Are you new to the village? Need to know about deliveries, local amenities or require a local tradesman? Sounds like our Welcome to Hornton guide might be just what you are looking for.
The church 100 Club quarterly draw takes place on Friday 24th March, at the burger night in the Dun Cow at 7pm. The amount of the prize money does depend on the number of shares taken up, the more that join the bigger the prize money! At present the 1st prize is just over £100, 2nd is over £60 and third is over £30. So it is worth joining if you are not already a member, it only cost £5 per month and a third of the money is given back as prize money. The balance goes to help maintain our beautiful church. If you haven’t joined yet, please email Andrew Overton at aoverton64 (at) gmail dot com or call him on 678920 before the draw.
Hornton WI are holding a bingo session on Friday 24th March, in the pavilion. Eyes down is at 7pm and there’s another, organised by the parish church’s Ladies’ Working Party on April 7th – same bingo time, same bingo place!
Hornton parish councillors have given the plans for the extension to the pavilion their approval at their latest meeting. The proposals are being considered by Cherwell District Council at the moment and will give footballers and other users of the sports field decent changing rooms for the first time.
Councillors also gave the thumbs up to BT’s decision not to remove the village phone box after a campaign by them and a number of villagers. Next in the councillors’ sights is the problems Hornton faces with speeding motorists. The meeting decided that Councillor Tim Hewlett should contact the police community support officer about the issue and parish clerk Katherine Mills will try to track down flashing speeding signs which have been used previously by the village.
The meeting also discussed a request from Hornton Primary’s School’s head teacher, Matt Green, who had contacted the Parish Council regarding the possible use of the village allotments for future school development. Cllrs Paul Burden and David Jarrett reported that the possibility of the school being moved to this piece of land has been discussed several years ago, but Oxfordshire County Council had not supported the proposal. The piece of land was now smaller, would have access issues for school traffic and was also the proposed site for the installation of the Western Power substation, the meeting was told. Councillors decided that Cllr Kevin Wain would liaise with the school regarding the query. The council are going to see how much it would cost to put up a sign at the bottom of Hollow Way advising drivers that there is no vehicle access to Hornton Grounds Farm, after a letter from Andrew and Maggie Higgins.
And the clerk will request a quote from mole catchers after Cllr Wain reported that the moles hills on the village green and the playing fields needed to be treated. She also reported that it was within Parish Council powers to provide funding for church clock maintenance. An estimate for the required clock maintenance would be obtained and considered for approval by the Parish Council.
Hornton’s John Bridgeman has volunteered to give two talks on local history over the next couple of months and you won’t want to miss either. The first is on Thursday, March 30th, in the Parish Church of St John the Baptist, where you’ll hear all about Hornton’s mysterious mediaeval hermit, known as an anchoress. John has discovered all sorts of clues in the church that indicate we had an anchoress – a hermit who lived walled-up in a church for the rest of their lives – living here. Bring coats, boots and a torch as you may well be looking round the church for clues, inside and out! The talk begins at 7.30pm and you just turn up on the door to buy your £5 ticket – refreshments included. John will follow this up with a talk about 600 years of Oxfordshire Yeomanry, covering its colourful history from knights, archers and men-at-arms in France to Winston Churchill's regiment of cavalry. This is taking place at the Old School in Horley at 7.30pm on Friday, April 28th, There’s a pay bar and you must reserve a £5 ticket in advance by calling 730039. This is a Michael Hardinge Trust fundraising event, with proceeds going to educational grants for local students, and the old school hall.
Can you help researchers at Upton with vital information for the next exhibition being staged there? They want to locate any Hornton villagers whose ancestors might have worked at the National Trust property in the 1920s and 30s – and they may want to interview you. Ann Thomas runs the oral history project for the site and she is keen to interview anyone who is a descendant of people who worsked there between 1927 and 1948, when Lord and Lady Bearsted were the owners. She will pop over and interview you and take copies of any photographs you may have. Then the information from the interview is compiled and briefed to other volunteers, so they can bring the place to life and talk to visitors about real people and anecdotes. If you think you may be able to help, please contact Chris Woodcock on 670795.
