Volunteers Restore Hambledon Bridleway

Many people have been put off walking the footpath from the Merry Harriers towards Enton and Witley because of its boggy condition. All that has changed, thanks to the efforts of volunteers, as Mike Parry explains.

The Old Road to Witley – Bridleway 186

This will be known to most of us as the path alongside the Merry Harriers to Buss’s Common and beyond and was many years ago an established highway between Hambledon and Witley.

More recently it has been even better known for its very wet condition as for most of the year it has only been passable on foot if wearing waterproof boots. The photograph below was taken in March last year.

The bridleway was last repaired in 2002 by Surrey County Council and has deteriorated through use and flooding problems since then.

In October 2018 the Parish Council asked for some help from SCC to at least evaluate the possible cost of repairs and a sketch was prepared by the Parish Council with a suggested improvement scheme. Due to a lack of funding at that time there was no further progress until March 2019. Continue reading

Hambledon Village Shop – Update Monday 22nd June

The Shop was open this last Saturday and Sunday mornings for the first time in a while. From now on the shop will be welcoming customers 7 days a week. But please come in the morning.

From now on, until further notice, the shop will be providing a walk-up service for take-away deli and groceries throughout the week up until 12:30pm. Unfortunately you will still not be able to enter the shop, all requests should be made from outside the front of the shop and paid for by card or contactless device.

For the next week (22nd to 26th June) we’ll be providing deliveries Monday through Friday, from the week beginning 29th June we’ll be doing deliveries on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays. We plan to continue providing a delivery service so long as there is demand for it, but may reduce further the number of days on which it is available. As before, delivery orders place before 11am will be delivered the same day.

Newspaper deliveries will continue until the end of this month. From July 1st newspapers should be collected from the Shop.

The Post Office will continue to be open Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings 09:30 to 12:30.

We hope that on the 4th July we will be able to restore the outside seating to the Shop. We will not be providing seating on the shop terrace but the picnic benches will be available.

The forecast for the next week is good, please come and see us, though you can’t come in the shop, we are lucky enough to have a large outdoor space in front of the shop with plenty of space for people to mingle at a distance and chat. The shop has always loved a bit of gossip and always will.




Kate Walford, the Head Teacher of Hambledon Nursery School, contributed the Sunday Reflection this week.

As I reflect upon the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on Hambledon Nursery School I would have to say that, overriding all else, is the fact that for the first time in its history it had to close, from Monday 23rd March to Friday 29th May 2020.

If I had tried to imagine this at the beginning of the year, it would have been unthinkable. But, as the worldwide Covid-19 crisis unfolded, it became apparent that the nursery would not escape the impact of the virus and it closed under lock-down.

We did not have children of key workers or vulnerable children for whom the nursery was required to remain open, so we entered what was a very strange and unique period of time.

A small team, comprising of myself as head teacher and the school secretary, Stephanie Campbell, worked behind the scenes to keep things ‘ticking along’. Setting foot into the nursery while it was closed to children, staff and parents was an eerie and at times deeply saddening experience. However, like so many community organisations in the village, we adapted to the unprecedented times that we found ourselves in.

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A Midsummer Reflection

We’d be getting a little edgy about now. As I write this on Thursday afternoon, the rain has just about stopped, but with just a day to go to the planned opening of the 2020 Hambledon Midsummer Festival, things are little damp.

The marquee would have been up by now, no doubt after endless debate about where exactly on the Cricket Green it should be placed. This year the marquee was going to be bigger than ever, in order to accommodate a record attendance at Saturday night’s Ball. We might just have got it to fit.

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Vann Garden – Additional Opening

The garden at Vann will be open to visitors on Wednesdays and Thursdays throughout the rest of June, beginning from today.

Vann is the home of the Caroe family. Many in Hambledon are still greatly saddened by the death of Mary Caroe from Covid-19. Mary, a loved and respected village resident and community volunteer, gave much of her time to the magnificent property, which includes a water garden created by the noted designer Gertrude Jekyll in 1911.

