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DAILY DIARIES

For Pre-school and Out-of-School Activities

NEWS

Updates on local activity groups, businesses and charities

OUT & ABOUT

National Railway Museum, York Gorpley Wood, Todmorden

FOCUS ON:

Primary & Secondary School Admissions Applying On-Line

ACTIVITIES Craft ideas for Hallowe’en

PLUS MUCH, MUCH MORE! Autumn 2013

Issue 30

For Local Parents, Carers & Kids

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page welcome header BACK TO SCHOOL & work Another year is flying past and the autumn school term is upon us and in full swing. The summer (didn’t the fine weather help?) holidays are a distant memory, forced back into the cupboard of our minds by the struggle of getting back into the routine of checking and emptying book-bags, organising packed lunches and then making sure all necessary paraphernalia is assembled by the front door, before 8.30. However, all three of my scallywags are now at the same school, one drop off and collection point for the next three years! Yay! In this Out & About section we have a feature on the National Railway Museum, York, a must for any rail enthusiast, young or not-so-young. We also feature a local Walk4Miles circular route around Gorpley Wood, Todmorden. The walk is not a strenuous hike by no means, but if you have a spare hour on a Sunday afternoon, it’s worth an amble! Back by popular demand is our feature about primary school admissions in Lancashire, aimed at parents of three-to-four year olds, focused on applying for a place on-line using the Lancashire County Council website. The importance of this is that you will no longer be receiving the paper booklets and application form. It’s all to be done on-line this time. In the coming months you are about to make a crucial decision for your child’s future and which school you would like your child to attend. This article explains about the on-line procedure, but, more importantly, gives the key dates for submission of forms - don’t miss the deadline! It is supported by adverts from some of our local schools in Rossendale, please take note of their input; without their contribution The Scallywag magazine could not be distributed free of charge. In these challenging economic times I thank readers, contributors and advertisers alike. This is a bumper issue and we really couldn’t do this without you!

Tracey

CONTENTS Diary Pages Pre-Schools & Playgroups, Library Times & Soft Play Pre-School Diary Out-of-School Diary Out & About Gorpley Wood, Todmorden National Railway Museum, York News Updates on local businesses Rossendale Markets Focus On: Primary Schools Admissions Choosing a Primary School Secondary Schools Admissions Over to You Michelle Starts New Chapter Activities Make a Spooky Lantern Apricot Bread Pudding Recipe Family Health New Flu Vaccine for Children

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Contact us To discuss and book advertising space, ideas for future articles or just to let us know what you think of the magazine, please get in touch by any of the following means:  PO Box 267, Rossendale, Lancashire, BB4 0DE  tracey@thescallywag.co.uk  01706 213863  www.thescallywag.co.uk The Scallywag Magazine - Rossendale @ScallywagRoss

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. © 2013 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.

Front Cover Winner

Many thanks to Hillside Nursery School, Haslingden, for holding the competition to draw the front cover of the Autumn issue of The Scallywag magazine. We received some brilliant entries! Thank you all for your hard work.

‘Congratulations’ to

Jacob Morris, aged 3, who created this fantastically vibrant picture. Many thanks also to Mrs Parkinson for being so organised and managing the competition last summer term!

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news The Best Birthday Party EVER

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fantastic day! Jake had a great birthday and wouldn’t stop talking about it. All parents thought it was the best party ever.” (Justine Britton).

If this is the reaction you are looking for after your child’s next birthday party maybe you should take a look at an outdoor activity birthday party. At Outdoor Elements Activity Centre in Simonstone, activities to choose from include: climbing trees, leap of faith, zip line, crate stack challenge, Jacob’s ladder, archery, survival skills, and bush craft. Set in a beautiful woodland environment, the qualified instructors will entertain the kids in complete safety so you can stand back and watch them enjoy the party! Additionally, there are free drink refreshments for all, free parking and party invites; plus Outdoor Elements can offer catering, including the cake, making the whole experience more relaxed for you. Parties are for a minimum of 10 and are generally suitable for ages 8+ (although we do some packages for ages 6+). There are a range of packages starting from a 1 ½ hour party at just £13 per person. For more information, go to www.outdoorelements.co.uk, phone 01282 416396 or email info@outdoorelements.co.uk

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awn Rose Clothing Contemporary Jewellery & Accessories is a growing local business with style.

Based in Rossendale, Dawn offers a bespoke collection of jewellery, scarves, handbags and accessories all at very affordable prices. Her business has gone from strength to strength over the last year and she is now expanding to include stylish yet affordable clothing, perfect for any occasion. Dawn sources her collection from a wide range of designers and boutiques. She is a regular attendee at national fashion trade shows to keep in touch with the latest trends. Her expert fashion ‘eye’ allows Dawn to keep her ever-changing stock fresh and contemporary and this why her new clothing line has been so successful at parties and charity events over the last few months. You can view Dawn’s products on her website, where her online shop offers free delivery in Rossendale. She also works in partnership with a number of local businesses where there are permanent product displays. However, the best way to see the full range of Dawn’s collection is at one of her parties. In fact, why not host a party in your home, with your friends and family? As a thank you for hosting you will receive on average £40 - £50 to spend on products. Alternatively, why not raise funds for your charity or your children’s school? By holding fundraising events you will receive a percentage from the sales in cash towards your cause. For further information or to make a booking, or to view any Dawn Rose products please visit www.dawnroseonline.co.uk

Winter Health Check- for your car!

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an Knight Automotive is a family business with a reputation for honesty. The owner, Nick Smith, has 20 years’ experience in motor repairs and is a qualified MOT tester.

Nick says: “We offer a full range of servicing and repairs for all makes of car. Being a young family of five we understand the importance of keeping family cars safe on the road and having them ready for the school run. “

Here are a few tips from Nick to keep your car going in the coming colder months and how you can help save on expensive repairs: • Batteries are put under more stress in winter, when using heaters, wipers and lights. Batteries don’t often last longer than 5 years, so replacing them can save the hassle of a breakdown • Checking the level of anti-freeze, or having it checked for free by us, is vital. In winter you need a 50:50 mix of antifreeze and water in the cooling system, to avoid freezing in the engine and causing serious damage. • It’s recommended that tyres have 3mm tread for winter motoring. More and more of our customers are swapping to winter tyres to give them greater grip and keep them moving even in the ice and snow. We provide a ‘tyre hotel’ and store your normal tyres over winter if you don’t have room at home. • Check wipers and replace if necessary. Top up screenwash fluid to reduce the chances of it freezing. If you don’t know how to do these checks yourself, or don’t have time, pop in to Ian Knight Automotive: we will do the checks for free, with no obligations

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out & about

Gorpley Wood Off Baup Road, Todmorden

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My search led me to a really useful website, www.walk4life.info. There, under the ‘search for a walk’ tag, I entered my postcode and was delighted to discover there are loads of walks listed in the Rossendale area. I was especially interested in the Walk4Life Miles. Simply put, these are walking routes about a mile long and can be found in parks, along footpaths and canals. These routes are mostly waymarked with distinctive yellow waymarkers showing where they start and end. As we were running an errand in Todmorden, I chose a circular walk at Gorpley Wood, as it was on the way back. Perfect distance, I thought, for little people with little legs. There is a small car park, just off the A681 and close to a nearby bus stop. Once parked up, snacks packed in backpack, we were off! From the car park we took the left-hand path. A very clear and well-made pathway was ahead of us. I just followed the children, barely able to keep up. This walk at Gorley Wood is formed around a deep, steep clough and the path follows a stream where waterfalls and plunge pools can

be seen. On the sunny afternoon that we were there, it was beautiful and it had almost a magical feel about it. At the halfway point we stopped for a drink and snacks and to review the map I had printed off. We had a choice; we could go back the way we came (which was lovely) or take a higher path. A vote was taken and the motion was carried to take higher path back. This was easy, guided by the well-placed way-markers. However, there was also a warning sign of a steep drop with no barrier. I felt confident that my elder son and daughter could be trusted to walk sensibly but I maintained a tight grip on the hand of my younger son. The path was not that narrow, maybe 3ft wide and was safely constructed. Nonetheless, my youngest is 4 years old and can be easily distracted. Speaking of distractions, further along this way back, we found a strange dwelling located in an old tree stump with a little, bright blue door and red door handle. The sign beside it read, “Do not feed the gnome”. Of course the children had to look inside, but I won’t tell you what we found, I don’t want to spoil the surprise! This higher

path let us enjoy some great views over the countryside before dropping down at a manageable gradient back to the car park. In total the walk was 1.03 miles, to be precise and took about 45 minutes to complete allowing for an essential snack break, of course! This particular walk was not suitable for prams and pushchairs, but if you look on the website, I am sure there will be others more suitable, as you can make it a criteria for your search. Although we went in the summer holidays we all have decided to go back and complete the walk again in the autumn to see how the trees have changed colour and what we can collect for the inevitable school nature project. It’ll be a perfect Sunday afternoon activity.

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was looking for something to entertain the children for an hour or so, that didn’t have an entrance fee and that didn’t involve a slide or swing. Something that got them (and me) some exercise, doing something that I could let them take the lead on; maybe get them to start taking an interest in learning to read maps and walking signposts.

Walk4Life was originally part of the Government’s Change4Life campaign. It was set up to encourage families and adults to eat well, move more and live longer, by making small lifestyle changes that add up to big health benefits. The initiative is all about helping people move and walking is a great way to start. Walk4Life Miles are supported by community groups, Walking for Health groups, local councils and a range of other organisations.

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And what a A week of Summer ac�vi�es…in pictures

week we had!

The launch of the Wonderful Things project at St Mary’s CE Primary School Rawtenstall took the form of A Week of Wonderful Things – a week of unusual ac�vi�es and life experiences for local children aged 4 to 11. The project, which has been par�ally funded by the Big Lo�ery will be run for the next school year and longer! Each day in the August week had a different theme with many ac�vi�es to choose from every day and a celebra�on party on the final evening to which parents and all involved in the week were invited. Feedback has been Wonderful…. “My daughter had a great �me and mixing with children she didn't know has really increased her confidence”… parents’ highlights were “listening to their stories every night when they returned home and told with such enthusiasm as if they had been to an all day party” and “seeing the absolute joy and pleasure in his face every day because he’d such a fun �me” and one parent said “the week was one of the highlights of the girls’ holidays and they s�ll talk about it weeks later. As a parent I was so relieved they were a�ending ac�vi�es they were actually looking forward to and enjoyed. “ The good news is that there will be other ac�vi�es for all to enjoy throughout the year star�ng with a sports club in the Autumn half term. If you are interested in booking your child in for the week, please call 01706 216407.

is back! 28th October to 1st November 2013 ~ 9am to 4pm SP ORTS WEEK! - Watch out for more details on www.facebook.com/ WonderfulT hingsProgramme The home of Wonderful Things is having its Open Day on 3rd October 2013…. Look out for more information in Scallywag Magazine!

