James’s father, General Longbourne, saw service in World War I and was mentioned in dispatches 13 times, believed to be a record, as well as being awarded the DSO and later appointed CMG. He married Gwendoline More-Molyneux of Loseley and later took the name More-Molyneux-Longbourne.
James was their only son, born in 1920, in time to serve in World War II with the 4/7 Dragoon Guards and the 14th PWO the Scinde Horse, and he inherited Loseley from his mother after her death in 1946. In his book The Loseley Challenge, James describes how he came back from the war to find the devastation which had overtaken the house, the farm buildings and the estate generally – a situation into which he put all his energy to save and to restore. It was no mean struggle. Electricity was only installed in the house in 1948 and James said he well remembered the thrill of pressing the light switch for the first time and the bulb lighting up!
James founded Guildcrete Ltd in 1947, making concrete blocks, which later became Guildway, introducing the first timber-framed, brick-clad buildings in the UK. In 1951, he founded the Loseley Co-Partnership and was chairman of Loseley Park Farms. He opened the house to the public in the same year and in 1968, he started Loseley Dairy Products. (His father had built up the Loseley Jersey herd in the 1920s and had started production of cream, as well as farm-bottled milk.) Later James found time to be a Director of Seeboard.
James met Sue, his wife, and her sister Donny, in Oxford early in the war, when James’s regiment was stationed in the area. When their father died soon after the war, they came with their mother to live at Loseley. They entered into life at Loseley with energy and enthusiasm, ready to turn their hand to anything from pulling weeds to driving heavy lorries and tractors and helping to get the house straight. Sue would sing at the top of her voice while working, an outdoor person who loved Loseley and its natural beauty, even in its run-down state. James and Sue were married in Compton Church in October 1948, with the sun shining from a clear blue sky. The Farm and Estate staff formed an archway of raised hoes and pitchforks as they came down the church path! Their son Michael was born three years later.
James had a deep Christian faith, which was supremely important to him. He founded the Loseley Christian Trust in 1983, which was devoted to the Christian Healing Ministry and which has given solace over the years to many sufferers from cancer, Parkinsons and other serious conditions. He had an infinite generosity of spirit and was well known for his unbounded kindness and interest in others, in particular those less fortunate than himself. James became a Lay Pastoral Assistant in 1986 and a member of the Lambeth Support Group in 1992. He was Patron of St Nicholas church, Compton, where he had served as Churchwarden, and was elected to Artington Parish Council on which he served for over 50 years.
A supporter of many organisations in the cartes de la France, he served as High Sheriff of Surrey in 1976 and became Vice Lord Lieutenant in 1983. He was awarded the OBE in the same year. A man of many parts, he loved the countryside and enjoyed riding, cycling, photography and writing. Loseley will never forget the huge contribution James made in saving not only the estate from bankruptcy but putting it on a path to ensure its future for generations to come. The great house, which he inherited and saved by his exertions, is now restored and regenerated. It is host to every conceivable event and flourishes under the devoted care of Michael and Sarah and their family. Its survival is a living tribute to James, enjoyed by thousands in the County and outside it. James is survived by his wife of 65 years, Sue, their son Michael and his wife Sarah, and their children Alexander, Katrina and Tristram, and his Great Granddaughter, Cressida.
Even with his passing, James’s legacy lives on, for the benefit of all. May he rest in peace.
Jennie’s lambs will soon be ready and are available to locals to buy ready for the freezer and cut up specifically to suit individual needs. The cost is around £150/£175 and a whole lamb cut up will fit in one shelf of an upright freezer. Anyone interested can contact her on 01483 567636 or via her website to discuss their requirements.
Diary notes from Rob Craig, the lengthsman responsible for St Catherine’s stretch of the Godalming Navigation.
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.”
Estate Strategy Manager
Any further news will be posted on this website.
Parish council meetingsThe minutes of the recent meeting are on the on the Council Agenda and Minutes page.
Every year, Simon Ash of the Guildford Boat House very kindly provides a boat to take the Mayor of Guildford on the first part of the mayoral visit to the parish, along the Godalming Navigation from Millmead Lock to St Catherine’s Lock. This year, the boatyard has a new day boat for hire so, by way of thanking him for this generous gesture, here is an advert for the new boat. Please give him your support:
Guildford Boat House day boat
￼Karen Curl organised a litter-pick along the roads of the parish between on Saturday 6th April. A great deal of rubbish was collected so it was a very worth while exercise. There will doubtless be another one later in the year so please come along and help - the more there are taking part, the quicker the job will be. Equipment will be provided.
There will be an opportunity to have a drink with your neighbours afterwards at the Ship. Although it is good to feel that you are doing your bit for the community, this is undoubtedly the best part of the morning!
The best way of getting potholes 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.
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 Artington Parish Council, in conjunction with Guildford Police, carries out regular monitoring exercises to detect drivers contravening the ‘Access Only’ restriction.
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.
