£40,000 support for Surbiton community groups and schemes

Work to improve a Berrylands school’s swimming pool is one of 20 local schemes to share more than £40,000 council support for community groups and projects.

Grand Avenue Primary School will receive £4,000 from Surbiton Neighbourhood Committee towards repairs to the 43-year old pool it shares with other schools and local groups.

Councillors invited bids for funds in the Neighbourhood Discretionary budget including money left over after less than predicted was spent on new public toilets at Surbiton Library.

The Sunray Community Association has been awarded £3,000 for closed-circuit TV cameras to improve security following a spate of thefts, break-ins, vandalism and a fire at its social club.

Surbiton Bowling Club will receive £5,170 for equipment including a new mower.

“This injection of cash is a real boost for the area and for many local groups, with the money going to meet local needs and priorities. The funding and the schemes will benefit the local community in lots of different ways.”

Councillor Malcolm Self, Surbiton Neighbourhood Committee chair

Money was also allocated to the following:

  • £1,000 to Kingston Samaritans to pay for late-night taxis for volunteers responding to crisis calls, enable the service to be more flexible and ensuring that staff are safe
  • £1,500 to the Surbiton New Life Baptist Church for new furniture and games at its Balaclava Hall ‘Well Project’ where vulnerable people and families can socialise and relax
  • £700 to Kingston Library and Heritage Service for free computer courses for adult beginners on low incomes at Surbiton Library
  • £3,000 to Community Connected for a “drop in” service for people on the Alpha Road Estate to get started using the internet and other IT plus refurbished equipment
  • £2,500 to the Learn English at Home service for classes at Surbiton Children’s Centre for learners who are unable to attend formal adult education classes
  • £2,000 to the Fircroft Trust, for drama and art activities for people with learning disabilities including an exhibition of service users’ work
  • £3,000 to the Alzheimer’s Society for sing-song sessions for people with dementia and their carers
  • £1,637 to Tolworth and Surbiton Libraries for community and school craft activities to commemorate World War One, making banners and bunting
  • £1,000 to Surbiton and District Historical Society for the hire of Surbiton Library Hall and speakers’ fees
  • £3,500 to the Environmental Trust and Kingston Greenspace Volunteers for improvements to The Wood, Oakhill, Surbiton nature reserve
  • £1,000 to Kingston Orchard Project, a scheme educating people about good diet, nutrition and what can be grown locally, for materials and plants
  • £785 to St Matthews Pre-School Parents and Staff Association for play equipment
  • £240 to help Surbiton Brownie Pack pay rent on its meeting hall while numbers and income from subscriptions are low
  • £1,500 to Christ Church School Parents and Staff Association towards furnishing a new cabin in the school’s new multi-use games area for events
  • £3,000 to improve the playground at Knollmead, Tolworth by replacing broken equipment and giving existing apparatus a lick of paint
  • £320 for a new litter bin in alleyway between Elgar Avenue and Beresford Avenue
  • £2,000 to turn an empty shop into a temporary showcase for new businesses, arts and crafts, exhibitions and local services

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