Sacrewell Farm’s New Mascot

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A farm near Peterborough has a new mascot, thanks to the creative talents of its young visitors.

Over half-term, children visiting the farm were asked to design a new mascot for the farm which will then be developed to become to farm’s new children’s mascot when it rebrands in the summer.

With more than 100 entries it was difficult decision, but in the end it was a colourful peacock that came out tops.

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The mascot was designed by six-year-old Mia Barham from Market Deeping who visits the farm regularly with her family.

Mia said: “I chose to draw a peacock because one let me stroke it once and they are my favourite animals ever.”

Mum, Kate, added: “They are the first thing she looks for when she comes into the farm.

“She has always loved drawing. She drew her first picture before she was two and it was a smiley face with arms and legs. I still have it on the fridge.”

Mia is a pupil at Linchfield Primary School in Deeping St James and was at school when she found out she had won. Her prize was a family annual pass to the farm so that she can see her mascot as it is developed by a professional graphic designer.

She said: “I was very excited. I went and told my teacher straight away. I thought I could come and see a peacocks anytime now.”

When the mascot has been developed, he will appear on all children’s interpretation boards at the farm. The farm is rebranding as part of its Heritage Lottery Funded Watermill Project.

Marketing and communications executive Megan Horner said: “We were delighted with Mia’s entry and can’t wait to see how her peacock is developed.

“We had a lot of votes for peacocks. We have six male birds here at the farm and they are definitely one of our most popular animals. Thank you to everyone who entered.”

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Nana’s Knickers – Review

Having been an avid book reader since I was a wee lass, I’m very pleased that T is taking after me with her love of books. With her starting school in September (eek) we have been getting into the habit of reading books each day before bed to try and get her used to it.

When we were contacted by Nico Russell on Twitter @BlueFluffBooks with a view to reviewing his self published book “Nana’s Knickers” of course we jumped at it!

The very first thing that jumped out at me was the illustrations by Charlie Meyer, A4 pages full of colour and details. Even on the fourth time round T was finding new little things (the little mouse was a particular favourite). The font was especially chosen to help young children who are learning letter shapes and the plain backgrounds were painted yellow so those with dyslexia could see the text more clearly.

The book takes the reader on an amusing adventure as Nana wakes up and can’t find her favourite pair of knickers.  The tables are turned as her grandchildren advise her to retrace her steps (how many times have we as parent’s said that!) until Nana finds her frilly knickers! The words have a wonderful lilt and rhyme to them.

Nico wrote the book due to his unceasing appetite of his niece and nephew for new stories.  The process took two years and despite receiving tremendous feedback from schools and children, he has entirely self funded the book as publishing houses were unwilling to take a risk on a new author, despite him being the youngest ever winner of the National Poetry Competition in 2012.

This makes me sad.  How many other wonderful books are out there unread because publishers don’t want to take a risk? What if an author doesn’t have the option to go self funded?

Nana’s Knickers can be ordered at Blue Fluff Books for £5.99 (plus p+p) or a signed copy for £6.50 (plus p+p) – http://bluefluffbooks.com/

 

 

 

Mumsnet calls for manifesto commitment on better miscarriage care

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Half of women who miscarry wait 24 hours or more for a scan, and are treated alongside women with healthy pregnancies 

Mumsnet calls for manifesto commitment on better miscarriage care

Mumsnet, the UK’s biggest website for parents, is today publishing the results of a survey into patients’ care and experiences following miscarriage. Around a quarter of a million women miscarry in the UK each year (1) – about one in five pregnancies ends in miscarriage – but the statistics published today show that the treatment and support women receive fails to meet their needs or measure up to official national guidelines.

A survey of over one thousand women (2) shows:

  • Half (46%) had to wait over 24 hours for a scan to determine if their baby was still alive, with one in five (18%) waiting longer than three days “When I asked how much longer it would be, I was told I was taking up their time.” A Mumsnet user

  • Half (47%) were treated alongside women with ongoing pregnancies “I sat with other ladies who were still pregnant and waiting for scans… seeing their happy faces tore me apart.” A Mumsnet user

  • A third (31%) of those who miscarried at home following a scan were not offered any pain relief, or adequate pain relief “I was under the impression that miscarrying at home was the easy option. It certainly is not easy. I have been in agony.” A Mumsnet user

  • 58% of respondents wanted counselling, but only 12% were offered it “I had to wait six months to get counselling and lost six months of my life as I was not   coping with the loss.” A Mumsnet user

  • 56% of respondents wanted further medical care but only 26% were offered it “The hospital said they’d ask a health visitor to contact me. That was two months ago; nobody has been in touch.” A Mumsnet user

  • Only a quarter (23%) spoke of their experience to friends, and only 13% told wider family “When I felt ready to talk, I didn’t have anyone ready to listen.”  A Mumsnet user

In 2012, NICE guidance on the management of miscarriage stated that miscarrying at home (known as ‘expectant management’) would be the default clinical response for women undergoing miscarriage before the 13th week of pregnancy, but today’s results show this policy is leaving women without the support they need.

