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A Dad’s Day Out Easter Activities & Events Mothering Sunday Special Northampton, Daventry, Towcester and Surrounding Areas


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

Production photos by Pete Jones

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Direct from the West End

Sat 19 & Sun 20 March BOX OFFICE 01604 624811

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Spring 2011 We made it! I’m sure you’ll agree, battling through the wind, rain, ice and snow trying to entertain little ones indoors through the long dark months has not been a piece of cake. The time between the departure of Father Christmas and the arrival of the Easter Bunny is a tough one. But, hooray! Springtime is here at last and we’ve got a great issue of Time for Tots for you to help you celebrate. Check out pages 6 to 7 for a fantastic line up of great days out over Easter. Whether it’s bottle feeding fluffy lambs, taking a bumpy tractor ride to spot the Easter Bunny or just taking a forest stroll though a blanket of bluebells we’ve got it all here. Fun in the fresh air, pink cheeks, then home for big sleeps. Bliss. Lovely mummies can take delight and daddies get some good hints with our Mothers Day feature on pages 16 to 17. We’ve also rounded up some real cuties to tell us what they love about their mummies, with a couple of hilarious captions to keep you entertained (and no doubt a couple of us grimacing – me included!) As usual, we’ve got some great giveaways for you all on our Win Win Win page. Write in for a chance to win a family ticket to see everyone’s favourite little pink piggy, Peppa - just one of many fantastic shows and events from the Royal & Derngate this season.

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Contents 4 Tots News 6 Easter Eggtivities 9 Make a day of it at The Royal & Derngate 10 Clubs & Classes 12 Featured Class: Early Years Music Class 15 Events Diary 16 Time for Mum 19 A Dad’s Day Out 21 Party Services 22 Time for Books 23 Worried that your child could be dyslexic? 24 Business Opportunities 27 Special Offers 28 Parent & Tot Groups 30 Win Win Win!

That’s it from me. Wishing you a happy Easter, happy Mother’s Day and most importantly, happy times with your little ones this Spring!

Liz

How to contact us:

By post: Time for Tots, PO Box 7409, Kettering, NN16 6GR By telephone: 0845 6439687 By e-mail: info@timefortots.co.uk www.timefortots.co.uk Our cover photo was taken by CK Photography Portrait, wedding and commercial photographer

01536 501477 www.ckphotos.co.uk

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Tots News New Secret Venue for Tea Time Treats

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

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Nursery Open Day at Northampton High School

orthampton High School Nursery is pleased to inform prospective parents that there is no longer a deposit or registration fee to pay when joining and they welcome nursery vouchers, allowing up to 15 hours a week free for your daughter. Northampton High School Nursery provides girls aged 3 and 4 with the best possible start to their education. The happy and caring community offers excellent facilities, fully qualified teachers and nursery nurses, flexible sessions, nutritious meals and is rated outstanding by OFSTED. The nursery offers a secure and stimulating environment, where creativity and imagination are fostered as the young girls take their first steps towards independence. It links closely with the junior school and particularly the reception class to enhance learning through the six areas of the foundation stage. If you would like to visit, there is a nursery and junior school open day on Friday 11th March from 9.30am to 12 noon or a private tour can be arranged. They also have a toddler group on Friday afternoons in term time from 1.30pm to 3pm for 23 year olds. Please call Northampton High School on 01604 765765 for more information. Please mention Time for Tots when responding to an advertisement


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Peppa Pig

at the Royal & Derngate!

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reat your little piggies and join birthday girl Peppa, her little brother George and all her friends for a fabulous show featuring brand new songs and of course lots of oinks, giggles and muddy puddles. This BAFTA award-winning children’s TV show is recreated live on stage featuring beautifully true-to-life puppets, for first time, from the producers of LazyTown Live! and Roald Dahl’s The BFG. Saturday 19 March 10am, 1pm & 4pm and Sunday 20 March 10am & 1pm. Tickets are priced at £15.50 and £12.50 and available from the Royal & Derngate Box office: 01604 624811 or online at: www.royalandderngate.co.uk. Book early to avoid disappointment. Turn to our ‘Win Win Win’ page to try your luck at winning a family ticket!

Yummy Mummy Week

26th March sees the start of Yummy Mummy Week, in support of CLIC Sargent – the children with cancer charity: “Every day, ten families are told that their child has cancer. We believe every child with cancer deserves a normal childhood” There are plenty of events being held around the country in support. Go to www.yummymummy.org.uk to find out more and see how you can get involved. Support your local organiser, Claire of Baby Boo and Mama Too, by heading down to the Harleston Village Hall on 27th March. Alongside Polka Dot Cakes and Messy Makers there will be plenty of homemade gifts and jewellery – perfect prezzies for Mothers Day. We are told that there will be plenty to keep your little ones entertained so yummy mummies and dashing daddies can have a good browse...and all for an excellent cause! Yummy Mummies in Business Fayre, 27th March, 11am til 3pm. Harlestone Village Hall, Upper Harlestone, Northampton, NN7 4EH. Call Claire Lee on 07738 753571 for more info.

