In & Around Hornton



Church Services
Church Services

Owing to the Coronavirus all Church and Chapel services are suspended across the country and the church buildings are closed.


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.


Help Needed?

Elin Cox, who is new to the village and lives at Rowan Cottage off Eastgate, has been trying to think about ways in which she can help the community during these current uncertain times, especially all the over 70’s who will soon have to self-isolate for extended periods of time.

People self-isolating will need help picking up shopping, posting mail, picking up urgent supplies or they may just need a friendly phone call.

She says she is happy to co-ordinate this on behalf of the village, so that anyone who needs help or is willing to help others could get in touch with her.

If you need help or would like to help others, please email her at elshc (at) icloud dot com

Help Needed?

Chat Away Till May Day
Chat Away Till May Day

It might seem a long time till May Day but that’s the deadline to write up your contributions for The Gossip, Hornton’s very own village newspaper and now’s the time to start thinking about what you might write for the next edition.

Joint editor Lorna Abbott on 678015 or at abbott (at) hornton dot myzen dot co dot uk needs those recollections, recipes and reminiscences by then. And now The Gossip contains colour pictures, any photos of village events or interesting things you’ve been doing will also be very welcome.

The Gossip also contains a new feature – A Day in the Life Of – which profiles the interesting working lives of Horntonians. If you can think of anyone in the village who you think might be an interesting subject for a future column, please get in touch with Lorna.


Only One DVD

The reshowing of the village’s millennium film, There’s Only One Hornton!, brought lots of requests from people wanting their own copies on DVD.

Now you can own one. Kevin Wain is the man to contact. He’s getting copies made from the original master and the DVD will come in a special presentation box with a specially designed cover.

The DVDs will cost £10 each and you can reach Kevin on 01295 670716 or at kawain (at) zoho dot com

All profits from the DVDs will go to village funds, that have already benefited by more than £500 from the two showing of the film in the pavilion at the end of last month.

Only One DVD

Howls Of Anger
Howls Of Anger

Parish councillors’ anger at the Warwickshire Hunt’s out-of-control hounds when they ran amok in Hornton last month surfaced at the council’s latest meeting. Cllr. Steve Woodcock said the huntsman had clearly lost control of several hounds, to such an extent that two parents of school pupils reported it to the police. A hound was also involved in a traffic accident. The hunt master had since sent a letter of apology but Cllr. Woodcock said it was imperative for the parish council to ask the Hunt to accept an exclusion area around the villages and request it to inform the parish council of future meets in the vicinity.

Cllr. Tim Hewlett was also angry – at the “diabolical” state of the road into the Bell Street end of the village and the other 27 reports about the state of the roads that he has made to the county council. He was told that the Bell Street stretch would be fixed but the county council didn’t know when.

On a more positive note, an anonymous donation of £5,000 has been given to the council. Members appreciated such a generous donation and it was agreed that the donation would be allocated to several village good causes. And councillors were told that a new stage had now been purchased for the pavilion, with extra help from the parish council.

Members also heard that a notice has been put on the notice board to encourage the parishioners to contact Cllr. Louise Mckenzie to make the council aware if any vulnerable residents require assistance. And for those villagers who don’t have a car, there may once more be a chance of catching a bus from Hornton. County Cllr George Reynolds contacted the council to inform them that there was a grant available to have public transport in the village. The service - provided by Ability Community - could provide the village with a bus to Banbury once a week and would be free to bus pass holders. All passengers would have to register and journeys booked in advance. The parish clerk has applied for a grant to take part in the scheme.

Finally, there may be more than 300 shopping days left till Christmas, but councillors are already full of the Christmas spirit. They’ve agreed to help pay for the extra electricity that Ian and Isabelle Harris and Maggie and Andrew Higgins use in lighting up the tree on the green and the windmill in the valley.


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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