Essex Mums Newsletter December 2014
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Starting to feel festive? Well if not, it's time to start. Lots of lovely Christmas events happening this month across the county - the countdown to Christmas really has begun. 

This newsletter will be focussing on all the fantastic festive fun there is to be had over the county, with a little bit about some pressie ideas too!
If you have something you'd like to add to the site, please use one of these buttons to get you there quickly!
 

Are you ready for Christmas? Tiny Posers Studio presents Christmas Mini sessions. It’s never too early to get ready to make Christmas cards and also it’s a great excuse to update your family photographs. Christmas is often a time of a year when people are  running out of ideas or struggling to find a perfect present for their loved ones. Tiny Posers Studios’ amazing Christmas Mini session will help you with a beautiful and unique gift that will be cherished forever! A family portrait or a beautifully framed image of grandchildren is always the best present for grandparents. A mini photography session is a wonderful way to capture some treasured memories and a great opportunity to get fantastic presents that are always deeply appreciated. Please click here to book your spot.
www.tinyposers.com

 
Christmas Shopping Guide
Over the last month I've been lucky enough to add some absolutely gorgeous products and shops to the Christmas Gift Guide. Whether you still have all your pressies to buy or are just looking for a few last minute stocking fillers, take a look at our fantastic range of shops selling interesting, original and somewhat different ideas and save yourself a trip to the High Street! You can search by category or look through a full list of all our lovely shops here. If you want some product ideas then take a look at the Product Guide which has a range of gorgeous goodies for you to browse or search by category. Keep an eye on the homepage for some of my product picks for different ages which change every few days, or just click the categories below to get started:
Something for Babies
Something for Toddlers
Something for Little Kids
Something for Big Kids
Something for Tweens
Something for Teens
Something for Adults

If you're interested in a listing for your shop or product, get in touch at louise@essexmums.org - listings start at just a pound! 
Essex Mums Shop

New goodies added to the Essex Mums Shop this month and still more to come! It's a fantastic 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

BoBo Baby Wear. Inspired, beautiful baby wear and gorgeous baby accessories at good value prices. Bows, flowers, bloomers and pettiskirts in fabulous fabrics and prints. 
 
For wonderfully versatile, stylish outfits for our very small friends who simply must have the very best..... For something a little bit different, look  what we have for you.....
 
www.mybobobaby.co.uk
Follow us on twitter @mybobobabywear &www.facebook.com/bobobabywear    
What's On this Christmas
As always, we've been searching high and low for months now to bring you the widest range of Christmas events in Essex available on the internet, and I think I can safely say we're pretty much there! There is absolutely loads to do this December, whether you're looking for a place to meet Father Christmas (for the kids, obviously, I'm sure you don't make a habit of sitting on strange men's knees. Ahem.), some wintery outdoor fun or somewhere to shop, you can find it all here.

We've made it even easier to find out what's on by listing all the events by type on the links below, and by area underneath that! On the off chance you know of an event that isn't here, please email me with details on louise@essexmums.org or use the online events submission page. Thank you!
 







   Carol Singing and Church Services
  Christmas Crafts, Fun Days and Parties
  Christmas Light Ups
  Christmas Markets, Shopping and Bazaars
  Meet Father Christmas
  Pantomimes and Plays
  Winter Wildlife and Other Outdoor Activities
  Other Fun Things to Do



The Broadway Theatre, Barking Chadwell Heath Baptist Church Dagenham and Redbridge FC Dagenham Trades Hall Eastbrookend Country Park Eastbury Manor House Hatfield Hall St Mary's Church  Valence House
   Carol Singing and Church Services
  Christmas Crafts, Fun Days and Parties
  Christmas Light Ups
  Christmas Markets, Shopping and Bazaars
  Meet Father Christmas
  Pantomimes and Plays
  Winter Wildlife and Other Outdoor Activities
  Other Fun Things to Do


All Saints Church

Altons Garden Centre

Barleylands Farm Park The Billericay School The Bromfords Sports Centre Chewits Premier Sport Holiday Courses Downham Primary School Eastgate Shopping Centre Fairy Tale Pony Parties Festival Leisure Park Fit 4 Sport Camps Langdon Country Park Langdon Visitor Centre Mega Camps Partyman World of Play  P.A.S.S. Soccer Pioneer Special Needs School Stay and Play Indoor Children's Play Centre St Mary Magdalen Church Towngate Theatre Wat Tyler Country Park The View Garden Centre The Wick Community Centre Wick Country Park Wickford CLC
CRAFT BEER for gifts and home entertaining this Christmas & New Year.

