Your local guide to fun, food & family life. Autumn 2009 | Issue Twelve
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shades of gold and burnt amber, and the
Autumn also brings darkness to the skies by 5pm,
allowing little ones to be tucked into bed at a much
more appropriate time. Since young children cannot tell
time, they depend largely on what the sky tells them.
chill in the air makes it clear that winter
Daylight is playtime, darkness is bedtime, hooray!
is indeed on its way. (My husband might
So what have we got in store for you this issue?
even let me put the heating on.)
We have top tips on creating a healthy and exciting
Autumn brings with it one of my favourite occasions.
lunch box, follow the diaries of our new inspirational,
Halloween. Living on a family housing development,
breast feeding mums, find out how one reader went
my daughter is well trained in the whole dressing up
from flab to fab for her wedding day and discover how to
and trick or treating, last year my son was only three
cut the cost of Christmas by making your own gifts.
and a bit of a novice, he quickly became adept at ringing
door bells and gleefully yelling ‘trick or treat. I had more
’ So put your feet up, grab a nice hot cuppa and enjoy.
fun watching them than I ever did participating in the
event when I was a child. Now that summer has gone,
getting out and about will always lift your spirits. Wrap Editors:
up warm, go to the park and let them jump in all the Claire Hubbard &
lovely crisp leaves. Chris Luke-Harrison
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16 Fall into Fashion
20 You Have Mail
22 Breast Feeding Diaries
26 Baby & Toddler Listing
28 Out & About
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What you need… any Halloween
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✔ Fondant Icing Sugar
✔ Food colouring
✔ Chocolate Buttercream Icing
How to make them…
1 Bake some fairy cakes to your favourite recipe
(or cheat and buy some ready made from your
2 Mix the fondant icing according to the instructions.
You should end up with a thick dough for modelling
3 Add food colouring to the fondant, and have fun
creating some ghoulish cakes Top Tip:
4 Some ideas to try are Cobwebs, Worms in Mud
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I f, like me, you are trying to
cut costs this Christmas,
think about homemade gifts.
I know, I know, you have
visions of a cardboard
monstrosity the kids have
cobbled together with a toilet
roll tube and a cereal packet but
erase that image now.
Why not visit a pottery
painting cafe? The children will
love the chance to unleash their their hands or feet immortalised the friendly staff
creativity and Grandma gets forever in a clay impression. were on hand
a very personal gift she will A lovely gift that can be framed with help and
treasure. One of the ideas I loved and mounted on the wall, you advice and you
was a big plate with all the family won’t believe how quickly they can enjoy a nice
painted on it, you could include grow and what a lovely reminder
hot drink while
mum, dad, grandma, grandpa, of that special time. You can even
you get creative.
aunties, uncles, cousins, they decorate a Christmas bauble,
a great gift that will get a smile Cafe Ceramica
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dinner table. to come. week, check out
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joy in the family why not get situated in Mitchell’s Craft Centre, www.cafeceramica.com
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• Gifts to paint yourself and personalise
• Christmas baubles – baby ’s 1st Christmas
• Takeaway gift kits
• Personalised commissions items by our artist
• Gift voucher coins and gift wrapping
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In THE CoMMunITy
Welcome to Kings Edward VI
Community & Learning Partnership.
We have something
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In THE CoMMunITy
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In THE CoMMunITy
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In THE CoMMunITy
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Welcome to Lapland
There’s absolutely no place like Lapland; whether you’re travelling Santa-style through the snow,
being wowed by the mysterious Northern Lights, laughing around the campfire or attending
elf school, this magical region has it all. And you might even meet the real Santa Claus.
utton Travel, one of the enjoying a delicious dinner, with
area’s most popular crackers and all the trimmings.
