Category Archives: Hornton Village

Spreading the village ‘recycling bug’ – in aid of BARKS – coordinator needed for Horley

Chris Woodcock from Hornton asks: “Would you like to help save the planet and save animals at the same time?

In Hornton, we’re a year into a pilot BARKS recycling scheme to raise much-needed cash to rescue and rehome local pets.

The appeal launched last autumn in the countdown to Christmas – a call for donations of unwanted old mobile phones, small gadgets, coins, jewellery and postage stamps.

Since then, Hornton has risen to the challenge and helped to raise over £1500 towards local animal rescue.

Now we’re re-promoting the scheme for Christmas 2021 – as people renew gadgets and clear out stuff. And BARKS will continue the eco-friendly fundraising campaign throughout 2022.

We’d love to expand this simple but effective ‘green and good’ scheme to other nearby villages. Like Horley. All it needs is one householder, couple or family in Horley to volunteer to promote the idea and act as the drop-off point for recycled or upcyclable goods. When you amass a clutch of stuff, you just give BARKS a call and the BARKS coordinator will do the rest – collecting, sorting and sending off sacks of recyclable items in return for cash. Upcyclable items are often resold at events and online.

In short, it’s all about recycling to give innocent pets a second chance. What’s not to like?

Details of what can be recycled are below. (Please note what is NOT recyclable – eg laptops and printers.)

If anyone is willing to take this on in Horley, please call BARKS team member, Chis Woodcock, in Hornton on 01295 670795. She can explain everything and would love to have you on the team.”

Crafts, Clothes & Cakes for BARKS

Please join us for a summer evening of Crafts, Clothes & Cakes!

On Friday 27 August, 6 – 8pm

In the garden at Cromwells, Eastgate, Hornton OX15 6BT

Grab a glass of wine and browse our handmade textile and knitted gifts and toys plus vintage and upcycled items, including lovely outfits and costume jewellery.

  • Selection of women’s vintage clothes from Barbara at My Secondhand Outfit
  • Mouthwatering treats from Paula at The Baker’s Hutch
  • Darning Surgery (bring your favourite knit to see if we can repair it for you)
  • As-new bric-a-brac
  • Raffle !

Main proceeds to BARKS – Banburyshire’s leading pet rescue charity
Please bring a mask, some cash – and a woolly, as it will all be outside!

Curtain Call!

Impromptu curtain sale in the back garden at Cromwells, Eastgate, Hornton on Friday 30 July, 6pm to 8pm.

Lovely handmade/designer/luxury curtains being upcycled from our BARKS sponsor, the Track House & Curtain Emporium at Blackwell, near Shipston. All being sold at a fraction of the original price. Some brand new or nearly new. All good condition.

Entry via the side gate.

As ever, all proceeds to BARKS (Banbury Animal Rescue & Kindness Service). Call 670795 for more info.

Clothes sale in Hornton this Sunday

Hornton is having a nearly new sale of pre-loved and designer ladies clothes in the garden of the Dun Cow on Sunday (11th July) from 12 noon to 4pm.

All Covid regulations will be observed  and all proceeds will go to village causes.

Usually, the clothes stall is one of the highlights of May Day but, as there hasn’t been a May Day for the past two years, there are loads of really lovely clothes on sale at bargain prices.

Hornton Open Gardens – Sunday 4th July

Next Sunday, July 4, it’s Open Gardens in Hornton from 2-6pm.

For just £5 a ticket, you can visit eleven gardens, plus the village allotments. There will be tea and cakes at The Cottage in Church Lane and plants for sale on the green. All proceeds will shared between Katharine House Hospice, the pavilion fund and the Methodist Church.

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.’