Scallymag for Todmorden & Hebden Bridge - Autumn '12
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THE S AAAAAMA GMM Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y YL A A A A A C LLL A LWalsden, Cornholme, Todmorden, Hebden Bridge, Mytholmroyd, Luddendenfoot & Surrounding Areas
Autumn 12 Issue 38
For Pre-school andOut-of-School Activities
OUT & ABOUTMore Top Trumps
Lister Park, Bradford
Focus on:Starting School
NewsNew Baby and Pre-school
Focus On:Starting School
Classified AdvertsAnd Much
Classified AdvertsAnd Much
For Local Parents, Carers & Kids
Post or Email your Childrens For Sale adverts to us, well put them on our website and print them in our next issue. We can also
advertise Wanted items.No Trade Please
Baby Jogger City Elite Double buggy. Black and stone colour in excellent
condition.200.00 07932 668758
*iCandy Pear double stroller. Black with 1 iCandy footmuff, 2 raincovers, carrycot
attachment for newborn. Seat 1 is in used condition. Carrycot and seat 2 are in
excellent condition. 200.00 07932 668758
*Chicco DJ Baby Walker in excellent
condition. 10.00 07932 668758
*Nursing rocking chair and matching
rocking footstool. Used condition (some marks and stains).
10.00 07932 668758*
Maxi Cosi Isofix car seat base in excellent condition.
40.00 07932 668758*
Maxi Cosi Priorifix car seat. Black in good condition.
30.00 07932 668758
Tiny Love car seat toy bar in excellent condition.
5.00 07932 668758*
Mothercare car seat raincover in excellent condition.
5.00 07932 668758*
Big box of VHS videos, including lots of Disney, All suitable for pre-school and
older.Offers 01706 819426
*Slot car set, complete with two cars and
controllers. Makes an oval with two loops. 5.00 01706 819426
*First ballet set, with floor mat, bar and
DVD instructions.5.00 01706 819426
Dont Forget:Between issues visit our website
www.thescallymag.co.ukfor an up-to-date list of items
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News FlashHebden Vale
Childrens CentreAfter the floods...
Many of you will be aware that Hebden Vale Childrens Centre was badly affected by the recent flooding, like most of the town!
They are however happy to announce that during the refurbishment they have managed to secure alternate venues for many of their sessions. The Methodist Church, My Play Cafe and the Library have all played host to the popular groups.
They are working hard to get the Centre up and running again in early September, with a fantastic Open Day keep an eye out for texts/emails or visit the website for further details. Please call Todmorden Childrens Centre for any assistance you may require in the meantime. Their number is 01706 548140/41.
They would like to thank all their families for their continued support over this time.
Editor: Hazel BregazziLay-out & Design: Hazel BregazziPublishing: Bankside House Publishing, TodmordenDistribution: Many thanks to all schools, groups and other businesses which help with the distribution of The Scallymag
Special Thanks: To all advertisers whose contribution ensures the magazine can be distributed Free of ChargeEditorial & Advertising: Hazel Bregazzi, Bankside House,OL14 6BU email@example.comDisclaimer: Whilst every care is taken to ensure that information contained in this magazine is true, accurate and fair, the publisher cannot take any responsibility for events arising from the use of this information. Any statements or opinions given in this magazine are not necessarily those of the publisher. The Scallymag 2012Nothing may be reproduced without permission
contentsDiary Pages Playgroups, Out of school clubs, Swimming, Libraries & Soft Play Pre-School Diary Out-Of-School DiaryCompetitions Design our next front coverOut & About Off the Beaten Track Top Trumps Lister Park, BradfordClassified Adverts The place to buy and sell you baby and kids stuffFamily Health Your health Q&ALiteracy The latest news from The Book CaseNews New Pre-school Messy Group New Baby Singing group Creation Station wins awardFeature New Pool Parties in Cragg Vale Have you considered Fostering? Calling all Mums in Business Childcare VouchersFocus On: Starting School Tips
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Congratulations To:Kaya Fletcher
aged 5, of Hebden Bridge,who drew our sunny front cover picture
Playing with LeavesShe gets a 25 voucher to spend at
Silly Billys Toy Shop in Hebden Bridge.Many thanks to Bill from Silly Billys for judging the competition this time.
