Ooh Mama Choir

Ooh Mama Choir was set up in 2012 by Kate Barrett, after having been inspired by Gareth Malone and his ‘Military Wives’ choir.

Mummy to two young boys, with a passion for music, Kate decided to start her own choir to give mummies that much needed ‘me time’ each week.

With no auditions and the only requirement being that you are a mummy (whether you have young children, older children or even grandchildren), Ooh Mama provides the opportunity for fun, music and socialising.

Having started with just a handful of members, Ooh Mama is constantly expanding and is always open to new members!

Ooh Mama is also a proud member of the ‘Basingstoke Festival of Choirs’.

At Basingstoke music festival

We meet every Tuesday 8pm – 9.30pm at Christchurch Chineham.

The cost is £10 per month.

You can find out more at:

Website: http://oohmamachoir.org.uk/home

Facebook: https://m.facebook.com/OohMaMa/

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Classes to do with a baby

Thank you very much to Shona for putting this post together!!!

Classes to do with a baby

NCT Coffee groups

Basingstoke NCT runs coffee groups that meet regularly to support parents-to be and parents. Anyone is welcome, you don’t have to be a member of NCT and is open from pregnancy right up to pre-school age. Opportunities to meet other people and talk to them about their experiences and make new friends.

No fee to attend, there is a collection towards the work the NCT do.

NCT

NCT Early Days

This is a group that meets in a supportive, relaxed and friendly atmosphere to openly talk about life as a mum. You can discuss challenges, tips and the reality over the expectations you had/have. You will meet other parents, make friends and gain support and tips. Courses run over 4-6 weekly sessions for new mums. They are aimed at new mums with babies under 6months. There is a fee for this course – enquire via link below.

NCT Early Days

Little Tots Poppins

This is an Art and Messy session followed by Music and Movement.You don’t register, just pop in. The sessions are run on Thursday mornings from 9.30am to 11am and costs £3 per session. The sessions are term time only.

Little Tots Stoney Heath, White Lion Court, Hollybush Farm, Stoney Heath, Ramsdell, Tadley, RG26 5SL. 01256851398

Little Tots Poppins

Little Munchkins Baby

These are Baby Massage and Baby Yoga classes which help you to feel relaxed, happy and confident with your baby. Baby massage helps build bonds and will help you become more in tune and confident with your baby’s needs. The course is taught in 5 weekly session (1 hour long each session). Suitable from birth. It runs on a Tuesday from 11am to 12pm at Tadley Community Centre.

Little Munchkins Baby

Baby Sensory

These are nationwide so have a look online for your local session as there are quite a few in Basingstoke. They offer a musical world of sensory experiences for both parents and children. There are light shows, bells, bubbles, puppets and signing to name but a few of the activities. The class is split into three phases so there is a free play session in the middle where you can play with the toys and activities set out and sit and talk to other mums and dads. Sessions run term time only and the course is £70 per term you wish to take up.

Baby Sensory

Tots Play

This is a 6 week course suitable from birth to 6 months. You learn fun ways to play and communicate with your baby using massage, music, signing and is also a great way to meet other mums. The class runs from 11.20am to 12.20pm and you must book in advance.

Tots Play

Barn Tots

This is a friendly play session from birth to pre-school. They meet at Viables Community Centre on Tuesdays from 10am to 12pm and Thursdays from 9.45am to 11.45am. It is term time only. There are different toys each week and a great soft play area for babies. There is singing and storytime and music and movement too. It costs £2 per session and includes refreshments for adults and a cold drink, fruit and biscuits for the children.

Active Mums

This is an hour long class which starts with a warm up walk which moves up to a power walk. There are exercises throughout the class to strengthen and tone. The route is suitable for any buggy and it’s a great session to get some exercise and meet other mums. The classes run at 11am on a Monday and Wednesday at Basing Wood. It is all year round and no booking is required. 1 session is £4 or you can book 10 sessions online for £35.

Active Mums

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NHM Inspirational Mum (Oct 2017): Helen Hill

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

I wish that I had a physical prize that I could give to Helen for her award this month, but instead she’s just going to have to enjoy the kudos of being one of the first Inspirational Mum’s on NorthHantsMum.

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

If you would like to nominate someone for November’s award, please email me at NorthHantsMum@gmail.com before the end of October 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 November and people can email further comments before the announcement is officially made in the middle of November.

