I’ve heard great things about this free play sessions for under 5s (£3 for adults) and there are snacks afterwards too! Details below.
I’ve heard great things about this free play sessions for under 5s (£3 for adults) and there are snacks afterwards too! Details below.
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 www.yourzone45.co.uk/bingley
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.
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!
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.
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…
What are your school mum rules?
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.
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.
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…
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.
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!
Foundry Hill have paid to be a site sponsor but all thoughts are my own.
Bingley Mums has a new site sponsor! As regular readers know, Bingley Mums was set up to help connect local families to local businesses and generally help to improve Bingley in whatever way we can! However, running a website and paying for hosting etc does come at an occasional cost, which is covered by the generous site sponsors – I am so grateful to them for supporting Bingley Mums.
Anyway, more about our new sponsor. Croft and Sons Home Improvement are a local handyman service able to offer a full range of home and garden maintenance and improvement – from large scale projects to odd jobs, they can do them all!
Bingley Mum Rachel says – “Croft and Sons do anything that would fall under odd jobs and general home improvement – so from changing light bulbs and leaky taps to larger projects like fitting kitchens & bathrooms. They are insured and have a current DBS check – most of all, they turn up when they say they will!”
Croft and Sons have sent over some examples of work that they’ve recently undertaken.
Phone – Call Andy on 07951 866069
Email – firstname.lastname@example.org
Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/CroftandSons
Bingley Mums would like to welcome a brand new site sponsor – Hands on Babies – who have several classes in the local area.
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.