News: January 2020

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.

Neighbourhood Plan Open Day

Your Neighbourhood Plan Team is pleased to announce the first Public Open Day on the future of Highclere Parish.

Learn about the power of a Neighbourhood Plan and tell us what you want it to be. If you live or work in the parish of Highclere your opinion counts !

Drop in any time between 10:30am and 3pm
Saturday February 15th 2020
Highclere Village Hall

Refreshments will be provided

Wine Tasting Quiz - 28th March

This will take place at Highclere Village Hall, starting at 7.30pm prompt. For those that have never been, the tasting quiz takes the form of "Call my Bluff" with three 'expert' judges offering their differing opinions on the details of each wine. We all taste the wine and guess by table who is right. A prize will go to the highest scoring table. It is a challenge for wine buffs and good fun for the rest of us. After tasting four whites and four reds we all have a Ploughman’s Supper with the chance to taste some more of the wines. All for £12.50 a ticket. Guests are welcome.

Either book a table as a group of any size (six works well), or just book individually and we will make up tables. All profits go to Bruce Accessible Boats, our charity for 2020.

To book please send an email with the names of attendees and make the payment of £12.50 per ticket at the same time. To save work we do not issue tickets, but we will confirm the places by email once payment is received as your proof of booking.

Due to Covid-19 restrictions this event was cancelled

The Village Christmas Walk

Xmas walk

Over 200 walkers from Highclere, Woolton Hill and the surrounding villages met at the Highclere Red House on the 27th December for the 35th Annual Village Christmas Walk. After all the rain it was a delight to wake up to no rain and mild temperatures, tempered only by the heavy mud in places under foot as the walk wound its way through Hollington to East End.

A superb total of £600 was raised via donations made on the walk for the Naomi House & Jack's Place Charity.

As in previous years, the walk was organised by Ian Briggs, John Angle and Clive Sanders, supported by a group of willing helpers, in co-operation with the Highclere Society and the East Woodhay Society. Halfway around the 4 mile walk the walkers stopped at Brunsdens, East End where free mulled wine and mince pies were served, the pies donated by Charles Mills of Budgens Mortimer.

Clive Sanders one of the Walk's founders said "It was a grand turnout considering all the rain we have had, and we were very happy to see so many new families, with young children and dogs joining the walk, while at the same time raising money for a very worthwhile charity. A big thank you to all those who came and who gave so generously."

After 35 years the current organisers have finally decided to call it a day. Over time the Christmas Walk has become a popular village institution and since 2003 when charity collections were first made some 3,000 walkers have donated over £10,000 for local good causes. It is good to report that a number of people including some who as young children took part in the first walk, 35 years ago, have come forward to take over as organisers so that the Walk can continue for another 35 years.

Christmas Carol Singers

carol singers

Regrettably due to the appalling weather forecast and indeed heavy rain on the evening of 11th December the Highclere Carol Singers organised by Highclere Society’s Martin Osgood were not able to go through the village as planned. However, they still went to the Red House and were joined by the East Woodhay Silver Band, and still managed to Raise £315 for Cancer research from those present and to those who sent donations to the group.

Cancer Research has asked me to pass on their thanks to those who sang, the East Woodhay Silver Band who give their time on a voluntary basis and of course all those who gave so generously helping us to raise £315. We look forward to seeing you all next year when hopefully the weather will be kinder.

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