East Woodhay Society

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

Newsletter April 2013

East Woodhay Society Newsletter for April 2013

East Woodhay  Society Events

Sunday 14th  April – Daffodil Walk – Start at 10.30am

The Society is holding its annual Daffodil Walk  starting at Trade Street and going to the halfway point at East Woodhay Village Hall before doing the return trip. At the halfway stage refreshments will be  served. The walk is suitable for all ages and is a relatively easy walk through some beautiful woodland. The daffodils are now at their best so please do
contact either Elizabeth Gillespie on 253203 or John Angle on 253889 and let us know you are coming.

Monday 6th  May – Crafty Craft Race

The Society is entering a ladies team in this year’s race. If you would like to take part or sponsor us please let us know. All the proceeds are being shared equally between the Round Table and the Woolton Hill Church Hall. As you may recall, last year we had the fastest time out all the teams.

Kissing Gate

The Society together with HCC Rangers installed a new kissing gate in North End on  footpath FP13.  The Society has been pressing for more kissing gates to be  installed to make it easier for young children and people with pushchairs etc. to use the walks. If you would like one installed and can obtain the land owner’s consent please let us know and we will get it organised. The general reaction from users has been very positive.

Other Events

Sunday 14th April 2013 – Westridge  Recitals, Westridge Open Centre

Westridge Recitals welcomes “Fame is the Spur” John Milton: An Afterlife. A talk by Ronald Warwick about Milton’s life and times, a consideration of his poems, his synthesis of classical, Biblical and contemporary learning and, above all, his hauntingly beautiful language. The talk starts at 3.00pm and booking is essential. Please call 253322 to reserve your place. The price is £7.00 for members and students and £9.00 for associates including refreshments.

Saturday 20th  April 2013 – Colossal Cake Sale in aid of Help for Heroes

A colossal Cake Sale will be taking place outside  Camp Hopson, Northbrook Street, Newbury between 9.00am and 3.00pm. Please bake a cake and come and buy a cake to help raise funds for Help for Heroes. For more information please call Claire McIntosh on 255320.

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 upkeep of St Thomas’ 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.

Saturday 20th April – The Red House – Pink Disco Night

The disco is being organised by Traci Sharp who is walking the MoonWalk London 2013 with some friends to raise awareness and funds for Breast Cancer. There will be a retro supper, 70’s sips and fab groovy tunes for a great boogie woogie! The party starts at 7.30pm and tickets are £12.50. Please call the pub on 255531 to book your tickets and help raise funds for Traci and her team!

Monday 22nd April – The Red House Golf Day

The cost of the day is £30 which includes coffee, bacon rolls, supper back at the pub and
18 holes of golf! Please speak to any member of the Red House team for further details of this event.

You can also enjoy a supper of steak and frites for £10.75 every Tuesday evening and fish
‘n’ chips for £11.50 every Thursday evening at the pub.

Thursday 25th April 2013 – Bridge Afternoon in aid of St Michaels and All Angels’ Church

On Thursday 25th April, there will be a Bridge Afternoon with a delicious tea in Highclere Village Hall from 2.00pm to 5.00pm.  Tickets are £12.50 per head or £50 per table and are available from Jo Walsh on 01635 255013 or by email to jo@highclerefarm.wanadoo.co.uk

Saturday 27th April – Highclere Village Hall – In Aid of Highclere Church

Sale starts at 2pm Please bring items for sale to the hall on the morning or call Molly 253264, Mary 254264 or Mo 250770.

Monday 29th April  EW Annual Parish Assembly –East Woodhay Village Hall.

The East Woodhay Annual Parish Assembly will take place at 7.30pm with updates on The Chase & Recreational Ground Play Equipment. Refreshments will be provided. This is an excellent chance to meet your councillors, find out what is happening in your area and to raise any concerns.

Friday 17th May – ‘From Woolton Hill to the top of the World’ – Woolton Hill Church Community Hall

To celebrate the 60 years since 1953, Lee Farmer FRGS will give a first-hand account on how he embarked on the mountaineering expedition of a lifetime with an illustrated talk with four course Nepalese dinner, cash bar and raffle.

Tickets: (suggested donation) £25.00 per person from Bridget Wheeler on 250729 or bridget.ultimate@btopenworld.com. The talk is in aid of The Living Stones Project:  securing the future of the church community hall and church in Woolton Hill for all.
See www.livingstonesproject.co.uk. The evening starts at 7.30pm for 8pm until late.

Tables of six, so why not book a table and bring your friends.

Sunday 19th May – The 3rd Woolton Hill Fun Run – 2pm

A fun run for adults over 5 miles around Woolton Hill, Highclere & Hollington. Contact wooltonhillrun@btconnect.com for details. Money raised  will go to “Swings & Smiles”.

