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Stagecoach Summer Holiday Workshop – Matilda!

At Stagecoach Bury, the weekly fun and engaging classes help enhance life skills such as confidence, discipline, concentration and commitment. All of the inspirational teachers have performing arts experience so they know what it takes to perform and how to nurture young people’s confidence.

Through learning the performing arts, students become more self-assured, expressive, sociable and imaginative – so they can tackle any new situation with resilience, creativity and courage.

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Alongside the weekly classes, Stagecoach Bury also run holiday workshops for existing students, and as an opportunity to welcome new students. The Summer workshop this year runs from 9am to 5pm, Monday 29th July to Friday 2nd August and culminates in a fully costumed, and staged production, on the Friday afternoon at their fantastic venue, The Met Theatre.

Jill Schoonjans, Principal of Stagecoach Bury, is thrilled to announce that they have the performance rights for ‘Matilda!’ so students will be learning songs, drama scenes and choreographed dance routines from the stage show. Students will also engage in drama, dance and singing workshops with our fantastic team of teachers. Most importantly, they will make new friends and develop ‘creative courage for life’.


Dates: Monday 29th July – Thursday 1st August

Time: 9am – 5pm

Location: Bury CE High School, Haslam Brow, Bury, BL9 0TS

Date: Friday 2nd August

Time: 9am – 5.15pm

Location: The Met Theatre, Market Street, Bury, BL9 0BW


The performance will take place on Friday 2nd August at The Met Theatre at 4.30pm.  The show is open to family and friends, for which there will be no additional cost.

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Workshop Cost

The cost for the workshop is £140, places for siblings will be charged at £100.

A deposit of £25 is required to reserve a place.

Book Your Place

To reserve your place please contact Jill on 07305 762 789 or email

Find Out More Information

Further information regarding Stagecoach Bury can be found HERE.

For a Prospectus, click HERE.

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Child Online Safety

You will all have heard about the recent online scares regarding the MOMO challenge, along with the creepy image and the disturbing information.

There are lots of articles and stories out there now saying that it was a hoax, but by the very nature of it going viral, the Government taking appropriate action, schools and parents taking extra precautions… this in itself has a huge impact on children discussing it with friends in the playground etc.

There are so many devices, apps and online platforms for children now that youngster being online these days is taken for granted and part of the norm.  The MOMO challenge threat led me to look into child online safety to bring not only myself up to date, but to share it with you too.

Some of the advice out there might be obvious but with busy lives, these things can easily be forgotten.

Talk To Your Child

With the digital world changing all the time, the NSPCC recommends:

Help them to stay safe online by working as a team and following these simple steps:

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Teach Your Child To Be Share Aware

Being careful about what personal information we share online is obvious to you and I, however, kids can innocently pass this information on to strangers.  The NSPCC have created a video that you can show your children, if you feel it is appropriate for them.  You can find the video HERE – take a look to see if you think it might help your personal situation.

Inform Yourself

Find out more about the social networks, and online games, your kids use by visiting Net Aware.  Find out about age ratings and how they are used.

There are two official ways you can assess if a particular title is suitable for your child.  Both the BBFC (ratings for films, TV and music videos) and PEGI (ratings for games) have search facilities to enable parents to look up individual titles to check age ratings and suitability.

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Bought Your Child A New Device?

Set up the device together and use it as a starting point to having conversations about online safety. This can help build trust and confidence, enabling your child to know what to do if they ever feel troubled or unsafe. There are also settings to help with preventing children from viewing upsetting or inappropriate content, managing which apps can be downloaded, limiting purchases within them and turning off location sharing.

If you would like some expert advice in setting your child’s device up, O2 online safety gurus are NSPCC trained advisors and they are based in O2 stores.  Book your appointment here.  The service is free of charge regardless of network.

Parental Controls

Quite often the things that are the most obvious are the ones overlooked.

Set up parental controls on all devices your child/ children has access to.  Give yourself the peace of mind to know they are only viewing things suitable for their age.

