Volunteers Restore Hambledon Bridleway

Many people have been put off walking the footpath from the Merry Harriers towards Enton and Witley because of its boggy condition. All that has changed, thanks to the efforts of volunteers, as Mike Parry explains.

The Old Road to Witley – Bridleway 186

This will be known to most of us as the path alongside the Merry Harriers to Buss’s Common and beyond and was many years ago an established highway between Hambledon and Witley.

More recently it has been even better known for its very wet condition as for most of the year it has only been passable on foot if wearing waterproof boots. The photograph below was taken in March last year.

The bridleway was last repaired in 2002 by Surrey County Council and has deteriorated through use and flooding problems since then.

In October 2018 the Parish Council asked for some help from SCC to at least evaluate the possible cost of repairs and a sketch was prepared by the Parish Council with a suggested improvement scheme. Due to a lack of funding at that time there was no further progress until March 2019. Continue reading

Vann Garden – Additional Opening

The garden at Vann will be open to visitors on Wednesdays and Thursdays throughout the rest of June, beginning from today.

Vann is the home of the Caroe family. Many in Hambledon are still greatly saddened by the death of Mary Caroe from Covid-19. Mary, a loved and respected village resident and community volunteer, gave much of her time to the magnificent property, which includes a water garden created by the noted designer Gertrude Jekyll in 1911.

Vann, Hambledon, Surrey; garden originally designed by Gertrude Jekyll

The 5-acre garden, in beautiful countryside in Vann Lane, Hambledon, GU8 4EF, is open from 10am to 4pm, Wednesdays and Thursdays, until at least the end of this month. Tickets cost £10, payable in cash on the day, and visitors will receive a Vann booklet and postcards.

The garden is looking splendid, benefiting from a great deal of hard work and the warm late spring/early summer weather. Visitors can wander around at their leisure, observing social distancing.

Vann has been open on selected days for many years under the National Gardens Scheme. Mary was an active member of the Surrey Gardens Trust, and a member of its Council since its inception in 1991.

Further details of Vann garden and its Arts and Crafts movement house can be found at www.vanngarden.co.uk

Our photograph shows Vann in its Spring finery. Picture credit: Andrew Lawson

Surrey Hills AONB – Please stay away

The Surrey Hills Partnership is asking people NOT to visit the many public facilities and car parks at recognised beauty spots within the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and instead to access countryside close to where we live.

Well-known visitor attractions such as Frensham Ponds, Box Hill and Newlands Corner have seen a massive increase in visitors in the recent hot weather following a relaxing of lockdown restrictions.

This has resulted in a concern that social distancing is not being properly observed and there have been additional issues such as congestion, illegal parking, litter and fire risk.

Please click here for further information: https://www.surreyhills.org/dont-travel-plea-from-the-surrey-hills/

 

FIRE RISK ON HAMBLEDON COMMON

Young people are urged not to light fires or have barbecues on Hambledon and Buss’s Common, both of which are tinder dry.

Hambledon Parish Council has been alerted to gatherings of youngsters sharing barbecues. There is evidence of people sleeping out and camping on the commons and the Fire Brigade has expressed concern.

As a parent, please ensure your young family members are not lighting fires of any kind when they are out-and-about meeting friends. Even a barbecue in the sand pit is not safe, as sparks could set heather ablaze.

A fire would not only be extremely destructive to wildlife and habitats, it would endanger surrounding houses.

Notices have been put up warning of the risk. If you see anyone having a barbecue please ask them to stop. During current Covid-19 restrictions, it is especially important not to expose our emergency services to avoidable risk.

Thank you. Stewart Payne, emergencies coordinator, Hambledon Parish Council. 07831 393561

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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May Parish Magazine Delivered This Weekend

The May edition of Hambledon Parish Magazine will be hand-delivered to subscribers across the village this weekend.

A small team of volunteers will be out and about in their designated areas of Hambledon, so please look out for your magazine on your doorstep or in your letter box over the next few days. If you are a subscriber and do not receive your copy please contact Stewart Payne on 07831 393561.

Thank you to the volunteers, and to the editorial team of John Hindley and Jane Woolley who have put together a magazine packed full of interesting articles and information, much of it relevant to the current situation.

Until recently the magazine was also available at the village shop where it could be collected by those who had pre-paid, or bought over the counter. As this is not possible at the moment, all village subscribers will receive their copy at their doorstep.

A small number of copies will be left in the church porch beside a collection box and available for purchase at the usual cover price of 70p, first come, first served.

If you would like to subscribe to future issues, please contact Mary Parker on 01428 682545. A year’s subscription costs £7.50. By becoming a subscriber you are guaranteed a home-delivered copy and it helps the editors to manage the print run.

Back issues of the magazine, including an archive covering many decades, can be viewed on this website on the Parish Magazine page.

Fund-Raising Raffle – Big Total Raised

A raffle held by the locally-based Village Spirit Collective to raise funds for the Community Foundation for Surrey’s Coronavirus Response Fund achieved a remarkable £1,108 – a fantastic result.

The raffle, with a prize of a bottle of hand-crafted gin made by the Collective, ended on Saturday evening with the draw shown live on Facebook. With just a few hours to go the total stood at £760 as Alpa Jasani Cox, from the Collective, posted a reminder of the draw.

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Sunday Reflection

John Anderson, chairman of Hambledon Parish Council, contributes this week’s Sunday Reflection.

Under normal circumstances, at this time of year, the Parish Council would be welcoming Hambledonians to the Annual Parish Assembly and listening to updates from all the Village organisations.  However, this is not a normal year.  This year is very different, and yet, somehow it is the same, in the sense that our Village organisations are, as ever, delivering exemplary services to the Parish.

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