Seeing double at the Ardagh? Very likely

September 25 2014

THE likelihood of a toddler group entertaining six sets of twins is one in 350 million, the Bishopston Voice understands. But for the Ardagh toddler group in Horfield, this statistic is a reality.

THE likelihood of a toddler group entertaining six sets of twins is one in 350 million, the Bishopston Voice understands. But for the Ardagh toddler group in Horfield, this statistic is a reality.
According to the parents at the group, the area is heaving with twins, with some local residents having at least four sets living within a five-minute walking distance of them.
Ardagh toddler group was set up by residents Kay and Chris Thomson in 2011 in response to the growing demand from parents in the area.
Due to the group running on a drop-in basis, the number of children that attend varies, but there can be as many as 25 mums and dads at any one session. 
Amy Murdoch-Davis, the mother of one-year-old identical twins Theo and Jim, and three-year-old Esme, said: "Horfield's an affordable place to live, especially if you have more than one child. It's definitely the best area for children, especially with a local playground, lots of cafes for mums to go with their babies, as well as having a hospital close by."

Alli Gilleard, along with her two-year-old identical twins, Elliott and Isaac, have been with the Ardagh toddler group since the boys were five months.
"We love it here - it's such a lovely group, and I'm able to let my boys run around, knowing they are in safe hands with the helpers," Alli said. "There's also lots of things to keep the kids entertained, such as the toys and crafts. It's nice to come somewhere where the staff know the boys, and there is such a variety of ages."
Ollie Capper has boy and girl twins - Harry and Saoirse - aged two and a half. They have been coming to the toddler group since the children were a year old.
Ollie moved to Bristol when the children were five weeks, and she felt that taking her twins along to a local toddler group would be a good way to meet other like-minded parents.
"This place has become like family for us - it provides such a lovely sense of community. I have made some great friends here, and we see often each other outside of the playgroup," Ollie said. "It can be quite daunting having twins, and the first year was quite overwhelming, so it's really reassuring to come to a toddler group where you can have another pair of eyes looking out for the children. I've been able to relax better than I ever have before and the children feel very settled."
Debrah Richards, who has newborn twins, Jake and Ben, said: "It's so great for families with more than one children, with plenty of volunteers to keep an eye out.
"There are so many twins in this area - there are four sets within a five minute walk of my house!"
According to statistics, twin pregnancies have become more common over the years in the UK, with 1 in every 65 maternities being a multiple pregnancy, compared to 1984, where 1 in 98 pregnancies resulted in a multiple-birth.
It is understood that the olden the woman is, the more likely she is to have twins. Chances are also increased by multiple-birth pregnancies running in the family.
Kay Thomson, founder of the group, said: "We have six sets of twins overall, but three or four come on a regular basis.
"All parents live within walking distance from the Ardagh, and it provides a great place for them to all come and get to know one another."
The Ardagh toddler group runs every Monday, from 10-11.30am, for children aged 0-3 years, and operates on a drop-in basis.
Sessions cost £2.50 per family, and tea and biscuits are also served throughout the morning for parents and children to enjoy.
The group welcomes new volunteers to help make cups of tea, chat to parents, and help put equipment away at the end of each session. For more information, contact Kay on: 01179426580 or visit: friendsofhorfieldcommon.weebly.com

Ardagh mums & toddlers