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Back Stage Buzz – Salacious Fly On Wall

flyWarning: Gossip of the Most Salacious Matter. By Nosing-Round Fly. 

So! I expect you’ve heard the latest? The Foxy liaisons with a handsome polo player? Then there’s been whispers of the goings-on between a certain local Nordic blonde and a Yobo from Banbury – outrageous! And of course I can barely mention Horley’s very own Mrs Robinson. Such bare-faced cradle-snatching! I can’t imagine she’ll be at the coffee morning anytime soon. And if she is those buns of hers will remain untouched.  Then there’s the talk of a certain local landowner, well known to you and I. He was seen roaring with rage and ripping a bridal veil from the head of some poor mop-topped maid. Incroyable! His mother will have something to say about that: he’s not too big for a spanking. The on-dit, of course, suggests that all of this is just make-believe, some sort of mid-summer charm, but I can tell you, my darlings, that it’s all true. Even that nice, normal couple, something to do with Essex? He works in the City. Anyway. Into leather. Black.     

 You know who’s behind the mischief, don’t you? Tessa Howell. Sprite-like and bewitching; inexhaustible and occasionally incorrigible. Husband is terribly attractive. You may know her from before – she’s the director of the Horley Footlights, and one year, one play, of course, she pulled off an extremely risqué scene with one of Horley’s yummiest-mummies…yes, that scene. During rehearsal the assembled were agog; one old boy had to be carried out halfway through – his heart, you know. But Lord! The size of his… smile.

msndSo, anyway, this new play is Shakespeare. Mid Summer Night’s Dream, so allows for lots of gorgeousness with the sets and the costumes. There’s apparently a veritable army of fairies involved – all children filched from the village – and they run about the church – our beautiful St. Ethelreda’s –  bare-foot and bedecked with flowers. They barely seem to be choreographed, and appear quite untamed, like little wild things, brought in from the woods.  

I do rather approve of the music though: the whole thing is set to Mendelssohn. Quite ravishing. And the chap known for his marvellous organ – yes, I know – is to play the piano.  

Of course, Madame Howell has messed considerably with the original script. Pared-down, I believe it’s called, apparently so we all understand it, even if we don’t know the play.  Anyway, later, I shall resume my post back stage (quite out of sight), and let you know the real story behind the scenes. Someone ought to tell her – Tessa Howell and your outrageous cast: beware I shall be making notes……  

5 Reasons Not to Miss …….

msnd….the Horley Footlights production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream….. as it holds promise of a very special version because …

1. it’s staged in our atmospheric medieval church

2. the script is reduced to the core essence of the story

3. the choreography brings it beautifully to life

4. it is set to Mendelssohn’s incidental music

5. of the live piano accompaniment

It has been re-imagined by Tessa Howell, who has recreated, produced and directed this (her last) Horley Footlights production.  Tessa has excelled herself by making Mr Shakespeare accessible and yet keeping the magical qualities of the story. The cast from the village (except for one young male lover) consists of some seasoned old hands, some new faces and fresh young ones taking centre stage.

Come and see how Horley Footlights resolve the vagaries of both human and fairy behaviour in this best-loved Shakespeare play. Don’t delay as tickets are selling fast! To book yours call Jenny Reynolds on 01295 738125 or email her at  daveandjennyreynolds@btopenworld.com.

All performances in St Etheldreda’s Church, Horley on:

  • Friday evening 25th September at 7:00 pm,
  • Saturday matinée 26th September at 2:00pm
  • Sunday matinée 27th September at 2:00pm

£6 Adults, £3 School Children age 7 and over

“If we shadows have offended, think but this, and all is mended: That you have but slumbered here, while these visions did appear; And this weak and idle theme, no more yielding than a dream.”

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What’s New – April


Yes its April…..

Our small but perfectly formed community can now boast both an award winning pub and cricket club in our village, congratulations to both.

This is our 92nd post, 55 pages, over 6500 views and 211 followers in various forms: email, blog, Facebook and Twitter. So “thehorleyviews” has definitely gone social, with each media having different levels of interaction, and with Facebook being the most active.

So what’s in store now the clocks have gone forward?

The calendar is filling up with lots of events over Easter and beyond, hese are some of them:

MAUNDY THURSDAY (2nd April)– after the success of the Palm Sunday Pilgrimage, there will be another one this Thursday, starting at 1.15 at Hanwell Church, walkingonto Drayton and Wroxton with a traditional Maundy Thursday washing of feet service. There will then be a Passover meal along the lines of the Jewish Seder in Shenington at 6.30 in the Church Hall. Followed by a Eucharist service in the Church at 7.30. If you would like to come to any or all of this, you are very welcome, please let the Reverend Dr. Hugh White know on 01869 347889.

Litter Pick Saturday 11th April

Keep the Horton General – 16th April.

St George’s Beer Festival 23-26th April

Remember to get your name down for this years Progressive Dinner – 27th June

Just in case you missed what Lucy put in the Banbury Guardian:

SEWING CIRCLE – Do you enjoy sewing at home? Soft furnishings or dressmaking? Would you like to extend your skills or share them with like-minded people in Horley? A sewing circle has been suggested which would be held once a month/ fortnight in the Old school. The organisers are looking at numbers and feasibility at the moment. If you would like to express an interest, please let Sue Patching know on 730039.

