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28th August 2014 - Grand Occasion

The new season of Dun Cow charity quizzes kicks off this Wednesday, September 3, with a night in aid of the Nordoff Robbins charity. It’s dedicated to transforming the lives of vulnerable children and adults across the UK. The charity quiz nights started exactly two years ago and in that time they have raised nearly £3000 for a host of different good causes.

The pub is always packed out for them, so if you’d like to come along, please remember to book a table with Lisa on 01295 670524, particularly if you’d like to have a pre-quiz fish and chip supper.

28th August 2014 - WI Not?

Jane Probitts will be telling Hornton WI all about the institute’s education centre, Denman College, when they meet at 7.30pm in the Methodist Church next Thursday, September 4. The competition will be for a piece of handycraft.

28th August 2014 - Sweet Talk

The next meeting of the 3Hs Gardening Club 3hs – in the pavilion at 7.30pm on Tuesday week, September 9 – will include a talk on sweet peas.

28th August 2014 - Wheel U Give?

Our two beautiful churches need money to keep them in good shape and you can help – by walking or cycling in the sponsored Ride and Stride held by the Oxfordshire Historic Churches Trust on Saturday, September 13. You canget a sponsorship form from Julie Stanley on 01295 670507.

That’s what Lynn Corke has done already and you can sponsor her by going to www.justgiving.com/lynns-pedalliing-for-pennies-and-pounds

28th August 2014 - On The Boards

Preparations are well under way for the next Hornton pantomime – Dick Whittington – and you can be part of it.

All you have to do is go down to the pavilion at 6.30p a fortnight on Monday – September 15 – to become a member of the cast or backstage crew.

Never been in a panto before? Don’t worry, there’s a role for you. And if can’t make that Monday, please give Anne Joyner a ring on 01296 670337 and she can give you more details.

28th August 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 keep 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.

28th August 2014 - High Note

At last some fine weather for the August Bank Holiday Blues Cruise!

Four acts delighted the crowds, including The Mighty Firebirds, led by our very own Mark Bowes, headlined once more in the 29th year of the event.

The BBQ sold out and made more than £280 profit. Gate receipts were £540, giving a total of more than £800 for village good causes.

28th August 2014 - Termly Reminder

Children are back to Hornton School for the new term next Tuesday, September 2. The tem runs till October 24.

28th August 2014 - Church Services

There will be a Benefice Service in the Parish Church of St John the Baptist this Sunday, August 31, at 10.30am. A Methodist Church Service will follow half an hour later.

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.

24th August 2014 - Hornton Croquet Championship

22 teams drawn from across the village competed in the very first Hornton Croquet Championship on the Pavilion field on Saturday 15th August 2014.

Fighting it through to a close final match were Jon Cox and Graham Hall, but they were eventually pipped to the post by Paula and Tim Hewlett.

Organiser Steve Woodcock thanked the competitors, umpire Andrew Overton and all the many people who helped make the event a success, from providing croquet kit to helping with cream teas.

The afternoon raised £250 split between the Pavilion and JUMPA.

  
 

21st August 2014 - Bank On It

If it’s August Bank Holiday, it must be time for the Hornton August Bank Holiday Blues Cruise at the Dun Cow!

It’s all happening this Saturday, August 23, from midday onwards. As usual, The Mighty Firebirds will be headlining – led by Hornton’s very own Mark Bowes – and they’ll be supported by a star-studded array of other acts.

Please come along, as all the money raised goes to village good causes and it’s only £5 per adult - children are free. Sausages and burgers will be sizzling on the BBQ and you can wash the grub down with lots of lovely Hooky.

If you have a short amount of time to spare to do a stint on the gate or to help on the BBQ, please contact Mark on 01295 670633 as soon as possible.

21st August 2014 - Turn Again

It’s back by public demand! Is Anne Joyner is writing another Hornton Pantomime? Oh Yes She Is!

