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WELCOME WELCOME!

A warm welcome to the Winter issue of The Scallymag, packed full of useful information for parents and carers of children aged 0-11 across north Huddersfield. In this issue, you can read all about the fantastic work the Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice, our chosen charity for the year, does at Christmas time and how you can help. We have some fantastic ideas for days out with the kids with features on the Yorkshire Air Museum and Christmas at Harewood House. With the festive season fast approaching, read about the fabulous books on offer this Winter on our literacy page, courtesy of The Children’s Bookshop, Lindley. If you’re planning a meal out with the children, take a look at our food review of Prego or if you’re looking for some ‘me time’, check out our health page with Alexandra House Spa. Finally, we’d like to wish our readers and advertisers a Merry Christmas. We’ll be back in March 2013 with our Spring issue.

CONTENTS Classified Adverts Page 2 News Shabang! We’re Role Models Page 4 Out & About Harewood House Page 5 Features Page 6 Focus On Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice Page 7 Diary Pages Pre-school Diary Page 8 Out of School Diary Page 10 Food Review Prego Page 12 Out & About Yorkshire Air Museum Page 13 Health Page 14 Literacy Page 15

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Front cover winner Many thanks to Moorlands Primary School, Mount, for holding our first front cover art competition and supplying a box full of fabulous drawings. Thank you all for being such great artists!

Congratulations to Matilda Ayling, aged 7, who created the wonderful wintery penguin on the cover. Matilda’s prize is a voucher for 4 free sessions at Little Ninjas kindly donated by Active Bodies, Chapel Street, HD1 3EU Finally, a very special thank you to Art Co-ordinator, Emma Hunt, and all the wonderful staff for their hard work. Editor: Elaine Jinks-Turner Lay-out & Design: Gary Turner Publishing: The Scallymag Distribution: Many thanks to all schools, groups and other businesses that help with the distribution of The Scallymag® Special Thanks: To all advertisers whose contribution ensures the magazine can be distributed free-of-charge Editorial & Advertising: Elaine Jinks-Turner Photography: © Gary Turner Disclaimer: Whilst every care is taken to ensure the information contained in this magazine is true, accurate and fair, the publisher cannot take any responsibility for errors, inaccuracies or omissions, or for events arising from the use of this information. Any statements or opinions given in the magazine are not necessarily those of the publisher and no products and services mentioned in articles or adverts are officially endorsed by them. © The Scallymag ® 2012 All content of this magazine is copyright. No part of it may be reproduced by any means or in any form without written permission from the publisher. The Scallymag® is a registered trademark of Catalyze Enterprises Ltd.

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NOT JUST MODELS, WE’RE ROLE MODELS!

ow often do you see positive pictures of people with autism or Down’s syndrome in the media? Not often is the answer.

The calendar, which celebrates a range of models from eight months to 18 years, costs £9.99 plus postage and packing and can be ordered via Shabang’s website at

Businesses and high street stores don’t regularly choose children with disabilities or additional learning needs to model their goods. Shabang - a performance double act consisting of Kim Reuter and Russ Elias, who work with children with special educational needs, are seeking to challenge attitudes with their new 2013 calendar. The calendar, which will raise money for the Lottery funded initiative, features youngsters involved in Shabang theatre projects. Kim said: “We see the children in the calendar as much more than models – they are role models. Images of people with additional learning needs are few and far between in the media or in educational resources. So, we thought it was about time a positive, happy collection of photographs was produced and a calendar seemed to be the ideal vehicle to bring a series of images together.”

www.shabang.org.uk, by emailing shabang.resources@gmail.com or by telephoning 01484 848073. Shabang are based at The Watershed,

GET Ahead at school Your kids may enjoy writing letters to Santa or counting down the days to Christmas but once the holidays are here, it’s easy to let literacy and numeracy skills slip. Stephen and Judith Uttley, who specialise in English and Maths tuition at NumberWorks’nWords, Huddersfield, are full of bright ideas on how to encourage your child amid all the excitement. They suggest getting crafty by making a calendar to support both literacy and numeracy skills. Stephen said: “A New Year means a new calendar. Birthdays are often the first thing that go on to a calendar and familiar names are often the first thing that children recognise and learn to write. “Mark your calendar with all the birthdays you can think of. Include neighbours, pets, teachers and anyone or anything that will have meaning for your child.” Calendars provide an opportunity to use ordinals as well as recognising numerals. Talking about the first, second, third day of the month and so on will support your child’s numeracy skills. “Mark events onto your calendar so that it doubles as a diary,” suggests Stephen, “Being able to look both back and forwards, reading things like ‘went to library’ or ‘played with Sam’ helps your child develop the concept of sequences and timelines. Calendars used like this give frequent opportunity for discussion of before, after, tomorrow, yesterday and next week.” Using the calendar often will help and older children will benefit from being able to name all of the months in order and knowing how many days are in each month. Finally, refer to the calendar for upcoming birthdays which can prompt card making to support literacy whilst a countdown to the event will support numeracy and enable your child to grasp the concept of time.

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Bridge Street, Slaithwaite, Huddersfield, and for several years have been working with children with a diverse range of disabilities from across Kirklees. They met while working at a theatre company in Leeds but decided to set up Shabang which fused their performance and musical skills. Both are qualified teachers and their shows and workshops use Makaton signing, sensory objects and songs which they write themselves. Shabang holds Little Tiddlers pre-school sessions for children with additional needs on Wednesday and Thursday from 10.30am to 1pm. Day Dreamers Family Club sessions for children under 14 on the autistic spectrum are held on Saturday from 10.30am – 1pm. Dream Catchers Family Club sessions for children under 14 with additional needs take place on Sunday from 2pm to 4.30pm. The premises is equipped with a multi sensory room, an area for holistic massage and as well as interactive performances, children can benefit by taking part in craft activities. The clubs are very popular and space is limited. To check dates and to register telephone 01484 848073.

YOUNG POETS

Hipperholme Grammar School pupils were treated to a poetry workshop with Yorkshire writer, James Nash. Working with year seven students, his aim was to encourage an appreciation of poetry. Head of English, Adrienne Settle, said: “They once again proved themselves to be exceptionally creative and enthusiastic about poetry and behaved impeccably throughout the day.” The students were encouraged to consider the story behind objects to inspire their own writing before presenting their poems to the group. Following the workshop, the school at Bramley Lane, Hipperholme, held its annual poetry competition, to coincide with National Poetry Day. Winners received a certificate and first prize winners, Ben Cooper, Grace Miller, Mollie Rose and Polly Carter, were presented with a book token. James Nash has been involved in delivering reading workshops and setting up reading groups across the region for many years. He was reader in residence for Kirklees libraries for three years, is still involved in reading and writing development as a trainer and currently holds the posts of writer in residence at Calderdale Council and at the University of Leeds. His previous contributions include ‘Deadly Sensitive’, ‘In Transit’, ‘Coma Songs’, ‘Four Fathers’ and ‘BranchLines’, a poetry anthology which includes the likes of Seamus Heaney and Andrew Motion, the former Poet Laureate.


OUT & ABOUT Harewood House HAREWOOD, LEEDS, LS17 9LG Tel: 0113 218 1010 www.harewood.org

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f you’re planning a trip to see Father Christmas then look no further than Harewood House for a festive family day out.

Harewood House, home of the Lascelles family since it was built in the mid 1700s, is arguably the jewel in Yorkshire’s crown so far as stately homes go. The seat of the Earl and Countess of Harewood, the Georgian mansion, which houses interiors by Robert Adams, paintings by the Italian masters and the largest commission of Chippendale furniture, was awarded designated museum status in 1998. In recent years, we’ve taken the children to Harewood each December for their annual meeting with the man with the big white beard and two years ago during a particularly long spell of snow, making it all the more magical. Festive events at the estate vary from year to year but in the past have included a Christmas market, donkey rides, a funfair, a road train, crafts and children’s theatre. This year, on weekends beginning November 24th through to December 16th, children can enjoy meeting Father Christmas by the fireside for storytelling sessions.

