You wouldn’t expect our winter edition to be without a few Christmas ideas, recipes and events, and we haven’t let you down. But winter is about more than Christmas and we’ve packed in some information and advice to get you through those bleak days. This time of year often makes us think of those who we aren’t with us, and we have a touching article on page 42 which might resonate with our readers. Your local NCT branch will be providing support right through the holiday season, so take a look at page 50 for helplines and groups.
For the rainy days we’ve got some suggestions for play activities (page 17) but if you’re looking for a reason to get out of the house come along to one of our play groups. Waddlers & Toddlers, in the heart of Charlton Kings on a Wednesday morning, offers a great range of age appropriate toys in a safe, warm environment. Free refreshments are provided, with healthy snacks for the children, and throughout December there will be Christmas themed crafts available for pre-school children. We have a dedicated baby section so you’re welcome to come and get cosy with your little one, or you can find your way to Montpellier on a Thursday morning where our Bumps & Babes group meets. This is the perfect place to meet up with your antenatal group or meet new friends over a cuppa and fantastic, tasty cakes.
Your local NCT branch is run by volunteers; from the coordinating of the Nearly New Sales and baby groups, to the class hosts who welcome you into their homes, and the editorial team which produces Offspring. Without the time and skills offered by all our contributors, many families in need would be left unsupported. This season we’d like to thank those who truly have the Christmas spirit all year round, and who make our team so great. We’re hoping to start the New Year with a full committee, so please do check out the vacancies on page 12 to see how you can get involved. We’ll also have a few new committee-babies, in fact one has just arrived at the time of going to print! Congratulations to Sarah D and family on the birth of their baby girl and good luck to Anna O!
Best wishes, happy reading,
and a very merry Christmas!
The Cheltenham & North Cotswolds NCT Team