10 School Mum Rules

Every mum (and dad) with a school age child knows that the real stresses and strains only begin the September after your first child’s fourth birthday. From that moment onward, you are now part of a “school community” and everything that goes with it. Of course it’s a great opportunity to meet new friends, but also brings a lot of “learning” (and not just for your child) with it too. If you don’t know the rules, you’ll be a broken bleeding  mess by Christmas. Here we go…

  1. Don’t get road rage when parking at school. I did this once, I pulled in to let someone pass and another mum decided to overtake. I shouted from my window and glared. It wasn’t pretty. Thankfully soon after the mum in question got a job and we never had to see each other again. I live in fear of this situation changing.
  2. Don’t get mad when your child isn’t invited to a party. I have named this Party Rage. Soon you won’t care and will in fact be glad as a) it’s one less present to buy and b) it’s one less party to attend. Just think of it as part of life’s rich tapestry. Whatever you do, don’t question anyone about why your child wasn’t invited. This leads to a result similar to rule 1.
  3. Always avoid eye contact. That way you won’t have to ever talk to anyone. It’s for the best. Wear sunglasses as often as possible.
  4. Even if you’ve previously talked to someone, had them over for lunch and given them a bag full of clothes, that doesn’t mean they will acknowledge you. They may be following rule 3, who’s to know?
  5.  Be careful about who you befriend on Facebook – eager friending early on can lead to awkward defriending later on when you unwittingly do something terrible to offend. You will then ignore each other for the next 7 years, refer to rule 3.
  6. Watch out for the Social Climber mums – nice as pie to you week 1, pretend you don’t exist by week 3 (when “cooler” mums have made their acquaintance).
  7. If someone has their clothes on inside out, don’t mention it. Ever. Ditto hair brushing.  Ditto maniac child – pretend other people’s children are lovely at all times despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary and you can expect the same back.
  8. Encourage your child to be friends with a child who has a dad without a wandering eye. And I’m not talking about a medical condition. When you’re all standing there chatting and he’s checking you out, it’s just not cricket.
  9. Wear gym gear every day even if you don’t go. Just to make people feel guilty.
  10. Oh and always be on time, support the school, attend assemblies, encourage good manners, follow uniform and homework policies and don’t hassle the school secretary EVER…

What are your school mum rules?

Hands on Babies

Bingley Mums would like to welcome a brand new site sponsor – Hands on Babies – who have several classes in the local area.

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If you are looking for a baby massage or yoga class where your baby gets  fluffy white towels each week and you get to meet new friends  with coffee and delicious cake then this is for you!

Hannah, who runs Hands on Babies says, “As a relatively new mum I know how important it is to find a class  that really understands and supports the bonding between the parent and baby and also provides something for Mum and or Dad too. After the  class I encourage parents to stay for as long as they like, to have a  drink eat some delicious cake and have a chat. The Hands on Babies  Baby Massage and Yoga classes provide the ideal opportunity to meet  new friends and share your own personal experience in a friendly  environment.
The style of Yoga that I teach is based on Hatha yoga – the union of  balance of the body and mind and incorporates massage, soft stretching  and gentle movements to make it appropriate for babies, ensuring a fun  and rewarding experience for both the carer and the baby.”

Hands on Babies is accredited by the Royal Collage of Midwives and Hannah is a
fully certified Hands on Baby Massage and Yoga instructor.  If you are a
parent of twins or more then you will only pay for one baby.

Class Information

Monday – Toddler Yoga – Oak Glen Doctors Surgery Eldwick -11.30am -12.30pm
Monday – Baby Massage – Oak Glen Doctors Surgery Eldwick – 1.00pm -2.00pm

Wednesday – Baby /Toddler Yoga – New class – Keighley Children’s
centre more info soon
Wednesday – Toddler Yoga – Crossflatts Primary School 2.00pm – 3.00pm

Thursday –  Baby / Toddler Yoga – Daisy Chain Children’s Centre
Silsden – 1.00pm – 2.00pm

Friday – Baby Yoga – Oak Glen Doctors Surgery Eldwick – 12.30pm – 1.30pm

Pay and play new born to 3 years £6 per session

I am fully qualified in baby massage and baby / Toddler yoga with a
diploma in anatomy and physiology, and baby massage and yoga. My
classes are accredited by midwives and fully supported and recommended
by health visitors and Doctors. If you would like to contact me about
my classes please give me a call on 07896053823.
If you would like more information/pricing then please contact Hannah
on 07896053823 or find her on Facebook – Hannah Hands on Babies.

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babyballet® in Bingley

We’ve been to many classes and groups over the years, but I have to say that babyballet®  is one of my favourites. Many years ago, we used to attend classes with Miss Brianne at Jimmy Gs in Saltaire, and I love the structure of the classes and how interactive they are. So I was pretty pleased to hear that classes are starting up again in Bingley with Miss Heather, and we attended today. Miss Heather has a strong background in dance and is great with little ones – she gets that they sometimes want to run around, and the setting is ideal for that too!

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The class times are:-

9:15 – 18 months to 3 years. £4.75

10am – 3 years+ £4.75

10:45 – 6 months to 18 months. £4

The classes are 35 minutes long and take place at St Wilfreds Church Hall in Gilstead. There is on road parking.

We went along today and there is plenty to keep little ones occupied including bubbles, teddy bears, instruments, dance moves and great songs.  Unfortunately my little girl spent the session running round like a lunatic so I was unable to get many good photos!

Heather says, “babyballet® is running award winning classes across Bradford North, why not book a trial and come and join in the magic?

With a real focus on learning through play, the unique babyballet® syllabus offers four key stages of ballet and tap classes where every child can build their confidence and social skills, learning manners, discipline and respect while developing their basic ballet technique, coordination, musicality, balance, posture and rhythm.”

Visit their website https://www.babyballet.co.uk/@mobile/Find+a+Class/outlet/bradfordnorth/

To sign up either call or text 07584 084101 or message via facebook here.

Sign up now while places are available!

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Lovely Teddies!

 

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Cute ballet outfits
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Baby girl complete with hand print.

Swim Stars – Hazelbeck Review

Like many parents in Bingley, my two sons have been having lessons with Swim Stars for many many years. To be honest, it’s the one thing I don’t mind spending money on – swimming lessons really are a right of childhood, and there was no way I was going to wait until my children were in year 5.  Having accompanied many year 5 classes myself to swimming lessons as a teacher, I always felt sorry for the children floundering in the water because their parents weren’t able to have them attend lessons from an earlier age (I’m not judging – some people I guess genuinely can’t afford it).

Aside from the embarrassment factor of not being able to swim, swimming is clearly really good for us all for a variety of reasons – health, fitness, that feel good factor as well as simple survival if the need ever arose! Although I learned to swim as a child, I’m still not really a strong swimmer, and I know if my children got into trouble in the water I would probably struggle to rescue them safely. Another good reason for them to learn to swim to a good standard! We chose Swim Stars because of its good reputation locally, and also due to the simple fact that it was our nearest provider. We did try the council run lessons for a while, but I didn’t think that the boys were making any progress due to the large class sizes so we moved – a good decision!

So a little bit of info about Swim Stars…

“The Swim Stars story started in 2000 when we were known as ‘C.A swim school’ we started with just 5 swimmers, and have gone from strength to strength, we now have over 800 pupils across our 3 pools…..and we are still growing!

We pride ourselves on having some of the best teachers in the area, who are devoted to giving all our swimmers personal attention whilst developing excellent relationships with both children and parents.

From the first lessons as a beginner where time is spent encouraging confidence in the water, to mastering the perfect stroke with our more experienced swimmers- we aim to make each lesson as fun and rewarding as possible.

Our lessons are carried out with no more than 6 pupils per lesson. (4 at our Hazelbeck and Cragg Vale pools) with water based instructors at all pools. Private 1:1 lessons are also available as well as adult lessons on request.”

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It’s worth knowing that lessons also take place at Bingley Grammar school if you prefer. The pool at Hazelbeck is a hydro pool which means it is quite a warm pool and atmosphere – great for the swimmers but worth knowing for parents as you’ll need to wear a thin t shirt during the session for sure!

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Hazelbeck Hydro Pool

My boys both started at Swim Stars being unable to swim at all – my second son particularly has made really good progress and even though he’s only 5 (Swim Stars take children from 2.5 years old though), he can swim a length under water unaided and is really water confident. My older son has struggled a bit more (it’s just the way he is!) but under the guidance of Louise, he has really focused down to learning his strokes properly to make him a more effective swimmer. As well as teaching children the correct swimming techniques – children also get to have some free swim and jumping in at the end. Though the lessons themselves are “fun” based – unlike the lessons we as parents perhaps remember as children ourselves! The groups are really small – usually around 4 in each group, so each child gets personal attention from the instructors, and they are taught according to their own ability, rather than the ability of others in the group – although the groups are put together according to age and ability.

The instructors are really “child friendly” though know when to be strict when it’s appropriate – to ensure that the children make progress.  The lessons seem to build on the children’s skills each week so that  children clearly progress through a range of skills and strokes. There are badges and certificates when children achieve certain things which I think is a nice motivation!

My boys both really enjoy their lessons and have really bonded with their instructors – which is really cute to see! They really look forward to their lessons and as a parent I get a real sense of satisfaction from knowing that we’ve provided something for them that is going to last a lifetime.

Swim Stars also run crash courses during the holidays which we’ve attended a few times. With this, children attend each morning for a week – I have to say that the progress during that week is incredible, which just goes to show how important regular swimming is.

Lesson places are now currently available, and if you’re not signed up already, I really urge you to think about it. If you just pay for one thing for your child – this should be it.

Contact Swim Stars on:-

01274 560570

bradford@ukswimstars.com

Or visit their website over at http://www.ukswimstars.com/

Swim Stars are a site sponsor of Bingley Mums, but all thoughts are my own.

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Poppy Red Ilkley – Review

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Like most grown women, shoe shopping is something I thoroughly enjoy. Actually that is a slight lie, I  would  enjoy were it not for the fact that I have enormous feet and me trying on shoes is a bit like the ugly sisters trying to get Cinderella’s glass slipper on most of the time – sad but true. However, children think slightly differently about these things, and apparently trying on shoes is not high on their list of priorities – despite the fact that the shoes are paid for by someone else – madness! There is nothing more frustrating than shelling out a load of cash for your children on something they don’t remotely care about.

In the past we’ve often done a “buy cheap buy twice” when it comes to shoes for our two sons, something which I am at pains to avoid doing in the future. So when I was offered the opportunity to review the shoe buying process at local children’s shoe shop Poppy Red I thought it would be a good opportunity to find out what shoe buying could be like.

The shop itself is just a few seconds walk from the main car park in Ilkley, and the first thing that strikes you is the inviting shop front and huge selection of children’s shoes – brands included Geox, Ugg, Lelli Kelly, Birkenstock and many many more. I think the shop at one time did ladies’ shoes but they have now decided to concentrate on children’s shoes – a really good move I think as I don’t think there is anywhere else locally doing the same thing. Word had obviously spread as there were a fair few people in the shop already, but it didn’t take long until we had our turn. I looked longingly at some pink sparkly slippers, but my 7 year old son didn’t seem too keen – so Geox it was.

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He actually stood still!

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Decisions decisions…

 

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Deciding between ninja shoes and something more sedate…

Jenny, one of the owners, was serving us and instantly “got” my two sons and how to best include them in the buying process. She’s one of those people that children instantly build a rapport with and clearly has a lot of experience with kids. Although my 7 year old son can be a bit difficult and did NOT want to be there initially, she got him excited about some “ninja” looking shoes, and he couldn’t wait to try them on! I was really impressed with her professionalism and obvious knowledge about fitting children’s shoes, it’s something that only comes from having a passion for the service you’re offering, and can’t be replicated in the chain stores in my opinion. Another thing that’s great is that Poppy Red ensure ALL their staff are properly trained in shoe fitting so that every customer has the full experience – and this really shines through.  Jenny even somehow managed to persuade my son to not go with the bright green shoes (which were awesome) and he selected some more sedate looking red and black shoes – with flashing lights (standard) which he now won’t take off! Co-owner Jenny says, “I’ve always loved working with children and and what woman doesn’t love shoes? Owning this business with my mum is my dream job! I love being front-facing and seeing our customers on a daily basis, it definitely helps influence our buying decision – sometimes I can even have a customer in mind when we’re looking at new collections.”

