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Feeling the love


he January blues have been banished, and it’s now time to look ahead to the springtime. And let’s not forget about Valentine’s Day. If you’re struggling with the pennies, we have come up with some great romantic gifts and gestures that won’t dent your balance, on page 8. If you’re feeling the love so much this year that you’re getting married, turn straight to page 18 where you will find an in-depth feature on the main ingredients of a good wedding, complete with tips from local experts. Whether you are getting married, thinking about getting married, or just love a good wedding, there’s advice and ideas for everyone. And if your home is in need of some TLC, look no further than page 10. Our guide to home improvement is packed with new ideas to help you add value to your home, particularly important at a time when every penny counts. Our health section this issue concentrates on loving yourself and making that all-important ‘me-time’. We reveal what’s new at Champneys health resort at Forest Mere and how to make the most of your stay – whether it’s rest, relaxation, or health or fitness you are looking to indulge in. You will find it on page 14. See what’s new in Grayshott for the spring, with all the low-down on the latest concerts and village initiatives on page 26, and get to know Haslemere Swimming Club and what they have achieved on page 24. Also in this issue you will find news, events, the latest local business news, local arts, and our what’s on.

Until next time,

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Contents News A3 tunnel nears breakthrough, Waitrose arrives,MP engaged



Valentine’s Day: Love for next to nothing


At home

Don’t move home, improve it



Intense pleasure at Champneys Forest Mere



Weyhill special feature


Your Wedding Planning the best day of your life


Business News  Inn on the Hill, Lythe Hill, Chamber awards and more



Haslemere Swimming Club, Sports Awards, tennis



Haslemere pantomime; camera club



Latest news and events



WIN a Spa day at Champneys


What’s On

Diary of local events



 ocal contacts, Index of advertisers, L Distribution list


Valentine’s Day: 8

At Home: 10

Health: 14

Your Wedding: 18

Business News: 21

Arts: 25

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A3 breakthrough is fast approaching


reakthrough on the A3 tunnel is expected in late February or early March. The contractors, Balfour Beatty, were 184 metres from breakthrough on the northbound tunnel in midJanuary. This will initiate two years of completion work on the £371 million project so that it can open on schedule in summer 2011. On the weekend of 28 and 29 March 2009, the A3 is set for closure between Headley Road and Crossways Road. The closure, – the date is to be confirmed – is the most efficient, least disruptive and safest way to complete the roundabouts for the new junction at Hazel Grove. The section between Liphook and Crossways Road will open only for access.

Through traffic will be diverted via A31 and A325. There will be a contra-flow between Hammer Lane and the Canadian Memorial Underpass on the northbound carriageway – to allow the construction of the new southbound carriageway between the Spaniard and Hazel Grove. And the Hammer Lane Link and Eastern Service road will be fully opened, together with associated access roads. More details online at: roads/projects/3832.aspx Contact: Ian Whyte, Balfour Beatty Community Relations Manager, 01428 686000. Email: Ian Whyte: Project Community Relations Manager

Blooming marvellous! Waitrose comes to Haslemere


aitrose will take over from Somerfield in West Street, Haslemere, in mid May. The superstore has announced an acquisition programme that will result in 4,000 new employees joining the John Lewis Partnership as co-owners, and has entered into a conditional agreement with The Co-operative Group to purchase 13 stores arising out of the Partnership’s acquisition of Somerfield. Waitrose Managing Director Mark Price says: “I’m delighted to announce the biggest period of growth in the history of Waitrose. There is a real weight of evidence that businesses that continue to invest during tough economic times fare much better when the economy begins to recover.” Haslemere Chamber of Trade President Simon Labrow comments: “I hope that this news will help general trade in Haslemere by assisting it to continue to be a core destination for shoppers.”


Lee Mackenzie receives the award from Mr and Mrs Conroy at the Liphook in Bloom presentation evening


iphook in Bloom has been chosen to represent the South and South East of England in this year’s Britain in Bloom competition. Two associates of the committee travelled to London to appear on the Alan Titchmarsh Show, which was aired in January. Lee Mackenzie and his wife Paula were invited to come on air and kickstart the programme’s search for The People’s Gardener, a competition voted for by viewers. Lee talked on the ITV show about what he and Liphook in Bloom do for the local community. “It was a fantastic day,” says Lee, a firefighter. “It was superb to be able to put Liphook on the map and let the nation know about

what we are so passionate about.” The village has already won the prestigious winner’s title of South and South East in Bloom for the past three years, an accolade which led to the chance to compete in Britain in Bloom. “We are all very excited,” says Joint Secretary Carole Burns. “Our years of hard work have paid off. We will now be looking to pull out even more stops!” Keep reading future issues of Life in Haslemere to see how they get on. Liphook in Bloom, Chairman: Phillip Jordan, Tel: 01428 724908, Email:,