  • Only 15% of women who miscarried at home following a scan felt they had the right support, information and pain relief to manage “I was told, over the phone, to ‘just sit on the toilet and hopefully it will all come out’.”

  • 11 people were asked to store their foetus at home prior to further tests on the embryo “[I don’t want to] catch my miscarried embryo in a urine sample pot at home, keep it in the fridge overnight if necessary, then take it on the train (two hours) for genetic testing.”

Mumsnet users have developed a five-point Miscarriage Code of Care, which calls for straightforward improvements in the treatment parents receive:

1. Supportive staff

2. Access to scanning

3. Safe and appropriate places for treatment

4. Good information and effective treatment

5. Joined-up care

Many of the Code’s points are included in best-practice guidance from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the Department of Health, but the research shows that, too often, this guidance is not being implemented.

Mumsnet is now asking the Secretary of State for Health, the shadow Health Minister and the junior Health Minister to commit to improving miscarriage care during the lifetime of the next parliament.

Justine Roberts, Mumsnet Founder, said:

“There’s no escaping the pain of a miscarriage, but for this to be compounded by lack of treatment, pain relief, good care or just plain human kindness is completely unacceptable. We are calling on the three main parties to include a pledge in their manifestos to improve miscarriage care, based on the principles in our code.”

Cathy Warwick, Chief Executive of the Royal College of Midwives, said:

“The Royal College of Midwives welcomes and supports the Mumsnet code of care which aims to improve care for women at a very difficult time. Midwives and other health professionals have an important role to play in supporting women and families through the physical and psychological impact of miscarriage. Kind, compassionate and empathetic communication around care and treatment is an essential step to support families. It is particularly important that there is effective communication between the hospital, GP and midwife to provide ongoing support or advice, as needed.”

Jane Brewin, Chief Executive of Tommy’s, said:

“Losing a baby is a devastating experience and our helpline hears from people every day who are struggling to make sense of what has happened to them and why. More research is needed to help us understand the causes of miscarriage so we can develop treatments that help save babies’ lives. We want families to know that they are not alone and that Tommy’s helpline is here to support anyone who has been through this heartbreak.”

Susan Seenan, Chief Executive of the national charity Infertility Network UK, said:

“Miscarriage is an extremely distressing, and often frightening experience and sadly even health professionals can underestimate the impact which a miscarriage can have.  Good support and access to counselling from sensitive trained staff who understand the emotional as well as the physical effect of miscarriage on both women and their partners can make an enormous difference to those dealing with the grief of losing a baby.  We hope that this campaign will lead to better care and support for everyone affected by what can be a hugely traumatic experience.”

Feature – Millfield Autos

I would think it’s pretty safe to say that most car owners in Peterborough have at one time or another popped into Millfield Autos. A veritable treasure trove for amateur mechanics and car geeks.

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The History behind the store 

Husseinaly Jessa Damani set up the store along with his two brothers Hassan and Hyder in 1985. They are still in the original building nearly 30 years later. Sadly in 2010 General Manager Husseinaly Jessa Damani passed away, as a recognition of his legacy his family was presented with the Pride of Peterborough Award in 2012.

They are now an established retailer offering a wide selection of car parts and accessories throughout Cambridgeshire. They also offer delivery to over 1500 garages in the greater Peterborough area going as far as Spalding, Huntingdon and Godmanchester.

With over 1,200 likes on Facebook and 360+ followers on Twitter, MAP are using social media to it’s full potential in engaging with customers.

Currently over 700 retail customers are signed up to the website to receive personalised emails which are used to send out in store offers and info. They also receive up to 12 different vouchers to be used in store.

They have also created their own winter checklist for customers who want to ensure they are safe in winter. The downloadable PDF can be found here http://www.millfieldautoparts.co.uk/winter-checklist-2013/

Review – Persil Cook with the Kids

As a busy family we are always on the look out for time saving hints and tips. Anything that makes my life easier is always welcome.  To that end Persil have launched a new harder working formula washing up liquid.  According to them it’s been “rigorously tested and scientifically proven so that for every bottle used, you can get an extra 1,400 plates sparkling clean. In the long run, not only will you be spending less money on washing-up, but thanks to the new proven, powerful and harder-working formula, you’ll also be spending less time. You’ve got enough on your plate to have to worry about cleaning plates, pot and pans. Put Persil to the test and the results will be sparkling.”

I was sent two bottles of the new formulation Persil washing up liquid with the task to get baking with T and not to worry about the mess.

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Challenge accepted!  We signed up to the website http://www.persildishwash.co.uk/cookwiththekids/ watched the video http://youtu.be/ylk2bJzgPlg downloaded the pack and off we went.

I received these just before Easter so of course our first baking session had to be Egg Nests. Now normally when we do these I only have to do a quick wash of all the cooking materials as lets face it, there isn’t going to be much melted chocolate left on anything. But in the interests of giving it a good test I left all the spoons and bowls with chocolate on.

The sacrifices I have to make………..

I decided to do white and milk chocolate to see if that made a difference (and because white chocolate cornflake cakes are to die for).

