In & Around Hornton
A very special tea is being served in Hornton on Saturday, July 20th, as a tribute to a very special lady – and everyone is invited.
Julie Stanley will use the tea at her home – Langway in Bell Street – to raise money for Breast Cancer Care in memory of her dear friend, Jean Burden, who tragically died of the disease. Jean helped so many people, both in Hornton and outside, and her birthday was July 19th, so this is the closest Saturday to that date. Tea will be served from 2.30pm onwards.
There will be no services at either of Hornton’s churches this Sunday, July 21st, but there will be a Circuit Service at Marlborough Road Methodist Church in Banbury at 10.30am.
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.
There’s a Tai Chi class taking place on Monday - July 22nd - in the pavilion and, if you’ve never tried this ancient oriental way of keeping fit, now’s your chance. It involves doing a series of moves very slowly and is great for exercising the mind and the body. It starts at 2.15pm, when Tai Chi teacher Jules will give the third of four weekly sessions in a taster course.
“After these sessions we will assess if the timing and day is right for everyone,” says organiser Jo Langton. “It is £7 a session and everyone is welcome to come along and have a try out. Jules is very enthusiastic and says it particularly helps with balance. There will also be tea and cake afterwards!” If you’d like any more information, please ring Jo on 670359 or email her at joann dot langton2013 (at) gmail dot com
On Wednesday 24th July (weather permitting,) we will be setting up the Aunt Sally in the garden of the Dun Cow for over 16’s to come along and have a game. It will kick off at 6.30pm and there will be a prize for the winner. There will be a BBQ serving hot dogs and burgers (veggie options available) to players and spectators, with all profits going towards village causes. The entry fee (including a burger or hot dog) is £5. The BBQ will also be open to those who are not playing.
Even if you have already expressed an interest, if you are interested, and so we can get an idea of numbers to cater for, could you please contact Jan Hall (ASAP please as this is such short notice) by replying to this email, or on 670891 to book your place and let us know if you require the veggie option on the BBQ.
The deadline for contributions to the latest edition of The Gossip, Hornton’s very own village newspaper, is July 31st, so scribblers have still got time to hand in their contributions.
Joint editor Lorna Abbott on 678015 or at abbott (at) hornton dot myzen dot co dot uk is waiting for those literary pearls to drop through her letter box!
On The Plate
On the first Monday of every month, there will be a two-course lunch in the Methodist Chapel at 1pm. Do pop in.
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.
Hornton’s Chris Woodcock helps out at BARKS – the Banbury Animal Rescue and Kindness Service – and has been bowled over by the generosity of the group’s latest corporate sponsor.
Great Central Plastics have included, as part of their donation, a stack of brand new plastic pet feeding bowls in different colours - large for dogs and smaller for cats and other furry creatures. Chris is now selling them to raise much-needed funds. They're durable and non-toxic and are just £2 each for the small bowls and £3 each for the larger ones.
You can buy them direct from Chris by calling her on 670795 or emailing chrisawoodcock (at) btinternet dot com
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
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