The continuation of the Hambledon 503 bus service remains in doubt if further subsidy cuts are demanded by Surrey County councillors next month.
The struggle to maintain funding for rural services was outlined at a meeting between representatives of Hambledon and Busbridge parish councils, Waverley Borough Council, Surrey County Council and Hoppa community transport.
The parish councils had pressed for the meeting in the hope of securing the long-term future of the 503 and the nearby 523 Milford Hospital route. The current off-peak 503 is a vital life-line for a small number of regular users but the councils hoped for an increase in frequency to make the service more viable.
Both routes, which require significant subsidy from SCC, have survived two recent cash-saving reviews. However, Laurie James, SCC’s bus service planning manager, explained that the authority was facing further central government funding cuts and has yet to announce its budget for this year’s bus subsidies.
The 503 and 523 routes are operated by Stagecoach and the contracts for the services ends in August. With no budget yet in place Mr James has been unable to enter into detailed contract negotiations. He expects a budget to be announced next month and only then will he know how much money there is to maintain existing services.
The 503 operates on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, twice in each direction, and connects Hambledon with Milford, Godalming and Guildford. It is the only bus service in the village and is an essential service for some villagers to get to surgeries, supermarkets and the wider transport network. The 523 operates between Milford Hospital and Godalming on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Mr James explained that the same bus is used for both services and is costed on the basis of it also undertaking school journeys for SCC in the mornings and afternoons. The costs involved in providing another bus for a daily peak service for Hambledon was prohibitive.
The new 100-homes development at Milford Hospital, called Leithfield Park, has a new daily peak-hour bus service, the 502, which is operated by Hoppa. It started at the beginning of January. But funding provided by the developers as a condition of planning permission will only last for two years and there is no guarantee of the service surviving unless passenger numbers are high.
Hambledon and Busbridge council had suggested that a long-term solution could be found in amalgamating the 503, 523 and 502 routes, and will continue to press for talks aimed at keeping a scheduled bus service for villagers.
It was agreed to meet again in April, by which time SCC will have set a budget, any cuts will have been announced and will be up for consultation, and the viability of the 502 will be clearer.
Our photograph shows the 503 in Malthouse Lane, in the centre of the village.
BT Openreach have booked roadworks that will close Salt Lane between 9.30am and 3.30pm from 9th January for 5 days.
We don’t know what works they are doing (it has nothing to do with the new community financed cabinets) and whether the road will actually be closed or temporary obstructions, but you should assume it will be closed. The diversion should direct you via Clockbarn Lane.
Markwick Lane will be closed the following week 17th-19th January. The diversions will be a much greater detour.
The Joint Planning Committee of Waverley Borough Council gave planning approval to the Dunsfold New Town proposals on Wednesday. Of the 32 Councillors eligible to vote just 18 attended to vote: 10 councillors voted to approve, and 8 voted against.
The voting was as follows:
For (10) –
Cllr Carole Cockburn – Farnham Bourne, Conservative
Cllr David Else – Elstead and Thursley, Conservative
Cllr Mary Foryszewski – Cranleigh East, Conservative
Cllr Christiaan Hesse – Hindhead Conservative
Cllr Peter Isherwood – Hindhead, Conservative
Cllr Jim Edwards – Haslemere Critchmere and Shottermill, Conservative
Cllr Peter Martin – Godalming Holloway, Conservative
Cllr Andrew Bolton – Godalming Central and Ockford, Conservative
Cllr Mike Hodge – Farnham Hale and Heath End, Conservative
Cllr John Fraser – Farnham Upper Hale,Farnham Residents
Against (8) –
Cllr Maurice Byham – Bramley Busbridge and Hascombe, Conservative
Cllr Kevin Deanus – Alfold Cranleigh Rural and Ellens Green Conservative
Cllr John Gray, Chiddingfold and Dunsfold, Conservative
Cllr Jerry Hyman – Farnham Castle, Farnham Residents
Cllr Stephen Mulliner – Haslemere East and Grayswood, Conservative
Cllr Stewart Stennett – Cranleigh East, Conservative
Cllr Nick Williams – Godalming Farncombe and Catteshall, Conservative
Cllr Richard Seaborne – Bramley Busbridge and Hascombe, Conservative
There was strong representation from the public in the gallery and outside prior to the meeting. Protesters were from across the area including from Bramley, Hascombe, Hydestile, Loxhill, Cranleigh, Milford, Hambledon, Busbridge.
The very important planning meeting on the proposed Dunsfold New Town Development is scheduled for Wednesday 14th December at 6.30pm at the Waverley Borough Offices in Godalming. This is a meeting that is critical to the future of the villages between Dunsfold and the A3 and rail stations as the road infrastructure between will take a significant proportion of the resultant commuter traffic.
A number of residents from local villages are expected to assemble at the Council Offices in the The Burys at 5:30pm to demonstrate against the proposals and later listen from the public gallery.
Hambledon Village Shop will be closed on the following days over Christmas and New Year.
Sunday 25th December
Monday 26th December
Tuesday 27th December
Sunday 1st January
Monday 2nd January
If you intend to place an order with the shop for Christmas produce, please note the order form needs to be returned to the Shop by the end of the day on Monday 12th December. You can download a copy of the form by clicking here.
Hambledon 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.
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.
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 www.hambledonsurrey.co.uk.
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.
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.
Games 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 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.
Saturday 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.
Here 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 https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/hambledonvillagehallsurrey/ 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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
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 email@example.com or Sue Blackman on 01428 683871