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Covering: Haslemere including Beacon Hill, Chiddingfold, Fernhurst, Grayshott, Hindhead, Liphook and Milford

ISSUE 13 DECEMBER/january 2008


Fashion & Beauty

(value ÂŁ3.00)


advises on the Credit Crunch Plus win

Tickets for Christmas Panto

News, Arts, Business news, Community, Eating out, Health, Sport and more


Welcome Connecting communities

Happy birthday

Lifemags! Hello, and a warm welcome to your new look Life in Haslemere!


his issue marks the second birthday of the magazine. Since our launch in 2006 we have been very busy, producing quality community lifestyle magazines, winning awards, and taking an active role in local events – connecting communities in many different ways! Our portfolio grew in November with the launch of our sister publication, Life in Alton, which has enjoyed immensely good feedback and looks to have a very promising future ahead. What better way to celebrate our birthday than giving the magazine a full makeover? After lots of research we have re-branded the magazines to give you a fresh look and new feel, while continuously improving our content and editorial standards. Inside this issue you will find a detailed report on animal welfare at Christmas-time on page 8. Many of us feel the impulse to buy an animal as a gift for loved ones, but, after reading this, we hope it will urge people to think twice. Stuck for an outfit for your Christmas party? Turn to page 6 and see how a little imagination and confidence can transform the way you look and feel, as I did in our stylist’s makeover. We also give you some great eating out ideas that won’t make too large a hole in your pocket in our Credit Munch feature on page 14. Get set for 2009 with a low down on the latest spa treatments at Grayshott Spa, on page 12; and find an insight to elderly life on your own on page 26. Look out for our exclusive with local MP Jeremy Hunt who has great advice on the credit crunch situation on page 16. Also in this issue you will find the usual news, arts, sports and Grayshott news, plus the chance to win tickets to the Haslemere Thespians’ Christmas panto, Jack and the Beanstalk, on page 29. Finally, I would like to say thank you for supporting us, by contributing to our pages, which we value very much, and following our progress over the last two years. Please continue to read and enjoy, and of course, contact me with your feedback, ideas and editorial contributions for your new-look Life in Haslemere.

Have a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Cat Jarman Editor Tel: 01730 235668 E: 01


Contents News A3 Tunnel update, Eco-Town latest, Candle-lit carols, and more 4 Fashion and Beauty How to look a million dollars at Christmas


At Home A pet is for life, not just for Christmas: Cat Jarman reports on impulse buying animals as presents


Health Relax and unwind: Experience life as a member of the Grayshott Spa Club


Eating Out The Credit Munch: Local dining out that won’t break the bank


Issues The Credit Hunt-ch: Nick Keith meets local MP Jeremy Hunt


Business News Haslemere Dental Centre, Lurgashall Winery, Butlerz, and more


At Home: 9

Health: 12

Eating Out: 14

Issues: 16

Arts: 23

Sport: 28

Grayshott News Christmas market, Jack Vettriano comes to town, 22 Environmental awareness, and more Arts Round-up of festive local arts events


Community Contact the Elderly – how you can help elderly people who live alone and face daily difficulties


Sport Haslemere Hockey Club and Haslemere RFC


Competition WIN tickets for Haslemere Thespians’ panto Jack and the Beanstalk


Life in Haslemere Asks… What are your New Year plans and resolutions?


What’s On Diary of events


Directory Local contacts, Index of advertisers and Distribution list


Life in Haslemere Editor Cat Jarman Editorial Diretor Nick Keith Managing Director Gareth Gammon Advertising Manager Rachel Walker Distribution Manager Kim Hancox Creative Director Andy Burke Art Director Jon Morris Sub Editor Denise Curtis-Raleigh Contributors Alex Ashbee, Neil Francis, Nick Keith, Anna Leigh, Sam Powell Photographer Michel Focard Designed and produced by Navigate Design

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Special Development Area


Tunnel progress A3 Thursley looking south towards Hindhead and Gibbetts Hill with the north portals in the background


egular users of the A3 have seen many changes recently as construction of the £370 million Hindhead tunnel presses on. By 2 November, tunnelling work from the north and the south was two thirds of the way to breakthrough. The Canadian Memorial underpass opened in September and Greensand Way underpass in October. Other completed jobs include: the bridge deck at Hammer Lane,

now taking southbound traffic running across it (northbound traffic will use it in December) and structural work for the Blackhanger underpass and the west side wing walls. Maintenance work around the Thursley junction and the installation of ducts in the verge for communications are also done. Under construction are: the Hazel Grove bridge deck and the pavement between High Pitfold

and Hazel Grove. Work has also started on the main tunnel services building. The embankment across Tyndalls Wood is at road level and building the secondary tunnel services is well under way. More than 2,500 people attended the Works Exhibition in Grayshott on 24 and 25 October. For updates, go to: www.highways. Image, courtesy of the Highway Agency.

hitehill/Bordon opportunity ‘ scheme has been recognized by the government. The Council hopes to improve the, producing a town to meet residents’ aspirations. The town has been designated a Special Development Area, opening up the prospect of potential funding to help bring in necessary infrastructure. Councillors called for the plan to incorporate improved facilities for the town centre and improved transport to the town, including a feasibility study to investigate the possibility of a new rail link. Simon Labrow, President of the Haslemere and District Chamber of Trade and Commerce, says: “We shall observe with interest Bordon and Whitehill’s endeavours to become an eco town. Perhaps Haslemere may be able to adopt further eco practices in the future based on their experiences.” Contact: Alistair Speirs, Planning Policy and Heritage Manager, Tel: 01730 234253

