Bishops Stortford

Welcome to the NCT Bishop's Stortford/Sawbridgeworth Branch. 


The Bishop's Stortford/Sawbridgeworth branch is run by local parents and we offer support, information and friendship to new parents, old parents and parents-to-be. There are lots of local events for you to come along to, meet new people and get to know other parents in the area. We offer antenatal classes, an NCT sling library, nearly new sales, first aid courses and sling/buggy walks. Visit our events page to keep upto date with what is going on. We look forward to seeing you soon :)

Pop up events -

We have a number of events that we run through the month for members and non-members: For up to date information follow our Facebook page:


Sling/buggy Walks

New year, new baby, new you, new friends. Whatever your reason come and join us on our first monthly walk of the year!

Come and join us for a sling and buggy walk in Birchanger woods. We meet at the entrance along heath row, just by the scout hut. It's free to park along the road. Children of all ages are welcome to join and there will be a scavenger hunt along the way. Parents, caregivers, grandparents and anyone else who wishes to join us are welcome. There is a pathway through the woods which we will follow so it's suitable for pushing buggy. The route we take is approx an hour, depending on how fast little legs walk! Please ensure your children are wearing appropriate footwear as there's plenty for them to explore and see in the woods. All children must be supervised by a parent or guardian we will have a collection tin with us on the day. Any donations would be greatly appreciated

22nd January 2018

19th February, 19th March, 16th April, 21st May, 18th June, 16th July, 20th August, 17th September, 22nd October, 19th November and 10th December.


Baby Bundles:

We are excited to announce that NCT Bishop's Stortford/Sawbridgeworth branch is starting a new initiative in the area, Baby Bundles. Baby Bundles are emergency packs of toiletries, clothes and equipment given to pregnant women and families who find themselves in difficult situations.  Unfortunately some mums in the UK may find themselves in situations where they do not have the money they need to buy basic items for themselves and their new babies. Or they may have to leave their homes very quickly with few items and need an emergency pack to get them through the first few days. As a charity we are in a great position to do something about that. 


For more information please look at our facebook page


Sling Library -

We have a new venue!!!!

The date of our next meet is Friday 2nd of February, 2018.

We are now based in St Micheals Mead Community Centre.

Looking forward to seeing you all there for a coffee and a chat.

As always, older children are welcome too!

No need to book. Just turn up or get in touch if you want any additional information. If you are interested in hiring the hire fee is £10.00 per month and we ask for a deposit in the form of a cheque that we do not cash to value of the sling.

Slings can be hired for a month at a time for £10.00. Current slings held are:-
•Close Baby,
•Baby Hawk
•Ergo including newborn insert
•Rose and Rebellion
•BBSlen ring sling 
•Baba sling


Nearly New Sale – 24th March, 2018

Leventhorpe School, Sawbridgeworth CM21 9BY 11.30am-1pm (11am for members) £1 entrance

Registration has now closed for our March Sale. We will be opening registration soon for our table top sale in May soon.

If you would like to volunteer to help out at our nearly new sale then registration here:

For any queries please email

To advertise your business at the Nearly New sale please email


First Aid Courses

Would you know what to do with your child in an emergency? 7 out of 10 mums and dads lack first aid skills that would help their child in a medical emergency.

The course details for the next sessions are:

Date: Saturday 10th of February 2018

Times: 10am-12pm or 1pm-3pm

Cost: £20 per person or £35 per couple

Location: Busy Bees Nursery, Bishops Stortford 

Course content:

- Child/baby CPR

- Child/baby choking

- Unconsciousness

- Head bumps

- Burns

- Febrile convulsions

- Broken bones

- Meningitis  

To book click on the below links on your preferred date.

10th February 2018

17th March 2018

2nd June 2018

8th September 2018

3rd November 2018


Kids First Aid Courses

We also have our popular kids first aid courses. A 90 minute session for children aged 6-11 yrs, where they will learn to tie a sling, bandage a head, treat a cut, put a person in the recovery position.

13th January

7th July

For enquiries and to book please email 

We regret that due to the costs involved in running this event cancellations are non-refundable. 



We publish a quarterly newsletter for our members. Our newsletter is now available online. Click on the link below to check it out!…

We are always on the lookout for articles – birth stories, what parenting is like for you, your baby’s favourite recipe and would also love to hear from you if you would like your baby's birth announced.
If you have a business and would be interested in being an advertiser, we have a variety of rates and options available. Please contact us on 


Branch Team

Gillian Forrest- Branch Chair, Web and Social Media Co-ordinator / Baby Bundles Co-ordinator

Darren Neesam - Treasurer

Kerrie Osborne - Nearly New Sale Co-ordinator

Carole Thomas - Membership Co-ordinator

Alison Hays - NNS Advertising Co-ordinator

Sarah Fletcher - First Aid Co-Ordinator

Julia Neesam - Buggy/Sling walk Co-ordinator

Hayley Spooner - Sling Co-ordinator

Sara Longley - Sling Co-ordinator

Julia Neesam- Secretary

Abi Brown - Events Co-ordinator

Stacy Baxter- Newsletter Editor

Martin Hodds- Events Co-ordinator

Katie Wood - Parent Services Co-ordinator



We would love to hear from you if you would like to volunteer. Perhaps you might like to be part of the NNS Team or the Events Team. Perhaps you might like to help making links with health professionals or even host a coffee morning. The list of opportunities is endless, and you can devote as much or little time as you want!
We meet on the 2nd Wednesday of each month for wine / tea and usually cake to talk about what is going on in the branch and we always welcome new faces, even if you are unsure about volunteering.

If you are interested in volunteering or would like more information, please feel free to contact Gillian on



Thank you to Safestore Harlow for sponsoring all our storage needs.

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Bishops Stortford contacts

Main branch contact:

Next Event

NCT Nearly New Sale Sawbridgeworth
Date: Sat, 24/03/2018 11:30
Venue: Leventhorpe School
All events organised by Bishops Stortford