Harassed Hackneyite, child needing excitement? Swop day in Clapton might sort you out

Round Chapel, Glenarm Road (crnr Lower Clapton Road), Clapton E5 0LY 170211 © DavidAltheer [at] gmail.com

THE EDITOR has “asked” me to write about a swop shop for children, the kind of event he would usually pass to the Loving Dalston tweeter.

He must have a heart. And there was me thinking he was the cynical hack of cliché.

The Hackney Big Swop Day (HBSD, aimed at babies to children aged below 10, gives parents and their youngsters the chance to swop toys and get new clothes.

If you take a donation or two to the event a helper will find a stall place for it.

To get an item, all you have to do, says an organiser, is “write down what you love about it”.

The day will include activities for parents and offspring and demonstrations. Free samples of eco-friendly nappies will be given by a diaper firm.

As HBSD says on Facebook: “Turn the stuff you don’t need into things others enjoy and help to reduce landfill A lot of us are stuck with unused or barely used toys and as-new clothes that are in perfectly usable condition.

Camra ale festival @ Round Chapel, Glenarm Road (crnr Lower Clapton Road), Clapton E5 0LY 170211 © DavidAltheer [at] gmail.com
No, not a creche for fathers: view of an ale festival at the Round Chapel
Entry to the event is free, although donations will be welcomed.

Hamish Scott 190616

* Hackney Big Swop Day, Round Chapel, Glenarm Road (crnr Lower Clapton Road), Clapton E5 0LY, Monday 20 June 2016, noon-2pm: babies to 4-year-olds, 4pm-6pm: 5-year-olds-9-year-olds

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