Villagers Urged to be Vigilant After Burglaries

Thieves have stolen property from a house in Hambledon, breaking in during broad daylight.

There have been other break-ins in the area in recent days including an attempt to steal two Land Rover Defenders.

Villagers are urged to ensure their homes and vehicles are securely locked and to report any suspicious activity to police.

Please also inform your Neighbourhood Watch coordinator. Contact details can be found on this website by opening up the Home menu and clicking on Essential Information. The Parish Magazine also carries contact information.

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 Village Shop & Post Office Christmas Opening Hours

There are some changes to the Shop and Post Office opening hours during the Christmas period. Both the Shop and The Post Office will be closed on Monday 25th December, Tuesday 26th December and Monday 1st January.

The shop will be open as normal at all other times, but the Deli will close at 1pm on Thursday 28th and Friday 29th December. The normal Shop and Post Office opening hours can be found here.

Thank you for your custom in 2017. We all wish you a very happy Christmas and a peaceful New Year.

Blessed are the cheesemakers

Winter Weather – Some Useful Advice and Emergency Numbers

Hambledon Parish Council has an Emergency Plan procedure in place in the event of harsh winter weather bringing disruption to the village.

However, there are many simple precautions people can take to make sure they can cope with cuts to power supplies and phone lines, a problem that has affected Hambledon in the recent past and usually caused by high winds or heavy snow.

If power fails so to do household phones as many cannot function without electricity. As a safeguard, make sure you have a stand-by phone that does not need a power supply. The council has a small supply of such phones and if you require one please leave your details at the village shop.

Mobile phones lines can also fail during severe weather and it is worth remembering that the public phone box outside the village shop does not require electricity and will continue to work unless overhead lines have been brought down. Operator, reverse charge and 999 calls are free but you will need to use a bank card for all other calls.

Keep torches handy and make sure that you have a supply of batteries. A battery-operated radio will also come in useful for listening to local radio bulletins. Tune in to BBC Surrey on 104.6FM or Eagle Radio on 96.4FM.

The village website will also carry updates at www.hambledonsurrey.co.uk.

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Any more fares?

Many readers may have seen a vintage bus around the village recently, negotiating the narrow lanes or parked up in the bus stop outside the Merry Harriers.

Its owner Richard Shirley was staying at the pub as he had been hired to take a party of birthday revellers from Busbridge to the Noah’s Ark pub in Lurgashall, with a late-night pick-up.

His bus attracted a lot of attention and Richard was asked if he would be prepared to bring it back next year for the Hambledon Midsummer Festival in June. He agreed and his bus will take part in the classic vehicle rally which will start from the Cricket Green on Sunday June 24 (see earlier news item).

It is hoped that the bus, with villagers aboard, will follow the rally of local classic cars and bikes from the Green, where the fete and ball will have been held the previous day, through local countryside and ending up at the Merry Harriers.

Richard, from Kingston, is a bus enthusiast. His 1953 AEC Regal RF-type single decker was one of 700 built for working in London and the Home Counties. It was retired by London Transport in the early 1970s and, after passing through various ownerships, was eventually acquired for preservation.

Richard, who also owns a red London Transport RT double-decker built in the early 1950s, works in the transport industry. Both his vehicles are inspected and licenced for passenger-carrying service and are maintained in superb condition.

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Join the Carol Singing at The Village Shop on Christmas Eve

Once again this year the Village Shop will be providing entertainment on Christmas Eve, in the form of carol singing, mulled wine and mince pies. The entertainment will start at 12 noon.

Please come along and join in with the singing from the Hambledon Village Shop Choir ably supported by David Kirby and friends.

The choir is over 20 strong this year and have had their first practise, which ended with a rendition of The Twelve Days of Christmas (from memory). You can see how they got on in the video below.

Order your Christmas Goodies from Hambledon Village Shop

Order Forms for Christmas supplies are now available in the Shop or you can download the form by clicking here.

