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Today we went to the second Groat Street Festival in Stirling. We couldn’t make it last year due to a wedding, so was determined to get there this time, and it was worth it…. I really loved the trees and … Continue reading

Fairy door project a great success

Transition Town Guildford’s recent fairy door making workshops in the Guildford Library were a great success. Places were in demand, with both sessions booking out within days. Local children at Guildford Library storytime and Guildford Family Playgroup also participated in the activity during the week.
In total, over sixty local children enthusiastically created magical fairy, elf and goblin doors that are now placed throughout Guildford and surrounding suburbs.

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Adorning the fairy doors with as much bling as possible (glitter, glue and baubles) was extremely popular with the younger age group, whilst older kids chose their items more carefully and made some truly stunning creations. Even a few parents got in on the action, making a door just for themselves!

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Feedback from the workshops was extremely positive – the kids had a great time and lots of fairy doors on verges and in front gardens have sprung up throughout Guildford. One family embraced a sustainability theme and created a recycled fairy palace.

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Parents also reported that the event fostered a fabulous sense of connection with their community – exactly what the playbourhood initiative is all about. The local press covered the event, with very excited little girl getting her picture in the Echo.

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Delighted little girl shows off her fairy door creation

We will be planning more playbourhood initatives in the coming months and would love you to get involved. To find out more info, contact Lianda on lianda19@hotmail.com or 0411 066 595.

A photo display of the fairy doors will be up in Guildford Library for another couple of weeks – totally worth a visit to check out!

If you missed out making a fairy door here in Guildford and/or live Gosnells way, then Transition Town Gosnells are running a Fairy Gate Making session at Wilby Place Reserve in Thornlie on 9th July at 10am – looks fantastic!!!

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Photo display of children’s fairy doors in Guildford Library

Fairy doors bring a bit of magic to Guildford

Do your children love the magical world of fairies, elves and pixies? Would they like to create their very own fairy door for your front yard?

Transition Town Guildford (TTG) has won a grant to run fairy door making workshops for local children in Guildford and surrounds. The workshops will be held to celebrate National Families Week (15 to 21 May).

The 45 minute workshops will be hosted at Guildford Library. The workshops are aimed at children aged 3 to 8, but younger and older children are very welcome to participate.

In the workshop, children will be shown how to create a basic fairy door from balsa wood and pop sticks*. Once the fairy door has been put together, children can then build their own magical creations using selection of buttons, beads, glitter, paint, ribbons, string and many other items.

Once children have completed their fairy door, a photo will be taken of their creation and added to a display in the library. We then encourage you to take your door home and attach it to a tree on your verge or front yard, or your fence or that of a neighbour (with permission of course).

Then you and your children can hunt for fairy doors all around Guildford. Fairy door game sheets will be available from the library and we challenge you to see how many you can find!

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When: Saturday 16 May, 11am – 11.45am OR Monday 18 May, 3.30pm – 4.15pm
Where: Guildford Library, 97 James Street, Guildford

Click here to book a place for your child at one of the above workshop.  Please book a place for each child who will be attending and advise of their name and age.

Children attending Storytime on Monday at the library will also have an opportunity to decorate a fairy door, however no bookings are required for this session.

If your children are not able to attend the workshop but would like to participate, please email lianda19@hotmail.com and we will send you an instruction sheet on how to create a fairy door; alternatively these will be available in the library during National Families Week.

* Please note that a low heat hot glue gun will be available to use at the workshop only under parental supervision. A parent or carer will need to remain in the library during the workshop.

Kindly supported by the Department of Local Government and Communities