A warm wel­come at Mini-Ma­ni­acs

Harefield Gazette - - OPINION - AN­DREW BALAAM Lan­guages On­line Royal Gram­mar School High Wy­combe

I EN­JOYED Bar­bara Fisher’s col­umn about the chil­dren’s mu­si­cal ses­sion at the Charville Chil­dren’s Cen­tre (Gazette, Feb 4) and it re­ally res­onated with me.

I am usu­ally the “one dad” at a Wed­nes­day morn­ing ses­sion of Mini Ma­ni­acs in Ruis­lip – a group I’ve been at­tend­ing for over a year now. Set up and run by Hilda, the ses­sions are very var­ied, and in­volve all sorts of mu­sic from nurs­ery rhymes to pop songs, toys, in­stru­ments, imag­i­na­tive play, story telling, cos­tumes. No two weeks are the same.

My two-year old loves it, and I do too. A great ses­sion each week, and an (ever in­creas­ing) group of us go for a cof­fee (and cake) af­ter­wards in the café next to the Sta­ble Block – a re­ally good friend­ship group for par­ents and chil­dren alike, which would never have come about with­out Min­i­Ma­ni­acs. If ever you are in Ruis­lip on a Wed­nes­day morn­ing be­tween 10am and 11am, I am sure you would be very wel­come to drop in and join us and find out what it is all about. Tea and bis­cuits at the end of the ses­sion is in­cluded too.

Do get in touch if you’d like to know more (or check out www. mini-ma­ni­acs.com).

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