News: January 2016

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.

Wine Quiz ("Call My Bluff")

The annual Wine Quiz was held on 13th February 2016. It was again presented in the “Call My Bluff” style, with excellent wines chosen by David Small. 70 members, grouped on 9 tables, had great fun in trying to decide which of the excellent wines matched the extravagant descriptions delivered by the Call My Bluff panel, Clive Sanders, Christine Leah and Mike Gowlett. There were 4 white and 4 red wines being tasted. Ian Briggs led the Quiz with his usual flair.

The contest was very keenly fought, with Roland Gardner’s Team coming first, this is their second year of winning, and we shall have to think of a way to handicap them. The winners received 6 bottles of wine.

Following the quiz, a delicious ploughman’s supper, organised by Janet Taylor, Traci Sharp and Jennifer Boulton was served, accompanied by wine from the tastings.

The profits from the evening will be donated to this year’s charity which is The National Osteoporosis Society.

Everyone seemed to enjoy the evening and hopefully left knowing a little more about wine.

The Village Christmas Walk

On 27th December, on a wet, dismal dark day and a trifle muddy, over 230 walkers from Highclere, Woolton Hill and the surrounding villages met up at the Red House in Highclere for their 31st Annual Charity Christmas Walk. The organisers are Los Jubilados, Highclere Society and East Woodhay Society. This year’s walk followed a route around the footpaths of Highclere, starting and finishing at the Red House. The magnificent sum of £700 was raised via donations made on the walk in aid of the Ark Cancer Centre. A huge thank you to all the walkers for their generosity.

Highclere Christmas Carol Singers

With slightly better weather than in 2014 around 26 Highclere Carol Singers (a record number) set off round the village on Wednesday 15th December singing carols and collecting donations for Cancer Research. After a brief stop for refreshment on the way round we arrived at the Red House where we continued singing Carols but now to the accompaniment of the East Woodhay Silver Band. Cancer Research has asked me to pass on their thanks to those who sang, those who provided refreshments and the band who give their time on a voluntary basis and of course all those who gave so generously helping us to raise £320.

Westridge Studio - Further Update

Since our update in December (see December News) Highclere Parish Council have been working with a law firm to create a Charitable Trust incorporated as a CIO (Charitable Incorporated Organisation). The Council has undertaken to assume responsibility as Custodian Trustee for Westridge Studio, subject to:

Patrick Hedgeland

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