Melville Woodturners Association continues Xmas toy tradition


Rob Snowden and Syd Harvey with some of the toys. Picture: Will Russell           d462300
Rob Snowden and Syd Harvey with some of the toys. Picture: Will Russell         d462300

THE Melville Woodturners Association continued a decade-long Christmas tradition when it donated more than 250 handcrafted toys to a variety of community groups last week.

The association’s more than 70 members spend close to three months each year creating a diverse range of wooden children’s gifts including aeroplanes, dolls’ cots and spinning tops.

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Long-time member Ray Robertson said the group aimed to make between 200 and 300 toys every year.

“Some of us work in teams and some us work individually and the time it takes for each toy varies quite a bit,” he said.

“Something like a dolls’ cot is a lot of work but a little pull-along elephant is a lot easier.”

Fellow member Norm Gratte said the Woodturners Association of WA started the tradition about 10 years ago.

“All of the member associations used to donate toys to them but they unfortunately pulled out and so we’ve been doing it on our own for about five years now,” he said.

This year’s haul was split between MercyCare, Parkerville, AccordWest and Wanslea Family Services.

The Melville Woodturners Association also made close to 100 wooden lolly bowls, which are filled with sweets provided by IGA and then donated to Silver Chain.