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Using their loaf: bakers Nathan and Ross

The Shoe Box

The Granary

his traditional shoe repairer has been in Haslemere for 15 years, with proprietor Andrew Nicolaou, a shoemaker’s son, taking over the reins in 2002. The shop, at the top end of West Street, caters for all shoe repairs from ladies’ heels to gentlemen’s’ Goodyear welted shoes, and can also solve more awkward requirements such as tightening of calfs in boots, and mending hard-to-reach zips. “We also offer a computerised engraving service, and have Rolex trained members of staff who can seal with repairs, pressure testing and watch straps while you wait,” says Andrew, who works in the shop fulltime along with his wife Angela and two other members of staff.


he Granary is a craft bakery where father and sons, master bakers Duncan, Nathan and Ross produce a wide range of breads and confectionary, handmade and fresh every day. “Between us we produce up to 40 different breads depending on the season, from whites and browns to red wine and date loaves,” explains Duncan. Regular favourites include assorted ryes and multigrain, sourdoughs, spelt and yeast free. The bakers also produce a tempting array of savouries, sandwiches, croissants, pastries and confectionary, plus cheese, butter, milk, jams, crisps, drinks. This, combined with a friendly and knowledgeable service makes a visit to The Granary an all round genuine delight!

The Shoe Box, 1a West Street, GU27 2AB, 01428 652344

The Granary, 32 West Street, Haslemere, GU27 2AB, 01428 653226




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Step into Spring

Be bold and show off your shoulders in this cute dress from Betty Jackson

Hooray – spring has finally sprung! And that means putting your winter wardrobe firmly out of reach and embracing the new looks for this season. Cat Jarman takes a sneak preview of the brightest and boldest spring must-haves

Go nautical with Tommy Hilfiger (right and above)

Off -the-shoulder numbers are set to be big this season, and look sexy once the weather warms up. Zips are already making a huge impact on the fashion pack. Wear yours as big and bold as you like, and pay homage to 80s powerdressing.

The Barn: pink is back for 2009


Bold colours never fail to crawl out of the fashion closet when the sun starts shining. Big for 2009 are pink, turquoise and yellow. Skirts, jackets, shirts, shoes and scarves, the bolder the better!

Print is still very on-trend for this spring. Paisley, animal or checked, there are no rules, so go with what suits you best. Remember: the bigger the print, the more slimming it will be. Flower power is back, but with a much more retro and feminine feel than the hippy looks that have been around over the past couple of years. Floral patterns are a must-have this season, and the brighter the better. And don’t worry about clashing either.

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Floral: the bigger and brighter the better at The Barn

Rocking the Monochrome look – Betty Jackson

CREDIT CRUNCH TIP: If cash is a bit tight, why not look in to a secondhand dress agency? The good ones have a constant turn-over of the latest trends, at a fraction of the price! Shrugs are perfect for keeping things looking cool not frumpy in spring’s sleeveless frocks. Go for a bright colour or black. Blazers are brilliant and versatile for this time of year. The trend has moved back to the simple single-breasted for added chic. Lightweight linen or similar is perfect for warmer temperatures. Mac is back – thank goodness! A sleek mac is both classic and cool, and perfect to keep you dry from the April showers. Light and bright colours seem to prevail this season, with a particular emphasis on white. A good mac will work well with layering over the rest of your spring collection. Local stockists

Monochrome gives you a sophisticated and crisp look, and is certainly back with a bang (hooray!). Audrey and Marilyn eat your heart out – for the woman-about-town, this is power dressing at its best.

Nautical is everywhere for 2009. Red, white and blue and nautical emblems never fail to impress once the sun starts shining. Team brass buttons with a nautical scarf for added wow factor.

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Staying healthy during the Easter egg-stravaganza With Easter just around the corner, and the shops full of chocolate, hot cross buns and other tempting treats, it’s easy to get side-tracked and forget about healthy eating. Local nutritionist Rebecca Weller has advice on hand to keep you on track


eing healthy during Easter doesn’t mean you have to go without your favourite foods. Easter, after all, is a time for celebrating with family and friends, and eating is part of the celebration. By making a couple of small achievable changes, you can have a guiltfree Easter surrounded by delicious food. Of course you can have some chocolate, but try and track down some organic dark chocolate; the higher the cocoa content, the higher the level of health-enhancing anti-oxidants. Teenagers often enjoy a CD or music download voucher just as much as chocolate (and their dentist will certainly thank you). Younger children are often happy with one or two eggs and perhaps a favourite book, comic or even a cinema ticket, which will keep them occupied during the holidays. A couple of days before the Easter break it is worth jotting down an Easter menu plan – if you have an idea of what you are going to eat each day, you will be less likely to end up grabbing a ready meal or take-away. Shopping online is time-saving and makes it easier to avoid the calorieladen temptations that pack the supermarket aisles at this time of year. Some ideas for a guilt free Easter Sunday Breakfast • Oat and seed muesli or home-made granola with vanilla yoghurt and fresh berries. • Including some slow release carbohydrates such as oats will boost your energy levels during the day. • Or for a real treat, try some smoked salmon and scrambled eggs on a granary seed bagel. Having some protein at breakfast will keep you feeling fuller longer, and make it easier to resist chocolate treats.

Lunch • Go for a lighter option such as poached salmon – you could serve this with watercress and créme fraiche sauce, some new potatoes and fresh broccoli. Oily fish is packed full of brain boosting omega 3 fats, and watercress and broccoli are a great non-dairy source of calcium, the mineral needed for healthy bones. • For a more traditional choice, try new season English lamb with potatoes, and sweet potatoes, rich in fibre and full of iron, roasted together with garlic, rosemary and a little olive oil. Add some lightly cooked spring cabbage and steamed carrots and you have a traditional roast with a healthy twist. • For pudding try a slice of rich homemade almond sponge cake, this is very filling and a little goes a long way. Try serving with delicious rhubarb compôte, lightly spiced with ginger. Ginger is a wonderful way to end a meal and can help digestion. Tea-time and beyond Easter wouldn’t be Easter without hot cross buns. Most supermarkets now sell wholemeal or low fat varieties, but try not to smother with too much butter, as this piles on the calories – instead drizzle on some fragrant local honey. Lastly, and most importantly of all, relax and enjoy yourself ! Rebecca Weller is a nutritional therapist and health writer who practises in Haslemere. Contact:; www. L

Your teeth matter


ental care is more important than ever, yet many people are still too afraid, or cannot afford, to go to the dentist. Life in Haslemere has teamed up with the Haslemere Dental Centre (HDC) in Wey Hill, to offer readers the chance to voice any worries about oral health they might have, but haven’t been able to get onto a local dental register to do so Dr Barry J Oulton (pictured) obtained his Masters level at the Aesthetic Advantage in West Palm Beach, Florida and was taught by New York based Dr Larry Rosenthal, whose patients include the likes of Catherine Zeta Jones and Michael Douglas. He travels internationally to teach on the Aesthetic Advantage courses. He qualified from the University of Leeds in 1993. After completing a postgraduate year near Liverpool,


he moved to London and worked in and around the city until launching Haslemere Dental Centre in September 1999. After studying for a further three years he was awarded the Diploma in Postgraduate Dentistry by the University of Bristol. He is committed to continuing education and the experience he has allows him, with the help of his committed team, to provide the highest quality of care. Barry has had the practice for 10 years, and lives in Haslemere with his two daughters.

If you have any questions for Barry about your dental health, no matter how big or small, you can write in to Life in Haslemere magazine, where Barry will be only too pleased to help you with your worry. Send your questions to: Ask the Dentist, Life Magazines Ltd, 22 High Street, Petersfield, GU32 3JL Advice will be published in a future issue of the magazine.

