East Woodhay Society

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

Newsletter September 2014

East Woodhay Society Newsletter for September 2014

 East Woodhay Society Events

Friday 3rd, 17th & 31st – Walking for Health Starting at the Woolton Hill Church Hall & Friday 10th & 24th Starting at the Rampant Cat

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. All walks start at 10.30am, but if you are coming for the first time please arrive at 10.20am to register. These walks are free and available to both members and non-members. Please note that the walks are now every week and will start from the Woolton Hill Church Hall on the 1st, 3rd & 5th Friday and from the Rampant Cat on the 2nd & 4th Fridays. This will enable us to have a greater variety of walks and enjoy some refreshments after the walk. Afterwards stay for a cup of tea or coffee and a chat.

Saturday 15th November – Wine Tasting Quiz & AGM

Our next event is a ‘Call My Bluff’ wine tasting quiz on Saturday the 15th November, starting at 7.30pm, so if you have not yet bought your tickets, please call John Angle on 253889 or send an email to the address below.  Tickets for this event normally sell out very quickly and cost £10 for members and £12 for non-members.

Prior to the quiz we will be holding our AGM starting at 7.00pm. Please come along and be rewarded with a glass of wine.  At the AGM we will be presenting a cheque to the Ark Cancer Centre Charity and deciding on which charity to support for the coming year. So if you have a charity in mind, please let us know.  On the night we will put forward a short list of three for members to choose from.

Other Events

Thursday 2nd October –  Highclere Film Club – Highclere Village Hall

12 Years a Slave

Steve McQueen (UK/USA) 15, 134mins

This triple Oscar-winning film is based on an incredible true story of one man’s fight for survival and freedom. In the pre-Civil War United States, Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery. A towering performance from Chiwetel Ejiofor as Northup. Doors open at 7:30pm with the film at 8:00pm

Saturday 4th October – Woolton Hill Church Hall Grand Opening

Come and join in the fun at 3.00pm for the Grand Opening of the extended and refurbished Woolton Hill Church Hall. The cutting of the ribbon will be at 3.15pm. You are invited to enjoy a glass of something appropriate while you see the new facilities and meet representatives from the generous donors. Everyone is welcome, so why not take the opportunity of a tour of the new premises.

Thursday 16th October –  Highclere Film Club – Highclere Village Hall

The Lunchbox

Ritesh Batra (India) PG, 104mins

A mistaken delivery in Mumbai’s famously efficient lunchbox delivery system connects a young housewife to an older man who is approaching retirement as they build a fantasy world together through notes passed back and forth in the lunchbox. Doors open at 7:30pm with the film at 8:00pm

Saturday 17th October – World War One Exhibition – East Woodhay Village  Hall

An exhibition featuring the names on the war memorials. Who they were and what lives they left behind, the parish in 1914 including maps and a power point presentation at regular intervals during the day.  There is free entry and refreshments will be available. Open between 10.00am and 4.30pm.

Saturday 17th October – World War One Commemoration – St Martin’s Church

We will remember them … through music, readings and poetry with the East Woodhay Silver Band followed by refreshments. No need to book and free entry.

Wednesday 22nd October – Quiz Night at the Highclere Red House

The usual format will apply with teams of 4 and nibbles at half time.  For more information and to book your place/team of 4 please call 255531. These quiz nights fill up very quickly, so don’t delay.

Thursday 30th October –  Highclere Film Club – Highclere Village Hall


Chan-wook Park (USA) 12A, 131mins

After her husband dies in a car accident, lonely widow Evie (Nicole Kidman) invites his estranged brother to stay. This doesn’t sit well with Evie’s strange daughter (Mia Wasikowska), who suspects her uncle of being up to no good and intends to prove her instincts correct. Doors open at 7:30pm with the film at 8:00pm

Saturday 8th November – “Bhajis and Bangers”, The Big Curry at the Red House

Once again, Simon and his team at the Red House have very kindly agreed to hold the annual fund raising event for the Soldiers’ Charity. This year’s event is entitled “Bhajis and Bangers” and will take place on Saturday, 8th November. This is a nationwide fund raising event in aid of ABF the Soldiers Charity. As usual, there will be an outstanding curry supper, an auction, lots of booze and as an extra treat this year there will be FIREWORKS!

Those of you who have kindly supported this event in years past will know what an enjoyable evening this is and if you have missed the previous events then why not come along this year and join the fun. Tickets will be on sale soon priced at £17.50 of which at least £10 goes to the charity which gives lifetime support to serving and retired soldiers and their families (see www.soldierscharity.org for more information about the charity).

Saturday 29th November – St Martin’s School Fair – East Woodhay Village Hall

To be held between 2.00pm – 5.00pm.  All welcome.

