Or if you've missed an issue catch up on some of the back issues of The Gossip.
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Hornton parish councillors pleaded with the county council to clear the drains that are causing constant floods in Millers Lane – and were met with a flat “no” on two occasions.
At their latest meeting, on November 11th, members were told that the county would not clear the blocked drains because it had so little money it could only clear drains in flood risk areas. When the authority was then sent photos of water flooding down the lane, it then claimed the drains weren’t blocked!
You could save a tree this Yuletide by not sending cards to your friends and neighbours in Hornton – and signing the communal Christmas card instead. “You could send the money you save to a good cause of your choice,” says organiser Lynn Corke.
The card will go up on the notice board on Sunday December 8th. But you’ll still receive lots of cards from outside the village and Maggie Higgins makes a plea to keep all the stamps off them – both British and foreign.
“They are sold to raise money for Leukaemia Care and Oxfam,” she said. “During the festive season, many cards are received and I would like to take this opportunity to ask you all to take a moment of your time to tear off the used stamp - leaving, if possible, 1cm or so of envelope bordering the stamp.” You can drop the stamps off at Holloway House next to the green at the bottom of Bell Street.
Hornton’s green-fingered folk are holding their Christmas Dinner at the Dun Cow this year and they’d love you to join them.
The dinner, at 7 for 7.30pm on Tuesday December 10th takes the place of the usual 3Hs Gardening Club meeting and, if you’d like to come, please contact Malcolm Cross on 670562 as soon as possible.
Horntonians now have a new way of keeping fit. Every Friday, teacher Anne Owen is running a new yoga class in the pavilion, starting at 2pm.
Anne specialises in Kundalini Yoga, which works on strengthening the whole body, making you feel alive and vibrant and encouraging a greater sense of peace and calmness. “Come along and give it a try,” says Anne. “I think you’ll like it.”
All you need to bring is a yoga mat if you have one – or a blanket or a cushion, plus £6 for each session. If you’d like to know more details in advance, please ring Anne on 07835 086411.
If you’re interested in learning how to make a Christmas wreath or a lovely centrepiece, you can find out from a real professional without stepping out of the village, because Hornton’s Sarah Walther is going to hold two workshops in the pavilion on Saturday December 14th.
The morning session, costing £25, is for the wreath making – followed by a soup lunch. The afternoon session, making the centre piece, £20. You can stay for both for £40. All materials are included and you’ll walk away with a lovely Christmas creation for your home.
Coffee, tea and mince pieces and perhaps a glass of fizz with be served during the sessions, just to get you in the festive mood. Please let Jo Langton know as soon as possible if you’d like to come as there are limited numbers available. Contact her on 670359 or joann dot langton2013 (at) gmail dot com
On Sunday December 15th, a United Service of Lessons and Carols will take place at 6pm in the Methodist Church. On Sunday December 22th, there will be a United Methodist Morning Service in the chapel at 11.00am.
At 5.30pm on Christmas Eve the Blessing of the Crib service will take place in the parish church, again with an organist, followed by mulled with Steve and Rebecca at the Dun Cow. And at 11.30pm there will be a United Midnight Mass, also in the parish church.
On the first Monday of every month, there will be a two-course lunch in the Methodist Chapel at 1pm. Do pop in.
The Ladies’ Working Party is looking for volunteers to help them and, despite the name, you don’t have to be a lady to join! The group cleans the church, arranges the flowers, raises funds and does just about everything to keep the place thriving.
LWP member Sarah Walther says, “We would welcome some new ideas and input from any lady or gent – don't be put off by the ‘Ladies@ reference in our title!” If you might be interested in getting involved, please contact Sarah on 670627 or sarah dot walther (at) hotmail dot co dot uk
Hornton’s Isabelle Harris is still knitting hats and gloves for the Operation Christmas Child Shoe Box Appeal and she would be really grateful for any donations of double knitting wool. Since 1990, more than 124 million deprived boys and girls have been given one of the shoe boxes that are sent to deprived children in over 150 countries throughout the world.
“The colour doesn’t matter, as I can mix and match,” says Isabelle. You can pop the donations through the letter box of Isabelle’s house in Bell Street or call her on 670304.
Maggie Higgins is making a plea to keep all the stamps off the cards you receive – both British and foreign.
“They are sold to raise money for Leukaemia Care and Oxfam,” she said. “During the festive season, many cards are received and I would like to take this opportunity to ask you all to take a moment of your time to tear off the used stamp - leaving, if possible, 1cm or so of envelope bordering the stamp.”
You can drop the stamps off at Holloway House next to the green at the bottom of Bell Street.
If you’re a keen photographer and you’ve got some good photos of the village, please send them to be published on the Hornton website!
Webmaster James Prentice needs a selection of photos to put onto the home page of the site, so please send them off to him at info (at) hornton dot org dot uk They need to be 1951x761 pixels.
“When you visit the homepage of the website, you are presented with an image of Hornton or the surrounding areas, served up at random. But I only have a limited number of images – seven, to be precise.”
The deadline for contributions to the latest edition of The Gossip, Hornton’s very own village newspaper, is December 30th, so scribblers have still got time to hand in their contributions.
Joint editor Lorna Abbott on 678015 or abbott (at) hornton dot myzen dot co dot uk is waiting for those literary pearls to drop through her letter box!
You can join the be-glittered celebrities - well, sort-of - by taking part in an Latin American dance class in the pavilion early next month.
