Tag Archives: Walks

Local History Events – Tomorrow 14th & June 13th

From:  Jenny Handscombe (jehandscombe@btinternet.com)
Sent: 11 May 2016 08:00:38
To: horleyviews@outlook.com

Something of interest to your village, maybe?

Tooleys Canal Side“Walk and talk” along the Canal TOMMORROW – Saturday May 14th  Meet at Tooley’s Yard at 2pm where Brian Little will be leading the walk along Banbury canal.  Brian is a local historian with a wealth of knowledge to share so it should be a really interesting afternoon. Please let me know if you would like to come along.

Blenhiem C.BrownCapability Brown event at the Herb Centre Monday June 13th  7.30pm hosted by the Heritage Group .  This will be a debate ‘Hero or villain’  between Christine Hodgetts, garden historian, of the Warwickshire Gardens Trust and Stephen Wass Archaeologist.  It promises The-Herb-Centre-nav1
to be a cracking event and we are hoping for a really good turn-out. David Freke, archaeologist, will chair.  There will be a small charge of £2 to cover the cost of refreshments.  Please let me know if you would like to attend

Jenny Handscombe

01295 690286 jehandscombe@btinternet.com

Sunday 31st January- The Year of The Cricket

…… The hedge bordering Banbury lane is covered by mildewed netting. It bulges and sags, like a pair of old-lady knickers.

We reach the corner by the nets and turn up hill, towards the pavilion with its shuttered winter-face, its empty flagpole. The flag pole makes an impatient, metallic ticking sound when the wind blows, some cleat beating another………….Sunday 31st January

Mike Patching – High Sheriff Award

Mike Patching is recognised for his outstanding contributions to the local community

Untitled_21038740314_lMike 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.
  • Contributions to the team that created the Horley Circular Walk.
  • 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.

Palm Sunday Pilgrimage – Via The Red Lion

palm With Holy Week just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about the Pilgrimage which will be taking place from  Worcester to the Ironstone Benefice.  On Palm Sunday, after a short service we will walk from Alketon to Hornton. The Pilgrims will leave after a short service starting at 9.45. When we reach Hornton ( at approx.  11.50) there will be a short service in St. John Baptist Church, followed by prayers in the Methodist Chapel. After that it will be a walk across the fields to Horley, with prayers at 1.20, followed by lunch in the Red Lion at 1.30. Feeling well rested, it’s onto Hanwell for Evensong at 3. You make take part in the whole walk, or just come along for parts of it. But please let The Reverend Hugh know if you intend to have lunch at The Red Lion as Natasha will need to know numbers.

This year Palm Sunday falls on March 29th.