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The local guide for your under 5s Time for Mum


Mothering Sunday Special

Photograph taken by Firetree Photography

Treat your Mum or partner to a little pampering this spring with 2 fantastic reader offers inside

Competitions Easter Activities & Events Where to feed & change your baby in town Kettering, Wellingborough, Corby, Rushden, Thrapston and Surrounding Areas

• Open all year, Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm • Full and part time places for 2 to 5 year olds • High quality learning environment • Highly qualified staff

Peppa Pig © Astley Baker Davies Ltd / Entertainment One UK Ltd 2003

and Nursery School

Production photos by Pete Jones


Direct from the West End

Making life better for parents and children by bringing together early education and day care, health services, employment and training advice, family support, drop-in groups, courses and information services. Croyland Road, Wellingborough, Northants NN8 2AX Tel: 01933 279681 www.croylandcentre.ik.org We are a non-profit organisation

Sat 19 & Sun 20 March BOX OFFICE 01604 624811

www.royalandderngate.co.uk For more dates, information and to book online


Bearly Worn Children’s Clothing Agency

DRESS YOUR KIDS FOR LESS Bearly Worn where designer labels & popular high street brands, are offered at a fraction of their original prices.

Come & take a look. Shop in store or online

Open Mon – Fri. 09.30 – 4.30pm Sat. 09.30 – 3pm 28a High St, Thrapston,

NN14 4JH

01832 732405 www.bearly-worn.co.uk

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Spring 2011 Hello and welcome to the spring issue of Time for Tots! It’s been a particularly cold winter this year and we’ve been plagued with colds and bugs in our house for much of it so it’s a relief to finally be welcoming in the spring and warmer weather. With Mothering Sunday occurring later this year we’ve brought you a special Mothering Sunday feature this issue on pages 20 to 22. As part of the feature we’ve got 2 fantastic special offers with local beauty salons for you to treat your mum, partner or even yourself to a little pampering this spring. Be sure to check them out – Infinity Beauty on page 21 and Escape Beauty and Wellbeing on page 22. As has become customary in our spring issue we’ve also brought you our Easter feature (pages 6 to 7) with details of activities and events taking place locally. We’ve got tickets to give away to the Easter event at Rockingham Castle so don’t miss the competitions on page38. This issue also sees the return of our ‘Party Services’ section. I can personally recommend all 4 suppliers of party services so if you’re planning a party anytime this year do check them out. Also returning this issue is our ‘Where to change and feed your baby’ information on page 30. An invaluable guide for all new mums planning a trip into town! We have many other interesting articles and advertisements of course so we hope you find time this spring to put your feet up and enjoy a good read! All that remains then is to wish all mothers a very happy and relaxing Mothering Sunday and all of our readers a very happy Easter. Until the summer.....



Contents 4 Tots News 6 Easter Eggtivities 9 The Core at Corby Cube 10 Clubs & Classes 12 Baby Swimming 17 Events Diary 18 Time for Books 20 Time for Mum 24 What to expect from a home portrait session 28 Domestic Abuse 29 Party Services 30 Where to feed and change your baby 32 Business Opportunities 35 Special Offers 36 Parent & Tot Groups 38 Win Win Win!

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Post: Time for Tots, PO Box 7409, Kettering, NN16 6GR Tel: 0845 6439687 E-mail: info@timefortots.co.uk


The Old Garden Studio An affordable treat for you and your friends

Private tea room for small groups Fully catered vintage tea parties Baby friendly area Lovely patio and gardens Enjoy lunch and a gossip in peace with friends & babies in our beautiful private tea room www.theoldgardenstudio.co.uk 07968 222 532 info@theoldgardenstudio.co.uk Grendon, Northants

Beautiful castings of your little ones tiny hands and feet to tell a timeless tale To find out more or to book an appointment, contact Della on: Tel: 07973 213519 Email: della@dinkydayz.co.uk


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 New Children’s Clothing Agency


wned and run by mother and daughter team, Pauline and Heidi, Bearly Worn opened its doors in October 2010, on the High Street in Thrapston. Bearly Worn specialise in quality secondhand children’s clothes (and some new) for newborns up to age 11. Designer labels like Ralph Lauren, D&G, Catimini, Miniman and Jean Bourget, hang alongside popular high street brands such as Gap, Boden, Joules, Monsoon, Timberland, Next and John Lewis. With children growing so quickly and having expanding wardrobes, bringing your child’s outgrown clothing into the agency means you can recoup some of the cost. Bearly Worn accept clothes in good condition and will endeavour to sell them for you either in their Thrapston shop or through their online store: www.bearly-worn.co.uk. When your items sell you will get 40% of the sale price. Being a small shop they are unable to accept large nursery items but they can photograph the items and sell them on their website. If you’re looking for good quality, stylish children’s clothing at affordable prices then Bearly Worn is well worth a visit. They are receiving new items daily so it is worth making time to pop in and check out what they have.


Nursery Open Day at Northampton High School

orthampton High School Nursery is pleased to inform prospective parents that there is no longer a deposit or registration fee to pay when joining and they welcome Nursery vouchers, allowing up to 15 hours a week free for your daughter. Northampton High School Nursery provides girls aged 3 and 4 with the best possible start to their education. The happy and caring community offers excellent facilities, fully qualified teachers and nursery nurses, flexible sessions, nutritious meals and is rated outstanding by OFSTED. The Nursery offers a secure and stimulating environment, where creativity and imagination are fostered as the young girls take their first steps towards independence. It links closely with the Junior School and particularly the Reception class to enhance learning through the six areas of the Foundation Stage. If you would like to visit, there is a Nursery and Junior School Open Day on Friday 11th March from 9.30am to 12 noon or a private tour can be arranged. We also have a Toddler Group on Friday afternoons in term time from 1.30pm to 3pm for 2- 3 year olds. Please call Northampton High School on 01604 765765 for more information. Please mention Time for Tots when responding to an advertisement

New Secret Venue for Tea Time Treats


ew mum Lindsay Butcher has transformed a derelict garden studio into a beautiful boutique venue to host small groups and parties. Seeing a gap in the market for groups wanting private space to celebrate in style, yet without paying through the nose for the privilege, Lindsay set about creating a quirky and comfortable space that serves as a ‘home from home’ in the pretty and peaceful village of Grendon. The elegant studio hosts vintage-style tea parties, complete with fine bone china and lashings of cake, and is suitable for groups of up to ten. Weather permitting, tea can be taken on the sunny deck or in the gorgeous garden. Lindsay offers a variety of packages to suit all budgets. ‘I want to make the studio accessible to groups of mums like me who want to treat themselves to somewhere nice for lunch and without having to worry about their babies disturbing other customers’. The studio is equipped with a tot-friendly area with soft mats and toys. So if you are planning a business meeting, birthday celebration, hen party, baby shower or just a good get together with pals, check out the Old Garden Studio at: www.theoldgardenstudio.co.uk or call Lindsay on: 07968 222532. The Old Garden Studio

5 Happy 1st Birthday Jitterbug Toys! o celebrate their 1st birthday, the delightful “Jitterbug Toys” in Oundle are running a birthday raffle from the 1st to the 5th March where customers will receive a raffle ticket every time they make a purchase, entering them into a draw to win a fantastic prize. Jitterbug also have some exciting new lines in store including a fantastic range of dressing up clothes! Jitterbug Toys can be followed on Facebook to keep up to date with new lines and events or visit them online at www.jitterbugtoys.co.uk.


