A Christmas Message
From the Chairman and the committee.
Thank you for your support of Grayshott Heritage during 2020, to say the least I am sure you will all agree that it has been the most difficult year for every aspect of daily life and 12 months ago this situation would have been totally unbelievable .
We have endeavoured to keep you all in touch with the Mystery Pictures, Post Card to Home and currently with New Finds, which we trust you have found enjoyable reading .
With still much uncertainty of how daily life in 2021 will be, there is light at the end of the tunnel it seems. I most sincerely hope that Grayshott Heritage can return to our Friends Evenings and Walks in late spring and summer .
We would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a Happy Christmas and New Year and look forward to meeting you again in the not too distant future .
All best wishes,
Richard and the committee.
Annual General Meeting
In November we ran a virtual AGM, with great thanks to Liz’s IT skills. Given the ongoing Covid situation and the cancellation of our May and October Friends’ evenings our expenditure this year has been modest. We therefore confirmed that there will be a subscriptions holiday: all memberships will be extended until May 2021, at which time subscriptions will resume. The committee was voted in en-bloc and all have agreed to stand for another year. Thank you for supporting this unusual AGM – hopefully it will be the one and only time such a thing is necessary – and for your messages of support.
Grayshott Millennium Sign Book
Grayshott Millennium Sign – News from Phil Bates.
“20 years have flown by since the 2000 Millennium and the memorable celebrations held in Grayshott Village on the 24th June 2000.
I am pleased to say that a book has been published about the Grayshott Village Millennium Sign, now considered by many as the ‘Millennium Sculpture’ which is sited on the village green opposite the War Memorial at the Five Ways Junction.
About 8 years ago Pam McNicol who was on the Millennium Committee gave me a draft copy she had put together relating to the background and the making of the Millennium Sign and the celebrations that were held in the village on that memorable June day in 2000 with the idea of recording it in print and online.
Very sadly Pam is no longer with us but so as to recognise the vast amount of time she had put in over recording the work by everyone involved leading up to the 24thJune 2000 and on the day I have taken it upon myself with help from my son Tim to publish and print a limited number of books which will be given free to people who were involved with the Grayshott 2000 Celebrations.
The book is also available for download for those that are interested. Please click here to download a PDF version of the book. It’s a large file, may take a while to download. Print copies are also available to purchase.
There are a few folk that were involved over the Millennium celebrations which I have lost contact with so please contact me if you want your free copy of the book at firstname.lastname@example.org.
New Finds – Additions to the Archive
We have several New Finds to report:
– Malcolm Moodie has sent us some wonderful photos relating to his ancestors, the Harris family of Whitmore and later the proprietor of the village’s bicycle and motorcycle shop.
– John Hilder has kindly donated some historical sales literature of a property in Ladygate.
– We have puchased a photograph of Dickens Farm in Whitmore.
– Grayshott Parish Council has donated a very important collection of documents, including a set of large-scale maps from 1910 covering the entire parish, and some of the archive of local history author Jack Smith.
– Warren Powell-Richards have given us some literatire relating to local planning and the original options studies for the Hindhead tunnel/bypass.
We send our thanks to these generous donors, the like of which we rely upon heavily to enrich our archive.
It will take us a while to properly catalogue and store these items. Meanwhile, we are publishing selected items as feature on this web site and hopefully make some items available for display at future events. Some of them are real treasures and we’ll have to scratch our heads a bit to work out how to present them for you. Take a look at the New Finds page to see the latest feature and the full back-series.
Our next evening, scheduled for October in the Village Hall, wss cancelled. Under the circumstances it was impossible to hold a safe and enjoyable event of the sort that we all have come to like. Two talks in preparation are Life in Tudor Grayshott and Grayshott’s Traditional Crafts and Trades, both of which we intend to present on an alternative date.
Meanwhile, we are trying to keep you entertained and connected to our village’s history through web features such as Mystery Photo, Postcards From Grayshott and our current series of additions to New Finds.
We are considering whether we can hold an outdoor event, perhaps under canvas, next May. As always, if anyone has suggestions for future evenings, or how we can improve things, please get in touch through the Contact page.
Fox and Pelican Booklet
We are delighted to announce the publication of our latest booklet, which commemorates the 120th anniversary of the Fox and Pelican. Written by Richard Peskett, it describes how the pub came into existence and became an enduring part of village life. The official launch was conducted at the F&P on Thursday 19th December, attended by an honorary guest in the form of George Bernard Shaw, and several Friends, and we hope will receive some press coverage in the Haslemere Herald. The booklet is available free of charge in the F&P itself and at various outlets around the village. Projects like this are funded entirely by subscriptions and donations, and we make our sincere thanks to all of you who’s support makes them possible.
