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  Paxmead Riverside Base



ARRIVALS - On or after 14:00

DEPARTURES - By 16:00 on a Sunday (term time) or by 12:00 (school holidays)


If you wish to vary the times given above, please enquire with the County Office.


Entry to the premises is by key code. These codes will be emailed to you with the acknowledgement of receipt of your final payment. Please note that if you are arriving or departing in the dark you will need a torch to see the keypad!


To contact the Duty warden, please call 07955 011469





There is a pay phone in the small Leaders’ Room. The number is 01932 561850. We recommend that this number is not given to parents, but used as an emergency number for Leaders.


FREE Wi-Fi is provided. The access code is given in the main building.





Paxmead does not have a resident Warden. You will be supplied with details of an emergency Paxmead contact with the acknowledgement for the balance of fees payment. 


DOCTORS:                                             HOSPITAL:

The Group Practice                                Accident & Emergency

Shepperton Health Centre                     St. Peter's Hospital 

Shepperton Court Drive                          Guildford Road

Laleham Road                                       Chertsey

Shepperton                                            Casualty Department: 01932 692321

01932 220524                                        Switchboard number: 01932 872000 





In the unlikely event that you need to evacuate the building, please assemble at the fire assembly point. This is located on the grassy area next to the main gate on Docket Eddy Lane.

Camps And Holidays

All activities carried out by members of Girlguiding at Paxmead must conform to the rules laid out in the current edition of "The Guiding Manual".


If you need to contact the ‘Host’ Residential Adviser, the contact details are: 


Miss Sarah Squire, 8 Waterside Close, Charlton Village, Shepperton, TW17 0SS Phone : 07926 767451 Email :



If you intend to use the boating facilities, you must complete the Boating Request Form confirming that you have read and understood the Boating Rules.


There is no age limit for boating at Paxmead, however it should be noted that the River Thames can sometimes have strong currents and care should be taken to ensure that younger Guides or Brownies can cope with the situation.


Please note that Leaders are responsible for having 4 – 6 adults available to assist with moving the boats in and out of the water and cleaning the boats, boathouse and changing facilities at the end of the session.



Members of Girlguiding should be in uniform appropriate to the activity. Non-slip rubber-soled shoes must be worn at all times. It is extremely dangerous to be barefoot. Wellington boots must never be worn in boats.



The cost of electricity is included in the per person hire charge.



The main building is equipped with kitchen utensils, crockery, etc. for approximately 30 people.


Please list any breakages, damage or malfunctions of the building/equipment in the book on the shelf in the pantry. If urgent, please contact duty warden.




The dormitory sleeps 24 and is furnished with 12 bunk beds. Event participants should not be allowed to use the dormitory as a play/activity area at any time unless supervised by an adult.


Paxmead has two Leaders’ Rooms; one sleeps 4, the other sleeps 2. No bedding is provided by Paxmead. 



Anyone wishing to erect a marquee must seek permission in advance of arrival. Contact the County Office to request this.


First Aid

A small First Aid box is available in the kitchen for emergencies, however groups are expected to provide their own First Aid equipment.  


Risk Assessment

Sample risk assessments are available at, and hard copies are kept both in the Small Leader Room and the Boathouse. Please note that these are for reference only; the event organiser is responsible for completing their own full risk assessments.


Serious Incident/Evacuation

The procedure is located on the main notice board and in the Small Leader Room.



All accidents must be reported in the Accident Book in the Small Leader Room. When a hospital visit is necessary, a Notification of Accident Form, also available, should be completed as soon as possible after the incident.


Fires And Barbecue

Fires may only be lit in the Campfire Circle on the hard bases provided for altar fires or on the barbecue. Wood is available on site for visitors to use. Please remove all ashes and ensure that all fire sites are left clean and tidy. Cold ashes may be added to the open compost bins.


Litter And Rubbish

The rubbish and recycling bins are both located by the main gate. At the end of your visit, please place rubbish in the black bin, and all recycling in the green bin (no polythene or polystyrene).


A compost bin is available (opposite the kitchen door) for raw fruit and vegetable waste only; cooked food waste must be double bagged and placed in a rubbish bin. Please ensure no rubbish is left around site. As recycling varies between boroughs, please ensure Spelthorne’s rules are followed. Visit for full details.


Car Parking

All vehicles should be parked in the area designated and not on the grass areas unless with prior approval. Extra parking/activity space is available opposite Paxmead with prior arrangement and approval by the landowner. Please contact the County Office to request grass parking.



Coaches should enter the grounds only to turn; they must be unloaded as near to the roadside gate as possible.



The premises must be kept secure at all times and it is advisable to keep all gates shut. (Both the Riverside Base and The Boathouse should be locked and made secure.) When the group is away from the Riverside Base, or even when on the river bank, care must be taken that valuables are locked up safely. It is essential that the entrance gate is locked at night.


We will endeavour to notify you of any pre-arranged visitors to the site, e.g. contractors or deliveries. From time to time boating events will be going on in The Boathouse (particularly the 1st and 3rd Sunday of each month, due to instructor training). Please challenge any unexpected visitors and confirm the validity of their visit.


Property In General

No smoking is permitted in any of the Paxmead buildings. Please treat the Paxmead property as if it were your own. Put things back where they belong, even if someone before you has not...


You will need to bring your own tea towels, dish cloths, hand towels, rubbish bags, toilet rolls, and bedding.


Leaving Paxmead

For all cleaning instructions, please follow the outgoing checklist provided on page 8.


·         All exit doors must be locked shut, including the double doors

·         Leave all internal doors open

·         Leave all curtains open

·         Turn off all lights - please double check

·         Return all keys to their key safes

·         Padlock the entrance gate





To Do

To Do If a Cleaner Has Not Been Booked


Empty all bins

Turn off all water heaters, room heaters and lights

Lock washroom and main doors

Exit through kitchen door and lock

Return key to key safe

Padlock main gate

Report any faults and breakages to County Office

Make sure the vacuum cleaner is empty before you leave


Lock windows 

Check fire door is closed and locked

Remove blu-tac (if used)

Vacuum and clean



Clean toilets

Clean showers

Clean basins

Vacuum and wash floors


Empty fridge and freezer. Please do not leave any food in the building.

Clean fridge and freezer

Clean ovens and hobs

Clean microwave

Clean toasters

Empty kettles

Clean sinks and taps

Clean all surfaces

Wipe clean cupboard doors

Vacuum and mop floor


Check fire door is closed and locked

Remove blu-tac (if used)

Remove scuff marks from floor

Wipe windowsills

Place chairs in stacks of 5 (sideways to wall)

Clean and stack tables in rack (sideways on)

Vacuum and mop floor


Remove blu-tac (if used)

Remove scuff marks from floor

Vacuum and wash floor

The Boathouse

Ensure that The Boathouse, boats, and changing facilities have been left clean and dry


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