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23rd April 2015 - Pound Your Way

Get down to the Methodist Church tomorrow, Friday, from 10.30am to 12.20pm with a pound in your pocket! It’s for a very good cause - Katherine House Hospice - so you can’t say no, can you? As well as delicious home-made cakes, there will be a book, DVD and video swap - and, of course, lots of good gossip!

23rd April 2015 - Stroll Along

Banbury and North Oxfordshire Ramblers are starting in Hornton this Sunday, April 26 – and they’d like you to join them at 10.30 am Hornton village green for a four-mile circular walk to Horley.

There will be an optional pub stop at the end and it will be an easy walk at leisurely pace with only one stile. Please keep your dogs on short leads.

Roy Clements on 01295 710143 279656 or at pressmanbno (at) aol dot com has got more details.

23rd April 2015 - Dig For Victory

Hornton Primary School needs muscle! A few weeks ago, the corner of its small playing field – for long an overgrown mess of weeds - was cleared a few weeks ago.

“Now we need some muscles to dig out large roots and move stones out!” says teacher Becca Demczak. “As the afternoons are warm and sunny we were hoping to get together next Thursday, April 30, from 3.30pm onwards. Refreshments and snacks provided!”

Please email Becca at b dot demczak (at) hornton dot oxon dot sch dot uk if you are able to help.

23rd April 2015 - Get Quizzical

The next Dun Cow charity quiz takes place on Wednesday week – May 6 - and is in aid of Motivation, the charity that helps people with disabilities around the world.

All the £2 entrance fees and ten per cent of the bar takings will go to the charity. The quiz starts at 8.30pm and booking a table with Adrian and Lisa on 01295 670524 is advisable, especially if you’d like one of Lisa’s fish and chip suppers beforehand.

23rd April 2015 - Spring Into Action

The Hornton Village Spring Clean was better supported than ever last Saturday, when around 20 gallant volunteers grabbed black bags and donned high-vis jackets to make our highways and byways litter-free.

Meanwhile, more volunteers spruced up our benches and cleaned signs around the village.

Parish councillor Tim Hewlett, who took a bootful of rubbish to the tip, pronounced the clean-up a resounding success and the village was sparkling clean in time for Alex Joel and Peter Bebb to be married in glorious sunshine. Well done all the Spring Cleaners!

23rd April 2015 - Red Alert

As the biggest day of the year in Hornton is fast approaching, Hornton’s May Day Whizz, Lorraine Joyner, wants to remind everyone where to take their donations and gifts.

From now, unwanted Teddy Bears should go to Jennie Parry in Bell Street (jennieaperry (at) hotmail dot com); raffles prizes to Lorraine herself at West End (lj dot joyner (at) btinternet dot com); White Elephant items to Carole Overton in (caroloverton54 (at) gmail dot com) and empty screw-top wine bottles/bottles of wine to Lynn Corke (lcorke (at) uwclub dot net) - both in Church Lane.

If you’ve got good quality clothes, Jenny Bowes in the house by the postbox on the green (jennyandmark06 (at) btinternet dot com) would be delighted to receive them from Saturday, May 2.

On the day, thee are two destinations for your home-made cakes. Isabelle Harris (ii dot harris (at) btinternet dot com) would love them for her cake stall on green and Julie Stanley (julieharrystan (at) aol dot com) needs lots of cakes at the Methodist Chapel for the tea-and-cakes stall. Simple – bake two!

“Lastly if anyone is free for an hour or so on the day, please let me know as I have a couple of stalls need manning,” says Lorraine. “You can email me or call on 01295 678708.”

23rd April 2015 - Pesky Parking

Moves to stamp out selfish parking, particularly by parents dropping off their children at Hornton School, were top of parish councillors’ agendas at their latest meeting.

Cllr Tim Hewlett is attending a Village Green training session to find out what the legal implications are of putting large pieces of Hornton stone on the greens to stop cars being parked on them. He’s also going to see how much it would cost.

Meanwhile, the meeting was told that the school was sending a letter to parents requesting considerate parking and to advise that persistent inappropriate parking would be raised with the police. And District Councillor Douglas Webb, who was also present at the meeting, said he will raise the issue with Sgt Becky Fishwick of the local policing team.

The council has decided against pressing for a 20mph speed limit in the centre of the village at present. It was told that the costs were high and there was no guarantee of success.

