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

Focus on Grayshott

Open Sesame to local shops


Pupils from Stepping Stones tell you about the school


Sam Powell invites you for a game in their new

Local Businesses, People, Gardening, Property, Motoring, History and Arts Diary




Inside Life in Haslemere this issue ... Welcome


News A small summary of some local issues


Local Business Stories about local companies including David's, J.L.Nobbs, Haslemere Travel and Sportslocker


A Week In The Life Of Simon Labrow


Gardening Take time to enjoy your garden, by Simon Gray


History A History of Grayshott, by Nick Keith


Shopping In Grayshott, by Jessica Moon


Fitness Nordic Walking in the Haslemere area, by Lucy Coates


Health Tips from Alison and Paddy at new leaf foods, by Lucy Coates Motoring Your favourite, first and worst motor cars,


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Hotels An insight into Lythe Hill, by Nick Keith


Local History Local man John Tyndall - scientist, teacher and mountaineer, by Jo Morley


Education A profile of Stepping Stones School, by Lucy Coates


Property The state of the local market, by Nick Keith


Useful Contacts Haslemere and District


Arts Diary What's on in February and March


Competition Photographic competition in association with Cheeky Monkeys


Sports Haslemere Rugby Club, by Sam Powell


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

Focus on Grayshott

Welcome to an exciting 2007!


he New Year in the Haslemere area has begun in upbeat fashion, marked by news of three important

developments: the start of work on the long-awaited A3 tunnel in January, with completion due in four years; the Haslemere

Open Sesame to local shops

Educational Museum winning a prestigious award (the cover phtograph); and the re-launch of Haslemere Initiative's Retail


Reward Scheme after a successful pilot in 2006. See the News on page 6 for details of these, the progress of which we will continue to follow. This second issue of Life in Haslemere has a sporting flavour, Pupils from Stepping Stones tell you about the school

with a profile of Haslemere Rugby Club, the story of Sportslocker, and our intrepid reporter's experience of Nordic walking, one of the new ways of keeping fit. We also offer you insights into life


with Jerry Schooler at Lurgashall Winery, and profiles of local businesses such as Haslemere Travel, Sheen Botanical, J. L. Nobbs, and David's menswear. And there is news from the Chamber of Trade of developments in Wey Hill and Beacon Hill. A regular focus on local communities starts in Grayshott, with a historical introduction to this distinctive village straddling the Surrey-Hampshire border, a shopping review, and a visit to the thriving Social Club. You have given us a generally warm reception for the first issue

Sam Powell invites you for a game in their new

Local Businesses, People, Gardening, Property, Motoring, History and Arts Diary


Cover: See News Story, page 6. Photograph by Peter Searight, The Remarkable Studio, Haslemere

of Life in Haslemere although we know there is room for improvement. For example some people have found the magazine

These are exciting times, and this promises to be a thrilling year

hard to get hold of, so we have designated distribution points

for your life in Haslemere and for this magazine. So we wish you all

where you will find Life in Haslemere if it is not delivered through

a prosperous 2007, whether you live in Haslemere, Hindhead,

your door. A list of distribution points appears below.

Grayshott, Beacon Hill, Fernhurst, Chiddingfold, or any of the

You have also given us plenty of ideas for people and places, businesses and topics to include in future editions. It is our goal

villages and hamlets around and about. We look forward to working in partnership with you throughout this year and beyond.

that readers will help to shape the development of this magazine, which is for your broad community. So please tell us your likes

Nick Keith

and dislikes about living in this area - your joys and sorrows.


Distribution List Nobbs Newsagents, High Street, Haslemere Georgian House Hotel, Haslemere Hammonds Newsagents, Haslemere Station Tesco, Weyhill The Co-op, Weyhill Veuve Venues, Branscombe Devil's Punchbowl, Hindhead Royal Parade Stores, Hindhead Jaycees Foodstore, Beacon Hill Tesco Express, Grayshott Village Post Office, Grayshott Grayshott Pottery Grayshott Spa


life in HASLEMERE : APRIL - MAY 2007. Applegarth Farm Shop, Grayshott Londis Stores, Headley Down Martins Newsagents, Headley Passfield Post Office The Co-op, Liphook Gables Newsagents, Liphook Old Thorns, Liphook Forest Mere, Liphook, General Wine Company, Liphook The Post Office, Fernhurst Lythe Hill Hotel, Kingsley Green Cee Gees Village Store, Camelsdale Chiddingfold Post Office

Deadline for copy 9 March 2007 Life

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News Round Up

Rewarding loyalty scheme

Museum gains quality standard The Museum Accreditation Standard sets nationally agreed standards for all museums in the country. This new award scheme replaces the previous


second successful year

shopping in Haslemere and the

registration status,

beckons for the Haslemere

surrounding area.

which the Museum

Rewards Scheme, which

Typically when cardholders

has held since 1997.

completed its pilot year in

have acquired 100 points

February. By mid-January, some

(usually 1 point per £1 spent),

been part of town life

35 retail outlets had signed up

they receive a discount voucher

for well over one

for the second year. Most of

for £5, £10 or £15. Thus 100

hundred years and

these had taken part in the

points yields a £10 voucher at:

has been described

pilot but the scheme –

Church Micros, the Georgian

as a ‘mini British

sponsored by the Haslemere

House Hotel, the Haslemere

Museum’. It has been

Initiative, the Chamber of Trade

Book Shop, Haslemere Health

and the Town Council – has

Foods, Marley Flowers, Mitchells

attracted a few new names.

Fabrics, Grayshott Pottery, Mark

“The Rewards Scheme has been a huge success,” said Melanie Odell, chairman of

Wayer Photography, Eden Hair Design and XYZ Saloon. Now the scheme ceases to

The museum has

(Left to Right) Melanie Odell, Chairman of Haslemere Initiative, Arya Ingvorsen, President of the Haslemere and District Chamber of Trade, Julia Tanner, Curator of Haslemere Educational Museum, Mayor Brian Howard proudly displaying the award.

a source of enjoyment, knowledge and inspiration for generations of visitors and local

Haslemere Initiative, “and we

have the status of being a pilot

are delighted to keep the

and becomes a working model.

momentum going.”

It is vital for the success of the


commented, “Thanks to the

Reward Scheme that

by the UK’s Museums, Libraries

hard work of Museum staff we

2007 include: Rural Living,

participants continue to spread

and Archives Council (MLA).

are delighted to have formal

Applegarth Farm Shop, and

the word and remind their

The museum’s award proves

confirmation of the high-quality

Haslemere Health Foods. For a

customers of its value.

that it measures up, meeting

service that we provide for our

subscription of £10 a year and

For more details of the

the guidelines on how it is run,

community and beyond.”

the cost of a Rewards card (£5)

scheme and participating

how it looks after its collections

the 5,000 cardholders can

outlets, visit:

and the services it provides for

enjoy loyalty benefits from

its visitors.

Newcomers to the scheme in

people. aslemere Museum has been officially ‘accredited’

Christmas Market

Museum Chairman, Alan Perry

Special Offer Idyllic Days specialises in


he 2006 Christmas Market

whether the Market went on. It

which stallholders moved inside

vintage tableware and

in Haslemere survived a

was a last minute decision to

Haslemere Hall. “We all worked

accessories for events

mighty onslaught by the

hold the market. In spite of the

very hard to set up the stalls

such as weddings and

weather, with torrential rain

bad weather overnight, and a

inside,” said Melanie Odell, “and

garden parties and offers a

and high wind lashing the town

poor forecast, the Market

after a slow start, the Hall

15% discount on hire

on the eve of the event. Simon

worked almost as we hoped.”

became packed with visitors.”

charges for readers of Life In Haslemere. Quote HLRO. Offer ends 31 Aug 2007.

Labrow, one of the organisers, said “it was touch and go


The decision to go ahead

In 2007, the market will be

meant a move to ‘Plan B’ in

held on Sunday 2 December.

News Round Up


Quit smoking A

new “Quit and Get Fit” campaign was launched

for 2007 by Lythe Hill Hotel and Spa. General Manager David Armstrong (right), is leading the way by pledging to give up smoking and get fitter. David has had a consultation with hypnotherapist, Dr Graham Randall, and was pleasantly surprised at how relaxing the session was. “I was very sceptical about this type of treatment, but now that I have met Dr Randall, I feel much more comfortable about it. I remained conscious and in control and his background in medicine reassures me.” Dr Randall is a familiar face locally, after 27 years in general practice at Haslemere Health Centre. Having practised hypnotherapy for 18 years and treated hundreds of people, he is confident that hypnotherapy can help people overcome minor addictions and phobias. “I can only say that I’ve had enough success to continue doing it,” Dr Randall said. “I’ve had some hard cases who’ve done it but you can never

guarantee it.” As well as seeing clients at his home in Liphook, he will help Amarna Spa members at Lythe Hill. To achieve a healthier lifestyle new members can seek help from the Spa, by consulting either Dr Randall or nutritionist Deborah Ellis. Individual spa membership costs £82 per month, with a joining fee of £600. If you give up smoking a packet of cigarettes a day (at a cost of £150 a month), the saving will go a long way towards your membership. For more information, contact: Tim Randolph, Amarna Spa Manager, Tel: 01428 744860. See Profile of the Lythe Hill Hotel and Spa, page 34.

Tunnel vision T

he signal for

team’s confidence

work on the

that the work will be


completed before

tunnel to

2012,” Jeremy Hunt

improve the A3

MP said. “Virginia began the

at Hindhead

campaign 21 years

began in January

ago and I continued

when Jeremy Hunt, MP for South West

her efforts to secure the

Surrey, and Baroness Virginia

scheme’s go-ahead, so both of

Bottomley (pictured) cut a

us were delighted to be there at

ribbon to mark the start of the

the Boundless Copse site to

£380m project.

mark this milestone in

“I am pleased to have had the

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improving the traffic

opportunity to see first hand

infrastructure for the people of

the plans and the lie of the

Hindhead, Haslemere and

land, and welcome the project


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Business Profile

Lurgashall Winery

A veritably fine winery Jerry Schooler of Lurgashall Winery talks to Nick Keith about being an American in British business ive me books, fruit, French


main products – wines, liqueurs

wine and fine weather…”

and mead. The biggest seller is

wrote poet John Keats in 1819.

mead. Says Jerry: “Mead is the

These sentiments would

oldest alcoholic drink in Britain

probably appeal to the

– over 1000 years old. Bottling

engaging and erudite Jerry

mead is like bottling history.”

Schooler, although he might

A proud American who has

substitute ‘Lurgashall’ for

been based in Britain for 36

‘French’ wine. For Jerry

years, Jerry offers challenging

Schooler is the boss of

but constructive criticism of

Lurgashall Winery.

this country for its lack of a

Jerry established himself in

constitution, the form-filling,

the winery business in Britain

the licensing laws, and all the

in 1984. He was looking to

rules and regulations.

invest in a vineyard. “My best

Jerry Schooler enjoying some Lurgashall wine

But then Jerry likes a

friend had been working in the

challenge and recalls how he

cheap, flavoured, fruit wine

rooms and a clear audit of

wine trade and knew a lot

learned to meditate in his bath

from Eastern Europe.

everything we do in the

about wine; and I had lots of

(or when out shopping) so that

knowledge about business.”

he could resolve some nagging

Lurgashall produces 29

After searching in several

Despite the challenges,

production process.” • Being ethical – “Every

problem. He describes himself

products and attracts 30,000

company should have values.

countries, he decided to look

as “a rolling pin” – who irons

visitors a year. The goal is to

Being ethical means that if

for a wine company instead and

out the business wrinkles and

expand exports from around

ever you have a complaint,

found the Malmesbury Mead

imbalances as they appear.

