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A HUGE thank you to everyone who took part in the Sponsored Walk on 21st May - 148 of you, plus numerous canine companions, walked a total of 1,215 miles between you. £12,00 has been committed - a fantastic result. 

  Again, a massive thank you - we couldn't have done it without you.

Maidenhead Advertiser - 26th May 2011


CERAMIC EXHIBITION SATURDAY 5TH MARCH 2011

It was a delightful occasion and a wonderful opportunity to meet Potters from Berkshire, Middlesex and Buckinghamshire, who displayed their very different works and donated a portion of their sales as well as pieces for the Raffle to support the Thames Valley Adventure Playground, raising a marvellous £300.  Piano music throughout the preview made for a lovely atmosphere and the firing of pots in a raku kiln brought a whole new dimension to the occasion.


It's that time of year again - everyone is snowed in, the roads are icy and all the shops are playing Cliff Richard!  Yes, it's CHRISTMAS, and here at the Playground we will be celebrating in style.  We have lots of fantastic activities to join in with, including Reindeer Hat Making, Christmas Tree Collages, Calendar-making and much, much more . . .

We will be having Christmas parties later in the month for both the children and the adult users. 

The Adults' Party will be held on 17th December, from 10 until 5.  This is also the last day of 2010 when we will be open to adult users, so, if you would like to come, do make sure that you book sooner rather than later. 

The Children's Party will be held on 18th December from 10 until 3.30.  Early booking is recommended as space is limited.

For both parties there will be some fantastic craft activities, as well as festive games to join in with - please remember - BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL!

We are currently running a Chocolate Tombola at the Playground to raise some much-needed money.  TIckets are 50p each of 3 for £1, so, if you are planning on visiting the Playground over the next few days, please do bring some extra change to take part!

We have decided to open for children on Friday 24th December until 2 p.m., so, if you would like to come along for a relaxing day before Christmas, then please do give us a call to book.  The Playground will reopen on Tuesday 4th January 2011

If you are looking to catch any carol singing this year, you might like to visit Taplow Village Green for their Family Carol Concert on Saturday 18th December, from 5 to 7 p.m. Don't forget to take a torch.  Free mulled wine & mince pies, with donations to The Playground & The Jo Brooking Trust Fund.
Mulled wine and mince pies will also be provided if you could care to join in Carols at the George in Holyport will also be hosting on Thursday 23rd December, from 5.30 to 6.30 p.m.  All donations will be coming to the Thames Valley Adventure Playground.

As this is the last blog of 2010, from everyone at the Playground, thank you for all your support this year and we wish you all a very MERRY CHRISTMAS & A HAPPY NEW YEAR!


UEL MAGOWAN FROM THE ODNEY CLUB IN COOKHAM VISITED THE ADVENTURE PLAYGROUND ON 1ST DECEMBER, ARMED WITH ALL HIS WREATH-MAKING PARAPHENALIA.

With the Playground's glorious Christmas Tree, generously donated by McAfee, as the backdrop, the audience had a marvellous opportunity to discover the secrets of the perfect holly wreath - and raised over £550 to help support the Playground.


The Yuletide Fayre 2010

      Yuletide Fayre 

Stalls ranging from books to bling, weavers to woodturners, plants to produce used the superb new surroundings of the Gold Annexe to wow the public with a tremendous array of goodies to get their customers in the festive mode, and helped raise over £2500 to support the Adventure Playground.
If you are interested in receiving an invitation to next year's event, please email donations@tvap.co.uk.  If you are happy to receive the information electronically that would help with the postage!!


It's November and Winter is setting in fast, it will soon be time to wrap up warm and brave the cold, but, never fear, we at the Playground will have lots of exciting activities to keep you entertained through the colder months, starting wth some explosive firework activities!!  You can make your own water rocket, complete with glitter sparkles for the fireworks effect, as well as creating your own bonfire and fireworks scene.

Then to take your mind off the cold, we are all turning superhero for the week, so why not come along and test out all your fantastic powers and create a brand new superhero or supervillain, depending on your mood athe time!

