Local Talk

Hi all you Medway lot!

(68 Posts)
RGPargy Sat 30-Jun-07 20:27:12


Just thought i would make a post in the Medway local section to say hello.

I'm currently living in Rochester and have lived in the area all my life.

What about you?

blobsmummy Tue 17-Jul-07 13:53:12

Hello there

I've lived in Gillingham for 2.5 years now having moved from Gravesend.

Doesn't seem like there are many of us from this part of the woods!

cheekychaps Tue 17-Jul-07 14:35:41


I live in Maidstone and have DS 19 months old.

RGPargy Tue 17-Jul-07 16:07:30

All fairly local to each other then! I've just moved house so now i'm officially from Chatham (but sshhhhh!!!! dont tell anyone!!). Love the house but hate losing the Rochester post code. I'm such a snob!!

NAB3 Fri 03-Aug-07 18:49:32

I live in Blue Bell Hill. Does anyone know me in RL?

RGPargy Mon 06-Aug-07 10:57:36

Hi NAB3. I only know one MN'er in real life and she lives MILES from me!!

blobsmummy Mon 13-Aug-07 11:45:39

I met up with other MN'ers in Tunbridge Wells for the Mile For Maude sponsored walk - was a good laugh. Don't know anyone more local though.

RGPargy Mon 13-Aug-07 17:06:51

Except me! I know you dont "know" me, but i'm local, nonetheless!

NAB3 Sun 19-Aug-07 14:59:43

I am sure there must be people on here who know me!

RGPargy Wed 29-Aug-07 10:09:25


I dont know any MN-ers apart from Misdee. Does that make a Billy-No-Mates??

purplelephant Thu 13-Dec-07 20:40:15

Hi all, i'm moving from the North East to Strood in the New Year and know nothing of the Medway area or anyone in the area. What are the best groups to go to as i have a 2 month old baby girl. I'm a billy-no-mates! any suggestions??

RGPargy Fri 14-Dec-07 09:30:48

Hi purple!!

That's a massive move you're doing there! Why are you relocating? (tell me to mind mine own business if you like - i'm just nosey wink)

Cant recommend anywhere unfortunately as i've only just become a parent again after 17 year break so i'm totally clueless again!

Hopefully someone will be along soon with some suggestions.

Hope the move goes smoothly for you! Perhaps we can hook up for a coffee once you're all settled (i'm in Chatham, about 20 mins from Strood). Maybe we can drag some of the shy Medway MNers out too! wink

dylsmum1998 Tue 12-Feb-08 21:00:04

hi. i'm new to this site.
I'm from Rochester and have a 9 year old boy and a 21month old girl. would love to get to know others from the area

chedda Wed 13-Feb-08 15:45:33

hi i live in rainham, have a seven yr old,
is there any other mums in rainham.

RGPargy Fri 15-Feb-08 23:37:08

Hi girls and welcome!

Nice to know there are a few more of us Medway lot out there

I have a DD who's 10 weeks and a DS who is 17 years old!

dylsmum1998 Sun 17-Feb-08 19:38:35

thank you for the welcome
wow- your age gap is bigger than mine lol bet you get mroe comments than me!

RGPargy Sun 17-Feb-08 20:41:47

It does kinda make people's jaws drop a bit hehehe

blobsmummy Tue 19-Feb-08 15:14:49

Helloooo all.

DD is 20 months and DS is due to make his appearance in 10 weeks time (hopefully a lot less dramatically than DD's).

RGPargy - the pictures of your DD are gorgeous - what a cheeky grin!

RGPargy Tue 19-Feb-08 15:38:17

Hi Blobsmummy!!

Congrats on your pg!! Bet you're counting down the days now, eh?

Your DD is also very gorgeous! And what a lovely name too.

dylsmum1998 Tue 19-Feb-08 18:44:13

hello Blobsmummy
congratulations on your pg

liahgen Tue 19-Feb-08 23:57:35

Me too Maidstone,

I have dd 13, ds 10 and half, ds 4 and half, dd nearly 3, and baby dd 9mths. x

I like coffee, and car boots. x

blobsmummy Wed 20-Feb-08 11:24:24

My goodness liahgen - when do you find time to breathe?! grin I'm really worried about coping with 2 sad

Just washed all the newbie clothes, so am ready when he is now!