contact usFor competition entries, to discuss and book advertising space, ideas for future articles or just to let us know what you think of the magazine, please get in touch by any of the following means:
Bankside House, Haugh Road, Todmorden, OL14 6BUhazel@thescallymag.co.uk01706 814392www.thescallymag.co.ukThe Scallymag (Todmorden & Hebden Bridge)@ScallymagTod
icky sticky kidsBy Hugh Wilson
Welcome to the noisy, raucous world of Icky Sticky Kids; a new Hebden Bridge kids group that lets the Upper Valleys under fives do all the things theyre not really supposed to do at home. If they want to walk in paint and make footprints on giant rolls of paper, they can. If they want to splash about at the water table, thats fine.
Their parents are pretty happy with the arrangements too. They dont have to clean it all up afterwards.
Icky Sticky Kids is the brainchild of two local mums, Nichola Cortese and Dawn Hinton-Smith. They wanted a place where their young children could get together with others and do all the things young children would do if left alone with lots and lots of irresistibly horrible stuff, from gooey paints to trays of cooked spaghetti.
It all stems from the much missed Messy Play session at the local childrens centre, says Nichola. My daughter absolutely loved it and then, for various reasons, the sessions stopped running. Dawn and I put our heads together and thought, lets do one of our own but bigger, better and even messier!
To that end they hired a space at Holme Street Art Centre (just next to the Post Office), invested in a few plastic trays, a sand pit and a water
table. They made jelly and play dough, and put a few posters up around town advertising the group. They expected three or four other kids on that first Tuesday morning. In the end they had about 18.
It was a real surprise, says Dawn. We knew there might be a few parents there whod been at the Messy Play sessions at the children centre but, as it turned out, theyd told others about the group and a few more had seen the posters. We were a bit overwhelmed, but the kids loved it. Everybody who was there that first time has been back again and word quickly spread.
In the 10 weeks since it started, Icky Sticky Kids has gone from strength to strength, regularly attracting mums and kids from across Hebden Bridge and as far afield as Todmorden. As the weeks have gone on the fun has been expanded and, occasionally, refined.
We take suggestions about what people think their kids would like and, if we can do it, we will, says Nichola. Weve had cupcake decorating sessions a couple of times, which the kids are mad about. They get to spoon on the icing and sprinkle on the fancies. We have a far bigger space than the Messy Play at the childrens centre so we can offer a lot more messy fun and we never have to turn anyone away.
The group has proved such a success that its founders are already planning for the future. They are applying for a council grant for not-for-profit community groups so they can update and expand their facilities. Future plans include a second Icky Sticky session later in the week to meet the demands of parents who cant attend on Tuesdays, and a more sophisticated, if equally messy, session for kids older than five.
Its taken us by surprise a bit, says Dawn. Parents who have come with toddlers have said to us, Ooh, my five-year-old would love that, or even, My seven-year-old would love the painting, so its definitely on the cards. Kids love of getting messy doesnt stop when they reach school age.
What do the Icky Sticky founders get out of it all?
To be honest my daughter Poppy loves it so much that I couldnt possibly stop now, even if I wanted to, says Nichola. But its nice that other mums like it too. I dont think theres anything else quite like it in the area and parents love seeing their kids have messy fun, especially if its not in their own homes!
Check out www.ickystickykids.co.uk for more details.
Poppy is elbow deep in jelly and squealing in delight. Piper is eyeing the baked beans suspiciously and wondering whether to eat them or scoop them up with his toy digger. All around them, messy kids are doing messy things and loving it.
table. They made jelly and play dough, and put a few posters up around town The group has proved such a success
thula mama comes to Hebden Bridge
Local mum Neela Jackson is celebrating after her pre-school class was voted the very best in Rochdale & Bury and one of the top 3 classes in Oldham & Tameside.
The Creation Station Little Explorers class, which supports parents to enjoy creative arts and crafts play with their children, won the top prize in the awards from the UKs bigg