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2014 - Shere lights up for Christmas

 

Last Night - 4th December - Christmas Lights Switch on

Snow at Christmas - Thanks to the Dabbling Duck

December 2014

2014 - Shere Cinema is 1

 

SUNDAY 14th December 2014 - Shere Village Cinema
Evening film at 8pm - BOYHOOD
More details and booking on the Shere Village Cinema website

November 2014

4th December 2014

Thursday 4th December 2014 - 5.45pm

Thursday 4th December 2014 - Shere Village Cinema
Evening film at 8pm - AMERICAN HUSTLE
More details and booking on the Shere Village Cinema website

Village Nursery

Thursday 11th December 2014 - Christmas Raffle 2014
7.30pm - White Horse, Shere

Christmas Raffle 2014 Shere Village Nursery 11TH DECEMBER @ THE WHITE HORSE SHERE @ 7.30PM.
1st Prize: APPLE iPAD MINI 2
2nd Prize: RUGBY TICKETS - ENGLAND VS SCOTLAND
3rd Prize: 3 MONTH FAMILY HEALTH & FITNESS MEMBERSHIP
Raffle tickets can be purchased at Shere Delights, 1 Middle Street, Shere

Christmas Raffle 2014 Shere Village Nursery | WHITE HORSE


Shopping Extravaganza

Friday 14th November 2014 - Christmas Shopping Extravaganza
7-10pm - Netley House, Shere

Confirmed stallholders include:
Stella & Dot, Iona Laycock (renowned local textile artist), Captain Tortue (Kids Clothing), Mary Kay Skincare, Rebecca Lewis (local artist), Lillian Spibey Photography, Lily's Lollipop Trees, Shere Delights, Ju (women's clothing), Small Lebus, Elf on the Shelf, Kingfisher Farm Shop, Cuckoo Junction gifts, Handmade Bunting and Handmade Cushions to name but a few. There will of course, be Pamper Treatments on offer too.

Join us for a festive evening of Christmas Shopping in the beautiful Netley House.
The fire will be lit, the mulled wine and canapés await you. What nicer way to spend a Friday evening...

Tickets on sale at the door or from Shere Delights beforehand.
£3 ticket entry which includes first glass of mulled wine, entrance to the stunningly beautiful Netley House whilst supporting Shere Infant School.
For those of you who haven't been before, this really is a fabulous evening out and a treat to be able to shop in such a beautiful setting so grab your friends, mums, aunties and neighbours and start the festive season off in style.


Shere Cinema Tickets available
- 6th & 16th November

Thursday 6th November 2014 - Shere Village Cinema
Evening film at 8pm - CHEF
More details and booking on the Shere Village Cinema website

J. Weller

Baker and Confectioner - J. Weller
Now known as 'The Bakehouse', This photo was taken pre-1910 with Wellers the Coal Merchant to the right (now Beaufield Mews, Middle Street). The Weller family seem to be very much part of the 'old' Shere village, with the name cropping up on various occasions. Does anyone have any information on the family or old photo's of the shop's? Any information on the Weller family would be welcome
- please e-mail Tristan

November 2014

Tickets available - 19th October

Sunday 19th October 2014 - Shere Village Cinema
Evening film at 8pm - CALVARY
More details and booking on the Shere Village Cinema website

FILM: Shere returns to the 1950's and becomes Pagwell during filming.

For the past two days, Shere has been part of a film set for the upcoming BBC production, Professor Brainestawn, a one hour comedy special due for transmission during the Christmas period.

Middle Street and Lower Street had their shop windows changed to reflect the period of the production set in the post-war fictional English village of Pagwell.

Starring Harry Hill, David Mitchell and Ben Miller (pictured above with Shere Delights shop owner Gillian Akroyd - photo ©2014 G.A.) -
Its the second film Ben has filmed in Shere after shooting the 2012 production 'Molly Moon: The Incredible Hypnotist' two years ago.

