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Volunteers wanted - speeding and rat-running through Littleton and Sandy Lane


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. Please contact Guy Catchpole if you would like to help to reduce the amount of traffic using the parish lanes.

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. In an effort to combat the problem Artington has joined with St Catherine's Village Association Community Speed Watch.

Regular speed watch exercises are carried out along Stakescorner Road and the A3100. The details of offenders were duly supplied to the police and they have written to the registered owners. Again, if you wish to help with this please contact Jennie Wisher .

Littleton Carol Service

Chloe Dancey has, once again, made arrangements for the annual carol service to take place at St Francis church in Littleton on Friday 29th December.

You can find details here.

A Christmas concert

Tina Fullerton, who lives at Loseley, is a member of Guildford Vox, a community choir that practices in Holy Trinity church hall in Guildford. The choir is staging a concert in Guildford on the 2nd December to raise money for Oakleaf, a Guildford-based mental health charity.

Concert poster

Potholes, salt bins and fly tipping

After years of asking Surrey County Council to repair the potholes along the parish lanes, it has happened so let's hope that they stay that way. Should any re-appear, the best way of getting them filled in is to report it online to Surrey County Council. 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, tell the parish clerk.

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

Artington Big Lunch, Sunday 28th May 2017

big lunch

Yet another successful Big Lunch took place on the Royal Oak Field in Littleton. The rain did not dampen spirits and, as you can see from Fiona's photos, a good time was had by all:

Artington Big Lunch 2017.

Thanks once again to Jacqui Stanford and the rest of the organising committee.

Website circulation list

If you would like to be notified of parish news by email (via this website) please contact Phil Gorton who will add your name to his email circulation list.
This site now has a link to the latest edition of the Compton News because it often has items that are of interest to Artington parish residents.

Rob Craig's Riff Raff diary notes

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

Lock Cottage

Riff Raff diary notes December 2017

Riff Raff diary notes November 2017

Riff Raff diary notes October 2017

Riff Raff diary notes September 2017

The Guildford Borough Council Local Plan

It is anticipated that the revised Local Plan will be sent the the government's Planning Inspectorate in December with a response from them expected in September 2018:

Guildford Borough Local Plan

Gunner Alfred White

Proposed Artington parish war memorial

It is likely that many of you are unaware of the parish war memorial that lists those men of Artington who died during the First World War. It is written on parchment and is hanging in St Francis's church, Littleton. Although it says Littleton, those listed lived in various parts of the parish.

Last year, the parish clerk received an email from Ralph Hodd who enquired if there was a memorial anywhere that listed his ancestor, Alfred White (pictured here), 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 on Thursday 30th June 2016 to commemorate Alfred and the other men listed on the memorial. Mr Hodd was there, as was Mike More Molyneux in his capacity of the Lord Lieutenant of Surrey.

An account of the event can be found in the Guildford Dragon.

Since that event, the parish council has been offered funding to erect a permanent outdoor memorial somewhere in the parish and it is hoped that the project can be completed in time for the hundredth anniversary of the end of the Great War. Keep your eyes on the parish council minutes for developments.

Would you like to learn bell ringing?


Compton bell ringers meet at 8.00pm most Tuesday evenings for practice at St Nicholas and they will be more than happy to teach you to ring. Afterwards they go for some liquid replacement therapy at a nearby pub, usually the Good Intent at Puttenham. 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 this website for more information:

New Pond Road railway bridge

Following representations from local councils and MPs, Network Rail's plan to rebuild the bridge over the railway has been postponed. See this correspondence between Network Rail and Surrey County Council:
  • Letter from Network Rail and the response from Surrey County Council.

  • Jennie Wisher's free range turkeys and geese.

    Anyone interested in buying produce from Jennie's farm can contact her on 01483 567636 or follow the link below:

    The future of Mount Browne

    Following recent speculation about the future of the Surrey Police headquarters at Mount Browne, the chairman of the parish council wrote to the estate strategy manager of Surrey Police. Parish residents will doubtless be very interested in her reply:

    "With the many changes over the years in the way policing is delivered and the continued pressure on budgets it is unlikely that the Mount Browne estate will continue to meet our needs as a Headquarters site in the long term in a cost efficient way. The Police and Crime Commissioner is therefore starting to consider what options there might be for an alternative HQ.

    "The Magistrates Court in Woking has become available and is directly adjacent to the police station in Woking which acts predominantly as a second HQ site. One of the options being considered is whether the joint police and magistrates court sites may provide a suitable site on which to develop a new HQ building. The review is in its very early stages and it will be some time before we are in a position to understand whether the development of a new HQ (either at Woking or elsewhere) is financially feasible. Clearly the alternative potential uses for the Mount Browne site if vacated by the police will play into this and as part of our review we will be seeking advice on this aspect.

    "A further consideration that is likely to delay any concrete plans being developed is that it is not clear at the moment the extent to which delivery of our services or our back office functions may in the future be collaborated with Sussex police or other blue light organisations.

    "All in all it is likely to be at least 12 months before we have any clearer idea of the likely prospects for Mount Browne in the long term. There will certainly be no significant changes within the short or medium term. I'm sorry I can't give any more information at present."

    Judy Gavan
    Estate Strategy Manager
    Support Services
    Surrey Police

  • Mount Browne vision statement November 2013

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