East Woodhay Society

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

Newsletter October 2012

East Woodhay Society Newsletter for October 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 starting at 7.30pm. Tickets to include a fish & chip supper are available to members at £10 each from John Angle on 253889, Elizabeth Gillespie on 253203 or via email to eastwoodhaysociety@wooltonhill.com. All the profits for the evening will be donated to Naomi House (Charity No. 1002832). There will be a cash bar, so please come along, have lots of fun, while raising money for a worthwhile cause.


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.  This will be held just prior to the Race Night. 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

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.


Thursday 8th November – Highclere Film Club (Rescheduled date) s

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 18th November 2012 – Friends of Thorngrove Christmas Fair

 The Friends of Thorngrove Christmas Fair is being held from 2.00pm until 5.00pm on Sunday 18th November in the new hall at Thorngrove School, Pantings Lane.  Everyone is welcome to come along and there will be lots of stalls selling a variety of gifts and produce, seasonal refreshments will be available, etc. 

Thursday 22nd November – Highclere Film Club

 Salmon Fishing in the Yemen – Lasse Hallstrom (UK) 12A, 107mins 

A fisheries expert (Ewan McGregor) is approached by a consultant to help realize a sheik’s vision of bringing the sport of fly-fishing to the desert and embarks on an upstream journey of faith and fish to prove the impossible possible. Emily Blunt and Kristin Scott Thomas also star. Highclere Village Hall, Doors Open 7:30pm, Film at 8:00pm.

Police Report for September 2012

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

  Total Crimes reported –  18
  House Burglary – 2
  Thefts from sheds and outbuildings – 4       
  Theft from Vehicles – 0
  Other Theft –  4
  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
*        A garage and a barn were broken into and items stolen in Newtown
*        Various outbuildings were broken into in Litchfield
*        A garage was broken into and tools stolen in Ecchinswell.

Thieves are targeting sheds/ garages and barns in very rural location and
tools such as Hedge cutters and strimmers are being stolen. Please consider updating your garage security and fitting an alarm.  North Hampshire, Berkshire and Wiltshire are also being targeted by thieves who are stealing off road vehicles such as Quads, Kabotas etc from farms & country estates.  Hampshire Police are working with other forces to target these offenders and extra night time patrols are being carried out. Please ensure all such vehicles are fitted with additional security.

Reduce anti-social behaviour especially around Bishops Green
*        Problems have been reported of children playing in the road in
Beech Road.This issue is being addressed with the support of the community association
*        PCSO Abbey Carpenter is currently visiting all properties in Phase
3 buildings in Bishops Green and signing up residents for Neighbourhood
Watch ……………….Penwood is next !!

Reduce speeding across the beat
*        Speed enforcement has been carried out in Ecchinswell now that the
children are back at school which has seen an increase in traffic. Local speeding has reduced but speed enforcement will continue whilst A339
work continues

Other incidents of note
*        A very distinctive white VW Transporter van was stolen from Beacon
Hill Car Park during the day on 29th Sept 2012 (see photo)
*        A rear window was forced open and jewellery stolen from a house in
Hyde Lane, Ecchinswell between 18 th August – 3rd Sept 2012 whilst occupants were away on holiday
*        The front door was forced open and a copper water tank was stolen
from a vacant property in Sydmonton
*        Overnight a car in Bishops Green had paint poured over it
*        In the early hours of 30th Sept a car parked in Burghclere had a brick thrown through it’s window.  This incident happened on the entrance to the village near the Memorial Chapel
*        At approx 6:45 pm on 30th Sept a group of 4 males were stood blocking the road in Foxes Lane, Penwood.  The group then sat on the bonnet of car being driven by a lone female and smashed her windscreen. The group had walked in the road from Woolton Hill.
*        An elderly resident has been the victim of con men who have phoned
stating they were from her bank and she agreed to transfer a large sum of
money from her account. 
*        A metal Post-box has been stolen !! The postbox by Aldern Bridge
has been stolen but cutting the pole it was attached to !!!

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 us if you have any questions


Matt & Abbey


Hitting the Cold Spots

We have been asked to publicise a project which may be of interest to members or people you know. The project provides a range of support to keep your home warm and assist in reducing your energy bills – from emergency support such as the delivery of an oil filled radiator, to longer term impacts like access to free assessment for mains gas connection or insulation.

Hitting the Cold Spots is funded through the Department of Health and coordinated by Hampshire County Council.

For many people keeping their home warm and the family healthy can be expensive and sometimes daunting. Organisations across Hampshire are working together to provide free experts and advisors to support you in practical ways and through every step to keep your house warm, improve insulation and reduce your bills*.

Who can get help?

For advice and support, call the Hampshire information line, where a local team of friendly staff are ready to help.

The Hitting the Cold Spots Team could assist you with:

  • Heating and hot water system repairs.
  • Urgent support with alternative heating measures (electric oil filled radiators) if you are without heating
  • Small grant support to cope with winter fuel emergencies
  • Carbon monoxide detectors provided free with a home safety visit
  • Tariff change advice to help you save money on your fuel bills and practical support and assistance with debt, money and benefits
  • Access to free loft and cavity wall insulation including solid wall properties
  • Free assessment for connection to mains gas supply.

Some of the above services and emergency relief are subject to availability and conditions apply.

Register today for a home visit

The Hitting the Cold Spots Advisors can help you find simple ways of keeping the temperature up and your heating bills down.  To book a home visit today call tEC on 0800 804 8601 or email staywarm@environmentcentre.com.

*Available until the end of March 2013. Excludes residents in the follow unitary authorities: Portsmouth City Council, Southampton City Council, Isle of Wight Council.

The service is free to you and funded through the Department of Health. For further details please use the following link:-


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