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Staffordshire

Issue 11 Mar/Apr 2013

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20,000 copies Distributed throughout all ST postcodes in Staffordshire

What’s On Guide Local News Clubs and Classes Bumps & Beyond Great Competitions


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Welcome Letter from the Editor

Welcome

Is it really March already? I know I say it often, but I can’t quite believe how quick this year is going. I sat filling out the application form for my littlest to start nursery this September and I thought to myself that I must make sure that I have lots of quality time with him before he dons the uniform and I wave him through the school gates. There are so many great places that I can take him to locally that he hasn’t experienced yet and so I’m on a mission to try them all (well as many as I can fit into 28 Fridays anyway). If you need some inspiration for where to go and what to do why not check out our online directory at www.familiesstaffordshire.co.uk and don’t forget to book your tickets for our super fun packed family event on June 15th at Fenton Manor Sports Complex. More information on this can be found at www. staffordshirebump2fives.co.uk We hope to see you all there! I hope that you enjoy reading this issue and don’t forget to stay up to date with all of the Families news by ‘Liking’ us on Facebook www.facebook.com/ FamiliesStaffordshire. Take care and have fun!

Becky x

BECKY FAIRCLOUGH EDITOR

In this issue...

4 .......................................NEWS 6....................................HEALTH 8............................EASTER FUN 16.....................COMPETITIONS Editor: Becky Fairclough e-mail editor@familiesstaffordshire.co.uk Families Staffordshire PO Box 3501 Stoke-on-Trent ST4 9JX www.familiesstaffordshire.co.uk Tel: 07900925444

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News Do you need a ‘Big Cup’ full of kindness? Newcastle based Family Support Group ‘Big Cup’ is now up and running in its new location at Cornerstones Community Centre. Run by Alice Charity, from 30th January 2013 the group will meet each Wednesday from 11am-1pm (term time only) at Cornerstones Community Centre, High Street, Silverdale. Big Cup is run in a similar way to most toddler groups as there are plenty of activities to keep the children occupied including painting, musical time, play-doh, arts and crafts, as well as regular sessions from Jo Jingles. But the focus here isn’t just about the children, it’s about giving support to the adults, parent to parent. Sometimes parenting can feel overwhelming, and without a good support network in place every day can feel like such a struggle. Sometimes all you need is a friendly face, a good chat and a cuppa with other mums and dads that see life just like you do. Meeting people in the same situation can really make a difference. So pop along and join them at one of their sessions. There’s no cost involved, as each session is funded by Alice Charity. The children will get to enjoy a snack and drink and there’s free tea and toast for the adults too! For more information contact Alice Charity on either: Steph - 07598 179 440 & steph@alicecharity.com Emily - 07590 693 985 & emily@alicecharity.com Donna - 07565 158 427 & donna@alicecharity.com Or visit the website www.alicecharity.com

Lead to Change Easter Holiday Sessions from LeaderLab

LeaderLab are offering two days of animation, movie making and digital music workshops this Easter. They will take place on 2nd and 3rd of April 2013 at The Hub in Christchurch Street, Fenton, ST4 3AN times are 10:00 – 12:00 and 13:00 – 15:00. The workshops are open to anyone aged 7-12yrs and are £4 per session. Full days available by arrangement. To book or for more information call 01782 792422.

Happy Birthday to you! A soft play centre in Stone will be celebrating their 1st birthday this month and they have some exciting news to share with all their customers. ‘Come Into Play’, located on the Whitebridge Estate, Stone opened it’s doors on 25th March last year and since then they have gone from strength to strength, so much so that they have just extended their party area to try to accommodate the ever increasing number of party bookings. In March they will also be launching their dedicated 0-2s room, featuring tactile walls, mirrors, rocking flowers and much more. The room has been expertly designed to meet all of the physical and sensory needs of the little ones, whilst also focussing on safety. Owner Carun told us “we always listen to the feedback given to us by our customers and try to meet their needs wherever we can”.

To find out more information about Come Into Play ,including keeping up to date with all of their offers you can follow them on facebook or visit their website www.comeintoplay.co.uk

Creative dance and movement classes for boys and girls 5 months to 4 years old in Stafford and Haughton. For more information contact

Helen Yeomans of 07747 036422

momentum_dance_pilates@yahoo.co.uk www.momentumdancepilates.co.uk

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News

‘Up the POT TERS’

Potter, Designer and Entrepreneur, Emma Bridgewater visited St Dominic’s Priory School in Stone this January to officially open their new Science and Art Block. The development of the new Science Block, partially funded by our PFA, was at times reminiscent of the programme ‘Grand Designs’. The school’s PFA were invited as guests of honour, in acknowledgement of their hard work in raising money through a variety of events.

On arrival Emma donned a lab coat and formally opened the Science and Art Block. In attendance were the PFA, parents, staff and pupils. She then visited each classroom interacting with the pupils who enjoyed talking to her about their science curriculum. Emma then gave an inspiring and interesting talk in our Priory Hall which was packed, staff and pupils wanted to thank everyone for battling through the adverse weather conditions! Emma discussed her designs, business and belief in British manufacturing. She engaged the pupils who asked lots of interesting questions and were truly motivated by her enthusiasm and ‘joie de vivre’. For more news and information from St Dominic’s Priory visit www.stdominicspriory.co.uk

Stoke kids wow the crowds in Stage Show

Olivia

In January a cast of 40 talented youngsters took to the Stoke Reperatory stage in the midlands premiere of an original musical ‘OLIVIA’.

