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Under 16’s Fitness

Here at U16 Fitness, we offer a range of fun and engaging group fitness classes for children aged 5-16.

We recognise the pressure that is on parents and schools to keep children active, we at U16 Fitness are here to help! Our aim is to improve the fitness levels of the younger generation in the local community and through this promote self-esteem, social interaction and a positive attitude towards health and fitness.

Our classes are split into 3 age groups, 5-7, 8-11 and 12-16, ensuring children are at similar levels both physically and mentally.

We offer our standard evening classes as well as a number of services for schools and organisations.

What’s more, we now offer personal training for both children and parents!

Our classes offer a number of benefits, including:

  • Increased fitness levels
  • Confidence
  • Social development
  • Cognitive skills e.g. problem-solving
  • Motor skills e.g. balance and co-ordination

As children continue their fitness journey, development in these areas will help children towards becoming, happy, healthy and confident individuals with a passion for physical activity and self-improvement.

Introducing your children to our fitness classes at a young age is a fun way to get young people passionate about their own well-being and put them on a path to a lifelong enjoyment of exercise.

All of our classes will be run by coaches qualified to the appropriate Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instructing (Health Related Exercise and Physical Activity for Children) (QCF).

We pride ourselves on aiming to make lessons fun, engaging and adaptable to meet the needs of all the children in our groups. We are constantly developing the programmes we deliver to offer sessions to suit individual needs.

Most importantly, we are making fitness fun!

Head to to book your first class. See you soon!

Follow us online @u16fitness


Central Park Nursery – Where all children are nurtured

Central Park Nursery will soon be celebrating its 22nd birthday which we feel very excited and proud about as we see this as a great achievement.

We pride ourselves in having strong relationships with our parents and children and firmly believe parent partnership is essential for the growth of children’s wellbeing.

We offer sessions for all our children and work closely with outside agencies to ensure that all children are nurtured and their needs are supported.

This can include speech and language, Makaton and even translators to support children in our care who speak English as an additional language.

We believe in creating an environment where children can learn and play while being supported by experienced, knowledgeable practitioners in an environment which encourages challenge and opportunity for all.

We offer a wide range of experiences following the EYFS and have additional facilities such as a ball pool, forest school, outside areas and new interactive tables for the children to gain invaluable life skill.  We also have regular visits from the police and fire service, Guide Dogs Association, and of course Santa, ensuring that all children are getting new and exciting opportunities to learn and play. In our recent Ofsted inspection we gain a Good and we were awarded 5 stars from Environmental Health.

We constantly strive to improve the service we provide and work very hard to build strong long lasting relationships. We have also seen children we have cared for in the past, returning as adults without their own children.

Over the year we help charities including Barnardo’s, Children in Need and Telford Crisis Support.  We feel this gives children a good understanding of how lucky they are as well as bringing the community into nursery.


Improving the Birth Experience with the Webster Technique

انقر لمعرفة المزيد The Webster Technique – Improving the birth experience.

During pregnancy, chiropractic adjustments are one of the best things a mum can do to optimise her health and her baby’s development, as well as محتوى مفيد creating conditions favouring a positive birth outcome.

The Webster Technique is especially useful during pregnancy because it addresses subluxations (misalignments) in the pelvis and sacrum. During pregnancy, the hormone, relaxin, causes joints to loosen which, coupled with weight gain and changes in posture, make pregnant women more susceptible to subluxations in this area. The Webster Technique aims to decrease the effects of subluxations in the sacrum and pelvis through a specific chiropractic analysis and adjustment, in order to improve neuro-biochemical functioning to the sacral/pelvic region.

This restoration of normal function may affect the baby’s spinal and nervous system development, improve the baby’s positioning and birth outcome, prevent dystocia (difficult labour) and relieve general aches and pains in the sacrum and pelvis.

