East Woodhay Society

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

Newsletter November 2016

East Woodhay Society Newsletter for November 2016

East Woodhay Society Events

Friday 2nd, 16th & 30th December– Walking for Health starting at the Woolton Hill Church Hall & Friday9th & 23rd December 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 the  Society held its AGM with a good turnout. Following the AGM, Peter Brunsden gave a short presentation on the some of the events relating to the Battle of the Somme, which were very well received by the members present.

At the AGM one of the key issues discussed was the Society’s involvement in the Neighbourhood Plan and the distribution of the S106 money relating to Harwood Paddock. Both these require feedback from as many members as possible within Woolton Hill and the East Woodhay hamlets. To try and encourage more people to join and express their views the Society has decided not to charge a membership fee for next year. Those of you who pay by direct debit should receive a refund into your account by the end of the first week in December. If you do not receive a refund please let me know. We would like members to spread the word so that we get a better understanding of residents views.

Tuesday 27th December – Village Christmas Walk

On the 27th December the Society together with the Highclere Society and Los Jubilados are organising the Annual Village Christmas Walk. Meet at the Red House in Highclere at 10.30am.All ages welcome. No need to book, just turn up on the day. Bring your family and friends. Walk in aid of the Ark Cancer Charity to provide a state of the art cancer treatment centre in Basingstoke. Free mulled wine and hot mince pies en route

Saturday 14th January – Quiz Night

On the 14th January, we shall be holding our annual curry and quiz night at the Rampant Cat. More details next month.

Other Events & News

Highclere Film Club – Highclere Village Hall

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

Thursday 1st December – Eddie the Eagle

The Film Club wraps up 2016 with Eddie the Eagle (USA, PG, 106mins) directed by Dexter Fletcher. Inspired by true events, Taron Egerton stars in this is a feel-good story about Michael “Eddie” Edwards, an unlikely but courageous British ski-jumper who never stopped believing in himself – even as an entire nation was counting him out. With the help of Bronson Peary, a rebellious and charismatic coach played by Hugh Jackman, Eddie takes on the establishment and wins the hearts of sports fans around the world by making an improbable and historic showing at the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics.

Saturday 8th December – St Thomas’ Infant School Christmas Fayre

Between 1.30pm and 4.00pm. Christmas Games, East Woodhay Silver Band, Raffle, Arts & Crafts. Father Christmas will be in attendance, but you will it is advisable to book via St.thomaspta11@gmail.com.

Marriage Allowance

I have been asked to circulate the following note.

This month, HMRC is launching a further campaign to raise awareness of the savings Marriage Allowance can bring to eligible couples across the country.

Marriage Allowance is a transferable tax allowance for married couples and civil partners to recognise marriage and civil partnerships through the income tax system. The Government launched this in April 2015, and it can help many couples to save over £200 from their tax bill every year. As well as couples with young families, a considerable number of pensioner couples can also benefit from the allowance.

Individuals who qualify can transfer ten per cent of their personal allowance to their spouse or civil partner. This can reduce their partner’s income tax bill by up to £220 this year, or £432 if couples who were also eligible in 2015-16 backdate their claim.

Alongside the HMRC campaign, I would be grateful for your help in highlighting the savings for eligible couples in your constituency.  It is easy to apply for Marriage Allowance, taking less than seven minutes to complete online. The attached handout, designed to share with your constituents, sets out who is eligible and how to apply. I hope this is helpful.

Yours sincerely,

Jane Ellison MP

Financial Secretary to the Treasury

What is the Marriage Allowance?

Marriage Allowance lets you transfer £1,100 (ten per cent) of your personal allowance to your husband, wife or civil partner if they earn more than you, so as a couple you can save up to £220 from your tax bill this tax year.

Who is eligible?

You can get the Marriage Allowance if all the following criteria apply:

you’re married or in a civil partnership

you don’t earn anything or you don’t pay tax on your income (for most people that’s an income under £11,000)

your partner doesn’t pay tax at the higher or additional rate (for most people that’s an income of £43,000 or below)

you and your partner were born after 6 April 1935. Couples born before 1935 can benefit from the separate Married Couples Allowance.

You can apply if you or your partner are currently receiving a pension.

