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Families Hereford and Worcester November/December 2010 issue


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    Issue No 6 Issue No 6 November/December 2010November/December 2010

    The Festive Issue including:-Wheres Santa?Whats OnTop 10 toys

  • 2 November December 2010

    News & Views


    I would just like to thank everyone for supporting Families Hereford and Worcester over the past year especially my wonderful husband Gary who has always had faith in me and also to my family and friends who have believed in me. An especially big thank you goes to Natalie Schmidt of Matobo Design, who is a lovely person and a fantastic designer and puts the whole magazine together. Also thanks to Rachel Adkins of Jumping in Puddles whose photos have graced most of the front covers and who really manages to capture the most beautiful images of children. I would also like to thank the Manson Group who do a great job printing the magazine.

    Welcome to Issue 6 and our festive issue.

    Have a wonderful Christmas.

    o is a lovely person and a fantastic

    All content Copyright 2010 Families Hereford and Worcester

    Circulation: 17,000 copies of Families Hereford and Worcester are available through nurseries, schools, libraries, selected shops and other distribution points throughout the county. If you would like free copies for your organisation or if you would like to subscribe so you dont miss an issue please contact us.

    Editorial: [email protected]

    Advertising: [email protected]

    Events, diary dates, out and about: [email protected]

    Families Hereford and Worcester is part of the Families Group, established in 1990 and headed by Families South West. All franchised magazines in the group are independently owned and operated under licence. We take every care in preparing this magazine but the publishers and distributors cannot be held responsible for the claims of the advertisers nor for the accuracy of the content nor for any consequence.

    Design: Natalie Schmidt www.matobodesign.com, Tel: 020 8676 2857

    Print: The Manson Group, St Albans www.manson-grp.co.uk, Tel: 01727 848440

    Cover photograph: Gareth Craven

    Contact details: Families Hereford and Worcester, PO Box 843, Inkberrow, Worcestershire, WR7 4WGTel: 0844 504 7224Fax: 0844 504 7201email: [email protected]

    Karen CravenEditor, Families Hereford and Worcester





    In this issue02 Editors Letter02 News & Views04 Education07 Christmas Gift Guide09 Businesswomen in our area12 Focus on popular local class13 Wheres Santa?14 Whats On


    Next issue: Jan/Feb 2011, Editorial and

    booking deadline: 10th December


    Dont forget to mention when

    you telephone that you saw these

    companies featured in Families Hereford

    and Worcester magazine

    Rugby TykesAfter 3 years of running Rugby Rookies, Pete Healey has decided to set up his own business in conjunction with Pat Sanderson called Rugby Tykes. The Indoor Rugby activity sessions are aimed at children aged 2-6 years.

    Rugby Tykes believe in fun, active sports for children in a safe disciplined environment. Pete says

    We have an opportunity to grow the business and allow more children to enjoy the concept. We are not just based in towns but go out to rural areas where there is demand. We are always looking for more Coaches/Class Leaders to be involved in this very rewarding venture so please get in touch if you are interested.

    Rugby Tykes themed birthday parties are also available.

    For more details on classes in Worcestershire and Gloucestershire go to www.rugbytykes.co.uk

    or contact Pete on 01684 295796.

    The RSPCA Needs You To Rabbit On!The animal welfare charity is launching its biggest ever rabbit survey and wants you to get involved. RSPCA Campaign Manager Eloise Shavelar said: Rabbits are our third most popular pet with around one million rabbits currently being kept in the UK.

    Rabbit welfare is a top priority for the RSPCA so were asking rabbit lovers to join us and tell us what makes bunnies brilliant.

    Sadly, thousands of rabbits end up in RSPCA rescue centres every year for a variety of reasons. The charity hopes that by increasing awareness and understanding of rabbits welfare needs, it will see a long-term reduction in this.

    It also wants to educate potential new owners so they are fully aware of the commitment they are making before bringing a new pet home.

    Since 2007 more than 7,300 rabbits have been reported abandoned to the RSPCA.

    The survey will be available to complete online at www.greatbigrabbitsurvey.org

    until the end of the year.

