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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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Take Away the Walls

Tuesday, 01 October to Sunday, 03 November

Saffron Walden Museum. CB10 1JL New exhibition opens: “Take Away the Walls”. Open Tue – Sat 10.00-17.00
Suns and Bank Holidays 14.00-17.00. Adults £2.50, discounts
1.25p, children free, season tickets £8/ £4. Tel: 01799 510333. days when the museum is closed, visitors can still explore the grounds, which include some outdoor exhibits,a listening bench, and the ruins of Walden Castle.

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

Tuesday, 01 October to Saturday, 23 November

The Tempest – Tuesday 10th September, 7pm
The world’s first cycling theatre company, The HandleBards, pedal from venue to venue with all the set, props and costume necessary to perform environmentally sustainable Shakespeare across the globe. Join their all-female troupe at Rhodes Arts Complex for a bicycle-powered production of Shakespeare’s ’The Tempest’ like none other. In usual HandleBards style, expect riotous amounts of energy, a fair old whack of chaos, and a great deal of laughter. And what’s the play about? Well - a shipwreck washes the court of Milan up onto a mysterious desert island, inhabited by magicians, sprites and monsters, where nothing is as it seems. There’s magic, musicality and mystery a plenty!

Sid’s Time to Play – Saturday 21st September, 11.30am and 1.30pm
Sid’s Time To Play is the must see, or rather must ‘do’ jam-packed 45 minute live games show for little ones and their fun-loving parents featuring Sid from the hit CBeebies television show 'Let’s Play'. This enthralling show is packed full of fun games and interactions, like ‘Copy Sid’ a groovy ‘Simon says style song, bursting with energy. 'Challenge Sid' is a friendly quiz with not so friendly (but fun) forfeits, 'Wacky Races’ is a crazy race which involves pitting the audience against each other using a beachball to decide who wins. There’s ‘Dress to Impress’ a dress-off between two participants, where speed and balloon popping skills are a huge advantage. It’s all carefully managed by your host to keep everyone involved in the right way. Sid’s own brand of comedic playfulness and spontaneous interaction means a good time is guaranteed for everyone, young or old. This show hits the spot for fantastic family games fun, it’s a definite must ‘do’ for all the kids!
Duration approximately 45 mins plus a meet and greet.

Dear Zoo – Saturday 19th October, 1.30pm and 3.30pm and Sunday 20th October, 11am and 12pm
After a successful debut tour, Dear Zoo the timeless children’s classic book returns to the stage in 2019! Rod Campbell’s best-selling lift the flap book has delighted generations of young readers since it was first published in 1982. And has sold more than 8 million copies worldwide. This production will delight all those who have read the book (both young and old) as it unfolds with child-engaging puppets, music and lots of audience interaction.

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.

This Autumn at themuseum Stortford:
Story Time at the Museum – Wednesday 11th September, 9th October and 13th November, 1:30pm
Join us in the museum for our special story telling! Perfect for toddlers and pre-school, our story telling sessions are a fantastic way to enjoy books with your little ones and let their imagination run wild! After the story telling you can join in with our activity, whether it be a sing song, small craft session or a trail around the museum. No need to book, just head to reception on your arrival. 01279 710200

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Saffron Screen

Tuesday, 01 October to Thursday, 31 October

Sun 1st September 3pm & Sun 8th September 2pm
The much-loved book, stage show and TV series makes its big screen debut with this riotous, hilarious take on the world of the Romans.

Sat 7th September 2pm
Bring all the family to celebrate this classic musical as part of our Rainbow Film Festival – discover what lies Over the Rainbow with Dorothy, Tin Man, Scarecrow and Cowardly Lion.

Sat 14th September 3pm & Sun 15th September 2pm
The flightless angry birds and the scheming green piggies are back for more slapstick adventures in this hilarious sequel to 2016’s hugely popular animation.

Sat 14th September 5pm
This inspirational and funny take on the coming-of-age movie is presented as part of the Rainbow Film Festival by the SWCHS LGBTQ+ Allies group.

Sat 21st September 3pm & Sun 22nd September 2pm
A live-action adventure for Dora the Explorer sees her embarking on a mission to save her parents and learn the secrets of a lost Incan civilisation.

Sat 28th September 2pm & Sun 29th September 3pm
Asterix and Obelix embark on a quest across Gault to find a young druid worthy of learning the secret of the magic potion that protects their village from Julius Caesar.

Sat 5th & Sun 6th October 2pm
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.

Sat 12th, Sun 13th & Sat 26th October 2pm
A fun music-filled animation about Prince Philip Charming who has to find true love, despite a compulsion to propose to every woman he meets.

Sat 12th October 7pm
Pop-up screening at Joyce Frankland Academy Newport of this fun film about a teenager who finds he can turn into a superhero and must learn how to harness his powers.

Sun 20th October 11am
The latest adventure in the wonderful Pixar animated series sees Woody and Buzz on a road trip with friends old and new. Cinema for Tinies – enjoy the cinema without worrying about noise or wriggling.

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 costume.

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