Happy 1st Birthday

We would like to say a huge thank you to all of our lovely customers who have supported us, our first year has been very exciting and we hope that our toys have brought lots of fun to you all. New ranges now include toys for the slightly older boys & girls with 4M science and craft kits and ZOOBS the moveable, creative building set from 6 years. We are also now a stockist for award winning HABA toys suitable from 3 months and new Budkin dolls for 2011 are now in, come and take a look!

2 St Osyths Lane, Oundle, PE8 4BG Tel: 01832 275252 Open Mon - Friday 9.30 to 5pm & Sat 9.30 to 4.30pm www.jitterbugtoys.co.uk

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Easter Eggtivities for the whole family! ...our guide to ‘what’s on’ this Easter Easter Eggstravaganza West Lodge Farm

April 22nd to 25th, take part in an egg hunt, meet the Easter Bunny, egg & spoon races as well as enjoying all the usual attractions at West Lodge Farm. Tel: 01536 760552 www.westlodgeruralcentre.co.uk

Children’s Easter Egg Hunt

Rockingham Castle

Wonderful family fun for the Easter weekend. Children’s Easter Egg Hunt (tokens in exchange for eggs) around the Castle grounds, children’s ‘animal’ search, family quiz and Wentworth the Griffin’s quiz. 24th and 25th April , noon to 5pm Event & Castle: Adult £9, Senior Citizen £8, Child (5-16) £5, Family (2+2) £23. Tel: 01536 770240 www.rockinghamcastle.com

Easter Egg Trail Boughton House A family fun event with lots of activities suitable for pre-school and school age children. Wednesday 20th April, 11am-2pm. Restaurant open for lunch and refreshments. £5 per child. Accompanying adults free. Tel: 01536 515731 www.boughtonhouse.org.uk

Easter Egg Trail Stanwick Lakes Take part in an Easter Egg Trail at Stanwick Lakes any day over the Easter weekend (22nd to 25th April) 10am to 4pm. Follow the trail, solve the clues and win a small chocolate egg! £1 per child. Tel: 01933 625522 www.stanwicklakes.org.uk

Easter Egg Hunt Wicksteed Park The ‘Grand Easter Egg Hunt’ returns to Wicksteed Park on Easter Sunday, the 24th April. Contact the park for more details. Tel: 01536 512475 www.wicksteedpark.co.uk

Easter Egg Specials

Northampton & Lamport Railway Easter Egg Specials on the 23rd, 24th & 25th April 2011. Each child receives a free creme egg on the train. Trains depart at 11am, 11.45am, 12.30pm, 1.30pm, 2.15pm, 3pm and 3.45pm. Adult £4.60, Senior Citizen £3.60, Child (2-15) £3.60, Family (2+2) £14.50. www.nlr.org.uk

Easter Sunday Funday Fermyn Woods Country Park Easter fun for all the family, Sunday 24th April 11am to 3.30pm. Easter Egg trail, find the golden egg competition and chicken chucking. From 50p to £1.50 per activity. Tel: 01536 373625

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Easter Time at Lyveden Lyveden New Bield, nr Oundle Come along and have fun doing an Easter egg trail exploring every nook and cranny of Lyveden. £1.50 per trail, and a great chance to discover all that Spring has to offer with walks and activities. Event on 23rd, 24th & 25th April 11am to 4pm. Tel: 01832 205358 lyveden@nationaltrust.org.uk

Easter Family Funday East Carlton Country Park Come along on Easter Sunday, 24th Aprill, from 12 to 4pm for a day of family fun including an Easter Egg Hunt, bouncy castle, rides and many other attractions. Call the park on 01536 770977 or Di Martin on 01536 263946 for more information.

Easter Egg Hunt Prebendal Manor House Hundreds of eggs to find around the site with a prize for the child who finds the most eggs. Painting Easter egg cups for children to take home and Tithe Barn Museum activities for everyone. The manor is open with a free audio tour. Monday 25th April 2 - 5 pm. Adult £7, Child £4.50, Family Ticket £21.00 Tel: 01780 782575 www.prebendal-manor.co.uk

Easter Egg Hunt Irchester Country Park Take part in an Easter trail any day in the school Easter holidays. Easter Egg Hunt planned for Easter weekend. Call for details. Tel: 01933 276866

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10 Pin Bowling, Rockingham Road, Kettering

Sunday 10am-11:00am Family of 4,5 or 6 people! Just


a game

ONLY WITH THIS VOUCHER PLEASE CALL TO BOOK IN ADVANCE www.NewYorkThunderbowl.com - 01536 414004

wl, Rockingham Road, Kettering, NN16 9 Max of 2 extra bowlers, £12.99 includes 1 game for 4 people including shoe hire, one bowler must be under 16, one bowler must be of a parental age to the junior, valid for a limited time only, managment reserve the right to alter of withdraw any offer at any time.


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Family Fun in The Core at Corby Cube Make the most of the family fun sessions for under 5s taking place at The Core at Corby Cube every week.

Rhyme Time

(Tuesdays 10.30am) A free, informal session where you and your children can join in with actions, nursery rhymes and songs. The sessions are fun, friendly and great for helping with your child’s language development.

First Moves

(Thursdays 10.30am) A free movement and music session children and their grown-ups. Run by a professional dancer and specialist in early years movement, this playful group promises music, dancing and a whole lot of fun!

Make and Do

(Saturdays, 10.30am & 12.30pm) Gives children and their families the chance to get creative. Each week there will be a different

activity to get involved in and explore, from arts and crafts to messy play, from music and movement to den-making and drama. The session costs £3 (1 child + 1 adult). Family-friendly facilities at The Core include a free buggy storage and cloakroom, booster seats and baby changing facilities. For more details on the Family Fun sessions and all the family shows this season call the Ticket Line on 01604 470470 or visit: www.thecorecorby.com

See a Family Show at The Core at Corby Cube The Fabulous Flutterbys

Twelve Wild Ducks

Sat 19 Mar 11am & 2pm Suitability: 3+ Tickets: £5

Sat 21 May 11am & 2pm Suitability: 5+ Tickets: £5

One Little Word

Chicken Licken

Sat 30 Apr 11am & 2pm Suitability: 3+ Tickets: £5

Sat 18 Jun 11am & 2pm Suitability: 3+ Tickets: £5

Tickets 01536 470 470 www.thecorecorby.com

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Jenny’s Dolphins

Baby & Pre-school swimming lessons Classes in Rothwell and Corby Prices from only £5.50 per lesson Instructor in the water Average of 4 children per class

First lesson FREE! See voucher in ‘Special Offers’

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


Boogie Tots

Dance based exercise for any child who can walk and wiggle Many styles of dance will be touched on including Disco/Freestyle, Ballet, Tap, Ballroom and Latin. Parents are required to stay with their children and will be actively encouraged to join in also!!! Thursdays 1 - 1.45pm Fridays 9.45 - 10.30am


