New Ways of Help For Those Who Are Struggling

Two innovative schemes – one by the Merry Harriers and the other by The Village Spirit Collective – have opened up new ways to provide help across our local community.

The Merry Harriers, Hambledon’s village pub,  has 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, is running a raffle in support of the Community Foundation for Surrey, which has launched a county-wide Coronavirus Response Fund.

The Merry Harriers Fund, put in place by the pub’s owner Peter de Savary, opened today (April 1st) and will be largely administered through the Village Shop. People living in the village and surrounding area who are experiencing hardship in paying grocery bills are invited to apply. The shop will make up food boxes and deliver. Hambledon Parish Council and St Peter’s Church will also refer any cases that are applicable.

Jake Andreou, pub general manager, said: “Although we are currently closed to customers we still want to be involved in a our local community. This fund offers help to pay for food and other necessary day-to-day provisions.”

Anyone meeting the criteria and who wishes to be considered, in total confidence, should contact Jake at or leave a message on 01428 682883.

Mr de Savary has said the fund will run for six months, with a total of £2,000 available in small grants each month.

The Village Spirit Collective responded to the appeal on this website for funding in support of the Coronavirus Response Fund, which has been opened by the Community Fund for Surrey. The aim of the fund is to provide financial support to local charities and voluntary organisations dedicated to responding to the needs of people experiencing hardship and uncertainty.

The Collective is running an on-line raffle. Tickets cost £1 each and you can buy as many as you like. All money made will go to the Response Fund and the winner of the raffle will receive a 70cl bottle of gin. No purchase is required to take part. The last day for entry is April 17th, and the draw will take place the following day.

To enter please visit and look for the raffle link.

In addition to the above, the local Hambledon Community Fund, which operates under the umbrella of the Community Foundation for Surrey, has already stated that it is ready to consider applications for help from within the village. Please see the following statement: 

Hambledon Community Fund (HCF) is an endowment fund which villagers have generously donated to over the last decade and it generates funds which are used to support our community making the village a better place to live in. To date over £30,000 has been generated and given to village organisations including the shop, village hall, church, football club, cricket club, heritage society and festival association. The Covid 19 pandemic will have a big impact on many villagers and HCF is ready to help village organisations get through the coming months and also financially support the wonderful initiatives started to help those in need. HCF will now consider requests for core costs support for village organisations as well as supporting their specific projects. Grants are not huge but they can make a big difference in tricky times supporting the existing village organisations and wonderful new initiatives helping through the Covid 19 outbreak.  If you would like to discuss a possible grant or send a donation to HCF please do get in touch”

Hambledon and Busbridge churches also operate a charity that exists to give financial support those in hardship. Please visit

Finally, there is help and advice available from Surrey County Council. Visit and insert the words I Need Help in the search bar.


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