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Your local community lifestyle magazine Covering: Haslemere and surrounding areas including Beacon Hill, Chiddingfold, Fernhurst, Grayshott, Hindhead, Liphook


Roundhurst Farm membership scheme

Luxury Living

Home exhibition show in April

Arts & Crafts

Haslemere Rugby Club, A3 Tunnel update, Property, Motoring, Eating Out, What’s On, and Competition

The Surrey Guild of Craftsmen in Milford


Contents Inside Life in Haslemere this issue ... Welcome

Looking great for 2008



Eden Hair 10 out of 10; Blogging; Royal School



Meet your local agent


Business News

Claytons expand, Urban Homes, Elizabeth Gordon, Elysium Salon


Chamber Awards Chamber Awards 2008


A3 Tunnel

Tunnel update for 2008



Luxury Living Show, Branksome


Grayshott News

Grayshott Spa, Great Guts and The GGS


Arts & Crafts

The Surrey Guild of Craftsmen



Yeomans Honda in Churt



Lower Roundhurst Farm; Kaighin and Daughter


Eating Out

Pride of the Valley, The Royal Oak



Win Grayshott Spa vouchers RESULTS Ballards Brewery



Haslemere Rugby Club, by Malcolm Caird


What’s On

Diary of local events



Local contacts


Editor: Nick Keith

Executive editor: Jo Horsley

Sub-editors: Rosey Briggs Creative director: Andy Burke

Art director: Karen Holloway

Advertising manager: Carolyn Warne Marketing executive: Cat Jarman

Marketing & production director: Gareth Gammon

Contributors in this issue: Jo Horsley, Rosey Briggs, Malcolm Caird, Sylvia Howe, and Nick Keith. Designed & produced by:

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Welcome Looking great for 2008


his year has started strongly in Haslemere.

In mid-January the Georgian House Hotel was packed with local people as Haslemere Initiative sought their ‘vision’ for a second

Advertisers in this issue Advert . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Page

Advert . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Page

Aitana Financial Services . . . . . . .36

Keats . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .IFC

Amelie . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .21

Kudu . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1

Arnold's Garage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .25

Labrow Ltd . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .34

BarnKids . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11

Limelight Accountancy . . . . . . . . .11

Barrow Hills School . . . . . . . . . . . .33

Liss Wools . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .36

Caring Daycare . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .35

Littlejohn Bathrooms . . . . . . . . .IBC

Chandlers Opticians . . . . . . . . . . .15

Lower Roundhurst Farm . . . . . . .29

Clarke Gammon Wellers . . . . . . . . .7

Lythe Hill Hotel & Spa . . . . . . . . . .29

De Vere Branksome Place . . . . . .19

MacDonald Oates . . . . . . . . . . .25,29

Elizabeth Gordon . . . . . . . . . . . . . .21

Oriental Rug Gallery . . . . . . . . . . .11

Geo Tangled'art . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .23

Premier Property . . . . . . . . . . . . . .17

Grayshott Pottery . . . . . . . . . . . . . .23

Pride of the Valley Hotel . . . . . . . .27

been succeeded as

Grayswood Cars . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .25

Rookery Barns . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .23

Chairman of the Initiative

Haart . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9

Royal School . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .35

by Jane Gaskell, reviewed

Hartswood Gleeson Homes . . . . . .3

St Edmund’s School . . . . . . . . . . . .35

some of the 70 projects

Haslemere Framing Co . . . . . . . . . .1

St Hilary's School . . . . . . . . . . . . . .33

tackled since the 2003

Haslemere Osteopathic & Sports

St Ives School . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15

Injury Clinic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13

Stricklands Dental Fitness Centre31

‘five year action plan’. Melanie Odell, who has

Health Check. These include: the retailers loyalty Rewards Scheme (which has won national awards); the £100,000 project to boost Beacon Hill (which has attracted private and public investment

Tom Pearse, Captain of Haslemere 1st XV Rugby (centre) with James Russell (under nines) and Mathew Shorthose (under 15) Photography by Jonathan de Jongh tel: 01730 825889

(including from SEEDA;) the establishment of the Farmers market at the end of 2007; and several schemes for young people. After the January meeting, focus groups and questionnaires will seek more views from the people of Haslemere. So look out for surveys and make your voice heard in how the town will develop in the next five years. Key considerations to be aired at the January meeting included: the development of the town centre; parking; the retail balance (including restaurants); more projects to help young people; and developing the Food Festival to include literature and other activities. At the same time, the Chamber of Commerce and Trade have announced that they will stage their second Awards this year, with the prizes presented at the dinner which follows their AGM, at the Georgian House Hotel, on 25 April. So, if you are in business, choose one of the six categories and get your company entered for the April Awards (see page 14 for details of the Initiative and the Chamber Awards).

Nick Keith Editorial Director



Haslemere Travel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4

Sunflower Trust . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .35

HSAC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2

Isabel Ballardie Ltd . . . . . . . . . . . .11

Waterlooville Carpets . . . . . . . . . .31

Kalglass . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5

Yeomans Honda Churt . . . . . . .OBC

Distribution List Beacon Hill Jaycees Foodstore Brook Haslemere Garden Centre Camelsdale Arnold’s Garage Cee Gees Village Store Chiddingfold Chiddingfold Post Office Churt Avalon Garden Centre Pride of the Valley Hotel Headley Down Londis Stores Martins Newsagents

Fernhurst The Post Office The Community Centre Grayshott Applegarth Farm Shop Grayshott Pottery Grayshott Spa Grayshott Village Post Office Tesco Express Grayswood Wheatsheaf Hotel Kingsley Green Lythe Hill Hotel Haslemere Georgian House Hotel Hammonds Newsagents (Haslemere Station) Haslemere Museum

Inn on the Hill Land of Nod Nobbs Newsagents Royal Oak Pub Hindhead De Vere Branksome Place Devil's Punchbowl Hotel Royal Parade Stores Liphook Champneys Forest Mere Gables Newsagents General Wine Company Old Thorns Passfield Passfield Post Office Weyhill Aerial Systems/Bluestone FX Tesco

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Eden values training A & N Chartered Accountants. Anu Sharma, of A & N, has been a close friend to Angie and is delighted to be a part of the scheme; Anu shares Angie’s enthusiasm about the importance of hands-on training. The sponsorships mean that better facilities and equipment are used in the weekly three-hour sessions. The 10-week course culminates in a competition Owner of Eden, Angie Townsend (centre) next to Anu Sharma, with Eden Staff and 10 local students

and all the students who take part will receive references

nspired by Jamie Oliver and


for teaching, is passionate

from the salon. Last year one of

his mission to train 15

about hairdressing and is a firm

the winners was Sophie, aged

students to gain an NVQ level 2 in hairdressing. With the success of the scheme Chichester College has recognised the salon as a Centre of Excellence in Training and uses the salon to train their own tutors at the college. They are very supportive of the salon and endorse Angie’s innovative approach to work experience. As well as providing an invaluable life lesson to her students, Angie has found that the running of the salon has benefited as it has brought her team of experienced and professional stylists together. Her bright and bubbly personality is an inspiration and she is proud of her team

misfits to become chefs at his

believer that “in life everyone

15, who has gone on to achieve

restaurant, Angie Townsend,

needs to continue to learn”.

great things.

Director of Eden Hair and

Having not enjoyed school

Beauty, has developed a taster

herself, she is fully aware that a

recognise that she was not

programme called Ten out of

formal school education can be

suited to a classroom education

Ten. The aim of the project is to

restricting for more practically

but was an exceptionally bright

Contact: Eden Hair, 23-25

attract bright young students

minded students. She ran a

student. She displayed a keen

Junction Place, Haslemere,

from the area and introduce

pilot scheme last year, which

attitude and talent for

GU27 1LE

them to the fundamentals of

was so successful that she has

hairdressing and with the help

Tel: 01428 658548/641202


taken the project to a new level

of Angie’s scheme has gone on Life

Angie, who has a natural flair

gaining local sponsorship from

to be one of the youngest

Royal School

Help for penguins

Birdworld. Originally from Chile,



the species is one of many to

huddle of penguins adorning

Sophie’s school was quick to

irls at The Royal School in Haslemere were identified as the highest scoring GCSE students in Surrey league tables published by the Government in January. With an average of 547.8 points per pupil, which equates to more than 10 A grades at GCSE, Royal School girls sit at the top of the table. The School’s A* to C grade pass rate was an impressive 96%. The School operates a mixed ability intake policy with an affirmative, differentiated teaching strategy. Contact: The Royal School

Godalming – were born at

Tel: 01428 603052 Life


Chandlers Opticians

branches in December and January signified a year-long sponsorship deal. Chandlers, who were displaying the penguins to promote their winter sales in January and February, have teamed up with the conservation team at Birdworld. The three Humboldt penguins –

become endangered as humans destroy their habitat. Rhiannon Chandler, Stephen

who are all actively involved in teaching, and helping run the salon to continue business as usual.

