News: April - May 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.

Society Golf Day

For this year's spring's golf tournament we visited Sherfield Oaks club on the 29th April. The weather was perfect for golf, dry fresh, slight wind, with the course in fair condition; however, the greens not in the best of condition did give us problems. 14 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 York, with 37 points, an excellent score. Prizes also went to Phil Hooper for the longest drive and Peter Sharpe for nearest the pin. Special prize was awarded to Simon de Angeli.

The next Golf Society day will be in the autumn.

News from the Westridge Studio

We are still on track for the work to commence sometime between the middle and end of June - an exciting prospect for all those who have been involved in the process.

There will be a stand at the Church Fete on Saturday 8th June giving further information for anyone who is interested in what we are doing. Please come along and drop into the stall.

The Trustees and the rest of the committee would like to thank Lord Carnarvon for his personal donation and more importantly for his great support in securing a £10,000 grant from the Greenham Trust of which he is a Patron. They would also like to thank Thorngrove School for their donation of £500 which was match funded to make£1,000, such a kind gesture to our Community.

If you are interested in helping to run the Studio when it is completed please let anyone of the Trustees know, (please see Westridge Website) the more the merrier. Come November we will be looking for volunteers to help with some aspects of the build e.g. painting and decorating, if you think you could spare a few hours, again, please let us know. There will be a register on the stall.

We are keen to encourage new users to the Studio: are you interested in running an Art class for children or adults or a Music class? Talk to us about it at the fete we will give you all the information you need.

Watermill Theatre on Tour

The Watermill Theatre is on tour at Highclere Village Hall, Saturday 6th July 2019 at 7.30pm. The play is:


In some people's lives there is a moment when something goes wrong, when they do something very bad, something that poisons their life for good. In a small village, the last remaining members of the dwindling church committee gather to discuss its future. At this critical meeting, Tom, a contentious nomination to join the committee, is put forward. Caught with indecent images of children on his computer, Tom has been to prison and is now on the sex offenders register. Whilst many of the community can't forgive him, one committee member proposes that Tom is given a second chance. When the impact of the past collides with the future of a village community, is forgiveness ever possible? A powerful and captivating new drama that explores, from multiple points of view, what it means to live a haunted life.

This play contains themes of a sensitive and potentially distressing nature. Parental discretion recommended.

Tickets £12.50 each from Mary McQuillen, (marymcquillen* tel: 01635 25426).

East Woodhay & Highclere Neighbourcare

East Woodhay & Highclere Neighbourcare held their Annual General Meeting in St Thomas' Church Hall on 17 April. It was attended by 25 of the volunteer drivers.

In her Chairman's report Lesley Foden said that over the previous 2 years the number of drives that the team had carried out had increased substantially from 361 in 2016 to 477 in 2018 and the signs are that the number will continue to increase. The main destinations are Woolton Hill Surgery, West Berkshire Community Hospital and Basingstoke Hospital.

Lesley thanked all the team for their hard work and welcomed the new drivers who had joined during the year. She also gave a special thank you to Madeleine Jenkins who, as a founder member and inaugural chairman, is retiring from the team after 30 years.

Neighbourcare will be attending Highclere Church Fete on 8 June, St Thomas' Church Fete on 6 July and the Village market on 28 September. Anyone who is interested in volunteering and joining the team, giving as much or as little of their time as suits them, is very welcome to come for a chat. Alternatively call the Secretary, Keith Nunn (253888) or look at our website (

Extending Community Engagement

Members will recall that some time ago the Society asked for suggestions as to how we could attract younger members to participate in the village activities.

From the responses received the Committee has considered this matter in considerable detail and over the course of many discussions have changed the objective to one of how to create greater engagement with the whole of Highclere Community.

We do not propose changes to the current key events that the Society operates (Golf, BBQ, Wine tasting, planning matters, new residents' welcome packs, etc) as these are already successful and valued and we do not envisage the Society setting up new ventures, but we are keen to support, encourage and facilitate any ideas from members or groups of activities that they are keen to see in the village and are prepared to lead, manage or partake in, as we did when the Highclere Film Club was set up.