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Easter Eggtivities for the whole family!

...our guide to ‘what’s on’ this Easter

Easter Weekend Fun Canons Ashby On Good Friday and Saturday (22nd and 23rd April), 12 to 3pm, children can make an Easter tray garden, creating their own imaginary world in miniature. £1.50 per item. On Easter Sunday and Monday kids can take part in an Easter Egg Hunt. Chocolate surprises and the beautiful spring gardens at Canons Ashby - the perfect Easter treat! Have fun too with Cadbury’s face painting artists. £2 per child (including egg hunt and face painting) Tel: 01327 860044 Email: canonsashby@nationaltrust.org.uk

Children’s Easter Egg Hunt

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

Easter Family Fun Sulgrave Manor

Museums not for tinies? Think again! Run round the garden at Sulgrave Manor to spot the rather large ‘ladybirds’! Play with the balls, bean bags and hoops. Play ‘I Spy’. Oh, and if an older brother or sister wants to get a head for history there is a Children’s Tour on Saturdays at 1.45pm. Saturday 23 April: A very special St George’s Day invitation! Free entry to present and past members of the British Emergency Services at Sulgrave Manor (ID required). Young ones who come dressed as St George or a dragon will get a chocolate egg! See the mummers and follow the dragon trail... Easter Monday from 11am is eggspecially good with egg rolling, an egg hunt, music and a dance from the Moulton Morris Men dance. Easter Monday: Adult £7.50, Child (5-16yrs) £3.50, Family £20.00. At all other times: Adult £6.55, Child £3.15, Family £18.50. Garden only: Adult £3.15 Children free. Open: Apr-Oct weekends from 12 noon. (closed 30th May for private function) May-Oct Tues, Wed, Thurs from 2pm. (August only from 12 noon.) Bank Holidays from 11am and extended opening times during half term Sulgrave Manor, Sulgrave, Nr Banbury, OX17 2SD

Tel: 01295 760205 www.sulgravemanor.org.uk

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Easter Disco & Egg Hunt Hardingstone Village Hall

Disco Tots Easter Disco and Egg Hunt at Hardingstone Village Hall. Proceeds to the Genesis Research Trust charity for children. 11am – 1pm for 0-4s. £7.50 per family. Price includes food, egg hunt and party bags. Call Katie Bonham: 07931 308173 for more info & tickets.

Easter Egg Specials

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

Easter Workshops Northampton Museum & Art Gallery Easter Crafts & Workshops 10am to 12pm and 1pm to 3pm from Thursday 14th to Monday 25th (closed Good Friday). No need to book – just turn up! There will be a small charge for some activities. Tel: 01604 838111. www.northampton.gov.uk/museums

Easter Egg Hunt Daventry Country Park

Daventry Country Park will be holding an Easter Egg Hunt on the morning of Easter Sunday. Details to be confirmed. Call 01327 877193 for more information.

Easter Trails & Egg Hunt Brixworth Country Park

Take part in a fun, self-led trail around Brixworth Country Park searching for clues, collect a prize at the end. £1.50 per trail sheet. The trail is open throughout the school Easter holidays and is suitable for pre-school as well as school age children. On Easter Sunday the park will be holding Easter Egg Hunts throughout the day from 10.30am to 3.30pm. Call the park on 01604 883920 for more information.

Easter Workshops Abington Park Museum

Easter Egg Hunt at Abington Park Museum from the 14th to the 25th April. Thursday to Sunday and Easter Monday (closed Good Friday). Anytime during normal museum opening hours. 60p per person. Creme egg as a prize. Tel: 01604 838110 www.northampton.gov.uk/museums

Easter Eggstravaganza West Lodge Farm

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

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

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Burnums Farmyard Friends

Nr Watford Gap, Northants, NN6 7UH Tel: 01788 822227

An educational and fun visit for all the family, Schools/Groups/Birthday parties/Disabled welcome Bottle feeding 11am & 3pm 2011 OPENING TIMES 10am – 5pm

March & September: Open weekends only April 2nd - May 2nd open every day May to end Aug open Fri, Sat Sun Open Bank Holidays and extra days in school holidays

Adult £3.50

Child £3

Under 2yrs free

www.burnumsfarm.com

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

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

Rookery Open Farm

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Stoke Bruerne

Fun down on the farm Meet the animals

New

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

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

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

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

Tel: 01604 864855

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

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Make a day of it at Royal & Derngate! Royal & Derngate is buzzing with activity for young people at the weekend. Along with its exciting programme of shows for children all year round, you and your children can now take part in the interactive creative projects sessions Move, Make and Do (for under 5s) every Saturday from 2-3pm, using dance, music, arts and crafts to create an hour of weekend fun! For older children there are the term time Saturday sessions Act, Dance & Play (suitable for ages 5-8) from 11-12.30pm, which are about having fun and developing confidence, and culminate in a small-scale performance for friends and family. Why not make a day of it and stay for lunch? Their popular cafe offers a range of food including burgers, jacket potatoes, soups and deli boards, as well as a selection of cakes, teas and coffees. The cafe staff are always happy to heat bottles or baby food for you, and there

are high chairs available. A special children’s menu is available, and they offer a free child’s meal with every paying adult meal for people attending Move, Make and Do workshops. Children’s activity packs are also available free of charge from the cafe. For more information on any of the creative projects sessions or children’s shows at Royal & Derngate call Box Office on 01604 624811 or visit www.royalandderngate.co.uk.