Blogging for Business


uccessful Hindhead

Brand, Rene Newman and

entrepreneur Karen

Laurinda Harrington from

Skidmore, from CandDoCanBe, will

Chandlers visited Birdworld to

talk about blogging for business at

meet the team, feed the Penguins,

Petersfield Business Academy

and present a cheque for £450 for

meeting on 10 March. She will

the sponsorship to ‘Percy the

explain in plain language what a

Penguin’ and Mark, the manager.

named Robbie, Penfold and

Contact: Chandlers Opticians, 2

Stanley by staff from the

Charter Walk, West Street,

Chandlers’ branches in


Haslemere, Bordon and

Tel: 0800 1077 272.

blog is, why blogs are so important for small/home businesses, and how people read them. To reserve a place, contact: Martin Shepherdly at Web-Epics Tel: 01730 891390


Meet the Agent

sign that confidence has returned to the local market. Contact: Gascoigne-Pees, 70 High Street, Haslemere,

Life in Haslemere asked local estate agents six questions about their firm, their market and prospects for this year

Tel: 01428 661363. 3 Headley Road, Grayshott Tel: 01428 604747

of activity in the last quarter of

Haslemere opened in 1988.

2007. This, however, was

Grayshott in 1982.

preceded by an unprecedented

Market sector: Founded in 1934,

level of sales activity in July and

Gascoigne-Pees have a long

Hamptons International

August, resulting in little

history and reputation for

property to offer leading up to

successfully marketing town and

Christmas. The inevitable

country properties in the mid to

Clarke Gammon Wellers

financial scares and interest rate

upper price ranges. Our activities

Partners: Steve Cook and Mark

increases dampened enthusiasm.

also embrace the marketing of

Steward are residential Partners

However signs are already

land and new homes. In recent

at Haslemere office.

showing that confidence is re-

years we have also been

How long in the area: Haslemere

growing. This is witnessed by

prominent in the local market for

– Senior Manager.

office has been open for 5 years.

new instructions coming to the

flats, cottages and small houses

How long in the area:

Staff: 9, including Roger Pearson,

market and although at a

catering for the strong demand

Hamptons was established in

Sales Manager, Mark Taylor, New

reduced level, by viewings from

from investors and first time

1869 in London and has had a

Homes Sales Director, Janet

applicants who are purposeful

buyers taking advantage of this

branch in Haslemere since the

Rothwell, Senior Negotiator,

and wish to buy. Haslemere and

area’s good transport links to

early 80s.

Dominique Richardson, Partners

the surrounding areas are


Staff: 8 based in Haslemere.

PA & Office Secretary. Liphook

blessed with low unemployment

Our speciality: We are very

Market sector: We handle

office was opened 2 years ago

and are areas of prosperity. The

proactive in our marketing. We

properties in all price ranges but

and has a staff of 5.

continued migration from

have a large database of local

predominately deal with those

Market sector: The company

London of applicants wishing to

purchasers and direct access to

between £500,000 - £1,000,000

deals with a wide range of

buy in the country and secure

others who have registered with

Our specialty: With a large and

properties from first-time buyer

places for children in schools

any one of 33 Gascoigne-Pees

expanding network of offices

properties to large country

continues. Prices will not

offices radiating out from

both in London, nationally and

estates. The core business from

increase dramatically but the

Chelsea through Surrey,

internationally, and through our

sales statistics range from

market will develop naturally

Hampshire and West Sussex.

comprehensive range of services

£500,000 to £1 million. The

leading in and out of the spring.

Gascoigne-Pees probably offer

and more than 130 years of

company also has an active land

Contact: Clarke Gammon

the greatest network of local

property experience, Hamptons

and new homes department,

Wellers, 72 High Street,

offices of any agent in our

International has earned an

almost enjoying a monopoly of


segment of the property market;

unrivalled reputation for

all development sites in the area.

Tel: 01428 664800

ensuring we gain maximum

professionalism, expertise and

Our speciality: Clarke Gammon

exposure for your property.

innovation. In a rising market it

Projects for 2008: Last year’s

is easy to be successful in this


depressed market conditions

business but when things get

was established initially in 1919.

appear to be behind us, and 2008

tougher it will be the agents that

The company has old-fashioned

has started on a far more

are proactive and show tenacity

virtues coupled with a young,

confident note – now that prices

who will increase their market

forward-thinking management

have corrected to a point around



3.5% below last year’s peak. With

Prospects for 2008. This will

There are five residential sales

the threat of rising interest rates

undoubtedly be tougher than the

Steve Cook and Mark Steward

Wellers is a small, independently owned agent with five offices and

offices, a dedicated land and new

Nigel Harper and Clive Powell-Richards

Marcus Dugan (r) with his team

Branch manager: Marcus Dugan

previous two years, but we are

Senior Branch Managers: Nigel

further price falls in the cost of

more confident than the general

and management department, a

Harper, (Haslemere), Clive

borrowing, our desirable corner

media that we will not

rural and agricultural

Powell-Richards (Grayshott).

of the southern counties is

experience the bust that is

department, a commercial

Staff: 5, Haslemere; 4, Grayshott.

enjoying renewed demand.

forecast. Yes, prices will need to

department, survey and

Including: Peter Bewley, Assistant

Significantly our Financial

adjust to reflect the caution that

professional department and fine

Manager; Michael Howard,

Consultant is meeting with a

a lot of purchasers are showing,

art and property auctions

Financial Consultant (all

steady number of first time

but correctly priced, quality


Haslemere); Karen Clark,

buyers and purchasers moving

stock will always sell in any

Projects for 2008: The property

Assistant Manager (Grayshott)

back into buying mode after a

market. It will very much be the

market locally experienced a lack

How Long in the area:

period in rental property; a sure

case where both vendors and Life



removed and a prediction of

homes department, a lettings

Property M

Life purchasers expectations need to

about the property market is

innovations in property

concentrating on the sale of

be properly managed and the

greatly exaggerated and we are

marketing. However, we still hold

period and individual properties

quality of service provided is

looking forward to a good steady

that people come first and that it

from small cottages to large family


market as we head towards the

is very much a people business.

houses, farms and estates.

to none.


Prospects for 2008: I think the

Speciality: Strutt & Parker offer a

Contact: Hamptons

Contact: Henry Adams,

watchword is going to be

bespoke service to their clients

International, 20 High Street,

Georgian Court, High Street,

‘realism.’ There is no doubt that

believing that our service should



the market is not as strong as it

be tailored around each individual

Tel: 01428 642307.

Tel: 014283 644002

was 6 months ago and if

property and client. No single

properties are to sell, they will

property or client is the same in

need to be realistically priced. The

terms of style and our clients’

housing market has always been

expectations and timing. First

an oscillating curve and having

class marketing is crucially

had many strong years in a row, it

important including professional

Martin Blogg and Adrian Hardwick

Nicholas Harding and Alan Parry

is foolish to believe this will

photography, clear floor and site

continue forever. However, with

plans and bespoke brochures.

the prospect of interest

Similarly the internet is now a

reductions over the next few

crucially important part of our business and it is vital that

Henry Adams

Keats Haslemere

months, I do not feel the

Partner: Martin Blogg

Partners: The Haslemere branch

prognosis for the housing market

properties are shown off to their

How long in the area: Around 15

is owned and run by the two

is all doom and gloom by any

very best. Together with our

years (originally the business was

partners, Alan Perry and Nicholas


excellent network of local offices –

Burns and Webber and became


Contact: Nicholas J Harding

Farnham, Guildford, Basingstoke,

part of Henry Adams in July last

How long in the area: The office

Tel: 01428 661622

Odiham, Winchester and


opened in January 1990.

Midhurst – we have an extensive

Staff: 6, including Adrian

Staff: 9 in Haslemere, with its

database of potential buyers both

Hardwick, Office Manager

combined sales and letting

locally and nationally.

