halloween fundraising family party
join us on friday 28th october 2011 for a night of family fun in st. mary’s church hall, bathgate from 6pm.
we are holding a halloween party for all the family to raise funds for kidzeco. there will be a disco, face painting, glitter tattoos, party games as well as a buffet.
grab your tickets now from kidzeco priced at adults £5 and children £1. bar opens at 7pm for any adults who would like a wee tipple for halloween.
fancy dress recommended with prizes for best costumes.
kidzeco would like to thank graeme for his help over the last few months and wish him the best for the future. we now welcome sharon who will be covering the remaining few months maternity for tracy alongside the lovely anne. we also have two new employees through the community jobs scotland programme who will join the team on friday 14th october. well done to jennifer and stephanie. xx
baby shower party
we are delighted to extend a warm invitation to a fun evening of relaxation
and giving with a difference. friends and supporters are throwing a baby shower for kidzeco founder, tracy murdoch, who has just given birth to a beautiful baby girl, connie.
a great chance to preview our events room while enjoying some free cake and fizz and NO presents required!! donations of preloved children’s goods would be welcomed, to recycle in the shop. half price summer sale, autumn clothing range and new shop layout too
community jobs scotland vacancies @ kidzeco
cjs jobs are open to 16 – 24 year olds who have been unemployed for at least 6 months and people aged 25+ in designated areas of high unemployment who have also been without a job for at least 6 months. some people may qualify for early entry. we are looking for two individuals to join the team at kidzeco, details available here. to check eligibility or for further information please contact your jobcentre plus advisor or skills development scotland advisor.
have you ever considered using real nappies but don’t know where to start? if so, then catriona from fill your pants will be in kidzeco on thursday 14 july from 1.30 to 2.30pm and wednesday 27 july from 1 to 2pm . come along and have a cuppa while you find out about real nappies; the benefits, costs, environmental impact etc. there are special offers available to kidzeco customers so why not pop in for a FREE consultation.
try shiatsu for free
are you tired, stressed or run down? do you want to be calm, refreshed and alert? if so then why not try shiatsu for free? jane houston, lumen spiriti is holding 30 minute or 1 hour taster sessions from 10 – 12.30 on saturdays in kidzeco. please contact anne or graeme on 01506 815534 for further information.
thank you to everyone who applied for the shop manager positions. we are pleased to announce that we have now appointed 2 part-time shop managers, both currently volunteers, so ‘congratulations’ to anne and graeme – well done!
summer craft classes
our new summer programme started the first week of june. there are lots of classes to choose from, so if you’d like to learn how to make jewellery, baby quilt, cards and so on then have a look at our summer programme please get in touch if you’d like to book a place and remember we also now have kidzeco gift vouchers in the shop which can be bought and used as payment for classes.
the first kidzeco bump-a-thon took place last month and we managed to raise just under £1,000 for taylor’s fight 4 sight .
thanks to linda, aidan and stephanie (faith, hope and tattoo) for donating their time to paint the mum’s tums and a big thanks to all the ladies who got their bump painted for this great cause. you can still make a donation via taylor’s fight 4 sight or by popping into kidzeco where we have a collection tin available.
some of the sunshine kidz group took part in the bathgate galaday procession and all had a great time. thanks to all who took part; you all looked great. the group runs every wednesday from 10 till 12 in the kidzeco community room. so if you want to meet new people while having fun with your little one then why not come along. everyone welcome and for only £1 you get tea/coffee and biscuits and your little one will get a snack. we hope to see you there soon.
shop manager maternity cover
we are looking for two individuals with shop management experience to cover maternity leave for four months. we are looking for confident, outgoing, individuals with experience in retail and the successful applicants will be required to work part-time (21 hours per week). for further information contact tracy on 01506 815534 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org or download an application pack here.
kidzeco is holding a sponsored bump-a-thon in a bid to help raise the £30,000 needed to get stem cell treatment in china for local toddler taylor johnson. taylor was born with septo-optic dysplasia, a very rare condition that only affects 5 in 100,000 babies. her mum tia, is expecting another child and hopes other mums-to-be will get behind the fundraising.
