East Woodhay Society

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

Newsletter November 2015

East Woodhay Society Newsletter for November 2015

 East Woodhay Society Events

Friday 4th & 18th December  – Walking for Health starting at the Woolton Hill Church Hall & Friday 11th  December 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. Please note there is no walk on the 25th December.

Saturday 14th November

The Society held its AGM on the 14th and presented Mark Jones, the Director of Fund Raising and Communications with a cheque  for £750, which has been fund matched by Greenham Common Trust, thus raising £1,500 for the charity.

The EWS received three nominations for next year’s charity and invited Mark Jones on behalf of the Ark Cancer Centre Charity, Carol Curry on behalf of Mencap and Helen Grimbleby on behalf of FlagDV to make short presentations on behalf of the proposed charities. Although there was significant support for supporting all three it was decided to support the Ark Cancer Centre Charity and FlagDV on a 50:50 basis.

Following the AGM, the EWS held its annual ‘Call My Bluff’ Wine Quiz. The event was well attended and everyone had a great evening, although a number of our regulars were on holiday.

The 31st Village Christmas Walk  – Sunday 27th December

This Year’s Christmas Walk is on Sunday 27th December meeting at 10.30 am at the Highclere Red House for a prompt 11am start, returning to the pub by 1pm. The route will meander through Highclere and surrounding areas. Everyone is welcome; there is no need to book, just turn up. Sturdy waterproof footwear is recommended but not pushchairs or wheelchairs as the walk can be muddy in places and there are stiles. Approximately halfway around there will be pit stop for mulled wine & mince pies and a collection in aid of the Ark Cancer Centre Charity. For more details contact Ian on 253995, John on 253889 or Clive on 254839.

Saturday 23rd January – Curry & Quiz Night

Our next event will be the annual Curry & Quiz evening at the Rampant Cat on the 23rd January. For those of you who have been before you will know that due to the limited numbers, great food and the superb price that this event sells out very quickly. Tickets are £10 for members and £12.50 for non-members from either Elizabeth on 253203 or John on 253889. The start time is 7.30pm.

Saturday 27th February – Race Night

Our annual race night will be on the 27th February so make a note in your diary. More details next month.

Membership Renewals

I am pleased to say that a very large percentage of members have renewed, but a gentle reminder to those of you still sitting on the renewal forms. The rates remain unchanged at £10 for a family and £6 for an individual.

Other Events & News

Saturday 28th November – Woolton Hill Village Market

This month will be the last Village Market until the end of January, so come along and do your Christmas and weekend food shopping. The market is open between 10.00am and 1.00pm. St Thomas’ Infant School will be running the Tea Room. Community groups will include the National Trust and the Neighbourhood Plan. There will be activities for the children and FREE mulled wine for the adults. An event not to be missed. The stalls will include:-

  • Pasture fed beef and lamb and local wild game
  • Fresh fish
  • Cookie kits and American baked goodies
  • Outdoor-reared pork joints, bacon and sausages
  • Fresh bread and savouries
  • Carved wooden reindeer and seasonal plants
  • Organic beauty and well-being
  • Stocking filler toys
  • Christmas cards and advent calendars
  • Unique handbags and wooden ducks
  • Home-made festive chocolate gifts
  • Beautiful Christmas wreaths and festive bunting
  • Hand-painted scarves and cards
  • Ready meals, pies and proper cheese
  • Fresh veg and local eggs

Saturday 5th December – Annual Sausage & Mash

The Highclere & East Woodhay Conservatives are holding their Annual Sausage and Mash Lunch at the Highclere Village Hall between 12,30pm -2.30pm. Tickets £12.50 adults and £6.25 for children from either Molly on 253264 or Graham on 253144.

Hampshire Draft Walking Strategy

Hampshire County Council has recently produced a draft walking strategy for public consultation. Interested parties are invited to view the document and provide feedback. The document and the survey form can be viewed on the County Council’s website. The document covers many different aspects covering both urban and rural environments, but you may wish to highlight issues affecting areas such as East Woodhay. The consultation is open until 12:00 noon on Monday 7th December 2015.

If you have any comments you have on the draft strategy, please send them through toHampshire.Walking@hants.gov.uk

If you are aware of interested individuals and organisations who may not have been informed of this consultation, please feel free to forward these details on as HCC are seeking to consult as widely as possible within Hampshire.

Hardcore Wanted

Free tip for clean hardcore (small or large amounts of brick, rubble and concrete) at Roots Garden Centre, Priors Court Road, Hermitage until the end of November. Call 07403 525022.

Recent Planning Applications within the East Woodhay Parish

Each month we will publish the planning applications that have been submitted to Basingstoke & Deane.

We will only include the reference details, location, proposal and date registered. Readers who are interested in an application can then follow the link to obtain further details.

15/03516/HSE http://planning.basingstoke.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=summary&keyVal=NVR25ACR0FP00

Location: Coopers Cottage Woolton Hill

Proposal: Conversion of garage to habitable living space and extending first floor living space over existing garage. Internal and external alterations to include new dormer window.

Registered 05/10/2015


T/00386/15/TPO http://planning.basingstoke.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=summary&keyVal=NVW4TACR09R00

Location: 2 Greenways Woolton Hill

Proposal: T1 Ash – reduce by 3m, crown lift to 4m, reduce side canopy by 1m finished height 10m and canopy spread 5m.

