Hello lovely KM readers,
Here’s your weekly newsletter from Kensington mums.
Keeping you in the loop with the local scoop.
I hope you are doing well and enjoying summer in London, or whatever it is we have at the moment. Kensington Mums has been busy, here is a breakdown to what we got up to last week.
Kensington Mums Meet up was last Monday with guest speaker Helen McNallen who shared with us her experiences about her depression and talking to us about post natal depression and how it affects a lot of Mums.For more information, please visit her website.
Kensington Mum went to St Peter’s Church in Notting Hill last week and absolutely loved the atmostphere in this bright and lovely church in the heart of Notting Hill Gate.. I was surprised to see soo many Mums and carers in this busy and virbant playgroup. Everyone was so welcoming. The church is very bright and spacious and there was a play area suitable for different each age group. It mostly caters for under 3s.
At the end of the session, there was live music on the piano with some lively music sing-along and dancing! Its a great way to meet other mums with little one in tow.
Kensington Mums visited Kensington Palace, and explored the exhibition on Victoria revealed as well as Jubilee: a view from the crowd. The temporary exhibition of the late Princess Diana was touching with nice drawings of the modern princess and the true Kensington Mum with displays of her beautiful dresses. Kensington Mums captured some pictures along the way which can be seen on our Facebook Page.
Kensington Mums attended the launch of the Museum of Motherhood at the V&A Museum of Childhood. It was a great insight into the reality of motherhood with stories of both mothers and child from various cultures, ethnicity and faith. The talks were done by Rushanara Ali MP (Shadow Minister for International Development), Ruth Turner (Chief Executive of the Tony Blair Faith Foundation) and Pinky Lilani OBE (Founder of the Asian Women of Achievement Awards). One of the speakers mentioned that in the Koran, ‘heavens lies at the Mother’s feet’ which was very powerful description of a Mother.
Kensington Mums had an exclusive class with the fabulous Amanda Action Club on Friday. Thank you all for coming. Amanda will be back in September with a new timetable at the Chelsea Theatre. If you would like to register, please email me so that I can send you more information closer to the time.
SAVE THE DATE
Our second Kensington Mums Night out will be on Saturday 7th of July 2012. Please save the date and email me if you would like to join us for another amazing night. Why not join us for a social dinner to talk and mingle other Kensington Mums ? It’s a great way to make friends minus baby 🙂
Back by popular demand! Lush Spa Kings Road is offering Kensington Mums a pamper session on Friday 29th June at 1pm where you can have the choice of a hand or foot pamper ready for the summer. Spaces are limited; if you would like to attend please email me at [email protected]. Please note babies are welcome too. This is a FREE event but there will be a KM joining fee to attend.
KEEPIN’ IT LOCAL – WHAT’S ON FOR YOU AND YOUR LITTLE ONE(S).
Its National Breastfeeding Awareness Week 2012. 24-30 June 2012.
Chelsea and Westminster Hospital is the only Trust in London to have a well-established breastfeeding peer support programme staffed by volunteers. Click here for more information.
Medal Winning Fun at Whiteleys Shopping Centre on Sunday 1st of July. FREE. From 12-5pm.
Design and make your own gold medal and become a champion! Plus sports themed storytelling throughout the day. The session will be held on the ground floor mall by Zara and GAP Kids. For more information, please click here.
Family Art Workshop at the Saatchi Gallery every Sunday until 22nd July 2012. Come and get creative with Valeria where families will engage with Daniel Gordon’s pictures to create their own work in the education room. Suitable for families with children ages 4-12. Fee £ 5.00 per child. Booking essential, for more information, please click here.
Free Family Workshop: Top Draw! at Somerset House on Saturday 30th June 2012.Help us create a magnificent fresco of myths and legends inspired by the masterful drawings in The Courtauld Gallery. Suitable for children aged 6-12 years and their families. Workshops begin at 14.00, it takes an hour and a half to complete the activity. For more information, please click here.
Kids’ Zone at the National Army Museum. The Kids’ Zone is an interactive play area with forest and arctic themed climbing frames for kids to scale, slide and run through. This is an exciting space for kids aged 0-8 to learn, explore and play in a historically inspired, colourful environment. The Kids’ Zone is open daily from 10.10am to 5.15pm. There are six, one-hour sessions per day. All sessions are ticketed to ensure children have room to run, draw and play freely. You can book your tickets online up to eight days in advance. You can also check our online booking system to see if a session has spaces remaining. Tickets are non-transferable and non-refundable.
