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Menstrual Guide Book Launched For Girls

Education around periods is still woefully lacking worldwide, especially for young girls at the very brink of puberty, confused about all the new changes happening to their bodies and minds.

To help educate and empower women of all ages and remove the stigma surrounding menstruation, INTIMINA has launched a book for young girls that have just entered or are to enter womanhood.

INTIMINA’s “The Wonder Girls Guide Book” aims to strike up a conversation about an entirely normal part of growing up. The book is created for ages eight to twelve and it tells the stories of trials and tribulations strong young women experience because of their changing, growing bodies.

Each story, whose main characters are introduced through vivid and colourful illustrations by budding artist and designer, Antonija Bačić, provides both the situational learning experience and information about menstruation with practical advice on how to avert unpleasant situations.

The book is available here.

  • Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 November 2020
  • 9am to 5pm on 21st and 9am to 4pm on 22nd
  • South of England Showground, Ardingly, West Sussex

The South of England Agricultural Society is delighted to announce that its ever-popular Winter Fair will return to the South of England Showground in Ardingly, West Sussex, on Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 November 2020.

The Society and it’s Showground have been deemed ‘Good to Go’ by Visit England and so the weekend event, will run from 9am – 5pm on 21st and 9am – 4pm on 22nd November all within government guidelines to ensure the safety of all visitors. With this in mind, certain elements of the Winter Fair will vary to adhere to Covid-19 safety measures. However, firm favourites remain, and the event will offer the perfect opportunity to get the Christmas preparations sorted whilst enjoying a festive family day out.

Visitors can shop till they drop with a plethora of artisan goodies from local, independent traders. For food and drink lovers, there’s mouth-watering gin liqueurs, homemade jams and chutneys, gourmet pies, cheeses, wines and handmade Christmas puddings and chocolates.
For those looking for unique gifts and stocking fillers there’s everything from wooden toys, artwork, jewellery, lovingly produced leather and cashmere fashion, to natural soap, grooming gift sets, stunning home accessories, Christmas decorations and more.

It’s not just about the shopping though; families are sure to enjoy the live music, festive entertainment, and of course the traditional funfair.

For the protection of everyone at the event, tickets to the Winter Fair 2020 will be limited and should be booked here before arrival to ensure entry, and to avoid queues. Tickets are available from seas.org.uk and cost £6.75 for adults and £5.85 for senior citizens/students (inclusive of 10% online discount until 20.11.20). Under 16s go free.

Surrey residents are being asked to help their local bin crews as they deal with the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on waste and recycling collections.

Waste tonnages have already started to increase and while most services are currently operating as normal, they could be reduced if staff sickness increases because of the virus.

Residents can help in lots of ways including making sure their bin lids are able to firmly close, compacting recycling, only putting bins out when full, reducing waste as much as possible and not buying too much food.

The advice on how residents can help is being regularly updated on the Surrey Environment Partnership website. The site also features public health guidance for people who are self-isolating with symptoms of coronavirus to explain what they should do with personal waste such as tissues and cleaning cloths. They should place these items into a rubbish bag placed inside another bag, tie it securely, keep it inside for 72 hours and then disposing of it in the usual way.

Below is the full list of ways residents can help their bin crew:

Help bin crews operate

  • Due to reduced traffic, usual collection times may change. Bins should be put out early and left out until they’ve been emptied.
  • Residents should be considerate when parking cars on a collection day to help ensure collection vehicles can access roads.
  • Bin lids should be firmly closed to help prevent crews unnecessarily touching them.
  • Residents should wash their hands before and after touching bins.
  • Waste should be compacted into bins as much as possible to maximise space and bins should only be put out when they are full.
  • Bin crews are working hard to keep this essential service going during this difficult time and their moral would be boosted if residents let them know they are appreciated with a wave or a smile.

Recycle right and reduce waste

  • The right items should be put in the right bins. The Surrey Recycles search tool can help residents find out what goes where. It can also be downloaded as an app – search for ‘Surrey Recycles’.
  • Waste should be reduced as much as possible. There are tips on how to reduce waste on the SEP website.
  • Residents should buy only what food they need and should freeze it if it can’t be eaten before the use by date. Leftovers should be used rather than thrown away. The SEP website features many leftovers recipes.
  • Start composting at home. Compost bins can be bought at a reduced rate or for those wanting to compost all their food waste, food waste digesters are also available.
  • Surrey’s community recycling centres (CRCs) are currently closed until further notice due to the Government’s decision to restrict all but non-essential movement. Residents should not put waste that may have taken to a CRC in household bins as it may overwhelm collection services. If having a clear-out while at home, hold on to waste as much as possible until normal service resumes.


While options for disposing of waste are reduced, residents should remember that fly-tipping is against the law and those convicted face fines of up to £50,000 or up to five years’ imprisonment as well as other potential penalties.

The latest information on how residents can help can be found on the Surrey Environment Partnership website.

For the second year running pupils from Dunottar School, in Reigate, have won the Robot Performance Award, at the First Lego League Regional tournament in London.

This will see the team compete at the National tournament in Bristol this February.

This second-year win is testament to the inspirational computer science teaching at Dunottar, the success of the school’s Robotics Club and focus on ensuring pupils are gaining the digital skills that employers and government say are vital.

First Lego League is a global science and technology challenge for teams of students, aged 9-16 years. It aims to encourage an interest in real world issues and develop key skills that are crucial for their future careers. The students are challenged to work together to explore a given topic and to design, build and program an autonomous Lego robot to solve a series of missions.

On Saturday 25th January, two teams representing Dunottar School competed against 18 teams at the Regional Tournament at Queen Mary University in London. One of the teams, Dunottar Rock Sliders, won the Robotics Performance Award for the highest points on the robotics round. They also won the Championship Runners Up Award which reflected their core values working as a team and their innovative project design.

I’m so proud of the pupils, they came up with a fantastic concept and worked seamlessly as a team to create innovative solutions”.  Sally Berry – Head of Computer Science

Headmaster Mr Tottman added: We are keenly aware of the importance of technical innovation, not only in the classroom but also in the work-place. It’s our ongoing ambition to ensure all our pupils are taught the digital and computing skills they need to be work-ready”.

Sleep – it’s one of the most important ingredients for creating happy, healthy and thriving children. Unfortunately, many children simply don’t get enough of it.

The NHS guidelines state children aged four years old should have 11.5 hours a night, 11 hours when they are five and then reducing by roughly 15 minutes per year. Between the ages of 14 and 16 they should be getting at least nine hours a night.

Does your child get the recommended amount of sleep? If not, this may be affecting their ability to learn, cope with life, energy levels and general emotional and physical wellbeing. Unfortunately, school holidays, clock changes, worries and lifestyles often conspire against healthy sleep patterns. So how can we help our children get the rest they need?

Children’s health and wellbeing charity the Sunflower Trust has put together some practical tips and advice to help:

Simple changes to the bedtime routine and bedroom environment can help to increase the amount of sleep your child gets. Here are some top tips for creating good sleep hygiene:

  • Keep screens out of bedrooms and stop screen usage an hour before bedtime.
  • Try some breathing exercises together as part of the bedtime routine.
  • Enjoy a story or a calm board or card game in the run-up to bedtime.
  • Set aside time to chat about their day before bed – for anxious children this can be a time to talk about worries, write them down and ‘put them away’ for the night. Finish this with some positive thoughts.
  • Try to keep bedtimes the same during school holidays/weekends as much as possible. Late nights can disrupt the sleep pattern for days.
  • Ensure the bedroom is tidy, cool and as dark and quiet as possible

It’s also important to be mindful of what food you offer your child as a bedtime snack – especially if they struggle to sleep. Foods that work well include:

  • Bananas – as they contain tryptophan, which helps induce sleep
  • Chicken or turkey also contain tryptophan
  • Oily fish – this contains B6 and essential fatty acids that will assist sleep
  • Foods that contain melatonin, including cherries, tomatoes, asparagus, broccoli, olives, grapes
  • Grains eg rice, rolled oats, barley
  • Nuts and seeds

If you would like to learn more about sleep and child health issues, or you feel your child needs support, contact the Sunflower Trust: 01483 531498.
Email: [email protected], website: www.sunflowertrust.com

First Community Health and Care has taken over the contract to provide dietetic services for children with learning disabilities in East Surrey.

