We love young families! And we know how hard it can be to get out of the house and find fun, stress-free things to do when you’ve got a tiny person. So, way back in 2014, we were thrilled when Revd Annabel Barber, Rector at St Michael’s Church, Waddington, approached Jenne with the idea of starting a tots’ group in the village!
Unfortunately, Covid-19 has been getting in the way of our plans, and we have reluctantly taken the decision to pause Little Angels until we can meet in person again – we’ve had lots of fun online over the last year, and we love catching up with folks on Zoom, but we also know that it is very hard for little people, and that makes it hard for their grown-ups too. But read on for a flavour of what Little Angels looked like in the ‘before-times’ – and what we hope we’ll be able to go back to in due course!…
Little Angels has been running for 6.5 years now, and in that time we’ve seen literally hundreds of small people, along with their grown-ups. Lots of folks come from on camp, but there are also lots of folks from Waddington village, and further afield, who are part of Little Angels. We have an eclectic mix of mums, dads, grandparents (even great-grandparents!), child minders and ‘friends of the family’, who bring children aged from birth (or even a bit before!) through to starting school.
Each session is a mix of play, singing, story time, drinks and snacks (for adults too!), crafts and more. We always have a Bible story, but we welcome folks of all faiths and none. There are often puppets and baby signing, and there are always plenty of folk around to play with your little one while you have a chance for a brew and a grown-up conversation. And while we like to pretend that the craft is for the tinies, it’s amazing how often it’s the grown ups who sit down to make something to take home!
We run every Thursday afternoon in school term time, from 13.30 until 15.00, which gives folks time to get across to All Saints or Redwood schools if they have older children too. There’s no charge – if you want to find out more why not give us a shout, or look at our Facebook page? We also have a closed Facebook group, which you’re welcome to join if you’d like to get involved at Little Angels!