Tuesley Farm Consults on Increased Polytunnels Proposal

The Hall Hunter Partnership, owners of the Tuseley Farm soft fruit business, is inviting Hambledon residents to view its latest proposals to extend polytunnel covering.

The business, which grows strawberries, blueberries and raspberries on the farm that occupies land between Tuesley Lane and Hambledon Road, and is partly within the Hambledon boundary, has already previewed its plans to local parish councils and is in pre-application discussions with planners at Waverley Borough Council.

It will hold two “walk-in” exhibitions to show the proposals to members of the public; the first on Tuesday October 20th, between 11am and 2pm, and the second the following day, Wednesday October 21st between 5pm and 8pm.

The exhibitions will take into account Covid-19 restrictions. Please use the farm entrance in Tuesley Lane, opposite Milford Hospital.

If you would like to attend please register by email to edyta.zygora@hallhunter.co.uk Time slots will be allocated by October 19th.

More details can be found on the flyer from the farm, but please note that the contact email address above is correct, not the one on the following poster.

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Hambledon’s “Lockdown Reflections” Published for Posterity

The village website’s “Sunday Reflections”, a popular feature that appeared throughout the Coronavirus lock-down period and beyond, are now available in print as a lasting account of life in our small village under extraordinary circumstances.

The Reflections have been collected together and reproduced in a booklet which is available from Hambledon Village Shop from Monday (October 11th). This includes contributions reflecting almost all aspects of village life during the pandemic, and with a foreword provided by local MP and village resident Jeremy Hunt.

The booklet is published by the Hambledon Village Trust and is free. Readers are encouraged to make a contribution to the Community Fund for Surrey’s Coronavirus Response Fund, and details of how to do this appear on the opening page of the booklet.

There are 20 Reflections and two additional articles on the village shop and church explaining the measures they took to ensure they provided for the village’s daily and spiritual needs.

The first Reflection appeared on the Hambledon Village Website on March 29th, the first Sunday after Prime Minister Boris Johnston announced the emergency lock-down measures in an unprecedented broadcast to the nation. Overnight, everything had changed and all the things we had previously taken for granted either closed or were dramatically curtailed and had to hastily reaccess how they operated.

In the weeks that followed, Reflections were provided from all walks of life in our rural village; the Parish Council, the football and cricket clubs, St Dominic’s School, the village hall committee, the bridge club, the nursery school, St Peter’s Church, Hambledon Ramblers, the Merry Book Club, the newly-recruited “Paper Girls”, heritage, Hambledon Peddlers, the Merry Harriers pub, the parish magazine as well as from individuals.

The final reflection, published on August 23, was written by Stewart Payne as part of the Hambledon web team of Mary Burrows, Jon Peterson and Paul Osborne. The website played a key role in keeping everyone informed during the evolving and ever-changing lock-down period, and the Reflections were gentle light-relief from the bad and often sad news that surrounded us all.

The web team is delighted that Jane Woolley and the Hambledon Village Trust has made it possible for the Reflections to be recorded for posterity and as a lasting testament to the community spirit of Hambledon.


Parish Council – A Vacancy

A vacancy has occurred on Hambledon Parish Council and a formal process has now begun to find a new council member.

This follows the decision by Mike Parry to stand down after more than eight years on the council.

In the first instance, the parish council has informed the local election authority, Waverley Borough Council, which has issued a notice that allows for a 14-day period for ten or more local electors to request an election.

This notice can found on this website’s Parish Council page in the document library under Legislation and Planning, or by clicking here http://www.hambledonsurrey.co.uk/?page_id=166 

If no such request is made, the parish council can then begin a process of looking to co-opt a new member to fill the casual vacancy. Applications will be invited. 

Details of this procedure can be found here http://www.hambledonsurrey.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Councillor-co-option-process.pdf



Judgement has been delivered on Hambledon’s speed watch scarecrows and the winners declared.

And, as befits our small and connected community, they ranged from a nonagenarian to a youngster aged five.

Jane Woolley, long-standing village resident, founder of Hambledon Village Trust and for many years its parish clerk, was asked to step in to conduct the judging, after local police casualty reduction officer Steve Milton had to withdraw at the last minute.

