Hambledon Parish Council to Co-Opt New Member

Hambledon Parish Council has been given the authority to fill a vacancy by co-option and will begin this process after its next meeting.

The vacancy has been caused by former chairman John Anderson standing down at the council’s annual meeting in May after 38 years as a councillor.

Waverley Borough Council’s electoral services office was informed of the resignation and it then announced a period of 14 working days when 10 or more electors within the parish could formally request that the vacancy be filled by an election.

This is part of a statutory procedure when a vacancy occurs at a time when no elections are due to be held.

No request was received and Hambledon council’s clerk, Julie Flenley, was informed that it could now seek to co-opt a replacement to fill the vacancy.

With the summer holidays approaching, and no meeting of the council in August, it is likely that an extended period of several weeks will be allowed for potential councillors to put their names forward for consideration. More details will follow later next week and the process will be publicised on this website and in the August edition of Hambledon Parish Magazine.

For details on eligibility please follow this link: https://www.waverley.gov.uk/Services/Council-information/Registering-to-vote-and-elections/Casual-vacancies


A Grand Day Out – And With The Fete To Come

As Hambledon looks ahead to a summer fete on the Cricket Green, it can also reflect back on a grand day out at the same venue with the Mary Caroe Cup match and presentation to retiring parish council chairman John Anderson.

Preparations have begun for the fete which will take place at the Bank Holiday on August 28th. It will have all the elements of a traditional fete, and is a scaled-down version of the Hambledon Midsummer Festival Weekend, postponed again because of Covid restrictions.

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Saved for Posterity – Recording of Church Bell Tolling after Death of Duke of Edinburgh

10th April 2021: The bell was rung 99 times at Hambledon Church

A recording that captures a special few moments as Hambledon Church bell tolled 99 times following the death of the Duke of Edinburgh has been kept for posterity and can be listened to on this website.

Prince Philip died, aged 99, on April 9th this year, and Hambledon observed the protocol following the passing of a senior member of the Royal Family. The parish council placed formal notification on its noticeboards and on this website and chairman John Anderson paid respects on behalf of the village.

On behalf of the church and village, George Pitt raised, then lowered, the Union Flag, according to custom, at St Peter’s.

It was announced that church bells would toll at noon the following day. Derek Miller undertook this and, as the Union Jack fluttered in a gentle breeze, the solitary bell chimed out across the countryside surrounding the church.

The flag remained at half mast until the morning after the Duke’s funeral at Windsor Castle on April 17th.

A recording of part of this ceremonial occasion can be found by following the link above. For the news story published at the time, please follow this link http://www.hambledonsurrey.co.uk/?p=14686

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Help Needed for Your Fund Grant – Hambledon FC

Hambledon FC need your support. We are through to the last stage of the Your Fund Surrey CC Grant. As we look to upgrade our Grounds Machinery as we are suffering from old and unreliable equipment.

We need to gather support for the project so are asking for 5 minutes of your time to leave a comment of support for the project using the link below.




Fête Outdoor Public Meeting – Tuesday June 29 7:30pm

If you’d like to get involved in helping with this summer’s Village Fete, then please come along to a public meeting at Hambledon Village Shop on Tuesday June 29th at 7:30pm. We’re looking for volunteers to help run stalls and also to help with setting up for the event and the Village Shop BBQ to be  held after the fete.

Because of covid regulations the meeting will be held outdoors. Given the weather we’ve had so far this summer, please come prepared.

The Fete and Village Shop BBQ will be on Saturday 28th August, with the fete starting at 2:30pm and the Village Shop BBQ from 5pm to 8pm.

Any questions about the meeting or the events can be emailed to hamblefest@hambledonsurrey.co.uk.

A Diary Date This Sunday – Whatever the Weather

The presentation to John Anderson, marking his retirement from Hambldon Parish Council after 38 years, will take place on Sunday afternoon (June 20th) as planned – but umbrellas may be needed!

Please do not be deterred if it is raining, as the presentation will go ahead regardless of the weather. It will take place outside the village shop at around 3pm, during what is hoped will be the tea interval of the Mary Caroe Cup cricket match. The game may be rain affected.

Please remember that we are still under Coronavirus restrictions. Up to 30 people may gather outdoors, but if numbers exceed this please keep a respectful distance and wear a mask if you wish.

John joined the parish council in 1983, and has been its chairman for the last 17 years until stepping down last month.

During this time, he has been actively involved in the welfare of many village organisations as well as the parish council itself and representatives of those, together with former colleagues and clerks on the council, will be joining with other villagers for the short presentation.

All are welcome, and if you wish to donate to his leaving gift and still have not done so, there is a collection box at the village shop, where a card may also be signed, or bank transfer using the following details: Account name Hambledon Parish Council at Lloyds Bank, account number 00155928, sort code 30-93-49. Please reference your donation with your name.

The cut-off for donations by either means is 2pm on Saturday.

We are hoping for fair weather and an entertaining game of cricket featuring the cricket club v the village shop. This annual fixture was renamed the Mary Caroe Cup last year in recognition of Mary’s passionate commitment to Hambledon, and especially to the community shop in recent years. A much loved and respected villager, she died aged 81 last April after contracting Covid-19.

The Anderson and Caroe families have been friends for many years, so the Cup match is an appropriate occasion to say thank you to both.


Hambledon Village Shop volunteers recognised for their service to community during pandemic

In an informal, outdoor, socially distanced event at the Shop last Thursday 10th June, a core group of shop volunteers were presented with The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service pins by Lord-Lieutenant of Surrey, Michael More-Molyneux. The event was also attended by Julie Llewelyn, High Sheriff of Surrey

The presentation recognised the volunteers who worked so hard to serve the village during lockdown, by transforming the shop into an on-line delivery service. During the first coronavirus lockdown between late March 2020 and the end of June 2020, the shop picked, packed and delivered almost 2500 grocery orders, at times doing over 60 a day. This allowed customers to safely and responsibly do their grocery shopping from home at a time when the supermarkets were struggling to cope with demand.

The shop volunteers have previously received The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service in 2015. Equivalent to an MBE, QAVS are the highest awards given to local voluntary groups in the UK, and they are awarded for life. As the award could not be given again, it was decided to recognise the individuals involved during the pandemic by presenting them with QAVS pins.

The event, on a beautiful sunny day, was covered by both Radio Surrey and BBC South Today. The BBC South Today piece is available below for those who missed it.