RGPargy Wed 20-Feb-08 14:04:16

hi Liahgen and welcome!

Wow, 5 kids! I bet your house is always full of wonderful children's noise! Brilliant!

BM - Ah i remember doing all the washing of newbie clothes waiting for the arrival of DD. I didn't go out on a pink splurge either coz i was convinced that the sonographer could be wrong and she'd end up a boy!!

liahgen Wed 20-Feb-08 20:48:37

Hi ladies,
thanks for the warm welcome. Yep, i think tis safe to say we are a noisy lot at the best of times, eldest dd is mostly doing her own thing these days,tis bad for her image to be seen in public with her motley family!! lol

Blobsmummy, you will be fab with 2, I remember expecting 2nd child and being worried I wouldn't have enough time/love/patience, etc. Oh the good ole days. .. Not really

RGpargy, what a lovely age, 10 wks, seems such a long time ago now, my little lady 9mths now,

Maybe we could arrange a get together sometime, I love meeting people. Anyone would be up for it?

dylsmum1998 Wed 20-Feb-08 20:57:02

hi liahgen
oh my you must be busy- bet there lots of good times too- or am i just deluded lol i would love a larger family
i'd be up for meeting up I love finding new people to chat with

liahgen Wed 20-Feb-08 21:20:57

Dylsmum, you are most definately not deluded. I love having a large family. (eldest dd has just stomped off to bed stating, "bet you haven't even got me a birthday present yet!!", b/day is 4th March. hmm

Is your boy football mad like mine? He discovered it couple years ago, andnow it takes up the whole weekend mornings, dh coaches the team aswell so its muddy boots all round.

I would love one more baby, but we swing from .. Wouldn't it be nice to have some life back, to NO BLOODY WAY, we can't control the kids we've got, to looking at them and saying, oh look at them, lets have loads.
We were at Kids zone today near Rochester, anyone know it/been there?

RGPargy Wed 20-Feb-08 22:24:04

liahgen - I agree that 10 weeks - actually scrap that, DD is 11 weeks today - is a great age! I'm really enjoying her and love every minute i spend with her. I dont seem to remember feeling this loved up with DS all those years ago, but that could be coz he was my first and i didn't really know what to do etc hmm 9 months is a great age too tho, isn't it? If i remember correctly, that's when the fun starts and the serious play begins!

Cant wait to have my next one, but we're not going to start trying til at least the end of the year.

I'm up for meeting up too. Love meeting new people so i reckon we should go for it!

Not sure where Kids Zone is - unless it's the place attached to the Fitness Centre on Rochester Maidstone Road? If so, I live a stone's throw away from there.

dylsmum1998 Wed 20-Feb-08 22:43:53

thats the one rgpargy
i know it well i live the other end of the very long maidstone rd to get there. its good there i love joining in chasing them around
my ds likes to watch football having to very unathletic parents seem to have rubbed off tho- and actually dd gets very excited to so much so i was channel hopping she cried when i changed channel had massive tantrum so i let her watch.
must confess i can not stand it so was being very good letting her watch lol

RGPargy Wed 20-Feb-08 23:08:52

Ah cool, so we are around the corner from each other then because i'm just at Toys R Us, near the Tiger Moth.

I hate watching footie on the telly unless it's the world cup and then i actually get right into it!

dylsmum1998 Wed 20-Feb-08 23:25:27

ooh we love the tiger moth!! yum yum lol
we probably passed each other and not realised lol

liahgen Wed 20-Feb-08 23:30:13

well there we have a meeting venue then ladies, We go every weds if we can.

Defo footie widows, sat and suns.
Off bed now, night all.

RGPargy Thu 21-Feb-08 10:57:43

dylsmum - yes we probably have! We're in there quite a bit having a munch and a glass of vino or two, while DD is zonked out in her pushchair (hooray!). Have you tried the tear and share garlic bread? It's absolutely HEAVENLY!!!! lol!!

