News: January 2017

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

Sunday 29th January - Information Day on Westridge Studio

The Parish Council would like to update you in relation to the current position of Miss D. R. Gribble's bequest.

In September 2016, the Charity Commission confirmed that they had accepted the submission from the Trustees and they were satisfied that WESTRIDGE TRUST is a charity and it has been entered onto the Register of Charities with the Registered Charity Number 1169481.

The decision to register was based on their assessment of the information supplied during the application process and the declarations given in the trustee declaration form and they were satisfied that WESTRIDGE TRUST is established for charitable purposes only for the public benefit.

The work of Wellers Hedleys solicitors on behalf of the Parish Council was completed in December 2016. They recommended that the charity was a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO). This option was recommended because it is considered to be in the long term interest of the legacy and to provide a clear framework for the future management of the Studio.

The three Trustees of the Westridge Trust are Sally Izett (the Parish Council was asked to oversee DR's legacy), Mike York (vast experience of not-for-profit organisations and of running arts facilities within schools/communities), Mike Jenkins, Chairman of Highclere Village Hall (who is able to bring his experience of running a community facility). Mike York and Mike Jenkins are liaising to ensure that the venues (Westridge Studio and Highclere Village Hall) offer complementary facilities.

Westridge Studio does require refurbishing to comply with fire regulations and health and safety legislation and to secure its long-term future as a desirable rentable facility for the local community. The aim is to maximise the downstairs space and replace the staircase (to ensure that it complies with British Standards) without taking away the floor space upstairs. Architects drawings have been produced and pre-application advice is being sought to minimise delays.

An Information Day will be held on Sunday 29 January 2017 from 2pm to 4pm in Highclere Village Hall. We would like to invite you to attend and to complete a suggestion form on the day.

We hope that you still would like to be involved in this exciting project for Highclere.

Carol Singers and Village Walk

A full report will follow in the next Newsletter at the end of January but we are delighted to report that the Highclere Carol Singers collected £400 for Cancer Research and the Village Walk collected £1,100 in aid of The Ark Cancer Charity. Many, many thanks to all those who gave so generously.

Road Closures - Water Mains Replacement

A reminder that work to replace the local water mains recommences on Monday 16th January after an extended Christmas break. Southern Water writes:

"We know that some residents have had a difficult time as a result of the works to install a new water main and we want to apologise for the disruption. We will be reviewing how we complete the work to try and reduce disruption when we return and prevent any further damage.

We'll pick up work in Westridge, Pantings and Star Lane when we return. The road closures will be reinstated as they have been with full access for residents.

See earlier information about the extent of this work - News (Nov 2016)

Photo Enthusiasts

Get snapping and your photo could be part of the 2018 Highclere Parish Calendar. We are looking for Seasonal country scenes including: Local Buildings - Parish Activites/Events - Country Lanes and Footpaths - Flora/Fauna to Animals and Insects.

For more information please go to

Patrick Hedgeland

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