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Out & About

National Railway Museum

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or many of you, railways will conjure up images of a bespectacled, anorakclad geek standing on a footbridge, scribbling down numbers in a battered old notebook.

My 10-year-old son doesn’t quite fit the bill, yet we’ve been visiting the NRM with him ever since his passion for Thomas the Tank Engine! The museum often plays host to the ever popular ‘Days Out With Thomas’ events, complete with steam engine rides and of course, the Fat Controller. However, as our son has got older, he’s become interested in the development of the railways, from the first steam locomotives and Stephenson’s Rocket, to the modern Japanese Bullet Train – resulting in a collection of track and engines under his bed. For an introduction to this important mode of transport and its impact on Britain, you can’t go wrong with a trip to the NRM, whatever the age of your children. It’s a great place to visit on a wet and windy day as the bulk of its exhibits are indoors. With more than 100 rail vehicles on site at any one time, there’s a lot to explore at the NRM. From the romance of The Flying Scotsman, currently being restored at the museum, to the Mallard, which 75 years ago set a new steam locomotive world speed record of

126mph – a record that still stands. From October 26, there will be a second chance to see all six of the surviving “A4” locomotives around the turntable. The exhibition also includes the Mallard experience – a simulator ride that recreates the Mallard’s record breaking run. Station Hall is home to the largest collection of royal carriages in the world including Queen Victoria’s opulent ‘palace on wheels’ and the Royal Saloon built for King George VI during the Second World War. For the real enthusiast, The Works is well worth a visit – the museum’s workshop where engineers restore the historic locomotives, carriages and wagons. You can also track train movements on the East Coast Main Line using the museum’s signalling display, but the highlight for our children was watching the trains on the real railway from the viewing balcony overlooking York Station. The museum, which is completely pushchair-friendly, hosts a variety of

family activities throughout the year, including interactive science shows and storytelling. Sessions especially for those under six-years-old take place at 11.30am and 3.30pm on weekends during term-time. If it is dry younger children will also love the outdoor play area and miniature railway. The museum boasts two cafés (one outdoors), a restaurant, and from September, a chance to experience afternoon tea in a traditional dining carriage – maybe best kept for mums and dads when the grandparents are babysitting! Having visited all three, we think the selection and quality of food has always been best at the Dining Car Restaurant in Station Hall. It is completely free to visit the NRM, though donations are welcome, and it is open daily from 10am to 6pm, apart from three days at Christmas. Our youngest appears to be following in his older brother’s footsteps when it comes to his love of trains, so I anticipate many more visits to the museum in the coming years. In fact, my husband said: “I’d love to spend a whole day there and have the time to read all the exhibition information.” Sadly, running after three very active children doesn’t always allow for such things – never mind, Gary, only another 18 years or so to go! Let’s hope the museum is safe from cuts and closure threats until then; it would be a sad day indeed if the nation lost such a valuable treasure. By Elaine Jinks

Photos: G Turner

Leeman Road, York, YO26 4XJ TEL 08448 153139 www.nrm.org.uk

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charity news

Celebrating Our Success

Home-Start Rossendale is an early intervention service, offering a unique package of support to prevent family crisis from escalating. As a voluntary organisation, we are committed to promoting the welfare of families with at least one child under five years of age who live in the Rossendale Valley. We receive practical support from Home-Start UK, but we are responsible for our own funding. Our scheme supports families whose needs are identified by referrers and families themselves. Each family is linked to one of our volunteers who visit them in the comfort of their own home, for two to three hours each week, for as long as the family needs support. Home-Start volunteers support parents in situations as diverse as isolation, bereavement, multiple births, illness, disability or who are just finding parenting a struggle. Volunteers, who are all parents themselves, provide non-judgemental, practical and emotional support, which helps to build the family’s confidence and ability to cope. All volunteers attend an initial 40 hour training course prior to being linked with a family and many undertake further training through our scheme. Once linked with a family, volunteers are supported and supervised on at least a monthly basis.

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Outcomes of support for our families include

In 2012/13 77% of families supported, reported a significant improvement in coping with isolation and improving their mental health. 81% of supported families, confirmed improvements in the day to day running of the home in 2012/13. In the past year 90% of families supported, reported an increase in self-esteem and confidence. 100% of supported families expressed that they were more engaged with their children’s learning and development in the past 12 months. As a result of attending counselling sessions (accompanied by their volunteers) 6 parents who previously suffered from low self-esteem have now started to attend toddler groups, enabling both them and their children to socialise more. 30% of the families we support are either subject to Child Protection Plans or a Common Assessment Framework – we successfully work with the family to overcome any issues highlighted which will lead to the case being closed. 8 parents attended a Confidence and Self Esteem Course which Home-Start offered. As a result of our support, one parent resumed a singing career, another returned to work after long-term illness, a teenage mum now goes into schools talking about her experiences, one young Mum set up her own business.

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Volunteers have also had the opportunity to develop: Initial and on-going training opportunities - 3 volunteers have attended ADEPT training and LSCB training to help them secure a future in the health and social care profession adding to the pool of skilled and experienced workers in the locality. As a result of working with Home-Start Rossendale, the Co-ordinator managed to enrol 7 volunteers on a level 2/3 qualification in Children’s Workforce and Development, saving them £2,200 - £2,800 each, as the training company obtained funding to cover the costs. Three volunteers have left and have furthered their careers as a result of volunteering for the scheme – having become a qualified social worker, Prevention and Early Intervention Officer, and working for a Children’s Centre Facts and Figures: 6 specialist volunteer trustees form our Board of Directors 20 active volunteers 54 families, including 113 children, supported in 2012/13 62 volunteers trained since 2007 283 families referred to Home-Start Rossendale since opening in January 2007 342 parents and children attended our Family Fun Time event in 2012/13 3432 hours gifted by volunteers in 2012/13


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local mum is celebrating after having her first book published. Michelle Flatley’s novel, My Beautiful England, explores life as an immigrant in Burnley and has been picked up by a London publisher.

Michelle Starts New Chapter Michelle, who lives in Whitewell Bottom with her husband and three children, based her novel on her experiences of teaching English as a second language. She said: ‘I’ve been really lucky. I nearly gave up so many times. My children really encouraged me to finish it. Without their support I couldn’t have done it.’ The book tells the story of three women who come to England and meet at a local language school. Together they build a unique friendship and realise that England is not the dream place they hoped for. Michelle said, ‘I wanted to write something about people’s expectations of England. The book is written from the immigrant’s point of view. It looks at the challenges faced by female immigrants. Many women who come to the UK feel afraid, isolated

and struggle to communicate. Also, few books about the immigrant’s experience consider life in the north of England.’ Readers will recognise the landscape of Burnley. Towneley Park, Burnley Library and The Singing Ringing Tree, all feature in the novel. Michelle spent two years writing the book and has taught English in Burnley and Accrington. Although the book is a work of fiction it does consider some very real issues. It was inspired by the story of Shafilea Ahmed, the schoolgirl who was murdered by her parents in 2003. Michelle said: ‘That story resonated because like many young Asian girls, she was unable to be heard. The book attempts to tell unknown stories.’ So far the book has featured in The Big Issue and has received many five

star reviews. Michelle said: ‘It’s been a dream come true, to get a book published. It took a year to find a publisher and there were many rejections along the way. Writing a book is something I have always wanted to do and I’ve been really lucky to find a publisher who believed in the book. I’ve met lots of interesting writers and it’s been a really exciting year.’ Michelle is now writing a second book based on Indian legends. My Beautiful England is published by Cutting Edge Press. It is available on Amazon as a paperback, priced at £5.75. A kindle version is also available. The book can also be ordered through Waterstones.

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Rossendale Markets Local *Service - Quality - Value Bacup Market

Bacup, Union St, ) (off A671 A OL13 0A dnesday Open We y a & Saturd t on e Fleamark Fridays

Haslingden Market

Blackburn Rd, Haslingden BB4 5QA Open Tuesday & Friday

OPEN 9AM TO 4PM WITH FREE PARKING

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Rawtenstall Market

ad, Newchurch Ro Rawtenstall BB4 7QX ay Open Thursd & Saturday

For more information contact: 01706 217777 www.rossendale.gov.uk/markets www.rawtenstall-market.co.uk


rossendale Markets

So Much Going on At Rossendale Markets! Bacup Flea Market It’s that time of year when the children have gone back to school, summer is well and truly over and you start preparing for cold nights and dark mornings. It’s a great time to clear out all those unused or unwanted items that have been cluttering up your loft or spare room and get ready for the winter season. But rather than throwing them away, why not make a few pounds? ‘One man’s trash is another man’s treasure’ to coin a phrase. Bacup Flea Market is the perfect place for you to sell your used clothing, accessories, ornaments, CDs, DVDs, toys or games, and at just £6 a stall, what’s stopping you?! The Flea market runs every Friday from 9am and stalls are available for you to turn up and trade from. All new traders are welcome, there are no complicated forms to fill in and you don’t need a licence. The Flea Market is on Bacup Market, Union Street, Bacup OL13 0DE.

Arts & Crafts Markets at Bacup Market Bacup Market hosts regular Arts & Crafts Markets alongside its regular retail market which is open every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. It hosted a Hippie Arts & Crafts Market on Saturday 14 September 2013, which attracted arts and crafts traders from Rossendale and beyond, selling a range of fabric gifts, jewellery, accessories, cushions, teddy bears, cards and prints. On Saturday 14 December 2013 Bacup Market will be hosting its annual Christmas Arts & Crafts Market which will offer a variety of Christmas themed crafts and gifts and always attracts a good crowd.

Events at Rawtenstall Market Rawtenstall Market had a great Family Fun Day on Thursday 29th August 2013. The traders and market management want to say a huge thank you to all those who attended the successful event, which included a magician, Barn Owls, small farm animals, children’s fairground rides, a craft workshop and face painting. The free event saw lots of families visit the market, some for the first time, and a great day was had by all! Rawtenstall Market hopes to repeat the success of the event with a Christmas Family Fun Day on Saturday 30th November 2013. There will be loads of attractions for all the family, including face painting, so put the date in your diary now! If you would like more information about any of the events or to book a stall at any of the markets please contact the Communities Team on 01706 252541 / communitiesteam@rossendalebc.gov.uk

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The Boo Showtime

Join us for an action packed season of great shows and brilliant workshops. Sunday 29th September 3:00pm

Round the world in a tea kettle.

International theatre from Prague – a rare treat. Meet Tudytam and Kudykam on their absurd adventures in a kettle – with lots of comic surprises.

