NorthHantsMum Facebook Groups for you to Join!

Over the past few years I’ve set up several groups on Facebook for all sorts of different segments of parents in North Hampshire.

Several have flourished so I thought I would share them with you again, so you can see if any are relevant to you.

Many parents have also met face to face via these groups, so if you are looking to meet other parents who have some of the same interests as you please add me as a friend at “Louise nhm Smith” on Facebook and then message me to let me know which groups you would like to join.

They are all either a “closed” status or “secret” status so people cannot see what has been posted.

If they are “secret” only those in the group can find the group, so no one will know you have been added unless they are already part of the group.

If you would like to be added any of them, please email me at (I can’t keep track on facebook!).

Feel free to invite anyone else who you think may benefit.

These groups are a great way to meet like minded parents!

NorthHantsMum Networks

Below is a summary of the latest groups:

Mum Businesses

  • NHM Publicity for Local Businesses – Support Local Business
  • NHM Mum’s running Small Businesses


  • Pregnancy – for pregnant Mum’s
  • Babies – for Mum’s with babies under a year old
  • Toddlers – for Mum’s of Toddlers
  • NHM Miscarriage, fertility, still birth group
  • NHM Single/Lone Parents
  • NHM Fans of “The Secret”
  • NHM Buddies -(a great way to meet other local Mum’s)
  • NHM a safe inclusive groups for Mummies who don’t know anyone
  • NHM Positivity club (we post up when great things happen to us, so as to share a bit more happiness in the world)
  • NHM Cinema Club (every month we meet face to face and go to the cinema as a group)
  • NHM Book Club (every month we choose a book to read and read as a group (online) and discuss)
  • NHM Dad’s Club (a group for Dad’s who support NHM)
  • Babysitting in Basingstoke (a great way to find a local babysitter)
  • NHM Homeschooling network
  • NHM Top Money Saving Tips for parents
  • NHM Shift Parents (a group specifically for parents who work shifts)
  • NHM Fitness Team
  • and finally all of the NHM Parents network/regional groups, e.g. North West Basingstoke, South East Basingstoke, Rural North Hampshire, etc. etc.

Are there any other groups that you think should be created?

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More ways to make friends via NorthHantsMum!

I’ve had a “cinema buddy” for a while but she rudely relocated to the other side of the world recently (Hi Su!!! :-D) and I’ve missed going to the cinema as a “girly” outing.

I then had a bit of a brain wave and thought maybe I could see if there were other Mum’s in the area who might be up for going to the cinema. Sixty of you messaged me within a couple of hours of me putting this on my status, which was a bit of a shock!

As a result, a couple of other people also messaged me about other groups they would like to see.

More Groups on NorthHantsMum

NHM Cinema Club – A once a month outing to see a current film, probably at the Odeon at the Leisure Park.

NHM Book Club – Each month we will agree on a book and then discuss via this group.

NHM Dad’s Club – a chance for Dad’s to meet up

NHM “The Secret” Fans – If you’ve watched the film, read the book or listened to the CD, or if you want to know what all the fuss is about, this is the group for you!

If you would like to be added to any or all of these groups, please email me at, saying which groups you would like to be added into and I will add you in as soon as I can. :-D.

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The Inaugural NorthHantsMum Monthly Newsletter!

I often receive messages from you that there is a lot of information on NHM and it’s sometimes difficult to keep up with what’s going on.

In an effort to try to ensure that you don’t miss anything, I’ve been working frantically in the background to put together a summary of what’s happened on NHM in the previous month.

I think several of you saw my first attempt at putting together a monthly NorthHantsMum Newsletter which went out this morning.

Thank you very much to those of you who have provided such positive feedback. I really appreciate it!

Newsletter Details

The newsletter is a “once a month” email that will include a summary of the posts published that month on NHM and links to the Guest Posts during that month and any other important information.

If you would like to subscribe, please complete the following form:

By subscribing to the newsletter, you will always have a reference list of the NHM posts and Guest Posts that were published in the previous month, so I highly recommend subscribing!

Also, if you want to share what NHM is all about, you can just forward a copy of the email onto your friends who you think might be interested!

I hope you find it useful and please let me know if you have any feedback.

Thank you very much for your support!

Homeschooling in Basingstoke and North Hampshire

(I think this post is quite apt after yesterday’s “school announcements”! ;-))

PS: I have a secret homeschooling group on Facebook which has several families who homeschool in the local area included. If you would like to be added, please email me at

Homeschooling in Basingstoke and North Hampshire

Before Miss NHM was born, I only vaguely knew about home schooling. I knew some people who had been home schooled but never really thought more about it.

Once Miss NHM was born, this all changed. I read a LOT of parenting blogs when I was on maternity leave and learnt about Montesori and Waldorf Steiner Education. I also read more and more about homeschooling.