our new parent and child group is running every wednesday from 10 till 12 in the kidzeco community room. bring your little one(s) along and join in the arts and crafts and singing. check out the kidzeco facebook page for pictures from the group. everyone welcome and for only £1 you get tea/coffee and biscuits and your little one will get a snack. we hope to see you there soon
spring preview evening
the evening was a success with lots of people snapping up some of our spring bargains. congratulations to fiona on winning the easter hamper, donated by margaret samuel, and susan wood whose flower was picked winning her £20 of kidzeco vouchers. well done. xx
face painting for comic relief
pop in between 10am and 4pm on friday 18th march to have your little one’s face painted for a donation to comic relief. if you don’t want to get your child’s face painted, why not get your own done? staff and volunteers will be dressed up to drop in for a laugh… big thanks to everyone who donated – we raised £50 for comic relief
spring craft classes
our new programme starts next week with some new classes including ‘memory wire necklace’ and ‘teeny tiny floral art’ as well as other favourites ‘jazzy jewellery’ and ‘learn how to use your sewing machine’. have a look at the spring programme and get in touch if you’d like to book a place. remember we also now have kidzeco gift vouchers in the shop which can be bought and used as payment for classes.
clearance sale @ kidzeco
make your money go further by picking up a bargain in our january clearance sale. from 25th january to 4th february our high quality branded toys and clothes will be on sale at a fraction of the high street price. come early to have first choice of all our bargains.
please note that the clearance sale will take place in our downstairs room (not the kidzeco main shop).
we are pleased to announce that we have received funding from the people’s postcode lottery. this money will go towards our new ‘community room’ that can be hired to organisations for training (we have a separate creche area), baby and children’s groups (i.e. singing, dancing, baby signing) or your kids party. the room will be ready to hire from march 2011.
monthly prize draw
need a makeover after the festive season? our january prize draw is a cut and blow dry from jennifer sibbald @ callanetics in bathgate. send us your email address and we will enter you into the prize draw but don’t worry if we already have your email address as you will automatically be entered too. terms and conditions apply.
congratulations to joanne tierney on winning our november prize draw – a £50 voucher towards a cake to the value of £75 or more from contemporary cake designs in bathgate.
also congratulations to clare gregor on winning £15 of kidzeco gift vouchers in our december prize draw.
kidzeco would like to thank willendorf canine behavioural consultants for the kind donation of £500. we intend to put this money towards ‘kitting out’ our multi-functional community room, available to hire from february 2011. so, if you want to book a room for some training, bring your existing baby/child group to bathgate or hold your kids party here then pop by early next year for a look around.
bring the kids along to see santa in the kidzeco shop on saturday 18th december from 12 till 2pm. for only £1 your child will get to meet santa and get a small present. please let us know in advance if you intend to come along (along with your child’s name and age) so that noone is left disappointed.
matt mcghie (mill house photography) will be in the store on 18th december. please note that these pictures are NOT with santa. for £5, he will take your kids picture (10 mins each booking) and you will receive a mounted 5 x 7″ picture – to be picked up from kidzeco when they are ready. please let us know if you’d like to book a slot for the kids pictures. further pictures can be ordered direct from matt – prices vary.
kidzeco back in business
we had our up’s and down’s last week – open one day and shut the next. we have opened up today (tuesday 7th ) and intend to remain open. we’re hoping santa will make it to the shop on 18th december but will update facebook and everyone by email as soon as we are sure. please pop in to see us, we really need the company. xx
kidzeco shop closed
due to the adverse weather kidzeco will remain closed today (thursday). unfortunately we have decided to postpone santa for saturday but we are hoping that he will be able to pop by on either 11th or 18th of december. please check here for further updates. sorry for any inconvenience.
santa @ kidzeco
make your children smile as they meet santa claus. santa will be visiting kidzeco on saturday 4 december from 12 noon; giving early christmas presents to all the girls and boys who have been good this year. there is a small fee of £1 per child. please email us to let us know if your child would like to meet santa.
thanks to everyone who made the effort to attend our ladies swishing party. although there wasn’t a great turnout we made the most of it and everyone enjoyed the evening. the mini manicures and mini massages went down a treat and we raised £200 for kidzeco. we are hoping to hold another swishing night early summer so watch this space!
monthly prize draw
celebrate a birthday or christening in style with a stunning cake from contemporary cake designs. located in the heart of bathgate contemporary cake designs have been baking and designing cakes for over 10 years. send us your email address and we will enter you into the prize draw but don’t worry if we already have your email address as you will automatically be entered too. terms and conditions apply.
congratulations to liz smith on winning our october prize draw – a half hour massage from karen robertson bsc.
