In & Around Hornton
Number 8 - Garden Gate
It’s the only horticultural number in the bingo caller’s repertoire, so what better way to announce the 3Hs Gardening Club’s very own bingo session?
It’s all happening in the pavilion on Friday May 23rd, and “eyes down” is at 7pm.
There will be an 11am service in the Parish Church of St John the Baptist this Sunday, May 25th.
As this is a United Service, there will be no separate 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.
4 Artik's Sake
Two of Hornton’s most talented artists, together with another who used to live in the village, are making their début in Oxfordshire Artweeks.
Until Bank Holiday Monday, Chris and Steve Woodcock and former Horntonian Eleanor Campbell are showing their pieces in an exhibition the artistic trio have called ARTIK – Art in Kingham.
The exhibition, which is free, is open from 11am-5pm at Eleanor’s studio in West Street, Kingham and will feature paintings, prints and ceramics. There are further details on the Oxfordshire Artweeks website.
Hornton head teacher Matt Green is leaving in the summer and the school governors have put together an advert and job description for his replacement.
“We are looking for someone with enthusiasm, vision and drive to lead the school on the next exciting phase of its journey to good and beyond,” they say. “The successful applicant will be ambitious for the school, high performing and able to demonstrate consistently high expectations and resilience.”
If you’re a suitably-qualified teacher who’s got what it takes – or you know someone who may – please contact Jenny Bowes or Tracey Abel on 01295 670335 or at office dot 2001 (at) hornton dot oxon dot sch dot uk
In the meantime, Matt has expressed his delight that Hornton Parish Council are taking action at motorists speeding through the village.
Hornton is joining the Speedwatch initiative, in which motorists’ speeds are checked and any who are travelling over the limit will have their details passed on to the police. They will issue warnings and take further action if necessary.
“As a number of our children now walk to school, I am pleased to hear the parish council are taking a stance against speeding as it will mean that the risk of any potential accident because of motorists breaking the law will be reduce,” said Matt.
No Rest For Carol
You might have thought that Carol would put her feet up after taking on the task of organising May Day, but not a bit of it.
On June 1st she, and nine other ladies from Feldon Valley Golf Club, are doing a sponsored walk on 1st June in aid of the Captain's Charity which, this year, is Cancer Research UK.
The circular route from Feldon Valley Golf Club to Tadmarton Golf Club and back again is about 20 miles long and the intrepid golfers have already clocked up more than 200 miles training for it.
The deadline for contributions to the latest edition of The Gossip, Hornton’s very own village newspaper, is the end of this month, so scribblers have still got time to hand in their contributions.
Joint editor Lorna Abbott on 01295 678015 or at abbott (at) hornton dot myzen dot co dot uk is waiting for those literary pearls to drop through her letter box!
All The Trimmings
If you’d like a traditional Sunday lunch and want to raise money for a good cause into the bargain, pick up the phone and call the Overtons! For several years, Carol and Andrew Overton had Horntonians to Sunday lunch to their cottage in Church Lane once a month to raise money for the parish church. It cost just £10 for a traditional Sunday roast with all the trimmings, plus drinks beforehand. You just need to come along with the money in your pocket and a bottle of wine in your hand.
In 2019, they’re going to start their Sunday lunches up again. They’re great fun, very sociable and your correspondent can vouch for Carol’s superb cooking. You can book for May 12th or June 9th. More dates will be available later. All you need to do to reserve your place is to call Carol and Andrew on 678920 or email them at aoverton64 (at) gmail dot com
“We look forward to hearing from you,” they say. “All your money goes to the church and we raised over £600 in the last year we did this.”
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.
Grab Your Pardners
Hornton History Group never stop! They’re planning a “bigger, better and barnier” barn dance – in a real barn.
It’s not taking place until June 22nd but, after the success of dances in 2015 and 2017, HHG would like you to put that date in your diaries now. Tickets will be on sale in a few weeks.
“There will be live music, rustic smells, hot food, booze and the chance to grab a partner and dosey do,” said Steve Woodcock. “Entry will be by advance ticket only - £7.50 for adults and £5 for children.
Off The Fence
A plan to erect a two-metre high fence around Hornton School has come under scrutiny from the parish council.
Cllr Louise McKenzie told fellow members at their latest meeting, on May 13th, that she had spoken to the school about the project, which is in a conservation area. The school has agreed to consult Cherwell’s conservation officer and the parish prior to the work and is still waiting for quotes.
Read the full minutes of the latest Parish Council meeting. Or visit the Hornton Parish Council page.
Hornton History group are organising another coach trip, this time to Hampton Court Palace.
It’s not taking place until Saturday, September 7th, but the group are having to hire a bigger coach – a 51-seater – so they want to know now if they can fill it, says organiser Jane Wain.
“Rough pricing, depending on whether we can fill the coach or not, is £30-£34 per person, to include coach and palace entry,” said Jane. “The estimated time of departure would be 8am and we would’t leave London until 7pm, so there would be time for an early meal once the palace shuts at 4.30pm.”
You don’t have to be a History Group member to attend and, if you are interested, please let Jane know as soon as possible by calling her on 670716 or email her at jmwain (at) zoho dot com
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
Live Better. Live Well Oxfordshire
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
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 makes a plea to keep all the stamps off your Christmas cards this year – 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.
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 goes up on the notice board this weekend and send the money you save to a good cause of your choice,” she said. “You’ll save a tree, too!”
Hornton Grounds Farm
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.
Hornton Parish Council
Alternatively find out more about Hornton Parish Council.
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.”
Scoop The Poop
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
All It Takes Is One Distraction
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:
- turn down the heat
- set the timer
- or ask someone to watch it for you
Or you could find that Oxfordshire Fire & Rescue Service firefighters join you for dinner! Find out more at: www.365alive.co.uk/cooking