Welcome to Horspath Village

An Archive of Past Events - some short reports

Horspath Fete
Saturday 29th June 2013 - At Horspath Village Hall & Cricket Ground, 2 to 4pm. This was a community event benefiting the school, nursery and church equally. Read the report of the Fete on the Horspath School website.

Friends of Horspath's event
Saturday 27th April 2013 11.00am til 4.00pm, everyone was invited to pop into an Event at the Chapel to find out exactly what the trustees of The Friends have been doing over the last couple of months. What it will entail to buy the Chapel for the community. What it is hoped to achieve, with this facility as part of the village, in conjunction with the Village Hall. Your views, support, and ideas are essential to this venture's success. All enjoyed complementary refreshments, children's indoor and outdoor activities, exhibitions, displays and more!

Horspath Commemorates the Queen's Diamond Jubilee 2012
Tuesday 30th October a start was made to making our Green a little more wild flower friendly. Members and friends of the Horspath Garden Club planted native bluebell bulbs on the triangle of Village Green opposite our village shop.
It was a chilly but sunny day and here are photos of the gardeners at work.

Report on the Clarinet Quintets Concert - Saturday 21st September 2013
Over 100 classical music lovers almost filled St Giles' Church to bursting point to thoroughly enjoy the music of Mozart and Brahms performed so wonderfully by clarinettist Doug Lamb, accompanied by the Glasshouse String Quartet: Stewart Attwood, Tom Morter, Simon Stace and Annie Thomas, who all generously donated their services free of charge. Event organiser David Rule would also like to acknowledge that Simon Taplin from Taplin Plant Hire very generously gave a much reduced rate for the hire of toilets, which enabled more of the proceeds to be retained for the benefit of our church. The event helped raise a total of 937.08.


Oxford City Council simply will not give up!
Oxford Town Hall on Wednesday 19th September 10.00 - 11.30am - Horspath residents were welcome and useful at the Examination in Public hearing.
A legal hearing which many villagers attended was held in Oxford Town Hall on Wednesday 19th September 10.00 - 11.30 am to determine whether or not the Oxford City Council can grant Planning permission for wind turbines on its land at the edge of Horspath village.
Read the important statement from Horspath Parish Council which explains the matter.

Saturday 11 September 2010 - Grand Opening of the New Children's Play Areas at Horspath Village Hall. The whole Village was invited to attend; cream teas courtesy of Horspath School PTA. Read the This is Oxfordshire report on the event.

Building A Strong Horspath Community
Monday 6th September 2010 - , St. Giles Parochial Church Council held a very special meeting at 7:30pm in the Methodist Chapel. All villagers were invited, to come and voice their ideas. See the poster for details.

Friends of Horspath - update.
Since our first meeting in September 2010 there have been a number of activities and events organised for the village in response to those who attended the meeting.
  • A very successful cake decorating class has been set up in the village hall, running on a Monday evening if you are interested contact Mary Medland (872779)
  • The first walk was held on Sunday 17th October led by Peter Ewart. A 5 mile local walk with tea and cakes to finish. The next walk is to be December 12th meet at the church at 2.00pm for a 4 mile local walk as the afternoons are getting shorter.
  • A village quiz was held in October in the school hall which was very enjoyable. The hall was full to capacity and also raised money for St Giles.
  • The first meeting of a singing group was held early in November with a workshop as well as discussion about further meetings. The first events will be carol singing on Thursday December 23rd and for those who wish to take part in the church carol service on Sunday December 19th. In the new year more workshops will take place. For more information contact Barbara Walton (873456)
  • A large social event took place on Friday November 5th in the form of a Bonfire Party with refreshments, entertainment and a Guy competition. Despite the awful weather it was very well attended and it made a very enjoyable social occasion. It also raised money for St. Giles and our thanks go to Roelof Krammer for the use of the field and garage.
  • The group that offered to look into events for the future met in October 2010 and initially helped with the bonfire party, but also discussed events for 2011 with ideas for Easter, coffee mornings in the church, the possibility of a summer concert and BBQ and Village Fete in June ( Saturday June 18th ). Please take note of the date as we do not want to clash with other events if at all possible.
If you have ideas to help to build out village community please contact any of the PCC members or Sheila Frankum 872793.