Get Advice

If you want to talk to someone about online safety regarding parental controls, privacy and social networks the NSPCC, in conjunction with O2 have set up a helpline.  You can contact them at 0808 800 5002.

What Else We, As Parents, Can Do

  • Get involved with your child’s online life
  • Be fully aware of everything your child is exposed to online.
  • Keep them safe and monitor their online activity regularly.

Further Information

For more information about internet safety for children, the NSPCC website is very helpful.

I also found the website National Online Safety very helpful. There are guides for all social media platforms and they even have parent courses if you feel this might be beneficial, or if you want that extra peace of mind.

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Victoria Wood Statue Unveiled

The long awaited statue of Victoria Wood was unveiled this afternoon in Bury Unitarian Church Gardens.

Councillor Rishi Shori, as Master of Ceremonies, started proceedings by giving a speech about the famous comedian, actress, song writer and director.

Victoria Growing Up In Bury

Victoria went to Elton Country Primary, followed by Bury Grammar School For Girls, before heading off to Rochdale Theatre Workshop.  However, it was Victoria’s time at Birmingham University that gave her the opportunity to step into the limelight.

Victoria’s Career

Whilst at University, Victoria attended an audition for the show ‘New Faces’ in 1984.  Very few acts were successful but Victoria was one of the chosen few.  Even though Victoria didn’t make it through to the final, she was selected to join comedian Lenny Henry and singer-comedian Marti Caine to appear in The Summer Show in which she wore a bustle and duetted with the host.  She went on to become the resident pianist for That’s Life, the BBC’s topical show presented by Esther Rantzen, for which she wrote songs riffing on current events.

Victoria progressed to even bigger and better things including ‘An Audience With Victoria Wood’, Dinner Ladies, Eric and Ernie and Acorn Antiques: The Musical! to name but a few.  Her amazing work led to her receiving a CBE and a number of Baftas.

The Speeches

Victoria’s brother, Chris Foote Wood, gave a wonderful speech about his lovely sister.  He told everyone how all of Victoria’s characters were based on real people. Chris told how Victoria once spoke to someone describing pregnant women as moody, big busted and irritable.  Victoria’s response was “well I must have been pregnant for 20 years!”

Did you realise there was a special reminder of Victoria Wood in the toilets on Bury Market? Chris informed everyone that a permanent note is on the wall in the toilets “stop pouting, stop shouting, you know I pulled a muscle when I did that grouting!” Victoria’s humour was truly infectious.

Chris spoke of his sister so fondly, describing her as “Bury’s most famous daughter” and he said that the statue was only possible because of all of Victoria’s wonderful fans.

Unveiling The Statue

Ted Robbins, Victoria’s long-term friend, gave a lovely speech telling everyone how he used to do her warm up acts before she went on stage.  On one occasion, his job was to warm up a particularly ‘cold’ audience and he resorted to showing his bottom.  Victoria’s response to this was “these ladies have lived through two World Wars, they are not going to be affected by Ted Robbins bottom!”

Ted told everyone how Victoria had stood by him, backing him all the way in his career, and how she had become a life-long friend.

Ted unveiled the bronze statue of Victoria, which typically holds a microphone in one hand, and a bag tucked under the other arm, to a round of applause from the audience.

If you’d like to see the statue for yourself it is situated in Bury Unitarian Church Gardens, opposite the library.  Whilst there, why not visit the Victoria Wood Exhibition at Bury Art Museum?  The exhibition includes memorabilia, scripts and hand-made items to see, and best of all the exhibition is completely free!

Full details of the exhibition, including opening days and times, can be found HERE.


After attending the unveiling of the statue today, I felt to need to reminisce Victoria’s talents on You Tube.  Here’s one for you… enjoy!

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Exam Stress & Anxiety Help

We all know the pressures our children are faced with, particularly when it comes to examinations.  It can be an extremely challenging and stressful time for children, and parents!

According to the Mental Health Foundation ‘at the most basic level, stress is our body’s response to pressures from a situation or life event.  Whilst it’s normal for young people to experience worry and stress from time to time, too much for prolonged periods can have a negative impact on your child’s health, wellbeing and their ability to learn and achieve’.

