Tomorrow at Badger Park

Hambledon Reserves welcome Cranleigh Reserves to Badger Park for a 2pm KO tomorrow. This is a cup match in group B for the Cyril West Trophy. The Dons have one win from one so far and are looking to have one foot in the quarter finals with a win tomorrow.

The pitch has held up with all the rain so come down and support the lads. The clubhouse will be open serving drinks and hot dogs.

Come On You Dons

It’s The Hambledon Film Night! Showing ‘Yesterday’ on Saturday, January 18th

Academy Award-winning director Danny Boyle joins celebrated screenwriter Richard Curtis for a new comedy starring Lily James, Himesh Patel and Kate McKinnon.

After a freak accident during a global blackout, aspiring musician Danny wakes up to discover that he is the only person in the world who remembers the Beatles……

Tickets £5 each available at the Village Shop.

Licenced bar, cake and popcorn!

Doors open 7.30pm Saturday, film starts at 8pm.

 

Hambledon Midsummer Festival 2020

It’s that time of year again! Planning is fully underway for Hambledon Midsummer Festival Weekend, Friday 19th June – Sunday 21st June 2020.

The Midsummer Ball – Saturday 20th June

Tables for the Midsummer Ball will be available to reserve on-line at hambledonfestival.co.uk from Monday 13th January 2020 at 10.30am.

Tables of 12, 10 and 6 seats will be available. To secure your chosen table you will be required to pay a non refundable deposit of £70 at the time of booking.

2020 table costs are as follows:

  • 12 seats £420
  • 10 seats £350
  • 6 seats £210

Please note there will be a limited number of tables available on a first come, first serve basis.

Individual Tickets

If you do not wish to purchase an entire table, please note there will be one village table available, for which, you will be able to purchase single tickets at a cost of £35 per ticket (only 10 single tickets available). These tickets will be on sale via The Village Shop, not online and will not be sold in bulk. Available from Monday 13th January 2020.

Jazz On The Green – Friday 19th June

Jazz On The Green will follow a similar format to two years ago – a relaxed, kid-friendly evening of music from the 17-piece Junction 4 Big Band, The Hambledon Village Shop Choir and others, accompanied by sunset and local food and drink.

Tickets are now available for purchase on-line at hambledonfestival.co.uk. Adult tickets are £15 each and tickets for under 16 year olds are free.

The Summer Fete – Saturday 20th June

The first public meeting for the many people involved in the Summer Fête will be held at the Village Hall at 7:30pm on Tuesday February 4th. If you usually help with a stall, would like to help with a stall or run a new one, or would like to help out in any way, please come along.

Christmas Celebrated, And New Year Greetings

Hambledon’s festive celebrations concluded with community carol singing outside the village shop on Christmas Eve which an estimated 200 people attended. It just gets bigger every year!

Following on from the equally-successful carols in the Merry Harriers and the Christmas Dance at the Village Hall (see earlier news item), it was then left to St Peter Church to bring home the Christmas message with midnight communion on Christmas Eve and a Family Service on Christmas Day.

Now all that remains is New Year’s Eve. There will no doubt be many private parties around the village and the Merry Harriers has live music and a buffet, beginning at 9pm and going on until 1am. Midnight will be celebrated with complimentary bubbly.

Finally, from all of us at the Hambledon Village Web Team, we wish you the very best for 2020.

We leave you with some photographs taken by David Edmiston of the Village Shop carols and our thanks to all those who organised and participated in a wonderful Christmas community gathering.

 

Presidents Cup

Tomorrow at Badger Park sees the First team take on the Reserves for the Presidents Cup, kicking off at 12pm. We would love to see you down to the support the lads and the bar will be open. Unfortunately this will be the first year without Mick Coleman as our President. With his son Tim Coleman filling the big man’s shoes.

Come down and raise a glass to Mick and enjoy a cracking game of football.

Come On You Dons

Joan Hardy

Those of us who’ve lived longer than others in Hambledon will still have fond memories of Joan Hardy.  It’s now over three years since she moved to a nursing home in Ross-on-Wye, to be closer to her nephew, Phil Bancroft.  It’s one of those nursing homes that looks after people superbly and treats them like real people. 

Despite a good deal of physical and mental deterioration (not surprising, at the age of 97), Joan remains well and happy.  She enjoys her food;  recovers from whatever minor illnesess nature chooses to throw at her;  and participates in all the activities which the home offers, including opportunities  to interact with visiting children and animals – which she really enjoys.  She appreciates family visits and has just revelled in becoming a great-great-great-aunt on 2 December (do we see the Guinness Book of Records looming?).  And in spirit, she remains very strongly rooted in Hambledon.

So, from all her friends in Hambledon, “Happy Christmas and happy new year, Joan”.

Christmas in Hambledon

Hambledon has kicked off its Christmas celebrations with a sell-out dance at the Village Hall and packed community carol singing at the Merry Harriers.

Still to come, there will be another carol singing session, this time outside the village shop on the Cricket Green, on Christmas Eve, between 12 noon and 1.30pm.

To celebrate the true meaning of Christmas, there is the midnight communion at St Peter’s Church beginning at 11pm on Christmas Eve and the Family Service on Christmas Day at 10.00am.

For parents with young children there is a Crib Service at St Peter’s at 4.30pm on Christmas Eve.

The Hambledon Christmas Dance, organised by the Festival Committee, was held at the Village Hall on Saturday December 14th, with a licenced bar and a counter selling local Vann Lane gin. Once again music was provided by Toxic Sausage, featuring Hambledon’s own Mike Blanchard on keyboard.

Just over 100 tickets were sold and £1,500 raised. Of this, £750 will go to Cancer Research and £375 each to the Village Hall and the community-run village shop.

On Tuesday evening (December 17th) the Merry Harriers resounded to carols with musical accompaniment from the church and with Hambledon’s recently-arrived vicar, Simon Willetts, on the keyboard.

 

Welcome To The New Team At The Merry Harriers

The Merry Harriers has a new general manager and head chef as Jake Andreou and David Totterdell take up their appointments at Hambledon’s 16th Century pub.

They arrived in mid-November and have been warmly welcomed to the village by staff and regulars. Together they have set about introducing new menu ideas and working to expand the appeal of the accommodation while maintaining the pub as a traditional “local”.

By coincidence, both are from Stoke on Trent in Staffordshire, although they only met on being appointed to their new jobs by Peter and Lana de Savary, owners of the Merry Harriers.

Jake, 26, is already a familiar face in the bar and restaurant area, introducing himself to regular customers and getting to know the village. David, inevitably, is seen less as he leads his small team in the kitchen. But his changes to the menu have already been favourably received.

Jake, pictured left above, said: “We are working together on many aspects of the pub. As far as food is concerned, we are trying out various ideas with traditional pub food and some interesting specials, including vegetarian and vegan options. We have changed suppliers and now have daily deliveries of locally-sourced meat and vegetables.

“Our plan is to have a fairly small, quality, seasonal menu changing every few months as well as specials. We hope to have evenings set aside for locals to sample the menus and let us know what they think”.

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General Election Result: Conservatives Hold Surrey South West

The Conservative Party has held the Surrey South West Parliamentary seat, which includes Hambledon.

Jeremy Hunt was returned to Westminster as MP, but with a reduced majority. The Liberal Democrat candidate came second, with an increased share of the vote.

The result was:

Jeremy Hunt, Conservative, 32,191 votes, a majority of 8,817.

Paul Follows, Liberal Democrat, 23,374 votes.

Tim Corry, Labour, 4,775 votes.

The Conservative share of the vote compared to the last election was down by -2.4 per cent. The Liberal Democrat share was up by +28.9 per cent and the Labour share was down by -.4.7 per cent. 

 

 

 

 

Power Failure in Hambledon – Since Restored

A large part of Hambledon is currently experiencing a power cut. The failure in distribution by Scottish and Southern Electric Networks occurred at about 9.30pm (Wednesday December 11th).

SSEN said it hoped to have power restored by midnight. Details of the outage can be found at www.ssen.co.uk/powertrack, assuming you are able to use a mobile device or computer, or by dialing 105 or 0800 072 7282.

The reference to the failure is FW0673. 

The power failure is an unfortunate reminder of the need to be prepared for winter power cuts, and full advice and contact details can be found in the previous news story on this website. There is also a link to this advice called Winter Weather Advice to found on the right of the opening page.

 

Winter Weather Advice and Emergency Contacts

This is a timely reminder that this website has a section containing advice and emergency contacts and this has been updated for the 2019/20 season.

This information can be found clicking the snowflake icon in the right hand column headed Winter Weather Advice or by clicking on this link. 

Here you will find practical precautionary measures and details of how to contact service providers such as electricity and water companies.

The village has a team of volunteers who will do their best to assist residents if in need, and their  contact details can be found on the above link.

A Little Gem in Hambledon – Oakhurst Cottage

Front of Oakhurst Cottage

The cottage in the oak wood – the National Trust’s Oakhurst Cottage is nestled in the edge of the woodland known as The Hurst just off the cricket green. The word ‘hurst’ meaning a woodland grove or wooded hillock.

During the 2019 season, from April to October, 838 people have visited the little cottage. On Heritage Open Day in September we had over 50 people in one day come to Oakhurst, which was a higher number than last year. 

This year thanks to the piece in the February edition of the Hambledon Parish Magazine, the local website and the inspiring Oakhurst Cottage volunteer guides, three new volunteer guides have been recruited. There are currently 19 volunteers, who contributed over 600 hours during this year’s season. We hope to recruit some more in 2020 – do get in touch if you may have an interest (email camilla.edmiston@btinternet.com or call 01428 687820).

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Hambledon’s Community Speed Watch Needs More Volunteers

The speed watches have been in action in the village for the past few months, hopefully encouraging drivers to slow down! Teams of 2-4 spend a maximum of 2hrs at one of three locations, at times to suit team members.

Some more participants would be much appreciated – in order to take part the police require your attendance at a training session, and there are two coming up in January – either Tuesday 7th 12pm-3pm or Wednesday 8th January 6:30pm-9.00pm, at the Sea Cadets Centre, Dapdune Wharf, Guildford.

Please contact Mary Grove on 01483 415815 ASAP if you might be interested. The speed watches have also proved to be quite sociable!

Cub Scouts Returning to the Village Hall.

We have the very exciting news that from January 2020 a Cub Scout pack will be meeting in the Village Hall every Friday evening during term time.

Busbridge and Godalming Cubs have been very oversubscribed for a while and are now pleased to be starting a new pack in Hambledon. Whilst a lot of places will be taken up with children from their existing waiting list, there are currently still places available. It is open to girls and boys aged from seven and a half to ten years old.

This is fantastic news for a village without a school where opportunities for children to get together are, naturally, limited. Of course Cubs and Brownies did used to meet regularly at the village hall and there are ex Cubs and Brownies amongst us. However, no one  seems to know exactly how long it is since Cubs have met at the Hall  so we would be very grateful to hear from anyone who knows!

For all enquiries and to put younger children on the waiting list, please email Busbridge Scouts here.