Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Jamie Jambo - Party entertainer review

Jamie Jambo - Bournemouth party entertainer

We attended a party this weekend where Jamie Jambo was the entertainer. My daughter has seen him before so didn't seem anxious about sitting down to watch him. She is five and finds parties quite stressful as she is very shy. On this occasion she really enjoyed the show, Jamie is fresh and energetic and had the children giggling away.

Some of the children were asked to help out in the show and they all joined in with the fun, Jamie juggled, the children were plate spinning and the birthday girl had a special part to play. We were particularly impressed with the special guest at the show!

We noticed that all of the children were engrossed, including the shy ones and the parents were able to sit back and enjoy a hot drink and enjoy the show too.

We will look forward to seeing Jamie again.

You can find out more about Jamie Jambo here http://www.jamiejambo.co.uk/

NB: Jamie was unaware we were reviewing

Sunday, 12 October 2014

Join The Gruffalo’s Child trail at Moors valley

Families are invited into the deep dark wood this autumn and winter to find The Gruffalo’s Child, who has followed The Gruffalo out of his comfortable cave for a trail adventure at Moors Valley.

From 3 October 2014 until 22 February 2015, self-led Gruffalo’s Child activity trails will be in place at Moors Valley near Ringwood, and 23 other Forestry Commission forests across England, continuing the nationwide celebrations of the 10th anniversary of the book’s publication.

While following the trail route, families can take part in activities based on their favourite book’s characters.  The trail will lead them through the forest using activity boards to help them discover nature and woods at a time of the year when forests are at their most beautiful and the animals are preparing for winter.
In addition, there will be activity packs available for £2, which will include a foraging bag, a fun-packed activity leaflet, a colouring-in sheet and a special Gruffalo's Child sticker. These special packs will encourage children to learn more about the behaviour of animals in autumn and how they search for food, create shelters and prepare for the cold winter months.

For more information go to www.moors-valley.co.uk or call the Rangers on 01425 470721.

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Sell-out ball raises a record-breaking £40,000 for Julia’s House

The Julia’s House annual Butterfly Ball has raised more than £40,000 for the children’s hospice charity.
The sell-out event, held at Canford School, was attended by 160 guests including two of the charity’s patrons, actor Martin Clunes and actress and impressionist Debra Stephenson, who both pitched in to make the evening a success.
Martin Clunes conducted the charity auction which  including two lots he had donated - a walk-on part in the next series of Doc Martin and one of the suits his character wore in the hit TV show. They turned out to be the star lots, attracting combined bids to the tune of £2,250.
Debra Stephenson brought the house down when she rounded off the evening by singing the opera classic Oh Mio Babbino Caro, receiving a standing ovation.
As well as a three-course dinner and charity auction, there was also live music, entertainment and dancing.
The charity’s corporate and events manager, Linda Schofield-Green, said she was thrilled by the amount raised, which was £8,000 up on the previous year and a record for a Julia’s House ball.
“It was such an amazing night. We had patrons, trustees, supporters, parents, staff and volunteers all playing their part and contributing to a wonderful family atmosphere. Martin and Debra were just superb. We are so grateful to them and to everyone for making the ball such an outstanding success.
“I cannot imagine how we are ever going to top that next year!” 

Friday, 26 September 2014

New squirrels go into hiding on Brownsea

This autumn, visitors to Brownsea Island will be taking part in an unusual squirrel quest. One toy squirrel will be hidden each day during half term, and the lucky person who finds one can take it home. 
There are also real red squirrel walks, taking place daily from Monday 29 September to Friday 24 October at 11.30am and 2pm, as well as special walks for children every day during half term. 
“We wanted to continue the adventure that was started last year and carry on the fun,” said Claire Dixon, Visitor Services and Enterprises Manager on Brownsea Island.
“Our squirrels are always particularly active at this time of year and more easily spotted. We thought it might be fun to let a few toys ones be equally active and make a break for freedom across the island.”
The island’s red squirrels are one of the few colonies left in England – the isolation on the island having protected them from the squirrel pox brought by their grey cousins, which have removed the red squirrels from most of the rest of England.
The National Trust is working to ensure the squirrel’s long term survival, including removing wild rhododendron to allow the natural re-growth of heath and pine trees – ensuring there will be a food supply into the future. Thinning some of the pine trees allows them to grow more pine cones containing the nuts the squirrels eat – as well as giving room for the trees to naturally regenerate.
Chris Thain, Dorset Wildlife Trust’s Reserve Manager on Brownsea Island said, “One of the most magical things about Brownsea Island is that visitors can get up close to wildlife all year round. As summer turns to autumn we’ve seen an increase in the amount of squirrels foraging for food, so this is the perfect time to visit the island for a wildlife experience you won’t forget.”    
At 500 acres, the island is large enough to sustain a thriving population of red squirrels, and unusual in not having any natural predators – encouraging them down to the ground to feed where they can be more easily seen. It’s estimated by conservationists that the island population is doing so well that it is currently at about the maximum the island can sustain.
“This is a good time to see them when they are busy gathering food for winter which is why we have our squirrel walks on the island. You are almost guaranteed to see one of them at this time of year when they are active and busy collecting food for the winter,” continued Claire Dixon.