CRICKET –Thank you to everyone who came along and supported the registration evening at the Old School last week. A great number of juniors have already signed up, please remember that last year the Cricket Club didn’t have enough places so if you haven’t joined but would like to, get your forms back to Judith Beck in Horley as soon as possible. The first cricket practice is on Tuesday April 28.

PALM SUNDAY PILGRIMAGE  was held last Sunday. Despite atrocious weather, a happy band of Pilgrims met in Alkerton for a short service and then made their way over to Hornton where they were served welcome refreshment at the Methodist Chapel. More joined on as the Pilgrimage continued to Horley where an eagerly received lunch was served up by Natasha in The Red Lion. Thoroughly refreshed, the pilgrims continued onto Hanwell with better weather in the afternoon. Many thanks to the Reverend Dr. Hugh White for organising this Pilgrimage. Despite the weather, everyone enjoyed the walk and especially the delicious lunch at the Red Lion.

DOG MESS – Dog mess is again becoming a problem in Horley, particularly on the bridleway off Hornton Lane heading eastwards as you go out of the village. Dog waste bags are available free of charge – please see Maureen Keenan in Lane Close. Everyone should pick up their dog waste – it is your responsibility! Let’s all keep the village clean, thank you.

BROWNIES – Hornton Brownies takes place every Monday evening from 5-6.30 in the Pavilion, Hornton. Liz Hirst needs more adult help, someone who she can call on occasionally and will look after the brownies. If you would be interested in helping please call Liz on 670125. Also if your child is interested in joining brownies, contact Liz because there are still places available.

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM – In the summer of 2015 A Midsummer Night’s Dream is being performed by children and adults of Horley. If your child would like to be in it please contact Tessa Howell as rehearsals are in full swing. To catch up with the practices going on at the moment, or missed rehearsals, contact Tessa on 738313.

Want to share anything or have any suggestions just email us at horleyviews@outlook.com.

Regards Di and Deb

See What’s New – March

IMG_2894Whaoooooooo #‎Spring  has sprung!!!

The daffs and tulips are budding up nicely, and although it’s still very cold the sun is bursting through so it feels promising. I absolutely love this time of year, you notice everything, each new bud and change. Just like our website which is really starting to bloom with over 50 pages, 75 published posts and all included in the calendar. We’ve included useful links, a photo gallery and now have 181 people following the posts by email, blog, twitter and facebook.

When I started the newsfeed (blog) last August I knew we needed something to include all the village activity in between the quarterly printed editions of Horley Views. Little did I know how it was going to take off, especially when I was joined by Di Marriott. Now with Di running our new village website we have one online place for all our latest news, upcoming events and information.

So What’s New for March……

*New Page*  for the  RED LION  also see the current and upcoming events:

  1. The Six Nations England Rugby matches up to 21st March
  2. Saint George’s Beer Festival from Thursday 23 to Sunday 26 April, your chance to sample the 9 X Award Winning Real Ales both via Calendar. and on the Red lion page (scroll down)

*New Page* for the CHURCH with separate sub pages for:

  1. Ironstone Benefice – Lent Films- 2015 – Thursday nights from 26th February to 26th March
  2. Ironstone Chamber Music Festival 2015 – Dates are 11th, 12th and possibly 13th September

*New to * HORLEY GROUPS has new two additions Yoga Fusion  and HHH Gardening Club .

Plus the long awaited 2015 production from Horley Footlights with the latest news and dates (1st to 4th July)  A Midsummers Night Dream

The Latest News from Horley Footlights: msndAlthough we are still short of two men (anyone interested?), rehearsals for the summer production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” have started. So far, the fairies have learnt a dance and know what they are going to wear (!) and are now embarking on getting to grips with the music, under the inspired direction of David Kyle. The “Mechanicals” are practising being sillier than usual, and Oberon, Titania and Puck are already showing promise at being quixotic, feisty, and impish. At the time of writing, the Athenian Nobility have had one very productive rehearsal and I have high hopes for them– that is, if we can find the missing male lovers! Tessa Howell

HORLEY CORRESPONDENT  – remember you can see what Lucy sends into the Banbury Guardian each week by looking here on a Monday, plus activities outside the village that you might be interested in.

CALENDAR –  everything we are informed about (or notice) goes in it, remember to scroll down to find more information on the current and upcoming events like : Chipping Norton Literary Festival  April 23rd-26th being promoted by our very own Jenny Smith.

Want to share anything or have any suggestions just email us at horleyviews@outlook.com.

Regards Di and Deb

On Walking: Tuesday 24th February

The wind is cold, strong. It flips up my dress, pulls my hair from its pins, boxes my face. The dogs and I jump the ditch, cross into Dave’s field. The sun gleams in a line along the beaten mud of the footpath. I eschew its slippery promises of speed, take to the margins.

msnd‘So will I live, so grow, so die,’ I say. I push my way through the secret passage, stumbling, as I’m trying to read……..

On Walking: Tuesday 24th February.

Horley Footlights A Midsummer’s Night Dream