12% to 40% over time.

you know how to tackle it. At

and Wine Company, which sold

He has a sharp mind, with the

Lurgashall Winery has a

Lurgashall we sell about

mead in bulk. Almost at the

bearing of an academic and the

strong foothold in the US, in 48

500,000 bottles a year and

same time, Malmesbury’s main

business brain of an

States, but this has taken 11

are surprised if we get as

rivals, Davis Wines, founded in

entrepreneur. Born Jerome P

years and the invaluable

1855 and specialising in

Schooler in New England, he

assistance of its American

liqueurs, came onto the market.

went to Boston MIT and then

importer. The good news is that

He wants to learn more about

worked in industry, before

the US market is growing.

modern communication

“I ended up buying both

Despite his misgivings about

many as 5 complaints.” Jerry has no plans to retire.

technology – “although I have 2

companies,” Jerry recalls. “It

crossing the Atlantic to gain

was a defensive strategy to

“international experience”. For

Britain’s business culture, Jerry

science degrees, I know less

avoid facing competition from

years he taught corporate

expresses his delight at owning

about computers than many 10-

an owner with unlimited funds.”

planning and business ethics in

“a British firm, making

year-olds!” - build up his wine

British universities.

traditional British products and

book library and extend his

flying the English flag”. So

collection of Lurgashall photos.

The merged business was relocated to his home at

“Although Britain is

However, in the 21st century

Lurgashall, which is set in 38

complicated,” he explains, “its

what are the Schooler secrets

acres and has enjoyed a

attraction is that the

of a good business?

there are plenty of

colourful life since 1820,

complications are almost

• High quality product– “Tastes

complications and challenges to

variously as a brewery, pub,

predictable and it is civilised. I

change but we try to bring

exercise his entrepreneurial

guest house, tea room and

like a challenge, and it is more

back traditional British

mind. The Schooler rolling pin

village stores. To supplement

difficult to be a winner here

products by revitalizing a lost

will just keep rolling along.

an existing barn, a 17th Century

because of the regulations and


building in Billingshurst was

because the 26 other EU

bought, knocked down and

countries have potential

rebuilt “beam by beam” to be

competitors who can put you

offices and fermentation area.

out of business.”

Lurgashall Winery offers three


Jerry sees a threat from

• Quick delivery – Lurgashall can deliver next day. • Environmental concerns –

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Men swear by David’s for clothes of quality was then given the chance to try to make a success of the

Joe’s favourite designer is

store which he now owns – then

GANT, which recently won

called Robert Fuller.

Menswear Brand of the Year

Having turned the business

due to its style, cut and fit.

around, Joe Ball bought the

Many other designer labels are

store and renamed it in

available at David’s too,

memory of his son, David.

including Tommy Hilfiger, Eden

Since it has changed hands, he has noticed the increase in

Park, Bass Shoes, and of course Eton shirts and ties.

people shopping locally as they

Joe offers a full fitting and

begin to recognise the value of

altering service and is keen to

a personal and reliable service

listen to his customers’ needs

right on their doorsteps.

and wishes in order to sell what

Joe, a keen golfer “given half Joe Ball outside David’s

shopping here together.”

people want to buy – as he

the chance,” noted that “this

notes with his typical charm

end of the High Street has been

and easy manner, “if you look

given a bit of a revamp and I

good, we look good.”


Dunn & Co in 1966, he rose

welcome shops like Fat Face

High Street, has been in men’s

quickly through the ranks to

setting up here. Ideally now,

Contact: Joe Ball,

retail for 40 years and can

become Area Manager. From

there would be a women’s

David’s 58 High Street,

usually judge a man’s size as he

here, he went to work at

outfitters right next door to me

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oe Ball, proprietor of David’s menswear on the

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MBT shoes have many benefits,

your posture, tackle physical

When teacher training

rehab, or deal with problems in

became available in the UK,

grounding in the technique.

such as increasing muscle tone

your back and your joints, talk

Carolyn was one of the first to

There are also individual

and strength, aiding back and

to Carolyn Roberts.

qualify as a Pilates instructor.

sessions using specialist

joint problems, and reducing

She also trained with the Swiss

apparatus, particularly suitable

cellulite and varicose veins.

Pilates through her training as

movement specialist, Eric

for remedial and

a dance teacher. She was

Franklin, whose technique and

rehabilitation work.

impressed with how the

approach is complementary to

technique built awareness of

Pilates. Both methods benefit

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Carolyn was introduced to

the core postural muscles and allowing the muscles used for


In 1999 she established the Haslemere Pilates Studio in

The Studio’s services are

Carolyn is also a trainer for the

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Local Businesses

Haslemere Travel

Keeping the traveller satisfied M

ajor changes are

other times they are

happening in the travel

advised to wait.

business, partly because of the

“But the system is more

internet and partly because of

adaptable now – although

cheaper prices. Andrew

the package business has

Brownrigg talks to Nick Keith

adapted less quickly and

about how rebranding has

still offers 7 or 14-night

helped his firm stay on top of

packages. With good travel

the world.

advice you will be able to

Travel agents are having to

combine a variety of deals,

change their physical look and

including low cost flights

their marketing approach.

from local airlines. Even

Where once their offices were

one-way tickets are

lined with stacks of highly


visible brochures, this approach

The changes in the travel

is less relevant, as customers

market have persuaded

do not have to rely on travel

Andrew Brownrigg that

packages with charter flights.

Haslemere Travel had to

People can shop around and

rebrand to keep pace with

Malaysia, Cambodia, Vietnam

edged Travel and, after merging

plan individual routes and

developments. “For some time

and India.

in 1988 with another agency,


now we have not been seen by

“We are also looking at short-

moved back to Haslemere to

our customers as a travel

haul travel – to Europe and

travel agents any more,” says

agency which simply sells

North Africa. We used to do a

Andrew Brownrigg, the

package holidays. We have

lot of business in Greece, and

clothes shop in Weyhill, the

managing director. “We are

taken the brochures off the

that is looking attractive –

business expanded into the

travel creators.

shelves, although we do have

especially with flights available

ground floor in 1990 and then

hundreds stored out of sight as

from Southampton to Crete.”

to its present site nine years

“We don’t regard ourselves as

“Our policy is to go to destination-led places, their history and their culture, rather

useful reference guides. “Our rebranding has identified

A local man, Andrew Brownrigg’s father was

start up again. Located above a children’s

ago, just off the High Street in Petworth Road.

than just a hotel from a

us as a company which offers

headmaster of an independent

brochure. The world of travel is

travel knowledge and more

prep school (founded by his

works in the agency) have two

now open and flexible,

professional expertise. We are

grandfather), called Fernden

daughters, and as joint owners

holidaymakers can pick their

open with our clients about our

(now Fernden Heights above

of the company they are fully

flight and airport, stay where

service and transaction fees.

Kingsley Green). This year

involved with no immediate

they want, for as long as they

Some people like to do part of

marks the centenary of the

plans to retire, in spite of the

want, and create their own

the travel planning themselves

former school, and Andrew is

changes: “I feel that our

individual itinerary to match

and we seek to add value where

organising a trip across the

customers have reacted

exactly what they want.

we can.

Channel to Dinard for surviving

favourably to our rebrand.”

old boys.

New destinations beckon for

“Prices will vary according to

“Last summer the hot

Andrew and his wife Di (who

how you plan your trip, but

weather in the UK and the

don’t pin yourself down to

World Cup made life tough in

chartered accountant, Andrew

booking a flight because you

some areas of the travel

has spent 32 years in the travel

Contact: Haslemere Travel,

may not be able to tie that in

market. Our busiest month last

business. “I decided to do

2/4 Petworth Road,

with the destination of your

year was in November. In 2007

something more interesting,”


choice. The travel market goes

we believe there will be strong

he says with a smile. So he

Tel: 01428 658777.

in cycles: some years people

demand in long distance

started a travel company in

are urged to book early and at

holidays to Africa, Thailand,

London in 1979 called Gilt-


Having originally trained as a

Haslemere Travel.


Local Businesses



A sporting chance

Peter Jones upstairs in the Sportslocker


hockey stick, a tennis racquet or running shoes. If you buy the

They get a lot of customers

racquets downstairs and

has spent a happy working life

wrong equipment you can

through word of mouth and

upstairs (“The Pavilion”) for

in retail. He opened

damage yourself.”

conversations at school gates.

cricket, hockey, lacrosse and

eter Jones has a good

the local Borders Running Club.

to Woolworths, with shoes and

name for a retailer and he

Sportslocker just over a year

Peter Jones started with the

Staff, who must be sports-

rugby. The store has also taken

ago in November 2005 and has

Hargreaves chain of sports

minded, include Peter’s wife

great trouble to make women

been rewarded for his diligence,

shops 30 years ago at the age

Julia, who once worked for

feel at home and comfortable,

attention to detail, and close

of 16 and, during his time there,

Marks & Spencer. “Staff get

with lockable doors on the

involvement with local sports

he saw the group grow to 70

regular training from the

fitting rooms.

clubs and schools.

outlets with a turnover of £55

brands who send their technical

Although the work is hard –

million. Then he was

reps to make sure sales people

seven days a week in the run-

traditional look with modern

headhunted to run the retail

know what they are talking

up to Christmas – Peter Jones

knowhow, specialising in selling

division of the Pentland Group,

about,” Peter Jones says. “It is

is a happy man –“I love it.” Now

sports gear to sporting people.

an international branding

important that, if someone is

he can take his Sundays off to

That may seem like a statement

business, where he worked for

spending over £100 on a tennis

spend time with Julia and their

of the obvious but sports

five years.

racket, they get a chance to try

four daughters. You can be sure

some out, so we give them

that, with Peter Jones’

demonstration models.

enthusiasm, Sportslocker will

Sportslocker combines a

clothes became a fashion

But he had always wanted to

accessory and part of everyday

own his own sports shop(s), and

wear. “Now the sports trade is

saw there was a gap in

much more like it was when I

Haslemere, where he has lived

sports trade is that is seasonal

started and you get real sports

for the last 10 years.

so we get new stock every

Contact: Sportslocker, 3

“The great thing about the

run and run.

quarter. But experience and

Petworth Road, Haslemere,

preparing to open, and took the

knowledge in this sector are

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time to connect with the local

vital because of the increasing

Tel: 01428 653725. Web:

become much more technical in

sports clubs and the schools.

technical specialisation.”

the last seven years, and needs

Sportslocker sponsors

to fit the user, whether it is a

Haslemere Swimming Club and

gear sold to sporty people,” Peter Jones explains. “The equipment has also

He spent several months

Sportslocker is in a 300-year-


old building on two floors next


Local Businesses

Sheen Botanical Gardens

Labelling by Royal appointment W

ith the Queen as

a customer, almost everything in the garden is rosy for Haslemere’s Sheen Botanical Labels. Christopher Ashton-Jones and his wife

Christopher and Carmen Aston-Jones meeting Her Majesty the Queen at their stand at the Chelsea Flower Show

Carmen acquired the business, which

their stand. “We were delighted

Although most of their clients

they re-named

to show her some examples of

are in the UK, they have also


our labelling as well as a

supplied labelling for clients in


specially labelled display we

France, Italy, Norway, Majorca,

had constructed to

the US, Japan, Tanzania, New

commemorate Her Majesty’s

Zealand and the West Indies,

80th Birthday.”

some being in foreign

Labels, five years ago.

