In & Around Hornton

Hornton Pantomime

Go to the panto, that is. Yes, it’s nearly pantomime time in Hornton again! This year it’s Snow White and the Seven non-gender specific Persons of Limited Stature, to give the performance its politically correct title.

You can expect all the fun of a traditional panto, including a goodie, a baddie and lots of sweets being thrown into the audience. It's always a brilliant night and some of the performances sell out quickly so do book your tickets soon.

The performances, in Hornton Pavilion, are at 7.30pm on Thursday 21st February, Friday the 22nd and Saturday 23rd and there will be a 3pm matinee on the Saturday. Tickets cost £10 and £5 for children of school age and are available from Isabelle Harris on 01295 670304. There will be a raffle during the interval and tea, coffee, squash and biscuits are included in the ticket price.

Snow White

Church Services
Church Services

There will be an 11am service in the Parish Church of St John the Baptist on Sunday, February 24th. 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.


Hornton Parish Council Meeting

Hornton Parish Council holds its first meeting of the year on Monday, February 25th, and everyone in the village is invited.

Usually, meetings are held in the pavilion but the first four meetings of the year, including this one, will be held in the Methodist Chapel. It starts at 7.30pm.

Hornton Parish Council Meeting

What's The Gossip?
What's The Gossip?

Well, it’s under new management. Hornton’s quarterly newspaper has been edited superbly for the past 25 years by Julie Stanley and Ann Hemmings but they have now passed the baton to Cindy Koberl, Jane Martin and Lorna Abbott. And the trio are keen to hear about your stories – and receive your cash, because The Gossip will need to be self-funding in future.

Cindy – ckoberl (at) btinternet dot com - is taking on the commercial role, Jane (janee dot martin (at) icloud dot com) will be in charge of production and Lorna (abbott (at) hornton dot myzen dot co dot uk) will edit and write for the newsletter. “We’re going to invite local businesses to advertise with us and we’ll be asking village clubs and groups to consider making donations to The Gossip when they hold successful fund-raising events, “ says Lorna. “The History Group, for example, has already offered a contribution from this summer’s barn dance profits.

“Another possible source of income is sponsorship. If anyone is interested in sponsoring an issue, please contact Cindy. “I’d also be very pleased to hear from Horntonians who would like to submit pieces to The Gossip. If you’ve got an idea but aren’t keen to write a story yourself, don’t worry. Just get in touch with me and I’ll write it for you.”


Thank You

Thanks must go to Julie Stanley and Ann Hemmings, who have stepped down as joint editors of our village newspaper, The Gossip.

The newspaper has been a quarterly fixture of life in the village ever since Julie and Ann started it 25 years ago with its eclectic mix of recipes, reminiscences and all things Hornton.

Thank You

Hornton Library
Hornton Library

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!


That's History

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

That's History

Grab Your Pardners

Hornton History Group never stop! As well as tonight’s film show, 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.

Grab Your Pardners

Live Better. Live Well Oxfordshire
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


New Year, New You

Have you been piling on the pounds with the puddings and pies over the holiday? Well, now’s the time to put things right – and there’s no excuse for not doing so in Hornton!

There’s Yoga at 6.30pm every Tuesday and Keep Fit every at 7pm Wednesday in the pavilion. Go to both and you'll never have to worry about an extra mince pie again!

Keep Fit

100 Club
100 Club

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.


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 January 20th, March 3rd, April 3rd, 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.”

All The Trimmings

Flying The Flag
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 your birthday boy or girl run up the Hornton flagpole – advertising your age is optional but all ages from 1 to 150 can be accommodated! So can anniversaries and other special occasions.

All you have to do is to ring Ian Harris on 670304 and the celebrations can begin!


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!”

Stamp Of Approval

Shared Lives Drop-in
Shared Lives Drop-in

Share your home and make a difference. Do you feel that you could offer support to someone in order to make a difference to their life? Read full details on the Shared Lives Campaign.

There will be a drop-in session for people to come and find out more about the service by chatting to other carers, social workers from the Shared Lives Team and people using the service. This will be held on Thursday 6th December between 1.00 pm and 2.30 pm at Abbey House, Abbey Close, Abingdon, Oxon OX14 3JD.


Line Up

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

Line Up

Local Traceable Meat
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.


Parking Problems

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.”

Parking Problems

Hornton History Group
On Display

Hornton History Group goes from strength to strength. They’ve now installed a permanent display cabinet in the Methodist Church, which will contain a series of exhibits.

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.



Slow Down
Slow Down

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."

Scoop The Poop

Spare Space
Spare Space

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

#cookingonfire

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