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Anyone fancy a Mid Essex meet up?

(58 Posts)
TsaMidEssex Thu 30-Jun-11 22:04:48

I know that there are quite a few Mid Essex MNers around, but so far we've struggled to meet up.

I was wondering if anybody fancies meeting for a picnic in Central Park in Chelmsford?

We could do a weekday, or a weekend depending on what suits everyone best. It would be lovely if we could arrange it during the summer holiday - which is not far off now.

I'd be bringing my 7yo DD and 3yo DS.

Please let me know what you think.

Bohica Thu 30-Jun-11 22:08:41

Oh, I would be interested in a school holiday meet up & I know another MN'er who would come along.
I'd be bringing my 8y 7y & 3y old girls & my friend would bring her 9y & 7y girls.

We are a bit top heavy on the girl front for your sons though arn't we? smile

TsaMidEssex Thu 30-Jun-11 22:27:11

DS loves girls (thinks his big sister is fab), so he will be more than happy to be allowed to tag around after the girls grin.

Perhaps you and your friend could have a think about dates that would suit you, and we'll see if anyone else joins the thread in the meantime.

Hi, sounds great - I am on maternity leave at the moment so am very flexible with dates and times. I can also bring a boy to balance things out a little grin. I have an 8mo ds.

Bohica Thu 30-Jun-11 22:57:03

I work but I am planning lot's of leave to cover childcae in the holidays so will let you know what dates we are free.

I actually live in South Woodham Ferrers, wher are you TSF?


In Chelmsford so the location is perfect for me wink

Would it make me sound like a weirdo to say that the thought that the idea of a meet-up with actual real life mn'ers makes me slightly nervous confused

Bohica Thu 30-Jun-11 23:08:29

Nah, it's better this way because we can hide behind bring the children smile

TsaMidEssex Thu 30-Jun-11 23:13:12

Exactly - picnicing with children is an excellent distraction for those awkward lulls in conversation.

8 children and 4 adults is almost a party grin.

Bohica Fri 01-Jul-11 21:45:15

Just thought I'd bump us along for the friday night mums & dads smile

TsaMidEssex Sat 02-Jul-11 11:03:32

Thanks Bohica

liamsdaddy Mon 04-Jul-11 08:22:55

I've got a 2 year old little boy who would probably love to come to a picnic.

TsaMidEssex Mon 04-Jul-11 09:42:22

And we'd love to see him too grin.

Hi Liamsdaddy, would I be right in assuming you are , in fact, a daddy? grin

If so I may bring along my dh as when I finish mat leave we will be sharing care of our ds.

liamsdaddy Mon 04-Jul-11 11:40:38

yes that might be a correct assumption - but I'd only be able to come along if the meeting was on the weekend. I'd assume that a weekday would be better since it's usually a lot less busy and much easier to get parked.

Besides I would of though you would all run off screaming at the thought of a few daddies turning up grin

We actually live just across from Coronation Park smile But not so much for the younger children there.

shatteredmumof5 Tue 05-Jul-11 09:37:57

I'd be interested in coming along. I have a 3 (well 4 next week!!) daughter and a 2 year son who would love it. If it's in the holidays though will have to bring along my 7 and 10 year old daughters who I am sure would think I'm nuts meeting a load of 'strangers' smile

TsaMidEssex Tue 05-Jul-11 12:29:52

Shatteredmumof5 -it would be lovely to meet you.
I'll give it another few days to get replies - and then we will have to seriously come up with a date grin.

AGCG Tue 12-Jul-11 19:50:08

Just found this! Any movement on a date/place? I live in Old Moulsham with 9mo son (and dh); would be nervous of but really appreiate an actual meet up with local MNers.

TsaMidEssex Tue 12-Jul-11 21:49:47

Hi AGCG - welcome to the thread.

I've been waiting to see if we got anymore responses from the posts I've been dotting around MN, now I think we need to set a time and date that suits us (and I'll have another shot at publishing it as a done deal).

So - when would suit everybody?
Just to get the ball rolling - how about Monday 25th July or Wednesday 27th July at lunchtime (noon onwards). Meeting near the children's climbing frame in Central Park.

AGCG Wed 13-Jul-11 20:11:09

Thanks TsaMidEssex - I can't do either of those dates, boo - but if there's another one after this please keep me updated!

shatteredmumof5 Thu 14-Jul-11 11:55:06

I wouldnt be able to do the 27th as I work nights and am working the night before!

gillybean2 Thu 14-Jul-11 12:05:01

I'd be interested in coming. I am working some of the holidays so weekends or a monday/friday is better for me, unless it's a week I'm not working of course!.
My ds is 12. He's happy to run round with younger ones and loves having company (only child).