family run independent Say goodbye to the friendly elves
ABTA travel agencies, is and see Santa arrive at your hotel
offering a wide range of
with a special present for
exciting and memorable day-
trips to Lapland this December,
as well as excellent value for For those with less time on
money 3 and 4 night breaks, their hands this December, then
where there’s plenty of fun to a day-trip to Rovaniemi will
be had for all of the family. include time in Santa’s secret
With short break departures underground grotto and graduate
on a variety of dates and day as one of his elves. Meet Old Man
trips from nearby East Midlands Reindeer and listen to stories as
Airport, and a further day trip
you learn about the Arctic Circle
from Birmingham Airport, let
crossing ceremony. Santa’s a busy
2009 be the year that the dreams
of your children or grandchildren man, but he’s made time to meet
come true, by making that once you and your new friends on your
in a lifetime journey to the special day. Ask the Elves how to
enchanted land. greet him in Finnish and receive
A typical itinerary for a relaxing a super present.
4 night break to Lapland this Now that you know all about
December, will include a special what there is to see and do in the
welcome to Lapland by meeting homeland of Santa Claus, if this
Santa’s friendly elves, family fun
year is the year for you to take
together in the snow with taster
your children or grandchildren,
rides on a husky dog, sledge or
snowmobile, Christmas treats and then contact Sutton Travel on
festive wishes, a visit to Santa’s 0121 323 3922, or visit them 7
activity area for the coolest days a week at the Mitchells Art
fun. You’ll spend your final night & Craft Centre in Sutton Coldfield.
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Make your move a happy one
In a two part article Julie Tomasik, head of Ansons LLP’s residential property
department explains the legal process involved in buying and selling a property.
This article focuses on the process of selling a property.
n a two part article Information Form’ and a the buyer’s solicitors may ask. They will also apply for the
Julie Tomasik, head of ‘Fixtures, Fittings and Contents Once these questions have seller’s estate agents account
Ansons LLP’s residential Form.’ If the property is been answered and the buyers and forward it to the seller for
property department leasehold there will be an are in a position to proceed, the approval.
explains the legal process additional form. seller will then be asked to Stage 3: Completion
involved in buying and As soon as the seller’s sign the contract and consider On the completion date
selling a property. This solicitor has received the a moving date. (this is the date of the move
article focuses on the process completed forms they will Stage 2: Exchange of Contracts and the exchange of keys) the
of selling a property.
Once an offer on a property
obtain the seller’s deeds, a copy
of the Home Information Pack 5 Once everything is agreed
including completion date
and the contract is signed,
seller’s solicitor will receive the
balance of the sale price, in
has been accepted and and a redemption statement return for which they hand over
solicitors’ details have been (the outstanding mortgage the solicitors can proceed the title deeds to the buyer’s
exchanged by the two parties balance) for budgeting to exchange contracts. It is solicitor. Very often the seller
the legal and administrative purposes. at this stage that the seller and buyer will contact each
becomes legally bound to sell
process associated with The seller’s solicitor will other to arrange what time
transferring the ownership their property and the buyer the house will be ready for
enquire if the seller has
of land or buildings from one becomes legally bound to the buyer to move in. This is
made any alterations to the purchase the property. It is
owner to another can begin. property such as replacement usually around lunchtime.
still the seller’s responsibility
This process is referred to as windows or extensions. If they The seller’s solicitor will
to maintain and insure
conveyancing. have the solicitor will ask the redeem (pay off) any
the property. To make the
Although it is possible to do seller to provide them with any contract binding the buyer’s mortgage out of the sales
the conveyancing work yourself guarantees or other documents solicitors will send a deposit proceeds, pay the estate
most people hire a solicitor or not held with the title to the seller’s solicitor, which agents account, collect their
licensed conveyancer as the deeds e.g. damp and timber would be forfeit if the buyer legal fees and any outstanding
advantages of instructing a reports, planning consents for fails to complete. If the seller search fees and forward any
professional to successfully alterations and extensions etc. fails to compete they could be left over money to the seller,
complete the purchase and to A draft contract will be sued through the courts for unless it is being used for
resolve any possible problems prepared and sent to the any financial loss suffered by a related purchase.
normally outweighs the cost. buyer’s solicitors, who will then the buyer. For further information on
Stage 1: Sale Agreed
carry out various searches. The
buyer may request a survey 6 The seller’s solicitor will
approve the transfer deed
the legalities of buying or selling
a residential property, please
1 Once the seller has
instructed a solicitor,
they will normally be asked
of the seller’s property and
may have to arrange mortgage
finance. The seller’s solicitor
and ask the seller to sign it.
