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Official opening of Squire’s Garden Centre in Chertsey

Squire’s Chairman, Deputy Chairman and the Mayor of Runnymede Councillor Alan Alderson officially opened the new Squire’s Garden Centre in Chertsey on Wednesday 1st March.

A plaque was unveiled on a 300-year old olive tree, which had been planted by Chairman Colin Squire to commemorate the opening of the new centre. An olive tree was chosen as it’s a tree of great vigour, very hardy and easy to grow, and it is a symbol of abundance, glory and peace.

Invited guests had a tour of the garden centre, which has a new outdoor plant area and a stylish shop with a great range of gifts. Customers enjoyed live music in the new Café Bar, which is a perfect place for breakfast, lunch or afternoon tea. The cosy and atmospheric Café Bar is housed in a 200-year old octagonal lodge building, which has been loving restored to keep its wonderful character.

Squire’s is a successful family owned business and £1.5 million was spent building the new garden centre. Matt Tanner has been appointed Manager of Squire’s Chertsey.

Chairman Colin Squire commented; “I am very proud to officially open our new garden centre in Chertsey. Thank you to the Mayor and Mayoress of Runnymede, and to other local business people for coming including The Chertsey Society, The Chertsey Chamber of Commerce, and representatives from the White Lodge Centre, an excellent charity that we support. Squire’s Chertsey is small but perfectly formed. We have a great team here, plus a few different products to make it a little bit extra special. I hope that the local community will enjoy coming to Squire’s in Chertsey as much as I do.”

In photo – L-R: Colin Squire (Chairman), Alan Alderson (Mayor of Runnymede), Matt Tanner (Centre Manager), Martin Breddy (MD) & Sarah Squire (Deputy Chairman)

Visit up to 5th March and you can take advantage of Squire’s “Spring Fever” event, where there’s 20% off all garden furniture and BBQ’s. Or come on Saturday 11th March, and the first 50 customers will receive a free packet of lettuce or spinach seeds!

Squire’s Garden Centre, Holloway Hill, Chertsey, KT16 0AE. www.squiresgardencentres.co.uk

 

Visions of the Future – Young Artists Award 2017, Farnham Maltings

 Visions of the Future

Young Artist Award 2017

Competition Launch: 01 November 2016

Submission Deadline: 10 February 2017

Finalist’s Exhibition:

Riverside Café Gallery, Farnham Maltings

05 – 31 March 2017

Awards Night: 24 March 2017

Media Categories:

drawing / mixed media / painting

£3 entry, A4 size limit

Original Artwork only

For ages 6 – 18 years

Let your creativity flow and imagine what your world will look like in 50, 100 or 1000 years’ time. What will our cities, towns and houses look like? How will people dress? Will the future be similar to the present day, or very different? Our judges are looking for imagination, originality and innovative creations.

Farnham Maltings is delighted to present the second annual Young Artist Award. For 2017, we would like to invite 6-18 year olds to submit artwork to theme Visions of the Future. We are celebrating the creative talent of young people, giving them an opportunity to exhibit work in a professional space. We want to inspire and give confidence to young people wanting to pursue a career in art and design, highlighting the importance of creativity and imagination.

Charlie Betts (artist and educator), Outi Remes (Director of New Ashgate Gallery) and Paul Smith (London-based painter), will be selecting five winners from each Media Category for the Finalists’ exhibition at the Riverside Café Gallery. Finalists will have their work framed and will be invited to an Awards Night at the opening of the Maltings’ annual Youth Arts Festival Spark, Friday 24 March 2017. Winners will be presented with a certificate and three overall winners will be announced.

Following the success of the inaugural Young Artist Award 2016, which explored the theme of portraiture, we are hoping for even more young artists to get involved. The Maltings Young Artist Award Visions of the Future is proudly supported by creative firm Stride Treglown, who specialise in town planning, architecture, urban and interior design.

Please deliver your artwork with completed Application Form and entry fee to the Visions of the Future, Box Office, Farnham Maltings, Bridge Square, Farnham, Surrey by 10 February 2017. More information and Application Form can be found on our website: www.farnhammaltings.com

The Sunflower Trust promote children’s left:right brain development

The boy plays with balls

Pioneering local children’s charity, The Sunflower Trust, has found that neurological integration has far-reaching effects on health, wellbeing and happiness.  Efforts to improve behaviour, concentration, self-esteem or even fitness have limited benefit if the central nervous system is not functioning as it should.

Many of the parents that get in touch with Sunflower do so because their children are experiencing behavioural, developmental or learning difficulties.  It is painful for a parent to watch a child struggle academically, socially or on the sports field yet understanding why they are struggling and how best to help them is often a confusing and frustrating process.

Sunflower is proud to cite a measured 83% uplift before and after the programme in children’s health and wellbeing. The premise of the Sunflower Programme is that by making improvements to the way the brain mediates between the mind, the musculoskeletal and the biochemistry of the body is critical to effectively addressing the problem.  This, in turn, leads to improved self-esteem and confidence as well as improved performance academically and socially.

There are simple exercises you can do to help your child be balanced and neurologically integrated from their early years, the below is just a snapshot:

Be mindful of posture – stand up straight, align your spinal cord.  Is your head on your spine, is your spine straight into your pelvis – your jaw is the pelvis of your head.

  1. Breath through your nose, expand your lungs and feel your diaphragm rise.  40% of the oxygen of every breath supports your central nervous system – help yourself – breath better!
  2. Try marching for 10 minutes – swinging the arms (alternative to the legs!) or play catch with a ball and alternate between each hand.
  3. Say the alphabet, then try to do it backwards – get better at it
  4. Practice balance: can you move your eyes without moving your head, walk heel to toe without wobbling or stand on one leg with your eyes shut for one minute?
  5. Eat healthily – you have a choice!  Is it cake every time?  Avoid additives, artificial flavouring and colouring, reduce sugar and salt and take multi-vitamins if you can.
  6. Smile. Now try to think of something negative without losing the smile. It’s hard.  When we smile our body is sending the rest of us a message that “Life is Good!”

For further information about the Sunflower Trust visit  www.sunflowertrust.com or call for an informal chat on 0845 054 7509.

Squire’s, Badshot Lea announce their Charity of the Year
Squire's Badshot Lea - Richard Wells (Manager at Squire's Badshot Lea) with Sue Weaver (Chief Officer at Change Of Scene)

Squire’s Badshot Lea – Richard Wells (Manager at Squire’s Badshot Lea) with Sue Weaver (Chief Officer at Change Of Scene)

Squire’s Garden Centre in Badshot Lea (Farnham) is proud to announce that they have chosen Change of Scene as their dedicated ‘Charity of the Year’ for 2016/2017.

Squire’s in Badshot Lea will support Change of Scene through to July next year, and will raise awareness of the charity in the garden centre and through their marketing materials, as well as providing ongoing fundraising from events and collection boxes. All donations from the public will go directly to the charity. The charity will also be invited to a special preview of Squire’s new Christmas Circus this Winter.

Located on a 16-acre smallholding in South Farnham, Change of Scene provides respite, educational and leisure facilities for disadvantaged children and young people aged 6 – 18 years old. Set in a quiet haven with a homely atmosphere, the children interact with a wide range of animals. The Charity’s purpose is to help young people gain strength from the natural environment; achieve a sense of purpose & self-esteem, and to provide a sanctuary to which they can return.

Sarah Squire, Deputy Chairman of Squire’s Garden Centres commented: “We are delighted to be supporting Change of Scene, which was chosen by our team at Squire’s in Badshot Lea to be their local ‘Charity of the Year’. I know my colleagues at our Badshot Lea centre are looking forward to working with the team at Change of Scene and supporting their wonderful work in the local community.”

Squire’s Garden Centre, Badshot Lea Road, Farnham, GU9 9JX. www.squiresgardencentres.co.uk

Find out more about the charity at www.changeofscene.org.uk

Mums on the Buses Boost the UK Economy

Mumpreneurs Networking Club Bus Tour visits UK locations using NatWest’s iconic purple 1966 Routemaster.

Hop on and get inspired to start that business!

MNC tour bus

NatWest is supporting mum entrepreneurs (Mumpreneurs) by lending its iconic purple branded bus to the Mumpreneurs Networking Club as they do whistle stop tour of 4 UK locations in May: Guildford, Brighton, Kingston and Portsmouth.

  • The Mumpreneur economy (businesses run by mothers with children under 18) generated £7.2bn for the UK economy in 2014 supporting over 200,000 jobs. That figure is predicted to rise to £9.5bn by 2025 according to research carried out by EBay. The Mumpreneurs Networking Club has had over 17,000 visits to their events and it is their mission to connect, inspire and engage mumpreneurs nationwide thus making their contribution to the UK Mumpreneur economy.
  • The goal for the bus tour is to inspire more mothers to start their own businesses, to offer support and advice to those running businesses and to showcase some excellent examples of successful Mumpreneurs who will inspire the ‘bus tour ticket holders.’

Sara Guiel says: “Being able to run a business alongside bringing up children could be deemed as a perfect job. So often the statistics are reeled out for the low numbers of women in the boardrooms – but how frequently is it considered that those women absent at the top of the corporate ladder are not in fact running their very own successful businesses from the kitchen table?”

Case studies show that most Mumpreneurs had successful careers before having children but decided to not go back to the rat race (with the gender pay gap at 14% more for men according to the Office of National Statistics) but to start up a business using their skills, drive and tenacity, and the proof is in the pudding with the figures that Mumpreneurs contributed £7.2bbn of the UK economy in 2014.

The Mumpreneurs Networking Club Bus Tour, sponsored by DotUK starts on May 16thin Guildford, May 17thin Kingston, May 25thin Brighton and May 26thin Portsmouth. Each tour starts from 10am to 4pm and has a packed agenda covering off all aspects of running a business with advisors (who are mumpreneurs) giving free sessions from: marketing, accountancy, PR, Vlogging, branding, networking, social media, personal styling, business life coaching to name a few. See the full time table here:http://www.mumpreneursnetworkingclub.co.uk/articles/20160309_2

Claire Jones Hughes from social media experts ClaritaCo Media is running a Blogathon alongside the bus tour says: “Parent bloggers have a wealth of experience not only with technology but also juggling work and family life, as many pro-bloggers are self-employed. We want to come together as a collective and hopefully prompt those thinking about taking the plunge into self-employed life to take action.”

Visitors can drop in informally at a time which suits and they are guaranteed to walk away more inspired to put more into the UK economy!

– See more at http://www.mumpreneursnetworkingclub.co.uk/articles/mncbustour?utm_content=buffer8f964&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer

From Monkey Music to the World Famous Metropolis Studios

NAOMI BRENCHLEY KEEPS MUSIC IN THE FAMILY AS SHE  RELAUNCHES MONKEY MUSIC IN WOKING

Local Woking resident, Naomi Brenchley, has announced that she will running the popular Monkey Music franchise in the Woking area in Surrey. Covering Woking, Chertsey, Byfleet and Chobham, Naomi will bring the successful music and education franchise to the area – Monkey Music understands the magical power of music and how early exposure to music paves the way for a child’s future emotional and intellectual development.

Naomi, who is married to Ian Brenchley, CEO of the world famous Metropolis Studios in Chiswick, has always been heavily immersed in music. Metropolis has seen everyone from Queen to Michael Jackson to Amy Winehouse and more recently Will.i.am and Adele walk through their doors.

Naomi Brenchley

(L to R – Hendrix [4], Naomi Brenchley, Ian Brenchley, Beaux [1])

As mum to young Hendrix (4) and Beaux (1), following a successful career working in the hospitality and HR industry, Naomi herself discovered Monkey Music and after four years, the rest is history!

Naomi said “Music has always been around us at home; having seen through Ian first hand the journey artists take with music, it’s brilliant to be able to work with children now to get them to develop new skills through music. It’s such fun and who knows we may find the next Justin Bieber!!”

Now something of a ‘cult hit’ in many areas of the UK – Monkey Music was established in London in 1993. Today, more than 10,000 children aged between 3 months and 5 years enjoy Monkey Music’s age-specific classes. A much loved weekly treat, the children grow and develop new skills through musical activities and songs.

Special Monkey Music teachers are selected for their lively musical personalities and are trained on the Monkey Music curricula before teaching their own local classes. Many parents comment on the “excellent fit” of classes for each different age group and on the stimulating class atmosphere which is “great fun for grown-ups too!”

At the heart of Monkey Music is a progressive and educational music curriculum that supports every aspect of a young child’s development.

As Monkey Music founder, Angie Coates, explains; “By captivating a very young audience with a winning combination of original and traditional songs, gentle dances, fascinating sounds, amazing instruments and colourful props, the children are so busy having fun that they don’t notice how much they’re learning!”

Many Monkey Music parents specifically mention how important Monkey Music’s pre-school classes are as preparation for going to Nursery.  Teachers are amazed, they say, at the enthusiasm and levels of concentration that children who have been to Monkey Music demonstrate when listening and responding to music.

A major research study by the McMaster Institute in Canada has found that babies who attend music classes with their parents smile more and communicate better. But the results of the study – the latest of many which indicate the considerable benefits of an early introduction to music – will come as little surprise to parents who attend Monkey Music classes with their children.

Contact Details:

woking@monkeymusic.co.uk

Tel: 01932 429 240

Follow us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MonkeyMusicWokingByfleetChertseyChobham

Busy Bees Childcare in Partnership with Winston’s Wish

Busy Bees, the UK’s largest provider of quality childcare, has announced that it will be supporting leading childhood bereavement charity, Winston’s Wish, throughout 2016.

Everyday more than 100 children are bereaved of a parent in the UK. The death of a parent or sibling can be one of the most fundamental losses anyone will ever face, let alone a child. Studies show that if children aren’t supported in the right way during the grieving process, it can have a deep and lasting effect on their emotional well-being causing problems in later life.

Bereaved children are around 1.5 times more likely than non-bereaved children to have a mental disorder. They are also over-represented in the criminal justice system with 4 per cent of the current population of 11-16 year olds having been bereaved of a parent compared with at least 17 per cent of persistent young offenders.

Every year Winston’s Wish, the leading bereavement charity in the UK, helps more than 40,000 children and young people to rebuild their lives after the death of a parent or sibling, through a range of dedicated services. The money that Busy Bees raise this year across its 250 UK nurseries will go towards funding specialist bereavement support programmes including practitioner-led therapeutic services, regional drop-in sessions and the National Helplines.

Fergus Crow, CEO of Winston’s Wish, said:

“We’re delighted and honoured to be selected as Charity of the Year for all Busy Bees day nurseries across the UK and are very much looking forward to working with their extensive team. The money raised from the many fundraising activities and events they have planned will make a life-changing difference towards our work with bereaved children, young people and their families.”

Marg Randles, managing director of Busy Bees, said:

“It is extremely important to us that we help a national charity that supports children and families and Winston’s Wish is a fantastic fit. Our 250 nurseries nationwide are preparing themselves to involve our children and parents in a range of exciting fundraising challenges, which we hope during 2016 will make real difference to children, young people and their families across the UK.”

For further information on Busy Bees, please visit www.busybeeschildcare.co.uk

SCC Chairman opens new Barrow Hills Nursery

The brand new nursery at Barrow Hills School, Witley celebrated its official grand opening this week, with Mrs Sally Marks, Chairman of Surrey County Council cutting the ribbon and unveiling a commemorative plaque.  After a blessing by Gillie Nicholls, Chaplain at Barrow Hills School, Mrs Marks then joined the other guests (children and adults!) to celebrate with a traditional children’s tea party complete with balloons, fancy dress characters and of course plenty of party food!

The nursery, which is on the Barrow Hills School site, opened its doors on the first day of the Spring term, 6th January 2016, with the capacity to initially offer a maximum of 12 places.  The decision to introduce a nursery facility at the School provides parents with access to a seamless education for their child from the age of two to 13 years. Prior to the opening of the nursery, Barrow Hills already offered care and education for the Early Years Foundation Stage (ages 3-5) via its Kindy and Reception classes but with the additional nursery offering, it has extended its Pre-Prep intake, ensuring an easy transition for children and for parents and a consistent, stable and secure learning environment as the child progresses through the School.

In addition to the interior building work that has been undertaken in the Early Years Department to create the nursery, further new furniture, play equipment, educational toys and resources have also been purchased to create an exciting and stimulating environment.  A ‘Free Flow’ facility, which allows the younger children to experience learning both inside and outside the classroom setting year round, will also be available.

Commenting on the opening, Acting Headmaster Paul Crisell said, “We are delighted that Mrs Marks was able to join us today, to mark a new chapter in the School’s life. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank the many people who’ve worked so tirelessly to help realise our decision to create a dedicated nursery at Barrow Hills, especially Sue Pulleyn, our Head of Pre-Prep, Guy Clarke, our Head of Maintenance and Graham Powell, School Governor and Architect.  We extend a warm welcome to the younger children who have joined the special caring and nurturing environment that is unique to Barrow Hills and look forward to supporting every child as they start their educational journey.”

All enquiries for the Barrow Hills Nursery should be directed to Pauline McBrown, Registrar on 01428 683639 or email registrar@barrowhills.org.

New Challengers Guildford Pre-School opening on 12th April

Guildford based charity, Challengers, are opening a brand new Pre-school at their Playcentre, starting 12th April and running Monday – Friday, 9am – 3pm. The new Pre-school, for ages 2-5 years, is inclusive, meaning there are spaces available for disabled and non-disabled children.

Parents are invited to an open day on 18th March, 1pm – 4:30pm, to come and visit the centre, meet the team and have a cup of tea and cake! The centre has a variety of activities, including a soft play, art room, accessible outdoor play structure, sensory room, kitchen, and so much more to encourage fun and learning. Children will be able to attend the scheme for a full day or alternatively book in for a morning or afternoon session.

Parents of children aged 3 years and above will be able to use their Early Years Free Entitlement (EYFE) and Free Early Education for Two years olds (FEET) is available for eligible two year olds.

“We are so excited to be launching our new Pre-School in Guildford.  The scheme will provide a fun and safe environment for children aged 2-5 years to learn through play in an inclusive setting.” – Sam Morris, Challengers Service Manager.

If you are interested in coming along to the Guildford Pre-school open day, or booking onto the new scheme, please contact the operations team on: 01483 230939 / operations@disability-challengers.org. You can also visit the pre-school page on the Challengers website: www.disability-challengers.org/newpreschool

Elderflower Fields Festival 27-30th May 2016

Discover a wild weekend of family adventure in beautiful Sussex countryside. Elderflower Fields is a small, independent festival that aims to opens children and their parents’ minds to new opportunities in sport, music, the arts, the environment and food in the great outdoors. Held over the May Bank Holiday, it’s the perfect environment for kids and grown-ups to fully escape for the weekend.
 – Over 40 bands, DJ’s and performers on three stages
– Urban Woods adventure sports, including climbing, parkour, slacklining & skateboarding
– Sports and arts camp sessions
– Family cinema, nature walks, orienteering and disc golf
– Wildlife, environmental and creative workshops and activities
– The best locally sourced food and drink from across Sussex
– Late night woodland cocktail bar and local craft beers
– So Sussex Sunday picnic, included in the ticket price
– Woodland Spa luxurious treatments in partnership with Green People

2016 will see the festival celebrate its 5th birthday with lots of magical surprises in store.

Come join the fun!

Tickets: Adults £105 / Children £55 / Under 5’s £10

elderflowerfields.co.uk

facebook.com/elderflowerfields

@elderflowerfest

 ‘It’s probably the best thing we have done together as a family, EVER!’