Which is the Central Park? I don't know Chelmsford that well...
I'm guessing it's the one on the other side of the roundabout with the multistory carpark with the undercover market under it (when it's not closed for repairs of course!)?

liamsdaddy Thu 14-Jul-11 12:59:48

@gillybean2 - yes that's the one. It has a nice climbing area and a range of play equipment that covers a wide range of ages. Some of the other parks are more easy to get car parked at but have less equipment. Probably easiest parking near the odeon area.

My DS would be unlikely, he usually goes down for his nap at 1pm so any afternoon slot is always a no-go right now.

gillybean2 Thu 14-Jul-11 17:37:56

I don't have problem with parking as I work near there and have a paid for space I can use in moulsham street. Long as I know when as one of the other ladies parks there when I'm off!
Will have to google maps to see what the best way to get there is though and work out where the entrance is!

TsaMidEssex Thu 14-Jul-11 21:19:27
gillybean2 Fri 15-Jul-11 06:41:55

Excellent. Still no idea how to get in but I figure there must be a way in near teh cricket grounds or the skate park

Do we have a day firmed up yet?

TsaMidEssex Fri 15-Jul-11 13:02:02

grin I normally get in by walking from the market towards the river, crossing over the road at the zebra crossing (near the entrance to the multi-storey car park) and then following the footpath under the bridge.

We don't have a date yet - still gathering suggestions. I thought 27th or 29th July (strike while the irons hot sort of thing), but whatever suits people really.

TsaMidEssex Fri 15-Jul-11 16:00:34

Doh... 25th or 27th July - don't know where I got 29th from.Sorry.

gillybean2 Fri 15-Jul-11 18:04:11

Of those two dates I'd prefer the 27th as I need to pop into work that day anyhow

TsaMidEssex Mon 18-Jul-11 10:11:17

Following on from everyone's posts, details for the meet up are as follows:
Wednesday 27th July
12pm - 2:45pm
Meet near the children's play equipment.
Bring your own picnic.
You'll be able to spot me by my attractive red tartan picnic blanket grin.

Don't feel you have to stay for the whole afternoon - just pop by and say hello if you get the chance. I'll be there for the whole time.
Please share any ideas you have for the meet up, some meet ups use name labels/coloured clothes etc.etc. but that might be a little ambitious for what seems likely to be a fairly small meet.

Assuming everything goes well, we'll try for another session at the end of the summer - perhaps on a weekend?

gillybean2 Mon 18-Jul-11 10:38:48

We'll be there.
Might be a little late while I wander round trying to find the children's play equipment area! grin

If it all goes well can I suggest a meet up at Maldon Prom/splash park/pirate boat later in the summer for the next meet up?

TsaMidEssex Mon 18-Jul-11 10:42:52

I like the Maldon idea grin.

gillybean2 Tue 19-Jul-11 19:04:44

So seems like it might just be you and me...
Anyone else going to join us?!

TsaMidEssex Tue 19-Jul-11 22:30:17

Not that I've heard from yet.

I'm off to do some bumping.

liamsdaddy Fri 22-Jul-11 14:43:45

Post 12 noon isn’t really best for us, 10am into lunchtime would be far better as that fits into DS’s current sleep cycle. Give it 6 months and possibly that will change as he seems to be shortening his naps more regularly now.

There are additional complications for us anyway; my DW has damaged tendons in both her feet and an active 2 yr old DS already pushes her feet to their limit. Central park is quite a bit of a trek from the nearest car park that is likely to have spaces on a workday (and I'm not available to her to act as DS chaser/chauffeur on a weekday).

I’d still go for it as planned if I was you – Mid Essex has been so quiet that in the past I’ve only been checking the forum on a monthly basis. It’s going to take some time to build the traffic back up.

TsaMidEssex Fri 22-Jul-11 16:27:06

liamsdaddy - thanks for your points.

What I wanted to do is get something arranged quickly - just as a start point. I know how easy it is for time to pass while trying to arrange the 'perfect' event.

gillybean has suggested a meet in Maldon at the end of the summer, so perhaps we'll be able to have a rolling series of events lined up at different times/venues to include as many families as possible. If you have the idea for a meet up (time/place etc) - let me know and I can try and make sure it happens.

As you say - it's going to take time.

liamsdaddy Fri 22-Jul-11 20:51:41

TsaRina - you are doing great smile

I know how frustrating it can be to organise something and for only one or two people to come along.

Quite a few of our friends favour Hylands House as a good place to meet up - we have not tried it yet.

Hi all, yes we can do the 27th. Thanks to gilly for the reminder to look at this thread!

I will bring cake smile

TsaMidEssex Sat 23-Jul-11 00:08:57

I love Hylands House (fond memories), so will add it to the (rather short) list.

Glad you can make it TheSnickeringFox - cake sounds very good grin.

