Anybody from Stroud?

(85 Posts)
emwhight Wed 21-Apr-10 13:58:20

We moved to Stroud (Chalford) early December and still not managed to form a social network around the area. I have a 2 year old daughter who loves the company of other children, and now the summer has come we'd love to get out and about. Meet-ups in parks? Play areas? We're not fussy and happy to try anything new.
Please get in touch if you're in a similar situation, or fancy taking us on as a charity case!

goingloco Tue 30-Nov-10 21:31:12

Hi - I've just moved to Stroud as a single mum so would love to meet up with other mums for tea and play for the kids, but also for a couple of beers of an evening. I have a 7yr old boy, 4 yr old girl and 19 month old girl. Older two are at school so it's just me and baby at the mo. If anyone would like to get in touch I would appreciate it!

PatTheHammer Tue 30-Nov-10 22:14:08

Oh, you found it!

Just wrote on your other thread goingloco!

I will PM you, and shakingleaf (are you swissmiss in disguise?) I would love a meet at Blooms soon, I can do next thursday (9th) if you can?

romans Tue 01-Feb-11 16:46:01

Hi My name is Anna and I have two lovely children who are aged from 5 years old and a 1 year old.
Both boys.
It would be great to make new friends in the Stroud and Stonehouse area.
It would be nice to meet up for coffee and chats and go to the park etc.
If anyone would like to get in touch then it would be great to hear from you.
I am a stay at home mum, and live here in Stonehouse with my husband and my two children.
It would be nice for me and my children to have have friends.
Anna Butcher

Maki79 Tue 15-Feb-11 12:03:06


With moving house it completley slipped my mind to check this thread until now.

So I hope you are all meeting up regularly and getting lots of time to natter, eat, drink, and play!

If you do ever meet up on a Friday please let me know as it would be lovely to get to know some local ladies and also meet some toddlers for my very sociable 2 year old Ayla.
Also in 6 months or so I will hopefully be on maternity leave so I will be able to meet up lots more

Might be better to contact by e-mail - mine is:

Hope you're all well,

Becky xx

romans Sun 20-Feb-11 23:27:58

Hi Maki 79
How are you?
It would be nice to chat and get to know you, where abouts are you living?
I live in Stonehouse in Gloucestershire.
My youngest son attends Nursery School on Friday mornings, and I have to collect my oldest from School at 3:15pm.
My youngest son James will be 2 years old in April this year.
I have an Autistic child called Reece who is 5 years old and in amin stream School in year 1 and doing very well.
If you would like to keep in touch then I look forward to hearing from you.
Anna romans

LauT Sun 27-Feb-11 21:40:37


My family and I are looking at moving to Nailsworth from Manchester and i wondered if anyone knows if the primary schools in and around that area offer nursery places for children of 3+ age? Where we live at the moment our DD was due to go to School half days as of September when he is 3.5 to then move in to reception at the same school the following year. Is it the same around here?

Also if anyone knows of any good football or rugby groups around here - other than those mentioned above of course! - for a 3 year old that would be great. FINALLY! If anyone happens to want to rent their 3 or 4 bed house to us around Nailsworth we would be very happy to hear from you!!

Feeling very nervous about leaving Manchester so any advice welcomed!


Greenshadow Mon 28-Feb-11 17:28:06

Hello LauT

My DS attended Nailsworth primary for a year (we moved at start of yr6). There is a playgroup attached to it - Phoenix Playmates but have never used it myself.

A lot of the children in Nailsworth travel out to schools outside the town, so do look around at some of the neighbouring village schools too.

I can recommend Minchinhampton Junior Rugby Club which takes children from quite a young age but probably not quite as young as 3. Lots of football clubs, but not tried any of them.

If you want any advice on the local area, do feel free to ask.

You can also get a bit of a feel of the town on the local forum but be prepared for a lot of sillyness as well as you don't have to register.

LauT Mon 28-Feb-11 17:35:00

Thanks very much for that! Its good to hear about anything that is set up for children in the area - it makes me feel like we are making the right decision!

Greenshadow Mon 28-Feb-11 17:36:47

Nailsworth is certainly a lovely little town - much nicer than Stroud itself. Sure you will have made the right decision.

Chickpoo Tue 12-Apr-11 21:24:01


I am new mumsnet and to Rodborough Common!

I have a son who is 2yr 9 months and a daughter who is 6 weeks tomorrow!

My son attends nursery Monday to Wednesday. I would like to meet other mum's in the area or attend any groups that are taking place.


Greenshadow Fri 15-Apr-11 13:23:55

Hi Chickpoo.

I also live up on the Common - been here 5 years, but still feel quite new.

Unfortunately, my DC are all school age now, so am out of touch with what is going on for pre-schoolers, but didn't want your post to go unanswered. I do know that a new toddlers music group is starting up at Rodborough Community Hall after Easter if that is the kind of thing your DS enjoys.

redhappy Wed 20-Apr-11 21:04:52

Hi I'm at the bottom of Rodborough. I'm a local, but just moved back into the area.

There is a toddler group at Rodborough endowed school on Thursday mornI'm planning to go to.

Also, I would say definitely go to Tiddlewinks if you don't already. I have met so many people there. It's at St. Laurence's church at the end of the Shambles in the town centre (off the high street)

PaulMc Wed 01-Jun-11 17:04:52

Hello my wife and I have moved from London and although we are both enjoying the new life in the country, my wife and my little boy are a bit at a loss as to how to meet people / make friends.

if anyone has any details of a mother and child meeting group it would be appreciated if you could add it to this thread ( although activity on this thread appears to stopped

Sarah159 Fri 10-Jun-11 17:48:05

Hi PaulMc
Whereabouts are you? If you let us know roughly what area I'm sure someone here will be able to give some pointers :-)

tinybluebubbles Thu 18-Aug-11 18:36:04

Hi All

I'm looking to relocate to Stroud area soon, just me and my 3 kids! Fell in love with the area a while ago and really need a fresh start.

Does it take long to settle there? And do you get used to the narrow, windy roads easily?! lol I'm hoping its a great place to raise my kids. Really need to get them out and about more.

Would love to hear from anyone who has moved to the area, or even those who have lived there for ages for some advice and guidance!


Amanda x

Jofig Mon 19-Sep-11 21:06:05

Hi Heather,
Just come across your message and wonder if you have actually moved to Stroud?
I have recently moved to Chalford also from Bristol and i have 2 boys, one about to turn 3 and the other just turned 1. Same age as yours? Its lovely to be out of the city in such a lovely green and pleasant place. Enjoying taking life slowly at the moment and looking forward to finding out what our new life will be like.

Get in touch if your here and interested in meeting up.

sloppysoupdragon Wed 21-Sep-11 11:55:47

Hi all - just discovered this thread. We are brand new to Stroud ( Rodborough actually ) and would love to get to know some friendly faces and settle our 9 year old daughter and 5 year old son in. Amanda - what ages are your children ( boys / girls ? ) Paul McC - I can sympathise - someone once said that Gloucestershire is either really easy to settle into or really actually quite hard. Sophie although my son is now at school he is actually really good with the little tots, and so is my daughter. Location wise we aren't too far from the common and have discovered Winstones Ice cream (MMMMMMM) but are sure there is much much more out there to be discovered.... it would be great to join with like minded families and find out more about Stroud together.

Greenshadow Thu 22-Sep-11 21:07:50

Welcome to Stroud Sloppy.
Rodborough seems to be quite the place to be ! Certainly quite a good place to bring up children and the primary schools seem friendly although my children are older (secondary School age) so miss some of the interaction you get at the school gate.
We moved here 6 years ago and in some ways still feel quite new, but don't think that is a reflection on the area. Like you we moved when the children were already in school, so missed out on making friendships through baby and M&T groups.

sloppysoupdragon Sat 24-Sep-11 16:28:48

Hi Greenshadow, (and everyone else from Stroud and thereabouts!) our neighbours have children about 13 and 15 years old and DD has just been to Stroud high for a visit ( all she needs to do now is get in.... ) and we have just started DS at football at Stratford Park which he is loving so thats good. yes I was wondering about my daughter starting tag rugby at Minchinhampton - are they friendly to girls or is it a bit of a boys thing now ( she's nine but still a damn good tagger) also we are very interested in food - is there a food club around here where people get together to prepare food for the rest of the week and freeze it ( there used to be one in Oxford a few years ago and it worked really well ) Just a thought! Rodborough seems a great place for children and the park is fab. Also the Prince Albert pub is a bit of a mecca to for all things Stroudie and the beers 'deelish'...

Greenshadow Sat 24-Sep-11 22:36:00

hi Sloppy.
My DS3 used to go to Minch rugby and I'll be honest, but there were very, very few girls - certainly none in his age group and maybe only one or two in other ages groups. No reason why she shouldn't do it though if she's happy with that, and of course it may have changed now (this was 2 or 3 seasons ago).

Not aware of any food clubs like you mentioned, but there is a food club which people can buy local produce through here. There's also a new Supper club in Rodborough which I rather fancy trying.

Which park is fab ? The little one on Walkley Hill?

sloppysoupdragon Tue 27-Sep-11 11:16:18

Hi Greenshadow,

Thanks for the tip about Rugby club. I think DD would probably not like being the only girl, so thats good to know in advance. Just seen the supper club site and I'm drooling already ( Im a bit late for the 24 September tho. Will put my name down for the next one I think. Thanks for the tip, it sounds great fun. The little park at the top of Walkeley Hill is the one I meant - yes what fab large trees - a very good calming space I think. Rodborough is so nice. I'm wild about the common - we saw millions of cowslips carpeting the place over the summer - never seen that before. You are lucky living on the common. we are desperate to explore it more. I just need a bigger bike for DS and off we go. ( am looking on freecycle but there are plenty of other wanted ads for bikes so may have to actually buy him one bless him ... )

Greenshadow Wed 28-Sep-11 20:07:22

Ahhh, funny you should mention the large trees - I help manage the playground (and others in Rodborough) and unfortunately one of the large horse chestnuts is having to come down in a week or two - got that horse chestnut disease that is going around.
We're expecting some adverse comments from the public about removing it, but has to be done.
To be honest, the big trees are a bit of a pain as they mean the sun doesn't get in much and the play surface gets really slippery.
But, yes, it's a lovely play area. Glad to hear it's appreciated.

sloppysoupdragon Fri 30-Sep-11 11:02:24

Does that mean that we can't use the conkers then if the trees got that disease? Just thought my brothers an arborculturist *( think thats the right spelling ) so I;d better ask coz it may be OK but if the children start using the conkers from the felled tree and its not OK then that wouldnt be helpful. Are there other cunningly hidden play areas around here? we just discovered it by accident one day!

Greenshadow Sat 01-Oct-11 22:47:59

Not aware of any issues with conkers from diseased trees. Can't see there'd be a problem.

Have you discovered the play area by the Community Hall on Butterow West? Also has a big pitch to run around on and basketball court. Plus it's good for toboggans when it snows.

sloppysoupdragon Sun 02-Oct-11 14:40:02

Yes just! thanks for that. Come the snow well be there! \

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