Ballroom, Latin and Disco/Freestyle classes for children aged 4-15 9-10am First Footz 4-7yr olds 10-11am Fancy Footz 8-11yr olds

For more information contact Sarah on: 07956 597748 or email: info@footloosedanceschool.com

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Introduce your little one to the joy of movement and music Most little girls dream about being a ballerina or a princess. We at the Barbara Hooton School of Dancing can’t guarantee that she will marry a prince or be a famous dancer, but we can offer the opportunity of learning to dance; experience the joy of movement and music and even perform on stage as perhaps Princess Aurora or a magical fairy. We offer classes in Ballet and Tap in a variety of locations for children from the age of four. Dancing is not only very beneficial as exercise, it also teaches each child discipline, confidence and deportment. We pride ourselves on our breadth of experience and all our teachers are fully qualified. We are dedicated to the children in our care and endeavour to draw the best out of each child. We like to ensure that pupils learn in a structured and quiet way, following a national syllabus leading to exams as they get older. We also produce a show biannually in order to demonstrate our talents and at the same time raise funds for charity. Ballet is a beautiful art form, it is demanding and requires commitment, but is so, so rewarding. Tap, whilst really hard work, is such fun but, initially, all classes are designed to be enjoyable and instructive; learning the basic steps and movements leading to more complicated and creative work. We all have to start at the beginning; who knows where our next star might come from!

Barbara Hooton School of Dancing Ballet and Tap Classes Burton Latimer, Earls Barton, Finedon, Irthlingborough and Wellingborough

Keep Fit Classes for Mums Principal: Barbara Allebone M.N.A.T.D

Telephone: 01933 663225 07788 710144

Li’l Dynos We are all built for greatness

A fun-filled introduction to Taekwondo Classes in Rushden, Irthlingborough, Kettering, Wellingborough, Corby & Northampton Main classes from age 4 upwards Special parent & tots classes from age 3 Have fun and make friends

First lesson FREE!

Enrolment includes 1 month FREE & a FREE suit (why pay more) Contact Phillip on: 0800 988 7986 or 07770 622776 info@uk-taekwondo.com www.lil-dynos.co.uk

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Baby Swimming


Article by Melanie Hammond and Carly Parton

aby and Toddler swimming has become a very popular activity in the UK and research has shown babies who swim are far better developed socially, mentally and physically. Teaching your baby the joys of swimming is a bonding and fun experience for both parent and child. Through gentle encouragement and lots of praise you will soon see your baby’s progress. Swimming from an early age is beneficial to natural development and co ordination. A good time to start is when baby is between 3 and 6 months old. In a weightless environment babies can move more freely without restriction. This means they develop more muscle tone and strength and can exercise joints making them more flexible. It is also reported that babies that swim regularly often have improved appetites and sleeping patterns. Spending quality one to one time with total focus on each other in the pool, having fun and relaxing time together is extremely beneficial to baby and adult. Social benefits include strong communication, interaction and learning to share and take turns. Natural Instincts – Babies are born with natural swimming reflexes such as the ‘gag reflex’, which allows them to hold their breath under water and the ‘amphibian’ reflex which enables the whole body to move through the water. By using different techniques and moves swimming can stimulate their natural reflexes into voluntary actions as they develop. The first visit to a pool should be as relaxed as possible, letting your little one get used to the different sounds, smells and sights in this new environment. A good way to introduce your baby to the swimming pool and really maximise the benefits is to join a swimming course or programme, there you will have the opportunity to meet other parents and to learn specialised skills specifically for your baby’s development stage.

Parents do not need to be strong swimmers and some parents attend as they do not want their own fear of water to be passes onto their children. A good lesson structure should include many different activities with fun action songs, learning how to hold and move baby on their front and back, learning safety and wall skills and developing submersion techniques and breath control. All activities should be adapted to suit your baby’s age, experience and developmental stage. Lessons should be conducted in a playful, stress free environment allowing baby to progress at their own pace. Water safety is paramount and considered to be an essential life skill, unfortunately drowning is still a large cause of infant fatality in the UK, however it is believed that if children are familiar with the aquatic environment from an early age they will remain relaxed and have a better chance of survival if they were ever to be in a potentially dangerous situation in water. Editorial by Melanie Hammond and Carly Parton, Infant Aquatics who run specialised baby and toddler swimming courses in Wellingborough, Wollaston and Kettering. For more information see website: www.infantaquatics.co.uk

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Infant Aquatics Baby & toddler swimming courses

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Small and friendly classes Babies and toddlers from 3 months to 4 years Gain confidence and life long skills Weekday and weekend classes

For Kettering classes contact Carly Telephone 01858 565 713 Email carly@infantaquatics.co.uk For Wellingborough & Wollaston classes contact Mel Telephone 01933 223 458 Email mel@infantaquatics.co.uk www.infantaquatics.co.uk

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Clubs & Classes....Clubs & Classes....Clubs & Classes....Clubs & Classes.... There are various sport and musical classes for under 5s at The Nene Centre in Thrapston, The Pemberton Centre and Splash Leisure Pool in Rushden. See their advert on pages 26 to 27 for details Northamptonshire’s Country Parks run ‘Nature Tots’ sessions every month for under 5s on the following days: Irchester - 1st Wednesday in the month 10 to 11.30am or 1 to 2.30pm Barnwell - 2nd Wednesday in the month 10 to 11.30am or 1 to 2.30pm Fermyn Woods - 1st Tuesday in the month 10 to 11.30am

Pre-booking is essential for each session.

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Our Time Toddler Classes

Village Baby Classes Invite you and your baby to be a part of a very special music and movement experience. Created to stimulate your baby’s total development whilst celebrating and nurturing the remarkable bond you share. Please join us for weekly sessions of 45 minutes, where you will experience purposeful music activities that stimulate the cognitive, social, language and emotional as well as physical development that begins in the very first days of your baby’s life.

Turn ordinary music classes in to an extraordinary journey with theme based programmes where you and your toddler discover the joy of music, movement, dance and drama. Foster creativity and promote self control. As well as having a big impact on your child’s sense of positive self esteem and confidence. And the journey is for parents too! You are your child’s first and most important teacher, this experience helps you understand your child’s development process that each class activity provides.

To reserve your place or for more information Please call Julianna on 01536 390392 Or email yulianna.ventura@ntlworld.com

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www.royalandderngate.co.uk Guildhall Rd, Northampton, NN1 1DP

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Events Diary March Wed 2nd

Nature Tots at Irchester Country Park. 10-11.30am and 1-2.30pm. Must book.

Thu 3rd

World Book Day

Wed 9th

Sun 3rd

Mothering Sunday Sunday lunch at West Lodge Farm. Free flowers for every Mum. Nature Tots at Irchester Country Park. 10-11.30am and 1-2.30pm. Must book.

Fri 8th

Fri 11th

“Chris and Pui” from CBeebies at The Royal & Derngate

Mon 14th & Tue 15th

“We’re going on a Bear Hunt” at The Lighthouse Theatre, Kettering.

