The ‘Bells’ are coming to St Peter’s

The three additional bells will arrive at the church next Tuesday 3rd December at 11.30am where they will be on display for all to see. However in the afternoon they will be individually hoisted up into the bell chamber for hanging.

This will be the only opportunity to view the bells so please make a note in your diaries.

Some may wish to stay on to watch the interesting and somewhat dangerous way in which they are manpowered from ground floor through the first floor trapdoor into the bell chamber! Eric Roberts – Tower Captain

The story so far from … John Taylor & Co Bell Foundry, Loughborough

St Peter’s parish church houses a ringable three, with a tenor bell weighing 8 cwts. The bells were last rehung in a new cast iron and steel bellframe by Taylor’s in 1939, when two of the bells were recast. The parish placed an order to augment the ring to six, with a new treble in memory of John Jelley, and two ex-Keltek bells. All new fittings will be provided and the bellframe will be extended to accommodate the new bells. A new rope guide will be manufactured and installed to make the bells easier to handle. The new treble bell’s mould is complete and it has been cast. This bell is being presented by the Keltek Trust in memory of John Jelley.
The extension bell frame is being manufactured, and new iron lowside frame castings have been founded and fettled prior to construction.
The two Keltek bells and the newly cast treble have been tuned and fitted with their headstocks.

Christmas Craft fayre success

This year’s Friends of St Peter’s Christmas Craft Fayre was one of the most successful yet, with a big increase in visitors and a total of £1345 raised for the repair and conservation of St Peter’s Church. A very generous donation of £200 from Midland Quarry took the total to £1545.A very jovial Father Christmas arrived at Thornton Community Centre on the back of a steam traction engine. It was a real joy to see Colin Harris driving the engine around the village with Father Christmas waving to folk as he passed by.The 21 stalls displaying a whole host of beautiful items, many homemade from knits, bags, pictures and calendars to decorations, jewellery, bird boxes, and chopping boards, were a delight to see. Visits to Father Christmas in his grotto, and activities and crafts in the children’s corner were enjoyed by many. Martin’s Christmas quiz was as popular as ever and provided much conversation and speculation. The usual cake stall, tombola and raffle were very well supported by everyone and there was many a bargain to be found on the Bric a Brac stall. The café proved so popular that the kitchen ran out of food – especially the delicious bacon cobs! Comments from the visitors and crafters alike were all about the friendly happy atmosphere that pervaded the day. Indeed all the crafters replied with a resounding ‘Yes’ when asked if they would like to book a stall next year.A huge thank you to the stall holders, helpers and visitors alike, who supported this joyful event. A lot of hard work and effort but well worth it all.The magnificent sum of money raised will help with the repairs to the church roof after thieves stole about 1 ton of lead in October. Thank you.

Fish & Chip Supper – Quiz Night – Friday 6th Dec

Less than two weeks to go to Thornton’s ever popular, village quiz night.

Over 60 places already booked – but we can squeeze a few more in to the hall. Don’t miss the opportunity for fish & chips in Thornton, courtesy of Ellistown Fish & Chip shop.

7pm (for a 7.30pm start) Friday 6th December at Thornton Community Centre.

£10 per person.

100 questions including a picture round, a connections (interval) round and 2 audio rounds. The questions will not be too difficult (I am writing them over the next few nights!)

Cash prizes for the top two teams (shared in the event of a tie). One round of card bingo for cash prizes.

Don’t worry if you don’t have a full team – we can sort teams on the night.


Then contact Gill Tapping – – as soon as possible.

Christmas Craft Fayre

The Friends of St Peter’s Church were pleased to announce that their annual Craft Fayre held on Saturday 16th November raised £1300 towards the church funds and Midland Quarry gave a donation of £200.

Special thanks to Colin Harris who brought Father Christmas to the Fayre by steam traction engine.

Craft fayre this weekend!

Come and start your Christmas Shopping with original and locally made gift ideas.

What is more…., Father Christmas will be arriving at the Craft Fayre on a steam engine! The steam engine will start from the old Reservoir Inn car park at 10 am, stopping at the Brick Layers Arms about 10.15 and finally arriving at Thornton Community Centre at 10.30am. . (Weather permitting)

Markfield and Thornton Theatre Group

MTTG announce their next pantomime – “Snow White”

Written and directed by Muriel Walker, “Snow-White” runs from Tuesday 21st to Saturday 25th January 2020 at 7.30 p.m. nightly, with a matinee performance at 3.00 p.m. on the Saturday afternoon at Thornton Community Centre.

For more information see the full article on the MTTG page under the heading ‘Clubs and Societies’

Tickets (£5) are on sale at Thornton’s Corner Store, or from Anne, our Bookings Organiser on 01530469714

Thornton Community Development Project

As part of the Thornton Community Development Project we will be looking to undertake a Community Survey in Thornton village in the New Year with a focus on community issues and opportunities to help identify what people in Thornton consider to be their collective assets and strengths and the things that they would like to see happen, or changed, in their community.  The results of this Survey could provide valuable evidence to help to direct future support for Thornton and assist local organisations with future funding applications etc.

During November I will be producing a first draft of the Survey and plan to send this to a number of local organisations and partners, to gain any initial feedback in order to help with its development.

If in the meantime you having any questions regarding the Survey, or have any particular thoughts on how the Community Survey may be of benefit, please do not hesitate to contact me.

The Thornton Community Development Project aims to:

-engage local people, organisations and service providers across Thornton in a community led process

-build on current facilities and services, or the lack of them, especially for children and young people

-build stronger connections between people and organisations

-identify issues and assets within or having an impact on Thornton

-help the community to take collective action to tackle issues to improve their area

-to work with key service providers to better target their resources in Thornton

John Preston​ Neighbourhood Planning Officer Email: RCC Unit S09, The Atkins, Lower Bond St, Hinckley,  LE10 1QU