The Big Spruce Up – Orchard Way playground

Church and community truly came together recently when members from St Mary’s joined with local residents to rejuvenate the playground at Orchard Way, on the James Road Estate in Camberley.

Preparation of the site and priming had been done earlier in the month, so everything was ready for the group of willing volunteers which showed up on the morning of Saturday 20th June on a mission to complete the job.

Despite the threat of rain we all set to with our brushes and pots of brightly coloured paint to bring a new lease of life to the railings and the playground equipment.

Paul Deach from the Surrey Heath Residents Network had been keeping an eye on the project in the preceding weeks and popped in during the morning eager to see how work was progressing.

To listen to a podcast with Rev Andrew Knowles and Lisa McSweeney and to see more pictures of the day visit

When it eventually arrived the rain didn’t dampen our enthusiasm one little bit and when lunchtime came we were treated to a BBQ provided by Waitrose in Frimley and prepared by church members Darren & Sue Duplock and ably assisted by Denis McSweeney.

A sweet treat arrived courtesy of La-di-dah Cakery which was greatly enjoyed by everyone, particularly the youngsters!

A big thank you to everyone involved in such a fabulous day and we’re all looking forward to how we can work together in the future for our local community.