Brewery Shop open to public Mon-Fri (and Saturdays 10am-2pm until New Year).

Brewed on the spot - cask and bottle-conditioned ale on sale.  Gift packs, Minicasks for parties and Bishop Nick merchandise make great gifts for dads/uncles/grandpas… Polypins and barrels available to order.

Come visit Braintree’s first and only commercial brewery. 01376 349 605
www.bishopnick.com follow us on twitter @bishopnick or Facebook @BishopNickAle 
 
   Carol Singing and Church Services
  Christmas Crafts, Fun Days and Parties
  Christmas Light Ups
  Christmas Markets, Shopping and Bazaars
  Meet Father Christmas
  Pantomimes and Plays
  Winter Wildlife and Other Outdoor Activities
  Other Fun Things to Do



Baytree Garden Centre The Benson Bar The Bocking Boydells Farm Braintree Arts Centre Braintree & Bocking Public Gardens Braintree Town Centre Colne Valley Railway Cressing Temple The Forum The Glass House Tea Room Great Notley Country Park The Grove Shopping Centre Kiddi Caru Day Nursery Kiddiewilks 
  • Christmas party: Kiddiewilks will be hosting a fantastically festive Christmas party 
Town Centre Newland Street Sing and Sign White Court Primary School Witham Public Hall Woodend Farm Wyevale Garden Centre

 
   Carol Singing and Church Services
  Christmas Crafts, Fun Days and Parties
  Christmas Light Ups
  Christmas Markets, Shopping and Bazaars
  Meet Father Christmas
  Pantomimes and Plays
  Winter Wildlife and Other Outdoor Activities
  Other Fun Things to Do


Baby Sensory Beautiful Things The Brentwood Centre Brentwood Karting & Laser Warfare Brentwood Theatre Chicken and Frog Hutton Community Centre Ingatestone and Fryerning Community Centre Mega Camps Priory Church of St Laurence Remus Memorial Horse Sanctuary Shenfield Parish Hall Thorndon Country Park Thriftwood Scout Centre Weald Country Park
   Carol Singing and Church Services
  Christmas Crafts, Fun Days and Parties
  Christmas Light Ups
  Christmas Markets, Shopping and Bazaars
  Meet Father Christmas
  Pantomimes and Plays
  Winter Wildlife and Other Outdoor Activities
  Other Fun Things to Do



Arsenal Soccer School Canvey Island Cedar Hall School Hadleigh Hadleigh Country Park Leisure Island Fun Park Moo Music The Old Fire Station The Paddocks Richmond Hall Thundersley Congregational Church

Limited availability for the Marsh Farm Christmas Experience, all weekends sold out!


Don't miss out on this magical family day-out with festive surprises around every corner. Meet the cheeky elves, decorate cookies with Mother Christmas, see reindeer and animals, make a bear and of course visit Father Christmas in the grotto, as well as much more.
 
Why not treat your family to a scrumptious breakfast with the elves in Tillie’s Tea Room also at Marsh Farm? Enjoy entertainment, magic, balloon modelling and fun from the cheeky elves as you tuck into a delicious continental or traditional English breakfast. 

www.marshfarm.co.uk

   Carol Singing and Church Services
  Christmas Crafts, Fun Days and Parties
  Christmas Light Ups
  Christmas Markets, Shopping and Bazaars
  Meet Father Christmas
  Pantomimes and Plays
  Winter Wildlife and Other Outdoor Activities
  Other Fun Things to Do


