Monthly Archives: July, 2017

Summer Holiday Activities

I can hardly believe this school year is nearly over. If you are wondering how to fill the next five and a half weeks with exciting activities, here are some ideas below;

Lots of free activities can be found on, for example-

Royal Armouries
Fort Nelson, Down End Road
Fareham, Hampshire, PO17 6AN

Free Entry Museum HampshireFort Nelson is a restored Victorian Artillery Fort, overlooking Portsmouth Harbour. The site covers 19 acres and has grass ramparts, underground magazines and tunnels, with stunning views of the countryside. The fort is home to the Royal Armouries collection of artillery; with over 350 guns charting the history and development of artillery from the earliest times to date. Live firing takes place every day and professional actors recreate history by bringing to life the past. Free guided tours are available. Open all year. Admission is Free.

Tel: 01329 233 734
Fax: 01329 822 092

Southampton City Art Gallery
Civic Centre, Commercial Road
Southampton, Hampshire, SO14 7LP

This gallery has a Permanent Collection of over 3,500 works, ranging from Renaissance masterpieces to contemporary video art. The gallery hosts high quality temporary exhibitions, including both national and international historical and contemporary art. All the latest news and events are featured on their website.

Admission is Free.

Tel: 023 8083 2277
Fax: 023 8083 2153
Visit Website

Fancy a bit of ship spotting?

Southampton Maritime Movements
Watch maritime movements around Southampton Port.
Mayflower Park, close to Southampton Maritime Museum is an excellent vantage point for all ships leaving the Western Docks.
Southampton Movements:

National Trust’s 50 Things to Do:

Please see the link below for a checklist of free ideas and an app you can download, so you are never at a loss;

An alphabet of day trips (please note these all charge admission):

Airborne Forces Museum, Aldershot
Aldershot Military Museum, Aldershot
Army Physical Training Corps Museum, Aldershot
Balfour Museum of Hampshire Red Cross History, ‘Winchester
Basing House Ruins, Basingstoke
Beaulieu, Beaulieu
Bishop’s Waltham Museum, Southampton
Breamore Countryside Museum, Fordingbridge
Breamore House and Museum, nr Fordingbridge
Charles Dickens Birthplace, Portsmouth
D-Day Museum & Overlord Embroidery, Southsea
Emsworth Museum, Emsworth
Exbury Gardens & Railway, Southampton
Explosion! The Museum of Naval Firepower, Gosport
Gilbert White’s House & The Oates Museum, nr Alton
Gurkha Museum, Winchester
Hollycombe Steam Collection, Liphook
Hospital of St Cross (The), Winchester
Jane Austen’s House, Alton
Longdown Activity Farm, Southampton
Manor Farm (Farm and Museum), Southampton
Marwell Zoological Park, Winchester
Milestones – Hampshire’s Living History Museum, Basingstoke
Mottisfont Abbey, nr Romsey
Museum of Army Flying and Explorers’ World, Stockbridge
New Forest Museum & Visitor Centre, Lyndhurst
Parachute Regiment and Airborne Forces Museum, Aldershot
Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, Portsmouth
Royal Armouries, Fareham
Royal Green Jackets Museum, Winchester
Royal Hampshire Regiment Museum (The), Winchester
Royal Marines Museum, Southsea
Royal Navy Submarine Museum, Gosport
Sammy Miller Museum Trust, New Milton
Southampton Hall of Aviation, Southampton
Staunton Country Park, Havant
St Barbe Museum and Art Gallery, Lymington
The Vyne, Basingstoke
Watercress Line (The), Alresford Southampton
Westbury Manor Museum, Fareham
Westgate, Winchester
Winchester Cathedral, Winchester

Whatever you end up doing, I hope you have a wonderful holiday. I’ll look forward to the children telling me all about their adventures, whether it’s trips abroad, in the UK, or painting pebbles from the beach and picnics in the park-have fun and see you in September!

Tricia Pelling

Pastoral Leader


30 hours free childcare entitlement for working parents

Currently, all 3 to 4 year olds are eligible for 15 hours of free early education per week. This is a universal entitlement, for all children.

From September 2017, all 3 to 4 year olds of working parents will be eligible for an additional 15 hours early education per week. In some local authority (LA) areas, this new entitlement was rolled out from September 2016. The 30 hours entitlement is intended to support working parents with childcare costs and enable them to return to work, or work additional hours.

This and more information on the entitlement is set out in a Department for Education (DfE) policy statement, pages 4 &8;



The additional 15 hours free childcare is only available for working parents of children aged 3 to 4 years old.

Page 8 of the DfE policy statement says that households will be eligible for the additional free entitlement where:
•Both parents are working, or the sole parent is working in a lone parent family (this includes self-employed parents and those on zero hours contracts)
•Each parent earns:
◦On average, a weekly minimum equivalent to 16 hours at national minimum wage or national living wage, and
◦Less than £100,000 per year

When at least one parent in a household has income of £100,000 or more, that family will not be eligible to take up the extra free hours. A DfE representative confirmed that this refers to each parent earning less than £100,000 per year rather than a combined income of less than £100,000 per year.

Special circumstances

Though two-parent families where one parent does not work (or neither works) will not usually be eligible for the extra 15 hours, there are some exceptions. These are likely to be where:
•Both parents are employed but one or both parents is temporarily on maternity, paternity or adoption leave
•Both parents are employed but one or both parents is temporarily on statutory sick pay
•One parent is employed and one parent has substantial caring responsibilities based on specific benefits received for caring
•One parent is employed and one parent is disabled or incapacitated based on receipt of specific benefits

Pupils in Reception Class

GOV.UK explains that children in a full-time reception class in a state-funded school are not eligible for the extended entitlement.

Big Guns at the Fort

Looking for a day out with the children that they won’t forget in a hurry? How about experiencing the blast of the Victorian big guns?

Fort Nelson will ring to the sound of one of the big guns from the Royal Armouries’ National collection on Sunday 9 July, forming the highlight of a free day out for all the family. Uniformed detachments from Portsdown Artillery Volunteers will fire one of the two mighty Rifled Muzzle-Loading (RML) 64-pounder guns from a traversing platform on the ramparts of the nineteenth century fort at 11:30 am, 2:00 pm and 3:00 pm.
As well as daily 1 pm gun firings, the Royal Armouries’ museum at Fort Nelson offers a great day out for all the family. Standing high on Portsdown Hill in Fareham, the Victorian fort is home to one of the largest collections of artillery in the UK. There is so much to see and explore including the ramparts, parade, tunnels and Cafe 1871.

Free admission and parking. The museum is open daily 10 am – 5 pm.

Fort Nelson, Portsdown Hill Road, Portchester, Fareham, Hampshire PO17 6AN

Contact telephone: 01329233734

Inspired by Wimbledon?

Yes it’s that time of year again-Wimbledon tennis!

If you enjoy watching and playing tennis and you think that your child might be the next Murray/Williams, you might like to consider this; six, free sessions of tennis for 5-8 year olds. Just copy and paste the following link in to a search engine, enter your postcode and see where your local provider is. Hurray, places are filling fast!

Want to Quit Smoking?

The following government document highlights the dangers of smoking to those around us, for example, children;

If you are thinking about quitting smoking, signing up to the following toolkit may be useful and increase your chances of success, even if you’re already using e‑cigarettes or stop smoking medication;

Perhaps you are a health professional looking to help others give up smoking? The following accredited Level 1 & 2 training might be of interest to you;