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31st July 2014 - Hornton Commemorates The Start Of World War I

1914 - 2014
A WEEKEND OF EVENTS IN HORNTON
COMMEMORATING THE START OF WORLD WAR I



Saturday 2nd & Sunday 3rd August

Pavilion 11am – 5pm

Exhibition: the impact of the war
on the lives of Hornton folk Includes memorabilia, art display, WWI footage
& trench experience

Entry free of charge. Refreshments available

Events on both days at the Pavilion:
11.00 - Bugle call
11.30 - Performance of WWI songs (choir)
12.00 - Trench cooking demo & tasting
1.30 - Graham Vint talks about visiting the Somme
2.00 - WWI multi-choice quiz

Sunday 3rd August
St John The Baptist Church 5.15pm
Hornton churches together commemoration service

Pavilion commemoration organised by Hornton History Group
www.hornton-history.co.uk

31st July 2014 - Lest We Forget

There’s a truly spectacular weekend in prospect as Hornton commemorates the centenary of the outbreak of World War 1.

At 11am-5pm this Saturday, Sunday and – by public demand – an additional Monday date of 11am to 1pm, visitors to the exhibition at the pavilion will hear the bugle call which will be the start of the exhibition organised by Hornton History Group.

Then you’ll be able to live life in the trenches – literally – because the group have built a trench in the pavilion. You’ll experience the sights and smells to see just what it was like and then you can have lunch cooked to World War 1 recipes. And you’ll be able to read about the ten men from the village who gave their lives in the war to end all wars.

Entry is free but there will be a donation box foe Walking With The Wounded. At a small charge there will also be tea or coffee and trench food cooked to contemporary 1914 recipes. Not to be missed.

31st July 2014 - Make A Date

It will soon be time to order your copies of the 2015 Hornton calendar – but without your photos there won’t be one, so now’s the time to take pictures for the last three months of the year.

The organisers have already got loads of great photos for the months of October to June but please start snapping away for the months of July, August and September.

Any photo qualifies – as long as it’s taken in Hornton. It can be a scene, a person, an abstract image, a flower – you name it. It doesn’t even have to be taken this year - please look at your “back catalogue” - but it does need to reflect the month it illustrates.

All you need to do is to email it to Jan Hall at janandgrahamhall (at) btopenworld dot com

And start compiling that list of those impossible-to-buy-for friends and relatives! They can all get a Hornton Calendar 2015 and very soon an order form will be coming through your door.

31st July 2014 - Home On The Grange

The August meeting of the Hornton WI will be a conducted walking tour of Broughton Grange by the head gardener taking place at 6.30pm a week today – August 7th. All members are invited - please wear flat shoes and visitors are welcome at a cost of £5.00. The competition will be for a buttonhole.

31st July 2014 - Quiz Quashed

Dun Cow quizmeister Adrian Segens is taking a well-earned rest this month from the Dun Cow charity quiz but it will be back next month on Wednesday, September 3.

31st July 2014 - In It To Win It

The first Tuesday of the month is usually the day for the 3Hs Gardening Club to meet but not next Tuesday, as there is no regular meeting in August.

But a fortnight on Saturday, August 16, the club holds its annual Flower and Vegetable Show in the pavilion. There are categories in flowers, fruit, vegetable, cooking and preserves but you’ve got to be in it to win it, so if you’re not a 3Hs member, now’s the time to join. Ring secretary Malcolm Cross on 01295 670562 today!

31st July 2014 - Church Services

The Rev. Rob Anning will lead the 11am service this Sunday at Hornton Methodist Church. As this is a United Service, there will no separate service at the parish church.

As this is the first Sunday of every month, young families can come to JIFFY, which stands for Jesus is Fun For You. It takes place at 3.30pm in the Methodist Church Don’t forget that you can pop in for coffee, cake and a chat in the Methodist Church every Friday morning from 10.30am to 12.30pm. There is a book, DVD and video swap - and, of course, lots of good gossip! And Thursday Club meets every week after school until 4.30pm in the Methodist Church School Room. All children are welcome.

24th July 2014 - Monday, Monday

Hornton’s World World 1 commemorations next weekend are proving so popular that the organisers have added an extra morning to make sure as many people as possible can come along.