Vann, Hambledon, Surrey; garden originally designed by Gertrude Jekyll

The 5-acre garden, in beautiful countryside in Vann Lane, Hambledon, GU8 4EF, is open from 10am to 4pm, Wednesdays and Thursdays, until at least the end of this month. Tickets cost £10, payable in cash on the day, and visitors will receive a Vann booklet and postcards.

The garden is looking splendid, benefiting from a great deal of hard work and the warm late spring/early summer weather. Visitors can wander around at their leisure, observing social distancing.

Vann has been open on selected days for many years under the National Gardens Scheme. Mary was an active member of the Surrey Gardens Trust, and a member of its Council since its inception in 1991.

Further details of Vann garden and its Arts and Crafts movement house can be found at www.vanngarden.co.uk

Our photograph shows Vann in its Spring finery. Picture credit: Andrew Lawson

Sunday Reflection

The Sunday Reflection this week has been contributed by Ged Hockeridge and Judith Crowhurst, members of the Merry Harriers Bridge Group.

On Wednesday 21st February 2018, Judith Crowhurst began the daunting task of teaching some of the residents of Hambledon the intricacies of Bridge.  Word spread quickly (well, it is Hambledon) and the original four swelled to a dozen or more regulars, possibly encouraged by the venue being the snug of the Merry Harriers.  The Group soon became a Wednesday night fixture at the pub – until the Covid-19 lockdown on March 23rd.  However, the small fact that we were no longer able to physically meet wasn’t going to stop us!

Judith soon tracked down an internet app called Trickster Cards that could allow the Group to move into the virtual world. A week after lockdown four of us had a test game to understand how the app worked and how to use the technology, especially video.  To start with we used ZOOM video on our mobiles and Trickster Bridge on a laptop.  It was a pretty complicated set up – but it worked. 

On the 15th April all of the Group were invited to play and 13 signed up.  That was over 10 weeks ago and we now regularly have 3 or 4 tables and up to 18 players (some couples occasionally double up).  The Merry Harriers Bridge Group must now be the biggest regular virtual online group in Hambledon – or is there another? 

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The Hambledon Midsummer Festival has been postponed to 2021

Given the current circumstances, we have decided to reschedule this summer’s Hambledon Midsummer Festival to the weekend of June 18th to 20th 2021.

We are planning to hold the same events in 2021 as were planned for this year, so the programme will be:

  • Friday evening June 18th – Jazz On The Green
  • Saturday afternoon June 19th – Hambledon Village Fete
  • Saturday evening June 19th – The Midsummer Ball
  • Sunday morning June 20th – Church Service On The Green
  • Sunday morning June 20th – Vintage Transport Rally
  • Sunday afternoon June 20th – Theatre On The Green

Ticket holders have been sent an email offering them the option to rollover their tickets to the rescheduled dates, obtain a full refund or donate their ticket price to a worthy cause.

Take Away Service at Hambledon Village Shop

The shop is now offering a limited takeaway service on weekdays (Mon-Fri) from 09:00-12:30 consisting of drinks, sandwiches, sausage rolls and cakes. Crisps, confectionary and soft drinks can also be purchased as part of a take away order. Takeaway food and drink must be taken away and cannot be consumed on the premises, which includes the shop benches, picnic tables, forecourt, drive and surrounding grassy area.
Orders can be placed for collection by phone on 01428 682176, or by coming to the shop and ordering from outside (contactless payment only).
The menu will be limited initially with the following options:
Sandwiches and Toasties on white or granary bread
Baguettes and Baps (white and wholemeal)
Fillings: cheese, ham, bacon, BLT, salami, sausage, tuna
With or without salad: lettuce, cucumber, onion, tomato
With or without: brown sauce, ketchup, mayo, mustard, pickle
Coffee – Americano, Caffe Latte, Cappuccino, Flat White, Hot chocolate, Mocha
The shop delivery service continues to operate Monday to Friday with orders received before 11am delivered to your door the same day. We are still not in a position to allow customers to enter the shop.
Currently, limited services are available from the Post Office at the shop between 9:30am and 12:30pm on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays only. 
Thanks for bearing with us. we continue to look forward to the day we can resume normal service.