Thursday 30th May – Tour of Highclere Stud

John & Carolyn Warren and Jeanie, Countess of Carnarvon invite you to join them for a Talk & Tour of Highclere Stud between 6.00pm-8.30pm. Tickets to include drinks & canapés £15, children under 16 free from Jo Walsh on 255013.

Faster broadband on the way!

Hampshire County Council has awarded a £13.8 million contract to BT to deliver our
broadband plans for Hampshire. Work will start immediately on the project and the first premises will be connected by the end of 2013.

Building on the existing commercial footprint in the county, the contract means that at
least 90% of all premises will be able to access to super-fast broadband by the end of 2015, and everyone else will be able to access to at least 2Mbps (Megabits per second)broadband.

More than 57,000 business and residential premises in hard to reach areas of Hampshire are set to benefit from superfast broadband connections to the internet.

We need as many people as possible to continue to sign up at https://www3.hants.gov.uk/broadband-signup  so that we can demonstrate that there are plenty of potential customers who want to make use of this service. Over 19,000 have already signed up and evidence of high demand will help the programme funding go further, increasing the number of locations we are able to reach with the limited funding available.

Police Reports for February & March

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

Total Crimes reported -22

House Burglary – 2

Thefts from sheds and outbuildings – 3

Theft from Vehicles – 7

Other Theft – 2

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 metal):

  • A valuable push bike was stolen from a garage in Burghclere, it is possible that this occurred during the same night in which two houses were the target of burglaries. Bikes have also been taken from a Garage in Woolton Hill, tools were also taken.
  • An attempt was made to take bikes from a garage in Bishops Green, however the offenders were unsuccesful. Other items were taken.

Reduce anti-social behaviour especially  around Bishops Green:

  • There have been 6 reports of Anti-social behaviour throughout February.
  • A number of these involve off-road motorbikes. A letter has been sent to the residents of Penwood to address the problem in the area. We remind everyone that the use of
    motorvehicles off road causing annoyance, alarm or distress can result in the seizure of vehicles.
  • Patrols continue in the areas affected.
  • Road signs have been turned around at Treasure Hill near Penwood and Grit bins have been all along the road towards the Penwood Estate. We remind people that this is potentially very dangerous activity that affects public safety. If anyone sees such events
    occurring they are asked to contact police with names/descriptions of offenders.

Reduce speeding across the beat

  • Speed enforcement has been carried out across the beat with some people being reported for speeding.
  • Enforcement will continue where possible.
  • 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. Three cars parked in the Chase were targeted in the same incident. Four others have occurred overnight whilst parked outside addresses. Various items have been taken. Please ensure that you leave no valuables in your car overnight, including tools in work vans. 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.  Please let us know if you would like one.

A car was seized in Newtown when the vehicle was found not to have any tax.

  • A fox was found caught in a snare within the grounds of Woolton Hill Tennis Club. It is believed that the fox dragged the snare some distance, possibly two to three miles before dying from injuries. Countrywatch officers are aware.
  • ‘Nottingham Knockers’ have been in the area again. PCSO Carpenter is looking to set up no cold calling zones to deter cold callers. If you are interested in setting one up
    for your street please email Abbey so she can add you to the list.
  • We seem to have 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

Across the Rural area:

  • Please 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.

http://www.hampshire.police.uk/internet/news-and-appeals/2013/february/44130073049-basingstoke-theft-vehicle – Police are
appealing for witnesses following the theft of a tractor near Basingstoke.

http://www.hampshire.police.uk/internet/news-and-appeals/2013/february/roadside-scams – Police are warning drivers about a series of scams on roadsides around Hampshire.

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

Total Crimes reported -13

House Burglary – 1

Thefts from sheds and outbuildings – 2

Theft from Vehicles – 2

Theft of a vehicle – 1

Other Theft – 2

Other Crime – 5

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

  • Potential thieves entered a Barn in Ecchinswell, nothing was taken however it appears they carried out a search of the building.
  • Power tools were taken from a Garage in Newtown.

Reduce anti-social behaviour especially around Bishops Green:

  • There have been 8 reports of Anti-social behaviour throughout March.
  • There have been two reports of vehicles in the woods at Bishops Green. Vehicles are not permitted to be off road in this area. Vehicles involved in Anti-social behaviour will be seized!
  • Patrols continue in the areas affected.
  • Reports of young people on Treasure Hill, being loud, littering and damaging trees and bushes continue. Do you know who is doing this?

Reduce speeding across the beat:

  • Speed enforcement has been carried out across the beat with some people being reported for speeding.
  • Enforcement will continue where possible.
  • Patrol vehicles have been parked up in key spots to slow down drivers at busy times and speeding traffic monitored.

Other incidents of note:

  • A red Land Rover Defender was taken from an address in Hollington.

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 after a number of items were stolen
from a vehicle in Andover.


Police in Stockbridge are investigating eight oil thefts since the beginning of March.


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

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.