The next charity quiz at the Dun Cow will take place on Wednesday April 5th in aid of the Horton Hospital Fighting Fund. All the £2 entrance fees and ten per cent of the bar takings will go to the fund. The quiz starts at 8.30pm and booking a table with Adrian and Lisa on 670524 is advisable, especially if you’d like one of Lisa’s fish and chip suppers beforehand.
Hornton History Group desperately need a dozen A-frame signboards – the kind you see on the pavement outside cafes. Later this year, they’ve got a really exciting exhibition planned called The Way We Were. The main display will be at Hornton pavilion but there will also be a village trail, guided by a walking-tour map, for you to seek out and discover historic places of interest. They need the sign boards for this and, If you can lend any, please contact Laurie Furneaux at laurie dot stewart (at) furneauxstewart dot com or on 670417.
Hornton School is only small and needs all the Sainsbury’s Active Kids vouchers it can get. They’re available now, so please be cheeky and ask the person in front and behind you for their vouchers if they don’t want them! They’ll be used to purchase PE and playtime equipment in the summer.
In the last year, Hornton’s Isabelle Harris has knitted an astonishing 300-odd hats and gloves for needy children. Over the years, she’s knitted more than a thousand but she needs your help to keep up the good work. What she requires is double knitting wool and then she can keep on making her knitted creations for the Samaritan’s Purse Shoe Box Appeal. Since 1990, more than 124 million deprived boys and girls in over 150 countries have been given one of the shoe boxes containing toys, gifts and warm clothes, like Isabelle’s hats and gloves. “The colour of the wool doesn’t matter, as I can mix and match,” she says. You can pop the donations through the letterbox of Isabelle’s house in Bell Street or call her on 670304 and she will collect it from you.
When you write a cheque to the Parish Church in future, please make sure it’s to Hornton PCC Churchwardens, rather than to St John the Baptist Church. Church treasurer Andrew Overton says that their bank is starting to take a hard line if cheques are not made out to the name of the church’s actual account. Apparently, the bank has accounts for several St John the Baptist churches and, if the cheque is not made out correctly, there a danger that the money might go to the wrong one!
There's lots going on in the Hornton History Group this year, from ships in Portsmouth to a big barn dance in the village and a major exhibition focused on village life over the centuries. Here are a few highlights for you to note, act on and mark on your calendar...
For those fond of lively dance in a rural setting, save the date of Saturday 20th May 2017 when the History Group will be hosting a second village Barn Dance up at Hornton Grounds farm.
This event was very popular the first time it ran, two years ago. We got some great anecdotal feedback plus social media reaction. (And that was despite the pouring rain.) Once again, there will be live music, a pay bar and tasty farm food on offer at a very reasonable price. The dance floor will be even bigger this time, so we're hoping for a great turn-out.
Looking back on life in Hornton
We are scheduling this event, entitled The Way We Were, for 8th, 9th and 10th September 2017, so please bear this in mind. The main display will be at Hornton Pavilion – and there will also be a village trail, guided by a walking-tour map, for you to seek out and discover historic places of interest. All ideas and contributions of memories and memorabilia are still very welcome – and thanks to all those villagers, friends and former residents who have provided information and artefacts so far.
Coming up in the next few months
Thursday 30th March, 7.30pm at St John the Baptist Church, Hornton – John Bridgeman unveils the fascinating lives of religious anchorites and anchoresses, a type of religious recluse (an 'extreme hermit') and reveals visual clues to suggest our own church had a resident walled-in zealot back in the early Middle Ages. A £5 entry charge per person, on the door, will cover refreshments in the interval as well as the presentation and a Q&A session. Proceeds will be split between the Church and the History Group.
Bring coats, boots and a torch as we may well be looking round the church for clues, inside and out. We have already attracted interest from regional historians and other specialist groups for this event. Not to be missed!
