News & Events

A Happy Christmas to Our Friends, Supporters and Readers

The committee would like to thank you all for your support during the last year, and wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy & Peaceful New Year.

Grayshott Garage Jan. 63 a

Grayshott Garage During the Winter of 1962/63


2019 Friends’ Evenings – Provisional Dates

The Spring Friends’ Evening is provisionally scheduled for Tuesday 7th May at the Fox & Pelican. We’re planning a Grayshott Heritage quiz evening, so start brushing up your local knowledge. We also hope to organise a Friends’ summer visit to Huntingdon House, one of the major older houses in the area and now carefully restored. The Autumn evening is scheduled for 22nd October at the Village Hall, the theme being Grayshott in 1939. Meanwhile if anyone has suggestions for future evenings, or how we can improve things, please get in touch through the Contact page.

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.

Guided Walks – Village Trees and Village Shops & Houses

We made the difficult decision to postpone these walks in October. We had very little interest, perhaps influenced by the chilly weather or other commitments during the school half-term, and as we like to make up a group of at least ten people we decided to postpone until next spring. There will certainly be Tree Walks as part of the Grayshott Hidden Gardens event, and for the others please keep an eye on this web site.

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 Find – Grayshott Hall Nurseries

We have just obtained an interesting postcard of Grayshott Hall. The card itself is quite a common one, but its interest is in the message on the back. It appears to be from the Whitaker family’s nanny, and she has marked on the card the position of two nurseries.

Grayshott Hall Nursery front

Grayshott Hall, showing the nurseries marked by crosses, either side of the conifer bush.

The photograph was taken by Walder of Grayshott, we think around 1912/13. It was sent to a recipient in Herefordshire, presumably a friend or relative, and it shows how the domestic service employment of these big houses, of which there were dozens around Grayshott and Hindhead, drew people to the area from far and wide.

Grayshott Hall Nursery back

Latest Newsletter: Number GH13, December 2018

The committee would like to take this opportunity to thank everybody for their support in the past year and to wish you all a very Happy Christmas and New Year .

Friends Evenings
The Friends’ evening held at the Village Hall on October 22nd was well attended by just over 70 people , the raffle and catering again has proved to be very successful as was the bar provided by Lauren and friends from the Fox and Pelican. For the first time we included a display of items which was found to be of great interest to compliment the evenings theme of Grayshott and World War One.

Friends evenings for 2019 , there will be more confirmed information in the next Newsletter but we hope there will be two spring / summer meetings and one in the autumn as follows: Tuesday 7th May – Grayshott Heritage quiz evening at the Fox and Pelican ; date to follow – a visit to Huntington House, one of the substantial original local houses and grounds, now restored ; Tuesday October 22nd at the Village Hall – Grayshott in 1939.

G.H. Committee
We are pleased to announce that Liz Cross has come forward to assist with some of the secretarial duties and join our committee and we look forward to having some new input .

Huntington House
Following discussions we have agreed to become involved with the owners of Huntington House and in return for some very useful financial backing and making available for a ‘Friends ‘ visit. To provide for the residents afternoon talks on local history , produced a booklet on the history of the house and original owners the Jackson family and as weather permits to take vehicles along from the world of motoring history for all to see. We feel that it is of mutual advantage that local history can be put to good use in this way.

Web site
Please take time to look at our web site , there is often news and new items of interest to look at. Also of course we will be most pleased to receive any offers of articles and other suitable news, finds etc. that can be included.

Hampshire Records Office
Unfortunately Matthew Goodwin who had organised the annual forum at Winchester has moved on to a new post in the Midlands so it seems that this very useful meeting where all the local organizations like ours had chance to get together will not take place in 2019.

Future Walks
It is hoped that in the Spring / Summer 2019 there will be a new walk around the village centre , the old hamlet and in connection with the open gardens weekend to look at some of the more interesting trees around the village.

Liz Cross (Secretary)                           Richard Peskett, (Chairman)  Tel: 01428 604862
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17th December 2018.