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Proposed closure of the Artington parish lanes

The parish council has been informed by our local county councillor, Matt Furniss (, that it is proposed to close Stakescorner Road, Littleton Lane and Sandy Lane at the hairpin bend until the New Pond Road bridge is re-opened in about a month's time. This is because of complaints received about an increase in the traffic using the route as a way of avoiding the official diversions.

You may have views on this proposal that you wish to make known to him.

Lest we forget

Over the last few months, Vicky Good has been researching into the men of Artington who gave their lives in the First and Second World Wars. This has been done in parallel with the plan to erect a memorial to them at St Francis' church in Littleton later in the year. She has now produced a booklet with short biographies of these men.

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 Artington Big Lunch

big lunch

The Artington Big Lunch took place on Sunday 10th June and the sun shone as arranged! Many thanks are due to Clemmie Taft, the rest of the organising committee and to all those who helped to make the afternoon a success. As always, it was a very enjoyable event and here are some photos from Fiona to remind you of the big day:

Artington Big Lunch 2018
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Keep in touch - changes to data protection laws

Data protection laws have changed. In future, you need to let us know if you would like the parish council to contact you about changes to this website and other parish matters.

We currently have an email circulation list with about 70 contacts and it is a very useful way of sending news quickly around the parish, especially when there are matters such as the railway bridge diversions that seem to change from day to day.

Therefore, if you wish to continue receiving 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

It would help the task greatly if you could put your name in the reply as not everyone has an immediately identifiable email address! If you don't reply, your email address will be removed and communication will cease after 25th May.

Should you wish to contact the clerk for any other reason, please use the new address:

Community Speed Watch training available


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.

Regular speed watch exercises are carried out along Stakescorner Road and the A3100. The details of offenders are passed to the police who write to the registered owners of the vehicles.

Please contact Jennie Wisher if you would like to help.

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.

New Pond Road railway bridge

Update: The bridge is to be closed from 23rd April until 13th July. A letter about the closure has been sent to all those whom Network Rail deem to be a 'railway neighbour'. In case you have not been sent a copy, here it is:

Letter from Network Rail Feb 2018

Network Rail is sticking to its plan to replace the old bridge with a new one of the same dimensions with no provision for pedestrian or cyclists whilst Surrey County Council say that it has no money available to build a cycle/walkway next to the road bridge. As you will see from these two letters, nothing much has changed in the last three years:

Letter from Network Rail and the response from Surrey County Council.

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.

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 July 2018

Riff Raff diary notes June 2018

Riff Raff diary notes May 2018

Riff Raff diary notes March 2018

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

Plans to create a proper war memorial for Artington parish are moving forward. At a recent parish council meeting, Alexander More-Molyneux said that the Loseley estate would take on the planning and costs of the memorial which is to be built into the wall of St Francis's church in Littleton.

The casualties of the Great War listed on the framed list in St Francis church will, of course, be on the memorial but research is in hand to see if there were others from the Second World War and later conflicts who should also be included. The idea came about as the result of an email received by the parish clerk a couple of years ago 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. Sadly, Mr Hodd died recently but his family are hoping to be present when the memorial is dedicated later in the year.

An account of the 2016 event can be found in the Guildford Dragon.

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:

Jennie Wisher's free range lambs.

Jennie's Littleton bred and reared lambs will soon be available. They are cut, packed and labelled to customers' requirements ready, delivered fresh, ready for the freezer. Anyone interested in buying produce that has been reared in the parish 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

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