Caterpillar Music Summer Parties 2014

Jaz asked me to let you know that she is running some Caterpillar Music Summer parties- when all the Mums are going mad for something to do at the end of the Summer!

There will be four summer parties on Wednesday 20th August at Chineham Village Hall at 9:30am, 11am, 1pm, 2:30pm.

Sessions are £5 per family (per 2 children, extra children are £1 each extra).

It’s pre-bookable in advance.

It’s a Caterpillar Music session followed by soft play that Jaz has hired.

There will also be a few Mum friendly stalls at the back to browse at.

For more details, please contact Jaz on her Caterpillar Music FB page HERE.

Thank you to everyone who came along yesterday!

Thank you very much to everyone who came along to the NHM Meet Up yesterday.

It was a brilliant event!

I’ve had some lovely comments from people who came along, so I’m glad you all had a lovely time.

Thank you as always to the Playdays team who allowed me to use their facilities for free for the morning and a special thank you to Leah who helped us to set up first thing.

Thank you also to the lovely people who came along and represented their businesses:

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  • Tinkerbell from Routine Riots – who went down a storm! She had the cutest little helper too, who was so excited to meet her 😀

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Unfortunately I didn’t get to take as many pictures as I wanted (Sorry Lynsey and Sarah!) but thank you to those parents who agreed I could use these pictures on the blog.

It was such a successful event that I’m hoping to do another one in September, however it will be on a different day as I think I’ve exhausted the “Wednesday” people!

I will probably send out a poll soon asking people to let me know the best day for them to attend a Meet Up, so keep an eye out for that.

Don’t forget the next NHM event is the Summer picnic on the 12th of July. I hope to see you there!

Thank you again to everyone who came along yesterday and for your fabulous support!

I can’t say enough how much it means to me to know that I’ve got such an awesome NHM community supporting me :-D.



Birth art cafe Basingstoke

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This looks so cool and I’m going to do my very best to attend!

I’ve checked with the team who are running this and you don’t need to have a baby to attend the cafe and you don’t have to be good at art, which is a relief, cause I’m totally rubbish at art! lol.

Birth art cafe Basingstoke

Do you need some me time? Time out to reflect and think?

Birth art cafe is for all mothers wherever you are on your mothering journey.

It is time out to reflect and listen to yourself in a group where you will not be judged.

It is a space where it does not matter how you birthed, how you feed, how you parent you are all welcome.

It is a time to relax in the company of other women, it is a safe space to share however much you feel safe to.

No art experience is needed.


Come along, eat cake, drink tea, dabble in some art and relax.

First session is on the 12th feb starting at 19:30, non mobile babies are welcome to come along and baby noise is welcome.

We charge £7.50 to cover the cost of art materials and petrol and we are based in Chineham.

For more information have a look at our Facebook page and to get the address pm or email me on

TinyTalk Baby Signing Basingstoke


New Spring term starts January!

Why Baby signing? because babies have so much to say!

The Spring term will see a new addition to the well loved TinyTalk baby signing classes, with a new interactive sensory section of the class.

By using new sensory toys we can help babies to develop their fine motor skills or hand coordination skills, needed to make signs.

We work on their babbling skills, blowing raspberries and making noises, needed to make spoken words. Watching the bubbles, as they float in the air, helps them to focus their visual skills, needed for watching someone speaking to them.

In addition to this new section there will still be all the well loved nursery rhymes and songs, of course the signs and the signed story time, our fun walk about songs, and the important social time.

The Spring term will be 12 weeks long with a half term, starting the week beginning 6th January 2014. The classes are prepay only.

Classes on Mondays in Basingstoke town 11.00-12.00

Wednesdays at Chineham 10.00-11.00 and 11.15-12.15.

The Wednesday afternoon class at Hatch Warren is already full.

If you would like to know more then please contact me or take a look at the website

Fitmama Postnatal Exercise

Marie sent me a message asking me to let you know about the next Postnatal Exercise course at FitMama’s:

Fitmama Postnatal Exercise

The FitMama Studio is running a Postnatal Exercise course to repair tummies starting this Thursday at 11am.

