Hi everyone, hope all the kids and babies have had a lovely half-term and enjoyed Halloween. Lots to tell you this month! Make sure you enter our Halloween Fancy Dress competition if your kids dressed up! This month the newsletter will be focussing on Bonfire Night events across the county and a few festive ideas as I know a lot of you are already making Christmassy plans!

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NEW classes for pre-schoolers coming to Rayleigh, Thundersley and Southend from January – now taking bookings!
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Bonfire Night
As long as the weather holds out, most families across the county will be off to some sort of Bonfire celebration this weekend or next, so here is a list of fireworks nights near you. I'm sure there are some I haven't discovered so if you know of one that isn't listed here, please email me the details on louise@essexmums.org and I'll get it added or just add your event here. Likewise, check the Fireworks page for any updates. 









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Essex Mums Shop

Lots more goodies added to the Essex Mums Shop this month and still more to come! It's a fantastic new place to buy lovely goodies from small businesses in Essex and beyond, and features all sorts of things you won't find on the High Street. Great if you want to get some early Christmas shopping in for the whole family. If you are interested in selling some of your own products through the shop, please get in touch - louise@essexmums.org


Half Term Events
Half-term is already half way through (where does the time go?!) but if you're wondering what to do for the rest of the week, make sure you take a look at the Things to Do section for ideas. If you do go along to something, make sure you mention you heard about it on Essex Mums!


Ask the Working Mums Coach
Are you are working mum who needs some advice, or are you looking for help to get you back into work? Come and ask our Working Mums Coach from The Pickle Shed.

Local Business Noticeboard

The Local Business Noticeboard is a new section of the forum to post about and promote your business to our community. If you are interested in having your posts shared with our Facebook and Twitter followers too, email me on louise@essexmums.org about forum sponsorship at just £20 a year.

Book & Pay for Ads Online
Thinking of advertising on Essex Mums? You can now purchase ads quickly and easily online here. Once paid you can email us on louise@essexmums.org or we will contact you to arrange what we will need from you, artwork, dates etc. Banner ads can run from any day of the month, newsletters go out on the first of each month.

If you would like help putting an ad together, we can provide this service free of charge.

Visit our 
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Christmas Shopping Guide
If you need more ideas than you can find in the shop, our Christmas Shopping Guide is now full of lovely gift ideas for the whole family: make sure you take a look at the 
Alternative Shopping Guide and the Product Guide for some ideas for unique and unusual presents for the whole family, and check out some the lovely shops that are listed there. Many are small businesses run by parents just like us, so not only are you buying a lovely gift, you're also helping small often local businesses stay alive! Yay! If you have your own shop and would like to be featured, please get in touch - listings start at just a pound!

Secret Santa
Every year on the forum we have a small Secret Santa - it's only a bit of fun and we usually just buy a little something for each other, but is a nice way of getting to know everyone, and of course it's always nice to get a little pressie! If you're interested in joining in, come and take a look at the Secret Santa 2013 thread. Don't be shy!

Festive Fun

It might be a little early to be getting Christmassy, but as the month progresses I know many of you will be starting to think a bit more about it, so would like to devote a bit of newsletter space to all the fantastic festive fun there is to be had. If you're thinking of planning things to do nice and early, take a look at our Festive Fun page, which has listings for all sorts of Christmassy events, from Christmas Markets, through Lighting-Up Events, to Pantos and much more.

It's not too early to get your children booked in to see the big man in red. Whether you want to meet him at a local bazaar or go all out for a winter wonderland, you'll find it listed here. Below are a few that you can contact already, but keep checking the Meet Father Christmas page as more places announce when they will be visited by the one and only (ahem) Santa Claus this year.




With Christmas coming near its becoming harder  to think of original gifts to buy for your loved ones. Why not look into producing a classic art portrait of your child to take pride place on your wall. Or maybe a family update for the Grandparents. Our professional photographers are eagerly waiting to meet you at our Leigh-on-sea studio to create an individual art piece just for you. We build every shoot individually and love working with all ages. Book your shoots now to beat the Christmas rush and have you gifts in time for the big day. Call us on 01702 480 625 or email us on info@LeighStudio.co.uk.

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As all the festive events are already listed in the Festive Fun section, I've only included non-Christmassy and non-Guy Fawkes events here 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  
Braintree Brentwood  
Castle Point
Epping Forest
Maldon Redbridge Rochford Southend Tendring Thurrock Uttlesford  

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New Classes and Groups
A selection of new information about classes and groups added this month.  Some are brand new to the site, some just have updates about new venues, details etc.Take a look at the Things to Do section for complete listings.

Updated Children’s Centres Timetables

Kip McGrath
Kip McGrath Tuition is suitable for all 4- 18 yr olds, whatever their level of knowledge and confidence. Some of our students lack foundation knowledge and are struggling to catch up with the pace at school.   Others wish to raise their standards of work to keep a certain level at school.   And then there are also students  who are successful at school but want to further raise and achieve their Gifted and Talented potential.

Our tutorial support will ensure an improvement in the student’s academic ability and students can make dramatic improvements by regular attendance at the Kip Centre, often within a short period of time.  At Kip McGrath success is based upon progress and building confidence.  Feedback is given after every lesson and meassured every three months through re-assessments.
If at any time you want to discuss your child’s learning needs or progress, please feel free to contact Breggie on 01268 556700   




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.

Pregnancy & Parenting Articles
Some great articles added by our writers this month - take a look!

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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