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 2011

Call My Bluff Wine Quiz

The Society’s Call my Bluff Wine Quiz on Saturday 29th October proved to be a great success with the teams having to identify four whites and four reds after being ‘helped’ by three wine experts, although for each wine only one expert  really knew what they were talking about. Two teams displayed their wine skills in identifying the correct answers and gaining top marks necessitating the use of an elimination question. After the quiz, members were treated to more of the eight wines together with copious quantities of bread and cheese.

The Off-Road Bike Ride

The Off-Road Bike Ride on Sunday 16th October through Penwood was well supported, although the organiser Joe of JW Cycles could not attend due to unforeseen circumstances. The ride was different from previous rides in that it was very much off-road with some very steep sections and a bit technical in places.  A similar ride will be held a future date.

Heath End Recreational Facilities

In our last report we mentioned that we are working with the EWPC in raising funds and putting forward proposals for the refurbishment /replacement of the Heath End recreational facilities.  We are pleased to say that we have just added another £850 to the total so we will hopefully come up with some proposals in the near future for your consideration.

27th Annual Christmas Walk

For the past 26 years there has been an annual Christmas Walk supported by residents of both East Woodhay & Highclere on the 27th December each year.  The route, starting & finishing points are varied from time to time and this year’s walk will start and finish at the Furze Bush in Ball Hill. The provisional meeting time is 10.30am, photographs at 10.45am and a prompt start at 11.00am, but please visit the www.wooltonhill.com  diary page for the latest details. The walk is an interesting cross country route, which will include parts of North End & East Woodhay. Although the route is not too demanding, you will need sturdy waterproof footwear. It is not suitable for pushchairs, but well behaved dogs on leads are most welcome. As per normal, there will be hot mulled wine and mince pies provided free of charge by a local lunch club ‘Los Jubilados’ who will also collect donations for a local worthy charity. This year’s chosen charity is Jacksplace (Charity Number 1002832), which is part of the Wessex Children’s Hospice Trust. The walk is supported by both the Highclere and East Woodhay societies and over the years has raised considerable sums for good local charities.

Parish Wildlife Map

In our September issue we mentioned that two members of the committee attended a presentation on producing a Parish Wildlife Map. The idea is to produce a graphical representation of some of the key habitats and species within our parish boundary, created from a combination of background material and surveys.

We are pleased to say that we now have enough members to form a small group. There is no set time scale and no set project size, so if you feel you would like to join us please email us at eastwoodhaysociety@wooltonhill.com. All you need is to have enthusiasm and interest in our local wildlife and environment. The surveys could include hedgerows, grassland, ponds, streams, lakes, woodlands and gardens.

Review of crime statistics within the Parish in 2011

The summarised statistics for 2011 for the parishes of Ashmansworth, East Woodhay, Highclere, Burghclere, Newtown, Litchfield, Ecchinswell & Sydmonton are shown below. If you would like more detailed information please go the individual monthly reports or go to the summarised historical statistics on our website.

Month                                         Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Totals

House Burglary                             1     1              0      1      0    2     0     1      0                       6

Sheds & Outbuildings                   1     2             2     12     9     3     6     3      3                     41

Theft from Vehicles                      3     2             5       1     2     1      1     1      2                     18

Other Theft                                   3      6            2       5     3     2      4     6      4                     35

Other Crime                                  7      3           10      8     8     5      6     8      7                     62

Total Crimes Recorded              15    14          19     27   22   13    17   19    16                   162

Thorngrove School

If you want something to do this coming Sunday (13th) why not go along to the Thorngrove School Christmas Fair between 2-5pm.

Choose exquisite and desirable Christmas gifts and treats, all hand-picked for their quality and originality. Refreshments available

St Martin’s Church

One of our members Geraldine Priest is raising funds for St Martin’s Church by selling Christmas cards. They are a little special in quality and show two parts of the nativity in the stained-glass of St Martin’s. They cost £6 for a pack of 10 with two designs. Please see the pdf file attached with this newsletter. If you would like to buy some please contact Geraldine on 253271 or email her at geraldinepriest@hotmail.com.


The Society continues to attract new members and now has 169 members.  If you would like to join please print off a copy of the form on our website www.wooltonhill.com/ews_news and send it via email to eastwoodhaysociety@wooltonhill.com.