Barrow Farm Boleyn Gardens Camelot Day Nursery Chelmsford Miniature Railway Chelmsford Museum Christchurch Pre-School Civic and Cramphorn Theatres Danbury Country Park Danbury Players Danbury Sports and Social Club Downham C of E School Frost Christmas Galleywood Heritage Centre Great Waltham Primary School Hanningfield Reservoir Heart and Sole High Chelmer Shopping Centre Hobbycraft Hylands House & Estate Island Inflatables Jesters Out of School & Holiday Club Kiddi Caru Day Nursery Little Baddow History Centre Little Stars Workshops Marsh Farm Mace Playce  Meadows Shopping Centre! Natural Foundations Parish Church of St John the Baptist P.A.S.S. Soccer RHS Hyde Hall Riverside Ice and Leisure Sandon Village Hall Sing and Sign Springfield Parish Centre St Augustine's Church The Wilderness Foundation Wyevale Garden Centre
   Carol Singing and Church Services
  Christmas Crafts, Fun Days and Parties
  Christmas Light Ups
  Christmas Markets, Shopping and Bazaars
  Meet Father Christmas
  Pantomimes and Plays
  Winter Wildlife and Other Outdoor Activities
  Other Fun Things to Do


Abberton Reservoir Ardleigh Village Hall Barnplants Garden Centre Bourne Mill Buggy Bootcamp Colchester  Castle Park Christchurch URC CHUMS  Coggeshall Village Hall Colchester Arts Centre Colchester Castle Colchester High Street Colchester Zoo Dedham High Street East Anglian Railway Museum Fingringhoe Wick firstsite Headgate Theatre Island Inflatables Jungle Adventure Kiddi Caru Day Nursery
Kingsland Church Lakeside Theatre 
Lion Walk Shopping Centre Mercury Theatre
The Mersea Island Cookery School Workshops  Perrywood Garden Centre Poplar Nurseries Queen Elizabeth Hall Signals St Andrews Church St Leonards Church Tymperleys Venture Centre Williams and Griffin  Wish Upon a Star  Theatre

Play together whatever your age

Looking for somewhere fun to spend time with under fives? Den's Play Den is the place to come. Offering fun activities for all ages, including an under five time for parents/carers with children under five years of age, Tuesday and Thursday mornings 10.00am - 11.30am. During the session there is a dedicated song and rhyme time, soft play and messy play, refreshment time together, free play and fun.
 
First session free!
 
Church Hall United Reformed Church, Bradleigh Avenue, RM17 5DX
Phone: 07806739959
Email:    densplayden@gmail.com
Website: www.densplayden.co.uk



 
   Carol Singing and Church Services
  Christmas Crafts, Fun Days and Parties
  Christmas Light Ups
  Christmas Markets, Shopping and Bazaars
  Meet Father Christmas
  Pantomimes and Plays
  Winter Wildlife and Other Outdoor Activities
  Other Fun Things to Do

 
Chilming
Copped Hall
The Elms  Epping Ongar Railway The Green GreenAcres Woodland Burials
Lee Valley Park Farms Loughton Methodist Church
Loughton Town Centre Roding Valley High School TopGolf Tyndalls Garden Centre Woolston Manor The View
   Carol Singing and Church Services
  Christmas Crafts, Fun Days and Parties
  Christmas Light Ups
  Christmas Markets, Shopping and Bazaars
  Meet Father Christmas
  Pantomimes and Plays
  Winter Wildlife and Other Outdoor Activities
  Other Fun Things to Do


The Gateway
Harlow Baptist Church 
Harlow Playhouse The Harvey Centre Kiddi Caru Day Nursery Mega Camps Pets Corner
The Water Gardens Harlow Playhouse Parndon Woods Victoria Hall Theatre

Families Acting for Change Essex (FACE) is run by parents.


We represent the views and experiences of parents and carers of children and young people with disabilities and additional needs to influence the services they receive in Essex. Families are the experts on knowing the impact on day to day life.

Joining FACE is free and gives access to current information and the chance to contribute to focus groups and consultations and to become more involved in any way that suits you and your family. 

