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                                                            November – December 2010
                                                                   Issue 63                WELCOME…
                                       Welcome to the final newsletter for 2010. I feel as though silly season is hurtling
COMMITTEE MEMBERS                      towards us, and the diary is filling up. Oh, you too?
                                       Between the barbeques, breakups and bargains, please schedule a visit to return your
Loretta Kingston-Brown 0423 196 905    toys (by 4 December) and a couple of hours during stocktake (see more below).
Secretary                              Apologies to those who missed out on last month’s newsletter (and may not have
Amanda Turnbull          5444 4052     caught up on the dates). In future I will make sure more copies are printed. This issue
                                       is mailed because it contains important information about early December.
                                       Some members have asked why the newsletter can’t be emailed. Unfortunately it’s
Nicole West              5443 2228     rather complicated to do on our system. However, the newsletter is on the website.
Roster/Membership                      Best wishes to all for a happy and safe Christmas season. See you in February!
Simone Williams         0409231641     Cheers, Nicola

Monique Floyd        0438 421 596      PRESIDENTS REPORT
                                       Well, it is that crazy time of year again. I think I speak for most of the committee when
Toy Maintenance                        I say that we are looking forward to a well-earned break from Toy Library duty and a
Felicity Harrop          5442 3629     chance to re-energise in preparation for a great year ahead.

                                       It has been busy as usual at the Toy Library. Our Family Fun Day was very successful,
                                       despite the inclement weather, and we enjoyed the company of many new and
                                       current members. I think this event is a great way to promote the toy library and
                                       welcome new families in an open and friendly manner.
James Breene             5439 3789     I am looking forward to working with all our members on this year’s stocktake. We are
                                       committed to making sure we have a wonderful set of toys in great condition ready
Stocktake Coordinator                  for borrowing in 2011. Nearly $3000 worth of new toys will be added to our catalogue
Fiona Shanahan           5443 7252     over the holidays so look out for some great new toys next year.
                                       Wishing you all a relaxing and refreshing Christmas break.
Baby Sale Coordinator
Nicole West              5443 2228     Cheers, Loretta

                                       IMPORTANT DATES
Nicola Dunnicliff-Wells 5443 1634
                                       The toy library closes over the summer holiday period. The last day for borrowing was
GENERAL COMMITTEE                      Saturday 13 November and all toys must be returned by Saturday 4 December.
Cecile Shanahan        5449 6218       Stocktake (see below) will happen from Tuesday 7 to Saturday 11 December.
Laura Terry            5443 3941
Fiona Shanahan         5443 7252       The toy library will reopen on Tuesday 1 February 2011 (see the attached roster).
Sky McDonald         0423 767 837
Karina Bray            5442 5403
Samantha Humble        5442 4956
                                       Stocktake is a great opportunity to see what the toy library actually has, and make
                                       mental notes for future borrowing. It’s also a chance to meet other members (and
Please feel free to call any
                                       with no kids there we can actually chat!) Of course, we’ll also weed out old or
committee member if you have
any concerns or suggestions.
                                       damaged toys, clean and repair where necessary, so everything is ready for next year.
TOY LIBRARY DATES                      It’s over three days in December: Tuesday 7th from 1–5pm; Thursday 9th from 9am–1pm;
The toy library closes over the        and Saturday 11th from 9am–1pm. Please come for two hours if you can on the day you
summer holiday period.                 would normally have duty (i.e. if you normally do duty on a Tuesday, come on the 7th).
                                       We’d appreciate it if you could come without the kids on this occasion, so we can get
    Saturday 13 November               the job done efficiently. We understand this may be difficult – please call one of the
    No borrowing after this date;      committee members (or the toy library phone) if this is a problem for you.
    returns only
                                       Helping with stocktake is part of your membership obligation – and by participating,
    Saturday 4 December                you’ll go in the draw to win some great toy prizes (just in time for Christmas...)
    Toy library closes – all returns
    due back
    Tue 7 – Sat 11 December            DUTY OBLIGATIONS
    Stocktake                          As of next year, all new members joining the Toy Library will have the option to pay a
                                       $50 levy in lieu of duty and stocktake obligations. Existing members may also elect this
    Tuesday 1 February 2011
                                       option when their membership comes up for renewal.
    Toy library reopens
                                       Committee members wanted!
                                       We have shortage of committee members able to staff Tuesdays early in 2011 while
                                       one is on maternity leave. We could close every fourth Tuesday. A more attractive
                                       option would be for another member or two to join the committee! The office bearing
                                       roles are taken so it’s not a big job... Do speak to one of us to find out more.

Umm... you know, that toy              CHRISTMAS CRAFT IDEAS
                                       Christmas bells: paint gum nuts with silver or gold paint and sprinkle with glitter. Tie
festival involving reindeer and
                                       ribbon around the stem and hang on the Christmas tree. These look great!
a fat man in a red suit. Usually
starts early December.
                                       Wrapping paper or cards: cut out cardboard Christmas shapes for stencils and spatter
                                       paint over them with a toothbrush or dab paint over them with a sponge. Make prints
                                       by cutting shapes in potatoes and dipping in paint; or use toy animals to make a
                                       footprint pattern, toy cars, leaves – whatever you can stand washing up...

                                       GINGERBREAD BISCUITS (adapted from a recipe in The Age Good Weekend)
                                       My kids love making these. They make great Christmas bickies or gingerbread people.
                                       You can decorate with cachous (silver balls), icing, lollies, or leave them plain.
WEBSITE                                Ingredients
Don’t forget you can view the           200g butter                       1 teaspoon ground ginger
roster (and the newsletter)             1/3 – ½ cup white sugar           ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
online at:                              ½ cup brown sugar                 1 egg
                                        ¼ cup treacle, molasses           4 cups plain flour                        or golden syrup            2 teaspoons bicarbonate of soda
                                        2 teaspoons cinnamon              pinch salt
                                       Cream butter and sugar together. Add treacle, spices and egg and mix well.
                                       Sift together the flour, bicarb soda and salt and add to the butter and egg mixture a
                                       bit at a time, stirring well after each addition. Knead the dough gently to make sure it
                                       is well mixed and refrigerate for one hour.
                                       Preheat oven to 180°C.
Monday 6 December at the               On a floured bench (or between two sheets of baking paper), roll dough to 3mm thick
BCTL, Spring Gully, 7.30pm             (thicker for large gingerbread people). Cut out shapes with biscuit cutters. Place on a
start. All members welcome.            greased or baking-paper-lined tray. Press in cachous to decorate if desired.
                                       Bake at 180°C for 12 minutes or until the edges are slightly browned. Cool on wire rack.
Advertise here for only $20 a year!                                                         Robyn Clarke Studio
                                                                                            Preschool Art Classes
                                                                                           Wednesday 10 - 10.30am
                                                                      Watch your child create artistic creations while you enjoy a cuppa.
                                                                      Your children will benefit from a variety of different art choices and
                                                                      various craft activities.

                                                                      Studio is located in Strathfieldsaye

                                                                      After school classes and Adult classes are currently offered for older
                                                                      artists in the family.

                                                                      Robyn is a local artist with three young children, who specialises in
                                                                      portraiture, however enjoys a large range of mediums and subject
                                                                      For bookings and more details don’t hesitate in contacting Robyn on
                                                                      5439 5585 or 0400 059 911

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                         Please call me on 0466 053 504.