East Woodhay Society

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

Newsletter March 2017

East Woodhay Society Newsletter for March 2017

East Woodhay Society Events

Friday 17th  & 31st March  and 7th April– Walking for Health starting at the Woolton Hill Church Hall & Friday10th & 24th 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.

Friday 7th April – Barn Dance

Based on our previous experience and the need to limit numbers we anticipate this event selling out very quickly.  Tickets to include supper cost £15 each. As a number of younger family members attend this event there will not be a bar so please bring your own refreshments. For tickets please contact John on 253889. The event will start at 7.30pm. See the advert below.

Charitable Donations

For the past few years, at the Society’s AGM, the committee presented up to three charities for members present to vote on which one should be our charity of the year. This year we have decided to once again put forward three options, but invite all members to vote. Later this month you will receive an email giving more details of the three charities and inviting you to vote. Meanwhile, I advise that the three charities are (i) Rosemary’s Appeal (ii) The Ark Cancer Centre Charity and (iii) St Thomas’s Church New Roof Appeal. So to help your chosen cause you may wish to encourage other like minded local residents to join the Society.

Other Events & News

Saturday 11th March – Beetle Drive

St Thomas’ Church are holding a Beetle Drive at 6.45pm for 7.00pm at the Woolton Hill Church Hall. Tickets to include a Ploughman’s Supper £6 with a family ticket for up to 3 children £20. Bring your own drinks. To book contact Jayne Roch on 255298.

Saturday 11th March – Conservtive Quiz and Supper

The local Conservatives are holding a quiz at 7.30pm at Highclere Village Hall followed by a two-course supper. Starting at 7.30pm the cost is £15 per head. Teams of 6, but if you don’t have a team they will arrange to fit you in. There will be a bar and everybody welcome whatever your politics. Tickets available from Molly on 253264 or Graham on 253144.

Saturday 11th March & Sunday 12th March – ArtEX17

St Martin’s School Association is pleased to announce a sale featuring the work of 40 well known and award-winning local artists on  Saturday from 10am to 6pm and Sunday from 11am to 3pm at the East Woodhay Village Hall, Heath End. Entrance £2.00 to include Exhibition Brochure (children free). Refreshments available. All profits to St Martin’s Church and St Martin’s School.

Saturday 25th March – Jumble Sale

St Michael’s Church are holding a Jumble Sale at 2.00pm in Highclere Village Hall. Items for sale to the hall on the morning of sale. To help call Molly on 253264, Mo on 250770 or Mary on 254264.

Saturday 23rd April – A Concert

The Fellowship Committee of St Michael’s Church invites you to a concert at 7.oopm in Highclere Church. An evening of music with Janet Coxwell, Andy Smets & Friends. Followed by a drinks reception at Highclere Farm. For tickets contact Jo Walsh on 255013 or jo@highclerefarm.wanadoo.co.uk

Highclere Film Club – Highclere Village Hall

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

Thursday 16 MarchHell or High Water

The Film Club continues with Hell or High Water (USA, 15, 102mins) directed by David Mackenzie. Following a series of robberies at banks in West Texas where very little money was taken, we learn that the motive of unemployed Toby Howard (Chris Pine) and his ex-con brother (Ben Foster) is to raise enough money to pay off the mortgage on their recently-deceased mother’s ranch. Texas Ranger Marcus Hamilton (Jeff Bridges) and his partner pick up the trail and just miss foiling the next, and last, robbery.

Thursday 30 MarchJulieta

The Film Club wraps up the spring season with Julieta (Spain, 15, 99mins) directed by Pedro Almodovar. Julieta (Emma Suarez) is a middle-aged woman living in Madrid with her boyfriend. She runs into a former best friend of her daughter Antia, who left home abruptly 12 years previously. Julieta moves to her former apartment, in the hope that Antia will contact her, and recalls her memories of the events when she was a teenager (Adriana Ugarte) and met Xoan, a fisherman. Falling in love with him, Julieta divides her time between the family, the job and the education of Antia until an accident changes their lives.

