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The local guide for your under 5s Photograph taken with The Lighthouse Theatre’s Cinderella See our interview with Millie Binks, winner of the ‘Search for Cinderella’ competition, inside!

FREE Desk Calendar for every reader! See inside for details

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Christma ‘What’s On s ’ Guide

Winter Puzzle Page

Win Tickets to Two Fantastic Shows

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


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Tuesday 13th to Saturday 31st December 2011 at The Lighthouse Theatre, KETTERING

Tickets £15, Children £10, Concessions £12.50, Family of 4 £45

Box Office 01536 414141

Book online www.lighthousetheatre.co.uk Written & Directed by Gerry Tebbutt

Associate Director Jill Francis

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Winter 20 11

Hello! A very jolly welcome to the Winter issue of Time for Tots. This is my favourite issue to put together as it covers the Christmas period - the most magical time of year with little ones! We’ve once again brought you our Christmas What’s On Guide (pages 20 to 25) so you can begin planning your festive season right away.

Contents 4 Tots News 7 Back on the Rack 9 The Perfect Party Venue 10 Clubs & Classes

With Christmas comes the panto season and we had the pleasure of catching up with the cast of Cinderella at The Lighthouse Theatre earlier this month. This issue’s front cover is taken with Cinderella (aka Millie Binks) exclusively for Time for Tots. We got chance to chat to the very lovely Millie afterwards - see the interview on page 29.

11 Aqualight Babies

We’ve got a bigger than ever ‘Time for Mum’ section this issue with some super offers to get you looking gorgeous this Christmas. If you fancy some ‘you-time’ in the new year, East Northants Leisure Centres have a very handy crèche facility and a super timetable of classes to keep you looking trim (or to help you shed those extra pounds you put on over Christmas!).

25 The History of Father Christmas

As a special thank-you and early Christmas present for you, our lovely readers, we’re giving away FREE 2012 Desk Calendars to anyone that would like one (while stocks last). Turn to page 32 to find out how to claim yours. Well all that remains is to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! We hope it’s a good one. Until the spring....

Vanessa

How to Contact us: Telephone: 0845 6439687 Email: info@timefortots.co.uk www.timefortots.co.uk Next issue out March 2012

13 Stagecoach 19 Events Diary 20 Christmas What’s On Guide

27 Digital Blossom Album 29 Meet Cinderella 30 Time for Mum 32 Free calendar giveaway! 33 Business Opportunites 35 Special Offers 36 Parent & Tot Group Directory 38 WINter Puzzle Page!

RR C h il d m i n d i n g Registered Childminder

Based in Isham on A509 to Kettering Part/Full time vacancies available Tel: 01536 726376/07875 070862 or email ruth@rrchildminding.co.uk

Whilst every effort is taken to ensure the content of this magazine is up to date and accurate, ‘Time for Tots’ cannot be held responsible for any errors or omissions. Neither does ‘Time for Tots’ endorse any of the companies, products or services that are advertised. Copyright on all written material and artwork produced by the ‘Time for Tots’ team remains with ‘Time for Tots’.

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Tots News Happy 1st Birthday Bearly worn!

Bearly Worn, the delightful children’s clothing agency in Thrapston, are celebrating their 1st Birthday this Autumn. Mother and daughter team, Pauline and Heidi, who own and run the shop together, are delighted with how their first year has gone: “Mum and I have had a great year and are very pleased with the response to the shop and the idea of pre-loved clothes. We have built up some lovely friendships with our customers during the year and would like to say a big thank you for their continuing support”. To celebrate their 1st Birthday they’re offering readers 10% off in-store until 31st January 2012 - see voucher in the special offers section for details.

Bearly Worn, 28a High Street, Thrapston Tel: 01832 732405

Christmas Family Portrait Special

Firetree Photography is at Mocha Mama for a Christmas family portrait special on Saturday 3rd December from 11am to 2pm. Sit down with a cupcake and cuppa then join Firetree for your portrait session. The sitting fee is £6 which includes a christmas card mounted print with the order. Proofs available after a week. Discounted prices on prints. Book online at: www.firetreephotography.co.uk

Storytime Comes To Swansgate Shopping Centre

Starting in January 2012 Mums, Dads and their little ones will be able to take part in Swansgate’s Storytime. Each week there will be different book themes to keep the little ones entertained, plus exclusive prizes and offers from some of your favourite retailers. For more details visit: www.SwansgateShoppingCentre.com.

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

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A new concept for Corby make money whilst you shop!

Most of us are under increased financial pressure and even for those who aren’t, we all love a bargain. So justify your spending by cashing in on the clothing you no longer need.You don’t have to waste your time trying to sell or give away the items on internet sites. All you have to do is make an appointment to bring your clothes into the shop and if we’re able to stock them and they sell within the 8 weeks you’ll receive 40 per cent of the value in cash or 50 per cent in credit to spend in the shop.

With many low budget shops/brands now selling clothing at rock bottom prices, you sometimes feel you have no alternative but to use them. The problem with these brands being the quality is very poor. You buy expecting the item to last a couple of weeks/months. Why should you have to compromise though, all of our items are carefully selected and are in excellent condition, with all the inherent benefits of the brands you trust and love.

Whilst you’re there have a browse around the boutique for any bargains. Many people are put off by the term used clothing and the very words conjure up all sorts of images. You will be pleasantly surprised when you visit our shop, we are setting a standard.

Visit us at 73 High Street, Corby or telephone 07718 925775 to make an appointment to sell some items.

back on the rack in the old village

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Anyone for a Game of Rounders? Actually not just a game but a whole season of rounders on Thursday evenings from May through to the end of August. The local ladies rounders league are looking for more players and teams to join the league next year. I joined the league with a team we scrambled together last season and we had a fantastic time! We lost every game (apart from one which we drew!) but every member of the team enjoyed it nonetheless. Getting out in the fresh air, getting some exercise, making new friends and especially the camaraderie between team mates and the post match beverage! Every team plays each other twice during the season, home and away. Teams come from all over this part of the county - Kettering, Wellingborough, Thrapston and Mawlsey. Whether you’re an individual looking to join an existing team (many of whom are always on the lookout for extra players) or are already in a group and want to register your own team, the league organisers would love to hear from you! Contact Clare on 07976 828032 or email clare.wallace73@gmail.com or karengarton@yahoo.co.uk. All abilities welcome!

