East Woodhay Society

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

Newsletter February 2016

         East Woodhay Society Newsletter for February 2016

 East Woodhay Society Events

Friday 4th & 18th March – Walking for Health starting at the Woolton Hill Church Hall & Friday 11th & 25th March 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 27th February – Fun Film Race Night

Due to so many people being on holiday we decided to postpone the event. This type of event needs a full house, so apologies to those who had planned to come.

Monday 2nd May – Crafty Craft Race

This year we thought that it would be nice to have a change and instead of entering a female team enter a team of teenagers (14 years and upwards). Our craft is unsuitable for small children because of the size of the bicycles. If your children would like to enter please send an email to eastwoodhaysociety@wooltonhill.com.

If there is sufficient interest we would also be happy to build a new craft for younger children, but this would split our resources as we would need a support team for each boat. Once again if you are interested please send an email to eastwoodhaysociety@wooltonhill.com.

Other Events & News

Saturday 5th March –Mayor’s Charity Concert

A special concert is being held in support of this year’s Mayor’s Charity Appeal at The Anvil. This is a key event for the appeal, which is raising funds for Ark Cancer Centre Charity, Inspero and Basingstoke Multicultural Forum.

A Night of All That Jazz and Sensational Soul will feature two terrific Basingstoke acts – Clive Fortune Big Band and Natasha Watts starting at 7.30pm.

Tickets for the concert are £15.

Saturday 19th & Sunday 20th March – Artex16 Art Exhibition

St Martin’s School Association is presenting their 24th sale featuring the work of over 40 well known and award winning local artists from 10am to 6pm on Saturday and 11am to 3pm on Sunday at East Woodhay Village Hall. Entrance £2 for adults. Sale proceeds will go to St Martin’s School and St Martin’s Church. See www.artexart.uk.

Saturday 16th April – St Georges Day Concert

Raise the Roof for St Thomas’ St Georges Day Concert with the East Woodhay Silver Band, St Thomas’ Choir & Hand Bell Ringers. Popular music and a traditional sing along to British favourites. The concert starts at 7.30pm and tickets cost £15, to include interval drink and are available from Bertha Bates on 253199. All proceeds will help raise a new roof for St Thomas, now that the old roof has reached the end of its life after 167 years.

Recent Planning Applications within the East Woodhay Parish

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


Location:  The Barn Hilliers Farm Gore End

Proposal: Erection of single storey oak framed pool building following demolition of exisitng outbuildings

Registered 26/01/2016

List of Planning Appeals Decided


Location:  Land Adjacent To Knights Cottage, Knights Lane, Ball Hill

Proposal: Erection of 4 no. dwellings with garages and various landscaping and associated works

Decision:  Appeal dismissed on 05/02/20166/01/2016

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 January 2016 for the parishes of: Ashmansworth, East Woodhay, Highclere, Burghclere, Newtown, Litchfield, Ecchinswell & Sydmonton and St Mary Bourne & Stoke.

  Total Crimes reported – 12       

Please find below the latest news summary of some of the crime which has occurred in the above areas over the past month. In the month of January there have been 12 incidents which have been classified as crimes by the home office. This is 7 less than there were recorded in December 2015.

Burglaries (0)

Whilst none have been reported this month we have had incidents reported of suspicious vehicles seen. Please remember to report anything you see that looks suspicious either to myself or 101, don’t be afraid to….no intelligence is bad intelligence; it’s never a waste of time reporting it!!

Please also keep this information in mind whilst protecting your premises/property:

       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.

Criminal Damage (1)

       Damage to a vehicle outside a property in Burghclere

Please consider installing CCTV to protect your property.

Theft (4)

       Garden Statues stolen from the front garden of a property in Binley

       An iPhone 6 was stolen from a pupils blazer whilst playing football at break time at The Clere School

       Felt stolen from the roof of a property in Newtown

       Drive off without paying for fuel at Tot Hill Services

Public Order (2)

       Incident of verbal abuse between children in Penwood

       Incident of verbal abuse between 2 adults in Bishops Green

Other incidents

       Man sighted loitering outside in the car park late at night by the Travel Lodge at Tot Hill Services

Please report any suspicious people, vehicles or activity to the Police via 101 or to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Please call 101 if you see or hear any form of anti-social behaviour in your area. If you feel you are in immediate danger, always call 999.

Follow us on Twitter @BstokeRuralCops for regular updates and advice.

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Finally I’d like to thank you all for a very warm welcome to the area.

Kind regards, PCSO 15934 Damon Hope

Neighbourhood Policing Team

If you would like to get in touch with me, I can be contacted on the email address found below. Please DO NOT report crimes to us via email.


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An example email reads:-
Title: Your parcel has been seized
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To help the spread of the virus, the email also says: “you will need to have access to a computer to download and open the Zip file”. If you receive one of these emails, do not click on any links or download any attachments and report it to Action Fraud. 
Protect Yourself

  • ·         Royal Mail will never send an email asking for credit card numbers or other personal or confidential information.
  • ·         Royal Mail will never ask customers to enter information on a page that isn’t part of the Royal Mail website.
  • ·         Royal Mail will never include attachments unless the email was solicited by a customer e.g. customer has contacted Royal Mail with an enquiry or has signed up for updates from Royal Mail.
  • ·         Royal Mail have also stressed that they do not receive a person’s email address as part of any home shopping experience.

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