Monday, September 15, is the big day when you can go down to the pavilion at 6.30pm and audition. Never been in a panto before? Don’t worry, there’s a part for everyone and if you don’t want to perform, there’s a host of backstage tasks that also need doing.

This year it’s going to be Dick Whittington, once again penned by Hornton multi-talented writer, director and producer, Anne Joyner. If you can’t make that Monday, please give Anne a ring on 01296 670337 and she can give you more details

21st August 2014 - Cash Wednesday

The Dun Cow’s charity quiz nights started exactly two years ago and in that time they have raised nearly £3000 for a host of different good causes.

The next one is on Wednesday week, September 3, in aid of the Nordoff Robbins charity, which is dedicated to transforming the lives of vulnerable children and adults across the UK.

Please remember to book a table with Lisa on 01295 670524, particularly if you’d like to have a pre-quiz fish and chip supper.

21st August 2014 - Cockahoop

Paula and Tim Hewlett emerged as champions after Hornton staged its first ever croquet competition, with Jon Cox and Graham Hall runners up.

A total of 22 two-person teams entered the contest, which was staged on the football field at the same time as the gardening club’s annual show. Organiser Steve Woodcock said this arrangement worked really well.

“Hopefully it provides a formula for the future,” he said. “It was great to see so many people come and try their hand at croquet. As ever, Hornton folk mucked in to make it a fun afternoon, with some exciting games and worthy champions.”

And the cream teas made £275 profit - £20 to the gardening club and the rest split between the pavilion and Jumpa.

21st August 2014 - Super Show

The 3Hs Gardening Club had lots of superb entries in their annual flower and produce show last Saturday. Here are the winners in each class:

Winners of Section 1 – Vegetables, judged by Malcolm Brown:

CLASS 1 (6 runner beans) – E.Batchelor; 2 (4 potatoes) – Joy Hillman; 3 (4 onions, dressed) – B. Ashdown ; 4 (4 onions, as grown) – B. Ashdown; 5 (6 shallots, dressed) – J.Hillman; 6 (4 tomatoes) – D.Batchelor; 7 (6 tomatoes - Gardener's Delight or similar) – J. Hillman; 8 (4 carrots, less foliage) – D. Batchelor; 9 (3 beetroot, with foliage) – P. Burden; 10 (4 pods of peas) – J. Hillman; 11 (pair of lettuce) – D.Batchelor; 12 (pair of courgettes) – S. Hillman; 13 (single cucumber) – B. Ashdown; 14 (4 radishes)– no entries; 15 (the heaviest marrow) – M. Cross; 16 (the longest bean) – L. Corke at 15 inches;17 (collection of vegetables)– D.Batchelor; 18 (3 cooking apples) E. Lewis; 19 (3 dessert apples)– M. Cross; 20 (4 different varieties of herbs) – E. Lewis.

Winner of the Vegetable Cup – D.Batchelor. Winner of the Reserve Vegetable Cup – J. Hillman.

Winners of Section 2 – Flowers, judged by Malcolm Brown:

CLASS 21 (3 antirrhinum spikes) – E.Batchelor; 22 (3 spray chrysanthemum) – E. Lewis; 23 (6 annual sweet peas) – J. Burden; 24 (6 pansies or violas) – E. Lewis; 25 (3 dahlias)) – E. Lewis; 26 (3 pom pom dahlias under 2") – E.Batchelor; 27 (3 asters, single) – E. Batchelor; 28 (3 asters, double) - E. Batchelor; 29 (3 stems Pensemmon) – B. Ashdown; 30 (1 spike gladiolus) – E. Lewis; 31 (a single rose) – S. Parker; 32 (a container of 5 roses) J. Hillman: 33 (3 clematis heads)) – J. Hillman; 34 (3 perennials) – J. Hillman; 35 (mixed annuals in a container of your choice) – E.Batchelor; 36 (1 stem flowering shrub) – E.Batchelor.

Pot plants and flower arranging, judged by Paula Pledge:

CLASS 37 (flowering pot plant) – E.Batchelor; 38 (foliage or succulent pot plant) – J. Hillman; 39 (a foliage arrangement) – G. Griffiths; 40 (an arrangement evoking WW1) – G. Griffiths; 41 (a miniature arrangement) – G. Griffiths.

