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Remembrance November 2020

Picture of a remembrance poppy

There will, sadly, be no formal commemoration at the parish war memorial in Littleton this year because the need to remain socially distanced precludes public gatherings, even for a such significant event as Remembrance.

Likewise, there will be no ceremony at the Cenotaph in London this year but Royal British Legion is encouraging people to mark Remembrance in a socially distanced way at home, in their own way: www.britishlegion.org.uk

There will doubtless be those who will visit their local memorials on their own or in family groups to pay their respects.

Hopefully, this new event in the Artington parish calendar will resume next year.







Housing vacancy at Caleb Lovejoy almshouses





Picture of Caleb Lovejoy almshouse

A one-bedroom unfurnished single-storey cottage will be available Autumn 2020 for a single person aged 55 years or over.

Situated close to Guildford town centre, within walking distance of the main line station, the cottage consists of a porch, lounge, kitchen area, shower-room, bedroom and shared garden.

A weekly maintenance charge is payable which includes heating, water, 24-hour emergency call system, communal lighting, water rates, gardening and window cleaning.

Priority is given to applicants who have lived in Guildford and are in need. It may suit a retired person in receipt of Housing Benefit.

Further information available at www.caleblovejoy.com

Email enquiries to clerk@caleblovejoy.com

Telephone 07903 313201

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Coronavirus - keep in touch






It's making a lot of changes to our lives, that's for sure. From the parish council perspective, it means that there will be no meetings until further notice, although the councillors will be in touch with each other by email, etc. to maintain continuity.

Anything that is relevant to residents of Artington will be posted on this site unless the clerk doesn't have time to make the updates quickly, in which case news will be sent via email to those on the parish council email circulation list. The list has over 50 contacts and it is a very useful way of sending news quickly around the parish.

If you wish to receive emails about changes to the website and about other parish matters, please let the parish clerk know by sending an email with the subject line 'Keep in Touch' to dataprotection@artington-pc.gov.uk

It would help the task greatly if you could put your name in the reply as not everyone has an immediately identifiable email address!

Also, if you know of someone who is not the list but might like to be, please suggest that they make contact.

Should you wish to contact the clerk for any other reason, his email address is clerk@artington-pc.gov.uk


Tumbling Bay weir now repaired






The repair of the weir is complete and the navigation is now open to traffic. More information from Guildford Dragon, Guildford's online newspaper.

Community Speed Watch






Artington in common with many other areas suffers from vehicles being driven at excessive speeds. This is particularly a problem on the narrow twisting lanes through Littleton that connect the A3100 and B3000. It is also a problem on parts of the A3100.

Rat running training

The Stakescorner Road, Littleton Lane and Sandy Lane route was designated 'Access Only' some years ago because of its unsuitability as a through road. In spite of this restriction, rat-runners continue to use the route as a short cut between the B3000 and A3100, particularly during the early morning and late afternoon. In an effort to combat this problem residents, in conjunction with Guildford Police, wish to carry out regular monitoring exercises to detect drivers contravening the 'Access Only' restriction. Rat-runners are contacted by the police and experience shows that the number of vehicles using Littleton and Sandy Lane as a through route is reduced significantly.

Consequently, volunteers are needed to help with this so email Guy Catchpole if you would like to help to reduce the amount of traffic using the parish lanes.



Rob Craig's Riff Raff diary notes

Rob is the lengthsman responsible for the St Catherine's stretch of the Godalming Navigation.

Picture of Lock Cottage on the River Wey at St Catherine's

Riff Raff diary notes August 2020 (pdf)

Riff Raff diary notes March 2020 (pdf)

Riff Raff diary notes February 2020 (pdf)

Riff Raff diary notes December 2019 (pdf)

Riff Raff diary notes November 2019 (pdf)

Riff Raff diary notes October 2019 (pdf)

Riff Raff diary notes September 2019 (pdf)

Riff Raff diary notes August 2019 (pdf)



The Big Lunch - photographs






The Big Lunch took place on Royal Oak Field in front of Littleton Farm House on Sunday 23rd June 2019. The weather was kind and excellent organisation ensured that a good time was had by all.

