Cricket Club Beat The Village Shop in Tense Rematch

In a hastily arranged rematch on Sunday, Hambledon Cricket Cub did what they are meant to do and won a tightly fought game against the Hambledon Village Shop team.

The Cricket Club (friendly 2nd XI, not the mighty 1st team) scored 168 in their 30 overs with a belligerent innings of 84 from Woody, aided by 11 year old Oscar holding down the other end. The Village Shop bowlers did their best to restrict them and some tight bowling from Callan McIntyre and Deeg Garrod kept the cricket club score relatively modest. One of the highlights of the day was Andy Falk for the Shop team bowling to young Oscar for the Cricket Club, rumour has it there was an age difference of 102.

The Shop team responded strongly with an opening stand of 60 from Oscar Parker and Remi Trovo. Their demise saw a sprightly innings from Sean Sinnott (unfortunately curtailed by a pulled hamstring), then Andy Falk held down an end, while Callan McIntyre scored a sumptuous 56 not out before retiring. With 20 runs needed from 4 overs the Village Shop were in the box seat, but some excellent death bowling from the Cricket Club proved their undoing and the Shop fell 9 runs short at the end of their 30 overs.

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STOP PRESS – Rematch Hambledon Cricket Club v Hambledon Village Shop – Today 1:30pm

Due to the late withdrawal of an opposition team, today’s match at the Cricket Green will be a hastily arranged rematch of Hambledon Cricket Club versus Hambledon Village Shop.

The Cricket Club will be out for revenge and The Village Shop are without their star opening bowler (currently undergoing altitude training during a break in the Shop’s fixtures), so this should be a much more evenly contested match than the one between these teams a few weeks ago.

The match starts at 1:30pm.

Village Show and Village Shop BBQ

Saturday looks like it’s going to be a busy day in the village. Weather is set to be fair. Vegetables will be shown, cakes will be judged and the Village Shop BBQ will be smokin’.

The Village Show will be in full swing at The Village Hall. The Hall will be open for setting up exhibits from 9.30am to 11.30am. After judging the show will be open to the public at 2pm to 4.30pm, entry is free. Best in Show will be awarded at 4.00pm. A full list of available categories can be found on the show web site at:

The Village Shop BBQ starts at 12:30 and now includes live music from The Katie Crooks trio (featuring David Kirby on keyboards), unfortunately the Hambledon Village Shop Choir were unavailable as a result of a breakdown in negotiations with their agent. Tickets are still available, please do buy tickets at the shop in advance, so the caterers can be prepared.

£10 for adults
(Burger & hot dog plus salad and a glass of wine or soft drink)

£5 for children (under 18)
(Burger or hot dog plus salad and a soft drink)

Vegan food options will be available


Standing as a Borough Councillor

Are you passionate about your local area and improving services for local communities?

The role of a councillor is varied and rewarding. It incorporates making decisions, developing policy, dealing with casework, and working in partnership with others.

You may have already decided to stand or you still may be thinking about standing to Waverley Borough Council in May 2019. To help you make your decision and to provide more information about life as a councillor, we are hosting an open evening on Monday 10 September.

The event will be open from 5pm to 8pm; existing councillors will be on hand to share their experiences and provide more information about what is involved in standing for election and becoming a councillor. Service managers will also be on hand to give more information about what services the council provides.

If you are interested in attending please contact or phone 01483 523116.

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You’re invited to a BBQ!

End of Summer BBQ

On Saturday 1st September at Hambledon Village Shop

What an amazing summer in Hambledon!

With Jazz on The Green, the Fête, the Ball and the Vintage Car Rally not to mention the Shop beating the Cricket Club at … erm … cricket!

Our volunteers and staff have worked their socks off at the Shop in one of the hottest summers on record so we couldn’t let the season slide into autumn without marking it in some way.

You’re invited to a BBQ

At Hambledon Village Shop
On Saturday 1st September
Starting at 12:30

Everyone is invited so bring your friends and family, deck chairs and a picnic blanket!

Tickets available at the Shop

£10 for adults
(Burger & hot dog plus salad and a glass of wine or soft drink)

£5 for children (under 18)
(Burger or hot dog plus salad and a soft drink)

Vegan food options will be available

We’ll also be selling ice-creams in cones or tubs and milkshakes!

Honour Hambledon’s Heroes

Now’s your chance:  this year’s BBC Sussex & BBC Surrey Community Heroes Awards have just been announced and Hambledon, via the Parish Magazine, has been asked whom it would like to nominate.

