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Welcome

Letter from the editor

In this issue... 4..............................................NEWS 6 & 7........................SUMMER FUN 9................................SAM’S SPACE 11......................BUMPS & BEYOND 12.................................EDUCATION 13..................................WHAT’S ON 16....GREAT SUMMER GIVEAWAY

Welcome Wishing you all a huge welcome to the 1st Birthday Issue of Families Staffordshire!

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I can barely believe that a year has gone by already. Was it really 12 months ago when I was frantically putting together that very first issue? A year on and so much has changed. We are now getting out to many more parents and the feedback has been amazing. So many people are telling me that they are really glad that they have finally got a magazine like this in the area; one that not only focuses on the primary school age children but also on pregnancy and of course those lovely littlies too. I am really pleased to be able to help other mums like me find great clubs and classes, events and attractions and other useful information to keep the kids entertained. I would love YOU to help us grow again in this next 12 months and you can do this by getting in touch. Let us know about your school’s fair or village fete, if there’s something that you get a sneaky peak at before the rest of the general public then we want to know too. We don’t charge to be listed in our ‘What’s On’ section and will try our best to publicise your news if it’s appropriate.

Take care and have a safe summer!

Becky x

BECKY FAIRCLOUGH, EDITOR

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News, Views and Reviews

Spellbound Forest Review - by Kate Beddow

When I was asked if I wanted to review the Spellbound Forest (www.spellboundforest.co.uk) I jumped at the chance. We have been looking forward to it for weeks! We had 9:15am tickets so had to be up early to drive up to the Delamere Forest, Cheshire to start our adventure. It wasn’t the brightest of days and we have had a lot of rain but we put on wellies and waterproofs, grabbed our picnic and off we went. It was the most enchanting day wandering along beautiful woodland paths and being greeted by actors telling traditional English fairy stories; Tattercoats, The three heads of the well, The Magpie’s Nest and The Earl Mar’s Daughter. The children were invited to join in with the story telling, they made magic wands, a hobby horse, created their own character and even got dressed up for Tattercoats’ Grand Ball. The trees were laiden with clues and props and the distance between the activities was perfect, even my three year old coped with the walking. There were people there from newborn right through to grandparents and not everyone had children with them. It was a wonderful day for everyone and the organisation was flawless, plenty of toilet facilities and even fairy stalls and other souvenirs. There were plenty of places to grab a coffee or something to eat but most people had taken a packed lunch and just found places around the centre of the forest (where the Ball was) to pitch up with a blanket. My only disappointment was that their “I believe in Fairy tales” t-shirts didn’t come in adult sizes. I will definitely be booking us tickets for next year but I think I had better get in early because I won’t be alone! If you missed out on the Spellbound Forest this year then don’t despair, they also run another weekend long event in August called the Just So Festival. See the website for more info. www.justsofestival.org.uk

Are you Autism Aware?

Kim & Jon Southall are parents to 5 year old twin boys Dylan & Ethan. Two years ago Dylan was diagnosed with autism, it was not a shock but they were relieved that finally they would get some support. This year Kim & Jon feel they’d like to give something back for the support they have received and so they launched Autism Aware UK; with the hope to fund raise for autism charities & raise awareness of autism along the way. They also offer support to families by just being there as someone to talk to and are in the process of setting up Autism Aware UK as a registered charity. In November they are hosting their first charity ball at The Alton Towers Hotel. It’s going to be a glitzy affair & promises to be a fantastic evening offering a 3 course meal, live raffle, silent auction, guest speaker & live entertainment. For more information about Jon & Kim, Autism Aware UK or the Charity Ball including ticket sales please visit: www.autismaware.co.uk Facebook.com/AutismAwareUK Twitter - @Autism_Aware_Uk

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News, Views and Reviews

Celebrate the Great British countryside this summer school holiday What better way to while away the long summer days than too get the family out into the fresh air and enjoy the countryside? Lower Drayton Farm, handily placed between Stafford and Penkridge, is offering families the ‘ultimate fun farm adventure’, with plenty to keep all members of the family entertained. Visitors can take a stroll around the woodland trail and wildflower meadow, enjoy a farm trailer ride and look at lots of friendly animals. For older kids there’s an adventure playground with zip wire, swings and slide, while toddlers have their own area with sandpit, mini ride-on tractors and a playhouse. In late July, the farm’s Maize Maze will open to offer an additional challenge, and there are a host of seasonal events and competitions being planned. The farm is open Weds – Suns from Weds, 4th Jul to Sun, 28th Aug, with admissions from 11am-4pm daily visit www.lowerdraytonfarm.co.uk or call Val on 07817 691352.

A day in the countryside!

Simple, effective pain relief at new Stafford acupuncture clinic A new acupuncture clinic has now set up in Stafford offering the benefits of a proven method of pain relief, which has been used effectively for thousands of years, to help treat a host of everyday physical and emotional conditions. Licensed acupuncturist Jemma Atherden, a member of the British Acupuncture Council trained in both the Traditional Chinese Medicine and Five Element methods, has set up the clinic following a move to the area from Berkshire where she practiced for over six years. The town centre clinic, which is located above the Mill Bank doctors’ surgery, is already proving popular with locals looking for an alternative way to treat existing conditions. Everything from migraines and headaches through to infertility, irregular periods, anxiety, depression, skin conditions, digestive problems, fatigue and pre and post-natal conditions can be treated. Jemma offers consultations and treatments at her Mill Bank clinic by appointment only – for a free, no-obligation chat to discuss how acupuncture could help provide simple, effective relief from your ongoing condition call 0781 255 5331 or email jemma_atherden@yahoo.co.uk.

Cooking up a stir

Two Eccleshall mums are cooking up quite a stir with their new business venture. Isabelle Kovacic, aged 41, and Georgina Leedham, 36, have together launched La Creperie. They make and sell savoury and sweet filled crepes at markets, festivals and events. The two of them came up with the idea after getting together to make crepes on Pancake Day as a fundraiser for their children’s school PTA. Their crepes have been so successful they have a stall five days a week in Hanley City Centre. Isabelle moved to Eccleshall from France with her husband and four children five years ago. Her French connection means that La Creperie is an authentic French crepe company using a traditional recipe. Mum of two Georgina, has a background in Journalism, PR and marketing and together they are more than qualified to cater for any event and are already taking inquiries for weddings, engagement parties and birthday parties.

