Heritage Research Bursary

The Hambledon Heritage Society was established to ensure OUR VILLAGE heritage is understood, documented and appreciated by current and future generations.

Many village residents have supported the aims of the Society, with important contributions such as the compilation of the village scrapbook, publication of booklets and articles plus of course the popular speaker’s presentations at the Annual General Meeting, with topics ranging from dendrochronology, WWll memories through to famous residents and associated village houses.

The Society continues with its programme of research activities but is now wishing to encourage, new, interested Researchers to add to this programme, by offering two, Heritage Research Bursaries of £100.00 each for 2017-2018.

These Bursaries are designed primarily to attract young Researchers, who are in full or part time education, are normally Hambledon residents or progeny of current residents and are interested in conducting village heritage research, selecting a topic of their choice. However, research has no age limitations.

Examples of such topics could be; glass manufacturing, the workhouse, why a two-centred village?, the lime kiln and its uses etc. but new and innovative topics would be welcome.

To apply for one of the research Bursaries or just to make an enquiry, please write to or call Stephen Maycock, a member of the Hambledon Heritage Society committee who will be pleased to discuss the Bursary programme in more detail.

Maycock.steve@gmail.com  or 01428-682230.

For further information regarding the Hambledon Heritage Society and its activities please contact, Ross Kilsby,  Chairman, 01428-685622.

Planning Inquiry commences on Tuesday

Tuesday is the start of possibly the most important Inquiry for the future of Hambledon and surrounding villages.

For those who are interested in the upcoming Secretary of State’s Public Inquiry into the planning application for 1,800 houses on Dunsfold Aerodrome there is an opportunity to make your views heard.  The Public Inquiry starts at 10am on Tuesday 18th July in the Waverley Borough Council Main Council Chamber.  If you wish to make a personal statement on behalf of yourself or an organisation then Personal statements are currently due to be heard this coming Thursday PM from 2pm and Friday AM from 10am.     The Inquiry is due to last for three weeks and will sit from 10am until 5pm Tuesday to Friday each week.

You can learn more at the Alfold Parish Council Website:  www.Alfold.org

or at the Protect our Waverley Website:   http://powcampaign.org/next-stage-imminent


Hambledon Ladies Breakfast – Saturday 12th August 2017

Saturday 12th August 2017 – West Surrey Golf Club – 8.30am – 10.00am
‘Chasing The Dragon’ – Guest Speaker, Nichola Hooper

On Saturday 12th August we are delighted to be welcoming Nichola Hooper to be our guest speaker at the Hambledon Ladies Breakfast. Nichola’s daughter has had the privilege of working for Jackie Pullinger, a name many of you may be familiar with. Jackie Pullinger left the UK in 1966 to travel the world and was called by God to get off her boat in Hong Kong where she has been working and ministering amongst Drug Addicts ever since. She is also the author of ‘Chasing The Dragon’. It will be interesting to learn about her current work through Nichola’s daughter.

The Ladies Breakfast is open to all and tickets will go on sale in the Village Shop on Monday l8th July until Tuesday 8th August. Sue Blackman kindly co-ordinates the ticket on behalf of the Ladies Breakfast so do call her on 01428 683871 if you are unable to get to the Village Shop, and she will happily reserve your tickets. If you would like to bring a new guest for the first time, we would be delighted to offer them a complimentary ticket, please liaise with Sue.

On behalf of the HLB Team we look forward to welcoming you on Saturday 12th August.

Hambledon Ladies Breakfast Team
Jean Adams, Sue Blackman, Vicki Hinde, Jacqueline Hindley, Gill Matthews Jacqui Rook

Successful Midsummer Music At Malthouse Farm

A large gathering of villagers, family and friends assembled to enjoy a picnic on the terrace and lawns of Malthouse Farm while listening to live music ranging from opera, to jazz, to pop.

The evening raised money towards the conversion of Busbridge Rectory into a meeting place for church and community use, together with other related projects. Busbridge is part of a joint benefice with Hambledon.

Called Midsummer Music, the event last Saturday evening (June 24) was a great success. The Luard Trio performed operatic classics by Mozart, Strauss and Delibes and music from shows such as South Pacific and Porgy and Bess. The Gilbert and Sullivan Ensemble picked favourites from the Savoy Operas, including a highly-contemporary version of the Policeman’s Song, adapted to reflect current political upsets. The Restless Band had the audience dancing to modern chart hits. During the interval a medley of jazz classics was played.

