News: October

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.

AGM and Talk

The Society’s AGM will be held in the village hall on Thursday 6th November 2014 from 8.00pm. This year, Chris Boulton, a long-standing Society member and newly appointed CEO of the Greenham Common Trust, has kindly agreed to talk to us about the past, the present and the future of Greenham Common and the work of the Greenham Common Trust. The Trust is best known for its charitable donations which total over £26 million since it started in 1997 and includes a recent donation of £2,500 for the repair and maintenance of the church bells in St Michael & All Angels Church, Highclere. So come and listen to Chris to find out how the Trust operates and the Trustees plans for the future.

The AGM precedes Chris’s talk, starting at 8.00pm sharp and lasting for about 30 minutes. Any member backed by a sponsor and seconded, is very welcome to put himself or herself forward as a candidate for committee membership via email to The existing committee are all offering themselves for re-election. If there are more applicants than places, there will be a vote on the night. The officers’ reports will, as usual, be very brief and a cheque will be presented to Anna’s Challenges, this year’s chosen charity. After Chris’s talk there will be an opportunity to ask questions or just chat with other members and take full advantage of the free bar until about 10.00pm!

Highclere Society Autumn Golf Day

This year’s autumn golf tournament was at Sherfield Oaks Golf Club on 26th September. Ian Briggs reports, “I’m happy to say that the weather was very kind to us with only a hint of rain. A smaller turnout that usual due to holidays, only 13 players. The overall winner this time was Mike York with 40 points, a very good score. Prizes also went to Nick Haste for the longest drive and Eric Neves for nearest the pin. Special prizes were awarded to Mike Williams and Bill Vince.” The next Society Golf Day will be in the spring of 2015.

The Sausages Sizzled!

Janet, Martin, Steve, Karen and Annabel would like to like to say a big thank you for the fantastic generosity of all who supported the Sausage Sizzle on 28th September. In glorious sunshine, the sausages sizzled, the bubbly flowed, the cakes were delicious and the sausage quiz was challenging. Martin Osgood reports, “We were delighted to raise £1,157 which will go to Anna’s Challenges (supporting children with Cystic Fibrosis at Basingstoke Hospital). So many, many thanks to you all!”

Dorothy-Rose Gribble

Our chairman, Patrick Hedgeland, sent an email earlier this month to convey the sad news that Dorothy-Rose Gribble, know affectionately locally as DR, died at the beginning of the month. DR was a long time resident of Highclere, a staunch supporter of the Society and most other organisations within the village. She was a great promoter of the arts, and many will remember the Westridge recitals. DR will be greatly missed. There is no further news but we understand that information will be sent for publication to the Parish Magazine and the Society.

Highclere Society History Group

The Highclere Society History Group has displayed a “tribute” to the men of Highclere who fell in WWI, on the history board in Highclere Village Hall. There are 17 names on the memorial to them in the church and the members of the history group have found details on each man, showing where they fell and in which cemetery they are buried. Please do take the opportunity whenever possible to take a look at this most interesting display.

Highclere Society Welcome Packs

Many of you may be aware that one of the services provided by the Highclere Society is the provision of Welcome Packs to new residents in the village. The packs contain information about the Highclere Society, details of many local organisations and clubs, local services and community information.

We would like to extend our thanks to Ann Harwood who has, for many years, compiled, maintained and distributed these packs. But the time has come for Ann to handover this responsibility, which now rests with Jennifer Boulton. So, if you are a member of a club or organisation and you would like to be included in the pack, then please send an email to jmboulton*AT* giving as much detail as possible. And, if you hear of new residents moving into the village, then please let Jennifer know so that she can arrange to deliver a welcome pack.

Harvest Supper 2015: ‘A Year in Highclere’

Highclere resident Kevin Pearson is seeking your help NOW for an event he is organising next October. He writes:

“A village is all about the sum of its parts and Highclere, with its famous Castle, farmland, Church, local pubs, village hall, local businesses, and many residents, is no exception. For the ‘Harvest Supper’ in 2015, we hope to show a compilation of photographs and videos of just what a ‘Year in Highclere’ is all about!

We are looking for volunteer photographers to help us record what they think are the important (and maybe not so important!) highlights of their year. There will be many categories, i.e. the Church, family, pets, social (the many groups and organisations within the village), the weather, the garden, the home, commerce, politics (the General Election), and, most importantly, agriculture.

The finished film show will be presented at a special ‘Harvest Supper - A Year in Highclere’ in October 2015. With the majority of people having a camera/phone at their fingertips these days, it will be easy to get a broad view of what YOU consider to be the important events in your life, and the life of the village, over the next 12 months. We hope to cover all aspects of life in an English village. If you are interested in helping us record a ‘Year in Highclere’ please contact Kevin Pearson on (01635) 253975 and start compiling a visual record of our lovely village today. Make sure you are part of this important record.”

Patrick Hedgeland

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