In & Around Hornton
There will be an 11am service in the Parish Church of St John the Baptist this Sunday, August 25th. As this is a United Service, there will be no separate service in the Methodist Church.
Don’t forget that you can pop in for coffee, cake and a chat in the Methodist Church every Friday morning from 10.30am to 12.30pm.
The Hornton Croquet Tournament takes place on Sunday, August 25th, from 2pm onwards on the pavilion field.
If you’ve got a boater, blazer or parasol, you’ll be most welcome to flaunt them but, if not, just turn up in shorts and a teeshirt and you’ll fit in just fine.
The deadline for contributions to the latest edition of The Gossip, Hornton’s very own village newspaper, is August 31st, so scribblers have still got time to hand in their contributions.
Joint editor Lorna Abbott on 678015 or abbott (at) hornton dot myzen dot co dot uk is waiting for those literary pearls to drop through her letter box!
On The Plate
On the first Monday of every month, there will be a two-course lunch in the Methodist Chapel at 1pm. Do pop in.
There are still a few places left on Hornton History Group’s coach trip to Hampton Court Palace on Saturday September 7th. The coach will leave the village at 8am and return from Hampton Court at 7.15pm, so there will be plenty of time to explore this fascinating palace and have a leisurely lunch or dinner.
The cost is £37.75 - £33.65 for the over 65s – which includes a group booking discount and, if you’d like to go, please call Jane Wain on 01295 670716 or email her at jmwain (at) zoho dot com
Wheel U Come
A date for your diaries - the Annual Hornton Leisure Cycle Ride is back and this year takes place on Sunday, September 1st. There will be two routes - a shorter and hopefully flatter route of about 12 to 14 miles which will be suitable for all ages and abilities and a longer route. Ebikes are especially welcome!
“We are going to meet the Dun Cow in Hornton for lunch,” says joint organiser Lynn Corke. “and it would be lovely if others would join us for a sociable lunch or drink. The new landlords, Steve and Rebecca, will be offering either their usual Sunday lunch or the lunchtime bar menu and we’re hoping for a really big turnout there to support them.”
Please contact Lynn on 670673 or lynnjcorke (at) aol dot com, Herbie Rossiter on 07456 179117 or herbierossiter (at) hotmail dot com or Steve Woodcock on stevejwoodcock (at) btinternet dot com if you’d like to come so that they can give Steve and Rebecca some idea of numbers.
The taster sessions for Tai Chi in Hornton pavilion have proved so popular that a regular class is starting on Monday, September 9th. The one-hour sessions, run by friendly and enthusiastic teacher, Jules – will start at 2pm and will be followed by tea and cake!
Organiser Jo Langton says that beginners who did not take part in the taster sessions need not worry about joining late because Jules is going to start at the beginning. “We start with a gentle warm-up, followed by a series of exercises that lead us into the more recognised Tai Chi movements,” says Jo. “If you would like to join us – and it’s not just for ladies – please contact me on 670359.”
Ironstone Chamber Music Festival 2019
The Ironstone Chamber Music Festival takes place between 13th-15th September 2019.
Invited musicians are Jonathan Stone (violin) lately of the Doric Quartet, Gary Pomeroy (viola) from the Heath Quartet, tenor James Gilchrist and pianist Daniel Tong of the London Bridge Trio. Ticket information is available here.
The first prize in the St John the Baptist Church 100 Club is now more than £100.
But you’ve got to be in it to win it, so please get in touch with Andrew Overton on 678920 if you’re not and book your place in the next draw.
Make It Snappy
The Speedwatch initiative – in which motorists driving too fast are “snapped” by volunteers and sent warning letters by the police - has already seen a reduction in speeding by motorists through the village.
Now you can help sustain that by helping operate the equipment. Parish councillor Tim Hewlett is looking for volunteers to help out and, if you’re interested, please email him: tima (at) freershouse dot plus dot com
Do you have a cache of animal food that you bought for your beloved furry friend(s) - cats, dogs or other creatures - only to find they turned up their nose or it didn't suit their delicate digestive system?
