East Woodhay Society

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

Newsletter September 2012

East Woodhay Society Newsletter for September 2012


EWS Social Events

Saturday 24th November – Race Night

Our next social event is a Race Night to be held at Woolton Hill Church Hall on 24th November. The first race will start at 8.00pm with the doors opening at 07.30pm.  All the profits from the Race Night event will be donated to Naomi House. The event will be preceded by our AGM.  We will give more details in the next issue.

Saturday 24th November – AGM

As we have been going for just over a year it is now time for our first AGM to which all members are invited.  If you would like to join the Committee or suggest how we could do more to improve our environment please come along.  To entice you to come we will even offer you a free drink. The AGM will start at 6.45pm and finish by 7.15pm.

Other Events

Saturday 29th September – Village Market

A reminder that the Village Market is being held from 10.00am to 1.00pm this Saturday at the Church Hall, Woolton Hill. This Saturday will be the third anniversary of the market and there will be free balloons for the children and cake for all. Come and see the ’space-age’ jewellery from our new stallholder Blissimore Designs. For more information, please visit www.wooltonhillvillagemarket.co.uk.

Saturday 6th October – East Woodhay Parish Harvest Supper

This year’s Harvest Supper will be held in the East Woodhay Village Hall on Saturday 6th October at 6.30pm. Tickets cost £7 for adults and £3 for children under 16 from Kate Cobbe on 253190 or kate@hughcobbe.com. Bring your own bottle although soft drinks provided.

Thursday 11th October – Highclere Film Club – Please note new details, updated since the October issue of Spectrum & August’s Newsletter.

The Descendants – Alexander Payne (US) 15, 115mins

While Hawaiian property magnate Matt King (George Clooney) is overseeing the sale of his family’s last parcel of land, his wife is rendered comatose in a jet ski accident. Now the distant father must become a single parent to his troublesome daughters, as well as deal with the devastating revelation that his wife was having an affair. 2012 Oscar-winner for Best Adapted Screenplay. Highclere Village Hall, Doors Open 7:30pm, Film at 8:00pm.

Sunday 14th October – Westridge Recitals, Westridge Open Centre, Star Lane

Westridge Recitals welcome Concordia Vespera playing works by Beethoven and Schumann. The concert starts at 3.00pm and booking is essential. Please call 253322 for more information and to reserve your place. The price is £7.00 for members and students and £9.00 for associates including refreshments.

Wednesday 17th October – Quiz Night at the Red House Pub

For those of you interested in doing a quiz there is a quiz night on Wednesday 17th October. The entry fee is £5.00 for a team of 4 with the quiz starting at 7.45pm. Nibbles will be served at half time. Please book your team by calling the Red House on 255531

Friday 19th October, the Living Stones Appeal

The Living Stones Appeal are having a Captain Scott evening at Woolton Hill Church Hall. Lee Farmer presents Race to the Pole, a talk with pictures to mark the centenary of Captain Scott’s return journey from the South Pole. Tickets ,which include a welcome drink, will be on sale at the Village Market in September. There will also be a bar and light refreshments. The talk starts at 8pm. For more details or tickets contact Bridget Wheeler on 250729 or bridget.ultimate@btopenworld.com.

Monday 22nd October – Red House Golf Day

There is a Red House Golf Day on Monday 22nd October at Donnington Valley Golf Course. The cost is £30 per person, which includes coffee and bacon bap at the Club, 18 holes of golf and supper at the Red House. .If you would like to attend please speak to Simon on 255531  for more information and to book your place.

Thursday 25th October – Highclere Film Club – Please note new details.

The Woman in Black – James Watkins (UK) 12A, 95mins 

Based on a novel by Susan Hill, this film tells the tale of a young lawyer Arthur Kipps (Daniel Radcliffe), who still grieves the death of his beloved wife on the delivery of their son four years previously. His employer gives him a last chance to keep his job and he is assigned to travel to a remote village where he discovers the vengeful ghost of a scorned woman is terrorizing the locals. Highclere Village Hall, Doors Open 7:30pm, Film at 8:00pm.

Saturday 27th October – Mexican party at the Red House

On Saturday there will be a Mexican party night from 8.00pm until late. Tickets are £10 per person which includes a welcome drink on arrival and Mexican themed food. There will also be a four-piece Mexican Mariachi band to make it a party to remember!