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Write on track

Following the success of the first two Chichester Writing Festivals, multi-million-selling author Kate Mosse talks to Life in Haslemere about what inspires her, and how the third Writing Festival is bigger and better than ever. By Cat Jarman


here’s nothing like a good old-fashioned adventure story,” Kate tells me over the phone. Although I have never met her

before, she is bright and breezy, and I feel like we could chat all afternoon. But with a Writing Festival to

make finishing touches to, and work well underway for her third featurelength novel, Citadel, which will be published in 2010, Kate, from near Chichester, does not have a lot of spare time on her hands. Her first novel, Labyrinth, has sold five million copies to date worldwide, and has been published in no less than 38 languages, and Sepulchre, which followed a year later, has sold another million. She remains modest though: “I have been very lucky,” she says. “I have been published extremely well. It’s never just about the book. Everyone in the team has to work really hard to make a best-seller.” Her fact-based fiction is carefully researched from the outset – Kate has set up numerous websites including and, combining sharing the process of writing with her inspiration for her novels to others. This inspiration draws back to the landscape and history of South West France. The strong sense of place portrayed in these novels, believes Kate, has found an audience, who enjoy the familiarity throughout her soon-to-be three novels of recurring themes in landscape and history.

But perhaps it is her genuine passion for writing and everything that goes with it that makes Kate stand out. Not only does she have millions of fans of her own work worldwide, but also she continually engages with others in the process of writing, the mechanics, the nittygritty, and the sharing of ideas. This initiative involves her husband, Greg, who established a creative writing programme at West Dean College, near Chichester. Together they created the Chichester Writing Festival, giving writers the opportunity to come together in a series of seminars and panel talks, with, for 2009, the likes of Julie Walters, who also lives in Sussex, Ian Rankin and Sandi Toksvig among the headliners over the last weekend of March. “It’s a very unique thing when up and coming writers can get free, good and honest advice from the people who are in the know,” says Kate, “and its really pleasant for us to be able to mix with other industry professionals – you may not think it, but we all enjoy learning from each other on an ongoing basis!” We can’t wait to see what happens in 2010. L

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Lay a little egg for me!

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Based in Grayshott, Purchase Farm is the home of Golden Valley Poultry, where you will find a wide variety of chickens for sale. Keeping chickens has become extremely popular over the last few years. Here we explain the main elements if you are thinking of keeping chickens. 1. Chicks vs. chickens? It’s great for children and adults to incubate eggs or buy very young chicks. But be prepared to get cockerels (noisy!) and decide whether to dispatch them. We recommend buying girls at point of lay (16-18 weeks old). 2. What to look out for A clean environment, clear bright eyes, clean nostrils, clean smooth legs and clean vent area. Make sure they have not been ‘de-beaked’, a sign that, as chicks, they have been very highly intensively reared. 3. What varieties to buy? All Rhode Red Island hybrid varieties will have a placid nature (great pets) with a large annual production of eggs (between 250- 300 per year). You can mix the varieties – allow for a settling in period - you particularly need to keep a watch on integrating new girls.



4. When will they start laying? Anywhere between 18-21 weeks, maximum laying capability is usually for 2.5 - 3 years. 5. How many do I keep? It’s addictive! We recommend starting with three or four girls, but buy a coop for six to eight in order for you to potentially expand your flock. 6. What kind of coop do I need? Your best bet is to buy a chicken house which has been properly built, using treated wood and a sturdy run, this should last you for a minimum of 15 years. 7. The economics? Once set up, keeping four chickens can save you £270.00 a year on fresh eggs.

Golden Valley Poultry is offering one lucky reader the chance to win £100 voucher to spend at the farm – just in time for Easter! See their website for full details on the breeds and products on sale.

FOR YOUR CHANCE TO WIN Write us a slogan why free range eggs are better for you (hint, visit the website). Sending contact details to: Reader Offer, Life Magazines Ltd, 22 High Street, Petersfield, GU32 3JL




Hatchlands: A closer look

Art historian and tour guide Stephen Richardson visits Hatchlands Park, a neo-classical country house with a twist of the unexpected on the outskirts of Guildford


ast year was the 250th anniversary of the Battle of Louisburg in which naval hero Edward Boscawen, commander of British naval forces, defeated the French during the Seven Years War. The Admiral, known as Old Dreadnought to his men, profited handsomely from a glittering naval career and was able to finance the construction of a splendid country house at East Clandon near Guildford. Hatchlands Park was built during the 1750s at a time when Boscawen was often away at sea. He nevertheless took a great interest in the project which was supervised in his absence by his capable wife, Fanny. With great foresight, the couple engaged the young Robert Adam to design the interior shortly after his return from Italy. The exuberant style for which Adam became renowned had yet to mature, but there are hints of things to come, particularly in the elegant ceilings of the Saloon and Library which celebrate the Admiral’s maritime career. Sadly, Boscawen did not have long to enjoy his new home, dying in 1761 of a fever, aged 49. Today, Sir Joshua Reynolds’s portrait of Boscawen hangs in the Drawing Room just as it may have done all those years ago. Fanny sold the house in 1770 and a succession of owners have each left their 16

mark upon it. Most notable of these was Lord Stuart Rendel who between 1888 and 1913 carried out an extensive campaign of remodelling of the house, including the creation of a new entrance in the east front and the addition of an annexe to house the music room. Its grand baroque interior sits a little uncomfortably alongside Boscawen’s neat neo-classical house. It was Rendel’s grandson Harry, a noted architect and musician, who gave Hatchlands to the National Trust in 1959. The house had been largely emptied of its contents, except for two important pier tables in the style of William Kent, now in the Saloon, and once belonging to the Boscawens. A succession of tenants followed, including at one point a girls’ school, and by the time it reverted back to the National Trust in the 1980s, the house was in sad decline. Happily, its fortunes were reversed by the inspired decision to lease it to the artist and musical instrument collector, Alec Cobbe, whose family have distant connections with Hatchlands and who for generations were noted collectors of paintings, furniture and curiosities. Cobbe had established his credentials by carrying out imaginative schemes for display at houses like Petworth, Nostell Priory and Powis Castle, and at Hatchlands began a

collaboration with the National Trust to resurrect and refurnish the property, largely with works of art from his own family collection. The beauty of this arrangement, so different from other historic houses that appear frozen in time, is that it is organic and changing. Today visitors can experience a functioning family home as well as the coherent and imaginative regeneration of its interiors. The particular coup for the National Trust, however, must be the outstanding collection of keyboard instruments assembled by Alec Cobbe and placed on permanent display by the Cobbe Collection Trust. The collection is one of the largest of its kind connected to great composers and includes instruments played by Bach, Chopin and Elgar. Maintained in playing condition, they have inspired a series of concerts that take place each year in the music room. Hatchlands Park, East Clandon, GU4 7RT, 01483 222482, uk/hatchlands For the Cobbe Collection Trust visit www. L Issue 15 April/May 2009


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Joining Forces Haslemere Preparatory School for boys has formed a federation with St Ives School for girls


hile both are strongly committed to single-sex education, Headteachers Patrick Wenham (Haslemere Prep) and Sian Cattaneo (St Ives) believe that making the move to work closely on a number of initiatives and projects will be beneficial to pupils. Sian, who has been Headteacher at St Ives for seven years, explains that although girls and boys learn in different ways, it is important for children to be able to interact with the opposite sex while the schools focus

on the individual needs in their own right. “Single-sex education has changed dramatically over the years,” she says. “Children are able to gain so much more from tailored activities for their gender and age.” Both are non-selection entry schools with a class average of 10. Patrick, who took over as Headteacher at Haslemere Prep this year, echoes this point of view. “Many of our nursery activities are already joined, and we feel it makes sense to take advantage of our close proximity and like-minded attitude to education.” Some of these joint activities include a visit to the nurseries from Cliff

From L – R: Melissa, Sian and Patrick are joining forces Canford and Millfield.

Wright, Illustrator of the multi-million selling Harry Potter series, and a joint Easter egg hunt. By September the schools will be using the same term dates, which will make life much easier for parents with children at both schools. From the beginning of next term the two schools will be offering a sibling

discount, and shared transport arrangements are being discussed. “It is great to be able to share ideas on education, and, ultimately, pass on the benefit to our pupils,” says Patrick. In addition, the schools are in the process of partnering with the Haslemere Chamber of Commerce in a number of initiatives. Melissa King, who will take over as President of the Chamber in April, is excited about this prospect: “Both schools are a large employer in the town and the chamber is looking forward to strengthening relationships within the educational sector, and likewise giving the schools the opportunity to be more involved with the local business community.”

