December 2017: Bishopston Mum

November 24 2017

I can hardly believe that I am writing my column for December's issue of Bishopston Voice and that 2017 is coming to a close.

I can hardly believe that I am writing my column for December's issue of Bishopston Voice and that 2017 is coming to a close. I don't know about you but since having children time not only seems to be flying by but seems to have actually picked up pace over the last couple of years. Maybe it's because of being so busy with work, life and having such a full week packed to the brim with children's activities or maybe it's because time is now measured by school term times. 

As I write this it is nearly my daughter's 7th birthday and she is counting down the days. I also worked out recently that I have been writing my Bishopston Mum column for Bishopston Voice for nearly 5 years! Every month a new issue comes out I have always saved each one but a couple of weeks ago I had to declutter because my dining room was becoming overrun with copies. But I love writing my column every month and hope to continue doing so for many more years!

A few weeks ago I relived the toddler years when I popped into Ardagh Toddlers, a group for 0-4s held every Monday 10 – 11.30am in term-time at the Ardagh Pavilion on Horfield Common. I used to take my children here and I can tell you that it is just as friendly and relaxed as ever. There is no waiting list there, just drop-in one Monday with your children. It is very relaxed and unstructured; there is no singing, stories or structured group activities (apart from the teas, coffees, and drinks and plentiful biscuits for the children!), just lots of great toys and activities including painting, Mega Blocks, a Wendy house, a little ball pool, dressing up costumes and much, much more. In warmer, sunnier months, the group also has some nice outside space overlooking the bowling green. There are also lots of volunteers at Ardagh Toddlers, always ready to chat and lend a helping hand with the kids so you can enjoy your cuppa!

I was sad to find out this month that a total of eight trees on Longmead Avenue in Bishopston have been felled by the council due to disease. Due to a lack of funding the council are unable to replace the trees with new ones; sad news as Longmead Avenue is known for its trees and looks particularly lovely in Spring. Thank goodness for the great community spirit that exists in Bishopston, however! Several residents on the street have grouped together to set up a Just Giving page to raise money to replace the trees and are involving everyone else on the street and the rest of the community to help. If you can spare even £5 towards the campaign, please do so! Here's the link:

If you fancy a Winter walk in the countryside this December I recommend a trip to Old Sodbury, a little village in South Gloucestershire. It offers a great walk from The Dog Inn and you can find plenty of green space to roam, fresh air and spectacular views! But don't forget your wellies, it's a muddy one!

I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and I look forward to catching up with you again in 2018!


Bishopston Mum