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Summer Fete – Next Saturday 25th June

Picture2Horley’s Summer Fete  is NEXT Saturday 25th June, lots of work has gone into making this annual event special so make sure you get there from 2 to 5pm, in the Old School and Church.

Stalls include the tombola, plants, bric-a-brac, splat the rat, homemade cakes, nice or nasty jars, water or wine and many more.

Wandering minstrels, refreshments – teas, cakes, Pimms and a barbecue

Raffle Prize Draw – first prize £100 cash, second prize a BMW for a weekend.

 

 

 

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:

1 Calendar

2 Planning

3 Parish Council Meetings

4 2015 Midsummer Night’s Dream

5 Notice Board

 

Click here to see the complete report.

What A Wonderful Village Life

This made my day!

It’s our first “Contact Us” ‏email and shows an outsiders perspective:

> Date: Tue, 20 Oct 2015  > To: HorleyViews@outlook.com  > Subject: Your Website

Hello. I was actually looking for Planning information at Horley, Surrey having been a previous resident there. Thinking this may be a new site within the Parish, I clicked on. WOW… how I wish I had lived in your Horley! This is magnificent. You actually cater for all of the village with films and all the other interests.

I have passed through the village on the main through route several times and often wondered what it would have been like to live there, now I know. You have a great village and a wonderful village life.

Long may it continue. John Potts , Former Horley (Surrey) resident.

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What’s New – October 2015

Photo credit. Richard Bord. AFP.Getty Images

Lunar Eclipse ~ Super Blood Moon Photo credit: Richard Bord/AFP/Getty Images‬

Did you get up early on Monday morning (28th September) to see the Super Blood Moon eclipse, Hanwell Observatory estimated it would be best seen at 03:47am BST when the moon should appear red due to light bent by the earth’s atmosphere.

harvest festival auctionHarvest Festival – two events this week the first on Friday  (tomorrow) 2nd October 7:00pm at The Red Lion and sees the return of the ever popular Harvest Festival Auction. Please either drop off your produce or bring it with you at 7:00.

Then this Sunday October 4, 11:00 at St. Ethedreda’s Church a traditional Harvest Holy Communion.

Vanished Past Volume 1A Vanished Past – Clare Marchant has kindly agreed to let us take a “look inside” her two books to share some photo’s and excerpts. Here are two emails we’ve received from former Horleyites ….

“I have been very fortunate in getting the first two issues of this wonderful account of life in Horley.   Memories came flooding back and I cannot thank Clare enough for all the time, effort and dedication she gave to this huge project. Eagerly awaiting volumes three and four! Read and Enjoy! Gratefully, Pat Hassan-Jan (the daughter of Vic and Lucy Shawyer of Box Cottage)”
 A Vanished Past Volume 2Hi Debra, Thank you for replying to my email and yes, of course, it’s quite o.k. for you to include my email in the October update. Although I have not visited Horley in a number of years I am always very happy to see photographs of the village and read all the events taking place. I must say I think the people who now live there are exceptionally lucky to have such a wonderful calendar of events. I hope to be in the Banbury area in the early part of October and, time permitting, I will certainly come through Horley and look at the houses which have been built in the field (Astells) behind the house where I once lived.   I am in touch with Clare and spent a lovely time with her recently and also met up with Shan after a very long time (1965) it was such a good feeling.    Looking forward to reading the October update! With best wishes Pat (the daughter of Vic and Lucy Shawyer of Box Cottage)”

You can buy them directly from Clare by sending your address and cheque made payable to Clare Marchant to 15 Circus Street, London SE10 8SN. Each book is £15, Post & Packing is £3 whether you buy one or both.

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM – Took place in our magical church last weekend, and was the most spectacular production so far. In addition to the “5 Reasons” each and every actor played their parts brilliantly, the feedback from each of the audiences was that they were amazed at how highly entertaining and professional it was. Full credit goes to Tessa Howell for her brilliant creativity in reducing this play to its pure essence and re-imagining it here in our church. Tessa adapted the script and had been struggling to recruit the cast for over a year. It was also no mean feat managing the scheduling of the rehearsals ; only on the final dress rehearsal the did she have a full cast!

Tessa always encouraged the cast to do their best and although you will probably find this hard to believe she did on occasion even shout at them, ensuring they played their role to their full potential.  Tessa paid special thanks to David Kyle for his musical contribution and to Mike Patching for all his help with the stage, music and lighting.  She says this is her last production and what a high to end on….. however we have a feeling that our sprite-like, inexhaustible and incorrigible director may be persuaded to do another small adult production, never say never – “Lord, what fools these mortals be!”

Reminder: The Parish Council pages are frequently updated; see the Notice Board for items that are sent to the Parish Clerk that may be of interest; see Planning  for applications that are received and those decided. Also due to the transparency requirements all Parish Council Meetings agendas are published in advance and then the resulting meeting minutes are posted.

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 horleyviews@outlook.com . We really enjoy getting your feedback and are delighted to include your ideas, information or memories in fact anything that you would like to share.

So let us know…….. Di (Marriot) & Deb (Fox)

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The Future of Alkerton Waste Recycling Centre…?

15 08 01 waste strategy consultation posterCurrent cost saving proposals by OCC include the reduction of the number of household waste centres from 7 to 3 or 4 with one site in central North Oxfordshire. This means the likely closure of Alkerton tip.

To have your say on the future and location of Household Waste Recycling Centres in Oxfordshire and contribute to the consultation visit the Oxfordshire County Council website consultation page.

From the 10th August to the 5th October make sure you have you say www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/waste

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!THV global readership

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

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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 …………….