Children will receive a gift and there are opportunities to be photographed but tickets need to be booked in advance by calling the box office on 0113 218 1000. Be sure to wrap up warm if you visit as there is lots to see and do outdoors. The biggest hit with my eldest was the adventure playground, he would have quite happily played there for hours if it weren’t so cold. As well as exploring the expansive gardens, landscaped by Capability Brown, and pathways, you can also visit the bird garden and book to feed the penguins! But if the weather gets the better of you, you can head indoors to The Courtyard Cafe with its seasonal offerings and children’s menu. Be warned though, it can get very crowded at lunchtimes, there is little room to manoeuvre buggies and you may have to wait for a highchair. The house may be more interesting for older children but staff are often on hand with trails and quizzes or to answer questions from curious little ones. For fans of the ITV1 series, “Downton Abbey,” you’ll enjoy exploring the house, imagining yourself as Lady Mary. Though, perhaps, I’d be more suited as Daisy the kitchen maid as for me, downstairs is where Harewood House really gets interesting. In particular, the preserve room – an

entire room dedicated to jam making – now I could spend all day in there! The kitchens speak volumes of what life was like in servitude in the 19th and early 20th centuries and reading about the characters that worked at Harewood help to bring history to life. Children will enjoy the craft activities on offer such as Christmas biscuit decorating or dressing up in traditional costumes. If you do visit the house though, I would advise using a baby sling to get around with little ones as there are lots of stairs and buggies can be difficult, particularly if you’re on your own and don’t have another pair of hands to help out. My only criticism of Harewood would be the baby changing facilities as in mid December it can get very cold for tiny babies in a converted stable with little heating. Other than that, Harewood House is a great day out. By Elaine Jinks

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BENETTON KIDS DRESS SAFELY How much thought do you give to the clothes you dress your children in? At United Colours of Benetton you can rest assured that each item from its brand new Autumn and Winter 2012 collection will carry a special Eco Safe label. The Italian fashion brand, which is available at Peters Department Store, King Street, Huddersfield, has launched its Dress Safely campaign, warning customers about potentially dangerous components such as chemicals that may be used in the manufacturing process of children’s clothing. Benetton Group was awarded the Eco Safe mark for meeting exceptionally high chemical and mechanical safety standards. The Eco Safe label means that no

potentially harmful chemicals or materials have been used and that United Colours of Benetton, Undercolours of Benetton and Sisley Young childrenswear ranges have been monitored and rigorously tested throughout the production process. Readers of The Scallymag can receive a fantastic 10% discount at Benetton until the end of December on production of the Benetton advert above. Spend over £100 during December and receive a fabulous Christmas gift absolutely free. For more information on the Huddersfield store visit www.benettonhuddersfield.com.

DANCE COSTUMES GALORE

If your little ones have taken up dance classes or if you fancy a whirl round the ballroom yourself, look no further than Mr Frog Dancewear for the latest costumes. Trading from the Byram Arcade in Huddersfield for over 20 years, the shop stocks a wide range of footwear and garments for all types of dance and exercise. From baby ballet to ladies and gents’ ballroom dancing, favourite brands such as Roch Valley, Katz, So Danca, Bloch and Capezio are available in store and online, where savings can be made. The staff have a wealth of knowledge and offer a bespoke, made to measure and costume design service for all dance genres including freestyle, gymnastics and synchronised swimming, together with one off items. For more information on Mr Frog Dancewear, available stock and services, contact the friendly and helpful staff at the store or www.mrfrogdancewear.co.uk.

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Mr Frog Dancewear Dance, Freestyle, Gymnastics, Synchronised Swimming. Garments & footwear for all ages from baby ballet through to adult. 23 Byram Arcade, Huddersfield, HD1 1ND 01484 432405 info@mrfrogdancewear.co.uk www.mrfrogdancewear.co.uk Online Shop now open

Opening Times: Monday: 10.00-3.00 Tues-Fri: 10.00-5.00 Sat : 9.00-4.00


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Christmas At Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice

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hristmas is a special time of year. Families look forward to spending time together and parents enjoy watching their children’s faces light up as they unwrap their presents from Santa.

But for some, Christmas can be difficult, especially for those whose children have life limiting conditions. That is why The Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice seeks to support such families so that they too can make the most of the festive season together. The hospice, based at Russell House, Huddersfield, offers respite, end of

Welcome to the

Christmas Chube Challenge! Simply fill your empty sweet tubes with 20 pence pieces or pound coins! A great excuse to eat chocolate this Christmas time and support the children and families at the Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice.

What do your pennies or pounds buy? 1 tube of 20 pence pieces will pay for one stress relieving complementary session 1 tube of pound coins Will pay for a bereavement counselling session for a family member

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life care, and practical and emotional support in a bid to ease the strain life limiting conditions can bring on all family members. It aims to be a home from home for poorly children and is equipped with a sensory room, a state-of-the-art music facility, a hydrotherapy pool, The Snowflake Suite, which is a selfcontained flat for families, and much more to make a child’s time there the best that it can be. Its Hospice at Home service currently supports over 50 families and it is hoped when the brand new facility opens its doors, care can be extended to many more. Currently, 700 children in Calderdale, Kirklees and Wakefield are in need of support and there are many ways in which you can help. Vicki Finlay, Director of Care, said: “We will be welcoming children and families into the hospice in the near future to offer the special care and respite they need. Our focus is to ease stress and create shared experiences and opportunities for special memories that can always be cherished. “What we need now is your continued support to help us cover the on going cost of care at Christmas both at the hospice and through our Hospice at Home service. Our fundraising team have pulled together some fun ideas for Christmas activities to help you get involved and help raise the important funds we need.” If you’re a chocoholic, then the Christmas Chube Challenge is for you.

The charity is seeking supporters to fill empty chocolate tubes with either 20p pieces or £1 coins. A tube of 20p pieces can pay for one complimentary therapy session and a tube of £1 coins can pay for an hour of specialist play in the hydrotherapy pool. The charity’s One Special Gift Campaign provides an opportunity to help the hospice via one of its 11 charity shops. Simply take one good quality item, whether that is clothing, a toy, a piece of furniture or anything else, along to your local hospice store for them to sell. Your gift will help improve the quality of merchandise available, boost sales and raise the profile of the shops. On December 3, it is Purple Pound Day where you can take £1 to work or school to show your support for the hospice while hosting a dress down day. If you or your company would like to give a gift to a child and their family this Christmas, there’s no better gift than a memory. A play session for brothers and sisters costs £55, £150 will buy complimentary therapy sessions for 10 parents, £450 will pay for 10 Hospice at Home visits while £7,000 will cover the running costs of the hospice for a day. For more information on how you can help visit www.forgetmenotchild. co.uk or telephone 01484 411040. By Elaine Jinks

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Little Acorns Parent, Baby & Toddler Group 9.00 – 11.30 Seasons House & Community Centre, 45 Willwood Avenue, Oakes, Huddersfield 01484 222209

Gym Tots 9.30 – 10.15 Huddersfield Sports Centre, Pine Street, Huddersfield 01484 223630 3 – 4 yrs

Cathedral Mice Parent & Toddler Group 9.30 – 11.30 Cathedral House, St Thomas Road, Huddersfield 01484 514088

The High Park Parent & Toddler Group 10.00 – 12.00 The High Park, 269 Bradley Road, Bradley, Huddersfield 01484 534226

Animal Time 11.00 – 12.00 Fizzy Lizard, Cathedral House, St Thomas Road, Huddersfield 01484 467321 2+ yrs

Rhythm Time Class (Babies) 1.00 Lindley Methodist Church, East Street, Lindley, Huddersfield 07792 849779

Woodland Glade Playgroup 9.15 – 12.15, Lunch Club 1.15 The Pavillion 62 The Green, Woodland Glade Bradley, Huddersfield 077602 48545 2 - 5 yrs

Lindley Methodist Church Parent & Toddler Group 9.30 – 11.15 Lindley Methodist Community Centre, East Street, Huddersfield 01484 517750

Greenhead Park Parent, Baby & Toddler Group 9.30 – 11.30 Community Room, Coletta Pavilion, Greenhead Park, Huddersfield 07960 797320

Huddersfield Breastfeeding Support Group / Baby Bistro 10.00 – 12.00 National Children’s Centre, Brian Jackson House, 2 New North Parade, Huddersfield 01484 223380

Cathedral Mice Parent & Toddler Group 12.30 – 2.30 Cathedral House, St Thomas Road, Huddersfield 01484 514088

Crafternoon 1.00 – 2.00 Fizzy Lizard, Cathedral House, St Thomas Road, Huddersfield 01484 467321 2+ yrs

Popkidz 9.30 – 10.30 Pokidz, 41a Westbourne Road, Marsh, Huddersfield 07581 191537

Cathedral Mice Parent & Toddler Group 9.30 – 11.30 Cathedral House, St Thomas Road, Huddersfield 01484 514088

Buzz About Parent & Toddler Group 10.00 – 12.00 Birkby & Fartown Community Centre Wasps Nest Road, Birkby Huddersfield 01484 420386

Gym Tots 10.00 – 11.30 The Zone, St Andrew’s Road, Huddersfield 01484 484163 18 months – 5 yrs

Jungle Story Time 11.00 – 12.00 Fizzy Lizard, Cathedral House, St Thomas Road, Huddersfield 01484 467321 18 months+

Fixby Parent & Toddlers 1.00 – 2.45 St Francis’ Church, Fixby Road, Fixby, Huddersfield 01484 420970

Woodland Glade Playgroup 9.15 – 12.15, Lunch Club 1.15 The Pavillion 62 The Green, Woodland Glade Bradley, Huddersfield 077602 48545 2 - 5 yrs

Sticky Angels Parent & Toddler Group 9.45 – 11.45 Lockwood Baptist Church, Lockwood Road, Lockwood, Huddersfield 01484 548423

Little Ninjas 10.00 – 10.45 Active Bodies Centre, Chapel Street, Off Chapel Hill, Huddersfield 07738 208586 Under 4s

The High Park Parent & Toddler Group 10.00 – 12.00 The High Park, 269 Bradley Road, Bradley, Huddersfield 01484 534226

Pyjama Drama (Raindrops) 1.00 – 1.35 Greenhead Park Community Room, Greenhead Park, Trinity Street, Huddersfield 0844 310 4921 20 months – 2 and a half yrs

Stay & Play Session 1.00 – 3.00 Chestnut Children’s Centre, 2a Chestnut Street, Sheepridge, Huddersfield 01484 234231

Lindley Methodist Parent & Toddler Group 9.30 – 11.15 Lindley Methodist Community Centre, East Street, Lindley, Huddersfield 01484 510137

St Cuthbert’s Under Fives Parent & Toddler Group 9.30 – 11.00 St Cuthbert’s Church, Linden Road, Birkby, Huddersfield 01484 534564

Babyballet (Mini Movers) 10.00 – 10.35 Fizzy Lizard, Folly Hall, Cathedral House, Huddersfield 01422 329471 3 – 4 yrs

The High Park Parent & Toddler Group 10.00 – 12.00 The High Park, 269 Bradley Road, Bradley, Huddersfield 01484 534226

Massage 4 Tots Up to 2.45 Top 2 Toe Therapy, Apex House, 27-29 New Hey Road, Rastrick, Brighouse 01484 309276 / 07815 064796 Birth – 18 months

Woodland Glade Playgroup 9.15 – 12.15, Lunch Club 1.15 The Pavillion 62 The Green, Woodland Glade Bradley, Huddersfield 077602 48545 2 - 5 yrs

Cathedral Mice Parent & Toddler Group 9.30 – 11.30 Cathedral House, St Thomas Road, Huddersfield 01484 514088

Sign 4 Tots 9.45 – 10.45 Top 2 Toe Therapy, Apex House, 27-29 New Hey Road, Rastrick, Brighouse 01484 309276 / 07815 064796 Birth – 18 months

Boogie Babes 10.00 Central Methodist Church, Commercial Street, Brighouse 07779 154126

Babyballet (Tiny Toes) 10.45 – 11.20 Fizzy Lizard, Folly Hall, Cathedral House, Huddersfield 01422 329471 18 months – 3 yrs

Yoga 4 Tots Up to 2.45 Top 2 Toe Therapy, Apex House, 27-29 New Hey Road, Rastrick, Brighouse 01484 309276 / 07815 064796 Birth – 18 months

Woodland Glade Playgroup 9.15 – 12.15, Lunch Club 1.15 The Pavillion 62 The Green, Woodland Glade Bradley, Huddersfield 077602 48545 2 - 5 yrs

Jo Jingles 9.40 Waring Green Community Centre, Garden Road, Brighouse 01422 820425 2+ yrs

Jubilee Melody Makers Parnet & Toddler Group 9.45 – 11.30 Huddersfield Community Church Jubilee Centre, Market Street, Paddock, Huddersfield 01484 414887

The High Park Parent & Toddler Group 10.00 – 12.00 The High Park, 269 Bradley Road, Bradley, Huddersfield 01484 534226

Babyballet (Mini Movers) 10.30 – 11.05 Fizzy Lizard, Folly Hall, Cathedral House, Huddersfield 01422 329471 3 – 4 yrs

Jo Jingles (Jingle Babies) 11.40 Waring Green Community Centre, Garden Road, Brighouse 01422 820425 Walking – 2 yrs

Babyballet (Tiny Toes) 9.50 – 10.25 Fizzy Lizard, Folly Hall, Cathedral House, Huddersfield 01422 329471 18 months – 3 yrs

Gym Tots 10.00 – 11.30 The Zone, St Andrew’s Road, Huddersfield 01484 484163 18 months – 5 yrs

Jo Jingles (Jingle Toddlers) 10.40 Waring Green Community Centre, Garden Road, Brighouse 01422 820425 Walking – 2 yrs

Babyballet (Mini Movers) 12.15 – 12.50 Fizzy Lizard, Folly Hall, Cathedral House, Huddersfield 01422 329471 3 – 4 yrs

Mount Pre-School Parent & Toddler Group 9.15 – 11.15 Mount Methodist Church, Moorlands Road, Mount, Huddersfield 07947 449619

St John the Divine Parent & St Matthew’s Parent & Toddler Toddler Group Group 9.45 – 11.15 9.30 – 11.15 St John the Divine Church St Matthew’s Parish Centre, Hall, St John Street, Rastrick, Rastrick, Brighouse Brighouse 07779 154126 01484 713386 Woodland Glade Playgroup 9.15 – 12.15, Lunch Club 1.15 The Pavillion 62 The Green, Woodland Glade Bradley, Huddersfield 077602 48545 2 - 5 yrs

Ark Tots Parent & Toddler Group 9.45 – 11.30 Royal British Legion Club, Hanson Lane, Lockwood, Huddersfield gemmagallant@yahoo.co.uk

The High Park Parent & Toddler Group 10.00 – 12.00 The High Park, 269 Bradley Road, Bradley, Huddersfield 01484 534226

Baking 11.00 – 12.00 Fizzy Lizard, Cathedral House, St Thomas Road, Huddersfield 01484 467321 2+ yrs

Jo Jingles (Jingle Babies) 1.00 St Stephen’s Church, Lidget Street, Lindley, Huddersfield 01422 820425 3 months - walking

Bumps & Babies 1.30 – 3.00 Lindley Methodist Community Centre, East Street, Lindley, Huddersfield 01484 430612 / 07557 339794

Buzz About Parent & Toddler Group 9.30 – 11.30 Birkby Fartown Community Centre, Wasp Next Road, Fartown, Huddersfield 01484 352621

Jo Jingles (Jingle Toddlers) 9.45 St Stephen’s Church, Lidget Street, Lindley, Huddersfield 01422 820425 Walking – 2 yrs

