More upgrades in the WHVH playground
We have today replaced the old wooden children's picnic table in the WHVH playground with a fantastic, multi-coloured picnic bench. It's eco-friendly and is made from 100% recycled materials.
During the summer, the safety surface under the large Multi-Play Unit was also replaced and is now blue/black flecked. Thanks to West Horsley Parish Council for their help with funding the cost of the upgrade of the safety surface.
We continue to be busy in the WHVH playground and are working our way through a programme of upgrades and improvements. It's an expensive business though so it'll take us a little while to get through everything!
The WHVH playground has some new equipment!
We are pleased to report that the WHVH playground refurbishment has been completed on schedule and the playground is now open again as normal. We have replaced the two toddler swings and the old timber kickwall with basketball hoop has also been replaced but with a steel goal and basketball hoop. We hope the children of the Horsleys as well as any visiting youngsters will very much enjoy the new equipment!
We are very grateful to West Horsley Parish Council for a grant for the toddler swings and to The Community Foundation for Surrey for a grant towards the bulk of the cost of the new goal.
We are thrilled to report that West Horsley Village Hall has been awarded a grant from The Community Foundation for Surrey for £5,399. The bulk of the grant will go towards replacing the ageing wooden kickwall in the playground with a modern, welded steel goal and basketball hoop.
Included within the grant is an amount from The Horsley Community Fund for a contribution towards the new goal but which also covers the cost of the supply and installation of some mirrors along one wall of the Cedar Room. This should be useful for our dancing and exercise hirers and will enable them to watch themselves to assess and improve their technique. However, a curtain will also be installed to cover the mirrors when not in use because we understand that there will be some hirers who won't want to look at themselves in the mirrors when using the Cedar Room for other purposes!
The mirrors will be installed during the Easter holidays and the playground work will take place in the summer during, hopefully, better weather.
Everyone at WHVH is so grateful to The Community Foundation for Surrey and the Horsley Community Fund for this invaluable support. It means so much to a small registered charity which mostly relies on hire income to maintain and repair the place.
Information about The Community Foundation for Surrey
An independent charitable trust established to inspire local giving for local need. The Community Foundation works both with donors who want to give something back to their local communities and the voluntary groups providing vital services for local people. For more information about The Community Foundation for Surrey, please visit www.cfsurrey.org.uk.
More playground news!
Bright, new toddler swings have been installed in the playground. The old ones, although safe and serviceable, were starting to look a bit tired but these are a huge improvement and we hope will be enjoyed by many young children for years to come!
West Horsley in Bloom
WHVH has two very lovely, big planters in front of the Main Hall which are lovingly tended, voluntarily, by Chris and Judith Scarlett who are members of the Horsley Garden Society. The planters were entered into the annual West Horsley in Bloom competition again this year and the presentation evening took place on 7th July 2017 at WHVH. We are delighted to report that WHVH won 3 awards ... a Gold Award in the Non-Residential category, Class Winner of the Non-Residential category and we also won The Iliff Community Cup for the second year running. We are thrilled that the enormous amount of work put in by Chris and Judith has been recognised and rewarded. We hope you enjoy the colourful planters as you drive past or visit WHVH!
Very pleased to say that, in the lovely WHVH playground, we have recently (April 2017) upgraded the surfacing underneath the roundabout as well as the two toddler swings near the train, both of which now look really smart. We have also replaced both of the seats on the double bay of swings. We have ongoing playground maintenance planned but resurfacing playground surfaces - which obviously has to be done properly and by professionals - is an expensive business so we are having to prioritise according to the funds available! We are very pleased with the work and support provided by Rhino Play Ltd (www.rhinoplay.co.uk) who have carried out this work for us.
... to Amanda Warwick Dance Arts, one of our longest-standing, regular hirers at WHVH. They have been chosen as one of just 35 UK Royal Academy registered schools to dance for The Queen in the Mall on Sunday, 12th June. The selected schools will be coming from all over the country. BBC1 TV coverage starts from 1.30pm with the parade starting at about 2.30pm. Look out for Amanda and her dance students in the 1980s section!
Full details about Amanda Warwick Dance Arts can be found on their website - www.amandawarwick.co.uk. Amanda teaches at WHVH on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday afternoons/evenings.
New online diary and booking request system
At the end of February 2016, WHVH introduced a new online diary and booking request system. This means that anyone can now look to see when each of our three rooms are free for hire and, if they wish, can also make an online booking request (although we do still take bookings by e-mail and telephone!). We really hope this will be helpful for those wishing to see if we might be free for an event/booking. It's early days yet but we've already had our first booking through the online system ... and it worked beautifully!
Full details are on our Availability page - please click on the Navigation bar to the left.
New serving hatch blinds
In December 2015, new electric, insulated blinds were installed in the serving hatches in both the Main Hall and Cedar Room kitchens. As well as looking smart, they should really help with insulation from noise as well as heating.
Upgraded wooden floor surfaces
The wooden floors in both the Main Hall and the Cedar Room were refurbished at the end of August 2015 and have been professionally treated with a new anti-slip dressing which should also protect the lovely maple strip and oak parquet floors that we have in the Main Hall and Cedar Room.
We are delighted to announce that The Horsley Countryside Preservation Society ("HCPS") has presented a "PAD", a Public Access Defibrillator, to West Horsley Village Hall in memory of the late Miss Enid Horsey. Miss Horsey generously left a bequest in her will to be spent on any village improvements. Given that Miss Horsey was the local midwife for many years, it was thought that the purchase of a defibrillator for public use would be befitting of her profession.
The defibrillator is sited in a bright blue, secure cabinet on the outside of the Main Hall. Mike Rushby of the HCPS said "We are delighted to receive this donation from Miss Horsey's estate and feel that it will be an asset to the village. I urge everyone to attend the training provided as knowledge gained could one day save someone's life."
The defibrillator is for the use of all members of the general public but it would obviously be of particular benefit to anyone attending an event at West Horsley Village Hall ... although we sincerely hope that no-one will have need of it at all!
West Horsley Village Hall
Surrey, KT24 6DD
T: 01483 285454
Main contact: Julia Reardon Smith (Secretary/Treasurer)
Alternatively, please use the online Contact Form (on the "Contact Us" page) and we will respond to your enquiry as soon as we can.
WHVH is available for hire between the hours of 08:00-23:30 (Monday-Sunday). If you wish to discuss hiring outside of these hours, please contact the Secretary.
Normal office hours of 09:00-17:00 (Monday-Friday only please). If you are unable to reach the Secretary (who works part-time for WHVH), please either send an e-mail or leave a message on the WHVH answering machine and she will respond to you as soon as she can.