Contact Face today and have your say on the things that matter to you!

www.face-essex.org
   Carol Singing and Church Services
  Christmas Crafts, Fun Days and Parties
  Christmas Light Ups
  Christmas Markets, Shopping and Bazaars
  Meet Father Christmas
  Pantomimes and Plays
  Winter Wildlife and Other Outdoor Activities
  Other Fun Things to Do


Ardleigh House
Bedfords Park Visitor Centre The Brewery Brookside Theatre Chadwell Heath Baptist Church The Chafford School Collier Row Library Elm Park Primary School Fairkytes Arts Centre  Fit 4 Sport Camps Havering Museum Havering Road Methodist Church Hobbycraft The Liberty Mega Camps The Mawney Foundation School  The Mercury MyPlace North Romford Community Centre The Oaks Activity Centre The Old Chapel Queens Theatre Rainham Village Romford YMCA Romford Shopping Hall The Royal Liberty School RSPB Rainham Marshes South Hornchurch Library St Edwards Primary School St.Laurence  Hall Stubbers Adventure Centre Thames Chase Tracy's T-Cakes Cupcake Classes Upminster Library Upminster Methodist Church
Vue Cinema
Wellgate Community Farm  The Wesley Players

 
   Carol Singing and Church Services
  Christmas Crafts, Fun Days and Parties
  Christmas Light Ups
  Christmas Markets, Shopping and Bazaars
  Meet Father Christmas
  Pantomimes and Plays
  Winter Wildlife and Other Outdoor Activities
  Other Fun Things to Do


Burnham-on-Crouch
Burnham-on-Crouch Town Centre
Chigborough Barns Great Totham Nursery
Mangapps Railway Museum Maeldune Heritage Centre
Maldon Town Hall
Maylandsea CP School Mega Camps Museum of Power St Mary's School United Reform Church
URC Burham on Crouch
   Carol Singing and Church Services
  Christmas Crafts, Fun Days and Parties
  Christmas Light Ups
  Christmas Markets, Shopping and Bazaars
  Meet Father Christmas
  Pantomimes and Plays
  Winter Wildlife and Other Outdoor Activities
  Other Fun Things to Do


Christchurch Hall
Dagenham and Redbridge FC
The Exchange Hainault Forest Country Park  Sir James Hawkey Hall Kenneth More Theatre
Redbridge Central Library
Toddler Sense  Valentine's Mansion Wanstead Library
   Carol Singing and Church Services
  Christmas Crafts, Fun Days and Parties
  Christmas Light Ups
  Christmas Markets, Shopping and Bazaars
  Meet Father Christmas
  Pantomimes and Plays
  Winter Wildlife and Other Outdoor Activities
  Other Fun Things to Do


Abbotts Hall Farm
Chewits Premier Sport Holiday Courses
The Clay & Craft Cottage Cookywooky Workshop Edward Francis School  The Fun Factory Great Wakering Community Centre Hawkwell Village Green Hilldale Academy of Performing Arts Hockley and Hawkwell Methodist Church
Hullbridge Community Centre
Mill Arts and Events Centre St Theresa's RC Primary School Sweyne Park School
The View Garden Centre
Hattie’s Haka

One-year-old Hattie Seymour was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL) on Friday 21st November and started her treatment just days later.

She doesn’t know it yet, but this special little girl is inspiring others across the country to fundraise for Leukaemia CARE, raising more than £6,000 in just three days through the appealher family has launched, called #HattiesHaka.
 
The Haka is a war dance, a symbol of defiance and solidarity. The appeal has already had support from international rugby star, Kyran Bracken.
 

Get involved

Hattie’s family is urging people to get involved by taking a photo of your best warrior face, or videoing yourself doing the Haka and uploading it to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #HattiesHaka.

If you’d like to donate to show your support for Hattie, visit www.justgiving.com/hattieshaka - don’t forget to upload your Haka photo or video to www.facebook.com/HattiesHeroes
   Carol Singing and Church Services
  Christmas Crafts, Fun Days and Parties
  Christmas Light Ups
  Christmas Markets, Shopping and Bazaars
  Meet Father Christmas
  Pantomimes and Plays
  Winter Wildlife and Other Outdoor Activities
  Other Fun Things to Do

 
3Lions
Adventure Island Blenheim Primary School
Cliffs Pavilion

Crowstone Christian Centre Civic Centre Crowstone Christian Centre Crowstone St. George's URC Essex Stars Cheerleading Squad Funky Monkeys Leigh Community Centre Leigh-on-Sea
Made@94
 Mega Camps Milton Community Partnership My Enchanted Parties
Palace Theatre Prittlewell Priory Purple Goat Theatre
Sealife Adventure Southend Airport Southend Bandstand Southend High Street The Southend Pier Royal Pavilion  Southend Town Centre
Southend Youth Arts
St Aidan's Church Hall St Augustine's Church St Clements Church St Thomas More School Thorpe Greenways School Toddler Sense The Victoria Shopping Centre Wesley Methodist Church West Leigh Schools 
 
   Carol Singing and Church Services
  Christmas Crafts, Fun Days and Parties
  Christmas Light Ups
  Christmas Markets, Shopping and Bazaars
  Meet Father Christmas
  Pantomimes and Plays
  Winter Wildlife and Other Outdoor Activities
  Other Fun Things to Do

All Saints Church
Brightlingsea YMCA Canarvon Nursing Centre Clacton Factory Outlet
St. Clare's School Thorpe-le-Soken Venture Centre

Harriet Ellis Training and Recruitment Group are currently looking for Trainee Dental Nurses to take up positions in the Essex Area. In order to fill a position in a Dental Practice you will need to enrol onto the National Diploma in Dental Nursing Course. You could become a fully qualified Dental Nurse in just one year! 

Harriet Ellis is one of the biggest providers of the National Diploma in Dental Nursing and offers this course across the UK, with a pass rate of 96%!

No experience is necessary to take part in this opportunity to work either full/part time and whilst studying just one evening a week!

Please call 01708776050 to speak to a training consultant.
www.harrietellis.com

   Carol Singing and Church Services
  Christmas Crafts, Fun Days and Parties
  Christmas Light Ups
  Christmas Markets, Shopping and Bazaars
  Meet Father Christmas
  Pantomimes and Plays
  Winter Wildlife and Other Outdoor Activities
  Other Fun Things to Do

Barnards Miniature Railway Civic Hall
Chafford Gorges The Inn on the Green  intu Lakeside The Old Regent Ballroom Small Monsters  Stanford-le-Hope Primary School  Thameside Nature Park Thameside Theatre Thurrock Garden Centre Tilbury Library
Vue Cinema
Walton Hall Farm West Horndon Village Hall William Edwards School and Sports Centre  
Livewire Rock Academy is a rock and pop music school based in Saffron Walden, with branches in Epping, Bishop’s Stortford and Dunmow.
 
We teach children and adults how to play electric guitar, bass, drums and keyboards in a fun, safe and friendly environment on a 2:1 basis with our trained tutors.
 
We teach our students to play the instrument of their choice using our absolutely unique, easy to follow course materials, then put their new skills into practice when they perform in our weekly live jam session, playing classic and contemporary rock and pop songs together with the tutors.
 
We offer free, no obligation taster sessions at all of our schools.
To book, call manager Dean Austin on 07941 670575 or visit www.livewirerockacademy.co.uk

   Carol Singing and Church Services
  Christmas Crafts, Fun Days and Parties
  Christmas Light Ups
  Christmas Markets, Shopping and Bazaars
  Meet Father Christmas
  Pantomimes and Plays
  Winter Wildlife and Other Outdoor Activities
  Other Fun Things to Do


1Life The Arts Centre Dunmow Audley End House and Gardens Audley End Minature Railway Catholic Church Hall Hatfield Forest Little Learners Pre-School Market Street Saffron Walden Town Hall Saffron Walden Museum
St Mary the Virgin Parish
Tumble Downs
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. The normal newsletter will be back next month - I hope you've enjoyed this overview of the website!

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

Kind regards
Louise
Competitions
Fantastic things to win! Enter one of our great competitions or get in touch if you would like to run something yourself. New competitions are always being added so make sure you check the competitions page for new giveaways, and get in touch if you'd like to run a giveaway yourself. 

LOOK OUT THIS WEEK FOR MORE GIVEAWAYS!
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