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Clubs & Classes To advertise your Club or Class here call: 0845 6439687 or e-mail info@timefortots.co.uk Northamptonshire Music & Performing Arts Service ...here to help your little stars shine!

Early Years Music Classes

from birth to age 6 - classes last 45 mins & run in term time - 10 children per group qualified and experienced teachers

 : 01604 637117

 : musicservice@northamptonshire.gov.uk

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www.NMPAS.co.uk

 : 125-129 Kettering Road, N’pton, NN1 4AZ

Krystle Jayne’s Dance Academy

Ballet, Tap & Modern classes for children Street Dance and Cheerleading for ages 8+

Adult Street, Salsa & Zumba Classes IDTA & RAD Exams Shows & Competitions Fully qualified & experienced staff Branches in Roade & Grange Park

Baby Ballet 2+ years! FREE trial class! Call 07791 852891 for more information, or visit: www.krystlejaynedanceacademy.co.uk

Nothing is more rewarding than watching a child learning new skills, keeping fit and loving every minute of it! That’s why more and more parents are bringing their children along to our training sessions. APPROVED FOOTBALL TRAINING FOR KIDS FROM 18 MONTHS TO 5TH BIRTHDAY.

N substitute Call

01327 310373

www.littlekickers.co.uk

lnewbould@littlekickers.co.uk

Nothing is more rewarding than watching a child learning new skills, keeping fit and loving every minute of it! That’s why more and more parents are bringing their children along to our training sessions. A P P R OV E D F O O T B A L L T R A I N I N G F O R 5 AND 6 YEAR OLDS.

Mega Kickers Call

01327 310373

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lnewbould@littlekickers.co.uk

Krystle Gerrard AIDTA CDE

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Li’l Dynos We are all built for greatness

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

First lesson FREE!

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

NCAAC GYMNASTICS

GymBugs

Est 2001 The pre-school section of the NCAAC Gymnastics Club

Come along to one of our younger age sessions (under 2s or 2-3 years), and together with our qualified preschool coaches, you can assist your child to explore wonderful and exciting equipment such as ladders, beams and climbing apparatus whilst beginning to learn the basic skills of gymnastics. For the older children (3-4 years), there are more structured classes where they are taken around the apparatus by the coaches in small groups and slightly more difficult gymnastics skills are practised. There will also be a chance in this lesson to partake in the British Gymnastics award schemes. For class times or to book a place, please ring 01604 859412, or visit: www.ncaacgymnastics.com We look forward to seeing you at our NEW gym: 56-58 Rothersthorpe Crescent, Rothersthorpe Trading Estate, Northampton, NN4 8JD

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Featured Class: Early Years Music Classes What is an Early Years Music Class? Early Years Music Classes are provided by the Northamptonshire Music and Performing Arts Service and open to children from just 6 weeks to reception age. Through music, rhyming, tickling and bouncing games, young children develop a good sense of rhythm and pulse as well as turn-taking.

What is the aim of the classes? To provide parents with 45 minutes of quality time with their children, in which they can focus totally on their child without interruptions. To provide children with the foundations of a musical knowledge which, as they grow older, will prove a vital tool to help develop and extend this skill.

Talk us through a typical class Every class is limited to the same 10 children and each group has its own dedicated classroom and teacher. Each session follows the same routine and a topic is carried through a term so families become familiar with the songs. Every session begins with a greeting song in which every children is included. A variety of activities follow which include finger rhymes, tickling and bouncing games. Different instruments are also introduced each week. Each session also includes parachute games, movement and dancing. The children are also given the opportunity to listen to a range of music from different genres.

How do Early Years Music Classes benefit children? What parents have said: “It’s such a fun learning environment and has really helped my son develop his learning skills. It’s the highlight of his week.”

“I have found the skills acquired in music class invaluable – both musical and social skills including turn taking and packing away. A wonderful start to my child’s musical education.” “Stimulating and enjoyable session which enables my daughter to express herself and make new friends.”

What ages are the classes for? • 6 weeks to 9 months • 9 months to 3 years • 3 years to Pre-school • Reception and Year 1

When and where do you run classes? Classes for preschool children run each day 9.40am, 10.35am, 1pm and 2pm.How long

does each class last?

45 mins

How much does a class cost?