Family Friendly Arts Festival Sunday 20th October 11:30am & 3:00pm YUMM! A celebration of food with dance, music and loads of fun all based round a dinner table. * Saturday 26th October 7:30pm One Giant Leap A cosmic journey through the solar system guaranteed to have you amazed. A great night out for adults as much a children! 10+ * Wednesday 30th October 2:00pm STATIK A half term show; energetic, funny and highly entertaining. Plus … Free! The BiG Draw at 1:00pm and 3:00pm Sunday 3rd November 2:00 - 4:00pm

Skeleton’s Ball

Halloween time and one of the best loved events at the BOO. Dress spookily and join us for our annual scary festival.

Most tickets £7, evening and adult shows prices vary.

Book online www.horseandbamboo.org or by phone 01706 220241

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Bacup St James Square, Bacup 01706 873324

Crawshawbooth Adelaide Street, Crawshawbooth 01706 224269

Haslingden Deardengate, Haslingden 01706 215690

Rawtenstall Queen’s Square, Haslingden Rd, Rawtenstall 01706 227911

Whitworth Lloyd Street, Whitworth 01706 853261

Runamok 10 Commerce Street, Carrs Industrial Estate, Haslingden 01706 213213

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Bacup Nursery School, Cowtoot Lane, Bacup 01706 873856

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Hillside Nursery Pre-School Group Cedar Avenue, Haslingden 01706 214162

8:55 - 11:55 12:40 - 3:40

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The Learning Tree St Philip’s Church Hall, Chatterton Road, Stubbins, Sharon 07970 358784

9:00 - 1:00

9:00 - 3:00

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9:00 - 3:00

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Crawshawbooth Pre-School The Village Community Centre, Adelaide Street, Crawshawbooth, Sheila 01706 830796

9:00 - 12.00

9:00 - 12.00

9:00 - 12.00

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Cherry Tree Pre-School Cherry Crescent Centre, Cherry Crescent, Rawtenstall, Angela 01706 229153

8:30 - 12:30

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St James-The-Less Pre-School The Old School Room, Burnley Road, Rossendale, 07901 886506

9:15 - 12:15

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Helmshore Pre-School St Thomas Church Hall, Rhodes Avenue, Helmshore, 07960 185801 helmshorepreschool@yahoo.co.uk

9:00 - 12:00

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Tunstead Pre-School The Community Centre, Haworth Drive, Stacksteads, Ann or Janet 01706 879894

9:15 - 12:00

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Whitewell Pre-school Group Community Centre, Burnley Road East, Whitewell Bottom, 01706 220805 wbpreschool@btconnect.com

9:00 - 3:00

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Staghills Nursery School Top Barn Lane, Newchurch 01706 213303

8:45 - 11:45 1:00 - 4:00

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The Maden Community and Children Centre Rochdale Road, Bacup, 01706 879949 Whitworth Playgroup Hallfold United Reformed Church, Hall Street, Whitworth, 01706 860492 Edenfield Village Pre-School Edenfield Community Centre, Edenfield Jean 07748 083009

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Rakefoot Rascals 9.00 – 11.30 Rakefoot Methodist Church, York Street, Crawshawbooth Debbie 01706 212880

Little Turtles 9.15 – 11.15 The Maden Centre Rochdale Road, Bacup 01706 871740

Parent and Toddler Group 9:15 - 11:00 Central Methodist Church, Burnley Road, Bacup Shirley Suthers 01706 228234

Parent & Toddler Group 9.30 – 11.00 Sunnycrest 80 Pennine Road, Bacup Leila Allen – 01706 872725

Shop & Drop Crèche 9.30 – 11.30 (Term time only; booking essential) Haslingden Community Link & Children’s Centre Bury Road, Haslingden 01706 238355

Bouncing Babies 10.00 – 11.30 Whitworth Children’s Centre Hall Fold, Hall Street, Whitworth 01706 648747

Time For Me Creche 9.00 - 12.00 or 1.00 - 4.00 The Maden Community and Children Centre Rochdale Road, Bacup

Mums & Toddler Group 9.15 – 11.15 Our Lady & St Anslems John Street, Whitworth 01706 853545

Parent & Toddler Group 9.30 – 11.30 Shawforth Methodist Church, Rochdale Road, Shawforth Shirley Suthers 01706 228234

Parent & Toddler Group 9.30 – 11.30 Newchurch Methodist Church, Turnpike, Newchurch Shirley Suthers 01706 228234

Kay St Toddler Group 9.45 – 11.30 Kay Street Baptist Church Rawtenstall Rachel Topham 01706 213725

Baby Bounce & Rhyme 10.15 – 10.45 Crawshawbooth Library Adelaide Street, Crawshawbooth Kath – 01706 224269

Parent & Toddler Group 9.00 – 11.30 Newchurch Methodist Church, Turnpike, Newchurch Shirley Suthers 01706 228234

DansTots (parent & toddlers) 9.15 – 10.30 Dansworks Dance Academy, Pioneer Building, Bacup 01706 559671

Mother & Toddler Group 9.30 – 11.30 Haslingden Sports Centre, Haslingden 01706 227016

Teenie Tots Jiggle & Wiggle 9.30 - 11.30 9.30 – 11.00 Lumb Baptist Church, Burnley The Maden Centre Road East, Waterfoot Rochdale Road, Bacup 01706 214178 01706 871740

Baby Buddies 9.15 - 11.15 Balladen Children’s Centre Linden Lea, Rawtenstall 01706 228501

Toddler Group 9.30 – 11.30 Acre Mill Baptist Church, Hammond Street, Stacksteads Christine Clegg 01706 873329

Jo Jingles 9.30, 10.30, 11.30, 12.30 St Peter’s Church Hall, Hall Street, Haslingden Jo Corbett 01706 212889 3mths - 3+ yrs

Parent and Toddler Group 9.30 – 11.15 St John’s Church Hall, Facit, Whitworth

Terrific Two’s 9.30 – 11.00 (Booking Essential) Staghills Children’s Centre Top Barn Lane, Newchurch 01706 213303

Talkfirst – Baby & Toddler Signing 10:00 & 11.00 Ashday Lea (Masonic Hall), Haslingden Road, Rawtenstall Susan Broxton 01706 878781 Birth - 36 mths

Tots ‘n’ Toddlers (Stay & Play 1 – 3 yrs) 9.15 – 11.15 Balladen Children’s Centre Linden Lea, Rawtenstall 01706 228501

Humpty Dumpty Toddler Group 9.15 – 11.15 Edgeside Baptist Church Edgeside Lane, Waterfoot Phil Clay – 01706 226114

Parent & Toddler Group 9.30 - 11.30 Trinity Baptist Church, Market Street, Bacup 01706 873093

Parent & Toddler Group 9.30 – 11.00 St Peters Church Hall, Hall Street, Haslingden Vicky 01706 215412

Parent, Grandparent, Carer & Toddler Group 9.30 – 11.15 (Term time only) Haslingden Community Link & Children’s Centre, Bury Road, Haslingden 01706 238355

Little Angels Toddler Group Mini Far 10.00 – 11.30 10.00 - 1 St Mary’s Church, Cronksh Goodshaw Lane Alden Ro 01706 830251 Joy – 01

Mums & Toddler Group 9.15 – 11.15 Our Lady & St Anslems John Street, Whitworth 01706 853545

Mother & Toddler Group 9.30 – 11.30 Haslingden Sports Centre, Haslingden 01706 227016

Parent & Toddler Group 9.30 – 11.30 Shawforth Methodist Church, Rochdale Road, Shawforth Shirley Suthers 01706 228234

Talking Together 9.30 – 11.30 The Maden Centre Rochdale Road, Bacup 01706 871740

Sion Toddler Club 9.45 – 11.15 Sion Baptist Church, Newchurch Road, Cloughfold 01706 220392

Baby Club 10.00 - 11.00 (Booking Essential) Staghills Children Centre Top Barn Lane, Newchurch 01706 213303 Age 0 - 12 months

Feed & 11.15 – The Mad Rochdal 01706 8

Patter & Natter 9.00 – 11.30 St Anne’s Church Ashworth Road, Waterfoot 01706 558394 or 221889

Parent and Toddler Group 9.30 – 11.15 St John’s Church Hall, Facit, Whitworth

Carers & Toddler Group 9.30 – 11.15 Newchurch St. Nicholas C.E. Primary School Dark Lane, Newchurch 01706 229478 Andrea Preston

Surviving Teenagers 9.30 – 11.30 The Maden Centre Rochdale Road, Bacup 01706 871740

Toddler Group 10.00 – 12.00 The Village Community Centre, Adelaide Street, Crawshawbooth Sarah 01706 830796

Parent & Toddler Swim 11.00 – 12.00 Whitworth Leisure Centre John Street, Whitworth 01706 852694

Dance T 1.00pm Cherry T C/o Balla 01706 2

Gym Tots (18months to 5yrs) 9.00 – 10.00 & 10.00 - 11.00 Haslingden Sports Centre Haslingden 01706 227016

Stay & Play 9.30 – 11.30 The Maden Centre, Rochdale Road, Bacup 01706 871740

Holistic Help Coffee Morning 9.30 – 11.00 Haslingden Community Link & Children’s Centre Bury Road, Haslingden Ellie Williams 01706 238355

Baby Massage Various times - call for details Whitworth Children’s Centre Hall Fold, Hall Street, Whitworth 01706 648747

Baby Massage 10.00 - 11.00 The Village Community Centre Adelaide Street, Crawshawbooth c/o Balladen Children’s Centre 01706 228501

Parent & Toddler Swim 11:00 - 12:00 Haslingden Swimming Pool East Bank Avenue, Haslingden 01706 215883

Shop & 1.00 – 3 -Term-tim Haslingd Children Bury Ro 01706 2

Parent & Toddler Group 9.30 – 11.30 Stacksteads Methodist Church, Rook Hill Road, Stacksteads Shirley Suthers 01706 228234

Goodshaw Baptist Toddler Group 9.30 – 11.30 Goodshaw Baptist Church Burnley Road, Crawshawbooth Alison - 07792 487260

Baby & Toddler Group Various Courses 10.00 – 11.30 9.30 – 11.30 (Term time only) Haslingden Community Link & Broadway Primary School Broadway, Haslingden Children’s Centre Mrs Edmondson Bury Road, Haslingden 01706 229832 01706 238355

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Jo Jingles 9.30, 10.30, 11.30, Crawshawbooth Community Centre, Adelaide Street, Crawshawbooth Jo Corbett 01706 212889

Shop & Drop Crèche 9.30 – 11.30 (booking essential - term time only) Haslingden Community Link & Children’s Centre Bury Road, Haslingden 01706 238355

