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The local guide from bump to 5 Children’s Theatre

Autumn Shows

free

A guide to Northamptonshire’s

Country Parks

Halloween Activities and Events

Win! Family Ticket to see Mister Maker Live! Season Ticket to Mini Meadows Farm Family ticket to see The Scarecrows’ Wedding

Kettering, Wellingborough, Corby, Rushden, Thrapston and Surrounding Areas


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Monday Monkeys Mondays from Mon 7 Sep, 10.30am Tickets £2

How The Koala Learnt To Hug Sat 19 Sep, 11am & 2pm Adults £5, Under 16s £7

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Special Offer: 1 adult free with every Under 16 ticket purchased

The Scarecrows’ Wedding Sat 17 Oct, 2.30pm £10 (£8) Family Ticket £32 for 4

Special Offer: 1 adult free with every Under 16 ticket purchased

Bleu!

Wed 28 Oct, 12pm & 3pm Adults £5, Under 16s £7

Special Offer: 1 adult free with every Under 16 ticket purchased

Thu 1 Oct, 1pm & 7pm

£14.50, Under 18s £12.50 Family Ticket £48 for 4

Our Teacher’s A Troll Sat 31 Oct, 12pm & 3pm Adults £5, Under 16s £7

Special Offer: 1 adult free with every Under 16 ticket purchased

Curious Tue 10 Nov, 10.30am, 1.30pm, 4.30pm Tickets £5

The Amazing Bubble Man Sat 31 Oct, 4.30pm

£12 (Under 18s £10); Family £40 for 4

Sun 8 Nov, 1pm & 3.30pm £12.50 (Under 16s £10.50) Family £42 for 4

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By Charles Dickens Every tale needs a teller, every story a narrator. So let our spirit guide, Jacob Marley, lead you to the past, present and future to show London’s miserly, money-grabbing meanie Ebenezer Scrooge the true meaning of Christmas.

Mon 7 - Tue 29 Dec Tickets £15 (£13) Family £48 for 4

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ello and welcome to the Autumn issue. It’s an autumn packed full of activities and events so once your little ones have settled back into a routine after the chaos of summer, have a browse through the magazine and pick out events or classes that appeal to you. The ‘Northamptonshire Baby & Toddler’ show is coming up on the 20th September at Benham Arena, Northampton. With over 90 stalls, demonstrations, giveaways and entertainment you don’t want to miss it! We have 3 pairs of tickets to give away - look out on our Facebook page for details. There’s a whole host of children’s shows coming up at local theatres. We had the immense pleasure of catching up with the lovely Mister Maker, at the Royal & Derngate Theatre, ahead of his live tour which started there on the 5th. We’ve got tickets to give away to the Birmingham leg of the tour - turn to page 60 for details on how to enter. With Halloween and Bonfire Night looming we’ve once again brought you the low down on associated activities and events taking place across the region - turn to pages 32 to 35. Whatever you do this autumn, we hope it’s a good one! Until the winter...

Vanessa

How to contact us:

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Autumn 2015 Contents 4 8 10 16 19 20 27 29 32 35 36 38 39 40 42 46 47

Tots News An interview with Mister Maker Northamptonshire’s Country Parks Northampton High School Clubs and Classes Featured Class: Bubble Babies Events Diary Children’s Theatre Shows What’s On This Halloween What’s On This Bonfire Night Time for Mum Meet out Mum in a Million Pregnancy & Birth Birth Announcements Childcare Business Opportunities Business Mum

48 Party Services 51 Operation Christmas Child 52 The Samaritans 53 Weekly Activities Timetable 60 Competitions 62 Special Offers 63 Index of Advertisers

Our front cover photo was taken at a ‘meet & greet’ session with Mister Maker at the Royal & Derngate Theatre ahead of his live shows there in early September. Whilst every effort is taken to ensure the content of this magazine is up to date and accurate, ‘Time for Tots’ cannot be held responsible for any errors or omissions. Neither does ‘Time for Tots’ endorse any of the companies, products or services that are advertised. Copyright on all written material and artwork produced by the ‘Time for Tots’ team remains with ‘Time for Tots’.

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Tots News

Buggy Boot Camp

Secret Retreat Beauty

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open New Salon

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ecret Retreat Beauty and holistic therapy is now open at The Glebe farm shop and tea room, Rothwell Road, Kettering, NN16 8XF - just off junction 7 of the A14. Providing beauty basics and much more in a little boutique styled log cabin with a relaxing atmosphere. Everyone deserves a little “Me” time. Contact Anna for an appointment today on: 07977 786707.

Comes to Kettering

his September sees the launch of Buggy Boot Camp classes at Wicksteed Park in Kettering. As the name suggests these are fitness classes you can do with your child in a buggy or pram - so no need for childcare. The classes are designed specifically for Mums looking to get back into shape so are safe and effective solution. Not only will you get to work out but you’ll be able to meet other local Mums too. Classes are at 10am on Mondays and Wednesdays. Just £5 a session or £24 for 8 sessions if you book in advance. For more information or to book a place, contact Silvia on 07557 471400.

www.secretretreatbeauty.co.uk

Exciting New Play Areas at Sywell Country Park

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new Waterworks Tots Play and Picnic Area opened at Sywell Country Park this summer, next to the Pump House Cafe, featuring a play house, sand pit and water play table. Situated inside the Pump House Visitor Centre, a lovely new soft play unit for tots has also been provided at Sywell Country Park with activity panels, stackable bricks, a slide and a den area. We hope that the unit will encourage parents and guardians to enjoy the park no matter what the weather. The soft play unit is operated by the Pump House cafe next door for a small fee per child. The visitor centre itself is a wonderful large space, that is free to enter, with many heritage features and also books and other activities for children making it a great place to relax. All our country parks at Barnwell, Fermyn Woods, Irchester, Brixworth and Sywell now have cafés with adjacent play areas. The newest is the Hobbit play area at Barnwell. Pre-school children and their parents can enjoy an Education Ranger led nature walk followed by a craft activity with the Nature Tots groups who meet once a month in each park. The cost is £3.50 per child. Turn to page 9 to find out more about our wonderful country parks.

www.northamptonshire.gov.uk/parks

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Tots News Continued

Meet the winner of our

Dad in a Million

Baby Ballet

A brand new class for your little one

Competition A T o celebrate Father’s Day, we teamed up with Red Letter Days in our summer issue to give one local man the treat of his life - a Ferrari Driving Experience! To enter we simply asked you to write in and tell us why you thought your husband/ partner/Dad is a Dad in a Million and deserving of this special prize. Thank-you for all your entries. After much deliberation we selected Chris Giles from Wellingborough who was nominated by his partner Libby. Although not her children’s actual father, Chris has been there for Libby and her 2 children since they were small. “My children love him like a father. He takes them on holiday, takes them to the park and he is even teaching my son golf. He has supported me when I went back to University to enable me to start a new career and given me the confidence to do it” says Libby “In return he asks for very little - just to be loved”. When asked why they love him, Libby’s children replied: Philippa: “He makes me laugh and smile, I love cuddling on the settee and reading to him“ Sebastian: “I love it when he teaches me golf, go karting and Football, he is really good” Good job Chris! We hope you enjoy prize.

t the Barbara Hooton School of Dancing we are often being asked about ballet for little ones. Ballet is a very disciplined art and we usually recommend an ideal starting age of 4; this is because tiny feet and ankle bones are still a little soft and we don’t want to damage precious limbs. However, lots of toddlers love music and movement so we have developed the perfect introduction to dance - Baby Ballet! Baby Ballet is a music-based half hour class for infants filled with fun and the joy of movement, including basic ballet steps that are muscle toning but without any stress on joints. Nicola Large is a fully qualified ballet and tap teacher and is thrilled to be welcoming children aged 2½ to 4 years old to Baby Ballet in Burton Latimer, Irthlingborough, Earls Barton and Ise Lodge. The cost for a ten week term is £40.00. Miss Nicola can be contacted on 07780 517740. Ballet and Tap classes for children of all ages and Keep fit classes for adults are held throughout the area - enquiries to Barbara on 07788 710144.

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The Return of Nature Tots

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ature Tots is back on at Barnwell Country Park every second Wednesday of the month, starting at 10am come rain or shine! In September we’ll be finding out all about Autumn’s seeds, fruits and leaves and painting using some of nature’s materials. In October we’ll be getting our bug hotel ready for winter and making your very own insect home. Please pre-book by leaving a message on either 01832 273435 or 07703 160878 to avoid disappointment as places are limited. £3.50 per child includes nature walk, craft activity and refreshments. See our Events Guide for dates of Nature Tots sessions at other Country Parks.

The funny things kids say...

“Daddy, have you got any children?” Hugh, age 4

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The Northants Baby and Toddler Show in association with Toddle About is coming to the

Benham Arena (Kings Park Road, Northampton, NN3 6LL) on Sunday 20th September 2015, from 10am to 4pm (last entry 3pm). The Show is the biggest and best parenting event in the county with over 90 stalls, great shopping, fantastic demonstration programme, giveaways, activities, and fun filled family entertainment, including a large soft play area, and special guest appearances from Fireman Sam, Minnie Mouse and friends! You can also enter your little one into our Face of the Northants Baby & Toddler Show competition, with a chance to win a fantastic photo prize package courtesy of Two-D Photography! Whether you are expecting your first or are a seasoned pro, this is the premier parenting event in the county, celebrating everything pregnancy to preschool Northants has to offer! Discounted advanced tickets are just ÂŁ2.50 and are available now at www.northantsbabyshow2015.eventbrite.co.uk, or buy them on the door for ÂŁ3.50 (children go FREE). For more information go to www.yourlocalbabyshow.co.uk or for show news and exclusive special offers follow us at www.facebook.com/northantsbabyandtoddlershow Loving life with little ones

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An Interview With Mister Maker! Ahead Of His First Ever Live Theatre Tour

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By Beth, age 11

hen Mister Maker came to the Royal & Derngate in mid August to promote his forthcoming live theatre tour, which opened at the theatre on the 5th September, I despatched a team of mini-makers (namely my 3 children) to go and meet him, and tasked my elder daughter, Beth age 11, with the job of interviewing him (she was a big fan as a pre-schooler!): Hello my name is Beth and during my summer holidays my mum gave me an assignment of going to meet Mister Maker and asking him some questions. He was very kind when we went to meet him and helped my little sister, Olivia (aged 5) draw the shapes. He was also very friendly and chatted to all the children there. This September he is coming to the Royal and Derngate theatre in Northampton to perform an arty adventure. It is promising to be great fun for all ages, including silly dancing with the shapes and a big ‘make’ to join in with. These are the questions I asked him: QQ What did you do before you became Mister Maker? AA I have been working in children’s television for nearly 20 years - both in front and behind the camera. QQ How long have you been Mister Maker for? AA 8 years! Where has the time gone? Time flies when you’re having fun! QQ What would you want to do after you finish being Mister Maker? AA I never want to stop! QQ Have you always wanted to be a children’s TV producer? AA From an early age, I always wanted to work in children’s television. It is a dream come true. QQ Which is your favourite shape and why? AA I think I am most like Rectangle because he is very tall and likes to bounce around! QQ Which part of England were you born in? AA The Medway Towns - in a place called Gillingham. Home of a very famous football team! QQ What hobbies do you have? AA Watching Gillingham FC....and having a nice cup of tea with my Mum. QQ Did you like making things as a child? AA Always! I used to make Pompom Bugs with my Grandpa. QQ Is this your dream job, if not what would it be? AA This is definitely my dream job! QQ What is your favourite thing to make? AA Anything that is messy!

MISTER MAKER & THE SHAPES LIVE!

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alling all Mini-Makers! Come and join your ultimate arts and crafts hero Mister Maker for his first ever live theatre tour in the UK! Mister Maker & The Shapes Live will be coming to theatres across the UK from September 2015. Phil Gallagher, aka Mister Maker said: “This is our first ever Mister Maker theatre tour in the UK and I am so excited! We’ll be singing, dancing and making some amazing arty creations. I can’t wait to share the fun with all my MiniMakers so join me, Circle, Triangle, Square and Rectangle for a real arty adventure….and get ready to make some noise!” The show is going to be packed with loads of arty fun, fantastic songs and there’s even a big ‘make’ for everybody to take part in. Joining Mister Maker on stage will be a wonderful supporting cast and, of course, The Shapes! Mister Maker has been delighting CBeebies viewers since 2007 and in 2009 was nominated for a Children’s BAFTA. Tickets start from £10.00 (booking fee may apply) with children’s and family tickets available. Visit www.mistermakerlive.co.uk for dates and venues.

