News - February 2012

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

Wine Quiz "Call My Bluff" 2nd February 2012

This year's "Call My Bluff" wine quiz was run by the Society. The wines were chosen by David Small. On the evening 60 members and friends, grouped on 7 tables, had great fun in trying to decide which of the excellent wines matched the superb descriptions delivered by the Call My Bluff panel. There were 4 white and 4 red wines being tasted.

The contest was very keenly fought, with the team from Woolton Hill just scraping through. They received a case of wine to share with their team.

Following the quiz, a delicious ploughman's supper, prepared by Jill Williams and Ann Harwood, was served, accompanied by wine from the tastings.

Everyone enjoyed the evening and hopefully left knowing a little more about wine.

Living Paintings presents Indigo Rock at the O2

The Society's chosen charity for 2012, Living Paintings, presents Indigo Rock on Saturday 24th March 2012 from 7.00pm to 9.30pm at the O2. The event has been described as Last Night of the Proms meets Motown, Gospel and Rock! Tickets for this fund-raising event are £25 and coach travel from Kingsclere is available from £15. For more information or to book tickets, please call 01635 299771 or visit their website - www.livingpaintings.org. Rock Choir, Jim Carter (from Downton Abbey) and Angela Wynter (from Eastenders) will be performing at this uplifting festival of music.

Spring Golf Day - Monday 16th April

The Society's next Golf Day is to be held at the Test Valley Golf Club, near Overton. We cannot guarantee the weather but if you enjoy golf and want to play with some local golfers (of varying abilities), then you should definitely be there! For more information and/or to book your place, please contact Ian Briggs by email - ian-briggs*at*highclerevillage.com.

Faster Broadband - but your vote is needed!

Please see below the good news from Hampshire County Council on Government support for faster broadband in Hampshire. Despite this welcome investment it may be that the upgrade will extend to 90% of the county and not all of it. As a rural area, we may miss out! It may be that we can help ourselves by registering our interest in numbers as a community via the broadband sign up web site referred to below:

The Leader of Hampshire County Council, Councillor Ken Thornber, and Karen Murray Director Culture, Communities and Business Services and Sponsor of the Hampshire Broadband Project, have asked me to let you know the news that Hampshire is to get £5 million of government funding to bring faster broadband to residents and businesses. Your support for this project has been much appreciated. The Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) funding announced by Ed Vaizey, is part of government plans to ensure that everyone in the country will have access to broadband.

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The dedicated broadband pages on Hantsweb, the County Council's website, have more information about Hampshire's funding allocation and our campaign, Faster broadband - getting Hampshire connected.


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