A report by the Guardian newspaper in 2018 reported that ‘a children’s helpline says the number of counselling sessions it has delivered to youngsters with anxiety has almost doubled in two years’.

Anne Cartridge, therapist and mindfulness teacher/ practitioner, works with young children, and young people and staff in schools and in her practice, expresses her concern for the worrying growth.  Anne states “The alarming rise in mental health figures for children, and young people, means that it is time to prevent mental health issues from developing and protect our children’s emotional wellbeing”. No matter how much we try to reassure our children, it’s important to understand and accept that stress, anxiety and worry can and does cause a whole host of emotional, psychological, physical and behavioural symptoms that if ignored and left unaddressed, can lead to physical and mental health issues later in life. Being stress and anxiety aware is the first step towards protecting our children and young people’s health and wellbeing, making sure they are equipped with positive stress reduction techniques, is a vital second.


Some of the symptoms to look out for include:

  • Sleep disturbance
  • Appetite change
  • Complaining of tummy ache/ headache
  • Nail biting
  • Tiredness
  • Aches & pains
  • Irritability
  • Anxiety
  • Anger
  • Mood Swings
  • Crying
  • Clinginess
  • Quietness/ Withdrawing
  • Lack of concentration
  • Avoidance
  • Agitation
  • Forgetfulness
  • Excessive worrying
  • Negative thinking

Advice From The Professionals

We approached a number of professionals in the field, all with a different skillset.  They have offered some excellent advice, tips, downloadable information packs (including FREE packs) and workshops/ sessions that are available.

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In Mind Therapies

Anne Cartridge, of In Mind Therapies, is an Integrative Therapist, Stress Management Trainer and Mindfulness Teacher/ Practitioner who supports the emotional wellbeing of adults, young people and children.  Anne has seen a huge increase in the numbers of parents seeking support for anxiety and stress for their children and early intervention is definitely a key positive message.

Sessions at In Mind Therapies support children, and young people, experiencing stressful challenges and teaches them skills to help them overcome anxiety, worry and stress.  They also boost confidence and increase their resilience.

Sessions Available:

  • Calm & Confident Kids
  • Positive Minds
  • Mindfulness & Meditation Sessions
  • Parent Programmes
  • Positive Minds School Wellbeing Programme

What Can You Do To Help?

Maintain your own stress levels, keep calm and provide lots of love and reassurance. Children can feel the pressure to achieve from parents as well as school, so making sure we don’t transfer our own worries and fears about tests, exams and results, is essential.

Encourage your child to talk about their worries, fears and stress.  Simply offering a hug, and allowing your child to let off some steam, is a simple and effective way of helping them to stay healthy in this stressful period.

Routine is vital and a calming influence for children during stressful times.  Try to make sure they eat regularly, and healthily, and maintain a solid bedtime routine.  Avoid screen time/ game time an hour before bed, so the mind and body can begin to relax. Reassure your child that SATs can’t measure all the many wonderful things about them.

Self regulation does not come naturally, it is a skill that needs to be learned and developed.  Children are expected to sit still, focus and concentrate for long periods of time. Add extra curricular activities on top of a busy day, and the added pressure of tests on top, it’s no wonder our children sometimes find it all too much!  Relaxation, unstructured play, and ‘down time’ is essential for supporting good health and happiness.

Find Out More

Find out further details about In Mind Therapies, and how the sessions can help you, and your child, here:


Contact: 07885 766268


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Relax Kids & The Calm Within

Aislinn Marek runs Relax Kids Bury which provides fun activity classes for children, expanding their imagination and supporting self-esteem and development. In addition to this, Aislinn has her own company The Calm Within which is a counselling and emotional wellbeing service.

Aislinn’s Advice

It’s approaching that time of year again when parents and teachers alike are trying to manage the feelings that surround exams. We want our children to do well, but don’t want them to be anxious or feel pressured. What can we do to help?


