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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!

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.

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 (chrisawoodcock@btinternet.com) 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.

Surplus pet food donations to Banbury animal charity

Fussy eaters? …Easy pet food donations on your doorstep…

‘Hi, do you have a cache of animal food that you bought for your beloved furry friend(s) – cats, dogs or other creatures – only to find they turned up their nose or it didn’t suit their delicate digestive system?

Two generous Hornton families encountered this situation this very week and both have very kindly donated the surplus food (still well in date) to BARKS (Banbury Animal Rescue & Kindness Service). I’m a volunteer with BARKS and will very happily collect any other surplus pet food from Horley or Hornton homes and deliver it to our rescue centres and fosterers on your behalf. Or you can drop it off at our place, if your prefer.

Give me a call on 670795 or email on chrisawoodcock@btinternet.com. And thank you in anticipation from all the dogs, puppies, cats, kittens, rabbits and other small furries at BARKS. We save and re-home around 350 of them every year and all our work relies on volunteers, donations and funds raised.’

Chris Woodcock (Mrs)