The Awards seek to reward local people in Sussex and Surrey who go the extra mile and are worth recognising. So do have a think and, if you have any ideas for nominees, let either or both of the Magazine’s editors know (but please, no names at this stage – we have to be careful not to break privacy laws) so that one of them can then contact you direct for further details.   We’re sure you all know the editors are – but just in case: John Hindley,, telephone 01428 681423 and Jane Woolley, j.woolley881@btinternet, telephone 01428 684213.  To enable them to submit nominations by the cut-off date, they need to hear from you by 13 September. 

These are the categories:

YOUNG ACHIEVER – Awarded to anyone aged 18 or under, who has demonstrated maturity beyond his or her years

999 – Presented to a member of the emergency services or the armed forces for commitment to his or her profession

SPORT – Awarded to an individual or group who has contributed to local sporting life, either playing a sport or encouraging others to do such as through acting as a referee, official or coach

GOOD NEIGHBOUR – Awarded to an individual or organisation that helps make the neighbourhood a better place to live or work, either on a regular basis or through a single act of kindness or courage

FUNDRAISER – An individual or group who has gone the extra mile to raise funds for a charity or good cause

VOLUNTEER – Awarded to a person or group who gives up time voluntarily to help out a charity or good cause

ANIMAL WELFARE – An individual or group who goes out of the way to care for animals

CARER – Someone who cares for an individual or group of people on a regular basis 

MUSIC AND ARTS – Awarded to an individual or group showcasing local creative talent and encompassing everything from community choirs to talented actors.

Nominees will get a certificate from the BBC and in November there will also be a lovely evening awards bash for all those who get shortlisted and for the winners. 

The Sussex and Surrey Awards have been such a success that many other radio stations have started doing the same type of event.

Waverley Borough Council extends consultation on new dog orders

Waverley Borough Council has decided to update and extend its consultation on two proposed new orders that aim to deal with dog fouling and dog control issues in the borough.
People now have until Friday 14 September to give their views on the two draft Public Space Protection Orders (PSPOs), which have been developed to ensure dogs are responsibly managed by their owners at all times in public spaces.

If adopted, the first order will result in a ban on dog fouling across the entire borough, meaning dog owners and dog walkers will need to clean up and dispose of dog mess properly. The second order will target issues of dog control, including: requiring owners to keep dogs on leads in certain areas and during specified dates, excluding dogs from designated spaces – such as children’s play areas – and a condition to only allow dog walkers to walk up to four dogs at once. Continue reading

Farewell to Nicola Collett As She Departs As Nursery School Head Teacher

Staff, trustees, parents and children have bid a fond farewell to Nicola Collett, who has stood down as head teacher at Hambledon Nursery School after ten highly-successful years.

Nicola’s final day was the last day of the summer term (July 20th). At the end of the leavers service for children moving on to primary school, tributes were paid and gifts were presented.

Nicola was unsure if she could deliver a departing speech without becoming tearful so her two children, Lydia and Lawrence, stepped up to speak on her behalf. Kate Walford, the new head, teachers and parents all warmly thanked Nicola and spoke of their high regard for her. Our pictures shows Kate Walford (left)  and Tracey Jimmison, deputy head (centre), at the presentation to Nicola,

Nicola joined the teaching staff in 2001 and was appointed head teacher and manager in 2008.

The school was once the village state primary. It was reopened as a nursery school in 1984 after a village-led initiative secured the lovely Victorian schoolhouse and playground in its beautiful rural setting as a place of learning.

It has thrived and since Nicola took over it has twice been judged “outstanding” in Ofsted inspections.

David Evans, chair of trustees, said: “Nicola has made a quite exceptional contribution, and the school today bears her stamp in so many ways.

“We are fortunate to have such an attractive Victorian building, but Victorian buildings need love and care, and with Nicola over the years it has been very well maintained.  The extensive outdoor areas and outbuildings and play areas have also been carefully looked after and developed, with children’s gardens, and outdoor toys, and climbing frames and pathways and camps.

“Important as the physical environment is, much more important is our teaching staff.  Nicola has taken tremendous care over the staff team and has supported and imbued it with her passion and values.  It is a great team, who look after their small charges with endless care and dedication and give them the best start to their schooldays that they and their parents could hope for.

“Nicola has been the embodiment of “hands-on”.  She has maintained a teaching role throughout her time at the school, and has always been on-hand to advise and support those around her.  And as well as supporting her colleagues, and caring for the children, before a new term started she would invariably be found organising a tidy-up of the classrooms, or checking the grounds, or planning a new innovation in the children’s education.

