East Woodhay Society

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

Newsletter July 2012

East Woodhay Society Newsletter for July 2012


This month’s newsletter is mainly an update on previous announcements, but still probably worth reminding members as to what is happening locally.



If you have not yet signed up for next year, would you please 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

This month is your last opportunity 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 starting in 2013 with the remainder being left in the slow lane.  Although you may be satisfied today, with new technology and increased usage, you may rue the day you did not respond, so please 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

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

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 including  a fl-past at the fete at 16.30 by a RAF Black Hawk jet painted in the Jubilee Colours.

Adults £1.00 and children free.


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.


Police Report for May 2012

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

Total Crimes reported – 19

  House Burglary – 1
  Thefts from sheds and outbuildings – 3
  Theft from Vehicles – 2
  Other Theft –  4
  Other Crime – 9

The community Policing priorities for this area are :

1) Prevent thefts from garages, sheds and outbuildings (including theft of metal)
*        Three old car batteries and an unused roll of roofing lead was stolen
from stables in the in the Burghclere area.
*        A number of batteries were stolen from a farm in Wash Water

2) Reduce anti-social behaviour especially around Bishops Green
*        There were a couple of reports in May in the Bishops Green area of anti-social behaviour. These include parties with loud music going on late into the night. Please report any anti-social behaviour by calling 101.

3) Reduce speeding across the beat
*        We continue to enforce speed limits across the beat. If there are any particular roads or areas you believe drivers regularly drive down at speed please contact us. You can email us directly or email Bob Hills who will
pass on the information.

Other incidents of note
*        A house in Newtown was broken into whilst the owners were away on holiday. A large amount of jewellery was stolen.
*        The rear window of a vehicle was smashed in the Ball Hill area.
*        A stone coloured antique chimney pot was stolen from a front
garden in the Ecchinswell area.
*        A handbag was stolen from a car parked in the Highclere area.
*        A handbag was stolen from a car parked in the Old Burghclere area.

Please remove all valuables from your vehicle when leaving it unattended!!!
*        A male was prosecuted for being in possession of cannabis in the Penwood