East Woodhay Society
An exciting new organization has been launched. It is called the East Woodhay Society, and is intended to be of interest and benefit to anyone living in the villages and hamlets that form the parish of East Woodhay.
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The aims of the Society are, in part, to encourage progress on the Action Points highlighted in the recently published Parish Plan, by forming a focus for groups and individuals interested in driving those actions forward. The other aims are of a more general nature:-
to promote social activities to encourage a community spirit,
to promote high standards of planning and architecture,
to ensure that the environment and features of interest are protected or improved in an appropriate and sympathetic way,
to encourage an interest in the local geography, history, natural history and architecture, within the East Woodhay area.
Some of you may be aware of the activities of the very successful Highclere Society in our neighbouring parish. The East Woodhay Society does not plan to become a clone of its illustrious neighbour, although many of Highclere's features are so good they will inevitably be imitated. Instead the EWS will be guided by its own members, and will adapt to the needs and aspirations of our community.
Already, a member of the Society has been approached by the local Council and by estate agents, to comment on development proposals. The Society is independent of, and not bound by the same statutory constraints as the Parish Council, and can therefore express the opinions of the ordinary citizen. This may not carry much legal weight, but it can have an influence on planning decisions, particularly if there is evidence of strong popular feeling.
But consultation is just one aspect of the Society's activities. You may want to start a pressure group campaigning for a pedestrian crossing near the school, or for the removal of certain traffic-calming structures. On the social side, if you fancy organizing a youth club or other social events, or would like to put forward ideas such as how we might celebrate the royal wedding, you may find like-minded people in the Society, and the support you need to get your project off the ground.
The Society has already formed a small committee and would welcome additional committee members to help spread the load. Membership of the Society is open to all who are interested in actively furthering the purposes of the Society. Further details and the latest information on what is happening are available on www.wooltonhill.com. If you feel you have something to contribute, or if you need the backing of the Society for your activity, contact the Chairman, John Angle on 253889 or via email at email@example.com.
The other members of the committee include Elizabeth Gillespie - Vice Chairman, Alan Stapleton - Secretary, David Barclay - Treasurer, Mike Robinson - Membership plus, Dave Lawson & Jane Vince.
The society proposed that the cost of annual membership should be £10 for a family and £6 for a single person with founder members being given an extended membership period.