Memorial obelisk on Hydon’s Ball Listed By Historic England

The obelisk on the flank of Hydon’s Ball, which commemorates the lives of two brothers who died in the First World War, has been given a Grade II Listing as a structure of special interest by Historic England.

The Listing gives protection to the monument and official recognition of its architectural and historic significance.

It is one of more than 2,500 memorials to the fallen that Historic England is listing as the nation remembers the 100th anniversary of the 1914-18 Great War. More than 740,000 military personnel from the British Isles alone died in the deadly global conflict.

The obelisk commemorates Second Lieutenant Laurance Robertson, aged 36, King’s Own Scottish Borderers, who was killed in action during the Battle of the Somme on 30 July 1916, and his brother Captain Norman Robertson, 40, of 2nd Battalion, Hampshire Regiment, who died in a military hospital in Hanover on 20 June 1917.

Our photograph below shows the obelisk following the heavy snowfall in November 2010, two weeks after Remembrance Sunday.

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It was erected as a result of a bequest to the National Trust in the will of their eldest brother William, who died in 1937. The Trust already owned much of Hydon’s Ball and the bequest required the purchase of a small plot of land on Hydon Heath and the erection of the monument. This was completed in 1959.

The obelisk can be found beside the footpath below the summit on the south-west slope of the hill. It is easily reached from the lower end of Church Field, through the kissing gate, turning right to the little pumping station and then following the path up hill to the left. Many villagers leave poppies on the memorial around the time of Remembrance Sunday.

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Orchard Farm Planning Application – Waverley To Decide

The planning application submitted by English Rural Housing Association to build 17 affordable and market price homes at Orchard Farm is expected to be considered by Waverley Borough Council next month.

ERHA is seeking permission to build 12 affordable houses – which would comprise a mix of shared ownership and rental properties – and five open market houses on the site at Lane End between Wormley Lane and Petworth Road. The site is within the Green Belt and in the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Waverley must decide if the site meets the criteria to be regarded as a “rural exception site”, a policy which allows for limited development on Green Belt land.

Although Hambledon Parish Council, which has consulted widely on the proposal, continues to support the provision of affordable housing in the village, it has been unable to support the ERHA application for the following reasons:

  • The development is not small in scale;
  • It is not certain that it would prioritise people with strong Hambledon connections;
  • There are issues with drainage;
  • Traffic dangers are inadequately addressed;
  • The appropriateness of locating a development of this nature on this particular site;
  • Management and responsibility for the Open Space.

Surrey County Council has also recommended that Waverley refuse the application, expressing concerns over drainage issues. The Surrey Hills Board and the Campaign to Protect Rural England are among other bodies and organisations objecting to the scheme.

Comments on the application, including those by local residents, can be found by following this link h&Param=lg.Planning&SDescription=WA/2016/1644&viewdocs=true

A decision on the application will be made by Waverley Borough councillors. A target date of November 10th has been given, but this may not be met.




Jane Woolley Completes Walk for Loo


Despite almost meeting her Waterloo after a poorly timed encounter with a hornet, Jane Woolley completed her half marathon walk last Sunday. As a result she’s raised over £2000 which will go towards building a new customer toilet for the Village Shop.

Congratulations to Jane and many thanks to all who generously supported her.


Local Plan and Dunsfold Park – Deadlines for Comment/Objection/Support


The deadlines are approaching for comment on Waverley Borough’s Local Plan and for objection/support of the Dunsfold Park planning application.

Comments on Waverley Borough Council’s Pre-Submission Local Plan Part 1: Strategic Policies and Sites can be made by clicking here and must be made by 5pm on Monday 3rd October.

Details of the Dunsfold Park planning application are available here. Comments of objection, support or general observation must be made by Friday 7th October.


Raymond Smith Remembered With Memorial Bench

A memorial bench commemorating the life of Raymond Smith and his contribution to village life – and to Hambledon Cricket Club in particular – was unveiled at a short ceremony on Saturday September 10.

A planned cricket match between a Hambledon Village XI and a Family and Friends XI was rained off but spirits were not dampened inside the pavilion where a toast was drunk in Raymond’s memory and a barbecue served under a gazebo outside.

