East Woodhay Society

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

Newsletter June 2016

East Woodhay Society Newsletter for June 2016

East Woodhay Society Events

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

Other Events & News

Saturday 2nd July – St Thomas’ Church Summer Fete

Starts at 2.00 pm. Free entry. East Woodhay Silver Band, Raffle, Crafts, Tombola, Plants, Books, Teas & Games. If you would like to donate books (in good condition). cakes & jams and bottles for the Tombola please contact Bertha Bates on 253199.

Saturday 9th July – East Woodhay Silver Band 52nd Annual Concert

East Woodhay Village Hall. Starts at 7pm.  Tickets £5 with children under 8 free.

Sunday 17th July – Croquet & Curry at Tile Barn House

You can show off your skills – or learn how to bash others’ croquet balls on Sunday afternoon 17th  July when Orlando Peck & Family, the new owners of Tile Barn House, Woolton Hill host a ‘Croquet & Curry’ for Highclere Conservatives. £15, tickets in advance (numbers are limited) from Molly on averilbreakspear@btinternet.com or 01635 253264.

Saturday 20th August – East Woodhay Flower & Produce Show

The annual East Woodhay Flower Show is back this year on Saturday 20th August at East Woodhay Village Hall (RG20 9UY) and begins at 2pm. Flowers, fruits and vegetables will be exhibited as well as all sorts of crafts, photography, flower arranging, cake and jam making to name but a few. Come and listen to the East Woodhay Silver Band whilst enjoying homemade cakes and tea. Have a go at the Grand Draw and tombola and many other activities. Saunter round the stalls and visit the art exhibition we are having this year!

Why don’t you have a go at entering the show yourself? Schedules are available from The Stores at Woolton Hill, Yew Tree Garden Centre or June Powell on 254114.

Recent Planning Applications within the East Woodhay Parish

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



Location: Chestnut Cottage Stargrove Lane East End

Proposal:Erection of single storey side extension following demolition of timber out-house

Registered 09/05/2016




Location: 1 Hill View Heath End

Proposal:Erection of two storey rear extension and bay window to front elevation

Registered 16/05/2016




Location: Burley House Woolton House Stud Woolton Hill

Proposal:Erection of a building with hardstanding for the storage of agricultural, horticultural and grounds maintenance equipment

Registered 09/06/2016

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

Police Update for Ashmansworth, East Woodhay, Highclere, Burghclere, Newtown, Litchfield, Ecchinswell & Sydmonton and St Mary Bourne & Stoke. In May there were 13 incidents which were classified as crimes by the home office.

Burglaries (5); 1 dwelling & 4 non-dwelling

       An attempted break in on a property in Wash Common. Person(s) unknown gained access to the back garden and tried to force open the back UPVC doors unsuccessfully. Nothing taken.

       A Farm in Sydmonton had a stable broken into. Door forced but nothing reported stolen.

       Same farm reported another break on another outbuilding where a petrol strimmer was taken. Evidence received is currently being investigated

       Church in Newtown broken into and one high value item stolen

       A farm in North Sydmonton had an unsuccessful attempt to steal a John Dere Gator; thanks to some excellent crime prevention put in place.

Criminal Damage (1)

       Reported in the area of Burghclere. Aggrieved reported that their electric gates were damaged. Unfortunately, no CCTV available and as it’s a very rural area no further evidence available.

Theft (1)

       Aggrieved reported her handbag was stolen when left in the grounds of Highclere Castle.

Harrassment (2)

       Sydmonton – Aggrieved reports sustained harassment over a period of time where litter is being dumped on their property by the same person.

       Burghclere – Aggrieved reports an individual constantly shouts abuse and swears at them as they walk home from school.

Assaults (1)

       Suspect has become aggressive to a member of staff at Tot Hill Services when declined service. No physical injury but ripped name badge off the member of staffs uniform

ASB (0)

       No reports of ASB for May

Public Order (3)

       A passenger of a vehicle was abusive towards security at Highclere castle when they were refused entry for not having a ticket.

       Traveller encampment set up in Tot Hill services, reports of loud and rowdy behaviour. Encampment quickly moved on by Police.

       Aggressive driver in Burghclere has become confrontational and verbally abusive with driver

As the summer is now upon us I would like to draw your attention to potential burglaries. At this time windows and doors (front and back) are left open to allow a pleasant through breeze….however, what isn’t pleasant is the thieves that sometimes flow through as well! Please be extra vigilant as thieves will take any opportunity to duck into your house even if you have just popped upstairs; they can be in and out without you knowing. If you are not in the room keep the doors closed and windows at least on a security latch. If going out please close ALL WINDOWS.

Also a common occurrence is distraction burglary. You could be enjoying the sun in your back garden and there’s a knock at the front door. You go to answer and naturally you don’t think to close the back door or even bring in the computer tablet you were on while sunning yourself….as a result while you are talking to the person at the door, his friend has jumped over your fence and steals whatever they can!

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.

If you would like to get in touch please use the email address below. Please DO NOT report crimes via email.