Hambledon has kicked off its Christmas celebrations with a sell-out dance at the Village Hall and packed community carol singing at the Merry Harriers.
Still to come, there will be another carol singing session, this time outside the village shop on the Cricket Green, on Christmas Eve, between 12 noon and 1.30pm.
To celebrate the true meaning of Christmas, there is the midnight communion at St Peter’s Church beginning at 11pm on Christmas Eve and the Family Service on Christmas Day at 10.00am.
For parents with young children there is a Crib Service at St Peter’s at 4.30pm on Christmas Eve.
The Hambledon Christmas Dance, organised by the Festival Committee, was held at the Village Hall on Saturday December 14th, with a licenced bar and a counter selling local Vann Lane gin. Once again music was provided by Toxic Sausage, featuring Hambledon’s own Mike Blanchard on keyboard.
Just over 100 tickets were sold and £1,500 raised. Of this, £750 will go to Cancer Research and £375 each to the Village Hall and the community-run village shop.
On Tuesday evening (December 17th) the Merry Harriers resounded to carols with musical accompaniment from the church and with Hambledon’s recently-arrived vicar, Simon Willetts, on the keyboard.