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Shere Quiz

Closing Date Monday December 23rd 2013 at 5pm. Please drop completed entry forms in an envelope plus £1 entry fee into:
Clarke, Gammon, Wellers, Middle Street, Shere.
Please write your name and telephone number clearly on the envelope.
QUIZ ENTRY FORM: Word Format | PDF format

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December 2013

Shere Goodwill Evening

The aim of the late night shopping evening is not only to celebrate our wonderful selection of shops and get everyone in the festive spirit, but also to raise money for the Philippine Typhoon  Appeal. The Bring and Buy sale will be located in The Forge for the evening.  The Christmas lights will be on, and there will be carol singers, a Shere quiz, and hopefully plenty of festive spirit, so please tell your customers, friends and family so that they can come along to support this very worthwhile event.

Most shops will be open from 5.30 until late, there will be mulled wine and mince pies, carol singing, plus a Shere Quiz (first prize a hamper of sweets from Shere Delights). There will be a giant home-made bring and buy in The Forge (opposite Welcome), so please drop any handmade goodies – either edible or handicrafts - in from 2pm onwards.
All charitable proceeds will go towards the Philippines Typhoon Appeal.


December 2013

Shere Village Cinema

This coming Sunday - 15th December 2013 - Shere Village Cinema

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New community cinema launched in Shere


December 2013

Christmas Cards

On the back of this months Parish Magazine - there are three beautiful winter scenes of Shere by local artist Pat Cheshire (Stringer). These Christmas cards are in aid of the Shere Museum and can be purchased for 50p each from the Museum Shop and other village outlets.
Larger images can be found on the

Christmas Card Page

Now Gomshall and Shere Meet to Discuss Green Belt Threat - 22nd November 2013

Parish Council Chairman Roy Davey addresses the meeting.


Standing room only as around 150 cram into Shere Village Hall to discuss the Local Plan consultation.

Standing room only as around 150 cram into Shere Village Hall to discuss the Local Plan consultation.

Another night, another meeting on the Guildford’s green belt. Last night (Friday, November 22) it was the turn of Gomshall and Shere.

Once again, it was standing room only as 150 concerned souls packed into Village Hall at Shere to hear the parish council and ward councillors explain their view of the Local Plan consultation and hear opinions and questions from other residents present.

The parish council were mainly concerned with the suggestion, contained in the consultation documents, that both Gomshall and Shere villages should be removed from the green belt.

Cllr David Wright

Cllr David Wright

Several speakers criticised the Pegasus report titled Green belt and the countryside study. Cllr David Wright (Con, Tillingbourne) said that the methodology they had used was questionable and the views, albeit from expert consultants, necessarily subjective.

He had warned, he said, that the council’s approach to the consultation might set a lot of hares running and that the issues were not clear cut: there would be difficult choices ahead.

Cllr Wright added: “The key to it is for you all to write individual letters. They have to contain cogent planning arguments. It is not really good enough to say, ‘This is the place that I have loved all my life, why should anyone want to change it?’ You have to use the sort of language that has been used [in the consultation documents].

“We are going to have to fight the good fight on just how many houses Guildford is going to have to build.

“If we can prove irreparable harm to the green belt as the result of having to build anything anywhere then that is a reason that the [planning] inspectors are bound to take into account.”

Tim Harrold spoke on behalf of the Guildford division of the Campaign for the Protection of Rural England

Tim Harrold spoke on behalf of the Guildford division of the Campaign to Protect Rural England

Tim Harrold, chairman of the Campaign to Protect Rural England’s (CPRE) Guildford branch said: “I represent the green belt and the countryside.”

He referred to the council questionnaire on the Local Plan and the question, ‘Do you support using the Green belt and the countryside study to help to decide whether we should decide new insett settlement boundaries for our villages?

“Well the answer to that is no!” he said, “Because the… study is hopelessly flawed. It was prepared by a company  who are based in Bracknell and whose principal customers are developers.

“I have studied the document and I can tell you it worries me to death, it is full of mistakes and it shouldn’t have been allowed to be used.”

Campaigner Susan Parker was the first from the audience to speak. She said that a website had been set up called Save Shere, Gomshall and Abinger to provide information on the campaign.

