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This event at the KGV, held on the morning of Saturday March 10th, 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.
Come to the KGV on Sunday April 29th and enjoy the Fun Day put on by the Kent-Surrey-Sussex Air Ambulance charity. Entrance is free. For more details click on their poster below.
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 : 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.