         

PHOTO's and information on the FILM PAGE

 

Local on-line magazine:

Harry Hill family film Professor Branestawm shot in Shere
The new BBC drama Professor Branestawm was being filmed in Shere on Tuesday morning, with 'Peep Show' and 'Would I lie to You' star

David Mitchell
the big draw for fans - READ ARTICLE and view the photo gallery

above two images, ©2014

Handa Bray looks back on her 50 years as Shere's Lord of the Manor

Havoc at High House - A medieval Fair - Held last Sunday, a wonderful celebration for Shere and the surrounding area

October 2014 Parish Magazine Report


This month's Parish magazine has a wonderful four page feature and report on last weekends 'Havoc at High House", to celebrate an amazing 50 years as Shere's Lord of the Manor, including a colourful centre spread (as shown below) - Available locally or by subscription

This weeks paper, The Dorking and Leatherhead Advertiser have a two page spread:

 

The Dorking and Leatherhead advertiser also have an article on-line, with photos:

including 10 photos - READ ARTICLE

Flickr photos of the days event

Please share your photo's with us, if you can - email

photo ©2014

OCTOBER 2014 - Tickets available

Thursday 2nd October 2014 - Shere Village Cinema
Evening film at 8pm - TRACKS
More details and booking on the Shere Village Cinema website

21st September 2014 -Tickets available

Sunday 21st September 2014 - Shere Village Cinema
Evening film at 8pm - The Lunchbox
More details and booking on the Shere Village Cinema website

21st September 2014

Time to Celebrate Handa Bray's 50 years as Lord of the Manor of Shere.

The Bray family welcome you
See page 29 of the Parish Magazine for more details.

Sunday 21st September 2014 - High House, Shere 2pm to 5pm

4th September 2014
- TICKETS available

Thursday 4th September 2014 - Shere Village Cinema
Evening film at 8pm - La Week-End
More details and booking on the Shere Village Cinema website

Shere Parish Council Annual Report


2013/2014 REPORT

Welcome to Shere - August 2014

Upper Street Entrance from the A25

With work to traffic calming now complete and the introduction of a new 20mph speed limit, the village gets new entrance boards and signs

New SHERE sign Previous entrance sign

 

Shere Lane Entrance from Peaslake/Albury

Gomshall Lane Entrance from the A25 with new speed limit and boards

Previous 30mph sign Road Closure sign - 14th April

1920's - Village Hall and the relationship to the Great War

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When the men of Shere returned from serving in the First World War the Parish wished to honour them, by building and completing the present Village Hall in 1922. The then Original Parish Hall (the current location of the Shere Museum), was built to commemorate Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee in 1898 then became available for The Shere Working Men's Club. The Shere Working Men's Club closed in 1997 and the hall lay empty until 2006 when a team of volunteers started work on converting the building to house the museum collection.

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24th August 2014
- TICKETS available

Sunday 24th August 2014 - Shere Village Cinema
Evening film at 8pm - The Grand Budapest Hotel

Sunday 24th Aigust 2014 - Shere Village Cinema
Afternoon film at 2.30pm - Rio 2
More details and booking on the Shere Village Cinema website

1892 - Village photo's


All photo's have now been scanned and are here for you all to enjoy

Click on the photo album above - read the story below.

Aug/September 1892 - Photo album

Exciting Social History find

An original small photo album dating from 1892 and containing 30 views taken in and around our village of Shere.

Photo captions, "Next Door", "Opposite", "Cottage on the Hill" etc. offer a fascinating glimpse into the past. One photo that gives us a clue as to where the owner of the album once belonged to is a photo titled 'Headquarters'', which is 'Burrow Down' house (next to the garage) in Upper Street.

In addition, a sheet of paper was tucked in the album: "Origin, Hilda Few Brown - Married Capt R A Angier, served WW1-WW2"... - VIEW

This is a wonderful social history item with so many images of a single English village of this era, not only for Shere but also for Surrey - all photos taken in August and September 1892.

