundabout at sub-milkfloat pace, then you’ll understand the appeal of this next party option.
a time under the expert marshalling of the Daytona team. Parents on the observation balcony found any jitters dispelled as they cheered on their offspring.
Daytona Manchester Indoor Karting Centre hosted Louise Bennett's son’s best ever party (and he’s had some good ones). Ten 8 year olds had the greatest time as they drove around the indoor karting circuit at speeds over 25 km/hour – with the girls just as competitive and grinning as broadly as the boys. From the moment they sat down and gave their undivided attention to Formula 1 commentator Martin Brundell’s instruction and safety film you could tell they knew they were in for a real treat.
A party tea in the sound-proofed lounge area followed and as each party-goer received their individual Lap Time Analysis sheet they were eager to see how fast they’d made it round the track. Words like “Awesome” were overheard as people drifted off towards the car park.
With suits, helmets and neck supports all provided and in place they went out five at
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As helmets came off, the Cheshire cat would have been proud of the grins – the only disappointment was the half-hour on track had come to an end.
If you like the idea of trying it out before committing to spending that on a party don’t forget to enter our fantastic competition at: www.familiespennines.co.uk/competitions to win one of two vouchers for either a Bambino or Junior arrive and drive session at Daytona Manchester worth £25 each. Daytona Manchester is next door to Manchester United, just off junction 9 of the M60. For more details: ring 0845 644 5505 or visit: www.daytona.co.uk Photo: www.jamesbroomephotography.com
It’s not a cheap party – but Daytona do this well and safety is central to their approach. For Bambino drivers (5-7 years) a 4 driver party is £102; 8 drivers £200. For Junior Novices (8-15 years) 5 drivers £190; 10 drivers £345.
If you’re looking for something really different why not try Llama Trekking? (Yes, you did read that correctly.) If your child and their friends love animals this could be the one for you. Options range from meeting and stroking the farm animals and playing on the farm from £6.50 per child to a full 3 hour Llama Trek and Farm Party. This consists of 1 ½ hours leading the gentle llamas around the stunning Saddleworth moors with the rest of the time to meet the pigs, chickens and
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sheep and have a play back at the farm. There’s a fully heated Lodge for eating your party meal and you can decorate it for your party. Cost from £14.50 per child. Saddleworth Llama Trekking is based at Higher Oxhey Farm in Denshaw, just off Junction 22 of the M62. For details see their website www.saddleworthllamatrekking.com or ring Helen Taylor on 01457 810186 or 07715 914096. 9
Soft play parties – Here at Families Pennines we’ve enjoyed lots of parties at soft play centres. They’re great for toddlers and it’s flexible on the cost front. You can pay for exclusive use – or you can take your party along to an open session which works out cheaper but runs the risk of it being crowded. We raised lots of money for the school. They’re a bit different from face painting and they last longer too!”
Ones you can try: Halifax:
Big Blue Frog – 01422 363878 Fun House – 01422 383131 Play Palace – 01422 353700
The Fun Factory, Linthwaite 01484 845711 Fizzy Lizard Play Gym – 01484 467321 The Magical Forest, Marsh – 01484 537799
Bouncers – 01457 810300 Cheeky Chimps – 0161 626 2552 Let me know your favourites: email them to email@example.com
Some pre-school clubs offer great party options too: Jo Jingles
contact Kerry Higginbottom 01422 820425 see www.halifax.jojingles.com
Funky Monkeys Music contact Julie Tweedale on 01484 844747 see www.funkymonkeysmusic.co.uk
contact Claire O’Connor on 01422 329471 see www.babyballet.co.uk
If you want to add some extra sparkle to your party then take a look at the Fun and Glitter website www.funandglitter.co.uk for something that’s just a bit different. Stalybridge mums Jane Stewart and Nichola Pilejko founded the company nearly two years ago. Friends since school, they both have young children -Jane 3 boys and Nichola 3 girls. Nichola explains, “When our children started school we joined the PTA and tried to find new fundraising ideas. That’s when we came across glitter tattoos. They’re so easy to apply and children love them – boys as well as girls.
