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Litter pick

A litter pick will take place throughout the parish on the morning of Saturday 12th January. This will be followed by a lunch gathering at the Ship for those that will. If you would like to take part, please contact Fiona Clayton.

Carol service

The annual carol service took place on Friday 28th December at St Francis church in Littleton. There was a good turn-out and it is hoped that this annual tradition will happen again next Christmas.

Carol service invitation 2018

New Artington war memorial

War memorial
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 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 found here.

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.

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

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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There was a profit of £206 from the event, £136 of which has been donated to Shooting Star Chase (Letter of thanks from Shooting Star Chase) The remaining £70 will go towards the cost of the new war memorial.

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 recent railway bridge diversions that seem 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 the clerk for any other reason, please use the new address:

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 February 2019

Riff Raff diary notes January 2019

Riff Raff diary notes November 2018

Riff Raff diary notes October 2018

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.


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.

Would you like to learn bell ringing?


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 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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