East Woodhay Society

The local society for the residents of the wonderful area of Woolton Hill and the local hamlets within East Woodhay

Newsletter January 2012


East Woodhay Society

The Committee would like to wish all its members a Happy New Year.


The Annual Village Christmas Charity Walk 2011 

The East Woodhay  & Highclere Societies, together with the organisers, Los Jubilados Luncheon Club, were delighted with the response to this year’s walk from the Furze Bush, Ball Hill on the 27th December, over five miles of lovely countryside. This year the group numbered approx 200 walkers with many more children, from Highclere, Woolton Hill and surrounding villages – a great turnout!

The walk headed out to North End, via Heath End to St Martin’s Church and back via a circular walk to the Furze Bush. Half way round (many thanks to Peter Mason for the use of his land), mulled wine and mince pies were waiting, courtesy of the organisers. At the Furze Bush, apart from a well-earned drink, many walkers enjoyed lunch, and our thanks go to Nick Rolfe and his staff for coping so well. This year’s charity was ‘Jacks Place’, the hospice for teenagers at Sutton Scotney and a sum of £600 was donated, for which the organisers thank all the participants.


Highclere Film Club, Highclere Village Hall

The latest film dates are as follows:-

Thursday 26th January, Sarah’s Key, a French drama starring Kristin Scott-Thomas. Doors open 7:30pm

Thursday 9th  February: Tinker, Tailor, Soldier Spy ( 15) In the bleak days of the Cold War, espionage veteran George Smiley (Gary Oldman) is forced from semi-retirement to uncover a Soviet mole operating within the ranks of MI6. Also starring Colin Firth and John Hurt as George’s old boss. Doors open 7:30pm

Thursday 23rd  February: Midnight in Paris (12A)  A romantic comedy about a family traveling to the French capital for business. The party includes a young engaged couple (Owen Wilson and Rachel McAdams) forced to confront the illusion that a life different from their own is better. A real return to form for Woody Allen, harking back to his ‘Purple Rose of Cairo’ of 1985. Doors open 7:30pm

Sunday 29th January and Sunday 26th February, there will be a Members Film, which will be decided on the night.  Members can make suggestions and the choice is by consensus of opinion at the time.  The bar opens at 6.30pm and the film starts at 7.00pm.  This film is free to members of the film club.

See www.highclerefilmclub.co.uk for further details.


Police Reports

Despite prompting the police report for December has failed to arrive, but we have been advised of an incident, which is detailed below:-

Police are appealing for information after a suspicious incident in the Penwood area

Between 2pm and 3pm on Tuesday, January 17, a woman was walking her dog in Great PenWood when she noticed a man come out of the bushes. He was committing a sexual act.

The man followed her for a short distance and then disappeared.

The man is described as white, of a medium build and height and had scruffy brown hair. He was wearing a white t-shirt, dark-green tracksuit bottoms and mustard-coloured jacket or top.

PC Colin Jackson said: “I would like to hear from anyone who has noticed anything suspicious in this area or has seen a man matching this description.

“At this stage we believe this to be an isolated case, however, I would encourage people to report anything suspicious to police as soon as possible.”

Local police will be carrying out daily patrols in the area to try and identify this male and to reassure dog walkers.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact PC Jackson at Basingstoke police station or via the website www.hampshire.police.uk/internet/contact/message_officer.htm

You can also call the charity Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting end_of_the_skype_highlighting where information can be left anonymously

Police Constable 3126 Matt Deery
Hampshire Constabulary,
Whitchurch Police station, Dances Lane,
Whitchurch, Hampshire, RG28 7EG
External: 0845 045 45 45
Internal 624-128
Mobile 07554775445
Email: matthew.deery@hampshire.pnn.police.uk
Website: www.hampshire.police.uk


Heath End Playground Facilities

We are in the final stages of producing some proposals for the replacement of some of the playground facilities at Heath End. Before presenting our proposals to the EWPC we will canvas local opinion as to their views. If you or your children use the facilities and would like to be consulted please let us know.


Social Events

We are still in the process of finalising some of our events so cannot give precise details at present, but we are planning to:-

  • Have our first evening talk in March;
  • Put forward an all-female team for the Crafty Craft Race on the 7th May. The team will be led by Elizabeth Gillespie.
  • Organise a number of bike rides and walks.
  • Stage a play suitable for children.
  • Organise more social events


Saturday 11th February 2012 – Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlfe Trust Bird Spotting Team Challenge

This event is organised by the North West Division of the Wildlife Trust and involves spotting common and rare species in a competitive situation.  The venue is the Charlton Lakes area of Andover starting from the refreshments pavilion at the west end of the lakes.  Stout shoes are essential.  Please park on the special hard shoulder beside Foxcotte Road and walk back beside the stream to the Charlton Lake pavilion For further details please contact Mike Wildish on 01264 356427. Suggested donation of £2. Sorry, no dogs.


The Chase –Open Meetings

Heather Fisher, the National Trust Community Warden responsible for the Chase has arranged a series of meetings to give you an opportunity to voice thoughts about the recent works at the Chase. She would like to see you there and will be happy to answer any questions you may have.


Thursday 26th Jan              7-9pm        Clere School

Monday 20th Feb               7-9pm        Clere School

Sunday 12th Feb                1-3pm         Woolton Hill Church Hall

You may like to read a new booklet called “Forestry Re-commissioned: bringing England’s woodlands back to life”, which may answer some of the questions and concerns you may have regarding today’s woodland management decisions.



Diamond Jubilee Service on Sunday 3rd June

After considering various options the East Woodhay Society decided to join forces with St Thomas’ Social and Fundraising Committee for a Village Event. The exact details are still being decided, but could include an open air service in the church grounds with music supplied by the EWSB grounds of the Church. Options include a BBQ or bring your own picnic. The idea is to make this a family event with lots of fun for all age groups. Please let us know your views – what would you like to see.


Booking the Church Hall

Although almost 100% of bookings for the Woolton Hill Church Hall are received via email, a frequent question is whether the hall is free on some particular date. If it is not, then an additional round of correspondence is introduced. While not a problem, it is assumed that if the person trying to book has access to email, then they will also have access to the www.wooltonhill.com website where they can drop down to Church Hall and see the current availability.

Please also note that a few days ago the hall bookings diary was replaced with a completely new version, which shows half hour rather than 1 hour slots plus some additional information.


Mapping Wildlife Habitats

We now have enough members who have expressed an interest in mapping the wildlife habitats to enable to make a start. The first meeting is scheduled for the 30th January, so there is still time to put your name forward.



Each week the EWS is advised of all the previous week’s planning applications and results of appeals etc. This is to enable the EWS and its members to comment on any particular application. As the lists are quite long, any applications outside of East Woodhay or Highclere or deleted and the remainder added to the www.wooltonhill.com/ews_news website. Bar the original orange application notice, this is probably the best method for most members to find out what is happening around them and to make any comments within the specified timeframe. For those who may have missed it the small housing development at Harwood Paddock was recently approved on appeal.



The Society continues to grow and now has 183 members.  If you would like to join please print off a copy of the form on our website www.wooltonhill.com/ews_news and send it via email to eastwoodhaysociety@wooltonhill.com. With our ever increasing membership, we would welcome some of our members volunteering to join our committee. If you would like to become more involved please send us an email.