After that, it's back to reality and the cold with our WInter Wonderland week.  Come down and make a winter scene, and see what animals have been wandering around the Playground in our "Animal Trace Trail"!

To finish off November, we'll be having some fun with Balloons, playing lots of balloon games and making balloon animals.  You can also make your own juggling balls, do some balloon painting or huge splat paintings.

For more information, look at our AUTUMN PROGRAMME.

So, lots and lots happening on the craft side of things, and there's plenty going on the fundraising front as well, with THE YULETIDE FAYRE on Monday 22nd November here at the Playground. Admission is £5 on the door and includes mulled wine and a mince pie.  There is also an opportunity to find out the secrets of making a CHRISTMAS WREATH, at the Playground on Wednesday 1st December.  TIckets £10 in advance, which includes coffee, cake and a raffle ticket.

And don't forget, if you have chocolate in any form which you could donate to our Chocolate Tombola, there is still time to bring it down.  Thank you.


October is now upon us - I'm sure September was only just upon us, but, anyway, this month we've got lots going on at the Playground as usual, with great craft activities coming up, like puppet-making, paper snakes, foam castles and some spooky crafts for Hallowe'en.

The Taplow Toddlers have also got an exciting time ahead, with a messy play day on 20th October, with lots of sticky, gunky, gooey things to play with!  Please remember that booking is essential and can be done over the 'phone.

Thanks to all the volunteers from Sainsbury's who came down and repainted our Music and Sensory Rooms at the beginning of October.  They did a fantastic job as well as providing all the paints and materials.  The Music Room now has an underwater theme, and the Sensory Room, the Loos and changing area have been brightened up with a fresh coat of paint.

We are currently collecting chocolate for our Chocolate Tombola, which will be held on 2nd December at the Burnham Christmas Fair, so, please, do bring down any "spare" chocolate you may have lying around - it would be much appreciated.

Please don't forget The Yuletide Fayre on 22nd November from 10.30-3 at the Playground. 
Entrance is £5, to include mulled wine and a mince pie.  Please pay on the door. 

If you are interested in hearing the secrets of making a Christmas Wreath, you might care to join us for our demonstration on 1st December.  Tickets, in advance, £10, which includes coffee, cake and a raffle ticket.  Space is limited so please book early.


With Summer over, it's back to business as usual as we head into September - for the moment at least anyway, but Half Term is never far away!

On Saturday 18th September we have a visit from "Celebrity Reptiles" who are coming with the Parents Participation Group.  They will be bringing "The Bubble Man" with them as well.

The up-coming crafts for September are to do with Tissue Paper and Chalk, so, hopefully, we'll have lots of creative pieces of art work by the end of the month.  In October, we will have some fantastic things coming up to put on a play with - there will be puppet-making, clothes-designing and much, much more.  Check out our Autumn Programme for more information.

We have said farewll, but not goodbye, to some of our Saturday staff who are off to university.  We would like to wish them all the best of luck for the future and, hopefully, we will seem them soon during the holidays.  We have, of course, managed to find some new staff to come and step into their shoes and tey wll be starting their probationary period on Saturday 18th September.

Final figures are still not in for the Sponsored Walk, but with all sorts of lovely 'matched' giving and if all promises are honoured, we should have raised over £18,000, before Gift Aid is added.  A huge thank you to everyone who took part, and to Grundon, who sponsored the event so every penny raised by the walkers will go directly into keeping the Playground going.

Next on the fundraising front - THE YULETIDE FAYRE, to be held at the Adventure Playground on Monday 22nd November between 10.30 and 3.00.  Entry is £5, which includes mulled wine and a mince pie. There will be a wide range of stalls - from jewellery to candles to Italian & Spanish leather boots & shoes, as well as handmade chocolate, plants for Christmas, handbags, silver and silver-plated gifts, books, clothing and soaps and much, much more.   A great way to support the Playground and secure some lovely Christmas presents at the same time.  Do, please, let your friends know.


