Hornton News - August 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.

The Way We Were

The Way We Were

Visitors to the most ambitious exhibition ever staged in Hornton will be asked to spend ten minutes telling researchers how they spend their working lives. The aim is to add up to date profiles to the archives of the Hornton History Group for the social historians of tomorrow. There are plenty of treats in store for visitors to the three-day Bank Holiday event, taking place from August 26th-28th: exhibits, live demonstrations, the village trail and an oldie-worldie cinema. It’s been two years in the making and will focus on centuries of crafts, trades and working habits in Hornton and feature fascinating new research tracing back working life over the last four centuries. Did you know, for example, that Hornton’s resourceful folk possessed skills ranged from joinery, masonry and metalworking to plush production, hat making and hair cutting? For more information, please ring Chris Woodcock on 670795 or Laurie Furneaux on 670417.

Church Services

Church Services

There will be an 11am service in the Parish Church of St John the Baptist this Sunday, August 27th. As this is a village service, there will be no separate service in the Methodist Church.

>Saving The Children

Saving The Children

Hornton will hold a special coffee morning on August 25th to help the children of Yemen, who are suffering from the terrible civil war at present ravaging the country. The money from the event – taking place from 10.30am-12 noon on Friday, August 25th in the Methodist Chapel – will go to Save the Children, who are trying to fight the cholera epidemic sweeping Yemen at the moment.

Through The Hoops

Through The Hoops

Hornton’s fourth annual croquet tournament, which took place last Sunday, was the most successful ever, with £480 being raised for village funds from entry fees, the raffle and teas. A total of 46 entrants to the competition, many of whom were first time entrants learning the tactics of successful croquet. Graham Hall and John Cox joint winners last year – emerged victorious after six rounds.

Go Green

Time's Pressing

Read the latest edition of The Gossip online now. Or View back editions of The Gossip. August 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.

Marathon Effort

Marathon Effort

Hornton’s Amy Pearce is planning a marathon walk – literally - and all in a good cause. Amy, along with two friends, is walking 26 miles over eight hours on September 2nd in aid of the Alzheimers Society. She’s completely the trek along with friends Jacqui and Lindsey, who both had parents who died from this horrible disease. If you’d like to sponsor Amy, you can log on to the girls’ donation page at www.justgiving.com/jac-nicholls

Get Quizzical

Get Quizzical

The next charity quiz at the Dun Cow will take place on Wednesday September 6th, in aid of Banbury Samaritans. 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.

Watch Out

Watch Out

There’s not long to go before Hornton’s most social event of the year – the Neighbourhood Watch BBQ on the village green on September 9th. Neighbourhood Watch co-ordinator Jenny Bowes asks everyone in the village to keep the date free the BBQ has become a firm fixture in the Hornton social calendar over the past few years and is a great way to meet people, especially if you’re new to the village. In the time-honoured Hornton tradition, it will be “in pavilion if wet”.

Wool You Be Generous?

Wool You Be Generous?

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

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.

For Jean

For Jean

The late Jean Burden was one of the best–loved villagers in Hornton, helping to raise thousands of pounds for the Methodist Church, village good causes and countless other charities and selflessly helping others whenever they need a hand. Now her close friend, Julie Stanley, has taken part in the Katharine House Hospice Sponsored Midnight Walk in Jean’s memory. Julie and Jean used to organise the weekly fund-raising coffee mornings – Julie still does. The walk took place last Saturday but it’s not too late to donate. If you would like to sponsor her, please either email her julieharrystan (at) aol dot com or put a donation through her door at Langway at the top of Bell Street.

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.

Two Months To Progress

Two Months To Progress

You’ve got two months to sign up for the next Hornton Progressive Dinner Party but why not do it now, so you don’t forget! It takes place on Saturday, October 21st, but organiser Anne Joyner needs people to sign up by Saturday, October 13th. 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 £25 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.

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

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.

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...

Looking back on life in Hornton
We are scheduling this event, entitled The Way We Were, for 8th, 9th and 10th September 2017, so please bear this in mind. The main display will be at Hornton Pavilion – and there will also be a village trail, guided by a walking-tour map, for you to seek out and discover historic places of interest. All ideas and contributions of memories and memorabilia are still very welcome – and thanks to all those villagers, friends and former residents who have provided information and artefacts so far.

