Save a Life in Hambledon

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Following two successful AED training courses courses earlier this year, we will be running another on:

Saturday 3rd September at 10.30

and possibly a further course, on

Saturday 24th September at 10.30

AED’s (Defibrillators) are simple to use but may seem intimidating in an Emergency Situation.  Join us to learn how to use them and help save a life….

Learn/refresh your life saving skills and familiarise yourself with an AED….. we have TWO in the village, positioned outside the Village Shop and outside the Church.

Training: £20 per person, lasting approximately 3 hours.  You will leave feeling confident that you will not be a “bystander” but a “lifesaver” in an Emergency…..

Please email Jenny on

Jenny.holford@me.com   or call 01483 414837 for more information and to book your place.

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Messy Church @ Hambledon

Our next Messy Churcmc_logo_xlh service at Hambledon Church is on Sunday 4th September at 10.30am. All the usual crafts, songs and fun for all ages, as we learn about St Peter’s story. Peter’s life was full of ups and downs, just like ours. Sometimes he let his friend, Jesus, down badly; but Jesus didn’t give up on him and he doesn’t give up on us. Come along to find out more. All welcome.

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Hambledon Village Shop Gets More Tech

Earlier this year the Shop got an internet upgrade and many of the customers and volunteers are taking advantage of the fast (38mbps) internet access now available. No password or login is required to use the internet service at the shop, just connect your device to the shop wi-fi when you’re in the vicinity and you’re up and running. The wi-fi extends to all the outside seating, including the new Queen’s bench.

In July the card terminal in the shop was upgraded to contactless. The more customers who use this the better, as it speeds up queue movement when the shop gets busy. Most cards now allow for contactless payment, just tap your card on the terminal when the amount has been entered into it, you’ll hear a beep confirming the payment has been made. Apple Pay is also supported so you can use your iPhone or Apple Watch to make a payment. The maximum allowed for a contactless payment is £30.
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The Shop also now has it’s own web application. If you go to http://hambledonvillageshop.co.uk/hvs1 you can monitor in real time how the shop is performing via a screen of widgets. Click or tap on any of the widgets to dig deeper. The app does not work correctly on some versions of Microsoft Internet Explorer, but is fine on other browsers and mobile devices.


 

 

 

And, just one more thing… The Shop is active on Social Media in various ways:

Facebook, Google and TripAdvisor all allow you to write reviews of the shop, hint, hint….

 

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Ways to Improve Our Village Bus Service? Parish Council To Hold Talks

Hambledon Parish Council is to hold talks with Surrey County Council and Waverley Borough Council to press for a review of the way the village bus service operates in the hope it can be made more commercially viable.

Suggestions from villagers would be welcome, either by leaving a website comment on this article or posting suggestions in the Forum section.

The 503 route, which is the only public transport service available to residents, connects the village with Milford, Godalming and Guildford and is especially important to the elderly and infirm wanting to visit shops, banks and surgeries. It is shown here in the picturesque setting of the farm buildings at the Hydestile Crossroads as its leaves the village headed for Milford.

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It is operated by Stagecoach but is heavily subsidised by Surrey County Council. Recently it faced the axe, only to be reprieved after the parish council and residents lobbied for it to continue.

The council is keen to see if changes can be made to increase revenue and prevent another cost-cutting exercise threatening its existence the next time SCC reviews its subsidised bus operations.

Currently the 503 operates on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, twice in each direction, beginning at Lane End at 9.15 and 12.15. Although a vital service for older residents its timing and infrequency means it is of no use to school children or commuters, despite its route taking it past Milford Station and local schools.

Surrey County Council has indicated that it is prepared to discuss the route with the parish council and others and it is hoped this will happen soon.

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Summer Art Exhibition at The Merry Harriers

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Featuring Paintings by Becky Grove – NOW until the end of August 2016

Join Becky at the pub for an evening with the artist on Thursday 4th August.

Becky currently lives in Bethnal Green, London but is originally from Hambledon and so is excited to be having her first exhibition in the pub.

Inspiration for her work comes from far and wide; a road trip from the Yukon (Canada) to the US through Montana, The Grand Tetons National Park and Nashville to name a few, The Lake of Stars festival in Malawi, her friend’s farm in Somerset, her Mum’s beautiful English country garden and cowboys!

You can see some of Becky’s work at her website.

 

 

 

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Summer Service Changes at St Peter’s

Hambledon-Slider-1700x500A heads-up that there are some changes to our church services over the next couple of Sundays.