Tuesday 30th October – Family Woodland Bushcraft and Skills Day

The Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust is holding a Family Woodland Bushcraft and Skills Day from 10.00am to 3.00pm on Tuesday 30th October. Where you can learn to build shelters, tie knots, fire lighting and cooking skills in a woodland setting at Sladen Green, Binley (off B3048 St Mary Bourne to Hurstbourne Tarrant road). Booking is required and children must be accompanied by an adult. Please contact Adrian Goodhand on 01256 381103 or by email to adriang@hwt.org.uk for more information and to book your place. There is a suggested donation of £12 per child. Please note that no dogs are permitted.

Police Update

Dan has now left our area and has moved on as a Police Officer in the Southampton area. Dan has been replaced by PCSO Abbey Carpenter who will be working with PC Matt Deery on a permanent basis. This is first area that Abbey has worked as a PCSO and is looking forward to meeting everybody. Abbey can be contacted at abbey.carpenter@hampshire.pnn.police.uk.

Police Report for August 2012

This is the crime summary for the month of August for the parishes of: Ashmansworth, East Woodhay, Highclere, Burghclere, Newtown, Litchfield, Ecchinswell & Sydmonton.
  Total Crimes reported -8
  House Burglary – 1
  Thefts from sheds and outbuildings – 0
  Theft from Vehicles – 2
  Other Theft – 1
  Other Crime – 4

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)
*        We are pleased to report that there have been no thefts from garages, sheds and outbuildings this month! * Please ensure your outbuilding is locked and secured at all times, don’t give them the opportunity.

Reduce anti-social behaviour especially around Bishops Green
*        There have been a few reports of anti-social behaviour throughout August in the Penwood and Bishops Green areas.
*        These reports were mostly regarding nuisance motorcycles riding in wooded areas. Please report any anti-social behaviour by calling us on 101.

Reduce speeding across the beat
*        Speed enforcement has been regularly conducted throughout August. This has mostly been in Ecchinswell due to the traffic lights on the A339 causing people to use Ecchinswell as a ‘rat run’. Regular speed enforcement has been conducted at both ends and the middle of the village. Drivers have been stopped and there has been a noticeable difference in the average speed of cars travelling through Ecchinswell. We will continue speed enforcement activity to ensure this slower average speed is maintained and drivers are sticking to the speed limits!

Other incidents of note
*        A house was broken into and jewellery stolen from an address in Harts Lane, Burghclere. If you have any information regarding this Burglary or saw anything suspicious in the area last month please call Police on 101.
*        There have also been a couple of reports of ‘Nottingham Knockers’, mostly in the Highclere area. We advise not to buy anything from your doorstep and if you have any concerns please call us on 101.
*        A vehicle was seized in the Ecchinswell area being driven without valid Tax or MOT.

Please be aware of a series of thefts of farm vehicles across Hampshire, Thames Valley & Wiltshire.

Thieves are targeting farm / off road vehicles such as Quads & Kubota’s

If you have a vehicle of this type please ensure you increase your security, making sure the vehicle engine is isolated

and vehicle chained / bolted to a fixed point.

Please also be aware of the following:

There has been a series of frauds committed in the Northants, Bucks, Beds, Berks and Hampshire areas.

The offender targets church members, approaching people at or outside churches or church halls appearing upset and frantic for help. He tells them that his mother has died that morning (often saying on the island of Jersey) and that he is in desperate need of funds to get out there to identify the body and bring her home.

He sometimes explains that his mother was a member of their church and lived locally until recently.

He quotes the details of several of the churches local ministers to add validity to his story but these people happen to be on holiday at the time so it appears that he has done some preparatory research.

He is described as follows –

White male aged 30-35 years 5’4” to 5’8” tall with a slim build with fair hair, cut about ear length. He often wears a hoody and jeans.

The suspect is EXTREMELY plausible, cries when recalling memories of his mother & he rarely requests money above about £60 or so. There is no suggestion that he has ever become violent or attempted to use force in any way

If you have any information regarding any of the incidents detailed in this update please contact us either by email or calling 101. Follow us on Twitter: @HighclerePolice Please contact Matt & Abbey if you have any questions.