East Woodhay Society

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

Newsletter July 2016

East Woodhay Society Newsletter for July 2016 

East Woodhay Society Events

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

Thursday 11th August – Visit to the Albert Hall

St Michael’s Ladies Group have organised a coach trip and guided tour to the Albert Hall, the cost is £22 with an optional lunch for £15. If you are interested in going please contact Felicity on 253289. The coach leaves from Highclere Village Hall at 9.00am. The trip is for anyone not just ladies. There are only a few tickets left so if you would like to go please be quick.

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.


I have been asked by a member to publicise the need to put more pressure on HCC to keep our roads in a good condition. If you know of any problems you may wish to send an email to Tom Thacker, our County Councillor at tom.thacker@hants.gov.uk.

I have paraphrased some of his reply to one of our members.

“I am asking the Hampshire area engineer to inspect the main road between Newbury (Wash Common) and Ball Hill that you mention and am asking him to report to me on the condition.  I can then discuss with Hampshire Highways how any remedial work needs to be prioritised, in the context of the very large cuts in central government funding that we are having to work with.

Potholes are repaired, once the County Council is aware of them; residents can report potholes and their exact location, and track the progress, via the following link www3.hants.gov.uk/roadproblems.

I would be grateful if you would also identify the minor roads in the parish which were resurfaced and where you report that the contractors didn’t bother to repairs any potholes or verges and that you point out that with the resurfacing has just made things worse.  I can then look into these matters with the area engineer.”

Recent Planning Applications within the East Woodhay Parish

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



Location: Longworthy Cottage Ball Hill

Proposal: Horse Chestnut (T3) – Crown lift to 5m, and crown thinning reducing canopy density by 20%

Registered 24/06/2016




Location: Rugosa Cottage North End Road North End

Proposal: Application for Certificate of Lawfulness for the continued use of Rugosa Cottage as a single dwelling house use (Use Class C3)

Registered 27/06/2016




Location: Burley House Woolton House Stud Woolton Hill

Proposal: Change of use of building from indoor manege to indoor tennis court

Registered 27/06/2016

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 June there were 17 incidents which were classified as crimes by the home office.

Burglaries (6)

We have had no dwelling burglary and 6 Non-Dwelling burglaries reported this month.

       Residence in Burghclere: Suspects have gained entry to resident’s garage through the roof. Fortunately due to them having a sensor alarm installed this was activated and the thieves fled empty handed.

       Residence in Burghclere: Access gained through the rear of the property whilst empty Fruit Machine contents have been emptied.

       Tothill Services (Shell Garage) – Two suspect(s) have forced entry into the station via the front doors and stolen multiple packets of cigarette’s.

       Building Site in Burghclere: Suspect(s) have forced open a storage locker and stolen a Laser Leveller and Isolator key to some plant equipment.

       Building Site in St Mary Bourne: Suspect(s) have broken into a storage container and stolen a hosepipe and fixings and two drums of mortar plasticiser.

       Residence in Highclere: Suspect(s) have forced entry into residents shed and stolen a Lawn Mower.

Criminal Damage (1)

       Reported in the area of Penwood: Suspect has broken a car window throwing stones. Individual has been identified and dealt with to aggrieved satisfaction.

Theft (3)

       Aggrieved has reported the theft of her daughters mobile phone at a social event in Pickets Piece.

       Tothill Services, McDonalds – Aggrieved has had a petrol strimmer and blower taken from the back of their flatbed truck whilst eating in the restaurant.

       Vehicle in Penwood has had Power Tools stolen overnight from the back of their van overnight.

Assaults (4)

       Penwood – Couple became involved in a verbal dispute only, no charges bought or injuries caused.

       Bishops Green – On-going verbal dispute between neighbours. Investigations on going

       Bishops Green – Couple involved in a domestic dispute. Appropriate measures taken via communication to both parties.

       Bishops Green – Threats made to individual and damage to their vehicle. Investigations are ongoing

ASB (1)

       Suspect who lives out of the district continues to try and make contact with their Ex-Partner via phone, 3rd party and Social media. Suspect spoken to and warned of future repercussions.

Public Order (0)

None reported for month of June.

Other (2)

       Tothill Services, Shell Garage: Van has made off without payment for fuel. During investigation the suspect returned and paid in full.

       Tothill Services, Shell Garage: Suspect has made off without payment for fuel. Vehicle was located, fuel paid for and appropriate measures taken with suspect.


Again this month we have seen a number of non-dwelling breaks (Outbuildings). As I have suggested already above please take extra precautions in protecting your belongings. If of high value is there somewhere more secure it could be kept like in the house? Consider Installing sensor lighting, shed alarms or sensor alarms to make it less easy or indeed appealing to would be thieves. Reinforced locks would also help. If you are unsure what to get or are a little baffled by all the different kit available please don’t hesitate to contact me and I’ll be happy to come round for a chat and discuss options available at affordable prices. It’s a good idea to get all expensive equipment registered with https://www.immobilise.com/ a free service that will make any recovered equipment by Police easier to re-unite with the owner. Alternatively, I have UV marker pens which can be used to label up property. When property is recovered and it’s marked with a postcode we can then use our database to see if anything has been stolen form that area and again return the item to the owner. Please let me know if you require any.

On another note this month I have been carrying out a lot of Speed Enforcement outside Woolton Hill Junior School and also on the A343 through Highclere, hopefully some of you may have seen me or the van. This has proved extremely effective and whilst speeding is something that can never be fully eradicated I will continue to do this as much as possible. I of course won’t be tied to these locations I will be moving about throughout the beat area liaising with the Community Speedwatch Teams.

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.