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.

Tickets Still Available for the Village Quiz

Tickets are still available for the annual quiz at the Village Hall this Saturday, November 30th. Come along for a fun evening of testing your powers of recall, a jolly good shepherd’s pie, licenced bar and fantastic raffle. Tickets £12.50 from the Village Shop. Either book a table for a team of 6 or buy individual tickets and we will put you in a team with others. It’s a great way to get to know people in the village.

Fond Farewells At The Merry Harriers

Customers and staff gathered to say fond farewells to Danielle and Sam Montgomery-Page, who have left the Merry Harriers after almost three years in charge.

The pair, who also had an earlier stint at the pub in 2009-2011, have departed for France where they plan to start a new chapter in their lives.

Danielle, as front-of-house, and Sam as head chef, have guided the Merry Harriers as it expanded its accommodation under its owner Peter de Savary. It now offers accommodation upstairs in the 16th Century building, in the garden rooms at the back and in shepherd huts across the road, 15 rooms in all.

During this transition it has kept its appeal as a village pub popular with locals, and it was the regulars who gathered to wish Danielle and Sam well on their last weekend, November 16th/17th. They were presented with gifts and a scrapbook in which many had contributed.

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Join The Hambledon Village Shop Choir

The Hambledon Village Shop Choir traditionally performs outside the shop on Christmas Eve and at the biennial Hambledon Midsummer Festival event on the Friday evening (the next being Friday 19th June 2020).

The choir is very relaxed and a great way to meet other villagers, new members are always welcome. In December there will be a couple of practice sessions. If you would like to join us please click here to send an email and you will be added to the choir email distribution list.

Orchard Farm Affordable Homes Approved

A small development of seven affordable and two market price houses at Orchard Farm, Wormley Lane, Hambledon, has been approved by Waverley Borough councillors.

The scheme, from the English Rural Housing Association, will provide an opportunity for people with Hambledon connections to apply to live in the new homes.

The planning application received unanimous cross-party support from members of Waverley Borough Council’s Central Area planning committee on November 13th.

The approval came after members heard from John Anderson, chairman of Hambledon Parish Council, speak in support of the application which will provide two shared-ownership houses, five at an affordable rent and two market-priced bungalows.

Nick Hughes, regional development manager at English Rural, outlined the scheme, which is a scaled-down revision of a previously-rejected application for 17 homes, 12 affordable and five open market.

Jan Floyd-Douglass, who is a Conservative Waverley councillor representing Hambledon and Witley, was the first of the planning committee members to speak, saying she fully supported the scheme as it provided much-needed, genuinely affordable homes, and people with Hambledon connections in housing need will get first priority.

A number of Hambledon residents living close to the development site were in the public gallery to hear their objections presented to the committee by Richard Young.

But the mood of the meeting was overwhelmingly in support of the scheme, which has had a protracted planning history.

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Salt Lane Part-Closed For Gas Mains Upgrade

The anticipated gas mains work along the lower section of Salt Lane from the Hydestile Crossroads has started and the road at this location is closed to traffic.

Vehicles must use the diversion along Clock Barn Lane to reach Salt Lane at Hydon Heath, close to the National Trust car park, to continue in the Hascombe and Dunsfold direction.

The work, to upgrade gas mains, is likely to take up to three weeks. This website carried an earlier news item alerting villagers and others to the road closure. The official notice is below the photograph.

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‘The 39 Steps’ at the Village Hall

Accused of a murder he didn’t commit, Richard Hannay is on the run. Following clues left to him in a little black book by a mysterious American gentleman, he must uncover the secrets of the 39 Steps, prove his innocence and save Britain from the forces of evil!!

And, if there weren’t enough twists in the tale, BlackBox present this story of daring do as a live radio drama.

It’s November 1962 and with just ten minutes to go before the show is broadcast live to the nation, half the cast haven’t turned up, there’s no one to do the sound effects and they’ve just run out of Bourbon biscuits!! What could possibly go wrong?

The 39 Steps : A Live Radio Drama is an irreverent and affectionate take on one of our best loved stories. Full of thrills and spills, it’ll keep you on the edge of your seats and crying with laughter.

Tickets £12.50 (£10 concessions) from the Village Shop

Doors open 7pm, performance starts 7.30. Licenced bar available.

 

Dunsfold Park Exhibition

Exhibition at Unit 217 Dunsfold Park

Dunsfold Park’s Garden Village Masterplan is being formed and the developers have staged an exhibition as part of their consultation process.  You are most welcome to visit. 

The exhibition runs on the 13th and 14th November at Business Unit 217 on the Dunsfold Business Park site, and moves on to Cranleigh Arts Centre ( Friday 15th ), Godalming Borough Hall ( Saturday 16th ) and then back at Unit 217 on the 17th and 18th. 

The developer’s team will be on hand for questions and answers on the design ideas, energy efficiencies, communal areas, support facilities, and the first stage – the new access road.   You can also ask them to explain how “encouraging” sustainable travel is meant to work.

The extensive detail of the exhibition display is replicated in their Masterplan brochure. (click to view)

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The 39 Steps – Friday, November 22nd at the Village Hall

 

Following the success of their award winning play, Bully Beef & Whizzbangs last year, BlackBox Theatre Company return with a new adaptation of John Buchan’s classic ripping yarn, The 39 Steps.

Accused of a murder he didn’t commit, Richard Hannay is on the run. Following clues left to him in a little black book by a mysterious American gentleman, he must uncover the secrets of the 39 Steps, prove his innocence and save Britain from the forces of evil!!

And, if there weren’t enough twists in the tale, BlackBox present this story of daring do as a live radio drama.

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