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Kent Baby Matters

If you have had a baby and breastfeed, you will no doubt have an understanding of how challenging it might be. We do not live in a society where we are surrounded by breastfeeding so it is possible that when we hold our own baby, it could be the first time we have seen a baby go to the breast. Learning a new skill is hard and the support breastfeeding counsellors and lactation consultants can give families is invaluable at this time.

Since we opened our breastfeeding drop-in clinic in Hope Church in May 2018 and then at Tonbridge Baptist Church in November of that year, we have supported over 1500 families with many returning again and again.

Between the four specialists who run our drop-in groups we have over 40 years of experience supporting families with infant feeding. Mums come to see us with a variety of concerns ranging from painful feeding, engorgement, mastitis through to assessment of tongue tie. The groups are a safe place for new mums to try breastfeeding out of the house, maybe for the first time or to be around other mothers who are feeding and experiencing the same issues.

We are not funded through the NHS or County Council, so we rely on funds raised through small grants and donations. Currently we have enough funding to keep the doors open until the end of March.

The breastfeeding specialists alongside our dedicated team of volunteers are running Mother’s Day events. At Tonbridge Baptist Church on March 17th and at Hope Church on March 20th we will be holding pamper events for new parents where a range of treatments will be on offer alongside a photographer and local retail businesses. Throughout February and March we are also running a raffle with lots of amazing prizes up for grabs. This is in addition to the normal breastfeeding and sling support services. If you would like to see our service continue, whether you have used us in the past or are needing us currently, do come along and join us.

Raffle tickets can be purchased now by donating to our JustGiving page or visiting our groups https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/westkentbabymatters

Like our Facebook page for all fundraising information and contact Karen with any questions or to purchase pamper event treatment tickets at [email protected] or 07951600777

H is still breastfeeding and it’s been the most wonderful experience. Your support and passion has helped beyond measure.”

“You’ve given me confidence to continue breastfeeding mindfully, I cannot thank you enough.”

“You and your team are amazing. Thank you again for your help with E’s tongue tie. Breastfeeding is finally pleasurable.”

You can also follow the QR code if you would like to contribute:

www.successfulmums.co.uk

 

Thinking of starting a business but not sure what to do first?  Feeling overwhelmed and just need to make it happen?

Join us for our fun, friendly and professional Business Start-up Course to provide you with confidence and clarity to get started and be your own boss. This course is fully funded (free) subject to the eligibility criteria.

About the course
This course will provide the 12 simple steps when starting a business. We provide you with a business plan template to help you gain clarity and create an action plan to get started. With connections to business experts, the latest digital and social media skills alongside a group of like-minded supportive mums, this friendly and practical course will help turn your ideas into reality.

 

  • The course covers a range of topics including:
  • The 12 steps to starting a business
  • How to write a business plan
  • The legal options when starting a business
  • Confidence techniques as a business woman
  • Branding for you and your business
  • How to gain your first 20 customers
  • Communication tools to connect with customers digitally
  • Creating Social Media platforms to build your online profile
  • Writing your first blog
  • Keeping your business safe online
  • Financial forecasting and making a profit
  • Connections to local influencers
  • Staying on track and achieving your goals

We have some fantastic Guest Speakers lined up for you to share their experience, tips and answer your questions.

There will be some homework outside of the workshops. This will include completing workbooks, listening to podcasts and watching key videos to help you on your journey to self-employment (full support will be provided).

The course will start on the following dates. Please note in your diary:
Monday 24th February & Thursday 27th February
Monday 2nd March & Thursday 5th March
Monday 9th March & Thursday 12th March
Monday 16th March & Thursday 19th March
Monday 23rd March & Thursday 26th March
Monday 30th March & Thursday 2nd April

This course is funded by LSDN in partnership with Successful Mums. You are required to meet all of the first three points of the eligibility criteria below as well as either points 4, 5 or 6.

  1. Be over 19 years old
  2. Live in a Kent Borough
  3. Have proof of residency in the UK/EU for at least three years.
  4. Be unemployed or on a career break OR
  5. Be in receipt of a benefit such as job seekers OR
  6. Be employed/self-employed and earning up to £16k per year
  7. We provide support for anyone with additional requirements and we welcome dads, non parents and carers too.

