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29 March 2020Village News

Human beings are capable of such resilience in times of crisis. It is so reassuring and heart warming to see how people in Horsley have come together to support one another at this difficult time. Church leaders, a community volunteer what’s app group and the Hearth cafe have been working hard to support everyone in need of help. Information leaflets have been sent to all householders in the village, Horsley Barns and Horsley Wood Cottages outlining the support available.

There was rousing support in the village for the NHS on Thursday night at 8pm. Many people opened their doors to congratulate the medical profession for the dedication and hard work they are providing in the fight to beat this current medical emergency.

Nancy Youngman, a long time resident of Horsley has sadly passed away after being ill over recent months. She was a regular member of the village church, WI and organised many social activities at the Crown and Anchor and village hall.

There are many signs of spring in the countryside around the village. It is amazing how the flora and fauna can raise your spirits when times are difficult. Lapwings and skylarks have returned to the fields to the north of the village. The woods are full of colour. Birds have started their dawn chorus and already building nests.

Village notes are sent several days before publishing. The current medical emergency and government advice changes daily. Please check Horsley Parish Council  and Hearth cafe websites for up to date information or you may wish to connect to our local volunteer what’s app group.

22 March 2020Village News

Following the guidelines and instructions announced by central government the Lion and Lamb has closed its doors for the time being. This is a sad moment for all concerned. A number of meetings have been cancelled including the Horsley parish council meeting scheduled for March 30 and the heritage talk at the Hearth on March 26. Their will be no church services at Horsley until further notice.

On a more cheerful note the Hearth cafe has remained open for take away food and drinks as well as the sale of eggs and milk. The cafe want to help the local community as much as possible at this difficult time and are willing to deliver take ways around the village and support their regular customers. Church leaders are offering to support this initiative and offer help to those in need. A sample menu from the Hearth is being sent to all  householders.

Other happy news to report at this difficult time  is the day at the Hearth last week when members of Heddon first school spent time discovering native trees around the village. Lots of practical work and fun for all.  The tree day was followed by a family event in the Hearth hall where families with young children made clay monsters.

Horsley gardening club are offering to repeat their 2019 project of providing free pumpkin and sunflower seeds for families around the parish. This was a very successful community activity.

The antiques centre in Horsley is open for business as usual. Anyone wishing to contact any of the  resident artists at the Hearth can do so through individual websites and make appropriate arrangements.

As advised by the government this is a good time for individuals who are not in a vulnerable group to go outdoors and enjoy the countryside around Horsley.  All the key rights of way are open and the paths are drying out after the wet winter. There are signs of spring everywhere. Around Horsley hills you can spot the mad March hares as well as the three red kites that have been resident over the winter.

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