So now you can come along to Hornton Pavilion on the morning of Monday week - August 4 - as well as during the previous two days for what promises to be an astonishing display.

Each day will start at 11am with a bugle call, the pavilion bar will be turned into a WW1 trench and there will even be a chance to sample trench cooking using authentic ingredients from recipes at the time. And keep an eye out for the dead rats!

You’ll learn all about the 10 men from Hornton who made the ultimate sacrifice and there will be talks, songs, poetry – something for everyone. Don’t miss it!

24th July 2014 - Gardener's World

The August meeting of the Hornton WI will be a conducted walking tour of Broughton Grange by the head gardener taking place at 6.30pm two weeks today – August 7. All members are invited - please wear flat shoes and visitors are welcome at a cost of £5.00.

24th July 2014 - Out For Summer

Hornton School has broken up for the Summer holidays, The children come back on September 2.

24th July 2014 - Chat Up

The deadline for contributions to the latest edition of The Gossip, Hornton’s very own village newspaper, is July 31, so scribblers have still got time to hand in their contributions. Editors Julie Stanley on 01295 670507 or at julieharrystan (at) aol dot com and Ann Hemmings on 01295 670511 or at annhemmings (at) gmail dot com are waiting for those literary pearls to drop through their letter box!

24th July 2014 - Super News

Hornton village will be getting superfast broadband after all, parish councilors were told at the annual parish meeting on June 30.

There were fears that the village would be left out or even that half would be wired up and the other half left with slow broadband after the county council published a map showing the village was excluded from its scheme to extend SFB to most of Oxfordshire.

But County Cllr George Reynolds said the following OX15 postcodes would be included: 6BN, 6BP, 6BS, 6BT, 6BW, 6BX, 6BY, 6BZ, 6DA, 6DB, 6DD, 6DE, 6EA and 6EW. Ironically this leaves out the Hornton webmaster who lives at 6DF.

The new chairman, Cllr John Offord, paid tribute to his predecessor, David Miles, and also that of retiring councillor Malcolm Cross.

Cllr Paul Burden presented the allotments reports and said that, after an unusually mild start to the year, the allotments are looking very healthy, with crops being harvested.

In his playground report, David Miles said: “The Committee have been fairly active again this past 12 months we have had to have a section of boundary wall rebuilt which had collapsed due to frost, we have installed two Picnic Benches which were kindly donated by Bidvest a local food distributor and we have recently purchased a new mower.”

In his JUMPA report, Ian Donaldson said: “The JUMPA facility continues to be enjoyed by both Hornton and surrounding communities. Indeed, we have recently just received a donation from regular users from Ratley. Hornton School also continues to use the facility. It continues to be free at point of use and remains a fantastic asset of the village.”

Hornton History Group has had a busy year, with its main focus being the WW1 commemorations, Cllr Kevin Wain reported.

“We have also enjoyed trips to Wroxton Abbey, Upton House and Hook Norton Brewery,” he said. John Bridgeman gave a talk on the history of the Oxford canal and we have a talk planned for September - Chapel & Community: Methodism in 19th Century Oxfordshire - to commemorate the opening of the chapel extension.”

Brown Owl Liz Hirst said Hornton and Horley Brownies haave had a busy year which included trips to see the mayor, to a Chinese restaurant for Chinese New Year, stargazing and a trip to London.

Sally Tweedsmuir, in her report on the 3Hs Gardening Club, said it was hoping to recruit some new younger members.

“The meetings were well attended,” she said. “However numbers have dropped owing to the sad deaths and ill health of many of our most loyal members. Our membership fee is still only £5.”

The next edition of The Gossip will be the ninety-fourth, said editor Julie Stanley in her report.

“Thank you to everyone who writes the articles and a big thanks to the Parish Council and well-wishers who fund it.”

The Keep Fit Club has now been running for more than 20 years, said Pauline Hart in her report.

“The class is held every Wednesday from 7-8 pm. The exercises are suitable for any age or ability as members can work at their own pace.”

