News - December 2011

Below are selected items from our December newsletter. Members of the society receive this and other regular updates by email ahead of them appearing on this website

15th Anniversary Party

On Saturday November 12th, 90 members of the Society enjoyed a fantastic night of song, music and dancing with the cabaret style Misbehavin' band. Many of those attending donned fancy dress and congratulations to Sarah Franklin, as Sally Bowles, for winning the best fancy dress prize. Many thanks to all those local organisations, hostelries and individuals who donated raffle prizes - we raised a total of £410.00 for St Michaels Hospice, Basingstoke, which was last years' chosen charity.

The Society's AGM

The 2011 AGM was held in the Village Hall on the 24th November. After the legal requirements of the committee offering itself for re-election, approval of the accounts, etc. there was a short presentation by Kevin Pearson on the Pride in our Parish initiatives that focus on small projects to improve the environment that we live in.

There was also a presentation by a David Hamer of the South Central Ambulance Service NHS Trust on the benefits and use of Automatic Emergency Defibrillators (AED) and the role of Community First Responders. In recognition of the 15th anniversary of the formation of the Highclere Society, we are delighted that the Society donated an AED to the village, which has been installed in the Village Hall.

Those members present at the meeting elected the Living Paintings charity, a local charity based in Kingsclere, as the Highclere Society's chosen charity for the forthcoming year. Living Paintings produce and distribute free, special 'touch and feel' packs for their members, who are either blind or have impaired vision. Each pack contains a book with pages that have special raised tactile images and also a special sound recording which is related to each page and explains what is shown. Christine Leah, who proposed Living Paintings at the AGM intends visiting the Livings Paintings HQ by early 2012 and will then share her visit with us via the next newsletter. Meanwhile she has asked if you can kindly look at, which is an excellent site. As always, we will be holding a number of events to raise funds for this charity and we hope we can rely on your support.

The Annual Village Christmas Walk

For the past 26 years there has been an annual Christmas walk on 27th December, which is organised for the residents of both East Woodhay and Highclere. So, walk off the turkey and Christmas Pud' and join us for this year's walk which will start and finish at the Furze Bush in Ball Hill. The meeting time is 10.30am, photographs at 10.45am and a prompt start at 11.00am. The walk is an interesting cross country route, which will include parts of North End & East Woodhay. Although the route is not too demanding, you will need sturdy waterproof footwear. It is not suitable for pushchairs, but well behaved dogs on leads are most welcome. As per normal, there will be hot mulled wine and mince pies provided free of charge by a local lunch club 'Los Jubilados' who will also collect donations for a local worthy charity. This year's chosen charity is Jacksplace (Charity Number 1002832), which is part of the Naomi House Children's Hospice Trust. The walk is supported by both the Highclere and East Woodhay societies and over the years has raised considerable sums for good local charities.

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