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22nd January 2015 - Get Quizzical

The next Dun Cow charity quiz takes place on Wednesday week, February 4, and is in aid of the charity that helps promote bone marrow transplants

All the £2 entrance fees and ten per cent of the bar takings will go to the Anthony Nolan Trust. 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.

22nd January 2015 - Flying Fiction

The mobile library from Oxfordshire County Council will be on the village green next Wednesday, January 28, from 10.40am-11.20am.

22nd January 2015 - Parish Meetings

Here are the dates for the Parish Council meetings this year. The AGM will be on the 27th April and the APM is on the 18th May.

2 Feb
23 March
27 April
18 May
20 July
21 September
23 November

22nd January 2015 - Tricky Dickie

It’s nearly time for the theatrical event of the year!

It’s the Hornton Pantomime, of course, and for 2016 writer, producer and director Anne Joyner had taken the tale of Dick Whittington and given it that unique Hornton twist.

Don't call Pest Control but this year's production will be running alive with talented little rats, plus your favourite guest stars and new faces.

Starring all of your favourites and a couple of fresh new faces, the performances the performances will be on the evenings of February 19-21 in Hornton Pavilion, with a 3pm matinee on the Saturday. Tickets are £8.50 for adults and £4.50 for children, refreshments included, and are available from Lorraine Joyner on 01295 678708 and Isabelle Harris on 01295 607304. All profits will be going towards finishing the Pavilion refurbishment.

22nd January 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 January 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.

22nd January 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!”

22nd January 2015 - Church Services

Mattins will be celebrated in the Parish Church of St John the Baptist this Sunday, January 25, at 11am. As this is a Village 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.

15th January 2015 - Turn Again

It’s Panto time again! Tickets for Hornton’s 2015 pantomime are now on sale, so snap yours up before they all go.

This year it’s Dick Whittington but don’t be surprised if producer Anne Joyner has snuck in a few references about the Best and Busiest Village in Banburyshire!

Anne says: “This year's Hornton Panto will be running alive with talented little rats. It will also feature all of your favourite artistes and a couple of fresh new faces.”

The performances will be on the evenings of February 19-21 in Hornton Pavilion, with a 3pm matinee on the Saturday. Tickets at £8.50 for adults and £4.50 for children, refreshments included, are available from Lorraine Joyner on 01295 678708 and Isabelle Harris on 01295 607304.

All profits will go towards finishing the Pavilion refurbishment.

15th January 2015 - Make It Snappy

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

Please send in photos now that you’ve taken over Christmas and for the months of October and November right now!

Remember, you don’t have to live in the village to send in a photo but it does have to be taken in the village of Hornton. It doesn’t need to be taken during 2015, either. Please look in your albums and computers to see if you’ve got any good ones from previous years.

If you could send them in at the highest possible resolution, they print better. Or you can send a low-resolution version and, if it’s included in the calendar, we’ll ask you for a hig-res version.

The photos are also also better if they are landscape rather than portrait. Please email them to Jan Hall at janandgrahamhall (at) btopenworld dot com as soon as possible.

15th January 2015 - Never Too Early

If your little girl wants to become a Brownie, it's never too early to put her name down. 1st Hornton and Horley Brownies are so popular that there's a waiting list of younger girls wanting to join.

Claire Bottoms says the Brownies – who meet in Hornton pavilion on a Monday from 5 to 6.30pm have a wonderful time, learning everything from first aid to baking cup cakes. So if your daughter is interested, please call Claire on 01295 670216 and get her name down today!

15th January 2015 - Church Services

There will be an 11am Benefice Service this Sunday, January 18, and it’s going to take place 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.

8th January 2015 - Bank On It

January’s meeting of Hornton WI takes place tonight, Thursday, and will feature a talk entitled Upton House - The Country House Bank. It starts at 7.30pm in the Methodist Chapel.

8th January 2015 - Bloomin' Shame

There is no meeting of the 3hs Gardening Club next week, even though it’s the second Tuesday of the month. The next meeting will on Tuesday, February 10, at 7.30pm in the pavilion, when Peter Sheasby will give a slide show entitled Flowers of the Georgian Caucasus.

8th January 2015 - New Year, New Leaf

The mobile library from Oxfordshire County Council will be on the village green next Wednesday, January 14, from 10.40am-11.20am.

