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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.

More: Renovating the phone box brought many challenges »

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Work begins on Rainbows’ community toy library

Posted on Monday 16th April 2018 at 5:35 pm by Laura Mortimore

The telephone box without its door, which has been removed for repair.The 2nd Stoke Gifford Rainbows have been busy recruiting volunteers to help renovate a disused telephone box with the aim of transforming it into a community toy library.

The group of 5 to 7-year-old girls first put out an appeal at the beginning of the year, looking for carpenters, glaziers and cast iron welders to give up some of their time to help transform the phone box. Now, after meeting with some local residents, work has already begun on the telephone box which is located at The Green, North Road. Richard and Bryan, members of the local community, have removed the door and it has been taken away to be repaired. They also removed the backboard located inside the telephone box and cleared away all of the weeds so it is already looking much neater and cleaner. The Rainbows have also had a mystery resident replace the missing panes of glass and the group have been trying to track down who is responsible, posting on their Facebook page: “Are you the anonymous glazing fairy who repaired our broken panes of glass?? Thank you!!!”

Alongside recruiting volunteers, the 2nd Stoke Gifford Rainbows have also been busy registering themselves for the Airbus Community Awards which means they are now in with a chance of winning a share of the £10,000 prize money. Tokens were available to collect between Friday 16th February and Monday 19th March and the top ten community groups to collect the most tokens will receive a share of the prize money. The girls, their friends and families all spent countless hours collecting and cutting out tokens but it was all worth it as they collected an incredible total of 96,691 tokens. Alix, leader in charge of the 2nd Stoke Gifford Rainbows, expressed her thanks:

“Thank you all so much for your support over the last few weeks. Daffodil has been a force of nature in getting us over 90,000 tokens – with lots of support from work mates, friends and family – it’s been a huge effort and hopefully it will bear fruit. Thank you Daffodil!”

Last week, the winners of the awards were announced at a special ceremony which took place at Airbus in Filton. The 2nd Stoke Gifford Rainbows came in second, receiving £2,000 of the prize money.

The next stage of the project is to strip the old paint and repaint the telephone box in the bright red that everyone recognises. The hope is that this will be done in the coming months as the weather improves. The Rainbows will then start thinking about how to decorate the telephone box, most likely using window stickers to publicise Girlguiding.

If anyone has any ideas for the project or would like to help out in anyway, please contact the team at 2ndstokegiffordrainbows@gmail.com

Photo: The telephone box as it currently stands, with the door having been removed for repairs.

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