Trip to Portsmouth Historic Dockyard
All day on Saturday 22nd July (provisional date). Portsmouth is home to some of the most famous and historically important naval ships in the world. It's a six-attraction day (HMS Victory, HMS Warrior, Mary Rose, the National Musuem of the Royal Navy, Action Stations and HMS M.33) plus a harbour boat tour, galleries and exhibitions. Jane Wain is organising a coach pick-up in the village at 8.30am. The total cost will be about £37, with concessions. There will be free time to catch an evening meal before the return journey. The last History day trip to Bristol Docks was a big success, so we're expecting this one to be popular too. Depending on how many History members sign up, there are likely to be some spaces for non-History villagers, so contact Jane if you're interested: tel 670716.
Finally, we have welcomed more new members to the History Group this year. 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 Kevin Wain, our chairman: tel 670716.
If you’re a Hornton hedgehog it’s starting to get pretty cold. But hedgehog experts Steve and Chris Woodcock have advice for anyone wanting to over winter one of the little critters. First, some of them have not gone into hibernation, so they still need feeding. Forget bread and milk – they like dry dog or cat food. Second, please leave those nice areas of dry leaves and garden debris for them to build nests. Finally, If you see a hedgehog out in the day at this time of year it is probably unwell and, having observed it from a distance, you might need to get it to a rescue centre. Warwickshire Hedgehog Rescue at 01926 336714 are the people to call and there are plenty more tips on their website.
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! The organisers wish to thank Phil Holt for donating the bookcase.
The Hornton Post Office Bell has been found! Its owner has just rung the Hornton History Group’s Kevin Wain, who was looking for it to use in an exhibition this Autumn. Kevin appealed for the bell after speaking to its owner a couple of years ago. Unfortunately, he couldn’t remember the owner’s name but Don Walker of Fritwell has now stepped forward! Don is the great nephew of Kate Turner, who was Hornton’s post mistress and the longest serving in the country at one time. He is more than happy for the bell to be used and also has other items, including a child’s hoop my by his grandfather. And the History Group are appealing for more items to use in the exhibition, entitled The Way We Were and scheduled for September 8th – 10th. It will focus on the Hornton world of work, trades and crafts over the centuries. All ideas and contributions of memories and memorabilia are still very welcome , so please contact Kevin on 670716 or at kawain (at) zoho dot com.
Hornton's Keep fit class with new instructor Jess Wain has got off to a flying start in January, with a total of 21 people attending over the course of the month, with a good core group of around 15. Space is a little tight in the Pavilion at the moment with the stage being up for the pantomime but the keep fitters are managing by utilising the stage space and there’s still room for more to come along to the class, which takes place every Wednesday between 7 and 8pm. There will be no class on Wednesday 15th Feb due to the panto, but it’s no excuse for a week off as Jess will be providing the class with exercises to do at home!
Concerns about speeding motorists through Hornton have led parish councillors to once again review whether new measures can be adopted to tackle the problem. Members were also told that two new electricity sub-stations – in West End and near the bus stop in Millers Lane – will be installed. The children’s playground committee was considering installing some new non-ride play equipment suitable for toddlers and babies. Meanwhile, the Clerk has received a good number of responses from residents interested in attending a second defibrillator training evening. Work is required to save the leaning laburnum in front of 4 Holloway Cottages. True surgeon Ben Acreman has advised the council that the tree’s root system was settled and the tree had high amenity value and was worth conserving. Councillors agreed to have the tree crowned and for two rustic structural timber props to be secured to aid the tree’s stability. Finally, the future of The Gossip village newspaper is secure, with the parish council agreeing to pay half of the running costs and the remainder to comes from the 6p-a-line fund from the proceeds of the Banbury Guardian column.
The £10 Talents Challenge in aid of the parish church has proved much more successful than the organisers ever thought possible. The scheme – in which villagers were given £10 by the church and then challenged to turn it into a profit raised more than £1400 and organiser Sarah Walther is delighted. “From raffles, to the sale of sweet williams and dishcloths, dog-sitting, a cheese n’ Pimms evening, bingo, coffee morning , games evenings, a dinner party and a “bowl” supper, all these very entertaining ideas raised lots of money,” she said. The overall winning “entrepreneurs” were John and Lindy Bridgeman, raising over £400 after cleverly using their £10 to make a profit on a dinner party and then using that money for a bigger “bowl” supper. “Once again, a huge thank you to all who took on the challenges and to all who came and supported them,” added Sarah. The money raised will go towards the rebuilding project at present being planned in the church.
