South Leigh Children's Playground in Lymbrook Close

Where has this year gone? Our thanks to all those who have supported the playground this year, with the occasional mowing of the grass, clearing of the brambles and overgrowth around the perimeter to having the mower serviced and applying for a grant. We really appreciate support so if you can offer any, however small, do get in touch.

We didn’t get the work done to the safety surfacing so now, next Spring, we will need to have a working party to help with the work. The plan is to clean and lift the safety surfacing tiles from beneath the swings and to re-lay the tiles to minimise the gaps. 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 otherwise be spent on new safety surfacing.

We have received donations again this year and applied for a grant and hope to have enough funds to fit a new piece of equipment in the playground in 2019. We have three quotes and some ideas of what we could add.

To contact Karen and Martin Wilson, call on 01993 771346 or email

South Leigh Playgrounds Association ~ Annual Report 2017
(The association is a sub-committee of the Parish Council)
11/04/2016Opening balance


24/10/2016Summer Fayre donation



24/10/2016Mower engine & blade



05/04/2016Annual gross interest



10/04/2017Totals & balance




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