Hambledon’s “Lockdown Reflections” Published for Posterity

The village website’s “Sunday Reflections”, a popular feature that appeared throughout the Coronavirus lock-down period and beyond, are now available in print as a lasting account of life in our small village under extraordinary circumstances.

The Reflections have been collected together and reproduced in a booklet which is available from Hambledon Village Shop from Monday (October 11th). This includes contributions reflecting almost all aspects of village life during the pandemic, and with a foreword provided by local MP and village resident Jeremy Hunt.

The booklet is published by the Hambledon Village Trust and is free. Readers are encouraged to make a contribution to the Community Fund for Surrey’s Coronavirus Response Fund, and details of how to do this appear on the opening page of the booklet.

There are 20 Reflections and two additional articles on the village shop and church explaining the measures they took to ensure they provided for the village’s daily and spiritual needs.

The first Reflection appeared on the Hambledon Village Website on March 29th, the first Sunday after Prime Minister Boris Johnston announced the emergency lock-down measures in an unprecedented broadcast to the nation. Overnight, everything had changed and all the things we had previously taken for granted either closed or were dramatically curtailed and had to hastily reaccess how they operated.

In the weeks that followed, Reflections were provided from all walks of life in our rural village; the Parish Council, the football and cricket clubs, St Dominic’s School, the village hall committee, the bridge club, the nursery school, St Peter’s Church, Hambledon Ramblers, the Merry Book Club, the newly-recruited “Paper Girls”, heritage, Hambledon Peddlers, the Merry Harriers pub, the parish magazine as well as from individuals.

The final reflection, published on August 23, was written by Stewart Payne as part of the Hambledon web team of Mary Burrows, Jon Peterson and Paul Osborne. The website played a key role in keeping everyone informed during the evolving and ever-changing lock-down period, and the Reflections were gentle light-relief from the bad and often sad news that surrounded us all.

The web team is delighted that Jane Woolley and the Hambledon Village Trust has made it possible for the Reflections to be recorded for posterity and as a lasting testament to the community spirit of Hambledon.

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