There's lots going on in the Hornton History Group this year, from ships in Portsmouth to a big barn dance in the village and a major exhibition focused on village life over the centuries. Here are a few highlights for you to note, act on and mark on your calendar...
Looking back on life in Hornton
We are scheduling this event, entitled The Way We Were, for 8, 9, 10 September 2017, so please bear this in mind. The main display will be at Hornton Pavilion – and there will also be a village trail, guided by a walking-tour map, for you to seek out and discover historic places of interest. All ideas and contributions of memories and memorabilia are still very welcome – and thanks to all those villagers, friends and former residents who have provided information and artefacts so far.
Coming up in the next few months...
Thursday 30 March, 7.30pm at St John the Baptist Church, Hornton – John Bridgeman unveils the fascinating lives of religious anchorites and anchoresses, a type of religious recluse (an 'extreme hermit') and reveals visual clues to suggest our own church had a resident walled-in zealot back in the early Middle Ages. A £5 entry charge per person, on the door, will cover refreshments in the interval as well as the presentation and a Q&A session. Proceeds will be split between the Church and the History Group.
Bring coats, boots and a torch as we may well be looking round the church for clues, inside and out. We have already attracted interest from regional historians and other specialist groups for this event. Not to be missed!
Barn Dance organised by the History Group - Saturday 20th May - Dancing starts at 7pm - Pay bar and hog roast. Tickets for this spring big Barn Dance at Hornton Grounds have just gone on sale - and there are four places you can get them in the village; Catherine and Graham Vint - tel 678318 - Lorna and John Abbott - tel 678015 - Isabelle and Ian Harris - tel 670304 - Chris and Steve Woodcock - tel 670795 - Tickets are £7.50 per adult and £5 per child (16 and under) and need to be booked and paid for in advance, please
Trip to Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, all day on Saturday 22 July (provisional date). Portsmouth is home to some of the most famous and historically important naval ships in the world. It's a six-attraction day (HMS Victory, HMS Warrior, Mary Rose, the National Musuem of the Royal Navy, Action Stations and HMS M.33) plus a harbour boat tour, galleries and exhibitions. Jane Wain is organising a coach pick-up in the village at 8.30am. The total cost will be about £37, with concessions. There will be free time to catch an evening meal before the return journey.
The last History day trip to Bristol Docks was a big success, so we're expecting this one to be popular too. Depending on how many History members sign up, there are likely to be some spaces for non-History villagers, so contact Jane if you're interested: tel 670716.
Finally, we have welcomed more new members to the History Group this year. The annual membership fee is just £12, for which you get involved in lots of varied projects and have special access to trips and speaker presentations. For more information, contact Kevin Wain, our chairman: tel 670716.