January 2017: Bishopston Mum

December 20 2016

In my column last month I mentioned that I was busy organising my little girl's 6th birthday party and sending out invitations. We decided to hold the party at the Church of the Good Shepherd Hall in Bishopston and do everything ourselves including entertainment, food and music!

In my column last month I mentioned that I was busy organising my little girl's 6th birthday party and sending out invitations. We decided to hold the party at the Church of the Good Shepherd Hall in Bishopston and do everything ourselves including entertainment, food and music! 

We organised old-fashioned party games such as musical chairs, bumps and statues and Pass the Parcel. I have to say with 24 children, the party was loud and fast-moving and I did leave with a headache, however my daughter and her friends had a great time. If you are looking to hire a hall for a child's birthday party I would recommend COGS Hall: it's an ideal venue as it is large, light and a great space, plus it costs just £20 an hour to hire. 

Although Winter nights may be cold, dark and plain miserable at times, in early February the streets of Bishopston will be brightened up as Window Wanderland will be taking place! Many windows will be illuminated and decorated with anything from some simple fairy lights to amazing displays such as hot air balloons and a front room disco! To take part in this year's Window Wanderland simply visit www.windowwanderland.com to sign up.  The event is a great way of bringing the local community together in doing something positive and fun and it is also a good way of getting to know your neighbours!

I am lucky to have met some really lovely local families since becoming a parent. One such family is the Wheeler family, who, until a couple of months ago, lived in Ashley Down. Sara and Mike Wheeler and their two children were strong members of the community and good friends and neighbours to many other local families. A few months ago, the Wheelers decided to make a life-changing decision: to sell their house and take their children travelling around the world! The Wheelers' plan to travel for 18 months – 2 years and are “road-schooling” their children along the way. They plan to visit far-flung places such as Peru, Bali, Nepal, India and Thailand and have already visited Indonesia and Australia since leaving. If you would like to find out more about the Wheelers' travels, they have a blog very aptly called 'The Wheelers on the Bus' – it's well worth a read.

Talking of strong members of the community I just wanted to give local parents Klare and Tim Percival a mention, who have two children at Brunel Field Primary School. Klare and Tim recently donated £4,000 so that the school could have a four-panel climbing wall in the playground. Pupils at Brunel Field have been enjoying making full use out of the climbing wall – what a great thing to do for the community!

 

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