We’ve got so much going on – from a busy Easter schedule, to
all sorts of fund-raising events, not to mention new classes and sessions –
that our newsletter is full to bursting.

Easter egg-citement!
Don those bonnets – the toy library has a fun-packed Easter
line-up to keep your little bunnies entertained. Any special
sessions – of music, acting and all sorts – will have a fee, and may well sell
out! Advanced booking is advised…

If you have visitors over Easter, bring them along. Non-members
pay £4 for normal sessions, or £6.50 per child for specialist sessions.

Tuesday 2 April 10-12   

Fun drama session with Sam from the CBeebies series Me Too!  (For more on Sam, see below*). £4 per child

Tuesday 2 Apri 1.30

Baby Sensory
Stimulating activities with Madeleine, for under 18 months.  £4.50 per child

Wednesday 3 April  10

Easter egg hunt
How many eggs can you find?  Usual TL fee

Thursday 4 April 10

Chocolate nests
Make a scrummy chocolate nest. Usual TL fee

Friday 5 April 10-12
Pirate Day
Dress up as a pirate and find the hidden treasure. Usual TL fee

Saturday 6 April 10

Baby Band and Toddler Troup
Exciting new music session with Antonia. £4
per child

Monday 8 April 10

The Gingerbread Man
Activities based around the classic tale. Usual TL fee

Tuesday 9 April 10

Seriously messy play
Bring spare clothes!  Usual
TL fee

Tuesday 9 April 1.30

Yoga with Sam Syer
Relaxing session for parents and carers with Under 18 months-olds
with the lovely Sam!   £4 per child.

Wednesday 10 April 10

Easter bunnies
What have those little bunnies been up to? Usual TL fee

Thursday 11 April 10

Sing-along with Harriette and

Back by popular demand. Don’t miss out!  £4.50 per child

Friday 12 April 10

Great ready for spring. Usual
TL fee

Saturday 13 April 10

Play session
Saturday fun at the Toy Library. Usual TL fee

* Sam Seager is a mum of two and actress of 22 years (you may
know her as Bobby the Bus Cleaner  from the Cbeebies series Me Too!) Her Acting
Bugs classes introduce pre-school children to the world of drama in a fun,
playful and imaginative way through story telling, improvisation, movement,
music, props and puppets. Recent stories have been the Pirate Princess and the
Magic Silver Telescope, Marvin the Monkey Visits the Moon and the Missing
Musical Sea Shell. To find out more, phone Sam on 07903 459497 or email www.actingbugs100@gmail.com for more info!

It Asda be good news…
Thank you all! With all those green tokens going in the
right hopper, the Toy Library was the favourite charity at Asda Selbourne Walk,
and we’ve won £100! Asda’s coming to the TL on 20 March to hand over the
cheque, if anyone wants to come along.

Park life
Lovers of Wingfield Park – come down on Saturday 23 March,
10 til 12, to see the creation of a spray-painted insect garden mural by
Walthamstow’s very own professional graffiti artist, Gnasher. There’ll also be
a bug treasure hunt, a ‘smelly shrub’ planting session, and, naturally, cake.

Table top sell and swap
Fans of the Facebook group Walthamstow Sell and Swap will
already know of local mums’ endless capacity for nabbing a bargain. Now, all
the borough’s selling and swapping can take place in one spot – the Toy
Library, on 21 April. As it’s to raise funds we’ll be charging £1 for entry, and
providing cakes for sale – as well as, of course, the opportunity of the year
to grab some serious bargains.

May Fair
Our famous May Fair is happening again this year on Sunday
12 May – and we need your help to make sure it is as big a success as last

Can you help? Have a look at the list below of all the ways
you can get involved, then email or call us. Remember – the TL
gets no funding, and relies on raising money to keep going.

  • Design our marketing materials
    Are you an artist or graphic designer? Could you help us
    design a May Fair poster and flyer to promote the event?
  • Donate your front garden
    A local estate agent gives us £10 for every board erected
    and it is free advertising for the May Fair. No brainer!
  • Bake a cake
    Big cakes, little cakes, tray bakes, cup cakes. Bake us something
    lovely to sell at the fair. Last year the cake stall raised about £400!
  • Paint some little faces
    Are you fantastic at face painting? Could you spare us a few
    hours of your time and make lots of children happy?
  • Donate a raffle prize
    Do you work in retail or PR? Could you blag us a great prize
    for the raffle?
  • Give us your unwanted clothes, books, CDs and DVDs
    We need good-quality second hand products for the stalls and
  • Volunteer on the day
    Could you spare a few hours to help sell books, hook a duck,
    or help with the tombola?
  • Distribute May Fair flyers to your local school or nursery
    Or just
  • Display a May Fair poster in your window. 

If you'd like to get involved, please call 020 8509 3401 or email
us at committee@walthamstowtoylibrary.org.

New music class
Starting in the summer term on Friday afternoons will be
Atty’s Musical Steps, educational and inspiring music classes for babies and

Designed to develop children’s communication, language,
listening skills, creativity and co-operation, the classes help each child learn at a speed that is right for them, and give parents
some great ideas for songs, rhymes and activities to try at home.

Come to the taster session on Saturday 6 April!

Pregnancy yoga
The lovely Samantha Wood (a British Wheel of Yoga teacher)
is starting a new four-week pregnancy yoga course at the toy library on Monday
nights, 7 to 8pm, starting on 8 April 2013.

Her gentle approach is suitable from 15 weeks pregnant
onwards, with poses specifically modified to pregnancy, breathing techniques
that are useful throughout your pregnancy and labour, pelvic floor exercises,
guided meditation and relaxation. Taught in small groups of up to 10 in calm,
quiet environment.

£36 for four-week course, £10 drop-in (if spaces available)

Contact: sam@gentleflowyoga.co.uk
or 07733 330171

Have you got old news for us?
We need newspapers for art and craft activities. Bring them
to us rather than putting them in the recycling!

New playworker
Would you like to be a playworker, or know someone who
would? We need someone to run our new baby session on Wednesday afternoons
(starting soon). You will be working in close contact with volunteers and other
team members to plan and deliver play sessions for children under 18 months and
their parents/carers.

If you’re interested, email manager@walthamstowtoylibrary.org
for a job description and application form.

Lost anything?
If you’re missing a glove, hat, top, umbrella or sundry item we have lots of
lost property. Can you come and have a look? Anything unclaimed will be sold at
the table top sale.


Walthamstow Toy Library
Comely Bank Community Clinic, 46 Ravenswood Road, London E17

Tel: 020 8509 3401

Email: manager@walthamstowtoylibrary.org

Registered Charity No. 270746