8th January 2015 - Chat Up

The deadline for contributions to the latest edition of The Gossip, Hornton’s very own village newspaper, is January 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!

8th January 2015 - 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 670304 and the celebrations can begin!

8th January 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!”

8th January 2015 - Church Services

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

1st January 2015 - Fit Not Fat

Do you need to lose a few pounds after all that excess eating and drinking over the festive season? Could you do with being just a bit fitter? Well, help is at hand.

Hornton’s Yoga Class meets at the Methodist chapel every Tuesday at 6.30pm. The Keep Fit group meets every Wednesday in the Pavilion at 7pm, and the Pilates Class in the same place at 4.30pm on Thursdays.

Everyone of any age or level of fitness is welcome.

1st January 2015 - High Resolution

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

Please send in photos through the year, all the way up to early October. Remember, you don’t have to live in the village to send in a photo but it does have to be taken in the village of Hornton. It doesn’t need to be taken during 2014, either. Please look in your albums and computers to see if you’ve got any good ones from a year or so ago.

But if they are high resolution, they print better. And they’re also better if they are landcape rather than portrait. Please email photos to Jan Hall at janandgrahamhall (at) btopenworld dot com

1st January 2015 - Chat Up

The deadline for contributions to the latest edition of The Gossip, Hornton’s very own village newspaper, is January 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!

1st January 2015 - Term Time

The children are back in Hornton Primary School for Term 3 next Tuesday, January 6. The term runs until February 13.

1st January 2015 - 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 670304 and the celebrations can begin!

1st January 2015 - Church Services

There will be an 11am service in Hornton Methodist Church this Sunday, January 5. As this is a United Service, there will be no separate service in 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.

25th December 2014 - Card Sharp

It’s too late to send Christmas cards but it’s not too late to save the stamps!

Maggie Higgins collects used stamps for the Royal National Institute for the Blind, so when Christmas cards drop through your letter box, please don’t just throw away the envelopes. Tear the stamps off with about a centimetre of paper all round, and pop them through Maggie’s letter box.

Meanwhile, if you haven’t had time to send cards round the village, Lynn Corke has an alternative plan.

“Why not sign the communal Christmas card which has gone up on the notice board and send the money you save to a good cause of your choice,” she said. “You’ll save a tree too!”

25th December 2014 - Goodwill To All Men

Hornton has a Goodwill Fund to send a card, a small gift and our good wishes to village people who are sick, just to let them know we are thinking of them - and it needs your cash and what better time of year to give.

The idea came from villager Jean Burden, whose mother ran a similar scheme in Cropredy, where it was a great success.

"It's just really a practical way of us showing that we're concerned about people who are ill," said Jean.

What the Goodwill Fund really needs is donations, so that a gift most suitable for the recipient can be bought. If you'd like to give some money, please contact Jean at Barry Cottage, Miller's Lane, or call her on 01295 670664.

25th December 2014 - Hiking At Hogmany

What better way to blow away that 2014 hangover than by a walk through our beautiful countryside?

Two paths have been created over the past few of years to provide a circular walk from Hornton with good views across the Sor Valley.

You reach the first walk – one of ten in the area which have recently been created in beautiful areas of Oxfordshire countryside – by going up Millers Lane and straight across Quarry Road onto the footpath. Keep going past the farm and the barn next to it and go down the hill. Just when you think you’ve got lost, the path starts up on the other side of a style up to your left. When you reach Hornton Hill Farm, don’t go up the hill to the farm buildings but skirt round the back on the lower ground and the path will take you back to Quarry Road. The views are lovely!

If you then turn left onto Quarry Road, you’ll see the start of the other path on your right. It runs south down into the valley for a few hundred yards, meeting up with the existing footpath running up the valley from the village and past Starveall Barn. Happy hiking!

25th December 2014 - Closed Book

There will be no mobile library service next Wednesday at it’s New Year’s Eve.

25th December 2014 - Church Services

At 5pm tonight, Christmas Eve, the Parish Church of St John the Baptist will hold its Crib Service, followed by Midnight Mass.

On Sunday, December 28, there will be an 11am service in Hornton Methodist Church. There’s no service in the parish church as there’s a 10.30 Benefice Service at Wroxton.

18th December 2014 - Sing Along

The annual Hornton Carol Singing around the village will be tomorrow, Friday, starting at the top of the Pavilion drive at 6pm.

