Parents join forces for tots

PARENTS on a town estate are ‘delighted’ after coming together to form a new toddler group.

Timken Tots will open up on May 20 after nine-months of hard work from the Timken Community Group.

The community group was formed last September to arrange activities and help people on the estate get to know their neighbours.

One of the group’s founders Pippa Wright said: “It’s easy to underestimate how isolating it can be at home with a small baby or toddler, and toddler groups such as this can play an important role offering a change of scene to keep little ones entertained and help parents meet others living locally with babies and children of a similar age.”

The group’s launch at Mayfield Park Sports Club, on Royal Star Drive, will also mark the 20th anniversary of the Daventry and villages branch of the National Childbirth Trust (NCT).

The NCT has worked with the community group to set up the new toddler’s class.

Mrs Wright added: “Our set up has been funded by a £711 grant from our councillor Chris Long through Northampton County Council’s empowerment fund.

“We are extremely grateful to Cllr Long for all his help, the grant has enabled us to acquire all the equipment the group needed to start up.

“We are also indebted to all the Timken residents who have generously donated toys.”

Cllr Long added: “I know the parents are delighted to have this group and it’s something that’s been badly needed on the estate.”

The group will meet every Friday morning from 10am til 12pm.

A suggested donation of £1 per family is invited to cover room hire and refreshments.

The launch party will also feature games and activities, face-painting, tombola, a raffle, and a portrait photographer.