News: Christmas 2017

The Chairman and Committee wish all members a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Below are selected items from our recent newsetters and other news. Members of the society receive the full newsletter and other regular updates by email ahead of them appearing on this website.

Highclere Society AGM

The 2017 AGM was held at Highclere Village Hall on the 23rd November. The turnout was good, considering the weather, members coming to hear what the committee had to say and enjoy a glass or two of wine.

This year the Society celebrated its 21st year. The Society's year was busy with the usual events, wine tasting evening, golf days and the summer BBQ plus the 20th anniversary celebrations.

On the environmental front our planning sub-committee were kept busy reviewing each Highclere application and objecting where necessary.

A cheque for £957 was presented to Jerry Dixon Director of Newbury Samaritans.

The Chair and the committee were re-elected.

As always, we will be holding a number of events to raise funds for this year's joint charities, Loose Ends and Arthritis Research, and we hope we can rely on your support.

Society's New Computer System

To improve our effectiveness, the Society has adopted a web-based computer system - PaySubsOnline - to support its administration. Every Committee member can now assist Patrick with the work he had previously taken completely on himself.

The system was designed to allow members to pay subscriptions, book and pay for courses and events and more, directly through their own website. It has a large client base both in sports clubs and membership societies across the UK. We have implemented it without member access, as a fairly simple subscription management system with e-mailing capability. We hope to add event management soon, and online access for members at some future date.

The main difference that members will see, is in our emails. The system allows us to communicate with members much more quickly and easily and all Committee members can send emails via this system.

For example, this Newsletter came from Martin Osgood - Highclere Society (mail*AT*paysubsonline.com). Compare this with, say Patrick's recent e-mail which came from Patrick Hedgeland - Highclere Society (mail@paysubsonline.com). Only the name is different; the rest points at the Society's mailbox on the PaySubsOnline mail server.

Two important points to note:

  1. If one of our e-mails gets caught by your spam filter (it shouldn't) please add it to your Safe Senders list. You should not need to do this more than once.
  2. If you reply to an e-mail, it won't vanish into the system. Rather, it has been set up so that a reply is routed to the sender's personal e-mail. Any subsequent conversation can then occur easily outside the system as before.

Finally, Colin Wall is our system administrator and membership secretary, and your point of contact should you have any pressing questions about the new system.

The Village Christmas Walk

The Christmas Walk is on Wednesday 27 December meeting at 10.30 am at the Highclere Red House for a prompt 11am start, returning to the pub by 1pm. The route will meander through Highclere and local surrounding areas. Everyone is welcome; there is no need to book, just turn up. Sturdy waterproof footwear is recommended but not pushchairs or wheelchairs as the walk can be muddy in places and there are stiles. Well-behaved dogs are most welcome but they must be on a lead. Approximately halfway round there will be a pit stop for mulled wine and mince pies and a collection in aid of The Rosemary Cancer Appeal.

Annual Wine Quiz

For those that have never been, the tasting quiz takes the form of "Call my bluff" with three 'expert' judges offering their differing opinions on the details of each wine. You taste the wine and each table votes which judge is right and guesses the price of a bottle. A prize will go to the highest scoring table. It is a challenge for wine buffs and good fun for the rest of us.

After tasting four whites and four reds we all have a generous ploughman's supper with the chance to taste some more of the wines. All for the price of £12 a ticket. The profits this year will be split between our two charities, Loose Ends Newbury and Arthritis Research UK.

Initial bookings will be taken for members as space is limited and it is difficult to judge demand. If you would like to bring guests at £15 per head, let us know and we will confirm nearer the date if space looks to be available.

Either book a group table of any size (six is optimal) or book individually and we will make up tables to help you meet new people. Please be in place ready to start by 8pm sharp.

To book, please send an email to Patrick email naming all members. We do not issue tickets so please say if you require a confirmation email. At the same time, make the payment of £12 per ticket as it is only booked once paid



News archive

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)

2016

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)

2015

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)

2014

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)

2013

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)

2012

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)

2011

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)

2010

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)

2009

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)

2008

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)

Highcleresociety.org.uk 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)

2007

Highclere Society goes green (Dec 2007)

Boost for Penwood Village Hall (Dec 2007)