News - Cheltenham

Welcome to Cheltenham and North Cotswolds branch pages

All our activities and events are run by volunteers. If you could spare a few hours of your time every now and then, fit some admin around your child's naps perhaps, why not consider joining our team? We'd love to hear from you! Please email cheltenham@nct.org.uk or click on get involved to find out more.

We run two playgroups each week - both are drop-in groups so no booking required, just turn up when you can! Non-members are also very welcome.

*Bumps and Babes on Thursdays at St Andrew's United Reformed Church in Montpellier, next to The Courtyard runs between 10:30am and 12:15pm 

* Waddlers and Toddler on Wednesdays at Charlton Kings Baptist Church (Church Street opposite the Merryfellow pub) - includes dedicated baby area runs between 10am and 12midday.

Both continue throughout the school holidays (subject to having enough volunteers).

Why not keep up to date with our branch through our Facebook page www.facebook.com/nctcheltenham?
You'll be prompted when new events are published such as nearly new sales, first aid events, social events etc and can let us know what you think of our activities too! Details about our weekly drop-in groups are also posted there.

30 Years and still going strong!
Do you know anyone who took part in NCT classes in the early 1980s? We'd love to hear from people who experienced childbirth locally at that time when our branch first formed. Please email cheltenham@nct.org.uk if you can help!

Has NCT helped you on your journey to becoming a parent? Would you recommend us to others about to embark on the same path?
We'd like to hear from you, whether you've had a good experience or feel indifferent....it will help us tailour our service to improve it for future parents! If you would like to send us your view, it can be entirely confidential if you'd prefer. We are just really keen to know what people feel about our service locally and how we can continue to do what we do well, whilst improving what we are not doing quite so well at....Please email Annabelle on coordinator,cheltenham@nct.org.uk Thank you!
 
Next meetings
We hold a meeting once a month to discuss how the branch operates and to plan future events. It is usually held in the first week of the month but the day fluctuates. If you'd like to join us to find out more before volunteering or just to see how things work, we'd love you to come along. We usually meet from 8pm! Do come whenever you can as we all have childcare responsibilities too, so it is not too formal! Email cheltenham@nct.org.uk for venue and date.
 
Nearly New Sale 
Our next sales are
Spring / Summer Clothes             1st April 2017
Toys & Equipment                       13th May 2017
Autumn / Winter Clothes              30th September 2017
Toys & Equipment                       25th November 2017
 
PLEASE NOTE, VENUE FOR THE SALES is All Saints Academy, Blaisdon Way, Cheltenham, GL51 0WH

First Aid

If you are interested in attending our next first aid event, please email Louisa on events@nctcheltenham.org. Places are limited so please register early. We hold these events 4 times per year (Jan, April, July and October) so if one date does not suit or becomes full, you can still register for future events by emailing. Once dates are available, they are promoted in our quarterly newsletter, Offspring, our members email newsletter or will be shown in our event listings or on our Facebook page.

Relax, Stretch and Breathe classes
We are now able to offer weekly women-only Relax, Stretch and Breathe drop-in clases on Monday evenings in Stroud. These classes use gentle yoga-based exercise, focusing on breathing and positions for labour and birth and are suitable for any age of pregnancy from 14 to 40+ weeks, whether you've practiced yoga before or not. For those who are already mothers, the class gives you a chance to relax and concentrate on the new baby; and for first time mums there will be lots of practical tips and the opportunity to chat to others. For more information, please contact Gillian on gillian_merrett@yahoo.co.uk or 07957 384780.

Anything else?
Read on to find out what is happening in our branch - and if you can't find anything you need, please email web,cheltenham@nct.org.uk and we will try to help.

NOTE our branch telephone number is 07887 563 227. 

And you can now keep up to date with us via Facebook! Make sure you never forget the nearly new sale dates or other NCT events in your area! www.facebook.com/nctcheltenham