Churchfields Play Area

Churchfields Park Playground-wey-soc333Today I was at the civic centre to take a look at the final scheme for the play area.

All being well, the contract will be signed with the equipment providers this week and the the play area will be open before the summer holidays begin.

A big thank you to all of you who joined my campaign at the beginning and for the schools and parents who gave their support as the campaign progressed.  Focused action gets results.

I would have liked to have posted pictures but we are still in the confidential stage and also in purduh – I will get them to you as soon as they are made available.

Tesco Bags of Help

Tesco Bags of HelpThe money raised from the 5p bag charge in Tesco stores in Weybridge will be used to pay for a local projects to improve green spaces in the communities. Projects that will get the green light as a result of the funding will include building new pocket parks, sports facilities, woodland walks and community gardens.

Administration of the local funding will be managed by the community charity with a green heart, Groundwork, which specialises in transforming communities and the local environment for the better/

Click here for more information.

Bins

Bins Overfull Desborough webIf you have gone for a walk in Weybridge you can’t go far before you find a bit of mess around a bin.   Indeed, you can find litter strewn around even if there is no bin. The new Churchfield Meadow has litter hidden in the long grass as does Desborourgh Island (shown here) and Weybridge Point for example.  I have contacted the cleansing department on a number of occasions and the stock reply is that the Conservative borough administration has decided on a limit to the number of bins.  That limit is now reached.  The same applies to dog bins.  The only way that extra bins may be placed in Weybridge is if bins in other places are removed. As no other bin is deemed underutilized there is no prospect under this administration to increase the number of bins.

Rubbish Crushing Bins WebBins in certain parts of the town are collected daily but some bins are used seasonally – either across the year or across the week.  One resident told me of a bin they saw around Wimbledon.  This bin compacts the rubbish so they have a very large capacity and they can also notify staff when they are becoming full. They only need to be emptied when full so require far less maintenance then ordinary bins.  This could be a cost-effective remedy.

If you know of any bins that are often overflowing or if you know of a bin which seems never to be used then please get in contact.

I have also been asking about the food waste bins which appear not to be fox proof.  I have asked for the number of bins in the borough, where they are located and how much they cost to install and maintain.

I know that people should take their litter home but unless we can stop people dropping litter we have to provide facilities for them – otherwise our environment will be scarred.

“Little Foodies” fully catered for at the 2015 Elmbridge Food Festival

Elmbridge Food Festival LogoLocal children’s entertainers will join the bigger and better ‘Little Foodies’ area to ensure the whole family has a great time at this year’s Elmbridge Food Festival.  Face-painting, balloon modelling, art and crafts, drama and ball skills will all be part of the free entertainment on offer on Saturday, 26 and Sunday, 27 September.

There will be a wonderful variety of entertainment on offer during the Food Festival including; a treasure trail, bug hunt, Tudor style sweet making and much much more.

More than 9000 people attended the 2014 inaugural food festival and based on this year’s line-up of activities, a similar strong attendance is expected. Entry and car parking for all visitors to Painshill will be free over the course of the weekend. Gates will open each day at 10:30 and close at 5pm.

The Food and Drink Theatre will be the hub of the festival with live demonstrations throughout the weekend, while music from around the county will fill the air.

A detailed line up of stalls, food and drink theatre events, music acts and children’s entertainment is available from the borough’s Food Festival webpage

Get soaked at the new Hersham Splash Pad

Hersham spash padThe new splash pad within the Hersham recreation ground, which can be enjoyed in the summer months, will be officially opened by The Mayor of Elmbridge, Councillor Jan Fuller, at 10:00 tomorrow.

This recent addition to the recreation ground is made up of seven water features built into the surface, and is designed for children 12 years and under to enjoy super soaking fun in the sunshine.

After some final tweaks, the splash pad is now fully operational and proving to be very popular with local families. The automatic sensors mean that the splash pad only operates when visitors stand on the activation pads and therefore energy will not be wasted on colder days when no one is using the facility. Issues with replenishing the water tank at specific time intervals have now been sorted enabling short breaks when children can use the other equipment in the park or simply spend a quieter time to gather some energy for their next splashing session.

For more information, visit the Elmbridge website, call 01372 474 568 or email: leisure@elmbridge.gov.uk

Proms in the Park Weybridge

Proms in the Park 2015

 

 

 

 

Leisure Live, the borough’s annual flagship event, has become bolder and bigger this year and will start on a high note with the introduction of the first ever Summer Proms in The Park at Churchfields Recreation Ground on Friday 3 July from 7:00 to 10:00.

Bring your picnic and deck chairs along to soak up the atmosphere and enjoy the outdoor setting.

Majestic Brass has promised to wow visitors with an evening of music spanning all genres. This ensemble gives many recitals and concerts throughout the Europe as well as performing for many State and Royal Ceremonies and we are thrilled to welcome them to Proms in the Park.

For those interested in choral music, The Promenade Choir is sure to delight with its rich and varied repertoire of classical arias and musicals.

Fans of musical theatre will not be disappointed as the Elmbridge Youth Theatre and  Rebecca Lacey perform musical sets from classic and much loved West End shows.

Making their debut outdoor performance at Proms in the Park, we are delighted to welcome the Hinchley Wood School Brass Band.

