Hambledon Village Shop – Christmas Hours and Christmas Carols

Please note that the Village Shop will be closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day and will close at 2pm on Christmas Eve and at 12:30pm on New Year’s Eve.

Also, please join us for Carols and other Christmas songs at the shop at noon on Christmas Eve. Complementary mulled wine and mince pies will be served and the Hambledon Village Shop Choir will be there to lead the singing. They’ve been hard at practise as you can see in the videos below.

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

Tickets are selling fast for this lively comic adaptation of the classic Charles Dickens story of Scrooge and his Christmas Eve experiences.  It is on at Hambledon Village Hall this Thursday 20th December at 7pm.

The Pantaloons are on a nationwide tour and are coming to Hambledon for the first time. Expect music, puppets a few ghosts and a jolly good time!  Reaction to the show from other Villages:

” A brilliant evening with the awesomely gifted Pantaloons I ache from laughing so much.” Sue Bennet

Definitely the funniest thing I’ve seen this year” Paul R Green

If that isn’t enough to tempt you out, there will be Mulled Wine and Mince Pies for sale in the interval.Tickets on sale at the Village Shop or at www.thepantaloons.co.uk    £12.00 Adults £8.00 Children

Recommended for children around 8 and over as there are spooky bits.


Join the Village Shop Choir for Carols on Christmas Eve

Once again this year, the Hambledon Village Shop Choir will be leading a carol singalong at the Shop at noon on Christmas Eve. Everyone’s invited to come along, join in with the singing and enjoy mulled wine and mince pies.

The choir will have a bigger band to accompany them this year under David Kirby’s fine leadership, so we’d love to add some new choir members. The first choir practice will be at Hambledon Village Hall this evening (Thursday 13th December) at 8:30pm, a second practice will take place on Monday 17th December at 7:30pm. If you would like to join in please come along to one or both of the practices.

Winter Weather Advice and Emergency Contacts

December 1st is the start of the meteorological winter, so this is a timely reminder that this website has a section containing advice and emergency contacts and this has been updated for the 2018/19 season.

This information can be found on the right hand side of the opening page headed Winter Weather Advice and Emergency Numbers or by clicking on this link http://www.hambledonsurrey.co.uk/?p=7991

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.


You are cordially invited to tea at the Village Hall on Saturday, December 15th from 3 to 5pm

To celebrate our new chairs, curtains and the painting of the hall, the management committee would like to invite all residents of Hambledon for tea and cake. It will be our opportunity to say thank you to everyone who has generously donated funds which have enabled all these improvements to be made. It will also be a chance for everyone in the village (not just donors) to come and see how lovely the hall is looking and to find out about the exciting events which will be happening at the hall over the coming year. We hope to see you there!

Milford Golf Course Development – deadline for comment.

Many will be aware of the planning application for 200 homes on the Milford Golf Course on Station Lane.  This will have a significant impact locally and particularly for those driving via Milford Crossroads.   You can see the outline of the scheme and register your support or objection to the proposal here.  The deadline is 5pm 11th December.  You can also write to your local Councillors.

You can find more information on a Milford Facebook Page.

Witley Parish Council have issued a formal objection.

Download the PDF file .

Only 10 days to go until The Hambledon Village Christmas Dance

Planning is in full swing for the Christmas Dance on Saturday December 8th at Hambledon Village Hall.

Toxic Sausage will be providing the music, there will be a licensed bar and buffet food is included in the £15 ticket price.

This year there will also be a Gin Bar featuring Vann Lane Gin & Tonics and a special Christmas cocktail at only £5 each for a generous serving.

Tickets are available now at Hambledon Village Shop and on-line at hambledonfestival.co.uk. All proceeds to good causes.


Christmas Wreath Making in aid of The Cellar Cafe Charity, Godalming

We are delighted to be able to invite you to a Christmas Wreath Making session at Godalming United Church, Bridge Street. We have arranged for two drop in sessions on Wednesday 5th December and Wednesday 12th December from 1.30pm – 5pm.

Please come along and help us make wreaths to sell on behalf of The Cellar. You are welcome to make for yourself, friends and neighbours. The wreaths are made with fresh foliage and natural decorations and are fun and easy to make. We will be selling them for £15.00.

We have done this activity for the past two years and it is a lovely way to spend an afternoon with friends – old and new during the festive season. The Cellar Cafe relies on donations and grants to carry out its valuable work with people on the margins of our community. We provide a warm, safe space for people to come and talk and also have our own food bank. We will be celebrating 40 years of the Cellar Cafe in Godalming next year which is an amazing achievement given all of the changes in the High Street – I have been a trustee for several years and I am always amazed at the generosity of people in our community and it is testament to the hard work of all the Cellar Staff that after 40 years we are still here!

Please do consider ordering a wreath for friends and family if you cannot make the session

Thank you

Vicki Hinde


Volunteer Path Warden Scheme

If anyone in the Parish is keen to get involved in voluntary maintenance of rights of way (footpaths and bridleways), then please contact the Parish Council Clerk by e-mail or telephone to register your interest.  This is a real opportunity to help restore and retain some of the beautiful footpaths and bridleways in the village, whilst getting some fresh air with friends and neighbours!  01428 481956 or clerkofhpc@outlook.com

A Glimpse Into The Recent Past Of Hambledon Village Shop

A chance encounter has led to the emergence of a classic postcard view of Hambledon’s village shop taken by the camera of the proprietor who lived there from the late 1960s.