Market sector: We are a broadly


Prospects for 2008: We are

based agent, dealing with all

Market sector: Keats pride

quietly confident of a busy start to

ranges of property.

themselves on being able to cope

the New Year. Demand for quality

Speciality: Henry Adams is a

with all styles of property

private multi discipline

although, in reality, our most

partnership with specialist

active price range is probably

services including agricultural,

between £200,000 and £1m.

Strutt and Parker

property prices in the area are

Simon English and Tony Saffrey

property of all sizes still outstrips supply and whilst this remains the same it is our opinion that

land and new homes, planning,

Our specialty: We are an

Partners: Simon English, Branch

unlikely to drop, contrary to

survey, lettings, residential sales

independent company and have

Manager (Agency): Tony Saffery

recent press reports. If your

and fine art. We advertise on all

been since 1990. The partners and

(Architecture & Building and

property is marketed with an

the major property websites with

staff have all operated in


agent who has both a national and local presence at a sensible

in excess of 30 million visits per

Haslemere for many years and

How long in the area: Office in

month. All our staff have an

have more breadth of knowledge

Haslemere since 1991 (formerly

guide price it will sell, and sell

intimate knowledge of the area

of the town than any other agent.

Lane Fox).

well, often beyond expectations.

having lived and worked locally

Not only do we have experience,

Staff: 8 members of staff in the

Contact: Strutt & Parker, 18 High

for many years. On a recent

we also have the modern facilities

Agency Dept and 5 members of

Street, Haslemere,

survey, 99% said they would

of advanced technology and

staff in the Architecture & Building

Tel: 01428 661077

recommend and use us again.

software to ensure our clients are

and Surveying Dept.

Prospects for 2008: We believe

kept up to date with the latest

Market sector: Predominantly


the Haslemere area will remain as popular as ever and although the property market was quieter towards the end of last year, there are already signs the market is starting to gain pace for 2008. There are a number of

Hartswood on show G

Gleeson Health Check, find out more about the Sold It! scheme to help your move and enter

leeson Homes announces

room, is typical of the quality

the launch of its show

and style that can be expected

Gleeson Homes’ competition

home at Hartswood on Friday

in all the two, three and four

to win one of three “TEOS

new properties coming into the

29th February, Saturday 1st

bedroom homes in this select

Time Out” days at the Lythe

market which are achieving a

and Sunday 2nd March 2008.

collection of just thirty-one

Hill Hotel’s Amarna Spa.

good degree of interest and

“Big and beautiful”, The

registrations from new buyers are

Cedar stunning four bedroom

on the increase. We believe the

home with study and bonus

negative hype from the media


homes, located just off

Tel: 01428 651606

Midhurst Road, Haslemere.

Visit the show home, take the





Clayton Fine Jewellery

Sparkling extension Keith Clayton opened his jewellery shop in Haslemere three years ago and has watched it grow from strength to strength.


ow Keith Clayton has

grabbed the opportunity

to expand into the shop next

Keith took an active role in the refit of the space, which over the years has seen many

door and the size of the original

different trades, from once

premises has more than

being a fishmongers to more

doubled. With all this bright and fresh

recently a bike shop. Let’s hope that the new, extended

extra space, Keith has more

Claytons continues to sell fine

room to show a wider range of

jewellery for many years

stock including men’s watches,

to come.

precious stones, jewellery boxes, diamonds and popular

Contact: Clayton Fine

collectables like Thomas Sabo

Jewellery, 9 High Street,

charms and Trollbeads. He is


also more than happy to take

Tel: 01428 656 138.

on bespoke projects and has an

in-house designer to help you

create that extra special


unusual something.

Keith Clayton has double the space now to show off his selection of fine jewellery

Urban Homes

Glamour in Liphook

Number Twenty Six tea rooms (formerly Urban Homes) is practically next door and has been open for two months. Darren is a

Just over a year ago John and his partner Darren saw an opportunity in Liphook and opened Urban Homes, a haven of jewellery, gifts, and a selection of vintage clothing.

trained chef and is dedicated to serving delicious cakes, sandwiches, soups, and salads, all


using locally sourced produce.

Urban Homes have flourished.

pair with the tea rooms already

ince then their entrepreneurial spirit and

These are exciting times for the

They have organised events,

set to expand and the opening of

opened a tearoom, are set to

Urban Beauty rooms on 5

launch Urban Beauty Rooms and

February at Lloyds pharmacy with

are already looking for new

a nail bar, waxing and ear piercing

avenues to expand.

services. John has appointed

Previously they both led high-

Carla as the Urban Homes

pressured lifestyles that included

manager to ensure that, with all

long hours and commutes. John,

these new projects, the online

who has worked as an interior

store and the shop in Liphook

designer and fashion stylist for

continues to offer a great and

the stars, has always had an

friendly service.

interest in jewellery and enjoys creating his own designs and

Contact: Urban Home, 32 The

sourcing original pieces from

Square, Liphook.

around the world. John, owner of Urban Homes with Carla, the manager


Tel: 01428 722188




Elizabeth Gordon - The Flower Room

Blooming partnership Two Grayshott businesses in Crossways have moved into the same building because they think their companies have “synergy”.


ichelle Hutton, at The

areas – particularly for

Flower Room, has

weddings and

ground floor. Watch this space

moved down the road from


for more developments on

No 1 to No 7 Victoria Terrace,

Elizabeth Gordon will

their exciting new

Crossways Road, to join forces

continue to carry her

combination of talents!

with her friends and new

baby bedding and

business partners, Janis and

gifts range, which

Contact: The Flower Room

Ken Davey at Elizabeth

includes scented

Tel: 01428 608387 & 07876

Gordon, the bedding and

candles and room


accessories emporium.

diffusers, on the

Contact: Elizabeth Gordon

upper floor and

Tel: 01428 609641

They both feel that their

Michelle’s stunning

businesses can develop more effectively together and that there is great synergy in some

striking shop window on the

Michelle Huttons stunning designs at the Flower Room in Crossways

arrangements and bouquets provide a


Elysium at Wey Hill Although Jo Petzold is new to owning her own salon, she has worked at Elysium on Weyhill for 30 years.


hen the previous owner decided to emigrate Jo and

her partner, Dave Oliver, jumped at the chance of acquiring the business and have since given it a bright and breezy makeover. She has a team of friendly and experienced staff and Elysium were one of the first salons in the country to start using Aveda hairstyling products that are derived naturally from pure flower and plant essences. As part of the refurbishment Jo has treated the salon to a new massage chair, which she hopes customers will enjoy while they soak up the new calming atmosphere. They have big plans for the business, but for now are enjoying the new ownership and attracting old and new customers back. They hope to hold an official opening in the summer. Contact: Elysium Hair Design, 58 Weyhill, Haslemere Tel: 01428 643780. Life


The team at Elysium From L to R: Jo, Gavin, Tanya and Kelly





Your vision for our Town? The next stage of planning Haslemere’s future was launched at a public meeting in January. By Nick Keith


rganised by Haslemere

Owen, Chairman of Action for

Initiative, the meeting set

Market Towns, briefly

out to continue the Haslemere

summarised this initial process of

Healthcheck work, which started

consultation. “People obviously

after public consultation in 2003.

care about Haslemere,” he noted.

Since then, over 70 projects and

He found that most comments

activities have been generated in

were made on the environment,

and around the town in

where recycling, tidiness, and

partnership with community

dealing with empty shops were

groups and organisations.

top of the agenda. The future

Taking the initiative: Julian Owen, Jackie Gaskell and Melanie Odell

focus for the local economy could

of the Initiative, said that the 70

capture the views of everyone

be on the redevelopment of the

projects had included (among

consists of volunteers that include

who has an interest in the future

town centre and improving the

other things): the retailers’ loyalty

residents, local businesses as well

of Haslemere, whether they work

retail range.

Rewards Scheme, which had won

as organisations such as schools,

“It is really important that we

here, live here or are visiting”, said

Parking was a major transport

The Haslemere Initiative

a national award; the £100,000

Haslemere Chamber of Trade,

Jackie Gaskell, Chairman of

issue in Haslemere, as in most

project for Beacon Hill, which had

Citizens Advice Bureau,

Haslemere Initiative. The aim is to

market towns, he added, along

attracted finance from SEEDA

Haslemere Museum, the

have further consultation through

with speeding and pedestrian

and other public sources, and

Haslemere Society, Sport

questionnaires, focus groups, and

crossings. Social and community

from private funds; the

Haslemere, Town Twinning and

an Action Plan in place by the end

challenges included involving

introduction of the monthly

councillors and officers from

of April.

young people in the future of the

Farmers Market at the end of last

Haslemere Town Council,

town; providing affordable

year and several schemes for

Waverley Borough Council and

around themes of Environment,

housing; and freeing up some of

young people.

