Our story …

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On the second Monday in November 1996 Daniel’s Den opened it’s doors for the very first time! Since then it has grown and developed in so many amazing ways. This blog is designed to tell ‘our story’!

Please note: names may be changed to protect the privacy of our family’s and pictures will only be posted when permission has been received.

Small Corners Matter

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24 years ago something happened in a small corner in London. A tin roofed hut with broken, barred windows and a collection of mismatched, fraying furniture was the venue for the very first Daniel’s Den session. I remember carrying my little one in his car seat and placing him under a table to protect him […]

The Dash

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‘A dash is a little horizontal line that floats in the middle of a line of text (not at the bottom: that’s an underscore). It’s longer than a hyphen and is commonly used to indicate a range or a pause. Dashes are used to separate groups of words, not to separate parts of words like […]

From a little seed …

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June is the National Month of Prayer for toddler groups and the theme this year is The Parable of the Mustard Seed  “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his field. 32 Though it is the smallest of all seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden […]

Great Get Together Picnic 2018

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Great Get Together Picnic – Friday June 22nd, 2018 It was great to host the second Great Get Together picnic at King Edwards Park in Wembley. At one point it looked like it would have to be cancelled due to the extremely long grass covering the whole park but thankfully a space was created for […]


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Lost Yesterday I lost my phone. I didn’t realise this until I wanted to share a video of happy memories. I casually went to get the phone out of my bag but it wasn’t there!   I then looked in the usual places – coat pocket, pew (I was running a drop in for over 60’s […]

Be bold for change

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Be bold for change ‘Be bold for change’ is the theme of International Women’s Day 2017. I discovered this yesterday at a event organised by HSBC, when they invited some inspirational women in London to afternoon tea at their head quarters in Pall Mall to celebrate IWD2017. Being in a room full of women who […]

The womb/room question?

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‘You don’t choose which womb you grow in, or the room you’re born in, but both have a significance in your life.’ I’ve been saying this for several years and was recently lambasted for doing so. It was felt that it is a rather negative statement but I defended my stance. It can be viewed […]

Prayer is key …

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Yesterday I went to St Albans Abbey to pray. What on earth has that got to do with Daniel’s Den you might ask? Good question. Everything and nothing is my reply. Having time out – time away – to pray and think is something that is proving to be essential for me, and subsequently Daniel’s […]

The French Connection

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I had a tear in my eye on Tuesday night when I heard the French national anthem at Wembley Stadium. A former member of Daniel’s Den was there with her teenage daughter – proudly singing in her mother tongue. Alex came to Daniel’s Den years ago and her French accent could be heard well before […]

What’s in a name?

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The original name for our group was ‘mothers and others’. This makes me cringe. Historically ‘mums and tots’ was a generic term understood by many. However, by its definition, it implies it’s a group for women only. Including ‘others’ seemed like a good idea at the time. Inclusive. So where did the name Daniel’s Den […]