The class - one session per week for six weeks – starts on Wednesday, January 8th. If you are interested, please could you email Jo Langton on joann dot langton2013 (at) gmail dot com or call her on 01295 670359 so she can get some idea of numbers.
Oxfordshire residents that have been affected by suicide are urged to give their feedback to help shape a suicide prevention strategy.
Between 2016 and 2018 there were a total of 155 deaths by suicide in Oxfordshire. Of these, 126 of these were men which means that deaths in men outnumbered those in women by 4:1.
The Oxfordshire suicide prevention group is about to revise its action plan and develop a strategy and wants to hear from people in Oxfordshire who have been affected by suicide or who may have had suicidal thoughts themselves.
There is a determination to reduce the numbers of death by suicide therefore we are asking residents to complete the survey to help achieve this understanding.
The first prize in the St John the Baptist Church 100 Club is now more than £100.
But you’ve got to be in it to win it, so please get in touch with Andrew Overton on 678920 if you’re not and book your place in the next draw.
The Speedwatch initiative – in which motorists driving too fast are “snapped” by volunteers and sent warning letters by the police - has already seen a reduction in speeding by motorists through the village.
Now you can help sustain that by helping operate the equipment. Parish councillor Tim Hewlett is looking for volunteers to help out and, if you’re interested, please email him: tima (at) freershouse dot plus dot com
Do you have a cache of animal food that you bought for your beloved furry friend(s) - cats, dogs or other creatures - only to find they turned up their nose or it didn't suit their delicate digestive system?
Two generous Hornton families encountered this situation this very week and both have very kindly donated the surplus food (still well in date) to BARKS (Banbury Animal Rescue & Kindness Service). Chris Woodcock is a volunteer with BARKS and will very happily collect any other food that needs a new home and deliver it to our rescue centres and fosterers on your behalf. Or you can drop it off at their place, if you prefer.
Give Chris a call on 670795. And thank you in anticipation from all the dogs, puppies, cats, kittens, rabbits and other small furries at BARKS. We save and re-home around 350 of them every year and all our work relies on volunteers, donations and funds raised.
The surface of the JUMPA playing area needs a good clean up and the lines repainting next Spring. The committee are also hoping to cut back some of the trees to reduce the moss on the court.
The whole project will cost more than £1000, so if you could “sponsor a line”, please contact Simon Woolf at simon dot woolf (at) me dot com or Ian Harris at iiharris (at) btinternet dot com
The mobile library may be no more but did you know that Hornton has a library of its own? It’s in the foyer of the Methodist Chapel and you can pop in any time, borrow as book and return it when you’ve finished. And if you’ve got any interesting books that you’ve finished with, please bring them along!
Hornton History Group is flourishing. It’s welcomed more new members this year and it’s one of the most active groups in the village, so why don’t you join, too?
The annual membership fee is just £12, for which you get involved in lots of varied projects and have special access to trips and speaker presentations. For more information, contact chairman Kevin Wain on 670716 or email him kawain (at) zoho dot com
Looking for information about services and activities in Oxfordshire? Then Oxfordshire County Council’s Live Well Oxfordshire directory is the place to start your search – it’s easy to use and brings together over 2000 services and activities across the county.
You’ll find useful information and advice on a range of subjects – all aimed at giving you greater choice and control over the support and services you or a loved one need www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/livewell
Looking for local traceable meat - including Beef Rib Joints, Whole Beef Fillets, Gammons, Legs & Shoulders of Lamb?
Farm Shop Opening times: Monday, Thursday Friday & Saturday: 9am-5pm Sunday: Appointment only. Contact Charlotte on 07771861418, email will (at) whallanfarms dot co dot uk or just call in to place an order.
Errant parkers in Hornton beware! Hornton School head Matt Green has reminded parents in the past not to park on the yellow lines in the road outside but it’s fallen on deaf ears.
“Please do not park on the yellow lines, it is dangerous for your children,” he tells parents. “I will be ‘on patrol’ at pick up time to record the number plates of offenders and will be reporting them to our Local Community Support Officer. I appreciate the village is busy, but I will not allow the safety of our children to be put at risk by people flouting the rules.”
The first is about “families of Hornton”, with the Burden family taking centre stage. Pop in any time to find about this prominent Hornton family, their local roots and village homes.
Primary school head teacher Matt Green has made a plea for parents to slow down when driving through Hornton.
“We have received a complaint about the speed with which parents are driving in to the village,” he tells parents. “Please can everyone ensure, particularly with the amount of building works and associated vehicles which are around at the moment, that you drive slowly and carefully through the our village. “We have the safety of your children in mind. Thank you.”
School administrator Jenny Bowes says the caretaker has been finding dog mess in the grass area of the playground.
"Obviously this is an area where the children play and the above presents a health and safety issue," writes Jenny. "Please can we ask that if any dogs do stray in to this area owners double check that they haven’t left any nasty surprises for the children."
Hornton Methodist Chapel is available for hire for even more days than usual because the school is no longer using it.
If you’ve got any event or group activity that might benefit from using this beautiful building, please contact Julie Stanley on 670507 or julieharrystan (at) aol dot com
Did you know that 1 in 3 people rescued from house fires in Oxfordshire are rescued from cooking fires? Or that distraction is the main cause of cooking fires?
It's easy to get distracted - the phone rings, someone's at the door or a TV show catches your attention. If you need to leave your cooking, even for a couple of minutes:
Or you could find that Oxfordshire Fire & Rescue Service firefighters join you for dinner! Find out more at: www.365alive.co.uk/cooking