And finally, party bags Don’t overlook this crucial element – there’s one Families editor who felt like the Grinch who stole Christmas the year she decided party bags were a waste of money – I think her daughter’s forgiven her now – bet she hasn’t forgotten though!
Party bag options include:
Make it personal www.happylittlemonsters.co.uk do personalised chocolate bars for 60p - £1.50.
In fact, the tattoos can last up to seven days, but they’re easy to get off sooner if you want to. These enterprising mums took it one stage further and set up an on-line shop offering a range from small gift kits & party bags to larger fundraising packs for use at school fairs, village fetes and charity events etc. And now’s a good time to add that extra sparkle to your party or fundraiser because Jane and Nichola are offering a 15% discount to Families Pennines readers if you use the special code when you order – see their back cover advert for full details.
Make it last – buy a set of books to share out and wrap them well – it can cost as little as £1 Make it grow – give them a plant pot with a packet of seeds for them to grow at home Make it sticky – a sheet of stickers is good fun Make it a surprise – have one big bag that they lucky dip into on the way out And don’t forget the cake!
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Education It’s that time of year again when many pupils sit down to SATs. It can be a stressful time for pupils, their parents and teachers but it doesn’t have to be. Families Pennines asked Steve & Judith Uttley from NumberWorks’nWords in Huddersfield to give some tips for stress-free SATs.
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On the day:
l Get a good sleep the night before l Have a decent breakfast l Get to school on time l Do your best – just show what you can do l Don’t panic - it just wastes time l Try and leave enough time to check answers At NumberWorks’nWords, Steve & Judith aim to help parents understand what’s involved in SATs preparation in maths & English. They can boost a child’s confidence by providing:
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Preparation should be stress free & fun Play games to build vocabulary & mental maths skills (e.g. Scrabble, Bananagrams, Rummikub) Learning time management skills is crucial
It’s not a pass/fail test – so don’t worry Practise as much as you can so you are familiar & comfortable with the tests Always check you’ve given sensible answers
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The independent option
By now you’ll know which school your child is due to attend in September. Hopefully you’re happy with your allocation. But what can you do if you’re not? Families Pennines offers a brief guide.
Appeals process Appeals are heard by an independent appeal panel of three to five members. Their decision is binding on both sides – it can only be overturned by the courts.
Appeal hearing The school’s admission authority representative explains why your child was not offered a place. Everyone may ask the admission authority representative questions.
If you’re still not happy after the appeals process then you may wish to consider an independent school. Three that serve the Families Pennines area are: Heathfield & Rishworth: co-educational schools in a rural setting for boys & girls of mixed ability from 3-18, with boarding options from age 10.
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Your local authority’s admission letter gives details of how to appeal & the deadline. Lost it? Contact the admissions team: Calderdale 01422 392617 ; Kirklees 01484 225007 ; Rochdale 01706 925982 ; Oldham 0161 770 4214 ; Tameside 0161 342 3214.
l Teaching planned specifically for each child's individual needs l Exam strategies & methods for success l Familiarisation with the test experience l Support for the child’s learning at school l A modern, friendly and fun learning environment The Uttely’s are offering Families Pennines readers a free assessment and introductory lesson. If you want to find out more, you can speak to Steve & Judith on 01484 487911.
