East Woodhay Society

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

Newsletter April 2012

East Woodhay Society


Social Events


Our first talk of the season was by Sir George Young on  ‘My Experiences as Leader of the House’ at Woolton Hill Church Hall on the Friday 13th April. Sir George gave an excellent talk to a packed house (hall).  The talk was very well received by members of the audience, who said they looked forward to more such events.

Crafty Craft Race

Our next event is the Crafty Craft Race on the 7th May, when we will be entering our team of ladies and hope you will come along and support them. We have a full crew, who have already been out for a test run, but if you would like to help lift the boat in and out of the water please contact us on eastwoodhaysociety@wooltonhill.com.  We are raising money for the MPS Society for mucopolysaccharide diseases (Registered Charity No. 1143472) and the Woolton Hill Church Hall refurbishment project (Registered Charity No. 249276) and are being sponsored by lkhair (www.lkhair.com )  based in Shaw in Newbury.

Bike Rides

Our next bike rides are on the:-

27th May – Medium off-road, distance 25 miles (50/50 mix on/off road) via
Woolton Hill, Penwood, Ecchinswell, via gated road to Wayfarers Way, Watership Down, de Havilland Memorial, via old railway bed to Old Burghclere, via byway to Burghclere and then home.

23rd June – Longer on-road, distance 45 miles, 3-4 hours via Woolton Hill, Hungerford, Chiltern Foliat, Lambourn, Lambourn Gallops  and then home.


The Daffodil Walk attracted a crowd of over 50 on a beautiful sunny day. The daffodils were at their best and provided a stunning display, with all walkers being treated to some refreshments at the halfway stage in Heath End.

Queen’s Diamond Jubilee

On the 3rd June we will be celebrating the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee at St Thomas’ Church, Woolton Hill. This is a free community event starting with a special service of celebration at St Thomas’ Church at 11.00am followed by a “Bring Your Own” Celebration Lunch at 12.15pm in the Church Grounds. The East Woodhay Silver Band will be attending both the church service and the celebration lunch. Tables and chairs can be booked (free) before the day on a first come, first served basis (at latest by 31st May) by ringing Angie Maxwell on 01635 253233 or emailing myself as above, alternatively just bring your own on the day. See the advert in this issue for further details.

Speeding – Is it an issue you would like to see more money spent on?

Last month we asked you if you thought the East Woodhay Parish Council should spend £1,500 on hiring an SLR electronic speed warning sign. A number of people thought they were a good idea, but:- 

  • do they make you more aware of the speed limits;
  • do they reduce speed at the time and in the longer term;
  • is the cost justified?

Not many of you have responded, so to make it very easy I have created the link below for you to click and choose one of only three answers. It will only take a few seconds, so please vote.



Living Paintings

There is a fundraising concert, supported by the Highclere Society, in the Highclere Village Hall on Sunday 27th May 2012 at 7.00pm by Watership Cantabile. All proceeds will go direct to Living Paintings. There will be refreshments, tea, coffee, including a cash bar & raffle. Tickets £7.50 (under 16’s £2.50) are available from christine@cn-sales.co.uk and Jennifer on 01635 255395.

Watership Cantabile is a Newbury based choir who perform at charity events in both the UK and Europe. They are delighted to make their debut in Highclere this year, bringing their selection of music and prose from around the world – A World Tour.

They are always interested in recruiting new members, so if you are interested in singing and would like further information about the choir please contact the Chairman, Chris Druce on 01635 865339.


Kettlebells & Pilates

Members may be interested to know that two new activities are being held in the  Woolton Hill Church Hall on a weekly basis.


This will be starting with a free demonstration  evening on Thursday 24th May at 6.00pm until 7.00pm.

So if you are keen to improve your strength and fitness, go along and try a workout under the guidance of a qualified kettlebell instructor. There will be refreshments available and you will also learn about the history of kettlebells.

The course costs £45 for 6 weeks and is suitable for all levels..

If you would like to attend the demonstration then either email berkshirefitness@gmail.com or call Henna Hibberd on 07825259612.



The course sessions started recently and take place every Wednesday with intermediate starting at 6.00pm and beginners at 7.30pm.

Body control Pilates should improve your flexibility, strength and muscle tone leading to fewer incidences of back pain and better posture.

The course, which caters for a maximum of 12 people per session, lasts 75 minutes and costs £9.50 per session. For information please call Alessandra Wilcox on 07980 448119 or email alessandrawilcoxpilates@gmail.com

Police Reports

This is the crime summary for the month of March for the parishes of:

Ashmansworth, East Woodhay, Highclere, Burghclere, Newtown, Litchfield, Ecchinswell & Sydmonton.

Total Crimes reported – 16

House Burglary – 1

Thefts from sheds and outbuildings (including theft of metal) – 1

Theft from Vehicles – 1

Other Theft – 2

Other Crime – 11

The community Policing priorities for this area are :

Thefts from sheds & outbuildings (including theft of metal)

Anti – Social Behaviour


Prevent thefts from garages, sheds and outbuildings(including theft of metal)

A lead letterbox cover was stolen from the end of a driveway in the Sydmonton area. There have been no other thefts from sheds and outbuildings or thefts of metal.

Reduce anti-social behaviour especially around Bishops Green

There have been a number of reports of off road bikes, particularly in the area of Penwood. There was also a report of an off road bike in Bishops Green.

Reduce speeding across the beat

Speed enforcement has been regularly carried out across the beat. A particular target for this month was the Ball Hill area. The speed enforcement van has been conducting checks on the A343 in Highclere.

Other incidents of note

 An attempt was made to break in to a house in Woolton Hill. The side window was forced open. Nothing was stolen and we don’t believe that anybody entered the property.

Criminal Damage to vehicles:

Three vehicles in the Newtown area were sprayed with a line of yellow paint. This is not thought to be local as there have been numerous reports of vehicles being sprayed in multiple counties across the south of England. A suspect is now in custody.

Damage has been caused to a wooden post in The Chase car park, Woolton Hill, black graffiti was sprayed over it.

A male has been prosecuted for possession of cannabis whilst parked at Beacon Hill car park.

A vehicle was broken into whilst parked at Sydmonton Down (Watership Down) and a handbag was stolen from underneath the seat.

Recently a number of items were stolen from two sheds in the Penwood area.

Please keep all outbuildings locked and secured as best you can and if you have any information regarding these thefts please contact Hampshire Police by calling 101.

Please do not leave any valuables in your vehicle. No matter how well hidden!

We have had two mobile phones stolen this month. One was stolen from The Red House in Highclere. A group entered the restaurant and distracted people who were sitting at the tables. The phone was then stolen from the table whilst the owner was distracted. The other was stolen from the Travel Inn at Tothill Services.

Please contact us if you have any questions by telephone  0845 045 45 or email to postmaster@hampshire.pnn.police.uk.


May 27th 2012 – National Garden Scheme  -Stockcross Village

A reminder that five gardens in Stockcross will be open for charity from 1-6 pm, combined admission £5. The gardens are Stockcross House, Rookwood Farm House, Highfields, Pump Cottage and Springfield Cottage.

Home-made teas will be available at the Village Hall.

Please see last month’s newsletter for additional details.


The Society currently has 212 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.