East Woodhay Society

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

Newsletter September 2011


The East Woodhay Society is pleased to announce it now has 152 members. For up to date information please visit our website at www.wooltonhill.com/ews_news.


The Chase reopened to walkers on foot on the 18th August with the car park now scheduled to be  opened on Tuesday 27th September.  The official opening looks likely to be postponed until next year. For further details please visit http://thechasenaturereservent.wordpress.com.

The Scavanger day on the 11th September was well attended with about 18 families scouring The Chase to find the answers to the Quiz.

Crafty Craft Race – May 2012

The Committee is planning to enter the 2012 Crafty Craft Race and has started to construct a craft suitable for the event. We need some ‘skilled’ volunteers to help us complete the work, so if you think you would like to join in the fun please let us know. We have yet to decide on the team, although a female team is gaining some support, so any ideas would be welcome. So if you want to be on the ‘winning’ team please let us know.

Call my Bluff

Tickets for our next social event, the Call my Bluff wine quiz on Saturday 29th October are now on sale.  Please contact one of the Committee Members for tickets or send an email to eastwoodhaysociety@wooltonhill.com.

 The East Woodhay Society  proudly present a 


 Wine and Cheese evening at

Woolton Hill Church Hall, Woolton Hill

on Saturday 29th October at 7:30 pm

  •  Listen to the so-called experts pontificate 
  • Have a sample swig yourself 
  • Separate the “hint of wheat” from the “aftertaste of chaff” and spot the bluffers 

Points mean Prizes for the winners

 and no one loses as you finish the bottle(s) with a generous helping of Cheeses !

 Tickets on sale now priced £10 for members and £12 for their guests

 Home & Away

St Thomas’ Handbell Ringers and Friends invite you to an afternoon of musical entertainment at 3pm on Sunday 9th October at St Thomas’ Church. The entertainment will be followed by tea and cakes with a retiring collection to be shared between SHELTERBOX and St Thomas’ Church Hall Redevelopment Appeal. As we use the Church Hall for our social events, it would be nice to see our members enjoying the musical entertainment and supporting the event. 

 Heroes at Highclere comes to Highclere Castle – Sunday 16th October

The Earl and Countess of Carnarvon invite you to Highclere Castle the real ‘Downton Abbey’ to celebrate all the members of our Armed Forces who have been injured or lost their lives whilst in service from the First World War though to the war in Afghanistan today, the event is to raise money and awareness for the Army Benevolent Fund, the Royal British Legion and Help for Heroes.

Throughout the day, Highclere Castle, the home of ITV’s hit show Downton Abbey, is opening its historic doors to the public and will be displaying costumes and props used in the show. Jim Carter, aka Mr Carson the Butler, will be playing a new role- that of auctioneer, auctioning props and memorabilia from the show in aid of the charities giving you the chance to own a piece of history.

Throughout the day guests will be treated to displays from The Kings’ Troop and the Royal Artillery as well as a ‘de Havilland’ stream ­flyover and Spitfi­re air display, there will even be a Chinook helicopter from RAF Odiham landing at the Castle. Come and meet ‘Joey’, the amazing horse puppet from the award-winning ‘War Horse’ National Theatre stage production, and sing along to music from the Royal Army Medical Corp Band, Pipers and Drums from the Scottish Regiment and the gorgeous Swinging Sweethearts – music all hand-picked and conducted by Robert King, Conductor of The Kings Consort and the man behind the music of many movies including Da Vinci Code, and many Royal and Military Celebrations.

There’ll be plenty of entertainment for the whole family, with an army assault course, paintball, Batak and a 24ft climbing wall. Take the chance to ­fly in a Typhoon simulator, ride on traditional Victorian fairground rides, watch a display from and enjoy a cuddle with the Royal Army Dogs and hear the roar of 90 motorbikes from the Riders Branch marking 90 years of the Royal British Legion. To take you back to WW1 there will be 100’s of re-enactors (many of whom were extra’s in Downton Abbey) walking around the grounds in traditional medical and military costume, with traditional field hospitals and kitchens.