Baby Buddies (with Breast Feeding Support) 9:30 - 11:30 Maden Centre, Rochdale Road, Bacup 01706 871740

Inbetweenies 10.00 – 11.30 Whitworth Children’s Centre Hall Fold, Hall Street, Whitworth 01706 648747

Outreach Baby Massage 10.15 – 11.30 Rawtenstall Health Centre Bacup Road, Rawtenstall C/o Staghills Children Centre 01706 213303

Baby Bo 10.15 – Rawtens Haslingd 01706 2

Mini Movers Ballet & Tap 9:00 - 10:00 Rossendale Dance & Drama Centre, 52, Bridleway, Waterfoot 01706 211161

Pre-school Fun to Dance 9.15 – 10.00 Samba Dance & Fitness Station Road, Facit Whitworth 01706 854960

DansTots (parent & toddlers) 9.15 – 10.00 Dansworks Dance Academy Pioneer Building, Bacup Contact Karen 07843 263714 (18 mths – 3 yrs)

Dad’s Group 10.00 – 12.00 (Last Sat only) Whitworth Children’s Centre Hall Fold, Hall Street, Whitworth 01706 648747

Dad’s Group 10.00 – 12.00 (2nd Sat of month) c/o Staghills Childrens Centre Various venues. Please contact 01706 213303

Tap & Ballet 10.00 – 11.00 Dansworks Dance Academy Pioneer Building, Bacup Contact Karen 07843 263714 Age 4 – 5 Years

Diddy D 10.00 – Rossend Centre, 5 Waterfoo 01706 2

Tiny Twisters Tap and Ballet 9.00 – 10.00 Fusion Fitness & Dance Doals Community Centre, Burnley Road, Weir Helen 078737 66101

Streetdance 9.15 – 10.00 Dansworks Dance Academy Pioneer Building, Bacup Karen 07843 263714 Age 2 1/2 years+

FundaTots (sport ed. & creative play) 9.00 – 10.00 Burnley College Princess Way, Burnley 2 – 5 yrs Kieran 0778 429 8974

Family Time 10.00 – 12.00 (1st & 3rd Sat) The Maden Centre Rochdale Road, Bacup 01706 871740

Pre School Dance (Tap, Ballet & Muscial Theatre) 10.00 – 11.00 Dansworks Dance Academy Pioneer Building, Bacup Contact Karen 07843 263714 Age 3-4 yrs

Street, Tap, Ballet, Ballroom, Disco & Latin 10.00 – 12.00 (Booking Essential) Sparkle Academy, 8 – 12 Burnley Road, Rawtenstall 01706 225004 18 mths – 6 yrs

Muck & 10.30 – call for d Haslingd Children Bury Ro Lisa Cas

Jolly Tots Toddler Group 9:15 - 11:30 (1st Friday of Parent & Toddler Group every month) 9.15 – 11.00 St Nicholas Church, Haslingden Methodist Church Newchurch Manchester Road, Helmshore Rev Sue Davies 01706 219768 Chat ‘n’ Chill (1st Friday of every month) 9.15 – 11.15 and 1.15 – 3.15 Staghills Children Centre Top Barn Lane, Newchurch 01706 213303

Jo Jingles 9.30 & 10.30 Ramsbottom Pool and Fitness Centre, Porritt Way, Ramsbottom Jo Corbett 01706 212889

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Parent & Toddler Swim 1.00– 2.00 Whitworth Leisure Centre John Street, Whitworth 01706 852694

Clovers Support Group 1.15 – 2.45 (15th Jul & 16th Sep) Staghills Children’s Centre Top Barn Lane, Newchurch Kathryn - 01706 213303 Book if crèche place needed

Drop Crechè Breast-feeding Drop-in Tweenies (6 – 15mths) 3.00 (Term-time only; book1.00- 2.30 tial) 1.30 – 3.00 Haslingden Community Link & den Community Link & Balladen Children’s Centre Children’s Centre, n’s Centre Linden Lea, Rawtenstall Bury Road, Haslingden oad, Haslingden 01706 228501 01706 238355 238355

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Gym Toddle 10.00 - 11.30 Whitworth Children’s Centre Hall Fold, Hall Street, Whitworth 01706 648747

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Time for Tots (15 – 30 mths) – 11.00 11.30 (once a month - call 10.00 (Once a month, call for dates) term time only) Haslingden Community Link & den Community Link & Children’s Centre, Bury Road, n’s Centre, Bury Road, Haslingden den 01706 238355 238355

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Speech & Language Therapy Drop-in 1.30 – 4.00 (3rd Monday only) Haslingden Community Link & Childrens Centre, Bury Road, Haslingden 01706 238355

Baby Bounce and Rhyme 2:00 - 2:45 Bacup Library, St James Square, Bacup 01706 873324

Baby Massage 1.30 – 2.30 Dansworks Dance Academy, Pioneer Building, Bacup c/o Maden Centre 01706 871740

Family Time 3.00 – 4.00 Whitworth Children’s Centre Hall Fold, Hall Street, Whitworth 01706 648747

Baby Bumpkin 10.00 – 11.00

Storytime 10.30 – 11.15 Haslingden Community Link & Bacup Library Children’s Centre, Bury Road, St James’ Square, Bacup Haslingden 01706 873324 01706 238355

Baby Massage 11.30 – 12.30 (Booking Essential) Staghill’s Family Centre Top Barn Lane, Newchurch 01706 213303

Parent & Toddler Group 1.30 – 3.00 Longholme Methodist Church, near Boots, Rawtenstall Shirley Suthers 01706 228234

Streetdance 4.00 – 4.45 Dansworks Dance Academy Pioneer Building, Bacup Karen 07843 263714 Age 2½ years+

Mini Movers Ballet, Tap & Street 10.30 – 11.30 Rossendale Dance & Drama Centre, 52, Bridleway, Waterfoot 01706 211161

Storytime 11.00 – 11.45 Rawtenstall Library, Haslingden Road, Rawtenstall 01706 227911

Shop & Drop Crèche 1.00 – 3.00 (Term time only; booking essential) Haslingden Community Link & Children’s Centre, Bury Road, Haslingden 01706 238355

Parent & Toddler Swim Session 1.30 – 3.00 Marl Pits Swimming Pool Newchurch Road, Rawtenstall 01706 226850

RSKC Kindergarten Karate 4.30 – 5.30 Haslingden Sports Centre Helmshore Road, Haslingden Ian Garside 01706 878795

(Twice a month, call for dates)

Drop-in Baby Club 11.15 – 12.15 Staghills Children’s Centre Top Barn Lane, Newchurch 01706 213303

Jo Jingles 1.30 – 2.30 Whitworth Children’s Centre Hall Fold, Hall Street, Whitworth 01706 648747

Pre School Tap & Ballet 4.00 – 5.00 Dansworks Dance Academy Pioneer Building, Bacup Contact Karen 07843 263714 Age 3-4 yrs

Wean 12.15 den Centre le Road, Bacup 871740

Jo Jingles (booking essential) 1.30 – 2.30 Whitworth Children’s Centre Hall Fold, Hall Street, Whitworth 01706 648747

Baby Massage 1.30 – 2.30 Balladen Children’s Centre, Linden Lea, Rawtenstall 01706 228501

Pre School Musical Theatre 5.00 – 5.45 Dansworks Dance Academy Pioneer Building, Bacup Karen 07843 263714 Age 3 years+

Tots & Toddler Group – 3.00pm Tree Pre-School aden Children’s Centre 228501 (Ring to Book)

Diddy Disco 1.00 – 1.30 Rossendale Dance and Drama Centre, 52 Bridleway, Waterfoot 01706 211161

Carer & Toddler Group 1.00 – 2.30 St Mary’s Church St Mary’s Way, Rawtenstall Jean 01706 217530

Ballet & Tap 1.30 – 2.30 Rossendale Dance & Drama Centre, 52, Bridleway, Waterfoot 01706 211161

Baby Massage, Coffee & Little Explorers Chat 2.00 – 3.00 1.30 – 3.00 Whitworth Children’s Centre Haslingden Community Link & Hall Fold, Hall Street, Children’s Centre Whitworth Bury Road, Haslingden 01706 648747 01706 238355

Drop Creche 3.00 (Booking Essential me only) den Community Link & n’s Centre oad, Haslingden 238355

Jiggle & Wiggle 1.00 – 2.00 Dansworks Dance Academy, Pioneer Building, Bacup c/o Maden Centre 01706 871740

TalkFirst (Booking Essential) 1.15 – 2.00 (Please ring for details) Balladen Children’s Centre Linden Lea, Rawtenstall 01706 228501

Pre-school Fun to Dance 1.30 – 2.15 Samba Dance & Fitness Station Road, Facit Whitworth 01706 854960

Stay & Play 2:00 – 3.00 Whitworth Children’s Centre Hall Fold, Hall Street, Whitworth 01706 648747

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DansTots 10.45 – 11.30 Dansworks Dance Academy, Pioneer Building, Bacup Karen 07843 263714 (18 mths – 3 yrs)

Jo Jingles 1.30 – 2.15 (booking essential) Balladen Children’s Centre Linden Lea, Rawtenstall 01706 228501

ounce and Rhyme 11.45 stall Library, den Road, Rawtenstall 227911

Parent & Toddler Swim 1.30 – 3.00 Marl Pits Swimming Pool Newchurch Road, Rawtenstall 01706 226850

Storytime 2.00 – 3.00 Whitworth Children’s Centre Hall Fold, Hall Street, Whitworth 01706 648747

Dramatics Valley Shorai Karate Club 10.45 10.30 – 11.00 dale Dance and Drama Ewood Bridge Mill , Ewood Bridge 52 Bridleway, Neil 07927 309572 ot 3 - 5 yrs 211161

Mayhem 12.00 (Once a month, dates) den Community Link & n’s Centre oad, Haslingden sy 01706 238355

Diddy Street 11.30 – 12.15 Rossendale Dance and Drama Centre, 52 Bridleway, Waterfoot 01706 211161

Diddy Disco Saturday Family Fun 10.45 – 11.30 (Once a term, please ring for details) Rossendale Dance and Drama Balladen Children’s Centre Centre, 52 Bridleway, Linden Lea, Rawtenstall Waterfoot 01706 228501 01706 211161

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Alf’s Blackbelt Academy 3.15 – 9.00 Unit Y Tollbar Business Park Stacksteads Nigel Fagg 01706 870108 4+ Yrs

Cheerleading 4.00 & 5.00 Haslingden Sports Centre Helmshore Road, Haslingden 01706 227016 4 – 11 years

Drama 4.00 & 5.00 Rossendale Dance & Drama Centre, 52 Bridleway, Waterfoot 01706 211161 5+ years

