East Woodhay Society

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

Newsletter January 2014

East Woodhay Society Newsletter for January 2014

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

East Woodhay  Society & Other Events

Friday 27th December 2013 – The Annual Village Christmas Walk

On the 27th December, despite the threat of bad weather, about 160 walkers from Highclere, Woolton Hill and the surrounding villages met up at the Red House in Highclere for their 29th Annual Charity Christmas Walk. This year’s walk followed a route around the footpaths of Highclere & East Woodhay starting and finishing at the Red House. The sum of £725 was raised via donations, made both on the walk and later by some of those who could not join us, for the Ark Cancer Centre Charity in Basingstoke. As in previous years, it was organised by members of the local luncheon group, Los Jubilados, in co-operation with the Highclere Society and the East Woodhay Society. Halfway around the 4 mile walk, mince pies, kindly donated by Hetherton’s, Budgens, and Waitrose, together with mulled wine were served. It was great to see so many families with young children and dogs being rewarded with a beautiful walk, if a trifle muddy, on a bright sunny day.

Friday 17th January – Walking for Health

We are starting a series of regular walks under the heading “Walking for Health”. We originally understood that all residents would receive a leaflet advising them of this new venture, but alas they have not materialised.  The first walk will start today,  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. 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

All tickets now sold, but for those who were quick off the mark please join us for a fun quiz evening and curry at the Rampant Cat.

Arrive at 7:00pm for a 7.30pm start to allow for arrivals, ordering drinks and team naming The curry , buffet style, will include Madras, Korma, Tikka, Rice, Onion Bhajis & Nan Bread.  There are 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 further details please contact Elizabeth on 253203 or John on 253889.

Other Events

Saturday 1st February – Trivial Pursuits Champonship

The St Thomas’ Church Annual Trivial Pursuits Championship – the 24th session (believe it or not),  will be held at Woolton Hill Church Hall, starting at 7.30 pm prompt!

If you haven’t been before, please don’t feel shy!  All you do is make up a team of six friends and think of a team name. It is a fun quiz evening with a hot meal included, all for the very reasonable price of £13.50 per head.  Glasses and crockery are supplied, but please bring your own drinks.

If you are interested, then please contact Margaret Burgham on 253719 or at Lawling, Broadlayings. We hope to see both new and old teams there!

Starting Saturday 1st February – Six Nations Rugby at the Red House, Highclere

The Red House is showing the Six Nations England Rugby matches.  The first match, France –v- England is on Saturday 1st February. Complimentary nibbles will be served at half time.  Please call Simon at the pub on 01635 255531 for details of the opening times for these dates.

Saturday 8th February – Scotland –v- England.

Saturday 22nd February – England –v- Ireland

Saturday 9th March – England –v- Wales

Saturday 22nd February – England –v- Italy



Highclere Film Club


The Highclere Film Club is a friendly, film-loving group who meet every two weeks between September and June to watch newly released films on a terrific screen, with Dolby surround sound, in comfortable chairs, with an open bar.  They also occasionally host popular ‘supper and movie’ nights.  The club meets every other Thursday evening in the Village Hall. 7:30pm arrival for an 8pm start. £4.00 for Members, £6.00 for non-Members.

Thursday 23rd January

Silver Linings Playbook, starring Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence and Robert De Niro will be showing.  The film is an American romantic-comedy drama about a man with bipolar disorder who is released from a psychiatric hospital, moves back to live with his parents and tries to win back the affections of his estranged wife.

Thursday 6th February

Rush, starring Chris Hemsworth.  Set against the glamorous golden age of Formula 1 racing in the 1970s, this film explores the great sporting rivalry between handsome English playboy James Hunt (Hemsworth), and his methodical, brilliant opponent, Austrian driver Niki Lauda. The story follows their different personal styles on and off the track during the astonishing 1976 season in which both drivers were willing to risk everything to become world champion.

Thursday 20th February


Captain Phillips, starring Tom Hanks. The BAFTA nominated true story of Captain Richard Phillips and the 2009 hijacking by Somali pirates of the MV Maersk Alabama, the first American cargo ship to be hijacked in two hundred years.

Thursday 6th March

Chick Flick night with Prosecco and Cupcakes!