Surrey County Council.

Transport and Accessibility, Social

the empty shops (especially in

This meeting was structured

With all this and the improved

and Community, Local Business

Wey Hill). As for tourism, the

visitor attractions – more B&Bs,

For further information or to

Economy and Visitor Economy. A

town wanted better use of

the literary and holistic weeks,

volunteer, contact Jackie

packed audience at the Georgian

Haslemere Hall; to have more

and the two-week Food Festival –

Gaskell, 01428 642314.

House Hotel spent an hour

festivals as well as food; and to

“the town has raised its profile,”

posting their views and ideas at

decide whether events were for

Melanie Odell added. “With better

or post to: Haslemere

exhibition stands for each of

locals or visitors.

strategic partnerships, Haslemere

Initiative, c/o Haslemere WBC

is now a better place to live and

Locality Office, Lion Green,


Haslemere, Surrey, GU27 1JB

these areas. At the end of the evening, Julian

In reviewing the last five years, Melanie Odell, former chairman

Awards for 2008 The annual Haslemere Chamber of Commerce and Trade Awards 2008 are set for Friday 25 April in the Georgian Hotel.


s last year – when Life in

Environmental Award for

Contact: Simon Labrow,

Haslemere scooped the Best

Greenest Company, Business

Chamber President,

New Business Award – the

Personality, Special Award, and

Tel: 01428 651010

different categories open to

Best Business Award.

Chamber members to enter are:

Winners all: The awardwinning team in 2007

The deadline for entries will be

Most Proactive Business in the

mid-March, and the winners will

Chamber Connect: A new

each other, is being launched

Community, Customer Service

be announced at the Chamber’s

venture to bring Chamber

under the banner ‘Chamber

Award, Most Innovative

annual dinner dance after the

members together, with


Marketing Campaign,

AGM on 25 April.

incentives to do business with




A3 Tunnel

Underpasses are scheduled for completion by February 2008 when traffic will be switched back onto the A3

Keeping traffic on the move Here is an update from the Highways Agency and Balfour Beatty, the construction engineers, on the latest development of the road improvements around Hindhead.


Good progress is being made on the Hindhead tunnel.

he Highways Agency says it

live and illuminated journey-

working to improve the

Greensand Way and Hindhead

is trying hard to keep traffic

time signals between Thursley

reliability of the signs.

Hill. With tree clearing finished you can see all the way through

and the Hindhead lights. The

Regular users of the A3 will

during the improvement work

aim is to keep cars on the A3

now be used to the diversion at

Boundless Valley to the

around Hindhead. Drivers now

rather than diverting onto

the north end; this is to allow

northern entrances of

get more information through

country roads and the agency is

construction of underpasses at

the tunnels.

running smoothly on the A3

Diagram to illustrate the birds eye view of the work being done on the roads at Hindhead



reasons the 40mph speed limit,

chance for locals to hear about

Contact: Ian Whyte, Community

of the Canadian Memorial

enforced by cameras, will

the plans and how they can get

Relations Manager for Balfour

underpass is almost finished.

remain in force.


Beatty Civil Engineering, A3

At the south end, the first half

The high activity in the

At the south end, the

Poul Christensen, the chair of

Hindhead project office,

Hammer Lane area has

contraflow working will last

Hindhead Together, aims to

Portsmouth Road, Thursley,

produced a temporary diversion

until July 2008 during

ensure that “development is

Surrey, GU8 6NN

for the A3. Work has also started

construction of the Canadian

appropriate to the needs of

Tel: 01428 686000

on the southern tunnel

Memorial Underpass. At

local people and businesses”.

entrances in Tyndalls Wood.

present, traffic runs in

He is also deputy chair of

contraflow on the northbound

Natural England and a member

There are three main phases for the traffic management at

carriageway. In the New Year

of the South East England

the north end, which is now in

this will be switched to the

Development Agency board.

its second phase. A3 traffic has

southbound carriageway.

been diverted onto part of the

Also in the New Year traffic will

Caroline White is the project

Life Key activities 2008 Jan: Start Hammer Lane

coordinator for Hindhead


Boundless-Thursley Link Road,

be diverted to the west of the A3

Together. She lives near

Feb: Start tunnelling from

temporarily widened to a road

around the site of the Hammer

Haslemere and knows the area


with one lane in each direction.

Lane underpass. During these

well. In recent work for the

March: Traffic at northern

This enables construction of the

phases, single lanes or a

Surrey Police Authority she has

end switches back to A3

Hindhead Hill and Greensand

contraflow will run on the dual

been involved in community

April: Start tunnelling from

Way underpasses in the most

carriageway, for safety reasons –

consultations and


efficient way.

to protect open excavations,

communications. Based at the

May: Greensand Way

and allow sufficient working

Witley project centre, she can

underpass opens


be contacted on:

July: Canadian Memorial

be switched back onto the A3.

Hindhead Together

The final phase will happen

The Hindhead Together

Tel: 01428 683207 k

shortly before the scheme

Partnership held its launch

The underpasses are scheduled for completion by February 2008 when traffic will

opens in 2011. For safety

event at the end of November, a

underpass opens. Start Hazel Grove bridge October: Completion of Hammer Lane underpass.

Stay informed

Return traffic to A3



dramatic bone china lighting products designed by Brighton-based Ulrika Jarl and jewellery and accessories from Grayshott image consultant Sheila Kirby. The event will also feature specialist home entertainment system retailers, Unilet, who will be able to demonstrate – and of course, supply – the best in sound and vision for your home. One of the main attractions will be a room where you’ll be able to hear PMC loudspeakers, which are used for monitoring throughout the world’s top The Luxury Living and Home Entertainment Show will take place at De Vere Branksome Place

music and movie studios, in operation.

Luxury living

The organisers are keen that there will be something to appeal to everybody at Luxury Living and so a diverse range

Malcolm Steward looks forwad to the Luxury Living & Home Entertainment Show.

of top-of-the-market companies will be exhibiting and selling their wares. Lunn Antiques, for example, will offer a wide array of antique and modern linen, as well as Set in the stunning grounds there will be something to appeal to everybody

top quality cotton, silk clothing and other modern adaptations, while James

Local Haslemere companies will be represented in their own dedicated marquee

of fine art and antiques by

Huddleston will be using the

South Downs Auctioneers,

show to debut some striking

which promises to be an

new pieces of beautifully

exciting event, especially for

crafted, contemporary

those visitors who have never

furniture. As will Chair

before experienced the thrill

Creative who will be showing

of an auction. Auctioneer Paul

its distinctive take on seating

Dunn, will be giving a short

and, perhaps, its equally

introduction to the auction

inventive sculptures.

n April the Luxury Living &

have already committed to

process before the event to

Home Entertainment Show

heavy investments in the

ensure that everyone is

there’ll be something rather

represents an exciting new

event with, for example,

comfortable. “You won’t

special for art-lovers at the

concept in consumer shows:

Marantz taking over the entire

scratch your ear and find

event but details are being

the event specifically targets

hotel lounge area to display

yourself committed to buying

kept under wraps for the time

discerning individuals and

the finest home

a Picasso,” he advises


owners of high quality homes

entertainment systems while


and aims to expose them to

Crown Pavilions and Country

Visitors will also have the

For more information about

aspirational and high-end

Greenhouses will be erecting

opportunity to meet a wide

the show, or if your company


We have promised that

garden pavilions and

range of local artists,

would like to exhibit at the

greenhouses in the hotel

sculptors, photographers, and

event, please contact

take place over the weekend

grounds. Companies from the

interior and exterior

Philippa Steward

of 19th and 20th April 2008 at

Best of Haslemere website

designers, and see a truly

Tel: 01428 717400

the striking venue of De Vere

will be represented in their

broad range of luxury items

Branksome Place just outside

own, dedicated marquee.

and services. These will

products and services. The show is scheduled to

Haslemere. Many companies


There will also be an auction

include the delicate yet




Grayshott News

Award for Spa

Screen gems


ovies in Grayshott, founded by

volunteers in early 2007,


rayshott Spa has been

reputation on its forward

chosen as the Most

thinking and approach to

gymnasium, indoor and

began its 2008 programme

Excellent Spa in the 2008 Condè

natural therapies and body

outdoor swimming pool, the

in January 2008 at Grayshott

Nast Johansens Awards 2008. In

treatments such as reflexology,

luxurious spa and relaxation

Village Hall.