This year we’ll be sourcing turkeys from RG Young & Sons in Chiddingfold. The turkeys are 7 month old, Bronze, free-range outdoor from Appledore in Kent. The birds are dry plucked and game hung for 10 days and won the Great Taste awards in 2014, 2015 and 2016. Whole birds or crowns are available.

We’ll also be taking orders for the various turkey trimmings, Jane’s cakes and puddings and various Christmas tipples.

Christmas Orders including Turkeys need to be completed and retuned to the shop by end of business on Sunday 10th December.

Halloween at The Shop & Calling all Choristers

The Shop will be holding their Annual Pumpkin Carving Contest on Sunday 29th October. Entries must be in by 11am. Also there will be a prize for every entrant in fancy dress – no costume, no prize!

And…. it’s not too late to enter the “Guess the weight of the pumpkin competition”. £1 per guess, all proceeds to MacMillan.

SAVE THE DATE – under the guidance of David Kirby, the shop choir will once again be performing their renditions of carols and other Christmas songs, at the shop, at lunchtime on Christmas Eve. Come along, sing along and enjoy minced pies and mulled wine. The choir is open to all, we’ll be having a practice or two before the main event, if you’re interested in getting involved, please click here to email Jon.

Amanda Wright

Amanda Wright, a familiar face behind the till at Hambledon Village Shop and a friend to many, has died.

Amanda, from Chiddingfold, was a volunteer at Hambledon’s community-run shop before becoming its manager as part of the Three A’s team, working alongside Alison Wilson and Alan Brien. With the appointment of a single manager in February 2014 Amanda stood down but continued to volunteer. She was also very active in village life in Chiddingfold.

Her death, on August 9th, has come as a great shock to her many friends and shop colleagues. Her funeral will take place at St Mary’s Church, Chiddingfold, on September 6th at 2pm.

Amanda had been suffering from complications following a fall last year. Her unexpected death has left Hambledon villagers deeply saddened and our sympathy goes out to her family.

 

Hambledon Village Shop – Update May 2017

This is an amended version of the shop article in May’s Parish Magazine

Let Me Take You Down

There’s something very satisfying about sourcing produce form within a few miles of the shop. Berries from local Tuesley Farm’s strawberry fields  are now available at the shop at weekends. Hambledon based Crumby Bakery continue to delight with their creations (current personal favourites are the Lemon Drizzle Bakewell and the Cheese Scones). And you can’t get more local than the homemade sausage rolls, made in the shop and which have developed something of a local cult following (if you want one get to the shop before mid-day, they always sell out).

We also now stock wine made just six miles from the shop at Blackdown Ridge Winery. The winery’s first vines were planted in 2010 and the first wines were made in 2013. Their still white wine, “Chiaro”, is made from the Bacchus grape variety, ideally suited to the cool English climate, and won a bronze award in the 2015 International Decanter Awards. The red wine, “Carmine”, is made from the Triomphe grape variety, it has a bright, mid-cherry colour, with ripe cherry aromas and hints of spice and roasted red peppers.

Trading Update

A combination of good weather, bank holidays, cricket, film crews and blood sweat and tears resulted in a busy April with net sales of just over £26,000, this took the sales for the shop’s first quarter to £71,000 an increase of 40% over the same quarter last year (during which the shop refurb took place). At time of writing, it looks like net sales in May will be the highest monthly sales in the shops history and might just hit the £30,000 mark. Many thanks to all who provide blood, sweat, tears and custom.

 New Investments
The Shop’s healthy coffers have allowed for a few equipment upgrades. A new microwave and a commercial grade toastie maker are in place and a new commercial dishwasher is on the way. All will help to improve productivity in the cafe/deli, which now makes up 40% of the shop turnover. Hopefully there will also be a few less chafed hands in the village.

Good progress continues on the shop toilet, watch this space for news on the grand christening. Suggestions on a postcard please for which local personality should be the first to make their mark. Also, this month has seen the construction of an eco friendly child’s play area and a rustic bike rack.

Wines of the Month

June’s wines of the month will be a white and once again a rosé (in May the rosé wine of the month sold out halfway through the month, so we’re going to keep riding that pony).

