Christmas Wreath for The Cellar Cafe, Godalming

Screen Shot 2016-12-01 at 11.15.02Hambledon residents are kindly invited to join in Christmas Wreath Making Sessions for The Cellar Café in Godalming at the United Church, Bridge Road on Wednesday 7th December and Monday 12th December between 12 noon and 7pm and also Wednesday 14th December between 12 noon and 4pm. No artistic talent is required and we will show you what to do. The wreath making has proved to be a successful fundraiser for the Cellar whilst having fun with friends and neighbours.

The Cellar café in the centre of Godalming is open to everyone, with the principle objective of providing a caring and friendly meeting place for disadvantaged and vulnerable people in the community.

For further information and orders for the Christmas Wreaths please contact Vicki at


Wise Up For Winter

Hambledon Parish Council has an Emergency Plan procedure in place in the event of harsh winter weather bringing disruption to the village.

However there are many simple precautions people can take to make sure they can cope with cuts to power supplies and phone lines, a problem that has affected Hambledon in the recent past and usually caused by high winds or heavy snow.

If power fails so to do household phones as many cannot function without electricity. As a safeguard, make sure you have a stand-by phone that does not need a power supply. The council has a small supply of such phones and if you require one please leave your details at the village shop.

Frosty Hambledon, November 30th, 2016

Mobile phones lines can also fail during severe weather and it is worth remembering that the public phone box outside the village shop does not require electricity and will continue to work unless overhead lines have been brought down. Operator, reverse charge and 999 calls are free but you will need to use a bank card for all other calls.

Keep torches handy and make sure that you have a supply of batteries. A battery-operated radio will also come in useful for listening to local radio bulletins. Tune in to BBC Surrey on 104.6FM or Eagle Radio on 96.4FM.

The village website will also carry updates at

Please keep an eye on your neighbours, particularly those living alone or infirm, especially during cold spells and weather-related disruption.

If conditions are severe the Emergency Plan volunteers will do their best to assist with any individual issues as well as deal with general problems around the village such as fallen branches/snow blocking roads, paths and drives and maintaining contact with external agencies.

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Remembrance Sunday Service

Remembrance service poster 2016We will remember them…

All are welcome to this special service, where we remember those from Hambledon who have given their lives in service to our country and those still affected by war and conflict.

During this service we read out the names on our war memorials and observe a 2 minute silence.

Join us at 10.30am on Sunday 13th November at Hambledon Church.


Upcoming Games at Badger Park – Hambledon FC

Club HouseGames are coming thick and fast for our teams. Come down to Badger Park to take in a game and cheer the boys on. A nice warm clubhouse awaits.

5th Nov   Hambledon 1st XI v Chessington K.C  1:30pm KO

6th Nov   Hambledon Vets v Milford & Witley Vets 10:30pm KO

12th Nov  Hambledon 2nd XI v Shottermill & Haslemere 2nd XI 2pm KO

All information and details can be found on our website   Hambledon FC Website


St Dominic’s School’s Christmas Fair – 18 November at 11.30am

St Dominic’s School will be holding their Christmas Fair on 18th November at 11.30am.  The theme this year will be ‘Ye Olde Christmas Fayre’.

At the Fayre you will be able to buy candles, gift tags, lanterns and other arty/Christmas themed gifts made by our pupils and students, and you can have your photo taken in Ye Olde Victorian Photo Booth.  There will also be cakes, biscuits and refreshments.

We will also be taking orders for our fabulous Christmas Wreaths, which were extremely popular last year.

Please come and support our school.  We look forward to seeing you.


November 19th at 7.30 is the Hambledon Quiz Night at the Village Hall

Screen Shot 2016-03-29 at 13.36.41Saturday night, November 19th at 7.30 is the Hambledon Quiz Night at the Village Hall.  There are a few of tables left so hurry to secure your table soon. Tickets are available in the Village Shop.   The ticket price is £12.50 per person with a team/table maximum of 6 people.   The ticket price includes a meal (a curry, vegetable curry or non-spicy casserole type meat dish ).  Proceeds going towards the Hambledon Village Hall Fund.


Help raise funds for your Village Hall through EasyFundraising

Screen Shot 2016-11-02 at 16.01.37Here is a great new way for everyone in Hambledon to help raise funds for the Village Hall. Did you know that whenever you buy anything online – from your weekly shop to your annual holiday – you could be collecting free donations for Hambledon Village Hall through ‘Easyfundraising‘? There are over 3,000 shops and sites on board ready to make a donation, including Amazon, John Lewis, Waitrose, Boden, Marks & Spencer and Sainsbury’s and it won’t cost you a penny extra!

It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3…

Go to and join for free.

Save the site to your ‘favourites’ or download the ‘reminder’ which will then pop up every time you visit the site of a participating shop.

Every time you shop online, go to Easyfundraising first, type in the name of the shop or site you want and start shopping.

It really is just one extra click of a button to raise money for the village hall.  After you’ve checked out, that retailer will make a donation to the Village Hall Fund (generally between and 1 and 5% of the amount you have just spent) for no extra cost whatsoever! A large amount of charities and other good causes are signed up to Easyfundraising. Easyfundraising itself is not a charity but a profit-making organisation. It makes its money from payments from the retailers which support them. Their website states that they don’t take any financial information from people using them to shop as all transactions will be with the retailer not Easyfundraising. They also state that they will not sell any user’s information on. There are no extra charges when you shop via Easyfundraising and Hambledon Village Hall would be extremely grateful for your donations. Please contact Ruth Canham at if you have any questions.


Hambledon Ladies Breakfast – Saturday 12th November

ladies_breakfast_logoSaturday 12th November 2016 – 8.30am

West Surrey Golf Club

Guest Speaker – Bishop Michael Baughan – An Autobiographical Talk

Tickets will be on sale in the Village Shop from Monday 17th October until 5pm on Tuesday 8th November.

They are priced at £8 each which includes breakfast

All Welcome – Please bring friends and neighbours

We are looking forward to welcoming Bishop Michael Baughen as our guest speaker to the final Ladies Breakfast of 2016 .  Michael Baughen was the Bishop of Chester between 1982 and 1996 and following his retirement has worked as an honorary assistant bishop in the Dioceses of London and Southwark.

We hope that you can join us in November to gain an insight into the life of a modern day Bishop.   Michael is known to many of us as he often attends Busbridge Church with his daughter who lives in Godalming.

For further information please contact Vicki Hinde by email or Sue Blackman on 01428 683871



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.

Snow Nov 30th 2010 (12)

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.