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How times have changed…FAMBINGO

22nd October 2019 | Gareth

Leanne here…

How times have changed…

From the age of 17 I was out every weekend, you know out out, when make-up and getting dressed up took as long as the night out itself. My pre drink of choice…Lambrini!! I know… don’t!

At the ripe old age of 38 I don’t drink, a whiff of alcohol gives me a hangover from hell and these days I haven’t got the time to lol* about watching 7 episodes of Lost on the bounce.

I loved it though… getting spruced up, meeting friends, having a good old dance. I still go out just in a sober state and I have learnt to really love it! Recently I had a rather crazy time at Bongo’s Bingo, for those who have been you know what I am on about, for those who haven’t it’s random. One minute you are dancing on the tables, then bingo, then having a rave, then bingo, then doing the conga, then bingo, to top it all off S Club 7 where performing, but there was only 3 of them… yes it sounds like a dream but it was a real life experience… honest, I would highly recommend it. But you know me I‘m always working in some capacity and as I was dancing on the tables, raving with glow sticks, I thought how wonderful this be for families.

So a few months ago we launched our very own TF styley FAMBINGO! It was a sell-out, we had a great MC who got everyone up on their feet (not on the tables, health and safety hell), the prizes where mint (we even had a bike to give away and a cardboard cut-out of R2D2!). We had kids from as young as 2 on the dance floor whilst someone else was celebrating their 45 birthday! We played a crazy game of Birtley bike bell ball bingo… don’t ask!

So what I am ranting on about is… come!! Bring your fam, have a quirky night out, you can drink if you want to (we have a licensed bar), there will be lush food on offer, the kids will love it and get this…you will be home for 7pm, snuggled on the sofa with your pjs ready for Saturday night TV after having had a cracking time!

Join us 2nd Nov 3-6pm for FAMBINGO - Halloween edit, it will be spoooktaularrrr, from £4, free for under 2’s, tickets at TF and, dressing up optional... Team TF will be!




*to lazily hang out- not laugh out loud or lots of love.

This post is linked to the event Fambingo - Halloween special

Affordable Art - Submission

15th September 2019 | Gareth

Thought Foundation is seeking commercial, domestic sized artwork to be sold at our Affordable Art event in November 2019 to January 2020.

The Affordable Art will be curated with a focus on high quality, fresh, dynamic artwork. We encourage a variety of media such as photography, illustration, painting, drawings and/or collage.

We will accept originals and prints which are framed and/or mounted up to the value of £200 each. 

Artists may submit up to 6 pieces. The artist will receive 65% of each artwork sold, 35% commission to be taken by Thought Foundation.

In addition to the Affordable Art Fair successful submissions will be exhibited as part of Thought Foundation's The Thoughtful Night Market and Northern Quarters Interiors Festival. Please submit artwork via CuratorSpace:

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The Identity Thieves

4th September 2019 | Charlotte

Leanne here…


The Identity Thieves


When I had my first baby over 7 years ago my whole world changed… I know you know this happens, everyone says it; the world seems bigger and smaller simultaneously, not to mention scarier! Popping to the shops no longer exists, nor do last minute breaks away or nights out til 3am. When Josie was a few months old my cousin said something that has suck with me… “Don’t loose yourself in all of this”. At first I thought all of what?... I totally love the 100% dedication to my new daughter. But after a few years and a second child I realised I had lost a portion of me, even my name was different- Josie’s Mum or OfBoadie (watch Handmaids Tale for reference), I was 100% claimed as theirs.

It was like 2 tiny thieves came in the night and stole my identity (as well as my sleep) and replaced it with something that looked similar but in a parallel parenting universe, where I listen to Moanna not Moloko, dance to The Wheels on the Bus not Blur and opt for Andy’s Dinosaurs not Dirty Dancing.


So why am I posting all this… not so long ago we put out a poll for our FAMBINGO night (a gig at TF where families get together play some bingo, with singing and dancing… it’s a little bit crazy). The poll asked if you wanted to add a Disney theme or 90’s Brit Pop to the proceeding…. To my delight Brit Pop gained the higher percentage, you guys have great taste… our play list for the bingo will be rocking… (I was blur over Oasis btw).  This got my thinking that not everything for the kids has to be totally saturated in their likes, wants, needs… Balance is key… we try to aim for this at TF- a space for all humans (I know how important it is to have a bit of you in the mix too)


Join us Fambingo 14th Sept 3-6pm, from £4, free for under 2’s, tickets at TF and






This post is linked to the event Fambingo Quirky Bingo For Families