East Woodhay Society

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

Newsletter October 2014

East Woodhay Society Newsletter for October 2014

 East Woodhay Society Events

 Friday 7th & 21st November – Walking for Health Starting at the Woolton Hill Church Hall & Friday 14th & 28th November 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. The weekly walks start from the Woolton Hill Church Hall on the 1st, 3rd & 5th Friday and from the Rampant Cat on the 2nd & 4th Fridays.  For those who would like to join us, but are worried about keeping up, we now also cater for slower walkers by having a shorter walk at a slower pace. We try and arrange for all walkers to arrive at the end destination at the same time. 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.  There are a few tickets left, but they are going 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 up to three for members to choose from.

It also that time of year when Memberships need to be renewed.  A number of members have asked whether they could pay by Standing Order, so this year with your invitation to renew we will include a Mandate. If you would prefer to use this method please return the completed form to myself as per the instructions,

Other Events 

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

Stoker (12A)

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 1st November – Basingstoke’s Big Bang

Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council are hosting a bonfire and fireworks night at the War Memorial park, Basingstoke. This year’s family firework spectacular is hosted by Heart Radio and includes a bonfire, a funfair and the Heart Angels. Refreshments will also be on sale. Gates open at 6.00pm and the fireworks will start around 7.30pm  Advance tickets are now on sale at discounted prices for a limited time only. Tickets remain at 2011 prices and are Adult: £7 (£8 on the gate), Child (under 16’s): £3 (£4 on the gate) & Family (2 adults and 2 children): £16 (£20 on the gate). Children under three and one carer per person go free. For more information including how and where to buy your tickets, please go to www.basingstoke.gov.uk/go/fireworks

Saturday 8th November – St Martin’s School Family Bonfire Night

St Martin’s School’s annual family bonfire night is on Saturday 8th November. Gates open at 5.30pm, the bonfire will be lit at 6.00pm and the fireworks will start at 6.30pm. The entrance fee is £5.00 for adults and £3.00 for children. There will be a BBQ, Soup, Mulled Wine and Glow Sticks. Please note NO Sparklers. For more information, please go to https://www.facebook.com/stmartinsschoolbonfirenight.

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 are £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 15th November – Jumble Sale, Highclere Village Hall

A jumble sale in Highclere Village Hall in aid of St Michael and All Angels Church, Highclere. The sale starts at 2.00pm and the admission fee is 30p. Items for the sale (including books, toys, clothes, produce, cakes, etc.) should be taken to the hall on the morning of the sale. Items also needed for the tombola. Offers of help would be greatly appreciated – please contact Molly on 253264, Mary on 254264 or Mo on 250770.

Wednesday 19th November – Game Night at the Red House, Highclere

There will be a game night (that’s fur and feathers, not dominos and tiddly-winks) at the Red House. A 2-course meal is £20 and it’s £25 for 3 courses. Please callSimon on 255531 for more information about this event.

Wednesday 26th November – Quiz Night at the Highclere Red House

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

Thursday 27th November – Highclere Film Club – Highclere Village Hall

The Love Punch (12A)

Businessman Richard’s (Pierce Brosnan) dreams of a comfortable retirement are left in tatters when a French executive moves in and destroys his nest egg in a hostile takeover. Not taking it lying down, Richard teams up with his ex-wife Kate (Emma Thompson) and the pair hatch a plan to steal a diamond from him. Great support from Timothy Spall & Celia Imrie.

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

Come along and see Santa’s Grotto, Handbell Ringers, East Woodhay Silver Band. There are lots of stalls including Tombola, Games, Raffle, Beautiful Gifts, Cards. Children’s Stall, Mince Pies, Mulled Wine and Teas.. To be held between 2.00pm – 5.00pm.  All welcome.

Wednesday 31st December – New Year’s Eve Party at the Red House, Highclere

Why not celebrate the New Year in style at the Red House. Preparations are well underway. More details to follow.

