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Fox & Pelican Scoop Best Pub Award 2005

Pictured above are Dave Etchell and Clair Johnson propping up their bar.

Dick Smith, chairman of the "Buy in Grayshott" campaign, is delighted to announce the success of one of their members, the Fox & Pelican, in the above National competition. They have come out as the "best village pub" in the whole of the Meridian region and now go forward to the National awards dinner held in London next February.

The managers, Clair Johnson and David Etchell, are absolutely thrilled that the efforts and support given to them, by both their staff and customers, has resulted in such a prestigious award.

A spokesperson for Gales Brewery confirmed their gratitude to their staff in being able to attain such distinction.

The competition examined how the pub had established itself at the heart of the village and the events that were carried out there. It examined the mix of customers and their integration. It looked to see how attractive it was and what efforts were put into assisting the local community. It was particularly impressed by the amount of money the pub had raised for local causes. It also looked into staff training and the amount spent on improvements to the pub.

BIG feel that it is a just reward for the pub that freely contributes so much to the village and wish them even more success in the final stage of the competition.

Posted 13th December 2005

Well done Grayshott!

Winner of 2005 Best Village Award

for Business in the Community in South England

Pictured from left to right Alan Titchmarsh presents this prestigious award to Dick Smith, Phil Bates & Peter Hatch with Howard Kerr, Managing Director of Calor - sponsors of the Village of the year Awards

(Photo by Huw Evans)

After winning the best village in Hampshire award for 2005 Grayshott representatives couldn't believe it when for the second time they went on to take the award for best village in the business category in South England.

Dick Smith, Phil Bates & Peter Hatch attended the awards ceremony held on Tuesday 6th December at the Four Seasons Hotel in Mayfair and were presented with a framed certificate by TV gardening personality Alan Titchmarch and Howard Kerr, Managing Director of Calor who sponsor the awards.

Grayshott won the same accolade in 2002 and also picked up the overall award for England and Wales.

Other local winners were Selborne who won the ICT category, Thursley the Environment category and Northchapel the Young People award.

Overall winner was Ashover in Derbyshire and Alan Titchmarsh jokingly warned them to brace themselves for a rush of tourists.

Grayshott will now take part in next years "Best of the Best in Britain" awards organised to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the CALOR sponsored village of the year awards.

Posted 01:30 7th December 2005 by Peter Hatch

Only Brains in the Village

Grayshott Village Hall was the venue for a very successful Quiz Nite on Saturday 12 November 2005.

Organised by the Grayshott Village Hall Management Committee, the Quiz Nite was put on to raise funds for a new furniture store. 120 tickets were sold and 16 teams took part. Many regular users of the hall were there such as Arthritis Care, which supports many local events, Little Sunflowers, Grayshott Gardeners, NADFAS, Grayshott Stagers, who took time out from rehearsal of their imminent production, and Grayshott WI. Other Village interests were the STOAT A3 Campaign, Waggoners Wells with three teams and Rozeldene, as well as other residents. The winning team called, "We are the only brains" was led by Peter Hatch.

The Quiz Master, Phil Cunnington, supported by his wife Debbie, who kept the scores, produced some very challenging questions that certainly made everyone think hard. During the evening a superb 2-course meal was served by the kitchen slaves Pat Barrett, Phyllis Cherryman, Pam Gilbert and Olive Robinson.

The Raffle, with prizes donated by local businesses and organisations, BLU3, Cabbage Patch, Flower Vogue, Kaighin & Daughter, NADFAS, Tanchoux Ironmongers and Locksmiths, WineRack, Brian Labram and Pat & David Barrett raised £219. First prize, a Hot Air Balloon Ride for two and donated by GP Accountants, was won by Kathryn de Klerk, who said, "I have never won a raffle prize before and I am surprised and absolutely delighted."

Commenting on the £1,142 raised, David Barrett, Chairman of the Village Hall Management Committee said "Proceeds from the Quiz Nite have matched the very generous contribution we received from the organisers of the Hidden Gardens of Grayshott event, and have given us a splendid start to raising the £30,000 we need for the new furniture store. We would like to thank everyone who helped to make the evening such a tremendous success".

Posted 22/11/05

BIG PIG Donations

Liam Duncan presenting a cheque for £1,200 to Geraldine Keeley of CHASE

Liam Duncan presented a cheque on behalf of the "Buy in Grayshott" campaign to Geraldine Keeley of CHASE, the local children's hospice. This was raised by a Charity Golf Day he organised at Blacknest Golf Club. He commented how pleasing it was to raise such a good sum for such a worthy cause. Geraldine added that she was delighted to yet again get such a wonderful contribution from the people in Grayshott and gave special thanks to the members of the "Buy in Grayshott" campaign. Without such warm-hearted people it would be impossible to maintain the hospice. She went on to say that it was easy to see why Grayshott was voted the best village in Hampshire.

