News: October - December 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.

village walk

The Village Christmas Walk - Wednesday 27 December

The weather was very kind to us and approximately 280 walkers from Highclere, Woolton Hill and the surrounding villages met up at the Red House in Highclere for the 34th Annual Village Christmas Walk. This year's walk followed a familiar route around the footpaths and country roads of Highclere and Hollington. Highclere Society was a sponsor. A superb total of £900 was raised via donations on the walk for the Ark Cancer Charity Appeal.

The organisers would like to say a big thank you to all the helpers, marshals and contributors and especially to all those who gave so generously.

carol singers

Highclere Christmas Carol Singers - Tuesday 11th December

In fair weather around 28 Highclere Carol Singers including new faces and children set off around the village 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 £385. We look forward to seeing you all next year.

Highclere Society AGM

The 22nd AGM was held at the Highclere Village Hall on 22nd November 2018. Despite the rather cold weather many members attended and enjoyed a glass of wine and nibbles. Patrick Hedgeland gave a speech detailing our achievements last year and our commitments going forward. These included two new projects namely supporting the Parish Council's Neighbourhood Plan development, where the Chair of the Steering Group and many of the volunteers are leading Society members, and looking at ways of improving services and increasing facilities for families in the Parish by co-ordinating with other groups. The Society's year was also busy with the usual events, a wine tasting evening, golf days and the summer BBQ.

The Chair and the committee were re-elected, although Steve Mills has had to resign due to being relocated for his work. He will be missed. We would like to thank him for all his hard work and wish him luck for the future.

During the AGM we were delighted to announce that a total of £1,346 had been raised to be divided between our two chosen charities, Loose Ends, Newbury and Arthritis Research. Pam Hayden, Chair of Loose Ends attended and gave a very informative speech. Pam was then presented with a cheque for £673.

Our chosen charity for next year, as voted by those in attendance, is The Alzheimer's Society. With your help and support we will raise lots of money for this vital charity.

Raffle Prizes

The large amount of money we raise for charity at the BBQ each year would not be possible without the generosity of local businesses who kindly give raffles prizes. We would like to thank them again - The Carnarvon Arms, The Carpenters Arms, The Esseborne Manor Hotel, The Hare & Hounds, The Rampant Cat, The Red House, The Yew Tree Restaurant, N & C Leah CN Sales and Marketing, Penwood Nurseries, Phil & Sally Wrigley and Silverbirch Beauty.

It is also important, as a community, to remember that we do not have to go far to celebrate the festive season. We are very fortunate to have these excellent establishments on our doorstep or very close. We know they very much appreciate the support of Highclere Society members and we wish them all a very busy and Merry Christmas leading into a successful and Happy New Year.

Wine Quiz

Saturday 30th March Highclere Village Hall Advance notice. Put the date in your diary!

Neighbourhood Plan - Update

Since the development of a Neighbourhood Plan (NP) was authorised by the Parish Council (PC) in July, the Steering Group has been working hard to recruit more volunteers for the project. We now have about 20 Highclere residents getting seriously involved, many of whom are Society members, but there is always room for more! Four Working Groups are being created to handle the key activity areas which will be needed over the life of the project:

Although we're looking at a project which will probably last for a couple of years, the key Community Engagement phase is expected to begin in the first quarter of 2019.

Village Milestones

milestone milestone

We hope you have noticed that the milestones on the A343, two either side of the village, have recently had their annual clean up. See before and after photos below. This work is done and sponsored by the Society. If you are interested in receiving information about the Milestone Society, please contact Christine Leah on 07786 436371.

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