Ladies Group and Mothers' Union Evening Meetings - March to August 2014
All meetings at 8pm in St Mary's Parish Centre unless shown otherwise.
6th Trip to see 'The Wizard of Oz' - Ilkley Amateur Operatic Society
20th 'Easter Delights' - by Fanticy Cakes & Decorations
3rd 'Contemporary Floristry' - Lizzie Reynolds
1st 'Street Angels in Skipton' - Sylvia Robinson
14th MU visit from Shelf MU
15th Ladies Group AGM
29th Ascension Day Service and supper - 7.30pm St Mary's Church
5th Out for a meal - details later
Mothers' Union Afternoon Meetings
All meetings at 2pm in St Mary's Parish Centre unless shown otherwise.
12th 'Members' Memory Box'
25th Lady Day Service, Skipton, 2pm
9th 'Iona' - Joyce Godwood
11th 'A Chaplain's Perspective' - Rev Sue Shrine
19th MU Outing - details later
2nd Strawberry Teas - 2.30pm St Mary's Parish Centre
9th MU AGM - Guest Speaker Janet Wade
9th Mary Sumner Day - Tea & Chat - details later
On Thursday 20th March, 8.00pm in the Parish Centre, Fanticy Cakes and Decorations of Skipton demonstrate how to make an edible Easter Chicken. Then the fun begins! - for a cost of just £2 each per kit, we can all have a go at making one ourselves. There will be a prize for the best decorated chicken (assuming any of them look like chickens!).There will also be a sales table for those members interested in cake decoration.
We join Mothers Union on 3rd April, again 8.00pm in Parish Centre, for a demonstration of "Contemporary Floristry" by Lizzie Reynolds.
Tel: 01943 862009
We are grateful to Chris Rollins for speaking to us about the work of Burley and Menston’s Children’s Centre, which has been open for just two years. Chris oversees our centre. She also takes care of the Early Years Centres in Keighley and Shipley, all of which come under Bradford’s remit. The Children’s Centre at Menston is funded through Bradford’s support for Early Years and Young Children & Families work , mainly with 0 – 5’s and their families.
The Children’s Centre has had quite a fight on its hands recently, due to funding cuts at local government level. Fortunately, they have been able to secure another year’s funding but must continue to fight to be able to maintain their current programme of support.
What the Children’s Centre does is really fantastic! With only one and a half family support workers, they offer a vast range of services to any family who wishes to make use of their facilities. Often, families who need support do have lower incomes and additional needs, so the work that the centre does is vital to the wellbeing of both the parents and the children who are all local to Burley and Menston.
The staff at the Children’s Centre believe that early intervention is the best way to help young children become whole adults. Their foundation stone is one of working together and they highly value the benefits to children of learning through play.
Here’s some of the things on offer at your local centre:
Baby sensory sessions, Baby Massage and Baby Yoga, (for the parents as well)! - All for children aged 0-12 months. Music sessions, Rhythm Time, physical play, Mums & Toddlers, Child Minders & Toddlers and support to help parents get back to work.
Free childcare for two year olds is now on offer too, as having parents who are in work is known to be beneficial for children, both financially and aspirationally.
First Aid for children is taught, to help parents learn to recognise problems and know what to do…There’s even a “Wild ramble” on offer some Saturdays, so that families can take their children out doors, joining together in physical activity, thinking, problem solving, risk taking and adventure building.
Midwives and Health Visitors also work at the Centre and have drop-in times and clinics. They offer advice for new parents on accessing services and registering with GP’s and making sure children have had all of their immunisations. There is an increasing number of mums experiencing Post-Natal Depression, and the Centre is here for them too. They work hard to keep aware of who is most vulnerable in our community and to help support them. The Children’s Centre keeps records of all the births in our area and then makes contact with every new mum and child… their care and support is a monumental undertaking, and one which we should all be doing our best to uphold.
Everything is about children and their parents. Working together…bonding… learning … and growing up well. If you, or anyone you know, would like to make use of the centre, do drop in. It’s situated just behind the Library in the Kirklees Centre at Menston. Visitors are always welcome. Or, you can contact them on (01943) 436260. I’m sure there’ll be a warm welcome awaiting you!
Dates for your Diary:
MUms & Co Parenting classes 1, 2 & 3: March 4th, 11th & 18th. 8pm. Parish Centre, Open Door room.
12th March. 2pm Parish Centre “Members’ Memory Box” Bring along a treasure or memory!
19th March. 9.30am Committee Meeting.
25th March. 2pm. Lady Day Service, Holy Trinity Church, Skipton.
25th March. 8pm MUms & Co, “Rainy Day Ideas” Fun things to make and do, at Heathfield. Burley Woodhead. Ask Karen if you need directions!
3rd April. 8pm ‘Contemporary Floristry’ - Lizzie Reynolds