Hornton News - May 2017


Welcome to Hornton

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Annual General Meeting

Annual General Meeting

Hornton Parish Council will be holding their Annual General Meeting in the pavilion this Monday, May 23rd, at 7.30pm. Everyone is welcome to attend. View the APM agenda.

School's Out

School's Out

Hornton School closes on Thursday 25th May, for half term and will be closed all next week and the following Monday. Term begins again for the children on Tuesday, June 6th, and goes on until Friday, July 21st.

Pavilion Subcommittee Meeting

Pavilion Subcommittee Meeting

The next meeting of the Pavilion Subcommittee is on Wednesday, 24th May at 8pm, at the Pavilion.

AGENDA

Minutes of the last meeting
Matters arising
Correspondence
Finance
Pavilion extension plans
Fundraising
Date of next meeting

Every Little Helps

Every Little Helps

Hornton School are hoping to raise lots of money this weekend at Tesco Extra in Banbury – and they want you to help them. The supermarket – on what is its busiest shopping weekend of the year – is allowing little Hornton to run fund-raising activities, a treasure hunt and a raffle this Saturday, May 27th, and Sunday. The tiny school needs the cash to build its new library, which will be converted from and old classroom over the next two years and will cost £8000, so please pop in, donate some cash and have some fun. And if you can also help for an hour or so, the organisers would be delighted. A lot of people do go away on the late May Bank Holiday weekend, so the Parents’ Association would be grateful for any parents, governors, former pupils or villagers could lend a hand. If you can, please contact the chair of the association, Natalie King on nataliepoo79 (at) hotmail dot com

Church Services

Church Services

There is an 11am service in the Parish Church of St John the Baptist this Sunday, May 28th. As this is a United Service, there is 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.

Barn Stormin’

Barn Stormin’

Hornton History Group’s barn dance last Saturday night raised nearly £2000. Nearly 150 people packed into the barn at Hornton Grounds Farm and, when the takings were totted up, there was at least £1500 for the history group plus a £200 donation to the Pavilion’s rebuilding fund. Organiser Steve Woodcock was delighted. "A big thank you to everyone who helped to make the evening a success, donating their time, skills and superb raffle prizes,” he said. “The raffle alone made £264. Also, thank you to those who came along and threw themselves into the dancing. And a special thanks to Catherine and Graham Vint and Will Allen for hosting the event."

Watch Your Speed

Watch Your Speed

It was another busy year in the Best and Busiest Village in Banbury, judging by the packed agenda at the annual parish meeting on April 10th. Cllr Tim Hewlett said that he had contacted various agencies and a date had been agreed with Thames Valley Police’s Neighbourhood Sergeant for speed monitors to be used in the village to assess the situation. Parish council chair Cllr John Offord thanked the school for their continual assistance including the signs they were using. He also said he was pleased that the people running Jumpa, the children’s playground and the pavilion had all agreed to become full sub-committees of the council, rather than stand-alone charities. Another person he thanked was Val Ingram, who helped the village obtain the grants needed to buy the defibrillator, now installed on the Chapel. I thank the Chapel for their assistance and Val Ingram for her efforts in obtaining the grants we needed. Subsequently we had to fight to retain the BT phone box, which is safe for now. Cllr Paul Burden presented the report on the Allotments and the John Fox education charity, which received the rent money and passes it on to Hornton School. “At present, we are in the same situation as last year with eight full allotments, four half allotments and 1.5 vacant allotments,” he said. “If anyone in the village would like to make use of one of the vacant allotments please contact me on 670664. “I would like to take this opportunity to thank Martin Hemmings for once again keeping the paths and grass mown; it really does make such a difference and encourages all tenants to keep their plots tidy.” Two new electricity sub-stations are being located in the village so that overhead power cables can be taken down. One will be next to the bus stop on Millers lane, the other in the field next to the pub, said Cllr Hewlett. It was likely that this would commence later on in the year. And the children’s playground may soon have a new Wendy house, said Cllr David Jarrett. The committee had asked the primary school for feedback from families on the proposal. The Pavilion Committee Jo Langton thanked members Anne Joyner and Liz Jeffs, who are both retiring. She said the pavilion had sponsored a meeting for Hands off the Horton campaign, and speakers Keith Strangwood and Roseanne Edwards expressed the view afterward that it was the most interactive meeting they had attended. Now it’s full steam ahead for the pavilion changing rooms’ extension and it was hoped building work would start in the Autumn. Hornton History Group has also had another busy year, said Cllr Kevin Wain, and activities are now focussing on its next exhibition over the August bank holiday weekend, based on the businesses and families of the village with stories, photos, videos, memorabilia, and a history walk. “We are also trying to site a permanent display cabinet in the chapel so we can have family history stories running throughout the year,” he said. And Hornton’s Keep Fit Wednesday evening group are also busy since new teacher Jess Wain took over. She has changed the format slightly, and it now features circuit training with various exercises designed to improve core strength and flexibility. There’s a weekly turnout of 121-16 – man as well as ladies!

