ABOUT THE HASLEMERE SOCIETY
The Society has a distinguished pedigree with its origins going back to 1884 when Sir Robert Hunter (one of the three co-founders of the National Trust) set up the Haslemere Branch of the Commons Preservation Society, which eventually became the Haslemere Society. The re-introduced Blue Plaque scheme goes from strength to strength.
Haslemere is a historic town of great charm. Its setting in wonderful countryside in the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and its good transport links make it a much sought after place in which to live. The town is vibrant and cherished and the Society does not resist change, but seeks high standards of appropriate development and the careful planning of amenities and facilities, which are as much a concern for the Society as is conservation.
The Haslemere Society has a substantial membership whose influence is widely respected. The committee appreciates its active involvement and support. New members are very welcome. You can help to shape Haslemere's future by joining the Society.
The Haslemere Society, registered charity No: 255287, is a member of Civic Voice and the Open Spaces Society. It is affiliated to the Campaign for the Protection of Rural England and to the Haslemere Educational Museum.
The Haslemere Society's achievements include influencing the 2012 parking proposals, saving The Georgian Hotel from development 1997-1999, extension of the town's conservation areas, re-introduction of the blue plaque scheme and many more. CLICK HERE for more details.
In February 2017 a public right of way was confirmed by Surrey County Council's Planning Inspector, after a Public Inquiry that the Haslemere Society played a significant part in. More details HERE.
In November 2016 the Haslemere Society was instrumental in getting the Royal Mail to re-paint the Penfold letterbox in the High Street. See the photos HERE.
THE HASLEMERE SOCIETY COMMITTEE
The Committee has a wide variety of expertise upon which to call. It meets to comment on proposals which would have an impact on the character of the town, and to discuss new initiatives. With a responsible and informed voice, it makes representations to authorities and others on local planning and relevant matters, and liaises with neighbouring amenity societies.
Jane Stopford-Russell (Chairman)
Brian Deller (Treasurer)
John Greer * (Vice-Chairman)
President Emeritus: Robert Serman MBE
* Chairman of the Planning Sub-group