Christmas Tree Festival

“Christmas Critters”

Thornton Christmas Tree Festival at St. Peter’s Church, Thornton

Note change of time – from original poster

Following the success of last year’s Christmas Tree Festival at St Peter’s Church, Thornton, the Friends of St. Peter’s (FOSP), are organising their second Christmas Tree Festival at the church.  It will be open to the public over the weekend of Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th December (50p entrance per adult, with refreshments available for a small charge) and all money raised will go towards the maintenance of this lovely 14th century listed building.

Would you like to bring, decorate and exhibit a tree and be part of this event?   We do hope so!  There will be prizes in various categories and an impressive and colourful display of trees will make the Carol Service on Saturday 15th December even better than ever.

The theme of the Festival is Christmas Critters”, so all you need to do is to take your inspiration and decorate a tree based on animals and birds associated with Christmas traditions or stories. 

Where to obtain your entry form
If you would like to participate, forms will be available from the shop, school and the church from 11th November or email Mary Gibson on or Shirley Garlick on

*Please note:  Battery-operated lights only please (no electrical leads/cables).  Trees up to 1m (38”) high will be displayed above floor level on boards, ledges etc: all trees over 1m high will be displayed on the floor.

Day/time to bring your tree to church to decorate

St. Peter’s will be open for preparations on Friday 13th December, 2pm – 7pm for you to bring your tree into the church and decorate it.  You will be allocated your space on arrival.  If you need to come outside of those times, please contact Sue Bakewell to arrange a mutually convenient time: E-mail:

or Telephone: 01530 230 643

Day/time to take down and remove your tree from St. Peter’s

St. Peter’s will be open on Tuesday 17th December, 2pm – 7pm for you to take down and remove your tree.  If you need to come outside of those times, please contact Sue;  email or Telephone 01530 230643 to arrange a mutually convenient time.

Hope to see you at the festival and also don’t forget the annual Carol Service which will be held at 6pm on Sunday 15th December.

Cooking and Crafts

At a loose end or would you like to start a new hobby?
Why not come and join us to craft and chat or cook together at Thornton Community Centre.
From 1pm to 3pm every Monday (term time only).
Starts 28th October
Everything provided
Pop in and see what’s going on in your village

villagers attend the first session of the new Cookery & Craft sessions – Carrot cake in the making

Annie Duggan Concert – March 2020

Annie Duggan ~ Concert ~ Thornton Community Centre ~ Sat 7th March 2020

The brilliant Annie Duggan and her amazing guitarist Rob Hines are well known for their charismatic performances of both their own original songs and of those musicians they admire that have influenced their own work. 

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They have received high acclaim from reviews in a number of high profile magazines such as Blues Matters, Maverick, Rock and Reel and Classic Rock to name but a few which highlights their diversity spanning across all genres of music which has allowed them to travel around the country and as far as touring in the USA.

On the 7th of March 2020 Thornton Community Centre will be transformed into a Retro song and dance hall when Annie Duggan and her guitarist Rob Hines celebrate women in music through the decades incorporating songs from the great Janice Joplin, Patsy Cline, Eva Cassidy, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holliday, Doris Day, Vera Lynn and many more and their own wonderful songs written by Colin Granger who once lived in Thornton .

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There will also be a Retro disco playing songs from the different decades which will incorporate tuition of the Charleston stroll.

Come and join in and get your vintage style clothes out of the wardrobe and listen to some great tunes and learn a few steps.

This is a fun evening of live music, great vintage disco, and dance demonstration that you can get involved in.

£8.00 ~No bar but bring you can bring your own alcohol ~ Cabaret Seating

Doors open at 7pm ~ show starts at 7.30pm

Contact: – Annie Duggan …. … 07989 677225