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Back to school again! I don't know about you but this summer has flown by for us and I can't believe we're another school year on! I do hope you all had an enjoyable August and found lots of great things to do.

Back to School
Whether your kids are starting nursery, infants juniors, senior school or even university, you can come and chat about it on the forum and are sure to find other parents experiencing the same thing. Come and chat about what's going on with you in our 'What's happening this year?' thread or if you have a specific issue you would like to discuss, please feel free to start your own topic in our Education section. It can be a daunting time for your kids but also for you to be starting something completely new and it can definitely help to speak to people who have been there too, or are going through the same thing.

If you're looking for a bit of back to school shopping, check out the 'School' section of the Shopping Guide for some fantastic shops or if you're looking for a bargain, check out the School Uniform Shop where you can buy and sell used uniform.

Classes and Groups
Those of you with pre-school children may well be looking for something fun to do, and will be pleased to know that all the term-time classes and groups will be starting up again. There is such an amazing range of activities for little ones, and you can find listings of them all in our Things to Do section. Within each area you can find sections for Parent and Toddler Groups, Classes, Sports and more. The Classes for Kids section of the Directory also has some great information about a few of the classes. If you're overwhelmed by the choice and would like some ideas as to what is worth giving a go, make sure you come and ask on the forum as you'll get some great feedback from other parents who have already tried them.

I am currently updating these so if you run a group yourself that needs some changes made, please let me know on louise@essexmums.org. Likewise, if you would like one of our review panel to attend one of your classes and write a review, do let me know!

Ask the Expert
Need some advice or help about a particular issue? We have some great experts on the forum:
If you feel you could be an Essex Mums expert, please do get in touch on louise@essexmums.org. It would be especially good to get people like Health Visitors and teachers on board, though I will certainly consider anyone who would be willing to spare a bit of their time to help our parents.

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New Things to Do ads
Do you have a local business? How would you like your logo to appear every time someone looks for events in your area? Well, now it can happen! I'm now offering ads in the Things to Dosection. You can get ads on the Things to Do page itself, on a main area page, such as this one, on an area subpage, or even have full run of the whole section. I'm offering them at a low introductory rate so see the rate card for details and snap them up while they're still available!

Lots going on this month! You can find full listings on the Things to Do section but hopefully this will give you a few ideas about what's on near you and across the county.

