Village Day 1991

Introduction

Effingham’s Village Day in 1991 took place on June 9th in fine summer weather.

Planning

Through the 1990s and in the preceding decade the Village Day Committee was chaired by Gillian M. Walker and had about two dozen members from all parts of the community. Here you can view the Minutes of a meeting held by this Committee on January 31st 1991 to plan the organization of the Village Day. This document attests to the organisational skill and effort that went into these events.

Official Programme

This four-page Programme was printed for the event and lists the displays and events for the day, starting at 12 noon.

Arena Events

Like other Village Days this took place primarily in the King George V Playing Fields. Here are some pictures showing events that took place there in the arena (the bowl area lying east of the main building). The children’s roundabout was provided by the KGV Playgroup who had also pledged to provide swingboats and to organise children’s races. Lucky Dips were arranged by “Button Box”.

Special Events

This Village Day included two special events. Firstly, at 1.00 pm a dramatic display was staged by Colonel Valentine Walton’s Regiment of Foote, part of The English Civil War Society dedicated to the re-enactment of life during the Civil War period:

This was followed at 2.00pm by the official opening in the KGV grounds of a SafePlay playground, grant-aided by Guildford Borough Council. The new facility was opened by Doreen Bellerby, Mayor of Guildford, in the presence of the Parish Council Chairman Keith Cornwell and the Committee Chair Gill Walker.

Indoor Activity

Inside the KGV Hall was a local history exhibition about “Old Effingham” presented in the popular “then and now” style. Probably much of the displayed material had been prepared by local amateur historian Mary A. Rice-Oxley who, ten years later, donated to ELHG many of the photographs on this page.