Hornton News - April 2018


Welcome to Hornton

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Hidden Gems

Hidden Gems

Horntonians will get the chance to star in their very own version of Antiques Roadshow when Holloway’s of Banbury hold a valuation day on Thursday, April 19th. They’ll also be raising money for a good cause because, although the valuations will be free, voluntary donations will be collected for Katharine House Hospice. The valuation will take place in the pavilion from 10am-4pm, so now is the time to dig in your attics and delve in your cellars, says organiser Jo Langford. “There will be two or three experts on hand to give advice on pictures, jewellery, ceramics, books, silver, clocks and watche, but no furniture please,” says Jo. “Tea and coffee will be available throughout the day.”

Another Way

Another Way

The start of the D’arcy Dalton Way footpath, alongside Cromwell’s in Eastgate, will be closed off for part of Friday 20th April, due to tree pruning. If you are out for a stroll or dog walking, please avoid this route.

Church Services

Church Services

There will be an 11am service in the Parish Church of St John the Baptist this Sunday, April 22nd. As this is a village service, there will be no separate service in 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.

Parish Council Meeting

Parish Council Meeting

The Parish Council will be holding its Annual Parish Meeting on Monday - April 23rd - and everyone in the village is invited. The meeting will start at 7.30pm in the pavilion and, if you belong to a village club or organisation in the village please do come along to give an update on activities and spread the word to possible new members who may be interested in joining you. Please could you also email a report for the village organisations with which you are involved to the clerk, Katherine Mills, at horntonpc (at) mail dot com It’s also a chance to meet parish councillors and to hear updates on developments from the Parish Council committees running the pavilion, the children’s playground and JUMPA.

Pamper Yourself

Pamper Yourself

Ladies - give yourselves a treat, join friends and contribute to village fund raising at Hornton’s pamper day on Monday, April 30th. You can choose a morning or afternoon appointment enjoying a Buck's Fizz and Pastry Breakfast or an Afternoon Cream Tea as well as buffet lunch, a manicure and pedicure. Complimentary tea, coffee and chilled Prosecco will be flowing all day! Also available to try and buy (with experts on hand to advise) will be Delilah Make Up - the latest British cosmetic brand to hit the beauty press - Captain Tortue French Label Ladies Wear and Forever Living Product Range. Priced at £40, tickets for this popular event are already going fast so please book early to avoid disappointment. Contact Isabelle Harris on 01295 670304 or Cath Bellamy on 01295 670884 / cath dot bellamy (at) icloud dot com to reserve your place.

Mayday for May Day

Mayday for May Day

Hornton’s biggest day of the year is only two weeks away and May Day will only go with a swing if we start planning now. The pavilion committee are taking charge of this year’s celebrations, taking place on Monday, May 7, and they are keen on ideas for new stalls, sideshows and attractions to go alongside the traditional attractions like the Maypole dancing and Morris dancing. And they also need help to run the stalls, pour the teas, bake the cakes and do a host of other things without which May Day would not be complete. So, if you can help in any way, please contact co-ordinator Jo Langton on 01295 670359 or at joann.langton2013@gmail.com

Get Quizzical

Get Quizzical

The next Dun Cow quiz is at 8.30pm on Wednesday May 2nd, with the £2 entry fee and ten per cent of the bar takings going to charity. Adrian’s quizzes are now so popular that you’re only certain to get in if you book a table – and booking is absolutely essential if you want one of Lisa’s fish and chip supper first. Please call them on 01295 670524.

While Stocks Last

While Stocks Last

Theme Nights are back at Hornton pavilion – and the first one is selling out fast! It’s hardly surprising. As well as the usual eclectic selection of entertainment, there will be a charity auction for the "Royal Box" table, a bar, supper and, of course, a traditional Hornton raffle. What’s not to like? The Theme Night’s happening on Saturday April 28th and the £12.50 tickets must be booked and paid for in advance, not least because there aren’t many left. You can get yours by calling Isabelle Harris on 01295 670304. Doors open at 7.30pm on the night.

Chat Up

Chat Up

The deadline for contributions to the latest edition of The Gossip, Hornton’s very own village newspaper, is May Day, so scribblers have still got time to hand in their contributions. Editors Julie Stanley on 01295 670507 or at julieharrystan@aol.com and Ann Hemmings on 01295 670511 or at annhhemmings@gmail.com are waiting for those literary pearls to drop through their letter box!

Save A Penny

Save A Penny

Hornton School wants to buy more seating and tables for the playground as the summer months approach, so it's launching a Copper Cups Fundraiser - and the children want everyone in the village to get involved! It's really simple: all you do is find a cup, washed-out milk carton, pint glass or whatever and every evening drop the 1p and 2p pieces that have ended up in your change throughout the day. Then, in two months' time, you drop the container into school when you're passing. You don't have to count up all the pennies and two-penny pieces! Please start collecting now.