The solicitor will apply for any
mortgage redemption figure
contact Julie Tomasik of Ansons
LLP on 01543 263 456 or email
to complete a ‘Property must answer any questions and prepare the final accounts. or visit www.ansonsllp.com
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What’s in your
Coming up with different, healthy and fun
lunch box ideas for the kid’s can be difficult
and with all the scary stories about salt and
sugar in processed foods it’s hard to know
what you should use.
I Go For Fingers Foods
find I seem to pack the
same lunch time and time Sometimes kids, especially younger
again, sandwich, grapes, ones, don’t like to eat a whole
and a biscuit or little cake. So sandwich or bowl of food. Instead
here are a few ideas to spice you can try preparing cut up cubes
things up. Enjoy. of cheese, grapes, baby tomatoes,
carrot sticks, pretzels, mini
crackers, and ham cubes. Finger
foods are really very appealing for
all ages. Place in a container with
individual compartments or just
a standard one for a fun lunch. You
can also try cutting sandwiches
into small rectangles or triangles
for easier eating.
Instead of sandwiches try
pinwheels. Cut the crust from
two slices of bread, and flatten
using a rolling pin. Spread thinly
with cream cheese, and add
a slice of ham. Roll each slice into
a log shape. Wrap in cling film
and place in freezer for about
Change the Bread 30 minutes. Unwrap and cut into
Just like adults, kids can get pinwheel rounds.
bored with sandwiches. Why Dip It
not try using the same fillings, Kids love dipping stuff. For an serve with a strawberry or peanut or cream cheese dip. For a more
but add excitement by changing easy and nutritious lunch snack butter dip. Cut up veggies are substantial lunch add pieces of
the bread. You can try pitta you can cut apple wedges and brilliant served with a hummus pita bread, breadsticks or crackers.
bread, bagels or tortilla wraps.
For a real change, try packing
crackers or breadsticks separately
from the filling. Your child then
assembles the crackers and filling
into sandwiches, or dips the
breadsticks in. Great fun.
Make those sandwiches
If you decide to pack a traditional
sandwich, try cutting the bread
with fun shapes using a cookie
cutter. You’ll be amazed at how
a boring cheese sandwich will get
gobbled up when shaped into
a flower or dinosaur.
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Esporta Hoola, Hoola Kids
Following feedback from members, we’ve
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enhancing the variety and number of fun-packed
activities available to all age groups.
sporta Kids is the new hours of free activities featuring
junior membership everything from Nintendo WII
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olds. This membership includes to SAQ circuits and Group cycling.
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swimming, tennis and soccer.
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To speak to a member of staff
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Whatever your age, shape or size, Gymophobics can
make a big difference to your fitness level. Kate and
Debbie tell us their inspirational success stories...
I joined Gympohobics in April
2008 having lost 3 stone.
I knew I needed help to lose
My aim was to slim down in
time for my wedding in May
2009 and I hit my weight and
another 3 stone. I am so pleased size target with 2 weeks to go –
with the help and support the the staff at gymophobics were
staff at Gymophobics gave me always at hand to give advice and Before
to achieve my goal. motivation and offer diet ideas
The programs is so easy to too – following a healthy diet
follow and with each session helps you to achieve the results
being only 30 minutes long it’s you want. I love coming into the
so easy to fit into everyday life. gym and always leave feeling
I lost 3 stone and 38.5 inches, fantastic. Its by far the easiest
and went from a size 20 to 14. programme I have ever followed
and will continue to come as
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Look fine in Time for CHriSTmaS 2009!
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“You have mail”
by Jordan Hossack
“Leave me alone” was the wording of Gemma’s email as she pleaded for them to stop.
