East Woodhay Society

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

Newsletter September 2016

East Woodhay Society Newsletter for September 2016

East Woodhay Society Events

Friday 30th September and 7th & 21st October– Walking for Health starting at the Woolton Hill Church Hall & Friday14th & 28th October 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.

Friday 11th November – East Woodhay Society AGM

On the 11th November, we will be holding our AGM starting at 7.30pm. Please come along and join us to discuss how your Society should move forward while enjoying a glass of wine and cheese and bread etc. Following the AGM there will be a short presentation by Peter Brunsden on Events Linked to the Somme.

Other Events & News

Highclere Film Club – Highclere Village Hall

Doors Open 7:30pm with the film at 8:00pm

Thursday 6th October –Eye In The Sky

The gripping  Eye In The Sky (UK, 15, 102mins) starring Helen Mirren as Colonel Katherine Powell, an officer in command of a drone operation to capture terrorists in Kenya. She sees her mission escalate when a girl enters the kill zone, triggering an international dispute over the implications of modern warfare.

Thursday 20 October –Starter For 10

Film Club celebrates its tenth birthday with Starter For 10 (UK, 12A, 92mins), directed by Tom Vaughn. A period comedy set in 1985, the story tells the story of Brian Jackson (James McAvoy), a student in his first year at Bristol University. A somewhat obsessive collector of general knowledge, Brian has been a fan since childhood of University Challenge. Upon arriving at university, he seizes upon the opportunity to join the Challenge team but Brian finds himself caught between his new life, amongst the posh university set, and his old, with his working-class family and friends in Essex.

Parish Field

Approximately six years ago the East Woodhay Parish Plan was produced and distributed to every household in the Parish. In the survey that preceded the plan residents said they wanted access to the Parish Field, although no buildings or even benches.

We welcome the East Woodhay Parish Council initiative in opening a permissive footpath across the parish field from Copnor to the Church Hall. Clearly, this will provide a safer pedestrian route and enable walkers to enjoy the amenity.

We would ask all our members to observe the path conditions of use prominently displayed on the notice at each entrance to the path.

Household waste disposal for residents in North Hampshire

You will have seen from the local papers that Hampshire CC have withdrawn a payment previously made to West Berks Council which enabled residents of North Hampshire to use their waste disposal facilities. As a result, as of the 26th September North Hampshire residents are no longer be able to use these facilities. You may wish to send an email to waste@hants.gov.uk requesting them to advise you as to what facilities will be introduced for residents of North Hampshire and what plans they have to inform you of the changes being implemented.

I also include a note from Tom Thacker sent out earlier this month.  

Some of you may have seen a release from Basingstoke council this week that indicated that the matter of  Hampshire residents that live close to Newbury will not be able to use the Newtown Road dump, which West Berks Council controls, after 26th September.  That release was erroneous in places, and I understand has been withdrawn.

I had a meeting yesterday with the head of environment and the Portfolio holder in order to clarify the precise position.  I made it clear again that the situation is very unsatisfactory and needs to be resolved urgently.  He is very understanding and advised me that the situation is as follows:

1. West Berks is now confident that it will introduce the permit system that will prevent any non-West Berks resident from using its tips from 26th September; 2. West Berks is confident that it will have issued the necessary permits to West Berk residents in time for 26th; 3. West Berks and Hampshire portfolio holders have agreed that Hampshire County Council will pay for free use by those north west Hants residents for whom the Newtown road site is their closest; 4. Qualifying Hampshire residents will be issued permits by West Berks – such residents will be those that have been identified by Basingstoke council as qualifying for the permits; 5. Unfortunately, West Berks has indicated it will not be able to issue these permits to Hampshire residents by 26th, although it is expected these permits will be issued in early to mid October.

I appreciate that this means that in the meantime qualifying Hampshire residents will have to take any waste and recycling that needs to be disposed of urgently to either Basingstoke and Andover, or should wait until they receive permits before disposing of non-urgent waste.

I am not able to say which Hampshire residences qualify for permits, as I understand that this is compiled by Basingstoke borough council and passed directly to West Berks.

All of the above arrangements are temporary and will remain in place until a more permanent solution is found.