Various Dates In March – Six Nations at The Red House, Highclere

The Red House will be showing the following Six Nations games:-

Friday 19th March Wales v Ireland 8.00pm

Saturday 11th March Italy v France 2.30pm

Saturday 11th March England v Scotland 4.00pm

Saturday 18th March Scotland v Italy 12.30pm

Saturday 18th March France v Wales 2.45pm

Saturday 18th March Ireland v England 5.00pm

Recent Planning Applications within the East Woodhay Parish



Location: The Malverleys Estate  Fullers Lane East End RG20 0AA
Proposal: Operational works associated with the construction of two permanent waterbodies with weir control and one ephemeral pond

Registered:                3 February 2017



Location: Guilton Ash  Tile Barn Woolton Hill
Proposal: Erection of two storey extension following demolition of single storey flat roof extensions

Registered                 6th February 2017



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 (amended scheme to that approved under 16/03844/HSE)

Registered:                16th February 2017



Location:                   Breezehurst  Hilliers Farm Lane Gore End

Proposal:                   Demolition of existing bungalow and associated structures, erection of 1 no. 5 bed dwelling, detached garage with home office above, stable block, and alterations to existing access

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

Between 19/02/2017 at 11:00 and 20/02/2017 at 07:30 unknown person/s have gained entry into the victim’s garden shed and stolen a Honda generator with the approximate value of £80. This has occurred in Foxes Lane, Penwood, Highclere. If you have any information please contact 101 quoting reference: 44170066267.

Between 17/02/2017 at 17:00 and 20/02/2017 at 07:00 unknown person/s have attempted to gain access into 3 garages on the same plot of land however nothing was stolen. This has occurred in Woolton Hill, Newbury. If you have any information please contact 101 quoting reference: 44170065777.

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.

Burglaries (2)

We have had 2 dwelling burglary and 0 Non-Dwelling burglaries reported this month.

       Highclere, premises have been entered by an open side window and large quanity of cash taken from the upstairs bedroom. Shed lock also damaged but nothing taken.

       Ecchinswell, Property has had the back doors broken allowing access to the property. Unknown as yet if anything has been taken.

Criminal Damage (0)

None have been reported for January.

Theft (1)

       Burghclere, Aggrieved has reported the theft of letters from their mailbox and information has been used to set up accounts in a bit to commit fraud.

Theft from Vehicle (8)

       Watership Down Car Park, 3 vehicles have been broken into via smashed windows hand had items of clothing, baggage and IT equipment stolen that was left visible on backseats and footwells of vehicles.

       Beacon Hill Car Park, 2 vehicles have had back windows smashed and items stolen from the back seat.

       Newtown, rear nearside window smashed and jacket stolen from back seat.

       Penwood Forestry Car Park, 2 Cars broken into while aggrieved were walking their dogs and had their handbags stolen from the backseats.

Assault (0)

None have been reported for January.

Public Order (1)

       Ecchinswell, Aggrieved has reported an altercation with another driver who was tailgating them, when stopped they were verbally abusive.


Ok, so after a couple of quite months in the theft from vehicle department we have seen a sudden spike in this area this month. Unfortunately, all thefts have been victims due to them leaving items on display. These car parks are quite isolated and very vulnerable making it very easy pickings for would be thieves.

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 February there have been 10 incidents which have been classified as crimes by the home office.

Burglaries (2)

We have had 0 dwelling burglary and 2 Non-Dwelling burglaries reported this month.

       Penwood, Shed in the garden broken into and a petrol generator has been taken.

       Ecchinswell, shed in the garden of the premises has been broken into and various gardening equipment stolen (leaf blower).

Criminal Damage (2)

       Burghclere, offender(s) unknown have smashed the front windscreen of the aggrieved car while park on the driveway.

       Burghclere, offender(s) unknown have entered the grounds of the local church and scratched the name of the Reverend off.

Theft (1)

       Picket Piece, aggrieved has reported the theft of their caravan from storage

Theft from Vehicle (3)

       Bishops Green, aggrieved van has been broken into and various tools have been taken.

       Tot Hill Services, Lorry driver has reported theft of diesel from his lorry whilst he slept at night.

       Tot Hill Services, Lorry driver has reported theft of diesel from his lorry whilst he slept at night

Assault (2)

       Highclere, van driver has been threatened by a resident whilst going about his lawful business.

       Burghclere, dispute between 2 residents being investigated by Police.


I have received a number of reports in relation to groups of people that have been congregating in various car parks in vehicles and being seen to take and possibly deal drugs. This will not be tolerated and will be dealt with firmly. Over the next month in the evenings, myself and my colleagues will be targeting various places where reports have been received to target these individuals.

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.