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Recoup some of your hard earned cash at Corby’s

BACK ON THE RACK

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Start-rite, Tekilou, Robeez,

Funky Lil’ Feet Childrens Shoe Shop

Babybotte, Daisy Root,

Geox,

Piedro,

Aster,

Inch Blue,

Noel,

Lelli Kelly,

Superfit, Buckle My Shoe (BMS)

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

Or check out our new website:

www .funk ylilfeet .co.u k www.funkylilfeet.co.uk

ow many times have you cleared out your child’s wardrobe only to end up surrounded by items of outgrown, rarely worn and often expensive clothes? It’s great if you know someone you can pass them onto and know they’ll get worn but that’s not always the case. And it’s not just the money you’ve spent on clothes for the children that can leave you tearing your hair out either. Take a fresh look at your own wardrobe and ask yourself: • How many dresses have you worn once and won’t wear again? • How many of those ‘I’ll fit into that again one day’ items do you have (which have been there for some time)? • How many impulse buys are still hanging up unworn, perhaps still with the tag on but which you can no longer return? Put your hands up if you have answered yes to one or all of the above - we think that’s most of us then! Not quite so bad though if, following your clear out, you may be able to recoup some of the costs and put it towards some new clothes? This is where Corby’s latest fashion venture, Back on the Rack, can help. A new, gently used clothing boutique selling ladieswear and childrenswear, it’s the answer to your prayers. You don’t have to waste your time trying to sell or give away your clothing on internet sites. All you have to do is make an appointment to bring your clothes into the shop and if we’re able to stock them and they sell within the 8 weeks you’ll receive 40 per cent of the value in cash or 50 per cent in credit to spend in the shop. Whilst you’re there you can have a browse through the bargains for yourself and the kids, picking up great brands for a fraction of the original price! Visit back on the rack at 73 High Street, Corby now or call 07718 925775 to make an appointment to sell your items.

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A Family Musical Adventure

This production is presented by arrangement with Great Ormond Street Children’s Charity and Samuel French Limited

Mon 5 - Mon 26 Dec 2011 Tickets from £10

Box Office 01933 270 007 www.thecastle.org.uk

Enjoy a Family Day Out at the Newlands Shopping Centre, Kettering Look out for special Appearances from

Bart Simpson – 15th December 2011

Human Statues – 27th January 2012

Angelina Ballerina – 24th February 2012 Open 7 days a week Monday to Saturday 9.00am to 6.00pm Sundays 10.00am to 4.00pm

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The Centre at Mawsley: The Perfect Party Venue

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was recently invited to The Centre at Mawsley to take a look around the facilities. I’d visited before but never realised how big it is and just how much it has to offer. If you’re looking for a venue for your child’s birthday party or any sort of party/occasion then you’ll struggle to find anywhere as perfect as The Centre at Mawsley, here’s why...

Editor’s Review

Choice of rooms

There’s not just 1 but 3 different rooms to choose from for your party. For big parties, where you have a lot of people attending or you need plenty of space for activities, there’s the main hall. It’s big enough to cater for wedding receptions for up to 160 people so can easily house a bouncy castle and all sorts of children’s play equipment or entertainment. For smaller more intimate gatherings, up to a maximum of 25 people, there’s a choice of 2 other rooms available for hire. The Centre also has it’s own fully licensed public bar and lounge with a covered patio area, Sky TV and pool table. The lounge and bar are not available for private hire but are open daily from noon until close and always open while a party is on for guests to purchase beverages (including tea, coffee, squash as well as premium alcoholic beverages). The main hall has it’s own bar, so guests can order drinks directly from there without leaving the party, and for weddings they even offer a table service.

The Centre has lots of other useful equipment available for use/to hire should you require it, including a stage, microphone, speakers, and a projector. It also has wi-fi throughout which is free of charge to use.

Outdoor play area/Playing Fields

Right next to The Centre, adjacent to the patio, is a wonderful outdoor play area which children are welcome to use. There are also nearly 10 acres of playing fields - perfect for ball games or a stroll.

Catering

The Centre uses an external caterer for its events who comes highly recommended. They can prepare anything from a finger buffet to a 4 course meal. Alternatively you can bring your own food if you wish and there is a kitchen which is also available for hire.

Other information

There is a large car park with space for 100 cars. Baby changing facilities are available in the disabled toilet.

Hire costs

Equipment

The main hall is equipped with an amazing light system that includes mood lighting and lasers of all different colours. It has 7 pre-set programs to choose from and can even be set to move to the music! It is guaranteed to keep children amused for a long time and is perfect if you’re planning a disco or wedding with a particular colour scheme. For more formal occasions, such as a wedding or christening, The Centre has a full size, indoor marquee available for hire that fits inside the main hall, transforming the room into a truly stunning venue. The use of tables and chairs is included in the room hire. They have a gorgeous set of colourful little chairs perfect for children’s parties.

The main hall is usually only £19 per hour to hire and either of the 2 smaller rooms £7.50 per hour. As an added bonus though The Centre is offering all Time for Tots readers a fantastic 50% off room hire charges for all bookings paid for before the 31st December 2011. See voucher in our “Special Offers” section for more information.

