The name Highclere is familiar to the many thousands who travel up and down the A34 every day and notice the signs for Highclere Castle (link below), but fewer people come across this very pleasant Hampshire village, which has a thriving community centred round the church, the Red House pub and the village hall. A glance at the diary in the Highclere and District website (also linked below) shows just how much energy and social activity can be generated in a small village.
My picture, by kind permission of the Rector and Churchwardens, is David Sadler's fine 2004 drawing of the 19th century church, built half way between the village and the castle in continuance of Christian worship in Highclere dating from the 10th century - Highclere was the country seat of the Bishops of Winchester at a time when Winchester was perhaps the most important city in England.
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Highclere Parish Society
Formed in 1996 by local people who wanted to protect and enhance the village and its environment, the Parish Society organises events and activities and has a thriving history group.
The Red House
Highclere's village pub, where "Thursday night is curry night"!
Broadband for Highclere, Woolton Hill and nearby villages
BT will provide ADSL for the Highclere exchange if enough people sign up for it. The target is 300 registrations and at 31 October the number already signed up had reached 123. Adrian Aylward runs a local campaign to get people to register.