It's August and Summer is now in full flow, with over 60 children booked in for every day of the school holidays.  With respite schemes and holiday projects, with families and as individuals, the children are arriving en masse to enjoy all the fun and freedom of the Adventure Playground.  Activities with an elemental theme are the order of the day - from water, with water rockets, duck racing and boats, into the air, with balloons and windmills, kites, bubbles and aeroplanes, and on up into space, with space helmets, glow-in-the-dark space collages and even a space shuttle!

With so much outdoor space it is sometimes hard to believe that we are so busy as the children scatter to all corners of the Playground to see what new and interesting things are on offer - the story boards through the woods, the petrol pumps and the railway station on the bike area, the bi-plane and and airport terminal as well as all the regular kit.

It has been fun to welcome new users and lovely to see so many old friends.  A lot of our youngsters are now moving into adulthood and we are delighted that they still enjoy coming along on our adult days - and even more thrilled that some of them are now coming in to help with the little ones as well.

Next big event - the summer barbeque - and everyone is keeping everything crossed that the weather holds out for just a little bit longer . . . !


Some very sad news to start July - Beverley, our beloved craft co-ordinator, has left us to spend more time with her family.  We are extremely grateful to her for all the hard work she has put in during her time at the Playground.  Her last day was 30th June, the day of our integrated toddlers' group - the Taplow Tadpoles - Tiny Toddle.  It was a terrific success thanks to all Beverley's hard work, and a huge thank you to all the toddlers who took part, and have, so far, raised a fantastic £369!

On the subject of fundraising, the Dragon Boat Race took place on 13th June, with the Playground represented by the Paddling Playworkers.  They all had  great time - and didn't finish last!  We think we we have raised about £600, so, well done and thank you to everyone who took part - hopefully we will see you again, same time next year.

Those of you who have visited recently will have noticed some tremendous changes around the Playground.  The latest additions to the site comes thanks to teams of volunteers from MARS in the Community, who have been helping us to build some big props, ready for the summer.  As well as covering the cost of the materials, they have helped to construct a space ship, a bi-plane, an airport, a station, and a petrol station.

All these new bits of kit will form the backbone of our summer activities this year.

UPDATE * UPDATE*UPDATE
The latest figures for the Sponsored Walk show that over £15,600 has been received or promised so far, with Gift Aid still to be added.


Wednesday 30th June 2010

THE TAPLOW TADPOLES' TINY TODDLE RAISED £369!

It was a great morning with Tiddlers' toddling in all directions!

Certificates were awarded to all those who took part and Janine presented each toddler with a medal before refreshments were served in the Toddlers' Area. 

Sadly the Toddle was Beverley's last production for the Playground, and the occasion was marked by a presentation of flowers by Playground Chairman, Barrie Peroni.

Here are some of the toddlers who took part.  If you have a photo of your little one in action, we would be delighted to include it on this page.  Please email it to nicky.hutchinson@tvap.co.uk.

    


Paddling PlayworkersTHE PADDLING PLAYWORKERS
'LIVE' AT MARLOW REGATTA
SUNDAY 13th JUNE 2010

Thanks to a tremendous amount of paddle power, they did it - and have raised over £700 in the process!!


Half term at the beginning of June sees us getting in touch with nature and natural colours with our Chameleon’s Crazy Colours theme - going out in to the Playground trying to find all the colours we can, as well as making some fantastic chameleon collages.

Moving on to Caterpillars and Butterflies, the children will be able to do some string printing, blow painting and some counting caterpillar activities.  And then a week on Flowers!  Make sure you bring some clothes to do gardening (something that you don’t mind getting a bit dirty!) - and there will be some vegetable printing going on as well!

We'll be turning the paddling pool on for the first time this year as well during June, so, if you are planning on coming along, don't forget to bring your swimming kit and a change of clothes!

Following the fantastic input from local company NDS, who cleared and cleared and CLEARED the woodstore and all around the site of the old bus (fab job, guys), and from Interserve who did an awesome job recoating, amongst other things, the Log Cabin, Johnson & Johnson have swooped in to put together some lovely new outdoor story boards for the summer.

