Parish Council Challenges Dunsfold Relief Road Proposal Across Surrey Hills AONB

A proposal to drive a new road through the heart of the Surrey Hills at Hambledon to relieve anticipated traffic congestion and HGV issues when Dunsfold Aerodrome is developed into housing is being fiercely opposed by Hambledon Parish Council.

The suggestion from the Guildford Society was presented at a recent meeting at Waverley council and despite Surrey Highways officers rejecting the idea, county councillors agreed to give the matter further consideration.

It envisages a new highway from Loxhill on the outskirts of Dunsfold at Hook House Lane, across the hills and fields of Burgate Farm and round the flanks of Hydon’s Ball to emerge on to the Hambledon Road at Feathercombe. It would then use Hambledon Road and Station Lane to reach a new “Milford Parkway” station and the A3

The Guildford Society, a registered charity with the stated aim of preserving and enhancing the environment of Guildford, submitted a written question to the Waverley Local Committee, which comprises members of both Surrey and Waverley councils.

In a covering letter, Alistair Smith, chairman of the society, wrote: “The link scheme we propose, some 12 kms long, is likely to be complex, expensive and controversial, as part of it would necessarily pass through some sensitive countryside and would need to be treated appropriately”.

The countryside involved can be seen in the photographs accompanying this article.

The written question asked the two authorities to consider commissioning a feasibility study into creating an east-west road linking the A281 in the Dunsfold area with the A3 at Milford.

Worryingly for the residents of Hambledon – and no doubt for lovers of the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty – Colin Kemp, deputy leader of Surrey County Council and in charge of infrastructure matters, said he was prepared to look into the idea of a feasibility study, notwithstanding a response from one of his senior planning managers that the council was not prepared to consider such a request.

The meeting was chaired by Victoria Young, a county councillor who represents Hambledon. She did not commit to a view on the matter but told members that she had sought the advice of her Conservative colleague Mr Kemp. “He is prepared to look into the possibility of what might be some sort of link road in the Dunsfold/Cranleigh area and Milford and the A3”, she told the meeting.

The Guildford Society proposal follows its concerns on the impact of traffic generated by the planned new development of 1,800 houses (rising to a potential of 3,400) on the airfield site. The only major road in the area is the A281, which is already heavily congested as it approaches Guildford through Bramley and Shalford.

Hambledon Parish Council has expressed it opposition to the idea with Cllr Young and challenged the Guildford Society over its proposal.

Although extremely alarming, it is important to keep the issue in perspective. It is only a suggestion from an un-elected civic society. SCC has not committed to holding a feasibility study, but has said it would look at the idea. It would be a major infrastructure undertaking and would be hugely expensive, to say nothing of the widespread opposition it would face from a host of conservation groups.

Victoria Young told the parish council that she has spoken again to Cllr Kemp. “He explained that he has asked officers to do a desktop exercise to look at the possibilities of such a road, and to give him a “gut” feel as to the feasibility and costs.  If it were deemed worth considering further, there would then need to be a formal feasibility study which would cost a substantial sum and I am not clear that this money is available.  They would not get to this point before early 2020.”

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Traffic closure at Hascombe – 12th August for 3 weeks

Update:  Monday 12th August:

Whilst closure is booked, the road is open and there has only been an installation of traffic lights today, and no sign of roadwork activity.   So it appears all official sources of information are not to be relied upon.

Update:  10th August:

We understand that the Water works are now scheduled for 3 weeks from 12th August, during which time the road will be closed and diversions in place.  

Update:  6th August:

We understand that the Water works are now not going ahead – hence the absence of road closures.  Thames Water will apply to close the road later in the year.

Announcement 31 July:

Thames Water need to completely close The Street in Hascombe to traffic, to enable long-overdue replacement of the water main, between Mare Lane and The White Horse pub. This will be for a month from 5 August until 29 August.   This will require diversion signs to be placed.    The natural alternative cut through will be via Markwick Lane and Clockbarn Lane to Busbridge.   This is unsuitable for HGVs (as is the original Hascombe route).   So please beware that Markwick Lane will be very difficult to navigate for the month duration of these works.

NB.  Proper traffic management requires that diversions are set up to push traffic only onto roads that are the same grade as the road that is closed. Traffic management consultants are not supposed to have B-road traffic directed down C-roads. This is often why diversions appear to take very long winded alternative routes.

