Winter is upon us once again and we hope you are wrapping up warm and continuing to enjoy the outdoors, even when cold and crispy underfoot. As December arrives, the children’s excitement for Christmas really begins to build. There’s so much going on in Cheltenham and the surrounding areas over the next few months – see page 10 for some pointers!
Don’t forget to involve grandparents and other relatives in your festive shopping plans. Your newborn won’t need lots of expensive toys from Santa, so why not consider asking for money towards a mum and baby course that you can enjoy together? There’s a great choice available locally (check out the adverts in this issue!) from swimming to music, signing to gym sessions. And it means both you and your baby will benefit from the present well into 2014.
We are delighted to welcome new volunteers to our branch team this quarter. Emily G joins us as Membership Coordinator, Rachel M is our Parent Support Coordinator and Claire T is our new Advertising Coordinator. We’ve been as busy as ever, launching a new welcome event in November which provides an opportunity for those finishing their antenatal classes to meet their course host and to find out more about local NCT activities. This will be run on a monthly basis and will be open to anyone wanting to find out more about NCT, whether they attended classes with us or not.
After nearly four years as Branch Coordinator, I have decided to step down from my role from the New Year. I have enjoyed volunteering with the local branch immensely, have made many friends and felt such a great sense of achievement from helping Cheltenham be one of the most successful NCT branches in the country. I have no doubt this will continue in future too. This will also be my final edition of Offspring as Acting Editor, a role that I took on temporarily six issues ago! Details of both vacancies will be posted on Facebook and on our website and we hope to welcome new people on board soon to join our friendly team.
Whilst many baby and toddler related groups close over the school holidays, we try to keep our NCT groups open wherever possible, but, as Christmas falls on a Wednesday this year, both Waddlers & Toddlers and Bumps & Babes will be closed for two weeks over the festive period. Keep an eye on our website or ‘like’ our Facebook page for up-to-date information.
Wishing you and your families a lovely Christmas and very Happy New Year.