East Woodhay Society

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

Newsletter July 2014

East Woodhay Society Newsletter for July 2014

 East Woodhay Society Events

 Friday 1st August & Friday 15th August – Walking for Health

The next “Walking for Health” walks are on Friday 1st August and Friday 15th August 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 further quick update on the fund raising. The Newbury Round Table decided to support our charity, so besides giving their share of the funds we raised to the Ark Cancer Centre Charity, they decided to make a further payment of £300.  So in total the Ark Cancer Centre Charity will receive £700 as a direct result of our entry.

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

There are still some tickets left for our 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. Please do try and come along as we need your support.

Saturday 15th November – Wine Tasting Quiz & AGM

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

Other Events

Sunday 10th August – Crux Easton Wind Engine

The Crux Easton Wind Engine will be open between 11.00am until 4.00pm. Adults £4, Seniors/Students £3 or a Family ticket for £10. Satnav RG20 9QF.

Saturday 16th August – East Woodhay Village Hall Flower Show

The show, to be held in the East Woodhay Village Hall, will be opened by Lee Farmer, Everest Mountaineer at 2.00pm. The East Woodhay Silver Band will be in attendance. The show includes a local art show and all produce will be auctioned off after the show at 4.15pm. All children Show entrants will receive a prize. Entry 50p for adults and children free. For further details contact June on 254114.

Sunday 14th September – Walking Treasure Trail Quiz

An event within the village for ALL the family organised by St Thomas’ Church, Woolton Hill starting from the church at 2.30pm and followed by afternoon tea and cakes. Please do go along and join in the fun. The cost is £5 for adults and free entry for children. Please RSVP by 7th September (for catering purposes) to Angie Maxwell on 253233 or at info@angelamaxwell.com or Chris vane on 253707 or at vanechristine@hotmail.com.

Tuesday 23rd September – An Evening with Thomas Plant & Neil Shuttleworth

The event starts at 7.00pm in the Woolton Hill Church Hall.  For the first hour bring along your items to be valued.  Thomas will give a talk on his life and experiences at 8.00pm.  Tickets in aid of the St Thomas’ Church Living Stones Appeal are £10 each, to include nibbles and a drink on arrival. For tickets please contact either Bertha Bates on 253199 or Margaret Falconer on 253144.

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 June for the parishes of:

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

Total Crimes reported – 15

House Burglary – 0

Criminal Damage – 2

Thefts from sheds and outbuildings – 5

Theft from Vehicles – 1 +2 recorded as non-theft but possible attempt

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)

  • 25/05/14 – 05/06/14 – Woolton Lodge Gardens – Shed entered and lawnmower taken.
  • 09/06/14 – Penwood – Business premises targeted by offenders at approximately 01:00 hours. Offenders disturbed and nothing taken.
  • 06/06/14 – 14/06/14 – Mill Lane, Ecchinswell – Garden Shed entered, strimmer taken from within. A lawnmower was also stolen from the car port.
  • 19/06/14 – East Woodhay – 02:00 hours – Offenders drove off road to gain entry to the grounds of a property. Attempted to burgle from storage shed, but offenders disturbed and nothing taken.
  • 19/06/14 – North End – Overnight offenders have attempted to force entry to a barn. No entry gained, nothing taken.

Reduce anti-social behaviour across the beat area

  • 21/06/14 – Ecchinswell/Sydmonton – Reports were received about a noise nuisance in the area, Callers believed there may be an illegal rave taking place in nearby fields. Officers established that there was a private party being held at a nearby property.
  • 20/06/14 – Woolton Hill – Police were called following reports of underage youths having a party at an address in Harwood Rise. On arrival many youths had left, leaving a small group clearing up. A number of people had arrived uninvited and the party had got out of hand. Abbey spent some time in the village ensuring that the teenagers got home or to a place of safety and were not causing a nuisance for others in the village.
  • Bishops Green – Throughout June we have received several reports of a nuisance scooter in Bishops Green. The rider is known to the police and has been given advice. Please continue to report this if it continues.

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!
  • Abbey has been in contact with some locals who have previously shown an interest in a Community Speedwatch Scheme. The idea of this scheme is for volunteers to carry out speed checks on 30mph roads, providing advice and a deterrent to those who speed. If you are interested in knowing more about this scheme then please contact Abbey for more information.

Other incidents of note

  • 02/06/14 – Theft of a Wheelie Bin – Heathlands, Penwood.
  • 16/06/14 – Earlstone Common, Burghclere – Theft of a wallet from within a van parked near to the Clere School.
  • 21/06/14 – A local game keeper reported suspicious activity on farm land in Ecchinswell. Vehicles have been travelling off road without permission in fields near to properties. Gates were tampered with possibly to allow re-entry to offenders after dark.
  • 22/06/14 – 23/06/14 – Tampering with a motor vehicle – Wheel nuts unscrewed on the wheel of a vehicle parked at White City, Woolton Hill. It is possible that this was an attempt to take the wheel.
  • 24/06/14 – Theft – Beech Road, Bishops Green – A cash box was taken from within the property of an elderly gentleman at some point throughout the day. Several reports were received about a male selling goods door to door. At this time we are seeking further lines of enquiry.
  • 28/06/14 – Passenger window of a vehicle parked in The Chase was smashed, this may have been with the intention of stealing property from within.

Some ‘crimes’ are easy to solve – On the 12th a report was made stating that some boxes of flat packed garden furniture had been stolen from within the garden of a property. Very quickly, a neighbour came forward, she had some flat pack furniture awaiting collection by a well-known company. However, much to her surprise it had not been collected at the agreed time. After several calls and emails the ‘crime’ was solved. The couriers, who were clearly out of their comfort zone in a rural village, had collected the wrong boxes! Now over two weeks on, we believe the boxes are on their way back to the informant and we very much hope that this comes with an apology from the company!

No Cold Calling Zones –

Given the recent events in Bishops Green we felt it was a good time to revisit the subject of No Cold Calling Zones. The scheme is an excellent way of providing people with the confidence to turn away doorstep traders, particularly the elderly and vulnerable in our communities. Anyone can initiate the scheme; however there is an amount of leg work involved in canvassing your street or area. Please see the link below for more information.


If you have any questions at all please feel free to contact Abbey.

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 visit https://crimestoppers-uk.org/ or call 0800 555 111.This is a free and anonymous service.

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