The evening was organised by Carol Jones and it was compared by Andrew Blagden. And special thanks went to George and Caroline Pitt who hosted the evening at their Malthouse Farm home in the centre of Hambledon village. The sloping gardens looked splendid with trees adorned with lights and balloons and guests enjoyed a fine view down to the marquee where the musicians performed. Many of the audience were members of the congregation St Peter’s Church, Hambledon, together with Catherine McBride, associate minister.

The event raised money for the Old Rectory Fund. Planning permission has been obtained to convert the rectory beside St John the Baptist Church, Busbridge, from residential use to a church community building, to include staff offices, a kitchen dining area, youth area and meeting rooms. Church Cottage, on the opposite side of Brighton Road, will be converted back to residential use.





One of our school governors has very kindly donated a brand new Adam Black Acoustic Guitar to add to our fantastic list of raffle prizes.  If you want a chance to win this, or any of the prizes below, you can buy raffle tickets from the Village Shop until midday Friday, or on the day at the fete.

Adam Black Acoustic Guitar
£100 cash
Jewellery by Annie Haak (www.anniehaakdesigns.com)
£50 Amazon Voucher
“Share a Shettie” (Shetland Pony) (www.manechancesanctuary.org)
‘Recording Studio’ Party for 10 children in ‘The Music Works’ Music Bus (www.themusicworks.co.uk)
£50 Boden Voucher (www.boden.co.uk)
Rugby Ball signed by, amongst others, Austin Healey
£20 Grayshott Pottery Voucher (www.grayshottpottery.com)
Family Ticket (2 adults + 3 children) to Dunsfold Wings & Wheels Show (www.wingsandwheels.net)
Luxury Hamper


Merry Harriers – Hellos and Goodbyes

The Merry Harriers is undergoing refurbishment under its new ownership, beginning with a striking new sandy-coloured forecourt surface already labelled by locals as “the beach”.

International businessman and entrepreneur Peter de Savary and his family acquired the pub a month ago from previous owners Colin and Julie Stoneley. Regulars at the 16th Century freehouse said a fond farewell to Colin and Julie, who ran the pub for nine years, taking over from the Beasley family, who had been in residence for the previous 40.


In a Facebook posting as they prepared to depart the Stoneleys wrote: “We hand over the Merry Harriers to the next “caretakers”. It has been an absolute pleasure to be a part of its 427 year history and to have worked with, met and served so many fabulous people. Thank you for your support…and keep supporting your village pub for many years to come.”

Their final weekend on May 20th and 21st was celebrated with live bands and the Stoneleys said that they were proud of the variety and quality of the music sessions staged during their time at the helm.

Colin and Julie Stoneley

The de Savary family, who recently moved into the area, have ambitious plans for the Harriers and Peter de Savary is expected to attend a forthcoming meeting of the parish council to outline his proposals. In the meantime a great deal of work has been undertaken, including the new surface, a sprucing up of paintwork and signs, new benches, landscaping and kitchen equipment.





Appearing live on The Music Works’ stage:

1.30 Malcolm on Sax – Maths Teacher by Day, Saxophonist by weekend – will be playing Jazz/Blues on the sax

2.00 Phoenix Rising – St Dominic’s staff and pupil band – not to be missed

2.30 The Blues Jamm Project (www.bluesjammproject.com) (Influenced by soul, blues, classic rock and funk)

3.30 Surrey Ukeaholics (http://www.ukeaholics.com/) will be playing a variety of music you might not have heard played on the ukulele before!

4.00 A Night on Broadway – Andy Hart and others from The Music Works will be singing some old favourites from classic musicals

4.15 John Clifton – performs a selection of well known songs by ‘The Rat Pack’ with a big band backing track

4.30 The Unwanted – a teenage band playing covers of popular songs

Please come and support the school and enjoy the fete, stay and listen to the live music on offer, visit our BBQ and Tea/Cake Stand, and quench your thirst at our Pimms and Beer Tent (Soft drinks will also be available)!

Entrance Tickets have been designed by our pupils and students and will cost £1 per person (under 3s and dogs go free), with one lucky  ticket winning a £10 Amazon voucher.

St Dominic’s School Fete/DomFest – Raffle

We have some great prizes for our raffle, including:

  • iPad
  • £100 cash
  • ‘Recording Studio’ Party for 10 children in The Music Works’ Music Bus (http://themusicworks.co)
  • Jewellery by Annie Haak (anniehaakdesigns.co.uk)
  • £50 Amazon Voucher
  • ‘Share a Shettie (Shetland pony)’ experience at Mane Chance Horse Sanctuary manechancesanctuary.org/
  • £50 Boden Voucher
  • Rugby ball signed by, amongst others, former England RU player, Austin Healey

Tickets are available to buy in the Village Shop: £1 a ticket / £5 a book.

