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Welcome to the Autumn

This summer! Whilst in my home town of Whaley Bridge residents were being evacuated in case Todd Brook Reservoir dam burst and swept everyone and everything away - in Cambridge the hottest day ever was recorded in the Botanic Gardens on my birthday! Just a couple of hundred miles apart and we could almost be living in different countries. Anyway - summer is a fading memory and we are now into Autumn. New school, new class teachers, first school and many other changes for children and parents. The drawing in of nights (let’s not talk about that), Halloween and bonfires to enjoy and the faintest of faint glimmers of fairy lights and tinsel on the horizon! (another banned subject?!)

This is the term where, if you have a child starting primary school or moving up to secondary school in September 2020, you need to visit as many schools a possible - plus investigate travel costs etc.

To help with planning - there is a list of open days on page 2,  (where these are known at time of going to print). If, like me, you are overwhelmed by the different types of so called “free” preschool education, then you will find an immensly useful guide on page 31. (And of this website).

It explains the different types of funding but, to me anyway, demonstrates that the system is clunky and could be tricky to navigate. Elsewhere in this issue there are the always wonderful book reviews, plus quite a bit about health - vaccinations, pregnancy, preventing choking and the power of pumpkins! Enjoy!


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Autumn 2019

Autumn 2019

September 19


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Routine Matters

Routine Matters

September 19

Clare Pilsworth from Tees Law looks at some ways for separated parents to share school commitments and holidays over the coming year.


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This Autumn at The Rhodes Arts Complex, Bishop's Stortford

Saturday, 26 October to Saturday, 23 November

Alice in Wonderland – Saturday 26th October, 2pm and 6pm
Join Alice down the rabbit hole in her magical adventures through Wonderland in this brand-new staging of Lewis Carroll’s family favourite ‘Alice In Wonderland.’ Come and join the tea party and meet the Mad Hatter, The White Rabbit, Cheshire Cat and the Queen of Hearts plus many more exciting colourful characters! This exciting and playful take on the tale features a professional cast of energetic performers, catchy new songs and lots of humour that will entertain and delight the whole family!
Peace at Last – Monday 28th October, 2pm
Mr Bear can’t sleep. Mrs Bear is snoring. So he goes to sleep in Baby Bear’s room. But Baby Bear is pretending to be an aeroplane. So he goes to sleep in the living room… Olivier award-winning OperaUpClose team up with Gallions Primary School in Newham to create a new opera for 3-5-year-olds, based on Jill Murphy's much-loved picture book, Peace At Last which has been delighting families for generations. Performed in a new composition for three singers, accompanied by harp and woodwind.

Michael Morpurgo’s – I Believe in Unicorns – Tuesday 29th October, 2pm
Olivier Award nominated 'Wizard Presents' brings best-selling children’s author Michael Morpurgo’s treasured story to life. This intimate show is set in a library full of books that hold more than stories within their pages. I Believe in Unicorns sparks imagination in both young and old. We challenge you not to believe in unicorns after joining Tomas’ spellbinding journey. Suitable for families with children aged 6+ and anyone who loves stories and books. The performance also includes a 'book swap’, for which audience members are invited to bring along a favourite children's book (for ages 6 and upwards) to help form part of the stage set at the beginning of the show. At the end the children are invited to swap their book for another one and so have a new story 'from the library' to take home with them.

Pop Divas Live! – Saturday 23rd November, 6pm
Get ready for the best songs from all your favourite female stars in one fabulous fun-packed show. Little Mix will cast some Black Magic and Taylor Swift will Shake It Off as four enormously talented girls bring you up close and personal with the greatest female pop performers of today. Meghan Trainor, Ariana Grande, Beyoncé and Rihanna will all be dropping in to the biggest Pop Party ever so make sure you’re there! With dazzling choreography, state of the art videos and superb vocals Pop Divas Live! is the perfect pop concert experience for the little divas in your life. 01279 710200

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Saffron Screen

Wednesday, 30 October to Tuesday, 31 December

Thurs 31st October 3pm
A special family Halloween screening of this much-loved animation set in Dracula’s lavish resort for monsters and their families. Prize for the best Halloween costumeABOMINABLE (PG)
Sun 1st & Sat 2nd Nov 3pm; Sun 3rd & Sat 9th Nov 2pm
A spectacular animated adventure as teenager Yi has to help a yeti return from Shanghai to his home in the Himalayan mountaintops.

Fri 15th Nov 5pm; Sat 16th & Sun 17th 2pm; Sat 7th Dec 3pm, Sun 8th Dec 5pm & Fri 20th Dec 2pm
Shaun the Sheep is back on the big screen with an intergalactic adventure as he and the gang must try to return a friendly alien to her home.

Sat 23rd Nov 3pm, Sun 24th Nov & Sun 8th Dec 2pm
This sequel to 2014’s story of Disney’s villain from Sleeping Beauty stars Angelina Jolie as Maleficent and Michelle Pfeiffer as Queen Ingrith.

Sat 30th Nov 3pm; Sun 1st & Sat 14th Dec 2pm
The Addams Family is back on the big screen in the first animated comedy about the kookiest family on the block.

Sun 1st Dec 11am
When her younger brother unexpectedly disappears into the magical, animated universe of Playmobil, unprepared Marla must go on the quest of a lifetime to bring him home. Cinema for Tinies – enjoy the cinema without worrying about noise or wriggling.

Thurs 19th Dec 3pm
A dementia-friendly screening (but open to all) of this glorious Christmas classic about a department store Santa who has to prove that he is in fact the real old gent.

Sat 21st Dec 3pm; Sun 22nd Dec 2pm
The Muppets’ version of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol is a glorious treat and one of the best adaptations of this festive tale. Special festive screenings with a visit from Father Christmas.

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STEAM Activities

Monday, 04 November to Sunday, 22 December

Monday Morning Xmas STEAM Activities for Toddlers and Preschoolers and older kids for Nov-December 2019

All activities start at 9:30am and is followed by lunch if you wish to stay and play.

Please bring snacks for the children to share.

Monday November 4th STEAM Xmas science morning.

Monday November 11th STEAM Xmas Painting and sensory morning.

Monday November 18th- STEAM Xmas Building and creating morning.

Monday November 25th-STEAM Xmas music morning.

Monday December 2nd-STEAM Xmas winter nature morning.

Monday December 9th-STEAM Xmas reading and creating morning.

Monday December 16th-
STEAM Xmas crafting morning
Please note one of these activities might be filmed by BBC or Chanel 4.

For more information or to book:
Contact Sandra; T: 07708 157326

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