Yorbrix is back and bringing LEGO fun to all back to York for a second successive year and we are going to be there. Following last years success a bigger venue was needed and its been found at the University Of York Ron Cooke Hub. Hosted by members of Northern Brickworks it will be two fun filled days of LEGO activities with displays, building challenges that are open to all and the opportunity to buy lots of LEGO items. We will be there fundraising with our mosaic and hope to complete it for the first time over the two days. In addition we will have a raffle with the star prize being the new Mixer Fairground set which will also be on display. Afterwards we will be making a donation of LEGO to The York Hospital. Entry is free but there are a limited number of fast track passes available for the extremely reasonable price of £1 each if you drop Iain an email (email@example.com) so please come along and say hello!
Cheshire was the location of the most recent Fairy Bricks donation when Martyn and his family (Gemma, Harrison and Fraser) made the trip to Macclesfield District General Hospital. Unfortunately the children’s ward play specialists: Joy, Anne and Elaine were all unexpectedly tied up with some very poorly children and unable to leave the ward so the LEGO had to be left without a big handover. However, the very next day we got a call from Joy asking us to go back for some photos for the Hospital’s newsletter, so back we went for some official photos and a chance to see the smiles as children saw the new addition to the children’s ward play room and were able to take some of the smaller sets back to their beds. Special thanks to Joy and her colleagues for arranging the second visit – they didn’t need to do it having already received the LEGO and being extremely busy so it was really appreciated when they did. The smile shown on Sebastian’s face just topped off another wonderful day.
Based on one of our trustees who he accurately resembles (allegedly!) Designed and printed completly free of charge by the wonderful people at Minifigs.me. Click on both pictures for a closer inspection. He features a custom printed head, backside with special number and purple boots which despite what some people say are not cowboy. Only four have been made and they will never be repeated. Number 3 was sold in a special auction at Brickset two weeks ago. His sale price was a staggering £220 which makes him the most expensive minifig Caroline and Nick have ever produced. It was a credit to the wonderful members on the Brickset Forum that the bidding was so strong and good natured. Well done to James for his generosity.
Now obviously you’re all wondering how you can possibly get your hands on one now that the auction has finished. We are pretty confident that James would never sell him so that rules out that option. Luckily number 2 will soon be available as a raffle prize that will be open to everyone over 18. Details will be published shortly so make sure you follow us on Facebook and Twitter so you don’t miss out again!
Another date for your LEGO calendar! Hosted at the RAF Museum, London will be three fun filled LEGO days. Displays, workshops, play tables, live building. Our friends Bright Bricks will be there building something quite large no doubt! We will have our mosaic and a raffle filled with amazing LEGO prizes. It’s a great family day out for the bank holiday weekend so book early to avoid disappointment and get your tickets now.
The events just keep coming this year, not that we are complaining! Our latest invitation is to be part of Brick 2014 being held at the ExCel arena in London. It promises to be a huge event with world class displays both large and small. Organised by Warren Elsmore it will be the largest collection of LEGO models the UK has ever seen. Tickets are already selling fast with some of the VIP packages already sold out. They would make an ideal early Christmas present for the LEGO fans in your life. It’s a pleasure to be invited so make sure you come and say hello when you’re there!
Following two fabulous days at the National Space Centre we needed somewhere close to Leicester to make a donation of sets. Lisa, pictured to the left and looking rather fetching in her Fairy Bricks t shirt suggested Rainbows Childrens Hospice in Loughborough and volunteered to
make the delivery. As you can see she wasn’t alone. Lisa was joined by her Mum Sue plus Ann and Andy from Minifig For Life who you will remember built our Jabba model earlier this year. Lisa was really enthusiastic from the moment she volunteered so thanks to her and the rest of the family. We can’t operate without volunteers like her.
On the 4th and 5th of May members of the Brickish Association organised a LEGO exhibition at the National Space Centre in Leicester. The event was organised as it has been for several years by our very own Julie however with increased Fairy Bricks commitments, next year she is handing over to someone else. The models on display as usual were amazing. Thanks Julie for all of your hard work. The museum kindly allowed us to be part of the weekend with some fund-raising. We had fantastic LEGO prizes on offer and to keep people entertained the new Sandcrawler set was built, mainly by renowned LEGO builder Warren Elsmore, author of several LEGO books including Brick City and Brick Wonders. A huge thanks to everyone else that helped and contributed to us raising £800 to enable a donation to happen at Rainbows Children’s Hospice in Loughborough.
May 4th brought another donation, this time in Harlow at the Princess Alexandra Hospital. Staffs were extremely busy at the time but Andy pictured to the right and his son Jacob pictured to the left just had time to take this great picture. Thanks to both of you for volunteering not just to fund raise as you did back in January but also to make this important delivery.
We made our second visit to Scotland on May 2nd at the Dumfries And Galloway Royal Infirmary. The donation was carried out by one of our volunteers Martin who has been a fantastic supporter from the very beginning and donated us a Tower Bridge set that we used as a prize at the Yorkshire Brick Show. The smiling faces of staff speak volumes but its the look on Sam’s face that once again reinforces what we are doing. He is mesmerised by the sets he is looking at and has completely forgotten where he is and his current predicament. To us that is a job well done so thank you Martin for sorting things out.
We are delighted to announce that we will be visiting Newport for a whole week in July as part of The Young Engineers Beyond The Brick Exhibition. It is a week long event being held at The University Of South Wales Newport City Campus. It promises to be a fun packed seven days of LEGO related fun. Opening on the 14th of July, the first five days will focus on school groups in the morning followed by public sessions in the afternoon. By the weekend there will be a range of exhibits including those from members of the Brickish Association which is the largest LEGO User Group in the UK with over 200 members, many of which are world class LEGO builders. Our friends from Bright Bricks will also be there including the UK’s only Certified LEGO Professional, Duncan Titmarsh. It won’t just be looking though. There will be plenty of opportunities for children, (and adults!) to join in and play with some bricks.
We will be there raising both awareness and funds with the hope of being able to generate enough to benefit hospitals in the South Wales area. There will be fantastic LEGO prizes on offer which will hopefully include something rather large. A live build is of some prizes is also likely along with the opportunity to help us build our mosaic.
We would be delighted for everyone to come along and join us in making the event a success. We believe this is the largest LEGO Exhibition ever to be staged in Wales. Tickets are selling fast and if you purchase before April 28th they are available at a discounted rate. Click here to take advantage of this offer.