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Mike Patching – High Sheriff Award

Mike Patching is recognised for his outstanding contributions to the local community

Untitled_21038740314_lMike 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.
  • Contributions to the team that created the Horley Circular Walk.
  • 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.

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

Ironstone Musical Family Service – Horley 19th April

St_Ethelreda's_Church_Horley_Oxfordshire_-_geograph.org.uk_-_1771691[1]The Ironstone Benefice would like to invite you a special service on April 19th at Horley Church starting at 10.30a.m. geared to family worship and with a focus upon music and sound. We intend that this will be a reasonably informal event with options to participate in making music in its various forms with the help of those who have skills and talents in this direction.  We hope to see you there and if you have relatives and friends you would like to bring along with you we would be delighted to see them too!!   Revd Dr John Reader    drjohnreader@hotmail.co.uk

Ironstone Benefice – Lent Films

lentJoin us for a series of five films shown over Lent in the Old School, Horley. Starting from this Thursday 26th February through to Thursday 26th March. All five will beginning at 7pm with refreshments before the showings, then after each occasion there be an opportunity to discuss what we’ve seen in the Red Lion! …..more

 The Seventh Seal, The Way,  Heavens Above (Peter Sellers) ,Calvary ,  Of Gods and Men Ironstone Benefice – Lent Films.

Happy New Year – See What’s New …..

THREE NEW *PAGES* under Horley Groups:

Michael Hardinge Trust , do you know about all the educational grants that are available to children living in Horley and that there is a new one that you can apply for at age 18 to 25?

Horley Bell Ringers, learn about the multiple sequencing of the six bells in our church and what is coming up on the morning of Saturday 7th February.

Ladies Guild and the upcoming meet up on Monday 19th January 2015 at 19:45 in the School House.

ONE NEW *PAGE* under the Parish Council:

Notice Board where you will find the latest on our local area such as Broadband in Oxfordshire,  the Electoral Review of Cherwell  and the Winter Awareness campaign.

 TWO NEW LINKS – under *Other Links*:

Ironstone Churches Services check for the latest information

Cherwell Bin Collection check for blue, brown or green