East Woodhay Society

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

Newsletter April 2014

East Woodhay Society Newsletter for April 2014

East Woodhay Society Events

Saturday 12th April – Race Night at Woolton Hill Church Hall

Our next event will be a Race Night on the 12th April (the weekend before Easter). There are still a few tickets left so please come along and have a great day at the races. Tickets £10 (members) & £12 (non-members), to include a fish & chip supper are available from either John Angle on 253889 or Elizabeth Gillespie on 253203. All sponsorship money and profits will be donated to the Ark Cancer Centre Charity.

Friday 18th April – Walking for Health

Our next two regular walks under the heading “Walking for Health” are on Friday 18th April & Friday 2nd May at 10.30am from the Surgery in Trade Street RG20 9UL. The walks 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.

We are pleased to say that the previous walks have attracted a good turnout. Walks will be held on the 1st and 3rd Friday of the month. These walks are free and available to both members and non-members.

Monday 5th May – Crafty Craft Race

We are now in the final stages of planning our entry for this year’s Crafty Craft Race. As in previous years, we will field an all-female team, so if you think you can help us retain our unbeaten record please let us know.

Other Events

Saturday 12th & Sunday 13th April – Newbury Market Square Quilters Quilt Exhibition

The Newbury Market Square Quilters are holding a Quilt Exhibition at St Nicholas Junior School, Link Road, Newbury RG14 7LU. Entry £3 (husbands and children free).  The event is open both days from 10am until 4pm.  Come along and see a fantastic display of quilts. The event also includes refreshments, craft sales table, trade stands, raffle, demonstrations and textiles by Newbury Embroiderers’ Guild. For more details contact Jenny Saady on 07792 251 005.

Friday 18th, Saturday 19th & Monday 21st April – Easter Art Exhibition at The Furze Bush, Ball Hill.

Jane Little and Jane Vince are organising an Easter Art Exhibition at The Furze Bush on Friday 18th & Saturday 19th April between 10am & 8pm and on Monday 21st April between 10am & 6pm. The exhibition includes an affordable sale of original oil, watercolour and acrylic paintings and limited edition prints and cards.

Bring a friend, come and browse, enjoy a drink or coffee.

Wednesday 23rd April – Quiz Night at the Red House, Highclere

The next Red House Quiz Night, with the fantastic Jez as quizmaster, will be held on Wednesday 23rd April. The usual format will apply – teams of 4 with nibbles at half time. For more information and to book your team of 4 please call Simon on 255531.

Saturday 26th April – Craft Fair at St George’s Hall, Andover Road, Wash Common

Come and meet Christine, Quarterfinalist from TV’s Great British Bake Off 2013, who is going to open the Craft Fair at St George’s Hall on Saturday 26th April 2014 at 10am.  She will stay all day for questions and photos.  The fair is from 10am until 3.30.pm with 50p admission for adults and children free.  There will be 18 stalls plus demonstrations, raffle, refreshments and light lunches.

Saturday 10th May – Live Music at the Red House, Highclere

On Saturday 10th May “The Sheds” will be playing live in the pub from 9.30pm onwards. The Sheds are a fantastic local band so it’s guaranteed to be good night! Please note, food service will start at 6.30pm and end at 9.00pm on the night. For more information and to book your team of 4 please call Simon on 255531.

Saturday 7th June 2014 – Highclere Church Fete

The annual church fête will be held in the grounds of St Michaels and All Angels’ Church during the afternoon of Saturday 8th June.

Saturday 21st June – The Watermill comes to Highclere Village Hall

An exciting new production ‘Hard-Boiled’ is coming to Highclere Village Hall on Saturday 21st June at 7.30 pm. The Watermill Theatre’s on Tour Company promise a fabulous evening and invite you to step into the farcical world of gangsters, private eyes and femme fatales. There you will meet wise-cracking Private Investigator Dan Spick who is the toughest, grumpiest and sharpest guy in town and he’s got a case to solve but this case is different and has more twists than a Chinese burn- who knows what’s around the next corner? Tickets cost £10 and are available from Molly on 253264 and Mary on 254264 or via email to averilbreakspear@btinternet.com or marymcquillen@icloud.com.

Saturday 5th July – St Thomas’ Church Fete

The annual church fête will be held in the grounds of St Thomas’ Church on Saturday 5th July.

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.

Police Report

This is the crime summary for the months of February & March 2014 for the parishes of Ashmansworth, East Woodhay, Highclere, Burghclere, Newtown, Litchfield, Ecchinswell & Sydmonton.

Total Crimes reported in February – 15

House Burglary – 0

Criminal Damage – 0

Thefts from sheds and outbuildings – 5

Theft from Vehicles – 6

Other Theft – 2

Other Crime – 2

Total Crimes reported in March- 12

House Burglary – 0

Criminal Damage – 2

Thefts from sheds and outbuildings – 3

Theft from Vehicles – 1

Other Theft – 5

Other Crime – 1

The community policing priorities for this area are:

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


  • 18th – 19th – Wash Water – Farm building entered and tools taken
  • 25th -26th – Bishops Green – Shed entered and item taken, a car was also entered and clothing stolen
  • 27th – 28th – Ecchinswell – Malthouse farm area – 3  burglaries – not in a dwelling:-

A shed was entered after padlocks were removed by means unknown; several items of garden machinery were taken. Another shed was entered, items moved, but nothing taken. A garage was entered and a bicycle stolen.  In addition to this, a vehicle was entered and items left within were taken. The burglaries were all in properties adjacent to one another, the vehicle was outside another property across the road.


