East Woodhay Society

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

Newsletter May 2015



East Woodhay Society Newsletter for May 2015




East Woodhay Society Events



Friday 5th & 19th June – Walking for Health starting at the Woolton Hill Church Hall & Friday 12th& 26th June 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


Pleased to announce that our all ladies team won again beating the fastest men’s team by 7 minutes and knocking 4 minutes off their previous record. It is too early to say how much money we will raise, but we are hoping to improve on last year’s total. The total raised will be split 50/50 between the Newbury Round Table (as per their rules) and our chosen charity, the Ark Cancer Centre Charity.



Other Events & News



Tuesday 2nd June – Coffee Morning in aid of the Mothers’ Union Overseas Fund


Come along for a cup of coffee in the garden at “Winshields”, Gore End Road, Ball Hill at 10.30am until 12 noon. Cakes, Bring & Buy, Plants & Raffle, Refreshments. Entry 50p.




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



Saturday 6th  – East Woodhay Silver Band – 51st Annual Concert


The concert will start at 7.30pm in the East Woodhay Village Hall. Tickets at the door £10 with children under 12 free.



Sunday 7th June – Highclere v East Woodhay Cricket Match


This year’s cricket match will take place at East Woodhay Cricket Club, East End, at 2.00pm (weather permitting).  If you are interested in playing or being involved in this match, please contact Will Flack on 07989 344695 or 250893 . Everyone is very welcome to watch the game and bring a picnic.



Thursday 11th June – Highclere Film Club AGM


The AGM will be followed by the screening of ‘The Theory of Everything’. This event is free to Film Club Members. ‘The Theory of Everything’ is a compassionate and inspiring look at the extraordinary life of Professor Stephen Hawking, starring an Oscar-winning Eddie Redmayne, with Felicity Jones and David Thewlis. Membership of the film club costs £10 per year. Please note the earlier start time of 7.00pm.



Saturday 13th June – Highclere Church Fete


The annual church fete will be held in the grounds of St Michaels and All Angels’ Church during the afternoon of Saturday 13th June. There are lots of ways to support the fete and offers of help are always appreciated. Please contact Jackie on 255207 if you are able to offer some help.



Saturday 13th June – Reading Phoenix Choir


To be held at the Church of the Ascension, Burghclere starting at 7.30pm. Tickets £15 and under 16s £7 to include interval refreshments from Mike Faiers on 278248.



Sunday 21st June – East Woodhay Open Gardens


Visit nine gardens all for £5 with children under 12 free. The gardens include:- Bourne House, Sungrove Lodge, Honey Cottage, Dormer Cottage, Church Farm, 1 Church Cottages, The Old Rectory, Yew Tree Cottage & the Grove. Open from 12 noon until 5.30pm with a Service of Garden Praise at Church Farm, East Woodhay at 6.00pm. Teas, Cakes, BBQ, Plant Sale, Tombola and Silver Band. Profits to be split between Thrive Gardening Charity & St Martin’s Church.


For information visit www.facebook.com/eastwoodhaygardens.



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 the World”. 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


Village Agent


Sarah Garland our ‘Village Agent’ volunteer for Highclere, East Woodhay and Ashmansworth area will be at the Woolton Hill Village Market on Saturday 25th July She is part of a Hampshire County Council’s funded programme aimed at reaching out to older people in rural areas with the aim of signposting people over the age of 55 to a variety of services that will enable them to live independently in their own homes for longer. These can include transport for shopping or medical appointments, local activities, where to look for care options, gardening help, home maintenance and keeping warm in winter and free basic home fire safety checks for older people.  You can also contact Sarah on 07806 659449 or email her at  highclereva@ageconcernhampshire.org.uk.


