Hambledon Nursery School Open Event, June 8th

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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 office@hambledonnurseryschool.co.uk

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 (http://themusicworks.co/) – 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 (www.bluesjammproject.com) 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 (http://www.ukeaholics.com/) 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.
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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

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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 (http://themusicworks.co/), 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.

Hambledon Cricket Club’s youngsters to act as Mascots at the ‘World Cup’ Final!

Screen Shot 2017-05-02 at 15.28.14I am delighted to announce that our village cricket club has been asked to play a starring role in one of the biggest international cricket matches of the entire Summer. This is a very big day for the club, and one of which the whole village can be proud.

You have probably all enjoyed seeing our village youngsters cavorting about the cricket green on a Saturday morning, some of them as young as 6 years old! It is surely one of the happiest sights of the whole Summer. Well, suddenly these youngsters have come of age. On June 18th, at the Oval, 30 of our young cricketers will walk out arm-in-arm with 22 of the world’s best international players, as the teams and umpires take to the hallowed turf to commence battle in the ICC Champions Trophy final. A far cry from the village green indeed!

The International Cricket (ICC) Champions trophy is, in effect, a kind of mini world cup. The worlds best teams such as England, Australia, South Africa, West Indies and India will all be competing for a place in the final match and our lucky 30 will be acting as mascots and flag-bearers during the pre-match announcements and the playing of the National Anthems.

The youngsters will also be on the pitch during the tea break, demonstrating their cricketing skills in front of a sell out crowd of maybe 25,000. And a worldwide audience of many millions will be watching them on the television!

We feel very privileged to have been selected as the lead club for this event and we are very grateful to Surrey CCC and the International Cricket Comittee for offering us this opportunity.

The important thing to note is that we were selected, in the words of the competition’s organizers, as a tribute to all the hard work that has been done by club members and villagers, at the very grass roots level, to keep Hambledon CC operating at its current level and making us ready to receive our safeguarding certificate (known as ‘Clubmark’).

For this I really feel that we should put forward the names of Arthur Blackman and Tony Strudwick for our very special thanks. They have both devoted years of their lives to the club, and to the village… As a former player, I can state that were it not for the efforts of these two gentlemen, the club would be a very different place..and Hambledon’s young cricketers would never have been given this chance to experience a day that they will surely remember for the rest of their lives. Thank you Arthur, thank you Tony, from all of us.

Let’s pray for good weather on June 18th.

Dunsfold New Town – Hambledon needs to act now

Dunsfold New Town – Hambledon needs to act now

This is possibly the most important issue facing Hambledon residents.  The Government’s Housing Paper headline of “the right homes in the right places”  has been ignored in the granting of planning permission for 1800+ homes at Dunsfold – without any road or rail infrastructure to cope with the resulting increase in population.    Not least of the issues, our roads can not sustain the increase of 1000’s of commuters travelling to Witley and Milford stations and to the A3.   It will have an overwhelming impact upon Hambledon and surrounding villages on these routes.    So residents have more to lose should these homes be built.  

IMG_5369As you may know, Waverley Borough Council’s Planning decision to approve the development has been referred to the Secretary of State for consideration.  Likewise WBC’s Local Plan is also being reviewed by a Planning Inspector.   The combined local Parishes and the Protect our Waverley Campaign (POW) are the official invited parties to put forward the case to the Secretary of State that the Dunsfold aerodrome is the wrong place for such development.  Redevelopment at the aerodrome is not a done deal and there is a good case to present in rejecting the planning approval AND the local plan – but it needs professional representation.  I am confident that POW and the Parishes have a professional team in place and are our best option for defeating the impending redevelopment.   This is imminent and the Joint Parish Councils and POW have issued a “call for funds” document (below) , and an appeal to residents to support this most important matter.

Paul Osborne, Hydestile

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POW and the Joint Parish Councils succeeded in our requests for the Secretary of State to call-in the planning application for 1800 houses at Dunsfold Aerodrome (Dunsfold New Town). This means that he will decide whether planning permission is granted after a full Public Inquiry. We now urgently need funds for the forthcoming Public Inquiry, which is scheduled to start on 18th July

As Rule 6 parties, POW and the Joint Parish Councils will be taking a leading role in the Public Inquiry to persuade a Planning Inspector and the Secretary of State that Dunsfold Park is the wrong place for the proposed development and this application should be refused. The Secretary of State’s decision will be final.

We will be the only Rule 6 parties arguing for the application to be refused, for which we have been advised we have a strong case and every chance of being successful.

In order to put up a robust case, we will need professional help to represent us:

    • A traffic consultant;
    • A planning consultant, and
    • A QC

None of these come without significant cost. There is much work to be done and appointments must be made now; we need funds to enable this. We will be running fund-raising events in the next few weeks and we hope you’ll support us generously.

In addition, any donation you can make now would be very gratefully received:


Are Your Sheds Secured?

NHW-Roundel-1Early on Easter Monday morning thieves jemmied the lock on one of Mary Caroe’s sheds at Vann and made off with all her tools. There has also been a spate of shed and garage break ins recently in Chiddingfold and the theft of a tractor from a Hambledon property.

Lane End Closure Update – IT’S OPEN!

UPDATE 2:00pm Wednesday: The road has now been fully reopened.

UPDATE 12:00pm Wednesday: They’re working on repairing the surface at the moment. The road should reopen later today.

UPDATE 12:00pm Tuesday: Lane End still closed, the leak has been repaired but the road surface needs reinstating.


As of 9pm Monday Lane End is still closed in both directions, so expect some disruption on Tuesday.

The good news is there seems to be a lot less water about. Sorry, John Tid, your free irrigation is over.

Easter Monday Emergency Road Closure at Lane End

Owing to a burst water main Lane End has been closed in both directions.

The road remains open to cyclists and pedestrians, but vehicles entering Hambledon from the A283 are being diverted via Milford and vehicles coming through Hambledon heading towards the A283 are being diverted down The Cricket Green, past the shop and along Vann Lane.

There is currently no indication as to how long the road closure will be in place.

The shop is open as normal (until 4pm).





Help preserve Dunsfold Aerodrome

Screen Shot 2017-04-12 at 14.34.13Dunsfold Airfield has been nominated for designation as a Conservation Area.  Local Planning Authorities are obliged to designate as conservation areas any parts of their own area that are of special architectural or historic interest, the character and appearance of which it is desirable to preserve or enhance. Waverley Borough Council Planning Department are considering an application for Dunsfold Aerodrome now and there is a consultation process concluding on April 28th 2017. If you want to support the designation then now is the time to make comments about what Dunsfold means to you via WBC’s simple online questionnaire here.


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The original application for designation was made by Dunsfold Airfield History Society  (DAHS)  in parallel with Historic England‘s proposals for Listed status on upto 10 buildings and structures on the airfield.   The history society has launched a new website this week:  https://dunsfoldairfield.org/