East Woodhay Society

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

Newsletter December 2015

East Woodhay Society Newsletter for December 2015

 We wish all our members a Happy Christmas and a Good New Year. If you are one of the few members who have not returned your renewal form, could you please do so ASAP. Thank you in anticipation.


 East Woodhay Society Events

Friday 15th & 29th January  – Walking for Health starting at the Woolton Hill Church Hall & Friday 8th & 22nd January 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 1st January.

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, Hollington 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. There are now only a few tickets left, so if you are a regular you need to be quick. 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 – Fun Film Race Night

Our annual Fun Film Race Night will be on the 27th February. Doors open at 7.00pm with the first race at 7.30pm. Licensed Bar and a Fish & Chip supper. Tickets are £10 for members and £12.50 for non-members from either Bill  on 255478 or billvince@btinternet.com or John on 253889. All profits to be shared between the Ark Cancer Centre and FlagDV.

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 6th February – St Thomas’ Church Trivial Pursuits

26th Annual Championship at 7.30pm in the Church Hall. Tickets to include a hot supper £14 from Margaret Burgham on 253719. Teams of six. Bring your own liquid refreshmanets.

Recent Planning Applications within the East Woodhay Parish

If you are interested in an application please follow the link to obtain further details.

15/04038/FUL http://planning.basingstoke.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=summary&keyVal=NXPMLHCRJ9D00

Location: Meadow Brook Farm, Ball Hill

Proposal: Erection of 2 bedroom dwelling following demolition of pole barn, rest room, hay barn and store

Registered 12/11/2015


15/04161/LBC http://planning.basingstoke.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=summary&keyVal=NY4938CRJRR00

Location: Evingar, North End Road, North End

Proposal: Various internal alterations and installation of new windows to south elevation Registered 23/11/2015


15/04065/OUT http://planning.basingstoke.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=summary&keyVal=NXRHG6CRJBQ00

Location: Garth, Knights Lane, Ball Hill

Proposal: Outline application for the erection of replacement dwelling with all matters reserved Registered 26/11/2015


T/00472/15/TPO  http://planning.basingstoke.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=summary&keyVal=NYTRQ7CR09R00

Location: 8 Greenways, Woolton Hill

Proposal: T133 Whitebeam – reduce and clean crown by 2-3m and clean crossing and touching branches

Registered 03/12/2015



Location: 4 Stargrove Cottages, Stargrove Lane, East End

Proposal: T133 Fell 1 no. dead Willow


T/00474/15/TPO http://planning.basingstoke.gov.uk/online- applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=summary&keyVal=NYZG21CR09R00

Location: 33 Harwood Rise, Woolton Hill

Proposal: Fell 1 no. Oak

Registered 07/12/2015


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

Greetings to you all, as some of you may already know, I (Abbey) am leaving the beat this month, this will be my final monthly report.

I have been here now for over three years and I am eternally grateful for such a wonderful first beat and wonderful people. I have had a variety of interesting jobs and many of these have been made even more interesting by the help and enthusiasm from local residents.

I would like to express my gratitude to all who have helped me over the years, from the farmers and gamekeepers who have shown me the lay of the land, to the friendly residents who have offered me a warm and dry place to escape the cold and rain, or a glass of water on the hottest summer days.

We have a wonderful, committed Neighbourhood Watch who have been very helpful to me and again, I am extremely grateful for all you have done. It has been a great pleasure and I have been made to feel extremely welcome. I am sad that the time has come to say goodbye to you all, I will miss the beat and all of its pleasures, I am extremely privileged to have been given the opportunity to work in such a wonderful area.

I am not moving far, I will now be in Andover, a change which I know will bring me new challenges. Perhaps I will see some of you in passing.

PCSO Damon HOPE has been appointed to the beat from the 15th December (my last day). Damon has been working out of Tadley police station since June this year and has been covering the areas immediately surrounding Tadley. He is keen to learn his way around his new beat and I will be assisting him with this over the next two weeks.

Thanks to you all once again. It has been a pleasure. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas and the New Year brings you happiness.


This is the crime summary for the month of November 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 – 0

Criminal Damage – 8

Burglary other than a Dwelling – 2

Theft from Vehicles – 0

Theft of a Vehicle – 0

Other Theft – 3

Other Crime – 12

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

House Burglary

  • We have had no house burglaries reported in the area this month – However with the darker evenings it is important to ensure that you are doing all that you can to protect your property from opportunist burglars.


  • Use timer switches (available from most D.I.Y stores) to switch on lights, radios while you are away from the home to make it look and sound occupied.
  • Ensure you shut and lock windows and doors when you return home and settle down for the evening.
  • Ensure you have used padlocks on the side gates to deny access to the rear of the property.
  • Ensure your outside lighting is in working order (consider low level ambient light on a dusk to dawn sensor) this will activate even when you are not at home.

Non Dwelling Burglaries

  • We have received reports of two non-dwelling burglaries this month, this time of year we often see an increase in non-dwelling burglaries and it is advisable to review your outbuilding security. Please see our website for advice or contact your local PCSO.http://www.hampshire.police.uk/internet/advice-and-information/crime-prevention/
  • 44150392524 – 11/11/15 – Horris Hill area – Unknown offenders targeted several rural premises in the area of Horris Hill, they have entered vehicles at one address (44150392373 refers), made an attempt to enter a garage at another address (44150392753 refers), however they have also entered a tack room attached to stables at one address, stealing a large quantity of saddles of a high value. The neighbouring horse box has been entered and subsequently set alight, the fire spread to the stable and has injured two horses. We continue to appeal for any information which may lead us to locating the offenders in this incident.

Traffic issues


Speedwatch continues in the area and officers are carrying out speed enforcement when possible.

Incidents of note

44150399417 – 16th – 17th November – Horris Hill – Unknown offenders have stolen two bags of metal from a farm.

Poaching incidents – Old Burghclere – Cole Henley – A large number of incidents have been reported of vehicles being driven off road, causing damage to crops and pheasant poaching – Most of these incidents are focused on the area of Old Burghclere and the road leading between Sydmonton and Cole Henley.

 Message sent by
Emily Langdon (Police, NPT Police Sergeant, Basingstoke District) is asking members to tell her your policing priorities for next year. Please  let her know

Good evening. As 2015 draws to a close it is time to request your help in looking forwards and setting our local community policing priorities for your areas from January 2016.

Local Community Policing Priorities for each area are set by gathering the views of local residents on what issues are affecting them the most. Our aim is to reduce anti-social behaviour and crime as well as to make your neighbourhoods’ safer places to live and work.

Please get involved and spare 5 minutes to complete our survey to have your say about what issues matter to you in your area .

Thank You


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.

Don’t be tempted by fake banknotes

In the lead-up to Christmas, Crimestoppers is appealing to the public for information on those making, buying or selling counterfeit notes.

Counterfeiting banknotes is a serious offence which could result in a prison sentence

and it helps to support serious organised crime.

Don’t be tempted by these notes, as it is a criminal offence to knowingly hold or use counterfeit notes. Instead, pass on any information on anyone making, selling or buying counterfeit notes anonymously to us by filling in our Anonymous Online Form or calling free on 0800 555 111.

To see specimen notes please click on the link Specimen Notes