Babies welcome

£60 for a 7 week course…

Please text Marie to reserve a space (suitable from 4 weeks postnatal and c-section mums too)

Emily Barham School of Singing

Singing Classes

Emily sent me a very sweet message asking me to let you know about her singing school, for which she is currently taking new pupils.

The classes run for children from the age of 6 (so just qualifies on NHM! lol), with no upper age limit.

For more details, please check out the facebook page at:


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Classes that are still running during Summer 2013

Below are some classes which are still running during the summer holiday’s.

Most children’s centres are running a cut down programme during the summer. For more details, you can find the links to the Children’s Centre’s HERE.

Don’t forget to check out the PlayBus dates HERE. The Playbus is being run by local Children Centre’s, so should be appropriate for the under five’s.

Your local library will also be running some classes that are appropriate for babies and little one’s, like RhymeTime and Baby Bounce. You can find more details about local libraries HERE.


Jumble Bee’s

A fun and active sports session for you and your child. This is an affordable sports club for pre school children and toddlers.

The class will be a fun filled session with lots of games and sporting activities to help build confidence and physical ability whilst keeping fit and healthy.


preschool singing is on it’s holiday time table as of 29th July. 1 session at 9.45 with additional activity to follow(optional).

At st Gabriel’s church popley on Mondays. Pay as you go including refreshments. All welcome.

Tuesday’s and Thursday’s

Caterpillar Music

Summer sessions for Caterpillar Music:

  • Tuesday 23rd July 11:10am Chineham Village Hall Community Room
  • Thursday 25th July 1:15pm Christ Church in Chineham
  • Tuesday 30th July 11:10am Chineham Village Hall Community Room
  • Thursday 1st August 1:15pm Christ Church in Chineham

On Tuesday 27th August at 9:30-10:30 we are having a Caterpillar Music 1st Birthday Party at Chineham Village Hall. This will be a Caterpillar Music session followed by cake, drink, free play and children get Caterpillar Music “goody bags”.

The sessions are reduced at £4 per session (usually £5) and the party is £5 (but it must be prebooked).


NCT Coffee and Chat

10am to 12pm at Brookvale Hall. You don’t need to be an NCT member to attend. Costs £1.50 which includes drinks and cake.


Mumbaba sing along for preschoolers is running through the summer. There are 2 sessions on a Friday morning, 9.30 & 11 o’clock at Christ church, Chineham. Older siblings are welcome too. Pay as you go which includes refreshments.

Are there any other classes that are missing? Please let me know if there are. Thank you!

Pirate Fun Day: Wednesday 29th May, Half Term

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Pirate Fun Day



Wednesday 29th May 2013, 9.30am – 3.30pm, Chineham Village Hall, Basingstoke

Only £20 per child, for children aged 4 to 12 years old

Beat the boredom this school holiday!

  • Learn A Pirate’s Jig
  • Walk the plank to win the gold
  • Treasure Hunt
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Script work from ‘Peter and the Neverland Pirates’
  • Polly Parrot Collage Competition
  • Games
  • Face Painting (£1)

And More…!

For further details email:


check the website for more details:

Caterpillar Music 2013

Jaz has been a long time reader of Caterpillar Music and NHM was one of the first places to announce the new Caterpillar Music classes when they started last year. I’m delighted to welcome Jaz back to NHM and to see that the business is going so well for her. It’s great that she is able to offer such a fab discount to NHM Readers. Please see below for details. Thanks Jaz!


Looking for fun for little ones? Look no further- Caterpillar Music has everything on offer! As a private music teacher and a mum of 2 young children, Jaz knows how to engage and stimulate your child as well as help them to learn and develop. She aims to make each Caterpillar Music class an exciting experience for both Mum and baby or toddler.

Each unique session at Caterpillar Music will include amazing puppets, exciting instruments, bubbles, parachutes, light shows, ribbons, scarves, sensory toys as well as learning about colours, numbers, shapes and more. Your child will learn through play and song and make friends whilst doing it.

