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We’re Jammin’ For Gary

We’re Jammin’ for Gary to celebrate the many roles of The Fantastic Mr. Fox and fund raising for Thames Valley Air Ambulance as they landed on our Cricket Field to help him.

One of the many roles Gary played was that of  a “Pied Piper”; he managed to get so many children and adults to join in the concerts that we started in Horley. Gary loved reggae and a strong bassline, so its “gonna be all about the bass” and “we’re jammin’, jammin’, we hope you like jammin’, too.

This event will also raise awareness for both the “Hands off Horton” Hospital campaign and the Youth Offending Service, both of which were very important to Gary.

To read more about Gary, how to make a donation to the Air Ambulance and to leave us a message please go to https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/GaryDFox

Thanking you in advance, with love Deb, Grant and Lauren xxx

Please note that due to the capacity of our church this event is invitation only, we have tried to include everyone via a Facebook invite and email. However if you knew Gary and you would like to join us on Monday 1st May then please email theboma@icloud.com so if numbers permit we’ll try and “jam” you in!


New Thames Valley Alert App launched

New Thames Valley Alert App launched

This information has been sent on behalf of Thames Valley Police. Working in partnership to make our community safer

Thames Valley Police is delighted to announce that the Thames Valley Alert App has been launched and is free to download now https://www.thamesvalleyalert.co.uk/

The app, which is available on iPhone and Android, can be downloaded from the App Store and Google Play and allows you to receive instant notifications to your phone on the latest policing alerts in your area (please note that you must enable push notifications to receive these).

The app can use GPS data to send you targeted messages according to your current geographical location and messaging preferences, sending you instant notifications to your mobile phone about specific information, warnings and advice relevant to that location.

The app offers a number of other features, including allowing you to quickly locate your closest police station, and also provides a feed of the latest Thames Valley-wide news on Twitter, so you’ll never miss those important Force-wide updates and breaking news. This facility is available on the app even if you do not have a Twitter account.

Please note that you do not have to download the app to get alerts; you can still choose to receive alerts via email, text or voicemail.  To download the app, visit the Apple store or Google Play and search ‘Thames Valley Alert’.

The Future of Local Government in North Oxfordshire



Those who take an interest in such matters will be aware that Oxfordshire County Council have submitted a proposal to the Secretary of State for Communities, seeking the abolition of all district councils in Oxfordshire, along with the county council, and their replacement with a single, unitary council which would be responsible for delivering all local government services.  Currently, the county deliver most of the more expensive services such as social services including adult care, highways and education, whilst the districts deliver more local services such as planning, housing, waste collection, street cleaning and recreation.

The county council claim that this could enable savings of up to £20m per annum to be made, mostly through efficiencies from the reduction in administrative and democratic functions.  There is no doubt that the county council are in considerable financial difficulties, with increasing demand for adult care, and decreasing grant coming from government.  On the other hand, Cherwell District Council have just announced for the 8th year running that they are not increasing their share of the council tax, having cut their costs significantly through efficiencies such as shared working with South Northants, and have not had to cut any of their services.

Cherwell are seeking support in their bid to persuade the Secretary of State not to agree to Oxfordshire’s proposal, and have launched a petition, which they have asked the parish council to share with you.  Further details are available via this link.


David Marriott, Horley Parish Clerk

Easter Banners wanted for our Church…

Can you help?’

‘Brighten up St Etheldreda’s Church for Easter with an Easter Banner or Poster.

You can make it with fabric or paper and put on it all the things that mean ‘Easter’ to you.

We will display them in church from Easter Sunday (April 16th) and there will be Easter Eggs for all participants!

If you have any questions or need materials email ashdownsm@btinternet.com or call 01295 738444. Thanks.’ Sue Ashdown

The Red Lion Horley Wins Pub of the Year Again..!!!

Once again the Red Lion is the North Oxfordshire noxoncamraBranch Pub of the Year Winner!

Congratulations to Dave and Natasha for winnnig this competition for the second time.!

Watch this space for an announcement as to when the presentation will take place so everyone can celebrate with them!

Come and help the Annual Village Litter Pick this Saturday…

Help keep our village litter free by joining the annual spring clean!

The annual village litter pick will take place on the morning of Saturday 11 March.  With a good turnout the exercise should take no more than one hour to complete.

Would volunteers please gather in front of the Red Lion at 10.00am on the 11th.  Protective gloves, picking equipment and sacks will be provided by Cherwell District Council.

Let’s keep Horley looking beautiful!