Report and Photographs from the Heatherley Players production of Flora's Heatherley, September 1998

See also 2006 production

Cast of Flora's Heatherley, September 1998

L to R: Noël Diacono, Stephen Quinlan, Penny McKay, Stan Sharp, Laura Knight, Peter Sillick, Theresa Sharland, Jeremy Cogman, Sarah Farnes, Carey Hay, John McGregor, Mel White, Stephenie Hay, Nick Webb, Gary Knight, Jane Dawes

Report, as it appeared in the local Press:

Authoress Flora Thompson came home to the area she loved in a play featuring her life and times in the area.

The play, written and directed by Headley playwright and author Jo Smith, was performed at Haslemere before running for two sellout nights at Headley village hall.

Mr Smith said: "In 1997 we performed Flora's Peverel to mark the 50th anniversary of her death. And 60 years ago in 1938 her first Hampshire book, Lark Rise [actually Lark Rise was about Oxfordshire—JOS], was accepted for publication."

Mrs Thompson lived in the Headley, Grayshott and Liphook area between 1897 and 1928, moving to Bournemouth for 16 years during that time.
She wrote a trilogy of books about the area, called Lark Rise to Candleford [it wasn't this book but Heatherley —JOS], and her nature notes, jotted down during frequent long walks, called The Peverel Papers.

In Mrs Thompson's Grayshott book called Heatherley, the Grayshott brass is mentioned as being "called out to play patriotic airs" at every victory during the Boer War. Mr Smith said: "Sadly there is no longer a Grayshott brass band so we had to form one for the play. Let's hope they continue to play together and maybe re-form the band."


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