The Village Archive committee would like to take this opportunity to wish all Friends and readers of our website a very Happy Christmas and prosperous New Year.
Our new venue at the Grayshott Social Club has been very successful with Stephen Penny very much enlightening us on the history of the Village Hall. Many interesting facts have been revealed, from problems of the sanitation, to the diversity of uses the hall has been put to over the past 110 plus years. Many thanks to Stephen .The room available has given us much more space with individual tables etc., any further ideas for future meetings and comments will be most welcome. Refreshments have again been kindly provided by Jan Bebbington, with wine by the Social Club.
Future projects and new information
Several items of interest have come to light in recent weeks. “Outline proposals for a Cottage at Grayshott“ designed by Ballie Scott, but was it ever built and if so where is it. The drawing will appear on this website in the near future.
Other drawings and correspondence has surfaced regarding alterations made to Grayshott Court (originally Heather Lodge, the first I’Anson residence) from 1900 onwards. We look forward to seeing this in due course.
A letter has been received from a person researching his family history to find out that a great grandfather in the 8th Rifle Brigade was billeted here in Grayshott in the earlier months of the Great European War. This would have been at either the Village Hall or the School. The suggestion has been made that there should be a plaque, possibly at the Village Hall, to commemorate those who were billeted here November 1914 – April 1915. Another positive action the Archive can do in respect of the forthcoming 100th anniversary of the commencement of the conflict.
John Hill is continuing with his project which he is undertaking in connection with the Archive. John has now researched all the names that appear on the village war memorial and associated material that goes with this and is now looking at ways of turning this into a published book.
Progress is a little slow on the booklet of photographs titled ‘Grayshott Village’ and will comprise of about 60/70 images of Grayshott from the 1890s to the 1960s. This has now become a reality and will take the form of an A5 size booklet. We are at present collating suitable images and if anybody has something they think may be suitable for inclusion please contact us.
Tracey Sharpe, our new secretary, is keen for the Archive to expand appeal to more local people, in particular those moving to the area in recent times. We are interested in gathering more information on the history of what have become housing estates around the village. Also we would like to talk with more of our long standing residents to record more of village life.
Continues with a good number of visits being made. Please use the system to comment and make suggestions. More interesting ‘Photos of the Month’ to follow .
Don’t forget there is always a good selection of local history titles available including “The History of Grayshott Fire Station 1906 – 2007”; “Grayshott ,a Hampshire Village” and a good selection of other new titles about walks in the district from Jo. Smith who of course is adding new titles. All are stocked at Grayshott Pottery.
Our new venue at the Grayshott Social Club has been . . . . . . . .