Right is Peter Hatch of PiG giving a cheque to Vivien Harrison of BIG for £500

Peter Hatch, chairman of the "Party in Grayshott" committee, was delighted to hand over a cheque to the "Buy in Grayshott" campaign for the maintenance and future expansion of the Christmas Light Scheme. The money was raised by their annual event in Grayshott when the main road is closed off and a fun afternoon and evening ensues. A carnival is complemented by all sorts of bands with side shows and a fun fair. Although there is no cost for the day, local people give voluntary donations as well as prizes for a raffle, and once costs are taken out the residual is distributed to local causes. Vivien Harrison, the Treasurer of BIG, thanked Peter and the Committee Members, adding how much it was appreciated.

Posted 17th November 2005

Pyrotechnics in Grayshott

Thousands of people came to enjoy the annual fireworks and bonfire night in Grayshott last Sunday and the weather was just perfect. The Party in Grayshott team and Pyrotechnicians from Star Fireworks had worked throughout the day in the pouring rain to ensure villagers could enjoy the evening. Click here to see more pictures of the fireworks taken by Daniel Miles.

Grayshott Pottery displays Visual Assets

Phil Bates of Grayshott Pottery and Russell Cupitt of Visual Assets

When Grayshott Pottery decided they wanted to improve their volume of commercial and trade sales to the catering industry and, having developed new and bespoke product ranges to this end they turned to marketing experts Visual Assets to help devise a strategy. Only six months after adopting Visual Assets marketing plans, the Pottery's order books are again full and factory output is at maximum capacity and they have since engaged more manufacturing staff.

Feedback from the lucrative catering market had reassured Grayshott Pottery that they had the right products but were not achieving appropriate market penetration. For the Visual Assets team the task was routine. Applying their logical marketing model, a process which they have developed for use with many of their clients, they were able to quickly demonstrate what was needed and provide Grayshott Pottery with the solutions required to optimise sales of the new product ranges.

In today's competitive markets good products need to be carefully marketed if they are going to achieve their sales potential. Visual Assets therefore recommended that Grayshott Pottery develop a new brand image appropriate to the specific needs of the catering market, "Grayshott Stoneware". To support the new brand, a new array of marketing materials was developed to more effectively communicate the quality and uniqueness of the products Grayshott Pottery were bringing to the catering trade market. The uplift in sales achieved was spectacular and meant that the investment made by Grayshott Pottery in marketing advice and activity was recouped within a few months.

Grayshott Pottery and Visual Assets are both sponsors of

Posted 8th November 2005

Smile Please!

The village website currently holds a free page entry for every local business or organisation which includes useful contact information, a description, any events and a link to their website where available. All these, (now 300 pages), are accessed by various listed and classified directories and a search facility. We also display any adverts placed in the BIG directory to provide added value.

All this is very useful but can lack visual appeal and also perhaps the personal touch so we are launching an exciting new initiative that will hopefully add good looks to the feel good factor our village has so deservedly earned.

Phil O'Connor is a local professional photographer who has just started a wedding photograph service - Phil O'Connor Photography, and he has kindly offered to photograph any local business or organisation and this is what he has to say;

"My name is Phil O'Connor and I am a photographer who has lived in Grayshott for the past three and a half years. After a recent conversation with Peter Hatch and Phil Bates I am proposing photographing all the members of BIG. The purpose is twofold. Firstly it will provide a snap shot in time of Grayshott and secondly it will provide photographic material which could be used on the website business listing pages.

You can see some examples of my work at Most these images were taken to illustrate articles in magazines about a particular person and it is my intention to take a similar variety of images that will show the richness of Grayshott's character!

Where do we go from here? My proposal would be to contact you in the coming weeks and months to arrange a time to come and see you. I won't stay long, I have got a lot of pictures to take! However I look forward to meeting you all and capturing a moment in Grayshott's history."

Phil O'Connor

If you want to take advantage of this offer you can get the ball rolling - please email Phil and he will contact you to make arrangements

Posted by Peter Hatch 2nd Nov 2005 receives it's 20,000th visit

As Trafalgar Day is celebrated for the 200th time co-incidentally the Grayshott village website also celebrates after receiving its 20,000 visit. This is quite some achievement as it is only 5 years since the launch of the Grayshott village website by Peter Hatch who continues to run it on a voluntary basis.

Crossing the line was local businessman Peter Harrison who was among the first to register his businesses, Clientfinders and Business Friends, in the free website directory which now boasts over 300 entries. Peter and his wife Vivien have also contributed greatly to village life with their fabulous Concerts in Grayshott and have used the website to good effect in advertising their events beforehand and posting the news section afterwards. The last sell-out concert starred the Hampshire Youth Choir and classical guitarist Tom McLauchlan and raised over £5,000 for the Youth Group Skatepark.

As part of Grayshott being entered into the regional and national Calor Village of the Year awards the village is also entered into the Information Communications Technology (ICT) category for the first time and the website which continues to provide a valuable resource for the local community forms a key part of the competition entry.

Also celebrating this week are Grayshott Primary School as their new extension finally get underway. The new building will replace the temporary classrooms and provide superb new facilities including a Community Learning Room incorporating an ICT suite equipped with 30 wireless laptops provided from funds raised by the school from the local community and local businesses.

