- Saturday 8th July 2017, 10:52pm
- Aldershot, England
- 6,430 posts
I've read those links and blimey it proves it was only 3 years ago I was there, feels like ten, but no, it ties in with things. I was on the new sold off clearing, houses still being built. I take it you're aware Aaron that the old radio room G&S set up was demolished a few months after you were there, it's in the link. Possibly why you had to put the plaque on the saved buildings? I'll pop down there soon to check it out. This feller's house went up he said bang on the block they knocked down. Others being built on it too.
Now on the saved buildings I've some interesting waffle on them, or not. I remember big campaigns and posters up for 30 years at least to save Milford Hospital, it was always being threatened with closure. Big bits were saved such as the main building you plaqued but it was a large old site with many acres and outbuildings as above that weren't saved and went bit by bit over the years. I had some minor involvement with the water tower once which is no more.
Now, there are at least three other comedy people I know of who were involved in some way in the campaigns to stop the whole lot being flattened. The point here is that all 3 or at least 2 of them afaik used the G&S connection to help keep main part there, I'm not sure when it was listed, but it's not been that long. All locals, one still there, Penelope Keith, was very vocal in the campaigns, that's why she's so popular in area.
Another, Ben Elton wasn't there long but lived in a caravan on the site opposite The Merry Harriers in Hascombe/Hambledon end when he was at Godalming College in about 1980 or just before, who I believe got involved years later in some smaller way remembering his links there.
And lastly of the ones I know of anyway was the late Terry Scott, a comedy hero of mine and perhaps the only troubling aspect relating to all this but I'm very sketchy on what the real truth was. But he was president of the new golf club opposite the main Hospital which opened in the late 80s or around that time. He opened it and did a lot of the negotiating for it to be built there, partly or wholly on the sanitorium's land.
That's the point, there was a rumour at time he stitched the hospital up in backing plans for the golf course instead of the putative reasons of saving the site, I really don't know what the truth was on it but he was indeed an exclusive member and I've heard less than flattering things about him, which is sad if true, just petty things that he was a stuffy sort who flaunted his fame or status as some do. It could just as well be that he found a good use for already earmarked land, I've no idea! That's it, interested me anyway. Oh well.
Quote: Hercules Grytpype Thynne @ 8th March 2017, 4:08 PM
Browsing a 1960 Radio Times and came across this for April 8th. No prizes for saying what the episode is..............
Fab photo you found there btw.