News - April 2009

People who join the Society receive regular email letters ahead of publication on this page.

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

Highclere Society Golf day

The Society held its spring golf day at Marlborough Golf Club on Monday 31st March. The day started with coffee and bacon butties at 8.30 am. 15 members and friends teed off.

The weather was sunny and cold, excellent for golf. The golfers as usual had mixed fortunes and everyone enjoyed the course, especially the uneven fairways.

The day's best score was from David Small with 37 points, nearest the pin Peter Whitworth and the longest drive Peter Sharp. Barry Wall held up the table and James Hirst won the mystery prize, Patrick Hedgeland joined us to present the prizes; it is hoped that before long he too will play. After the prize giving we had a two course lunch and discussed the finer points of the game and what our scores should really have been.

This was our 5th outing, the next one being in October 2009. Anyone interested in joining us for the next outing please contact Ian Briggs tel: 253995.

Highclere Society - Historic Walk Leaflet

Our thanks to Pam Brown and Jill Williams who produced the first Walk leaflet with help from others. One will be delivered to each member household shortly and copies will be displayed in public places in the Parish such as the Red House. If well received more local circular walks will be printed over time.

Highclere Film Club - Grant £400

Your committee have given a further grant of £400 to the Film Club in recognition of the excellent service they provide to our community. The picture and sound quality are now excellent. If you have not tried the Club yet membership is not necessary, you can just turn up. (See their special event below).

Pride in Parish

Some of the 400 daffodils your committee planted last year have made an appearance and brightened the parish a little this spring. We hope to plant more this autumn. Other plans being considered include painting the bus shelter and marking the entrance to Highclere with a sign and/or gates. Any comments or offers of help are welcome.

Highclere Castle Enabling Development Policy - Next Steps

The council has published the results of the consultation responses and supporting documents, together with the changes that are being recommended. They are available on the council's website www.basingstoke.gov.uk/go/highclerecastle.

Our two local councillors are holding a public meeting at the Portal Hall, Burghclere, starting at 10.00am on Saturday 25th April.

The Council's Environment Overview Committee will meet at Penwood Village Hall on Wednesday 29th April, starting at 6.30pm. This will take the form of a normal Overview Committee meeting, but with an extended period for public speaking so that residents who wish to do so may address the committee members.

More information on the Enabling Development proposals and the Society's response can be found on our Highclere Castle Enabling Development page.

Patrick Hedgeland
Chairman

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