Lots of schools are really embracing the idea of making sure that their pupils know the  SATs only assess certain aspects; they don’t assess their creativity, their kindness, musical ability, sporting talent. They are a mere snapshot, taken under pressure.


Lots of schools are providing additional support for Year 11 pupils, including additional intervention lessons.  The most important things to remember are to remain calm, offer guidance and support.  Help your teenager to get a balanced diet, and plenty of sleep in order to be able to achieve their full potential.

Exam Survival Guide

To help parents support children at home, Relax Kids have a great, FREE, ‘Exam Survival Guide’ (link below). It helps think about nutrition and hydration, how to get in the right state of mind for learning, as well as lots of ideas for supporting your child emotionally through each day.

Exam Survival Pack

Download your FREE Relax Kids Exams Survival Pack HERE.

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Study Guide

The Calm Within offer a Study Guide, which has been created to offer an introduction to a variety of techniques and strategies which may be of benefit in managing emotional wellbeing in relation to studying.

Each section provides information designed to help you manage your approach to study; whether you are revising for an exam, writing an assignment, researching for a project or preparing for a presentation. The topics can be seen as “stand-alone” tips and advice, or taken together to establish a holistic approach to study. Each section has been carefully chosen to help bring about a sense of calm and wellbeing in body and mind, supporting you to perform your best, and to achieve your goals. Whilst these are just a “snapshot”, more information on each topic is available.

Purchase and download your copy of the Study Guide HERE.

There are many other useful items available on the website aimed at specific areas including happiness, confidence, relaxation, positive thinking, self esteem and anxiety. You can also access immediate downloads relating to specific age groups:

Kids: Believe in yourself and tell yourself you CAN do this! Repeat to yourself, whilst looking in the mirror: “I am ok. I can do this.” “I am calm, I am in control”. The more we say affirmations, the more we come to believe them, and so act in a more confident, calm way. Try sitting up a little straighter, lift your head and drop your shoulders down. This power pose will help you feel more open, straighter and stronger. Remember to breathe! Take in a deep breath through your nose and breathe out slowly and steadily through your mouth. Put your hands on your tummy and feel yourself grow as you breathe in. Breathe in confidence.

And a final word from Winnie the Pooh: “ You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.

Read more about The Calm Within and take a look at the available resources HERE


Contact: 07970 856719


Emotional Freedom Therapy

If you are looking for a holistic approach to help relieve stress and anxiety, Emotional Freedom Therapy might be suited to you, and your family.

What are Emotional Freedom Techniques?

EFT is based on energy therapy and draws on various theories of alternative therapies such as acupuncture.  By tapping on ‘meridian points’ on the body you are able to release energy blockages, which cause negative emotions.  The process helps people to free themselves of past emotions, to feel focused, energised and to provide the ability to thrive on new challenges that life may bring our way.

How Can It Help?

Rachel, at Live4Energy, firmly believes that tapping is an unspoken communication that can aid bring families closer together.

Rachel teaches quick, relaxing techniques that can help the whole family.  There are various different options available, to suit all needs and preferences, including:

  • Live tapping sessions
  • One to one work
  • Family therapy
  • Group sessions
  • Courses.

Rachel can design bespoke therapies specifically tailored for you, and your family. Get in touch here for further information.

Take a look at the Facebook Group to learn more.

To find out more about EFT, and additional resources, including the free 5 star app ‘Tap Around The Clock’, pdf downloads and ‘The Spiral Of Life’ book (also available as an e-book) take a look at the full article HERE


Contact: 07495 020972


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Tania Taylor Hypnotherapy & Psychotherapist

Tania Taylor is a Clinical Hypnotherapist and Psychotherapist in Solution Focused Therapy.

Tania’s life involves helping others and, in turn, Tania is rewarded with making a positive difference.  Tania encourages and supports people to be where they want to be. Her work specialises in anxiety, depression, confidence and stress… amongst many other things.

Take a look at these wonderful exam stress tips from Tania.  Covering all areas from alternating between topics, taking regular breaks, asking for help and getting good sleep.

