The Toy House Temporary Closes

We are sad  to say that, following advice, we have taken the decision to close The Toy House. Hopefully, it won't be too long & this virus will have run it's course. Take care

Future Events

Our Creative Arts & Craft Course

Every Tuesday afternoon, we will be holding a arts and craft course for the whole family to enjoy.

Easter Extravaganza

At The Toy House, we will be holding an Easter Extravaganza on Saturday April 4th between 10am-12pm. This event will include lots of egg-citing activities and games for the whole family to enjoy. More details to follow.

Grab yourself a bargain

On Sunday 15th March, our fundraising team will be attending the Sale Grammar School Car Boot Sale from 9:00am-12:30pm. There will be lots of high quality toys for sale. Why not, come and grab yourself a bargain!

Easter Treat

Why not  treat yourself, a family member or friend to one of our Easter themed Afternoon Teas? Cost £12.50 per person.

 

If you would like further information on any of the above please contact us on 0161 746 8185

Winter Thank you's

Many Thanks Swansway Honda

Early December we were thrilled to meet Andrea and Lee who work for Swansway Honda, a car dealership company based in Bolton. They were given our name by Angela Gray who used to be a member of the Toy House when her family were young. The Swansway group is very generous and each year their 27 dealerships collect toys which they donate to Charities. At Easter they also distribute Easter Eggs to the same charities. So, a huge thank you to Angela for suggesting The Toy House as a recipient. Angela is head of fundraising for another charity and plans to visit here and share some of her tips on fundraising.

Mosaic

In our previous blog, we mentioned that we worked closely with Leonard Cheshire, the charity behind the Can Do program, on the Wellacre’s on-site Eco Centre project. Sadly, this six week project has now ended.

Lisa Miller is the Programme Co-ordinator for Leonard Cheshire and runs the Can Do Project. She contacted us to say that the students from Brentwood college like to create a mosaic for us with the help of artist Letitia Attwell. On February 12th , the students presented us with the outstanding mosaic. Everybody at The Toy House was overjoyed with the result and was so touched by the students’ hard work.

Prairie Schooner Stars Wars quiz night

We would like to say a big thank you to the Prairie Schooner Co-Owner, Robert MacRae, who arranged a Stars Wars quiz night in December for The Toy House. He continued to support us throughout the Christmas and New Year period by having money tins in his micro pub. We are delighted to announce that the Prairie Schooner customers raised a grand total of £115 for our charity.

 

Exciting Times

The past few months have been very exciting at The Toy House and we would like to share all our news with you.

In December, we were lucky enough to have Santa visit The Toy House- not once but three times!- to spread Christmas spirit. He delivered wonderful pressies for our little ones. The Toy House was filled fun, laughter and lots of delicious mince pies.

We would like to say a special thank you to Santa Claus, Mrs Claus and his cheeky Elf.

How we celebrated The Year Of the Rat

As always, our Stay & Play sessions are themed to celebrate the seasons, different cultures and festivities. We started 2020 celebrating Chinese New Year with our fabulous visitors. We decorated The Toy House, offered Chinese themed resources for our little visitors to explore, ran craft sessions and had a taster session of different Chinese delicacies.

Music & Dance Spectacular

At the Masonic Hall, we recently held a fundraising Spectacular Music & Dance evening. It was an amazing night which was thoroughly enjoyed by all who attended. The atmosphere was electric; everybody danced and had such good fun. Once again, we are so grateful for the continual support from the Millennium Masons especially, Peter Harding and Sue Wilkinson.

Finally, we would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who attended the event especially our fabulous friends from The Pavilion project, who provided the wonderful entertainment.

Lights, Camera Action

Recently, the day to day running of The Toy House has been captured by Lydia & Leo Fernandez-Arias . This footage will be used to create a short film that we hope will engage the local community. This will provide the viewers with an insight into our charity and how it benefits our local community.

It is a 5!

We are overjoyed to announce that (once again!) we have been awarded a 5 star National Food Hygiene rating. Many thanks to our dedicated team of volunteers who work tirelessly to maintain this highest standard.

Love is in the air

That is certainly true for two of our wonderful volunteers, Victoria and Bob.

Victoria has been involved with The Toy House for 4 years. She is heavily involved with the charity as she is a member of our trustees board. About 15 months ago, Victoria introduced us to a lovely gentleman, called Bob, who she met through the church. As a result of Victoria’s gentle persuasion, Bob has now become our handyman and part of our garden maintenance team. It was clear from the start, that they made a great team and only had eyes for each other.

The Toy House worked its magic and in September 2019, they realised their friendship had turned into love. Bob proposed to Victoria and she said "yes."

They got married on 25th January 2020 surrounded by family and friends, many of whom were from The Toy House. They couldn't be happier.

The Toy House would like to wish them both all the very best in their future lives together.