Library toys shared out
Christmas came early, albeit in a sad way, for early childhood centred groups in the Teviot Valley last week. After a month short of 15 years in operation, the Teviot Valley Toy Library closed its doors and gave away toys to the Teviot Valley Educare, Roxburgh Playcentre, Millers Flat Playgroup and Stand (formerly the Roxburgh Children’s Health Camp).
Gemma McNeish, one of three young mothers left in the group said ‘‘We tried hard to keep it going but we just could not get a committee to keep it up. Our own children have used the toys a lot but they are also getting past this level so we put it out there to the community, no-one put their hand up, so we decided this was the best thing to do.’’
Some 250 items were carefully studied by representatives from the groups, ‘‘who did not want to be too greedy’’ but were pleased to add to their collections from the wide selection. Those not taken by the groups would be offered at auction locally and the remainder sold through the Roxburgh Thrift Shop. Any money raised from the auction, and what remains in the group’s accounts will be split between the Playcentre and Educare after payment is made for a gate to be put in the children’s fenced play area at the Roxburgh Medical Centre.
‘‘That was a project we really want to see happen’’ said Robin Fox, ‘‘getting children in and out of there, especially for pregnant mums, is not easy and the gate will hopefully help stop some of the children trying to climb out and falling.’’