Book today!

About Successful Mums
We have supported over 5,000 women back to work or to start a business. You can read over 1,000 positive reviews and stories across our website and social media platforms to find out how Successful Mums has supported 5,000 back to work and find their MOJO. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and on LinkedIn.

The course will result in an accredited qualification. This course is funded by LSDN in partnership with Successful Mums.

Book your place today and one of the team will be in touch to talk you through the next steps.  Please Click here for more information and to book your place

 

Creams Cafe is celebrating two years since bringing its flamboyant, delicious desserts to Tunbridge Wells with an extravagant birthday party on the 8th February.

Giving back to its sweet-toothed customers, and to commemorate the anniversary of its opening, the team will be giving away 1,000 scoops of its most popular gelato – Bubblegum Blue – for the first thousand lucky customers who walk through its door during a family-fun filled day with balloons and music. Little ones are sure to have fun – the kids soft play area will be open all day, and Paige the children’s entertainer will also be on hand with plenty of fancy-dress costumes.

Not only that, as a thank you to the local community for the support, the business is offering 20% off the entire menu between 8th and 9th February**. To redeem this tasty offer, simply visit in-store, available from Creams Tunbridge Wells Facebook page.

Creams Tunbridge Well’s team of 50 employees have dished up almost 90,000 sweet treats for local customers since opening, including a mind-boggling 34,000 waffles topped with an array of sweets, chocolates and sauces; and an impressive 105,000 scoops of gelato, including 7,000 scoops of the top selling Bubble Gum Blue flavour.

Lauren Haslewood, Marketing Director for Creams said: ‘We are thrilled be celebrating Creams Tunbridge Wells’ second birthday. It has been an amazing two years! I would personally like to thank the fantastic team for all their hard work serving up delicious desserts and the local community for supporting us. We look forward to serving up even more treats over the coming years. We can’t wait to celebrate this milestone on 8th February, everybody is welcome!’

Creams Dessert Café is the UK’s leading dessert restaurant brand with outlets nationwide. With vegan and gluten-free options available, Creams’s everyday celebrations cater to everyone. Thick milkshakes, smoothies and soda floats, plus teas and coffees accompany the dessert extravaganza.

LITTLE STREET SCHOOLS VOUCHER SCHEME 2020

Little Street are launching an exciting new voucher scheme offering schools and nurseries FREE educational visits at our award winning role play centres. 30 lucky schools across Surrey, Kent and West Sussex will receive free exclusive hire sessions during the summer term, worth over £6500. 30 further schools will have the opportunity to visit at the reduced price of £99, saving over £100. All qualifying participants will also receive a raffle prize for their school.

Educational trips at Little Street are already popular, with many schools visiting on an annual basis. Role play is linked to the EYFS and our centres provide a great link to the curriculum topic ‘People who help us’. Lambrookschool are frequent visitors, here’s what their reception teacher Beth Brennan has to say:

“Little Street is a brilliant concept. We have been delighted to see our Reception children thoroughly enjoy this venue. It is a fantastic trip for many reasons – so many Areas of Learning are evident when the children explore. The children absolutely love going – they adore the role play opportunities and as a teacher, it is interesting to observe which areas they enjoy the most.”

Vouchers are available to all parents visiting Little Street from 3rd Feb – 31st March, with one voucher issued per paying child. Vouchers can be collected at Little Street centres in Frimley, West Byfleet, Horsham (Rudgwick), Chichester, Sevenoaks and Maidstone. Each venue is offering 5 free educational trips, so the first 5 schools to collect 100 vouchers and deliver them to their chosen venue will receive a free exclusive hire. The promotion is open to primary schools and nurseries.

For more information on Little Street, please visit www.little-street.co.uk or contact me for further details on the schools voucher scheme.

Little Izzy Wizzy

Our finest in hand crochet baby wear and accessories are designed to suit every special occasion, whether you are expecting your own baby, baby shower party to attend, Christening, Christmas, Easter, or as pregnancy announcement gift to grandparents-to-be.

They would make a beautiful handmade gift, unique and memorable for your little bundle of joy.