Pregnancy is a critical period for both the mother and the baby. It prepares the baby for the external world that they will enter and it lays the framework for their future health. إكتشف أكثر During pregnancy, a baby needs optimum physical, chemical and emotional conditions to develop to its fullest potential. Through chiropractic and the Webster Technique, a mother can achieve optimal functioning of her nervous system, which in turn improves her health and creates conditions for her child to be born with the greatest possible potential.

Dr Fredericksen is a registered doctor of chiropractic. He is committed to helping pregnant women, their children and their entire family reach and enjoy optimal health. He practises in Shrewsbury and Wem at Shrewsbury Family Chiropractic.


Kirsty Rose joins team at Terry Jones Solicitors

Shropshire law firm Terry Jones Solicitors who have offices in Shrewsbury, Telford, Newport and Bridgnorth have recently appointed Solicitor Kirsty Rose to join their Family Department at Shrewsbury.

Kirsty talks about her role:

“As a solicitor in the family department, my day-to-day work involves dealing with a diverse range of family related problems. The breakdown of relationships can throw up a range of issues, including the practical arrangements for the children after their parents’ separation.

The Court’s view is that a child has the right to continue to have a meaningful relationship with both parents, providing it is in the child’s best interest.

The first issue to resolve is who the children will live with. In reaching a decision, it is important for parents to consider arrangements that will provide the children with the least disruption and one that will promote security and routine.

Arrangements can be made for children to spend time with parents directly or indirectly, depending on what is in the best interests of the children. Indirect contact may include telephone or letter contact.

The Court is not always involved in making decisions about who children should live with, or how much time they should spend with parents. At Terry Jones Solicitors, we explain the options available to parents and give them the confidence to reach a decision that promotes them working together in the interests of their children.

If you are on speaking terms with your former partner, you may benefit from attending mediation to resolve issues concerning the children. Mediation offers parents the opportunity to talk to each other in relaxed surroundings where they can discuss matters, with a third party offering assistance. A mediator won’t tell you what you should do, but will offer suggestions for you and your former partner to consider.

Where agreement cannot  be reached amicably, parents may need to call on the Court for assistance. It may be that one parent is concerned about the lifestyle of the other parent and the impact this may have on the children. It is important that any time the children spend with parents is safe and in the children’s best interests. The Court will call on the experience of CAFCASS (the children and family court advisory support service) who will focus on the welfare of the children and act on their behalf.

Although Legal Aid is not generally available within family proceedings, if you are a parent who has experienced domestic abuse in your relationship, you may be eligible to receive legal aid.”

Terry Jones solicitors are members of Resolution and are committed to the constructive resolution of family disputes. They follow a Code of Practice that promotes a non-confrontational approach to family problems and encourage solutions that consider the needs of the whole family – and in particular the best interests of children.

The Family Department at Terry Jones Solicitors offer a free initial 30 minute appointment at all their Shropshire offices.



New Childcare Entitlement from September 2017


  • For working families in England with 3 and 4-year-old children
  • An extra 15 hours a week of free childcare – so 30 hours in all
  • Parents of children who will be 3 on 31st August can apply online in July and must have an eligibility code BEFORE claiming from their childcare provider, or providers, (the free entitlement can be split between multiple providers but no more than two a day) for September 17.
  • If eligible, you’re entitled to an extra 570 hours of free childcare a year to use flexibly, so 1140 hours in total.
  • You, and any partner, must each expect to earn (on average) at least £120 a week (equal to 16 hours at the National Minimum or Living Wage). If you, or your partner, are on maternity, paternity or adoption leave, or you’re unable to work because you are disabled or have caring responsibilities, you could still be eligible.
  • You can’t get 30 hours free childcare if you or your partner, expect to earn £100,000+
  • Available at participating nurseries and nursery classes; playgroups and pre-schools; childminders and Sure Start Children’s Centres
  • For more information contact you childcare provider or visit the website below where you can also register:



Animal Agents: the 2017 Summer Reading Challenge is on its way!

Libraries across the UK are getting ready to introduce children to new worlds of facts and fiction through Animal Agents, the 2017 Summer Reading Challenge™, run by independent charity The Reading Agency.

Across the school summer holidays, Animal Agents will introduce young readers to a variety of clever creatures, specially trained to use their skills and natural instincts to unravel mysteries. Animal Agents is illustrated by Tony Ross, illustrator of the hugely popular Horrid Henry series. He is published all over the world; his awards and nominations include the Roald Dahl Funny Prize, Kate Greenaway Medal, and the Smarties Prize.

Each year the Summer Reading Challenge to children is simple. They’re encouraged to read six

or more books of their choice – fact books, joke books, picture books, audio books just as long as they are borrowed from the library – during the holidays. There are collectable incentives and rewards, plus a certificate for every child who completes the Challenge. Children can sign up at their local library from the end of June onwards and all materials are absolutely free. (NB: exact start dates for the Summer Reading Challenge can vary around the UK, as do schools‘ breaking

up dates for the summer holidays: please check with your local library.)

The Summer Reading Challenge is open to all primary school children and is designed for all reading abilities. Schools work with local libraries and give out information to encourage children to take part, and most libraries run Summer Reading Challenge linked early years activity for pre-schoolers.

Here’s how you can get involved:

  • Head to your local library during the summer holidays and enrol. It’s completely free and any child can take part.
  • If you’re a teacher, our online resources to help you support children’s reading for pleasure will be available shortly (please email if you would like to be sent the link.) أفضل الخيارات الثنائية    
    • Teachers, parents and children can also gain Animal Agents-related reading inspiration from the Summer Reading Challenge 2017 book collection. It comprises 70 must-have reads for children aged 4-11, with something to suit every young reader. Many of the books in the collection are new titles which will be published this summer, and will be displayed in libraries during the Challenge. There are two lists – one for younger children and one for older children – representing the best in contemporary children’s fiction, fact and puzzle books, poetry, picture books and graphic novels.

Anne Sarrag, Summer Reading Challenge director for The Reading Agency, says:  “Animal Agents is all free fun, which is top news for parents. So mums, dads and carers, pop down to your local library and find out more about what’s happening locally, and help your children discover a love of stories this summer whilst they maintain and develop their reading skills over the summer holidays. ”

Once again this year, children’s publishers are supporting the Summer Reading Challenge, and there are also large print Summer Reading Challenge materials available for visually impaired children, or visually impaired parents/carers, thanks to the support of the RNIB National Library Service.


Cooking from Scratch Made Easy for All Cooking from scratch made easy for all with new Shropshire online retailer The Teaspoon Club

Ingredients: Just need a bit? Don’t get a lot.

Seen a recipe on the internet, but haven’t got the spices? Or bought the ingredients and watched them go off on your shelf?

 Launched this May, The Teaspoon Club is a start-up that sells spices, superfoods, agents and more in the exact quantities required by recipes, from as little as half a teaspoon upwards.

The start-up was created by siblings Rose-Anna and Matthew Bailey from Shropshire, who grew frustrated at the time and cost associated with cooking from scratch, especially on a lower budget.

“We want to make healthy living and experimental cooking accessible to all, regardless of budget constraints”, says Matthew.

The Teaspoon Club offers customers the freedom to experiment with cooking without having to buy, and store, high-end ingredients such as saffron and vanilla pods.

Ingredients stored on a shelf for a long time lose their flavour. The Teaspoon Club not only reduces waste and prevents duplicate purchases, it also ensures the ingredients used maintain maximum ability to flavour a dish.

With letter-box friendly first class delivery and all ingredients premeasured, The Teaspoon Club saves time and offers convenient dinner party solutions. They stock some hard-to-come-by ingredients such as wheatgrass powder and bee pollen, with up to 100 ingredients available.

The Teaspoon Club also sells bundles that contain all the spices and niche ingredients needed for recipes on their site, including everything from curries and lattes to breakfast cereal, leaving you to buy your veg and staples from your local supermarket as usual.

The Teaspoon Club means that you can make the most of your budget and kitchen space, with no waste, allowing you to try new, experimental cooking at a fraction of the price.

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For more information or further enquiries please contact: |  07767 127 353


Oaker Wood Leisure Holiday Options


Millions of British Holiday Makers are shunning foreign travel in favour of UK breaks and Herefordshire activity operator, Oaker Wood Leisure, near Leominster have developed a special mid week Glamping & Activity package with this market in mind.

Designed especially for groups of families the package includes 2 nights Glamping based in the woodland glamping villages and 2 on site adventurous activities for £60pp. Accommodation is in wooden pods, made locally by Jaques International based in Shobdon and each Glamping Village also has showers and toilets, a covered dining and kitchen area, a Scandinavian style Barbecue hut which seats up to 25 and a camp fire circle.

“We are fully booked every weekend with Stag and Hen parties”, says owner David Davies, “but we have  more availability during the week in School Holidays. Parents who bring their children here for activity parties are often saying how they’d like to visit Oaker Wood as a family so we decided to launch our Mid Week Glamping”.

With a group of minimum 10 people the activity centre offers exclusive use of the Glamping Village and all its facilities which is a perfect option for several families wishing to Glamp together. ثنائي خيارات التداول نيجيريا Children’s Summer Holiday Activities @ Oaker Wood Leisure and Luctonians near Leominster

Summer Holiday Club for children aged 7-12 years. Mon & Fri are Multi-Sports at Luctonians Sports Club, Tues, Wed & Thurs are Multi-Activity days at Oaker Wood Leisure including a range of Adventurous Activities, Rafting, Climbing, Zip Wire, Low rope assault course, Target shooting and more.

7-31st – August- 9am – 3.30pm

Costs: £24.50 per day (discounts for multi-day bookings)

Teen Paintball Adventure Sessions for 12-16 year olds.

Wednesdays 9th & 23rd August, 12- 3pm. £15 per session

Tel: Oaker Wood Leisure 01568 780111 Family Adventure Day – Sunday 13th August

NEW FOR 2017 – Oaker Wood Leisure near Leominster is launching a Family Adventure Day this summer holidays. An opportunity for local families to experience the adrenalin thrill of some of the High Ropes activities based at Oaker Wood including the 100m zip wire and 20m high tree climbing.

“We specialise in activities for groups, school trips, stag and hen weekends, birthday parties & Corporate Team Building” explained Managing Director, David Davies, “however, we regularly get calls from families and groups of 1 or 2 wanting to try out our High Ropes Activities, so have launched a day especially for families”.

The day starts at 9.30 am and finishes at 3.30pm and will be the opportunity to experience up to 4 adrenalin filled activities along with other families. Children should be a minimum of 7 years to participate in the High Ropes Activities. Holiday Club Donates 50p to Charity for every Booking

This summer holidays Luctonians Sports club near Leominster have joined forces with local Outdoor Activity Centre, Oaker Wood Leisure to offer 3 ½ full weeks of activities for children aged 7-12 years.

For every child booking in to Holiday Club Oaker Wood Leisure will donate 50p to Free Radios Cash for Kids charity – helping disadvantaged children in Herefordshire & Worcestershire.

Mondays & Fridays each week children can participate in Multi-Sports days at Luctonians Sports Club – sports include Tag Rugby, Rounders, Ultimate Frisbee, Cricket, Lacrosse and many more. Fantastic opportunity for children to try our new sports with the Sports coaches at the club.

Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays are based at Oaker Wood Leisure where children can experience a range of Adventurous Outdoor Activities including High Ropes, Climbing and Zip Wire, Rafting, Target Shooting, Outdoor Pizza Making and Low Rope Assault Course.

NEW for 2017 we have 2 very special days when the Rain Forest comes to Oaker Wood. In partnership with Zoolab we have  invited a forest ranger and her exotic beasts to visit Oaker Wood – children will have the opportunity to touch and hold the animals and learn about their natural habitats.

Parents can book just one day or anything up to a whole week. Prices start at £24.50 per day, discounts for multi-day packages.

For older Children Oaker Wood have some Paintball activity afternoons in August especially for children aged 12-16 years – a half day of Paintball costs £15.


More information: 01568 780111


Local charity Omushana launches crowdfunder

Last year I went on an amazing trip to Uganda with Gillian Castle. While there, I saw for myself how Gill’s charity Omushana, Sunshine for Children is helping provide books and support for schools in the rural areas around Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and I really wanted to help. We’ve set up a #crowdfunder to raise money for a new library – a much needed project in an area where even the teachers don’t have books, let alone the children. Please take a look, pledge if you can, and PLEASE PLEASE SHARE with as many of your friends as possible so we can make this a success. Thank you so much!

Visit the Crowdfunder page

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With just under three weeks to go until Christmas, Royal Mail is reminding children to post their letter to Santa by no later than Friday 9 December 2016.


For 53 years, Royal Mail has been helping to make Christmas wishes come true by sending children’s letters to the North Pole. Don’t forget to tell him your full name and address.


Santa’s team of helpers at Royal Mail help deliver many thousands of letters sent to him by children from all across the UK to one of their most special customers, Father Christmas.


Alex McConnell, Royal Mail Chief Elf, who ensures children’s letters reach Reindeerland at the North Pole, said:  “Royal Mail plays a special part at Christmas. We are proud that for over 50 years, Santa has allowed us to help manage the hundreds of thousands of special letters he receives from boys and girls across the country.


“Santa is happy to receive your cards and letters now but because of the very busy Christmas ahead children should post their letters no later than 9 December 2016.


“Remember to include your full name and address on your letter so Santa can reply to you!”

To ensure Santa receives your letter on time, please make sure you write to him, using the correct address, on a stamped envelope.

Santa/Father Christmas,
Santa’s Grotto,

Don’t forget Santa needs to know your full name and address to reply.

Royal Mail and Christmas

Royal Mail is synonymous with Christmas. Since 1963, Royal Mail has had the special privilege of delivering all the letters to Santa and his elves. We have also been helping him reply to the girls and boys each Christmas.


For 53 years, Father Christmas’ team of Royal Mail elves have found that along with toys, children still ask for range of funny, touching and heart-warming requests.

Zac from Northampton said:” Dear Santa, For Christmas please could I have a moustache, another moustache and a tiny moustache and a toy puppy with glasses, a moustache and a red t-shirt.”

Louie and Charlie from Essex said: “Our daddy is a fireman and sadly has to work on Christmas day so we were wondering if you and the reindeers would be able to deliver our presents a day earlier so that we can have our Christmas Day on Christmas Eve instead.”


Royal Mail has revealed this year’s top ten most wanted presents, according to children in their special letters to Santa.


Traditional toys hold the top three spots for the second year in a row. The results show that the most popular toy is Lego, which has retained its top spot from last year. It has also remained in the top three since 2013. Scooters have made a new entry as the second most popular Christmas wish in 2016. This is followed by bikes, which have dropped down into third position.


Santa Mail postbox


Royal Mail has also installed its first-ever special Santa Mail postbox in London, at Westfield Stratford City. It will be in place for children to post their letters to Santa from Friday 2 December 2016 until Friday 9 December 2016.


The postbox will be manned by some of Santa’s special elves and can be found between Boots and Lloyds Bank, near the Stratford International train station entrance.


Letters to Santa can be posted in the special post box between 10:00am and 8:00pm Monday to Saturday, and 10:00am to 6:00pm on Sundays, until 9December 2016.  Children and adults are encouraged to take photos at the postbox with the elves and tweet them using #RMLetterToSanta

Christmas is a very busy time of year and Santa will respond to as many letters as possible, in between getting the sleigh ready for the long journey on Christmas Eve.