Tag Archives: Bell Ringing

Queen’s 70th Wedding Anniversary Bell Ringing Tomorrow

Quarter Peal for Queen’s 70th Wedding Anniversary tomorrow November 20th

There will be a Quarter of Anniversary Doubles Peal of the bells tomorrow at St. Etheldreda’s between 2.00 and 3.15 pm to celebrate this event.

Listen out or come along – the band are experts so it will be good!

Horley Carol Service – This Sunday 18th

st-e-in-snow1.pngYes THIS Sunday be sure to go along to Horley’s Carol Service as its going to be a extra ordinarily packed one……

With the blessing of the crib, a wealth of favourite carols for audience participation supported by a choir, nativity narration and acting, a programme of readings, poems and music with two choirs, trumpets, bells, and of course a glass of something to keep you warm.

Produced by our amazingly spritely resident director Tessa Howell,  with musical direction provided by the very patience and talented David Kyle.

This  promises to be a very special start to Christmas 2016, so make sure you get there early to get a good seat for a 6pm start…….tidings of comfort and joy X

Also there is CAROL SINGING ROUND THE VILLAGE TUESDAY 20 DECEMBER, In support of the Children’s Society, meet at the Old School at 6pm

Remembrance Service in Hanwell & Bells in Horley

poppy-appealTwo events this Remembrance Sunday 8th November:     

In the morning at 10:55 a Remembrance Church Service will take place in St. Peters Church, Hanwell. Then in the afternoon from 2:00 a full peal will be rung in St. Etheldreda’s Church, Horley


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……

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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)



What’s Coming Next Week – 12th October

Due to a last minute surge in events we thought you might like to see what’s on next week and also remind you that you can sync your calendar with Horley Views , so that you will never miss a reminder of what’s on. Remember if you have a event or something you want to promote just email us at horleyviews@outlook.com or point us to the online resource you would like to share, and please let’s us know how you got on, just like Tash and Dave did at the Harvest Auction. Regards Deb 

w.c 12th October

JUDAISM IN BRITAIN TODAY – On Monday the 12th of October we are delighted to have secured Penny Faust from the Oxford Synagogue she is coming to outline aspects of Jewish Life . Penny did research in child psychology before stopping to have 4 children and then went into broadcasting/journalism including being a regular contributor to BBC Radio 4’s – Thought for the Day for 12 years and to World Service religious broadcasting. She has also worked in education and currently contributes to the Oxford Mail on an ad hoc basis. This event will be held at St John the Baptist Church Hornton, at 7.30pm and refreshments will be on offer beforehand and during the interval, as they were in Wroxton. So please do come along as the Church can seat 114 people and this will be a fascinating insightful evening.

3H’s GARDENING CLUB – On Tuesday 13th October at 7:30pm in the Pavilion at Hornton there will be a slide show and talk given by Howard Drury, a Lincolnshire Lad, trained Edinburgh Botanics, 610 Gardening Programmes for Central TV Gardener  and gives talks on almost 100 subjects  and also into computers! The topic is a surprise, always informative and entertaining as he is a regular presenter at the club. All welcome Thanks Brian A

BELL RINGING PRACTICE – Friday 16th Oct from 1815 to 1945 – practice in St Etheldreda’s Church Horley

IRONSTONE BENEFICE CAFE CHURCH – Sunday 18th October  – St Etheldreda’s Church Horley , 10:30am Harvest around the world, Refreshments and activities for all ages

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The Bells The Bells- Dates

horley fredJust so you know last Friday 24th July at 1930 to 1945 they rang the Quarter peal for Banbury Branch 90th Anniversary.

Coming up:

Saturday 1st Aug 1930 to 1945 – Quarter peal (Oxfordshire Ladies Guild)
Friday 14th Aug 1930 to 2100 – Practice
Sunday 23rd Aug 1500 to 1600 – Edgehill Ringers Afternoon Tea
Thursday 10 Sep 1930 to 2100 – Banbury Branch Practice
Saturday 24th Oct 1430 to 1600 –  Ringing Course
ALSO A REMINDER – No Yoga now until Wednesday 2nd September
For all the dates we are given see the Village Calendar