High Note

High Note

Hornton can look forward to three every special musical events next month, so put June 1st, 4th and 10th in your diaries now. On Saturday, June 10th, one of Britain’s top string quartets will be playing in Hornton parish Church. The Archaeus Quartet have received rave reviews on both sides of the Atlantic, with one American magazine saying ‘from the first note they fairly explode with energy’. You can judge for yourself by coming along at 7.30pm on that night, where you can hear them playing works by Haydn, Parry and Dvorak. The £10 tickets will include a glass or wine and nibbles, under 16s are free and you’ll only pay £9 if you buy them in advance. Hornton’s Sarah-Bourne Taylor, whom you can call on 07795 468022 or email at mooncello1957@yahoo.co.uk, is selling the tickets. And Sarah is organising two special days of music making for young people at Upton House over half term on June 1st and 4th. On the first day, they will be taught by really talented professionals and, three days later, will get the chance to play together in the spendour of Upton House at a special concert. Just Google Upton House musicians workshop for more details. You can use the following link to buy tickets for the Upton House Music Festival.

The Hunt Is On

The Hunt Is On

There will be a walking treasure hunt and BBQ exactly a month today – Sunday, June 18th – in aid of the pavilion building fund. It starts at 1pm and you can book your place by contacting Ann Hemmings on 670511 and find out more details about the BBQ by calling Isabelle Harris on 670304.

Croquet Returns

Croquet Returns

Croquet returns to Hornton at 2pm on Sunday 20th August at the Pavilion. Teams of two aged 14 or over...no experience needed, our resident expert will guide you through the rules. Who knows, you could go home with the much coveted Hornton Croquet Cup. Or just come and watch fuelled by tea and home-made cake. Either way it is the social event of the summer! Look out for the posters appearing on a notice board near you soon.

Thumbs Up

Thumbs Up

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.

Dates For Your Diary

Dates For Your Diary

Neighbourhood Watch co-ordinator Jenny Bowes has written to ask everyone to keep the evening of Saturday, September 9th, free. That's the day when Hornton Neighbourhood Watch will hold their annual BBQ on the village green. It's free and it's a great way to meet new people, especially if you're new to the village. And Jane Wain has written to say she has four tickets for the BBC Gardeners World Live show at the NEC Birmingham on Saturday June 17th (2 adults, 2 concessions, over 65). "They were purchased via my Gardeners World magazine so 25% off normal price, £17.60 and £16.10 each respectively. Due to a family commitment we now can't go and, if anyone is interested in purchasing any of them, I could do a deal!!" says Jane. Please email her on jmwain (at) zoho dot com or call 670716 if you'd like to buy them.

