Crewkerne Toy Library has been saved from closure by two local Mums at the 11th hour. Hannah Smillie and Sarah Ellis came to the rescue when an announcement was made by the previous facilitator that closure was imminent at the end of January. As new joint facilitators of the popular weekly play and craft activities, they have been busy taking stock of the toys and games, sprucing up the facility and preparing to re-open the toy library under a new name.
Hannah said: “We’ve been busy cleaning the toys and are planning to have a practice run with a few invited Mums and babies first, before we open fully the following week.” Crewkerne Toy Library was founded in 1986. It is a registered charity and weekly activities take place on Wednesday mornings from 10 am until 11.30 am at the Speedwell Hall in Abbey Street.
Sarah told Crewkerne Headlines And Topics: “I moved to Crewkerne almost 7 years ago. I still don’t know that many people and thought it would be a nice place to meet more people. My eldest two children are home educated, so my younger ones get taken along to their clubs. I don’t really do the toddler groups so this will be something nice we can do as a family.”
The two young Mums are full of new ideas for the group and are excited at its future prospects. They have not yet decided on the new name but are hoping to make a decision before the toy library re-opens later this month. The good news is spreading fast and has been welcomed by children and their families across the town and in the surrounding area.