Christmas Events & Fayres 2017

I will be updating this post as and when I receive details of Christmas Events, so please keep checking back!

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Christmas Events & Fayres 2017

Wildchild Parent & Toddlers – Xmas session.

Monday 11th Dec 10-11am. Carols and woodland decorations on Sherfield Village Green.

See our facebook page for more details. Www.facebook.com/wildchildtoddlers

Sycamore Halls Community Centre Christmas Party

SHCA Kids’ Christmas Party

Saturday 16th December 14:00-17:00

Sycamore Halls Community Centre, Sycamore Way, Winklebury, Basingstoke RG23 8AB

St. Johns School – Christmas Fayre 2017

Friday 15th December from 5.30pm to 7.30pm

St. John’s School, Kingsmill Road, Basingstoke, RG21 3JU

Free Entry!

Refreshments, Candy Floss, Crafts and plenty of Family Activities!

North Waltham School Christmas Fayre 2017

Friday 1st December 3.30pm-5.30pm entry is free.

Melrose Tot Group 

Please join us for our Christmas Party on the 22nd December from 10am till 12.30pm. £2 per child.

We have an amazing raffle with some great prizes to be won. We also have Higgledy-piggledy, Jiggy Wrigglers Bournemouth and Poole and a bouncy castle for all of the children.

Whitewater C of E Primary School Fair

Thursday 7th December, Whitewater C of E Primary School Fair held at Rotherwick Village Hall, from 6-8pm.

We will have a super grotto, stalls, games, mulled wine and more!

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Simply Magical ART

 

About Simply Magical ART 

My name is Helen Heath and I am the founder and Manager of SmART.

I am 37 and live with my husband and 8 year old son in Basingstoke. Art has always been a big part of my son’s home experiences from when he was very young, recently I have noticed he seems to use it as a way of calming himself or de-stressing.

The club is something I have been considering for some time and felt that now was the right moment to move forward with it. I am just starting out with this new venture and am as excited as i am nervous! This club is very close to my heart, as well as something I think is really needed in our local community.

After an almost overwhelming response from the local school’s Facebook page I decided to steam onwards. 

What is it?

Simply Magical Art (SmART) is an opportunity for Junior aged children to explore and develop a range of skills, though the focus will be to use art as a way of relaxing and escaping. There will be no pressure to do something a particular way instead children will be encouraged to explore doing things using their own creativeness.  Each child will have an A3 display book (provided by us) in which to keep their ongoing projects. Though all children work at a different tempo we will attempt to give each one the time they need for each new skill we learn.

Projects

I am looking at teaching a range of skills that I learnt when younger and went to Art classes at the end of a Local artists garden, she had a tiny shed that was her art studio. I remember these classes with great clarity, they were my favourite time, my parents still have some of the things I made hanging in their houses. I hope we do as well, and make things parent’s treasure and children are proud of.

Some planned projects include: Pencil drawing, watercolour, studying a range of famous Artists styles, graffiti Art, Modelling animals, mosaic, decoupage and many, many more.

Children will also have a chance to put their ideas on the ‘ideas tree’ letting me know anything they would really like to spend some time studying. Throughout the year we will also have special projects for mothers day, easter, christmas etc 

Exciting Developments

We have already been awarded a small grant, and are in the process of getting permission to decorate a local underpass as part of next years Art in Unexpected places Festival being run by Basingstoke and Dean borough council.

I am also looking at including other sessions for Infant aged children as well as whole day sessions during the holidays.

Contact and details

At present classes are planned to be held in Westside community centre in Oakridge (beside Oakridge Junior school). They will be held on Wednesday from 3.30 until 5pm with a collection from the Oakridge Junior School. Also Saturdays from 9.30 – 11am. I am currently charging £5 per session and asking for half terms fee in advance. Classes will start as soon as I have enough children registered to cover hall and resources costs.

To contact me with an enquiry please contact me at: simplymagicalart@outlook.com

Add us on Facebook:  @SimplyMagicalART

 

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“How Many Sleeps ’til Christmas”: Scratch Built Productions’ immersive Christmas show for under 5s

Scratch Built Productions invite families to join them for a cosy Christmas treat at the Creation Space, with their immersive show for under-5s, How Many Sleeps ‘til Christmas.

After three previous sell-out Christmas shows, Scratch Built Productions in association with Proteus Theatre Company return to the Creation Space in Basingstoke this Christmas with their enchanting and interactive festive show aimed at pre-school children and their families…..…..How Many Sleeps ’til Christmas.

The land between waking and sleep is a wonderful place where anything can happen; dreams become reality and reality becomes a dream. Come and meet a colourful host of characters as they lead you on a magical journey where clouds are collected, stories are created, where wishes are welcomed and dreams can come true. Everyone is invited to enjoy this wonderfully cosy Christmas treat.