If you were eligible for the Marriage Allowance in the 2015-2016 tax year, you can backdate your claim to 6 April 2015, and save up to £432.

How to Apply

It’s easy to apply for the Marriage Allowance, the easiest route being through the online application service, which takes less than seven minutes to complete.

You can apply at: www.gov.uk/apply-marriage-allowance, or alternatively you can apply on the phone by calling HMRC on 0300 200 3300.

Recent Planning Applications within the East Woodhay Parish

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



Location: Lilimae Cottage  Broadlayings Woolton Hill

Proposal: Erection of first floor rear extension

Registered: 26/09/2016




Location: 12 Longmead Woolton Hill

Proposal: Erection of single storey rear extension following demolition of existing

Registered: 26/09/2016




Location: Briars Broadlayings Woolton Hill

Proposal:Erection of 4 bedroom detached dwelling with creation of new access and  associated landscaping

Registered: 10/10/2016




Location: Tanglewood  Gore End Road Ball Hill

Proposal: Creation of first floor living accommodation involving raising of the roof with dormer windows to the front and rear elevations.  Erection of front, side and rear extensions and alterations to fenestrationsLocation

Registered: 10/10/2016




Location: The Barns Hazelby House  North End Road North End

Proposal: Erection of a timber framed and glazed single storey link between two existing commercial barn conversions providing a reception area and toilet facilities.  Installation of windows and doors to south and west elevations

Registered: 17/10/2016




Location: 65 Greenacres Woolton Hill

Proposal: Erection of two storey and first floor side extension

Registered: 20/10/2016



Location: The Holt  Woolton Hill

Proposal: Erection of ground and first floor side extension. Alterations to roof to include installation of dormer window to west elevation, replacement of dormer with roof light and removal of chimney on north elevation. Alterations to roof profile above existing integral garage

Registered: 21/10/2016




Location: Sundale  Broadlayings Woolton Hill

Proposal: Creation of first floor living accommodation involving raising of the roof with dormer windows in front side and rear elevations.  Erection of side and rear extensions

Registered: 28/10/2016




Location: 4 Fairacre Woolton Hill

Proposal: Erection of a front porch and internal alterations

Registered: 28/10/2016

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 the month of October there were 16 incidents which have been classified as crimes by the home office.

Burglaries (3)

We have had no dwelling burglaries, but 3 non-dwelling burglaries reported this month.

       Highclere, padlock has been forced to a garage and various gardening machinery stolen.

       Adbury, chainsaws and leafblower stolen from the front of the premises

       Ashmansworth, 4 bikes stolen from the shed. These have been recovered and returned.

Criminal Damage (2)

       Highclere, glass panel to front door smashed by neighbour who was looking after a pet inside.

       Penwood, damaged caused to a door and window smashed following an argument.

Theft (2)

Both thefts this month were from unattended vehicles leaving property on show.

       Tothill Travellodge reported the theft of a mobile phone from behind reception.

       Washwater, aggrieved has reported the theft of a credit card and the withdrawal of a substantial amount of money.

Theft from vehicles (7)

       Washwater, aggrieved has reported access has been gained to the back of his truck due to a faulty catch and various power tools were taken.

       Beacon Hill Car Park, car broken into from the rear and various items stolen.

       Beacon Hill Car Park, car broken into and overnight bag stolen from back seat

       Burghclere Sports and Social Club, rear of work van broken into but nothing taken

       Beacon Hill Car Park, car broken into and iPad, mobiles, credit cards and passports stolen. These have been recovered.

       Highclere, car broken into and handbag and clothing taken that were left visable on back seat

       Beacon Hill Car Park, car broken into by smashing back windscreen and stolen computer equipment, handbags and luggage belonging to the occupants that was left visable on the seats and footwells.

Assaults (2)

       St Mary Bourne, aggrieved reported an argument with her partner, they did not wish to proceed with any charges.

       Penwood, adult male became involved in an altercation with his son. No injury caused and no charges were bought as they didn’t want to proceed.


Last month I reported a dramatic decline in thefts from motor vehicles. Appears I spoke too soon as last month has seen a dramatic rise in the rural. It’s not just been isolated to the area I work on but appears to have affected a wider area extending into Newbury and Andover.

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.