The Shop is buzzing. We have some smaller sets of Lego City and Lego Friends, please see images below to carry us through the Christmas Holidays and as small Gift’s that Children like to buy with their Christmas money. The sets start at £4.99.
Well it’s raining a bit and there is some stormy weather predicted so the BBC or some other outfit have parked a satellite recording Van just down the street from us, potentially to obtain some news-worthy content about heavy precipitation again in Hebden Bridge and potential flooding !! We obviously hope that will not be the case after the devastation caused in the Boxing Day Floods in Hebden Bridge of last year. Nonetheless I received a text today from the Flood Warning Service about potential problems in the Upper Calder Valley.
I completed my own Set of Lego Minifgures Series 16 some time back and it was a good generic set in my opinion with a possibly emphasis on global warming with the amount of Penguin related figures that were included. That particular phenomena is probably not helping the amount of water that is currently falling from the skies!!
This Saturday 3rd December is Small Business Saturday. last year (2015) Silly Billy’s were involved with Small Business Saturday by offering a special discount on the very popular Thunderbirds Sets.
This year Silly Billy’s Toy Shop are offering a great discount on Orchard Toys Snap Games, we have:
Orchard Toys Animal Snap RRP £4.99 reduced to only £2.50 and
Orchard Toys Snap RRP £7.99 reduced to only £4
This offer is available this Saturday 3rd December 2016 to help Support and gain interest in Small Business Saturday, promoting small businesses everywhere. If you are looking for more details on Small Business Saturday then please visit this website smallbusinesssaturdayuk.com
Small Business Saturday UK is a grassroots, non-commercial campaign, which highlights small business success and encourages consumers to ‘shop local’ and support small businesses in their communities. The day itself takes place on the first Saturday in December each year, but the campaign aims to have a lasting impact on small businesses. In 2016 Small Business Saturday will take place on Saturday, December 3rd.
Taken from smallbusinesssaturdayuk.com/about-us
As well as Small Business Saturday on 3rd December 2016 there is also the ShopSmall Campaign from American Express Kicking off on this day for two whole weeks and American Express® Cardmembers will be rewarded for shopping at small businesses around the UK from 3 to 18 December 2016. Silly Billy’s Toy Shop take American Amex, as well as all other major credit and debit cards, plus Apple Pay and potentially Android Pay, though no-one has tried that particular cashless payment method in the toy shop yet.
Calderdale Family Fun Day and Mytholmroyd Christmas Market
Tomorrow is Calderdale Family Fun Day, see the flier below. I met one of the Organisers at the Mytholmroyd Christmas Market today, which was a great event and Silly Billy’s Toy Shop was very happy to be there. We all had a good day overall and the event was well organised. So well done to all those who made it happen.
A special thank-you goes out to Peter Metcalfe of Pennine Provisions who helped rescue us when the transport we had planned fell through.
(Thanks so much Peter, you are a star !!)
Next year Sillly Billy’s Toy Shop will also hope to have a presence at the Mytholmroyd Christmas Market. If you are interested in Silly Billy’s attending any other events then get in touch.
Calderdale Family Fun Day is being held in Todmorden tomorrow and below is the flyer:-
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There is a lot going on in Hebden Bridge and surrounding areas in the run-up to Christmas 2016 and worthy of mention is the new Festive Fandango Competition From TotallyLocally and the Festive Fandango Team
Silly Billy’s Toy Shop are happy to be taking part in Festive Fandango Christmas 2016 (note there was also a Festive Fandango this Summer to help with flood recovery which we were also a part of)
It is very easy to take part in Festive Fandango so all you need do is simply spend a minimum of £5 in any shop taking part and collect a card and sticker, that includes Silly Billy’s Toy Shop. When you have 5 stickers on your card from five different local shops, you can enter the prize draw to win a large Hebden Hamper full of goodies, additionally you can enter the prize draw as many times as you like!
Follow @FestiveFandango on Twitter for more details.
Coming up in one week’s time is the Mytholmroyd Christmas Market on Saturday 26th November and Silly Billy’s Toy Shop will have a stall there, hopefully we will have some offers for you and perhaps a surprise Lucky Dip or similar.
On Friday 2nd December 2016 there is late night opening in Hebden Bridge and Silly Billy’s along with most other retailers, including the fantastic new Homely at Hebden will be open until 8pm on Friday 2nd December 2016.
