News: July 2021

Below are extracts from our most recent newsletters which goes out via email to all our members.

During the COVID-19 pandemic the East Woodhay and Highclere Neighbourcare Coronavirus Support Newsletter has been publishing newsletter. Links to the latest issues are below:

Parish Awareness Day

The Society is pleased to announce that it will be sponsoring a Highclere Parish Awareness Day in July to be held at the newly refurbished Westridge Studio. Full details will be issued in due course via a leaflet and a flyer delivered to every house in the Parish. The aim of the Awareness Day will be to encourage people to visit the newly refurbished Westridge Studio and find out what goes on in the village both at the Studio and in the Village Hall and other venues. It will be an opportunity for everybody to have their say as to what groups or societies they would like to see in the village, and to join existing groups. Help will be at hand for anyone interested in starting a new group as well as possible financial sponsorship. If you are interested in starting a group and would like further information now, please reply by email to m_j.osgood*AT* and head your email “Awareness Day” to avoid it being treated as spam.

Film Club News

It's been twelve months now with no films on the big screen in Highclere. With the prospect of the situation easing over the next few months, our plan is to have a virtual AGM on Zoom in June and then to start up with films again in September (assuming that the Government’s schedule for reopening everything remains as announced). We will email the various reports and ideas for new films before the AGM so that members will have the opportunity to comment before the meeting. Our Facebook page is also there for any feedback. We’re looking forward to seeing you all again in the Village Hall next season.

A Message from the Chairman

Subscriptions and Charity

Your committee have decided to give members a "subscription holiday" for the year starting April 1st 2021. It was felt that we had not been able to deliver as much value to you as normal, due to Covid-19.

Thus, every membership will be extended without further payment until 31st March 2022.

At the next committee we will consider possible social events in the light of the new Government 'road map'. However, at this time it is still not clear if or how much we will be able to collect at social events this year for the Bruce's Boats, your chosen charity.

Thus, if you normally pay by bank transfer or cheque, should you generously make a payment by the 31st May it will be assumed that you wish to donate that sum to our charity. Payment by bank transfer to Highclere Society using your name as identifier, or send a cheque made payable to Highclere Society.

If you pay by Standing Order, please do not stop the payment. We will refund you by cheque in May unless you have sent us an email by the 30thApril saying that you do not want a refund and wish instead to donate your subscription to Bruce's Boats, this year's charity.

Highclere Church Plant and Cake Stall

Last year's plant stall, which was run solely by Erica at Brooke House, Church Lane was a great success raising over £1,000 for the church. She is proposing to repeat the stall again this year beginning on Saturday 29th May and will run for at least a week. Please feel free to donate plants to the stall if you have more than you need for your own requirements - all will be gratefully received.

As well as the plants this year we are proposing to add cakes for sale on Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th May. If you wish to donate a cake that would be very much appreciated. If you can spare an hour or two on the Saturday or Sunday to man the stalls it would be a great help, please contact Sally with your details.

Thank you for your support in advance.

Erica and Sally

Highclere Parish Council Website

Do take a look at Highclere Parish Council’s upgraded website in particular the community engagement on speed reduction. The links are:

Objection to Overdevelopment

A big thank you to the 225 who sent objections to the proposed 26 houses on the Andover Road. Also, my thanks to the Society's team, led by Colin Wall, who put together our objection letter. Now we face a wait for the decision which could be the end of March, but It could be much later.

A Message from West Berks Foodbank

Foodbank on your Doorstep

Thanks to all those who have donated items to the Foodbank – every single item goes straight to the Foodbank, and makes a difference to local people in need.

We really appreciate the support we receive from the local community, especially during these difficult times. As you can imagine, demand for our service is very high at the moment.

How to Donate

Details have been sent to HS members

What to Donate

Urgently Needed: Bars of Soap, Long Life Fruit Juice, Non-bio washing powder, UHT Milk. Low on Stock: Coffee, Pasta Sauce/Cooking Sauce, Rice, Rice Pudding, Sanitary Tampons, Shaving Foam/Gel, Size 6 Nappies, Stock cubes, Tinned Fruit, Tinned Potatoes, Tinned/Wet Dog Food The list of items urgently needed is regularly updated. For the latest view, please visit: or download the app.

