Final Chilworth2gether project – buying new benches for the Gunpowder Mills site

Chilworth2gether is retiring this year. We are now in the process of finalising our very last project, which is to purchase a set of picnic benches for the Gunpowder Mills.

The new benches will replace the existing benches, which have come to the end of there life. Buying these original benches was one of our first projects, using proceeds from our fundraising events.

The new benches, the design of which has been approved by GBC, are made of recycled materials and come with a 25 year guarantee. When they finally reach the end of their working life, they will be recycled again.

The benches will remain a popular resource for the community of Chilworth, and as a place to rest or have a picnic, and for walkers exploring the Gunpowder Mills and the Surrey Hills. They will also continue to be used by Chilworth C of E Infant School, who use the space as an outdoor classroom for Forest School activities.

This project will use nearly all the funds held in the Chilworth2gether accounts. Any funds remaining will be spent supporting other local organisations, such as Chilworth Brownies.

The accounts will be audited, as they always are, by an external qualified person who lives in the village. It is hoped that the successful closure of the accounts can be reported on the website before it is closed in September.

The new benches should be ready for delivery and installation in August, which will be done on site with the help and support of the GBC Countryside Wardens.

It is hoped that Chilworth2gether will be able to report the completion of its last project at the annual Gunpowder Mills meeting, which is held in Chilworth Village Hall in November.

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