Following on from the success of last year’s How do Reindeer Fly, Scratch Built Productions are keen not to give away too many details about what is now an eagerly anticipated treat for many local families. However Cbeebies actress and this year’s co-director, Becky Kitter, revealed that there will be plenty of surprises in store to delight little ones:

“Having been part of the cast in the past three productions, I’m really excited to bring all my previous experience to the table as co-director this year, especially as a soon-to-be mum myself! We are creating a dream-like environment for our audiences to snuggle up in, with lots of visual and sensory elements that even babies will enjoy. We are working with some really talented people to create the show, including a visual artist, live musicians and trapeze performers, and of course there will be puppets and plenty of Christmas sparkle!”

“What a magical, beautiful time we had yesterday. We loved every minute” – Katie H, audience member, 2016

“How reindeer fly is possibly the most magical children’s Christmas event going. I cannot recommend it enough. Captured the essence of Christmas beautifully and my daughter was captivated and she’s only 2. We will most definitely be back next year.” Louise E, audience member 2016

Created specifically to be enjoyed by the youngest members of the family and as something a little different from a traditional Christmas show, the Creation Space will be transformed into a walkthrough adventure where children are encouraged to explore, play, create and interact with the enchanting surroundings and colourful characters that they meet along the way.

Tickets are selling fast and some performances have already sold out, so don’t miss out on the opportunity to enjoy 45 minutes of unforgettable Christmas magic with your little ones!

Thursday 14th December until Sunday 24th December, with three performances a day at 11am, 2.30pm & 4.30pm weekdays and 11am, 12.30pm and 2.30pm weekends.

The 2.30pm performance on Monday 18th December will be a relaxed performance for those with additional needs and will also include interpretation from a BSL expert.

Tickets are £8 each, children under 12 months of age go free. Tickets available from wegottickets.com/proteustheatre or you can book in person at the Creation Space. For more information, visit www.proteustheatre.com/whats-on or call the Proteus office on 01256 354541. Please note, payments cannot be taken over the phone

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Spotlight Christmas Toy Appeal

Please donate toys for 8-11 year old’s to bring a little happiness to local children!

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Review 2017: “A Christmas Carol”, a Proteus production

Thank you VERY much to the NHM Secret Reviewer who wrote today’s post!!! She did a fab job!

“A Christmas Carol”

A Christmas play for school-aged children and grown ups alike

About

A Christmas Carol is a Proteus production that is currently on tour in North Hants and surrounding areas. The show tells an adapted version of Dickens’ classic tale. It stays true to the political undertones and moral of the original but is set in current times and adapted to be more suitable for a family audience.

The play includes a cast of three who are accompanied by some amazing, creative puppets. The set is simple but effective and the team use light and sound creatively to bring the story to life.

The show is advertised as being suitable for children aged 6+. I went to see it with my 5-year-old having had a chat with him in advance to warn him there might be some scary parts.

There are some adult themes that would pass over the heads of most children (e.g. the moral obligation to serve humanity) but that give the show enough depth to be entertaining to adult audience members.

There are also some more overtly ‘scary’ scenes (e.g. a scene involving a grave stone/scrooge being ‘buried alive’) but these are short-lived and didn’t seem to rattle any of the children in the audience.

The puppetry is incredible and it was fascinating to watch how the children engaged with the puppet characters and ignored the actors who were sometimes visible behind them.  The creative use of puppets, especially to enact the roles of the ghosts of Christmas past and ghost of Christmas present gave the show a lighter tone and made the audience laugh out loud many times. Overall, Proteus have done a fantastic job adapting what is a challenging story, to be entertaining to a range of audiences. This is show you could go and see without the kids or one to take the kids along to. We both had a brilliant time but I would suggest it’s not ideal for children with a more sensitive temperament who are likely to be upset by some scenes and story lines.

For show dates see: http://www.proteustheatre.com/productions/a-christmas-carol/tour-schedule-296

Tips

The advertised run time is 80 minutes but with the 15 minute interval we were there for 2 hours. This was a little too long for my son whose attention was wavering towards the end so it is probably not ideal for children who struggle to sit still.

This is suitable for children and adults, I don’t think there’s an upper age limit and if you wanted to go without the kids that would also be ok. There were audience members without children at the show I attended. The average age of children in the audience was probably around 7 or 8 years.

Facilities

Every venue will be different but Proteus has baby changing, toilets, a café and parking.

Price

£8 per adult, £4 per child

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Free Life Insurance for One Year! (it’s true! no tricks, no selling anything, just free life insurance!)

Did you know new parents can have free life insurance for a year?? The details below are for the Post Office but there are lots of other insurers who administer this too!

https://www.postoffice.co.uk/life-cover/free-parent-life-cover

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NHM Inspirational Mum (Nov 2017): Jaz McCarthy

CONGRATULATIONS Jaz McCarthy at Caterpillar Music Basingstoke!!!

