News: April 2014

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

Annual Wine Tasting Quiz

This year’s “Call My Bluff” wine quiz was held on Saturday 15th March. The superb wines were chosen by David Small. On the evening, 70 members in 9 teams had great fun trying to decide which of the excellent wines matched the extravagant 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 a local team headed by Ron Snipp just scraping through. They each received a bottle of wine. Following the quiz, a delicious ploughman’s supper, organised by Jennifer Boulton, and prepared by Janet Taylor and Traci Sharp was served, accompanied by wine from the tastings. The profits from the evening will be donated to this year’s charity which is Anna’s Challenges. Everyone enjoyed the evening and hopefully left knowing a little more about wine.

Walking For Health

Walking for Health walks take place on the 1st and 3rd Fridays of each month at 10.30am from the doctors’ surgery in Trade Street, Woolton Hill, RG20 9UL. The walks are at a gentle pace, lasting for about an hour and are approximately 2.5 miles long. Each walk provides a great opportunity to get some fresh air, some exercise and to meet new people. There is no charge for the walks which are led by volunteers and are organised in association with the Ramblers Association and MacMillan Cancer Care.

If you’d like to go along, just turn up outside the surgery, register and enjoy the walk! Please wear clothes and shoes suitable for walking in the prevailing weather conditions. PLEASE NOTE that the 3rd Friday in April is Good Friday (18th), but at the time of “going to press”, the organisers have confirmed that this walk WILL go ahead as usual! For further information about these local walks, please call 01256 845574 or go to and

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.

Patrick Hedgeland

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