Rugby Tots Comes To Bingley!


Rugbytots is launching in Bingley at Bradford and Bingley Sports Ground (for the summer term, then switching to Beckfoot School).

Rugbytots is the worlds favourite rugby play programme for girls and boys aged 2-7.  Our energetic coaches and fun, structured play sessions take children on a journey of sporting imagination! 


“Be prepared to run across the jungle, wade through the quick sand or sprint through Rugbytots Valley avoiding all the smoking boulders.”

Times and Class Details

Sunday 09:30am Age 2 – 3.5 – 30 mins – 8 Jul 2018 – 19 Aug 2018

Sunday 10:05am Age 2 – 3.5 30 mins 8 Jul 2018 – 19 Aug 2018

Sunday 10:40am Age 3.5 – 5 45 mins 8 Jul 2018 – 19 Aug 2018

Sunday 11:30am Age 5 – 7 45 mins 8 Jul 2018 – 19 Aug 2018


Classes are £6.50 per session payable as termly blocks.

You can book  your term place via



There are also still limited spaces for FREE taster sessions on this weekends classes. To book a free taster email

Bingley Summer Holiday Clubs and Activities

A round up of all the paid and free holiday clubs and activities going on in the Bingley area! If you would like to be included in this section, please email for consideration.

Holiday Activity “Camps”

Monday 30th July – Friday 3rd August. Dylan’s Academy of Dance Summer School – “The Greatest Showman”. Contact Mags for more details via her facebook profile here.

Fisical Sports  have camps running for the whole of the 6 week holidays for dance&Gymnastics, multi sport, football and the famous Friday fun day! Please inbox the page and flyer will be going out soon but for the meantime these are the dates and venue.

📅Monday 23rd – Friday 27th July
📍Fisical Sports Centre

📅Monday 30th – Friday 3rd August
📍Sandal Primary school

📅Monday 6th – Friday 10th August
📍Sandal Primary school

📅Monday 13th – Friday 17th August
📍Sandal Primary school

📅Monday 20th – Friday 24th August
📍Sandal Primary school

📅Tuesday 28th – Friday 31st August
📍Sandal Primary school

Care club will also be available before (8.45-10am) and after (3-4pm) our camps for a small charge of £3 per child per club.

⭐️ Packed lunches will also be available ⭐️
We will now be offering a packed lunch service which can ordered and delivered to your child up at camp. For more details drop us a message

Chellow Heights Special School in Heaton have Stay and Play days Tuesdays and Thursdays – fully inclusive facilities – ring to book slots in the hydro pool, soft play, rebound and sensory room. It’s about £5 per child. Lunch can be taken in or bought as the kitchens are also open.


Future Stars Swimming Crash Courses

Summer Holiday Crash Courses and extra lessons available at St Josephs , Bradford
Week 1 30th July-3rd August
Week 2 6th August-10th August
This can be used for a full week to gain more confidence or work towards a certain badge
Morning lessons each Day. Contact Future Stars for more info.

Holiday Clubs

Tots DayCare has a holiday club for children aged 5-11. The children get to go on so many local outings and also go to different places further afield depending on consent. They are open from 7am-6pm for those parents still needing to work. You can contact them for more information and prices on 01274 352900.

Bingley Baptist church are holding their holiday club from Monday 30th July until Friday 3rd August. 10-00am until 11-45. “Team builders” further details 01274 201555.


Gilstead Seat in the Bingley Town Council Election

With the upcoming Gilstead seat at Bingley Town Council up for grabs, I wanted to share some information about the candidates. All three candidates have been contacted and I’ll keep updating this page as I get responses. I was thinking of standing myself, but after careful thought, I’m not going to stand this time due to family commitments, but will consider standing for another seat soon.

Helen Owen – Independent Candidate

1. Please tell us a little bit about yourself?

Briefly – Came to Bingley to train as a teacher at Bingley College. Stayed to work – taught in Bradford and Keighley Schools for almost 40 years.  Married, brought 3 daughters up, loved Bingley for amenities – schools, pool, library, parks, sports etc. Moved to Gilstead 2013. Early retirement 2014.

2. What is your role in Gilstead and what actions have you taken to date to improve this part of Bingley? And/or the wider Bingley area?