The company’s highly experienced children’s dietitians will be supporting children and young people under 19 with a learning disability who have dietary and nutritional problems. Children with a learning disability can often experience eating and swallowing difficulties which can lead to missing out on the essential nutrients they need for their physical and mental development. The team assesses children and develops treatment plans to meet the individual nutritional needs of each child. Children may need to be supported by the service throughout their childhood and their plans will be regularly reviewed and updated as their needs change.

Service Lead, Anna FitzGibbon, said: “We are delighted to be taking on these services for such a vulnerable group of children and young people. The interventions of our experienced staff will have a positive impact for the children both now and in the longer term. This service complements the other dietetic services we currently provide to children and adults across east Surrey, Crawley and Horsham.”

Families who have been receiving support from the previous providers, Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, will be introduced to the new team within the coming weeks.
Referrals can be made by GPs and other health and social care professionals directly to the dietetic team.

In April 2019, Children and Family Health Surrey launched a two-year outreach programme to improve the health of local Gypsy, Roma and Traveller (GRT) communities.

The project is the first NHS-led Surrey-wide GRT health initiative and is funded through Surrey Heartlands Health and Care Partnership transformation funds.

 Following the launch, the impact of the new service has proved extremely successful.

To date, 479 people have been seen, including:

  • 7 antenatal contacts
  • 7 new birth visits
  • 10 6-8 week reviews
  • 4 Ages and Stages Questionnaire (ASQ) developmental checks
  • 16 adults weighed
  • 23 adults given blood pressure checks
  • Referrals to a variety of partner services, including 6 GP referrals and numerous calls from GRT mothers which saved A&E attendances
  • 3 referrals to the continence service
  • 2 referrals for urgent dental treatment
  • Referrals for babies with severe tongue tie and developmental delay

Many other health issues were picked up during visits which included hypertension, domestic violence, sexual health, mental health, public health and environmental risks, safeguarding and poorly managed chronic illnesses.

The team is working with existing links within GRT communities as well as partnering with a range of health and other agencies such as Maternity services, the new Primary Care Networks, Children’s and Adults Social Services (including the Early Help Hub), Diabetes UK, Cancer support services, St. John Ambulance and others.

NHS staff and partner agencies across Surrey are now being offered Cultural Awareness Training to improve their engagement with GRT communities and to help reduce the inequalities the GRT communities face trying to access healthcare.

Surrey has the fourth largest GRT population of any UK county with the GRT population estimated at around 10,000-12,000. Research continues to show life expectancy is lower for GRT people and their health needs are not fully met by traditional NHS services.

As a parent, you play a vital role in making sure your child approaches school with a spring in their step. According to Sophie Baber, Headteacher at Brookham School in Hampshire, this doesn’t mean starting a rigorous regime of phonics and maths:

“If there is one word that your child should be able to read when they start school, their name has to be at the top of the list. It will be plastered on every available surface in school. Their register label, table, chair, pegs, books and obviously their uniform, beautifully labelled by you, will all be adorned with their name in an array of different fonts.

The first letter is the starting point, but don’t stop there. Teachers are, by nature, organised creatures, so Isabel, Isabella and Isabelle will have their coat pegs positioned neatly all in a row. While these parents are bound to become your new best friends, you may not want the daily stress of returning various items of clothing.

So, how to help? That’s simple, follow the school’s example, and label everything! If it doesn’t move put your child’s name on it. The font does not matter, printed or joined, comic sans or handwritten, use them all. Just remember to use the same name that you’ve put on your child’s registration forms. There is little point teaching your child to read Joe, when every label at school will say Joseph.

Just as important is engendering a love of language. This starts with the good old fashioned nursery rhyme. You have probably been singing Baa Baa Black Sheep and Twinkle Twinkle Little Star for the last four years. But what about Sing a Song of Sixpence or Hickerty Pickerty, My Black Hen?  Nursery rhymes are lots of fun to sing, while having the added bonus of being key to building the foundations for learning phonics. The more a child hears and learns, the more they tune in their ears to phonic rhyming patterns.