    Everyone who takes part in the survey will be able to download an exclusive RSPCA screensaver and be entered into a competition to win rabbit goodies.





  • 3November December 2010

    News & Views

    Scarecrow ChallengesBright Kids Holiday Activity Club shared their imagination skills at the recent Scarecrow Festival held at the Arrow Valley Lake.

    The children had fun designing and building their own scarecrow and even the rain couldnt dampen their spirits. They dressed it up in a Bright Kids uniform and called it Megan. Phoebe Phillips aged 7 said the best bit was when we did the face of the scarecrow and eating my ice cream afterwards!

    Rachel Hammond of Bright Kids at Crabbs Cross said Its always challenging to find new and unusual activities for the children during school holidays and this was a great experience laid on by Arrow Valley in Redditch. It was enjoyed by everyone and we plan to attend next year as well

    Bright Kids provide a comprehensive range of services: baby care, toddler care, pre-school education and breakfast, after school and holiday clubs

    Photograph from Left to right: Adam Wentworth 7, Harry Barnish 5,

    Madeleine Gregory 5, Phoebe Phillips 7


    FruittosuitA new business has been launched to enable primary school children to set up and run a healthy tuck shop in their own school.

    Fruit to Suit, the healthier tuck shop company, has come up with the imaginative concept of a one-day Business and Enterprise Programme designed to train a young Tuck Shop Team to set up and run

    a healthier tuck shop. The training is divided into a series of workshops and fun activities: the Tuck Shop Challenge where the children set up their own company that will run the healthy tuck shop in their school, and Tuck Shop Manager Training, a half-day session for the children who will actually run the shop. The children are then taken through all the practicalities of running a tuck shop, from advertising to ordering stock, gaining invaluable business and enterprise skills.

    The benefits of a healthier tuck shop are innumerable encouraging children to eat more fruit and vegetables and giving them the opportunity to try a wider variety of food, while being proactive in the prevention of excess weight and obesity. A fantastic, innovative idea.

    To find out more about how this can be run in your school email [email protected] www.fruittosuit.co.uk

    NSPCC Number Day Be a Record BreakerThe NSPCC is aiming to set a new Guinness World Record for the biggest maths lesson ever. On Friday 3 December at 11am hundreds of schools and thousands of children across the UK will take part in a simultaneous maths lesson aiming to raise 210,000 and making maths count for children who need the NSPCCs help. This marks the 10th anniversary of NSPCC Number Day, sponsored this year by Vosene Kids.

    NSPCC head of schools fundraising, Denise Derbyshire, says: Number Day is a great opportunity for pupils to have fun celebrating sums and for schools to experience the feel-good factor of raising funds for children. This year, there is the added excitement of joining forces with schools across the UK in a world record-breaking attempt. We are delighted to also have the support of Vosene Kids to help us make it an even bigger success.

    The Number Day pack gives teachers an easy off-the-shelf solution to make learning maths fun and meaningful. It has a wealth of maths-based games and activities, all devised by professionals and tailored to meet the requirements of Key Stages 1 to 4. It is also packed with fundraising ideas that will make a real difference to childrens lives.

    Number Day packs will be available from October 2010.

    To register for your pack and to find more information on NSPCC

    Number Day and the Guinness World Record attempt go to


    Worcester LionsWorcester Lions Community FC works hard to help children gain confidence and improve ability in

    basic football skills in a fun environment, before moving into competitive teams and clubs. This is optional and there is no pressure to do so.

    They support children and give them the opportunity of playing in a football team and progressing to a local football league. Worcester Lions build a childs confidence as well as teaching the Fundamentals of (ABC`s) Agility, Balance and Co-ordination through a FUN learning environment.

    Worcester Lions want to encourage children aged 3-7 to come and have a go and involve parents who wish to be part of their childs development. They are offering new 40-45 min sessions to pre-school children from the age of 3; parents are welcome to stay.

    The club has been awarded a funding grant from the Football Foundation to support teams and encourage a new under 8s team from Sept 2011. If your child is in Year 2 at school and will be under 8 in Sept 2011 why not help to form this team for