News: Oct-Nov 2019

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.

Highclere Society AGM

The AGM will tkae place at 8pm Thursday 14th November, Highclere Village Hall

It's that time of year again, and we would love as many of you as possible to join us for a quick update on what the Society has been doing. This is a particularly good time for new members to meet other people and, to encourage you all to attend, there will be the usual FREE wine and nibbles.

There will be a brief overview of the work of the Alzheimers' Society, which was last year's chosen charity to whom we shall be presenting a cheque on the night, and also an update on the Neighbourhood Plan.

We shall of course be voting on which charity to support next year from the committee's shortlist of three.

Afterwards there will be time for everyone to have a chat to each other and committee members.

Highclere Christmas Carol Singers

Do you enjoy singing Christmas Carols? If so, why not join the Highclere Christmas Carol Singers on Tuesday 10th December as they go round the village singing carols in aid of Cancer Research. New faces will be very welcome, irrespective of age and singing ability. The event starts at 6.15pm in Mount Close with a warming drink and sausage roll There is a stop for mulled wine and mince pies at the halfway stage and we finish at around 9.00 pm at the Red House when 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.

Highclere Society Golf Day

For this year's autumn golf tournament we visited Sherfield Oaks club on the 23rd September. The weather was perfect for golf, even though rain was forecast it arrived during lunch. The course was in good condition especially the greens. 18 golfers competed and played very well and produced a number of good scores. The overall winner was John Williams, with 42 points, an excellent score. Prizes also went to Peter Sharpe for the longest drive and Nick Marshall for nearest the pin. Special prizes were awarded to David Small, Roland Gardner and Nick Marshall.

The next Golf Society day will be in spring 2020.

News from The Westridge Studio

Westridge Studio continues to be on schedule, a great job is being done by the builders.

Our fundraising event "The Greatest Showman" was a sell out, with maximum people there. A big thank you to all that came and supported us. Approximately £1,300 was made to go into the renovation fund. The Trustees would like to thank Lord and Lady Webber for their donation of 2 tickets to The School of Rock in London and an anonymous donor for a litre bottle of whisky for the raffle. They would also like to thank again the Highclere Society for their donation of £100 to cover the copyright of the film, it all makes a difference and shows the village is behind the project. Last but not least, we would like to thank Chris who ran the projector etc for the film, without his knowledge we would still be sat there waiting to see it!

Now that the building phase is near it’s completion we turn our thoughts to others who might be interested it in helping to run the building going forward. If there is anyone out there who would like to join our team then please contact one of the Trustees: Mike York, ally Izett, Mike Jenkins and Angela Tiley. They would be pleased to talk to you about what it involves. As with any project an injection of new blood is always welcome to bring fresh ideas and of course much needed help.

That just leaves me to say thank you to anyone who has helped to get this project over the line, in any way or in any capacity. Without you it wouldn’t have been possible.

Electricity Power Cuts

This information is from our Neighbourhood Watch co-ordinator.

I have been dealing with Scottish & Southern Electricity Networks Customer relations team, to try to reduce the 'Auto reclose' power cuts (Auto reclose means that the power supply is cut, because either trees or animals, come into contact with the cables! These outages happen automatically) They are carrying out major works to cables etc. in Ball Hill - whilst this is not the feeder Highclere is directly fed from, it does provide the ability for SSE to 'back-feed' from this section of network onto ours, in the event of a fault - therefore these works are also of benefit to the residents of Highclere.

They also run a few Priority Service Register whereby in the event of a power cut we provide extra support to those who may be vulnerable. This could range from customers who have a medical dependence on electricity due to using an oxygen machine, hospital bed for example or a family with children under 5 or are in receipt of a state pension. More detail can be found using the link

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