She urged the audience to write to their councillors who, she said, needing encouraging. Then, addressing the two Conservative ward councillors present, David Wright and Richard Billington, directly, she said: “I know you are on the right side but I think you need to be a lot more robust, I really do.” This met with applause.

She also questioned the selection of Pegasus as a suitable company for the consultation, given their track record of providing consultation for developers.

Later Mrs Parker recommended that the audience read the Guildford Dragon’s interview with Cllr Monika Juneja to understand her view that if the popular consensus was a rejection of any growth then some would be forced through on central government terms, in line with their housing targets.

Cllr Wright returned to the debate to explain that the 19 PDAs (Potential Development Areas) had been identified in the study but that not all would be developed and the situation was not as apocalyptic as some portrayed it to be. He also pointed out that any development site could only be developed if the owner wished it to be.

Several residents said that objections should not be totally negative and the need for some development acknowledged in areas that residents found acceptable.

Another pointed out that land value increases, once development is even thought remotely possible, would make affordable housing impossible.

Awareness of the issue was also raised. A member of the audience said, “It is not just some people in London that don’t know about this threat there are some in Surrey that don’t know about it. Even Boris Johnson, when he came through our countryside on the recent cycling event, said, ‘I didn’t even know this existed.”

One Abinger resident echoed the view that it was not good enough to simply say no, He pointed out that it was not just the Shere area that was affected and deplored the lack of reference, in the consultation documents, to required infrastructure improvements.

Cllr Wright rejected the popular view,expressed again at the meeting, that the problem could be solved simply by utilising the brownfield sites in Guildford. “If it were that easy I don’t think there would be any problem. But the plain fact of the matter is that Guildford is in a very narrow valley.

“There are very few available sites… The green belt washes over 89 per cent of the borough so if you have got no space in the town then what do you do?… There is no ready, easy answer.”

The chairman of the parish council Roy Davey closed the meeting urging the audience to communicate their views before the end on the consultation period ends on November 29.


November 2013

Green Belt Status: Please comment by Friday 29th November 2013

Guildford Borough Council is consulting on its new Local Plan. The Plan sets out a vision for the whole borough for the next 20 years. It proposes that Shere and Gomshall are removed from the Green Belt and makes it easier for developers to get permission for build houses in the area.

To comment on Guildford Borough Council's Green Belt proposals, please do this by Friday 29th November as all details can be found on the Shere Parish Council website


November 2013

Green Belt Status may be removed
from our village

Show your support to protect the greenbelt of Shere, Gomshall & Abinger.


November 2013

Wishing You a Happy Christmas and a Bright New Year - 1906

The printed postcard, used as a greetings card - READ MORE


November 2013

Postcard Collection - 343

An additional 75 postcards have now been scanned and added to the
Shere Postcard flickr page, bringing the total to 343 - November 2013


November 2013

Wedding in Shere - 1905

Interesting photo at the junction of Upper Street/Middle Street of a wedding photo taken in 1905 - sent as a postcard on August 23rd 1905


November 2013

New Painting to be exibited at Denbies

The above painting by David Deamer can be viewed in an exhibition at Denbie's Vineyard for the first two weeks of November 2013

Visit the Paintings Page for more details

November 2013

Shere Gardens Open Day 2013

Visit the Shere Open Gardens Page

June 2013

Shere & Peaslake Church

MAY 2013
Our parish has two churches, St James’ in Shere and St Marks’ in Peaslake - Wonderful website just launched and can be viewed HERE

May 2013

Shere Gardens Open Day 2013


Looking forward to Summer - Sunday 30th June 2013

To celebrate the 35th Annual Shere Gardens Open Day, a new dedicated Open Gardens page has been created.

View the Shere Open Gardens Page

May 2013

John 'Hoppy' Hopgood

The village of Shere has paid tribute to former resident John “Hoppy” Hopgood, who died 70 years ago in the legendary Dambusters raid.

The Shere Bellringers rang a quarter peal to honour the Lancaster bomber pilot on the evening of May 16, while an exhibition celebrating his bravery opened at Shere Museum.

The display, which will be in place all summer, features a life-size model of a bouncing bomb, as well as a fragment of Flight Lieutenant Hopgood’s plane.