 

Sunday 31st July: There is no 10.30am service. There will be a 9.00am service as usual.

Sunday 7th August: There will be no services at Hambledon this morning, as we will be going to the Churches Together in Godalming service (10.00am) at the Bandstand in Godalming – everyone welcome – come and join the fun!

Have a great Summer everyone.

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As seen on Hambledon Common…

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It’s not just smooth snakes, slow worms and sand lizards that are returning as a result of Stephen Dean’s conservation work on Hambledon Common. The latest exciting arrival is the Silver-studded Blue butterfly.

On July 4th Harry Clarke, butterfly recorder for Surrey, visited Hambledon and Buss’s Commons. As well as the usual Meadow Brown and Large  Skipper, he found two Small Coppers and, best of all, two Silver-studded Blues. The Silver-studded Blue is a rare heathland butterfly, confined to small colonies in England and Wales. It owes its name to the male whose wings are blue with a dark border on the upper side and black, orange and green spots (“studs”) and flecks on the underside. The female is brown and, like the male, also has distinct metallic spots on her hind wings.  

Silver-studied Blues have declined substantially since the 1970s and are now of conservation concern; so finding them on Hambledon Common is especially good news. They are dependent on the Small Black Ant (Lasius niger) throughout their larval and pupal stages. The ants feed on the honeydew-like liquid secreted by the larvae. In return, the ants take the larvae down into their nests and protect them. The ants nest in bare un-shaded spots such as those parts of the Common where rabbits keep the vegetation short and expose areas of open ground. The butterflies emerge in June and feed on the nectar of the bell heather and crossleaved heath, which are in flower during their flight season. 

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Trustee Wanted For Hambledon Nursery School

Notice from the Trustees of Hambledon Nursery School

Hambledon Nursery School is an Outstanding-rated nursery school in the village. We are seeking a replacement for one of our Trustees who, due to other commitments, is planning to stand down.

Trustees are drawn from different areas of village life, and in this instance we are seeking one to fulfil the role of “village trustee”; someone living in or near the village, who is passionate about the success of the school, and its part in the village community.

Board members need to be able to commit to 6 evening meetings a year, where they bring their own experience and judgement to educational and management issues. They may in addition like to attend other nursery highlights – nativity/leaver’s service/‘fun’ events and so on.

If you would be interested, please would you let Stephanie Campbell (School Secretary) know at office@hambledonnurseryschool.co.uk, and we will arrange the appropriate further conversations.

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Dunsfold “New Town”? Draft Local Plan Gets Go-Ahead For Next Stage

Waverley Borough councillors have overwhelmingly supported a recommendation that its new draft Local Plan be published.

The plan, which sets out a strategy for housing up until 2032, allows for 2,600 homes to be built on the site of Dunsfold aerodrome. Local parish councils, including Hambledon, have expressed grave concerns that unless sufficient infrastructure is in place, a “new town” development at Dunsfold is not sustainable.

A meeting of the full Waverley council on Tuesday night was picketed by protesters who chanted and waved banners in protest at the Plan as members arrived at the council offices in Godalming.

They were being asked to agree to a recommendation by the council’s executive that the draft Plan be formally published to allow it to move on to the next stage – a minimum six-week period for representations to be made before it is submitted for examination by a Government planning inspector (see previous news item).

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Three councillors abstained. Many others thought it flawed but voted in favour to prevent central Government taking it over and imposing its own targets.

To avoid this outcome the Plan has to be in place by early 2017. Waverley’s earlier attempt at a Local Plan was rejected by a Government inspector for not having met new housing targets.

The owner of the airfield, Dunsfold Park Ltd, is currently applying to build 1,800 homes on the site, potentially rising to 3,400.

Hambledon and other local parishes in the area are concerned about the impact such a significant new housing development will have on narrow, rural lanes that surround the airfield site. The only major road in the area is the A281 which is already heavily congested at peak times in the Guildford direction.

It is argued that people will look to “rat-run” on unsuitable single-track country lanes such as Markwick Lane, Salt Lane and Vann Lane to reach Witley and Milford stations, schools and surgeries, all of which are already stretched to meet existing local need.

Hambledon Parish Council has objected to the current Dunsfold Park application on the basis of a lack of supporting infrastructure. It accepts the need for new homes but said the current proposals would put “severe and unacceptable pressure on an already overstretched transport network”. The council has suggested that the planners and developers should consider reinstating the former Guildford to Cranleigh railway line – with a spur to Dunsfold – as a light transit system to help alleviate road congestion, if development goes ahead.