addition Simon Lowe, Grayhott

shiatsu and osteopathy.

rooms, their nutrition and

facilities including the

The season continues with

The specially designed Spa

fitness experts; and, if you’re a

Casanova (29 February,

Knight Frank award for

packages allow you to escape

keen tennis player, the Tennis

7.30pm), Pride and

outstanding Excellence and

into the luxury of your own


Prejudice (4 April, 3pm) and

Spa’s proprietor, received the

Contact: Grayshott Spa,

The Bourne Ultimatum (5

use all the facilities on offer. If

Headley Road, Grayshott

April, 7.30pm). Other

destination for 40 years for

you live locally you can also

Tel: 01428 602020

showings this year include:

people seeking refuge and

become a club member and

The World’s Fastest Indian,

Elizabeth The Golden Age,

Innovation. The Spa has been a

rejuvenation and has built its

suite at the Manor house and

take advantage of the brilliant

The Golden Compass and

Great G.U.T.S

raised much-needed funds for the Royal Surrey-based charity

The Third Man. Barbie McSean, one of the

to help pay for the screening of

organisers, said, “As well as

patients for bowel cancer.

evening performances we

Professor Chris Marks, who

will also be holding several

set up G.U.T.S in 1983 to

matinees throughout the

‘improve the survival of people

year.” Grayshott Books

with bowel cancer by early

offers a box office service;

detection’, was delighted with

tickets can be purchased in

the response from shoppers.

advance from the bookshop or on the door at a cost of

Phil Bates, Chairman and Trustee of Grayshott Pottery,

£5.00 per person (u/16s £4).

said visitors braved the cold

This year people can buy in

and wet weather from as far

advance discounted books

afield as Manchester!

of tickets, usable at any Movies in Grayshott film

L to R: Phil Bates, Amy Christie-Hall, Professor Chris Marks and Ed Snell


shopping evening at

funds for local charity G.U.T.S

Grayshott Pottery to raise

attracted some 150 visitors. It

For further details contact


Janet McWilliam,

Contact: Barbie McSean

Tel: 01483 560060

Tel: 07889 183220 Life m

Support for Village Hall


t their traditional annual

“because of the importance of

Christmas golf day at

this amenity to the local

Milford Golf Club, members of

community, which I know

Grayshott Golf Society (GGS)

includes every age group.”

unanimously agreed to donate

Barbie McSean, Treasurer of

£1,000 towards the

Grayshott Village Hall

refurbishment of the kitchen in

Management Committee, said

Grayshott Village Hall. Throughout 2007, GGS has

the donation would cover the cost of a new gas water boiler

raised money for worthy causes

in the kitchen. “This

both locally and nationally

improvement is much-needed

“This year we decided to

as the current water heater is

donate some of this money to

insufficient when the halls are

Grayshott Village Hall,” said

in heavy use,” she added.

Nick Goodchild, the Treasurer,



Giving golfers (left to Right): Liam Duncan, founder member of GGS, with other Village Hall Management Committee members – Steve Georgi, Barbie McSean, Peter Budd (Minute Secretary), Stephen Penny (Chairman), Nick Goodchild, and Phil Bates (winner of the Christmas Golf Day)


‘Best of British’ E mma and Ben Bagguley,

new managers of the Fox

and Pelican in Grayshott, and Chef James Stephenson launched the pub’s brand new British-based menu in December. “We are passionate about creating the right product for our pub,” said Emma Bagguley, who has managed Fullers’ pubs for the last seven years. “We believe that a lovely fresh British menu

Left to Right: Emma Bagguley (Manager, Fox and Pelican), Chef James Stephenson, Ben Bagguley (Manager, Fox and Pelican), Janna Wareham (Artist from Grayshott Pottery), and Chris Greenaway (Sales Director Grayshott Pottery)

served on a hand-crafted plate is what our customers

vegetables, and traditional

want, and this all fits in nicely

puddings such as apple

with the village ethos.”

crumbles and treacle sponge.

They will serve the food on

Small portions of these family

locally designed, hand-

favourites are available for

crafted pottery created by


Grayshott Pottery. The Fox and Pelican’s British menu

For more information about

will include game pie with

the Fox and Pelican, call

mash and seasonal

Emma or Ben, 01428 604757.


Arts & Crafts

Natural edged monkey puzzle bowls by craftsmen and wood turner Gregory Moreton

craftsperson to take part in

people must never undervalue

exhibitions and gives automatic

their work. If they want to charge

shop membership. Associate

£50, say, but aren’t sure, I tell

membership entitles the

them to make it £40. Then, if it

associate to join the shop with

sells quickly, it is a clear sign that

the approval of the committee,

they haven’t charged enough and

but without being eligible to take

they should put it up to £50. It’s

part in exhibitions.

the value you put on yourself and

People get associate membership when the committee feel the artist shows Necklace designed and made by artist and jewellery maker Maggie Howker

Guilded Gallery Beautiful pieces are to be found at the Gallery of the Surrey Guild of Craftsmen in Milford. Sylvia Howe reports.


i Poder is the Exhibition Designer at the Surrey Guild

of Craftsmen’s gallery, and her

your skill.” New members are craftspeople, so no fine art is represented.

great potential but needs some

There is, however, silver-

guidance and could benefit from

smithing, weaving, box-making,

advice offered by someone more

embroidery, ceramics, mosaics,

experienced in their craft.

paper-making, leatherwork, and,

Di’s husband, Andrew Poder, is a master box maker, and it is

as they say, much much more. The guild’s website has

partly because of him that she

photographs of work, and

contributes to the Craft Gallery’s

contacts of makers. Go to:

appearance by organising

exhibitions and dressing the

New members are encouraged

windows. He makes furniture,

to use the gallery for a small

and, some years ago, decided that

exhibition when they join,

Each member must pass all three

the off-cuts from his work were

marketing with their own mailing


being wasted.

list and that of the gallery. Di

The Assessment Committee

He therefore began using them

changes displays monthly, and

eye is very important. The gallery

meets every six weeks, and at

to make boxes “and it just took

makes sure that the windows

is run by about 50 of the Guild’s

least three people on the

off.” He designed and set up his

always look their best. There are

committee will be in the same

own website, and has made

events, with demonstrations at some shows.

120 members, and the work of about 40 craftsmen and women

field as the applicant, to ensure

beautiful presentation boxes of

is on display there at any one

proper assessment by people

the highest quality for Walt


who know what they are talking

Disney, Terry Pratchett and

beautifully made piece of art,



certainly original, often unique,

“It’s such a hard field to get into,” says Di. “Membership of

Guild membership allows

Another member is a

If you are looking for a

you must visit the Craft Gallery in

the guild gives work credibility.

people access to larger venues –

stonemason, who has worked on

Milford (open daily, 10.30-5pm).

We do the filtering, if you like,

recently the guild exhibited at

Westminster Cathedral, and

Visitors are welcome to look and

and then people take our

Winchester Cathedral – similar

another, a goldsmith and

enjoy, and, if they wish, to buy or

members seriously.” Designer makers have to be assessed – “on quality, finish, originality, and saleability,” says

invitations come in regularly,

enameller, turned down a

order work direct from the

more regularly than they would

prestigious job at Garrard’s, the

makers, at reasonable prices.

to individuals.

Crown Jeweller, because they

Run as a cooperative, not for

would not let her use her own

Contact: Di Poder, Surrey


Guild Craft Gallery, 1 Moushill

Di. The assessment costs £20 and

profit, the Guild’s role is to help

the criteria are: technical

and support and new, innovative

competence, high quality of

designer makers. Full

marketing work. Di says firmly:

Tel: 01483 424769

membership entitles the

“Nobody works for nothing, and

finish and good aesthetic design.