If your little girl wants join the Brownies, now’s the time. First Hornton and Horley Brownies meet in the pavilion on Monday evenings and any little girl aged seven to ten can be a member. All you have to do is register on the girl guiding website and then call Brown Owl Jennie Tyrrell on 678220 or email her at email@example.com
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. “As Christmas is fast approaching, I thought this would be a good time to start a collection in Hornton, though stamps can be collected throughout the year. “Please take a moment of your time to tear off the used stamp - leaving, if possible, 1cm or so of envelope bordering the stamp. They can then be dropped off at Holloway House next to the green at the bottom of Bell Street."
Hornton's next communal oil delivery is taking place soon. If you'd like to join in and get heating oil at a reduced price, please contact Bob Langton as soon as possible on 670359 or at bobslangton (at) gmail dot com
The Dun Cow polished off the GMLI team from Long Itchington 5-2 at home to take them to the number five spot in the Harbury and District Crib League. The victory means there’s still everything to play for, with a third of the season’s matches still to play. Come on cribbers!
It might seem a long time ahead, but Hornton’s biggest day of the year – May Day – will only go for a zing if we start getting ready now! Organiser Lorraine Joyner has already started planning for the May 1 event and she’d like anyone who can help to get in touch with her now on 6787087. Events like May Day thrive on new ideas, so if you’ve got any thoughts for stalls, sideshows or attractions that we’ve never had before, then now’s the time to share them. Just because you come up with an idea for a new attraction doesn’t mean you have to run it!
Did you know that Hornton's two churches can pick up lots of lovely lolly from the taxman if you give them a nudge in the right direction? If you sign a covenant, promising to give so much – however small – per year, you can Gift Aid the money and the taxman puts an extra amount on top equivalent to the basic rate of income tax. All you have to so is sign a form and get your bank to pay a standing order. Julie Stanley on 670507 has got the forms for the Methodist church and Andrew Overton on 678920 has got the parish church forms. Simple!
Too much Christmas pudding and mince pies over the holidays? Now’s the time to work it off – and there are so many exercise classes in Hornton that there’s simply no excuse! Come along to the pavilion at 9.30am pavilion every Tuesday and you can get your day off to a great start with Zumba. Later in the day, at 6.30pm in the Methodist Chapel, you can stretch those limbs and chill out with Yoga. On Wednesdays at 7pm in the pavilion it’s Keep Fit and on Thursdays at 4.30pm in the same place it’s Pilates. Bend ze knees!
So what can/should you do right now? We are certain Banbury will want to stand up against this, and are drawing up plans right now, which will be revealed as soon as we have a time and a place for you.
Find out what YOU can do right now. You can also sign an online petition to prevent the closure of oak ward at Banbury Horton general hospital. You can also sign a petition to prevent the closure of the Maternity Unit at Banbury Horton General Hospital.
Is there anyone in the village willing to become the Pavilion Treasurer please? We really need a replacement as a matter of some urgency now. The Pavilion sub-committee is a jolly group of friendly folk and the funds are in good shape having been in very capable hands, so please come and join us and we will give you a warm welcome. I have only been in my role a short time and look forward to our meetings. If you wish to know more please let me know by calling Jo on 670359 or email: joann dot langton2013 (at) gmail dot com
Parish councillor Paul Burden, who is in charge of Hornton’s allotments, has appealed to allotment holders and visitors to be a little more considerate. There have been complaints that some allotment holders have been lighting bonfires when the prevailing wind is blowing towards the village and some dog walkers have been allowing their pets to foul the area. He asked everyone to be considerate.