If you would like to read what comments Hambledon Parish Council has made to Waverley on the Dunsfold application so far, please follow this link ,- and then click on Dunsfold Park. Further comment is likely when final plans are known.

In the meantime parishes and the campaign group Protect Our Waverley (POW) will be keeping up the pressure on councillors when they come to consider the planning application and during the representation stage of the draft Local Plan.

 

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A “new town” for Dunsfold? Council meets to consider Local Plan

 

A “new town” of 2,600 houses at Dunsfold Aerodrome is among proposals in the new draft Local Plan to be considered by Waverley Borough Council tonight (Tuesday July 19).

The airfield site is already subject to a planning application for 1,800 homes and this total will inevitably rise if the new Local Plan is adopted. Dunsfold Park, owners of the site, has suggested that eventually up to 3,400 houses could be built.

Hambledon Parish Council has objected to the application and has joined with other parishes in the area in arguing that narrow country lanes will not be able to cope with the additional traffic.  The only major road near the site, the A281, is already at a standstill at peak times. To avoid this new home owners will be forced to “rat-run” by using single-track rural roads such as Markwick Lane, Salt Lane and Vann Lane to reach Milford and Witley stations, schools, shops and places of work.

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If Waverley adopts the new Local Plan, efforts to fight the Dunsfold Park proposals will be seriously undermined. In 2009 Waverley refused a similar housing application for the site, upheld by a Government inspector on appeal. Today, although reasons for objecting remain the same, Waverley is under central Government pressure to build more than 500 new homes across the borough every year to 2032.

Waverley’s executive has already recommended the new Local Plan be formally published and the full council meets tonight at 7pm to consider endorsing this recommendation. If this happens there will be a minimum six-week for representations before the plan is submitted for examination by a Government Planning Inspector.

Protect Our Waverley, a campaign group set up to fight the proposals, will be staging a demonstration outside Waverley offices before tonight’s meeting.

 

 

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Hambledon Ladies Breakfast – Saturday 13 August 2016

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We are looking forward to welcoming Annie Sneller to our Ladies Breakfast at the WSGC in August. Annie has worked for many years as a community nurse before diversifying into the world of mediation and conflict resolution.
Annie is also part of the leadership team at her local church providing pastoral care and teaching and has been lucky to take several short term trips, supporting faith based projects in countries such as Ukraine, Grenada, Ethiopia and India.
Please do come along and hear Annie’s story and enjoy a delicious breakfast with friends and neighbours.  F  or further information please contact Vicki Hinde by email   vicki.hinde@btopenworld.com or Sue Blackman 01428 683871. Tickets are now on sale in the Village Shop priced at 8 pounds until Tuesday 9 August.

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Hambledon Village Shop – Reports from the Annual Members Meeting

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Around 40 members attended the Annual Members Meeting of The Hambledon Village Shop Limited on Thursday 7th July 2016 in Hambledon Village Hall.

As well as presentations of the annual and year to date accounts, there were reports from Tim Parker (Chairmen of the Shop Management Committee) and from Gill Darbyshire (Shop Manager). These reports are provided below for those with an interest in the shop who were unable to attend the meeting.

 

Report from Tim Parker

Report from Gill Darbyshire

 

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Caring for Oakhurst

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Are you a student looking for a challenge during the summer holidays? Ever thought about becoming a National Trust Volunteer Conservation Assistant?

It is over 30 years since the National Trust, with the support of Hambledon Parish Council, decided to open Oakhurst Cottage to the public. A dedicated team of volunteer guides, largely recruited from within the village, give visitors a unique insight into the life- styles of Oakhurst’s inhabitants during the last four centuries; but the cottage itself, its fabric and its contents are an equally important part of the story. The contents in particular, many of which date from 19th century, need a lot of TLC – and that includes cleaning and conservation repairs.

Whether it’s a candle snuffer, a rag rug, a stool, a quilt, a piece of pottery, an item of clothing or anything in between, objects get dusty and dirty if they aren’t regular cleaned and, at the end of each season, checked to see if any damage limitation is required. This is where volunteer conservation assistants have a vital role to play.

The National Trust is recruiting Volunteer Conservation Assistants to help care for Oakhurst. From 15 August important repairs to the fabric of the cottage are being carried out, so the initial requirement is for someone to go in for half an hour on Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday mornings (at any time that suits up to 12.30) to sweep and tidy and generally remove the dust that will inevitably result from the repair works. But there’s more to it than that. If you volunteer for this task you will be given full NT training that will not only show you what to do for the half-hour cleaning sessions but will also teach you about conservation repair work and give you a set of skills and experience that will make a unique contribution to your CV.

