East Woodhay Society

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

Newsletter August 2012

East Woodhay Society Newsletter for August 2012

By now, I assume that most of you will have completed your summer vacations an enjoyed seeing the Olympics, either at an event or on television.




For those few of you who have not yet re-signed up for next year this will be your last newsletter. 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.


EWS Social Events

Saturday 28th July “Little Red Riding Hood” at Highclere Village Hall

On the 28th July the Society put on a play Little Red Riding Hood at Highclere Village Hall. The play was performed by FalconGrange Productions and aimed at young children. The fun family production was well received by the packed audience. 

Saturday 24th November – Race Night

Our next social event being planned is a Race Night to be held at Woolton Hill Church Hall on 24th November. Further details will be announced at a later date.


Crafty Craft Race

After collecting all our sponsorship money our ladies entry in the Crafty Craft Race raised a total of around £1,088, which was distributed between the Newbury Round Table (50%), Woolton Hill Church Hall (25%) and the Society for Mucopolysacchride Diseases (25%).


Other Events


Saturday 25th August – Village Market

Joanna Dixon, Senior Rural Officer with Community Action Hampshire will be visiting the Village Market on Aug 25th to give advice on Reducing your Fuel Bills.

So if you want to start preparing for winter come along and find out more about the Green Doctor Service, free home visits to help people make their houses more environmentally friendly and cheaper to run.

If you are unable to attend the market but would like further information about this, please get in touch with joanna.dixon@actionhants.org.uk or ian.ayres@groundwork.org.uk


Woolton Hill & District Gardeners’ Club Programme for 2012–2013

All indoor meetings, bar the December Party are held in Woolton Hill Church Hall on the 4th Thursday of the month at 8pm.

Aug 23rd                    Cheese and Wine Party at Meadow Brow at 7 pm.

Sept  6th          AGM  

Sept 27th         How Plants Solve Crimes – Dr Michael Keith Lucas

Oct  25th          The Dry Garden – Kevin Hughes

Nov 22nd         The Gardens at Great Dixter – Matthew Reese

Dec 6th            Party at Highclere Village Hall

Jan 24th          Creating a Downland Garden           – Robert Harvey

Feb 28th          Birds and Gardens – perfect partners – Alick Jones

March 28th                  Queen Victoria’s Kitchen Garden – Mrs Susan Campbell

April 25th         Pleiones – Inexpensive windowsill orchids – Malcolm Brownsword

Sept 5th           AGM  

For further details contact Jane Skyrme 01635 254151


Saturday 8th September –  The Highclere Castle and the Downton Abbey Connection

When the cameras are there – so is Diana!

Drawing on twenty years’ experience, Head Guide Diana Mitchell tells the fascinating story of Highclere from Bishop’s Palace in 1370 to its fame as the key setting for Downton Abbey today – and what goes on behind the scenes . . . .

Highclere Village Hall – 7.30pm

£12.50 including wine and canapés (with a cash bar also available)

For tickets call 253264 or 254677 or email diana@highclerevillage.com

Proceeds in support of Highclere & East Woodhay Conservatives



Friday 19th October, the Living Stones Appeal

The Living Stones Appeal are having a Captain Scott evening at Woolton Hill Church Hall.  Lee Farmer, our local adventurer, will be giving a talk on his Antarctic exploits.  Wine will be served plus Captain Scott biscuits.  Tickets will be on sale at the Village Market in September. For more details or tickets contact Bridget Wheeler on 250729 or bridget.ultimate@btopenworld.com.


Police Report for June 2012

This report came in very late so missed the July Newsletter.

Below is the crime summary for the month of June for the parishes of: Ashmansworth, East Woodhay, Highclere, Burghclere, Newtown, Litchfield, Ecchinswell & Sydmonton.
  Total Crimes reported –  19
  House Burglary – 0
  Thefts from sheds and outbuildings – 2
  Theft from Vehicles – 2
  Other Theft –  7
  Other Crime – 8

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) :
*        The lock was damaged on a shed door in Penwood. Nothing was stolen.
*        A metal sand track used to park cars on was stolen from the old Burghclere area.
*        There was also an attempt to steal lead from the roof of a block of garages in Breachfields, Burghclere.

Reduce anti-social behaviour especially round Bishops Green
*        There were reports of motorbikes racing around in The Great Pen Wood. One male has now been stopped and issued an official Police warning. This warning enables Police to seize his bike if he is seen doing this again.
*        A couple of reports of youths in Bishops Green behaving in an anti-social manner. Please ensure you know where your children are and what they are doing. Anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated!

Reduce speeding across the beat
*        Speed enforcement has been regularly conducted throughout June. Ecchinswell has been targeted due to a high number of commuters driving through the village at speed to avoid the delay of the traffic lights on the A339 at Headley. Multiple drivers have been stopped and dealt with in different ways depending on how far over the speed limit they were driving.

