Free photo portrait for mums to be! – Seeking potential participants for an Arts research project

Dear Mums & Mums to be,

I’m a mature female art student seeking potential participants for my arts research project, which is a portrait study of pre and postnatal mums.

I have begun this and successfully completed a couple of studies with good feedback.

I now need more subjects and hope to hear from anybody who would be happy to sit for me, for an hour.

I can provide a digital copy of photos via email and I’m happy to answer any questions.

The study is academically assessed and not for commercial purposes.

If you are interested I can be contacted on: 07467085898 or

I look forward to hearing from you


#lockyourlove at Festival Place this Valentine’s Day – Awesome prizes for a date night too!!

This looks worth doing, just for the prizes alone!

It starts at 12pm today in Festival Place

#lockyourlove at Festival Place this Valentine’s Day

Launching on 31st January in association with The Breeze radio station, and running for two weeks until Valentine’s Day on 14th February, shoppers will be given the opportunity to personalise a padlock with a tribute to their loved one and attach it to the Festival Place heart. By taking a picture of their padlock and sharing on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram with the #lockyourlove hashtag  participants will also have the chance to win Big Brand prizes from Festival Place retailers including Nando’s, Giraffe, Wagamama, Build-A-Bear, Thorntons and The Perfume Shop.

The heart sculpture has been lovingly created by two local artists, Helen Dyne and Louise Hight, who met recently through All Our Own Crafts, a pop-up shop in Festival Place promoting local crafters. Shoppers will also be encouraged to share the love this Valentine’s Day by donating to Festival Place’s chosen local charity, the Ark Cancer Centre, when they receive their padlock in centre.

Commenting on the #lockyourlove event, Marketing Manager at Festival Place, Sarah Murphy, said: “We’re really looking forward to revealing the heart installation in centre this weekend which has been beautifully designed and created by some of our prominent local artists. It will be exciting to see it transform as shoppers add their padlocks as tributes to their loved ones and there are some fantastic prizes to be won from our generous retailers! We really hope that people will also dig deep and share the love this Valentine’s Day by donating to the Ark Cancer Centre.”

To keep up to date with all the latest news about the #lockyourlove campaign at Festival Place visit or find them on Facebook and Twitter.

Prizes available

  • Nando’s – 5x vouchers for two free combination meals
  • Giraffe – £50 vouchers for a meal for two
  • Hotel Chocolat – Sleekster gift box worth £22
  • Build-A-Bear – £25 gift card for a ‘Build-A-Bear Workshop experience’
  • Thorntons – large continental heart box worth £25
  • GBK – £40 gift vouchers for a meal for two
  • Sports Centre – 2x free week memberships at the centre
  • The Perfume Shop – A free bottle of Gucci Guilty Diamonds
  • Ed’s Easy Diner – £25 gift card for a meal for two people
  • Taking Shape – £25 gift card
  • Vue Cinema – 4x 1 pair of tickets to any film

Busy bees Christmas event – Friday 5th December

Christmas event happening at Busy Bees day nursery, Hatch Warren Lane, Basingstoke RG22 4RA on Friday 5th December between 6.30 and 8.30pm.

Christmas Open Day 2014

The Evening will consist of:

  • * santa and his real reindeer
  • * art and craft
  • * burgers/hot dogs/mulled wine
  • * Christmas sing a long

In addition the nursery will be hosting tours during the daytime between 10-11 and 2.30-3pm for anyone wishing to consider the nursery for their childcare needs.

Anyone booking on the day will receive 25% off one months fees and free registration.

For more information call Julie Weedon on 01256 819766

Poll: Payable Events over the 2014 Summer Holidays

There are lots of paid events going on over the summer in North Hampshire.

These are the ones I know about:

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If there are any that you would recommend please add a comment and I will add them in. Thanks!

Related Links

Great Dorset Steam Fair

New Forest & Hampshire County Fair

Day out with Thomas

Battle Proms at Highclere

Routine Riots Fun Day


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! 😀

Related Posts

NHM Meet Up – June 2014

Event: Expectant Parents evening at Mothercare – June 2014

The Basingstoke Mothercare store are hosting an expectant parents evening at the store from 6pm onwards on Wednesday 18th June (tomorrow night!).

The shop will close for the expectant parents event, which is invite only.

The team are available to help with personal shopping and have all staff in to ensure a nice easy shopping experience.

They also invite vendors such as:

  • water babies
  • buggy fit
  • baby sensory

who come along and advise parents what lovely things are out there for them and their new babies.

There is also a 10% off voucher that you will receive in the welcome packs that you can use on that night or up to a week after (there are a few things the voucher can’t be used on, but not many)

The team at Mothercare also do presentations on bedding and car seats, whilst a continuous pushchair presentation takes place by their trained staff…

The atmosphere is always lovely and there will be juice and biscuits available.

If you would like to attend this event please call the Mothercare, Basingstoke store on 01256 363737 and they will add you to the invite list.

Related Posts

Basingstoke Mothercare Expectant Parent event – May 2013

Basingstoke Mothercare Expectant Parent event – February 2015

Eat Street 2014 at Festival Place today!

I’m gutted that we can’t go to this today. I didn’t get to go last year because we were away and had every intention of making it this year, but Miss NHM has chickenpox!

It’s on today from 12pm to 3pm and you can experience the sights, smells and bustle of an authentic street food market, where you’ll find some of your favourite restaurants cooking up bite size versions of their bestselling dishes for you to try for free.

Find out more here:

John Torode will also be there and has recorded this short video about Eat Street:

If you do make it to Eat Street, please have some food for me and Miss NHM!! ????

Ohh Mama charity concert

I’ve mentioned the Ohh Mama group before on NHM  in a post about 10 Things for Mum’s to Do in Basingstoke without their children.

Ohh Mama is a group of local Mum’s who get together and sing their hearts out!

They are doing a charity concert on the 5th of October, at Cliddesden Village Hall, in aid of Sebastian’s Action Trust who support the families of seriously ill children.

Have a look at the poster for more details. It’s for a great cause and you will have the opportunity to be entered into a prize draw.