News: August 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.

Summer Barbecue Report

The Highclere Society Summer Barbecue was held on Sunday 28th June. Once again our thanks go to Janet and Nigel for hosting the event for another year. 100 Society members enjoyed the occasion, the food and drink.

We were fortunate with the weather as it rained on the Sunday morning but the afternoon was dry and warm. The welcome drink of Pimms, which has become a firm favorite, went down very well. The BBQ was provided by Gary Lemon of Thames Valley Meats and his team did a tremendous job. Steve Smart supplied the music and the children were entertained with various 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 £480 for the Society’s chosen charity, Ataxia, in memory of John Parsons. Many thanks for the most generous raffle/auction donations from Penwood Nurseries, The Yew Tree Garden Centre, Newbury & Crookham Golf Club, Carnavon Arms, The Yew Tree Inn, The Esseborne Manor Hotel, Jennifer Boulton, The Rampant Cat, Janet and Nigel Taylor, David Small, Martin Osgood, Bernard Macklin, Neil and Christine Leah (CN Sales).

Highclere Film Club

Highclere Film Club opens its new season with a free-to-members showing of A Royal Night Out, directed by Julian Jarrold (UK, 12A, 97mins) On V.E. Day in 1945, as peace extends across Europe, Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret persuade the King and Queen to be allowed out to join the celebrations. Once free of their chaperones, the young princesses experience a night full of excitement, danger and the first flutters of romance.

7.30pm for 8pm, Thursday 10th September, Village Hall - see the diary to read about forthcoming dates and films.

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*

General Maintenance

In recent years, members of the Highclere Society have embarked upon various projects to improve the general appearance of the village. These projects have included planting daffodils, cleaning Milestones and painting bridge railings. But did you know that the County Council funds a share of a lengths man’s time for general maintenance in and around the village and the Parish Council has a litter picker? If there are any issues that you wish the lengths man or the litter picker to attend to, these should be reported to Basingstoke and Deane BC on 01256 844844 or via their website. Unfortunately one of the problems at this time of year is people dumping their garden waste e.g. grass and hedge trimmings, particularly in Great Penwood, and so this needs to be reported and prevented! And, we can all do our bit by keeping verges outside our homes in a tidy state.

Our Village Agent, Age Concern

Sarah Garland is the Village Agent volunteer for the Highclere, East Woodhay and Ashmansworth area for Age Concern Hampshire and lives in Treasure Hill, Penwood. Sarah can provide information about many issues including transport for shopping or medical appointments, local activities, where to look for care options, gardening help, home maintenance and keeping warm in winter. Sarah also carries out free basic home fire safety checks for older people.

If you, or someone you know locally, would like a visit from Sarah, please contact her on 07806 659449 or highclereva*AT* Alternatively you can meet her at the Woolton Hill village market on Saturday 25th July 2015.

Patrick Hedgeland

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