I asked Hampshire’s portfolio holder what he intends to do, should West Berks fail to be able to deliver the permits to Hampshire residents within a reasonable time, and he confirmed that Hampshire would take steps to make sure other arrangements would be found so that no qualifying resident suffers further.

We discussed fly-tipping.  Hampshire is leading a county-wide zero tolerance drive that involves a number of agencies, including Basingstoke, the Police, The Environment Agency to identify and prosecute offenders.  I firmly believe that this is a positive move that is aimed at making the risk and cost of being caught fly-tipping not worth it.

Furthermore, the Hampshire leadership has held discussions with the minister responsible in Westminster on how waste management should be coordinated at a regional or national level.  I I understand that the minister received Hampshire’s concern’s positively.  As and when any proposals or initiatives come from these meetings, I will let you know.

A number of you write to me asking if there is news or if there have been further developments; rather that reply, ‘not yet’, I am sticking to giving you information as and when I am able to, such as now.  So please don’t be offended if you are on my mailing list and I am unable to reply to your individual enquiries.

Yours sincerely,

Tom Thacker

Recent Planning Applications within the East Woodhay Parish

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



Location: Cornmore Tile Barn Woolton Hill

Proposal: Extension of first-floor accommodation to include remodelling and raising of the roof to form family house (Amended scheme to that approved under 15/03607/HSE for minor changes to windows, doors and chimney)

Registered 04/07/2016




Location: Land At Rhode Island Knights Lane Ball Hill

Proposal: Erection of agricultural barn/storage unit

Registered 14/07/2016




Location: Tile Barn Lodge Tile Barn Woolton Hill

Proposal: Erection of a single-storey side extension

Registered 15/07/2016




Location: The Thatched Cottage Gore End Road Ball Hill

Proposal: Erection of part two storey, part first floor side/rear extension

Registered 20/07/2016



Location: Conifers Hatt Common East Woodhay

Proposal: Erection of new dwelling and detached garage to replace previously demolished house and garage

Registered 29/07/2016




Location: 33 Greenacres Woolton Hill

Proposal: Variegated Maple (T1) Reduce overall canopy by up to a maximum of 2m back to previous pruning points.

Registered 25/07/2016




Location: Lane End Farm Ball Hill Road Hatt Common

Proposal: Erection of purpose built workshop/office unit (Use Class B2), following demolition of dilapidated agricultural type buildings

Registered 01/08/2016




Location: North End Farm North End Road North End Proposal: Erection of single-storey extension to north-west elevation. Erection of single-storey infill garden room to north east elevation. Removal of existing retained wall and erection of new retaining wall. (Part retrospective)

Registered 01/08/2016




Location: Cottage Farm House North End Road North End

Proposal: Internal alterations to en-suite bathroom and dressing room

Registered 02/08/2016




Location: Swandene Mount Road Highclere

Proposal: Erection of rear conservatory

Registered 02/08/2016




Location: Slaidburn House Ball Hill Road Hatt Common East Woodhay

Proposal: Conversion of one-half of a tandem garage into a home office/study leaving the other half as a single garage Registered 08/08/2016




Location: Land At Yew Tree Cottage Mount Road Highclere

Proposal: Outline planning application for erection of a dwelling including access

Registered 12/08/2016




Location: 6 Falcon Coppice Woolton Hill

Proposal: T1 sycamore – remove T2 silver birch – remove T3 beech – crown reduction  15% T4 Turkish oak – remove T6 larch – crown reduction 15%

Registered 12/08/2016

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 July there were 14 incidents which were classified as crimes by the home office.

Burglaries (0)

We have had no dwelling burglary and no Non-Dwelling burglaries reported this month. However, you may recall from last month a theft from a Fruit Machine in Burghclere was reported. I’m pleased to report a suspect has been identified and is helping with our enquiries.

Criminal Damage (5)

       Eagle Rd, Bishops Green – Damage has been caused to a solar panel on the property. Suspect identified but aggrieved did not wish to pursue.

       Breachfield, Burghclere – Aggrieved has reported damage to their front gate.