I am going to post all these photos, over time and on a dedicated page of its own, so that we can all enjoy this wonderful find.

Middle Street - 1892

1953 - Did You KNOW?

That...

...the willow trees alongside the village stream, were planted in 1953
to commemorate the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II

The above magazine cover photo titled
"Daffodils Under the Willows: Shere, Surrey" appeared on the
13th April 1967 issue - 14 years on.

Official 2014 Open Gardens Photos

A reminder of what the Shere Open Gardens is all about.
Many thanks to Tracie-Jane photography

View Official Photo's

 

Shere Open Gardens
- Annual Open Day web page

George Clooney returns to Shere two years later...

...the actor/director was enjoying lunch exactly two years ago to the month (see entry below on this page), returns to Shere village, albeit not in person but in his latest film release:

Thursday 7th August 2014 - Shere Village Cinema
Evening film at 8pm - The Monuments Men

In his second showing, George also appeared in Gravity (shown 3rd April) earlier this year.

More details and booking on the Shere Village Cinema website

June 29th 2014: Open Gardens


From 2pm this coming Sunday, June 29th, the village welcomes visitors to the 36th Shere Open Gardens - Click on the map to plan your route.

Ticket locations

Shere Open Gardens
- Annual Open Day web page

Winterfold Garage, Middle Street

Still looking for the elusive Garage named Winterfold (now Beaufield Mews & Treacle) - This photo of Phyllis Coates, taken in the 1980's shows the petrol pump in the background, sunken into the wall of
Middle Street.

CLICK to VIEW DETAIL

The only other photos I have seen of the garage are from the 1965 film (The Earth Dies Screaming) - FILMS PAGE

If anyone has photo's or information on the garage, please e-mail me,
many thanks, Tristan.

Vaughans Bakery

The sign tells us above the door: Bakery of VAUGHAN, Confectionary
Established 1829

John with his bread basket
Many thanks to Phyllis Coates for this photo of her brother taken sometime in the 1930's

VIEW Photo detail

3rd & 20th July 2014
- TICKETS available

Thursday 3rd July 2014 - Shere Village Cinema
Evening film at 8pm - 12 years a Slave

Sunday 20th July 2014 - Shere Village Cinema
Evening film at 8pm - Okuribito (Departures)
More details and booking on the Shere Village Cinema website

15th June 2014 - TICKETS available

Sunday 15th June 2014 - Shere Village Cinema
Afternoon film at 2.30pm - Cloudy with the Chance of Meatballs 2
Evening film at 8pm - Le Diner de Cons (The Dinner Game)
More details and booking on the Shere Village Cinema website

The Shere Tigers Football team

- Cup Finals 1983 programme
A successful year, with all three teams reaching the finals.

U12 Team photo


U12 Team on the day at Dorking Football Ground

Finals:
Under 16's - Shere Tigers F.C. v South Park
Under 14's - Shere Tigers F.C. v Guildford Youth F.C.
Under 12's - Shere Tigers F.C. v Westcott 1935 Wizards

VIEW Programme

St. James' - 1910 and Today

St James' Church
1910 photo
St James' Church
2014 photo

Same view but 104 years apart
Click the photo's above for a larger view

7th June 2014 - Join in Jamboree

Saturday 7th June 2014 - Shere Village Hall (2pm-5pm)

Surrey Hills - Join in Jamboree
This is YOUR chance to make a contribution to life in our wonderful Surrey Hills....

There are more than 20 local groups displaying what they can offer you – and asking YOU to join THEM!

They include:

  • Cricket
  • Tennis
  • Bowling
  • Badminton
  • Peaslake Players
  • Scout Group
  • Gomshall Club
  • Gardening Association
  • St James’ Bellringers
  • Parish Choir
  • Peaslake WI
  • Jubilee Library
  • Shere Museum & Local History Society
  • Village Cinema
  • Peaslake’s Alternative Bridge Club

Attractions on the day include:

  • A Beer Tasting stand provided by Tillingbourne Brewery.
  • Teas, cakes and sandwiches from Ye Olde Sandwich Shoppe
  • Pilgrim Morris Men
  • Choir Belles recitals
  • Top-grade raffle with proceeds to SALV (Shere and Local Villages Health Trust)
  • The Jamboree will be opened by our local MP, Sir Paul Beresford, at 2pm 
The fair won’t cost anybody anything 
– simply come along and enjoy the fun!

