I’m delighted to announce that two new pieces of playground equipment were installed in the playground in October.

We received a generous donation of £1000 from the Co-op and £250 from Witney Lions Dream Scheme along with donations from summer fayre funds and a donation given to the Parish Council for village causes. It has been great to have support for the playground from all these sources. I hope the children will get many years of enjoyment out of the new climbing frame and monkey bars.

The equipment was chosen by a group of village children in the Spring. The safety surfacing under the equipment is grasslok safety tiles and the grass is already growing through the tiles. The area underneath the new equipment will soon be green. Fingers crossed it won’t be too hard to mow!

Our next project is to find funds for a new waste bin and to renew the Springie tops which have been renovated a couple of times over their lives but now would benefit from replacement.

Once COVID-19 pandemic is over it would be brilliant if we could organise another working party to lift, clean and re-lay the safety surfacing under the flat swings. This will need quite a few people to help as each tile will be heavy and cumbersome to move. A weekend of work will save thousands of pounds if we had to get a company in to do this for us.

Karen Wilson, November 2020

Playground safety surface

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South Leigh Children's Playground in Lymbrook Close

The village playground is half way down Lymbrook Close on the left. The volunteer committee are a sub-committee of the Parish Council.

Although the weather tried its best to stop us, I am delighted to report that the playground safety surfacing re-vamp has been completed under the cradle swings! Our thanks to Jackie who let us use her water and electricity without which we couldn't have done the work. Thanks also to Buster’s grandson, Harley, who helped us take up and pressure wash the safety surface last weekend and to Marn, Andy and Graham who helped us to stick the safety surfacing back down. Oliver was a dab hand with the leaf blower clearing debris from the concrete base and tiles. All completed in two days over two weekends, saving at least £2000 if we had had to have new surfacing laid by professionals.

Still work to be done...

This same process needs doing for the flat swing safety surfacing. The safety tiles under the flat swings will be particularly heavy as they are much thicker than under the cradle swings. Please look out for a request for help with that!

To contact Karen and Martin Wilson, call 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)

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