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Baby & Toddler Group

This has been missing from our list of local opens in a new windowschools & pre-school facilities  but we’re happy to correct that!

Woodford Halse Baby & Toddler Group runs each week on Friday mornings during term time, 9:30 to 11:30 in the Dryden Hall (next to the Library) in Woodford Halse. Children 0 to 5 years old.

You can reach them via their Facebook page or contact Louise Amos (also on Facebook) or by email: Woodfordhalsetoddlergroup@outlook.com

 

Update on The Local Offer

Help For Children & Young People in Northamptonshire

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A year ago we posted details of the Northants Local Offer, a service for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities who are aged 0-25 years, living in Northants.

The Local Offer is a website to find the information about services and provision for children and young people with a special educational need or a disability and is described in the Children and Families Act (2014). All Local Authorities are obliged to provide a Local Offer by this legislation.

Some of the information families can find on the Local Offer include: schools (maintained and academies) and how they support students with a special educational need or disability, special schools/ provisions, specialist health services (Speech and Language Therapy, Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy etc), social care services, specialist youth clubs and activities, parent support groups, training and more.

You can find information about these services can be found in opens in a new window this leaflet and on opens in a new windowthis poster.

Or you can find out more at their website….  www.northamptonshire.gov.uk/localoffer

Or follow them on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest: @LOnorthants

 

 

Children’s Centre To Close?

County Council Consultation Needs Your Say : Deadline 28/04/16.

As a result of cuts made to the budget, intended to meet austerity targets, Northamptonshire County Council intends to make changes to the way that Children’s Centre services are delivered.

The County Council consultation asks for your views and opinions about the changes that they are proposing to make to Children’s Centres in the county. Included in this is a proposal to cease using the current Children’s Centre and instead deliver services via the library on a “part-time basis”.

image009You can read the proposals in this document: Children’s Centre Consultation Proposals. (The part about Woodford Halse is on page 10.)

You can take part in the consultation here: opens in a new windowChildren’s Centre Consultation Survey or in writing or by email with details on the County Council’s web site.

Responses to the proposals must be received by 28th April 2016.

Library Rhymes + Sign & Sign..

A very successful Sing and Sign session was held at Woodford Library on Saturday 12th March.

Eight children attended with their parents and had a very enjoyable time with Julia from Sing and Sign.

Rhymetimes are held at Woodford Halse Library on Saturdays at 11.30 and Tuesdays at 2. Come along with your Under 5s and sing with us!

Find out more from Janet Beasor…

Library Manager

Woodford Halse Library

Email: woodlib@northamptonshire.gov.uk
Tel: 0300 126 1000 (option 5 then option 1)

Lights! Camera! Woodford!

Summer Regatta & Street Fair : Friday June 24th

This year’s theme is … THE MOVIES

12833192_741768582625712_1536866394_nThe boat building team are ready to start building so get your booking in for your chance to take part.

This year’s categories:-

  • 4 MAN BOATS
  • 2 MAN BOATS
  • 2 MAN VETERANS

The boats are free and delivered to your door. All you do is pick a theme and decorate your boat – and yourselves!

PLUS….

This year we would like to see if younger ones would like to take part. Make a cardboard creation on the theme of movies and race it over a short course.

All stalls are free

To make bookings see Janet Cheshire at Village Meats or telephone 01327 261519.

Could You Adopt?

NEW CAMPAIGN LAUNCHED IN NORTHAMPTONSHIRE

An adoptive parent has talked about the joy of becoming a mother as Northamptonshire County Council launches an appeal to find more adopters. Jane says adopting her two children is the best thing she’s ever done. She said: “The joys far outweigh the challenges of being a parent. I can’t even remember was life was like before I had my two boys.”

Jane adopted the brothers two years ago as a single parent through Northamptonshire County Council. She said: “I had been thinking about adopting since I was in my early 20s. For me, it was never about what I could get from being a mum, it was about what I had to offer.

“I assumed that being a single person would be an issue but I was pleased that the county council was really supportive and really positive about what I could bring.