A touch of class


Donkeys by candlelight


he Lockwood Donkey Centre in Godalming will be holding its annual Candlelit Carol service on 14 December. Carols will be sung by the Epworth Youth Choir between 4 and 5pm, with the centre opening at 2pm. The sanctuary currently homes 24 donkeys and 20 horses. Donkeys stay at the centre and horses come in for rescue, rehabilitation and re-homing. Lockwood Donkey Centre, Hatch Lane, Sandhills, Godalming, GU8 5UX, Tel: 01428 687749


lassic Cookware, in Haslemere High Street is celebrating 16 years in business this year. Run by mother and daughter team Sylvia Beardsley and Anne Joyce, the shop stocks practical kitchen-ware and accessories. Classic Cookware, Tel: 01428 641415

New Chamber members


he Haslemere Chamber of Commerce welcomes new committee members Angie Townsend of Eden Hair & Beauty, “DJ” Keith Connors of Twilights Premier Events Service and Claire Goyer of The Haslemere Pet Company. They all bring many talents which should prove invaluable in helping to run the Chamber of Trade. chamber/ See more business news on page 18.




How to look

a million


Ever been caught in the “I’ve got nothing to wear to my party” trap? Life in Haslemere’s Editor Cat Jarman knows the feeling, and enlists the help of a top celebrity stylist to find the perfect outfit for the staff Christmas party


love and follow fashion. But like most of us, I get stumped occasionally. I find myself a frequent victim of seeing clothes on people and wishing I had thought of that outfit. The same goes for my makeup and hair. It was high time to bring in an expert. The challenge? Give me a fashionable, new and completely different look for this year’s Christmas party. Introducing Chantelle Znideric… A former senior graphic designer, Chantelle founded image consultancy business TopStylista in 2006. Key celeb clients include Flavia Cacace from BBC1’s Strictly Come Dancing, and Chantelle won Most Inspiring Newcomer at TFIC Spirit of Inspiration Awards 2008, so I was in safe hands. Chantelle, who lives in

In need of style and make-up help

Nougat black evening dress, £299, from Lily, and black suede and patent heels from Luigi


Hindhead, is also co-founder of online personal stylist website,, which launched last year and has just received funding from Finance South East for further development. First stop Eden Hair and Beauty in Haslemere. Chantelle had chosen a different look for me. My hair is usually fine and straight, but what emerged from the salon was a mass of delicate curls, expertly crafted by Sam Epps. On to Luxury Gap for my makeup. Gemma Thomas cleansed and primed my skin before applying foundation. Three eyeshadows – Spellbound, Raven and Amazon – were blended and finished with black mascara. Lips were


Gemma Thomas works her magic

Photographs by Michel Focard,

kept nude to emphasise the eyes, and my face was finished with medium powder and blusher. This look (not my usual liner, mascara and lip gloss) was created using Bodyography products. My first outfit was a real surprise. I would never have chosen purple for myself, but Chantelle’s expert eye had spotted a shade that suited me. Teamed with the fascinator and beads, I felt like I had stepped on to the set of a 1920s movie. My next outfit was equally fabulous. Black is a favourite of mine (slimming!) but the style and cut was something new for me. Chantelle proved that some things you have to try on. If I had seen the Nougat dress on a hanger, it would have stayed there, with me thinking the style was too mature for my 26 years. Again, carefully selected tights, shoes and accessories made that

Right: Sam Epps puts the finishing touches while Chantelle, left, admires her work individual difference. Finally, a Noli black jumper dress gave me a more casual look. Bottle-green opaque tights, patent platforms and belt finished the outfit with a fun, funky feel. Lessons learnt from the day? Even if you can’t be advised by an industry expert like I was, take advice from friends. They will always see a different side to you. My overall experience has worked wonders for my fashion and style sense, my attitude, and, above, all, my confidence. So be bold, be daring, and try something new!

Get the looks Main, above: Bernshaw purple satin dress, £200, from Lily, Tel: 01428 661321

Tel: 01428 658255

Muddy Dog gold leather clutch bag, £32.95, and Johnny Loves Rosie fascinator, £39.95, from Noggs, Tel: 01428 651144

Black suede and patent heels, £99, and patent belt, £59, from Luigi.

Grey snakeskin peeptoes, £99, from Luigi, Tel: 01428 651250

Tel: 01428 651144

Beaded black and gold necklace from a selection at Anya,

Inset, above: Noli jumper dress, £99, from Starfish, Tel: 01428 658181

Zsiska green beaded neckace, £21.99, from Noggs, Tights: stylist’s own from

Make-up by Luxury Gap, £42, Tel: 01428 645300 Stylist: Chantelle Znideric, TopStylista, Tel: 07971 484882, Photographs by Michel Focard, With thanks to Branksome Place for shoot location, L



A pet is for life,

not just for Christmas Anna Leigh reports on the growing trend of impulse buying pets for presents and its consequences


