Parker / Kiley Charity Testimonial Match – This Sunday at Badger Park 12pm KO

To mark over 20 years of playing football for Hambledon FC for both Stuart Parker and Matt Kiley. The Club will be putting on a charity game in aid of one of our charity Partners – Phyllis Tuckwell. With all proceeds from the game being donated to the charity.

We hope to see you at Badger Park this Sunday for a 12pm KO. With Hambledon Vets taking on a Presidents XI.



Amanda Wright

Amanda Wright, a familiar face behind the till at Hambledon Village Shop and a friend to many, has died.

Amanda, from Chiddingfold, was a volunteer at Hambledon’s community-run shop before becoming its manager as part of the Three A’s team, working alongside Alison Wilson and Alan Brien. With the appointment of a single manager in February 2014 Amanda stood down but continued to volunteer. She was also very active in village life in Chiddingfold.

Her death, on August 9th, has come as a great shock to her many friends and shop colleagues. Her funeral will take place at St Mary’s Church, Chiddingfold, on September 6th at 2pm.

Amanda had been suffering from complications following a fall last year. Her unexpected death has left Hambledon villagers deeply saddened and our sympathy goes out to her family.


Traffic chaos in Hambledon

10.30am today, Wednesday morning and Hambledon was blocked to traffic for 30 minutes as a coach came head to head with the local bus, a lorry, a pony and trap, and a growing queue of cars travelling towards Witley.  Controlled chaos in a very British way ensued – with the coach backing up 500 yards and coaxed into Woodlands to allow others to find a way past.  GPS and poor signage at Milford has a lot to answer for.

The photo below shows the scene, alongside a spooky premonition, painted 2 weeks earlier by a local artist.

August Bank Holiday Weekend at The Harriers

We have a cracking August Bank Holiday lined up here at The Merry Harriers, local Godalming band True Rumours are playing Saturday night from 8pm. We are very lucky to have them play here so please come and check them out. They will be playing acoustic guitar music of a mixture of covers and their own material. On Sunday we have the ever popular Blues band Little Lux from 3pm.

The kitchen will be open all weekend so maybe grab a bite to eat and hopefully soak up the sun and atmosphere!
For the hardcore, we have camping available!

Important Dates For Your Diary

As you’ll see from the calendar on the web site there’s a lot going on in the village over the next few weeks. Here are a few highlights:

Sunday 13th August  – from 3pm to 5pm will be the monthly Jazz Jam at the Merry Harriers. This is probably one of Surrey’s best kept secrets, a great afternoon, especially if the weather’s fine and and Hambledon’s own David Kirby and his fellow musicians are playing in the garden.

Saturday 2nd September – the annual Hambledon Village Show will take place in the Village Hall. Get your exhibits there between 9.30am and 11.30 am, open to the public from 2pm to 4.30pm.

Saturday 23rd September – the 2017 Harvest Supper will be held at the Village Hall from 7pm. Tickets are £8 each and available from the Village Shop (what isn’t….). Apparently last year there was communal village singing.

And last but not least, keep the weekend of 22nd to 24th of June 2018 free. If the rumours are true, the bi-ennial fete weekend has become the Hambledon Mid-Summer Festival, with festivities planned from the Friday evening throughout the weekend. More details to come.


Dunsfold Planning Inquiry final day

The Dunsfold Planning Inquiry will convene for the final hearing at 9.30am on Thursday 3rd August when the three parties – Waverley Borough Council, Dunsfold Park and POW & the Joint Parishes – will make their closing statements before the Planning Inspector.

This is your opportunity to attend the Waverley Borough Council Offices and sit in the public gallery and show your support for the respective parties.

Heritage Research Bursary

The Hambledon Heritage Society was established to ensure OUR VILLAGE heritage is understood, documented and appreciated by current and future generations.

Many village residents have supported the aims of the Society, with important contributions such as the compilation of the village scrapbook, publication of booklets and articles plus of course the popular speaker’s presentations at the Annual General Meeting, with topics ranging from dendrochronology, WWll memories through to famous residents and associated village houses.

