First Aid training


Would you know what to do in the event of your child or grandchild having an accident? Did you know that statistically many more children have accidents over the school summer holidays?


Today we’re launching a summer campaign to encourage as many parents and grandparents as possible to have some basic first aid training before the long summer school holidays start. We’re so passionate about this that we are going to subsidise the cost of places on first aid courses!


Why do we care so much? Before Sarah set up Busy Parents Network she was a solicitor for nearly 15 years helping families whose children were catastrophically injured either with brain injuries or spinal cord injuries as a result of accidents. Sarah knows that it can make a huge difference to a child’s long term outcome if there is even one person on the scene of an accident who knows even basic first aid.


So, we’ve teamed up with Mini First Aid to run a series of first aid classes during June and July. We’ve deliberately put them on at the weekends, evenings and during the day time to hopefully find a time to suit everyone.


And because we believe you are never too young to learn first aid skills, we’ve got a FREE course for pre-schoolers and a subsidised course for children aged 8-12 years. It is very empowering for children to know what to do if they or their siblings have an accident.


So, here’s how it works:-


  1. Select a date for a course (dates and times below)
  2. Phone or email Anna Ruffle of Mini First Aid on 07397 233245 or to book your place(s)
  3. You pay £10 for a child’s place or £15 for an adult place (normally £12 and £20)
  4. Turn up on the day at Bournville Community Hub to get skilled up!


The dates are:-

Wednesday 7th June – 7.30pm


Sunday 11th June       – 10am


Sunday 9th July          –  2.30pm. (Kids and adults classes running simulataneously)


Friday 14th July 10am – FREE 30 minute pre-school class


If there is sufficient demand, we can look at putting on additional classes.


So, don’t delay and book your place today! You could help to save a child’s life.



CARTOON-creating, Lego Star Wars, Minecraft and story-writing – it’s all taking place at Bournville Community Hub this May half term.


  •  Explore Learning is hosting a creative workshop on the theme of The Mash Up – getting kids excited about the creative writing and the competition helping them to start their own entry. This is FREE for 7-10 year olds!  Tuesday 31st May 2pm-3pm.
  •  Create Build Learn.  We know children have fantastic imaginations and we love helping them re-create the images they have in their minds using some of the best loved construction toys of today (LEGO® ©MEGA Brands). Children love to create and build things.  And what better way to do it than by learning things along the way?!  Wednesday 1st June 10am-11am Star Wars Lego & 11.30am-12.30pm Minecraft. £8 per child per session. 
  • Andy the Cartoonist – Cartooning 101.  This workshop will cover all the basics of drawing cartoon characters and introducing them into a gag cartoon or a three-panel strip. Using Andy’s patented Sausage and Mash Theory! Thursday 2nd June 2pm-4:30pm Aimed at 8-12 yr olds.  £10 per child.

The Hub will be open from Tuesday – Friday during half term for people to call in and enjoy books, refreshments and toys.

Magical Lands and Enchanted Places


Do you ever dream of being transported out of Birmingham to a completely different world? Now is your chance.

Busy Parents Network and Selly Manor are proud to present Magical Lands and Enchanted Places.

A spell will be cast upon Selly Manor on the 14th May 2016 transforming it into a mythical world.

You will be able to explore the old manor house to discover and talk to real fairytale characters, Cinderella, Rapunzel and Peter Pan.

Practice your potion-making skills at the School of Wizardry as well as meet some magical characters along the way.

And there will be sword-fighting demonstrations from the amazing Warwick Warriors, opportunities to meet real owls and birds of prey and should you take a wrong turn you could find yourselves transported through a wardrobe to the land of Narnia.

It’s a perfect day out for 3-12 year olds.

Tickets cost £4 per person or £15 for a family ticket (family tickets cover 2 adults and 3 children or 1 adult and 4 children). Children two and under go free.

Tickets are selling fast already so we would recommend you book now to avoid disappointment. Click on the Busy Parents Facebook Page (, select “events” and choose your 3-hour time slot (either 10am or 1pm). Please note that parental supervision is required for this event.

Make it extra special and come dressed up, as a fairytale character, princess, knight or wizard.

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The Warwick Warriors will be demonstrating sword-fighting

Meet Artist Kate Hindley



UntitledKate Hindley’s beautiful illustrations showing how you can get lost in a book, fired up by a story and share tales together, fill the Bournville BookFest 2016 programme. The artist – who lives in Northfield with her boyfriend Chris and dog Badger – came to the rescue of the Big Draw last October when author James Mayhew fell ill and had to pull out at a moment’s notice.  She brought Mussorgsky’s music to life with imaginative sketches, live on stage, and won a standing ovation. Kate tells Busy Parents Network how she became an illustrator.


“I was always drawing,” says Kate. “At school I wasn’t any good at anything else. “I was always colouring-in and really liked making things, drawing my own comics and creating my own books – very geeky!”

Kate HindleyIt was obvious to young Kate what she should do when she grew up, but she didn’t get much encouragement.

“When I was at school I was told being an artist wasn’t a proper job. I had a careers advice session and it said I could be a librarian, a jewellery-designer or a refuse collector! I was like, isn’t there a more obvious career? Someone must do the drawings in books!”
Happily, Kate ignored her careers advisor and went on an art foundation course at Bournville Art College, then an extremely enjoyable three-year degree in illustration, pasty-eating and sketching at the seaside at Falmouth.