Public Events

The Centre hosts many public events open to villagers and non-villagers. Details of forthcoming events and how to book can be found on their website.co

For more information visit: www.thecentreatmawsley.co.uk or call: 01536 799528

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Clubs & Classes To advertise your Club or Class here call: 0845 6439687 or e-mail info@timefortots.co.uk

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

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

Telephone: 01933 663225 07788 710144

www.barbarahootonschoolofdancing.co.uk

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Featured Class: Aqualight Babies, Baby Yoga What is Baby Yoga? Baby yoga incorporates infant massage, offers quality physical stimulation including flowing postures, holding, movement, touch, voice and deep relaxation. It induces a happy, care-free and lively parent-infant interaction which develops as the babies grow. What is the aim of the classes? Baby yoga is a wonderfully relaxing experience, giving babies and parents a chance to enjoy a soothing and quiet atmosphere, without the worries of everyday life. Talk us through a typical class: Classes start with a welcome song and a short chat with all the parents and babies. We then do some massage to warm up, and some basic hip sequences. This is followed with some tummy time, walking exercises and singing. Some weeks we have basic stretches for Mum/Dad, finishing with a relaxation session for parent and child together. Parents are welcome to leave their baby in the care of the teacher so that they are able to fully relax if they wish to.

also classes on a Tuesday morning in Northampton at The Maple Tree Clinic, Hunsbury. How long does each class last? 45 minutes How much does a class cost? Pay as you go is ÂŁ6.70 per session, or you can book a block of 6 weeks at ÂŁ40.00 For more information: Contact Name: Wellingborough Teacher: Gail Roe Northampton Teacher: Emie Kitson Telephone Number: Main number: 01604 830405 Gail Roe mobile: 07714 332576 Email address: info@aqualightbabies.co.uk Website: www.aqualightbabies.co.uk

How do classes benefit babies? Baby yoga is proven to help with colic, sleeping and digestive problems. The teacher is able to show different moves for different problems baby may have. It also helps the parents to relax and enjoy some time with baby without the distractions of the outside world. What ages are the classes for? For babies from 0 weeks to crawling. Crawling and walking are welcome, but they may not be too interested in lying still for the yoga! When and where do you run classes? Tuesday afternoons (re-starting after Christmas) 2pm at the Redwell Leisure Centre in Wellingborough. There are To advertise call 0845 6439687 or e-mail info@timefortots.co.uk


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Jenny’s Dolphins Baby & Pre-school Swimming Lessons Classes in Rothwell and Corby Prices from only £5.50 per lesson Instructor in the water Average of 4 children per class An ideal Christmas treat for your little one. Get them ready for next summer. 1 to 1 tuition available Wednesdays between 10.30am & 1pm at Corby

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

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Stagecoach Theatre Arts Schools

Stagecoach is the first and best part-time stage school in the Country. It was started 23 years ago in Walton-on-Thames and now boasts 613 schools and 731 Early Stage Schools in the UK, USA, Germany, Malta and Gibraltar. Stagecoach Kettering has been running very successfully for eight years, with some of the students having been there from day one! The aim of the classes is to provide quality performing arts education whilst also developing confidence and creativity in a disciplined but fun environment. The Early Stage Classes are for children aged 4 to 6 years and the Main School classes are for children aged 6 to 18 years. In a typical Main School class students are split into 3 Groups: Stage 1 (6-9yrs), Stage 2 (912yrs), and Stage 3 (12-18yrs). The students all work within their own age group and are tutored by experienced professionals who are all CRB checked. Each of the 3 Disciplines (Dance, Drama and Singing) start with a warm-up and then students will either start to learn a song or dance, and in Drama they may be doing scripted work or improvisation.

Once a year we perform a presentation for family and friends in a local theatre which involves all of the main school students, lots of lovely costumes and a tremendous amount of fun! Next term (January to March 2012) the students will be working towards a presentation for their families and friends at the Masque Theatre in Barton Seagrave. As well as the annual presentation, reports are given twice a year. Classes are held every Saturday during termtime (no break) at Brambleside School, Cleveland Avenue, Kettering, NN16 9JG The Early Stage Classes are one and a half hours and the Main School classes are three hours. Stagecoach also offers tuition in LAMDA (London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art) preparing students for exams in either Verse/Prose or Acting Monologues/Duologues. Several of our students have been busy preparing for their LAMDA exams this December. For more information contact Penny Calardo on: 01234 828878 or email kettering@stagecoach.co.uk www.stagecoach.co.uk/kettering

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The original, largest and still the best network of performing arts schools in the world. Nurturing and developing young peoples potential through dance, drama and singing. For 4-18 year olds, after school, at weekends and holiday workshops.

Stagecoach Kettering

is now taking bookings for next term

Call: 01234 828878

email: kettering@stagecoach.co.uk www.stagecoach.co.uk/kettering

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www.footloosedanceschool.com

Boogie Tots

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

Footz

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

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

Infant Aquatics Baby & toddler swimming courses

Small, friendly classes from three months to five years. Building life long safety skills using our holistic approach in a fun environment. Kettering area call 01858 565 713 Northampton & Wellingborough area call 01933 223 458 www.infantaquatics.co.uk

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CRECHE Available for children aged 3 months—5 years at Corby East Midlands International Pool & Lodge Park Sports Centre. Come and have a swim, take part in a fitness class or have a workout in the gym. Pool Crèche Opening Times Lodge Park Crèche Opening Times Mon—Fri 9.30am—11.25am Mon—Fri 12.30pm—2.25pm Mon/Wed/Fri 9.30am—11.25am The pool crèche also offers; Shop & Swim, Swim & Bring, Pre-school Fitness Fun (Just for Dads) and Twins on a Tuesday. Parties also NOW available.

TOTS & TIDDLERS at Lodge Park Sports Centre.

Pre-School Gymnastics and movement for children delivered by qualified coaches. Sessions help to develop children’s social, physical, language, education, imagination & co-ordination skills.