Contact at www.lacreperie.co

Tel: 07531080874

Got some news for us? If you are in the ST postcode areas of Staffordshire and your services or products are for families with young children, we’d love to hear from you. Send press releases and pictures to: editor@familiesstaffordshire.co.uk Yarnfield Village Hall Pre-School Children learn through having fun and exploring our well organised, stimulating environment.

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Summer Fun

Top tips for fun family walking: With so much beautiful Staffordshire Countryside on our doorstep it’s time to get active this Summer, pull on your boots, pack up a picnic and enjoy the sunshine, it is free after all!

Here are our top tips... Make it an adventure - Don’t suggest ‘going for a walk’, make it an outing or adventure to somewhere like a park, a playground, woods or a pond; treat them to a picnic or take something to eat and drink along the way.

Take it nice and slow - Be prepared to go at their pace, stopping to play and look at things on the way, and to cut the walk short if they get tired. With regular walking children will build up their fitness just as an adult does but keep walks short until you know about their abilities. Go prepared - Make sure they have comfortable clothes and shoes, and extra layers in case of rain or cold weather. Safety First - Remember hats and sun cream, and take something for bites and stings. Let them bring a friend - team up with another family, or join a led walk that’s suitable for families.

Get Creative -

You could plan fun activities and games like a treasure hunt or I-Spy; look out for animals, birds, trees, people,

buildings, colours, or collect tree seeds, leaves, shells, and small stones. Take photographs along the way they can put in a walker’s diary; get them involved in planning and running the walks, perhaps plotting the route on a map and map reading during the walk. If you are stuck for original ideas you could always sign them up as a member with the Woodland Trust. The Children’s Club provides a whole host of outdoor activities including weekly challenges, spotter sheets and quizzes.

Walk with a dog - if you have one. Ride a bike - Waterscape have some great information on cycle routes, bike hire, community bike rides and much more simply visit www.waterscape.com Staffordshire County Council have produced a complete set of cycle maps for each district in Staffordshire. The aim of the maps is to help cyclists plan their journeys around Staffordshire. The routes shown on the maps are those that exist at present and also a number of suggested routes along quieter roads.

To download any of these maps visit www.staffordshire.gov.uk/transport/walkingandcycling/maps/cyclemaps.aspx

For ideas on where to walk check out these great books: 30 Walks in Staffordshire (AA 30 Walks in) AA Publishing 1001 Family Walks (AA 1001 Series) AA Publishing

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Get your children (and yourself too) to walk barefoot this summer! Have you noticed how good it feels to walk barefoot on the earth? Recent research has shown that our immune system functions best when our body has an adequate supply of electrons. Electrons are easily and naturally obtained by walking barefoot on the earth, a process known as earthing. These electrons have antioxidant effects that protect your body from inflammation and its many well-documented health consequences. Today we often wear rubber or plastic-soled shoes which disconnect us from this energy and, of course, we no longer sleep on the ground. This disconnection from the Earth creates abnormal physiology and contributes to inflammation, pain, fatigue, stress and poor sleep. By reconnecting to the earth, these symptoms can be relieved and even eliminated. There is no research indicating that earthing will protect a person from exposure to cell phones signals, microwave radiation, or radio frequencies, but research does confirm that it reduces significantly induced body voltages generated by simple exposure to common household plugged-in electrical items (even if the appliance is off), internal wiring, and underground electrical devices.

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Silly Songs

Choose a song, any song you like ...chosen? Ok now sing it like a baby, or a cartoon character, a news reader maybe an annoying teacher, a French person or a pop star. Take it in turns to choose the theme for the other person it’s so much fun!

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Bumps & Beyond

Pregnancy Glow or Meltdown? A glow like the ready break advert is what most people expect when you’re pregnant! However many of you who have, or are now experiencing a summer pregnancy may feel less of a glow & more of a meltdown! Images of pretty floaty dresses in a cool summer breeze are replaced by the reality of a hot water bottle on your belly (ie baby) and swollen ‘cankles’ (dictionary definition: a pair of legs that have no defined end of the calf area as well as no defined beginning of the ankle area)!! So how can you combat the challenges of a summer pregnancy or the prospect of a summer birth on a hot delivery suite/birthing unit? As a midwife and founder of ‘expecting’ (offering professional, affordable antenatal classes) I regularly give tips to pregnant women and here are a few for you personally, or to pass on to friends! Hydration – I know! I know! You have a baby bouncing on your bladder and the last thing you want to do is drink more water! However, most pregnant women don’t drink anywhere near the suggested 8 glasses of water a day. On a hot summer’s day, this should be your minimum. It can also help reduce swelling that you may be experiencing in your hands and feet. Summer shoes – Make the most of wearing flip flops & comfortable open toed shoes – let’s face it, women experiencing winter pregnancies resort to summer shoes too but at least you will look seasonally appropriate!

Suncream - In pregnancy your skin is more sensitive and receptive to the sun. Therefore the suncream motto is – aim high and reapply! (SPF 30+). You may experience chloasma, the darkening of patches on your face, due to the increased oestrogen in your body. Although likely to fade, sun bathing is likely to exacerbate this. Birth bag – whether you give birth in a hospital, birthing unit or

in the comfort of your own home; be prepared for warm weather. Prepare drinks in the freezer. This way if you experience a long labour, they can defrost slowly offering a refreshingly cold drink. A plant mist spray is a great way to cool you down and even a CLEAN sanitary towel soaked in cold water is far more efficient on your forehead than a flannel! If you get a chance to watch the star studded movie ‘What to Expect When You’re Expecting’ you will realise that for some, their ‘glow’ is never really experienced personally, but rather seen in their baby once they arrive!

It will all be worth the meltdown!

Freya Sema Midwife, mum & founder of ‘expecting’ antenatal classes – www.expectingclasses.co.uk

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Education, Clubs & Classes

Get a HEAD start

Welcome to our new Headteacher’s Column, written by Har vey Trump, Headteacher at St. Dominic’s Prep School and St. Dominic’s High School for Girls in Brewood. Harvey will be keeping us up to date each issue on areas affecting our child’s education.

