East Woodhay Society

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

Newsletter December 2013

 East Woodhay Society Newsletter for December 2013

We would like to wish all our members a Happy Christmas and a Good New Year

East Woodhay  Society & Other Events

Friday 27th December 2013 – The Annual Village Christmas Walk

In association with the Highclere Society, the East Woodhay Society are promoting and supporting the 29th Annual Christmas Walk.  This year’s walk will follow a route around the footpaths of Highclere & East Woodhay starting and finishing at the Red House in Highclere. The walk will last about 2 hours & is not physically demanding so that as many people, especially children, can take part. As the route is across fields and muddy paths it is NOT suitable for pushchairs or wheelchairs. You are advised to wear sturdy, waterproof footwear. Well behaved dogs will be most welcome, but as we will be crossing farmland for much of the time, they MUST be on leads.

There will be hot mulled wine and mince pies at the en route ‘service area’. The wine and pies have been kindly donated by the organisers, the local lunch club ‘Los Jubilados’ and will be provided free of charge, although there will be a collection in aid of this year’s very worthy charity the ‘Ark Cancer Centre Charity’ (Registered Charity 1149758), with donations being collected at both the ‘service area’ and at the Red House.

The meeting time is 10.30am so that we can take photographs with the walk starting promptly at 11.00am, so please do not be late as we cannot wait.

If you would like further details of the walk please contact Ian on 253995, John on 253889 or Clive on 254839.

Friday 17th January – Walking for Health

We are starting a series of regular walks under the heading “Walking for Health”. All residents should receive a leaflet advising them of this new venture. The first walk will start on Friday 17th January at 10.30am from the Surgery in Trade Street RG20 9UL. The walk will last about an hour and will be at a gentle pace in the countryside with some short hills and muddy footpaths. So please wear clothes and shoes suitable for walking in the weather. There is no need to book, just turn up on the day and register. Walks will be held on the 1st and 3rd Friday of the month. These walks will be free and available to both members and non-members. Please see the other attachment for further details.

Saturday 18th January – The Rampant Cat

Join us for a fun quiz evening and curry at the Rampant Cat.

Arrive at 7:30pm for an 8pm start to allow for arrivals, ordering drinks and team naming The curry , buffet style, will be served at 8.30pm and will include Madras, Korma, Tikka, Rice, Onion Bhajis & Nan Bread.  We have allowed 7 tables of 6 people. Guests will be responsible for their own drinks. Tickets are £10 for members and £12 for non-members to include meal and cost of prizes. Any profits will be donated to our charity for the year – the Ark Cancer Centre Charity (RCN 1149758). So do come along and have a good meal, lots of fun and hopefully win some of the many prizes. For tickets please contact Elizabeth on 253203 or John on 253889.

Other Events
Monday 16th December – Christmas Celebrations at the Red House 

The Highclere Carol Singers will be singing in the pub from 9.00pm after their tour of the village to get you all in the festive mood!

Saturday 21st December – East Woodhay Concert

The East Woodhay Silver Band Concert will take place at St Thomas’ Church at 7.00pm. Entry free, but there will be a retiring collection.

Tuesday 24th December – Christmas Eve Celebrations at the Red House

On Christmas Eve, the East Woodhay Silver Band will be playing from 9.00pm so come and join in the carol singing during the evening.

Other news

Woolton Hill Church Hall: Extension & Refurbishment Project 500 Club

The first prize draw (at the Village Market on 25th January) is rapidly approaching – have you bought your entry ticket yet?  A sincere “thank you” to all the early-investors!  We are hoping that many more people will be joining the 500 Club for the following key reason…

We have been very successful in getting in to the final round for two major funding opportunities – Veolia Environmental Trust (£100,000) and Hampshire County Council: Community Buildings Capital Fund (£200,000).  We will be presenting the Church Hall development project to the funding Panels for decisions in January and early March.  It is considered vital that we are able to demonstrate significant community support for the project – hence, we would really like you to join the 500 Club and show that the community, as a whole, is behind the project.