Calling all cooks


he Aga Shop in Haslemere High Street is hosting an Aga cooking demonstration taught by Diane Van Buren, who has worked for nearly 40 years as a home economist. On the menu will be the following dishes: asparagus wrapped in pancetta with fried quail’s eggs; trout en crôute with avocado and crème fraîche sauce; a selection of baby vegetables and new potatoes; plus chocolate brownie with raspberries for dessert. Store Manager Jackie Reynolds says: “Our evenings are always very well attended and prove useful to Aga and conventional oven owners as we show how to cook both ways. “People can enjoy a glass of wine, try the food that has been cooked and learn from great live cookery lessons.” The Valentine’s Day demonstration takes place in the Aga Shop in Haslemere on Wednesday 11 February from 7.30 to 9.30pm and costs £20. For more information call 01428 652873. The Aga Shop, 35 High Street, GU27 2HJ Issue 14 February/March 2009

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he South West Surrey MP Jeremy Hunt has announced his engagement. “I am pleased to announce that I finally got engaged to Lucia on Christmas Eve,” he said. “I took her for a walk after lunch, the ring concealed in my pocket. I was trying to think of a pretext to give it to her. We passed a large oak tree and when she wasn’t looking, I slipped it under one of the roots. I

tried to encourage her to get it out but she point blank refused thinking I was trying to play a practical joke on her.” The couple pictured told the family that night and then set off to China to tell her parents. “I had never met them before,” Jeremy said. “Her family could not have been more welcoming. We are making plans for our wedding this summer in China.”

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t Hilary’s School in Godalming has awarded the first fully funded position to a pupil through the school’s Bursary Scheme. Eligibility for the award is due to the parents’ financial circumstances. For more information contact the Bursar by 16 February to express interest. Written applications must be received by 14 March. An Open Morning will be held at the school on Saturday 7 March. St Hilary’s School, Tel: 01483 416551


port Haslemere’s annual Sports Awards, in association with the Town Council, are scheduled for April, with nomination forms required by the end of February. The awards are in 13 categories for people, teams and clubs “acknowledge outstanding performance or standards of service within Haslemere’s sporting environment”. Nominating entry forms, available from the 31 affiliated clubs, must be entered by 28 February by any bona fide individual, club or organization affiliated to Sport Haslemere. Applications for more than one category are welcome. A panel will select the award winners, who will

receive their prizes on Wednesday 22 April at 7.30pm at Woolmer Hill School. The categories include senior and junior personalities, coaches, and teams, as well as awards recognizing efforts for the community, for schools and for the disabled, and longer service awards for volunteering and also sports initiatives. Winners of each category go forward to the Active Surrey Sports Partnership Awards in October. And winners of that competition can be nominated for the 2009 BBC Sports Personality of the Year awards. Contact: Alan Healey, Email: L

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Meeka offers a great range of tights, stockings, footless tights and fishnets. These range in price from £3.99 to £6.99, a reasonably priced and sexy gift for Valentine’s Day. 8-10 West Street, GU27 2AB, Tel: 01428 644911

Haslemere Travel can give you some great Valentine’s packages this year. How about one night (14 February) at a prestigious London hotel, a glass of champagne on arrival, four-course evening meal, a red rose on your bed, and breakfast the following morning for only £79.50 per person – bargain! 2-4 Petworth Road, GU27 2HR,Tel: 01428 6588777,

Gurkha Chautari has a special offer at its Nepalese restaurant this Valentine’s Day. With each set meal the lady is presented with a free glass of champagne and a red rose. Effortlessly decadent. 8 Station Road, Liphook, GU30 7DR, Tel: 01428 729318/729355

Marley Flowers also sells a delicious range of Belgian chocolates, including champagne truffles, rose and violet creams and heart-shaped pralines, starting from as little as £1 to suit every budget. The florist is also offering single rose presentations from £5. 31-33 High Street, GU27 2HG, Tel: 01428 656588, 08

Haslemere Bookshop offers traditional romantic gifts to last a lifetime - with some great books. Try The New Faber Book of Love Poems, edited by James Fenton, for £9.99 and the The Lovers Book, for the lover who’s best at everything, by Kate Gribble, also £9.99. 2 Causewayside, GU27 2JZ, Tel: 01428 652952

David’s Menswear stocks a wide range of fun and bright socks, made by Gant for a very reasonable £9. Choose from a range of designs that will make him smile every time he wears them. 58 High Street, GU27 2LA, Tel: 01428 643195

Enchantment stocks beautiful jewellery, including this super Dante necklace for £26.25 and earrings for £14.25, a wonderful gift at a great price. 6 the Square, Headley Road, Grayshott, GU26 6LQ, Tel: 01428 606039,

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Amelie has a range of feminine jewellery, trinkets and gifts to suit all budgets. 1. Heart Decorations, £2.95-£7.95 2. Hand-made cards, £3.50 3. Heart soap dishes, large £9.95, small £4.95 4. Photo Frame, £8.95 5. Charm bracelet by Bibi, £55 6. Necklace by Bibi, £75 Princh House, Headley Road, Grayshott, GU26 6LG, Tel: 01428 606622

Inn On The Hill is offering great deals this Valentine’s weekend. A three-course menu with a glass of champagne will cost £29.95. If you share Valentine’s Day with another couple you will receive a further 10 per cent off your bill. You can also stay the night with a dinner, bed and breakfast deal for £99. Lower Street, GU27 2PD, Tel: 01428 642006 L Issue 14 February/March 2009



best asset Make the most of your

“This may be the time to replace your sofa ...” In the current economic climate, many people are deciding to update, improve and add value to their homes instead. Rosey Briggs gathers some fresh ideas from local interiors experts

Sink into a sofa This may be the time to replace your tired three-piece suite with a pair of two-seater sofas, maybe facing a large coffee table in mahogany or distressed oak. This is now the most popular configuration for the living room, according to Gary Eaton from Collingwood Batchellor, on Haslemere High Street. “Typically people are choosing terracotta, brown or cream for upholstery because it is versatile,” he says. “Duck-egg blue is also popular and a good choice for the spring.” Spring sees the arrival of the new upholstery range from Duresta, featuring handmade sofas and chairs which are coil-sprung and made with hardwood frames.

