This is the biggest competition we have run EVER at Silly Billy’s Toy Shop.
Christmas Competition 2017 RULES
We are trying to make the rules as simple as possible, so all you need to do is Like, Share and Tag one friend preceded by the text #SillyBillys on this Facebook Post. So if you are not on Facebook we are afraid you cannot enter.
Names will be drawn at random via an app called Woobox through the Facebook entrants that have followed the correct procedure at approximately mid-day on Sunday 10th December 2017
You can enter from anywhere in the UK and we will post the items to you free of charge if necessary.
This is what you can win, 1 of each of the following:
Playmobil Dragons 9247 Astrid & Stormfly
LEGO Ninjago 70611 Water Strider
LEGO DUPLO 10572 Creative Play All-in-One-Box-of-Fun
Altogether with a Total Value at RRP £89.97
We have run Christmas Competitions in the past though none as big as this and we really hope you can take part and enjoy joining in, it really is so simple. In fact Robert A Williams (excluded from this competition as a direct employee of Silly Billy’s) have demonstrated how to take part by commenting on the Facebook Christmas 2017 Competition Post.
Please take part and please tell your friends and help spread the word.
Robert A Williams manages all of Silly Billy’s Online presence and the online visibility has increased dramatically in the time he has been working there and is now striving to exceed the 3,000 Facebook likes prior to New Year’s Eve 2017. Also we have recently created this Pinterest Board for Halloween: //assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js
The current challenge for Robert is creating a b,log post per day up until Christmas Eve 2017 and obviously increasing the Facebook likes to Silly Billy’s Facebook Page, which is proving quite a challenge. One local business who is doing admirably well with their Facebook Business Page is Cut Price Barry’s shop in Halifax. If you have not seen Cut Price Barry’s Facebook page then head over here ——> www.facebook.com/cutpricebarrys/
We have a long way to go to catch up with the likes of Cut Price Barry though we are trying our best through the abilities and presence of Silly Billy’s Social Media Channels.
If you are interested in getting Robert’s help with anything involving Search Engine Optimisation, Adwords, Social media Marketing, Social Media Paid Advertising, PPC or online promotion in any way then simply fill out this form
Rather than buying chocolate Kids Advent Calendar, why not buy a toy Kids Advent Calendar that you can re-use year after year, or can simply play with after Christmas.
Silly Billy’s is pleased to announce that we have the greatest quantity of Kids Advent Calendar’s here at our magnificent Toy Shop.
Playmobil Kids Advent Calendar
From Playmobil we have the amazing Playmobil 6624 Kids Advent calendar which depicts “Christmas on the Farm”. The Playmobil Christmas on the Farm Advent Calendar is the perfect way to count down to Christmas. Santa Claus and his Angel are coming to Christmas on the Farm and bringing masses of presents with them. The boy with his tractor is helping to share out the animal feed to the cows, goats, sheep and all the other farm animals. Lots of extra animals are included in the calendar. Every day a surprise behind each door.
We also have Playmobil 9008 Advent Calendar ‘Royal Ice Skating Trip’ with a Child’s Bracelet. The Playmobil Royal Ice Skating Trip Advent Calendar is the perfect way to count down to Christmas. The magical scene is set for the King and queen to enjoy ice skating in the forest. Many of the forest animals have come out to see the royal couple glide across the pond, whilst the snowman keeps up his cheery smile. The Princess is getting ready for a thrilling sled ride. Includes three Playmobil figures, diorama, animals and lots of accessories including wearable bracelet. Each window has a surprise to build your Playmobil scene.
Neither 6624 or 9008 are suitable for children under three years of age.
For Children Under Three we have the Playmobil 1.2.3 Christmas on the Farm Advent Calendar, which is the perfect way to count down to Christmas. Santa Claus and his Reindeer are coming to Christmas on the Farm and bringing masses of presents with them. The children and their dog are helping to share out the animal feed to the pig, chickens, cows and all the other farm animals. Santa’s bag of presents can be stowed behind the seat. Every day a surprise behind each door. Suitable for children from 18 months of age
LEGO Kids Advent Calendars
So from LEGO we have the three amazing Advent calendars below
Here are some new Products that we have recently brought in to Silly Billy’s Toy Shop.
After the recent sad demise of the Tree Shop, Silly Billy’s are happy to announce that we now have a greater selection of Wooden Toys and we plan on stocking even more Wooden Toys in 2018.