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Country Parks A

utumn is a lovely time to enjoy the outdoors and Northamptonshire is very fortunate to have several wonderful, award-winning country parks that provide a fun-filled trip out for families with children of all ages. Now that the older children have returned to school though, the little ones can enjoy free range of the parks from Monday to Friday! Here we bring you the low down on each of the main parks in case you haven’t visited them all yet. All of them are free to visit but you just have to pay to park (with the exception of East Carlton which is also free to park!). Many of the parks hold special events and activities for toddlers - check out our Events Diary on page 27 and our Halloween and Bonfire Night guide on pages 32 to 35 for details of forthcoming events.

irchester

country park Gipsy Lane, Little Irchester, Wellingborough, NN29 7DL Tel: 01933 276866 E-mail: irchester@ northamptonshire.gov.uk £2.70 to park for the day (£3 on Sundays and Bank Holidays April to August) Please mention Time for Tots when responding to an advertisement


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Barnwell

country park Barnwell Road, Oundle, PE8 5PB Tel: 01832 273435 E-mail: barnwell@ northamptonshire.gov.uk £2.70 to park for the day (£3 on Sundays and Bank Holidays April to August)

Things to do:

• Children’s play area • Brand new Hobbit garden including a play house and garden with unique animal sculptures and sand pits to stimulate children’s imaginations! • Waterside trails with opportunities to feed the ducks - pick up some duck food from the visitor centre • Open spaces for ball games or other activities • Watch the bird-life

Facilities:

• Interactive Visitor Information Centre • The Kingfisher Cafe selling coffee, cake and ice creams! As well as light bites for children and adults. Has an outdoor terrace with amazing views. • Picnic spots and BBQ area

Why we like it:

• The park is good for toddlers and lots of opportunities to get youngsters interested in wildlife. Also walking distance to the historic market town of Oundle with it’s gorgeous shops, cafés and coffee shops (great for when you’ve worn your toddler out and they’re sleeping in their buggy!)

Things to do:

• A large children’s play area (pictured) within fencing • Open fields for sports and games • Woodland trails - mostly suitable for buggies and trikes (although not when muddy!) Pick up a trail sheet from the Rangers office. • Jungle Parc high ropes adventure trail - suitable for ages 4+ (there is a charge. Visit www.jungleparc.co.uk) • Narrow Gauge Railway Museum (free entry) - a small museum of working steam and diesel locomotives run by the Irchester Narrow Gauge Railway Trust. Open Sundays only.

Facilities:

• Quarryman’s Rest cafe serving drinks and hot & cold snacks. Includes a ‘sit-down’ cafe and also a take away van - which also serves ice creams! • Picnic tables & BBQ area

Why we like it:

• It has the biggest play area of the parks and the jungle parc is great for older siblings! To advertise call 0845 6439687 or e-mail info@timefortots.co.uk


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Fermyn Woods country park

Lyveden Road, Brigstock, Kettering NN14 3HS Tel: 01536 373625 E-mail: fermyn@ northamptonshire.gov.uk £2.70 to park for the day (£3 on Sundays and Bank Holidays April to August)

Sywell country park Washbrook Lane, Ecton, NN6 0QX Tel: 01604 810970 E-mail: sywell@ northamptonshire.gov.uk £2.70 to park for the day (£3 on Sundays and Bank Holidays April to August)

Things to do:

• 2 Children’s play areas including a play castle and a separate toddler area • 3 circular woodland trails to choose from - trail sheets often available from the Rangers office

Facilities:

• Skylark Cafe serving hot and cold snacks, drinks, homemade cakes and ice creams • Picnic and BBQ spots • Outdoor activity shelter that is available to hire

Why we like it: •

We love the play castle and toddler play area!

Things to do:

• Enclosed children’s play area with sand and water play • Badger themed Brockwood woodland play area with tunnels, bank slide and dens • New outdoor waterworks tots play area featuring a play house, sand pit and water play table • New indoor soft play area for tots (small charge) • Butterfly Garden and Amphibian Pond • Open spaces for games and sports • Beautiful 2½ mile walk around the reservoir

Facilities:

• Pump House Cafe serving drinks, snacks and ice creams • Picnic spots and BBQ area • Visitor centre

Why we like it:

• We love the sand and water play and also the brockwood themed play area with its tunnels and dens - hours of imaginative play for children. The new indoor play area will also make it an all-weather venue.

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brixworth

country park Northampton Road, Brixworth, NN6 9DG Tel: 01604 889478 E-mail: brixworth@ northamptonshire.gov.uk £2.70 to park for the day (£3 on Sundays and Bank Holidays April to August)

Things to do: • • • • • •

Enclosed children’s play area 3 easy access circular trails of varying lengths 7 mile cycle and walking track around Pitsford Water Sensory garden Den building in the woods Discover the story of the last gnomes left in England on BB’s Little Grey Men Trail • Open spaces for sports and games

Facilities: • • • •

Willow Tree Cafe serving hot and cold refreshments Picnic spots and BBQ area Cycle hire shop on site Meeting rooms for hire

Why we like it:

• Great location to take bikes or scooters. Accessible for all regardless of age, physical or mental ability.

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STanwick

Things to do:

E-mail: info@rftrust.org.uk

• Large imaginative children’s adventure playground, made of wood and surrounded by a moat. It includes water play, with small stream, and a sand play area. • Adventure Trail with climbing rocks, rope bridge, hexagonal swing, zip wire and climbable animal structures • Assault course - though this is more for older children • The Hideaway indoor tots play area (small fee) • Over 7 miles of cycle tracks with cycle hire available on site. • Horse riding route • Boat hire - more for the summer months • Outdoor theatre showing theatrical productions throughout the summer. Also available to hire.

www.stanwicklakes.org.uk

Facilities:

lakes Stanwick, Northants, NN9 6GY Tel: 01933 625522

Parking charges vary with the season. Autumn and winter charges from £2.50.

• Visitor Centre including: • Café Solar serving hot and cold drinks and snacks • A gift shop • Discovery Zone with displays, games and ‘feely’ boxes. Crafts often available in here. • Public toilets and baby changing • Picnic spots and BBQ facility

Why we like it:

• It is so different to most parks. We love the huge adventure playground and adventure trail where children can run wild. We recommend taking wellies and a change of clothes as children can get very wet and muddy!

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East Carlton

country park East Carlton, Nr. Market Harborough, Leics, LE16 8YF

Things to do: • • • • • •

Tel: 01536 770977 www.facebook.com/ EastCarltonCountryPark Free entry and free parking!

Enclosed children’s play area on sand Play equipment for disabled children Open spaces for games and sports Petanque Court 3 nature trails with activity leaflets available from the café Heritage Centre with a display featuring the history of Corby and the development of the iron and steel industry in the town. Also craft workshops including: • Heritage Dolls Houses • Pure Wool Shop • Fairy Dust Pictures • Foxy’s Woodland Shop • Ceramic workshop

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A café open all year round serving hot and cold drinks and snacks. Picnic and BBQ area Public toilets (including disabled)

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The views over the Welland Valley are stunning. We also love the craft workshops in the Heritage Centre - especially the dolls house shop!

Autumn scavenger hunt W

hen enjoying the country park this Autumn with your little ones, why not try our Autumn Scavenger Hunt and see how many things you can spot/collect:

A red leaf

A yellow leaf

An orange leaf

A green leaf

An acorn

A pine cone

A conker

A winged seed

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Northampton High Welcomes New Headmistress

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e are delighted to welcome our new Headmistress Dr Helen Stringer to Northampton High School. Dr Stringer joins us from the Stephen Perse Foundation in Cambridge where she has taught since 2007 having been Vice-Principal (Curriculum) since 2010. Dr Stringer graduated in History from the University of Bristol 1984 before completing her Masters and Doctorate at the University of Sussex and teacher training at the Institute of Education in London. She has over 20 years of teaching experience at schools including Channing School, Highgate, James Allen’s Girls’ School, Dulwich and Leicester Grammar School. Dr Stringer is passionate about breaking down barriers to success for girls and young women. She is looking forward to working alongside governors, staff and parents to ensure that “every student leaves school equipped to take her first independent steps towards fulfilling her ambitions, meeting life’s challenges and making her contribution to an ever-changing world.” At Northampton High an ambitious teaching and learning ethos is complemented by superb pastoral care and strong school-family partnerships which build confidence, positive attitude and zest for learning and life. Dr Stringer believes that these qualities are vital ingredients for success and happiness in a world full of opportunities, pressures and uncertainties. Each girl finds her own unique path and, through participation in a vast array of activities – academic, physical, cultural, entrepreneurial and social, she develops a broad portfolio of skills and experiences to add to her excellent qualifications. If you would like to find out more about the school, come and visit us at our Open Day on Saturday 10th October between 10am – 1pm. The whole school is open from Nursery to Sixth Form and there is an opportunity to have a tour with one of our pupils, meet staff and girls, ask any questions and meet the new Headmistress, Dr Helen Stringer and in Junior School, the Head, Mr Ross Urquhart. See our website for more details: www.northamptonhigh.gdst.net or contact our Registrar Mrs Heather Berry on 01604 765765 or h.berry@nhs.gdst.net. There are Bursaries available for Year 7 and Sixth Form entry in September 2016. We also offer Scholarships into Year 7: Academic, Arts and Sports; Academic Scholarships into Year 9 and Scholarships into Sixth Form. Please mention Time for Tots when responding to an advertisement


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Inspired Learning From Nursery to Sixth Form (3-18 years), outstanding success is achieved through a broad and challenging curriculum. In a happy, friendly environment, girls visibly grow in confidence and ability, emerging as fully rounded, educated young women.

Come and see for yourself.

Open Day

Saturday 10 October 10am - 1pm www.northamptonhigh.gdst.net

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Clubs & Classes See our ‘Weekly Activities Timetable’ in the back of the magazine for class times and venues

Jenny’s Dolphins Baby & Pre-school Swimming Lessons

After school lessons now available on a Monday

Friendly classes in Rothwell Instructor in the water Average of 6 children per class Prices start from £6.50 for 30 minutes

Call: 07821 646451 Email: jennysdolphins@live.co.uk www.jennysdolphins.co.uk

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Clubs & Classes

Welcome to Bubble Babies! F

rom as soon as they step into the changing rooms on a Saturday morning at Kingsley School Kettering, my mini swimmers are full of excitement; looking forward to a fun-filled, dynamic session in a hydrotherapy pool as warm as the tropics! Babies from 3 months through to 5 years are welcomed into the class, bringing along mum, dad, auntie, uncle, even grandma and granddad, who are all invited to share these special early moments. Everyone can bond by being a part of the amazing journey from baby’s first splashes in the water to their first independent strokes.

As warm as a bath!

In the comfort of temperatures in the mid 30’s, both children and parents do not have to worry about whose lips are turning blue quickest (!) and they are able to focus solely on the aquatic skills introduced in the lesson that day. They maximise on their intricately structured 30 minute session, filling it from beginning to end with exercises, games, races and imagination; diving off their water taxi when it runs out of fuel to go get some more, swimming through caves full of spiders and tickle monsters and venturing through wild white water to Treasure Island! Everyone in the group interacts with the others to encourage even greater participation and achievement and progress can be quick and extremely satisfying! Baby steadily acquires an appreciation of all four strokes and steams towards being confident, happy and safe in the water, ABOVE and BELOW!

Look and learn

As a swimming teacher of 12 years, Erika considers it crucial to teach by example and with enthusiasm: ‘I always enjoy the looks on my toddlers’ faces when I straddle jump into the pool with accompanying tsunami(!) or jump out from under the water shouting ‘Jack in a Box’ and make them all jump! Laughter and enjoyment is a key factor to achieving success.’

Badges and Certificates

To celebrate everyone’s achievements, babies receive the Swimming Teachers Association Starfish Badges and Certificates, while the older children earn the Stanley First Steps Series Awards. By firmly establishing the principles of good swimming technique in an encouraging, happy environment, Bubble Babies aims to create multi-skilled, water-confident, safetyconscious swimmers with a lifelong love, respect and enjoyment of the water.

Underwater Photo Shoot

On 28th November we have another Underwater Photograph session lined up and this exciting event is open to anyone who would like to come along and is confident in going under the water. What better souvenir of those happy times and earliest swims?

Ask the parents

At the end of her time at Bubble Babies Amanda, who brought her first son Connor and then later Kealan, wrote: ‘We have had a wonderful time learning to swim with you. It’s a very special group you have and we will miss it and you dearly. I definitely have 2 wonderful bubble babies thanks to your fabulous lessons’.