On the fundraising front, the Sponsored Walk on 22nd May saw a fabulous change in the weather.  153 walkers took to the by-ways to help raise funds.  Final results are not in yet, but we are hoping to beat last years figures of £16,300 and reach £17,500.  It was fantastic to see so many old friends and to meet so many new ones  (and a particularly big thank you to Playground users and their families who took part), we know who you all are, and we salute you!!

There is still time to sponsor the Paddling Playworkers when they take part in the Marlow Regatta Dragon Boat Racing on 13th June - they need all the help they can get.  If you don't want to do it online, there is a paper sponsorship form at Reception.

As ever, looking out for Raffle prizes - we have been given a tremendous opportunity to put on the Raffle at the Taplow Village Ox Roast on 19th June to raise funds for the Playground.  If you have any 'as new', if unwanted, gifts lurking in your cupboards, Nicky would be very pleased to hear from you - donations@tvap.co.uk.


A huge thank you to everyone who took part in 2010 - Thanks to the tremendous support of Grundon, who sponsored the event, we have so far been promised over £18,000, and with Gift Aid still to follow, so it looks like we should have broken the £20,000 barrier.  An AWESOME result.

Our thanks to everyone who took part and to their sponsors and to all those who made practical donations to get the event underway including:

KK Print Solutions, who printed all the posters and flyers

Sherriff Mountford for providing advertising boards

A-Z Geographers' Maps for kindly allowing us to reproduce their map to keep our walkers on track

MARS UK for providing energy-giving chocolate

and Palmer Harvey & CCE Ltd for organising the all-important water!!


Hard to believe another April has passed, but here we are again, and would like to start with a couple of big thanks, firstly, to the sixth form students of Claires Court School, who came down to run two very successful sports days during the Easter Holidays.  The children had an absolute blast, playing football, tennis and all sorts of other games, which the students had come up with.

Secondly, a huge thank you to Meridian Drumming for the fantastic drumming workshops which they ran for us during the Easter Holiday, generously sponsored by Windsor Festival and Live Music Now.  The adult users were blown away by the demonstration and had a fantastic time when invited to join in with their own instruments.

With Easter now behind us, half term is approaching at the end of May.  We still have spaces for families to book in during that week, but they do go quickly, so make sure you get in nice and early to avoid disappointment.

We've also got activities coming up all to do with shape - we've a week on Squares, where you can come and decorate your own Elmer the Elephant, and we ar also doing some African-style printing, using different shapes of sponge.  After Squares we are on to Triangles and, amongst other things, will be making kaleidoscopes.

On the fundraising front, the Sponsored Walk is rapidly approaching and we would be delighted if anyone would like to take part.  Last year we raised over £16,000 and we would love to see if we can beat that.  If you don't feel like walking, please think about Sponsoring Sid, the Playground's virtual walker.


Friday 9th April 2010

AN EVENING OF INDIVIDUAL PERFORMANCES ON VIOLIN, CELLO & PIANO

Following their evening performing at the Barbican with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, "The World's Greatest Musical Prodigies" led by Alex Prior staged a magnificent evening of solo performances at Taplow Court, courtesy of the SGI-UK Ltd, to help raise funds for the Adventure Playground.  

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Michael & Xiaoming (Jack), Nathan & Simone - the four young virtuosi

The young performers, ranging in age from 11-17 wowed the audience, and raised them to their feet for a standing ovation.  "Stunning", "Breathtaking" and "a privilege to have seen them" were just a few of the comments from members of the audience, and gives you an idea of the success of the evening.  This was a rare opportunity to see these talented musicians before Alex returned to his
post as Assistant to the Guest Conductors with the Seattle Symphony Orchestra and the young virtuosi returned to their homes in the US and China.
  The evening raised over £6000 to help keep the Playground going - a truly superb result.


