In early 2019 the small children's playground was extended, with new play equipment, picnic tables and seats, and smart new fencing and gates installed. The extension was funded largely from cash donations raised through a playground appeal campaign organised by a small group of local residents constituted as The Friends of KGV Effingham. The picnic tables were donated by Bookham & Horsley Rotary Club whilst the fencing and gates were donated by Effingham Parish Council from its Community Fund. The new surface and equipment in the extension were supplied and installed by Playdale Playgrounds Ltd. A poster showing a montage of various elements of the project and produced as an expression of thanks to all those who contributed to the appeal can be downloaded (as pdf, 8Mb) here.

The extension was officially opened on 16 March 2019 by Mrs. Elizabeth Gaunt, daughter of the late Sir Barnes Neville Wallis. The pictures below of this event appear by courtesy of Vivien White, who was one of the leaders of the fundraising campaign and who contributed greatly to the project's planning and implementation.

 

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                      Mrs Elizabeth Gaunt at the opening

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                The new extension, at the right, with picnic tables

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                        New gate and fencing

20:11, 15 Sep 2019 by Christopher John Hogger

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                                    The new surface

A new 3G artificial grass sports surface for all-weather multi-purpose use was laid down in the summer of 2019 on the site of the former tennis courts. The courts had seen very little use for tennis over many years and were becoming inefficient and unprofitable to maintain.

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                                    The old tennis courts

In August 2016 the Colts section of Bookham Football Club approached the Trust to explore the possibility of installing a new 3G surface at the KGV playing fields in order to provide one fixed site on which their 30+ football teams could train regularly in the evenings and at weekends. Following this initiative the Bookham Colts and the Trustees spent much time in discussing the physical requirements of the proposed facility and in applying for grant money towards it. Grants and donations were obtained from the Aviva Community Fund, the Co-op Local Community Fund, Guildford Borough Council's Community Grant scheme, the London Marathon Charitable Trust and Sport England. Together, these paid for nearly 40% of the project's cost; the remaining funding was provided by Bookham Football Club. The Colts use the facility in the weekday evenings and for part of the weekends under a formal agreement with the Trust, whilst the facility can be hired outside these times by other parties through arrangement with the KGV Manager.  

 

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The new 3G facility was opened on 14 September 2019.

16:48, 15 Sep 2019 by Christopher John Hogger

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In the early summer of 2019 new 'Peaslake' solid wood benches made by Norbury Park Wood Products Ltd. were installed on the northern side of the playing fields whilst a solid pathway was built by Aldrich Gardening around the southern end of the building to improve access from the car park to the eastern patio. These works, together with some lighting improvements, were financed by a Concurrent Functions grant awarded to Effingham Parish Council, the funding becoming available in April 2019.

16:23, 15 Sep 2019 by Christopher John Hogger