Boys-Only Breakdance 5.00 – 6.00 (booking essential) Sparkle Academy, 8 – 12 Burnley Road, Rawtenstall 01706 225004 5+ yrs

Show & Musical Theatre 5.00 – 6.00 Debra McLaren School of Dance, 52a Bank Street, Rawtenstall Danielle 07944 343217 5 years +

Happy Club (booking essential) 3.30 – 5.15 Sunnycrest 80 Pennine Road, Bacup Leila Allen – 01706 872725 4 – 8 yrs

Mixed Football Beginners 4.00 – 5.00 Haslingden Sports Centre Helmshore Road, Haslingden 01706 227016 4 - 7 yrs

Fearns Gymnastics Club – Beginners and BAGA awards 5.00 – 7.00 Fearns Leisure Centre, Fearns Moss, Stacksteads 01706 879835 5 – 7 years

Mixed Football Advanced 5.00 – 6.00 Haslingden Sports Centre Helmshore Road, Haslingden 01706 227016 7 – 10 years

Musical Theatre Cotton Theatre Workshop 5.00 – 6.00 5.30 – 6.45 Rossendale Dance and Drama Haslingden Primary School Centre, 52 Bridleway, Ryefield Avenue, Haslingden Waterfoot Cath 01706 214309 01706 211161 7 - 11 yrs 4 – 9 yrs

Alf’s Blackbelt Academy 3.30 – 5.30 Unit Y Tollbar Business Park Stacksteads Nigel Fagg 01706 870108 4+ Years

Kidz Club 4.00 – 4.45 Haslingden Sports Centre Helmshore Road, Haslingden 01706 227016 4 – 7 years

Street 4.00 – 5.00 Rossendale Dance & Drama Centre, 52, Bridleway, Waterfoot 01706 211161 4+ years

Street Dance 4.30 & 5.30 Fusion Fitness & Dance Doals Community Centre, Burnley Road, Weir Helen 078737 66101

Irish 5.00 – 5.45 Sparkle Academy 8 – 12 Burnley Road, Rawtenstall 01706 225004

DansFit (Dance Exercise/ Stretches/Tumbles) 5.30 – 6.15 Dansworks Dance Academy, Pioneer Building, Bacup Karen 07843 263714 4+ yrs

Young Performers Drama 4.00 – 5.00 Samba Dance & Fitness Station Road, Facit, Whitworth 01706 854960 6 – 10yrs

Trampolining 4.00 & 5.00 Haslingden Sports Centre Helmshore Road, Haslingden 01706 227016 5 + years

Limbering & Stretch 4.15 – 5.00 Sparkle Academy 8 – 12 Burnley Road, Rawtenstall 01706 225004 All ages, all styles

Irish Dance 4.45 - 5.30 Dansworks Dance Academy Pioneer Building, Bacup Karen 07843 263714 4+ yrs

Sportex Coaching Infant Soccer School 5.00 – 6.00 Fearns Sports and Leisure Centre, Stacksteads, Mark Chisholm - 07592497206 5 – 8 years

Beginners Street Dance 6.00 – 7.00 Samba Dance & Fitness Station Road, Facit, Whitworth 01706 854960 9yrs & under

Alf’s Blackbelt Academy 3.15 – 9.30 Unit Y Tollbar Business Park Stacksteads Nigel Fagg 01706 870108 4+ Years

Cheer Gymnastics 4.00 & 5.00 Haslingden Sports Centre Helmshore Road, Haslingden 01706 227016 4 - 11 years

Tap, Ballet & Jazz 4.00, 4.30 & 5.00 Rossendale Dance & Drama Centre, 52, Bridleway, Waterfoot 01706 211161 4 – 7 years

Sunny Feet Dance - Ballet/ Tap/Jazz 4.15, 5.00, 6.00 Sunnybank Social Club, Helmshore Road, Helmshore. Wendy 07776 162894 4+, 6+, 8+ years

SKIDS 3.30 – 5.15 Sunnycrest 80 Pennine Road, Bacup Leila Allen – 01706 872725 8 – 12 yrs

Trampolining 4.00 & 4.45 Haslingden Sports Centre Helmshore Road, Haslingden 01706 227016 5 + years

RDDC Productions Ballet & Tap (Grade 7 RAD) 4.00 – 5.00 4.30 – 5.45 Rossendale Dance and Drama Debra McLaren School of Centre, 52 Bridleway, Dance, 52a Bank Street, Waterfoot Rawtenstall 01706 211161 Danielle 07944 343217 All Ages

Freestyle Dance 5.00 – 6.00 Samba Dance & Fitness Station Road, Facit, Whitworth 01706 854960 9 yrs +

Ballet, Tap & Jazz 5.00 – 6.30 Rossendale Dance and Drama Centre, 52 Bridleway, Waterfoot 01706 211161 7 – 10 yrs

Alf’s Blackbelt Academy 3.30 – 9.00 Unit Y Tollbar Business Park Stacksteads Nigel Fagg 01706 870108 4+ Years

Ballet & Tap (Grade 6 RAD) 4.45 – 6.00 Debra McLaren School of Dance, 52a Bank Street, Rawtenstall Danielle 07944 343217

Gymtots 5.00 – 6.00 Fearns Sports and Leisure Centre Fearns Moss, Stacksteads 01706 879835 4 – 7 years

Sportex Coaching Junior Soccer School 5.00 – 6.00 Fearns Sports and Leisure Centre, Stacksteads, Mark Chisholm - 07592497206 8 – 11 years

Junior Street Dance 5.15 – 6.00 Dansworks Dance Academy Pioneer Building, Bacup Karen 07843 263714 Age 8 – 10 years

Street 6.00 – 7.00 Rossendale Dance & Drama Centre, 52, Bridleway, Waterfoot 01706 211161 4+ years

Mixed Football Beginners 4.00 – 5.00 Haslingden Sports Centre Helmshore Road, Haslingden 01706 227016 4 – 7 yrs

Mixed Football 5.00 – 6.00 Haslingden Sports Centre Helmshore Road, Haslingden 01706 227016 7 – 10 yrs

Musical Theatre 5.00 – 6.00 Rossendale Dance & Drama Centre, 52, Bridleway, Waterfoot 01706 211161

Beginners Street Dance 5.15 – 6.00 Dansworks Dance Academy Pioneer Building, Bacup Karen 07843 263714 Age 5 – 7 years

Alf’s Blackbelt Academy 5.45 – 6.45 Function Room at The Grant Arms, Market Place, Ramsbottom Nigel Fagg 01706 870108 4 – 11 yrs

Limbering & Exercise 6.00 – 6.45 Debra McLaren School of Dance, 52a Bank Street, Rawtenstall Danielle 07944 343217 4 years +

Alf’s Blackbelt Academy 3.15 – 4.30 Unit Y Tollbar Business Park Stacksteads Nigel Fagg 01706 870108 4+ Years

Street Dance 4.30 & 5.30 Haslingden Sports Centre Helmshore Road, Haslingden 01706 227016 5 – 8 yrs

Junior Fun Session 6.00 – 7.00 Whitworth Leisure Centre John Street, Whitworth 01706 852694

Street Dance/Freestyle 6.00 -7.00 Debra McLaren School of Dance, 52a Bank Street, Rawtenstall Danielle 07944 343217

38th Rossendale Cub Group 7.00 – 8.30 Peel Street, Cloughfold Rawtenstall Mrs J. Smith 01706 229945 8 - 10½ years

Tap, Ballet & Jazz 4.00, 4.30 & 5.00 Rossendale Dance & Drama Centre, 52, Bridleway, Waterfoot 01706 211161 4 – 7 years

Street Dance 4.30 – 5.30 Haslingden Sports Centre Helmshore Road, Haslingden 01706 227016 8 - 10 yrs

Judo Club – Kia Bear 6.00 – 7.00 Mechanics Hall, Bacup Library St James Square, Bacup Brian Moore 01282 457048 5 – 7 years

Irish Dancing (Novice +) 6.30 - 8.00 IDL Club, George Street, Haslingden Melissa 07933189836

45th Rossendale Cub Group 7.00 – 8.30 Scout Hut Top of Hill Street, Crawshawbooth Chris Ashley 01706 225193 8 - 10½ years

Dance Classes - Various 9.00 - 3.30 Rossendale Dance & Drama Centre, 52 Bridleway, Waterfoot 01706 211161 4 yrs +

Trampolining 9.00 & 10.00 Whitworth High Leisure Centre, Hall Fold, Whitworth 01706 343218 5 + yrs

FundaAllstars – soccer play Kids Club academy 10.30 – 12.00 10.00 – 11.00 Whitworth High Leisure Centre, Burnley College Hall Fold, Whitworth Princess Way, Burnley 01706 343218 Kieran 0778 429 8974 5 + yrs 5 – 11 yrs

2nd Rossendale Scouts Training Band Practice 9.00 – 9.45 Burnley Road, Bacup Graham Helm 07736 029257 6 + years

Ballet & Tap – Various lessons 9.00 – 2.45 Debra McLaren School of Dance, 52a Bank Street, Rawtenstall Danielle 07944 343217 2½ upwards

Trampolining 10.00 & 11.00 Alder Grange Leisure Centre Calder Road, Rawtenstall 01706 216950 5 + yrs

Trampolining 9.00, 10.00 & 11.00 Haslingden Sports Centre Helmshore Road, Haslingden 01706 227016 5 + years

Dance Classes - Various 9.00 – 12.00 Fearns Community Sports College Fearns Moss, Stacksteads Kathryn 01706 211994 Age 3+

Special Needs Kids Club 10.00 – 4.00 Tor View School, Clod Lane, Haslingden Vicky Bennett 01706 214640

Musical Theatre (singing, act-

ing & dancing)

5.00 – 5.45 Dansworks Dance Academy Pioneer Building, Bacup Karen 07843 263714 Ages 4+

Primary Tap & Ballet 5.30 – 6.30 Dansworks Dance Academy, Pioneer Building, Bacup Karen 07843 263714 5 – 7 yrs

Freestyle 5.00 – 6.00 Dansworks Studios Pioneer Building, Bacup Karen 07843 263714 5 – 9 yrs

Dance Classes - Various 11.00 – 2:30 Dansworks Dance Academy Pioneer Building, Bacup Karen 07843 263714 Age 6+ Years

Dance Classes – Various 1.30 – 4.30 Dansworks Dance Academy, Pioneer Building, Bacup Karen 07843 263714 10+ yrs

Dance Classes - Various 10.45 – 4.00 Sparkle Academy 8 – 12 Burnley Road, Rawtenstall 01706 225004 3 Yrs +

Kids Club 11.30 – 1.00 Alder Grange Leisure Centre Calder Road, Rawtenstall 01706 216950 5 + yrs