Book now!

You’ve read all about us, now come along and see Bubble Babies in action! To book a class or for more information contact Erika on Telephone: 01604 780244 Website: www.bubblebabies.co.uk

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Clubs & Classes Now in Desborough

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For 4-18 year olds, after school, at weekends and holiday workshops.

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Emma’s Dance Studio Childrens Freestyle Dance Classes Kettering Mondays

at Buccleugh Academy Sports Hall

Wellingborough Fridays

at St Barnabas Church Hall

7 to 11 years: 5.15pm to 6pm 11+ years: 6pm to 7pm

Tuesdays

Contact Emma Green on: 07787 828532 emmaatgrn@hotmail.com

at Ise Lodge Community Centre

3 to 8 years: 5.30pm to 6.15pm 8 to 12 years: 6.15pm to 7pm 12+ years: 7pm to 8pm

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3 to 8 years: 4.45pm to 5.45pm 8+ years: 5.45pm to 6.45pm

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Friendly, fun, exciting lessons Ideal for the less confident child Classes in Kettering, Burton Latimer, Corby, Desborough & Wellingborough For ages 3 to adult Contact Nick on 07720 430798 or e-mail: nickbinder@ntlworld.com www.punchinpandas.org 6th Dan Chief Instructor - Part of S.K.E. England

Real karate at realistic prices. No hidden costs or direct debits

Infant Aquatics Baby & toddler swimming courses

Small, friendly classes from six weeks to four years. Building life long safety skills using our holistic approach in a fun environment. Kettering area call 01858 565 713 Wellingborough area call 01933 674 505 www.infantaquatics.co.uk

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At Corby International Pool & Lodge Park Sports Centre Pick up an Under 5’s Activities booklet which lists all fun activities taking place at both facilities. Available to download from www.corby.gov.uk If you book 5 Crèche sessions, you get the 6th session FREE!! Vouchers can be redeemed from our Crèche Team at either facility, vouchers can be used between both facilities.

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Children’s Parties/Room Hire on www.corby.gov.uk for

full details on all parties available.

Party packages available at both facilities, these include Pre-School Gymnastics, Crèche “Fun Play”, Tots and Tiddlers Pre-School Gymnastics, Swim and Supervised Diving, contact either of the facilities for further information and prices. Contact us:

Lodge Park Sports Centre Tel: 01536 400033 www.corby.gov.uk/lodgepark Find us on Facebook Lodge Park Sports Centre

Corby International Pool Tel: 01536 464643 www.corby.gov.uk/corbypool Find us on Facebook Corby East Midlands International Pool

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Fitness classes that kids and parents love! Little Shapers offers modern and unique fitness classes for children from 3 to 15 years. • Our fun modern classes offer children of all abilities an easy way to become more active. • Great for children that shy away from team sports or want to try something different. • We teach exercise elements through fun games, relays, circuits and dance moves to trendy music beats that kids love. • Excellent to develop your child’s co-ordination, balance, agility and flexibility as well as helping to build team working skills and general confidence.

For more information on all our classes and the latest timetable visit: www.littleshapers.co.uk For enquiries please email: nadine@littleshapers.co.uk or call us on: 07791 942341

Multi-Award Winning Dance School offering a wide range of Pre-Primary & Primary age classes! From age 2 years +

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Events Diary September

See pages 32 to 35 for Halloween & Bonfire Night activities and events October

“Bleu!” at The Castle Theatre. Performances at 12pm and 3pm sat 31st “Our Teacher’s a Troll” at The Castle Theatre. Performances at 12pm and 3pm. For ages 7+

Wed 9th Thu 1st Nature Tots at Barnwell Country “Ministry of Science Live” at The Park, 10 to 11.30am. £3.50 per Castle Theatre. Performances at child. Must book. 1pm and 7pm sun 13th sat 3rd “The Amazing Bubble Man” at Hedgerow Harvest at West Lodge Open Day at Pitsford School. The Castle Theatre at 4.30pm. Farm. Tractor Tours to Berry 10.30am to 1pm. Picking Hot Spots around the farm. Wed 7th November Tue 15th Nature Tots at Irchester Country Nature Tots at Sywell Country Park, 10 to 11.30am. £3.50 per Wed 4th Park, 10 to 11.30am. £3.50 per child. Must book. Nature Tots at Irchester Country child. Must book. Park, 10 to 11.30am. £3.50 per sat 10th Wed 16th child. Must book. Open Day at Northampton High Nature Tots at Brixworth Country School. 10am to 1pm. Fri 6th to sun 8th Park, 10 to 11.30am. £3.50 per “What the Ladybird Heard” at The sun 11th child. Must book. Core at Corby Cube. 4.30pm on World Conker Championships in Fri 18th Southwick near Oundle. 10.30am the 6th, 11am and 2pm on the Charity Afternoon Tea at 7th & 8th. Tickets £12.50. to 3.30pm. Visit: Methodist Hall, Earls Barton. www.worldconkerchampionships.com sun 8th 1:15pm-3:15pm. £8 per ticket, all “Tree Fu Tom” at The Castle Wed 14th proceeds going to Sands. Theatre. Performances at 1pm Nature Tots at Barnwell Country sat 19th and 3.30pm Park, 10 to 11.30am. £3.50 per “How the Koala learnt to Hug” at child. Must book. Tue 10th The Castle Theatre. Performances “Curious” at The Castle Theatre. sat 17th at 11am & 2pm. For ages 3+ Performances at 10.30am, “The Scarecrows’ Wedding” at sun 20th 1.30pm and 4.30pm The Castle Theatre at 2.30pm. The Northamptonshire Baby & Win tickets! See page 60. Wed 11th Toddler Show at Benham Arena. Nature Tots at Barnwell Country Tue 20th 10am to 4pm. Park, 10 to 11.30am. £3.50 per Nature Tots at Barnwell Country Thu 24th child. Must book. Park, 10 to 11.30am. £3.50 per Teddy Bears Go Wild at Barnwell child. Must book Tue 17th Country Park. Bring your Teddy Nature Tots at Barnwell Country Wed 21st Bear along for a wild walk around Nature Tots at Brixworth Country Park, 10 to 11.30am. £3.50 per the park with a Ranger, meeting child. Must book. Park, 10 to 11.30am. £3.50 per the park’s wildlife and building your child. Must book Wed 18th teddy bear den. Free but booking Nature Tots at Brixworth Country sat 24th essential. 10:30am to 12pm. Park, 10 to 11.30am. £3.50 per Baby & Children’s Nearly New sat 26th child. Must book Sale at The Pemberton Centre, Baby & Children’s Nearly New Rushden. 10am to 12pm. sat 28th Sale at The Pemberton Centre, Entrance £1. Kids free. Baby & Children’s Nearly New Rushden. 10am to 12pm. Sale at The Pemberton Centre, Wed 28th Entrance £1. Kids free. Rushden. 10am to 12pm. National Play Day at Wicksteed sat 26th & sun 27th Entrance £1. Kids free. Park. From 11am to 4pm, Children’s TPO weekend at Nene including the 3rd Annual Puddle Valley Railway. Learn how post Underwater Photoshoot with Jumping Championship plus the was picked up onto a moving usual assortment of straw, leaves, Bubble Babies. Open to everyone. train, sorted on the move and Contact Erica on 01604 780244. mud and mayhem! then dispatched, all without stopping. Adults £16, children £8. To advertise call 0845 6439687 or e-mail info@timefortots.co.uk


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OPEN DAY

Saturday 3 October 2015 10.30am - 1pm

• A small, friendly, independent school for children ages 3 to 18 years

• 6th on National, Value Added A-Level League Table

• Excellent academic results

• Small class sizes ensure individual attention

• School bus network

For more information, please contact Sonia Kendrick on 01604 880306 office@pitsfordschool.com | www.pitsfordschool.com COMING TO THE CORE THIS CHRISTMAS

Aliens Love Underpants Prepare to laugh your pants off as aliens are landing on earth in this zany and hilarious family show!

IDEAL FOR AGES 3+

Mon 7 – Thu 24 December

Ticket Line: 01536 470 470 www.thecorecorby.com The Core at Corby Cube, George Street, Corby NN17 1QG

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The Castle Theatre Wellingborough www.thecastle.org.uk Box Office: 01933 270007

How the Koala learnt to Hug

Saturday 19th October, 11am & 2pm Koalas are the cuddliest critters but just how did they learn to hug? There’s only one way to find out so if you love Koalas as much as we do then join us and our gorgeous outback cast for some great stories, sing along songs, superb games and first class hugging. All you need are your ears – and your arms! Based on the best-selling book by Steven Lee this charming family musical has been written especially for children aged three and above to enjoy with their grown-ups. As an extra treat, author Steven will be available to sign copies of How The Koala Learnt To Hug and Other Australian Fairy-tales which will be on sale at a specially reduced rate after the show.

Ministry of science Live

Thursday 19th October, 1pm & 7pm Please keep your head firmly on your shoulders, and your arms, legs and feet inside the ride at all times! This is not your ordinary science show – it comes with a bang. It comes with a whoosh. But most of all is comes with a hovercraft built on stage…. Oh, and a Human Cannon too! Join the super talented presenters and the voiceover from above (X Factor’s Peter Dickson) as they take you on a journey using brilliantly designed demonstrations with a few loud bangs to lead the way. Fingers in ears advised….

The scarecrows’ Wedding

Saturday 17th October, 2.30pm

Betty O’Barley and Harry O’Hay are excellent scarecrows who love each other and decide to get married. Harry sets off to search for wedding day essentials.

However, when the farmer notices he is missing a scarecrow, he replaces Harry with the devilishly smooth Reginald Rake. Can Reginald persuade Betty he is the scarecrow for her? And will Harry make it back in the nick of time? From the team behind Stick Man, Tiddler & Other Terrific Tales and Pirate Gran, this new production promises true love, drama and wedding bells...

Bleu

Wednesday 28th October, 12pm & 3pm Rooted in Mediterranean mythology, this magical story begins when a sea nymph drops a pearl into the deep blue sea, and a sailor sets off on an adventure-packed voyage to find it. With sumptuous visual imagery, movement, dance and music, taking everyone on a maritime odyssey, and with opportunity for participation on stage with the performers as the story unfolds. An East Midlands Children’s Theatre and Dance Network tour, supported by Arts Council England

our Teacher’s a Troll Saturday 31st October 12pm & 3pm

An outrageously entertaining, deliciously dark and terribly funny tale from the writer of awardwinning West End hit Matilda the Musical. Two terrible twins with a talent for turmoil rule their school with terror and tyranny. That is, until the arrival of a new head teacher with green scaly skin, sharp gnarly fangs, and a long spiky tail… An exciting collaboration between Paines Plough and Half Moon Theatre, fresh from its success this summer at London’s Southbank Centre, Brighton Festival and Edinburgh Fringe 2015. A colourfully comic show for ages 7+ and their accompanying trolls (or parents).

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The amazing Bubble Man Saturday 31st October, 4.30pm

Louis Pearl, the Amazing Bubble Man, embarks on a tour of the UK with his unique show that has been delighting audiences of all ages around the world for thirty years. The world’s leading ‘Bubbleologist’ is back by popular demand having sold out at the Edinburgh’s Festival Fringe for the past eight years. Pearl has been thrilling schools and family audiences around the world with the art, magic, science and fun of bubble since 1983. He explores the breathtaking dynamics of bubbles, combining comedy and artistry with audience participation and enough spellbinding bubble tricks to keep everyone mesmerized.

Tree Fu Tom

Sunday 8th November, 1pm & 3.30pm

Join CBeebies star, Tree Fu Tom, as he takes to the stage in his first nationwide ‘live’ tour! Follow Tom, Twigs, Ariela and friends on an action packed adventure through the magical world of Treetopolis! After finding a dusty old map, Tom decides to follow where it leads and see if it will take them to any mysterious hidden treasure but it’s not an easy route to follow. Tom and his friends must travel through wild weather and catch the mischievous Mushas who are making trouble along the way! Full of fun, music and laughter, Tom will need your help to do the Tree Fu moves that could help save the day. Be part of the magic! Brought to you by Premier Stage Productions Ltd and FremantleMedia Ltd

Curious

Tuesday 10th November 10.30am, 1.30pm & 4.30pm Cake making gets messy in this perfect introduction to theatre, guaranteeing giggles galore for the very young and young at heart. Journey into a playfully imaginative world where kitchen meets garden, where dirt is good, and where messiness mischievously conjures the perfect birthday surprise.

