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The Toddler's Playground Appeal has now raised about 80% of its target fund of £18,000. Please continue to give generously in order that this deserving project can be accomplished. Scroll down this news page to see the links for making a contribution.
The Village Room refurbishment (see Weblog below) got underway on 3 April, starting with the fitting of new French doors leading onto the patio in order to meet disabled access requirements. The patio paviors have been expertly adjusted to enable unimpeded wheelchair access through this new doorway. The wall between the Village Room and the Barnes Wallis Hall has been cut through, opening up the original aperture between them, into which soundproof doors are being installed. Also, the door between the Village Room and the central corridor has been replaced, as the previous door did not satisfy fire safety regulations. The Village Room decor is being given a facelift and when that has been finished new flooring will be laid down.
Volunteers have made an excellent job of clearing the remaining rubbish dumped last year during the traveller incursion. The work was done in two stages, on 26 March and 2 April. More details in the Weblog below ...
The 'monkey bars' and 'zip wire' apparatus both became unsafe in March of this year and so have been disabled. Having obtained a playground inspection report on these items the Trustees will consider whether to repair or renew these facilities, or perhaps replace them by different ones.
This event at the KGV, held on the morning of Saturday March 10th 2018, was organised by local residents as part of the KGV Playground Appeal. Click on the poster below for more detail.
Toddlers were sponsored to do a specified walk in their wellies around the grounds, starting at the KGV Hall after first registering there. Each child took with them a sheet showing various items of wildlife and were given a sticker by a marshal to stick on their sheet whenever they arrived at a board showing one of these items.
On returning to the Hall there were light refreshments available. Soon afterwards the Hall was set out with a wide range of activity equipment for the children and more substantial refreshments were then served. Exhibition boards were used to display the Playground Appeal's plans and ideas.
The Trustees express their warm appreciation of all the hard work that went into this event, with many volunteers involved and much background preparation - an excellent coming together of our community for a very worthy cause. Our thanks go to all the organisers and to the KGV Manager and, of course, to all the families who took part in the walk.
Here are some views of the event:
Welly walkers passing the first marshal.
After the walk, activities in the Hall ...
... and very welcome refreshments.
A medal and a personalised certificate for each child who did the walk.
A Fun Day put on by the Kent-Surrey-Sussex Air Ambulance charity took place at the KGV on Sunday April 29th. Entrance was free. Details of the event can be obtained by clicking on the poster below.
Although the weather was rather poor the event raised £2,500 for the Air Ambulance.
Local residents have organized a 'KGV Toddler Playground Appeal' to raise funds for further improvements to our playground facilities and their enthusiasm and input into this are highly welcomed. They have established a Virgin Money Giving web page for donations. Please also see this leaflet to learn more about the appeal and how you may contribute.
Last updated : 7 April 2018
Clearing of Rubbish
As noted below, during the traveller incursion last year a lot of garden waste, especially tree cuttings, was dumped in the woodland on the north and east sides of the KGV fields. On 26 March this year a group of nine volunteer residents and an EVRT Trustee collected and burned most of this material. The Trust warmly thanks all those who gave their time to this task, and to the Effingham Residents Association for their key role in organising it. The two pictures below of the event appear by kind permission of EFFRA.
A week later, on 2 April, further volunteer effort by members of the Rugby Club and a Trustee cleared the final residue, again requiring much effort as clear from the photograph below. Again, our thanks go to all involved.
Previously updated : 8 March 2018
We are extremely pleased to welcome Jerome Muscat as a new co-opted Managing Trustee. We now have six on the Board, with one remaining vacancy. We know from experience that it can be very difficult to find people willing and able to take on the role of Trustee, especially if in full-time work or having other major life commitments. The Trustees' job of managing the KGV is no small matter, especially when trying to respond as best we can to the expectations of many sections of the community while having to maintain best practice in respect of the Charity scheme, the law and numerous regulatory requirements. It is an entirely voluntary role, day in and day out, undertaken for no personal gain. So it is always heartening when someone from the community can step forward to play their part in governing and sustaining this great village asset that we have.
Clear-up of KGV Grounds
We know the grounds contain quite a lot of general litter, especially at this time of year, and that there remain quite a few piles of stuff left over from the travellers' incursion, despite our efforts last Summer to deal with the worst of that.
we know it's there, hopefully for not much longer ...
Recently Manor House School and some local residents have assisted in clearing up some of the stuff - our grateful thanks to them - but a larger operation will be needed to get the task finished. We are hoping a group of volunteers can be found for this purpose - please get in touch with us if you are willing to help.
All-Weather 3G Surface
The tennis hard courts have had their day and we have been collaborating with Bookham Colts Football Club since mid-2016 on an ambitious fund-raising project to transform the courts into a new sports facility, namely, to put down an all-weather 3G surface and renew all the fencing and lighting. Donations have so far been received from the AVIVA and Co-op Community Funds and the Trust has also obtained a £10,000 grant from Guildford Borough Council's Community Grant Scheme. We are currently engaged in additional grant applications for this project.
Village Room Refurbishment
We have for a very long time been intending to refurbish the Village Room (the ground-floor function room) but have been waiting to get alterations to doorways done first. We've needed to do this for two reasons: firstly, to bring the room up to modern standards regarding disabled access; secondly, to reinstate the double-doors between the room and the Barnes Wallis Hall.
left - the wall where the doors will be be made right - the patio doors will be replaced
The division of the Hall by the acoustic partition wall was planned and funded on the supposition that it would enable us to bring one half of the Hall into hireable use while the other half was in use by the Preschool. However, hirers often require convenient access to refreshments as well, and so our plan has been to transform the Village Room and the half-Hall into a single hireable space having convenient access to the servery. This required in turn refurbishing the servery, which had previously been in a very poor state. The present situation is that the doorways are to be altered soon and we have assembled quotes also for new floor surfaces in the Village Room. Even after all this there will remain much work to be done in improving that room, as funds permit.
Steps and Bollards
The steps leading into the grounds from the far-eastern gate by the A246 have deteriorated seriously. We have decided that they must now be rebuilt from scratch. On the western side of the grounds around the car parking area the old rustic fences are now falling to pieces and are often knocked down by vehicles, so we are going to replace those soon by wooden bollards.
left - the steps to be rebuilt right - fencing to be replaced by bollards
These two projects will be financed by a Guildford Borough Council grant from its Concurrent Functions Grant Award Scheme. This CFGA grant will provide £8,600 altogether, half from each of GBC and Effingham Parish Council - the Council applied for the grant on behalf of the Trust and its half will come from its Community Fund.
Previously updated : 24 August 2017
The event log for this matter can now be read on this page.