The Hambledon Village Shop end of summer BBQ will take place on Saturday 27th August, starting at 4:30pm at the end of the Village Show.
As well as celebrating the end of another busy summer at the shop, this year also marks the Shop’s 30th anniversary as a community owned and run enterprise. As well as the usual BBQ food and salads, there will be live music and licensed bars. Tickets for the BBQ can be purchased by clicking here.
The Mary Caroe Cup, the annual cricket fixture between Hambledon Cricket Club and Hambledon Village Shop will take place this Sunday 26th June. The match will start at 2:30pm, BBQ food will be available from 4pm and there will be a bar. Please come along and support the players.
The Cricket Club currently hold the cup after a one run win in an exciting match last year (click here for the match report). Rumour has it both sides will be putting out strong teams this year, hopefully it will be another closely fought contest.
The long awaited Hambledon Midsummer Fête will take place this Saturday 18th June. The Fête will open at 12:00pm and close at 4:30pm. There will be kid’s races, the Owl and Hawk Man, Philip’s famous Dog Show and food and drink stalls along with lots of other stalls with local produce, activities and games.
If anyone has spare bottles for the bottle stall, please drop them off at the Village Shop. If you have plants that might be suitable for the plant stall please contact Mary Grove. Bric a Brac can be dropped off at the Cricket Green on the day between 8:30am and 11am.
The weather for the day currently looks set to be perfect – sunny intervals 23 deg C.
Hambledon has experienced severe traffic congestion this morning as a result of the A283 Petworth Road being closed from Skinners Lane, by the Winterton Arms, through to Lane End.
The road closure is likely to remain for several days.
Hundreds of cars have been using the narrow Pockford Lane and Vann Lane as a diversion, leading to a jam forming in Hambledon on Cricket Green by the shop. Thanks to Martin Thompson taking on traffic management duties, some 150 grid-locked cars have now been able to make passage through the village. The Parish Council has informed police and traffic officers are to be sent.
The closure will have an impact on the many Hambledon villagers planning on attending the memorial service for John and Annie Tidmarsh, taking place at St Mary’s Church. Chiddingfold, at 3.30pm this afternoon. Please check on road condition before setting off, if you can, and allow for a longer journey time.
Perhaps the best way from Hambledon to the church is to cross the A283 at Lane End into New Road, turn left into Combe Lane by Witley Station approach, and follow the road through to Chiddingfold, via Ridgley Road and Coxcombe Lane to arrive on the green beside the church. (Although Combe Lane was due to be closed today due planned roadworks, this has not so far taken place)
Please remember, there is no parking at the church itself.
Update: The situation in Hambledon had improved by lunchtime today, thanks in part to our shop staff and volunteers taking measures to aid traffic flow. Vann Lane and Pockford Lane will no doubt remain busy but traffic is moving. According to the bus operator Stagecoach, the A283 is not expected to reopen for several days.
#CHIDDINGFOLD We have now been informed that the A283 between Lane End and Chiddingfold will be CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE – Service 71 will be on diversion until further notice as a result.
A few seats on tables have become available for the Hambledon Midsummer Ball, to be held on the Cricket Green on Saturday 18th June. These seats are available at £35 each and would suit individuals or couples who would be happy to join an existing group on their table. Please email email@example.com if you are interested.