£49 per 10 week term. Half terms can also be booked. We offer a taster session which you will not be charged for if you do not return. For more information: Contact: Janice Starmer Telephone: 01604 637117 Email: jstarmer@northamptonshire.gov.uk Website: www.NMPAS.co.uk

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yoga inspired movement and music classes ages 2­7 for schools, nurseries, private classes and parties. Come along for: •Adventure stories to spark imagination •Lots of fun, movement & animal poses •A mix of activity and calming relaxation •Our unique music and fair trade toys •EYFS aligned, developmental sessions ow availa b l e free taster se s s i o ns n Reanne Marshall classes@miltonkeynes.tattybumpkin.com 08456 804 981

The UK!s first rugby specific play programme for young children Rugbytots® is a weekly play session for children between the ages of two and seven. Separated into three age groups, Rugbytots® combines the multiple skills used in rugby with a fun, energetic and structured play programme designed to enhance your child!s social and physical skills.

foundations which will enable them to progress with confidence. All Rugbytots® classes are fully insured and will be run by an RFU qualified lead coach who is trained in paediatric first aid and has been CRB checked.

Whether the next step for your child is mini-rugby or ballet, Rugbytots® aims to provide the

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THE PERFECT FAMILY TREAT! FROM THE CREATORS OF THE GRUFFALO

ADAPTED FROM

JULIA DONALDSON AND AXEL SCHEFFLER’S

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FRI 29 APR – SUN 1 MAY

BOX OFFICE: 01604

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Events Diary Thu 3rd

til 3pm, in support of CLIC Sargent. See Tots News for more details.

Fri 4th

Toddler afternoon at Northampton Museum & Art Gallery. 1-3pm. Make a native American wigwam.

March World Book Day Free Baby & Toddler Day at Daventry Library. 10-2pm. Free Baby and Toddler Day at Towcester Library. 10-2pm.

Sat 5th

Roade Library Rhymetime 10:30-11am. Free.

Fri 11th

Nursery and Junior School Open Day at Northampton High School. 9.30am-12noon.

Mon 14th & Tue 15th

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

Wed 16th

Nature Tots at Brixworth Country Park. 10-11.30am. Nature Tots at Sywell Country Park. 1.30-2.30pm.

Thu 17th

Toddler afternoon at Abington Park Museum. 1-3pm. Irish Leprechaun.

Sat 19th & Sun 20th

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

Sat 26th

NCT Nearly New Sale. Doors open 12.30 for NCT members, 1pm for non members. 2.30pm finish. £1 per adult. William Parker School, Daventry.

Sun 27th

Yummy Mummy Fayre at Harlestone Village Hall, 11am

Thu 31st

April

fancy dress competitions. Spring Market at Canons Ashby, Daventry. Children can make spring flowers from paper and recycled materials. 11am to 4pm. Just turn up. Check out our Easter feature on pages 6 to 7 for more Easter activities & events

Sun 3rd

Mothering Sunday. Sunday lunch at West Lodge Farm. Free flowers for Mums. Mother’s Day Sunday lunch at Canons Ashby. Posy making and gift label decorating for all the family. 11am to 4pm. Call 01327 861905 for details.

Tue 12th

“Chris and Pui” from Cbeebies at The Royal & Derngate Theatre.

Sun 24th

Disco Tots Easter Disco & Egg Hunt at Hardingstone Village Hall - see Easter feature pg 7.

Fri 29th

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

Fri 29th to Sun 1st

“The Gruffalo’s Child” at The Royal & Derngate Theatre.

Sat 30th

May Day Festival. 11am to 3pm. Campbell Park Canal, Milton Keynes.

Sat 30th - Mon 2nd

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

May Sun 1st

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

Mon 2nd

Bank Holiday. Steam Train rides at Northampton Society of Model Engineers. The 2 miniature railways will be providing free rides with steam hauled trains from 1.30pm until 5pm. Refreshments available. Free parking. Delapre Park, London Road, Northampton.

Fri 13th to Sun 15th

International Waendel Weekend in W’boro.

Sun 15th

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

Wed 18th

Nature Tots at Brixworth Country Park. 10-11.30am. Nature Tots at Sywell Country Park. 1.30-2.30pm.

Sat 28th & Sun 29th

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

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Mothering Sunday 3rd April 2011

Time for Mum

A Mothering Sunday Special!

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s we look forward to Mothering Sunday, a day when we all hope to be pampered and have a break from our normal chores, we take a look at the history of the day, how 3 mothers at different stages of motherhood will be spending it and ask several little ones ‘Why do you love your Mummy?’….

A potted history Mothering Sunday is actually a Christian Festival which dates back to Roman times when it was a day to honour the Virgin Mary. Since Roman times it has fallen on the fourth Sunday in Lent so the date is determined by the Church calendar each year. In the 16th century people made a point of visiting their ‘mother church’ on Mothering Sunday which is their nearest big church and typically the church in which they were baptised. People that did this were said to have gone ‘a mothering’. In Victorian times it was a day when domestic servants were given the day off to visit their own mothers and families. By the 1930’s Mothering Sunday celebrations had all but stopped but were revived by American and Canadian Soldiers serving abroad during the second world war. They began celebrating what they referred to as ‘Mother’s Day’ on the second Sunday in May and continue to do so to this day. The British and Irish however on reviving the festival, decided to revert to the original date of the fourth Sunday in Lent, and so it remains.

