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Louise Webster

Name:  Louise Webster Family members: Andrew, Finlay (5), Mila (2) Previous career:  Founder of Rare Communications, a PR agency specialising in the kids and parents sectors. Name & description of your business: Beyondtheschoolrun.com is an online destination of inspiration for parents seeking to go ‘beyond’ being a parent, either making use of their existing skills or provoking them into taking a new direction, whilst not compromising the time they choose to spend with their children.  “From the parent to the person” What gave you the inspiration to start your own business:   I realised just how much untapped skill and potential drifts away from the...

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Anne Baker – Marvellous Mum

Name:  Anne Baker   Family members: Charlie (husband), Jack (6), Harry (4) & Daniel (3)   Previous career: Regional Retail Manager.   Name & description of your business:  “Reflexology by Anne Baker”. I am a traditional reflexologist providing reflexology for all the family, as well as specialist maternity reflexology.   What gave you the inspiration to start your own business:   To be honest it was the idea that I could be one of those “have it all mums”. I saw having my own business as the best way to accomplish this. I could still earn my own money – which...

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Biba & Joanne – Marvellous Mums

Name:  Joanne Forrest Smith & Biba Lloyd   Family members:  Joanne: Married to Steve with two children. Biba: Married to Will with three children.   Previous career:  Joanne: Picture researcher in the publishing industry and a registered childminder. Biba: PE teacher and HR Manager.   Name & description of your business:  Playball Bucks Ltd, a multisports & movement programme for children aged 2 – 9.   What gave you the inspiration to start your own business and how did you go from having an idea to getting the business up and running?   We both wanted to be able to...

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Smashing party tips

     ‘Smashing’ Tips for a Top Party     1. Get the children involved in the planning.  Making invitations, filling party bags or picking favourite games will build excitement and make the event more memorable.   2. Send your invitation out 3-4 weeks ahead of the party.  Too early and people put it to one side. Be prepared to chase, mums are busy and may forget to reply.   3. Consider numbers, venue, and age mix carefully.  A wide age range can be tough to keep happy, but older children – especially siblings – love to be involved...

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Where’s Santa

Where’s Santa   Odds Farm Park (http://www.oddsfarm.co.uk/events.php)   Visit Santa in his magical grotto and receive a gift. Costs £4 (in addition to entry cost). Every weekend in December and 24th December.   Buckinghamshire Railway Centre  Santa’s magical adventures (http://www.bucksrailcentre.org/santa.php)   Enjoy a magical steam train ride where you will be joined by Santa himself, and receive a gift from him. Plus for the first 2 weekends in December the train will be pulled by Thomas. Your adventure includes a ride on the steam train, soft drinks and biscuits for children, seasonal refreshments for adults, 25 minute live magic...

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Local Pantos

Local Pantos   THE SLEEPING BEAUTY PANTO   When: 7th December at 8pm, 8th December at 12pm, 4pm, 8pm and 9th December at 3pm.   Where: Chalfont St Peter Community Centre, Chalfont St Peter   Info: A fun family panto. Tickets cost £12 for adults and £8 for under 16’s. To book call the Box Office on: 07928 161419. For more information see the website: http://stpeterplayers.co.uk   Aladdin   When: 6th December 2012 to 5th January 2013 (no performance on: 9th, 15th, 21st, 25th December and 1st January)   Where: The Elgiva Theatre, St Mary’s Way, Chesham, HP5 1HR   Info: See www.elgiva.com...

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