Hipperholme Grammar School Foundation: provides academically selective co-educational schooling for boys & girls from 3-18. You explain why you feel that your child should be offered a place at the school. Everyone may ask you questions. The admission authority representative sums up. You sum up and add anything you may have forgotten. For more details go to www.direct.gov.uk & type ‘school admission appeal’ in the search box. Organisations like The Advisory Centre for Education can give advice on preparing your case – find out more at: www.ace-ed.org.uk or ring 0808 800 5793
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Hulme Grammar Schools: provide academically selective single-sex education for boys & girls aged 7-16 with co-educational classes for 3-6 year olds & sixth form students. To find out more or arrange a visit: www.rishworth-school.co.uk or ring Heathfield on 01422 823564, Rishworth on 01422 822217 www.hgsf.org.uk or ring Hipperholme’s Admissions Officer on 01422 202256 www.hulme-grammar.oldham.sch.uk or ring Hulme on 0161 624 4497 11
If you don’t know Littleborough already then summer is a good time to get to know it. From the shimmering beauty of Hollingworth Lake to the gritstone rock of Blackstone Edge it’s a dramatic part of the Pennines not far from Junction 21 of the M62. For families who enjoy the outdoors, Hollingworth Lake Country Park has it all and comes highly recommended by Littleborough family, the Waltons. A good starting point is The Visitor Centre, at the far end of the lake as you approach from the M62 Milnrow end. There’s plenty of parking – less crowded than by the lakeside – though you’ll need change as it’s all pay and display: 2 hours 80p; 2-4 hours £1.10; over 4 hours £2.10. The Centre has exhibitions, information, a café and toilets.
Parent 2 Parent Ruth Walton grew up in Littleborough and lives there now with husband John and children, Edward, 11 and Eve 5 (pictured in Christmas snow).
What’s good about Littleborough? The Pennine hills; a small town with a village feel; Rochdale Canal network; Hollingworth Lake, Blackstone Edge.
Favourite park Hollingworth Lake Country Park & Harehill Park – sledging in winter; skate park, good library, two separate play areas for younger & older children
Hidden gem: Ellenroad Steam Museum, Newhey, Rochdale. Working steam engine and boiler house of former cotton mill. Open 1st Sunday of the month. www.ellenroad.org.uk/ 12
Close by there’s a small sensory garden, a children’s play area and the starting point for some great walks.
and a good dollop of fun for children aged 4-14 through Splashout holiday activities and weekly Kids Clubs.
Junior Helpers is a free club for 7-11s run by the Countryside Rangers based at the Visitor Centre. It meets monthly on Saturdays, 2-4pm and all the environmental events are outdoors – so dress appropriately! Ring 01706 373421 to find out more and reserve a place.
The Splashout Multi Activity courses are particularly popular, giving 7-14 year olds the chance to try sailing, windsurfing, rock climbing, mountain biking, team building and kayaking over a three-day period. For details ring 01706 370499 or visit www.link4life.org/holwac click on courses & events 2011 then select HOLWAC Youth Holiday Activities 2011.
Hollingworth Lake was built over 200 years ago to supply water to the Rochdale Canal and was known as the weaver’s seaport in late Victorian times. There’s still an air of ‘seaside in the hills’ as people promenade past a traditional amusement arcade, ice-cream parlour, fish & chip shop, cafés, restaurants, pubs and shops. The Hollingworth Lake Water Activity Centre is rightly popular with children and parents alike. A dedicated team offer expert tuition
If that’s too adventurous, then the whole family can enjoy a trip on The Lady Alice – the passenger boat runs every weekend afternoon, Easter – October, and every afternoon during the school summer holidays. Alternatively you can hire a rowing boat and power yourself around the Lake, appreciating just how lovely Littleborough is.
Favourite children’s club/class:
Best children’s book:
Todmorden Baths - Aquatots Water Activities at Hollingworth Lake Riding Lessons at Dickey Steps stables Tel: 01706 373919 Littleborough Sports Centre – Playing fields, football pitches, clubs, karate etc. Littleborough Cricket Club – Junior Section and football in winter. www.littleborough.play-cricket.com Littleborough Rugby Union Football Club – Mini’s section. www.pitchero.com/clubs/littleborough Jitterbugs – Children’s Play Centre www.jitterbugsplaycentre.com
Any Allen Alhberg particularly his collaboration with Raymond Briggs ‘Bert’ stories “The Adventures of Bert” and “A Bit More Bert” Shirley Hughes ‘Alfie’ stories (beautiful illustrations) Anthony Horowitz Diamond Brothers Series including “The Falcon’s Malteser”.