Registered 07/10/2015


15/03590/FUL http://planning.basingstoke.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=summary&keyVal=NVYOXACRH7L00

Location: Knights Farm  Knights Lane Ball Hill

Proposal: Demolition of existing B8 buildings and erection of six dwellings.  Creation of a new access, and alteration of an existing access, to Knights Lane.  A land swap involving a change of use of agricultural land to residential and change of use of commercial land to agricultural.  Associated landscaping.

Registered 13/10/2015


15/03607/HSE http://planning.basingstoke.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=summary&keyVal=NW4PZ7CRHCC00

Location: Cornmore  Tile Barn Woolton Hill

Proposal: Extension of first floor accommodation to include re-modelling and raising of roof to form family house. (amended scheme to that approved under 15/01679/HSE-for minor changes to fenestration, chimney, materials, garage roof and garage no longer connected to house).

Registered 13/10/2015


15/03617/FUL http://planning.basingstoke.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=summary&keyVal=NW61ADCRHDT00

Location: Land At Hollington Lane Woolton Hill

Proposal: Erection of 4 no. dwellings; with associated parking, turning, landscaping, private amenity space, and alterations to existing access.

Registered 14/10/2015


15/03606/HSE http://planning.basingstoke.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=summary&keyVal=NW4EUQCRHC700

Location: 8 Longmead Woolton Hill

Proposal: Erection of single storey rear extension and alterations to provide utility room, en-suite with kitchen/dining/family room.

Registered 15/10/2015


T/00416/15/TPO http://planning.basingstoke.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=summary&keyVal=NWTM45CR09R00

Location: Palmer Paddock Tile Barn Woolton Hill

Proposal: T8166 Scots Pine – end weight reduction of 2-3m on roadside and sever ivy

T8171 Silver Birch – remove lowest limb at 10m on road side

T8173 Silver Birch – end weight reduction of 1.5-2m on laterals over road

T8178 Lime – reduce in height by 6m, reduce lateral growth over road by 1-2m finished height 20m

G1 Sycamores – reduce trees in height to give 2m clearance from cable and crown raise cables overhanging road to 6m

Registered 26/10/2015


15/03821/HSE http://planning.basingstoke.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=summary&keyVal=NWXDDMCRIBN00

Location: Silvertreees House Hatt Common East Woodhay

Proposal: Erection of single storey side extension and conversion of garage to habitable living space. Erection of garage/carport with revised vehicular access.

Registered 29/10/2015

T/00426/15/TPO http://planning.basingstoke.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=summary&keyVal=NX1BC3CRIGD00

Location: High Trees  Church Road Woolton Hill

Proposal: T1 (Oak): Crownlifted over road and driveway by approx 5m, cables cleared, ivy cut at base and major deadwood removed.

T2 (Oak): To be cut down to a stump, level with the ground. Replant with 1 oak in between existing T1 and T3.

T3 (Oak): Will not have any work to it.

Registered 02/11/2015


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 October 2015 for the parishes of: 

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

Total Crimes reported – 20            
  House Burglary – 1
Criminal Damage – 5
Burglary other than a Dwelling – 2
Theft from Vehicles – 0
Theft of a Vehicle – 1
Other Theft – 3
Other Crime – 8

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

House Burglary

29th October – 1700 – 1830 – A dwelling property in the area of Headley was targeted for a burglary – An investigation is ongoing

Non Dwelling Burglaries


20/10/15 – 29/10/15 – Unknown offenders have forced entry to a workshop in the area of Stoke, Chainsaws were taken from within.

Traffic issues

We have received an update from Community Speedwatch in Woolton Hill. The following charts show the cumulative results from Speedwatch since it began. Unfortunately, the results do show that the overall speed of those exceeding the limit are travelling slightly faster on average, although, the percentage of speeders has reduced.

Incidents of note


09/10/15 – Ecchinswell – Unknown offenders have caused damage in a play area at Ecchinswell Village Hall by starting a small fire.

Poaching incidents/Suspicious activity on farmland – We have seen an increase in reports of possible Hare coursing offences, damage to newly planted crops and pheasant poaching throughout October.

Action Fraud

Fraudsters have set up a high specification website template advertising various electrical goods and domestic appliances. These goods are below market value and do not exist. The fraudsters will request your card details via the website; however the purchaser will then receive an email stating the payment failed and they must pay via bank transfer.

The fraudsters entice the purchaser and reassure them it is a legitimate purchase by using the widely recognised Trusted Shop Trustmark. The fraudsters are using the Trustmark fraudulently and have not been certified by Trusted Shops and therefore the purchaser is not covered by the Trusted Shop money-back guarantee.

Protect yourself:

Check the authenticity of the websites before making any purchases. Conduct a ‘whois’ search on the website which will identify when the website has been created, be wary of newly formed domains. You can conduct this search using the following website – https://who.is/.

Carry out online research in relation to the website, company name and the business address provided to identify any poor feedback or possible irregularities.

Check the Trusted Shops Facebook page where warnings about websites using their Trustmark are published. If you are in doubt about the legitimacy of a Trustmark then you can contact Trusted Shops on 0203 364 5906 or by email service@trustedshops.co.uk. They will confirm whether they have certified that website.

Payments made via bank transfer are not protected should you not received the item. Therefore always try to make the payment via PayPal or a credit card where you have some payment cover should you not receive your product.

If the item advertised seems too good to be true, then it probably is.

If you believe that you have been a victim of fraud you can report it onlinehttp://www.actionfraud.police.uk/report_fraud or by telephone 0300 123 2040.