Hambledon Summer Fête 2018 – Public Meeting

Public Meeting

Wednesday 7th February 8pm in The Village Hall

The Village Fête will be held on Saturday 23rd June. If you would like to get involved, either by helping to run a stall, or by volunteering in some other way, please come along to this meeting.

If you are unable to attend but would like to be involved, please email us at: hamblefest@hambledonsurrey.co.uk.

The Village Fête is part of the Hambledon Midsummer Festival, for more information visit the website at hambledonfestival.co.uk or the Facebook page at facebook.com/hamblefest.

Major Travel Disruption After High Winds

UPDATE – As of 17:39 all train lines have been reopened, but trains are running with some delays.

UPDATE – As of 12:45 Thursday 18th Jan, there is still no rail service to or from Witley, Milford, Godalming or Farncombe because of a fallen tree at Milford, which has caused extensive signalling damage. Disruption is expected to continue until 16:00. You can check the status of this disruption using the following link: https://www.journeycheck.com/swr/search?from=&to=WTY .

High winds overnight have brought down large numbers of trees, blocking roads and rail lines across the county, including at Hambledon Road and Milford Station.

South Western Railway reports that a fallen tree is blocking the line at the station and engineers are working to clear it (as of 9am Thursday 18th). Rail replacement transport is in place.

A fallen tree is completely blocking Hambledon Road close to Clock Barn Farm, so the direct route to Godalming from the village is impassable. Given the scale of tree debris across the area it may take some time before the road can be reopened.

There are long weather-related delays on the A3, M25 and A281.

Many other routes are affected by fallen trees and other debris and travellers are advised to use the contacts on this website’s winter weather page to check for further details. The link can be found at the top right of the opening page.


Hambledon Midsummer Festival 2018 – Tickets for Jazz On The Green

On Friday 22 June, as part of Hambledon’s Midsummer Festival, the 17-piece Junction 4 Big Band (with maybe some surprise guests) will be performing on The Cricket Green. Reasonably priced food and drink will be available from local providers. Bring the whole family (and well behaved dogs). All profits from the evening will go to charity.

Tickets for Friday evening’s Jazz On The Green will go on sale on Saturday January 6th, on-line at hambledonfestival.co.uk and at Hambledon Village Shop. Adult tickets are £12.50 each, tickets for under 16’s are free. But please note that all attendees including under 16’s will require a ticket.

Calling All Fête Stallholders and Volunteers

If you’ve previously helped run a stall at the Village Fête, we hope you’ll be willing to do so again. If you haven’t been involved in the past but would like to get involved, please email us at hamblefest@hambledonsurrey.co.uk or mention your interest at the Village Shop. Please don’t be shy – we’re going to need lots of help throughout the weekend.

There will be a meeting for all participants at 8pm on Wednesday 7th February in the Village Hall.

You can keep up to date on the plans for the weekend at the festival website or on Facebook at facebook.com/hamblefest.

Jane Woolley Retires As Parish Council Clerk

Jane Woolley has retired as clerk to Hambledon Parish Council after twenty years of invaluable service, dedication and hard work.

Although Jane is by no means stepping down from active involvement in the village, this is a timely moment to reflect on her significant contribution as she hands over to her successor, Caroline White, on January 1st, 2018.

Jane’s commitment has already been recognised when, in 2008, she was made an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list for her voluntary service to Hambledon.

Her resourcefulness – as well as her generosity – was instrumental in setting up the Hambledon Village Trust, which now owns the freehold of the village community shop, and has helped fund and promote a range of local activities.

She celebrated her 70th birthday by walking 70kms in 70 hours to raise £7,000 to fund a shop re-fit, and on her 80thi in 2016 she undertook another fund-raising walk, this time a half-marathon, to raise more than £2,000 to pay for an outside toilet at the shop, for the use of customers including those with disabilities.

At a retirement party hosted by John Anderson, parish council chairman, she was thanked for the guidance and support she had given him and his colleagues. Surrounded by current parish councillors, Waverley and Surrey County councillors and others from the many areas of public life Jane has been involved with, John praised her for her “steely determination, great eye for detail and always ensuring that correct procedures were followed”.