Sat 19th & Sun 20th

“Peppa Pig’s Party” at The Royal & Derngate Theatre “The Fabulouse Flutterbys” at The Core at Corby Cube. 11am & 2pm. For ages 3+


Wed 6th

Nature Tots at Barnwell Country Park. 10-11.30am and 1-2.30pm. Must book. Nursery and Junior School Open Day at Northampton High School. 9.30am-12noon.

Check out our Easter feature on pages 6 to 7 for more Easter activities & events

Schools close for Easter

Tue 12th Fri 22nd

Bob the Builder appearing at the Newlands Centre, Kettering

Sat 23rd

Animal Zoo at the Newlands Centre, Kettering

Tue 26th

Schools re-open

Fri 29th

Sun 1st

Teddy Bears Picnic at East Carlton Park. Tel: 01536 463177 for more information

Mon 2nd

Bank Holiday

Wed 4th

Nature Tots at Irchester Country Park. 10-11.30am and 1-2.30pm. Must book.

Fri 13th to Sun 15th

International Waendel Weekend in W’boro.

Sun 15th

Family Fun Day at Rockingham Castle. 12-5pm. Includes circus workshop, puppet show, pirate ship, music, face-painting, archery and story-telling.

Fri 25th

Postman Pat appearing at the Newlands Centre, Kettering

The Royal Wedding! Royal Street Party at West Lodge Farm, from 1.30pm. Free entry for children named William or Kate!

Sat 26th to Sun 3rd

Fri 29th to Sun 1st

Sun 22nd

Sat 30th “One Little Word” at The Core

Mon 23rd to Thu 26th

Yummy Mummy Week in aid of CLIC Sargent. www.yummymummy.org.uk

Sun 27th

Childrens Nearly New Sale, 9 to 11am at The Pemberton Centre, Rushden.

April Sat 2nd

“Little Red Robin Hood” at The Castle Theatre. 11am & 2pm.

“The Gruffalo’s Child” at The Royal & Derngate Theatre. at Corby Cube. 11am & 2pm. Suitable for ages 3+ “The Dragon’s Daughter” at The Castle Theatre. 11am & 2pm.

Sat 30th - Mon 2nd

Pirates and Princesses weekend at West Lodge Farm. Treasure Trail, Sand Castle and fancy dress competitions.

Sat 21st

“Twelve Wild Ducks” at The Core at Corby Cube, 11am & 2pm. Suitable for ages 5+ Thomas’ Big Adventure at Nene Valley Railway. Open week at St Peters School, Kettering.

Fri 27th

Schools close for half term. Human Statues at the Newlands Centre, Kettering

Sat 28th & Sun 29th

Sheep Shearing weekend at West Lodge Farm. Sheep shearing demonstrations.

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Time for Books: Waterstones Book Review

Waterstones have selected four fantastic books for our reader panel to review this issue - all of which have proved a big hit! As usual a big thank you to all our reviewers.

For Babies... Snuggle Bunny

Lambert & Goldhawk £9.99 A hardback book with a soft glove puppet attached. You stick your hand in and move it about, and then, as if by magic, Snuggle Bunny comes to life. As you follow the rather charming bed-time story, he becomes a VERY sleepy rabbit indeed. Our parent said: “My baby and I absolutely loved this book! So much so we’ve been out to buy it! The delightful rhyming bedtime story combined with a cute, soft, glove puppet to bring the story to life make it a firm favourite. I was worried the puppet would be too stimulating at bedtime but not at all. The story is just the right length for a baby’s bedtime story.” Rating: 5/5 Joanne, Mum to Chloe, age 10 months

For Pre-schoolers... Mr Wolf’s Pancakes Author Jan Fearnley £7.99

Mr Wolf fancies some tasty pancakes but he doesn’t know how to make them. Asking his neighbours is no use - they’re a mean and horrible lot who refuse to help. Poor Mr Wolf. He has to work it out, all by himself. So what happens when these nasty neighbours want to help Mr Wolf eat his delicious pancakes..? Our parent said: “This is a twist on the classic “The Little Red Hen” book I remember from my childhood - but with a slightly different outcome! Definitely a hit with my 4 year old son who has asked for this particular book every night since!” Rating: 5/5 Sarah, Mum to Oliver, age 4

For Toddlers... Lizzy The Lamb Campbell Books (Illustrated by Axel Scheffler)


This charming board book from award-winning illustrator Axel Scheffler is now available in a jigsaw book format. Children will love reading about Lizzy the Lamb, who enjoys skipping, playing with the geese and most of all, jumping as high as she can! Bright illustrations, rhyming text, five fantastic four-piece jigsaws and a fun activity on the final spread will make this a storytime and playtime favourite. Our parent said: “My son thought this book was a real bedtime treat as it’s a story and puzzle in one. He asked me where the Gruffalo was so he is obviously familiar with the illustrator! It is short and sweet with good rhyming words and I found it a really relaxing way to settle my boy down at the end of the day. It’s nice to interact with a few (easy) jigsaws at bedtime! Will read this one again.” Rating: 4/5 Greg, Dad to Freddie, age 2

This Season’s Choice The Odd Egg

Author Emily Gravett £5.99 When Duck finds an egg of his own he’s delighted: it’s the most beautiful egg in the world! But all the other birds think it’s a very odd egg indeed and everyone’s in for a BIG surprise when the egg hatches. Children and adults alike will love the witty outcome and Emily Gravett’s playful watercolour and pencil illustrations. Our parent said: “My 2 (nearly 3) year old and I LOVED this book. The illustrations are really beautiful, the suspense builds quickly - hard work when little fingers want to flick the pages before you’ve read them – and the outcome is brilliant. The big surprise at the end caused wide eyes followed by fits of giggles. I would recommend this book for all ages. A real gem.” Rating 5/5 Viki, Mum to Olivia, age 2

Waterstones Booksellers Ltd, 72-76 High Street, Kettering, Northants, NN16 8SY Tel: 0843 290 8421. Opening hours: Mon-Sat 9am-5.30pm, Sun 9am-4pm

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Little Miss Gifts Pink and glittery gifts for special little girls

Fairy dresses, wings, wands, dolls, teddies, bags and much more Visit us online at

www.littlemissgifts.com or visit our shop at Wistow Rural Centre

Kibworth Road, Wistow, Leics, LE8 0QF (5 miles south of Leicester, signed from the A6 at Gt Glen & Kibworth)

Tel: 0116 259 0094

St Peter’s School

Kettering’s Independent School for children aged 2 years 9 months to 11 years

Open Week: 23rd – 26th May 2011

Nursery and Reception • • • • • •

Stimulating and happy environment Structured curriculum Child centered learning Well qualified staff Excellent OFSTED nursery report Nursery vouchers accepted

Year 1 to Year 6 • • • • •

Small class sizes Excellent OFSTED Regular assessment and reports High standards of achievement Before and after school care and clubs

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Mothering Sunday 3rd April 2011

Time for Mum

A Mothering Sunday Special!


s we look forward to Mothering Sunday, a day when we all hope to be pampered and have a break from our normal chores, we take a look at the history of the day, how 3 mothers at different stages of motherhood will be spending it and ask several little ones ‘Why do you love your Mummy?’…. Mothering Sunday is actually a Christian Festival which dates back to Roman times when it was a day to honour the Virgin Mary. Since Roman times it has fallen on the fourth Sunday in Lent so the date is determined by the Church calendar each year. In the 16th century people made a point of visiting their ‘mother church’ on Mothering Sunday which is their nearest big church and typically the church in which they were baptised. People that did this were said to have gone ‘a mothering’. In Victorian times it was a day when domestic servants were given the day off to visit their own mothers and families. By the 1930’s Mothering Sunday celebrations had all but stopped but were revived by American and Canadian Soldiers serving abroad during the second world war. They began celebrating what they referred to as ‘Mother’s Day’ on the second Sunday in May and continue to do so to this day. The British and Irish however on reviving the festival, decided to revert to the original date of the fourth Sunday in Lent, and so it remains.

