South Leigh Children's Playground in Lymbrook Close

Have you been to the playground lately? The slide mound now has some new steps and the big swing frame has been painted and the safety surfacing has been cleaned. Thank you, Jackie, for providing water and electricity so we could pressure wash the safety surfacing. With help from neighbouring houses, we are taming the perimeters around the playground and keeping the equipment clean.

Strong people needed in the Autumn:- It's been a funny year this year; the early spring was rather cold and wet and lately it has been very hot so we haven't arranged a working party to renovate the swing safety surfacing. We need to lift the safety tiles, clean the concrete base and re-lay the tiles to minimise the gaps. A wet pour repair kit will then be used to fill any gaps. This will need a team of people to do the work but it will save thousands of pounds that would be spent on new safety surfacing. It will probably be September or October before we can do this work. If you could help with this, please let Karen & Martin Wilson have your name, phone number and email address.

Fundraising:- Could you spare some time to help with applying for grants for new playground equipment? We have some quotes and can provide information needed but struggle to find time to sit down and apply. Do you know of local companies who might donate to the playground? Send us details of the company you think might be worth applying to and we will give them a try. If you could help keep our playground maintained or with fundraising, please get in touch with Karen and Martin.

To contact Karen and Martin Wilson, call on 01993 771346 or email
karen@harbourviews.co.uk

South Leigh Playgrounds Association ~ Annual Report 2017
(The association is a sub-committee of the Parish Council)
Date Description Income  Expenditure  
11/04/2016 Balance     £2426.46
24/10/2016 Summer Fayre donation £500.00    
24/10/2016 Mower engine and blade   £207.58  
05/04/2016 Annual Gross Interest £1.27    
10/04/2017 Totals and balance £501.27 £207.58 £2720.16
The South Leigh Playgrounds Association account had a balance of £2720.16 on 10th April 2017. The repairs to the old mower last spring included a replacement engine and mower blade came to £207.58. The mower was repaired because at the time the replacement engine had been sourced, we had not received the donation towards a new mower and the grass was growing fast, requiring mowing. The playground association received a donation of £500 from the summer fayre committee from the 2016 summer fayre towards renovation of playground equipment. The renovation of the playhouse and springie will be on budget to be within the £500 donated.

The playground benches have been sanded down and treated with teak oil. Work is underway to try to tame the brambles and bushes growing through the perimeter fencing. Simon and Kathy Stace came forward in the autumn offering help with renovating the playground equipment. They have totally renovated the playhouse which was installed on 6th May 2017. They have also taken the remaining springie to be plastic -coated and as soon as that is completed, the new sides (painted by Anne and Russell Cherry) can be fitted and the springie will be installed.

The swing frames need painting and some swing seats may need to be replaced. This is affordable so will be done over the next few months.

The safety surfacing underneath the swings has degraded more over the winter. Each safety tile has shrunk and some are slightly loose around the edges. The gaps between the tiles are now big enough to be a trip hazard so action needs to be taken soon. The plan is to approach companies to quote for replacing the safety surfacing. Wet pour surfacing may be a better solution than individual tiles. This is likely to cost between £4-6,000. We will need to fundraise and apply for grants for this but really need to have the work done this year. Once I have quotes for the replacement of the safety surfacing, I will begin the process of applying for grants and would like to approach the Parish council for assistance towards the cost.

Karen Wilson, Treasurer