It had been going on for almost a month now, an endless line of threatening emails
piling into her inbox against her own will.
he didn’t know why it obvious. Her mother was still in WHO?’ from behind the glass. consequences, which was how it
started; she didn’t really the same room; Gemma didn’t She hesitated, conscious that her was going to stay.
understand what was need to look around to check, mother could hear her heartbeat Another tone sounded, but
happening to her. All that she she could hear her fingers quickly pick up pace. As if by routine, she it wasn’t from the computer.
really knew was that whoever tapping away at the laptop keys. typed the pleading words ‘LEAVE
Unlocking her phone, as another
it was wouldn’t leave her alone. ME ALONE’, before clicking the
She sighed quietly and returned message was received, Gemma
Obviously having an email send button. And then she waited.
her focus to the game she was clicked on one of the unread
address had its perks; being able playing; she had almost beaten She knew what was going to texts. It was from an unknown
to join fan sites for her favourite her high score. happen. It had most nights for number.
singers, and receiving updates the past month now, except it
on her favourite shows, but she Two new emails crept into her was getting more regular. She read the two words.
clearly hadn’t thought about the inbox. With a few clicks of the ‘GUESS WHO?’
Gemma’s eyes didn’t leave
downside of it. But what ten year mouse, Gemma quickly opened That single phrase triggered
the corner of the screen as her
old would? the email, picking one of the three mother walked out of the room. a sickening feeling to flood through
As quick as she had sent her which were exactly the same. As far as she was concerned, her whole body. Helplessly,
own email, she received another. She scanned the all too familiar everything was fine, and as she pressed the delete button.
She knew who had sent it, it was words starting with ‘GUESS Gemma had been told the Gemma knew exactly who it was.
If you’re being targeted by mobile phone, contact
your service provider with details of the calls or
texts that are causing you concern. Mobile phone
companies take cases like this seriously and can
trace people who think they are calling or texting
Y ou may also want to
change your SIM card
in your mobile. It’s not fair
address or mobile number
in chat rooms. Be aware of
who you’re chatting to online.
that you have to do this, but Someone claiming to be
it is an easy solution. You still the same sex, age and have
need to tell somebody what’s similar interests to you might
going on. not be telling the truth.
If you’re being targeted To find out more check out
online or by email, contact these sites:
your internet service provider
and also the company who
provides your email. If you
can produce written evidence If you need someone
of what’s been going on, it
may be possible to block the
to talk to right now
bully’s account. call Childline Free
Never give out your email on 0800 1111
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School in focus
Curdworth Primary School,
Curdworth Primary School is a small but
convivial school and is at the heart of the
community in the Village of Curdworth,
rom the time you Children are encouraged
enter the school you to speak up; each year group
understand why Ofsted (1–6) has two School Council
stated that ‘The level of care, representatives that are selected
guidance and support is through a voting system by the
outstanding.’ There is an air children within their class. It is
of ‘togetherness’ and caring their responsibility to raise any
nature as well as the evidence issues of their fellow classmates
of a diverse curriculum. and bring it to the attention of
Reception year is always a the School Council Co-ordinator
daunting prospect, often more so in regular meetings.
for the parents rather than the Having a relevant, broad and
child. We pride ourselves on our balanced curriculum is paramount “our children share what’s important to them in school
induction procedures and through to the way we work and learn and at home and are fascinated by the responses they
this the children very quickly and although sited in a village,
become independent; each child is our children are no strangers receive indicating the cultural differences and giving
assigned a ‘family group’ with the to the world. We have a joint them more insight into how diverse the world is. ”
family group leaders from year 6 curriculum link with Ephanweni Colin Ricketts
taking them ‘under their wing’. Model School in Malawi and
recently raised funds to send
them a weather station similar to
Children in Reception ours, meaning that we regularly
make good progress in share data on climate, geography,
all areas of learning so crop production as well as looking
that by the time they go at similarities and differences in
into year 1 standards schooling and cultures
overall are above average Colin Ricketts, head of Curdworth
and broadly average in Primary School commented:
writing. Good induction “Our children share what’s
procedures and a strong important to them in school
emphasis on children’s and at home and are fascinated
personal development by the responses they receive
ensure that they settle indicating the cultural differences The links with Malawi are also addi
quickly and are happy and giving them more insight into pupils’ outstanding cultural developm
at work and at play. how diverse the world is.”
