Grand Raffle Prize Winners

Many thanks to everyone who bought tickets for the Raffle and all the helpers on the Stand. And to the Companies and people who donated the great prizes.


The lucky Winners below:

  • Spa Day for 2 at Penny Hill Park   –   Anthea Edwards
  • Tickets for Oval 1st Day  England v Pakistan – Stu Parker
  • NFL Wembley Bundle – Andrew Abbott
  • Goodwood Festival of Speed  – Franks
  • Surrey cricket signed bat – Oliver Lucas
  • 2 Guest Passes for Amarna Spa Haslemere – Mary Phillips
  • £40 Cath Kidson voucher – Saville
  • £25 Voucher for Roxtons – Sue Adams
  • Bunch of Flowers from Greenhouse Godalming – Linda Barnes
  • Woking FC tickets – Alfred Ellis




Philip Underwood, fete organiser, and the village website team report on a busy weekend in Hambledon.

An eventful weekend saw the unveiling of a new bench in commemoration of the Queen’s 90th birthday, a very well-attended fete, a packed Midsummer Ball, a special church service…and an exclusive interview with the award-winning author Louis de Bernières.

Louis, whose work includes the acclaimed Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, grew up in Hambledon and wrote about his time here in his book Notwithstanding. Before opening the fete on the village cricket green on Saturday (June 18) he took time out to film an interview with in which he talked candidly about his childhood. The interview can be found here.

He was then in attendance as the new bench was unveiled outside the village shop, overlooking the village pond. It was commissioned on behalf of the village in recognition of the Queen’s 90th birthday and was unveiled by Jane Woolley, clerk to the parish council, who has worked tirelessly for Hambledon in many capacities. She was introduced by John Anderson, parish council chairman.

The bench, carved from local oak, was designed and made in Hambledon by local craftsmen Dorian van Braam and Olafur Mason. Its first occupants were children in fancy dress from the village nursery school.

Louis de Bernières then declared the fete open, remarking that Hambledon was little changed from his childhood days in the 1960s and 1970s.

The traditional fete featured all the usual attractions with games, stalls, bouncy castle, face painting, arts and crafts, food and drink. Children competed in a tug of war, local pooches and their owners took centre stage in a dog show. A popular feature was the display by the Hawk and Owl Show.

When the last stragglers finally left the village green it was time to turn the marquee into a venue for the Midsummer Ball. Several hundred villagers and their guests sat around circular tables to wine and dine and then dance to the music of local band The Likeness.

The following day a Sunday morning service combining congregations from Hambledon and Busbridge churches was held in the marquee, celebrating Father’s Day.

Proceeds to the fete and ball went to support village clubs and activities. Thanks go Philip Underwood and his many helpers, including Hambledon Football Club, for organising the fete and for the hard work of Sue and Ginger Blackman and friends for staging the ball.

A few images from the weekend activities are shown below. If you would like to see the complete photo galleries please click here.


Hambledon Village Shop Annual Meeting 7th July 2016



The Annual Members Meeting of THE HAMBLEDON VILLAGE SHOP LIMITED will be held on Thursday 7th July 2016 at 7.30pm in Hambledon Village Hall.

All Members (being persons whose names are listed on the Register of Members as holding shares) are invited to attend and vote at the meeting.

The business to be dealt with is as follows:

  1. To receive the Annual Accounts for the financial year ending 31 January 2016
  2. To receive a report on the performance of the shop during the financial year ending 31 January 2016 and the Management Committee’s plans for the current and next financial years
  3. To elect members of the Management Committee

21 June 2016

Management Committee

 HAMBLEDON VILLAGE SHOP LIMITED is a Community Benefit Society registered under the Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies Act 2014

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Louis de Bernières in conversation – Video 30 minutes

007Screen Shot 2016-06-18 at 19.24.45Louis de Bernières, award winning author of Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, returned 
to Hambledon, the village of his childhood, to open the fete and to talk to the village website on camera.