The encounter was with Alison Heath who, with her twin brother Duncan, spent her childhood at Cricket Green Stores, which was run by her parents Geoff and Margaret Heath between 1968 and 1982.

Alison, now 55, recalls growing up in Hambledon with great fondness. Her home was what was then called Duck Cottage, now Pendle Cottage, and her parents were the last to both live in the house and run the adjoining shop and Post Office.

The shop featured on a postcard, one of a series entitled “Scenes of Interest and Beauty in and around Hambledon, in Surrey”. The reverse of the card states: “Real photograph. Supplied by G.A.M Heath, Cricket Green Stores and Post Office, Hambledon”.


Alison’s mother died in 1987 from a brain aneurysm but her father is still alive, in his eighties, remarried and living in the New Forest.

Here Alison recalls her life growing up in Hambledon:

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Hambledon Village Christmas Dance – Saturday 8th December 2018

Dance the night away to Toxic Sausage. Chat with your fellow Villagers over the buffet and a glass of something from the bar.

Hambledon Village Hall – Saturday 8th December 8pm ’til late.

Tickets are available now for only £15 (including the buffet) from Hambledon Village Shop and on-line by clicking here. All proceeds from the event will go to Village organisations and local charities.


(Please also see news item below this, posted by Hambledon Village Hall Committee)

A packed Village Hall saw residents and friends pit their brains against each other as 14 tables, comprising 84 participants took part in a fund-raising quiz on Saturday (November 17th).

Thanks go to the Village Hall Committee and its team of volunteers who organised the evening, staffed a well-stocked bar, cooked and served home-made cottage pie and rounded-up an impressive selection of donated prizes for a raffle.

What was particularly rewarding was the cross section of villagers, old, young and everything in between, who took part and made the evening a great success. They included people from all aspects of life in Hambledon; the shop and its volunteers, Merry Harriers pub regulars, its Bridge team, the church, the cricket and football teams and, of course the Village Hall itself.

The questions were well set and divided into 10 themed rounds. The winning team,” Here, There and Everywhere”, comprised Christine and Ron Baker, Duncan Watson, Charlotte Gray, Mary Burrows and Stewart Payne.

However, it was a close-run contest and several teams just missed out on the top spot, having answered a few more questions correctly but not used their “multiplier” as effectively.

All profits from the evening go towards the upkeep of the Village Hall, which has recently been undergoing an extensive refurbishment with new chairs and curtains.



Boiler grants to target most vulnerable

Residents are being encouraged to bid for a limited number of grants of up to £2,500 to cover the cost of repairing or replacing a broken or condemned mains gas boiler.

The grants are offered by Action Surrey, in partnership with Waverley Borough Council to those living in fuel poverty, and are aimed at helping vulnerable residents to stay warm over the winter period. This will also reduce the risk of them being affected by winter illnesses, which are often made worse by living in properties with inadequate heating and insulation.

The grants come at a crucial time, as installers are warning that other sources of funding for measures such as heating and solid wall insulation will be limited between now and January 2019. This is due to delays in the launch of Government’s new ECO3 guidance, which is designed to support low income, vulnerable and fuel poor households.

Grants of up to £2,500 are aimed at bridging the gap for those residents living in fuel poverty and currently unable to afford to repair or replace a boiler that is no longer working.

Residents living in hard-to-heat households on a low-medium income or in receipt of certain benefits can qualify, and we would urge anyone with a broken boiler to contact us to check eligibility. To find out what support you could receive, please call Action Surrey on 0800 783 2503, contact by email on info@actionsurrey.org or you can complete an online enquiry form at www.actionsurrey.org/enquiries.

Waverley Borough Council Portfolio Holder for Housing, Councillor Carole King, said: I’m delighted that we’ve been able to work together with our partners across Surrey to address the lack of current funding to help ensure those living in fuel poverty can stay warm through the winter.

“Funding is limited, and grants will be allocated on a first-come first-served basis, so if you have a broken boiler we would urge you to contact Action Surrey as soon as possible to check your eligibility for support.”



SURREY COUNTY COUNCIL PROPOSE TO MAKE the above mentioned Temporary Order under Section 14(1) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984, the effect of which will be to prohibit vehicles from entering or proceeding in that length of The Cricket Green (D166) and Vann Lane (D166), Hambledon that extends from the junction with Lane End (C31) and Malthouse Lane (C31) eastwards to the junction with Woodlands Road (D166). This Traffic Order is required to enable BT Openreach to carry out ducting and/or cabling works. These works are anticipated to be carried out in two phases within the six month period of operation of this Temporary Order that commences on 20 November 2018: a) from 20/11/18 to 25/11/18, with working hours anticipated to be from 18:30-00:00; and b) from 03/01/19 to 04/01/19, with working hours anticipated to be from 09:30-15:30. Advanced warning signs will be displayed and the temporary closures will only operate when the relevant traffic signs are displayed. For part a) Access for emergency services, residents, businesses, pedestrians, cyclists and equestrians will be maintained at all times. The vehicular diversion route will be via Malthouse Lane and Woodlands Road. For part b) the temporary closure anticipated to be required will extend from the junction of Woodlands Road (D166) and Vann Lane (D166), Hambledon westwards for a distance of 250 metres; for part b) access for, pedestrians, cyclists and equestrians will be maintained at all times, access for emergency services, residents, businesses, will be maintained via the vehicular diversion route as described above.