News: December 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.

The Village Christmas Walk

The annual Christmas Walk is on Sunday 27th December meeting at 10.30 am at the Highclere Red House for a prompt 11am start, returning to the pub by 1pm. The route will meander through Highclere and surrounding areas. Everyone is welcome; there is no need to book, just turn up. Sturdy waterproof footwear is recommended but not pushchairs or wheelchairs as the walk can be muddy in places and there are stiles. Well-behaved dogs are most welcome but they must be on a lead. Approximately halfway round there will be a pit stop for mulled wine and mince pies and a collection in aid of Ark Cancer Centre Charity. For more details contact Ian 253995, John 253889 or Clive 254839.

Annual General Meeting (Report)

The 2015 AGM was held in the Dunlop Room on 4th November. The turnout was very good with around 35 members coming to hear what the committee had to say and enjoy a glass or two of wine.

Once again, the Society’s year was busy with the wine tasting evening, golf days and the summer BBQ. The Chair and the committee were re-elected.

A cheque for £1,431 was presented to Cate Dean, representing the charity Ataxia. The Charity chosen for 2016 is The National Osteoporosis Society. As always, we will be holding a number of events to raise funds for this charity and we hope we can rely on your support.

Update on Future of Westridge Studio

from Sally Izett, Chairman Highclere Parish Council

Thank you for your continued interest and support for the future of the Westridge Studio. The current situation is as follows:

  1. Highclere Parish Council has instructed a solicitor who specialises in Parish Council matters and the setting up of Charitable Trusts, Roger Taylor of Wellers Law Group. Mr. Taylor has advised and is preparing documentation to set up a Charitable Trust for the Westridge Studio.
  2. This will be discussed and hopefully approved by the Parish Council at its next meeting on 8th December 2015.
  3. Once the Charitable Trust is established then the Westridge Studio can be legally transferred to the Trust.
  4. The Charitable Trust for the Westridge Studio will have a full Constitution and will be registered with HMRC.
  5. Once these steps are all in place then the Directors of the Trust can proceed with plans to refurbish the studio. To comply with fire regulations andf health and safety legislation and to secure its long-term future as a desirable rentable facility for the local community. At present it is not possible to estimate an accurate time scale to have the Studio fully operational but it is hoped that works would be nearing completion by July 2016.

The Parish Council will be issuing regular updates on the progress of the project.

Annual Wine Tasting Quiz 2016

This event is on Saturday 13th February in the Village Hall, starting promptly at 8pm. At the annual light-hearted wine tasting quiz, we will blind taste eight wines. Spittoons are provided, so you can remain sober if you wish! After a taste of each excellent wine, a panel of experts will give their differing opinion on each wine. Then it is your turn to decide who is right. There will be a table prize for the highest quiz score of the evening. A superb bread and cheese supper will be available after the quiz to soak up any remaining wine. All the profits from the evening will be provided to the chosen charity for 2016 - The National Osteoporosis Society, The cost is £12. Book your place now by email to patrickhedgeland*AT*

Free Weekly Walking for Health

Walking for Health starting at the Woolton Hill Church Hall on 4th and 18th December, and 15th and 29th January, and starting at the Rampant Cat on 11th December and 8th and 22nd January. No walks on Christmas Day or New Year’s Day. The walks last about an hour and are at a gentle pace. Please wear clothes and shoes suitable for walking in the weather. Just turn up on the day and register. Walks start at 10.30am, but if you are coming for the first time please arrive at 10.20am to register. We also cater for slower walkers by having a shorter walk at a slower pace.

Patrick Hedgeland

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