Events in (or for) our Church

Our church serves as a integral part of the village, where besides the expected religious services and occasions, we hold a wide variety of non-religious events in conjunction with the use of The Old School Hall.  Some of these are annual events such a the Summer Fete, Christmas Market, the Ironstone Chamber Music Festival, others are one off productions, and others are events like the Progressive dinner to raise money for the church.

Annual Parochial Church Meeting April 21st

The Annual Parochial Church Meeting will take place in the Old School at 7.30pm on Thursday 21 April. This is the event at which the Churchwardens and the Parochial Church Council are elected so as to secure the governance of church and churchyard for the coming twelve months.

Holy Week Pilgrimage Walk March 24th – 25th 2016

Ironstone Pilgrimage


Holy Week and Horley? So, for the energetic, you can start on Maundy Thursday (24 March) afternoon by joining the pilgrimage to walk the Benefice trail, which continues on Good Friday (25 March). Milestones are: leave Drayton church 1.45pm, Wroxton 3.00, Balscote 4.15, arrive Shenington 5.30ish and have a Seder Meal at 6.00 (a symbolic meal associated with the Jewish Passover). This is followed by a short Communion service in Shenington Village Hall, after which the tenacious can participate in a vigil into the early hours of Good Friday morning.

Part II of the Benefice trail pilgrimage starts from Alkerton church at 9.30am on Good Friday, takes in Hornton at 10.30 and arrives at Horley in time for the midday Stations of the Cross in St Etheldreda’s. As the name suggests, this is a service which charts Jesus’ journey to Calvary, symbolised by progressing round twelve ‘stations’ set out in the church with readings and singing at each. Following this service, there is a ‘frugal lunch’ in the Old School, from which the pilgrimage will complete the circle by continuing to Drayton, arriving 2ish for a devotional service at the Cross.

In Saturday newspaper ‘worthwhile walks’ terms, the Benefice trail would be described as ‘easy’ and open to all ages (children definitely welcome at all points), either in its entirety, or in sections, or just stay in Horley and come to the Stations of the Cross/the frugal lunch.

For more information about the route, including maps and details of each leg click here.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Sept 2015

Horley Footlights proudly presented this best-loved Shakespeare play about the vagaries of both human and fairy behaviour. It all took place in our magical church last weekend, and was the most spectacular production so far. In addition to the “5 Reasons” each and every actor played their parts brilliantly, the feedback from each of the audiences was that they were amazed at how highly entertaining and professional it was.  See Horley Footlights and Midsummers Night’s Dream pages.

Ironstone Chamber Music Festival – Sept 2015

Tessa and Chris Howell are pleased to announce that our musician friends, Lucy and Kate Gould are coming to Horley again this year. They are bringing friends to join them to play on Friday 11th September at 7.30 pm, Saturday 12th September at 12.30 pm and Saturday 12th September at 7.30 pm, full details on their new website and on Horley Village Calendar

The Ironstone Chamber Music Festival 2015 takes place from Friday September 11-Saturday 12. The first performance is on Friday September 11 at 7.30. This will include Schubert, Piazzolla, Boccherini and Mendelssohn. On Saturday September 12 at 12.30am is the lunchtime concert with solo guitar. Then the final performance is also on Saturday but at 7.30. This includes David Mathews, Boccherini and Schbert. Prebooking is advised and for more information or to order your tickets, telephone Tessa and Chris Howell on 01295 738313.

The Progressive Dinner – June 2015

This annual dinner has been held in Horley for over 10 years, it provides a great evening out to meet follow villagers and raises fund for our church. See here for this year’s details of the  Progressive Dinner Around Horley – 27th June.

Last year it was called for a change the Safari Supper and here is the follow up report.