Recently we have brought into our Toy Shop, after some customer requests, Modelling Ballons at only £1.50 for 15 We also now have painting aprons for the younger children and also a wide selection of paints, including Poster Paints in Primary Colours at XX, also Finger Paints at £5.99, we also have Crayola Colours in various forms, including an 18 Colour palette of Kids Paint at £4.99 plus various Chunky Crayons and Finger paints for our younger creative audience.
Painting / Play Apron
So these craft toys and other toys may not necessarily just be for Christmas 2017, unlike the amazing LEGO Ninjago range which is proving to be immensely popular; although we do tend to sell a lot of toys and crafty gifts like this over the Christmas period, as well as many Pocket Money Toys, did you know we have Toys from 50 pence here at Silly Billy’s. Where else can you buy a gift, fun thing, for 50 Pence (GBP) ?
Whoooa, hold the phone and what’s all this Black Friday hype some may ask?
Black Friday is a US economic invention that has become firmly entrenched in the UK and is like the old (the author is old) January Sales used to be? Remember them? So now it’s like the January sales have arrived pre-Christmas with the advent of the Black Friday sales.
Initially it was a sale on Black Friday, the one day, though due to breakages and server outages from too much online traffic the likes of the corporate identities such as amazon.co.uk and Currys are now starting Black Friday a whole week before the actual Black Friday day which is, this year anyway, tomorrow, (Black) Friday 24th November 2017.
The other factor that is important to consider is that Black Friday was originally more of an online phenomenon it has now made it to the bricks and mortar high street.
Anushka Naiknaware might just be 13 years of ages, however she simply developed a plaster that might assist patients with persistent injuries recover much faster.
The eighth-grader from Portland, Oregon, developed a plaster that senses moisture in an injury dressing. “A great deal of individuals do not instantly relate wetness to injuries,” she described, “however the reality is that wetness is among the crucial identifying consider how quickly a persistent injury heals.”
Why does wetness matter? Well, numerous open injuries have to be kept damp to promote recovery; however if an injury is too damp, that can be an indication of infection. Put simply: Keeping the injury in a healthy wetness variety assists it recover much faster.
Naiknaware’s plaster permits a physician to keep track of the status of the injury (without needing to unwrap the dressing) and address concerns appropriately. The plaster is planned to be utilized on clients with persistent injuries, which prevail in senior clients and folks with diabetes and typically take 3 months or longer to recover.
Ravleen Kaur from the Beaverton Valley Times reported that the plaster might even have ramifications for the military, “assisting hurt soldiers in an affordable and quick way.”
Naiknaware’s creation won the Lego Education Builder Award at the 2016 Google Science Fair.
That’s a prestigious prize to Win. It’s a reward that includes $15,000, a journey to Denmark, and a 1 year mentorship with Lego to assist get the job into production.
.When Naiknaware was 3 or 4 years old and her moms and dads would take her to a regional science museum, #ppppp> The job all began. She enjoyed all the exhibitions there (especially chemistry) and for many years her interest in science progressed.
” There’s a natural development from one field to another,” she stated. “After you discover mathematics and chemistry, you can do biology, physics, computer technology, anything. It simply keeps structure and theres no genuine end to it.”
Naiknaware’s love of the science museum sustained an interest in nano particles (which she started looking into in 4th grade). Ultimately, this research study ended up being the structure of her submission to the Google Science Fair.
” I in fact produced an ink from nano particles and filled that into a regular inkjet cartridge,” Naiknaware discussed. “This permitted me to print out a conductive circuit.” After hooking that circuit as much as a little battery and passing a current through it, she might determine the resistance and get a reading of the wetness material.
The success of Naiknaware’s development is substantial. Throughout her procedure, she was no complete stranger to failure.
She had specific trouble improving the ink circuit. “How lots of times did my ink stop working? 40 times? 50 times? Several.” She likewise pointed out a couple of jammed up printers in the garage.
On top of that, Naiknaware experienced her reasonable share of frustration from grownups. “When I began doing things with nano particles,” she remembered, “a great deal of individuals moms and dads, judges informed me, ‘What you’re doing is difficult. It’s not going to work.’”
But she understood that her theory dealt with paper. She believed in her own concept and a couple of motivating coaches on her side including her 6th grade science instructor, Ms. Svenson.
After her experience with the plaster, Naiknaware’s recommendations to other enthusiastic kids thinking about science is easy: “Just because people say your idea won’t work, doesn’t mean you can’t prove them wrong..”
WORLD OF WARCRAFT’s Theramore Island Redone in Legendary Lego Style with 55,600 Bricks!