NHM Inspirational Mum (Oct 2017): Helen Hill

Helen Hill who runs Buggyfit: Basingstoke & Tadley

Inspiration Mum Nomination 1

Emma: I wanted to add another nomination for Helen as an inspirational mum for all her work with BuggyFit and Running Mummies.

I joined BuggyFit at the end of March this year when my baby boy Harrison was 5 months old. Helen was the only person I’d met post-baby to know so much about the physical damage and recovery after having a baby, and all the things I was doing wrong which was making things worse!

She was so supportive and factual about what I needed to do to exercise and recover safely, and not just physically but emotional support too. She then got me into her running group of mummies and helped offer free running sessions together with other new friends. This weekend she helped encourage other mums to go along to Park Run too

She’s an inspiration because of the amount of positive physical and mental support she offers us mums out of her own free time, whilst also balancing her own family

Inspiration Mum Nomination 2

Sarah: Helen is a really inspirational Mum. Her Buggyfit classes are super fun and geared towards getting your body back slowly and safely after birth. The exercises are all safe and scaled to your fitness level and the time after birth. She is a patient and kind teacher who always takes the time to correct my lack of coordination!

At classes Helen always finds a way to include any toddlers – she lets my 3 year old daughter join in the exercises or play with the bands, balls and cones. This really helps when you are stressed with two little ones.
More than just running the classes Helen has made Buggyfit a group with a social aspect to help us Mums have a chat and get advice and perspectives from other Mums. There are coffee stops after classes, charity walks and a really chatty WhatsApp group. She has built up a true network for local Mums……and I am really grateful for the support.
She is an inspirational Mum…..Thank you Helen.

Inspiration Mum Nomination 3

Maria: Helen Hill is definitely an inspiring mum! I first met Helen about 6 Months ago at my first Buggyfit class. As soon I arrived she made me feel welcome and her wealth of knowledge of post natal care/exercise/pelvic floor is impressive and reassuring that you know you are in good hands.

I love Helen’s classes from Buggyfit with the babies and the evening classes for just the mums.

Helen will bring her son along to some of the Buggyfit classes, he’s a lovely little boy, well loved and cheers us ladies on. And the odd occasion when her little boy is not so happy it’s good to see Helen as a mum, so she understands and knows the struggles of motherhood. And additionally there is no awkwardness or embarrassment if your baby acts up in the Buggyfit class.

Helen is a lovely lady , fantastic instructor and a credit to the mother and baby world.

She is definitely an inspiring mum in my eyes

Inspiration Mum Nomination 4

Hannah: I was lucky enough to meet Helen when our boys started at nursery together. No matter what she always had a smile on her face. We got talking and eventually got dragged me out running and explained her motivation was the abuse that had been shouted at her when running on the streets so she decided to set up Basingstoke Running Mummies to encourage people to buddy up and get fit.

As well as running this she was working 5 days a week, looking after a toddler and a teenager. I was impressed how well she coped with everything when may of us moan about working and parenting. When she came up with the plan to start teaching buggyfit she added on her health and fitness modules on top of everything she had going on. When she took the leap in December/January

I was so impressed that she decided to launch buggyfit at potentially the worst time of year with many not wanting to brave the elements especially with a small child in toe however her enthusiasm and passion won over women and week by week the numbers grew. Helen was never too shy to impart her wisdom on the ladies and give details explanations as to why she was doing what she was doing and how the body needed to repair.

Helen was never about calorie burning and quick results but repairing your body. Her approach was something I had never seen before. Even with the classes growing and locations spreading she still wanted to learn more as she didn’t feel she knew enough. From January to now her passion for learning and healing the female body astounds me. She truly wants to “fix” everyone she can.

The bravery she has shown in expanding her skill set, starting up circuits and boxercise as well as more tailored sessions in small groups focusing on core repair is amazing. Sometimes I wish she talked a little less about pelvic floor but her support and teaching as given me a new confidence which I may not have had before. I am truly lucky to have such a good friend and trainer. She is one in a million ❤

Inspiration Mum Nomination 5

Fiona: I nominated Helen as a local inspiring Mum for a number of reasons. I met Helen via the Facebook page you created for local Mums and babies when I was expecting my second child. We met up in person at the NCT coffee and chat sessions on a Friday and from there created a little group of Mums who had babies of a similar age.

