Toys galore - thanks!

April 30 2018

A MUM has been overwhelmed with toy donations for the play group she is starting in Lyde Green.

Lindsay Wheeler has lived in Lyde Green for three years with her husband, six-year-old daughter and two-year-old son. She works part time as a hairdresser, but a few months ago decided that she’d like to do something that she could bring her son along to as well, and she realised that although there are toddler groups in Emersons Green, nothing is available for parents in Lyde Green at the moment. After talking to her sister-in-law Hugrūn Dunn from Mangotsfield and friend Micaela Williams from Kingswood, they decided to get together and set up one themselves, called “Little Play @ Lyde Green”.

Lindsay said: “There are lots of young families here in Lyde Green, and although I have met lots of mums whose children go to school with my daughter at Lyde Green Primary, there hasn’t been an opportunity for me to meet parents with children my son’s age.

“I got talking to Hugrūn and Micaela, and we decided to contact Lyde Green Community Association.  We met with the manager of the hall about six weeks ago, where we talked about the ideas that we had.”

The plan is for the playgroup to run on a Tuesday or Friday morning from 10-11.45am, with tea and coffee provided for free. It will be run on a voluntary basis, and parents will just be asked to pay a couple of pounds charge to cover the cost of the hall hire.  They are also going to be open during the first week of the Christmas, Easter and summer holidays, and plan to run disco events for siblings and photography sessions too.

Lindsay has said that as parents will be present with their children, the organisers don’t require any specific qualifications to run the playgroup, but they will be completing first aid training for their peace of mind.

Lindsay said:  “Toys are expensive and as we are running the playgroup on a voluntary basis, we thought we would put out a message on Facebook to say what we’re doing and see if anyone had any toys to donate.

“We’ve had loads of donations so far. Lots have come from the Lyde Green Local Facebook group, and my house looks like a toy shop at the moment!

“We are going to have lots of toys there, and every week we will have a different craft, as well as a break halfway through for story time. Not only will this give the kids a break from playing, but we hope that the parents will sit down in a circle together and get to know each other too.”

Lindsay says that once Lyde Green Community Association have been handed the keys for the community centre, it will take a few weeks for them to get things sorted internally, and they are hoping  that the playgroup will be up and running by the time the summer holidays start. 

Lindsay is still looking for donations of baby play mats for the playgroup. If you have one, contact the Little Play @ Lyde Green Facebook page: