News & Events

Autumn Friends’ Evening
The Autumn Friends’ Evening has been confirmed for Monday October 22nd 2018, at Grayshott Village Hall. It will be themed in support of the village’s commemoration of the centenary of the end of the Great War. More details nearer the time.
If anyone has items of interest – letters, photos of family members in uniform, souvenirs from the front, medals etc – we would love to see them. Please get in touch through the Contact page.

Churt Heritage
A date for your diaries: Friday 5th October, 7pm for 7:30, Churt Village Hall.
Churt Heritage is offering two very interesting films: ‘The Tunnel Under Hindhead’, the story of the tunnel’s construction, and ‘The Story of Guildford Cathedral 1927-2012’.
Tickets at £7.50 will be available from Miscellanea, or from Gillian Devine on 01428 717016, or John Brain 01428 712219. There will also be an exhibition relating to the controversies and protest groups surrounding the various proposed routes. Do you remember that one of the routes proposed going through the middle of Churt with a viaduct over Whitmore Vale?
Cash bar and Meadow Farm ice cream.

Guided Walk – The Medieval Hamlet
The last Medieval Hamlet guided walk in May was very popular. If there is sufficient demand we will hold another in the autumn, perhaps late September or early October. 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. If you are interested then please get in touch through the Contact page. We will choose a date convenient for the majority. It is free to members and non-members alike.

Latest Loss – The Golden Hind
The latest building to succumb is the Golden Hind Cafe at Hindhead, more recently known as Cooper Brothers furniture shop. Time and decades of pounding from recent traffic had taken its toll, and the building was sadly beyond economic repair. It was demolished in May 2018

The ‘Golden Hind’ café 1920's

The ‘Golden Hind’ café north of the crossroads in the 1920s, one of the many such establishments along the A3.

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.

New Find – Great War Postcards – now updated with full translation
One of our members has acquired a most interesting collection of postcards from the Great War. We know that Belgian refugees were housed in Grayshott, at Bulls Farm, Glenn Road, Homeside (Headley Road) and nearby at Bramshott Chase. These cards appear to be addressed to the sisters Marthe and Viviane d’Huart, at Gorsemount, so they add a further family to those already known. They are from their father, an officer in the Belgian Artillery, dated 1916 and marked ‘Belgian Active Army’. In one of them d’Huart writes:
‘Dear Marthe, This scene will interest your mummy as the mansion belonged to our family. It is now as flat as the ground and impossible to photograph. Yesterday our cook was killed in the cellar by a shell, and my best interpreter killed by an enemy bomb. I hope this week brings us better luck. Goodbye, dear Marthe. I send you my most heartfelt affectionate kisses. Write to me often.’
He must have been at or very close to the front.
Gorsemount is in The Avenue, built circa 1900. Of it’s owners during the Great War, or of the d’Huart family, we currently know nothing further. Time permitting, we hope to translate all of the cards and discover more about their story.

Postcard d'Huart

In this card to his daughter Marthe, d’Huart writes that ‘Hier notre cuisinier a été tué dans la cave par un obus, et mon meilleur interprète tué par une bombe d’axis’ – Yesterday our cook was killed in the cellar by a shell, and my best interpreter killed by an enemy bomb.

Latest Newsletter: Number GH10, June 2018

Friends Evenings
Next ‘Friends’ evening has moved forward to Monday , October 22nd and will be in the main hall at the Village Hall, the subject will be in connection with the 100th anniversary of the end of WW1 ‘Local interest of World War One. More news on this next time .

Raffle and refreshments as usual.

‘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. Recent article of interest   has been the Medieval period history , this will be followed by ‘The Seven Thorns’ pub at Bramshott Chase in the July issue and the Portsmouth Road for August.

Web site
Don’t forget to have a look on the web site for more news and interest in the regular features.

Hampshire Records Office
We have now received copies of the 1895 images from around the village and surrounding district. Included are images of Headley Road, Crossways Road, the Blacksmiths premises and the ‘temporary’ iron church on the St. Luke’s site 1892 /1899.

Hindhead. – ‘Stepping Stones / Undershaw
A successful weekend of events was held including a walk around Grayshott.

John Smith dressed as Sir Robert Hunter presented a talk on Grayshott through the eyes and words of Dame Flora Thompson. Reciting from ” Heatherley” Floras descriptions of people and places in and around Grayshott, including her views on Conan Doyle.

New finds.
Recent ebay purchases include a collection of 18 postcards sent from Belgium to ‘Gorselands’ in 1916 where several Belgium refugees were staying.

A number of refugees who had fled Antwerp in 1914 stayed in and around the village for much of the war, some attended Grayshott school.

New Data Protection Legislation.
Please see attached information on this new government legislation. (Below)

Friends of Grayshott Heritage – Data Protection
I am sure you have been recently inundated with GDPR compliance requests and I am afraid I’m asking for the same.

If you didn’t already know, the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) commenced on 25th May 2018.
This new regulation enforces privacy for all individuals within the UK and EU and aims primarily to give control to citizens and residents over their personal information.
To comply with the new laws, we need you to let us know that you are still happy for us email or write to you regarding the important work Grayshott Heritage does to preserve and record local history, send newsletters and Friends evening information.
We do not sell, give or deliberately loose information to any third party and that information is held and managed in a responcible way.
We make it easy for individuals to withdraw their consent at any time, just email and tell us you wish to remove your consent and would like your details removed and we will take you off of our mailing list.
More information can be found on our website

Thank you.

Tracey Sharpe, General Secretary , Grayshott Heritage, I The Pines, Headley Road, Grayshott, Hants., GU26 6LD

24th. June 2018.

Tracey Sharpe (Secretary)                                    Richard Peskett, (Chairman)
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