Burglary Prevention Kits – for free

Recent burglaries in Hambledon and Witley have brought attention to the need to protect your property and deter would be burglars.  Surrey Police are promoting a scheme to give property marking kits to residents.  Selecta DNA is a marking kit that comes with deterrent stickers. These kits, where properly introduced to an area, has reduced burglary and theft by almost 30% within the area.  The deterrent factor of using, and publicising these kits is not to be underestimated.

Surrey Police have a significant quantity of Selects DNA kits (normally costing £60 each) to donate to appropriate recipients within Waverley  – an outstanding offer.   The target recipients are recent victims of crime in particular burglary and theft, plus other vulnerable residents within the Waverley Borough which could benefit from extra security in their home.

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Cricket Club Beat The Village Shop in Tense Rematch

In a hastily arranged rematch on Sunday, Hambledon Cricket Cub did what they are meant to do and won a tightly fought game against the Hambledon Village Shop team.

The Cricket Club (friendly 2nd XI, not the mighty 1st team) scored 168 in their 30 overs with a belligerent innings of 84 from Woody, aided by 11 year old Oscar holding down the other end. The Village Shop bowlers did their best to restrict them and some tight bowling from Callan McIntyre and Deeg Garrod kept the cricket club score relatively modest. One of the highlights of the day was Andy Falk for the Shop team bowling to young Oscar for the Cricket Club, rumour has it there was an age difference of 102.

The Shop team responded strongly with an opening stand of 60 from Oscar Parker and Remi Trovo. Their demise saw a sprightly innings from Sean Sinnott (unfortunately curtailed by a pulled hamstring), then Andy Falk held down an end, while Callan McIntyre scored a sumptuous 56 not out before retiring. With 20 runs needed from 4 overs the Village Shop were in the box seat, but some excellent death bowling from the Cricket Club proved their undoing and the Shop fell 9 runs short at the end of their 30 overs.

The game was played in front of an appreciative crowd, on an immaculate Cricket Green on a glorious late summers day, we are all very fortunate to live in such surroundings. The series is now 1-1.

The Hambledon Village Shop team will taking on a team from The Merry Harriers on the afternoon of Sunday September 23rd. Please come along if you can.

Thanks to Ged Hockridge for the photos. Tap or click on any of the images below to see them in all their glory.



Local Plan and Dunsfold Park Development

The Dunsfold Airfield redevelopment is not a “done deal” yet.   In October there will be two High Court challenges to the legality of parts of the Waverley Council’s Local Plan and to the Secretary of State’s decision to rely on that Plan to approve the Dunsfold Park redevelopment.

Residents’ group Protect our Waverley have written an open letter to Waverley’s CEO asking him to justify their expensive defence of the Local Plan and the Secretary of State in court.  You can read that letter, the CEO’s reply and a BBC radio interview with POW on the their website:    POW website and Open Letter

STOP PRESS – Rematch Hambledon Cricket Club v Hambledon Village Shop – Today 1:30pm

Due to the late withdrawal of an opposition team, today’s match at the Cricket Green will be a hastily arranged rematch of Hambledon Cricket Club versus Hambledon Village Shop.

The Cricket Club will be out for revenge and The Village Shop are without their star opening bowler (currently undergoing altitude training during a break in the Shop’s fixtures), so this should be a much more evenly contested match than the one between these teams a few weeks ago.

The match starts at 1:30pm.

Village Show and Village Shop BBQ

Saturday looks like it’s going to be a busy day in the village. Weather is set to be fair. Vegetables will be shown, cakes will be judged and the Village Shop BBQ will be smokin’.

The Village Show will be in full swing at The Village Hall. The Hall will be open for setting up exhibits from 9.30am to 11.30am. After judging the show will be open to the public at 2pm to 4.30pm, entry is free. Best in Show will be awarded at 4.00pm. A full list of available categories can be found on the show web site at: http://hambledonvillageshow.co.uk.

The Village Shop BBQ starts at 12:30 and now includes live music from The Katie Crooks trio (featuring David Kirby on keyboards), unfortunately the Hambledon Village Shop Choir were unavailable as a result of a breakdown in negotiations with their agent. Tickets are still available, please do buy tickets at the shop in advance, so the caterers can be prepared.

