East Woodhay Society

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

Newsletter April 2018

pdf version – EWS Newsletter April 2018

Next Event – Crafty Craft Monday 7thMay:

This is a really fun race along the canal.  It starts at The Dundas Arms, Kintbury and finishes at Victoria Park in Newbury where there will be plenty of activities and stalls for all the family from 10am until 4pm.  Regarding spectating – the sections of the canal which are readily accessible from the road are by the start at Kintbury, the halfway point at Hampstead Lock, and the final stages in Newbury, between Northcroft and Victoria Park.

Teams set off at 2-minute intervals, beginning at 8:30am.  Our craft has been allotted a start time of 9:25, so we should have lots of overtaking opportunities.  We normally complete the race in about 1 hour 25 mins, so we should arrive in Newbury before 11 o’clock.

Do come along and cheer on the team and join in with the fun and activities.  Do take a look at some previous year videos on:

Stiles Along Footpaths Within East Woodhay

The Walking for Health team have identified extra walks which could be undertaken if stiles in East Woodhay were replaced with ‘kissing gates’ or ‘self-closing gates’.  This would also open up our lovely countryside to the community in general.   The Parish Council were very keen to support this and are actively working with land owners to help make this happen.  More on this to come in future newsletters.

Allotments and Recreation Type Projects

In the last newsletter I wrote about the monies coming back to the community following the Harwood Paddock (now called Meadowbrook) development.  In this, was a request asking for suggestions for Recreation Type projects and to gather names of people keen to help with an allotment in order to determine if there is sufficient interest.  Thanks to those who have responded but it is not too late to do so and please contact me or email the Parish Clerk (clerk@eastwoodhay-pc.gov.uk).

Recent Event:


Although the weather was not kind and consequently affected the numbers of those who joined us we had a great walk to see the wild daffodils on the afternoon of Sunday 8thApril in the area traversed by the footpath between Trade Street and Fullers Lane.

We started at 2pm and after a stroll across the boardwalk and down the lanes we stopped for welcome refreshments; thanks to those who braved the drizzle and came along.

RegularFriday Morning Walks

We are looking forward to having some warmer weather for the walks and if you fancy a walk with others just come along and join us. Regularly over twenty already do and 26 enjoyed a lunch at the Rampant Cat after one of the walks in April.

Just turn up on any Friday at 10.20am, wearing sturdy footwear suitable for muddy conditions, ready to start walking at 10.30am and join a ‘Walking for Health’ walk, which lasts around an hour and is about 3 miles in length.  4th and 18th May are from St Thomas’ Church Hall, where we also finish with a welcome coffee/tea, and 11th and 25th May from the Rampant Cat.


It is really good news that we have seen potholes being filled in Tile Barn Row, Mount Road and I recently saw the team filling potholes in Woolton Hill Road.  Thanks to those who have reported potholes to Hampshire Council and it is really important that we continue to do this as Hampshire Council cannot fill the potholes unless they are aware.  As a reminder the way to report Potholes is given on the East Woodhay Parish Council website via their ‘useful links’ page.  http://www.eastwoodhay-pc.gov.uk/useful-links/


Data Protection

There are some major changes to Data Protection legislation coming this May.  This affects East Woodhay Society (EWS) as per any other organisation and what this means is that in order to continue to receive these Newsletters, you must be a current EWS member and you must also provide explicit permission that you agree for EWS to continue to send you emails.


Thanks to the majority who have already sent me their approval.  However, if you have not done so yet, please respond to my email with a reply which says ‘I approve EWS to contact me and send me emails’.  In future years this will be an explicit ‘tick box’ on the membership form.

Other Items to Note:

The annual East Woodhay Fete, organised by St Martin’s Guild, at Malverleys in East End is on Monday 28thMay, starting at 2pm. As usual there is a lot going on at the Fete and you can find out more detail at their website – https://eastwoodhayfete.org.uk.  This also contains photos from previous years.

Ongoing Information During the Month:


If you are on Facebook do ‘like’ our page( @eastwoodhaysociety) to see ongoing information on what is happening in, and around, the area.  Do also let me know of community things so I can share.

East Woodhay Planning Applications in March/April:

There was only one planning application in East Woodhay in March, so I have also included all those registered by Basingstoke and Deane up to 30thApril.  Each planning application below contains a hyperlink; this means, should you wish to find out more, you can click on the link and it will automatically take you to the appropriate location on the planning part of the Basingstoke and Deane website.


1 Larch: fell. 1 Aird Close Woolton Hill Newbury Hampshire RG20 9UH 
Ref. No: T/00169/18/TPO | Received: Wed 25 Apr 2018 | Validated: Wed 25 Apr 2018 | Status: Registered


Erection of single storey front and rear extensions incorporating conversion of garage to living accommodation. Erection of a first floor rear extension and detached garage Solstice Cottage Tile Barn Woolton Hill RG20 9UY 
Ref. No: 18/01171/HSE | Received: Mon 23 Apr 2018 | Validated: Thu 26 Apr 2018 | Status: Registered


Variation of condition no. 8 of 17/03750/FUL regarding land contamination, to enable parts 8a and 8b to be carried out and discharged separately, so that any findings from 8a can be incorporated within 8b Breezehurst Hilliers Farm Lane Gore End RG20 0PL 
Ref. No: 18/01143/ROC | Received: Wed 18 Apr 2018 | Validated: Wed 18 Apr 2018 | Status: Registered


Erection of a single storey rear extension Oak House Heath End Newbury Hampshire RG20 0AP 
Ref. No: 18/01076/HSE | Received: Thu 12 Apr 2018 | Validated: Thu 12 Apr 2018 | Status: Registered


Variation of condition 1 of 17/02757/HSE to allow changes to approved plans for change of external materials to building Black And White Farmhouse Hollington Woolton Hill RG20 9XN 
Ref. No: 18/01049/ROC | Received: Tue 10 Apr 2018 | Validated: Tue 10 Apr 2018 | Status: Registered


Fell T1,T2,T3,T4,T5,T6. Kilncroft Broadlayings Woolton Hill Newbury Hampshire RG20 9TS 
Ref. No: 18/01041/TWRN | Received: Mon 09 Apr 2018 | Validated: Tue 10 Apr 2018 | Status: Registered


The erection of 2 no. externally mounted kitchen silencers, and 2 no. externally mounted laundry silencers (part retrospective) Broadmead Rest Home Broadlayings Woolton Hill RG20 9TS 
Ref. No: 18/01002/FUL | Received: Thu 05 Apr 2018 | Validated: Wed 18 Apr 2018 | Status: Registered


Erection of a single storey front in-fill extension to create porch Little Garston Knights Lane Ball Hill RG20 0NW 
Ref. No: 18/00995/HSE | Received: Thu 05 Apr 2018 | Validated: Thu 05 Apr 2018 | Status: Registered


Demolition of existing single storey unit and replacement with two storey unit to match adjoining units Unit 6 Studland Industrial Estate Gore End Road Ball Hill RG20 0PW 
Ref. No: 18/00706/FUL | Received: Thu 08 Mar 2018 | Validated: Tue 13 Mar 2018 | Status: Registered