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RIP Gillian O’Connor of Horley

Gillian  passed away peacefully in the company of her friends on 3rd April after a short illness. Some of you will remember Gillian for her love of horses and her cats. She lived in Phlox Cottage and after retirement played a very active role in the Citizens Advice Bureau, which she wrote about it in the Horley Views magazine some years ago. However long before we knew her in Horley she had a remarkable career on Fleet Street as a journalist, editor and mentor to many writers.  See below the tribute into today’s Banbury Guardian



What’s On – November

Horley’s Christmas Market

Untitled_15725447330_lOur fabulous candlelit Christmas Market is being held in St. Etheldreda’s Church on Saturday November 28th between 5 and 7pm. Thanks again to the Ladies Guild (and their little helpers) there are some lovely stalls booked, including home made produce, Christmas decorations,  mulled wine and mince pies and of course, Father Christmas and his Chief Elf will be in their grotto loaded down with presents.

Wonder if we will have Horley’s very own wandering minstrels to accompany us throughout the evening to help prepare for Christmas and get into the festival spirit???  See Pictures from last year

Horley Bell Ringers

poppy-appealOn Remembrance Sunday 8th November a full peal will be rung between 14.00 and 17.00.  The band are experts so it should be high quality ringing.

What’s a peal…..?

the bellsA peal is when more than 5000 ‘changes’ are rung continuously and usually lasts about two and three quarter hours.   A ‘change’ is when the order of the bells is changed, so for example instead of ringing bells 1-2-3-4-5-6 in turn (called rounds), the order might become 2-1-34-5-6.  This is one ‘change’).    On six bells as we have in Horley, 720 different changes are possible, so to achieve the necessary number of changes for a peal,  the 720 changes will be rung seven times, each time in a different way.   As you can imagine, this requires great concentration and skill as there are no rests, breaks or swapping over ringers during the peal. 

Then there is a Horley practice on Friday 13th Nov from 7.30pm to 9pm and the Banbury Branch practice on Thurs 10th Dec from 7.30pm to 9pm

A Vanished Past:

Horley Clare Marchant Vol 1Horley Clare Marchant Vol 2

Hope your enjoying this glimpse into Horley’s past? Some aspects have really changed and yet there is something enduring about our village community that still prevails today. I have worked with Clare Marchant to “look inside” her book(s) and share an overview of the contents, contributors and the stories of life in Horley earlier in the last century.  Posted so far are:

Next we will look at the change during this period, the decline and regeneration, and take a “now and then” view.  There will be some stories of those that lived and worked in Horley in jobs such as a Cowman, a Oilman and a Farm Labourer. There will be a story by Clare’s sister that she wrote for her children about her life growing up here, a story of a couple who lived in Chapel Cottage and a actor of West End and movie fame.

Remember this is just a glimpse there is so much more, what a wonderful present it would be for Christmas, order now to avoid disappointment.

These extracts as from A Vanished Past (Vol 1 & 2), each Volume is £15 +P&P  or you can buy both for £33 incl. p&p.  They are available directly from Clare , Shaftesbury House, 15 Circus Street, Greenwich, London SE10 8SN or marchantclare@hotmail or call on 020 8858 8529. Cheques payable

Ironstone Benefice Horley Events

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With Advent these days swamped by Christmas and its busyness we thought we’d try something a bit Adventish in the weeks before Advent officially begins.  We have three occasions of rather different kinds but all, we hope, helping towards a proper preparation for Christ’s coming at Christmas and his coming at the end of time in judgement.

  • Monday  9th there will be a session on Varieties of Prayer led by the Associate Vicar;
  • Monday 16th the Revd Geoff van der Weegen, Prior of the Order of Anglican Cistercians, will consider with us Pieter Brueghel the Elder’s painting The Census at Bethlehem;
  • Monday 23rd Karen Fairfax-Cholmeley, a member of Kairos Britain, which works for a just peace for Palestine, will talk about the organisation and the Palestinian situation.

All taking place in the Old School, Horley in November. starting at 7.30pm.  Admission is free and refreshments will be available. All good wishes, Hugh

And there’s more……

Want some tips on how to navigate and search all the content on our village website? Go to “About” and see the new page “Want Help Navigating?” Or just click here

All events that we are told about or pick up from Lucy’s submission go on to our calendar page, so if in doubt check it out, and as suggested if you don’t want to miss anything you can synchronise with your own calendar. You can also see what Lucy submits to the  Banbury Guardian,

The next Parish Council meeting will be held on Thursday November 12th at 7.30 in the Old School House. See the Parish Council minutes  for information and remember to check the Notice Board page for general information you maybe interested in.

