The date has been set for next year’s Hambledon Village Fete and it will be Saturday 23rd June 2018. As in previous years the Village Summer Ball will be held on the evening of the same day. In addition a more informal, family-oriented, entertainment event is being planned for the evening of Friday 22nd June.
Planning has started and we’ll keep you informed, here on the web site and in the Parish Magazine, as those plans develop. Or you can follow @hamblefest on twitter.
Philip Underwood, fete organiser, and the village website team report on a busy weekend in Hambledon.
An eventful weekend saw the unveiling of a new bench in commemoration of the Queen’s 90th birthday, a very well-attended fete, a packed Midsummer Ball, a special church service…and an exclusive interview with the award-winning author Louis de Bernières.
Louis, whose work includes the acclaimed Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, grew up in Hambledon and wrote about his time here in his book Notwithstanding. Before opening the fete on the village cricket green on Saturday (June 18) he took time out to film an interview with www.hambledonsurrey.co.uk in which he talked candidly about his childhood. The interview can be found here.
He was then in attendance as the new bench was unveiled outside the village shop, overlooking the village pond. It was commissioned on behalf of the village in recognition of the Queen’s 90th birthday and was unveiled by Jane Woolley, clerk to the parish council, who has worked tirelessly for Hambledon in many capacities. She was introduced by John Anderson, parish council chairman.
The bench, carved from local oak, was designed and made in Hambledon by local craftsmen Dorian van Braam and Olafur Mason. Its first occupants were children in fancy dress from the village nursery school.
Louis de Bernières then declared the fete open, remarking that Hambledon was little changed from his childhood days in the 1960s and 1970s.
The traditional fete featured all the usual attractions with games, stalls, bouncy castle, face painting, arts and crafts, food and drink. Children competed in a tug of war, local pooches and their owners took centre stage in a dog show. A popular feature was the display by the Hawk and Owl Show.
When the last stragglers finally left the village green it was time to turn the marquee into a venue for the Midsummer Ball. Several hundred villagers and their guests sat around circular tables to wine and dine and then dance to the music of local band The Likeness.
The following day a Sunday morning service combining congregations from Hambledon and Busbridge churches was held in the marquee, celebrating Father’s Day.
Proceeds to the fete and ball went to support village clubs and activities. Thanks go Philip Underwood and his many helpers, including Hambledon Football Club, for organising the fete and for the hard work of Sue and Ginger Blackman and friends for staging the ball.
A few images from the weekend activities are shown below. If you would like to see the complete photo galleries please click here.
We are pleased to announce that the author Louis de Bernières, who was brought up in Hambledon, will be opening the fête alongside the grand unveiling of the Queen’s 90th Birthday Bench outside Hambledon village Shop at 1.45pm.
The big day is nearly upon us. The forecast is for fair weather and temperatures of around 20°C in the afternoon after a few morning showers.
This will take place at 8pm this Tuesday (31st May), in the Cricket Pavilion. It is to finalise details on the layout of the fete and and all the tasks needing to be undertaken. This is the meeting that counts! If you can’t come and have any queries please contact me on: firstname.lastname@example.org
The organisers of the Hambledon Village Fete – which takes place on the Cricket Green on Saturday June 18 – are holding a meeting on March 8 to help finalise arrangements. Please see the following from Philip Underwood.
HAMBLEDON VILLAGE FETE
AN IMPORTANT PLANNING MEETING
A meeting will be held at 8pm on Tuesday 8th March in the Football Club pavilion. It is important that as many helpers as possible attend as we have to finalise details of the events, stallholders and the general running of the fete.
We shall also be looking for donations of prizes for the raffle. If any local businesses would like to help with sponsorship in return for advertising, it would be appreciated.
Many people who have assisted in the past are no longer in the village, so we desperately need new helpers. If unable to come but wish to join in, please contact email@example.com.