Update from Hambledon Parish Council on Wednesday March 25th.
- Once again, the focus is on the community-run village shop and post office, which is doing its best to cater for villagers in very challenging circumstances. From today, the shop will only deliver to customers who place their orders online, or by phone if they do not have an email account. No customers can visit the shop, even to place an order or to collect from outside. Orders will then by made up inside the shop and handed to volunteers to deliver to homes across the village. For more details please see http://www.hambledonsurrey.co.uk/?p=12463
- This new measure requires some explanation. The shop relies on a small number of part-time paid staff and volunteers, some of whom have specific responsibilities as shop management committee members. Many people in Hambledon, as elsewhere, are self-isolating. This will be for a variety of reasons; age, at risk through underlying health issues and – increasingly – because they or someone they are close to has become unwell and they feel they must self-isolate. The pool of experienced people available to manage the shop is diminishing. It is true to say that as much hard work goes on behind the scenes as that that is evident to customers. This not only involves managing stock and placing orders in very difficult circumstances, but enforcing stringent hygiene procedures and keeping up to date with ever-changing Government guidelines. The shop has also enforced strict social-distancing. Last night, with more staff and volunteers deciding to isolate, the shop committee felt it had no choice but to close all services, including the post office counter, at the shop premises and move to a delivery-only service. Its commitment is to maintain supplies to villagers, but even this cannot be guaranteed as time progresses.
- All Parish Council contacts and information relating to the current Coronavirus/COVID-19 situation, is now available on this website. Please click on the new link on the top right of the opening page entitled Coronavirus Essential Village Information.
- One of the few joys in the current situation has been the lovely, sunny weather, which is set to last for a few more days. Many people required to stay at home are taking pleasure at being out in their gardens. Please be considerate and DO NOT light bonfires on days such as these, and wait for a dull day and a time when people will not be outside.
- St Peter’s Church is, of course, closed but worship continues with services streamed on-line. The church has updated its page on this website, listed in the menu under “Organisations”, so please look there for more information.
- The Merry Harriers is also closed but the village shop would like to place on record its gratitude to Jake Andreou, manager, and Nick Ash, sous chef, both relative newcomers to the village, who have been volunteering at the village shop. The pub has also given all its fresh food to the shop to ensure it does not go to waste. All this is greatly appreciated, and very much in the spirit of Hambledon.