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Stars of Paradise

The New Book by Mary Obozua

Stars of Paradise is a story to inspire young girls and boys to think big, be creative, and understand that dreams can be achieved with teamwork and the application of skills including science, technology, coding, as well as singing, dancing and performing!

We have a copy of this wonderful book to give away, visit our Competitions Page for a chance to win!

This year’s Marshill carnival will be like no other. Daisy and her best friend Ewe decide they will create a winning jingle for the singing contest. But, they soon realise that they need the help of their friends and the rather miserable show-off Esmerelda. Then, more challenges arise for the Stars of Paradise. They need to find a way to perform in two places at the same time. And, can Ewe’s powers of drawing and designing ideas that come to life, magically help them solve their problems, and win the competition at the carnival? The adventure begins with the delivery of a golden letter…

Daisy and Ewe are the stars of new children’s book series, The WLDE, aimed at young readers aged six to nine. There is a massive need for more diversity in children’s book publishing. Only 1% of the children’s books published in the UK in 2017 had a BAME main character (CLPE, 2018). This new series brings together myriad cultural backgrounds: Daisy and Ewe are Nigerian, Danny is Irish, and Ayo is Ghanaian. Mary says: “It’s great to be able to write about my childhood and the way I grew up – accepting of all races and cultures. There’s a lot of ignorance on race going on around the world. However, there is also a wonderful truth that we do live in a multicultural society. I hope ‘The WLDE’ helps showcase the positive sides of various ethnicities – that we are all people and we can all get along. I hope it also helps to shine light where there’s ignorance, so children can grow up with that truth.”

About the author

As well as designing shoes, developing her brand ‘Mary Smith’, live singing, mentoring young women and telling stories to her nieces and nephews, Mary Obozua has now added ‘Author’ to her list. Mary grew up as part of a large family without a TV in sight. She credits this upbringing to stimulating her creative side, as she was encouraged to create stories to entertain her younger siblings whilst babysitting. Inspired by watching the humorous relationship between her younger sister and her best friends, ‘The Wonderful Life of Daisy and Ewe’ was born – ‘Stars of Paradise’ is the first book in the series. She promises the series to bring girl power, a multicultural cast, mystery and fun packed adventures.

Mary continues to passionately tell stories and write, whilst juggling the day to day running of business… plus everything else in-between. Mary works in Birmingham and recently made the move from London to the Midlands to be closer to her fashion business.

 

 

 

The Three Hares – The Jade Dragonball

By Scott Lauder and David Ross

We are delighted to have a copy of the Jade Dragonball to give away, head over to our Competitions Page for your chance to win!

An exciting, new, middle grade, historical, fantasy fiction series written collaboratively by two teachers and authors – one in the UAE and the other in NYC – The Three Hares series will educate as well as entertain. With both female and male protagonists, historical and cultural and a plot that promotes values such as grit, inner strength, resilience, empathy and confidence, this is sure to be a huge hit in and out of the classroom.

Sara Livingstone’s school trip to the Beijing Palace Museum takes a terrifying turn when an encounter with the ancient Qingming Scroll thrusts her one thousand years into China’s past.

With secrets in the shadows and danger around every corner, Sara relies on her wits (and her Granny Tang’s stories) to survive. As dark forces gather, she must take her place in a cosmic battle and find the courage to face an unworldly ancient magic.

About the Authors

Scott Lauder has always been fascinated by other cultures, which inspired his choice to live in myriad countries including Greece, Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Japan, throughout his life. Born in Ayrshire, Scotland Scott now lives with his wife in Sharjah. History is another of Scott’s passions; both of his graded readers for Oxford University Press were set in the past, one in Ancient Egypt, the other in Ancient Rome. He cites researching the periods for those books and the Three Hares series as “great fun,” a passion that emanates throughout the novel.

David Ross has taught English since 1987, when he began working in Japan. There, he met his co-author, Scott Lauder, when they both taught at the same English school. While in Japan, David performed with a rock band for a couple of years and produced an album (Los Turbines). His decade of teaching in Japan provided with the opportunity to travel in Asia, Africa, and Europe. After returning to his home country of the United States of America, David taught at Loyola University in New Orleans, before moving to New York in 2004, where he taught elementary school – and where he still lives with his wife and two sons. In 2010, David received his doctorate in Educational Studies from McGill University in Montreal. He has spent four summers of the last decade, two in China and two in Indonesia, teaching at universities.

About the Publisher

Neem Tree Press is a traditional, independent publishing house that aims to broaden perspectives. They are global in scope, with books under contract from Germany, the Middle East, Spain, Turkey and the United Kingdom to date. Their 2019-2020 portfolio includes non-fiction unveiling the Modest Fashion industry to this middle-grade historical fantasy fiction based in China, written collaboratively by two authors – one in Dubai, the other in New York. The common theme for Neem Tree Press’ books is to provoke both thoughtful discussion on sensitive issues and a thirst in the reader to explore further the ideas or cultures they encounter in our books.

 

From September 2019 Baby Café Tunbridge Wells does not have the required funding needed to continue running this vital service for parents.  We are looking for donations to help us raise the £4,500 needed a year to provide the service to parents for free.

Every penny donated will go directly to funding this vital service for our community.  Help us support more parents throughout their feeding journey.

To help support please visit https://www.gofundme.com/f/save-baby-cafe-tunbridge-wells

“I just wanted to e-mail to say that I made it to baby café a few weeks ago and that it was brilliant! I really felt that I was listened to properly and I received some really helpful and practical advice.  I’ve definitely not had either of those things from other places when I’ve sought breastfeeding support so I really just wanted to let you know how great it was”

Since opening in 2012 we have supported over 1,000 families throughout their feeding journey with our highly qualified and supportive NCT Breastfeeding Counsellors and volunteers.

“Baby Cafe was a life saver when I had my 2 children. Not only was I able to get great breastfeeding advice but I also made some amazing friends. Our weekly trip to the baby cafe gave me somewhere I felt comfortable to go and meet with other breastfeeding mums and babies. It really is a fantastic service”

From Christ Church in Tunbridge Wells, we offer a warm welcome, complimentary homemade refreshments and the chance for parents to be supported and heard, not just once but for as long as they need us.  Our in depth training in counselling skills allows us to offer something different; mother-centred active listening and ongoing support.  We know that women often have to stop feeding their babies before they want to and we are able to offer them the time and expert knowledge needed, alongside evidence-based information, to help them make the decisions that are right for them.  We work closely with other health professionals and often support women through post-natal depression and the challenges of early motherhood by providing them a safe space and a place to feel comfortable.  We also support complex issues like tongue tie, mastitis, vasospasm and problems associated with birth trauma for mothers and babies. Women also visit us on a social basis for ongoing peer to peer support.  Some mothers are now returning with their second and third babies as they found the support on offer so helpful.  It is a lovely environment and we have a dedicated team of volunteers. 

“Such a great place. I visited this group when my little one was less than a month old. They guided and supported me with my problems with a much needed cup of coffee.  I would recommend this group to anyone needed help and would return if I had any further problems”

Set up with a lottery grant and previously supported by the Tunbridge Wells NCT Branch before its closure this month, Baby Café relies on funding to keep its service free to parents who need us. We work closely with our NHS colleagues receiving referrals from Midwives, GPs and Health Visitors and we pride ourselves on offering continuity of care for parents.  Our leaflets are given out to every woman leaving The Tunbridge Wells Hospital Postnatal ward and we maintain links with the Infant Feeding Specialists there.

“100% always a very friendly welcoming atmosphere at baby cafe! The advice and help received from Jenny and Laura was amazing! Always making you feel very comfortable and relaxed! I feel I only managed to exclusively breastfeed for 6 months because of the fantastic help and advice received from baby cafe, I will always recommend this service to my friends and I hope to see you all again very soon!”

“A welcoming and supportive environment for mums and their babies whether breast- or bottle-fed, Baby Café was of vital importance to me and my son from the earliest days. Laura and Jenny are kind and encouraging.They have a wealth of advice to share and take care to answer every question, no matter how big or small. I cannot recommend Baby Café enough”.

“I cannot stress how invaluable the help of Jen and Laura has been. From my first visit when my daughter was just weeks old, to help with weaning many months later. They are a fountain of knowledge and so incredibly helpful and giving. Each week the open themselves up to stressed and tired and hormonal mothers and they calm and reassure them. Even when all that mother needs that day is for someone to make them a cup of tea and have a natter, these ladies are there.”

See more reviews and information on our Facebook page www.facebook.com/bcltwells

BUSYLIZZY TUNBRIDGE WELLS

A Busylizzy membership is a ‘must have’ for mums looking to enjoy fun & friendly pregnancy, baby and postnatal fitness (no childcare required!) with like-minded new friends.

When you join Busylizzy, you are setting the stage for a fun and active pregnancy and maternity leave. It’s so much better than a typical gym and it’s really simple to get started. You can choose any combination of our mummy fitness sessions for yourself and enjoy a great selection of fun classes, events and talks with your little one. Use our handy app to book, cancel and reschedule on your terms.