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The y develop extremely We are currently having a
well in conf idence and recruitment drive for Reception
independence, choosing class of 2010, if you are
activities sensibly and interested in having a look around
organising for themselves or would like to know further
the resources that information please call Colin
they need. Ricketts 01675 470379 or email
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LicHFieLd Breast Feeding
support group support group
Springhill Children’s * Are you feeding your baby?
Centre, Springhill * Would you like more information & support?
* Would you like to talk to other breast
Chasetown, Burntwood. feeding mum’s
Weekly from Tuesday 7th Join midwife Jo Marshall at the Breast Feeding
October 2008 at 11.00am Group. Thursdays, 11.00am – 12noon.
until 12 noon. no need to Book.
Contact the Health
Visitors or Midwives LicHFieLd Breast Feeding project LicHFieLd antenataL Breast
on 01543 682817. Electric breast pump hire. Breast pumps are Feeding worksHop
available to hire with priority given to those Are you currently pregnant,
Burntwood with: a partner or family member wanting
Breast pump Hire * Breast Feeding Problems to offer support?
For more information * Those with babies in hospital
Come to the Lichfield Antenatal
Contact the Health * Multiple Births
Breast Feeding Workshop.
Visitors or Midwives Remaining pumps are then available for hire.
For more information call in to the Breast Thursdays, 10.10am–11.10am.
on 01543 682 817.
Feeding Support Group. To book a place call Maternity Samuel
To find out more about Johnson Hospital 01543 412905.
other Children’s Centre
Visiting Team 01543 418049.
services in Burntwood
please contact Angela All groups take place at:
Dobson on 07976 191082. Ashmole Room, The Guildhall, Lichfield WS13 6LX.
Breast feeding story, young mum’s group
Young Mum’s supporting each other
y name is Emily a different topic, such as labour,
Shelley and I’m pain relief, hospitals, natural
17 years old. I fell birth, c-sections, bathing your
pregnant late November 2008 newborn, and as we got close to
and as it was unplanned I was someone’s due date we would
quite nervous. My midwife re-discus everything about labour,
passed my details on to Liz contractions and pain relief. We
who runs the young mums also had bump casts made once
group and she contacted me we got to 37 weeks, went on
and asked me to go along to tours of the local hospitals, visited
the group. the Lichfield breast-feeding
I started going to the group support group and the baby
in March, I kept leaving it, as I massage group. I am really glad I
was nervous of meeting other joined the young mums group, as
girls. When I arrived most of I have made so many new friends
the girls had been there a while who are all young mums like
but everyone welcomed me me, it really helped my decision
and I really enjoyed the first to breast feed and I was fully
session. The group is weekly on prepared for looking after my
a Thursday and it really helped little boy Seth who was born on
me prepare for the birth of my 27th August 2009. And I would
little boy. Every week we would like to thank Liz and Laura for all
have fresh sandwiches, snacks the help and support they provide
and drinks while we would discus every week.
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Health in the Community
My Breast Feeding Diary
My name is Rowan Holt, I am a 25 year
going through the
old single mum, with the support of my same thing. Just
mum Audrey. I gave birth to my son Milo having another
in the birthing pool at Samuel Johnson mum whose
Hospital on July 22nd 2009 at 3.35am breastfeeding to
weighing 8lbs 10oz. With the support of talk to gives me
my mum and Liz from the breast feeding the confidence
support group I want to breast feed. to continue and
Here is my story so far. knowing I’ve got
Week 1 once he was on he was system is a big
Milo is sleeping in two sets of feeding very well. He’s help Determined
3 hours at night. He is a very been quite fretful and a bit to breastfeed. feed and he smiles at me its
sucky baby, also quite windy. difficult to settle for me, so all worth it.
Attachment to my left breast mum had to help settle him Week 5
has been difficult, which has for the night. Lack of sleep Last night wasn’t good. Milo Week 6
left me feeling quite sore. and a wide awake baby feels was feeding every 1 ½ hours The formula feed at night
My milk has come in so a little overwhelming but so but wasn’t taking a full feed helps. It’s been nearly a week
attachment is a bit tricky with worth it. and kept falling asleep at now and he’s sleeping 3-4
flat nipples but Milo is feeding the breast. Stripped him hours, so I’m catching up on
well. Week 3 down to his nappy but that sleep and now means I’m
Milo still cluster feeding, didn’t work. I have been more rested and can feed
Week 2 think he’s having a growth expressing between feed as him better at 2am instead
Been really weepy today. spurt so not getting much I have so much milk. Still of falling asleep next to him.
Hormones all over the place, sleep. Purposely haven’t cluster feeding all day but He’s found his voice and tries
Milo is cluster feeding so bought any formula so I he favours the right breast. to talk to me but this usually
predicting his next feed is can’t give up easily. Went Decided to buy a box of happens when I’m feeding
difficult. He missed a feed to breastfeeding support formula and use that as his him so it’s sometimes
last night so my boobs were group, really helpful talking last feed at night, usually at difficult to feed him because
over full this morning making to other mums with babies 8pm. He’s started smiling so he just wants to talk. It’s still
attachment a bit sore, but the same age as Milo and when he wakes for his 3am very cute though.
All of the establishments below are happy for you
to breast feed while you enjoy a cup of coffee:
* Après * Tudor Cafe * Perry Fine Food
* The Lounge * Kastico’s Tea & Coffee * McDonald’s
* Hindley & Son * The Food room * Ask – The Swan
* Subway * Lichfield garrick * gate House
* rhiannes Cafe * Dovestones * The Scales
* Costa Coffee * Minster Coffee Shop * ego
* Three Spires Coffee Shop * garrick Coffee Shop * nero
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Mum’s in Business
Footymums Kicks off !
A new website launched this Autumn
for mums with football mad kids.
round 5,000,000 years at junior football games.
children play football on Bron told Family Time that
a regular basis. Many at “Being a footy mum is brilliant
school and many at one of the fun. It can also bring many other
9,000 grass roots youth clubs emotions from high excitement
around the country. to extreme frustration.
Footymums.com provides “We feel that mums are often
information on the basics of the on the periphery of football in
game, how to get involved, how the family; our site aims to help
to support a junior footballer, mums help children get more out
suggestions for fund raising and of their football. You could have
much more. up to 10 years of being a ‘junior’
The website was founded by footy mum, so you may as well
Bron Moss, who lives and works in embrace it and enjoy it. The footy
the West Midlands, and has spent mums’ community is like no
her weekends for the last seven other – and it is highly underrated.
Footymums.com has a forum and
blog and we want to hear mums’
questions, suggestions, outrages,
ideas – the lot.
“We are also planning to “Register for our monthly
support the FA Respect campaign
in a big way. Mums have a huge e-newsletter, which will
part to play here and I, for one, football will hopefully sign-up have ideas for football
have witnessed parental abuse to www.footymums.com themed activities, presents
of children as young as eight at and register for our monthly
so called ‘kids football’ matches. e-newsletter, which will have and reminders about
With more mums taking an ideas for football themed key dates in the football
active role in junior football, such activities, presents and reminders calendar for footy dads
issues can hopefully move up the about key dates in the football
agenda, enabling more children calendar for footy dads too.’ ”
too. Bron Moss
to enjoy their football in a safe, For further information
supportive environment.” contact Bron Moss email
“At the very least, mums with firstname.lastname@example.org
Bron Moss boys and girls interested in or mobile 07818 061373.
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Community Centre B75 5BT. 1.30–3.15. Two Gates Tots,
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SCHooL For WIzArDS HALLoWeen TrAIn
& WITCHeS WeDDInGS rIDeS
Our Victorian schoolroom Friday 30th to Saturday
will become a Harry Potter 31st october, 11am – 5pm
style school for wizards Dress up and make yourself
during half term and at look really scary for a
the farm you can enjoy the spooky train ride in the
witches wedding theme. park. A prize for the best
costume – judging at The
KInGSBury WATer Harvester Station at 4.30pm.
