LEGO party business holding amnesty for expensive missing pieces to be returned

PUBLISHED: 08:00 28 May 2018 | UPDATED: 11:12 20 June 2018

Weston Museum is one of the places where Ginny regularly runs events, and it is helping her get the pieces back.

Weston Museum is one of the places where Ginny regularly runs events, and it is helping her get the pieces back.

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A Weston-super-Mare business which provides LEGO activities at parties and events is holding an amnesty for missing pieces to be returned with no questions asked.

The most expensive pieces in the LEGO collection have gone missing.The most expensive pieces in the LEGO collection have gone missing.

Ginny Gould started Gincandescence Lego Workshops in 2014, and provides party activities and sessions at community events.

She says the business is ‘on its knees’ unless the missing pieces, worth up to £400 altogether, are returned during the amnesty.

She said: “I am having to consider closing the business down due to the amount of LEGO going missing.

“I’m not talking about the odd mini-figure or few pieces here and there – I’d rather they didn’t go missing but I’m working with young children and these things happen.”

The most expensive pieces in the collection have gone missing.The most expensive pieces in the collection have gone missing.

Ginny said she does not want LEGO to be donated – only for expensive figures and the ‘jewels in the collection’ to be returned.

She said she had not encountered problems at 99 per cent of events she attends.

She said: “Mini-figures cost a minimum of 99p, but most of mine have special hair or the like. I’d estimate that was £300-400’s worth gone, just like that.”

Ginny has spent money to replace missing animals, including distinctive Star Wars creatures, called kaadu, dragons, swordfish, and horses.

LEGO workshop in Weston Museum, in Burlington Street.LEGO workshop in Weston Museum, in Burlington Street.

She told the Mercury she accepts certain pieces will go missing, but it is rare for it to be on such a large scale.

She said: “I cannot believe a kaadu, or a dragon, or 15 horses, or a 12-inch-wide set of aeroplane wings can just appear in a household without an adult being aware. As for several hundred pounds worth of mini-figures – well, I’d notice if they arrived in my house.

“I charge just £85 for a party, plus travel. For community groups I charge much less. These losses on top of the usual overheads mean this part-time tiny business, which I mainly keep going because I actually like seeing children playing with LEGO and building with their families and friends, is on its knees.”

Anyone who has acquired a large amount of LEGO, particularly the rarer items, following an event or party is asked to give them in at Weston Museum, in Burlington Street, which often runs Ginny’s events.

A museum spokesman said: “Such a shame to hear one of our brilliant and very much valued local workshop leaders has had problems with resources being taken.

“If anyone wants to hand over (or return without questions asked) any LEGO to go back to her then we will gladly take it in at the museum and return it on your behalf.

“We are open seven days a week 10am-5pm, so you can leave it with the reception team and we will get it to Ginny for you.”

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