East Woodhay Society

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

Newsletter January 2013

East Woodhay Society Newsletter for January 2013


East Woodhay Society Events

2012 Annual Charity Walk


On the 27th December, despite appalling weather, about 150 walkers from Woolton Hill, Highclere and the surrounding villages met up at the Jack Russell in Faccombe for their 28th Annual Charity Christmas Walk. This year’s walk, with the kind permission of Faccombe Estate was based on a route through their grounds and raise £475 for the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance. As in previous years, it was organised by members of the local luncheon group, Los Jubilados, in co-operation with the Highclere Society and the East Woodhay Society. Halfway around the four-mile walk, mince pies, kindly donated by Budgens, Tesco and Waitrose, together with mulled wine were served and at the end, the walkers returned to the Jack Russell. It was fantastic to see so many people ignoring the early morning downpours and being rewarded with a beautiful walk in dry weather.

Other Events


Thursday 24th January 2013 – “Carnage” at Highclere Film Club

Carnage is a Roman Polanski film in which two sets of parents (Kate Winslett and Christoph Waltz; Jodie Foster and John C Reilly) hold a cordial meeting after their respective sons are involved in a fight at school. However, as their time together progresses, increasingly childish behaviour throws the evening into chaos. The film is a Venice Film Festival award winner.  Doors open at 7.30pm and the film starts at 8.00pm.

Friday 25th January 2013 – An illustrated talk on “Victoria and the plan that went wrong” at Woolton Hill Church Hall

The Living Stones Project  are presenting an illustrated talk on “Victoria and the plan that went wrong”  The talk will be given by Denys Blakeway, a locally based author who has made many programmes about historical subjects for the BBC and Channel 4, to coincide with his BBC documentary entitled ‘Victoria’s Children’.  This series was aired on BBC2 on 1-3rd January 2013.

Doors open at 7.30pm with the talk starting at 8.00pm and finishing at about 9.45pm. Tickets: (suggested donation) £12.50 from Bridget Wheeler 250729 or email:  bridget.ultimate@btopenworld.com

There will be light refreshments, a bar and a book signing of ‘The Last Dance’ by Denys Blakeway. Please see attached flyer.

Sunday 3rd February at 7.00pm – Concert Highclere Church

This evening of music features Janet Coxwell, Andy Smets & friends. Janet is a well-known soprano concert and recording artist who lives in Highclere. See: www.tsss.uk.com/UK/JanetCoxwell.php.

The concert is followed by drinks at the home of Rod & Jackie Chamberlain, Pykes House, Mount Road. Tickets for concert including drinks £12.50 from Jo Walsh on 255013 or jo@highclerefarm.wanadoo.co.uk

Wednesday 6th February – The Red House – Quiz

The first pub quiz of 2013, which starts at 8.00pm prompt, with the usual entry fee of £5.00 for a team of 4. Nibbles will be served at half time!

Booking is essential  – please speak to any member of the Red House team on 01635 255531 for more information and to make your booking

Thursday 7th February 2013 – “Untouchable” at Highclere Film Club

Philippe, a rich quadriplegic, living in a mansion in Paris, requires a live-in carer. A young offender, Driss, turns up for an interview, but he is not really looking to get the job – he simply has to meet the terms of his benefit claim. To his surprise, however, he is hired. The two men then develop a close friendship with Driss teaching Philippe how to love life again. This film was the box office smash of 2011 in France.

Doors open at 7.30pm and the films start at 8.00pm.

Thursday 28th February 2013 – “Anna Karenina” at Highclere Film Club

Set in late-19th-century Russian high-society, the aristocrat Anna Karenina (Keira Knightly) enters into a life-changing affair with the affluent Count Vronsky (Aaron Johnson), risking the ire of her dull husband Alexei (Jude Law). The screenplay was adapted from Tolstoy’s novel by Tom Stoppard.

Doors open at 7.30pm and the films start at 8.00pm.