Reforms, reforms and more reforms! Many changes in legislation within our schools are now imminent, including rising school leaving ages, to a return to linear GCSEs at Key Stage 4 and the reformed EYFS (Early Years Foundations Stage)will be effective from this September. Getting it right from the start is vital and this can be achieved from consistency in teaching methods. Schools that are currently judged as ‘outstanding’ can help share their knowledge and best practice in all environments. With the new changes in place, focus can be shifted onto what is most important, and that is each and every individual young person. The government suggest the reforms will help to achieve this as they are supposed to reduce paperwork, strengthen homeschool partnerships, simplify assessment at age 5 and provide earlier intervention with a new progress check at age 2. Now that the number of early learning goals which children are assessed against at age 5 has decreased from 69 to only 17 we have gone some way to returning the child, not paperwork to the centre of our focus. However communication about each and every child’s progress is also vital when developing a strong partnership between home and school and the revised EYFS is set to encourage dads and mums to become more involved in their child’s development and to give ideas as to how they can support this development at home. Central to any setting are the children themselves and that is certainly the case at St. Dominic’s Prep School. However the question has to asked are we being too developmental in our approach by establishing expected levels of ‘development by the age of 5’ or labelling a child at age 2, and therefore not looking at the individual’s needs and their natural development? Only time and the sharing of excellent practice with other settings will tell. If you would like to contact Mr Trump directly please call 01902 850248.

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What’s on

July Everyday in July 2012

Hunt for bugs at Biddulph Grange Gardens 11am - 5pm Grange Road, ST8 7SD Free event (normal admission charges apply) For more information visit- www.nationaltrust. org.uk or tel- 01782 517999

Sunday 1st July 2012

Bike 4 Life Summer Run Staffordshire, TF11 8UP Will start at the M6T Toll headquarters (on the junction of the A38 and the A5 at Weeford) and ride out to the RAF Museum at Cosford. With a rock band, fun fair and BBQ at the end of the ride. For more information call 01902 376200, email bike4life@rafmuseum.org or visit Bike 4 Life Summer Run

Sunday 1st July 2012

Olympic Exercise - Yoga (Asian) 11:30 - 12:15 Frank Jordan Centre, Stone Have a go and experience physical activities from different parts of the world. Places limited, please book. For more information call 01785 619387

Sunday 1st July 2012

Armed Forces Day at Longton Park (Queens Park) 13:30pm Trentham Road, Dresden, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, ST3 4AZ Pay tribute to all of our Armed Forces, past and present. Any member of the armed forces, veterans associations and cadets are welcome to parade to form up at 2pm. For more information call 07717 714101

Sunday 1st July 2012

Canine Capers at Hartshill Park 14:00 to 16:00 Hartshill Road, Hartshill, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire Community games for dogs and their owners. For more information email barbaraandrew213@ btinternet.com

Sunday 1st July 2012

Consall Garden Party at Churnet Valley Railway Kingsley & Froghall Station, Froghall, ST10 2HA NO BOOKING IS REQUIRED! For more information call 01538 750755 or visit www.churnet-valley-railway.co.uk

Sunday 1st July 2012

Have a Go Archery at Stafford Castle 11.00am - 4.00pm Newport Road, Stafford 5 arrows for £1. On the first sunday of every month until October. For more details contact tel- 01785 257698 or email- heritage@staffordbc.gov.uk

Tuesday 3rd July 2012

Tea at Two at Minton Community Centre 14:00 to 16:00 Off Hartshill Road Vicarage Lane Hartshill Stokeon-Trent ST4 7NL Join us for an afternoon of games and activities both physical and mental. Suitable for all ages. For more information email barbaraandrew213@ btinternet.com

Tuesday 3rd July - Saturday 7th July 2012

Creative Minds Theatre Fest at Regent Theatre 7.30pm Piccadilly, ST1 1AP For more information or to book tickets tel01782 213800 or visithttp://www.atgtickets.com

Wednesday 4th July - Sunday 15th July 2012

Lichfield Festival 7 The Close, Lichfield, Staffordshire, WS13 7LD The 2012 Lichfield Festival centred around Lichfield Cathedral but taking in venues elsewhere in the city and beyond, runs from 4 to 15 July. For more information call Mr Peter Bacon on 01543 30620

Saturday 7th July 2012

Olympic Extravaganza Fete at Woodseaves Village Hall 12:00 to 18:00 Woodseaves Village Hall, Woodseaves For more information call 01785 280648

Saturday 7th July and Sunday 8th July 2012

Stafford Festival Stafford, ST16 1DJ The annual Stafford Festival explodes with music, street theatre, family fun and entertainment. For more information call 01785 619300

Saturday 7th July 2012

Stapenhill Community Games Waterside Community Centre Multi-sports, arts and crafts fun day, celebrating the Olympics For more information call 01283 508192 or email reception@eaststaffsbc.gov.uk

Saturday 7th July 2012

Fenton Puppet Pentatholon at Smiths Pool LNR 10:00 to 15:00 Rear of Fenton Manor Pool, Smithpool Road, ST4 4NJ Community Group racing their homemade giant street puppets. For more information call 01782 744289

Saturday 7th July 2012

Family Beach Party at St Leonards Social Club Saint Leonard’s Avenue, Stafford, ST17 4LX £2.50 adults Kids FREE Raising funds for The Grove Nursery Unit, Highfield For more information call Club Secretary 01785 272151 or Craig - Bar Manager 01785 272195

Saturday 7th July 2012

Croxton Well Dressing at Croxton 12:30 Croxton, Stafford, ST21 6PF The well will be officially blessed at 12.30pm and then a new cycling / walking Heritage Trail around the beautiful Woodland Quarter will be launched, followed by a range of festival activities during the afternoon - for all ages. For more information visit www. croxtonwelldressing.weebly.com or call 01630 620545

Saturday 7th July 2012

Day of Dance at Sudbury Hall and the National Trust Museum of Childhood 10:30 am - 5pm Sudbury, Ashbourne, DE6 5HT free outdoor event. For more information call Property Secretary, 01283 585337, or emailsudburyhall@ nationaltrust.org.uk

Sunday 8th July 2012

Spiderman Character Appearance at The Potteries Shopping Centre 10:00 - 14:30 Quadrant Road, ST1 1RZ Book FREE online from Monday 25th June. For more information tel- 01782 289822 or visitwww.potteries.uk.com

Sunday 8th July 2012

Party in the Park 12:00 to 17:00 Victoria Park, Stafford Part of Stafford Festival. Enjoy family fun with face painting, shows, train rides and have a go at circus skills! Free admission. Face painting and art workshops 50p. For more information visit www.staffordbc.gov. uk/staffordfestival

Sunday 8th July 2012

Children’s Folk Dance Day at Sudbury Hall and the National Trust Museum of Childhood 12pm - 3:30 pm Sudbury, Ashbourne, DE6 5HT Bring your garden chairs, enjoy the music and join in with the dances. This is a free outdoor event For more information call Property Secretary, 01283 585337, or emailsudburyhall@ nationaltrust.org.uk