All of our products are lovingly designed, hand made and packed with love and care for you.

Follow us on our Facebook and Instagram to get the update of our new product launch, discount code and give away.

For more information you can also visit our website at www.littleizzywizzy.com

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If you haven’t already entered our competition to win a wonderful pair of baby booties courtesy of Little Izzy Wizzy, you can do so here

thetncard

thetncard is the new shopping and lifestyle loyalty card for Tonbridge and Tunbridge Wells. We want to encourage those living in and visiting Tonbridge and Tunbridge Wells to support our town centres a little more by rewarding customer loyalty to our local independents, as well as a few of our larger community-focussed businesses. And while doing so, support the work of our brilliant local charity West Kent Mind.

thetncard is free for businesses to join. They provide a discount or offer for tncard members, and in return feature on our website directory, in our newsletters and on social media. Eighty businesses have joined so far and the number is growing now nearly every day.

Members of the community are able to purchase an annual membership card for £20. Membership gives people a huge range of offers at some of our wonderful local businesses, from shops, bars and restaurants to health centres and beauty salons. Our local theatres, attractions and community events are also involved. In Tonbridge, thetncard will work alongside the Tonbridge Loyalty Card. Members can collect two stamps instead of one when they show their membership card to businesses participating in the Tonbridge Town Team’s scheme.

thetncard is now available to pre-order at thetncard.com. From 4th February people can also order a card at TOFS in Tonbridge (Tunbridge Wells sales point to follow if interest).

thetncard is run by local mum of four, Jess Gibson. Jess is a social media manager and has a blog about family life in Tonbridge – abouttheseboys.co.uk

£2 from every card sold goes to West Kent Mind to support their work in our community. West Kent Mind is one of 135 local Mind associates affiliated to the national mental health charity, Mind.  Their mission is to work with and on behalf of people with mental health problems, ensuring fair and equal treatment and to promote better mental health for all.

For more information visit thetncard.com  To see the Full Press Release click thetncard Press Release

 

LAST-MINUTE FESTIVE GIFTS AND TASTY TREATS IN STORE AT
KENT LIFE HERITAGE FARM PARK

The countdown to Christmas is now well and truly on but if you’re still looking for last-minute present ideas, then there’s plenty of inspiration at Kent Life Heritage Farm Park in Maidstone. Pop in and pick up some stocking or hamper fillers from the gift shop, situated in the country’s last working coal-fired Oast house, or give the gift of a Kentish experience that will last the whole year.

Stocking and hamper fillers
Just landed in time for Christmas and new for 2019, Kent Life Classic Bitter (4.1% ABV) is definitely one for the beer lover. Brewed in Burton upon Trent by the Heritage Brewing Company, it’s made with Kent Life’s own hops harvested from September’s Hops n Harvest festival and dried in the coal-fired Oast house. A traditional pale bitter with a dry yet smooth palate and lingering bitter finish, a 500ml bottle retails at £3.75.

Make up a festive beer selection by adding Heritage Gold (4.8% ABV), a light amber coloured smooth drinking best bitter with a mild to medium bitterness and biscuit notes and It’s a Cracker (ABV 4.4%), a deep mahogany bitter with hints of hedgerow nuts and a slight smokiness.

The shop also stocks a choice of award-winning Kentish cider and juices.

Young bakers will love the Christmas Pudding in a Mug, a quick-bake, ready-made mix, great for a first pudding making experience. For those that prefer eating to baking, Kent Life branded miniature Christmas puds, iced cakes, honey, jams and chutney make tempting treats for hampers.

Pooches in need of pampering with dog-friendly festive treats will enjoy ‘Iced Woofins’ and ‘Pupcorn’ from the Barking Bakery. There is also a host of toys and homeware from cuddly farm animals, cute reindeer Christmas tree decorations and Christmas magnet craft kits.

Give the gift of a Kentish experience, for the family who has everything, gifting an experience, which gives fun family time making memories throughout the year, might just be top of their Christmas list. Kent Life’s annual family membership (2+2) is just £99 and includes unlimited free entry to the grounds and buildings all year long, plus free entry to the annual Hops n Harvest Beer Festival.