Wondertots at the Museum of Childhood. FREE. Friday 29 June 2012 from 10.30-12.00 and13.00-14.30 Home sweet home. Art, drama, storytelling and movement for under 5s, led by the team from Artburst! Explore some of the different things you can find in the home with workshops inspired by the Museum’s collection of dolls’ houses. Free / Bookings taken up to 14 days in advance. To book, call 020 8983 5205 or email [email protected]. For more information, please click here.
30th June – The Great Garden Adventure 2012!
Let Bramham Garden gates swing open for children to explore, through story, bughunt and art, the creatures hiding in the beautiful gardens… Visiting for the day: birds of prey!
Sessions start at 10.30; 11.00; 11.30
Venue: Bramham Gardens, SW5 0HF (off Earl’s Court Rd)
(If wet in St Mary’s Church, The Boltons, SW10 9TB) Tickets £2.50 payable on the door
To be sure of a place (last year was a sell-out!) register your child for a session by contacting: St Mary The Boltons Parish Office, 020 7835 1440 [email protected]
The Elves and the Shoemaker at RichMix. Sunday 1st of July 2012 at 11am and 2pm. This well known and well loved tale – made popular by the Ladybird Classic – has been re-heeled by Theatre of Widdershins in their own inimitable style. Beautifully crafted set and puppets, sublime music, a kaleidoscope of miniature shoes and a comic mouse make this show a magical must-see. Suitable for 3-9 years olds. For bookings and more information, please click here.
Gallery Play: Little Lights Theatre at the V&A Museum. FREE. Saturday 30th June at 11.00, 13.00 & 15.00. First Knight
Go on an adventure backstage to see how Queen Victoria influenced entertainment from audience to actors.
City of London Festival, Golden Jubilee. From 24-27 July 2012. The Festival exists to entertain and inspire the City’s workers, residents and visitors with special events and world-class artists in beautiful surroundings. Performances include the London Symphony Orchestra as well as the English National Ballet, Check out the full programme by clicking here.
Jeremy Deller – Sacrilege. Open from 24 Jun 2012 – 9 Sep 2012.
FREE. Sacrilege is a life-size replica of Stonehenge made as a fully operational bouncy castle by Turner Prize-winning artist Jeremy Deller, is set to begin a tour of 25 locations across the country. It will now travel around the country as part of London 2012 Festival. It will be arriving to Paddington Recreation Ground (W9 1PD) on the 28 July 2012. This really sound like fun! For more information and other locations, please clickhere.
Greenwich and Docklands International Festival. 21-30 June 2012. Greenwich+Docklands International Festival (GDIF) is London’s leading festival of free outdoor performing arts (theatre, dance, and street arts), an annual 10-day celebration of extraordinary outdoor events that transform people’s lives. For more information, please click here.
Run4Charity Bootcamp provides a range of daily training sessions in Regents Park, Primrose Hill and Holland Park. From our Earlybird or School Run sessions through to lunchtime Runch and Evening runs. These sessions can be paid per month, by 8 session pass and pay as you go. For more information, please click here.
London 2012 Olympic and Paraolympic Posters at the Tate Museum. London 2012 has commissioned twelve leading contemporary artists to create the official posters for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Screen prints and lithographs of these works will be displayed at Tate Britain as part of the London 2012 Festival. For more information, please click here.
In a recent talk Cherie Blair attacks “yummy mummies” who focus on raising their children at the expense of their careers. She states that ‘Some women know regard motherhood as an acceptable alternative to a career, Mrs Blair said. Instead, women should strive for both’. Would love to know your views: Join the Discussion on our Facebook Page. To read the full article, please click here.
In response to Cherie’s Blair talk, Monica Costa from London Mums shares with us her thoughts about what Motherhood means to her stating ‘being a stay at home mum and (worse!) a multitasking mumpreneur can be a really daunting task sometimes. You don’t just have the full responsibility for the kids, the household and the wellbeing of the family but also for the business or businesses you run from your own home’, she also adds ‘if you decide to be a stay-at-home mum, you find yourself being always at everyone’s disposal, acting as an entertainer, cleaner, financial controller, project manager etc etc’. Now who else can relate to Monica? To read the article, please click here.
So I did a bit more research to see what other Mother’s view were to Cherie Blair’s talk at the Fortune Magazine’s Most Powerful Women event, and came across this article about Geeta Sidhu-Robb who had to struggle to rebuild a life for herself and her three children after her marriage collapsed. She took the decision to sideline her career as a lawyer to become a wife and most importantly a mother. In this article, she reveals how she managed to change her life for the better for the sake of her children and made something good out of her life. To read the full article,please click here.
Here is a nice quote I would like to share with you: ‘The heart of a mother is a deep abyss at the bottom of which you will always find forgiveness‘ Honore de Balzac.
Have a lovely week!