AT a special Armistice Day service in the parish church; at a community sing-along outside the village shop and at the memorial to two brothers who died in the First World War – Hambledon Remembered.

On Sunday November 11th, 2018 – the 100th anniversary of the ending of the First World War – villagers packed St Peter’s Church for a commemorative service during which the names of Hambledon’s fallen in both World Wars were read out and a two-minutes silence observed.


The service was led by David Mace, assistant vicar, with an address given by David Jenkins. There was time for quiet reflection as well as personal recollections from Sylvia Harrison who spoke of her grandfather’s gallantry in the First World War.

David Jenkins, assistant vicar with responsibility for Hambledon, spoke of the sacrifices made by many during both World Wars, on the field of battle and elsewhere. They served their country. He suggested that today we could all consider how we may also serve by becoming involved in charity and voluntary work to benefit others.

The day before, at noon outside the villager shop, a large number of villagers gathered to take part in a sing-along led by David Kirby on keyboard, which was a tribute to the British Tommy.

The occasion, organised by Christine and Ron Baker, led to some rousing singing of the choruses to familiar World War One songs such as Goodbye-ee, Take Me Back To Dear Old Blighty, Pack Up Your Troubles. It’s a Long Way To Tipperary and Keep The Home Fires Burning.

The verses were less well known but had been rehearsed by members of the community shop and church choirs, who kept the “congregation” in harmony.

During the singing a collection was made for Help for Heroes and the locally-based Combat Stress charity, raising more than £280.

Plaques commemorating Hambledon’s war dead are inside the church and there is no external war memorial. But many villagers leave poppies beside the Robertson memorial on the flanks of Hydon’s Ball, and this year was no exception.

The memorial commemorates the lives of Lt Laurance Robertson, who was killed in action in the Battle of the Somme in 1916, and Cpt Norman Robertson, who died in Germany the following year. The obelisk was erected in their memory by their brother William.

This memorial has a fascinating history and more can be found by following these links:

Hambledon Road Closure at Rock Hill

A section of Hambledon Road at Rock Hill, between Church Lane and Woodlands Road, will be closed to daytime traffic from Monday (November 12th) until Friday (November 16th)

This is to allow carriageway excavation by engineers on behalf of British Telecom. This involves clearing blockages in existing underground infrastructure. Access to local properties and the emergency services will be maintained.

A diversion will be in place requiring traffic to use Station Lane, Milford and the A283 Petworth Road, or the reverse.  Full details of the works and diversion can be found on the earlier news item on this website.

However, the road remained open until late morning on Monday as no work had started. This may have  been because of torrential rain earlier in the morning and localised flooding, particularly in Station Lane. In addition, Salt Lane, at the junction with the Hydestile Crossroads, was also closed for a time on Monday morning to allow for the removal of a fallen tree which came down in winds and rain yesterday afternoon.

Work did start later in the day and the closure was enforced.

However, there may be periods during the day when the road will be passable, but this should not be be taken for granted. The road was expected to be open in the evenings when work finishes for the day.

Heavy rain showers followed by bright sunshine throughout Monday may have led to difficult road conditions – but it also created a beautiful rainbow seen here from the Greensand Way by Hambledon Church, looking across the fields towards Hydon’s Ball.






SURREY COUNTY COUNCIL propose to make the above mentioned Temporary Order under Section 14(1) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984, the effect of which will be to temporarily prohibit vehicles from entering or proceeding in that length of Rock Hill (C31) Hambledon which extends from its junction with Church Lane (D168) to its junction with Public Bridleway No. 181 (Hambledon). Vehicular traffic will be diverted via Hambledon Road, Station Lane, Church Road, Petworth Road, Lane End and Malthouse Lane or this route in reverse order.

This Order is required because works are being or are proposed to be executed on or near the said, namely works in relation to clearing blockages on the existing underground structure, to be carried out by BT. These works are anticipated to be completed within five days, between 08.00hrs and 18.00hrs, during the three-month period of operation of this Order which commences on 12 November 2018. Advanced warning signs will be displayed and the temporary closure will only operate when the relevant traffic signs are displayed. Access to premises within the affected length of Rock Hill, including access by emergency vehicles to these properties, will be maintained at all times as will access for pedestrians, equestrians and pedal cyclists.

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Village Singalong at Hambledon Village Shop

SAVE THE DATE!   Saturday 10th November at 12 noon

VILLAGE SINGALONG at Hambledon Village Shop

A tribute to the British Tommy to mark the centenary of the end of the First World War. Familiar tunes and all singing in unison, accompanied by Hambledon musicians David Kirby and Big Mike on keyboards  –  words available in advance from the village website, from Christine Baker at or on request to 07778 129612, and in paper version on the day. A collection will be taken and all proceeds will be shared equally between Combat Stress and Help for Heroes.

Tickets still available for Bully Beef & Whizzbangs this Saturday October 20th

This specially commissioned play to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the end of the First World War and will be performed at Hambledon Village Hall on October 20th starting at 7:30pm.

Tickets are £12, £10 (concessions) and £35 (family). They are on sale at the Village Shop and are also available online at and by telephone on 03333 666 3366

There will be a licensed bar and refreshments, proceeds of which will go to the Village Hall fund. Doors open 7pm.

Cycle Event – 3rd November

There is a cycle event scheduled for 3rd November – we are told by organisers that roads around Hambledon will remain open.  The map below shows the intended route.

Info from organisers:   There will not be any closed roads on this event.
We will have cyclists reaching Hydestile from around 08:00 until 10:00 and
Hambledon from around 11:15 until 15:15. They will be spread out between
these times with around 400 booked on the three different routes at present.

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


by Chris Hawley

Hambledon Village Hall, Saturday 20th October 7:30pm

Following the success of Bouncers last year, Black Box Theatre Company are touring this autumn with a specially commissioned play to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the end of the First World War and will be returning to perform at Hambledon Village Hall on October 20th.

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?

Tickets are £12, £10 (concessions) and £35 (family). They are on sale at the Village Shop and are also available online at and by telephone on 03333 666 3366

There will be a licensed bar and refreshments, proceeds of which will go to the Village Hall fund. Doors open 7pm.

Village Hall News – A big thank you to the Hambledon Community Fund Donors

At the end of September we received the fantastic news that our application for funding had been approved and that the Hambledon Community Fund is very generously paying for new stage curtains for the village hall. This will make a big difference to the hall and we are extremely grateful. Most of our new chairs have now arrived, just a few more and the nameplates to come. The hall has been decorated and we’ve got a new rainwater soak-away under the car park. Once the new curtains have arrived we will be hosting an open afternoon with tea and cake so that everyone in the village can come along and see how the hall is looking, spot their chair (!) and find out what’s going on at the hall. This will also be our opportunity to thank everyone who has so generously given their support and contributed to the improvements we have been able to make. Watch this space for the date!

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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