Inflatable Pool Fun 2.00 – 3.00 Marl Pits Swimming Pool, Newchurch Road, Rawtenstall 01706 226850 8+ yrs

Family Fun Session 11.00 – 12.30 Whitworth Leisure Centre John Street, Whitworth 01706 852694

Dance Classes - Various 12.00 – 2.30 Fusion Dance & Fitness Doals Community Centre, Burnley Road, Weir Helen 07873766101 5+ yrs

Children’s Fun Sessions 2:00 - 3:00 Haslingden Swimming Pool East Bank Avenue, Rawtenstall 01706 215883 8+ yrs


Alf’s Blackbelt Academy 5.45 – 6.45 Function Room at The Grant Arms, Market Place, Ramsbottom Nigel Fagg 01706 870108 4 – 11 yrs

Junior Fun Session 6.00 – 7.00 Whitworth Leisure Centre John Street, Whitworth 01706 852694

Valley Shorai Karate Club 6.30 – 8.00 Ewood Bridge Mill, Ewood Bridge Neil 07927 309572 6+ yrs

Bacup Swimming Club - Lessons 6.45 – 9.15 Marl Pits Swimming Pool Newchurch Road, Rawtenstall Susan Holt 07759 662594

43rd Rossendale Cub Group 6.45 – 8.15 St Thomas’s Church, Helmshore Road Helmshore Mrs Cooper 01706 226116 8 – 10½ years

Fearns Karate Club 7.00 – 8.00 Fearns Sports and Leisure Centre, Fearns Moss, Stacksteads 01706 879835 6 + years

Haslingden Swimming Club - Lessons 6.30 - 7.30 Haslingden Swimming Pool East Bank Avenue, Rawtenstall 01706 215883

5th Rossendale Cub Group 6.45 – 8.30 Tunstead Church, Holme Street, Stacksteads Mr Pepperday 01706 876563 8 - 10½ years

Bacup Judo Club (Juniors) 6.45 – 7.45 Above Bacup Library St James’ Square, Bacup Brian Moore 0780 8002697

42nd Rossendale Cub Group 7.00 – 8.30 Trinity Church, Market Street, Bacup Mrs Horne 01706 874037 8 - 10 years 40th Rossendale Cub Group 7.30 – 9.00 St Peter’s School Room, Haslingden A Smith 01706 225542 8 - 10½ years

42nd Rossendale Beaver Group 6.00 – 7.00 Trinity Church, Market Street, Bacup Liz Nelson 01706 872414 6 - 8 years

Street (Beginners to Advanced) 6.00, 7.00 & 8.00 (Booking

45th Rossendale Beaver Group 6.00 – 7.00 Scout Hut, Top of Hill Street, Crawshawbooth Cath Lawson 01706 218262

2nd Rossendale Beaver Group 6:00 - 7:00 Burnley Road, Bacup Mr Warwick 01706 873106 6 - 8 years

40th Rossendale Beaver Group 6.15 – 7.15 St Peter’s School Room Haslingden Mr Stevens 01706 216514 6 – 8 years

38th Rossendale Cub Group 7.00 – 8.30 Peel Street, Cloughfold Rawtenstall Mrs J. Smith 01706 229945 8 - 10½ years

Break Dance 7.00 Dansworks Studios Old Pioneer Building, Bacup Karen 07843 263714 6+ yrs

Trampolining - Beginners 6.00 – 7.00 Fearns Sports and Leisure Centre Fearns Moss, Stacksteads 01706 879835 8 - 12 years

Junior Drama & Acting 6.15 – 7.00 Dansworks Dance Academy Pioneer Building, Bacup Karen 07843 263714 Age 6+

Disco Kidz 6.30 – 7.15 Sparkle Academy 8 – 12 Burnley Road, Rawtenstall 01706 225004 4 – 10 years

2nd Rossendale Cub Group 7:00 – 8.00 Burnley Road, Bacup Mr Warwick 01706 873106 8 – 10½ years

21st Rossendale Cub Group 7.00 – 8.30 St Mary’s Church, Cherry Crescent, Rawtenstall Mrs Terry 01706 214106 8 – 10½ years

Tiggers Trampolining Club (for children with Autism) 5.30 – 6.30 Haslingden Sports Centre Helmshore Road, Haslingden 01706 227016

Freestyle 6.00 - 7.00 Dansworks Dance Academy, Pioneer Building, Bacup Karen 07843 263714 10+ yrs

21st Rossendale Beaver Group 6.30 – 7.30 St Mary’s Church, Cherry Crescent, Rawtenstall Mrs Black 01706 227365 6 – 8 years

Dean’s Martial Arts 6.30 – 7.30 Rakefoot Methodist Church York Street, Crawshawbooth 07974 219142 5 + years

Rawtenstall Swimming Club 6.40 – 9.15 Marl Pits Swimming Pool Newchurch Road, Rawtenstall Come along on a Wed night (term time only) to find out more.

Beginners Tap & Ballet 5.45 - 6.00 Dansworks Dance Academy Pioneer Building, Bacup Karen 07843 263714 Age 5 - 7

Under 11’s Cricket 6.15 – 8.00 Rawtenstall Cricket Club Bacup Road, Rawtenstall Simon Butterworth 07779630922

2nd Rossendale Scouts Percussion Practice 6.30 – 7.15 Burnley Road, Bacup Graham Helm 07736 029257 8 + years

5th Rossendale Beaver Group 6.30 – 8.00 Tunstead Church Holme Street, Stacksteads Charlotte Smith 0773 2121775 6 – 8 years

38th Rossendale Beaver Group 6.45 – 8.00 Peel Street, Cloughfold Rawtenstall Mrs J. Smith 01706 229945 6 – 8 years

Valley Vipers Handball Club 6.00 – 7.30 Haslingden Sports Centre Helmshore Road, Haslingden 01706 227016 10 – 16 years

Valley Shorai Karate Club 6.30 – 8.00 Ewood Bridge Mill, Ewood Bridge Neil 07927 309572 6+ yrs

Bacup Judo Club (Juniors) 6.45 – 7.45 Above Bacup Library St James’ Square, Bacup Brian Moore 0780 8002697

Under 9’s Cricket 6.15 – 8.00 Rawtenstall Cricket Club Bacup Road, Rawtenstall Simon Butterworth 07779630922

Haslingden Swimming Club - Lessons 6.30 - 7.30 Haslingden Swimming Pool East Bank Avenue, Rawtenstall 01706 215883

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Sparkle Academy 8 – 12 Burnley Road, Rawtenstall 01706 225004

Rainbows, Brownies and Guide Groups are available in the following areas: Bacup, Crawshawbooth, Edenfield, Haslingden, Helmshore, Rawtenstall, Stacksteads and Waterfoot. For detailed information please contact www.girlguiding.org.uk/interested or call 0800 169 5901

If you are involved in any group aimed at primary school age children, and would like it listing on these pages, please get in touch. All listings in this section are FREE.

Street Dance 7.00 – 8.00 Dansworks Dance Academy, Pioneer Building, Bacup Karen 07843 263714 10+ yrs

Please note, some of the class times indicated will be for more than one lesson. Please get in touch with the contact shown, for precise details of class times that would suit your child.

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Special Needs Dance 4.30 – 5.30 Dansworks Dance Academy Karen 07843 263714 Age 6+ Years

Tag Rugby (Girls & Boys) 10 15 - 12.00 Marl Pits Sports Centre Newchurch Road, Rawtenstall Shaun 07858 747867 5 + years

Rossendale Rays Multi-Ability Swimming Club 3.30 – 5.30 Marl Pits Swimming Pool Newchurch Road, Rawtenstall John Wilson 017062 25457 No age restriction

Children’s Pool Fun 10.30 – 11.30 Haslingden Swimming Pool East Bank Avenue, Haslingden 01706 215883

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activities Apricot Bread Pudding

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ere’s a delicious version of bread and butter pudding, which is quick and easy to make. It’s an ideal way to use up slightly stale bread.

Make A Spook By: Anne Glynis Davies www.anneglynisdavies.com

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anterns are used to cast a warm, magical glow; perfect for special festivals such as Halloween. If you want to try something different from the traditional Jack-o-Lantern, why not have a go at making a spooky lantern using willow and silk tissue paper? What’s more, it’s really easy to do, looks stunning and you can keep your lantern for next year’s Halloween celebrations, too.

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Serves: 4 adults

Preparation time: 15 mins Cooking time: 35 mins

Ingredients: spoon of the low-fat spread. Spread the bread with the rest of the low-fat spread angles. Arrange them in the dish with the 25g chopped apricots. 6 slices sliced fruit bread a extract. Stir in the sugar, allowing a few 50g minutes for it to apricots dissolve.chopped ready-to-eat soak for at least 20 minutes. 2 eggs 450ml semi-skimmed gas mark 4. Uncover the pudding and bake for about 35-40 milk 1 tsp vanilla extract (optional) 45g caster sugar advance and keep in the fridge so that it can soak for several hours What to do:

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Grease a 1 litre baking dish with ½ teaspoon of the low-fat spread. Spread the bread with the rest of the low-fat spread, and then cut each slice triangles. them in the dish with the chopped nge4Life 'Supermeals forinto under a fiver'Arrange cookbook apricots. 2.

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Beat together the eggs, milk and vanilla extract. Stir in the sugar, allowing a few minutes for it to dissolve. Pour over the bread. Cover and leave to soak for at least 20 minutes.

 Use Mulberry paper (silk tissue

Preheat the oven to 180°C, fan 160°C, gas mark 4. Uncover the pudding and bake for about 35-40 minutes, until set and golden brown.

Tip 1: If you like, prepare the pudding in advance and keep in the fridge so that it can soak for several hours before baking. Tip 2: Use ordinary white bread instead of fruit bread and add a handful of sultanas and dried cherries or cranberries to the pudding. www.nhs.uk/Change4Life

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– withies (willow twigs) from a florist are ideal Masking tape Secateurs Scissors Sheets of Mulberry paper (handmade silk tissue paper) – from craft suppliers PVA glue and brush Plastic sheet – to cover work surface Battery-operated T-light (available at garden centres or online companies) String or yarn to make a hanger

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paper) as it has a good wet strength and can be stretched over a withie framework without tearing. Experiment with different shaped frames; square, circular or half-moon, for example. Pre-soak willow sticks (withies) for several hours beforehand to shape your lantern. Be safe – use a battery operated T-light. Most give a flickering light similar to a candle. Add more than one T-light for an even brighter glow.


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Did You Know?

Hallowe’en and the Tradition of Lanterns

How To Do It: STEP 1.

Make a 3D frame for your lantern – a pyramid shape is an easy one to begin with. Cut four sticks the same length and tape them together at their thinner ends. Cut four smaller sticks for the base and secure together. Insert the base at the bottom of the pyramid and tape in place at the corners. Note: to make strong joints, apply tape across both directions.

STEP 2.

Cut a piece of silk tissue paper to cover the base. Trim the corners where the legs are. Paste into position and wrap the edges of the tissue around the sticks.

STEP 3.

In the times of Celtic Britain, the change in the year was marked at the end of the harvest, the end of “season of the sun” (summer). The last day of the old year was 31st October, and the event was marked with a festival called Samhain (pronounced ‘sow-in’). The Celts believed that the long dark nights of winter brought evil spirits and that, on the night of October 31st, the barriers between our world and the spirit world were at their weakest and so spirits were most likely to be seen. To celebrate, the Celts wore masks and costumes to disguise themselves as ghosts and ghouls so they could talk to the spirit world. Torches and lanterns were hung so the spirits of dead relatives could find their way in the darkness and a feast was laid out for them. Traditionally they also built bonfires on that night to frighten away the evil spirits, to bring comfort to the souls in purgatory. They feasted and danced around the fires.

In 835 AD, the Roman Catholic church adopted November 1st as All Saint’s Day (also known as All Hallows Day) and, with the Christian belief that goodwill always conquers evil, and that Jesus, the light of the World, defeats all the fear of darkness, it is no coincidence that the All Hallows Feast began on the evening of October 31st, when the Celts were already seeing off the evil spirits with fires, candles and lanterns. Hence the new name for the festival “Eve of all Hallows” or Hallowe’en. Also on the day following All Hallows Day (2nd November) the church celebrates All Souls day, the day when all the dead are remembered, tying in further with the Celtic traditions of contact between this world and the spirit world. And remember, it is said that if a candle flickers on Hallowe’en night, it is being touched by the spirit of our dead ancestors.

Cut four triangles of silk tissue paper to fit the sides of the pyramid, allowing some overlap. Paste the pieces into position, wrapping the excess around the sticks until the entire frame has been covered. Leave to dry.

STEP 4.

Use any remaining silk tissue paper to decorate your lantern; cut silhouettes of bats, cats, witches, pumpkins, ghosts etc. Add some scary words too, such as spooky, boo, slimy, creepy and so on.

STEP 5.

Tie a hanger made from yarn or string to the top of your lantern.

STEP 6.

Cut a hole in the back panel of your lantern. Switch on the battery T-light and insert it through the hole. Tape the light to the base and watch your lantern glow.

STEP 7.

Make more lanterns. Form a family procession and carry your lanterns out into the night – let them light the way as you go ‘trick or treat’. Afterwards, hang your lanterns in the porch or front room, and turn your home into a haunted house. Have a spooky Halloween!

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focus on: Primary Schools Admissions in Rossendale

Applying On-line

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ny child having their 4th birthday between 1st September 2013 and the 31st August 2014 is due to apply for a place at a primary school for the 2014-15 academic year. Although the closing date for the process is Wednesday 15th January 2014, it’s a good idea to start thinking about it now. Also as from this September Lancashire’s on-line admission application system will be the main route for all applications for primary school reception places. Paper copies of the prospectus and application form will not be routinely available. These will however be supplied on request in exceptional circumstances. Full versions of the prospectuses and application form will be viewable and downloadable via both the on-line application system and the County Council website. As this is the now the case, we thought we would highlight some of the more frequently asked questions about applying on-line.

Is my on-line application secure?

Yes, applying on-line is secure. The system uses the same encryption technology as most financial websites. All data is held securely within Lancashire County Council’s computer network.

Can anyone else tamper with my application?

The registered user making the application is the only person who can see the details of the application or amend them. Users should not disclose their username and password to anyone else in order to ensure the security of their application. Passwords for accounts are only sent to the email address that a parent uses to register and are not disclosed to users in any other way. Users are advised to ensure that no one else is able to access their emails in order to keep their password secure.

If I start my application on-line do I have to complete it in one go?

Will the system help me decide which school I want my child to go to?

No, the On-line School Admissions system allows parents to apply for a place at the school of their preference for the following academic year. Parents will need to have decided which schools they want to apply to in order to complete an on-line application. Parents can register on the system and fill in the early parts of the process without knowing which schools they want to apply for, but they must complete their application before the deadline closes.

How do I know if my on-line application has been received?

The On-line Admissions system displays a confirmation page once an application has been completed and successfully submitted. Users must print the confirmation page when displayed for their records. Successfully submitted applications will show as Complete when you log in. All on-line applicants will also receive a confirmation email at the email address they used to register after they submit their application. If a user does not receive an email they should contact the Customer Service Centre, contact details shown below.

Can I alter my application after I have submitted it? Once completed, online applications for primary schools can be amended at any point before the closing date on the 15th January 2014.

Which schools can I apply to through the Lancashire County Council On-line School Admissions system?

Parents can apply to any primary school in Lancashire through this system, except independent schools. So this includes Community and Voluntary Controlled Schools, Voluntary Aided (Church) Schools, Foundation and Free Schools, as well as Academies. Please note that Voluntary Aided (Church) Schools, Foundation Schools and some Free Schools and Academies normally require a supplementary information form (SIF) to be completed. You need to complete a SIF for each preference. The SIFs are now available to download via the on-line system; there is one for Church of England and Methodist Primary Schools and one for Roman Catholic applicants. You are advised to consult the school in question to ensure you meet their admissions criteria.

Who should I contact if I need help with the On-line School Admissions System?

The On-line School Admissions Support Helpline provides assistance to parents who are applying for a primary or secondary school place on-line. You should contact the support helpline if you are having difficulty with registration, logging in or completing any part of the on-line application form. They will do their best to resolve the problem for you.

Customer Service Centre Online Admissions Helpline on 0845 053 0030. Good luck!

If I apply on-line, do I need to send a paper copy of my application as well?

Using the On-line System means there is no need to send in a paper form, as applying on-line is exactly the same as applying on a paper application form.

Applications are automatically saved when you move from one stage to the next within the system, so you can fill in part of your on-line application and then come back to it later, as long as it is completed before the relevant deadline. An application is only complete once the user has reached the confirmation page for the application they are making and clicked the “submit” button.

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focus on: What should parents consider when

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ell, the first and most obvious place to start (assuming you have decided not to homeeducate your child) is to get a list of schools you may consider. In Rossendale this can be obtained from the county council website at www.lancashire.gov.uk or from the Area Education Office (East) The Globe Centre, St James’ Square, Accrington BB5 ORE, telephone 01254 220742 or 01254 220718. You can then begin to shorten your list by reading the school brochures (contact the school and ask if they have one available), speaking to other parents, getting hold of recent Ofsted reports (www.ofsted.gov.uk), or checking the national schools league tables, though it is advised that these tables are read with care! From here you can move on to the finer details of choosing the right school for your child.

Things to consider include:  Does your child need special attention? Are they

At the Open Day/Visit Most schools also have open days/evenings or welcome visitors (always phone ahead to make an appointment). If you decide to visit a school, be on the look out for:

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A happy school with high morale A warm and welcoming atmosphere Cheerful and friendly children (and staff) High quality and varied work, displayed with pride Relaxed staff Enthusiastic pupils who ask, as well as answer questions An air of concentration and hard work (though don’t expect absolute silence!) Any other resources you or your child consider important, such as a good library, a modern computer suite, sports facilities, arts and science equipment.

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particularly bright or do they have particular behaviour patterns? Will the school offer the necessary support for any special needs? Does your child have specific areas of interest or are they particularly keen on sport? Do your chosen schools have high quality computer suites or excellent sports teams? Do they offer any other extra-curricular activities? Do you require wrap-around care? Breakfast clubs and after-school care? Do your chosen schools provide this? How much do they cost? How big is the school? What is the average class size and what range of ages and/or abilities would be in each class? Would these arrangements suit your child? Does this school suit your family’s religious beliefs? How do they handle religious education? How would your child get to school? Is it reasonable to walk? Is the walking route safe? Are school buses available? Does the school have an active PTA? Would you like to get involved with this side of school life? Which school would your child prefer? Do they want to go with their friends?

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Letting Go and Help

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aving been a Primary School teacher for 10 years, everyone was convinced I would find it a piece of cake taking my son to school for the very first time. I however, knew the reality would be somewhat different!

Even a full year before, my heartstrings had been tugged to the point of tears watching the children heading off for the first day of term – and they weren’t even mine. All I could think was, that will be my baby next year! That year passed so quickly and I faced the school year with a mix of excitement and fear. Despite my concerns, he was ready for more; ready to let his sponge like mind soak up all that school had to offer. It was me that wasn’t ready! It was me that had to let go. I knew how much they grew up once school began and somehow felt I would no longer be important or necessary. I was not prepared to let go of the guiding reins just yet. As I stood with the other parents waiting to take the children in, I looked around to see similar looks of dread

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and felt I really needed to set the example expected of me. So I held in those tears and strode purposefully in, remembering the one piece of advice I had always given parents when I was teaching – I really had to it stick to myself… don’t make a fuss, just calmly settle them and go, even if there are tears from either party! Following those worried first few days; I think my past experience has given me an advantage, as I have a basic understanding of what my child encounters each day. I know he will be having a wonderful time and I appreciate the way a school works which really helps. So can I offer any advice to those of you without that bonus? If you are in the lucky position where you may be able to go in and help in your child’s class and you


starting school

ping Them Grow! feel your child would not be distressed or distracted, then do. It is a wonderful opportunity to see how the day is structured, the kinds of activities they do and to get an insight into any topics you could follow up with at home. Remember to bear in mind that your child’s behaviour may well be different with you in the room. I felt this was so important that I linked with another parent who also had a younger child and we cared for each other’s child, freeing up a morning. Well worth it. You have spent your entire child’s life educating them, however informally and this does not stop just because they have started school. In fact your support throughout their schooling will make all the difference. Schools are desperate to have close links with parents although I now understand how easily schools can make a parent feel shut out. They are more than happy to help you find ways to support child at home. In the first year, reading is probably the most obvious way to make a difference. I cannot stress enough how important it is to read with and to your child every day if possible. Try hard to find the time to snuggle up and make a special time for sharing a book. Keep it relaxed and try not to get frustrated – easier said than done I know. In the early stages, talking about the pictures is just as important as reading the words.