The collection will be for Cancer Research and the carol singers aim to visit each house but if you are out or away you are welcome to give a contribution in advance to Ian Harris on 01295 670304.

18th December 2014 - School's Out

Hornton Primary School breaks up tomorrow, Friday, for the Christmas holidays. The children go back on Tuesday, January 6, 2015

18th December 2014 - Stamp Of Approval

As those Christmas cards pour through the letter box, please don’t just throw the stamps away.

Maggie Higgins collects used stamps for the Royal National Institute for the Blind, so when Christmas cards drop through your letter box, please don’t just throw away the envelopes. Tear the stamps off with about a centimetre of paper all round, and pop them through Maggie’s letter box in Holloway House, Bell Streed.

Meanwhile, Lynn Corke is encouraging Horntonians not to send cards to friends and neighbours in the village.

“Instead, why not sign the communal Christmas card which has gone up on the notice board and send the money you save to a good cause of your choice,” she said. “You’ll save a tree too!”

18th December 2014 - Goodwill To All Men

Hornton has a Goodwill Fund to send a card, a small gift and our good wishes to village people who are sick, just to let them know we are thinking of them - and it needs your cash and what better time of year to give.

The idea came from villager Jean Burden, whose mother ran a similar scheme in Cropredy, where it was a great success.

"It's just really a practical way of us showing that we're concerned about people who are ill," said Jean.

What the Goodwill Fund really needs is donations, so that a gift most suitable for the recipient can be bought. If you'd like to give some money, please contact Jean at jpburden (at) hotmail dot co dot uk, or call her on 01295 670664.

18th December 2014 - Christmas Crib

The Dun Cow is back to winning ways, slaughtering Southam Sports and Social Club 6-1 at home in their latest Harbury and District Crib League match.

The victory puts the Hornton cribbers tenth in the table.

18th December 2014 - Christmas Services

There’s a carol service in Hornton Methodist Church this Sunday evening at 6pm. At 5pm on Christmas Eve, the Parish Church of St John the Baptist will hold its Crib Service, followed by Midnight Mass.

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.

11th December 2014 - Party Time

Hornton WI are celebrating the festive season tonight, Thursday, with a Christmas party in Hornton pavilion at 7.30pm.

11th December 2014 - It's That Time Again

Minutes from the latest Parish Council meeting can be viewed directly here, or via the Parish Council page.

11th December 2014 - High Note

An entertaining evening of light-hearted poetry, prose and song is in store tomorrow night, Friday, when Hornton Choir present their Christmas Revue.

The songsters will be under the expert the guidance of maestro Pete Whitehead and the event kicks off in the Parish Church tomorrow at 7.30pm.

Tickets cost just £7 - to include a free glass of wine - and they’re available from Julie Stanley on 01295 670507 and Jean Burden on 01295 670664, or on the door. All proceeds to church funds.

11th December 2014 - Crafty

There will be a special showing of the film It’s a Boy at a morning of Christmas crafts taking place at Hornton Methodist Chapel on Saturday, December 13, from 11am-2pm.

All children aged between three and 12 are welcome and lunch will be provided.

11th December 2014 - Stamp Of Approval

Two Horntonians want you to raise money for good causes – one using Christmas cards and the other by not sending them.

Maggie Higgins collects used stamps for the Royal National Institute for the Blind, so when Christmas cards drop through your letter box, please don’t just throw away the envelopes. Tear the stamps off with about a centimetre of paper all round, and pop them through Maggie’s letter box.

Meanwhile, Lynn Corke is encouraging Horntonians not to send cards to friends and neighbours in the village.

“Instead, why not sign the communal Christmas card which has gone up on the notice board and send the money you save to a good cause of your choice,” she said.

“You’ll save a tree too!”

11th December 2014 - Sing Along

The annual Hornton Carol Singing around the village will be tomorrow week, December 19, starting at the top of the Pavilion drive at 6pm.

The collection will be for Cancer Research and the carol singers aim to visit each house but if you’re out or away, you’re welcome to give a contribution in advance to Ian Harris on 01295 670304.

11th December 2014 - Dead Meat

The Dun Cow was defeated by the Red Lion from North End in their latest Harbury and District Crib League match. The defeat leaves the Hornton cribbers fourth from bottom in the table with just six points from ten matches.