He speaks candidly about his book Notwithstanding, set in Hambledon, and posed beside a Morris Minor, a car which, with nuns behind the wheel, struck fear into the hearts of any motorists they encountered on village lanes.

For accounts of this and other reflections on his life growing-up in our village view the 30 minute video below:


Grand Draw – Hambledon Village Fete

Grand Draw tickets are available from Hambledon Village Shop £1 a ticket or £5 for a book. Some great prizes already confirmed.  If you would like to pick up any books to sell these can also be collected from the Village Shop or contact


Spa Day for 2 at Penny Hill Park

Goodwood Festival of Speed tickets

NFL Wembley Bundle

Signed Surrey Cricket Bat and 2 tickets to the 1st Day Test at the Oval

plus many more to be confirmed

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Somme Centenary – Special Commemorative Service

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 In 2016, many throughout the world will be commemorating the centenary of the Battle of the Somme (1 July – 18 November 1916), and remembering those who fought and died during this battle.  The Somme remains the theatre of one of the most deadly battles of the First World War. The French and British armies rallied troops from the colonies and the French Foreign Legion and units from 25 nations and 50 countries were involved in the battle. In five months of combat, the total number of men killed, wounded and missing reached over one million and entire nations were sent into mourning. The British and Germans suffered 420,000 casualties each, the French 190,000. The landscape of the north-east of the Somme was completely devastated; villages were razed to the ground and fields turned into lunar-landscapes by shelling. A century after these events, the trauma of the battle is still strongly felt and the numerous cemeteries and memorials, punctuating the landscapes, embody the continued memory of a “lost generation”.

Laurent Somon, President of the Somme Departmental Council

In Hambledon, we will be holding our own service to commemorate the centenary of the Battle of the Somme on:

Friday 1st July, 7.30pm at Hambledon Church

Our aim is to include reflections from those whose families had a connection with someone involved in the battle. If this is you, Catherine McBride (Associate Vicar, Busbridge & Hambledon Church) would love to hear from you to find out more and see how you could be involved. Do give her a call on 01483 421267 or by e-mail


Surrey County Council Confirms 503 Bus Reprieve

Surrey County councillors have formally endorsed the recommendation not to withdraw the 503 bus service.

At a meeting of its Cabinet on Tuesday (May 24th) members approved the recommendations arising out of the council’s Local Transport Review, which originally proposed scrapping the 503, Hambledon’s only public transport service.

503 bus under threat again, January 2016 (2)

After public consultation and a campaign by Hambledon Parish Council and supported by residents, the review recommended retaining the 503, which operates three times a week, twice in each direction, and connects Hambledon and Hydestile with banks, surgeries and shops in Milford, Godalming and beyond. The 523 Godalming to Milford Hospital service has also been reprieved.

Both services are operated by Stagecoach but subsidised by Surrey County Council. SCC has been looking to make savings on the money it pays in support of rural bus services and the review has achieved this aim without necessitating the withdrawal of the 503 and 523.

There may be some alterations to the service, subject to further discussion (see earlier news item).

In the meantime the current timetable can be found on this website under the “Home” page link and then clicking on “Travel Info”.


Hambledon Parish Plan

Following a good debate at the Parish Assembly on 14 April, the Parish Council agreed at its meeting on 17 May that, as was the case with the 2003 Plan, its preparation should be overseen by a steering committee. Robin Knibb has kindly agreed to lead this, but he will need a handful of dedicated villagers to help with a wide variety of tasks.

The Parish Council has decided that, if the new Plan is to have official credence, it should be based on responses to a questionnaire. The one that was delivered to all households as a prelude to producing the 2003 Plan remains a useful model but it will need to be re-visited and up-dated so as to elicit details of Hambledon’s current demography, developments affecting the village that have occurred over the past 13 years and ideas that have so far emerged as to topics which the new Plan might cover.

The original questionnaire was hand-delivered to and collected from individual households in the village but this time it should be possible to offer everyone the option of receiving and returning a paper copy or completing it on-line via the village web site. Jon Petersen has very kindly agreed to produce the new questionnaire and to input and analyse data provided by the responses.

