East Woodhay Society

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

Newsletter October 2013

East Woodhay Society Newsletter for October 2013

 East Woodhay  Society & Other Events

Saturday 9th November – Woolton Hill Church Hall

Our next event is a ‘Call My Bluff’ wine tasting quiz on Saturday the 9th November, starting at 7.30pm, so if you have not yet bought your tickets, please call John Angle on 253889 or send an email to the address below.  Tickets cost £10 for members and £12 for non-members. Prior to the Wine Tasting Quiz, the Society will hold its AGM starting at 7.00pm, so please come along and have a glass of wine and hear about what the Society has done over the last year.

Other Events

Saturday 19th October – Big Curry Evening at the Red House, Highclere

Following the success of last year’s event, which raised £2,300, Simon and his team at the Highclere Red House are once again taking part in “The Big Curry”!  This is a nationwide fund raising event in aid of ABF the Soldiers Charity.  It starts at 7.30pm.  Tickets are £15 which includes a welcome drink of Lassi or an Indian beer, a two-course curry meal (with a vegetarian option) with live music and an auction.  At least £10 of the ticket price will be donated to the charity which gives lifetime support to serving and retired soldiers and their families (see http://www.soldierscharity.org for more information about the charity).  Please call Simon at the Red House on 255531 or Peter Davies on 254976 to book your tickets.

Saturday 19th October – West End Musical Concert

A night of West End Musical entertainment at 7.30 pm at St Nicholas Church Newbury, with the iconic East Woodhay Silver Band playing popular West End musical numbers and listen to West Berkshire’s very own West End Song Bird with the fantastic voice of Kate Izzard.  Tickets only £10 from the Corn Exchange. Interval drinks will be available.

Saturday 26th October 2013 – Presentation to Raj & Su

As stated in the last Newsletter, Raj and Su are no longer running the Post Office & Stores in Broad Layings.  In order to allow as many residents as possible to attend, there will be a presentation, in recognition of their long service to the community, by Sir George Young MP at 12.30pm at the Woolton Hill Village Market on 26th October.  Caroline Cole is collecting donations so if you would like to donate please put your donation in an envelope marked with your name and deliver to Entre Nous, White City, Woolton Hill, RG20 9TG. (It is the fifth house down the road on the left as you walk down the hill towards the Post Office & Stores.)

Thursday 31st October – Highclere Film Club

Hitchcock – The love story of Alfred Hitchcock and his wife set during the filming of Psycho starring Anthony Hopkins and Helen Mirren. The price of admission is £4.00 for members and £6.00 for non-members. Doors open at 7.30pm.

Saturday 2nd November 2013 – Jumble Sale, Highclere Village Hall

The jumble sale in aid of St Michael and All Angels Church starts at 2.00pm and the admission fee is 30p.  Items for the sale (including books, toys, clothes, produce, cakes, etc.) should be taken to the hall on the morning of the sale.  For further details please contact Molly on 253264, Mary on 254264 or Mo on 250770.

Friday 8th November 2013 – Charity Christmas Shopping Event

There will be a Christmas Shopping Event at Stud Cottage, Woolton Hill, RG20 9TQ from 10.00am to 3.00pm in aid of the Ark Cancer Centre Charity.  The charity is aiming to raise £5million towards the cost of building a cancer centre in North Hampshire to treat local people.  Admission to the shopping event is £3.00 which includes tea/coffee and cake.  For more information, call Lynn on 07798 701523 or Pam on 07810 808781.

Saturday 9th November 2013 – Conservation Work Party at Old Burghclere Lime Quarry

The Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust are having their annual autumn work party on the reserve on Saturday 9th November from 10.00am.  The main task is to clear scrub and regrowth within the quarry but there are lighter tasks too.  Some work is on a steep slope.  Please take your own gloves and some lunch.  For further details please contact Mervyn Grist on 01264 358737 or by email to mervyn@dmgrist.plus.com.

Thursday 14th November – Highclere Film Club

French Evening – screening of ‘Beautiful Lies’ starring Audrey Tautou along with a French Supper all for £10 per person

Sunday 17th November 2013 – Friends of Thorngrove Christmas Fair

The Friends of Thorngrove Christmas Fair is being held from 2.00pm until 5.00pm in the new hall at Thorngrove School, Pantings Lane.  Everyone is welcome to come along and there will be lots of stalls selling a variety of gifts and produce, seasonal refreshments will be available, etc.

Friday 22nd November – Novemberfest

Cheese by ‘Just Add Grapes’, wine, quiz, raffle. For tickets £20 donation to include Artisan Supper and 3 glasses of wine call Bridget on 250729 or email bridget.ultimate@btopenworld.com .  The event, which is in aid of the Living Stones Project, starts at 7.30pm in the Woolton Hill Church Hall.

Saturday 30th November 2013 – Handel’s Messiah at St Nicholas Church, Newbury

Newbury Chamber Choir and Newbury Baroque Orchestra are performing Handel’s Messiah at 7.00pm at St Nicholas Church.  This performance brings together superlative soloists (including Janet Coxwell (soprano), Madeleine Sexton (mezzo-soprano), Adam Tunnicliffe (tenor) & Ian Caddy (bass)) and a young orchestra playing period instruments (a first for Newbury).  Tickets are £15.00 for adults, £5.00 for children and are available from the Corn Exchange on 08455 218218.  For more information, please go to www.cornexchangenew.com  or www.newburychamberchoir.co.uk

Monday 6th January – House of Commons Trip

There will be a House of Commons Trip with the executive coach leaving Woolton Hill at 8am. The trip will include a guided tour and light lunch. For tickets £40 call Bridget on 250729 or email

Membership Renewals

These are now due and you will shortly receive a reminder to renew your membership. We trust you will all renew.

