March Column: Bishopston Mum

February 23 2018

Welcome to my Bishopston Mum column, hope you are enjoying a good 2018!


My children have recently been making full use of the fantastic new accessible footpath on Horfield Common. My daughter got some roller boots for Christmas and my son was recently gifted a skateboard and the new footpath is ideal for practising both as it is flat and smooth and safely away from the road. I have also found it great for walking our dog as saves us getting really muddy! The new footpath will be useful to the many hundreds of people who regularly use Horfield Common to access local amenities, including older people and those with limited mobility.

We are so lucky to have Horfield Common on our doorstep, it's a great place for people of all ages. If you would like to help keep our Common clean and pleasant you might like to get involved in an upcoming litter pick on Saturday 10 March, 10am – 12 noon. The event is suitable for both children and adults and all will meet at the Café on the Common and then spreading out over the Common. The event will be the first of several litter picks planned on Horfield Common throughout the Summer months. Bring gloves and sturdy shoes!

If you have a 2 - 4 year old and are looking forward to spending time on the Common as the weather gets warmer and brighter, you may be interested in My Wild Sessions which take place every Thursday afternoon between 1 – 2.30pm in term-time. These sessions are organised by the Avon Wildlife Trusts and are completely free, with siblings under two welcome too. Children enjoy lots of fun activities including songs, stories, mud-painting, nature arts and crafts and more. No booking needed, just turn up!

My children are aged 9 and 7 and books have always been an important part of our lives. I have come upon many wonderful children's books over the years and two we have particularly enjoyed recently are Shrek! by William Steig and The Detective Dog by Julie Donaldson. As well as being an interesting story, Shrek! is brilliantly fully and uses unusual and interesting words. The Detective Dog is a wonderful story about  a dog with an amazing sense of smell who goes on the hunt for a book thief, taking readers on a wonderful journey with him. Both of these are the kinds of books that you can read again and again, so I recommend!

Finally, if you have a baby or child and like to find a great bargain, there's a Noah's Ark Pre-school Nearly New Sale on Saturday 17 March, 10am – 12 noon at Cairns Road Baptist Church, Westbury Park. There will be lots of quality pre-loved children's books, toys, equipment, maternity wear, and clothes for 0-8s. Enjoy bargain hunting!

I hope you enjoy a wonderful March.

Bishopston Mum