Sessions run on a Thursday throughout School Term Time Age 2 –3 Age 3-4 Under 2 10am—10.45am 11am—11.45am 1pm—1.45pm (Beginners session) 1.45pm—2.30pm (Intermediate session) For both the Crèche and Tots & Tiddlers booking is advisable. Please contact each facility for prices & further information or view the website www.corby.gov.uk

NEW LITTLE ANGELS

at Lodge Park Sports Centre. A community crèche session on a Tuesday 9.30am - 11.25am designed for disabled children and their parents/guardians. For further details please email: littleangelscorby@yahoo.co.uk or call Lodge Park Sports Centre.

SHAPE Dance (5 - 19 years old)

Classes in Tap, Ballet and Modern Dance. Classes are held at; Beanfield Community Centre, Stephenson Way Community Centre, West Glebe Pavilion, Kingswood Neighbourhood Centre & Lodge Park Sports Centre. For more information please contact Julie Cardwell Tel: 01536 464046 Email: julie.cardwell@corby.gov.uk

SWIMMING LESSONS & FAMILY SWIMMING

at Corby East Midlands

International Pool

Parent & Toddler Sessions for children from 3 months—4 years old.

Available on a Tuesday & Friday 9.30am—11.30am and Thursday 1.00pm—3.00pm. Booking is not required. NEW Adult & Child Swimming Lessons are available on Monday mornings and Thursday afternoons . For children from 2 yrs 9 mths - 4 yrs old and their parent/guardian. Suitable as a follow on from Parent andToddler sessions. NEW Crèche Parties children’s parties for under 5’s are now available to book in the pool Crèche. One hour and 30 mins of play plus a party hostess. For times and prices please contact the pool reception. Further details are available on the website for all the above: www.corby.gov.uk/corbypool

AQUANATAL

at Corby East Midlands International Pool is run by midwives on Wednesdays, 1.30pm—2.30pm, please contact the pool for prices.

Lodge Park Sports Centre Tel: 01536 400033

Corby East Midlands International Pool Tel: 01536 464643

www.corby.gov.uk/lodgepark

www.corby.gov.uk/corbypool

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Events Diary December Sat 3rd

Firetree Photography at Mocha Mama for Christmas photoshoot. 11am-2pm.

Sun 4th

Festive Fayre at Toplodge, Fineshade Woods, Corby. 10am to 4pm. Free.

Thu 15th

Fri 27th

Late night skating and festive shopping at Beckworth Emporium. Open til 9pm.

Sat 28th

Schools close for Christmas

Sun 29th

Bart Simpson at The Newlands Human Statues at Newlands Centre, Kettering. Appearances Centre, Kettering. Appearances throughout the day. throughout the day.

Fri 16th

“Arabian Nights” at The Castle Theatre, W’boro. Family Show. 11am.

“Fireman Sam - Pontypandy “When Frankie Met Robbie” at Rocks!” at The Milton Keynes Nature Tots at Fermyn Woods The Centre at Mawsley. 8pm to Theatre. 1pm. midnight. Tickets £10. Country Park. 10-11.30am. £3. Must book. February Tue 20th Wicky’s Christmas Party at Tue 6th & Wed 7th Wicksteed Park. 12pm to 2pm. Wed 1st Mama Santa’s Christmas Nature Tots at Irchester Country Children £3, adults free. Grotto at Mocha Mama. Park. 10-11.30am & 1-2.30pm. Thu 22nd Tue 6th to Sun 8th Jan £3. Must book. “The Strollers”, 50s Rock ‘n’ Roll “Down the Rabbit Hole” at The Royal & Derngate Theatre band, performing in the Market Fri 3rd Open day at Northampton High Place, Kettering. 5-7pm. Wed 7th School. 9.30am to 12 noon. Fri 23rd Nature Tots at Irchester Sun 5th Late night skating and festive Country Park. 10-11.30am & “Chris and Pui” from CBeebies shopping at Beckworth 1-2.30pm. £3. Must book. at The Core, Corby. 11am or Emporium. Open til 9pm. Late night skating and festive 2.30pm. Tickets from £8. Sat 31st shopping at Beckworth Tue 7th Children’s New Years Eve Party Emporium. Open til 9pm. at Hullabaloo Indoor Adventure Nature Tots at Fermyn Woods. Wed 7th to Sun 11th 10-11.30am. £3. Must book. Play Centre in Northampton. Potted Panto at The Core 5 to 7pm. To book tickets call Wed 8th Theatre, Corby. 01604 595530. Nature Tots at Barnwell Country Sat 10th Park. 10-11.30 & 1-2.30pm. £3. Santa at Barnwell Country Park. Must book. Check out our See ad on page 23. Fri 10th Christmas What’s On Sat 10th & Sun 11th Schools Close for half term guide on pages 20 to Christmas Festival at Kelmarsh Fri 17th & Sat 18th 24 for more Christmas Hall. See ad on page 23. “The Elves and the Shoemaker” activities & events this Christmas Food & Craft Fayre at The Core, Corby. 11am and December at Brixworth Country Park. 2pm. Tickets £5.50. 9.30am to 4pm. Santa and real Mon 20th reindeer on Sunday. Schools re-open January

Tue 6th

Sun 11th

Christmas Festival at East Carlton Country Park. 1-5pm

Wed 14th

Nature Tots at Barnwell Country Park. 10-11.30am & 1-2.30pm. £3. Must book.

Wed 4th

Schools re-open

Wed 11th

Fri 24th

Angelina Ballerina at The Newlands Centre, Kettering.

