East Woodhay Society

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

Newsletter September 2015



East Woodhay Society Newsletter for September 2015



East Woodhay Society Events


Friday 18th September, 2nd, 16th & 30th October  – Walking for Health starting at the Woolton Hill Church Hall & Friday 25th September, 9th& 23rd October 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 ‘Call My Bluff’ Wine Quiz.


The Wine Quiz will start at 7.30pm, so if you have not yet bought your tickets, please call John Angle on 253889 or send an email to eastwoodhaysociety@wooltonhill.com .  Tickets for this event normally sell out very quickly and cost £10 for members and £12 for non-members.

Prior to the quiz we will be holding our AGM starting at 7.00pm. Please come along and be rewarded with a glass of wine.  At the AGM we will be presenting a cheque to the Ark Cancer Centre Charity and deciding on which charity to support for the coming year. So if you have a charity in mind, please let us know.  On the night we will put forward a short list of three for members to choose from.



Other Events & News


Saturday 26th September  – Jumble Sale at Highclere Village Hall


A Jumble Sale in aid of St Michael’s Church. Starts at 2.00pm. Items for sale should be delivered on the morning of the sale. Offers of help to Molly on 253264, Mo on 250770 or Mary on 254264.



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.



Wednesday 28th October – Talk by Lady Carnarvon on the History of Highclere Castle Through the Ages


The talk starts at 7.30 pm in Highclere Church.  Lady Carnarvon’s talk will explain the history of Highclere Castle through the ages, tracing it’s history from the eighth century through to the present day with original photographs projected on screen.  The evening will include wine and canapés and tickets are £15 per head, available from Heather Snipp, tel:254026 or email: heather@highclerevillage.com.  *Book early before it is advertised on the Castle Website to avoid disappointment! Proceeds from the evening will be for Highclere Church.



Saturday 7th November  – A Second Chance to see WW1 Exhibition.


The exhibition is open from 10.00am to 4.30pm at the Woolton Hill Church Hall. This is a second chance to see the Local History Society’s exhibition commemorating the 53 individuals whose names are on the Woolton Hill & East Woodhay war memorials who died as a result of the First World War.



A Note from Revd Christine Dale


Many will know that Woolton Hill Junior School is facing a time of change, with both the Head Teacher and the deputy Head Teacher leaving for new pastures at the end of the summer term and also a very substantial turnover of teaching staff. With this change has also come the need for some new members of the Governing Body. The Governing Body is well served with parent governors but there are currently four vacancies for governors who are not also parents. Such big changes in the life of the school mean it is even more important for the children that the Governing Body is at strength and able to give good support. Might you be able to help?

Please contact in the first instance the interim Head Teacher, Mrs Helen Borley, on 253364, if you would like more information.




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 July 2015 for the parishes of:

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

Total Crimes reported – 26

House Burglary – 0

Criminal Damage – 6

Burglary other than a Dwelling – 6

Theft from Vehicles – 0

Theft of a Vehicle – 0

Other Theft – 7

Other Crime – 7


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

  • 10/07/15 – Business Premises – Ball Hill/Hatt Common – A vehicle has entered the grounds of a business premises and have forced entry to a shop containing gardening tools and machinery.
  • 09/07/15 – 10/07/15 – Church Lane, Highclere – Garden shed, garage and container within the grounds of a residential property. Fuel cans were taken from within.
  • 19/07/15 – Fullers Lane, Woolton Hill – Overnight a stable was entered by unknown offenders and a chainsaw and lawnmower taken.
  • 21/07/15 – Highclere/Penwood – at approximately 02:30am A Volkswagen Golf Convertible has entered the grounds of a property via Church Lane in Highclere, the offenders have forced open a gate damaging them and have then driven up to some garages. The garages were entered by 4 offenders where a chainsaw, a machete and a fuel can was taken.

Following this the offenders have left via Church Lane and gone towards Penwood, at 03:15 the vehicle has entered the grounds of the business premises with it’s roof down. It appears the offenders were disturbed so made off empty handed. It is believed that the vehicle involved has now been located by police – We would like to hear from anyone with information relating to these incidents. Phone 101 and quote 44150250553.

  • Local PCSOs are making contact with landowners and business premises who have previously been targeted in similar burglaries to review site security and provide additional advice. If you wish to hear from me for additional crime prevention information please feel free to email me on the address above.


Traffic issues

Speed enforcement will continue to be carried out by local officers, duty time permitting.

Concerns were raised over speeding vehicles in the Burghclere area and Featherbed Lane near to Bishops Green. Reports suggested that this was a regular and perhaps organised event between locals racing vehicles along these roads. If you have any knowledge about these events or wish to make a report about speeding vehicles please call 101 to do so.


Incidents of note

  • Suspicious incidents – Numerous Suspicious vehicles have been reported to police over the past month. These reports are always useful as they help us to direct our patrols and take note of possible criminal activity. Please continue to make these reports, we follow up on all reports and try to contact the informant for an update as often as possible.
  • A grey coloured ‘R’ registration Peugeot 306 has been sighted in several locations acting in a suspicious manner. It is believed that the driver is paying attention to unoccupied properties.
  • 15/07/15 – The mount, Highclere – A resident was in her garage when someone attempted to open it from the outside, the possible offender has then made off.
  • Several vehicles have been seen in the area of Wyke Down in suspicious circumstances. Some have paid attention to a barn as one male ahs gone out of sight, it is not known what this male was doing whilst out of sight. In another report, a vehicle with an Irish registration plate has contained males offering to sell chainsaws.





This is the crime summary for the month of August 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 – 2

Burglary other than a Dwelling – 2

Theft from Vehicles – 3

Theft of a Vehicle – 1

Other Theft – 8

Other Crime – 7


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

  • 15/08/15-16/08/15 – Falcon House Gardens, Woolton Hill – Unknown offenders have forced entry to a garage and have stolen a racing bike from within
  • 26/08/15-27/08/15 – Tubbs Lane, Highclere – Unknown offenders have forced entry to a container within the grounds of a building site, they have stolen tools.
  • Further non dwelling burglaries have taken place across the rural area, we ask that reports of suspicious vehicles or people, especially around farms, are made immediately and with as much detail as possible.


Traffic issues

Reports have been received about vehicles travelling at speed in the area of Bishops Green. Requests have been made for speed enforcement to be carried out in the area.


Incidents of note

  • 03/08/15 – A vehicle stolen from another policing area was located in the area of Adbury thanks to reports from a passer by
  • 09/08/15 – 10/08/15 – Featherbed Lane, Bishops Green – A Silver Audi Q7 was stolen from outside of an address, the vehicle has since been located.
  • 10/08/15 – 15/08/15 – Harts Lane, Burghclere – A parked vehicle was damaged with a sharp object by an unknown offender.
  • 15/08/15 – 16/08/15 – Elkington Close, Burghclere – A vehicle window was smashed by an unknown offender, a wallet was taken from within the vehicle.
  • 17/18/15 – 18/08/15 – Breachfield, Burghclere – A vehicle was entered by an unknown offender, cigarettes and change taken from within.
  • 25/08/15 – Gore End, Ball Hill – A parcel was left on the doorstep of a property by a delivery company, an unknown offender has taken the parcel without permission.
  • 20/08/15 – 27/08/15 – At the above location, electric fence batteries were stolen from private land.


Reporting to police

We do ask that all reports are made directly via the 101 number so the appropriate department is made aware of the incident and to ensure that it is allocated to the appropriate officers.

Please do not report directly to the local PCSO or PC via email or mobile phone. This can lead to a delay in the report being disseminated to other officers/departments if the officer is not on duty.