East Woodhay Society

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

Newsletter April 2015

                       East Woodhay Society Newsletter for April 2015

 East Woodhay Society Events

Friday 1st, 15th & 29th May – Walking for Health starting at the Woolton Hill Church Hall & Friday 8th& 22nd May 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.

Monday 4th May – Crafty Craft Race

The East Woodhay Society is entering a ladies team in this year’s Newbury Crafty Craft Race. Once again we will be raising money for the Ark Cancer Centre Charity and hoping to beat the fastest men’s team for the fourth year in a row Last year we raised £400, which with the aid of Greenham Common Trust and Newbury Round Table resulted in the Ark Cancer Centre Charity benefitting by £1,800.  Once again the event is being sponsored by Newbury Sports Massage.


Other Events

Sunday 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th, Monday 4th & 25th, Tuesday 19th & Saturday  9th, 16th, 23rd May – Open Studios 2015.

Rookery Farm Studio, Church Road, Woolton Hill between 11.00am-5.00pm. Wire Sculptures by  Jane Cannon, Textile Art by Katie Penlington, Paintings by Sharon Perris & Paintings by Rosemary Lawrey.  Free Teas and a Plant Sale in aid of the Air Ambulance. For more details email perrissharon@aol.com or call 07765521481.

Saturday  2nd,9th, 16th, 23rd, Sunday 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th & Monday 4th May – Open Studios 2015.

Westridge Firs, Andover Road, Highclere 11.00am-5.00pm. Jewellery & Ceramics by Jo Arkell, Ceramics by Piet Van Den Beuken  & Paintings by Carolyn Towers Wood. For more details visit www.open-studios.org.uk or call 254140.

Tuesday 5th May – East Woodhay Parish Council Annual Parish Meeting – East Woodhay Village Hall

Come along at 7.30pm and find out what is happening within your Parish with individual reports from the East Woodhay Charities, Speedwatch, Police and our own Society.

Saturday 9th May – East Woodhay Flower – East Woodhay Village Hall

Sellers  entry at 9am £5 and Buyers entry at 10am  £0.50. For more information contact June Powell on 254114.

Monday 25th May  St Martin’s Guild Fete

Malverleys, East End at 2pm. Entry £1.00 adults and 50p children. For more details see eastwoodhayfete.org.uk

Saturday 6th & Sunday 7th June – National Gardens Scheme at Woolton Hill

Canje Grove in Church Road (RG20 XQ) and Rookery Farm (RG20 9XP) are opening their gardens as part of the NGS open days for charity.  Canje Grove features multiple colour and plant themed areas with over 200 roses, raised ponds and lots, lots more.

Rookery Farm has a natural pond, formal areas, large rose clad pergola, raised slate bed, fantastic views and homemade tea & cake.

Entry between 1-5pm; combined ticket £4.50

Thursday 11th June – Highclere Film Club AGM

As in previous years, doors open at 7.30pm and there will be a short meeting preceding a film presentation. More details to follow.

Saturday 13th June – Highclere Church Fete

Please make a note in your diaries that the annual church fete will be held in the grounds of St Michaels and All Angels’ Church during the afternoon of Saturday 13th June. If you would like to help, please contact Jackie on 255207.

Saturday 4th July – St Thomas’ Church Fete

Please make a note in your diaries that the annual church fete will be held in the grounds of St Thomas’ starting at 2pm. If you would like a stall or wish to help please contact Bertha Bates on 253199.

Saturday 4th July – Highclere Village Hall

The Village Hall Management Committee presents “A Little History of the World”

Tickets are now on sale for the Watermill Theatre on Tour’s production of “A Little History of theWorld”. This World premiere adaptation based on the international bestseller will take you on a light-hearted, whistle-stop tour through the centuries from the big bang to the present day. You will meet colourful, historical figures, take to the great battlefields, marvel at fabulous works of art and ground-breaking scientific discoveries. From age 10 to 100+, experience a fun-filled trip through time and discover the extraordinary achievements of mankind and its frailties. Tickets at £10 each are available from Mary McQuillen on 254264 marymcquillen@icloud.com or Molly Breakspear 253264; averilbreakspear@btinternet.com

Concessionary Travel Important Information

From 1 April 2015, older person’s bus passes (blue stripe) issued by Hampshire County Council can only be used from 9.30am until 11pm on Monday to Friday and any time on weekends and Bank Holidays. However on routes which have an infrequent service where there is a journey between 9.00am and 9.29am and then no further journey until 10.31am or later, passes will be accepted for free travel from 9am on those specific journeys. Please note that this 9.00am start includes the 7A Stagecoach service from Burghclere to Newbury and Burghclere to Wash Water. Disabled person’s bus passes (orange stripe) are not changed and continue to allow free travel all day within the HCC area.

