Tickets Still Available for the Village Quiz

Tickets are still available for the annual quiz at the Village Hall this Saturday, November 30th. Come along for a fun evening of testing your powers of recall, a jolly good shepherd’s pie, licenced bar and fantastic raffle. Tickets £12.50 from the Village Shop. Either book a table for a team of 6 or buy individual tickets and we will put you in a team with others. It’s a great way to get to know people in the village.

Fond Farewells At The Merry Harriers

Customers and staff gathered to say fond farewells to Danielle and Sam Montgomery-Page, who have left the Merry Harriers after almost three years in charge.

The pair, who also had an earlier stint at the pub in 2009-2011, have departed for France where they plan to start a new chapter in their lives.

Danielle, as front-of-house, and Sam as head chef, have guided the Merry Harriers as it expanded its accommodation under its owner Peter de Savary. It now offers accommodation upstairs in the 16th Century building, in the garden rooms at the back and in shepherd huts across the road, 15 rooms in all.

During this transition it has kept its appeal as a village pub popular with locals, and it was the regulars who gathered to wish Danielle and Sam well on their last weekend, November 16th/17th. They were presented with gifts and a scrapbook in which many had contributed.

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Join The Hambledon Village Shop Choir

The Hambledon Village Shop Choir traditionally performs outside the shop on Christmas Eve and at the biennial Hambledon Midsummer Festival event on the Friday evening (the next being Friday 19th June 2020).

The choir is very relaxed and a great way to meet other villagers, new members are always welcome. In December there will be a couple of practice sessions. If you would like to join us please click here to send an email and you will be added to the choir email distribution list.

Orchard Farm Affordable Homes Approved

A small development of seven affordable and two market price houses at Orchard Farm, Wormley Lane, Hambledon, has been approved by Waverley Borough councillors.

The scheme, from the English Rural Housing Association, will provide an opportunity for people with Hambledon connections to apply to live in the new homes.

The planning application received unanimous cross-party support from members of Waverley Borough Council’s Central Area planning committee on November 13th.

The approval came after members heard from John Anderson, chairman of Hambledon Parish Council, speak in support of the application which will provide two shared-ownership houses, five at an affordable rent and two market-priced bungalows.

Nick Hughes, regional development manager at English Rural, outlined the scheme, which is a scaled-down revision of a previously-rejected application for 17 homes, 12 affordable and five open market.

Jan Floyd-Douglass, who is a Conservative Waverley councillor representing Hambledon and Witley, was the first of the planning committee members to speak, saying she fully supported the scheme as it provided much-needed, genuinely affordable homes, and people with Hambledon connections in housing need will get first priority.

A number of Hambledon residents living close to the development site were in the public gallery to hear their objections presented to the committee by Richard Young.

But the mood of the meeting was overwhelmingly in support of the scheme, which has had a protracted planning history.

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Salt Lane Part-Closed For Gas Mains Upgrade

The anticipated gas mains work along the lower section of Salt Lane from the Hydestile Crossroads has started and the road at this location is closed to traffic.

Vehicles must use the diversion along Clock Barn Lane to reach Salt Lane at Hydon Heath, close to the National Trust car park, to continue in the Hascombe and Dunsfold direction.

The work, to upgrade gas mains, is likely to take up to three weeks. This website carried an earlier news item alerting villagers and others to the road closure. The official notice is below the photograph.

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‘The 39 Steps’ at the Village Hall

Accused of a murder he didn’t commit, Richard Hannay is on the run. Following clues left to him in a little black book by a mysterious American gentleman, he must uncover the secrets of the 39 Steps, prove his innocence and save Britain from the forces of evil!!

And, if there weren’t enough twists in the tale, BlackBox present this story of daring do as a live radio drama.

It’s November 1962 and with just ten minutes to go before the show is broadcast live to the nation, half the cast haven’t turned up, there’s no one to do the sound effects and they’ve just run out of Bourbon biscuits!! What could possibly go wrong?

The 39 Steps : A Live Radio Drama is an irreverent and affectionate take on one of our best loved stories. Full of thrills and spills, it’ll keep you on the edge of your seats and crying with laughter.

Tickets £12.50 (£10 concessions) from the Village Shop

Doors open 7pm, performance starts 7.30. Licenced bar available.


Dunsfold Park Exhibition

Exhibition at Unit 217 Dunsfold Park

Dunsfold Park’s Garden Village Masterplan is being formed and the developers have staged an exhibition as part of their consultation process.  You are most welcome to visit. 

The exhibition runs on the 13th and 14th November at Business Unit 217 on the Dunsfold Business Park site, and moves on to Cranleigh Arts Centre ( Friday 15th ), Godalming Borough Hall ( Saturday 16th ) and then back at Unit 217 on the 17th and 18th. 

The developer’s team will be on hand for questions and answers on the design ideas, energy efficiencies, communal areas, support facilities, and the first stage – the new access road.   You can also ask them to explain how “encouraging” sustainable travel is meant to work.

