News - December 2008

27th December - Xmas Charity Walk

Brought to you by Los Jubilados in association with the Highclere Society.

To take place in Faccombe on Saturday 27th December at 10.30am

In aid of The Stroke Association

Any questions call Ian 253995, John 253889 or Clive 254839.

For a report on this walk go to January news.

Pride in our Parish

Your committee has buried 360 daffodils in clusters along the Andover Road from the Penwood cross roads to the Yew Tree!

There will be more next year as this is the launch of a new programme to demonstrate and promote a pride in our Parish.

Kevin Pearson has agreed to chair a sub committee to develop a program of projects over time to tidy up, brighten up or enhance our image.

One of Kevin's ideas is to build white painted five bar gates either end of the Andover Road to form 'village boundaries'.

He is keen to hear from anyone who is willing to assist in any way however modestly in taking a pride in our Parish.

Please call Kevin on 01635 253 975.

Highclere Castle Estate Enabling Development

Your committee would like to thank all the 110 members who replied to our consultation and voted as follows:

We have decided not to second guess what the other 136 members thought as there could be many reasons for those members not voting.

The committee will therefore now frame its response to BDBC in line with the clear wishes of the voting majority.

We will suggest ways that the Estate and BDBC could make the Policy which is currently unacceptable more acceptable to the majority of our members.

This issue has raised great divisions amongst members and indeed the committee itself.

Many have written pages of comment thus we urge all members to make their views known direct to BDBC before the revised deadline of 21st December.

www.basingstoke.gov.uk/go/highclereconsultation

News from other organisations

The Society is always happy to include items from local clubs, charities and organisations with the social or environmental wellbeing of the Parish at heart.

Highclere Parish Council

Recycling bins are back at Penwood Village Hall!

A Parish Plan questionnaire will be delivered to all homes shortly after Christmas. Volunteer postmen helpers required.

Film Club

Sunday 14 December Film Club 7 pm at Highclere Village Hall.

The musical Hairspray is the next film of the season.

Doors open at 6.30pm to members and non members alike providing a social occasion complete with a bar offering wine and soft drinks.

The club is expensive to run and equip. So it needs our support, firstly by going along twice a month.

Secondly your committee is considering a request for a further grant for the Film Club at next month's meeting.

Any feedback welcome with ideas to encourage larger attendances etc. please let your committee know.

See the Film Club website www.highclerefilmclub.co.uk