We realise that £120 for a ticket is not a trivial amount – but the total money we are trying to raise is significant – £375,000!!  We have already made it possible for you to share the cost by forming a Syndicate.  We are now including a monthly Standing Order option rather than paying the full amount “up front” – we were trying hard to avoid the extra administration work but we want to make sure that no-one is excluded!  Please check the Living Stones web site  www.livingstonesproject.co.uk/500-club or call Mike Palmer, the Fund-Raising Coordinator on 01635 255578 for an explanation of how we propose to manage the monthly contributions.

Please support the 500 Club either as an individual or as a member of a syndicate and, in so doing, give us some extra ammunition for persuading the funding Panels to back the Church Hall project!!

CPRE, Hampshire would like you to sign up to save your countryside

CPRE is running a campaign to tell the Government that the reformed planning system is not working.  Local people are being disregarded, open countryside is being developed while suitable brownfield land is left unused, and still too few homes are being built. The effects of current policies on the countryside are devastating, with the Green Belt, protected areas and, above all, our ‘ordinary’ but hugely valued countryside, being destroyed or threatened with destruction.  CPRE’s charter is asking for better protection for the countryside, a fair say for local communities in planning for the places where they live and work, and more housing – but of good quality and in the right places. If you agree with their view you can find more information about CPRE and sign up to the charter at the following link:   https://e-activist.com/ea-action/action?ea.client.id=21&ea.campaign.id=21571&ea.tracking.id=branch-websites

Police Reports

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

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

Total Crimes reported –  23

House Burglary – 0

Criminal Damage – 6

Thefts from sheds and outbuildings – 4

Theft from Vehicles – 1

Other Theft – 3

Other Crime – 9

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.

The crime series has continued into November, Including 4×4 vehicles being stolen. 4×4 vehicles have been seen including a silver Subaru Forester. Most offences are happening in the early hours however they have been known to happen at around 2200. Offenders may be watching properties of interest or carrying out daytime ‘reccys’ to identify targets. It is not known what vehicles the offenders are using to do this.

02/11/13 – 03/11/13 – A unit on the Studland estate was entered and money taken.

03/11/13 – 04/11/13 – An attempt was made to enter a shed on a farm near Bishops Green

08/11/13 – 09/11/13 – Offenders have forced access to an estate in North End, a barn was entered, but no items taken.

16/11/13 – 17/11/13 – A Stump Grinder was taken from a barn in Ball Hill.

Reduce anti-social behaviour across the beat area

On the 16/11/13 officers interrupted a large scale gathering on private land near Beacon Hill. Various officers were sourced from across the county and the Thames Valley Police area and it was deemed in the interest of public safety that the illegal gathering be shut down and trespassers moved on.

Several officers were assaulted and police vehicles damaged in the incident. This accounts for several of the crimes reported this month.

There have been numerous noise complaints in the Bishops Green area.

If you have concerns over noise and believe that music or other noise is above a reasonable level then please contact Environmental Health, details of how to contact them can be found on the Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council website.

Reduce speeding across the beat

The safety camera van is continually being deployed across the beat area.

Other incidents of note

A car has been damaged in Bishops Green, it appears that the vehicle has been purposefully scratched with keys.

A sign in Ball Hill has been removed from a fence and damaged.

A group of poachers was seen in the area of Ashley Warren firing at pheasants with a catapult. The offenders were watched closely by game keepers who were then targeted with catapults also. A vehicle windscreen was smashed. Unfortunately police were unable to stop the offenders from making off towards the Sydmonton/Ecchinswell/Kingsclere Crossroad where game keepers lost sight.

A window was smashed in Breachfields in Burghclere.

4 Garden chairs were taken from a garden in Harrier Road, Bishops Green

A red VW GOLF has been seen in Peregrine Road, Bishops Green, the vehicle contained a number of males who may have been in possession of cannabis. The males were seen walking into the woods and returned to the vehicle where they remained for a short period of time. Please continue to report suspicious incidents such as this as we do our best to attend in all circumstances, however this isn’t always possible.