July 2010 - Fly Tipping in Horspath See larger photo - do you recognise any of the rubbish?
Have you paid for legal removal of rubbish to find that it has been illegally dumped?
The Oxford Mail reports briefly, with photos by Horspath residents, Keith Brooks and Heather Palmer. Read the short newspaper article. That rubbish has now been cleared.

Tuesday 27 October 2009 - Horspath Parish Council Wind Turbine Meeting - in Horspath Village Hall at 8:00pm. The documents pertaining to the meeting, including a letter from the Parish Council to the Oxford City Council Chief Exec, are now available to read on-line.

Horspath Village Annual Fund Raising Event December 2009
The 'Tree of Hope' annual fundraising event. The tree this year was generously donated. In this time of financial hardship it is even more important to fundraise for local charities and we ask you to support Cancer Research UK. Our support will help this vital work to continue. We ask you to complete a label for each person you wish to remember. The labels will be displayed on the lighted tree from Saturday 12 December.
The dedication of the 'Tree of Hope' by the Reverend Emma Pennington took place on Sunday 13th December following the Family Service in St Giles Church. (Cancer Research UK - Registered Charity No. 1089464)

Tuesday 27 October 2009 - a special Horspath Parish Council Meeting
- was held in Horspath Village Hall at 7:30pm. A public fact-finding meeting to learn more about a large wind turbine, which is proposed for installation on City Council land to the south side of Oxford Road, Horspath. Speakers - Tom Brinicombe (Partnerships for Renewables) and Michael Tyce (CPRE Thame). The documents pertaining to the meeting, including a letter from the Parish Council to the Oxford City Council Chief Exec, are now available to read on-line. For background information, see the "Oxford City Council Proposals" page in the Parish Council & Local Government information area of this website.

Horspath Methodist Chapel
Saturday 17th October at 4 p.m. - Service of Thanksgiving was held for 100 years of Methodist worship and witness in Horspath. Venue - Horspath Methodist Chapel. There was also an exhibition of photos and refreshments were served. This was to be the final day of Worship in the Chapel. The Minister, Rev Rosemary Davies, has made the following statement -
"The chapel is closing for public worship as the regular membership is five and they feel that the responsibilities of maintaining Church life have now become too great. So existing members will be transferring to other churches from October.
As regards the building itself, it will remain open for group bookings up to 2010 until the Oxford Methodist Circuit which manage and own the property decide what to do with the building. There is a small working group looking at future possibilities.
Naturally this is a time of mixed emotions for the members, many of whom have been attending the Chapel for a long time but we hope that the service on October 17th was a celebration of the Methodist witness in the village and an acknowledgment of God's faithfulness to this congregation over the years."

St Giles Church and Horspath Village School
On Saturday, 27th June 2009 between 2.00 and 5.00 p.m. our Church and School held a Grand Fete in the Village Hall and playing fields, to raise much needed funds for both organisations. There were lots of games and stalls, crafts, plants, cakes, refreshments, ice creams, bouncy castle/bouncy slide, a village history exhibition, a big raffle with cash prizes, and a rolling programme of 'events' including singing, karate demonstration, etc.
You can now see a collection of photos taken at this exciting village event. Look at the menu for "Horspath Fete 2009" on the "Images from around Horspath" pages.

October 2008 - Horspath Parish Plan. The greater part of the Parish Plan Questionnaire has now been analysed and the results to date are available to view (PDF format 36 Kb) . Your comments are still welcome; please see the document for details.

