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Shamley Green - Surrey village life

PUBLISHED: 14:44 15 July 2013 | UPDATED: 14:44 15 July 2013

Shamley Green

Shamley Green

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A lasting inspiration to Alfred Hitchcock, Shamley Green is the epitome of peace compared to the director’s films

Village voice...

Shamley Green councillor Carolyn Smith moved here 20 years ago from St Albans because, as she says, “it’s the perfect picture postcard village. We have the green, two pubs and a shop – even a hairdressers!” A member of the Shamley Green Gardening Club, Carolyn loves the way the club brings people together. “There is a lovely community spirit. We have over 50 members in the gardening club over a large age range. The village is a wonderful place for walking and there is the traditional village fete with skittles!” Asked to sum up in a few words how she feels about the village, Carolyn didn’t hesitate – “Love our Green!”

Did you know…

Residents born and bred in the village once had the right to graze their animals on the green, with the proviso they were securely tethered of course (this did not apply to ducks or hens, for obvious reasons). The passing of the Common Land Act of 1990 required these rights to be registered and most lapsed.

Something to take home…

Well, the cricket club is looking for new members – and you don’t have to be a resident – so you could take home a membership of one of the oldest clubs in Surrey. Give them a call on 07795 532772. Formed in 1840, matches have been played on the pitch continuously since then except for the war years.

In the spotlight…

They come and go but many big names have lived here or nearby, including the late Sir Harry Secombe, Eric Clapton, Phil Collins and Sir Richard Branson.

The world famous director, Sir Alfred Hitchcock named his production company, Shamley Productions, after the village where he had lived.

To see a wonderful bit of village green history, point your computer’s browser at britishpathe.com

Grab a bite…

If you’re feeling peckish, there are two pubs within staggering distance of each other – The Red Lion facing the green ( 01483 892202) and the Bricklayers Arms just up the road (01483 898377) – both offer a tempting range on their menus… Sitting back from the road, right between the two pubs, there is the Speckledy Hen DeliCafe (01483 894567) – a delightful little shop/café in the Old Forge that specialises in single estate coffee and freshly cooked food by ‘The Speckledy Girls’.

Did you know 2…

Residents born and bred in the village had the right to graze their animals on the green, with the proviso they were securely tethered of course (apparently this did not apply to ducks or hens for obvious reasons…). The passing of the Common Land Act of 1990 required these rights to be registered and most lapsed.

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Getting there…

Shamley Green lies about seven miles south of Guildford on the B2128. No trains stop particularly nearby but there are lots of buses – and, of course, one stops right by the green… a few yards from the pubs and the café – what more could you want?!

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