News: September-October 2016

Below are selected items from our recent newsettera. Members of the society receive the full newsletter and other regular updates by email ahead of them appearing on this website.

Highclere Society 20 Year Celebration

To celebrate 20 years of Highclere Society we will be holding a Casino Night on Saturday 29th October 2016. Full details of this event have been provided to members. If you wish to attend, please apply now as tickets are limited and selling well.

Highclere Society Golf Day

This year's Autumn Golf Tournament was at Donnington Valley Golf club on the 26th September. The weather was kind to us apart from a couple of small showers. However, the 12 players competed very well and produced a number of good scores. The course was in excellent condition especially the greens.

The overall winner was Peter Sharp with 37 points, a very good score, Prizes also went to Mike Sparvell for the nearest to the pin and Stephen Suttie for the longest drive. Special prizes were awarded to Mike Sparvell and Bill Vince.

The next Golf Society day will be in the Spring 2017

Highclere Christmas Carol Singers

Do you enjoy singing Christmas Carols? If so, why not join the Highclere Christmas Carol Singers as they go round the village on Wednesday 14th December singing carols in aid of charity. New faces will be very welcome, irrespective of age and singing ability. The event starts at 6.30pm venue to be advised and will finish at around 9.00 pm at the Red House where it is hoped members of the East Woodhay Silver Band will join the singers for a final round of Carols.

If you wish to join the group, or need further information, please let me know by email at m_j.osgood*AT* or phone 01635 250756.

The Red House

The Red House has submitted an application to the Basingstoke and Deane Licencing authority. This authority has received an application to vary a premises licence under the Licensing Act 2003 to extend the sale of alcohol Monday to Thursday until Midnight, Friday and Saturday until 0030 the following morning.

If you wish to make any comment in support of, or representation against this application, you should do so in writing to the Head of Street Scene, Parks and Regulatory Services, BDBC, Civic Offices, London Road, Basingstoke RG21 4AH, or by email to licensing*AT* Any communication should be received no later than midnight on the 7 September 2016.


Potholes We have been asked by a member to publicise the need to put more pressure on Hampshire County Council to keep our roads in a good condition. If you know of any problems you may wish to send an email to Tom Thacker, our County Councillor at You can also report directly on the Hants CC website (link below).

I have paraphrased some of his reply to one of our members:

"I am asking the Hampshire area engineer to inspect the main road between Newbury (Wash Common) and Ball Hill that you mention and am asking him to report to me on the condition. I can then discuss with Hampshire Highways how any remedial work needs to be prioritised, in the context of the very large cuts in central government funding that we are having to work with.

Potholes are repaired, once the County Council is aware of them; residents can report potholes and their exact location, and track the progress, via the following link

I would be grateful if you would also identify the minor roads in the parish which were resurfaced and where you report that the contractors didn't bother to repairs any potholes or verges and that you point out that with the resurfacing has just made things worse. I can then look into these matters with the area engineer."

Patrick Hedgeland

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