Her first commissions were designs for Christmas cards and babygrows, and then she was asked to illustrate children’s books. Her first was The Great Snortle Hunt by Aliens Love Underpants author Claire Freedman, and since then she’s illustrated How to Wash a Woolly Mammoth by Michelle Robinson, Worst in Show by William Bee, and Oliver and Patch by Claire Freedman again.

How does Kate enjoy working with authors? “I never get to meet the authors!” she laughs. “ We get matched by the publishers and the text, brief and any alterations come by email. I have to find the authors myself on Twitter to say how much I’ve enjoyed working on their book. It’s more of a collaboration with the publishers.”

Kate’s favourite book to date has been Worst in Show, a whacky picture book about The Best Pet Monster in the World competition. “It’s a really funny text about a 1960’s-style world where children keep pet monsters, which has given me loads of scope to create lots of fun details.”

Her latest book is Don’t Call Me Choochie Pooh! Written by Sean Taylor, about a pampered lap dog who wants to be taken seriously – something which will appeal to every small child who wants to be “big”.


Choochie Poo

“I liked doing the expressions,” said Kate, whose pictures of dogs take inspiration from her mongrel-terrier Badger. “I’m often too lovey-dovey with him when I think he’d much rather roll in disgusting things, go mad on the Lickeys and be a “real” dog!”

Kate managed to get noticed by asking publishers for their opinion of her portfolio – and taking homemade shortbread to meetings as a thank you present.

What advice would Kate give an aspiring illustrator?

“Go for it. It’s quite a lot of hard work at the beginning, with lots of wandering around London. I had a part-time job in a video game shop when I first started out, where I seemed to see lots of angry young men, so that gave me motivation to make a success out of illustration!”

“I’m grateful I got so much help from college teaching me about issuing invoices and meeting clients. But don’t give up – you can make a living out of it.”

Have you booked your tickets yet?  Meet Britain’s favourite author-illustrators Nick Sharratt and Korky Paul at Bournville BookFest 2016. From How to make Awesome Comics to Design your Own Monster, there are some brilliant workshops aimed at young artists, as well as dance, drama and creative writing workshops for 0-18 year olds. Bournville BookFest is running at 12 venues across Birmingham from Friday March 18-20.



Come to Bournville Community Hub for freshly-baked cake and a warm welcome!


Today we have Lemon Drizzle, Smartie Cake and  Crunchie Biscuits.  Pop in for tea, coffee or hot chocolate and enjoy free WiFi – just for the cost of a contribution to the Honesty Box.

Here’s what’s happening at the Hub this half-term:

timetable to print 2016-2If you want to book a place at any of these regular sessions, we can put you in touch with the organisers. Just call us on 0121 472 7989.

Half Term at Bournville Community Hub

There’s lots happening at the Hub over Spring Half Term!

Become a Forensic Scientist!

Budding detectives can help solve a mystery at Bournville Community Hub on Saturday February 13, from 2-4pm. Working with a real forensic scientist, you will be gathering evidence and looking for clues to piece together the scientific evidence needed to put a criminal mastering behind bars! £10 per child, suitable for 7-11 year olds.

Explore Learning is running 2 FREE workshops at Bournville Community Hub on Tuesday of half term, both designed for 6-9 year olds. Choose from:-

The BFG workshop – enter the imaginative dream-world of Roald Dahl, and unlock your own creativity! Create your own language and you will be whizz-popping in no time! – 12-1pm
Telling the Time workshop – this workshop introduces how time is measured in everything from minutes to months and will also cover the key concepts of time measurement in the National Curriculum. – 1-2pm
Spaces limited to 12 children per workshop. Parents are welcome to sit downstairs in the Hub and enjoy tea and homemade cake whilst the workshops are going on!
To book, please phone Bournville Community Hub on 0121 472 7989.

And the Hub is open on Monday 15 February so do come in for a cup of tea/coffee and enjoy our beautiful books and free broadband.

Tickets are on sale for Bournville BookFest 2016!  Many events are completely free, and the most expensive is only £5.  Some of Britain’s best children’s writers, artists and actors will be taking part to entertain and inspire Birmingham’s children at 13 different venues, so don’t miss out.

Bournville BookFest 2016 – March 18-20. Book online at



New Book Club Launches at the Hub!

We’re delighted to announce Bournville Daytime Book Club has started meeting at Bournville Community Hub.

It will be a chance for men and women of all ages to talk about their favourite books over tea and cake, from 11am-12 noon.  And there’s the option of having a sociable picnic lunch afterwards until 1pm.  Babies and toddlers are welcome too – colouring and toys available.

The first title will be When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit by Judith Kerr (author of The Tiger Who Came To Tea).

An essential modern classic, this gripping story is a semi-autobiographical account of a 9-year-old Jewish girl and her family as they flee Nazi Germany at the start of WWII.

Anna is too busy with schoolwork and tobogganing to listen to the talk of Hitler. But one day she and her brother are rushed out of Germany in alarming secrecy, away from everything they know. Their father is wanted by the Nazis – dead or alive. This is the start of a huge adventure, sometimes frightening, very often funny, and always, always exciting.

Judith Kerr was born in Berlin and left Germany in 1933 to escape the Nazis. This novel is based on her own experiences.

Everyone is very welcome.  If you’re interested, email