Giga-Gift!

Giga-Gift!

Lucky Hornton School is about to have its entire computer system – all the wiring, servers, wifi and laptops - completely renewed thanks to the generosity of a charity. It’s going to cost £8600 to renew the entire set-up and the John Fox Trust is going to pay for all of it. Head teacher Matt Green is absolutely delighted. “These improvements will mean that we can embed ICT into our everyday teaching much more than we currently do and will mean that we can teach the children the computing skills they need to thrive in the ever increasing digital age,” he said. “I am very grateful to the John Fox trustees for their very generous donation and the difference it will make to our children at school.”

Climbing The Walls

Climbing The Walls

Hornton School will soon have a climbing wall in the playground! It’s being paid for by money from the Government’s Sports Premium fund, which is there to make sustainable improvements school sites that have long-term benefits for children’s health by helping them to lead more active lifestyles. And don’t worry about the staff having to scrape splattered children off the playground after they’ve hit the ground from a great height: the wall will only be about four feet high! Just under half the money Hornton receives under the fund will be used for the wall and completely redesigning the playground markings. “I am hoping that these improvements will be ready for the summer term,” said Mr Green.

Top Of The Tree

Top Of The Tree

If you ever doubted that Hornton is the Christmassyist village in the whole of Banburyshire, doubt no longer: the Christmas Tree Fund has now topped the £500 mark with a donations from Isabelle and Ian Harris – part of the Village Charity Collection made at Audrey Turner's funeral - and from David Kings. With 291 shopping days left till Christmas, there’s still plenty of time for you to contribute. Lisa Segens at the Dun Cow is collecting the cash.

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.”

Hornton School Bulletin

Hornton School Bulletin

The latest Hornton School Bulletin.

Child's Play

Child's Play

Taster sports sessions for kids are on offer at Hornton pavilion during the Easter Holidays – but only if there is enough take-up. So, if you’d like your children to take part, now is the time to put their name down. Please call Jo Langton on 670359 or email her at joann dot langton2013 (at) gmail dot com And Hornton’s very successful young people’s dram group, the Young ’Uns, is about to start up again. It will meet fortnightly in the pavilion for all children aged seven and above. More details soon.

Crib

Crib

The Dun Cow finished mid table in the Harbury and District Crib League after they lost their final match 2-5 against Southam SSC. But in addition to their sixth position, with 22 points, they also were runners up in the league’s knock-out cup, so they go into next season with lots of confidence.

Tree Fund Sprouts

Tree Fund Sprouts

Dun Cow licensee Lisa Segens says she is delighted about the way the village has got behind her idea for a fund to pay for the Christmas tree on the village green. In addition to the money received from the pub’s January quiz night, Anne Joyner gave £25 from her recent Hornton panto film night and Sarah Walther the same amount from the raffle at the Dun Cow’s Burns Night supper. “I am in the process of opening a bank account, which will be called The Hornton Christmas Fund - meaning lights can be bought as well, if necessary - and myself and Adrian Horsley are the signatories,” said Lisa. “I know the village has a lot of calls on its fundraising money, so thanks again to everyone who has donated thus far.” The fund is needed because the village is running out of mature Christmas trees and, for a year or so, may have to buy a large tree until small ones planted on JUMPA land grow big enough. And Lisa is also keen to buy more small trees to continue the Yuletide tradition for many years ahead. She is planning a second fund-raising event at the pub later in the year and, of course, would be delighted for any more contributions in the meantime. And the next charity quiz at the Dun Cow will take place next Wednesday, February 7th. The money raised will go to a very worthy cause - the Banbury Young Homelessness Project. 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.

Opening Up?

Opening Up?

Are you interested in opening your Hornton garden for Katherine House hospice and village causes this summer? If so, please ring Lynn Corke on 670673 or email her lcorke (at) uwclub dot net If there are enough gardeners keen to take part, she will contact Katherine House and get the ball rolling.

Class Act

Class Act

A host of new classes look set to be started at the pavilion in the next few months and you can join in. People have expressed interest in learning Tai Chi, Latin American and ballroom dancing, German, Spanish, crafts and sewing, hedge-laying, stone wall building, astronomy, meteorology and comparative religion. Others are keen to take part in beetle drives, whist nights, jigsaw clubs and Scrabble competitions. If you’re interested in taking part in any of these activities, or you could be persuaded to lead a workshop or run a class, once again Jo Langton on 670359 or at joann dot langton2013 (at)gmail dot com is the person to contact.

Ton Up

Ton Up

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.

NHS 'Shambolic'

NHS 'Shambolic'

A Hornton parish councillor has resigned in order to spend time fighting for better health services in the area. Cllr Roger Bellamy recently attended an Oxford Clinical Commission meeting in his capacity as a member of the parish council and reported back that the plans for the Oxfordshire hospitals and GP services seemed to be ‘shambolic’. “Hospital services were being pushed to GP surgeries and caring at home, but adequate plans did not seem to be in place,” he told the latest meeting of the parish council, on January 22nd. He will be focusing his time on these issues and feels that this would be in conflict with his interests as a Parish Councillor. Chairman Cllr John Offord thanked Cllr Bellamy for his valued work on the council and understood the potential for a conflict in interests. The meeting also agreed to contact the organisers of motocross events near the village. Cllr Offord reported that the event did not have permanent planning permission but instead had permission for 15 events annually with each temporary licence having a maximum of 21 days. Members agreed that the event caused a noise problem for parts of the village and that the number of large vehicles attending the events caused damage to road surfaces. The Clerk will contact the land owner to ask for contact details for the event organisers. Cllr Tim Hewlett told the meeting that he had met representatives from Tadmarton, Broughton, Swalcliffe and Shenington Parish Councils to discuss the idea of purchasing Speedwatch equipment. Tadmarton, Broughton and Swalcliffe PC’s were all interested in sharing the cost of the purchase of the Speedwatch equipment. Cllr Andrew Overton said that the subcommittee running Hornton Pavilion had agreed to keep the refurbishment bill for the building within the £40,000 available. The money will be spent on roof repairs, heating improvements, refurbishment of changing rooms, better storage, possible improvements to the car park and repainting of the building’s exterior. There are also plans to promote it as a venue for children’s parties and a place that can be hired by outside groups. To encourage this, the pavilion sub-committee had agreed to investigate internet access and Wi-Fi at the hall. It’s now possible to hire the pavilion and pay for it on Paypal! Finally, Cllr Louise McKenzie raised the issue of parking on the turning circle at West End which made turning very difficult and at times dangerous, particularly if drivers were required to reverse on to the pavement. The area was also dark which made the situation even more hazardous.

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.

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.

Child's Play

Child's Play

Calling Hornton families the children’s playground needs a couple more helping hands. David Miles has just stepped down as chairman after 44 years of extraordinary service. Could you step up and join the small group of Horntonians that maintains the playground and keeps it safe for our children to play in? “It’s a small play park but a big asset so please come and join our group,” says Kevin Wain. “We only have a couple of meetings per year, along with a few maintenance days – and, don't worry 44 years isn't the minimum term! “David joined the team as a teenager and has been there ever since. We owe him a big thank you for all those years and the part he's played in the lovely park we have today.” If you’d like to join the team, please call Kevin on 670716 or Paul Burden on 670664.

New Landmark?

New Landmark?

A new programme is in development for a major UK Broadcaster. The idea behind the show is that we will be funding numerous public art projects around the country and we want the public to nominate their own village to win the chance of creating a new landmark for their community. The unique process will see established artists working with the local people to create large pieces of public art that have specific meaning to their community. We want them to use public art as a way of creating a discussion about their own shared collective identity. We would like residents of small towns and villages to get in touch and tell us what makes their hometown so special. Does it have a rich history? Is something or someone famous associated with it? Do they have interesting traditions? Has the community fallen on hard times and is in need of reminding people about how special it really is? What is their unique story? The most important thing is that the town has a strong sense of community and a commitment to the project, as this is a journey they will all go on together with the goal to create a legacy piece of public art that generations will be proud of.

View a poster with details of the project.

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.

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.

Taking The Mick

Taking The Mick

For many years, until his tragic death in 2003, one Horntonian more than any other had music in his blood Mike Webber. His love for music of all kinds led him to leave enough money to set up a charity so that the children of Hornton School could go on playing it long after he’d gone on to that Great Jazz Club in the Sky. It was Jazz that was his first love and Mike has been affectionately remembered by fellow jazz musician John Sparry in a book, “Crazy Rhythm”, which follows the exploits of five players who made music in the Midlands for many years, where Mike was known as Mick Webber. Author John Sparry tells how Mike used to come up to the Black Country every month from Hornton on a Sunday to play his much-loved vibraphone. And you can find out more, because copies of the book are available from John for just £7 each, plus £1.50 p&p. He will sign them if you wish. Please call John on 01384 359109 or drop him a line at The Bookshop, Ridge Cot, 15 Enville Road, Wall Heath, Dudley, DY6 0JT

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.

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 email Brown Owl Emma Watts at el dot watts (at) hotmail dot co dot uk

Stamp Of Approval

Stamp Of Approval

Christmas cards will soon be dropping through your frletter box and Maggie Higgins has a plea: please don’t throw the stamps away. She’s collecting postage stamps -– both British and foreign – for a very good cause. “They are sold to raise money for Leukaemia Care and Oxfam,” she said. You can drop them off any time through Maggie’s letter box 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.