With the considerable increase in the number and the variety of cons and scams, thieves are adapting their methods to come up with new ways to steal your personal data and other information. On most new credit or debit cards, you will see a wireless symbol which informs you that your card uses Radio Frequency Identification RFID technology. This allows you to simply tap your card on card-readers to make payments of up to £30. However, this comes with security risks, as criminals can create an RFID reader with minimal effort and steal your details. They can also download an app onto their Smartphones to achieve the same results. They only need to brush past your pocket or bag with their device to do this. You might not even notice it happening. You can prevent this happening with the Card Defender. This is a sleeve card holder that provides RFID - blocking technology and it protects contactless cards from being read. A similar device was demonstrated on a recent edition of BBC TV's 'Rip of Britain'. We recommend that everyone carrying a contactless cards should have one or more Card Defenders. This also applies to Oyster cards and students' ID cards. Card Defenders are now available from Thames Valley Neighbourhood Watch Association for just £1.00 each; 5 for £4.00, or 7 for £10.00 plus postage. To order please contact us at: naomi dot arnold33 (at) gmail dot com.
Hornton School head teacher Matt Green is cracking down on parents of pupils who are parking dangerously around the village green. He is worried that parents parking on yellow lines could cause an accident and he’s asked Police Community Support Officers to carry out spot checks. He has also contacted Hornton Parish Council to get no parking signs erected next to the yellow lines to stop people parking there and any parents the school spots parking illegally will have their number plate details passed on to the police. “The safety of your children is our absolute number 1 priority and, in the last couple of weeks, I have noticed that a small group of parents and carers are once again parking on the yellow lines,” he says in a letter to parents. “It’s not just me that thinks this is dangerous.” School staff are being asked to use the car park at the Dun Cow, which Lisa Segens has kindly offered to ease congestion outside the school.
After lots of pressing, the best photographer in Hornton has finally been persuaded to run a photography course. Jan Hall is going to hold six fortnightly sessions showing people how they can get better and more exciting pictures by taking their camera off the auto setting. “The format isn’t set in stone, but I envisage concentrating on one element of photography in each session,” said Jan. “This way you will get a proper understanding of each aspect and how it interacts with the other elements. “You don’t need to have a high-end DSLR camera with loads of lenses, but your camera will have to have some form of manual control over shutter speed and aperture at the very least. If you aren’t sure if your camera is suitable just e-mail me the model details and I will let you know." The six sessions will cost just £30 in total and they are open to people from outside the village. Anyone interested should contact Jan as soon as possible on 670891 or janhall01 (at) outlook dot com
Volunteer Connect runs a volunteer driving scheme throughout Cherwell, providing transport to those people with problems accessing public transport to get to important appointments. The cost is 45p per mile, which goes to the volunteer driver to cover the cost of petrol. We also need more drivers! This can be a very rewarding experience, helping those within the community to travel to hospitals, GPs, dentists, podiatrists etc. It is not an onerous commitment, as it is on as “as and when” basis. To find out more please call 0300 3030 125, or email pip dot dealtry (at) volunteerconnect dot org dot uk
There are enough public-spirited Horntonians interested in being trained on the new village defibrillator that a second training session on the equipment can be held, parish councillors were told at their latest meeting. They also heard that the committees running JUMPA, the children’s playground and the pavilion had all decided to stay under the wing of the parish council, rather than set themselves up as independent charities. But parish clerk Katherine Mills is going to investigate to see if some decisions by council committees could be agreed by email. This will become particularly relevant when building work starts on the pavilion and payments need to be agreed swiftly. Cllr Kevin Wain reported that the Children’s Playground coffee morning raised £190 for Katharine House Hospice and that the committee was considering installing some new play equipment suitable for toddlers and babies. Councillors discussed the issue of speeding in the village at length. Cllr Tim Hewlett advised that the county council would only fund speeding measures where a road accident had occurred and had also been advised that the Twenty Is Plenty signs were illegal. Parish council chair Cllr John Offord suggested other options such as gates at the entrance of the village, road narrowing measures and pedestrians on the road signs. Cllr Roger Bellamy said he would be willing to carry out a 12-hour speed survey using a speed gun in order to obtain evidence to present to OCC. Cllrs agreed that the Parish Council would fund the purchase of the speed gun and the Clerk would contact the community police to ask if they could calibrate the gun to ensure the evidence was correct.