£10 for adults
(Burger & hot dog plus salad and a glass of wine or soft drink)

£5 for children (under 18)
(Burger or hot dog plus salad and a soft drink)

Vegan food options will be available


Standing as a Borough Councillor

Are you passionate about your local area and improving services for local communities?

The role of a councillor is varied and rewarding. It incorporates making decisions, developing policy, dealing with casework, and working in partnership with others.

You may have already decided to stand or you still may be thinking about standing to Waverley Borough Council in May 2019. To help you make your decision and to provide more information about life as a councillor, we are hosting an open evening on Monday 10 September.

The event will be open from 5pm to 8pm; existing councillors will be on hand to share their experiences and provide more information about what is involved in standing for election and becoming a councillor. Service managers will also be on hand to give more information about what services the council provides.

If you are interested in attending please contact ElectoralServices@waverley.gov.uk or phone 01483 523116.

More information is available on www.beacouncillor.co.uk

Bully Beef & Whizzbangs – Hambledon Village Hall Saturday 20th October

BlackBox Theatre Company presents


by Chris Hawley

Hambledon Village Hall Saturday 20th October 7:30pm

Following the enormous success of BOUNCERS last year, BlackBox will be on tour again this autumn with a specially commissioned play to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the end of the First World War and they will be performing the play in Hambledon Village Hall on Saturday 20th October.

Ticket sales will be via the Shop and are available online at https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/whizzbangs, there will be a licensed bar/refreshments. Hopefully you will be able to try out your (or somebody else’s) sponsored chair whilst admiring the newly decorated interior of the Village Hall. Proceeds in aid of the Village Hall

Set on the battlefields of France during 1916, the multi-award winning BULLY BEEF & WHIZZBANGS takes a wry and often humorous look at life in a front line trench through the eyes of its two reluctant heroes.  SMUDGER, a new arrival at The Front, is keen to shoot his first Jerry whilst HARRY is more interested in keeping his head down, thinking of home and enjoying a nice mug of tea.  Stuck in a hole surrounded by mud and death, how will our boys cope with the ever-present danger of being shot or blown to smithereens?

“Cheer up chum.  The first seven years are the worst!”

You’re invited to a BBQ!

End of Summer BBQ

On Saturday 1st September at Hambledon Village Shop

What an amazing summer in Hambledon!

With Jazz on The Green, the Fête, the Ball and the Vintage Car Rally not to mention the Shop beating the Cricket Club at … erm … cricket!

Our volunteers and staff have worked their socks off at the Shop in one of the hottest summers on record so we couldn’t let the season slide into autumn without marking it in some way.

You’re invited to a BBQ

At Hambledon Village Shop
On Saturday 1st September
Starting at 12:30

Everyone is invited so bring your friends and family, deck chairs and a picnic blanket!

Tickets available at the Shop

£10 for adults
(Burger & hot dog plus salad and a glass of wine or soft drink)

£5 for children (under 18)
(Burger or hot dog plus salad and a soft drink)

Vegan food options will be available

We’ll also be selling ice-creams in cones or tubs and milkshakes!

Honour Hambledon’s Heroes

Now’s your chance:  this year’s BBC Sussex & BBC Surrey Community Heroes Awards have just been announced and Hambledon, via the Parish Magazine, has been asked whom it would like to nominate.

The Awards seek to reward local people in Sussex and Surrey who go the extra mile and are worth recognising. So do have a think and, if you have any ideas for nominees, let either or both of the Magazine’s editors know (but please, no names at this stage – we have to be careful not to break privacy laws) so that one of them can then contact you direct for further details.   We’re sure you all know the editors are – but just in case: John Hindley, jjhindley@gmail.com, telephone 01428 681423 and Jane Woolley, j.woolley881@btinternet, telephone 01428 684213.  To enable them to submit nominations by the cut-off date, they need to hear from you by 13 September. 

These are the categories:

YOUNG ACHIEVER – Awarded to anyone aged 18 or under, who has demonstrated maturity beyond his or her years

999 – Presented to a member of the emergency services or the armed forces for commitment to his or her profession

SPORT – Awarded to an individual or group who has contributed to local sporting life, either playing a sport or encouraging others to do such as through acting as a referee, official or coach

GOOD NEIGHBOUR – Awarded to an individual or organisation that helps make the neighbourhood a better place to live or work, either on a regular basis or through a single act of kindness or courage

FUNDRAISER – An individual or group who has gone the extra mile to raise funds for a charity or good cause

VOLUNTEER – Awarded to a person or group who gives up time voluntarily to help out a charity or good cause

ANIMAL WELFARE – An individual or group who goes out of the way to care for animals

CARER – Someone who cares for an individual or group of people on a regular basis 

MUSIC AND ARTS – Awarded to an individual or group showcasing local creative talent and encompassing everything from community choirs to talented actors.

Nominees will get a certificate from the BBC and in November there will also be a lovely evening awards bash for all those who get shortlisted and for the winners. 

The Sussex and Surrey Awards have been such a success that many other radio stations have started doing the same type of event.

Waverley Borough Council extends consultation on new dog orders

Waverley Borough Council has decided to update and extend its consultation on two proposed new orders that aim to deal with dog fouling and dog control issues in the borough.
People now have until Friday 14 September to give their views on the two draft Public Space Protection Orders (PSPOs), which have been developed to ensure dogs are responsibly managed by their owners at all times in public spaces.

If adopted, the first order will result in a ban on dog fouling across the entire borough, meaning dog owners and dog walkers will need to clean up and dispose of dog mess properly. The second order will target issues of dog control, including: requiring owners to keep dogs on leads in certain areas and during specified dates, excluding dogs from designated spaces – such as children’s play areas – and a condition to only allow dog walkers to walk up to four dogs at once.
If people are found to breach either of the orders they risk receiving a fixed penalty notice of £100 and if this isn’t paid, could face prosecution and be fined up to £1,000.
Councillor Kevin Deanus, Portfolio Holder for Community Services, said: “Thank you to everyone who has already responded and given their views. We really value your opinions and they will help us to decide how to take the two PSPOs forward.
“During the consultation process, Witley Parish Council requested that some of its open spaces be covered by the dog control PSPO, so we think it’s only fair to update and extend the consultation so people have the opportunity to comment. What’s more, it will also provide a bit more time for those who haven’t already commented, or looked through the revised orders, to do so.
“If you have already submitted a response, reviewed the orders and have nothing further to add, we will take your existing comments into account as part of the consultation. We would recommend reviewing the updated orders and if anyone has any new comments we’d welcome these. We really are keen to hear as many views as possible.
“These orders will not affect responsible dog owners in Waverley. These orders are only designed to combat problem dog owners and deter them from being anti-social and inconsiderate of other users of the borough’s public spaces.”
In line with the consultation, the council is also exploring the option of bringing in licences for professional dog walkers to be able to walk more than four dogs at a time in designated areas.

More information, including the updated draft orders, maps of affected areas and a link to a survey to give your views, can be found on: www.waverley.gov.uk/dogpspo.

You can also submit responses by writing to: Environmental Services (PSPO Consultation), Waverley Borough Council, The Burys, Godalming, GU7 1HR or emailing dogpspo@waverley.gov.uk.

PSPOs are powers that come under the Anti Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 and can be used to deal with a range of issues that can cause nuisances or problems in particular areas that impact on the community.
The orders can be enforced by authorised council officers, council-appointed contractors such as East Hants litter enforcement officers, police officers and police community support officers (PCSOs).
About the orders:
Order 1: Dog fouling
This order will require dog owners and those walking the dog to remove dog faeces (to ‘pick or clear up’ after their dogs) and to dispose of it properly – either in a public bin or by taking it home to their own bin. It also requires the person walking the dog to have means to ‘pick up’ with them, such as dog bags. The order will apply to any public land across Waverley.
Order 2: Dog Control
This order includes four parts:
Dogs on leads
This element of the order requires dogs to be kept on leads:
• on roads, pavements, and grass verges alongside roads
• specified cemeteries and churchyards
• specific small parks and open spaces.
Dogs on leads by direction
This part of the order requires dog owners to put their dog on a lead when directed to do so by an authorised officer in specified parks, recreation grounds and open spaces.
Unless told to do so by an officer, dog owners can have their dogs off the lead in these areas at all other times if they wish.
This power would only be used when a dog is considered to be out of control or causing alarm and distress on public land.
Dogs on leads (seasonal)
This element will require dog owners to put their dog on a lead during seasonal periods at specific countryside, parks and formal garden sites.
Dog exclusion
This condition will lead to the exclusion of dogs from:
• children’s play areas
• specific skate parks and ball courts
• specific sporting or recreational facilities.
Specified maximum number of dogs
This condition specifies that the maximum number of dogs that can be taken onto land by one person is four. This applies to any land across Waverley which is out in the open and to which the public have access.

For further information contact:
Tel: 01483 523296
Web : www.waverley.gov.uk
Email: communications@waverley.gov.uk

Farewell to Nicola Collett As She Departs As Nursery School Head Teacher

Staff, trustees, parents and children have bid a fond farewell to Nicola Collett, who has stood down as head teacher at Hambledon Nursery School after ten highly-successful years.

Nicola’s final day was the last day of the summer term (July 20th). At the end of the leavers service for children moving on to primary school, tributes were paid and gifts were presented.

Nicola was unsure if she could deliver a departing speech without becoming tearful so her two children, Lydia and Lawrence, stepped up to speak on her behalf. Kate Walford, the new head, teachers and parents all warmly thanked Nicola and spoke of their high regard for her. Our pictures shows Kate Walford (left)  and Tracey Jimmison, deputy head (centre), at the presentation to Nicola,

Nicola joined the teaching staff in 2001 and was appointed head teacher and manager in 2008.

The school was once the village state primary. It was reopened as a nursery school in 1984 after a village-led initiative secured the lovely Victorian schoolhouse and playground in its beautiful rural setting as a place of learning.

It has thrived and since Nicola took over it has twice been judged “outstanding” in Ofsted inspections.

David Evans, chair of trustees, said: “Nicola has made a quite exceptional contribution, and the school today bears her stamp in so many ways.

“We are fortunate to have such an attractive Victorian building, but Victorian buildings need love and care, and with Nicola over the years it has been very well maintained.  The extensive outdoor areas and outbuildings and play areas have also been carefully looked after and developed, with children’s gardens, and outdoor toys, and climbing frames and pathways and camps.

“Important as the physical environment is, much more important is our teaching staff.  Nicola has taken tremendous care over the staff team and has supported and imbued it with her passion and values.  It is a great team, who look after their small charges with endless care and dedication and give them the best start to their schooldays that they and their parents could hope for.

“Nicola has been the embodiment of “hands-on”.  She has maintained a teaching role throughout her time at the school, and has always been on-hand to advise and support those around her.  And as well as supporting her colleagues, and caring for the children, before a new term started she would invariably be found organising a tidy-up of the classrooms, or checking the grounds, or planning a new innovation in the children’s education.

“She can and should look back on her time at Hambledon Nursery School with great pride.  The gifts from staff and parents and trustees will be a small reminder of the very high regard in which she is held by all.  She is passing on the Headship to Kate Walford, presently a teacher at the school, and as ever has done an excellent job of supporting and handing over the reins to Kate.

“Nicola has a creativity that has been a hugely important part of what she has brought to the school, and now she plans to develop these talents further and in different directions.  We all wish her, with her husband Iain and her children Lydia and Lawrence, the very best.

“Nicola’s leaving gift to the school was the trunk of an oak tree.  This is now in the school grounds inscribed with a message from Nicola to the school.  In its first day it was a boat, a bus, a crocodile and a horse …”

Our pictures below show Nicola in the playground after she was presented with a flowers by children; with her daughter Lydia (centre) and teacher/afternoon supervisor Kelly Shaw; and the inscribed oak log which was her departing gift to the school.