Saturday 6th December – Highclere & East Woodhay Conservatives Annual Sausage & Mash -Highclere Village Hall

Kit Moorhouse, Parliamentary Candidate will be in attendance. Tickets £12.50  adults and £6.25 children from either Molly on 253264 or Diana on 254677. Lunch 12.30pm – 2.30pm.

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.

Help with winter fuel bills

Are you a pensioner, resident in East Woodhay, and worrying about winter fuel bills? If so then please read on.

The East Woodhay Charities exist to provide assistance to residents in the Parish either in need or in sickness, and one of the ways they do this is to provide help with the cost of winter fuel bills, so if you think they can help, please contact them.  There are no forms to fill in, and all requests for assistance will, of course, be treated sensitively and confidentially. To apply for assistance from the Charities, please contact:

Sue Wren (Hon. Sec)  83 Harwood Rise, Woolton Hill, Newbury, Berks RG20 9XZ Tel:  01635 254875 or

Rev Christine Dale (Chairman)  The Rectory, Mount Road, Woolton Hill, Newbury, Berks RG20 9QZ Tel: 01635 253323

Book Grants For Students

Are you or your children heading off to university or college next year with a long list of books to buy for the course and no money to buy them with?

The Trustees of East Woodhay Charities would like to help.  In 2015 we are able to offer ten book grants of £30 each to students from the Parish of East Woodhay. If you would like to be considered for a grant, please apply in writing to the secretary at the above address by 27th February 2015. Please give your name, address and the name of the course and university/college you will be attending.

All applications will be considered at the next meeting in March 2014.

Community Speedwatch

A Community Speedwatch scheme is to be implemented in the parish of East Woodhay. The Parish Council will be making a financial commitment to the equipment required, and a group of people has been assembled to ensure the scheme can be started. Whilst the scheme has the minimum amount of volunteers needed to support its set-up, there is a need for more. The training will be here in the parish and is literally using the equipment on site, making sure people are safe. The volunteers also need to be in groups of three when using the equipment, making it easier to record data and keep safe.

The group would really like some more members of the East Woodhay Society to volunteer for the scheme – the more they have, the less people will have to commit. There are lots of people concerned about speeding in the parish, and they want to not only involve everyone, but also make a big difference to the village and how people can use roads and paths safely.

If you would like to know more, or want to volunteer, please contact Abbey (abbey.carpenter@hampshire.pnn.police.uk), or the volunteer form is attached to this email (can be signed, scanned and sent to Abbey). All support is much appreciated.

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

On Tuesday the 21st October we received several reports of a suspicious vehicle in the areas of Ashmansworth and Crux Easton. The vehicle is a white van with sign writing on the side for a roofing company. This van has mostly been seen in the areas near to farms but has also been near to residential properties. The occupant will ask if there are vans or other vehicles for sale. The same van was seen in the area of Litchfield over a week ago. If you see this vehicle or any other vehicles with occupants who appear to be acting suspiciously, please contact police immediately on the 101 number and also try your best to note registration numbers of vehicles.

On Tuesday the 14th October at approximately 12:45 a dog on dog incident occurred in which one dog was left with substantial injury. This incident happened in Tubbs Lane, near to the Junction with Mount Road. Our informant was walking towards Mount Road with her Cocker Spaniel when she saw a woman with a dog similar to black and white Border Collie. The woman moved in to a driveway and tucked the ‘collie’ in next to her as our informant passed. Shortly after the informant had travelled 10 – 20 yards, the ‘collie’ ran towards the informant and her Spaniel, biting the spaniel. Our informant noticed that the woman who had been holding the ‘collie’ had fallen to the ground, assuming the ‘collie’ had pulled her over. Unfortunately as the ‘collie’ continued to make efforts to get to the spaniel, our informant was unable to check on the welfare of the woman. The woman is described as being in her mid to late 60s, with grey mid length hair and approximately 5’6”. The ‘Collie’ is black with a white flash and had a red rope lead. We would like to speak with the owner of the ‘collie’ and discuss this incident and to ensure the welfare of the woman who was walking it.We would like to prevent further incident with this dog and ensure measures are put in place to protect all members of the public. I would like to assure people that we do not seek removal of dogs or destruction in cases like these, we simply like to ensure the welfare of all parties.