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“Outstanding” St Highfield – reasons to Edmund’s welcomes girls be cheerful Experimenting: St Edmunds pupils in the science lab

Under 12s netball team. The cross-country team has a number of feathers to its bow, including winning the English schools regional final, the District and Hampshire Championships and coming third in the nationals. Headteacher Phillip Evitt describes Highfield pupils as “happy, confident without arrogance, charming, intelligent and engaged.” Among Highfield’s exit schools are Eton, Winchester, Charterhouse and Sherborne for boys and Downe House, Sherbourne and St Swithuns for girls. Co-educational exits include Marlborough, Wellington, Bryanston, Canford and Millfield.

Highfield school in Liphook has a number of reasons to celebrate


“Our girls have a tailored programme of sports, pastimes and activities under the experienced leadership of our Head of Girls, Jane Olle,” says Registra Karen Subba Rowe. Alongside them, the boys n September 2008, the school continue to receive their own became fully co-educational, specific programme as before, as welcoming girls from 2 to 13. well as many shared activities. The school can now extend a St Edmund’s education to the many “We sit in 40 acres of beautiful girls in the pre-prep school – and grounds and woodland, with a of course welcome girls from magnificent indoor pool, an alloutside. for netball, Godalming Ad_Haslemere Life weather 6/3/09pitch 12:11 Pagetennis 1 These are exciting times at St Edmunds, with some 18 months’ work and preparation coming to fruition in this academic year


ith 227 pupils (100 girls and 127 boys), Highfield is a winner of OFSTED’s Outstanding Boarding School award. Although entrance is nonselective, results remain outstanding also, with 100 per cent Common Entrance success in the past decade and no less than 27 scholarships in the last three years alone, many of these in the art sector. Various sporting achievements include an unbeaten record of 269 points in the local rugby league, with only three tries conceded, plus an unbeaten hockey team and

and hockey and a nine-hole golf course,” she adds. Both boys and girls enjoy the extensive breadth of opportunities offered at St. Edmund’s in the academic, sport, music, drama

and activity programmes, which include optional Saturday morning activities and flexiboarding designed to fit in with the busy lives of children and their families.

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Woolmer Hill’s Kenyan link After a day learning about life at school in Kenya, pupils at Woolmer Hill School decided they wanted to help children at the Kalando Secondary School The Kalando pupils

Woolmer Hill teacher Mrs Bean with Kenyan teachers


hat started off as a smallscale fundraising event has now become a much larger affair, and two years later Woolmer Hill are making regular appearances at local events to raise money for the Kenyan school.

The pupils have benefited greatly from the project and have begun to understand what it's like for the students and children that live in the area of Kalando Secondary School. Among other 1things, it has 11:56 Barrow A4 open day 120hx90w.qxd:Layout 16/3/09

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given children an insight into the daily routines and how a simple thing such as Fair Trade is able to contribute to their families. Money raised has also successfully been used to build two new classrooms that are all being done up slowly. “So far we have raised approximately £1,000 and are on the rise from that, holding stalls at the Haslemere Christmas Market and at the May Fair,” says pupil Carmen Powell, who set up

the Kalando Secondary School scheme with fellow pupil Jack Robson. “There have also been regular stalls at the school which have raised half of our total money so far, and we couldn’t have achieved that without the support of the pupils and eachers at Woolmer Hill, who have been a really big help in promoting our schemes,” she adds.

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“All in all a delight and one of the most innovative and successful boarding and day preps going” The Good Schools Guide

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College Basketball squad aims high In what is only their second competitive season, the under 19s basketball squad at Godalming College has slam-dunked their way to the national finals of the British Colleges’ Sport tournament

Slam dunking: Godalming College basketball team is going for the national title


he tournament will be held at Loughborough University this summer. After an impressive victory over favourites Richmond Basketball Academy in the south east qualifying tournament, Godalming’s 12man squad will now represent the region in its defence of the national title against eight other elite squads. Kevin Broad, deputy head of PE at Godalming, says: “Considering that basketball started here as a lunchtime club, to have a competitive squad that plays and wins at the highest level is an amazing achievement. They are going from strength to strength under coach Brian Hirschfield.”

The college’s basketball squad is also currently competing in the Surrey 6th Form College’s league, which they won in 2008, and the English Schools Basketball Association cup. Alongside main studies – AS/A-levels, BTECs or GCSEs, there is a wide choice of extracurricular enrichment activities at Godalming College. For sports fans, in addition to basketball, there’s competitive rugby, netball, football and hockey, or, alternatively,

recreational badminton, trampolining and fitness training. The college’s performance company, ClassAction, has opportunities in the spotlight or backstage, and there are dance clubs, music ensembles and bands. For the adventurous, a Duke of Edinburgh’s Award awaits and the big outdoors also beckons on a World Challenge expedition which could take you anywhere from China to South America. Back on campus, other activities range from debating and public speaking to reading groups and language clubs. The college even has its own radio station, GCFM. The next open evening is on 8 July.

New developments for Mill Chase The staff and students at Mill Chase Community Technology College have much to be proud of at the moment with a number of new developments n September 2008 a new Headteacher, Mrs Jackie Adams, took over the college from the previous Headteacher, Mr Mulcahy. The college mantra of Putting Learning First and being at the heart of its local community is central to everything that they do and the school has recently been recognised as a Good School in its latest OFSTED report (OFSTED 2009). The college is a rapidly improving school which has just received re-designation with the ‘Investors in People’ Award in recognition of the amazing staff who work there and a fabulous OFSTED report which states: “In this caring and supportive school, students feel safe and achieve well.” Mrs Adams says: “We are particularly pleased with this result because it was achieved by the school based on the new Pilot Inspection, which has raised the bar on what is expected of schools. Because of this the final result is even more impressive. However, we are ambitious and know that Mill Chase will be an outstanding school in the very near future.”


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State Primary Schools Boys and Girls Beacon Hill Primary School (4-11, co-ed, 185 on roll) Head: Sue Walker Beacon Hill Road, Beacon Hill, Hindhead, Surrey GU26 6NR 01428 605597 Camelsdale First School (4-11, co-ed, 220 on roll) Head: Sarah Palmer School Road, Camelsdale, Haslemere, Surrey GU27 3RN 01428 642177 Fernhurst Primary School (4-11, co-ed, 100 on roll) Oscars at Fernhurst – after school and holiday care 01428 652579 Head: Mrs Margaret Edwards Haslemere Road, Fernhurst, Haslemere, Surrey GU27 3EA 01428 653144 Grayshott Primary School (4-10, co-ed, 200+ on roll) Head: Mr John Hills School Road, Grayshott, Hindhead, Surrey GU26 6LR 01428 605596 Grayswood C of E Infant School (4-7, co-ed, 83 on roll) Head: Ms Anne Bristowe Lower Road, Grayswood, Surrey GU27 2DR 01428 642086 Hollycombe Primary School (4-11, co-ed, 70 on roll) Headteacher: Mrs Stephanie Fiske Wardley Green, Milland, Liphook, Hampshire GU30 7LY 01428 741332 Holme CE Primary School (4-11, co-ed, 121 on roll) Head: Mrs Allison Smith Openfields, Headley, Bordon, Hampshire GU35 8PQ 01428 714409 Liphook C of E Junior School (7-11, co-ed, 349 on roll) Head: Mrs Clare Williams Avenue Close, Liphook, Hampshire GU30 7QE 01428 722490


Liphook Infant School (4-7 co-ed, 247 on roll) Head: Mrs Liz Cole Avenue Close, Liphook, Hampshire GU30 7QE 01428 722036 sarah.harding@liphook-inf.hants. Northchapel Primary School (4-11, co-ed, 70 on roll) Head: Miss Claire Murphy Pipers Lane, Northchapel, West Sussex GU28 9JA 01428 707352 Shottermill County Junior School (7-11, co-ed, 260 on roll) Head: Mrs Linda O’Boyle Lion Lane, Haslemere, Surrey GU27 1JF 01428 642096 Shottermill Infant School (4-7, co-ed, 180 on roll) Head: Mrs Cathy Cooke Lion Lane, Shottermill, Haslemere, Surrey GU27 1JF 01428 642902 shottermillinfant/ St Bartholemew’s C of E Primary School (4-11, co-ed, 324 on roll) Head: Paul Beach Derby Road, Haslemere, Surrey GU27 1BP 01428 643634 State Secondary Schools Bohunt School (11-16, co-ed, 1280 on roll) Head: Mr Neil Strowger Longmoor Road, Liphook, Hampshire GU30 7NY 01428 724324 Mill Chase Community Technology College (11 - 16, co-ed, 735 on roll) Head:Mrs Jacqueline Adams Mill Chase Road Bordon Hampshire GU35 0ER 01420 472132 Woolmer Hill Technology College (11-16, co-ed, 620 on roll) Head: Mrs Sue Bullen Haslemere, Surrey GU27 1QB 01428 654055 woolmerhill