Barking and Dagenham
1st: Crafts related to the History of Eastbury, Eastbury Manor House
2nd: Steam Open Day at Ilford & West Essex Model Railway Club
6th: The Big Promise Picnic, Wat Tyler
7th: Come and Meet Peppa Pig at Pitter Patter Products
8th: Essex Country Show, Barleylands
9th: Heritage Open Days, All Saints Church
15th: Wickford Carnival
16th: Kite Festival, The Wick Country Park
20th: Caterpillar Club, Hanningfield Reservoir
22nd: Junior Nature Club, Langdon Hills
29th: Creatures of the Night, Langdon Visitors Centre
All month: Sporting Heroes Exhibition, Braintree Museum
1st & 2nd: Food and Home Fayre, Cressing Temple
2nd: Classic Porsches, Hedingham Castle
6th: Heritage Open Days: Marks Hall Gardens & Arboretum
7th: Heritage Open Days: Warner Textile Archive
8th: Hog Roast And Torchlight Maze Night, Blake House
9th: Music in the Gardens, Braintree and Bocking Public Gardens
15th: International Witham Puppet Festival at Grove Shopping Centre
16th: Wags and Tails, Ingatestone Hall
22nd: Great Notley Stargazing Event
29th & 30th: Day out with Thomas, Colne Valley Railway
1st – 3rd: Summer Children's Explorer Trek at Weald Country Park
2nd: Barnards Farm - Open Garden for NGS
5th: Caterpillar Club, Thorndon Country Park
6th & 7th: Heritage Open Days: St George the Martyr Church
8th: Heritage Open Days, Brentwood School
15th: The Weald Park Game and Country Show
16th: Punch and Judy Show, Old MacDonald’s Farm
21st: Bat Walk at Weald Country Park
23rd: Feathered Friends at Weald Country Park
29th: Woodland Adventure Play, Lexden Gathering Grounds
30th: Hopefield Animal Sanctuary Dog Show
Castle Point
2nd: Wizards and Fairies Trail, Hadleigh Country Park
9th: Little Havens Super Car Day, Thundersley
23rd: Family Cycle Ride, Hadleigh Country Park
30th: Iron Age Roundhouse Open Afternoon, Hadleigh
All month: Witch Hunt, Chelmsford Museum
1st & 2nd: Brownstock Festival, Morris Farm
2nd: Hansel and Gretel Outdoor Theatre, Hylands House
3rd: The Big Promise Picnic, Hylands Park
4th: Octonauts Pre-school session, Just Imagine Story Centre
5th: Little Acorns Pre-School Gardening Club, RHS Hyde Hall
8th: Mini Festival Fun Day, Colombus School & College
9th: Heritage Open Days: Hylands House
11th: The Weird and Wonderful World of Roald Dahl, Just Imagine Story Centre
12th: The Essex Police Museum Public Opening
15th: Scrapbook Safari, Hylands House
18th: Busy Fingers Goes Wild! Little Learners Club, Galleywood Heritage Centre
21st: Time for a Rhyme, Just Imagine Story Centre
22nd: Fairy School Workshops, Chelmsford
26th: Giraffes Can’t Dance, Just Imagine Story Centre
29th: ESSEXstreetdiversions, Chelmsford City Centre
All month: Treasures of China, Natural History Museum
1st: Colchester Oyster Festival 2012
2nd: Tower Tour, Layer Marney Tower
6th: Marks Hall Heritage Open Day
8th: Heritage Open Days across Colchester
9th: Colchester Lions Vehicle Show, Castle Park
14th: Bat Evening, Tiptree Heath
15th: Starlight Safari Night, Colchester Zoo
16th: Prettygate Infant School Mega Inflatables Day
21st: Night Patrol, Fingringhoe Wick
22nd: Castle Park Bat Walks
23rd: BIG BIRTHDAY BASH – 25th Anniversary Event, High Woods Country Park
29th: Roman River Festival 2012
30th: KidsKit4Less, Marks Tey Parish Hall
Epping Forest
1st-3rd: Summer Science, Royal Gunpowder Mills
3rd: Harlow Summer Specials, Epping Ongar Railway
6th: Heritage Open Days: The National Jazz Archive
8th: High Beach Festival
9th: Norwegian Wings over North Weald, Epping Ongar Railway
12th: Family Bat Walk, Epping Forest
15th: Waltham Forest Nearly New Sale, The Asian Centre
29th: Mad Hatter's Chilming Tea Party in the Woods, Epping Forest
1st: World in Motion Show Balloon Buggies, Science Alive
2nd: I’d Rather Be In The Garden, Museum of Harlow
7th: Heritage Open Days: St John’s Arts and Recreation Centre
11th: The Big Promise Picnic, Harlow Town Park
12th: Greenteam Summer Task List: Marshgate Springs Dead Hedge Creation, Wildspace Harlow
29th: Milkshake! Live, Playhouse Harlow
All month:  Havering Sporting Heroes Exhibition
1st: The AJ Show, Queen’s Theatre
2nd: Upminster Windmill Open Day
7th: Musical Tots Taster Session, Upminster Library
9th: Animal Tracks and Signs, Bedfords Park
14th: Baby Bumpkin Taster Session, Upminster Library
16th: Cream Tea Afternoon, Bedfords Park
22nd: The Big Zumbathon!, David Lloyds Leisure Centre
30th: Coalhouse Fort Open Day
2nd: American & Custom Car Show, Museum of Power
6th: Heritage Open Days:Forest Hall Church History
8th: Heritage Open Days: Maldon District Museum
16th: Dog Show and Family Fun Day, Clarks Farm Greyhound Rescue
22nd: Maldon Regatta
23rd: Classic Car Show Autojumble, Purleigh Halt
24th: World's Biggest Coffee Morning, Promenade Park
29th & 30th: Maldon Art Trail
All month: Summer Exhibition in the Dovecote
1st: Make an elastic-powered model car, Redbridge Museum
2nd: Victorian Kitchen Adventures, Valentine’s Mansion
5th: Bat Walk in Goodmayes Park
9th: Miniature Steam and Electric Train Rides in Chingford
12th: Bat Walk in South Park
19th: Bat Walk in Valentines Park
1st: Wild Woods Day - The Giants Are Coming! Hockley Woods
22nd-30th: Rayleigh Arts Festival
22nd & 23rd: Wallasea Island Wild Coast Weekend
22nd: Rayleigh SX Urban Games, King George V Playing Field
28th: Glebe Junior Schools 50th Anniversary Celebration
29th: Mike's One Man Show, Hockley Methodist Church
All month: 54th Essex Open Exhibition, Beecroft Art Gallery
Every Saturday: Big Saturday Nights Out, Adventure Island
All month: Thames Titanics - Wrecks from the Estuary, Central Museum
1st: Art on the Railings - Free Childrens Art workshops, Royal Terrace
2nd: Hairy Maclary, Palace Theatre
8th: Heritage Open Days: Off Site Tours: Secret Tours of Southend Museums Service Collections
9th & 21st: Music in the Park, Priory Park
15th: Old Leigh Regatta
23rd: Pier Pressure, Southend Pier
28th: Dragon Kids Club Disco with AJ
Every Weekend: Go Bounce, Clacton Factory Outlet
1st: Paul Zerdin Puppet Master, Princes Theatre
2nd & 23rd: Fossil Hunts with the Nazeman, The Naze
3rd: Beach Cricket, Jaywick
8th  – 30th: Jaywick Martello Tower Coastal Open
8th: Camp Rock: The Musical, Princes Theatre
9th: Heritage Open Days: Maritime Museum
14th: The Big Promise Picnic, Clacton Beach
15th: Sidney's Fun Days (including Special Guest Peppa Pig), Clacton Pier
16th: Chris & Pui Roadshow 2012, West Cliff Theatre
1st: The Orsett Show, Orsett Showground
2nd: Fire Station Open Days, Grays Fire Station
4th & 21st: Bat and Moth Night, RSPB Rainham Marshes
8th: Insect Afternoon, RSPB Rainham Marshes
9th: Heritage Open Days: Davy Down Riverside Park
29th: Dinosaurs of the Gorge, Chafford Gorge
30th: Mother and Baby show, Civic Hall
Thoughout the month: Bringing Audley End to Life, Audley End House and Gardens
2nd: Grimm Fairy Tales, Bridge End Garden
8th: Heritage Open Days: Free entry for all, Saffron Walden Museum
15th: Great Dunmow Carnival
15th onwards: Castle and Community, Saffron Walden Museum
16th: Autumn Steam Gala, Audley End Minature Railway
18th: First Aid Course, Flitch Green Community Centre
29th & 30th: Apple Weekend, Audley End House and Gardens