Pricing is the hardest aspect of

Lane, Milford, Surrey




and Farnham and they back this up by supporting local activities like sponsorship of the cricket and junior football teams. Honda are one of the market leaders for eco-friendly motoring, with their Civic Hybrid which combines an electric motor and a small 1.3 litre petrol engine. The result is that acceleration is good and the car can run 720 miles on one tank of petrol – producing lower emissions and therefore not subject to the higher congestion charge in London. Although Yeomans sell the complete Honda range, their current best sellers are the CRV 4-wheel drive SUV at the higher end of the range and the Jazz, a town car in the ‘supermini’ sector and Honda’s smallest car with low running costs and a fuel efficient engine. Yeomans currently sell about 50:50 new and used cars and have a good stock of Honda approved previously owned vehicles with the manufacturer’s warranty on sale with starting prices from around £6,000. There seems to be little

David Williams, General Manager and Dealer Principle at Yeomans Honda

evidence of any slowdown in

Running smoothly

the economy at Yeomans. David Williams feels buoyant about the year ahead and January to March is always a

Yeomans Honda provides a community-based service with the expertise and back-up of Honda UK. By Rosey Briggs.

very busy time for the business as the new ’08 registration comes on stream. New for this

ustomer service is the


The result of this approach is a

coast. David has been at the

Spring will be the launch of the

watchword at Yeomans

very loyal customer base, many

helm there for two years, and in

latest Accord, a long time

Honda and the branch is on

of whom return for their second

that time business has doubled.

bestseller, as well as a variety of

track to finish in the top five out

and third replacement cars

He says he “saw the light” after

finance offers on the Civic,

of 200 Honda dealerships in the

from Yeomans. David expects

20 years in the motor business

based on personal contract

UK for customer service during

the Hindhead tunnel will help

and joined forces with Honda

packages at competitive rates.

eight years ago. In his view they

2007. This league is produced

to make Yeomans even more

directly from customer scores

accessible to Haslemere

make ‘the most reliable cars on

Contact: Yeomans Honda

and means a lot to the industry.

customers as the queues to

the road’.

(8.30am-6pm, Mon-Fri;

David Williams, who is the General Manager and Dealer

cross the A3 reduce in size. Yeomans has been in business

There are now 12 employees

8.30am-5pm, Sat; 10am-4pm,

working full time in Churt. The

Sun), at Crossways, Churt. Tel:

Principal, feels strongly that “if

in Churt for four and a half

team see themselves very much

01428 713971 sales@farnham-

you look after customers they’ll

years and is one of 14

as local players, concentrating

look after you, and the best

franchised outlets – four of

on customers in the immediate

business is repeat business”.

them Honda – along the South

area around Haslemere, Alton




MediationHelping couples to reach agreement Sheila Gooderham, who is a partner and experienced family law specialist in the MacDonald Oates family law team, qualified as a Mediator with Resolution in 2007.


heila is now able to offer a mediation service to all

clients from the Petersfield and Midhurst offices. Mediation is a process to

solicitors for further advice during the process, if required. When the couple are content that they have

help couples who have

reached an agreement

decided to separate or

through mediation, their

divorce to talk about the

proposal is then approved by

decisions that they will need

their respective solicitors who

to make concerning the

complete the formalities.

division of their finances and

“The benefits of mediation

the future welfare of their

are considerable”, says Sheila.

children. Mediators are

”The mediation process

trained to help couples reach

reduces tension and hostility

an agreement as to the best

and often helps couples to

arrangements for the future

understand each other’s point

concerning how their

of view such that they are

children are cared for and

then equipped to reach a fair

how their finances are

agreement that is acceptable


to them both. It saves the cost

Mediators give impartial

of expensive court

guidance to help couples

proceedings and helps

understand their priorities in

children by showing them

respect of future

that their parents can work

arrangements and to make

together to resolve issues. It is

their own choices about the

empowering to be able to

best way forward. It is a

come to your own decisions

Mediator’s role to help a

with the help of a mediator. It

couple to reach practical

sets a precedent for good

solutions, which feel fair for

communications between

them both and the family as a

parents over future decisions

whole. The process usually

that they will need to make

consists of, on average, three

together, concerning their

to six mediation meetings

children, once they have

lasting between one and two

separated. I am delighted to

hours in length.

be able to offer this service to

It is recommended that


couples consult with their individual solicitors for some

For more information

initial partial advice before

contact Sheila Gooderham

embarking on mediation and,


thereafter, return to their

01730 268211 or email

Legal Life column sponsored by MacDonald Oates Solicitors



the lower slopes of

Loyalty Scheme for

Blackdown near Haslemere, is


inviting everyone who feels

• collect a stamp for each

passionate about animal

visit when you spend £20

welfare, food, farming and

or more. Collect 6 stamps

the countryside to become

to receive 15% discount off

part of their team as they

all meat and vegetables on

have launched a new free

your next visit to the farm

membership scheme.


By becoming a “Friend of Lower Roundhurst Farm” you have the comfort of knowing exactly how your food is produced; can be confident that the animals that provide your meat are cared for with the greatest concern for their welfare, with plenty of space to live a natural life and grow at a pace which suits the animal and not the supermarket; that your delicious vegetables are grown purely as nature intended. And you don’t just have to take their word for it. “Friends of Lower Roundhurst Farm” can see for

• Invitation to Members only Events • Discounts on all other Events and Classes • Exclusive Invitation to Members Annual Party • Priority Ordering and Local Delivery on Large Orders • Regular News Updates, Tips and Recipes • Opportunity to become Involved and Help on the Farm • Discounts on Special Products & Seasonal Discount Offers • Complimentary Lower

themselves. Members are

Roundhurst Farm

invited to see the animals,

Environmentally Friendly

there are regular

Jute Bag

opportunities to visit the farm and meet the team. Members learn about the advantages of organic

contact the farm to ensure

farming for the animals, the

that they are invited to the

environment and themselves

Friends Opening Party on

– they even have the

Saturday 10th May.

opportunity to have ‘hands Mora Connell at Lower Roundhurst farm

Know what you eat Do you know what’s in your food and where it comes from? Do you trust supermarkets to give you the full story? Are you concerned about the treatment of the animals you eat or the fruit and vegetables you serve?


Anyone interested in becoming a member should

The party will kick off with

on’ experiences and help on

ballons and champagne

the farm. In addition they get

followed by guided tours of

to eat the delicious, home

the farm, visiting the animals

grown food that’s been

with their young in their

produced on their behalf.

natural environment and

Friends of Lower

hearing how the farm

Roundhurst Farm don’t just

protects the countryside.

pay lip service to supporting

Demonstrations will take

a safer kinder way of farming,

place in the field and kitchen

they actually ensure it

and lunch will be available

happens. If the warm glow

from the now famous

you feel knowing that you’re

Roundhurst BBQ. And like all

feeding your family in a

good parties the day will end

morally and ethically

with tea and homemade

responsible way is not


f you are concerned about

don’t despair – there is

enough to entice you to

these issues and you don’t

another way.

become a Friend of Lower


Roundhurst, then Lower

Lower Roundhurst Farm

Roundhurst Farm is offering:

Tel: 01428 656455

have the time or space to

Lower Roundhurst Farm, a

produce your own food –

family run, organic farm on



Meaty fare Kaighin and Daughter is Grayshott’s traditional butcher, fishmonger and delicatessen.

Kevin Kaighin (far left) and his team of friendly staff at Kaighin and Daughter in Grayshott


evin and Caroline Kaighin, who are in

them with 24 hours notice. Where possible they

fact husband and wife, have

source products locally and

a brilliant team of staff

if not from reputable and

selling a selection of fresh

quality suppliers to ensure

fish, free range pork,

the very best produce all

Southdown lamb, prime

year round.

scotch beef and free range Norfolk chicken. They make all their own

The shop has been a butcher’s since the 1900s, and the Kaighins bought it

sausages and have 30

in 1980. For the first 10

different types on the menu

years Kevin kept the original

including duck, orange and

name, William Hill, but to

Cointreau, which won the

celebrate the arrival of his

first prize at the Haslemere

first daughter, Emma, he

food festival for best

renamed the business

specialty sausage. They also

Kaighin and Daughter.

have a good selection of

The building is steeped in

cheeses, olives, cold meats

history and there are some

and pate on offer.

excellent black and white

The shop has a lovely rustic feel to it with

photographs in the shop to prove it.

professional staff who really understand their products.

