News: July - August 2014

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

Highclere Society Autumn Golf Day

The next Society Golf Day will be held at Sherfield Oaks Golf Club on Friday 26th September 2014. The usual, successful format of bacon baps, 18 holes and lunch applies! Please send an email to Ian Briggs at if you would like to book a place or to find out more about the day.

A Sausage Sizzle

The Highclere Society is supporting this charity event being held at 10 Arkwright Close, Highclere, from 12.30pm on Sunday 28th September. All monies raised at this event will go to the Society’s chosen charity, Anna’s Challenges (supporting children with Cystic Fibrosis at Basingstoke Hospital). Children with Cystic Fibrosis need a high fat diet so sausages are good for them!

The event will start with a free glass of bubbly followed by barbequed sausages, rolls, salad and sauces with a light dessert to follow. (There will be a vegetarian option.)

Entry to a sausage quiz with a bottle of Champagne to the winner is included in the ticket price of £10. There is no charge for children. There will be a wine, beer and soft drinks bar with all proceeds going to Anna’s Challenges.

Please contact m_j.osgood*AT* to reserve tickets. Entrance is by advance booking only to ensure the correct number of sausages are sizzled!!

Highclere Parish Council – Parish Clerk Vacancy

Due to the retirement of the present Clerk, Highclere Parish Council is looking to appoint a new Parish Clerk. The work takes on average 15 hours a week and involves working from home and attending evening meetings, usually one per month. Knowledge of accounts as well as good administration and communication skills are essential. It is also important to be computer literate and to have one's own computer. For more information and a detailed job description please contact Mike Harwood on 01635 253802 or e-mail parishclerk*AT* The closing date is 17th October.

Community Speed Watch – Volunteers Needed

Speeding through our villages continues to be a concern for many of us. Community Speed Watch is a locally driven initiative allowing members of the community to monitor speeds of vehicles using speed detection devices. The aim of the Scheme is to educate drivers to reduce their speeds and to improve the quality of life for local communities. The Scheme is run by a team of volunteers supported by the local police Safer Neighbourhood Team. Volunteers will receive training in the operation of the speed detection devices. Highclere and East Woodhay Parish Councils hope to be able to secure funding to purchase one of these devices, which the two parishes will share between them. If you are interested in becoming a Community Speed Watch Volunteer or you would like more information about the Scheme please contact the Parish Clerk on 01635 253802 or email: parishclerk*AT*

Highclere Society Summer Barbecue

The Highclere Society Summer Barbecue was held on Sunday 29th June. Over 120 Society members enjoyed the sunshine, the food and drink and the fantastic view afforded from Janet and Nigel Taylor’s garden. Many thanks to Janet and Nigel for hosting the event again this year. We were fortunate with the weather as the rained poured down for the whole of Saturday, so the gazebo erecting was a rather soggy affair! However, on the Sunday, the weather was warm and sunny and the welcome drink of Pimms went down very well. The BBQ was provided by Gary Lemon of Thames Valley Meats and his team did a tremendous job once again. Steve Smart supplied the music, and the children were entertained with carious games. These events do not happen without a great deal of hard work, so our thanks go to the committee and also the many helpers who came forward over three days to erect gazebos and tents, deliver furniture, prepare food, decorate tables etc. Not forgetting those who helped to clear up and dismantle!

The donated raffle prizes sourced by Christine Leah were superb and raised £617 for the Society’s chosen charity, Anna’s Challenges (link to their website - opens in new tab). Many thanks for the most generous raffle/auction donations from:

Post Office & Stores, Broad Layings

We have received a request from one of our members to include a reminder to everyone of the valuable services available at our local Post Office. This particular member went in to renew his car tax disc and started a conversation with Sue about the provision of the various services they provide. Sue confirmed that they receive commission for the services they offer but if the number of transactions falls below a certain level, not only does this affect their livelihood but also they could have the facility to offer these services taken away from them. So please continue to support your local Post Office and take advantage of the full range of services on offer. There are so many benefits to visiting the post office – for example, for car tax disc renewals you receive it straight away and you’re able to talk a person rather than staring at a computer screen!!

Patrick Hedgeland

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