East Woodhay Society

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

Newsletter December 2012

East Woodhay Society Newsletter for December 2012

On behalf of the Committee may I wish you a Happy Christmas and a Good New Year.


EWS Events

Saturday 24th November – Race Night

The Race Night held at Woolton Hill Church Hall on 24th November proved to be a great success, with more tickets sold than originally planned and raised over £780 for Naomi House (Charity No. 1002832).  Once again we would like to thank the following sponsors for supporting our race night.

Parsonage Farm  

Susie’s Perfect Pickles

Hetherton Bakery

Brunsden Associates

The Red House of Highclere

TW Electronics

Saturday 24th November – AGM

Our first AGM was well attended, no doubt encouraged by the thought of a free glass of wine. Both the Chairman’s & Treasurer’s reports were unanimously approved. David Barclay decided not to seek re-election to the Committee and has been replaced by Bill Vince as Treasurer.  All other members were unanimously re-elected.

Thursday 27th December 2012 – The 28th Annual Village Christmas Walk starting at the Jack Russell Inn Faccombe. Meet at 10.30am, photographs at 10.45am and leave at 11.00am. All Ages Very Welcome


Walk off the turkey and Christmas pudding with your friends and family and join in the annual village Christmas Walk. This year, by kind permission of the Faccombe Estate, the walk will start and finish at the Jack Russell Inn, Faccombe and wind through the Estate’s land. The route is easy walking and will last approximately two hours including a free refreshment stop for mulled wine and mince pies.

Turn up on the day, no pre-registration required. Bring your family and friends. Everyone is welcome. Free mulled wine and hot mince pies en route. Sturdy footwear or wellies advisable as the route can be muddy in places. Pushchairs are not recommended. Dogs very welcome but must be kept on leads at all times. Lunch menu available with good food at good prices

The walk this year, in association with the East Woodhay and Highclere Societies, is in aid of Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance, Charity reg. no. 1106234. For further details contact the organisers Ian 253995, John 253889 or Clive 254839.

Other Events

The Red House

The Red House are putting on a number of festive events during December:-

On Monday 17th December, there will be carol singing in the pub during the evening.

On Christmas Eve, the pub will be open from 12 noon til 3.00pm for lunch and from 6.00pm til late in the evening.  Once again, the East Woodhay Silver Band will be playing carols during the evening.

On Christmas Day, the pub will be open for drinks from 12 noon til 2.00pm.  Christmas lunch is being served from 1.30pm til 3.00pm and the cost is £50 per head.  Booking is essential, please call 255531.

On New Year’s Eve, there will be a Chicago “My Kinda Town” Night.  Tickets are £15.00 to include a cocktail and food.  Please speak to any member of the Red House team on 255531 to find out more about this event and to buy your ticket.

Thursday 20th December 2012 – “Salmon Fishing in the Yemen” at Highclere Film Club

Following the power cut on 22nd November, Highclere Film Club have re-scheduled the showing of Salmon Fishing in the Yemen starring Ewen MacGregor as a fisheries expert who is approached by a consultant to help realise a sheik’s vision of bringing the sport of fly fishing to the desert.  He embarks on an upstream journey of faith and fish to prove the impossible possible.  The film also stars Emily Blunt and Kristin Scott Thomas.  Doors open at 7.30pm and the film starts at 8.00pm.

The Film Club is now on its Christmas break, so apart from this re-scheduled showing, there are no other Film Club events in December.  Please make a note in your diary that the films in January 2013 will be shown on 10th and 24th.  Details of the films being shown will appear in the next newsletter.

The Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust Digital Photography Courses

If you are hoping that there might be a new digital SLR camera under your tree on Christmas morning you may be interested to know that the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust runs a series of courses on bird and wildlife photography?  The courses are run by John Combes, an experienced photographer and lecturer and are designed to teach you the techniques used in photographing birds and wildlife.  More information about the courses available can be found at www.hwt.org.uk/courses.php

Sunday 3rd February 2013 – Early Spring Concert

There will be a concert given by Janet Coxwell & Friends at Highclere Church on the 3rd February. More details will be given in the next issue.

Police Reports


Police Report for October


This is the crime summary for the month of October for the parishes of: Ashmansworth,

East Woodhay, Highclere, Burghclere, Newtown, Litchfield, Ecchinswell & Sydmonton.

Total Crimes  –  9

House Burglary – 0

Thefts from sheds and outbuildings  – 1

Theft from Vehicles – 0

Other Theft –  1

Other Crime – 7

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)
*        Large sheds were broken into in Highclere, Classic cars parked inside were damaged and a small amount of cash stolen

Reduce anti-social behaviour especially around Bishops Green

*        Local Police are working with Bishop Green residents and the community association about reports of children causing  a nuisance and damaging hedgerows around the phase 3 development of housing.

*        There were very few problems reported during the half term break. Excellent activities were arranged by Bishops  Green Youth Project.

*        A mobile skate ramp is now available for use in Bishops Green via the Bishops Green youth project.

Reduce speeding across the beat
*        Dark winter nights will reduce speed enforcement with a speed camera. Checks will continue during daylight hours especially around local schools.

Are your number plates legal? Amendments cannot be made to number plates (to spell words or initials), including changing fonts, size of digits and size (and location) of spaces between digits.

Other incidents of note
*        We are very pleased to say that Halloween passed with no reported problems.  A party was held at Bishops Green by Sentinel Housing Association, which was well attended by local children

*        An illegal “Rave” was held on farmland near Crux Easton.
*        An attempt was made to hold an illegal “Rave” at Beacon Hill car park, which was stopped by Police.

*        Hampshire Police have taken positive action against the organisers of these events.  Persons have been arrested, vehicles and sound equipment seized and drugs removed.

*        A vehicle parked at Whitehill, Ecchinswell had its number plates stolen

*        A pupil from The Clere school had money stolen from him whilst walking home
*        Drugs were seized from a male in the Chase car park, Woolton Hill

There have been two reported thefts of heating oil in North End in the parish of East Woodhay.  This could have happened between September 2012 and the 11th November 2012.

If you have any information regarding any of the incidents detailed in this update please contact us either by email or calling 101. If you see us out and about please stop us and say hello !

Follow us on Twitter: @HighclerePolice

Please contact us if you have any questions

Matt & Abbey

The report for November is still awaited.

Neighbourhood Watch

Below is the latest update on the Neighbourhood Watch scheme within our area

“Nottingham Door Knockers”.

Latest information from the police shows these folks to be already active in the Highclere area and no doubt their activities will spread to other areas of our locale.

Named after a scam, originating in Nottingham, these people travel across the UK targeting a town at a time. They knock at doors and claim to be ex-convicts attempting to mend their ways, before trying to sell the householder everyday household products at very high prices. Police always advise residents to refrain from buying at the doorstep and not to buckle to pressure from salespeople offering supposedly one-off ‘buy it now’ low prices. However, often kind-hearted residents feel they are helping the Nottingham Knockers to turn their lives around so agree to buy their wares.

Please report any incidents straight away via 101

N.W. Coordinator changes.

If you are a coordinator and are about to move or give up your NW post, we would appreciate your informing us in advance through your area coordinator. This is so that we can keep our records up to date and communicate with the right people. Also where necessary, we can then involve the relevant people to seek a replacement. Even better would be for you to seek an advance replacement and let us know so that any new persons can be locally vetted. Finally, if you know of any schemes in your area which have lapsed or are inactive for whatever reason, then do please let your PC or PCSO know of the details.

Reporting incidents via 101.

We are seeing too many incidents where crimes at all levels are not being reported through the proper channels and in many cases, the authorities do not get to hear of criminal activity, or get information far too late to be able to act on it. It is worth bearing in mind that calls through services such as 101, do have a direct bearing on how areas are policed. If you do not report criminal activity, it may be wrongly assumed that your area is crime free and is not in need of police resources. Please make that call and if there is a crime actually in progress, then of course the number to call changes to 999.

Domestic heating oil thefts.

Thefts continue to be reported in rural areas of thousands of litres of heating oil being stolen from outdoor tanks. Please make sure that yours is properly secure and report any instances or information to the police straight away. Look out for suspicious vehicles etc that may be used in such incidents and include details in any report to the police.