Annual Satisfaction Survey

Annual Satisfaction Survey

Residents have the opportunity to let Cherwell District Council know what they think of its services by completing the annual satisfaction survey this spring. From early May, residents and businesses will have six weeks to complete a short questionnaire allowing them to give feedback on the council’s services, whether it provides value for money and the quality of its day-to-day operations. The information provided will be used to help the council prioritise its budgets and service provision for future years and make improvements in areas where people have reported concerns. Cllr Barry Wood, leader of Cherwell District Council, said: “We want to hear from the people we are working to serve how they feel about the services we offer. This is their chance to tell us what works well, what could be improved and what they think of Cherwell overall. “At Cherwell we work hard all year round to deliver what we think are the most important services for the best value for money but we don’t profess to always getting it right and if there are improvements that can be made, we want to hear about them. Equally, we want to know what people are happy with so we can ensure those teams get the feedback they deserve and we can learn from their best practice.” This year, the survey has been shortened to encourage more people to take part. The survey will be available to complete online and hard copies will be available in Cherwell’s offices, Link Points and in local libraries. A number of hard copies will also be distributed to selected addresses across the district with a pre-paid envelope for people to return their completed survey. Cllr Wood said: “This is the chance for people to really feedback their views; if people don’t tell us what they think then we may not be aware to address any issues. We would encourage as many people as possible to have their say to ensure the service they receive is the best we can possibly provide.” As last year, the survey will once again be conducted by an external market research organisation, Marketing Means, to ensure all information returned remains entirely confidential. The survey will be available to complete online from the beginning of May. You can access it here. Alternatively those who would prefer a hard copy can request one by calling 01295 227001.

Victims First

Victims First

Last week, Police and Crime Commissioner Anthony Stansfeld launched a new website to support victims of crime. Victims First is a new online resource for victims of crime which has advice on what to do and how to get help. It includes information and advice for victims including signposting them to services to help them cope and recover from the impact of the crime. It also includes a section on the Victims Code explaining clearly what help victims can expect from the police and other criminal justice agencies if they report the crime. The focal point of the website is a directory which allows victims to find relevant support in their area. Members of the public will be able to use the website to refer themselves directly to the PCCs own support services or find information and contact details for other organisations. This support is available regardless of whether or not the victim has reported the crime to the police.

Hornton History 2017

Hornton History 2017

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...

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.

On Display

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.

Hitting The Jackpot

Hitting The Jackpot

Bingo sessions in the pavilions have raised more than £850 for village good causes. The Methodist bingo netted £184, the WI £255, the Ladies’ Working Party £174 and the Pavilion Committee £241.

Crowning Glory

Crowning Glory

Not only were the May King and Queen crowned with the usual splendour, but Hornton’s May Day celebrations raised nearly £4000 for village good causes. The BBQ raised £630, bowling £138, the white elephant £430, teas and the art exhibition £653, books £159, rents £75, the school tombola £390, cakes £247, good as new £270, lucky squares £130, wine or water? £330, the raffle £107 and the Ladies’ Working Party stall and lucky number £263. So far, organiser Lorraine Joyner – who deserves special thanks for all her hard work throughout the year to make May Day a success – has banked a grand total of £3822 – several hundred pounds more than last year.

Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner is recruiting Independent Custody Visitors in Banbury

Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner is recruiting Independent Custody Visitors in Banbury

In the run up to Volunteers Week (1st - 7th June) the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC) is seeking volunteers to join its Independent Custody Visiting Scheme in Banbury. An Independent Custody Visitor (ICV) is a role performed by volunteers from the local community checking on the welfare and treatment of those being held in police custody. ICV’s make unannounced visits to police stations to observe the conditions in which people are being held and, importantly, talk with willing detainees. Volunteers typically make one custody visit a month ensuring that detainees have been offered food and drink, they are warm enough, cells are in a reasonable condition, that religious and cultural needs have been considered, have been informed of their rights and know the reason why they are in custody. Any problems are brought to the attention of custody staff and the OPCC. Police and Crime Commissioner, Anthony Stansfeld said ‘ICVs play a vital role in ensuring there is confidence in the way that detainees are being held and treated in police stations across the Thames Valley. We currently have a number of vacancies in Banbury and I would encourage anyone who is looking for a rewarding role within their local community to apply.’ Applicants will be invited for interview and successful candidates will complete an induction programme before beginning the role. ICVs must be 18 or over and should be independent of the police. Serving police officers or members of police or OPCC staff are not eligible to apply. Anyone interested in applying can download an application form.

