Henley’s Helen & Douglas House charity shop on Duke Street held it’s first ‘Classic Storytime’ for children aged 4-7 years, in it’s book shop on the first floor last Friday.
Henley Tiny Gallery owner, Emma Piercey-Fisher kindly donated her time to come and read The Wizard of Oz to local parents and children. Emma dressed as Dorothy from the story complete with red shoes had her audience captivated. She even had Toto, alias Teddie, owned by Rachel Bunt one of the shop volunteers, the dog in her basket just like the story. There was also a yellow brick road laid out on the floor for children to follow.
Emma said “Helen & Douglas House is such a wonderful, worthwhile charity so as soon as Suzanna mentioned the storytime idea, I thought I would love to help out.”
Susanna Beynon, the Helen & Douglas House charity Shop Manager said ‘A lot of people don’t know we have a wonderful bookshop upstairs in our shop so I thought this was a great opportunity to show people the amazing range of books we have and also do something for local children given we are a children’s charity. I plan to hold this event monthly each time with Emma reading from a classic children’s story to entertain the children. I would like to thank Emma for donating her time to do this for us.’
Phil and Bernie Dennett who came along with their 4 year old grandson Elliott Bamwell from Henley said ‘Elliot’s Mum saw this ‘Classic Storytime’ session advertised and wanted us to bring Elliott. So we thought we would come along because we want to get him interested in stories and teach him the art of listening.’
Following the success of ‘Classic Storytime’, this will be held monthly and Emma will be reading will be ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ and will take place a 4pm on Friday 26 April.