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.
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
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
Make a scrummy chocolate nest. Usual TL fee
Friday 5 April 10-12
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
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
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
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
Saturday 13 April 10
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 email@example.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.
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.
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
- Display a May Fair poster in your window.
If you'd like to get involved, please call 020 8509 3401 or email
us at firstname.lastname@example.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!
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,
£36 for four-week course, £10 drop-in (if spaces available)
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!
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
If you’re interested, email email@example.com
for a job description and application form.
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
Registered Charity No. 270746