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The local guide from bump to 5 Easter Activities & Events

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If Society were a Parent... Educating Children on Safety

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


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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

An Independent Day School in Kettering, where children up to age 11 are encouraged to develop to their full potential.

For more information contact: 01536 512 066 st-petersschool@btconnect.com www.st-peters.org.uk

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Spring 2015 Welcome to our Spring Issue... Spring at last! I’m sure we’re all looking forward to the weather getting warmer and the days longer so we can start enjoying the great outdoors with our families. Easter is just around the corner so we’ve once again brought you our Easter What’s On Guide (pages 10 to 12) with activities taking place in and around North and East Northamptonshire. Fingers crossed for a sunny and glorious Easter weekend. Earlier on in spring is Mothering Sunday of course. We have some special messages from children to their Mums on page 35. Has your little one left a special message for you? We’ve got some great competitions this issue too, to win family tickets for days out plus a special competition for Mums. If you don’t already ‘like’ us on Facebook please go online and ‘like’ us now. It’s a great way to keep up to date on news, events and competitions between issues. Have a lovely spring folks! Until the summer...

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Contents 4 9 10 15 19 20 22 26 28 30 32 33 34

Tots News The Baby & Toddler Show Easter Activities & Events In the Woods with Firetree Events Diary Clubs & Classes Featured Class: Infant Aquatics Experience a Musical World Would your child know how to call 999?

If society were a parent... Time for Mum Mum in a Million Rejuvenation for the hair, scalp and mind. 35 Mothering Sunday Messages 36 Think yourself slimmer 37 Childcare 42 Pregnancy & Birth 43 Birth Announcements 44 Business Opportunities 46 Business Mum: Lisa Wrigley 47 Party Services 51 10 Tips for Running an Event 52 Weekly Activities Timetable 58 Competitions 60 Special Offers

Our front cover photograph was taken by Firetree Photography. Find out more about their Bluebell Woods shoot on page 15. 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 Reception Class

at Northampton High School

Toy Library at Polebrook Primary School

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fter receiving funding from Oundle Waitrose Community Matters Scheme, the Toy Library at Polebrook Primary School has been able to purchase a selection of brand news toys which are available to local families on loan. The toy library hold monthly sessions where parents can meet other parents / carers of babies and pre-schoolers, enjoy some refreshments and borrow up to 5 toys for the month all for just £1 per family per session. Forthcoming sessions this year are as follows: Monday 23rd March (1pm to 3pm) Monday 27th April (1pm to 3pm) Monday 18th May (1pm to 3pm) Monday 22nd June (1pm to 3pm) Monday 13th July (1pm to 3pm) To receive e-mail updates on forthcoming sessions or for further information please don’t hesitate to contact Lucy at: polebrooktoylibrary@gmail.com or call 07989 556496.

Meet the Easter Bunny at

Rectory Nursery School’s Open Day

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ome and visit the Easter Bunny at Rectory Nursery School on Saturday 28th March from 10am until 4pm! We welcome all families to our free open day this Easter, where we will be having an Easter Egg hunt, a raffle and lots of Easter activities for children of all ages to enjoy. Rectory Nursery School is set within an acre of land in Corby Old Village. We have places available for children aged 3 months old to 5 years old. A wonderful environment for your child for the best possible start in life. We also have a breakfast, after-school and holiday club. Rectory Nursery School has separate rooms for different age groups, a baking room, separate dining areas and free-flow access in to the large natural gardens. Free registration throughout the month of April 2015. T & C’s apply. Visit www.rectorynurseryschool.co.uk to find out more.

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t Northampton High School, our Reception is growing and due to increased demand we are planning to open an extra class for September 2015. Come and visit us and see all we can offer your daughter including: • Small class sizes • Fantastic facilities and resources • Wrap-around-care (from 7.45am - 6pm) • Highly qualified and caring staff • Secure and stimulating environment • Wide range of extra-curricular opportunities • Strong relationships with parents The perfect start for your daughter in education. Reception Taster Afternoon On Tuesday 24 April we are holding a Reception Taster Afternoon for girls looking to join Reception in September this year. Come along with your daughter and enjoy the afternoon with us from 1.30pm until 3pm. Your daughter will be using iPads to learn the basics of computer coding with our experts! There will be refreshments and a chance to look round the junior school, meet staff and our Head of Junior School and ask any questions. If you would like more information and to book a place please call our Registrar, Mrs Ila Wrightson on: 01604 765765 or email i.wrightson@nhs.gdst.net.

New Stockist for Local Skincare Range

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ornett Wholefoods in Wellingborough are now stocking locally produced skincare from The Earth Works Cosmetics! Visit Hornett Wholefoods at 48 Midland Road, Wellingborough, NN8 1LU. Tel: 01933 741798 or email: info@hornett.org.uk

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PUBLIC SKATING FOR ALL AGES

Learn to skate * Friday disco ÂŁ3.50 (skates included if required) CRB/DBS checked. Non profit making organisation run by volunteers for the community.

Tues 2-4pm School hols skate Wed 6-8pm Family skate Fri

7-9pm Roller disco

Sat 6-8pm Family skate Sun 1-3pm Learn to skate Sun 3-5pm Family Skate

Protective gear provided (upon request) Available for parties & private hire

www.northantsinline.co.uk 2E Sanders Lodge Industrial Estate, Rushden, Northants, NN10 6BQ

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Tots News Continued

Inline Roller Hockey and Public Skating for all Ages

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orthants Inline Skating rink in Rushden has opened it’s doors to the public and is now offering many more public sessions for all ages and abilities, including family sessions, learn to skate sessions and Friday discos for older children. Sessions cost from just £3.50. The rink is also available to hire for private parties. Northants Inline is a roller hockey club and they are appealing for new members to join to expand their squad and compete in leagues. They are starting a new, 6 week beginner course on the 2nd March for anyone interested in learning to play. The first session is free and then it’s £15 for 5 weeks. If you’re interested contact: hockey@northantsinline.co.uk with your name, age contact number and date of birth. If you want to find out more about the public sessions, view their advert on page 5, visit: www.northantsinline.co.uk or email: enquiries@NorthantsInline.co.uk

Bertie BookWorm

at Fermyn Woods Country Park

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ertie the bookworm has escaped from the library and gone to Fermyn Woods Country Park, to get you ready for World Book Day on the 5th March. He will be quizzing you all about creatures and characters from your favourite children’s book. Take part in the self led quiz, starting from the Skylark Cafe and following the Red Route. £2 per trail sheet includes a small prize. This event runs daily until 27th March, 10am to 4pm. No need to book. For more information e-mail: fermyn@northamptonshire.gov.uk.

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Help build BUGTOPIA ‘THE ZOO’

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reenTrunks have found premises to build their Bugtopia ‘the zoo’! The site is the former butterfly and aquatic centre at Sykes Lane Rutland Water. The site is large enough to house a variety of species for conservation and education, they are hoping to have on the site: Crocodiles, Monitor Lizards, Iguanas, Chameleons, Monkeys, Parrots, Tortoises, Butterflies, Bugs and much more. As a zoo, they want the best environment possible for these animals by providing a comfortable, safe and inviting home for them to spend their lives in. For this to be possible, they need enough tropical planting to fill 4,275sq ft, because the property has been derelict for 6 years and sadly no previous planting has survived. Greentrunks are therefore after some support and help from their generous customers and local businesses to raise funds to buy the tropical plants and build amazing enclosures for the animals to be housed as naturally as possible. To be a part of this incredible project, Greentrunks have organised stone bricks to be carved with your name on them (by Finnemore stonemasons Ltd, tel: 01572 822645) which will be on permanent display for years to come in the zoo and presented on the opening day event. They are asking for £50 per stone, which will come with a certificate of authenticity and would make a beautiful gift for any animal enthusiast. To find out more or to support this worthy project, visit: www.greentrunks.co.uk.

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Green Trunks, Loddington Road, Great Cransley, Kettering, NN14 1PY Bring the whole family to join in the fun with a variety of scheduled activities, including:

Now taking bookings over the phone. Call: 01536 799778

• Face to face and hands-on interaction with all our creatures • A friendly and in-depth talk with our in house handler, where everyone can learn something new about the diversity of nature • Feeding sessions • Bug and butterfly hunts: a fun and interactive way to learn about our english insects • Bug parties (for birthdays and all other celebrations) • Tea Room - serving a selection of hot and cold snacks and delicious cakes

Now open 6 days a week, all year round!

www.greentrunks.co.uk

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3rd to 9th April - Half-term steaming 4th, 5th & 6th April - Children’s Post Office Weekend

Sort mail, visit the activities coach, do the quiz, ride on the mini railway, ride in the mail coach or take part in the treasure hunt... there is loads to do.

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

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• A safe & happy environment • A wide range of equipment & resources • A variety of work vouchers accepted • Qualified & experienced staff • 15 hours of FREE entitlement for 2 year olds • 15 hours of FREE entitlement for 3 year olds • A 5% reduction is given on fees for each sibling • As well as 48 weeks attendance, termly attendance is accepted for all children within this department and fees are not charged for the holiday non-attendance. • Our early years department has achieved excellent results in all learning goals • Places available

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The Northamptonshire Baby & Toddler Show Sunday 8th March 2015

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he Northamptonshire Baby and Toddler Show is coming to Franklin’s Gardens (Weedon Road, Northampton) on Sunday 8th March 2015 (doors open at 10am till 4pm). The Show is the biggest and best parenting event in the county with over 70 fantastic companies all under one roof, celebrating everything pregnancy to preschool. There’s great shopping, a fantastic demonstration programme, activities, refreshments and fun filled family entertainment. And we haven’t forgotten the little one’s there is a large soft play area, and special guest appearances, meet and greets and photo opportunities with Princess Anna from Frozen, Rapunzel and Fireman Sam, throughout the day! We have a jam packed programme in our Demonstration Area with a whole range of different activities, and taster sessions for you to try, including: hypnobirthing, baby massage, baby yoga, baby and toddler music and

movement classes, pre-schooler dance classes, baby signing and much more. You can also enter your little one in our Face of the Northamptonshire Baby & Toddler Show competition, with a chance to win a fantastic prize package worth over £300 courtesy of Serendipity Photo! 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 Northamptonshire has to offer! All advanced ticketholders will also receive one of our 500 exclusive goodie bags! Advanced discounted tickets are just £2.50 (plus online booking fee) and are available now at: www.northantsbabyshow.com, or buy them on the door for £3.50. Follow us on Facebook for all the latest Show news, special offers and giveaways: www.facebook.com/northantsbabyandtoddlershow.