A play with few words, Curious is a laugh-out-loud experience for the very young and the curiously inquisitive – a perfect introduction to theatre that explores cake making as you have never seen before. At the end of the performance, children are invited onto the stage to create their own recipes, by digging in soft, moist soil themselves.

The Core at Corby Cube Corby www.thecorecorby.com Box Office: 01536 470470

What the Ladybird Heard

Friday 6th to Sunday 8th November

Friday 4.30pm, Saturday & Sunday 11am & 2pm Two crafty robbers, one tiny ladybird, and a whole farmyard of fun! Hefty Hugh and Lanky Len have a cunning plan to steal the farmer’s fine prize cow. But they reckon without the tiniest, quietest creature of all: The Ladybird has a plan of her own! Book early for The Core’s perfect family treat. Join the woolly sheep, the hairy hog, the fat red hen and the dainty dog in this glittering stage adaptation of Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks’ colourful farmyard adventure. It is packed with live music, puppetry, plenty of audience participation and lots of laughs!

aliens Love underpants

Monday 7th to Thursday 24th December

Based on the book by Claire Freedman & Ben Cort Adapted & directed by Adam Bampton-Smith Aliens love underpants, Of every shape and size, But there are no underpants in space, So here’s a big surprise! This zany and hilarious tale based on the best-selling children’s book is wonderfully brought to life on stage for a Christmas treat you won’t forget! With stunning effects, madcap action, original music (and lots of aliens of course), this fantastically fresh and funny production will delight the whole family. You’ll laugh your PANTS off! Standard performances Mon 7 – Sun 20 December Premium performances Mon 21 – Thu 24 December Standard weekdays 10.30am, 1.30pm, 4.30pm, Friday 11 December 6pm Weekends & Premium weekdays 11am, 2pm & 4pm

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EXPLORE Have a really wild time with the little ones at Twycross Zoo this Easter. Explore our multi-tiered soft play jungle

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What’s On This Halloween

HALLOWEEN FUN

HALLOWEEN PARTY

17TH – 31ST oCToBER 2015 There’s spooky goings on down on the farm from Saturday 17th to Saturday 31st October, with ghost stories, witch’s house tours, Trail of Doom!, pumpkin carving, spooky tractor rides....plus all the fun of the farm! On Sunday 25th October it’s the Halloween Party! A fantastic spooky afternoon including all of the above plus meet the witch, fancy dress competition and the ‘Ghost Hunt by Torchlight’. starting at 5pm. www.westlodgeruralcentre.co.uk

30TH & 31ST oCToBER 2015 Spend Halloween with Max and Macie Monkey at Cheeky Monkees. Join in the Fancy dress competition, bring your carved pumpkin for a chance to win a prize or find our hidden spiders in the play area to win a goody bag. Entry includes a hot dog meal and fries. Booking essential. Tickets only £6.00 each. 6.30 to 8pm. www.cheeky-monkees.co.uk

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THE WIZARD EXPRESS AT NENE VALLEy RAILWAy

SATURDAy 31ST oCToBER 2015

Nene Valley Railway invites you to join Harry Spotter the Wizarding Train spotter and his friends on The Wizard Express on Saturday 31st October. All aboard as the train awaits you at Wansford departing from platform 2 and a bit!! Travel on our Steam hauled, Steam Heated “Wizards Express” from Wansford to Peterborough via Wellwarts and return Halloween Goody Bags for all children over one, spooky goings on on board the train with Halloween Characters, play The Wizards Express Quiz, can you spot the Friendly Ghost in the tunnel, the Tunnel has been haunted since 1845, meet Wilma the Witch, fancy dress highly recommended! Booking required. www.nvr.org.uk

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WICKED WICKSTEED AT WICKSTEED PARK

17TH & 18TH oCToBER, THEN 24TH oCToBER To 1ST NoVEMBER 2015 Wicksteed Park is the place to be for ghostly goings on this autumn. The park is being transformed into Wicked Wicksteed, with rides and attractions being given a fiendish twist. To help the whole family enjoy the attractions you can buy a special Halloween Pass. The Pass permits unlimited entry onto all rides in the park including RUSH during Halloween, as well as the daily Wicked Wicksteed Family Fest entertainment shows. You can also have a ghoulishly great time in the Haunted House or at the Puppet Show and enjoy our Ghost Stories and Treasure Hunt. The Passes are valid for October 17th-18th and from October 24th until November 1st inclusive, 10.30am to 5pm daily. www.wicksteedpark.org

SPOOKY HALF TERM AT IRCHESTER CoUNTRy PARK

24TH oCToBER To 1ST NoVEMBER 2015 Visit Irchester Country Park for a spooky half term from the 24th October to the 1st November inclusive, from 10am- 4pm. Activities will include a self led trail (with prize) and the very popular pumpkin carving from the 26th to the 30th October, 1pm – 4pm daily. Pick up a trail sheet from the Rangers office. www.northamptonshire.gov.uk/parks

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SPOOKTACULAR HALLOWEEN PARTY Friday 30th & Saturday 31st October 6.30pm to 8pm

Fancy Dress Competition Best Carved Pumpkin Competition Spooky Treasure Trail Tickets £6 - Booking Essential Meal of hot dog and fries included

Call 01536 443310 www.cheeky-monkees.co.uk Like us on Facebook!

Unit 2, Curie Courtyard off Cockerell Road Corby, Northants, NN17 5DU

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PUMPKIN CARVING & CRAFTS

PUMPKIN HUNT

26TH To 30TH oCToBER 2015 Pumpkin carving and crafts from 10am-1pm throughout half term week in the Visitor Centre at Barnwell Country Park. www.northamptonshire.gov.uk/parks

24TH oCToBER To 1ST NoVEMBER 2015 Children’s half term Halloween event. Search for the pumpkins hidden around our gardens, find them all to win a prize. 10.30am to 2pm daily. www.castleashbygardens.co.uk

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HALLOWEEN SPOOKY CREATURES AT STANWICK LAKES

26TH oCToBER To 1ST NoVEMBER 2015 Family fun in the half term, including crafts, games and Halloween trail. Modest charges for some activities. www.stanwicklakes.org.uk

HALLOWEEN ACTIVITIES AT EAST CARLToN CoUNTRy PARK

SPOOKY QUIZ & PUMPKIN CARVING

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24TH oCToBER – 1ST NoVEMBER 2015 Follow the Spooky Nature Quiz around the park and find out more about the creepy critters of Fermyn Woods Country Park. A self led trail, with a spooky themed prize. Quiz sheets available to purchase from the Skylark Cafe for £2. 10am to 4pm daily. Suitable for ages 0-11. No need to book. Pumpkin carving at the park on the 30th October, 12 noon to 3.30pm. Come along to the Education Shelter and carve your very own spooky pumpkin to take home. All equipment, pumpkins and candles provided. £4 to £5 depending on pumpkin size. Children must be accompanied by an adult. No need to book. www.northamptonshire.gov.uk/parks

SATURDAy 31ST oCToBER The fun starts at 11am with activities up till 5pm, then the Spooky Walk will take place at 6.15pm. £2 per car entrance fee. www.corby.gov.uk

The Wizard Express Dare You Ride?

CHILDREN’S HALLOWEEN PARTY AT THE CENTRE AT MAWSLEy

30TH oCToBER 2015 Join in the fun on Friday 30th October, 5pm 8pm, at the children’s Halloween Party. Tickets £5. Includes entertainment by Just Party (disco, party games and magic show) and a buffet by Coffee @ No 9. Fancy dress optional - prize for the best costume! www.thecentreatmawsley.co.uk

Enjoy over an hour of Spooky fun on our Halloween train Saturday 31st October 2015, early evening Goody bags  Glow sticks  On train entertainment Booking essential... £13.50 all classes For further details please call the Nene Valley Railway on 01780 784444 or visit the website: www.nvr.org.uk Wansford Station (next to the A1), Stibbington Peterborough PE8 6LR Registered Charity No 263617

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BONFIRE NIGHT

THE GUNPOWDER PLOT

AT BoUgHToN HoUSE THURSDAy 5TH & SATURDAy 7TH NoVEMBER 2015

BIG BONFIRE PARTY

AT WEST LoDgE RURAL CENTRE SUNDAy 1ST & SATURDAy 7TH NoVEMBER 2015 Join the team at West Lodge Rural Centre on Sunday 1st November or Saturday 7th November for sparklers, big bonfire, toasted marshmallows and the gunpowder plot reenactment. No fireworks at this event so perfect for little ones! This is a ticket only event so make sure you book in advance. www.westlodgeruralcentre.co.uk

FIREWORKS NIGHT AT WICKSTEED PARK SATURDAy 7TH NoVEMBER 2015

The Wicksteed Park annual fireworks extravaganza also provides the best display in the area and will be held on saturday november 7. Go to wicksteedpark.org for further details and book early to make sure you don’t miss out. www.wicksteedpark.org

A great night out for all the family in one of Northamptonshire’s most spectacular stately homes. Early evening entertainment sets the atmosphere for a spectacular performance created by award winning, METRO-BOULOT-DODO. The performance retells the story of the gunpowder plot and its many connections to both Boughton House and Northamptonshire. Enjoy live performance, large scale projection, original soundtrack, a dramatic story and a breathtaking fireworks finale. The Gunpowder Plot is an unforgettable night out for all the family that captures the true essence of the Gunpowder Plot, right here at Boughton House. Gates open 6.30pm, show starts 7.30pm. Purchase tickets online at: www.boughtonhouse.co.uk

BONFIRE NIGHT

AT CoRBy BoATINg LAKE THURSDAy 5TH NoVEMBER 2015 To join the walking procession, led by a piper, meet in the Swimming Pool car park at 6.30pm to set off at 6.45pm. The Bonfire will be lit at 7pm and the Firework display will start at 7.30pm. FREE event. www.corby.gov.uk

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Time for Mum

Want to get in shape, learn some self-defense, and gain self-confidence? Why don’t you come along to our ladies only karate session?

Because a happy, healthy Mum is a better Mum!

Tuesday night is ladies night. 7.15pm-8.15pm The Britannia Club, Burton Latimer. S.K.C Kettering & Corby is a long running Shotokan Karate Club. Run by a qualified instructor, Sensei Nick is a 2nd Dan Black Belt and a level 3 Advanced Fitness Instructor.

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BE AUTY AND HOLISTIC THERAPY

No special clothing required, just appropriate exercise clothes.

• FACIALS & MICRO-CURRENT FACIAL (NON-SURGICAL FACE LIFT) • CALGEL NAIL ENHANCEMENTS • REFLEXOLOGY AND AROMATHERAPY • LASH PERFECT EYELASH EXTENSIONS • REMEDIAL MASSAGE & BEAUTY BASICS • MANY OTHER TREATMENTS AVAILABLE

CALL ANNA ON 07977 786 707 OR EMAIL SECRET.RETREAT@YAHOO.COM

Mobile Holistic Therapist Feeling tired, stressed, run-down? Then why not treat yourself to a holistic therapy in the comfort of your own home:

Reiki Reflexology Crystal Healing Aromatherapy Massage Hot Stone Massage Pregnancy Massage Baby massage Indian Head Massage

Other adult classes available too

Contact Nick Binder on: 07720 430798 E-mail: nickbinder@ntlworld.com

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Gift Baskets - Natural health & beauty products tailor made to your individual needs using essential oils and herbs

Gift Vouchers also available Contact Vicky, IIHHT, on: Tel: 01604 780505 Mob: 07821 937336 Please mention Time for Tots when responding to an advertisement


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Energize Fitness YOGA At the Snooks, Raunds

Tuesdays 9.30am-10.30am Wednesdays 12.30pm-1.30pm Fridays 12.15-1pm

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Kettering Buggy Boot Camp Mondays 10:00am & Wednesdays 10:00am

Wicksteed Park JUSTJHOOM BOLLYWOOD DANCING At Stanwick Village Hall

Fridays 7.30-8.30pm £4 a class Starts 4th September, then every other Friday night Ditch the Workout, Join the Party

Zumba Classes At the Snooks, Raunds

Mondays 9.30-10.30pm Fridays 11.15am-12.15pm Only £4 a class

Kettering, NN15 6NJ

£5 pay as you go, £24 for 8 sessions To book your place or for any other enquiries please call Silvia on: 07557 471400 or email: silvia@rosadofitness.com Buggy Bootcamp Kettering UK

Starts Septem ber 2015

Contact Leisa on: 07736 418726

No one said it would be easy but... Are you finding being an

expectant parent or parent of young children harder than you thought it would be ?

