A jumpsquiffing offer for local charities and community groups in Wrexham

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A shopping centre has launched an appeal for local charities or community groups to come forward and take advantage of a jumpsquiffing offer to promote themselves.

Eagles Meadow in Wrexham is celebrating the 100th anniversary of popular children’s author Roald Dahl with a series of events at a special Story Shack.

His gloriumptious stories will be brought to life there on August 10, 17 and 24 when Imagination Seekers workshop sessions, inspired by the work of Roald Dahl and approved by his estate, will be hosted by a special organisation known as the Ancient Guild of Tale Tenders whose mission it is to keep alive Dahl’s words.

But the shack will be available for use by community groups on other dates between August 10 and 24.

Eagles Meadow manager Kevin Critchley is appealing for local charities and community groups to come forward.

Kevin said “It could help them raise their profile or raise funds for something really important to them.

“It could be local Guides or Scout, a  local book club or somewhere different to bring children attending a local holiday club

“On the other hand it could be an ideal opportunity to tell shoppers about a charity event or appeal you are organising.

“Whatever activity, the Story Shack will provide a unique and colourful meeting place.

“We are open to suggestions and the main criteria is that we want to help local organisations and make them aware of the opportunity of using the Story Shack.

“We value the community of which the Eagles Meadow is an integral part and we are always keen to give something back.

The excitement around the Roald Dahl centenary celebrations at Eagles Meadow has already started to grow with the summer blockbuster, The Big Friendly Giant, being screened at the Odeon cinema.

The workshops at the Story Shack will last for an hour and will be suitable for seven to 10 year olds.

Between the Imagination Seekers gatherings there will also be drop-in sessions when the Guardians of the Tales  will lead story telling sessions from Roald Dahl books.

Guardians lining up are Cynthia Checkit, a retired librarian who stamps people in and out with her library stamper and checks that no stories, words, tales or letters escape the vicinity, and Miss Gloria Sunbeam who reads out Roald Dahl rhymes and poems.

The Guardians of the Tales will lead themed craft sessions and Roald Dahl book give-aways each Wednesday.

All children who take part in the Story Shack will be rewarded with a free copy of a book by Roald Dahl to inspire them to keep reading and sharing stories after the event.

Tying in closely with the fun sessions at Eagles Meadow will be the annual Big Read being run by Wrexham Library, this year specially entitled The Big Friendly Read in honour of Roald Dahl.

Anyone who is interested in using the Story Shack should contact Jade Hawksworth and send a brief description of their organisation what they are looking to achieve, along with contact details including a phone number. Applications should be sent to Jade.Hawksworth@bewonder.co.uk