At all times she has upheld the fine traditions of a respected public servant, he said, adding that she had taken the demands of the job in her stride. Faced with changing legislation, often delicate planning issues, increased administration and reduced funding, Jane had “addressed it, tackled it, mastered it and dealt with it.”

Jane’s professional career started with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in 1956, beginning as a secretary. She had four overseas postings, to Germany, Switzerland, Togo and Cuba. In 1967 she joined the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, working her way up to become Director of International Affairs.

In 1995 she was appointed executive director of the International Federation of Surveyors, based in London but overseeing a worldwide programme of conferences, technical and educational meetings, remaining there until she retired in 1999.

Her mother had moved to “Cobblers”, a then run-down cottage on Woodlands Road, Hambledon, in 1972, following the death of Jane’s father. When her mother moved to Haslemere Jane moved in to the cottage in November 1988 and has lived there ever since.

Her appointment as clerk to the parish council occurred in a manner that could not be repeated today. Jane recalls: “Ron Vickery (then a parish councillor) sidled up to me in my garden one afternoon when he was doing the mowing and asked me if I would be interested, and I said yes. And that was that. No interview, no contract of employment, no job description, no entitlements to annual leave or sick pay, no probationary period, no grievance procedures, no health and safety obligations – not even a word about pay.”

That was in August 1998. She was given some helpful advice, a bundle of files and the keys to the Village Hall by the outgoing clerk Paul Vacher together with a few sheets of A4 paper listing what needed doing at each meeting.

At the time Ion Campbell was chairman, followed by John Anderson in May 2004. In addition to these two Jane has worked with a total of 17 parish councillors in the 19 years and four months in the job.

Expressing their thanks at her final meeting in December were the village’s seven current parish councillors; John Anderson OBE, chairman, a councillor since 1983, Philip Underwood, vice chairman and councillor since 1987, Stewart Payne, 2001, Paul Pattinson, 2007, Mike Parry, 2011, Mary Grove, 2015, and the newly co-opted Sean Sinnott.

Photo shows, left to right back row: Sean Sinnott, Paul Pattinson, John Anderson, Mary Grove, Philip Underwood, Stewart Payne, Mike Parry. Front row Caroline White, Jane Woolley

Reflecting on her time as clerk Jane said the job had given her enormous satisfaction, working alongside “incredibly helpful and supportive people – mostly”. She particularly enjoyed spotting and following up opportunities that would benefit the village.

She has been a big part of what has made Hambledon a strong, active, vibrant and caring community, characteristics that helped make it Surrey Village of the Year in 2008, leading to a visit by HRH Princess Alexandra.

Jane will continue to involve herself in the Village Trust and to co-edit the Parish Magazine. She will have more time to research her family history, an exercise that has already taken her to Northumberland, Wiltshire, Sussex and the Channel Islands. Next comes exploration of her family’s Dutch connections.

And she will continue to travel far afield and walk close to home.

Jane is the embodiment of the saying: “If you want something done, ask a busy person”. Hambledon sends her its thanks and best wishes.













Hambledon Village Shop & Post Office Christmas Opening Hours

There are some changes to the Shop and Post Office opening hours during the Christmas period. Both the Shop and The Post Office will be closed on Monday 25th December, Tuesday 26th December and Monday 1st January.

The shop will be open as normal at all other times, but the Deli will close at 1pm on Thursday 28th and Friday 29th December. The normal Shop and Post Office opening hours can be found here.

Thank you for your custom in 2017. We all wish you a very happy Christmas and a peaceful New Year.

Blessed are the cheesemakers

Village Dance Raises A Record £1,250 For Cancer Charity

THE Hambledon Village Dance, a sell-out event at the Village Hall on December 9, raised a record £1,250 for local cancer charity KatCanDo.

This year’s party was organised by Mike Blanchard, keyboard player with the band Toxic Sausage. Mike, who lives in the village, wanted the dance to raise money in memory of Pat Hill, a friend and Merry Harriers regular who died earlier this year from complications from blood cancer.

Mike also wanted to mark the successful surgery at the Royal Surrey County Hospital received by Stewart Payne, Hambledon resident and friend of Pat’s, who was diagnosed with oesophageal cancer last year.

