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St Michael’s Church Playgroup – Cottingley

St Michael’s Church in Cottingley (just behind the big cornerstones building at the parade of shops) have a children’s group on Fridays running from 9:15am to 11:15am £1 per child and term time only. Toys, biscuits and tea/coffee provided.

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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!

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.

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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.”

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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 www.yourzone45.co.uk/bingley

New Site Sponsor – Mortgage Advice Bureau Bingley

In recent times the housing market in Bingley has gone from strength to strength, so if you’re thinking of either moving to the area or moving within the area (or you need to remortgage) then look no further than award winning Mortgage Advice Bureau – our new site sponsor. Situated on Main Street, Bingley, Mortgage Advice Bureau are expert “Whole of Market” Mortgage Brokers established in the Aire Valley since 2001.

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One of the founders Andrew Milne said, “Having a large client base in Bingley and the surrounding areas we not only understand how this market works but have very strong relationships with most of the Local Estate Agents and Solicitors enabling your house purchase or remortgage to go through as pain free as possible!”

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Co founder Andrew Milnes

Good news! Exclusively to Bingley Mums we have a special offer – the usual broker fee of £495 will be waived on mention of Bingley Mums – you need a special voucher like the one here. To get one of these simply email MABBingley@mab.org.uk with the subject line BINGLEY MUMS and your name and address, and one will be sent to you. 

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Telephone 01274 568832

Enquiries MABBIngley@MAB.org.uk

www.mortgageadvicebureau.com/Bingley

FREE Bingley History Activity

Bingley is a pretty interesting place, and I’m trying to put together a booklet with the key historical facts about Bingley in – but I need some help! I’ve put together two templates – one for ages 5-7 –  My Facts About Bingley Ages 5 – 7

and one for ages 7 – 11 – About Bingley Ages 7-11.

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My son insisted on writing “the Par(c)k” so we didn’t confuse it with St Ives in Cornwall…
Ask your child to complete their own research either from your collective knowledge or through researching, and when you’re done, please photograph and send to my inbox at the Bingley Mums Facebook Page.

This not only gives your child an actual reason to write, but they stand a chance of being featured in the finished (printable) booklet! If you don’t want your child’s name to be used, please let me know when you send the message, if not, I’ll include it. The booklet will be available to download from this website, and will not be professionally printed or anything, just so you know!

I’ve only included Five Rise Locks and St Ives, but feel free to do further research on other aspects of Bingley too. Your child may find it helpful if you write out key spellings for them on some paper for them to copy as they complete the activity. Enjoy!

 

Holiday Enemy – Screen Time

One of the biggest battles we have in the summer holidays is trying to get our kids off screens and actually living in the moment. I know we’re to blame, as we’re the ones who bought the screens in the first place, but they’ve become an obsession, not just for our children, but for all our friends’ children too. Every day of the holiday this year, I’ve set my children a challenge to start living their lives and get off devices and I’ve created this checklist for them to complete each day. You can download yours for free here –  Before Screen Time I Must Checklist.

I have told my sons that they will get 10 minutes screen time for each of the challenges they complete, but it might be better to have an open discussion with your own children and come up with timings that work for you. You can of course, think of your own checklist, but this is something that I thought was quite generic that would work for most people.

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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.

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?