THREE BECOME FIVE: Meeting up with old friends

Angie Charnock, who is expecting twins. With her huband Neil and son Finley. For new LEP column
Angie Charnock, who is expecting twins. With her huband Neil and son Finley. For new LEP column
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Angie Charnock, 36, lives in Buckshaw Village, near Chorley, is married to Neil, has a four-year-old son Finley and is expecting twins.

This week a meeting of mums and a lesson why narrow spiral staircases and being pregnant with twins don’t mix.

It’s been nearly 15 years since I graduated from university and those years have flown by.

I lived in a house with a lovely group of friends and we’ve done really well keeping in touch over the years despite us all going in different directions across the country.

Between the five of us we now have six children (plus my impending twins!) and we all have jobs and husbands with different work commitments so meeting up is no mean feat.

The Northerners and Southerners in the group meet up respectively more often but to get us all together involves a lot of planning.

We met up this weekend and there have been a lot of messages going between each other over the past few months arranging the details.

Thankfully the meet up happened and was a great success.

We decided the easiest thing was to meet in the middle so no overnight stays were necessary. Warwick Castle was deemed the perfect venue. We needed somewhere to entertain all our brood whilst giving us girls a chance to catch up

(word of warning for all heavily pregnant ladies; I really wouldn’t advise climbing
narrow, spiral turret staircases. I seriously regretted it half way up).

Being able to catch up properly is not easy though with so many interruptions for the constant toilet visits and snack breaks! I guess that’s one of the things you take for granted before children come into your lives.

Although it has been such a long time since we graduated thankfully the ageing process has been kind to us all. We took a group photo before we left and the only change has been the many children and me currently being twice my normal size.

We all fully intend to keep our reunions going indefinitely.

There may be big gaps in time between our meets but our friendship remains and it is lovely to see all our children grow up and develop.

We are already talking about the next meeting but with our impending twins it’s going to be even more challenging!