Hornton News - October 2017


Welcome to Hornton

Are you new to the village? Need to know about deliveries, local amenities or require a local tradesman? Sounds like our Welcome to Hornton guide might be just what you are looking for.

Time To Progress

Time To Progress

Hornton will hear the pitter-patter of feet this Saturday evening when the latest village Progressive Dinner Party is held in aid of village funds. This year, 50 people – eight pairs of hosts and 17 sets of guests are taking part, almost as many as last year. Organiser Anne Joyner is hoping to get near the £1000 mark in terms of money raised for the village from the event, which would make it one of the most successful progressive dinners ever.

The 2017 Dignity in Care Awards have launched!

The 2017 Dignity in Care Awards have launched!

The Dignity in Care Awards is a campaign aimed at spotlighting experiences of outstanding care in Oxfordshire. Every year we are amazed by the stories that come out of the awards. From unpaid carers to services going the extra mile to ensure that the people being cared for feel supported in their everyday lives.

One of last year’s winners was the sole carer for her husband diagnosed with Young Onset Dementia, another winner was a care home that went above and beyond to support a young man and ensure that he was able to maintain his independence. One winner was described as a “god send” who, when he visited, was able to make the recipient of care “his old self again”. But to get these stories and raise awareness of what good quality care means we need people to make nominations. The nominations are open to all ages of people across Oxfordshire.

The deadline to send in nominations is Monday 2nd October 2017. For more information about the Dignity in Care Awards please contact by phone, 07827 235 405 or by email, dignityincare@ageukoxfordshire.org.uk Webpage: www.ageuk.org.uk/oxfordshire/news--campaigns/dignityincare/

You can also read the latest feature by the Oxford Mail on the awards.

Church Services

Church Services

This Sunday, October 22nd, there will be an 11am Holy Communion service at the Parish Church of St John the Baptist. As this is a village service, there will be no separate service at 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.

Great Hornton Bakeoff

Great Hornton Bakeoff

Hornton School is holding a Halloween Bake Sale. It’s taking place in Willow Class at 3.15pm on the big day itself – Tuesday, October 31st. The school breaks up for the half term holiday on Friday. The children return on Monday week, October 30th.

Child's Play

Child's Play

The next charity quiz at The Dun Cow will take place on Wednesday – November 1st. The money raised will go to Adoption UK. All the £2 entrance fees and ten per cent of the bar takings will go to the charity. The quiz starts at 8.30pm and booking a table with Adrian and Lisa on 670524 is advisable, especially if you’d like one of Lisa’s fish and chip suppers beforehand.

Trampled

Trampled

The Dun Cow trampled all over Ashorne’s Cottage Tavern with a 6-1 home obliteration in their latest Harbury and District Crib League match. The victory leaves the Hornton cribbers – languishing near the foot of the table only a couple of weeks ago – in second place. Come on cribbers!

Good 4 The Grass

Good 4 The Grass

The Hornton Neighbourhood Watch BBQ wasn’t just good for the village’s social life – around 60 people braved several downpours to eat, drink and be merry – but also good for the village greens. The event raised £150 towards the repair of the village green mower. Some who couldn’t attend also gave donations and it’s not too late to do so. If you would like to contribute, please contact Neighbourhood Watch organiser Jenny Bowes on 01295 670633 or email her at jennyandmark06 (at) btinternet dot com. “I would like to thank all of the villagers who supported the BBQ and the stalwart Neighbourhood Watch team for their hard work in adverse conditions,” said Jenny. But Jenny is the person who serves most credit – and now she wants to retire from her NW role. “I have been at the helm of the Hornton Neighbourhood Watch since 2006 and feel that, with so many new families moving in to the village, it is time for a fresh approach,” says Jenny. “The NW team are fantastic and get behind everything 100% to make organisation extremely easy.” So, if you’d like to be the new Hornton Neighbourhood Watch organiser, please get in touch with Jenny.

On Green But Wet

On Green But Wet

The resilient folk of Hornton defied the village maxim “in pavilion if wet” last Saturday when the rain poured on the Neighbourhood Watch BBQ. Despite the threatening forecast, the organisers opted to hold this most social of Hornton occasions on the top green and around 60 people were determined to enjoy pork rolls, hot dogs, beer, wine and lots of good conversation, despite the weather. The raffle tickets may have got a bit soggy but the Dunkirk spirit prevailed, newcomers to the village met their new neighbours and everyone had a great time, sheltering under umbrellas from the sudden showers.

Wool You Be Generous?

Wool You Be Generous?

Hornton’s Isabelle Harris is still knitting hats and gloves for the Samaritans’ Purse Shoe Box Appeal. 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.

Go Green

Time's Pressing

Read the latest edition of The Gossip online now. Or View back editions of The Gossip. October 31st 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.

Ideas, Please

Ideas, Please

The subcommittee running the pavilion wants to use it more during the day, so if you have any ideas on how to do that, they want to hear from you! At the recent pavilion AGM, Glen Walther was re-elected at chairman, with Jo Langton as secretary and Isabelle Harris running the bookings. They’re aided by committee members Ann Hemmings, Justina Marot, Julie Stanley Kevin Wain and Sarah Walther, plus new members Cath Bellamy and Andrew Overton. Claire Bottoms, Russell Jackson, David Jarrett, Liz Jeffs and Anne Joyner stood down after many years’ service and were thanked at the meeting.

