Santa’s Grotto at Blitz Factory Christmas Fair



TinyTalk Baby Signing – last chance to join!

The Toy Library held a festive grotto at the Blitz Factory Christmas Fair, 5th to 6th December. This popular event enabled young visitors to meet Santa, receive a gift and have a photo taken. If you have yet to claim your photo, email us at toylibraryxmas@gmail.com.

Thank you to our volunteers for successfully running the grotto, and warm thanks to our supporters: Fluffy’s Bakery of Leyton and Estates 17 of Walthamstow for inviting Santa; The Mall for providing gifts; and our helpful hosts, the Blitz Factory and God’s Own Junkyard. With this generous support, the Toy Library raised over £1000!



New for January! TinyTalk’s award-winning baby signing classes are coming to the Toy Library. Signing helps babies to learn to communicate before they can talk. TinyTalk classes teach British Sign Language to babies and their carers through songs, activities and stories, and include sensory activities and social time. Once your baby is signing, you will no longer have to guess the cry (tired, hungry, hot, cold).

12-week term starts from 7th January 2015. Sessions starts at 3.30pm, on Wednesdays.





Welcome to our New Committee and Staff

We are delighted to welcome a new playworker, Kelly Hayes.

The following parents are on the Walthamstow Toy Library and Play Centre Committee for 12 months from November 2014: Melissa Bryant (Chair), Becca Connock (Vice-Chair), Simon Aronson (Treasurer), Lucy Duggal (Secretary); Kylie Burford, Ronnie Chavez-Acosta, Penni Grodzicka, Beth Hickman, Lisa Hundt Baxter, Alice Lloyd, Kiren Mitra-Hawksbee, Amy Whalley and Claire Young.

The Toy Library thanks previous committee members Terri Harris (Chair), Paul Brown (Treasurer), Violet Koska and Mel Wakely.


40th Anniversary Celebrations

2015 will be a landmark year for the Toy Library, and in our next newsletter and on our website, we will announce a programme of special events to commemorate this milestone.

We would dearly love hear from past members, committee, donors and especially former staff and volunteers. We encourage ‘alumni’ to get in touch via the details below and share your memories, photographs and mementos of the Toy Library with us.



Spanish Group

Saturdays, 2–4pm, 24 January, 21 February, 14 March, 18 April. Bienvenidos todas las familias jóvenes!


Deutsche Spielgruppe Walthamstow

Sundays, 10am–12pm, 18 January, 15 February, 15 March, 19 April. Herzlich Willkommen. Die ganze Familie ist eingeladen.


Twins Group – please note the new session time!

Fridays, 1.30–3.30pm.This special play session is exclusively for families with twins, triplets or more!




Integrated Mother and Baby Yoga with Sam Syer

This class promotes wellbeing via simple postures, sequences and breathing techniques to soothe, strengthen and boost vitality for mothers. For the baby yogi, sequences encourage their natural flexibility, development, and strength and their instinctive movements. All babies welcome, from newborn to 12 months.

New course starts 2 February. Monday, 1–2.00pm.

Contact Sam Syer on 07783 658883 / Sam_73@ntlworld.com to book or discuss the course.


Pregnancy Yoga with Sam Wood

Classes include yoga asana specifically modified to pregnancy, breathing techniques that are useful during pregnancy and labour, pelvic floor exercises, guided meditation and relaxation. Suitable for those 15 weeks pregnant onwards.

New course starts 12 January. Monday, 7–8.05pm, £54 for 6-week course.


Yoga and Relaxation with Sam Wood

These classes have a restorative and therapeutic focus. Learn yoga postures, restorative poses, breathing techniques, meditation and relaxation. The classes are suitable for all levels and are ideal for beginners, those returning to yoga after a break, or living with an illness or injury.

New course starts 12 January. Monday, 8.15–9.15pm, £54 for 6-week course.

Contact Sam Wood on 07733 330171 / sam@gentleflowyoga.co.uk to book or discuss the courses.


YogaNess with Vanessa

Discover the therapeutic benefits of yoga.

New course starts 7 January.

Contact Vanessa on 07919595665 for more information and to book a place or visit www.yoganess.org.





Toy Loans

Toy loaning is an affordable way to give inquisitive children a variety of toys to enjoy. Members can chose from a huge range to hire – most items are just £1 for 3 weeks; large / outdoor toys £4; parenting books £1; children's books can be borrowed for free. Just speak to a play worker.




£5 per year per family, FREE for local families on income support.

www.walthamstowtoylibrary.orgl 020 8509 3401 l E17toylibrarymanager@gmail.com