Hornton and District WI has also has a good year, with a diverse range of speakers including the village’s Hornton's Tim Hewlett on his travels with the Queen, Mark Pougatch from Radio 5 live, ghost stories and outside visits to the Warriner for Willow weaving and a trip to Highgrove. And no jam in sight!

24th July 2014 - Summer Leaves

The mobile library from Oxfordshire County Council will be on the village green next Wednesday, July 30 from 10.40am-11.20am.

24th July 2014 - Church Services

Mattins will be celebrated in the Parish Church of St John the Baptist at 11am next Sunday, July 27. At the same time, there will be a service in Hornton Methodist Church

17th July 2014 - Last Post

Excitement for Hornton’s World World 1 commemorations is so high that the organisers have added an extra morning to make sure as many people as possible can come along.

Now you can come along to Hornton Pavilion on the morning of Monday, August 4, as well as during the previous two days for what promises to be an astonishing display.

Each day will start at 11am with a bugle call, the pavilion bar will be turned into a WW1 trench and there will even be a chance to sample trench cooking using authentic ingredients from recipes at the time.

You’ll learn all about the 10 men from Hornton who made the ultimate sacrifice and there will be talks, songs, poetry – something for everyone. Don’t miss it!

17th July 2014 - Chipped Off

Hornton’s Knit and Natter group were knitting small jumpers for "fish and chip” babies in Africa – so called because their mothers are so poor to clothe them and they have to take them home in newspaper.

But organiser Jane Wain says that, instead of new-born jumpers, there’s now a need for bigger jumpers plus blankets and teddies. Organiser Jane Wain says they don’t need any more of the small sized jumpers now but she can send you the link to patterns for the new items.

Please email her on jane dot wain (at) talktalk dot net or call on 01295 670716. Knit and Natter is the first and third Tuesday of the month at 7pm in the chapel.

17th July 2014 - Pop To The Pavvy

There will be a meeting of Hornton Parish Council at 7.30pm in the pavilion next Monday, July 21. All members of the public are invited.

17th July 2014 - Church Services

Andrea Harding Smith will lead the 11am service in Hornton Methodist Church next Sunday, July 20. There will be no service at the parish church because there’s a 10.30am Benefice service at Shenington.

Don’t forget that you can pop in for coffee, cake and a chat in the Methodist Church every Friday morning from 10.30am to 12.30pm. There is a book, DVD and video swap - and, of course, lots of good gossip! All children are welcome.

17th July 2014 - Time's Pressing

The press deadline for the latest edition of The Gossip, Hornton's very own village newspaper, is nearly up. Editors Julie Stanley and Ann Hemmings need your copy by July 31.

Just about anything legal, decent honest and truthful can make it into The Gossip, just as long as it's signed and it's about Hornton.

So please contact Julie on 01295 670507 or at julieharrystan (at) aol dot com and Ann Hemmings on 01295 670511 or at annhemmings (at) gmail dot com with your recollections, recipes and reminiscences as soon as possible.

17th July 2014 - Flying The Flag

Have you got a birthday in the family? Then make sure you celebrate it in style by flying the Hornton birthday flag! For just £5 for village funds, you can have the name of the birthday boy or girl run up the Hornton flagpole – advertising your age is optional but all ages from 1 to 150 can be accommodated!

All you have to do is to ring Ian Harris on 01295 670541 and the celebrations can begin!

10th July 2014 - Taste of the Trenches

Villagers create special tribute to WWI soldiers.

A trench reconstruction, wartime songs and weapons from the Western Front are among the many WWI experiences and memorabilia that will be on show in Hornton to mark the centenary of the start of the Great War.

And visitors to the Hornton exhibition, being held over the weekend of 2 and 3 August, will even get the chance to sample real trench dishes, cooked up that day and using authentic ingredients from WWI recipes.

Members of Hornton History Group have been working with villagers and friends across the country to research the lives and backgrounds of the 10 village men who died at the Front. Families have donated treasured WWI heirlooms, memories and anecdotes to the event, varying from postcards sent to distant sweethearts to medals, equipment and War Office documents.

Hornton History Group chairman, Kevin Wain, says: “Dozens of villagers have been involved in the preparation. We will have something for everyone - sights, sounds, smells, tastes, music, live singing, painting, poetry, film images and even a full-scale trench for people to walk through.

