East Woodhay Society

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

Newsletter February 2015



East Woodhay Society Newsletter for February 2015




East Woodhay Society Events



Friday 6th & 20th March – Walking for Health starting at the Woolton Hill Church Hall & Friday 13th& 27th March 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, which are free, start at 10.30am, but if you are coming for the first time please arrive at 10.20am to register. We also cater for slower walkers by having a shorter walk at a slower pace. Afterwards at the WHCH stay for a cup of tea or coffee and a chat.



Saturday 21st March – Barn Dance at Woolton Hill Church Hall


This will be a new adventure for us and trust it will be a great success. The evening will start at 19.00 for 19.30 and the music will be by Also Known As – a fun ceilidh and barn dance band based in the south of England.  A cold buffet meal will be served as part of the ticket price and there will be a paying bar. As we will need to restrict the number of tickets please buy early to avoid disappointment. Tickets £15 each are available from either Avril on 254827 or John on 253889.



Other Events


Saturday 7th March – East Woodhay Twinning Association – Quiz Evening at East Woodhay Village Hall


The quiz starts at 19.30. Tickets cost £8.50 per person and include a hot meal followed by dessert, and as usual we would like you to bring your own plates and cutlery as well as your drinks and glasses. Teams of 6.  If you can’t muster a full team, let us know and we may be able to put you in touch with other players. Contact:   Moyra Harkness – Tel. 254426



Saturday 28th February and Sunday 1st March – St Martin’s School Association Artex15 at East Woodhay Village Hall


Saturday 10am – 6pm and Sunday 11am – 3pm. Entry £2 to include Exhibition Brochure. Refreshments will be available. All profits split between St Martin’s School and St Martin’s Church. For more details call 253489 or visit www.artexart.uk



Saturday 21st March – Jumble Sale – Highclere Village Hall


A Jumble Sale in aid of St Michael’s Church Highclere.  Starts at 2pm. For further details or to offer help call Molly on 253264, Mo on 250770 or Mary on 254264.




With the completion of the first lot of training, Speedwatch is now up and running within East Woodhay.

The range of the unit is very good and the team of volunteers felt that it was doing its job with speeding cars coming down the hill past the Junior School being ‘caught’ before they slowed down to just over 20mph. A number of motorists were found to be going at speeds of up to 36 mph and definitely noticed the unhappy face!
If there are any volunteers who would like to give an hour of their time every so often to ensure this activity can carry on please contact Abbey (abbey.carpenter@hampshire.pnn.police.uk)


So please keep to the speed limit to avoid getting an unhappy face.



Local Bus Services


The latest bus timetable can now be found on www.wooltonhill.com .



East Woodhay Twinning Association – French Exchange


East Woodhay is twinned with a group of villages in Normandy. Every year, families from one side of the Channel go and stay with families on the other side for a weekend.  There are organised trips and a communal dinner, plus time for the hosts and guests to socialise, get to know one another and learn about their strange foreign customs.


Proficiency in each other’s language ranges from zero to complete fluency, but there is rarely a problem because the pairings are usually arranged such that at least one person speaks some of the other language.  However, for some it can lead to a great deal of amusement when trying to make oneself understood.


This year it is the turn of the French to visit us.  They arrive on Saturday 23rd May and depart on Monday 25th.  An excursion is being arranged for the visitors on the Saturday, and their hosts can join in if they wish.  And there will be a dinner for hosts and guests in Highclere Village Hall on the Sunday evening.


If you would like to join in the fun and host a French family for the weekend, or if you would just like to know more about the Twinning Association, please contact Mike Jenkins on 253704 or Moyra Harkness on 254426.



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 January 2015 for the parishes of:

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

Total Crimes reported – 19

House Burglary – 0

Criminal Damage – 4

Burglary other than a Dwelling – 1

Theft from Vehicles – 5

Theft of a Vehicle -1

Other Theft – 1

Other Crime – 7


The community Policing priorities for this area are:-


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

  • There was one attempted burglary from a barn in Highclere between the 13th and 16th January. Offenders entered the garden, supposedly on foot leaving their vehicle well out of sight. They have used items within the garden to force entry to the barn. Nothing taken.



Reduce anti-social behaviour across the beat area


Reduce speeding across the beat

  • Woolton Hill Community Speedwatch have now received their Speedwatch kit and have begun training volunteers and then the team can begin checking for speeders across the area.
  • Officers are planning additional speed enforcement across the beat and will advise the results, which will be published monthly.
  • If you are concerned about speeding please address this with your local parish council or directly with me. Parish councils can make us aware of places in need of speed enforcement and these can then be added to our approved list of sites for enforcement.


Other incidents of note

  • Attempted theft – Oxdrove, BURGHCLERE – between the 4th and 7th January, unknown offenders have entered the garden of a property on Oxdrove, they forced a bronze statue from its concrete plinth. They have moved the statue but discarded it elsewhere in the garden.
  • Criminal Damage – There have been two reports of damage caused to a fence along a footpath in Ecchinswell. Unknown offender has cut barbed wire to gain access to private land. The footpath is located along the Ecchinswell – Kingsclere road. Signs have been placed along this footpath appealing for witnesses and have been removed on several occasions, we suspect the offender is removing these also and this could amount to theft.
  • Criminal Damage – Knights Lane – Between the 15th and 16th of January an offender has caused damage to a parked vehicle. It appears as though the damage has been caused by a key or similar implement.
  • Theft from a vehicle – A vehicle parked at Beacon Hill on the 25th January was targeted by thieves. The rear window was smashed and a bag removed.
  • Thefts from vehicles – 28th – 29th – 4 vehicles were targeted by thieves in the Woolton Hill area – 2 vehicles had windows smashed to gain entry  as items were left on display and subsequently taken. 2 other vehicles show no sign of forced entry and were searched. Black Fat Face coat stolen from within one vehicle.
  • Theft of a vehicle – 29th – 30th – BMW 530 stolen from the driveway of a property in Douglas Ride, Woolton Hill. The vehicle was stolen without keys and there were no signs of damage left at the scene. The vehicle has since been located by Thames Valley Police and will now be assessed for evidence.


Reporting to police

There have been a number of suspicious incidents reported to police by local residents recently. This is fantastic and the information that it can provide us with can help to assist in solving crime. Unfortunately I must ask that those reporting incidents of any sort do so via our main Enquiry Centre. Please do not email Richard or I directly as this can lead to a delay in investigation of the incident.


Remember if you think something is suspicious, there is good reason to report it to police. Always use the 101 number for non-emergencies. Please think, what makes it suspicious? What may the people/vehicles be in the area for? Can you provide a description or vehicle registration number? Have you spoken with the people? Did they make you more or less suspicious?


If you believe a crime is in progress, offenders are on scene or there is serious threat to person or property, dial 999.