Speaking of tuning in the ears, learning to listen is another vital prerequisite to reading. Summer is a wonderful time to practise listening. Lying in the garden listening to the bees buzzing and the birds singing is a lovely way to encourage a young child to practise sound discrimination. This skill will in turn help a child learn the units of sounds in words as their auditory discrimination becomes more fine-tuned.

Moreover, teach your child to love books. As a parent, this is one of the greatest gifts to give.  Cuddling up for the bedtime story should be a treat for both you and your child. The bonus is you are doing a huge amount to support your child’s learning at the same time. You will be modelling how to hold a book, turning the pages, using the illustrations to support the text, but most importantly, you are filling your child with a wonderful array of language. But, what should you be reading? The honest truth is it doesn’t matter. Whatever sparks your child’s interest and imagination. Just read!”

On Wednesday afternoon, Cumnor House School for Boys welcomed Michael Clarke former Australian cricket captain to school for an afternoon of cricket skills and training. Michael who is regarded as one of the best batsman of all time, is in the UK as part of the Sky Sports commentary team for the ICC Cricket World Cup and kindly visited Cumnor House, one of the Top 50 preparatory schools in the UK for cricket to share his knowledge, talk about his career and discuss cricket techniques with boys in Year 2 who are starting their cricket career to those in Year 8 who will continue their cricketing success at some of the leading schools in the country.

Cumnor House Cricket 
“Sport and in particular Cricket runs through the DNA fabric of our school. We are delighted to welcome Michael Clarke to school this afternoon to share his experiences and insights with our pupils, all of whom have shown great skills and developed throughout the cricket season. Cumnor House School has been the leading preparatory school for cricket in Surrey over the past 5 years with exceptional success at Year 6 and 8 level.”
Mr R Brotherton, Director of Sport, Cumnor House School for Boys

“The PE department at Cumnor House School is by far the most dedicated and professional set up I have witnessed at this age range and we are extremely privileged to welcome a sportsman in Michael, who has had not only success on the field, but also with work in the community helping children be the best that they can be, providing guidance, support, motivation and confidence needed to reach their goals; something that is intrinsic to us here at Cumnor House School”
Mr Daniel Cummings, Headmaster, Cumnor House School for Boys

About Cumnor House School
Located in South Croydon, Cumnor House School has a long history of sporting and academic achievements. The school has an outstanding scholarship record to outstanding senior destination schools and is proud of the number of highly successful international sporting alumni it has produced, within multiple sports including cricket, rugby, football and swimming. The school is proud to have a dedicated sports department, an extensive timetable of sporting fixtures, competitions and meets as well as outstanding and varied sporting facilities including onsite swimming pool and 10 acres of sports field.

For more information, click here.

Help your kids step away from the screens! Head to Memorial Park in Redhill (Surrey) to have a go at spotting the birds nesting in 22 new colourfully decorated bird boxes installed around the park by Reigate & Banstead Borough Council.

The uniquely designed boxes and accompanying trail leaflets aim to encourage visitors to the park to spot the colourful boxes and birds nesting in them, while also benefitting the wildlife that inhabits the park. Keep your eyes peeled for blue tits, great tits, robins and thrushes, and even bats!

The trail – which is both wheelchair and pushchair friendly – was installed earlier in spring before bird nesting season began by the Council’s Greenspaces team. The boxes were created by the Men in Sheds Group at Furnistore in Redhill, and decorated by local artists and council staff,

Cllr Alex Horwood, Executive Member for Neighbourhood Services, said: “The 22 bird boxes make a wonderful addition to the park. Not only do they show off the skills of our many talented local artists, but they also encourage us to get back to nature and appreciate the bird life that our green spaces bring to us as visitors to the park.

“The trail forms part of our work to encourage healthy lifestyles through making our open spaces more accessible, fun and educational. I would encourage residents to take time to explore the trail, see how many nest boxes you can find and spot what is living in them.”

The new installations follow the success of the Earlswood Lakes Bird Box trail in 2018, where 23 bird boxes can be found in trees around the lake.

Find the trail at Memorial Park, London Road, Redhill RH1 1SZ. Trail leaflets are available to pick up at the Park’s pavilion cafe. To find out more click here.

If you visit the trail be sure to tag us in your pictures on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook on @reigatebanstead using the hashtags #LookUp and #SpotTheBox – we’ll share the best ones.