SGN team repays Tongham residents with community centre facelift
10 July 2017
The SGN team take a break from their work at the recreation ground around Tongham community centre.
An SGN team has given the recreation ground around Tongham Community Centre a facelift to thank the local community for their support while engineers battled to repair flooded gas pipes last year.
In May 2016, water flooded the gas network in the village causing 350 customers in the Surrey village to lose their gas supply. An emergency team from the gas network company’s Aldershot depot used the community centre as their base of operations while engineers worked tirelessly to restore gas supplies.
SGN Business Performance Manager Richard Zapp, who helped organise the project, explained: “It’s good to have a central point where members of the public can come and speak to us and where we can give out heaters and other equipment, so we were very grateful to the Tongham Parish for the use of their community centre.
“When we were here last year, we asked if there was anything we could do to say thank you and we were told the community centre car park and recreation ground were in need of a spruce-up. We promised then that we would come back and sort them out and that’s exactly what we did!”
The 17-strong team worked tirelessly throughout the day, weeding the flower border and jet washing the car park, trimming borders on either side of the concrete drive, as well as clearing debris from footpaths, the balcony and drive. A tidy-up of trees and shrubs in the recreation ground completed its transformation.
They offered their help to the Parish as part of SGN’s Community Action Programme (CAP) in which all employees are given a day off work on company time every year to help make a difference in their local community.
Victoria Perks, Administration Supervisor at SGN’s Aldershot depot, said: “We worked solidly the whole day – and discovered muscles we didn’t even know we had, but it made a nice change from being in the office. The Tongham Parish Council and Community Association/Centre Management were very appreciative of what we’d managed to achieve, so it felt really worthwhile.”
Les Oakley, Tongham Parish Council Chairman, said: “We are very grateful to SGN for all their hard work. The recreation ground looks fabulous, and was ready just in time for our SAMFEST music festival last Saturday. Plus, we’ve already had comments from dog walkers about how well-maintained the area looks.”