Former councillor responsible for bringing skate park to Guildford dies aged 93

A former Guildford Borough Councillor who had a large role in saving the town’s famous Rodboro building has died aged 93.

Auriol Earle lived in the Guildford, Surrey since the 1960s and was best known for establishing a holiday camp to keep children busy when not in school.

Her daughter, Jenny Earle explained that the scheme called Holiday Fun started locally but spread nationally.

She added: “It is now more commonplace to find school holiday programmes, but that was not the case when she created it in the 1960s.

“She did lots of work negotiating access to school halls and playgrounds that would usually be shut. Our mum understood it was tricky for busy working parents.”

“Most recently she save the town’s museum and was generally regarded as a strong Guildford activist.

“Everything she did was collaborative, but my mum was seen as the instigator and a persistent champion for the skate park (in Stoke Park).”

According to her daughter, Auriol was aware young people in Guildford had been short changed over many years, but there was a lot of opposition to bringing in the skate park.

However, she made her way through the challenges laid at her door and delivered the skate park.

Jenny believes her mother deserves a commemorative plaque somewhere in the town, and is speaking to the council about this.

She is survived by her husband Eric, to whom she was married for 69 years.


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