Rights of Way: February 2017, the successful recognition of the College Hill footpath. More details HERE.
Penfold letter box: re-painted, more details HERE. The iconic letter box designed by John Wornham Penfold, (who is celebrated by one of our blue plaques)
Parking: In 2012 Surrey County Council unobtrusively published far-reaching plans to install Pay and Display parking meters in the town centre and residential roads near to the town centre and to the station. The proposals also included plans to introduce resident-only payment schemes for many residents with limited off-street parking space. The Society's committee considered that the proposals were neither appropriate for the needs of the town nor its traders and did not address the fundamental problem of the overall lack of all-day parking provision. It ensured that the membership was made aware of the proposals. The wide membership cascaded SCC's plans to a large number of the rest of the populace. Because of the huge numbers who responded, the Haslemere Society was able to press for a public meeting. As a consequence, Haslemere did not suffer the fate of Farnham and this purely money-making exercise was stopped, with some vital residents-only parking being created and parking limited in some areas of the town. However, there is still not enough all-day parking provision and constructive discussion and communication are now the order of the day.
The Society re-introduced its Blue Plaque scheme. See here for details.
The Georgian Hotel was saved from redevelopment and conversion into flats in 1999. Through much effort, including a public campaign initiated and organised by the Society, the Georgian House Hotel came into being. In order to achieve this hugely gratifying success for the vitality of Haslemere, the Society employed professional advisers at a cost of nearly £4,000. This sum was met from Haslemere Society reserves. As people are aware, the hotel is once again going through a change of ownership.
Extension of the town's conservation areas was achieved by working closely with Waverley Borough Council. The Haslemere Society is party to proposals for further extensions.
The Society designed and project-managed the transformation of the previously neglected area since called Clement Corner, and found sponsors to pay for the work.
The restoration of Town Well and the creation of Swan Barn Walk were achieved by working with the National Trust and Waverley Borough Council.
The Society contribute to and supports local initiatives, such as the Rotary Club Centenary log seat, positioned on Lion Green, the vibrant stained glass window depicting the Haslemere Coat of Arms in the Town Hall Council Chamber and the pear trees at Pocket Park between Shepherds Hill and Lower Street.