Posted 21st October 2005

BIG Reception for Calor Village of the Year Judges at the Club

On Tuesday 18th October three Regional Judges were given a whirlwind tour of the village ending up at Grayshott Social Club to meet the forty or so representatives from some of the many organisations that help to make Grayshott such a wonderful village.

As Dick Smith was unfortunately on holiday it was left to Phil Bates and Peter Hatch to make the judges feel welcome and make the most of the two hours allowed to show them what makes Grayshott tick. The itinery was timed down to the minute and started off with a walk through the village stopping off to talk to Sub Fire Officer Peter Norman at Lightlines and Liz Pennick who's dedication to the Youth Group has brought the Skate Park to fruition. Other points of interest visited along the way included the Millennium Sculpture, Village of the Year Plaques, and the Village Halls where an Art Class was taking place.

Next stop was PK Pre-School at the Jubilee Hut and a chat to play leader Kay Houlin then over the school field to visit Grayshott Primary School. Headteacher Jon Hills was busy on Paternity duties (congratulations on the recent birth of Matilda) so Deputy Head Ms Wright explained about the exciting Community Learning Room being provided as part of a long overdue development to replace the terapins.

Grayshott Pottery was next in line with a quick look in the factory and a demonstration of the cardboard recycing plant but definitely no time to stop and shop. A quick visit to the sports field to show the site of the new skatepark was last before finally visiting the Club in Hill Road.

At the Club the atmosphere was buzzing and the Judges worked hard to get around and see everybody in the fourty minutes left and were allowed to stop for just a few minutes to enjoy a well earned cup of tea.

Finally the judges were thanked for paying a visit to Grayshott and Peter Hatch in his capacity as Secretary of the Club presented them each with a limited edition - just 100 made - Grayshott Social Club centenary mug made at the pottery as a small memento of their visit.

As the judges returned to their cars for the next leg of their jouney to the Isle of Wight they complimented the village for arranging such a well organised visit and went on their way.

All in all it was a splendid effort by all concerned including the Judges who never tired and Grayshott now crosses its fingers and holds its breath until the awards ceremony in London on December 6th.

Whatever the result it was another great day for Grayshott and thanks go to Grayshott Social Club and Steward Nick Butt for making everyone feel so welcome.

Pictured below are the many people who came along to the Club to meet the Judges. Click on the photo to enlarge and visit website gallery.

Posted 19th October

Grayshott lends a BIG hand to Fernhurst

On Tuesday 11th October the Fernhurst Centre Business Club invited along Phil Bates (Chairman of Grayshott Pottery) and Dick Smith who jointly run and spearhead "Buy In Grayshott" (BIG) to talk about this initiative and discuss how such an idea might work in Fernhurst.

It was an inspiring talk about the mutual benefits to businesses of working together to raise their profile, to encourage people to use them (retail and non retail), to improve local business involvement in the community and act as a common voice on local issues such as parking or traffic control.

With an audience of about 20 local business people, Phil and Dick explained how every business in Grayshott is automatically a member of BIG and can come along to their open meetings every 2 months. They produce a local business directory which goes to every household, undertake joint community fund-raising events and are now looking to improve parking to increase opportunities for passing trade to stop and use their shops and how to improve the central square in Grayshott.

The audience agreed that there were sufficient interesting ideas to make it worth having a further discussion amongst Fernhurst businesses, exploring a similar concept locally.

Photo left to right:
Iain Brown, Chairman of Trustees of Fernhurst Centre
Julia Roxan, Volunteer
Dick Smith, Chairman of BIG
Pauline Colcutt, Manager of Fernhurst Centre
Phil Bates, Vice Chairman of BIG

Posted 13th October 2005

Sell-out concert in Grayshott is music to Youth Group's ears

Pictured above is the Hampshire County Youth Choir

In less than 12 months, St Luke's Church Grayshott has established itself as a centre of excellence for the performance of high quality music in the district. Last Saturday's audience thrilled to an electrifying performance by one of the most dazzling and dynamic choirs in the country. All the more surprising, perhaps, because the ages of the choristers range from just 14 to 19 years.

This group of young singers is the Hampshire County Youth Choir under their Director, Keith Clark. As guests of Grayshott Concerts, in association with Buy In Grayshott (BIG), they demonstrated their professionalism in a fast moving series of exhilarating works demanding significant technical ability and precision. From 16th century Lotti's beautiful and heart-rending 'Crucifixus', in eight parts, to Carter's clever arrangement of 'The Teddy Bears' Picnic', the choir gave a fresh impetus to every different piece. Their enthusiasm and concentration shone from all 28 faces in a stunning display of musicianship, with all eyes on their conductor, who held the choir's total attention throughout.

Singing mostly unaccompanied, and with no hint of deviating from key, the choir which included their newest recruit of only five weeks, performed with confidence and freshness through a highly challenging programme to achieve standards many professional choirs can only aspire to.

Other pieces which especially impressed the delighted audience, included the traditional 'My Lord, what a morning' (arr. Wild), 'Geographical Fugue' by Toch, and Hammerstein's famous football anthem 'You'll never walk alone'. Their uplifting and varied selection of music appealed to all tastes and left the audience demanding encores. At the end, the choir left the stage, one by one, singing 'Stand by me'.