Christopher and Carmen Aston-Jones


though the Lord Chamberlain,

had left his job in City PR

for a transfer of the Royal

consultancy, they had moved

Warrant, which the previous

Sheen’s clients include stately

from Godalming to the Lythe

owner had been granted,

homes, National Trust and

taken them to the Mimosalia in

Hill Estate, and they had been

having given the necessary five

English Heritage properties,

the South of France, where they

looking for some time for a

years of loyal and consistent

botanical collections, public

were the only non-French

business to buy.

service to The Queen.

gardens, educational


They came across a specialist

Royal Warrant holders range

Apart from the Royal Palaces,

establishments, landscape

languages. Their exhibition travels have

Each order is unique, with

labelling company based in East

from individuals to many well

gardeners and a large number

clients often requiring different

Sheen, near Kew Gardens,

known national and

of private gardens and

information on their labels.

which the owner wanted to sell

international companies, all

arboreta. One of their clients is

Each label is individually

after running it for 10 years.

having the common feature of

The Alnwick Garden in

engraved, spellings are checked

“He wanted to dispose of the

being in ‘trade’.

Northumberland, which has

with ‘bibles’ such as the RHS

been developed by The

Plant Finder and then each

company; we got on well with

Like most grantees, Sheen

him, and so we did the deal

joined the national Royal

Duchess of Northumberland.

label is proof-read. The labels

early in 2002.”

Warrant Holders’ Association

The Garden was given special

are usually, although not

The first task was to find a

and then the nearest of the

permission to incorporate a

always, engraved in black

small industrial unit closer to

four local Associations, that

garden of poisonous plants, so

laminate with white lettering.

home and near the centre of

being the Windsor & Eton

Christopher and Carmen had

They can slide snugly into

Haslemere to house Sheen’s

Association. In 2005,

some fun engraving lots of

angled holders on aluminium

manufacturing plant, some of it

Christopher had the honour of

labels containing a skull and

stems, matt-black powder-

fairly heavy. As luck would have

being elected its President for

crossbones. Both of them are

coated, which the company also

it they came across a perfect

the year.

jacks of all trades, putting their

manufactures in a range of

hands to all that happens in

lengths and sizes, or be

their compact unit.

punched with a hole for

self-contained unit in Old

The company has exhibited at

Bakehouse Yard, behind the

the Chelsea Flower Show for

Poacher’s Pocket Restaurant in

four years and last year was

Petworth Road.

delighted to have had a

on the books, although not all

personal visit by The Queen to

are active all the time.

An early priority was to apply


They have about 800 clients

hanging. It also engraves larger commemorative plaques. In addition, the company can

Local Businesses


and horticultural magazines.”

whole of Old Bakehouse Yard

supply special spring-loaded

for their gardens and it’s a real

fittings for attaching labels to

pleasure to be associated with

mature trees. Spring and early

them,” says Christopher. “Most

involved with projects in

developer who has now been

summer are usually the busy

clients have their own label

schools, the Haslemere

granted planning permission for

times and orders typically

formats and requirements –

Educational Museum and in

five houses on the site. It is

range from 20 to over 500

The Walled Garden at Cowdray

providing labelling for the

unlikely that their tiny gardens

labels. From an order being

Park, for example, likes its

sponsored plant tubs that are

will need Sheen’s labels!

received to its delivery usually

labels in a deep yellow”.

throughout the town.

Sheen Botanical Labels

Locally, Sheen has got

has been bought by a

“We get a lot of business

However, not quite everything

weeks, sometimes a little

through recommendation,

in the garden is rosy. The cloud

longer at really busy times.

although we also advertise

on the horizon is that Sheen

01428 656733.

from time to time in gardening

has to move soon because the

takes between two and three

“All our clients have a passion

Limited, Old Bakehouse Yard, Petworth Road, Haslemere,

J L Nobbs

A true and proper family business J

ulianne Evans, proprietor

practical side of

of J L Nobbs on Haslemere

this service into

High Street, is the third

the 21st century.

generation of her family to run

“I have made

the newsagents. Despite the

some changes

years, Nobbs has managed to

since I became

keep up its competitive rates

the boss. The

without losing charm or quality.

biggest one was

Julianne’s grandfather bought

installing the

the store in 1935, having been

electronic till

inspired by the successes of W

system and all

H Smith. Not even World War

the computer

Two put him off – when he


enlisted into the armed forces, his wife took over the ropes. Julianne’s father was born in

“I think it is important to keep these Photographs: (Left to right) Dawn Butler, Sue Panter, Julianne Evans, Cathy Davy, Bev Marden

an upstairs room in the store

things up to

and became proprietor in the

date. However, I

1960s. He retired in 2006.

hope we have managed to

mother started working for the

put a name to nearly everyone

retain the quirky character

Nobbs family in 1945 when

who comes into the shop, and

Julianne had not planned to

along with the quality and value

Julianne’s grandfather returned

we often bump into old school

take over the running of the

for money.”

from war. Sue herself used to

friends who have come back

babysit Julianne who is now

from the city to have children

her boss!

or settle down which is always

An ecologist by profession,

store originally but changed

There has been little need for

her mind when the opportunity

training the staff in what it

arose, as it meant she could

takes to provide good service

bring her own children up in

using these traditional values -

do not endorse the wonderful

Haslemere where she herself

many of the staff have

atmosphere of the place, then

had grown up.

inherited such skills from their

Dawn Butler deserves a

Contact: J L Nobbs, 27 High

relatives as even the employees

mention, as she started

Street, Haslemere, GU27

business,” explained Julianne,

have handed their jobs down

working there at the age of 16

2HG. Tel: 01428 643996

“the atmosphere is friendly and

through their family

for her Saturday job and has

happy which is reflected in the


now been there for 23 years.

“This is a proper family

standard of service and the

Ellen Clarke, who works on

Indeed, if generations of staff

Julianne noted that “what is

Saturdays at Nobbs, is the third

wonderful about employing

generation of her family to

local people is that it makes the

traditional service is extremely

work there as she follows in the

experience more enjoyable for

important to Julianne, but she

footsteps of her mother, aunt

customers and staff alike.

has brought much of the

and grandmother. Sue Panter’s

Between us all, we can usually

customers’ experience.”’ Maintaining the ideals of

lovely and adds to the chirpy atmosphere of the place.”

Life If you want the story of your business in Life In

Haslemere, contact 01730 235669 or e-mail


Local Businesses

Haslemere Chamber of Trade

Wey Hill traders unite immense – there should be no need to go anywhere else. People don’t expect it, but nevertheless, we have many really great businesses in Wey Hill.” Arya Ingvorsen, President of Haslemere Chamber of Trade, has worked with the Wey Hill businesses over the past few months and has designed the new Wey Hill promotional material. She says: “It is fantastic that the traders want to take such a proactive approach to stimulate business in the area. Even knowing the area, I was surprised at the Wey Hill retailers weigh in with a cooeprative marketing effort to promote the area, with the Chamber’s help

usinesses used to be out


shop In Training, said: “One of

customers are surprised by the

for themselves, paying

the great benefits of shopping

variety in Wey Hill. “People do

little attention to what was

in Wey Hill, aside from the wide

not realise what a great choice

going on with neighbouring

range of shops is the free

of shops we have, so we

companies. But in Wey Hill the

parking at the top and bottom

decided to join forces in order

traders have united and have

of the hill. You can now park

to let people know exactly what

just launched the first of a

for up to three hours in Tesco,

we have to offer.”

range of marketing materials,

which makes a great difference

Alan Baker from Alan Baker

supported by Haslemere

to people who want to shop in

Flooring adds: “It’s great to feel

Chamber of Trade, to promote

Wey Hill.”

such a buzz in the area. The

the shopping area. Vicky Gordon, from the sports

Emelia Jordon, owner of Smarty Pants, has found that

diversity and accessibility of shops in only one street is

wide range of businesses that there are in Wey Hill. “There are a number of specialist shops such as The Art Department, Aerial Systems and Haslemere Wardrobe. The area also benefits from many other traditional shops –selling anything from carpets, to flowers and gifts, and a number of restaurants, hairdressers, as well as the Library. “We are still lucky to have a traditional butcher and baker in Wey Hill! I would very much urge people to surprise themselves by walking along Wey Hill. We all need to support our traditional independent shops, which are disappearing so quickly in other areas of the country.” So if you want to support your local shops, pop along and give Wey Hill a go. • In Beacon Hill, 12 businesses have recently joined the Chamber. This is part of a scheme where, with the help of the Chamber, they will cooperate to promote the area.

A group of 12 Beacon Hill traders meet to celebrate after joining the Chamber with cooperation in mind





Week in the life

A week in the life of... Simon Labrow financial adviser for all his


fixed rate mortgage was


working life, Simon Labrow

coming to an end and they

Advice for a client with

spent 15 years with Legal &

needed advice on whether to

substantial credit card debt,

General before setting up on

stay with their existing lender

which had mounted so that the

his own seven years ago. Now

or move to another one.

monthly payment was almost

In the evening I attended a

aged 40, he has lived in

as much as the mortgage.

Haslemere for 28 years and is

meeting of Haslemere Chamber

Credit card debt is becoming an

active in the local community.

of Commerce. We were working

increasing problem for many

out an events schedule for

people. So I advised them to

2007. I look after publicity for

consolidate their credit card

the Chamber.

debt into their mortgage. This

Simon says that financial services has become much more complicated than it once

sometimes, and I do my utmost

was, because there are so many

to keep it interesting for

different categories, offerings

customers, but there is great


be more affordable every

from lenders, and specialities.

variety and it is a subject which

Set aside five hours for admin

month, even though the debt

“I am an owner of my own

affects all our lives.”

and form-filling. I am regulated

will take longer to pay.

means that the payments will

small business, Labrow Ltd, so

Here’s Simon’s diary for a

my association with my clients

typical week which includes

Authority and every month I

stages’ – so that the high costs

tends to be longer term than

business, community work and

have to provide a report on my

for couples with small children

banks or larger financial

weekends with his wife and

business activities. This means

go down when the kids are

services providers whose

three children.

filling in an online form which is

grown up and have left the

40-pages long and can take up

nest. This may be a good time

to 5 hours to complete.

for them to consider

account managers are likely to move on. “My advice to clients can

Monday Mortgage meeting with a lady

by the Financial Services

I try to schedule people’s ‘life

In the afternoon, I had a

captialising and downsizing

become personal – so when

client who is buying a flat in

discussion with a client who

their home – although many

someone is buying a property I

London. She is a first-time

has a number of different

people take longer to pay off

may be able to help with the

buyer who has been referred to

pension plans and was

their mortgage than they used

purchase negotiations as well

me by her sister. Before

considering consolidation to

to. I encourage my clients to

as find the right mortgage.

Christmas she wanted to buy a

tidy them up. He was looking

look at their whole financial

Some of my time is spent on

flat which had a high service

for or at a self-invested

picture – savings, investments

research and keeping in touch

charge and some tricky terms

personal plan which could give

and costs. Many people come to

with what is going on and what

in the lease. She took my

him greater flexibility.

me without a will and this may

is available in the market.

advice to think carefully about

be the first thing they need to

this property deal, and now she


do, because it can give them a

through changes and there are

has found another property

I had to review and advise a

clearer idea of their ‘estate’.

many different service

which looks more promising, so

retailing client who has the

providers today. So, while

she came to see me about

chance to buy the freehold of


people may find cheaper

mortgage options.

his rented shop premises.

I try not to work at weekends

Commercial property in the UK

but sometimes there is

“Financial products are going

products at a supermarket or

In the evening I went to a

on the internet, they are

meeting with Melanie Odell of

has proved extremely popular

research or admin to do. As I

coming to realise that products

Haslemere Initiative and Ian

in recent years. It could be a

am keen on food I love to cook

are affected by many big issues

Lynch of Waverley Council for a

good time to buy work

for the family. During the week

and they need advice before

review of the Christmas Market

premises – property is an

I don’t see much of the children

they can decide which one is

in December.

investment and ownership of

because I am often out in the

the building offers security for

evenings – at the Chamber, the

your business.

