East Woodhay Society

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

Newsletter November 2013

East Woodhay Society Newsletter for November 2013

East Woodhay  Society & Other Events

Saturday 9th November – Woolton Hill Church Hall

On Saturday the Society held its AGM, which was very well attended.  The Minutes and Annual Accounts will be posted on the web-site.  A BIG THANK YOU to all of you who attended. One of the key decisions taken at the meeting was to support a single charity, the Ark Cancer Centre Charity, for this financial year. The charity is trying to raise £5m to build a new centre in North Hampshire

The AGM was followed by a ‘Call My Bluff’ wine tasting quiz, which was a great success, with one team managing to identify all eight wines. After the quiz, members and guests polished off the rest of the wine with some excellent bread & cheese.  It was also nice to be one of the first groups to be utilizing the new ‘enlarged’ hall, which received a very positive thumbs up from attendees.

Other Events

Thursday 14th November – St.Thomas’ Christmas Gift Fair at St.Thomas’ Infant School, Woolton Hill. 

The event starts at  7.30pm and finishes at 10pm and all proceeds will go towards the school.

There will be lots of local stallholders selling Christmas Cards, gifts, jewellery, toys, poncho’s you can even order you Christmas Turkey.

Stallholders attending include:-

Fruit Bat Designs, Kirsty Colbourne Handmade Gifts, Phoenix Cards, Funtastic Toys, Ivory Tower Crafts,   Totally Books, Emily Pike Silver Jewellery, Stationery & Calligraphy, Le Papillon Vert, Just Add Grapes, Little Wren, Lynda Bywater Interiors, Banjo Cycles, Parsonage Farm, Stella & Dot, Daj Collection, Dasa’s Christmas Baskets, Bows with Love, Helen Carlile Scarves, The Book People, California Taco, Sarah Jessica Cakes, Mrs Marmalade, Oberon Jewellery, Pocket Money Toys, Northbrook Wrapping, Cookie Jars plus beauticians available for mini manicures, bookable on the night.

There will be mulled and a raffle.  Please do come and support the school and bring or tell all your friends and family.

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

Police Reports

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

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

Total Crimes reported –  19

House Burglary – 0

Thefts from sheds and outbuildings –  5

Theft from Vehicles – 5

Other Theft –  5

Other Crime – 4

The community Policing priorities for this area are :

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

Rural industrial units/storage/business premises have been targeted in a series of non-dwelling burglaries in the northern part of the beat, the rural area of Basingstoke district, Andover and West Berkshire areas.

An attempt was made to enter a unit at Lane End Farm. Offenders made off empty handed in a 4×4. A wood chipper was taken from a property in Knights Lane.

A Maroon 4×4 was seen to drive on to land, damaging a fence and made off when seen. Number plates have been stolen from vehicles and may be used to disguise a vehicles true identity in crime.

Reduce anti-social behaviour across the beat area

Halloween went off with no problems reported. There have been a number of complaints with regards to vehicles being driven in an antisocial manner. Drivers are reminded that vehicles used in ASB can and will be seized! You have been warned!

There are often complaints regarding noise. With the festive season approaching, please bear in mind that your neighbours might be able to hear your party/music.

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

Vehicles are still being broken in to around beauty spot areas, if you are going out and leaving your vehicle parked up in a car park or at the side of the road, please ensure you take your valuables with you. These thefts are also happening when vehicles are parked outside of addresses, this can happen at any time of day. A lawnmower was taken from a garden in Burghclere. A bronze statue was taken from a garden in Burghclere and is still outstanding. A red post box was taken from the side of the road at Aldern Bridge on the Border with TVP on the A339. Scrap cable was taken from a skip in Ball Hill. Damage was caused to a vehicle parked in Harwood Rise, Woolton Hill.

Across the Rural area:

A number of Burglaries from Outbuildings and farm buildings have been reported.

Several 4×4 vehicles have been noted as having possible involvement as well as vans and some cars. If you see any people or vehicles in suspicious circumstances please do not hesitate to report it via 101 or 999 in an emergency. 18 reports of suspicious activity have been reported across the beat this month. These reports are often very valuable, PLEASE keep them coming!

Oil Thefts

We are approaching the season when Oil thefts begin to be reported. Please take the time to check your tanks now, see what level the oil is sitting at, checks should be carried out as regularly as possible. Electronic devices are available to fit to tanks to enable you to carry out these checks without leaving the house. In addition, we have a supply of Oil tank alarms available for sale at £100 each. These read your tank levels and can also sound an alarm in the event of your oil level dropping rapidly. This will alert you at the time of a theft in progress.

Alternatively there are alarms available for purchase on various online websites. Some of these alarms alert you via text message. Perfect if you are not at home to hear your internal alarm go off.

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.