“There have been challenges along the way, but becoming a family has been a wonderful experience and I have no regrets. I cannot explain the difference becoming a mother has made to my life.”

Northamptonshire County Council has approved 57 adopters since last April and placed 73 children for adoption. The time it takes for a new adopter to be approved is now just six months on average.

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There is currently a need to find adoptive parents for children aged two and upwards, sibling groups, different ethnic groups and children with complex health needs.
Cllr Matthew Golby, county council cabinet member for families and learning, said: “Adopting a child is not a decision to be taken lightly, but our adopters tell us it is the most rewarding thing they have ever done.

“With an increasing number of looked after children in Northamptonshire, we are constantly looking for people to come forward and offer a stable, loving home to a child or young person. As Jane’s story shows, you don’t have to be married and there is no upper age limit.

“I would encourage anyone who is thinking about adoption to contact our team to find out more.”

The council is also looking to find new carers for its fostering for adoption programme, where a child is placed with adopters who are temporarily approved as the child’s foster carers whilst the court process is still going on.

More information about adoption including details of information events can be found at opens in a new windowwww.couldyouadoptme.co.uk Here you can find out more about the process, read stories from our adopters and make an enquiry online.

Spooktacular

Fun At Daventry Country Park

opens in a new windowspooksThe Country Park is hosting a Spooktacular event for kids on 30th October from 3:00pm until dark  with under 5’s Scavenger Hunt, 5 to 11’s Trick or Treat Trail and Costume Competition.

Find out opens in a new windowmore in this poster.

On 28th October there is a min-adventure for 5 to 11 year olds with coaching in outdoor skills like fire safety and survival. opens in a new windowMore details here. Book with Daventry District Council on 01327 871100. £2 per child.

Play & Learn for Under 5’s

Sessions Start September 25th

Lisa Morris, the Programme Co-ordinator – Libraries  & Children’s Centre Services is currently putting together a new activity for families living in and around Woodford Halse.

opens in a new windowplayandlearnTo add to the universal children’s centre services and activities currently being delivered by James Allnatt and his team at the Woodford Halse Library, Northamptonshire Libraries are starting a new Play and Learn session for Under 5’s to be held at the Woodford Halse Children’s Centre, Scrivens Hill every Friday between 9.30am and 11.30am.

This session is due to start on the 25th September.

opens in a new windowThis poster tells you what you need to know.

Lisa is also keen to hear from volunteers that might like to support this activity. If you would like to help, opens in a new windowhave a look at this or you can go to opens in a new windowhttp://www.northamptonshire.gov.uk/getinvolved.

Library News

Summer Events At Your Library

Gardening Club, Summer Reading Record Breakers & Free Summer Rhyme Time

Kids Gardening Club has arrived!

Starting this month Woodford Halse Library will be running gardening club!  Join us on Saturday mornings from 11:15am, all ages welcome. Come and help us plant some flowers and Vegetables and add to our summer garden!

The Summer Reading Record Breakers Challenge is here!

All children aged between 4 and 12 can become record breakers this summer by joining FREE at Woodford Halse Library from NOW until  September the 12th.

In partnership with Guinness World Records each joiner receives a bumper world record poster and access to exclusive rewards, online games, and the awesome official record breakers app.

image002All you have to do is read 6 books – any books you like – from the Library over the summer and every time you read 2, you’ll be given a new set of FREE (smelly) stickers to complete the record breakers poster!

If you manage to complete the challenge and read 6 books you can claim your very own FREE Record Breakers Medal and Certificate and go up on Woodford Halse Library’s Record Breakers Hall of Fame for all to see!

All through the summer, the library will be running record breaking free themed activities for all ages so pop in and help us get crafty!

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Free Summer Rhyme Times for Under 5s!

