In & Around Hornton
Hornton’s cherished pub - The Dun Cow is launching its very own app to make ordering easier as the village eases its way out of lockdown.
The Dun Cow app has just become available for Android devices and licensees Steve and Rebecca Yates are finalising talks for iPhone users to download it from the Apple Store. It’s also available online from www.theduncowhorntonapp.co.uk
Through the app, you’ll be able to book a table and order food, drinks and takeaways from the pub even before you arrive to sit down!
Hornton Village Play Park
We are pleased to announce the opening of the village play park, closed from the start of the lockdown period we now feel the risks to children are out weighed by the positive impact of playing outside in a fun environment. We do though ask for your support in the use of the park in maintaining social distance guidelines, sanitising, using a piece of equipment as a family household and if possible wiping down after use. The gates will be left open and we ask that you always accompany your children even if they are of an age to go unattended. We will also have a sanitiser at the slope entrance of the park, the entrance closest to the village green will be closed.
We look forward to hearing the sounds of happy children in the park again, we don't want to be overbearing but please treat it with respect. If you feel there are any issues whilst using the park please feed back to the parish council, clerk (at) hornton dot org dot uk or any of the parish council members.
The hard-working allotment holders of Hornton have always faced a snag – there is no water supply to the site. And when Thames Water said they would provide one for just £1,610 it looked like a bargain. But Parish Councillor Paul Burden took a look at the small print and discovered it was going to cost a lot more than that. Thames Water would only install the pipe up Millers Lane, he told the latest online meeting of Hornton Parish Council, on July 6. There is another 60 metres’ of pipe up to the allotments, which would cost extra to install. And even if the allotment holders paid for that, the pipe would have to be sunk 750mm into the ground or Thames Water would not connect to it. The council decided that it would buy the allotment holders big plastic containers in which to collect water instead.
Noise from the nearby Motocross track, which held its first meeting since lockdown on the day before the council meeting, was once again raised by councillors. “The noise level of the latest Motocross event was clearly audible in the village once again and the cause of concern, adding to many other previous complaints received,” say the council minutes. “The track’s development, enlargement and growing popularity in hosting major commercial race events, bringing hundreds of top riders to the site, were talked about and concerns debated. “All agreed the situation had worsened considerably, in all aspects, since 2017-2018. The parish council had made appeals to them but the track had been further developed during the lockdown period. It was agreed that professional advice might need to be sought and that the situation would continue to be closely monitored.”
Following the recent fire in Millers Lane, councillors expressed fears that badly-parked cars might obstruct access into the village for emergency vehicles. “Parking irresponsibly could obstruct access for fire engines and ambulances, both to properties and fire hydrants, which could potentially cost someone’s life,” said chair Councillor John Offord. Various methods such as double yellow lines, signs or communicating with the owners of the cars were discussed. Cllr. Offord suggested to set up a group of a few councillors to go around the village to assess areas where parking could cause obstruction.
Plans to re-open the pavilion are under consideration, Cllr Andrew Overton told the meeting. He suggested that the committee ought to be looking for a more cost-effective way of heating in the pavilion. It was agreed that this was a very good idea.
Finally, councillors were told that villagers in Hornton are already taking the old adage, “Remember, Remember the 5th of November”, to heart. The organisers of Hornton’s Bonfire Night celebrations informed the parish council that they were already collecting donated wood - in keeping with government guidelines to – and the event would once more be held in the field at the back of the Manor House. They had also flattened the mound of wood that had already been collected to reduce obstructions for neighbours. It has also been brought to council’s attention that some furniture appeared on the pile, which councillors said should be discouraged.
Hornton Choir - Fields of Gold
Hornton’s virtual lockdown choir have notched up a second sensational YouTube song. After debuting with True Colours, the group have now performed Fields of Gold, written and first performed by Sting.
Once again the contributions of 28 singers had to be individually filmed by them in their own homes in and around Hornton. Choirmaster Pete Whitehead explained that it impossible for everyone to sing together online using video conferencing because people’s broadband speeds are all slightly different. Instead, Pete sent them soundtracks of their individual singing parts, to ensure they kept to time, and editing maestro Tom Wain took the separate videos shot by each singer to compile them into one film with one soundtrack.