Sunday 18th January – “The Real Downton Abbey”

A lavishly illustrated talk by Diana Mitchell, head guide at Highclere Castle followed by a Reception and Buffet Lunch in the Conference Centre at Hermitage Barracks. The event is in aid of the ABF  The Soldiers’ Charity and starts at 11.00am. Tickets cost £22.50 and are available together with further information from Horace at horace@highclerevillage.com or on 254677.

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 August 2014 for the parishes of Ashmansworth, East Woodhay, Highclere, Burghclere, Newtown, Litchfield, Ecchinswell & Sydmonton.

Total Crimes reported – 22 (plus a further 2 not officially reported at the time of writing)

House Burglary – 0

Criminal Damage – 3

Thefts from sheds and outbuildings – 3

Theft from Vehicles – 13 (+2 not officially reported)

Other Theft – 2

Other Crime – 1

The community Policing priorities for this area are:-

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

  • 13/08/14 – 14/08/14 – Break in at Stables in Well Street, Burghclere. Nothing taken at this time.
  • 22/08/14 – 23/8/14 – Shed entered in Eagle Road, Bishops Green and tools stolen.
  • 22/08/14 – 24/08/14 – Attempted break in to an outbuilding of a property in Ecchinswell. No entry gained, nothing taken.

Please see the below link for Crime prevention advice in your home, scrolling down for Sheds and outbuildings – http://www.hampshire.police.uk/internet/advice-and-information/crimeprevention/safer-homes

Reduce anti-social behaviour across the beat area

  • No reports received of significant anti-social behaviour relating to the general community

Reduce speeding across the beat

  • The safety camera van is continually being deployed across the beat area.
  • Please see information on Community Speedwatch Scheme above.

Other incidents of note

There has been an increase in the number of suspicious incidents and possible poaching incidents reported in the rural area. Please contact POLICE immediately if you see something or someone suspicious.

  • 05/08/14 – 06/08/14 – Wellington boots stolen from the porch at an address in Ecchinswell.
  • 31/07/14 – 01/08/14 – theft from a vehicle. A lorry parked at Tothill Services was targeted and metal ramps taken. These would have required a large vehicle to take them away as they were very heavy.

Theft from vehicles – 26/08/14 – 29/08/14

  • Crux Easton – 27/08/14 0050 – Offenders arrived in a vehicle outside a fairly isolated property and forced entry to a vehicle parked outside of the property and removed some tools from within. The occupants of the house disturbed the offenders who then made off at speed.
  • Woolton Hill – 26/08/14 2300 – 27/08/14 0700
    • Broadlayings. Passenger window smashed with a large rock, offender/s took cash from within the vehicle
    • Mason Court. Passenger window smashed and handbag taken from the vehicle
    • Harwood Rise. Vehicle entered, no sign of forced entry, change taken and other items moved around.
    • Woolton Lodge Gardens. As above
  • Burghclere – 28/08/14 2359 – 29/08/14 0800. No signs of forced entry. Possible indication that offences occurred at about 0200.
  • Ayres Lane. Vehicles entered, items taken from one vehicle include small change and a solar charged torch.
  • Harts Lane. Vehicles entered, items taken include coats (coats located and returned to victim), pen knives and change.
  • Church Lane. Vehicles entered, searched and some small items taken from within one vehicle.
  • Cobbett’s view – Police are aware that 2 offences took place here however full reports have not been received at this time.

Crime prevention advice – While areas such as Woolton Hill and Burghclere continue to have relatively low crime rates, they are still targets for thieves. Please get in to the habit of locking doors, sheds, garages, cars etc., please don’t make access easy for criminals.

Please follow the advice provided below to prevent your car becoming the next target.

When leaving your car, close all windows and lock your car.

Park your car in an attended car park.

Look for public car parks approved by the Park Mark scheme.

When parking at home, use your garage. If you don’t have a garage, park in a well-lit area.

Don’t leave anything on display in your vehicle.

Take all your personal possessions with you.

Remove sat nav holders and visible sat nav ring marks from windscreens.

Leave the glove box open to show there’s nothing inside.

Fit an alarm or immobiliser to your car.

Record the details of your property on the Immobilise website www.immobilise.com

Do not store your car’s documents in the car.

Secure your wheels using locking wheel nuts.

More information about alarms can be found on the Thatcham and Sold Secure websites.

Please consider CCTV for your property, various systems are available at a range of prices, for more advice please contact local police.

Contact your local Safer Neighbourhoods Team on 101, via email: richard.baldwin@hampshire.pnn.police.uk


Hampshire Constabulary,

Whitchurch Police Station, Dances Lane,

Whitchurch, Hampshire, RG28 7EG

External: 101

Twitter: @HighclerePolice

Website: www.hampshire.police.uk