Success was reported on the planning front, however. Villager Norman Britton has been given planning permission on appeal for a new house at the top of Millers Lane after Cherwell planners turned the proposal down. Cllr Webb said that the village support – in the form of emails to planners - had been noted and carried weight at the appeal.

The JUMPA committee has requested a new flagpole which could be purchased from Blenheim Saw Mills. The council will ask Ian Donaldson to look in to the cost to be discussed at the next PC meeting in April.

By that time, Hornton’s new website may be up and running. Cllr Kevin Wain has met with James Prentice and website updates and live pages were progressing. As soon as the new site is live, comments would be invited from residents.

The PC gave their thanks to Martin Hemmings who had taken over the mowing in the allotments. Three placements have been given up and two has been taken on, leaving one vacancy.

Three options for the replacement of the rocking horse on the children’s playground are being considered - a flying saucer, a rocking rockette and a rocking horse, varying in price from £6,700 to £7,200 plus VAT.

Finally, the council was told that the Pavilion Booking Clerk, Liz Jeffs, was retiring after 30 years of service and the committee was looking for a replacement. An advert would be put in The Gossip.

23rd April 2015 - 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 the end of this month.

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@aol.com and Ann Hemmings on 01295 670511 or at annhemmings (at) gmail dot com with your recollections, recipes and reminiscences as soon as possible.

16th April 2015 - Clean'N'Gleam

It’s the Village Spring Clean at 10am this Saturday, April 18. High Vis jackets, gloves and bags will all be provided, so please come along to the village green for a couple of hours and help get Hornton looking its best for May Day.

16th April 2015 - MayDay 4 May Day

If you haven’t agreed to help out on Hornton’s biggest day of the year, it’s not too late!

May Day is only a couple of weeks away - on May 4 - and organiser Lorraine Joyner still needs loads of willing hands to help it all go with a zing. She has the Master Plan of where all the stalls will be situated on the green and it’s not too late even now if you would like to add another stall to her list or just want to help out on a stall. Please ring her on 01295 678708.

And now’s the time to rummage in your cupboards for all those unwanted items that the White Elephant stall can sell. Carol and Andrew Overton are keen to lay their hands on anything in good condition – except furniture. Please deliver it to Trinity Cottage in Church Lane or contact Carol on caroloverton54 (at) gmail dot com

16th April 2015 - Don't Be Overdue

The mobile library from Oxfordshire County Council will visit Hornton next Wednesday, April 22. It will be parked on the village green from 10.40am-11.20am.

16th April 2015 - Chat Away Till May Day

That’s the deadline to write up your contributions for The Gossip, Hornton’s very own village newspaper. 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 need those recollections, recipes and reminiscences.

16th April 2015 - KNit One Pearl One

Hornton’s Knit and Natter group meets at 7pm in the new chapel room every first and third Tuesday of the month. Organiser Jane Wain says, “If you don’t currently knit or crochet but want to learn, this is the place to learn with plenty of help from the more experienced!”

16th April 2015 - Church Services

Ross Adkins will lead service in Hornton Methodist Church this Sunday, April 19, at 11am. There will be no service in the parish church because there’s a 10.30am Benefice service at Horley.

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.

16th April 2015 - It's That Time Again

The minutes from the latest Parish Council meeting are available to download in PDF format.

You can download the minutes dated 23rd March 2015 here, or via the Parish Council page.

9th April 2015 - Time For Playing?

Do you have a very few hours a year to spare so that Hornton’s children can continue to play in their playground?

The Small Playing Field, as it’s officially known, has been keeping the kids happy for many years and a lot of people have helped in maintaining it. Now a couple of the team have moved away, so it would be good to add a couple of new recruits.

They volunteers meet just twice a year and, apart from that, you would just have spare a couple of hours on a Saturday morning once a month to mow it. Kevin Wain is the man to contact, on 01295 670716 or at kevin dot wain (at) talktalk dot net

9th April 2015 - Happy Snaps

Kevin is also the man to contact if you have any photos of events down at the pavilion.

“We are currently in the process of updating the village website and are creating a separate page for the pavilion,” he says.

“It would be nice to have a gallery of photos showing off the different activities the pavilion is used for. If you've used it recently for parties, we would love to have them for our web page.

Please email him with your snaps as soon as possible.

9th April 2015 - Wine Not?

Do you have any wine bottles – full or empty – with screw top caps? Lynn Corke is organising a Wine or Water? stall for May Day and needs lots of empty wine bottles. The only thing they must have is a screw top rather than a cork or plastic stopper.

