Two new volumes (3 and 4) of ‘A Vanished Past’ Horley Oxfordshire by Clare Marchant are a now available. You will be able to view and purchase them at our fabulous Christmas Market this Saturday (December 3rd).
Work and Our Surroundings : by Clare Marchant
Working on the Ironstone
Women at Work
The Village and Countryside
Price £17.50 Shaftesbury House Publishing 2016. ISBN 978-0-9932788-2-2
Horley School and People at Leisure
Leisure (including the cricket club)
Price £17.50 Shaftesbury House Publishing 2016. ISBN 978-0-9932788-3-9
Watch this space to see extracts from these books and enjoy a further dip into Horley’s past after Christmas….
If you are unable to attend the fair and are interested in purchasing the books please contact Mike Patching on 01295 730039 or email@example.com or
Contact Clare Marchant, 15 Circus Street, Greenwich, London SE10 8SN or marchantclare@hotmail. Cheques payable to Clare Marchant.
Another Hanfest just over the road in our sister village Hanwell with a few folk from Horley and Horton! The 3H’s now have music and crafts to add to our gardening collaborations. What a creative community we have here in our little corner of North Oxfordshire, hope to see you there. Deb
Mike Patching is recognised for his outstanding contributions to the local community
Mike is to be awarded Oxfordshire’s High Sheriff Award in recognition of his significant and lasting contribution to community life in Horley and with schools in the local area.
The High Sheriff of Oxfordshire issues awards each year to people who have made a difference to their community over many years, and whose contribution has not been recognised in some other formal way.
The Parish Council put Mike’s name forward for this award for his valuable work over the years. Some of the many activities and projects includes:
Chairing the Michael Hardinge Trust , and the overall management of the Old School with all the fund raising and community efforts that this Horley Charity provides under Mike’s stewardship. These included the Summer BBQ with live music, the Children’s Concert, Summer Games, nature competitions and many more child centred events and activities.
Working with local schools to provide educational visits and trips about nature and the countryside for children both in school and around Horley. Also assisting in cycling proficiency testing amongst other things.
Supporting Horley Footlights, where Mike has helped on and off stage in all aspects on putting on a production.
Support for the Cricket Club keeping the pitch in peak condition for summer matches and maintaining their mowing equipment and organising the annual Children’s Games there.
Providing regular updates in the Horley Views magazine on the Michael Hardinge Trust and a features on nature and the countryside every season.
Support for the Church and Ladies Guild in organising the Summer Fetes and Christmas Markets, Chamber Music Festivals and Barn Dances, as well involvement in special projects such as the Bells Restoration and other community efforts to ensure the use of our very special Grade 1 listed church St Etheldredas.
The office of High Sheriff is a ceremonial role involving a mix of charitable and community functions. It is the oldest secular office in the country outside of the monarchy but without the extensive powers it used to have. It is unfunded, voluntary and non political. The current High Sheriff 2015/16 is Tom Birch Reynardson. There will be a formal award ceremony in Oxford on 29 February which Mike will attend.
Congratulations Mike, very well deserved and thank you for all your efforts over the years; it is very much appreciated. We hope you will share your pictures of the ceremony and what this award means to you and Sue.
Yes it is on this Saturday, helping you prepare for Christmas and get into the festival spirit. We have Horley’s very own wandering minstrels to accompany us throughout the evening, some fabulous stalls bursting with home made produce and decorations, mulled wine and mince pies , and of course, not forgetting (if you’ve been good that is) go and see Father Christmas and his little Elf helper in his grotto
Latest news…… you may now be able to pick up your copies of A Vanished Past at the market (if any are left) they would make wonderful Christmas present (see details below)
Available Right Here in Horley, for those of you who live in or around you will have the opportunity to pick up your copies either from Mike and Sue Patching at 2 Gullivers Close or at Horley’s Christmas Market this Saturday 28th. £30 for both Volume 1 & 2 cheques made payable to Clare Marchant