Grayshott is feeling a bit more like its old self again and the square was positively buzzing this Friday morning with several groups enjoying alfresco coffees despite the cold. In fact the village cafe was pretty full inside and customers seem to be appreciating the new comfy chair section too. Reflecting on this improvement over the barren wasteland this time last year, I thought it warranted a photo and that was when I noticed Gerrard’s smart new sign too. Furthermore with a new pet food shop opening at the beginning of December next to The Cabbage Patch and a nail bar rumoured to be slotting in next to Hairworks anytime soon, things really are looking up at last for the square and therefore the village.
And all this without the Grayshott village market. The public meeting held last week by the parish council to discuss its future wasn’t terribly well attended, perhaps a half term thing, but according to the Herald report concluded that it would be great to have it return if we can find someone to organise it and on a basis that had the full support from shopkeepers. Sorting out the parking issue is therefore a prerequisite.
The Parish council has had an extra busy time of it now that they have the hanging baskets, Christmas lights, and village website to think about. The second meeting to discuss the way forward for the latter was very positive and you can follow progress by reading the discussion document issued by GPC and any comments would be much appreciated. As I indicated before, the current plans do not include end user registration and so I am exploring using Facebook as an alternative way of facilitating the many interactive functions currently enjoyed by grayshott.com members like selling stuff and reporting lost dogs. So please like our Grayshott Page (474 likes +30 since the last newsletter) and join our Grayshott Community Group (353 members +38 since the last newsletter), and take a look at the Facebook events page on grayshott.com to see one way we could integrate the power of Facebook with a future village website to generate a useful list of village events. If your event doesn’t feature yet try posting it on Facebook and sharing it to the group or page. Nothing is set in stone, indeed all is to play for, so please get involved and help the parish council in the process of designing the next website of our award winning village.
This weekend Grayshott Folk Club presents “The United Kingdoms of Folk” in a mini Indoor Festival of music from around the British Isles to banish the Brexit blues. Tonight then Colm Mac Con Iomaire (Fiddle) with Catherine Fitzgerald (Keyboards) and tomorrow The wonderful voice of Robyn Stapleton and friends both in the village hall. The smell of beer should, by now, have firkinfaded.
The rain will hopefully have stopped in time for this weekends bonfire nights to celebrate the attempt to blow up the houses of parliament. No help needed these days. The closest large bonfire and fireworks display is the Beacon Hill one on Hindhead Playing fields and you will need to head to Facebook for details as grayshott.com, in a sign of the times, contains not even mention of a damp squib this year, except for the Facebook events page. Distant memories of the magnificent Pyrotechnics in Grayshott are these days no more than a bump in the night.
If you fancy a bit of haunting comedy yourself the Grayshott Stagers are knocking around the village hall attic in a couple of weeks with Ghost Writer and you are urged to get your tickets sooner rather than later from Hill & Co or online. There may also be a few pews left for Grayshott Concerts Magnificent Mozart haunting melodies at St Luke’s on the same weekend.
I promised I wouldn’t leave you waiting another six months for a what’s on newsletter if there was a bit of reassurance forthcoming that I wasn’t entirely wasting my time, and so, thanks to the six members who took the trouble to comment on ‘Mind the Gap’, here it is, or rather, was. Ditto for the next one. BFN.