  • Became involved in Gilstead Village Society mainly through interest in campaign to stop development at Milnerfield. Worked with Downs family and Les Brook on campaign.
  • Elected Chair of GVS March 2017.
  • Projects I’ve lead since then:
  • Defibrillator project had stalled due to difficulties in finding site. Grant had been returned to Shipley Area Community Chest.
  • Worked with Rev Andrew Clarke to convince Diocese that Community Hall would be good site.
  • Wrote Grant Applications to BTC and Shipley Area Committee, found extra funding from Bingley-Airedale Rotary. Arranged volunteers to build frame and install.
  • Result- Defibrillator installed by November 2017. Two training sessions since held in ‘how to use and CPR’ for residents.

Charity events: 

  • Margaret McMillan Coffee Morning held with GVS 1/2 Yearly Meeting – over £200 raised
  • Senior Citizens 12th Night Social. Afternoon tea and entertainment provided ( all by volunteers and local businesses)
  • Residents of Independent Living Facilities – Maple, Sutton, Aire Valley Courts, Fern House and Gilstead residents attended. I had to promise we will do this again next year.

Fund Raising: 

  • Stalls at Bingley Easter Fair, Christmas Fair, Prince of Wales Park ‘ Right Royal Do’, Eldwick Gala.
  • Festive Food Cookery Demonstration with Kevin Connor, Executive Chef at Bankfied Mercure.
  • Over £1000 raised from all.
  • Maintenance of planters on Gilstead Lane and Rec, bedding plants for summer and bulbs for spring. Rota organised.
  • Walk – in the footsteps of Sir Fred Hoyle – in conjunction with Bingley Walkers are Welcome.
  • Although I have lead on these events, none could happen without a great Committee and willing volunteers.
  • New members and volunteers are most welcome!

Other community activities:

  • I’m a active member of Five Rise Frocks Bingley W.I. and support their efforts and campaigns whenever possible.
  • Witness Support Volunteer at Bradford Crown and Magistrates Court.
  • Fundraising for Breast Cancer Haven Leeds.
  • Edit BTC Quarterly Newsletter – co-opted to Events and Marketing Committee.
  • Neighbourhood Plan Working Group – co-opted member. Developing a future plan for Bingley, considering all major aspects of town development.

3. If elected what would you do to improve Bingley?

Current projects with GVS:

  • Looking for answers to bus problem ( lack of!) Gilstead and Eldwick. Working with Eldwick, V.S. Cottingley Assoc and Crossflatts, persuading District Councillors and First Bus to engage.
  • Exploring and consulting on ways to improve Nature Walk at ‘Rec’. Taking advice on grant sources, methods, improving access and interest in area.
  • Plans to erect a War Memorial to Gilstead Soldiers outside St Wilfrid’s for November 2018.

Bingley – areas of concern for residents seem to be – policing: car thefts and burglary.

  • I’m sure that Neighbourhood Watch Schemes in Gilstead and Bingley generally could be improved and am very willing to work on this.
  • Traffic issues and road safety are a concern –
  • e.g. zebra crossing needed by Co-op car park .
  • speeding on bypass and on Park Road in particular
  • Liaison and consultation with Police and BMDC already take place, but as residents have become more aware that Bingley Town Council exists, more is expected of the Council and rightly so.
  • Neighbourhood Plan Working Group: I’m really concerned  about  protecting the Green Belt and making sure that housing development meets the needs of the Town.
  • Amenities which I took for granted when my children were growing up are under threat, e.g. the Swimming Pool and Myrtle Park and I will work to retain and improve these.

Other community groups should be encouraged to apply for grants and be helped through this process to ensure that a wide range of activities and interests is available to residents. I believe I can work well with Community Groups (like Bingley Mums) to provide advice and practical support.

4. Why should we vote for you?

  • As an Independent candidate I don’t have to follow a party line, but can truly represent the views of the electors.
  • I’ve seen that the Independent Councillors collaborate and cooperate and are always willing to ‘crack on’ with the job. They attend meetings, discuss matters and vote on issues. I believe that I am able to support this ‘can do’ approach and be an effective voice for residents.
  • I’m approachable, practical, a good listener and; although I like to find solutions to problems,  I am also realistic enough to know that there isn’t always always a quick fix.
  • I really value discussion and dialogue and don’t believe I have all the answers.
  • I’m not a politician, just a concerned citizen who loves her adopted home town and I am willing to work hard for the future of Bingley.