Too many people have no clue about what is involved in taking on a pet

he Cats Protection at the Haslemere Adoption Centre in Hammer Lane takes in around 500 cats each year. Numerous causes – including change of circumstances, unwanted costs and vets bills, unwanted pregnancy in females and allergies – can lead to

a cat arriving at the centre, or, even worse, to cases of cruelty and abandonment. After Christmas, the number of cats taken in is significantly higher 08

with approximately one fifth of the yearly intake arriving in January and February. “Sadly, we have even had cats dumped at the end of our drive in a cardboard box,” says Cats Protection Manager Suzie Prigmore. “I don’t believe that animals should be ‘wrapped up.’ “Animals should not be surprise presents. Owners should go through the correct process.” This process involves advice on care for the cat, environment, temperament, feeding and nutrition, vaccinations and flea prevention. Susie advises that Christmas is the worst time to bring an animal into the home. “We tend to stop rehoming animals around

Christmas. Not only because of impulse buying but because the time of year is busy, noisy, with lots of friends and family. It’s not ideal for a cat in a new territory, especially one which has suffered trauma. “People should know what they are letting themselves in for,” she concludes. “A cat, or any animal, is a life-long commitment to be taken very seriously and not a rushed decision.” A dog’s life “Too many people have no clue about what is involved in taking on a pet,” says Chris Sergeant, owner of the Total Pet Care Ltd veterinary practice in Haslemere. Did you know that a German Shepherd is susceptible to hip dysplasia? Or that there are more




than 30 serious ailments that can affect a Labrador? More shockingly, the UK veterinary industry makes £10 million a week out of defaults in

Cats make great pets, but are a life-long commitment

German Shepherds: Cute but suffer from hip dysplasia

Lots of rabbits are bred for their looks nowadays

animals, a large number of which Chris describes as “completely avoidable.” “The cause of this is irresponsible breeding,” says Chris. “In this country, there is no law against it. Dogs are bred for their looks, from bad stock, creating defects and proving not only costly but heart-wrenching for owners.” Chris provides a free, full consultation to clients wanting to buy a dog and insists on involving the whole family. It covers why they want a dog, how much exercise time they can provide per day, the suitable size, coat length and feeding requirements and how to check for hereditary diseases. His advice is simple: “Never buy a dog because it’s the last one left, never buy a pedigree without the minimum certification of parents, always insure your dog, and always ask what can go wrong before even thinking of buying.” All creatures great and small

Many domestic rabbits show signs of neglect


Claire Goyer is co-owner of The Haslemere Pet Company. The pet shop doesn’t sell any animals, including fish, in the two weeks preceding Christmas unless they are preordered. “People wanting a pet for Christmas need to come to us at the beginning of November,” she says. Claire will make

Labradors suffer from many hereditary illnesses

sure everyone in the family is happy with the decision. “This is important, as children cannot be held responsible for animals. Parents and older siblings end up doing a lot of the work.” Rabbits have stopped being sold altogether, as Claire explains they need too much care for children to take on. They are the most common animal to show signs of neglect. “Lots of rabbits are bred for their looks nowadays,” she adds, “not temperament or health.” Claire advises against getting

an animal for Christmas. “It is a difficult industry to be responsible, but we try and educate the public as much as we can.” Year-round problems Kate Chapman is President of the Haslemere, Petersfield and Alton branches of the RSPCA, which faces problems with unwanted animals all year-round. “We have lots of phone calls from people saying they can’t look after their animals any more. It’s very sad.” Anyone who wants to rehome a rescued animal must agree to a pre and post-home check. RSPCA cats and dogs are micro-chipped, and Kate encourages this for all owners. She echoes the view that pets do not make good Christmas presents. “It may seem like a good idea at the time,” says Kate, who has been with the RSPCA since 1970. “But once Christmas is over and everyone goes back to work and school, things change.” The overall message seems to be loud and clear: Whatever you’re doing this Christmas, think carefully before bringing an animal into your or someone else’s home. Cats Protection: 01428 604297 Haslemere Pets Company: 01428 643279 Total Pet Care Ltd: 01428 651300 RSPCA: 01730 892940 L




Credit Munch

Brass in pocket Who says that tightening your purse strings means you can’t eat out? Cat Jarman and Nick Keith dine out on a budget in your area


huge fan of a roast dinner, I was delighted to learn that the Poachers Pocket on Petworth Road was offering Sunday lunch and a pudding for £12. Proprietors Louisa Hyde and Sharyn Cumming opened up in Haslemere 12 years ago. “The town chose us,” says Louisa, “But we are happy here and have evolved to accommodate the needs of Haslemere’s residents.” Currently, this means providing quality wholesome meals that won’t break the bank. “We have taken expensive cuts off the menu and replaced them with traditional dishes, using old English recipes and ingredients that we can afford to give you at very reasonable prices.” For Sunday lunch we sampled beef and slow roasted belly of pork (both with Yorkshire puddings)


which were melt in the mouth. A rich gravy, roast potatoes, plus five vegetables accompanied, including two of my favourites, roasted butternut squash and carrot and swede mash. For pudding we chose treacle tart and custard and pear and berry crumble, both very tasty. “We describe it as the Sunday lunch you would love to cook at home – but can’t be bothered!” says Louisa. My opinion? Almost as good as my mum’s. And that’s saying something. Cat Jarman For the full current menu and monthly special offers, visit Poachers Pocket, Old Bakehouse, 14 Petworth Road, Tel: 01428 652625