Also on Saturday 3rd December 2016 the AMEX Shop Small UK campaign starts which we are also a part of, simply put Amex cardholders get £5 back when they spend £10 in any one transaction, the Shop Small Campaign has been running since 2012 and again is a real boost to small independent shops like Silly Billy’s. The Amex Shop Small Campaign lasts from 3rd December until 18th December so if all you Amex caardholders could come and do your Toy Shopping at Silly Billy’s it would be fantastic! In fact Silly Billy’s Toy Shop is the foremost Independent Toy Shop in the North of England and is the best place for Toy Shopping.
More will be written about Shop Small and Small Business Saturday a bit closer to the time so please follow Silly Billy’s Toy Shop Blog to be sure to get the latest updated for Hebden Bridge and beyond
is a reminder of what has changed and what hasn’t in this nerdy corner of geek culture that finds itself riding a wave of popularity
I went to my first Star Trek convention 15 years ago, when I was 13. It went pretty much exactly how non-Trekkers might imagine a Star Trek convention to go.
My family’s trip to a dimly lit, musty-carpeted convention center in Long Beach, California, was an extreme novelty: we didn’t dress up. Other attendees, though, wore costumes ranging from the handmade to the extremely expensive, ordered weeks in advance.
Every stereotype you can possibly imagine was present in that hall, from public displays of conversational Klingon to earnestly specific questions asked of cast members. One man asked Brent Spiner, who played the android Data in the Next Generation franchise, the real gender of his characters cat Spot. As a result of problems with continuity, you see, it often varied.
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In Moroccos Atlas mountains, Berber girls find the way out of rural poverty
The remoteness of many villages meant that secondary school was not an option
Deep in Moroccos High Atlas mountains, in the hamlet of Tazalt, two girls are doing their laundry in stream water. Inside one of the small reddish-brown stone houses, Malika Boumessoud, 38, is serving sweet mint tea and looking at a photo of herself while shaking her head at how old she looks.
In the next room, where five of her six children all sleep on two single mattresses on the floor, Boumessouds daughter Zahra, 19, is preparing to leave this classic scene of rural Moroccan life. She is a participant in a bold new experiment that could transform the lives of the girls and young women in the region: unlike the vast majority of her peers, Zahra is being granted an education.
For the past seven years, she has lived in a boarding house run by a small Moroccan NGO, Education For All (EFA), in the town of Asni, 56 kilometres away. The house is a five-minute walk from the school she has attended during the week since the age of 12. In September, she hopes to go to university in Marrakech. Her mother, who married at 16, is acutely aware of how different her daughters life could have been had Zahra finished school at 12, like most of the other girls in the valley.
I still wish I had gone to school, says Malika. Even after all these years of marriage and having all my children, I still regret not finishing my education. I dont go out of the village, I just stay in the house day after day. I feel like a bird without any wings..
In rural Morocco, her experience is far from rare. Illiteracy rates for rural women and girls remain as high as 90%. Girls, especially those in areas such as the High Atlas, are more likely to drop out after primary school. Only 26% of girls in rural areas enrol for secondary education, according to the World Bank.
These problems disproportionately affect the Amazigh, commonly known as Berbers, the indigenous people of Morocco. While most Berbers adopted Islam and began speaking Arabic after the conquests of the seventh century, Berber culture and dialects of the Tamazight language survived, especially in the High Atlas. At school, lessons are in Arabic, which for most Berber children is their second language, if they have it at all. Unsurprisingly, they do poorly compared with Arabic children.
But in rural areas, its the distance to secondary schools that presents the biggest barrier, especially for girls. Khalid Chenguiti, education specialist at Unicef Morocco says: Girls education, especially at secondary level, remains a challenge. There are many reasons for this, including the fact that schools are often poorly equipped with washrooms and sanitary facilitation, transportation is often difficult and, in some areas, girls are still required to support domestic tasks and face sociocultural barriers for completion of higher secondary education. These factors often disproportionately affect girls in rural areas.
Chenguiti explains why its a crucial problem to solve: Providing girls with an education helps break the cycle of poverty: educated women are less likely to marry early and against their will; less likely to die in childbirth; more likely to have healthy babies; and are more likely to send their children to school.
EFAs solution is to bring the girls to the schools, an approach which is beginning to change the lives of Berber girls in a way that could transform the regions future. Their boarding houses, which are run solely by Berber women, provide accommodation, healthy food, support with homework and extra French and English lessons. On average, the pass rate for all academic years is 97%.
Zahra bubbles with enthusiasm for the chance that has been handed to her: At primary school, I really enjoyed studying but I knew there was little chance I would get to go to secondary school. When I was selected [by EFA], I was so happy. I was really nervous when I first got to the boarding house but I feel like I have found myself since being there.