Stephen Williams- Conservative Candidate

1.       Please tell us a little bit about yourself?

I’m a local Bingley resident and have been for over 25 years. I’m a father of three grown up girls who have children of their own now so I’m very much a family man. My business background was corporate, and I’m now retired and want to give back to the local communities. I have been a Conservative all my life and have conservative views on pretty much every topic as one might expect. I’ve been a member of the party for about 6 years now and have supported Philip Davies in his last two election campaigns though leafletting and doorstep canvassing, as well as the three Conservative District Councillor in their campaigns too, so I know Bingley and surrounding areas well.

 As an individual I am business focused, and think in terms of money, value for money, worth, and similar.

 2.       What is your role in Gilstead and what actions have you taken to date to improve this part of Bingley? And/or the wider Bingley area?

As I mentioned above the primary focus of my role in Gilstead has been to support the efforts of the District Councillors and our MP in their efforts to improve life in the whole Bingley area over several years now.

 I am seconded to the Town Council’s Neighbourhood Plan Committee. When the Plan is complete it will allow Bingley to steer and shape the development of the town towards the way the residents want it to look over the next 20 years. The Neighbourhood Plan will also facilitate a greater proportion of development funding to be allocated directly to Bingley Town which must be better for all of us. This is a two year task so a commitment not to be taken lightly.

I’m currently Chair of the Bingley Town Conservative group which is a group of likeminded people that collectively fund raise and support and influence our Councillors and MP to achieve better things for Bingley by lobbying BDMC and our Parliament.

 3.       If elected what would you do to improve Bingley?

Residents in Gilstead Ward have told me of their current issues, and these are:

 ·         that theft from cars, houses and sheds are a growing problem across Gilstead. Speeding along Gilstead Lane and Warren Lane is also an important issue. Also, there are problems with cars parking near Eldwick School and at the top of Swan Avenue. On both these issues I will develop close working relationships with our local police officers and encourage community crime prevention initiatives.

·         that there are difficulties for local residents crossing Gilstead Lane to get across to the recreation ground from the Post Office side which looks at a blind corner. I’ll support the call for some form of pedestrian crossing there to the benefit of both the older and younger generations.

·         that there are constant complaints from residents and sports groups about dog fouling which needs addressing. There is also a need to improve facilities and make better use of the nature trails perhaps with better signage and promotion

·         about the local campaign for consideration to be given to a new type of service using small hopper buses that would connect Eldwick & Gilstead with Bingley, Cottingley and Micklethwaite.

So, I will campaign and attempt to resolve these issues for residents and others as they arise. In doing so I will not be litter collecting or picking up dog fouling myself as I don’t believe I am elected to provide additional volunteer services for these sorts of issues but instead I’ll campaign for the Town Council to press and represent to BDMC to try to ensure that they provide the services that we already pay for in these subject areas.

 As a general view I believe our Town Council should be operated in a ‘lean and mean’ fashion commensurate with its lawful function.

 I will continue to develop the Neighbour Plan in cooperation with friends and colleagues from Bingley and join whichever sub-committee I can be of most use to but most certainly the Finances and General Purpose one.

 4.       Why should we vote for you?

It’s interesting to note that this is an election for Gilstead Ward which is effectively just a red line on a map enclosing a given number of voters and not Gilstead Village. So, if I were to ask residents of Swan Avenue if they live in Eldwick or Gilstead, what might their reply be? The answer is ‘neither, we live in Swan Avenue‘. I know this as we have asked the question. A similar response would be got from residents of Crosley View or Agincourt Drive for sure. The skill is in getting to understand the issues of the whole ward and representing those issues on the Council as a representative of the constituency and not to act as the sole arbiter of decisions and self-views. That isn’t representing people at all.

 As a Conservative I don’t have to follow party lines (as there aren’t any relevant to local issues) however it is very useful to gain the wider view of likeminded people and other elected officers to the bigger topics, such as the incinerator, Milner Fields or Sty Lane. In this respect having a group to provide support can be very useful to the Council.

 I’m not sure I buy into the belief that anyone is truly ‘independent’ as everyone has political leanings that make them who they are. I simply wear a badge of honour so that voters will knows the way I think and might act.

 I firmly believe that we should not simply introduce another layer of governing bureaucracy that needs to be funded by you, the rate payer, but yet a local Council can be a force for good in any town.  There are many examples of local town or parish councils racking up debt that cannot be afforded by their town and the thrust of our Town Council should be to ensure that Bingley is allocated the correct and appropriate measured services we pay for in our Council Tax, and that is pretty much it.