Contact: Kaighin and

They have a wide selection

Daughter, Aberdeen House,

of goods on offer, but are

Headley Road, Grayshott

happy to try and obtain

Tel: 01428 604606

special items if you contact


Hotels and Pubs

humming on weekdays and

Centre), used to meet lady friends

packed at weekends with a good

for romantic trysts at Pride of the

mix of people from business to


retired. Occupancy rates for

after a local beauty spot and was

over the week.

built as a hotel and coaching inn

Andrew has also introduced

century it used to be the site of

occasion dining. Last year’s

the ‘Jumps Days’, a local market

highly successful champagne

and fair. Many of the building’s

dinner event with a tasting run

original features remain, though

by Taittinger and featuring guest

the building was extended and

chefs from the Ritz and

changed in the 1920s when more

Lanesborough Hotels in London

bedrooms were added.

and will give locals another

Buying local pays off

When Andrew Colley was looking for a business to buy in

chance to climb into their dinner

December 2006 – after a

jackets and posh frocks.

successful career managing some

Once again the guest chefs will

Pride of the Valley

around 1867. In the late 19th

theme nights and special

will be repeated again in 2008 Owner manager Andrew Colley sets out his stall for continuing improvement

Pride of the Valley was named

residents average about 65-70%

auction themselves to cook a

of London’s larger hotels (Intercontinental, Sheraton and

dinner party for the highest

Chesterfield) – it was the

bidder and will hope to top the

potential of the Pride of the Valley

£1400 raised last year for Teenage

that attracted him as much as its

Cancer charity. Seasonal events

tranquil setting in the woods and

for Spring include a Romantic

hills of Surrey. The hotel still

Valentine’s Dinner, a Mother’s

retains its charm and character,

Day Sunday lunch and Easter

while its recent update has

Pride of the Valley Hotel in Churt underwent a major refurbishment early last year, including a full re-fit and restyle of the kitchens, restaurant and reception. Owner/manager Andrew Colley made a conscious decision to buy local, fresh and organic ingredients for the kitchen wherever possible.

weekend break packages

created a lighter, brighter feel.

including a special Easter Sunday lunch. Many people drop into the

Looking to the future, Andrew hopes to venture into catering for more outside events, to enhance

Pride of the Valley for lunch or tea

the quality and standard already

as part of a visit to the Sculpture

achieved in the hotel, and to

Park in the nearby woods, an

extend the flourishing restaurant business.


tenderness second to none”. The Hammer Trout Farm in Liphook

unusual outdoor gallery for an

chef at the House of Commons,

supplies the hotel with their

eclectic mix of contemporary

Andrew devised a menu that uses

mouth-watering smoked trout.

sculpture. Families visit as part of

Contact: Pride of the Valley

a walk around the ‘Devil’s jumps’

Hotel, Tilford Road, Churt,

ith his friend and advisor

David Dorricote, ex-head

fresh and simple ingredients of

The ‘buy local’ strategy has paid

the highest quality. Some of his

off handsomely, and a year later

the three hills overlooking

Farnham, Surrey. Bookings and

top favourites are cheeses –

the restaurant is doing great

Frensham heathlands.

menus on 01428 605799.

particularly the magnificent

business under its young,

But, in times gone by, a more


cheddar – from the Ei-Ei-O Farm

talented chef. Previously it was a

famous visitor used to drop into

in Thursley; organic lamb from

“strictly Sky Sports, bar snacks

the hotel. Local gossip relates

Mill Farm in the same area; and

and beer only operation”, says

that David Lloyd George, who


beef from Rother Valley Organics

Andrew, and was pretty empty

later bought and lived in the area

which, he says, “has a flavour and

during the week. But now it’s

at ‘Bron y de’ (now Avalon Garden

Traditional values


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Steph Hunter (white hat, third from left) with the players after the annual match in 2007 in aid of charity CRY, (inset) Malcolm Caird, Chairman

Scrummy! Haslemere Community Rugby Club is enjoying one of its best seasons for some time. Malcolm Caird reports.


he first team was top of

some 25 new players this

its league, Surrey 4, in

season. The success of the

January as Life in Haslemere

England team in the Rugby

was going to press. This year’s

World Cup undoubtedly

first team captain, Tom

helped, but the Club made

Pearse, has led by example,

sure there was the right

scored numerous tries as a

infrastructure in place to

centre, and has to go down as

welcome new members. The

one of the hardest-working

influx of new players

members of the club.

strengthened both the first

Matt McGrory, head coach,

and second teams, and

attributes a lot of the playing

allowed the third team to be

success to the players’


commitment to training: “We recognised that if we were to

However, the club is always on the lookout for new

be attractive to younger

players. No matter what level

players, who from school days

of experience you may or may

would have been used to a

not have, you’ll find a

high standard of coaching,

warm welcome.

then we had to provide decent coaching ourselves.” The club has six coaches,

The Seniors’ coaches also

Darren Woods (left), veteran prop and former first team captain, with John Telling, landlord of Royal Oak and club supporter

team plays in its respective

introduced through the RFU’s

help out with the Junior

Surrey league, and the section

Continuum programme.

teams, and Mike Shorthose,

overall has enjoyed good

The social side of the game

including a fitness coach, all

Chairman of the Junior

results on the pitch. Each age

can be found around the bar

of whom have attained

section, feels this is an

group has a dedicated team of

in the Woolmer Hill pavilion,

coaching qualifications.

important link: “It is good to

coaches, each of whom has

where players, spectators and

Training is on Tuesday and

see the club’s first team

attained coaching

parents can discuss the merits

Thursday evenings from

players passing on their

qualification. A fair sprinkling

(or otherwise!) of what has

7.30pm. Two additional

knowledge to younger players

of players go on to play for

just happened on the pitch,

pitches enable all the mini

who themselves are


and watch the internationals

and junior players to train and

developing skills and learning

play. You will find some of the

new techniques as they

(both boys and girls) at under

side extends to touring – the

best facilities in Surrey, with

progress through the

7, when they join Haslemere’s

Seniors tour every year, and

two dedicated full size

age groups”.

mini section, which

many of the mini and junior

progresses through the age

age groups also go on tour.

pitches, one floodlit, which allows for training. The Senior section recruited


The Junior section caters for

Rugby starts for children

boys in each age group from

groups to under 12. As each

under 13 to under 17. Each

year goes by, new skills are

on the big screen. The social

Haslemere Community Rugby Club (to give it its full


Sidestepping skipper: Tom Pearse (right)

title) received the RFU’s Seal

dangerous being horse riding

of Approval in 2006. This is a

and swimming.

comparatively new initiative,

Fund raising is never far

and Haslemere is one of only

away from the minds of the

15 or so clubs in Surrey so far

Club’s committees, but it is

to have attained the required

not confined to club

high standards.

programmes. The Club has

By receiving the Seal of Approval, the Club has

supported CRY (“Cardiac Risk in the Young”) in recent years,

demonstrated that, as well as

and will be holding a special

delivering a decent quality of

fund-raising day on Sunday

rugby, it has proper policies

April 6th.

and procedures for the overall management of Rugby,

Rugby has long had the tradition that no matter what

including such matters as

size or shape, there is a place

child protection, first aid,

in the team for everyone – and

equal opportunities, training

looking at the girth of some of

for coaches, referees, CRB

our veteran players, that is

checking, and so on.

certainly true

Parents can be assured that

in Haslemere!

their children will be properly cared for when in the rugby

Contact: Malcolm Caird is

environment. Haslemere has

Chairman, Haslemere

long held the view that rugby

Community Rugby Club

is a healthy pursuit for

Tel: 01428 708120

children: indeed a RoSPA

survey in about 2001 placed

rugby well down the list in


terms of risk of injury for children, the two most


Diary of Events

What’s on Friday 1st February

Venue: St. Luke's Church Room, 27

February One Act Plays and Supper Evening Time: 7.30 pm Venue: Grayshott Village Hall Info/Booking: 01428 605046

Piano Recital: Haydn, Lizst,

Beech Hanger Road, Grayshott

Scarlatti, Chopin and Beethoven

Time: 10:00 am

Venue: St Bartholomew's Church,

Info/Booking: 01428 607803

Haslemere Time: 7.30 pm

Wednesday 13th February

Info/Booking: £10.00 incl. glass of

Grayshott Gardeners: The World of

fizz, 01428 644578

Orchids Venue: Grayshott Village Hall

Abingdon Touring Theatre: Teachers

Time: 7.30 pm

Venue: The Phoenix Theatre, Station

Info/Booking: 01428 607309

Road, Bordon Time: 8.00 pm

Friday 15th February

Info/Booking: 01420 472664

Ministry of Entertainment: Mrs.