Update on maternity at the Horton General Hospital

Update on maternity at the Horton General Hospital

Update on obstetrics at the Horton General Hospital.

Cold Cuts

Cold Cuts

Two enterprising young Hortonians have raised lots of lolly for worthy causes in unusual ways. Sarah Pelzer-Smith endured a cold night sleeping out in Stratford to raise more than £200 for the homeless charity St Basil’s and the Stratford Samaritans. Meanwhile, Connie Joyner decided it was time to cut her beautiful hair. Not only did she raise more than £700 for the Little Princess Trust, which makes wigs for children with cancer and other illnesses which result in hair loss, she also provided eight and a half inches of beautiful thick hair to create more wigs! Well done to both and you can still donate money: Connie had a JustGiving page if you go to the JustGiving homepage and search for haircut Joyner. And you can give money to Sarah’s charities by emailing her at sarah23478 (at) gmail dot com

Scoop The Poop

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."

The Gossip

Read the latest edition of The Gossip online now. Or View back editions of The Gossip. May Day is the deadline to write up your contributions for The Gossip, Hornton’s very own village newspaper. Julie Stanley on 670507 or at julieharrystan (at) aol dot com and Ann Hemmings on 670511 or at annhhemmings (at) gmail dot com need those recollections, recipes and reminiscences by then.

Wool You Be Generous?

Wool You Be Generous?

Hornton’s Isabelle Harris is still knitting hats and gloves for the Samaritan’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.

Fit Not Fat

Fit Not Fat

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.

Prickly Problems

Prickly Problems

Horntonians Chris and Steve Woodcock introduced nine new hedgehogs to the village. Now the spiky little critters are starting to wander around they are making a plea to make sure we see more of them around this year – and breed. If you had a feeding station in your garden last year, now is the time to rebuild it and stock it with food every day, and you can build a new one this year. Details are on the website of Warwickshire Hedgehog Rescue. Please avoid slug pellets! They are poisonous to hedgehogs and there are lots of alternative ways to keep slugs at bay, not least by encouraging hogs into your garden to eat them! It would also be great if you could keep holes in hedges, fences and under walls that allow them to come and go freely. If they are trapped in too small a space they can get distressed and die. But if you see a hedgehog out in the next few weeks, please keep away as it’s likely to be a nesting female. They are very timid and might harm their young if you get too close. If you have any questions, pleas email Chris at chrisawoodcock (at) btinternet dot com

Book In

Book In

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.

Lest We Forget

Lest We Forget

The history club are hoping to install a First World War memorial – made of Hornton stone – on the village green in November 2018 at a special event to mark Armistice Day. The news was given to parish councillors – who will have to agree to the proposal – at their latest meeting on March 27th. They also heard that several builders have been approached for the pavilion extension and the Pavilion committee hope that the building works would start in the Summer. But Cllr Kevin Wain reported that gravel in the pavilion parking area was a problem in the winter and parking in the car park opposite the Pavilion could also be improved. It was agreed that the Pavilion was now a good venue to promote events that were a good revenue source, such as weddings. Cllr Wain will ask the Pavilion committee to consider future car park improvements. He also reported that the annual Spring Clean had been a well-attended and successful event and the Parish Council thanked all those involved. Special thanks were given to David Jarrett who had cleaned all of the village road signs. Cllr Tim Hewlett reported that the defibrillator training had been another well attended and successful training session with Dick Tracy from the Ambulance service. Cllr Wain is going to ask the school if they would be interested in hosting a paediatric training session in the future. A new “no access” sign, at a cost of £143.46, is going to be erected at the entrance to Hollow Way to stop vehicles trying to drive up it in a vain attempt to get to Hornton Grounds Farm. But Cllr Hewlett reported that progress with other highways issues was patchy. He had contacted various agencies and the police regarding the use of speeding assessment equipment in the village and was currently waiting for a reply from the Thames Valley Constabulary. And whilst some potholes around the village had been filled, other still required work. He had been advised by the county council highways department that the damaged verge opposite the motocross site entrance was not an issue for them and that the event organiser needed to install a larger gate to allow better access for vehicles. If there was no further progress with Highways, Cllr Hewlett will contact the event organiser. Cllr Roger Bellamy reported that several trees had been blown down in the recent storm that had obstructed roads and it was agreed that a survey should be carried out of other trees in the village along road sides to ensure they were safe. The Clerk would contact tree surgeon Ben Acreman. Cllr Paul Burden reported that there may be another 5ft Christmas tree to plant in the Jumpa grounds.