The Northamptonshire Baby and Toddler Show, sponsored by Water Babies and Bambo Nature, is coming to Franklin’s Gardens (Weedon Road, Northampton) on Sunday 8th March 2015. The Show is the biggest and best parenting event in the county celebrating everything pregnancy to preschool Northamptonshire has to offer! With over 70 stalls, great shopping, fantastic demonstration programme, activities, and fun filled family entertainment, including a large soft play area, and special guest appearances from Princess Anna, Rapunzel and Fireman Sam! The first 500 visitors will also get an amazing FREE Goodie Bag! You can also enter your little one into our Face of the Northamptonshire Baby & Toddler Show competition, with a chance to win a fantastic prize package worth over £300 courtesy of Serendipity Photo! For more information or to buy your early bird discounted tickets for just £2.50 (plus online booking fee) go to www.northantsbabyshow.com, or buy them on the door for £3.50 Follow us at: www.facebook.com/northantsbabyandtoddlershow

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Easter Eggcitement for the Whole Family! ...our guide to ‘what’s on’ this Easter Easter Eggstravaganza West Lodge Farm Join in the traditional Easter Egg Hunt at West Lodge Farm on Easter Saturday 4th, Sunday 5th and Monday 6th April! Chase the Easter Bunny around the lawn and search for the eggs hidden within the trees and shrubs on the way! Take part in the Egg and Spoon races and have a go at painting an egg best eggs will win a prize! As well as all of this there are the usual farm activities, pony rides, barrel rides, cuddle corner with real bunnies to cuddle! All the fun begins at 9.30am.

Easter Egg Trail Stanwick Lakes

Take part in an Easter Egg Trail at Stanwick Lakes on the 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th April, 11am-4pm Follow the trail, solve the clues and win a small chocolate egg! £1.50 per child

Tel: 01933 625522 www.stanwicklakes.org.uk

Easter Egg Quiz & Easter Funday Fermyn Woods Country Park

Tel: 01536 760552 www.westlodgeruralcentre.co.uk

Take part in the Easter Egg Quiz around the park from the 28th March to the 12th April, 10am to 4pm daily. Can you spot all the Wooden Easter Eggs hidden around the park? Each egg has a picture of a Country Park critter! £2 to take part and fluffy Easter Prize. On Easter Monday, 6th April, visit the park for their Easter Funday! Includes Easter Egg Quiz, Cryptic Clues Quiz and the ever popular Chicken Chuckin’ (with rubber chickens!). From 50p to £2 to take part. 12pm to 4pm.

Tel: 01536 373625 www.northamptonshire.gov.uk/parks

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If you go down to the woods... Sacrewell Farm Make a date with Sacrewell’s Big Bunny from the 28th March to the 12th April and find out what’s hidden in the Enchanted Wood. To start your adventure you’ll jump on a bumpy tractor ride up to the wood where you’ll hop off to explore the woodlands. Hidden among the trees are plastic eggs and the challenge is to find one to give to the Big Bunny in exchange for a chocolate surprise. Sacrewell works with photographer Vanessa Barton, who will be there to capture a family photo of you with the Big Bunny, which you can buy and collect before you leave the centre. Events executive Megan Allen said: “The big bunny hunt is an event that we have been running at Sacrewell for years and has always proved to be popular. People come back time and again to take part.” Normal admission applies for entry and a trip to the Enchanted Wood costs an additional £3 per child. Sacrewell is open from 9.30am to 5pm every day and under twos can visit for free.

Tel: 01780 782254 www.sacrewell.org

Easter Trail & Funday Irchester Country Park Take part in a self-led trail at Irchester Country Park over the Easter break. £2 per pack, includes a prize. Then on Good Friday, 3rd April, visit the park for their Easter funday and enjoy Chicken Chuckin’ (rubber ones, 50p for 3 goes) and Find the Golden Egg Hunt (50p a go).

Tel: 01933 276866 www.northamptonshire.gov.uk/parks

Easter Sunday Funday

East Carlton Country Park On Easter Sunday, 5th April, visit East Carlton Park near Corby for a fun packed day filled with activities and competitions, including Best Decorated Egg, Best Easter Bonnet and lots more. FREE entrance.

Tel: 01536 770977 www.corby.gov.uk

Egg Decorating

Cheeky Monkees Visitors to Cheeky Monkees in Corby will get the chance to take part in some FREE egg decorating over the Easter weekend. Call for more details.

Tel: 01536 443310 www.cheeky-monkees.co.uk

Cadbury Easter Egg Trail

Lyveden New Bield From the 3rd to the 6th April, 10.30am to 5pm daily, hunt high and low around the grounds to find the hidden clues on our Easter Egg Trail. Then claim your Cadbury chocolate prize. £2 each per trail.

Tel: 01832 205158 www.nationaltrust.org.uk/lyveden-new-bield

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Opening Hours Monday to Saturday 8am - 6pm Sunday 10am - 4pm Bank Holidays 10am - 4pm

Farndon Fields Farm Farndon Road Market Harborough, LE16 9NP Tel: 01858 464838

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creative photography info@firetreephoto.co.uk www.firetreephoto.co.uk

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If You Go Down To The Woods Today... In the Woods with Firetree Photography

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very year I run private bluebell wood photography sessions. The private woods are just outside Gumley, near Market Harborough. They are cleared every spring of dead wood and brambles so the bluebells can have the freedom to grow. The wood is sheltered from harsh winds and even if it rains the canopy of trees provide great shelter. So what can you expect? What Shall I Wear? The wood is full of natural colours, moss green, and the pastel shades of purple and blue. I advise children and family to dress in similar natural tones to compliment the wood. Above all children should be comfortable with wellington boots or closed toe shoes, and warm! A freezing child is never going to make a good photograph. On The Day Tell the children you are going to meet me for a walk in the woods. Try not to tell them they are going on a photography shoot and they have to ‘smile’. It puts children on the defensive. A trip to find the fairies, or a hunt for the Gruffalo is more appealing.

What does it involve? My photography is natural but that doesn’t mean I only use natural light. I do use reflectors with a gold surface to add warmth and a sunlit feel to the images and sometimes an offcamera flash to add to the natural ambience. I use a very small area of the wood to protect the bluebells and I encourage children to walk along well-walked paths. I encourage children to play for natural images. I also use a range of lenses, my favourite being my 70-200 mm, this creates beautiful soft backgrounds and gives me the ability to focus on children at a distance so they are not overly disturbed by my presence. Final Images As with all my photography I shoot RAW and the images are custom edited to add clarity and colour to the bluebells, soften skin and remove blemishes. Over 50% of any image is background so the photographs always make stunning colourful wall displays. Of course the children look pretty too! To find out more about this years shoot visit:

www.firetreephoto.co.uk

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Trostisar turns an ‘ow’ into a ‘Wow’

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s a parent, you want your children to have fun. You explore playgrounds, make new friends and discover new things at museums. Everyone is excited and the children are running around so fast that you can’t catch them. You’re all having a lovely time until… someone has a bump or a scrape, there are tears and the whole day is spoiled. Well, not any more. Trostisar’s award-winning products are designed to turn an ‘ow’ into a ‘wow’. Their cuddly plasters are not just a plaster, but a cuddly friend designed especially to help children smile again when they have hurt themselves. They’re so soft and cute that Myspringfieldmummy wrote in her blog “I am in love. I am actually speechless”. For those children who have a bruise or bump, the Bumpsicle will really help. The Bumpsicle is an ice-pack which you place inside a cuddly toy to soothe a bump. When the child feels better, you pop the lid off and eat it like an ice-lolly!

HOME-START KETTERING NEED VOLUNTEERS IN THE KETTERING & WELLINGBOROUGH AREA We need YOUR help to support families with young children Volunteers support parents as they learn to cope, improve their confidence and build better lives for their children. Simple things can make a big difference: listening, getting out of the house or helping sort a problem a parent can’t face alone. We can offer you: • Free training and support • New friendship • The opportunity to achieve something worthwhile • Out of pocket expenses • An improved C.V.

Telephone: 01536 484318 / 07935 402179 Email: homestartkettering@btconnect.com www.homestartkettering.org.uk Charity Number: 1114030

There are six adorable characters to meet at facebook.com/TrostisarUk and a range of Angry Birds cuddly plasters for their fans. There are some fun activity sheets to download for a rainy day too. We’ve negotiated a special 20% discount for readers at www.trostisar.co.uk when you enter the code: ‘OffersForTots2015’ until 31st May 2015.

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Hit children’s theatre show will delight all the family

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he hugely popular Ben & Holly’s Little Kingdom theatre production is coming to Northampton’s Royal & Derngate on Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th April. The Little Kingdom – where everyone is very, very small – is home to Princess Holly and her best friend Ben Elf. Holly is a young fairy princess who is still learning how to do magic properly and sometimes her spells don’t work out quite right. Ben is an Elf. Elves don’t do magic but they are very good at making things. Ben doesn’t have wings like Holly but he flies on the back of Gaston the Ladybird.

In this exciting new musical adventure, Ben and Holly have fun and games helping Gaston clean up his messy cave; they go on a trip to The Big World with tooth-fairy Nanny Plum; and still have time to plan a surprise for King Elf’s birthday party, complete with an unplanned jelly flood. Packed full of games, songs and laughter, this is an enchanting and magical visit to the Little Kingdom, live on stage for the very first time. This beautiful story of elves, princesses and childhood innocence will delight all the family. A BAFTA award-winning TV animation, Ben & Holly’s Little Kingdom is from the makers of Peppa Pig and was produced for the stage by top children’s theatre producers Fiery Light Productions whose work includes the stage adaptations of Peppa Pig and LazyTown Live!. Currently a top favourite show for preschoolers, this charmingly magical animation airs on Nick Jr and on 5’s Milkshake. Ben & Holly’s Little Kingdom – Live on Stage can be seen in Derngate auditorium on Saturday 4th April at 1pm and 4pm and Sunday 5th April at 10am and 1pm. Tickets priced £14.50 and £16.50* (with concessions at £12.50 and £14.50) can be booked by calling Box Office on 01604 624811 or by visiting www.royalandderngate.co.uk.

FUN FOR FAMILIES THIS SPRING AT ROYAL & DERNGATE

SAT 4 & SUN 5 APRIL SAT 1PM & 4PM, SUN 10AM & 1PM

FRI 26 & SAT 27 JUNE FRI 4.30PM, SAT 10AM, 1PM & 4PM

From the makers of Peppa Pig comes this BAFTA Award-winning television animation, live on stage! Join Ben & Holly on this exciting and enchanting adventure packed full of games, songs and laughter. TICKETS £14.50 & £16.50

This brand new show brings the crew of The Octonauts to life on stage for the very first time. With massive projection screens, 3D animation, full size characters and lots of songs, this is action-packed fun for all the family. TICKETS £14.50 & £16.50

*A transaction fee of £2.80 applies for telephone and website bookings only. Does not apply in person or to Groups and Friends, and is per-transaction, not per-ticket.

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Events Diary

See our Easter Activities Guide on pages 10 to 12 for more activities and events

March

April

May

Wed 4th Nature Tots at Irchester Country Park, 10 to 11.30am. £3.50 per child. Must book. Thu 5th World Book Day Fri 6th Open day at Northampton High School. 9.30am to 12 noon. Sun 8th The Northamptonshire Baby & Toddler Show at Franklin’s Gardens, Northampton. 10am to 4pm. Wed 11th Nature Tots at Barnwell Country Park, 10 to 11.30am. £3.50 per child. Must book. Fri 13th Red Nose Day. Free biscuit decorating at Cheeky Monkees in Corby. Noses on sale too. Sun 15th Mothering Sunday. Sunday Lunch in the restaurant at West Lodge Farm. All Mums receive a free primrose. Free entry for Mums and Grandmothers at Sacrewell Farm. Tue 17th Nature Tots at Sywell Country Park, 10 to 11.30am. £3.50 per child. Must book. Wed 18th Nature Tots at Brixworth Country Park, 10 to 11.30am. £3.50 per child. Must book. Fri 27th Schools break up for Easter Mon 28th Open Day at Rectory Nursery School, Corby. Easter Egg Hunt, raffle and activities for children. Mon 30th Get Arty in the Discovery Zone at Stanwick Lakes with Family Easter Crafts. 1 – 4pm. £1.50 per child

Wed 1st “Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs” at The Castle Theatre. 2.30pm. Fri 3rd & Sat 4th “The Tiger Who Came to Tea” at The Core at Corby. 1.30pm & 4pm on the 3rd, 11am & 2pm on the 4th. Sat 4th & Sun 5th “Ben & Holly’s Little Kingdom” at The Royal & Derngate Theatre. 1pm & 4pm on the 4th, 10am & 1pm on the 5th. Mon 6th Easter Monday Funday at Fermyn Woods Country Park. Easter Egg Quiz, Cryptic Clues Quiz and the ever popular Chicken Chuckin’ (with rubber chickens!). From 50p to £2 to take part. Tue 7th “Hugless Douglas” at The Castle Theatre. For ages 3 to 7. 2.30pm. Wed 8th Mini Beast Hunt at Wicksteed Park. For ages 4+. Wed 8th & Thu 9th Wild About Woodcraft at Stanwick Lakes. Two days of fantastic woodcraft activities. 11am-4pm daily. Wed 14th Schools re-open Wed 15th Nature Tots at Brixworth Country Park, 10 to 11.30am. £3.50 per child. Must book. Sun 19th Family Bird Walk at Stanwick Lakes. Learn about the many resident and migrant birds found in and around the lakes. 10 am to 12pm. Booking Recommended. Tue 21st Nature Tots at Sywell Country Park, 10 to 11.30am. £3.50 per child. Must book.

Fri 1st Open day at Northampton High School. 9.30am to 12 noon. Sat 2nd to Mon 4th Pirate Treasure Trail at West Lodge Farm. Includes Treasure Trail, Pirate Fancy Dress, Sand Castle Competition, Walk the plank as well as all the usual fun of the farm. Sun 3rd Automobile Show at The Newlands Centre Multi-storey car park. 11am to 4pm. Wed 6th Nature Tots at Irchester Country Park, 10 to 11.30am. £3.50 per child. Must book. Fri 8th to Sun 10th International Waendel Walk Weekend in Wellingborough with a host of free entertainment! Wed 13th Nature Tots at Barnwell Country Park, 10 to 11.30am. £3.50 per child. Must book. Tue 19th Nature Tots at Sywell Country Park, 10 to 11.30am. £3.50 per child. Must book. Wed 20th Nature Tots at Brixworth Country Park, 10 to 11.30am. £3.50 per child. Must book. Fri 24th Schools close for half term Fri 24th to Sat 25th Sheep shearing demonstrations at West Lodge Farm. Tue 26th to Fri 29th Story Festival at Stanwick Lakes. Feed your family’s imagination with 4 days of activities inspired by much-loved stories. Modest Charges for some activities. 11am-4pm Wed 27th Playday at Wicksteed Park.

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

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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 Corby East Midlands Pool and  Lodge Park Sports Centre.  Available to download from www.corby.gov.uk     Includes Creche at both sites, Pre‐school gymnastics  Lodgy’s Litttle Lions, Parties available at both sites  Swimming Lessons & Parent & Toddler Sessions    (Age 4—19 years old) Classes in Tap, Ballet and      Modern Dance.  Classes are held at various      community centres around the Borough.        We also run adult tap classes.    For more information please email:  julie.cardwell@corby.gov.uk   or view the webpage:  www.corby.gov.uk/shapedance  Contact us:  Lodge Park Sports Centre  Tel: 01536 400033  www.corby.gov.uk/lodgepark   

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Featured Class: Infant Aquatics

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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 2 and 6 months old.

What is Infant Aquatics?

Infant Aquatics has been established for nearly 10 years, it offers baby and toddler swimming courses, focusing on the gentle and effective birthlight approach.

What is the aim of the course?

The aim of a course is to teach you new skills including invaluable safety skills. This will develop your child’s confidence and ability as they move towards independent swimming. Classes are always fun and action packed, encouraging a child’s full potential in the water. Courses are progressive and through our unique techniques and holistic focus we will help to develop your babies’ natural ability to swim.

Talk us through a typical lesson

Lessons are interactive with adult and child in the pool together, normally with a maximum of eight in a group. The activities are adapted to suit your baby’s age, experience and development stage. The half hour lessons are playful and stress free, always focusing on baby and encouraging them to progress at their own pace. All activities have a specific teaching aim which we make fun through a series of songs, rhymes and games, appealing to a child’s natural sense of curiosity and play.

What are the benefits?

In the water babies use more muscles and can move freely without restriction. This means they develop more muscle tone and strength which can exercise the 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 special relaxed time together is extremely beneficial to baby and parent and can help the bonding process. Many of the moves and techniques used promote skin to skin contact, closeness, trust and touch. Social benefits include strong communication, interaction and learning to share and take turns.

What ages are the classes for? 2 months to 5 years old

When and where do you run the classes?

Classes run on most days of the week and we use the following venues: • Balance Health Club, Kettering • Diana’s Health Club, Wellingborough • Rowangate Primary school, Wellingborough • Scott Bader, Wollaston

About the baby swimming courses

Swimming courses need to be pre-booked. The next courses will start after the Easter holidays. They generally run for 12 weeks, in line with the school term. A typical course will cost approx £108.00, (depending on location and duration.) The lesson is for half an hour. Each course is tailored to your baby’s age group ensuring full focus on their development stage.

For more information:

For Kettering contact : Carly Parton on 01858 565713 For other venues contact Melanie Hammond on 01933 674505

www.infantaquatics.co.uk

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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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Fun football training from 2 - 7 years

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The most original musical baby, toddler & pre-school classes on the planet Suitable from birth to 5 years

Contact Amy for local classes E: amy@hartbeeps.com T: 07775 877093

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Sing and  Sign  is  Britain’s  original,  longest   running  and  best  loved  baby  signing   programme,  taught  through  music  and   song.       Developed  with  Speech  and  Language   Therapists  to  provide  a  progressive   curriculum  in  3  stages.       We  help  you  and  your  baby  enjoy  the   process  of  learning  to  talk  with   • Less  frustration   • Better  communication   • And  more  fun!    

Classes running  across  East  Northants   Local  classes  and  availability  listed  on  our  website  www.singandsign.com   Email  amandawalker@singandsign.co.uk   or  call  Amanda  for  more  information  07939  092134   search  for  Sing  and  Sign  East  Northants  

Classes currently  running  in  Kettering,  Rushden,   Aldwincle,  Wellingborough,  Great  Oakley  and  Wollaston!     Babes  –  0-­‐6  months   Stage  1  –  6-­‐15  months   Stage  2  –  15  months  +  

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KIDDIE RUGBY is a play programme for 2-5 year olds which introduces key rugby related skills.

Bubble Babies are holding an underwater Photoshoot on Saturday 16th May. Call for details: 01604 780244

Classes run on Sundays during term time at Kettering RFC, Waverly Road. For more information and session times contact:

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Jenny’s Dolphins

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Baby & Pre-school Swimming Lessons

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

View our full timetable on our website

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

Emma’s Dance Studio Childrens Freestyle Dance Classes Kettering Mondays

at Buccleugh Academy Sports Hall

Wellingborough Fridays

at St Barnabas Church Hall

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

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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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

h c a o c e tag Theatre Arts “Inspiring and enriching young people through the performing arts”

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

Stagecoach Kettering are now enrolling!

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t a Giggles and Wiggles class you can expect your Baby and toddler to be introduced to a musical world filled with singing, rhyming, imitating sounds, sound identification, instrument exploration and creative movement, your little ones are encouraged to be creative, to initiate their own ideas and to respond in their own special way while care givers nurture with active participation and give them the security they need whilst enjoying purposeful time together. With the daily pressures of life ever encroaching on family time these classes provide a moment in time to stop and enjoy what you and baby or toddler are doing in the here and now. As you play an instrument or sing a round or move like a train you will uncover an engaging musical world that builds on your child’s confidence, self-control and communication skills. Giggles and Wiggles classes help children become better learners through music and movement, as well as taking a holistic approach to their development - and the learning aspect is for parents and caregivers too. It is by experiencing music rather than by performing that young children learn. I invite you to be child like again and to experience music as if it were new to you. It is never too early or too late to come along and experience a class. I have also joined forces with KMPAT Kettering Music and performing arts trust in starting a baby and toddler class on Saturdays at 10am at Latimer Arts College in Barton Seagrave. They provide a very rich program from babies up to late teens where children can learn any instrument in an orchestra or a rock band or folk music and musical theatre; they are superb at what they do. My primary goal is to give you and your baby and child the best positive first class experience and inspire you to a lifelong love of music. So sing a song and dance along! Julianna Ventura founder of Giggles and Wiggles.

For more information about classes or to book, contact Julianna on:

07913 624837

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PUNCHIN PANDAS

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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

Now in Desborough

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Rugby fun for 2 to 7 year olds ScrumKids offers fun non-contact rugby-based sessions for girls and boys aged 2 to 7 years Visit www.scrumkids.co.uk to book your FREE TRIAL SESSION

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Would your children know how to call 999?

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hilst browsing online I came across a news clip with a voice recording of a real life 999 call. This was the call of a very brave little lady called Sienna. At just 5 years old she was helping her mummy (Katie) in an emergency. Katie had collapsed in the kitchen and Sienna couldn’t wake her. She tried to phone her Daddy but with no answer she knew she needed to call 999. Because of ongoing health problems, the family had made it very clear what to do in a situation like this, so Sienna followed what she had been taught and called 999. The call is very emotional to listen to, Sienna showed great courage and answered all the questions, and stayed on the line to the emergency services. She even showed concern that she wouldn’t get to school!

‘Adventure in an Ambulance’ is available to buy on Kindle, direct from the Izzy and Ollie website and from lots of online retailers.

When the emergency services arrived they had to force entry as Sienna couldn’t get the door open, but they got in and Katie got the help she desperately needed. Sienna saved her Mummy’s life that day. Since the incident, friends and family have been fundraising to replace her front door and Katie has been overwhelmed by all the help and support: “What my friends have done has blown my mind, the fact anyone would help us is amazing. We are so grateful” says Katie.

I felt very inspired by both these stories and wanted to share them to make others think. Speaking to both Mums in these stories, they want to continue to raise awareness, and if we can all help just one person, then that’s fantastic.

Izzy and Ollie are working on other publications to educate children, with the next one having emphasis on the safety of children wearing their seatbelt and keeping it on. Incidentally, Joanne is looking for help in getting this next book printed, so if anyone can help please get in touch with her through the website. “The latest book is looking fab, very excited. Just need help with printing and hoping for sponsorship. Here’s hoping we can educate a few more children and maybe save a life’” Joanne told me.

Article by Leanne Houghton

Sienna and Katie

This whole story got me thinking...if I was in a similar situation, would either of my 2 children (age 5 and 3) know what to do? I’m afraid the answer would be ‘no’, and I’m sure lots of you would have the same answer. So how can we educate our young children to deal with such adult situations? Upon researching the subject I found some really useful teaching aids through the Red Cross and discovered a fantastic website: www.Izzyandollie.com Izzy and Ollie was created when 2½ year old Isabelle had to call an ambulance for her mummy (Joanne). The incident made Joanne want to educate young children, not just in calling 999 but in various situations and safety issues that a child may find themselves in. Izzy and Ollie have created a book ‘Adventure in an Ambulance’ which is aimed at children to educate them on what to do in an emergency. Firstly your child needs to know what the number 9 looks like, where it is on the phone and how to connect the call. You also need to explain what constitutes a genuine emergency. We don’t want the panic of the morning school run creating an influx of calls!

Joanne, Isabelle and Ollie Win a copy of the book ‘Adventure in an Ambulance’. See page 58 for details.

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f society were a parent, it wouldn’t be a very good one. It would say ‘you must eat your greens’ then make you take an up-hill bike ride past a million fast food establishments to get to the greengrocer. When you get there, the green grocer has shut down because everyone got too hungry trying to get to him and just had a pizza instead. If society were a parent it would be a mean one. It would tell you that you should exercise an hour a day and sleep for at least 8 but then make you drive for 90 minutes in order to work for 9 hours a day, spend 2 hours cooking and eating and another cleaning and tidying. Once you’d done all that and were ready to get down to the exercise it had requested that you do, society would say ‘whoa, whoa, whoa, hold on. Don’t you have bills to pay? Have you rung your mum recently? When was the last time you read the kids a story? If society were a parent, its advice would be ambiguous. It would tell you to be prudent with your finances and then sit you in front of a screen on which appears, message after message, telling you about all the things that it is VERY important for you to spend your money on. If society were a parent it would be dishonest. It would tell you that you should always practice love and tolerance then present you with a barrage of information about who we should hate and why. If society were a parent, it would be a dismissive one. Our children question us about everything and, as good parents, we welcome those questions because we know they are an important part of children’s development. Children hear what their parents have to say, they decide what they accept and what they want to reject and, in doing

so, they grow into a unique individual. Are we encouraged, as adults, by society, to grow and develop in the same way or is it more important that we conform with the status quo?

Yet despite all of this we allow society to guide our behaviour and we teach our children to allow it to guide theirs? This is where I become confused because the plain truth is that ‘society’ is not an entity. It doesn’t think and reason, nor does it possess intuition. It is simply a sum of all the thinking, reasoning, feeling and intuitive knowing of it’s constituent people. So how can it be that we so often feel so controlled by it? Who is really in charge here? I propose that, just like a child needs conflict with it’s parents in order to grow, so society needs conflict within itself in order to develop. Let me explain by asking you to think about how much you have changed since your children came along. What extra fears and worries now inhabit your outlook on life? How differently do you do things? Maybe you eat a lot more healthily than you used to or engage a lot less, if at all, in habits such as binge drinking and smoking? Maybe you changed your job when your children were born to something you felt would better meet the needs of your increasing family or gave up work altogether. When you really think about it you may feel that you are almost unrecognisable from the person you used to be before you were a parent. Our children change us, often for the better. Once we are thinking on behalf of a little person who holds our heart in their hand whilst they charge off into the fray of life, we see things differently. Your children challenged you and you became better for it. Society is, in part, a representation of the outlooks and opinions of the people who comprise it. Therefore, just as

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children change the outlook of their own parents, so we, as constituent parts of society, have the power to do the same thing, to and for ourselves. However another main part of modern society is media which, to me, seems to function as society’s brain. It seems to do our thinking for us. It tells us what we should think, what we should eat, how we should act and it limits our expectations of ourselves in many subtle ways. It’s advice, as we have seen above, is dubious to say the least. However whilst media may currently be the brain of society we, as citizens, are it’s heart. In human bodies, large areas of the brain can shut down, disabling the body yet the heart still continues to beat. Yet if the heart shuts down, the brain has only minutes to live. My intention with this article is to illustrate that society can be thought of as a body, be it parent or otherwise, with a perfectly good heart but a malfunctioning brain. As part of the heart of society, you hold the trump card. You can change it just by being the change. When you were born, you were blessed certain innate abilities. You had the ability to communicate when you were in distress, you had the ability to grip onto your mother for dear life, you had the ability to understand that a face was a much more important object, than any other object you were presented with (except maybe a nipple!). You even had the ability to swim. All of these things are survival tools. You were born with all the abilities you needed in order to continue to remain alive. Parenting instincts are

part of this. You were born knowing how best to care for your children. Society, as a non-entity can make no such claim. If anything, socialisation into a ‘modern society’, more often than not, serves to help us to ‘unlearn’ this important knowledge rather than consolidate it as we could be doing. Society may offer us protection and security but it also fosters dependence, indifference to things that really matter and fixation on those things that don’t. If society really were a parent, I reckon we’d all be in care by now…….. So, in raising your children, why not start to rely less on what society says you ‘should’ be doing and much more on your own instincts. It would certainly seem to make sense. Even if your instincts guide you down a path that seems completely at odds with what everyone else is doing, why doubt them? Just as our children question us and rebel against us in order to come to their own understanding of life and become happy, independent human beings so we, as individuals, should challenge the part of ourselves that submits guilelessly to the guidance of ‘society’ and, in doing so, change it for the better for the children.

By Rachel Bridgeford a.k.a, Dale Darrah of ddexpressions.wordpress.com Follow dd on her facebook page: facebook.com/ddfreelancewriter

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Time for Mum Because a happy, healthy Mum is a better Mum!

Mobile Holistic Therapist

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?

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.

First lesson free No special clothing required, just appropriate exercise clothes. Other adult classes available too

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

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 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

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‘Mum in a Million’

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t was a tough decision again, with several very deserving Mums to pick from for our winter ‘Mum in a Million’ award, but after careful deliberation we selected Theresa from Bozeat - pictured right with her family. We’re delighted to be able to treat Theresa to a Relax & Unwind package, courtesy of Time for Me in Wellingborough. The package consists of a prescription facial, back, neck and scalp massage and a pedicure. Theresa was nominated by her friend Louise. Here’s Theresa’s story (in Louise’s words):

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would like to nominate my friend Theresa for this prize. Theresa struggled to have children initially having 6 miscarriages before finally giving birth to her son Lewis. 10 months later she gave birth to her 2nd son Harrison. He was 9 weeks early and spent about 6 weeks on gosset ward in Northampton General Hospital. Since then (March 2011) Theresa has gone on to have 2 daughters too. Despite having 4 children under 5, Theresa is constantly fundraising for Gosset Ward. She has run online auctions, produced charity calendars featuring gosset babies, organised sky dives, and loads of other fundraising events. Theresa has helped raise over £20,000 which has helped buy a much needed travel incubator for the ward. As well as this, every year she organises food for staff and parents on Gosset Ward on Christmas Eve and Christmas stockings for all the babies who have their first christmas on the special care baby unit. She is amazing and an inspiration. I met her when my twins were on Gosset Ward at the same time as Harrison. I couldn’t have survived that time without her. The Gosset staff were amazing looking after all the premature and sick babies and I am very grateful. I always donate when Theresa organises anything to raise funds for the ward, but I honestly don’t know where she finds the time or the energy to do all the fundraising. She is an inspiration and I am sure would benefit greatly from some pamper time.