Pete says the choir will be going back in time for the next virtual choir performance – all the way to the days of peace and love in the 1960s. The ensemble will be singing California Dreamin’, made famous by The Mamas and The Papas. If you’d like to take part, now is the time to get in touch – by emailing Kevin Wain at kawain (at) zoho dot com as soon as possible. And you don’t have to be a great singer or have had any experience in a choir at all.
Fit Not Fat
The Tuesday online keep fit sessions run during the lockdown by Hornton fitness guru and international triathlete Alex Birch are going so well that he's added a second! This is a gentler class, held at 6.30pm today and every Thursday whilst the lockdown is in place. You join using the Zoom app, which lots of people are now using to hold everything from virtual dinner parties to games nights.
"We felt that a gentler session dedicated to stretching the muscles and increasing the range of motion around the joints would be a welcome addition to the weekly health and fitness regime.," says Alex. "If you are interested in joining or simply want more details, please contact me directly by mail at acw dot birch (at) btinternet dot com or phone me on 678504, so that I can send out the Zoom link prior to the workout. Stay safe, fit and healthy!"
And through the wonders of modern technology, Alex can run classes for anyone, anytime, anywhere! If you'd like to organise a similar workout for your friends, family and neighbours, feel free to drop Alex a line.
Hornton Parish Council
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Anyone For Tennis?
The parish council and the Jumpa committee are pleased to announce that the Jumpa all-weather sports court is now open for tennis - but only tennis - and with certain rules. The rules are based on those laid down by the Lawn Tennis Association and participants must adhere to them.
Social distancing should be maintained and doubles are only allowed where the partners are members of the same household. No more than four people are allowed on court at the same time and the net should not be touched or taken down. The gates are wired open to minimise transmission and hands should be thoroughly washed.
"Please can we ask that people adhere to these rules so that we can keep safe and the court open.," says Parish Councillor Steve Woodcock.
Walking in Oxfordshire
Walking in Oxfordshire has hundreds of FREE walks to download, details of all the books, maps and walking groups in the county.
Making An Impression
Our village is pretty much the fossil capital of Oxfordshire because they’re in almost every nook and cranny of Hornton Stone. Now Chris Woodcock from Eastgate has a new activity for Horntonians during the lockdown – hunting those fossils out!
She is working with the Heseltine Gallery at Middleton Cheney, which is due to be staging a special exhibition in September – First Imprints – that will feature the prints of 22 local printmakers. All the works of art have been created from fossils, some from as far away as China and Greenland, but Chris would like real-life fossils to be on display as well.
“Many fossils were found in the local Hornton quarries and represent the remains of Jurassic sea life, roughly 190 million years old,” she says. “Have you got - or can you spot - any of these early life forms in our local stones, in your garden or out on your walk? “If so, I'd be interested in taking a look at your finds and seeing if we might borrow some of them. You would get full credit, of course, if your discovery is exhibited.” Please email Chris at chrisawoodcock (at) btinternet dot com
Only One DVD
The reshowing of the village’s millennium film, There’s Only One Hornton!, brought lots of requests from people wanting their own copies on DVD.
Now you can own one. Kevin Wain is the man to contact. He’s getting copies made from the original master and the DVD will come in a special presentation box with a specially designed cover.
The DVDs will cost £10 each and you can reach Kevin on 01295 670716 or at kawain (at) zoho dot com
All profits from the DVDs will go to village funds, that have already benefited by more than £500 from the two showing of the film in the pavilion at the end of last month.
Ladies And Gentlemen
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
Get Your Waste To The Right Place
A new and magical hero is in town to kill the confusion around recycling. The Waste Wizard is a new online tool that’s here to provide a magical solution to help Oxfordshire residents in their quest to solve the riddle of household waste and defeat General Waste.
Type in your postcode and the name of any item to find out whether it can be reused, repaired, donated, recycled, if it needs to go into a specific bin or can be disposed of at a Household Waste Recycling Centre.
Make It Snappy
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 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.
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
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
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.
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
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.
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