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At the 11th Hour of the 11th Day of the 11th Month


Grayshott War Memorial, 11th November 2018


Autumn Friends’ Evening – Thank You
Thank you to everyone who took part in our Autumn Friends’ evening, either as a member, helper or by loan of display items. The Village Hall proved to be a most successful venue, especially given its connection with the events of our Great War theme. I’m sure everyone will agree that the refreshments were excellent, and we extend our special thanks to members of the Grayshott Heritage Catering Corps and the Fox & Pelican. We have another special event in mind for the spring Friends’ evening in May 2019, so watch this space. Meanwhile if anyone has suggestions for future evenings, or how we can improve things, please get in touch through the Contact page.

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 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 – A Military Funeral
This postcard shows quite a common view along Crossways Road. However, the message on the back is more interesting. It reads:
‘The little village where we often make purchases. There are only two streets. The place is about fifteen miles from Aldershot. A military funeral passed thru today while we were there. The coffin was on the gun limber. The poor fellow, a French Canadian of a battalion in our own lines in camp, was killed by a motor lorry while walking along the road in the dark.’
Obviously written by a soldier, probably from the camp at Bramshott, we think the deceased was a Catholic going for burial at St Joseph’s. Unfortunately there is no date to help us further identify the victim of the accident.

Military Funeral Postcard

The writer of this postcard watched a gun-carriage funeral through the village.

Latest Newsletter: Number GH12, October 2018
Friends’ Evenings.
Next ‘Friends’ evening is on Monday, October 22nd and will be in the main hall at the Village Hall and will incorporate the Annual General Meeting ( which we hope will not take up too much time). Doors open at 7pm for 7.30 pm start. The subject for the evening will be in connection with the 100th anniversary of the end of WW1 ‘Local interest of World War One’ . In addition to the usual talks there will be some display items, a 1916 map of the village with photographic images of various locations how it would have looked 1914/18 and the ‘new’ regular feature by popular demand ‘Have I Got News For You’ with contemporary press cuttings.

Although a new venue, the ‘Fox and Pelican’ have kindly agreed to provide a pay bar and refreshments will be as usual after proceedings and of course the raffle.

In connection with this we appeal for any artefacts, photographs, letters etc that people may be hoarding, if need be, available for copying and return. Please contact John Hill – or myself: or just bring them along on the night.

With more room at the Village Hall location guests will be most welcome. We will also be pleased to receive any suggestions for future meetings.

Annual General Meeting / G.H. Committee
The AGM will take place at the beginning of the forthcoming Friends’ evening.

We would still like some people to come forward as new members for our committee. We meet once every six weeks and host the friends evenings twice a year. We are looking for new committee members to help with research, administration and putting on events (the community walks).

There are currently 6 committee members, we would like to increase this to 8 this year.

Web site.
Don’t forget to have a look on the web site for more news and interest in the regular features. Recently added is the transcript of one of the Belgium refugee family postcards sent to ‘Gorselands ‘ ( house between Crossways Road and The Avenue) 1916/17 where their son and daughter were staying. Interesting reading from the Western Front at the time. 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, this will get a mention at the next Friends evening regarding the World War One theme.

 Hampshire Records Office.
Some of the images dating from 1895 acquired from HRO are proving to be of great interest including the blacksmith’s shop and the crossroads , these in particular will be shown at the next Friends evening.

Future Walks.
A Medieval Hamlet walk is proposed for Saturday 13th October , if you are interested in joining this walk please contact us.

Richard Peskett, (Chairman)

Tel: 01428 604862


8th October 2018.