East Woodhay Society

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

Newsletter May 2017

                          East Woodhay Society Newsletter for May 2017

East Woodhay Society Events

Friday 19th  May and 16th June – Walking for Health starting at the Woolton Hill Church Hall & Friday26th May and 9th June starting at the Rampant Cat. Please note that there will be no walk on the 2nd June due to insufficient number of Qualified Health Walkers.

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.

Monday 1st May  – Crafty Craft Race

We once again had the fastest team in this year’s Newbury Crafty Craft Race. Last year, after lots of rainfall, the canal was in full flow, so with our recent spell of dry weather our team ‘Entente Cordiale’ was 1 minute slower than last year, but others were even slower and we managed to beat the second team by 10 minutes, our biggest margin ever. The French members of the Twinning Association did a sterling job and were very proud to have been involved in the event. So a BIG WELL DONE to all the team members.

Sunday 9th July – Summer Walk

We are planning to do a Summer Walk starting at about 10.30am and covering a distance of approximately 4 miles. More details to follow, but meanwhile make a note in your diary.

Other Events & News

Sunday 28th & Monday 29th May – Highclere Country Show

The Highclere Country Show will host a number of attractions including The Devils’s Horsemen, Europe’s number one stunt and driving team, Essex Dod Gisplay, Folk Roots Festival, falconry, animal displays, airgun shooting range, clay shooting, craft and antiques marquees, food festival and the qualifying for this year’s Chudley Gundog Championships. For more details goto www.countryman-fairs.co.uk.

Monday 29th May – St Martin’s Guild Fete

The Fete will be held at Malverleys RG20 0AA between 2.00pm and 4.30pm.  The East Woodhay Silver Band will be in attendance. Attractions include Plant Stall, Tombola, Activities for Teenagers & Kids, Garden Tours, Fun Dog Show, Car Display plus numerous stalls. Entrance £1 adults and 50p for under 16s.

Monday 29th May – Highclere Church Open Afternoons

St. Michael & All Angels Church Highclere will be open to visitors on Monday 29th May from 2.30 to 5pm and Sunday 11th June (following the Fete on 10th) Teas will be available in the Dunlop Room adjoining the church. Everyone welcome.

Saturday 10th June – Highclere Church Fete.

The Fete is the main fund raiser for Highclere Church, so please go and enjoy the various stalls, bottles, tombola, plants, teas, cakes and much more.

Wednesday 7th June  – John & Carolyn Warren invite you to visit Highclere Stud

From 6.00pm to 8.30pm in aid of Highclere Church. There will be a talk and viewing of the Stallions, Mares and Foals, followed by a Hog Roast with wine & beer. Tickets £20 from Jo Walsh tel: 255013 email: jo@highclerefarm.wanadoo.co.uk. Book early as numbers are limited.


15hrs p/w Grade: B (Salary/hours negotiable-there may be the possibility of additional hours)

START DATE: to be negotiated

You will be required to provide a caretaking, cleaning, porterage and routine maintenance service to meet the needs of the school, ensuring high standards of cleanliness and operational effectiveness, and compliance with health and safety requirements. The role will involve occasional evening/weekend work which will be paid as overtime.

If you are interested, further details are available from the office. Please email: adminoffice@whjs.hants.sch.uk or call: 01635 253364. 

This school and Hampshire County Council are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We will ensure that all our recruitment and selection practices reflect this commitment. All successful candidates will be subject to a Disclosure and Barring Check as well as other relevant pre-employment checks.

Recent Planning Applications within the East Woodhay Parish



Location: Wellyn  Broadlayings Woolton Hill
Proposal: Erection of rear and side extensions and construction of second storey to create additional living accommodation

Registered:                24th March 2017



Location: Breezehurst  Hilliers Farm Lane Gore End
Proposal: Erection of  detached dwelling with new associated access, parking, turning, landscaping and amenity space.   Blocking up of the existing access, following demolition of existing dwelling

Registered:                29th March 2017



Location: Unit 1 Lane End Farm Hatt Common
Proposal: Re positioning of previously approved building

Registered:                5th April 2017



Location: Oakwood House Church Road Woolton Hill
Proposal: T1 Oak  – stands at about 25m at the moment and I wound like to reduce the crown by 2 – 4 metes, there is a lot of dead wood in this tree so will need to be balanced correctly one this has been removed.T2 – Beech – fell.

