Category Archives: News


East Woodhay Flower Show

East Woodhay Flower Show needs your support see diary entries 13/5.4/7 and 19/8. All events at East Woodhay Village Hall.

St Michael & All Angel’s Church Highclere

A concert on Sunday 23rd April at 7pm. An evening of music with Janet Coxwell,Andy Smets & Friends, followed by a drinks reception at Highclere Farm. Tickets £15.00 Contact Jo Walsh 255013 or

Westridge Studio Public Update Meeting

An Information Day will be held on Sunday 29 January 2017 from 2pm to 4pm in Highclere Village Hall. We would like to invite you to attend and to complete a suggestion form on the day. We hope that you still would like to be involved in this exciting project for Highclere.

Highclere Christmas Carol Singers

Highclere Christmas Carol Singers – (Wednesday 14th December2016) In fair weather around 24 Highclere Carol Singers including many new faces set off round 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. and 3 wonderful solos by Amy. 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 a record £400.00. We look forward to seeing you all next year.

Village Charity Christmas Walk

The amount raised is a record. A big thank you to all those who came and who gave so generously. On a beautiful and cold day, the 27th of December, approx 350 walkers from Highclere, Woolton Hill and the surrounding villages met up at the Red House in Highclere for their 32nd Annual Village Christmas Walk. This year’s walk followed a familiar route around the footpaths and country roads of Highclere & East End. A superb total of £1100 was raised via donations made on the walk for the Ark Cancer Centre Charity in Basingstoke. The £1100 will be submitted for match funding by the Greenham Common Trust thus raising a grand total of £2,200 for the Ark Cancer Centre Charity. As in previous years, the walk was organised by members of the local luncheon group, Los Jubilados supported by a group of willing helpers, in co-operation with the East Woodhay Society & the Highclere Society. Halfway around the 4 mile walk the walkers stopped at Peter Brunsden’s house, East End where mince pies, many donated by Budgens Wash Common, together with mulled wine were served.

Newtown Road Waste Centre Access

Pleased to say you should now have received your permits. Dear Resident, You will know that I have been pushing for a resolution to this issue and I am pleased to be able to send you, below, the official announcement from Hampshire County Council, issued yesterday. [ 6th December] All I would add is that I believe that all of the parishes of East Woodhay, Highclere, Burghclere, Newtown and Ecchinswell Sydmonton & Bishops Green are to receive permits, and parts or all of Kingsclere. I do not have access to the list drawn up by Basingstoke and Deane but the above parishes satisfy the ‘more than ten miles from Andover or Basingstoke’ criterion for receiving passes. The passes are due to be sent out from 20th December, so will be subject to Christmas postal delay, no doubt. The cost will be borne by the wider Hampshire Tax Payer. I would be grateful if you could help by disseminating this widely; I believe also that an article with this news will appear in tomorrow’s Newbury Weekly News. Regards Tom Thacker County Councillor, Whitchurch And Clere Division Hampshire County Council North Hampshire residents closest to West Berkshire due to receive tip permits Hampshire residents living close to the West Berkshire border and more than 10 miles away from a Hampshire household waste recycling centre (HWRC) will receive a permit to allow them to use West Berkshire Council’s HWRC at Newtown Road. The move comes after West Berkshire Council introduced a permit scheme for West Berkshire residents to use the HWRC. Following discussions with neighbouring Hampshire County Council, an agreement was reached whereby residents who live furthest away from a Hampshire site would be issued with permits to access the West Berkshire site at Newtown Road for a 12 month period. Councillor Rob Humby, Executive Member for Environment and Transport at Hampshire County Council, said: “I’m pleased we’ve come to an agreement on a transitional arrangement for those residents living furthest away from a Hampshire site, and grateful to our colleagues at West Berkshire for working with us on this. Colleagues at Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council have helped us identify the addresses of people living furthest from a Hampshire HWRC, and we will be sending special Hampshire permits to these households to use from 20 December 2016. Further information about waste and recyclable material accepted, and opening times of the Newtown Road HWRC is available on West Berkshire Council’s website. Details of locations and opening times of the 24 household waste recycling centres in Hampshire are available on Hampshire County Council’s website.

Highclere Calendar Terms & Conditions

Highclere Parish Calendar 2018. Terms and Conditions:- All photos to cover seasonal pictures taken within the parish boundaries of Highclere – recently or historically. ONLY hard copies/actual photographs will be accepted. Please include your name and contact details attached to EVERY photograph submitted. Entrants may submit more than one photograph. Please deposit photographs through the letter box at Highclere Village Hall, Andover Road, Highclere. RG20 9QS from 1st November 2016 until 31st August 2017. Entries received after 31st August 2017 will not be accepted. Ensure your photographs are suitably wrapped to avoid being bent in the envelope – no larger than A4 size, addressed to Highclere Parish Calendar 2018. Photographs CANNOT be returned to their owners. All entries must come with permission for publication – should they be chosen for the final calendar. No responsibility will be taken for lost or damaged entries. The calendar will be compiled with the photographs selected by a judging panel and the judges decision will be final. Owners of the 12 selected photographs to feature in the Highclere Parish Calendar 2018 will be notified following the judging in September 2017. The finished calendar will be available to purchase before Christmas 2017. Proceeds from the sales of the calendars will be for Highclere Parish Church.

Newbury Tip

Kit Malthouse, Member of Parliament for North West Hampshire has produced this statement Councillor Tom Thacker has been working hard at his end with the County Council and I have raised the issue at my regular monthly meeting with the leader of Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council where the leader, Cllr Clive Sanders has been personally involved. Both Richard Benyon, MP for Newbury, and I have been actively engaged and the matter has been raised with ministers. Just this week I spoke to the chief executive of West Berks Council and local councillors John Izett and Graham Falconer have also been exerting pressure. There now seems to be a deal agreed whereby permits to use the site will be issued to BDBC residents in return for a payment from the County Council. There will unfortunately be a delay in issuing the permits and I am told by the Chief Executive of West Berks that Hampshire residents can expect to receive theirs at or around Christmas. This will obviously be temporarily inconvenient, but at least a resolution is on the horizon. Cllr Tom Thacker has helpfully asked that updates are posted on parish notice boards as a means of keeping the residents informed and I know we are all grateful for his strenuous efforts to get this matter resolved. I will be back in touch if anything changes or if this information needs updating. With best wishes, Kit Malthouse

Highclere Calendar 2018

Photographs taken within the Parish boundaries of Highclere are needed to make a calendar for 2018. You have a year until the end of August 2017,the best will be chosen. Ready to sell Christmas 2017.This is a major fund raiser for the Highclere Church.Further details in future magazines and web site.Many thanks get clicking. Highclere Parish Church Council.

Highclere Parish Council New Web Site

Please note that Highclere Parish Council has a new web site You can visit by clicking on Highclere Parish Council in the menu box.