In & Around Hornton


Howard's Way
Howard's Way

The highlight of the next meeting of the 3Hs Gardening Club is a talk by perennial favourite Howard Drury.

It takes place a week this Tuesday, November 12th, at 7.30pm in the pavilion. If you’re not a member, why not join? It’s only £10 – or you can go to a meeting for just £2.

If you joined, you can also come along to the club’s Christmas dinner, which will take place on December 12th. Full details from club secretary Sally Tweedsmuir on 670608 or sally (at) tweedsmuir dot plus dot com


Children In Need

Hornton will hold its own coffee morning on Friday, November 15th to raise money for Children in Need.

Coffee and home-made cake will be available between 10.30am and 12 noon. There will also be a bring’n’buy stall and, of course, a traditional Hornton raffle.

Children In Need

Kundalini Yoga
Kundalini Yoga

Horntonians have a new way of keeping fit from Friday 15th November. That’s when teacher Anne Owen starts 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, 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/cushion - plus £6 for each session. If you’d like to know more details in advance, please ring Anne on 07835 086411.


Bingo

There will be a bingo session in the pavilion on Friday 15th November, to raise money for the parish church’s Ladies’ Working Party. Eyes down is at 7pm.

Bingo

Home At Last
Home At Last

The Hornton Hoard of Anglo Saxon brooches, discovered in the village 140 years ago, are coming home - and you can be part of the celebrations!

The jewellery will be unveiled in Banbury Museum on November 16th and you can be amongst the first to see it by coming along to a special evening, which will include a talk all about our Anglo Saxon ancestors by Oxford University professor of Medieval History and Archaeology John Blair.

Tickets for the event, which include a glass of wine, cost just £20 and you can book them by logging on to Banbury Museum.

The return of the Hornton Hoard is a tribute to Hornton History Group member the late Barbara Greenhalgh, who spent hours researching the history of the find and how the vicar at that time sold the brooches to the British Museum.

And if you’re a Hornton History Group member, you’ll get to see the Hoard even earlier! There will be a private preview on the day before at no cost, led by museum director Simon Townsend, including wine and canapés.

There’s still time to join the group and come along on November 15. Please contact Kevin Wain on 670716 or Laurie Furneaux on 670417.


Church Services
Church Services

There will be an 11am service in Hornton Methodist Church this Sunday, November 17th. As this is a United Service, there will be no separate service in the parish church.

And 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.


Pithy Questions

So many people enjoyed Pete Lemon's quiz in the pavilion earlier this year that he's been prevailed upon to run another one next month!

But what should he call it? Simple.

"Following the success of the snappily titled Hornton Quiz in March, we're doing it again on 23rd November in what may come to be known as Hornton Quiz – 2!" says Pete.

"At what will be another lively, fully interactive, multi-media extravaganza of a quiz there will be as many teams of 6 as we can squeeze in – book early as last time it truly was a squash. There will also be a well-stocked bar – and feel free to bring your team’s favourite nibbles.

"Please let me know via email: pete dot lemon (at) gmail dot com if you’d like to reserve a team table and prepare for fun evening raising a few pounds for the Pavilion coffers and the chance to stand proud as the winning team."

Pithy Questions

Bark A Cake

The Banbury Animal Rescue and Kindness Service should be in the money soon, thanks to the efforts of Hornton youngsters Ruby Short, Esther Holt, Emma Tompkins, Bella Rolls and Sophie Gallon

They are holding a cake sale on Saturday November 30th and all the proceeds will go to BARKS.

It’s all happening in Hornton Methodist chapel and you can pop in any time between 11am and 3pm. As well as buying cakes, there will be cakes to sample on the spot, washed down with a cup of tea. So put the date in your diary now!

Bark A Cake
Crafty Christmas
Crafty Christmas

Five artists from around Banburyshire will be showing their talents in Hornton’s Studio B the weekend after next at a special exhibition.

Creatures and Crafts will take place in the studio, at Cromwells on Eastgate, from 11am-4pm on November 23rd and 24th. It will feature everything from screen-printed tote bags made by Sally Moret, to toys and knitwear from Jane Moffat and textile pictures from Warwickshire’s Maggie Chinn.

Studio B’s Chris and Steve Woodcock will also be showing a range of their own ceramics, painting and drawings.


Chat Up
Chat Up

The deadline for contributions to the latest edition of The Gossip, Hornton’s very own village newspaper, is December 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.

On The Plate

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

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.


Make It Snappy
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


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.



Slow Down
Slow Down

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."

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


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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