Trip to Portsmouth Historic Dockyard
All day on Saturday 22nd July (provisional date). Portsmouth is home to some of the most famous and historically important naval ships in the world. It's a six-attraction day (HMS Victory, HMS Warrior, Mary Rose, the National Musuem of the Royal Navy, Action Stations and HMS M.33) plus a harbour boat tour, galleries and exhibitions. Jane Wain is organising a coach pick-up in the village at 8.30am. The total cost will be about £37, with concessions. There will be free time to catch an evening meal before the return journey. The last History day trip to Bristol Docks was a big success, so we're expecting this one to be popular too. Depending on how many History members sign up, there are likely to be some spaces for non-History villagers, so contact Jane if you're interested: tel 670716.

Finally, 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.

Pad Or Pedal?

Pad Or Pedal?

The choice is up to you but Hornton’s two churches would very much like you to do one of them to raise badly-needed cash. They are taking part in the Sponsored Ride and Stride run by the Oxfordshire Historic Churches Trust – and they’d like you to take part too! All you do is walk or cycle to as many of the county's lovely churches as possible on September 9th so, if you sign up now, you’ll have plenty of time to get your friends and family to sponsor you. Half the money you raise goes to the church or churches or your choice and the rest to the trust. Hornton’s organiser, Julie Stanley, would like lots of riders and striders, so please ring her on 670507 if you'd like to take part.

Dates For Your Diary

Dates For Your Diary

Neighbourhood Watch co-ordinator Jenny Bowes has written to ask everyone to keep the evening of Saturday, September 9th, free. That's the day when Hornton Neighbourhood Watch will hold their annual BBQ on the village green. It's free and it's a great way to meet new people, especially if you're new to the village. And Jane Wain has written to say she has four tickets for the BBC Gardeners World Live show at the NEC Birmingham on Saturday June 17th (2 adults, 2 concessions, over 65). "They were purchased via my Gardeners World magazine so 25% off normal price, £17.60 and £16.10 each respectively. Due to a family commitment we now can't go and, if anyone is interested in purchasing any of them, I could do a deal!!" says Jane. Please email her on jmwain (at) zoho dot com or call 670716 if you'd like to buy them.

Annual Satisfaction Survey

Annual Satisfaction Survey

Residents have the opportunity to let Cherwell District Council know what they think of its services by completing the annual satisfaction survey this spring. From early May, residents and businesses will have six weeks to complete a short questionnaire allowing them to give feedback on the council’s services, whether it provides value for money and the quality of its day-to-day operations. The information provided will be used to help the council prioritise its budgets and service provision for future years and make improvements in areas where people have reported concerns. Cllr Barry Wood, leader of Cherwell District Council, said: “We want to hear from the people we are working to serve how they feel about the services we offer. This is their chance to tell us what works well, what could be improved and what they think of Cherwell overall. “At Cherwell we work hard all year round to deliver what we think are the most important services for the best value for money but we don’t profess to always getting it right and if there are improvements that can be made, we want to hear about them. Equally, we want to know what people are happy with so we can ensure those teams get the feedback they deserve and we can learn from their best practice.” This year, the survey has been shortened to encourage more people to take part. The survey will be available to complete online and hard copies will be available in Cherwell’s offices, Link Points and in local libraries. A number of hard copies will also be distributed to selected addresses across the district with a pre-paid envelope for people to return their completed survey. Cllr Wood said: “This is the chance for people to really feedback their views; if people don’t tell us what they think then we may not be aware to address any issues. We would encourage as many people as possible to have their say to ensure the service they receive is the best we can possibly provide.” As last year, the survey will once again be conducted by an external market research organisation, Marketing Means, to ensure all information returned remains entirely confidential. The survey will be available to complete online from the beginning of May. You can access it here. Alternatively those who would prefer a hard copy can request one by calling 01295 227001.

Victims First

Victims First

Last week, Police and Crime Commissioner Anthony Stansfeld launched a new website to support victims of crime. Victims First is a new online resource for victims of crime which has advice on what to do and how to get help. It includes information and advice for victims including signposting them to services to help them cope and recover from the impact of the crime. It also includes a section on the Victims Code explaining clearly what help victims can expect from the police and other criminal justice agencies if they report the crime. The focal point of the website is a directory which allows victims to find relevant support in their area. Members of the public will be able to use the website to refer themselves directly to the PCCs own support services or find information and contact details for other organisations. This support is available regardless of whether or not the victim has reported the crime to the police.

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.

Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner is recruiting Independent Custody Visitors in Banbury

Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner is recruiting Independent Custody Visitors in Banbury

In the run up to Volunteers Week (1st - 7th June) the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC) is seeking volunteers to join its Independent Custody Visiting Scheme in Banbury. An Independent Custody Visitor (ICV) is a role performed by volunteers from the local community checking on the welfare and treatment of those being held in police custody. ICV’s make unannounced visits to police stations to observe the conditions in which people are being held and, importantly, talk with willing detainees. Volunteers typically make one custody visit a month ensuring that detainees have been offered food and drink, they are warm enough, cells are in a reasonable condition, that religious and cultural needs have been considered, have been informed of their rights and know the reason why they are in custody. Any problems are brought to the attention of custody staff and the OPCC. Police and Crime Commissioner, Anthony Stansfeld said ‘ICVs play a vital role in ensuring there is confidence in the way that detainees are being held and treated in police stations across the Thames Valley. We currently have a number of vacancies in Banbury and I would encourage anyone who is looking for a rewarding role within their local community to apply.’ Applicants will be invited for interview and successful candidates will complete an induction programme before beginning the role. ICVs must be 18 or over and should be independent of the police. Serving police officers or members of police or OPCC staff are not eligible to apply. Anyone interested in applying can download an application form.

Update on maternity at the Horton General Hospital

Update on maternity at the Horton General Hospital

Update on obstetrics at the Horton General Hospital.

Cold Cuts

Cold Cuts

Two enterprising young Hortonians have raised lots of lolly for worthy causes in unusual ways. Sarah Pelzer-Smith endured a cold night sleeping out in Stratford to raise more than £200 for the homeless charity St Basil’s and the Stratford Samaritans. Meanwhile, Connie Joyner decided it was time to cut her beautiful hair. Not only did she raise more than £700 for the Little Princess Trust, which makes wigs for children with cancer and other illnesses which result in hair loss, she also provided eight and a half inches of beautiful thick hair to create more wigs! Well done to both and you can still donate money: Connie had a JustGiving page if you go to the JustGiving homepage and search for haircut Joyner. And you can give money to Sarah’s charities by emailing her at sarah23478 (at) gmail dot com

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.

Prickly Problems

Prickly Problems

Horntonians Chris and Steve Woodcock introduced nine new hedgehogs to the village. Now the spiky little critters are starting to wander around they are making a plea to make sure we see more of them around this year – and breed. If you had a feeding station in your garden last year, now is the time to rebuild it and stock it with food every day, and you can build a new one this year. Details are on the website of Warwickshire Hedgehog Rescue. Please avoid slug pellets! They are poisonous to hedgehogs and there are lots of alternative ways to keep slugs at bay, not least by encouraging hogs into your garden to eat them! It would also be great if you could keep holes in hedges, fences and under walls that allow them to come and go freely. If they are trapped in too small a space they can get distressed and die. But if you see a hedgehog out in the next few weeks, please keep away as it’s likely to be a nesting female. They are very timid and might harm their young if you get too close. If you have any questions, pleas email Chris at chrisawoodcock (at) btinternet dot com

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.

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.

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

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.

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

Crib

Crib

At first glance, The Dun Cow’s seventh position in the Harbury and District Crib League looks disappointing but, if they hadn’t lost their last match of the season by the narrowest of margins 4-3 away to the Greaves Club – they would have finished fourth and with in two points of the winners. The league was closer than it’s ever been, with seven of the 14 teams within four points of each other, so there’s everything to play for next season. Come on cribbers!

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

Dignity in Care Awards

Dignity in Care Awards

The older people’s charity Age UK Oxfordshire has launched its annual Dignity in Care Awards and they are seeking nominations from members of the public. The Dignity in Care awards is a project that has been running since 2012 and is led by Age UK Oxfordshire. We want local people to nominate organisations, care settings, paid staff and volunteers who have gone that extra mile to deliver outstanding care. The awards are an opportunity for us to recognise and celebrate where great care has been given and in promoting this they hope that it will inspire other health care professionals and volunteers to raise their standards.

Do you know someone or a care setting that could be nominated for an award? Or could you help them share and promote the awards with members of the public? Any help you can offer in promoting the awards would be greatly appreciated. This could be done by word of mouth or maybe through social media accounts.

The awards are for: Leadership, Care or support setting or service, Carer or support staff, Communication, Unpaid carer or a volunteer worker and the ‘Josie’ award.

You can visit the Age UK website for more information or to make a nomination. Aternatively you can download a PDF nomination form - instructions on what to once it's filled in are at the bottom of the form.

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.