Every Tuesday 2:00pm – 2:30pm; Every Saturday 11:30am – 12:00pm at the Library

Library Space For Hire

The Library space is now available to hire for community events at very competitive rates during closing time. A cosy and intimate space, ideal for small to medium-sized groups, hiring options start at an hour at a time. For further information call into the Library or visit www.northamptonshire.gov.uk

Cubs + Bear = Fun

This weekend Cub Scouts, Scouts and Beavers from Woodford got the opportunity to see Bear Grylls – the UK’s Chief Scout – as part of a Northants-wide day attended by over 4000 Scouts. Woodford’s Cub Scouts were able to take part in loads of different activities and go on an incident hike.

beargryllscoutsIf your child is between 8-10 years old, why not join the adventure?

Woodford’s Cub Scouts have many exciting things planned and would love new members to join. If you would like to know more, please email: joinus@woodfordhalsescouting.co.uk or call Jennie Curtis (aka Akela) on 07713 111173. We look forward to welcoming you into our Cub Pack.

Northant’s Local Offer

Help For Children & Young People in Northamptonshire

local offerLocal Offer is a service for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities who are aged 0-25 years, living in Northants. Local Offer provides a signpost to services and facilities which are available across the county, providing information to the young people, their parents and families and to professionals who support them.

Find out more in opens in a new windowthis poster

or visit their web site : opens in a new windowwww.northamptonshire.gov.uk/localoffer

 

Kids On-Line Safety

Consultation Deadline Extended – Win £100.

policeLynne Rosher (C0997) (Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner , News Publishing Co-ordinator, Northamptonshire ) has passed on this reminder….

For the attention of all Parents and Carers

Don’t miss out on the chance to win a £100 shopping gift voucher!

The deadline to take part in a consultation being run by the Northamptonshire Police and Crime Commission has been extended to Friday 21 November.

The survey offers parents and carers the opportunity to help shape a new strategy to tackle online crime which affects children and young people across the county.

Social media has become part of our everyday lives but there are risks attached. These range from bullying and harassment through to child sexual exploitation.

We know that online crimes are under-reported. This consultation will help the Police and Crime Commission understand the perceived risks and behaviours of young people and their parents so that a programme of education and prevention and can be implemented.

Police and Crime Commissioner, Adam Simmonds, said: “Social networking sites feature in virtually every single case our cyber-crime detectives investigate.

“It is vital that we take positive action to tackle online exploitation, and this consultation is a crucial part of that.

Surveys have been devised to capture young peoples’ experiences of being online and how they are affected by them, their perceptions of the risks they face and what they would do if they felt something they came across was inappropriate.

Parents and carers are also being asked to complete the survey, to enable the commission to find out how much they understand about the risks children face when they are online.

If this subject is relevant to you, please take a few moments of your time to help us by completing the survey and forwarding this request on to family and friends.

The survey is available online now – just click into the following link

opens in a new windowhttp://www.northantspcc.org.uk/#!/GetInvolved/23393

Closing date: Friday 21 November

A paper copy of the survey is also available. To request this, or if you have any other questions about this consultation, please contact Marie Rose marie.rose@northantspcc.pnn.police.uk

Help Fight On-Line Crime

Help tackle online crime and improve online safety : win £100

The Northamptonshire Police and Crime Commission wants the attention of all Parents and Carers and children aged between 5 and 18.

The Commission is currently running a consultation aimed at children and young people across the county, which will help shape a new strategy to tackle online crime.

Complete the survey and be in with a chance of winning a £100 shopping gift voucher!

Social media has become part of our everyday lives but there are risks attached. These range from bullying and harassment through to child sexual exploitation.ceop logo

We know that online crimes are under-reported. This consultation will help the Police and Crime Commission understand the perceived risks and behaviours of young people and their parents so that a programme of education and prevention and can be implemented.

Police and Crime Commissioner, Adam Simmonds, said: “Social networking sites feature in virtually every single case our cyber-crime detectives investigate. It is vital that we take positive action to tackle online exploitation, and this consultation is a crucial part of that.”

Surveys have been devised to capture young peoples’ experiences of being online and how they are affected by them, their perceptions of the risks they face and what they would do if they felt something they came across was inappropriate.

Parents and carers are also being asked to complete the survey, to enable the commission to find out how much they understand about the risks children face when they are online.

If this subject is relevant to you, please take a few moments of your time to help us by completing a survey, encouraging children to complete the age appropriate surveys and forwarding this request on to appropriate family and friends.

The surveys are available online now – just click into the following link – and remember, by completing a survey, you will be able to take part in a prize draw to win a £100 shopping voucher.

opens in a new windowhttp://www.northantspcc.org.uk/#!/GetInvolved/23393

Closing date: Friday 24th October

Paper copies of the survey are also available. To request this, or if you have any other questions about this consultation, please contact Marie Rose by email at marie.rose@northantspcc.pnn.police.uk

You can watch Adam Simmonds explaining his ideas in this video….

 

Library News

More Than Just Books To Borrow.

There’s always something going on at Woodford’s Library, just near the imageschurch.

Rhyme Time sessions for 0-5 year olds take place from 11:30am-12:00 every Saturday. Parents and Toddlers can come and sing along to nursery rhymes with rattles and scarves with our Rhyme Time leader.

Knitting Club meets on Saturday from 10:30am till 11:30am for ages 7-11. We’d love to have 3 or 4 more come along.

Reading champion sessions, every Thursday 3:30 – 4:30pm, are free to all children five to eleven years old (under 8’s must be accompanied by an adult) to help them improve their reading skills. Just drop into the Library to book your place.

There’s a 50% off Sale at the library of all last season’s stock. There are some lovely new lines of shop items in too.

Why not drop in to see what’s happening?

Play Park Pictures

On the opens in a new windowWoodford Halse Community Facebook page, Joanna Graham suggested posting a few pictures of the play park equipment.

Climbing Wall

Climbing Wall

We’re only too happy to oblige and we’ve added a gallery to the Play Park page. (Takes a few seconds to load – depending on your broadband speed!)

 

 

 

Play Park Access

I took my grandchildren down to the play park last week and they had a grand time but it took us a while to find it.

I’ve updated the details on the opens in a new windowplay park page to explain the way into the park better.

Access is from the footpath off the north-western end of Elm Drive not far from Chestnut Close or from the western end of Willow Close . You can find the park here on the opens in a new windowvillage map. If you zoom in on the satellite view you can actually see some of the play park equipment!

Swings

If your kids haven’t been down there I can recommend it. The grandchildren particularly enjoyed the climbing wall and the swings.

 

Comic Book Club

The Phoenix Rises At Woodford Library

Starting February 28th, every Friday after school (3:30 – 4:15pm), Woodford Library will be hosting the Phoenix Comic Book Club with:heroes

  • regular weekly magazine
  • quizzes
  • crafts
  • competions

It’s free so come along and make this club your own!

Under 9’s need to be accompanied.

The Library is looking for children and adults to help with this weekly event so if you can spare some time, let them know.

SureStart Xmas Party

It’s This Saturday!

Don’t forget to buy your tickets for the SureStart Christmas Party – this Saturday!!

Just £1 per family for entry and £1 per child to visit Father Christmas (including a present) – contact the centre for tickets. (Details on opens in a new windowthis page) We need to sell more tickets asap to ensure the event can still go ahead. Don’t forget we will have a magician, card colouring, Christmas music as well as the big man in red!!

Youth Club News

whyc logoInterested in Joining?

You can download an application for for the Youth Club from here….

WHYC APPLICATION FORM

 

AND…. Don’t forget you can keep in touch with what’s going on at their Facebook page….

https://www.facebook.com/whyc2013

 

Come & Play Events…

Roll up for fun with Come & Play…..

Tfacepaintwo events from the Come & Play team. Have fun and help to fundraise for their swimming pool project.

Friday 16th August 3-5pm

Come along to our Children’s Fancy dress Disco @ Woodford Halse Social Club. 0-8 years, Prize for best fancy dress.  £1.50 per child, (50p reduction for each sibling)…

Tickets are now on sale for Come & Play’s Evening of Clairvoyance.

Medium Darran & Tracy Black will be joining us again at Woodford Halse Social Club on Thursday 3rd October, 7.30pm prompt.