We now have four walks – Village Shops and Houses, The Medieval Hamlet, Village Trees and A Walk On The Wild Side. The first occasion of the latter was pioneered by a dozen hardy spirits recently, scrambling through some of The Hanger’s ancient woodland, to look at its archaeology and nature. We saw medieval woodbanks, charcoal hearths, sawpits, veteran coppice trees, a hydraulic ram pump, a seepage-step mire and a Saxon boundary marker. We will also do a short & easy walk around the new Applegarth Vale estate, to show residents new and old the surprising depth of history in the immediate vicinity.
The Village Trees walk brochure is nearly out of stock. You may be lucky and find a copy lurking somewhere, but we hope to get another batch printed for next year.
Our walks are free but places are limited; if you are interested in any of them for this year please get in touch through the Contact page and we’ll set a date once we can gauge interest. However, everything is currently in abeyance due to COVID-19 precautions. When things start returning to normal we will mobilise walks as quickly as possible – we will all need the fresh air and company!
Some New Articles
Residents of Grayshott may have seen our series of articles in Grayshott Today magazine. For those further afield, we are putting them onto our website on a new page called Grayshott Through the Ages. You will also find some of them on the Do You Know page.
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
Latest Newsletter: Number GH16, June 2019
Our first evening of 2019, a Grayshott Heritage Pub Quiz at the Fox and Pelican, was a great success and enjoyed by over 40 friends. Thanks to the Fox & Pelican for hosting the event, Ann Myers for the raffle, Jan Bebbington & friends for cakes and not forgetting some great questions from John Childs and Richard Peskett.
The Autumn Friends’ Evening will be on Tuesday October 22nd in the Village Hall and the theme will be ‘Grayshott in 1939‘. This evening will incorporate our AGM.
HUNTINGTON HOUSE VISIT:
We are planning a visit to Huntington House but await a date from the owners. Huntington House is one of the substantial original local houses and grounds, now restored. The visit will comprise of a tour of the restored house, a walk around the grounds followed by refreshments. As soon as a date is confirmed we will contact you with further details.
THE FOX AND PELICAN CELEBRATES 120 YEARS:
On August 23rd this year the Fox and Pelican will be celebrating 120 years of serving the village with suitable refreshments. We hope to produce a small booklet about the history of the pub to mark this occasion. Our regular feature in ‘Grayshott Today’ in the September issue will also be about the pub. We hope the pub that will celebrate its birthday in a suitable fashion and will let you know further details when they become available.
WEBSITE / NEW FINDS:
Please take time to look at our website https://grayshottheritage.com/, there is often news and new items of interest to look at. Also, we would be very pleased to receive any offers of articles and other suitable news, finds etc. that can be included.
We have just acquired, from eBay, an original indenture dated 1812 regarding land at Bulls Farm. This is one of the oldest original documents we know of outside Hampshire Records Office. We will put it on the website soon.
We continue our regular monthly presence in ‘Grayshott Today’, highlighting a different aspect of Grayshott history every month.
We are pleased to welcome Helen Vyner as our new representative from the Parish Council. Ann Myers, the previous representative, has retired after 18 years on the Parish Council but we are very pleased that she has decided to continue as a member of Grayshott Heritage committee.
We are still looking for someone to help us by taking minutes at our meetings. Please contact us if you can help, we would love to hear from you.
GRAYSHOTT HERITAGE WALKS:
John Childs led a very interesting tree walk around the village on Sunday 26th May as part of Hidden Gardens. He and his wife Annie also produced a beautiful “Grayshott Village Tree Walk” booklet which was funded by Hidden Gardens of Grayshott. The booklet is available free of charge at several village shops, the Post Office and the Fox & Pelican. It has a map, which is easy to follow, for a self-guided walk around the village.
John is planning to do another tree walk in the autumn if there is enough interest. There are also plans for ‘A Walk on the Wild Side’, an energetic scramble around some hidden corners of our woods to explore their nature and history. Please contact John Childs through our website to register interest in either of these walks: https://grayshottheritage.com/contact/
UNDERSHAW (STEPPING STONES SCHOOL) HINDHEAD:
Following an introduction from Huntington House, Richard Peskett has met with Lizzy Butler (Public Relations, Stepping Stones School) at Undershaw. They are keen to become more involved with the local community and there are plans for them to host an evening on local history open to our Friends and other local residents. We hope that through this contact we will be able to become more involved with Hindhead and its history. We will update you on developments.
Richard Peskett, (Chairman)
Tel: 01428 604862
Liz Cross (Friends’ Secretary)