Credit Munch

Pride of the Nepalese nation The Gurkha Durbar has established a redoubtable reputation after less than two years in Grayshott. Nick Keith puts it to the test


mountainous land-locked country in the Himalayas, sandwiched between India and China, Nepal is the birthplace of Buddha, and also famous for Mount Everest and the Gurkhas. The Gurkhas ruled from the 18th century until it became a federal parliamentary democracy in 2006. The Gurkhas have a proud reputation for their loyalty, military prowess and hospitality. And they can be proud of the huge reputation of the marvellous Gurkha Durbar. The plaudits go to the owner, Mani Rai (a real-life Gurkha major), to his wife Mrs

Sudha Rai, to the chef and to the wonderful staff. The Gurkha Durbar (meaning court of the ruler) fully deserves its name for great food and friendly service. On our visit in November, we were warmly greeted and settled at our table in the elegant and refined restaurant. As we poured over the extensive menu, my wife immediately noticed the thick tablecloths – soon to be sullied by some eager but messy eating. Nepalese food comes with the territory, having both Chinese and Indian influences within its own distinctive cuisine. To start, we chose Sinka prawns

The Gurkha Durbar fully deserves its name for great food and friendly service (marinated in yoghurt, ginger and garlic and then deep fried) and Teen Tareko (potato, aubergine and courgette slices marinated in Nepalese sauce and deep fried). Delicious. The main course selections were Trisuli Machha (diced monkfish in spicy Nepalese sauce) and the Gurkha Durbar special – “highly recommended for those looking to sample our array”, according to the menu. The special consisted of lamb, chicken, king prawn and salmon in the special Nepalese sauce. This memorable meal, with Nepalese beer, cost just £25 per

head and will tempt us to go back and back to the Gurkha Durbar with whetted appetites. Be sure to book – this lovely restaurant has earned a national reputation after being warmly praised in the weekend section of the Daily Telegraph 18 months ago. It is open seven days a week, from noon to 2.30pm, and from 6pm to11pm (11.30pm Fri/Sat), and won’t leave a deep hole on your pocket. The Gurkha Durbar, 30 Headley Road, Grayshott, GU26 6LD. Tel: 01428 605855/607272, L




aslemere Dental Centre (HDC) has been shortlisted for the Best Team, Best Practice and Best Young Dentist in the South East for the 2008 Dentistry Awards. Entrants had to submit 500 words per category on why they deserved to win an award, with supporting pictures, marketing material and testimonials. Dr Rishi Soni is up for Best Young Dentist. The winners will be announced at the Dentistry Awards ceremony, hosted by Olympic gold-medallist Kriss Akabussi, on 12 December at the Athena cinema, Leicester. The winners for each of the UK’s nine regions will have a chance at being named best overall in the country.

HDC up for award Back Row: Sally Neaves, Nina Tidbury-Pullen, Claire Harris, Kelly Blackett-Mills, Maz Miah Front Row: Barry Oulton, Rishi Soni

Haslemere Dental Centre (HDC), 56 Weyhill, Haslemere, GU27 1HN, Tel: 01428 643506

Lurgashall re-brand


he Lurgashall Winery in Petworth has rebranded with fresh colourful label designs to complement its new 50cl bottles. Beginning in 1985 with 12 customers, the Lurgashall Winery now produces half a million bottles a year and supplies more than 1,000 regular stockists, including English Heritage and the Historic Royal Palaces. Lurgashall Winery offers free tours at 2pm every Saturday until Christmas, with open evenings on 3 and 10 December. Lurgashall Winery, Dial Green, Lurgashall, Petworth, GU28 9HA, Tel: 01428 707292,

Home help Nigel Hardy illustrating the business


Bottles from Lurgashall

new ironing and dry cleaning home collection service called Butlerz is now available in Haslemere and surrounding areas. Nigel Hardy, who established Butlerz in Wimbledon 15 years ago, hopes to fill a gap in the local market. The services include shoe repairs, curtain cleaning and garment repairs. “Having developed a wellestablished client base in South

West London, we are aiming to replicate this here, visiting our customers at a time to suit them, including evenings, and we offer the complete personal touch,” says Nigel. Butlerz, Tan y Bryn, Seymour Road, Headley Down, GU35 8JX, Tel: 01428 713026,

Restaurant renamed


he Auberge de France has been renamed The Restaurant at Lythe Hill Hotel and Spa. Customers, Amarna Spa members and local residents were consulted on the name. Now the new Head Chef, John Barber, can introduce to the restaurant his ideas for modern, fresh and 18

locally sourced ingredients. Having worked in some of the top country house hotels in Scotland, Jon recently shared his expertise in cooking game at a sell-out masterclass at the hotel. Lythe Hill also welcomes New General

Manager, José Afonso, who took up his post in November. Look out for a profile of José in a future issue of Life in Haslemere. Lythe Hill Hotel & Spa, GU27 3BQ , Tel: 01428 651 251,