News archive


The Parish Council's role in planning (Jan 2021)

Plans for 2021 - the 25th anniversary year of the Society (Jan 2021)


An update from the Neighbourhood Planning team (Dec 2020)

A report on the Society's virtual AGM (Dec 2020)

Planning - what happens to applications and how the Society responds (Nov 2020)

Newtown HWRC Access Extended for One Year (Aug 2020)

Westridge Studio - Planned Opening (Aug 2020)

New regular section on planning (Aug 2020)

Walks around Highclere (Jun 2020)

Summer Fete Plant Sale (Jun 2020)

Bernard Macklin'Raffle King of Highclere' (Jun 2020)

Restarting the Neighbourhood Plan (Jun 2020)

The East Woodhay and Highclere COVID-19 Support Group (Apr 2020)

Update on Neighbourhood Plan (Apr 2020)

Report on the Annual Charity Christmas Walk (Jan 2020)

Report on the Highclere Carol Singers evening (Jan 2020)


Report on the HIghclere Society AGM (Dec 2019)

Raffle Prizes - thanks for supporting our charity work (Dec 2019)

A Draft Vision for Highclere - Neighbourhood Plan update (Dec 2019)

Electricity Power Cuts (Nov 2019)

Another update from Westridge Studio (Nov 2019)

Autumn Golf Day (Oct 2019)

Update on Community Engagement (Sep 2019)

News From Westridge Studio (Jul 2019)

Annual Village Barbecue (Report) (Jul 2019)

Extending Community Engagement (Jun 2019)

East Woodhay & Highclere Neighbourcare (Jun 2019)

Society Golf Day Report (Jun 2019)

Sad News - death of Countess Carnarvon (May 2019)

The Church - A Village cornerstone at risk? (May 2019)

Report on the Society's Wine Quiz (Apr 2019)

Speeding on the A343 (Apr 2019)

More news from Westridge Studio (Apr 2019)

News from Westridge Studio (Mar 2019)


Report on Annual Village Charity Walk (Dec 2018)

Report on Highclere Carol Singers (Dec 2018)

Report on the Society's AGM (Nov 2018)

Update on Neighbourhood Plan (Oct 2018)

Clean up of village milestones (Oct 2018)

Westridge Studio News (May 2018)

Report on the Society's Spring Golf Day (Apr 2018)

How to get potholes filled (Mar 2018)

Report on the 'Call My Bluff' wine quiz (Feb 2018)

Report on the village Christmas charity walk (Jan 2018)


Report on The Society's AGM (Dec 2017)

The Society's New Computer System (Dec 2017)

Highclere 2018 Calendar (Oct 2017)

Highclere Neighbourhood Watch (Oct 2017)

Report on autumn Society Golf Day (Oct 2017)

Report on the Summer Barbecue (July 2017)

News from the Parish Council (July 2017)

Highclere 2018 Calendar - last call for photos (July 2017)

Westridge Studio - latest updates (Jun 2017)

Update on Superfast Broadband (May 2017)

Highclere Society Golf Day (Apr 2017)

Annual Wine Tasting Quiz - Report (Apr 2017)

Report on Westridge Information Day (Feb 2017)

Report on Hampshire Broadband Summit (Feb 2017)

Westridge Studio Update and Information Day (Jan 2017)

Report on 32nd Annual Village Christmas Walk (Jan 2017)

Report on Highclere Christmas Carol Singing (Jan 2017)

Road Closures - Water Mains Replacement (Jan 2017)


Announcement of AGM (Nov 2016)

Details of annual village walk for charity (Nov 2016)

Details of carol singing around the village (Nov 2016)

Call or photos for 2018 calendar (Nov 2016)

Golf - report on Society's Golf Day at Donnington Valley (Oct 2016)

The Red House - application to extend liicensing hours (Sep 2016)

Potholes - current status and how to report (Sep 2016)

East Woodhay Flower and Produce Show (Aug 2016)

Highclere Society Summer Barbecue (July 2016)

Highclere Society at the Village Fete (Jun 2016)

Application for development of 50 houses refused (May 2016)

Details of Annual Parish Meeting (May 2016)

Golf Day at Weybrrok Park Golf Club (Apr 2016)

Objection to major 50-house development (Mar 2016)

Report on wine quiz (Jan 2016)