“We’ve worked hard to make the display interesting to all ages and a fitting tribute to the soldiers and their families – as well as their descendents, many of whom still live locally.

“This is a way to commemorate the soldiers who fought and died, as well as the men and women who served and suffered in battle and at home. We have focused on the Hornton Roll of Honour – where these soldiers lived, who they married, what they did for a living and how they died. We have created colourful graphics that tell the story of those turbulent and momentous times.”

Opening with a live bugle call on both days, the display, wartime kitchen, a presentation focusing on The Somme battlefield as it is today and other events take place at Hornton Pavilion in Bell Street from 11am to 5pm.

See www.hornton-history.co.uk for full details and a timed programme. Entry is free although donations will be invited. The weekend’s commemoration will culminate in a service of thanksgiving at Hornton’s St John the Baptist Church.

10th July 2014 - Hornton Croquet

Fancy a game of croquet at the Pavilion Field on Saturday 16th August at 2pm? Open to anyone aged 14 or over, in teams of two, whether complete novices or old hands. If you haven’t a playing partner don’t worry, we can team you up. Our resident experts will be on hand to demonstrate the game and explain the rules. To be followed by a fun competition to win the coveted Hornton Croquet Cup.

To take part please email: stevejwoodcock (at) btinternet dot com

Entry £3 per player, but please remember the competition is for pairs. Afternoon tea available. All proceeds split between the Pavilion & JUMPA.

10th July 2014 - Large Chips

Hornton’s Knit and Natter group are currently knitting jumpers for "fish and chip” babies in Africa – so called because their mothers are so poor to clothe them and they have to take them home in newspaper.

But organiser Jane Wain says that, instead of new-born jumpers, there’s now a need for bigger jumpers plus blankets and teddies, so the knitters will need new patterns.

Please email her on jane dot wain (at) talktalk dot net and and Jan can give you the link. Knit and Natter is the first and third Tuesday of the month at 7pm in the chapel, so the next meeting is next Tuesday, July 15.

10th July 2014 - Back To School

Calling all Horntonians who went to The Warriner School! If so, you can go back to school this Saturday, July 12, for a fun-packed family fun day.

Come and have a trip down memory lane and catch up with old school friends. For more information contact Esther Rolls on 01295 720777 or at e dot rolls (at) warriner dot oxon dot sch dot uk

10th July 2014 - Summer Snaps

Hornton’s producing its own calendar – and we need your photos for it right now, as we’re about to choose the photos for the months of April, May and June.

Any photo qualifies – as long as it’s taken in Hornton. It can be a scene, a person, an abstract image, a flower – you name it. It doesn’t even have to be taken this year but it does need to reflect one of four periods of the year.

All you need to do is to email it to Jan Hall at janandgrahamhall (at) btopenworld dot com

And start compiling that list of those impossible-to-buy-for friends and relatives! They can all get a Hornton Calendar 2015 and in the next edition of The Gossip there will be an order form.

10th July 2014 - Ten-Shun!

The one hundredth anniversary of the start of World War 1 is less than a month away and Hornton History Group is planning commemorations that you won’t want to miss.

Most villages might be happy with a small exhibition with one or two photographs but the history group are taking over the pavilion and are going to recreate a World War 1 trench in the bar!

You won’t just read about WW1 but feel it, live it, smell it – and eat it! You’ll be able to live life in a WW1 trench – complete with real dead rats – and eat a meal the squaddies would have had before going over the top. There will also be details of every man from Hornton who lost his life in the conflict.

It’s all happening on the weekend of August 2 and 3, so put it in your diaries now!

10th July 2014 - Chat Up

The deadline for contributions to the latest edition of The Gossip, Hornton’s very own village newspaper, is July 31, so scribblers have still got time to hand in their contributions. Editors Julie Stanley on 01295 670507 or at julieharrystan (at) aol dot com and Ann Hemmings on 01295 670511 or at annhemmings (at) gmail dot com are waiting for those literary pearls to drop through their letter box!

10th July 2014 - Summer Leaves

The mobile library from Oxfordshire County Council will be on the village green next Wednesday, July 16, from 10.40am-11.20am.

10th July 2014 - Church Services

Holy Eucharist will be celebrated in the Parish Church of St John the Baptist this Sunday, July 13, at 11am. As this is a United Service, there will be no service in the Methodist church.

But don’t forget that you can pop in for coffee, cake and a chat in the Methodist Church every Friday morning from 10.30am to 12.30pm. There is a book, DVD and video swap - and, of course, lots of good gossip! And Thursday Club meets every week after school until 4.30pm in the Methodist Church School Room. All children are welcome.

3rd July 2014 - In The Red

The next meeting of Hornton WI is tonight, Thursday, at 7.30pm in the Methodist Chapel – will hear about life on the red benches in the House of Lords from Labour peer and former MEP Baroness Crawley. The competition will be for a medal.

Visitors are welcome, as they are for the August meeting, which is a guided tour of Broughton Grange gardens visitors welcome. Contact Trina for more details on 01295 738718.

3rd July 2014 - Pop To The Pavvy

The Pavilion AGM takes place next Monday, July 7, at 7.30pm. No guesses as to where. Everyone’s welcome.

3rd July 2014 - Young Gold

Eddie Cox, at 16, was one of the youngest participants in the JUMPA Golden Mile but still set the fastest time of 5’38”. Lucy Hamer, 13, lead the girls in at 8’40”.

Veteran Ollie Fickling was on fine form on 6’48” and Finlay White, just seven years old, is a name to watch for the future, finishing in 11 minutes!

JUMPA want to thank you to everyone who took part and Duncan Dawes who prepared the picturesque D'Arcy Dalton Way course across his farm. £81 was was raised in sponsorship and donations which will be used for the upkeep of the JUMPA playing surface.

3rd July 2014 - Flying In

A flying saucer might soon be zooming into Hornton, parish councillors were told at its AGM on June 9.

Don’t worry – it won’t contain any little green men. A flying saucer – at a cost of £6000 - is just one of the options to replace the ageing space rocket on Hornton’s children’s playground. An alternative is another rocket or a rocking horse which would have a lower cost and less ground work. A committee meeting would be arranged to discuss the options.

Councillor John Offord was elected unanimously as chairman, who thanks outgoing chair David Miles for all of his hard work and dedication on the Parish Council since 1992. Kevin Wain and Tim Hewlett were unanimously co-opted as councillors but the election of a vice-chairman was deferred to the meeting on July 21, as was the allocation of committee responsibilities.

Parish Clerk Katherine Mills will look into the cost of a new dog bin for Millers Lane and report back to the council. She’s also going to contact Npower to see if it can offer the same rate for electricity at the pavilion, following a price match carried out by Coun Offord which showed Scottish and Southern offering the cheapest price.

She is also going to find out when the new bus shelter in Millers Lane – due at the end of May – will be built.

3rd July 2014 - Skipping Showers

It might have chucked it down at Glastonbury last weekend but two Hornton events went off without a hitch by skipping the showers.

Last Saturday, when it was raining stair rods in the village almost all day, the 3Hs Gardening Club went off a few miles north to the Italianate Gardens at Trentham near Stoke and missed the rain completely. The trip – organised by Barbara Neville, Malcolm Cross and Joy Hillman – also included a trip to the Wedgwood pottery factory.

Next Tuesday, July 8, members are going to visit Hornton Grounds Farm as guests of Catherine and Graham Vint. They should meet on the green at 6.15am for coffee and biscuits.next meeting will be a trip to Hornton Grounds Farm on Tuesday, July 8. Please meet on the green at 6.15pm.

The weather was also kind on Sunday, when there was another successful Hornton Annual Leisure Ride, with a pub lunch at the Butcher’s Arms in Balscote, and the sun shone again.

3rd July 2014 - Church Services

There will be and 11 am United Service in Hornton Methodist Church this Sunday, July 6, led by Janice Smith. It will be followed by bring-and-share picnic at Eastgate House by kind permission of John and Lindy Bridgeman to which the whole village is invited, whether or not you come to the service.

As this is the first Sunday of every month, young families can come to JIFFY, which stands for Jesus is Fun For You. It takes place at 3.30pm in the Methodist Church.

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