♥  MUMS TO BEE CLASSES

Bee fit throughout your pregnancy with our antenatal fitness classes. Our expert instructors will help guide you through strengthening and toning. It’s a great chance to ease those aches and pains – whilst creating YOU time. The perfect environment to meet other expectant mums. All classes suitable from 14 weeks.

♥  MUMMY & ME CLASSES

Our postnatal fitness classes will have you back in pre-pregnancy shape in no time, making you feel more confident whilst having a great time socialising with other mums like you. The best part? You bring your little one along while you exercise, so no childcare required. Where else can a work out can feel like playtime?

♥  BABY CLASSES

Your maternity leave is an extra special time. It’s a chance to make new friends for you and your little one. Our baby classes for newborns, new mummies and active babies are designed to be nurturing, calming and supportive – whilst aiding physical development, co-ordination and balance. Share memorable experiences, enjoy special bonding time and achievements.

♥  TALKS & EVENTS

As well as fabulous classes, a busylizzy membership gives you access to amazing talks and events delivered by experts in their fields. Meet likeminded friends and fellow members in our coffee mornings, pick up some tips in our talks (current favourites include ‘baby weaning’ and ‘sleep’ talks) or have some fun in our seasonal parties. Visit our Facebook page ((https://www.facebook.com/busylizzymumtunbridgewells/)) to find out what’s on!

 ♥  BIG ONE PARTY

A first birthday is just as much about celebrating the first year of parenthood as it is about your baby’s first birthday party. It’s a special birthday… Probably THE most special birthday celebration you’ll plan. Create memories and enjoy a Busylizzy big ONE birthday! Visit our website (https://busylizzytunbridgewells.co.uk/parties/) to find out more.

WHEN?

Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays

10am-12.30, and evening for pregnancy classes (specific timings vary, visit our website to see the timetable [https://busylizzytunbridgewells.co.uk/timetable/]

 WHERE?

★ Mummy & Me and Baby Classes: Tunbridge Wells Football Club, 50 Culverden Down, TN4 9SG

★ Mums To Bee Classes: St. Barnabas’ Church Hall, Stanley Road, Tunbridge Wells, TN1 2RH

All our venues have free parking!

Find out more about Busylizzy HERE (www.busylizzytunbridgwells.co.uk). Alternatively follow Busylizzy on:

Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/busylizzymumtunbridgewells/) and

Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/busylizzytunbridgewells/)

 

A Magical Medieval Weekend Experience!

(For a chance to WIN a Family Weekend Ticket for 2x adults and 2x children visit our Competitions Page T&Cs Apply)

27th Spectacular Year – 24th, 25th & 26th August 2019 – Herstmonceux Castle, East Sussex

England’s Medieval Festival is the most authentic, one-of-a-kind medieval themed festival in Great Britain, where you can immerse yourself in the sights, sounds, smells and spectacle of medieval times.

Located at the fairy tale castle of Herstmonceux in Sussex, England’s Medieval Festival is a very special blend of history and fun for the whole family.

Enjoy the thrill of Knights Jousting; Twice daily Battle and Siege of the Castle; magnificent Grand Parades; highly-skilled Falconry displays; Hundreds of Craftsmen and Traders; a Kid’s Kingdom; Crafts & Games areas; Workshops & Demonstrations; Minstrels, Magicians; Jesters; Hog Roasts and even a hilarious Mud Show!

There’s plenty of opportunity to join the fun with have-a-go jousting, archery and axe throwing; sword school; drum school; workshops for all ages, including chainmail, calligraphy, wood-weaving, blacksmith-forging and many other traditional arts and crafts.

Wizards, jesters, knights, dragons and princesses delight the kids; while the living history village offers the chance to see what it would really have been like to live in the Middle Ages.

Traditional musicians join a music line-up of foot-stomping folk bands who perform each day and evening on four outdoor and two indoor stage areas.

Real ale, traditional mead and medieval eats are available alongside delicious cuisine for all the family; and kids of all ages adore the moonlit cinema showing medieval themed classics.

The festival hosts weddings, blessings and traditional hand-fasting celebrations over the weekend.

Weekend Camping, Medieval Glamping and B&B room on the grounds.

Shuttle Bus from Polegate and Pevensey Westham Train Station to the Castle during the Festival.

By car – Wartling Road, Hailsham, East Sussex BN27 1RN

Dogs welcome on leads.

Day Visitors 10am – 6pm daily (Rain or Shine); Weekend Visitors from 7pm Friday 23rd August

Discount Tickets Now on Sale at www.EnglandsMedievalFestival.com

For information contact [email protected] or 020 8150 6767

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‘What an incredible experience. We felt like we really had gone back in time!’