 The precept for local services should be as low as possible given the above viewpoint and, in my opinion, all Councillors should display conservative views and spend money like it was their own.

 Having said that I’ll work with all the other Councillors, no matter what colour or flag they fly to achieve the aims and wishes of my electors.

Paula Parkinson – Labour Candidate

Paula Parkinson – Labour Party Candidate

  1. Please tell us a little bit about yourself?

I have two daughters, who both go to school in Bingley.   Myself, I grew up in Bingley, went to St Joseph’s Primary School and called Bingley home for about 20 years before I moved away.  I came back about 12 years ago, remembering Bingley as an ideal place to grow up, with its surrounding hills and countryside, library, swimming baths, pubs, shops, arts centre and brilliant buses and trains.


Bingley’s been great and I especially appreciated the post-natal group at the little house and playgroups at the old Scout hut, so vital for getting out of the house with young children!  When the girls were younger, I was lucky enough to be able to work part-time and enjoy them growing up.   I now work full-time but have the support of friends and family, including a partner who is semi-retired – lucky him!

  1. What is your role in Gilstead and what actions have you taken to date to improve this part of Bingley? And/or the wider Bingley area?

Until lately, I never thought of Bingley as needing improvement and I still think it’s a pretty great place to live and bring up children. That said, I realise that much of what’s good about Bingley now (and then) happens because of people volunteering. Again, in Bingley, many of us are fortunate to have free time that we can choose to spend volunteering.  As it happened, much of my free time was spent in Hebden Bridge (long story!) where I was proud to volunteer at the Trades Club, a small community music venue, and serve as its treasurer for four years.

Recently now I’m back in Bingley full-time, I’ve become more involved in the local Labour party, working mainly behind the scenes helping new members take part and organise fundraising and social events.  As well as campaigning in national and local elections, the Labour Party does a lot of community organising.  This is often working with local groups to strengthen their voice and secure funding.  A good example is the work done to keep Bingley Youth café open, as well as working with other Town Councillors to keep the Bingley town centre loos open.

  1. If elected what would you do to improve Bingley?

Bingley’s a great place and if I’m honest, I’d probably like even more people to know that.  So I’d be doing things that promoted Bingley as a place to live and work and visit.  Gilstead itself is an enchanting place, with its views over Bingley, but on the edge of the beautiful, historic countryside of Milner fields. Easy access to Eldwick Beck, Baildon Moor and Shipley Glen.

At the moment, the key priority for Bingley must be to hang onto and save the things that it has.  The efforts of volunteers have saved Bingley Arts Centre and now we must do the same for the swimming pool, library and parks.  I would work with other Town Councillors and Labour district councillors in Bradford to save these facilities for our children and their children to enjoy.

  1. Why should we vote for you?

I’m proud to stand in this election as your Labour candidate.

If you believe in common sense and decisions being made locally, then vote for me.

If you want to see a better Bingley that we’ve all worked together to achieve, then vote for me.

If you share my Labour values and believe organisations, even small ones like Town Councils should be for the many, not the few, then vote for me.

On top of that, I have ten years’ experience of working in local government as well as experience of working in voluntary community organisations.  I want to do this for Bingley and for you.








Fitness For All As New Bingley Gym Launches   

Following an extensive, state-of-the-art fit out, a former fitness centre at St. John’s House, Clyde Street will open its doors as a new and unique gym on 13th November.

Called “YourZone45”, the fitness studio offers instructor-led dynamic interval training sessions focused around heart rate. YourZone45 will offer seven action packed sessions per day during the week and three sessions per day at weekends to make the most of exercise in a 45 minute window.

Sited in a former gym and fitted out to a high specification with a range of equipment, classes will be highly motivating and energetic with the enjoyment of group exercise with the personal attention of a skilled instructor. The first of its kind in West Yorkshire, YourZone45 Bingley will be the 4th franchise of this increasingly popular approach.


Owner Julia Parry said;

“I am delighted that months of hard work and dedication by our fit-out team has resulted in an exceptional, brand new fitness centre in the heart of Bingley. Fitness and weight loss results are our passions and I look forward to my team and I helping people of all ages and abilities meet their goals through our unique exercise approach.”


