East Woodhay Society

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

Newsletter May 2013

East Woodhay Society Newsletter for May 2013

East Woodhay  Society Events

Daffodil Walk

The Society’s annual Daffodil Walk attracted a large number of members of all ages, who enjoyed the splendid views of the daffodils and other plants in the walk from Trade Street to East Woodhay Village Hall, where free refreshments were served before making the return trip.

Crafty Craft Race

We are pleased to report that on a beautiful and sunny Bank Holiday Monday our Ladies Crafty Craft Team once again had the fastest time on the day in the Newbury Crafty Craft Race, winning two silver cups and beating all the other teams, although this year by only one minute. (Next year we will have to go even faster, just in case the other teams improve). We hope you agree that our ladies have done a sterling job in finishing in the fastest time for two years running and if you would like to share in our success, there is still time to sponsor us – please send an e-mail to the address below.  All the proceeds will be shared equally between the Newbury Round Table and the Woolton Hill Church Hall refurbishment project.

Saturday 3rd August – Highclere Village Hall – Theatre

Following last year’s success with Little Red Riding Hood, we are planning to put on two plays/shows in Highclere Village Hall; in the afternoon there will be a performance of an Aesop’s Fable adapted for the stage including live music, songs and audience participation, which should be great fun for the whole family and is suitable for ages 2 and upwards. The afternoon show, which will start at 2.30pm, is for children and is called “The Lion and the Mouse” and tickets will cost £5 each for EWS members and £6 for non-members.

Over the last two year or so we have received a number of requests for theatre events, so we hope you will support us in the evening when we will be putting on a John Godbear play called “Men of the World”. The tickets will cost £9 each and there will be a paying bar.

Both plays will be performed by FalconGrange Productions who will be returning to us fresh from The Henley Fringe where they will have been playing to sell out audiences.

More details will follow in the next newsletter.

Harwood Paddock  Open Meeting – Date to be arranged

We would like as many people as possible to visit the website below and to make their comments on the proposed planning applications for Harwood Paddock.  If you do intend to comment then please note that you need to do so before the 5th June. There are two proposals; one for  a maximum of 70 houses and a second one for a maximum of 49 houses plus an area of land 0.55acres for community use.

We are planning to arrange an open meeting before the 14th June with the Catesby Property Group, who are promoting the development of Harwood Paddock. If you are interested in attending the meeting please let us know (see details below). Any feedback from that meeting will also be included in the submission to Basingstoke and Deane.


Other Events

Sunday 2nd June – Highclere -v- East Woodhay Cricket Match

If you are interested in playing (assuming still some vacancies) please contact Will Flack on 07989 344695 or by email to flickflack5@btinternet.com.  The match will be held at East Woodhay Cricket Club, East End, starting at 2.00pm and it will be a game of 40 overs.  Please bring a picnic.

Wednesday 5th June – Upper Test Valley Walk

The North West District of the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust is arranging an evening walk from 6.30pm incorporating part of the River Test and the Millenium Meadow, south of Whitchurch.  Wall ferns and waterside Flora will be of interest plus other wildlife.  The walk is followed by the brief NW AGM at the White Hart, Whitchurch, with the option of a meal to follow.  The meeting place is the Bell Street Car Park in the centre of Whitchurch.  For further details, please contact John Moon on 01264 710123.  Again, sorry no dogs!

Saturday 8th June 2013 – Highclere Church Fete

The annual church fete will be held in the grounds of St Michaels and All Angels’ Church from 2.00pm ‘til 4,00pm on Saturday 8th June.  There are lots of ways to support the fete and offers of help are always appreciated.  Please contact Jo Walsh by email to jo@highclerefarm.wanadoo.co.uk  or by phone on 01635 255013 if you are able to offer some help.


For administrative reasons we have decided to extend the date for renewals from the 1st June to the 1st September. So an extra three month free of charge.

Neighbourhood Plan

The Parish Council is looking to set up a working party to produce a Neighbourhood Plan.  The working party is to include members of the EWS. Neighbourhood planning is a new way for communities such as ours to influence the future of the places where we live and work.  It is expected to carry more weight than its two predecessors, the Village Plan and the Parish Plan. While not stopping development, it could decide the type of development, which residents would be happy to see. If you would like to be a member of the working party please let us know (see details below).

Police Reports for April

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

Total Crimes reported –  9

House Burglary – 1

Thefts from sheds and outbuildings –   0

Theft from Vehicles – 2

Theft of a vehicle –  0

Other Theft –  2

Other Crime – 4


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)

  • Damage was caused to a gate at a stud farm. The intention of the offenders is unknown, however it is possible they were looking to take items from sheds/barns etc.
  • Ensure good quality locks are used on out buildings. padlocks with alarms are available from the beat team at around £10. Contact Abbey if you are interested in purchasing these.
  • Items in outbuildings can be marked and registered, contact Abbey for advice.

Reduce anti-social behaviour

  • There have been 4 reports of anti-social behaviour throughout April. 3 of these reports are regarding the use of scrambler motorcycles in an anti-social way in and around Penwood. Action is being taken in relation to this and other possible offenders should be warned, we will seize vehicles being used to cause annoyance, alarm or distress to others.
  • A group of youths reportedly throwing stones were located and spoken to with parents present and warned of the possible consequences of ASB and the dangers of their chosen activity.

Reduce speeding across the beat

  • New 30mph limit in Penwood! It’s there for everyone’s safety; please keep your speed down!
  • 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

  • It’s that time of year again! We have had two thefts from vehicles in April. Sadly both times items of value were left in the vehicles.
  • Thieves target beauty spot car parks, if you park in any car park follow the advice below.
  • Please ensure that all valuables are removed from vehicles when parked even for only a few minutes (including not leaving handbags under seats!!) Glove boxes are not safe, ensure no valuables are left and leave them open to show thieves, there is nothing to take!
  • 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 or they can be printed from the below attachment
  • A burglary in a dwelling occurred in Burghclere in Daylight hours on the 5th April, between 1500 and 2000 hours. A few low value items of Jewellery were taken. Do you know anything in relation to this incident? You can call crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111
  • A number plate was stolen from a vehicle in Newtown. Please check your number plates are secure.
  • We have had lots of reports of suspicious persons/vehicles.
  • We do follow up on these reports, so far there have been no offences found so people are able to go on their way. Please continue reporting these incidents to us, you never know when we might find some stolen goods.
  • Heating oil was taken from a tank in Ball Hill. Please ensure you know the level your tank is at and monitor regularly despite the nicer weather setting in. Oil alarms are available through the beat team, these alert residents to a sudden drop in fuel levels and can alert you to offenders on scene.

Hampshire constabulary appeals

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

Witness appeal for a fatal collision on the B3400 http://www.hampshire.police.uk/internet/news-and-appeals/2013/april/appeal-following-fatal-road-traffic-collision-near-andover

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.


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


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. If you would like to respond to any of the items above please use the above email address.