Take it with you Carolyn Underwood at Greathurst Interiors in Petworth Road believes that transportable items are the best investment because you can take them with 10

you when you move. “A beautiful mirror that will bring light into a room and also provide a reflected view of the garden is always a good idea,” she says, “and instead of buying a new carpet, cover the worn areas with a lovely rug or a piece of carpet with a bound edge.” Greathurst Interiors specializes in unusual lampshades which can be made to any shape or size with pleats or smocking, upgrading existing table lamps.

Kitchen central Kitchens have become the hub of the home. No longer simply a functional room for cooking, the kitchen now has to provide a family space, a social area for guests and a place for formal dining. “It’s a multi-purpose room and many people are prepared to invest in a really good quality product,” says Sam Madge from Moorland Kitchens on Shepherds Hill. “Our Harvey Jones kitchens are

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all British, made from seasoned hardwood and are constructed with doors that are part of the cabinet so they don’t drop or fall off like some of the cheaper kitchen ranges.” Sam reports trends towards painted kitchens with clean, uncluttered lines using light pastel colours. Light colours are carried through on work surfaces which may be granite or timber, and to flooring which is typically pale stone. The Bathroom in Grayshott: consider updating your shower

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Moorlands Kitchens have become the hub of the home scented candles and ‘Branche d’Olive’ room fragrances.

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hardly been able to find enough wood-burning stoves to meet the demand,” she told us. “Stoves and fireplaces make a wonderful central feature in the living room, or at the end of a large kitchen-diner. New streamlined designs mean these can look very contemporary.” Blaze and its sister company Hampshire Chimney Services will install fires and stoves, carry out repairs and cleaning on existing stoves and also troubleshoot chimney problems.

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Blaze House Art: “Fires make a wonderful central feature” streamlined look. Simon Closier from The Bathroom also suggests rethinking bathroom storage solutions by installing built-in or freestanding cupboards. These can be supplied complete with demisters and light sensors which react to the wave of your hand.

Relight the fire The soaring price of gas is encouraging a large number of people to take out their gas fires and revert to wood, according to Lynda Davies at Blaze House Art in Grayshott. She is just finishing her busiest season ever: “We’ve

Windows are always a point of focus, so giving them a new look can immediately lift a room. The Peacock Room at Durleighmarsh Farm near Petersfield has some opulent embroidered silks and linens from Colefax and Fowler, and Noblis Fontan in their spring range. “Using a couple of metres of this lovely fabric for flatpleated roman blinds with a glass bead trim gives a luxury look at relatively low cost,” advises Louise Henslow, “or you can use plain linens or cottons for curtains, but trim them with contrasting ropes

or flat braids for added interest.” Replacing old curtain tracks with new poles in wood or iron is another simple way to update a window. So whether your budget is large or small, there’s a lot you can do to make the most of your biggest asset. And this time of year is good for making changes, when you can still find some great bargains, as well as the usual sound advice, from a range of local experts.

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Intense pleasure Geraldine Keith enjoys many happy returns at Champneys Forest Mere 21 years on

Feel free to relax (main); in calm contemplation in the bar (inset); and at the Forest Mere Pool (below)


s we turned off the main road down the mile-long drive to Champneys Forest Mere I remembered the first time I went there, 21 years ago. Crossing the golf course, winding through the woods, the anticipation of what was to come… and there it is – the most breathtaking view across a huge frozen lake to Champneys on the other side. It was also icy cold back in December 1987, but on that first visit I was eight months pregnant. I was with my husband and I remember that the first night we had cold poached salmon with almost-no-calorie mayonnaise and salad, followed by the most beautiful fruit salad which was layered in a huge deep-glass bowl. He had a massage and went for walks and I was pampered and primped, but did nothing too strenuous due to my condition. I swam, had a facial and a manicure, and felt thoroughly rejuvenated when I went home. Others, those who were there to lose weight and fast, were not so happy and obviously felt like new arrivals at a spartan boarding school. They looked miserable as they walked or ran in a crocodile round the lake before breakfast, and were then banished to the Diet Room. When we looked in at supper time guests sat, dejected in their dressing gowns, contemplating a cup of hot Bovril and a peach; stomachs rumbled, tempers were frayed and there was talk of a break-out to the pub. What a different approach to fitness we have today. There are nine chefs at Forest 14