Two generous Hornton families encountered this situation this very week and both have very kindly donated the surplus food (still well in date) to BARKS (Banbury Animal Rescue & Kindness Service). Chris Woodcock is a volunteer with BARKS and will very happily collect any other food that needs a new home and deliver it to our rescue centres and fosterers on your behalf. Or you can drop it off at their place, if you prefer.
Give Chris a call on 670795. And thank you in anticipation from all the dogs, puppies, cats, kittens, rabbits and other small furries at BARKS. We save and re-home around 350 of them every year and all our work relies on volunteers, donations and funds raised.
The surface of the JUMPA playing area needs a good clean up and the lines repainting next Spring. The committee are also hoping to cut back some of the trees to reduce the moss on the court.
The whole project will cost more than £1000, so if you could “sponsor a line”, please contact Simon Woolf at simon dot woolf (at) me dot com or Ian Harris at iiharris (at) btinternet dot com
The mobile library may be no more but did you know that Hornton has a library of its own? It’s in the foyer of the Methodist Chapel and you can pop in any time, borrow as book and return it when you’ve finished. And if you’ve got any interesting books that you’ve finished with, please bring them along!
Hornton History Group is flourishing. It’s welcomed more new members this year and it’s one of the most active groups in the village, so why don’t you join, too?
The annual membership fee is just £12, for which you get involved in lots of varied projects and have special access to trips and speaker presentations. For more information, contact chairman Kevin Wain on 670716 or email him kawain (at) zoho dot com
Live Better. Live Well Oxfordshire
Looking for information about services and activities in Oxfordshire? Then Oxfordshire County Council’s Live Well Oxfordshire directory is the place to start your search – it’s easy to use and brings together over 2000 services and activities across the county.
You’ll find useful information and advice on a range of subjects – all aimed at giving you greater choice and control over the support and services you or a loved one need www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/livewell
Hornton Grounds Farm
Looking for local traceable meat - including Beef Rib Joints, Whole Beef Fillets, Gammons, Legs & Shoulders of Lamb?
Farm Shop Opening times: Monday, Thursday Friday & Saturday: 9am-5pm Sunday: Appointment only. Contact Charlotte on 07771861418, email will (at) whallanfarms dot co dot uk or just call in to place an order.
Errant parkers in Hornton beware! Hornton School head Matt Green has reminded parents in the past not to park on the yellow lines in the road outside but it’s fallen on deaf ears.
“Please do not park on the yellow lines, it is dangerous for your children,” he tells parents. “I will be ‘on patrol’ at pick up time to record the number plates of offenders and will be reporting them to our Local Community Support Officer. I appreciate the village is busy, but I will not allow the safety of our children to be put at risk by people flouting the rules.”
The first is about “families of Hornton”, with the Burden family taking centre stage. Pop in any time to find about this prominent Hornton family, their local roots and village homes.
Hornton Parish Council
Alternatively find out more about Hornton Parish Council.
Primary school head teacher Matt Green has made a plea for parents to slow down when driving through Hornton.
“We have received a complaint about the speed with which parents are driving in to the village,” he tells parents. “Please can everyone ensure, particularly with the amount of building works and associated vehicles which are around at the moment, that you drive slowly and carefully through the our village. “We have the safety of your children in mind. Thank you.”
Scoop The Poop
School administrator Jenny Bowes says the caretaker has been finding dog mess in the grass area of the playground.
"Obviously this is an area where the children play and the above presents a health and safety issue," writes Jenny. "Please can we ask that if any dogs do stray in to this area owners double check that they haven’t left any nasty surprises for the children."
Hornton Methodist Chapel is available for hire for even more days than usual because the school is no longer using it.
If you’ve got any event or group activity that might benefit from using this beautiful building, please contact Julie Stanley on 670507 or julieharrystan (at) aol dot com
All It Takes Is One Distraction
Did you know that 1 in 3 people rescued from house fires in Oxfordshire are rescued from cooking fires? Or that distraction is the main cause of cooking fires?
It's easy to get distracted - the phone rings, someone's at the door or a TV show catches your attention. If you need to leave your cooking, even for a couple of minutes:
- turn down the heat
- set the timer
- or ask someone to watch it for you
Or you could find that Oxfordshire Fire & Rescue Service firefighters join you for dinner! Find out more at: www.365alive.co.uk/cooking