On Sunday 5th October at approximately 2140, two members of staff from a property in the Highclere area were leaving their place of work when they saw a vehicle parked on a private road which seemed out of place. The vehicle was parked near to barns used for storage. As they approached the vehicle, two males ran to the vehicle which then drove away with lights off before doing a handbrake turn. The vehicle’s lights were then switched on, a large torch was shone into the eyes of the witnesses and the vehicle was then driven in their direction at speed. The vehicle made off out of the private area of the property. This vehicle was described as dark blue and possibly a Vauxhall Astra or Vectra, 5 door, and likely to be manufactured around the year 2000. On Saturday Evening, industrial units in Smannel were broken into by offenders who made off in a blue Vauxhall Vectra. This vehicle may have travelled along the A343 and may be seen in the villages along this road.

If similar vehicles are seen in the area, particularly where they appear to be out of place or with occupants seeming suspicious, please contact police immediately and do your best to note the vehicle’s registration number.

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

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

Total Crimes reported – 12

House Burglary – 0

Criminal Damage – 4

Thefts from sheds and outbuildings – 2

Theft from Vehicles – 1

Other Theft – 1

Other Crime – 4

The community Policing priorities for this area are:-

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

  • 30th September – At approximately 8pm a resident noted that her dog was displaying unusual behaviours, growling and barking at something unknown, shortly after her husband noticed that an attempt had been made to enter their garage in Crux Easton.
  • 24th September – A caravan which was at the time unoccupied was entered and items removed. Bishops Green.
  • This can often be a peak time for Non Dwelling Burglaries, please be mindful of any unusual vehicles and people in your area. Call police on the 101 number to report suspicious activity, do your best to note vehicle registrations, and person descriptions.
  • If you have any questions about how to prevent crime in your area, please contact Abbey or anyone else in the rural SNT team for advice.
  • Alarmed Padlocks are available at a cost of £10 each. These are good quality strong padlocks which we are selling below the normal retail value. Money received is used to replenish stocks.

Reduce anti-social behaviour across the beat area

  • Reports have been received about street drinking, noise and nuisance in the Woodlands area of Penwood. We ask that those in the area are mindful of their noise levels and the disturbance you could cause to neighbours. Please ensure that litter is placed in a suitable bin.

Reduce speeding across the beat

  • The safety camera van is continually being deployed across the beat area.
  • Residents of Highclere Parish and East Woodhay parish are showing a keen interest in Community Speedwatch. I will be holding a meeting in October to discuss this further. If volunteers are available from other areas we would also be keen to speak with you.
  • Ongoing speed issues in Ecchinswell are being addressed by Hampshire County Council. Richard and Abbey are meeting today with Parish Councillors to discuss this further.

Other incidents of note

  • We have had a number of reports about poaching over the past fortnight. Pheasants are being shot with what appears to be a catapult whilst they roost in the trees overnight. If people or vehicles are seen in suspicious circumstances, particularly at night in areas with a large number of pheasants, please note a registration and contact police.

I note that similar incidents occurred last year, on one such incident  a gamekeeper’s vehicle was shot at with a catapult causing damage to his windscreen. In light of this it is not recommended that members of the public confront poachers. Observe from a distance and contact police on 999 if a crime is in progress.

