East Woodhay Society

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

Newsletter June 2012

East Woodhay Society Newsletter for June 2012


As at the end of the first year the Society had 215 members and we are pleased to report that a significant majority have already signed up for next year. However, to save the Committee spending valuable time chasing up renewals, we would be grateful if those of you who have not yet rejoined would complete the form posted through your letter box and return it as soon as possible. If you have left the area and no longer wish to be a member would you please send an email to eastwoodhaysociety@wooltonhill.com.

If you are a prospective new member wishing 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.


Vote NOW for faster Broadband

An urgent request to all EWS members plus your local friends and neighbours  to vote for our area to have faster broadband. As stated previously, Hampshire is planning to provide 90% of premises in Hampshire with access to 24Mb/s or faster broadband with the remainder being left in the slow lane.  The roll-out is due to start in 2013 and will be based on a number of factors including the level of interest shown by members of the public. 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 roll-out.


EWS Social Events


Sunday 3rd June -Queen’s Diamond Jubilee

Despite the weather and a change of venue from the Church grounds to the hall, the St Thomas’ Church & East Woodhay Society’s Queen’s Diamond Jubilee event was a great success and enjoyed by all the attendees. We managed to accommodate all the pre-booked and a few others in the hall, while others were happy to be under gazebos. The East Woodhay Silver Band played at both the church service and the celebration lunch.


Saturday 23rd June – Bike Ride

The next bike ride is on the 23rd June. It is a longer on-road ride covering a distance of 45 miles and expected to take between 3-4 hours going via Woolton Hill, Hungerford and Lambourn, Lambourn Gallops and then home.

It will start at 9.30am from the Woolton Hill Church Hall car park.  If you are planning to come, please drop a note to andy@grimbleby.com or send a text to 07786 363366 to give an idea of numbers.


Saturday 28th July at 2:30 pm – The EWS presents “Little Red Riding Hood” at Highclere Village Hall

The performance starts at 2.30pm and will be performed by FalconGrange Productions. It has been adapted for the stage, with young children in mind, to create a fun, family-friendly production suitable for children aged 3 to 9.

Join Little Red Riding Hood on her exciting adventure through the woods to Granny’s house and watch the magic unfold in this 45 minute show, packed full of fun, laughter, songs, live music and audience participation that will entertain and enchant the whole family.

The proof of the play’s success is in the rapt attention of the numerous young members of the audience…” Henley Standard. Tickets EWS members £5 non-members £6 from either Jane Vince 255478 or Dave Lawson 255253.


Other Events


Saturday 16th June – Summer Orchid Fair

The British Orchid Growers’ Association are having their 2012 Summer Orchid Fair at Roots Garden Centre, which is next to the Newbury Showground on Priors Court Road on Saturday 16th June, between 10am – 4.30pm. Admission is free. There will be a huge variety of flower for sale from top British nurseries and beautiful displays by local Orchid Societies. There will be all day refreshments and free beginners’ demonstrations.


Sunday 17th June 2012 – Westridge Recitals, Westridge Open Centre

Each month Westridge Recitals normally puts on a recital. This month it welcomes Oliver Williams performing Piano Pictures by Beethoven, Debussy, Lizst, Schumann, Ravel and Frank Bridge.  The concert starts at 3.00pm and booking is essential.  Please call 01635 253322 to reserve your place.  The price is £7.00 for members and students and £9.00 for associates including refreshments.


Saturday 23rd June – East Woodhay Silver Band Annual Concert

The East Woodhay Silver Band 48th Annual Concert will take place at 7.30pm in East Woodhay Village Hall. Entry is £7 per person with children under 12 free. Raffle & refreshments will be available during the evening.


Friday 6th July 2012- St Martin’s School East End Summer Fete

St Martin’s School at East End are holding their Summer Fete on Friday 6th July between 3.45pm and 8.00pm. Please come along – there will be lots to do including  Bouncy Castles, Children’s Disco, BBQ, Bar, Cake Stalls, Tombola, Face Painting, Variety of Stalls, Games & Competitions, Raffle & much much more …..

Adults £1.00 and children free.


Saturday 7th July – St Thomas’ Church Fete 

This year’s fete will start with a children’s parade at 2pm from the Junior School. Music will be provided by the The East Woodhay Silver Band and there will be singin and dancing provided by both the Junior & Infants schools. There will be numerous stalls, games, face-painting and lots more.


Saturday 21st & Sunday 22nd July Parsonage Farm Music Fest

A family friendly music festival at Parsonage Farm, Upton SP11 0JP, where you can camp overnight, prop up the bar, eat and drink and relax while listening to two live bands. On Saturday from 5pm-11pm and on Sunday from 10.30am- 3pm. Entrance Saturday £7.50 for adults, children (5-16) £5 or family ticket (2 adults and 3 children) £20, tents £5 per tent and on Sunday adults £2 and children free. There will be some craft and food stalls together with some select stores selling their wares. Facilities include fire-pit, toilets and hot water. Tents must be pre-booked. Contact Sarah@parsonage-farm.co.uk or telephone 01264 736 208. 


Sunday 22nd July – St Thomas’ Handbell Ringers & Friends Jubilee Concert & Afternoon Tea

St Thomas’ Handbell Ringers are marking the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee year with a retiring collection fund-raising concert in aid of the Kids Company Plate Pledge Appeal which is raising funds to support hungry children. The concert is at 3pm in St Thomas’ Church.  The charity works to raise awareness of the issue whilst helping to provide a hot meal for more than 2000 children a week through their street-level drop in centres and via outreach work with families in need.  Currently operating in London, the charity aims ultimately to extend its activities to wherever there is need.

For more information see www.kidscoplatepledge.org    Registered charity no. 10682982


Wednesday 25th to Sunday 29th July – The Boxford Masques at Welford Park present “A  Little Drama at the Big House”

Between 1900 and 1911 the ‘lady at the big house’ in Boxford, Charlotte Peake, wrote a play for her staff to perform, in the open, at the top of Hoar Hill.  This summer’s Boxford Masque will be the fifth since this hundred year old tradition was restarted to celebrate the  Millennium and is supported by The Watermill Theatre. This is a big budget affair, with the cast drawn from the Lambourn Valley with a new backdrop – the beautiful Welford Park between Boxford and Shefford.   If you have never seen one of these amazing all-singing, all-dancing spectacular plays, give yourself a treat.  Bring a picnic, bring a chair and most of all bring your friends.

Tickets are available from the Watermill Theatre at Theatre on 01635 46044 and  www.watermill.org.uk. or any branch of the Newbury Building Society. 

Picnics from 5.30, performances start at 7.30pm with a Saturday matinee at 2.30pm.

The location is at Welford RG20 8HU.