To complement the programme, the young classical guitarist, Tom McLauchlan, performed a series of short pieces, demonstrating his considerable skills combining manual dexterity with sensitivity. He held the 270 strong audience transfixed with the intricacy and sheer brilliance of his performance. Clearly a growing talent to watch out for in the future, he enthralled the audience with a versatile and expressive display of exuberance in complex pieces from Alonso Mudarra (1510) to Nikita Koshkin (b. 1956).

The Concert, organised by Peter and Vivien Harrison, not only attracted a capacity audience but also succeeded in raising over £5,000 for youth projects in Grayshott. Mr Harrison confirmed that much of the money raised will fund the final stage of the Grayshott Skate Park due to be completed in early November. The remainder will help other youth organisations in the village. "It has taken over nine years to collect all the funds needed", said Mr Harrison. "It's wonderful that the generosity of Grayshott's residents and businesses has enabled the last target to be reached." The main sponsor of the event was Applegarth Farm Shop

Grayshott Concerts already have plans to present Mozart's Clarinet Concerto at their next event in April 2006. More information from Vivien Harrison (01428 607755).

Posted 10th October 2005

Mystery Donor makes Grayshott Concert a "Sell-Out" - Almost!

Only a few tickets remain for Grayshott Concerts' event on Saturday 8th October following the generosity of a lady who has lived in the village all her life. The donor, who wishes to remain anonymous, has given a sizeable sum with the suggestion that the gift is used to subsidise the ticket price so that as many children as possible can attend.

The concert, to raise funds for youth projects in Grayshott including the Grayshott Skatepark, features the Hampshire County Youth Choir with local classical guitarist Tom Mclauchlan at St Luke's Church at 7.30.

Organiser, Peter Harrison, who is staging the third Grayshott Concert in a year, in association with the Buy In Grayshott Campaign (BIG). is delighted that there has been so much interest in the event. "We were well on the way to our target when, completely out of the blue this lovely lady gave us a significant sum to swell our funds. We are delighted that it can also be used to help more young people to hear this wonderful choir" he said. "We now have only a few tickets left, but they won't last long."

"Everyone keeps asking us who has made such a thoughtful and generous gift" said BIG Treasurer, Vivien Harrison, "but our lips are sealed. We're just so grateful for such a kind gesture. People will just have to go on guessing!"

The concert is sponsored by Applegarth Farm Shop and supported by over 50 members of BIG. Tickets are available at Grayshott Books (01428 604798).

Posted 2nd October 2005

Grayshott Hosts Hampshire Village of the Year Awards

Mrs Mary Fagan JP presents the 2005 village award from Alex Thomas representing Calor to Dick Smith and Phil Bates

It was a proud day for Grayshott as they played hosts to the Calor Hampshire Village of the Year Awards for 2005 and also received a plaque from the Lord Lieutenant of Hampshire, Mrs Mary Fagan JP for winning the best village award.

Three other villages picked up awards at the ceremony held in the Village Hall; Selbourne, Cheriton and Vernham Dean

After the event Mrs Fagan wrote to Phil Bates "Congratulations, on a wonderfully organised Hampshire Village of the Year Awards. I was thrilled to be able to present the shield to the winning village of Grayshott and it was so lovely to meet so many residents from the village." She continued "It was very kind of you to present me with the wonderful dish and it shall remind me of a most enjoyable afternoon spent with you all everytime I use it. The flowers too were lovely and their beautiful scent has filled the drawing room."

Grayshott now goes forward to the regional and national competition including entering the ICT category for the first time - you can read our entry here

For more photos of the day please visit the website gallery

Posted 29th Sept 2005

BIG Charity Golf Day

A very successful and enjoyable day was had at Blacknest Golf Club last week when BIG Buy in Grayshott held their annual Charity Golf Day. A turnout of 55 budding golfers from Grayshott businesses and their friends raised £1,100 for this year's nominated charity, the Guildford based CHASE Children's Hospice.

Phil Bates, Vice Chairman of BIG congratulated BIG member Liam Duncan for organising the event and acting as M.C. for the evening's prize giving, which was coupled with his now popular array of jokes.

Dick Smith was thanked for his fine efforts in getting donations of prizes and our thanks must go to Blacknest Golf Club for the very good value for money they gave for the Golf Day which helped greatly with raising more money for CHASE and of course we must thank the sponsors who contributed towards the day. The major sponsor of the day was Grayshott Pottery and others who contributed were Tri-Golf Practice Centre, The Army Golf Club, Graham Cowley and Royal Bank of Scotland.

Photo of winning team:

Nigel Howard
Rob Tasker
Russell Thorn
Frank Emery


Members of the Management Committee of Grayshott Village Hall were thrilled when Rebecca and Will Benson of Applegarth Farm Shop offered to provide the hanging flower baskets that have decorated the front of the Village Hall all summer. The beautiful blooms have survived the heavy rains and intense heat that has been our British Summer and they are still providing a spectacular display.