Focus on... 
Each month we will focus on some of the clubs, groups and classes in different towns across the county. This month we're looking at Hadleigh, a small town situated between Thundersley and Leigh-on-Sea, in the borough of Castle Point. 

Hadleigh is served by  Little Acorns Children's Centre which have a range of activities for local families. There are also several parent and toddler groups and classes, including:
Mondays 9.30-10.30: Baby and Toddler Rhyme Time, Hadleigh Library
Mondays 2.30-3.30pm & Fridays 10-11am: Ellie’s Messy Monkeys, St Thomas More Hall
Tuesdays & Thursdays 10-11am: Parent and Toddler Music & Dance Class, Western Dance Centre
Tuesdays & Fridays 10-11.30am: Temple Tots, Hadleigh Salvation Army
Tuesdays 10-11 & 11.30-12.30: Baby Sensory, Hadleigh Methodist Church
Wednesdays 10-12am: Mums & Tots, Hadleigh Baptist Church
Thursdays 9.30-11am: Little Angels, Hadleigh Methodist Church
Thursday 1.30-3pm: Hadleigh Baby Group, Hadleigh Methodist Church
Fridays 2-3pm: Relax Kids, St Barnabas Church

If you’re looking for something for older kids, you might like to try one of the following:
Tuesdays 4-5pm: Relax Kids, St Barnabas Church
Wednesdays & Fridays 4-6.30pm: Kumon, Salvation Army Temple
Thursdays 4-5.30pm & Sundays 6.30-8pm: Just Chill Out, Hadleigh Methodist Church
Saturdays 1-2.15: First Language Classes, Kip McGrath Education Centre

For something more energetic, try the following dance and sports clubs
All Week: The Majestic Academy of Dance, Hadleigh Methodist Church
Fridays 3-5.30pm: Dance Academy

And for mums-to-be you might like to try:
Wednesdays 7.45-9pm: Pregnancy Yoga, Westwood School

Please phone to check before attending a group or class and let me know if any information needs updating!

Hadleigh’s main tourist attraction is the remains of the castle and surrounding country park. The nearby Salvation Army farm was the location for the recent 2012 Games mountain biking and the course is still open to visitors. The town has a small but busy area with lots of shops both High Street and independent as well as a large supermarket and a good variety of restaurants and cafes.

There is also a library and a couple of nearby Leisure Centres (Waterside Farm in Canvey and Runnymede swimming pool in Thundersley). Primary schools in the area include Hadleigh Infant and Nursery School, Hadleigh Junior School and Westwood Primary School. There is no secondary school in Hadleigh, but local children may attend The King John School or The Deanes School in Thundersley.

Things to win! Check out the great competitions we currently have running. If you would like to run a competition yourself please let me know - it's a great way to advertise for free and also give something lovely to parents in Essex!

Product Reviews
Here's a list of what's been added this month! You can see a bit about each of our reviewers here, or can go straight to the reviews here.

On the forum this month
Everything else
As always, please send any events, feedback, ideas etc. to me at louise@essexmums.org. I love hearing how people use the site and ways I can improve it. 

I hope you have a lovely month and that I'll get to see you at a meet-up soon.

Kind regards


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