Prize for pet shop Stockings and stalls Top dogs: (l to r): Club Senior Press Officer Heidi Ascell, Claire Goyer, shop dogs James and Patch, and Ray Murphy. Photograph by Vince Hogan


he Haslemere Pet Company is celebrating being crowned ‘Open for Dogs Champion 2008’ by the Kennel Club for being the most dog-friendly shop in the UK. The awards, which are decided by public vote, are designed to encourage companies to welcome dogs on their premises. Voters praised The Haslemere Pet Company for offering qualified advice for dog owners, consultations with Canine Nutritionist Claire Goyer, and free seminars with local training and grooming experts. The shop also refuses to

sell any choke chains or electric shock collars. “We are completely over the moon,” says Claire. “Thank you so much to everyone who voted. And watch out for us again next year! ” The Haslemere Pet Company 13 High Street, Haslemere, GU27 2HG Tel: 01428 643 279,


he Haslemere Christmas Market will make a welcome return to the town on 7 December. Organized by the Haslemere Initiative, Haslemere and District Chamber of Trade and Commerce, and Waverley Borough Council, the event, which is now in its seventh year, expects between 5,000 and 10,000 visitors. Visitors will be able to choose from a vast array of gifts, decorations, cards, food and drink, clothes, hand-made goods and much more, and are encouraged to take a trip to Haslemere Hall where a further 20 stall-holders will be present. Children can enjoy merry-gorounds, choirs and an animal nativity, plus visit Santa’s Grotto in the Georgian House Hotel. There is also a free bus service between Fairground Car Park, Wey Hill, Weydown Road,

Railway Station and High Lane. Haslemere Christmas Market promotes the town, encouraging visitors and shoppers to buy locally and gives many of the town centre businesses a valuable opportunity for an extra day’s trading. “Having had two years of dreadful weather, it would be lovely to see the sun shine!” says Melanie Odell, one of the event organizers. “We are looking forward to seeing old and new faces having a great time,” adds Melanie. Haslemere Christmas Market, Tel: 01428 644858




Seasonal favourites

Local arts events Christmas and New Year round up

Georgian House Hotel

In Excelsis Choir

Opera South

Grayshott Concerts



pera South is holding a New Year’s Concert on Saturday 3 January 2009 at The Georgian House Hotel. The Young Operatic Stars are hoping to provide an evening to remember with a black tie reception at 6pm, concert at 7pm and dinner at 8.45pm. Tickets cost £60 and are to include the concert, dinner, champagne and wine. Contact: Susan Emmons, Tel: 01428 645266


rayshott Concerts have two performances during December. It’s Christmas! with the Excelsis Choir, the Choristers of St Edmunds and a sparkling brass ensemble at St Luke’s Church. This delightful programme of Christmas music, carols and readings is taking place on Sunday 7 December at 6.30pm. Tickets are £10. Grayshott Concerts are teaming up with Buy in Grayshott (BIG) for their second festive performance on Wednesday 24 December at 7pm. Carols in the Square will be conducted by the Vicar of Grayshott, Reverend Moray Thomas. Grayshott’s traditional carols by torchlight will take place in the precinct. Entry is free. Grayshott Concerts, Tel: 01428 606666


Haslemere Thespians

Haslemere Thespians

Haslemere Festival



seasonal favourite, Jack and the Beanstalk, will be coming to the Haslemere Hall in January. The performances will be running between 8-11 and 16-17 January. Cast your minds forward to early January. Christmas and the New Year already seem a long time ago, it’s dark, there’s still a credit crunch and the kids are moaning because they’re back at school. What a perfect time to get yourselves and the family along to the panto for a bit of interactive entertainment that doesn’t need a red button. Email: Turn to page 29 for your chance to win tickets in our Competition

aslemere’s Christmas Cracker carol concert is taking place at 7.30pm in the Haslemere Hall on Saturday 20 December. The evening will consist of a programme of seasonal music and comic verse with mulled wine and mince pies. There will be items from the choir alone, carols for the audience as well as individual items. Mulled wine and mince pies are included with the programme in the cost of the tickets, which are £7.50 and £4 for under16s. Haslemere Festival: Tel: 01428 644473 L



Generation The

game In a recent GMTV interview, Joan West invited the press into her home to share her daily (and often lonely) life. Response has been so great from Haslemere that there are hopes for a Contact the Elderly group to be set up soon in the area. Cat Jarman reports

here are currently 15,612 people living in Haslemere. Of these 1,747 are over 75, and 1,086 pensioners live alone. Surrounding areas (Grayshott, Hindhead and Liphook) have some 10-14 per cent of pensioners living alone. “Wherever you go there are always people who are lonely and isolated,” says Contact the Elderly Director Roderick Sime. “It’s difficult to get out and see people when you get older. This can get very depressing.” Contact the Elderly organizes monthly tea parties for men and women who are over 75 and live on their own. The organization was set up by Trevor Littlejohn (now Chairman) in 1965 after he noticed how many lonely elderly people there were in Marylebone, West London. After discussions with Social Services he started a series of


monthly outings for the elderly with the help of some friends. Today, Contact the Elderly has more than 350 groups across England, Wales and Scotland, with approximately 30 new groups a year being set up.

simple, but makes a huge and immediate difference to lives,” says Roderick. Julia Rivas is Regional Development Officer for Surrey and Sussex. “Since Joan’s interview we have had a great