KatCanDo, which is run entirely by volunteers, raises money for the purchase of cancer-related equipment at local hospitals and hospices. It was set up in 2004 by Kate Coles, a friend of Stewart’s, who was suffering from bowel cancer and who overheard one of her specialists complaining that a piece of equipment that would be beneficial to sufferers was not available on the NHS budget.

With the support of friends Kate set up KatCanDo, a registered charity, with the express purpose of working with cancer care specialists to provide much-needed equipment at the Royal Surrey and Frimley Park hospitals and to aid cancer sufferers in local hospices.

Kate lost her battle with cancer in 2006 but her friends have kept the charity going and it has donated more than £300,000 to help the fight against the disease.

Stewart suggested to Mike that KatCanDo would be a worthwhile cause to donate the money to, and he agreed.

The dance was a big success, with Toxic Sausage belting out music that kept the dance floor packed.

Mike took it upon himself to organise this year’s dance, booking the hall, selling the tickets and taking no fee for performing. Well known around the village as Big Mike, he also has a big heart, and his kindness and hard work is much appreciated. Pat’s sons James and Jono attended the dance and were delighted and touched by the level of support. Thanks also go to Brigitte Coleman for the buffet and to the volunteers who ran the bar.

Toxic Sausage have a big following in Hambledon and will be appearing again at the Village Ball on June 23rd as part of the 2018 Midsummer Festival weekend.

If you would like to know more about the work of KatCanDo please visit www.katcando.org.uk.

St Dominic’s School – Ofsted Inspection Results

Following a recent inspection on 28 November 2017, we have received a letter from Ofsted confirming that St Dominic’s remains a `good’ school.

This outcome is a result of our committed, hard-working staff who have ambition for all our pupils and students and are focused on ensuring that each and every one achieves the best possible outcomes.

If you would like to read the Ofsted letter, which captures the essence of our wonderful school, please click here.

Angela Drayton


Winter Weather – Some Useful Advice and Emergency Numbers

Hambledon Parish Council has an Emergency Plan procedure in place in the event of harsh winter weather bringing disruption to the village.

However, there are many simple precautions people can take to make sure they can cope with cuts to power supplies and phone lines, a problem that has affected Hambledon in the recent past and usually caused by high winds or heavy snow.

If power fails so to do household phones as many cannot function without electricity. As a safeguard, make sure you have a stand-by phone that does not need a power supply. The council has a small supply of such phones and if you require one please leave your details at the village shop.

Mobile phones lines can also fail during severe weather and it is worth remembering that the public phone box outside the village shop does not require electricity and will continue to work unless overhead lines have been brought down. Operator, reverse charge and 999 calls are free but you will need to use a bank card for all other calls.

Keep torches handy and make sure that you have a supply of batteries. A battery-operated radio will also come in useful for listening to local radio bulletins. Tune in to BBC Surrey on 104.6FM or Eagle Radio on 96.4FM.

The village website will also carry updates at www.hambledonsurrey.co.uk.

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Any more fares?

Many readers may have seen a vintage bus around the village recently, negotiating the narrow lanes or parked up in the bus stop outside the Merry Harriers.

Its owner Richard Shirley was staying at the pub as he had been hired to take a party of birthday revellers from Busbridge to the Noah’s Ark pub in Lurgashall, with a late-night pick-up.

His bus attracted a lot of attention and Richard was asked if he would be prepared to bring it back next year for the Hambledon Midsummer Festival in June. He agreed and his bus will take part in the classic vehicle rally which will start from the Cricket Green on Sunday June 24 (see earlier news item).

It is hoped that the bus, with villagers aboard, will follow the rally of local classic cars and bikes from the Green, where the fete and ball will have been held the previous day, through local countryside and ending up at the Merry Harriers.

Richard, from Kingston, is a bus enthusiast. His 1953 AEC Regal RF-type single decker was one of 700 built for working in London and the Home Counties. It was retired by London Transport in the early 1970s and, after passing through various ownerships, was eventually acquired for preservation.

Richard, who also owns a red London Transport RT double-decker built in the early 1950s, works in the transport industry. Both his vehicles are inspected and licenced for passenger-carrying service and are maintained in superb condition.

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