Round Table or other

the best for them. “Financial circumstances


change and I can offer holistic

Meeting with an older couple

advice, client by client. While

who are new clients. They

bricks-and-mortar valuation of

Sabina is doing a law degree

customers may come to me for

wanted to review their pension

a client’s complete property

and we have twin girls, Eleanor

advice on a specific financial

plan and this was an

portfolio I can get the best

and Catherine, aged 7, and

job, they may have concerns

introductory meeting to get to

possible mortgage (commercial

Henry, aged two and a half.

about several areas. Financial

know each other and to review

or residential).

Labrow Limited 01428 651010

services can sound dull

some possible options. Their


By specialising in using the

community events. My wife




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Take time to enjoy your garden

Top tip: Combine a floral display with your pruning. The fragrance is intensified

By Simon Gray

especially when brought into the home where the raised temperature helps to release

t last it’s February, it’s light


that show any sign of wind-

until 5pm and gaining

rock, preferably with a size ten

three minutes extra daylight at

boot. Choose a dryish day

the end of every day!

perhaps after some good hard

Sometimes it seems that

night-time frosts as this will

January will never end and we

prevent you from squashing the

are destined to spend the rest

soil and destroying its

of our lives in darkness but as


back to the normal working day

in February. There are many

my head starts to lift along with

excellent flowering plants at

the daffodils’.

this time. Three of my

in the garden. The oak trees

back straight away. Don’t make

producing new leaves and my

the mistake of cutting too flush

rosebuds have stopped swelling

to the stems, leave at least

after an initial burst in

50mm (a few inches) on the

December. Perhaps it’s yet

trees to allow for the wound to

another sign of climate change

callous round or at least 6mm

decorative and wonderfully

or just Mother Nature

(a quarter of an inch) for the

fragrant flowers which bloom

reminding us never to take her


throughout February and

• Sarcococca hookeriana var digyna

plant. This will lightly open up the centre of the plant which is always beneficial for its

March. They are perennial years of pleasure.

things will wait as you gradually

height. These should really

ease into the year.

have been cut back in the

Simon Gray is a lifelong

Autumn as they are particularly

horticulturist and is MD at

own garden is the general

susceptible to winter wind

Transform Landscape Design

condition of all the trees and

damage but if you’ve just

and Construction Ltd.

shrubs especially after the very

reached them now that will

windy conditions of late.

have to do.


at a 45 degree angle and

remain attached to the

These are all excellent

buddleia to about half their

rubbing branches should be cut

other stems of the plant. Cut

the bud on the stem that will


there is plenty to do but most

Firm up around all the shrubs

stems which are bunched

approximately 6mm above

• Mahonia x media ‘Winter

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All torn limbs or grossly

each shrub, you can identify

competing for space with


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The first thing I check in my

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for your vase and that is

• Viburnum x bodnantense

is not really the right time to be

I love February in the garden,

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Cut back all tall fast growing

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If you look carefully at

Take time to enjoy the garden

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Grayshott Focus

History factfile raveshotte” (Grayshott)


the Whitakers, l’Ansons,

means “clearing in the

Lyndons and Vertues gave


land for the village school

Once small farms, cottages – a “haunt for brigands.” 1850s: Act of Enclosure and

(1871), the laundry (now Grayshott Potteries), St Luke’s Church (started 1898,

arrival of railway (1859)

consecrated 1900), Fox and

attracted Victorians to the

Pelican pub (1899), and

healthy and attractive area

Village Hall (1902).

they called “Little Switzerland.” Victorian residents included Flora Thompson (author of Lark Rise to Candleford) who

1920s and 30s: Growth of small properties, such as Beechanger and Whitmore Hill cottages. Since Second World War:

worked in old Post Office in

Large residential growth with

Crossways Road.

estates at Kinswood Firs and

Victorian families such as

Waggoners Way.

Dick Smith, Chairman of the Buy In Grayshott Campaign

The Design Statement G

rayshott is on the margin of northeast Hampshire... A small

part of the settlement lies in Surrey. The original centre of the

village and its later additions have been built on high ground between and beside three deep wooded valleys and westwards towards open sandy heathland… Enhanced by much protected land around and within the Parish owned by the National Trust, the

Fox and Pelican Public House

Ministry of Defence, and Grayshott Heathland Trust…” Here are some key points from Parish Council document in 2004 (derived from a questionnaire, presentations, and a public workshop in 2002): Development to take into account: Location: safeguard wooded valleys History and settlement pattern: preserve landscape features and Victorian and Edwardian buildings Conservation area: maintain or enhance views of St Luke’s Church and greens; maintain traditional shop fronts. Building style: retain building lines Traffic management: better calming measures; encourage lower speed limits and smaller delivery vehicles; priority for pedestrians; maintain character of rural roads and lanes. Signs: avoid brightly coloured street furniture and shop fronts; preserve views of greens and buildings. Infrastructure: overstretched drainage system. Open spaces: respect green spaces in Village Green and Lyndon Green (main) and Waggoners Bend and Beechanger End (informal). Bridleways and footpaths: preserve and maintain; ensure careful tree management. Life


The Square in Grayshott

To see details of the Design Statement, visit: vds.htm The Church


A unique blend of traditional craftsmanship and exclusive gifts Discover over 4000 original arts, crafts and gift items for all the family. Experience traditional craftsmanship within a working pottery. Indulge in home-cooked cuisine in our friendly café bistro. Be inspired by our new Christmas gift collection or simply drop by for a relaxing coffee with friends. You’ll find a warm welcome and a whole lot more at Grayshott Pottery! Open Monday to Saturday: 9.00am – 5.30pm Sundays & Bank Holidays: 10.00am – 4.00pm School Road, Grayshott, Hindhead, Surrey GU26 6LR

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Grayshott Focus

Shopping in Grayshott Open sesame! Grayshott is a wonderful place to shop in the Haslemere area. There are a number of little boutiques, hairdressers, restaurants and even a local greengrocers. Jessica Moon went to discover more about some of what Grayshott has to offer.

Gallery One

GalleryOne. Founded in London

five and eight exhibitions

in 2001 by Marian Orchard-

annually, incorporating a

Webb, GalleryOne moved to

variety of artists from the fresh

Grayshott in 2006 and has

botanical art of Stephanie

matured to become a highly

Andrew to Mastergraphics such

respected presence on the

as Picasso, Miro and Chagal.

contemporary art scene in the

Sculptures by Carol Peace and

UK. It has a reputation for

Isabel Miramontes are featured

exhibiting a broad range of

as well as a selection of

artwork of the highest quality,

respected glass and ceramic

establishing an innovative


exhibition programme, nurturing new talent and

With St Valentine’s Day just around the corner, it is always

developing relationships with established artists. Marian continues to pass on

Simmons Interiors (above and below)

her enthusiasm and passion for


f your home or office needs a

art, meeting new clients as well

revamp, then why not pop

as long-standing friends at the

into Simmons Interiors’

gallery. She also manages the

inspirational showroom on

GalleryOne Art Consultancy

Crossways Road? Simmons

Service, working with corporate

Interiors comprise a team of

and private clients and enabling

qualified and experienced

them to find the perfect works

interior designers providing an

of art for their interiors. The Gallery hosts between

integrated interior design and architectural service. They have an extensive fabric and furnishings library and advisors always on hand. The team are currently engaged in

contemporary yet classic

residential and commercial

country house interiors they

projects as far away as Moscow

are equally comfortable with

and Sicily and have many years’

creating highly contemporary

experience in advising on

solutions, as well as working

renovations and sourcing.

sympathetically with historic

Highly regarded for their reputation in creating


heritage interiors. A short walk down the road is

Elizabeth Gordon Janis Davey

Grayshott Focus






Magical Rooms (above and below)

worth popping into The Flower


Room which has just moved to Grayshott from Bramley in order to expand to almost twice its previous size. Flowers from all different walks of life burst forth from their vases and can be arranged in any combination you wish, for any occasion. You could surprise a loved one by taking advantage of their delivery service – a bouquet of their favourite blooms could be

won’t find in big stores.� Their

waiting at home or delivered to

attractive shop is bedecked

their office to the envy of all

with Scottish linen, Abahna

their colleagues.

bath products, and antique

In Crossways Road you will also find the husband and wife

furniture. Just around the corner on

team of Ken and Janis Davey at

Headley Road is Magical

Elizabeth Gordon – the middle

Rooms, a veritable Aladdin’s

names of a youthful looking

Cave filled with everything

couple who surprisingily have

magical. Tooth fairy cushions,

five children and four

treasure boxes, make-up and

grandchildren. They opened on

jewellery cases, wooden soldier

9 November having lived for

skittles, puppets, glow yos,

two years in Grayshott where

practical joke toys and fancy

they have been “doing up a

dress costumes. Magical

property�. They sell beds, bed

Rooms also offers balloon

linen and accessories, because,

decorating with free local

they say, “it’s difficult to find

delivery if you pay a minimum

things to do with bedding�.

price. Indeed all the children’s

Janis adds: “We look to serve quality and luxury products,

party equipment you could ever desire seems to be sold here as Life


such as Lexington, which you


Grayshott Focus ▼


Grayshott Books

Peter White at The Coffee Shop

there is a wide range of table

(freshly made sandwiches,

accessories, shoes or hats to

book tokens, cards, gift wrap,

sets: Winnie The Pooh, The

paninis, quiche or delicious hot

match – they will even equip

pens, social stationary, toys and

homemade soup) and drink (hot

you with a matching pair of

even napkins!

or cold available) are all of an


Incredibles, and Scooby Doo – the list goes on!

Applegarth Farm Shop, the

KUDU’s range of wear is all

family-run business which has

lovely, relaxed atmosphere and

brought in especially for each

traded in Grayshott for over 27

customers are attended to with

season, so this month they will

years, will add a full

efficiency and good manners.

have pale pinks, greens and

delicatessen counter at the end

staple black and white shades.

of March. The counter will offer

walking further along the same

The clothes are all made of

an excellent range of

front of shops and nip into

quality materials and are from

charcuterie, including artisan

KUDU for something really

some of the more exclusive and

brands such as Brindisa (from

special to wear. Specialising in

off-the-street brands such as

Borough Market) and Negroni.

clothes for the Mother Of The

Peter Martin, Bianca, Fransa

The Square (which is on your

Bride, they boast being able to

and Kasbah. Well worth a look.

food café offering a mouth-

left) and have a break in The

kit you out with an entire outfit

It is possible to buy almost

watering menu for breakfast,

If that isn’t enough, they can also design your children’s bedrooms for you through their sister company, Magical Bedrooms. Here they design and make themed, bespoke furniture which might just encourage your child to go to bed on time! From here, why not walk up to

excellent quality. There is a

After a well-earned break, try

May sees the launch of a fine

lunch and traditional afternoon

Coffee Shop. A family-run

so you won’t have to trawl the

any book from Grayshott

business, the service, food

other shops looking for

Books in The Square. There is a

tea. There will be capacity for

very well stocked children’s

40 inside and a delightful

section with colourful pictures

outside seating area for

to inspire younger readers as

another 30 overlooking views

well as a large selection of

from the farm in Headley Road.

novels, biographies and factual

Grayshott hosts many other

books so there is sure to be

exciting and beautiful shops –

something for everyone.

so why not pop down there and

Those books which are not on

support your local outlets while

the shelves can easily be

saving yourself a trip to the

ordered at the counter and

hideously impersonal city?

picked up (usually) within 24


hours. They can even deliver it to your home directly. Books are by no means all that Grayshott Books sells however: their produce includes


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Kudu, 4 The Square, 01428

Applegarth Farm Shop


Headley Road, 01428 712777 Magical Rooms, 01428 Applegarth


Headley Road, 01428 871277 Simmons Interiors, Elizabeth Gordon,

Harlequin House, Crossways

1 Crossways Road, 01428

Road, 01428 608436

609641 The Coffee Shop, The Gallery One and their sponsors at the January Exhibition of Ronnie Wood Paintings, l to r, back: Liam Orchard-Webb, Robert Park, Matthew Haswell, Charles Haswell. Front: Alison Hart, Siobhan Orchard-Webb, Peter White, Marian Orchard-Webb, Charlotte White

Go clubbing!

