A huge thank you to everyone that came and those that helped make wonderful tribute forGarypossible. It was everything we’d hoped for and more, we feel very blessed having such a fabulous family and friends, and being a part of such an amazing community. We were so moved by the palpable feeling of love, laughter and the uplifting music.
We raised £350 in cash for Thames Valley Air Ambulance that has been added to the online total of £3,398.15. Thank you to everyone that donated so far as we have exceeded our target of £2500 for just one flight.
I know many of you still wish to donate so lets pay for another flight for someone else.
We’re Jammin’ for Gary to celebrate the many roles of The Fantastic Mr. Fox and fund raising for Thames Valley Air Ambulance as they landed on our Cricket Field to help him.
One of the many roles Gary played was that of a “Pied Piper”; he managed to get so many children and adults to join in the concerts that we started in Horley. Gary loved reggae and a strong bassline, so its “gonna be all about the bass” and “we’re jammin’, jammin’, we hope you like jammin’, too.
This event will also raise awareness for both the “Hands off Horton” Hospital campaign and the Youth Offending Service, both of which were very important to Gary.
Thanking you in advance, with love Deb, Grant and Lauren xxx
Please note that due to the capacity of our church this event is invitation only, we have tried to include everyone via a Facebook invite and email. However if you knew Gary and you would like to join us on Monday 1st May then please email firstname.lastname@example.org so if numbers permit we’ll try and “jam” you in!
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
The fifth Ironstone Chamber Music Festival took place last week-end. The musicians played 3 concerts, consisting of traditional and modern music, to practically full houses (churches!), culminating in Mendelssohn’s String Quintet, which received a standing ovation. None of this could have happened without the following people:-
Sue and Mike Patching, Vanessa and Julie (also Lottie and Joseph), John and Alison Tite, David Kyle, Margaret Condon, Helen and Tony Ellis, Graham Curd, Tim Allitt, Charles Cozens, Bob Barnwell and Edna Seed.
What a talent pool Horley has … our very own Marion is singing Mozart Requiem & Rossini Petite Messe Solennelle with Banbury Choral Society in St. Mary’s Church Bloxham on Saturday 7th at 7:30, see leaflet for full details.
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.
Oh Come ….. Oh Come …. along to Horley’s Christmas Carol Service, it holds promise of a truly festive experience to warm your soul, voice and spirit. It is being held as ever in our wonderful St. Etheldreda’s Church this Sunday 20th, dressing of the crib at 5:45pm, service starts at 6:00pm.
The service is designed to be fast paced and varied with bell ringing, youngsters playing music, singing and reading, a choir singing and leading the Carols accompanied by the organist.
At the end of the service you can enjoy some more festive spirit with a mince pie, a glass of something warm, and sing along round the piano to more seasonal songs with the choir.