Community Foundation for Surrey Corona Virus Response Fund reaches milestone

The generosity of local donors, businesses and the National Emergencies Trust has accumulated £1 million figure into the CFS Response Fund. This includes £326,700 from the National Emergencies Trust Coronavirus Appeal, and more than £717,000 in donations from local donors and partners.

This concerted effort has ensured the Foundation has been able to quickly award emergency funding to 122 community groups reaching more than 350,000 beneficiaries across Surrey.

Locally our own Hambledon Community Fund has played its part in this success. The Merry Harriers, Hambledon’s village pub,  launched a fund which will offer up to £2,000 a month for those struggling to pay food and general provisions bills, most likely through loss of pay or employment, during the current COVID-19 pandemic. The local Village Spirit Collective, makers of Vann Lane Gin, ran a raffle in support of the Community Foundation for Surrey and raised over £1000.

More details of the Hambledon Community Fund here.

Training offered in Hambledon for use of life-saving defibrillators

Training in the use of defibrillators (AEDs) is being offered to residents following the installation of one inside the former telephone kiosk at the Hydestile Crossroads.

This takes the number of defibrillators in the village area to five; outside the village shop, on the exterior wall of the Merry Harriers, at St Peter’s Church, at Hambledon Football Club’s ground at Badger Park, and now at Hydestile.

Alison Martin, a Busbridge Parish councillor who helped arrange for the AED (automated external defibrillator) to be installed in the traditional red kiosk – which has also undergone renovation in the process – has arranged for a training session to be held in the meeting room at St Peter’s Church, Church Lane, Hambledon, on Saturday September 28th.

The training will be given by an expert from the London-based Barts City Life Saver organisation, a charity that teaches life saving skills and originated from St Bartholomew’s Hospital. The session begins at 11am with basic life saving training, then AED training at 2pm followed by baby and child resuscitation at 3pm. Participants can opt to attend the whole session, or part.

AED’s are used on people suffering from sudden cardiac arrest and, along with Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation, can greatly increase survival rates.

Training will be free to the Hydestile volunteers on the Busbridge Parish Council-sponsored rota, but to all others there will be a nominal cost of £20 per person to cover the costs of the trainer travelling to and from London and a donation to the charity’s work.

Anyone in the village can register to attend. Please contact Alison Martin at email amtillies417@gmail.com or by phone on 01483 893619.

If you would like to know more about the work of the charity please visit www.bartscitylifesaver.org

 

 

Parker / Kiley Charity Testimonial Match – This Sunday at Badger Park 12pm KO

To mark over 20 years of playing football for Hambledon FC for both Stuart Parker and Matt Kiley. The Club will be putting on a charity game in aid of one of our charity Partners – Phyllis Tuckwell. With all proceeds from the game being donated to the charity.

We hope to see you at Badger Park this Sunday for a 12pm KO. With Hambledon Vets taking on a Presidents XI.

 

 

Heritage Research Bursary

The Hambledon Heritage Society was established to ensure OUR VILLAGE heritage is understood, documented and appreciated by current and future generations.

Many village residents have supported the aims of the Society, with important contributions such as the compilation of the village scrapbook, publication of booklets and articles plus of course the popular speaker’s presentations at the Annual General Meeting, with topics ranging from dendrochronology, WWll memories through to famous residents and associated village houses.

The Society continues with its programme of research activities but is now wishing to encourage, new, interested Researchers to add to this programme, by offering two, Heritage Research Bursaries of £100.00 each for 2017-2018.

These Bursaries are designed primarily to attract young Researchers, who are in full or part time education, are normally Hambledon residents or progeny of current residents and are interested in conducting village heritage research, selecting a topic of their choice. However, research has no age limitations.

Examples of such topics could be; glass manufacturing, the workhouse, why a two-centred village?, the lime kiln and its uses etc. but new and innovative topics would be welcome.

To apply for one of the research Bursaries or just to make an enquiry, please write to or call Stephen Maycock, a member of the Hambledon Heritage Society committee who will be pleased to discuss the Bursary programme in more detail.

Maycock.steve@gmail.com  or 01428-682230.

For further information regarding the Hambledon Heritage Society and its activities please contact, Ross Kilsby,  Chairman, 01428-685622.

Memorial obelisk on Hydon’s Ball Listed By Historic England

The obelisk on the flank of Hydon’s Ball, which commemorates the lives of two brothers who died in the First World War, has been given a Grade II Listing as a structure of special interest by Historic England.

The Listing gives protection to the monument and official recognition of its architectural and historic significance.

It is one of more than 2,500 memorials to the fallen that Historic England is listing as the nation remembers the 100th anniversary of the 1914-18 Great War. More than 740,000 military personnel from the British Isles alone died in the deadly global conflict.

The obelisk commemorates Second Lieutenant Laurance Robertson, aged 36, King’s Own Scottish Borderers, who was killed in action during the Battle of the Somme on 30 July 1916, and his brother Captain Norman Robertson, 40, of 2nd Battalion, Hampshire Regiment, who died in a military hospital in Hanover on 20 June 1917.

Our photograph below shows the obelisk following the heavy snowfall in November 2010, two weeks after Remembrance Sunday.

Snow Nov 30th 2010 (12)

It was erected as a result of a bequest to the National Trust in the will of their eldest brother William, who died in 1937. The Trust already owned much of Hydon’s Ball and the bequest required the purchase of a small plot of land on Hydon Heath and the erection of the monument. This was completed in 1959.

The obelisk can be found beside the footpath below the summit on the south-west slope of the hill. It is easily reached from the lower end of Church Field, through the kissing gate, turning right to the little pumping station and then following the path up hill to the left. Many villagers leave poppies on the memorial around the time of Remembrance Sunday.

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Oral History Project

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Hambledon Heritage Society has assembled a range of audio and video recordings of villagers.

Recordings from the Heritage Society AGMs:

Norman Gravestock – Curator of Oakhurst Cottage of the National Trust

 

Mr Milligan, son of F. E. Milligan, former Headmaster of Hambledon School:

 

Olive Thornton’s video of the German Airman rescue from 1942:

The full story is detailed here.

 

Joan Vickery on her life living in Hambledon:

 

Louis de Bernieres on his formative years living in Hambledon:

Recordings from a “Night to Remember” 2009:

The Heritage Society assembled for their 2009 AGM in the Village Hall – the theme was a “Night to Remember” – memories of living in Hambledon during the 1940’s.  A number of guest speakers were invited, and recordings of their stories are included here for you to listen to

Olive Thornton and here wartime rescue story:

 

Muriel Campbell:

 

Rosemary Arnold:

 

Marilyn Wilkes:

 

Terry Price:

 

May Denyer:

 

Colin Denyer: