In & Around Hornton



Strictly Hornton

You can join the be-glittered celebrities - well, sort-of - by taking part in an Latin American dance class in the pavilion.

The next class takes place on Wednesday. If you are interested, please could you email Jo Langton on joann dot langton2013 (at) gmail dot com or call her on 670359 so she can get some idea of numbers.

Strictly Hornton

Gold Blend
Gold Blend

There’s a coffee morning every Friday in Hornton Methodist Church but the one taking place on February 21st is special.

It’s raising money for a very good cause - Katherine House Hospice – so please come along and support it from 10.30am to 12noon.

As well as tea, coffee and home-made cake, there will be a traditional Hornton raffle and a bring’n’buy stall.


Yoga
Yoga

Horntonians now have a new way of keeping fit. Every Friday, teacher Anne Owen is running a new yoga class in the pavilion, starting at 2pm.

Anne specialises in Kundalini Yoga, which works on strengthening the whole body, making you feel alive and vibrant and encouraging a greater sense of peace and calmness. “Come along and give it a try,” says Anne. “I think you’ll like it.”

All you need to bring is a yoga mat if you have one – or a blanket or a cushion, plus £6 for each session. If you’d like to know more details in advance, please ring Anne on 07835 086411.


Church Services
Church Services

There will be an 11am service in the Parish Church of St John the Baptist this Sunday. As this is a United Service, there will be no separate service in the Methodist Church.


Tai Chi

Tai Chi returns on Mondays, at 2pm.

Newcomers are very welcome and Jules will start from scratch, in case anyone has forgotten what to do! This class is for all ages and abilities. It is very good for balance and requires no special equipment and no floor based exercises! Simply do what you can and enjoy it, it is very calming, well I think so.

If you are interested contact Jo on 670359 or email joann dot langton2013 (at) gmail dot com.

Tai Chi

There's Only One Hornton!
There's Only One Hornton!

We all know there's only one Hornton and, 20 years ago, Anne Joyner and Roger Corke made a film about the village to celebrate the millennium. It was called There's Only One Hornton! You may have seen from The Gossip that a special showing of the film is happening in the pavilion to celebrate the 20th anniversary but we've had to change the date.

It's now happening on the evening of Friday 28th February and Saturday 29th February at 7pm.

It should be a fund and nostalgic evening. There will be a bar, plus a traditional Hornton raffle, of course, and the £5 tickets are now on sale from Isabelle Harris on 670304. As well as the film, we're also going to produce a short update to say what's happened to the people in the film since then.


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.

On The Plate

Star Performance
Star Performance

Hornton's very own Neil Madden, who is the head of drama at Sibford School, has been working with his pupils since last summer on his most ambitious project to date - a production of Les Misérables - and he'd like as many as possible of his friends and neighbours in Hornton to see it.

It's happening from March 3rd-5th but the tickets, which are just £8 plus booking fee, are on sale now.

This is a must for all Les Mis fans and, if you'd like to go, you can book tickets online.


Hornton Quiz Night

The monthly quizzes raising money for good causes are well and truly back at the Dun Cow! After the success of a quiz in January, Steve and Rebecca are planning another next Wednesday, March 18th.

Wednesday’s quiz starts at 7.30 but try to get there at 6.30 and you can have chicken, beef or vegetable curry for just £5. And it’s a good idea to reserve a table for your team – a maximum of six people on each – because they’re bound to sell out.

Wednesday’s quiz will raise money for JUMPA and the church.

Hornton Quiz Night

Banbury Choral Society Concert
Banbury Choral Society Concert

Banbury Choral Society will give a concert of JS Bach’s masterpiece St John Passion on Saturday 4th April 7.30pm at St. Mary’s Church, Banbury. They will be accompanied by the well-known chamber orchestra, the Oxford Sinfonia, six young bright soloists, all under the baton of their inspiring conductor, Julian Harris.

Bach St John Passion is intensely dramatic with an overriding message of compassion, hope and ultimate salvation, and is one of the most demanding, and rewarding, works for a choir to perform. This oratorio was first performed on Good Friday in Leipzig in April 1724.

Banbury Choral Society goes from strength to strength and attracts members from Oxfordshire, Warwickshire and Northamptonshire. Founded in 1942 the choir has staged numerous concerts in Banbury and North Oxfordshire.

Tickets for St John Passion: £15 (£5 under 16s). Box office 07721 204734 or the Banbury Tourist Information Centre.


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

Ladies And Gentlemen

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.

Get Your Waste To The Right Place

Make It Snappy
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.”


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.


Cluster Care
Make It Snappy

Are you, or someone you know, having difficulty getting out and about but would enjoy a day out every week in good company?

We meet every Tuesday from 10am to 3pm at the Cropredy Sports Pavilion hosted by our trained volunteers. We enjoy many different activities from board games and quizzes to visits by speakers and the local school (a particular favourite!). We love to celebrate birthdays and have fun with singalongs too.

Each week we enjoy a welcoming tea or coffee on arrival plus a freshly cooked 2 course meal for lunch. Then we have tea or coffee before we leave with home baked cakes.

Cluster Care is a well-known and respected charity available to residents in the villages around Cropredy and our aim is to take good care of all of our members and provide a day of interest and enjoyment. We may be able to assist with transport too.


Fussy eaters?

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.

Fussy eaters

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

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

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


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.


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


Suicide Prevention

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.

Suicide Prevention

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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