Thank you very much to everyone who nominated someone for this month’s “NHM Inspirational Mum!

A massive THANK YOU also to all of the lovely Mum Business Owners who have donated a prize that Jaz can choose from!!!

Well done Jaz and keep up the AWESOME work!!!!

If you would like to nominate someone for December’s award, please email me at NorthHantsMum@gmail.com by the 5th of December and include a couple of paragraphs as to why you are nominating this Mum. I will then let everyone know who will be the “Inspirational Mum” for December and people can email further comments before the announcement is officially made in the middle of December.

NHM Inspirational Mum (Nov 2017): Jaz McCarthy

Jaz McCarthy who runs Caterpillar Music Basingstoke

Inspiration Mum Nomination 1

Christine: I’d happily nominate Jaz McCarthy of Caterpillar music. She’s a brilliant Mum, kind and fun! Her three kids are just like her, lovely and cheeky. She’s a brilliant friend, always cheery and willing to help anyone. She went out of her way to get to know me when I was new to the area. She’s also an incredible business woman. She’s a really hard worker and her entrepreneurial spirit is definitely to be admired. Her limitless energy and ideas and enthusiasm are really inspiring. My children LOVE her class and it’s not easy to keep them entertained. Caterpillar music has been one of my favourite classes for years now

Inspiration Mum Nomination 2

Libby: I have attended jaz’s class with all my 5 children for years and she truly is wonderful, enthusiastic, friendly, reliable, unique and a deserving winner! She is so brilliant and trains her staff to be exactly the same! xxx

Inspiration Mum Nomination 3

Claire: Jaz is amazing !!!…..How she is so enthusiastic so early in the morning, remembers everyone’s names and is super creative I will never know.
Thank you for also acknowledging children with additional needs and putting things in place for them. Even if it’s just extra time with cuddles. Thoughtful and caring.
What a super mum – Thank you !!

Inspiration Mum Nomination 4

Nicky: I work for Jaz at caterpillar music, prior to that I took my little girls to her music classes. She is a great person to work for, caring, fun & creative & so energetic. She always has a smile even when she’s had to deal with some family health issues
I think she’s inspirational having built up a fantastically successful business whilst young with 3 little ones, & made it look easy when I know it is far from it.

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Proteus present their retelling of A Christmas Carol this winter 2017

Prepare to be visited by the ghosts of Christmases past, present and future this winter!

Join Proteus Theatre Company as they bring their fast-paced, funny and highly physical contemporary adaptation of Dickens best-loved story, A Christmas Carol to the stage.

Brought right up to date for modern family audiences, A Christmas Carol will delight you with plenty of laughs and high-jinks, a fabulous cast of actors and puppets and even a talking Christmas tree…

It’s Christmas Eve in the city, a rich man sits alone in his gilded tower and awaits the ghosts of his past and his future. In Scrooge’s office, somewhere in the City of London, the spirits are gathering in the darkening gloom to take this selfish, greedy man on a journey to his own salvation – but will he heed their lesson? He has just one night to change his ways or face a terrible fate….

A story of redemption and enlightenment, A Christmas Carol has much to say to audiences about our society, and the responsibilities we owe to others through our actions.

“All children and adults were kept totally engaged throughout the whole show, it was fantastic.”
Families Magazine on BRRR! 2016/17

“Keeping the traditional spirit of a classic tale, this is an adaptation which opens contemporary doors….a seasonal, smile-inducing winner” The Stage on Alice in Wonderland 2013/14

“The best of British theatre in Basingstoke” The Independent on Proteus Theatre Company

With a fabulous cast of familiar Proteus faces; Danny Charles (Little Mermaid, Arabian Nights), Paul Huntley-Thomas (The Secret Garden, Rapunzel) and Ashley Christmas (Becoming Hattie, Little Red and the Wolves), plus puppets from acclaimed puppet maker Nick Ash, of Scratch Built Productions (Polka, The Globe, Little Angel) this is a Christmas Carol for our times.

Bring the whole family to along to see A Christmas Carol for a show that promises to be funny, a little scary, action-packed but above all a thoroughly enjoyable treat this festive season.

A Christmas Carol will open at Proteus Creation Space in Basingstoke on 25/ 26th November 2017 before embarking on the tour. The full tour schedule can be found at www.proteustheatre.com.

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Free Winter Wonderland: Kiddi Caru

Kiddi Caru Day Nurseries are holding their Christmas Winter Wonderland events throughout December. Fun for all the family – come and soak up the festive atmosphere together and join in some seasonal fun with Santa and the Kiddi Caru Elves.

All events are free to attend, but any kind donations on the day will be gratefully received for Home-Start’s Snowflake appeal which Kiddi Caru support all year round.

Find an event near you http://ow.ly/tTJp30gqYAQ

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