News: May 2015

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 Spring Golf Day

Ian Briggs reports:

“This year’s Spring golf tournament was held at West Berkshire Golf Club on 13th April. Not a drop of rain and very little wind, a great day to shoot some good scores. 15 players competed in the event and there was plenty of good golf to remember. We were joined by Patrick Hedgeland to present the prizes after lunch. The overall winner was Mike Williams with 38 points, a very good score. Prizes also went to Nick Haste for the longest drive and Mike Palmer for nearest the pin. Special prizes were awarded to Roland Gardner and Peter Sharp.

The next Society Golf Day will be held in the Autumn of 2015.”

Highclere Annual Parish Assembly - NHS Presentation

The Highclere Annual Parish Assembly will be held on Tuesday 12th May 2015 in St Michael and All Angels’ Church, Highclere at 7.30pm. This year, the Parish Council has been fortunate to secure two guest speakers from Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust - Mary Edwards, Chief Executive of the Trust, and Arnie Lustman, Programme Director for Clinical Reprovision.

This is a rare opportunity to hear from two eminent speakers how the Trust currently provides hospital care to the people of North and Mid Hampshire and how the Trust will develop these services in the future. There will also be an opportunity to ask questions at the end of the presentation.

Keep Highclere Tidy

Each year, at subscription renewal time, the Chairman reminds the Society’s members that anyone is welcome to put forward ideas for consideration and/or action by the Society. This year, one member has raised an issue regarding the general deterioration in the appearance of the village and in particular the poor state of the verges. Although, in most cases, land fronting the highway is in the Council’s rather than the homeowner’s ownership, the plea is being passed on to all our members to do all they are able to keep the areas in front of their properties in a neat and tidy condition.

On Street Parking at Highclere Village Hall

There have recently been a number of instances of inconsiderate parking by users of the Village Hall. On behalf of the Village Hall Committee, the Chairman would like to advise that "it is permissible to park vehicles on the road outside the Village Hall with certain provisions in relation to lights displayed and direction faced. However, there have been problems recently with vehicles being parked partly on the verge, thus obstructing pedestrian traffic. Additional notices are now displayed requesting that vehicles must be parked with all wheels on the road. It is likely that the verge will soon be replaced with a proper pavement (see below)." The Committee urges all hirers and users of the Village Hall to ensure that vehicles are parked with consideration for residents of nearby properties and pedestrians.

Highclere Pedestrian Access Improvements

Hampshire County Council (HCC), in liaison with Highclere Parish Council and Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council, has developed a proposal to improve pedestrian access to Highclere Village Hall from the village centre. The scheme will provide a safer and more desirable pedestrian route for local people by a new footway along the A343 Andover Road on the western side of the carriageway linking the Village Hall and Star Lane / Mount Road.

More information, including downloadable plans is available on the HCC website here. A link to an online feedback form is provided to give your views in support of or against the scheme by Wednesday 6th May 2015.

Highclere Society Summer Barbecue

This year’s Highclere Society Summer Barbecue will be held on Sunday 28th 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 now be reserved by sending an email 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 seasonal 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 for this year, Ataxia UK.

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! If you wish to sit as a group please indicate that when booking.

Watermill presents 'A Little History of the World'

Tickets are now on sale for the Watermill Theatre on Tour’s production of “A Little History of the World”. This World premiere adaptation based on the international bestseller will take you on a light-hearted, whistle-stop tour through the centuries from the big bang to the present day. You will meet colourful, historical figures, take to the great battlefields, marvel at fabulous works of art and ground-breaking scientific discoveries. From age 10 to 110, experience a fun-filled trip through time and discover the extraordinary achievements of mankind and its frailties.

Tickets at £10 each are available from Mary McQuillen (01635 254264; marymcquillen*AT* or Molly Breakspear (01635 253264; averilbreakspear*AT*

Patrick Hedgeland

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