Hambledon Village Shop beat Hambledon Cricket Club, at Cricket…

It was a lovely day: sun shining but not so much as to fry the fielders or blind the batsmen. The two teams turned up and immediately it was clear who were the more professional: not only did the Hambledon Village Shop XI knock the sartorial spots off with the most elegantly tailored team shirts, but also they gathered, just like the Fijian rugby team, in a tight morale-boosting and shoulder-hugging huddle to listen to a passionate Captain’s passionate words of encouragement, inspiration and oppo-bashing. Fired up and feeling fearsome, the HVS XI won the toss and opted to bat. Bottles of beer were opened in celebration: perhaps a little early, but the Dutch courage argument seemed to hold sway.

At this point the Hambledon Friendly XI, who, above all, were friendly, gently pointed out that there appeared to be 13 players in the HVS XI. Expressing surprise, the HVS XI entered negotiations. After some diplomatic to-ing and fro-ing, agreement was reached: all 13 should be allowed to bat, if needed, in the allotted 30 overs, but only 11 would be allowed to field when the time came (if only Brexit negotiations could be handled with such courtesy and confidence).

The Hambledon XI took to the field and the HVS XI openers took to the crease. The young opening bowler marked out his run-up… my goodness, it was long. He seemed to be marching off to the top end of the Common… he turned… ran in and delivered a blistering opening ball that rocketed into the wicket-keeper’s gloves with the thumping sound of a heavy whiplash. The batsman was unperturbed. He swung his bat in practice, adjusted his glasses and settled down to wait for the next delivery – which, quite naturally, took about ten minutes to arrive – by the time the bowler had re-visited the Common and set off on his run. Much to the delight of the HVS XI, the second ball was punched to the boundary for 4 runs.

And so it was to be: the HVS XI opening pair took the sting out of the Hambledon XI attack and both scored handsomely without losing a wicket. In fact, they had to retire to let the others have a go. The others did have a go and there were some notable performances on both sides. Peak perfection for the fielding side came when their older statesman (approaching his 80th birthday) bamboozled two of the HVS XI’s finest batsmen and had them summarily stumped and left high and dry. Catches were caught, sixes were hit, wickets rattled and batsmen were run out – oh, and hereby the most politically controversial moment occurred. The HVS XI’s star female batsman, sorry, batsperson, who has never played this game before, was run out on her first ball and not a moment of forgiveness was offered by the fielding side. So much for diversity. So much for chivalry. So much for fair play… the HVS XI were really angry now…

In the end, the till operators, the deli staff, the shop maintenance team, the washer-uppers and the cardboard recycling crew scored 215 magnificent runs in their 30 overs. Even the Shop Manager, who had taken 5 minutes off from her duties to come and offer support, was impressed by such skill and derring-do. 

The Hambledon XI’s response was determined. The opening batsmen sauntered out to the middle looking relaxed, confident, experienced. They were looking forward to seeing off any feeble attempt at aggression and to ratcheting up a magnificent score in absolutely no time. The HVS opening bowler, however, looked menacing. He’s a fine figure of a man and set off to mark out his run-up… oh no! He not only reached Hambledon Common… he went further! And when he ran in we could feel the earth vibrate and hear his snorting breath… and then the first ball was delivered… it… looped… it circled… slowly… tantalisingly slowly towards the batsman… who had no idea what was going on… was already on the back foot in anticipation of a bullet… and who completely mis-timed his shot. And so it was to be. A combination of raw talent – disguised as bumbling ineptitude – and the native cunning of the Shop’s volunteer cohort managed to dismiss the Hambledon XI for 141 with 8 overs to go.

Victory was secured and the Hambledon Village Shop XI had lived up to their shirts. What little beer and wine remained was then consumed and a magnificent BBQ was enjoyed by everyone. The organisers (you know who they are) are to be thanked hugely, as well as the representatives of the Cricket Club who made it such an enjoyable afternoon.

Thanks to Ged and SJ for the photos, double click/tap on the gallery below to see them in full size.


Fifty New Chairs for the Village Hall Thanks to Our Generous Sponsors

Thanks to the huge generosity of the people of Hambledon, we have now had sponsorship for all fifty of the new chairs we need for the Village Hall which is such a fantastic result. When our secretary, Paul Vacher, suggested the idea, we thought it was a great plan and we have been overwhelmed by the support the scheme has had.

Due to another very kind donation we will be able to put a small name plaque on each chair. If you haven’t already been in touch, please contact Ruth Canham on 01428 685 729 or at mail@ruthcanham.co.uk to let us know what name/names you would like on yours.

We are also enormously grateful to the Hambledon Midsummer Festival organising team for their extremely kind donation of £2,000 which will pay for a new rainwater soak-away under the hall car park. We are very hopeful that this will improve the problem of damp in the hall.

Having this vital work paid for and our new chairs sponsored means that we now have funds available to have the interior of the hall redecorated and some necessary repairs carried out on the exterior woodwork.

Thank you Hambledon!

Hambledon Midsummer Festival 2018 Fund Raising

We are now in a position to announce the funds raised by the Hambledon Midsummer Festival held on 22-24 June 2018 and how they will be distributed.

As of today, a total of £11,500 has been raised (after expenses) and is available for distribution, a further £3,000 may be forthcoming. 

£700 of the £11,500 available will be retained to cover any unforeseen expenses associated with the weekend. The remaining £10,800 will be distributed as follows:


£500 to Citizens Advice Bureau
£500 to Hope for Children
£500 to Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice
£500 to Surrey Search & Rescue
£500 to a victim of the Hambledon House Fire (already distributed)

Village Organisations

£2,000 to Hambledon Cricket Club
£2,000 to Hambledon Football Club
£2,000 to Hambledon Village Hall
£2,000 to Hambledon Village Shop
£300 to cover Cricket Green Insurance

The donation to Hambledon Village Hall will be used to fund a new soak-away to alleviate drainage problems, with any surplus going towards repainting the interior of the Hall. The donation to Hambledon Village Shop will help fund their project to replace kitchen equipment and domestic grade cabinetry with stainless steel, professional standard equipment, the total cost of this project is estimated to be around £5,500.

What Next For Orchard Farm?

The proposal to build affordable homes at Orchard Farm has been rejected on appeal and developers English Rural Housing Association must now decide whether to re-apply with a scaled-down application or sell the site on.

The ERHA had applied to demolish the existing farmhouse and outbuildings and build 12 affordable homes together with five larger market-price houses and provision of open space for village use.

After much local consultation, and with concerns expressed over the size of the proposed development and drainage issues, the application went before Waverley Borough Council in May last year where members voted to reject the scheme.

The nine-acre site between Petworth Road and Wormley Lane is within the Green Belt and the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Waverley councillors said that no special circumstances existed in the application to outweigh the harm to the Green Belt and the AONB.

After considering the outcome for several months, ERHA decided to lodge an appeal to the Government’s Planning Inspectorate. This appeal has now been considered and dismissed, upholding the original decision by Waverley Borough Councillors.

Sheila Holden, the inspector appointed by the Secretary of State to consider the appeal, said in her ruling: “Notwithstanding the continued need to provide affordable homes, the supply of housing land is not a factor weighing in this scheme’s favour”, adding that the proposal would be an “inappropriate development within the Green Belt”.

She accepted that there would be “very significant benefits arising from the provision of 12 units of affordable housing and limited benefits associated with the proposed public open space.”

But she concluded: “However, these benefits do not clearly outweigh the harm by reason of inappropriateness and the other harms I have identified.  The very special circumstances needed to justify the scheme do not, therefore, exist.”

The ERHA, which is a registered provider of social housing in rural areas, has not commented on what it will do next. It bought the site on the open market and had hoped that the provision of market-price houses in the scheme would help pay for the affordable homes, which would have been available for rent or shared ownership at below market costs.

It may return with a smaller scale development of affordable homes only as the inspector’s ruling seems to indicate that market price properties are unacceptable and do not meet the criteria for exempting the site from Green Belt and AONB restrictions.

Or it could consider putting the land, together with the existing farmhouse, back on the open market.

Hambledon Parish Council remains committed to attempting to find suitable sites for affordable housing in the village in accordance with wishes expressed by residents and contained within the published Parish Plan.