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Contact: 07442 169033


Mindset & Me

Heather Rose set up her business, Mindset & Me, after helping her own son overcome low self esteem and a lack of confidence.

Heather has worked hard to design and create products that will benefit others in the same way it has helped herself and Isaac.  Mindset & Me now have a wide range of products available including daily affirmation cards to read with your child, worksheets and journalling to document progress and work through ongoing tasks.

Products available include:

Affirmation Cards – Affirmation cards can be purchased HERE

Worksheets – Take a look at the variety of worksheets available HERE

Journals – Child Journal Purchase your copy of the children’s journal from Amazon HERE

Adult Journal Purchase your copy of the adult’s journal from Amazon HERE

Read the full article HERE



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Empathy Holistics

Emma, owner of Empathy Holistics, is a fully qualified aromatherapist and trained adult tutor. As well as running sessions for babies, tots and adults specialising in massage, development and calm & create in, and around Bolton and Bury, Emma creates her own hand-blended aromatherapy products.

To aid exam stress, Emma has a Relaxation blend: a lovely blend of lavender, sandalwood and ylang ylang. The blend aids deep relaxation, lowers blood pressure. Apply to hands then take a few deep breaths when revising or about to sit an exam.

Emma has numerous items in her Folksy shop, however, if you have something specific in mind, Emma will bespokely blend an oil or cream just for you.

Folksy Shop:


Contact: 07913 708419


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Useful Websites

With Thanks To:

Anne Cartridge – In Mind Therapies

Aislinn Marek –  The Calm Within

Rachel Earing – Live4Energy

Tania Taylor – Tania Taylor Hypnotherapy & Psychotherapy

Heather Rose – Mindset & Me

Emma King – Empathy Holistics

Joanne Shea – Jo Shea VA


Free Pancakes!

Fancy free pancakes?

Get yourself down to Bella Italia on 5th March 2019 for free pancakes!

All you have to go is quote “Big Bellas pancake giveaway” to the waiter to claim your free pancakes.  There you don’t even need to make a purchase to get them!

Alternatively, if you have any other Bella Italia offers you can use them too!

*Valid 5th March only!

Upcoming Events

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Gung-Ho! Manchester 2019

Gung-Ho! the world’s BIGGEST inflatable 5k run is coming to Manchester!

6th April will see the return of Gung-Ho! to Heaton Park with its 5km of HUGE inflatable obstacles in this event which is sure to be a huge amount of fun!


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This is a hugely popular family event and, whether you’re a veteran athlete or a first-time 5K runner, you’ll find plenty of opportunity to show just how Gung-Ho! you really are.

This is perfect for all fitness levels and is suitable for all ages. There is absolutely NO PRESSURE to be fast and you can run with friends and family.

Have you got what it takes?

From huge slides to enormous spiky balls, there’s plenty of challenges to be found on the Gung-Ho! 5k course. Every obstacle is designed for the maximum amount of fun, with no mud, paint or water to worry about.

What’s Included?

Each runner will receive:

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Check out what you can expect in the video below: –

5K Not Enough?

If 5K is not enough, you can run the Gung-Ho! course as many times as you like with an ANYWAVE ticket! Run on any wave from 9am to 1.45pm on event day – maximum 20 laps / 100k available.

Training Programme

The 9 week Training Programme is designed to take you from zero to hero whilst avoiding injuries and maximising improvements to your health.

Sign up to the FREE Training Programme HERE.


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Heaton Park, Middleton Road, Manchester M25 2SW


9am until 3pm

The First Wave is at 9am, and then every 15 minutes, with the Final Wave at 1.45pm.

Choose your preferred wave time when booking.


Save 40% if you book your tickets before 4th February, with prices starting from £30 (plus processing fees).

From 4th February onwards, prices will start at £50 (plus processing fees).

ANYWAVE Ticket from £60 (plus processing fees).

Free for Spectators


Book your tickets HERE!


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Further Information

Further information for the event, including arrival process, what to wear and FAQs can be found HERE


Looking for more family friendly events and activities that are on now, or coming soon?  Click Here to visit our What’s On Page