Our History

Our 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. Soon the group is off to the historic naval dockyard in Portsmouth and there’s a big exhibition planned for the August Bank Holiday, based on the businesses and families of the village with stories, photos, videos, memorabilia, and a history walk. If you’ve got any material that could be put on show, HHG would be delighted to hear from you. For more information on the exhibition and on membership, please contact chairman Kevin Wain on 670716 or email him kawain (at) zoho dot com

Stepping Out

Stepping Out

Something is happening almost every day in Hornton, and the organisers of all the clubs and societies would be delighted to see you there. Just in case you’re not sure what is available, here is the list: Monday – Brownies in the pavilion during term time; Tuesday – Yoga at 6.30pm in the Methodist Chapel, Crib at 7.30pm in the Dun Cow; Wednesday – 7pm Keep Fit Pavilion; Thursday –Dominoes at the Dun Cow; Friday – 10.30am coffee, cake and a chat at the Methodist Chapel. On a monthly basis, there’s a two-course lunch at 1pm in the Chapel on the first Monday of every month; Knit and Natter meets at 7pm in the Chapel on the first and third Tuesday; the 3Hs Gardening Club meets at 7.30pm in the pavilion on the second Tuesday; the Dun Cow charity quiz is held at 8.30pm on the first Wednesday; the WI meets in the Chapel at 7.30pm on the first Thursday; and the History Club meets at 7pm in the Dun Cow on the second Thursday.

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.

Play'N'Stay

Play'N'Stay

Hornton and the surrounding villages have seen a welcome rise in the number of families with young children, so the Methodist Church is holding a series of Play and Stay sessions. They’re going to run from 2-4pm on Fridays, with the idea to give parents and carers to have a chat and a cuppa before picking up a sibling from school or after an afternoon nap. More details from Julie Stanley on 670507.

Eat Your Greens

Eat Your Greens

Thanks to the sterling efforts of a Horntonian, you can now eat lots of yummy organic veg at a bargain price – and all in a good cause. Phil Holt grows vegetables in the Warriner School’s garden throughout the Summer and you can buy an organic veg box for just £5. All profits go back to the Warriner School Farm. All you need to do is email Phil at phil dot holt1005 (at) gmail dot com. He can deliver to customers in Hornton or you can collect direct from the farm.

Ten At The Top

Ten At The Top

After ten years organising May Days - and raising tens of thousands of pounds in the process - Lorraine Joyner has decided to hand the baton on to someone else. As May Day is our biggest day of the year, organising it is one of the most important jobs in the village. Could you be our new Lorraine? Please ring her on 678708 or email her at lj dot joyner (at) btinternet dot com if you might be interested.

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...

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.

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.

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.

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."

National Plant Monitoring Scheme

National Plant Monitoring Scheme

A big thank you: The third season of the National Plant Monitoring Scheme is well underway with volunteers up and down the country going out to visit their squares. A huge thank you to everyone who helped to promote the NPMS over the past two years, we now have over 1100 volunteers taking part as well as a network of 20 NPMS Mentors. Lots of our volunteers report having heard about the scheme via their parish council so we are very grateful for your hard work.

Results from 2016:
The latest newsletter is available. The NPMS dataset is freely available via the NBN Atlas.

There are still lots of squares available for surveying so we would be hugely grateful if you can use your communication channels to promote the scheme again. The live map on the NPMS website shows the squares that are available.

This scheme is a partnership between Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland (BSBI); JNCC; Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH) and Plantlife and is backed by the government. The scheme will recruit and support volunteers to survey 5 plots in a kilometre square close to where they live. The plots will be surveyed twice a year. The kilometre squares to monitor have been identified by stratified random sampling. The plants have been chosen as indicators of the health of individual habitats. There are 3 levels volunteers can participate at depending on confidence and knowledge and support will be provided both through training; web and telephone.

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.

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.

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

Slow Down

Slow Down

Drivers speeding through Hornton beware – Speedwatch will soon be on your tail! Listeners of The Archers won’t need to be told what Speedwatch is, since the good folk of Ambridge are already taking part in it. For the rest of us, it’s an initiative in which villagers track the speeds cars with a radar gun. They pass on the registration numbers of errant motorists to the police, who contact them. News of the initiative came at the latest meeting of Hornton Parish Council on Monday, June 19th. Councillor Tim Hewlett told member that some local villages that had been contacted were also interested in taking part, whilst a reply was being awaited from others. A letter from Cllr Hewlett had been sent that would help to answer some possible councillor queries regarding the scheme. An update on progress would be given at the next meeting. Councillors also discussed the option of additional signage in the village such as a school sign, 20mph signs and narrow lane signs. And a West End resident had expressed concern regarding vehicles trying to turn in the lane beyond the Dun Cow where there was no turning space. Cllr Hewlett would research the cost of signs and would report at the next meeting. The meeting heard that Hornton Primary School was now liaising directly with the ambulance service to arrange a date for defibrillator training. Once this had been agreed the school would contact the Parish Council who would advertise the training, which would be open to all village residents. Maintenance work along Tinka Tank has been carried out by Clive Porter and parish clerk Katherine Mills will arrange payment when an invoice was received. Cllr Kevin Wain reported that Western Power Distribution were providers of community funds to assist with village hall improvements to increase energy efficiency. Cllr Wain and the clerk will carry out some research and report back to the council. The Parish Council has received two quotes for the extension to the pavilion and was waiting to receive further quotes. The extension plans would be discussed further once all quotes had been received. Cllr Hewlett reported that the bench on the village green was in disrepair and it was agreed that it needed to be replaced. Cllr Paul Burden will look in to options for the replacement and report back at the next meeting.

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

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

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.