Andy Hinde, club chairman introduced Mic Coleman, long-serving club president who spoke of Raymond’s immense contribution to the club, a driving-force behind fund-raising and an enthusiastic and active supporter.

His widow Peggy then unveiled the bench assisted by son Charlie and daughter Rosie. They are pictured sitting on the bench, the first of many who will relax on its timbers to enjoy cricket on the green.


Raymond, who lived at Lane End, died in January this year and his funeral service at St Peter’s Church was packed as tributes were given to his role as dedicated family man, loyal friend and outstanding contributor towards many aspects of village life.

His son Charlie spoke fondly of learning to play on the cricket green where his father was a convivial and welcoming figure on the boundary.

It is planned that the memorial cricket fixture will be re-arranged for next season.

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* Our photographs above show Mic Coleman making his speech and Charlie recalling his father with his sister Rosie and Andy Hinde looking on.



The English Rural Housing Association planning application has finally been submitted seeking permission to build 17 affordable and market price homes on the Orchard Farm site and it is important to hear the views of villagers before the Parish Council considers the issue.

This is a reminder that a meeting is to be held this Tuesday (September 13) at the Village Hall at 8pm and it is hoped that as many people as possible will attend so that opinions from across the parish can be heard.

The Parish Council held one open meeting when the ERHA first made its proposals known after acquiring the Wormley Lane/Petworth Road site in 2014.  Now that a planning application for 12 affordable and five market price houses has been submitted to Waverley Borough Council the latest meeting is to hear from villagers before the Parish Council comments on the application.

The application can be found by clicking here.


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Raymond Smith : memorial cricket match : 10th September 2016

I am sure that we all remember Raymond Smith with much fondness. He was a fantastic supporter of Hambledon in so many different ways , and his untimely death was a great loss to all of us.

As a tribute to Raymond, the Cricket Club will be hosting a memorial fixture this Saturday, 10th September, between Hambledon CC and the “Raymond Smith family and friends XI” starting 1.30pm. Please, please come and join us.

There will also be a Barbeque afterwards , kindly provided by Peggy Smith , to which everybody who knew Raymond would be most welcome. Please feel free to bring a burger or a sausage with you, and come join us to celebrate Raymond Smith’s massive contribution to the Cricket Club, and to the village. We anticipate the barbeque might run between 5.30 – 7.30pm … depending on the weather.

Lets pray for good weather . Raymond will be looking down on us and smiling . Please feel free to come join us at any time during the day or evening. See you Saturday !!

Andy Hinde




That’s  my response to the Surrey Hill Challenge – though I’m walking rather than running it (just to make sure that I finish) – on Sunday 25 September.   The route is from the Duke of Kent School, just outside Ewhurst, to Dorking;  the distance is 13 ½ miles.

Would you be willing to sponsor me to help raise money for the Hambledon Village Trust to build a new customer toilet for the Village Shop? (It’s likely to fall foul of health and safety if it doesn’t install one soon).

To quote the opposition, “every little helps”; but £1 per mile would be great and anything over that would add wings to my boots.

If you are interested, you can sign up at the Village Shop or e-mail me at


Orchard Farm – Planning Application

English Rural Housing Association’s application for 12 affordable and five market houses at Orchard Farm has now been formally submitted and registered and can be viewed on-line via the Waverley Borough Council web site. Paper copies of the plans and accompanying documents can also be obtained from Waverley Council offices.

Hambledon Parish Council is facilitating a public meeting to be held in the Village Hall on Tuesday 13 September starting at 20.00 to enable villagers to express their views on the application. The Parish Council would like its comments to reflect the views of everyone in Hambledon, wherever they live;  and to this end hopes that as many people as possible will attend.

All villagers can also submit their personal comments direct to Waverley – but please note that the cut-off date for receipt of representations is Friday 23 September.



Save a Life in Hambledon


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   or call 01483 414837 for more information and to book your place.


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.


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.

The Shop also now has it’s own web application. If you go to 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….



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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