Hydestile Celebrates With A Party In A Phone Box

Hydestile Crossroads residents have held a party in a phone box to celebrate the renovation of the traditional red kiosk and its new role as a location for a defibrillator.

Almost two dozen Crossroaders, past and present, raised a glass of champagne to toast the completed restoration before moving on to a garden party.

The kiosk, a familiar landmark on the approach to Hambledon, looked resplendent with new paint and a new sign around the top of the glass sides stating “Defibrillator”.

The transformation of the former payphone is the work of neighbouring Busbridge Parish Council. The crossroads forms a part of the boundary between it and Hambledon Parish Council. Many rural payphones see little use and Busbridge PC decided it was no longer prepared to pay a maintenance fee to BT for it to remain operational.

Instead it negotiated for BT to remove the phone apparatus and to hand over ownership to the council. It then had the kiosk professionally restored, inside and out (see earlier news story on this website), and for the defibrillator to be installed. The box will continue to illuminate at night.

The initiative was led by Busbridge councillors Alison Martin and John Graves. John, who lives at the crossroads, and his wife Elaine hosted a garden dinner party following the kiosk celebration.

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Paul Pattinson’s Parish Council departure brings past and present together

Hambledon parish councillors past and present have gathered to mark Paul Pattinson’s 12 years of service to the village.

Paul decided not to stand again at the year’s local government elections. He has been an invaluable member of the parish council and its planning committee and his contribution was praised by chairman John Anderson who, with wife Tucker, hosted a thank-you party at their home.

This was attended by all of the current members and several others who worked alongside Paul during his earlier years on the council, which he joined in January 2007. John thanked Paul for his measured and thoughtful input on a range of village issues and the knowledge he brought to legal and planning matters.

A week later there was an informal meal at the Merry Harriers, with all the current councillors and their partners present. Stewart Payne, vice chairman, said that Paul was a much-liked and respected friend and colleague and would be missed.

Paul responded by saying that he and his wife Vicky appreciated both gatherings. “You are such a harmonious team, and that was reflected in all the chat, and noise level, at our dinner. Hambledon is lucky to have such a good group of people on its Parish Council.”

Please read on to see photographs of both occasions.

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Parish Magazine Pays Tribute To Two “Great Lives” in July Edition

The families of Mic Coleman and Pat Williams have expressed their gratitude to the people of Hambledon following the funerals of both, held in the past month.

They were much loved and respected residents and both contributed enormously to life in the village.

Mic’s funeral was held at Guildford Crematorium, followed by a gathering at the Merry Harriers. In a message afterwards, his family said: “We would like to thank all those who attended the service at the crematorium and those who sent condolences and thoughtful messages”

Pat’s funeral was held in Hambledon at St Peter’s Church and her sister Margaret Romney said that the love and friendship in the village had been “overwhelming”.

The lives of both have been celebrated in earlier articles on this website. The July edition of the Parish Magazine carries the tributes paid to both at their funerals. It will be on sale at the village shop from tomorrow (Saturday June 29th).


Seeking Quizzers!

It’s short notice but there are still places left for our fund-raising quiz night in aid of MacMillan Nurses and Wilfred’s Big Expedition.

We’ll have tables of 8 so if you can make up a whole table, brilliant! If not, we can can join you to part-filled tables and you’ll make some new friends!

It’s Saturday 29th June from 7:30pm at Hambledon Village Hall

The ticket includes food and there will be  bar serving local beer and wine.

Please call Jo on 07788 421226 to reserve a place.

New Associate Minister for St Peter’s

The Rector, The Rev. Simon Taylor, who is also now Area Dean, is delighted to announce that after a careful and prayer-filled interview process the Associate Minister post has been offered to and accepted by The Rev. Simon Willetts. Simon is currently Associate Minister at ChristChurch, Virginia Water. He and his wife, Naomi, will be moving into Mervil Bottom in the summer. He will be formally licensed and welcomed at a special service at St Peter’s on Sunday 15 September 2019 at 6pm with a reception afterwards at Clock Barn. We are obliged to point out that the appointment remains subject to clear DBS, medicals and paperwork.

This appointment would not have been possible without the overwhelming generosity and support of all those in our village community who responded to the fundraising campaign. At the recent Annual Church Meeting the Treasurer, Andrew Dunn, was delighted to announce that we hit the pledge target. If anyone would like to discuss their pledge, or if anyone has any questions about church finance, they should feel free to contact Andrew on 01428 482 113 or by email at adunn@candey.com.

Visit Vann gardens

The gardens at Vann will be open for the last time this season for the National Garden Scheme on Sunday 23 June from 10 till 6 p.m.

Refreshments will be available all day including home made biscuits and Vann’s Famous flapjacks all in aid of Grand daughter Mary’s sponsored trip to Greenland . Vann Garden is also open every Wednesday and by appointment.