“You can leave wine bottles in the porch of The Cottage in Church Lane or, if you email me at lcorke (at) uwclub dot net, we’ll pick them up. If you also have an inexpensive full bottle of wine to spare, that would be great.”

9th April 2015 - Go Green

The next meeting of the 3Hs Gardening Club - this Tuesday, April 14 at 7.30pm in the pavilion - will feature a talk by Howard Drury.

9th April 2015 - 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 April 30.

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.

9th April 2015 - Lucky For Some

Term 5 at Hornton Primary School starts next Monday, April 13, and runs till May 25.

9th April 2015 - Church Services

Michael King will lead the 11am service at Hornton Methodist Church this Sunday, April 12. As this is a United Service, there will be no separate service in the parish 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.

2nd April 2015 - Just Relax

Hornton WI will hear Cath Heynes talking about Tai Chi when it meets tonight, Thursday, in the Methodist Chapel at 7.30pm. The competition will be for Your Relaxation Tip

Next month’s meeting on Thursday, May 7, will feature the Banbury Guardian’s Brian Little talking about The Changing Face of Banbury.

2nd April 2015 - Howard's Way

This month’s meeting of the 3Hs Gardening Club, at 7.30pm in the pavilion Tuesday week - April 14 - will feature a talk by Howard Drury.

2nd April 2015 - Nuts In May

This year’s May Day celebrations will feature…a human fruit machine!

No, it’s not a misprint. The plucky members of the Hornton History Group wil be running it – with real humans and real fruit. So if you get three red cherries, they’ll be real cherries!

On top of that, the group will be dressing as Horrible Histories characters, so it should be very entertaining.

May Day organiser Lorraine Joyner still needs loads of other willing hands to help the celebrations go with a zing. If you would like to add another stall to her list or just want to help out on one, please ring her on 01295 678708.

2nd April 2015 - Book Up

The mobile library from Oxfordshire County Council will be on the village green next Wednesday, April 88, from 10.40am-11.20am.

2nd April 2015 - Chat Away Till May Day

That’s the deadline to write up your contributions for The Gossip, Hornton’s very own village newspaper. 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 need those recollections, recipes and reminiscences by this weekend.

2nd April 2015 - Make It Snappy

Hornton’s calendar was such a success – selling out completely – that the village is planning another one for next year. But that can only happen with your help.

Right now, we need photos for the months of January to March, so there’s still time to get snapping – and to raid your computers for photos you’ve already taken.

The photos don’t have to have been taken this year. They don’t even need to be taken in the month they are representing.

But they do need to be taken in the village of Hornton. After that, it’s up to you: people, landscapes, flowers, animals – the choice is yours.

Please email photos to Jan Hall at janandgrahamhall (at) btopenworld dot com

2nd April 2015 - Church Services

There is a special Good Friday United Service at 7pm tomorrow in Hornton Methodist Church. On Easter Sunday, April 5, the Parish Church of St John the Baptist will hold a United Service at 11am.

And 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.

2nd April 2015 - Take Your Pardners

For the first time in many years, we are holding a village barn dance that will actually take place in a real barn!

The team at Hornton Grounds Farm have generously donated their large barn at the farm for the event, which will take place on Friday 12 June from 8pm.

Ian Harris will be leading a local live band for the dancing numbers - and Kevin Wain will have some disco tracks ready to tempt us all back onto the dance floor in between the jigs and reels.

Alongside the pay bar, there will be traditional barn dance grub on sale - a hog roast and a vegetarian option. And, not forgetting, the customary raffle.

Judging by the reaction so far, we're expecting this to be a popular evening. Because of the numbers we can accommodate in the barn and the insurance cover, we hope to sell lots of tickets and make it a really big occasion, so do invite family and friends, from far and wide, to help us make this summer shin-dig a really memorable success.

NB: Entry will be by pre-purchased ticket only and they will be sold on a first-come-first-served basis, so please don't leave it too long to get yours!

Tickets are available from Jane Wain (tel.670716), Isabelle Harris (tel 670304), Fiona Donaldson (tel 670505), Catherine Vint (via the farm shop) and me - tel 670795 or email stevejwoodcock (at) btinternet dot com Adults are £7.50 and children (16 and under) are £5.00.

All proceeds will go to three village causes - the Pavilion, JUMPA and St John the Baptist Church.

A big thank you to the hard-working team who are pulling together the many strands of this event. Hope to see you there.

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