       Heathlands, Penwood – Severe damage caused to the aggrieved vehicle. All windows have been smashed. Investigations ongoing by way of forensic examination

       Royal Oak, Ecchinswell – Severe damage caused to the aggrieved vehicle. All windows have been smashed. Investigations ongoing.

       Little Penwood, Seven Stones Lane – Person(s) unknown have damaged a fence to gain access to the area with the purpose of fly-tipping waste.

Theft (4)

       Spring Lane, Burghclere – During the night the aggrieved has had their Ifor Williams trailer stolen from the driveway.

       Tothill – A garden roller has been stolen from a property driveway.

       Stoke – An allegation of theft by deception has been made where a vast quantity of money is involved. Currently under investigation.

       St Mary Bourne – Aggrieved has stated a person known to him has been seen stealing glass panes from his greenhouse.

Assaults (4)

       Woodlands, Penwood – Aggrieved has received obscene and threatening phone calls to his mobile phone. Threats never carried out, number blocked, no longer having any issues.

       Woodlands, Penwood – Parent has been punched in the arm by their child who refused to go to school.

       Breachfield, Burghclere – Minor family domestic resolved with firm words of advice to the child

       Tothill Services – Aggrieved claims to have been assaulted by another motorist who accused them of leaving their dog unattended in a hot car.

Public Order (0)

ASB (0)

Theft from Vehicle (1)

       Watership Down, Wayfarers Walk – Aggrieved has had her handbag stolen from inside the vehicle whilst out walking.

Highclere has finally got the go-ahead to set up a Community Speedwatch Scheme. We shall be liaising with members of this team over the coming weeks getting them ready to do their stuff….so go carefully on the A343, they will be watching!! J

Finally….I have recently received reports of a phone scam in the area. Residents in the Highclere area have been receiving calls from a company claiming to be selling alarms for the elderly that when activated connect directly to the Emergency Services for the cost £400! THIS IS A SCAM!

In the month of August, there have been 12 incidents which have been classified as crimes by the home office.

Burglaries (2)

We have had no dwelling burglary and 2 Non-Dwelling burglaries reported this month.

       A farm in Burghclere had an outbuilding broken into and a copper boiler stolen

       A property in Burghclere had an attempted theft of the garage but the thieves were disturbed by the house owners and fled before entry could be gained.

Criminal Damage (3)

       Breachfield, Burghclere – Aggrieved was woken in the night to find that the back windscreen of their vehicle had been deliberately smashed.

       Breachfield, Burghclere – Aggrieved has reported scratches to the side of their vehicle and damage to the wing mirror whilst visiting a friend.

       Osprey Close, Bishops Green – Resident has reported damage to a rear gate of the property. The bottom panels have been kicked in leaving a large hole in the bottom.

Theft (2)

       Burghclere – Parish Council has reported the theft of a lightning rod from the side of one of their premises.

       Burghclere – Aggrieved has reported the theft of lead from 16 commercial premises.

Assaults (1)

       Sydmonton – A motorist has reported an altercation with another driver who has exited the vehicle and punched him in the face.

Public Order & ASB (3)

       Heathlands, Penwood – Verbal dispute between neighbours. Resolved after Police intervention.

       Eagle Road, Bishops Green – Verbal and threatening behaviour between and recently separated couple regarding access to children. Resolved after Police intervention

       Oakfields Close, Ecchinswell – Verbal and threatening altercation between neighbours regarding parking issues. Both parties were spoken to by Police and resolved.

Theft from Vehicle (1)

       Penwood Car Park – Car window has been smashed and a handbag stolen from inside


This month we have begun to see a rise in the number of poaching incidents on rural lands. Please keep an eye out for any vehicles possibly containing multiple male occupants with dogs acting suspiciously around rural areas and farmlands. It could be perfectly incident but it’s better it’s reported so we investigate it.

Also, I’d just like to reiterate from last month’s report about bogus callers claiming to be from the Police fraud squad requesting individuals to withdraw substantial amounts of cash from banks. Although we haven’t had any calls on it this month in our area I have heard from my counterpart across the border that this is still happening. If you would like any advice or are concerned about any people you would consider to be vulnerable please let me know and I’ll be happy to call in for a chat

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.