  • 15th – Report of a shed being broken into in Gore End Road, Ball Hill. Nothing taken
  • 14th -15th – Barn entered in Featherbed Lane, Sydmonton/Bishops Green area. Power tools taken.
  • 14th – 15th – Greenhouse entered and lawnmower taken. Breachfield, Burghclere.

Many people take a great deal of trouble securing their home and property while at the same time leaving valuable garden tools and cycles in a shed that is either unlocked or not maintained.

Garden crime is now becoming more and more common. Tools such as lawn mowers, strimmers, hedge cutters, power tools and bikes are expensive items to replace and may incur the victim extra insurance premiums. This can also be an open invitation for thieves to use garden implements to break into their house or car.

The following section provides prevention and reduction tactics in relation to shed security.

Insecure Sheds

High burglary rates from sheds indicate that they are not only easy to break into but there is a large market for the stolen contents. With this in mind, consider if the property kept inside would be better stored elsewhere.


  • Place all tools and garden equipment in locked sheds and garages.
  • Secure more expensive items, e.g. mowers, bikes to an anchor point within the shed or garage.
  • Mark all items with postcode and record serial numbers. e.g. UV pens or forensic marking kits. Register the details for free on www.immobilise.com
  • Take photographs of items such as statues and garden furniture if they are unusual, for easy identification at a later date.
  • Fit a shed alarm.
  • Keep the structure in good repair.
  • Consider covering windows with curtains to obscure the view of the contents.
  • Consider external lighting.
  • Ensure the garden fences are in good repair between neighbours to prevent unlawful access.
  • Ensure side gates are locked to prevent access to the rear of the property.

Reduce anti-social behaviour across the beat area.


  • We have had reports relating to Bishops Green; motorcycles which are not suitable for the road have been seen to be used on the roads. This is a serious offence, it can mean the rider has no license, insurance or MOT. The use of vehicles illegally and in an anti-social manner puts the rider and the public at risk. Please contact police if seen.
  • There continues to be an issue with littering around the edge of Sydmonton Common and the surrounding footpaths.
  • Penwood – Reports of motorcycles being used in the woodland area are coming in. Offenders will be dealt with using section 59 of the police reform act and can result in the seizure of vehicles.


  • Graffiti by persons unknown. Offensive words spray painted on to road signs in Bishops Green. This was an orange paint. If you know who committed this offence of Criminal Damage please inform local officers.
  • Motorbikes – Penwood. Reports of Motorcycles being ridden off road illegally and causing a nuisance. Offenders are reminded that this is not an acceptable activity and a zero tolerance approach is taken by police. Anyone caught will be dealt with at least by means of a section 59 warning, and can have their vehicle seized.

Reduce speeding across the beat.

  • The safety camera van is continually being deployed across the beat area.
  • As seen in Burghclere in February.

Other incidents of note


25th – Crux Easton – Catalytic converter stolen overnight from a Ford Ranger.

2nd – Hollington/Highclere – Vehicle entered, rucksack stolen containing valuables, driver was in adjacent pub.

19th – Mount Rd/A343 Highclere – Vehicle entered, handbag containing valuables stolen, unattended for 30 minutes.

26th – Tothill Services – Laptop bag left on display, stolen whilst driver used service station for ten minutes.

28th – Ecchinswell – Bag left on display and stolen overnight.

  • Domestic heating oil was taken from a property in Wash Water.
  • A Royal Mail post box was stolen from Jonathon Hill, Newtown.
  • On the 2nd a single vehicle collision was reported on the B4640, the vehicle was on its roof and had crossed the carriageway coming to rest in a hedge. The male driver was breathalysed at the scene and was arrested for drunk driving. He was taken to hospital for a quick check and was then given a night in the cells. He has been charged and will be attending court.


  • On the night of 26th March a large scale police operation involving Thames Valley Police and Local Landowners/Gamekeepers took place. A number of reports were received across the rural of possible suspicious activity. All calls were responded to however it is likely that most events were in fact legitimate vehicles involved with our operation. We apologise for any alarm caused to anyone.
  • 24/03/14 – Criminal Damage – Members of the public were involved in a dispute in Penwood outside of Woodlands Stores. A male, thought to be a resident to the area kicked and punched the vehicle of the aggrieved party causing damage to the vehicle.
  • Vehicles are regularly stop checked in the area, one vehicle stopped in Harts Lane, Burghclere was found to contain two males who admitted to having smoked cannabis recently. A small quantity of cannabis was located and two males dealt with for possession of a class B drug.
  • 29/03/14 – Impairment – At approximately 2250 a single vehicle was involved in a collision outside of West Street on the Old A34. The driver fled the scene. Several units searched for the driver, a male was found and has been charged with a number of offences including drink driving after providing a positive breath test.

We regularly patrol beauty spot car parks and ensure there are signs warning motorists not to leave valuables in vehicles. Some of these signs have been removed by unknown people. If you see someone acting suspiciously, looking into vehicles, hanging around or removing these signs, please report it immediately to police. Take note of descriptions and vehicle registration numbers.

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 know someone who is involved in criminal activity, have information relating to crimes that have occurred, but you do not want to call police directly. Then please visithttps://crimestoppers-uk.org/ or call 0800 555 111. This is a free and anonymous service.

Please contact us if you have any questions

Richard & Abbey


Hampshire Constabulary,

Whitchurch Police Station, Dances Lane,

Whitchurch, Hampshire, RG28 7EG

External: 101

Twitter: @HighclerePolice

Email: abbey.carpenter@hampshire.pnn.police.uk

Website: www.hampshire.police.uk