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Thank-you to the lovely Time for Me in Wellingborough for supplying the prize, to Louise for nominating Theresa and to Theresa for letting us share her story. Please check out Theresa’s fundraising page on Facebook:

Fundraising for SCBU Northampton General (Gosset) to find out more about Theresa’s fundraising and ways you can get involved.

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Rejuvenation for the Hair, Scalp and Mind at Queens Hairdressing, Rothwell

hen an e-mail landed in my inbox inviting me to try out the new Hair & Scalp Ritual at Queens Hairdressing in Rothwell, I jumped at the opportunity. Aside from the new treatment sounding fabulous (and just what I needed right now being in the stressful process of moving house), I was keen to visit Queens Hairdressing as I’d heard lots of good things about it and had been meaning to try it for a while. Expectations were high as I set off for my appointment (which also included a cut and finish) and I can honestly say they were exceeded. The salon itself is just gorgeous and an ideal setting to relax and unwind. Based in what looks to be an old barn, the décor, with the decadent floor to ceiling framed mirrors, wooden beams and warm lighting, give an air of luxury making the whole experience feel like an indulgent treat. The staff were all very welcoming and extremely friendly and down to earth. Any embarrassment I might have felt after trying to enter the salon through the wrong door was immediately brushed aside with the warm welcome I received! (Apparently everyone does it – not just me.) My appointment began with a thorough consultation on what I wanted doing, with helpful discussion on what might work and what wouldn’t. My stylist certainly knew her stuff. From there I was taken upstairs to the washbasins for the Hair & Scalp Ritual. The upstairs provides an even more tranquil setting with muted lighting, candles and relaxing background music; much like a beauty salon. One of the best features upstairs though were the chairs up to the basins. More like a reclining leather armchair, it was more comfortable than my sofa at home! These are a new feature apparently only recently installed – well worth the investment. The Hair & Scalp Ritual was amazing. Lasting approximately 35 minutes, it includes a restorative head massage, based on Indian techniques, a gentle exfoliation of the scalp and hot towel to open the cuticle. Designed to release tension and restore balance to the scalp and mind, it was a thoroughly relaxing experience that I would recommend to anyone. My cut and finish followed the Hair & Scalp Ritual and I was delighted with the results. I’m currently trying to grow my hair out from a short style so it was rather a challenge but my stylist was superb – both in the advice she gave and the quality of the cut. Having had a few awful cuts in my time it’s great to find a decent stylist! A great experience all round. It’s a 10 from me Queens Hairdressing. I will definitely be back. Queens Hairdressing is located at 1-2 Bakehouse Mews, 19 Market Hill, Rothwell, NN14 6FE. www.queenshairdressing.co.uk Tel: 01536 712732

Win a Hair & Scalp Ritual at Queens Hairdressing To celebrate the launch of their new Hair & Scalp Ritual, Queens Hairdressing are offering 5 lucky readers the chance to experience the rejuvenating treatment for themselves. Turn to our competitions on page 60 for details on how to enter.


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Time for Mum

Think Yourself

Slimmer

& Feel Slimmer Inside

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ecoming successfully slim and being able to maintain being the slimmer you is what most of us strive to achieve.

• Give yourself permission to leave food on the plate, stopping just before you are full.

There is so much information about how to lose weight out there, that I often find my weight loss clients are confused about the right thing to do. Supermarket shelves are full of ‘fat free’ and ‘low calorie’ so called ‘diet’ foods. Television adverts are constantly bombarding us with these too, alongside glossy magazines in fact everywhere you look ‘food’ is advertised, whether it’s temptingly indulgent or health conscious, food is everywhere!

• Drink a glass of water about 20 minutes before each meal. Hunger and thirst are similar feelings, so make sure you are fully hydrated before a meal and then you will need less to eat.

Everyone is different and there isn’t just one way to lose weight, but there are some helpful tips that everyone can benefit from doing that can help you become a more mindful eater: • Stop the yo-yo ‘dieting’ patterns and find a healthy eating plan that suits you best and stick to it! Look for long term gain, rather than quick fixes. • Take your time, slow down as you eat and chew each mouthful mindfully. The slower you eat, helps aid digestion and lets you know when you are full sooner. • Only eat when you are hungry and never just for the sake of it. Be conscious of whether you are actually hungry or maybe simply bored or fed up etc. Practice saying NO to emotional eating.

• Invest in a pedometer and get walking more, gradually increase your steps to 10,000 steps a day for supporting weight loss. • Get your head into gear and set small achievable weekly goals. • Most of all “Believe in yourself & know you CAN do it!” Call for a free initial confidential consultation for Hypnotherapy around weight loss, controlling cravings or focusing your mind. Wishing you a successfully slimmer 2015! Harshani Curbishley-Brown Cognitive Hypnotherapist & Confident Childbirth Practitioner Tel: 07941 841 485 www.mindbodywellbeing.co.uk Follow me on Twitter: https://twitter.com/Harshani_MBW and Facebook: www.facebook.com/harshanicurbishleybrown

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Childcare Nursery Schools, Pre-schools & Childminders

Great Doddington Village Preschool Spaces Available for children from 2-4 years Free Funded Spaces Available (2 year olds Subject to Criteria)

Open Term Time, 9am-12pm, Monday-Friday

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

Based within the Memorial Hall, Great Doddington We are a fun, small, community pre-school offering learning through play. We accept children from Wellingborough as well as Great Doddington. Why not give us a ring and arrange a visit.

Contact Details Call Lydia on: 07808849446 / 07940333784 Or Email: ringofroses15@gmail.com

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. Now taking admissions for September 2015 To make an appointment to look around or for more information call Alison on:

01832 720566 To advertise call 0845 6439687 or e-mail info@timefortots.co.uk


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Come and  join  the  fun                       at  Brigstock  Playgroup    

Brigstock Playgroup  is  a  small,  caring   and  happy  playgroup  providing  pre-­‐ school  care  and  educa<on  to  2  to  5   year  olds.      

It  provides  a  safe  and  s/mula/ng  environment   where  children  can  develop  to  their  full  poten/al  by   learning  through  play.  It  plays  a  key  role  in  the   community,  and  has  very  strong  links  with  the   village  primary  school.       Brigstock  Playgroup  is  rated  as  Good  by  Ofsted.       It  is  run  on  weekday  mornings  during  the  term  /me.     For  more  details  contact  Lisa  Meagan  on  07772   251863  or  email  brigstock_playgroup@yahoo.com                 Please mention Time for Tots when responding to an advertisement


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Busy Bees is a small friendly Pre School situated in Stoke Albany run by staff that are not only fully qualified, but are all Mums too! We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage to support every aspect of your child’s development. We offer 3 hour sessions (mornings & afternoons) or a full day and we accept children from their 2nd Birthday. £12 per 3 hour session or £22 for the day. Full funding for 3 & 4 year olds (and some 2 year olds) For more information why not pop down for a visit and see for yourself what we have to offer or alternatively contact:

Telephone: 07517 145282 Email: bbpreschool@hotmail.co.uk Facebook: Busy Bees Pre School Stoke Albany OFSTED registered

Rectory Nursery School

Hightrees, The Nook, Corby Old Village, Corby, NN17 1XA Tel: 01536 877980 E-mail: contact@rectorynurseryschool.co.uk www.rectorynurseryschool.co.uk • Open 51 weeks of the year (excluding bank holidays) • Open plan baby room with self-contained areas including a purpose built changing area, milk kitchen, separate dining area and a sensory room • Spacious outdoor area with natural habitat grounds which all age groups can access throughout the day • The toddler and pre-school room provide a range of stimulating activities with the pre-school room having free-flow access to the outside • State of the art interactive smart boards to stimulate learning and development • All food freshly prepared on site daily by our qualified cook • Ample off road parking on site to allow safe drop offs and pick ups • Funded places available • After School Club and Holiday Club

Open Day 28th March : 2015 10am to 4 pm

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“Children are welcomed into a warm, friendly nursery, where they are highly valued and included. The leadership of the nursery strive for excellence, ensuring the nursery continues to develop the highest possible standards. Children’s good health is promoted as they eat a varied range of nutritious foods to extend their tastes” - OFSTED 2014

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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 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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Brand New Baby Rooms at Queen of Hearts Nursery School

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ueen of Hearts nursery, rated outstanding again by Ofsted in our November inspection , is proud to have been providing the finest quality of childcare for children aged two to five years for over 20 years and it gives us great pleasure to now be extending the Queen of Hearts experience to younger children. Our brand-new baby rooms allow us to provide the very best nurturing care for your child in a home from home environment. They have been especially designed to help your baby settle, with familiar things such as sofas and coffee tables, fireplaces, rugs and photos of your baby,s family. We also have a new space for toddlers up to the age of two with a room packed full of new experiences and activities for your child to enjoy. The remainder of our nursery and garden has undergone a full refurbishment to the highest level to ensure the quality of the environment is the highest in the area. Call us to arrange a visit - weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d be delighted to show you around. Call 01536 482809. We look forward to welcoming you!

Queen of Hearts Nursery and Pre-School

Come and 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 To advertise call 0845 6439687 or e-mail info@timefortots.co.uk


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Pregnancy & Birth

Babytime Massage

Congratulations if you are expecting! Our pregnancy and birth section is just for you.

Baby massage classes in Market Harborough and Kettering area with a qualified Infant Massage Teacher and experienced Health Care professional in behaviour, sleep and baby friendly feeding.

