News & Events

Grayshott in 1967
This year is the 50th anniversary of Grayshott Pottery. To build upon the theme, at our next Friends’ Evening on 7th November we hope to present a recollection of Grayshott in 1967. So please dust off your memories and let us know what you were doing that year (or during the sixties in general), either on the night or in advance through the Contact page.

Milland Heritage Exhibition
On Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd October there will be a Milland villiage Heritage Exhibition. The venue is Milland Valley memorial Hall, Iping Road, Milland, GU30 7NA. Open from 10am to 4pm. It will include displays about people and places, schools, shops and pubs, farming, woodland, industries, and there will be photos, documents and maps to browse through. All welcome.

War Memorial Rededication
Following its restoration and repair, the War Memorial is being rededicated at 3:30pm on Sunday 29th October. Everyone is welcome to attend. The Parish Council is particularly keen to trace any surviving descendants of those remembered on the memorial and invite them to the service. You can contact us if you are, or know of, such person and we will put you in touch with the council.

Guided Walks
Our three walks in September proved very popular. Our walking season for this year has now drawn to a close but if you would like to be put on the list for future walks please get in touch through the Contact page. They are free to members and non-members alike.

Superior Camp – Information Sought
Chris Webb, NT Warden for Ludshott Common, is seeking information about the units which were billeted at Superior Camp during WW2. There is plenty known about the camp’s post-war use as social housing but almost nothing in detail is known about the Canadian Army units that were billeted there during the war itself. If you have any information, or even leads, please contact us and we’ll pass it to Chris.

Autumn Friends’ Evening
The autumn Friends’ Evening is scheduled for Tuesday 7th November. More details nearer the time.

New Find – A Postcard of Whitmore Vale
This lovely old postcard shows Whitmore Vale in the early 20th century, perhaps before the Great War. The landscape is much more open than today, there are less conifer plantations, and the hedges are all well kept. Whitmore Vale was farmed by smallholders and market gardeners and supplied fresh produce into Grayshott, Hindhead and local villages. We think this photo is taken from the north, on the Hampshire side looking up the valley towards Grayshott, maybe somewhere in the area of Dingley Dell Cottage. If you can place the spot please let us know.

Whitmore Vale Postcard New Find Sept 2017

Whitmore Vale, circa 1910


Latest Newsletter: Number 5, August 2017
Friends’ Evening
Next Friends’ evening will be on Tuesday, November 7th. It will incorporate the AGM which we hope will only take up a short time. The boundaries of Grayshott and Grayshott 50 years ago (1967) will be the subjects for the evening. More details next newsletter and on the web site. More details/requests regarding Grayshott 50 years ago below.

New web site.
This is now up and running, a considerable number of visits already made and we have received much favourable feedback. Much more material still to be transferred from the old site which will be done as time permits. Please take the time to have a look.

New ‘finds’
A postcard showing fields in the depth of Whitmore Vale and an Easter card for 1929 addressed to Miss Christmas, ‘Wayside’, Headley Road.
Although from Hindhead, an item of souvenir crested china in the form of a WW 1 battleship has turned up.
Images of these items will appear on our web site shortly.

Hampshire Community Archive Groups.
We have received an invitation to speak about our activities at the next forum to be held March 2018. Good news that we are deemed suitable to present our organisation at this event.

Grayshott Village Guided Walk.
The first walk was unfortunately cancelled owing to adverse weather conditions, but rescheduled for the following week when the weather conditions were better if not a little cool. The tour participants were handed photographic images of the buildings 100 years ago and the walk commenced along Crossways road and up Headley road taking in the points of interest along the way. The walk was deemed a success and further walks are in planning, – see below.

Grayshott Heritage Guided Walks.
It has been decided as evenings are drawing in to hold these events on a weekend morning.
For further details and booking a place please contact John Childs:
Tree Walk – a walk of about 90 minutes around the village to look at various interesting trees and their stories. Sunday morning, September 3rd.
Shops and Houses, central Grayshott. about 100 minutes along the two main roads. Sunday morning, September 17th.
Medieval Hamlet of Grayshott a 3 mile walk through the countryside west of the village, Saturday morning, September 16th.

Grayshott 50 years ago.
The next Friends’ evening we would like to take a look at the village from the 1960s. Don’t worry you will not have to dress 1960s style (unless you want to!) there will be a competition for the best story/memory from this period and a prize for the best story/memory that we will read out on the evening. The stories can be funny, interesting, embarrassing etc. We really would appreciate your help to make this an interesting and fun event.     Please contact us if you can help.


Tracey Sharpe (Secretary)                                                      Richard Peskett, (Chairman)
Tel: 07887722787                                                                      Tel: 01428 604862


12th August 2017.