Sat 25th

Nature Tots at Barnwell Country “The Owl Who Was Afraid Of Park. 10-11.30 & 1-2.30pm. £3. The Dark” at The Castle Theatre, Must book. Wellingborough. 11am

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Festive Fun for the Whole Family... Christmas 2011 What’s On Guide The Christmas Experience at West Lodge Rural Centre

Be transported to a magical Winter Wonderland at West Lodge Rural Centre this Christmas. Father Christmas is looking forward to receiving your Christmas wish lists and will give you a little gift to tide you over until the big day. The grotto is really special with lots to look at, Father Christmas spends plenty of time talking to the children about his very important job and the magic that happens on Christmas Eve. The very popular Nativity Play returns with Mary, Joseph, angels, kings etc being hand picked from the audience. They encourage lots of audience participation with Jingle Bells and traditional carols. The Winter Wonderland walk through takes you on a journey through the reindeer stable block and the elves village and toy shop. You can decorate a snowman and make a Christmas Card whilst you wait to see Father Christmas. All of the activities take place under cover with some heated areas to keep warm. The Rickyard Restaurant has a roaring fire where you can enjoy a hot chocolate and home made cakes. Entry is £5.75 per adult, £4.75 per child. It’s £3.50 to visit Father Christmas, all of the other Christmas activities are free. Look out for the voucher on our advert, on page 21, which admits one child free with a full paying adult. Call 01536 760552 or visit www.westlodgeruralcentre.co.uk for more information.

Santa’s Back at Sacrewell Farm and Country Centre

Get into the festive spirit at Sacrewell Farm this Christmas. Sacrewell’s celebrations run every weekend from Saturday 3rd December and daily from the 17th to the 23rd December. Hop on a festive tractor ‘sleigh’ ride, then enjoy a special visit to Father Christmas who sits cosily in the 18th century Mill House warming his toes by the fire, to collect your very own present. All for just £5 per child and £1 for accompanying adults, which includes a homemade mince pie and some mulled wine (or tea and coffee!) Please note, normal farm admission also applies. Sacrewell Farm and Country Centre, Thornhaugh, Peterborough PE8 6HJ. For more information call 01780 782254 or visit www.sacrewell.org.uk.


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Activities

Christmas at Wicksteed Park Santa’s Skate and Ride

Come and enjoy the fun of the indoor ice skating rink and children’s rides plus Santa in his grotto at Wicksteed this Christmas. Wristbands only £8 per person (£7.50 online!) and £4 for children under 90cm. Price includes Santa’s grotto, free gift (for under 12s), skating and rides. Running from the 10th to the 24th December inclusive, 10.30am to 5pm (4pm on Christmas Eve). Book online: www.wicksteedpark.co.uk.

Wicky’s Christmas Party

Celebrate the season with Wicky Bear! Festive fun, games and a Christmas Disco at Wicky’s Christmas Party. Tuesday 20th December 12 Noon to 2pm. Children £3 each with FREE Adult entry. Book tickets online at www.wicksteedpark. co.uk.

Skate, Shop & Eat at Beckworth Emporium

Head to Beckworth for a spot of traditional ice skating. Their recently expanded real ice rink is outdoors in an idyllic courtyard setting with music and nearby ice café serving hot drinks, hot food and snacks. Kids are well catered for with learner skates and push-along penguins. Ice skating lessons for all ages also available. The rink is open daily until the 8th Jan (excluding 25th/26th Dec) from 10am to 6pm. Bookings must be made in advance via their website: www.beckworthemporium.co.uk New for 2011 is a second ice rink available exclusively for private parties. It can accomodate up to 40 people and costs £199 for a session. While at Beckworth you can also dine in their award winning restaurant and shop in their food hall, produce market, garden nursery and gift shop.


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Pantomimes & Shows

“Alice in Wonderland”

“Cinderella”

Join Alice on a fantastical adventure down the rabbit hole this Christmas to a topsy-turvy world of tea parties, talking animals and one very badtempered Queen. With live music and giggles galore, this is the perfect festive treat for all the family. Showing from the 30th November to the 8th January. Tickets from £9 to £21. Box Office: 01604 624811 www.royalandderngate.co.uk

The Lighthouse Theatre, Kettering

A magical, family pantomime starring TV hunk and housewives favourite, Danny Young (Coronation Street and Dancing on Ice), husband and wife combo Neil and Christine Hamilton, Eurovision Goddess Nicki French and local comedian Tony Howes. Running from the 13th to the 31st December. Adults £15, Children £10, Concessions £12.50, Family of 4 £45. Box Office: 01536 414141 www.lighthousetheatre.co.uk

“Peter Pan”

The Castle Theatre, Wellingborough

A family musical adventure telling the wonderful story of Wendy, John and Michael and their adventures with Peter Pan and his fairy friend, Tinkerbell. With plenty of opportunities for you to join in, Peter Pan is the perfect Christmas treat for children aged 4+ and their families. Showing from the 5th to the 20th December. Adults £13, Children £11, Family of 4 £44. Box Office: 01933 270007 www.thecastle.org.uk

“Aladdin”

The Derngate Theatre, Northampton This spectacular Christmas show stars one of the UK’s funniest comedians, Bobby Davro, as Wishee Washee and children’s television icon, Basil Brush as Chief Inspector Basil - Boom, Boom! They are joined by Strictly Come Dancing star, the multi-talented dancer, choreographer and performer Brian Fortuna as Aladdin, and veteran performer Jeffrey Holland (Hi-de-Hi) as the hilarious dame Widow Twankey. Running from the 9th December to the 8th January. Tickets from £15 to £23. Box Office: 01604 624811 www.royalandderngate.co.uk

The Royal Theatre, Northampton

“Dick Whittington” The Core, Corby

A traditional family panotmime run by the Corby Amateur Theatrical Society. Running from the 29th December to the 2nd January. Tickets £10, Concessions £8. Box Office: 01536 470470 www.thecorecorby.com

Fêtes and Fairs

Christmas at Kelmarsh

Saturday 10th & Sunday 11th December

Get into the spirit of Christmas in the magical setting of Kelmarsh Hall at their two-day Christmas Fair on Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th December, from 10am to 4pm. There will be luxury treats for the home and garden, cookery demonstrations, gifts for him and her, mouth-watering food and drink, music and a Santa’s Grotto (small charge per child). Entry is £5 for adults, with under-14s free. For more details call 01604 820011 or email admin@stonehouse-events.co.uk.

