Community Befriending Network

Busbridge and Hambledon Church run a Community Befriending Network; linking up those who might be feeling lonely or isolated with others who can visit, chat, drink tea or coffee….!

There is a real need for more befriending volunteers in or near Hambledon, so if you could spare one or two hours a month to visit someone, then do please get in touch with Penny Naylor on 01483 421267, or at, for more details. There is training and support available for all our volunteers and no requirement to be a member of any church.

Many thanks.



Primary School School Places

The Parish Council has for some time been concerned that families living in Hambledon find it difficult to get their children into primary schools within reasonable distance of the village.  It has raised the problem with the Surrey County Council, the local education authority;  and it has become clear that,  if it is to make any headway, it needs more information about actual, as opposed to perceived, needs.

As one of the many villages in the area which does not have its own primary school, Hambledon has to depend on its neighbours.  Two of these, Chiddingfold and Grayswood, are in charge of their own admission arrangements and would have to be asked direct if they could consider taking more children from Hambledon.

Admission arrangements for the primary schools in Witley, Busbridge and Milford are managed by Surrey which has categorically stated that it would not afford priority to children living in Hambledon.  This is not what the Parish Council is seeking – it just wants a level playing field for all children within a reasonable radius of these schools.

However, if the Parish Council is to ask for a rethink when admission arrangements come up for consultation in October, it needs to have a case.  So could all families who have children starting school in autumn 2018 and who would like them to go to a local primary school please get in touch with the Parish Clerk (Jane Woolley), if possible before everyone disappears for the summer holidays, so that, if appropriate, the battle can be continued.


Hambledon Cricket Club Match Report

Following a late cancellation from Cranleigh on Saturday afternoon, the league side picked up 28 points without a ball being bowled. Good for points but disappointing not to play to be perfectly honest.

On the plus side, the Friendly side were short of 4 players so the difference was easily made up with the addition of few eager league players. We played a very enjoyable match at Bramley with Hambledon agreeing to bat first without the need to toss a coin.

This was a timed game so that Bramley had a chance to draw 😉 We put on 181 all out without runs coming freely from Ben Plant 45, Oli Bayne 40 and Mark Burton 24. It was clear that 150 was probably too much for Bramley as they lost early wickets and never looked liked getting close to our score. We managed to spread the bowling about generously so that the game lasted until the final over. (stats are on Play cricket website) Euan Pusey got 3 for 6, Joe Herman 2 for 5 and Lee Hacker 2 for 22. The final over was given to Chase Pusey for his first bowl of the day with about 6 slips in the cordon! He got the final wicket lbw with just 2 balls left in the match!

It was a very entertaining afternoon with plenty of beer, cider, pimms and wine on offer all afternoon as well as a fabulous BBQ. A good day was had by all which was continued by the hard core in the Jolly Farmer in Bramley!

Thanks to all and especially the organisers at Bramley.

Mark Burton

Fund Raiser for Hambledon Village Hall

A company called “Travelling Trends” will be hosting a fashion show in the Village Hall on Wednesday 27 September, 7pm for 7.30pm start – High Street clothes at bargain prices. Come and see the season’s fashions, try on and buy on the night at greatly reduced prices to help raise funds for the Village Hall.

Something for all (well – ladies aged 25-95!). Refreshments and an excellent raffle (prizes to include a manicure). We will be looking for some local ladies to model too – contact Mary Grove 01483 415815 if you would like to try the catwalk!

Tickets will be available shortly at £6. In the meantime make a note in your diary!

General Election Result – Surrey South West

Jeremy Hunt, Conservative, held the Surrey South West Parliamentary Constituency which includes Hambledon, but with a reduced majority and in the face of a big swing to Louise Irvine of the National Health Action Party, who stood against Hunt and his record as Health Secretary.

The result, declared earlier this morning, was as follows:

Jeremy Hunt (Conservative) – 33,683

Louise Irvine (National Health Action) – 12,093

David Black (Labour) – 7,606

Ollie Purkiss (Liberal Democrat) – 5,967

Mark Webber (UKIP) – 1,083

On a turnout of 77.4 per cent, the Conservative majority was 21,590 with 55.7 per cent share of the vote. The Conservative vote was down -4.1 per cent and the vote for the National Health Action Party was up by 11.5 per cent. The Labour and Liberal Democrat candidates recorded increases of 3.1 and 3.6 per cent. The UKIP candidate was down -8.1.

Power Line Partially Down on Hambledon Road – UPDATE

UPDATE to news item below: SSE engineers were able to carry out repairs without any significant disruption to the traffic.

Overnight high winds and torrential rain have dislodged a power line causing it to sag where it crosses Hambledon Road beside the football ground.

