East Woodhay Society

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

Newsletter December 2014

                                        East Woodhay Society Newsletter for December 2014

We wish all our members a Happy Christmas and a Good New Year. If you are one of the few members who have not returned your renewal form, could you please do so ASAP. Thank you in anticipation.


East Woodhay Society Events

Friday 2nd, 16th & 30th January – Walking for Health starting at the Woolton Hill Church Hall & Friday 9th & 23rd January 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.  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 27th December – The 30th Village Christmas Walk in Association with the East Woodhay and Highclere Societies

Meet at the Red House, Highclere at 10.30am for group photograph and a prompt 11am start, returning to the pub by 1pm. The route will meander through Highclere and, by kind permission of the Earl and Countess of Carnarvon, through Highclere Park. Everyone is welcome; there is no need to book, just turn up. Sturdy waterproof footwear is recommended but not pushchairs or wheelchairs as the walk can be muddy in places and there are stiles. Dogs are also very welcome, but MUST be kept on leads at all times without exception. The charity collection this year will be for Anna’s Challenges, a charity dedicated to raising funds and awareness for children with Cystic Fibrosis in Basingstoke and surrounding areas.

All welcome, just turn up and join in.

Other Events

Wednesday 24th December – Christmas Eve at the Red House

On Christmas Eve the East Woodhay Silver Band will be playing Carols starting at 9.00pm with last food orders also at 9.00pm.

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. This year’s theme is an Alice in Wonderland Party starting at 8.00pm. Dress either black tie or themed. Tickets cost £15 to include food and disco. Please call the Red House on 255531 to make a booking.

Thursday 8th  January – Highclere Film Club  

Twenty Feet From Stardom

Morgan Neville (UK) 12A, 91mins

Backup singers live in a world that lies just beyond the spotlight. Their voices bring harmony to the biggest bands in popular music, but we’ve had no idea who these singers are or what lives they lead, until now. This film has those fabulous voices and great insights from the stars in front. Highclere Village Hall. Doors open 7.30pm with the film at 8.00pm.

Saturday 17th January – A Concert by The Quiristers of Winchester College

A concert by The Quiristers of Winchester College at St James’ Church, Ashmansworth at 7.00pm. Tickets for the concertare £15 to include wine and canapés; afterwards supper at the Village Hall at £15 per person; BYO drink.  To book either or both events please call Ann Rowe on 253040.

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.

Thursday22nd  January – Highclere Film Club  

Before I Go To Sleep

Rowan Joffe (USA)  15, 92mins

A woman (Nicole Kidman) wakes up every day, remembering nothing as a result of a traumatic accident in her past. One day, new terrifying truths emerge that force her to question everyone around her, including her husband (Colin Firth) . Highclere Village Hall. Doors open 7.30pm with the film at 8.00pm.

Saturday, February 7th – The 25th Trivial Pursuits Championship

A Quiz Evening in the new W H Church Hall, starting at 7.30 prompt – as usual!  Teams of Six.  £13.50 per head to include a hot meal. Please bring your own liquid refreshmnets.  Tickets from Margaret Burgham – 253719, or from Lawling, Broadlayings.


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

Overnight Between Sunday the 7th and Monday the 8th December, 2 vehicles are known to have been targeted; the first one in The Mount Highclere – vehicle parked insecurely on a private driveway was entered and Next gift card taken from within; the second in East End had its boot forced open and wellington boots taken from within.

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

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

Total Crimes reported – 26

House Burglary – 0

Criminal Damage – 3

Thefts from sheds and outbuildings – 4

Theft from Vehicles – 4

Theft of a Vehicle -0

Other Theft – 2

Other Crime – 13

The community Policing priorities for this area are:-

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

  • 13/11/14 – Ashmansworth – Garage entered during daytime hours, high value garden machinery stolen.
  • 18/11/14 – Beacon Hill Area – Offenders have entered a non-dwelling property, trailer stolen from within.
  • 23/11/14 – Highclere, Church Road – Offenders in a 4×4 truck have entered a garage and stolen high value gardening machinery. Offenders have also entered the grounds of a neighbouring property and searched through cars.
  • 23/11/14 – Woolton Hill – Offenders have entered the grounds of an estate property and entered a workshop within, nothing taken.
  • High numbers of Non Dwelling breaks have also occurred on neighbouring beats. Offenders often drive off road and will therefore be using 4 x 4 vehicles. Any sightings of suspicious activity should be reported immediately to police, obtain as much detail as possible.
  • If you have any questions about the security of your property or wish to get extra advice please contact Abbey directly, or visit our website for crime prevention advice. http://www.hampshire.police.uk/internet/advice-and-information/crime-prevention/
  • We have a number of alarmed padlocks for sale at £10 each. If you wish to purchase one please contact Abbey.

Reduce anti-social behaviour across the beat area

  • We have received very few reports relating to ASB over the past month. The calls we have had are mainly neighbour disputes which do not affect the wider community.
  • We had a complaint of Anti-Social use of a vehicle in Newtown. Following up on the call it was discovered that the vehicle was being tested by a mechanic before and after a repair. Advice has been given.
  • With Christmas coming up we anticipate that people will be having events at home and at public houses etc. Please can all residents be reminded to be respectful of others and consider how your actions can affect others. Noise should be kept to a minimum at events and when travelling home.
  • Stay safe when out on dark evenings, use torches, reflective clothing and stick to footpaths. If you are going out drinking, pre book a taxi. This will save you the walk home and could save your life, walking on rural roads, in the dark under the influence of alcohol can be exceptionally dangerous. Please take extra care!

Reduce speeding across the beat

  • Equipment has been purchased for the Speedwatch Schemes in Woolton Hill and Highclere. We anticipate that checks will start in December for Woolton Hill and shortly after in Highclere. We still hope to see more volunteers in the areas, there are no specific requirements for availability, if you feel that you will be able to give small amounts of time then please contact Abbey for further information.

Other incidents of note

  • 10/11/14 – Ecchinswell – A public order incident occurred outside of the Royal Oak in Ecchinswell (No connection to the pub). As a result of the dispute between two males damage was caused to the fence and some furniture at the front of the pub.
  • 11/11/14 – Breachfields, Burghclere –  Damage has been caused to the front door of a property in Breachfield, it is unclear what the damage was caused by or what the intent of the offender was.
  • 14/11/14 – The Clere School, Burghclere – At 0940 an unknown offender has cut the lock on a bike which was secured to the bike rack outside of The Clere School. The bike is a specialized Allez. If anyone has any information relating to the whereabouts of the bike, please contact us on 101 quoting 44140421665. If you do not wish to speak with police directly, you can call crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or report criminals via their website.
  • 15/11/14 – Theft from vehicle series, Ecchinswell – Overnight offenders have targeted several vehicles in the area between Mill Lane and White Hill in Ecchinswell. The offenders have tried door handles on cars and have searched the vehicles that opened. On one occasion the offenders have tried to smash a window of one vehicle, this is due to items being left on display.

Other incidents in the Basingstoke Rural Area

  • 53 Non Dwelling Burglaries have occurred across the rural area.