East Woodhay Society

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

Newsletter June 2018

pdf version EWS Newsletter June 2018

Patricia Barnes – Our ‘Litter Warden’:

Along with concerns around traffic, parking, speed of vehicles, potholes and overgrown hedges, which people regularly speak to me about, is the issue of litter within the parish and particularly around Woolton Hill, where we have the highest concentration of people and ‘visitors’.  Consequently, it was a great opportunity for me recently to accompany the parish ‘Litter Warden’, Patricia Barnes, on one of her routes and find out a little more on what is involved as she deals with the litter which is discarded along our pavements and tossed in verges.

Patricia is paid by the Parish Council and has an ‘8 square mile patch’ across the whole parish.  However, the majority of litter is collected around Woolton Hill.  Indeed, on a walk we both made, within just over an hour, Patricia had filled a black bag of rubbish.

Patricia, works 10 hours a week in all weathers, will walk between 12 and 15 miles a week and covers the whole parish over an 8 week period, although the more ‘litter heavy’ areas are covered frequently.

It was soon apparent when talking with Patricia that she is passionate about keeping litter off our streets and her care about the natural world and life.  An example Patricia gave me was when she came across a live deer fawn surrounded by litter and how shocking this was.  I have included this picture and you can see the poor fawn towards the top of the photo and cans etc surrounding it.

The worst part of the job?  Not as you may think, ‘the wet and cold weather’ but dog mess and broken glass.  It is amazing how inconsiderate some people are.

How can we all help?  The obvious is never to drop litter (including cigarette butts), but we can all do our bit by safely picking up items when we see them and putting them in our own bins.

Also, when you see Patricia, introduce yourself, say ‘hello’ and let her know our massive appreciation of what she does.

S106 Monies from Meadowbrook (Harwood Paddock)

The Parish Council are working closely with Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council with reference to the monies coming back to the area following the development of Meadowbrook (previously called Harwood Paddock).  Please refer back to my March newsletter for the full detail on this.  The East Woodhay Society, following feedback from members, are making representation to the council around such items as additional benches and new amenities within the borough.  I will keep you informed via these newsletters when meeting dates, decisions etc have been made.  Do continue to let me know of any ‘recreation’ type project which you think would be of value to the community.

A343 traffic concerns

This was posted on 15th June on social media by Kit Malthouse, our MP, on the issue of A343 traffic.  Please see the request he is making:

‘Last week I met parish, district and county councillors to discuss traffic on the A343 at Highclere Village Hall. The road linking Newbury, Berkshire and Andover, Hampshire, United Kingdom has been blighted by both HGVs and speeding causing concern amongst residents and motorists. In the past I’ve pressed to have the road de-designated from its current A-road status to prevent it appearing on HGV drivers’ GPS systems, but last Friday’s meeting was necessitated by the disruption caused by HGVs using the road during snow storms in the spring. There’s going to be a data-gathering exercise and I encourage residents to report all incidents on the A343 to the non-emergency 101 police number. There will also be a later discussion on traffic calming measures such as signage and traffic lights on the road.’

Walks and Footpaths

With the nice weather it is perfect to go for walks in the parish – The Chase is looking excellent with thousands of wild foxgloves in full bloom.  However, be aware, the boardwalk bridge in the Chase has collapsed and that path is now closed.  It’s likely to be weeks, or possibly months, before it can be replaced.

If you are not sure where this bridge is or would like a map of the footpaths in The Chase the National Trust have approved this to be printed once by each person.  This can be downloaded from the East Woodhay Society website. http://www.wooltonhill.com/ews_news/?page_id=3557


Our regular Friday morning ‘Walking for Health’ walks, which are around 3 miles in length, start at 10.30am and last around an hour. 6thand 20thJuly are from St Thomas’ Church Hall, where we also finish with a welcome coffee/tea, and 13thand 27thJuly from the Rampant Cat.

Other Items to Note:

This Saturday 30thJune – Woolton Hill Village Marketin St Thomas’ Church Hall from 10.00am to 1pm.

Also this Saturday 30thJun is the Summer Garden Party at The Furze Bush Inn. The event, from 3pm, is free entry with ‘live music, freshly cooked food and guest ales and cider’.

The East Woodhay Local History Society meets in East Woodhay Village Hall at Heath End once a month between September and March (excluding December) as well as having a visit to a local place of interest in the spring.

The membership fee for the year is £7.50 and visitors are welcome for an entrance fee to their chosen talk of £4.

Contact – Secretary: Christine Dalton  chrissie.dalton@yahoo.co.uk     07880 628 114

Next event: September 17thNick Young: ‘Newbury and Thatcham – an historic comparison’

Ongoing Information During the Month:


Between newsletters you can keep up-to-date with information, which occurs within the month, by connecting to our pageon Facebook (@eastwoodhaysociety).  Please do also let me know of community events/topics so that I can share.

East Woodhay Planning Applications in May and June:

As the Basingstoke and Deane website was not available when I issued the May Newsletter, I am including both May and June planning applications.  Hyperlinks are available on each application to their respective planning application on the B&D website.

Erection of part two storey and part single storey side and rear extensions, single storey front extension, conversion of part of garage to living accommodation and new pitched roof to garage following demolition of existing conservatory

5 Greenacres Woolton Hill RG20 9TA

Ref. No: 18/01512/HSE | Received: Thu 24 May 2018 | Validated: Thu 24 May 2018 | Status: Registered

T142 Silver birch: remove. 

17 Greenacres Woolton Hill Newbury Hampshire RG20 9TA

Ref. No: T/00199/18/TPO | Received: Mon 21 May 2018 | Validated: Mon 21 May 2018 | Status: Registered

Demolition of two existing garages. Erection of two storey front extension, single storey side extension, loft conversion including new front and rear dormer windows and new detached double garage 

Valley Rise Church Lane Woolton Hill RG20 9XG

Ref. No: 18/01286/HSE | Received: Wed 02 May 2018 | Validated: Thu 03 May 2018 | Status: Awaiting decision

TPO 3 Norway Spruce: fell 

Birchwood Tile Barn Woolton Hill Newbury Hampshire RG20 9XE

Ref. No: T/00220/18/TPO | Received: Tue 12 Jun 2018 | Validated: Tue 12 Jun 2018 | Status: Registered

Erection of first floor rear extension 

3 Tile Barn Row Woolton Hill Newbury Hampshire RG20 9TF

Ref. No: 18/01417/HSE | Received: Wed 16 May 2018 | Validated: Tue 05 Jun 2018 | Status: Registered