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Newsletter - 13/08/12


This weekend is our very first (mini) festival at Court Farm Country Park.  We'll be there from 10am on Saturday 18th till 5:30pm on Sunday 19th, with lots and lots to do for the kids, including arts/crafts and dressing up with WsMum Karen B, storytime with Gail Richardson, crazy music from Cosmo 4 Kids, martial arts with Sweat FA and arts workshops with b-creative and B&Q Weston.  All the usual Court Farm attractions are open to all festival goers too!We'll also have a disco on Saturday night (thanks to Ade from Action Pussycat and WsDad Mark Bradshaw for the equipment).  Phew!  And We're inviting YOU and, ahem, the kids to add your favourite songs to dance to on our collaborative spotify playlist - just put them on and we'll play them!  And remember, we've got the run of the barn, which is huge and UNDER COVER! Camping is, of course, optional - but if you do stay overnight, you get 2 days entry to Court Farm for the price of 1 (camping is only £6 per pitch).  Please bring your own food and drink, alcohol is allowed but no fires or BBQ's.We're really excited about this festival - it's quite remarkable when you think that everything is voluntary and we are doing this with no funding or extra charge to families whatsoever.  We welcome your input over the weekend - we'll need help with workshops and making sure it all runs smoothly.  We'll also have a collection bucket for donations - so if you can spare a couple of quid to help pay for the materials we've had to buy, that would be really, really helpful.  Thanks ♥In other news: * Reptacular Reptiles are back at Puxton Park this week * RNLI are hosting a Sandcastle Competition and a Children's Day in WsM next week* The Blakehay Theatre want to know whether you and the kids would be interested in regualar children's theatre.  Please do comment!* In the Grove has been awarded £27k for youth provision and they would like parents and young people's views on how to spend it!* NEW MEMBERS - we'd love to meet you so please do introduce yourselves[...]

Weston Community COG - A project that could transform our town centre


A few of us local residents in Weston have set up a Town Team that will make a huge impact right at the heart of our town centre.  With a view to getting the full commitment of Town Centre Partnership and Economic Development Team at NSC, we have created the “Weston Community COG” (Centre of Gravity) that is applying for a government grant, under the Portas Town Team Pilot fund. By the end of this week, we aim to apply for a grant that will really make positive changes for the residents and businesses of Weston.  The aims and objectives of COG are outlined below.  We need the support of as many interested parties as possible and we hope you can see the benefits to you personally and to the wider community in general. Please read through our proposals and, if you agree with all that we want to achieve, a letter of support from local residents and businesses would undoubtedly go a long way to adding gravitas to our application.  If you have any suggestions about how we could make our vision even stronger, please do let us know.  This is for every member of the local community we really welcome your input.AIMS:- to match and balance large scale, big budget, top down regeneration and development schemes with a strong, grassroots culture of independent, innovative and community led projects - to create confidence and resilience in the local community- to re-generate social and economic capital and build social cohesion- to work with Council, NHS, schools, college, influencing businesses to build lasting partnerships which encourage independent business and social enterpriseOBJECTIVES:- Build a digital hub bringing together local information, independent business marketing, community bulletin boards and discussion forums, allowing conversations and information sharing to happen online, 24-7. The website will be richly augmented by social media - Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, YouTube/Vimeo, Delicious social bookmarks etc - giving people multiple ways to interact with the project and each other.- Build a mobile app to provide location specific information (GPS and QR code) and enable collaborative marketing.- Work with the Town Centre Partnership to support and facilitate their existing BID aims and objectives which address a number of nuts and bolts issues.- Hold monthly community led town regeneration meetings and quarterly day long training/jam sessions. (For example: )- Work with the Council and local businesses to identify training needs and provide courses, mentoring, take- away materials (print and/or download) at little or no cost to independent businesses, community organisations and social enterprise to ensure there's no barrier to access. Pull in existing expertise from Plunkett Foundation, Co-operatives UK, FARMA, ATCP etc.- Build a Centre Of Gravity - a co-operative community enterprise hub and events/arts space - in a prominent high street position, providing enterprise expertise and a space for happy accidents to occur and provide innovative solutions to the problems we face.Please also have a look at our ideas on the Geovation Challenge, here and here and vote for us if you’d like to see our idea get noticed.   A strongly supported idea posted on Geovation could bring in anything up to an additional £40K to help run our project so, again, your support would go a long way.We need to gather all supporting documents by the end of the week, so if you want to add a letter outlining your support of our project by Thursday 29th March, you can send it to us at info@westonsupermum.comWe will then share our ideas and a supporting film we are currently working on through dedicated webspace and in the press.  We’ll be sure to let you know when this goes live.[...]

