East Woodhay Society

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

Newsletter October 2015

East Woodhay Society Newsletter for October 2015

 East Woodhay Society Events

Friday 6th & 20th November  – Walking for Health starting at the Woolton Hill Church Hall & Friday 13th 27th  November 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 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 .  There are still a few tickets left 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.

The Society has received three nominations for our next year’s charity as follows:-

(i)            West Berkshire Mencap (WBM), whose head office is based in Newbury. WBM provides many services on various sites, including Bubble Club for pre-school children, After School Club and school holiday Club for school age children, Domiciliary Care 24/7 supporting independent living in a shared house, a garden centre and many other clubs enabling people to socialise.

(ii)             FLAG DV provides free legal advice to people who are victims of domestic violence or domestic abuse. It provides high quality, accessible advice on matters of private family law including; divorce, separation, cohabitation, the family home, children matters, property and financial matters. The service is confidential and open to all whatever their financial circumstances and run a fortnightly free legal advice clinic in Newbury.  It was set up in 2013 and operates in Newbury. www.flagdv.org.uk

(iii)           Ark Cancer Centre Charity. This is the charity we have supported for the last two years and despite what you may have seen in the press is still moving forwards. The Ark Cancer Centre Charity is raising £5 million towards a cancer centre, to be built by Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. This will ensure the provision of a range of complementary and support therapies in one inspirational building that will offer a therapeutic, healing environment. Chemotherapy treatment is already available in Basingstoke and Winchester, but patients have to travel to Southampton or Guildford for radiotherapy. This can mean a journey every day for up to six weeks when patients are feeling unwell and vulnerable.

Mr Mark Jones, director of fund raising and communications will attend to receive our ‘cheque’ for £1,500 and to give a brief progress report on the Ark Cancer Centre Charity.

Membership is now due for renewal and you will receive your invites to renew within the next few days. The rates remain unchanged at £10 for a family and £6 for an individual.

The Village Christmas Walk

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.

Other Events & News

Highclere Film Club – October Films Highclere Village Hall 

Doors Open 7:30pm, Film at 8:00pm

Thursday 5 November – Far From The Madding Crowd  

Directed by Thomas Winterberg (UK, 12A, 119mins), this new version of Thomas Hardy’s novel is set in Victorian England, where the independent and headstrong Bathsheba Everdene (Cary Mulligan) attracts three very different suitors: Gabriel Oak, a sheep farmer  played by Matthias Schoenaerts; Frank Troy, a reckless sergeant (Tom Sturridge); and William Boldwood, a prosperous and mature bachelor (Michael Sheen). This timeless story of Bathsheba’s choices and passions explores the nature of relationships and love – as well as the human ability to overcome hardships.

Thursday 19 November – Testament of Youth 

Highclere Film Club continues its autumn season with a showing of Testament of Youth, directed by James Kent (UK, 12A, 129mins). This film, based on the memoirs of Vera Brittain, tells the story of a British woman recalling her coming of age during World War I – a story of young love, the futility of war, and how to make sense of the darkest times. Alicia Vikander stars.

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.

Saturday 21st & Sunday 22nd November – Made in the Hood 

Made in the Hood are holding an arts and crafts fair in the Woolton Hill Church Hall on November 21st and 22nd, open 10am to 5pm Saturday and Sunday. Free entry. An opportunity to see handcrafted silks, glass, ceramics, sculpture, paintings and photography from 10 local artists and craftspeople. Plenty of small gift items available as well as major pieces to enjoy.  Coffee and cake. For more details contact 07786956051 or visit  www.madeinthehood.co.uk.

Saturday 21st November

A little later than usual due to World Cup fever…..The Big Curry Night is back at The Highclere Red House for the fourth year! The annual fundraising event for the Army Benevolent Fund is a fantastic evening of entertainment. A feast of Indian curries to tantalise your taste buds, live music and a charity auction all topped off with a spectacular firework display. Tickets are on sale now priced at £20 each – at least £10 per ticket will be donated to the ABF. Numbers are limited and tickets are selling fast so don’t forget to buy your ticket in advance. Contact the Red House on 255531.

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.

Westridge Studio Highclere


The Studio has been bequeathed to the Parish by Dorothy-Rose Gribble.  It was “DR’s” wish that the Studio be used as an Arts and Community venue. It has parking, a garden and will be refurbished internally making it an attractive venue. The Highclere Parish Council would be interested to hear from arts and community groups and anyone who would like to participate in the project. For more information please email parishclerk@highclerevillage.com.

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 September 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 – 7

Theft from Vehicles – 3

Theft of a Vehicle – 0

Other Theft – 4

Other Crime – 8

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

House Burglary

  • 16/09/15 – Penwood – We received a report that a property in Penwood was targeted by burglars who have carried out an untidy search of a property – This has also been a problem in the area of Tadley this month with properties being targeted during the day time.

Non Dwelling Burglaries

  • 06/09/15 – Oil Theft – Church Lane – Burghclere – Shed forced open and oil tank drained within.
  • 19/09/15 – Crux Easton – Garage entered, pressure washer and radio stolen.
  • 21/09/15 – Old Burghclere – A building site was entered by unknown offenders, they have attempted to force open a container on site.
  • 18/09/15 – 22/09/15 – Bishops Green – 4 x Non dwelling burglaries – Fishing equipment stolen, some of this has since been located near to the village hall in Bishops Green.

Traffic issues

Reports have been made about poor parking around school times in the area of Woolton Hill, we remind those transporting children to and from school to park with consideration of other residents and avoid using the car when possible.

Incidents of note

  • 19/09/2015 –  Adbury – Gun shots were heard by a resident in the area of Adbury – Initial enquiries confirm that this was not legitimate shooting on local estates. Enquiries are ongoing.
  • Poaching incidents are on the rise across the rural area and a number of hare coursing incidents are being reported regularly.
  • Suspicious incident reports have dropped off this month, we would like to hear from residents when they see things which are suspicious, ideally a call should be made immediately to the 101 number or 999 if you think a crime is in progress.

Reporting to police

Recently there has been some discussion about reporting incidents to police and the use of the 101 number. 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.

When a report is made via 101, it will still be visible to local Neighbourhood Policing as they carry out daily checks for reported incidents even if it being dealt with by another department. We will make contact and assist the other departments where necessary.