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Actually smiling about trying on shoes!

There’s also something really satisfying about supporting a local business and ensuring that really good shops like Poppy Red, who are clearly really passionate about what they do, carry on and don’t disappear. Every single shoe I saw in store was of a really high quality and you could just tell that this is the sort of shop that wouldn’t compromise on that. The man in front of me was buying school shoes for his son and I was really taken aback by how, quite frankly, beautiful they were!

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A bit more information about the owners and ethos of the shop…

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Owners Jenny and Helen

Co-owner Helen says:-

“All the staff are trained shoe fitters and able to advise on the best choice of shoe to fit all shapes and sizes. People often comment that they have been unable to find anything to fit in other shops but we are usually able to help thanks to the wide range of different brands we stock. We are experienced at fitting shoes with orthotic insoles, splints and other footwear inserts. Although my daughter Jenny and I have different roles, we always unite when we’re selecting new stock. What mother and daughter wouldn’t love hours of researching and buying new shoes? It couldn’t be more satisfying if we were buying for ourselves! It’s a real responsibility getting the right mix of quality and style that mums will approve of and kids will really love and we’re very particular about what brands we stock. “

The other thing that was different from the high street chains was the fact that they actually had the shoes that my son wanted in his actual size – this never seems to happen in other shops, and means that children – who don’t want to be there anyway – aren’t left disappointed.

One other thing that Jenny did, was to totally understand that my other son didn’t need new shoes, and instead she offered him some lovely flashing lights to stop him having a full on paddy whack. Nice touch. AND chocolate eggs/sweets never go unwanted at the end of some strenuous shoe trying on.

I really urge you to support this business – great service and top quality shoes. What’s not to like?

Find Poppy Red’s website here.

Find Poppy Red on facebook here.

Poppy Red also have Ladies’ shoes on their website.

I was offered a £40 gift voucher to enable me to review this store, but all thoughts are my own.

Bingley’s Candidates For the 2017 General Election

With the general election coming up I thought it might be useful to supply some information on our candidates for the Shipley/Bingley area. I have contacted Philip Davies (Conservative)  Sophie Walker (Women’s Equality Party), Steve Clapcote (Labour) and Caroline  Jones (Lib Dem) with the same questions. I will update this page with their responses as they come through.

Labour – Steve Clapcote

First of all, I want to say how shocked and sickened I am by what happened in Manchester last night. The deliberate targeting of children by a suicide bomber is abhorrent.

1) Please tell us about yourself  I’m 45 years old and was born in Poole, Dorset. My mum and dad both left school at 15 without any formal qualifications and went on to work as a shop assistant at the Co-op (mum) and a clerical worker for the local council and then a delivery driver (dad). I went to state schools then worked as a stockman on a farm before becoming the first member of my family to go to university. My scientific career has taken me around the UK and to Toronto, Canada. I moved to West Yorkshire in 2008 for a job at Leeds University, where I teach and lead research on neurological disorders and their treatment. Outside work, I’m a governor of a primary school and a secondary school. In my spare time, I enjoy pottering around in my garden.

2) If elected what would you do to improve Bingley? As MP for Bingley, I’d have a voice in Parliament to speak up for the town. Being an MP also gives one the opportunity and raised profile to get publicity in the media for various campaigns. Bingley is a nice place to live and benefits from its rail link into Leeds and Bradford. But the economic activity in the town centre has declined with the closure of the Bradford and Bingley HQ, which brought jobs and workers into the centre – these people used local shops and food outlets and boosted the local economy. I want Bingley to be an attractive place to live and work. As your MP, I would talk to local residents and businesses for their views on how they think Bingley could be improved and what they would like doing. I believe in bottom-up rather than top-down politics, and I’ll be there to help wherever I can.

