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
Can you provide B&B for Scouting Festival on August Bank Holiday?
I am writing out of the blue to ask for your help to pass on a request to fellow villagers in Horley, or to put this information on the village notice board, or if the timing works, to advertise in the Horley Views Magazine.
I am part of a team of volunteers that organises an annual family/community festival at the Horley Scout Campsite over the August Bank Holiday weekend. We have around 300 people camping on the site. BUT there are always a very small number of people who do not camp. This can be for all kinds of reasons. Until now they have not been able to participate as the hotel in Wroxton is prohibitively expensive especially as most of the time is spent at the campsite. We have found a couple of people letting rooms in Hornton but that is just a little further away ideally we would like to find some accommodation within walking distance of the campsite.
We wondered if there would be residents in Horley who would be willing to let out a room over this bank holiday. It would be great if that could include access to basic breakfast facilities (tea/coffee, cereal and toast for example) no elaborate or cooked breakfast would be expected. In Hornton we are being charged between £40-50 per room per night. But, if there are Horley residents interested in this we can negotiate everything to reach a mutual agreement.
If anyone is interested in this, they should contact me, Steve Miller by email firstname.lastname@example.org or 07941 813 619.
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.
Friday 21st August – Camping pitching from 2:00, Live on the Frog stage, Oil Slick Fire and guests from 7:00pm. Saturday 22nd August – Kids fun and games from 1:00pm, Live on the Frog stage Big Ballosh and guests from 5:00pm, Camp fire at 12:00. Plus Bouncy castle, giant volley ball, 140ft water slide, sumo wrestling, Beach bar, BBQ and Love Shack disco … all for just £5
Our Summer Fete is on the Saturday after next (13th June) and the “ladies of guild” will be coming around the village to collect for donations. So go on have a cleansing sort out of your cupboards and places you store stuff for any raffle prizes, bottles and food for the tombola, plants, and bric-a-brac.
Meanwhile back to this coming week we have the following in our calendar : playgroup, brownies, zumba, (NO YOGA), cricket nets and match, cinema, bingo, bell ringing and at Hanfest a two day art exhibition and evening concert….. and all in our little corner of North Oxfordshire
It’s already raining as we bounce down the Wroxton Road. Fine, misty stuff that makes crystal beads in the children’s hair. The tarmac gleams blackly-slick, and the chestnut on the corner of Little Lane totters beneath its weight of sodden leaves. It’s nearly eight o’clock, but feels later, darkness sneaking in on the rolling waves of a rain-grey sky.
We’re singing 1Direction ‘You don’t know you’re beautiful’ – the same line over and again -Oh, oh-oh, because none of us know the proper words. There’s me and four children, singing, screeching and twirling through Horley, party nerves sending us hyper. I’m the only one with gin in one pocket, and tonic in the other. I have a blue plastic beaker forced into the back pocket of my skinny jeans. I am wearing six earrings in my ears for the first time in fifteen years, and I feel as if I’m…