Sunday 8th July 2012

Velocipede Rally at Churnet Valley Railway Kingsley & Froghall Station, Froghall, ST10 2HA Velocipedes and Trackbikes are invited to attend the Rally and operate exclusively on 1 ¾ miles of track from Froghall to Oakamoor. For more information call 01538 750755 or visit www.churnet-valley-railway.co.uk

Sunday 8th July 2012

Fairy day at HooFarm Shropshire, TF6 6DJ Enjoy a Fairy themed day at Hoo Farm even let you little ones dress up and enter the fancy dress competition For more information call 01952 677917 or visit www.hoofarm.com

Friday 13th July 2012

The Wombourne Games Ounsdale Leisure Centre and venues around Wombourne, WV58BJ To celebrate this fantastic event Wombourne are hosting their version of The Olympic Games. It will be called ‘The Wombourne Games’. For more information call 07976377667 or visit The Wombourne Games

Sunday 15th July 2012

Sudbury’s Craft Sunday at Sudbury Hall and the National Trust Museum of Childhood 11am - 5pm Sudbury, Ashbourne, DE6 5HT Sudbury Hall is celebrating local craftsmanship with a selection of demonstrations in the Hall and a craft market in the stable yard Please note that the Hall does not open until 1.00pm. All Tickets £0 (Normal admission charges to the Hall apply ) For more information call Property Secretary, 01283 585337, or emailsudburyhall@ nationaltrust.org.uk

Sunday 15th July 2012

Live @ the Castle, Music Event Part of Stafford Festival at Stafford Castle 12.00noon - 10.00pm Newport Road, Stafford Enjoy the very best of local live music on the main stage and in the acoustic marquee. Admission £2. Car park £5. For more details contact tel- 01785 257698 or email- heritage@staffordbc.gov.ukor visit www. staffordbc.gov.uk/staffordfestival

Sunday 15th July 2012

Upstairs, Downstairs Tour at Sudbury Hall and the National Trust Museum of Childhood 11.00am - 12:30 pm Sudbury, Ashbourne, DE6 5HT Discover more about Sudbury Hall and explore the areas usually off limits in the basements and the attics and imagine how the Hall worked as a family home. All Tickets £5 For more information call Property Secretary, 01283 585337, or emailsudburyhall@ nationaltrust.org.uk

Teddy Bears’ Picnic at Izaak Walton’s Cottage 12.00noon-4.00pm Worston Lane, Nr Stone, ST15 0PA Enjoy family fun and games in the cottage garden, with puppet show, face painting, story telling, craft stalls and a bouncy castle for the younger family members. Bring along a picnic and don’t forget your teddy! Free admission if accompanied by a teddy bear. For more details contact tel- 01785 257698 or email- heritage@staffordbc.gov.uk Monday 16th July - Monday 22nd July 2012 Seaside Display at The Potteries Shopping Centre 09:00 - 16:00 Quadrant Road, ST1 1RZ Get a friend to take a photo of you in the seaside display (the wackier the better!), send it to potteries-information@capshop.co.uk and they’ll post it on their Facebook page for you and your friends to tag and share. They’ll pick the best photo who will win a £100 Potteries Shopping Centre Gift Card.

Saturday 14th July 2012

Friday 20th July 2012

Friday 13th July and Saturday 14th July 2012

The Beat Goes On at The Mitchell Arts Centre Broad Street, ST1 4HG Jenny Brennan presents her 10th Anniversary show! For more information or to book tickets call 01782 409307

Friday 13th July 2012

Family Games at City Central Library 11:00 to 12:00 Bethesda Street, Hanley, ST1 3RS Bring along your favourite board game to the library or sample our selection of family games. Under 8s must be accompanied by a parent or carer. For more information call 01782 238455

Saturday 14th July and Sunday 15th July 2012

Stafford Festival Stafford, ST16 1DJ The annual Stafford Festival explodes with music, street theatre, family fun and entertainment. For more information call 01785 619300

Saturday 14th July - Sunday 15th July 2012 St Margaret’s Summer Fayre Fords Field, Uttoxeter Road, ST11 9AG A two-day country activities event with attractions for all ages. This year we are having even more events spread over Saturday & Sunday, including car show & funfair. Sunday Summer Fayre Entry: £2.50 School age children FREE

Saturday 14th July - Sunday 15th July 2012

Wickham Rally Weekend at The Foxfield Railway Blythe Bridge, ST11 9BG Wickham Trollies of all ages and originsare invited to attend the rally at Caverswall Road Station. For more information call 01782 259667 / 396210 or visit www.foxfieldrailway.co.uk

Sunday 15th July 2012

Handmade and Vintage Fair 10-3pm Newcastle College, Sports Centre, ST5 2GB Free Entry. Carpark onsite. Wheelchair access. For more information email whimsicalandcurious@yahoo.co.uk

Disney’s Beauty & the Beast at The Victoria Hall 7.30pm Bagnall Street, ST1 3AD For more information or to book tickets call 0844 871 7649.

Saturday 21st July - Tuesday 31st July 2012 Highgate Common Adventure Trail 11:00 - 15:00 Highgate Common, DY7 5BS 21st July - 2nd September inclusive Saturdays and Sundays in the Summer holidays. Pick up your trail maps from outside the warden’s office, follow the creepy crawlie clues and uncover Highgate Common’s hidden secrets For more information call 01384 221798 or email info@staffs-wildlife.org.uk

Saturday 21st July 2012

Children’s Garden Games at The Dorothy Clive Gardens 10am-5pm Market Drayton, TF9 4EU Free for children throughout summer holidays For more information visit www. dorothyclivegarden.co.uk

Saturday 21st July - Friday 27th July 2012

Summer holiday fun, Owl week at Hoo Farm Shropshire, TF6 6DJ For more information call 01952 677917 or visit www.hoofarm.com

Saturday 21st July - Sunday 22nd July 2012

Olympics Themed Weekend at Shugborough Hall Milford, ST17 0XB Fun and themed games ahead of the 2012 Olympics, all included in your standard admission. For more information tel- 01889 881 388 or visit www.shugborough.org.uk

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What’s on

Saturday 21st July 2012

Guided tours of the Nicholson War Memorial at Leek 10:00am - 12:00pm Staffordshire Moorlands, ST13 5HH For more information call 01538 381271 or www. staffsmoorlands.gov.uk

