Christmas Services

UPDATE 22 December 2021

Thanks to all those who came along to the open air Carol Service in the churchyard on Sunday.  You can watch the service on YouTube.

In light of the current situation and increased risk from Covid, the Associate Minister, Rev Simon Willetts and the church wardens have taken the regrettable decision to cancel Midnight Communion this year.  The popular Christmas Eve Crib Service and Christmas Day service will go ahead in the churchyard.  Please dress warmly, and be prepared for wet weather.  Services will go ahead in drizzle, but not torrential rain, so please check this page for any change to the following plan. 

Christmas Eve
CANCELLED – 12 noon  Carols at the Village Shop
4pm Crib Service – NOW OPEN AIR in the churchyard
CANCELLED – 11pm Midnight Communion

Christmas Day
10am Family Celebration, followed by a short communion – NOW OPEN AIR in the churchyard
Christmas jumpers and hats encouraged!

Those attending at St Peter’s, Church Lane, on Thursday are asked to wear a protective mask and to have obtained a negative lateral flow test result on the morning of the service, in line with current Covid-19 requirements which can be found on the Busbridge and Hambledon Churches website here – Please scroll down to find the relevant section.



St Peter’s Church, Hambledon is part of Busbridge&Hambledon Church.  See to find out more about us, the latest church calendar and for information on weddings, baptisms and funerals.

Hambledon’s Carol Service – Now outside at St Peter’s Church, 7pm Sunday

The traditional Sunday before Christmas Carol Service at St Peter’s will now take place outside in the church yard due to current concerns over the new Covid-19 variant.

All else remains the same. The service will start at 7pm tomorrow (December 19th) with familiar carols, bible readings from villagers and a chance to share a special time with family and friends. All are very welcome… although we cannot promise a snowy scene like the one below, taken in December 2010.

The following is from Simon Willetts:

“Please be advised that due to the increased risk posed by the Omicron covid variant, the St. Peter’s Church Hambledon 7pm Carol Service tomorrow night (19th December 2021) is now going to be held outside in the church yard. We are hoping to live stream it too – please follow this link

Please can you also remember to bring a mask, a torch and a chair if possible. Don’t forget to wrap up warm!

The nursery school car park is available for parking for this service.

Thank you in advance for your understanding 

Rev. Simon Willetts”



Carols at the pub – now in the beer garden

Hambledon Church COVID Update: Tonight’s (Thursday) Carols at the Pub will now be sung outdoors in the wonderful open air of the Merry Harriers beer garden!

The bar will of course be open to get drinks before and after, but please do join the band outside from 7.30pm for some favourite carols and one or two Christmas songs. Thanks to the Merry Harriers for hosting once again, and making arrangements for outside – it will be a great setting for this annual village tradition!

Also, for the traditional Candlelit Carol Service at church on Sunday 19 December at 7pm: face coverings are legally required during the service, and refreshments (mulled wine and mince pies) will be served outdoors in the churchyard afterwards. 

ADDITIONAL PARKING is available in the Hambledon Nursery School car park for all Christmas services, and recommended for those that can manage the short walk up the footpath between the pub and nursery carparks.  

For Christmas events and services, and any updates, see:

Muriel Campbell Funeral – Additional Information

The funeral of Muriel Campbell (see previous news item) is to be live streamed by Hambledon Church so that that those unable to attend in person can still view the proceedings, providing they have internet access.

The link is

Those attending at St Peter’s, Church Lane, on Thursday are asked to wear a protective mask and to have obtained a negative lateral flow test result on the morning of the service, in line with current Covid-19 requirements which can be found on the Busbridge and Hambledon Churches website here – Please scroll down to find the relevant section.

The service is expected to be well attended and the Campbell family has already asked for villagers to walk to the church if they can, or to share lifts. There will be additional parking, and please look our for younger family members who will be on hand to give directions.

  • Please note: There are various road closures currently in place, in and around the village. Hambledon Road is currently closed between Hydestile Crossroads and Feathercombe Lane, but access is possible from the opposite end of the village at Lane End, off the Petworth Road. Vann Lane is closed near to Roundalls.  Further afield, Dunsfold Road is closed so there is no access from the A281 at the Nanhurst crossroads.


“The Passing of a Generation”

The words above were spoken by the Rev Simon Taylor, Rector of St Peter’s Church, Hambledon, at the funeral of long-standing and much-loved village resident Edna Atkins.

However, he used them in a wider context, reflecting that Hambledon was witnessing the passing of several notable residents who have done so much to enrich life in our small village.

The same church will soon see villagers pay their respects to another stalwart who leaves a substantial legacy across Hambledon. The funeral of Muriel Campbell will take place at 2.30pm on Thursday December 9th.

Much that younger generations can take for granted is testament to Muriel’s love of Hambledon and its people. She has been active in many areas of village life, most notably in helping spearhead the campaign to keep the former Church of England village school as a place of learning after it closed as a State-run primary in July 1983.

She was central to the campaign to acquire the Victorian classrooms and playground at Rock Hill, rather than see it sold off as a private house or for development. Out of this initiative grew the flourishing Nursery School that is so popular today. It is run by a charitable trust and Muriel was one of the early trustees.

Muriel was also a member of Hambledon Parish Council between 1987 and 1995 and her husband Ion was, for many years, its chairman.

Muriel and Ion have also worked hard to maintain their family home at Feathercombe, which was built in 1910 for the celebrated author, journalist, broadcaster and naturalist Eric Parker. Muriel is his grand-daughter.

Muriel’s funeral is expected to be well attended as she had a large extended family as well as a great many friends. Village mourners are requested to walk or share a lift to the church if possible. There will be a reception afterwards at Feathercombe.

Hambledon sends its sympathy to Ion and the Campbell family.

  • A fuller tribute to Muriel and her contribution to Hambledon is expected to appear in the January issue of the Hambledon Parish Magazine.


Cathy’s hair cut for a very worthwhile cause

Village resident Cathy Coleman has set herself a target of raising £500 for a cancer charity that makes wigs for young children who have lost their hair during treatment. To do so, she is cutting 14 inches off her hair to donate to the Little Princess Trust.

It is a great cause, and Cathy is asking for help from villagers to help her meet her target. For details of how to donate, please read on.


Hello Everyone,

I am cutting 14 inches off my hair and donating it to the Little Princess Trust. This incredible charity creates wigs for children who have lost their hair due to cancer treatment and other illnesses. The charity aims to give them a little more confidence and a sense of normality when their whole world has been completely changed.

Along with everyone else I was unable to get my hair cut throughout the pandemic. I wanted to create something positive out of a pretty horrible couple of years. The Little Princess Trust do a brilliant job of supporting young people through a troubling time in their lives, and the charity also funds vital research into cancer treatments.

I am asking for donations to help me raise £500, which is how much it costs to create and fit a wig. The link for my fund-raising page is below, there is also a donation box at the Merry Harriers pub:

For more information on what the Little Princess Trust does please visit its website ( where you can also find details on how to donate your own hair if you want to support a great cause.

Thank you in advance for any donation you can give.

Cathy Coleman