Warning After Rise in Local Covid-19 Cases

Waverley Borough Council has issued a warning to all local communities to be “extra vigilant” following a marked increase in Coronavirus cases in the area.

The new advice is regarded as an amber warning to ensure people follow all the latest safeguarding advice, and is not intended to suggest any need for alarm – just to be aware of the increase and the need for exercising due caution.

The new advice is available on Waverley’s Facebook and Twitter posts and on its website here: https://www.waverley.gov.uk/news/article/655/waverley_sees_rise_in_covid-19_case_numbers

Sunday Reflection

In this, our penultimate Sunday Reflection, Jane Woolley and John Hindley, the editors of Hambledon’s Parish Magazine, reflect on how it has kept the village informed and entertained throughout the Covid-19 pandemic and resulting lock-down.

“All church services cancelled”; “Cricket suspended”; “Promising season curtailed”; “A rousing last performance”.  Just some of the headings we were having to write during March as we edited the April issue of the Parish Magazine.  Our hearts were sinking deeper and deeper into our boots:  what prospect was there of any subsequent issues as everyone and everything locked or shut down until further notice? 

However, by April 16th, the last date for receipt of copy for the May edition, there was so much material that, for only the second time in recent history, we had a 60-page issue on our hands. But not the last.

Although runs could not be scored on the cricket green, no goals kicked at the football club, no audiences entertained at the village hall, just about all the other village organisations and clubs – from the church to the pub to the shop – had re-activated themselves in ways that they had never imagined of in pre-pandemic days.

Parish Council meetings? No problem thanks to Zoom.  Church services?  Worship, prayer and fellowship on offer online.  Pub grub?  A special take-away menu prepared for those who were having to self-isolate.  The weekly shop?  Just telephone or email your order to Hambledon Village Shop for delivery to your door-step on the very same day.

All this plus community assistance and fundraising initiatives launched to provide for those in need of support, including financial help, and articles on how individual families were responding to lock-down.

And where to find all this vital information? In the Parish Magazine, of course. Throughout the pandemic the Magazine, with a team of volunteers to deliver it to doorsteps, attempted to keep track of and report on the often fast-moving and sometimes contradictory changes that affected everyone in Hambledon.

Perhaps an even more important role has been its ability to keep people aware of what a significant number of individuals and groups have been doing to ensure that village life continued under the new-normal. New contributors appeared, with wonderful offerings, and three more 60-page issues followed. VE Day was commemorated.

For people who had to self-isolate and for to all who had to lock-down, the Magazine demonstrated that Hambledon’s community spirit never wavered.

The editors had few problems, other than dealing with last minute changes.  The good-news stories continued to flow and one of the best headlines we were able to write for the latest (August) issue of the Magazine was “Heading back to normal” (although caution did dictate the addition of a question mark!).   

Sunday Reflection

Yet another good news story for Hambledon:  as was reported at the start of the week, the raffle held by the locally-based Village Spirit Collective to raise money for the Community Foundation for Surrey’s Coronavirus Response Fund achieved a remarkable £1,108.   This more than exceeded expectations – the Collective’s Ian and Alpa Cox were hoping that they might make around £200!

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EASTER SUNDAY REFLECTION

 
It’s Easter Sunday so the normal introduction to this week’s Reflections would be “Happy Easter”.
 
But these are unusual times and for far too many people there can be no happiness. We’ve thought for far too long that we were secure in our mastery of the world; but we’ve suddenly been made aware of the fact that nature remains well and truly beyond our control.
 
Last Sunday brought us the most perfect spring day – we all revelled in the warmth of the sunshine and the beauty of our surrounding countryside. But it also strengthened the worldwide presence of Covid-19 and took away from us one of the best-known and best-loved members of our community. Mary Caroe, pictured below, died peacefully at Mount Alvernia Hospital in the early hours of 5 April.
 
 
Neither Vann nor the village will be same without her. In sending our deepest sympathies to her family, all of us in Hambledon will be mourning an amazing lady.
 

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New Ways of Help For Those Who Are Struggling

Two innovative schemes – one by the Merry Harriers and the other by The Village Spirit Collective – have opened up new ways to provide help across our local community.

The Merry Harriers, Hambledon’s village pub,  has launched a fund which will offer up to £2,000 a month for those struggling to pay food and general provisions bills, most likely through loss of pay or employment, during the current COVID-19 pandemic.

The local Village Spirit Collective, makers of Vann Lane Gin, is running a raffle in support of the Community Foundation for Surrey, which has launched a county-wide Coronavirus Response Fund.

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CORONAVIRUS – LATEST INFORMATION AND CONTACT NUMBERS

Hambledon Parish Council is coordinating the many measures being taken around the village to make sure help is at hand in the event of anyone suffering from Coronavirus (COVID-19), self-isolating or in need of assistance and information. As part of this process, it is liaising with the Church, the Village Shop, the Nursery School, the Merry Harriers and other village organisations. 

Any updates will appear here, so please check back at least every day.

URGENT UPDATE: FOLLOWING THE LATEST RESTRICTIONS ANNOUNCED BY THE GOVERNMENT, HAMBLEDON VILLAGE SHOP WILL OPERATE A COLLECTION AND DELIVERY SERVICE ONLY WITH IMMEDIATE EFFECT. CUSTOMERS CAN REQUEST ITEMS FROM STAFF OR VOLUNTEERS IN ATTENDANCE OUTSIDE THE SHOP OR BY PLACING ORDERS IN ADVANCE, PREFERABLY ONLINE. NO CUSTOMER WILL BE ALLOWED INSIDE, ACCEPT FOR ESSENTIAL POST OFFICE TRANSACTIONS.

FOR THE FULL ANNOUNCEMENT PLEASE CLICK ON THE FOLLOWING LINK – 

http://www.hambledonsurrey.co.uk/?p=12446

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