Parish Assembly – Thursday 25th April – All Welcome

Hambledon Parish Council will be hosting the annual Parish Assembly on Thursday 25th April from 7.30pm in the Village Hall. It is a great evening to hear about all the latest news from the wide variety of groups and organisations in the village. It is an informal event and all are welcome.

The doors open at 7.30pm with an opportunity to have a drink and chat with neighbours. The meeting starts at 8pm when the Chairman, Cllr Stewart Payne, will give a brief update on the Parish Council’s last 12 months. Representatives of each of the many different organisations will then give a short report on their last 12 months.

This year a representative from Surrey Police will be attending who will have a short Q&A section to answer any concerns around rural crime.

There will also be an opportunity to sign up to the Community Litter pick taking place on the following Saturday 27th April from 10am. Hi viz jackets and litter pickers will be provided. The litter pick finishes with a barbeque for volunteers at 12pm outside the village shop.

Please do come along.

The Importance of Being Earnest coming to the Village Hall on May 16th

The Fantastic Pantaloons Theatre Company who brought us the hilarious and moving A Christmas Carol and Jane Austen’s Emma are returning to the hall with their version of Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest.

Wilde’s comic masterpiece gets The Pantaloons’ treatment in their anarchic take on this classic comedy of manners. This energetic and musical production infuses Wilde’s witty words with snappy new songs and frantically funny physical theatre to give this perennially popular play a hilarious contemporary twist!

Tickets are £15 for adults and £9 for under 16s. They will be available from the Village Shop very soon and are already available online from The Pantaloons Website. Doors open at 7pm and the performance starts at 7.30pm.

Click this link to buy your online tickets

Next village cinema film postponed

Apologies from the village Hall team but, due to various factors, the next film due to be shown at the hall (The Holdovers) is cancelled but we will hopefully show it at some point later in the year. If you have bought tickets from the shop then refunds will be given at the shop and online sales refunded straight to bank accounts. Apologies for any inconvenience and disappointment!

Opportunity to help improve our village website…

Hello Hambledon, 

this is a message from the Hambledon Village Web Team. 

We would like to conduct some short, face to face surveys during May to understand what you use the website for and your thoughts on what could be improved.      

If you would like to take part please send a message to The Village Web Team via the Contact tab at the top of the website home page or by clicking here 

The short meetings will be held early evening on a weekday, location to be confirmed. We will offer tea, coffee, wine or soft drinks to attendees. 

Dates for the meeting, locaton and more information will be sent to volunteers.

Thank you in advance for helping making a change. 
AC and Mary B

Can You Help Hambledon Keep its Vicar? – Public Meeting April 11th, 7.30pm, Village Hall, All Welcome

Many people place great value on having a church and a vicar in our little village. For some, it is because they are regular worshipers, others maybe attend on special religious occasions such as celebrating Christmas or Easter. Some simply enjoy visiting St Peter’s in its beautiful rural setting on top of a hill overlooking the village, a place for quiet reflection. Others are glad that it is there for family weddings, Christenings and funerals.

And many appreciate its Ministry to the village, maybe in times of need, illness or bereavement and having a vicar living in the village to be a familiar and welcoming friend.

For all of these reasons, and more, the church and its outreach is important, whether you are a regular member of the congregation or not.

In modern times however, none of this can be taken for granted. Even small churches are expensive to maintain, as a building and as a ministry. Hambledon is no exception. Several years ago, local residents responded magnificently when its became clear there was a real risk that services could be curtailed and a resident vicar no longer afforable.

Some gave one-off donations, others set up standing orders or other methods of making regular contributions to safeguard the future of St Peter’s. Over the years some of those generous people are no longer with us or have moved away.

As many will know, Hambledon is in need of a new associate minister to be our village vicar. The stark warning is that recruitment cannot begin unless new fundraising takes place. A meeting is to be held at the Village Hall on Thursday April 11, starting at 7.30pm, when the Church will outline all the issues it faces and invite residents to consider if they can help financially.

Please come along, whether you are a church goer or not. And please read on for a detailed explanation of the current situation from Andrew Dunn, who is treasurer of St Peter’s.

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April’s Cinema Night at the Village Hall

On Saturday April 27th we will be showing ‘The Holdovers’ which has just been nominated for five Oscars and one of its stars (Da’Vine Joy Randolph ) won the Oscar for best supporting actress.

It tells the bittersweet story of a cantankerous teacher at an American boys boarding school who has to oversee the students left at school over the Christmas holidays and the relationships which develop.

Doors open at 7pm and the film starts at 7.30.

Tickets £5 online by clicking on the link below and will be available at the village shop very soon!

Click here to buy your tickets

Last chance to purchase Early Bird tickets for Jazz On The Green

Sunday 31st March is the final day of sales of early bird tickets for Jazz On The Green to be held on Friday 21st June.

Adult Early Bird tickets are £18 each, Under 18’s/Student tickets are £10 and Under 16’s come free (but you’ll need to register a ticket for them).

We have a great evening of entertainment lined up. Tickets can be purchased online here:

Oakhurst Cottage Re-Opens for New Season

Oakhurst Cottage, the National Trust-owned labourer’s cottage beside the Cricket Green is opening to visitors for the 2024 season. This can only happen with the support of local volunteers, mainly from the immediate Hambledon area, who show pre-booked visitors around the property.

Villager Camilla Edmiston co-ordinates this activity. She writes:

“One visitor wrote about their tour of Oakhurst Cottage as ‘This utterly delightful old labourer’s cottage, dating back to the early 17th century, is indeed a rare find, and can rightly be described as unique, in that it remains largely unmodernised within, despite centuries of habitation.’

If you have never experienced a guided tour of Oakhurst then now is your opportunity to book and see for yourself, as the cottage will be open for the new season from Monday 1st April. For 2024, Oakhurst Cottage will be open in the afternoon on Thursdays, Saturdays and Bank Holidays.

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