Mother’s Day Treats from ‘Say it Personally’

Forget saying it with flowers. Gift company ‘Say it Personally’ has an unique solution for Mother’s Day presents. The company specialises in unique, quality gifts with a difference, delivered to the door to make any occasion extra special.

We especially like this “Deluxe Sock Bouquet” which looks like a stunning bouquet of flowers, but unwraps to reveal five pairs of ladies’ ankle socks featuring pretty hearts and polka dot designs. The bouquet is made up with silk flowers, foliage and even a butterfly! If you’re on a smaller budget they also have cute “Choc & Sock Bouquets” and “Fizzing Feet Bouquets” in various designs. Their new range for 2013 also includes unusual gift sets such as Deluxe Chilli-Chocolate, Mum’s Coffee Time, and the tongue-in-cheek “Hiccupping Housework”. All ideal presents for Mum. If you know an expectant mum, why not make her first “Mothers Day” with something from their range of baby gifts and bouquets like their Sunshine Bouquet - finalist of the Gift of the Year 2013?

www.sayitpersonally.co.uk Tel: (01482) 638355

‘Olivia’ is the female adaptation of ‘Oliver’ with a mix of other well-loved characters, such as Fagin & Dodger, Sherlock Holmes & Dr Watson and Scrooge. It offers a splash of ‘Annie’, a sprinkling of ‘My Fair Lady’ and a slice of ‘Sweeney Todd’. The script is both heart-warming and exceptionally funny with a score full of completely original, toe tapping tunes. The talented cast of ‘Olivia’ ranged from as young as 6 up to 16 years. All the children successfully auditioned for parts back in October and had been tirelessly rehearsing their lines, songs and dance routines every weekend and during the week to make ‘Olivia’ a roaring success. The Musicals creative team were made up of local professionals; directed by Actress Victoria Gotham, Choreography by Laura-Ann Smith and Musical Direction by Ashley Mellor. Laura-Ann who is principal of both defy Gravity studios and Stagecoach Stoke-on-Trent has already booked another week at Stoke Rep Theatre next year to put on a similar production. The cast of Olivia were drama students of either, Defy Gravity Studios, Tunstall or Stagecoach Stoke-onTrent based in Trentham. To get involved in Drama and other productions call 01782 821195 or visit www.defygravity.co.uk

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For information on Stagecoach call 01782 412239 or visit www.stagecoach.co.uk/stoke-on-trent

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Health

from Kate Beddow at Growing Spirit Kids I am a big fan of natural living and particularly natural parenting, so when I found a recipe online the other week for homemade toothpaste which I knew the kids could help make, we decided to have a go.

Before we begin with any activity we always gather our materials together.

You will need: a clean pot with a screw on lid a tea spoon for stirring a measuring teaspoon for measuring! a small bowl peppermint essential oil (or another essence if you prefer Daniel used Bergamot and loves it!)

xylitol (a natural sugar substitute which comes from

How to: Mix 2 teaspoons of coconut oil with 1 teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda, 2 teaspoons of xylitol & 6 drops of peppermint oil (or other ingestible essential oil) until blended thoroughly and the mixture forms a paste. Pop it into your pot and use by dipping your toothbrush in to the pot and getting a tiny amount.

So why make your own toothpaste? Well, it’s fun, it’s cheap, it’s 100% natural, it doesn’t have any fluoride (which research has shown is very damaging to brain development), it encourages the kids to use it, it makes your teeth feel AMAZING!

birch trees, available at health food stores and online)

But most importantly, wait for it, it can actually

bicarbonate of soda

reverse wear to enamel and even repair small

coconut oil

cavities over time.

(available in some supermarkets, health food stores

How?

and online)

Well don’t rely on me for the science bit there are many websites explaining it but I found this one very accessible www.xylitol.org/dental-benefits-of-xylitol. What are you waiting for?

Booking NOW Challenging activities to build your child's conndence and develop their leadership skills. Places available at our new Stoke -on-Trent Centre, for children aged 4-6 and 7-12yrs 01782 792422 www.leaderlab.org.uk admin@leaderlab.org.uk

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Health

Put the Spring back in your step -the alternative way By Lorraine Conkey – Stafford Reiki

Well spring is finally here and time for you to unwrap yourself from those layers of clothing, place your woolly tights in the bottom draw and fling your fur lined boots to the back of the wardrobe. Embrace the spring, the season of rebirth and renewal is here. Relieving you from the dank and dreary winter months can be hard emotionally and physically the depressive feelings that some of us face during those cold winter months can be all consuming. What to do? A great solution to give you that boost of energy is turning to alternative therapy. In this day and age of pill popping people are turning to alternative ways of treatment, no longer wanting to cover the real issue or problem with anti-depressants or sleeping pills refusing to accept or trying to stop the dependency and side effects they cause. Now it’s possible in some cases with your GP knowledge and ‘blessing’ to actually to get to the root of the issues or problems and be able to throw those pills away through experiencing the alternative path. There are so many therapies to choose from how you know which will suit you best and not a waste of your hard earned cash.

