Tag Archives: Hanwell

HanFEST THIS Saturday 15th at 11-5pm & 6pm BBQ

Celebrating farming, local produce & rural village traditions

……. with kids activities, live folk music during throughout the day (Folklaw in the evening), best in show, pony and trap rides, plants, food & drink, village tea room, arts & crafts

HanFEST Saturday 15th 11-5pm & 6pm BBQ get your tickets online or at the gate …

Book your evening tickets online & get day passes free! WWW.HANFEST.CO.UK


HanFest Food & Craft Markets – Gets Folked Up – You’re Invited

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

See http://www.hanfest.co.uk for more details ……..


Start your Christmas shopping early at HanFestive Food & Craft Market at St Peter’s Church Hanwell – Free Entry –

Saturday 26 November at  11am – 5pm and Sunday 27 November 11am – 4pm

AND for one night only Hanwell gets folked up and you are invited to the Folk Night & Supper

Saturday 26 November at 7:30pm – Adults £10, Child (7 – 16 years) £5 – Price of the ticket a tasty hot meal & of course a night of live entertainment!

Get ready for a fiery jig! Brimstone’ folk band performs live and will get you up for a fiery jig!  Plus ‘Horwell’ local folk group performs.

Dancing • Food & Craft Stalls • Bar with local beers!


See http://www.hanfest.co.uk for more details ……..


Joint Celebration for Mothering Sunday- 11am @St. Peter’s

Mothering SundayHorley and Hanwell are joining together to celebrate Mothering Sunday at St Peter’s Church Hanwell at 11am.

What a lovely way to show your appreciation for everything that mothers do.

Also thanks to Tamsin Woods there will be a small gift for all mothers and grandmothers, as well as drinks for everyone afterwards.


Update: Elderly Man Found- Messages

Update: Elderly Man Found  – Messages:

Last night 2/2/16 from Maurice (son in law):

“Thanks so much for all your help over the past few hours as we have tried to track down my father in law Wim, if you didn’t hear, he was found safe and sound in the Premier Inn in Banbury.

I am honestly moved to tears by how Hanwell has pulled together when someone is in need. I do sometimes worry a bit about Wim and Margaret being so far from us but now I know they have scores of friends who are looking out for them day and night, who will be willing to drop everything and venture out into the cold to help. You guys are pure class, thank you, and next time I’m in the Moon, I’ll buy you all pint!”

This morning (3/2/16)  from Margaret about her experience in finding her Husband Vim last night:

“I just want to say how totally amazing the Banbury Police were yesterday evening dealing with Wim’s disappearance . They sprung into action within 10 mins of my call at 6.30pm & their support was amazing. The Hospital too when he went in for a thorough check up, 6 hours later. These people get such a lot of bad press but I thought I should mention how totally dedicated & kind they all were.”

Thanks to Natasha from The Red Lion for calling me after she had received a call, I posted the Neighbourhood Alert and connected to the Hanwell Community alert. What a wonderful demonstration of community spirit working with the Emergency Services and combined with social media. So glad that Vim was found so that Margaret and their family and friends could sleep easily last night, I know I did Rgds Debra

Source: NEIGHBOURHOOD ALERT: Elderly Man Found


NEIGHBOURHOOD ALERT: Vim has been found (23:00 2.2.16)

75 year old man called Vim has been missing since 4:00 this afternoon in Hanwell. Vim has Alzheimer’s, the police and a helicopter have been searching for him in Hanwell but he may have well come across the road to Horley, please would everyone check their gardens.

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


A Vanished Past Vol 2 – Who Has Contributed?

A Vanished Past, Horley Oxfordshire a glimpse of ­­the village and people. Vol.2. 

Horley Clare Marchant Vol 2

This photograph on the front cover of the view from Plot Hill is by the late Iliffe Cozens


  • People continued from Volume 1: Morgan to Young
  • The Who’s Who of Lane Close                        100
  • Looked after children                                      102
  • Travellers                                                            106
  • Above and below the surface                        109
  • Homes and gardens                                         115
  • Families and their Animals                            137
  • Getting About                                                    153
  • Shopping, Services and Utilities                   179
  • Language and Superstition                            211

The Contributors:

The late; Mrs Gladys Barcock,  Honor (Morgan) Berry,  Mrs Florrie Dunwoody, Miss Joan Pearson, Mr Robert Pearson,  Mrs Mary (Astell) Riley, Mr Eric Turner

A-  Edward Allington, Eileen (Barcock) Alexander

B – Carol (Dunwoody) Baker, Alice (Saunders) Bowmaker for allowing free range of John Saunders’ photographs, Maureen (Eeles) Banks, Ann (Saunders) Barrett, Roy Bayliss, Mrs Kathleen Betteridge for information and photographs of the Maybury family, Mrs Harry Bishop, Jane (Tustian) Blake of Hanwell, Christopher Blythe and Richard Blythe, Betty (Hirons) Burns and her daughter Marolyn Burns

C – Mary (Bayliss) Callow, Gwenda Cliff (for information about the Roylance family), Charles Cozens and Eleanor Cozens

D – Barry Dunwoody

G- Reg and Elizabeth Green, William Griffin for material about the Bagnall family, William Gunn

H – Stanley and Wendy Hamer, Peter Hart of Hornton, Pat (Shawyer) Hassan-Jan, Doreen (Green) Hemmings, Victor and Joy Hillman, Shân (Morgan) Hoy, Mrs Dorothy Humphris for material about the Viggers and Hamer family.

J – Mary (Hemmings) Jarvis, Alison (Jelfs) Intravia, Hazel (Jelfs) Collaby, Martyn Jelfs, Jane (Kay) Jones

K – Channy Kennard for material about the Maul family

M – Anthony Meadows

O – Stephen Oliver for material about the Howe and Oliver family

P – Mike Patching, Hugh and Anna Pearson, John Plumbe for Allington photographs, Monica (Simmonds) Powell, Anthony Pratt

R – Rose (Kettle) Rawlings, Joan Robinson

S – Mrs Barbara Standish, Brian Standish, Mrs Stanley, David Stanley, Roger Sumner

T – Daphne (Bullock) Thomas, Susan (Wright) Thompson, Linda (Rose) Twistleton

U – Christine Upton for material about Horley Children’s Home

W – Phillipa (Varney) Walker

V – Timothy Varney

Other sources:
  • Mrs Audrey Turner custodian of the two Women’s Institute Scrapbooks of 1965 and 1985.
  • The Trustees of the Michael Hardinge Trust, for some of the school photographs
  • Clive Wrench and the Horley Cricket Club
  • Daniel Batchelor for permission to use photographs of the Hornton Quarries
  • David Seccull for permission to use photographs from Wroxton, The Village and its People in Photographs. 1993. Out of print.
  • Richard Milward for permission to use Richard R Jones’ watercolour of Horley.
  • The Oxfordshire County Council
  • The Banbury Museum
  • The Rector of the Ironstone Benefices and Horley PCC

Clare Marchant, June 2015

Clare MarchantThe is an contents extract from all volumes of A Vanished Past, each Volume is £15 +P&P  or you can buy both Volumes 1 & 2 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 to Clare Marchant.

Clare Marchant was born in Horley Vicarage, Oxfordshire in 1941 and spent her formative years there until 1965. She now lives in Greenwich, London

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