Wherever you go there are always people who are lonely and isolated

A typical tea party is held once a month on a Sunday for six to 12 guests. Regularity is very important, as are numbers, which are kept small to promote close friendships. “What we are doing is very


response,” she says. “We already have four people in the Haslemere area who want to volunteer, meaning there is a distinct and exciting probability we can set up a group. “We are looking for five or six

drivers who are available once a month on a Sunday, and around 10 hosts who can hold a party a couple of times a year. We also need a part-time co-ordinator,” adds Julia. “Everyone gets a tremendous amount out of being involved with Contact the Elderly,” says Roderick. “Our older generation have gone through a long life experience, and it is our privilege to be able to give something back and share it with them.” You can help If you are willing to give up some of your free time, enjoy the company of older people, and are aware of the issues and difficulties surrounding them, please call Julia on 01273 471132, and see if you can make a difference to a worthy cause. L




Minis lead Haslemere hockey club to the max A thriving junior section confirms Haslemere Hockey Club’s growing reputation


n November, Haslemere Hockey Club held its annual ‘Minis’ hockey event, attracting more than 200 children from across the region in the 5 to 9 age groups. Club Chairman Neil Francis said: “This event, which Haslemere Hockey Club has run for several years, was a great success, and even the rain held off for us.” With 300 paid-up junior members this season – 145 girls to 155 boys – the club has strength in depth. Their juniors have earned 15 county and academy places in Surrey and Hampshire. Five of these places have gone to players new to the county circuit. The latest is Lucy Wood, who has been selected for Hampshire’s under-17 girls’ academy. The other 14 players are: Emily Millar, Nathan Thorpe, and Edward Whitworth (all Hampshire U-13); Edward Worrall (Surrey U13); Jacob Dykes, Rufus Roy, and Chris Thomas (Hampshire U-14); Sanjay Appan and Harry Tenwick

Good sticks: A group of the hockey club’s under-6 players (Hampshire U-15); Elliott Hall (Surrey U-16); Alasdair Herson (Hampshire U-16); Joe Jackson and Nico Worrall (Surrey U-17); and Matt Godden (Surrey U-18). These youngsters go through an intensive assessment process, often competing alongside 60 or more players to earn a place in

junior county academies. The club believes that its success at gaining county places testifies to the dedication and skills of the coaching team and supportive squad management. Haslemere, which plays at Woolmer Hill and shares its clubhouse with the rugby, football and athletics clubs,

is rapidly strengthening its status as an ‘emerging’ club. Haslemere Hockey Club, Woolmer Hill Sports Ground, Woolmer Hill, GU27 1QA, Neil Francis Full club profile in a future issue of Life in Haslemere

Youngsters excel The excellent efforts of the young players have lifted the spirits of Haslemere Rugby Club


he young squads at Haslemere RFC have flourished, while the club has experienced the challenges of a subsiding pitch and mixed fortunes for its senior teams. Rugby for mini (under 12) and junior players (under 18) continues to flourish. It was encouraging to see so many children registering for the under-7 squad, the youngest age group to play as a team. In October the club hosted the annual primary schools tag tournament, with 500 boys and girls enjoying an afternoon of rugby. After training and practice matches, the 13 to 18 age groups will soon start to take part in their leagues. Three of the age groups play in Division 1 against more established names such as Rosslyn Park and Richmond. The seniors have had mixed fortunes after winning promotion last season. The first team have struggled against stiffer opposition.


The second and veterans XVs have had an enjoyable season so far, although results have not matched their enthusiasm. On the facilities front, one pitch has been taken out of commission for the season after subsidence. Mark Swanston, chairman of the Club’s Grounds Committee, said: “We were advised that it would be dangerous to continue playing on that pitch, so really we had little option but to carry out extensive re-levelling.” This was one of two pitches on land bought by the club in 2005 and put into use in September 2007. The club is very grateful to Haslemere Town Council, Surrey County Council and Haslemere Sports Association for their financial support towards the £22,000 repair costs. Haslemere Rugby Club 01428 643072 Sam Powell


Seniors’ lineout gets set (left to right): Jeff Mills, Aaron Currie, Tony King, Paul Harrison (club captain), Peter Daly, Peter Elliott



Panto season C

ast your minds forward to early January. Christmas and the New Year may already seem a long time ago. It’s dark, there’s still a credit crunch, and the kids are moaning because they’re back at school. What a perfect time to get yourselves and the family along to the panto for a bit of interactive entertainment that doesn’t need a red button! Look no further than local theatre group Haslemere Thespians and their production of Jack and the Beanstalk. Directed by Adam Forde and Steve Parker, the classic tale of how Jack comes back from

the market with five magic beans instead of selling the family cow, as intructed, will be retold by a fantastic and highly professional cast. Local actors, singers and dancers will offer plenty of gusto and rousing choruses of “Oh yes it is!” and “Oh no it’s not!”, and “Behind you!” The show will be on at the Haslemere Hall from 8 to 17 January, and there are matinée performances at the weekends, so you can make sure that the whole family can go and have a brilliant time.

Prize giveaway!

Performance times: 2:30pm – 10, 11, 17 Jan 09 6:30pm – 10, 17 Jan 7:30pm – 8, 9, 16 Jan Box Office

01428 642161

If you want to take your family to the panto for free, Haslemere Thespians have generously offered lots of tickets. So enter this big prize giveaway as soon as possible.

There are three prizes: • First prize: A whopping 10 tickets, worth £70, for you to give away among your friends and family. Bring the whole tribe! • Second prize: 6 tickets. • Third prize: 4 tickets.

