Category: Guest Blog

GUEST BLOG: Center Parcs (by Grandad)

If you go down to the woods today….

Do bears actually live in the woods? They do if you take them there and that’s just what we did when we took our very own Sophie Bear for a family break at Whinfell Forest Center Parcs recently.

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Flopsy’s perspective: 18 months in the life of a cuddly toy

So, it’s been 18 and a half months since I was lovingly handed over to a brand new baby girl.

She had been born the previous evening and I had arrived along with her grandparents to say hello. I discovered she was called Sophie and when her parents unwrapped me, they both commented on how soft my fur was.

I was placed in Sophie’s little hospital newborn cot and ever since then I’ve been by her side.

Here’s my account of the amazing adventure it has been.



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Sophie Review: World Athletics Championships

My mum and dad are so silly – always trying to get me watching sport!

And after a week of being forced to watch hundreds of people running, chucking, jumping, and swivel walking (sometimes all at once!) I felt it was important to put together my own review of the champs.

So here goes.

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Sophie’s up for the new season

Our resident pundit has dusted down her microphone and made her predictions for the new football season.

(Yes, I know it’s ten days late, but that’s her dad’s fault, don’t blame Sophie!)

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The Gammy Knees – A History (Part 3)

In Part 3 of the Gammy Knees story, star goalkeeper Will takes us through the account of the arduous 12 hour football competition, the crowning moment of the team’s university days.

After a season spent in Powerleague was marked by promotion and consolidation, the opportunity arrived to take part in the 2008 charity football marathon. Sporting a natty orange kit, the Gammy Knees took on all comers with relish.

The day started off full of hope and anticipation. But then one of our extras (he was supposed to be filling in our numbers!) got a blister in the first game and stopped playing! It didn’t exactly help our energy levels to be one short for the rest of the 12hr marathon!

We ate tubs of homemade pasta to keep us going but, despite our best efforts, we sadly found ourselves in the 7/8th play off. I even had a few spells outfield through the day which shows things weren’t that great! We then lost the 7/8 game on a penalty shoot out – what was the keeper doing?! But never fear, we still managed to take the trophy during the grand final match and had some official photographs to mark it.

Gammy Knees Original (1)

Mark was the only one who never sponsored us. He said he would sponsor us per player who ended up in A+E. Well I ended up in A+E after snapping a tendon in my finger whilst playing in goal. To this day he has not paid!

To summarise the Powerleague season? We had a good showing in the tournament at the beginning which placed us in a good league. I would have been outstanding in goal as always. Matt would have just put his head down and run into a corner with the ball, Rick would actually have played well and kept us in it, Knibbs popped up with a good few goals, Smalls was a typical Arsenal player of all flair and fewer goals than he should, Josh was solid and Fraz was a loose cannon. Oh and Mark didn’t play. We probably won more than we lost.

The Gammy Knees – A History (Part 2)

In last week’s introduction, Rick explained the origins of the Gammy Knees. We left the story on a cliffhanger – the Gammies were through to the biggest match of their short history and they invited along a guest player to make his first appearance…

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I lived with this family for two days at Word Alive…and I survived

We had the privilege of hosting Esther from our church in our chalet at Word Alive this weekend. It was great fun to have her around and I thought I’d let her loose on this blog – just to see how she found it! Risky, right?!

An experience worth blogging about? I’d say so.

For those of you who know Joe, his wife and little Sophie, you’ll be well aware of…

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A Mother’s Perspective

So, an exciting parcel arrived this week in the form of a stuffed lion. “A bit random”  one may say but actually this lion is created using clothes of Sophie’s that she wore during her first few days of life.


It couldn’t have come at a better time, beginning and end, as today marks my last official day of Maternity Leave. (I do have a few weeks of holiday still before returning to the workplace, but for the purposes of this, let’s say it’s the end!)

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