3) What are your thoughts on the cuts to education, if elected how would you oppose this? Ditto NHS.  I am opposed to the cuts in education and the lack of funding to the NHS. As the Labour candidate, I’ve been opposing the cuts by telling residents what they mean in terms of fewer teachers for each local school, which can be obtained from schoolcuts.org.uk. If elected as MP for Bingley, the chances are that we would have a Labour government (as Labour likely needs to win in Shipley to have a majority). We will make sure schools are properly resourced by reversing the Conservatives’ cuts and ensuring that all schools have the resources they need. We will introduce a fairer funding formula that leaves no school worse off, while redressing the historical underfunding of certain schools. We will reduce class sizes to less than 30 for all five-, six-, and seven-year-olds, and seek to extend that as resources allow. We will introduce free school meals for all primary school children, paid for by removing the VAT exemption on private school fees. If there isn’t a Labour government, I’ll keep speaking on school funding cuts and asking questions of education ministers, to hold the government to account for the damage that they are doing.
On the NHS, Labour will commit to over £30 billion in extra funding over the next Parliament through increasing income tax for the highest 5 per cent of earners and by increasing tax on private medical insurance, and we will free up resources by halving the fees paid to management consultants.

4) Bingley Children’s centre has now been effectively closed – it’s a huge loss to this town. How would you have helped prevent its closure? Sure Start children’s centres, and the support they give to vulnerable and hard-to-reach parents, were one of the great achievements of the previous Labour government, but under the Conservatives 1,200 Sure Start children’s centres have been lost. Labour will halt the closures and increase the amount of money available for Sure Start. That extra funding would increase the opening hours of Bingley’s children’s centre and mean that it wouldn’t be effectively closed any more.

5) What are your views on the proposed incinerator? I’m joining Keighley’s Labour candidate John Grogan in opposing the plans for an incinerator on the proposed site.

6) What are your views regarding the old B and B site? The latest I heard was that Lidl will submit a planning application for a supermarket on the site to Bradford Council shortly. While I’m sure that Aldi wouldn’t appreciate the competition, I’m not opposed to Lidl’s proposal in principle. I think the site should be used for jobs and make the centre of Bingley more attractive.

7) Why should we vote for you?:- To be completed.

8) Why should we vote for Labour?:- To be completed.

Lib Dem – Caroline Jones

1) Please tell us about yourself. I was born in West Yorkshire and now live in Burley-in-Wharfedale. I am the business manager at a primary school, where my job involves working closely with staff, children and parents, all aspects of finance and funding, HR and facilities management.
I am married to Bob and have three grown-up children.

2) If elected what would you do to improve Bingley? Bingley has a new ambitious town council. I was the first chair of Burley Parish Council so I know how it feels to be starting from scratch I would work with the town council and the local district councillors to get the best deal for Bingley
3) What are your thoughts on the cuts to education – if elected how would you oppose this?  The Liberal Democrats oppose the cuts to school budgets and would invest an extra £7bn to protect against rising costs. This would be paid for by not enacting a number of Conservative tax cuts including not cutting the rate of corporation tax.

We would put 1p on income tax as an interim measure to invest £6bn a year in health and social care. In the longer term and as a replacement for the 1p Income Tax rise, we would commission the development of a dedicated health and care tax on the basis of wide
consultation, possibly based on a reform of National Insurance contributions,
4) Bingley Children’s centre has now been effectively closed – it’s a huge loss to this town. How would you have helped prevent its closure? The Government has made massive cuts to local council budgets which have disproportionately affected areas like BMDC at the expense of richer, Conservative voting areas in the south of England. The Liberal Democrats on Bradford Council have made their own budget proposals including cutting the level of allowances paid to the overlarge number of Labour councillors who are eligible for ‘ special responsibility allowances’.

5) What are your views on the proposed incinerator? We should reduce, recycle and reuse materials to cut the amount of waste produced and I don’t think we take this seriously enough. Any incinerator application has to go through a strict regulation process as part of the planning process and would have to operate to strict environmental standards. I support the objectors who are rightly trying to hold the powers that be to account by seeking a judicial review of the process. The alternative to incineration, once waste has been reduced is landfill which is expensive and difficult.
6) What are your views regarding the old B and B site? The quicker it gets built on the better but I do worry that there may be too many food outlets which could result in one closing leaving another vacant site somewhere else in the town.

