Families Gloucestershire

Families Gloucestershire Magazine – March / April 2014

The past few weeks have been a challenge for many in the county and my heart and best wishes go out to those who have been affected by the winter storms.

As I put together the Easter activity pages I have had my fingers (and toes!) firmly crossed that we will soon be basking in some well-deserved spring sunshine. If so, why not get out outside and create a Bee Garden? We show you how on Pg 11.

There are many local attractions with fantastic Easter plans and you can find details from Pg 12. These include traditional Easter egg hunts (and the not-so-traditional Big Batsford Chicken Hunt at Batsford Arboretum!), arts and craft sessions, theatre performances, and outdoor trails to name but a few.

Have a wonderful spring!

Deborah Langham

Families Gloucestershire January – February 2014

A very Happy New Year to you from Families Gloucestershire!

Having exhausted a whole host of resolutions over the years I have decided that, in 2014, it’s time to adopt a new attitude.

I came across a snippet from a fellow Families editor about the Buddhist concept of ‘maitri’, unconditional compassion for yourself, on a daily basis. We know that children respond better to understanding and compassion for their mistakes than being berated – and so do we! So how about renouncing of beating ourselves up for good in 2014.

If you’d like to try something new this year, we have a selection of clubs and classes with something to suit everyone in the family. If you give a class a try, do say you saw them in Families!

In the Education section we focus on the debate over the best age for children to start school, look at changes to the Gloucestershire 11 Plus exam and include an insightful piece written by Rachael Ross, Chair of the Portsmouth Down Syndrome Association on how her son Max has benefitted from attending mainstream education.

And finally, if you are battling with your child’s bedwetting, we have some tips we hope might help you overcome the problem.



Deborah Langham
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Families Gloucestershire – November / December 2013


Welcome to the Nov/Dec issue of Families Gloucestershire.

To help with your Christmas planning…a visit to Santa is many children’s highlight of the season and you will find a guide to where he can be found on Pg 12.  To get you into the Christmas spirit, and some items ticked off your present list, take a look at the wonderful selection of Christmas Markets on Page 10. Gloucestershire also has a fantastic array of independent toyshops so please do shop local and support them. We pick some of the best on Page 11. The ‘What’s On’ guide includes where you can find your nearest lights switch-on, theatre and pantomime and holiday activities.

It was a real treat to visit the Scrapstore in Gloucester and get some inspiration from their gallery. Children will love having a go at making their fantastic Christmas Angel decorations on Pg 11. Thank you Lin and team!

Whatever your Christmas plans, I wish you all a very merry Christmas and a peaceful New Year.


Deborah Langham

Editor, Families Gloucestershire


Families Gloucestershire – September / October 2013

Welcome to the Sept/Oct issue of Families Gloucestershire!

It’s September and, having failed to master the ability to make time stand still, my son is now in junior school. Over the holidays he seems to have gained years. He’s grown in independence, firm in his belief in what he likes (David Walliams books, super heroes and climbing) and what he doesn’t (broccoli) and a wonderful new-found sense of adventure.

In this Back to School issue, whether you are nervously waving your little one off at the school gates for the first time, or starting to consider your child’s secondary school options, or perhaps would like to understand a little more about what the proposed changes to the National Curriculum, our Education section has something for you.

Also…..local events to encourage your child’s reading, tips to help your child overcome shyness and what’s on for families this autumn including, if you like to plan ahead, Half Term and Halloween activities.

Have a great autumn!

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Families Gloucestershire – July / August 2013

Welcome to the Summer issue!

The upcoming summer holidays are filling me with the usual mix of a little excitement, much panic, swiftly followed by characteristic blind optimism.

Although I have been writing about the abundance of activities, events and fantastic places to visit for weeks now, I personally have not planned one little thing.
I believe this will magically happen in the week running up to the holiday, when I will also deep clean the house, restock the rainy day art cupboard and organise my study. Hmmm.

If you, like me, are not one of life’s planners then it’s not too late – we have plenty of ideas to keep your family occupied this summer. Learn a new skill together or enjoy one of the many activities in Gloucestershire that won’t break the budget.

And don’t forget to keep the What’s On section for your guide to summer fun across the county. Enjoy!

Families Gloucestershire – May / June 2013


“The moment you realise your little girl is not only your daughter but your true friend”. My mum’s touching response when I asked her what she found most rewarding about raising my sister and I.

Remembering some of my antics as a teenager I was careful not to ask her about the most challenging moments! My question was prompted by Joanna Moorhead’s article ‘Getting girls back on track’ describing her joy in her four daughters and a few scary moments since. Parenting is not an easy job!

We’ve also got features on choosing the perfect party for your child, how to help your child cope with the stress of exams if they are on the horizon this summer, and tips to get your children gardening, plus all the news, events and competitions you’d expect from us.

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