Weybridge town meetings

In my May 2018 election literature I promised to run town meetings, if elected.

My ambition is to try and establish a kind of forum where residents and businesses in Weybridge can come together on a regular basis and talk about the kind of Weybridge we want for the future.

Why did I want to do this?

I am committed to trying to enable generative and creative conversations. Conversations which bring people in at the early stages of developing anything new in the town.

All we need is YOU!

We need your ideas, your input, your voice and your help.

  • Shape what happens to the town.
  • Influence and support ideas and plans.
  • Get support from the others and the council for for your own ideas and projects.

We will talk about:

  • The spaces we use.
  • How we get about.
  • How we support people and keep them safe.
  • Our local economy and business.

And we want to know from you:

  • What do we love that we want to protect?
  • What do we need to make better?
  • What would we rather do without?
  • What can you do and what help do you need from the council?

Let’s bring the community together and create a future for Weybridge that we all want.

Reshaping Weybridge Town Centre

A community hub in Weybridge

At the recent Portmore Park and District Residents Association meeting, Weybridge Surrey County Councillor, Tim Oliver spoke about ideas for developing Weybridge town centre. Surrey County and Elmbridge Borough officers and NHS property services have already met to talk about creating a Weybridge Hub on the Weybridge Hospital site.  .

Services on the site?

So far, we have no firm idea of what is meant by a hub on this site. Current thinking includes relocating Weybridge library and Weybridge Centre for the Community to the hospital site. Of course this will be alongside the redevelopment of the site for GP practices and community health services.

And then?

Some people are also in favour of creating more town centre parking spaces by paving over the old bowling green at the entrance to Churchfields Recreation Ground (Park).

So far, there has been no mention of where the much used and highly valued Children’s Centre fits into the ideas being discussed.

We will watch and report on developments.

Let us know what you think

We also invite people to let us know how they would like to see our town centre develop.  You can do this in person and hear others’ views at our next town meeting on Thursday 11th October, starting 7.30 pm, at the Centre for the Community, Churchfields Place.

Anyone for Tennis?

There are 29 public tennis courts maintained by the borough at twelve sites  These are currently available free of charge.  There was charging until 2001 but the cost of collection began to outweigh the court fees.  Whilst the courts are generally in reasonable condition and used to some extent, the new Liberal Democrat/Residents administration believes that more could be done to ensure people take up the challenge to lead more healthy lives and part of that is to facilitate an increase in tennis participation across Elmbridge.

From May 2017 the borough will introduce an on-line booking system – supported by the borough’s call centre service for those without access to the internet.  The courts will be made secure and the booking system will allow people access once they have paid.

The plan is supported by the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) which is providing funding, assisting with the tennis development plan, communications plan and high profile tennis campaign to promote activity at the public courts.

Charging

There will be two simple payment options, both of which will provide good value for money when compared with the cost of other sports activities.

Family membership.  At £36 (up to 5 people living at the same address) and could be transferred from one family member to another and renewed annually.  Once the annual payment had been made, all subsequent court bookings are free of charge.  Members will be able to book up to seven days in advance and play up to two hours every day across all borough venues.

Pay & Play.  For £5 (£2.50 per court per hour for concessions linked to the More card) customers will be able to book a court three days in advance.

There will also be preferred coaching scheme to deliver a high quality, inclusive tennis programme for all ages and abilities across the borough’s courts to encourage greater participation. The successful coaching providers would be appointed through a formal competitive procurement process and would be required to hold and maintain LTA accreditation for the duration of the licence period.

“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