Sunday 22nd July 2012

Guided Walk at Kinver Edge and the Rock Houses 10am - 1pm Holy Austin Rock House, DY7 6DL For more information call Community Engagement Officer, 07920181605 or visitwww. nationaltrust.org.uk

Monday 23rd July - Friday 27th July 2012

Sussed out for Summer at Sudbury Hall and the National Trust Museum of Childhood 12pm - 4pm Sudbury, Ashbourne, DE6 5HT Creative fun for all the family with these summer holiday activities. For more information call Property Secretary, 01283 585337, or emailsudburyhall@ nationaltrust.org.uk

Wednesday 25th July 2012

Wildflower Safari at Whitfield Valley and Centre 13:30 to 15:00 Fegg Hayes Road Stoke on Trent ST6 6QR This fun family activity will introduce you to some of the wildlife that can be found in and around the area. Sturdy footwear and outdoor clothing is recommended. Free entry For more information call 01782 331889

Thursday 26th July 2012

Fun Thursdays at Kinver Edge and the Rock Houses 11am - 4pm Holy Austin Rock House, DY7 6DL Come along every Thursday during the Summer holidays and have a go at a different craft activity. £2.00 per child. Booking not essential. For more information call Community Engagement Officer, 07920181605 or visitwww. nationaltrust.org.uk

Friday 27th July 2012

Walk Ten Weston Park 10pm Weston Park Join us for a sponsored 10k walk at Weston Park to help Marie Curie nurses continue providing care for terminally ill patients in your area. Enjoy a twilight stroll and an evening of family entertainment in the stunning 17th century estate. After completing the 10k course, and enjoying a British picnic, we will gather together at 10pm to remember this important time for all our nurses and the people they have helped, concluding with an exciting fire display. Registration is £10 per adult or £20 per adult on the night (under 16s go free) You can register on line now at www.mariecurie. org.uk/walkten

Saturday 28th July - Sunday 29th July 2012

The Shugborough Hall & Country Show 10.00am - 5pm Milford, ST17 0XB Set in the beautiful parkland of Shugborough Hall this Family Country Show with all day entertainment including birds of prey, working dogs, children’s entertainment as well as arts, crafts, gifts and food marquees. Also on Sunday at this event, we’re proud to host the Companion Dog Show - so bring along a canine friend and have a go! (And all proceeds from entries will go to Marie Curie Cancer Care). For more information or to book tel- 01889 881 388 or visitwww.shugborough.org.uk

Saturday 28th July - Friday 3rd August 2012

Summer Holiday Fun, ‘Pig week’ at Hoo Farm Shropshire, TF6 6DJ Enjoy and meet a farm favourite in ‘Pig week’. For more information call 01952 677917 or visit www.hoofarm.com

Saturday 28th July 2012

Olympic Fun and Games at The Trentham Estate Periodic throughout the day Stone Road, ST4 8AX For more information tel- 01782 646646 or visitwww.trentham.co.uk

Sunday 29th July 2012

Tunstall Carnival 11:00 - 17:00 Tunstall Park, ST6 6DX Fun day with live entertainmentFor more information call 01782 613787

Sunday 29th July 2012

Classic Car Show at Stafford Castle 11.00am - 5.00pm Newport Road, Stafford A classic car treat and vintage fun for all the family with children’s games, quizzes and activities. Free admission. Car Park £2. For more details contact tel- 01785 257698 or email- heritage@staffordbc.gov.uk

Monday 30th July and Tuesday 31st July 2012

Sussed out for Summer at Sudbury Hall and the National Trust Museum of Childhood 12pm - 4pm Sudbury, Ashbourne, DE6 5HT Creative fun for all the family with these summer holiday activities. For more information call Property Secretary, 01283 585337, or emailsudburyhall@ nationaltrust.org.uk

August

Saturday 28th July 2012

Olympics Workshop at The Guildhall Shopping Centre 11am - 4pm Market Square, ST16 2BB Join us at the Guildhall Shopping Centre on Saturday 28th July from 11am to 4pm when we will be celebrating the start of the 2012 Olympic Games. Children can join in our free workshop to make Olympic medals, torches and rings and take their designs home with them to enjoy. For more information tel 01785 223107

Saturday 28th July 2012

Kings Bromley Show 09:30 - 17:00 Kings Bromley Showfield, DE13 7JF Annual country show – this year themed on FUN OLYMPICS. For more information call 01543 472441, email info@kingsbromleyshow.co.uk or visit Kings Bromley Show

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Tuesday 31st July 2012

Make your Own Beach Hut Workshop at The Potteries Shopping Centre 10am - 4pm Quadrant Road, ST1 1RZ Kids can design their own beach hut. For more information tel- 01782 289822 or visitwww.potteries.uk.com

Everyday in August 2012

Hunt for bugs at Biddulph Grange Gardens 11am - 5pm Grange Road, ST8 7SD Free event (normal admission charges apply) For more information visit- www.nationaltrust. org.uk or tel- 01782 517999

Wednesday 1st August 2012

Pond Dipping at Park Hall Country Park 10:00 to 15:00 Hulme Road, Weston Coyney, ST3 5BH Sessions will last for 2 hours and start at 10am and 1pm. Book your place now. Children must be supervised by an adult. For more information call 01782 331889

Wednesday 1st August 2012

National Playday The Washlands Family Play Day linking culture, arts and sports For more information call 01283 508192 or email reception@eaststaffsbc.gov.uk

Wednesday 1st August 2012

Play Day at Sudbury Hall at Sudbury Hall and the National Trust Museum of Childhood 12pm - 4pm Sudbury, Ashbourne, DE6 5HT Normal Admission Charges Apply For more information call Property Secretary, 01283 585337, or emailsudburyhall@ nationaltrust.org.uk

Wednesday 1st August - Friday 3rd August 2012

Sussed out for Summer at Sudbury Hall and the National Trust Museum of Childhood 12pm - 4pm Sudbury, Ashbourne, DE6 5HT www.nationaltrust.org.uk/sudbury For more information call Property Secretary, 01283 585337, or emailsudburyhall@ nationaltrust.org.uk

Wednesday 1st August 2012

Much ado about nothing at Biddulph Grange Gardens 7pm - 10pm Grange Road, ST8 7SD Open-air theatre. Bring along your blankets, picnics and folding chairs and enjoy William Shakespeare’s Much ado about nothing in the surroundings of the famous Biddulph Grange Garden For more information visit- www.nationaltrust. org.uk or tel- 01782 517999