What does our community want for its future? Long-established residents, new arrivals, different household types and different age groups will all have their particular wish lists. It is really important that all of these are reflected in the make-up of the steering committee. So, even if you haven’t so far thought of getting involved in village activities, do stop for a moment and consider whether you could contribute to an exercise whose aim is to ensure that Hambledon remains the kind of village that persuaded you to move here in the first place.

You can contact Robin direct by e-mail,, or telephone 01428 683800/07836 228671; but if you would first like a bit more background to help you make up your mind please contact Parish Clerk Jane Woolley (; 01428 684213).


Arts & Crafts Group

Art_640x640St Dominic’s School would like to form an Arts & Crafts Group with the local community.  We have an equipped Art and Media Suite with a kiln, photographic studio and Apple Mac computers, and can offer clay modelling, painting, life drawing, sculpture, photography and digital media classes.

In order to gauge the interest in this, you are invited to come and view our pupils’ and students’ Art Exhibition on Tuesday, 28th June between 5pm – 6.30pm.  After viewing the exhibition we will be offering refreshments and cake, and will talk about our ideas for the Arts & Crafts Group and you will have an opportunity to say what you would like from the group and we can discuss the preferred timing of classes.

If you would be interested in attending our Art Exhibition on 28 June, please let Therésa Jones know, either by email to or by telephone on 01428 684693, extension 280.  We would be grateful if you could confirm attendance by Monday 20th June at the latest so that can organise the catering.

If you would be interested in forming an Arts & Crafts Group but are unable to come to the Art Exhibition, please also let Therésa Jones know, either by email or telephone, and we will send you further details.


Hambledon House Weddings

Hambledon House will again be the venue for outdoor weddings this summer. Some of the immediate neighbours will already have received a letter from Vanessa Swarbreck together with a visit from Blank Canvas, the company that will be managing  the events, advising that there will be no repetition of what occurred last July;  but the general level of concern  throughout the village has suggested that considerable reassurance is required.  Heidi and Lyn, from Blank Canvas, were therefore invited to come along to the Parish Council meeting on 17 May and the following is a summary of what they had to say.

Blank Canvas will be managing five events that were directly booked with Hambledon  House some time ago; they therefore have to honour some of the obligations that went with the bookings.

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Christian Aid Week – 15th – 21st May 2016

This year St. Peter’s church has posted out over 250 Christian Aid envelopes inside the May edition of the Parish Magazine reaching over 250 individual families.  Please return your envelope to the box in the Village Shop by the end of May (spare envelopes available in the shop.)  In the past we have carried out door to door collections but it is difficult to find volunteers and we hope this new approach will be successful.

What does the Christian Aid envelope mean to you? Is it just another piece of paper for the re-cycling bin or will you take the opportunity to find out a bit more about Christian Aid? The website is a good place to start and will tell you how this charity has developed and adapted over many years to reach a global audience and respond to humanitarian crisis around the world.

Thank you for reading this post and we hope you will choose to be part of Christian Aid week enabling them to continue their valuable work at home and abroad.





Is your broadband speed less than 15Mbps?

If you have low speeds and want Superfast speeds in the future you would be well advised to immediately check if Surrey County Council have correctly marked you as being in need.  Surrey County Council under the banner of Superfast Surrey have just announced their resident consultation process to assess where they may spend more money to try and reduce the number of Surrey residents without access to Superfast speeds.  If you have insufficient broadband speed but are incorrectly categorised then you will miss out on the potential of future help in getting Superfast to you.  Check the postcode list and maps below and if you are incorrectly labelled by Surrey CC then you should contact them before the 24th May.

Surrey County Council sent out emails to just a few residents to try and explain (see here:surrey email)

Surrey CC’s map  is next to useless and their huge spreadsheet is also unwieldy.  I appreciate that this Council consultation is extremely confusing to residents so I have filtered their data (to just GU8 postcodes) and I have categorised it into just 3 lists to make it easier for residents to identify which of three groups they are in.  I have also created my own maps to properly show the White and Targeted White postcodes.  Check the 3 lists to identify which group you are in and then act accordingly.   

