Wednesday, 11 July 2018

RLSS Water Safety Advice

Every year sadly 400 die from drowning in the UK.  With summer here the temptation to jump into a cool swimming pool, lake or river increases but so do the risks.

It is important to educate children on the dangers and also what to do in an emergency.

The RLSS (Royal Life Saving Society) have an amazing website with loads of brilliant information and give information to schools around the UK each summer on drowning prevention.

Key safety tips are - 

If someone is in difficulty in the water shout reassurance to them, shout for help and call the emergency services

Never jump in to rescue someone.  Help from the side by using buoyancy aids, a plastic bottle, dog lead etc. and reassure and give clear instructions.

Make sure the whole family can swim

Only swim at lifeguarded beaches or lifeguarded pools
Read safety signs at the entrance to the beach or swimming pool
Learn the meanings of the lifeguard flags at the beach
If swimming alone ensure someone knows where you are & what time you'll be due back
The RLSS state that using the SAFE code is always the best thing to do.  

Have a SAFE and happy summer.



spot the dangers


follow safety signs and advice


stay close to a friend or family member


shout for help and know the emergency number to call 

Crick Scarecrow Festival

The Crick Scarecrow and Music Festival is on this weekend 14th & 15th July and is set to be the biggest in its history with over 60 entries. It is open 10am to 5pm both days. Themed scarecrows to spot are Room on the Broom and 101 Dalmatians.

There will also be food on sale, a licensed bar, fancy dress contest for kids will take place on the Sunday only, judging will be at 3pm at the Crick Creates stage. Free Entry. Theme is Heroes & Villains.

Credit Crick Scarecrow Festival

Have a try at yoga, see the dog show, watch the Moulton Morris dancers and enjoy live music from 12 noon both days.

Visitors can vote for their favourite scarecrow and you can get a programme with all the times/activities for £2 with profits going to charity.

Parking is available at Crick Primary School, (entrance on Main Rd) on a first-come-first-served basis between 10am-6pm both days. Overflow Parking can be found at the Village Hall in Bucknills Lane and the Sports Centre Field on Yelvertoft Rd.

Tuesday, 3 July 2018

Woburn Lido

Woburn Lido is the nearest outdoor pool to Northampton and this summer I am definitely going to give it a try.

The Swimming Pool is approx. 22m x 8m and near Woburn Abbey Estate.

Normal opening times are 12noon to 7.30pm but due to the current heatwave the times have been changed. As of 2 July 2018 two sessions are operating 10:00am to 13:30pm and 14:30pm to 19:00pm.

It costs £5 per adult and £4 per child under 3's are FREE.  You can purchase a family ticket (2 adults and 2 children) £15.

Woburn Lido

The pool is heated and run by volunteers. It is cash only so please remember to get some on your way. There is parking available at the Lido but if this is full you can use the car park at the village hall or behind the Woburn Hotel and walk the short distance.

You can call 01525 290611 to confirm opening times or check their Facebook page which is updated regularly.

The address is Woburn Lido, Crawley Road, Woburn, MK17 9QG.It is approximately 30 miles from Northampton.

Woburn Lido

Enjoy xxx

Monday, 18 June 2018

Motherhood & Guilt

Right now my children are on YouTube. I've just emptied the dishwasher, took the rubbish out and whipped the hover round.

Now I could go upstairs and see them both or I could have a cup of tea and faff on my phone.

You guessed it I'm on phone.

Shit bad mother alert!

Guilt. It's always there. I've always been a working mother and therefore time is always split.

In my previous job I felt like a crap employee and a crap mother. Neither had my full attention. Neither was fulfilled properly. I was always rushing, always on a timetable.

Guilty if they were ill and I needed a day off work. Juggling and judging will a tiny bit of Calpol see us through the day.Winging it and breathing a sigh of relief when it was home time and everyone was ok.

Missed sports days. Missed celebration assemblies. Missed promotions & associated pay rises.

My children are getting older 7 and 11 and I'm in a new job. I still feel guilty but it's relented a little.  At work I leave 30 minutes before the normal team members (I start early instead) to pick my children up from school which makes me feel guilty that I'm not a team player but that's my only employment niggle so far.  I still have the missed assembly and sports day problems but we've all got used to it.  The kids don't mind its expected and I'm not the only one that doesn't turn up.  

I constantly have to remind myself my children are happy and healthy. Maybe too much YouTube here and there but we are doing ok.

Maybe guilt is a female thing. Maybe it's just whoever does the lions share of the school runs thing. Maybe its just a primary school age thing. Maybe its just a me thing.  Maybe this is a random ramble thing. But to end although I don't always think it of myself here's my positive message to you.  We are all doing a great job!

Winging it