You can see all the photos on and off stage from A Midsummer Night’s Dream  (these can be found in Horley Footlights, under Groups), can’t believe it’s over a month since we did this.

The header photo is courtesy of Fiona Taylor and shared via Facebook, if you have any you would like to share you can always email them to horleyviews@outlook.com.

We really enjoy feedback, did you see “What a Wonderful Village Life” , do you have any ideas, information or memories that you would like to share?

Looking forward to hearing from you …….. Di (Marriot) & Deb (Fox)



1 More Sleeps To Horley’s Ironstone Chamber Music Festival

Ironstone Concerts


St Etheldreda’s Church, Horley  11th, 12th September 2015.

By now  you should have received a flyer through your door to advertise a wonderful weekend of music making here in Horley! A very professional team of musicians led by violinist Lucy Gould and her sister, ‘cellist Kate Gould has been assembled to play in the great acoustic of our Church. To add to that line up they have invited Craig Ogden, who is one of the foremost classical guitarists here in the UK! The first concert on Friday 11th Sept at 7.30, will include music by Schubert & Mendelssohn and Craig will join the string players for the entertaining Guitar Quintet by Boccherini, and a piece entitled Tango Sensations by Argentine composer Astor Piazzolla.

Next day Saturday 12th at 12:30 Craig will give a one hour lunchtime recital in which he will play pieces as diverse as Bach to George Harrison and Django Reinhardt.

The final concert will be 7.30 pm on Saturday 12th September and will feature amongst others the marvellous String Quintet by Schubert, probably never played in his lifetime, and not published until 20 years after his early death.

When you hear this work, which is one of our “Desert Island” selections, we hope you may marvel at its sheer beauty!

To finish the weekend on Sunday 13th at 11.00 am we shall present a Choral Mass by Mozart.


Season Ticket Booking InformationEvening Concerts – Adults £15 : Under 18s & Students £10

Guitar Recital – Adults £10 : Under 18s & Students £5

Season Ticket (all three concerts) £35 (saves £5) / Under 18s and Students £20 (Saves £5)


For further information and to order tickets email howelltessa@hotmail.co.uk;   Tel:- 01295 738313. Post-concert suppers at £10 per head and Sandwich pub lunch at £5 per head can also be pre-booked.

Michael Hardinge Trust have kindly agreed to pay for children from Horley.

Further details see www.ironstonechambermusic.com

We hope to see you…

Tessa & Chris Howell

What’s New – April


Yes its April…..

Our small but perfectly formed community can now boast both an award winning pub and cricket club in our village, congratulations to both.

This is our 92nd post, 55 pages, over 6500 views and 211 followers in various forms: email, blog, Facebook and Twitter. So “thehorleyviews” has definitely gone social, with each media having different levels of interaction, and with Facebook being the most active.

So what’s in store now the clocks have gone forward?

The calendar is filling up with lots of events over Easter and beyond, hese are some of them:

MAUNDY THURSDAY (2nd April)– after the success of the Palm Sunday Pilgrimage, there will be another one this Thursday, starting at 1.15 at Hanwell Church, walkingonto Drayton and Wroxton with a traditional Maundy Thursday washing of feet service. There will then be a Passover meal along the lines of the Jewish Seder in Shenington at 6.30 in the Church Hall. Followed by a Eucharist service in the Church at 7.30. If you would like to come to any or all of this, you are very welcome, please let the Reverend Dr. Hugh White know on 01869 347889.

Litter Pick Saturday 11th April

Keep the Horton General – 16th April.

St George’s Beer Festival 23-26th April

Remember to get your name down for this years Progressive Dinner – 27th June

Just in case you missed what Lucy put in the Banbury Guardian:

SEWING CIRCLE – Do you enjoy sewing at home? Soft furnishings or dressmaking? Would you like to extend your skills or share them with like-minded people in Horley? A sewing circle has been suggested which would be held once a month/ fortnight in the Old school. The organisers are looking at numbers and feasibility at the moment. If you would like to express an interest, please let Sue Patching know on 730039.