a big thank you
to our customers who made our christmas preview evening an amazing success. also huge thanks to all of kidzeco loyal volunteers and west lothian college students for their help throughout the day (and night) – the evening wouldn’t have been the same without your help.
congratulations to jennifer hay on winning the raffle for the christmas hamper donated by margaret samuel (volunteer).
ladies swishing party
leave the kids at home and have some fun at our swishing party on 19th november in st. mary’s church hall, bathgate from 7pm to 11pm.
bring up to 10 items of your excellent quality clothes, bags, shoes or accessories and pay £1 for each item you donate (receiving a token for each item). enjoy a browse round our stalls while we arrange the donations then choose one item for each of your tokens.
a great way to clear out your wardrobe then fill it back up with the great items you take home.
the bar will be open for some festive cheer!
christmas charity fundraising ball
on behalf of the ashwood scotland foundation you are cordially invited to join our christmas charity fundraising ball which will be held within the hilcroft hotel, whitburn on friday 26th november 2010. the proceeds of our fundraising efforts will be donated to the st. james church kolkata – street children’s programme. the evening will be black tie commencing with a champagne reception followed by a three course meal and a rod stewart tribute band with music until midnight. tickets are being sold at £35 per head and can be booked by completing our booking form.
christmas preview evening
tracy and her volunteer staff invite you to a christmas preview between 6pm and 9pm on the evening of 4th november. kidzeco will be showcasing its donated new and high quality nearly new children’s toys, furniture and clothes, and will display handmade gifts made by local artists as well as christmas stockings, bunting, toys etc all made by our fun with fabric volunteers.
this evening will also include a raffle for a christmas hamper (automatic entry with £1 admission fee) and a fundraising tombola and you can enjoy a glass of wine and christmas nibbles while you browse our large selection of goods.
kidzeco would like to thank the west lothian college students for their help in organising this evening.
nearly new sale
we would like to thank everyone who donated their unsold goods at the falkirk and west lothian nct sale held in polmont on saturday 2 october. kidzeco gratefully accepted these donations and we were overwhelmed by the generosity of the nct members. please check out the nct website for details on forthcoming nearly new sales and the work carried out by the nct. thanks xx
guess the number of sweeties
we are happy to announce that rebecca lambie (right) is the proud winner of the guess the number of sweets in the jar competition in. rebecca guessed 830 and was closest, with the actual number of sweets being 827. she is pictured with kerri (left) who started working in kidzeco through the future jobs fund initiative. congratulations rebecca and don’t eat them all at once!
generous donation to kidzeco
we would like to thank alison chalmers and her family and friends for their kind donation to kidzeco. alison is a regular customer, often dropping in to use our parenting room. when little rosie was christened on 12th september the chalmers family suggested guests donate to kidzeco rather than giving gifts to rosie. we are delighted to receive their generous donation of £300 and wish rosie helen chalmers all the very best for the future.
october prize draw
unwind at home with a massage from karen roberston bsc from hands. karen is a complementary therapist who specialises in aromatherapy massage, clinical reflexology and swedish massage.
you can contact Karen on 01314531855 or 07702446913 for treatments and prices. karen can also arrange a pamper party in your own home perfect for a girls night in.
send us your email address to receive our monthly newsletter and we will enter you into our prize draw to win a half hour complementary treatment from karen in your own home. don’t worry if we already have your email address as you will automatically be entered too.
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launch of kidzeco website!
the long awaited kidzeco website is now open for business. we hope you like it and will help us improve it by telling us your comments and suggestions. In time we will launch an email newsletter to keep all our customers up to date on all our news so please add your email to the list in the shop.
new autumn craft classes
our new programme kicked off on 10th september. some of our favourite classes such as jazzy jewellery are back but we also have many new classes and workshops. pat laing will be introducing us to her ‘adorable angels’ and needle felting techniques so if you fancy getting involved then take a look at the new autumn timetable.
charity masquerade ball in aid of REACH
on 4th september kidzeco attended a charity ball in aid of REACH organised by stephanie tennant. when her son daniel was born in december 2009 he was missing his forearm on his left side and his right side had a short forearm with a small hand with only 3 fingers. REACH has offered daniels family so much support and in the future will help daniel understand he is ‘normal’ and just like any other child but just needs a little extra help and support.
the ball was well attended and a staggering £2,000 was raised on the night. however, this fantastic charity could still benefit from more funds so if you would like to make a financial contribution then stephanie would love to hear from you. she can be contacted by email on email@example.com