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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Help For Those Who Are Struggling

Waverley Borough Council can offer advice and assistance, including information about Winter Support Grants and links to other benefits. Please look at its Coronavirus Advice section here: https://www.waverley.gov.uk/coronavirus

Waverley Citizens Advice can also offer advice of employment, benefits, paying bills, housing issues and relationship breakdowns. Its office is closed under the new lock-down but its website has a full list of contact details for help by phone or email. https://waverleycab.org.uk/

The Godalming Foodbank can be found at St Mark’s Church Community Centre. Details are here: https://www.parishofgodalming.org.uk/our-church-of-st-marks/food-bank/

The Godalming and Villages Community Store can be found at https://godalming-tc.gov.uk/community-store/

The Rotary Clubs of Godalming have established a support fund, and it will consider applications from groups and individuals. For more information and an application form please see here: www.rotaryc19fund.org   

The Hambledon Community Fund, which operates under the umbrella of the Community Foundation for Surrey, will consider applications for help from within the village. Please see the following statement: 

“HCF is an endowment fund which villagers have generously donated to over the last decade and it generates funds which are used to support our community making the village a better place to live in. To date over £30,000 has been generated and given to village organisations including the shop, village hall, church, football club, cricket club, heritage society and festival association. The Covid 19 pandemic will have a big impact on many villagers and HCF is ready to help village organisations get through the coming months and also financially support the wonderful initiatives started to help those in need. HCF will now consider requests for core costs support for village organisations as well as supporting their specific projects. Grants are not huge but they can make a big difference in tricky times supporting the existing village organisations and wonderful new initiatives helping through the Covid 19 outbreak.  If you would like to discuss a possible grant or send a donation to HCF please do get in touch julie.llewelyn@icloud.com”

Hambledon and Busbridge churches also operate a charity that exists to give financial support those in hardship. Please visit https://www.bhcgodalming.org/

Hambledon Parish Council administers a small fund received annually from the Henry Smith Charity. This may be of help. Please contact, in confidence, either the Parish Clerk clerkofhpc@outlook.com   
or 01428 683903; Mary Grove – grovemum@aol.com or 01483 415815, or Sean Sinnott seansinnott@yahoo.com or 07767 481282  We will do our best to help.
 

Help and advice is available from Surrey County Council. Details of its Surrey Crisis Fund can be found here: https://www.surreycc.gov.uk/people-and-community/surrey-crisis-fund

Or visit https://www.surreycc.gov.uk/ and insert the words I Need Help in the search bar.

The Community Foundation for Surrey launched a county-wide Coronavirus Response Fund at the start of the first lock-down and has kept it going ever since.

On application, the fund can be used to give financial assistance to Surrey charities and local voluntary groups as they face up to the demands and challenges relating to the Coronavirus pandemic.

More details can be found here: https://www.cfsurrey.org.uk/surreycoronavirusresponsefund/

 

 

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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