Community Befriending Network

Busbridge and Hambledon Church run a Community Befriending Network; linking up those who might be feeling lonely or isolated with others who can visit, chat, drink tea or coffee….!

There is a real need for more befriending volunteers in or near Hambledon, so if you could spare one or two hours a month to visit someone, then do please get in touch with Penny Naylor on 01483 421267, or at penny.naylor@bhcgodalming.org, for more details. There is training and support available for all our volunteers and no requirement to be a member of any church.

Many thanks.



Primary School School Places

The Parish Council has for some time been concerned that families living in Hambledon find it difficult to get their children into primary schools within reasonable distance of the village.  It has raised the problem with the Surrey County Council, the local education authority;  and it has become clear that,  if it is to make any headway, it needs more information about actual, as opposed to perceived, needs.

As one of the many villages in the area which does not have its own primary school, Hambledon has to depend on its neighbours.  Two of these, Chiddingfold and Grayswood, are in charge of their own admission arrangements and would have to be asked direct if they could consider taking more children from Hambledon.

Admission arrangements for the primary schools in Witley, Busbridge and Milford are managed by Surrey which has categorically stated that it would not afford priority to children living in Hambledon.  This is not what the Parish Council is seeking – it just wants a level playing field for all children within a reasonable radius of these schools.

However, if the Parish Council is to ask for a rethink when admission arrangements come up for consultation in October, it needs to have a case.  So could all families who have children starting school in autumn 2018 and who would like them to go to a local primary school please get in touch with the Parish Clerk (Jane Woolley), if possible before everyone disappears for the summer holidays, so that, if appropriate, the battle can be continued.


Hambledon Cricket Club Match Report

Following a late cancellation from Cranleigh on Saturday afternoon, the league side picked up 28 points without a ball being bowled. Good for points but disappointing not to play to be perfectly honest.

On the plus side, the Friendly side were short of 4 players so the difference was easily made up with the addition of few eager league players. We played a very enjoyable match at Bramley with Hambledon agreeing to bat first without the need to toss a coin.

This was a timed game so that Bramley had a chance to draw 😉 We put on 181 all out without runs coming freely from Ben Plant 45, Oli Bayne 40 and Mark Burton 24. It was clear that 150 was probably too much for Bramley as they lost early wickets and never looked liked getting close to our score. We managed to spread the bowling about generously so that the game lasted until the final over. (stats are on Play cricket website) Euan Pusey got 3 for 6, Joe Herman 2 for 5 and Lee Hacker 2 for 22. The final over was given to Chase Pusey for his first bowl of the day with about 6 slips in the cordon! He got the final wicket lbw with just 2 balls left in the match!

It was a very entertaining afternoon with plenty of beer, cider, pimms and wine on offer all afternoon as well as a fabulous BBQ. A good day was had by all which was continued by the hard core in the Jolly Farmer in Bramley!

Thanks to all and especially the organisers at Bramley.

Mark Burton

Fund Raiser for Hambledon Village Hall

A company called “Travelling Trends” will be hosting a fashion show in the Village Hall on Wednesday 27 September, 7pm for 7.30pm start – High Street clothes at bargain prices. Come and see the season’s fashions, try on and buy on the night at greatly reduced prices to help raise funds for the Village Hall.

Something for all (well – ladies aged 25-95!). Refreshments and an excellent raffle (prizes to include a manicure). We will be looking for some local ladies to model too – contact Mary Grove 01483 415815 if you would like to try the catwalk!

Tickets will be available shortly at £6. In the meantime make a note in your diary!

General Election Result – Surrey South West

Jeremy Hunt, Conservative, held the Surrey South West Parliamentary Constituency which includes Hambledon, but with a reduced majority and in the face of a big swing to Louise Irvine of the National Health Action Party, who stood against Hunt and his record as Health Secretary.

The result, declared earlier this morning, was as follows:

Jeremy Hunt (Conservative) – 33,683

Louise Irvine (National Health Action) – 12,093

David Black (Labour) – 7,606

Ollie Purkiss (Liberal Democrat) – 5,967

Mark Webber (UKIP) – 1,083

On a turnout of 77.4 per cent, the Conservative majority was 21,590 with 55.7 per cent share of the vote. The Conservative vote was down -4.1 per cent and the vote for the National Health Action Party was up by 11.5 per cent. The Labour and Liberal Democrat candidates recorded increases of 3.1 and 3.6 per cent. The UKIP candidate was down -8.1.