Saturday 9th March 2013 – Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust Bird Spotting Team Challenge


This event is organised by the North West Division of the Wildlife Trust.  Join Mike Wildish and Mervyn Grist, for a two mile walk (with some road walking) to see how many species of birds, common or rare, can be spotted in the Anton Valley, south of Andover.  Depending on numbers, the groups will be split into two teams and go around in opposite directions in lighthearted competition.  The meeting place is Rooksbury Mill LNR car park, Barlows Lane, Andover at 10.30am.  For further details please contact Mervyn Grist on 01264 358737.  There is a suggested donation of £2.  Sorry, no dogs, but binoculars will be very useful!

Saturday 20th April – Barn Dance at East Woodhay Village Hall

St Thomas’s Church is holding a Barn Dance with music by Also Known As. Last time it proved to be a very popular event. More details will be given next month.

Highclere Society Walks Leaflets


The Highclere Society has produced two leaflets on walks around Highclere.

Walk No. 2 is entitled Beautiful Highclere and is a circular walk of about 1½ miles starting from the Red House pub.  Walk No. 3 is entitled Highclere Byways and is a circular walk of about 5 miles, again starting from the Red House pub.

The leaflets are available from various outlets including the Doctors’ Surgery in Woolton Hill, the Post Office in Broad Layings, the Red House Pub and Brookfields Physiotherapy Clinic.

Warning! Beware all dog walkers!


Please be aware when walking in the vicinity of Hollington Farm that rat poison has been put down in the woods surrounding the farm.  The poison is not on any of the footpaths but is in the woods just off the paths so please be careful if your dog goes off for a little chase and doesn’t come back immediately.  The farmer has laid the poison as he is trying to bring on more baby pheasants.

Police Reports for November & December


This is the crime summary for the month of November 2012 for the parishes of: Ashmansworth, East Woodhay, Highclere, Burghclere, Newtown,

Litchfield, Ecchinswell & Sydmonton.

Total Crimes reported -24

House Burglary – 0

Thefts from sheds and outbuildings – 2

Theft from Vehicles – 3

Other Theft – 9

Other Crime – 10

Several items of gardening machinery were stolen from a property in the Woolton Hill/Ball Hill area. The theft is under investigation and we are interested in finding the Mitsubishi Warrior Truck involved.

2 people have been reported for speeding in Newtown.

There has been an increase in thefts from cars, including when they are parked outside of homes! The police have “NO VALUABLES IN THIS VEHICLE” cards to be left on the dash of your vehicle. Please let them know if you would like one.

There has been a number of heating oil thefts in the past month.

A fire in the Gymnasium at The Clere School caused a full evacuation of pupils and staff. The fire is currently under investigation.

We have received a number of reports of males flagging down cars at the side of the road (A34 and Tothill), claiming to have run out of fuel and offering gold or other items in return for cash, if you see them let us know on 101.

The vehicle number plates stolen from Ecchinswell have been recovered from a nearby location.

Drugs were seized from a female and two males in Ecchinswell Village Hall

Car Park and two separate groups of males near Washwater.

Nottingham Knockers appeared in Highclere and Burghclere on the 29th November. Thank you to those who let us know.


This is the crime summary for the month of December 2012 for the parishes of:Ashmansworth, East Woodhay, Highclere, Burghclere, Newtown, Litchfield, Ecchinswell & Sydmonton.

Total Crimes reported – 19

House Burglary – 2
Thefts from sheds and outbuildings – 2
Theft from Vehicles – 1
Other Theft – 4
Other Crime – 10

In two separate incidents a shed and a stable were targeted, tools and machinery were taken.   For advice on marking/registering your goods, particularly electrical items contact PCSO Abbey Carpenter.

There has been one report of ASB in Bishops Green and a few in other areas.

There have been reports of vehicles being driven in an antisocial manner in Penwood. These vehicles can be given warnings and seized on second occasion.

Young people were spoken to when found skateboarding/rollerblading in dangerous places such as roads and blind bends. They were happily moved on to safer places.

Dark winter nights continue to reduce speed enforcement with a speed camera, but checks will continue during daylight hours, especially around the schools.