The children are meant to use the pictures to help them so don’t worry if they are guessing from the picture. Encourage and praise any attempt to sound out and try not to leave it too long before you offer some clues or sound the word out for them. They want to succeed but need to build the confidence to do so. However old your child; don’t underestimate the importance of reading to them. It has been proven that a child who is read a bedtime story sleeps more soundly. How else though, can we expect a child to appreciate how to read aloud themselves if they’ve rarely heard someone model it? How else can we expect them to write imaginatively if they have not heard a wide variety of story structures, vocabulary and ideas? It’s impossible! If you want to hear about their day, avoid the question, ‘What did

you do today?’ as you will invariably hear, ‘Nothing,’ or ‘I can’t remember!’ Instead, wait until you’re sitting down to dinner or getting ready for bed and invite a response with, ‘Tell me about your day?’ or ‘What was the best thing that happened at school today?’ It certainly works for me. Well it elicits a response that’s more interesting than ‘I don’t know,’ anyway! Finally, don’t be afraid to go into school if you are worried about anything. Go and speak with the class teacher first, don’t launch straight in with the head. However frustrated or worried you are, take a deep breath and leave those blazing guns at the door. Wait until you have the full picture. Be calm and make sure it a convenient time to talk – before school is usually very busy so ask if you can make a time to come and chat later. There is usually a very simple explanation for everything but if you feel you questions have not been answered satisfactorily then arrange to see the head. A head teacher will always stand by their staff but also want the best for your child and should do everything they can to support you. I always welcomed a concerned but considerate parent and I hope that’s what I am managing to be! It’s no problem really! But then next year my daughter starts school and she’ll only just have turned four… By Rachel Green

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Helping with Homework

omework is an important part of your child’s education and as a parent you can take steps to help them to get the most from it.

Managing homework can be a source of tension. Three parents share the tips that helped them.

Turn off the TV during homework

“The best thing I’ve ever done is ban all screen time on the TV and computer from Monday to Thursday,” says Patricia, 39, mum to two boys aged 8 and 12. “Before I did this, my younger son would always be creeping off to watch cartoons. Now that’s not an option, it’s much easier to get homework done.

Don’t help your children with homework

“They’re not being marked on what you can do,” says Linda, 39, mum to twin eight-year-old girls. “I know people who virtually do their children’s homework for them, but what’s the point in that? It’s not a competition.” Dr Susan Hallam of the Institute of Education also advises that you offer moral support, but only give help when your child asks for it.

Do homework while your child’s alert

“The golden rule with a seven-year-old is to get it done as soon as you get in from school, before tea,” says Michael, who has a seven-year-old daughter. “The attention span deteriorates pretty quickly after tea for anything other than Barbie websites.” Patricia agrees. “Some kids need a little downtime immediately after getting home from school, but if you leave it too late, they’ll be too tired to concentrate.”

Let children know you’re on their side

“I find that if they’re complaining bitterly, it can help to sympathise with them,” says Patricia. “I do genuinely feel for them over homework and it does help them to know I’m on their side. But at the same time I feel I need to insist on it being done, so it’s a balancing act.” Source:nhs.uk

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focus on:

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Applying for a secondary school place in Rossendale

t this time of year we tend to focus on the primary school process: What it entails and how best to choose the right school for your child. However, we must not forget those children just beginning to conclude this stage of their education and who are looking at moving up into a secondary school. So here we give a brief outline of the important information that we hope will help guide parents who are in this situation, along the way. Basically, there are four easy steps that you need to follow to apply for a secondary school place in Lancashire. Step one: Choose your preferred three secondary schools. Think carefully about the preferences you choose before you apply and research the schools in your area. Step two: Read the supporting documents. They include specific details about the admission criteria for each school. This information should be

read along with ‘Information for Parents 2014/15’. Step three: Fill in the application form. To apply for a school place you will need to have the following handy: • Your name, address, telephone number and a valid email address. • The forename, surname and date of birth of the child. • The name of the child’s current primary school. • The name of the district council that the child lives in. • The child’s permanent address (if different from the parent/guardian applying). • The names of your preferred three secondary schools. • Details of brothers or sisters that are attending one or more of the schools you are applying to. • If the child receives care, you need the name of the Local Care Authority that is responsible for this care.

An on-line application form is available to download and submit for your preferred secondary schools. Have a look at our article on Applying On-line for a Primary School place, the same information applies. Again, Voluntary Aided (church) secondary schools and academies usually have a supplementary information form (SIF) which they will provide for you to complete. Please return to the appropriate school(s) by 31 October 2013. If you select three Voluntary Aided (church) Schools or Academies, please complete three separate SIFs, one for each school. Step four: Submit your application. All applications must be submitted by Thursday 31 October 2013 and official offer letters of secondary school places will be issued by second class post on Monday 3 March. Offers will be available to view online later that evening.

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family health New Flu vaccine for children

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n annual nasal spray flu vaccine is going to be available for all children aged two and three years as part of the NHS childhood vaccination programme. Over time, as the programme rolls out, all children between the ages of two and 16 will be vaccinated against flu each year with the nasal spray.

The nasal spray flu vaccine is also for children aged two to 18 who are ‘at risk’ from flu, such as children with long-term health conditions. The vaccine is given as a nasal spray squirted up each nostril. Not only is it needle-free (a big advantage for children), the nasal spray works even better than the injected flu vaccine in children. It’s quick and painless and will mean your child is less likely to become ill if they come into contact with the flu virus.

So why children are being offered a flu vaccine?

Flu can be very unpleasant for children. They have the same symptoms as adults – including fever, chills, aching muscles, headache, stuffy nose, dry cough and sore throat lasting up to a week. However, some children develop a very high fever or complications of flu such as bronchitis, pneumonia and painful middle ear infection. They may need hospital treatment, and very occasionally a child may die from flu. For children with long-term health conditions such as diabetes, asthma, heart disease or lung disease, getting flu can be very serious as they are more at risk of developing serious complications.

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Stopping the spread of flu

The nasal spray flu vaccine will not only help to protect your child from getting flu, it also stops the disease spreading from them to their family, carers and the wider population. Children are good at spreading flu, because they tend to sneeze everywhere and don’t use tissues properly or wash their hands. Vaccinating them may also protect others that are vulnerable to flu such as babies, older people, pregnant women and people with serious long-term illnesses. The flu vaccine for children is expected eventually to prevent at least 2,000 deaths from flu in the general population and lead to 11,000 fewer hospitalisations.

Which children can have the flu vaccination?

This year’s nasal spray flu vaccine will be offered routinely on the NHS to all children who were aged two and three on September 1st 2013. That is, children with a date of birth on or after September 2nd 2009 and on or before September 1st 2011. Children at risk of flu are already offered an annual flu injection. Those children with long-term health conditions aged between six months and two years will continue to be offered the annual injectable flu vaccine. Neither the nasal spray or the injectable flu vaccine are suitable for babies under the age of six months.

Are there children who shouldn’t have the flu vaccine?

There are a few children who should avoid the nasal spray flu vaccine. It’s not suitable for children who have: • a weakened immune system

• egg allergy • severe asthma • active wheezing at the time of vaccination Children unable to have the nasal spray vaccine may be able to have the flu injection instead.

How does the flu vaccine for children work?

The nasal spray vaccine contains flu viruses that have been weakened to stop them causing flu. It will help your child build up immunity to flu in a similar way as natural infection (but without the symptoms). As the main flu viruses change each year, a new nasal spray vaccine has to be given each year, in the same way as the injectable flu vaccine. As the vaccine is absorbed very quickly, it will still work even if your child has a runny nose, sneezes or blows their nose straight after being vaccinated. The nasal spray flu vaccine has very few side effects, the main one being that vaccinated children may have a runny nose for a short time.

How to get the flu vaccine for your child

You’ll be automatically contacted by your GP or your child’s school in September/ October 2013 about getting your child vaccinated before the winter. If you don’t hear anything, or you want more information about when and how your child will be vaccinated against flu, talk to your GP, practice nurse or your child’s school nurse.

For more information please visit www.nhs.uk


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Only £45 Available Dates:

November: 22nd & 29th December: 2nd, 4th, 7th, 9th, 11th, 13th, 16th, 18th, 20th, 22nd & 23rd

Drinks will be served on a glass for glass basis Non refundable deposit payable at the time of booking st.marys reserve the right to withdraw this offer at any given time.

For more details & booking info contact us on: 07850 962 737 | www.stmaryschambers.com St. marys chambers, heslingden road, rawtenstall, rossendale, BB4 6QX

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WEDNESDAY

TUESDAY

MONDAY

Walk 4 Life Walk Group 9.15am from St Mary’s CE Primary School. For parents, carers, babies in pushchairs, and toddlers - but please make sure that you can carry your child if they aren’t in a buggy or pushchair and they get tired! Tots ‘n’ Toddlers For Parents and Children aged 1-3 years. 9.15am-11.15am @ Balladen Children’s Centre. Baby Massage For Parents and Babies up to 1 year. 1.30pm-2.30pm @ Balladen Children’s Centre.

Baby Buddies For parents-to-be with ‘bumps’ and babies up to 1 year. 9.15am-11.15am @ Balladen Children’s Centre. Blooming Bumps One-off ‘Staying Healthy In Pregnancy’ session for early in pregnancy 5.30pm–7.00pm @ Rossendale Primary Health Care Centre, then at 7.00pm – 7.30pm tour of the Birthing Suite, on the first Tuesday of each month. Contact us to book a place. From Bump to Birth and Beyond A free 6 week course for Mums- and Dads-to be. Delivered by Children’s Centre Staff, Midwives and Health Visitors. A must for all first-time parents! Available at all 5 Rossendale Children’s Centre throughout 2013 and 2014 as well. Next sessions at Balladen Children’s Centre are 7th January – 14th February 2014.

Tweenies For parents and children aged 6-15 months. 1.30pm-3.00pm @ Balladen Children’s Centre.

Jo Jingles For parents and children 1-5 years. 1.30pm-2.15pm @ Balladen Children’s Centre. Ring to book on the next block of taster sessions.

THURSDAY

FRIDAY

Saturday Family Fun 10am–12.00pm. For families and their children aged 0 – 12. Ring for the next dates.

Children’s Centre

SATURDAY

Baby Massage For parents and babies up to 1 year. 10.00am-11.00am @ The Village Centre, Crawshawbooth. Citizens Advice Bureau Thursday morning @ Balladen Children’s Centre. Ring the Centre for an Appointment. Dance Tots & Toddler Group For parents and children 0-5 years. 1.00pm-3.00pm @ Cherry Tree Pre-School, Cherry Crescent, Rawtenstall, term time only. Talk First Baby Signing for parents and children 6 months to 2 ½ years. 1.15pm-2.00pm @ Balladen Children’s Centre. Ring to book on the next block of taster sessions.

What’s On This Autumn at Balladen Children’s Centre

For more information on any of our groups or sessions please contact the Centre.

All sessions subject to change or cancellation - please ring to check before setting out.

Balladen Children’s Centre, Linden Lea, Rawtenstall, BB4 6DX T: 01706 228501 E: balladencc@lancashire.gov.uk W: www.balladenchildrenscentre.com


The Scallywag - Autumn 2013