March has passed us by in a blink.  We've had lots of excellent activities going on here at the Playground, including some rather sophisticated Fruit Cocktail-making, and drinking, as well as some delicious shortcake and fairy cakes.  The topic we have been working on is Yummy & Yucky, so, along with all the glamour of fruit cocktails, we've had to get a bit messy as well!  The always popular 'feely' box has made another appearance, with some rather disgusting things inside, including bowls of jelly, spaghetti and many more sticky slimy things!  We've also been doing some scary skeleton pictures for X-rays and some tuneful Xylophones made from cardboard boxes.

Easter holidays are well and truly upon us now and we have lots of activities going on throughout the holidays.  On Wednesday 7th and Tuesday 13th April, we have two groups of students from Claires Court School coming to run two sports days for us.  So make sure you bring your running shoes and best football kits etc., for those days!!  We also have a drumming duo coming to do some workshops for us, one of which is for the adult users on Friday 9t April, and then, again, on Saturday 10th April for the children.

We have managed to gather a motley team to take part in this year's Dragon Boat Race at the Marlow Regatta, which will take place on 13th June.  There is more information on  the website as well as links to our JustGiving pages for anyone who would like to sponsor the "Paddling Playworkers", and donations would be greatly appreciated.

Just a quick reminder that we are going to be closed on Good Friday and Easter Saturday - 2nd and 3rd April.

Have a Happy Easter!


February has been another very busy month at the Adventure Playground.  We had Half Term, anniversary celebrations and much more going on.

Janine and 

Holly

Janine (on the left with Holly) has celebrated 21 years of working at the Playground - a tremendous achievement, I'm sure you will all agree.  We had a party for her which involved lots of Disney-themed costumes and lots of party games.  There was a big surpise in store for Janine when a few unexpected guests turned up to pass on their best wishes and congratulations!  All of the children had a great time playing skittles, darts, a Disney quiz and lots more.

Half Term was another busy time, especially when the weather was not on our side!  All things considered it was a very good week, with lots of people coming through the door every day and lots of people leaving very happy.

The Oldies Club had an interesting Casino Royale event: the night of Roulette and Dice was very well received, as were the toasted sandwiches!  The next Oldies Club outing is going to be held at the Ten Pin bowling alley in Maidenhead.

Upcoming events include X-Rays and Xylophones, then moving on to the letter Y for Yummy and Yucky, before reaching Zoo!

Tickets are now on sale for the Alex Prior with Four Young Virtuosos concert at Taplow Court on 9th April. It should be an amazing evening and an incredible opportunity to see such youthful talent in action.

The Sponsored Walk is coming up on 22nd May and we are looking for people to take part.  If you don't feel inclined, but would like to support the event, you could always Sponsor Sid!!


  • January was an eventful month here at the Playground, with more than a few issues with the weather, as, I'm sure, many of you had. Frustratingly, we had to close for a few days towards the end of last year and at the beginning of this one due to the huge amounts of snow we had across the area.  We are now, however, fully re-open and raring to get on!

  • We have got some great activities coming up for all the users to take part in this year.  For the next few weeks our topic is "Underwater", so there are lots of fishy things going on!  There will also be some Weather-themed activities coming up at the end of February.

  • For any parents wishing to help support the Playground, there is a Quiz Night, a Concert and the Sponsored Walk all coming up in the next few months.  If you can't take part, maybe you know someone who might be interested?  Or perhaps you would like to organise a fundraising event yourself . . .


Windsor & Maidenhead Symphony Orchestra put on a delightful afternoon concert at Taplow Court on Sunday 28th June 2009 in aid of the Thames Valley Adventure Playground.  Lovely music in the glorious surroundings of Taplow Court helped to raise much needed funds for the Playground.


 

SPONSORED WALK 2009

Last year, with Gift Aid, we hope to have raised over £16,367, thanks to the 159 walkers of all ages who took part on 16th May 2009.

Playground user, Peter Farnfield (centre)
presented prizes to the most-sponsored Walkers

There were worthy winners in the six categories for most-sponsored walkers:

Most Sponsored Group - The Bluebirds - £1681
Most Sponsored Family - The Panesars - £1450
Most Sponsored Company - Redroofs at Oldfield - £1221
Most Sponsored Children - the Bright/Slade/Whitelaws - £985
Most Sponsored Dog - Lottie Hutchinson - £700
Most Sponsored Individual - Nick Hewitt-Teale - £678

In 2010 we are hoping to reach even great heights and encourage both schools and companies to take up the challenge.