Gallery One, 5/6 Victoria

Square, 01428 606023

Terrace, Crossways Road. 01428 609001

The Flower Room, 7a Victoria Terrace, Crossways Road,

Grayshott Books, 8 The

01428 608387

Square, 01428 604798

FORTHCOMING EVENTS Sunday 11 February “Best Dressed Shop” Competition, Kapadokya Sunday 23 June Grayshott Jamboree Day

Social regulars (left to right) Nick Butt, the steward, Doug Holman, vice chairman, Peter Hatch, treasurer, and Russell Cupitt


he proud claim to fame of

golfing society; and barbecues

Grayshott Social Club is

and children’s parties.

that it is “Hampshire Village of

“The club brings together

the Year’s Best Kept Secret”.

men and women from all walks

That is no empty boast,

of life,” vice chairman Doug

because it probably is.

Holman proudly told Life in

Seeing is believing when you arrive at the Club, hidden away down Hill Road, which is slightly off the beaten track, and yet close to the village centre. On the outside, the club looks nothing special, something like a working men’s club. Inside you find a Tardislike choice of facilities, including two bars (one nonsmoking), two high-definition TVs, and a function room. That is by no means all as Grayshott Social Club offers regular live music; quiz nights and cabarets; prize draws and raffles; discos and karaoke; snooker, darts and pool; a Sunday league football team, a

Haslemere. “It is a true community partnership. We have a mixed membership of about 650 people, with no cliques – only interest groups. “We had a very successful New Year party when the place was humming with some 90 people. In 2007 we want to get more use out of the excellent facilities. So in the summer we plan to introduce simple bar snacks – good value and low cost. ”The club costs only £15 a year and £5 for the entrance card when you join. Contact the chairman, Dave Phillips, or the treasurer, Peter Hatch, at Grayshott Social Club, Life 01428 604041.

Saturday 7 July The Barber of Seville, by Rossini Grounds of Grayshott Primary School at 7.30pm Sung in English, by Opera Box. Sponsored by The Fox & Pelican and Tony Purslow Ltd Mercedes-Benz. Supported by EHDC and Hampshire CC. Tickets at £20 and £25 will be limited to 500, available to the public from 2 April. Contact: Peter or Vivien Harrison at Grayshott Concerts during office hours. Tel: 01428 714119. Email: OPENING SOON The Bath Room (Grayshott) Ltd Heatherleigh House, Crossways Road, GU26 6HG Bathroom design and supply service from Simon Closier, his wife Charlotte and Susan Bampfield. Launch evening on 27 February from 6-9pm. All welcome. Contact: 01428 606080. Email:

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Put the spring in your workout

Andy Webb demonstrates the Nordic Walk

Walking endorsement than Andy’s 13 year old daughter Sally who refuses to go on “boring” walks but jumps at a chance to go with her poles. Andy dropped me off at the

Some Nordic Walkers enjoying the sunshine.

station with a final pep talk: “I

Nordic Walking is fast becoming one of Britain’s leading new sports. Nearly 25,000 people are Nordic Walking at the moment in the UK and over 100 of those people are in Haslemere. Lucy Coates went for a training session with local instructor, Andy Webb to find out more. ndy Webb is an extremely


the large number put you off. By

very soon and as only one or

enthusiastic, friendly,

the end of a 40 minute session, I

two lessons are required to

professional Nordic Walking

had learned level 9 but not

master this sport, you can

Instructor who moved to

mastered it so that was really

quickly go to the hills where no-

Haslemere 14 years ago. He has

encouraging. Andy is very

one will look twice as you walk

loved sport and fitness since

patient and said, “out of over

upright with an open chest

being in the forces where he

100 pupils, I have only ever had

filling your lungs with fresh air.

captained the champion skiing

one man who couldn’t do it after

team. I met him at the station on

one hour. Everyone else has got

We walked back to the carpark

a blustery afternoon in January.

to level 7 or 8 (a profficient

and did some simple stretches

nordic walker) so there is no

using the poles for support.

need to worry.”

Andy explained that this

“Picking pupils up from the train is all part of the service,” Andy told me. “We drive to

Once you get the hang of it,

Haslemere Recreation Ground

Nordic Walking is much more

where we begin our warm up.”

rewarding than a normal walk as

This consists of a short, slow

there is an art to it. The

walk and, using the poles for

experience itself was not unlike

support, 10 light squats (to warm

dancing for me as I had to

up thigh muscles). Then a

concentrate on my technique

rowing action with poles to

but, instead of moving to a

warm up our arms and backs.

rhythm created for me by music,

Andy said “the warm up caters

I moved at my own pace by

for all abilities and weather

finding my natural rhythm which

conditions: if you struggle, I give

was extremely gratifying.

you something else to try and if

Using the poles burns 120

it’s cold, we get walking to keep

calories more than a normal


walk (280/hour) but the best

Next up was learning how to

thing about it is that you don’t

hold the poles (usefully labelled

feel as tired. Nordic Walking UK

L and R). Once you are all

notes, ‘you can work at a higher

Velcroed in, it is time to learn

intensity, for longer and with

the first step.

more ease than in other sports.’

There are 10 steps to becoming an expert but please don’t let


Admittedly, I did feel a little silly to begin with but this left

It was time for a warm-down.

releases muscle tension to stop

can’t speak highly enough of Nordic Walking. It’s challenging and fun. It adds a new dimension to walking because you use the upper body as well as your legs. Give Nordic Walking a try; you’ve got nothing to lose and everything to gain. Nordic Walking turns a walk into a workout.” Life To book a beginners’ session or to find out more about Nordic Walking, contact Andy Webb on 07950031538 or

you feeling stiff. I had had a wonderful time but there is no greater Nordic Frequently asked questions Q: Where does Nordic Walking come from? A: Finland where skiing is taken very seriously. It was developed to train the correct muscles for skiing even when there was no snow. Q: How young/fit do I have to be to start Nordic Walking? A: Andy has taught everyone from 13-87 years and is happy to increase that margin. Health professionals often send their patients to Andy because of the large benefits. Q: Does N.W. tone muscles? A: Yes - ‘bingo wings’, pectorals, bums, stomachs, legs, backs, shoulders and more.

Q: Can I do it with other people? A: Yes – everyone can walk at the same speed but can workout at different levels by using their arms more. Individuals who complete Andy’s beginner session can join a group and arrange a Nordic Walk with other people in the area anytime you like. Q: Do I have to buy the poles to go for my lesson? A: No, Andy is happy to lend you some. Q: How much do poles cost? A: At The Sports Locker, £80£85. Andy suggests that you buy these Exel poles as they’ll last forever and won’t bend like the aluminium ones.


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Paddy’s Useful Tips For Being Healthy: • Plan your food intake for the day and surround yourself with healthy snacks such as nuts (a good source of vitamins and oils), seeds or dried fruit. If those don’t appeal to you, why not try Cacao nibs? These taste like chocolate but have none of the fat or the chemicals. • Start the day with a healthy breakfast – porridge is brilliant as it is inexpensive and gives you loads of energy but muesli covered in a fruit smoothie is a tasty alternative. • Get a veggie box delivered to

Turning over a new leaf Lucy Coates explains how she is eating healthily, ethically and locally this season.


your home.

already been shelved for

night before or that very

another year, I have decided to

morning so it is as fresh as if

watch my food intake instead. I

you lived on a farm yourself.

have always liked to know

This is good news because the

where my food comes from and

more fresh a vegetable, the

am not particularly fond of the

more minerals and vitamins it

idea of my food travelling

retains, making each of them

hundreds of miles before it gets to my table, so I went to Paddy

s my New Year’s resolution to go to the gym has

Morton and Alison Miller at new

leaf foods for some helpful advice. “Buying healthy, ethical and local food does not have to be inconvenient,” Alison told me. You do not have to have your own farm to get fresh, local food if you live in and around Haslemere now as local, fresh food can be delivered to your door.” Things were looking up. She said that the seasonal diet is fast becoming the most popular in this country and new leaf foods ‘Veggie Box’ scheme is a great way to buy vegetables that are in season without having to even think about it - or even leave the house - as they are delivered to


All the veg is picked either the

your home and try out some alternative vegetable recipes as

Alison’s ‘superfoods’: These are foods which are

well as trying new varieties. • Get a good night’s sleep. This can

completely organic and are

be achieved by going to bed

considered to be the most

before midnight and cutting

nutritionally rich fruits on the

down your caffeine and alcohol


intake. Instead of a morning

Tibetan Goji Berries are very

coffee or tea, try adding some

popular at the moment as they

ground Maca root into a

provide your body with:

smoothie as this will provide you

• 18 amino acids

with a kick of energy without the

• 21 trace minerals

downtime afterwards. Try

• Carotenoids including beta-

drinking some caffeine-free

carotenoids • Vitamins C and E • B1, B2, B6 • Polysacharides They are small and pink and

Rooibos tea before you go to bed as a tasty alternative to normal tea or an alcoholic night cap. • Having a healthy conscience is also a great way to get healthy –

come from Inner Mongolia,

try to stick to your exercising

Ningxia, and the Tian Shan

goals by setting yourself

Mountains of western Xinjiang,

reasonable targets, this way you

despite their name suggesting that

even better for you and your

won’t feel guilty about having to

they come from the Tibet. Either

miss any. Also, do things to help

family’s health.

way, they are not from in or

your environment more: walk or

around Haslemere but don’t let

cycle into town and buy recycled

The scheme is extremely flexible – you can have a local, organic box if you wish and if

that put you off as they are fairly traded and very, very good for you.

you want a certain vegetable

For information about vitamins,

one week and not the other, you

go to:

can simply ring up and swap.

stationary to reduce your carbon footprint. • Your skin is your biggest organ so it is important to cut down on the amount of chemicals it is exposed to by using Ecover

Also, if you don’t have time to

many English apples still

washing up liquid and special

get to the shops that week, then

available such as Coxes,

organic skin products such as

you can give Paddy and Alison a

Bramley, Jonagold and Cameo.

call to request that they pop

Some slightly less usual veg is

some extra things into your box

also beginning to be in season

to keep you going (free range

allowing you to experiment with

(who also works in the shop) on

(organic) eggs, shampoo,

various squashes and

our website in order to ask any

muesli, fair trade chocolate,


questions you might have, or

washing up liquid etc). This season’s veg includes

To find out more about the

Faith In Nature, Skin Food or Australian Organics to avoid the chemicals in common cosmetics. • Lastly, look up our nutritionist

share your successes with others on our nutrition forum. This is a completely free service.

leafy greens which are a good

‘Veggie Box’ scheme, pop into

The address is

source of iron, vitamins and

new leaf foods or visit their website at Life and will

minerals, and root vegetables which are great for making soups and roasts. There are

be available from the beginning of February – we will look forward to hearing from you!


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First and favourite cars Local people talk about their motoring memories to Jessica Moon (whose dream car would be a life-size model of Lady Penelope’s pink car, complete with gadgets, Parker and several handsome young men to rescue her at the touch or a button).

Name: Michael Occupation: Retired 1st Car: Ford 8Y Favourite Car: “None of them particularly Name: Oliver

stand out as being the best one but I drive

Place of Work: Brewers

a Vauxhall Astra now.”

1st Car: Yellow Mini

Ideal Car: Red Jaguar

Favourite Car: Mercedes 230

Name: Berry Occupation: Retired 1st Car: Hillman Minx Favourite Car: Renault 21 Ideal Car: a dark grey/charcoal Alpha

Ideal Car: Black Range Rover Sport

Romeo Anecdote: “I once got some very strange looks as I clambered into my car through the convertible roof because I couldn’t undo the lock on the doors. However, I also once parked very close to another Ford Anglia in the same blue and found myself Name: Sarah Occupation: Runs Haslemere Framing

trying to break into another person’s car by mistake!”

Company 1st Car: A Fiesta that didn’t work Favourite Car: Peugeot 406 that does work Ideal Car: “If you gave me your lottery winnings, I would NOT spend it on a car!” Name: Barbara Occupation: Runs the Muscular Dystrophy Charity Shop 1st Car: Morris Minor Convertible Favourite Car: Lotus Land Sprint because it was so easy to drive Ideal Car: Porsche 911

Name: Margaret Place of Work: Between The Lines 1st Car: A black Morris Minor with a split Name: Darrel Place of Work: Pets and Gardens 1st Car: Vauxhall Corsa Favourite Car: “The Corsa is the only car I’ve ever owned.” Ideal Car: Silver BMW Sports

windscreen Favourite Car: Her Morris Minor - even though it broke down on the way to her honeymoon so the newly weds were forced to spend their savings on getting it fixed instead of going on their honeymoon – which they never had! Ideal Car: Mercedes or a BMW




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Photos: (left) Head Chef, James Peyton and (right) General Manager, David Armstrong

Where people come first Nick Keith visits Lythe Hill Hotel and Spa to check out the £1m refurbishment programme


ythe Hill is ready for its ‘re-

restaurant will be given a warm

right, it doesn’t matter how

this year, showing his

launch’ on Saturday 10

boutique look in red, grey and

much you spend on facilities

techniques and the ingredients

February, and David Armstrong,

black – the feel is to be

and products.

he uses.

the General Manager, is very

animated and arresting with a

excited about the prospect. “ I

dash of urban ‘hip’.”

“We let people make decisions

James, who is 30, already has

and have responsibility and

five years’ experience as Head

know the changes are going to

David Armstrong says: “I love

ownership of what goes on. I

Chef at Amberley Castle. A

be good – they will make a real

working at Lythe Hill because it

am very close to the 55 staff

cook from childhood, his


is independent”. He is also

and we don’t have a huge

mentor was Brian Turner, who

ambitious for Lythe Hill and

hierarchy. Of course we have

trained him in both classical

revamp is Georges Karam, an

wants it to become one of the

managers in our core areas -

French and classical English.

award-winning French designer.

Small Luxury Hotels, like its

banqueting, the Spa, weddings,

He wants put the Lythe Hill

He specialises in creating large-

partner, Dorset Square Hotel,

the restaurant and

Hotel on the map as “a dining

scale exclusive residential

London. (Lythe Hill’s other


destination” and, with the

interiors for VIPs in Europe and

partner hotel is Château La

the Middle East. His clients

Cheneviere, an 18th century

conferencing are three of the

have included Moroccan royalty

château situated between

main planks in Lythe Hill’s

and Bahrain International

Omaha Beach and Bayeux in

business drive for 2007. They

Special offer

Airport (where he redesigned


have good conferencing

From 1 February to 30 April,

facilities (a bonus in the area)

customers can enjoy a special

The man behind the £1m

the first class lounge).

He arrived at Lythe Hill in

Indeed the Spa, weddings and

refurbishment, it will attract business in many other areas.

March 2004, having started at

and they have taken back in-

rate from only £99 per person

public areas of the hotel,”

the bottom of the hotel ladder

house management of the Spa.

per night, to include dinner, a

Georges Karam explains, “and

18 years ago. He has been in

features exclusive furniture and

management at hotels such as

Hill? “My favourite London

accommodation in one of the

lighting, and bespoke soft

The Compleat Angler, Marlow,

hotel is The Lanesborough,”

newly refurbished bedrooms.

furnishings, to a timeless

The Grand, Brighton, The Royal

says David. “I am also a great

‘classic contemporary’ theme.

Bath, Bournemouth, and

fan of Pennyhill at Bagshot and

Highlights are the BFCA award-

Hanbury Manor, Hertfordshire.

Langshot Manor (which is a

winning armchairs inspired by

Then he was general manager

small oasis in a surprising

Home and Wedding Fair

the voluptuous era of big ocean

of The Mitre, Hampton Court,

location near Gatwick).”

At Lythe Hill Hotel on Sunday


and Frimley Hall, Camberley.

“This revamp takes in all the

Favourite hotels outside Lythe

While Head Chef James

So, what is the secret of a

Peyton is a relative newcomer,

‘Yayaho’ hanging lighting

good hotel? “People,” he says

he became familiar locally with

system gives the restaurant a

without hesitation. “That is how

his masterclasses during

‘poetic’ quality. The bar, en-

we make a difference here

Haslemere Food Festival last

suite bedrooms, lounge, plus

because we specialise in our

September. He plans to hold

principal function room and

people. If the people are not

another series of masterclasses

“Similarly the Ingo Maurer


bottle of wine, breakfast and


4 March 2007, 10am - 4pm

Contact: Lythe Hill Hotel & Spa, Haslemere, GU27 3BQ 01428 651251


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Man of the mountains Jo Morley tells the tale of an unsung hero of the Haslemere area, John Tyndall – scientist, teacher and mountaineer


orn the son of a cobbler in

The Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research in East

County Carlow, Ireland,

Anglia, which

John Tyndall was to

conducts research

become a Fellow of

into the

the Royal Society,



Effect and

of the Royal Institute,




Advisor to


Trinity House


and the

in his

Board of

name because he

Trade and

was one of

Professor of

the first

Natural Philosophy at the

John Tyndall

Royal Institution of Great Britain. A celebrated

scientists to investigate what effect large amounts of

and famous scientist, it is little

gasses, like carbon dioxide,

known that he lived in

have on the atmosphere.

Hindhead and was a great friend and neighbour to Alfred Lord Tennyson. A tall man with large hands and facial features, Tyndall was famous for being a brilliant but ‘mad’ scientist, as he supported Darwin’s views on evolution and was always asking

As early as the 1860s, Tyndall

A tall man with large hands and facial features, Tyndall was famous for being a brilliant but ‘mad’ scientist...

questions such as ‘why is the sky

could give rise to climate

longer wavelengths. When we

change. Without water vapour,

look up at the sky we are

changes in

he concluded, the Earth’s

seeing scattered light from the


surface would be ‘held fast in

sun. The sun is yellow because


the grip of an iron frost’.

this is the colour left after the

began to suggest that slight

This copy of the London News clearly shows just how popular Tyndall’s lectures were.


The term ‘Tyndall Effect’ in

blue is removed.

could bring

Physics describes the way in


which light scatters from

1849 and returned every


particles in ‘colloidal

summer he could afterwards.


distributions’. It is often used to

He suffered greatly from severe

He identified

tell the difference between a

insomnia, headaches and

that there

solution and a suspension.

problems with his digestion in

was a

Particles in solutions such as

England. When in the


salt in water are so small that a

mountains, however, all his


beam of light will pass straight

ailments improved considerably


Tyndall first visited the Alps in

through them. The particles in

– ‘Hail to the Alps!’ he wrote in

blue?’ and ‘how do glaciers

natural or anthropogenic, by

a suspension, such as milk,

his journal.


showing that water vapour,

however, are large enough to

carbon dioxide and ozone are

scatter a beam of light. This is

competent explorer and

given by Tyndall at the Royal

the best absorbers of heat

why you can see shafts of light

mountaineer. Fleming notes

Institute in London produced

radiation in the atmosphere

in a dusty room, or the beam of

that ‘no longer was Tyndall an

queues stretching right around

and that, even in small

a car headlight in fog.

odd man with a long face, silly

the corner from the entrance,

quantities, these gases absorb

as he was one of the most

much more strongly than the

is blue because the air scatters

such was his presence that he

respected scientific speakers of

atmosphere itself. Thus, even

blue sunlight, with shorter

came across as a giant.’

the period: the David

slight changes in levels of water

wavelengths, more than red,

Attenborough of his time.

vapour and carbon dioxide

yellow and green light with

Many of some 300 lectures


Tyndall explained that the sky

He soon became known as a

beard and narrow shoulders […]

On one trip to Mont Blanc he felt sick when he began the



Here is an example of the ‘Tyndall effect’

Spy Cartoon of John Tyndall

Tyndall’s gravestone at St Bartholomew’s Church, Haslemere

Contemprary cartoon depicting Tyndall with Darwin and Huxley

expedition and proceeded to

Here he built a house in the

come and look untidy. His grave

Bibliography: ‘Killing Dragons

feel considerably worse as he

area now called the Tyndalls,

was therefore set into a plinth

The Conquest of the Alps’ by

went on, but did not give in.

opposite Tyndall Woods, and

on the ground and can still be

Fergus Fleming (London,

Instead, he spent a record

lived with his wife, Louisa

seen today – looking


twenty hours on the summit at

Charlotte, whom he had

respectable and tidy - on the

5F below freezing, firing pistols

married in 1876.

right of the graveyard as you

to test transmission of sound

It was here in Hindhead that


enter it from the road with your back to St. Bart’s.

waves, lighting candles to see

Louisa accidentally killed

how fast they burned, sending

Tyndall by giving him an

rockets up to check on the

overdose of chloroform to help

is so little to commemorate this

speed and extent of their

him sleep. An inquest found her

great man in Haslemere. I

If you would like to

combustion and making careful

not guilty and they are both

would like to set up a

support Jo in his

observations of transmitted

buried at St Bartholomew’s

campaign to rectify this, and

campaign or have your

and reflected light at sunrise.

