Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

Retirees Not Your Average Toy Boys; A Special Factory at Carlyle Village Is All about Work and Play

Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

Retirees Not Your Average Toy Boys; A Special Factory at Carlyle Village Is All about Work and Play

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Byline: WORDS: Doug Gillett

BARGARA retiree Ernie Nankivell still clearly remembers the first time he watched a child play with a toy he had built at the Carlyle Gardens Toy Factory.

The young girl had eagerly made up a wooden cot with miniature sheets and pillows and was tucking in a Winnie the Pooh doll for a nap.

C[pounds sterling]By George, did she enjoy that little cradle,C[yen] Mr Nankivell said.

C[pounds sterling]I think she must have tucked in and untucked that doll a good 15 times before she sat down and had a breather.

C[pounds sterling]I get a lot of joy out of making them and it's good to know the children get a lot of joy out of playing with them as well.C[yen]

The cradle had been constructed by a hard-working team of retirees who have repurposed a shed at Carlyle Gardens Retirement Village into their very own toy factory.

Each Monday morning, a group of about 15 volunteers meet at the workshop to construct children's toys of all shapes and sizes from recycled wood and plastic.

The group has passed on boxes containing about 5000 toys to charities such as Salvation Army and Aussie Helpers each year since it began in 2000.

These toys, Mr Nankivell proudly tells people, do not flash, emit pulsing screeches or contain batteries. And they don't fall apart when you play with them or break when you drop them.

These are the sorts of toys that last for good and get passed on from generation to generation.

C[pounds sterling]When we first got into all of this, I asked a man at the Salvation Army what sorts of toys they would want,C[yen] Mr Nankivell said.

C[pounds sterling]He said he wanted old-fashioned toys like they used to make and that's what we try to do here.

C[pounds sterling]You will struggle to find many of our toys made anywhere else and these toys are solid and durable. …

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