Best children’s DVD: Aliens in the Attic
Most played with toys: Ed – Lego Eve – Teddies and Micro Scooter
No parent should be without: Patience, sense of humour and ‘joie de vivre’. (Copydex; Internet; Wine)
Favourite family holiday spot: ‘Glamping’ at Fforest in Cardigan Bay - fun in the face of adversity.
tel: 01457 870112
Don’t Forget Dad
Sunday 19 June is Father’s Day. Families Pennines suggests ways you can make the day memorable. Equality for Dads Father’s Day is a modern American creation that struggled to establish itself. The driving force was a lady called Sonora Smart Dodd. She heard a sermon about Mother’s Day and decided fathers should have their own day too. Unlike Anna Jarvis, who loathed the commercialisation of Mother’s Day, Dodd welcomed retailers’ efforts to promote it. As with Mum on Mothering Sunday, the important thing is to show your Dad you love and appreciate him - and that doesn’t cost a thing. Families Pennines’ research shows Dads aren’t equal when it comes to their special day – there were lots of
The No Cost Option Make a card - As with mum, if you make a card for him, dad will be delighted. Breakfast in bed – If you’ve got an adult helper, you could do a full English breakfast. Take him to the park – remember dads are still big kids at heart (extensive observational research confirms this - Ed) so let him run about and go mad for an hour – if he’s very good maybe you could let him have an ice-cream! Let him choose which toys to play with – did we mention that dads are still big kids? Let him loose in your toybox and see what he wants to play with – Lego? Frisbee? Hand puppet? Just make sure he plays nicely and tidies up when playtime is over.
Mother’s Day events but you have to work a bit harder to find things for Dads. But we’re not easily defeated – so here’s the result of our extensive research on behalf of the poor neglected Dads out there.
The Low Cost Option It really is the thought that counts – so if you’re spending your own money, don’t go mad. Here are some ideas for under £10 that all happen on 19 June. The history man - £6 buys an adult ticket to Tatton Park’s Medieval Fayre at the Old Hall. `The Kynges Progress' recreates the full spectacle of a royal encampment & entourage with a battle finale. 11am - 5pm (last entry 4pm). Child £3.50. Visit www.tattonpark.org.uk for details - also on 18th June. Petrol head heaven – £1.50 buys an adult ticket to Gawthorpe Hall near Burnley for a Father’s Day Classic Motorcycle Show, with classic bikes on show from every era. 12-4.30pm Child 50p. Ring 01282 771004 or visit firstname.lastname@example.org for details. Father’s Day Miscellany - £8 buys an adult ticket to the North Yorkshire County Show at Otterington Hall, near Thirsk. From the Welsh Axemen Display Team to traction engines, via the Real Ale bar & lots of animals, there’s a host of things going on. Child £5, under 5 FREE. Visit www.northyorkshireshow.co.uk Make it personal – Jazzy Pipkins Paint a Pot Studio will have lots of things you can decorate for Dad – or you could take him along to get creative for himself. Visit www.jazzypipkins.co.uk or ring 01457 878222 for details.
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The Costs More Option These suggestions cost over £10 so if they’re too expensive for Father’s Day they could work for a birthday gift. Daytona for Dads – If he likes watching Lewis Hamilton & Jenson Button race, then he’ll love a karting session at Daytona. Arrive & drive session from £27. Visit www.daytona.co.uk or ring 0845 644 5505 for details. Airkix again – if you tried one of these for Mum, then how about Dad? Indoor sky diving vouchers from £29.99. Visit www.airkix.com or 0845 3316549 for details. Up, up and away – Pennine Helicopters offer pleasure flights from £39. Visit www.penninehelis.co.uk or ring 01457 877833 for details.
