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#1 belle

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Posted 27 January 2010 - 01:12 PM

I know I moved to Penge recently, but I was hoping to meet some other mothers in CP to give me plenty of reasons to climb the hill to return to my beloved Triangle. Instead, I've found loads to do for NCT members in Sydenham, Beckenham and East Dulwich, but nothing at all in CP.

You'd think with all the buggies around it would be party central for the pram brigade, but it seems like CP has been forgotten about by the NCT.

Has anyone been invited to post natal teas or anything similar? Where do new mothers in CP go to meet other mothers?
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Posted 27 January 2010 - 02:51 PM

We found the same problem so ended up with the Penge crowd - who are lovely. Why not join locally in Penge and still attend the events in CP? There's lots going on at the library, phoenix centre etc. :)
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Posted 27 January 2010 - 04:41 PM

My NCT lot are in East Dulwich and I've met some lovely people via other NCT things who live in Penge and Sydenham. My grumble is more about the fact that those people I've met near me meet up with THEIR NCT groups in Sydenham or out in Beckenham or even further out. For some reason, no one ever seems to head up the hill. It's like a blind spot for post natal groups!

I guess I'll just have to try to coax people up the hill! But I'm just puzzled where all the CP new mothers are!
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Posted 27 January 2010 - 08:37 PM

Yes I've also found this to be true. I couldn't find any nct classes that were close enough so am trying to discover what to do with my baby in CP. There's a thread here on stuff that's available..

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From my limited experience as a new mum, waggle and hum on Tues & Thurs at the library is very popular. I've yet to try it but have also heard good things about the Heshima Centre on Weds.

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Posted 28 January 2010 - 09:48 AM

There is an NCT group that had its official bit in the Black Sheep Bar- my friend who was a member had her baby on Tuesday, but she had specifically looked looked for a Triangle based group and got lucky!

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Posted 30 January 2010 - 09:15 AM

There is an NCT group that had its official bit in the Black Sheep Bar- my friend who was a member had her baby on Tuesday, but she had specifically looked looked for a Triangle based group and got lucky!


I would also love to hear about an NCT group in CP, being local myself. I agree there are loads of Mums around so how hard would it be to start at tea group !? I'm up for it !

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Posted 31 January 2010 - 05:21 PM

There has already been talk of the NCT group at the black sheep.

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Posted 03 February 2010 - 06:05 PM

There has already been talk of the NCT group at the black sheep.

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That's not really what I meant. I did my classes already and am now attending "post natal teas" and other NCT events. But they are all in Sydenham or Beckenham. There seems to be a bit of a black spot for anyone living in Penge, Anerley or Crystal Palace (and I'm guessing Gipsy Hill too).
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Posted 03 February 2010 - 07:04 PM

I never joined the NCT as we moved here too late to join for the classes and didn't realise about the socialising afterwards. I don't feel that I missed out at all, there are plenty of mother and baby activities around the triangle to go and meet other mums and I have made fantastic friends as a result which has been a wonderful support group. Some people find NCT works for them but really you're thrown together with people you may have little in common with who can live miles away, I was able to make friends with other mums that had similar outlooks to parenting as me and they all lived locally so we could all pop round to each others houses after waggle and hum or whatever if we fancied an afternoon of chatting and the babies playing together.

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Posted 26 February 2010 - 02:50 PM

I agree there is a black hole in Penge/Crystal Palace in respect of NCT groups.

I joined the NCT group in Herne Hill and 3 years later occasionally still meet up with a few of them although we are all spread over a wide area. I too found attending lots of different classes in Penge and Crystal Palace introduced me to lots of mothers in my area and the opportunity to make friends.

I haven't been there for around 18 months now but Community Vision in Chestnut Grove had good mother/baby groups. I think the Health visitor can also advise you on groups in the area or courses to attend.

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Posted 02 March 2010 - 05:56 PM

I never joined the NCT as we moved here too late to join for the classes and didn't realise about the socialising afterwards. I don't feel that I missed out at all, there are plenty of mother and baby activities around the triangle to go and meet other mums and I have made fantastic friends as a result which has been a wonderful support group. Some people find NCT works for them but really you're thrown together with people you may have little in common with who can live miles away, I was able to make friends with other mums that had similar outlooks to parenting as me and they all lived locally so we could all pop round to each others houses after waggle and hum or whatever if we fancied an afternoon of chatting and the babies playing together.

Whatever works for you is great, but I personally really enjoyed the fact that small groups are organised - with ante-natal classes, "bumps in the pub" events and post natal tea groups hosted in people's homes. With such a small baby I don't really see the point in going to singing groups etc as my baby won't get all that much from it (plus, I'm only sort of on maternity leave what with working for myself so time is at a premium). I'll start going when she's a bit older. However, I've really enjoyed going to meet up with groups in the pub etc and I just think it's a shame that nothing like this seems to happen in CP. Everything I've gone to has either been in Dulwich or has been down in Penge, Beckenham or Sydenham.
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Posted 04 March 2010 - 11:10 AM

Whatever works for you is great, but I personally really enjoyed the fact that small groups are organised - with ante-natal classes, "bumps in the pub" events and post natal tea groups hosted in people's homes.


But that's not what you asked, in your original post you asked 'Where do new mothers in CP go to meet other mothers?' Someone gave you a link to a thread on what baby/toddler activities there are around the triangle which tell you what's going on, and other people have agreed that there's something of a void when it comes to NCT organised events here. To have any organised event you need someone to organise, as there's a void in the triangle maybe that person should be you, someone's got to do it!


How old is your LO? I'd really recommend you go to one session of waggle and hum, I think you'd be surprised at the number of younger babies there and you're not just going for her you're going out for some conversation with other sane beings, and if you decide it's not for you then you've only lost a couple of hours.

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Posted 04 March 2010 - 11:56 AM

Mini-Elmo goes to Waggle and Hum on a Thursday. And don't forget about Sell It Mama on Saturday... Lots of baby stuff to be bought cheap cheap cheap:
http://www.virtualno...ma-spring-fair/
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Posted 21 June 2010 - 07:21 PM

Hi, I'm so sorry to be picking up on this thread so late, I hope this information is still of use! There are tea groups taking place in the SE19 area with new groups being set up every couple of months or so. Groups are based on the age of the baby so that the group can share similar experiences at the same time (there is usually an age range of about two-three months). An email invitation is sent to anyone who has either attended an NCT course or who has been in contact with the local branch of the NCT and has given their details. There is also a contact email on the NCT website for anyone who would like to join a group (given below). We organise three group meetings at our homes (usually a group per week for three weeks), to get things going, and then the groups become self-managing, arranging their own get-togethers (some carrying on more successfully than others).

If you are pregnant or have a new baby and would like to join a tea group then please email tea.groups@southlondonnct.org.