As I am ever so slightly lazy and melt the chocolate in the microwave, I had to wash the jug in between the chocolates.

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I used one squeeze in the jug and hot water and gave it a wipe round with a cloth. As I would expect the chocolate came off easily and I didn’t need to put a lot of elbow grease in.

Normally I would be chasing after T with a cloth catching (eating) drips and smudges but this time I went with the flow.

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I also decided to leave the bowls a while to let the chocolate harden to see how easily it would clean (the only time this has ever happened.

A quick squeeze, some hot water and a light scrub and the bowls were clean.  As an aside the smell of the orange Persil and the chocolate together was yummy!

The download pack from Persil contains ten tips for cooking with kids, some fun recipes and activities for the kids. Worth a look at for new ideas. It also kept T occupied and saved me from the incessant “Can we eat them yet Mummy?”

On a slight tangent I begrudge paying silly money for dishwasher tablets and have been known to use Starburst in my dishwasher in the week running up to pay day when I have run out.  I thought I would give the Persil a try, one squeeze into the tablet compartment and the dishes were just as clean, if not more clean than the Starburst.  Another handy tip I’ve picked up there.  I don’t know if Persil advise to use it in dishwashers but I’m sticking with it. Just don’t do what a “friend” did and put an extra squirt in the bottom of the machine, apparently that then gives you a nice lot of bubbles over your kitchen floor.  So I’m told…….

*I was sent two bottles of Persil for review purposes. All opinions are my own.

 

App review – Brian Cox’s Wonder of Life

Disclaimer – I may have a slight crush on Brian Cox. I even have a signed copy of “Wonders of the Universe” that I won in a competition.  I have always been a big Star Trek, space, astronomy fan even when I was a kid. I was that 8 year old who wrote to Nasa to enquire about becoming an astronaut, (they replied and sent me a pack on the latest STS mission, I still have it..) My “chosen” Mastermind subject was at one time “Episodes of Star Trek The Next Generation” I could tell you the name of the episode from the first 60 seconds of dialogue.

So we are clear on what type of nerd I am yes?

When I saw the opportunity to review the Wonders of Life app from the said professor I was all over it. Here’s a quick video to explain

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OXthS3RM9lc&feature=youtu.be

(The app is designed for iOS7 so if you don’t have that you will need to upgrade in order to get all the features.)

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Designed as a follow up to the Wonders of the Universe, this app has been made in conjunction with the BBC and will see the Prof lead you on a 3D tour of the Earth’s most disparate climates and creatures.

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The app offers over 30 beautifully crafted creatures and habitats to explore. There are also over 80 articles delving into the intricacies of the natural world and the laws which bind it. It also includes over 2 hours of HD footage from the series and 30+ locations.

So there’s the spiel, what about the app itself?

The app opens with an amazing video of the Earth in space (nerd coming out again)

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You can currently choose to delve into either North America, Africa, Australasia, Sensory, Microscopic or Elements Processes.

Each category has lots of different things inside to watch or read. It almost reminds me of Encarta (showing my age there) in that it’s very easy to start looking at one thing and then before you know it you’ve been sat there an hour with a very numb bottom and a cold cup of tea.

It’s a bit too advanced for my four year old but then I don’t think she is the target audience for this. It is however very easy to navigate around, (just pinch and zoom to grasp the magnitude of the Earth and our place within it) press the rocket symbol at the top of the screen and you’re back to the title menu and can choose something else. She does enjoy sitting with me and looking through it though, the videos and pictures are of exceptional quality and this is definately an app that we can use as she grows and learns.

The app costs £4.99 which is a little on the expensive side but with updates I can see this being an app that is never deleted off my homepage. The app along with it’s predecessor Wonders of the Universe can be found in the iTunes Store.

*I was sent a code to download this app for review purposes but all opinions are my own*

 

 

 

 

Peppa Pig and George come to Queensgate in February half term.

Following the success of Peppa Pig turning on the Christmas lights in 2013, Peppa and George will be returning in the February half term.

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Queensgate shopping centre has got a treat in store for little shoppers this half term, as Peppa Pig and her brother George will be visiting the centre on Friday 21st February.

Britain’s favourite cheeky little piggies, Peppa and George, will be entertaining the crowds during narrated storytelling sessions held in Central Square, outside Primark.  Storytelling sessions will take place at 2pm, 3pm, 4pm, 5pm and 6pm.

Further adding to the half term excitement, there are a host of events planned at the centre for all ages.  These include, for Mum and Dad, an introduction to Italian wines at Carluccio’s on Wednesday 19th February and for the kids a pretzel rolling competition at Auntie Anne’s on Saturday 22nd February.  To find out more about the events at Queensgate, visit the Queensgate website*.

Sam Eastwood, centre director at Queensgate, comments: “We wanted to give the families of Peterborough an exciting event for half term. Peppa Pig was a great success at our light switch on and we look forward to welcoming her back along with her brother George.

With many exciting events planned throughout the week, Queensgate has plenty of fun on offer to keep the whole family entertained.”

For information on news and events at Queensgate, please visit:www.queensgate-shopping.co.uk.