Rachel Bridgeford, BSc.(hons) Dip. Adv. MBACP Qualified counsellor and mum of two.

Specialising in: early days issues post natal issues sleep deprivation coping with toddlers breastfeeding birth fears confidence issues relationship issues

Sessions are confidential and can be given via phone, email or within a location of your choice.

Do you love crafting? Looking for a creative outlet? I’m a Stampin’ Up! demo which means I show people how to make beautiful things. I also sell the Stampin’ Up! product range and offer classes and events where people can learn to create and enjoy a creative escape. We have a beautiful catalogue filled with gorgeous inspiration, please let me know if you would like a copy. Classes and workshops currently held in Wellingborough. Please contact me if you would like something in your area!

See a current list of events and request a catalogue at:

www.laurenhayward.co.uk counselling service

T: 07970 078682 E: rachelbridgeford@live.co.uk W: www.soulattentioncounsellingservice.co.uk

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Meet our Summer

Sponsored by

‘Mum in a Million’

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ack by popular demand, we re-introduced our ‘Mum in a Million’ competition last issue to treat one local Mum to afternoon tea for two, courtesy of Red Letter Days. We asked you to write in with your nominations. Thank-you to everyone who did write in. It’s always a tough decision but we’re delighted to announce that Zoe from Raunds was picked as our summer ‘Mum in a Million’. Zoe was nominated by her partner Ryan. Here’s Zoe’s story (in Ryan’s words):

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I would like to nominate my partner Zoe from Raunds. We have a daughter Megan, who is 3, and a son Jake who is 9 months old. Recently our son Jake was diagnosed with a liver cancer (heptoblastoma) and has been though a really tough time. It was a massive shock to us as he is only 9 months old. He has undergone chemotherapy in Nottingham which has been a testing time for us and all of our family. I would like to nominate Zoe for this prize as she has been with Jake every step of the way and has been an amazing mother to him. She often has to stay far away due to his treatment and she misses Megan while she is away. It is a challenging time but I feel that this would be a great treat for her to have a day or afternoon off and relax and enjoy herself.

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We’re delighted to report that little Jake is doing very well. He has just had his last lot of chemo following his successful liver transplant so treatment is now, hopefully, over. He’s just waiting for his scans to confirm the cancer has all gone. Keeping everything crossed for you little man and keeping you in our thoughts and prayers.

We’re on the search for our Autumn Mum in a million... To treat her to “gourmet Dining for Two at Highgate House” Worth £75 and Courtesy of Red Letter Days

If you know a local Mum that really deserves a little treat, e-mail us with her name and the reasons you’re nominating her. Perhaps they’ve been through a rough time recently, been struggling on their own or are always doing things to help others. It could be your partner, sister, friend or even your own Mum. About the prize:

“Indulge in a spot of relaxation and great food at Northamptonshire’s award-winning Highgate House. The Terrace Restaurant invites you to take seats for three sumptuous courses from the table d’hote menu, which includes a host of delicious European inspired dishes, prepared using only the best fresh, locally sourced seasonal ingredients. To top things off, share a bottle of house red or white wine, then linger over coffee and mints. Boasting impressive contemporary decor, top notch food, an idyllic rural location and exceptional service, a meal at Highgate House really is a dining experience to remember.”

If you know a local Mum who really deserves to win this fantastic prize, please e-mail us with their name and story to: info@timefortots.co.uk Closing date: 23rd october 2015 Please mention Time for Tots when responding to an advertisement


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Pregnancy & Birth

Nurturing Hands

Baby Massage Classes

Congratulations if you are expecting! Our pregnancy and birth section is just for you. For babies aged from birth to crawling.

To advertise here call

0845 6439687

or email info@timefortots.co.uk

One to one or small group classes offered at IAIM baby massage instructor’s home in Higham Ferrers Or in your own home. Some Rushden based venues also available. Prices: £25 per baby for the full course (5weeks) or £5 on a drop in basis. (Concessions for one to one classes and for hosting a class in your own home - please enquire)

Dads very Welcome Happy to travel and with evening or weekend classes

For further information:

Text/phone Lynne on: 07784 329245 Email: lynneatnurturinghands@gmail.com Facebook: Nurturing Hands Baby Massage Classes www.babymassageatnurturinghands.co.uk

Cognitive Hypnotherapy & Reiki

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Confident Childbirth (hypnobirthing) Fertility Post-Natal Depression Stop Smoking Weight Loss & Eating Issues Confidence & Self-Esteem Issues Phobias, Fears & Anxiety Stress Management

Harshani Curbishley-Brown Cog Hyp HDP MP.NLP MNCH CNHC Private therapy practice in Islip, Northants

Tel: 07941 841 485

harshani@mindbodywellbeing.co.uk www.mindbodywellbeing.co.uk

Call today for a confidential consultation & take your first step towards change. Find me on:

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Pregnancy & Birth

Birth Announcements

Welcome to the World...

Elisia Molly Marshall

AlďŹ e Sinclair Wilson Born 6th June at 12.42pm weighing 9lb 7oz.

Born on the 17th June at 4:42am weighing 6lb 13oz. A baby sister for Riley and Laila. Made a very special surprise entrance at home on the bathroom floor and was delivered by her Daddy Lee.

Chloe Kate Lindsey Law

Born on the 29th June at 11.03pm, weighing 8lb 13oz. A little sister for Aimee.

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Harry Robert Jones Born 6th July at 1.36pm weighing 9lb 4oz. A little brother for Olivia.

Hazel Joanne Tann

Born 20th July at 6.58am weighing 8lbs7.5oz. A little sister to Charlotte.

Ellen Rose Gibbs

Arrived 13th August , weighing 6lb 12oz. A beautiful sister for Jack & Isabelle.

“Welcome to the World” Announce the arrival of your little bundle of joy in our special Birth Announcements section - a lovely keepsake for your baby. Simply e-mail us at info@timefortots.co.uk with your baby’s name, date of birth, weight, photo and a special message if you wish. The deadline for our next issue is the 6th November 2015.

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Childcare Nursery Schools, Pre-schools & Childminders

Mobile crèche Babysitting service School holiday nanny

Oak Tree Day Nursery Cecil Street, Rothwell Tel: 07810 661757 Email: oaktreedaynursery@hotmail.co.uk

A small family-run nursery caring for children aged 3 months -11 years • • • • • • • • • •

OFSTED Registered Open all year (except one week at Christmas) Open from 7.30am to 6pm, Monday to Friday. Full day sessions or flexible hourly rate sessions. 2/3/4 yr old free entitlement sessions Competitive fee prices Separate baby area “Great oaks from little acorns grow” Secure outside area Ran by qualified and experienced staff Before and after school club available on-site or at our fully established out of school club facility in Desborough

Professional, Qualified, Experienced Nannies • Weddings • Birthdays • Christenings • Corporate All nannies are DBS checked | First aider at all events | Fully Insured

Call Ami: 07769 905 385 Email: sweetheartnannies@hotmail.com Web: www.sweetheartnannies.co.uk www.facebook.com/sweetheartnannies @Ami_Sweetheart

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To find out more... Call Amy, the Playgroup Manager on 07708 977714

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Childcare

The Perfect Start Set within the attractive and spacious walled gardens of St Peter’s School, Kettering, Sunnylands Nursery offers a safe, stimulating and supportive environment where children are inspired to learn and play within a caring family atmosphere. Sunnylands Nursery at St Peters School 52 Headlands, Kettering, Northamptonshire NN15 6DJ

Please call us to arrange a visit:

01536 512066

Email: sunnylandsnursery@btconnect.com

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Childcare

Now open 8am-6pm

Queen of Hearts Nursery and Pre-School

See our brand new baby rooms and fully refurbished nursery OUTSTANDING childcare for 0-5 years

Queen of Hearts Nursery and Pre-School, 122 Rockingham Road, Kettering, NN16 9AG Tel: 01536 482809 www.queenofheartsnursery.co.uk Irthlingborough

Award winning national day nursery Highly qualified, well motivated staff Beautifully appointed, bright open rooms Brand new, large outd oor play area Open 7am-7pm - 51 wee ks of the year Large, safe, enclosed drop off area

NOW OPEN ENQUIRE NOW! CALL 01933 770818 From Sept to Oct we are located at The Pavilion, Drydens Close, Titchmarsh, NN14 3DD, while our usual venue is refurbished.

Monkey Puzzle Day Nursery Irthlingborough Diamonds Business Centre, Nene Park, Attley Way, Irthlingborough, Northants NN9 5GF email: manager@monkeypuzzleirthlingborough.co.uk www.monkeypuzzledaynurseries.com

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Childcare

Aldwincle Pre-School Aldwincle Pre-school is a small village pre-school set in beautiful rural surroundings within the grounds of Trinity Lower School. Sessional places and full days available. To make an appointment to look around or for more information call Alison on:

01832 720566

Looking for local

www.acornchildcare.co.uk

Nurseries at: Stanwick, Burton Latimer & Brafield-on-the-Green

Professional childcare with a personal touch To advertise call 0845 6439687 or e-mail info@timefortots.co.uk

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Business Opportunities Looking for work? Want something that will ďŹ t in with family life? Then check out the opportunities featured here... V

PARTY LITE CONSULTANTS WANTED

Work hours that suit YOU and your family Save for a holiday, wedding, school uniforms, new car, pay for Christmas or pay off that credit card! Fed up with your job? Try something new! To have a chat about earning money:

Call Lisa Wrigley on 07957 235293 or visit: http://lisawrigley.partylite.co.uk

Mums and Dads... Are you tired of juggling family and work? Are you looking for a more flexible way of working without comprising time with your family? I may have the solution.... For more information on this amazing opportunity contact: Louise Pollard Tel: 07801 371688 Email: Aloebeforever@gmail.com

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Business Mum:

Leisa griffiths

From Teenie Boppers & Crazy Faces and Energize Fitness Name: Leisa Family: 5 children ranging from 6 to 22! Description of your business:

I run exercise & fitness and dance classes with sports massage and Zumba, Bollywood and yoga qualifications. I also run children’s parties through my Teenie Boppers & Crazy Faces business.

How long have you been doing this?

28 years! I qualified in 1991 and was a part time dance instructor for 10 years then went into fitness after having my 4th child.

What did you do before?

I was a beauty pharmacist’s consultant before I started my own business.

Why did you decide to start?

I decided to start my own dance school after having my second child. My first husband was a student at the time and I had two small children and my finances were covering all the household bills. The area where I worked only had a small ballet class on a Saturday morning. Dance had changed a lot over the years and there was a call for up-to-date street and modern dance. I spoke to parents from the local mums and tots class, of which I was chairman at the time, and they agreed they would send their children to the classes. The school started off as two children’s classes a week then expanded to five for all ages teaching different styles of dance. I then taught a mid-week adult tap dance class too. I went on to start my own party plan business using the skills and qualifications I had gained along the way. With insurance and a full DBS I now use my talents in entertaining children and adults, helping them to enjoy the fun of their special occasions with music, art (face painting) and dance.

What do you find are the disadvantages?

Some weekends my body aches from 36 hours of fitness, but at least I don’t have to worry about planning to get to the gym! When working for yourself there is no holiday pay, sick pay or pension. It is important to start that pension as soon as you can even if you can only put a small amount aside. I wish I had started mine sooner.

What advice would you give to other Mums thinking of working for themselves? Start small, have an idea, look for financial help and shadow someone already working in the field you fancy getting into and get advice from them. Also look at the local colleges around here, there are plenty of courses to choose from. There are also plenty of courses on-line now that can get you started and you can study while your little ones play at your feet. Then make sure the hours you put into either experience or study will pay off. You can work around your children, after all they must be your first priority.

What do you like about it?

The freedom to work around school hours and the children’s time table and run my business from home.

How well does it fit in with family life?

Perfectly. Except for school holidays, they can prove to be a challenge.

To find out more about Leisa’s exercise and fitness and/or party business, contact her on: 01933 625012 or 07736418726.

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Party Services Planning a party? Check out our party pages for local providers of party entertainment, equipment and supplies... Fully licensed mobile bars for any occasion Birthdays Weddings Christenings Anniversaries Fêtes & Fairs Corporate events All occasions covered

No hire charges * Friendly and efficient service Competitive drinks prices Tel: 01933 678540 www.cheersmobilebars.co.uk Email: enquiries@cheersmobilebars.co.uk

Whytewell Sweet Cart

Children’s Parties

A variety of party packages and venues for hire. Lodge Park Sports Centre

Tel: 01536 400033

Sports Parties—various available Pre-school Gym Party Creche “Fun Play” Party Party Room Hire

West Glebe Pavilion

Tel: 01536 204217

Offers a warm, spacious community room for up to 75 people, large enough to house inflatable and soft play equipment.

