East Woodhay Society

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

Newsletter February 2012

East Woodhay Society


Social Events


Our first talk of the season will be by Sir George Young on a non-political subject, at Woolton Hill Church Hall on the Friday 13th April. Please see the next newsletter for further details.

Crafty Craft Race

We already have a number of keen volunteers for the all-female team for the Crafty Craft Race on the 7th May to be led by Elizabeth Gillespie, but would welcome some more participants.

Bike Rides and Walks

We are waiting for the weather to improve, but are already planning some more bike rides and walks.

The next walk will be the Daffodil Walk, which proved to be very popular last year.  We will send out a bulletin nearer the time, when we know the flowers are at their best.

The EWPC have produced a leaflet on three Parish Walks, which will be distributed with the next copy of Spectrum, showing interesting walks within the parish. If you do not subscribe to Spectrum, but would like a copy of the walks please let us know. The EWS intend to organise walks utilising all three walks as described in the leaflet.  


We have arranged to put on a theatrical play suitable for families at Highclere Village Hall on the 28th July during the day time. More details will follow nearer the time. The show will be produced by a Newbury based professional company called FalconGrange Productions (www.falcongrange.com). After performing at the Henley Fringe Festival they will perform a children’s show for us.


Faster Broadband for Hampshire

Faster Broadband for Hampshire –  but if you would like to have this facility  all our votes are needed to try and ensure we are not one of the rural areas left out because we did not show enough interest. So, if you have not already signed up, please do it now. Please see the reproduced document below:-

The Leader of Hampshire County Council, Councillor Ken Thornber, and Karen Murray Director Culture, Communities and Business Services and Sponsor of the Hampshire Broadband Project, have asked me to let you know the news that Hampshire is to get £5 million of government funding to bring faster broadband to residents and businesses.  Your support for this project has been much appreciated.
The Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) funding announced by Ed Vaizey, is part of government plans to ensure that everyone in the country will have access to broadband.
Your constituents may want to know the headline messages which are:
*       It will take time to bring faster broadband to everyone in Hampshire
*       The overall programme will last for three years
*       Our immediate next steps are to secure a commercial partner to support and develop detailed implementation plans for the county
*       We want businesses and the public to continue to register their interest support via our website www.hants.gov.uk/broadband-signup

The dedicated broadband pages on Hantsweb, the County Council’s website, have more information about Hampshire’s funding allocation and our campaign, Faster broadband – getting Hampshire connected.


Sunday 26th February 2012 – Concordia Vespera at Westridge Open Centre

Westridge Recitals welcome Concordia Vespera playing works by Brahms and Fauré at the Westridge Open Centre, Star Lane, Highclere at 3pm.  The entrance fee, to include refreshments, is £7.00 for members & students and £9.00 for associates.  Booking is essential either on 253322 or at the centre.


Saturday 10th & Sunday 11th March 2012 – Artex 12 Art Exhibition

St Martin’s School Association is holding its 20th Sale at East Woodhay Village Hall featuring the work of over 50 well-known and award-winning local artists.  The exhibition is open from 10am to 6pm on Saturday 10th and from 11am to 3pm on Sunday 11th.  An entrance fee of £2.00 is payable to include exhibition brochure. All the sale  proceeds go to St Martin’s School and St Martin’s Church.  For more information please call 01635 254033 or visit the website www.artexart.org.


Police Reports

This is crime summary for the parishes of Ashmansworth, East Woodhay, Highclere, Burghclere, Newtown, Litchfield, Ecchinswell & Sydmonton.

From the summarised reports for 2010 & 2011 it can be seen that there has been an overall downwards trend in crime, particularly with regard to theft from vehicles.  Although relatively small compared to other crimes, there has been an increase in house burglary.


Month                                         Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Totals

House Burglary                             1                                                                                            1

Sheds & Outbuildings                   2                                                                                            2

Theft from Vehicles                      1                                                                                            1

Other Theft                                   4                                                                                            4

Other Crime                                  8                                                                                            8 

Total Crimes Recorded              16                                                                                          16 


Month                                         Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Totals

House Burglary                             1     1     1       0      1      0    2     0     1      0     4      1       12

Sheds & Outbuildings                   1     2     1       2     12     9     3     6     3     3     3      2       47

Theft from Vehicles                      3     2     8        5       1     2     1      1     1    2     0      1       27

Other Theft                                   3      6      6      2       5     3     2      4     6    4     4       4       49

Other Crime                                  7      3      4    10       8     8     5      6     8    7     6       8       80 

