Power Outage at Beech Hill

UPDATE: 11:31AM Power has now been restored

Properties in the Beech Hill/Woodlands Road area are currently without power. Engineers are currently working on fixing a fault with the local transmitter. An update has been promised by the power company by 1pm.

In the meantime the Village Shop has hot soup and superfast broadband….

Hambledon Cricket Club AGM & Nets

Hambledon Cricket Club AGM will be taking place next Tuesday night (20th Feb) at the Cricket Pavilion, starting at 8pm. All welcome!

Also pre-season nets will begin soon.

When: Weekly sessions starting on Tuesday 6th March 7:45pm – 8:45pm.

Where: Charterhouse Sport Club, Duke’s Drive, Godalming, GU7 2RS

Cost: £5 adults / £2.50 students etc.

6 sessions are booked on Tuesday evenings from 7:45pm – 8:45pm up until 10th April, so please come along whenever you can!

The “Surrey Advertiser” ship’s badge mystery

Hambledon Surrey or Hambledon Hampshire?  Unfortunately, neither.  As is mentioned at the end of an article on page 33 of the “Surrey Advertiser”, 9 February, a warship named “HMS Hambledon” isn’t associated with either village:  it was allocated to HRDC – ie Hambledon Rural District Council – in 1942.

Nothing was known about this until the ship’s badge was delivered to Cdr. Tony Coates RN, Royal British Legion, Hambledon, Hampshire, in 2017 by a couple who were thought to have been from Hambledon, Surrey.  That was not in fact the case;  but it did lead Cdr. Coates to contact me, as our then-Parish Clerk, to see whether we knew anything about the ship and its history.  I had a sneaking feeling that we should have Hambledon Rural District Council in our sights;  and this has been proved by my subsequent researches in the HRDC archives which are held by the Surrey Hisrory Centre.   It’s a fascinating story, still in the making;  but a bit of preliminary background may help avoid any further confusion.

Hambledon Rural District Council comprised the villages that in 1974 were combined with Farnham and Godalming to form what is now Waverley Borough Council.  Its headquarters were in Guildford, in what are now the offices of Guildford Borough Council.

During WWII Warship Weeks were organised as part of National Savings campaigns to raise enough money to build ships.  Towns and villages focused on cruisers and destroyers and from 14-23 March 1942 the HRDC villages organised a Warship Week to raise the quarter of a million pounds that were needed to build (and permit you to adopt) a destroyer.  In the event 11 villages, including our Hambledon, plus Godalming and Farnham raised over £500,000 and became the adopted parents of “HMS Hambledon”, a Hunt Class destroyer, and her crew.  The District Council immediately commissioned (and paid for) a suitable badge and it’s pictured in the “Surrey Advertiser” article.  Presumably it stayed with the ship until she was broken up in 1957;  but what happened to it afterwards?   To try and find out, Cdr. Coates decided to contact local Surrey media.

There’ll be a fuller story in due course, drawing on the ship’s naval record, the HRDC minute books and any other verifiable information that may come to light as a result of other enquiries that have already been put in hand.  There’ll also be a bit of correcting to do to some of the information that currently appears on line!


Hydestile Crossroads – notification of temporary traffic order



SURREY COUNTY COUNCIL PROPOSE TO MAKE the above mentioned Temporary Order under Section 14(1) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984, the effect of which will be to prohibit vehicles from entering or proceeding in:

a) That length of Salt Lane (C32), Godalming that extends from the western property boundary of “The Country Charter” to the eastern property boundary of “Hydon Cottages”; vehicular traffic will be diverted via Salt Lane, Clock Barn Lane and Hambledon Road.

b) That length of Hambledon Road (C31), Hambledon that extends from its junction with Salt Lane (C32), to its junction with Feathercombe Lane (D699); vehicular traffic will be diverted via Hambledon Road, Station Road, Station Lane, Church Road, Petworth Road, Lane End, Malthouse Lane, Rock Hill and Hambledon Road;.

This Temporary Traffic Order is required to enable KN Network Services to carry out cabling and poling works. These works are anticipated to be carried out between the hours of 08.00 – 18.00 from Monday to Friday, and 08:00 – 13:00 on Saturdays, within two weeks of the six month period of operation of this Temporary Traffic Order that commences on 15th February 2018. Advanced warning signs will be displayed and the temporary closure will only operate when the relevant traffic signs are displayed. Access for pedestrians, cyclists, equestrians, residences, businesses and emergency vehicles will be maintained at all times via the diversion routes described above.


Please click here to view Map of Traffic Management plan for Hambledon Road

Please click here to view Map of Traffic Management plan for Salt Lane

Hambledon Has A New Baby Llama

We are really, really pleased to announce that on Tuesday 30 January at about 11am, the lovely Lucky gave birth to a new cría (baby llama), a little silver grey boy, who was up and running within thirty minutes! He will be named via a competition, so look out for more information on this.

This is Lucky’s third cría – daughter Toffee and son Dylan are already part of our herd, as is Diesel who has become a dad for the first time at the age of 4. This is however the first cría born at Surrey Hills Llamas in our 15 years of operation and everyone is doing well, although they will need some time alone before they can start receiving visitors. We will keep everyone up to date with progress.

What’s On At The Merry Harriers in February

Dry January is a fading memory, time to return to normality.

David Kirby and his friends will be back on Sunday 11th February between 3pm and 5pm to play their wonderful jazz, maybe in couple more months they’ll be back in the garden.

Quiz night will be on Tuesday 13th February. The Village Shop team, strengthened by the absence of Andy Hinde, won January’s quiz, come along and give them some competition. The quiz starts at 8pm, teams are a maximum of 6 members and all proceeds go to MacMillan.

On Saturday 24th February, Jazz & Blues band Honey Tonics will be playing live, with a special 2 or 3 course menu being served before.

See you in the pub…

Fund Raising for those affected by Hambledon House fire

In order to help those affected by the fire at Hambledon House, some fund raising activities are taking place.

Audrey Collins and Mariola Wojewoda are currently hospitalised in St George’s Tooting. Audrey has a fractured elbow and broken ribs. Mariola is in intensive care suffering from the effects of smoke inhalation. Her condition is not critical. Both Audrey and Mariola, in addition to their physical injuries, have lost their possessions and accommodation. Vanessa Swarbreck and David Blake were also in the property at the time and have been severely affected by the fire.

The Merry Harriers, where Audrey works, is providing financial assistance to both Audrey and Mariola  directly and by organising a collection at the pub for Audrey. There is also a collection box at the village shop, contributions at the shop will be administered by Hambledon Community Fund and passed on, in full, to those affected by the fire, according to need.

Any substantial donations can be paid through Hambledon Community Fund and may qualify for gift aid. For more information contact julie.llewelyn@icloud.com.

Major Fire at Hambledon House Causing Road Closures in Hambledon

UPDATE: 17:41 Emergency services are still at the scene in large numbers. Vann Lane continues to be closed to traffic from The Cricket Green to Roundals Lane and is likely to remain so through at least the early part of Thursday. Continue reading

Hambledon Summer Fête 2018 – Public Meeting

Public Meeting

Wednesday 7th February 8pm in The Village Hall

The Village Fête will be held on Saturday 23rd June. If you would like to get involved, either by helping to run a stall, or by volunteering in some other way, please come along to this meeting.

If you are unable to attend but would like to be involved, please email us at: hamblefest@hambledonsurrey.co.uk.

The Village Fête is part of the Hambledon Midsummer Festival, for more information visit the website at hambledonfestival.co.uk or the Facebook page at facebook.com/hamblefest.

Major Travel Disruption After High Winds

UPDATE – As of 17:39 all train lines have been reopened, but trains are running with some delays.

UPDATE – As of 12:45 Thursday 18th Jan, there is still no rail service to or from Witley, Milford, Godalming or Farncombe because of a fallen tree at Milford, which has caused extensive signalling damage. Disruption is expected to continue until 16:00. You can check the status of this disruption using the following link: https://www.journeycheck.com/swr/search?from=&to=WTY .

High winds overnight have brought down large numbers of trees, blocking roads and rail lines across the county, including at Hambledon Road and Milford Station.

South Western Railway reports that a fallen tree is blocking the line at the station and engineers are working to clear it (as of 9am Thursday 18th). Rail replacement transport is in place.

A fallen tree is completely blocking Hambledon Road close to Clock Barn Farm, so the direct route to Godalming from the village is impassable. Given the scale of tree debris across the area it may take some time before the road can be reopened.

There are long weather-related delays on the A3, M25 and A281.

Many other routes are affected by fallen trees and other debris and travellers are advised to use the contacts on this website’s winter weather page to check for further details. The link can be found at the top right of the opening page.