Winter Weather – An Update on Bin Collection and Other Matters

Hambledon has shivered along with the rest of the country with temperatures plunging to -8C (please see latest photos under the Gallery menu)  but it was only in the last two days that snow caused a problem.

Although there were several relatively minor accidents in the lanes around the village, Hambledon remained open for business and credit goes to the village shop, which offered free deliveries to customers using volunteers in 4-wheel-drive vehicles if needed, and to the nursery school, which remained open all week when many other schools closed.

Stephanie Campbell, school secretary, said a great deal of effort went into keeping the steep entrance, car park and pathways clear of ice and snow. “We enjoyed fun snow play at the nursery school, warming up with hot chocolate when it got chilly outside.”

The Merry Harriers welcomed customers with a big log fire and hot food. The church, however, has had to cancel its Sunday services because snow remains on the steep Church Lane approach.

Hambledon Road, which was regularly gritted by Surrey County Council, is now clear of snow. Other lanes were gritted by local people and thanks go to them for keeping the village on the move. Most of the grit bins belong to SCC and it is responsible for refilling them. The parish council owns and maintains the bin at the top of Woodlands Road and this will be refilled over the weekend.

The Friday waste collection did not happen but please leave your bins out as Waverley Borough Council has advised they will be emptied over the next few days.

The payphone kiosk outside the village shop is currently out of order but the fault has been reported to BT which has said it has alerted its engineers and expects the repair to be carried out early in the coming week.

Hambledon Parish Council has a team of volunteers with 4-wheel drives, chain saws etc, ready to help out in the event of weather-related disruption and a link to them and other helpful numbers can be found on the opening page of this website. Please contact Stewart Payne, in the first instance, on 07831 393561. Arthur Frearson has joined the volunteer team and can be reached on 01428 683812 or 01252 722973. Please do not contact Tim Coleman or Nick Watson for the time being as both are unavailable.

If a grit bin near to you is in need of a refill please contact Stewart who will put in a request to Surrey County Council.

Our photographs show a snow covered Rock Hill, outside the nursery school; Church Lane and the listed red payphone outside the shop and post office.

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…

Hambledon Entertainment Galore

There are a busy few days of entertainment coming up in the shire, with something for everyone.

Tickets are still available for “BOUNCERS” at the Village Hall on Saturday evening. Set in 1984, John Godber’s classic comic drama tells the story of a typical Northern nightclub and the colourful characters that inhabit its dance-floor. You can purchase tickets for £10 at the Village Shop or on the door on the night. Bring some cash for the bar, all bar proceeds benefit the Village Hall and the Village Shop.

Sunday afternoon brings with it the monthly Jazz at the Harriers. David Kirby and his friends will be playing from 3pm to 5pm. Maybe, if the sun stays out, we’ll be in the garden.

Tuesday 10th at 8pm is the monthly quiz at The Merry Harriers. Come along and see if you can beat the team from the the Village Shop (everyone did last month….).

Coming Up at The Harriers

The Jazz Jam will be held this Sunday 10th September. Hambledon’s Gareth Malone, David Kirby and his jazzters will be doing their thing between 3pm and 5pm. In the garden if the weather’s good.

The regular monthly quiz will be on Tuesday 12th September, starting at 8pm. Come along as a team or just come along and join a team, or just come along sit at the bar and watch Andy Hinde getting angry.

Every Saturday from 23rd September we’ll be holding a meat draw along with Godalming butchers. 5pm £1 a ticket.

The last Tuesday of every month, starting 26th September will be Bingo Night! With Special drinks deals.

And finally… on Wednesday October 11th we’ll be holding a Beer & Food matching evening with Dunsfold’s Crafty Brewing Company. 5 Course meal with beers to match and meet the brewer. £40 a head, limited places.