If you would like information on next year's event, please contact Nicky Hutchinson, the Playground's Donations' Manager, at sponsoredwalk@tvap.co.uk or you can download an entry form nearer the time for more details.


PLAYGROUND NEWSLETTER WINTER 2008/9

   

Reaching out over the water of Taplow Lake, the fabulous Gold Annexe was the stunning setting for artist, musician and entertainer, Rolf Harris to unveil the plaque commemorating the official opening in the presence of the Playground's young users with special needs and their families, as well as all those who helped to make the building possible. 
The new annexe is a magnficent addition to the proceedings, enabling the Playground to meet the constantly changing needs of its users. 
The Gold Annexe has been made possible by a very generous legacy from the late Miss Susan Gold of Pheasants Hill in Hambleden.  It is providing additional play space with better access, in a light and therapeutic environment. The new space will enable more hoists for lifting the users, better organised areas for arts & crafts, music-making and cooking & eating, as well as an upgrade of the wheelchair-accessible toilet facilities. The plans included a complete reorganisation and refurbishment of the current building, which, after a quarter of a century in action, had been in desperate need of upgrading.
Alongside the architects, planners, builders and members of the local parish and district councils, were the Playground's neighbours, Mr. & Mrs. Lui, owners of Joe's Folly Kennels, who, through their generosity in allowing the builders to access the site via their land, enabled the Playground to remain in action throughout the six months of the build.  Also on the guest list were representatives of the Sailing, Waterski-ing & Fishing Clubs based at Taplow Lake, whose support for the scheme was crucial to its success, along with Playground patrons, Sir Terry Wogan, Peter Prior, Chairman of Summerleaze Ltd (owners of Taplow Lake and the land on which the Adventure Playground is situated), and Mrs. Flo Jacob, wife of the Playground's first President, the late Arthur Jacob.  The project was managed on a voluntary basis by Mr. Bill Kirkpatrick, surveyor and long-standing supporter of the Adventure Playground.


THAMES VALLEY PUB QUIZ CHAMPIONSHIP - 6th FEBRUARY

37 Teams took part in the Inaugural Thames Valley Pub Quiz of the Year, put on by the Rotary Club of Maidenhead Thames.

Hosted by Playground President, Tim Brooke-Taylor, the evening was a sell out and the Playground team managed a very respectable 26th place against seasoned "Quizzers"!


The Chocolate Tombola at the Burnham Lions Christmas Fayre was a great success - running out of chocolate prizes with half an hour to go - and raised over £200 - a great result.  Thanks to everyone who donated such a terrific variety of chocolatey goodies.


Laurie Holloway

The evening of Jazz music and song, held at Taplow Court on 8th November, was a great success.  The event raised over £1400 each for the Adventure Playground and Padstones, who support young homeless people in the Thames Valley.  This is a terrific addition to the charities' funds, thanks to the generous support of Laurie Holloway, his Trio and Friends - a bevy of talented young singers, who are supported by the Montgomery Holloway Music Trust.


CAKE CRAZY

Nortel Networks' Finance department chose the Playground to be the beneficiary of funds raised by their Cake Bake, held on November 3rd.  A fabulous array of goodies were on offer and tantalized staff at Maidenhead Office Park into parting with a terrific £300, which has been matched by Nortel.  The money raised will be used to support the work of the Adventure Playground.
Nortel are long-standing supporters and were one of our Founder members of the Playground's Guardianship scheme, set up in 2004 to raise the funds vital to meet annual costs, now running in excess of £250,000 a year.


NEW ANNEXE UPDATE

Work is almost completed on the new annexe, and it should be in action by the time the Playground reopens in February.

 

Walls going up Inside the Annexe


Saturday 30th August

The one really sunny day of the summer was the perfect backdrop to the MEDIEVAL TOURNAMENT which was held at the Playground with the support of SIEMENS. 

