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  • 13 May 2014

    Make this a month for walking!

    If you keep meaning to get outdoors and get fit but can never seem to find the time, walking to work or school could be the answer. With road transport contributing to climate change, poor air quality, noise pollution and congested towns and cities, walking is one of the greenest choices you can make – good not just for you, but for the planet. There are 34 million vehicles on UK roads, 28 million of which are cars. If you drive to work, you’ll certainly have noticed just how many other people are doing it too, and almost all are travelling alone. […] more

  • 20 Mar 2014

    International Children’s Book Day

    International Children’s Book Day has been celebrated annually, on or around 2nd April, since 1967. 2nd April was chosen because it is Hans Christian Anderson’s birthday, one of the best loved children’s authors whose books are still popular today. International Children’s Book Day was founded by the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY), a non-profit organisation which represents an international network of people from all over the world who are committed to bringing books and children together. […] more

  • 16 Mar 2014

    Get skipping!

    Most of us remember playing with skipping ropes at school and the chants that went with them, getting faster and more complicated as the games progressed. 28th March is the 12th annual National Skipping Day. An actual day to celebrate skipping, you ask? Well, yes, apparently it is a great form of cardiovascular exercise and a fun and energising way to get fit. National Skipping Day isn’t affiliated to any charity, it’s purely about the fun of it! […] more

  • 13 Mar 2014

    Support your local library

    I’m sitting typing this in the warm peace of our local library. It’s a place that has a special place in my heart, as all libraries do. Every time I enter a library I still feel the thrill of the fact these amazing places are gloriously, deliciously free. That these great bastions of learning are available to all, regardless of age, economic background or religious leaning. Libraries have something for everyone. […] more

  • 21 Feb 2014

    Six Gorgeous Fairtrade Toys

    With Fairtrade Fortnight running from 24th Feb to 4th March, we’ve rounded up some delightful Fairtrade toys. With the notion of Fairtrade becoming more understood and respected, there is gradually a change towards ethical trading. Still a long way to go, of course, but these companies show that it is possible to source unique products that last whilst adhering to principles of a fair deal for everyone. There is often the impression that Fairtrade gifts are too expensive but buying cheap toys is a false economy – not only are they often produced in sweat-shop conditions, they also rarely last from one child to the next. […] more

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