Closure of the M4 Junction 13 Chieveley Interchange


On a number of weekends until the 10th August, starting at 9pm on Friday and finishing at 5.30am on Monday morning sections of the M4 /A34 roundabout will be closed for bridge maintenance. These closures will mean there will be no access from the westbound M4 to the northbound A34,  no access from the eastbound M4 to the southbound A34 and no access from the A34 to the M4. The M4 over the bridges will be also be closed in both directions overnight  between 9.00pm and 5.30am on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights, but will reopen during the day each day.  The estimated delays are up to 30 minutes depending on the diversion. Traffic on the M4 is expected to suffer a delay of 5 minutes. Through traffic on the A34 will be unaffected and there will still be access to the Service Area and Hilton Hotel.  The closures will be in place on the following weekends 29th May – 1st June, 5th  June- 8th June, 12th June – 15th June, 19th June – 22nd June, 10th  July – 13th  July, 17th  July – 20th July, 31st July – 3rd August and 7th August – 10th August.

For further information visit www.highways.gov.uk/roads/road-projects/m4-chieveley-bridge-refurbishment-schemes.




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


Neighbourhood PCSO for the parishes of Highclere, Burghclere, Kingsclere, Headley and Ashford Hill, East Woodhay, Ashmansworth, Newtown, Litchfield and Woodcott, St Mary Bourne And Ecchinswell, Sydmonton and Bishops Green Contact your local neighbourhood policing team on 101, abbey.carpenter@hampshire.pnn.police.uk


Crime Statistics for the month of April 2015 for Highclere, East Woodhay, Burghclere, Newtown, Asmansworth, Litchfield and Woodcott, St Marybourne and Ecchinswell with Sydmonton and Bishops Green.


Dwelling Burglary – 3

Non Dwelling Burglary – 7

Theft (General) – 15

Theft of vehicle – 1

Theft from Vehicle – 5

Criminal Damage – 2

Other Crime – 7

Total Crimes – 40


There are 3 new policing priorities for the area of Basingstoke and Deane, these are areas to which the neighbourhood team will aim to pay extra attention. The priorities are decided through public consultation via an online survey. I will send out a reminder via Hampshire Alerts (which I have provided sign up details for) when this is due for revision.


The current priorities are…


1:Speeding/Traffic issues – We continue with the speed enforcement van attending at fairly regular intervals. In other areas across the ward we have community Speedwatch schemes, these help to raise awareness of speed and encourage speeders to slow down in 30mph zones.

Highclere and East Woodhay have an existing Speedwatch scheme. Due to unforeseen circumstances, training is on hold for Highclere volunteers but this will be resolved as soon as possible.

We ask that residents remember that those taking part in Speedwatch are volunteers, they are working in collaboration with Hampshire Constabulary to increase awareness of speed and improve road safety for all members of the community. We do not accept any abusive language directed towards volunteers or threatening behaviour. Incidents reported to us will be dealt with accordingly.

2:Burglary (Non Dwelling) – This area has seen an increase in non dwelling type burglaries. There were 7 such incidents in April in this area and 16 across the ward.


We urge people to take steps to ensure garage and shed security. Businesses should consider alarms and CCTV, this should also be a key priority at Farms. It is important to raise awareness of this in the area to encourage people to prevent this at their properties. Spread the word and feel free to contact Abbey for advice.

3:Burglary (Dwelling) – Although this is uncommon in our area usually, we have seen 3 this month. Details to follow.


Incidents of note

  • 01/04/2015 – Dwelling Burglary – Rural property in the region of Hollington Targeted during daylight hours. Antique Jewellery has been stolen from the address.
  • 09/04/2015 – Dwelling Burglary – Paddock End, Woolton Hill. In the days leading up to the report date, offenders have stolen keys belonging to the victim. Offenders have returned and have stolen an AUDI Q7 from the driveway.
  • 07/04/2015 – 11/04/2015 – Dwelling Burglary – Between the stated times, offenders have reached in through an open window of a property and have stolen a model train.
  • In the areas of Newtown Common, Adbury, Bishops Green and Tothill – Vehicles continue to be targeted by thieves who have been trying door handles to vehicles, when discovered open they have then carried out untidy searches. We have also had incident where damage has been caused to vehicles to gain entry. This is often due to items being left on display. PLEASE remove all valuables from your vehicles even when parked at your home address at night. Please lock your car doors and double check that the locking mechanism has worked.


Suspicious incidents – There are good numbers of these incidents reported by local residents and we encourage people to continue these reports. Sometimes this information can be extremely valuable and can assist in solving crimes. Always dial 101 to report non emergencies .