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October, 2015





MUM I CAN hardly believe that it is already time to be writing my column for October’s issue of Bishopston Voice! Since last month, I now have not one, but two school children on my hands following my daughter starting primary school. All has gone well: she enjoys lots of fun activities, has a lovely teacher and gets to see her friends every day so she is happy! Although we are now in the latter part of the year, the local area still has lots of fun things to do. If you have not yet had the chance to visit the Café on the Common, then I recommend it. This friendly café is run by members of


the community and provides good value refreshments and food, plus, since it is a social enterprise, all profits made are put back into Horfield Common. Over autumn and winter, the café will be open Friday to Sunday 10am – 4pm. Ever since my son was little he has always loved climbing. Even as a toddler, every playgroup, music group or café which we visited, he would always involve climbing! This urge to climb has never gone away and so recently we enrolled him in a couple of climbing lessons at Bristol Climbing Centre. Far braver than I could ever hope to be, on his first every visit he managed to scale the climbing wall and absolutely loved the experience. This week my daughter has re-started ballet at Ballet Wright, only this time to a new class, especially for primary school children. She loves being with the older girls, plus, this year she will take part in a Christmas performance which I know she will love.

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I often mention local playgroups in my column as I know such activities can be a lifesaver when you have small children. One playgroup which I personally recommend is Little Fishes Toddler Group on Fridays 10 – 11.30am at Horfield Methodist Church. Little Fishes is for young children aged 0 – 3 and is run by friendly volunteers who make a point of making all newcomers welcome, personally introducing them to other parents. This is so important as walking into a new playgroup can be a little intimidating. Activities include arts and crafts, toys for all ages and stages, a parachute, singing and music, stories, ride-on cars and much more! If you would like to find out more about Little Fishes, please email little-fishes@ If you are looking into secondary schools for your


children, you might be interested to hear that Fairfield High School is holding four open events throughout October. Please visit http:// for details. Have a great October! Bishopston Mum

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Bishopston Voice - October '15  
Bishopston Voice - October '15