The extensive detail of the exhibition display is replicated in their Masterplan brochure. (click to view)

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The 39 Steps – Friday, November 22nd at the Village Hall


Following the success of their award winning play, Bully Beef & Whizzbangs last year, BlackBox Theatre Company return with a new adaptation of John Buchan’s classic ripping yarn, The 39 Steps.

Accused of a murder he didn’t commit, Richard Hannay is on the run. Following clues left to him in a little black book by a mysterious American gentleman, he must uncover the secrets of the 39 Steps, prove his innocence and save Britain from the forces of evil!!

And, if there weren’t enough twists in the tale, BlackBox present this story of daring do as a live radio drama.

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Caretaker/Cleaner Required for the Village Hall

We require a part-time, self-employed caretaker/cleaner for the village hall to work from two to five hours a week carrying out general cleaning and basic maintenance . Flexibility is necessary as the caretaker will need to be at the hall on different days of the week and with varying frequency depending on hall usage.

Rate of pay is £100 per month irrespective of hours worked.

Closing date for applications Friday, 29th November 2019.

For all enquiries and job description, please contact Ruth Canham via the village shop.

Road Closure 18th November onwards – Salt Lane

Salt Lane will be closed from its junction with Hambledon Road (Hydestile Crossroads) West to Chestnut Cottage ( the very sharp bend in the road opposite the old hospital entrance ) from 18th November 2019 to allow for SGN to carry out gas mains replacement works. The work is scheduled to be completed within 5 weeks of the date of commencement. Diversions will be in place along Clock Barn Lane and Hambledon Road for traffic. Access will be permitted for cyclists, equestrian users and pedestrians alongside residents and emergency services. All other traffic will be required to use the diversions which will be put in place.

New Wildlife Project- please get involved!

The charity Butterfly Conservation have set up a 3 year project in your area to help one of the rarest butterflies in the UK.  The Wood White Leptidea sinapsis has just one remaining population in the South East, and this is found in a few locations around Chiddingfold, Dunsfold, Plaistow, Grayswood and Northchapel.  We will be working with Forestry England, the Woodland Trust, National Trust, Sussex Wildlife Trust and parish councils on sites in the area to create more suitable habitat for the butterfly and link up isolated small colonies.  If we manage to create enough ‘stepping stones’ of Wood White habitat in the landscape, we hope that small colonies can link up, start to spread and become less genetically isolated from each other.

Wood White on Ragged Robin – K. Warmington
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Poppy Day Appeal

This year the general appeal kicks off on Saturday 26 October.   To make it incredibly easy for everyone in Hambledon to contribute to this important and ever-popular cause, on 26 October no-one need go any further than Hambledon Village Shop where poppies will be flowering and collection boxes will be manned from 09.30.  So please don’t buy your poppy from Sainsburys or Waitrose – home-grown is by far the best!   

Christine Campbell, who for many years acted as the local organiser of the Royal British Legion Poppy Day appeal, has reluctantly decided to stand down and I have volunteered to take over (for a second time – not that many of you will remember me in this role during the 1990s!).   But I only stepped in at the beginning of October, which hasn’t left much time to organise this year’s appeal.  

I have, however, decided to pass on house-to-house collections – times have moved on since this was the principle way of attracting donations and nowadays most people tend to contribute at local sites.  

For those of you who can’t join in the official launch at the Village Shop, could I please encourage you to contribute via the collection box that will remain there for a couple of weeks;  or via the boxes at the Merry Harriers, St Peter’s Church and Phillips Garage (as well as at St Dominic’s, the Nursery School and the Cheshire Homes).    The Football Club has also volunteered to hold collections at home matches to be played at Badger Park on 26-27 October, 2-3 November and 9 November;  and there will, of course, be the usual collection at the Remembrance Day service at St Peter’s Church on Sunday 10 November.

If you have queries please contact me on 01428 684213 or email

Folk songs and Dolly Parton songs at the Village Hall, this Friday (11th) at 7pm!

   Come along to the Village Hall this Friday (11th) evening, 7pm for 7.30 for a wonderful evening of strytelling, comedy, a bit of audience participation and fantastic music.

The award-winning Little Bulb Theatre Company presents Mountain Music, the story of the people who left the British Isles for a new life in America taking with them their traditional folk music. We will be taken on their journey with them and experience the development of those folk songs into modern day country music. There will be old folk songs, there will be Patsy Klein, Dolly Parton and even Witney Houston!

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Hambledon Village Christmas Dance – Saturday 14th December

This years Christmas Dance will be held at the Village Hall on Saturday 14th December from 8.00pm to midnight.

Toxic Sausage will be providing the music, there will be a licensed bar and the Vann Lane Gin Bar. Grazing Boards will provide fuel for the dancing.

Tickets are available at £15 per person, either on-line at or at Hambledon Village Shop.

Proceeds from the event will be split between Cancer Research and village organisations.