Funk and soul music will fill the air as The Blue Monday’s take to the stage. This eight-piece band, made up mostly of students in Year 12 at Hinchley Wood School, has added Proms in the Park to their busy gigging schedule which includes The Half Moon in Putney. Some members have performed at Ronnie Scott’s.

Tickets for the event are available online at elmbridge.gov.uk/culture. They are priced at £10 per person, £32 for 4 tickets, under 12s go free. Limited tickets will be available at the main gate on the night, subject to availability. Terms and conditions apply.

Churchfields Play area

Churchfields Park Playground-wey-soc333Ideas in so far.

Swinging basket thing that a few children can sit in and be pushed (there is a huge one in Bushy Park).

Any climbing frame – boys love to climb! The large webby climbing frame in Brooklands park is always popular.

Hidden trampoline, more baby swings, tunnel, basket swing.

Climbing frame, Slide with tunnel. Large circular swinging basket.

Would be great to have more rides for really young ones

Closed in roundabout like the one in Brooklands playground so that children cant get knocked over by protruding arms like the one that is already there. Rope net climber.

Super great playground, could have more benches for adults to sit in the middle and watch over more than one child who like to play at either end of the play area or in the scooter ramp bit.

The pool is getting tired.

Better climbing frames – like the one at Oatlands.

The wooden fort at the Medicine Garden is amazing.

Rope climbing apparatus.

Monkey bars, floor trampoline, spider web, a big curly slide, get the train back and bars.

Climbing frames, ropes.

Fantastic climbing frame at Hurst Park Molesey, Witches Hat, Climbing Wall

Too many pieces of equipment have been taken away such as the climbing frame, why? Older children don’t have that much to do now. We also need more swings, two baby ones and two older ones aren’t enough for the population of Weybridge.

 

Churchfields Playground

Churchfields Park Playground-wey-soc333Do you want Churchfields Recreation ground play area to be refurbished? Then now is the time to make your voice heard!

Over the next month Elmbridge is going to make the decision whether or not to improve some playgrounds in the borough and if its does whether to include Weybridge’s prime playground on that list.

I want to know if you have any particular rides in mind.  Please complete this questionnaire.

Please email me if you want to support the campaign to have Churchfields play area upgraded.

It would be great if you could forward this email to your friends and anyone you know who has children or grandchildren who play in the park.

Shout! For Some Summer Fun for Your Children

Shout! kids websiteWith the holidays only two weeks away, now is the time to book some summer fun for your young ones while they are off from school.

Shout! Holiday Activities have a limited number of places left on the week-long Ready! Set! Shout! sports course for 5 to 13 year olds from Monday, 28 July to Friday, 1 August and the Shakespeare in The Park drama course for 10 to 16 year olds from Monday 11 to Friday 15 August.

If your children are sporty, there are still some spaces on the following courses:

  • Cycle Skills workshops for 4 to 12 year olds on Monday 4 and 11 August
  • Totstennis sessions for 3 to 5 year olds and Tennis4fun (for 5to 8 year olds) starting on Monday 4 and 11 August

There is also availability on the following fun and exciting full-day workshops:

For children who like all types of music and dancing:

  • Make a Music Video in a day for 9 to 13 year olds – Thursday 31 July
  • Drumming Day for 5 to 8 year olds in the morning and 9 to 13 year olds in the afternoon –  Monday 4 August
  • Road to Brazil for 5 to 8 year olds who love football and dancing – Friday 8 August
  • Twinkle Toes for 5 to 7 year olds – Friday 15 August
  • Let’s learn to Bollywood Dance  for  8 to 13 year olds – Friday 22 August

 For adventurous kids looking for action and thrills:

  • Outdoor Adventure Team Challenge for 5 to 8 year olds on Thursday 7 August
  • Water Mania for 11 to 15 year olds – Thursday 21 August
  • Paintballing for 10 to 15 year olds Thursday 26 August
  • Pit Stop Scalextric for 5 to 12 year olds – Wednesday 27 August

 Budding chefs will be cooking a storm in the kitchen with Ready! Steady! Cook! (for 9 to 13 year olds) on Thursday 19 August.

Call 01372 474634 to book or click here for the brochure.  The holiday activities are running from Monday 28 July to Friday 29 August.

Churchfields Flowerbed Competition

It’s that time of year again for the budding young designers in Elmbridge to get their thinking caps on!

After the creativity and enthusiasm shown by the young entrants last year, Elmbridge’s Green Spaces Team is pleased to announce the theme for this year’s ‘Design a Flowerbed competition’ open to primary school age children.

2014 is the anniversary of the beginning of the World War I and, as part of the commemorations, young designers are asked to take inspiration from the first verse of Charlotte Mew’s poem, “May 1915” to create their design:  “Let us remember spring will come again”.

The winning design will be planted in Churchfields Recreation Ground late spring, so the winner will be able to see their design blooming over the summer months.  This is a great opportunity for young designers to display their awareness of this important part of history and how relevant it is to the community.

The flowerbed is a 3m wide circle. Young participants should think about colours, patterns and shapes when designing their flowerbed. Simple flowerbed designs are often the best.

The design should be on A4 paper and marked overleaf with the participant’s name, age and address. Send all designs to

EBC Green Spaces Team
1 High Street
ESHER
KT10 9SD

Email it to leisure@elmbridge.gov.uk by Thursday, 28 February.

For more information, call 01372 474568, email leisure@elmbridge.gov.uk or visit www.elmbridge.gov.uk/parks