Barbie McSean, Village Hall Treasurer, said, "It is very important that the entrances to the hall look as welcoming as possible. The hanging baskets provided by Applegarth Farm certainly do make a huge difference. We are very grateful to both Rebecca and Will for their very generous and very colourful donation."

Pictured below: Rebecca Benson, Applegarth Farm Shop and Jo Edser from Grayshott Village Hall

With your help Grayshott Village has done it again!

Winners of the Hampshire Calor Village of the Year Award for 2005

All village residents and business folk are most welcome to come along to celebrate the winning of the Best Village Award which will be on Friday 23rd September at 4pm in Grayshott Village Hall where the Lord Lieutenant of Hampshire, Mary Fagan JP, will present Grayshott village with the award winning plaque.

Light refreshments will be served and displays from Grayshott organisations and groups will be on show.

This is an historic occasion for Grayshott having won the Best Village Award twice now and is a first for a visit from a Lord Lieutenant of Hampshire. Please spread the word so that every villager and staff of businesses know they are very welcome to attend this unique occasion.

Posted by Phil Bates 1st September 2005

Representing BIG (Buy in Grayshott)


Presentation of a cheque for £6,685 given to CHASE, being the amount raised from the various activities organised at the Fox & Pelican in Grayshott over the last couple of weeks.

Those involved in the events from left to right they are: Paul Shepherd, David Pattison, Eleanor Lee, Russell Hodgson, Abbey Jones, Geraldine Keeley (from Chase), Dave Etchell, Clair Johnson, Dick Smith, Brian Stafford, Dave Bell and Tommy Jones.

For any further information required please contact: Dick Smith on 01428 608666 or 07836 203100 OR Geraldine Keeley from CHASE on 01483 447762 or 07876 403064

Grayshott is awarded once again "Hampshire Village of the Year"

Competition Judges meet with Representatives of Grayshott's many Organisations

(Photo courtesy of The Haslemere Herald)

Grayshott village have done it again. They have won the prestigious Hampshire Calor Village of the Year Award for 2005 which they last won in 2002.

Grayshott beat off stiff competition from other villages in the county to clinch the title and will now represent Hampshire in the Calor Village of the Year Regional and National Awards which will be judged later this year. This is organised in conjunction with Community Action Hampshire.

Buy in Grayshott (BIG) on behalf of the village formulated the successful bid for the title.

Dick Smith, Chairman of the Buy in Grayshott campaign said "It really was a tremendous effort from the village and it was down to a well organised itinerary which included visits around the village, popping in on an Arthritic Care Meeting and finishing with the judges meeting over 40 people who were representing the vast array of groups and organisations in the village.

Each representative had the opportunity to explain and discuss what they were about and how they contribute to village life".

Mr Smith said "this impressed the judges and added that the human dimension reinforced that Grayshott is a very caring, active and healthy community thriving in today's world".

Phil Bates, Vice Chairman of BIG who helped Dick Smith prepare the necessary documentation as well as organising the judging day said "The whole community will be proud of our village for winning a second time in only their second attempt. In fact this is the first time a Hampshire village has won the award twice".

Mr Bates added "that so many Grayshott people give up their time and contribute so much which makes Grayshott village a wonderful place to live".

One of the things the judges were very impressed with was the community input and spirit over the proposed road scheme at Hindhead and the effect it will have on village life in Grayshott. They were amazed that £50,000 was raised to engage a barrister at the Public Inquiry last autumn which is still ongoing.

Ann Gibbons from Community Action Hampshire on her visit to the village confirming the results, announced that the award would be made by Mrs Mary Fagan JP, The Lord Lieutenant of Hampshire at the Grayshott Village Hall on Friday 23rd September at 4.00pm. All villagers will be welcome to attend this momentous occasion.

For the latest news go to the Hampshire Calor Village of the Year Award for 2005 website.

Posted 4th August

Luke Street Holiday Club gets youngsters back to school

Grayshott youngsters eagerly await news of Luke Street Holiday Club

with Assistant Team Leader David Page

Almost 80 Grayshott youngsters can hardly wait to get back to school in August!

The attraction is the Luke Street Holiday Club organised by St Luke's Church Grayshott, to be run at Grayshott Primary School from 8th to 12th August each day between 10.00am and noon.

After a break of several years, the Holiday Club is back with a host of exciting new ideas. There's painting, assault course, singing and drama to provide an action-packed Monday to Friday programme of dynamic inside and outside activities designed to defeat looming holiday time boredom.

"We've built up a week of great fun for all the children - without an electronic game in sight" said organiser Ruth Page. "There'll be lots for children to do, meet up with their mates, make new friends, learn new ideas and interact, under the guidance of fully-qualified leaders - all in a totally safe environment" added volunteer helper Polly Rhodes.

This year's theme involves a series of houses on "Luke Street" including the Secret House, Crowded House, Country House and others - building up to a family picnic at lunch time on Friday.

Places are limited and open to 80 youngsters aged between 5 and 11 from the district, bookable, for a small donation, on a 'first come - first served' basis.