Why do you love your Mummy?

“Because I like biscuits” Louis, age 3

First-time Mum


A potted history

“She gives me nice cuddles” Luke, age 4

In recent times the day has become more Americanised, the date hasn’t changed but it is more commonly referred to as ‘Mother’s Day’.

Mum to Joshua, 10 months This year will be my very first Mothers Day so I’m really looking forward to it. I have no idea what we will be doing so am looking forward to a surprise on the day. I’m hoping the day will start with a lie in followed by breakfast in bed if I’m lucky! Growing up I remember pampering my Mum, cooking her meals, bringing her cups of tea, and generally making her feel appreciated and special so I’m hoping for a similar day myself. As Joshua is too young to have a clue what is going on this will of course be down to my partner. Gift wise, flowers or chocolates would be nice or a beauty treatment would be lovely. I look forward to the day when Joshua makes his own card and picks his own gift to make it really special.

Mum of Three


Mum to Olivia, 6, Austin, 4 and Rose 11 months This year will be my first Mothering Sunday with my baby but having 2 older children I’ve had the pleasure of a few Mothering

“Because of her presents” Eloise, age 3

“She’s not stinky” Izzy, age 3

“She gives me cuddles and takes me to places” Nicholas, age 5

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21 Sundays now. On previous years my day has begun with a cooked breakfast in bed – and I’m hoping this year will be no exception! The children usually bring me the hand-made cards and gifts they’ve made at school and nursery with breakfast, although more often than not I’ve already had a sneak preview as the children are far too excited to keep them secret when they bring them home! Giving me the things they’ve made is definitely one of the highlights of the day for them and me – the delight on their faces and my daughter Beth jumping up and down on the spot in excitement is priceless. We like to go to church on Mothering Sunday, although whether we’re able to get up and out of the house on time with 3 children this year remains to be seen. The Mothering Sunday service is extra special with the children handing out posies to all the mothers in the congregation. After Church we usually enjoy a family meal somewhere. This could be cooked by my husband at home (he enjoys cooking and luckily for me is very good at it) or last year we went out to a restaurant with my Mum and mother-in-law. My husband will undoubtedly plan something special for us, although probably not until the day before knowing him! He usually “comes good” with his plans though so I’m confident he will this year too. Whatever we do the emphasis will be on enjoying family time together and hopefully on me not lifting a finger! I will of course catch up with my Mum at some point throughout the day to thank her for all she does for me. In previous years my parents have joined us for church and a meal so may well do this year (depending on what offers they get from my siblings!)

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“Because she’s nice” Luke, age 2

“She gives me chocolate and cuddles” Dylan, age 3

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Mother of 3, grandmother of 4 Almost 60 years ago when I was a little child I remember going to Sunday School on Mothering Sunday and each child was given a daffodil with tinfoil wrapped around the bottom half of the stem to give to their Mum when they got home. To me it seemed the most beautiful thing in the world, it was as good as a whole bouquet of flowers and I couldn’t wait to give it to my Mum, I ran all the way home. Mothering Sunday was always a time to thank my Mum for all she did for me and in time to enjoy being on the “receiving end” as I became a Mum and my three children gave me the lovely cards that they had made at school plus flowers or chocolates. As with most things, Mothering Sunday has become more commercialised with shop bought cards and presents. Years ago the card and present were usually made by the child and the value of the gift was in the effort that went into making it, the sentiment has remained largely unchanged though. My children have all flown the nest now living busy lives of their own but with 2 new grandchildren this year I’m hoping to spend it surrounded by family, having a lovely Sunday lunch and not being the one clearing away and washing up at the end of it!

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Happy Mothering Sunday! Why do you love your Mummy?

“She gives me lots of cuddles and picks me up and kisses and carries me”

Tamzin, age 4

“She doesn’t tell me off when I draw on myself with felt tips” Poppy, age 2

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What to expect from a home vist portrait session... ...with Firetree Photography


t is surprising how busy a normal day can be caring for little ones. Fitting it all in and spending special time with your child is often a struggle. As much as you want to get to your local photographer’s studio it is the last thing on your list so Firetree Photography offer a home visit service. We asked Kyra what to expect... How Long does it take? “It takes about 15 minutes to set up our mini studio, and we spend up to two hours with you. We usually stay until we know we have the photographs you want.” Do you need much space? “We have a backdrop and a couple of lights, these are compact and take up a small amount of space, we usually work in your living room. We arrive and decide with you where best to set up. “ What if the child is crying or asleep? “That’s the beauty of our home visit service, I can wait and have a cup of tea! If you want a break we can stop and come back to it. If your baby is asleep, a sleeping baby makes a super photograph and allows me to capture in extreme close up the tiny fingernails and toes!” What if my child doesn’t want a picture taken? “Most children are initially shy, I have three children of my own and am very good at relaxing and playing games, a forced smile from a child is not good, I get laughter and genuine smiles from even the shyest of children.” It’s not a pro studio how do I know you are trained? “I have worked alongside my father in studios since I was a child. He was a professional photographer all his life and taught me everything I know, we are a family business, my mother Sylvia is a pro photographer too!”

I take a good photograph so what am I paying for that’s different? “To take a good photograph with fine detail, colour and tone you need very good lighting, lenses and camera equipment. The flash from a compact camera is very harsh and not easy to control. Just like a studio we have top of the range flash units, diffuse boxes, cameras and lenses. This means we can control the light and use it creatively to get fantastic images. We also use different lenses for different effects. We can take very extreme close-ups with our macro lens for example that will show every little lash on your baby’s eyelid, even iris detail!” Is it expensive? “As we don’t have a studio we can’t take 20 portraits a day so we do charge a sitting fee, this covers our time and expertise, but as we have no overheads we can offer a full range of products at considerably reduced prices. We disagree with any hard sell so you never feel under pressure to purchase anything.” You can see Kyra and Sylvia’s work online at: www.firetreephoto.co.uk and their work is displayed on the walls at Mocha Mamas in Kettering.