7) Why should we vote for you?
8) Why should we vote Lib Dem?

This country needs a proper opposition in Parliament to hold the Government to account and to scrutinise what they do. That is essential in a democracy. Labour have shown over the last two years under Jeremy Corbyn that they are simply not up the job. A group of Lib Dem MPs will make it their job to make sure that a majority Conservative administration is not able to steamroller through everything they want.

Bumble Tots

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“Bumble Tots classes will be starting on Thursday 19th January. The first session will be pay on the day and following this, I will be taking bookings for a block of 6 classes. As a Welcome to Bumble Tots however, the first block will be 6 classes for the price of 5. If you would like to come to the first class on the 19th, please message me via the Bumble Tots Facebook page. I’ve had a lot of interest in the classes so please book your place as soon as possible.”

Seedlings Speech and Language Therapy

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ABOUT

Caroline and Nicki are qualified speech and language therapists (members of royal college of SLTs (RCSLT) and HCPC) and each have 16 years of experience. They are highly specialist speech and language therapists within their specialism of pre-school learning difficulties with particular experience with autism.  They have experience working in schools and nurseries with other providers.

Caroline and Nicki said, “Our idea around ‘Seedlings’ is that we would like to be able to provide some more affordable, local therapy  for families around Bradford.

GROUP DETAILS

  • Blocks of 5-6 sessions with some commitment from parents to attend the block.
  • Free first sessions to all the families attending.
  • Caroline and Nicki aim to get to know the child from discussion with parents (and through the group) and any other assessment reports available to be able to quickly provide appropriate therapy and strategies for that child.
  • The group consists of 6 sessions.
  • The sessions are informal and consist of roughly 1/2 hr free play/chat and 1/2 structured sessions.
  • Homework sheets and a ‘what works sheet’ are provided at the end the block.

COSTS

  • £12 per session, or if pay upfront for a block then £10 a session.

WHERE IS IT?

Baildon Methodist Church.

WHEN IS IT?

Every Friday – 1pm.

WHO IS IT FOR?

Caroline and Nicki are focusing on pre-school but could open up to Reception if enough parents were interested to run one out of school hours.

CONTACT
seedlingstherapygroups@gmail.com

Or Telephone 07519609319

 

 

Support Local Mums in Business

This Christmas wouldn’t it be wonderful if we all made an effort to buy something from a local business? Every time I buy from Amazon, I think, I’m making a rich person even richer! But if you buy from a local business, you help to change someone’s life and make something they’re really passionate about into a success! Here are just a handful of local businesses you can support this year, and also get some truly wonderful and original gifts to treasure forever.

  1. The Little Silver Company – Beautiful bespoke fine silver jewellery and keepsakes including Children’s handprints, footprints and fingerprints. Ceri says, “I set up from my love of jewellery and all things of sentimental value – there was no better keepsake than my children’s handprints and fingerprints captured forever in silver and so my business began..”15129538_844263485677214_503707997909684499_o.jpg
  2. Leanne who runs Leanne’s Little Gift Company says, “I set up as a way of being able to do a job I love whilst being able to be a stay at home mum. We make and sell items for all occasions, if you can’t find a colour or design you are looking for just message us and we will try our best to source it.”15232236_222378111524278_8726140556895182060_n.jpg

3. Jade says, “I set up Blossom Craft Company by myself not long ago. I have a 4 year old in reception and a 3 year old in nursery – I’m hoping that this gives me the best of both worlds- working from home being creative whilst having my little humans run around me! I have qualifications in fashion design and a BA Hons degree in costume design and textiles – this is what I enjoy! Creating ! .. my page at the moment is full of Christmas delights and hair bows for your little ‘uns.. and big ‘uns.”

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4. Emma says, “I went back to work part time after maternity leave as I wanted to do something a bit different alongside my main job and still have the time at home with my little one so I set up Kids Bee Happy Sand Art!”

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5. Adele says, “We are local mums that set up a business that celebrates family time and the precious memories you have along way we make personalised memory jars for all the family, personalised baubles, santas cookies in a jar, santas magic keys and lots of other Christmas goodies at the moment.” Find them at The Little Memories Company.