Pre-Registration will take place from 10.00am to 12.00 noon on Sunday 24th July at St Luke's Church Grayshott. Registration Forms and more information can be found on or from Grayshott School. Interested parents or guardians can ring Polly Rhodes (01420 475548 or 07768 323757) for more details.

Posted 21/07/05


The Hampshire County Youth Choir will be performing on SATURDAY 8th OCTOBER at 7.30 pm at St. Luke's Church.

This award winning chamber choir consists of talented young singers chosen from schools throughout the county and who have a wide and varied selection of sacred and secular music in their repertoire.

The Choir can undertake only a small number of engagements during the course of a year, so we are especially pleased that Grayshott has been chosen as one of their venues this year.

Once again, we are offering pre-concert suppers at the Fox & Pelican and, for the first time, at the Gurkha Durbar.

Concert tickets are available at £15 and £12.50, and supper tickets are available separately at £12.50.

Booking opens at Grayshott Books on Monday 11th July, if you would like more information, please ring Peter Harrison on 01428 606666 (daytime) or 01428 714119 (evening/weekends) or email peter@clientfinders,

Posted by Peter Harrison 04/07/05

Grayshott Concerts (in association with the Buy In Grayshott Campaign)

Phil Bates Receives Prestigious Award

On 17th June at the President's Dinner of the Rotary Club of Haslemere, this year celebrating the Club's 70th Anniversary and Rotary International Centenary, Phil Bates Chairman of Grayshott Pottery received the Paul Harris Fellow Award for his outstanding contribution to the local community.

This prestigious award presented to him by the President of Haslemere Rotary, Rae Boxall, is the Rotary's way of expressing its appreciation for the substantial contribution Phil has given to the Haslemere and district community over many years.

The Paul Harris Fellow is named after its founder, Paul Harris a Chicago Lawyer who started Rotary with three business associates in 1905.

Phil is only one of a handful of people who have not belonged to the Haslemere Rotary Club to have received this award in the 70 year history of the Club and this is a first for Grayshott village.

Posted 02/07/05

"Jiving Jamboree in Grayshott"

Lyndon Green in the heart of the village of Grayshott is normally reserved for periods of quiet reflection. But late in the evening on Saturday 25th June it was filled with an enthusiastic crowd 'jumpin and jiving' to the sounds of classic 50's rock & roll numbers performed by the Southampton based Ed Nix and his band, Busted.

Some 9 hours earlier children from Grayshott Primary got proceedings underway at the Jamboree in Grayshott with Maypole dancing and songs by the school choir.

By this time the stalls and fairground rides were doing brisk trade as villagers waited in anticipation for the carnival procession. The theme of 'Hollywood comes to Grayshott' provided plenty of scope for those taking part. Winners of the categories were rewarded with a certificate and their very own Oscar statuette. The Hill Road Gang once again carried off the prize for Best Adult Group Fancy Dress based on Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, although there must have been some confusion as the male and female costumes had been delivered to the wrong dressing rooms! The blockbuster Pirates of the Caribbean provided the inspiration for the Little Sunflowers Playgroup that won Best Float.

Back on the green, although the sun wasn't shining, 'Sounds of Steel', a twenty piece steel pan orchestra brought another taste of the Caribbean to the event. This group, based at Portchester Community School, are one of the country's leading youth steel bands and in 2001 they became the first ensemble outside of London to win the 'on the road' competition at the Notting Hill Carnival.

While enjoying the entertainment, Jamboree-goers were able to feast themselves at the Kapadokya Restaurant BBQ and the Kaighin & Daughter Hog Roast.

Local groups, Vic & Erivan, Crunch, Flexible Robinson, SSL and Kindred Spirit kept things rocking on the outdoor stage. Fans of Girl & Boy bands were also treated to performances by CoCo, three young girls from Liphook just starting out in the music business, and Sub-bass, four personable young men from London. They hope to secure a recording contact soon, which, judging by the queues for autographs at the end of their performance, looks to be a certainty. The style of music then changed when the Free Mac Guinness band took to the stage and delighted the audience with spirited renditions of classic Irish songs. It wasn't long before large sections of the crowd were seen to be attempting to repeat the dancing feats displayed in Riverdance.

During the Jamboree, Peter Hatch, Chairman of the organising committee, 'PiG' presented a cheque for £2,500 to the Head Teacher at Grayshott Primary School, Jon Hills. This was a donation towards the cost of building and equipping an IT based Community Room at the school, an exciting project that will become a valuable asset for village. Peter Hatch explained how the money had been raised. "Inspired by the success of the original 'Party in Grayshott' (PiG) event that was organised to celebrate the Millennium, the PiG group was formed to continue to organise social events, such as the fantastic firework display at the annual 'Pyrotechnic in Grayshott', for the local community and, whenever possible, raise funds for village projects and activities. But this can only be done through generous sponsorship from local businesses and individuals, plus the exceptional efforts of a small army of volunteer helpers. For example, putting on the fantastic entertainment for the Jamboree was only feasible because of sponsorship by the Grayshott based organisation, Glen House Estates. We're also very grateful to, among others, Gales Brewery, the Fox & Pelican, Miles Amusements, HSS Hire, the Kapadokya Restaurant, Kaighin & Daughter Butchers, Grayshott Spa and Grayshott Pottery for their contributions. Not forgetting Tim Benson and his crew from Opus Studios that worked wonders in stage managing such an ambitious programme of entertainment."