“She can and should look back on her time at Hambledon Nursery School with great pride.  The gifts from staff and parents and trustees will be a small reminder of the very high regard in which she is held by all.  She is passing on the Headship to Kate Walford, presently a teacher at the school, and as ever has done an excellent job of supporting and handing over the reins to Kate.

“Nicola has a creativity that has been a hugely important part of what she has brought to the school, and now she plans to develop these talents further and in different directions.  We all wish her, with her husband Iain and her children Lydia and Lawrence, the very best.

“Nicola’s leaving gift to the school was the trunk of an oak tree.  This is now in the school grounds inscribed with a message from Nicola to the school.  In its first day it was a boat, a bus, a crocodile and a horse …”

Our pictures below show Nicola in the playground after she was presented with a flowers by children; with her daughter Lydia (centre) and teacher/afternoon supervisor Kelly Shaw; and the inscribed oak log which was her departing gift to the school.



Hambledon Village Shop beat Hambledon Cricket Club, at Cricket…

The Team take a moment

It was a lovely day: sun shining but not so much as to fry the fielders or blind the batsmen. The two teams turned up and immediately it was clear who were the more professional: not only did the Hambledon Village Shop XI knock the sartorial spots off with the most elegantly tailored team shirts, but also they gathered, just like the Fijian rugby team, in a tight morale-boosting and shoulder-hugging huddle to listen to a passionate Captain’s passionate words of encouragement, inspiration and oppo-bashing. Fired up and feeling fearsome, the HVS XI won the toss and opted to bat. Bottles of beer were opened in celebration: perhaps a little early, but the Dutch courage argument seemed to hold sway.

At this point the Hambledon Friendly XI, who, above all, were friendly, gently pointed out that there appeared to be 13 players in the HVS XI. Expressing surprise, the HVS XI entered negotiations. After some diplomatic to-ing and fro-ing, agreement was reached: all 13 should be allowed to bat, if needed, in the allotted 30 overs, but only 11 would be allowed to field when the time came (if only Brexit negotiations could be handled with such courtesy and confidence).

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Fifty New Chairs for the Village Hall Thanks to Our Generous Sponsors

Thanks to the huge generosity of the people of Hambledon, we have now had sponsorship for all fifty of the new chairs we need for the Village Hall which is such a fantastic result. When our secretary, Paul Vacher, suggested the idea, we thought it was a great plan and we have been overwhelmed by the support the scheme has had.

Due to another very kind donation we will be able to put a small name plaque on each chair. If you haven’t already been in touch, please contact Ruth Canham on 01428 685 729 or at to let us know what name/names you would like on yours.

We are also enormously grateful to the Hambledon Midsummer Festival organising team for their extremely kind donation of £2,000 which will pay for a new rainwater soak-away under the hall car park. We are very hopeful that this will improve the problem of damp in the hall.

Having this vital work paid for and our new chairs sponsored means that we now have funds available to have the interior of the hall redecorated and some necessary repairs carried out on the exterior woodwork.

Thank you Hambledon!

Hambledon Midsummer Festival 2018 Fund Raising

We are now in a position to announce the funds raised by the Hambledon Midsummer Festival held on 22-24 June 2018 and how they will be distributed.

As of today, a total of £11,500 has been raised (after expenses) and is available for distribution, a further £3,000 may be forthcoming. 

£700 of the £11,500 available will be retained to cover any unforeseen expenses associated with the weekend. The remaining £10,800 will be distributed as follows:


£500 to Citizens Advice Bureau
£500 to Hope for Children
£500 to Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice
£500 to Surrey Search & Rescue
£500 to a victim of the Hambledon House Fire (already distributed)

Village Organisations

£2,000 to Hambledon Cricket Club
£2,000 to Hambledon Football Club
£2,000 to Hambledon Village Hall
£2,000 to Hambledon Village Shop
£300 to cover Cricket Green Insurance

The donation to Hambledon Village Hall will be used to fund a new soak-away to alleviate drainage problems, with any surplus going towards repainting the interior of the Hall. The donation to Hambledon Village Shop will help fund their project to replace kitchen equipment and domestic grade cabinetry with stainless steel, professional standard equipment, the total cost of this project is estimated to be around £5,500.

What Next For Orchard Farm?

The proposal to build affordable homes at Orchard Farm has been rejected on appeal and developers English Rural Housing Association must now decide whether to re-apply with a scaled-down application or sell the site on.

The ERHA had applied to demolish the existing farmhouse and outbuildings and build 12 affordable homes together with five larger market-price houses and provision of open space for village use.