To advertise here call

0845 6439687

Private bookings also available

or email info@timefortots.co.uk

Contact Clare on:

07875 954427 E-mail: clare@babytimemassage.co.uk or find me on Facebook

Cognitive Hypnotherapy & Reiki

Supporting you through birth & parenthood. . .      

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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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Birth Announcements Welcome to the World...

Daniel Arthur Evans Born on the 4th December 2014 at 2.07am weighing 8lb 13oz a lovely little brother for Olivia

Beau Elizabeth

Born 29th December weighing 8lbs 3oz. To proud parents Jacqueline and James, and big brothers Cole and Shia-James

Thomas Lee Paul Harrison

Sponsored by Babytime Massage

E-mail: claire@babytimemassage.co.uk Tel: 07875 954427

Jacob Lettin

Born 20th December at 4:51am, weighing 8lbs 10oz. A cute little brother for proud big sister Imogen.

Born 20th December 2014 at 18.48, weighing 8lb 11oz. A gorgeous first child for Sam

Jon James Rodgers Smith

Eleanor Marion Cullen

Born at 09:59 on 31st December, weighing 6lb 2oz Little Brother to Chae-Thai

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Born14th January at 16:47, weighing 6lb 12oz. Big sister Ava couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be more proud.

Shelby Abigail Morgan

Holly Mae Hamataj

Born born 1st January 2015 at 5am, weighing 8lb11oz. Best start to the new year ever

Born born 12/1/15 weighing 5lb 15oz. Perfect daughter to proud parents Natasha and Steven. Beautiful sister to Corey, Ellie, Phoebe and Heidi

Deacon John Jackson

Born 27th October 2014 at 10.25am, weighing 6lb 10oz

If you would like to announce the arrival of your little bundle of joy, e-mail their name, date of birth, weight, a photo and a special message (optional) to: info@timefortots.co.uk


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

Looking for flexible work that fits around your children?

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PARTYLITE Then why not try

We give you a £300 kit at no cost to you, free training, product and money incentives as well as trips and lots more. If a job opporunity is not what you’re looking for, why not have a girlie night in with your friends to sample some of our products. With free products and special offers for the hostess and discounted products for the guests.

To have a chat about earning money, or to book your party or place an order:

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

ATTENTION ALLMUMS! MUMS! ATTENTION ALL Hi, I’m I’m Lynne highly Hi, LynneJames, James,I am I am highly experienced ininhelping people, experienced helping people, especially Mums, develop especially Mums, develop careers and incomes careers and incomes their individual needs and their individual needs and lifestyles, from home, without lifestyles, from home, compromising their currentwithout work compromising their current work or family commitments. or family commitments.

TO ADVERTISE HERE Call: 0845 6439687 or email: info@timefortots.co.uk

or other commitments? Would you like to earn £300-£500 pm extra income, or a career income of £2,000-£5,000+ pm?

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I am now looking for 5 ambitious women who want to develop £29,000 to £45,000 pa income with all the trappings of a large blue chip company; including: car programme, worldwide travel, pension programme and profit share. No previous experience is required as we have a full training and mentorship programme in place.

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hen I started to look for work after being a mum at home for 4 years I got really discouraged. It seemed to me you had to trade in the family to have a career or you had to trade in the career to be with the family and I wanted both, I did not want to get a menial job just to fit around school hours and school holidays. I have developed a substantial full time income working part-time from home around the school gates downsizing through the holidays by partnering with a very special company that cares. Our family run global company has a 2.6 billion turnover and an asset base of 1.5 billion, cash rich and debt free. We are a brand leader in the industry of health and nutrition located in over 150 countries giving access to international trend growing market places. I am already working with the top leaders within the UK. I am now looking for 5 ambitious women who want to develop £29,000 to £45,000 pa income with all the trappings of a large blue chip company: car programme, worldwide travel, pension

programme and profit share. The role is a business marketing and mentoring role; leading, coaching and developing teams. No previous experience is required as we have a full training and mentorship programme in place backed by our Champions award from Investors In People (IIP). • Are you the person who could inspire people to make positive changes to their lifestyle? Are you self motivated with a great attitude and enjoy having fun? • Are you willing to work hard within the flexible part time hours you choose? If so, please get in touch with me for more information. I am passionate about helping to empower women both financially and with their health. Contact Jayne on 07747 461367 or email: wickettj@sky.com

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Business Mum:

Lisa Wrigley from Partylite Name: Lisa Wrigley Family: I live with my husband and 2 children who are 9 and 11 now. Description of your business:

I am an independent consultant for Partylite, who sell highly refined wax candles and their accessories. We are the only company who doesn’t use animal by-products in the manufacture of the wax. Our candles are vegetarian and vegan friendly.

How long have you been doing this?

I’ve been in Partylite for 14 years this August. I dabbled before I had the kids for about a year but the time wasn’t right so I started back up when my eldest was 3 months old. He used to come to all the coffee mornings with me as we were all mums in the same boat.

Why did you decide to start?

The first time it was my sister’s idea. She said I never went out, as I ran my own hairdressers and beauty salon in Surrey, so we joined Partylite together. I struggled to split myself between the salon and the partylite business though as I didn’t realise then that there was no pressure to do x amount of parties and I could do them as and when I wanted. So I stopped Partylite as I was selling the salon, moving to Northamptonshire, getting married and having a baby all in about the space of 10 months! The second time around I held a party for my Mums and Tots group and my sister was the consultant. All my Mum friends convinced me to start up again as the products were so good. I didn’t take much persuading as I’d taken a job in the NHS when I moved to Northamptonshire and hated it.

When I joined I got a £300 kit that I didn’t have to pay for and I got paid from the very first party, it was like starting up my own business again but without the bank loan, the debts and the overheads. I’m a real people person and I get paid to go and enjoy myself with different people every time I go out, I literally get “paid to party”.

How well does it fit in with family life?

I can pick and choose how far I want to travel which days and or nights I want to go to work and if I can’t do a particular party I get someone in the team to go it helps them to grow their business and we both get paid for that too.

What do you find are the disadvantages?

I get asked what’s the worst part about my job, for me its trying to read the house numbers in the winter. I can’t - its too dark!

What advice would you give to other Mums thinking of working for themselves?

I think you have to find something you enjoy doing and something that suits you and the family with no pressure. I’m lucky I found partylite it gave me the life line I needed to be able to work a job I love, when I wanted to work with no money outlay and lots of rewards both gifts and cash. It’s made life a lot easier and given me the chance to give my family some of lifes luxuries. I would never go back to the 9-5 slog and I can’t see myself doing anything else.

What do you like about it?

I have the flexibility to work when I want, around my husband’s shifts and my 2 children who they said I’d never have! I can give myself a pay rise if I want to and I can have free five star trips abroad with my husband every year - all inclusive, all expenses paid.

To find out more about opportunities with Partylite, contact Lisa on: 07957 235293 or visit: http://lisawrigley.partylite.co.uk

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Party Services Planning a party? Check out our party pages for local providers of party entertainment, equipment and supplies...

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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

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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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

Fully licensed mobile bars for any occasion Birthdays Weddings Christenings Anniversaries FĂŞtes & Fairs Corporate events All occasions covered

No hire charges * Friendly and efficient service Competitive drinks prices * DJ also available Tel: 01933 678540 www.cheersmobilebars.co.uk Email: enquiries@cheersmobilebars.co.uk To advertise call 0845 6439687 or e-mail info@timefortots.co.uk


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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

Sm Bounc all y includ Castle ages 1 ed for t with a o 8 years ll packa party ges!

Minnie Mouse and other guests available Pirates & Princesses and/or dressing up parties with a full range of costumes for boys and girls. Hair styling and nail art available too. Dance parties for children & discos for teenagers Just Jhoom Bollywood parties for children of all ages We can also provide party bags for ÂŁ3 per child Birthday cakes available too

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Ten Tips For Running A Successful Community Event

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By Bouncy Wouncy

any people have great ideas for local charities or causes - but only a small few of these actually become wellattended, safely run (profitable) events. We have seen it all, from the over-organised (but under advertised) ones, to well-attended, poorly planned and (to be honest) quite dangerous ones. Over the years I have developed a template to follow, this keeps things consistent and ‘stress free’ for me, but you need to develop your own method. We all want to raise lots of money and awareness for those that really need it, but why does it need to be so difficult? Here are my top ten tips to help you run a truly AMAZING event: 1. Have a great venue It needs to be easily found, well known, and have plenty of car parking. Consider disabled persons and those with push chairs – can they easily access all areas? 2. Draw a site plan Draw this several times over, consider how the stalls will affect each other, for example a penalty shoot out needs clear space around it, not just in front. Run this plan through with the venue and suppliers – are they happy with it? 3. Electricity All the big attractions and services need power, and they need it nearby. Don’t stick the PA system or bouncy castle the other side of the field! 4. Access times Do not allow any vehicles in the area once the event has started. Inform all suppliers in advance when they can set up / down. 5. Risk assessment / safety Simply saying ‘accidents happen’ is not good enough. Get a professional in to assess the event (around £100£200). If it goes wrong – you’re in court. 6. Food and drink Never never never run out of food and drink!! It’s your biggest earner! If you are preparing / serving food, also speak to your local environmental health department. 7. Not just Facebook There is more to advertising than Facebook. Get permission from the council, and get some leaflets out, or send a text to all your friends and family. Or advertise in Time for Tots! 8. Consider neighbours How will the event affect them? Can they help you? Give them a knock a few weeks before for a chat (this might reduce the chance of traffic or noise complaints). 9. Spend money to make money Great events need great attractions. You will never make a lot of money back from a large bouncy castle / inflatable slide or farm yard animal show for example, but you can guarantee high visitor numbers, (who spend money when they are there). Place your attractions strategically to make visitors walk round, keep them at the event as long as possible. 10. Contingency plan What if your main attraction doesn’t show up, or it rains? What if you have a medical emergency or a fight breaks out? Remember you are dealing with the public, and anything can happen – plan plan plan, then plan some more… Don’t ‘wing it’!! We hope you have a fantastic event, and it all goes well. If you would like our assistance please get in touch, we can supply a bouncy castle, with staff, safety barriers and insurance for £25.00 (you even get a share of the event takings).