Hornton’s Isabelle Harris is still knitting hats and gloves for the Samatitan’s Purse Shoe Box Appeal. Since Since 1990, more than 124 million deprived boys and girls in over 150 countries have been given on of the shoe boxes that are sent to deprived children throughout the world and she would be really grateful for any donations of double knitting wool. “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.
Do you need to lose a few pounds? Could you do with being just a bit fitter? Well, help is at hand with Hornton’s very own Keep Fit Class! It meets every Wednesday in the Pavilion at 7pm and everyone of any age or level of fitness is welcome. There's also Pilates at 4.30pm on Thursdays, again in the Pavilion.
The older people’s charity Age UK Oxfordshire has launched its annual Dignity in Care Awards and they are seeking nominations from members of the public. The Dignity in Care awards is a project that has been running since 2012 and is led by Age UK Oxfordshire. We want local people to nominate organisations, care settings, paid staff and volunteers who have gone that extra mile to deliver outstanding care. The awards are an opportunity for us to recognise and celebrate where great care has been given and in promoting this they hope that it will inspire other health care professionals and volunteers to raise their standards.
Do you know someone or a care setting that could be nominated for an award? Or could you help them share and promote the awards with members of the public? Any help you can offer in promoting the awards would be greatly appreciated. This could be done by word of mouth or maybe through social media accounts.
The awards are for: Leadership, Care or support setting or service, Carer or support staff, Communication, Unpaid carer or a volunteer worker and the ‘Josie’ award.
You can visit the Age UK website for more information or to make a nomination. Aternatively you can download a PDF nomination form - instructions on what to once it's filled in are at the bottom of the form.
There's a busy schedule of activity coming up in 2017 for Hornton History Group, as they set their sights on their next big event which will focus on the Hornton world of work. The team is keen to hear from anyone who can provide source material or anecdotes to help them build a database on how the men and women of Hornton have earned their living through the centuries and up to the present day. The schedule also includes a visit to Rousham House and Garden, with a private guided tour. The team will also complete the graveyard survey - the first ever documented. New members are always welcome. Please contact Kevin Wain on 670716.
Rural residents face an unwelcome hike in council tax coupled with much reduced services if the government pushes ahead with a proposed funding settlement for rural communities - despite an increase in the Rural Services Delivery Grant.
The Rural Services Network, which represents local councils and other services providers, outlined its massive concerns as the government prepares to decide how much grant funding to allocate local authorities following provisional announcements. Rural local authorities would be very heavily penalised by a proposed shift in grant from shire areas to metropolitan areas, said the Network. Network chief executive Graham Biggs said cash-strapped local rural councils would face the prospect of being forced to increase council tax to a level much more than their urban counterparts - and even then having to undertake swingeing service cuts. Proposed changes to the funding formula had been applied unevenly and at the last minute by the government, and without any forewarning, had the effect of further penalising rural areas, said Mr Biggs. Mr Biggs said: "Yet again, rural areas, which already have higher council tax levels than urban areas and a lower average local income, will be caned to allow urban areas to maintain more government grant." Mr Biggs said council tax was already significantly higher in rural areas compared to urban because of historic underfunding of rural services by successive governments. Yet despite this, the current government was again choosing to favour urban people at the expense of those living in rural areas. Mr Biggs said it was unthinkable that a Government which had indicated understanding of the rural situation was now planning to further increase the gap between rural and urban government funding. "The move beggars belief," said Mr Biggs. "Cuts in grant have been difficult to live with for five years but they have been similar percentage reductions across rural and urban areas. "Now out of nowhere come proposals that will decimate rural services while urban areas get a much lesser level of grant reduction.” Mr Biggs added: "To compound the situation still further, government ministers assume in their figures that rural residents will have to pay even more in council tax than their urban counterparts. "It is astounding." Rural local authorities have called on the government to reconsider its proposals before MPs vote on the final settlement in February. The Rural Services Network agrees with the leader of the County Councils Network and others who say this proposed settlement if enacted can only produce huge cutbacks in services in rural areas.
