St Dominic’s School’s Christmas Fair – Friday 17 November

You are invited to St Dominic’s  Christmas Fair this Friday, 17 November from 11.30am in the Front Hall.

Our pupils and students have been busy making Christmas craft items and hand printed Christmas cards.  We will be selling rag wreaths, and taking orders for our beautiful natural foliage wreaths, both of which were extremely popular last year.

In addition, our 6th Form students will be running a cafe offering beverages and cakes.

We do hope that you will come and support the school, and look forward to welcoming you on the day.



Hambledon has said a fond farewell to its associate vicar Catherine McBride, who has left the village to become vicar of St Mary’s, Market Drayton, Shropshire.

Catherine arrived in Hambledon more than five years ago and quickly became a popular figure; among her congregation at St Peter’s and within the village as a whole. She will be much missed but goes with the best wishes and blessings of the many friends she made.

Her departure was marked in several ways: at her final Sunday services on October 15, at a farewell tea party hosted at Feathercombe, and at a get-together at the Merry Harriers a few days earlier on October 12.

She then took a short holiday in Iceland before returning to pack her bags at Mervil Bottom, her Hambledon home, in preparation for beginning her new life and challenge in Shropshire, close to the Welsh borders from where she hails.

She takes up her responsibilities in Market Drayton with her licensing service on November 22. In the meantime, the Busbridge and Hambledon Benefice has started the process to find a replacement and interviews will be held later this month.

Before moving last week Catherine told the village website: “I can honestly say that Hambledon has been the most amazing place to live and work. I have been extremely happy here and it is in no small part due to the wonderful community in the village, who made me feel so welcome. I feel I have made some good friends here, who I am sure I will keep in touch with.

“I would encourage everyone to cherish the village and what it has to offer: continue to be a warm and loving community, which looks out for each other and where everyone ‘does their bit’ so that Hambledon can continue to thrive.

“I’ll take some very special memories with me of the times when I’ve had the privilege of being part of significant moments and occasions for Hambledon families and will certainly keep you all in my prayers.

Many thanks and God bless”.

At her leaving party at Feathercombe, the home of Ion and Muriel Campbell, she was presented with a cake made by Katherine Frogley, which was decorated to illustrate some of Catherine’s passions; the church, rugby, the Welsh dragon – and a pint of bitter.

Farewell speeches were made by Simon Taylor, rector of Busbridge and Hambledon, churchwardens Alan Harvey and Liz Cooke and PCC treasurer Alison Martin.

At her farewell party in the Merry Harriers, where Catherine would enjoy a pint of Surrey Hills bitter and take part in quiz and music nights, she took to the microphone to give a rendition of the Tom Jones hit Delilah, accompanied by Mike Blanchard on key board. See photograph below. Many villagers were in attendance.

Break-in at 3 Hambledon Park

Unfortunately, there was a break-in at 3 Hambledon Park, at a time between 15.30 and 20.25 hrs on Wednesday 1st November.

After trying to force several potential entry points at the rear of the house, the intruder entered by forcing open the kitchen window at the back.

The police forensic officer and investigating officer have been at the house this morning. If anyone recalls anything that he or she may have seen yesterday, Wednesday, near or at 3 Hambledon Park, that you believe could be related to this crime, please report it to the police by telephone, dialling 101 and quoting incident reference number 45170121479.

This is a worrying incident and we ask you all to be vigilant and ensure that your home is secure, with doors and windows locked.

Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal

This year the team of poppy volunteers will be collecting in Hambledon and Hydestile between Saturday 28 October and Remembrance Sunday, which is on 12 November. Please give either to your local collectors or, if you are out when they call, there are collecting boxes at Hambledon Village Shop and the Merry Harriers.

All contributions, large or small, are welcome. Last year’s total was £1,987.62, for which many thanks – and let’s see if we can hit £2k in 2017!

New for this year is a Poppy Appeal coffee morning. It will be held in Hambledon Village Hall on Thursday 2 November, from 10 am to 12 noon.

If you have any queries or would like any further information please contact Christine Campbell on 01483 861606 or 07860 463733.

The Remembrance Day service at St Peter’s Church is on 12 November and will start at 10.30 am.

Waverley Local Plan – deadline for comments

The Waverley Local Plan, which was subject of a Public Planning Inquiry earlier in the year, has been revised following the Planning Inspector’s report.  This revised plan is now open for comments from the public – a deadline has been set for the 20th October.

The Local Plan revisions are on the WBC website, HERE  although it is confusingly displayed and commenting appears cumbersome. A summary of changes is shown on the Protect Our Waverley website, with guidance on how to comment by post or email.