Thursday 2nd August 2012

Fun Thursdays at Kinver Edge and the Rock Houses 11am - 4pm Holy Austin Rock House, DY7 6DL Come along every Thursday during the Summer holidays and have a go at a different craft activity. £2.00 per child. Booking not essential. Suitable for children aged 3 and over For more information call Community Engagement Officer, 07920181605 or visitwww. nationaltrust.org.uk

Thursday 2nd August - Sunday 5th August 2012

“Dig for Victory” Flower & Costume Festival at Alstonefield 10:30am - 18:30pm Staffordshire Moorlands, DE6 2FX Entry is by donation, profits to St. Peter’s Church. Refreshments will be available. For more information call 01335 310318 or visit www.alstonefield.com

Everyday in August 2012

Highgate Common Adventure Trail 11:00 - 15:00 Highgate Common, DY7 5BS 21st July - 2nd September inclusive Saturdays and Sundays in the Summer holidays. For more information call 01384 221798 or email info@staffs-wildlife.org.uk

Saturday 4th August - Sunday 5th August 2012

Mill ‘in steam’ - Classic and Vintage Vehicle Weekend at Etruria Industrial Museum 12:00 to 14:30 Lower Bedford Street, ST4 7AF Experience the sights and sounds of Victorian engineering in the heart of the Potteries. Steamings on the hour. Normal admission applies. For more information call 01782 233144

Saturday 4th August 2012

Mad Hatters Tea Party at The Dorothy Clive Gardens 1.00-4.00pm Market Drayton, TF9 4EU All children are admitted for free. Adults wearing a hat are admitted for free.For more information visit www.dorothyclivegarden.co.uk

Saturday 4th August - Friday 10th August 2012

Summer fun, ‘Meerkat week’ at Hoo Farm Shropshire, TF6 6DJ Join in the Meerkat fun and you can get up close to the farm meerkats, booking is essential. For more information call 01952 677917 or visit www.hoofarm.com

Sunday 5th August 2012

Living Human Statues at The Potteries Shopping Centre Quadrant Road, ST1 1RZ Performances at 10am, 11am, 12noon and 1.30pm. See our track & field, gymnastics and swimming performers painted in bronze, gold and platinum. Performances at 10am, 11am, 12noon and 1.30pm. See our track & field,gymnastics and swimming performerspainted in bronze, gold and platinum.For more information tel- 01782 289822 or visit- www.potteries.uk.com

Sunday 5th August 2012

Shugborough Classic Car Show at Shugborough Hall 10am - 5pm Milford, ST17 0XB Tickets available on the day priced £8 adults, £3 children For more information or to book tel- 01889 881 388 or visitwww.shugborough.org.uk

Sunday 5th August 2012

Have a Go Archery at Stafford Castle 11.00am - 4.00pm Newport Road, Stafford 5 arrows for £1. On the first sunday ove every month until October. For more details contact tel- 01785 257698 or email- heritage@staffordbc.gov.uk

Monday 6th August 2012

Stay and Play - Going for Gold at Central Forest Park 10:00 to 12:00 Chell Street, Sneyd Green, ST1 6BB Come to the park and take part in our very own mini Olympics. * Obstacle course * Role your Daddy race * Shoe race * Torch relay * Parachute games and more * Bring a picnic along For more information call 01782 234357

Monday 6th August - Friday 10th August 2012

Sussed out for Summer at Sudbury Hall and the National Trust Museum of Childhood 12pm - 4pm Sudbury, Ashbourne, DE6 5HT www.nationaltrust.org.uk/sudbury For more information call Property Secretary, 01283 585337, or emailsudburyhall@ nationaltrust.org.uk

Tuesday 7th August 2012

Design a Drawstring Backpack Workshop at The Potteries Shopping Centre 10am to 4pm. Quadrant Road, ST1 1RZ Kids can personalise a backpack. For more information tel- 01782 289822 or visitwww.potteries.uk.com

Tuesday 7th August 2012

Pond Dipping at Whitfield Valley and Centre 13:30 to 15:30 Fegg Hayes Road Stoke on Trent ST6 6QR Children must be supervised by an adult. Sturdy footwear and outdoor clothing is recommended. Free entry For more information call 01782 331889


What’s on

Wednesday 8th August 2012

Wildlife Awareness Day at Park Hall Country Park 10:00 to 16:00 Hulme Road, Weston Coyney, ST3 5BH Find out more about your local wildlife at this day of fun activities for the whole family. Free entry For more information call 01782 331889

Wednesday 8th August 2012

Teddy Bears Picnic at The Foxfield Railway Blythe Bridge, ST11 9BG Entertainment for kids as the teddy bears and ‘Foxey’ Foxfield’s own mascot join in the fun at our NEW event. Bring your own teddy for a chance to win a prize. For more information call 01782 259667 / 396210 or visitwww.foxfieldrailway.co.uk

Wednesday 8th August 2012

Folksy Theatre at The Trentham Estate 19:00pm Stone Road, ST4 8AX For more information visit www.trentham.co.uk or tel 01782 646646 and for ticket prices and booking visit www.folksytheatre.co.uk

Thursday 9th August 2012

Fun Thursdays at Kinver Edge and the Rock Houses 11am - 4pm Holy Austin Rock House, DY7 6DL Come along every Thursday during the Summer holidays and have a go at a different craft activity. £2.00 per child. Booking not essential. Suitable for children aged 3 and over For more information call Community Engagement Officer, 07920181605 or visitwww. nationaltrust.org.uk

Friday 10th August and Saturday 11th August 2012 Much Ado About Nothing, Folksy Theatre Company at The Dorothy Clive Gardens Gates open at 5pm. Performance at 6.30pm Market Drayton, TF9 4EU Adult £12.00. Child £6.00. Concession £8.00 Family £30.00 For more information visit www. dorothyclivegarden.co.uk

Friday 10th August 2012

Upstairs, Downstairs Tour at Sudbury Hall and the National Trust Museum of Childhood 11.00am - 12:30 pm Sudbury, Ashbourne, DE6 5HT Discover more about Sudbury Hall and explore the areas usually off limits in the basements and the attics and imagine how the Hall worked as a family home. All Tickets £5 For more information call Property Secretary, 01283 585337, or emailsudburyhall@ nationaltrust.org.uk

Saturday 11th August - Sunday 12th August 2012

Miniature Railway Weekend at The Foxfield Railway Blythe Bridge, ST11 9BG A great chance to see what our younger members are achieving with the Foxfield Miniature Railway. A weekend devoted to all things miniature. For more information call 01782 259667 / 396210 or visitwww.foxfieldrailway.co.uk