While I don’t know her back story completely, I do know that she had her first child at a young age and fostered a second girl for a long period of time who is now back with her family. When she returned to work she struggled with juggling the needs of Oscar who has battled repeated bouts of illness with work; and as a result she felt pushed out of her role due to conflicting commitments.

With the desire to loose weight after Oscar she had already started up her own running group on FB following the couch to 5km training and saw the need for a ‘normal’ body size fitness coach. She trained herself up to offer a service as a Buggyfit instructor and now has over 100 clients who she coaches and inspires to be the best they can be.

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Bugsy Malone – October 2017

Local youngsters will be performing in the musical Bugsy Malone at Queen Mary’s College hall .

Thursday 26th October -7.30 pm

Friday 27th October – 7.30pm

Saturday 28th October -2.30pm and 7.30pm

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Saints Foundation Football Soccer School – October 2017 Half Term

Details for the soccer school at Everest Community Academy that will run over October 2017 half term.

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Toddler Group: Popley Little People

Popley Little People is a Mother and Toddler Group in Popley, Basingstoke.

Held at Melrose Community Hall, every Term time Tuesday 9.30-11.30.

Relaunched with our new Group Leader Gemma and her team.

£1.50 for first child and 50p for each additional child, first week.

This includes refreshments and craft activities.

Contact Vicki in the office for further details 01256 420676.

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Review 2017: Tot Cross Buns

Thank you very much to the NHM Secret Reviewer who put this post together!

Last month, my son made an amazing toad in the hole. He’s two years old. Before I sign him up for Masterchef, I should probably give some appreciation to the brilliant ladies at Tot Cross Buns.

About

Tot Cross Buns is a cookery course for children aged 2 to 5 years old, with occasional Saturday cookery classes that also welcome school age children. Their website says ‘The aim of Tot Cross Buns is to introduce children to food through taste, smell and touch all in a fun and relaxed environment. They’ll be cooking healthy recipes (some treats too!), which have all been tried and tested, and will involve the children every step of the way – and there will be no washing up to worry about!’ The classes also include a food related activity carried out whilst the food is cooking.

The classes are located at various sites in North Hampshire, close to Basingstoke, with times, locations and prices available on their website Tot Cross Buns. The business is the brainchild of local mum Allison and the classes are run by Allison and another local lady, Kerry, who runs the classes we’ve been attending.

The Class

First off I should admit, I’m a little bit in love with Tot Cross Buns. I went for a taster session last month and we have been back every week since. I’d never heard of the idea of cooking classes for toddlers before and had only seen places offering biscuit decorating etc. Here, not only do recipes include Toad in the Hole, pasta, rosemary biscuits etc, they concentrate on being healthy, with the very occasional cheeky spoily week. They teach about the foods they are using, where they come from, and tend to carry this into the week’s activities.

 

Kerry, as I’m sure Allison does too, takes the time to point out each ingredient and encourages the children to find the right ones and do as much as possible themselves. She goes around and helps where needed with support and a little one-to-one. She encourages involvement, asks lots of questions, and doesn’t miss a trick either; she will hone in on the quiet ones to make sure they feel involved (that includes my little one, and I still can’t believe he now shouts out answers to the group questions). She also encourages independence, getting the children to carry their trays up on their own, put the dirty bits in the washing up box, and collect their baking one at a time, with a round of applause at the end.

The activities themselves are well thought out and relevant to what is being cooked. From colouring, to tasting, to washing up, to planting herbs. Always different and always grabs the children’s attention whilst being educational.

All this, plus you come away with great baking too!

They also recently won the Muddy Stiletto Award for best children’s business in Hampshire 2017. Congratulations! Well deserved.

Rating out of 5

Definitely 5 out of 5

For more information contact Allison on Tot Cross Buns website or Tot Cross Buns Facebook Page

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Basingstoke Jiggy Wrigglers 

From 5th October 2017

⭐️Jiggy Wrigglers is an award winning, fun and affordable musical activity group for babies, toddlers and preschoolers.  A place for you and your child to meet and make new friends.

We sing bounce wriggle and jiggle to upbeat music with puppets musical instruments and bags of surprises followed by free play with our toys and FREE refreshments.

