East Woodhay Society

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

Newsletter January 2016

                   East Woodhay Society Newsletter for January 2016

 East Woodhay Society Events

Friday 5th & 19th February – Walking for Health starting at the Woolton Hill Church Hall & Friday 12th & 26th February 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.

The 31st Village Christmas Walk – Sunday 27th December

On the 27 the December, despite the threat of wet weather, 234 walkers from Highclere, Woolton Hill and the surrounding villages met up at the Red House in Highclere for their 31st Annual Charity Christmas Walk. This year’s walk followed a route around the footpaths and country roads of Highclere & Hollington. A superb total of £700 was raised via donations made on the walk for the Ark Cancer Centre Charity in Basingstoke. The £700 will be fund matched by the Greenham Common Trust thus raising a grand total of £1,400 for the Ark Cancer Centre Charity. Halfway around the 4 mile walk the walkers stopped at Yews Old Farmhouse, where mince pies, many of which were kindly donated by Hethertons and Budgens, together with mulled wine were served.

Saturday 23rd January – Curry & Quiz Night

The annual Curry & Quiz evening at the Rampant Cat proved to be very successful with everyone having a great time. Halfway through the excellent quiz, guests were served some superb curries.

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.

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 refreshments.

Thursday 4th February Highclere Film Club – Highclere Village Hall

The Film Club continues with a showing of What We Did in Our Holiday (UK, 12A, 95mins) directed by Andy Hamilton. In this comedy, Doug and Abi (David Tennant and Rosamund Pike) take their children on a family holiday. Surrounded by relatives, the three children innocently reveal the ins and outs of their family life and many intimate details about their parents. It’s soon clear that when it comes to keeping a big secret under wraps from the rest of the family, their children are their biggest liability. Great support from Billy Connolly as the grandfather. Doors open 7:30pm with the film at 8:00pm

Thursday 18th February Highclere Film Club – Highclere Village Hall

Dark Horse directed by Louise Osmond, (UK, PG, 85mins) is an inspirational rags-to-riches story of a group of friends from a Welsh working men’s club who decide to take on the elite ‘sport of kings’ and breed themselves a racehorse. This documentary film has all the plot twists of a cleverly-scripted drama and combines archive footage with modern reconstructions to capture the beauty of Dream Alliance, the appropriately-named horse, Doors open 7:30pm with the film at 8:00pm.

Wednesday 24th February -The Red House Quiz Night

The first Red House Quiz of the New Year will be held on Wednesday 24th January 2016. The usual format will apply – teams of 4, nibbles at half time. For more information and to book your place/team of 4, please call 255531.

Saturday 19th & Sunday 20th March –Artex16 Art Exhibition at East Woodhay Village Hall

St Martin’s School Association 24th sale featuring the work of over 40 well known and award-winning local artists. Adults £2 to include brochure (children free). Refreshments available. Sale proceeds go to St Martin’s School & St Martin’s Church.

Recent Planning Applications within the East Woodhay Parish

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

15/04502/AGPD http://planning.basingstoke.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=summary&keyVal=NZPKRGCRL0F00

Location:  Land at Burley House Woolton Hill

Proposal: Erection of an agricultural store/tractor barn

Registered 22/12/2015

T/00491/15/TPO http://planning.basingstoke.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=summary&keyVal=NZTFKKCR09R00

Location: 11 Longmead Woolton Hill

Proposal: Application for work to trees subject to a tree preservation order T1 Sycamore – crown lift eight lowest branches to approx 6m. remove large weighted limb over new house, reduce side of crown in by 1-1.5m (not the top)

Registered 23/12/2015

T/00492/15/TPO http://planning.basingstoke.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=summary&keyVal=NZTFW2CR09R00

Location: 48 Greenacres Woolton Hill

Proposal: Application for work to trees subject to a tree preservation order T1 Silver birch – reduce tree by 3-4ft all over

Registered 23/12/2015


Location: Dean Lodge Stargrove Lane

Proposal: Notification to carry out works to trees in a conservation area not subject to a tree preservation order. T1 Horse chestnut – repollard from 8m down to 5m T2 Horse chestnut – prune from 12m down to 10m high and 10m wide to 8m wide. T3 Silver birch – prune from 9m down to 8m high and 3m to 2m wide. T4 Acer – prune from 12m to 110m high and 6m to 4m wide T5 Ash – prune from 12 to 10m high and 6m to 4m wide


Location: 6 Longmead Woolton Hill

Proposal: Demolition of existing additions and erection of 2 single storey side extensions

Registered 04/01/2016


Location: Abbots Lea Tile Barn Woolton Hill

Proposal:Application for work to trees subject to a tree preservation order. T1 Oak – reduce crown by 3m to reduce weight in the canopy and deadwood. (Height is approx 35m will  be reduced to approx 30m, it is approx 25m at widest part and will be reduced to 17m wide).T2 Oak – reduce crown by 3m to reduce weight in the canopy and deadwood. (Height is approx 35m will be reduced to approx 30m, it is approx 19m wide and will  be reduced to approx 13m wide). T3 Young Beech – fell

Registered: 12/01/2016

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 December 2015 for the parishes of: Ashmansworth, East Woodhay, Highclere, Burghclere, Newtown, Litchfield, Ecchinswell & Sydmonton and St Mary Bourne & Stoke.

  Total Crimes reported – 20      

  Assault – 1

  Harassment – 1

  Drug Offences – 2                     

  House Burglary – 2

  Criminal Damage – 2

  Burglary other than a Dwelling – 2

  Theft from Vehicles – 2

   Other Theft – 1

  Public Order – 2

  Other Crime – 5

House Burglary

  • ·         We have received 2 reports of burglaries from a house. At this time of year we do often see an increase with the festive holidays and people being away from home for a length of time
  • ·         44150429597 – Newtown common area, the front door of a house was forced open possibly by a crowbar whilst the residents were away. Nothing was stolen and its unknown if the intruder actually gained entry.
  • ·         44150438005 – Penwood area, the garage door has been forced open and a road bike stolen.


·         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/
  • ·         44150418065 – Newtown area, resident has reported an attempted break into some of their outbuildings. Nothing was taken
  • ·         44150456088 – Crux Easton area, large barn has been broken into by forcing the padlock off. A variety of old batteries and a leaf blower have been stolen.

Traffic issues

Throughout the month I will be carrying out speed checks in various locations throughout the area. Alongside the Speedwatch teams who do a fantastic job for their community, hopefully we can show plenty of visual presence to drivers.

Incidents of note

  • ·                     We’ve had 2 incidents of theft from vehicles this month. Nothing reported as missing.
  • ·                     44150433730 – Newtown Common area, vehicle was parked on residents driveway. It was left unlocked and a handbag was stolen from inside.

 If you have any information regarding any of the incidents detailed in this update please contact us either by email or calling 101

If you know someone who is involved in criminal activity, have information relating to crimes that have occurred, but you do not want to call police directly. Then please visit https://crimestoppers-uk.org/ or call 0800 555 111. This is a free and anonymous service.