Now will be an ideal time for members with ideas to put them forward for, as you are aware, the redevelopment of the Westridge Studio is about to commence and will be open by December, and the Trustees are keen to hear from you. Likewise, the Neighbourhood Plan for the whole of the Parish of Highclere has been given the go ahead by all necessary parties.

Over the next few months all residents will be kept informed about these projects on a direct basis and your views and ideas will be sought and we cannot encourage you enough to become involved in them. This is an opportunity for all residents to have a say in the future development of the village and the social activities that are available to you all.

If you have any ideas for new activities that you are prepared to develop, and run do please contact either the Westridge or Neighbourhood Plan teams when you hear from them or go along to the public meetings they will be holding. The Society will be represented at both meetings to advise on any support or help we may be able to give. If you prefer to make contact sooner, then please do not hesitate to contact the society before and we will put you in touch with the correct person.

As an aside we are keen to enhance our communication and accessibility through technology but are struggling for capability to do so! If anyone has a bit of time to help us by enhancing our website and facilitating communication by Facebook/Twitter/Highflier/Nextdoor etc please make contact with us.

News archive


Sad News - death of Countess Carnarvon (May 2018)

The Church - A Village cornerstone at risk? (May 2018)

Report on the Society's Wine Quiz (Apr 2018)

Speeding on the A343 (Apr 2018)

More news from Westridge Studio (Apr 2018)

News from Westridge Studio (Mar 2018)


Report on Annual Village Charity Walk (Dec 2018)

Report on Highclere Carol Singers (Dec 2018)

Report on the Society's AGM (Nov 2018)

Update on Neighbourhood Plan (Oct 2018)

Clean up of village milestones (Oct 2018)

Westridge Studio News (May 2018)

Report on the Society's Spring Golf Day (Apr 2018)

How to get potholes filled (Mar 2018)

Report on the 'Call My Bluff' wine quiz (Feb 2018)

Report on the village Christmas charity walk (Jan 2018)


Report on The Society's AGM (Dec 2017)

The Society's New Computer System (Dec 2017)

Highclere 2018 Calendar (Oct 2017)

Highclere Neighbourhood Watch (Oct 2017)

Report on autumn Society Golf Day (Oct 2017)

Report on the Summer Barbecue (July 2017)

News from the Parish Council (July 2017)

Highclere 2018 Calendar - last call for photos (July 2017)

Westridge Studio - latest updates (Jun 2017)

Update on Superfast Broadband (May 2017)

Highclere Society Golf Day (Apr 2017)

Annual Wine Tasting Quiz - Report (Apr 2017)

Report on Westridge Information Day (Feb 2017)

Report on Hampshire Broadband Summit (Feb 2017)

Westridge Studio Update and Information Day (Jan 2017)

Report on 32nd Annual Village Christmas Walk (Jan 2017)

Report on Highclere Christmas Carol Singing (Jan 2017)

Road Closures - Water Mains Replacement (Jan 2017)


Announcement of AGM (Nov 2016)

Details of annual village walk for charity (Nov 2016)

Details of carol singing around the village (Nov 2016)

Call or photos for 2018 calendar (Nov 2016)

Golf - report on Society's Golf Day at Donnington Valley (Oct 2016)

The Red House - application to extend liicensing hours (Sep 2016)

Potholes - current status and how to report (Sep 2016)

East Woodhay Flower and Produce Show (Aug 2016)

Highclere Society Summer Barbecue (July 2016)

Highclere Society at the Village Fete (Jun 2016)

Application for development of 50 houses refused (May 2016)

Details of Annual Parish Meeting (May 2016)

Golf Day at Weybrrok Park Golf Club (Apr 2016)

Objection to major 50-house development (Mar 2016)

Report on wine quiz (Jan 2016)

Report on annual village walk (Jan 2016)

Report on carol singing (Jan 2016)


Westridge Studio update (Dec 2015)

Report on AGM; Society donates £1,431 to Ataxia (Dec 2015)

Village Hall news - WW1 commemoration (Nov 2015)

AGM details (Nov 2015)

East Woodhay Society AGM and Quiz (Nov 2015)

Highclere Wassail (Nov 2015)

Future of Westridge Studio - suggestions welcome (Oct 2015)

New sign on the Armoury (Oct 2015)

Report on autumn Golf Day (Oct 2015)

Talk on history of Highclere Castle (Oct 2015)

Summer barbecue report (Aug 2015)

Highclere Film Club (Aug 2015)

Watermill on tour:s 'A Little History of the World' (Aug 2015)

Keeping the village tidy (Aug 2015)

Our Village Agent, Age Concern (Aug 2015)

Summer barbecue details (May 2015)

Consultation on new pavement (May 2015)

Parking near the Village Hall (May 2015)

Keep Highclere Tidy (May 2015)

Highclere Society Spring Golf Day (Apr 2015)

Palm Sunday Procession (Mar 2015)

Reasons for No Cold-Calling Zone (Mar 2015)

Local Policing Priorities (Mar 2015)

Report on 'Call My Bluff' Wine Quiz (Feb 2015)

Report on Annual Village Christmas Walk (Jan 2015)

Walking for Health (Jan 2015)


Harvest Supper 2015: 'A Year in Highclere' (Nov 2014)

Highclere Society Welcome Packs (Nov 2014)

Highclere Christmas Carol Singers (Nov 2014)

Report on the Society's AGM (Nov 2014)

Announcing the death of "DR" (Dorothy-Rose Griblle" (Oct 2014)

Report on our Autumn Golf Day at Sherfield Oaks (Oct 2014)

The Sausage Sizzled - local event raises £1,157 for charity (Oct 2014)

Highclere Parish Council - Parish Clerk Vacancy (Aug 2014)

Community Speed Watch - Volunteers Needed (July 2014)

Summer Barbecue report (July 2014)

Post Office Stores, Broad Layings (July 2014)

Highclere Society Spring Golf Day (May 2014)

The Watermill comes to Highclere Village Hall (May 2014)

Annual Wine Tasting Quiz (Apr 2014)

Walking for Health (Apr 2014)

History Group: Request for WW1 information (Feb 2014)


Annual charity walk raises £600 for the Ark Cancer Centre (Dec 2013)

Highclere Choir Carol Singing, Christmas 2013 (Dec 2013)

Report on History Group October meeting (Nov 2013)

"No Cold Calling Zone" for Highclere (Nov 2013)

Summer Barbecue report (Nov 2013)

Scottish & Southern Energy - Power Cuts (Nov 2013)

Society to give £500 for repair/maintenance of church bells (Jun 2013)

Proposal for Highclere "No Cold Calling Zone" (Jun 2013)

Footpath closure extended (Jun 2013)

East Woodhay Society put on two plays/shows in Highclere village hall (Jun 2013)

Highclere's Diamond Jubilee Celebrations - a Photographic Record (May 2013)

Highclere Bells (May 2013)

Highclere Society Spring Golf Day - report and results (May 2013)

Highclere Society Summer Barbecue - preparations (May 2013)

Highclere broadband update (April 2013)

Results of Wine Quiz "Call My Bluff" (February 2013)

Diamond Jubilee Bench installed in churchyard (February 2013)

The Christmas Charity Walk 2012 raised £450 for charity (January 2013)


90 members enjoyed a fantastic night of Motown music (December 2012)

Report on the Society's 2012 AGM (December 2012)

Hampshire Broadband Programme (December 2012)

"Twinned with Downton Abbey" Yellow Road Signs (October 2012)

Autumn Golf Day - Abandoned! (October 2012)

Pride in our Parish - more updates (September 2012)

Highclere Film Club 2012/13 programme (September 2012)

Pride in our Parish - update on various projects (July 2012)

Update on Highclere Film Club (July 2012)

400 people enjoyed our Diamond Jubilee Picnic Party (June 2012)

Report on the Highclere Parish Annual Assembly (May 2012)

Over £700 raised at Living Paintings Charity Concert (May 2012)

Do you want a local youth group? (May 2012)

Spring Golf Day at Test Valley Golf Course - report (April 2012)