Total Crimes Recorded              15    14    20    19     27   22   13    17   19  16   17     16     215 


Month                                         Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Totals

House Burglary                             1     0      0      0      2      0    0     1     1      0      0      1         6

Sheds & Outbuildings                   4     2      2      0      3     6     9     8     0      4     13     9       60

Theft from Vehicles                      3     2      2      3      4     5     2     4      2     8       5    13       53

Other Theft                                   2      6     6     10     3     5     3     1      6     4        1     4        51

Other Crime                                  7      8     8       4    16     5     6     6     6     6       8      5        85

Total Crimes Recorded              17    18   18     17    28   21   20  20   15   22     27   32      255

Details of the individual monthly reports can be found under Police Reports on our website.


Heath End Playground Facilities

We will be presenting our proposal for the replacement of some of the playground facilities at Heath End at the next EWPC meeting on the 27th February. If you or your children use the facilities and would like to be consulted please let us know.


The Chase – Open Meetings

As previously mentioned, Heather Fisher, the National Trust Community Warden responsible for the Chase, arranged a series of meetings to give you an opportunity to voice thoughts about the recent works at the Chase. At the recent meeting at Woolton Hill Church Hall, which was well attended, Heather explained with the aid of a slide show what the NT were doing and why they were doing it. The next and final presentation is at the Woolton Hill Junior School on Monday 20th February at 7pm. Heather would love to see you there and will be happy to answer any questions you may have.


Community Emergency Plan

The three parishes of East Woodhay, Ashmansworth and Highclere have produced a Community Emergency Plan to enable community support, self-help and resilience when faced with an emergency.

The objectives of the plan are to:-


  • Conduct a risk assessment, identify hazards and possible mitigation
  • Identify vulnerable groups within the community
  • Identify key contacts
  • Identify a community emergency management team
  • Identify resources available to the community in the event of an emergency
  • Ensure that the plan is up to date, by implementing an annual review, implemented on the anniversary after finalisation.

 If you would like to know more please go to either the EWPC website or follow the link on www.wooltonhill.com/ews_news.


 Saturday 24th March 2012 – Living Paintings presents Indigo Rock at the O2

Although nothing to do with the EWS we thought some of you might be interested in the following charity event.

Living Paintings, presents Indigo Rock from 7.00pm to 9.30pm at the O2.  The event has been described as Last Night of the Proms meets Motown, Gospel and Rock!  Tickets for this fund-raising event are £25 and coach travel from Kingsclere is available from £15.  For more information or to book tickets, please call 01635 299771 or visit their website – www.livingpaintings.org.  Rock Choir, Jim Carter (from Downton Abbey) and Angela Wynter (from Eastenders) will be performing at this uplifting festival of music.


Wednesday 28th March 2012 – The Red Kite in Hampshire

If any of you are keen ornithologists you may be interested to know that Keith Betton, County Recorder for the Hampshire Ornithological Society, will talk about his work on the distribution of red kites that have been observed over our chalk uplands.  This event is organised by the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust and will be held at Kingsclere Methodist Church Hall, George Street at 7.30pm.  For further information, contact Mervyn Grist on 01264 358737.  The suggested donation is £2.50.


The Red House Pub, Andover Road, Highclere

The Red House is showing all the Six Nations Rugby matches with themed nibbles at half time!  For Saturday matches, the pub is open all day from 11.00am ‘til late and for Sunday matches the pub is open from 12 noon ‘til 7.00pm.  Don’t miss the France –v- England game on Sunday 11th March – Simon is cooking frog legs and snails for your delight!!

Please call Simon on 01635 255531 for more details on any of these events.



Highclere Film Club, Highclere Village Hall

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 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.

Thursday 8th March: One Day (12A) 107mins After spending the night together on the night of their college graduation Dexter and Emma are shown each year on the same date to see where they are in their lives. They are sometimes together, sometimes not, on that day. Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess star.

Thursday 22nd March The Help (12A) 146mins During the civil rights movement of the 1960s, an aspiring author (Stone) decides to write a book detailing the African-American maid’s point of view on the white families for which they work, and the hardships they go through on a daily basis. Emma Stone, Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer star. BAFTA and Oscar nominated.

Saturday 31st March is Members’ Film Night

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


Saturday 25th February 2012 – Jumble Sale

There will be a jumble sale in aid of Highclere Church in the village hall from 2.00pm on 25th February.  An entrance fee of 20p will be charged.  Items for sale can be left at the hall on the morning of the sale or please call Molly on 01635 253264 or Mary on 01635 254264 to arrange collection.


The Society currently 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.