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irstly, decide whether you want a massage or energy type of therapy. Reflexology, aromatherapy, Reiki, kinesiology, acupuncture, acupressure, the list seems endless. So how do you know where to start? One major point of advice would be either go to some who is recommended or look up a qualified accredited therapist near you via www.reikifed.com or www.fht.org.uk/

Here is a quick overview on a few: Reflexology

Aromatherapy

Reiki

involves the physical act of applying pressure to certain areas or zones on the feet, hands, or ears. It is based on the theory that these zones correspond to specific organs, glands, and other parts of the body. For example:

uses essential oils and other aromatic plant compounds which are aimed at improving a person’s health or mood. Aromatherapy is generally applied in one of three ways:

s a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It is administered by "laying on hands" and is based on the idea that an unseen "life force energy" flows through us and is what causes us to be alive. If one's "life force energy" is low, then we are more likely to get sick or feel stress, and if it is high, we are more capable of being happy and healthy.

The tips of the toes reflect the head The heart and chest are around the ball of the foot The liver, pancreas and kidney are in the

Direct inhalation - the person breaths the evaporating oils straight in. This is commonly used for respiratory disinfection, decongestion, as well as for psychological benefits.

arch of the foot

Aerial diffusion - the oils evaporate into the air. The aim is to give the air a specific fragrance or to disinfect it.

Reflexology is a therapy which can be received by anyone at any age, from newborn babies to those receiving end of life care, and everyone in between.

Topical applications - applied onto the skin. Commonly used for massage, baths, and therapeutic skin care.

It usually takes a couple of sessions to fully alleviate long term issues but even one can give you a sense of well being, try it you might like it.

‘An exciting, educational and fun way to exercise safely in pregnancy’

Educational discussions Classes in Alsager and Crewe. For women between 12 & 30wks pregnant. To join call 0845 544 2588 or visit www.iqtherapies.com info@iqtherapies.com

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Easter Fun

Enjoy a Wild Life with Staffordshire Wildlife Trust Where did you play as a child? What started your interest in the natural world? Chances are you will have played in a place near to your home that was outside. So that’s exactly what Staffordshire Wildlife Trust is doing with Wildplay, giving children the chance to explore nature near their own front door. Their sessions are designed so that children can explore the natural world through play with lots of exciting activities such as den building, fire lighting, scavenger hunts, orienteering, games, crafts and much much more. They have sessions taking place in all the holidays at venues across Staffordshire including Stoke and Rugeley. As well as having lots of holidays activities Staffordshire Wildlife Trust have lots more for children and families to get involved with. The Nature Tots sessions are aimed at under 5’s and are a fantastic way for young families to enjoy wildlife together with crafts, stories and outdoor exploration. They offer programmes for schools, wildlife watch groups which meet monthly and have a number of visitor centres and nature reserves to explore. Spring is a great time to get outdoors and explore wildlife, with lots of exciting things to see and do right on your doorstep. To help you and your family on your way to become top wildlife detectives Staffordshire Wildlife Trust have launched a brand new webpage to help families discover wildlife and the outdoors independently. The new page will give families some great inspiration and ideas of things to do each month. Coming up in March and April there will be scavenger hunts to discover and spot the first signs of spring as winter disappears, and we start to see new spring flowers and birds making nests. The March activity will include organising a Mad Hatters Tea Party Picnic with a trip to see real Mad March Hares boxing in the fields. Don’t worry if you don’t know the difference between a hare and a rabbit the webpage will be complete with information a fact sheet of common differences. People and Wildlife Officer Claire Williams said

“We are really passionate about getting children and families outdoors to explore and think that this new webpage will be a great resource to inspire them.” Why not be inspired yourself and check out their new webpage at www.staffs-wildlife.org.uk/page/top-ideas-for-families. For details of other events and sessions please visit www.staffs-wildlife.org.uk or email education@staffs-wildlife.org.uk

Easter Fun Facts! Easter was originally a pagan festival – the ancient Saxons celebrated spring with a party in honour of its goddess, Eastre. The Easter bunny also originated with the pagan festival of Eastre, as she was worshipped by the Anglo-Saxons through her earthly symbol, the rabbit.

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The first documented use of the bunny as a symbol of Easter appears in Germany in the 1500s, and it was the Germans who made the first edible Easter bunnies in the 1800s.

Eggs are a symbol of rebirth in most cultures and had already been given as springtime gifts before Easter was first celebrated by Christians. Eggs are coloured brightly to symbolise the sunlight of spring. Medieval records note that eggs were often given as Easter gifts to servants by their masters. The most ornate Easter eggs are probably the jewelled and enamelled eggs that Fabergé was made for the Russian tsars.

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What’s on Easter Weekend Sunday 31st March 2013

Friday 29th March - Monday 1st April 2013 Easter Egg Trail at Biddulph Grange Gardens 11am - 5pm Grange Road, ST8 7SD For more information visit- www.nationaltrust.org.uk or tel- 01782 517999

Easter Eggstravaganza at Kinver Edge and the Rock Houses

11am - 4pm Holy Austin Rock House, DY7 6DL Easter Egg Trail plus a Little Chicks Trail for under 5’s. Search for Easter Bunny and collect a chocolatey treat For more information call Community Engagement Officer, 07920181605 or visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk

Sunday 31st March 2013 Easter in the Park at Longton Park (Queens Park) Trentham Road, Dresden, ST3 4AZ For more details please contact Mike Barnes on 07850 939611

Easter Activities at Emma Bridgewater Factory

Sunday 31st March - Monday 1st April 2013

Friday 29th & Saturday 30th March 2013

Teddy Bear Easter Egg Hunt at The Foxfield Railway

Easter Bunny Hunt at Hoo Farm

Craft Fair

Check out the website for more details www.foxfieldrailway.co.uk

Telford, TF6 6DJ For more information visit www.hoofarm.com  or tel 01952 677917

For the grownups during Easter be inspired and delighted by our craft fair, browse the selection of locally handcrafted gifts and take home something unique.