The film club is still debating which movie to show, so if you have any suggestions – please get in touch with them athighclerefilmclub@yahoo.co.uk

Thursday 27th February – Childhood, Poetry & Caring for the Countryside

A lecture by Sir Ian Motion, the CPRE President, on childhood, poetry and caring for the countryside at the Holiday Inn, Winchester, SO21 1HZ.  The evening starts with a reception at 6.45pm and the lecture will begin at 7.30pm.  Tickets cost £20 per person (to include a glass of wine and small eats) and are available from CPRE Hampshire by calling 01962 779185 or by sending an email to info@cprehampshire.org.uk

Saturday 1st March – Spring my Leeks

Songs, Music Poetry with International Performers at Highclere Village Hall at 8.00pm until 11.30pm. For tickets for this NWH Conservative Association event please contact Diana on 254677 or 253264. Tickets to include supper cost £12.50 each.

Saturday 8th March – Andover Bird Spotting Challenge


The North-West division of the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust is organising a bird spotting challenge at 10.30am. Join Mike Wildish and Mervyn Grist for a 2 mile walk in the Charlton – Penton Valley to see how many species can be spotted.  If numbers permit, the group will be split into two teams for a light-hearted competition.  Park and meet by the Foxcotte Road entrance to Charlton Lakes Park.  Please take binoculars if you have some and wear something substantial on your feet!  No dogs permitted.  For more information, please contact Mervyn Grist on 01264 358737 or by email to mervyn@dmgrist1.plus.com.  There is a suggested donation of £2.

Saturday 22nd March – Oxford Classic Jazz at Highclere Village Hall


The Highclere Village Hall Management Committee presents Oxford Classic Jazz, a quartet of musicians singing and playing a variety of instruments including a saxophone, a tuba, a double bass and a banjo ….. to name a few!  Their irresistible swinging rhythm will get your toes tapping!  So go along and enjoy the music and feel free to grasp a partner and dance to their joyful style of pre-war jazz. The evening starts at 7.30pm.  Tickets are £12.50 and are available from Molly on 01635 253264 and Mary on 01635 254264 or via email to averilbreakspear@btinternet.com or marymcquillen@icloud.com

A single course supper will be served during the evening – please advise of any dietary requirements at the time of booking. For more information about the group, please see www.classicjazz.co.uk

Other news

Woolton Hill Church Hall: Extension & Refurbishment Project 500 Club

Your last chance to be in the first prize draw (at the Village Market on 25th January).  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!!

Police Reports

At the end of each year we analyse the statistics to identify any trends and as you can see, while there was a small increase between 2012 and 2013 the overall statistics show a favourable annual downward trend.

Year                                         2010    2011    2012   2013

House Burglary                             6        12          9         6

Criminal Damage                          0          0          0       13

Sheds & Outbuildings                 60        47        26       34

Theft from Vehicles                    53        27        23       31

Theft of Vehicle                            0          0          0         2

Other Theft                                  51        49        46       41

Other Crime                                85        80         90      72

Total Crimes Recorded             255      215       194    199


Month                              Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Totals

House Burglary                 0     2      1     1      2     0    0     0     0     0      0     0       6

Criminal Damage              0     0      0     0      3     0    3     0     0     0      6     1     13

Sheds & Outbuildings       2     3      2     0      3     7    1     3     1     5      4     3     34

Theft from Vehicles          2     7      2     2      0     2    2     3     2     5      1     3     31

Theft of Vehicle                0     0      1     0      1     0    0     0     0     0      0     0       2

Other Theft                        6     2      2     2      3     6    5     4     1     5      3     2     41

Other Crime                       7     8     5      4      5     3  12     5    7     4      9      3     72

Total Crimes Recorded    17   22    13     9    17   18  23   15   11   19   23    12   199


Month                              Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Totals

House Burglary                 1     0      1     0      1     0    1     1     2      0     0     2        9

Sheds & Outbuildings       2     1      1     6      3     2    2     0     4      1     2     2      26

Theft from Vehicles          1     1      1     2      2     2    8     2     0      0     3     1      23

Other Theft                        4     0      2     4      4     7    6     1     4      1     9     4      46

Other Crime                       8    6     11    6       9     8    3    4      8      7   10   10      90

Total Crimes Recorded    16    8     16   18    19   19  20    8    18      9   24   19    194


Month                              Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Totals

House Burglary                 1     1      1      0     1     0    2     0     1      0     4      1     12