Hornton School Bulletin

Hornton School Bulletin

The latest Hornton School Bulletin. Hornton Primary School is back for the Summer term on Monday, April 24th. Half term starts on Friday, May 26th.

Be A Brownie

Be A Brownie

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 jennietyrrell@hotmail.com

Stamp Of Approval

Stamp Of Approval

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."

Slick Idea

Slick Idea

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

Crib

Crib

At first glance, The Dun Cow’s seventh position in the Harbury and District Crib League looks disappointing but, if they hadn’t lost their last match of the season by the narrowest of margins 4-3 away to the Greaves Club – they would have finished fourth and with in two points of the winners. The league was closer than it’s ever been, with seven of the 14 teams within four points of each other, so there’s everything to play for next season. Come on cribbers!

Sign Of The Cross

Sign Of The Cross

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!

Pennies From Heaven

Pennies From Heaven

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!

The Big Consultation

The Big Consultation

The Oxfordshire's health and care services - The Big Consultation - Phase 1 has launched. You can either use the previous link for the full details or get an overview of the consultation from the poster.

Pounds Off

Pounds Off

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!

Help Save The Horton General Hospital

Help Save The Horton General Hospital

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.

Pavilion Committee Needs You!

Pavilion Committee Needs You!

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

Fouls 'N' Fires

Fouls 'N' Fires

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.

Neighbourhood Watch

Neighbourhood Watch

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.

Car Park Crackdown

Car Park Crackdown

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.

Snap Decision

Snap Decision

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

Community Transport

Community Transport

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

Dignity in Care Awards

Dignity in Care Awards

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.

Working Hard

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.

Yoga

Yoga

Yoga classes will be running every Tuesday in the Methodist chapel at 6.30pm.

Recreation & Sport Activators

The Activator initiative was developed by the Recreation and Health Team at Cherwell District Council with the aim of encouraging more young people in the district to do more sport and recreational activity. For full details view the flyer.

Rural Services Network

‘Disastrous’ government grant proposals beggar belief and must be rethought, says Rural Services Network

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.

Ring The Changes

Ring The Changes

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.

Go Slow

Go Slow

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.

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 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.

Oxfordshire Sport and Physical Activity

Oxfordshire Sport and Physical Activity

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.

Hornton.org.uk

Browse the various clubs and events of Hornton below.

Hornton News

Read the latest news from Hornton, updated weekly.
The Hornton news column is also published in the Banbury Guardian, each word printed helps to raise money for village funds.

 

Hornton Calendar

What's going on in Hornton? Keep up to date with village life with our interactive calendar.

Parish Council

List of Hornton parish councillors and their responsibilities plus minutes of parish council meetings.



Hornton Pavilion

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.

 

St.John's Church

The building dates from the late 12C. The nave and north aisle, the Norman pillars and the cylindrical font have survived from this period.



Hornton Methodist Church

Both church and village are built from the same golden Hornton stone - ironstone - which was once quarried locally and is now quarried at Edge Hill.

The Gossip

Hornton's Quarterly Newsletter.
Available to read online in PDF format.

Hornton School

Hornton Primary School is positioned at the heart of local community, whilst having strong links with The Warriner School. This allows access to a great range of facilities, specialist teachers and curriculum resources. Hornton Primary School PTA.

Hornton History

Started in 2007 and now meeting on the second Thursday of the month in The Dun Cow.