With notebook and pen she examined all the scarecrows scattered around the village. More than 30 were inspected, each one a home-made creation by local families and friends, individuals and groups, and each delivering a message to motorists to drive slowly through Hambledon’s narrow lanes.

They have attracted so much attention that they have featured on BBC radio and television and in the Surrey Advertiser.

And the winner was….Norman Gravestock, for his injured pensioner scarecrow in Church Lane, slumped on the roadside with the message “They Said Slow Down”.

At the age of 91, Norman, pictured below, was the oldest participant and he decided his award of a Merry Harriers llama trek was more punishment than prize, so opted for a meal for two at the pub instead.

The runners-up were Jude Milan, from Paddock Close, with her clown scarecrow, who also won dinner at the Merry Harriers; Hambledon Nursery School for its Captain Hambledon scarecrow, receiving cup cakes from Nelly’s Bakes in the Old Coal Yard; five-year-old Charlie Perkins from Malthouse Lane for his angry dragon scarecrow, winning a hamper of goodies from Hambledon’s community-run village shop; Cathy and Liv Coleman, cousins from Rock Hill, for their cyclist scarecrow, who received a two-week family pass to Fearless martial arts, also based in the Old Coal Yard; and Robin Cole and Hambledon Football Club for the Badger scarecrow outside the club’s Badger Park ground, for which they won a £30 Waitrose voucher.

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Warning After Rise in Local Covid-19 Cases

Waverley Borough Council has issued a warning to all local communities to be “extra vigilant” following a marked increase in Coronavirus cases in the area.

The new advice is regarded as an amber warning to ensure people follow all the latest safeguarding advice, and is not intended to suggest any need for alarm – just to be aware of the increase and the need for exercising due caution.

The new advice is available on Waverley’s Facebook and Twitter posts and on its website here: https://www.waverley.gov.uk/news/article/655/waverley_sees_rise_in_covid-19_case_numbers

Hambledon Speed Watch Scarecrows Feature on Local Media

Hambledon’s Speed Watch Scarecrows are to feature on regional television, radio and in the local Press.

The eye-catching roadside scarecrows have caught the imagination of the media and various villagers have been asked to give interviews to explain their purpose.

Local resident Jo Kirkland came up with the idea of home-made scarecrows to deliver a message to motorists to drive slowly and carefully through the narrow, unlit and unpaved roads of Hambledon. The idea has been endorsed by the Parish Council and is supported by the Hambledon Speedwatch team led by Mary Grove.

Locally donated prizes will be awarded to those judged to have made the best scarecrows.

Today (Wednesday September 30th) the BBC regional television news programme South Today ran a feature on the scarecrow campaign in its breakfast show and this is likely to be repeated during afternoon and evening bulletins.

BBC Radio Surrey is expected to air a slot at around 7.50am tomorrow and the Surrey Advertiser is planning to carry an article in the edition published this Friday.

Up and down the village, householders have been busy making scarecrows and then putting them outside their homes to get across the message of safe driving. They come in all shapes and sizes and, to date, there are 26 spread around the village, from Hydestile to Lane End.

Due to the success of the scheme the date for entries has been extended until next Tuesday, October 6th,  so there is still time for more villagers to make a scarecrow. And Fearless Martial Arts, based in The Coal Yard, is the latest to offer a prize, a two-week family pass for free training.

For a list of the other prizes please see earlier news items here. http://www.hambledonsurrey.co.uk/?p=13815 and http://www.hambledonsurrey.co.uk/?p=13667

On behalf of concerned villagers, Hambledon Parish Council has been pressing for increased safety measure in the village, including further speed reductions. However, Surrey County Council has, so far, indicated that no new measures can be introduced.

The Speed Watch campaign is supported by Surrey police and the scarecrow competition is to be judged by the local casualty reduction officer. This website will carry the results and photographs of the entries.

Surrey Artists’ Open Studios 19 Sept – 4 Oct 2020

A few local artists are participating in an open studio event taking place across Surrey. Surrey Artists Open Studios is a fantastic opportunity to meet Surrey based artists and makers, to find out more about their work, and buy directly from talented artists, continuing to support them at this challenging time.

More information can be found by clicking here.