In & Around Hornton
There will be an 11am service in the Parish Church of St John the Baptist this Sunday, September 22. As this is a United Service, there will be no separate service in the Methodist Church.
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.
If you can pop along to the parish church at 7.30pm on Friday week, September 20th, there's a fascinating evening in store. Catherine and Graham Vint of Hornton Grounds Farm will be giving an illustrated talk about their recent visit to Rwanda and the work of the Send A Cow charity.
Send A Cow started, not surprisingly, by sending cows to Africa but nowadays it works in all sorts of ways across six countries to help farmers there boost their production. Graham and Catherine saw the work of Send A Cow first hand and want to tell Hornton all about it.
After their talk, there's an African-themed buffet – featuring Brown Cow cocktails! - and all for just £5 a ticket, which you can get from Isabelle Harris on 670304 or Lindy Bridgeman on 670282
Hornton will be taking part in the Biggest Coffee Morning in the World a week tomorrow, September 27, raising money for MacMillan Cancer Support.
The coffee morning will take place in the Methodist Chapel from 10.30am to 12.30pm. There will be home made cakes, a bring’n’buy stall and, of course, a traditional Hornton raffle.
Help Save The Planet
Are you worried about what's happening to our planet but not sure what you can do to be better informed and make a difference?
One of our Studio B art history speakers, Jane King, of Shutford, has taken on the organising of an extraordinary arts event to highlight the issues raised by Extinction Rebellion (XR). It's on Saturday 28th September at the Museum of Natural History in Oxford. There'll be keynote talks, delivered by climate change experts and XR activists, plus art making and mass performance actions aimed at taking local public awareness of the climate and ecological crisis to a new level. It's aimed at all ages - and it's free!
The deadline for contributions to the latest edition of The Gossip, Hornton’s very own village newspaper, is September 30th, so scribblers have still got time to hand in their contributions.
Joint editor Lorna Abbott on 678015 or 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.
A Month To Progress
The next Hornton Progressive Dinner Party takes place on Saturday, October 19th, but organiser Anne Joyner needs people to sign up by Friday, October 11th.
For anyone new to the village or who's been on a different planet over the past few years, here's how it works. You either opt to be a guest or a host. If you're guest, you go to three different venues for your starter, main course and dessert. You take a bottle of wine to your first host but, after that, all food and drink is provided for you. At the end of the evening you pay your hosts £30 a head, which goes to the Pavilion fund.
If you’re a host, you don’t pay anything but provide three different courses, with wine, for the guests.
To join in, just pop a note to Anne in the village post box next to the noticeboard and say whether you’d like to be a guest or a host. If you’d like to know more, please call her on 678082.
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.
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.
Make It Snappy
The Speedwatch initiative – in which motorists driving too fast are “snapped” by volunteers and sent warning letters by the police - has already seen a reduction in speeding by motorists through the village.
Now you can help sustain that by helping operate the equipment. Parish councillor Tim Hewlett is looking for volunteers to help out and, if you’re interested, please email him: tima (at) freershouse dot plus dot com
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.
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
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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