By joining YourZone45, members will have unlimited access to daily scheduled classes that use cardio, strength and fat burn exercises taught by qualified fitness instructors to help people of any age or ability meet their fitness goals. By offering a compact 45 minute interval training workouts, classes are designed to burn calories fast and achieve incredible fitness and weight loss results in record time.

For more information and joining offers for Bingley’s newest fitness centre please register at

Free Bingley Treasure Hunt Activity

Quite often on a weekend we’ll pop into Bingley, spend £17 in Home Bargains (standard), get brunch, have a stroll in the park etc, and have a nice time. But the Type A in me sometimes thinks, what’s the purpose of our visit? Now, highly strung types like myself need fear no more, as I’ve created a Bingley Treasure Hunt which is free to download and do! Start in Bingley market square, and find the answers to the questions as you stroll around. Be warned though, question 3 doesn’t have an easily obvious answer, but you can just ask someone locally in the town and hopefully they will know the answer!


We had a go today at some of it just before the storm started, and my sons loved it! Take a look…


Even better, our friends at The Coffee Lounge, conveniently situated just next to the market square, are offering everyone who mentions Bingley Mums a 10% discount on completion (ok you don’t need to do every single question…) of the hunt. Download yours here! Bingley Treasure Hunt

*I didn’t have time to do the whole thing, so if you spot any glaring errors please let me know.*

If any local businesses would like to offer spot prizes for completion, I’d be glad to hear about it also.

FREE Bingley Summer Holiday Activity Sheet

If you’re out of ideas already, download this FREE summer holiday ideas activity sheet (made by me!) for things to do in and around the Bingley area – click here to download –Bingley Summer Holiday Activities – print (black and white will work fine), stick on your fridge and cross out each activity as you go along! Here’s how we’re coming along so far…


Get printing and see how many you can do!



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?

Foundry Hill Bar and Lounge

Bingley Mums has a new site sponsor – Foundry Hill Bar and Lounge! Somewhere I am ashamed to say that I have never been to until recently. But I thought it might be a nice idea to do a “mystery shopper” style date night with hubby, so I could get a true picture.

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Foundry Hill has recently been taken over to be run as a family business by Emma and Andrew Bremner.  The family including two children Amy & Adam, live on a farm producing high welfare free range eggs – so all eggs served are direct from their other business The Rainbow Egg Company, based in Oxenhope.  Their highly experienced Head Chef, David Hartley, is passionate about preparing all dishes from fresh using good quality, locally sourced ingredients.  Even their burger buns, pasta and focaccia bread are made in their kitchen.  Nothing is bought in except fresh ingredients.

Andrew says, “I am only three weeks into running Foundry Hill and while I am very keen to preserve its already excellent reputation and small, but quality menu I am keen to build on that success.  We plan on bringing back sharing platters to the menu, something for kids and parents to enjoy together.  We are also planning on offering reduced portion options on selected main courses for smaller appetites both young and old.  Because we make all food from scratch though we are more than happy to customize meals where possible according to customer requirements such as serving starters as main children’s meals or splitting portions of mains to share.”

Foundry Hill has been the top rated restaurant in Bingley on Trip Advisor for a few years now.  This is something the new owners are very proud of and something they aspire to keep.  They are one of the few bars in Bingleyto offer an extensive cocktail, mocktail and shooters menu plus their gin selection is growing rapidly, 15 at last count including Masons Yorkshire Tea Gin.  They have 5 guest ales a week plus an extensive range of wine and spirits.  Their Prosecco from House of Townsend has won a few awards and is sold by the glass as well as the bottle (it’s stunning).

We went on a Friday night about 7pm and the bar area was very busy indeed and we had to push our way through to the “lounge” area as we had booked in for a meal. If you decide to eat at Foundry Hill, I really recommend booking as if we hadn’t, I doubt very much that we would have got a table. In the lounge area, there are a couple of sofas and tables – I would have taken photos but it seemed a bit rude to do that when people were eating, so I didn’t.

The bar has a really wide range of truly good drinks, including lots of draft beers and fizz – I tried the pink fizz which was stunning – as good as champagne. My husband had something from the gin menu – they had LOADS of gins available, and posh tonic too. So far so good.

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I was surprised how busy the place was – in the lounge area there was a combination of people eating and people sitting in groups with their drinks, but there was a nice atmosphere. The menu is good with something for everyone, we went for burgers.