Other incidents of note
*        A brick was thrown through the window of an address in Penwood.
*        Two males were stopped in the Penwood area, one was prosecuted for being in possession of cannabis.
*        A male in Bishops Green was arrested for being in possession of an offensive weapon.
*        Two of this month’s thefts are of rocks from the Ball Hill area. They were placed along a verge to avoid others parking there.
*        A large vibrating plate (used to flatten surfaces) was stolen from a property in the Horris Hill area.
*        A purse and a mobile phone were stolen from the glove box of a car parked at The Chase in Woolton Hill.
*        A road bike was stolen from the front driveway of a house in Woolton Hill.
*        A forestry mulching machine was stolen in Penwood. A large winch was stolen from the back of it and the machine was then driven around the woods causing extensive damage. The vehicle has now been recovered by its owner.

If you have any information regarding any of the incidents detailed in this update please contact us either by email or calling 101.

PC 3126 Matt Deery & PCSO 14486 Dan Lines Safer Neighbourhoods Team

Contact emails: matthew.deery@hampshire.pnn.police.uk & daniel.lines@hampshire.pnn.police.uk


Police Report for July 2012

Below is the crime summary for the month of July for the parishes of: Ashmansworth, East Woodhay, Highclere, Burghclere, Newtown, Litchfield, Ecchinswell & Sydmonton.
  Total Crimes reported –  20
  House Burglary – 1 (attempt – entry not gained )     
  Thefts from sheds and outbuildings – 2       
  Theft from Vehicles – 8
  Other Theft –  6
  Other Crime – 3

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)
*        Several high value items of gardening machinery were stolen from a property in North End
A Male from Bordon had been arrested and charged relating to this theft.
*        An empty house in Burghclere has had lead stolen from the roof

Reduce anti-social behaviour especially around Bishops Green
*        A 19 year old male from Bishops Green was arrested and charged with possessing an offensive weapon in a public place.
*        Reports received of music being played throughout the night from residents in East Woodhay area.  This highlighted a rave in the West Woodhay area which was stopped by Thames Valley Police
*        2 reports of nuisance motorcycles in the Bishops Green area.  A 15 year old male from Bishops Green and his parents have been served a warning
*        Persons have entered a school in Highclere via an insecure door and written obscene messages on a wipe board and caused minor damage to a classroom during the school holidays

Reduce speeding across the beat
*        Speed enforcement has continued in Ecchinswell.
This has been targeted due to a high number of commuters driving through the village at speed to avoid the delay of the traffic lights on the A339 at Headley.

Other incidents of note
We have recently seen an increase in thefts from cars.
These have been handbags & Purses / Wallets which had been left in vehicles in the following locations:
*        Outside Woolton Hill Junior School
*        Beacon Hill
*        The Chase – Woolton Hill
*        Breachfields – Burghclere Hampshire Police have significantly increased patrols in the area.
Please ensure that all valuables are removed from vehicles when parked even for only a few minutes  (including not leaving handbags under seats !!)
We have “NO VALUABLES IN THIS VEHICLE” cards to be left on the dash of your vehicle.
Please let us know if you would like one or they can be printed from the below attachment

*        On 27th July an attempt was made to force the rear door to a house in Ecchinswell.  Entry was not gained and nothing has been stolen.  An alarm is fitted to the house and it is believed that the Alarm Sounding has made the offenders leave empty handed.  This is an excellent example of an Alarm fitted to a home in a rural property which has deterred burglars. House alarms are now wireless and much more affordable. Please do consider this when making home improvements.
*        An investigation has been completed after report of a mobile phone stolen at The Clere School.  2 pupils have now admitted the offence
*        A male was cutting his front hedge on the Burghclere to Newtown Road. He came down his ladder to discover somebody had stolen his hedge trimmer
*        A male from Woolton Hill was arrested for drink driving on A343
*        A vehicle was seized in Burghclere for being driven on the road without insurance


Are You Interested in Volunteering? – Become a Woolton Hill or East Woodhay Village Agent

Do you have a few hours each week to offer help to your local community?  Then, as part of a scheme supported by Hants County Council, Age Concern and Hants Fire and Rescue you might like to consider becoming a Woolton Hill or East Woodhay Village Agent.  If you are interested, then please contact the Parish Clerk at East Woodhay Parish Council on clerk@eastwoodhay.org.uk


Village Market – Just 5 quick questions?

The market aims to provide local residents with a Village Market they want to visit every month, and Village Market Committee knows that means they can’t stand still!  Whether you visit the Market regularly or not, could you just answer 5 quick questions to help them prioritise their options moving forwards?

They are especially keen to hear from people who haven’t visited for a while, to understand what they need to do to encourage you to visit the market again.    They won’t know who says what, so feel free to provide any feedback.
Please copy and paste the link below into your browser, or go to www.wooltonhillvillagemarket.co.uk and click on the link there.
Thanks for your help

Village Market Committee  Diana, Lorna, Jenny, Sue & Teresa


Do something out of the ordinary at The Chase

The National Trust is looking for a Volunteer Stockperson (Livestock Looker) to help with the daily routine of checking the livestock whilst helping people to enjoy and understand them. If you are interested please contact Heather Fisher, The Chase Community Warden on heather.fisher@nationtrust.org.uk.