Gerrish's Guesthouse

Venue: The Phoenix Theatre, Station Time: 8.00 pm

Venue: Haslemere Hall Cinema,

Info/Booking: 01420 472664,

Bridge Road

Time: 8.00 pm Info/Booking: 01428 661793

Saturday 16th February

Grayshott Concerts: Vivaldi's Gloria Venue: St Luke's Church, Grayshott

Saturday 2nd February

Time: 7.30pm

St Bartholomew's & St Christopher's

Info/Booking: 01428 606666

fund raising Quiz Evening

Venue: The Link, Derby Road Time: 7.30 pm

Tuesday 19th February - Saturday 23rd February

Wednesday 6 February

Opera South's: The Bohemian Girl

Grayshott Flower Club Meeting

by Michael Balfe

Venue: Grayshott Village hall

Venue: Haslemere Hall, Bridge Road,

Time: 7.15 pm

Time: 7.00 pm

Info/Booking: 01428 608562

Info/Booking: 01428-642 161,

Saturday 9th February

The Elves and the Shoemaker:

HHH Concerts: Igor Tchetuev, Young

Theatre of Widdershins

Russian Pianist

Venue: The Phoenix Theatre, Station

Venue: St Christopher's Church,

Road, Bordon


Time: 5.00 pm

Time: 7.30 pm

Info/Booking: 01420 472664,

Info/Booking: 01428 652448

Pantomime Venue: Beacon Hill Legion Bijou Theatre Time: 2.00 pm and 6.00 pm Info/Booking: 01428 608225,

Tuesday 26th February NADFAS Lecture, Love and Loss: the Story of Orpheus and Euridice in Art and Music Venue: Haslemere Hall, Bridge Road Time: 2.00 pm for 2.15 pm Info/Booking: Members free, member's guest £4.00, 01428 642291


Wed 27th February Barrow Hills School, Open Morning Venue: Barrow Hills School, Witley Time: between 10.00 am and 12

Jack and the Beanstalk

noon. Info/Booking: 01428 683639

Tuesday 11th March HHH Concerts: Aurora Wind Venue: Grayswood Village Hall Time: 2.30 pm Info/Booking: Free but ticket reservation essential, 01428 643129 Friday 14th March - 15th March Venue: Grayshott Village Hall Time: 7.30 Info/Booking: 01428 606036 Saturday 15th March

Friday 29th February Movies in Grayshott: Casanova Venue: Grayshott Village Hall Time: 7:30 PM Info/Booking: 01428 606922

Surrey Care Trust and Parish Church: Charity Auction of Promise Venue: The Royal School, Farnham Lane Time: 7pm Info/Booking: 01428 644578

Forest Forge: To The Marrow Venue: The Phoenix Theatre, Station Road, Bordon Time: 8.00 pm Info/Booking: 01420 472664 Saturday 1st March HMS Concert Venue: Haslemere Hal Time: 7.30 pm Info/Booking: 01428 605612

Wednesday 19th March GDFAS Study Day: Three Symphonies Venue: Grayshott Village hall Time: 10:15 am Info/Booking: 01428 713338 Tuesday 25th March Two Great Female Artists: Angelica Kauffman and Artemisia Gentileschi Venue: Haslemere Hall, Bridge Road Time: 2.00pm

PK Preschool Jumble Sale

Sun 9th Mar 08 Jack and Jill UP Beacon Hill Easter

Saturday 23rd February Alternative Theatre: Cartoon de Salvo Venue: Haslewey, Lion Green Time: Evening

Road, Bordon Film: Stardust (PG)

Haslemere Time: 7.30 pm Info/Booking: 01428 652448

Friday 22nd February & 23rd

Wednesday 5th March NADFAS Lecture: Indian Historical Architecture: Hindu, Buddhist, Moghul, and the Raj Venue: Haslemere Educational Museum Time: tbc Info/Booking: 01428 642291

Info/Booking: 01428 642291 Tue 25th March - Saturday 29th March Haslemere Players' Musical: Summer Holiday Venue: Haslemere Hall, Bridge Road Time: TBA Info/Booking: 01428 643334

Friday 7th March Live Music - "Killer Queen" Venue: Chiddingfold 'Live Music' Club Time: 7.30 pm Info/Booking: 01428 684995 Saturday 8th March HHH Concerts: Talich Czech String Quartet Venue: St Christopher's Church,

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Useful Contacts in Haslemere & District Emergency Services: Fire: Surrey Fire and Rescue Service, St Davids, 70 Wray Park Road, Reigate RH2 0EJ Telephone: 01737 242444 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 GU273JL 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 Police: Haslemere Police Station, 46 West Street GU27 2AB


Arts Groups: DanceArt (3-18 years) Telephone: Kahli 07830325426 Website: 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: Helplines, Support Groups & Charities: Alcoholics Anonymous: 0845 769 7555 Alzheimer's Society: 01428 642055 Arthritis Care Grayshott, Telephone 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 Cruse Bereavment Care: 01483 565660 Childline: 0800 1111 Citizen's Advice Bureau: 0844 8487969 Crossways Counselling Service: 01428 644333 Environment Agency: 08708 506506

Friends of Holy Cross Hospital: 01428 683144 Guide Dogs for the Blind: 01428 727617 Haslemere and District Volunteer Bureau: 01428 661166 Haslemere and District Macmillan Cancer Support: 01252 794434 Haslemere and District Round Table Society: 07717836809 Haslemere Blind Club: 01428 643971 Haslemere Gateway Club: 01428 654496 Haslemere Hard of Hearing Support Group: 01428 658190 Haslemere Library: 01428 642907 Haslemere/Midhurst Committee for Macmillan Cancer Support: 01428 652238 HAV4D: 07930905016 Haslemere Society: 01428 661379 Haslemere Stroke Club: 01428 645855 Haslewey Community Centre and Age Concern Day Centre: 01428 648716 Hazlehurst Trust through Surrey Community Foundation: 01372 861609 Helen Arkell Dyslexia Centre: 01252 792400 Hindhead Community Group: 01428 607816 Home-Start: 01252 737453 Home-Start Butser: 01730 233 755 King's World Trust for Children: 01428 653504 Natural England (was Countryside Agency): 020 7932 5800 Relate: 02392 827026 Royal British Legion: 01428 642675 Samaritans: 08457 909090 SPACES Young Parents Group: 01428 723910 Visitor Information Centre: 01428 645425 Women's Royal Voluntary Service: 01428 605498 Places to Stay: Georgian House Hotel High Street, Haslemere, Surrey Telephone: 01428 656644 Inn on the Hill, Lower Street, Haslemere, Surrey GU27 2PD Telephone: 01428 642006 Lythe Hill Hotel and Spa Petworth Road, Haslemere, Surrey Telephone: 01428 651251 Wheatsheaf Inn, Grayswood, Haslemere, Surrey GU27 2DE Telephone: 01428 644440 Sports and Leisure: Broadwater Park Golf Club Telephone: 01483 429955 Camberley Health Golf Club Telephone: 01276 232258 Champney's Forest Mere Health Resort:

01428 726013 Cowdray Park Polo Club Telephone: 01730 813257 Cranleigh Golf and Leisure Club, Telephone: 01483 268855 Dean Farm Golf Course, Bordon Telephone: 01420 489478 Haslemere Bowls Club Telephone: 01428 656431 Haslemere Hockey Club Director of Hockey: Heidi Wells Telephone: 07973 345547 Director of Junior Hockey: Mandy Telephone: 01428 604643 Haslemere Recreation Association Telephone: 01428 661486 Haslemere Cricket Club Telephone: 01428 654459 Website: Haslemere Educational Museum Telephone: 01428 642112 Haslemere Lawn Tennis Club Telephone: 01428 661486 Haslemere Rugby Club: 07771530510 Haslemere Youth Football Telephone: 01428 656215 Hindhead Golf Club: 01428 604614 Hurtmore Golf Club: 01483 424440 Kinetika Gym, The Herons Leisure Centre, Kings Road, Haslemere Telephone: 01428 658484 The Edge Leisure Centre, Woolmer Road, Haslemere Telephone: 01428 644577 Milford Golf Club Telephone: 01483 419200 Nordic Walking and Outdoors Fitness Telephone: 07950031538 Website: Shottermill and Haslemere FC Telephone: John 07770568793 The Herons Swimming Centre Telephone: 01428 658484 Tri-Golf Practice Centre, Grayshott Tel: 01428 713131 Website: West Surrey Golf Club Telephone: 01483 42127 Travel Numbers: Public transport information: Telephone: 08706 082608 Website: Train tracker: 0871 200 49 50 Funeral Directors: Cooperative Funeral Care 80 Wey Hill, 01428 651153 G M Luff & Partners 84 Lion Lane, 01428 643524 If you would like your contact details listed here, please e-mail Life

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