Christmas Tree Fayre at Boughton House

1st to 19th December Gifts, wreaths, decorations, country clothing, Christmas trees, Boughton beers and produce and firewood. Open daily from the 1st to the 19th December, 10am to 6pm (4pm on Sundays). Situated on the A43 between Kettering and Geddington. For more information call 01536 482308 or visit: www.boughtonhouse.org.uk.


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Adults £5 Under 14s Free Small charge for Santa’s grotto

www.kelmarsh.com Tel: 01604 820011

BARNWELL COUNTRY PARK VISIT SANTA IN HIS GROTTO Saturday 10th December 10am to 3pm Come and meet Father Christmas and bring your list for him to take back to Lapland. £3.50 per child, includes a present. Alex Toys will be making craft items with children in the Kingfisher Lodge. Car parking charges apply.


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Sa nta Claus is coming to town... Brixworth Country Park

Where to find Santa... Stanwick Lakes

Come and see Santa in his magical festive grotto in the cosy log cabin. 10th, 11th, 17th & 18th December. Once you have received your present, don’t forget to enjoy your mince pie and drink in the warm and inviting visitor centre where little ones can play in the Hideaway (modest charges apply). For more information call 01933 625522 or visit: www.stanwicklakes.org.uk.

Barnwell Country Park

Santa will be at Barnwell Country Park on Saturday 10th December from 10am to 3pm. Children can visit him in his grotto and take part in some Christmas craft making with Alex Toys in The Kingfisher Lodge. £3.50 per child.

The Swansgate Shopping Centre,

Countdown to Christmas starts on Saturday 10th December at The Swansgate Shopping Centre in Wellingborough. Between 11am and 4pm Santa and his Elf will be in the centre to meet all the little boys and girls, best of all it’s free and there’s a gift for every child. Don’t worry if you miss him on Saturday 10th December because he will be back on the 17th & 23rd December between 11am and 4pm. With free parking every day, for more details visit www.swansgateshoppingcentre.com or follow us on Facebook.

Mocha Mama

Mama Santa will be at Mocha Mama in her grotto on Tuesday 6th and Wednesday 7th December. Ideal for very little ones! Call 07929 483437 for more information.

Bosworths Garden Centre

Santa will be in his grotto at Bosworth’s all weekends in December. Join him for tea in Poppies Coffee Shop on selected weekdays in December too. Call 01536 722635 for details.

Come and visit Father Christmas and his real reindeer in his grotto at Brixworth Country Park on Sunday 11th December from 11am to 3pm. £5 per child including gift. Join Alex toys for some free craft making afterwards.

Kettering Town Centre

Santa will be in his grotto in the Market Place in Kettering town centre from the 17th to the 23rd December from 1pm-4pm daily. 50p per child (proceeds to Cransley Hospice). Children’s fairground rides £1 a ride.

Rushden Station

On the 3rd, 4th, 10th and 11th December, 11am to 3.30pm, take a steam train ride then visit Santa in his Grotto. Light refreshments included and various kinds of entertainment. Adults £6, Children aged 1 to 15 £8, children under 1 £2. Please contact the Ticket Office on 01933 353111 for more information.


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Father Christmas - a Brief History...

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hese days most pictures show Father Christmas with a huge sack of toys and presents slung over one shoulder, but many years ago he was not associated with gift-giving or particularly with children. The jolly chap we know and love today has emerged from many different characters. Here are just a few in chronological order: 500 AD: Saxons create Father Time (also known as King Frost or King Winter). A man from each village dresses up as Father Time and visits each home where he is offered refreshments in the hope that generosity would be rewarded with a mild winter and fruitful spring. 793 AD: Vikings invade Britain and bring their own winter traditions. The last two weeks of December are known as Jultid and the character of Jul visits the earth. A portly, elderly man with a white beard, Jul wears a long, blue, hooded cloak and travels the world on an eight-legged horse delivering gifts to the good and punishments to the bad. 1066: The Normans arrive with their story of St Nicholas (a saint from the 4th century who used to leave secret gifts for people) and the creation of the British Father Christmas is complete. 1644: Puritans ban Christmas and Father Christmas too. Bah humbug! 1837: The Victorians bring him back as a representative of good cheer and Christmas spirit. The early Victorian Father Christmas is an old man with a white beard who wears a long, fur-trimmed hooded robe, usually green. He rides a white horse and carries a yule log or a staff decorated with holly and ivy, and a wassailing bowl (a timber vessel for hot punch). Today: By the middle of the 20th century, our Father Christmas has changed again. He has been ‘Americanised’ by the illustrated 1822 poem “The Night before Christmas” and by the Coca Cola Company. Who knows how he’ll look after a few more hundred years? The rosy-cheeked chubby chap may have to swop his pies for rudolf’s carrots if he’s going to slip into a shimmering cat suit before stepping into his spacecraft...

“If you could give Father Christmas a present, what would it be?” ‘A new sleigh.‛ Luke, 5

‘A big blue car.‛ Connor, 3

‘Some pig slippers like mine (but in a bigger size)‛ Isabel, 4

‘A wand because it‛s the only thing he‛s not got, trust me.‛ Gracie, 4

A Father Christmas teddy that ACTUALLY looks like him.‛ Polly, 5.


