Hambledon Village Fete – This Saturday from 12:30pm

We’re nearly there. Sausages have been bought for dogs to catch, burger buns have been tested, dry weather has been arranged.

The programme for the day is as follows:

  • 12.30 Opening of the Fete by Mrs Mary Parker
  • 1.00 Winners of Cake Decorating Competition Announced
  • 1.10 Children’s Races
  • 1.30 Dog Show
  • 2.45 Hawk and Owl Show
  • 3.45 Tug of War
  • 4.00 Winners of Photography Competition Announced
  • 4.15 Grand Draw results
  • 4.30 Fete closes

If you are running a stall, please be there in good time to prepare for a 12:30 opening.

If you have offered to help with setup for the weekend’s activities, please try to make the meeting at the Cricket Green at 10:30 on Thursday morning.

New workshop project – in a shed!

The Garden House Workshop

There is an opportunity to tinker in a rather nice shed.  Making things, repairing things, cups of tea in a friendly setting on a lovely estate.  ‘Men’s sheds’ is now an international concept, with support available in the UK from the UK Men’s Shed Association.  The Garden House Workshop is not gender specific and both women and men are very welcome.  Located at The Garden House in Hydestile, the workshop has started as a weekly Wednesday activity, with the option to participate between 10am and 4 pm, depending on people’s availability and inclination.  Nic Quick is the Coordinator of the project and is looking for participants and help to develop the project.

As part of The Garden House estate in Hydestile, the workshop is located on the site of a new garden, currently under development, so there is the opportunity to be involved with projects there as well.  Places are limited and contact needs to be made prior to any attendance.

If you would like to find out more, please contact The Garden House:



Contact Andy Holdaway, Estate Manager:  07557 554261 

For a broader look at the concept of ‘sheds’:   https://menssheds.org.uk

Hambledon Fete needs your Bottles and Plants

Do you have plants or bottles that you can donate to the Village Fete (to be held from 12:30 on Saturday 23rd June)?

The bottle stall is always a good money maker, so please hunt out those bottles of weird stuff that you got as unwanted gifts and are sat gathering dust in the back of a cupboard and send them Andy Hinde‘s way, good stuff also welcome. Drop them at the shop or bring them along on the day.

We’re also looking for contributions for the plant stall. If you have anything suitable, please contact Mary Caroe or Chris Baker.


Last 2 weeks of the Photo Competition

click the logo to go to the competition gallery



With some categories under represented, now is the ideal time to submit your photographs. Submit yours here. Closing date Friday 22nd.

The photographs in each category with the highest number of votes, and that have met the judges’ standards, will receive a certificate on the Fete day, 23rd June.  The overall winner will also win the free meal at the Merry Harriers and the distinction of being Hambledon’s Best Photographer. So hurry now, and upload your photographs.

There is still time to vote too – either online here or at the Village Fete!   The People’s Votes will play a big part in awarding the “best in category” but the judges’ view will also be a consideration.

“Morning Walk” – doing well in the accumulated votes.


Tell Waverley what you think about Local Plan Part 2


Residents, businesses and developers are being invited by Waverley Borough Council to comment on the Local Plan Part 2: Site Allocations and Development Management Policies.

WBC adopted part one of the new Local Plan in February 2018. This sets the overall strategy for development in the borough for the period up to 2032 and contains key strategic policies, including the number of new homes to be provided in Waverley and their broad distribution.

The second part of the new Local Plan will have the policies that direct planning application decisions. Local Plan Part 2 will also allocate sites for housing in parts of the borough where the Neighbourhood Plan is not doing so, in order to meet the target set out in Local Plan Part 1, and will review other land designations. The Plan also allocates sites for Gypsies and Travellers.

The consultation, starting on 25 May, asks residents, developers and other interested parties what they think about the council’s preferred options for the topics within Local Plan Part 2. These include housing, settlement boundaries for our villages and towns, local landscape designations, gypsy and traveller accommodation and a new suite of policies against which planning applications will be determined.

There are a number of ways to take part in the consultation:

  • Attend one of the consultation events:
    • Cranleigh Arts Centre, 1A High Street, Cranleigh, Thursday 31 May, 2.30-7.30pm
    • Elstead Youth Centre, Elstead Village Hall, Thursley Road, Elstead, Monday 4 June, 2.30-7.30pm
    • Farnham United Reform Church, South Street, Farnham, Wednesday 6 June, 2.30-7.30pm
    • Wilfrid Noyce Community Centre, Crown Court Car Park, Godalming, Tuesday 12 June, 2.30-7.30pm
    • The Chichester Hall, Petworth Road, Witley, Wednesday 13 June, 2.30-7.30pm
    • Haslewey Community Centre, Lion Green, Haslemere, Tuesday 19 June, 2.30-7.30pm
  • Use the council’s online consultation system (the council’s preferred option) at: www.waverley.gov.uk/LPP2
  • Email your comments to planningpolicy@waverley.gov.uk
  • Submit your comments by post to: LPP2, Planning Policy, Planning Services, Waverley Borough Council, The Burys, Godalming, GU7 1HR

For anyone who does not have internet access, the consultation document is available from the planning reception of the Waverley Borough Council offices, The Burys, Godalming, GU7 1HR, and at locality offices and public libraries within the Borough.

The draft Local Plan Part 2 and relevant supporting documents can be viewed on the web site at www.waverley.gov.uk/LPP2 and at the Waverley Borough Council offices, The Burys, Godalming, GU7 1HR, and at locality offices and public libraries within the Borough.

The deadline for responses is 11.59pm on Monday 9 July 2018.

New Head Teacher For Hambledon Nursery School

Hambledon Nursery School will welcome Kate Walford as its new head teacher when she takes up the appointment after the summer break.