In the popular Enormous Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Video Game, World of Warcraft, there is a location called Theramore. In accordance with the lore, Theramore was a port town and was “thought about the Alliance’s most martial existence in Kalimdor.” Regrettably, the town was damaged and left in ruin.
Now, Mark Erickson, or Mark of Falworth, has actually restored Theramore in LEGO Bricks. Over 55,600 LEGO bricks were used in the construction of the port town and it looks incredible!
This is an outstanding accomplishment and took approximately six months for Erickson to build.
Theramore Isle, the capital of the Dustwallow Marsh, was the Alliance’s only human stronghold in Kalimdor. With a population of 9,500 people, it was the home and sanctuary of Jaina Proudmoore.
Theramore is a rocky island east of Dustwallow; the city, which bears the same name as the island, is alternatively known as Theramore Keep. It was originally settled with the sole purpose of survival. Lead by Jaina Proudmoore, a small contingent of the Kul Tiras navy, with what few survivors they could bring, had fled the Eastern Kingdoms during the great Scourge of Lordaeron.
Built primarily as a military fortress, Theramore served as the Alliance’s base of operations against the Burning Legion during the latter part of the Third War. Their bravery and sacrifice during the final battle earned the respect of Warchief Thrall, who decreed that Jaina and her kin would have a home in Kalimdor for evermore. It has since grown into a splendid little town, and serves as a safe harbor and trading port. Approach from the sea is extremely difficult due to the jagged rocks jutting out of Dustwallow Bay, pirates, and ancient beasts that live in the murky depths of the ancient sea.
Star Wars Episode 8 is due for UK release on the Author of this blog’s birthday. Although the author also expects to be working on his birthday. So what does the next, the eighth Star Wars Movie in the series have in store for us. No doubt there will be some amazing special effects and a story line to follow on from Star Wars Episode 7. Lego are on board again with the Star Wars Franchise and Silly Billy’s received their delivery of Star Wars Episode 8 products from the Danish Toy Company earlier than most, August in fact, prompting one very keen Star Wars and LEGO fan to drive from London to purchase a Resistance Bomber 75188.
It is mentioned that Princes Harry and William have cameo roles in the latest Star Wars movie, the royal pair visited the set of The Last Jedi in April 2016 and were rumoured to have filmed a scene in disguise. Now lead actor John Boyega, who plays reformed stormtrooper Finn, has confirmed that he shared a scene with the royal duo “wrapped in stormtroopers costumes”
So another date for your diary will be December 15th 2017, not only to buy the author of this blog a birthday present, but also to get to the Cinema and watch the opening of Star Wars Episode 8 – The Last Jedi Official Trailer Below
Star Wars The Force Awakens 2015, scored a pretty reasonable 8.1 on IMDB and personally I though the return of Star Wars was pretty impressive. Rogue One (2016), on the other hand slipped a couple of notches at only 7.9 on IMDB and again released on the author’s birthday, 15/12/2016.
As far as the new Star Wars Episode 8 – The Last Jedi goes it is anyone’s guess as to whether it will be a hit or get massively slated by the critics. A Customer today said of Star Wars Episode 8, “I’m not holding out much hope..”
Personally, as the Film is being released on one of the most auspicious days of the year (the author’s birthday) then we believe it will be a great hit, however only time will tell.
Silly Billy’s has been trading in Hebden Bridge for twenty years and for many of those years we have been a stockist of Plush Kaloo cuddly gifts suitable from birth upwards. These specially crafted and very plush teddies and rabbits are lovingly made in France to a super high standard and make for suitable gifts for new-borns, toddlers and even older children.
We would like it if you would come and visit Silly Billy’s to view our amazing range of Kaloo suitable for new borns as birth gifts or christening gifts, suitable for older children as well due to their very plush nature. Kaloo are not the only range we stock of toys or gifts suitable for new borns, we also are a stockist of the amazing Sophie la Girafe, as endorsed by many celebrities and also some members of the author’s own family.
We are very proud to say that we have in fact been stocking Kaloo at Silly Billy’s Toy Shop since Kaloo started their business in 1998, Silly Billy’s Toy Shop starting up in Hebden Bridge one year before.
Once upon a time…
A father’s dream to invent different soft toys for his little boy. A little bear, an emotional symbol for all toddlers, was then chosen as the brand’s emblematic animal. Because dreams can come true, Kaloo came to life one beautiful morning in late 1998.