Liahgen - What's the cost of Kids Zone and what time do you normally go? I normally meet up with other mums on a Wednesday so i'm not usually around between 10.30 and 1.30.

liahgen Thu 21-Feb-08 11:29:08

morning all,

Kids zone is £3.50 per over 2, unders are free so long as ther eis an over in the group, iyswim

We normally go bout half 11, then stay for lunch, then have to get back here for 3 for school.

Don't mind which day, we have playschool Monday and fridays so any other time, (that'll be a tues or thurs then..lol)

I am so pleased i swaw this thread, usually am found lurking in nappies, childbirth, /pregnancy, (i'm a Doula) buy, and sell, and media requests, (also a frustrated actress, )

Where do you guys hang out on here?

RGPargy Thu 21-Feb-08 11:36:38

lol I'd feel a bit of a twat going to Kids Zone with a baby coz i'll just be sitting there holding DD and doing nothing! wink

I normally hang out on the November 07 post natal thread, even tho DD was born in December lol. Plus i hang out in active convos so nowhere in particular really!

I'm all for lunch tho so maybe i can just come along for that instead? Any day is good for me, except Weds oh and actually i normally see MIL on Tuesday afternoons so it'll have to be a Thursday or i dont mind missing a Wednesday meet if all else fails.

dylsmum1998 Thu 21-Feb-08 17:32:36

thursday is good for me i have mon and thurs off uni. i don't tend to go in any specific threads lol i have a look and see what everywhere- nosey bugger i am lol
i love the tikka masala up at the tigermoth usually with a diet coke cos of driving but the big choc sundae thing is gorgeous for pudding( cant remember what its called)

RGPargy Thu 21-Feb-08 23:28:51

Haven't had the curry from the Tiger Moth yet. Tend to go for the chicken in garlic thing and i think you'll find the dessert is called a Chocolate Monster Sundae. Not that i know of course. Honest! blush

Name your day and we'll meet up! Should warn you tho that i am carless at present but have the use of DP's work van. HOwever he sometimes needs it himself so some days i'm mobile, some days i'm not, but i dont normally know until the day before so we could arrange something but i'll not know for deffo til the day before, if you see what i mean?

blobsmummy Mon 25-Feb-08 13:31:42

Hello all - have not had the pleasure of sampling the Tiger Moth, but you're making it sound very yummy! I'm up for meeting - I work Mon, Tues and Wed at the mo, but will be on maternity leave in a few weeks time. DH has the car most of the time aswell, but if I could always drop him off at work if we set a definite date to meet up.

I hang about on the 'Due in June 06' thread and 'Due in May 08 thread'!

Thankfully, DH hates football as much as I do - he's more of a rugby fan (which I don't mind watching as I quite like all those big muscly thighs!)

RGPargy Mon 25-Feb-08 20:27:59

Great stuff!! Thursday is looking favourable then isn't it!

So far we have:


Liahgen - can you make a Thursday?

The TigerMoth does 2 meals for a tenner all day during the week so that might be something to think about too.

What d'ya reckon?

liahgen Tue 26-Feb-08 08:38:42

yeah Thursday sounds good to me at this point. Would have a 2 yr old and 9mth would that be ok?

RGPargy Tue 26-Feb-08 09:08:21

Excellent! I say we make it next Thursday to give us plenty of time for everyone to reply etc - what do you reckon?

They dont have things to do as such for kids, but they do have kids menus and high chairs so you'll be fine bringing them. I'm bringing DD, 12 weeks.

liahgen Tue 26-Feb-08 13:59:34

ahhh, 12 wks, that seems so long ago. My little lady will be 10 mths next week. sad

RGPargy Tue 26-Feb-08 15:03:45

awww bless!! Time really flies, doesn't it?!!

dylsmum1998 Thu 13-Mar-08 11:55:00

hi hope everyone is ok,
not been about too much past couple of weeks had 2 very poorly childrensad
ds is back to school today, and dd is a bit better now, and decided while she was poorly she wanted to use potty, so getting on with that while she interested.
she will use the potty by herself and then bring it to me for her clap, as long as she is naked.
as soon as i put her knicks on things don't go quite so well, so think we need to fine tune the timing thing! lol

RGPargy Sat 15-Mar-08 23:31:34


Hope your DCs are feeling better now, poor things. You deffo should strike while the iron's hot with DD and her potty training!

All is well this end, DD is teething now, but not kicking up too much of a fuss about it just yet.

dylsmum1998 Mon 17-Mar-08 14:12:52

hope lo teeth come through no probs for you.
my ds is better now, but dd seems to be getting worse and stupid docs wont give us n appoinment, gonna take her to out of hours tonight cos she not goodsad

RGPargy Mon 17-Mar-08 14:40:43

I've been up half the night with DD due to her teeth - either that or she was just being a complete pain lol.

Sorry to hear your DD isn't well. How worrying for you. Hope you get it sorted tonight.

dylsmum1998 Tue 18-Mar-08 21:54:07

we went to out of hours docs with dd. said its a bug thats hit her bad. just to keep trying to make her drink, nothing else they can do. then she wakes up this morning feeling a lot better. not herself still but better than she has been. so hopefully she's finally on the mend.
hope your little one doesnt have too much trouble with her teeth, its not fun is it?

RGPargy Tue 18-Mar-08 22:09:44

Glad DD is feeling better. My DD on the other hand has been a little tyke the last few nights!! Oh well, it wont last forever.... hmm

dylsmum1998 Wed 19-Mar-08 11:26:41

is your dd a howler when up all night, or is she a happy chappy who just wants to chat and play?
either way its exhausting, I 've been lucky in that when mine are awake with teeth they just want to chat and read books all night. just remind myself it could be a whole lot worse.......
hope she gets her teeth quickly so you get some sleep

RGPargy Wed 19-Mar-08 17:49:02

I wouldn't say she was either really, more of a grumbler, but grumbles enough to let you know she's far from happy lol. She was a good girl last night and let me have 5 hours sleep on the trot! Woohoo!!

Hello, just found the local bit - i am in maidstone.
Not much to say right now, but just realised I am starving hungry, so off to cook tea.

dylsmum1998 Thu 27-Mar-08 18:48:24

we're all better now and potty training is going great- she's a clever girl my dd.

RGPARGY hows your lo? sleeping any better yet?

SHRINKINGSAGPUSS Hello <<waves hi>>

God, i can sympathise with the sleep thing - DD is nealry 8 months old and hs only gone through 6 times, never 2 nights in a row. Sometimes she's up for 1.5 hours refusing to go back to sleep in her cot. i nealry smothered her when at my Mums over Easter, its driving me mad.

RGPargy Thu 27-Mar-08 22:23:59

Hi everyone and welcome Shrinkingsagpuss!

Dylsmum - glad DD is getting the hang of it - what a clever girl!

Thankfully DD is sleeping better now. Last night i had a great night's sleep, all thanx to swaddling. Lately she's been clawing at her face when she's tired and quite often does it in her cot, which pulls her dummy out and wakes her up. Last night i swaddled her and hey presto! She slept really well (and so did i!). Dont know why i didn't think of it sooner - d'oh!! Still no teeth yet tho. hmm

What are you all up to this weekend? Anything nice?

RGPargy Thu 27-Mar-08 22:28:27

Shrinking - Hope you get some decent sleep too. DD is also one for staying up for 1.5 hours at stupid o'clock. It just makes you want to cry doesn't it! lol

dylsmum1998 Fri 28-Mar-08 07:32:28

oh dear dd is cutting her canine teeth. she's never been one for complaining when she teeths just tends to sit up playing with me all night. last night was so different poor baby. she was hitting her face and holdng her mouth with that much pain. so we not had much sleep here last night. sad
hope everyone else got more sleep.
we are going to London on Saturday to the museum of childhood, partly for the dc and partly for getting some ideas for one of my assignments i need to rite over th eeaster hols? anyone else got any plans?

RGPargy Fri 28-Mar-08 09:24:42

Poor thing!! sounds like she was having a tough time. How is she now?