Click here to view all the photos of the Jamboree

Hidden Gardens of Grayshott 2005

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Over 600 people turned out in the summer sun to visit the Hidden Gardens of Grayshott last weekend.

Twenty seven private gardens opened their gates to visitors who came from far and wide thanks to promotion by the newspapers and radio stations in the area.

Both St Luke's and St Joseph's churches were beautifully decorated with floral arrangements provided by Grayshott Flower Club and Ludshott Photographic Club mounted a slide show and static photographic exhibition showing garden related images.

St Luke's bell ringers were out in force. The hand bell team gave a demonstration in the church and the tower bell ringers invited members of the public to join them in the tower to try their hand.

Plant sales, home produce and cream teas were available at a number of the gardens for visitors to enjoy. Phil Bates whose garden was opened for the event said "I was absolutely gob smacked over visitor numbers both from the village itself and those that had travelled from long distances. They were enthusiastic and knowledgeable folk who have great praise and compliments for the variety and interesting gardens they had so far visited. It was a most successful and pleasant weekend for everyone involved and many thanks must got to the project team who put in a tremendous amount of work both before and over the weekend., This is really a must have again event for Grayshott village."

The event raised £3000 which will be distributed between the Parish Council for the improvement of an area of communal planting, the Village Hall and both the Churches.

The organisers would like to thank everyone, both visitors and Hidden Gardeners. We very much hope we will hold the event again in 2007.

Grayshott Skatepark Meeting

Grayshott's cricket pavilion was packed with around 70 local residents eager to have their say about the proposed Grayshott Skatepark. Wednesday night's meeting was a consultation event organised by Grayshott Parish Council, the owners of the suggested site on Grayshott Recreation Ground.

Chairman of the Parish Council, Cllr, Clive Slaughter, chaired the meeting and was supported by local businessman and "Buy in Grayshott" member Mr. Peter Harrison, Grayshott Youth Group Treasurer, Mrs. Liz Pennick and the Parish Council's chairman of Recreation and Amenities, Cllr. Chris Jones. Local District Councillor Ferris Cowper was also present. There were displays of the proposed location, the kind of equipment to be installed and examples of skateparks from other sites in the area. Two alternative locations for the skatepark had been specially marked out in situ on the recreation ground and after the meeting residents were invited to inspect them and put further points to the Parish Council.

Cllr Slaughter opened the meeting by explaining that the decision had already been made by the Parish Council to build the Skate Park on the Sports Field once the funding was complete. The main issue of the evening was to consider the precise location of the Park. The debate was extremely lively with a constant stream of questions, both challenging and supporting the alternative proposals. One of the biggest concerns was the proposal to locate the skatepark at the northern end of the recreation ground, furthest away from the Headley Road. Some residents felt that this more remote location might pose security and safety problems and could encourage loutish behaviour. The question of whether the facility should be supervised was raised and the extent to which it met RoSPA guidelines. Residents' worries included noise, litter, graffiti and vandalism by skateboarders en route to and from the skatepark.

Mrs. Pennick pointed out that the site had been inspected by RoSPA who had no objection to the Parish Council's preferred northern location, nor did the Police who have supported the idea of a skatepark in principle. It was argued that locating the site near the Headley Road would make it more accessible to those wishing to cause trouble as there was already some concern about drunken activity near the cricket pavilion.

Cllr. Slaughter promised to produce a report on the evening's proceedings and include more detailed answers, such as the likely annual maintenance costs, which had not been available on the night. He also felt that suggestions to locate the skatepark in the centre of the village would cause problems due to the proximity of the pub.

Towards end of the meeting, Parish Councillor Harry Murphy called for a show of hands. When asked if there was anyone in the audience who opposed the idea of the skatepark in principle, only four hands were raised.

Interviewed after the meeting Cllr Ferris Cowper commented, "Following the rather nasty anonymous circular that went round a lot of houses just before the meeting, I was delighted with the open and constructive nature of the dialogue. Residents had genuine concerns and the Parish Council were quite right to allow these to be properly heard. What surprised me was that so many supporters of the skatepark also turned up and had their say. Like all of us, I want this skatepark to be a huge success and listening to residents identifying potential problems is all part of the quality assurance process that will enable the Parish Council to get it right.

It was a shame the police could not attend the meeting, but they did provide a letter to all attendees which outlined their position. Had they attended I think they might have been taken aback at the cynical heckling that greeted Mrs. Pennick's attempt to explain improved police cover for the area and to me this represents a major public relations opportunity for the constabulary. Nevertheless, I believe that the new sector organisation, together with the new Community Support Officer who is starting on May 2nd. will give us substantially improved police cover and enable them to deal promptly with any unexpected problems from the skatepark.