Corby International Pool

Tel: 01536 464643

Hazelwood N/Hood Centre

Tel: 01536 443171

Aquatic Parties - Swim or Water polo Creche parties also available.

Offers a spacious hall for up to 150 people, kitchen available. Inflatable play and soft play equipment is permitted to be used within the centre.

For further information on all parties/venue hire please view the website: www.corby.gov.uk/partyhire

20% off if you quote Time for Tots when you book.

Solid wood, hand-made sweet cart and post box available to hire for Weddings, Parties, Christenings or Baby showers. Various packages available. Call: 01933 387172 or 07919 114100 fb.whytewellsweetcarts Please mention Time for Tots when responding to an advertisement


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& Crazy Fa c es

Entertainment for Childrens Parties

1 to 2 hour or 2 to 3 hour party packages with your choice of the following entertainment:

Soft play equipment, tents and balls (suitable for ages 2 to 6 years) Disco lights, face painting and prizes (for ages 3 years and up) theme parties Minnie Mouse and other guests available Dance parties for children & discos for teenagers Just Jhoom Bollywood parties for children of all ages

Sm Bounc all y inclu Castle ages 1 ded for to with a 8 years ll packa party ges!

Pirates & Princesses and/or dressing up parties with a full range of costumes for boys and girls. Hair styling and nail art available too. We can also provide party bags for £3 per child Birthday cakes available too

Call Leisa on 01933 625012 or 07736 418726 for more information

The Largest Selection of Inflatables To Hire in Northamptonshire! Bouncy Castles, Bounce ‘N’ Slides, Assault Courses, Gladiator’s, Bungee Run’s, Crazy Golf, Slides, Human Table Football, Rodeo Bull’s, Adult Ride’s, Photo & Video Booth’s, Selfie Pod’s, Giant Garden Games, Marquee Hire, Fun Fair Rides, Team Building, Corporate Hire, School Sports Day Packages, Fun Food’s, Race Car Simulators, Sweet Carts & Tables, Sumo’s, Popcorn & Candy Floss & Slush Puppy Machines & Lots More! Our Inflatables are Clean, Fully PIPA or RPII & PAT Safety Tested, We hold £5 Million Pound’s of Public Liability Insurance & CRB Checked Staff

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Indoor Games Entertainers Fun Days Theme Parties Outdoor Fun Promotions

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Operation Christmas Child

Launches a search for everyone who has ever packed a Shoebox

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s part of this year’s Operation Christmas Child campaign, the charity Samaritan’s Purse is launching a nation-wide search for anyone who has ever packed a shoebox with them. Samaritan’s Purse UK Executive Director Simon Barrington explains: “We thank God for the 124 million children who have received shoebox gifts in Jesus’ name since Operation Christmas Child first began. “We want to hear from everyone who’s ever packed an Operation Christmas Child shoebox for a child in need, where and when they packed it, what they included, was there something particularly special they remember about their experience? We want to hear their stories of the impact it’s had on them and why they got involved.” Simon added that “In over two decades of Operation Christmas Child, individuals and families of all ages right across the UK have loved packing shoeboxes, from excited children to mums and dads, to granny and grandpa too. It’s a really helpful lesson for children to learn that there are other children around the world who are not as fortunate as they are. It’s also a great way for all of us to make a difference in a child’s life, to share God’s love, and to let them know they are loved and not forgotten. It’s a time to share the true meaning of Christmas with children around the world, about the birth of Jesus Christ.” Samaritan’s Purse plans to capture and share stories and photographs of everyone who’s ever been involved, and to bring to life online and through social media, what Operation Christmas Child has meant to so many people. Simon Barrington is encouraging everyone who has ever packed a shoebox to get involved in this year’s campaign: “Last year alone we were able to distribute more than 10 million shoebox gifts to children all over the world, some of whom live in the darkest of places. This year we want to reach a million more precious children with a simple shoebox gift, so that they also might know that they are being thought about this Christmas. With your help and prayers we will.” Tell us your story and help us to find everyone who has ever packed a shoebox! Go to: www.samaritans-purse.org.uk/yourshoeboxstory

How can you get involved? Whether you take part as an individual or family, or as part of a larger group (such as a nursery school, parent and tots group or local class), packing and preparing a shoebox couldn’t be easier. You will find lots of resources to order or download at the website:

www.operationchristmaschild.org.uk including what to put in your shoebox, how to pack it and where to drop it off.

Alternatively there is an ‘Operation Christmas Child’ leaflet which contains all the information you need, including labels for your box(es). Look in your local church and/or library for the leaflet. The deadline for submitting your shoeboxes is the 18th November, so be sure to pack and deliver your box(es) before then. Other useful websites: Shoebox story page: www.samaritans-purse.org.uk/tots/ Resources: www.samaritans-purse.org.uk/tots-resources/

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Samaritans We’re here for you Who are we? What do we do?

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amaritans offer confidential, emotional support to distressed, depressed, bereaved and suicidal callers, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. It is often easier for a caller to talk to a completely anonymous volunteer and reveal their most personal and distressing thoughts, rather than offload to a family member or friend for fear of worrying or upsetting that person. The Samaritans can be contacted by phone, e-mail, text or in person at our office in Montagu Street, Kettering, where we have a team of around 70 trained listening volunteers who give up their time freely and willingly, day and night, to help those in distress. We are here to listen and support callers but never to give advice. It is by talking through problems and crises that callers at the end of the conversation, which can be very lengthy, can see a possible course of action which is right for them. Follow-up calls can be offered in certain circumstances and arrangements made to ring the caller back to see how they are progressing. If the person is still distressed, another call may be suggested. Samaritans are self-funding and receive no state aid so raising money is ongoing to raise the £20,000 per annum it costs for phone calls, to maintain the premises in Montagu Street and provide a reliable service to callers. We receive 2,000+ calls a month in Kettering and over the Christmas and New Year period took a call every 6 seconds. Our message to all callers is that we do care, are here for you and you are never alone. Whatever you’re going through, the Samaritans go through it with you. You don’t need to be suicidal to contact us. 111 Montagu Street, Kettering, NN16 8XJ Tel: 01536 416999 or 08457-909090 Text: 07725 909090 Email: jo@samaritans.org

Kettering & District Samaritans

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e are in the process of having a new system installed for connecting callers with Samaritan volunteers. At the moment, there are times when our callers get an engaged tone, even though there are volunteers available in other regions. With CONNECT, there will be more callers getting through to us, rather than hearing the engaged tone, especially during the night when there are fewer volunteers on duty. So once we go live with CONNECT, callers will always get through if there is a volunteer available to speak to them somewhere in the country. It will also help us to gather better data on call patterns, so we can find out when we need more volunteers on duty.

WHATEVER YOU’RE GOING THROUGH, WE’LL GO THROUGH IT WITH YOU

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Corby and District Mondays

WEdnEsdays

FRIdays

Lodgy’s Little Lions 9.30am to 11.25am at Lodge Park Sports Centre. A ‘stay and play’ parent and toddler session including arts and crafts, messy play, sensory room, fun and games.

Parents & Tots (Corby old Village) 1.30-2.45pm at Corby Old Village Primary School. Open to all. Costs £1 per child (max charge £2). Call 01536 202359 for more details. Friendly group for parents/carers to have a natter and a cuppa while the children play.

Little Angels 9.15-11.30am at The Baptist Church Hall, Rowlett Road. Contact Ann on 01536 394824

adult & Child swimming Lessons 9.30 to 10am at at Corby International Pool. For children aged 2 years 9 months to 4 years. Must book. Parent & Toddler swimming 10am to 11am and 11am to 12pm at Corby International Pool. Drop in. Pay as you go. Wilbarston Tots & Tiddlers 10am-12pm at Wilbarston Village Hall. Diane: 07761 957825. TT Primary Ballet (starlight dance) 4.30 to 5.30pm at Ennerdale Community Centre. For 3 to 6 year olds

TuEsdays Little Angels Tots Group 9.15 to 11.30am. The Baptist Church Hall, Rowlett Road. Contact Ann on 01536 394824. Parent & Toddler swimming 9.30am to 10.30am and 10.30am to 11.30am at Corby International Pool. Drop in. Pay as you go.

RhymeTime 2.30 to 3pm at Danesholme Library. Songs, stories and lots of fun! Free. Drop in.

THuRsdays Tots & Tiddlers (Pre-school Gymnastics) At Lodge Park Sports Centre. 10am to 10.45am for under 2s 11am to 11.45am for 2 to 3 years 12pm to 12.45pm for 3 to 4 years 1pm to 1.45pm for 3 to 4 years 1.45pm to 2.30pm for 3 to 4 years Play and Learn for under 1s 10 to 11am at Corby Library. Free. Drop-in. First Moves Movement & music for under 5s. 10.15 to 11.15am & 11.30 to 12.30am at The Core at Corby Cube. Free. TT.

Parent & Toddler swimming 9.30am to 10.30am and 10.30am to 11.30am at Corby International Pool. Drop in. Pay as you go. Play and Learn for under 5s 10 to 11am at Corby Library. Toys, fun and games. Free. Drop-in. Wear clothes suitable for messy play! adult & Child swimming Lessons 11.30am to 12 noon at Corby International Pool. For children aged 2 years 9 months to 4 years. Must book. Punchin Pandas 5 to 5.45pm at The Scout Hut, Occupation Rd. For ages 4+ Punchin Pandas 6.15 to 7pm at Kingswood School. For ages 4 to 7 years. 7pm to 8pm Family beginners class.

saTuRdays Little Kickers At Lodge Park Sports Centre. “Junior Kickers” for 2 to 3.5 year olds, 10.10 to 10.55am. “Mighty Kickers” for 3.5 years olds to 5th Birthday, 11.05 to 11.50am

Little Angels Tots Group 12 to 3pm at The Baptist Church Hall, Rowlett Road. Contact Ann on storystomp 01536 394824 adult & Child swimming Lessons 10.30am to 11am at Danesholme 9.30 to 10am at at Corby adult & Child swimming Lessons International Pool. For children aged 1 to 1.30pm at Corby International Library throughout the year. Fun interactive story and rhyme session 2yrs 9mths to 4 yrs. Must book. Pool. For children aged 2 years 9 Free. Drop-in. months to 4 years. Must book. Little Angels Playgroup For pre-school children with Parent & Toddler swimming additional needs. 9.30 to 11.30am 1.30pm to 3pm at Corby sundays at Lodge Park Sports Centre. International Pool. Drop in. Pay as Play and Learn for under 5s you go. RhymeTime 2.30 to 3pm at Corby Library. Toys, 10 to 10.30am & 11 to 11.30am at fun and games. Free. Drop-in. Wear Corby Library. Free. Term Time only clothes suitable for messy play! allstars show Team (starlight dance) 4 to 5pm at Ennerdale Community Centre. For 3 to 6 year olds

If no contact details are provided, an advert for the class can be found in our Clubs & Classes section starting on page 19.

KEy:

Swimming

Music, Dance & Drama

Physical classes

Arts & Crafts

Parent & Tot Group / Other

Weekly Activities Timetable

Weekly Activities Timetable


Weekly Activities Timetable

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Kettering and District Mondays

tuesdays

Kettering Gym Tots At Kettering Olympic Gymnastics Club, Brunel Road. 45 minute sessions between 9.15am and 2.30pm. Call 01536 415444

Kettering Gym Tots At Kettering Olympic Gymnastics Club, Brunel Road. 45 minute sessions between 9.15am and 2.30pm. Call 01536 415444

Giggles & Wiggles Counties Community Centre. 9.30 to 10.15am for ages 15mths to 3 yrs, 10.30 to 11.15am for babies.

Rhymetime 9.30-10am & 10.30-11am at Kettering Library. Free. Drop-in.

Hawthorn Berries 9.15-11am. Hawthorn Primary School. £1/family. Music Makers 11am at Grafton Underwood Village Hall. Fun music and movement for 0-5 years. £4 Per child and £2 for siblings. Contact Naomi on 07815 293893 or e-mail musicmakersnorthants@gmail.com Infant Aquatics Swimming 30 min classes between 10am and 12pm at Balance Health Club. For children aged 3 mths to 4.5 yrs.