Mere who cook good, healthy food to suit all requirements, and there is a nutritionist, and there are ‘light diet’ options. You can eat meat-free, wheat-free, nut-free or gluten-free. There is any kind of ‘free’ you might require, but there is no Diet Room. There is a much more holistic approach to health now; more carrot and less stick, avoiding stress, eating well, exercising regularly. This time I was with my cousin, Sarah, who was celebrating her birthday but badly needed time out for de-stressing. She had a session

with a trainer and attended a fitball class (she’s rather more energetic than me) and we swam. Between us we had a Champneys Personalised Facial and an Elemis Visible Brilliance Facial (really brilliant and intense) and East meets West (a combination of Swedish massage with Shiatsu) and a Vibrogym session. Vibrogym is where you exercise on a vibrating plate which intensifies the benefit of your efforts and will help you get in shape in no time. It also helps to reduce cellulite and improve bone density which must be important for ladies of a certain age – Madonna uses one. The gym was entirely refurbished last year with state-of-the-art Cybex gym equipment;

and there is a 25 metre indoor swimming pool and, in summer, a heated outdoor pool. There are aerobic workout classes, body-shaping, salsa, and pilates classes – classes to suit your energy levels on any particular day. If this all sounds too much there is a ‘quiet room’, where the lights are dimmed and you can recline in your dressing gown under a warm duvet – and just be quiet. Champneys Forest Mere are also keen to remind people that they can cater for business meetings. Up to 60 people can be accommodated for events, for team building, or for any corporate event. On such a short stay as ours (two days) it seems we had just got to find our way round when it was time to leave. I found the ‘gathering pen’ arrangement prior to treatments – where you congregate in one of a number of alphabetically allocated small rooms and await collection – a little disconcerting. The therapists troop out of a door in their crisp white uniforms and call names from a list, and I felt like a lost dog at a pet rescue centre – I was last to be collected three times. I also felt disconcerted that I didn’t know in advance that I was having a full body massage by a man. Perhaps that’s just me? I needn’t have worried, Glen was an excellent masseur and I needn’t have felt coy – but I would like to have been asked beforehand. Perhaps that’s the boarding school girl in me. Champneys Forest Mere Health Resort Liphook, Hampshire GU30 7JQ , L Tel: 01428 726000 Issue 14 February/March 2009

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he first thing to remember about your wedding is not to panic. “Everyone goes through the wobbly stage,” says Tim Hanbury of Apollo Event Consultants, based in Haslemere. This is only natural. Once the jubilation of getting engaged and showing off the ring is over, it’s only a matter of time before getting down to the nitty gritty of planning one of the biggest days of your life, and being organized is the key.

Getting married? Congratulations! No doubt you’ll have a busy time ahead in a whirlwind of planning, budgeting, and the dreaded guest list. Cat Jarman looks at the basic elements to make your wedding wonderful

guests with the same respect you would? “All forms of supplier vary hugely within the industry,” says Tim. “It really is down to getting the balance between the budget and people you genuinely like.”

The basic ingredients

1. Agree a date 2. Research the venue 3. Arrange the catering 4. Agree on the budget “Once you have these four vital components, you can say that your wedding will happen,” says Tim, who has been organizing weddings for 10 years. Couples tend to plan weddings either 6, 12 or 18 months in advance. A good tip is to divide the tasks in order of priority, and complete at least one task per month. My dear friend Emma Harris is getting married in September. She advises people to set up a separate email account for everything to do with your wedding. When it comes to booking suppliers for your big day, it is advisable to get at least three quotes for everything. The ‘right man for the job’ comes down to trust, not the cheapest quote. Are you satisfied you can trust your caterer or photographer to treat your wedding 18

Early bird catches the worm Just like holidays, flights and hotels, early bookings can result in huge savings. You will find you have much more bargaining power if you enquire about marquees and venues in January when the bookings for the year are looking a little scarce. Early preparation on the actual day is also essential: “Timing is key, always work back from the time of your service,” advises Tim. Ushers should be in place at least an hour prior to the ceremony to allow for early guests. Hair and make-up need to be completed well in time to get dressed and travel to your venue. Even time for the

groom and his best man and company to have a couple of sharpeners in the local should be allocated for!”

Five quick credit-crunching tips • Don’t be frilly for frilly’s sake – will everyone else notice the pink rose on their table card? • Perspective – have the dream but keep it realistic. A wedding planner can help rein you in where necessary. • Food – have a two-course meal, using your wedding cake as dessert. • Always source your own drink, and don’t go over the top. Champagne, wine, two soft drinks and water are sufficient. • Music – a disco with a selection of music can be the best value. It can double up as a PA system for speeches and announcements. If the venue’s in-house sound system is good, have an iPod disco.

And finally… It’s your day. Do what you feel is right, and have fun.

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Dressing for the occasion

Danielle (left) expertly sketches the perfect wedding gown for Rachel (right)

Whether your taste is contemporary or traditional and your style flamboyant or understated, it is important to select a bridal gown which complements your personal character. Rachel Walker from Life in Haslemere visits local bridalwear designer Danielle Taylor. By Cat Jarman


achel begins her appointment by taking a look through a small selection of gowns in the shop. Danielle, a couture bridalwear designer, then sits her down to talk through some ideas in detail. “It’s good to become engaged in the creative process,” says Danielle, “helping you to understand fabrics, lines – what suits you and what doesn’t.” Your dress should fit perfectly, with good lines and proportion. It doesn’t matter how long it takes to get there; you need to feel comfortable on your incredibly important and exciting day.