2001 was the next milestone for Kaloo Plush
Kaloo around the world
After a successful launch in the European market with high quality products, Kaloo became a reference brand for upscale birth gifts. The rapid development of the brand was supported by the creation of Kaloo North America in 2001. Kaloo 123
The range Kaloo 123 was launched in 2001 with the aim of making childhood a little more of a dream. Colorful and mischievous, it was created to awaken baby’s senses.
Kaloo perfumes (please note we do not stock perfumes at Silly Billy’s Toy Shop)
« Kaloo Parfums » was launched in spring 2001, composed of four alcohol free fragrances specially made to stimulate baby’s sense of smell.
This year Small Business Saturday is on the 2nd December 2017, and Silly Billy’s will happily take AMEX Card payments on that day, or any other day for that matter. Small Business Saturday sees the commencement of AMEX UK’s Shop Small Campaign which means that you just spend £10 or more on your Card in a single transaction at a participating small business, and you’ll get a £5 credit on your statement. Offer runs from 2 – 17 December 2017. There’s no limit to the number of £5 credits you can receive, but you can only claim it once at each small business. To take part, just register your Card – or Supplementary Card – and you’re ready to Shop Small once the offer is live.
For full details click here
So Small Business Saturday is on 2nd December 2017 and you can find Silly Billy’s and many other businesses on the Small Business Finder here
Small Business Saturday was originally founded by American Express in the U.S. in 2010 and it remains the principal supporter of the campaign in the UK, as part of its on-going commitment to encourage consumers to shop small and this is also our message to you, to maintain the high street diversity and have as many businesses open to shop at it is vital that people shop local and Silly Billy’s is immeasurably grateful to the amazing support they have received in their twenty years of trading in Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire.
So put the dates in your diary for Small Business Saturday, of 2nd December 2017, and do your best to support your own local small businesses wherever you may be in the United Kingdom and Shop Small.
To read about the funders behind Small Business Saturday please click on this link.
Hello this is Billy!
Billy and his friends love to travel. Now we want to let them travel around the world to get to know the most wonderful places in the world. So help us and let Billy and his Friends travel around the globe! Under “community” you can see all the places, they have already visited!
What do you have to do?
– Like and share our Facebook site
– Get your favourite Lego Figure(s)
– Take a photo with them at any place in the world
– Share the picture on our Facebook site and describe in one or two sentences which adventure they have experienced there! www.facebook.com/BillysTrip2017 #BillysTrip #Lego #BeLikeBilly #worldtravel
This is a Student’s Group Project at Johannes Kepler Universität – JKU in Linz/Austria. The goal is to reach as many people as possible in a short time. Therefore we choose this solution, because everybody of our group grew up with LEGO and the satisfaction is still great. So please help us, take a few minutes, make a picture and share it with us to support us, and to help Billy to travel the world!! Show us the power of the entire LEGO community. Thank you and best regards!
What’s on Christmas 2017 – Coming up in Hebden Bridge
So there are a few events and other activities happening all around Hebden Bridge in the run-up to to Christmas. We have endeavoured to list as many in and around Hebden Bridge as we can, though if we have missed you out then please get in touch with Silly Billy’s either through our Facebook Page or on this contact form.
Please give us your event details and we will add them to this post.
Friday 17th November Christmas Lights switch On in Hebden Bridge
Friday 17th November Christmas Late Night Opening
To coincide with the Christmas lights switch on this Friday 17th (tomorrow) November both Silly Billy’s Toy Shop and Homely at Hebden will be staying open later so pop along and see us in Old Gate House, across the river, we may even do some Mince Pies !!
Saturday 18th November Mytholmroyd Christmas Market & Lights 12-5.30pm
At St Michael’s Square in Mytholmroyd from 12 noon on Saturday 18th November for the Christmas Market and Lights Switch On
Full day of festive treats includes a local traders and craft market with over 40 stalls, why not pick up a few stocking fillers. There will be entertainment from Hebden Bridge Brass Band, the Peace Artistes, Bazzmatazz and local schools. With free mulled wine and mince pies (courtesy of your Local Coop) activities for children and of course a visit from that very special gent, Father Christmas.
Saturday 18th November Mytholmroyd Fire Station Open Day Between 12:00 and 18:00
Saturday 18th November Christmas Art Fair at The Waterfront Hall,
The Town Hall, St George’s St, Hebden Bridge
11am – 4pm
Saturday 25 November 2017 Todmorden’s Lamplighter Festival
Further Details here
Saturday 2 December 2017 Christmas Fayre Hope Baptist Chapel. 10 until 4pm. Festive stalls, cake, mince pies, tea & coffee.
