October Column: Bishopston Mum

October 01 2013

Bishopston Mum on changes for her family, finding nearly-new bargains, Chatterbox playgroup and APE Project

Welcome to October’s column from Bishopston Mum!

The start of autumn has brought some important changes in my family, the biggest one of all being my little boy starting primary school. If you are a regular reader of  my column, you will know that I have had mixed feelings about his starting school and that I was very aware that it would be the end of an important chapter in our lives. On the big day I am pleased to say that I managed to hold it together. Luckily my son was very excited and couldn't wait to go in, which helped hugely! Bishopston Mum, October

At the time of my writing this, my little girl is just a few days away from starting  a brand new chapter in her own life when she starts pre-school. She is very excited and I know she will enjoy her pre-school years. She has also just started regular ballet lessons which she has wanted to do for a long while; now that my son is at school in the week, I am able to take her.

Prior to my daughter starting, we had bought ballet shoes for her but she needed some ballet clothes, too. So, together my daughter and I went to the most recent Bryony and Bryony Children’s Nearly New Sale at Horfield Parish Church Hall on the hunt for some suitable kit. In case you don’t know, Bryony and Bryony Children’s Nearly New Sales run regularly and sell good quality children’s toys, clothes and nursery equipment and always have great bargains (as well as fantastic homemade cakes!). While there, my daughter and I were lucky enough to chance upon a little pink ballet leotard in her size so we were both very pleased. Bishopston Mum, October

In August’s issue of Bishopstonvoice, I wrote about Chatterbox, the long-standing playgroup at Horfield Baptist Church and explained how the group were looking for volunteers to be able to continue. I am pleased to report that a co-ordinator has now been found and that Chatterbox will now be held on Friday mornings in term-time from 10am-noon.

For older children in Bishopston, I thought I would mention the APE Project, which takes place every Thursday after school until 5pm on Horfield Common. The APE Project offers free outdoor activities mainly for 5-11-year-olds, although secondary school age kids are welcome, too. Sessions will continue to run until October half-term, with activities including camp fire cookery, water play and making rope swings. If you would like to find out more, visit www.friendsof horfieldcommon.weebly.com.

I hope that you and your family enjoy a great October!

Bishopston Mum