Winner of the Eileen Lewis Cup for Flowers – E. Batchelor.

Winner of the Reserve Flower Cup – E. Lewis.

Winner of the Silver Salver for Flower Arranging – G. Griffiths.

Winners of Section 3 – Cooking, judged by Jill Baldwin:

CLASS 42 (jar of lemon curd) – A. Hemmings; 43 (jar of jam) - S. Patching; 44 (jar of marmalade) - J. Hillman; 45 (jar of chutney) - J. Hillman; 46 (jar of jelly) - J. Burden; 47 (Autumn Plum Crunch Cake – S. Patching; 48 (3 Maids of Honour) – J. Burden; 49 (3 cheese and onions mufficns) – J. Burden; 50 (5 sweet biscuits) – J. Burden.

Winner of the Cooking Cup – J. Burden. Winner of the Reserve Cooking Cup – A. Hemmings and J. Hillman.

Winner of the President’s Cup for the best plant exhibit: J. Hillman.

Winner of the Shield for the exhibitor with most points – E. Batchelor and J. Hillman.

21st August 2014 - Heroes Helped

Over £200 was raised for the Help For Heroes charity during Hornton’s immensely-successful World War One exhibition. Now there are plans for part of the exhibition to be restaged in Banbury.

21st August 2014 - Worms A-Wiggle

Bookworms will be making their way slowly down to the village green next Wednesday, August 27,when the mobile library from Oxfordshire County Council will be there from 10.40am-11.20am.

21st August 2014 - Church Services

Preacher Sister Margaret Hale will lead the 11am service at Hornton Methodist Church this Sudnay, August 24. There is not service int heparish church because there’s a 10.30am Benefice Service at Alkerton.

14th August 2014 - Potty To Miss It

This Saturday, August 16, is the biggest day of the year for Hornton’s gardeners because the 3Hs Gardening Club holds its annual flower and produce show.

As usual, it’s being held in the pavilion and entries will be accepted from 9.15-11.15am, with the show reopening at 2.30pm to reveal the winners and present the prizes.

Don’t worry if you haven’t got any prize-winning blooms or brassicas – you can still take part in the cooking competitions! If you haven’t got a schedule, please get in touch with Sally Tweedsmuir straight away on 01295 670608.

14th August 2014 - Come To Croquet

Roll up to the Pavilion Field this Saturday, August 16, at 2pm to take part in the inaugural Hornton Croquet Tournament!

Never played before? Don’t worry. It’s dead easy and the tournament’s resident “experts” will be on hand to demonstrate the game and explain the rules.

Anyone aged 14 or over can compete in teams of two and if you haven’t got a playing partner, don’t worry - the organisers can team you up. Entry is just £3 per player, afternoon tea is available and all proceeds will be split between Pavilion & JUMPA.

Please email stevejwoodcock (at) btinternet dot com for more details or just turn up on the day!

14th August 2014 - Bank On It

If it’s August Bank Holiday, it must be time for the Hornton August Bank Holiday Blues Cruise at the Dun Cow!

It’s all happening on Saturday week - August 23 -from midday onwards. As usual, The Mighty Firebirds will be headlining – led by Hornton’s very own Mark Bowes – and they’ll be supported by three other star-studded acts.

Please come along as all the money raised goes to village good causes and it’s only £5 per adult - children are free. Sausages and burgers will be sizzling on Paula and Tim Hewlett’s BBQ and you can wash the grub down with lots of lovely Hooky.

If you have a short time to spare doing a stint on the gate or helping on the BBQ, please contact Mark on 01295 670633 as soon as possible.

14th August 2014 - Turn Again

The Hornton Pantomime is back by public demand – Oh Yes It Is!

