Recently a Moorlands Lodge resident and a member of staff both received Service to Haslemere Town and Community Awards.
Dr Alfred Thomas
Alfred’s award was primarily for having the foresight to see that there was a better way for GPs to practice; in the 1970s many GP’s held their surgeries in their own homes. He planned and built the Haslemere Health Centre which opened in 1978 where all local doctors had their own surgeries and where District Nurses and Health Visitors, consultants worked from.
Once Alfred had achieved this he travelled to other parts of the South of England telling of his idea and how it worked.
Now, locally many areas have adopted this `Health Centre’ set up for their GPs including Fernhurst, Grayshott and Liphook.
Haslemere was particularly fortuitous as their Health Centre Land was in the grounds of Haslemere Hospital where patients would be seen by consultants from the Royal Surrey County Hospital in Guildford; they could also be referred by their GPs for blood tests, physiotherapy and x-ray.
Jim has been involved, for many, many years assisting with Remembrance Services in Haslemere High Street where the traffic has to be stopped and local Army Cadets, Brownies and Guides marched through to the Town Hall.
Jim helped with other Haslemere functions where road closures were needed and he assisted. He worked with local Brownie Troupes, setting up their camps; he assisted with the Chernobyl Life Line.