PArK All children must be
HALLoWeen TrAIL accompanied by an adult.
Monday 26th october The Harvester Station.
to Sunday 1st november. Admission: £1.00 per person
Visit familytimemagazine.co.uk to Come along and follow a trail per train ride.
discover more exciting things to do. of spooky clues around the
park. Collect your trail sheet MAKe A BIrD FeeDer
We are constantly updating it with from the Information Centre. Sunday 22nd november
interesting new events & ideas. Admission: £1.50 per trial sheet. (drop-in between 10.30am
MILK BoTTLe Construct a bird feeder
MonSTerS to take home and put
Monday 26th october, up in your garden. Also
10.30am – 12noon. bring along yoghurt pots
Bring along a 2 or 4 pint and cooking apples to
plastic milk bottle to recycle make alternative feeders.
into a monster that lives Please bring a hammer.
on your arm. An event for
All children must be
children aged 5 to 12 years.
accompanied by an adult.
Admission: £3 per child.
The Information Centre.
Admission: £3.00 per feeder,
call 01827 872660.
to include nuts.
Tuesday 27th october
Monday 26th october.
(drop-in between 10.30am
SHuGBorouGH along to the farm and Curborough Recreation
AuTuMn oCToBer servants’ quarters. Here, Area, 10am–11.30am.
Make a Halloween mask
HALF TerM they can have fun learning Leyfields Community Area,
using a variety of materials
ACTIVITIeS old-fashioned cleaning skills ready for scaring people on 12pm–1.30pm.
24th to 29th october. including boot polishing, Halloween Night. An event Drayton Bassett playing
Daily Shugborough activities rug beating and learning for children aged 3–12 years. fields, 3pm–4.30pm.
include craft sessions and to set a table properly. Admission: £2.00 per child.
story times at the farm and PLAy rAnGerS
quizzes in the servants’ AuTuMn TrAILS WInTer DenS Tuesday 27th october.
quarters and mansion house. To get everyone in the mood Wednesday 28th october, Hammerwich playing field,
Demonstrations performed for Halloween and autumn, 10.30am to 12noon. 10am–11.30am.
by entertaining costumed we’ll be debuting 2 new Design and build your own Redwood Park,
characters include baking, trails around the house – woodland shelter from 12pm–1.30pm.
brewing, milling, gardening a visual ‘find the spooky natural materials found Alrewas – Walkfield
and laundry-making. creatures’ one (for younger within the park. An event recreation area,
Youngsters can step into children) and a ‘cryptic for children aged 5–12 years. 3pm–4.30pm.
the past with the help of quiz’ for older children. In Admission: £3.00 per child.
dressing up boxes and have addition, there’ll be a table Booking essential, Wednesday 28th october.
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the farm as well as getting of the House, Shugborough 11.30am.
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In addition any mums leisure. We’ll be offering own bat that will fly as you
who feel their youngsters these Monday to Thursday whirl it around on string. Thursday 29th october.
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Shenstone Wood End, admission to Tamworth
Friday 30th october, FREE EVEnT
Mobile Skate Park, Alrewas TAMWorTH ToWn
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Saturday 31st october. and the switching on
Ghostly goings-on around of Tamworth Lights.
the Castle for all the family. To include a visit by Father
Free pumpkin lantern for all Christmas, sing-a-long Highly acclaimed
paying children. carol service and European Ballet is proud
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Admission: £6 (adults), children’s activities. the most magical and
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Booking essential, HATTon CounTry The company of first-class
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PuMPKIn WeeK has a well earned reputation
FIreWorK 24th october among audiences and critics
SPeCTACuLAr to 1st november. alike for superb classical ballets.
CeLeBrATIonS FREE Pumpkin for every Set to Tchaikovsky’s glorious
score, the ballet is enhanced
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