Easter Egg Steam Train at Rudyard Lake Steam Railway

Eggciting Easter Trails at Moseley Old Hall

Saturday 30th March 2013

Rudyard Road, ST13 8PF Easter Egg Steam trains run daily March 29th to April 1st No booking needed For more information call 01538 306704

Saturday 30th March - Monday 1st April 2013 Easter Special at Churnet Valley Railway

Steam trains running on the 30th, 31st March  & 1st For more information visit www.churnet-valley-railway.co.uk

Sunday 31st March - Monday 1st April 2013

11:30 am - 4pm Last admission time: 3.30pm Per Item £2.50 (per trail) For more information call The Property Office on 01902 782808 or email moseleyoldhall@nationaltrust.org.uk

Sunday 31st March 2013 Easter Eggstravaganza at Kinver Edge and the Rock Houses

11am - 4pm Holy Austin Rock House, DY7 6DL Easter Egg Trail plus a Little Chicks Trail for under 5’s. For more information call Community Engagement Officer, 07920181605 or visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk

Easter Bake Off Competition For all you aspiring bakers, join our Emma Bridgewater Bake Off and create your finest Easter Cake to enter in our competition. Judging will take place at 3pm on Saturday 30th March and there will be a prize for the winner.

Friday 29th March to Wednesday 10th April 2013 As always there’s lots happening at the factory over Easter. We’re offering free decorating time in the studio for all children wearing an Easter Bonnet (with a prize for the best one) and opportunities to decorate egg cups, biscuits and papier-mache.

Easter Bunny Hunt at Hoo Farm Telford, TF6 6DJ For more information visit www.hoofarm.com or tel 01952 677917

Eggciting Easter Trails at Moseley Old Hall

11:30 am - 4pm Last admission time: 3.30pm Per Item £2.50 (per trail) For more information call The Property Office on 01902 782808 or email moseleyoldhall@nationaltrust.org.uk

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Bumps & Beyond

Real Nappies…Real Change This year’s Real Nappy Week takes place 15 to 21 April, with the theme of ‘Real Nappies... Real Change!’ to inspire a new generation of parents to make the change. This year you can get stuck in by taking part in The Great Cloth Diaper Change on 20 April at 11am local time, and be part of a world record breaking attempt for the most Real Nappies changed simultaneously.

On 21 April join in Real Clean and hang a chain of washing up in your garden, as others will do up and down the land.

There are loads of events taking place across the country during Real Nappy Week, where you can meet people who use Real Nappies, get great advice as well as get your hands on nappies to see how they work.

Find out about the latest events in your area at

www.goreal.org.uk/real-nappy-week.

Get FIT with FitBack and Bumps FitBack and Bumps is an exciting, educational and fun way to exercise safely in pregnancy. Run by Chartered physiotherapists, this educational exercise programme teaches you to work the core stability muscles for improved posture and management of mild back and pelvic pain. FitBack and Bumps consists of four one hour sessions run weekly. Each week has an educational discussion topic covering the changing body during pregnancy, safe exercise during pregnancy, the role of the pelvic floor and positions for labour. Each discussion is interactive and responds to group need so we have a chat about any concerns and try to explain why changes happen during pregnancy. Everyone receives an information pack with the weekly discussion topics and exercise cards for continuation at home. The sessions are run in very small groups in a safe and friendly environment in Alsager and Crewe. Anyone interested should be between 12 and 30 weeks pregnant and will be asked to complete a screening questionnaire prior to joining the programme. We would love to welcome you to the fantastic new FitBack and Bumps programme at iQ Therapies,

Please contact us on 0845 544 2588, info@iqtherapies.com or look on our website at www.iqtherapies.com

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Peek at Postcodes

PEEK AT POSTCODES Our new feature ‘Peek at Postcodes’ will be looking at some of the best things for families in the area. This could be local businesses, picnic spots, parks, anything really that a family might like to know about. This issue we are looking at two Family Friendly restaurants on

the Talke Road ST7 and ST5 Miller & Carter Steakhouse is situated on the A34 Talke Road on the site of the former Harecastle Farm. Its stunning décor and and sophisticated ‘young diners menu’ offers an alternative family dining experience. Too often I find that pubs and restaurants marketed as ‘Family Friend’ have a children’s menu that is made up with the idea in mind that children only like very basic food, namely something with chips. Sausage and chips, nuggets and chips, burger and chips, pizza and chips, chips, chips and more chips and although I am sure that this may be the case for some, what happens if, like our children they prefer something a little more exciting? Miller & Carter have answered our prayers and stepped out of the box. They have designed a ‘young diners menu’ that reflects the choices that are available in the main menu, with starters such as Crispy Dusted Calamari and Buffalo Chicken wings. The theme continues throughout the menu with main courses like 4oz Rump Steak and Cherry Tomato Linguine and deserts such as Glazed Clotted Cream Rice Pudding or Winter Berry Eton Mess. The only thing that could be improved upon would be the availability of drinks suitable for the little ones, as my 2yr old was given a drink in a very large glass. So I would suggest that if you do have a young child you take your own beaker. There is a small gated outdoor beer garden that although doesn’t have any play equipment, is a safe area for the children to run around in, enabling you to take advantage of the warmer weather. If you do choose to sit indoors there are plenty of high chairs and booster seats, but management did tell us that it is advisable to book if you are choosing to join them in the evening, otherwise there can be quite a wait for a table (which isn’t great with young children).