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 Report

We have had a few changes over the past few months and things are beginning to settle in here in our new team structure. There are some changes to the areas which it is important to tell you about. Whereas previously you would have had a dedicated PCSO and Police Officer for your area, there is now a dedicated PCSO and two officers shared across a larger Ward. The officer’s role is to deal primarily with crime and offender management. PCSOs will be your local point of contact for community engagement, dealing with low level crime and Anti-Social behaviour. The police officers covering this area are Richard Baldwin and Barbara Bradley. We are now all based at Tadley and working in two larger teams, each team having one sergeant. It is hoped that this will allow good contact with the beat team to continue, as well as crimes to be dealt with an expedient manner. We ask that all reports to police are made via the 101 non-emergency number unless it is a relevant 999 call. Please do not send email reports to the beat officer as this can lead to incorrect allocation of crimes and a delay in this report being made on our system due to days off or leave etc.

This is the crime summary for the month of March 2015 for the parishes of: Highclere, Burghclere, East Woodhay, Ashmansworth, Newtown, Litchfield and Woodcott, St Mary Bourne And Ecchinswell, Sydmonton and Bishops Green

Total Crimes reported – 30

House Burglary – 1

Criminal Damage – 3

Burglary other than a Dwelling – 2

Theft from Vehicles – 5

Theft of a Vehicle – 1 (Attempt)

Other Theft – 3

Other Crime – 15

Policing Priorities

The results are in and the newest priorities are as follows…

1: Speeding/Traffic issues – The local community Speedwatch has been very active and over 100 offenders have been sent letters notifying them of their excess speed in the area of Woolton Hill. Highclere Speedwatch have now approved sites and will be starting training and carrying out speed observations in the very near future. This includes along the Penwood Road, A343 and the Cross road on the A343 between Penwood and Woolton Hill.

2: Burglary (Non Dwelling) – We have received some reports of non-dwelling burglaries. We urge all residents to be aware at this time of year, take note of strange vehicles or people in the area who may be looking for targets. Ensure that your shed or garage is fully secured and alarmed. Register all serial numbers for garden machinery on Immobilise.com or make a note of them to keep in a safe place.

3: Burglary (Dwelling) – We did have one report of a dwelling burglary this month, this was to take car keys possibly with the intention of stealing the car, the car was not taken but was entered and searched by offenders. Please keep car keys in a location which is out of reach of windows and doors, also ensure that they are out of sight of offenders. Keep spares in a non obvious location such as locked cabinet or upstairs in your property.

Incidents of note

4th – 17th – Oil theft – Ashmansworth – Unknown offenders have emptied the victim’s oil tank between stated times – Please see our fuel theft leaflet below for advice on preventing this crime at your property.

6th – 9th – Beech Road Bishops Green – A vehicle has been entered by offenders and gardening tools have been removed

10th – 16th – Attempted theft of a Land Rover Defender, Ayres Lane, Burghclere – During stated times entry has been forced to the vehicle in attempt to steal it.

9th – Vehicles entered at a property in Newtown and searches made by unknown offenders with the intention of stealing items.

12th – 14th – Burghclere – Between stated times offenders have stolen a battery and electric fencing from a farm.

27th – Cement mixer stolen from a garden in Whitehill, Ecchinswell.

Please be aware that a large number of 4X4 thefts or attempted thefts have taken place in the rural area and neighbouring areas across the past 6 weeks. This includes high value, high performance vehicles where keys are stolen first with the intention of taking vehicles – Please consider a tracking device.

There are also a number of Landrover Defenders and older 4X4 vehicles which have been stolen and have since been found dumped or burnt out, sometimes used in crime. Take extra steps to secure your vehicles, some are removed despite having disconnected batteries etc. Close gates, use garages or consider steering locks etc to slow down offenders.

Report anyone paying attention to your vehicle or stopping to ask if it is for sale to polcie via the 101 number.