31 January 2021
We are recommended to have daily exercise during the current lockdown. Why not check out some of Horsley parish historical sites when walking out of the village. Those with easy access by lanes or rights of way include John Dobson,s octagonal Tudor style house at Whittle reservoirs or his bridges across the aqueduct near Northside wigwams. Welton Hall which has been built with recycled stone from Vindobala (Rudchester)Roman fort has a peel tower. The Iron Age hill fort on Horsley hill gives commanding views of the surrounding area. Well preserved lime kilns can be seen from Oatens bank. The field adjoining Water Lane has ridges and furrows dating from the agricultural revolution.
Horsley church invite you to hang messages of love or hearts on the tree in front of the church building. Access is via the Hearth garden.
Work around the village church has been affected by the recent poor weather. There will be a short delay before the work is resumed.
Book club members have been gifted with some home made book markers. The gifts were created by one of the members.
NCC highways were in the village again last week filling in more potholes outside the old Crown and Anchor.
There is continuing concern from some groups in the village about speeding traffic. The petition circulated before Christmas is still available to sign. One copy with easy access is in the Hearth cafe porch.
Horsley parish council are concerned about the increase in dog fouling around the village. The areas affected are the Main Street and the two fields on the public right of way west of Water Lane. Dog fouling is a serious health hazard particularly to young children. The parish council are grateful to the many village dog owners who respect the countryside and clean up after their dogs.