Dan Folgate, Owner of Bouncy Wouncy

About the author Dan Folgate is the owner of Bouncy Wouncy, and Director of Folgate Safety, an established Health & Safety company in Northamptonshire. Previous jobs include running events for the local authority in parks and community centres, and five years as an operational fire fighter. He is a qualified risk assessor and has a diploma in events management.

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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

Parent & Toddler Swimming 10am to 11am and 11am to 12pm at Corby International Pool. Drop in. Pay as you go. Adult & Child Swimming Lessons Mornings at Corby International Pool. For children aged 2 years 9 months to 4 years. Must book. Wilbarston Tots & Tiddlers 10am-12pm at Wilbarston Village Hall. Diane: 07761 957825. TT Street Tots (Nene Valley Dance Academy) 4.30 to 5pm at Elizabeth St Dance Studios. Ages 18 mths to 3 yrs Street Rainbows (Nene Valley Dance Academy) 5 to 5.45pm at Elizabeth St Dance Studios. For ages 3.5 to 6 years.

tuesdays Baby Ballet (Nene Valley Dance Academy) 9.15 to 9.45am at Elizabeth St Dance Studios. For ages 18 mths to 3 yrs. Parent & Toddler Swimming 9.30am to 10.30am and 10.30am to 11.30am at Corby International Pool. Drop in. Pay as you go. Little Angels Playgroup For pre-school children with additional needs. 9.30 to 11.30am at Lodge Park Sports Centre. Toddle Time 10 to 10.30am & 11 to 11.30am at Corby Library. Free. Term Time only

Key:

Swimming

Primary & Pre-Primary Ballet & Tap

(Nene Valley Dance Academy) 4.15 to 5.15pm at Elizabeth St Dance Studios. For ages 2 to 6 yrs.

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 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. Little Angels Tots Group 12 to 3pm at 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. Adult & Child Swimming Lessons Mornings at Corby International Pool. For children aged 2 years 9 months to 4 years. Must book. Hartbeeps 10am Happy House (toddling to 4 years, younger siblings welcome) 11am Babybeeps (babies sitting to toddling) At Corby Masonic Complex Twinkle Tots Freestyle Dance (Nene Valley Dance Academy) 4.30pm to 5pm, Elizabeth St Dance Studios. Ages 18 mths to 3 yrs. 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.

SATURDAYS

Parent & Toddler Swimming 1.30pm to 3pm at Corby International Pool. Drop in. Pay as you go.

Baby Ballet and Little Tappers (Nene Valley Dance Academy) 9am to 10am at Elizabeth Street Dance Studios. for 2 to 3 year olds.

Adult & Child Swimming Lessons Afternoons at Corby International Pool. For children aged 2 years 9 months to 4 years. Must book.

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

If no contact details are provided, an advert for the class can be found in our Clubs & Classes section starting on page 20.

Music, Dance & Drama

Physical classes

Rhymetime 10.30am to 11am at Danesholme Library throughout the year. Free.

sundays Bounce & Rhyme 2.30pm to 3pm at Corby Library throughout the year. Free.

Arts & Crafts

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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

“Conversation Group” 9.30-11am at Croyland Children’s Centre. Free. Drop in. 01933 279681

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

Rhymetime 10-10.30am & 11-11.30am at Wellingborough Library. Free.

Storytime Interactive story-telling session for > 5s and their parents at The Castle Theatre. 1pm to 2.30pm. Free.

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 Story Stomp 10-10.30am fortnightly at Wellingborough Library. A story followed by activities based on that story. Free. 01933 225365 Mini Gym 10-11am at Croyland Children’s Centre. Free. 01933 279681 Harrowden Baby & Toddler Group 10am to 11.30am at Little Harrowden Village Hall, Main Street. Call 07787 165990 Rhymetime (Wollaston) 10am to 10.30am weekly at Wollaston Library. Free.

St Mark’s Buggy Club 1.30-3pm, St Mark’s Church Hall, Queensway. Voluntary 50p donation. Contact Joy: 01933 676368. Rhymetime (Earls Barton) 2.30pm to 3pm weekly at Earls Barton Library. Free. Infant Ballet & Tap (Barbara Hooton School of Dance) 3.45 to 4.45pm at The Studio, Earls Barton. For ages 3 to 5 years.

THURSDAYS

Swimming

Tumble Tots At The Hindu Community Centre Gymbabes (from 6 mths): 9.30am Walking to 2 years: 10.30am 2 to 3 years: 11.30am Rhymetime (Irchester) 9.30am to 10am weekly at Irchester Library. Free.

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

SATURDAYS Ballet & Tap (Barbara Hooton School of Dance) Infant Ballet & Tap 9 to 10am Beginners Ballet & Tap 10 to 11am at The Mission Room, Finedon. Infant Aquatics Swimming 30 minute classes between 9am and 12pm at Rowan Gate Primary School.

Jigsaw Toddler Group 9.30am to 11am at Compass Church, Commercial Way. Rhymetime (Wollaston) 10am to 10.30am weekly at Wollaston Library. Free.

Physical classes

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

Mini Champs Toddler Group 9.30-11.30am at Everyday Champions Church, Havelock St. Call 01933 225525.

Music, Dance & Drama

The Rascals Music Session 9.45-10.45am at St Andrews Church Hall, Berrymore Road. £2 1st child, £1.25 2nd child.

Sing and Sign At Busy Bees Nursery, Enstone Court. Stage 1 for ages 6 to 15 months. 1.30pm

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

Infant Aquatics Swimming Rhymetime (Finedon) 30 minute classes between 3.45pm 10.30am to 11am in term time at and 5.45pm at Rowan Gate Finedon Library. Free. Primary School. St Mary’s Thursday Club Finedon Beginners Ballet & Tap 1.30pm to 2.30pm at The Mission (Barbara Hooton School Dance) room, Well street, Finedon. Toddle 4 to 5pm at Vicarage Farm Group. £1.50 per family. Community Centre Beginners Ballet & Tap (Barbara Hooton School of Dance) 3.45 to 4.45pm at The Studio, Earls Barton. Key:

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

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+ Little Shapers Exercise Class 10am at Kingsway Centre Wellingborough. For ages 3 to 11. Infant Aquatics Swimming 30 minute classes between 3pm and 5.30pm at Scott Bader Pool, Wollaston.

Arts & Crafts

Parent & Tot Group / Other

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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 under 15 months.

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

Hawthorn Berries 9.15-11am. Hawthorn Primary School. £1/family. Music Makers 10am, 11am and 2pm 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 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. Call for details. Hartbeeps 10.30am, alternate Mondays, at Kids Play in Kettering. Contact Kids Play to book. Jungle Tots At Greentrunks Garden Centre, Gt Cransley. From 11am. £4 for 1 child & 1 parent Children’s Freestyle Dance Class (Emma’s Dance Studio) Kettering Buccleugh Academy. 4.45 to 5.45pm for ages 3 to 8 years. 5.45 to 6.45pm for ages 8+ Punchin Pandas 6.30 to 7.15pm at St John’s Ambulance Hall. For ages 4 to 9. Burton Latimer Beginners Ballet & Tap (Barbara Hooton School of Dance) 3.40 to 4.40pm at The Britannia Club Desborough & Rothwell Rhymetime (Rothwell) 2.30-3pm at Rothwell Library. Free. 01536 711880 Swimming Lessons 30 minute lessons between 4pm and 6pm at Montsaye Sports Centre. For ages 3+. Call 01536 713708.

St Botolphs Tots Group St Botolphs Church Hall. 9.30am to 11am. Tumble Tots At Arena Sports, Kettering Conference Centre. Gymbabes (from 6 mths): 9.30am Walking to 2 years: 10.30am 2 to 3 years: 11.30am 3+ years: 12.45pm www.tumbletots.com/kettering 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

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

Toybox Mums & Tots, Broughton 1.30-3pm, Broughton Village Hall. £1.50 per family. Julie 01536 790152 or Bex 07803 755546. Term time only Punchin Pandas 5.30 to 6.15pm at Melton Street Community Centre. For ages 4 to 8. Children’s Freestyle Dance Class (Emma’s Dance Studio) Ise Lodge Community Centre. 5.30 to 6.15pm for ages 3 to 8 years. Desborough & Rothwell 6.15 to 7pm for ages 8 to 12 Salvation Army Parents & Toddlers 7 to 8pm for ages 12+ 9.30-11am, term time only. New Street, Rothwell. 07726 580187. Desborough & Rothwell Building Blocks Wednesdays 2-3pm in term time. Jenny’s Dolphins Free. Desborough Baptist Church, Baby & Pre-school Swimming Station Road. Call: 01536 760149. At Montsaye Sports Centre. 30 minute lessons between 9.30am to 12pm. Call for details. mawsley Baby Bounce & Rhyme (Desborough) Music Makers 11 to 11.30am at Desborough 10am and 11am at The Centre. Library. Free. Call: 0300 126 1000. £4 Per child and £2 for siblings. Swimming Lessons Contact Naomi on 07815 293893 or 30 minute lessons between 4pm and musicmakersnorthants@gmail.com 6pm at Montsaye Community Sports Centre. For ages 3+ Call 01536 713708


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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) 9-10.15am in term time at the Village Hall. Jo: 07742 664604 Giggles and Wiggles ‘Our time’ for 15 mths to 3yrs, 9.30 to 10.15am at the Counties Community Centre Mini Dribblers Football 9.30 to 10.15am for 18 months to 4 yrs at Crescents Community Centre. Sing and Sign Babes At The Woodcroft Scout Centre, London Road. 10am. Stage 1

Arts & Crafts

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

Parent & Tot Group / Other

SATURDAYS Bubble Babies Swimming 8.45am to 1.15pm at Kingsley School Hydrotherapy Pool. 30 min classes for 0 to 5 year olds. Call 01604 780244 Little Kickers At Southfield School for Girls Junior Kickers for 2 to 3.5 year olds, 9.15 to 10am Mighty Kickers for 3.5 to 5 years, 10.10-10.55am. Mega Kickers for 5 year olds to 7th Birthday, 11.05 to 11.55am. Kettering Music & Performing Arts Music lessons, Musical Theatre, Dancing, Singing, Acting. 9am to 12pm at Latimer Arts College, Castle Way. For ages 3 to 18 years. Swimming Lessons 30 minute lessons between 9.15am and 12.15pm at Montsaye Sports Centre. For ages 3+. 01536 713708

Rhymetime 10.30-11am at Kettering Library.

