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Celebration marks toy library’s first birthday

Posted on Wednesday 2nd October 2019 at 8:17 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of Charlie Critical Care Bear with members of 2nd Stoke Gifford Rainbows and Brownies in front of the toy library.

The 2nd Stoke Gifford Rainbows and 1st Stoke Gifford Brownies celebrated the Stoke Gifford Toy Library’s first anniversary on Saturday 7th September with a party on The Green.

They used the occasion to raise money for Great Western Air Ambulance Charity (GWAAC) as part of a challenge badge the units will be working on this term.

The girls loved meeting Charlie the Critical Care Bear, who borrowed a toy from the library, and did a fantastic job selling cake. Donations on the day came to around £120, which is fantastic and will be used to fund the amazing work done by GWAAC.

The toy library has been a fantastic success and become a well used community asset. The toys rotate regularly as do the decorations and it ensures there is always something new at the phone box. We have supported local and national events though our decorations and the toy Library has enjoyed dressing up for Halloween and paying its respects to our fallen heroes on Armistice day.

The Rainbows and Brownies really enjoy making the decorations for the toy library and have lots of imaginative ideas. They have been working all summer to produce over 300 pom poms for an upcoming theme … watch this space!

Michelle, Rainbows leader

The toy library, located at The Green, Stoke Gifford BS34 8PE, works on a self-service basis and is unlocked by volunteers each day.

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This article originally appeared in the October 2019 issue of the Stoke Gifford Journal magazine (on page 16). The magazine is delivered FREE, EVERY MONTH, to over 5,000 homes in Stoke Gifford, Little Stoke and Harry Stoke. Phone 01454 300 400 to enquire about advertising or leaflet insertion.

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Community invited to celebrate toy library’s 1st birthday on Saturday

Posted on Friday 6th September 2019 at 9:05 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of a disused red telephone box on North Road. Photo of a group of children visiting the toy library.

The 2nd Stoke Gifford Rainbows’ project to run a toy library in a disused phone box has been well received, with many items being donated and borrowed over the last 12 months. The decorations made by the girls have been changed every month, with themes ranging from Remembrance Day, to Christmas and summer holidays.

To mark the first anniversary of the opening of the toy library, the Rainbows are planning to hold a birthday celebration at 2pm on Saturday 7th September and everyone in the local community is invited!

The girls from Rainbows and Brownies will be holding a bake sale in aid of the Great Western Air Ambulance Charity (GWAAC) as part of their Challenge badge. They are also expecting a visit from Charlie Bear from the GWAAC along with members of the support team.

Rainbows leader Michelle said:

“Everyone is invited to come and see the toy library one year on, meet Charlie Bear and the girls and leaders behind the idea and enjoy our bake sale.”

Donations of good quality toys are always accepted – please email 2ndstokegiffordrainbows@gmail.com and a volunteer will be in touch to arrange collection.

The toy library, located at The Green, Stoke Gifford BS34 8PE, works on a self-service basis and is unlocked by volunteers each day.

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This article originally appeared in the September 2019 issue of the Stoke Gifford Journal magazine (on page 20). The magazine is delivered FREE, EVERY MONTH, to over 5,000 homes in Stoke Gifford, Little Stoke and Harry Stoke. Phone 01454 300 400 to enquire about advertising or leaflet insertion.

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Village focal point has a theme for all seasons

Posted on Monday 8th April 2019 at 9:52 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of the toy library topped with a yarn-bombed Santa hat. Photo of the toy library in the snow.

By Alix Evans, leader at Stoke Gifford Rainbows.

Friday 8th March 2019 saw the celebrations for International Women’s Day and the six-month ‘anniversary’ of the opening of the Stoke Gifford Toy Library. Since opening in September, the Toy Library has been open around six days per week, even during the snow, with a wide selection of toys, games and books available for loan. The reaction from the residents has been fantastic, with lots of interactions on Facebook and Twitter, and ever-changing stock as new donations arrive each day. I’d like to thank everyone who has used or donated to the Toy Library – it’s truly a community resource and a focal point for the younger members of the village.

The Toy Library has had many different decoration themes over the past six months, with particular highlights being our Poppy Day and Advent Calendar displays. The Santa hat donated by the St Mike’s Yarn Bombers really made the Toy Library stand out, and the Rainbows and Brownies have had so much fun making the decorations.

Away from the Toy Library, the girls have been working hard on the new Guiding programme, learning lots of skills from making popcorn over tea lights (Rainbows), to how to project their voice when speaking to a crowd (Brownies) – perfect for the future adventurers and leaders we’re hoping to nurture!

The Rainbows are currently planning their sleepover at Slimbridge WWT, and the Brownies are very excited to be going on a joint Brownie holiday with another unit to experience the magic of Harry Potter.

Units across the division are always looking for volunteers to help us deliver our exciting programme – if you’d like to find out more, please contact fromevalleydivision@girlguidingbsg.org.uk or to get involved you can register on the Girlguiding web site: go.girlguiding.org.uk/join-us/join-as-volunteer/

• The Toy Library, located at The Green, Stoke Gifford works on a self-service basis and is unlocked by volunteers each day.

This article originally appeared in the April 2019 issue of the Stoke Gifford Journal magazine (on page 27). The magazine is delivered FREE, EVERY MONTH, to over 5,000 homes in Stoke Gifford, Little Stoke and Harry Stoke. Phone 01454 300 400 to enquire about advertising or leaflet insertion.

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Grand opening of Stoke Gifford Toy Library

Posted on Tuesday 23rd October 2018 at 8:42 pm by Laura Mortimore

Photo of Rainbow leader Alix giving a short speech.

The grand opening of the new Stoke Gifford Toy Library, housed in a traditional red ‘heritage’ phone box in the centre of the ‘village’, took place on Saturday 8th September.

The idea for a toy library came about six months ago after the 2nd Stoke Gifford Rainbows visited the North Bristol Foodbank. The girls decided that they wanted to do something for children in the community who may not be as fortunate as themselves. During a Rainbows meeting, they decided to collect toys and books and then it was just a case of finding somewhere to store them. The phone box, located at The Green, North Road (near the Beaufort Arms), had been out of use for a number of months and was therefore bought by the parish council for £1 as they didn’t want to see it torn down. After approaching the council, the Rainbows were eventually given permission to turn it into a community toy library.

Funding for the project was secured after a massive effort by volunteers, girls and supporters saw them collect over 96,000 Bristol Post tokens and win the second-place prize of £2,000 in the 2018 Airbus Community Awards. This money was put towards refurbishment and painting of the telephone box, professional stickers for the windows and the all-important shelves for toys to be stored. The money that is left over will be used to maintain the facility in the coming years.

The grand opening was attended by children from both Rainbows and Brownies, as well as two local councillors and guests of honour Richard Bagenda and Bryan Curry, who gave up a lot of their time to help transform the phone box. There was also a cake sale held on The Green, with all proceeds going to the Gromit Unleashed 2 Appeal.

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