Colleges Godalming Sixth Form College (16-19, co-ed, 1650 on roll) Head: David Adelman Tuesley Lane, Godalming, Surrey GU7 1RS 01483 423526 Independent Schools Aldro (7-13, boys, 223 on roll) Head: David Aston Godalming, Surrey GU8 6AS 01483 409020 Alton Convent School (2+ to 11, co-ed; 11-18, girls; 492 on roll) Head: Mrs SE Kirkham Anstey Lane, Alton, Hampshire GU34 2NG 01420 541711 Amesbury Day School (2+ to 13+, co-ed, 325 on roll) Nursery, Pre-prep and Preparatory Education Head: Nigel Taylor MA Hazel Grove, Hindhead, Surrey GU26 6BL 01428 604322 Barfield School (2+ to 13, co-ed, 250+ on roll) Head: Mr BJ Hoar Guildford Road, Farnham, Surrey GU10 1PB 01252 782271 Barrow Hills School (3-13, co-ed, 274 on roll) Catholic independent day school. All denominations welcome. Head: Matthew Unsworth Roke Lane, Witley, Godalming, Surrey GU8 5NY 01428 683639 Bedales School (13-18, co-ed, 460 on roll) Head: Keith Budge Steep, Petersfield, Hampshire GU32 2DG 01730 300100 Bidbury for English Individual and small group, professional and general English courses, summer school and boarding school preparation. Head: John and Shireen Weston Greywalls House, Hillbrow, Petersfield, Hampshire GU33 7QR 01730 894246

Boundary Oak School (3-13, co-ed, 157 on roll) Head: Mr Stephen Symonds Fareham, Hampshire PO17 5BL 01329 280955 Brookham School (3-8, co-ed, 175 on roll) Head: Diane Gardiner Highfield Lane, Liphook, Hampshire GU30 7LQ 01428 722005 Charterhouse (13-18, boys; 16-18, girls, 735+ on roll) Head: Rev JS Witheridge Godalming, Surrey GU7 2DJ 01483 291501 Churcher’s College (4-18, co-ed; 226 in junior, 730 in senior on roll) Head: Mr SHL Williams Ramshill, Petersfield, Hampshire GU31 4AS 01730 263033 Conifers School (2-11, co-ed, 70+ on roll) Head: Mrs J Peel Preparatory school for girls and boys in Easebourne near Midhurst, West Sussex GU29 9BG 01730 813243 Ditcham Park School (4-16, co-ed, day, 349 on roll) Head: Mrs KS Morton Petersfield, Hampshire GU31 5RN 01730 825659 Dunannie (3-8, co-ed, 90 on roll) Head: Katie Potter Alton Road, Steep, Petersfield, Hampshire GU32 2DP 01730 300400 Dunhurst (8-13, co-ed, 200 on roll) Head: Penny Watkins Alton Road, Steep, Petersfield, Hampshire GU32 2DP 01730 300200 Edgeborough (2-13, co-ed, 350 on roll) Head: Mrs MA Jackson Farnham, Surrey GU10 3AH 01252 792495 Frensham Heights (3-18, co-ed, day/boarding, 500 on roll) Head: Mr A Fisher Farnham, Surrey GU10 4EA 01252 792561

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Great Ballard School (2+ to 13, co-ed, day/weekly boarding, 200 approx on roll) Head: Mr Richard Jennings Eartham, nr Chichester, West Sussex PO18 0LR 01243 814236 Guildford High School for Girls (4-18, 930 on roll) Head: Mrs Fiona Boulton Guildford, Surrey GU1 1SJ 01483 543853 Haslemere Preparatory School (4-13, boys, day) Head: Patrick Wenham The Heights, Hill Road, Haslemere, Surrey GU27 2JP 01428 642350 Highfield School (8-13, co-ed prep, day/boarding, 221 on roll) Head: PGS Evitt Highfield Lane, Liphook, Hampshire GU30 7LQ 01428 728000 King Edward’s School (11-18, co-ed, day/boarding) Offers the International Baccalaureate Head: PK Fulton-Peebles Witley, Godalming, Surrey GU8 5SG 01428 686735 Kingscourt School (2+ to 11, co-ed, 180 on roll) Head: Mrs J Easton Catherington, Hampshire PO8 9NJ 02392 593251 Kumon Maths and English learning programmes for children of any age and ability Instructor: Carole Coulson-Gilmer 01428 642863 Lanesborough School (3-13, boys, 335 on roll) Head: Mrs Clare Turnbull Guildford, Surrey GU1 2EL 01483 880650 Lavant House (3-18, girls, 165 on roll) Head: Mrs Marian Scott Chichester, West Sussex PO18 9AB 01243 527211

Longacre School (2½-11, co-ed, 235 on roll) Head: Mark Beach Guildford, Surrey GU5 0NQ 01483 893225 Mayville High School (6mths-16yrs, co-ed, taught separately, 455 on roll) Head: Mrs L Owens Southsea, Hampshire PO5 2PE 02392 734847 Meoncross School (2¾-16, co-ed, approx 400 on roll) Head: Mr CJ Ford Fareham, Hampshire PO14 2EF 01329 662182

Royal Grammar School Guildford (11-18, boys, 903 on roll) Head: Dr JM Cox Guildford, Surrey GU1 3BB 01483 880600 Rydes Hill Preparatory (3-7, co-ed; 7-11, girls, 150 on roll) Head: Mrs Stephanie Bell Guildford, Surrey GU2 8BP 01483 563160 Seaford College (10-18, co-ed, 540 on roll) Head: TJ Mullins Lavington Park, Petworth, West Sussex GU28 0NB 01798 867392

More House School (9-18, boys, 300 on roll) Head: BJ Huggett Farnham, Surrey GU10 3AP 01252 792303

St Catherine’s Preparatory School (4-11, girls, 256 on roll) Head: Mrs K Jefferies Guildford, Surrey GU5 0DF 01483 899665

Oakwood School (2½-11, co-ed, 280 on roll) Head: Johnnie Kittermaster Chichester, West Sussex PO18 9AN 01243 575209

St Catherine’s School (11-18, girls, 580 on roll) Head: Mrs AM Phillips Guildford, Surrey GU5 0DF 01483 893363

St Edmund’s Schools (2-13, co-ed, prep) Head: Adam Walliker Portsmouth Road, Hindhead, Surrey GU26 6BH 01428 609875 St Hilary’s School (2½-7, co-ed; 7-11, girls, 289 on roll) Head: Mrs S Bailes Holloway Hill, Godalming, Surrey GU7 1RZ 01483 416551 St Ives School (Co-ed nursery; 3-11, girls, 150 on roll) Head: Sian Cattaneo Three Gates Lane, Haslemere, Surrey GU27 2ES 01428 643734 St John’s College (2-18, co-ed, 600 on roll) Head: Mr N Thorne Southsea, Hampshire PO5 3QW 02392 815118

Portsmouth High School (3-18, girls, 600 on roll) Head: Mrs J Clough Southsea, Hampshire PO5 3EQ 02392 826714 Prebendal School (3-13, co-ed, pre-prep and prep, 240 on roll) Head: Timothy Cannell West Street, Chichester, West Sussex PO19 1RT 01243 782026 Prince’s Mead School (2+ to 11, co-ed, 230 on roll) Head: Miss P Kirk Winchester, Hampshire SO21 1AN 01962 888000 Prior’s Field School (11-18, girls, 370 approx on roll) Head: Mrs JA Roseblade Godalming, Surrey GU7 2RH 01483 810551 Rookesbury Park School (2¾ to 13, co-ed, day/boarding, under 100 on roll) Head: Mrs P Harris-Burland Wickham, Hampshire PO17 6HT 01329 833108