Why do you love your Mummy?

“She gives me nice cuddles” Luke, age 4

“She fluffs up my covers and makes me sock cats” Poppy, age 5

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

First-time Mum

Louise

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

Mum of Three

Victoria

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

“She buys me Ben 10 toys and looks after me when I’m poorly” Christian, age 4

“She gives me little bottles of pink milk” Tor, age 3

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

“She’s not stinky” Izzy, age 3

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

Adele

Grandmother

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

Wishing all mothers a peaceful and relaxing Mothering Sunday!

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

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

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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

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

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COTSWOLD WILDLIFE PARK AND GARDENS In 160 acres of landscaped parkland... • Walk with lemurs • Ride on the train • Visit Children’s Farmyard • Bring a picnic

Situated on A361 2.5 miles south of A40 at Burford

For full information see website: www.cotswoldwildlifepark.co.uk or call 01993 823006

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A Dad’s Day Out Getting creative, feeling calm and relaxing with a coffee... ...at Roobarb & Kustard When I was asked to take my two daughters, Izzy (3) and Mia (11), to Roobarb and Kustard and write about my visit, I thought I was in for a crazy and hectic Saturday morning. I was told we would be painting pottery. This conjured up images of smashed plates and splattered paint. My anxieties were put to rest the moment we walked in. The first thing I noticed was the calm and concentration amongst all of the children there, along with the smell of fresh coffee. We were greeted on arrival and shown to a table that was kitted out with a whole array of paints, brushes and everything else needed to create a masterpiece. Once settled we were shown all the pottery that we could choose from to paint. Izzy chose a shoe, Mia chose a plate and I chose a large bowl of coffee to drink. It was to be a great Saturday. While the girls got stuck into their painting I spoke to Kylie, who owns Roobarb and Kustard. She started up three years ago after having her second baby, giving up her job as a project manager. She caters for all of the usual parties for children between the ages of 4 up to around 12 but also, what I thought was a great idea, is that she does adult chill out evenings and team building sessions (booking required) where you can come along with your own wine and relax, chat and do some painting, good for starting off your hen night perhaps. There are all sorts of things you can do here, there is a large variety of pottery to choose from to paint, there is also hand and footprint plates, clay imprints, 3D plaster impressions, christening and birth plates signing plates and commission pieces. Each person wishing to paint is charged a studio fee of £3.95 then the price of the piece or pieces on top, which start from £3.65. These are then left for a week to be glazed and fired before they are ready to collect. Izzy and Mia are now getting hungry. This was thanks to the family next to us, who were here using the voucher their daughter got for her birthday, having

some delicious looking sandwiches brought to their table. They chose their sandwiches which were freshly made for them and a drink which they demolished while adding the finishing touches to their pottery which was to be for mum on Mother’s Day. The sandwiches start at £2.65. There’s also a good variety of fresh coffees and hot chocolates along with handmade cakes, crisps and drinks. I asked Izzy if she had enjoyed herself, her response was ‘Yes. Can we come again tomorrow please?’ All three of us had a lovely time in a wonderful and unique place. We will definitely go again. Finding Roobarb & Kustard This tranquil spot is unbelievably bang in the centre of town. Turn off Abington Street and walk down the side of M&S and you fill find it tucked away half way up Wellington Street. They have baby changing facilities and disabled access, so accessible for all, and there is a car park next door. Opening hours: Mon: closed Tues to Sat: 10am to 5pm Sun: Open for pre-booked birthday parties Thur: 7pm to 9.30pm adult “chill out” painting (pre booking only with a min of 10 painters). Roobarb & Kustard Ceramics Cafe Ltd, Ground Floor, Lion House, 12 Wellington Street, Northampton NN1 3AS. For more information or to make a booking: Call: 01604 620062 email: enquiries@roobarbandkustard.co.uk or visit: www.roobarbandkustard.co.uk Turn to our Readers Offers page in this issue for your Roobarb & Kustard free drink voucher!

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Babieswear Childrenswear Schoolwear Dancewear Branded Clothing at Low Prices • Babieswear - premature to 24 months • Childrenswear - 2 to 8 years • Schoolwear - Infants, Juniors & Seniors (stock all year, most colours & Sizes) • William Parker Uniform Stockist • Plain blazers suitable for Danetre School • Large range of Babies Accessories • Girls Hair Accessories & Jewellery • Dancewear & Dance Shoes

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

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Party Services To advertise your Party Service here call 0845 6439687 or e-mail info@timefortots.co.uk

Royston the Magician (Inner Magic Circle)

Children’s Party Entertainment for All Ages! Magic « Puppets « Balloon Modelling Whole Parties with Games, Music & Prizes Birthday & Christmas Parties « Family Fun Days « Weddings Christenings « Schools « Playgroups

DISCO TOTS Disco fun for children’s birthday party’s aged 1-8 years

CALL NOW TO BOOK YOUR PARTY; Katie Bonham 07931 308173 kt_bonham@yahoo.co.uk

Children aged 1-3 years; 2 hours of Disco music including half an hour of singing their favourite children’s songs. Children aged 4-8 years; 2 hours of Disco fun, interactive disco songs and lots of party games

Book your venue, do your food, and leave me to entertain your children leaving you to relax.