I knew before Miss NHM was born that the school system was constantly being changed, however it was only once Miss NHM was born that I realised how much this could actually affect my daughter, and thus, me.

I am very dissolusioned with the school system in this country, and that’s before Miss NHM even starts school. I have many friends whose children have been through the school system, despair at how their children were used as guinea pigs, all dependent on which political party got into power. I don’t want this for Miss NHM.

Schools also seem to be very subjective. You have no choice, as Pam recently commented on NHM, over the class or teacher that your child is put with.

I would LOVE to home school my daughter but I have absolutely no idea where to start. But, since starting NHM I have learnt that there are more and more people doing this.

Unfortunately as I’m the main earner in our family, it really isn’t an option, but that doesn’t stop me doing the research and learning more about it.

It seems to be quite big in the US and they have a lot more resources over there for homeschooling than I’ve found in the UK.

I’ve also discovered that as homeschoolers, you are entitled to discounts at local softplay locations and museums, which is good to know because the cost of home schooling always worried me.

Having just gone through the very stressful process of gaining a place at Infants school for Miss NHM, I’m still very intrigued by home schooling but it’s not right for our family…yet.

We have a very audacious goal of taking a year “out” when Miss NHM is around 10 years old, and travelling the world. At this point we will need to home school Miss NHM so I need to ensure that I’ve done all of my research by then!

After all of my research I am still unsure of the difference between “homeschooling” and “unschooling”.

There are actually several families in Basingstoke who “homeschool” and “Unschool” and in my very privileged role as NorthHantsMum I’ve come to know of some of these families.

If you are already home schooling or are interested in maybe home schooling in the future, let me know and I will add you to my “secret” home schooling group on Facebook.

Also, if you have any resources that you’ve got from homeschooling, let me know, as I’m planning on putting together a future post on resources from the UK and US, that could be useful for a family who are home schooling.

NEW!!! NHM “Mum’s of Babies” Group

I have recently set up a secret Facebook group for Mum’s of babies in Basingstoke and North Hampshire.

This will be a safe place to meet other Mum’s of babies and share information.

If you have a baby that is under a year old, then this is the group for you!

If you would like to be added to this secret group, please drop me a short message on FB or email me at

You will need to add me as a friend on Facebook to be added to this group. You can add me HERE.

I know there are lots of small businesses who would like access to this group, so if you have any special offers or anything specific for Mum’s with babies, please drop me a message and I will post it up in the group for you.

I’m afraid I won’t be able to add any businesses to the group as this will group will be for Mum’s of babies only.

Related Posts

NEW!!! NHM Pregnancy FB Group

Mum’s and Dad’s new to Basingstoke and North Hampshire

Are you a Mum or Dad that has just moved to the area? (If you are, welcome to the area!! :-D)

Are you looking to meet other Mum’s and Dad’s in Basingstoke and North Hampshire?

I have set up a secret Facebook group for Mum’s who have moved to the area and are looking to make some new “Mummy or Daddy friends” (God, I hate that phrase! lol).

If you would like to be added to this group, please message me at or send me a private message on FB and I will add you into the group.

I won’t be administrating this group, so whomever is added, you will need to reach out to each other.

Related Posts

Parents new to Basingstoke and North Hampshire

Future NHM Networking Dates

Please find enclosed the dates for future NHM Networking meetings in the evening and lunchtimes.

The next lunchtime meeting is on Monday, next week!

I hope you can make it!


NHM Networking Lunch – August 2014

(Please note the new location for lunchtime Networking meetings from September onwards)

NHM Networking Lunch – September 2014 (Monday 15th September)

NHM Networking Lunch – October 2014 (Tuesday 14th October)

NHM Networking Lunch – November 2014 (Thursday 13th November)


NHM Networking Evening – September 2014 (Wednesday 17th September)

NHM Networking Lunch – October 2014 (Tuesday 21st October)

NHM Networking Evening – November 2014 (Monday 17th November)

North Hampshire Businesses – NHM Approved!

I get a lot of messages from people asking if I know of any Businesses that would be available for events.

I know LOTS of Mum’s who run their own businesses and who might be interested in being stall holders.

I had a sudden brain wave yesterday and decided to set up the following FB group: North Hampshire Businesses – NHM Approved!

Please add a comment about your business and if you are happy to be a stall holder at an event.

Please also add anyone else who you think would be interested.

Thank you!

Event: NHM Summer Picnic (12th July)

I’m hosting a VERY informal NHM Meet up on Saturday 12th July from 10.30am to 1.30pm.

Basically, I will be there with Miss NHM, a picnic blanket, some picnic food and a football.

This will be a chance to meet other NHM Readers and an opportunity to make some new friends.

If you would like to come along, it would be great if you could register at the following Eventbrite link HERE, so I have some idea of numbers.

This isn’t a formal thing, it’s just a group of families meeting up for a catch up ;-).

I hope you can make it! 😀

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NHM Meet Up – June 2014