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6. Lia’s Scrabble Frames are a great gift idea for Christmas, birthdays, weddings…the list goes on!

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7. Cathryn says, “I’m a busy mum of 3 (children are 1, 3 and 5) and I opened Into the Woods 6 months ago. We do build a bear style teddies stuffed with our teddy bear machine, parties, fairytale pamper parties and fairytale photography set in our own enchanted wood, got some beautiful teddies and costumes in for Christmas.”

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8. Emma says, “I set up my business ‘Little Petal Cakes‘ after realising returning to work after maternity leave was no longer a feasible option!

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Bolton Abbey Halloween Trail

Queuing cars on first arrival.

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Parking quick ensures survival.

Coats on, gloves on, cold cold cold.

A reminder that we’re getting old.

Three kids sorted, pushchair out.

Wriggling baby screams and shouts.

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Walk a million miles to start.

See a pumpkin, work of art.

Count those witches, see them fly.

Open the doors as you pass by.

Crack the code, break the spell.

And maybe we’ll have fun as well.

See the Strid, hear the river.

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Read the warning with a shiver.

Rejoice at seeing the latte van.

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Take some caffeine while you can.

Heading back you see your neighbours.

Friends, family and owers of favours.

Bypass the expensive food.

Eat your picnic, lifts your mood.

Yorkshire’s offering, wonderfully fine.

A perfect day for family time.

 

 

Spooktacular Halloween Happenings Near Bingley

Recently, Halloween has become a HUGE thing and to be honest, I stopped minding ages ago, as it’s a good excuse to get out and about and have some family fun. Here are my top suggestions for Halloween days out locally.

1) Bolton Abbey’s Pumpkin Trail.
22nd Oct – 30th Oct 2016
10am to 4pm
FREE event – the Estate’s usual admission fee applies

A spooktacular week of fun. Follow the trail of oversized pumpkins through Strid Wood and discover the mystery doors hidden amongst the trees. Behind each door is a clue to help unravel the witch’s magic spell.

The trail starts at the entrance to Strid Wood (by the Cavendish Pavilion) and finishes at the Strid. Call back at the Cavendish Shop to enter the free prize draw.

This fun-filled event is a free activity and takes place every day during October half term.
The trail is accessible for pushchairs and wheelchairs. Dogs are welcome on a lead.
Collect your pumpkin trail activity form on arrival at Riverside kiosk and enjoy a spooktacular walk!

2) Billy-Bob’s Parlour – “Hooray for Half Term! Be sure to come on up to Billy-Bob’s before 31st October to join in with our annual Fall Festival fun. We’ve got decorations galore, mouth-watering menu specials, Hilda the witch and her spooky hovel, a Haunted Hallowe’en Trail and a Hay Bale Cinema for the little ‘uns. Also, under 10’s wearing full fancy dress can ‘trick or treat’ Hilda for a free ice cream treat, and we’ve a fab photo competition for you to enter your pics from your visit – check out our facebook posts for details of our competitions and giveaway.” REMEMBER TO BOOK or you’ve no chance.

3) Eureka, Halifax

Come and see the ghostly goings-on, if you dare…

It’s time for the creepiest event of the year and we’ve conjured a cauldron-full of Halloween fun for the whole family this half term, running from Saturday 22 to Monday 31 October, but don’t be too scared to visit as there will be a GhostBuster on hand too!

  • If you ain’t ‘fraid of no ghost, strap your proton pack on and join the Eureka! GhostBuster on a ghastly tour of the museum to track down (and hopefully capture) some ghouls.
  • Visit the haunted Mansion in the Theatre to explore your spookier side and listen to scary(ish) stories.
  • Get your grisly groove on with some truly terrifying dancing every single day this half term.
  • Meet the spooks roaming the museum throughout the day – proton packs at the ready to catch the vampire, the witch and our ghosts!

All blood-curdling activities are included in the price of admission and free to Eureka! Annual Pass holders!