The Network's full response to the government's proposals can be read here.
Lynn Corke is raising money for another good cause – Marie Curie Cancer Care. She is collecting any old jewellery that’s broken or you no longer wear. “It can be costume jewellery or something more valuable which is damaged,” says Lynn. “Broken chains or watches, odd earrings – it can all help raise money to provide home nursing and support for those who are terminally ill and want to die at home. Call Lynn on 670673 or email lcorke (at) uwclub dot net and she will collect it from you.
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 670304 and the celebrations can begin.
We’ve got new neighbours in the village. They're all spiky characters who love nothing better than a nice juicy slug or mealworm for their supper! Mike, Barclay, Abbie, Michelle, Eva, Michael, Semele, Christopher and Adrien are the names of the young hedgehogs who have been released next to feeding stations, following the kindness of villagers who have built them in their gardens. It's the season when our gardens and veg are growing fast and the annual problem of slugs and snails is upon us. Conscious of not wanting to harm our new hedgehog neighbours, many of you have being asking us to recommend effective ways to control the slimy things without harming wildlife. So, here goes on a quick eco gardening lesson...
The truth about slug pellets:
Despite their popularity, slug pellets are a poor method of slug control, killing no more than 10% of the slug population on average. However, they do pose a real hazard to other wildlife, pets and even young children. They are based on one of two active ingredients; Metaldehyde or the less common Methiocarb. The latter is about ten times more toxic than the former, posing far greater danger to other animals. It breaks down more slowly too, making it a longer lasting hazard. It’s also an insecticide, meaning it kills off many other insects, including the friendly slug-eating beetle and the beneficial earthworm. So please consider banning these horrid methiocarb poisons in your garden. In general, any chemical treatment that kills slugs, snails or insects will be bad for hedgehogs (and other good garden critters) and should be avoided. If you really want to combat slugs and snails, try nematode treatments and/or one of the following other options instead. ...
Safe slug control:
Here are some really good links for dealing with slugs and snails. Think of natural ways to combat slugs - eg. beer traps. If you're looking for something that you can buy, try nematode treatments that you add every 6-8 weeks or so. (It's all a bit grisly but works: the nematodes multiply inside the slug and when it starts to decompose, a new generation of nematodes emerges.) You can also buy Nemaslug – Slug Killer The environmentally friendly alternative to traditional slug pellets; Nemaslug is the perfect choice for the ecological gardener who hates using chemicals and poisons in the garden. In fact, the nematodes are already present in smaller numbers in most soils, so you aren’t introducing anything new into your garden. Simply mix the nematodes with water and apply to the soil – job done. Up to two month's protection from a single treatment.
One of the key challenges Parish Councils face is finding the funding to provide the many services required in your community. The area of physical activity and sport is no different with many communities lacking the facilities or expertise to provide opportunities for people to be physically active, lead healthier lives and enhance community spirit. The health and social benefits of more active and engaged communities are well documented, as are the many issues and problems caused by the inactive and sedentary lifestyles that are more and more prevalent today. Oxfordshire Sport and Physically Activity’s aim is to ensure Oxfordshire is the most physically active county in the country and we would like to help you help us achieve that and reap the benefits. We are a non-profit organisation and charitable trust funded by Sport England and other funding partners such as Public Health. Our team of experts have comprehensive backgrounds in funding, facility development, capital projects, participation growth, youth engagement, club and coach development. We have secured hundreds of thousands of pounds for community facilities and projects for communities like yours throughout the county and can help you access the funding and expertise you need to make a difference. If you are looking to build a new facility in your area, set up a community project or would just like advice on how to develop your existing clubs or venues we can help and would love to hear from you and see how we can help. Anyone who is interested in the scheme should contact Katherine Mills either at horntonpc (at) mail dot com or telephone 721612.
Browse the various clubs and events of Hornton below.
Hornton Pavilion is a great flexible events venue. Hiring this venue is inclusive of the kitchen facilities, glasses, crockery, cutlery and all for just £10 per hour.
The building dates from the late 12C. The nave and north aisle, the Norman pillars and the cylindrical font have survived from this period.