News - June 2008

Cricket Match against East Woodhay - 29th June

The Society has players in a team challenging our friends at East Woodhay Cricket Club (EWCC) on their President's Day.

The match starts at 11.30am and finishes around 7.00pm. There is no charge. All Society members are welcome to just turn up any time to watch for a while, or bring a picnic and chairs to make a family day of it. The President will provide a 'Pimms table' for Highclere Society members, with soft drinks for children.

Directions to EWCC Malverleys Ground, East End, RG20 0AP

Take road through Woolton Hill to Ball Hill. Turn left at T junction, go past Ball Hill Garage, on your right, and then take the turning on the left to East Woodhay. Drive 1.5 miles past East Woodhay Village Hall on left. Malverleys is a quarter of a mile on the left. There is a sign on the Cricket field gate on your left and plenty of parking on site.


The Red House

The Red House should be open by the end of June. The bar to the left of the entrance will be used solely for dining and the bar to the right will be returned to a proper pub bar with a double sided stove as a centrepiece.

New playground at Penwood

An excellent new playground has opened at Penwood with three separate facility areas to cover all age groups thanks to the work of Parish Council and Borough Council with some funding from the lottery.

New village noticebaord

Our thanks go to Kevin Pearson, a member of HS and Chair of the Film Club, who has built in his own time an oak notice board with wood provided by the Parish Council. It is located at the junction of Tubbs Lane and Pantings Lane and is intended to be used at will by any organise that wishes to post notices of events etc.

Highclere Society Golf Day - 6th October

James Hirst has booked West Berks Golf Club. It is the usual format of coffee, bacon roll, morning round of golf, lunch etc. Depending on numbers, prizes and wine the price will be around £40.

Please contact Ian Briggs on 253 995 if you would like to join us.

Do not forget that Highclere Society now has a smart new independent website. It will be linked from soon to replace the existing pages. Meanwhile the old style Highclere Society pages will stay on for a short period.

Circular walks around Highclere

We still need your feedback. The deadline has been extended. If you are short on time just give very brief details and we will follow up later. A leaflet asking for your favourite walks was distributed in April. It is also available on the new web site. Any help in mapping these walks would be welcome please contact Jill Williams 253965, Sue Roberts 255101, or Pam Brown 250836.

News From Other Organisations

Film Club –AGM 12th June

This year's AGM (members only) film will be Atonement. To join or for more information see the website:

Living Paintings – Bringing pictures to life for blind and partially sighted people

Living Paintings is a unique service for blind and partially sighted children and adults that many actors and broadcasters are pleased to lend their voices to. By providing pictures that can be "felt" in packs, albums and books, with audio commentary, Living Paintings enables people who cannot see to enjoy a wide range of visual treats, be they well loved children's books, famous works of art, gardening, the natural world, or great buildings. And every item in this charity's library is loaned and posted for FREE.

With over 7000 people registered as blind or partially sighted across Hampshire, and countless others living with a visual impairment, there are still many who are not aware of this free service and Living Paintings often depends on those who are sighted to pass the word on. To join the library all someone who is blind, or has difficulty seeing has to do is ring Living Paintings on 01635 299771, and they will be welcomed as members.

Living Paintings, Kingsclere, Berkshire, RG20 4SW

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