Advance tickets are available at £7 each (it will be £9 on the night) from Janet at Village Meats, Laura Disley, Hannah Barker, Joanna Collins or Emma O’Hanlon.

Next Up for Come & Play

After their brilliant job of creating the Play Park, the Come & Play team are busy on their swimmingpoolnext project: getting the swimming pool at the school re-furbished and re-opened.

If you want to keep in touch with the project you can follow them on their facebook page.

And check out this week’s edition of the Daventry Express to see what they had to say about the project.

 

 

Teens Virtual Baby Course

With the recent arrival on everyone’s mind it couldn’t be a better time to announce this series of workshops for 13 to 19 year olds on issues surrounding teenage pregnancy and parenting.

SureStart and Daventry Phoenix Youth Centre are presenting a ten week course starting in September. If you know someone affected by these issues PLEASE bring this to their attention.

Here’s a link to a flyer with more details and the contact numbers for more information or to book for the course.

Get Active at WUFC!

Everyone Active – August 13th 2013!

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The main stand at Woodford United FC. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In partnership with local football club Woodford United FC, Everyone Active will be delivering a FREE community fun day for all the family as part of the Everyone Active Rural Roadshows.

The roadshow is suitable for all ages and include activities such as football, cricket, multi-skill games, bouncy castle, face painting and balloon modelling.

There’s no need to book; just turn up and play!

Put Tuesday the 13th August 12:00 – 3:00 pm in your diary.

More details on the Everyone Active programme of events in the Daventry area are available here: opens in a new windowDDC Everyone Active

 

 

 

Come & Play Grand Opening!

Sunday 31st March (Easter Sunday) 12-2pm

Come and join us at the park bring the family and have a play on all the new equipment.
New play equipment at the Play Park
There will be higgledy piggledy climbing frame, obstacle circuit, fort with slide,a see saw, little play train and swings. Hopefully the sun will be shining and we can all enjoy a day at the park with music and balloons.

There will be hot dogs, face painting, music & an easter egg hunt!
The play park is tucked away behind Willow Close!

Woodford Halse Football Club have supported us throughout the year with our fundraising and would like to invite everyone, families & all to continue partying at the football club after our opening. They have kid’s bouncy castles, a live band – GOT IT COVERED – and more! It’s all happening from 3pm onwards.

Circus At Middleton Cheney

Roll up …. Roll Up! The Circus is coming to Town!
Professional Happy’s Circus

Wed. 17th April at Chenderit School

Gates open 5pm. Show at 6pm.

Before the main show there will be hot food, a bar, refreshments, stalls, face painting, temporary tattoos, ice creams and more. The Circus will delight you with Crazy clowns, magical illusions, daring aerialists and other speciality acts. Modern circus with no animals. Bring the kids!

Tickets available at £5 (child), £8 (adult) and Family tickets at £25 (2 adults, 2 children) Under 2’s free if sat on lap. Available from www.wegottickets.com/CPSA or from Culworth School

All profits to Culworth School

Email cpsa.culworth@gmail.com or call 07957 405709 for further details

Antenatal & Baby Courses

Tums To Tiddlers offer antenatal classes, baby yoga, massage & calming courses.

Daisy Birthing® antenatal classes are a combination of pregnancyLD-birthing-logo-black[1]
yoga-inspired movement, birth education, breathing techniques and relaxation, to prepare emotionally and physically for labour and birth.

Daisy Baby™ combines baby yoga, baby massage techniques, getting to know
each other exercises, soft movements and relaxations for mum and baby, white
noise exercises, and social baby time, alongside vital education to help you
understand the 4th trimester and make the most of these early days with your
baby.

To find our more have a look at their website ( opens in a new windowwww.tumstotiddlers.co.uk) or Facebook page ( www.facebook.com/tumstotiddlers)

Contact: Lee Bodily, Tums to Tiddlers, Tel: 07590 928944
e-mail lee@lazydaisybirthing.co.uk

Junior Cricket

Details of the Under 11’s & Under 13’s Junior Cricket for 2013 are available in this flyer….cricket

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(…and perhaps you’d like to help out coaching or umpiring or in some other way.)