You can choose between french fries and thick cut chips, so we had one of each…

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Now I’m not really a burger sort of person, but I have to say these were delicious, you could really tell that the meat was high quality and that the beef burgers are made by hand in house.

I’m also quite fussy about wine (though not later on in the night) and I thought the wine list was spot on and also good value. We ordered a glass of wine each and I must say it slipped down very easily.

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During the day there are good facilities for children including baby change and high chairs, as well as a children’s menu.

We had a great experience and I have to say the waiting staff were very attentive and couldn’t do enough for us (they didn’t know I was doing a review). The busy-ness of the bar didn’t affect our enjoyment as all our drinks were brought to our table. I really recommend Foundry Hill for date nights, evenings out with friends or with the whole family. A real local gem!

  • Food service Wed-Sat 12noon – 9pm (last orders 8:30pm) Sunday 12noon – 6pm (last orders 5:30pm)
  • Function room available for hire.
  • Come and enjoy 2 burgers and 2 drinks for just £20 every Wednesday
  • Sunday Roast is served 12 – 5:30pm
  • Call 01274 566144 to book a table
  • Contact their Facebook Page for more details.

Foundry Hill have paid to be a site sponsor but all thoughts are my own.

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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As a mum of a young toddler 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. Hands on babies provides Baby Yoga, Toddler Yoga and Baby massage classes in the Bingley and surrounding areas.

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.

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.

Hands on Babies is accredited by the Royal Collage of Midwives. I am a fully certified Hands on Babies Massage and Yoga instructor with a diploma in anatomy and physiology. The classes run for a 6 week block and are priced at £36.00 this includes as much coffee and cake needed!!! If you would like more information on pricing then please contact me on 07896053823 or find me on Facebook – Hannah Hands on Babies.

If you are looking for a baby massage class where your baby gets fluffy white towels each week and after you get to meet new friends with coffee and delicious cake then give me a call. If you are a parent of twins or more then you will only pay for one baby.

Class Times and NEW Locations

Monday – The Glen Public House Gilstead
9.15am till 10.15am Baby and Toddler Yoga
10.15am -11.15am – Baby Massage
11.15am – 12.15am – Baby and Toddler Yoga

Sure Start Children’s Centre – Tree Tops Children’s Centre Haworth
1.45pm – 2.45pm Baby and Toddler Yoga

Wednesday – Sure Start Children’s Centre Keighley (Rainbow Centre)
10.00am – 11.00am Baby and Toddler Yoga

Thursday – Sure Start Children’s Centre Silsden
1.00pm till 2.00pm – Baby and Toddler Yoga
2.00pm till 3.00pm – Mini Movers

For three or more friends I am more than happy to do private baby massage classes in the comfort of your home – For more information please give me a call on 07896053823.


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!


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

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

Sign up now while places are available!

Lovely Teddies!


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.”

Caitlin Belle

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

Or visit their website over at

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.

He actually stood still!


Decisions decisions…


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!


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.

Emily Groves Cycle Coach

Emily says, “I have over 7 years experience of coaching cycling during which time I have taught over 1500 children in the Bradford area to ride their bikes without stabilisers.
I now work out of Roberts Park in Saltaire and offer group balance bike and improver lessons as well as one to one learn to ride lessons.
Balance bike lessons restart this Sunday (30th September) and will continue through the autumn, winter and spring. No lessons either side of half term (21st and 28th Oct).
Meet at the Bandstand – bring warm and waterproof clothing (inc gloves) and a drink
2pm – Balance bikers (balance bikes and helmets can be borrowed)
3pm – Improvers (must be able to ride without stabilisers even if new to pedalling)
Classes are £5 just turn up and pay on the day (£2.50 for additional siblings)
If your child would like to learn to ride without stabilisers then this is done as a one to one lesson, these are priced at £18 for a 45 minute lesson. The majority of children need 2 lessons before they are able to progress to improvers.
Please like my FB page and I can be messaged through there to organise lessons or I can be emailed on:

Bingley Dance

Bingley Dance run a class for children aged 3-6 years on Saturday mornings (10:20am till 11:10) teaching a variety of dances and fun routines in their tiny tots class.. with years of experience and central location above the library tap pub on the main street (same entrance just to the left). They hold medal exams for children to work towards and offer other classes for older children regardless of ability!

A site for Bingley Mums (and Dads) to find out what's on in the Bingley area!