Road Closures

Markwick Lane will be temporarily closed between the junction of Mare Lane and the access road to Little Burgate Farm for one week from 24th June 2019.  Traffic will be diverted along Markwick Lane, Godalming Road, The Street and Mare Lane.  This is to allow cabling and tree cutting works for BT Openreach. It is anticipated that the works will be carried out between the hours of 9am and 5pm.

The road will remain open to pedestrians, dismounted cyclists and equestrians during this time.

Only twenty tickets left for Bohemian Rhapsody

Don’t miss out on your chance to be there at the first of our all new ‘Hambledon Film Nights’. Bohemian Rhapsody, the story of Freddie Mercury and Queen, is showing this Saturday, June 15th at the Village Hall.

There will be a bar selling alcoholic and soft drinks and also tea, coffee and cakes.

Doors open at 7.30 with the film beginning at 8pm.

Tickets are £5 each and are still available from the village shop.

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Proposal to Replace Fire-Damaged Hambledon House

A planning application to demolish Hambledon House and replace it with a new building has been received by Waverley Borough Council, the local planning authority.

This follows the fire that devastated the large Vann Lane property in January of last year, leaving it uninhabitable and beyond repair.

The proposal is for a house of similar size but of different proportion. The new property, if approved, would be set back further from the road and with a lower profile.

Full details of the application can be found on the planning section of the Waverley Borough Council website where there is an opportunity to comment until a deadline of June 27. The application number is WA/2019/0671. All comment must be on planning grounds.

Hambledon Parish Council has been consulted on the proposed application and a site visit has been held. It will consider the application at its June meeting. The application will be determined by Waverley Borough Council.

Details can be found here.


Hambledon Film Night – Bohemian Rhapsody

Saturday, June 15th at the Village Hall – 7.30 for 8pm

‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ is a foot-stomping celebration of Queen, their music and their

extraordinary lead singer Freddie Mercury, who defied stereotypes and shattered

convention to become one of the most beloved entertainers on the planet.

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Tickets £5 each from the village shop

Licensed bar, tea, coffee and homemade cakes

Mic Coleman’s Funeral and Reception – All Welcome

Sylvia Coleman and her family have asked for the following details of Mic’s funeral and reception to be made known to his many friends in Hambledon and beyond. All are welcome to commemorate and celebrate the life of a lovely man who gave so much to the village and its residents.

Just one thing: please do not feel that you need to wear black. Something colourful is the order of the day.

The funeral service will take place at 2.15pm on Thursday June 6th at Guildford Crematorium. Family flowers only. Please arrive in plenty of time as the service is likely to be very well attended.

Afterwards the Coleman family invite everyone to join them at the Merry Harriers.

Mic was involved in so many aspects of Hambledon life, for which he was awarded the British Empire Medal (please see earlier news story on this website). It is hoped that friends from across the village, its clubs and organisations, will gather to share happy memories.

Hambledon Cricket Club Under 11’s team report

Hambledon Community Cricket Club Under 11’s team report by manager Dan Kenny

vs Elstead Home Game (26/5/2019)

Harry L. captained the side and rather cleverly won the toss, electing to field we began the match against Elstead, a team that beat us last year. We had several 2019 newbie’s who hadn’t started a game this year, including Ray, Harry, and Lloyd but all veterans from previous campaigns at Hambledon.

The bowling was tight but the Elstead opening pair were good and put on 21. Fielding was very good again, much better than last year. We still have some issues with ball watching (umpires included!) but the team backed up behind the wicketkeeper and bowler – only requiring mild screaming from the coaches to get things moving, we gave away very few runs from over-throws or misfields.

Everyone bowled very well but a special mention for Oliver who took a brace of wickets clean bowled, a great performance, well done!

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Coming soon to a village hall near you…. it’s the Hambledon Film Night!

On Saturday, June 15th 2019

Hambledon Village Hall Committee is proud to present the hugely popular ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ the story of Freddie Mercury. (Cert 12a)

Stroll through the village on a summer’s evening to meet friends, have a drink and watch a fantastic film in surround sound!

We are expecting to be sold out so don’t miss out on your chance to be there. Tickets £5 each, available at the village shop from June 1st onwards.

Doors open 7.30, film starts at 8pm.

There will be a bar serving soft and alcoholic drinks and also tea, coffee and homemade cakes.

Please note that to protect our licence we have to adhere strictly to the film’s age certificate and we thank you for your understanding in this matter.



Hydon Hobble – sign up now.

Hydon Hobble returns to the Surrey Hills on Friday 7 June 2019. This is a fun filled, family-friendly running event is for people of all ages.   All money raised, including entry fees, will go to help disabled residents at Hydon Hill, Leonard Cheshire – a residential home for disabled people in Clockbarn Lane Hydestile.

After the event, there will be time to relax and enjoy yourselves at Hydon Hill itself.

Find out more here:   LINK