11th December 2014 - Christmas Story

The mobile library from Oxfordshire County Council will be on the village green next Wednesday, December 19, for the last time before Christmas from 10.40am-11.20am.

11th December 2014 - Church Services

Hornton’s sweetest church event of the year takes place this Sunday, December 14, when the Parish Church of St John the Baptist holds its annual Christingle Service at 6pm. As this is a village service, there will be no separate service 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!

4th December 2014 - Cwm Along

You can expect classics like Cwm Rhondda and lots of Festive favourites when Brackley Male Voice Choir perform at Hornton Methodist Chapel tomorrow night, Friday.

The concert starts at 7.30pm, tickets cost just £7 and they’re available from Julie Stanley on 01295 670507 and Jean Burden on 01295 670664.

4th December 2014 - Yule Be There

When the Ladies’ Working Party Christmas Fayre takes place, you know Yuletide is almost here. It’s happening at 6pm in the parish church this Saturday, December 6. There will be mulled wine, mince pies, Christmassy stalls and a traditional Hornton raffle.

4th December 2014 - Fast Food

The 3HS Gardening Club’s Christmas Dinner is happening next Tuesday, December 9, but if you’re quick you can still to book in with organiser Barbara Neville– and also make your food choices. Barbara can be contacted at 01295 670302 or on neville468 (at) btinternet dot com

4th December 2014 - Party Time

The usual WI meeting on the first Thursday of the month will not take place tonight, Thursday, - but don’t despair! There’s a Christmas party instead in Hornton pavilion at 7.30pm on Thursday, December 11 at 7.30pm.

4th December 2014 - Wine Not?

A glass of wine is included in the £5 when you come along to Hornton Choir’s Christmas Review.

It’s all happening at 7.30pm in the parish church a week tomorrow – Friday, December 12 – when the choir will present an entertaining evening of light-hearted poetry, prose and song. All proceeds to Hornton’s parish and Methodist churches.

4th December 2014 - Crafty

There will be a special showing of the film It’s a Boy at a morning of Christmas crafts taking place at Hornton Methodist Chapel a week tomorrow – December 13 - from 11am-2pm.

All children between three and 12 are welcome and lunch will be provided.

4th December 2014 - Sing Along

The annual Hornton Carol Singing around the village will be a fortnight tomorrow - December 19 - starting at the top of the Pavilion drive at 6pm.

The collection will be for Cancer Research and the carol singers aim to visit each house but if people are out or away they are welcome to give a contribution in advance to Ian Harris on 01295 670304.

4th December 2014 - Stamp Of Approval

Two Horntonians want you to raise money for good causes – one using Christmas cards and the other by not sending them.

Maggie Higgins collects used stamps for the Royal National Institute for the Blind, so when Christmas cards drop through your letter box, please don’t just throw away the envelopes. Tear the stamps off with about a centimetre of paper all round, and pop them through Maggie’s letter box.

Meanwhile, Lynn Corke is encouraging Horntonians not to send cards to friends and neighbours in the village.

“Instead, why not sign the communal Christmas card which will go up on the notice board this Saturday and send the money you save to a good cause of your choice,” she said. “You’ll save a tree too!”

4th December 2014 - Sunny Side Up

Horntonians were treated to a Big Bonny Breakfast at the pavilion last Saturday. Everything you needed for a hearty start to the day north of the Border – including porridge and potato cakes – was on offer.

Special thanks must go to organisers John and Jill Offord and their team of helpers, plus Smiths Newsagents, who kindly donated the papers. Proceeds were in aid of Jumpa and the left over food went to the Banbury Foodbank.

4th December 2014 - Cup Runneth Over

The Dun Cow crib tem – already suffering the worst start to their season for many years – have been knocked out of the Harbury and District Crib League Cup by the Harbury Club.

4th December 2014 - Slick Idea

Would you like to buy heating oil at a discount? If so, you need to take part in the Hornton communal oil delivery.

Fiona Donaldson on is organising the latest one in the next few days, so please contact her at fj dot donaldson (at) btinternet dot com or on 01295 670505 if you’d like to be included. She’d also like to know roughly how much oil you need.

4th December 2014 - Church Services

There will be an 11am service in the Parish Church of St John the Baptist this Sunday, December 7. As this is a village 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 there 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.

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