What's On May Saturday 1 May – Sunday 17 July
Toffee Town Did you know that Calderdale is the home of modern toffee? It was first made by Violet Mackintosh in 1890, in the Mackintosh's pastry shop. 2011 is the 75th Anniversary of Quality Street production in Halifax and this exhibition celebrates the history of confectionery manufacture in Calderdale. What is your favourite favourite? Come along and vote! 10 am - 5 pm, Sunday 1 pm - 4 pm Bankfield Museum, Boothtown Road, Halifax, HX3 6HG, Tel: 01422 352334
Thursdays 5, 12, 19, 26 May
Bookstart Busy Babies – Central Library Halifax 10.00-10.40am and 11.00-11.40am.
Monday 9, 16, 23 May
Bookstart Busy Babies - Hebden Bridge Library 11.00-11.40am. Baby bounce and rhyme sessions for babies and toddlers. All children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. £2 per child to attend this session, free for passport to leisure. Contact Ben Lawrence on 01422 392620.
Saturday 7, 21 May
Saturday 21 & Sunday 22 May
Saturday 14, 28 May
Saturday Art Club, Bankfield Museum, Halifax While the adults go shopping, children aged 8-12 take part in a fun and creative workshop. We explore a variety of art and craft activities using the gallery exhibitions and museum collections for inspiration. £4 per child. 10.30-12.30pm To book contact Jeffrey Andrews on 01422 284459 email jeffrey.andrews@ calderdale.gov.uk
Sunday 8 May
Family Pond & Picnic Walk, Slaithwaite Two mile easy walk along the canal, own picnic at Rotcher picnic site, short walk to pond dipping, nets provided. Age 5+. 12-3.30pm Meet Diane & Emma by the Moonraker Canal Boat Café, Commercial Mills, Slaithwaite HD7 5HB 12 noon. Contact Diane Green on 01484 222500 email diane. email@example.com
Sunday 8 & Monday 9 May
The Tiger Who Came To Tea Based on the picture book written and illustrated by Judith Kerr. Adapted for the stage with songs and lyrics by David Wood. Sunday 1.30pm Monday 10.30am & 1.30pm Age 3+ Tickets £10. The Victoria Theatre, Fountain Street, Halifax HX1 1BP, 01422 351158
Pots of Fun for all the Family
Fireman Sam - Pontypandy Rocks The Hero next door is back, in a brand new show live on stage... Pontypandy Rocks! Join Fireman Sam, and all his friends, as Pontypandy hosts its first ever music festival. Saturday 3.30pm. Sunday 11am & 2pm. Tickets: £13 & under 16s £11 Family tickets available The Victoria Theatre, Fountain Street, Halifax HX1 1BP, 01422 351158
Saturday 28 May to Sunday 5 June
The Bear Necessities Look for ‘The Bear Necessities’ at Eureka! with an interactive outdoor performance of ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’ on the Wonder Walk. Families can also enjoy teddy bear crafts and follow a trail around the museum. Free with standard admission. Eureka! Discover y Road, Halifax HX1 2NE, 01422 330069 or www.eureka.org.uk
Monday 30 May
Castle Hill Geo Day Love dinosaurs? Then the geological activities for children at Victoria Tower will bring them to life through the rocks, minerals & fossils of West Yorkshire. Bring along your own specimens for identification. Contact Ranger Julian Brown 07968 426312 Castle Hill & Victoria Tower, off Lumb Lane, Almondbur y, Huddersfield.
