April 2018: Bishopston Mum

March 26 2018

I can hardly believe how quickly this school year is going, as I write this we are just over a week away from the start of the Easter holidays!

I can hardly believe how quickly this school year is going, as I write this we are just over a week away from the start of the Easter holidays! My children are looking forward to the break and we have lots of exciting activities planned.

I was pleased to hear that this academic year Fairfield High School has received a record number of school applications for September 2018, a sure sign that the school is highly valued among local families. The school received 537 applications for its 216 available places, a figure which is up 17% on last year which means the school is 150% oversubscribed. Even more positive was that 99.9% of applications were for Fairfield as a first choice school!

Other positive local community news this month includes a huge success for the Friends of Horfield Common, who, on Saturday 10th March held a Litter Pick. The volunteers collected 16 full bags of rubbish across Horfield Common, making it a cleaner and safer place for both the people who use it and the wildlife that abounds the area. This was the first of several planned litter picks to be held on Horfield Common throughout the Summer so if you would like to take part in any of them please check out the FoHC Facebook page or website. Children are welcome at the litter picks, too!

I wanted to let you know about Horfield Common Repair Cafe which takes place at the Cafe on the Common throughout the year. The next Repair Cafe will take place on Saturday 14th April, 10am – 12.30pm and is a chance for you to bring along any broken items you have lying around your house to hopefully have fixed by the Repair Cafe's team of experts!

If you are a dad you might be interested to know that a new Dads-only toddler group has just started on Saturdays at Northcote Scout Hall in Westbury-on-Trym once a month. Emmanuel Blokes Toddlers was started by some dads at Emmanuel Church Bristol for other local dads to enjoy and welcomes dads, stepdads and grandads with babies, toddlers and children up to school age. There's a great range of toys for the children, plus bacon butties, hot drinks and newspapers for dads to enjoy! To find out more please email ebt@emmanuelbristol.org.uk.

Lastly, if you are looking for a lovely Easter holiday activity to enjoy with your children over the holidays, why not do the Blaise Fairy Door Trail? It's an activity ideal for children aged 3 – 10 and their families and involves discovering 12 Easter themed fairy doors hidden around Blaise Castle House Museum and Gardens! This event takes place on 5th and 6th April from 11am – 3pm and runs on a drop-in, pay what you think basis. You can find the house and gardens on Henbury Road, BS10 7QS. What a wonderful Easter holiday activity to enjoy! 



Bishopston Mum