The Power of Imagination: Stones and Bones by Squashbox Theatre, Bristol Old Vic


Q: Where can you get a whole lot of laughs, a lesson in prehistory, a selection of entertaining puppets, a spot of magic and a sing along, all for £6 a ticket? A: At Squashbox Theatre’s Stones and Bones at the Bristol Old Vic.Funnyman Craig Johnson delivers everything and more that his website promises in his 45-minute slot at one of Bristol’s favourite theatres, a show perfectly pitched to children of 5+ years. The audience is invited to use the power of imagination to travel back millions of years to a time when dinosaurs ruled the earth and volcanos raged in Cornwall.  From the moment we are introduced to the first of Craig’s alter-egos, Archaeologist Dr Winifred Jones, it becomes clear that his set will be full of delightful little surprises.The young audience remains fully engaged and their chaperones belly laugh as we meet a catalogue of characters, either in the form of Craig himself, one of his puppets or a model.  Prehistoric facts are shared with us: did you know that dinosaurs didn’t eat grass? Or that the word Dinosaur means terrible lizard?We learn about stone circles, the earth’s make-up, Arthurian legend, fossilisation, Druidry and … rock music.  As the accordion-accompanied rock song prompts rows and rows of little people to bang their heads in rhythm to the music, we know that the content of this production has laid foundations that we, as parents, can build upon. Bristol Dinosaur Project also make a good job of providing free activities for the kids to do before or after the show - fossil making, puzzle solving, book reading, face-painting or simply drawing dinosaur footprints on the canvas-covered tables.Yep!  History is Fun!Stones and Bones runs at Bristol Old Vic until Wednesday February 15th By Becky[...]

Newsletter: 11th January 2012


Here are the winners of our Christmas Raffle:Jenny Lines: Family portrait shoot at WoW PhotographyMoffat: Cut & Finish at Hair AssociatesViv Kennedy: Cut and Finish at Hair AssociatesHobson: Cream tea for 2 at Dr Fox's Tearoom on Knightstone IslandRej: An illustrated, unique Babimal picture (name of your choice)Susan Oldfield: One month's free membership to Sweat FALucy Frampton: I am Going to Save the World by Gail RichardsonWillow: Gift Set of all 3 Ping and Pong Books, by Amy T* revaskusSarah Fletcher: Aladdin Pantomime programme, signed by the cast membersRichmond: Whittard of Chelsea Lemon Balm & Lavender Bathtub TeabagsMollie:  Two tickets to The Liminal eventThank you to everyone who donated a prize.  We raised £85, which will go to putting on future Weston-super-Mum events ♥News, Views and Discussions:* Priory School to accept pupils from 4 years old - what are your views?* New events on our events wall* Family camping 2012 - for all members, on a local and inexpensive site* Weston-super-Mare Food Buying Group - join up and save money* The Liminal - an evening of book readings by local authors (for adults) - this Saturday and on February 18th at Dr Fox's Tearoom* The new edition of Mum's Diary is out!* Our Christmas Residence at the Blakehay Theatre, in the Mercury[...]

Dreamland Adventure at The Blakehay Theatre, Weston


Today, Dreamland Adventure, a pantomime for 2 to 7 year olds, began its five-day residence at the Blakehay Theatre in Wadham Street, Weston-super-Mare.The buzz could be felt all over the Theatre: the festive Brandon Trust-run café serving drinks and snacks, the Blakehay staff dressed in nightwear in honour of the show, while mums, dads, grandmothers and children got arty in the upstairs' studio.  The kids made some fabulous pictures to adorn the stage, using a wide range of materials and very little instruction – it’s amazing to see how imaginations go into full swing when we’re given reign to do nothing else but create!After two hours of non-stop making, we headed to the auditorium for the 2pm showing of Dreamland Adventure, an interactive and well-thought out show by The Big Act, a Bristol-based theatre production and training company.  Elf Number 1 has to find his way back to the North Pole to get our presents ready or else Christmas will be cancelled and we, the boys and girls, have to help him, shouting, screaming, waving, clapping and singing our way through his myriad adventures.Elf Number 1, gleefully played by Martin Williams, gets the whole audience going as they squeal with delight, joining him on his travels.  And on-stage he is accompanied by one of two Weston schoolgirls, Courtnei Danks and Nina Halper.  Today, Courtnei was our young actress, who played the part with gusto and professionalism, showing us her dance moves and acting abilities, an inspiration to all young spectators.Holly Sands is fun in her role of jungle native, pirate, sea creature and Elf Number Two, an actress with a sweet, strong singing voice and a command of the stage, particularly in her pirate role, when she invites us all to be her crew.The show is fast-paced and short enough to hold the attention of even the youngest theatre goer.  The set is simple but effective and the projected images convincing and easy to understand.  There is also snow and a visit from a very special person, as Elf Number 1 finally finds his way home!Dreamland Adventure is showing until Saturday 24thDecember and Weston-super-Mum will be running free art workshops every day from 12 till 2pm.  The kids are welcome to take their pieces home or leave them on the stage for everyone to enjoy and add to.Recommended!Buy tickets for Dreamland Adventure here or at the Blakehay Theatre Box Office.The Big Act's website- by Becky[...]

Bath Time at the Brewery Theatre


We were not really sure quite what to expect, coming to a seated theatre performance for under 5’s. On walking into the Brewery theatre, I immediately felt it was a perfect venue for this type of show, being small, intimate, and well lit so that it did not feel dark and threatening in the way other theatre venues might. As the lights began to dim to signal the beginning of the show and my 2 and a half year old daughter began to look perturbed and a little worried, I was pleased to see that the lights were dimmed just enough so that you could still see everything around you and that it was not completely dark, the first of many thoughtful touches.

