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Launching the Scrap Play Takeaway

The toy library worked with Children’s Scrapstore along with support from Comic Relief Local Communities to bring an exciting range of scrap play items available from URC. Toy library member’s children are able to choose from a variety of interesting and tactile scrap items to take home with them for a donation of just 50p per box.

Offering children hours of creative play, so far one toy library member’s son had great fun creating a robot from his scrap items, while in our house a boat has been made to use in the bath, plus some of the items come out of the box on a daily basis to be used in a shop or as part of a doctor’s kit.

The idea behind the scrap play boxes is to encourage free creative play, for children to experiment and to learn by trial and error, all under the supervision of an adult (who are actively encouraged to join in and have fun making things from the scrap items!).

Collecting Christmas Trolley Toy Donations From ASDA

ASDA Bedminster and their customers have been a big support to the South Bristol Toy Library over the past few months. Thanks to the generosity of those customers, Annie and Kate went to ASDA just before Christmas 2016 to collect a trolley packed full with toys donated to the toy library.

Some of the many toys and fun items donated included a Mr Potato Head, a set of mini diggers and CAT machines, Pie Face, Star Wars Lego, a board games compendium and Little Tykes Learn to Dress Dolls. There was something for everyone to suit a range of ages, many of which are now available to hire.

Christmas AGM and First Saturday Opening

On Saturday 10th December we held our first Annual General Meeting followed by our first Saturday session – a special Christmas themed swap and play.

With toys available to hire for the whole of the festive period, the session was a celebration of all the hard work over the previous year by all the volunteers to get the toy library up and running. There was Christmas music, mince pies and festive drinks and a warm welcome to the new and current toy library members who joined us.

Collecting Green Tokens Runners Up Cheque From ASDA

ASDA Bedminster and their customers have been a great support over the past year with the toy library chosen as one of the charities in autumn 2016 that customers could support with their green tokens scheme.

Toy library founder and chair, Annie, along with her daughter was delighted to collect a very generous Green Tokens runners up cheque from ASDA’s Community Champion, Brenda Wright towards the end of 2016.

The money went towards buying new toys for the library.

Scrapstore Event at Marksbury Road Library

With hedgehogs and flowers made out of books at Marksbury Road Library and hosted by Scrapstore and South Bristol Toy Library, our second event in collaboration with Scrapstore was a match made in heaven.

A huge amount of fun was had by children and parents alike as a couple of hours on a miserable and rainy Saturday morning in October was spent sticking wobbly eyes and felt noses on to hedgehogs made from the folded pages of used books. The Marksbury Road Library setting was perfect: surrounded by books, children got busy colouring in, while their parents, carers and Rachel from Scrapstore helped fold pages and cut out paper flowers.

Scrapstore Cardboard Cities Event at URC


We had well over 50 children and their grown-ups turn up to our first event that took place on Saturday 3rd September at URC. In collaboration with the wonderful Children’s Scrapstore it was a Scrapstore Cardboard Cities Event with two hours spent making buildings and dens out of large and small cardboard boxes, younger kids crawling into them, finding hiding places and having an amazing amount of fun (the grown-ups did too). 

There was also a mini-worlds area set up where all kinds of weird and fabulously creative hats were made from scrap items including feathers, pom-poms, stickers and pipe-cleaners.

Our thanks go to Rachel from the Scrapstore along with her daughter, Ada, who not only helped out on the day but made us this lovely card.



Announcing People’s Postcode Lottery Funding

In the summer of 2016, South Bristol Toy Library received £1,961 thanks to players of People’s Postcode Lottery.

The funding boost from Postcode Community Trust enabled the toy library to purchase extra storage equipment and stationary along with 15 reusable lidded coffee mugs to allow refreshments to be served safely during play and stay sessions. New toys were also another benefit of the funding with the popular Haba lock house and the Plan toys crane set along with numerous other toys purchased.

Postcode Community Trust is a grant-giving charity funded entirely by players of People’s Postcode Lottery.

When you sign up to play People’s Postcode Lottery, your postcode is your ticket. A minimum of 30% goes directly to charities across Great Britain and internationally. It costs £10 for 10 draws paid monthly in advance.

North Street Winter Fair

On a freezing cold weekend at the end of November 2015, South Bristol Toy Library founder, Annie, along with volunteers and committee members Kate, Ben and Sarah set up a stall to promote the idea of a toy library in south Bristol, to talk to passers-by and find out their interest in a local toy library, and to raise funds through a raffle of a fabulous Kiddi-moto balance bike.

Warming cups of coffee and tinsel adorning the stall did little to raise the festive spirit with driving rain and strong winds but we did manage to brave it to the bitter end when the the fair was called off early due to the awful weather.

Despite the difficult conditions, awareness of the toy library was raised, passers-by who stopped to chat entered the raffle and £30 profit was raised to help fund the set up costs of the toy library.