Gin Day at Badger Park 24th August

We are delighted to have our Friends from the Village Spirit Collective down at Badger Park on the 24th August from 1pm. They will be serving your local Vann Lane & Haslemere Gin.

So why not come down to the award winning pitch and enjoy a local Gin while watching a game.

Any questions please contact Matt Kiley  on 07557479349 or

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Training offered in Hambledon for use of life-saving defibrillators

Training in the use of defibrillators (AEDs) is being offered to residents following the installation of one inside the former telephone kiosk at the Hydestile Crossroads.

This takes the number of defibrillators in the village area to five; outside the village shop, on the exterior wall of the Merry Harriers, at St Peter’s Church, at Hambledon Football Club’s ground at Badger Park, and now at Hydestile.

Alison Martin, a Busbridge Parish councillor who helped arrange for the AED (automated external defibrillator) to be installed in the traditional red kiosk – which has also undergone renovation in the process – has arranged for a training session to be held in the meeting room at St Peter’s Church, Church Lane, Hambledon, on Saturday September 28th.

The training will be given by an expert from the London-based Barts City Life Saver organisation, a charity that teaches life saving skills and originated from St Bartholomew’s Hospital. The session begins at 11am with basic life saving training, then AED training at 2pm followed by baby and child resuscitation at 3pm. Participants can opt to attend the whole session, or part.

AED’s are used on people suffering from sudden cardiac arrest and, along with Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation, can greatly increase survival rates.

Training will be free to the Hydestile volunteers on the Busbridge Parish Council-sponsored rota, but to all others there will be a nominal cost of £20 per person to cover the costs of the trainer travelling to and from London and a donation to the charity’s work.

Anyone in the village can register to attend. Please contact Alison Martin at email or by phone on 01483 893619.

If you would like to know more about the work of the charity please visit



Hambledon Village Shop End of Summer BBQ – Saturday 31st August 12:30pm to 3:30pm

Tickets now available on-line at or from the Shop.

There will be live music, a licensed bar serving Pimms, wine and beer and The Vann Lane Gin Bar. Tickets include BBQ food, wonderful salads and an ice cream or strawberries & cream dessert. Come along and enjoy the party while supporting the Shop at the same time.

Don’t forget to visit the Village Show before or after the BBQ!

£12.50 for adults
(Burger & hot dog plus salads and a glass of wine or soft drink and dessert)

£5 for children (under 18)
(Burger or hot dog plus salads and a soft drink and ice-cream)

Vegan food options will be available.

Hambledon Film Night, this Thursday, August 1st

Don’t forget to buy your tickets for Hambledon’s second film night, this Thursday, August 1st.

We will be showing the heart warming film ‘Stan and Ollie’ starring Steve Coogan and John C Reilly as the inimitable movie icons on their triumphant farewell tour.

Tickets £5 from the village shop.

There will be a bar serving soft and alcoholic drinks and also tea, coffee and cake for sale.

Doors open at 7.30 with the film beginning at 8pm.

A New View Of An Old School

Hambledon Nursery School has a strong association with residents of the village. Many helped turn the former Church of England state primary school, which closed its doors in 1983, into what it is today.

Their initiative and enterprise led to the purchase of the Victorian school building and playground in the lovely rural setting of Rock Hill. And they were responsible for its transformation into a  nursery school for two to five-year olds, administered by a charitable trust.

Today the school is a popular choice for parents in Hambledon and beyond. Its strong links with the local community remain in place. Trustees are drawn from the village and include representatives from St Peter’s Church and the Parish Council.

So villagers may like to take a look at the school’s new website which can be found at This is beautifully and colourfully illustrated with photographs of the school, including an interesting aerial view. You will find photographs of staff and of children, at work and play.

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Hambledon FC Crowned Grounds Team of the Year at Surrey FA Awards

Martyn Grove picked up his Surrey FA Groundsman of the year for the third year running at the Surrey FA Awards night last week. This year assisted by Matt Kiley.

Mark Bright presented the award at the Guildford Harbour Hotel at the Surrey FA Awards. Unfortunately they were only commended at the National level.

A Fantastic achievement on a limited budget at Badger Park. They are both, hard at work getting the pitch ready for the up coming season. We hope to welcome you down for a match this season where you can see the award winning pitch first hand.