For the child with too many toys, Kent Life’s Adopt an Animal scheme is just the ticket. From £20 per year, the recipient can help keep one of the many farmyard animals fed, watered, clean and well housed throughout all the seasons. An adoption pack includes a ready to frame photo of their furry friend – choose from Alpacas, Donkeys, Goats, Horses, Pigs and Sheep – along with a certificate, a complimentary ticket to visit, a fact sheet and seasonal updates about their new friend.

For more information www.kentlife.org.uk

CHRISTMAS AT KENT LIFE HERITAGE FARM PARK:

 FAMILY GIFT IDEAS & FESTIVE EVENTS 2019

From gift experiences that will last the whole year to festive events that will delight children and grown-ups alike, Kent Life Heritage Farm Park in Maidstone has a sack full of seasonal inspiration.

Seasonal gifting

What can you offer the family who has everything? Gifting an experience, which gives them quality family time making memories and having fun throughout the year, might just be top of their Christmas list.  Kent Life’s annual family membership (2+2) is just £99 and includes unlimited free entry to the grounds and buildings all year long, plus free entry to the annual Hops n Harvest Beer Festival in September.

For the animal-lover or the child with too many toys, Kent Life’s Adopt an Animal scheme might be just the ticket. From £20 per year, the recipient can help keep one of the many Kent Life farmyard animals fed, watered, clean and well housed throughout all the seasons.

An adoption pack includes a ready to frame photo of their furry friend – choose from Alpacas, Donkeys, Goats, Horses, Pigs and Sheep – along with a certificate, a complimentary ticket to visit, a fact sheet and seasonal updates about their new friend.  If your budget stretches further, for £40 per year, why not include a 45-minute one-to-one experience with the adopted animal.

Festive fun: events for all the family

From a living Farm Nativity to meeting Father Christmas or stepping back in time to find out what Christmas was like on the Home Front, Kent Life has plenty in store to get you in the Christmas spirit.

Farm Nativity

Come and experience Kent Life’s interactive, living Farm Nativity, which takes place on Sunday 8 December at 3pm and stars some of the Kent Life farm animals.  In partnership with Maidstone Family Church, visitors can join the special journey through the farm to discover the Nativity story scenes and join in the traditional Christmas carolling.

Children are encouraged to dress up and be part of the nativity as angels, wise men and farmyard animals or – for the adventurous – why not come as a camel!

Christmas on the Home Front –WWII Experience

Kent Life’s Christmas on The Home Front, Saturday 23 & Sunday 24 November, 10am to 4pm, brings Christmas in wartime to life against the backdrop of the original buildings in the Vintage Village.  Step back in time to re-live the festive season in the 1940’s and be immersed in the sights, sounds and smells of ‘Christmas on the Home Front’.

Among the attractions will be ‘make do and mend’ lessons, drill displays by the Home Guard, a 1940’s school lesson, shops from the era and a rehabilitation centre for injured RAF pilots.

Both the Nativity and Christmas on the Home Front are included in the general day admission prices.

Ho Ho Ho! The Christmas Experience

If it’s good old-fashioned festive fun you’re looking for, then the Kent Life Christmas Experience won’t disappoint. The Land Train is driven by the Head Elf and younger visitors can meet Father Christmas in his magical grotto. Decorating festive gingerbread is on the menu and grown-ups can enjoy a mince pie and sample some Kentish cider.  There’s also an opportunity to send letters to Father Christmas in the post office.

Father Christmas will be visiting from Saturday 30th November, on the following dates: Sunday 1st December, Saturday 7th & Sunday 8th, Saturday 14th & Sunday 15th and Thursday 19th, Friday 20th, Saturday 21st, Sunday 22nd, Monday 23rd & Tuesday 24th December.   A family ticket (2+2) (non-members) is £36.95, a child ticket (aged 1-15) is £13.95 (non-member) or £7.95 (member), and an adult ticket is £7.95 (non-member) or free for members. All tickets can be booked online.

For more information on all the gift ideas and events and to book tickets online visit: www.kentlife.org.uk.

