Afternoon in Guildford

Town Bridge

Town Bridge

A strange day, sun out hot, then cloudy and cool.

Signs of desperation by The Keystone. They are now handing out flyers in a desperate attempt to attract the punters. And a 50% off voucher. Off what, food, drink? It does not say. And only valid today? Someone who not only clueless on running a pub, and it seems lacks any understanding of marketing. What message does it send out when dragging people in off the street? The depressing thing is, The Keystone was an excellent pub, and a new landlord has destroyed its reputation. On a day like today, I would have headed to The Keystone and enjoyed lunch in The Keystone. As it was I headed for roast dinner at Debeneham’s

roast pork and vegetables

roast pork and vegetables

I was in luck, roast pork and I had what was left. Lovely crispy crackling.

Talking to one of the chefs, he remarked how The Keystone had gone downhill. That impossible to hold a conversation due to the awful music. And now outside too in the courtyard, where it used to be quiet, but not any more.

With The Keystone, the only question is how long before it closes, or the council steps in and closes it.

afternoon tea

afternoon tea

I decided to have afternoon tea at Debenham’s. I had picked a tart, but chef said, did I realise I could choose something more expensive as special deal after two o’clock and only 5p more.

Guildford on Sea

Guildford on Sea

Guildford on Sea

Guildford on Sea

Guildford on Sea. A pile of sand, beach huts, deckchairs, for three days by the River Wey. An appalling waste of public money. At least not the council, Experience Guildford. But to be fair, clearly popular.

What Experience Guildford shows, such schemes are an appalling waste of money. A delineated zone, businesses vote whether they want to implement or not, only the vote is skewed, depending upon rateable value, so a big store like M&S gets hundreds of votes and an indy shop one. If a vote in favour, then a levy on businesses, whether they wish to be part of it or not. They now have so much money, they have not a clue what to do with it. Two, maybe more, town centre rangers. Rarely seen, and no one knows what they are for. The only sensible thing they have done, is produce maps, last year and this, promoting indy shops, but as no one is told to keep the maps, hey are thrown away at the end of the month. One sensible thing they could do, is launch a local currency, a Guildford Pound.

promoting Enterprise Guildford

promoting Enterprise Guildford

Enterprise Guildford are now promoting themselves, not quite what they were set up for. Maybe they are trying to justify their continued existence once the funding runs out.

I just made it to the Tourist Information before they closed at four o’clock. I wanted to know where St John’s Stoke was. They showed me on the map. The also told me they saved the maps showing indy businesses.

A read of PostCapitlaism in the Castle Grounds, at least the first section of the introduction.

St John’s Stoke further than I thought. An old church with an ugly addition. Inside packed, a talk by Canon Andrew White.

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