‘We had the best weekend. Excellent entertainment and shopping. And the evening entertainment

made our weekend!’

‘So much to see and do. Thanks for an incredible day’

‘The Jousting was simply AMAZING. A pure delight!’

‘What a brilliantly staged event. Really friendly people, loads to see. Only wish we had stayed for the weekend. Always next year.’

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13-15 th September 2019

Pippingford Park, Sussex

‘Journey Into The Trees’

(PICK UP A COPY OF THE WEST KENT FAMILY GRAPEVINE FOR A CHANCE TO WIN A WEEKEND FAMILY TICKE & FOR A 10% DISCOUNT VOUCHER)

Missing from our lives more than anything is time spent outdoors in nature. Into The Trees takes families on afascinating journey through one of the South East’s most unique landscapes. A rare chance to relax and actively explore our natural surroundings.

A host of sports, arts and nature activities from the team behind the award-winning Elderflower Fields offer

the perfect way to spend time together. Into The Trees is a new type of family festival with a focus on relaxation and new experiences in harmony with nature.

Pippingford Park is an enchanting protected ancient woodland in the heart of the Ashdown Forest and Into The Trees brings you together with experts and activities from the outdoors world to inspire guests of all ages.

A chance for families to explore a host of woodland based arts, sport and environmental activities from mountain boarding to making mud pies, kayaking to tree climbing, there is something for everyone.

The So Sussex formula of adventure, discovery and inspiration continues to encourage even more generations to spend time outdoors and discover the wonder of nature.

Weekend camping and glamping tickets plus day tickets from £5 on sale now .

Into The Trees 13 / 14 / 15th September 2019 Pippingford Park, Nutley, Uckfield, Sussex TN22 3HW

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ENVIROMENT DAY AT BEECHWOOD

Students, staff and parents came together as a community at Beechwood to lay the foundations for their eco project for Environment Day.

In addition to planting both a vegetable and flower garden, areas have been created for a wildlife hotel, a complete herb bed which will serve the food technology students, feeders for the birds and flowers beds around the school to encourage insect life.

The project, conceived and planned by the students with the guidance and support of Mrs Claire Covarr and some dedicated parents, will be maintained throughout the year and used to teach all year groups important environmental lessons.

The garden will be unveiled in its full glory on Sunday 30th June at Beechwood’s annual celebration, Beechwood Day.

For more information click here

The 34th East Grinstead Triathlon on Sunday 12th May welcomed a 21 strong team of fun, fundraising women, who,  connected by Monkey Music, were taking part to raise awareness and funds for Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy Charity.

Monkey Music pre-school music classes have been running in the area for over 15 years, so the aim was to £15,000 for Monkey Music’s charity partner Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy Charity.

Most of the team borrowed bikes to take part in a women only event called Try-a-Tri which is there to encourage more women to try a triathlon. The distances are smaller at 200m swim; 11km bike ride; 2.5k run.

The team members were local mums Gina Baylis, Emma Calvert, Vicky Daniell, Jasmine Hollamby, Louise Massett, Chris McNeill,  Alison Norman,  Anna Raymond, Hannah Roberts,  Kat Rogers, Natalie Sharp, Jen Turnbull, Laura Woodward-Hudson, and other Kent mums Kat Brown, Ellie Fletcher, Jules Jukes, Laura Miller,  Natasha Philpott,  Helen Whitaker, Kate York.

One team member Ellie Fletcher (who is a former Kent Monkey Music teacher and now training with Nordoff Robbins to become a music therapist), took an adult bikeability intensive course to help her overcome her fear of riding on the roads.

Alison Norman, whose brainchild this was said, “ I am so thrilled that everyone was able to complete their Triathlon in style and enjoy the event in the knowledge that we reached our £15,000 fundraising target at 10pm on Saturday night. It was awesome and we’d like to thank every single sponsor as this was a huge team effort including local businesses, our families and friends, our Monkey Music customers too.  We have raised enough to provide over 320 1-2-1 music therapy sessions to vulnerable people with complex needs. If you’d like to learn more about the important work music therapists do, in a wide variety of settings, with all ages, please visit the Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy Charity website and facebook pages where you’ll see moving videos which will show you more.

Please take a good look at all our photos, updates and incredible fundraising at https://www.justgiving.com/teams/MonkeyTriTeam, there’s still time to donate.”

More photos here:   https://www.egtriclub.com/race-2019

 

Wednesday 24th & Thursday 25th July               

                       We’re going to the theatre …. We’re going to see a Bear Hunt

                             What a beautiful play!    We’re not scared….

