East Woodhay Society

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

Newsletter July 2011

East Woodhay Society

As planned, the EWS completed the widening of the narrow board walk running up from Fullers Lane to East Woodhay Hall in early July. While we were working on widening the board walk, we received very positive feedback from all the walkers we met, who all thought it was a major improvement. So a big thank you to both members and walkers who volunteered to help.

On Sunday the 10th July at 3pm, Elizabeth Gillespie is leading an EWS Family walk, starting by the metal gate at the bottom of the track going past Hollington House towards Rookery Farm.  Look out for a parked Prius car. The route is approx 1 1/2 miles long and will take between 30mins and 1 hour. There is one field that has cows in it (no calves) so dogs and children will need to be kept under close supervision.  The cows appear very docile, but by missing out a bit of the walk you can avoid them.

On Sunday 17th July at 11am, Dave Lawson is leading a walk, starting at St Thomas’ Church Hall.  The walk will be about four miles in length and should take about an hour and a half or so to complete.  It will take in a mix of country lanes and village footpaths and will include some stiles and, if the weather has been wet, a short stretch that might be a little muddy!  Subject to these factors, all are welcome including dogs on a lead.

The routes of the walk can be found via the following web link: http://www.walkjogrun.net/members/EastWoodhaySociety

To help us plan for the number of walkers it would be helpful if you could drop an email to eastwoodhaysociety@wooltonhill.com.

While encouraging greater use of our footpaths and appreciating that many dog owners like their dogs to be off-lead, we would ask that care is taken when going through fields with livestock or past open gardens.

On Sunday 11th September, with the full support of the National Trust, the EWS is organising a Scavenger Hunt following the reopening of the Chase. The hunt will utilise all 3 paths – Access / Flat path, Adventurer / Wellie path and Dog Walker path.  This will familiarise EWS members with the new paths and also ensure that the hunt covers all the areas of the chase e.g. heathland, meadow, lake and copse areas.  The clues will cover all aspects e.g. memorial, bridges, trees, cattle, flowers, birds etc. with varying amount of difficulty. To cover the cost of prizes there will be small nominal fee for entering the hunt. Refreshments will be supplied.

Our next social event is the Call my Bluff wine quiz on Saturday 29th October. Further details will be posted on our website www.wooltonhill.com/ews_news  and in Spectrum.

As stated in our previous newsletter, at our next Committee Meeting later this month, we will be reviewing progress on the issues raised in the Parish Plan. If you feel that some of the issues identified in the plan are not being progressed quickly enough please let us know.

We have been asked by St Thomas’ Infant School if any of our members are interested in becoming a governor at the school. If so would you please contact the school on 253431.