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

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

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Moving with the times... Firetree Photography introduce their new

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Digital Blossom Album

ur children’s growth is amazingly rapid, blink and your little angel has changed again! At Firetree Photography we have for a long time offered a stress-free home visit service so families can capture these brief moments and have many options for showcasing your family portraits. With the growth in popularity of social media sites like Facebook we now have a new range of packages that allow for digital image purchase and we are showcasing a new state-of-the-art Digital Blossom Album. Purchasing digital media from a professional portrait session is usually very expensive but at Firetree Photography as well as offering images for web viewing, we have a new Digital Album that allows you to share the photographs from your photography shoot by e-mail or social media sites like Facebook. This unique Digital Album is offered as part of a two or three sitting package and actually grows with your sittings. After your first sitting you select a few of your favourite images and a link to your Digital Album is e-mailed to you. You can then share the album with friends and family online. Your album grows after subsequent sittings to become a beautifully crafted twenty page album. You can even contribute your own images, baby’s first photographs for example, or first solid feed! If you are not a fan of social media, you can simply have your images e-mailed to you in a slideshow format to display on your personal laptop, home computer or digital frame. At the end of your sitting package you are sent the final link to your album and are presented with a hard back, pro-bound Photography Book. A contemporary way to share the growth of your family with relatives and friends, as For more information about our Digital Blossom well as having the final photography book as Album, our Christmas offer and other products a perfect keepsake for years to come. please visit our website: www.firetreephoto.co.uk. To advertise call 0845 6439687 or e-mail info@timefortots.co.uk


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70% of parents/carers do not take their children to have an eye examination. Monday to Friday 9am – 1pm, 2pm – 5.30pm Saturdays 9am – 1pm 62 High Street, Old Village, Corby, Northants NN17 1UU Tel & Fax: 01536 266410

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and Nursery School

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

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Meet Cinderella...

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Aka Millie Binks, winner of The Lighthouse Theatre’s ‘Search for Cinderella’ competition

ille Binks, 17, an A-level student from Kettering won the battle to the ball in the Lighthouse Theatre’s ‘Search for Cinders’ competition earlier this year. Millie saw off competition from over 70 other girls, many experienced performers, to win her dream role. The theatre put the entrants through a vigorous series of auditions to whittle it down to a final 5 before handing the final decision over to the public vote. Millie received over 40% of the vote, which raised nearly £4,000 for charity. Millie will play the title role at the Lighthouse alongside Christine and Neil Hamilton and her Prince Charming, Danny Young. We had the immense pleasure of catching up with the delightful Millie at the recent press day for the production.. Congratulations on winning the competition Millie! How did you feel when you were told the news? Thank-you. I couldn’t believe it when I heard I’d won. I was thrilled! It was actually Christine (Hamilton) that called to tell me. Is this your biggest role to date? Yes. I’ve been in pantomimes before but only in the chorus. I also played a girl called ‘Pulchra’ in the CBBC series ‘The Roman Mysteries’ but this is definitely my biggest role so far. How did you get into performing? When I was 7 my cousins were going along to an open audition for the chorus in a local pantomime so I decided to go with them . To my amazement I was picked! I loved it and begged my Mum to let me have an agent afterwards as many of the other girls did. She said I had to do well with my maths first, my weakest subject at school. It was the motivation I needed though so I got the grades and Mum signed me up with an agency! I gather you’re studying for your A-levels at the moment. How do you manage to juggle performing with your studies? When I won the part in “The Roman Mysteries” I had to take 10 months off school whilst I was studying for my GCSEs. It wasn’t easy but I managed to do both and got good grades which got me into the Grammar School. I’ve got exams in January so I’ll have to really get my head down when the panto season finishes. Would you like a career in show business when you’ve finished all your studies? Yes I’d definitely like to continue in this line of work.

Our tots had a great time mingling with the cast and didn’t want to leave! Acting is my first love and a career in television would be my ultimate dream. I’d love to star in dramas, particularly a production of Shakespeare. Who is your idol? Ursula Andress. She was one of the first Bond Girls. Lots of people say I look like her - I wish!! We have to ask, who is your favourite princess? It has to be Grace Kelly, the Princess of Monaco, because of her grace and beauty and because she was an actress as well as a princess! And your favourite Disney Princess? (Given they are so popular with girls under 5!) I don’t really know many but I guess I’d have to say Cinderella! I like Pochahontas as well if she’s classed as a princess. I’m sure Danny Young is going to be fantastic as Prince Charming but if you could choose, who would be your real life Prince Charming? I should probably say my boyfriend but if you want me to say someone famous then I’d have to say Orlando Weeks. Now I feel old as I have no idea who he is! Who is he?

He’s the lead singer of The Macabees. A band from the south of England. Finally, why should our readers come and see “Cinderella” at The Lighthouse this Christmas? Cinderella is the most magical of all fairytales and this particular production has a great cast - we’re like a family already and I’m sure that will come across on stage. We thoroughly enjoyed meeting the lovely Millie, and would like to thank her for taking the time to chat to us. We wish her all the best in the forthcoming panto and can’t wait to come and see her. We’ve bought our tickets already! To purchase yours call the box office on 01536 414141 or go to www.lighthousetheatre.co.uk.

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Time for Mum

Time for Mum at East Northants Leisure Centres

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All of our facilities provide a crèche for children aged between 3 months and 6 years old. If you’re in need of some ‘you time’ at one of our facilities why not take advantage of our supervised play sessions and leave your child(ren) to have a fun time? The cost is £2.50 per child per hour (£1.90 for members). There are a number of classes and sessions that coincide with our crèche timetables: CRÈCHE OPENING TIMES

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• Start with a Tropical Sugar Exfoliation for back and shoulders

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Muddy Boots Playgroup Jubilee Drive, Walgrave, Northamptonshire, NN6 9PH

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

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Parent & Tot Group Directory Burton Latimer

Irthlingborough

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

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

Corby & Villages

First Moves Movement & music for under 5s. Thursdays in term time. 10.15-11.15am or 11.30-12.30am, The Core at Corby Cube. Free. Rhymetime Tuesdays in term time, 10-10.30am or 1111.30am. Corby Library in The Cube. Free Little Angels Tuesdays & Fridays 9.15-11.30am, Thursdays 12-3pm. The Baptist Church Hall, Rowlett Road. Contact Ann on 01536 394824 Parents & Tots (Corby Old Village) Wednesdays 1.30-2.45pm, term time only. Corby Old Village Primary School. £1. Wilbarston Tots & Tiddlers Mondays 10am-12pm, term time. Wilbarston Village Hall. Contact Sarah on 07730 568300 Little Angels Playgroup For pre-school children with additional needs. Tuesdays 9.30-11.30am at Lodge Park Sports Centre. Asian Family Time Every 1st Sunday in the month, Corby Library, 2.30-3.30pm.

