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Activity Review – thehorleyviews 2015
Below are some excerpts from a report based on the activity statistics in 2015 for our village site thehorleyviews.com :
In 2015, there were 175 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 220 posts.
The busiest day of the year was October 5th with 185 views, with the most popular post that day was Wow That’s A Lot of Apples!.
Thehorleyviews was viewed about 17,000 times in 2015. There were 336 pictures uploaded, averaging about 6 pictures per week.
Most visitors came from United Kingdom with the United States & Bahrain not far behind, from a total of 63 countries.
The most-viewed pages where:
4 2015 Midsummer Night’s Dream
What’s New – September 2015
WHAT a September we have in store for our beautiful medieval church with not one but
Two marvellous events:
Next weekend Friday 11th and Saturday 12th the Ironstone Chamber Music Festival and a Choral Mass at the Sunday Service. Organised by Chris and Tessa Howell, If you haven’t already done so you can still get you tickets
Then on Friday 25th, Saturday 26th & Sunday 27th a Horley Footlights production of Midsummer Night’s Dream, see the 5 reasons not to miss … once again produced and directed by Tessa Howell – see the “fly on the wall” report (… more to come) with all the backstage gossip !
Both events as you can see are brought to us by Mr & Mrs Howell, thank you Tessa and Chris for everything you bring to our village.
Other Village News –
Superfast Broadband has arrived in Horley welcome to the 21st Century !
See the Parish Council minutes for the latest developments following the last meeting and remember to check the Notice Board page for general information you maybe interested in.
Also remember you can always see what Lucy submits to the Banbury Guardian, these pages are updated regularly as are the photo’s and headers. I’ve started to include photo’s of Horley Views from Facebook and if you have any you would like to share you can always email them to firstname.lastname@example.org . We really enjoy feedback and are happy to include your ideas, information or memories that you would like to share.
So let us know…….. Di (Marriot) & Deb (Fox)
We Are A Digital Year Old – August 2015
The Horley Views went digital with its first post “And There Was A Secret Horley Fest” on 17th August 2014. Actually it was a repost of a blog that Carlie Lee wrote a year earlier about Horley Fest. Since then we have put up over 150 posts on the home page newsfeed (blog) and created 61 pages about Horley on the website. Most of the content has been provided by our villagers who organise the many groups and activities. THANK YOU for your efforts; you are the backbone of our small but perfectly formed community.
We Brits are not big on that “praise thang” however everyone that Di and I have spoken to about thehorleyviews.com have said that they really enjoy reading it. We also know that over 80 of you that follow via email and wordpress, as well as just over 200 on Facebook and Twitter. Some of you have told me they have book marked us as a favourite and check in regularly.
One of the reasons social media is so brilliant is that we can instantly see if the content is being looked at. There are stats for the number of views, visitors, whether they come direct or via another media. We can create graphs such this one below showing by country the 10, 500 views that, 9,500 as you would expect are in the UK. We can be pretty sure on who is viewing in the US, France, Bahrain and those down under but who knew our little corner of North Oxfordshire was so global!
Another aspect of social media that helps is the fact that we instantly share the posts with our twitter feed (@horleyviews) and Facebook page (horley.views). We also follow with other Horley groups such as the Horley Cricket Club site, or on facebook Horley Playgroup , these and many Other Links, Local Villages and Gastropubs as seen in the right column, be sure to scroll down.
We have a rising star in out midst as Judy has not only found fame on our website and Facebook pages but now even has her own twitter hashtag …. #SelfieWithJudy
What started out as an online news feed for Horley Views Magazine has become a website for all our activities and where Horley Parish Council can openly share its information. We are also really pleased to be able to share some of our Pub’s successes and events – Dave and Natasha are really at the heart this village. But our boundaries don’t stop at the 30mph sign – we also have close ties with our neighbours especially Hornton and Hanwell, and families and friends who live there and nearby.
So what’s in store for our second digital year???
Well it’s up to you; it’s your resource and you can share whatever you would like, in whatever format. We would love to get more people involved and support any ideas you may have. You don’t have to understand the technology you just need to be passionate about something and want to share it.
It could be anything about Horley Life, or something you are involved that would be of interest. How about a living memory history of Horley? Photo Album? Country life and farming? A history group like Hornton? Or a guess the baby photo competition , yes that right I still have them from a village fete years ago! Let us know, Di & Deb …………….
Ironstone Chamber Music Festival – Horley Concerts
Friday 11th September at 7.30 pm, Saturday 12th September at 12.30 pm and Saturday 12th September at 7.30 pm, see full detail here www.ironstonechambermusic.com
Have You Noticed the Horley Header Photo?
Just in case you’ve not visited thehorleyviews.com site recently we have a new header photo of Horley Village, its included in this post below but looks best on the site on a large screen.
This photo is up in the Old School without a date, any ideas? I know it was before 1996 as the conifers are all still lined up round our place, it looks like building work at the Dairy Court ……… any other clues??? Answers on a [postcard] or email email@example.com. , or Facebook or Twitter or comment on the post
What On This Week – July 13th
This week sees the beginning of the school summer holidays and many of the groups tent to also take a break.
This morning is Horley Playgroup end of term Teddy Bears Picnic party, be sure to bring along your favourite soft toy and a plate of goodies for lunch (might also need a mac and umbrella) !
Yoga will continue until 29th July and return 2nd September as will the Cinema Club return in September.
Cricket Club is in full swing with matches, fitness training and the Summer Games this Friday.
Have You Checked the Notice Board Lately?
Did you know that we post notices that are sent to our Parish Council that we think might be of interest? See the Parish Council, Notices page here for everything from fund raising walks, superfast broadband to changes to the Oxfordshire Mobile Library.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Regards Di and Deb
about Horley On-Line
thehorleyviews.com is our new village website address.
It combines the online Horley Views and the Horley Village website to provide one on-line presence for all our latest (Horley) views, village news and information.
Our aim is to continually improve village communications by providing a social platform for our small but perfectly formed community!
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