Announcing our AGM

AGM 2011It’s that time of year again – the annual report has been lovingly prepared, the accounts carefully compiled and the invitations sent out for our Annual General Meeting.  This is a public event and anyone using our services or who has an interest in our work is welcome to attend. 

It will take place on Tuesday 9th October at 7pm, in Unit 2, Kirkhill business Units, Park Court, which is just round the corner from the Family Centre.  If you’d like to come, please email to let her know.

Mayfield Community House Date for your Diary!

Mayfield Community House is hosting The Big Breakfast in October.

On Thursday 4th October Mayfield Community House, in partnership with Together 4 Health are running the Big Breakfast from 7.30am to 9.30am. Come along with your children and try fresh fruit salads, yoghurt, cereal, bagels and there may even be porridge. Tea and coffee will be served and there will be plenty of toast to go with your drinks. There will be no charge for the breakfast and we look forward to seeing you, there will be a warm welcome whatever the weather.

Outdoor play experience extravaganza

Our pilot outdoor out of school care/play was a rip roaring success, with children from the age of 4 1/2 to 12 years participating in a truly outdoor experience.  The children who attended our outdoor playspace, did so from 9 a.m. and stayed untill 5 p.m. and while there they went about their business of play.  Highlights of the 2 days were gutting, boning, cooking and eating sea bass and rainbow trout, fire building, bread making, den building, tree swinging, tree net diving (please see our oosc facebook page for more on this) and general exploration.  Hopefully this will be the start of much more experiences like this for many more children.

What’s on for parents

wooden spoon prizeThe new Adult Programme is out now for the Autumn term at Broxburn Family Centre.

Our volunteers group, now known as the ‘Family Centre Squad’, organised a wee quiz to start the term off with some fun.  There were winners of course, as well as the inevitable booby prize for last place pictured here!  It’s amazing how competitive people get once you start asking the questions.

New groups for this term include a short course called Money Matters, where we have workshops on benefits and tax credits changes, energy bills, food waste and household budgeting.  There’s also a new ‘Get Cooking’ course starting after the October break.  All groups will start on Monday 3rd September – check our facebook page for regular news.

You can view the programme here or call Tansy or Simon on 01506 857158 for more information and to book places.

Play in print

photobooksParents at Mayfield Community House will soon be getting the chance to explore creative play with their children, when a new art project begins in September.

There will be play sessions with all kinds of arty stuff and some help for mums and dads to make sure they get some great photos.  Then we’ll be using online printing websites to make photobooks and canvas prints to show what we’ve been up to.  We’ll also be learning a bit about how and why children play and doing a bit of writing to go in the books, with the support of ABE worker Jenny.  The project ran at Broxburn Family Centre earlier this year – here’s one of the books which can be shared online too.

For more information contact Anne on 01501 733248

Don’t we look blaw

blawAs Manky Monday, Wet Wednesday and Freedom Friday are our popular days of our summer programme at the Range, we try to make our ”normal’ Tuesdays and Thursdays just as fun!

Like this fun photo?

You can recreate this wonderful look with a leaf blower and an eager and willing child. We had a great time with it and got some cracking photos. You can see these on our Range facebook page. See sometimes the simplest things are the best activities!

Tidying time

range cupboardNow the children have gone back to school it’s time for that most hated of tasks – tidying up.

After four weeks of manky, wet, energetic free play at the Range, there’s an awful lot of stuff to clean and put away.  The constant rain this summer has also meant that everything’s damp and muddy too so Playworker Alex has had her work cut out for her.  However, with the clubs starting again at the Range on the 10th September, she’s getting things in order and looking forward to welcoming those happy wee faces to play.

Parents – look out for new registration forms from school very soon!

Rain doesn’t stop us playing

summer puddles at the rangeIt will probably turn out to be the wettest summer anyone can remember but children still need to play whatever the weather.

The Range Adventure Playground staff have been busy getting wet and as the saying goes, “There’s no such thing as bad weather just the wrong clothing” so it’s lucky we all have waterproofs and wellies.  Although the rain has put a few people off we’ve still had a good turnout for the ever popular Manky Mondays and Wet Wednesdays have been even wetter than usual.

Our Summer Programme is running this week and finishes with a party on Friday, some sunshine would be nice but if not we’ll play anyway!

Summer’s coming!

paint poolIt’s getting close to the end of term now, which means that the holidays and the Range Summer Programme is nearly here!

The term time chldren’s play clubs have finished now and it’s a busy week for staff getting ready for a month of exciting activities at the playground.  We’ve been planning since September last year to make sure that this year will be the best ever and the hugely popular Manky Monday and Wet Wednesday won’t disappoint.  The staff team have been really creative with their ideas, putting a lot of effort into collecting stuff for the play sessions and getting some funny looks in the queue at the shops – alphabetti spaghetti, duct tape, porridge oats, fish net tights and a bale of straw isn’t your average shopping list!

The fun starts with our ‘School’s out’ party this Friday 29th, right after school at 12.30pm – there’ll be a barbeque, inflatables, music and games and it’s free to get in.  Play sessions start with a Manky Monday on the 2nd, 1-3pm at the Range Adventure Playground – if you not sure where to find us here’s a map and see our facebook page for a countdown!

Wildlife sightings at Broxburn Family Centre

animals in the grassThere have been some unusual visitors to Broxburn Family Cente’s Playroom this week.

Elephants, tigers, lions and even dinosaurs were sighted hiding in the long grass.  The children have loved having a real lawn to play with indoors and it’s sparked everyone’s imagination.  The grass seeds were sown in one of our big play trays and lovingly cared for while it germinated, being watered by the children and taken outside everyday to get the sunshine!