November: Bishopston Mum

November 01 2016

November: Bishopston MumAs I write this month's column it is coming up to half-term and my children are looking forward to having a well-deserved break. Both my children have been enjoying playing football in their school parent-led football team which runs on Saturday mornings. This football team has been running for over 40 years and is a great credit to the school.

Autumn

As I write this month's column it is coming up to half-term and my children are looking forward to having a well-deserved break. Both my children have been enjoying playing football in their school parent-led football team which runs on Saturday mornings. This football team has been running for over 40 years and is a great credit to the school.

All our local primary schools have parent-led Saturday football teams and I wanted to give a shout out to all the local parents who give up their time every Saturday in all weathers to support the children to play football in a non-selective and non-competitive environment. It's such a great thing to do for the children in our community!

This month I attended a gathering at the Bishop Road School playing field for children, families and staff to plant fruit trees, hedgerow plants and bulbs. The gathering was organised to further develop the school’s green space and to also thank everyone who supported the PTFA's recent crowdfunding campaign which raised £3,598! This lovely green space – which also includes an allotment classroom with raised beds for growing vegetables – is now being used for Outdoor Learning classes and other outdoor activities for children at the school.

On Sunday 13th November there will be a Remembrance Sunday Ceremony on Horfield Common and 266 Battery will be firing two guns towards the Memorial Stadium. All are welcome to attend the event which will be from 9am – 11.30am and will take place on the end triangle of grass between Kellaway Avenue and Gloucester Road, near the Wellington Pub.

I have received an email from the Military Liaison Officer to the City of Bristol and Honorary Colonel of 266 Battery saying that the Remembrance Ceremony on 13th Nov will no longer be held on Horfield common and will now be held on Queens Square instead.

I wanted to mention Magic Dragon Pre-school which is held at The Church of the Good Shepherd on Bishop Road, Bishopston on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings in term-time. It has an Ofsted rating of 2: Good and is a lovely pre-school with amazing staff and activities. It is held in a great space which also has its own outdoor area and a garden, too. I say all of this from my personal experience – both my children went there and loved it!

There are currently spaces at Magic Dragon so if you are interested in finding out more, please phone Miriam on 0117 924 3446.

Before I sign off I wanted to give a special mention to Kerrie and Jo at Rimando's Soft Play Coffee Lounge who, just a few days ago sadly announced that they will be closing. Rimando's was a regular stop of mine when my children were little and both Kerrie and Jo were always unfailingly friendly, cheerful and kind. Rimando's will be sadly missed by many local dads, mums and grandparents. Good luck Kerrie, Jo and your families in the future!

 

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