Jo Jingles 10.45 St Stephen’s Church, Lidget Street, Lindley, Huddersfield 01422 820425 2+ yrs

Jo Jingles 11.45 St Stephen’s Church, Lidget Street, Lindley, Huddersfield 01422 820425 2+ yrs

Gym Tots 1.30 – 2.15 Huddersfield Sports Centre, Pine Street, Huddersfield 01484 223630 3 – 4 yrs

1st Steps 1.30 – 3.00 Lindley Methodist Community Centre, East Street, Lindley, Huddersfield 01484 430612 / 07557 339794

Tumble Tots 9.00 The Zone, St Andrew’s Road, Huddersfield 01484 484163 Walking – 2 yrs

Pre-School Ballet Sign 4 Tots 9.15 9.45 – 10.45 Tristan Dance Studios, Meltham Top 2 Toe Therapy, Apex House, Road, Lockwood, Huddersfield 27-29 New Hey Road, Rastrick, 01484 300136 / 07788 444555 Brighouse 3 - 4 yrs 01484 309276 / 07815 064796 Birth – 18 months

Nursery Rhyme & Fairy Tale 10.45 Dancers Barre Studios, Market Walk, Huddersfield 01422 374946 / 07920 204570 1 – 2 and a half yrs

Massage 4 Tots Up to 2.45 Top 2 Toe Therapy, Apex House, 27-29 New Hey Road, Rastrick, Brighouse 01484 309276 / 07815 064796 Birth – 18 months

Groovy Moves 4 Tots Up to 2.45 Top 2 Toe Therapy, Apex House, 27-29 New Hey Road, Rastrick, Brighouse 01484 309276 / 07815 064796 Birth – 18 months

Woodland Glade Playgroup Tumble Tots 9.15 – 12.15, Lunch Club 1.15 10.00 The Pavillion The Zone, St Andrew’s Road, 62 The Green, Woodland Glade Huddersfield Bradley, Huddersfield 01484 484163 077602 48545 2 - 3 yrs 2 - 5 yrs

Nursery Rhyme & Fairy Tale 10.45 Dancers Barre Studios, Market Walk, Huddersfield 01422 374946 / 07920 204570 2 and a half - 4 yrs

Yoga 4 Tots Up to 2.45 Top 2 Toe Therapy, Apex House, 27-29 New Hey Road, Rastrick, Brighouse 01484 309276 / 07815 064796 Birth – 18 months

Tumble Tots 11.00 The Zone, St Andrew’s Road, Huddersfield 01484 484163 3 – 5 yrs

Toddlers Ballet & Tap 9.00 – 10.00 HD1 Dance, 5 St John’s Road, Huddersfield 07883 636794 2 – 4 yrs


Little Ninjas 4.00 – 4.45 Active Bodies Centre, Chapel Street, Off Chapel Hill, Huddersfield 07738 208586 With younger siblings under 4

Baby Cafe 1.00 – 3.00 Chestnut Children’s Centre, 2a Chestnut Street, Sheepridge, Huddersfield 01484 234231

Toddlers Ballet & Tap 1.30 – 2.30 HD1 Dance 5 St Johns Road Huddersfield 07883 636 794 2 – 4 yrs

Toddlers Ballet & Tap 1.30 – 2.30 HD1 Dance 5 St Johns Road Huddersfield 07883 636 794 2 – 4 yrs

Rhyme Time 2.30 – 3.15 Lindley Library & Information Centre 01484 222172

Stay & Play Session 1.00 – 3.00 Birkby Children’s Centre, Halifax Old Road, Birkby, Huddersfield 01484 223940

One Stop Shop & Baby Clinic 1.30 – 3.30 Chestnut Children’s Centre, 2a Chestnut Street, Sheepridge, Huddersfield 01484 234231

Rhythm Time Class (Toddlers) 1.40 Lindley Methodist Church, East Street, Lindley, Huddersfield 07792 849779

Story Time 2.00 – 2.45 Birkby & Fartown Library & Information Centre, Wasps Nest Road, Fartown, Huddersfield 01484 223098

St Stephen’s Church Parents, Carers, Toddlers & Babes Group 1.00 – 3.00 St Stephen’s Church, Lidget Street, Lindley, info@ststephenslindley. org.uk

Bumps & Under 1s Group Action Kids 1.30 – 3.00 2.00 – 2.30 Birkby Children’s Centre, Halifax St Francis Church, Fixby Road, Old Road, Birkby, Huddersfield Fixby, Huddersfield 01484 223940 07595 864685

Trinity Tiddlers Parent & Toddler Group 1.30 – 3.00 Holy Trinity Church, Trinity Street, Huddersfield 01484 426784

Pyjama Drama (Rainbows) 1.40 – 2.20 Greenhead Park Community Room, Greenhead Park, Trinity Street, Huddersfield 0844 310 4921 2 and a half – 5 yrs

Trinity Tots 2.00 – 3.30 Holy Trinity Church, Trinity Street, Edgerton, Huddersfield 07738 364342

Groovy Moves 4 Tots Up to 2.45 Top 2 Toe Therapy, Apex House, 27-29 New Hey Road, Rastrick, Brighouse 01484 309276 / 07815 064796 Birth – 18 months

Rhythm Time Class (Babies) 12.50 Fizzy Lizard, Folly Hall, Cathedral House, Huddersfield 07792 849779

Mount Parent & Toddler Group 1.00 – 3.00 Mount Methodist Church, Moorlands Road, Mount, Huddersfield 07947 449619

Rhythm Time Class (Toddlers) 1.30 Fizzy Lizard, Folly Hall, Cathedral House, Huddersfield 07792 849779

M&M Swim School 4.00 – 7.30 Woodland Glade, 62 The Green, Bradley, Huddersfield 07748 155017 / 07870 954573 3+ yrs

Rhythm Time Class (Babies) 12.10 Fizzy Lizard, Folly Hall, Cathedral House, Huddersfield 07792 849779

Baby Swim Class 1.30 Huddersfield Sports Centre, Southgate, Huddersfield 01484 223660

One Stop Shop 1.00 – 3.00 Birkby Children’s Centre, Halifax Old Road, Birkby, Huddersfield 01484 223940

Baby Swim Class 2.15 Huddersfield Sports Centre, Southgate, Huddersfield 01484 223660

Baby Clinic 4.30 – 6.30 Chestnut Children’s Centre, 2a Chestnut Street, Sheepridge, Huddersfield 01484 234231

Toddlers Ballet & Tap 1.30 – 2.30 HD1 Dance, 5 St John’s Road, Huddersfield 07883 636794 2 – 4 yrs

Little Ninjas 2.00 – 2.45 Active Bodies Centre, Chapel Street, Off Chapel Hill, Huddersfield 07738 208586 Under 4s

Suga Cubes 4.00 – 5.00 HD1 Dance, 5 St John’s Road, Huddersfield 07883 636794 2 – 5 yrs

Baby Swim Class 1.30 Huddersfield Sports Centre, Southgate, Huddersfield 01484 223660

Baby Swim Class 2.15 Huddersfield Sports Centre, Southgate, Huddersfield 01484 223660

The Catnap Club 1.15 – 3.15 Cowcliffe Methodist Church, South Cross Road, Cowcliffe, Huddersfield 01484 428081 Gledholt Toddlers Parent & Toddler Group 1.15 – 3.00 Gledholt Methodist Church, Edgerton Grove Road, Edgerton, Huddersfield 01484 641698

Story Time 2.30 – 3.00 Lindley Library & Information Centre 01484 222172

Babyballet (Tiny Toes) 11.00 – 11.35 National Children’s Centre, Brian Jackson House, 2 New North Parade, Huddersfield 01422 329471 18 months – 3 yrs

Pyjama Drama (Rainbows) 11.15 – 12.00 Active Bodies, Chapel Street, Huddersfield 0844 310 4921 2 and a half – 5 yrs

