News: May-June 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.

Major Development at Westridge Refused

As I wrote in my email to members, it was great news when the Planning Officer rejected this development of 50 homes and Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council (BDBC) adopted the Local Plan.

There is still a tiny risk as the developer can within six months, appeal to the Government Planning Inspectorate for a review of the decision. I guess they will not do that as BDBC have not included any housing in villages considered “unsustainable” like Highclere in their Government approved Local Plan and our objections were so comprehensive and strong.

So we should be safe from large developments in Highclere for a few years provided that the land set aside for housing across BDBC is developed on time and to plan.

The application, officer's report and refusal notice are available on the Basingstoke and Deane Council (BDBC) planning portal - see Application reference 16/00581/OUT).

See also the news item on our Spring News page.

Highclere Society at the Village Fete on 11 June

It is a little known fact that every year the Society provides the Gazebos that cover all the stalls at the Fete. All in fact that is except the Crack-a-Crock where Society members risk the weather (and back pain) to give pleasure to children of all ages. Our Crack-a-Crock team raised £72. Well over 800 bricks were thrown at our beautiful crocks! Our MP, Kit Malthouse, was caught on camera having a smashing time!

But that is not all Jill Williams excelled herself with yet another wonderful floral window display for the Society as all who saw it agree.

Well done all for these contributions to our community.

Highclere Society Golf Day

This year’s spring golf tournament was at Weybrook Park Golf club on the 11th April. The weather was not kind to us as we had plenty of rain. However, the 17 players competed very well and produced a number of good scores. We were joined by Patrick Hedgeland and Clive Sanders for lunch after which Patrick presented the prizes.

The overall winner was Terry Watt with 39 points, a very good score considering the conditions. Prizes also went to Mike Sparvell for the longest drive and Mike Durkin for nearest the pin. Special prizes were awarded to Terry Watt and Nick Haste.

The next Golf Society day will be in the autumn of 2016.

Annual Parish Assembly

The Annual General Meeting of the above will be held in Highclere Village Hall on Tuesday 10th May commencing at 7.30pm. In addition to general reports there will be reports by the Police, County and Borough Councillors and the Highclere Parish Council Report and there will also be:

All Electors of the Parish of Highclere are invited to attend, and at the end of the Assembly you are invited to stay and enjoy a glass of wine.

Patrick Hedgeland

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