The Parish 

The Parish of Hamble-le-Rice has approximately 4000 inhabitants and it is situated on a peninsula between two busy stretches of water - the Hamble River and Southampton Water. It is served by one access road, Hamble Lane (B3397) and lies three miles south of the A27 and M27 (Junction 8) between the cities of Southampton and Portsmouth.

Hamble also has good rail links via the station at Hamble Halt. Onward connections to Southampton, Fareham, Portsmouth, London and beyond are available from this modest station.

The village has played a significant role in the country's aviation and maritime history, and there can be few villages in Britain that can boast over the centuries to have had a Priory, a Norman church and a Castle.

Today, Hamble is one of the country's leading lights of the leisure marine industry that is a major employer in the area. It is known throughout the world as a yachting and sailing centre of excellence.

The parish is also fortunate that three major companies (BP Oil UK Ltd, GE Aviation Ltd and Coopervision Inc) have a significant presence in the village.

Hamble is visited by thousands of people throughout the year who come to discover the delightful old village centre, the quay, foreshore or waterfront.

For those who are interested there is a photographic archive of over 500 pictures of the village which can be viewed at the Parish Office during opening times.

Within this website you can find contact details for the Parish Councillors and Parish Clerk, together with details of all future meetings, the agendas for those meetings and the minutes of our previous meetings.

If you wish to find out more about our village and its history the Hamble Official Guide can be obtained from the Parish Office at a cost of £1.00

Hamble River