I’ve always supported the wonderful parent and toddler walking and social group that took place weekly at Chasewater – Chasewater Strollers, which grew via the human dynamo of Esther Allen and others into the wonderful Spark movement in Burntwood – well, the original Stroller group is still strolling and I thought that deserved a mention here.
The whole Burntwood Spark thing and the Strollers it grew from are an example to us all of how direct community activism can work and build friendship, solidarity and support and I admire them and all involved hugely.
Esther and Rachel have said this about the Chasewater Strollers:
If you fancy enjoying the beauty on our doorstep, getting some fresh air and exercise whilst having a natter on the way then we’d love you to join us. Buggies, slings whatever’s your thing!
We meet from 9:30ish and set off walking from St. Anne’s Church Chasetown promptly at 9:45. We walk a loop of Chasewater which takes about an hour, then we have a small stay and play, while we have a drink and snack. You can either come for just the walk or stay for all of it. Babies and children of any age welcome just be aware we don’t go at a toddler pace, so some form of wheeled transport or carrier is a good idea, as little legs struggle with the 3 miles.
There is parking at the Church, or buses stop at the bottom of Chasetown High Street. Don’t forget your raincover and sunshade (you never know!) There are various places to stop on the way around if you need to use a baby change.
So exercise, company, play for little ones and beautiful nature. What’s not to love? If you’re new or returning, we’d love to see you. Grandparents, carers, childminders, friends, all welcome. 🙂 I have many happy memories and lovely friends made from Strollers so can’t wait to get back strolling again!
Esther and Rachel x
They have a new group: Chasewater Strollers 2017 on Facebook
You can also mail them: firstname.lastname@example.org
Any questions please send them an email or Facebook message. Otherwise just turn up and you will be made very welcome!