News: June 2013

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

Highclere Bells

Last month we reported that the Highclere Society committee members voted unanimously to make a donation of £500 towards the cost of the repair and maintenance work required to the bells in Highclere Church. We are now pleased to report that following a successful application by the Society to Findmeagrant, this sum has been doubled. Findmeagrant was launched in 2011 to improve local fundraising initiatives and enable fundraisers to apply for grants from the Greenham Common Trust, West Berkshire Partnership and West Berkshire Council.

“No Cold Calling Zone” for Highclere?

Our local police beat officers have proposed the introduction of a No Cold Calling Zone for Highclere, which will effectively deter people from calling, on the off chance, to sell at your door. Ron Snipp, the local Neighbourhood Watch Co-ordinator advises:

“These people are usually young men, who purport to be ex-offenders (this is rarely the case). They attempt to sell dusters, tea towels and similar items. Unfortunately, it frequently happens that soon after their visits, there is a spate of attempted break-ins. The police always ask us, as Watch co-ordinators, to contact them immediately any appear in the village, as they will come and check them out. It is not necessarily them that effect the break-ins but it is thought that they pass on information about homes that are unattended when they call during the daytime. In the last few months we have also had complaints of the callers being aggressive when they have been refused a sale – particularly to elderly residents, who have been quite frightened.

At least 66% of residents must agree to the creation of the “No Cold Calling Zone”. Neighbourhood Watch co-ordinators will shortly be visiting each of their Watch members, to provide them with an official pack that explains the system and includes window stickers and probably a short form to complete, to confirm that they wish to take part.

I, and your local police beat officers, urge you to sign up to the scheme.”

Footpath Closure

Last month we reported that Hampshire County Council has served notice of a temporary closure of the footpath running from Pantings Lane through the Thorngrove School playing field and across the fields towards Hollington Farm. The closure has been caused by a collapsed bridge. The Council has now advised that the closure has had to be extended and is likely to stay in force until August. Details can be viewed on the Council's website by following the link - (opens in new tab/window).

Saturday 3rd August 2013 – East Woodhay Society Theatre Events

Following last year’s success with Little Red Riding Hood, our neighbours, the East Woodhay Society, is planning to put on two plays/shows on Saturday 3rd August 2013 in Highclere Village Hall:- In the afternoon there will be a performance of an Aesop's Fable adapted for the stage including live music, songs and audience participation, which should be great fun for the whole family and is suitable for ages 2 and upwards. The afternoon show, which will start at 2.30pm, is called “The Lion and the Mouse” and tickets cost £5 each for EWS members and £6 for non-members. And in the evening there will be a performance of a John Godbear play called “Men of the World”. The tickets for the evening performance cost £9 each and there will be a cash bar. For further information, please contact John Angle by email to Both plays will be performed by FalconGrange Productions who will be returning to the hall fresh from The Henley Fringe where they will have been playing to sell out audiences.

Patrick Hedgeland

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