Here are the questions: 1. How many magic beans did Jack return from the market with? 2. Who are the two Directors? 3. What dates are the matinée performance? Send your entries to: Panto Competition, Life Magazines Ltd, 22 High Street, Petersfield, GU32 3JL. Or email: Terms and conditions Entries must be received by 23 December 2008. One entry per person. The winner will be decided by draw and announced in the December–January issue of Life in Haslemere. The judges’ decision is final. No cash alternative is available. By entering this Competition you accept that your data can be passed to the sponsors, Haslemere Thespians. Employees of Life Magazines and associates of Haslemere Thespians are not allowed to submit entries.

COMPETITION WINNER CONGRATULATIONS to Wendy Anniss, from Grayshott, who wins our issue 12 prize of laser teeth whitening treatment at Haslemere Dental Centre. Mary, a former medical secretary at Frimley Park and The Royal Surrey County hospitals, celebrated her 65th birthday at the end of November and says: “This is has come as a lovely late birthday present – it seems to be a very popular treatment and I am very excited. Thank you Life in Haslemere!”



Asks… “What are your plans for New Year and do you have any New Years Resolutions?”

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“I am hoping to go to Spain for New Year with my partner and some friends. I don’t like the cold weather here and would rather be somewhere nice and hot to celebrate the beginning of the 2009.”

Muriel Grey has lived in Haslemere for six years “I am staying in to cel ebrate with my friend s, we will probably be wa tching the fireworks on the television with some ho t drinks.”

Kara Pinkley, moved to Haslemere two weeks ago from London “I am having a Las Vegas party at my house with lots of old friends from London and new friends from Haslemere. I think it will be a really good laugh and give me a chance to catch up with everybody in the comfort of my own home and to save some money. My New Year’s Resolution is to go on a lot of walks to explore Haslemere!”

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What’s on Every Thursday Haslemere Sub Aqua Club Venue: Herons Leisure Centre Time: 7.45pm Contact: Saturday 15 November – Wednesday 31 December The Hampshire Arists’ Co-operative’s Christmas Show Venue: Selborne Gallery, The Plestor, Selborne Time: 11-5pm Contact: Selborne gallery, 01420 511347 Web: Tuesday 2 December (every Tuesday) Swallows adult trampolining club Venue: The Edge Leisure Centre, Woolmer Hill Road, Haslemere Time: 8-9.30pm Cost: £5 per session Contact: Wendy Moss – 01420 489214 Thursday 4 December Haslemere in stitches Venue: The oriental rug gallery, 82 Wey Hill Time: 10-8pm Cost: Free Contact: 01428 656657 Friday 5 December ‘Sounding Brass’: Winter Concert with Haslemere Town Band Venue: St Christophers Church, Weyhill, Haslemere Time: 7.30pm Contact: 01428 723940 Saturday 6 December Choir and Orchestra ‘Beethoven 8th Symphony’, ‘Vaughan Williams Overture: The wasps’ and ‘Faure Requiem’ Venue: Haslemere Hall, Bridge Road Time: 7.30pm Web: Email: Saturday 6 December Haslemere Musical Society Symphony Orchestra and Chorus-Winter Concert Venue: Haslemere Hall Time: 7.30pm Tel: 01428 642161 Web: Saturday 6 December Waverley SingersChristmas Concert Venue: St. Andrews Parish Church Time: 7.30pm Tel: 01252 792563 Saturday 6 December Movies in Grayshott ‘Hairspray’’ Venue: Grayshott Village Hall Time: 7.30pm Cost: £5, (£4.00) for under 16’s

Contact Barbie McSean Mob: 07889 183220 Home: 01428 606922 Email: 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21, 22-24 December Santa specials Venue: The Watercress Line Contact: 01962 733810 Web: Sunday 7 December “It’s Christmas!” with excelsis and choristers of St Edmunds Venue: St Luke’s Church, Grayshott Time: 7.30-10pm Contact: 01428 606666 Email: Web: Sunday 7 December Christmas Market, incorporating the Farmers Market Venue: In and around Haslemere High Street Time: Daytime Email: Sunday 7 December Chase singers in concert Venue: St Alban’s Church, Tilford Road, Beacon Hill Time: 3pm Tel: 01428 605305 Web: Tuesday 9 December Christmas lunch then lecture: from muffs to mistletoe. Going shopping in Georgian England Venue: Haslemere Hall, Bridge Road Time: 2pm Cost: members free, members guests £4.50 Enquiries: 01428 641243 Tuesday 9 December – Saturday 3 January Christmas Family Trail Venue: The Museum of Farnham, Farnham Time: 10-5 Cost: Free Email: Wednesday 10 December Haslemere Flower Club: AGM and the exhibit: ‘Festive door decoration’ Venue: Haslemere Hall Annexe, Bridge road Time: 1.45pm Cost: Members free, visitors £4.00 Tel: Fran Lunn-01428 654810 Wednesday 10 December First reading for the Beacon Hill Panto: The Pirates of Beacon Hill 2. Venue: The legion, Beacon Hill Time: 7pm Cost: Free Contact: Jem Barnes – 07786 175600

Thursday 11 December Give Blood Venue: Haslemere Hall Time: 1.45pm-4.30pm, and 5.30pm-8pm

Saturday 27 December Christmas leave Venue: The Watercress Line Contact: 01962 733810 Web:

Sunday 14 December Christingle service for all the family Venue: St Alban’s Church, Tilford Road, Beacon Hill Time: 5pm Cost: Free Contact: 01428 605305 Email:

Saturday 3 January Opera South: New Year’s Concert Venue: Georgian House Hotel, High Street Time: 6pm reception, 7pm concert, 8.45pm dinner. Cost: £60 – includes concert, dinner, champagne and wine Tel: Susan Emmons – 01428 645266 Email:

Wednesday 17 December Carols in the High Street Venue: High Street, Haslemere Time: 7pm Cost: Free Thursday 18 December Haslemere Town Council meeting Venue: Town Hall, High Street Time: 7pm Saturday 20 December Haslemere Christmas Cracker Venue: Haslemere Hall, Bridge Road Time: 7.30pm Cost: £7.50 (under 16’s £4.00) Tel: Haslemere Box Office – 01428 642161 Email: Website: Saturday 20 December Mummers-40th Anniversary Venue: Haslemere Educational Museum, then at Town Hall Time: 11 at museum, 12 at Town Hall Cost: donation appreciated Tel: Mitch Mitchell – 01428 643220 Sunday 21 December Traditional Carol Service Venue: St Alban’s Church, Tilford Road, Beacon Hill Time: 6.30pm Cost: Free Tel: Reverend Richard Bodle – 01428 605305 Email: Wednesday 24 December (every Thursday, in term time) Pilates Venue: Hasleway, Lion Green Time: 9.30am-1pm, three classes of one hour each Contact: Heidi Wells – 01428 642577 Wednesday 24 December Crib service for all the family Venue: St Alban’s Church, Tilford Road, Beacon Hill Time: 5pm Cost: Free Tel: Reverend Richard Bodle – 01428 605305 Email:

Thursday 8 January Haslemere Town Council Meeting Venue: Town Hall, High Street Time: 7pm Friday 9 and 16, Thursday 18 January –7.30pm Saturday 10 and 17 January, 2.30pm and 6.30pm Sunday 11 January, 2.30pm Charity night 8 January Haslemere Thespians Pantomime: Jack and The Beanstalk Venue: Haslemere Hall, Bridge Road Contact: 01428 642161 Email: Web: Monday 12 January The Alpha Course – an opportunity to explore the meaning of life Venue: St Alban’s Church, Tilford Road, Hindhead Time: 7.45pm Cost: Free Contact: Richard bodle – 01428 605305 Email: Thursday 15 January Haslemere Town Council meeting Venue: Town Hall, High Street Time: 7pm Tuesday 27 January NADFAS lecture: Isabella d’Este, First lady of the Renaissance Venue: Haslemere Hall, Bridge Road Time: 2pm Cost: Members free, guests £4.50 Enquiries: 01428 641243 Wednesday 28 January Haslemere flower club: ‘inspired by nature’ with Mike and Ann Pannett and exhibit: ‘Golden celebration’ Venue: Haslemere Hall Annexe, Bridge Road Time: 1.45pm Cost: members free, visitors £4.00 Contact: Fran Lunn-01428 654810

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Local Contacts Emergency Services — Fire Surrey Fire and Rescue Service St David’s, 70 Wray Park Road, Reigate RH2 0EJ Telephone 01737 242444 Haslemere Police Station, 46 West Street, GU27 2AB Telephone 0845 125 2222 Surrey Police, 6 Carshalton Road, Sutton, Surrey SM1 4RF Telephone 0845 125 2222 Gas, Water and Electricity Electricity Emergency 0845 770 8090 Gas Emergency 0800 111 999 Southern Water 0845 278 0845 Health Dr C Taylor & Partners, Haslemere Health Centre, Church Lane, Haslemere, Surrey GU27 2BQ Telephone 01483 783000 Dr C.P. Taylor & Partners, Fernhurst Surgery, Crossfields, Fernhurst, Haslemere GU27 3JL Telephone 01428 651040 Haslemere Health Centre Telephone 01483 783000 Haslemere Hospital Telephone 01483 782000 Holy Cross Hospital, Hindhead Road, Haslemere GU27 1NQ Telephone 01428 643311 Homecall Doctor, Warrenden, Weydown Road, GU27 1DS Telephone 01428 654786 Royal Surrey County Hospital Telephone 01483 571122 Arts Groups Haslemere Art Society Telephone 01428 642291 Website Haslemere and District Recorded Music Society Telephone 01428 605002 Website Haslemere Camera Club Telephone Clinton 01428 727403 Website

Haslemere Performing Arts Telephone 01428 652360 e-mail Haslemere Players Telephone 01428 643334 Website Haslemere Symphony Orchestra and Chorus Telephone 01428 605612 Website Haslemere Thespians Telephone 01428 643585 Haslemere Town Band Telephone 01252 331828 HHH Concerts Telephone 01798 831242 Website Opera South inc. Opera Omnibus Telephone 01428 684291 The Grayshott Stagers Telephone 01428 751898 Website Grayshott Concerts Telephone 01428 606666 Website Helplines, Support Groups & Charities Alcoholics Anonymous 0845 769 7555 Alzheimer’s Society 01428 642055 Arthritis Care Grayshott 01428 643625 Arthritis Research Campaign 01428 724741 BLISS 01428 642320 Books On Wheels 01428 604558 British Heart Foundation 01483 419774 Canine Partners for Independence 08456 580480 Care In Haslemere 01428 652505 Cats Protection 01428 604297 Celebrate Marriage 01428 652368

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