Wednesday, 21 April 2010

Hindhead Hot Tubs and Andrews Lawnmower Open Days - Supporting Undershaw

I have mentioned in previous posts that several of the local businesses have been very supportive in our bid to save Undershaw. The most recent to add their voice to the campaign is Andrews Lawnmowers and Hindhead Hot Tubs, their premises being just yards from Undershaw. To promote their business and to support the Undershaw Preservation Trust they have decided to hold an open weekend on 15th and 16th of May just days before Conan Doyle's 151st anniversary of his birth date being 22nd May.

Arrangements for the weekend are currently being finalised but it is proposed for the shop to open its doors and allow you to wander around and marvel at the spectacular spas, jacuzzis, hot tubs and saunas (perhaps trying them out as you go), check out all the mod cons in the lawn mower department and peek inside the timber framed sheds and conservatries whilst the children have fun on the Tractor rides. Refreshments, ice cream, balloons and soft music written and performed by John Meriton will all form part of the weekend.

There will be a raffle in aid of Undershaw and proceeds of this will go towards the erection of a bronze statue on the corner of the Hindhead traffic lights either of Conan Doyle or Sherlock Holmes. This of course will be subject to planning permission. The first prize on offer for this is a Mountfield Lawnmower and to celebrate Hindhead being the area of the hilltop writers there will be signed copies of various books from authors supporting the Undershaw Preservation Trust. Raffle tickets on sale now (£1.00 a strip) There will also be guest appearances from Sherlock Holmes and he may even have a case to solve: the curious incident of the empty house.

We are in the throws of arranging a possible display of vintage cars and appeal to local people that are owners of these cars to come along with their vehicles in a show of support for our businesses and Undershaw.

Hindhead Hot tubs opened in 1982 with Steve Andrews as its director. The lawnmower department is a family run business for which Steve also plays an important part with his parents and brother John Andrews.

This is going to be a fun weekend for all the family - so why not come along and support your local business and our national landmark. I will be adding to this once the press release has been finalised and I know more details of the event.

Harry, seen wearing his 'Support the Undershaw Preservation Trust t-shirt, from Shottermill junior school will be organising a competition amongst the pupils of his school to see who can design a motif for the Trust. Judging will take place on the Sunday and will be judged by Mr Sherlock Holmes. This picture was taken in what I call my 'office' but it is really the 'snug' in the Fox and Pelican in Grayshott who are also supporting the campaign.


  1. Hi there - it didn't take too much sleuthing to find you. I'll be very happy to donate a signed copy of one of my books to the raffle. I would have loved to join you, but am book signing at Waterstones in Winchester that weekend. (I'm booked for signings every weekend until the end of June when my next book hits the shelves, and I'll be even busier with promotional events.) I hope you have a wonderful weekend and wish you all the best in your campaign.

  2. Thank you Leigh for your most welcomed offer of a copy of one of your books signed of course for the Undershaw raffle. I am most grateful for your kindness and continuing support for Undershaw.

  3. I would like to express my support here on this page although I reside a few thousand miles away in Thessaloniki, Greece. I am not sure how I arrived to this blog but I want to say that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's house is part of British culture and heritage and should be saved by any means and not turned into any flats. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is a world known author and his house should become a major attraction for foreign visitors in collaboration with the National Heritage Trust and tourist operators or even a favourite spot for local families to spend time at weekends visiting the house and the surrounding grounds. You have my wholehearted support from Greece and I hope Waverley Borough council realise this and allow me the chance to see a ressurected Undershaw on my next visit to the UK.
    Nikos Xenitidis

  4. Thank you Nikos for your support from across the waters. It is reassuring to know that our efforts are being recognised not only in the UK but from our friends in faraway countries. Thank you Greece.

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