Dear Members,

A very Happy New Year to you all. The Walthamstow Toy Library has a busy year ahead, with lots of half-term activities, parent courses, German- and Spanish-language playgroups, and our annual May Fair – which will be even bigger and better!

We recently had a visit from colleagues at Greenwich Toy Library. They were particularly impressed with our local fundraising efforts and the variety of activities that we offer. We are proud to be Walthamstow’s own parent-run play centre. The Toy Library has been running for nearly 40 years and provides a unique service to families with young children.


Fundraising News

Thank you for all your support in 2013. The Hallowe’en and Christmas parties raised £650. A big thank you to Fiona Lundie-Smith of Bongalong for making the under 18-months party so much fun.

There are plenty of ways you can support the Toy Library, through websites such as easyfundraising, Yellow Moon and donate4charity. Do check out ‘Can you help?’ on our website.


Unwanted Gifts – and a date for your diary!

What was your worst Christmas gift? A dodgy jumper? A book you will never read? Well, we would love your unwanted Christmas gifts. Why, I hear you ask? We need tombola or raffle prizes for our May Fair, to be held on Sunday 11th May, 11.30am–2pm.

Please bring donations to the Toy Library. We have a box ready!


Coat Collection

Students from Willowfield Humanities School are collecting coats for local people in need. If you have any to donate, then please bring these to the Toy Library before the end of January. All sizes appreciated


Leaky Roof – HELP!

Our outdoor toy shed roof is leaking. Do you have any spare roofing felt? Please contact Helen, the Centre Manager (


February half-term fun

February half-term week runs from Monday 17th to Friday 21st February. We will be running lots of fun activities. Older siblings are welcome during this holiday week too (up to age 8). All sessions run from 10am–12pm.


Monday: Cookery workshop

Tuesday: Drumming workshop with Karamoko. This workshop is funded through the Reaching Out Project. Councillors Clare Coghill and Saima Mahmoud will attend this session.

Wednesday: Pyjama party. Come in your pyjamas and bring a teddy!

Thursday: Bubbles and balloons

Friday: Seriously messy play – don’t forget a change of clothes!

Our baby session will run as normal from 1.30–3.30pm.



Sam Syer has started her integrated mother and baby yoga classes this week.  The classes promote well-being in parenthood and are designed for newborn babies upto 12 months. There are still places available.  Contact Sam directly on 07783 658 883 to book a place.


Mondays, from 17th February

Sam Wood will be starting pregnancy yoga classes from 7–8pm, and then therapeutic and relaxation sessions from 8–9pm. The new therapeutic and relaxation classes are designed for all men and women who want to get fit or learn relaxation techniques. Contact Sam directly on 07733 330 171 or email to book a place.



Deutsche Spielgruppe Walthamstow, Sundays 10am–12pm. This play group is open to all families who speak or would like to speak German.

16th February                                                 24th August

16th March                                                      21st September

27th April                                                         19th October

18th May                                                         16th November

15th June                                                         14th December

20th July


Spanish group, Saturdays 2–4pm. This play group is open to all families who speak or would like to speak Spanish. We have members from all over the world; Boliva, Columbia, Equador, Mexico, Peru, Paraguay and Spain.

January – no session                                  26th July

22nd February                                            23rd August

22nd March                                                 27th September

26th April                                                    25th October

24th May                                                     22nd November

28th June                                                     13th December


Waltham Forest NCT Sessions

Waltham Forest NCT will be holding a second-time parents group on Friday 28thFebruary, from 12.45–2.15pm.