St Margaret’s School and The Nursery School at St Margaret’s (2-4, co-ed nursery; 4-11, co-ed, 168 on roll) Head: Sister M Joseph Clare Petersfield Road, Midhurst, West Sussex GU29 9JN 01730 813956 St Swithun’s School (11-18, girls, 480 on roll) Head: Dr HL Harvey Winchester, Hampshire SO21 1HA 01962 835700 St Swithun’s Junior School (3-7, co-ed; 7-11, girls, 180 on roll) Head: Mrs P Grimes Winchester, Hampshire SO21 1HA 01962 835700 Stepping Stones School (8-16, co-ed) A small independent school for children experiencing difficulties in mainstream education. Learning Facilitator: Neil Clark Tower Road, Hindhead, Surrey GU26 6SU 01428 609083


The Pilgrims’ School (7-13, boys, 215 on roll) Head: The Rev Dr BA Rees Winchester, Hampshire SO23 9LT 01962 854189 The Portsmouth Grammar School (3-18, co-ed, 1500 on roll) Head: Mr James Priory Portsmouth, Hampshire PO1 2LN 02392 360036 The Royal School (0-2, daycare; 2-4, co-ed nursery; 4-18, girls) Head: Mrs L Taylor-Gooby Farnham Lane, Haslemere, Surrey GU27 1HQ 01428 603052 Tormead School (4-18, girls, 700+ on roll) Head: Mrs Susan Marks Guildford, Surrey GU1 2JD 01483 575101

Treloar College (16-25s with disabilities, co-ed, 180 on roll) Head: Mrs Pat Teague London Road, Holybourne, Alton, Hampshire GU34 4EN 01420 547400 Helen.burton@ Treloar School (7-16s with disabilities, co-ed, 180 on roll) Head: Mr Harry Dicks Upper Froyle, Alton, Hampshire GU34 4LA 01420 526400 Helen.burton@ Twyford School (3-13, co-ed, 300 on roll) Head: Dr D Livingstone Winchester, Hamphire SO21 1NW 01962 712269 Westbourne House (2+ to 13, co-ed, 420 on roll) Head: Mr BG Law

Chichester, West Sussex PO20 2BH 01243 782739 office@westbournehouse.w-sussex. West Hill Park (2+ to 13, co-ed) Head: Mr EPK Hudson Titchfield, Fareham, Hampshire PO14 4BS 01329 840405 admin@ Winchester College (13-18, boys, 675 on roll) Head: Dr Ralph Townsend Winchester, Hampshire SO23 9NA 01962 621247 admissions@ Wykeham House School (2+ to 16, girls, 250 on roll) Head: Mrs LR Clarke Fareham, Hampshire PO16 0BW 01329 280178


Issue 15 April/May 2009


Letting bucks the trend The lettings market in the Haslemere area is proving strong. Nick Keith speaks to local experts

The Keats team, from L – R: Jennifer Harding, Martine Downes, Nicholas Harding, Deborah Raggett, Maralyn Johnson


he local lettings market is “very strong”, says Nicholas Harding at Keats Haslemere. “The main priorities of tenants are that they can move where they want to and live where they want to. Buyers tend to stay in the same house for 5-10 years, while the average let lasts 6-12 months.” Availability of homes to let is high, and Keats has some 60 houses to let on their books, compared with 20-30 in a more typical market. Typical lettings prices in this area are from £695 per calendar month (pcm) for a twobedroom property and between £1500 and £2,000 pcm for a family house. Nicholas adds: “Career-minded tenants look for the flexibility which letting gives them. “Since last June there has been an overall reduction of 10 per cent in rental values.” Keats Haslemere, which opened its lettings department in 1992, operates around Haslemere, Godalming, Farnham and Liphook. Keats branches in Alton, Midhurst and Petersfield have their own lettings operations. Another trend noted by Nicholas Harding has been the appearance of ‘reluctant’ landlords – developers or builders unable to sell. Buy to let owners are surfacing again but they are only interested in properties where they can achieve a yield of at least five per cent.

In general terms, he said, financing was proving the most difficult problem in this property downturn. “In previous times, in the Eighties and Nineties, finance for property was still available although prices dropped. Now people have been ‘driven underground’ and there is a reduced volume of property on the market. “Confidence has been hit everywhere and expectations are lower. There are good buyers for houses in the range of £500,000 to £1 million. Indeed, earlier this year, we had multiple bidders on one house. However, there is not enough activity from the bottom and my 30 years of experience has shown that a healthy property market is based on the first time buyer. When they can purchase this breaks the chains and frees the second- and third-time buyers.” At the same time, he added, lower interest rates have reduced people’s outgoings so that they are choosing to tighten their belts and stay put instead of putting their house on the market. “It seems to me that many people are staying at home with their parents and saving for their deposit. At least there are not many repossessions this time, whereas in 1992-93 we were involved in many more of those.” Keats Haslemere, 01428 641111

The Property Services Haslemere team: Back row L-R: Shonda Underwood, Director, and Denise Gardiner, Proprietor/MD Front row L - R: Emily Gardiner, Sarah Ellis Property Services (Haslemere) Limited was set up in Haslemere in 1970 in its present West Street offices and, during almost 40 years, has seen many downturns come and go. “This recession is unusual,” said Denise Gardiner, Principal, “in that there is less activity in the family house market whilst the smaller houses and flats are continuing to let very well. Usually, families who want to move into Haslemere will sell their house and rent locally while they are looking to buy but the slowdown in house sales has affected this market. “Also, families who are currently in a rented property will tend to stay there rather than move into a different area or larger rental property to sit out the recession because of the costs involved in moving so, as a consequence, the number of family houses on the market available to rent has reduced.” The agency, which has seven staff, was originally founded to provide a letting and management service for business executives, military or foreign office personnel who were posted abroad and wanted

to let their homes in the Surrey, Hampshire and West Sussex areas. “Our company was set up at a time when the letting industry was in its infancy,” said Denise Gardiner. “We have always specialised in quality homes for discerning landlords and tenants, who often come to us by word of mouth recommendation because we are known for providing the highest quality tenant selection and property management service. “We still have houses in our managed portfolio which have been with us for 20 years. We normally cover an area within about 30 minutes drive of Haslemere which currently spreads as far south as Byworth and out to Farnham, Guildford and Midhurst.” While Property Services tend to deal in the top end of the market, the agency is also doing very well in mid-market properties. “Since the recession started we have done a huge amount of business in this middle market which is helping us to stay ahead of target.” Property Services, 01428 651241



We’re here to help Since opening in 1992, Keats Letting has become one of the major agencies in the area offering a personal and high quality service. Our experienced and professional staff provide a full management or tenant find service for hundreds of properties in Haslemere, Grayshott and Liphook. For advice and information please contact us at our office in the centre of Haslemere High Street.


Keats Letting 26 High Street, Haslemere, Surrey GU27 2HW


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A property on the books of The Country House Company

Sue Crossley, founder of the Country House Company, said: “There is very strong demand across the board, especially for the midmarket family house. The market is very competitive, but, in the last quarter, we have let a lot of houses, more than usual.” Having ‘retired’ as a land agent,

Sue was persuaded by friends to return to the discipline 10 years ago when she founded the firm as a lettings agency. She now employs six staff, and “we are as busy as we can possibly be”, with a service which includes residential sales. “We specialize in good quality ‘country homes’, often large houses

in rural or village situations. They have to be in the top bracket in terms of presentation,” Sue explains. “Some people are coming from town and looking for a weekend retreat, and on the other hand we have houses for £10,000 pcm or more. People are going for those as well as the two-bedroom village cottages of around the £900 pcm mark.” The firm covers a wide area, centred in Surrey and Hampshire, and stretching out to Berkshire, Dorset and West Sussex. In the Haslemere area, houses to let include a five-bedroom “contemporary” house with equestrian facilities for £2995 pcm; a three-bedroom cottage “beautifully restored by the owners” in Grayswood for around £1900 pcm; and a luxury two-bedroom apartment in a historic country house (with a tennis court and large grounds) for £1750 pcm. Country House Company, 02392 632275 Hamptons International enjoyed record levels of activity in the lettings market in 2008. "The Haslemere/Surrey area was no

exception," said Olivia Pegrum, Senior Lettings Manager. "The start of 2009 has been equally busy, with interest in letting as an alternative to selling continuing to boost stock registers and attract high levels of good quality prospective tenants. "As the global markets continue suffer, the international relocation of executives for corporate tenancies has been somewhat restricted - so landlords are reliant more on private individuals. Here, the market is flourishing; there will always be a requirement for those wanting to test a location prior to buying, move in to a specific catchment area or simply to move to the country without committing to a purchase, especially in the current climate. "The areas in and around Haslemere are particularly attractive for these tenants, due to the fabulous local schools and the stunning countryside coupled with the proximity to London. However, with high levels of stock and plenty of market-savvy tenants out to secure a deal, landlords need to be realistic and price their properties competitively in order to make the most of the buoyant market." Hamptons International, 01483 514 602 L

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Elegant Edwardian semi-detached house quietly located on The Mount opposite woods. Lovely distant rear views, landscaped garden. Stylishly refurbished throughout. 2 receps, open fire, nice kitchen, 2 double beds, bathroom plus shower cubicle. Kerb parking.

