IRONSTONE Chamber Music Festival 7th and 8th September

Tessa and Chris Howell invite you to this year’s Ironstone Festival on Friday and Saturday September 7th and 8th at St. Etheldreda’s church Horley.

There will be several pieces which involve 6 to 8 instruments (sextets and octets) including the wonderful Octet by Mendelssohn.

There is a festival pass if you come to everything with £5 off all tickets for Horley residents, and thanks to the generous Michael Hardinge Trust,  Horley Children in full-time education can come free.

On Sunday 9th there will be a Festival Mass at which the Right Reverend Colin Fletcher, Bishop of Dorchester will preach and celebrate the Eucharist. All are welcome.

See posters below for more information and visit


The Game’s Up! Arty board games for all the family…

The Game’s Up!

Arty board games promise family fun

Board games fans team up with art lovers on 22 September 2018 when one of the country’s most inventive games designers will offer tips to players trying out her creations during a fundraising afternoon at Chenderit School, Middleton Cheney.

Artist Cally Trench has devised eight board games, each one original and playable yet also a one-off artwork. Bearing intriguing names, such as Gravestones and Dry Bones, Shopping Spree and Trees Versus Axemen, they are for two-to-four players of any age and take up to 20 minutes each to play.

The unusual game-playing opportunity has another arty twist: it coincides with Cally and her artist brother, Nick Trench, staging a joint portraiture show at the Heseltine Gallery, based on the Chenderit campus.

Their Siblings Cannot Agree free show runs till 29 September, displaying their striking portraits of themselves and each other. Mr Trench will be at the gallery during the game-playing afternoon to talk about the exhibition.

Run by Middleton Cheney Library Supporters, the event is 2-4pm on Saturday 22 September. Tickets: £6 for adults; £4 for children (16 or under). Buy in advance at pay on the door. For more information contact Chris Craggs on Banbury 712949, go to

Sunday 5th August Horley CC Charity Day

‘On Sunday 5th August we held our annual Charity Cricket day. A different format was used this year with four teams playing a knockout T20. A full day of cricket was held with many spectators watching the match. We are very pleased to announce that a record amount of £831.50 was raised on the day for Katherine House Hospice.

Many thanks to all the volunteers who helped and all the players and spectators for supporting this wonderful day.’

kind regards

David B, Chairman

Entertainment for Children at Upton House this Summer

Upton connects children with the natural world around them on Thursdays August 2nd and 16th

Fill the long summer holidays by visiting Upton House this August. Thursdays 2 and 16 August will see Upton hosting wildlife and nature charities. Keep youngsters entertained with pop-up stands filled with fun activities and get some fresh air on our outdoor nature trails. A great way to spend quality time together and help children connect with the natural world around them.

Discover more about Hedgehogs by meeting two young Hedgehog rescuers! Kyra and Sophie are both 12 years old from Hedgehog Friendly Town (part of Warwickshire Hedgehog Rescue).

For more information about what is happening on these days click here.