Road Closure 18th November onwards – Salt Lane

Salt Lane will be closed from its junction with Hambledon Road (Hydestile Crossroads) West to Chestnut Cottage ( the very sharp bend in the road opposite the old hospital entrance ) from 18th November 2019 to allow for SGN to carry out gas mains replacement works. The work is scheduled to be completed within 5 weeks of the date of commencement. Diversions will be in place along Clock Barn Lane and Hambledon Road for traffic. Access will be permitted for cyclists, equestrian users and pedestrians alongside residents and emergency services. All other traffic will be required to use the diversions which will be put in place.

New Wildlife Project- please get involved!

The charity Butterfly Conservation have set up a 3 year project in your area to help one of the rarest butterflies in the UK.  The Wood White Leptidea sinapsis has just one remaining population in the South East, and this is found in a few locations around Chiddingfold, Dunsfold, Plaistow, Grayswood and Northchapel.  We will be working with Forestry England, the Woodland Trust, National Trust, Sussex Wildlife Trust and parish councils on sites in the area to create more suitable habitat for the butterfly and link up isolated small colonies.  If we manage to create enough ‘stepping stones’ of Wood White habitat in the landscape, we hope that small colonies can link up, start to spread and become less genetically isolated from each other.

Wood White on Ragged Robin – K. Warmington
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Poppy Day Appeal

This year the general appeal kicks off on Saturday 26 October.   To make it incredibly easy for everyone in Hambledon to contribute to this important and ever-popular cause, on 26 October no-one need go any further than Hambledon Village Shop where poppies will be flowering and collection boxes will be manned from 09.30.  So please don’t buy your poppy from Sainsburys or Waitrose – home-grown is by far the best!   

Christine Campbell, who for many years acted as the local organiser of the Royal British Legion Poppy Day appeal, has reluctantly decided to stand down and I have volunteered to take over (for a second time – not that many of you will remember me in this role during the 1990s!).   But I only stepped in at the beginning of October, which hasn’t left much time to organise this year’s appeal.  

I have, however, decided to pass on house-to-house collections – times have moved on since this was the principle way of attracting donations and nowadays most people tend to contribute at local sites.  

For those of you who can’t join in the official launch at the Village Shop, could I please encourage you to contribute via the collection box that will remain there for a couple of weeks;  or via the boxes at the Merry Harriers, St Peter’s Church and Phillips Garage (as well as at St Dominic’s, the Nursery School and the Cheshire Homes).    The Football Club has also volunteered to hold collections at home matches to be played at Badger Park on 26-27 October, 2-3 November and 9 November;  and there will, of course, be the usual collection at the Remembrance Day service at St Peter’s Church on Sunday 10 November.

If you have queries please contact me on 01428 684213 or email

Folk songs and Dolly Parton songs at the Village Hall, this Friday (11th) at 7pm!

   Come along to the Village Hall this Friday (11th) evening, 7pm for 7.30 for a wonderful evening of strytelling, comedy, a bit of audience participation and fantastic music.

The award-winning Little Bulb Theatre Company presents Mountain Music, the story of the people who left the British Isles for a new life in America taking with them their traditional folk music. We will be taken on their journey with them and experience the development of those folk songs into modern day country music. There will be old folk songs, there will be Patsy Klein, Dolly Parton and even Witney Houston!

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Hambledon Village Christmas Dance – Saturday 14th December

This years Christmas Dance will be held at the Village Hall on Saturday 14th December from 8.00pm to midnight.

Toxic Sausage will be providing the music, there will be a licensed bar and the Vann Lane Gin Bar. Grazing Boards will provide fuel for the dancing.

Tickets are available at £15 per person, either on-line at or at Hambledon Village Shop.

Proceeds from the event will be split between Cancer Research and village organisations.

‘Mountain Music’ at the Village Hall – October 11th,


On Friday, October 11th the Village Hall Committee is hosting a new musical production called Mountain Music from the award-winning Little Bulb Theatre Company. It is part of an initiative by Farnham Maltings, supported by Waverley Borough Council to promote theatre in Village Halls and the production is currently on a national tour.

It tells the story of American country music from its celtic origins in the UK to the present day. It is performed by a small group of talented musician/actors and we are expecting beautiful harmonies, swinging country music and a good old-fashioned hoedown!

Watch the video below to brighten up a rainy day and get a taste of what’s to come!

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Citizens Advice sponsored walk was a big success

Thank you from Jane Woolley.

You may know that I did a sponsored walk on 15 September to raise money for Citizens Advice on the occasion of its 80th birthday.   Citizens Advice set me a target of 10 miles; I set myself a target of £1,000.  But how wrong I was!

It was a glorious day:  perfect weather, magnificent scenery, good walking conditions and excellent company.  We set off from the Citizens Advice office in Haslemere and walked across National Trust land along the Serpent Trail and then up Blackdown, reaching the top at the Temple of the Winds where crystal clear views stretched across the Weald and the South Downs to the sea.  I’ve never seen anything better.  Then it was onwards (and downwards!) through the Blackdown estate vineyards to Fernhurst where the Red Lion welcomed us for lunch; after which we meandered gently along the bottom of Blackdown to return to Haslemere.  It certainly didn’t feel like 10 miles but it truly was!

That was the good part.  But the best part is that, thanks to the incredible support I received from so many villagers, I raised over 50 per cent more than my target.  Over £1,600 has reached Citizens Advice Waverley via your on-line donations, cheques and cash, nearly all of which were gift aided.  I am overwhelmed by your generosity:  thank you all so much.

Jane Woolley

Relief Road Across The Surrey Hills – Proposal Is Scrapped

Following efforts by the parish council and several Hambledon residents an assurance has been given that the proposal for a new relief road to be built across the Surrey Hills Area Of Outstanding Natural Beauty will not be pursued.

An organisation called the Guildford Society had put forward the idea as a means of relieving traffic on the A281 when Dunsfold Aerodrome is developed into a large housing estate. It proposed a new road should be built linking the development with an enlarged Milford station and the A3, routed through the Surrey Hills at Burgate Farm, Feathercombe and Hydestile. See earlier news story here:

The idea was presented to a meeting of the Surrey County Council Waverley Local Committee and Colin Kemp, deputy leader of SCC, said he would ask his officers to consider whether to conduct a feasibility study into the proposal.

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Hambledon Fashion Show – Thursday, September 26th

Don’t miss out on the fantastic Hambledon Fashion Show at the Village Hall on September 26th at  7pm.

It will be a relaxed but fun evening with our star Hambledon models and the chance to top up your autumn wardrobe! There will be a licenced bar and raffle.

Tickets are £7, available from the Village Shop or from Anthea on 07941 961 969.

We have a minimum amount of tickets we need to sell for the show to go ahead so, if you’re coming, we’d be very grateful if you could buy your tickets as soon as you can!

This weekend at Badger Park

Coming up at Badger Park this weekend we have games on Saturday and Sunday.

First up on Saturday the First team welcome University of Surrey for a 2pm KO followed by the Vets on Sunday. As Rushmoor Community Vets are the visitors for a 10:30am KO.

Weather looks good so come and enjoy a game of football and a drink.


Hambledon Film Night, Friday October 4th – Fisherman’s Friends – 7.30 for 8pm

There’s a lot going on at the village hall this autumn so don’t forget to buy your tickets for the next Hambledon Film Night. We will be showing Fisherman’s Friends. A comedy based on the true story of a cynical London music executive attempting to sign-up a group of shanty-singing Cornish fisherman. Licensed bar, tea, coffee,cake and popcorn all avaliable! Tickets £5 each from the Village Shop.