Defribrillator Training - report (April 2012)

Pride in our Parish update (April 2012)

Concert by Watership Cantabile in aid of Living Paintings (April 2012)

"Call My Bluff" - a report on the wine quiz evening (February 2012)

Living Paintings (our 2012 charity) presents Indigo Rock at the O2 (February 2012)

Faster Broadband - but your vote is needed! (February 2012)

Happy New Year: carol singing report (January 2012)

The Annual Village Christmas Charity Walk 2011 - report (January 2012)

Pride in Our Parish - progress report (January 2012)


Report on the Society's 15th birthday party (December 2011)

Report on the Society's AGM (December 2011)

Annual Village Christmas Walk - details (December 2011)

Salt Bins and Litter - information from the Parish clerk (November 2011)

Golf Day - report on the golf day held at Sherfield Oaks (November 2011)

Society's AGM - bullet points (November 2011)

We celebrate our 15th birthday with a Broadway themed evening (July 2011)

Highclere Film Club raises money from Waitrose green disc scheme (July 2011)

Local Wildlife Trust programme - we are members (July 2011)

New priest moves into Highclere (July 2011)

Highclere Society Golf Day at Weybrook (Apr 2011)

Report on 'Spot the Wine' quiz night (Feb 2011)

Christmas Charity Walk 2010 - 200 walkers raised £650 (Jan 2011)


Cheque presented to Help The Heroes at AGM (Nov 2010)

Report on Society's Golf Day (8 Nov 2010)

Support Highclere Film Club (Autumn 2010)

Report on the successful summer hog roast (June 2010)

Report on crime prevention meeting (May 2010)

Report on Highclere Society Golf Day (May 2010)

Report on 25th Christmas Charity Walk (January 2010)


Report on AGM Thursday 12th November (December 2009)

Highclere Society Golf Day (October 2009)

The Barn by the Shielings (September 2009)

Highclere Castle Walks (September 2009)

Penwood Forestry (September 2009)

Closure of Penwood Village Hall (September 2009)

A Great Hog Roast (July 2009)

Overhead Noise (June 2009)

Highclere Society Golf day (Apr 2009)

Highclere Castling Enabling development - next steps (Apr 2009)

Grant made to Highclere Film Club (Apr 2009)

Historic Walks Leaflet Produced (Apr 2009)

Pride in our Parish (Apr 2009)

Parish Council Still Needs Your Help (Apr 2009)

Red House Update (Mar 2009)

Air Traffic route (R41) Update (Mar 2009)

Highclere Church Safari Lunch is Back! (Mar 2009)

Greener Society - keep recycling (Jan 2009)

Over 140 Walk for the Stroke Association (Jan 2009)

Sad news - death of Phyllis Macklin (Jan 2009)


Highclere Film Club - December film: Hairspray (Dec 2008)

Parish Council - recycling bins and parish plan questionnaire (Dec 2008)

Highclere Castle Enabling Development - result of members' survey (Dec 2008)

Pride in our village - what's happening; your ideas (Dec 2008)

Annual Christmas charity walk - Faccombe (Dec 2008)

Second Golf Day report (Oct 2008)

Annual General Meeting announcement (Oct 2008)

The Summer Fizz .. it really did go with a Fizz! (July/Aug 2008)

Picnic and Pimms .. as well as some Cricket! (July/Aug 2008)

Low Flying Over Highclere (July/Aug 2008)

Snippets & Cricket Match Announcement (June 2008) website announcement (April 2008)

Red House Update (April and July 2008)

Circular walks around Highclere (April 2008)

Development in Pantings Lane (April 2008)

A343 Closure near Penwood crossroads (April 2008)

Alden Bridge closure: June - Sept 2008 (April 2008)

News from Other Groups - Kingsclere walk, Tesco's 'megashed' (Andover) (April 2008)

Night flights over Highclere (March 2008)

Fun for(wine) lovers at valentine's night 'Call my Bluff Wine' quiz (Feb 2008)

New walks project gets into its stride (Jan 2008)


Highclere Society goes green (Dec 2007)

Boost for Penwood Village Hall (Dec 2007)