4) Dragon’s Den, Keighley

***ITS THAT TIME OF YEAR AGAIN
ITS HALLOWWWWWWWEEEN
MONDAY 31ST OCTOBER 4.30-7PM COME ON DOWN TO DRAGONS DENS HALLOWEEN PARTY
2 1/2 HOURS OF *FOOD* *DRINKS* *DANCING* *GAMES* GO KARTS AND LOADS LOADS MORE….
TICKETS £9 AND ARE AVAILABLE AT RECEPTION
IT IS A TICKET ONLY EVENT SO GET BOOKING TO AVOID DISSAPOINTMENT****

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5) Thornton Hall Farm Park

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6) East Riddlesden Hall 

Join us for spooky stories in a dimly lit room, listen to the creeks and groans of this 400 year old haunted house. Find out what revolting remedies like spiders webs and woodlice were used for. You can also let your creative imagination run wild and write your very own spells to cast, then finish off by making a witch or wizards hat for you to fly off around the garden and follow our pumpkin trail in.

This event is free, but normal admission charges apply for the venue.

22 October 2016 13:00 – 14:00
23 October 2016 13:00 – 14:00
29 October 2016 13:00 – 14:00
30 October 2016 13:00 – 14:00

7) Stockeld Park

Join us for spooky adventures from 19 – 31 October, 10.30am – 8.30pm when Stockeld Park comes alive for the Autumn Half Term!

Journey by Nordic Ski on our woodland trail, take a magical trip around the illuminated Enchanted Forest, travel through the Maze or enjoy our real Ice Rink.

Plus join us for a fun-packed events calendar including our freaky Fright Nights!

8) East Morton Village Institute

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Review – Galo’s Kitchen, Bingley

This blog has always been and always will be, about making Bingley a better place and promoting local businesses and events. I want to be part of making Bingley a great place to live for everyone – including my own family, and doing whatever I can to help others. Bingley has been on the up now, for a few years, and the recent addition of Martinez and soon a Marks and Spencers food, makes me very excited!

But now, we actually have a great restaurant too – to add to the already great cafes and bars – but we’ve never really had somewhere that not only works well for us as a family, but is also great for date nights for hubby and I – a rare thing admittedly these days. Introducing – Galo’s Kitchen! 

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“We are a family friendly Italian restaurant in Bingley. We are a local family run business who specialise in home cooked food.”

Bingley has been crying out for something like this for years – and now we have it! So on Wednesday night we went along with my parents-in-law, to check it out and see what the fuss was about. There is parking outside from 6pm, which was great for us as my father-in-law is disabled, and steps going upstairs from the street, but with plenty of room and a good banister, but just something to keep in mind if you’ve a pushchair or use a wheelchair.

The restaurant was quite empty when we got there at 6pm, but when we left at 8pm was almost full – on a week night in the summer holidays! Not bad going, already word has spread about the quality of the food and service.

We started with a glass of procecco, which was excellent. I like mine to be quite fizzy so I asked for a new bottle to be opened, which was done without question – perfect. We decided to go for the early bird menu, which frankly is amazing value.

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I chose the calamari and the sea bream.

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Calamari from the early bird menu

I was amazed at the portion sizes considering the cost – very generous indeed.

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Sea Bream

There was a kids menu too but unfortunately I didn’t get a photo – I think it was £5.95 which includes main (pizza, lasagne, pasta etc) a drink and a pudding – good value I thought.

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My son’s pizza

My in laws ordered the steak for their main course, I was surprised to see steak on an early bird menu without a supplement, they said it was cooked to perfection.

For pudding, I ordered the Italian version of Creme Brulee – again it was huge! Absolutely amazing taste, I could tell it was home made rather than from a shop, but in a good way if you see what I mean? In fact everything had that fresh cooked, home made quality to it, you could tell that everything was made to order, though service was quick even so. Speaking of service, Zara was very friendly, attentive and great with the kids – just what you need.

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Creme Brulee – amazing

I would highly recommend Galo’s Kitchen for families, couples and next time plan to try the A La Carte menu which includes scallops – I also noticed a lobster pasta on the specials board which sounded delicious.

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Baby girl enjoying her lasagne

I did not receive a free meal or discount for this review, all thoughts are my own.

 

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