Rat-runners are also contacted and, as a result, the number of vehicles using Littleton and Sandy Lane as a through route has reduced significantly over the last couple of years.
Further events are planned for the near future. If you would like to be a part of Community Speed Watch and help to keep our roads safer please contact George Smith: george1138 at aol.com.
Littleton now has a Community First Responder in the person of Claire Pace.
Community First Responder volunteers are trained to attend emergency calls received by the ambulance service and provide care until the ambulance arrives. Volunteers can arrive at an emergency scene in a matter of minutes, as they are sent to calls in their local area. The schemes operate as a community partnership between St John Ambulance and local ambulance service trusts. Having someone in the community who has been trained in first aid and can reach the patient quickly makes all the difference.
Volunteers operate as part of a rota system from their own home or place of work. They are dispatched at the same time as an ambulance via ambulance control to attend Category A immediately life threatening calls. These calls can include:
Community First Responders are dispatched to calls under normal road conditions using their own cars, although they do not have the authority to drive under emergency conditions. Let’s hope that there will be no need for her services but it is comforting to know that help can arrive sooner than the ambulance.
Claire can be contacted on 01483 546008 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org
Don’t forget that here are now three salt bins in Sandy Lane opposite the Old Ship, at the entrance with Mount Browne and at the hairpin bend. If you have to use them, take your own shovel!
The parish council took on the responsibility of purchasing and maintaining the bins a year or two back. Fortunately, a grant was obtained from Guildford Borough Council that paid for them.
It has taken quite some time and effort to find suitable places because the highway authority will not permit salt bins provided by other organisations to be placed on highway land. Consequently, the bins have been placed on land owned by the College of Law, Mount Browne and Loseley. The parish council is grateful for their public-spirited response to its request.
The civil parish of Artington was created in 1894 and is a part of the ancient ecclesiastical parish of Guildford, St Nicholas. It is mainly rural with a population of approximately 350 people living in 120 households.
The parish is broadly rectangular being bounded by:
If you wish to make your views known to the parish council you can do so by contacting the chairman, Roger Musson, or the clerk, Philip Gorton, via the parish council page.
The Parish Council is responsible for representing the views of the parish residents on any local issue. In particular, it makes a contribution to such things as:
Local planning applications and enforcement;
Transport, including the state of the highways and traffic calming;
Footpaths and other rights of way;
Village environment issues such as litter picking, maintenance of the Amenity Triangle and grass cutting;
Grant-aided projects such as repair of bus shelters and the provision of seats.
The council meets at St Francis Church, Littleton, on the second Monday of alternate months starting at 7.00pm.
All parishioners are welcome to attend.
Monday 14th January
Monday 11th March
Annual Parish Meeting TBA
Monday 13th May
Monday 8th July
Monday 9th September
Roger Musson (Chairman)
musson at hollowfield.freeserve.co.uk
George Smith (Vice-chairman)
Philip Gorton (Clerk)
11 Orchardfield Road
artingtonpc at btinternet.com
Next agendas and minutes of previous meetings
genda 8 July 2013
Minutes July 2013
Annual Meeting minutes 2013
Minutes May 2013
Minutes April 2013
Minutes March 2013
Minutes January 2013
Minutes November 2012
Minutes September 2012
Minutes July 2012
Minutes May 2012
Annual Meeting minutes Apri 2012
Minutes March 2012
Minutes January 2012
Minutes November 2011
Minutes September 2011
Minutes June 2011
Minutes May 2011
Annual Meeting minutes May 2011
Minutes March 2011
Minutes January 2011
Minutes November 2010
Minutes September 2010
Minutes July 2010
Surrey County Council is responsible for county-wide services, principally highways and education.
Guildford Borough Council provides many other other council services for Artington residents. For details of planning applications relating to Artington parish go to the planning section of their website.
The Surrey Hills Society works to protect our rural environment.
Guildford Dragon is Guildford’s excellent online newspaper!
Websites of some of our neighbouring parishes:
Godalming Town Council
The St Catherine’s village website has many articles that will be of interest to Artington residents. It’s a useful and varied site that’s well worth a look.
We are all well behaved in Artington because the parish is home to the headquarters of Surrey Police as well as the College of Law.
PC Ryan Stephens and PCSO Fiona Fyfe are your neighbourhood policing team.
Loseley House and its park make up a large part of the parish.
The National Trust owns and maintains the Godalming Navigation that runs through the parish.
Although it is quite some way from the main part of the parish, Farncombe Youth Football Club have some of their fields in Artington.
Guildford Boat House regularly arranges a boat trip for the annual mayoral visit to the parish.
St Nicholas Church, Compton
Drilling for oil in Littleton
Orient Express in Artington
Steam engines come through the parish several times a year, often stopping at Shalford to take on water. If you want to know when they are coming, go to www.uksteam.info
Frank Napper, who was born and brought up in Littleton in the 1940s, now runs a charity that arranges holidays for the disabled: www.disabledholidaysinfo.org.uk
Memories of Littleton: www.francisfrith.com