Saturday 11th Sunday 12th & Wednesday 15th August 2012

Peppa Pig & George make their 1st ever visit to the Churnet Valley Railway! Kingsley & Froghall Station, Froghall, ST10 2HA Peppa Pig & George will be making personal appearances at intervals each day. Prebooking train tickets is advisable to avoid disappointment:Bookings taken from 6th June 2012 For more information or to book tickets call 01538 750755 or visit www.churnet-valleyrailway.co.uk

Saturday 11th August - Friday 17th August 2012

Summer Fun, ‘Fox week’ at Hoo Farm Shropshire, TF6 6DJ Enjoy a factual week about Foxes. For more information call 01952 677917 or visit www.hoofarm.com

Sunday 12th August 2012

Toy Fair 09:00 to 17:00 Stafford County Showground Please visit the website for details.http://www. staffscountyshowground.co.uk

Monday 13th August - Friday 17th August 2012

Sussed out for Summer at Sudbury Hall and the National Trust Museum of Childhood 12pm - 4pm Sudbury, Ashbourne, DE6 5HT Creative fun for all the family with these summer holiday activities. Full programme available from June 2012 to download from website www. nationaltrust.org.uk/sudbury For more information call Property Secretary, 01283 585337, or emailsudburyhall@ nationaltrust.org.uk

Tuesday 14th August 2012

Face Painting at The Potteries Shopping Centre 11am - 4pm Quadrant Road, ST1 1RZ Kids can have their faces painted in a Seaside theme. For more information tel- 01782 289822 or visitwww.potteries.uk.com

Wednesday 15th August 2012

Bug Hunt at Park Hall Country Park 13:00 Hulme Road, Weston Coyney, ST3 5BH Join our experts on a hunt for creepy crawlies in and around our sandstone canyons. Children must be supervised by an adult. Free Entry For more information call 01782 331889

Wednesday 15th August 2012

Water Wonderland at Consall Nature Park 10:30am - 15:30pm Wildacres Drive, ST9 9QD Why not come along and discover what lurks in the pools and streams at Consall. Please bring your wellies and packed lunch. £2 per child. Meet at Consall Visitor Centre For more information call 01782 550939

Thursday 16th August 2012

Fun Thursdays at Kinver Edge and the Rock Houses 11am - 4pm Holy Austin Rock House, DY7 6DL Come along every Thursday during the Summer holidays and have a go at a different craft activity. £2.00 per child. Booking not essential. Suitable for children aged 3 and over. For more information call Community Engagement Officer, 07920181605 or visitwww. nationaltrust.org.uk

Saturday 18th August - Friday 24th August 2012

Summer fun, ‘Reptile Week’ at Hoo Farm Shropshire, TF6 6DJ Come and enjoy the fun at the Reptile Week. For more information call 01952 677917 or visit www.hoofarm.com

Saturday 18th August 2012

Teddy Bears Picnic at The Dorothy Clive Gardens 1.00pm-4.00pm Market Drayton, TF9 4EU All children who bring a teddy bear are admitted for free. For more information visit www. dorothyclivegarden.co.uk

Saturday 18th August 2012

Guided tours of the Nicholson War Memorial at Leek 10:00am - 12:00pm Staffordshire Moorlands, ST13 5HH Members of the public are invited to turn up at the war memorial on the day and book a tour with one of the volunteer guides. For more information call 01538 381271 or www. staffsmoorlands.gov.uk

Sunday 19th July 2012

Games and Family Sports Day at Stafford Castle 11:00 to 17:00 Newport Road, Stafford Try out Stafford Sports Centre’s H Zone and join in with the tug ‘o’ war trials. Free admission. Car Park £2. For more details contact tel- 01785 257698 or email- heritage@staffordbc.gov.uk

Sunday 19th August 2012

Bug Hunt at Whitfield Valley and Centre 13:30 to 15:00 Fegg Hayes Road Stoke on Trent ST6 6QR Join us on a hunt for creepy crawlies in and around the meadow and woodland. Children must be supervised by an adult. Sturdy footwear and outdoor clothing is recommended. Free entry For more information call 01782 331889

Sunday 19th August 2012

Steam Cream Land Cruise Train at The Foxfield Railway Blythe Bridge, ST11 9BG For more information call 01782 259667 / 396210 or visitwww.foxfieldrailway.co.uk

Monday 20th August - Friday 24th August 2012

Kidz Creative Zones at The Guildhall Shopping Centre 10:30am to 3:30pm Market Square, ST16 2BB Fun for children aged 4-11 years. Children can make masks, hats, dream catchers and more at these fun-filled events. For more information tel 01785 223107

Monday 20th August - Friday 24th August 2012

Sussed out for Summer at Sudbury Hall and the National Trust Museum of Childhood 12pm - 4pm Sudbury, Ashbourne, DE6 5HT Creative fun for all the family with these summer holiday activities. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/sudbury For more information call Property Secretary, 01283 585337, or emailsudburyhall@ nationaltrust.org.uk

Tuesday 21st August 2012

Make a Seaside Hanging Decoration Workshop at The Potteries Shopping Centre 10am - 4pm Quadrant Road, ST1 1RZ Kids can design a seaside decoration. For more information tel- 01782 289822 or visitwww.potteries.uk.com

Thursday 23rd August 2012

Fun Thursdays at Kinver Edge and the Rock Houses 11am - 4pm Holy Austin Rock House, DY7 6DL Come along every Thursday during the Summer holidays and have a go at a different craft activity. £2.00 per child. Booking not essential. Suitable for children aged 3 and over For more information call Community Engagement Officer, 07920181605 or visitwww. nationaltrust.org.uk

Saturday 25th August - Monday 27th August 2012 Lollipop Steam Special Steam Train Event at Rudyard Lake Stream Railway Rudyard Road, ST13 8PF Free lollipops for kids when families travel on a return trip on the train For more information call 01538 306704

Saturday 25th August - Friday 31st August 2012

Summer Fun, Parrot Week at Hoo Farm Shropshire, TF6 6DJ Fun at the Farm in parrot week, go along and join in. For more information call 01952 677917 or visit www.hoofarm.com