  • YOU DONT NEED TO BOOK
  • NO block bookings
  • Pay weekly as you go
  • Siblings go FREE
  • FREE hot and cold drinks and refreshments for all.
  • NEW customers always welcome

Groups running are

THURSDAY

Hill Rise Community Hall, Brighton Hill      Jiggy Mixed 10.00-11.00
Jiggy Baby 11.15-12.00

Jiggy Mixed is £4.00 per family
Jiggy Baby is £3.00 per family

A special introductory offer which will run until Christmas is 3 for £10 for Jiggy Mixed and 4 for £10 for Jiggy Baby!!

There will be a very special guest to welcome you all to our first session!

Childminders are welcome.

Please check regularly for new groups starting soon.

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Get Water Confident with Swimming Nature

Get Water Confident with Swimming Nature

If you or your child wants to learn to swim, improve on skills or simply become more water-confident, you’re in luck! Swimming Nature, the UK’s market leader in delivering premium and bespoke swimming tuition, is now available across the Hampshire area. We will be offering sessions at the Hampshire Lakes retirement village in Yately and the Hampshire Court Hotel in Basingstoke.

With over 20 years of experience in teaching babies, children and adults to swim, our experience is just like a Personal Trainer in the water, as we only teach on a one-to-one or one-to-two basis.

Our instructors are world-class. We work with all-ages of students and provide an experience unlike any other type of swimming programme. Our dedicated sessions ensure you will learn quickly with instructors focused exclusively on you or your child. We don’t just coach you to swim – we coach you to swim beautifully!

For children, we offer a unique training method with seven stages. Each swimming stage is represented by one of our colourful animal characters from crabs to crocodiles.  Each character has been designed to capture the student’s imagination and encourage development of special skills, from jumping in at frog level to racing dives when you progress to the penguin group.

We also use the latest technology to track the progress of all students, both children and adults. Our instructors measure improvement and record achievements, so that as a parent you can easily track your child’s progress from home.

Prices for children’s start from just £20, whilst our adult program starts at £40.

At Hampshire Court, we will be offering sessions on the following days and times each week:

  • Sunday: 9:00 – 12:00
  • Monday: 15:00 – 18:00
  • Wednesday: 15:00 – 18:00
  • Friday: 15:00 – 18:00

At Hampshire Lakes, we will be offering sessions on the following days and times each week:

  • Sunday: 13:00 – 19:00
  • Monday: 13:00 – 19:00
  • Tuesday: 13:00 – 19:00
  • Wednesday: 13:00 – 19:00
  • Thursday: 13:00 – 19:00
  • Friday: 13:00 – 19:00
  • Saturday: 13:00 – 19:00

If you want the best for you and your child, there is no better choice on the market than Swimming Nature. Book your free, no-strings trial session for yourself and/or your children to judge our experience for yourself. From there, you’ll be able to enjoy 20% off your first term if you decide to join us!

To find out more, or to book your free trial, message Philip on 07483 125 868 or email philip.wheeler@swimmingnature.com

Visit us at www.swimmingnature.com

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Review 2017: Tots Play, Social Tots

Thank you very much to today’s NHM Secret Reviewer! Fab job!

“Great value for money, 40 minutes of fun!”

I have attended Michelle groups since my little one was 8 weeks old. We started off attending Baby Development and have graduated to Discovery Tots and finally to Social Tots.

Social Tots does what it says on the tin, it’s a 40 minutes of fun! It’s an interactive social group for for babies from 8 months to tots of 3 years.

This class is a great way for your little ones to meet other Tots, to interact via play and for parents to socialise and to catch up every week.

Every class is full of various activities and we are always met by Michelle and Totsy the class mascot. You can enjoy welcome songs, different hands on themed play each week, involving colour, light, natural objects, fruit and veg, sensory play, massage, yoga and sign language.

With her extensive knowledge, Michelle always explains what we are doing and why we are doing each activity it and how it benefits the little ones. The fun can also continue at home as all the tools and props that are used in the class, including beach balls and sensory fans are all on sale at the end of the class.

Each week brings something different and we are welcomed by Michelle and her smile. We thoroughly enjoy the group and will be booking again for the next session.

Unlike a lots of Toddler groups, Michelle will be running various classes over the summer as well as some Saturday classes.

Check out all Michelle classes on Facebook or totsplay.co.uk

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