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Friends’ Evenings 2022

We have confirmed the dates of our Friends’ Evenings for 2022. They are on Tuesdays 10th May and 18th October. As usual, they will be at the Village Hall, starting at 7:30 and with the regular format of table seating, refreshments, raffle, displays, talks and socialising.

We will excavate objects from our archive to display, and we encourage you to bring your own objects of historical interest. They don’t have to be specific to Grayshott, just anything that you think people might be interested in – old photos, gardening finds, family memoirs, little treasures from E-Bay, ancient aunties, that sort of thing.

For the May evening we will have two talks. Richard will talk about the life of a young well-to-do late-Victorian lady from Hindhead, based on her diary, a fascinating glipse into the daily life of one of the area’s wealthier families. John will talk about the village’s traditional crafts and trades – featuring a cast of well-diggers, broomsquires, charcoal burners and sheep stealers.

Then for October we are planning a quiz night, so if you feel competitive now is the time to start swotting up.

As always, if anyone has suggestions for future evenings, or how we can improve things, please get in touch through the Contact page.

Annual General Meeting – 2021

Last November we ran a virtual AGM, which worked well. We did the same again this year, and we will now make this the standard procedure. The committee were all re-elected to post, with the addition of Jo Phillips as a new member. Jo will be helping Martin with cataloguing and digitising the archive holdings. Thank you to everyone who took time to vote and send messages of support.

Parish Council Office Display Board

Grayshott Parish Council has very kindly made two display boards available for our use in their new office on the playing field. They are available for anyone to view whilst the office is open, which is Tuesday and Thursday mornings between 10:00 and 12:00. You can just pop in, you don’t need to be on official council business. We intend to use them to exhibit themed displays which will rotate on a regular basis. The current display features Grayshott’s military connections, and will be running until March.  Then we will feature the history of Grayshott’s Fire Brigade. The council has also awarded us a grant towards the cost of providing display materials and preserving them for re-use at subsequent events. Our thanks to the Parish Council for their generosity and support.

Guided Walk Programme

We currently have five walks – Village Centre Shops and Houses, Village Centre Trees, Applegarth, A Walk on the Wild Side and The Medieval Hamlet. At the moment we are having a winter pause, and we will re-start in the spring. We have a list of those who have already expressed an interest, but you can contact us any time. We will hold walks according to demand, at varied times and days, to try to create a timetable that works for as many people as possible, and for various levels of stamina. As always, they will be free for Friends, and available to non-members in return for a donation to group funds. If you’d like to cheer us up by expressing a level of interest please do so via our Contact page.

New Finds – Additions to the Archive

We continue to acquire New Finds:
– Mike Garner from New Zealand has sent us many wonderful photos and memories of his family’s time in Grayshott. We will publish them in the New Year.
– Bob Willis has uncovered the remains of a signwritten shop front from about 1925.
– John has found, and is transcribing, several 16th century wills and inventories.
– One of our members acquired at auction a view of Kingswood Firs from Apley House, painted by its original owner Edgar Leuchars.

We send our thanks to those who donate to our archive or make their personal material available, the like of which we rely upon heavily to enrich our archive.
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.

Friends’ Evening – 12th October 2021

Our Autumn 2021 Friends’ Evening on Tuesday, 12th October at the Village Hall was well attended, about 50 people we think. We had two talks; Death and Life in Tudor Grayshott and Fire! , the history of Grayshott’s Fire Brigade. Nobody seemed to fall asleep or throw anything so we take it that they were enjoyed, or at least endured politely. The GH Catering Corps laid out their usual delicious spread of cakes and sandwiches, and Ann Myers magicked up a generous selection of raffle prizes.

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.

Fox & Pelican Booklet Cover

The Fox and Pelican booklet, written by Richard Peskett.

Some New Articles

Residents of Grayshott may have seen our series of articles in Grayshott Today magazine. For those further afield, we have put 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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Please take time to look at our website, 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.

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:

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)

01428 607169