News & Events

Guided Walk – The Medieval Hamlet
We will be hosting the Medieval Hamlet guided walk on Saturday 19th May. It will begin at 9:30am, finish by about 1pm, and cover 3 miles around Ludshott Common, Flat Wood and Applegarth. It will be on unmade country paths and tracks, mostly flat and easy but with one short, steep climb. Places are limited, if you would like to book then please get in touch through the Contact page. It is free to members and non-members alike.

Latest Loss – Woods Tiled Shopfront
The latest loss to Grayshott’s history is the beautiful Edwardian tiled frontage of Stainton House, more commonly known as Woods the butchers. The latest proprietor, of a shop named ‘Bells and Whistles,’ has decided to cover this village signature feature in a coat of vinyl. The tiles are said to be intact beneath the vinyl but have nonetheless been removed from the everyday enjoyment of villagers and passers-by. Despite the property being within the Conservation Area it currently seems that no planning enforcement to reverse this action is possible.
The property was built in about 1897. In about 1904 it was bought by Mr Woods and altered to make a double-fronted shop by infilling with the adjacent Coxhead’s. The tiled front would have been added at this time, a typical period feature for butchers. Since 1983 the premises were used as a restaurant, still known as Woods and until recently Wings Woods. As small compensation to those who loved this place we show below a picture of the premises in their heyday.

Woods Original Shop Front comp

This is the front of Woods butcher shop. It was built in 1897, extended in 1904 and probably photographed not long after.

Living History Fair
The Weald and Downland Museum, Singleton, is hosting a Living History Fair on Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd of June. From the Saxons through to the Great War, there will be encampments, arena displays and demonstrations, as well as historic trades, craft, food & drink. It’s a wonderful place to help imagine how Grayshott would have looked, sounded and smelled in days gone by. More details here.

New Committee Member Wanted
We are looking for  new committee member to take on the role of Secretary and Press Officer. The duties are straightforward, basically to keep records of our meetings, deal with correspondence (of which there is not much) and liaise with newspapers. If you think you might be interested please get in touch through the Contact page.

Spring Friends’ Evening
The Spring Friends’ Evening has been confirmed for Tuesday 8th May 2018, at Grayshott Social Club as usual. The topics will include ‘Have I Got News For You’, a light-hearted look at newspaper coverage of Grayshott through the ages. More details nearer the time. The autumn evening is scheduled for Monday 22nd October and we hope to theme it in support of the village’s commemoration of the centenary of the end of the Great War.

New Find – Some Old Photos
This month we have some photos of varied interest.
First, a nice picture of Donec in the 1960s.
The second shows the signwriting shop of the bus depot in Aldershot, with finishing touches being applied to the local Hindhead & Bramshott board.
Finally, the Chapman and Puttick shop in Headley Road. If anyone knows more about this building or business we would be interested to hear from you.

Donec 1960s

Donec in the 1960s

Bus Signwriting

Signwriting in progress in the Aldershot & District workshop at Halimote Road, Aldershot, around 1918. Note the Hindhead & Bramshott board.

Garner Puttick

The Garner & Puttick shop in Headley Road, which we belive was a decorating business. The poster in the window advertises a dance, unfortunately too small to learn more.

Latest Newsletter: Number 8, February 2018, no GH7

Friends Evenings.
Next Friends’ evening will be on Tuesday, May 8th. Social Club, Hill Road, 7.30 for 7.45pm, bar from 7.00. Programme will be the ‘Old Boundaries of Grayshott’, ‘Grayshott in India’ and ‘Have I Got News for You’ – a look at some of the news items carried in the press regarding Grayshott 1890 – 1950. Raffle and refreshments as usual. It is at present being considered to move the November meeting to a different location which will combine with an exhibition to do with the 100th anniversary of the end of World War One, more on this next time.

‘Grayshott Today’ magazine.
We now have a regular presence in this magazine, and with a circulation of about 1800 copies we hope to gain good publicity from this. Also we will be trying to have more regular publicity in the local press.

Tree Walk Booklet.
With the help of a donation of £250. from ‘Hidden Gardens of Grayshott’ we will now go ahead and publish a booklet about some of the more notable trees around our village which can be seen when following the route for the walk.

 Hindhead. – ‘Stepping Stones / Undershaw.
Besides now taking in Hindhead as part of our interest area which will give us a much wider range to take in from the Heritage point of view we have also following a meeting at Stepping Stones agreed to co-operate with exchanges of information on events and local history. A forthcoming exhibition at Haslemere Museum about ‘Undershaw’ and Conan Doyle we are pleased to provide some images from our archive.

For those of you who venture to the top of the hill to the Punchbowl will no doubt have noticed the demolition of another local landmark ‘The Golden Hind’. Probably built in the early 1920s and serving visitors to the area and passing traffic on the Portsmouth Road as cafe and in more recent years as an emporium for second hand furniture / house clearance goods. The sign between windows on the first floor front painted on glass has fortunately survived.

Hampshire Community Archive Groups.
John Childs on behalf of us will be speaking about our activities at the next forum to be held March 17th.

Hampshire County Records Office.
Following a visit, we have been able to view the 37 glass plate negatives taken in 1895 around Grayshott held there . The outcome is that we are going to purchase copies of these for Grayshott Heritage and look forward to researching the images which include Jim Wells blacksmiths building, possible the iron church building pre-dating St. Luke’s on that site and much more of interest.

Guided Walks.
We hope to repeat these walks during spring / summer 2018. More details in due course.

Foot note.
An Edwardian house is possibly subject to demolition in Boundary road, more information Julia Tarento, 01428 608724.

10th February 2018.

Tracey Sharpe (Secretary)                                    Richard Peskett, (Chairman)
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