July Column: Bishopston Mum

June 27 2013

Bishopston Mum on new playgroup Barts Babes, the charity BRACE and looking forward to summer

Welcome to Bishopston Mum’s column and a very happy July to everyone!

This last month has been an exciting time for my friend, Ingrid Bates, who launched her Dunleavy Vineyards wine. There was a launch party held at Grape and Grind on Gloucester Road and I was excited to attend; having the chance to go to a wine launch is not not an opportunity I have every day! Ingrid’s wine – a Pinot Noir Rose – was such a hit it sold out within days. She has worked very hard over the last few years so deserves her success.

This month I took my little girl to a new playgroup, Barts Babes, which is held at St Bartholomew’s Church in St Andrew’s. Barts Babes is for 0 to 3-year-olds and runs Thursday and Friday mornings in term time at 10-11.30am. This was quite a small playgroup and I found it friendly and welcoming and my daughter thoroughly enjoyed herself, especially its singing session! For more information about this playgroup, please phone 0117 9071839.

I wanted to give a shout-out – and hopefully raise some awareness – to a South West-based charity which originally began here, in north-west Bristol. BRACE does very important work funding research into Alzheimer’s Disease and other forms of dementia. I once worked in the field of dementia and came into contact with people of all ages with it so I feel that this is a really important charity to support. If you would like to know more about BRACE or would like to support the charity, the website is www.alzheimers-brace.org.

I do hope we have some better weather in July. KudaCan – the community hub for children – has now got a new outside area for children to enjoy, complete with new outdoor toys. I look forward to taking my kids there and making full use of it over the summer!

It is now just over two months before my little boy starts primary school. This week we received a letter from the school with the name of his teacher, which was very exciting for him. September will be the start of a new phase for me a as mum, for not only will my son be starting school but my daughter will also be starting pre-school. I am surprised to say that far from dreading the thought of this, I am now actually quite excited about it.

I hope everyone has a wonderful July!

Bishopston Mum