Scottish and Southern Electricity has been informed and a police officer is in attendance to ensure high-sided vehicles do not make contact with the live cable. Cars and vans are able to pass underneath but the road may be closed when SSE attend to make repairs.

With 28 power cuts reported across the SSE region following the stormy weather – although none in Hambledon – it is unlikely that engineers will be on site until lunchtime at the earliest. In the meantime the police officer will remain in attendance to supervise traffic.

The power line crosses the Hambledon Road from Hydon Farm Cottages to the field opposite, just before the entrance to the Badger Park Football Ground. If a diversion is necessary it will involve motorists using Station Lane, Rake Lane and Petworth Road.


Date for your Diary – Hambledon Village Fete 2018

The date has been set for next year’s Hambledon Village Fete and it will be Saturday 23rd June 2018. As in previous years the Village Summer Ball will be held on the evening of the same day. In addition a more informal, family-oriented, entertainment event is being planned for the evening of Friday 22nd June.

Planning has started and we’ll keep you informed, here on the web site and in the Parish Magazine, as those plans develop. Or you can follow @hamblefest on twitter.

Please don’t forget that St Dominic’s School Summer Fete and DomFest are being held at the school this year on Saturday 1st July.


Earthworm – Unabridged

Earthworm’s article in June’s Parish Magazine was unfortunately published in a truncated form so we’re republishing the complete article here.

Cogitating About Politics

A funny month was May muses Earthworm from his heap, not growing with its usual speed as May has been so dry thee is not so much to take off the lawns and not too much weeding can be done because the ground is just so dry! There has been very little rain throughout the month, and such as has come of late has not really made much impression…yet thinks Earthworm with a glow of unusual optimism that more may follow!

But the hedgerows are giving great pleasure, the cow parsley in full flower, wonderful bluebells everywhere, and with the trees now almost all in leaf they are a picture.

One can now see the damage that the night frost of 27 April wreaked. Very strange thinks Earthworm that the same plant in two place can be affected or not. There are signs now of recovery. Nature is astonishingly resilient and able to effect “repair”

Earthworm muses on the present affairs of state. The local elections finished with really no surprises in view of the country’s disenchantment with some politicians, the Labour Party’s losses, and UKIP nearly wiped off the map, and the Lib Dems not exactly making the come-back they might have hoped for. Now the General Election looms that probably will not make things much different as the UK and Prime minister struggle with Brexit. Will her election gamble pay off he wonders? Would thinks Earthworm, that a Brexit result could have been explained in better terms to the electorate as a whole. Perhaps he adds dreamily it will all end well and we will be better off our own masters and “out”?

There is anxiety about things “across the pond” with Trump peremptorily sacking his FBI chief.  Will it be proved that Russia and Putin in particular skewed the presidential vote? Perhaps a ”Russia gate” looms, Earthworm wonders?

Vann Lane has once again seen an increase in traffic and even disruption not this time caused by road closures for a burst main or road repair. There were lorries and vans, mini buses and taxis all trundling along the lane from early morning until late evening apparently due to the filming of another episode of Howard’s End at Vann.  Earthworm expectantly awaits the transmission of the episodes somewhere about Christmas he has been told. It seems even the Paparazzi got hold of the news of the location, though they only said “near Godalming”, and crept along the lane. A picture was published in the Surrey Ad but it seems that did not even name the actors photographed correctly!

Earthworm will await too the result of the Dunsfold Aerodrome enquiry. It could change our lives in the village he thinks and probably not much for the better. Perhaps we should just all be thankful that we have had such undisturbed peace for so long.

Summer should we hope, soon be upon us with winter woollies put away hopefully out of the reach of moth which seem to have hit plague proportions

Holiday plans are being made and the young are embroiled in exams. Earthworm feels so glad that he is no longer “tested” on very much. But he did read with interest about the Act of Union more than 300 years ago, precipitated by years of war, economic depression, atrocious weather and climate change, (for which witches were blamed) refugee camps for the destitute and starving where  dysentery and typhus were rife, all that had brought Scotland to its knees. Earthworm wonders if history will not be repeating itself if Scotland elects once again to be independant?


Hambledon Village Shop – Update May 2017

This is an amended version of the shop article in May’s Parish Magazine

Let Me Take You Down

There’s something very satisfying about sourcing produce form within a few miles of the shop. Berries from local Tuesley Farm’s strawberry fields  are now available at the shop at weekends. Hambledon based Crumby Bakery continue to delight with their creations (current personal favourites are the Lemon Drizzle Bakewell and the Cheese Scones). And you can’t get more local than the homemade sausage rolls, made in the shop and which have developed something of a local cult following (if you want one get to the shop before mid-day, they always sell out).

We also now stock wine made just six miles from the shop at Blackdown Ridge Winery. The winery’s first vines were planted in 2010 and the first wines were made in 2013. Their still white wine, “Chiaro”, is made from the Bacchus grape variety, ideally suited to the cool English climate, and won a bronze award in the 2015 International Decanter Awards. The red wine, “Carmine”, is made from the Triomphe grape variety, it has a bright, mid-cherry colour, with ripe cherry aromas and hints of spice and roasted red peppers.

Trading Update

A combination of good weather, bank holidays, cricket, film crews and blood sweat and tears resulted in a busy April with net sales of just over £26,000, this took the sales for the shop’s first quarter to £71,000 an increase of 40% over the same quarter last year (during which the shop refurb took place). At time of writing, it looks like net sales in May will be the highest monthly sales in the shops history and might just hit the £30,000 mark. Many thanks to all who provide blood, sweat, tears and custom.

 New Investments
The Shop’s healthy coffers have allowed for a few equipment upgrades. A new microwave and a commercial grade toastie maker are in place and a new commercial dishwasher is on the way. All will help to improve productivity in the cafe/deli, which now makes up 40% of the shop turnover. Hopefully there will also be a few less chafed hands in the village.

Good progress continues on the shop toilet, watch this space for news on the grand christening. Suggestions on a postcard please for which local personality should be the first to make their mark. Also, this month has seen the construction of an eco friendly child’s play area and a rustic bike rack.

Wines of the Month

June’s wines of the month will be a white and once again a rosé (in May the rosé wine of the month sold out halfway through the month, so we’re going to keep riding that pony).

The white is the Chateau Saint Cyrgues Blanc (£7.60), recently said by Forbes magazine to be one of the best white wines under $20. This Costieres de Nimes Blanc is a blend of Roussanne, Viognier and Grenache Blanc and is unoaked. A lemon-yellow in colour. Scents of rose petals, honeycomb, candied lemon and white pepper. Medium-bodied on the palate with notes of honey and sweet spice leading to a lingering and spicy finish.

The rosé this month is the De Martino Estate Cinsault Rosé (£9.80). The grapes are from vines grown in the cool climate area of Itata in the south of Chile and this dry and refreshing Provence style pink is packed with fresh summer red-berry flavours and makes for a great aperitif or accompaniment to fish and seafood. A delicate salmon pink in colour. Aromas of plums and strawberries. The palate is dry and intense with notes of cherry and raspberry leading to a refreshing finish. Make sure you have a spare in the fridge as the first one won’t last long.

Football Club Win Two Awards

The Dons have scooped two awards off the pitch.

With Martyn Grove being award Surrey FA Groundsman of the Year and the club being awarded FA Charter Standard Club of the year. The club will now be put forward for the Regional McDonalds FA Charter Standard Club of the Year with the winners going through to the National awards.

This is an excellent achievement and recognition of the work that the club does off the pitch.

More details can be found on our website.


Hambledon FC Website


Martyn Grove



Hambledon Nursery School Open Event, June 8th

2017-05-18_Hambledon Open Event_A3 Poster_PRINT

Hambledon Nursery School is at Rock Hill, Hambledon Road, Hambledon, Godalming, Surrey, GU8 4DR. It has been rated as “outstanding” by Ofsted following its most recent inspection.

If you are looking for a nursery school place for your child and would like further information about the school and the Open Event please contact the head teacher Nicola Collett or school secretary Stephanie Campbell on 01428 684892 or

Summer Fete & DomFest

Following on from the success of St Dominic’s school’s summer fete and mini music festival (DomFest) in 2015, DomFest is back!  On Saturday, 1st July we will again be opening our lovely grounds to host the summer fete and live music extravaganza.

We are extremely fortunate to again be supported by The Music Works – the purpose-built music school in Milford ( – to deliver an afternoon of live music from opera to choral, pop to blues, solo performers to bands.  There will be something to suit all musical tastes.


We are delighted to announce the Blues Jamm Project ( will be appearing at DomFest.  Influenced by soul, blues, classic rock and funk, the Blues Jamm Project play a blend of haunting melodies and hard hitting riffs backed by a solid beat that keeps the energy high and the crowds coming back.  They have regularly drawn crowds in the hundreds to their live shows, have three and a half thousand on-line followers and recently released their first EP, ‘The Powerhouse Sessions’.  An act not to be missed!

