In & Around Hornton
There will be an 11am service in the Parish Church of St John the Baptist this Sunday, June 23rd. 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.
Horley Open Gardens
Horley is organising an open gardens day on Sunday 30th June. Seven gardens will be opening to the public with all proceeds going to Katherine House Hospice.
The deadline for contributions to the latest edition of The Gossip, Hornton’s very own village newspaper, is the end of this month, 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!
From Little Acorns
The 3H’s Gardening Club are so keen to get children interested in their activities that they’ve created three new classes at their flower and produce show just for children - and they want the youngsters to know in plenty of time!
The children will be able to compete by decorating a digestive biscuit, creating a garden on an eight-inch plate and making an animal made of vegetables. The age groups are under 5’s, under 9’s and under 11’s. The show takes place on Saturday, August 17th, in the pavilion, where entries should be brought between 10 and 11am for the all-important judging.
In the meantime, the club is off to their summer outing at Clivedon in Buckinghamshire. Home of the Astor family, the house boasts magnificent gardens, including a rose garden, a parterre with 21,000 bedding plants, a maze and a walled garden.
The outing takes place on Saturday, July 6th and now is the time to reserve your place on the coach. Please contact Sally Tweedsmuir on 670608 or at sally (at) tweedsmuir dot plus dot com
Bake A Cake?
Hornton’s already preparing for another big horticultural event: on Sunday, July 7th, a dozen of Hornton’s loveliest gardens will be open in aid of some very good causes.
Organiser Lynn Corke said it would be great if people would bake cakes for the event and anyone who will should please get in touch with her on 670673 or lynnjcorke (at) aol dot com
“Help will also be needed on the day to serve teas, so please get in touch if you can help,” said Lynn.
Please put July 10th in your diary when the whole village is invited to a short concert at 7pm in the Parish Church of St John the Baptist when the Bishop of Dorchester will dedicate the space created by the new building work.
Drinks and canapes will follow, along with more celebratory music on the lawn!
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 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