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Haslemere Festival – all set for 2009 Haslemere Festival promises to be bigger, broader and better in 2009. By Nick Keith


his year Haslemere Festival takes in five major birthdays, starting with the 200th anniversary of the birth of Alfred (Lord) Tennyson. His poetry and presence in the town provide a central theme for the 18-day festival from 14 to 31 May, covering two weeks and three weekends. This year the festival features national stars such as Pam Ayres, Jacqui Dankworth, and the Manfreds (with Paul Jones). Events include popular, classical, folk and jazz music; cycling races and helicopter tours; concerts and comedy; magic theatre and dance; banqueting and wine tasting; arts, poetry and talent competitions, talks and walks. “This year the festival is deliberately broader,” says Hamish Donaldson, a retired merchant banker who has lived in Haslemere for 35 years and is one of the organizers. “We want to appeal to people of all ages and with a variety of interests. We have some extremely exciting appearances if people look beyond the headline acts.” Two laureates will be in Haslemere on

Friday 22 May: Michael Rosen, the Children’s Laureate, appears at 10am and 1.30pm; and Andrew Motion, the Poet Laureate, attends the Tennyson Gala Dinner in the evening. The Festival features a host of local entertainers, many of whom have become familiar at the festival. Among scores of exciting acts from further afield are Magic Mikey, comedian Jimmy Cricket, and ‘guitar whisperer’ Richard Durrant – but they are only three from so many. The original Haslemere Festival in the Twenties and Thirties established an international reputation for early English music, but it lapsed. The millennium in 2000 saw a local celebration. And, in 2003, Tony Goldman (Chairman of the Haslemere Musical Society), Hamish Donaldson, Don Stacey and others joined forces to organize a new event in honour of local talent. The Dolmetsch family, who ‘owned’ the rights to the Haslemere Festival, gave the green light for its revival and the first modern version was held in 2004, followed by another in 2006. The third festival was delayed to this year to take in

Catch them at this year’s Festival: Jacqui Dankworth (above) and Pam Ayres (below)

all those anniversaries – the other four involve Conan Doyle (born 150 years ago), the arrival of the railway (150 years), the Haslemere Society (125 years), and the Scouts (100 years). For 2009, the organizers have invited people to become Friends of the Festival attracting 120 donors who have contributed to the £60,000 budget. They have also won sponsorship from the Haslemere Herald, Balfour Beatty, Haslemere Initiative, Haslemere Town 29


Spotlight on youth The festival programme is full of opportunities to see young local talent, starting with the concert by local schools and Opera South at 3pm on 14 May. May 20th sees the final of the Haslemere Young Instrumentalists and on 22 May four local ‘Indie Bands’ perform at Woolmer Hill College. There are many more events for and including young people.

Committee members ready for the festival, from L – R: Don Stacey, James Rapp, Linda Donaldson, Paul Ashton, Tony Goldberg, Marcus Ross, Hamish Donaldson, Melanie Odell, James Ewing, Brian Howard Council, South West Trains, Surrey Community Foundation & Haslemere Challice Fund, and Waverley Borough Council. You can book tickets for many events at Haslemere Hall, 01428


642161. For information, call Haslemere Visitor Information Centre, 01428 645425. For the full programme go to: www.

Haslemere’s Got Talent One of the festival highlights will be ‘Haslemere’s Got Talent’ at Haslemere Hall on Sunday 24 May. Acts will include music, comedy, dance and novelty (but no animals are allowed). Auditions start at 10am and the final at 6pm. The judges – Nicola Gardner, Ray Murphy and Steve Parker – will choose the top 3 from 10 finalists, and then the audience will vote which is the ‘best entertainer’. See What’s On for the programme highlights, page 39


Courtesy of Haslemere Educational Museum

Alfred Lord Tennyson Born in Lincolnshire on 6 August 1809, Alfred Tennyson went up to Cambridge in 1827. His first major book of verse – including the Lady of Shalott – was published in 1833. At Cambridge he met Arthur Hallam, whose early death led to Tennyson’s In Memoriam, which was published in 1850, the same year he was made Poet Laureate and married Emily Smallwood. Tennyson was prompted to move to Aldworth, Haslemere, from the Isle of Wight because the success of his work led to an invasion of his privacy. He accepted a barony in 1883, and in October 1892 he died at Aldworth, which had seen the final output of poems (including The Holy Grail).

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Hot stuff at Café Bistro

Staff at Café Bistro at Grayshott Pottery are sporting a new uniform as part of an ongoing marketing upgrade. “Having a new, informal look,” says Ausra Mackeviciute, Manager of the Café Bistro, “has made us more recognisable to our customers and we feel more like a team. Grayshott Pottery, School Road, Grayshott, GU26, 01428 604 404

Grayshott goes green


he nationally acclaimed Greening Campaign has arrived in Grayshott The Greening Campaign was founded in Petersfield by Terena Plowright in an effort to show towns and villages a greener and cheaper way to consume energy, thus reducing carbon footprints and energy consumption. The scheme brings residents, local groups, schools and councils together to take on a series of small initiatives, from switching off lights when they are not in use to putting on an extra layer as opposed to using heating in the home. There are now 20 groups in Hampshire and Surrey, and a further 80 groups nationwide as far as Devon and Wales. The campaign has just received £10,000 from Hampshire County Council, which Terena explains as “pivotal” to the ongoing success of the Greening Campaign. The first greening meeting in Grayshott took place on 21 March, with refreshments along with a number of giveaways to help with various greening challenges. Children from local schools displayed posters featuring ideas on global challenges. For more information on the Greening Campaign in Grayshott, email

Karl Jenkins delights Grayshott

A grand evening: Composer Karl Jenkins leaves the stage followed by ethnic soloist, Belinda Sykes. The concert was staged in March by Grayshott Concerts at St Luke’s Church with the Excelsis Choir and the new Grayshott Festival Orchestra. The next Grayshott Concerts’ event is Mozart on the Ivories with international star pianist, Howard Shelley, and the London Mozart Players on Friday 8 May 2009. Grayshott Concerts, 01428 606666,

Best dressed


ongratulations to Sheila Kirby of Enchantment, for winning the prestigious title of Best Dressed Shop in Grayshott. Sheila pipped Blaze House Art, Gallery One and Kaighin and Daughter to the post where an independent mystery shopper was sent out to make the difficult

decision between the four. Judging takes place twice a year with marks awarded for cleanliness, shop display and general appearance. Shelia is delighted to be crowned winner for the year, and commented on how pleased she was that the efforts of so many in the village are rewarded. L 31


Cycle of Life


new bike-recycling programme will help children in Haslemere schools to restore unwanted bikes to working order to take home Surrey County Council Youth worker Jon Taylor has been joined by Haslemere’s PC Swindell to take this programme, originally established in the Skillway workshops in Godalming, to schools in and around the local area. The local police in Godalming have provided “no ownership” bicycles to the Skillway workshops for many years. “Providing these bikes to local schools in Haslemere has many spinoffs for young people,” says Jon. “They are actively involved in a very “green” project, learn to fix and maintain pushbikes, are encouraged to use them to help develop a healthy lifestyle and, best of all, it costs nothing!” So far, Jon and PC Swindell have provided around 30 bikes to both Woolmer Hill and Rodborough schools, and are helping Unstead Park School, which also uses Skillway, to set up a mountain bike club. Jon is also developing this project in conjunction with a Surrey County Council youth project. Approximately 20 bikes have been set aside for restoration by young people aged 13 to 19. They will work on the bikes for a month and use their bikes for the Mountain Bike Day at the Haslemere Festival later this month. Contact Jon on 07891564781 or email

