East Woodhay Society

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

Newsletter June 2014



East Woodhay Society Newsletter for June 2014

East Woodhay Society Events

Friday 2oth June, Friday 4th July & Friday 18th July – Walking for Health

The next “Walking for Health” walks are on Friday 20th June, Friday 4th & Friday 18th July at 10.30am from the Surgery in Trade Street RG20 9UL. The walks last about an hour and are 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. These walks are free and available to both members and non-members.

Crafty Craft Race

A quick update on the fund raising; after the event we received some further donations, which raised the total sum collected to £400 to be shared between the Round Table Charities and the Ark Cancer Centre Charity.

Sunday 27th July – A Play for Children at Highclere Village Hall

Our next event will be a play for families produced by FalconGrange Productions at Highclere Village Hall on Sunday 27th July at 2.30pm. Having had packed audiences for “Little Red Riding Hood” & “The Lion & The Mouse” we hope that this year’ production “The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse” will be equally popular. The production, which will last about 50 minutes, is based on an Aesop’s Fable, which has been cleverly adapted for the stage for children aged 2-8. When Town Mouse visits his cousin Country Mouse, he soon realises that life in the country is very different. Can he cope with the healthy food, fresh air and farm animals? When Country Mouse pays her cousin a return visit, how will she cope with busy traffic, pollution and the dangers of the town? Can the two mice overcome their prejudices and become friends? This exciting adventure is packed with fun, laughter and songs that will entertain and enchant the whole family. Tickets, to include free soft drinks, are £5 for EWS members and £6 for non-members and are available from Jane Vince on 255478 or by email to janevince28@btinternet.com. For more information about FalconGrange Productions please visit their web-site at www.falcongrange.com.

Saturday 15th November – Wine Tasting Quiz & AGM

Please make a note of the date in your diary.  More details later.

Other Events

Thursday 19th June 2014 – Red House Charity Clay Shoot Day, Owls Lodge Shooting School, Barton Stacey

The event starts at 1.00pm at Owls Lodge and finishes at the Red House pub for a meal and raffle.  Tickets are £50 and all profits will go to Newbury & District Cancer Care Trust.  For more information and to book your place, please call Paul Howard on 07767 321346 or send an email to paul.howard19@yahoo.co.uk

Saturday 21st June – St Martin’s Primary School Summer Festival

The event starts at 2.30pm until 5.oopm and includes BBQ, bar, stalls, bouncy castles, competitions, raffle, tombola. Tickets cost £1 for adults and children free. The event will be followed by Family Camping at 6.30pm with camp fire singing starting at 6.30pm. Family Camp Supper is available for £5 for adults and £3 for children. You can pitch your tent between 5pm and 6pm free of charge. Breakfast is available at a small charge. To book your pitch, please send an email to adrian.mayo@talk21.com

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.

Sunday 22nd June – St Thomas’ Infant School Wild West Summer Fair

The event starts at 12 noon until 3pm. Events include Cactus Trail, Treasure Hunt, Best Fancy Dress Cowboy, BBQ & Beer Tent, Pony Rides, Bouncy Castle, Line Dancing, Face Painting, Pan for Gold and many more. The entry fee to the Cactus Trail includes a free Stetson while stocks last.

Sunday 22nd June 2014 – Kingsclere Grand Garden Safari

Enjoy a stroll through some of the loveliest gardens in Kingsclere. There will be homemade cakes and refreshments available at a variety of locations. Entry between 2pm-6pm, entry £5 adults, children free. All proceeds to St Mary’s Church Keystone Project.

Saturday 28th June – East Woodhay Silver Band Annual Concert

The East Woodhay Silver Band are holding their annual concert at East Woodhay Hall starting at 7.30pm. Tickets £7 on the door with children under 12 free.

Saturday 28th June – Highclere Remembers

On this day in 1914 Archduke Franz Ferdinand was assassinated – “the shot that sparked The Great War”

On Armed Forces Day 2014 join Highclere Film Club for a special showing of

Oh! What A Lovely War!

Richard Attenborough’s brilliant film version of Joan Littleton’s celebrated musical, with Dirk Bogarde, John Gielgud, John Mills, Kenneth More, Laurence Olivier, Jack Hawkins, Corin Redgrave Michael Redgrave, Vanessa Redgrave, Ralph Richardson, Maggie Smith, Ian Holm, Edward Fox, Susannah York . . . .