The Society continues with its programme of research activities but is now wishing to encourage, new, interested Researchers to add to this programme, by offering two, Heritage Research Bursaries of £100.00 each for 2017-2018.

These Bursaries are designed primarily to attract young Researchers, who are in full or part time education, are normally Hambledon residents or progeny of current residents and are interested in conducting village heritage research, selecting a topic of their choice. However, research has no age limitations.

Examples of such topics could be; glass manufacturing, the workhouse, why a two-centred village?, the lime kiln and its uses etc. but new and innovative topics would be welcome.

To apply for one of the research Bursaries or just to make an enquiry, please write to or call Stephen Maycock, a member of the Hambledon Heritage Society committee who will be pleased to discuss the Bursary programme in more detail.  or 01428-682230.

For further information regarding the Hambledon Heritage Society and its activities please contact, Ross Kilsby,  Chairman, 01428-685622.

Planning Inquiry commences on Tuesday

Tuesday is the start of possibly the most important Inquiry for the future of Hambledon and surrounding villages.

For those who are interested in the upcoming Secretary of State’s Public Inquiry into the planning application for 1,800 houses on Dunsfold Aerodrome there is an opportunity to make your views heard.  The Public Inquiry starts at 10am on Tuesday 18th July in the Waverley Borough Council Main Council Chamber.  If you wish to make a personal statement on behalf of yourself or an organisation then Personal statements are currently due to be heard this coming Thursday PM from 2pm and Friday AM from 10am.     The Inquiry is due to last for three weeks and will sit from 10am until 5pm Tuesday to Friday each week.

You can learn more at the Alfold Parish Council Website:

or at the Protect our Waverley Website:


Hambledon Ladies Breakfast – Saturday 12th August 2017

Saturday 12th August 2017 – West Surrey Golf Club – 8.30am – 10.00am
‘Chasing The Dragon’ – Guest Speaker, Nichola Hooper

On Saturday 12th August we are delighted to be welcoming Nichola Hooper to be our guest speaker at the Hambledon Ladies Breakfast. Nichola’s daughter has had the privilege of working for Jackie Pullinger, a name many of you may be familiar with. Jackie Pullinger left the UK in 1966 to travel the world and was called by God to get off her boat in Hong Kong where she has been working and ministering amongst Drug Addicts ever since. She is also the author of ‘Chasing The Dragon’. It will be interesting to learn about her current work through Nichola’s daughter.

The Ladies Breakfast is open to all and tickets will go on sale in the Village Shop on Monday l8th July until Tuesday 8th August. Sue Blackman kindly co-ordinates the ticket on behalf of the Ladies Breakfast so do call her on 01428 683871 if you are unable to get to the Village Shop, and she will happily reserve your tickets. If you would like to bring a new guest for the first time, we would be delighted to offer them a complimentary ticket, please liaise with Sue.

On behalf of the HLB Team we look forward to welcoming you on Saturday 12th August.

Hambledon Ladies Breakfast Team
Jean Adams, Sue Blackman, Vicki Hinde, Jacqueline Hindley, Gill Matthews Jacqui Rook

Successful Midsummer Music At Malthouse Farm

A large gathering of villagers, family and friends assembled to enjoy a picnic on the terrace and lawns of Malthouse Farm while listening to live music ranging from opera, to jazz, to pop.

The evening raised money towards the conversion of Busbridge Rectory into a meeting place for church and community use, together with other related projects. Busbridge is part of a joint benefice with Hambledon.

Called Midsummer Music, the event last Saturday evening (June 24) was a great success. The Luard Trio performed operatic classics by Mozart, Strauss and Delibes and music from shows such as South Pacific and Porgy and Bess. The Gilbert and Sullivan Ensemble picked favourites from the Savoy Operas, including a highly-contemporary version of the Policeman’s Song, adapted to reflect current political upsets. The Restless Band had the audience dancing to modern chart hits. During the interval a medley of jazz classics was played.