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Parking at Hambledon Village Shop and St Peter’s Church

Our local farmer, Peter Knight, expects to start harvesting in the next few days. He will therefore be passing through the village with his large tractors & trailers and heavy harvesting equipment. Please be considerate when parking in and around the village, especially near the Village Shop and by the Church, so as not to impede his vehicles. He will be very appreciative of your cooperation.

Currently Peter plans to be hauling grain back past the Village Shop on Monday and Tuesday. Please respect the new “No Parking” signs that will be placed along the cricket green side of the road outside the shop.

As harvesting is very weather dependent he is unable to give further specific future dates but will give more information when possible.

Hambledon Village Shop End of Summer BBQ – Saturday 31st August 12:30pm to 3:30pm

Tickets for the Hambledon Village Shop End of Summer BBQ are now available on-line at and will be available in the Shop soon.

There will be live music and tickets include BBQ food, wonderful salads and an ice cream or strawberries and cream dessert. Come along and enjoy the party while supporting the shop at the same time.

Don’t forget to visit the Village Show before or after the BBQ.

Hydestile Celebrates With A Party In A Phone Box

Hydestile Crossroads residents have held a party in a phone box to celebrate the renovation of the traditional red kiosk and its new role as a location for a defibrillator.

Almost two dozen Crossroaders, past and present, raised a glass of champagne to toast the completed restoration before moving on to a garden party.

The kiosk, a familiar landmark on the approach to Hambledon, looked resplendent with new paint and a new sign around the top of the glass sides stating “Defibrillator”.

The transformation of the former payphone is the work of neighbouring Busbridge Parish Council. The crossroads forms a part of the boundary between it and Hambledon Parish Council. Many rural payphones see little use and Busbridge PC decided it was no longer prepared to pay a maintenance fee to BT for it to remain operational.

Instead it negotiated for BT to remove the phone apparatus and to hand over ownership to the council. It then had the kiosk professionally restored, inside and out (see earlier news story on this website), and for the defibrillator to be installed. The box will continue to illuminate at night.

The initiative was led by Busbridge councillors Alison Martin and John Graves. John, who lives at the crossroads, and his wife Elaine hosted a garden dinner party following the kiosk celebration.

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Paul Pattinson’s Parish Council departure brings past and present together

Hambledon parish councillors past and present have gathered to mark Paul Pattinson’s 12 years of service to the village.

Paul decided not to stand again at the year’s local government elections. He has been an invaluable member of the parish council and its planning committee and his contribution was praised by chairman John Anderson who, with wife Tucker, hosted a thank-you party at their home.

This was attended by all of the current members and several others who worked alongside Paul during his earlier years on the council, which he joined in January 2007. John thanked Paul for his measured and thoughtful input on a range of village issues and the knowledge he brought to legal and planning matters.

A week later there was an informal meal at the Merry Harriers, with all the current councillors and their partners present. Stewart Payne, vice chairman, said that Paul was a much-liked and respected friend and colleague and would be missed.

Paul responded by saying that he and his wife Vicky appreciated both gatherings. “You are such a harmonious team, and that was reflected in all the chat, and noise level, at our dinner. Hambledon is lucky to have such a good group of people on its Parish Council.”

Please read on to see photographs of both occasions.

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Parish Magazine Pays Tribute To Two “Great Lives” in July Edition

The families of Mic Coleman and Pat Williams have expressed their gratitude to the people of Hambledon following the funerals of both, held in the past month.

They were much loved and respected residents and both contributed enormously to life in the village.

Mic’s funeral was held at Guildford Crematorium, followed by a gathering at the Merry Harriers. In a message afterwards, his family said: “We would like to thank all those who attended the service at the crematorium and those who sent condolences and thoughtful messages”

Pat’s funeral was held in Hambledon at St Peter’s Church and her sister Margaret Romney said that the love and friendship in the village had been “overwhelming”.

The lives of both have been celebrated in earlier articles on this website. The July edition of the Parish Magazine carries the tributes paid to both at their funerals. It will be on sale at the village shop from tomorrow (Saturday June 29th).


Seeking Quizzers!

It’s short notice but there are still places left for our fund-raising quiz night in aid of MacMillan Nurses and Wilfred’s Big Expedition.

We’ll have tables of 8 so if you can make up a whole table, brilliant! If not, we can can join you to part-filled tables and you’ll make some new friends!

It’s Saturday 29th June from 7:30pm at Hambledon Village Hall

The ticket includes food and there will be  bar serving local beer and wine.

Please call Jo on 07788 421226 to reserve a place.