For me the highlight of the evening was the exceptional performance of the young lads who are the skateboarding members of the Grayshott Youth Group. Despite the slightly intimidating atmosphere, several of them chipped in with the their reasoning as to why the skatepark would be a success. I thought this demonstration of their commitment, articulation, maturity, sense of responsibility and sympathy with residents' concerns proved to be one of the critical success factors that will ensure this Parish Council project is a big success."

Do You Support Grayshott's Young People?

After eight years of campaigning and fundraising for a healthy sporting facility for young people in Grayshott, the Skate Park project looks set to go ahead this Summer.

The Grayshott Youth Group have gained wide support including the Parish Council, District Council and others who together have already pledged over £27,000 to the almost £40,000 needed to complete the Park. Positive news on the balance is expected within weeks.

There has been wide consultation, but now it's time to have your final say.

Whether you support this project for young people, or have legitimate concerns about any aspect. or would just like more information, come and meet those involved in the biggest investment for Grayshott's young people for many years.

If you're a supporter, don't assume it will just go ahead without you. Your personal support is needed. If you have concerns, this is the moment to air them. Either way, come to the consultation meeting at 7.00pm on Wednesday 27th April 2005 in the sports field Pavilion. The young people in Grayshott need you.




Peter Clapham "Mr Grayshott" has been selected as one of five Club Cricketers of the Year for 2004, and has now been entered into the Club Cricket Conference's Hall of Fame for his achievements within the game both on and off the pitch.

Although the number and standard of nominations was high this year, the special panel chosen by the Club Cricket Conference elected Peter for one of the game's most coveted achievements. Peter is pictured receiving his award into the Hall of Fame from CCC Vice President Ron Lynch at the Cricketer's Club in London last week.

Peter's citation reads as follows;

"Peter Clapham first started playing for Grayshott when he was 13 and has continued to do so for the last 56 years!

Peter without doubt must be one of the greatest clubmen. Not only for his achievements on the field of play but Peter in recent years has been more renowned for his achievements off it.

He has fulfilled most of the administrative type roles associated with a village club like Chairman and Secretary, but it is his involvement with Youth Cricket at Grayshott for over 30 years now that he is held with the highest regard.

He has overseen the development of Youth cricket from just one team in the early 1970s to a club that will field five teams in 2005.

The fruits of Peter's efforts have been borne by the success of the club in recent years. Only last year nine out of the team of eleven 1st XI players were a product of the club's youth structure.

Peter has some early memories of cricket at Grayshott as his father also played for the club. In his younger playing days Peter featured strongly in the Grayshott League and Cup winning teams before becoming the captain of the 1983 Miller Cup winning side.

Not withstanding the above, Peter has also found time to be the club's groundsman for many years now.

In 2005, Peter's involvement with the club shows no sign of a let up and an example to everyone of a true clubman."

Peter will also appear in the 2005 Club Cricket Conference Yearbook and in the Conference magazine Extra Cover.

Parliamentary Candidates Want to Answer Your Pre-Election Questions !

Grayshott Village Hall has been chosen as one of only two venues for an open "Any Questions" style opportunity to meet and put questions to the Parliamentary Candidates for the constituency of North East Hampshire.

The meeting is at 7.00pm to 9.00pm on WEDNESDAY 20th APRIL 2005 in the large room at the Village Hall.

The Candidates are James Arbuthnot - Conservative; Adam Carew - Liberal Democrat; Kevin McGrath - Labour.

Attempting to keep order and persuade questioners to be brief and focused, and Candidates to be clear and concise (and to answer the question) will be Peter Harrison of BIG member, ClientFinders and Business Friends.

The meeting is open to all and those who attend will have the opportunity to put forward a question to be answered by each Candidate in turn. Questions will be selected in order to provide a range of topics and interests.

Opportunities like these come round once in only 4 or 5 years - so don't miss your chance to bring along a question and put your Candidates on the spot!

There's no charge and no tickets are required. Just come along - and bring your friends.

Further information from Chairman, Peter Harrison - 01428 607700

Grazing Land To Let

Beech Allotments, Grayshott
£128.50 p.a.

Please contact Mrs. Karen Cavanna
At Grayshott Parish Council for details
on 01428 606510
(Office Open Tuesdays and Thursdays 10:00am to 12:00pm)

Grayshott Parish Council,
Council Office,
The Village Hall,
Surrey GU26 6TZ


The new tennis season commences at the beginning of April and we are looking forward to a successful season. New members, both adults and children, are welcome. Coaching for adults and children can be arranged as required. This year we would particularly like to encourage as many children as possible to take up the sport. We have excellent facilities, 2 floodlit courts and 1 public court. The club participates in league and friendly matches; there are also informal club sessions, an annual knockout competition and a ballot for Wimbledon tickets. We are open to any suggestions regarding club events in order to make it more appealing for both adults and children.

If you are interested in finding out further details, please contact Liz Parsons, Club Secretary, on 01428 722463. Alternatively, parents of prospective junior members may ring Maggie Holman on 01428 607202 after 7 p.m. Mondays to Fridays , or at weekends.

Posted by Maggie Holman 10/03/05

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