Amphibi-Kids Swim Academy 12.30 – 3.00 The North Huddersfield Trust, Woodhouse Hall Road, Fartown, Huddersfield 07805 784058 3+ yrs

Mini Moovers 11.00 – 11.45 Deighton Sports Arena, Deighton Road, Huddersfield 01484 221799 3 – 5 yrs

Babyballet (Mini Movers) 11.45 – 12.20 National Children’s Centre, Brian Jackson House, 2 New North Parade, Huddersfield 01422 329471 3 – 4 yrs

Tots Stage Class 12.45 – 1.30 The Audrey Spencer Theatre School of Dance, Unit 3 Fairfield Mills, Queen Street South, Huddersfield 01484 303358 / 07983 419570 3 – 5 yrs

M&M Swim School 4.00 – 7.30 Woodland Glade, 62 The Green, Bradley, Huddersfield 07748 155017 / 07870 954573 3+ yrs

Suga Cubes 4.00 – 5.00 HD1 Dance, 5 St John’s Road, Huddersfield 07883 636794 2 – 5 yrs

Pyjama Drama (Dewdrops) 2.30 – 3.00 Greenhead Park Community Room, Greenhead Park, Trinity Street, Huddersfield 0844 310 4921 6+ months

M&M Swim School 4.00 – 7.30 Woodland Glade, 62 The Green, Bradley, Huddersfield 07748 155017 / 07870 954573 3+ yrs

These diary pages are the heart of The Scallymag; the main reason the magazine exists and probably the most useful part for parents and carers. We aim to list as many activities for 0-5 year olds in the area. We do our best to ensure the information is up-to-date (there will probably be some changes every issue). However we are not infallible. If you know of any changes, or of any new groups or courses that should be included, please get in touch by using any of the contact details on page 3. Listing in this section is FREE.

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Prep Ballet & Tap 4.00 – 5.00 HD1 Dance, 5 St John’s Road, Huddersfield 07883 636794 4 – 6 yrs

M&M Swim School 4.00 – 7.30 Woodland Glade, 62 The Green, Bradley, Huddersfield 07748 155017 / 07870 954573

Senior Street Dance 4.30 – 5.30 Limelight Theatre School, St Matthew’s Parish Centre, Rastrick, Brighouse 07779 154126 10+ yrs Hi 5 Netball 4.30 – 5.30 Deighton Sports Arena, Deighton Road, Huddersfield 01484 221799 8 – 11 yrs

Little Ninja Beginners 4.50 – 5.35 Active Bodies Centre, Chapel Street, Off Chapel Hill, Huddersfield 07738 208586 4 – 7 yrs

Little Warriors 5.00 – 5.45 Kane Academy, Unit 3a Perseverance Mill, Lockwood, Huddersfield 01484 544448 / 07732 801847 3 - 7 yrs

Suga Brown Street Dance 5.00 – 6.00 HD1 Dance, 5 St John’s Road, Huddersfield 07883 636794 6 – 11 yrs

Commercial Pop 5.30 Tristan Dance Studios, Meltham Road, Lockwood, Huddersfield 01484 300136 / 07788 444555

Intermediate Ballet 5.30 – 6.30 The Audrey Spencer Theatre School of Dance, Unit 3 Fairfield Mills, Queen Street South, Huddersfield 01484 303358 / 07983 419570

Ninja Hattori Juniors 5.50 – 6.45 Active Bodies Centre, Chapel Street, Off Chapel Hill, Huddersfield 07738 208586 4 – 7 yrs

Multi Skills 5.30 – 6.30 Deighton Sports Arena, Deighton Road, Huddersfield 01484 221799

Outlane 11th Huddersfield North Scouts (Cubs) 6.30 – 8.00 Outlane Methodist Church, New Hey Road, Outlane, Huddersfield 0844 414 2315

Grade 4 Ballet 5.00 – 6.00 The Audrey Spencer Theatre School of Dance, Unit 3 Fairfield Mills, Queen Street South, Huddersfield 01484 303358 / 07983 419570

Commercial Pop 6.00 Tristan Dance Studios, Meltham Road, Lockwood, Huddersfield 01484 300136 / 07788 444555 £5

Greenhead Gymnastic Club 5.15 – 6.45 St Thomas’ Church, Station Road, Bradley, Huddersfield 01484 420262 5+ yrs

Limbering / Gymnastics 6.00 – 7.00 The Audrey Spencer Theatre School of Dance, Unit 3 Fairfield Mills, Queen Street South, Huddersfield 01484 303358 / 07983 419570

Kids Ballet & Tap 4.15 Tristan Dance Schools Meltham Road Lockwood, Huddersfield 01484 300136 / 07788 444555 6 – 10 yrs

Drama For All 4.30 – 5.30 Limelight Theatre School, St Matthew’s Parish Centre, Rastrick, Brighouse 07779 154126 5 – 12 yrs

Primary Ballet & Tap 5.00 – 6.00 HD1 Dance, 5 St John’s Road, Huddersfield 07883 636794 6 – 8 yrs

Little Ninja Beginners 4.00 – 4.45 Active Bodies Centre, Chapel Street, Off Chapel Hill, Huddersfield 07738 208586 4 – 7 yrs

Diva Fever Dance 4.30 – 5.30 Deighton Sports Arena, Deighton Road, Huddersfield 01484 221799 5 – 11 yrs

Ninja Hattori Juniors 5.00 – 6.00 Active Bodies Centre, Chapel Street, Off Chapel Hill, Huddersfield 07738 208586 4 – 7 yrs

Rhythmix Street Dance 5.00 – 6.00 HD1 Dance, 5 St John’s Road, Huddersfield 07883 636794 3 – 12 yrs

M&M Swim School 4.00 – 7.30 Woodland Glade, 62 The Green, Bradley, Huddersfield 07748 155017 / 07870 954573

Little Warriors 5.00 – 5.45 Kane Academy, Unit 3a Perseverance Mill, Lockwood, Huddersfield 01484 544448 / 07732 801847 3 - 7 yrs

Grade 3 Ballet 5.30 – 6.30 The Audrey Spencer Theatre School of Dance, Unit 3 Fairfield Mills, Queen Street South, Huddersfield 01484 303358 / 07983 419570

Senior Ninja Hattori 6.30 – 7.30 Active Bodies Centre, Chapel Street, Off Chapel Hill, Huddersfield 07738 208586 8+ yrs

Kids Ballet & Tap 4.15 Tristan Dance Schools Meltham Road Lockwood, Huddersfield 01484 300136 / 07788 444555 6 – 8 yrs

Rhythmix Street Dance 5.00 – 6.00 HD1 Dance, 5 St John’s Road, Huddersfield 07883 636794 3 – 12 yrs

Birchencliffe (St Philip) 31st Huddersfield Scouts (Beavers) 6.15 – 7.15 St Philip’s Parish Centre, Briarlyn Road, Birchencliffe, Richard Eastwood – 01484 641389

Lindley 16th Huddersfield North Scouts (Cubs) 6.30 – 8.00 Lindley Methodist Church, East Street, Lindley, Huddersfield Sue O’Neill – 01484 536790

Little Ninja Beginners 4.00 – 4.45 Active Bodies Centre, Chapel Street, Off Chapel Hill, Huddersfield 07738 208586 4 – 7 yrs

Ninja Hattori Juniors 5.00 – 5.55 Active Bodies Centre, Chapel Street, Off Chapel Hill, Huddersfield 07738 208586 4 – 7 yrs

Grade 1 Ballet 5.30 – 6.30 The Audrey Spencer Theatre School of Dance, Unit 3 Fairfield Mills, Queen Street South, Huddersfield 01484 303358 / 07983 419570

Oakes 36th Huddersfield North Scouts (Beavers) 5.30 – 6.30 Salvation Army Hall, New Hey Road, Oakes, Huddersfield

Senior Ninja Hattori 6.00 – 7.00 Active Bodies Centre, Chapel Street, Off Chapel Hill, Huddersfield 07738 208586 8+ yrs

Salendine Nook 25th Huddersfield North Scouts (Beavers) 6.15 – 7.15 Salendine Nook Baptist Church, Moorhill Road, Huddersfield John Nunn – 01484 650826

M&M Swim School 4.00 – 7.30 Woodland Glade, 62 The Green, Bradley, Huddersfield 07748 155017 / 07870 954573

Kids Additional Needs Class 5.00 Tristan Dance Schools Meltham Road Lockwood, Huddersfield 01484 300136 / 07788 444555

Greenhead Gymnastic Club 5.30 – 6.30 St Thomas’ Church, Station Road, Bradley, Huddersfield 01484 420262 5+ yrs

Huddersfield Gymnastics Club (Beginners) 5.30 – 6.30 Paddock Youth Club, Beech Street, Huddersfield 01484 548651

Outlane 11th Huddersfield North Scouts (Beavers) 6.15 – 7.15 Outlane Methodist Church, New Hey Road, Outlane, Huddersfield 0844 414 2315

Grade 2 Ballet 6.30 – 7.30 The Audrey Spencer Theatre School of Dance, Unit 3 Fairfield Mills, Queen Street South, Huddersfield 01484 303358 / 07983 419570

Junior Street Dance 4.30 – 5.30 Limelight Theatre School, St Matthew’s Parish Centre, Rastrick, Brighouse 07779 154126 4 – 6 yrs

Little Warriors 5.00 – 5.45 Kane Academy, Unit 3a Perseverance Mill, Lockwood, Huddersfield 01484 544448 / 07732 801847 3 - 7 yrs

Kids Drama Club 5.30 Tristan Dance Schools Meltham Road Lockwood, Huddersfield 01484 300136 / 07788 444555 6+ yrs

Kids Street Dance 6.15 Tristan Dance Studios, Meltham Road, Lockwood, Huddersfield 01484 300136 / 07788 444555 6+ yrs £5

Salendine Nook 25th Huddersfield North Scouts (Cubs) 6.15 – 7.30 Salendine Nook Baptist Church, Moorhill Road, Huddersfield John Nunn – 01484 650826

Junior Aikido 7.00 – 8.30 Deighton Sports Arena, Deighton Road, Huddersfield 01484 221799 5 – 14 yrs

Reach Performing Arts 5.00 – 7.00 HD1 Dance, 5 St John’s Road, Huddersfield 07883 636794 5+ yrs

Intermediate Street Dance 5.30 – 6.30 Limelight Theatre School, St Matthew’s Parish Centre, Rastrick, Brighouse 07779 154126 7 – 9 yrs

Little Ninja Beginners & Hattori Mixed 6.15 – 7.00 The Zone, Off St Andrew’s Road, Huddersfield 01484 484134

Senior Ninja Hattori 7.00 – 8.00 The Zone, Off St Andrew’s Road, Huddersfield 01484 484134 8+ yrs

Oakes 36th Huddersfield North Scouts 7.15 – 9.15 Salvation Army Hall, New Hey Road, Oakes, Huddersfield

Junior Street Dance 11.00 – 11.30 The Audrey Spencer Theatre School of Dance, Unit 3 Fairfield Mills, Queen Street South, Huddersfield 01484 303358 / 07983 419570

Beginners Stage Class 11.30 – 12.45 The Audrey Spencer Theatre School of Dance, Unit 3 Fairfield Mills, Queen Street South, Huddersfield 01484 303358 / 07983 419570

Kids Drama Club 12.00 Tristan Dance Schools Meltham Road Lockwood, Huddersfield 01484 300136 / 07788 444555 All ages

Prep Ballet & Tap 4.00 – 5.00 HD1 Dance, 5 St John’s Road, Huddersfield 07883 636794 4 – 6 yrs

Beginners Irish Dancing 5.00 – 5.30 HD1 Dance, 5 St John’s Road, Huddersfield 07883 636794 5+ yrs

Grade 1 Modern Jazz & Tap 9.00 – 9.45 The Audrey Spencer Theatre School of Dance, Unit 3 Fairfield Mills, Queen Street South, Huddersfield 01484 303358 / 07983 419570

Junior Stage Class 9.45 – 11.00 The Audrey Spencer Theatre School of Dance, Unit 3 Fairfield Mills, Queen Street South, Huddersfield 01484 303358 / 07983 419570

Improvers Stage Class 9.15 – 10.30 The Audrey Spencer Theatre School of Dance, Unit 3 Fairfield Mills, Queen Street South, Huddersfield 01484 303358 / 07983 419570

Prep Ballet & Tap 10.00 – 11.00 HD1 Dance, 5 St John’s Road, Huddersfield 07883 636794 4 – 6 yrs

Kids Dance Multi Style Club 10.00 – 12.00 Tristan Dance Studios, Meltham Road, Lockwood, Huddersfield 01484 300136 / 07788 444555 Open Age Drama & Vocal Coaching 10.30 – 11.30 The Audrey Spencer Theatre School of Dance, Unit 3 Fairfield Mills, Queen Street South, Huddersfield 01484 303358 / 07983 419570 4 – 6 yrs

Primary Ballet & Tap 11.00 – 12.00 HD1 Dance, 5 St John’s Road, Huddersfield 07883 636794 6 - 8 yrs

Birchencliffe (St Philip) 31st Huddersfield Scouts (Cubs) 7.00 – 8.15 Birchencliffe St Philip’s Parish Community Centre, Briarlyn Road, Birchencliffe, Richard Eastwood – 01484 641389

Drama & Vocal Coaching 11.30 – 12.30 The Audrey Spencer Theatre School of Dance, Unit 3 Fairfield Mills, Queen Street South, Huddersfield 01484 303358 / 07983 419570 7 – 10 yrs

Prep Ballet & Tap 12.00 – 1.00 HD1 Dance, 5 St John’s Road, Huddersfield 07883 636794 4 – 6 yrs


Cowcliffe (St Hilda) 15th Huddersfield Scouts (Cubs) 7.00 – 8.30 Cowcliffe Scout Hall, Netheroyd Hill Road, Huddersfield Philip Pearson – 01484 314651

Irish Dancing (Beginners) 7.00 Tristan Dance Studios, Meltham Road, Lockwood, Huddersfield 01484 300136 / 07788 444555 £3

Body Popping 7.30 – 9.00 HD1 Dance, 5 St John’s Road, Huddersfield 07883 636794 7+ yrs

Grade 5 Modern Jazz & Tap 8.00 – 9.00 The Audrey Spencer Theatre School of Dance, Unit 3 Fairfield Mills, Queen Street South, Huddersfield 01484 303358 / 07983 419570

Advanced Hattori 6.00 – 7.00 Active Bodies Centre, Chapel Street, Off Chapel Hill, Huddersfield 07738 208586 Mixed Ages

Lindley 16th Huddersfield North Scouts (Beavers) 6.15 – 7.15 Lindley Methodist Church, East Street, Lindley, Huddersfield Sue O’Neill – 01484 536790

Greenhead Gymnastic Club 6.45 – 8.15 St Thomas’ Church, Station Road, Bradley, Huddersfield 01484 420262 5+ yrs

Zumbatomic 6.00 – 6.45 HD1 Dance, 5 St John’s Road, Huddersfield 07883 636794 7+ yrs

Birkby 26th Huddersfield North Cubs 6.45 – 8.00 St Cuthbert’s Church, Grimscar Avenue, Birkby, Huddersfield

Intermediate Ballet 7.30 – 8.30 The Audrey Spencer Theatre School of Dance, Unit 3 Fairfield Mills, Queen Street South, Huddersfield 01484 303358 / 07983 419570

Greenhead Gymnastic Club 6.30 – 7.30 St Thomas’ Church, Station Road, Bradley, Huddersfield 01484 420262 5+ yrs

Oakes 36th Huddersfield North Scouts (Cubs) 6.30 – 8.00 Salvation Army Hall, New Hey Road, Oakes, Huddersfield