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Muddy Boots Playgroup

A home from home For children aged 8 weeks to 12 years

Jubilee Drive, Walgrave, Northamptonshire, NN6 9PH

• Open 51 weeks a year • FREE Nursery Education for 3 and 4 year olds • Family owned and run centre • Large garden with access to allotments and wildlife area • Before and After School Clubs and Holiday Club also available

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We welcome children from 2 years 6 months old Experienced and caring staff We work closely with parents An open plan room with two outdoor play areas Maximum 20 children per session Registered charity, run by parents Government funding for 3 & 4 year olds Childcare vouchers accepted Open Monday to Friday in school term time Morning, afternoon and school day sessions available

For more information:

01536 264422

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Our Lady of Walsingham Catholic Primary school, Occupation Road, Corby, Northamptonshire, NN17 1EE

For more information, a prospectus or to join our waiting list call:

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PRE-SCHOOL (UP TO 6TH Jumpin’ Jax (0-5 years) (P)(N) Jumpin’ Jax encourages children to participate in movement over apparatus, including mats, balance beams, slides, ladders and bouncy castles or to choose to play with toys in a friendly and social environment. Pemberton: Monday and Friday 9.30 – 11.00am Nene: Wednesday 11.00 – 12.30pm, Friday 1.00 – 2.30pm Crèche (3 months – 6 years) (P) Looking for quality child care? Yes! Then register your child with our crèche service. We aim to provide a high standard of quality care in a happy safe environment. We are OFSTED registered for up to 26 children. Monday, Tuesday, Friday: 9.30 – 12.30pm Wednesday, Thursday: 9.30 – 1.00pm Birthday Parties (P)(N) We can offer your children a fun and adventurous time with a bouncy castle and soft play activity party. Relax knowing that the children will be having fun and be worn out by the end. Mini Gym (21⁄2 to 5 years) (P) Allow your child to develop motor skills such as hand -eye coordination, balance and physical development. Coaches are BG qualified. Pemberton: Thursday 9.30 – 10.30am, 10.45 – 11.45am 1.30 – 2.30pm Mini Musical (0-3 years) (P) Develop your child’s sense of sound, rhythm and communication. Wednesday: 1.30 – 2.15pm KEY: P = Pemberton Centre N = Nene Centre S = Splash Leisure Pool

Working on behalf of East Northamptonshire Council

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aCtivitiES BIRTHDAY) Supervised Play (N)(S) Looking for quality childcare? Need someone to keep them occupied while you workout? Nene: Monday-Friday 9:30 – 10:30am 10:30 – 11:30am Splash: Monday 1.45 – 4.15pm, Wednesday 10.15 –12.15pm and 12.45 – 2.15pm, Thursday 10.45 – 12.45pm Adult and Child Swimming Lessons (S)(N) Start your child’s development in water and build their confidence early. The classes follow the structured ASA programme and are led by qualified ASA teachers. Parent and Tot Swimming Sessions (N)(S) This allows your little one to interact with small toys and floats within the swimming pool term time: FREE Nene: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday: 9.00-10.00am swimming Splash: Monday: 8:30 – 9:30am (Term Time only) for under Tuesday to Friday: 8.15 – 9.15am (Term Time only) 4’s. Gymnastics (From 4 years) (P)(N) Termly courses to introduce your children to basic gymnastics. Follows on from Mini Gym courses. Develop motor skills and spatial awareness on structured courses with top qualified coaches. Pemberton: Tuesday 5.00 – 6.00pm, Thursday 3.45 – 4.45pm Nene: Wednesday and Friday 4.00 – 5.00pm

For more information about the activity that you are interested in, please contact reception at the appropriate Centre.

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Domestic Abuse

Don’t suffer in silence. Seek help today

One in four women will be the victim of domestic abuse within their lifetime. Two women a week will be killed as a result of domestic abuse, yet domestic abuse is often a hidden crime. Victims don’t come forward because of shame, self blame, love or because they are too scared. We at Adams Moore can help. Making that first call can often be the hardest step, but we can help and support you through the entire process. Domestic abuse is not something that anyone, man, woman or child, should ever have to experience or accept. Domestic abuse is any act which leads a person to fear for their safety and that is intolerable. This can include non-violent acts, forced marriages and socalled ‘honour crimes’.

Typically the court lists an initial hearing within a few days and you will be required to attend. Having to attend court on any occasion can be very daunting, particularly for sufferers of domestic abuse, but the first hearing will be very short and you will not have to speak. The abuser may or may not attend the hearing. If they don’t, the Judge can still make the order to protect you. If the abuser attends and denies the allegations, the Judge will usually make the order but will list your case for a longer hearing. If your case is very serious, then it is possible to apply for an order without telling the abuser. This is called an ex-parte order. If you obtain an ex-parte order, there will need to be a further hearing to give the abuser the opportunity to have their say.

What help is available?

How long do these orders last?

What is Domestic Abuse?

If you, or someone you know, is suffering from domestic abuse, then there are several measures that can be taken to protect you. A family lawyer will be able to talk you through your options. It may mean that an order is required from the court.

What court orders are available and what do they mean? There are two main court orders available: NonMolestation Orders and Occupation Orders. These are more commonly known as ‘injunctions’. 1.

A Non-Molestation Order tells the person who has been abusive that they must not do certain things such as be violent or threaten violence. For example, recent orders have prevented the abuser from texting the victim or contacting them on facebook. It is a criminal offence to breach these orders and if it occurs the Police should be contacted immediately. 2. An Occupation Order removes the abuser from the home and ensures they don’t return. The Police are able to arrest the abuser if they breach the order. Both orders can be applied for at the same time, or on their own.

How do you apply for these Orders?

It is straightforward to apply for these orders and a family lawyer will be able to take you through the process.

Usually the orders will last for six months to a year. If the problems continue then you are able to apply to the courts to extend the order.

I don’t think I can afford to pay a lawyer?

The good news is that everyone is eligible for legal aid for these orders, however, depending on your income or savings you may have to pay a contribution.

Can I protect my children at the same time?

Yes. Children can also be included to ensure their safety. There are also other applications which can be made at the same time. For example, if you were worried that the abuser would try and take your children away from you, you can apply for an order to prevent this. Sometimes it can be difficult to find a lawyer to help with these difficult issues, but here at Adams Moore we prioritise cases of domestic abuse. Urgent situations can be seen the same day. We know that domestic abuse doesn’t just occur during office hours, which is why our telephone lines are open 24 hours a day. Remember, your lawyer will be there to support you and help you through every step of the process, you will not be alone. Don’t suffer in silence, seek help today.

Contact Adams Moore on 01536 201600 and quote “Adams Free 30” to claim your free 30 minute chat.

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Cha Cha Entertainment Clown or Punch & Judy Show

With over 15 years experience in Mime, Puppets, Ventriloquism and Magic Tricks, you can be sure of a true professional show with audience participation. I’m available for: Birthday Parties, Weddings, Corporate Events, Open Days and Fetes I am fully insured and CRB checked and am also a member of several professional associations. I cover the whole of Northamptonshire and surrounding areas.

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BB’s Face Painting Available for parties, fetes and fairs - public and private events Detailed, intricate designs or simple faces for toddlers in a hurry!

Fran Sherbourne Professional Make-up Artist

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Big enough to cope, small enough to care

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Where to change and feed your baby...





