As Hambledon enters a second lock-down, here is a round-up of how the village and its various organisations will keep services going within the restrictions enforced across England from today (November 5th, 2020).
There are a number of key differences – nationally and locally – from the first lock-down, which began in March and lasted for much of the summer months. It is planned that this lock-down will last for one month only, ending on December 2nd, and more businesses and activities can continue.
Here in Hambledon, the nursery school will remain open to all children and the shop, which continues to operate its home delivery service, will continue to receive customers outside. Customer lists will be taken by staff who will pick and bag the items. All payments are by card.
However, the shop will not open at the weekends and its weekdays hours are 8.30 to 1.00pm. Weekend newspapers will be delivered by volunteers. The Post Office will be open from 9.30 to 12.30, Monday to Friday.
Home deliveries continue to be available, Monday to Friday. Orders can be taken by email to email@example.com, with a cut-off of 10am for same-day deliveries. For a product list and further details, please use the Hambledon Village Shop link on the right of this news item on this website. Payment will be taken over the phone on the day of delivery.
The eat-outside deli service, previously delivered to picnic tables on the grass, will cease for the time being. A limited take-away deli service will continue, with a cut-off time of 12.30 for made-to-order food.
During the previous lock-down the village nursery school had to close, with only a limited re-opening as restrictions eased. This time the school can remain fully open. The nursery school was opened as a village initiative following the closure of the state primary school in the 1980s. Using the same Victorian premises, the nursery school is a popular choice for parents from Hambledon and beyond.
It is run as a business with charity status and overseen by trustees drawn from the local church, parish council and the wider village. Considerable measures have been introduced to ensure that the school complies with stringent Covid safety standards and head teacher Kate Walford has reported that all is going well.
St Dominic’s, which caters for children with special needs, remains open, as it did during the first lock-down.
Sadly, the village hall will shut again for all activities, with the exception of Hambletots. The Village Quiz that was to have taken place on November 21st has been postponed.
Hambledon Football Club has suspended matches for the month.
On a brighter note, the Merry Harriers village pub, although closed to drinkers, diners and room guests, is offering take-away meals on a Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Customers will be able to order and collect food from outside the pub, and take-away drinks can be included. Please see separate news item here http://www.hambledonsurrey.co.uk/?p=13956.
No church services, even with restricted numbers, can take place at St Peter’s, but it can remain open for individual private prayer. Services will be conducted on-line and details can be found at https://www.bhcgodalming.org
Hambledon Parish Council will continue to operate, with monthly meetings currently held by conference call. Waverley Borough Council doorstep waste collections services should continue as normal and it is stated that Surrey County Council recycling centres will remain open.
This website carries details of emergency contacts and help available to villagers, particularly those who may be shielding, vulnerable or living alone. Details can be found by following the link on the right or by using this link http://www.hambledonsurrey.co.uk/?page_id=12468
Or you can contact the parish council emergencies co-ordinator Stewart Payne on 07831 393561 or 01483 425250. This website carries contact details for all parish councillors together with many other local organisations.