The white is the Chateau Saint Cyrgues Blanc (£7.60), recently said by Forbes magazine to be one of the best white wines under $20. This Costieres de Nimes Blanc is a blend of Roussanne, Viognier and Grenache Blanc and is unoaked. A lemon-yellow in colour. Scents of rose petals, honeycomb, candied lemon and white pepper. Medium-bodied on the palate with notes of honey and sweet spice leading to a lingering and spicy finish.

The rosé this month is the De Martino Estate Cinsault Rosé (£9.80). The grapes are from vines grown in the cool climate area of Itata in the south of Chile and this dry and refreshing Provence style pink is packed with fresh summer red-berry flavours and makes for a great aperitif or accompaniment to fish and seafood. A delicate salmon pink in colour. Aromas of plums and strawberries. The palate is dry and intense with notes of cherry and raspberry leading to a refreshing finish. Make sure you have a spare in the fridge as the first one won’t last long.

Jane Woolley Completes Walk for Loo

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Despite almost meeting her Waterloo after a poorly timed encounter with a hornet, Jane Woolley completed her half marathon walk last Sunday. As a result she’s raised over £2000 which will go towards building a new customer toilet for the Village Shop.

Congratulations to Jane and many thanks to all who generously supported her.

Hambledon Village Shop Gets More Tech

Earlier this year the Shop got an internet upgrade and many of the customers and volunteers are taking advantage of the fast (38mbps) internet access now available. No password or login is required to use the internet service at the shop, just connect your device to the shop wi-fi when you’re in the vicinity and you’re up and running. The wi-fi extends to all the outside seating, including the new Queen’s bench.

In July the card terminal in the shop was upgraded to contactless. The more customers who use this the better, as it speeds up queue movement when the shop gets busy. Most cards now allow for contactless payment, just tap your card on the terminal when the amount has been entered into it, you’ll hear a beep confirming the payment has been made. Apple Pay is also supported so you can use your iPhone or Apple Watch to make a payment. The maximum allowed for a contactless payment is £30.
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The Shop also now has it’s own web application. If you go to http://hambledonvillageshop.co.uk/hvs1 you can monitor in real time how the shop is performing via a screen of widgets. Click or tap on any of the widgets to dig deeper. The app does not work correctly on some versions of Microsoft Internet Explorer, but is fine on other browsers and mobile devices.


 

 

 

And, just one more thing… The Shop is active on Social Media in various ways:

Facebook, Google and TripAdvisor all allow you to write reviews of the shop, hint, hint….

 

Hambledon Village Shop – Reports from the Annual Members Meeting

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Around 40 members attended the Annual Members Meeting of The Hambledon Village Shop Limited on Thursday 7th July 2016 in Hambledon Village Hall.

As well as presentations of the annual and year to date accounts, there were reports from Tim Parker (Chairmen of the Shop Management Committee) and from Gill Darbyshire (Shop Manager). These reports are provided below for those with an interest in the shop who were unable to attend the meeting.

 

Report from Tim Parker

Report from Gill Darbyshire

 

Hambledon Village Shop Annual Meeting 7th July 2016

THE HAMBLEDON VILLAGE SHOP LIMITED

NOTICE OF ANNUAL MEMBERS MEETING

The Annual Members Meeting of THE HAMBLEDON VILLAGE SHOP LIMITED will be held on Thursday 7th July 2016 at 7.30pm in Hambledon Village Hall.

All Members (being persons whose names are listed on the Register of Members as holding shares) are invited to attend and vote at the meeting.

The business to be dealt with is as follows:

  1. To receive the Annual Accounts for the financial year ending 31 January 2016
  2. To receive a report on the performance of the shop during the financial year ending 31 January 2016 and the Management Committee’s plans for the current and next financial years
  3. To elect members of the Management Committee

21 June 2016

Management Committee

 HAMBLEDON VILLAGE SHOP LIMITED is a Community Benefit Society registered under the Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies Act 2014

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