Cowcliffe (St Hilda) 15th Huddersfield Scouts (Beavers) 6.30 – 7.30 Cowcliffe Scout Hall, Netheroyd Hill Road, Huddersfield Philip Pearson – 01484 314651

Outlane 11th Huddersfield North Scouts 7.30 – 9.00 Outlane Methodist Church, New Hey Road, Outlane, Huddersfield 0844 414 2315

Birchencliffe (St Philip) 31st Huddersfield Scouts 7.30 – 9.30 St Philip’s Parish Centre, Briarlyn Road, Birchencliffe, Richard Eastwood – 01484 641389

Cowcliffe (St Hilda) 15th Huddersfield Scouts 8.00 – 9.30 Cowcliffe Scout Hall, Netheroyd Hill Road, Huddersfield Philip Pearson – 01484 314651

Lindley 16th Huddersfield North Scouts 7.30 – 9.15 Lindley Methodist Church, East Street, Lindley, Huddersfield Sue O’Neill – 01484 536790 Bradley (St Thomas) 41st Huddersfield Scouts Bradley St Thomas Church, St Thomas Gardens, Bradley Road, Bradley, Huddersfield Jenny Farrell – 01924 840375

Drama & Vocal Coaching 12.30 – 1.30 The Audrey Spencer Theatre School of Dance, Unit 3 Fairfield Mills, Queen Street South, Huddersfield 01484 303358 / 07983 419570 11+ yrs

Rainbows, Brownies and Guide Groups are available in the Huddersfield area. For detailed information please contact Huddesfield Ramsden Division via email at julesbooth@ ntlworld.com

Dates for your Diary Beauty & the Beast December 15 – January 6 Victoria Theatre Halifax Tickets: 01422 361584 Christmas Crafts with fairandfunky December 6 11.00 Avid Farm Shop, near Penistone

The Secret Garden December 17 - 29 Square Chapel Centre for the Arts Halifax Tickets: 01422 349422

Festival of Light 2012 December 7 – 9 Huddersfield For full details visit: www. kirklees.gov.uk/festival/

The Hey Diddles Christmas Show December 22 Slaithwaite Civic Hall Huddersfield Tickets: 01484 222444

Beauty & the Beast December 13 - 30 Lawrence Batley Theatre Huddersfield Tickets: 01484 430528 Christmas Crafts with fairandfunky December 15 11.00 Cellar 88, Holmfirth

Salendine Nook 25th Huddersfield North Scouts 7.45 – 9.30 Salendine Nook Baptist Church, Moorhill Road, Huddersfield John Nunn – 01484 650826 Hattori – Over 8’s Beginners 12.00 – 12.55 Active Bodies Centre, Chapel Street, Off Chapel Hill, Huddersfield 07738 208586 8+ yrs

NOTE:

Some of the activities have limited places, some only run in term time and some may be cancelled at short notice. We always advise where possible, phoning ahead before setting out to any activity and, for some of the courses or lessons booking is essential.

Grade 3 Modern Jazz & Tap 1.30 – 2.30 The Audrey Spencer Theatre School of Dance, Unit 3 Fairfield Mills, Queen Street South, Huddersfield 01484 303358 / 07983 419570 Rhythmix Street Dance 2.00 – 3.00 HD1 Dance, 5 St John’s Road, Huddersfield 07883 636794 3 – 12 yrs

Intermediate Stage Class 2.30 – 4.00 The Audrey Spencer Theatre School of Dance, Unit 3 Fairfield Mills, Queen Street South, Huddersfield 01484 303358 / 07983 419570

Intermediate Street Class 4.00 – 4.30 The Audrey Spencer Theatre School of Dance, Unit 3 Fairfield Mills, Queen Street South, Huddersfield 01484 303358 / 07983 419570

The Hey Diddles Christmas Show December 23 Holmfirth Civic Hall Huddersfield Tickets: 01484 222444

SUNDAY

Hattori – Over 8’s Beginners 6.50 – 7.45 Active Bodies Centre, Chapel Street, Off Chapel Hill, Huddersfield 07738 208586 8+ yrs

Greenhead Gymnastic Club 10.30 – 11.30 St Thomas’ Church, Station Road, Bradley, Huddersfield 01484 420262 4 - 5 yrs

M&M Swim School 12.30 – 3.30 The North Huddersfield Trust, Woodhouse Hall Road, Fartown, Huddersfield 07748 155017 / 07870 954573

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FOOD REVIEW

PREGO – THE PERFECT PLACE TO EAT AND PLAY!

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y children are not naughty. They are, however, children and behave as such whether we’re out in public or not.

Jonathan, aged nine, is a picky eater, Florence, aged two, is prone to temper tantrums if she doesn’t get her own way and Benjamin, aged one, thinks it’s perfectly acceptable to throw food, drink and cutlery on the floor in order to tell you he’s had enough. Because of that, eating out with my children tends to fill me with a sense of foreboding. I know in advance that I’ll spend the entire time trying to persuade them to eat quietly and worrying what everyone else in the restaurant is thinking about my lack of parenting skills. If this sounds all too familiar, don’t despair, Prego Italian Cafe Bar and Restaurant offers a completely different experience which will leave you and your little ones far less stressed. Every Sunday between 12pm and 6pm, the restaurant at Huddersfield Road, Brighouse, offers Prego Play, especially designed for families with children. Instead of fussing over unsettled kids that are strapped into highchairs or made to stay put at the table for

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fear of knocking an unfortunate waiter flying with a soufflé, they can occupy themselves with games and toys in a secure, designated space next to the dining area. The room, which is staffed by two helpers, is close enough that parents can pop in and out to check on their children and the kids can easily find their own way back to the table. To keep them entertained, face painting is offered along with dressing up costumes, an area to colour in and a flat screen TV playing children’s classics. Back at the table children up to the age of 12 are provided with their own menu with two courses costing just £6.75 and three courses for £8.50. Choices include traditional favourites such as pizza, pasta, fish and chips or sausage and mash to more healthy options such as grilled chicken breast or salmon. Jonathan opted for barbecue spare ribs followed by a pepperoni pizza while the younger two shared a Sunday roast – one portion of which had more than enough roast beef for them both. The highlight for our eldest was a visit to the chocolate fountain which undoubtedly is a big hit with all kids who visit Prego Play. My husband had tortina di pesce misto – mixed fish and potato cake

to start. I had minestrone soup and we both ordered the delicious, filling Sunday roast which was rounded off with two lattes. One of the best things about Prego is that families are seated next to the Prego Play area, while guests wanting a quieter meal are seated at the other side of the restaurant, meaning they get to enjoy their meal too and you don’t have to feel guilty if your children get a little noisy. The restaurant, which is part of the Waterfront Lodge Hotel, is managed by Vittorio Piliu, and forms part of a small, family owned group of businesses. What struck us most is that the customer service is outstanding – it’s always nice if restaurant staff make a fuss of your children, but at Prego, it seems to be routine, which adds to the relaxing atmosphere and allows parents to enjoy their meal as well. Every Sunday until December 23, 2012 Santa will be visiting Prego Play between 1pm and 2pm. Prego is open seven days a week and offers a unique dining experience with or without children. Please visit www.waterfrontlodge.co.uk/PregoRestaurant/ for more information. By Elaine Jinks


OUT & ABOUT

YORKSHIRE AIR MUSEUM ELVINGTON, YORK, YO41 4AU Tel: 01904 608595 www.yorkshiremuseum.org

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ith the sight of Spitfires on the tarmac and the sound of The Glenn Miller Orchestra playing ‘Moonlight Serenade’ drifting across the airfield, it’s easy to allow yourself to be transported back to 1940s Britain at the Yorkshire Air Museum.