...in Kettering, Wellingborough, Corby and Northampton Where to change your baby:

Where to feed your baby:

The following locations all have a baby changing mat and/or table:

The following establishments all welcome mothers breastfeeding or will heat a baby bottles for you and, unless otherwise stated, also have baby changing facilities:

• Public baby changing room in Newlands Centre, nr TK Maxx (have to get key from security) • Kettering Museum • Kettering Library (no nappy disposal though) • Baby changing room in Morrisons • McDonalds

• Fuller Coffee House on Newland Street • Cafe Culture on Silver Street • The Bakers Oven in the Newlands Centre • Costa Coffee on High Street • The George Hotel on Sheep Street (no changing facilties) • Out of town there’s Mocha Mama, catering especially for new mothers

• Mens or ladies public toilets in the Swansgate Centre • The children’s section of Wellingborough Library - 1st floor • Public toilets on Market Street • McDonalds • Baby changing room in Morrisons

• Costa Coffee on Market Street • Wellingborough Library - private room in the children’s section on the 1st floor • McDonalds • Burger King in the Swansgate Centre (no changing facilities)

• Baby changing room next to the public toilets in Willow Place • Public toilets in Corby Cube • McDonalds

• Costa Coffee in Willow Place • Corby Library in Corby Cube - no bottle heating facilities yet though • The café in TJ Hughes • McDonalds

• Baby changing room next to the public toilets in the Grosvenor Centre • McDonalds in the Grosvenor Centre • McDonalds on The Drapery • Ladies toilet on the ground floor of House of Fraser • Baby changing room in Peacock Place Shopping Centre • Parent Room on the 1st floor of H&M on Abington Street

• The cafe on the 1st floor of House of Fraser • Marks & Spencer - either in the baby changing room or the café, both on the 1st floor • BHS - either in the private mother & baby room or the café, both on the 1st floor • Costa Coffee on Abington Street • Café Nero on Abington Street • The café on the 1st floor of Debenhams • Parent Room on the 1st floor of H&M on Abington Street

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Pink & Blue Baby World

58 High Street, Daventry, NN11 4HU 01327 705900 www.pinkandbluebabyworld.co.uk

We also stock: Emmaljunga, Silver Cross, Jane, Concord, Recaro,Quinny, Maclaren, Mamas & Papas, Emile et Rose.... ....and many more

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Business Opportunities Opportunities and advice for parents in business and those who would like to be!

PARTYLITE Join Partylite and earn some extra money to help pay for that dream wedding, a family holiday, to pay off the credit cards or just to get out and socialise! Not to mention the free products! Get a free kit worth £300 with no obligation. Why not test drive Partylite today? To find out more, contact:

Lisa Wrigley

Tel: 07957 235293

(your local PARTYLITE representative)

I first heard of Partylite 10 years ago when I went to my first party and fell in love with the products, I went to 2 parties in 3 weeks and spent a fortune! The consultant suggested I join as you get a free kit worth £300, there are no sales targets to hit every month, no walking the streets delivering orders, and you get 40% off anything you want to buy! As there was no obligation or hard sale involved I had nothing to lose. I gave it a go and I surprised myself! For a very shy person who didn’t do public speaking I really enjoyed it. I have 2 small boys with a busier social life than I have and a husband who works in London on a shift pattern, but Partylite fits in around everything. I can chose when I work and how often. After I had my children I lost a lot of self confidence and doubted whether I would be able to get back out in the wide world and cope juggling work and children, but Partylite helped me and boosted my self confidence. I get to be me again for just a few hours during the day or evening. My kids always come first - if they are ill I’m always here and I always do the school run. Partylite is a great company to work for, they really look after their consultants. There’s always lots of free stuff up for grabs, a cash bonus every month and regular outings such as a trip to London. I’ve also been lucky enough to go to Marrakech, Malta and Amsterdam and I’m looking forward to a trip to Crete in May - all inclusive! So if you need a confidence boost or just want to get out of the house for a few hours a few times a week and meet people, I will happily have a coffee and a chat with you with no obligation. Just give it a go, don’t doubt yourself YOU CAN DO IT!

Become a Phoenix Trader

and run your own business from home! Selling a fantastic range of quality greeting cards, gift wrap & stationery. Low cost start-up • No pressure or targets• Support and help given

For a free (no obligation) information pack please contact me:

Maggy O'Donnell Independent Phoenix Trader 16080

01604 863 798 • 07734 544550 maggyodonnell@hotmail.co.uk www.phoenix-trading.eu/web/maggyodonnell

AVON COSMETICS Need representatives in all areas Are you an at home Mum who would like to earn some extra money? Or maybe you work and want to sell to your work colleagues? We have vacancies in all areas. Earn up to 25% commission and get discounted products for yourself. This is a great earning opportunity. Would you like to know more? Then why not give me a call or drop me an email. I look forward to hearing from you!

Contact Debbie Tel: 07850 038313

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Funky Lil’ Feet Childrens Shoe Shop Start-rite Babybotte Piedro Aster Tekilou Daisy Root Inch Blue Robeez Geox Superfit Noel Buckle My Shoe (BMS) Lelli Kelly

Traditional wooden toys and games for all ages Including FSC, Fairtrade and Eco friendly toys. Online toy shop based in Kettering, Northants Delivered by post or collection available by prior appointment

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Come and have your children’s shoes professionally fitted in our fun and friendly shop. There is a resident podiatrist who can also assist with any special requirements. We also stock Junior Joules clothing. 36 Huntingdon Road, Thrapston, NN14 4NQ Telephone: 01832 734500 Opening hours: Mon-Fri 9.00-5.00pm, Sat 9.30-4.00pm



Aldwincle Playgroup Aldwincle playgroup is a small village playgroup set in beautiful rural surroundings within the grounds of Trinity Lower School. We take children from 2 years 6 months to school age. Grants are available for those aged from 3 years. All day sessions available for children in their preschool year

To make an appointment to look around or for more information either visit our website or telephone Alison on:

01832 720566

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Rookery Open Farm

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Stoke Bruerne

Fun down on the farm Meet the animals


for this season A huge three story kids indoor play structure not to be missed!

Large pets corner Bouncy Castle/Go Karts Indoor/outdoor play areas Picnic area/tearooms Birthday parties - Special Events

Rookery Open Farm, Stoke Bruerne, Towcester, Northants, NN12 7SJ. www.rookeryopenfarm.com

OPENING TIMES Daily 10am-5pm (Closed Tuesdays)

Tel: 01604 864855

Just off the A508 midway between Northampton and Milton Keynes, on the edge of Stoke Bruerne. Within walking distance of the canal & locks.

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TenPin Bowling, Kettering

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See www.newyorkthunderbowl.com or call 01536 414004 for more details Valid for 1 person for 1 game at any time. Only 1 voucher permitted per booking/lane. Expires 31st May 2011.