CRB Police Checked & PL Insurance

01604 411413 www.allsortsentertainments.co.uk (other entertainments available)

I am a mum of two and love being interactive with children through music and play, which is why I have set up this business. Your child will have a fun time and be the envy of all their friends with a fantastic party.

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Time for Books: Waterstones Book Review

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

For Babies... Snuggle Bunny

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

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

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

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

£6.99

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

This Season’s Choice The Odd Egg

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

Waterstones Booksellers Ltd. 19-21 Abington Street, Northampton, NN1 2AN Tel: 0843 2908517. Opening hours: Mon-Sat 9-5.30, Tues 9.30-5.30 & Sun 10.30-4.30

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Worried that your child could be dyslexic?

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Affecting around 8% of the UK population, dyslexia is a permanent disability which requires continuous support, particularly for a child. In many children, dyslexia causes difficulty with reading, writing, spelling, memory and the sequencing processes of basic maths and can dramatically affect their education and school experience. Northampton Optician Asif Mohammed, from Greens Kodak Lens Vision Centre, is urging parents to book a child’s dyslexia screening test to assist in the diagnosis of the disability. Mr Mohammed said: “Dyslexia, if not diagnosed early, can have a dramatic effect on a child’s life. There are now many ways in which we can help and through our dyslexia screening service we’re changing lives, providing children with the tools they need to tackle their education head-on.” With specialist support, most people with dyslexia can learn to read and write perfectly well. Many dyslexics are sensitive to light or certain colours and so the screening tests can determine if tinted lenses or coloured overlays will make reading and writing easier for your child. The dyslexia screening test costs £20 when booked with a child’s FREE eye test. To find out more or to book an appointment, contact the Kodak Lens Vision Centre on 01604 715721 or call in at 18, Harborough Road, Kingsthorpe.

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Business Opportunities Opportunities and advice for parents in business and those who would like to be! We are looking for Representatives and Party Planners in many areas of the UK

Talking Tots

Franchise Opportunity Fun classes and children’s parties for 1-5 year olds Developing speech and social skills Talking Tots is the fastest growing national preschool activity franchise in the country Fits around family life

Includes: Extensive resources Full session plans Excellent national training & support package

Tel: 07757 231711

CHANGE OF CIRCUMSTANCES FORCES QUICK SALE COST £ 7,700, SELL £3,850 o.n.o.

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Visit:

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“How To Easily Make Money From Home While Enjoying Looking After Your Baby’’

FREE REPORT Tel: 0845 0568812 www.homeworkingmums.com

Greetings to a great cause!

The idea for Cards from Africa came to British founder, Chris Page, in 2004, inspired by a Kenyan doctor who had started a similar endeavor to generate income for women in a Nairobian slum. Chris teamed up with Rwandan artist Gabriel Dusabe and together they learned how to make paper and create simple card prototypes. Their first employee was a young orphaned woman named Ariette. After one month’s time they asked her to bring another friend to train but she brought two! Shortly after, twenty more orphaned youths were trained and the business was born. Profits are reinvested into company operations as well as the lives of the staff. Chris’ aim is to provide steady employment to 300 orphaned young people in Rwanda. Chris says ‘Every one of our cards is carefully made by hand, and are born of simple office waste paper. We make all of our handmade paper from discarded scraps that would otherwise be destined to burn. Not only is this environmentally friendly, it also ensures that we have a large range of base colours and textures of paper to work with. On average it takes 30 minutes to make one card - so each card really is a labour of love!’ To see Cards from Africa’s complete range go to: www. cardsfromafrica.co.uk. Custom orders are welcome. If you are interested in becoming a Cards from Africa representative, earning money and helping African families, then visit: www.cardsfromafrica.co.uk/joinus.

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

Come and see for yourself.

Junior School Nursery to year 6 (3 - 11 years)

Open Day Friday 11 March 9.30am - 12noon

Please Call

01604 765765

www.gdst.net/northamptonhigh

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“I was in control of my weight throughout my pregnancy” Ellie

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Choose the Wright Stuff during Pregnancy I was eating the right food to avoid picking up too much weight, I could also relax and know that my baby was getting the right stuff. I want to share Sureslim with every woman I know whom intends to have a baby. It made such a difference for me!

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Special Offers Free membership

For all Time for Tots readers (worth £5.80) Present voucher at reception. Valid until 31st May 2011.