Bohica Sat 23-Jul-11 17:16:02

Hello, I can't do the 27th because I don't finish work until 2.30 & then I need to drive to Bicknacre & South woodham ferrers before I could drive back to Chelmsford!!

Keep me informed if you arrange a weekend meet up though!3

Thanks for the reminder message Tsa.

TsaMidEssex Sat 23-Jul-11 18:48:40

No problem - I hope we get to meet next time smile.

gillybean2 Tue 26-Jul-11 17:39:23

We're still on track to be there. Have PM you as am wondering who I should ask for when approaching random starngers on tartan picnic blankets.

Also wondering if there are any alternative plans should the weather not be favourable to picnicing!?

TsaMidEssex Tue 26-Jul-11 19:16:38

Hi Gillybean2 - I've sent you a PM.

I think the back up plan will be to still meet in the park at noon - but retire to a cafe if the weather is diabolical.

Looking forward to meeting you.

Nomdujour Tue 26-Jul-11 21:59:34

Hello, Fox here under my new name <twirls>

I'm afraid things are not looking good for tomorrow here - ds has a temp and I think he's coming down with the lurgy sad

TsaMidEssex Tue 26-Jul-11 22:05:44

That's a shame sad. I hope your DS feels better soon.

TsaMidEssex Wed 27-Jul-11 16:20:32

Just got back from my first ever MN meet up. It was a very, very mini meet up but still fun. Even the weather was kind grin.

Gilly, my DS thinks your DS is fab - he was so kind and tolerant. It was lovely to meet you too.

Bohica Wed 27-Jul-11 20:37:48

Glad the mini meet up went well, I did think of you today!

TsaMidEssex Wed 27-Jul-11 21:16:21

How is your DS today Bohica? Feeling any better?

Bohica Wed 27-Jul-11 21:37:43

That was Fox's son that is unwell, I have 3 unruly lovely girls.

TsaMidEssex Wed 27-Jul-11 21:41:43

Oops - sorry blush. Brain not in gear after falling asleep during bedtime settling.

gillybean2 Thu 28-Jul-11 08:29:51


We had a lovely time, thanks so much for organising it.
And thank you for your kind comments about ds, I have past them on to him. He can be a star sometimes with little ones and he loves having company.

Your LO is lovely too. I hope dd enjoyed her pamper day and maybe we'll get to meet her next time.

Do you think it's too soon to organise something for the end of the school hols? Are people busy on the bank holiday weekend or would that be an option possibly?

TsaMidEssex Thu 28-Jul-11 18:28:28

I'm away on the Bank Holiday weekend - but we can still organise something if it's a popular choice.

Think I'll start a new thread and link to it here.

Nomdujour Thu 28-Jul-11 23:02:33

Hello, he's feeling better now, thanks. I am the poster formerly known as Fox smile

It's turned out to be just a minor cold and about twelvety-million teeth all popping through at the same time, poor sausage. Took me till 9.30 to get him to go down tonight!

TsaMidEssex Tue 02-Aug-11 12:00:31

I've just started a new thread about meeting up in Maldon soon.



liamsdaddy Wed 07-Sep-11 13:57:51

I know this thread has been a little quiet recently; but we have discovered a couple more potential meet locations.

Oaklands Park, Chelmsford - has a nice childrens play area with plenty of seats around the main play area and a reasonable picnic areas. Also there is the essex regiment museum for older children. There are public toilets on site and free car parking for probably 20 or 30 cars.

We also discovered Lake Meadows in Billericay. This has a largish play area with wide range of equipment and you can feed the ducks! There is a cafe and toilets on site. (Mostly) free car parking there too - there is chargeable period over lunchtime. Not too far from the rail station either.

I also noted that the Waterhouse Lane car park in Chelmsford is also free on Saturday and Sundays. It's only a short walk to central park too!

Divinyl Thu 22-Sep-11 22:06:22

We could meet up if there are any plans for similar activities in future (little one is 11mo).

gillybean2 Wed 28-Sep-11 16:32:19

So are ther eany plans for a half term meet up? Our half term is getting filled up already!
We'll be heading to colchester zoo one of the days, probably one of the weekends either side of it, if anyone else fancied that..?

liamsdaddy Fri 30-Sep-11 15:12:24

/me bumps the thread a bit

We are also thinking of a trip to Colchester Zoo soon, although that will probably be on a weekday and not in the half term so things are a little quieter (I've still got a day or so vacation to use).

gillybean2 Sun 16-Oct-11 10:23:23

Has to be half term or a weekend for me sorry as ds is at school and I work all but holidays.
Haven't found it too busy during the day time for shrik week when we've been before. I think the colder weather keeps the less determined away. It is busier in the evenings though, with all the spooky stuff they have on.

Our gold cards are about to run out, so we're peobably going to go either sat 22nd or sun 23rd. Half term is getting really booked up for us though!

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