Halloween at The Shop & Calling all Choristers

The Shop will be holding their Annual Pumpkin Carving Contest on Sunday 29th October. Entries must be in by 11am. Also there will be a prize for every entrant in fancy dress – no costume, no prize!

And…. it’s not too late to enter the “Guess the weight of the pumpkin competition”. £1 per guess, all proceeds to MacMillan.

SAVE THE DATE – under the guidance of David Kirby, the shop choir will once again be performing their renditions of carols and other Christmas songs, at the shop, at lunchtime on Christmas Eve. Come along, sing along and enjoy minced pies and mulled wine. The choir is open to all, we’ll be having a practice or two before the main event, if you’re interested in getting involved, please click here to email Jon.

St Dominic’s School – Proposal to Convert to Academy – Have your Say!

St Dominic’s School is currently undergoing a consultation process to convert it to Academy status in order to join Orchard Hill College Academy Trust (OHCAT) in January 2018.  This would secure a more certain long-term future for the school, as well as creating new opportunities to raise standards for our pupils and students.  The ever-changing education landscape and funding pressures are presenting challenges for Non Maintained Special Schools (NMSS) like ours and the Government is encouraging NMSS schools to convert to Academy status to safeguard their future.  OHCAT’s vision is entirely focused on pupils and students and is very much in line with St Dominic’s own ethos and values.  We therefore believe that converting to Academy status under the sponsorship of OHCAT is in the best interests of St Dominic’s and its pupils and students.  You can access further information from the Home page of our website .

If you would like to have your say on the conversion to an Academy proposal, you can pick up a Consultation Leaflet from the Village Shop.  The Consultation Leaflet contains a postage pre-paid reply slip for you to give your views.  You are also invited to attend an informal Drop-in session on Wednesday 18 October between 3.30pm and 6.00pm for families, staff and the local community.


UPDATE – Lost Dog in Hambledon – FOUND

UPDATE – Pidge has been found safe and well, thanks to all who hunted.

Pidge is a medium sized cross breed with curly white and brown coat. She was last seen near Alf Hammond’s yard by the Cricket Green at around 1pm Monday. She still has a lead attached to her collar. She is very timid and may not let you approach her. Any sightings please call the village shop on 01428 682176 or 07401 115952 if outside shop hours.

Hambledon Entertainment Galore

There are a busy few days of entertainment coming up in the shire, with something for everyone.

Tickets are still available for “BOUNCERS” at the Village Hall on Saturday evening. Set in 1984, John Godber’s classic comic drama tells the story of a typical Northern nightclub and the colourful characters that inhabit its dance-floor. You can purchase tickets for £10 at the Village Shop or on the door on the night. Bring some cash for the bar, all bar proceeds benefit the Village Hall and the Village Shop.

Sunday afternoon brings with it the monthly Jazz at the Harriers. David Kirby and his friends will be playing from 3pm to 5pm. Maybe, if the sun stays out, we’ll be in the garden.

Tuesday 10th at 8pm is the monthly quiz at The Merry Harriers. Come along and see if you can beat the team from the the Village Shop (everyone did last month….).

Theatre at Hambledon Village Hall

On Saturday October 7th, the Village Hall will be hosting a production by Blackbox Theatre Company of John Godber’s “BOUNCERS” .

Blackbox Theatre Company is a professional theatre company based in Fareham Hampshire. With support from The Arts Council and Southampton’s Nuffield Theatre, the company tours its shows to smaller and unusual venues

Tickets are £10 each and are available on-line at or from John Tidmarsh. The production starts at 7.45pm, the bar will be open at 7.00pm. All bar proceeds will benefit the Village Hall.


Coming Up at The Harriers

The Jazz Jam will be held this Sunday 10th September. Hambledon’s Gareth Malone, David Kirby and his jazzters will be doing their thing between 3pm and 5pm. In the garden if the weather’s good.

The regular monthly quiz will be on Tuesday 12th September, starting at 8pm. Come along as a team or just come along and join a team, or just come along sit at the bar and watch Andy Hinde getting angry.

Every Saturday from 23rd September we’ll be holding a meat draw along with Godalming butchers. 5pm £1 a ticket.

The last Tuesday of every month, starting 26th September will be Bingo Night! With Special drinks deals.

And finally… on Wednesday October 11th we’ll be holding a Beer & Food matching evening with Dunsfold’s Crafty Brewing Company. 5 Course meal with beers to match and meet the brewer. £40 a head, limited places.


Hambledon Village Show 2017 in Pictures

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