Wednesday, 29 September 2010

Events reminder - Two upcoming meetings...

Monday 4th October - T&T group Park meeting in Paignton. 12noon onwards.
Tuesday 5th October - *All Groups Together* monthly meeting in Exeter - 12noon - 2pm.

Contact for more details :)

Art Workshops with Sarah...

Sarah has kindly offered to host Art workshops on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month (Excluding December as it's obviously a hectic time for everyone).

Art Workshop 1:
Autumnal Hanging (Paper Making).
Part 1: Thursday 14th October. 1.30pm - 3.30pm.
Part 2: Thursday 28th October. 1.30pm - 3.30pm.
Please make sure you are free to attend both dates.

To book your place, please contact Sarah directly at:

Please also read the information below:

Each workshop will be in two parts - you have to be able to attend both sessions to complete the project. Numbers are limited to 5 families, and Sarah needs to know in advance of numbers so she can prepare.

The workshops are for families to work together - not for children to be 'left to it'. Parent/Guardian supervision and assistance will be required.

Cost £6.00 per family per project which includes the majority of equipment needed - a list of any extras needed (such as newspaper or aprons etc) will be supplied to those taking part.

Please note that there is 1 friendly hairy (not fur) dog at Sarah's house. Please keep this in mind if you or your children are allergic to animals or dog phobic.

There will be some required 'work' to be done at home between the sessions. Sarah insists it will be fun!

Please wear old clothes and take along an Apron and a container to transport wet art work home in.

This is an Art Workshop only. Those attending will be expected to join in with the workshop, it is not a social group meeting.

Saturday, 25 September 2010

Civil War / Stuart History Day - Exeter.

I've just been given details of a Civil War / Stuart History Day that is being organised jointly by the Devon Home Ed group and East Devon group:

It will be an educational day run by a couple who do "living history" workshops for children, based on the Civil War/Stuart period of UK history.

This will be March/April next year (date to be finalised) on a Tuesday in Exeter (sorry, Tuesday is the only day the venue is bookable for most of the day).

Activities would be things like: Quill writing, trying on costumes, braid and cord making, sword fighting/weaponry, medicines, plant walk. Everything is meant to give the children a taste of how things were one during that time period (1600-1650ish).

Cost will be dependent on how many children come (the more children, the cheaper it will be).

If anyone is interested, send me an email to and I'll pass it on to the organiser. They need to know how many children over 5 will be attending - under 5's are welcome, but the activities are for 5 years +.

Thursday, 23 September 2010

Group Planning Meeting Round Up...

I just thought I would provide a quick round-up of ideas and suggestions that were brought up at the group planning meeting on Monday.  I won't go into too many details as nothing has been finalised, but here is a quick list to give you a general gist of how things went...

Paid Trips suggested by children and adults included (there may be some I've forgotten...)

  • A Victorian Dress Up Workshop.
  • Bygones.
  • Torquay Museum.
  • @Bristol.
  • Torquay's Dinosaur World.
  • Bushcraft and/or Arts and Crafts at a nearby outdoor 'school'.
  • Swimming.
  • Torre Abbey.
  • Pennywell Farm.
  • Prickly Ball Farm.
  • Woodlands.
  • Crealy.
  • House of Marbles.
  • Make a pizza at Pizza Express.
Free outings for group get-togethers suggested included (amongst others):
  • Cockington.
  • Staverton.
  • Stover Park.
  • Decoy Park.
  • Occombe Farm
  • Home-Meets
The possibility of having Art workshops twice a month was mentioned - this is to be arranged.
We thought that having no more than one paid for outing a month was suitable due to the financial situation of many families - this isn't set in stone, so once a month or once every two months depending on availability.

We are in talks with various clubs and charities in the area to see what they can offer us as a group, as well as the possibility of organising science, craft and cookery days.

If anyone has any queries or suggestions, please let me know: 

Monday, 20 September 2010

Monthly *All Groups Together* Meeting - Exeter

Just to let you know that Lou has come up with the idea of having a monthly "group get-together" in Exeter.

There is an outside space for play / picnic, as well as an indoor space for arts & crafts, or whatever is decided as time goes by.

The meeting is open to all, and we hope it will bring all the groups and therefore Devon home-educators together.

The first meeting is Tuesday 5th October.  Contact me for more details.

Saturday, 18 September 2010

Monday's Planning Meeting...

Message from Elaine...

Hi Everyone, If you are not able to make it on Monday to the group planning meeting, would you be able to email to let us know what your children have requested/suggested?  Please don't feel you have to be polite and go along with what everyone else wants to do, it really does make it easier if everyone throws their ideas into the pot or we end up with a lot of very polite mums but nowhere to go lol !

Thanks, hope everyone can make the Not Back to School Picnic/BBQ tomorrow xx

*note from Julia*
If you email me your ideas at - I'll pass it on to those that need to know :)

Tuesday, 14 September 2010

Freedom in Education Day...

Did you know that tomorrow is Freedom in Education Day? 

There will be a small (but perfectly formed) gathering in Totnes tomorrow, with lots of info about home-education and the local groups.  I'm hoping to be there for at least part of the time.

Get in touch for more information regarding location and time, it would be lovely to see you there.

Wednesday, 8 September 2010

Confusion - Just to clarify...

There appears to be a bit of confusion regarding a new group being set up in the area.

I would like to clarify that the Teignbridge and Torbay group is still existing, in
the same format, with social meetings and educational visits around Teignbridge and Torbay.

I am still the contact person and one of the organisers.  Nothing has changed, there have been no fall-outs, no problems, no issues.  The only new addition we have is the newletter which Sarah is emailing to group members to ensure everyone gets an invite to meetings and knows what's going on.

It seems that someone else has decided to set up a very similar group, with a
very similar name - the Teignbridge and Torbay group are nothing to do with this new one.

Sorry for the confusion, I'm probably as puzzled about it as you are :)


Tuesday, 7 September 2010

Staverton Meeting Today- CANCELLED

Just to let people know that the Staverton meeting for today has been cancelled due to illness and the wet weather yesterday.
Sorry for the inconvenience, but we will arrange something else for the next meet very soon.

Julia x

Friday, 3 September 2010

Exeter Green Fair - Saturday 4th September.

Just a quickie to let you know that there will be a home-ed table at the Exeter Green Fair tomorrow.  So, if anyone is unsure about taking the plunge into the home-ed world, or would like details of the different groups in the area etc, there will be a few people available to chat to.

The H.E table will be there (on the Cathedral Green) from around 10am - 2pm, so come along and say hello :)