Not that Kate will be any stranger to staff, parents and returning children. She has worked at the school as an Early Years practitioner since January 2016 and is currently the afternoon supervisor in the Red Room classroom for three and four year olds.

Kate’s appointment follows the resignation of Nicola Collett, head teacher for the past ten years, who is leaving at the end of the summer term next month.

Kate, pictured below, was the unanimous choice of the nursery school Trustees who interviewed, with external professional support, three impressive candidates.

Kate, who is married with a young family and lives in Chiddingfold, has a degree in biology with qualified teacher status. She has worked in education throughout her professional life and brings 20-years’ experience to her new role. She taught in the West Country for a while before joining Kingfield Primary School in Woking in 2005, remaining there until her move to Hambledon Nursery School.

Nicola has welcomed the choice of her successor and the Trustees believe Kate will continue to build on the caring ethos and high standards set by her predecessor.

The Trustees said that Nicola herself has made a quite exceptional contribution to the nursery school and this will be acknowledged in a full appreciation that will appear on this website following her departure at the end of July.

Hambledon Nursery school, at Rock Hill, was formerly the village state primary school, closed by Surrey County Council in the early 1980s due to falling rolls. Villagers were determined that the Victorian schoolhouse and playground in its beautiful rural setting should remain a place of learning and, after campaigning and fund-raising, acquired the premises from the Church of England.

It reopened as a nursery school in 1984, run as a business with charitable status and locally-appointed Trustees. It has an “outstanding” Ofsted rating.

Further details about the school can be found on this website under “Organisations” in the top menu and at www.hambledonnurseryschool.co.uk


Village Fete Raffle Tickets Now On Sale

Grand Draw Tickets for this years village fete are now available to purchase.



  • Night’s stay at Peter De Savary’s Felpham Hotel
  • Tour of Blackwood Ridge Vineyard
  • 2 Tickets to Goodwood Festival of Speed
  • 2 Tickets to Goodwood Revival
  • 2 tickets to NFL UK Match
  • Lunch for two at the Village shop plus more prizes tbc

Tickets are £1 or £5 a book and are on sale at Hambledon Village Shop and the Merry Harriers.


If you are able to become a seller and need more please contact Matt Kiley on 07557479349 or hambledonfc@gmail.com


Hambledon Nursery School Children And The Royal Wedding

Hambledon Nursery School children celebrated the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, now the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, by learning about marriage customs and staging their own ceremony at the village church.

In the two weeks before the Royal Wedding at Windsor Castle, children were encouraged to bring in family wedding photographs to enable them to make a personal connection to the ceremony. These were displayed in the two classrooms and in the reception area. They also prepared wedding invitations, made bunting and arranged floral displays.

Nicola Collett, head teacher, said this created a “real buzz of excitement” around the nursery school. Children enjoyed making their own plans and parents and teachers found themselves reminiscing about their own wedding day. Many reflected on how wedding dresses had changed over the years.

Several teachers brought in their wedding dresses and wore them in front of the children including Kate Walford who is pictured right. Another, who had recently celebrated her 30th wedding anniversary, brought along her photo album as well as her wedding dress.

Ceremonies in other cultures were also talked about and one parent brought in a beatutiful Indian wedding dress and jewellery while another showed pictures of a family Scottish wedding, with men dressed in kilts.

The school purchased a child’s wedding dress and prince’s outfit. Each day in the lead-up to the Windsor wedding, the children enacted a wedding ceremony. This culminated in them holding their own “wedding” service at St Peter’s Church.

Two children played “bride and grooom” and the rest were guests of honour. Dressed for the occasion – some chose Disney outfits – they walked through the woods from school to church where wedding music was played and a “service” held.

Then it was back to the school for the cutting of the cake. The children had made their own out of papier-mâché but, to their delight, Hambledon’s Crumby Bakery, made and delivered a large lemon and elderflower wedding cake. It was simply iced but with the addition of pre-cut paste shapes for children to decorate with edible pens.

The cake, pictured left, was then cut and portions were sold to parents to raise funds for additional resources for the nursery school.

Nicola said: “All of this led to a wonderful atmosphere at the school in the days leading up to the Royal Wedding.”



Milford Golf Course – 180 houses – Public Exhibition Tuesday 22nd May

The developers of Milford Golf Course are holding an exhibition with an outline of the proposed 180 home re-development of the Golf Course on the South side of Station Lane.  With Station Lane and Milford crossroads already congested at peak times, such a development will put pressure on the infrastructure in our area. With the prospect of the doubling of traffic on this road once Dunsfold Park is built it is vital that residents make their views on record at this exhibition.    All are invited to view on Tuesday 22nd between 3pm and 8pm at the Golf Club in Station Lane.

Hambledon Village Hall serving fund-raising tea and cakes at Vann on Bank Holiday Monday 7th May, 2 pm onwards.

We will serving tea and homemade cakes at Vann on Monday 7th May from 2 pm onwards. Most cakes are baked by village hall committee members. For our effort, the hall usually receives a generous donation from Mary Caroe.  This will be added to hall maintenance fund.

For a change,  the weather looks to be kind to us this year, so please do come and enjoy both the garden and the cakes!

Dunsfold and Waverley’s Local Plan

Following the spirited discussions at Thursday’s Parish Meeting about the Secretary of State’s approval of the Dunsfold development for 1800+ homes on the airfield, here is some additional information.

These four recent press releases from Protect our Waverley 

address some of the questions voiced at our meeting, particularly the 3 Court Challenges on the Waverley Local Plan,  the issue of infrastructure money to cope ( or not ) with the traffic from Dunsfold, and the approach that Guildford BC are taking with their Local Plan (in relation to Woking’s unmet need for extra housing ) that is different to Waverley.