Village Tree Planting
Sunday 14th and Saturday 20th December 2008, all 120 new trees (short bare-rooted whips) were planted by a small crew of village volunteers around the margins of the Bowley Field and the new sports field. So far we have lost only about 10 trees out of the 440 planted earlier, so there is now a total of 560 new trees planted and growing. Please contact Horspath Village Events for further information.

Horspath Garden Club
The photographic competition was judged on 11 November 2008 by Brian Peart. There were 75 photos entered of which 28 were Commended by the judge, who complimented the club on the high standard generally achieved. All the Commended and prize winning photos can now be seen in the "Images from around Horspath" area of the website. The evening was enjoyed by all and a repeat competition is likely in the future.

Horspath Wildlife Conservation Area
Saturday 30th August 2008: Annual maintenance day in the Bat Tunnel. We opened the bat tunnel to interested visitors. Some of the visitors even knew how to use a shovel or a hammer, or lend a hand in other ways ! All visitors were issued with a hard hat and given a short safety briefing. The boarding of the walkways is now lengthened and improved.

Horspath Primary School
This year, 2008, our successful CoE Primary School celebrated its 150th birthday. There were various events associated with this, among them was a visit by The Bishop of Oxford, John Prichard, on Wednesday 25th June and on Friday 11th July there was the School Open Day & Barbecue, in the School Grounds. Contact Sue Ackland, Horspath School (872702), email office.3161@horspath.oxon.sch.uk.

Horspath Garden Club
Sunday June 8th 2008. "Horspath in Bloom" - Horspath Gardens Open Day on Sunday 1:00 - 6:00 pm
21 lovely gardens were available to view, St Giles Church was open with a mass of floral arrangements and children's artwork, there were teas, a tombola, a plant stall and a children's competition. Admission was £4.00 (adults), all proceeds to St Giles Church, Horspath. We had superb weather and it was a splendid occasion for horticultural education and exchange of views and for socialising with friends. Congratulations to the organisers.

Horspath Parish Council
7th March 2008, Little Horspath defeats Oxford City Council
The Planning Inspector rejected the appeal by Oxford City Council for flood lighting on the grounds that the Athletics Ground Car Park was only given planning consent within the Green Belt on the grounds that it was an essential compliment to the Athletics Ground. Therefore, he concluded that other uses for the Car Park were inappropriate within the Green Belt. He also concluded that the lighting itself would represent a further urban encroachment into the rural character of the area which would undermine the separation of Horspath Village from Oxford City.
Thanks to the Representatives of Horspath PC, OGBN and CPRE for their excellent presentations and well done Villagers for your valuable support. Read the history of this saga. The full text of the Inspector's judgement is available in PDF format (57 Kb).

Village Tree Planting
Saturday and Sunday, 26th and 27th January 2008, 300 new trees (short bare-rooted whips) were planted by a goodly crew of village volunteers around the margins of the Bowley Field to thicken up the existing lines of trees and hedgerows, partly for improved screening between the village and the future new BMW body factory nearby which will be about 15 metres tall, partly to enhance the existing lines of trees as wildlife corridors, and partly to enhance the landscaping around the proposed new sports pitches. Please contact Horspath Village Events for further information.

Oxford Green Belt Way
Friday 13 July 2007. The CPRE Oxford Green Belt Way was opened by MP Boris Johnson at 2.30pm at Shotover Country Park. Boris Johnson then left for Henley, but a goodly company of about 70 people, including the Lord Mayor of Oxford and CPRE members, then walked down to Horspath. A reception at Horspath Village Hall followed. Everyone enjoyed the walk and had tea waiting for them at the Village Hall. Perhaps Mr Johnson left early to finalize his bid to be the next Mayor of London? (Well, we now know that he was successful!)

Vandals attack village tree
30 June - 1 July 2007 Vandals stripped the bark from a tree at the Recreation Ground. See the sad state of the tree.

Latest update 3 November 2013