Also appearing on the DomFest stage will be the Surrey Ukeaholics ( who have very kindly agreed to play again this year.  The Surrey Ukeaholics are a small group of ukulele players based on the Surrey/Hampshire border who just love all things ukulele!  They play a variety of music that you might not have heard played on the ukulele before and have been known to throw in some other instruments like bass guitar and mandolin.  They will also be running a ukulele workshop for anyone who would like to have a go.  Timings for the workshop will be released later.

We are also hoping to showcase a staff-supported pupil/student band.  Updates about this and other additions to the line-up on the DomFest stage will follow – watch this space!

In addition to the afternoon of live music, there will be activities and fun for all the family.

And of course there will be plenty of refreshments on offer throughout the afternoon, with a beer tent, PIMMS tent, (soft drinks also available!) cream teas and a BBQ all afternoon.

We are hoping to have lots of new exciting stalls this year as well as our old favourites.  We’d like to start collecting donations for the ever popular Bottle Tombola from Monday 22nd May.  Bottles can be anything from Tomato Ketchup and Washing-up Liquid to Elderflower Cordial and Prosecco!  We welcome all donations – never knowing what you’ll win is part of the fun!  Please drop any donations off at the School Office.  Also, we would be most grateful for details of any contacts you may have who could provide a raffle prize.

We will be charging a nominal sum for entry to this afternoon of entertainment and information about tickets will be posted on the Hambledon Village Website in the next week or so.  Under 5’s and dogs free!  In the meantime, please put 1st July in your diary and spread the word to family and friends!

All monies raised will go towards equipment for our new Performing Arts Centre.

Orchard Farm Planning Application Refused

Waverley Borough councillors have rejected a planning application to build 17 houses – 12 of them designated as “affordable” – at Orchard Farm, Hambledon.

The decision was taken at a meeting of the council’s Central Area Planning Committee on Wednesday evening (May 17).

The application had been submitted by the English Rural Housing Association (ERHA) which had proposed a mixed development of 12 affordable homes, together with five market-price properties to help finance the project.

This followed ERHA’s purchase of the nine-acre Orchard Farm site between Wormley Lane and Petworth Road, Hambledon, in 2014.
Orchard Farm name

Hambledon Parish Council has a long-standing commitment to provide more affordable housing for local people. However, the proposed development, on land within the Green Belt and the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty raised many issues. Drainage and its proximity to Listed Lutyens buildings were among other concerns.

The parish council initiated widespread consultation including public meetings. Although there was general support from the wider village there were many concerns expressed by those living close to the site.

The decision on whether to approve or reject the application is the responsibility of the local planning authority, Waverley Borough Council. Its officers had recommended approval of the scheme, subject to a raft of conditions.

However, after listening to officers and several other presentations, councillors decided overwhelmingly to reject the recommendation. They resolved that permission be refused for the following reasons, as published on the Waverley council website:

  1. No very special circumstances exist to outweigh the harm to the Green Belt, contrary to Policy C1 of the Waverley Borough Local Plan.
  1. No very special circumstances exist to outweigh the harm to the AONB, contrary to Policy C3 of the Waverley Borough Local Plan.
  1. The less than substantial harm to the setting of the Grade I Listed Building is not outweighed by public benefits. Therefore the proposal would conflict with Policy HE3 of the Waverley Borough Local Plan, and guidance contained in the NPPF.
  1. The applicant has failed to enter into a legal agreement to secure the provision of affordable housing within the meaning of the NPPF, appropriate to meet Waverley Borough Council’s housing need. The proposal would therefore fail to create a sustainable, inclusive and mixed community, contrary to the requirements of paragraph 50 of the NPPF. The applicant has also failed to enter into a s.278 agreement.



DomFest at St Dominic’s – Saturday, 1st July 2017, 12 noon til 6.00pm

Screen Shot 2017-05-11 at 14.47.01

Our bi-annual summer event, DomFest, is fast approaching and the planning is underway to ensure it is a great success!

We are pleased to announce that we will again this year be supported by The Music Works (, so in addition to the usual summer fete and fun activities we will again be providing an afternoon of live music to suit all tastes, from opera to choral, pop and rock and everything in between. We will also be running music workshops.

There will be a beer tent, PIMMS tent, BBQ, cream teas, ice creams and other refreshments available all afternoon.

Many of you ask how you can help us and support our wonderful school; and involvement in DomFest is one way that you can actively help and support us. Please buy a ticket or volunteer to organise or help with an activity and encourage family and friends to join you for an enjoyable and worthwhile afternoon of music and family fun.

We will shortly be posting information on how to obtain tickets.

Hopefully everyone who came to DomFest 2015 will remember what a fantastic afternoon it was and will spread the word to others and come again this year.

All proceeds from DomFest 2017 will go towards equipment for our new Performing Arts Centre, so please come and support the school and make this an even bigger and better event that the last one.