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Life in Surrey’s ‘poshest village’ where residents say they are ‘not snobby just friendly’

A picturesque country pub that serves “the best roast dinners”, a church, cricket club, good schools, and a shop and Post Office that’s a hub in the community, it seems Shackleford ticks every square on the chocolate box village bingo card. It’s a hidden idyll in the Surrey countryside with direct access to the A3 – and Guildford and Godalming beyond that.

The Telegraph recently named Shackleford the county’s poshest village, and for that matter, among the 48 poshest in the UK. For locals, however, it’s the strong community spirit and peaceful setting that stands out.




I stopped in at the village shop on a recent trip through the area and spoke to the shopkeeper while paying for a pastry, picked from the bakery basket opposite the door. She described Shackleford as a “lovely, lovely place” full of “delightful” residents, while the landlady of the village’s pub highlighted how friendly and supportive people are.

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St Mary’s Parish Church is an impressive building at the other end of Shackleford to the Aldro school(Image: SurreyLive)

“We have a lot of regulars (at the shop) and we still have the accounts as they come in, which is nice,” the shopkeeper said before outlining the ‘100 Club’ – an age-old idea, but one new to me. “So, for residents, because this is community-run, if you are a member of the 100 Club, which tries to raise money to keep the shop running, then they can have an account with the shop.

“Then they can come in and grab their packet of biscuits or their bread or whatever, and just pay it off monthly.” She added: “(That’s) quite nice because you don’t really get that any more.”

The Cyder House Inn’s landlady, Chelsey Ballard, commented: “We absolutely love it here. It’s an idyllic setting really. It’s just off the A3, but you feel like you could be in the middle of nowhere with horses surrounding you. It’s just really nice and peaceful.”

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