Desborough & Rothwell Rhymetime (Rothwell) Mondays 2.30-3pm, term time only. Rothwell Library. Free. 01536 711880 Twinkle Tots Wednesdays 9.30-11am, term time only. Reachout Community Church, School Lane, Rothwell Contact 01933 225525 Building Blocks Wednesdays 2-3pm (term time only). Free. Desborough Baptist Church, Station Road. Contact: 01536 760149. Salvation Army Parents & Toddlers Thursdays in term time 9.30-11am. New Street, Rothwell. Contact 01536 711298 Rhymetime (Desborough) Fridays 10-10.30am, term time only. Desborough Library. Free. 01536 711880

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

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Raunds & Stanwick The Stanwick Rainbow Group Tuesdays 1.45-3.15pm. Stanwick Village Hall. £2 per family. Contact Claire on 01933 623551. Rhymetime Wednesdays 2.15-2.45pm and Thursdays 1111.30am. Raunds Library. Free. 01933 623671 Little Treasures Thursdays 9.30-11am, term time only. St Laurence Church. Donation optional. St Peters Parent & Toddler Group (Raunds) Fridays 9.30-11.30am, term time only. Saxon Hall. £2/family. Contact Sarah 01933 622116

Rushden & Higham Ferrers Bumps & Babes @ Church Every Monday in term time, 10am at St Mary’s Church. Short lively service followed by playtime. £1 per family. 01933 358218. Mums & Tots Tuesdays 10-11.30am. Rushden Full Gospel Church & Christian Centre, 60 High Street South. Contact Linda on 07904 638612 Jelly Babes Wednesdays 9.30-11.30am, term time only. Queen Street Church Hall. £1 per family. Contact Jeanette on 01933 391457 Rhymetime (Rushden) Every Tuesday 9.30-10am or 10.30-11am at Rushden Library. Free. 01933 312754. Rhymetime (Higham Ferrers) Mondays-babies only (> 12 mths) 11.30am-1pm, Tuesdays 10-10.30am. Higham Ferrers Library. 01933 314842. Free. Mugs and Beakers (Mums & Tots) Tuesdays 9-11am at The Bridge (in the grounds of Whitefriars Junior School). 50p per family. Contact Emma on 01933 411393

Thrapston & Villages

Rhymetime Thursdays & Fridays 2-2.30pm. Thrapston Library. Free. 01832 733251 Tiddlers Thursdays 9.30-11am, term time only. Thrapston Baptist Church, 33 Huntingdon Road. £1/family. Contact Tina: 01832 730297 Titchmarsh Babes Mondays 1.30-2.30pm. Titchmarsh Clubroom. £1/family. Contact Judith on 01832 730587 Little Angels (Ringstead) Tuesdays 1.30 - 3pm, term time only. Ringstead

School Hall. £1.30 per family.

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Wellingborough & Villages St Mark’s Buggy Club Wednesdays in term time, 1.30-3.00pm in St Mark’s Church Hall, Queensway. Voluntary 50p donation. Contact Joy on 01933 676368. Little Cogs Toddler Group Thursdays 9.30-11.15am and 1-2.30pm, term time. Reachout Community Church, Havelock St. Call 01933 225525 for more information. Drop-in Sessions at Croyland Children’s Centre All sessions are FREE. Just drop-in: Mondays - “Singalong Together”, 9.30-10.30am Tuesdays - “Mini Gym”, 10-11am & 2-3pm Wednesdays - “Stay & Play”, 9.30-11am Wednesdays - “Baby Stay & Play” 1.30-3pm Fridays - “Conversation Group”, 9.30-11am Fridays - “Young Parents Group”, 12-2pm Croyland Road, Tel: 01933 279681 Little Fishes Fridays 1.30-3pm. Our Lady’s Infant School Hall, Henshaw Road. £1/family. Contact Nancy on 01933 381168 Rhymetime Wednesdays 10-10.30am & 11-11.30am. Wellingborough Library. Free. 01933 225365 Mucky Pups (Messy Play) Tuesdays 9.30-11am St Andrews Church Hall, Berrymore Road. £2.50.Contact 01933 272119 The Rascals Music Session Fridays 9.45-10.45am St Andrews Church Hall, Berrymore Road. £2 1st child, £1.25 2nd child. Little Cogs Toddler Group (Irchester) Fridays 9.30-11.15am. Reachout Community Church, Irchester. £1 st child, 50p thereafter. Contact Nicola on 01933 225525 Irchester BATS (Babies and Toddlers) Wednesdays 9.15-11.15am, term time only. Irchester Village Hall. £1 1st child, 50p thereafter. Contact Nichola on 01933 410866 Little Fishes (Little Harrowden) Every other Wednesday in term time, 2-3pm, Little Harrowden Church. Contact Heather on 01933 678225 We do our best to ensure all information is correct at the time of going to press. If however you know or discover that some details are incorrect, please let us know then we can amend them for the next issue.

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Find Cinderella’s Slipper And You Shall Go To The Ball!

Win 1 of 3 Family Tickets to see Cinderella at The Lighthouse Theatre Find Cinderella’s slipper (pictured left) hidden somewhere in this issue, then for your chance to win simply email the page number it’s on (together with your name, address and phone number) to: info@timefortots.co.uk

Closing date 16th December 2011

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Win a FREE Family Ticket to see Peter Pan at The Castle Theatre this December Find the words listed below, in the grid. When you’ve found them, some of the unused letters will spell out a hidden message. Pick them out from left to right, top to bottom, then, for your chance to win, email the hidden message (together with your name, address and phone number) to: info@timefortots.co.uk PETER PAN

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