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Annual Parish Meeting

The Annual Parish Meeting this year was held on Tuesday 21st May at St Francis church, Littleton.

It gave an opportunity to meet other residents in a convivial atmosphere and everyone gathered in the evening sunshine on George and Christine Smith's front lawn for drinks before the meeting.

Chairman of the parish council, Sean Kitson, gave a summary of the activities of the council, a report of which will appear on the minutes page in due course.

This was followed by a talk given by Julian Lyon about the activities of the Guildford Vision Group, a very enlightening presentation. More information about the GVG can be found on the Guildford Vision Group website.

The Big Lunch - another date for your diary, Sunday 23rd June

The Big Lunch will take place on Royal Oak Field in front of Littleton Farm House on Sunday 23rd June from at 1.30pm.

Locally sourced sausages and meat will be provided but please bring a bowl of salad or a pudding to share. Some soft drinks will be provided so you should bring your own wine and beer.

Donations for the tombola would be welcomed and can be delivered to Liz Lambley at Piccard's Farm.

RSVP would be appreciated for numbers so please email Clemmie Taft: or phone 01483 539775.

Just to remind you what a good time was had last year, here are some photos from Fiona to remind you of the big day:

Images of Artington Big Lunch 2018
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Big Lunch

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

New 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.

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.

Over the last few months, Vicky has been researching into the men of Artington who gave their lives in both wars and she has produced a booklet with short biographies of them.

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

Many of the footpaths in the parish are currently 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

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 of over 50 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 seemed to change from day to day.

Therefore, 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

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

Should you wish to contact him for any other reason, the clerk's new email address is

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 June 2019

Riff Raff diary notes May 2019

Riff Raff diary notes April 2019

Riff Raff diary notes March 2019

Riff Raff diary notes February 2019

Community Speed Watch training available

30mph speed limit sign

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

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. Unfortuneatly, 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.

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 look at Jennie's website:

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