Report on annual village walk (Jan 2016)

Report on carol singing (Jan 2016)


Westridge Studio update (Dec 2015)

Report on AGM; Society donates £1,431 to Ataxia (Dec 2015)

Village Hall news - WW1 commemoration (Nov 2015)

AGM details (Nov 2015)

East Woodhay Society AGM and Quiz (Nov 2015)

Highclere Wassail (Nov 2015)

Future of Westridge Studio - suggestions welcome (Oct 2015)

New sign on the Armoury (Oct 2015)

Report on autumn Golf Day (Oct 2015)

Talk on history of Highclere Castle (Oct 2015)

Summer barbecue report (Aug 2015)

Highclere Film Club (Aug 2015)

Watermill on tour:s 'A Little History of the World' (Aug 2015)

Keeping the village tidy (Aug 2015)

Our Village Agent, Age Concern (Aug 2015)

Summer barbecue details (May 2015)

Consultation on new pavement (May 2015)

Parking near the Village Hall (May 2015)

Keep Highclere Tidy (May 2015)

Highclere Society Spring Golf Day (Apr 2015)

Palm Sunday Procession (Mar 2015)

Reasons for No Cold-Calling Zone (Mar 2015)

Local Policing Priorities (Mar 2015)

Report on 'Call My Bluff' Wine Quiz (Feb 2015)

Report on Annual Village Christmas Walk (Jan 2015)

Walking for Health (Jan 2015)


Harvest Supper 2015: 'A Year in Highclere' (Nov 2014)

Highclere Society Welcome Packs (Nov 2014)

Highclere Christmas Carol Singers (Nov 2014)

Report on the Society's AGM (Nov 2014)

Announcing the death of "DR" (Dorothy-Rose Griblle" (Oct 2014)

Report on our Autumn Golf Day at Sherfield Oaks (Oct 2014)

The Sausage Sizzled - local event raises £1,157 for charity (Oct 2014)

Highclere Parish Council - Parish Clerk Vacancy (Aug 2014)

Community Speed Watch - Volunteers Needed (July 2014)

Summer Barbecue report (July 2014)

Post Office Stores, Broad Layings (July 2014)

Highclere Society Spring Golf Day (May 2014)

The Watermill comes to Highclere Village Hall (May 2014)

Annual Wine Tasting Quiz (Apr 2014)

Walking for Health (Apr 2014)

History Group: Request for WW1 information (Feb 2014)


Annual charity walk raises £600 for the Ark Cancer Centre (Dec 2013)

Highclere Choir Carol Singing, Christmas 2013 (Dec 2013)

Report on History Group October meeting (Nov 2013)

"No Cold Calling Zone" for Highclere (Nov 2013)

Summer Barbecue report (Nov 2013)

Scottish & Southern Energy - Power Cuts (Nov 2013)

Society to give £500 for repair/maintenance of church bells (Jun 2013)

Proposal for Highclere "No Cold Calling Zone" (Jun 2013)

Footpath closure extended (Jun 2013)

East Woodhay Society put on two plays/shows in Highclere village hall (Jun 2013)

Highclere's Diamond Jubilee Celebrations - a Photographic Record (May 2013)

Highclere Bells (May 2013)

Highclere Society Spring Golf Day - report and results (May 2013)

Highclere Society Summer Barbecue - preparations (May 2013)

Highclere broadband update (April 2013)

Results of Wine Quiz "Call My Bluff" (February 2013)

Diamond Jubilee Bench installed in churchyard (February 2013)

The Christmas Charity Walk 2012 raised £450 for charity (January 2013)


90 members enjoyed a fantastic night of Motown music (December 2012)

Report on the Society's 2012 AGM (December 2012)

Hampshire Broadband Programme (December 2012)

"Twinned with Downton Abbey" Yellow Road Signs (October 2012)

Autumn Golf Day - Abandoned! (October 2012)

Pride in our Parish - more updates (September 2012)

Highclere Film Club 2012/13 programme (September 2012)

Pride in our Parish - update on various projects (July 2012)

Update on Highclere Film Club (July 2012)

400 people enjoyed our Diamond Jubilee Picnic Party (June 2012)

Report on the Highclere Parish Annual Assembly (May 2012)

