Highclere, Ashmansworth and Crux Easton
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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3 Aug 2014 Highclere commemorates World War 1
3 Aug 2014 Highclere commemorates World War 1
7 Jun 2014 Highclere Church Fete opened by Downton's Mrs Hughes
8 Dec 2012 New Road Sign in Highclere Village
1 Jun 2012 Highclere Church celebrates Jewels of the Crown
29 Apr 2011 Ashmansworth celebrates the Royal Wedding
3 Apr 2011 Refurbished hall opened in Ashmansworth
19 Sep 2010 Fundraising Concert held for Highclere Church
7 Aug 2010 A Hedge in Ashmansworth
12 Jun 2010 The Fete Season gets under Way
22 May 2010 Crux Easton hold Rogation fair
4 Apr 2010 Egg Hunt at Castle raises Thousands for Naomi House
14 Mar 2010 Artex 10 Exhibition held in East Woodhay
20 Sep 2009 Bishop inaugurates new Benefice in North West Hampshire
27 Jun 2009 Ashmansworth says farewell to Tim and Liz Horsington
25 Apr 2009 Burghclere Councillors give Presentation on Highclere Enabling Development
17 Apr 2009 Lady Young helps raise funds for Highclere Church
16 Jul 2006 Highclere Tories hold barbecue and croquet competition
11 Nov 2005 Sir George officially re-opens Highclere Village Hall
23 Oct 2005 Crux Easton celebrates Trafalgar Day
17 Jul 2005 Lords & Commons Cricket Team play at Highclere
4 May 2005 The last day of the campaign in spent in Whitchurch & Clere
29 Apr 2005 The Campaign moves to North Hampshire
18 Apr 2005 Politician fails to kiss baby!
16 Apr 2005 Meeting the Mums - and some Dads - at Woolton Hill
15 Apr 2005 The canvassing team sweeps through Burghclere, Woolton Hill and Penwood.
10 Apr 2005 Sir George presents Chairman's Cup at Ashmansworth Flower Show
22 Jan 2005 Highclere raises money for Village Hall with Race Night
4 Dec 2004 A tasty start to Christmas at East Woodhay
6 Nov 2004 Highclere & East Woodhay Tories hold Guy Fawkes Quiz
3 Jul 2004 Sir George looks in on Clere Festival
3 Jun 2004 Sir George urges the Forestry Commission to re-think on Pen Wood Rally
1 Jun 2004 Sir George meets residents at Pen Wood
1 Jun 2004 Highclere launches appeal for Village Hall
11 May 2004 New picture for Highclere Church
8 May 2004 Penwood Motor Cycle Rally Fears - more news
1 May 2004 Sir George opens new Music School at Horris Hill
6 Dec 2003 Highclere Tories hold Christmas Lunch
11 Jul 2003 Broadband - Good News for Dummer and Monk Sherborne
23 Apr 2003 Broadband: Progress in North West Hampshire
28 Feb 2003 Congratulations Highclere - and Woolton Hill, Burghclere . . .
15 Feb 2003 Woolton Hill Traffic Safety Group Exhibition
25 Sep 2002 Sir George opens refurbished wind engine and mill house.
2 Sep 2002 Sir George responds to Greenham Common decision
15 Jun 2002 Hatstand Opera raises funds for Cystic Fibrosis
9 Jun 2002 Ashmansworth defy weather and hold Village fete
10 Apr 2002 Basingstoke and Deane - Time for a Better Deal
24 Mar 2002 Bishop of Winchester takes Palm Sunday service at Highclere
1 Dec 2001 Highclere and East Woodhay NWHCA hold Bangers and Mash Party
2 Oct 2001 Parish Councils combine to oppose Sainsbury's Depot
20 Sep 2001 Highclere mourns the Earl of Carnarvon
14 Sep 2001 Highclere and East Woodhay Tories hold Winetasting
12 Sep 2001 Sir George pays tribute to Lord Carnarvon
12 Sep 2001 Sainsbury's respond on traffic flows
12 Sep 2001 Sainsbury's respond on traffic flows (2)_
15 Apr 2005 What is happening about Penwood crossroads?
23 Mar 2005 Is this The Bicycling Baronet?
Local Links
Highclere Parish Council
The website provides information about the council and details of meetings and minutes.
Churches of Highclere, Ashmansworth and Crux Easton
The website provides service dates and times and a diary showing other church and related activities.
Highclere and District on the Web
Very active village community website covering Highclere, Crux Easton, Ashmansworth the neighbouring district
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.

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