Come and join us in the popular Chatty Cafe, and maybe get a Christmas present from our selection of handmade gifts.
Monday 11 December 2017 Carol Singing at the Railway Station
5:15 pm (for about an hour or so).
This is to raise money for The Railway Children Charity
Come along and sing or bring an instrument.
Friday 15 December 2017 Christmas Carol Service 6-30pm
St. James’ Church, Church lane, Hebden Bridge, HX7 6DS
A family friendly service with Hebden Royd Primary School choir; carols and readings.
Refreshments afterwards including Mulled wine, coffee, mince pies.
Instead of Sitting on Santa’s Lap, This 4-Yr-Old Dropped to His Knees at What Santa Did Next
Millions of children go through the Santa line, but how many have you seen do this?
Most 4-year-old’s hop on the big man’s lap to ask for LEGO and race cars and other cool toys.
Not this little guy. Instead, Prestyn Barnette had a much different request for the Santa he encountered in a South Carolina mall. When the 4-year-old finally came face-to-face with the jolly good fella, he asked St. Nick to pray with him for a baby who was very sick.
Through a prayer group that his grandmother belongs to on Facebook, Prestyn found out hat 2-month old Knox Joseph was on life support in a Las Vegas hospital.
Knox’s dad found him in his crib not breathing a couple of weeks ago, and the infant has been in critical condition ever since.
The GoFundMe page set up for Knox says, “We are praying for him to remain stable so that [bringing him] home is a possibility.”
Outside of a teeny request for a Lionel train, the miracle for Knox was the only thing Prestyn wanted from Santa.
And so…they prayed.
Santa got down on his knees and joined hands with the hopeful tot to pray for a Christmas miracle for a baby halfway across the country.
Now that’s the true spirit of Christmas right there. Sometimes it takes a 4-year-old to show us adults how it’s done.
If you’d like to support Knox & his family, visit their GoFundMe Page.
The family shared on their page that often times, baby’s like Knox don’t go home, so they have one humble request for all of you: “Keep praying for the miraculous!”
UK toy retailers are holding out for a busy Christmas after sales fell by 2% in the first nine months of the year.
Analysts and retailers expect a flat full year at best for the industry following two consecutive years of rapid growth.
The industry has unveiled its list of “must-have” toys. – It should be stated at this point that at Silly Billy’s we focus more on the toys that appeal to people in and around our amazing location in Hebden Bridge, where Silly Billy’s have been for twenty years, and surrounding areas and more often than not they are not within these lists.
The only Toy we have, from that particular must-have list,which is quite amazing is the all new LEGO Star Wars BB8 (75187)
Cheaper collectables feature prominently on the list, alongside more traditional games and film and TV tie-ups
Frederique Tutt, global industry analyst for the NPD Group’s toy division, said that sales had been “sluggish” in the year so far, whereas activity had risen in the other major toy markets in Europe, the US and Russia.
She pointed to a correction following two years of 7% growth in the UK, which had outstripped other markets and had been driven in part by the success of the Star Wars franchise.
Some 38% of toy purchases in the UK are made online (Editor’s Note: We would obviously much prefer you shop in our retail Toy Shop in Hebden Bridge)
Nearly two-thirds (61%) of Christmas toys were chosen by the giver, rather than included on Christmas lists
A third (34%) of annual spending on toys is at Christmas
Source: Toy Retailers’ Association/NPD
Alan Simpson, chairman of the Toy Retailers’ Association, which compiles the Dream Toys list, said the weakness of the pound had pushed up prices in the UK as most toys were imported.
The toy market was suffering from the income squeeze of customers as much as other sectors, he added.
“However, the rule book gets thrown away at Christmas, no matter how tough things are [for parents],” he said.
Ms Tutt said that this year’s list of top toys was relatively low-tech, with traditional games playing a more “dynamic” part in the market.
“Parents are saying that too much screen time is not good,” she said.
Only 1% of toys were “connected” via the internet, yet the influence of the web – and particularly social media – was clear from the design of new toys.
One of the expected best-sellers at Christmas is the L.O.L. Surprise – a heavily wrapped toy inspired by “unboxing” videos on YouTube and other social media channels. (Editor’s note, we have had people asking for these L.O.L. toys and it is not something that we plan on stocking)
Marketing for other toys had been launched on social media rather than TV adverts, she said. and manufacturers were counting on shared videos of youngsters playing with their new toys as another form of advertising