East Woodhay Society

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

Newsletter February 2013

East Woodhay Society Newsletter for February 2013

East Woodhay Society Events

Monday 6th May – Crafty Craft Race

The Society is planning to enter a ladies team in this year’s race. If you would like to take part or sponsor us then please let us know.


The Society plans to hold a number of walks as soon as the weather improves and the flowers begin to emerge. The first walk, which has always been well attended will be the Daffodil Walk starting at Trade Street and going to the halfway point at East Woodhay Village Hall before doing the return trip. More details to follows when more daffodils are in flower.


Following a query, the Society confirms that the new playground facilities at Heath End were completed last year and all the funds (£1672) raised were handed over to the EWPC.

Kissing Gate

We have agreed with the EWPC and HCC Rangers that we will provide at least 2 volunteers equipped with sturdy boots, waterproof clothing if necessary, strong gloves and a packed lunch to help them install a new kissing gate in North End on footpath FP13. A date later next month has still to be agreed, but if you would like to help please let us know. You do not need to bring any equipment.  The Society has been pressing for more kissing gates to be installed to make it easier for people to use the footpaths.

Other Events


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 film starts 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 9th March 2013 – Charity Race Night in aid of the Back Up Trust and the British Disabled Ski Team

This charity race night will be held in Highclere Village Hall to raise money for the Back Up Trust and the British Disabled Ski Team. The Back Up Trust is a charity that helps people with a spinal cord injury to gain the confidence and independence to get their life back. The British Disabled Ski Team is part of Disabled Snowsport UK that makes it possible for anyone with a disability to enjoy skiing and snowboarding. Doors open at 7.00pm for a 7.30pm start. There will be 8 races during the evening and food will be served. There will be a cash bar. Tickets are just £10 and are available from Angela Tiley on 01635 254987.

Wednesday 13th March  Red House Quiz

This will be the last pub quiz this season, the entry fee is £5.00 for a team of 4 and the quiz starts at 8.00pm prompt. 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 14th March – “Skyfall” at Highclere Film Club

The latest (and most say the best) James Bond film starring Daniel Craig and Judi Dench with Javier Bardem as the baddy! Doors open at 7.30pm and the film starts at 8.00pm.

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. All proceeds will go towards the running costs of the church. The event starts at 7.30pm with doors open from 7pm. Tickets, to include  a ploughman’s supper, cost £15 for adults and £5 for children and are available from either Angie Maxwell on 253233 or Carol Currey on 253082. Please bring your own drinks and glasses.

The Living Stones Community Recipe Book 

The Living Stones project is raising funds for the extension and refurbishment of Woolton Hill Church Hall and the updating and re-ordering of St Thomas ’ Church to ensure that they are both fit for purpose for the 21st century.

One of the he current fund-raising ventures is to produce an attractive Community Recipe Book with contributions from a wide range of individuals and organisations reflecting the many facets of our village life. To this end you are invited to submit a recipe or cookery tip (or more than one if you wish) to be included in the collection, together with a brief note of its history or why it’s special for you. This will appear alongside your name and/or that of the organisation you are representing, whichever you prefer. The closing date for entries has been extended to the 4th March.

The book will be launched at Woolton Hill Church Fete on 6 July.

Please send your recipe with your name and contact details by the 4th March to: nicole.bentham@yahoo.co.uk or by post to Norcombe House, Tile Barn, Woolton Hill , RG20 9UZ . If you would like further information please call Nicole Bentham on 01635 255582.

Tadley Walks Leaflets

Following in the footsteps of East Woodhay and Highclere, the Tadley & District History Society has recently republished a book of local walks called Tadley Tracks, Facts, which contains 9 walks including the Tadley Conservation Area, all with detailed maps, clear route directions and descriptions highlighting the historical background of all the sites along the route. The cost is £8 plus £2.50 p&p. For details email: tadshistory@googlemail.com or go to  www.tadshistory.com  or by post: c/o 5 Church Road, Pamber Heath, Hampshire RG26 3DP

Police Reports for January

This is the crime summary for the month of January 2013 for the parishes of: Ashmansworth, East Woodhay, Highclere, Burghclere, Newtown, Litchfield, Ecchinswell & Sydmonton.