LET’S ROCK KENT

MOTE PARK, MAIDSTONE

SATURDAY AUGUST 29th 2020

THE UK’S BIGGEST RETRO FESTIVAL COMES TO KENT FOR THE VERY FIRST TIME!

PERFORMERS INCLUDE WET WET WET, ABC, HOWARD JONES, SISTER SLEDGE, NIK KERSHAW, GO WEST & MANY MANY MORE

 TICKETS ON SALE 9:00am, FRIDAY NOVEMBER 29th

Let’s Rock (the UK’s biggest one-day retro festival series) is coming to Kent for the very first time in summer 2020 with the launch of Let’s Rock Kent, which will take place on August 29th at Mote Park in Maidstone.

Taking place during August Bank Holiday weekend, the inaugural Let’s Rock Kent boast a stellar line-up of iconic artists, with a headline set from Wet Wet Wet plus performers including ABC, Howard Jones, Sister Sledge, Nik Kershaw, Go West, Midge Ure’s Electronica, Heaven 17, The Real Thing and Hue & Cry. Gates open at 10:00am and the fun starts at midday with The Retrobates Party Live featuring Fiction Factory, Tenpole Tudor, Sydney Youngblood, Gibson Brothers, Captain Sensible and Modern Romance.

A celebration of all things pop and 80s, Let’s Rock offers gloriously unpretentious non-stop fun, with legendary artists performing hit after hit to a crowd of all ages (many of whom embrace the throwback vibe by dressing in their finest retro fashion). 2019 was the most successful summer series in Let’s Rock’s eleven-year history, with twelve festival locations and a total audience of over 150,000 – and with the addition of Let’s Rock Kent, next year’s series promises to be even bigger and better.

Wet Wet Wet’s Graeme Clark comments, “We’re looking forward to playing three decades worth of hits from the 80s, 90s and 00s for you.”

Frontman Kevin Simm adds, “We’ve never played Let’s Rock before but we’ve heard wonderful things so we’re excited to be a part of it!”

“Really looking forward to performing at the Let’s Rock festivals in 2020,” comments Martin Fry of ABC. “Sunshine guaranteed. Last time round was incredible from the audience through to every act involved. See you there.”

Let’s Rock organisers Nick Billinghurst & Matt Smith comment, “We’re thrilled to be able to bring Let’s Rock to Kent for the very first time next summer with what is one of our strongest ever line-ups. What a great way to spend August Bank Holiday Saturday!”

Let’s Rock is a family-friendly festival; children can enjoy complimentary activities within the Kids’ Kingdom. For adults, there are multiple bars and our Club Tropicana VIP area, plus of course the all-important posh loos.

Let’s Rock works with many amazing charities including Child Bereavement UK, who support families and educate professionals when a baby or child of any age dies or is dying, or when a family is facing bereavement. During 2019, Let’s Rock raised almost £125,000 for Child Bereavement UK.

Tickets for Let’s Rock Kent 2020 go on-sale at 9:00am Friday November 29th

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Kidenza Presents ‘Santa in Space’

Inspire your children with music at our Kidenza Christmas Concerts.

We have two fun and engaging professional classical concerts for families taking place at The Pamoja Hall in Sevenoaks on Saturday 14th December at 2pm and 4pm PLUS percussion workshops with regular Kidenza percussionist Alex Neal before each of the concerts.  Children from the workshop will take part in the first part of the concert!

In the concerts ‘Santa in Space’, it is Christmas Eve and Santa has set off with his sleigh full of presents.  All is going well until a ‘SantaNav’ malfunction sends Santa up into space! Join us as we try to rescue him… Featuring music from ‘Star Wars’ and Santa himself this concert is sure to put you in a Christmassy mood!

Alex Neal has been co principal percussionist of the BBC Symphony Orchestra since 2003.  He has played on many film sound tracks including ‘Lord of the Rings’ and ‘Harry Potter’.  Our workshops allow children to work much more closely with our instrumentalists and enhance the concert experience.

Flyer attached and ticket link is here: https://www.tickettailor.com/events/kidenzacic

More details here https://www.kidenza.co.uk/christmas-concerts-2019/

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/450796122191696/

See us in action here: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=tkG5DoXuUSY