CRICKET –Thank you to everyone who came along and supported the registration evening at the Old School last week. A great number of juniors have already signed up, please remember that last year the Cricket Club didn’t have enough places so if you haven’t joined but would like to, get your forms back to Judith Beck in Horley as soon as possible. The first cricket practice is on Tuesday April 28.

PALM SUNDAY PILGRIMAGE  was held last Sunday. Despite atrocious weather, a happy band of Pilgrims met in Alkerton for a short service and then made their way over to Hornton where they were served welcome refreshment at the Methodist Chapel. More joined on as the Pilgrimage continued to Horley where an eagerly received lunch was served up by Natasha in The Red Lion. Thoroughly refreshed, the pilgrims continued onto Hanwell with better weather in the afternoon. Many thanks to the Reverend Dr. Hugh White for organising this Pilgrimage. Despite the weather, everyone enjoyed the walk and especially the delicious lunch at the Red Lion.

DOG MESS – Dog mess is again becoming a problem in Horley, particularly on the bridleway off Hornton Lane heading eastwards as you go out of the village. Dog waste bags are available free of charge – please see Maureen Keenan in Lane Close. Everyone should pick up their dog waste – it is your responsibility! Let’s all keep the village clean, thank you.

BROWNIES – Hornton Brownies takes place every Monday evening from 5-6.30 in the Pavilion, Hornton. Liz Hirst needs more adult help, someone who she can call on occasionally and will look after the brownies. If you would be interested in helping please call Liz on 670125. Also if your child is interested in joining brownies, contact Liz because there are still places available.

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM – In the summer of 2015 A Midsummer Night’s Dream is being performed by children and adults of Horley. If your child would like to be in it please contact Tessa Howell as rehearsals are in full swing. To catch up with the practices going on at the moment, or missed rehearsals, contact Tessa on 738313.

Want to share anything or have any suggestions just email us at horleyviews@outlook.com.

Regards Di and Deb

Village Alert: Door Step Traders

This week’s Banbury Guardian warns of the rise of doorstep traders and the link to burglaries.

A Horley resident recently had an incident of a  guy trying to sell items from a bag on his shoulder. He said he was selling goods as he was on a new scheme helping to rehabilitate ex offenders. The  police are saying many of these doorstep traders have fake ID’s and they are just scouting round the villages for vulnerable properties or people.

It is recommended that you report this type of non emergency activity to the Thames Valley Police on 101. See the new Village Alerts page  for all previous notices.

If you would like receive Thames Valley Alerts directly then you can register here (also under  useful links) you may also want to see our local neighbour police site which can be found here Banbury Rural

February – See What’s New


A chilly February has set upon us ……. maybe I will get out a bit more in the garden? Or maybe not? Those below zero temperatures are not good for us fair weather gardeners. Anyway, there is not much you can do this time of year, well that’s my excuse.

So instead, I have been tending our website (with a lot of help from Di) and I am pleased to say that thanks to our contributors we are seeing some significant growth in the number of visitors and views.

If you keep informed by email or through social media you may have noticed the increasing volume of posts? What you may not have noticed are the updated and the new pages.

Here is a summary of “what’s new” on the rest of the site:

HORLEY GROUPS has two new pages  Cinema Club  and Village Lottery

PARISH COUNCIL are the latest meeting minutes and the latest on planning

HORLEY CORRESPONDENT (Lucy) has shared new events outside the village that you can attend:

  1. THE THREE H’S GARDENING CLUB – There was no meeting in January but the next is on Tuesday February 10 on Flowers of the Georgian Caucasus and there will be a slide show and talk, given by Peter Sheasby. The Gardening Club meet in Hornton Pavilion at 7.30 on the second Tuesday each month. All welcome.
  2. W.I. – The next meeting takes place next Feb 5 and it is a talk on the history of fragrance. The competition is a perfume bottle and members of the committee are encouraging everyone to enter if possible. The meeting is at 7.30 in the Chapel, Hornton.  All welcome, especially new members!
  3. WARRINER SCHOOL LAMBING WEEKEND – This weekend sees lambing in full swing at the Warriner school farm. The farm will be open to students, their families and members of the public between 2 and 4 on Saturday February 7 and Sunday February 8. Refreshments will be available including delicious home-made cakes. The Warriner Farm Shop will also be open so pop along to what is sure to be an exciting weekend.

See all these events in our Village Calendar , remember if you would like to share anything  just email us at horleyviews@outlook.com.

Regards Debra