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 2018

Village Wine Quiz – 17thNovember

Tickets are on sale for the Wine Quiz on the evening of Saturday 17thNovember at St Thomas Church Hall, Woolton Hill.  The quiz starts at 7.45pm, following the AGM, which begins at 7pm.

For those who have not been before to this popular event, the format of the evening is that there are eight different rounds of wine tasting.  We are grouped on tables and the idea is to try and guess the wine from a choice of three, which are convincingly and eloquently described from the front, and then to estimate the price.

The price is just £10 and tickets are now on sale; please send me an email to reserve your place or, if you already have a group coming, secure your table.   The price of the ticket also includes cheese and bread to eat with the wine which remains at the end of the evening.

East Woodhay Society (EWS) AGM – 17thNovember

Please do come along to the society AGM, which is just before the Wine Quiz on Saturday 17thNovember, starting at 7pm in St Thomas Church Hall.  This is a really important event where we will not only be reviewing 2018 but we will be discussing the charity and events for 2019.  The charities which have been proposed for 2019 are West Berkshire Homelessness, West Berks Young Carers, and Newbury Cancer Care.

At the AGM, we will be presenting a cheque for £1500 to a representative of The Rosemary Appeal.   The committee would like to thank everybody who has contributed money during 2018 to support this excellent cause.   As a reminder The Rosemary Appeal is raising money in order to provide essential facilities for the local community, including day therapy, chemotherapy, renal dialysis, IV therapies and a CT scanners.

This is your community society and please do come along let us know what you would like from EWS.

As we formalised actions around GDPR (data policy link) earlier in the year, the committee reviewed the constitution to ensure it is appropriately underpinning and reflecting the aims of society.  As the original constitution was put in place when the society was first formed, over time the needs have been refined and therefore it is appropriate to update the constitution.  Consequently changes have been made to the document including: aligning aims, job roles and responsibilitiesof the committee, data policy, risk assessments, financial liability.   Please read the proposed version, which is stored hereon the website and come and vote on whether to accept at the AGM.

Walks, Footpaths and Hedges

Our regular Friday morning walks are going from strength to strength and there were 22 walkers who went on this Friday’s walk from the Church Hall in Woolton Hill.

If you fancy a Friday morning walk, just turn up around 10.20 ready to depart at 10.30.  Each walk is around 3 miles in length and therefore last around an hour. 16thand 30thNovember will be from St Thomas’ Church Hall where we also finish with a welcome coffee. The walks on the 9thand 23rdNovember will be from the Rampant Cat.   New walkers are always welcome

Research by Public Health England has shown that walking is the nearest activity to ‘the perfect exercise’ and the walks are built around:

Building Healthy Bodies

Having Healthy Minds

Meeting New People

Preventing Illness


The following is a great poster, produced by The Wildlife Trusts regarding the relationship between Nature and Mental Health.


Curry and Quiz at Rampant Cat

Please note this date for your diary. The next Curry and Quiz evening at the Rampant Cat will be on 16thFebruary 2019.

Remembrance Weekend 10/11thNovember

This weekend there are several events commemorating the 100 year anniversary of the end of World War One.

BBC One Show Rickshaw Challenge is coming through our roads on Monday 12th November.

It’s very exciting to know that the BBC Children In Need Rickshaw Challenge will be passing through our Parish on Monday 12th November. We are not sure of the timings yet (late morning is likely) but it would be great to see as many people as possible along Foxes Lane, Woolton Hill Road, Ball Hill and Gore End.  The flyer below was extracted from the website below.


Gardening Club – Kew through the Seasons:

Paul Sievers is talking about and showing photos regarding ‘Kew through the Seasons’.  The meeting is held at 8pm on Thursday 22nd November and is open to all.

Village Market – Saturday 24thNovember

The last village market of 2018 will be held on 24th November in Woolton Hill Village Hall between 10.00am and 1.00pm.  Here is a photo from the October market

Ongoing Information During the Month:

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

Police Reports

The monthly ‘Police Beat’ reports are stored on the Parish Council website.  Here is the link and the latest update received is for September.


East Woodhay Planning Applications in October:

Hyperlinks are available on each application to their respective planning application on the B&D website.

Large twin stem Ash tree: fell. 

The Coach House Tile Barn Woolton Hill Newbury Hampshire RG20 9UZ

Ref. No: T/00427/18/TPO | Received: Wed 24 Oct 2018 | Validated: Wed 24 Oct 2018 | Status: Registered

Sycamore (TPO BDB378 – T138) – crown lift, dead wooding., reduce entire canopy by up to 2 metres maximum in length (this will vary from branch to branch to suitable growth points available. 

5 Greenacres Woolton Hill Newbury Hampshire RG20 9TA

Ref. No: T/00413/18/TPO | Received: Fri 19 Oct 2018 | Validated: Fri 19 Oct 2018 | Status: Registered

Lime tree: Crown reduce, crown thin, remove any crossing branches and deadwood. 

Field House Broadlayings Woolton Hill Newbury Hampshire RG20 9TR

Ref. No: T/00387/18/TPO | Received: Fri 19 Oct 2018 | Validated: Sun 21 Oct 2018 | Status: Registered

T1 Oak: tip reduce south side and reduce crown. T2 Oak: tip reduce south side. T3 Oak: tip reduce south-east side lower and middle canopy. 

Blindmans Gate House Blindmans Gate Woolton Hill Newbury Hampshire RG20 9XB

Ref. No: T/00393/18/TPO | Received: Thu 11 Oct 2018 | Validated: Thu 11 Oct 2018 | Status: Registered

T1 Douglas fir: tip reduce approx 12 extended limbs 

Harpers Tile Barn Woolton Hill Newbury Hampshire RG20 9UZ

Ref. No: T/00394/18/TPO | Received: Thu 11 Oct 2018 | Validated: Thu 11 Oct 2018 | Status: Registered

Erection of a first floor side and rear extension, conversion of loft to living accommodation, installation of rooflights, and alterations to doors, windows, render and cladding 

Summerfield Ball Hill Road Hatt Common East Woodhay RG20 0NH

Ref. No: 18/02937/HSE | Received: Thu 04 Oct 2018 | Validated: Tue 09 Oct 2018 | Status: Registered

Erection of two storey side extension to include 1 no. dormer to rear. Erection of shed to south 

The Old School House North End Road North End RG20 0AY

Ref. No: 18/02915/HSE | Received: Wed 03 Oct 2018 | Validated: Thu 04 Oct 2018 | Status: Registered

T142 – Silverbirch: reduce height to approx 9 meters Remove lower two branches (east and west) and any deadwood 

17 Greenacres Woolton Hill Newbury Hampshire RG20 9TA

Ref. No: T/00368/18/TPO | Received: Fri 28 Sep 2018 | Validated: Wed 03 Oct 2018 | Status: Registered