Theft from Cars

Handbags, wallets, purses and other valuables are still being stolen from cars in the Basingstoke area. These are most likely opportunist thieves looking for valuables to steal, so Please don’t make their life easy. Don’t leave ANY valuables on view in your car and always make sure the vehicle is properly locked and any alarm set, even if just calling at a friend/colleague or neighbour for a very short visit. This is especially important as we approach the Christmas season.

Rogue Traders & Cold Callers


Always use a recommended trader and not someone who appears on your doorstep. If in any doubt about any Cold Calling trader, contact Hampshire Trading Standards Quick Response Team on 01962 833666. Also the police would appreciate the details, especially descriptions of persons and vehicles, being reported straight away via 101. Unwanted callers are required to leave your premises once told to go away. Their failure to do so is against the law. You do not always have to be polite.

Telephone, Email and other Scams/Fraud.

Remember that the scammers have not gone away, and every day they find new & novel ways to try to deprive you of your money or to get your bank information. Often a quick ‘Google’ of their telephone number can reveal helpful information. The best advice is to never agree to anything from any caller you do not know. There are many useful websites including www.bdnw.org.uk/2012/ for info on scams as well as http://www.urbanmyths.com & www.snopes.com plus www.actionfraud.police.uk to report FRAUD, scams, rip-offs, cons etc.

Beware of being flagged down by Asians & Eastern Europeans with apparently broken down cars, claiming to be out of petrol and asking for money. The best advice is never to stop for such incidents, however much you might want to feel sorry for them. Jewellery offered in exchange for cash is most likely fake. Also beware of unexpected home deliveries asking for your credit card to be swiped as proof of delivery.

General Personal Security

With Christmas approaching, a timely reminder to take extra care of purses, wallets, cash, presents etc. Don’t let shopping distractions make you a victim of theft at this time of year. Simple precautions with your valuables are always worthwhile.

Something New Starting in the Parish

Ballet Dance Classes

CAP Dance & Fitness will be starting a new set of Dance classes at Woolton Hill Church Hall on the 15th January 2013. There will be will be three classes every Tuesday during term time.  Charlotte Price is offering a free trail, alternatively contact her to register your interest and find out more information. The class times are as follows:-

3.30pm                      Baby Ballet for Nursery (age2+)

4.00pm                      RAD Pre-Primary Ballet for Reception

4.30pm                      Rad Primary Ballet for Year 1

All classes cost £50 per 10 week term & will work on technique, performance skills, social skills, flexibility and discipline.

For further details contact Charlotte on Charlotte@capdanceandfitness.co.uk

Tel 07746 479 345   or visit www.capdanceandfitness.co.uk


Hampshire Broadband Programme

In a previous newsletter and via Spectrum I asked people to vote for Broadband before the closing date last August. At a recent meeting I attended, Glenn Peacey,  a Senior Consultant with Hampshire County Council,   gave an update on the Broadband Programme and advised that for various reasons the timetable had been delayed and you are still able to vote until about the end of January and have your vote counted.

The latest position is that faster broadband speeds for Hampshire residents and businesses are a step closer now that State aid approval has been announced and Hampshire County Council has started the formal tender process to appoint a commercial partner. The successful company will implement Hampshire’s programme to bring faster broadband to areas of the county that will not be upgraded by the commercial market. An appointment is likely to be made in February/March 2013 and work will start on delivering faster broadband services in the summer of 2013.

Woolton Hill is large enough to be on the priority list as long as enough people vote, so if you have not done so already or think you may not have, then do it now.  If Woolton Hill is successful, then other local areas will also be included, as long as the take up is good.

The Council still needs as many people as possible to sign up to the campaign so that they can demonstrate to the company that wins the tender that there are plenty of potential customers who want to make use of this service. Evidence of high demand will help the programme funding go further, increasing the number of locations they are able to reach with the limited funding available.  It is vital therefore, that East Woodhay residents register their interest with HCC. Please register at https://www3.hants.gov.uk/broadband-signup

East Woodhay Society

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