News: March - July 2018

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

News from The Westridge Studio

Sunday 13th May was the 2nd Arty Farty Safari Lunch in Highclere and what a success it proved to be. 46 people enjoyed meeting at the Church for a pre-lunch drink, kindly donated by Kevin Pearson, before proceeding to various people's homes for delicious starters followed by more delicious main courses at other people's homes, and then returning to the Dunlop Room adjoining the Church for homemade puddings and coffee. Many thanks must go to the hosts who welcomed and fed their guests. Their generosity was wonderful and to all who participated, bringing wine or making desserts as well. The grand total raised was £1,000.

There will definitely be another one planned for May 2019 when we hope we can make use of the refurbished Westridge Studio!

The Westridge Studio now has its own website -

Highclere Society Golf Day

For this year's spring's golf tournament, we visited West Berks Golf club on the 23rd April. The weather was perfect for golf, dry fresh, slight wind, with the course in fair condition. 16 golfers competed and played very well and produced a number of good scores. Patrick Hedgeland joined us for lunch to give out the prizes. The overall winner was Mike Williams, after a count back with 34 points, an excellent score. Prizes also went to Roland Gardner for the longest drive and Mike Sparvell for nearest the pin. Special prizes were awarded to David Small and Terry Watt.

The next Golf Society day will be in the autumn of 2018.

Attracting More Young Families

The committee has received some very interesting suggestions, since calling for inputs last month. We will be considering how to proceed over the coming months, but please still feel free to send in more ideas.

How To Get Potholes Filled

If you see a pothole, please report it on the HCC website detailed below. Unless someone tells Hants. it may never get filled.

Hampshire County Council whose responsibility it is say:

"Emergency defects are usually made safe within two hours. These repairs may be temporary with permanent repairs being made later. Other defects become part of the maintenance programme and are usually repaired within two months. Larger or more complex works, such as major resurfacing, are generally scheduled separately."

Wine Quiz: "Call My Bluff"

The annual Wine Quiz was first held in January 2000. This year's quiz, held on 17th Feburary, was again presented in the "Call My Bluff" style, with excellent wines chosen by David Small. Members and friends, grouped on 8 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, Krista Dick and Christine Leah. There were 4 white and 4 red wines being tasted. Ian Briggs led the Quiz with his usual flair, ably assisted on the scoreboard by Patrick Hedgeland.

The contest was very keenly fought, with table 8 coming first, comprising of Janet and Nigel Taylor, Peter and Melanie Davies and Alan and Sue Pritchard. The winners received 6 bottles of wine.

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

The profits from the evening will be donated to this year's charities which are Loose Ends, Newbury and Arthritis Research. In addition a leaving collection for the charities raised £110 for which we thank all for their generosity.

Everyone enjoyed the evening and hopefully left knowing a little more about wine.

Data Protection

In September 2017, we described how and why we have moved our membership information to an external web-based service. We are aware the we must properly protect that data, as required by various pieces of UK legislation and EU regulation. In examining our responsibilities under those Acts, we have concluded that while we do not need to formally register with the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO), there are actions which we are obliged and would wish to take. Therefore, we have done two things:

Both are on the Society's website (go to membership), and a hard copy of either or both can be made available on request.

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