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The Grange Centre’s chief executive Sally Lines shares her perfect Surrey weekend

PUBLISHED: 11:40 16 August 2017 | UPDATED: 11:40 16 August 2017

Sally and Peter Lines at the Queen Victoria pub in Shalford

Sally and Peter Lines at the Queen Victoria pub in Shalford

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As chief executive of The Grange Centre in Bookham and landlady of The Queen Victoria pub in Shalford, Sally Lines’ weekends are a mixture of re-charging her batteries, completing a masters in voluntary sector management and pulling pints...

Sally with Joanna Lumley and chairman of trustees, John Pagella, during her recent visit to The Grange (Photo: Ian Stratton)Sally with Joanna Lumley and chairman of trustees, John Pagella, during her recent visit to The Grange (Photo: Ian Stratton)

Originally published in Surrey Life magazine July 2017

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I definitely lead a double life! On weekdays I’m CEO of The Grange, a beautiful place providing care and support for people with learning and physical disabilities, and on weekends I’m a landlady by dint of being married to the landlord and living above the pub.

Weekends are all about striking a balance – I’ll be found looking after my hard-working husband (if he’ll let me!), watering the pub garden flowers and plants, catching up on the housework, getting out for a walk if I can, catching up with my own grown-up kids or lending a hand behind the bar if it’s needed. Once a month I’ll go up to Cass Business School in London on a Friday and Saturday for my masters in voluntary sector management.

What I love about Surrey is the fact that, within a stone’s throw of a busy road like the A281 right by the pub, you can feel like you’re in the middle of the countryside with nobody else around. I might take a short walk down to the River Wey, deciding whether to stroll left to Godalming or right to Guildford. Watching the rowers at the Guildford end usually spurs me on down to Broadwater School, where I am a gym member.

Life choices

I became convinced even as a teenager that a sound set of personal values should influence our choices in life. This was cemented during my time as the only girl in the Sixth Form at Radley College, where my dad was a teacher. Surrounded by 600 teenage boys was character-building stuff and I came out stronger for the experience.

This values-led approach helped me through my career until I really found my feet in the not-for-profit sector. I was awarded an OBE for work building the social firm movement (social enterprises that create paid employment for severely disadvantaged people) across the UK. I joined The Grange in 2013, which is a £4 million turnover social enterprise, as well as a charity and housing association, providing services to more than 100 people with learning disabilities every day. We have a strong emphasis on respect and inclusion, which I’m very proud of.

All our pub regulars know about my day job. There’s a Grange collection tin on the bar, our tubs and hanging baskets come from there and each Friday we have a ‘Grange pudding’ on our menu, homemade by the catering team.

My drive to Bookham from Shalford is a delight. It takes me through the gorgeous Surrey Hills. Early morning is my favourite time of day and the views from Newlands Corner are spectacular. So not only do I have the job of a lifetime, I also enjoy my drive to work – not many people can say that!

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Dates for your diary: The Grange is launching a respite days programme for adults with moderate learning disabilities called Summer Fun. Visit any time between Monday July 24 to Friday August 18 for sport, drama, drumming, chill time and creative arts. Email Vikki.schadenberg@grangecentre.org.uk or call 01372 455229. For more about The Grange, visit grangecentre.org.uk

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