Situated outside York, it takes about an hour’s drive to get there. It was a chilly day when we visited and with many of the exhibits being outdoors, be sure to wrap up warm – sadly it was not vintage tea dress weather! RAF Elvington was rebuilt in 1942 and became part of ‘42 Base’ whose airmen played a vital role in destroying German industry during World War II, with 77 Squadron taking part in the Battle of the Ruhr. When 77 Squadron moved, Elvington became host to two French Squadrons which took part in a major bomber offensive against enemy forces. Whilst at Elvington, 77 Squadron, comprising British, Canadian, Australian and New Zealand airmen, lost 82 aircraft and 450 crew – more than half their fatalities during the entire war. After the war, Elvington had many uses including aircraft maintenance and training. Most notably in 1952 it became part of the expansion programme for the US Strategic Air Command to deliver their nuclear deterrent. The museum had begun to establish itself in a limited form in 1986. Elvington finally closed in 1992 and was sold by the Ministry of Defence in 1999, when it

began to open daily as a museum. If like my eldest son, you find your children studying World War II as their school topic, then the Yorkshire Air Museum is the place to visit. There are few places that can truly bring history alive for a nine-year-old, but the sight of a Halifax Bomber is one of them. And of course if that’s not enough, then reading about Sir Barnes Wallis, designer of the bouncing bomb used by the Dambusters during their 1943 mission is the stuff of legend. The museum will certainly fuel a child’s curiosity and imagination. On returning home, my son went on to read ‘War Stories for Boys’ by Chris Priestley, Bryan Perrett and Jim Eldridge and enthusiastically watched a series about the Dambusters. Wallis – the visionary aircraft designer - forms part of the amazing ‘Pioneers of Aviation’ exhibition which also details the contributions of many other famous Yorkshire aviators such as Sir George Cayley, internationally acknowledged father of aeronautics and Amy Johnson, the first female to fly solo to Australia and Russia. You may be mistaken in thinking

that the museum is purely a tribute to World War II. Indeed, that is where its rich history lies, but it offers so much more than that with pre and post World War II aircraft, historic vehicles, uniform collections and interactive displays. Although older children will certainly benefit more from the experience, my toddler was quite happy to climb in and out of the display aircraft and for several weeks afterwards her new favourite word was ‘plane.’ There is a restaurant and museum shop on site, neither of which we sampled, as we were heading on to a farmer’s market. Admission is £8 for adults, £4 for children and under fives are free. Family tickets for up to two adults and three children are available for £22. The museum is open daily from 10am to 5pm but always check prior to travelling. If you want to spark your child’s imagination and encourage them to learn about an important part of not only British, but Yorkshire history, then The Yorkshire Air Museum is a grand day out! By Elaine Jinks

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HEALTH ESCAPE TO ALEXANDRA HOUSE SPA BEING a mother can be an exhausting task and between school pick-ups, making packed lunches, ferrying the kids to dance class or football training, cooking, doing the household chores and possibly holding down a job, more often than not you might not feel like a ‘yummy mummy’. It’s important to take time out once in a while and Alexandra House Spa has all you need to relax and recharge your batteries.

a Heart’ to reflect our caring, personal touch, as customer service is key within the spa. “We treat every client as an individual and tailor our treatments to suit their needs – whether they are looking for a deep tissue massage to relieve knots and tension or a gentler massage to relax mind and body. “The focus at Alexandra House Spa is on holistic care – the spa offers peace and space for you to recharge your batteries, free your mind and give you time for reflection.” Holistic therapies such as reflexology and reiki are available alongside more traditional treatments such as Swedish massage, hot stone massage and facials. The spa also offers gift vouchers, which make an ideal Christmas present for family or friends as a way of thanking them for their support throughout the year. For more information on the spa, visit www. alexandrahouse.org.uk and begin your journey to inner peace and total relaxation.

The holistic health spa at Murray Road, Edgerton, Huddersfield, offers a wide range of pampering packages in a peaceful setting, which will leave you feeling revitalised and refreshed. Holistic treatments that can help to maintain and improve day-to-day well-being are also available with therapies that can relieve stress and anxiety. Taking regular care of your emotional well-being can help to prevent stress related illnesses such as depression. Maxine Stead, managing director of the spa, said: “The spa has recently launched some new branding – ‘A Spa with

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ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND

onderland Children’s Play Gym and Cafe opened its doors six months ago and offers exciting toys and equipment alongside structured activities.

The play gym, at New Street, Slaithwaite, Huddersfield, consists of a climbing frame with wavy slide and ball pool, a home corner with kitchen, dolls, prams, ride-ons, a train table and an action packed baby area. Alison Whitwam, who runs the business, said: “We have a relaxing cafe serving home made food and tasty snacks as well as speciality teas and coffees and cold drinks. “You can have your party at Wonderland with budgets to suit everyone. We can also host special events such as christenings and baby showers.” A host of activities are available including a toddler group which meets on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9am to 11.30am. A qualified nursery teacher runs structured themed classes featuring singing, crafts, stories and a snack for £3 per child, £1 per baby and 50p per extra child. ‘Fantasies and Fairy Tales in Wonderland’ takes place on Monday and Wednesday at 2pm and Songbirds classes are

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held on Thursday at 9.30am. A breastfeeding support group, run by mums, is held each Tuesday at 2pm. The play gym, suitable for children aged up to six-years, is open from 9am to 4pm Monday to Friday.


LITERACY All information kindly supplied by:

The Children’s Bookshop 37-39 Lidget Street, Lindley, Huddersfield 01484 658013

‘T Children’s WINTER Reads

Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house...’ he festive season is a wonderful time for sharing books and memories. We all remember ‘The Night Before Christmas’ by Clement C. Moore and this year, there are three exceptional, beautifully illustrated versions to choose from.

The Night Before Christmas illustrated by Niroot Puttpipat (£12.99) This is the most sophisticated version in black, white and red with cameos, cut out pages and a spectacular pop-up at the end. A classic edition to treasure for years to come. The Night Before Christmas illustrated by Angela Barrett (£11.99) Exquisite illustrations bring the poem to life in another new hardback for all the family to share. The Night Before Christmas illustrated by Christian Birmingham (£5.99) With soft-focus pictures and large print, this paperback version is a constant favourite on Christmas Eve.

Preschoolers The excitement of Christmas can be overwhelming for young children but these three books are perfect for a bit of quiet downtime. Jolly Snowman by Emma Goldhawk (£12.99) This book has an ingenious, attractive snowman hand puppet who introduces your child to the wonders of snow. Ten Shiny Snowflakes by Russell Julian (£8.99) More fun with tactile snowflakes that takes your child on a journey of descending numbers through the snow. Father Christmas Needs a Wee by Nicholas Allen (boxed set with mini Santa Claus £10.99) Again, this book has reducing numbers as the cold affects Father Christmas in a way many toddlers will relate to. Happily, the story ends well!

Young Readers Books suitable for emerging readers that will help spark interest and build confidence. When It Snows by Richard Collingridge (£10.99) This book explores the magic of snow, footprints, muffled sounds with stunning pictures that take the reader through astonishing landscapes to a cosy conclusion. Holly and Ivy by Rumer Godden (£15.99) This large, beautiful picture book is a classic tale for girls aged four to eight. The long story of loss and gain encapsulates the Christmas mood as Holly, the rejected doll, finds her perfect refuge.

Little donkey, little donkey, on a dusty road... This Christmas, The Children’s Bookshop is celebrating with donkeys! The Wonky Donkey by Craig Smith (£11.99) Perfect for reading aloud, this is a cumulative tale, full of tongue twisters which gather momentum as the story unfolds. The Donkey’s First Christmas by Suzanne Schroder (£5.99) This book tells the tale of a work-shy donkey given to Mary and Joseph by his enraged owner. Initially, the donkey is very reluctant to carry Mary, but she charms him and he willingly exhausts himself taking her to Bethlehem. Once there, he discovers he is part of a very special event.

NEWS

Don’t miss Suzanne Schroder, author of ‘The Donkey’s First Christmas’, who will be in the shop signing copies of her book on Tuesday December 4, 2012 from 3.30pm to 5.30pm. A real, live donkey will also be dropping in to visit!

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The Scallymag Hudds - Issue 2  

The Winter 2012 issue of the Scallymag Huddersfield

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