Taybarns professes to be ‘The Ultimate Eatery’ and is a very differentexperience to Miller & Carter.

Taybarns feels relaxed with a busy and vibrant atmosphere, it’s somewhere that you can take the kids to without worrying if they are chatting loudly or fidgeting and no matter what your taste in food there is something for everyone. Taybarns is an all you can eat buffet where you can help yourself to a wide variety of different foods from Indian, Italian, Chinese, soup and salads bar, chip shop, grill house and Carvery Corner. There is also a huge selection of hot and cold deserts and refillable soft drinks. It’s a great way of encouraging the kids to try something new, because if they don’t like something they can simply grab a clean plate and try something else. My youngest had a plate full of melon and sausages. Something he would never have been allowed to have at home, but it was what he wanted and he ate every mouthful.

For more information on Taybarns visit www.taybarns.com or call 01782 578900

For more information on Miller & Carter visit www.millerandcarter.co.uk or call 01782 776676

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Clubs & Classes

Lots of FUNdamentals at Stafford Gymnastics Centre FUNdamentals is more than just an introduction to gymnastics. It is an opportunity for parents to interact with young children in an active, safe and fun environment. Classes produce plenty of smiles and provide all-round benefits, for both of you. The programme has been specially designed by British Gymnastics and early years specialists to stimulate and engage children from 18 months, and introduce them to physical activity. Emma Edensor is manager at Stafford Gymnastics Centre and runs the FUNdamentals programme; “It’s such a unique opportunity for parents to really interact with their child, and do something that benefits them physically with the reassurance they’re in safe hands. We’re lucky to have a brand-new purpose build facility, dedicated to FUNdamentals during the day, so children are safe and focused.” Instructors are specially trained and tailor each 45-minute session to the development needs of the age group. By using soft-play and basic gymnastics equipment they help to develop essential coordination skills and build physical strength. “During a class, I also work with parents to teach them how to take parts of the session home. I try to arm them with the knowledge and skills to bring physical movement into everyday life.” However, it’s not just about getting active with your little one, FUNdamentals is a perfect opportunity for pre-schoolers to explore the world around them. The programme is made up of 16 themes, such as weather, healthy eating and seaside, which change with each course. They will be tiptoeing along rainbows, jumping in puddles or going whenever else their imagination takes them. Funky Cat is the central character of the programme and with the help of his friends he guides children on their journey. Springy, Steady, Speedy, Stretchy, Sporty and Swingy each have their own strong-point and help children to identify physical skills and pin-point their own strengths. At the end of each course, they receive badges, certificates and medals as a reward for their progress, give them a confidence boost and inspire them to learn more. Classes are a chance for young children to meet new friends and develop essential social and emotional skills. Simple things, such as waiting their turn, taking instructions from other adults and communicating with their peers, all benefit them in every area of their lives as they grow up. There’s never been a more fun and engaging way to teach little ones essential life skills.

For further information on Stafford Gymnastics Centre and their classes visit: www.staffordgymnasticscentre.com or call 01785 251519 If you are interested in a fun gymnastics class for your little one, but you are too far north of Stafford, you could also try Balance and Beam Gymnastics Centre, based in Festival Park, Stoke-on-Trent. See their website www.balanceandbeam.co.uk

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Get a HEAD start

Our head teachers’ column written by Harvey Trump - Head Teacher at St Dominic’s High School for Girls & St Dominic’s Prep School, Brewood.

Give a little respect Respecting each other is an issue that we hear echoed in the media, more recently through new equality laws, in schools and from us as parents when we are talking to our children. But do we talk about it too much so it becomes meaningless to our young people as they grow and develop? I think not; as an educationalist, respect for others is the basis of good relationships. Babies and young children learn who they are and what they can do as they develop relationships. Not only this, but through friendships they learn to respect different viewpoints and customs and develop interpersonal skills. In any setting or at home this can only be done if they are in a happy, supportive and caring environment.

Pony Parties Pony Ride Pony Experience We are now providing a new service offering Shetland pony parties & experiences suitable for the younger child aged 2-10 approx. The ponies are well handled & friendly. 3miles from Leek directly off the A523 Leek to Ashbourne Rd Safety is paramount, your event will be supervised by experienced handlers and safety hats will be provided which all riders must wear. Beaver Hall , Leek, Staffs ST13 7EZ Tel 01538 304433 www.beaverhall.co.uk

Our interactions as teachers, supervisors, nursery nurses or parents are reflected in our children’s actions as they use us as role models for behaviour and through this they learn to develop their knowledge and understanding to begin to respect the world around them. It is important to find time to allow your child to socialise. Research suggests that friendships develop from as early as two years of age. This mutual respect and understanding therefore underpins their development so that friendships flourish. They can then go on to accomplish more as they receive positive reinforcement for their behaviour and the beginning of an understanding about their own unique characteristics. As parents we can be proactive by sharing and talking as we read and discuss images that look at feelings. There are many feelings books that are available (see list below). Alternatively, just a simple heart to heart discussion to help our young people understand it’s alright to feel like that, so they grow to understand and respect their own feelings as well as those around them.