Registered:                3rd April 2017



Location: Ockley House Tile Barn Woolton Hill Newbury Hampshire
Proposal: T1 Oak – reduce the crown by 3-5 meters

Registered:                3rd April 2017

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

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 April there have been 14 incidents which have been classified as crimes by the home office.

Burglaries (3)

We have had 2 dwelling burglary and 1 Non-Dwelling burglaries reported this month.

       Newtown, Offenders unknown have entered the property via a rear single glazed window. Once inside they have carried out an untidy search and stolen a large quantity of cash.

       Ecchinswell. Vehicle left secure on driveway reported stolen the following day

       Burghclere, 2 sheds on a National trust site have been forced open and have had gardening equipment stolen.

Criminal Damage (3)

       Burghclere, 2 acts have been reported at the local church….investigations ongoing.

       Burghclere, A marked Police Car had its windscreen smashed


Theft (2)

       Highclere, a resident has reported the theft of Oil from an external storage tank

       St Mary Bourne, Aggrieved has reported the theft of a pair of stainless steel candle lanterns from outside their property.

Theft from Vehicle (4)

       Beacon Hill, Rear window smashed and IPad stolen from inside

       Penwood Car park, driver’s side window has been smashed and wallet stolen

       Tothill Services, Aggrieved has reported the theft of red diesel from his lorry whilst parked up overnight.

       Beacon Hill car Park, Rear window smashed and handbag stolen from the boot

Public Order (2)

       Penwood Car Park, A male has become abusive and aggressive towards another member of the public who had approached him in regards to his language.

       Ecchinswell, 2 people have become involved in an argument after a road rage incident, investigation ongoing.

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.


Ransomeware Cyber Attack

Following the ransomware cyber attack on Friday 12 May which affected the NHS and is believed to have affected other organisations globally, the City of London Police’s National Fraud Intelligence Bureau has issued an alert urging both individuals and businesses to follow protection advice immediately and in the coming days.

Ransomware is a form of malicious software (Malware) that enables cyber criminals to remotely lock down files on your computer or mobile device. Criminals will use ransomware to extort money from you (a ransom), before they restore access to your files. There are many ways that ransomware can infect your device, whether it be a link to a malicious website in an unsolicited email, or through a security vulnerability in a piece of software you use. 

Key Protect messages for businesses to protect themselves from ransomware:

  • Install system and application updates on all devices as soon as they become available.
  • Install anti-virus software on all devices and keep it updated.
  • Create regular backups of your important files to a device that isn’t left connected to your network as any malware infection could spread to that too.

The National Cyber Security Centre’s technical guidance includes specific software patches to use that will prevent uninfected computers on your network from becoming infected with the “WannaCry” Ransomware: https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/guidance/ransomware-latest-ncsc-guidance

For additional in-depth technical guidance on how to protect your organisation from ransomware, details can be found here: https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/guidance/protecting-your-organisation-ransomware

Key Protect advice for individuals:

  • Install system and application updates on all devices as soon as they become available.
  • Install anti-virus software on all devices and keep it updated.
  • Create regular backups of your important files to a device (such as an external hard drive or memory stick) that isn’t left connected to your computer as any malware infection could spread to that too.
  • Only install apps from official app stores, such as Google’s Play Store, or Apple’s App Store as they offer better levels of protection than some 3rd party  stores. Jailbreaking, rooting, or disabling any of the default security features of your device will make it more susceptible to malware infections.


Fraudsters may exploit this high profile incident and use it as part of phishing/smishing campaigns. We urge people to be cautious if they receive any unsolicited communications from the NHS. The protect advice for that is the following:

  • An email address can be spoofed. Don’t open attachments or click on the links within any unsolicited emails you receive, and never respond to emails that ask for your personal or financial details. 
  • The sender’s name and number in a text message can be spoofed, so even if the message appears to be from an organisation you know of, you should still exercise caution, particularly if the texts are asking you to click on a link or call a number.

Don’t disclose your personal or financial details during a cold call, and remember that the police and banks will never ring you and ask you to verify your PIN, withdraw your cash, or transfer your money to another “safe” account.

If you have been a victim of fraud or cyber crime, please report it to Action Fraud at http://www.actionfraud.police.uk/