30 High St Uppermill
Play sessions and parties
Saturday 14 May
Little Folk Part of Holmfirth Folk Festival for pre-school children – get ready to bounce, clap & shake. 10.30am The Toll House, 32-34 Huddersfield Road, Holmfirth HD9 2JS
Saturday Art Club, Smith Art Gallery, Halifax Road, Brighouse
Paint a Pot Studio
Saturday 14 & Sunday 15 May
From Here to There Go ‘From Here to There’ with a theatre performance by Tell Tale Hearts for children aged 18 months – 4 years. Families can enjoy an inspirational show that uses sound and imagination to teach lessons about making friends. £2.50 per child. No pre-booking required but check times on 01422 330069 or www.eureka. org.uk Eureka! Discover y Road, Halifax HX1 2NE The Gingerbread Man One man, two hands, & all of the stories in the world! Which animals will he make today to tell their tales in this shadow play? With storytelling, singing & live music the little ones will want to have a go at making their very own shadow puppets. 11am & 2pm. Age 2-10 £4.50 child/£6 adult. Lawrence Batley Theatre, Queen’ Square, Huddersfield HD1 2SP 01484 430528 www.thelbt.org
Saturday 7 May
Wednesday 11 May
Mini Makers @ Bankfield Museum, Halifax Especially for under 5s & their families or child minders during term time. Come along, enjoy a story & join in our craft activities inspired by the Museum’s objects & art. £2 per child, free for passport to leisure. 10.30-12pm Please bring your own packed lunch. Contact Fiona Willats on 01422 284451.
96-98 Rochdale Road, Royton, Oldham
Skills for Life The Leading National Physical Play Programme ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ●
Structured 45 minute sessions Jumping, rolling, climbing, balancing Fun songs and rhymes Specially designed children’s equipment Separate classes for ages 7 months to 7 yrs Tuesday – Northowram, Halifax Wednesday and Saturday – Huddersfield Thursday – Holmfirth Friday – Denby Dale
To book, phone 01484 689467 or visit www.tumbletots.com/huddersfield
Teacher in the pool, Small Groups Lessons for ages 3mths plus Fartown, Hudds Sun 8.30am to 12pm Crossley Heath, Halifax Mon, Weds, Fri 4pm to 6pm Warley Road, Halifax Weds, Fri - 4pm to 6pm
tel: 01457 870112
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What's On June Wednesday 1 June
Bankfield Museum, Halifax Would you like to design your own chocolate? Using modelling material and other collage resources come and design your very own sweet -shame that it won’t be edible! Hourly sessions 10-noon & 1-3. Please book place on arrival. £2 per child, free for passport to leisure. Boothtown Road, Halifax, HX3 6HG 01422 352334
Wednesdays 1, 8, 15 June
Baby Signing Classes Kidzville Playgym, Church Street, Greetland,Halifax HX4 8EG 1.30-2.30pm Baby signing classes using songs, toys, pictures & Tilly to help parents & children to remember the signs. £25 for the course. Pay at first class. Contact Rachel Smith 07952 770619; email firstname.lastname@example.org
Thursday 2 June
Storytots: The Tiger Who Came to Tea (2-4yrs) A special tea party inspired by the well-loved book by Judith Kerr. Activity includes stories, crafts and a tea party. Bring your own picnic. £2 per child, free for passport to leisure. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. 10.30-11.30am, Shelf Librar y Booking essential. Contact Shelley Bullas on 01422 392638. George’s Marvellous Medicine (5-8 Years) A Roald Dahl inspired story time session. Come and help us make a magic potion & your very own Revolting Recipe book. 2-3pm, Halifax, Central Librar y £2 per child, free for passport to leisure. Booking essential. Phone Shelley Bullas on 01422 392638. Bounce into Spring Half-term holiday fun & crafts with a spring theme. 50p per child. 11am-1pm. Tolson Memorial Museum, Ravensknowle Park, Wakefield Road, Huddersfield HD5 8DJ 01484 223830 tolson. email@example.com Tatton Park Viking Morning Beware to all who enter the Old Hall for who will you discover at the Viking settlement? Not for the faint-hearted. A fun-filled morning looking at life of a typical Viking settlement, including storytelling, runes and weapons. 10.30-12.30pm. £8. Suitable for 8-12 year olds. Tatton Park, Knutsford, Cheshire WA16 6QN www.tattonpark.org.uk