I had another good night's sleep. DD slept from 9pm til 4.30am! She had a little feed then went back to sleep til 7am. Brilliant!

dylsmum1998 Fri 28-Mar-08 12:36:34

it was not a good night for poor little thing, she's never been iin that much pain with her teeth, horrible to see. i knocked her out with medised to help. she is much better this morning she slept in late this morning, and when we got back from school i had a look and then offending tooth has peirced the skin so hopefully it won't cause her so much pain now.
am dreading the other 3 coming through now!

glad your little one is sleeping well. I'm envy of how well she slept last night smile

RGPargy Fri 28-Mar-08 23:45:10

Poor little mite! Hope she has a better night tonight!! Dont worry, I'm sure DD wont sleep like that forever. I'll be back moaning about how tired i am very soon, no doubt!

CheekyMonkey08 Wed 02-Apr-08 11:55:22

Hi guys, Just wanted to let you know that the NCT (National Childbirth Trust) is holding an event at Port Lympne Wild Animal Park in Hythe Kent on Sun 11 May. It aimed at parents and children 0-5 with a ball pit, storytelling, face painting, singing and sign activities, monkey music, outdoor games etc, really a great event to meet new mums and have fun. More info is on www.nct.org.uk/cheekymonkeys. grin

RGPargy Wed 02-Apr-08 15:00:45

Nice one cheeky monkey! wink

dylsmum1998 Mon 07-Apr-08 21:55:21

ah brill thanks for that cheeky monkey. will book that after my holiday sounds good

rgpargy hope you are good and babes still sleeping well. we are back to normal now, off on holiday next week, but will def have to sort out meeting up when i get back

tb73 Sat 19-Apr-08 00:22:53

Just wanted to introduce myself, I live in a village in Maidstone, 2 kids, ds 16 and dd nearly 9 months (not quite the biggest gap on here). DS always being mistaken for my bf if my husband's not with us (don't know whether to be flattered or outraged)!

Just wrestled ds off the PC to post a quick
H E L L O !!!

liahgen Sun 20-Apr-08 00:00:11

maidstone... A village????

I live there too. smile got a dd 11 mths. Fancy meeting for a coffee?

tb73 Fri 25-Apr-08 19:33:31

Hi Liahgen,

Sorry, have been off-line for a bit. Would love to meet for a coffee.

Send me a message or post on here and we'll arrange a date!

- I should have put a village on the outskirts of Maidstone.

liahgen Fri 25-Apr-08 23:30:26

lol, where are you?

any time is good for us. We go to kids zone on a weds morn if you fancy it? Don't think you'd have to pay for lo.

Or somewhere for coffee? Good mornings for coffee are tues or fri so my 3 yr old is at playschool and doesn't get bored.

tb73 Sat 26-Apr-08 16:05:39

I am free Weds and Thurs next week - where is Kids Zone? Is it an indoor playground?

I live about a 5 min drive from Leeds Castle, which is great, it's a lovely place to take children. Tickets can be used all year now so it works out very reasonable if you visit often (we do). There are two brilliant plagrounds there, one for LO's and one for BO's.

Where do you live in Maidstone?

crowcorner Wed 03-Mar-10 14:43:24

Hi Ladies

I am the local Buggyfit Trainer for Medway. I am offers mumsnet users first class free if you would like to try it. You can call on 07766012584 or email crowcorner@yahoo.co.uk

Classes are at The Strand, Gillingham and Rochester Castle Gardens.

What is Buggyfit?

Buggyfit is a postnatal exercise system designed to promote a sense of well being in new mums. It is mums walking with buggies at a pace to raise their heart rates, whilst having the opportunity to socialise and still keep baby with them. It is a fantastic way to start exercising safely after childbirth.

Class Format

‘A walk in the Park’ – designed to increase cardio vascular fitness and build muscle tone. Class will last for 60 minutes.

1) Warm up 10 minutes

2) Cardio segment – walking / light jog depending on the fitness of mums. Maintaining heart rate at 60 – 70% of Maximum.

3) Strength training – Various stops during the walk to carry out exercises such as lunges / squats / and work with the resistance tubes.

4) Cool Down and Abdominal work. Including stretching to minimise injury

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