You will be able to put these skills to good use not only at Oakhurst (where you will always be welcome whenever you find yourself in Hambledon) but also at National Trust properties throughout the country, depending on where your studies or interests may take you in the future.

Ready to get involved? If so, please e-mail oakhurstcottage@nationaltrust.org.uk. Should you require further information please get in touch with Jane Woolley, Chair of the Oakhurst Cottage Advisory Committee: j.woolley881@btinternet.com or telephone 01428 684213.

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Grand Raffle Prize Winners

Many thanks to everyone who bought tickets for the Raffle and all the helpers on the Stand. And to the Companies and people who donated the great prizes.

 

The lucky Winners below:

  • Spa Day for 2 at Penny Hill Park   –   Anthea Edwards
  • Tickets for Oval 1st Day  England v Pakistan – Stu Parker
  • NFL Wembley Bundle – Andrew Abbott
  • Goodwood Festival of Speed  – Franks
  • Surrey cricket signed bat – Oliver Lucas
  • 2 Guest Passes for Amarna Spa Haslemere – Mary Phillips
  • £40 Cath Kidson voucher – Saville
  • £25 Voucher for Roxtons – Sue Adams
  • Bunch of Flowers from Greenhouse Godalming – Linda Barnes
  • Woking FC tickets – Alfred Ellis

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THE BENCH, THE FETE, THE BALL…AND LOUIS DE BERNIÈRES

Philip Underwood, fete organiser, and the village website team report on a busy weekend in Hambledon.

An eventful weekend saw the unveiling of a new bench in commemoration of the Queen’s 90th birthday, a very well-attended fete, a packed Midsummer Ball, a special church service…and an exclusive interview with the award-winning author Louis de Bernières.

Louis, whose work includes the acclaimed Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, grew up in Hambledon and wrote about his time here in his book Notwithstanding. Before opening the fete on the village cricket green on Saturday (June 18) he took time out to film an interview with www.hambledonsurrey.co.uk in which he talked candidly about his childhood. The interview can be found here.

He was then in attendance as the new bench was unveiled outside the village shop, overlooking the village pond. It was commissioned on behalf of the village in recognition of the Queen’s 90th birthday and was unveiled by Jane Woolley, clerk to the parish council, who has worked tirelessly for Hambledon in many capacities. She was introduced by John Anderson, parish council chairman.

The bench, carved from local oak, was designed and made in Hambledon by local craftsmen Dorian van Braam and Olafur Mason. Its first occupants were children in fancy dress from the village nursery school.

Louis de Bernières then declared the fete open, remarking that Hambledon was little changed from his childhood days in the 1960s and 1970s.

The traditional fete featured all the usual attractions with games, stalls, bouncy castle, face painting, arts and crafts, food and drink. Children competed in a tug of war, local pooches and their owners took centre stage in a dog show. A popular feature was the display by the Hawk and Owl Show.

When the last stragglers finally left the village green it was time to turn the marquee into a venue for the Midsummer Ball. Several hundred villagers and their guests sat around circular tables to wine and dine and then dance to the music of local band The Likeness.

The following day a Sunday morning service combining congregations from Hambledon and Busbridge churches was held in the marquee, celebrating Father’s Day.

Proceeds to the fete and ball went to support village clubs and activities. Thanks go Philip Underwood and his many helpers, including Hambledon Football Club, for organising the fete and for the hard work of Sue and Ginger Blackman and friends for staging the ball.

A few images from the weekend activities are shown below. If you would like to see the complete photo galleries please click here.

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Hambledon Village Shop Annual Meeting 7th July 2016

THE HAMBLEDON VILLAGE SHOP LIMITED

NOTICE OF ANNUAL MEMBERS MEETING

The Annual Members Meeting of THE HAMBLEDON VILLAGE SHOP LIMITED will be held on Thursday 7th July 2016 at 7.30pm in Hambledon Village Hall.

All Members (being persons whose names are listed on the Register of Members as holding shares) are invited to attend and vote at the meeting.

The business to be dealt with is as follows:

  1. To receive the Annual Accounts for the financial year ending 31 January 2016
  2. To receive a report on the performance of the shop during the financial year ending 31 January 2016 and the Management Committee’s plans for the current and next financial years
  3. To elect members of the Management Committee

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 HAMBLEDON VILLAGE SHOP LIMITED is a Community Benefit Society registered under the Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies Act 2014

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