St Botolphs Tots Group St Botolphs Church Hall. 9.30am to 11am. Sing and Sign At The Woodcroft Scout Centre, London Road Stage 1 9.30am to 10.30am Stage 2 10.30am- 11.30am Pytchley Mums & Tots Tuesdays 10-11.30am. Pytchley School Hall. Sally: 01536 799541 Toybox Playgroup, Broughton 1.30-3pm, Broughton Village Hall. £2 per family. Julie 01536 790152 or Bex 07803 755546. Term time only

Allstars Show Team (Starlight Dance) Children’s Freestyle Dance Class 4 to 5pm at Starlight Dance, High (Emma’s Dance Studio) Street. For 4 to 6 year olds. 5.30 to 6.15pm at Ise Lodge Children’s Freestyle Dance Class Community Centre. For 3 to 8 years. (Emma’s Dance Studio) 4.45 to 5.45pm at Kettering Buccleugh Academy. For 3 to 8 years. Desborough & Rothwell Burton Latimer Beginners Ballet & Tap (Barbara Hooton School of Dance) 3.40 to 4.40pm at The Britannia Club Desborough & Rothwell

Jenny’s Dolphins Baby & Pre-school Swimming At Montsaye Sports Centre. 30 minute lessons between 9.30am to 12pm. Call for details. Baby Bounce & Rhyme 11.15am to 12pm at Desborough Library. For pre-walkers. Free. Drop-in.

Rhymetime (Rothwell) 2-2.30pm at Rothwell Library. Free. Drop-in.

wednesdays

Swimming Lessons 30 minute lessons between 4pm and 6pm at Montsaye Sports Centre. For ages 3+. Call 01536 713708.

St Edwards Mums & Tots 9-11am. St Edwards RC Primary School, Eastleigh Road. £1.20 for 1st child, 30p thereafter. 01536 391581

Punchin Pandas 5.15 to 6pm at Desborough Leisure Centre. For 3 to 6 year olds.

Kettering Gym Tots At Kettering Olympic Gymnastics Club, Brunel Road. 45 minute sessions between 9.15am and 1.30pm. Call 01536 415444

Sing and Sign Babes At The Woodcroft Scout Centre, London Road. 9.30am. Babes. Songs & Stories 10 to 11.15am, Ss Peter and Paul Parish Church Rooms, The Market Place. Free. Margaret 01536 310611 Infant Aquatics Swimming 30 min classes between 10am and 12pm at Balance Health Club. For 3mths to 4.5 yrs. The Little Ones 1 to 2.50pm, Church of Christ The King. £1 per family. 01536 517553 Music Makers 1.45pm at Barton Seagrave Community Centre. £4 Per child and £2 for siblings. Contact Naomi on 07815 293893 or musicmakersnorthants@gmail.com Ballet, Tap and Modern Dancing (With Mode Academy of Dance) At the Masque Theatre, Barton Seagrave for ages 3+. Call for times: 07794 413630 Munchkins Show Team (Starlight Dance) 4 to 5pm at Starlight Dance, High Street. For 2 to 3 year olds. Punchin Pandas 4.45 to 5.30pm fro ages 3 to 5 years, 5.30pm to 6.15pm for ages 4 to 8 years. At Melton Street Community Centre. Desborough & Rothwell Salvation Army Parents & Toddlers 9.30-11am, term time only. New Street, Rothwell. 07726 580187. Building Blocks Wednesdays 2-3pm in term time. Free. Desborough Baptist Church, Station Road. Call: 01536 760149. mawsley Music Makers 10am and 11am at The Centre. £4 Per child and £2 for siblings. Contact Naomi on 07815 293893 or musicmakersnorthants@gmail.com

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Swimming

Music, Dance & Drama

The Little Ones 9-11.15am & 1-2.50pm, Church of Christ The King. £1 /family. 517553 Edentots 9.15-11.15am, Eden Centre, Montagu St. £1/family, 01536 484800 Hopscotch (Loddington) 9.15-10.15am in term time at the Village Hall. Jo: 07742 664604 Kettering Gym Tots At Kettering Olympic Gymnastics Club, Brunel Road. 45 minute sessions between 9.15am and 12pm. Giggles and Wiggles ‘Our time’ for 15 mths to 3yrs, 9.30 to 10.15am at the Counties Community Centre Sing and Sign Babes At The Woodcroft Scout Centre, London Road. 10am. Stage 1 Rhymetime 10.30-11am at Kettering Library. Ballet, Tap and Modern Dancing (With Mode Academy of Dance) At the Masque Theatre, Barton Seagrave for ages 3+. Call for times. Pre-primary Ballet (Starlight Dance) 4 to 4.30pm at Starlight Dance, High Street. For 3 to 4 year olds Pre-primary Tap (Starlight Dance) 4.30 to 5pm at Starlight Dance, High Street. For 3 to 4 year olds Primary Ballet (Starlight Dance) 5 to 5.30pm at Starlight Dance, High Street. For 4 to 6 year olds Primary Tap (Starlight Dance) 5.30 to 6pm at Starlight Dance, High Street. For 4 to 6 year olds Punchin Pandas 5 to 5.45pm at Ise Lodge Pavilion. For ages 3 to 6 years. Burton Latimer Rhymetime 10.30 to 11am for ages 2+. Burton Latimer Library. Free. Drop-in. Baby Bounce & Rhyme 11.30am to 12pm for babies and non walkers. Burton Latimer Library. Free. Desborough & Rothwell Salvation Army Parents & Toddlers 9.30-11am in term time. New Street, Rothwell. Contact 07726 580187.

Arts & Crafts

Parent & Tot Group / Other

Braybrooke Tiny Tots Little Kickers 10am-12pm. Braybrooke Village Hall. At Southfield School for Girls £2/family. Contact Jo 07565 783128. Junior Kickers for 2 to 3.5 year olds, 9.15 to 10am Storystomp Mighty Kickers for 3.5 to 5 years, 10 to 10.45am at Desborough Library. 10.10-10.55am. Stories, rhymes and craft linked with Mega Kickers for 5 year olds to 7th a theme each week. Free. Drop-in. Birthday, 11.05 to 11.55am. Stagecoach Theatre Arts School At Brambleside Primary School. Early Stage Class for 4-6year olds, 9.30 to 11am or 2 to 3.30pm.

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Mawsley Baby & Toddler Group 9.30-11am at The Centre £1.50 first child, 50p per child thereafter. Sarah: DiscoGems Emeralds (Starlight Dance) 01536 790517 10 to 11am at Starlight Dance, High Street. For 4 to 6 year olds.

FRIDAYS Giggles and Wiggles At Counties Community Centre. ‘Our time’ for 15 months to 3 years, 9.30 to 10.15am ‘Rock-a-bye-baby’ Class for 0 to 15 months, 10.30 to 11.15am Geddington Parents & Tots 9.30-11.30am, Geddington Village Hall. £2 per family. Contacts Siobhan 01536 743756 Infant Aquatics Swimming 30 min classes between 10am and 12pm at Balance Health Club. For 3mths to 4.5 yrs. Alleycats 10-11.15am in term time at Praise Community Church, Alexandra St. £1.20 for 1st child, 60p thereafter per family. Rebecca: 01536 484777 TheatreBUGS Drama 5 to 6pm at Starlight Dance, High Street. For 2 to 6 year olds. Desborough & Rothwell Jenny’s Dolphins Baby & Pre-school Swimming At Montsaye Sports Centre. 30 minute lessons between 12.15pm and 1.15pm. Call for details. Rhymetime (Desborough) 2.15 to 3pm at Desborough Library. Free. Drop-in.

SATURDAYS Bubble Babies Swimming 8.45am to 1.15pm at Kingsley School Hydrotherapy Pool. 30 min classes for 0 to 5 year olds

Rhythmic Gymnastics (Starlight Dance) 2 to 3pm at Starlight Dance, High Street. For 4 to 6 year olds. Burton Latimer Rhymetime 10.30 to 11am for under 5s. Burton Latimer Library. Free. Drop-in. Every other Saturday. Desborough & Rothwell Rhymetime (Rothwell) 10.30am-11am at Rothwell Library. Free. Drop-in.

sundays Little Kickers At Bishop Stopford School Junior Kickers for 2 to 3.5 year olds, 9.15 to 10am Mighty Kickers for 3.5 years olds to 5th Birthday, 10.10 to 10.55am Mega Kickers for 5 year olds to 7th Birthday, 11.05 to 11.55am. Rhymetime 2.30 to 3pm at Kettering Library. Free. Drop-in. Desborough & Rothwell Scrum Kids (Rugby) At Ironwood Avenue. Various classes between 10.15am and 11.45am. Visit scrumkids.co.uk for details. Jenny’s Dolphins Baby & Pre-school Swimming At Montsaye Sports Centre. 30 minute lessons between 11.30am and 2.30pm. Call for details.

Weekly Activities Timetable

THURSDAYS

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Weekly Activities Timetable

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East Northamptonshire Mondays Higham Ferrers Community Stay & Play 9.30-11am at Higham Ferrers Library. For unders 5s. Free. Drop-in

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Rhymetime 10 to 10.30am at Oundle Library. Free.

Storystomp 2 to 2.30pm at Irthlingborough Library. An interactive story and rhyme session for pre-school children. Free. Drop-in.

RAUNDS Raunds Stay and Play For 0 to 5s and their carers. 9.15-11.15am, in term time, at The Methodist Chapel, Brook Street. Contact: Lydia Wilkie on 07791 272600. Facebook group: Raunds Stay and Play.

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Play & Learn for Under 1s 10.15-11.15am at Raunds Library. Free. Drop-in

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Rhymetime 10 to 10.30am at Rushden Library. Free. Drop-in.

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Play & Learn for Under 1s 9.30-10.30am at Rushden Library. Free. Drop-in

Bumps & Babes @ Church 10am at St Mary’s Church. Short lively service followed by playtime. £1 per family. 01933 358218. TT

Jelly Babes 9.30-11.30am at Queen Street Mugs and Beakers (Mums & Tots) Church Hall. £1 per family. Contact 9.30-11am at St Peter’s Catholic Jeanette on 01933 391457. TT Church. 50p per family. Contact Kalesi Parent & Tot Swimming on: 01933 355114 10.30 to 11.30am at Splash Leisure Mums & Tots Pool. Call 01933 410505 10-11.30am at Rushden Full Gospel Hartbeeps Happy House Church & Christian Centre, 60 High 11am at My Flourpower, High Street. Street South. Linda: 07904 638612 £5 per session. See ad.

Irthlingborough St Peter’s Under Fives 2-3pm. St Peter’s Church, Church Street. Contact 01933 650278 rushden Parent & Tot Swimming 8 to 9am at Splash Leisure Pool. For 0 to 5 years. Call 01933 410505

Parent & Tot Swimming 11am to 12pm at Splash Leisure Pool. Call 01933 410505 thrapston & villages Parent & Tot Swimming 9 to 10am at the Nene Centre. Call 01832 734090 Titchmarsh Babes 1.30pm to 3pm. Clubroom, High Street. £1.50/family. Contact Sarah on 01832 735182 or TitchmarshBabes@live.co.uk

Parent & Tot Swimming 8 to 9am at Splash Leisure Pool. For 0 to 5 years. Call 01933 410505

Stanwick Stanwick Mums & Tots 1.45-3.15pm. Stanwick Village Hall. £2 per family. Contact Lucy 01933 461384. thrapston & villages

tuesdays Higham Ferrers Rhymetime 10.15-10.45am at Higham Ferrers Library. Free. Drop-in Primary Ballet (Starlight Dance) 4 to 5pm at Higham Ferrers Junior School. For 3 to 6 year olds

Lets Get Active 10am to 11am at St John’s Hall. Tel: 01832 730534

Beginners Ballet & Tap (Barbara Hooton School of Dance) 4.15 to 5.15pm at the Methodist Church Hall

Parent & Tot Swimming 8 to 9am at Splash Leisure Pool. For 0 to 5 years. Call 01933 410505

Stanwick Parent & Tot Sessions Join in in an activity inspired by the surroundings until 11am at Stanwick Lakes, then sing and dance your way through to lunch with Lisa from Music and Movement. Children Café Specials available. £2 per child. Parking charges apply.

thrapston & villages Fit For You Buggy Walk 1.30pm to 2.30pm. Meet outside the Parent & Tot Swimming library. Tel: 01832 730534 9 to 10am at the Nene Centre. Call 01832 734090

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Irthlingborough

Play & Learn for Under 1s 2-3pm at Oundle Library. Free. Drop-in

AllStars Show Team (Starlight Dance) 5.15 to 6pm at Higham Ferrers Junior School. For 3 to 6 year olds

Rhymetime 10.30am to 11am at Thrapston Library. Free. Drop-in. Smalltalk 11 to 11.45am at Thrapston Library. Help your child learn phonics through fun stories and crafts. Free.


