Red Lion to Reopen on Saturday!

Good News! The Red Lion is to reopen from Saturday 4th – see following from Dave Morris about the arrangements:

‘The Red Lion will re-open on Saturday 4th July from 12 – 6pm with a trial run for the patrons who supported the ‘text and take-away’ service. Regulars who had to shield are also welcome to the trial of new procedures.

Only the garden (and toilets) will be available for use.

Patrons will need their phones to register as per Goverment guidelines and orders will be taken by text. Payment will be card or cash.

Safe social distancing rules will apply and to that end there will be a maximum limit of 30 patrons on the premises.

Should all go well, the pub will be open new hours to suit the Summer garden trade:

  • Tuesday – Saturday:    4pm – 9pm
  • Sunday:                       12pm – 6pm
  • Monday:                      Closed

After the popularity of the take-away service, the pub will continue to sell ale at a discount of 15% for those who bring their own closed containers.

These are very strange times, but it is hoped that the pub can continue to be the centre of the great community spirit that has come to the fore during the recent trials and tribulations.’

Cheers, Dave

Parish Council Accounts Available for Inspection

The Horley Parish Council Accounts for the year ending 31st March 2020 have been published and are available for inspection. See 20 06 27-notice-of-public-rights.

In addition other financial documents relating to this period are available on the Parish Council Finance Page.

David Marriott, Horley Parish Clerk

Like to Join the Parish Council?

Would you like to become a councillor on Horley Parish Council and help make a difference to your community?

As a result of the resignation of Dame Glenys Kyle there is now a vacancy on Horley Parish Council.  Formal notice relating to this vacancy has been published by the Returning Officer at Cherwell District Council .

If you would you like to  represent our village and continue to help make Horley a great place to live please contact the Clerk, David Marriott on  Anyone who would like to find out more about what is involved is invited to call David on 07872 930030.

Horley Virtual Fete Raises Over £1,267.00

Flowers in the church porch

Caroline’s Plant Stall

Once again a very  big thank you to everyone who supported the Virtual Fete this year and in particular to Caroline for running the plant stall and the bakers for making the delicious cakes!

The money raised is £1,267.87 which is absolutely fantastic, and actually slightly more than  last year!

On behalf of the Ladies Guild £100 has been donated to each of Katherine House Hospice, Warwick Hospital and Horton Hospital.

A huge thank you again for supporting this year’s activities.


Church Opening for Private Prayer

St Etheldreda Horley  (COVID-19) Update

Following a government announcement on 7th June the Church can now be open from 15th June for individual prayer in line with social distancing guidelines.

Open between 9.00am and 5.00pm on Wednesday and Sunday this following a risk assessment and resources available. Entry and Exit via South Porch only.

Horley’s Coronavirus Support Group Update

Track and Trace Scam – Be Aware

Warning From the ‘Oxfordshire All In’ Coronavirus Support Team

Oxfordshire All In reports a new scam that tries to convince people that they have been in contact with someone who has been tested positive, pretending to be NHS Track and Trace. They then either ask for money to send them a test, or try to get hold of their personal details.

Real contact tracers will:

  • Call you from 0300 013 5000
  • Send you text messages from ‘NHS’
  • Ask you to sign into the NHS test and trace contact-tracing website

Real contact tracers will never:

  • Ask you to dial a premium rate number (for example, those starting 09 or 087)
  • Ask you to make any form of payment or purchase a product or any kind
  • Ask for any details about your bank account
  • Ask for your social media identities or login details, or those of your contacts

We still believe that no-one in the village is suffering from Covid 19. Please do let us know if your personal situation changes, and remember, our volunteers are here to help those in need and self isolating. Here are the contact details for the group:

email:, or call 01295 738334 or 07872 930030. 

Stay safe, alert and, as ever, keep washing your hands!

Di Marriott

Next Parish Council Zoom Meeting is on Thursday June 25th

The next Parish Council Meeting will be held online at 7.30 on Thursday June 25th. Anyone wishing to observe the meeting or address the Council on an item appearing on the agenda is requested to notify the Clerk of the Council two days in advance of the meeting, in order that on-line access to the meeting can be arranged. Please notify David Marriott on  0787 2930030 or email before the meeting.

The Agenda Items comprise:

  • Apologies for absence
  • Declaration of Interests
  • Minutes of the meeting held on 16th April 2020
  • Matters arising
  • Finance 2019/20 Annual Audit
  • Parking issues at Wroxton Lane
  • Applications for charitable and other donations
  • Date of next meeting: To be discussed  
  • Any other urgent business 

For full details of items and reports see 20 06 25 Agenda

Horley Virtual Fete Competition Results

A big thank you to everyone who supported the Virtual Fete!  Although it It wasn’t quite what was anticipated at the time of planning, it’s great that we were still able to raise some money for the Church and a few other local good causes and have a bit of fun along the way.


Seven very observant entrants answered all questions correctly and the winners are Andy and Liza Hopkinson who have received a £20 voucher donated by Carpenters and a bottle of Prosecco.  Everyone who entered did really well and most only got one question wrong – the Horley sign in picture 1 being the main one that fooled people! Here are the answers lockdown quiz answers.

There was an impressive amount of detail in some of the answers, including map references, witty comments, the names of people who live in the various houses, and from the Herrick family, photos of the children at each location. This deserved a special prize of a chocolate bouquet!

Art Competition

The Art competition younger age group was won by Emily Taylor (aged 5)  and the older age group by Tula Parsons. See below for their lovely pictures.  They have each won a chocolate bouquet.

Plant Stall

The plant stall is staying open till the weekend.

Judy Duck by Tula Parsons

Judy Duck by Emily Taylor

Horley’s Virtual Summer Fete Continues…

The Ladies Guild Virtual summer fete continues until the end of tomorrow so you still have time to complete the Quiz or your Judy Duck design! So get out your walking boots and paints, you never know you may win a prize – a Carpenters Voucher and Prosecco for the Quiz and chocolate goodies for the artist!

(For more information on the quiz see Horley Lockdown Challenge Quiz. )

As anticipated the virtual cake stall is going very well so get your orders in now! (See Fancy A Cake…?) There is also some raspberry jam available at £2.50 per jar and flapjack and ginger biscuits for £3.00.

Please leave all donations at Caroline’s plant stall in Lane Close.