Spotlight on Jo from Bricklands Lego

What’s your name and where do you come from?
Jo Stranix and I live in Sale
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What’s your background and how did Bricklands start?
I am originally from Suffolk but left aged 18 and moved to London where I became a nanny (for an ex-Rolling Stone!) I stayed there for the next 12 years, meeting my husband and having my first child before making the move to Manchester in 2011. We had our second child and have happily been living in Sale ever since! 
My two boys, Fred age 9 and Kit age 7 are one of the main reasons I started Bricklands. They were both Lego obsessed from a very early age so I decided to pair that with my childcare background and Bricklands was born! 
How are you involved with this Year’s Happy Sundaze event?
Bricklands will be there to provide some serious Lego fun in between all the dancing! We’ll have mountains of loose Lego including our gravity car racing kits and loads of Duplo for the younger ones. 
What do you most enjoy about your work?
I LOVE what I do! Lego is such an easy tool to work with, the possibilities are endless and children learn so much through play. 
I love that I can fit it all in around my boys school and my husbands shift work. 
I also love seeing families come together at our Saturday sessions, getting stuck in and spending some quality time together.
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Which tunes are top of the kitchen disco playlist on your house?
I am a bit of an Indie chick so if I had my way we would have a lot of mid-nineties stuff playing. I am also a diehard Beatles fan. My husband is the 80’s fan and our youngest is following in his footsteps! I have to say though we all love it when Queen comes on. It’ll always get us dancing in the kitchen! 
What was the first album / single you bought and what format did you buy it on? 
The first album I bought was Definitely Maybe and it was on cassette! I’m pretty sure the first single I bought was Stay By Lisa Loeb, also on cassette! 
What are your favourite places for a knees up without the nippers?
To be honest my idea of a good night out is getting together at friends houses with a nice bottle of wine, a large cheese selection and some good tunes in the background!
What advice would you give to anyone wanting to start their own business?
Seriously just go for it! Have faith in yourself. Guts and good friends is what helped me! 
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Where can lego enthusiasts find you?
You’ll find us most 2nd and 4th Saturdays of the month at our Bricklands sessions in the scout hall on Woodbourne Road in Sale. As well as these family sessions, we do birthday parties, events like Beavers and Brownies groups and school clubs.
All our details are on our facebook page @Bricklands Lego Club 
What’s in store for you in the next 12 months?
Along with my colleague Zoe we have got a super 12 months ahead with all our usual sessions planned and lots of birthday parties to look forward too. 
We are going to be taking bookings for school workshops from October and I also have something exciting in the pipeline that will hopefully be a great community event.
What are you most looking forward to at this year’s Happy Sundaze event? 
I am really looking forward to being a part of the Happy Sundaze event. Seeing lots of happy families come together for a good time is what its all about! Music and Lego sounds like a good combination to me! 

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