Total Crimes reported -17

House Burglary – 0

Thefts from sheds and outbuildings – 2

Theft from Vehicles – 2

Other Theft – 6

Other Crime – 7

The community Policing priorities for this area are :

Thefts from sheds & outbuildings (including theft of metal)

Anti – Social Behaviour


Prevent thefts from garages, sheds and outbuildings (including theft of metal):

A log splitter was stolen from a shed and during the Christmas holiday, lead was taken from the roof of St. Thomas School, Woolton Hill. Please remember to mark all of your property and log serial numbers even on shed items. For advice on marking/registering your goods, particularly electrical items contact PCSO Abbey Carpenter. Metal thefts are still being reported across the beat, power/telephone cables have been targeted and metal sheeting from a bridge across the A34. Please report sightings of strange/suspicious people or vehicles while they are there, so they can be checked them. Remember, make and models of vehicles are useful but the registration is even better.

Reduce anti-social behaviour especially around Bishops Green:

There has been one report of ASB for the beat for the whole of January, even throughout the snow but there have been numerous reports of vehicles being driven in an antisocial manner in Penwood. These vehicles can be given warnings and seized on second occasion. Patrols have been conducted in all areas. The Neighbourhood Watch co-ordinators have circulated a letter from the police to the residents of some areas of Penwood to advise that the land owner has not given his permission for motorbikes to use the wooded areas around Penwood and any such activity is unlawful.

Reduce speeding across the beat:

Dark winter nights continue to reduce speed enforcement with a speed camera. 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.

Other incidents of note:

Theft from vehicles continues to be problem across the rural area. The two listed in the summary above were both parked in Beacon Hill car park whilst the owners were walking in the snow. 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.

A car was seized in Newtown when the driver was caught driving with no insurance, a handbag was stolen in Bishops Green whilst a mother played in the snow with her children and a large generator was taken from the Royal Chase building site in Woolton Hill.

The police have also reported an increase in reports of dog attacks on other dogs and people. Dog owners have been spoken to in relation to these reports; a lot of these are attended with the Basingstoke and Deane Dog Warden. Advice has been given in relation to training, muzzling and securing gardens.

For more information about how to contact the Dog Wardens please see the following web links: http://www.basingstoke.gov.uk/browse/community-and-living/street-care-and-cleaning/dogs/ or http://www.dogwarden.org/4.html

The police are aware that across the rural area there are a number of false bank notes in circulation. Remember to check your change/cash back from shops, pubs or if you are receiving payment in cash for anything. It can be very difficult to tell if you are dealing with a forgery, this link explains just how to tell. http://www.bankofengland.co.uk/banknotes/Documents/kyb_lo_res.pdf

Please also bear in mind that some cash machines have recently been fitted with scanners that steal your information. Always hide your pin, check the machine that you are using for anything strange, report anything you are not happy with to the machine supplier.

Hampshire constabulary appeals:


Please click on the links for more details and how to contact police regarding the following occurrences.


Police are appealing for information and witnesses after a number of burglaries at buildings on Popham Airfield. At about 11pm on Sunday, January 27, offenders broke in to various buildings, including the club house and an aircraft hangar. Once inside they have caused a huge amount of damage, smashing items, throwing food around, setting fire extinguishers off and spraying graffiti on aircraft


Police in Winchester are advising residents to review their security following the theft of six bikes. Between January 21 and January 31 there were six reports of shed and garage breaks in the city and one report of an attempted shed break in.

There are current appeals throughout the force area that may be of interest to you. They are updated regularly. Please take a look via the following link.



This month between the hours of 1830 25/02/13 and 0800 26/02/13 a number of Dunelm Mill carrier bags containing soft furnishings and a box containing a duvet were taken from a vehicle. The vehicle was parked in a driveway in Broadlayings. In a second incident between 0130 and 0800 26/02/13 a van in Woolton Lodge Gardens had several items including tools removed from within.

If you have any information regarding any of the incidents detailed in this update please contact the police either by email or calling 101. Always dial 999 in the event of an emergency

If you see Abbey and/or Matt out and about please stop and say hello!

Hampshire Constabulary,

Whitchurch Police Station, Dances Lane,

Whitchurch, Hampshire, RG28 7EG

External: 101 Internal: 624-472

Mobile: 07775541874

Twitter: @HighclerePolice

Email: abbey.carpenter@hampshire.pnn.police.uk

Website: www.hampshire.police.uk

East Woodhay Society

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