News - Dec 2010

Below are extracts from the Autumn 2010 newsletter. Members of the society receive the full letter by email ahead of it appearing on this website.

Cheque Presented to Help the Heroes

cheque to help the heroes

The photograph shows Peter Davies (left), Berkshire Coordinator for Help the Heroes, being presented with a cheque for £507 by the Society's chairman, Patrick Hedgeland (right). This was the Society's chosen charity for 2010 and the sum was raised at a raffle held during our summer barbeque.

Highclere Society AGM (18 Nov)

This takes place on the 18th November with the formal AGM followed by a topical talk on saving energy at home. It starts at 7.30pm in Highclere Village Hall.

The AGM will only take about half an hour including brief reports on the year and the election of a new committee. Peter Davies, the local representative of Help for Heroes, will be at the AGM to receive our cheque for £507. This was your chosen raffle charity for 2010. We will also vote for a charity to receive the proceeds of any raffles in the coming year.

Some of the existing committee are standing for re-election but not all. Therefore, we need new committee members. Please consider standing for membership of the committee. The role is not too demanding with only about eight evening committee meetings per year. No special knowledge required. For further details please contact the chairman.

Complementary wine, soft drinks and nibbles will be served after the AGM.

Following the AGM Charlie Bennett, Energy Saving Consultant will be talking to us about sustainability; how we can all save energy in our homes; exploring misconceptions; what the future has in store; and what the Government are proposing to do to reduce the nation's residential carbon footprint. This talk will focus on the existing housing stock and use the case study of Cherry Tree Cottage, which Charlie built next door to the Village Hall -

Highclere Society Golf Day (8 Nov)

Eighteen players arrived at Goring & Streatley Golf Club on the 8th November for the eighth Society golf day. The wind was blowing and the rain was falling. Undaunted the first team went out at 9.30am, fortified by a bacon sandwich and coffee to face the elements. Fortunately, by the 4th hole the umbrellas had come down, the rain slowed to a fine drizzle and the golf got well underway, the main problems being the water logged bunkers and sometimes the greens.

The scores, however, did reflect the conditions; but many players still managed to score over 30 points. At lunch, Patrick Hedgeland joined us, to present the prizes. The overall winner was Ben Briggs who scored a very credible 34 points. Prizes also went to Nick Haste for the nearest to the pin and Peter Sharpe for the longest drive. Special prizes were awarded to Andrew Baldwin and David Small.

Our particular thanks go to Ian Briggs who started the Golf Days and has singlehandedly organised and promoted them very successfully ever since. Well done Ian!

The next Golf Society day will be in Spring 2011.

The Film Club

Please support this local facility, if we do not we may lose it. Where else can you enjoy a good film and a drink with friends?

Performance times:
8:00pm Thursdays, 7:00pm Sundays. Doors (and bar) open: 7:30 Thursdays, 6:30 Sunday. Entrance prices: £4.00 members and £6 non-members.

It meets at Highclere Village Hall. For dates and details of showing go to our diary or visit the Highclere Flim Club website.

High Speed Broadband

There is a website where individuals can register their vote for BT fibre-optic to rural areas; this would improve the speed of broadband connection. It is easy to do. The more supporters in Highclere the better our chances. At present Highclere votes are only some 2% of quoted potential (40 out of 1848). The website is


Patrick Hedgeland

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