As usual, our Chief Photographer has posted a selection of images on flickr for you to remind yourselves of the day:

Images of Artington Big Lunch 2019
(Artington Parish Council is not responsible for the content of external websites)

There will not be a Big Lunch this year but the organising committee intend to start again in 2021.



The future of Mount Browne






Following several years of speculation about the future of the Surrey Police headquarters at Mount Browne, it has been announced that a site for a new police HQ has been purchased in Leatherhead. When the new headquarters have been completed, the Mount Browne site will be sold. More details can be found on the Surrey Police website



Artington war memorial





Picture of new war memorial in Littleton

The new war memorial commemorating the men of Artington who died in both world wars has been completed and dedicated. It is built into the wall of St Francis's church in Littleton. It was the parish council that began the project but it was taken on by the Loseley estate that planned and funded the construction of the memorial.

The dedication took place on Tuesday 6th November 2018 and over fifty people attended the event, including the daughter and grandchildren of Ralph Hood whose research was the catalyst for the project (see below). Sadly, Mr Hodd has since died but members of his family were able to be present at the dedication. His grandson, Laurence McCraith, has written an account of his visit that can be read here (pdf).

A wreath from the parish was bought with some of the profit from the Big Lunch.

The names of the men killed in the Great War are listed on a framed list in the church and there are also two who died in the Second World War whose identities were discovered by Vicky Good.

Vicky has researched into the men of Artington who gave their lives in both wars and she has produced a booklet with short biographies of them (pdf).

Vicky is now attempting to find information about all those men and women of the parish who served in the armed forces and Home Guard. The results will appear on this website in due course.

The idea for the memorial came about as the result of an email received by the parish clerk several years ago from Ralph Hodd who enquired if there was a memorial anywhere that listed his ancestor, Alfred White, who served in the Royal Field Artillery. As a result of the ensuing correspondence about 35 people attended a short service that was held at St Francis's church in June 2016 to commemorate Alfred and the other men listed on the memorial.

It seems particularly poignant that Alfred White was a pupil at the village school that was converted to become St Francis church in 1904.

An account of the 2016 event can be found in the Guildford Dragon, Guildford's online newspaper.



Rights of way






During the summer, many of the footpaths in the parish become overgrown and difficult to walk. Surrey County Council, as the highways authority, is responsible for keeping them clear. In these straightened times, the council has no regular path clearing programme, reacting to only to complaints from the public. In deciding what to do about a particular problem, it applies a list of priorities.

It is possible to let them know of Rights of Way problems via the SCC website but don't hold your breath as overgrown footpaths are not top of the list. If sufficient complaints are received about particular routes, perhaps something might be done so don't hold back: Report a problem via the Surrey County Council website



Potholes, salt bins and fly tipping






After years of asking Surrey County Council to repair the potholes along the parish lanes, it happened a couple of years ago. Unfortunately, the holes have re-appeared. It would seem that they have been identified and marked so, hopefully, they will be repaired soon. If you spot any unmarked holes, the best way of getting them filled in is to report it online via the Surrey County Council website . As you can see from their webpage, there are lots of other things you can complain about as well. However, if there is a problem with the Sandy Lane grit bins, email the parish clerk.

Clearing up after fly tippers is the responsibility of Guildford Borough Council.




Would you like to learn bell ringing?

Line drawing of a bell

Compton bell ringers meet at 8.00pm one Tuesday evening a month for practice at St Nicholas and one Tuesday at Puttenham. Afterwards they go for some liquid replacement therapy at a nearby pub, usually the Good Intent at Puttenham. They would be more than happy to teach you to ring. Ringing is a very sociable activity and there is a strong community of ringers in the local area.

Although bells are rung for Sunday services and special events, it is an activity open to those of any faith or none: there is no expectation to attend church if you do not wish to do so.

If would like to find out more about ringing and what it involves, contact Phil Gorton (01483 420763). If you don't live conveniently close to Compton, there will be a nearby band of ringers who would be delighted to meet you. Have a look at the website of the Central Council of Church Bell Ringers for more information.





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