After much local consultation, and with concerns expressed over the size of the proposed development and drainage issues, the application went before Waverley Borough Council in May last year where members voted to reject the scheme.

The nine-acre site between Petworth Road and Wormley Lane is within the Green Belt and the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Waverley councillors said that no special circumstances existed in the application to outweigh the harm to the Green Belt and the AONB.

After considering the outcome for several months, ERHA decided to lodge an appeal to the Government’s Planning Inspectorate. This appeal has now been considered and dismissed, upholding the original decision by Waverley Borough Councillors.

Sheila Holden, the inspector appointed by the Secretary of State to consider the appeal, said in her ruling: “Notwithstanding the continued need to provide affordable homes, the supply of housing land is not a factor weighing in this scheme’s favour”, adding that the proposal would be an “inappropriate development within the Green Belt”.

She accepted that there would be “very significant benefits arising from the provision of 12 units of affordable housing and limited benefits associated with the proposed public open space.”

But she concluded: “However, these benefits do not clearly outweigh the harm by reason of inappropriateness and the other harms I have identified.  The very special circumstances needed to justify the scheme do not, therefore, exist.”

The ERHA, which is a registered provider of social housing in rural areas, has not commented on what it will do next. It bought the site on the open market and had hoped that the provision of market-price houses in the scheme would help pay for the affordable homes, which would have been available for rent or shared ownership at below market costs.

It may return with a smaller scale development of affordable homes only as the inspector’s ruling seems to indicate that market price properties are unacceptable and do not meet the criteria for exempting the site from Green Belt and AONB restrictions.

Or it could consider putting the land, together with the existing farmhouse, back on the open market.

Hambledon Parish Council remains committed to attempting to find suitable sites for affordable housing in the village in accordance with wishes expressed by residents and contained within the published Parish Plan.


Neighbourhood Watch – reporting feature

There are Neighbourhood Watch Co-Ordinators (NWCs) throughout Hambledon who disseminate crime prevention information and alerts about crime to their respective “watch” members in their locality.  These Co-Ordinators work together to share information that may be of wider benefit to the Hambledon community.  To that end, we have created a new NHW reporting / alert button on this website.  You will see the logo in the right hand margin of this page. That takes you to an email form so residents can report directly to the NWCs about crime matters: suspicious activity, crime prevention information, road issues, or request assistance on crime matters.  Residents still have recourse to contact the Police directly via 101 and 999.

July 2018 alert –   Vigilance in protecting yourself and your property from the potential for crime has never been more important.  Whilst it is a relatively rare occurrence, Hambledon did see a domestic burglary last month, and this month there have been two reports of suspicious activity:

The first was two men in a blue Subaru Impreza off Hambledon Road who were confronted whilst as they appeared to be scouting out unattended driveways and fields. They had an unconvincing excuse for being on the private property – they were ‘looking for a mechanic around here”. This sounds like opportunist attempts to identify insecure fields for later forced occupation.
The second was Monday 2nd July with two men posing as delivery men.  A resident reported that they were scouting Lane End – one of them actually entered a property as the front door was open and then left quickly when they saw the owner. They are attempting to look like delivery men with similar coloured t shirts and branded matching caps.

So keep your eyes peeled for similar activity: unconvincing intruders, cars parked up in unusual places, lay-bys, remote drives etc.   Also beware of front and back doors left open in hot weather.


Hambledon Midsummer Festival in Photos

Thanks to everyone who got involved and made the Hambledon Midsummer Festival such a success. Sometime next week, when more of the dust has settled, we should be in a position to let you know the amount raised. In the meantime, enjoy just a small sample of photos from the weekend, most of which were taken by the very talented Jo Plaistowe.

Click or tap on any photo to get an enlarged view.

New chairs for the Village Hall – 15 still available for sponsorship

The Village Hall Committee had a very successful day at the fete on Saturday 23 June. Thank you to everyone who came to our stall and to those who generously sponsored a chair.

We have now reached the fantastic total of thirty five on our ‘chairometer’ shown here alongside Ruth Canham and Paul Vacher from the Village Hall Committee.  This leaves just fifteen to reach our goal of fifty new chairs.

If you would like to sponsor a chair for £50 then please contact Ruth Canham on 01428 685 729 or You can pay by cash, cheque (payable to Hambledon Village Hall) or bank transfer.

If we get to the happy situation of having more than fifty sponsors, we will use the money to start recovering our existing chairs to match the new ones; fifty pounds will pay to have two chairs recovered.

Thank you very much for your support.