Great books for you & your child Michael Rosen’s ‘Sad Book’ ‘Little Mouse’s Big Book of Fears‘ by Emily Gravett ‘I Like Being ME: Poems for Children about Feeling Special, Appreciating Others, and Getting along’ by Judy Lalli and Douglas L Mason-Fry.

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Westpoint Park FC Indoor Football coaching & training for boys and girls aged 5-11yrs NCHS The Science College Gallowstree Lane, Newcastle 6.30pm – 7.30pm Fridays Only £2.00 per session. Indoor football during winter months with provision for outdoor during summer (weather permitting). Fully qualified coach to FA level 2. All staff CRB checked. Everybody welcome – only requirements are training shoes and shin pads HAVE FUN - IMPROVE FITNESS - GAIN CONFIDENCE - MAKE FRIENDS

Call 07725 107 304 or 07952 618113 for details Directions

From Newcastle take the Keele Road to the large roundabout and take the first left. Go past the Dick Turpin Pub on your right. The school entrance is second gate on the right after the pub.

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What’s on

March Saturday 2nd and Sunday 9th March 2013

Handmade is Hot for Mother’s Day in Litchfield 9.00am - 5.00pm Minster Pool Walk, Speakers corner & Dam Street, Lichfield. WS13 6AE For more information call 07825215955

Saturday 2nd March 2013

Vintage Collectables Fair 10.00am - 3.00pm Avon Community Centre, Avon road Cannock

Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd March 2013

Make Mum a Special Tea Towel for Mother’s Day at Emma Bridgewater Lichfield Street, ST1 3EJ Mums go FREE at the Decorating Studio with every full paying child. For more information visit www.emmabridgewaterfactory.co.uk or call 01782 201328

Sunday 3rd March 2013

Baby and Child Table top Sale at St Luke’s Primary 10am - 12pm Pepper St, Silverdale, ST5 6QJ Tables are £5 and admission is free, school will be open from 9 for stall sellers, refreshments available. For more info call 01782 297445.   Bird Box Building at Park Hall Country Park 10:00 to 15:00 Hulme Road, Weston Coyney, ST3 5BH The event is held at the Visitor Centre For more info or to book call 01782 331889

Tuesday 5th March 2013

Hullabaloo - Baby Disco at Meir Library 14:00 to 15:00 Sandon Road, ST3 7DJ Part of a week-long celebration of babies, toddlers and pre schoolers in Stoke-on-Trent Libraries. Children under 8 years must be accompanied. For more info call 01782 237559

Tuesday 5th - Wednesday 6th March 2013 Moscow State Circus at The Regent Theatre 5.00pm and 8.00pm showings Piccadilly, ST1 1AP For more info call 0844 871 7649.

Wednesday 6th March 2013

Hullabaloo - The Animal Boogie at Stoke Library 10:30 to 11:30 London Road, ST4 7QE Children under 8 years must be accompanied. For more info call 01782 238446

Sunday 10th March 2013

Hullabaloo - Musical Mayhem at Trentham Library 10:30 to 11:30 Trentley Road, ST4 8PH Children under 8 years must be accompanied. For more info call 01782 235968

Mothers Day at Wedgewood Vistors Centre 11am until 3pm Treat your Mum to High Tea or our 3 Course Carvery in the Wedgwood Tearoom ‘Each Mum receives a free Wedgwood Gift’ Bookings are now being taken. Please call 01782 282413 or restaurant.email@wwrd.com

Thursday 7th March 2013

Nanas Vintage Fair at LRV SU Staffs Uni 12.00 - 5.00 For more information email nanasvintagefair@yahoo.com

Mums Go Free on Mothers Day at The Trentham Estate Stone Road, ST4 8AX Mums gain free admission to Trentham Gardens when accompanied by a paying guest. www.trentham.co.uk or tel 01782 646646

Hullabaloo - Diddi Dance at City Central Library 10am - 10:30am Storytime session 1 1am - 11:45am - Diddi dance Bethesda Street, Hanley, ST1 3RS Children under 8 years must be accompanied. For more info call 01782 238455

Mothers Day Lunch at Churnet Valley Railway Join us aboard our dining train for a special treat for Mum For more information visit www.churnet-valley-railway.co.uk

Friday 8th March 2013

Hullabaloo - Bhangra Tots at Longton Library 11:00 to 12:00 Sutherland Institute, Lightwood Road, ST3 4HY For more information call 01782 238424

Afternoon Tea at the Factory Café at Emma Bridgewater Lichfield Street, ST1 3EJ Bring your Mum to the café on the day and for £10 you can treat her to Afternoon Tea (served from 11am until we close) and we’ll also present her with a bunch of daffodils. Advance booking is recommended! For more information visit  www.emmabridgewaterfactory.co.uk or call 01782 201328

Hullabaloo - Diddi dance at Bentilee Library 11:00 to 11:45 Bentilee Neighbourhood Centre, Dawlish Drive, Bentilee, ST2 0EU For more information call 01782 231315

Saturday 16th - Sunday 17th March 2013

Hullabaloo - Jo Jingles at Tunstall Library 11:15 to 12:15 Victoria Institute, The Boulevard, ST6 6DB For more information call 01782 238471

If you go down to the woods... at Moseley Old Hall 12pm - 4pm Fun woodland activities designed for the whole family to enjoy.  For more information call The Property Office on 01902 782808 or email moseleyoldhall@nationaltrust.org.uk

Saturday 9th March 2013

Table Top Sale at Longton Central Hall 9:00 am to 12:00 pm The Strand, ST3 2JH Tables selling various goods with proceeds going to church funds.