5th June 2014 - TICKETS available

Thursday 5th June 2014 - Shere Village Cinema
Evening film at 8pm - Saving Mr. Banks
More details and booking on the Shere Village Cinema website

Shere 1861

Shiere Church - 1861
One of the earliest photographs of St James' Church
Note the spelling of 'Shere' - This and another photo can be viewed on the 'Photographs' page

VIEW PHOTO

Shere in the 1940's

The Square
John Grover in front of his
Grocer Store
View from the Bridge
Children Feeding the Ducks

The two photo's above, as well as a further eight, can be found HERE

You can also order high resolution prints from their website.

VIEW ALL

18th May 2014 - TICKETS available

Sunday 18th May 2014 - Shere Village Cinema
Afternoon film at 2.30pm - Frozen
Evening film at 8pm - The Great Beauty
More details and booking on the Shere Village Cinema website

The Joy Book - 1954

A HOME READING COURSE FOR BEGINNERS
Illustrations by Margaret Winifred Tarrant (1888-1959)

You will notice that the illustration above is of 'The White Horse' pub.

During the 1930's Margaret moved to Peaslake in Surrey and she soon became a well known figure in the community. Following the death of her parents in 1934, she moved to Peaslake and made friends with the artist Molly Brett, whom she met on a course at Guildford School of Art.

MORE information on the paintings page

The White Horse - 1909

This illustration appeared in "Walks & Talks about Shere" by
R. J. Askew published in 1920.
The picture was drawn in 1909 by A. E. Proctor.

This 40 page illustrated book is well worth a read.
The book contains some interesting articles:
The Ancient Church of Saint James at Shere
The Early History of Shere
Extracts from Parish Book of Shere
Shere - Extract from the Victorian History of Shere
The Bishop of Winchester fights the "men of Shere' in Shere Church, 1258
Map of the area
Notes on some Outlying Districts
Extract from J. J. Proctor's Manuscript
Guildford
Footpath Rambles - Routes A-P

Shere - 1817

Discovered this painting, one of the earliest images of Shere:
Sheer (Shere). Drawn and engraved by John Hassell
Published by John Hassell, c1817 in "Picturesque Rides and Walks, with Excursions by Water, Thirty Miles Round the British Metropolis.

VIEW paintings page

Antiques collectors and craft fair

A twice monthly Antiques collectors and craft fair in the village hall, and will be held every 2nd and 4th Sunday. The event is free entry and offers a wide range of stalls. Opens to the public at 11.00am and closes late afternoon. 

VIEW PDfairs on Twitter

Shere - 1938

Following up on the series of photo's of 1938 Shere - see various postings (Middle Street series) - Looking from St. James' Church towards The Square - see how new the grave stone looks on the far left of St James' Churchyard

VIEW detailed photo

Shere welcomes the Superfast Surrey Easter Vending Machine

A follow up to the feature posted earlier this month titled
'Fibre Broadband comes to Shere'.
The April 2014 issue of Superfast Surrey Newsletter published the following on-line article:

Eggs-citing event as fibre broadband arrives in Shere
Parish councillors and children from Friends Montessori Forest Nursery in Shere, celebrated the arrival of fibre broadband in the village. With some Superfast Surrey magic, the green road-side cabinet was disguised as an Easter Egg Vending Machine and dispensed Easter Eggs to the children to mark the occasion.

Shere Full Page Feature

This week areas that have gone live are:
Chertsey, Ripley, Shamley Green & Woking | Superfast Surrey

Shere, Peaslake &
Gomshall Parish Magazine
- New email address

A reminder that this months parish magazine is available now and that Tim and Lesley Austin, respective Editor and Advertising Manager of
the Parish Magazine, have a new email address dedicated to
the Mag: shuttlesmag@gmail.com

Please use this for all communications about the magazine in the future. If you experience any problems, call Tim or Lesley on 01483 202 563

More info on the Parish Magazine page

1st May 2014 - TICKETS available

Thursday 1st May 2014 - Shere Village Cinema
Evening film at 8pm - The Railway Man - Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman
More details and booking on the Shere Village Cinema website

1938 - Where is this?

Advert from the Illustrator Carpenter and Builder, May 13th 1938
The photo caption "Cottage at Shere" - click the photo for a larger view

Initially I thought it was the cottage next to Shere Surgery but after checking again, it isn't. Does anyone know the location to this cottage or any information, would be helpful?

Full Page Advert

2014 - Gomshall Train Stats

STATISTICS
Seems that Train travel is rising, heading for twice the amount of passengers in the past ten years. Annual rail passenger usage*:
2004/05: 27,136
2005/06: 28,968
2006/07: 28,999
2007/08: 32,978
2008/09: 39,770
2009/10: 41,040
2010/11: 46,628
2011/12: 50,736
2012/13: 59,290 - Continues high growth of recent years (exceeds double figures over the last 10 years)

* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Gomshall from
Office of Rail Regulation statistics


Gomshall Lane Signals - circa 1903

Visit Train Station page

1889

Evening on the Tillingbourne by Lewis Pinhorn Wood
Bridge by the Swimming Pool / Church with 'High House' in the background. Seems to be a popular viewpoint:

view photographs page Postcards - both photos can be viewed here

 

VIEW larger painting here

Traffic Problem - 1953


Traffic Problem in London and Shere

Middle Street - 1938

Following up on the - 1938 Middle Street - posting below - we now have the photo looking the other way towards the Upper Street junction. This time the men at OLWENS (now the dabbling duck) are using their ladder. All seems very calm, just a year befrore World War II breaks out and what stands out most is the lack of Motor Vehicles in Middle Street. OLWENS was a hair stylist to Ladies and Gentlemen in 1938.

VIEW detailed photo

Many thanks again to Richard - photo © Richard

Fibre Broadband comes to Shere...

The long awaited news and the official launch of Fibre Broadband was on Wednesday 9th April 2014, outside the Village Hall

photo: Rev Judy Potter, Chris Carlisle (Vice-Chairman of Shere Parish Council), Marion Taylor-Cotter (Parish Councillor)

The green fibre enabled cabinet has gone live.
This posted on the Super Fast Surrey facebook page:

Living in Shere? Another fibre enabled cabinet has gone live

If you live in one of the following postcodes then you might now be able to connect to fibre broadband as a cabinet in your area has been upgraded:
GU5 9DR GU5 9HB GU5 9HD GU5 9HE GU5 9HF GU5 9HG GU5 9HH GU5 9HJ GU5 9HL GU5 9HN GU5 9HP GU5 9HQ GU5 9HR GU5 9HS GU5 9HT GU5 9HU GU5 9HX GU5 9HY GU5 9HZ GU5 9JA GU5 9JB GU5 9JD GU5 9JE GU5 9JF GU5 9JR GU5 9JT GU5 9JU GU5 9JY GU5 9TD

Postcode not here? These postcodes are just the latest to have been added so check here for fibre broadband availability > http://bit.ly/1mLf4vu

Cabinets in the areas of the above postcodes have now been linked to fibre broadband. The BT Wholesale checker will be able to confirm if fibre has been run to the cabinet that serves your home. If it has then you should contact your preferred ISP who will be able to tell you how to change or subscribe to a service.

If your postcode is not included above, and fibre broadband is currently not available to you, please bear with us. This is a huge programme reaching out to some of the most remote areas of Surrey which otherwise would not have received fibre broadband through commercial rollouts. We will continue to post updates to this site as and when they become available plus you can follow us on Twitter Superfast Surrey. #sfsurrey

...and Albury

Strangely we live in Forest Place, Shere with a postcode of GU5 9BT and it seems that we come under 'Albury' - must be an error surely? Either way, we are going to be connected. If residents of Albury is indeed connected or wish to find out, here are the details. If anyone knows either way, please let me know.

Fibre broadband in Albury - check for availability > http://bit.ly/1mRj6Fu

If you live in one of the following postcodes then you might now be able to connect to fibre broadband as a cabinet in your area has been upgraded.

GU5 9BL GU5 9BN GU5 9BT GU5 9BU GU5 9BW

Postcode not here? These postcodes are just the latest to have been added so check here for fibre broadband availability > http://bit.ly/1mRj6Fu

July 1910 - Postcard

Thanks for your e-mails regarding the the Shere Postcard flickr page.
One postcard that many of you were interested in - "White Horse"
Shere July 27th 1910. I am not at all sure what the celebration was, or why that day was so special, but I have enhanced the image in the hope that someone may be able to shed some light:

VIEW larger image

Here is the rear of the postcard, posted on August 12 1910:

400+ Postcards of our village

An additional 85 postcards have now been scanned and added to the
Shere Postcard flickr page, bringing the total to 424 - April 2014

VIEW

Shere Cinema

Afternoon film at 2.30pm - The Lego Movie
Early evening at 5pm - The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
Evening film at 8pm - Django Unchained
More details and booking on the Shere Village Cinema website

 


CINEMA VENUE - The Village Hall, Shere

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April 2014

3rd April 2014 - TICKETS available

Thursday 3rd April 2014 - Shere Village Cinema
Evening film at 8pm - Gravity - Sandra Bullock and George Clooney More details and booking on the Shere Village Cinema website

Traffic Calming begins...

... in Upper Street - End of March 2014

March 2014

A Short Film


Welcome to Surrey - Thomas Westcott

This short film was first aired at the Shere Village Cinema on 6th February 2014 and was simply epic on the huge screen.

'Welcome to Surrey', with Tom captioning it as: "This is where I live. I love it."

The video was filmed over Newlands Corner, Silent Pool, Shere, Leith Hill, Holmbury Hill, Gomshall, Abinger Hammer and Guildford.

8th February 2014

1938 - Middle Street

Looking towards the Lavender Lady Tea rooms from Middle Street - "Signs for Albert Weller, Coal Merchant and Cars for Hire, W. King
Bakery delivery wagon and another sign that sps1955 identified as the "Lavender Lane Tea Room". The building on the right with the pointed roof is the Fire House"
. Many thanks to Richard - photo © Richard

VIEW DETAILED PHOTO - More to come soon...

Six additional paintings of Shere...


...have been added to the paintings page.
Can anyone give me a clue as to the date this may have been painted?

The more recent painting below was sold from a gallery in Arizona,
USA. Interesting 'painters licence' regarding true life perspective.

View these and others on the PAINTINGS page

Shere from above - April 1948

Britain from above
An amazing view of our village just after the second world war in 1948.
A series of five detailed aerial views can be found on the Britain from the website:
Visit the website to view (you have to sign in to access the zoomable maps) - any problems e-mail me

View Full Aerial View

Visit the Shere Aerial Photo page for more views

April 2014

2014 - Charlie

It was lovely to see Charlie Brooks and her family on Saturday (22nd March 2014), enjoying our village.
I thought she may have been in Paris (for you EastEnders fans out there).


March 2014

Congratulations William Bray

CONGRATULATIONS to the William Bray - Surrey's best Pub of the year for 2013 - as voted by the readers of the Surrey Advertiser (March 2014).

He's called The Stig...


There is an interesting article with Julian Bailey in February's 2014 'Round & About' Guildford magazine where Julian is interviewed and pictured with F1 drivers Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button.