Hartbeeps 10am at Telford Lodge. Family Session.

Jungle Tots At Greentrunks Garden Centre, Gt Cransley. From 11am. £4 for 1 child.

Building Blocks Drama 5 to 6pm at Starlight Dance, High Street. For 2 to 6 year olds. £3.50

Stagecoach Theatre Arts School At Brambleside Primary School. Early Stage Class for 4-6year olds, 9.30 to 11am or 2 to 3.30pm.

Burton Latimer

Under 5 Activity 11am to 12pm at Desborough Library. Throughout the year. Free.

Ballet, Tap and Modern Dancing (With Mode Academy of Dance) At the Masque Theatre, Barton Seagrave for ages 3+. Call for times: 07794 413630 Punchin Pandas 5 to 5.45pm at Ise Lodge Pavilion. For ages 3 to 6 years. Burton Latimer Toddle Time and Bounce & Rhyme Toddle Time 10.30 to 11am for ages 2+. Bounce & Rhyme 11.30am to 12pm for babies. Burton Latimer library. Free. Desborough & Rothwell Salvation Army Parents & Toddlers 9.30-11am in term time. New Street, Rothwell. Contact 07726 580187. Braybrooke Tiny Tots 10am-12pm. Braybrooke Village Hall. £2/family.Contact Jo 07565 783128. mawsley Mawsley Baby & Toddler Group 9.30-11am at The Centre £1.50 first child, 50p per child thereafter. Sarah: 01536 790517

Play & Learn 10.30 to 11.30am for under 1s at Burton Latimer library. Free. 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) Every Friday in term time. 2.15 to 3pm at Desborough Library. Free. Call: 0300 126 1000.

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. Kiddie Coaching (Rugby) At Kettering RFC 2 to 3 years - 10am to 10.30am 3 to 5 years - 10.45am to 11.30am 2 to 3 years - 11.45am to 12.15pm Desborough & Rothwell

If no contact details are provided, an advert for the class can be found in our Clubs & Classes section starting on page 20.

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.

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East Northamptonshire Mondays

tuesdays

wednesdays

Irthlingborough

Higham Ferrers

Raunds

St Peter’s Under Fives 2-3pm. St Peter’s Church, Church Street. Contact 01933 650278

Rhymetime 9.30-10.15am at Higham Ferrers Library. 01933 314842. Free.

Rhymetime 1.30-2pm at Raunds Library. Free.

RAUNDS

Irthlingborough

Pre-Primary Ballet (Hayley Nadine Dance Academy) 4pm at Manor School. For 3 years+

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

Hartbeeps At The Masonic Hall. 9.30am Happy House (Walkers) 10.30am Babybeeps (sitting to toddling)

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Jelly Babes 9.30-11.30am at Queen Street Church Hall. £1 per family. Contact Jeanette on 01933 391457. TT

rushden Parent & Tot Swimming 8 to 9.30am at Splash Leisure Pool. For 0 to 5 years. Call 01933 410505 Rhymetime 10 to 10.45am at Rushden Library. Free. Bumps & Babes @ Church 10am at St Mary’s Church. Short lively service followed by playtime. £1 per family. 01933 358218. TT

Rhymetime 10 to 10.30am at Oundle Library. Free. RAUNDS Hartbeeps 9.45am at Saxon Hall. Mixed ages. rushdeN

thrapston & villages Community Stay & Play 9.30am to 11.45am at Thrapston Library. With snack and crafts. Tel: 01832 730524. Tumble Tots At The Plaza. Gymbabes (from 6 mths): 9.30am Walking to 2 years: 10.30am 2 to 3 years: 11.30am 3+ years: 12.45pm www.tumbletots.com/kettering Family Lunch Club 11.45am to 12.30pm at Thrapston Library. Bring along a packed lunch and enjoy a picnic with others. Titchmarsh Babes 1.30pm to 3pm. Clubroom, High Street. £1.50/family. Contact Sarah on 01832 735182 or TitchmarshBabes@live.co.uk Games Zone & Craft Club 3.15pm to 4.30pm at Thrapston Library. For children from birth to 5 years and siblings up to 8 years. Tel: 01832 730524.

rushden

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.

Mugs and Beakers (Mums & Tots) 9-11am at The Bridge (in the grounds of Whitefriars Junior School). 50p per thrapston & villages family. Emma: 01933 411393 Talk, Toast & Play Mums & Tots 9.15am to 10.15am at Thrapston 10-11.30am at Rushden Full Gospel Library. Church & Christian Centre, 60 High Tel: 01832 730524. Street South. Linda: 07904 638612 Rhymetime 10.30am to 11am at Thrapston Library. Free. 01832 733251 Stanwick Stanwick Mums & Tots 1.45-3.15pm. Stanwick Village Hall. £2 per family. Contact Lucy 01933 461384. thrapston & villages Music Bus Baby & Toddler Music Classes 9.30am to 10.30am at St James’ Church Hall. Childminders Group 9.30am to 11am at The Plaza. For childminders and their minded children. Tel: 01832 730534 Lets Get Active 10am to 11am at St John’s Hall. Tel: 01832 730534 Fit For You Buggy Walk 1.30pm to 2.30pm. Meet outside the library. Tel: 01832 730534

Bookstart Bear Club & Story Sack 11.30am to 12.15pm at Thrapston Library. 01832 733251 Little Angels (Ringstead) 1.30 - 3pm in term time. Ringstead School Hall. £1.30 per family.

If no contact details are provided, an advert for the class can be found in our Clubs & Classes section starting on page 20.


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Music, Dance & Drama

oundle Bounce & Rhyme 10 to 10.30am at Oundle Library. Free. Music Makers 11.15am 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

Arts & Crafts

Saturdays

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.

rushden Bounce & Rhyme 2.30pm to 3pm at Rushden Library. Free., thrapston & villages Dads Matter 10am to 11.30am at The Plaza. Monthly. 01832 730524

Raunds Rhymetime 11.30am to 12pm at Raunds Library. Little Treasures 9.30-11am. St Laurence Church. Donation optional. TT rushdeN Rhymetime 2pm to 2.45pm at Rushden Library. 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

Raunds St Peters Parent & Toddler Group 9.30-11.30am at Saxon Hall. £2 per family. Sarah 01933 622116. TT 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

thrapston & villages Tiddlers 9.30-11am, term time only. Thrapston Baptist Church, 33 Huntingdon Road. £1/family. Contact Tina: 01832 730297 Music Makers 9.30am 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 Music Bus Baby & Toddler Music Classes 9.30am to 10.30am at St James’ Church Hall. Baby Talk 10am-12pm at Green lane clinic For birth to crawling Free. Contact 01832 275889

thrapston & villages Little Explorers 10am to 12pm at Thrapston Library. From birth to crawling. Free. Contact 01832 275889

Parent & Tot Group / Other

Sundays oundle Bounce & Rhyme 2.15pm to 2.45pm at Oundle Library. Free.

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Your local premier indoor play and party zone Tel: 01536 443310 www.cheeky-monkees.co.uk NN17 5DU (Near the Asda Superstore)

FREE TRIAL SESSION Call or e-mail to book:

07854 540419 / liam@kiddiecoaching.co.uk

OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK Kettering Parkway East Venture Park Kettering, NN15 6WY Tel: 01536 534988

10% Off

Terms and Conditions: • ONE voucher can be used on the purchase of ONE pair of shoes or boots • Not to be used in conjunction with any other offer • Voucher must be presented at the time of purchase • No cash alternatives • Voucher valid until 31st May 2015

To advertise call 0845 6439687 or e-mail info@timefortots.co.uk


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Index Activities & Days Out

Cheeky Monkees Greentrunks Garden Centre Nene Valley Railway Newlands Centre Northamptonshire Baby & Toddler Show Northants Inline Skating Royal & Derngate Theatre Twycross Zoo West Lodge Rural Centre

Business Opportunities

Everything Aloe Vera Irridescence Lynne James Page Planner Partylite

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

Dance Schools

Barbara Hooton School of Dancing Emma’s Dance Studio

Music & Movement

Giggles & Wiggles Hartbeeps Sing & Sign

Physical Activity

Kiddie Coaching Little Kickers Little Shapers Mini Dribblers Punchin Pandas Scrum Kids Tumble Tots

Swim Schools

Bubble Babies Infant Aquatics Jenny’s Dolphins

Theatre Schools Stagecoach

Health & Beauty

Corby Life Coach Ladies Karate Mobile Holistic Therapist The Earthworks Cosmetics Company

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Independent Schools

Northampton High School Overstone park School St Peters School

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Nurseries, Pre-Schools & Childminders Aldwincle Pre-school Brigstock Playgroup Busy Bees Pre-school Monkey Puzzle Day Nursery National Childminding Association Oak Tree Day Nursery Queen of Hearts Nursery School Rectory Day Nursery Ring of Roses Pre-school Sunnylands Nursery Titchmarsh Pre-school West Lodge Day Nursery

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Party Services

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

Photographers

Firetree Photography Precious Moments Photography Serendipity Photo

Pregnancy & Birth

Babytime Massage Mind & Body Wellbeing

Services

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Home Start Kettering

Shopping & Gifts

Farndon Fields

Footwear & Clothing

Funky Lil Feet Padders For Kids

Gifts

Embroi Designs

Useful Products

Spectrum Healthcare Trostisar

Thank-you for reading! The next issue will be out week commencing 1st June 2015 To advertise call 0845 6439687 or e-mail info@timefortots.co.uk

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Time for Tots Magazine The local guide from bump to 5 North and East Northamptonshire Baby and Toddler magazine

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Time for Tots Magazine The local guide from bump to 5 North and East Northamptonshire Baby and Toddler magazine

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