Category Archives: Hornton Village

Recycle your old gadgets and postage stamps for BARKS

Hornton have launched an appeal for everyone to collect used postage stamps and unwanted collectibles in the run-up to Christmas.   We can take part too!  Here are the details…

Step on the GAS for BARKS – Recycle your old gadgets and postage stamps this Christmas

Banburyshire’s leading animal rescue charity has launched a new appeal in the countdown to Christmas – a call for donations of unwanted phones, small gadgets, coins, jewellery and postage stamps to raise vital funds for animal care and re-homing.

The new campaign is called GAS – which stands for Gadgets And Stamps – and is the latest fundraiser for Banbury Animal Rescue and Kindness Service (BARKS). It has been timed to coincide with local households getting rid of old or obsolete items in anticipation of getting new ones for Christmas.

This is the ideal way to feel good about recycling and help needy animals at the same time. You can save up your Christmas stamps and your old or broken small gadgets, like phones, cameras and gaming devices – and not just chuck them out but use them to help give new lives to innocent animals.

We DO accept:

  • Stamps from envelopes (with a small margin of paper around them)
  • Jewellery
  • Unwanted currency/coins/notes
  • Mobile Phones
  • Cameras
  • Video Cameras
  • Electronic Gaming Devices (consoles, accessories and games)
  • Ipods/MP3 Players
  • Sat Navs
  • Tablet Computers

These can be broken or working!

Sadly, we DO NOT accept:

  • Home Telephones
  • Home Computers and Accessories
  • Fax Machines
  • DVD Players
  • Set Top Boxes (Sky/Freeview etc.)
  • Printers
  • Kitchen Appliances
  • Personal Grooming Items”

Please contact Chris Woodcock on 670795 to arrange to drop items off or for them to be collected.


Win a Pet Portrait Photoshoot and Support BARKS

Photographer Jannine with her pet ferret

Win a pet portrait photoshoot – £5 to enter our BARKS competition

Do you live within 20 miles of Banbury – and do you fancy winning a professional photoshoot of you and your pet(s) for an entry fee of £5? Read on…

We’ve simplified the entry format for our first BARKS Pets in the Picture – Win a Pet Portrait contest. Below is the new link on our website. It takes five minutes to enter. There’s a winner and runner-up prize, each for a photoshoot for up to two humans and two pampered pets! the closing date for entries is next weekend, Saturday, 25 July:

Please do enter – it’s the finale to our StayCATion Appeal to bring in funds to keep BARKS going through the Covid crisis. BARKS is entirely run by volunteers and we save and rehome 300-350 animals per year.

Feel free to share this with your local pet-loving friends! More information from Chris Woodcock, Hornton on 01295 670795.

Banbury (Wroxton) Motocross – Villagers’ Concerns

Has anyone in Horley made a previous formal comment or raised a concern in the past about the activities or noise levels experienced from the Banbury (Wroxton) Motocross Club? If so please contact Hornton parish clerk on with details of your complaint by no later than Friday 12 June. For more information please read information below from John Offord, Chairman of Hornton Parish Council:

‘Hornton Parish Council is being consulted by Cherwell District Council (CDC) on the latest move by the owner and organisers of Banbury (Wroxton) Motocross track, just outside Hornton: retrospectively, they are applying for a Lawful Development Certificate to make sure that their existing use of the track is lawful for planning purposes.

There have been widespread concerns in Hornton and nearby – that the track and the scale of its events are now having a detrimental effect.

As part of Hornton Parish Council submission, we are encouraging any resident who has raised any kind of formal, public comment, concern or anxiety about the track at any stage in the last decade or more to let us have a copy of that point or complaint. Not so much what you feel now – but what you have already submitted to raise concerns (or approval). You may have addressed it to the Parish Council as a whole, or to a particular councillor, or to the track managers or to CDC. It may have been to do with noise impact, traffic, concern about planning permission or another aspect of the track. Cindy Koberl, the parish clerk, is compiling a record and will need you to let her have a copy of any letter or email. Please can you send these to her at by no later than Friday 12 June.

Many thanks for your help. We will keep you posted.’