Illustrations © 1989 Helen Oxenbury from We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen

The smash-hit production of We’re Going on a Bear Hunt is celebrating the 30th anniversary of the much-loved picture book by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury with a 2019 UK Tour and will be coming to the EM Forster Theatre Tonbridge on 24th & 25th July. Sally Cookson’s hugely inventive production set to Benji Bower’s lively musical score is a mischievous celebration of play, utilising everyday objects and materials to capture the imagination and propel audiences into the world of the family favourite.

A fun filled frolic’ The Guardian

Join our intrepid family of adventurers and their musical dog as they wade through the swishy swashy grass, the splishy splashy river and the oozy squelchy mud, in search of a bear. Expect plenty of interaction and a few surprises along the way. Music, laughter, rhythms, rhymes and repetitions together with puppetry, paint, water and mud… not to mention a bear – we’re not scared! – make this fun-filled adventure the perfect treat for families with children aged 3 and up.

Michael Rosen says of the live theatre show: ”This production of We’re Going on a Bear Hunt takes everyone on the journey – not under, not over, oh no – through it! – in a funny, exuberant and loving way. It’s a show full of laughter, music, silliness and thrills that I promise you will excite and delight all young children. This is a must-go show.”

Wednesday 24th July 4.00pm

Thursday 25th July 11.30am & 2.00pm

EM Forster Theatre, Tonbridge School

Tickets £12.50, £10 Group Rate 10+

www.emftheatre.com 01732 304241

 

We’re Going on a Bear Hunt is presented by Kenny Wax Family Entertainment and is created by the critically acclaimed production team including director Sally Cookson, composer Benji Bower, designer Katie Sykes, lighting designer Tony Simpson, sound designer Jason Barnes, associate director and puppet designer Marc Parrett

 

 

 

 

Seven of the region’s most sought-after chefs join forces for The Ultimate Pop Up at Hush Heath Winery to raise funds for children’s charity, Tree of Hope

Local foodies are in for a treat this Summer with the chance to feast on a six-course tasting menu prepared by seven of the region’s most sought-after chefs and served in the beautiful surrounds of Hush Heath Winery.

Fresh from being crowned Kent Chef of the Year, The Small Holding’s Will Devlin will be cooking alongside star of the Great British Menu and Head Chef at Verdigris, Scott Goss and proprietor and chef at The Compasses Inn, Crundale Robert Taylor. Former Kentish Hare and MasterChef the professional’s personality, Bobby Brown, chef-proprietor of The Michelin listed Wheelwrights Arms in Matfield for 6 years, Rob Marsh and Hush Heath’s Executive Chef, Fabio Vinciguerra will also be creating very special dishes at the pop up while The Bicycle Bakery’s Jamie Tandoh will be responsible for producing the exquisite dessert.

Tammy Jackson, the Leigh based mixologist behind For Cocktail Sake, a blog which has gained a huge following since it was launched at the end of 2018, is devising a delectable cocktail especially for the evening which will be served to guests on arrival along with a selection of canapes.

This one-off special event, sponsored by CCLA, is set to take place on Thursday June 20th and will raise funds for Tonbridge based charity Tree of Hope, who support families of disabled and seriously ill children across the U.K. to raise funds for treatment, therapies and equipment recommended by their healthcare teams.

“It is a privilege to work with such a brilliant local charity who are achieving great things,” comments Scott Goss.

Over the last year the charity has capitalised on the food frenzy that has taken over the nation hosting a series of fundraisers aimed at food lovers. Dine and Donate, their annual fundraising campaign takes place throughout the Spring and encourages individuals, corporates and community groups to host anything from a simple coffee morning to an elaborate banquet. The campaign raised over £12,000 in 2018. Following the success of Dine and Donate, The Cook Book – Sevenoaks, Tonbridge and Tunbridge Wells, a collaboration with over 20 local eateries and producers in the area, was compiled and has so far raised £16,000 since it was published in November.

Tree of Hope’s Fundraising Manager Kate Bourne, who is organising the Ultimate Pop Up comments “We are extremely lucky to be based in a region with a thriving food scene but the opportunity to indulge in a meal prepared by some of the area’s very best chefs using the finest local produce, in stunning surroundings is rare and we’re delighted that such a special night will raise funds for Tree of Hope. With over a million children now registered as disabled in the U.K., we are so aware that the hundreds of families we currently assist is just a drop in the ocean. The Ultimate Pop Up will enable the charity to reach more families that so desperately need our help.”

The Ultimate Pop Up will take place on Thursday June 20th at Hush Heath Winery. Tickets can be purchased online https://www.treeofhope.org.uk/event/the-ultimate-pop-up

 To find out more about the work of Tree of Hope go to www.treeofhope.org.uk