Bishops Stortford

Welcome to the NCT Bishop's Stortford/Sawbridgeworth Branch. Here you will find information about courses and events coming up in Bishops Stortford/Sawbridgeworth.

NCT Bishops Stortford branch is your local parent support network, helping you become the parent you want to be. Our branch is led by volunteers and offers local parents and parents-to-be invaluable support, services and NCT events. 

Why contact your local branch?

Find a support network – NCT branches support you before, during and after your baby arrives. NCT volunteers offer you opportunities to meet up and make friends and share experience at coffee mornings, bumps and babies sessions and other support groups.

NCT Nearly New Sales – the cost of kitting out your baby or toddlers can run into thousands of pounds. That is why NCT Nearly New Sales are the perfect solution, offering pre-loved top-quality baby and children’s clothes and equipment at bargain prices. 

NCT volunteering opportunities – have fun helping with NCT branch activities, use your skills to support local parents and meet new people from your community.

Local NCT social and fundraising events – giving you the chance to meet other parents while supporting your local branch and the wider NCT.

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:

Nearly New Sale on Saturday 21st March 2020

Leventhorpe School, Cambridge Way, Sawbridgeworth CM21 9BY

11.30 am to 1pm (11am for members) £1 entrance

For any queries please email

To advertise your business at the Nearly New sale please email 

**New Venue**    Sling Library & Nappy Library     **New Venue**

We are now based at Havers Community Centre, 1 Knights Row, Bishops Stortford CM23 3GR

Our Sling Library & Nappy Library run alongside each other on the 1st Friday of every month.
From 9.30 am - 11.30 am

Check our facebook page for regular updates:

We look forward to seeing you all there for a coffee and a chat. 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 a sling 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 the value of the sling.

Current slings held are:

  • 3 x close caboos
  • 1 x Hana wrap
  • 1 x Boba wrap
  • 2 x Scootababy carriers
  • 2 x Moby Arias
  • 1 x Calin Bleu Ring sling
  • 1 x Boba 4g
  • 1 x Lenny Lamb wrap size 5 
  • 1 x Standard Connecta
  • 1 x Standard Connecta with petite straps
  • 1 x Toddler Connecta
  • 1 x Beco Gemini
  • 1 x Ergo Adapt
  • 1 x Ergo 360
  • 1 x Tula Free to Grow
  • 1 x Toddler Tula
  • 1 x Ergo 360 Omni


Want to try them? Come along to Bishop’s Stortford and Sawbridgeworth NCT Nappy Library to find out more,  troubleshoot, see nappy demos and borrow nappy kits to try at home, as well as meet like-minded parents. 

Find out why more parents are choosing cloth nappies: 

• Better containment and absorbency 
• Fewer nappies in landfill 
• Kinder to your baby’s skin 
• Fewer chemicals 
• Saves money 
• Cute patterns 

Find out more on our Facebook page: 
Bishop’s Stortford NCT Nappy Library


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 email us: 


First Aid Courses

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

(Future 2020 dates to be confirmed)

Time: 10am-12pm 

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 link below:

Kids First Aid Courses

We also have our popular kids first aid courses. A 2 hour 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.

Our Next session is to be confirmed

Time: 10am -12noon 

£14 per child.

For enquiries and to book please email: 

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

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/Buggy Walks - Dates for 2020 Walks to be confirmed

New baby, new you, new friends. Whatever your reason come and join us on our NCT Sling/Buggy Walk 

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 a buggy. The route we take is approx one 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.

Branch Team

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

Paula Reynolds - Treasurer.

Secretary - Vacancy 

Alison Hays - NNS Advertising Co-ordinator

Michelle Bass - First Aid Co-ordinator 

Sara Longley - Sling Co-ordinator

Membership Co-ordinator - Vacancy

Kate Rutt- Newsletter Editor

Martin Hodds- Advertising Co-ordinator.

Katie Wood - Events Co-ordinator

Tess Aldam - Nearly New Sale Coordinator.


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: