East Woodhay Society

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

Newsletter May 2012

East Woodhay Society Newsletter for May 2012

EWS Social Events

7th May – Crafty Craft Race

At the Newbury Crafty Craft Race on the 7th May our adult ladies team, the Bicycle Belles, won two cups; one for the fastest ladies time (1h 28m) and one for the fastest pedalled craft. They even beat the fastest men’s team (1 h 34m), although there was no cup for that achievement.

So an excellent result and we hope to raise over £1,000 to be shared between the Round Table (50%), the Society for Mucopolysacchride Diseases (25%) and the Woolton Hill Church Hall (25%). 

For a quick look at our team go to  

http://www.newburygallery.co.uk/viewdir.tlx?albumid=188099&pictureid=8087871 and    http://www.newburygallery.co.uk/viewdir.tlx?albumid=188099&pictureid=8087903.

27th May & 23rd June – 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.

3rd June -Queen’s Diamond Jubilee

A reminder that 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.

Other Events

17th May – East Woodhay Annual Parish Assembly

The East Woodhay Annual Parish Assembly is being held at Woolton Hill Church Hall at 07.30pm on Thursday 17th May. Please come along to hear the latest on the plans for the play equipment at Woolton Hill together with what is happening in and around the parish including updates on The Chase and other activities. Refreshments will be served.

The Agenda is as follows:-

1. Welcome and apologies

2. Report from East Woodhay Parish Council including playground proposals and finance report

3. Report from East Woodhay Charities

4. Report from the National Trust regarding The Chase

5. Report from The East Woodhay Society

6. Report from County Councillor Tom Thacker and on behalf of Borough Councillor Clive Sanders

7. Police Report from PC Deery

8. Questions from the floor

19th May – Made In The Hood

On Saturday 19th May between 2-5pm at St Thomas’ Church local artists will be displaying a range of hand crafted art including watercolours, ceramics and jewellery together with original gifts.

Pop in for a browse and enjoy a cup of tea/coffee and a cake on your way round the Open Studios.

This event coincides with West Berks & North Hampshire Open Studios.

For more details visit www.madeinthehood.co.uk

26th May – St Thomas’ Infant School Great British May Fête

On Saturday 26th May between 2.00pm and 4.30pm St Thomas’ Infant School are holding their annual fête with lots of fun for all the family. Activities will include Target Football, Splat the Rat, Hoopla, Bouncy Castle, Face Painting, Maypole Dancing, Tombola, delicious cakes and many other stalls and events.  The East Woodhay Silver Band will be attending.

27th May – Living Paintings

A reminder about the 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.

27th May– 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.

Thorngrove Brownies

A new Brownie unit is being formed and will be based at Thorngrove School in Highclere and is open to girls within the local area.  If you have any past experience of running a Brownie unit and would like to volunteer some of your time to support a new group or could help in any way with the establishment of a new Brownie group then please get in contact with Sarah Worrall on sworrall@thorngroveschool.co.uk or 253172. Remember that ‘Girlguiding UK volunteering helps to release your inner child’ so if you are ready for something different now is the time to VOLUNTEER!

Hiring the Woolton Hill Church Hall

A question raised by some members is “How do I book the Woolton Hill Church Hall”.  If you would like to book the hall the best method is to:-

Go to www.wooltonhill.com;

Click on “Church Hall”;

Click on the link to the online viewing system:

Woolton Hill Church Hall booking system;

Check your required date for availability;

If it is free, send an email to:-

Hallbookings@wooltonhill.com requesting a booking.

Alternatively, if you do not want to use email, please leave a message on 07503 778077 and someone will get back to you. The current rate is £8 per hour.


A further reminder and request to members to vote for our area to have faster broadband before the end of July 2012. Recently we have been advised that Hampshire have secured £10m to fund the Faster Broadband for Hampshire programme with the core aim being that 90% of premises in Hampshire have access to 24Mb/s or faster broadband and the remaining 10% have access to a minimum of 2Mb/s by 2015.  The implementation process is due to start in 2013 with roll out based upon a number of factors including the level of interest shown by members of the public. So far we do not appear to be doing very well. If you do not want to be left behind with substantially lower speeds you need to register your interest at www.hants.gov.uk/broadband-signup before the end of July 2012. In August the votes will be counted and used to determine the rollout. If you visit the site you can see how we are doing compared with the rest of the county. By June there will be a new version of the web-site with better zooming in facilities.

Police Reports

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

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

  Total Crimes reported – 18           
  House Burglary – 0
  Thefts from sheds and outbuildings – 6
  Theft from Vehicles – 2
  Other Theft –  4
  Other Crime – 6

The community Policing priorities for this area are :

  • Thefts from sheds & outbuildings (including theft of metal)
  • Anti – Social Behaviour
  • Speeding

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

  • A shed was forced open by padlock being cut off in Ecchinswell although nothing stolen.
  • A garage on a drive in Woolton Hill has its padlock cut off although nothing stolen.
  • 2 Sheds in Penwood Heights were broken into and a chainsaw, strimmer, cultivator and lawn mower were stolen.
  • Entry was forced to an outbuilding near to Aldern Bridge although nothing stolen.
  • A shed was forced open on A343 Highclere and a chainsaw, hedge-trimmer and strimmer were stolen.

Reduce anti-social behaviour especially around Bishops Green

  • We have had numerous calls about anti-social vehicles in the Penwood Area.
  • Children were seen to remove a plant pot from outside a house in Penwood Heights.

Reduce speeding across the beat

  • Speed enforcement has been carried out at Ball Hill 30mph limit.
  • Speed enforcement has been carried out at the 30mph limit at Woolton Hill from the Penwood crossroads.


 Other incidents of note:- 

  • A vehicle was stopped on A343 Washwater and a large amount of drugs seized.
  • 2 males at Tothill Services were found in possession of drugs.
  • An attempt was made to steal lead from Ecchinswell village hall.
  • A disused copper water tank was stolen from a garden in Oakfields Close, Ecchinswell.
  • A Van had its window smashed and searched in Ashmansworth although nothing stolen.
  • A rear number plate was stolen from a vehicle in Adbury.Please contact us if you have any questions by telephone  0845 045 45 or email to postmaster@hampshire.pnn.police.uk.




 The Society currently has 214 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.