Friday 3 June
Rip, Fold, Scrunch Half Moon’s enchanting show fuses theatre, Kathak dance and live music within a paper world. After the performance little ones can experiment with paper - to rip, fold and scrunch their own creation. Ages 2-5 11am & 2pm Adult £6/Child £4.50 Lawrence Batley Theatre, Queen’ Square, Huddersfield HD1 2SP 01484 430528 www.thelbt.org
Saturday 4, 18 June
Saturday Art Club, Smith Art Gallery, Halifax Road, Brighouse See 7th May for detais
Saturday 4 & Sunday 5 June
Day out with Thomas - Kirklees Light Railway, Clayton West, Huddersfield Join Thomas & his friends for a fun-filled family day out. 9.30- 5.30 Tickets Adult £10, Child £8, Under 2 free. Family ticket £32. Advanced booking recommended 01484 865727 www. kirkleeslightrailway.com
Saturday 4 June to Sunday 12 June
14th Saddleworth Festival of the Arts Held every 4 years, the Festival caters for all ages. Details at www.saddleworthfestival.org.uk
Sunday 5 June
Little Howard and the Magic Pencil of Life and Death BBC TVs Little Howard has found out about the magic pencil that created him which could give his life a third dimension but could also destroy him... A unique family show featuring sing-a-long songs, innovative 3D animation and hilarious interactive stand-up. Age 6-12. 2.30pm Adult £10/Child £8 Lawrence Batley Theatre, Queen’ Square, Huddersfield HD1 2SP 01484 430528 www.thelbt.org
Monday 6, 13, 20, 27 June
Bookstart Busy Babies - Hebden Bridge Library See 5th May for detais
Tuesday 7 June
Shibden Park Pram Walk Come and join us for a walk around Shibden Park. Ideal for children aged 0-5 and their parents/carers. Activities include singing, crafts and a pram walk. £1 per child, free for passport to leisure. 10.30-12pm Contact Shelley Bullas on 01422 392638
Wednesday 8 June
Mini Makers @ Bankfield Museum, Halifax Specially for under 5s & their families or child minders during term time. Come along, enjoy a story & join in our craft activities inspired by the Museum’s objects & art. £2 per child, free for passport to leisure. 10.30-12pm Please bring your own packed lunch. Contact Fiona Willats on 01422 284451.
Thursday 9, 16, 23, 30 June
Bookstart Busy Babies - Central Library Halifax See 5th May for detais
Saturday 11, 25 June
Saturday Art Club, Bankfield Museum, Halifax See 7th May for detais
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Holmfirth Arts Festival – no details available at time of going to press so check website to find out more about 16 days of music, theatre, art, comedy and literature all over the Holme Valley www.holmfirthartsfestival.co.uk
Friday 17 June
SADDLEWORTH WHIT FRIDAY 9am Join the village churches in the morning as they parade to Uppermill for a joint service Spend the afternoon enjoying the area. 4.30-11.30pm Band contest – more information www.whitfriday.brassbands.saddleworth.org
Saturday 18 June
38th Annual Saddleworth Roundtable Beer Walk Starts at 1pm – children may find the early stages amusing – lots of adults in fancy dress parading through the villages. Find the route at www.beer walk.co.uk/
Saturday 25 June
Huddersfield Fire Station Annual Open Day Displays of fire fighters’ skills, children’s activities, face painting, refreshments. Contact Jean Gledhill 01484 551800 Huddersfield Fire Station, Outcote Bank, Huddersfield HD1 2JT
Saturday 25 June
Fantastic Mr Fox by Roald Dahl, adapted by David Wood Tatton Park hosts Illyria outdoor theatre at the Old Hall. Performance starts 3pm Adult £10, Child £7. To book call 01625 374400 Tatton Park, Knutsford, Cheshire WA16 6QN www.tattonpark.org.uk
Saturday 25 June
Big Family Day Out @ Soccer Village, Milnrow 12-6pm, including Monster Truck Show & Stunt Bike Show, fairground, Petting Zoo with racoons & snakes, Peppa Pig, stage shows, children’s cinema, bouncy castle etc. The Soccer Village, Birchinley Manor, Wildhouse Lane, Milnrow OL16 3TW 01706 644484 www. soccer village.net
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