Over £700 raised at Living Paintings Charity Concert (May 2012)

Do you want a local youth group? (May 2012)

Spring Golf Day at Test Valley Golf Course - report (April 2012)

Defribrillator Training - report (April 2012)

Pride in our Parish update (April 2012)

Concert by Watership Cantabile in aid of Living Paintings (April 2012)

"Call My Bluff" - a report on the wine quiz evening (February 2012)

Living Paintings (our 2012 charity) presents Indigo Rock at the O2 (February 2012)

Faster Broadband - but your vote is needed! (February 2012)

Happy New Year: carol singing report (January 2012)

The Annual Village Christmas Charity Walk 2011 - report (January 2012)

Pride in Our Parish - progress report (January 2012)


Report on the Society's 15th birthday party (December 2011)

Report on the Society's AGM (December 2011)

Annual Village Christmas Walk - details (December 2011)

Salt Bins and Litter - information from the Parish clerk (November 2011)

Golf Day - report on the golf day held at Sherfield Oaks (November 2011)

Society's AGM - bullet points (November 2011)

We celebrate our 15th birthday with a Broadway themed evening (July 2011)

Highclere Film Club raises money from Waitrose green disc scheme (July 2011)

Local Wildlife Trust programme - we are members (July 2011)

New priest moves into Highclere (July 2011)

Highclere Society Golf Day at Weybrook (Apr 2011)

Report on 'Spot the Wine' quiz night (Feb 2011)

Christmas Charity Walk 2010 - 200 walkers raised £650 (Jan 2011)


Cheque presented to Help The Heroes at AGM (Nov 2010)

Report on Society's Golf Day (8 Nov 2010)

Support Highclere Film Club (Autumn 2010)

Report on the successful summer hog roast (June 2010)

Report on crime prevention meeting (May 2010)

Report on Highclere Society Golf Day (May 2010)

Report on 25th Christmas Charity Walk (January 2010)


Report on AGM Thursday 12th November (December 2009)

Highclere Society Golf Day (October 2009)

The Barn by the Shielings (September 2009)

Highclere Castle Walks (September 2009)

Penwood Forestry (September 2009)

Closure of Penwood Village Hall (September 2009)

A Great Hog Roast (July 2009)

Overhead Noise (June 2009)

Highclere Society Golf day (Apr 2009)

Highclere Castling Enabling development - next steps (Apr 2009)

Grant made to Highclere Film Club (Apr 2009)

Historic Walks Leaflet Produced (Apr 2009)

Pride in our Parish (Apr 2009)

Parish Council Still Needs Your Help (Apr 2009)

Red House Update (Mar 2009)

Air Traffic route (R41) Update (Mar 2009)

Highclere Church Safari Lunch is Back! (Mar 2009)

Greener Society - keep recycling (Jan 2009)

Over 140 Walk for the Stroke Association (Jan 2009)

Sad news - death of Phyllis Macklin (Jan 2009)


Highclere Film Club - December film: Hairspray (Dec 2008)

Parish Council - recycling bins and parish plan questionnaire (Dec 2008)

Highclere Castle Enabling Development - result of members' survey (Dec 2008)

Pride in our village - what's happening; your ideas (Dec 2008)

Annual Christmas charity walk - Faccombe (Dec 2008)

Second Golf Day report (Oct 2008)

Annual General Meeting announcement (Oct 2008)

The Summer Fizz .. it really did go with a Fizz! (July/Aug 2008)

Picnic and Pimms .. as well as some Cricket! (July/Aug 2008)

Low Flying Over Highclere (July/Aug 2008)

Snippets & Cricket Match Announcement (June 2008) website announcement (April 2008)

Red House Update (April and July 2008)

Circular walks around Highclere (April 2008)

Development in Pantings Lane (April 2008)

A343 Closure near Penwood crossroads (April 2008)

Alden Bridge closure: June - Sept 2008 (April 2008)

News from Other Groups - Kingsclere walk, Tesco's 'megashed' (Andover) (April 2008)

Night flights over Highclere (March 2008)

Fun for(wine) lovers at valentine's night 'Call my Bluff Wine' quiz (Feb 2008)

New walks project gets into its stride (Jan 2008)


Highclere Society goes green (Dec 2007)

Boost for Penwood Village Hall (Dec 2007)