Great news! – our new rector has been appointed!

The Bishop of Leicester is pleased to announce the appointment of

The Revd Andrew Smith, Curate at The Church of Christ the King, Kettering, in the Diocese of Peterborough, as Rector of the Benefice of Markfield, Thornton, Bagworth and Stanton under Bardon and Copt Oak. 

The date of Andrew’s licensing will be announced in due course. 

Revd Andrew Smith

Are you working hard in your garden?

Most of us are spending more time in our gardens this year and many of us are rather pleased with how they are looking! What a shame that those in Thornton will not be able to be opened this year for the Open Gardens that was planned for June!

As we will not be able to go and visit our neighbours’ gardens, I thought that it would be a nice idea to put together a short film of ‘Gardens in Thornton’ to share with fellow villagers. This would be made up of photos or short videos and would be available on the village facebook page and village websites for us all to share and enjoy (possibly via Youtube).

To take part:
● use your phone or camera to take photos, a video or a combination.
● Please take them in landscape, rather than portrait if possible.
● Videos should aim to be up to one minute in length. Longer videos (absolute max of 3 minutes please) can be sent in but it is possible that I may need to edit them down to one minute, depending on response.
● If sending only photos, please send a minimum of 4 and a maximum of 12
● You may appear in your photo/video if you wish but the aim is to show the beauty and diversity of the gardens.
● I will not attach any precise addresses or surnames, but would ideally like to use first names of those whose gardens they are, and possibly the road you live in. Please let me know which you would prefer and make clear if you wish to be totally anonymous.
● If you wish to take part, please let me know at
● Photos can be sent to the same e-mail address (max e-mail size 12MB please)
● For multiple photos or for videos, please e-mail me first so we can arrange how they can be sent to me; or share with me on Onedrive, Dropbox or some other cloud method!
● Please let me have your photos or videos by 20th June

…and don’t forget to put a date in your diary to take part in next year’s Open Gardens event, organised by the Friends of St Peter’s Church, which is likely to be on June 19 2021. Thanks, Lis Muller

WiLL Project

If you know of someone not currently working and they are based in rural Leicestershire – the WiLL Project could help!

Work. Live. Leicestershire (WiLL) is a local project that supports residents living in North West Leicestershire, Hinckley & Bosworth, Melton District and Harborough District into employment, volunteering, training and education.

During the Covid-19 pandemic the WiLL Project is continuing to support current and new participants in finding opportunities.

Please find the attached leaflet which outlines more information on the WiLL Project.

Also, for more details about the project you can visit the website at or call 0116 249 8828.

Fresh fruit & veg, fish, meat & poultry, bread & cakes – Bagworth Community centre

PB fruit and veg market stall will be outside Bagworth Community Centre on Tuesdays from 9am to 2pm.

Fresh fruit, vegetables, salads, eggs, jams etc available.

Plus ‘Nick the Fish’ will be there with his van to supply a wide selection of fish, meat and poultry – see menu below.

Julia’s Bakery – now also at Bagworth Community Centre. They are an award-winning craft bakery with a rich heritage of providing quality handmade breads, cakes and preserves for retail and wholesale customers. Their artisan treats and delicacies are made from the finest ingredients, using traditional techniques and family recipes which have been passed down and developed through generations. (Flour also available).