Sheds & Outbuildings       1     2      1      2   12     9    3     6     3      3     3      2     47

Theft from Vehicles          3     2      8      5     1     2    1     1     1      2     0      1     27

Other Theft                        3     6      6      2     5     3    2     4     6      4     4      4     49

Other Crime                      7     3      4     10     8    8     5     6     8     7     6      8      80

Total Crimes Recorded    15   14   20     19   27   22  13   17   19   16   17    16    215


Month                              Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Totals

House Burglary                 1     0      0      0     2     0    0     1     1      0     0      1       6

Sheds & Outbuildings       4     2      2      0     3     6    9     8     0      4    13     9      60

Theft from Vehicles          3     2      2      3     4     5    2     4     2      8      5    13     53

Other Theft                        2     6     6     10     3     5    3     1     6      4      1     4      51

Other Crime                      7      8     8       4   16     5    6     6     6     6       8     5      85

Total Crimes Recorded    17   18   18     17   28   21  20   20   15   22     27   32    255

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

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

Total Crimes reported –  12

House Burglary – 0

Criminal Damage – 1

Thefts from sheds and outbuildings – 3

Theft from Vehicles – 3

Other Theft – 2

Other Crime – 3

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.
  • One incident has occurred on our beat which may be linked to the series, this time in Woolton Hill – 11/12/13 at approximately  0130 offenders in what is possibly a small van have entered a garage within the grounds of a property and stolen several items of gardening machinery.
  • 8 reports of suspicious activity have been received this month. PLEASE keep reports coming in. You may be helping prevent or solve a crime.
  • Other non-dwelling burglaries involved 2 sheds in Ecchinswell. During one occurrence 2 bicycles were taken. The other involved a door being removed from the shed, however, they have not taken any items, this may be as they were disturbed by an alarm.

Reduce anti-social behaviour across the beat area

  • 7 reports of anti-social behaviour, however 5 of these are disputes between persons known to one another.
  • 1 report involves strange activity in the area of Peregrine Road in Bishops Green, a group of youths were heard in the area late at night on the 30th of November, items were left in someone’s garden.
  • Another report in this area involves rubbish and garden waste being thrown from the woodland near Peregrine Road on to a piece of private land. If anyone seen doing this please let local police know.

Reduce speeding across the beat

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

Other incidents of note

  • Sightings of a suspicious vehicle in Peregrine Road, Bishops Green were reported, it is believed the occupants were smoking cannabis and there were further concerns that they were looking in to residents’ windows. The vehicle was a red VW Golf. Unfortunately the vehicle was not stopped for a search and therefore we are still keen to know who is in the vehicle and their reasons for being in the area. Please report if similar things are happening.
  • Thefts from vehicles – on the 15th and 17th thefts from the same vehicle were reported, these thefts have happened on two separate occasions when the vehicle has been parked in Harts Lane.
  • On Boxing Day a handbag was taken from a vehicle parked near to the Highclere Estate.
  • Reports of suspicious males looking in to car windows at Watership Down were also received on Boxing day.
  • On the 3rd, a vehicle was stopped and seized on the A343 after being found to have no insurance.
  • Lead was taken from the roof of a garage in Breachfield, Burghclere
  • A trailer was taken from outside a property in Heathlands, Penwood

Across the Rural area:

  • 17 reports of non-dwelling burglaries, a lower number than November, however there is still a need to be vigilant.
  • 6/12/13 – Burglary in a Dwelling – Baughurst
  • 7/12/13 – Burglary in a Dwelling – Longcroft Road – Kingsclere
  • 19/12/13 – Burglary in a Dwelling – Elm Road – Overton – Jewellery and Christmas presents taken

Oil Thefts

  • We have had one report of oil theft across the rural area this month, this was in Pamber End. The thieves are out there!
  • Electronic devices are available to fit to tanks to enable you to carryout 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.

Purple Ribbon Campaign – Is It Worth The Risk?

  • Please take 5 minutes of your time to read the information on the link regarding this years anti drink driving campaign – If you suspect a drink driver – contact police immediately, you can use the text line which is anonymous – 80999 – Include details of the exact location/last seen, registration, vehicle make and colour, the driver details to the best of your knowledge, and, if known their destination. http://www.hampshire.police.uk/internet/news-and-appeals/campaigns/is-it-worth-the-risk/

Please contact us if you have any questions

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

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.