East Woodhay Society

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

Newsletter August 2015

                                 East Woodhay Society Newsletter for August 2015

 East Woodhay Society Events

Friday 7th & 21st August and the 4th  September – Walking for Health starting at the Woolton Hill Church Hall & Friday 14th& 28th August and 11th September 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 14th November

Our next big event will be our AGM followed by our annual Wine Quiz.  This is a very popular event with tickets costing only £10 per person for members and £12 for non-members.  More details will follow in next month’s newsletter, but please send me an email if you would like to reserve your tickets now.

Finger Posts

The EWS have volunteered to clean and paint all the fingerpost signs in our Parish. We need to do this during August, so if you would like to volunteer please let me know. The more members who volunteer the easier the task, so Thank You in anticipation.

Other Events & News

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. Contact June on 254114 for more details.


Saturday 22nd – Mon 31st  August  – Made in the Hood – Hampshire Open Studios.

Made in the Hood are holding an event at the Westridge Studios, Andover Road, RG20 9QS. Sat 22nd , Sun 23rd  & Fri 28th – Mon 31st 10am-4pm. Mon 24th – Thurs 27th 1-4pm.


Saturday 3rd October  – Traditional Harvest Supper with an East Woodhay Review

Adults £7, children under 16 £3. Bring your own bottle (soft drink provided). Tickets from Kate Cobbe on 253190 or kate@hughcobbe.com or Colin Bonner  on 2153285 or c.bonner136@btinternet.com

Saturday 10th  October  – Quiz Night

At the Highclere Village Hall  7.00pm for 7.30pm. Questions set by Jeremy Spikens. The cost is £10 to include ploughman’s supper.  Pay bar. Tickets from Mary MacQuillen on 254264 or marymacquillen@icloud.com.


Saturday 24th October  – Celebrate Merrie England and Commemorate Agincourt

An evening of songs, readings, music & mirth at the Highclere Village Hall, with a fine menu of French & English dishes. Tickets £15 from Molly at 253264 or averilbreakspear@btinternet.com for Highclere Conservatives.

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 June 2015 for the parishes of:

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

Total Crimes reported – 23

House Burglary – 0

Criminal Damage – 3

Burglary other than a Dwelling – 3

Theft from Vehicles – 1

Theft of a Vehicle – 0

Other Theft – 1

Other Crime – 15

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

House Burglary

  • We have received no reports of dwelling burglaries this month


Non Dwelling Burglaries

  • We are seeing a lower number of non dwelling burglaries across the area, especially along the border with West Berkshire.
  • 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 onwww.immobilise.com.

Traffic issues

  • Speedwatch have been continuing to measure traffic speeds in the Woolton Hill area and are now visiting the Ball Hill road.
  • Enforcement will continue to be carried out by local officers, duty time permitting.

Incidents of note

  • 02/06/15 – Offenders unknown have attempted to gain entry to a business premises in the area of Ball Hill. Nothing taken.
  • 10/06/15 – During daylight hours, an unknown person ahs shot a rifle in the area of Breach Copse in Burghclere. This copse is a private woodland area and is surrounded by properties on Pound lane and Harts Lane. A stray bullet from the rifle has hit the conservatory door of a property and has caused significant internal damage to the property. Although we do not believe that this was targeted in any way, we are concerned that someone was using a rifle of such calibre that it could cause this damage, in such a small area close to houses and people. We would like to hear from anyone who has any information about this incident. Ref 44150196413
  • 17/06/15 – 18/06/15 – Offender unknown has forced entry to a shed at a school in Woolton Hill. A toll box was stolen. Ref 44150206003
  • 26/06/15 – St Mary Bourne –  Unknown offender has pulled a bench from the ground in the recreation ground. Ref 44150217202
  • 29/06/15 – A male was seen in two gardens in Burghclere, on the Ox Drove and Harts Lane – Another resident of Harts Lane has reported discovering her garage door had been opened by an unknown person. Nothing taken. Ref 44150220715
  • 29/06/15 – 30/06/15 – A lorry driver has reported that fuel has been siphoned from his vehicle’s tank overnight. The vehicle was parked on a lay by on the A34. I ask that suspicious incidents are reported to police immediately. Take note of nearby markers to assist police in finding the exact location. Previously jerry cans have been located in hedgerows covered with tarpaulins. Look out for things which appear out of place in fields or roads which lay adjacent to the A34 or other places where vehicles are likely to stop overnight.