Inside the Castle there will be special displays, with original letters from wounded soldiers and photos telling the tale of how Highclere Castle was turned into a hospital for wounded soldiers during WW1, something that Downton fans will also see on their screens from Sunday 18th September. Inside the Castle, Lady Carnarvon is repeating history and transforming Arundel bedroom back into a WW1 operating theatre after nearly 100 years just as the 5th Countess Lady Almina did during the War.

Tickets for the event are just £15 (under 12’s only £5) and available from the Corn Exchange, Newbury: 01635 522 799 or  http://www.cornexchangenew.com/events/event_detail/heroes_at_highclere/.  There are limited tickets available for entry into the Castle so book now to avoid disappointment. For more information visit www.highclerecastle.co.uk.

Review of Progress on Parish Plan Action Points

The Society has completed its initial review of actions listed in the Parish Plan. In many cases all we can do is to put pressure on the EWPC and if appropriate B&DBC and HCC to take action, however with today’s financial constraints we recognise that some of these will not happen for some time.

Items we felt that we could do something about include:-

  • Ensuring that residents views are taken into consideration before any significant new development takes place;
  • Discourage dog fouling via publicity and propose the siting of suitable bins;
  • Ensure map of parish is erected;
  • Review parking by the Doctors’ Surgery;
  • Identify potholes and other  items in need of maintenance;
  • Help identify volunteers to set up a youth club;
  • Raise funds towards the replacement of playground facilities at Heath End;
  • Help identify and raise funds towards the most appropriate MUGA facility at Woolton Hill;
  • Help improve footpaths and byways within the parish;
  • Investigate the legal issues re changing the use of the Parish Field for community events;
  • Identify suitable area for allotments.

Other items, which were identified and completed include:-

  • Setting up a parish website;
  • Create a diary co-ordinator;
  • Set up a Village Market;
  • Create a central register of services and facilities;
  • Review signage;
  • Extend the use of 30mph to the hamlets;

Items we felt were currently beyond our capability include:-

  • Ensure housing development is sustainable;
  • Provide recycling facilities within the parish;
  • Improve the bus service;
  • Resolve other parking problems;
  • Although receiving strong support, the removal of yellow bollards;
  • Install pedestrian crossing by the Junior & Infant schools;
  • Get developers to sign up to Considerate Construction Schemes;
  • Improve Penwood X-roads.

The Society has also installed additional walk boards on the Fullers Lane to East End Village Hall footpath.

Parish Wildlife Map

Two members of the committee recently 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.

Although not always obvious, our environment is in constant change and the records we make would be invaluable in identifying changes, both good and bad.

The only requirement for you to become involved is to have enthusiasm and interest in our local wildlife and environment. The surveys could include hedgerows, grassland, ponds, streams, lakes, woodlands and gardens.

To get such a project off the ground will need a number of enthusiasts, working as a team and looking at different aspects.  There is no set time scale and no set project size, so if you feel you would like to be involved please email us at eastwoodhaysociety@wooltonhill.com.

Zumba Classes

Last month’s article on Zumba Classes has generated considerable interest from members with many signing up and identified how popular this activity has become within the parish.

There are sessions at Woolton Hill Church Hall on Mondays (7:30pm – 8:15pm) & Tuesdays (7.30pm-8.30pm). For the Tuesday night slot, contact Emma Newman, who is an experienced licensed Zumba instructor on 07595 270506 or emmanewman13@hotmail.co.uk.  For the Monday night slot contact Chantal Tyas who is also an experienced licensed Zumba instructor and recently qualified as a Zumbatomic Instructor including CRB check (Zumba for children – fun-filled tracks and energetic music with specifically designed choreography and dance games) on 07989 094727 or chantal.zumba@gmail.com or visit www.chantal-zumbaparty.co.uk.

There are also sessions at the Woolton Hill Junior School on Tuesdays (7.30pm-8.30pm) & Thursdays ( 7.30pm-8.15pm) and Zumbatomic “Big Starz” Classes for children aged 7-12 on Thursdays (3.30pm-4.30pm) all run by Chantal. Chantal is planning to start a new Zumbatomic “Little Starz” for children aged 4-6 in January in the WHCH.