Perfect My friend Emma’s second suggestion is to try on a few dresses that you really don’t think will suit you. “It may sound silly, but sometimes the last thing you think you would like is in fact the ideal gown. On the other hand, it’s also good to clarify that these dresses are really not for you, as a process of elimination.” Time for the dress design. “I’ve always wanted a one-shoulder number, with a full skirt,” says Rachel. Danielle expertly sketches away what she sees as suiting Rachel, incorporating the elements she has mentioned. The verdict is instant: “I love it!” cries Rachel. Danielle explains how it is important to choose a dress to complement your figure. “We are all different shapes and sizes and an expert eye can make the world of difference. The colour of dress must also match your skin-tone, all something any bridal shop will be able to advise you on.” Once a design has been agreed, Rachel will meet with Danielle at several stages of the design process, from the first mock-up to the final fitting. Danielle concludes: “Your finished article should be effortless to wear, so you will feel 100 per cent confident walking down the aisle, and look absolutely stunning.”

Top shots Petworth photographer Pippa Mackenzie offers some top tips on getting the best from your wedding photos: • Ensure your photographer’s style is exactly what you want. Can you imagine yourselves in their photographs? • Make sure the photographer you meet will be the one who attends your wedding. • Ask to see a whole wedding book from a recent wedding. • Make sure you are clear on how many hours your photographer will spend with you and that you’re clear on their pricing. • Your photographer should be a member of a registered association (BIPP/SWPP or MBPA). • Does your photographer offer an engagement/ pre-wedding shoot? How many weddings have they covered? • Make sure your photographer understands any particular photographs you want taken on the day. • Ensure that your photographer has insurance and a contract and that you’re clear about all their terms and conditions. • Does your photographer offer the option of a post-wedding shoot? This is a great idea if the weather is bad on your wedding day. • Stay hydrated throughout the day to maintain a healthy glow all day long! • Forget about the camera and have fun…your photographer should take care of the rest! With thanks to photographer Tina Bolton for Danielle Taylor shoot,

Directory Apollo Event Consultants, Danielle Taylor, Pippa Mackenzie, 19


Exciting Times for Haslemere Chamber


aslemere has reacted to the recession with purpose, and a strong sense of community spirit, says Simon Labrow, President of the Haslemere & District Chamber of Trade and Industry. “It’s tough for business, of course, but there have been no major casualties in the retail.” He believes there is plenty for the town to look forward to, starting with the St George’s Day celebrations on 23 April when there will be a real white charger and a dragon. “These community events are well supported by local businesses,” adds Simon. “It’s by working together

that we get through times like these.” The next day (24 April) sees the chamber’s annual Business Awards (see below), and these are handed out after the AGM at a gala dinner, this year at Branksome Place. There are nine awards this year – new categories have been added for Best Eatery and the Best Employee. Another important boost for the community will come in May when Waitrose opens its new supermarket in West Street where Somerfields used to be. “I think Waitrose and Haslemere are going to get on very well indeed,” says Simon Labrow.

Business Awards 2009

3 Greenest Local Company (Haslemere Health Foods) 4 Most Innovative Marketing Campaign (J L Nobbs) 5 Business Personality of the Year (Marley Flowers) 6 Most Pro-Active Business in the Community (Wispers Educational Trust) 7 Employee of the Year (A&N Accountants) 8 Best Eatery (Eden Hair & Beauty) 9 The People’s Choice Award (The Haslemere Herald)

A happy bunch: The winners from the 2008 Chamber Awards New venue and new categories for the chamber awards this year he annual awards organized for members by the Haslemere& District Chamber of Trade have proved so successful that this year they have been moved to a bigger venue, Branksome Place. “In difficult economic times it is even more important to promote your business to both existing and potential customers,” says Simon Labrow, President of the Chamber. “Entering the awards only costs you a little time.


“This year we have added three additional categories, including the ‘People’s Choice’ to be voted on by the general public (through the Haslemere Herald). The nine awards are: 1 Best New Business (Sponsored by Silver Blue Tours) For business set up in the last two years and / or members new to the chamber in the last 12 months 2 Customer Service Award (Haslemere Preparatory School).

For more information and to attend the event, visit: Chamber Dinner Dance Friday 24 April at 7pm (for 7.30) Branksome Place, Hindhead Road, Haslemere, GU27 3PL Price: £29.95 pp (cheque to De Vere Venues) Send cheque to the above or, to pay by card, call Regan Spiers, 01428 664616

Melissa King presents the raffle prize to Albert Hankers at the 2008 ceremony

All Change Life in Haslemere would like to extend a warm welcome to Melissa King who is set to take over from Simon Labrow as President of the Haslemere Chamber of Commerce. The transition will take place on 24 April at the Chamber AGM, prior to the President’s Dinner and Business Awards. Looking good: From L – R, Brian Howard, Melanie Odell and Simon Labrow 34

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Eyes Down

Nature’s way

Chandlers Opticians in Haslemere have launched a new concept in laser eye surgery.