Thursday, 18 September 2014

Make Homework Heavenly With Poole Libraries New Homework Club

Poole Libraries are pleased to announce that a free homework club for children has started in all Poole libraries.

Run after school during term time, the clubs are open to all children but specifically those aged 8-14 years old. They offer a safe and friendly environment to work in with help on hand from library staff to access books and find information. There is free use of computers with internet access, as well as free photocopies and print-outs, and online resources linked directly from Borough of Poole website.

Storyteller John Kirk helped launch the homework clubs with a fun workshop at Hamworthy Library. Children from Twin Sails Junior School and Carter Community College took part in an interactive espionage-based story session which involved using library resources to progress the narrative. They all played detective and honed their research skills in an effort to root out ‘the mole’ and rescue BH17 from a crime-wave! Library staff used their vast experience as ‘information detectives’ to help them solve the necessary clues.

Cllr Xena Dion, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for a Prosperous and Sustainable Poole, Borough of Poole, said: "This is a great way for children to make new friends and get their homework finished in a friendly environment. I'd also like to encourage adults who can spare a few hours a week to volunteer and help make a positive impact on children's lives."

So if your child is struggling with spellings, hating history or just muddling along in maths, please encourage them pop in and see us. Sessions are free and there’s no need to book, just check with your local branch for days and times.

For more information about clubs in your local library, speak to a member of staff or visit www.boroughofpoole.com/libraries

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Great Wessex Dinner 2014

Dogs’ dinner will help children’s hospices

Smallholder Janey White will have her ‘hounds full’ when she hosts a party as part of the Great Wessex Dinner on Saturday, 4th October. For not only will she be feeding 25 guests, she’ll be dishing out din-dins to their dogs, too.
Janey, from Holt near Wimborne, will be serving up one of her home-reared lambs to friends, with the ‘leftover sheep bits’ being braised in jelly with chopped up Boneo biscuits for the pets. “A sort of posh Pedigree Chum,” laughs Janey.
The dogs, which include a black Labrador, a hound, a dachshund, a King Charles spaniel and an assortment of terriers, will feast on this confit of lamb along with a mackerel pate starter and a carrot cake with a bone marrow cream for pud.
The pampered pooches can expect silver service and bone-shaped napkins. “I love cooking and this is just an extra bit of fun, plus it means we won’t we wasting any food.”
As well as enjoying entertaining, Janey has a more poignant reason for wanting to support her local children’s hospice. “I lost a son 14 years ago. He was born and died in October, just before his second birthday. When I saw the date of the Great Wessex Dinner it just felt like the right thing to do, in memory of him and to help other families.
“And I know how much children love animals, how much they would love the idea of a dogs’ dinner.”
Janey is among 200 people from Dorset and the surrounding counties hosting a dinner on the same night to raise money for children’s hospices, Julia’s House in Dorset and Naomi House and Jacksplace in Hampshire.
Other notable hosts include Charlotte Townshend of Melbury House and the Earl of Shaftesbury. Dinners of all shapes and sizes are being planned from grand affairs in stately homes to simple fireside suppers.
Everyone is welcome to host a meal in return for a donation from their guests - £50 per head is the suggested amount. To register your dinner please call Di Pestell on 01202 644220 or email diane.pestell@juliashouse.org.

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Nana's knickers - Children's book review

It's time for bed and time for the bedtime story, we find it very difficult to find a story that appeals to both of our youngest girls who are 5 and 8 years old. The 8yr old will often complain that the book her sister has chosen is too childish while the 5yr old gets bored without pictures to look at.
This amusing story is all about Nana and her family trying to find her missing knickers!


When the new book Nana's knickers arrived both girls were keen to listen and were giggling as I read the title. I think most children find words considered 'naughty' amusing, and the title engaged them instantly.
The book is a good size and large enough for several children to look at together and the pictures are large and colourful. The children enjoyed having just a small amount of text on each page and were keen to see what happened next. Both girls laughed when Nana shouted "I can't find my knickers" and really enjoyed the ending where they were found.

We think this book would appeal to primary children of all ages and one I would choose over others to read to a group of children due to it's large engaging pictures and amusing story.

written by Nico Russell and illustrated by Charlie Meyer

You can find out more about the book here