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Free regular hot drink

when spending £10 or more on pottery (excl. Studio fee of £3.95) This offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer or loyalty scheme. Valid until 31st May 2011

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Tel: 01604 620062

Ground Floor, Lion House, 12 Wellington Street, Northampton, NN1 3AS

Pink and Blue Baby World

Everything you need from maternity to toddling

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

Pencil Portraits

15% off any pencil portrait Quote Time for Tots when booking to claim your discount

10% discount with this voucher

Voucher valid until 31st May 2011

Offer valid until 31/5/11

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Disco Tots

£20 off a disco

Call Katie on:

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when accompanied by a full paying adult Applicable during normal opening hours One voucher per person Voucher valid until 31st May 2011

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Parent & Tot Group Directory Daventry & District Rhymetime (Daventry) Tuesdays fortnightly 10-10.20am & 10.3010.50am. Daventry Library. Free Acorn Parent & Toddler Group Mondays 9.30-11.15am, United Reformed Church Hall, Foundry Place. Contact Rosemary 01327 872650. Daventry NCT Tots Group Tuesdays 9.45-11.15am, Middlemore Pub, and Wednesdays 9.30-11.30am at the Family Centre on the Grange. Rhymetime (Long Buckby) 2nd and 4th Fridays of the month, 2.453.15pm. Long Buckby Library. Free.

Northampton

Abington & Weston Favell

Abington and Kingsthorpe NCT Mondays 10-12am Meet in members’ houses. 50p a session. Contact Sonja 01604 711852 Rhymetime (Abington) Fridays in term time 2.15-2:45pm, Abington Library. Free. Contact: 01604 401402 Broadmead Coffee Mornings Thursdays (in term time) 9-11.30am. Broadmead Baptist Church, Broadmead Open to all, home-made cakes! Contact Church office 01604 721144. Rhymetime (Weston Favell) Wednesdays, 10-10.45am and 11.1511.45am, Weston Favell Library. Free. Contact: 01604 403100

Central Northampton

Northampton Museum & Art Gallery and Abington Park Museum Toddler Afternoons 1-3pm, Thursdays twice a month. Check our Events Diary for details or call 01604 838111. Rhymetime Northamptonshire Central Library Tuesdays in term time 10.15-10.45am. Free. Contact: 01604 462040 Mini Springers Parent & Tot Group Mondays 10-12am. Kingdom Life Church, Tower Street. Free. Contact Robyn in the church office on Tuesdays: 01604 630457. Please mention Time for Tots when

Duke Street Toddler Group Tuesdays in term time, 10.15-11.15am, The Evangelical Church, Duke Street, The Mounts. Contact Rachael or Moira 01604 835535. Rhymetime (St James’s End) Tuesdays in term time, 10-11am, St James Library. Free. Contact 01604 762192 Baby Café Wednesdays 9.30-11.30am, Spring Lane Children’s Centre. Contact 01604 629114 and Fridays 10.30-12.30pm, The Friends Meeting House, Wellington Street. Tel: 01604 790496

Duston

Duston NCT Fridays 10-11.30am. Meet in members’ houses. Contact Helen 01604 761975 Duston Village Toddler Group Mondays 9.30-11.30am, Duston Village Hall, Sycamore Road. Sessions cost £1.50. Contact Rhae 01604 588071. Rhymetime Mondays in term time 10.30-11am, Duston Library. Contact: 01604 585882

Hunsbury & Far Cotton

Rhymetime (Hunsbury) Tuesdays in term time, 10.30-11am, Hunsbury Library. Contact 01604 702830 Northampton Multiples Mondays 2-4pm, Camp Hill Community Centre, Dayrell Road, Camp Hill £10 per month. Contact Claire 07587 154104 Abbey Centre Baby and Toddler Groups Abbey Centre, Overslade Close, East Hunsbury. Wednesdays 9.30-11.30am. £2. Contact Alicia on 07917 752533, and Fridays 12.30-2.30pm, contact Karen 01604 760194. Rhymetime (Far Cotton) Wednesdays in term time, 10.30-11am, Far Cotton Library. Contact 01604 762192

Kingsthorpe

Rhymetime Kingsthorpe Library. Fridays in term time 10.15-10.45am. Contact 01604 714021 Kids and Co Fridays in term time, 9.30-11am. Kingsthorpe Baptist Church Room (Entrance at back of Waitrose). Contact Dawn on 01604 846737 responding to an advertisement


Kingsthorpe Methodist Church Thursdays 10-11.30am. Methodist Church, Welford Road. Sessions cost £1.50.

Lings

Open Door (formerly Little Tiddlers) Every Monday 10am - 2pm. Lodge Farm Community Centre, Crestwood Road, Lings. £1.50 per session. Contact Ros 01604 400137

Whitehills

Monday Morning Club Every Monday 9-11.15am at Whitehills Nursery Family Room. £1.50 per family. Contact 01604 842957. Friday Afternoon Club Every Friday 1.15-2.45pm at Whitehills Nursery Family Room. £1.50 per family. Contact 01604 842957

Wootton

Hunsbury and Wootton NCT Fridays 1-3pm. Wootton Community & Sports Centre, Curtlee Hill. £1.50. Contact Terri Greenway 01604 705170 or 07841 659331 Little Acorns Parent and Tots Tuesdays 9.30 - 11.30am at Trinity Church, High Street, Wootton. £2 per family. Contact Ruth on 07747 092990 Rhymetime at Wootton Fields Library Every Thursday 10.15-10.45am. Free. Contact 01604 669213. Wootton Trinity Toddler Group Fridays in term time, 9.30-11.30am. Wootton Trinity Centre, High Street. £2 per family.