Harwood Paddock

Despite all the hard work and feedback from both local residents and Parish Council a decision was taken to give approval to the building of 49 houses on Harwood Paddock.

Hampshire Superfast Broadband News – October 2013

The Hampshire Superfast Broadband Programme has published its ‘Big Picture’map.  From this map you can see which parts of the parish are likely to be connected before the end of 2015. Wave One of the programme (the green area on the map) will build on commercial coverage and extend superfast broadband to 90% of premises across Hampshire by the end of 2015. Delivered in phases, Wave One will pass more than 57,500 premises across the county.

The Big Picture map shows a high level view, or forecast, of the planned coverage area and is based on postcode areas. They will be publishing detailed maps for each phase once planning has been completed.

Woolton Hill Church Hall Improvement Fund

The first phase of building work started at the end of August and there is now a requirement to find the funding for the next building phases.  The proposed development plans have been on display at many events, including the monthly Village Market – the plan is to build a new entrance lobby, two meeting rooms and new toilet facilities (including an accessible toilet for disabled users).  In the process, the heating and lighting will be upgraded for increased efficiency and the kitchen will be refurbished.  The development will allow other users to meet while Pre-School is operating within its own segregated space.

The hall is used widely by the community and there are few restrictions for its use.  As for funding the project, it has become clear that some of the larger potential funding sources are not available to us – for example, the Big Lottery funding programme excludes us on the grounds that this area of Hampshire is fortunate enough not to be suffering from social deprivation!  Therefore, it has been decided to launch an ambitious fund-raising initiative across the community as a whole: a “500 Club”!

If successful, the “500 Club” will raise a significant amount of money across the wider community and will be advertised in the next issue of Spectrum.  The objective is to sell 500 tickets and raise nearly £50,000 for the Church Hall project.

There will be a prize draw at each of the Village Markets throughout 2014 – and (assuming 500 tickets sold) the prizes on offer would be a first prize of £500 and 5 second prizes of £100 each – every month.  The entry price is £10 per draw so the “ticket” is not cheap at £120 – but it is hoped that the 500 Club will achieve its  target and raise some serious funds for the Church Hall.  You also have the opportunity to get together as a syndicate and share the entry.  So far 11 tickets have been sold and there has been no advertising yet!!!

The Entry Form and Rules for the competition are on the Living Stones web site: www.livingstonesproject.co.uk

Police Reports

Newsflash: Between 1800 and 1900 Hours on the 18th October person(s) unknown

attempted to enter a property on Pantings Lane in Highclere. A noise was heard and when the occupant went to investigate, the side door had been opened and security light outside came on. The chain was on the door, meaning no entry was gained.

This is the crime summary for the month of September 2013 for the parishes of:

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

Total Crimes reported –  11

House Burglary – 0

Thefts from sheds and outbuildings – 1

Theft from Vehicles – 2

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


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

A barn rented for use as vehicle storage in Highclere was broken in to and a white Ford Transit Vehicle Recovery truck was taken from within.

Reduce anti-social behaviour across the beat area

In Woolton Hill, in the early hours of the 2nd September a group of young people have been seen to move various items from a garden including building blocks and wheelie bins which they have also rolled each other around in. The same group were seen hanging around in a nearby road, smoking and then smashing a lighter on the floor. A bag of building ballast was moved and contents spread in to the road along Broadlayings and an egg thrown at a house window. This resulted in three calls being made to police.

Motorcycles are being ridden around the woods adjacent to Bishops Green. The use of motor vehicles off road is an offence and will not be tolerated. Please call police upon seeing these offences being committed, descriptions of riders and bikes are valuable. Other reports of motorcycles being ridden on the estate have also been received.

Reduce speeding across the beat

The safety camera van has been deployed across the beat area and a number of offenders have been caught.

Other incidents of note

There have been two thefts from vehicles on the beat in September. One incident involved a vehicle parked up in Ashmansworth, the driver was carrying out work at an address and his vehicle was left insecure.

A handbag was taken from the seat of an unattended vehicle in Ball Hill whilst the owner was working inside an address.

Two females dressed all in black entered the store in Penwood asking to change bank notes. During this time they have caused confusion and managed to make off with more cash than they entered the store with.

Motorists continue to ignore the one way system in place at Bishops Green. This has resulted in at least one collision. A moped rider was forced out of the road by an oncoming vehicle travelling the wrong way up Hyde Lane. This resulted in minor injuries only, however this could have been a lot worse. The small Hatchback car failed to stop at the scene. Drivers are reminded that failure to comply with the one way system that is in place is not tolerated and can result in prosecution.

Ten reports were received via 101 regarding suspicious people or vehicles. All suspicious incidents are investigated as soon as possible; please do not hesitate to call immediately if you see something which you do not think is right. Vehicles makes, models and registration numbers are extremely important please do your best to note these down to pass on to police. This information could be very useful!

For example – A silver Mercedes reported as being seen in sus circumstances in August was seen by Abbey in Spring Lane, Burghclere on Sunday 15th September. The vehicle made off at speed and is not using a correct number plate. If it wasn’t for the original report then it would have most likely gone unnoticed by Abbey.

Across the Rural area:

A number of Burglaries from Outbuildings and farm buildings have been reported across the rural area since the 25th. The areas that have been targeted so far include Ashe Warren, Steventon, North Waltham, Coxford Down and Bramley.

A green Subaru Forrester has been seen to be involved in some of these incidents.

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.