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Gedling’s new Mayor attends Play Forum open day

Mayor Najuk enjoyed the environmental projects on offer including making “seed bombs” to provide British wild flowers, biodegradable plant pots, and “bee feeders” to encourage pollinators.


Councillor Julie Najuk, Gedling borough’s new mayor was among the visitors to an open day at Gedling Play Forum on Wollaton Avenue this week (May 29).

Mayor Najuk got to enjoy the environmental projects on offer including making “seed bombs” to provide British wild flowers, biodegradable plant pots, and “bee feeders” to encourage pollinators.

The Mayor followed this by visiting the ‘Scrap Store’ which stocks a wide range of recycled materials, most of the materials were originally destined for landfill but have been donated by companies for creative play.

Then it was on to the the ‘Craft Shop’ which stocks a range of craft and creative materials including paint, glue, clay, card, die cut shapes, pipe cleaners, trimmings and much more.

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Anne Crosbie the Forum’s co-ordinator said:

“It’s been a busy weekend for the Play Forum. On Saturday we were at the Calverton Methodist Church Spring Fair, and today we opened up our centre for visitors”.”

As well as the volunteers who help run the Forum, the team were joined by three volunteers from John Lewis as part of the John Lewis community volunteering programme.

Anne Crosbie added “We are really pleased to work with John Lewis and to gain from the experience and expertise of their partners and we know that they enjoyed it too”.

Gedling Play Forum was founded in 1987 to support children’s play within Gedling Borough and supports children’s play, family activities, learning, environmental projects, and community cohesion.

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The Resources Centre provides services ranging from providing a scrap store to community play activities, from volunteering activities to workshops.

The play forum are always on the look out for clean non-toxic materials to use for creative play. If you know of a company that could help supply their scrap store then please contact them. Types of materials most needed include: new paper and card, fabrics, plastic mouldings, clean food trays, wool, end of lines and anything weird and wonderful that we can offer for creative play. Please contact the Play Forum if you are not sure. They are happy with a bag full or pallets and share any excess with other scrap stores.

Gedling Play forum can be found at Wollaton Avenue Community Centre,
Gedling, Nottingham, NG4 4HX.

Opening Hours
Monday : Closed
Tuesday : 10:00am – 4:00pm
Wednesday : 10:00am – 4:00pm
Thursday : 1:00pm – 5:30pm
Friday : Closed
Saturday : 1st Saturday of the Month 9:00am – 12:00noon

Further information including contact details can be found via their website Gedling Play Forum

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