The village’s talented playwright, Anne Joyner, has picked up her pen and is even now giving Dick Whittington a Hornton twist. Monday, September 15, is the big day when you can go down to the pavilion at 6.30pm and join in. Never been in a panto before? Don’t worry, there’s a part for you. And if you don’t want to perform, there’s a host of backstage tasks that also need doing.

If you can’t make that Monday, please give Anne a ring on 01296 670337 and she can give you more details.

14th August 2014 - Unbend Ze Knees

Due to holidays, there will be no Pilates Class in the pavilion next Thursday, August 21, or the following week and no Yoga in the Chapel until the middle of September.

14th August 2014 - Valuable Watch

Hornton’s Neighbouhood Watch BBQ was so well attended that, rather than just covering its costs, it made a profit of £250. The money is going to help repair the village lawnmower.

The group is thinking of starting a Night Watch – a list of contacts single people could phone if they were worried about a burglar or strange activity. Please contact Jenny Bowes on 01295 670633 if you’d like to know more.

14th August 2014 - Church Services

There will be an 11am service in the Parish Church of St John the Baptist this Sunday, August 17, in the Parish Church of St John the Baptist. There will be a 6 pm Circuit Farewell Service for Rev. Rob Anning and Rev. Dorothy Hewitson in Hornton 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.

7th August 2014 - Flat Out

Members of Hornton WI are advised to wear flat shoes for their August meeting tonight, Thursday. It’s a conducted walking tour of Broughton Grange by the head gardener taking place at 6.30pm. All members are invited – they get in free! - and visitors are welcome at a cost of £5.00.

7th August 2014 - Hornton Needs You!

Lord Kitcheneer would have been proud of ’em! Hornton History Group’s commemoration of World Ward One was a triumph from start to finish, bringing in even bigger crowds than expected.

Visitors came from far and wide - Oxford, High Wycombe, Bicester - even Wales – and the response on the group’s message board was instant: A very humbling and moving experience, said one visitor. A wonderful village effort to be proud of, said another.

So many people worked hard to make the event a success – visitor numbers were exceeded even before an extra morning was added last Monday – that it’s difficult to pick out anyone but the group want to give special thanks to Dauphin Restoration, based just south of Oxford in Marsh Baldon.

It specialises in display cases and the company’s Alex Abbott really saved the day by letting the group borrow some of their old-stock acrylic showcases so it could display its superb memorabilia for the exhibition.

7th August 2014 - In It 2 Win It

The 3Hs Gardening Club holds its annual Flower and Produce Show in the pavilion a week on Saturday - August 16. 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 Malcom Cross on 01295 670562 today!

7th August 2014 - Through The Hoops

If you thought this village’s social life was so action-packet that there wasn’t room for another activity, you’d be wrong.

Roll up to the Pavilion Field on Saturday week, August 16, at 2pm to take part in the inaugural Hornton Croquet Tournament!

Never played before? Don’t worry. It’s dead easy and the tournament’s resident “experts” will be on hand to demonstrate the game and explain the rules.

Anyone aged 14 or over can compete in teams of two and if you haven’t got a playing partner, don’t worry - the organisers can team you up. Entry is just £3 per player, afternoon tea is available and all proceeds will be split between Pavilion & JUMPA.

Please email stevejwoodcock (at) btinternet dot com for more details or just turn up on the day!

7th August 2014 - Picture This

Next month you’ll get a chance to create a work of art for your home or garden when Lucy Cooke runs her mosaic class at Hornton Pavilion every Monday for eight weeks.

It costs just £50 for all eight two-hour sessions – that includes a baseboard and tools – and you’ll be able to create a unique piece with her help. from September 29.You can get more information by ringing Lucy on 07875 226208 or emailing her as lucy (at) lucycookemosaics dot co dot uk

7th August 2014 - Worms On The Green

Bookworms should wriggle along to the mobile library from Oxfordshire County Council next Wednesday, August 13, from 10.40 to 11.20am, when it will be on the village green.

7th August 2014 - Church Services

There will be a United Service at 11am in the Parish Church of St John the Baptist this Sunday, August 10.

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!

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