Quarry Nurseries Taking Orders for the Season

Despite the current situation with coronavirus you will still be able to obtain this season’s plants by ordering by phone from Quarry Nurseries in Hornton.

This is just to let you know that Philip Gilbert is going to be able to sell plants up at Quarry Nurseries later this months but, in order to keep everyone safe, he’s having to make special arrangements and asks that his customers bear with him.

He is going to open on April 27 and will be taking orders – only by telephone – from the day before, April 26. His phone number is 07903 655267.

He’d like his customers to look on his website nearer the time – it’s being revamped at the moment – where you can find a full list of plants for sale. Please call him, place your order and arrange a time when you can collect them when it’s possible for customers to visit safely without others being present. You won’t be able to go into the nursery but Phillip will be able to come out with the plants you’ve ordered.

You can pay by credit card but, to minimise contact, Phillip would prefer if you paid by bank transfer. His bank details will also be on the website shortly.

Phillip says he’s really grateful for the loyalty of his regular customers, many of whom have already been in touch to check that he will be open, and he asks that everyone co-operates in these difficult times so that we all stay safe.

His website address is

Dun Cow Offers Takeaway Meal Service to Horley Residents

The Dun Cow Hornton

Enjoy a Takeaway meal from Hornton’s Dun Cow

Steve and Rebecca from the Dun Cow in Hornton have kindly offered to extend their takeaway meal service to Horley residents.

To view their current menu click here.

To order call 01295 670524 from 5pm – 8pm Daily or email

For more information on the Dun Cow click here.

Hornton Talk on London’s Black Cabs March 13th

Follow That Cab!

Have you ever wondered why the London taxi is so special and the service voted best in the world year after year?

The person who knows is Hornton’s Andrew Overton. Andrew’s grandfather founded the Mann & Overton company in 1899 ,commissioning and selling French cars, but from 1906 the family spent over 100 years in the business of making and selling London Taxis.

Andrew will give an illustrated talk about the development of Hackney Carriages through to the present day, with some interesting stories about his experiences in 41 years in the trade. He’ll also touch on the famous ‘Knowledge of London’ and  the arguments about Uber.

And he’ll talk about the formation of a City of London Livery Company and its 25 years of organising London black cab trips to Disneyland for sick, terminally ill and chronically sick children.

Andrew will give the talk – The London Taxi….from Horse drawn to Electric taxis – at 7.30pm on Friday, March 13th in Hornton Parish Church.

The £5 ticket price will go to church funds and  there will be an interval for wine and nibbles.

Please do come along and give your support!

SOS For Needy Cat

Can anyone offer a kind heart and warm hearth to lovely nine-year-old female cat, Ruby, who is grieving for the loss of her owner?

BARKS don’t usually need to ask, so urgently, for a home for cats who come in under these circumstances – the elderly owner is gravely ill; but, when she came into our rescue centre, poor nine-year-old Ruby went downhill very rapidly, was refusing to eat and drink and had to go on a drip. She’s now with our foster carer and eating and drinking a little but still very nervous. The vet has advised that she can’t be kept in one of BARKS’ rescue centre pens and needs to be re-homed and adopted asap to get the TLC and one-to-one love she’s been used to.

She would need to be a lone pet and preferably with an owner who is around at home quite a bit.

If anyone feels they can help, please email Chris Woodcock in Hornton ( in the first instance and then she’ll put you in touch with the local BARKS fosterer who has taken her in until they find her a permanent loving new home.

Bakes for BARKS in Hornton Tomorrow


Enterprising young bakers from Hornton are at the Methodist Chapel on Millers Lane, Hornton tomorrow, 11am to 3pm,  if you’d like to pop in and support their fundraising event in aid of BARKS – Banbury Animal Rescue & Kindness Service.

The girls – all students at Warriner School – have baked cakes and are selling them – by the slice and whole – with tea and coffee or to take away.

They also have a super raffle – with prizes for all ages and for pets too! – and a lucky dip. And, if you hurry, you can also meet the BARKS mascot, Alwin, the seven-year-old giant white Maine Coon cat. He’ll be there between around 12 and 1.