Haslemere Stroke Club

Jon Taylor and PC Swindle have provided approximately 30 bikes to schoolchildren in the Haslemere area so far Established in 1990, Haslemere Stroke Club operates from Holy Cross Hospital every Wednesday afternoon from 2-4pm. At present the club has some 18 members and seven volunteers


t is open to anyone in the area who has had a stroke – mild or severe. Transport can usually be arranged for members, including those in wheelchairs. The club’s main aim is companionship, with group physiotherapy with piano accompaniment. A highly qualified physiotherapist visits each week. It offers refreshments, chat, games, quizzes, bingo, boccia, poetry-reading and a weekly raffle. Every other week there is outside entertainment, including visits from Haslemere Museum, Music for Hospitals, St. Ives School Choir and other singers and instrumentalists. It has many travel and wildlife slide shows as well as interesting and varied talks on local history; The Royal Household, ghosts of Haslemere, and on being a prison governor, a Wimbledon umpire, or a chimney sweep! Outings include a summer and a Christmas lunch with carols, and frequent visits to the Hindhead School of Music. Members of the Haslemere Stroke Club at the AGM in March at Holy Cross Hospital


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Issue 15 April/May 2009


Chichester Theatre 2009 All lit up (l to r): Felicity Kendal , Jasper Britton and Nicholas Le Prevost in The Last Cigarette, which runs at the Minerva Theatre, Chichester, until 11 April. Photograph by Manuel Harlan.

In 2009 Chichester Festival Theatre has an extended season following the success of last year’s Festival, with Felicity Kendal starring in the opening production from March to April


endall has the lead in The Last Cigarette, an adaptation of the memoirs of the late Simon Gray, award-winning playwright and diarist, which was completed before his death last summer. Directed by Richard Eyre, former Artistic Director of the National Theatre, the production opened in the Minerva Theatre in 11 March and runs until 11 April.This dark comedy has been adapted by Hugh Whitemore and Gray, as he is forced to look his own mortality in the eye. It also stars Nicholas Le Prevost and Jasper Britton.

Diana Rigg returns to Chichester as Judith Bliss in Noël Coward’s Hay Fever, the comedy of bad manners. in the Festival Theatre from 9 April to 2 May. Simon Williams plays her husband David Bliss, and the director is Nikolai Foster. Ronald Harwood’s Taking Sides and Collaboration return to the Minerva Theatre from 28 April to 16 May after playing to full houses and critical acclaim in Festival 08. The two plays, directed by Philip Franks, appear before a West End run, with the same cast, headed by Michael Pennington. Written as companion pieces, separate plays designed to complement each other, Collaboration and Taking Sides both explore the fine line between collaboration and betrayal during the Second World War. Festival 08 exceeded all box office targets, playing to over 86% capacity. Since Jonathan Church was appointed Artistic Director in October 2005 alongside Executive Director, Alan Finch, audiences have risen from 106,000 in Festival 05 to over 174,000 in Festival 08. Chichester Festival Theatre: Box Office, 01243 781312 For full Chichester Festival listings, visit our online What’s On Diary at


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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

A happy bunch: The winners from the 2008 Chamber Awards

Business Awards 2009


ew venue and new categories for the chamber awards this year. The 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: 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

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.

The People’s Choice Award (The Haslemere Herald) For more information and to attend the event, visit:

Customer Service Award (Haslemere Preparatory School). Greenest Local Company (Haslemere Health Foods) Most Innovative Marketing Campaign (J L Nobbs) Business Personality of the Year (Marley Flowers) Most Pro-Active Business in the Community (Wispers Educational Trust) Employee of the Year (A&N Accountants) Best Eatery (Eden Hair & Beauty)

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

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, before the President’s Dinner and Business Awards.



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Issue 14 February/March 2009


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.


ptegra 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

Shon and Simon take a holistic approach to farming, ensuring that everything in the food chain should be carried out to the highest standard.


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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High hopes for Haslemere Expectations are high around town for Haslemere Cricket Club in 2009. By Jo Morley


kipper Jon Larbey’s 1st XI will be hoping to continue their form of the last third of the season which saw them become a surprising threat to all-comers and narrowly missing promotion, too. After last year’s exciting season the 2nd XI, under new captain Ian Futcher, are aiming to rekindle the fire that they were on when they stormed to the top of their League Division before fizzling out, somewhat, and just failing to be promoted. Both squads are fit and raring to go, although Leigh Thayre’s troublesome shin may prevent him from being available. These days, Haslemere can count on the club’s youngsters to fill the gaps. The policy of “rearing” top-class players from the colt stage certainly paid off for the club in 2008 and, this season, the under-10 and under-13 teams are hoping for success in the Robin Dibdin and Maurice Dixon competitions, respectively. There are plenty of Sunday fixtures in 2009, too, including several 6-a-side competitions and friendlies against local sides such as Liphook, Hindhead and Grayswood whom we don’t meet in the league. One challenge will be the game against a I’Anson League representative XI on Sunday 21 June. If you want to join in, then there are indoor nets for everyone over 10 at Amesbury School, every Friday at 6.30pm. For the under-10s there is a practice session from 3.30 to 4.30 every Sunday at The Edge. If you want to keep up with news of the club, see the website at

Chris Sturt is a prime example of Haslemere CC’s thriving young talent pool.

Grayshott celebrates In 2009 Grayshott Cricket Club has cause for a double celebration: 50 years of youth cricket and, for the fourth year in succession, an invitation to be one of Hampshire’s 37 Focus Clubs. By Graham Sampson


o celebrate 50 years of youth cricket, Grayshott under-10s play a Hampshire under-10 XI on 31 May. Then on Sunday 7 June the Grayshott club hosts an under-12 county fixture between Hampshire and Sussex. Eight youth sides are in action this year – the highest number fielded by the club – at under-9, under-10, under-11, under-13, under-15, and, for the first time in several years, at under-17 level. The club aims to develop girls’ cricket and so runs girls’ teams at under-11 and under-13. There is the prospect of more cricket than ever before, as Grayshott again fields four adult Saturday XIs in the I’Anson Cup competition. The ladies, again


captained by Sam Rance, have a side for the third successive year in the Hampshire League; and they are always keen to attract more to the game. Leading the first XI this year is Gary Hunt, stepping up from vice captain last year, as is Stuart Balfour who becomes captain of the second XI. Gary Phillimore is the new captain of the third XI. The club has had its most intensive indoor coaching sessions yet this winter. The younger players have reaped the benefits as 16 have been selected for the South East Hampshire District League squads. Grayshott CC is keen to attract new members, particularly girls and ladies. Anyone interested should call club Captain Simon Whitley on 07810 010514, or visit the club’s website:

The victorious Grayshott under-9s who won the Two Counties Youth League in 2008 for the second successive year

Get Motivated and Get Results!


aslemere’s outdoor fat loss and toning group at the Haslemere Recreation Ground began at the end of March. The group meets every Monday and Thursday at 7am until 23 April. Sessions are £8 each, and groups will be between 8 and 15 people. For more

information contact Heather Gillam at Fitbiz Training on 07967 995416 or email: Cat Jarman will be testdriving the fat-burning exercise programme, full details and results will be published in the next issue of Life In Haslemere.

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Issue 15 April/May 2009


APRIL Thursday 2 April Haslemere in Stitches: The story of a rug Venue: Oriental Rug Gallery, 82 Wey Hill Time: 10am-8pm Price: Free Contact: 01428 656657 3 April -1 November Art and Memory: exhibition of 53 works on memorial themes newly commissioned by the Memorial Arts Charity Venue: West Dean Gardens, nr Chichester. Time: 10.30am–5pm daily Price: £6.75 for adults. Concessions available. Contact: 01243 818210 Saturday 4 April Local Alzheimer’s Society Spring Fair Venue: Haslewey Community Centre, Lion Green Time: 10am-2pm Contact: Ros Maule, 01428 652238 Sunday 5 April Farmers’ Market Venue: Haslemere High Street Area Time: 10am-1.30pm Contact: 01483 523088 Tuesday 7 April Haslemere Society 125th Anniversary Spring Meeting. Talk by Sue Saville, Regional Director of the National Trust, followed by canapes and wine. Note: This meeting is on TUESDAY, not Friday as normal Venue: Haslemere Hall, Bridge Road Time: 7.30 pm Price: Free Contact: Wednesday 15 April NT Workshops for Children – Old Technology, New Technology Venue: Petworth House, GU28 0AE Time: 12 Noon, 12.30pm, 2.30pm, 3pm Price: Grounds admission + £3 per child Saturday 18 April Pantomime: The Pirates of Beacon Hill 2 Venue: The Legion, Beacon Hill Time: 2.00 pm, 6.30 pm Contact: Jem Barnes, 07786 175600 Wednesday 22 April Annual Town Meeting Venue: Woolmer Hill Technology College Time: 7.30 pm Thursday 23 April St George’s Day Celebrations Venue: Haslemere, Wey Hill & Beacon Hill

Time: All day. 12.30 meeting at the War Memorial, High Street, to toast St George

Price (all ticket): £20 and £15 Contact: 01428 606666

Thursday 23 to Saturday 25 April Haslemere Thespians, ‘One Acts’ Venue: Haslemere Hall, Bridge Road Time: 7.30pm Price: £7.50 Contact: Haslemere Hall Box Office, 01428 642161

Thursday 14 May Haslemere Town Council Meeting Venue: Town Hall, High Street Time: 7pm

Friday 24 April Chamber Dinner Dance & Business Awards Venue: Branksome Place Time: 7.30pm Price: £29.95 Contact: Phoenix Theatre Funkee Clawed Nigel Owens and friends Venue: Phoenix Theatre, Station Road, Bordon Time: 8pm Price: £8 Contact: 01420 472664 Friday 28 April Haslemere Decorative and Fine Arts Society (HDFAS) lecture: ‘Wigs, waistcoats and weepers: role of 18th century artist’, by Mary Alexander Venue: Haslemere Hall Time: 2pm Price: Members free, members’guests £4.50 Contact: 01428 642720 MAY Friday 1 May Haslemere Society Special 125th Anniversary Event: BBC R4’ s Any Questions comes to Haslemere Venue: Haslemere Hall Time: 6.15pm Cost: Entry by ticket only Contact: Sunday 3 May Farmers’ Market Venue: Haslemere High Street Area Time: 10am-1.30pm Contact: 01483 523088 Friday 8 May Grayshott Concerts – ‘Mozart on the Ivories’ Howard Shelley Venue: St Luke’s Church, Grayshott Time: 7.15pm

Thursday 14 May - Sunday 31 May Haslemere Festival 2009, including Tennyson Bicentenary Contact: SEE BOX Saturday 16 May ‘Wholly herb’ – herbs galore, with specialist stallholders Venue: West Dean Gardens, Near Chichester Time: 10.30am to 5pm Price: £7.25 for adults plus concessions HMS Orchestral and Choral Concert Venue: Haslemere Hall Time: 7.30pm Contact: Sue Ecclestone, 01428 605612 (Tickets, 01428 642161) Fernhurst Choral Society Haydn’s Creation – conductor Giles White Venue: St Mary’s Church, Church Street, Petworth Time: 7.30pm Price: £10 Contact: 01730 816542 Sunday 17 May ‘Wholly herb’ – herbs galore, with specialist stallholders Venue: West Dean Gardens, Near Chichester Time: 10.30am to 5pm Price: £7.25 for adults plus concessions Fernhurst Revels (Village Fete) Venue: Fernhurst Time: Procession leaves west end of village at 12.30pm Friday 29 May - Saturday 6 June Tilford Bach Festival: Southbank Sinfonia Baroque, London Handel Players, London Handel Orchestra Venue: All Saints Church, Tilford (exc 29 May, Farnham Castle) Price: from £12.50 (available from 1 May) Contact: Sheila Austin, 01428 713338

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Haslemere Festival 2009 Thursday 14 May - Sunday 31 May Venue: Haslemere Hall, unless stated Contact: 01428 642161, boxoffice@ • Bicentenary of birth of Alfred Lord Tennyson • Concerts, theatre, jazz, dance, live Indie and other bands (such as the Manfreds), comedy, wine tasting, magic, talks, folk events, cycling, youth events, competitions (art, talent & poetry) and much more • Bank Holiday fun with classic cars, helicopter rides, donkey derby, tent pitching competition, hog roast, stunt team ... • Main events Thurs 14 May: Opera South School’s Concert. 3pm, £3. Contact: 01428 645266 Fri 15 May: The Manfreds. 8.30pm. £17 adv to £20. Sat 16 May: Haslemere Symphony Orchestra & Chorus. 7.30pm. £10-£15. Sun 17 May: Cycleworks Road Race.10pm. Town Hall Wed 20 May: Haslemere Young Instrumentalist Final.7pm. £5. Thurs 21 May to Sat 23 May: Haslemere Thespians’ production of Les Liaisons Dangereuses. 7.45pm. From £7 Fri 22 May: Going on a Bear Hunt with children’s laureate Michael Rosen. 10am and 1.30pm. £5 Tennyson Gala Dinner, Georgian Hotel, with Poet Laureate Andrew Motion. 7pm. £95 Sat 23 May: Victorian period picnic, Museum grounds. 12.30pm Tennyson Concert, St Christopher’s Church, with Oliver Davies and Daniella Lehner. £20 Sun 24 May: ‘Haslemere’s Got Talent’: Auditions, 10am, £2. Final, 6pm, £5 Lunch with Martin Muncaster reading ‘The Lady of Shalott’, Lythe Hill Hotel. 1.30pm. £25 Mon 25 May: Cycleworks Mountain Biking, Lion Green. 10am to 2pm Jimmy Cricket, family entertainer. 7.30pm £10-£15 Wed 27 May: Wine-tasting, Georgian Hotel, with Haslemere Wine Cellar. 8pm. £15 Thurs 28 May: Haslemere Town Band concert, RC Church Hall. 7.30pm. £6 Fri 29 May: Pam Ayres. 7.30pm. £18£22 Sat 30 May: Helicopter rides from Woolmer Hill School.10am to 6pm. £30 adult and £25 child Jacqui Dankworth. 7.30pm. £15adv to £18 Sun 31 May: Cycling Sportives, fun and challenge rides, Town Hall. 9am Festival of Dance, Haslemere Performing Arts. 2pm and 6pm. £5-£8 Flanders & Swan tribute, with Michael Mates and William Godfree. Kilmorey, Royal School. 7.30pm. £15




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

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

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SPACES Young Parents Group 01428 723910 Visitor Information Centre 01428 645425 Women’s Royal Voluntary Service 01428 605498 Sports and Leisure Telephone 01420 489478 Haslemere Bowls Club Telephone 01428 656431 Haslemere Cricket Club Telephone 01428 654459 Website Haslemere Educational Museum Telephone 01428 642112 Haslemere Hockey Club Dir of Hockey Heide Evans Telephone 07731 107240 Dir of Junior Hockey Mandy Jackson Telephone 01428 604643 Haslemere Karate Club Shottermill Junior School Telephone 07876 577675 Website Haslemere Lawn Tennis Club Telephone 01428 661486 Haslemere Recreation Association Telephone 01428 661486 Haslemere Rugby Club 07771530510 Haslemere Sub Aqua Club Website Haslemere Swimming Club The Herons Leisure Centre, Kings Road, Haslemere, Telephone 01428 645006 Website Haslemere Youth Football Telephone 01428 656215 Nordic Walking and Outdoors Fitness Telephone 07950031538 Website Shottermill and Haslemere FC Telephone John 07770568793 Travel Numbers Public Transport Information Telephone 08706 082608 Website Train tracker 0871 200 49 50


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Grayshott Applegarth Farm Shop Fox and Pelican Grayshott Pottery Grayshott Spa Grayshott Village Post Office Tesco Express

Hindhead De Vere Branksome Place Devil’s Punchbowl Hotel Royal Parade Stores Kingsley Green Lythe Hill Hotel

Grayswood Wheatsheaf Hotel

Liphook Champneys Forest Mere Gables Newsagents General Wine Company Old Thorns

Haslemere Georgian House Hotel Hammonds Newsagents (Haslemere Station) Haslemere Museum Inn on the Hill Land of Nod Nobbs Newsagents Royal Oak Pub

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