The premise of the show is a familiar one to even the smallest audience members, and revolved around all the fun and silliness that can be had at bath time, with bubble beards, make believe, play, lots of singing, and a seemingly endless stream of rubber ducks! We were introduced to Robin and Matt, the only characters in ‘Bath Time’, and immediately they got on their audiences level with an underpants gag that had the kids squealing with laughter. You know how your 2 year old will often repeat things endlessly because they find it funny or fascinating? The writers and performers of ‘Bath Time’ clearly understood what makes little people tick, with just the right amount of repetition of jokes and themes to draw the smaller members of the audience in, but not too much that the adult members switched off. It was all perfectly silly, and pitched so well at the under 5’s. The older children were able to join in with the audience participation, while the younger ones could appreciate the very visual nature of the production. My girl was initially unsure of quite what was going on and clung somewhat tightly to me, but it didn’t take her long to warm up, and by the time the “magic cupboard” was spilling forth its contents, she was hooked and giggling along with the rest of the audience, adults included. The show lasted 45 minutes which again, was perfectly pitched, any less and you might have felt short changed, any more and my daughter would have got fidgety.

We had a ball at The Brewery Theatre, and loved the show. I found myself forgetting I was there because it was theatre aimed at my daughter, as I would have happily sat through it anyway, even if I hadn’t been accompanying a child! ‘Bath Time’ is a perfect introduction to theatre for the under 5’s. I urge you to catch it if you can, great value for a great little show.

Bath Time is on at The Brewery Theatre until the 8th of January 2012.

- Review by Karen

Aladdin at the Playhouse, Weston


On Wednesday night my 6 year old daughter and I were lucky enough to wrap up warm and join another Mummy and her 6 year old to walk through the Christmas lit streets to the 7pm showing of Aladdin at the Playhouse. My 6 year old was very excited, in part because we saw Cinderella at the same venue last Christmas, and she was fondly recalling the silliness of the panto on our journey there. As the show started at 7pm meaning we didn't get home until 10.30pm, I would strongly recommend an earlier performance if you don't want tired and grumpy children the next day! Was it worth it though? Oh yes it was!The show began with hissing and booing as Abanazar (John Challis) entered the stage. "We're only booing him because he's pretending aren't we Mummy? He's not really a bad man." The little wise one reassured, we were set up for the rest of the show. And how we very much enjoyed it! Aladdin (Craig Daniel Adams) in particular lit up the stage with his smile and energy. When he was dancing it really felt as if he - and the rest of the cast - were truly enjoying themselves, which helped us to do exactly the same.Some of the singing was particularly enjoyable, especially the operatic wonders from the Emporer (Paul Arden-Griffith) What a voice! And such an unusual twist too. The litte ones enjoyed the versions of modern pop songs the cast belted out for us, and the cultured one in the group was impressed by the Gilbert and Sullivan number.This was panto though - and the highlight for adults and children alike were the VERY silly moments! The policemen (brothers Keith and Ben Simmons who also directed the show) with their word play and disappearing box caused hilarity in the six year old reviewers. But my favourite, without a shadow of a doubt, was the perfectly camp Wishee Washee (Terry Gleed)... "SHOW US YOUR FISHY WISHY!" He did a fantastic job of really getting the audience involved and had my own silly smile spread right across my face as soon as he came back on stage.The panto is a lovely festive treat, and a big thumbs up is deserved to everyone involved in the production. If you want to enjoy a few hours with your family this festive period and have a good old giggle, you could do a lot worse than this.- by HollyAladdin is on at The Playhouse, Weston, till 8th January 2012[...]

Peter Pan at the Bristol Hippodrome


Panto is changing. At least it is at the Bristol Hippodrome and, as the writer of Peter Pan is a man who has adapted no fewer than eight pantomimes in the UK this year, then this most certainly has the promise of the Ghost of Christmas Shows Yet to Come. Eric Potts, who delighted us in the flesh as Fairy Bowbells in last year’s production of the excellent Dick Whittington, brings a fresh, less traditional approach to an old family favourite. This production of Peter Pan is certainly not as clichéd as many that have gone before: no panto dame and less innuendo, while a lack of invitation to scream “Behind you” or “Oh, no you didn’t” doesn’t necessarily mean less audience participation: after all, by now, we all know what to do. But it is undoubtedly sleeker and less camp than its predecessors. The stage at the Hippodrome is vibrant and the costumes are a riot of colour. Hats off to Terry Parsons and his team who have really gone to town on detail – the set is beautiful. The sound is booming, the voices clear and the jokes understood. In short, the production is polished. Panto often allows for mistakes, a lot of bumbling and confusion: none of that here. Our Panto Dame might be lacking but her replacement is excellent in The Three Divas, three very feminine, gorgeous women of soulful, strong voice, belting out numbers that we all know, including a medley of Christmas songs to open the show. And the posse of pirates, fun and crucial members of the crew, offer that camp element that we have come to expect at this time of year. Bristol’s big name this year is David Hasselhoff, a solid and entertaining Captain Hook (how tall is that man?), who becomes a quivering wreck at the mere mention of Baywatch. He’s not as menacing as other panto villains but how could he be with that bunch of playful pirates behind him? Andy Ford is the main stay of any Bristol pantomime and he never, ever, disappoints. Smee’s rapport with the audience is a pleasure to witness – the perfect fool and, once again, the star of the show for the adults. It’s hard to imagine a December Hipp without him. The kids, of course, love the eponymous hero, played by Robert Rees, and every little girl adores Wendy, the ‘mother’ of the piece in Janine Esther Cowell – both roles are competently played, in an understated way. Along with her two brothers, Michael and John, Wendy leaves her London home with Peter, flying out of the bedroom window with impressive lighting by Tim Mascall. Their passage to Neverland is magical and wonderfully executed, so special mention must be given here to Flight Director, Karl Magee, and to Freedom Flying because this is this scene that will lodge itself into all of our children’s minds. The Lost Boys and the Indians fill the stage, a mix of accomplished actors and young stars of tomorrow. Like the rest of the cast, they are professional and well-choreographed.Is this, then, the future of Pantomine? That remains to be seenPeter Pan runs at the Bristol Hippodrome until 8th January 2012Review by Becky[...]