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THURSDAYS Higham Ferrers Play & Learn for Under 1s 2-3pm at Higham Ferrers Library. Free. Drop-in oundle Bounce & Rhyme 10 to 10.30am at Oundle Library. Free. Music Makers 11am at the Joan Strong Centre. Fun music & movement for 0-5 years. £4 per child, £2 for siblings. Contact Naomi on 07815 293893 or musicmakersnorthants@gmail.com Raunds Rhymetime 11 to 11.30am at Raunds Library. Free. Drop-in. Little Treasures 9.30-11am. St Laurence Church. Donation optional. TT rushden Parent & Tot Swimming 8 to 9am at Splash Leisure Pool. For 0 to 5 years. Call 01933 410505

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Music Makers 9.15am at Titchmarsh Pavilion. Fun music and movement for 0-5 years. £4 Per child and £2 for siblings. Contact Naomi on 07815 293893 or musicmakersnorthants@gmail.com Play & Learn for Under 1s 10.15-10.45am at Thrapston Library. Free. Drop-in villages Jolly Totz Parent and Toddler Group 1 to 3pm, Easton on the Hill Preschool, New road. Term time only. Contact Rebecca on 07805 021169

FRIDAYS Irthlingborough Rhymetime 2-2.30pm at Irthlingborough Library. Free. Drop-in. Raunds Raunds Stay and Play For 0 to 5s and their carers. 9.15-11.15am, in term time, at The Methodist Chapel, Brook Street. Contact: Lydia Wilkie on 07791 272600. Facebook group: Raunds Stay and Play. Storystomp 10.30 to 11am at Raunds Library. An interactive story and rhyme session for pre-school children. Free. Drop-in.

Stanwick Music Makers 2pm at Stanwick Village Hall. Fun music & movement for 0-5 years. £4 per child, £2 for siblings. Contact Naomi on 07815 293893 or musicmakersnorthants@gmail.com thrapston & villages Parent & Tot Swimming 9 to 10am at the Nene Centre. Call 01832 734090 Tiddlers 9.30-11am, term time only. Thrapston Baptist Church, 33 Huntingdon Road. £1/family. Contact Tina: 01832 730297

rushden Parent & Tot Swimming 8 to 9am at Splash Leisure Pool. For 0 to 5 years. Call 01933 410505 Sing and Sign Park Road Baptist Church, Rushden. Stage 2 (15mths to 2.5yrs) 9.30am to 10.30am. Stage 1 (6 to 15 mths) 10.30am to 11.30am

Parent & Tot Group / Other

Saturdays Higham Ferrers Play & Learn for Under 5s 10.30-11am at Higham Ferrers Library. Free. Drop-in Irthlingborough Play & Learn for Under 5s 10.30-11am at Irthlingborough Library. Free. Drop-in OUNDLE Play & Learn for Under 5s 10.30-11am at Oundle Library. Free. Drop-in Raunds Baby & Toddler Time 11 to 11.30am at Raunds Library. Free. Drop-in. thrapston & villages Play & Learn for Under 5s 10.30-11am at Thrapston Library. Free. Drop-in Family Swim 11am to 1pm at the Nene Centre. Call 01832 734090

Sundays oundle Bounce & Rhyme 2.15pm to 2.45pm at Oundle Library. Free. rushden Family Swim 9 to 11.30am at Splash Leisure Pool. Call 01933 410505 thrapston & villages Family Swim 12pm to 2.15pm at the Nene Centre. Call 01832 734090

If no contact details are provided, an advert for the class may be found in our Clubs & Classes section starting on page 19.

Weekly Activities Timetable

Little Angels (Ringstead) 1.30 - 3pm in term time. Ringstead School Hall. £1.30 per family.

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FRIDAYS

Infant Aquatics Swimming 30 minute classes between 9am and 12pm at Diana’s Health & Fitness Club.

Irchester Babies & Toddlers (BATS) 9.15-11.15am at Irchester Village Hall. £1 1st child, 50p thereafter. Nichola: 01933 410866. TT

Little Fishes (Little Harrowden) 9.30am-10.30am in Little Harrowden Church. For carers and tots in term time. A Bible story, songs, prayers, craft activities, toys, refreshments and a chat with other carers. Contact Mary 07766 957413

Rhymetime (Wellingborough Library) The Rascals Music Session 10-10.30am. Free. Drop-in. 9.45-10.45am at St Andrews Rhymetime Bounce & Rhyme Church Hall, Berrymore Road. £2 11.15-11.45am. Free. Drop-in. 1st child, £1.25 2nd child. St Mark’s Buggy Club Sing and Sign 1.30-3pm, St Mark’s Church Hall, At Salem Hall. Stage 1 (6 to 15 Queensway. Voluntary 50p donamths) 10am. tion. Contact Joy: 01933 676368.

Play and Learn for Under 1s 10am to 11am weekly at Wellingborough Library.

Rhymetime (Earls Barton) 2.30pm to 3pm weekly at Earls Barton Library. Free.

Storytime Interactive story-telling session for Infant Ballet & Tap > 5s and their parents at The Castle (Barbara Hooton School of Dance) 3.45 to 4.45pm at The Studio, Earls Theatre. 1pm to 2.30pm. Free. Barton. For ages 3 to 5 years. Primary Ballet (Starlight Dance) 4 to 4.30pm, Starlight Dance, Palk Road. For 3 to 6 year olds Primary Tap (Starlight Dance) 4.30 to 5pm, Starlight Dance, Palk Road. For 3 to 6 year olds

tuesdays Infant Aquatics Swimming 30 minute classes between 9am and 12pm at Diana’s Health & Fitness Club. Mucky Pups Messy Play 9.30-11am at St Andrews Church Hall, Berrymore Road. £3 for 1st child, £1 thereafter. Contact 01933 272119

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Infant Aquatics Swimming 30 minute classes between 9am and 12pm at Diana’s Health & Fitness Club. Mini Champs Toddler Group 9.30-11.30am at Everyday Champions Church, Havelock St. Call 01933 225525. Rhymetime (Irchester) 9.30am to 10am weekly at Irchester Library. Free.

SATURDAYS

Play and Learn (Wollaston) 2pm to 3pm weekly at Wollaston Library. For under 1s.

Rhymetime (Finedon) 10.30am to 11am in term time at Finedon Library. Free.

Duplo Lego Club 10.30am to 12pm at Infant Aquatics Swimming 30 minute classes between 3.45pm Wellingborough Library. Free. and 5.45pm at Rowan Gate St Mary’s Thursday Club Finedon Primary School. 1.30pm to 2.30pm at The Mission room, Well street, Finedon. Toddle Beginners Ballet & Tap Group. £1.50 per family. (Barbara Hooton School Dance) 4 to 5pm at Vicarage Farm Beginners Ballet & Tap Community Centre (Barbara Hooton School of Dance) 3.45 to 4.45pm at The Studio, Earls Little Shapers Barton. 5pm at the Kingsway Centre. Fitness classes for children & parents Physical classes

Sing and Sign At Busy Bees Nursery, Enstone Ct Stage 1 (6 to 15 mths) 1.30pm

Ballet & Tap (Barbara Hooton School of Dance) Infant Ballet & Tap 9 to 10am Beginners Ballet & Tap 10 to 11am at The Mission Room, Finedon.

Jigsaw Toddler Group 9.30am to 11am at Compass Church, Commercial Way.

Music, Dance & Drama

Castle Youth Music For 0 to 3s and their parents at The Castle Theatre. 1.45pm to 2.15pm. £2 per child.

Allstars Show Team (Starlight Dance) 4 to 5pm, Starlight Dance, Palk Road. For 3 to 6 year olds.

Rhymetime (Wollaston) 10am to 10.30am at Wollaston Library. Free.

Swimming

Infant Aquatics Swimming 30 minute classes between 10am and 12pm at Diana’s Health & Fitness Club.

Little Fishes 1.30-3pm at Our Lady’s Infant School Hall, Henshaw Road. £1/ family. Nancy: 01933 381168

Family Plus Play and Learn 2pm to 3pm at Wellingborough Library. Free.

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Little Cogs (Irchester) 9.30-11.15am at Reachout Community Church, Irchester. £1 st child, 50p thereafter. Contact Nicola on 01933 225525

Infant Aquatics Swimming 30 minute classes between 9am and 12pm at Rowan Gate Primary School. Mini Dribblers Football 9.30 to 10.15am for 18 months to 3 years and 10.15 to 11am for 3 to 5 years at Redwell Leisure Centre. Punchin Pandas 9.30 to 10.30am at Redwell Leisure Centre. For ages 4+ Infant Aquatics Swimming 30 minute classes between 3pm and 5.30pm at Scott Bader Pool, Wollaston.

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The Underwear Rule

Teach your child the Underwear Rule and help protect them from abuse

The Underwear Rule is a simple way that parents can help keep children safe from abuse - without using scary words or mentioning sex. The NSPCC has developed this simple guide for parents, (and a child-friendly version available online), to help you talk PANTS with your child. PANTS is an easy way for you to explain to your child the key elements of the Underwear Rule:

Privates are private

Be clear with your child that the parts of their body covered by underwear are private. Explain to your child that no one should ask to see or touch their private parts or ask them to look at or touch anyone else’s. Sometimes doctors, nurses or family members might have to. Explain that this is OK, but that those people should always explain why, and ask your child if it’s OK first.

Always remember your body belongs to you

Let your child know their body belongs to them, and no one else. No-one has the right to make them do anything that makes them feel uncomfortable. And if anyone tries, tell your child they have the right to say no. Remind your child that they can always talk to you about anything that worries or upsets them.

No means no

Make sure your child understands that they have the right to say “no” to unwanted touch - even to a family member or someone they know or love. This shows that they’re in control of their body and their feelings should be respected. If a child feels confident to say no to their own family, they are more likely to say no to others.

Talk about secrets that upset you

Explain the differences between ‘good’ and ‘bad’ secrets. Phrases like “it’s our little secret” are an abuser’s way of making a child feel worried, or scared to tell someone what is happening to them. Good secrets can be things like surprise parties or presents for other people. Bad secrets make you feel sad, worried or frightened. Your child needs to feel able to speak up about secrets that worry them and confident that saying something won’t get them into trouble. Telling a secret will never hurt or worry anybody in your family or someone you know and love.

Speak up, someone can help

Tell your child that if they ever feel sad, anxious or frightened they should talk to an adult they trust. This doesn’t have to be a family member. It can also be a teacher or a friend’s parent - or even ChildLine Remind them that whatever the problem, it’s not their fault and they will never get into trouble for speaking up. To advertise call 0845 6439687 or e-mail info@timefortots.co.uk


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“A mouse took a stroll through the deep dark wood...” Email your answer, together with your name and address, to: info@timefortots.co.uk A family ticket is for four people, minimum one adult. The tickets are non-transferable. There are no cash alternatives, accommodation or travel included in this prize.

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Dance Schools

Barbara Hooton School of Dancing Emma’s Dance Studio Starlight Dance

Music & Movement

Giggles & Wiggles Sing & Sign

Physical Activity

Balanceability Little Kickers Little shapers Mini Dribblers Punchin Pandas Scrum Kids

Swim Schools

Bubble Babies Infant Aquatics Jenny’s Dolphins Montsaye Community centre

Theatre Schools Stagecoach

Health & Beauty

Buggy Boot Camp Energize Fitness Ladies Karate Mobile Holistic Therapist Secret Retreat Beauty Serendipity Arts & Crafts Soul Attention Counselling Service

Northampton High School Pitsford School

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Nurseries, Pre-Schools & Childminders Acorn Childcare Aldwincle Pre-school Brigstock Playgroup Monkey Puzzle National Childminding Association Oak Tree Day Nursery Queen of Hearts Nursery School Sunnylands Day Nursery Sweetheart Nannies Titchmarsh Pre-school West Lodge Day Nursery

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Clubs & Classes Corby Borough Council - Activities for Under 5s

Independent Schools

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Bounce Time Children’s Parties - Corby Borough Council Cheers Mobile Bars ES Promotions Teenie Boppers & Crazy Faces Whytewell Sweet Cart

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Firetree Photography Precious Moments Photography

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Babytime Massage Happybirth Mind & Body Wellbeing Nurturing Hands

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Pregnancy & Birth

Services

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Shopping & Gifts

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