“The greatest of all anti-war movies” “You will laugh; you will cry”

Highclere Village Hall – reception with drinks and canapés from 7pm, film starts 7.30pm Entry costs £10 including canapés and first drink with all proceeds in aid of the Army Benevolent Fund the Soldiers’ Charity.

email horace@highclerevillage.com or call 253975

Sunday 29th June 2014 – Newbury Rotary Club Boules Tournament

If you are looking for a fun day out with family or friends why not make up a team of at least 4 and enter the Boules in the Square Tournament. Tuition and Boules available free of charge. The tournament starts at 10.00am and finishes at knock-out. Teams need to register by the 20th June and the cost is £20 per team. All proceeds will go to charity including End Polio Now & Parkinson’s UK. For more details, visit www.newburyrotary.org.

Sunday 29th June 2014 – Highclere v Easy Woodhay Cricket Match

If you are not going to the Highclere BBQ or playing Boules then how about cricket. Following last year’s victory for Highclere, this is a re-match taking place at East Woodhay Cricket Club on Sunday 29th June 2014 at 2.00pm (weather permitting)!  If you are interested in playing, please contact Will Flack on 07989 344695 or by email to will.flack@hotmail.com  Spectators very welcome, please feel free to bring a picnic.

Saturday 5th July – St Thomas’ Church Fête

The annual church fête will be held in the grounds of St Thomas’ Church on Saturday 5th July starting at 1.45pm.

Wednesday 9th July 2014 – Three Counties Wildlife Walk

The North West Division of the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust have organised a 3-mile walk through varied upland countryside including woodland where some large butterflies should be seen.  There is a very steep path and a stile. Please take your lunch! The meeting point it Linkenholt playing field car park, 50 metres west of the church at 10.30am.   There is a suggested donation of £2.50. Clegs may be encountered!  Contact Mervyn Grist on 01264 358737 or by email to Mervyn@dmgrist1.plus.com   for more information.

Saturday 19th & Sunday 20th July – Summer Exhibition of Paintings at The Furze Bush, Ball Hill.

Jane Vince & Jane Little are organising a Summer Exhibition of Paintings at the Furze Bush between 11.30am and 5.00pm. The exhibition includes original watercolour and oil paintings plus a display of prints and cards. If the weather is good the display will be in the garden, but if not it will move indoors. Bring a friend, come and browse, enjoy a drink or coffee.

Woolton Hill Tennis Courts

The EWS have been asked to publicise a problem relating to the misuse of the Woolton Hill Tennis Courts.

The EWPC hope that parishioners are enjoying the improved tennis court facilities at Woolton Hill. The court has been completely re-surfaced, the guidelines re-painted and the fence replaced. 

Unfortunately the new court has also attracted a number of skateboard and scooter users. The court is not surfaced for this usage and prolonged use will prematurely damage the tennis court.

The facility is only intended for tennis or basketball and the EWPC would therefore be grateful if all scooter and skateboard users would respect the £15k investment made and the work that has been undertaken and stay off the tennis court.

To avoid the need to introduce a lock and booking system the EWPC would be grateful if parishioners would please inform their children and request that they avoid using their scooters and skateboards at this community facility.

East Woodhay Neighbourhood Plan

A group of volunteers from throughout the Parish have formed a Neighbourhood Planning Team to produce a Neighbourhood Plan. They will soon be canvassing residents, businesses, service providers and other stakeholders to understand their concerns for the area. So please look out for them at upcoming parish events!

Unlike its predecessors (the Parish Plan & Village Design Statement) the Neighbourhood Plan, once approved, will have legal status and must be taken into account when for example deciding on planning issues.

Neighbourhood planning was introduced by the Localism Act in November 2011. It is a way for communities to decide the future of the places where they live and work. It enables local communities to have more say, in where new houses, businesses, shops and community facilities should go in their local area and can allocate sites for development. They may also include more detailed planning policies, for example to define how new development should look.

An independent examination of the Neighbourhood Plan is required, followed by a referendum, before it can be statutorily adopted. The referendum ensures that the community has the final say on whether the Neighbourhood Plan comes into force.

