News - April 2012

Below are selected items from our March newsletter as well as updated information on the Watership Cantabile Concert and a report on the recently held golf day. Members of the society receive the full newsletter and other regular updates by email ahead of them appearing on this website

Monday 16th April - Spring Golf Day

This years' golf tournament started off at the Test Valley Golf Club, Overton. Eighteen players turned up, the weather was superb sunny but chilly and stayed that way all day. The scores reflected the good weather and the course conditions. At lunch Patrick Hedgeland, who we hope one day will join us on the course, joined us for lunch to present the prizes.

The overall winner this year was Mike Durkin with 40 points an excellent round of golf, you can be sure his handicap will be cut. Prizes also went to Neil Leah for the longest drive and Mike Williams for nearest the pin. Special prizes were awarded to Peter Sharp and Mike Gowlett.

The next Golf Society day will be in the autumn of 2012.

Defibrillator Training Course

On 16th February 2012, David Hamer of the Ambulance Corps gave a talk and demonstration that was attended by over 30 people. They represented 11 groups that use the hall for their activities on a regular basis. David showed us how to use the AED (Automated External Defibrillators) provided by a £1,000 grant from the Society.

Our AED is situated in the village hall, on the side wall and in front of the bar. A sign will soon be fixed to the wall above the equipment to advertise its position should it ever be needed.

AEDs are becoming more and more available, and can be crucial in saving someone's life. The high profile coverage in the media concerning the footballer Fabrice Muamba's cardiac arrest during a recent match has highlighted the importance of the availability of defibrillators and this has brought home to all of us what can be achieved by effective, immediate CPR combined with use of a defibrillator. This device can be used to administer measured electric shocks to people in the throes of cardiac arrest and is the best way of increasing their chance of survival.

However, if you find someone you think is in cardiac arrest, firstly dial 999 for an ambulance, and then remember your ABC - Airway, Breathing, Chest compressions. Put the head back to open the airway, check for breathing, and try to resuscitate by pumping the chest to get the heart beating again. If there is a second person to help, you can follow this up by using the AED. The machine will talk you through all the actions required in a very clear way. Continue with this process until the ambulance arrives.

Pride in our Parish

Pride in our Parish is an ongoing initiative that the Society is supporting in various ways. As part of this initiative, several members of the Society planted daffodil bulbs in the verges around the village last autumn. These spring flowers are now evident all around the village, brightening up the roadsides and verges. Any help/time that you are able to give in the future to keeping the village's verges tidy would be greatly appreciated.

The next project that will be undertaken is the renovation of the bus shelter on the A343. Kevin Pearson has kindly offered to manage this project and he will be seeking the help of volunteers over one weekend in the near future. Further details will appear in future newsletters but in the meantime, anyone who would like to offer their help, please contact Kevin by telephone on 01635 253975.

Events

Sunday 27th May - The Watership Cantabile at Highclere Village Hall

The Watership Cantabile is performing "One World", a world tour in music and prose, at 7.00pm in Highclere Village Hall. The Watership Cantabile is a group of about 20 singers who perform at events in the North Hampshire/West Berkshire area to raise funds for good causes. Please make a note of this date in your diary. All proceeds from this event will be donated to Living Paintings, the Society's nominated charity for this year.

Watership Cantabile, with their Musical Director, David Holland, is a local mixed-voice choir who sing a wide variety of music from all over the world.

Based in Newbury, they have performed many concerts in the surrounding areas. They are delighted to make their debut in Highclere this year, bringing their selection of music from around the world. The choir have undertaken many successful tours in the past, in the UK and in Europe and have been able to sing in such wonderful venues as Bordeaux and Trier cathedrals and in Christchurch Priory. This has become more difficult, recently, with a smaller choir. However, it has offered the opportunity to explore a new range of music, accompanied and 'a capella', suitable for a small, chamber choir.

They are always interested in recruiting new members. If anyone is interested in singing and would like further information about the choir, they should contact the Chairman, Chris Druce on 01635 865339.

Tickets £7.50, under 16 £2.50. Available from christine*cn-sales.co.uk or Jennifer 01635 255395, Refreshments, tea,coffee and cash bar plus raffle.

Christine Leah who has organised this event has written a 3-page article giving background information on Living Paintings (PDF).

Saturday 2nd June 2012 - Highclere's Diamond Jubilee Picnic Party

All Highclere Society members are invited to join in the fun from 6.00pm to 10.00pm. There will be live music, a disco and dancing plus a children's entertainer and an ice cream van. Please bring your own picnic and refreshments, your picnic rugs, etc. There is no admission charge for this event but it is by invitation only (which should be arriving through your door in the next few weeks).

Remember to check our diary page for other events around the village.


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