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Middle Street Today...

Cathy Garthwaite and Christina Collins - The Dabbling Duck - Opening this coming week - Wednesday March 6th 2013 at 8am

Gillian Ackroyd's Shere Delights Ice Cream and Sweet Shop - Opened Sunday March 3rd 2013

Steve Thompson's 'Ye Olde Sandwich Shoppe'
Home made soups, sandwiches and coffee's to eat in or take away. - Opened end of February

March 2013

...and Middle Street of yesteryear - A trip down memory lane

both photos were taken in October 1947 and can be viewed in the photos section of this website.

If anyone has any photos that they would like to share with us, please drop me an e-mail - we would love to see them

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Shere in the Snow - 2013

Other photos taken in and around the village - ©2013 Tristan

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The William Bray -
photo ©2013 John Powell AVS (Albury Visual Services)

Congratulations Howard

Howard Potter, British Empire Medal (BEM)
For Services to the community in Shere, Surrey

Fantastic news and richly deserved - PARISH MAGAZINE

February 2013


Lucky Duck will be in very good hands

The Speckledy Hen tearoom and deli, Shamley Green, near Guildford

I am always delighted when I receive news of a new tearoom which has opened in Surrey and I always look forward to going for a spin to try it out.

Last week, I was browsing through the most informative Shere, Peaslake and Gomshall Parish Magazine, and stumbled across an item that caught my eye...

Read More on 'THIS IS SUREY' website

RELATED ARTICLE: Time for Tea as reported in March 2012

January 2013

Jumble Sale - Sat January 2013

Jumble Sale in aid of Shere and Peaslake Scout Group - Starts 2pm
Held at: Shere Village Hall, Gomshall Lane, Shere
Click the photo for more detail

January 2013


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Shere as a Film location

The village has been the home to various film locations,
such as The Wedding Date (Debra Messing & Dermot Mulroney)
Wedding scenes and shots of 'The Square'

Bridgette Jones - The Edge of Reason
(Renée Zellweger, Colin Firth, Hugh Grant, Jim Broadbent)

The Holiday
(Cameron Diaz, Kate Winslet, Jack Black and Jude Law)
Various village shots

The Ruling Class
1972 (Peter O'Toole, Alastair Sim, Arthur Lowe). Shots of 'The White Horse interior and outside shots of 'The Square'.
WATCH video clip (Inside the pub and outside in The Square)

Hearts of the World
(DW Griffith 1918 silent film) - some location shots, although I personally havn't seen this film. Starring Erich Von Stroheim, D.W. Griffith,
Lillian Gish, Noël Coward, Dorothy Gish, Robert Anderson,
Robert Harron, Billy Bitzer, William "Wild Bill" Elliott and features
David Lloyd George

A Matter of Life and Death
Shere was used as Dr. Reeve's village in the 1946 film
(David Niven and Kim Hunter) but seen very briefly through camera obscura that if you blink you would miss it.

The Earth Dies Screaming Shere was the location for the 1965 science fiction film which was mainly filmed around 'The Square' - see the newly planted Oak Tree below



Many more Hollywood films and actors, including two ex-James Bond actors - Roger Moore and Sean Connery as well as notable actors: Michael Caine, Julie Walters, Debra Messing, Dermot Mulroney, Jude Law, Jack Black, Kate Winslet, Camron Diaz, Renée Zellweger, Colin Firth, Hugh Grant, Jim Broadbent, Michael Winner, Michael Kitchen, Edward Fox, Robert Hardy, Robert Mitchum, Deborah Kerr, Peter O'Toole, Alastair Sim, William Mervyn, Coral Browne, Harry Andrews, Carolyn Seymour, James Villiers and Arthur Lowe, John Le Mesurier, Stanley Holloway, Alfred Lynch, Cecil Parker, Wilfrid Hyde White, Kathleen Harrison, Eleanor Summerfield,, Eric Barker, Victor Maddern, Barbara Windsor, David Niven, Kim Hunter, Lillian Gish, Dorothy Gish, Noel Coward, Diana Rigg, Harry Hill, Simon Day, David Mitchell, Ben Miller, Emily Watson, Tom Cruise, Russell Crowev- View the FILM page for more

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