Mathmagical! at Biddulph Grange Gardens 11am - 3:30 pm Grange Road, ST8 7SD Count and find plants and features in the garden to follow the trail and break the code! www.nationaltrust.org.uk or tel- 01782 517999

Charity Car Boot sale 9am - 12 noon. Whitfield Valley Centre, Fegg Hayes Road, Stoke on Trent. £5 to book a pitch. Stalls inside if the weather is bad. For more information call 01782 878843.

Saturday 16th March 2013

Lambing at Hoo Farm Telford, TF6 6DJ With Lambs being born everyday till April 14th 2012. www.hoofarm.com or tel 01952 677917

Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th March 2013

Make Mum a Special Tea Towel for Mothers Day at Emma Bridgewater Lichfield Street, ST1 3EJ Mums go FREE at the Decorating Studio with every full paying child. www.emmabridgewaterfactory.co.uk or call 01782 201328

Wednesday 20th March – Thursday 21st March 2013 Beauty and the Beast at St Dominic’s Priory School Priory Hall, Station Road, Stone. 7pm Adults £6, Children under 18yrs £4 Box Office 01785 814181 enquiries@st-dominicspriory.staffs.sch.uk

Monster Madness! at Biddulph Grange Gardens 11am - 3:30 pm Grange Road, ST8 7SD

While every care has been taken to compile the listings in this magazine, please remember that it is printed weeks in advance of the events. Therefore it is always best to call and check the events with the venue to avoid any disappointment.

Saturday 23rd March 2013

Staffordshire Wildlife Trust at Bentilee Library 11:00 to 12:00 Bentilee Neighbourhood Centre, Dawlish Drive, ST2 0EU Suitable for age 5-11. Children under 8 years must be accompanied. For more info call 01782 231315

Saturday 23rd March 2013

Made With Love Easter Bonanza 12.00 - 4.00 Pye Green Community Centre, Hednesford Craft Fair. There will be gifts, a raffle, face painting, glitter tattoos and much more....... www.facebook.com/ForYouMadeWithLove Community Tree Planting Day with The Woodland Trust at The Trentham Estate Stone Road, ST4 8AX £3.00 Garden entry for all tree planters! Call 0844 334 5403 or emaildominicsweeting@woodlandtrust.org.uk.

Friday 29th March 2013

Mini disco at Funster Stoke 4pm - 8pm Poulson Street, ST4 1NF Last friday of every month. Mini disco till 6pm then the DJ will turn up the beat till 8pm. £4.50 per child www.funstersplaycentres.co.uk or call 01782414411

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What’s on

April Monday 1st April 2013

Easter Eggstravaganza at Kinver Edge and the Rock Houses 11am - 4pm Holy Austin Rock House, DY7 6DL Easter Egg Trail plus a Little Chicks Trail for under 5’s.  Search for Easter Bunny and collect a chocolatey treat For more information call Community Engagement Officer, 07920181605 or visitwww.nationaltrust.org.uk

Sunday 7th April 2013

NANAS VINTAGE FAIR -’a BIG VINTAGE FASHION FAIR’ at Fatcats 12.00 - 5.00 Back at FatCats and Back to TWO floors and filling every single nuck and cranny with fabulous vintage clothing and accessories. Mix this up with some funky beats/ a delightful little tea room selling traditional cake, cocktail bar and FREE entry and it surely the only way to spend your Sunday. For more information email nanasvintagefair@yahoo.com Douglas Macmillan Hospice Family 5k Ruby Walk and Ruby Run on The Wedgewood Estate Come and join in the fun with family workshops, have a go activities with the opportunity to make your own piece of Wedgwood and enter our Easter paint a plate competition, Easter Egg hunt, free activity packs and more... For more information about the work that the DMH do and details of how to enter, please visit their website www. dmhospice.org.uk

Tuesday 9th April and Wednesday 10th April 2013

Mad as a Hatter at The Potteries Museum and Art Gallery 10:30 to 15:00 Bethesda Street, City Centre, ST1 3DW Make a wacky creation to wear on your head. All children to be accompanied by an adult, groups of 10 or more children please book in advance. Drop-in 10.30am - 12.30pm and 1.15pm - 3pm. For more information call 01782 232323

Tuesday 9th April and Wednesday 10th April 2013

Mad as a Hatter at The Potteries Museum and Art Gallery 10:30 to 15:00 Bethesda Street, City Centre, ST1 3DW Make a wacky creation to wear on your head. All children to be accompanied by an adult, groups of 10 or more children please book in advance.  For more information call 01782 232323

Tuesday 9th April 2013

Kids Food is Fun Day at Brown and Green at The Trentham Estate 10am - 4pm Stone Road, ST4 8AX Tastings, hands on activities, quiz, competitions - join us and our friendly food producers for a fun and informative day.All activities are free, bookings for some activities required For more information and bookings call 01782 641976 or e-mail info@brown-and-green.co.uk

Wednesday 10th April 2013

Alice in Wonderland Day at The Potteries Museum and Art Gallery 10:30 to 16:00 Bethesda Street, City Centre, ST1 3DW For more information call 01782 232323

Thursday 11th April 2013

Easter Geocaching at Kinver Edge and the Rock Houses 11am - 4pm Holy Austin Rock House, DY7 6DL Join the hi-tech treasure hunting game and search for hidden treasure boxes, each one filled with an Easter themed activity. Group £10 For more information call Community Engagement Officer, 07920181605 or visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk

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Kids Car Boot at NCHS The Science College  (Formally Sneyd High School) 09:00 to 12:00 Gallowstree Lane, ST5 2QZ Doors open to customers at 10am. Open until 12 noon. For more information call Sacha Medina on 07702 272668

Saturday 20th April - Sunday 21st April 2013

If you go down to the woods... at Moseley Old Hall 12pm - 4pm Fun woodland activities designed for the whole family to enjoy.  For more information call The Property Office on 01902 782808 or email moseleyoldhall@nationaltrust.org.uk Parish of Audley Medieval Society present their 4th Medieval & Community Fair 2013 11am until 5pm Audley Millennium Green, ST7 8DH  Admission is FREE. Bookworm Weekend at Biddulph Grange Garden 11:30 am - 5:30 pm Grange Road, ST8 7SD Join us for a weekend of story telling and story making! For more information visit- www.nationaltrust.org.uk  or tel- 01782 517999

Sunday 21st April 2013

Ramble with a Ranger at Kinver Edge and the Rock Houses 10am - 1pm Holy Austin Rock House, DY7 6DL A 6 mile guided ramble with one of our Rangers who help look after Kinver Edge.All Tickets £2 For more information call Community Engagement Officer, 07920181605 or visitwww.nationaltrust.org.uk

Saturday 13th April 2013

Tuesday 23rd April - Sunday 28th April 2013

Table Top Sale at Longton Central Hall 9:00 am to 12:00 pm The Strand, ST3 2JH Tables selling various goods proceeds to church funds.

The Moscow State Circus at Shugborough Estate Milford, ST17 0XB For more information, show times or to book tel- 01889 881 388 or visit www.shugborough.org.uk

Charity Car Boot sale 9am - 12 noon. Whitfield Valley Centre, Fegg Hayes Road, Stoke on Trent. Proceeds to Chell Area Family Action Group. £5 to book a pitch. Stalls inside if the weather is bad. For more information call 01782 878843.

Friday 26th April 2013

Saturday 13th April - Sunday 14th April 2013

See Page 9 for our Easter What’s on

Sunday 14th April 2013

Foxeys Family Fun Weekend at The Foxfield Railway For more information check out their website www.foxfieldrailway.co.uk

Saturday 13th April 2013

The Chuckle Brothers at The Regent Theatre 2.00pm Piccadilly, ST1 1AP In this new adventure The Chuckle Brothers Meet The Phantom!  For more information and ticket prices call 0844 871 7649.

Funky Friday, Mini disco at Funster Stoke 4pm - 8pm Poulson Street, ST4 1NF Kids disco last friday of every month. Mini disco till 6pm then the DJ will turn up the beat till 8pm. £4.50 per child For more information visit www.funstersplaycentres.co.uk or call 01782414411

Saturday 27th April - Sunday 28th April 2013

1940’s Weekend at Churnet Valley Railway Relive the celebrations as a nation rejoices at the prospect of peace when the Churnet Valley Railway turns back the clock to the 1940’s over the weekend. Join us as we step back in time as we recreate scenes and memories of a nation coping with day to day life in war time Britain. For more information visit www.churnet-valley-railway.co.uk

Sunday 14th April 2013

Kids Car Boot at NCHS The Science College  (Formally Sneyd High School) 09:00 to 12:00 Gallowstree Lane, ST5 2QZ Doors open to customers at 10am. Open until 12 noon. For more information call Sacha Medina on 07702 272668

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COMPET IT IONS

This Easter we have some great prizes to give away. WIN

Kärcher Steam Cleaner SC 2.500C worth £229.99! Kärcher’s steam cleaners can be used throughout the house and are engineered to clean deeper without chemicals, making them a natural and environmentally-friendly solution that provides a family-friendly alternative from chemical cleaners that aggravate allergies and are harmful to children. The range of steamers are proven to cut through everyday dirt and stains to leave your surfaces sparkling in seconds, making light work of tough, baked-on oven grease, stubborn carpet stains, limescale and mould on bathroom tiles as well everyday dirt on laminate floorings using just tap water!

If you’d like to find out more you can visit www.karcher.co.uk or call 01295 752200 to find your nearest stockist.

WIN

A Cord Lock Away Child Safety Wand

Many parents don’t realise the risks posed to toddlers and mobile babies by looped blind cords. Unfortunately, 12 young children have died in UK homes in the last two years alone, from window blind cord strangulation.

Cord Lock Away is the only safety device that doesn’t need screwing into the wall and raises the cord out of harm’s way, without affecting operation of the blind. It is universal for all continuous looped cords and beaded chains and is recommended for every window blind in the home, not just a child’s room.

Available from John Lewis, it comes in two sizes, one for windows and one for patio doors.

We have 10 Cord Lock Away child safety wands to give away!

WIN

A stunning personalised ceramic egg from Emma Bridgewater worth £60.00

The Ceramic Egg will be the latest addition to the Emma Bridgewater personalised collection, making it the perfect gift this Easter. The beautiful box makes it easy to wrap too! For more information on Emma Bridgewater including all of their Easter Activities visit www.emmabridgewaterfactory.co.uk

To enter any of these fantastic competitions just visit www.familiesstaffordshire.co.uk/Competitions

Families Staffordshire issue 11 March-April 2013  

Families Staffordshire Magazine for March and April 2013