Showing your respects to a former mayor – Jeff Chantrell

Jeff Chantrell, who was a local councillor and a former Mayor in the area, very sadly passed away on 15th June. His funeral is on Monday 6th July at Loughborough Crematorium at 11 am.
The hearse will be leaving from Highfields in Thornton, travelling along Main Street and then out along Markfield Lane. If local people would like to pay their respects, you might like to do so by lining the roadside (keeping socially distanced…) as the hearse passes by. The suggested time is about 10.20 am.

Pop up library at Thornton Community Centre Car Park

Every Wednesday 2 until 4 pm

Books, DVDs, games to borrow.  A  chat is optional.

All have been in quarantine for at least 5 days.

Drive through,  walk through or come for a chat.

The use of Hand Sanitizer which will be available is compulsory before and after browsing.

Social distancing in operation.

Take up to three books, DVDs and games.

Return if you are able once you have finished with them.

 We are happy to receive small quantities of books DVDs and Games that are in a good condition.

Manned by Delia and Shirley

 A First Response initiative.

Thornton Open Gardens 2020

It is midsummer’s day today and we are pleased to bring you the fifteen minute video of Thornton Open Gardens 2020. Thanks to all who took part and have shared their gardens for your enjoyment.

Thornton Village – Virtual Quiz Night 17th June

Thornton village hosted their first virtual quiz night (in real time) on Wednesday 10th June.

32 teams/individuals took part.

It was so popular we have decided to host a second quiz night at 8pm on Wednesday 17th June.

50 general knowledge questions with 30 secs to choose and answer from 4 possibles.

If you would like to join in you need to click on this link to register and accept the invitation.

We can only play with a maximum of 50 for free. So limited spaces available.

Thornton – Scarecrow Festival-cancelled

**Scarecrow festival 2020 cancelled**
Unfortunately due to government guidelines we have taken the decision to cancel this year’s scarecrow festival.

Even though the guidelines may ease by September these uncertain times make it difficult to plan and assure things are in place to protect villagers and visitors.

We know the effect it has had with visitors visiting the reservoir and parking in our small village; it really will be impossible to assure guidelines are able to be followed.

Local villages around Thornton have cancelled, therefore if we continue it may bring more visitors because we would be one of the only scarecrow festivals happening this year.

Even though this would be lovely for businesses I’m sure you’ll agree an influx of visitors isn’t what we want / need at this time.

Our main priority is ALL of our villagers; we have a lot of older, vulnerable and shielded residents so need to make sure we keep them and ourselves safe and continue doing what we are doing.

Thank you to everyone who got in touch with me about entering this year, we hope you will enter again next year.
Watch out 2021 Thornton Scarecrow festival is coming for you!

Sam Newman

The Herald – June issue

There is a reminder on the front page of the Herald that in the absence of the planned Thornton Open gardens this month there will be a Virtual Tour instead.

If you have photographs/videos (or can take some) of your garden send them to Lis Muller for editing into a video that can be shared on Facebook/Village Website/ YouTube etc. Email to