List and map of White postcodes.

White:   Surrey CC state: Postcodes where NGA (Next Generation Access) infrastructure is available with download speeds of between 15 and 30mbps

List and map of Targeted White postcodes.

“Targeted” White:  Surrey CC state:   Postcode where no NGA infrastructure is available or where NGA infrastructure is available but download speeds are less than 15mbps.

Important note:  We are seeking clarification on this statement as it appears to mislead.  Nearly all of Surrey DOES have NGA infrastructure but the key factor is that long lines mean this infrastucture is of no practical benefit as superfast doesn’t work over long lines. So the second part of Surrey’s statement is the key. Effectively they will only consider you eligible if you have speeds less than 15Mbps.  If you are NOT on this list AND can not get above 15Mbps then you should contact Superfast Surrey and inform them that your categorisation is incorrect. You must act swiftly and contact Superfast Surrey before their consultation deadline 24th May 2016.  Unless they hear from you then you will be regarded as not eligible for future intervention to get Superfast infrastructure to you.

List of Grey postcodes.

Grey:      Surrey CC state:  Postcodes where NGA infrastructure is available with download speeds of 30mbps or above

Surrey CC state:   Surrey County Council is requesting information and supporting evidence in relation to any Next Generation Access (NGA) white areas within Surrey that are not already identified within the proposed NGA intervention area at Annex [A].    Any information provided in response to this State Aid public consultation should include, but need not be limited to: 1. The address of the property or area that the submission relates to 2. An e-mail address to enable Surrey County Council to clarify or request additional information relating to the submission if required.

Please send your response to arrive no later than 17:00 on 24 May 2016 to:

Via email to (with the subject line “Superfast Surrey Public Consultation Response”).

Or by post to: Superfast Surrey Broadband Programme Public Consultation Response Surrey County Council A306, County Hall, Penrhyn Road SCC  Kingston-Upon-Thames Surrey KT1 2DN


Hambledon’s 503 bus reprieved

Hambledon’s only bus service, the 503, is set to be reprieved by Surrey County Council, reversing a decision to scrap the route as a cost-cutting measure.

This is a victory for the campaign mounted by Hambledon Parish Council and local residents to save the service.

Following the SCC Local Transport Review earlier this year, aimed at finding savings on council-subsidised rural routes, the 503 was one of a number of services to be scrapped, subject to public consultation.

The parish council vociferously opposed the proposal and many villagers raised objections during the consultation process.  SCC has listened, and at a meeting of its Cabinet on May 24th, members are expected to endorse the review team’s recommendation that the 503 continue.

The parish council argued that it was wrong to withdraw the only bus route serving the village, leaving residents without any public transport. The 503 is a lifeline for a number of elderly or infirm residents who rely on the bus to get to shops, supermarkets, banks and surgeries in Milford, Godalming and beyond.

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Agenda documents for the May 24th meeting, available on the Surrey County Council website, state that the council recognises “the important role that bus services play for our residents”, adding: “To address some of the concerns expressed during the public consultation exercise it has proven possible to recommend some enhancements to the original proposals.”

These include reversing the decision to scrap the 503. The 523 Milford hospital service from Godalming has also been reprieved.

Currently the 503 operates on Mondays, Wednesday and Fridays, twice in each direction, beginning and ending at Lane End. The recommendation is for the service to continue on at least Wednesdays and Fridays and possibly on another day to be determined.

The parish council has asked to meet with SCC planners to discuss ways of increasing passenger numbers, perhaps re-routing the service to take in new areas of development. In the documents the council states that it is “working to stimulate patronage on bus services and reduce the need for council funding.”

The 503 is operated by Stagecoach but subsidised by Surrey County Council. The transport review examined services across the county. Faced with cuts in Central Government funding, SCC is looking save £2 million on its transport budget by next year.

The recommendation to be voted on on May 24th will enable SCC to achieve the required savings needed from the review, documents state.