Church in Haslemere.

hope that local people will help

own idea for a local

It is a great shame that there

me do so. Perhaps we might

campaign, please do send

to travel to the Alps, he retired

quirkiness was to prclaim that it

change the name of the

your comments to

from the Royal Institute and

was ridiculous to have a

Wetherspoons Pub on the High - we

moved to what he considered

standing gravestone when it

Street, now called The Swan, to

look forward to hearing

the next best place, Hindhead.

would only fall over in years to

The John Tyndall?

from you

When he finally became too ill

Tyndall’s final touch of



Ten steps forward, no steps back Stepping Stones School is an extraordinary school for children with hemiplegia/mild disabilities and must boast one of the best staff-to-student ratios in the country. Lucy Coates went to find out more Amie using her laptop


tepping Stones is situated

lessons like English, Maths,

a significant feature of the

in a wonderfully equipped

Science, History, Geography and

provision.” However, this is a

building on Tower Road in

ICT are included into each

school based upon its pupils so

Hindhead. It is a school which

pupil’s curriculum but they also

to give me the best idea of what

boasts a bespoke curriculum for

offer Food Technology,

it is like, I was invited to ask

each of its pupils in order to

Childcare, Art, Music, RE and

some willing volunteers about

improve their standard of

PSCHE which includes their

their school.

education while boosting their

specially formulated social skills

confidence and independence in

program, sex education and

mezzanine extension, I

a safe, supportive environment.

career guidance.

discussed the school with Amie,

It is truly inspiring to visit as

In a recent OFSTED Report, it

Sitting in their snazzy, new

Jessica and Amy, three very

the school strikes the right

was noted that “staff have

confident and outgoing girls

balance between stimulating its

excellent relationships with

who happily chatted away.

pupils academically without

pupils which result in a positive

dampening their self-

atmosphere throughout the

confidence. All the regular

school. This warmth and care is

‘Cinema Club’ The pupils from Stepping Stones warmly invite you all to their 'Cinema Club' which is held on the 1st and 3rd Sunday of every month from 4-7pm. Join us to make fresh popcorn, play games, watch a film or do a quiz. Everyone between the ages of 7 and 16 is welcome so why not go and bring a friend with you too? Please RSVP to or phone him on 01428 609083

Easter and Summer Workshops This Easter there will be a Digital Creativity Workshop for anyone who is interested in learning about digital technology. The dates for this workshop are 26th - 30th March 2007 so if you are aged between 11 and 16 and want to take part, please RSVP to Jonathan Furness at or phone him on 01428 609083

Annual Hemi Fun Day Sponsored by Oasis Solutions

Each year, Stepping Stones hosts a Hemi Fun Day in which about 200 young people with hemiplegia take part in a wide range of activities altogether including horse riding, sailing, arts and crafts, trampolining, scuba diving, and much more. If you have hemiplegia too and would like to take part in the next one (in September), keep an eye on their website to find out all the details


What is different about Stepping Stones when you compare it to your last school? Amie: “It is the little things that make a big difference. At my last school, we had hardly any time to get changed for P.E. so I could not do it fast enough. I had someone to help me change but that took away some of my independence as I was not allowed to do it for myself. Here I get loads of time to change as they understand that I like to be given that freedom.” Jessica: “I used to get picked on at my last school because I was different to all the other pupils – I used to miss lessons because I had locked myself in the girls’ bathroom to avoid it. At Stepping Stones however, I am just like everyone else and I don’t have to worry about getting picked on or getting my maths homework in on time because we get a whole week to do it!” Amy: “I really enjoyed my last school and had loads of friends but I was the only one out of four hundred pupils who had hemiplegia so I did sometimes feel left out.”

What do you do for P.E. here? Jessica: “Loads of things – I have learned to sail which I really enjoy but I also built up the confidence to learn how to swim as I never could before. I’ve also done horse riding.” Amie: “We have physiotherapy each week. I share my session with Amy and the boys share their session together as we have similar exercises to do. It’s much more fun sharing as we can have a giggle and a natter at the same time.” I see you all have your own laptops – what do you use those for? Jessica: “Well, my mum uses it a lot when I get home as she likes to play the games but we use it in the classroom, to listen to music, to do homework on and for school council too.” Amy: “Yes we do video conferencing using our web cams to discuss school stuff with the teachers even when we are at home so they can support us at any time of day. We can use them to help each other too. The school uses technology A LOT to help us learn.” What is special about Stepping Stones School for you? Amy: “I don’t get stressed here because we are pushed to our ability and work at our own pace. We can ask for help whenever we need it too so I have become much more confident in myself as I don’t get embarrassed to ask so many questions. I can even ask for



help with my homework as we

Christmas and in the

each have our own laptop to

Remembrance Day play. I am

take home with us.”

proud of myself for doing it as I

Amie: “It’s like a big family here

never thought I would, let alone

– I have only been here for one

actually doing it!”

term but I can already notice the difference. I used to get worried about the tiniest things – I still do worry sometimes but much less than before. I have done more new things here in that one term than I ever Amy talking to Jessica by video conferance at a BAFTA event in November

Fact File: What is hemiplegia? Childhood hemiplegia (sometimes called hemiparesis) is a condition, similar to cerebral palsy, affecting one side of the body (Greek 'hemi' = half). It is caused by damage to some part of the brain, which may happen before, during or soon after birth (congenital hemiplegia), or later in childhood (acquired hemiplegia). The effects are similar to that of a stroke and it affects around one child in a 1,000. What causes hemiplegia? The causes of congenital hemiplegia are mostly unknown, and usually parents only become aware of their child's hemiplegia gradually during his or her infancy. There is a higher risk in premature babies but usually the damage occurs during pregnancy. It would appear to be mostly a matter

thought I would. I sang on my

It’s time for your English lesson now but do you have any quick, final comments? Amie: “Yes, I am the furthest away from school – it takes me 40 minutes to get here each day, but it is worth it!” Life

own, joined in the pantomime at

of chance. Acquired hemiplegia results from damage to the brain during childhood. The most common cause is a stroke, but it can also result from an accident or infection. What are the effects of hemiplegia? It affects each child differently. The most obvious result is a weakness or stiffness with poor hand function or mobility on the affected side. The weakness may be associated with spasticity (stiffness or tightness of the muscle). In one child this may be very obvious (he or she may have little use of one hand, may limp or have poor balance); in another child it will be so slight that it only shows when attempting specific physical activities.

To find out more about Stepping Stones School, please visit their wonderful website, e-mail, or call Jonathon Furness on 01428 609083.

In the most idyllic setting and within an exciting environment, ‘Amesbury Early Years’ offers Early Years care - 47 weeks in every year - to create the foundations for a life of discovery and learning, for 2 - 5 year olds. Tel: 01428 604322 email:



Market remains robust T

his January has provided a

house” with a large garden for

five bedrooms in Bell Vale Lane,

included a three-bedroom

busy start to the year for

£625,000. Also they have

Haslemere, for £830,000.

bungalow in Crossways Road

Safford Dixon, who are reaping

shown a four-bed home in

Some 60% of Lane Fox

the benefit of mailing out

Cherry Tree Avenue for

customers come from London.

second floor two-bedroom flat

14,000 leaflets. Martin Dixon,

£425,000 and a four-bed,

Simon English notes that

in Headley Road for nearly

the principle, reported a good

single storey house for

“sellers in commuter towns


response to the mailshot which


around London may be the

entailed a string of valuations.

A keen sportsman, Martin

for just under £500,000, and a

The market in Grayshott is

target of buyers with City

less well supplied, as it attracts

Dixon has enjoyed surfing,

bonuses that some analysts

many retired people who tend

across the board in the

long-distance running, and

predict will be the biggest ever.

to stay put, so houses do not

Haslemere area. In 2006 the

rugby – he has run the London

most expensive property the

marathon twice and is a former

most competition for houses

regularly and there is a slower

firm sold was £2m in Marley

President of Haslemere Rugby

occurs in the first half of a full


Common, and the least


year, and this is likely to be

“Grayshott houses are well-

At the top of the High Street

especially true in the 2007

regarded because this is a good

for £93,000 in Beacon Hill. “We

you will find Lane Fox who have

ahead of the Government’s

place to live,” Perry Leete says.

had a good year in 2006 but

had an office in Haslemere for

controversial Home

“There are fewer properties

there is not so much stock in

16 years. Simon English, Senior

Improvement Packs which

available here than in Headley

the property market at

Associate Director, says the

become compulsory from June.

Down, where people tend to

present,” said Martin Dixon.

market has been “very

“But generally we are busy and

buoyant” for over a year, since

the first half of 2007 is good,

achieving good prices, and any

Autumn 2005. “ We have sold

but it is hard to predict further.

property at the right price will

33% more houses than average

The market is rarely strong for

the effect of the recent rise

sell quickly.

this year, but there is never

more than 12 months and we

interest rates. In the long term

Safford Dixon sell properties

expensive a one-bedroom flat

“It is widely accepted that

“The vision on property for

come on the market very

move home after seven to 10 years. “We will have to wait to see

enough stock. What is more we

have seen strength in the

the A3 development should

market trends since the

have sold at 5% or 10% above

market for 14 months.”

have immense benefit to the

property crash in the Seventies.

the original guide price. For

While there is no accounting

every family home on the

South London and opened in

what governments will do, the

market for around £1m in 2006,

Grayshott in the early 1970s in


Bank of England are most

we had 12 people chasing that

premises which were previously

Lane Fox, 18 High Street,

careful about interest rates so


occupied by a hairdressing

Haslemere, GU27 2HJ.

salon. Now Peter Leete &

01428 661077.

“I have stopped predicting

the market is now more

Lane Fox operate in the

Peter Leete moved from

whole area. ”

middle to upper end of the

Partners is run by his sons,

Safford Dixon cover a wide

market. Their top sale of 2006

Perry and Jason.

area, and in the last year have

was the North Breache Estate

sold property as far afield as

in Ewhurst for £7.75m, against

firm experienced plenty of

Grayshott, GU26 6LG

Pulborough. Around Haslemere,

a guide price of £7m. In the

supply and demand in the

01428 604480.

typical properties marketed by

local area, their sales have

market. “We sell a lot of house

the firm include two houses in

included: Watchers Hall, with 7

in Headley,” Perry Leete says,

Safford Dixon, 7 Petworth

Longdene Road – a three-

bedrooms, nearly 13 acres and

“and we have loads on our

Road, Haslemere, GU27 2JB.

bedroom house for £350,000

3,500 sq ft of outbuildings, for

books there and in Headley

01428 664455.

and a “substantial family

£1.4m; and Vine Cottage, with

Down.” Examples in Grayshott



Last year was good and the

Peter Leete & Partners, The Green, Headley Road,





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Useful Contacts in Haslemere & District Emergency Services: Fire: Surrey Fire and Rescue Service, St Davids, 70 Wray Park Road, Reigate RH2 0EJ Telephone: 01737 242444 Gas, Water and Electricity: Electricity Emergency: 0845 770 8090 Gas Emergency: 0800 111 999 Southern Water: 0845 278 0845 Health: Dr C Taylor & Partners, Haslemere Health Centre, Church Lane, Haslemere, Surrey GU27 2BQ Telephone: 01483 783000 Dr C.P. Taylor & Partners, Fernhurst Surgery, Crossfields, Fernhurst, Haslemere GU273JL Telephone: 01428 651040 Haslemere Health Centre Telephone: 01483 783000 Haslemere Hospital Telephone: 01483 782000 Holy Cross Hospital, Hindhead Road, Haslemere GU27 1NQ Telephone: 01428 643311 Homecall Doctor, Warrenden, Weydown Road GU27 1DS Telephone: 01428 654786 Royal Surrey County Hospital Telephone: 01483 571122 Police: Haslemere Police Station, 46 West Street GU27 2AB Telephone: 0845 125 2222 Surrey Police, 6 Carshalton Road, Sutton Surrey SM1 4RF Telephone: 0845 125 2222

Arts Groups: DanceArt (3-18 years) Telephone: Kahli 07830325426 Haslemere Performing Arts Telephone: 01428 652360 E-mail: Haslemere Players Telephone: 01428 643334 Haslemere Symphony Orchestra and Chorus Telephone: 01428 605612 Haslemere Thespians Telephone: 01428 643585 Haslemere Town Band Telephone: 01252 331828 HHH Concerts Telephone: 01798 831242 Opera South inc. Opera Omnibus Telephone: 01428 684291 The Grayshott Stagers Telephone: 01428 751898

Care In Haslemere: 01428 652505 Cats Protection: 01428 604297 Celebrate Marriage: 01428 652368 Childline: 0800 1111 Citizen’s Advice Bureau: 0844 8487969 Crossways Counselling Service: 01428 644333 Environment Agency: 08708 506506 Friends of Holy Cross Hospital: 01428 683144 Guide Dogs for the Blind: 01428 727617 Haslemere and District Volunteer Bureau: 01428 661166 Haslemere and District Macmillan Cancer Care: 01428 605185 Haslemere and District Round Table Society: 07717836809 Haslemere Blind Club: 01428 643971 Haslemere Gateway Club: 01428 654496 Haslemere Hard of Hearing Support Group: 01428 658190 Haslemere Library: 01428 642907 Haslemere Stroke Club: 01428 645855 Haslemere/Midhurst Committee for Macmillan Cancer Support: 01428 652238 HAV4D: 07930905016 Hazlehurst Trust through Surrey Community Foundation: 01372 861609 Helen Arkell Dyslexia Centre: 01252 792400 Hindhead Community Group: 01428 607816 Home-Start: 01252 737453 King’s World Trust for Children: 01428 653504 Natural England (was Countryside Agency): 020 7932 5800 Relate: 02392 827026 Royal British Legion: 01428 642675 Samaritans: 08457 909090 SPACES Young Parents Group: 01428 723910 The Haslemere Society: 01428 661379 Visitor Information Centre: 01428 645425 Women’s Royal Voluntary Service: 01428 605498