Newsletter - 12th December


Win a family ticket for 4 to Dreamland Adventure at The Blakehay Theatre, Wadham Street, Weston - a Christmas show for children aged 2 to 7. Choose the performance that best suits you!Views, News and Discussions:* Watch Weston-super-Mum on the Sofa, where 4 of our presenters interview members of the Aladdin cast, complete with scenes from the rehearsals at the Playhouse, Weston. Up on our home page.* Buy special Weston-super-Mum £10 tickets to see Aladdin at the Playhouse this weekend* Becky reviews Cinderella: A Fairytale at the Tobacco Factory Theatre* Sasha, aged 11, and Phoenix, aged 9, review New Beginnings by Rebecca Emin* Check out this week's events* A list of places where you can find Santa in North Somerset in Mum's Diary* Holly is looking for German classes in Weston* New support group for multiple birth parents* Splat Messy Play sessions in January 2012* Victorian Christmas Fayre at Weston-super-Mare Museum on Saturday 17th December* Congratulations to Michelle who has won tickets to see Bath Time, for 2-5 year olds, this Christmas at Tobacco Factory Theatre* Help needed for our Crafty Corner during Christmas week, when we're building part of the set of Dreamland Adventure with the kids.* Thanks to all the businesses who have donated prizes to the Weston-super-Mum Christmas Raffle* New to Weston-super-Mum? We'd love to meet you ♥[...]

New Beginnings by Rebecca Emin



The book is amazing and descriptive. It should be sold for people over 11 because people over 11 will get it. The bit I liked most was when Sam finally settled into the school and made loads of new friends and when Sam was getting bullied, her friends stuck up for her. At the end of the book Sam and Molly became friends because Molly sent Sam a letter saying I'm sorry.

Also the book was amazing so if you want to read this book, go ahead because it is amazing!

- by Sasha, aged 11

I loved the book New Beginnings. When I read it, I feel like I'm Sam Hendry. The chapters always leave me on cliff hangers.

I would recommend this book to others.

- by Phoenix, aged 9

Order a copy of New Beginnings by Rebecca Emin here

Cinderella: A Fairytale at Tobacco Factory Theatre, Bristol


“I have chosen the Grimm version (of Cinderella) as our starting point because it is less syrupy and sentimental than the Perrault version … It feels more like a folk tale that has come from the oral tradition, earthy and simple. Neither does it shy away from the darker elements of the story which are intriguing.” - Sally Cookson, Director of Travelling Light Theatre Company’s Cinderella: A Fairytale This description of Cinderella at the Tobacco Factory Theatre is spot on. With the exception of the brash pink party dresses worn comically by three men and a woman at the ball, the costumes are mostly of neutral colour, while nature features heavily throughout the performance in the form of five birds, played by every member of the cast, who use skilful puppetry. “How did they change clothes so quickly?” asked my five year old. “I wish I could do that!” And those darker elements are present from early on in the show, when I saddled up to my daughter, fearful that she might be a little frightened. Every now and then I put my arm around her for comfort, maybe my own, as she seemed hooked on every detail and not perturbed by the wickedness prevalent in Ella’s father’s widow. “I think that, at the beginning, when Cinderella was a baby, her Daddy didn’t know that the Step Mother was so naughty. I liked it when the Step Mother went away,” she told me. Craig Edwards has an extraordinarily angular face, akin to a stereotypical witch, and he is convincingly menacing. The Step Sister, played by Lucy Tuck, is a product of this wicked upbringing, jealous and self-seeking but maybe not beyond repair. Her brother (Saikat Ahamed), lets his softer nature slip, despite the overpowering presence of these two women. The step-sibling pairing is a winner: she is gawky and searching for maternal approval, he is elegant and comical, not at all happy to be used as a female proxy. Cinderella (Lisa Kerr) and the Prince (Thomas Eccleshare) are made for each other. Her at-oneness with the ornithological creatures of the forest couldn’t fail to impress the bird-watching, geeky Prince. She impressed the audience too and the chatter with those birds of many species was greeted with laughter and wonderment. My little companion imitated the squaws and the twitter at every opportunity. “My favourite bit was when Cinderella and the Prince danced.” Ah, a romantic at heart? The ball scenes are lit with skill (lighting by Matthew Graham) and the show would only be a story without the accompanying music, performed live by Will Bower. The Prince, not realising that he is in love, just can’t help bursting into song and we loved him for it. We found ourselves positioned at the back at one of the four blocks of seats and, as the stage was bang in the middle of the theatre, we had a perfect view, everyone did. Travelling Light’s take on Cinderella is a true treat. We had a ball! Could I just ask our spirited, sweet heroine, “Where did you get those fabulous shoes?!” Cinderella is playing at the Tobacco Factory Theatre, Bristol, until 15th January. For more information on Travelling Light Theatre Company, click here.Review by Becky[...]

Newsletter - 5th December


It was great to see Amy Trevaskus back at our Coffee and Bounce, reading the new Ping and Pong book: Santa - getting us all in the mood for Christmas. The children also made some beautiful Christmas cards and tree decorations (thanks to Felicity for working so hard on these - gorgeous). So good to meet some new parents-to-be aswell! And thank you so much to the generosity of some of you who brought in baby toiletry items for Weston-super-Share, helping local families in need ♥ In conjunction with the Playhouse, Weston, Weston-super-Mum brings you a special discounted ticket price for performances of Aladdin on 14th, 16th, 17th and 18th December.And watch out for the new Weston-super-Mum on the Sofa, where Ashlene, Amy, Kelly and Becky chat to four members of the Aladdin cast! Coming soon to our homepageNews, Views and Discussions:* Win a family ticket to see Dreamland Adventure at The Blakehay Theatre, Weston* See what's going on out and about on our Events Board* The producer of The Restaurant Inspector on Channel 5 is looking for parents in Weston with young children (up to age 5/6) to be part of a focus group discussing what makes a restaurant family-friendly.* Read Emelia's review (aged 6) of Ping and Pong Santa. Thanks Emelia x* Almost 4m children in Britain do not own a bookAdd your discussions and events anytime, engage other local parents! [...]

Ping and Pong - Santa


Ping and Pong, through the eyes of a 6 year old:

I like the bit where Ping said, "What if we can't get back up to the clock if we are stuck down here forever?" I thought it was funny!

There's another favourite bit of mine which I really thought was funny and that bit was where they waited and waited and waited for Santa and Ping just fell asleep straight away when they sat down!

I think this story is good for people who are learning to read and a good book to listen to and good to follow along and look at the pictures.

Thank you for giving me the book to read, it was excellent

Written and Dictated by Emelia Parker-Evans, Aged 6 x

Visit the Ping and Pong Website here

North Somerset Women's Show REVIEW


KELLY:Myself and Ashlene went to the North Somerset Women's Show last Sunday (20/11/11) over at Cadbury House, it was great! Lots of different exhibitors...Jewellery, hats, handbags, food, spiritualists, photographers, make-up name it, they had it! A great day for us mum's to get pampered! There was also different demonstrations going on throughout the day. Claire from "Just Brilliant – Supercharge your life!" talked about phobias…and managed to cure one lady that was scared of spiders, it was amazing!We then saw Julia Croft, she’s a hypnotist, so I decided to be hypnotised…it was fantastic, it was so weird, she spoke very calmly and ask me to relax my body starting my head downwards, you could actually feel each body part relaxing, and Julia’s voice just sounded like mumble, but sub-consciously I knew what she was saying…then once I was fully relaxed, she started to wake me up, this time working upwards, it was so amazing, totally stress-free, I felt like a new person afterwards.The next demonstration was by Kelly from the “Wine Tasting Company” based in Churchill, we got to try 3 different types of Wine, the white wine was nice, didn’t like the red wine, but then we got to try “chocolate wine”, it was absolutely delicious! I never realised there was so much to learn about wine!We spoke to lots of exhibitors…the first one was “All Wrapped Up”, they sold beautiful little gift boxes personalised with messages. Then we spoke to two lovely ladies from “Slimming World”…Sharon Townsend and Christine Thorpe, they showed us pictures of themselves before Slimming World…such a transformation from then til now, they looked fantastic! Then we met Georgina from “Picture Framers”, she was the first person to recognise us from the “sofa”, we felt like celebrities! We then saw Diane from “Rose & Amber” in Meadow St, W-s-M, some beautiful jewellery, and very reasonably priced, we also got a free charm bead. Then spoke to Leslie from “Avocado”, she had a lovely selection of different foods, we had a sample of her “chutney” it was beautiful, she has done really well as she only started her business September/October time.All in all it was a great day, and if there’s another show next year, I really recommend going!- by Kelly Moss – Presenter @ Weston-super-Mum on the Sofa ASHLENE:On Sunday 20th November 2011 Kelly and I attended the show on behalf of Weston-super-Mum. We were kindly invited by Caroline as we interviewed her on the sofa the week before.The show catered for many women of all ages, as the show included Fashion makeup, Jewellery and many other wonders of the world... For example we meet a lovely lady at Salt Yourself Out who gave us samples of salts, and peppers from the ancient worlds, from Peru, India and even black Hawaiian lava sea salt, which comes from a small Volcano.We tasted many samples and the experience was amazing the taste buds in your mouth exploded.There was also a familiar face to Weston at the show the lady from Rose and Amber where Diane knows what she is talking it comes to fashion.Many of demonstrations were put on in the upper level and we did attend a few. For Example we adored the Wine tasting demo where I really have learnt a lot about wines that I never knew. And for the first time I actually tasted my first red wine which in fact didn’t taste at all bad.While at the event Kelly and I were recognised from Weston-super-Mum show which was shown to the stall holders and it was an amazing feeling. The first person whom Recognised us was a lady from Picture framers Georgina .As we arrived to the show we were greeted by Caroline who really made us welcome.Another of the demon[...]

Newsletter - 29th November 2011


This Saturday, 3rd December, is our Christmas Coffee & Bounce at Vintage Community Church (the old Purple Sheep). Author Amy Trevaskus will be reading from the new Ping and Pong book, Santa! We will be making Christmas decorations and cards with the children and, don't forget, this is our last Weston-super-Share collection of the year so please bring your food and toiletry items to help support other local families. See you there, 10-2Win a family ticket for 4 to see Bath Time at Tobacco Factory Theatre! News, views and discussions:* See a list of events going on around the town! Tell us about yours* Abbi urgently needs a Childminder!* What are your views on the Teachers' Strike?* Gina and her mum are looking for somewhere to volunteer on Christmas day* Review of Gail Richardson's new ecological, educational book for children, I am Going to Save the World* Photo of the WsMum Children in Need Pajama Party in Weston Mercury! (18/32)* Children's Theatre comes to the Blakehay, Weston! And Weston-super-Mum are joining in with the creative fun. [...]

I am Going to Save the World – Written and Illustrated by Gail Richardson



My daughter and I sat together and read this on the computer as an ebook. She wanted to take sole control of the mouse, so I read aloud while she listened and did the all-important page turning.

I am Going to Save the World is written in clear, accessible language for children, whether it’s read to younger ones by parents or read by older ones themselves. The illustrations are sweet and tell us everything we need to know, complementing the writing perfectly.

I quizzed my five year old on some of the ecological issues as they arose and was so impressed to find out that yes, she did know about composting, recycling and leaving only footprints! We finished the book, she asked a couple of questions and then we read it again. This time, before I read the words I thought I’d see what she remembered of the story. She’d been paying attention and the message had sunk in quickly: wear a jumper if you’re cold instead of turning on the heating; take bags with you to the supermarket to save plastic and when you leave the room, turn off the lights.

This book is fully engaging and not only did we both enjoy reading it but, afterwards, she sat at the computer with her pencils and paper to copy some of the illustrations and words.

She reckons her cousin, Joel, would like I am Going to Save the World for Christmas and she’s put in an order with me for a hard copy to call her own, which she’ll be probably reading to herself by then. It’s a done deal because Gail Richardson’s work is already saving me money in energy bills!

By Becky

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Newsletter - 21st November


Apes and Debbie organised a very successful Children in Need night at Vintage Community Church (the old Purple Sheep) and raised £116.37. Great to see so many families there, thanks all for coming and for your generosity. Here are the winners of the colouring competition - brilliant photo, taken by Apes! News, Views and Discussions:* Have a look at what's going on this week on our Events Wall, including Yoga Bugs (for Kids), Baby Sensory, Splat Messy Play, Pre- and Post Natal Exercise, a charity fundraising Medieval Ball and a free concert for kids at the Colston Hall* Do you have any questions on how to keep your children safe? The No-Secrets Team is at Barcode every Thursday 10-12, as part of the WsMum Cafe with Toys drop-in. All welcome, it's free and the Brandon Trust serve coffee and cake :-)* New at Barcode - Just for Dads Drop-in, organised by Weston Central Children's Centre. This Saturday, 26th November, 10-12.* Denise has more baby clothes/items than she knows what to do with. Does anyone know of a local charity/refuge she can pass them to?* Debbie tells us the Splat Messy Play this week is Winter Wonderland :-)* New Competition!! Win a family ticket for 4 to see Bath Time at Brewery Theatre, Bristol, this December.* We're sourcing raffle prizes for our Christmas Coffee & Bounce, if any local parents and businesses could donate a little something. Thanks x* If you'd ever like to post anonymously, here's how:[...]

Slightly Fat Features - Variety in the Tobacco Factory Theatre, Bristol



We got to the Tobacco Factory Theatre early to bagsy prime seats in the centre front row of the auditorium. And then, I couldn’t help but wonder whether this was an ill-advised move at a comedy variety show.

They were kind. Although, as we left the theatre, the Slightly Fat Feature’s drummer, Matt, did comment that my 5-year old looked a bit less scared now it was all over. She wasn’t scared but I did get my fair share of cuddles of unsurety throughout the performance, especially when said percussion man had offered her one of his knocked out Tic-Tac teeth (we’d just eaten a whole box between us, coincidentally).

As is her way, she sat opened mouthed through much of the utter silliness before her. I giggled throughout the majority of the evening. The show reminded me of being in a festival circus tent, such as Watchet has to offer: nothing too rude, definitely OK for young children, in all its pantoesque innuendo.

Initially, I cringed mirthfully when two of the performers put a row of toy dogs in a line to smash them with a hammer to play out “How much is that doggie in the window.” She got it. I got it. We were there.

50 magical tricks in 5 minutes, all completely awful and fun – congratulations. Evel Kenil on his unicycle jumping 4 double decker buses, so slapstick. A duel for the love of Anna, a female member of the audience, entertaining and a little jumpy up there at the front. Escapology, what a build-up. A Vegas Elvis harping on about healthy eating, spear that pepper! Miniature Cowboy, please sit on my lap next time.

Guest performer, Les Bubb, was excellent. Mime and comedy done well. “Balloons aren’t really that heavy, are they, Mummy. Is he pretending?” No flies on my daughter.

On our way back to the car, she gave thought to how a man could really be sawn in two. “Maybe there were two men. One on was on his knees and another one in the other box?” she said sleepily. You’d have to stay up all night to catch these kids out. Wayne Marvell, you were her absolute favourite, something about the eyes ...?

Slightly Fat Features in the Factory runs at the Tobacco Factory Theatre until Saturday 29th October. And yes, it’s very much recommended if you like a laugh, whatever your age.

Review by Becky

Newsletter - 23rd October


It's finally here! Monday 24th October sees the opening of Our Children's Art Exhibition at Weston-super-Mare Museum. Come along from 1 to 4pm to enter the Waterstones Donkey Poetry Competition and be in with a chance to win a £30 gift voucher at their Weston store. Thanks so much to Karen Blake, who has mounted and hung a selection of the paintings done by the kids at Boomfest and Weston Community Show held in the summer - beautifully presented. Also, Crystal D'esprit has taken a lot of care to display the rock art and wooden sculptures made by the children at this month's Wonder of Sculpture event at Worlebury Glade. Keep your eye on MUSE for more brilliant work that Crystal will be doing soon. Thanks too to Keith Ramsey at Minedeep Photography, who has taken some lovely photos of our children at work! And a special mention to all of our sponsors who have made this exhibition possible: Mums Diary, Coochy Coo, Connies,, Click Tat Photography, Weston-super-Grandad John Condron, Loves Cafe, Bootcamp Somerset and Coco Brown's Cafe! We love you all ♥ If you can't get to the Museum on Monday, don't worry, the exhibition runs until Tuesday November 1st. FREE entry to the the Courtyard and Gallery. Also this half term, print off your special Weston-super-Mum 20 % off voucher for Connies in Waterloo Street, redeemable on Thursday 27th October on all things to make and in the cafe! Competitions:* Win a family ticket for 4 at the Tobacco Factory Theatre's Family Variety Show on Tuesday 25th October, 7:30pm* Win a ticket for 2 to The Baby Show at Earl's Court, 28th-30th October Halloween:* Friday 28th October, 4-6pm: Free Spooky Party at the Play Area of Weston Woods, run by Action Pussycat* Monday, 31st October, 6-8pm: Halloween Party in Grove Park. Free* See our forum for more Halloween Events, posted by our members For lots more events happening this week, please see our Events Wall News, Views and Discussions:* Catch the Early Bird ticket to Dreamland Adventure at the Blakehay Theatre this Christmas. Only £6 when you buy before November.* See My Fair Baby's special Sofa Show on our home page.* The Children's Centres are looking for volunteers* Kelly is looking for classes in Weston for 1-2 year olds* Karen B has collated your responses about Theatre in Weston and posted your thoughts to The Friends of the Playhouse, Weston A big thank you to all who came to the successful Back to the Meadows street party on Saturday. The place took on a whole new vibe and we got to meet lots of the traders, whilst having some good, old-fashioned fun![...]

Newsletter - 17th October


Weston-super-Mum Events:* Thursday, 20th October, 10-12: Cafe with Toys at Barcode. Come and enjoy a hot drink and cake, while your little ones play in a safe and comfortable environment. Free (drinks 50p). All families welcome. Cafe run by Brandon Trust, with thanks ♥* Monday, 24th October - Tuesday 1st November: Our Children's Art at Weston-super-Mare Museum. Paintings and sculptures made by the kids at various Weston-super-Mum events this year. We're hoping to have a gallery opening on Sunday 23rd. Please check the event for updates on this! So excited about this exhibition!!!* Wednesday, 27th Oct, all day: 20% off at Connie's for all members - don't forget to print off the voucher hereFor all other upcoming events, please check our Events Wall!Views, news and Discussions:* Do you know of anything going on in our area for Halloween and Guy Fawkes' night? Please tell us!* Nikki is looking for toddler dance classes in Weston* Find out all about the Dreamland Adventure pantomime at the Blakehay Theatre* Have a safe and enjoyable Halloween - advice from Liz Hughes, Inspector with Avon and Somerset Police* Weston-super-Share: Thank you from Weston Foodbank* Find out more about Back to the Meadows this Saturday. Becky interviews Mary and Holly.[...]

Back to the Meadow, come and play ...



Can you remember a time before the X Box, when children skipped and played in the street? Well just for one day, Saturday the 22nd of October, Meadow Street (from Alfred Street to Orchard Street) will become a playground, so come along and join in the fun!

Bring your family and enjoy the day that time forgot. From 11-4pm you are invited to join Central Children’s Centre and local businesses and traders to come and play on Meadow Street.

Come in fancy dress to claim your free party bag:

Weston-super-Mum is running hula hoop competitions and Sustainable Weston are planting trees (in pots to take home) There will be face painting and henna tattoos, story time from Weston libraries, baby massage in the children’s Centre, a Lego workshop, badge making from Warm Families

There will be prizes and balloons and bunting and so much more.

Atlantic Fish Bar are providing fun activities for the children and a special menu including fishy shaped chips. RM Signs & Textiles will be holding a raffle, first prize a hoodie, second prize a t-shirt and 10 runners up prizes of baseball caps! ‘Chance 2 Dance’ will also be joining in the fun with Street Dance Performances’. There are also activities in Weston-super-Mare Museum on Burlington Street, which is just around the corner and in case of very bad weather some of the activities will be moved in to the Museum. Whatever the weather there will be fun and activities in the street, so if it’s raining come along, wear your willies’ and have fun. Can’t wait to see you there.

To find out more about what is on and how you can join in call Mary Morgan from the Neighbourhoods Team on 426998



On Saturday 8th October, 11am-3pm, Weston-super-Mum and MUSE, which inspires children to learn through music, art and drama, will join forces at Worlebury Glade on Worlebury Hill Road (Weston Woods).Made possible through the sponsorship of Proper Job, families are invited to use their imagination to craft sculpture from Weston Woods' natural resources. Some of the pieces made will form part of Weston-super-Mum's Our Children's Art exhibition, which takes place over the October half-term holidays at Weston-super-Mare Museum. This exhibition is a collection of art created by children at Weston-super-Mum and MUSE events at places around Weston, such as Anchor Head, Boomfest, Weston Community Show and Weston Woods and will include paintings, drawings, photos and sculpture.Weston-super-Mum is asking for sponsorship from local businesses to facilitate the mounting and framing of individual works of art., Click Tat Photography and Bootcamp Somerset are some of the businesses who have already sponsored a painting. Businesses and individuals interested in helping to fund this project should log onto to find out more.[...]

No Secrets - Keeping Our Children Safe


A BRAND NEW COURSE FOR PARENTS! Starting 15th September and running every term-time Thursday, No Secrets aims to provide an environment that will enable parents to meet together in a relaxed setting where they will be able to access a range of information, facts and resources that will enable them to raise their own awareness and strategies to review how to keep their children safe. Led by Christine Western, Family Support Worker with a BEd (Hons) in Primary Education, No Secrets will cover a range of topics: internet safety, bullying, road safety, sexual and physical abuse, drug and alcohol awareness, peer pressure and more. Where resources are not available on any of the topics we would hope to get parents enthusiastically working together to come up with ideas to design resources that can be made available to parents to help them keep their children safe, and so being more proactive. This would be in the form of workshops with support from the team.Join other parents for coffee and a chat in the first instance and help shape this brand new course - your input is so valuable No Secrets is supported by [...]

Thanks Boomfest!


Boomfest was a great success with lots to do for families with children of all ages.The Weston-super-Mum arena was well attended on the two days that the weather allowed and, by Sunday, word had really got around about our baby feeding and changing area and it was a thrill to see so many people use the facility. Our arts and crafts area inspired the imagination and it was paintings and drawings galore. Our tipi tent was decorated fully too.None of this would have been possible without so many willing hands, members of the community who gave their time and energy over the three days, so we’d like to thank all the mums and dads who helped out in so many ways: setting up, donating materials and furnishings and inspiring the children to create their own art. You are all very special and make this community what it is!Thanks also to Conceptwear, who provided our pink Weston-super-Mum jackets and to on Locking Road who did us proud with a huge, personalised banner. The three facepainters were excellent but don’t take our word for it, look at some of the evidence.On Friday, Victoira Ayshford was our facepainter: On Saturday, Klair Palmer from Magic Faces by Klair: And on Sunday, Sam Maher from Dotty Faces. Here’s what some of our members thought about the Boomfest Weekend: Clare Kingsbury-Bell:Jake and I spent most of our Saturday at Boomfest and he's only just stopped asking to go back. With just his two years’ experience of life, he easily recognised a special place just perfect for play.In between his frequent visits to the ice cream stand, he made sure he tried out just about every piece of play equipment and activity there was.Bewildered by face painting and baffled by hula hoops, he bopped along to the bands and tried to copy the dancers.But the highlight of the day was overwhelmingly Colourscape. Uneasy at first in the entrance, he then ran around non-stop for more than 30 minutes bouncing off walls and giggling. I'm sure he thought he was inside a bouncy castle. The only tears of the day came when I insisted we finally leave. Billed as a festival to celebrate some of the work of young people, it felt like much more - a festival to celebrate just being young. Karen Blake:This weekend just gone, Weston-super-Mare proved it could rival any festival Bristol can offer when Boomfest exploded into Clarence Park, and I was really proud to be associated with it as part of Weston-super-Mum. There was lots of work to do before with gathering and borrowing the stuff for setting up, taking a trip to The Scrapstore in Bristol to get materials and making the Tipi and giant jigsaw mural that would be decorated throughout the weekend. But all the preparation was so worth it. I was inspiring to see so much creativity, friendship and teamwork throughout the course of the weekend.I had SUCH an amazing time and met some wonderful kids and parents who threw themselves into the arty activities with gusto. It was hard work, but what a great event for us to be part of. I really hope we can be part of this again next year, so fingers crossed that Boomsatsuma youth co-operative can manage to raise the funds they need to run this fantastic event again. April Lewis:I came only for about 4 hours on Sunday as we were in Wales on day one and two on a family holiday. Glad I removed myself from the holiday washing as personally I enjoyed the colour tunnel with my boys as I am sure lots did. It was something [...]

School Feet: Mary Jane Shoes by Lands' End


Can school shoes ever last a full year? Even if the hardware survives, those little feet grow so quickly.

In term five, it was time to let those tootsies breath a little more and admit that a new pair would be the only answer. Studying Lands' End's online catalogue, I decided on a pair Mary Jane shoes. They look good and are practical. Although they're available in a range of colours and I was tempted towards the 'Light Merlot', I ordered a black 100% suede pair (they also come in patent), which arrived during the holidays.


My daughter loved them and wanted to wear them straight away. The rip-grip strap is perfect for one so young, making them easy to put on/pull off whenever necessary. She said they were comfortable and never once complained of any rubbing over the coming months. We were onto a winner.

My sole niggle is that, during all that wet weather, the colour did at first transfer to her school socks whenever her feet got a little too wet in some puddle or other, but, overall, these are a solid, reliable pair of shoes. They have scuffed a little but I'd be worried about my daughter's activity levels had she kept them anywhere near pristine.

And unless her feet grow rapidly in the next three weeks, she'll be wearing her Mary Jane's back to school in September.

Lands' End have a wide range of children's wear at

-by Becky