In 2012 Surrey County Council awarded a contract to BT to ensure a superfast broadband service to all Surrey residents and businesses. Those living adjacent to the Hydestile Crossroads have already discovered that there are limits to the coverage; but it was hoped that the up-grading of the BT cabinet at the A283/Lane End Crossroads at the end of 2013 would enable everyone with an 01428 telephone number to connect to superfast.
Yet again this is not delivering in practice and a group of concerned residents is therefore trying to create a picture of where the service drops off.
To enable the group to put pressure on Superfast Surrey to install another cabinet to serve those on the edges of the village (excluding Hydestile/Feathercombe Lane which are being dealt with by a separate campaign) data is needed from as many residents as possible to create a picture of available speeds. In theory, those living within 2 km. of the Lane End cabinet should be able to access superfast but not all of them can and those living outside that radius almost certainly cannot.
Some villagers will have already received an e-mail from Louise Rhodes asking them to carry out speed tests. If you have not heard from her, do please get in touch (email@example.com) so that she can let you know how to do the tests. The more information she receives, the more likely it is that Hambledon will get good superfast coverage – and remember, even if you don’t want superfast, your successors certainly will!
Jane Woolley, Hambledon Parish Council Clerk
The world’s last flying Vulcan Bomber, XH558, is soon to be grounded. The plane is doing a farewell tour this weekend, flying a northern route on Saturday 10 October and a southern route on Sunday 11 October.
The southern route will include a leg between Dunsfold and Farnborough which passes just to the north of Hambledon.
Approximate timings of the fly over will be available from the planes Facebook page once it has departed from Doncaster.
You can read more about the history of the plane on Wikipedia.
Thanks to Mike Parry for the heads-up.
Volunteers at Surrey History Centre have recently completed indexing the Hambledon Poor Law Union minute books for the period 1836 to 1910. These minute books recorded each meeting of the Board of Guardians responsible for overseeing Hambledon Workhouse (now Hambledon Park).
You can read more here about the Poor Law minute books and download the online index here.
The Coffee Morning held last Saturday (26th September) at Hambledon Village Shop in aid of MacMillan raised £630, a substantial increase on last years total of £410. Congratulations to the organisers Christie McIntyre, Eliza Weller and Ellie Kitt and thanks to all who gave and purchased cake.
So far MacMillan have raised just over £4.5m from the various Coffee Mornings held around the country and are aiming to beat last years total of £25m.
The annual MacMillian Coffee morning held at the Village Shop by Christie McIntyre and her friends will take place tomorrow (Saturday 26th) morning from 9am. The girls have been baking up a storm and would love you to come and support this worthy cause. Last year they raised over £400 for MacMillian and they are keen to beat that this year.
A few more details can be found here: http://coffee.macmillan.org.uk/events/6drnw03j
Sunday, 20th September saw the finalisation of this project with the opening of the second almshouse. The project was started over two years ago by Andy Falk and his appeal for donations. The funds were found and we now have two modernised dwellings for the benefit of Hambledon residents. This was celebrated with a party and the ribbon was cut by Audrey Monk.
Cynthia Miller, who has volunteered at Hambledon Village Shop since it reopened as a community-run venture in 1992, was presented with The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service at a ceremony on Saturday morning (Sept 19th).
She received the award on behalf of all the volunteers whose efforts have kept the shop at the heart of village life. The presentation was made by Gordon Lee-Steere DL, chairman of the county’s Queen’s Award panel who is pictured (left) with Tim Parker, chairman of the shop management committee. (Photo courtesy of the Surrey Advertiser)
Tim thanked the many volunteers who have helped over the years for their “magnificent community effort” and in particular Cynthia and John and Annie Tidmarsh, who volunteered when the shop was reopened and continue to this day.
For further details please see the earlier news item.
Photos from Stewart Payne:
The Hambledon Village Show, held on Saturday 5th September, proved very popular with almost all 60 categories being hotly contested. Congratulations to the prize winners listed below and many thanks to Andy Falk and Nessie Alexander for all their hard work in organising the show.
This years Best in Show prize went to Katherine Frogley for her scrumptious carrot cake.
Photos of most of the prize winning exhibits are on the Village Facebook Page.
Full List of winners:
This Saturday (September 19th), at a ceremony beginning at 11.30am, volunteers who have helped run Hambledon Village Shop and Post Office for the past 23 years will be presented with The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.
Cynthia Miller, who has been a stalwart helper throughout this period, will receive the award on behalf of all volunteers from Gordon Lee-Steere DL, chairman of the county’s Queen’s Award panel. Other guests include the chairman of Surrey County Council, the Mayor of Waverley Borough Council, the High Sheriff of Surrey and the chairman of Hambledon Parish Council.
The shop was rescued from closure by villagers in 1992 and is now one of the longest-running community stores in the country, vital to the wellbeing of Hambledon.
In recognition of this achievement, and of the hard work put in by volunteers over the years, the Queen’s award, which has an equivalent status for groups as the MBE has for individuals, was announced earlier this year. It is the highest honour given to volunteer groups.
For security reasons attendance at the ceremony is by invite but villagers are welcome to gather outside to help celebrate an important occasion.