News - March 2009

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Below are extracts from the March newsletter, and links to a selection of articles from our newsletter archive.

Parish Council Still Needs Your Help

The parich council still needs your help with the Highclere and Penwood Parish Plan.

Thank you everyone who has completed the questionnaire and returned it in the envelope provided.

We would like to receive all the remaining questionnaires so please complete it soon and return it as soon as possible.

This questionnaire is the first stage in sounding out opinions. We seek your views on some of the possibilities raised through work by focus groups and the steering group, and also your level of interest in the many additional topics and issues the groups raised. It should only take you a few minutes to complete - please answer as fully as you can. We would like at least one completed questionnaire per household but if you would like more please call the Parish Clerk to request additional forms on 01635 253802.

Red House Update

It is great to have our Village Pub back. Members report good food and a friendly atmosphere in both the bar and restaurant.

For those around during the day Simon now offers a £10 two course lunch which I can personally highly recommend.

They are also trying out a quiz on Wednesday nights and an early supper before the monthly Thursday night Film Club showing at the Village Hall.

If you have not yet been back to the Red House do try it. We want to make sure that our Pub survives through these difficult times.

Air Traffic route (R41) Update

In January 2008, the CAA announced that they had decided in favour of the NATS request to over fly us despite the 500 complaints they had received. The new flight path opened in April 2008. Initial use of the new flight path has been by only a few flights with fairly small and quiet aircraft. This is the thin end of the wedge. Noise levels will increase as traffic volume and plane sizes increase. The noise is currently much quieter than the maximum permitted for the new route.

Alan Cox obtained permission to go to Judicial Review and has applied for a Protective Costs Order, which would limit financial exposure.

Negotiations proceed. I will keep you posted when I hear more.

Highclere Church Safari Lunch is Back! - Sunday 10th May 2009

It's great fun and a good way of meeting other people in the community.

Where else can you have a three course Sunday Lunch with wine for £12 (£6 for children)

If you've not taken part before, here's how it works. Either host a starter or main course (for as few or as many guests as you want) or provide a pudding or bring along a bottle or two of wine. We meet at the Dunlop Room (adjoining Highclere Church) at 12.15 for a glass of fizz or a soft drink when your starter hosts or guests will be revealed. After the starter you will move on to a different venue for the main course returning to the Dunlop Room for pudding and coffee.

For further details contact Sue Hedgeland (Tel: 255377) or Ann Harwood (Tel: 253379)

5th February - Wine Tasting

For those 65 members who were lucky enough to have a ticket for the annual Wine Tasting/Quiz organised by Ian Briggs, they were rewarded with a superb presentation from Nick Willcocks and Mae-Lynne Hart of Step Up Wines. Sorry we could not take any more people and thus had to turn some of you away.

All the wines tasted were imported in tiny quantities and not seen on the supermarket shelves. Step Up work directly with boutique vineyards in South Africa who due to their close attention to detail produce very high quality wine. Nick provided a very informative evening explaining the tasting technique, how wine is made and introducing us via a slide show to the wine growers. We tasted 4 whites and 4 reds, followed by a quiz to test what we had learnt. The prize of 6 bottles wine went to the Ann Suttie team.

The evening was rounded off with a ploughman's supper, with thanks to Ann Harwood, Pam Brown and Jill Williams, and another opportunity to drink more of the lovely wines.

Diary date: 28th June - Summer Party

Erica Harman has kindly agreed to host the Annual Lunchtime Party one last time in her beautiful garden.

We have not fixed the details yet but do put the date in your diaries.

Patrick Hedgeland

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