ogate-based organic beef farm Rother Valley Organics are grazing their herds with a difference in Surrey. Farm owners Shon and Simon Sprackling have forged a partnership with the National Trust to graze their cattle on Blackdown, near Haslemere, with approximately 30 cattle over 300 acres of woodland. “The cattle do a fantastic job of keeping the weed trees down over the land,” says Shon. Although the fencing process of the land took a considerable amount of time, the cattle, who roam freely across the terrain, are happy, and not upsetting local cyclists and horseriders. Rother Valley Organics is a family run business headed by

Shon and Simon. The farm is all around from Rogate to Thorney Island, arguably some of the finest organic grazing in the country. Additionally Shon and Simon farm land at Abingdon, and Queen Elizabeth Country Park in Hampshire. Rother Valley meat is hung on the butchery on the premises where traditional master butchers cut, prepare and present the meat. Shon and Simon take a holistic approach to farming, ensuring that everything in the food chain should be carried out to the highest standard. Rother Valley Organics, 01730 821062,


Optegra Eye Care, a new clinic situated on the Surrey Research Park in Guildford, are partnering with Chandlers and a small group of independent practices who are now able to offer pre-screening for those interested in laser correction. Martin Chandler, founder of Chandlers Opticians, says: “Optegra have placed an outstanding level of sophisticated equipment within our practices in Haslemere, Godalming and Bordon.” Suitability can be assessed, without any pressures to commit, in an optometric environment which many will already have used for eye care for themselves or their families. Chandlers Opticians welcome both new and existing patients who are keen to discuss any method of vision correction and


are happy to give impartial advice and appropriate referrals as clinical results dictate. “We try to deliver the very best eye care that is right for all patients and feel it is important to always be open minded to the potential of new methods of visual correction both now and in the future,” adds Martin. Chandlers Opticians, 2 Charter Walk (off West Street), GU27 2AD, 01428 652512



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Karl Jenkins comes to Grayshott


ne of the world’s most famous and successful composers of classical music is to visit Grayshott on Saturday 14 March. Grayshott Concerts, sponsored by Applegarth Farm and Huntington House Nursing Home, have invited Karl Jenkins to see their Excelsis Choir perform Jenkins’ Stabat Mater. The work was originally premiered in March 2008 in Liverpool Cathedral and follows a string of successful compositions repeatedly requested on the radio. Millions of Jenkins’ CDs have been sold around the world. Other popular works include Adiemus, and Palladio which will open the performance.


Conductor Robert Lewis, Grayshott Concerts’ Director of Music, who trains and conducts the Excelsis Choir, formed little over a year ago by Grayshott Concerts, since the beginning. “It’s a huge challenge,” says Robert, “but we’re determined to be perfect for the composer’s visit. It is a real honour for the choir to perform and for me to conduct in his presence.” Organiser Vivien Harrison says: “It will probably be the first time Karl has been able to relax and just listen! We are all very much looking forward to his arrival.” Tickets and more information can be obtained by calling Grayshott Concerts on 01428 606666.

Street Watch campaign, designed to prevent crime and increase visibility within the community, was proposed at the last BIG (Buy In Grayshott) meeting at the end of January. Residents were asked to consider giving up two hours per month to patrol the area in pairs. The scheme is supported by Hampshire Police (PC Kirsty Langridge and PCSO Jim Leggat) and aims to assist the police by promoting effective communication and the prompt reporting of activity. PC Kirsty Langridge says: “Street Watch members pair up times and dates that suit them. It’s a great way to meet people while increasing your own understanding of your local community and social contacts, helping to form a strong and dedicated team.” BIG Chairman Dick Smith says: “There was positive feedback at the meeting and the scheme is something which I believe will assist in maintaining the current caring and cohesive community in Grayshott.”

Another triumph C

ongratulations to BIG for their record-breaking carol concert which raised £730 in December. Christmas Eve attracted almost 1,000 people to the torchlight carols in the Square. The money raised went to the St Luke’s Church Organ Appeal, enabling the fund to reach its target of £15,000 in time for Christmas.

Grayshott businesses and residents alike will be able to have a bit of fun on 24 February (Shrove Tuesday) by entering the pancake race. The race will be held in the village square. Competitors will have to complete three laps of the square, tossing their pancakes at various marshalled points. But beware – drop your pancake and you will have to go back and start again! If you would like to participate, please bring your frying pan to the square at 9.45am for a 10am start. Pancakes will be provided! For more information contact Peter White at Village Kitchens on 01428 606023. The annual Pantomime in Grayshott will come to Grayshott Village Hall on 13 and 14 March. Dickus Witticus is a take on the traditional tale of Dick Whittington, set in Roman times with a little bit of ancient Egypt thrown in for good measure. Tickets will be on sale from 23 February, available from Grayshott Books. There will be a matinee and evening performance on the Saturday. For more information contact Dave Phillips on 01428 606036. The first Greening in Grayshott meeting is due to take place on 21 March, to promote energy saving initiatives within the village. The meeting will be at Grayshott Church, time to be confirmed. For more information contact Liz Pennick on 01428 606510.

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Haslemere Adoption Centre, Chase Lodge Studio, Hammer Lane,Haslemere, Surrey GU27 1QD



Making a

big splash

Haslemere Swimming Club has defied the odds and climbed into the top 20 in the country


relatively small fish in terms of size, Haslemere Swimming Club has left many larger clubs floundering in their wake as they forged their way into the finals of the National Swimming League in Sheffield on 26 April. The path to Sheffield involved two regional swimming galas and then a nationwide ‘virtual’ gala when every individual time performance in each team was added. The top 20 reach the finals, with 10 clubs in the A final and 10 in the B event. They finished fifth in the south premier league, behind Guildford (A finalists), Bracknell, Beckenham and Leatherhead (both teams also in the B final). In fact Haslemere beat Bracknell convincingly in the gala which qualified them for the finals. “We have broken every record in recent years,” says Lawrie Thomson, who took up his post as Head Coach three years ago. “The club has only about 120 competitive swimmers and I owe thanks to the work of the previous coach Ian Welch who retired after

eight years in charge when his wife had a baby. “There is good support from the coaching team – Allan Whelan, Alison Baranowski, Penny Perry and Rosie Creeden. As well as talented youngsters we are also fortunate to have a strong contingent of senior swimmers.” Young stars with Head Coach, Lawrie Thomson (left) are: Eleanor Richards, aged 12, who has joined Haslemere from Guildford because of “the focus on technique and training” ; Dave Short, 18, who is at Cardiff University; and Chloe Hammond-Smith, 15, a good all-rounder

Some of the Haslemere Swimming Club squad in training at the Herons Swimming requires great dedication, with squad members training six days every week – on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays they have morning and evening sessions. And the training regime has been increased from 14 to 17 hours a week at the

Herons in Kings Road. They have great facilities at the Herons, according to Lawrie, who has competed at national level. Now aged 24, he was signed as Head Coach by Haslemere after graduating from the University of Bath with a sports coaching degree. “Most swimmers are young and my role as coach is to develop the squad to the best of their ability.” In spite of Rebecca Adlington’s double gold at last year’s Olympics

in Beijing, swimming remains short of both funds and sponsors. “We don’t have any sponsorship at present,” says Lawrie, “and it’s possible that we will go to the finals in Sheffield on the back of the fees paid by the swimmers.” The visit to the finals will cost between £2,000 and £3,000, and the club would greatly appreciate any sponsorship offers. Contact: admin@ Nick Keith

Go Tennis in Haslemere Haslemere tennis coach Jasper Allen has set up Go Tennis to provide tennis coaching in the local area


he main idea is that children can learn to play or improve their tennis, in a fun way,” says Jasper, who has many year’s coaching experience. His Tennis Fun Days held during the Christmas Holidays were a


huge success with the children so Jasper will run further Go Tennis Camps during the Easter and summer holidays. Jasper holds coaching sessions for children indoors at The Edge on Friday afternoons, and on

Saturday mornings and Monday afternoons at The Haslemere Lawn Tennis Club, with further sessions for promising young players on Wednesdays. He also runs sessions at Churt, Wrecclesham and Grayshott Tennis clubs. Any

level of ability is welcome, and coaching for adult is available. Go Tennis, Tel: 01420 473899, (adults), (children)

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behind you! Haslemere Thespians: A stellar Jack and the Beanstalk cast The Haslemere Hall was host to the thigh-slapping, rib-tickling favourite pantomime Jack and the Beanstalk, by the Haslemere Thespians, in January


e all know the story – Jack goes in search of the love of his life after selling Daisy the (counting) cow for five magic beans. Lo and behold a giant beanstalk grows in Jack’s garden after his mother (Dame Durden) carelessly throws the beans out of her window, revealing the answer to where Pippa, the love of Jack’s life, is hiding.

Cue Jack and his merry band of men up the beanstalk to the Land of the Giants to rescue Pippa and reunite her with her real parents and marry her, of course. A simple story, but what a laugh we had along the way! Simple Simon, with his ‘proper job’ west country accent and ongoing unwillingness to understand any of the plot, gave the children the

perfect opportunity to put him in the picture. Haricot Bean’s sidekick, a slightly camp Lentil Bean, provided an interesting romantic alternative for the lovely Pippa, while Jack remained cool, calm and collected under pressure, a true hero. And who can forget Daisy, the best pantomime cow I have ever encountered, who not only

danced, but counted as well! But the most memorable performance went to Dame Durden, a combination of Little Britain’s Marjorie Doors and West-End drag queen, whose rendition of R and B star Kelis’s Milkshake will go down in history! (oh yes it will). Cat Jarman

Life through a lens Founded in 1910, Haslemere Camera Club has served the needs of local keen photographers through many changes in photographic technology over the last 100 years “The club’s aim has remained the same throughout its existence,” says Chairman Clinton Blackman, “and that is to aid the furtherance of photographic art and help less experienced workers to improve their skills.” There are approximately 25 members at present who enjoy a mixture of meetings, tutorial and competitions. “We are a very active club,” says Clinton, a member for 20 years and chairman for seven. “All our members participate in club competitions.” Each year, the club adopts a theme to set the majority of its work against. This year the theme is ‘change’.