A dog was removed from an outdoor enclosure in Burghclere, it is not clear how the dog could have escaped unaided so it is possible this was an attempted theft, however, the dog was then located nearby. Those with working breeds are asked to ensure crime prevention measures are in place to protect their dogs from theft.

A push-bike was stolen from a driveway on Newtown Common.

Across the Rural area

There have been 40 reports of NON DWELLING Burglaries across the rural area this month. Some of these are believed to be linked to the crimes in the Highclere Beat area. The majority of other breaks have involved the theft of garden machinery. Please log serial numbers and ensure good locks are on your sheds!

It’s Christmas!!!  Well, nearly… please see the following advice for the festive season…

At Home

Don’t leave Christmas presents in view of a window.

If you are buying or receiving valuable gifts such as bikes, mobiles or electrical items register them for free at www.immobilise.com in doing so you will assist the police in returning your property should it be lost or stolen.

Dispose of present packaging carefully as empty boxes left outside can advertise that you have goods inside.

Refrain from keeping large amounts of cash at home.

A secure home will reduce the chance of a burglary. Make sure windows and doors are locked every time you leave the house. Avoid leaving tools and ladders lying around that could assist someone get into your home.

When you go out at night make it appear that someone is home. Draw the curtains and leave a light on. You could always put a lamp or radio on a timer switch.

Never allow people into your home unless you are expecting them or have made arrangements with the company beforehand.

Never buy goods and services at the door or give away personal information.

If you are going away:

Check you have locked all doors, windows and sky-lights. If you have an alarm, ensure it is activated.

Inform trusted neighbours and ask if they will keep an eye on your property for you and collect your post.

Use timer switches on lamps and radios so it looks as though you are home. Signs of occupation help deter intruders.

Remember to cancel any deliveries such as milk and newspapers.

When Shopping

Make sure your handbag is closed and you carry so a pick-pocket would find it difficult to get into without you knowing.

Never leave a bag unattended in a trolley, even if for a couple of seconds.

Try and keep wallets in an inside pocket and out of sight from a potential pick-pocket.

Keep your PIN number confidential.

When entering your PIN number at a terminal ensure no one can see you enter it.

Try to pay for items on a debit card rather than carrying large amounts of cash. If this is not possible keep cash to a minimum.

Before you leave your car, ensure all windows and doors are closed and locked.

Avoid leaving your purchases and presents in your vehicle. If you must, make sure they are not on display, store in the boot and make sure the car is locked.

Park your car in a well-lit car park, preferably one that’s attended or displays the Park Mark logo.

Think about the item you are buying someone, are there any security products you could purchase to help them keep it safe. E.g. if buying a bike, then also about giving a decent ‘D’ lock.

At Cash-points

If you see someone suspicious hanging around, cancel the transaction and use another cash-point.

Before inserting you card have a look at the machine to check it looks normal.

When entering your PIN number make sure others around cannot see.

Avoid carrying large amounts of cash; only withdraw what you reasonably need.

Put your money and your cards away safely before leaving the machine.

If you are out for the evening

Drink sensibly and stay with your friends.

Plan in advance how you will get home.

Save the number of a licensed taxi firm in your mobile phone. Always check the driver’s identification and never get into an unlicensed taxi. Text the taxi’s licence plate number to a friend.

Don’t accept drinks from strangers or leave your drink unattended.

Whether you are male or female, avoid walking alone and never take short cuts through dark alleys or large open spaces.

Keep your belongings with you and your valuables out of sight, never leave your bag hanging over a chair or personal items left unattended.

Don’t drink and drive, and remember you may still be over the limit the morning after a big night out.

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.

Matt & Abbey – We wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year


Hampshire Constabulary,

Whitchurch Police Station, Dances Lane,

Whitchurch, Hampshire, RG28 7EG

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East Woodhay Society

If you are an existing member and have not yet renewed your membership, we would appreciate it  if  you could do so as soon as possible. If you are not a member, but 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.