A good friend to Hambledon Shop and its customers has completed his final stint behind the Post Office counter and is preparing to leave for pastures new.
Alan Brien, a qualified post master, helped out at the shop in its earlier days, assisting Jane Woolley who had trained to become its first Post Mistress along with John Tidmarsh, who trained as a volunteer.
Then, eleven years ago, Alan was appointed to be a part of a new management team. They were known as the “Three As” – Alan, along with Amanda Wright and Alison Wilson.
He stayed in this role for two years followed by a gradual hand-over of his duties to a new manager. However, he has always remained “on-call”, driving up from his Storrington, West Sussex, home when needed and has been a highly valued member of the shop staff.
He was part of the Post Office team, headed by Alison Wilson, who jointly received the Post Office Community Service Award in 2015.
Last Saturday was his last shift. A friendly and much-liked man, his good nature and efficiency will be missed.
He is moving with his wife to the small market town of Malton in North Yorkshire, where her family come from.
“I have really enjoyed working in the shop and will miss the many people I have got to know”, said Alan. “It is a job I have loved, but the time is right for us to consider where we need to be in retirement. We are regular visitors to Malton because of our family connections and we are looking forward to it”.
Alan departs with the thanks and best wishes from the people of Hambledon.
Hambledon will go to the polls next month and residents have an opportunity to vote for their parish councillors.
This vital role for our village and its administration requires seven members. Two current councillors are standing down and five are standing again.
Two more candidates are needed for the parish council to be at full strength, and at least three if there is to be a contested election.
Nominations close at 4pm on Tuesday (April 4th) when signed and witnessed forms must be submitted by appointment at Waverley council officers.
This is the final call for people to come forward. All details and assistance can be provided by Hambledon Parish Clerk Catherine Russell at firstname.lastname@example.org
Hambledon admirably demonstrated its community spirit with a range of seasonal events in the build-up to Christmas 2022.
It also bade a sad but fond farewell to Martin Thompson, who completed his final day at the village shop on Christmas Eve. His knowledge, experience, commitment and friendship has been invaluable and he and Karen Barbato will be greatly missed.
Festivities began with Carols at The Merry Harriers on December 15th, where regular customers, families and friends were joined by members of the congregation of St Peter’s Church for rousing renditions of festive favourites. Associate vicar Simon Willetts featured on keyboard with Lisa Olsworth-Peter leading the singing.Continue reading
If you are wondering who is responsible for the latest village road closure – this time on Hambledon Road at Hydestile – do not blame the usual suspects. Blame a badger.
The road is completely closed in both directions, preventing any through traffic and causing a lengthy diversion through Witley and Milford.Continue reading
Mary Grove, deputy chair of Hambledon Parish Council, helps administer and maintain the various defibrillators available for public use in the village.
Having the knowledge of how to carry out cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) greatly increases the chances of someone surviving cardiac arrest. Mary has arranged for free training sessions on the evenings of November 2nd and 9th. Please consider taking part and help save lives. To register please contact Mary on 01483 415815 or email Sarah Stuckey at email@example.com.
Mary also runs the village Community Speedwatch and campaigns on behalf of the council for speed restrictions.
New volunteers for the speedwatch are urgently required. This involves villagers being equipped with speed monitoring equipment to record the speed of vehicles driving through our village, which has a limit of 30mph in the centre and 40mph on the approaches. Speedwatch does not impose fines but offenders are sent a cautionary letter and evidence suggests that the existence of visible monitoring does encourage drivers to slow down.
The local group is at risk of folding unless new recruits can be found. Please contact Mary or Sarah using the contact details above.
Finally, many villagers are asking if a 20mph limit could be introduced in the centre of Hambledon and if you support this idea please sign a petition available at the village shop.
The National Trust has announced that Oakhurst Cottage, the preserved 16th Century farm labourer’s cottage on the lower corner of Cricket Green, will be closed for the rest of the year with immediate effect.
Hambledon villagers have played a vital role in keeping the little timber-framed cottage open to the public by volunteering as guides to show pre-booked visitors around the house and cottage garden. Inside it fittings and furnishings reflect how a simple land-workers cottage would have looked in the mid-19th Century.
It is one of the NT’s smallest properties and is a popular and unique attraction. However, recently NT staff discovered cracks caused by subsidence and investigatory work has been undertaken. It was considered safe to remain open while an engineers’ report was prepared. It is thought that underpinning is required.
It was due to be open on Thursdays and on Heritage Days later this month, with free entry and no booking required. It was hoped that more volunteers would be recruited to enable the cottage to remain open to booked visitors into October, so it is disappointing that it has been closed at short notice. The NT states the closure is because of “emergency works”.
Hambledon Parish Council and villagers involved in volunteering will be seeking further information and reassurances concerning its future from the National Trust.
For more information please visit https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/oakhurst-cottage
A lorry – possibly taking a diversion due to the road closure referred to in the previous news item – has caused extensive damage as it passed through the village this lunchtime (Tues Sept 6th), ripping down phone lines and tree branches and leaving a trail of debris behind.
The lorry photographed below was seen driving through the village at this time and a resident caught it on camera, apparently colliding with branches and overhead cables.Continue reading