Patrol vehicles have been parked up in key spots to slow down drivers at busy times and speeding traffic monitored.

Hampshire constabulary’s anti drink drive campaign has been somewhat successful with a number of people breathalysed and arrested for drink driving, including two on beat 6. Remember, you can report drink drivers by texting 80999 or dialling the usual numbers.

There has been a recent increase in thefts from cars in Basingstoke’s rural district, including when they are parked outside of homes! Hampshire Police have significantly increased patrols in the area.

Stop and searches of people and vehicles have found three people in possession of illegal drugs.

A set of number plates were taken from a vehicle in Washwater.

Cash left out in a coal bin to pay for a coal delivery was taken during daylight hours in Woolton Hill. Use outdoor storage safes or pay via telephone or cheque where possible. Don’t leave cash out and about.

A Subaru was driven into a field in Ashmansworth and set on fire. An investigation is currently ongoing.

A horse was reported running loose near Burghclere, heading toward the A34, a number of units responded, first on scene PCSO Abbey found the horse had already been secured by a passer-by. The rider of the horse arrived simultaneously and fortunately was uninjured. Police vehicles helped escort the horse back to safety and avoided further incident.

There were two house burglaries in December as follows:-

One in a farm house near North End, firearms were taken along with a number of items of jewellery. An investigation is ongoing in relation to this.

Burglary number two occurred in Penwood, a male has been charged with this offence.

A skimming device was found on a cash machine in Tadley, Make sure you are happy with the cash machine you are using, report anything suspicious to the bank or police.

Between the 21st of December 2012 and the 9th of January 2013, 25m of lead flashing was stolen from the roof of St Thomas’ infant school in Woolton Hill.   It is likely the offenders climbed over the main school gate, then found their way on to the roof above the school reception.

Anyone caught shoplifting or behaving in an anti-social manner will be banned from shops and businesses in Basingstoke town centre as part of a new initiative. The scheme, which is run by Festival Place and The Malls, and is supported by Hampshire Constabulary, will see anyone involved in theft offences, anti-social or violent behaviour, banned from both shopping areas.

Officers regularly patrol in both shopping centres and throughout the town centre and will take appropriate action against those behaving in an anti-social way or committing other crimes in these areas.  If you have any concerns, you can contact officers from the Town Centre Unit on 101.

A number of Burglaries have occurred in Bramley, and some on the neighbouring beat of Kingsclere.

Damage to vehicles is occurring in beauty spots with subsequent thefts from some of those vehicles

Hampshire constabulary appeals

There are current appeals throughout the force area that may be of interest to you, including stolen dogs and witnesses sought for burglaries and attacks. Please take a look via the following link.


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

A Summary of Police Reports for 2010-2012

This is crime summary for the parishes of Ashmansworth, East Woodhay, Highclere, Burghclere, Newtown, Litchfield, Ecchinswell & Sydmonton covering the period 2010-2012. For a more detailed summary please go to the police pages on www.eastwoodhay.com/ews_news . As you can see below the statistics show an overall downward trend over the last three years.






House Burglary




Sheds & Outbuildings




Theft from Vehicles




Other Theft




Other Crime




Total Crimes Recorded





Neighbourhood Watch

There are almost 550 schemes in the borough, but there are areas where NW is poorly represented. If you are in a scheme and happy with your NW, then please tell all your friends and hopefully this will get more schemes started. If you are not happy, then please tell a committee member what you feel is wrong or needs doing and so that they can sort it out. Details of who’s who can be found on the police web-site website. By this time next year, the target is to get over 600 schemes in operation.

Hampshire Broadband Programme

A further reminder, if you have not done so already, that you need to register your interest in Broadband, ideally before the end of January to have your vote counted. Based on the outcome an appointment is likely to be made in February/March 2013 with work starting on delivering faster broadband services this summer.

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.

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

If you are interested in joining the society please print off a copy of the form on our website www.wooltonhill.com/ews_news and send an email to eastwoodhaysociety@wooltonhill.com.