Tel: 07821 646451

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FiretreePhotography, Market Harborough, 01858 440981/07773 280492 firetreephoto@yahoo.co.uk

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Tel: 01933 679265

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Parent & Tot Group Directory Burton Latimer


Rhymetime (Burton Latimer) Thursdays 10-11am. Burton Latimer Library. Free. 01536 723357

St Peter’s Under Fives Mondays 2-3pm, term time only. St Peter’s Church, Church Street. Contact 01933 650278 Rhymetime Fridays 2-2.45pm. Irthlingborough Library. Free. 01933 650641

Corby & Villages

Creative Play Drop in Tuesdays 9.30-11.30am. Woodnewton a Learning Community, Rowlett Road. Contact 01536 265173 On the Go! Toddler Active Play Tuesdays 1-3pm. Woodnewton a Learning Community, Rowlett Road. 01536 265173 Rhymetime Tuesdays 10.30-11am in term time. Corby Library. Free. Contact 01536 203304 Little Angels Tuesdays & Fridays 9.15-11.30am, Thursdays 12-3pm (bring a packed lunch!) The Baptist Church Hall, Rowlett Road. Contact Ann on 01536 394824 Parents & Tots (Corby Old Village) Wednesdays 1.30-2.45pm, term time only. Corby Old Village Primary School. £1. Wilbarston Tots & Tiddlers Mondays 10am-12pm, term time. Wilbarston Village Hall. Contact Sarah on 07730 568300 Kings Cliffe Toy Library & Toddler Group Thursdays in term time, 10-11.30am, £1.50. The Underground Centre, Kings Cliffe Contact Kelly on 01780 470176

Kettering & Villages

The Little Ones Wednesdays 1-2.50pm, Thursdays 9-11.15am, and 1-2.50pm, term time only. Church of Christ The King. £1 per family. 01536 517553 Hawthorn Berries Mondays & Thursdays 9.15-11am, term time only. Hawthorn Primary School. £1 per family. Rhymetime Tuesdays 9.30-10am & 10.30-11am. Free Kettering Library. 01536 512315 St Edwards Mums & Tots Wednesdays 9-11am. St Edwards RC Primary School, Eastleigh Road. £1.20 for 1st child, 30p thereafter. Contact Kim on 01536 391581 St Thomas More Mums & Tots Thursdays 9-10.45am. The school hall, St Thomas More School, Northampton Rd. Term time only. £1.20 1st child, 30p per thereafter. BrambleTots Fridays 10-11.30am. Ise Pavillion. £2 per family. Contact Hayley on 01536 524701 Mawsley Baby & Toddler Group Desborough & Rothwell Thursdays 9.30-11am. The Centre at Mawsley. Rhymetime (Rothwell) £1.50 first child, 50p per child thereafter. Mondays 2.30-3pm, term time only. Rothwell Contact Sarah on 01536 790517 Library. Free. 01536 711880 Pytchley Mums & Tots Twinkle Tots Tuesdays 10-11.30am. Pytchley School Hall. Wednesdays 9.30-11am, term time only. Contact Sally on 01536 799541 Reachout Community Church, School Lane, Hopscotch (Loddington) Rothwell Contact 01933 225525 Thursdays 2.15-3.15pm in term time. Tiny Tots Loddington Village Hall. Contact 07742 664604 Thursdays 2.15-3.15pm, term time only. St Geddington Parents & Tots Giles Church Community Centre. Fridays in term time 9.30-11.30am, Salvation Army Parents & Toddlers Geddington Village Hall. £2 per family. Thursdays in term time 9.30-11am. New Contacts Siobhan 01536 743756 Street, Rothwell. Contact 01536 711298 Toybox Mums & Tots, Broughton Rhymetime (Desborough) Tuesdays in term time 1.30-3pm, Broughton Fridays 10-10.30am, term time only. Village Hall. £1.50 per family. Contact Rebecca Desborough Library. Free. 01536 711880 on 01536 790169 Please mention Time for Tots when responding to an advertisement


Raunds & Stanwick The Stanwick Rainbow Group Tuesdays 1.45-3.15pm. Old School Rooms, Stanwick. £1.50 first child, 50p thereafter Rhymetime Wednesdays 2.15-2.45pm and Thursdays 1111.30am. Raunds Library. Free. 01933 623671 Little Treasures Thursdays 9.30-11am, term time only. St Laurence Church. Donation optional. St Peters Parent & Toddler Group (Raunds) Fridays 9.30-11.30am, term time only. Saxon Hall. £2/family. Contact Sarah 01933 622116

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

Wellingborough & Villages

St Mark’s Buggy Club Wednesdays in term time, 1.30-3.00pm in St Mark’s Church Hall, Queensway. Voluntary 50p donation. Contact Joy on 01933 676368. Little Cogs Toddler Group Thursdays 9.30-11.15am term time. Reachout Community Church, Havelock Street. £1 1st child, 50p after (> 6 mths). 01933 225525 Little Cogs Active Tots Thursdays 1.15-2.45pm. Reachout Community Rushden & Higham Ferrers Church, Havelock Street. £1.50 for 2-5 year Bumps & Babes @ Church olds, 50p for 6 mths to 2 yrs. 01933 225525 Every Monday in term time, 10am at St Jumping Beans Mary’s Church. Short lively service followed Wednesdays 9.15-11am, term time only. Mill by playtime. £1 per family. 01933 358218. Road Baptist Church. Mums & Tots Little Fishes Tuesdays 10-11.30am. Rushden Full Gospel Fridays 1.30-3pm. Our Lady’s Infant School Church & Christian Centre, 60 High Street Hall, Henshaw Road. £1/family. Contact Nancy South. Contact Linda on 07904 638612 on 01933 381168 Jelly Babes Rhymetime Wednesdays 9.30-11.30am, term time only. Wednesdays 10-10.30am & 11-11.30am. Queen Street Church Hall. £1 per family. Wellingborough Library. Free. 01933 225365 Contact Jeanette on 01933 391457 Mucky Pups (Messy Play) Rhymetime Tuesdays 9.30-11am St Andrews Church Hall, Rushden Library. Alternates - one week Tuesday 10.30-11am, the next week Thursday Berrymore Road. £2.50.Contact 01933 272119 The Rascals Music Session 2-2.30pm, term time only. 01933 312754. Fridays 9.45-10.45am St Andrews Church Hall, Rhymetime Tuesdays & Thursdays 10-10.30am. Higham Berrymore Road. £2 1st child, £1.25 2nd child. Little Cogs Toddler Group (Irchester) Ferrers Library. Free. 01933 314842 Fridays 10-11.30am. Reachout Community Mugs and Beakers (Mums & Tots) Tuesdays 9-11am at The Bridge (in the grounds Church, Irchester. £1 st child, 50p thereafter. Contact Nicola on 01933 225525 of Whitefriars Junior School). 50p per family Irchester BATS (Babies and Toddlers) Contact Emma on 01933 411393 Wednesdays 9.15-11.15am, term time only. Thrapston & Villages Irchester Village Hall. £1 1st child, 50p thereafter. Contact Nichola on 01933 410866 Rhymetime Thursdays & Fridays 2-2.30pm. Thrapston Little Fishes (Little Harrowden) Library. Free. 01832 733251 Every other Wednesday in term time, 2-3pm, Little Harrowden Church. Contact Heather on Tiddlers 01933 678225 Thursdays 9.30-11am, term time only. Thrapston Baptist Church, 33 Huntingdon We do our best to ensure all information is Road. £1/family. Contact Tina: 01832 730297 correct at the time of going to press. If however Titchmarsh Babes you know or discover that some details are Mondays 1.30-2.30pm. Titchmarsh Clubroom. incorrect, please let us know then we can amend £1/family. Contact Judith on 01832 730587 them for the next issue.

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