Heritage Society Talk 2024

King George V Hospital and St. Thomas’ Hospital History

Here is a recording of the illustrated talk at this year’s Hambledon Heritage Society AGM.
It is 1 hour long and was presented to a packed village hall on the 14th March 2024. You will find more information about the hospitals and their history in the main menu under History/Hospital Histories.

Hour long presentation March 2024, Hambledon Village Hall

Hambledon Parish Assembly – Join us this Thursday 27th April, from 7.30pm

On Thursday 27th April, from 7.30pm, the 2023 Parish Assembly will be held in the village hall. This informal annual meeting is open to all and a fantastic way to find out about and celebrate all the different organisations in the village.

Hambledon Parish Council hosts, and the meeting will be opened by Chairman Stewart Payne at 8pm. It will start with a short account of the council’s activities over the last 12 months. This year we will also be saying thank you to two outgoing councillors, Philip Underwood and Mary Grove. Representatives of each of the many different organisations will then give a short report on their last 12 months.

Doors open at 7.30pm to allow for drinks and a chat with all attendees and the meeting starts at 8pm.


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Restoring The Heath: Hambledon Heritage Society Presentation by Stephen Dean

The Heritage Society held its AGM at the Village Hall on Thursday, March 16th, which was well-attended. The highlight of the event was a presentation by Stephen Dean, who spoke about his restoration work on Hambledon Common’s heath. Stephen also shared interesting information about the different types of flora, fauna, fungi, and feathered friends that can be found on the common, making for an engaging and informative talk.

Stephen’s talk was recorded and can be viewed below.

Norman Gravestock on Oakhurst History

With the news that Oakhurst Cottage will soon be re-opening it is perhaps timely that we can re-publish the excellent talk by Norman Gravestock – Curator of Oakhurst Cottage of the National Trust. Norman gave an illustrated talk at the Hambledon Heritage Society AGM back in 2015. The audio recording of Norman’s presentation is here, as well as a text copy. This has been added to the Heritage Society’s Hambledon Oral History Project archive.

Norman Gravestock explaining to visitors at Oakhurst Hambledon

Transcription of Norman’s presentation:

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Heritage Society AGM and a presentation by Stephen Dean

The village hall committee is looking forward to the Heritage Society AGM this evening and Stephen Dean’s talk.

We are expecting attendance to be very good so will be arranging chairs differently from usual in order to create some degree of distancing. There will be a limited amount of fully distanced seats at the back of the hall.

As some of our community will be more vulnerable to Covid than others, we would like to suggest that people wear face coverings, where possible.

7:30pm for an 8pm start. All welcome. Free entry. Refreshments and light snacks. Donations appreciated.

Hambledon Parish Assembly Tonight – Please Join Us On Zoom

Hambledon’s Parish Assembly takes place this evening (Thursday April 22nd) and all villagers are welcome to attend virtually.

Because of Coronavirus pandemic restrictions, this annual opportunity to catch up on what village groups, organisations, clubs and societies have been doing will take place by video conferencing using the Zoom platform.

The assembly will start at 7.30 but those wishing to attend are asked to join the Zoom meeting up to 10 minutes before to allow for admittance. Details of how to join and a copy of the evening’s agenda can be found at the end of this article.

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