Surrounding Villages

Brington’s Mums & Tots Thursdays 9.30-11.30am (all year). Great Brington Reading Rooms. £2 per child. Contact Lucy Packer on 07779 646074 Brixworth and Villages NCT Tuesdays 10.30-12.30pm. Contact Jo Savage 01604 881344 Chapel Brampton Mums & Tots Tuesdays 10-11.30am. The Bramptons Primary School. £1 per child. Contact Karen 07811 051408 Cheeky Monkeys - Hardingstone Mondays in term time, 9.30-11.30am. Hardingstone Village Hall. £2 per session. Contact Mrs Greenaway 01604 762954

29 Village Tots - Denton Tuesdays 2-4pm Denton Village Hall £1.50 per session. Contact Lucy Smith 07919185149 Health Visitor every 2nd Tues of the month Harlestone Tiny Tots Mondays 10.30-11.45am. Harlestone Village Hall. £1.50 1st child, 50p siblings, < 12mths free. Contact Janet: 01604 843991 Hartwell Tots Time Wednesdays 1.30-3.15 pm. Hartwell Community Centre, School Lane, £1 per adult, 50p child. Contact Liz Smith 01604 864968. Pitsford Toddler Group Wednesdays 9.30-11.30 (term-time). Pitsford Village Hall. £1.50 per family. Contact Lorraine 01604 881353 Scaldwell Mums and Tots Mondays 10-12pm. Scaldwell Village Hall, School Lane. £1.50 per family, includes refreshments contact Kathryn 01604 882786 Weedon Bec Little Goslings Tuesdays in term time, 1.30-3.30 pm. Village Hall, West Street, Weedon. £1.50 per family. Contact Sonia 01327 349951.

Towcester & District Rhymetime 2nd and 4th Fridays of the month,1010.30am, 10.45-11.15am, or 11.30-12pm. Towcester Library. Free. Bumps & Babies Group (NCT Towcester)Every Tuesday, 1.30-3pm. The Pickled Pig, Watling Street. Free entry, refreshments 50p. Contact events@nct-towcester.org or 0844 2436299 Towcester Parent & Toddler Group Wednesdays in term time, 9:30-11am, St Johns Ambulance Hall , Islington Road, £1.40 per session. Contact Jane on 01327 352321 Towcester Tots 2nd & 4th Saturdays in term time, 1011.30am, Towcester Tots Day Nursery, Watling Street East. £1/family. Contact 01327 354007 Blakesley Toddler Group Fridays in term time, 10-11.30am, Village Hall, Blakesley. Roade Parent & Toddler Group 1st Saturdays in the month, 10.30-11am, Roade Village Hall, Tel: 01604 863779 We do our best to ensure all information is correct at the time of going to press. If however you know or discover some details are incorrect, please let us know then we can amend them for the next issue.

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Win Win Win! Please remember to include your name and address with your entry. All entries will be put into a draw, and the winner(s) will be the first correct entries drawn at random in each competition.

Win a Family Ticket to see “Peppa Pig’s Party” at The Royal & Derngate Theatre The Royal & Derngate are offering one very lucky reader a family ticket to see the nation’s favourite little piggy in action on Sunday 20th March at 10am. For your chance to win answer the following question correctly: “What is George’s favourite animal?” Please email your answer together with your name and address to: info@timefortots.co.uk or post it to: Time for Tots, PO Box 7409, Kettering, NN16 6GR

Closing date: 14th March 2011

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Win 1 of 3 Family Tickets to Sulgrave Manor Find the Golden Egg (pictured right) hidden somewhere in this issue (excluding this page) to win 1 of 3 Family Tickets to Sulgrave Manor this Easter. See our Easter feature on page 6 for more details of their speggtacular Easter Event. Email the page number it’s on together with your name and address, to: info@timefortots.co.uk, or post it to: Time for Tots, PO Box 7409, Kettering, NN16 6GR

Closing date: 15th April 2011

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Win a FREE term of classes with Musical Minis! Musical Minis are offering one lucky reader and their musical mini a whole free term of classes worth £56! This fantastic prize is for the Weedeon Bec Village Hall group on Wednesdays at 9.45am. To enter, just answer the following question: “Which ‘mini musician’ sang about ‘Purple Rain’?” Please email your answer together with your name and address to: info@timefortots.co.uk or post it to: Time for Tots, PO Box 7409, Kettering, NN16 6GR.

Closing date: 30th April 2011

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Only persons aged 16 years or over can enter. One entry per household. The winners will be the first correct entries drawn at random in each competition. No cash alternatives. Any personal data provided will not be shared with any organisations external to Time for Tots, except the company supplying the prize.

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Pink & Blue Baby World

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

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