Welcome to Wallingford & Surrounding Area MN!

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Capreece Sat 12-Mar-11 11:43:34

Hi and welcome to the new MN local page!

I'm the Tsarina for Wallingford, but I'd also like to invite MNers from the surrounding area to join in here to try and create the most vibrant and active local group possible.

Let me know if you're aware of any upcoming events you think would interest other members and please join the meet up section if you're interested in meeting some other MNers in the area!

I look forward to hearing from you all :-)

LocalEditorOxford Tue 17-Jun-14 10:31:06

Hi PlentyofCats - sorry we missed your post. I hope you managed to find some good, friendly groups and have been enjoying your baby for the last six months! Do ask again if you want any help - or add listings and/or reviews for any groups or classes you found particularly helpful.

Plentyofcats Tue 24-Sep-13 21:03:39

Dh and I have just moved to Cuddesdon near Wheatley and am due end of January 2014 with my first. Have no idea where to start getting hooked up with things like NCT classes / pregnancy yoga etc so any advice would be much appreciated!

CrowmarshGibbon Tue 02-Jul-13 13:15:41

PACT's bumps and bundles from 10.30-12 on a Thursday is a lovely group and is followed by Baby Cafe from 12-2pm which is a breastfeeding support group and is well worth attending if you're hoping to breastfeed - ante-natal mums are welcome too and there's free cake.

Tums and Tinies is on Tuesdays at Mongewell Nursery in Moulsford and runs from 10-11.30 I think. it's free to attend and is run by the NCT but you don't have to be a member to go along.

Wednesdays is Baby Singing upstairs at St Mary's Church in Wallingford. There are three free sessions of 30 minutes each, 9.30-10, 10-10.30, 10.30-11 and the woman who runs them is lovely.

I think there are some more groups in Cholsey, too, but if you go along to the two above then you'll be able to ask the other mums which ones they go to. I think there's one called Little Fishes??

Unfortunately a large number of the groups will be going on hold over the summer holidays and won't start again until September, but the Thursday groups will both still be running.

catbird8 Sat 25-May-13 11:19:12

I moved to the Cholsey area about 6 months ago and am expecting my first baby next week. I don't know any other expectant mums or local mums and I was wondering if anyone can suggest a good place to meet some (I'm looking forward to being a mum but know I need adult conversation to keep me sane!!!). I've got a list of classes going on locally from PACT and websites but I was wondering if anyone knows of any hidden gems they'd be happy to share??
Thanks for your help!

harmonyoftheheart Wed 20-Feb-13 15:24:24

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Ninjasling Wed 06-Feb-13 15:04:21

Helloooooooo Wallingford! smile

BensonNoHedges Tue 29-Jan-13 12:40:44

Hello. I am in Benson (behind the wire).

How are you all?

CrowmarshGibbon Sun 23-Dec-12 06:26:03

Baby ballet is at the cornerstone in Didcot. Think it's on a Thursday and they can go from about 18 months. A friend of mine goes and have a good review smile

IonaBull Sat 22-Dec-12 12:25:53

Yes I should have realised that about the location! grin

Interesting that we might already be acquainted, I do know lots of people in the area. Do you already know who I am? Baby ballet sounds fun, where do they do that?

CrowmarshGibbon Thu 20-Dec-12 15:26:20

Clue's in the name Iona - anyway, I think we might be acquainted ;)
I was thinking of starting ballet in Didcot in a few months. Baby Gibbon has just started walking and I'll need something to help burn off some excess energy!

IonaBull Thu 20-Dec-12 08:47:30

Hello! I'm in Didcot and go to quite a few groups. Signs2 rhyme is great as is Busy Bees. Also the toddler splash at the wave is good fun. Whereabouts are you Crowmarsh?

CrowmarshGibbon Mon 10-Dec-12 08:41:54

Are any of you ladies still around? What groups did you attend in the end? Would you recommend them?

Capreece Sun 08-Jul-12 07:24:39

I've seen some adverts around for active birth classes which look good - I seem to remember they had something about daisies in thr name...

Alternatively there's Yoga Bellies, Louise Hurford (harmony of the heart), there's an ante and post natal pilates too with Martha Venner...lots of options in the area smile

lhickman Sun 08-Jul-12 07:15:36

Hey, I am expecting my second little boy in November and wondering if anyone can recommend any good pregnancy classes for second time mums! I did NCT with my first but don't really want to do this again, looking maybe at pregnancy yoga or something to help me relax from looking after an active toddler! Would also like to meet other mums due around the same time, I live in Bensonx

H1979 Thu 12-Jan-12 10:46:03

Hi again,

When should i apply for maternity allowance? I am due on May 8th. smile

H1979 Wed 11-Jan-12 19:39:50

Thank you for the information Capreece. I will research it and apply as I pay my NI. [SMILE]

Capreece Tue 10-Jan-12 14:00:46

Just before Christmas. I'm self-employed too, but because I've been paying my class 2 NI contributions I'm entitled to Maternity Allowance - you will be too if you've been paying NI (and you can make back payments if necessary, to catch up). Definitely worth looking into...

H1979 Mon 09-Jan-12 19:47:11

How exciting for you. I bet you cannot wait now. I think I might start maternity at 37-38 weeks depending on if I opt for a c-section or not which will be scheduled before my due date.
I had an emergency c-section with my son 11 years ago so I have to decide if I want a VBAC or another c-section. My son got stuck in my pelvis before.
I work 24 hours a week in henley as a private PA so its not a physical job hence the reason to stay as long as possible. I'm also self-employed so no maternity pay for me sad
When did your leave start? smile

Capreece Mon 09-Jan-12 17:18:28

Yes, we know, but we're keeping it to ourselves! Not long and we can announce DOB, weight and name, too - can't wait! When does your mat leave start?

H1979 Mon 09-Jan-12 09:37:11

Hi, yes I have a car. when I start maternity leave I will come along. I'm 23 weeks. Not long for you now. Do you know if you having a boy or a girl?

Capreece Mon 09-Jan-12 08:04:08

You're welcome. There's a free NCT-run one on Tues mornings, too, but it's just outside town at the Mongewell nursery and may be harder to get to w/o transport - do you have a car? Starts at 10am if you're interested.

I may even see you at one or both the groups if Sproglet still hasn't decided to put in an appearance... <sigh> (am 39+4)

H1979 Mon 09-Jan-12 07:52:15

Thank you Capreece. I will have a look. smile

Capreece Mon 09-Jan-12 07:21:13

Hi Hayley! Can I recommend the PACT group on a Thursday morning? Great way to meet other mums in Wallingford and it's free smile

H1979 Sun 08-Jan-12 21:28:27

Hi all. My name is Hayley and I am 32 years old. I recently moved to Wallingford from Henley in July. I am originally from Nottingham. I live with my fiancé and 11 year old son.
I would like to learn about antenatal classes in the area and hopefully meet up with some more mums to be. :-)

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