Archery, Jousting, Weaving and Knight Training were just a few of the activities on offer.  SIEMENS ran on a Charity Carwash, a Cake Stall and a Raffle, which raised £740 for the Adventure Playground. Top prize in the Raffle, an XBox 360 was won by Playground user Amy Rumble.


Saturday 16th August

PLAYGROUND SUMMER BARBECUE
Generously hosted by The Paviers' Society was open to our users with special needs and their families, with Basil & Crew, the mobile farm, introducing some four-legged friends.


 

HENLEY HAPPENINGS

Peel Fold, the former Henley riverside home of Beatrice Lillie was the fabulous riverside location for performances of two productions thanks to the kind permission of Alan & Carol Pontin, with a donation from the proceeds being made to the Thames Valley Adventure Playground.

Shakepeare's "The Taming of the Shrew" 
An Open-Air Production presented by Henley Amateur Operatic & Dramatic Society, directed by Michael Huntington, ran from 16th-19th July, and raised £600 to help support the Playground.  Dinner was served in the Boathouse, followed by a lively production of the Shakespeare Classic. www.haods.com


"Finn & The Salmon of Knowledge" June 28th & 29th
The Acorn Music Theatre Company presented a collection of stories based on Irish Celtic heroes used live music and acrobatic physical theatre to bring these ancient myths and legends to life. The stories were filled with feats of heroism, passion, humour, giants, fairies, women warriors and magic swans! A magical evening in a fabulous location. 
The production recently won the Jean Sutherland Trophy for the Most Outstanding Performance of the Kenton Drama Festival.  www.acornmusictheatrecompany.com.


 

PLAYGROUND FUN DAY - Saturday 28th June 2008
Community Playday, with games, face-painting and craft activities for the children - cakes, plant and jewellery stalls for the grown ups!  Weather was great and the day raised over £150 for the Playground.


HISSING SID VISITS PLAYGROUND!
Jock's Cabin played host to a collection of exotic creatures on 25th June.  From giant millipedes, pygmy hedgehogs and lizards of all shapes and sizes to tarantulas and a 7ft baby Burmese python, the children made friends with them all.


TAPLOW VILLAGE GATHERING

Raffle Result!

Thanks to the huge generosity of the good folk of Taplow, the Playground is £628.50 better off.  This huge sum was raised by a Raffle held as part of the Village's annual picnic, held on Saturday 28th June.   Overcast skies could not cast a damper on the evening, which offered villagers the chance to to get together to enjoy dancing on the village green, sustained by a fabulous Ox Roast and barbecue.

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SATURDAY 10TH MAY

 
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A gloriously sunny day saw 141 walkers, aged from 7 months to over 70 years, taking part in either the 5, 10 or 15 mile walk along the Jubilee River and back along the Thames.  So far we have received promises and money totalling over £14,000!  This is a fabulous result and a huge thank you to everyone who put their best foot forward to help raise this superb sum.

If walking is your thing, and you are interested in finding out more, please contact us and we will put your name on the list for next year's walk

Email sponsoredwalk@tvap.co.uk.

Call Nicky Hutchinson on 01628 628599.


The new Adventure Castle is now in action! 

Funded by grants from The Mattel Foundation, the Louis Baylis (Maidenhead Advertiser) Charitable Trust and a donation made in memory of Richard Greenwood, the castle boasts a new slide (accessible by wheelchair), rope bridges, a fireman's pole and all sorts of towers and turrets to explore.


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Building work

Work on the Playground's superb new annexe, which will extend out over the lake, has now begun.

First step, the creation of a stretch of roadway on the field adjacent to the Bike Bit, involved numerous visits from vast trucks carrying tons of hardcore - which was a huge attraction during the Spring Holiday. 

The picnic area, Toddlers' area and part of the Bike Bit will be out of action during the summer to allow the building work to take place.  The Crazy Golf has been relocated close to the new castle.

The plan is to complete the construction work over the summer and the refurbishing and joining up of the old with the new is scheduled to take place during September.


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