Saturday 25th August - Monday 27th August & Wednesday 29th August

Day Out With Thomas at Churnet Valley Railway 10.00am-2.00pm Kingsley & Froghall Station, Froghall, ST10 2HA Peep! Peep! Thomas the Tank Engine is set to roll into the Churnet Valley Railway for a Day Out With Thomas during the summer holidays. pre-booking tickets is essential. For more information call 01538 750755 or visit www.churnet-valley-railway.co.uk Advance booking essential – call 01538 758491

Saturday 25th August - Monday 27th August 2012

Climbing Wall at The Trentham Estate 11:00am - 5:00pm Stone Road, Trentham Test your limits on the climbing wall in the Gardens. Can you make it to the top? £2.50 for 2 climbs. (Additional to Garden admission) For more information call 01782 646646 or email enquiry@trentham.co.uk

Saturday 25th August - Monday 27th August 2012

RSPB Weekend at The Trentham Estate 10:30am - 15:30pm Stone Road, ST4 8AX For more information visit www.trentham.co.uk or tel 01782 646646

Sunday 26th August - Monday 27th August 2012

Teddy Bears Picnic at The Foxfield Railway Blythe Bridge, ST11 9BG Bring your own teddy for a chance to win a prize. For more information call 01782 259667 / 396210 or visit www.foxfieldrailway.co.uk

Sunday 26th August 2012

Discover Deep Hayes at Deep Hayes Country Park 10:30am - 15:30pm Nr Cheddleton Leek, Staffs, ST13 9QD Follow the trail map around the Park, find the clues and solve the code. Then return to the Centre to design your medal. Free Event. Meet at Deep Hayes Visitor Centre. For more information call 01538 387655

Monday 27th August 2012

August Bank Holiday Celebrations at Shugborough Hall Stone Town Brass Band and traditional bank holiday entertainment For more information or to book tel- 01889 881 388 or visit www.shugborough.org.uk

Tuesday 28th August 2012

Design a Photo Album Workshop at The Potteries Shopping Centre 10am - 4pm Quadrant Road, ST1 1RZ For more information tel- 01782 289822 or visitwww.potteries.uk.com

Tuesday 28th August - Friday 31st August 2012

Sussed out for Summer at Sudbury Hall and the National Trust Museum of Childhood 12pm - 4pm Sudbury, Ashbourne, DE6 5HT www.nationaltrust.org.uk/sudbury For more information call Property Secretary, 01283 585337, or emailsudburyhall@ nationaltrust.org.uk

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Competition & Offers

Families Staffordshire is 1 year old this issue and to celebrate we are running a ame s! ve ’ f r u s p r i z e o L h o t l i u r Fab ade w A ‘M ne of ou o Jus t

Great Summer Giveaway! For your chance to win one of these great prizes visit our competitions page at www.familiesstaffordshire.co.uk/Competitions

This one will be a bit different to our normal competitions as we will be running it like a raffle. (Full details of the prizes can be found on our competition page at www.familiesstaffordshire.co.uk/Competitions )

Here’s the low down on the 27 great prizes that we have up for grabs... • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

• • • •

W IN!

1 Family Ticket to Milkshake Live at Stafford Gatehouse Theatre on Wednesday 31st October 2012. 1 Family Weekend Pass to Stone Food and Drink Festival on 5th, 6th and 7th October 2012. 2 x Family passes to Lower Drayton Farm’s ‘Ultimate Farm Adventure *to be used before 2nd September. 2 x Family Tickets to Rooftop Studio’s Panto in Nov/Dec. 2 x Tickets for the Murder Mystery Evening at St. Leonards Club, Stafford on 7th September 2012. 1 x Family Ticket to Trentham Gardens. 1 x Family portrait sitting with a free 10 x 8 photo at In The Frame Studios, Stoke. 1 free place on the level 1 Photography day course with Townhouse Photographic. 1 x Reiki Session with Lorraine at Stafford Reiki. 2 x acupuncture sessions - choose either from a consultation and ‘starter treatment’ or a facial rejuvenation session with Registered acupuncturist Jemma Atherden, based in Stafford. Voucher for one free term of Music with Mummy Classes at Castle Church Hall, Newport Road, Stafford. Free catering for your child’s birthday party from La Creperie (up to 20 children). www.facebook.com/lacreperieco Free Slimmingworld Membership and 1st week’s class in Stafford. Monster Repellent Kid’s Room Cleansing Spray from Growing Spirit Kids. www.katebeddow.co.uk Gorgeous one off Duchess Satin baby girl’s dress in size 10-12months worth £40 made by designer Magdalena Lata. Voucher for a box of 6 beautiful cupcakes by Simply Scrumptious Cupcakes (alternatively the voucher can be used for cake-pops or towards a cake decorating class). www.simplyscrumptiouscupcakes.co.uk £10 gift voucher for Studio Crafts. www.qualitygoodies.co.uk Bumper pack of children’s colouring/craft supplies from Schoolcraft. www.school-craft.co.uk Beautiful handmade memory box by Dollys Mixtures. www.facebook.com/DollysMixtures A ‘Made with Love’ frame worth £50 which is a 10x8 frame, decorative mount and will fit a 5x7 photograph. (They will fit the photographs due to the delicate nature of the frames). www.facebook.com/MadeWithLoveFrames 3D effect frame, mount reads ‘FAMILY all because two people fell in love’ in red font (black frame) frame holds 6x4 picture. Made by Tanya at ‘Fit for a Queen’. www.fitforaqueen.co.nr Cream wire tea light holder with glass votive from Sweetpeas www.sweetpeasboutique2012.co.uk Copy of new book – ‘21 Ways to Manage the Stuff That Sucks Up Your Time’, written by mum, business coach and author Grace Marshall. Hot off the press, this little action-packed book is full of practical tips and techniques you can use to make the most of your time. http:// grace-marshall.com/21ways Personalised Pillow from Rachel’s Handmade Creations. Each pillow is individually hand sewn so patches will vary. www. rachelsxstitchcreations.co.uk 1 x tube of Forever Living Aloe Propolis , ideal for those little ones with eczema, from Emma Barker-Hall, Forever Living Distributor. Fairy Kisses or secret agent pack and pack of paper chains from Lorraine Boyle, Phoenix Trader www.phoenix-trading.eu/web/ lorraineboyle Kids cycle helmet from www.learningearly.co.uk

For your chance to win one of these great prizes visit our competitions page at www.familiesstaffordshire.co.uk/Competitions Terms and conditions apply Closing date Friday 31st August *unless otherwise stated.


Families Staffordshire Issue 7 July-August 2012  

Families Staffordshire Magazine for July and August 2012

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