The evening was organised by Carol Jones and it was compared by Andrew Blagden. And special thanks went to George and Caroline Pitt who hosted the evening at their Malthouse Farm home in the centre of Hambledon village. The sloping gardens looked splendid with trees adorned with lights and balloons and guests enjoyed a fine view down to the marquee where the musicians performed. Many of the audience were members of the congregation St Peter’s Church, Hambledon, together with Catherine McBride, associate minister.

The event raised money for the Old Rectory Fund. Planning permission has been obtained to convert the rectory beside St John the Baptist Church, Busbridge, from residential use to a church community building, to include staff offices, a kitchen dining area, youth area and meeting rooms. Church Cottage, on the opposite side of Brighton Road, will be converted back to residential use.





One of our school governors has very kindly donated a brand new Adam Black Acoustic Guitar to add to our fantastic list of raffle prizes.  If you want a chance to win this, or any of the prizes below, you can buy raffle tickets from the Village Shop until midday Friday, or on the day at the fete.

Adam Black Acoustic Guitar
£100 cash
Jewellery by Annie Haak (
£50 Amazon Voucher
“Share a Shettie” (Shetland Pony) (
‘Recording Studio’ Party for 10 children in ‘The Music Works’ Music Bus (
£50 Boden Voucher (
Rugby Ball signed by, amongst others, Austin Healey
£20 Grayshott Pottery Voucher (
Family Ticket (2 adults + 3 children) to Dunsfold Wings & Wheels Show (
Luxury Hamper


Merry Harriers – Hellos and Goodbyes

The Merry Harriers is undergoing refurbishment under its new ownership, beginning with a striking new sandy-coloured forecourt surface already labelled by locals as “the beach”.

International businessman and entrepreneur Peter de Savary and his family acquired the pub a month ago from previous owners Colin and Julie Stoneley. Regulars at the 16th Century freehouse said a fond farewell to Colin and Julie, who ran the pub for nine years, taking over from the Beasley family, who had been in residence for the previous 40.


In a Facebook posting as they prepared to depart the Stoneleys wrote: “We hand over the Merry Harriers to the next “caretakers”. It has been an absolute pleasure to be a part of its 427 year history and to have worked with, met and served so many fabulous people. Thank you for your support…and keep supporting your village pub for many years to come.”

Their final weekend on May 20th and 21st was celebrated with live bands and the Stoneleys said that they were proud of the variety and quality of the music sessions staged during their time at the helm.

Colin and Julie Stoneley

The de Savary family, who recently moved into the area, have ambitious plans for the Harriers and Peter de Savary is expected to attend a forthcoming meeting of the parish council to outline his proposals. In the meantime a great deal of work has been undertaken, including the new surface, a sprucing up of paintwork and signs, new benches, landscaping and kitchen equipment.





Appearing live on The Music Works’ stage:

1.30 Malcolm on Sax – Maths Teacher by Day, Saxophonist by weekend – will be playing Jazz/Blues on the sax

2.00 Phoenix Rising – St Dominic’s staff and pupil band – not to be missed

2.30 The Blues Jamm Project ( (Influenced by soul, blues, classic rock and funk)

3.30 Surrey Ukeaholics ( will be playing a variety of music you might not have heard played on the ukulele before!

4.00 A Night on Broadway – Andy Hart and others from The Music Works will be singing some old favourites from classic musicals

4.15 John Clifton – performs a selection of well known songs by ‘The Rat Pack’ with a big band backing track

4.30 The Unwanted – a teenage band playing covers of popular songs

Please come and support the school and enjoy the fete, stay and listen to the live music on offer, visit our BBQ and Tea/Cake Stand, and quench your thirst at our Pimms and Beer Tent (Soft drinks will also be available)!

Entrance Tickets have been designed by our pupils and students and will cost £1 per person (under 3s and dogs go free), with one lucky  ticket winning a £10 Amazon voucher.