News: January-February 2014

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

History Group: Request for Information

Highclere History Group has been asked to assist a local Scout leader to find more details about a number of Scouts who were in the Highclere Troop during World War I for a book being written about their exploits. Please contact Ron Snipp on 01635 254026 or by email to rgs*AT*, if you are able to provide any information (or can put Ron in touch with someone who can provide information) about:

The Annual Village Christmas Charity Walk 2013

On the 27th December, despite the threat of bad weather, about 160 walkers from Highclere, Woolton Hill and the surrounding villages met up at the Red House in Highclere for the 29th Annual Charity Christmas Walk. This year’s walk held on a bright and sunny day, if a trifle muddy(!!), followed a route around the footpaths of Highclere and East Woodhay starting and finishing at the Red House.

The sum of £600 was raised via donations made on the walk for the Ark Cancer Centre Charity in Basingstoke. As in previous years, the walk was organised by members of the local luncheon group, Los Jubilados, in co-operation with the Highclere Society and the East Woodhay Society. Halfway around the 4-mile walk, mince pies, kindly donated by Hethertons, Budgens, and Waitrose, together with mulled wine were served. See photo on website.

“Highclere Choir” Carol Singing 2013

The Highclere Carol Singers were out and about as usual before Christmas and once again, Kevin Pearson organised the troupe with great success. Kevin reports:

“Once again, our merry band of Highclere Carol Singers braved the winter weather on December 16th and set out to bring cheer and goodwill throughout the village and raise money for a very important charity. This year we dedicated the evening and the money raised to the memory or Peter Whitworth who we sadly lost in June this year.

As everyone knows the pre-Christmas weather was bad and December 16th was cold but dry initially with showers forecast for later. Undaunted, we all met in Four Oaks for mulled wine and mince pies and set off on our round. The rain fell but spirits were not dampened. We visited as many homes as possible and the number of new families with young children was quite noticeable.

We arrived at The Red House at approx. 9.30pm to be greeted by a merry band of willing singers supported by a section of The East Woodhay Silver Band who accompanied us through a selection of popular carols. The evening ended with a wonderful rendition of 'Stille Nacht' by our German relatives and friends.

Thank you to all who took part and in particular to all those who braved the poor weather and those who kept us going with additional mulled wine and mince pies. The whole event raised £450 for Cancer Research U.K.

See you all, same time, next year. A Happy and, more importantly, healthy New Year to you all.”

Highclere Film Club

Highclere Film Club is a friendly, film-loving group who meet every two weeks between September and June to watch newly released films on a terrific screen, with Dolby surround sound, in comfortable chairs, with an open bar. They also occasionally host popular ‘supper and movie’ nights. The club meets every other Thursday evening in the Village Hall. 7:30pm arrival for an 8pm start. £4 for members, £6 for non-members.

See our diary or The Highclere Film Club website for details of forthcoming screenings.

“Wonderful British Villages” Photo Competition

Allied Westminster, the insurers of Highclere Village Hall, has launched a new photo competition - 'Wonderful British Villages'. To win, all you have to do is submit a nice photo of the village. There is a voting system on the Allied Westminster Facebook page, and the winners will be decided from the photos with the most votes. Winning entrants will win either an iPad Air or a Kindle Paperwhite, but the great news is that all entrants have to nominate a Village Hall which will be awarded £300 for the winning photo, and two other Halls will win £150 each!

The theme is open to some interpretation but photos will ideally have part of the village included (e.g. village green/park, village Hall, a village scene or scenery, village activity etc.). All details can be found on Allied Westminster’s Facebook page: The closing date for entries is 31st March 2014.

Patrick Hedgeland

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