East Woodhay Society

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

Newsletter June 2015



East Woodhay Society Newsletter for June 2015




East Woodhay Society Events



Friday 3rd, 17th & 31st July – Walking for Health starting at the Woolton Hill Church Hall & Friday 10th& 24th July 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.



Crafty Craft Race


This year we raised £405 in total, with a further £350 being paid directly to the Ark Cancer Centre by Vodafone as a result of one our ladies team members requesting employee fund matching. The £405 raised will be split 50/50 between the Newbury Round Table (as per their rules) and our chosen charity, the Ark Cancer Centre Charity.


June Village Market


The EWS managed the tea rooms and held a small raffle in aid of the Ark Cancer Centre at this month’s Village Market and raised a total of £174. So thank you to those who helped make cakes, donate prizes or bought teas, coffee, cakes and raffle tickets.


Other Events & News



Saturday 4th July – St Thomas’ Church Fete


This year’s annual church fete will be held in the grounds of St Thomas’ starting at 2pm and will be opened by our new MP Kit Malthouse. Do come along and listen to the East Woodhay Silver Band and visit the many stalls to include Bottle Tombola, Crafts, Plants, Cakes, Games, Teddy Tombola, Teas and Teas. Lucky Programme Draw – lunch for 4 at the Rampant Cat. The first prize on the raffle is £100. For more details 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


Saturday 15th August – East Woodhay Village Hall Flower Show


The Flower Show will open at 2pm. Entry costs 50p for adults with children free. There are four categories for children; under 5 years, 5-8 years, 9-12 years and 13-16 years. So plenty of opportunities to win a prize. The Auction & Draw will take play at 4.15pm. Contacr June on 254114 for more details.


East Woodhay Neighbourhood Plan


All residents in East Woodhay should have received a leaflet inviting them to go on to  www.eastwoodhay.org.uk/NP to complete a questionnaire. Our Borough Council is under increasing pressure to allocate more land for development in and around parishes like ours. You have an opportunity to influence this and other aspects of your future locally. But you have to express your views. Ideally all members aged 16 and over in each household should complete the form so that as many views as possible are collected, with each person only completing the form once. If you want to go directly to the survey please copy the following link https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/?sm=8JYg1%2fS8DVw6w3H1g7zpwCsmKssVG5fwQ9h5zwnYmEw%3d . If you would prefer a paper copy please call 254149.



Village Agent


A Further reminder that 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


A reminder of the remaining weekends when the M4/J13  Chieveley will be closed.  The closures will be in place on the following weekends, 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.



Woolton Hill Junior School – School Governor for September 2015


Woolton Hill Junior School are seeking to recruit local people to be co-opted onto their School Governing Body. Ideally with experience of being a school governor already, you may be someone who lives or works in the community served by their school.


WHJS are also interested in anyone else who is committed to good governance and success in education. They would love to hear from you if you are passionate about education and community interests.  Training is available for successful candidates.


For further information about this worthwhile voluntary opportunity, please call 01635 253364 or email: adminoffice@whjs.hants.sch.uk


Woolton Hill Junior School and Hampshire County Council are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. They will ensure that all their recruitment and selection practices reflect this commitment. All successful candidates will be subject to Criminal Records Bureau checks along with other relevant employment checks.



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


This is the crime summary for the month of May 2015 for the parishes of:

Ashmansworth, East Woodhay, Highclere, Burghclere, Newtown, Litchfield, Ecchinswell & Sydmonton and St Mary Bourne & Stoke.

Total Crimes reported – 25

House Burglary – 1

Criminal Damage – 2

Burglary other than a Dwelling – 5

Theft from Vehicles – 3

Theft of a Vehicle -1

Other Theft – 4

Other Crime – 9


The current Neighbourhood Policing Priorities for the Basingstoke and Deane District are…


House Burglary

  • We have received one report of a burglary this month, I am not at liberty to discuss the full circumstances however this is not a fully confirmed break at this time.


Non Dwelling Burglaries

  • We continue to see a large number of non-dwelling burglaries across the area, especially along the border with West Berkshire.
  • Thames Valley police are experiencing similar problems and a joint force strategy is in place to target criminals. Patrols are targeted to specific locations, drivers of 4×4 vehicles, those towing trailers and driving work vans should anticipate that they may be stopped by officers patrolling in the area particularly outside of normal working hours.
  • The primary targets for thieves are sheds and garages with some business premises also being targeted. Power tools remain the number one stolen item, along with trailers and vehicles including quad bikes, 4x4s and buggies.
  • Ensure that your shed is locked and alarmed and please note serial numbers of all items and consider registering these on www.immobilise.com.


Traffic issues

  • Officers have been targeting speeders in numerous locations across the rural area. This month PCs have issued 3 tickets on the Ball Hill road for excess speed and one for use of a mobile phone whilst operating a vehicle.
  • Speedwatch continues in Woolton Hill and some members of East Woodhay parish have expressed an interest in extending this to Ball Hill, we would like to hear from anyone who is interested in volunteering in this area for one or two hours a month to enable this to happen. Three volunteers must be present at each deployment.
  • If you are concerned about speeding or traffic issues please address this with your local parish council. 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. They can also assist in the process of improving traffic calming measures, traffic calming is the responsibility of Hampshire Highways.


Incidents of note

  • 04/05/2015 – Burghclere Sports and Social Club – Overnight the Sports and Social Club was entered by unknown offenders. They stole cash and targeted the cigarette machine. A vehicle used by offenders may have been a Subaru forester. Please call 101 with information quoting 44150149634
  • 04/05/2015 – 05/05/2015 – Litchfield – A shed was entered on farm land, a quad bike was stolen from within.
  • 08/05/2015 – 10/05/2015 – Lower Wyke – Offenders unknown have forced entry to a works van parked in Lower Wyke, they have carried out an untidy search of the vehicle but nothing appears to have been stolen.
  • 13/05/2015 – Theft – Sydmonton – At approximately 12.10 a gardener placed his strimmer against a wall, leaving it unattended whilst using a mower. An unknown person in a Silver Peugeot 307 or 308 has been seen to watch the area, shortly after a male has appeared from the direction of the Peugeot and stolen the strimmer.
  • 14/05/2015 – Highclere – Unknown offender has attempted to drive off with a mini digger in Westridge, by loading it on to a trailer, the offender was driving a 4×4 in blue.
  • 20/05/2015 – Burghclere Crime Series

Overnight a Burglary occurred from a garage on Harts Lane, Burghclere. Several power tools were taken from the garage, this is likely to have happened at approximately 03.45.

Several hours later a known male was seen removing items from skips and loading them in to a Blue VW Golf. Officers located the male and searched his vehicle. Unfortunately the officers were unable to confirm any offences at that time and were unable to arrest the male. Following this two more incidents of theft have been reported from the area.

Enquiries are ongoing to gather witness statements and CCTV etc. We would still be interested to hear from anyone with information relating to these incidents. Call 101 and quote 44150169102.

  • 31/05/2015 – Unknown offender has stolen two strimmers from a trailer attached to vehicle parked in Ecchinswell Village hall car park. This occurred between 10:00 and 11:00. If anyone has witnessed this event please contact police and quote 44150183162.


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.