If you have any questions or want to find out more, please contact the Neighbourhood Planning Team:


01635 254149



You can also find out more about the Neighbourhood Plan initiative from the following websites



East Woodhay Society

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 & Crime

This is the crime summary for the month of May 2014 for the parishes of:

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

Total Crimes reported – 20

House Burglary – 1 (Garage with an interconnecting door, house not entered)

Criminal Damage – 0

Thefts from sheds and outbuildings – 11

Theft from Vehicles – 7

Other Theft – 1

Other Crime – 1

The community Policing priorities for this area are:

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

  • 12th – 13th – Ecchinswell – Unoccupied property entered and metal stolen from within.
  • 14th – 15th – Penwood – Shed break-in & lawnmower stolen
  • 14th – 15th – Penwood – Garage entered, bicycle removed but later found dumped.
  • 14th – 15th – Broadlayings, Woolton Hill – Garage entered & lawnmower stolen.
  • 11th – 15th – Ecchinswell – Shed entered & strimmer stolen.
  • 18th – 19th – Burghclere – Shed entered & hedge trimmer stolen.
  • 19th – 20th – (listed as house burglary) Ecchinswell – Garage entered and bottles of wine & spirits stolen.
  • 16th – 20th – Ecchinswell – Shed entered and lawnmower & loppers stolen.
  • 7th – 23rd – Burghclere – Shed entered and chainsaw and strimmer stolen.
  • 24th – 25th – Burghclere – Above property targeted for second time with hedge trimmer and bicycle stolen.
  • 14th – 30th – Ecchinswell – Shed entered with hedge trimmer, lawnmower, leaf blower, strimmer and log splitter stolen.
  • 16th – 30th – Ecchinswell – Shed entered with road bikes and ski equipment stolen.

Reduce anti-social behaviour across the beat area

  • Bishops Green – Caravans were set alight on the 22nd May in a lay-by on Featherbed Lane. We received several calls about this. The council were informed the caravans needed to be removed. If anyone knows anything in relation to this incident we would be happy to hear from you.
  • A group of males were reported to be causing damage to trees and causing a nuisance on the green by the park in Beech Road. Enquiries are ongoing.
  • Reports of vehicles racing along the A339, any driver seen to be driving in an anti-social manner can be issued a section 59 warning, vehicles can and will be seized.

Reduce speeding across the beat

  • The safety camera van is continually being deployed across the beat area.
  • Officers have been carrying out additional speed checks in 30mph zones. Coming soon to your area!

Other incidents of note

  • 13th – 14th – Bishops Green – 5 x vehicles broken in to overnight in the areas of Peregrine Road, Beech Road and Eagle road. Enquiries are ongoing at this time and we are still keen to hear from anyone who has any new information for us.
  • 7th – 23rd – Spring Lane, Burghclere – Fuel siphoned from vehicle at premises also subject to burglary.
  • 25th – 26th – Trailer stolen, Woolton Hill.
  • 30th – The Council Houses, Harts Lane, Burghclere – Theft of number plates from a parked vehicle.

Burglary – Crime prevention advice

  • Place all tools and garden equipment in locked sheds and garages.
  • Consider if the property could be better stored elsewhere.
  • Lock sheds using high quality padlocks and strong bolts. Ensure your shed is in a good state of repair and cannot be easily forced.
  • 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. Installing a metal grill or boarding windows can also help prevent entry via windows.
  • 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.
  • Consider CCTV, there are a number of different types available. The majority of these offences happen at night, it is best if your camera works well in darkness.

Your local Safer neighbourhood team has access to alarmed padlocks at a price of £10. If you are interested in purchasing one please contact Abbey on the email address provided.

Between the hours of 1500 on the 25th May and 1000 on the 26th May,
offenders unknown have entered a field via the tennis club car park at
Woolton Hill. A padlock has been cut and a trailer stolen from within the
field. The trailer is distinctive, with white aluminium and a high steel bar frame.
If you have any information which may be linked to this offence then please
contact police quoting 44140184599. If you have CCTV in the area please check for any unusual activity overnight.

On Tuesday the 3rd June, an unknown male attended the address of an elderly resident, along the A343 near the junction of Church Lane, Highclere. The male claimed to be working on behalf of West Berkshire Council and was responding to a complaint about rats. The resident had no knowledge of any rat problems and was suspicious of the male. Particularly as he had no tools or poison which would suggest he was legitimate. The male was described as tall with very dark hair and an unusual thin beard which the informant described as a ‘chin strap’. The male left after approximately 20 minutes and did not carry out any work. Nothing was taken in the incident

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