“The idea is to encourage members to try something new for 2009,” says Clinton, “and should prove very interesting.” Haslemere Camera Club meets fortnightly throughout the winter at the Catholic Church Hall on the corner of Weydown and Derby Roads on Tuesday evenings. New members are always welcome. There will also be a summer programme of photographic and social events. Haslemere Camera Club, Clinton Blackman, Tel: 01428 727403, Dunes has life, by Clinton Blackman 25


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COMPETITON WINNERS Congratulations to our winners from the last issue who won sets of tickets to the Haslemere Thespians pantomime, Jack and the Beanstalk, in January. Joy Walker of Peperham Road in Haslemere won first prize of 10 tickets. “We had such a lovely evening,” says Joy, “I took family and friends along, including my grandchildren, who all thought it was superb. Thank you very much!” Second prize went to Shirley Houghton, who won six tickets, and the third prize of four tickets was won by Oliver Mason. Read the review of Jack and the Beanstalk on page 25.

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Every Thursday Haslemere Sub Aqua Club Venue: Herons Leisure Centre Time: 7.45pm Tel: 01428 658484 Web:

Every Monday The Alpha Course: An opportunity to discover the meaning of life. Supper, DVD and discussion. Venue: St Alban’s Church, Tilford Road Time: 7.45-9.45pm Price: Free Contact: Reverend Richard Bodle Tel: 01428 605305 Email:

Monday 2 February Haslemere Thespians Venue: White Horse, Haslemere High Street Time: 8pm Contact: Rob Lloyd Email:

Thursday 5 February (first Thursday of every month) Haslemere in Stitches Venue: The Oriental Rug Gallery, 82 Wey Hill Time: 10am-2pm Price: Free Tel: 01428 656657

Second Thursday of the month Haslemere Embroider’s Guild Venue: Haslemere Museum Time: 10am-12noon Price: £3 Contact: Carole Shanahan Tel: 01428 653659


Thursday 5 February ‘The Parenting Puzzle’ Free 10-week course for teenage/ young parents. Venue: The Wey Centre Time: 10am-12noon Contact: Sarah de Marcos Tel: 01428 723910 Text: 07805 632140 Email:

Saturday 7 February FROG Event (Fund Raising for Outward Giving): Crazy Whist Venue: The Link, Derby Road Time: 7.30pm Price: £12 Email:

Thursday 12 February Haslemere Town Council Meeting Venue: Town Hall Time: 7pm Price: Free Tel: 01428 654305

Saturday 14 February HHH Concerts: Piano recital by Martin Helmchen Venue: St Christopher’s Church, Weyhill Time: 7.30pm Price: £14, £5 for students, under 12’s free, season tickets available Tel: 01428 652448 Web:

Saturday 21 February Alternative Theatre – Johnny’s Midnight Goggles: a Touring One-Man Operatic Thriller by SharpWire (not suitable for young children) Venue: Hasleway, Lion Green Time: 7pm Price: £5 Tel: 01428 648716

Saturday 28 February Opera South: ‘Martha’ by Friedrick Von Flotow Venue: Haslemere Hall Dates & Times: see website Tel:01428 661793

Monday 2 March Haslemere Thespians Venue: White Horse, Haslemere High Street Time: 8pm Contact: Rob Lloyd Email:

Saturday 7 March HMS Concert Venue: Haslemere Hall Time: 6.30pm Contact: Sue Ecclestone (Secretary) or Marion Bagshaw (Orchestra Secretary) Tel: 01428 605612 or 01428 656129 Email: Web:

Saturday 7 March Walks for Health Annual Supper Time: Suppertime, TBA Contact: Martin Osborne Tel: 01428 644824

Saturday 14 March HHH Concerts: The Lendvai String Trio Venue: St Christopher’s Church, Weyhill Time: 7.30pm Price: £14, £5 for students, under 12’s free, season tickets available Tel: 01428 652448 Web:

Thursday 19 March Haslemere Town Council Meeting Venue: Town Hall Time: 7pm Price: Free Tel: 01428 654305

Tuesday 24 March – Saturday 28 March Haslemere Players: Sweeney Todd Venue: Haslemere Hall Time: TBA Tel: 01428 643334 Web:

Saturday 4 April Alzheimers Society Spring Fair Venue: Hasleway, Lion Green Time: 10am-2pm Contact: Ros Maule Tel: 01428 652238

Thursday 12 March Haslemere Town Council Meeting Venue: Town Hall Time: 7pm Price: Free Tel: 01428 654305

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March 2009 is the 40th Anniversary of the release of Genisis’s first and relatively unknown albulm “From Genesis to Revelation”. We are celebrating this landmark with a series of shows spanning the 3 main eras of their long musical journey at a venue with its own unique place in the bands history. When Phil Collins first joined Genesis in August 1970, they practiced for a few weeks in what is now The Cellar Bar at Farnham Maltings, during which time Peter Gabriel wrote the lyrics to one of their most famous tracks “The Musical Box”.


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Saturday 18th April 8 pm

CELEBRATING 40 YEARS OF GENESIS 3 eras – 3 shows for charity at Farnham Maltings


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Saturday 24th October 8 pm


Commercial era Genesis and a short set of Phil Collins solo material

Saturday 14th November 8pm

Early ‘Classic’ era Genesis, and a short set of Peter Gabriel Solo Material.


Tickets are £17.50 advance, & £20 Door – Reserved Seating. Maltings Box Office:- 01252 745444 Maltings on-line Sales:- Ticketweb:- 08700 600 100 or

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