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Horley Village information, news and beautiful views. Helping to continually improve communications in our small but perfectly formed community. Hope you enjoy it, let us know what you think and feel free to share. Regards Di

Longing for a haircut…?

Castlemilk Moorits after their shearing experience

One way of getting around the current lockdown restrictions!

While most of us in Horley won’t be able to visit a hairdresser until at least July, these lucky residents have managed it!

They are Castlemilk Moorits, a rare breed of sheep belonging to Sue and Brian Ashdown. They were shorn on Wednesday –  and it’s their first haircut as they are just over a year old.

They look tiny without their fleeces!

Horley CC Ground Closed Sunday till Tuesday

Cricket Ground will be closed from Sun 31st May till Tues June 2nd

Notice from David Beck – Chairman Horley Cricket Club:

‘We are spraying the cricket outfield Sunday morning (tomorrow). This means the whole ground, including the nets, will be CLOSED to all, including walkers, from Sunday morning 31st May until Tuesday morning 2nd June.

Apologies for any inconvenience caused.’

Horley’s Coronavirus Support Group Update

Thank you letter from Local GPs Practices

Your Weekly Update

It’s time for ‘thank you’s this week.

Some of you may have heard Alison Tite’s radio recording on Radio Oxford on Wednesday morning thanking all our fantastic volunteers and sewing bees. If you missed it missed it listen here.

This letter was received from the West bar Group of GP Practices and Clinics thanking Horley for the scrub bags made and donated by the village.

Thanks have also been received from Katherine House Hospice saying how grateful they are for the scrubs sent last week.

Caroline’s Plant Stall

Thanks to the generosity of villagers buying and donating plants Caroline has now taken over £640. Apart from St Etheldreda’s, some of the money is going to Warwick Hospital and Katherine House Hospice. The proceeds taken over the next couple of weeks will go the the Cricket Club.

There are still lots of plants still available so don’t miss out!

Horley’s Gardens

Here are a couple of pictures of the roses at Park House. They are beautiful and fragrant at this time. If you would like to share your garden – please send photos to

Walking for Health and Mental Wellbeing

We are so fortunate here in Horley to be able to appreciate the great outdoors right on our doorstep so, if you can, get those walking boots on! Apart from being great for your physical health it is also does wonders for your mental health which can be suffering in these lockdown days. Get you maps out, or download the Horley Circular or if you would like to venture out to other local villages look at Walking in Oxfordshire a website with hundreds of free walks to download and print plus details of all the walking clubs in the country and loads more information.

If anyone is suffering from mental health issues, Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust – the NHS organisation that provides community and in-patient mental health care for all age groups has launched a 24/7 mental health helpline to provide people with mental health advice during the coronavirus pandemic.

  • The number for adults is 01865 904997
  • For children and young people, the number is 01865 904998

And finally… 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 (and alert!)  and, as ever, keep washing your hands!

Di Marriott

Horley’s Coronavirus Support Group Update

Your Weekly Update

With the easing of lockdown restrictions this week we welcome the opening of garden centres albeit with appropriate social distancing measures, so now we can all really get on with work in our gardens!

This is being helped by Caroline’s plant stall which has the  raised over £500 now which is a fantastic effort. This money will be going towards the church fund and the local hospitals where our sewing bees have been making the scrubs and knitted hearts which have been so gratefully received.

As we will be unable to hold an ‘Open Gardens’ event this year, maybe people would like to send pictures of their gardens so we can appreciate the beauty of nature at our fingertips. These 2 pictures are of Horley’s Mr McGregor’s garden!

If you would like to share your garden – please send photos to

Upcyling for the NHS!

Diane Raper has made over over 80 scrub bags for local health centres and Tracey Parsons has completed another set 6 sets of scrubs – can anyone identify their bed linen in these pictures!

Masks – the government for England says:

  • People should aim to wear face coverings on public transport and in some shops
  • Also in other “enclosed spaces where social distancing is not always possible and they come into contact with others that they do not normally meet”
  • “Social distancing” means staying more than two metres away from someone
  • Face coverings should be worn and not surgical masks or respirators which should be left for healthcare staff and other workers who need them

You will have seen in a previous post that our industrious sewing bees, Tracey and Sue Ashdown, are still making masks for people in the village – if you would like one please please email Tracey Parsons giving your name and address.

And finally… 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 (and alert!)  and, as ever, keep washing your hands!

Di Marriott

May Café Church Virtual Spring Outing

An Opportunity For Families to Discover the Spiritual Outdoors Together

The third Sunday of each month is now the regular slot for the Ironstone Benefice café church. It has become a tradition at this time of the year for the service to move away from the Old School, perhaps for a tour of Horley village gardens or an expedition to Hadsham Farm, thanks to Wykeham and Fi Taylor, for the lambing.

Unfortunately, due to the Coronavirus restrictions, the church is closed and no congregational services are taking place either there or anywhere else. So this year’s Spring café church has taken a new turn, thanks to Lindy Bridgeman, our licensed lay minister creating a version of the Sanctuary Wild Worship Field Guide. We have called it the “Virtual Spring Outing, or Café Church I-Spy” which can be downloaded here. We are wanting this to be an example of how the church can play its part in the spiritual life of the community, despite the lockdown restrictions.

We do hope people, especially families with children, will get stuck enthusiastically into the spirit and reality of the venture by getting out and about and rising to the challenge of spotting and recording as many as they can of the natural sights, plants and animals which are listed, each accompanied by an appropriate biblical text.

It is not a competition as such, but it would be great to know that people have enjoyed doing it and so you are encouraged to ‘report’ your successes by emailing David Kyle at with the points you have achieved and identifying any noteworthy sightings of items carrying two points.

It would also be great to see you at the next café church, whenever that may be, so that a ‘roll of honour’ can be presented of those who have taken part, with top billing going to any who have scored the maximum 50 points. We will be sure to keep you informed, through Horley Views, of moves to restore access to the church and the resumption of services.

We will in any event aim to report on the Virtual Spring Outing in the Summer edition of Horley Views.

Good luck and stay safe.

David Kyle

Recycling Centres Reopening from May 18th

All Oxfordshire Recycling centres to open on 18 May for essential use.

Oxfordshire County Council will re-open its 7 Household Waste Recycling Centres (including Alkerton) on 18 May, for essential use. Essential use means waste that cannot be stored at home, or would cause hard to health if stored.

There will be new site rules to ensure social distancing and the safety of residents and site staff. This includes reducing opening hours to 8am – 4pm to allow for cleaning, limiting the number and size of vehicles coming in and contactless payments only.

Queues are likely, so if it can wait, please do. If it’s waste that can be disposed of legally and responsibly in another way, such as weekly kerbside collections or district council collection services, please do that.

Full information about the changes to recycling centre rules can be found on their website –

Also see press release: