News: May 2014

Below are selected items from the May 2014 newsletter. Members of the society receive the full newsletter and other regular updates by email ahead of them appearing on this website.

Highclere Society Summer Barbecue

This year’s Highclere Society Summer Barbecue will be held on Sunday 29th June from 1.00pm at the Shieling, Hollington Lane, Highclere. Many thanks to Nigel and Janet Taylor who have kindly agreed to host the BBQ again this year. Tickets can be reserved by reply email or to patrickhedgeland*AT*

The day will start with a delicious surprise drink, followed by a wonderful BBQ lunch, provided by our local butcher Gary Lemon, with a tasty pudding to follow. A vegetarian option will be provided for those who pre-book it. There will be a cash bar, plus music. As in previous years, there will be a raffle at the event to raise money for the Society’s chosen charity, Anna’s Challenges. The price of tickets is £17.50 for members, £20 for non-members, £5 for children aged 5 to 16 yrs and under 5’s are free!

Highclere Society Spring Golf Day

This year’s spring golf tournament was held at Marlborough Golf Club on 7th April. It was a re-run of the abandoned match there last October. Twenty players turned up, the weather was wet and windy, but it wasn’t going to be cancelled again! The scores reflected the weather conditions.

The overall winner this year was Ben Briggs with 34 points, Mike Durkin also achieved 34 points, but Ben won on the count back, both very good efforts. Prizes also went to Peter Sharpe for the longest drive and Nick Haste for nearest the pin. Special prizes were awarded to Mike Durkin, James Hirst and Barry Wall.

The next Golf Society day will be in the autumn of 2014 – details to follow in future editions of this newsletter.

Nuisance Sales Calls to be avoided

Please read the following information received from a Highclere Society member who has asked for it to be included in this newsletter..

“Several weeks ago a woman rang me to sell the benefits of ‘daylight activated’ solar panels and said that I may qualify for free installation. I said I wasn’t interested but the following week I got a call from a man who developed this theme at length in a long harangue. Eventually I repeated that I wasn’t interested and hung up. I got an immediate repeat call with the vilest abuse that I have ever experienced for having hung up. Having served 24 years in the Army I was familiar with most of the profanity used but it, and the aggression, was still a shock to the system! I immediately phoned Hampshire Police and then an 0800 number at BT, both of whom were long on advice but (understandably) short on action they could take. Obviously the calling number was withheld. I advise people to avoid any similar sales calls like the plague. If they can talk like this they’re not to be trusted with a screwdriver let alone a solar panel installation.”

Some Forthcoming Events

Tuesday 3rd June 2014 – Highclere Parish Assembly

Highclere Parish Council is holding the Annual Assembly in the Dunlop room, Highclere Church at 7.30pm on Tuesday 3rd June. Everyone is welcome to join the members of the Parish Council for a glass of wine and to hear all about the work of the Parish Council.

Saturday 7th June 2014 - Highclere Church Fete

Please make a note in your diaries that the annual church fete will be held in the grounds of St Michaels and All Angels’ Church during the afteroon of Saturday 7th June. Please contact Jo Walsh by email to jo*AT* or by phone on 01635 255013 if you are able to offer some help on the day.

As always, there are lots of individuals looking for support and offers of help with various stalls:

Saturday 21st June 2014 – The Watermill comes to Highclere Village Hall

There are still a few tickets left for this exciting new production, 'Hard-Boiled', which is coming to Highclere Village Hall on Saturday 21st June at 7.30 pm. The Watermill Theatre's on tour company promise a fabulous evening and invite you to step into the farcical world of gangsters, private eyes and femme fatales with private investigator, Sam Shadow, and the very alluring Scarlett Addisson! Tickets cost £10 and are available from Molly on 01635 253264 and Mary on 01635 254264 or via email to averilbreakspear*AT* or marymcquillen*AT* There will be a cash bar and nibbles will be served during the interval.

Sunday 29th June 2014 – Highclere vs East Woodhay Cricket Match

Following last year’s resounding victory for Highclere, this year’s re-match will be taking place at East Woodhay Cricket Club on Sunday 29th June 2014 at 2.00pm (weather permitting)! If you are interested in playing, please contact Will Flack on 07989 344695 or by email to will.flack*AT* Spectators very welcome, please feel free to bring a picnic.

Patrick Hedgeland

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