Formula One versus Radio One in Murray's pub quiz.

Lewis Hamilton - Julian Bailey - Jensen Button in 2010 - photo ©

FORMULA One drivers made a pit stop in Shere to film a TV show last week (July 2010)

Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button dropped in at The William Bray to battle it out against another celebrity team for a pub quiz hosted by comedian Al Murray.

The racing aces, joined by Eddie Jordan, lined up against a Radio One team of DJ Chris Moyles, his sidekick Comedy Dave, and BBC Sport presenter Jake Humphreys in the special quiz.

 

Former Formula One driver Julian Bailey, who owns the pub, said: "All our customers were very good natured and had fun joining in on the sidelines and the guys were very generous with autographs and photos."

The winners will be announced as part of Sunday's Grand Prix

READ MORE

March 2014

Shere Village Cinema - 6th March

Thursday 6th March 2014
Evening film at 8pm - Captain Phillips - Tom Hanks
More details and booking on the Shere Village Cinema website

March 2014

the WI

We are so sad at Surrey Federation of WIs that the WI in the village closed last week. There maybe younger women in the village who would be interested in re-starting a group? There has been a great upsurge of interest in the WI movement, nationwide and Shere and Gomshall have such a rich history in the movement.

Kindest regards
Chris Butterfield
Chair of Membership for Surrey Foundation

View Poster | WI information

The Prince of Wales
- 105 years ago today, February 15 1909

The William Bray is owned and run by Julian Bailey, ex-Formula 1 driver (team mate with Mikka Hakkinen with Team Lotus) and more recently exposed as Top Gear's 'The Stig'. Residents will recall that before 2009, "The William Bray" was previously known as 'The Prince of Wales' (and formerly Cook's Beer House). It was built in the late 18th century, the frontage being an early 20th century addition.

In 2003 an article on the BBC website mentions Maggie Dale as the landlady of the Prince of Wales pub in Shere, Surrey, for six years.

REWIND 105 years to the day, February 15th 1909 and an amazing story with POSTCARD, sent by the great nephew of the Proprietor of 'The Prince of Wales'.

Dear Tristan
I have attached a postcard sent by my great grand aunt Annie Saunders to my great grandfather (her brother) George Massey Saunders in 1909.

It shows their brother (my great grand uncle) James Saunders and his wife Emily Agnes nee Johnson outside the Prince of Wales Pub, which he was the proprietor of.

George was the head gardener at Charlwood Park and his father was gardener at Horley Lodge.

Thought this might be of interest to you, and you may feel free to use it as you will.

Regards
Phil How (Croxley Green, Herts)

Many thanks Phil, the postcard written gives us an insight to life in Shere some 100 years ago.

If anyone has any old photos of Shere, please send them to me and I will share it with all our visitors.

View POSTCARD

February 2014

Shere Village Cinema - 6th February

Thursday 6th February 2014
Family film at 5pm - Planes - Disney animated film
Evening film at 8pm - Philomena - Steve Coogan and Judi Dench
More details and booking on the Shere Village Cinema website

February 2014

Mystery solved

The above photo has now been dated, thanks to Sheila:

Dear Tristan
I was browsing your excellent website and came across this photo, and it says the year is not known.  I thought you might be interested to know that the lad on the bike is Brian Killick of Church Lane, Shere. The schoolgirl may be one of his sisters, Doreen or Jennifer.

It would be about 1956/1957.  Brian cycled with my brothers, Richard and Colin Foord.  We lived at Virginia Cottage in Church Lane.
The Foord family left the village in 1981, and the Killicks did around the same time.
Best Wishes
Sheila Watts

A larger version of the photo can be found on the

Photographs Page

January 2014

Happy New Year 2014

Shere Village Cinema - 2nd January

This coming Thursday, there'll be a family film starting at 5pm -
followed by Blue Jasmine starring Cate Blanchett and written by
Woody Allen at 8pm. - 2nd January 2014 - Shere Village Cinema

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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

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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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