  • 20/09/2014 – Criminal Damage – A ten year old boy was chased by a 15 year old whilst at the park in Woolton Hill. During this time the ten year old lost his trainer, the 15 year old has written on the trainer in marker pen. Damage was also caused to the 10 year old’s baseball. We do not know the identity of the 15 year old at this time. He is known as Matt and was with three other males known as Luke, Will and Ben. If anyone knows the identity of the male please contact police so that appropriate action can be taken.
  • 22/09/2014 – Criminal Damage – Adbury Holt – Residents of a property reported that a strange male was in their garden, when challenged by the occupants he claimed to be involved with scouts, he then made off. It was later discovered that damage had been caused to a tree in the garden.
  • 28/09/2014 – Criminal Damage – Ecchinswell – Two males were seen causing damage to a property in Ecchinswell that has been unoccupied for some time. The males smashed windows and caused a substantial amount of damage. Enquiries are ongoing.
  • 27/09/2014 – Theft – Ecchinswell – A garden in WhiteHill was entered by persons unknown who have removed a cast iron chimera (?).
  • 28/09/2014 – Theft from a vehicle – A vehicle in Broadlayings, Woolton Hill, was damaged. A window was smashed by a brick, vehicle entered and money stolen from within.

CRIME PREVENTION – This month we are focusing on Non Dwelling Crime, affecting household sheds, smallholdings, livery yards, farms and everything in between.

Equipment security is an aspect of rural crime that is particularly relevant to farms and small-holdings, but can affect everyone. In this section, there is general information on how to keep equipment as safe and secure as possible.

There is also a small section of firearms security, but further detailed information can be obtained from the Firearms Licensing department (see right).


Machinery Security:

Keys and locks

  • No vehicles should be left in a visible place when not in use.
  • When vehicles or plant equipment are kept outside they should be locked and the keys secured in your possession or in a locked key safe.
  • Consider the use of hitch locks, wheel clamps or ground anchors. You may require a combination of the above to meet insurance requirements.

Security markings:

  • All property, including vehicles, should be uniquely marked, photographed and recorded somewhere safe. This should include serial, chassis and model numbers.
  • Use property marking to uniquely mark all types of property.
  • Include your postcode and property name or number in a non-obvious place.
  • Popular options include stamping, etching, UV marking and DNA products.

Tracker and data tagging:

  • Consider fitting a tracking device or a data tagging chip.
  • Your insurance company can provide advice on suitable products.

Plant Equipment Identification Guide:

  • The Plant Equipment Identification Guide is available online but hard copies are available upon request from CESAR (see right).

Diesel theft:

  • Store diesel in a secure fuel tank and use good quality locks.
  • Avoid installing storage tanks in isolated areas, such as outlying buildings.
  • Consider using a mobile tanker that could be removed to a secure place when not in use.
  • Consider the use of a “diesel dye” that makes your diesel traceable and therefore less attractive to thieves.
  • Report incidents of suspicious activity to the police and if possible record vehicle details and descriptions of the people involved.

Scrap metal theft:

  • Dispose of scrap metal regularly and legitimately to make your premises less vulnerable to metal thieves.
  • If you are approached by opportunistic “scrap dealers”, tell them you have a contract with a legitimate scrap dealer and ask them to leave.
  • Report incidents of suspicious activity to the police and if possible record vehicle details and descriptions of the people involved.

Tack security:

  • Secure windows on the inside of tack rooms with solid iron bars (tubular steel can be bent).
  • Secure all doors with good quality locks. Use bolts not screws on the hinges.
  • Property mark tack and display signage to deter thieves.
  • Padlock gates with substantial padlocks and heavy duty chains.
  • Consider reversing the top hinge on yard gates to prevent them from being lifted off.
  • Fit security lights and an intruder alarm.

Firearms security:

  • There are strict regulations with regard to safe storage and use of firearms.
  • It is an offence not to comply with these conditions.
  • If you need advice about firearms security, contact the force Firearms Licensing Department.

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.

Please see our website for further information on safer homes, safer roads, safer streets and safer vehicles. http://www.hampshire.police.uk/internet/advice-and-information/crime-prevention/

Hampshire constabulary appeals

There are current appeals throughout the force area that may be of interest to you. They are updated regularly. Please take a look via the following link.


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.

Follow us on Twitter: @HighclerePolice

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