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There is a lovely, relaxed atmosphere at the Caterpillar Music classes and your child is encouraged to join in as much or as little as they wish. Ages range from the smallest (3 days is our youngest!) up to 3 years and each can join in and enjoy the music and activities, developing at their own pace.

If you are a Mummy looking for some like-minded friends too, come on down and have some fun and a good old natter!Contact Jaz to book a free trial- 07952 935021 or, check the Facebook page /CaterpillarMusicChineham or look at the website to find out more


If you quote “North Hants Mum” when booking, you also get £10 off.

Siblings are always free of charge.

Current classes are:

  • Mondays 11am Wellington Country Park (With a FREE hour in the park)
  • Tuesdays 11:10am Chineham Village Hall Community Room
  • Thursdays 1:15pm Christ Church in Chineham

Also, if you “like” Caterpillar Music Chineham on facebook to get automatically entered to the competition to win 5 FREE classes.

Spaces are limited as classes are small and intimate so you need to book in advance.


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These classes look so much fun! I just wish I didn’t work Monday to Thursday otherwise I would totally be taking up Shelley’s offer for NHM Readers! See further down the post for the exclusive offer for NHM Readers.

My name is Shelley and I run Gym-Minis ( which holds fun balancing, climbing and agility sessions for children from crawling to 5 years all over North Hampshire and has done since 1992 (gosh that’s a long time) !

We currently run classes during school term time in Basingstoke, Hook, Crondall and Alton. There are three classes each morning to cater for children from ‘crawling’ to 5 year old, each class lasts approximately 45 minutes.


The classes begin and end with a song or rhyme and the children move around the equipment in small groups forming ‘trains’ to move from one station to the next. At each station they encounter a new challenge, learn new skills and will have the opportunity to explore balancing, climbing and agility using our colourful and safe equipment. The ‘floor equipment’ section helps with co-ordination skills and introduces them to simple games.


All of the classes encompass tasks to encourage Agility, Climbing and Balance, Co-ordination and Self-confidence

The equipment used allows your child to experience all manner of actions, such as rolling, climbing, balancing, jumping and a variety of floor exercises. The layout is altered regularly to provide new challenges.


Over the years thousands of children have enjoyed our fun filled classes helping them to develop lifeskills, agility, social skills and confidence. If you have a look at our facebook page we have got lots of lovely testimonials from our past and present Mum’s and some photos of the action at the classes!!/pages/Gym-Minis/439707346074833

We run classes on the following days/locations:

Mondays –  Chineham Village Hall,  Thornhill Way, Chineham, Basingstoke, Hants, RG24 8YE

Tuesdays – Hook Community Centre, Ravenscroft, Hook, Hants, RG27 9NN

Wednesdays – Four Marks Village Hall, Lymington Bottom, Four Marks, Nr. Alton, GU34 5AA

Thursdays – Crondall Village Hall, Croft Lane, Crondall, Nr Farnham, GU10 5QG

We have two classes each morning with the equipment arranged to suit the age groups:

  • Early years’ (crawling to 2 yrs) class at 9.40 am
  • 2 to 3 year class at 10.30 am

Each class is set up for specific age groups and the child’s parent is expected to work with their child until the child is three years old.

  • The ‘early years’ class which caters for children from crawling to 2 yrs allows the children to explore the equipment in an informal session and includes group rhymes and songs.
  • The 2 to 3 year class is a little more structured and the tasks a little more adventurous. The children work and play in small groups (max 6) with their parent and a trainer to help and assist.


We also offer wonderful exclusive children’s birthday parties during the school holidays or at weekends where we will come out to a location of your choice and setup the equipment for the party for your child. Please let me know if you would like any further details on these.

So why not come and give us a try…we guarantee they (and you) will enjoy it and make lots of new friends! We would like to offer all northhantsmum readers their 1st session with us completely FREE (you must be a new mum that has not been to Gym-Minis before, sorry)!


Spaces for all classes are limited and we do have waiting lists for some of them so please get in touch ASAP if you would your child to be put down (even if they are too little at the moment we can put them down for future ones).

Please feel free to email or call me with any enquiries:

01420 562461

or visit for further information on us.

I look forward to hopefully seeing some of you soon 🙂

Shelley x