Helplines, Support Groups & Charities:

Places to Stay:

Alzheimer’s Society: 01428 642055 Arthritis Research Campaign: 01428 724741 BLISS: 01428 642320 Books On Wheels: 01428 604558 British Heart Foundation: 01483 419774 Canine Partners for Independence: 08456 580480

Georgian House Hotel High Street, Haslemere, Surrey GU27 2JY Telephone: 01428 656644 Inn on the Hill, Lower Street, Haslemere, Surrey GU27 2PD Telephone: 01428 642006 Lythe Hill Hotel and Spa Petworth Road, Haslemere,

Surrey GU27 3BQ Telephone: 01428 651251 Wheatsheaf Inn, Grayswood, Haslemere, Surrey GU27 2DE Telephone: 01428 644440

Sports and Leisure: Broadwater Park Golf Club: 01483 429955 Camberley Health Golf Club: 01276 232258 Champney’s Forest Mere Health Resort: 01428 726013 Cowdray Park Polo Club: 01730 813257 Cranleigh Golf and Leisure Club: 01483 268855 Dean Farm Golf Course: 01420 489478 Haslemere Hockey Club Director of Hockey: Heidi Wells 07973 345547 Director of Junior Hockey: Mandy Jackson 01428 604643 Haslemere Recreation Association: 01428 661486 Haslemere Cricket Club: 01428 654459 Haslemere Educational Museum: 01428 642112 Haslemere Lawn Tennis Club: 01428 661486 Haslemere Rugby Club: 07771530510 Haslemere Youth Football: 01428 656215 Hindhead Golf Club: 01428 604614 Hurtmore Golf Club: 01483 424440 Kinetika Gym, The Herons Leisure Centre: 01428 658484 AND The Edge Leisure Centre: 01428 644577 Milford Golf Club: 01483 419200 Nordic Walking: Andy Webb 07950031538 Shottermill and Haslemere Football Club: John 01428642296/07770568793 The Herons Swimming Centre Telephone: 01428 658484 The Wild Wood Country Club: 01403 753255 West Surrey Golf Club: 01483 42127

Travel Numbers: Public transport information: Telephone: 08706 082608 Website: Train tracker: 0871 200 49 50

If you would like your contact details listed here, please e-mail FAO Lucy Coates



Arts Diary

Arts Diary [From January] to Tuesday 13 February Paint it Black - The Art of Rock and Roll Legend Ronnie Wood. Gallery One will be displaying a selection of his artwork, including portraits of Mick Jagger, Elvis, Pete Townsend, Jim Morrison and two new prints of Bob. Venue: Gallery One, Grayshott Time: Mon-Sat 9.30am-5.30pm Information: 01428 609001 Friday 2 February Jazz With Dinner Venue: Georgian House Hotel, High Street, Haslemere Time: 8pm Book Tickets: 01428 656644 Musical Postcards Haslemere and District Recorded Music Society Guest speaker: Les Warner Venue: Shottermill Hall, Holy Cross Hospital Time: 7.45pm Sunday 4 February Vic’s Busker’s Open Mic Venue: Crown and Cushion, 4 Wey Hill, Haslemere Time: 8pm Information: 07917 403052 Friday 9 February - Sunday 11 February Petersfield Antiques Fair Venue: Petersfield Festival Hall Time: 10.30am-6pm (closes at 5pm on Sun) Telephone: 0870 350 2442 Website:

Saturday 10 February HHH Concerts Performers: Sally Price (harp) Juliette Bausor (flute) Venue: St. Christopher’s Church, Wey Hill, Haslemere Time: 7.30pm Book Tickets: 01428 652448 Tuesday 13 February – Saturday 17 February Utopia Limited by Gilbert and Sullivan Godalming Operatic Society Conductor: Robin Wells Venue: Borough Hall, Godalming Time: 7.30pm, 2.30pm (matinee on Saturday 17 February) Book Tickets: 01252 703376 Friday 16 February Brahms Sonata Opus 99, Britten Suite no 3, Chopin Polonaise-fantaisie Opus 61, Mendelssohn Sonata in D, Opus 58, Alexander Baillie (cello) and James Lisney (piano) Venue: Hindhead Music Centre, Hindhead Road, Hindhead Time: 7.30pm Book Tickets: 01428 604941 Tilford Bach Society Concert Sheida Davis (cello), Helen Reid (piano) Venue: Farnham Castle, Castle Hill, Farnham Time: 8pm Book Tickets: 01428 713338 Inspired by the Swan of Avon Haslemere and District Recorded Music Society Speaker: John Weekes Venue: Shottermill Hall, Holy Cross Hospital Time: 7.45pm

Tuesday 20 February-Saturday 24 February (no performance on Thursday 22) The Elixir of Love by Gaetano Donizetti Opera South inc. Opera Omnibus Ltd Alastair Digges Nemorino, Eliana Pretorian Adina, Dominic Barrand Dulcamara, Hakan Vramsmo Belcore Guildford Philharmonic Orchestra Director: Ian McKenzie-Thurley Conductor: Tom Higgins Venue: Haslemere Hall, Bridge Road, Haslemere Time: Tues 7pm, Weds/Fri 7.30pm, Sat 5.30pm Book Tickets: 01428 642161 Friday 23 February Songs From The Shows – Friday Lunchtime Recital Guildford School of Acting Conservatoire Singers Venue: The Guildhall, High Street, Guildford Time: 12.30pm Book Tickets: 01483 444035 Friday 23 February – Saturday 24 February One Act Play The Grayshott Stagers Venue: Grayshott Village Hall, Headley Road, Grayshott Time: 7.30pm Book Tickets: 01428 605194 Utopia Limited by Gilbert and Sullivan Godalming Operatic Society Conductor: Robin Wells Venue: The Leatherhead Theatre, Church Street, Leatherhead Times: 7.30pm, 2.30pm (matinee on Saturday 24 February) Book Tickets: 01252 703376

Saturday 24 February Chamber Music For Charities Concert in aid of the Mobile Physioptherapy Service Cerys Jones (violin). Christopher Jepson (cello), Sheila Blow (piano) Venue: United Reformed Church, Portsmouth Road, Guildford Time: 7.30pm Book Tickets: 01483 440188 Tuesday 27 February Alton Organ Society Concert Oundle Recital Winner Venue: St Lawrence Parish Church, Alton, Hampshire Time: 8pm Book Tickets: 01420 543628 Black Atlas inspired by George MacDonald Fraser’s novel Black Ajax London Shakespeare Workout Venue: Bedales Olivier Theatre Time: 7.30pm Book Tickets: 01730 711511 Wednesday 28 February Optomistic Futurism a talk by Richard Seymour Venue: Bedales Olivier Theatre Time: 7.30pm Book Tickets: 01730 711511 MARCH Wednesday 1 March – 23 March (closed Sundays and Sat 17) Head/Hand/Heart 3 Optomisitic Futurism Presented by Paul Martin Design Company Venue: Bedales Gallery Time: 2-5pm (Mon-Fri), 10am-1pm (Sat) Friday 2 March Jazz With Dinner Venue: Georgian House Hotel, High Street, Haslemere Time: 8pm Book Tickets: 01428 656644 Spring Serenade Guildford Philharmonic Orchestra Venue: Holy Trinity Church, High Street, Guildford Time: 7.30pm Book Tickets: 01483 444777 Haslemere and District Recorded Music Society Guest speaker: Siva Oke Venue: Shottermill Hall, Holy Cross Hospital Time: 7.45pm

Ann Hughes Chamberlain of the Hindhead Music Centre - look out for profile in the next issue


Saturday 3 March Verdi Requiem H.M.S. Symphony Orchestra and Chorus Conductor: Darrell Davidson Venue: Haslemere Hall, Bridge Road, Book Tickets: 01428 642161

Arts Diary


Tuesday 6 March Schubert Notturno D897, Dvorák Piano Trio in F minor op. 65, Beethoven Piano Trio in B flat op. 97 (‘Archduke’) Rosamunde Trio piano, violin, cello Venue: Bedales Olivier Theatre Time: 7.30pm Book Tickets: 01730 711511 Wednesday 7 March Bartok Improvisations Ravel Valses Nobles et Sentimentales Rachmaninoff Variations on a theme of Chopin Venue: Hindhead Music Centre, Hindhead Road, Hindhead Time: 7.30pm Book Tickets: 01428 604941 Friday 9 March – Saturday 17 March Petersfield Musical Festival 2007 Celebrity Concert: Friday 9 – Michael Hurd Tribute, Friday 16 – Kenny Ball and his Jazzmen Band Choral Concerts conducted by Paul Spicer: Saturday 10th and Saturday 17 The Petersfield Orchestra: Thurs 15 Youth Concerts: Monday 12 and Wednesday 14 Book Tickets: 01730 261638

Friday 9 March – 24 March Guildford International Music Festival 2007 Artists from all round the world Book Tickets/More info: 01483 686517

Brahms Requiem Conductor: Hilary Davan Wetton Venue: Guildford Cathedral, Stag Hill, Guildford Time: 7.30pm Book Tickets: 01483 444777

Saturday 10 March Elgar The Music Makers, Sea Pictures, Vaughan Williams Serenade to Music, The Lark Ascending Parry Blest Pair of Sirens Vivace Chorus and Forest Philharmonic Orchestra Venue: Guildford Cathedral, Stag Hill, Guildford Time: 7.30pm Book Tickets: 01483 444334

Saturday 24 March HHH Concerts – Contempo Quartet Haydn Quartet in D Op. 20 No.4, Smetana Quartet in E minor From My Life Elgar Quartet in E minor Op. 83 Venue: St. Christopher’s Church, Wey Hill, Haslemere Time: 7.30pm Book Tickets: 01428 652448

Friday 16 March Music for Diverse Instruments Haslemere and District Recorded Music Society Guest speaker: Peter Conway Venue: Shottermill Hall, Holy Cross Hospital Time: 7.45pm Saturday 17 March Bach Book One Preludes Bella Hartmann Venue: Hinhead Music Centre, Hindhead Road, Hindhead Time: 7.30pm Book Tickets: 01428 604941

Sunday 25 March Verdi Requiem Godalming Choral Society Conductor: Michael Veazey Venue: Charterhouse Chapel, Godalming Time: 7.30pm Book Tickets: 01483 425257 Verdi Requiem The Waverly Singers and Tilford Bach Orchestra Conductor: Malcolm Hicks Venue: The Anvil, Basingstoke Time: 7.30pm Book Tickets: 01256 844244

Tuesday 27 March Alton Organ Society Organ Concert Thomas Trotter – international concert organist Venue: St. Lawrence Parish Church, Alton Time: 8pm Book Tickets: 01420 543628 Tuesday 27 March – Saturday 31 March Titanic the Musical Haslemere Players Venue: Haslemere Hall Time: 7.30pm (Sat matinee at 2.30pm) Book Tickets: 01428 642161 Friday 30 March An Introduction to the Zarzuela Haslemere and District Recorded Music Society Speaker: Joy Davis Venue: Shottermill Hall, Holy Cross Hospital Time: 7.45pm If you would like your arts event listed here, please send details to FAO Lucy Coates



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