Thornton Reservoir – parking chaos

Another day of dreadful parking on a sunny autumn Sunday bringing the village to a standstill.

A serious accident waiting to happen.

When will the authorities take action to prevent a tragedy?

Photograph courtesy of Les Golding – 22/11/20
Les Golding – 22/11/20
Les Golding – 22/11/20
Les Golding
Les Golding – 22/11/20
Les Golding – 22/11/20 *** Look at the pushchair in the road ***
Les Golding – 22/11/20
Les Golding – 22/11/20
Gillat Photography – 23/11/20
Gillat photography – 23/11/20
Mike Burton – Main St, Thornton
Gillat Photography – Main St, Thornton – 26/11/20

Christmas Windows – start planning!

Things are different this year and sadly it doesn’t look as though the local churches will be able to hold carol services in their traditional form. However, the J22 benefice churches (Markfield, Thornton, Stanton-under-Bardon, Bagworth and Copt Oak) have had an idea to brighten up our villages and bring a smile to peoples’ faces as they take their daily exercise.

The idea is simple – in the run up to Christmas we would like as many people as possible to decorate a window in their house in the theme of a Christmas Carol. Then as people walk by, they can look out for the decorated windows and guess the carols, maybe singing a few verses to help them on their way.

So start thinking and planning! You could have a theme for your road – for example – The Twelve Days of Christmas – and maybe even vote for your favourite.

However you decide to do it, let’s bring some extra happiness and community spirit to the village this Christmas!

We will be holding an online Carol service and an online Christingle Service – so watch out for details nearer the time!

Thornton Community Survey – Rural Community Council

We would like to thank everybody who took the time to respond to the Thornton Community Survey which was undertaken earlier this year as part of the Thornton Community Development Project either by completing the survey online or by returning the printed edition to the Thornton Village Shop which acted as a local drop off point. 

This Survey was developed by the RCC with some input from key organisations and individuals in the community with the aim of providing valuable evidence to help direct future support and development for Thornton and local organisations serving the community.

A copy of the survey results report has already been sent to each of those establishments that feature in the survey results for them to consider the results relevant to their organisation or business and also see the results in the full context of the survey report.

To view the survey results report, please use the following link:

John Preston, Neighbourhood Planning Officer, RCC Leicestershire & Rutland

Edwina Grant, Strategic & Community Planning Manager, Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council

John Preston​ Neighbourhood Planning Officer
T:  01455 856317 RCC ,  Unit S09, The Atkins, Lower Bond St ,  Hinckley ,  LE10 1QU

Support Santa this Christmas

Let us support Santa this year.

Helen Crouch from the Bagworth, Thornton and Stanton Coronavirus Response team, set up a Facebook fundraiser for her birthday last week, wishing for £200 to be donated to support local people at Christmas.

So far this has exceeded expectations with the sum of £350 already reached, together with advent calendars and other donations.

Monies raised will enable small gifts to be purchased for the children of parents who through no fault of their own have hit hard times because of the pandemic.

If you would like to donate to this very worthy cause please contact Helen Crouch through her Facebook page, see her at the weekly Tuesday market at Bagworth, contact her through the Bagworth and Thornton page of or telephone her on 07947 590241.

If you have lost your business or job etc and know this year isn’t going to happen for your children please get in touch with Helen, it’s completely confidential, message or phone her on 07947 590241

Recent Crimes in Thornton

At 11.30pm last Friday night (6th Nov) thieves smashed down a metal field gate, a yard gate and barrier, with what must have been a heavy vehicle, to steal a horse trailer from Markfield Lane, Thornton.

Neighbours in Main Street heard the noise and could see activity and lights, so they sent a text message to a person whom they knew to keep horses in the area, but the owner missed the message. The trailer was seen being towed away by a white van. This was a ‘noisy’ crime late at night in an otherwise very quiet village. Reported on Nextdoor by Meg Ashby.

Did you hear or see any unusual activity on Friday? Have you any relevant CCTV footage around that time? If so ring the police on the their non emergency number 101.


Over the weekend of the 25th October forced entry to the fire door at the rear of the Reservoir Inn was discovered and reported as a non urgent crime (by internet. A number of discarded empty cans had been left inside the premises. The agent was notified to arrange for the premises to be secured. Two days earlier a small window at the side had been smashed. A number of discarded empty cans had been left inside the premises.

Nearby neighbours on Main Street were alerted by Whatsapp to the crime and shortly afterwards spotted youths going through the pub car park. They notified the police immediately, who sent three cars to the area, but unfortunately they just missed them, presumably making good their escape via the footpath at the rear.

Any unusual activity in the village is worth noting, jot down ‘white van’ numbers, take photographs, check your CCTV, immediately post your suspicions on Nextdoor and the Thornton FB page to warn others to be vigilant.

Neighbourhood Alert

This is a challenging period for us all and even more so for vulnerable people. As Neighbourhood Watch we believe it is very important that we all take care and protect ourselves as a priority and where possible we safely carry on the great work of supporting and staying connected with our communities.

In England, between 5th November – 2nd December, national restrictions mean that:   You should only leave home for food, medical reasons, exercise, education, or work  You must work from home if you can  You should avoid travel unless essential  Schools and essential shops will remain open  There are a variety of ways however in which we can support our loved ones and communities through these restrictions.

Keeping your loved ones safe
The most valuable thing we can all do is keep ourselves and our loved safe – physically and emotionally.  Our website signposts where you can get accurate advice and support with your emotional wellbeing.  Sign up for the FREE Festival Of Discovery running online on 20th and 21st November for lively discussions on hot topics, entertainment, things to make and do, a chance to recharge your wellbeing, and real-life community stories from across the UK. 
Supporting your community
There are a variety of ways in which you can support your community depending on your individual situation. A few ideas are: set up a Calling Tree to support those who are not connected via social media join forces with a Covid-19 Mutual Aid group connect with your neighbours with this Calling Card connect with your neighbours with this Kindness Card If you are, or you know someone who is, facing loneliness have a look at our Loneliness Toolkit sign up as a NHS Volunteer Responder – recruitment now open across England The NHS Volunteer Responders programme, set up by NHS England, is here to help people in England to stay safe during coronavirus. NHS Volunteer Responders have now completed more than a million tasks! Following an initial recruitment campaign for new volunteers in 70 local authority areas, they have now opened up recruitment across England. This is in response to the lockdown that began on 5 November and because demand for the volunteers’ support is continuing to rise. It will also help to meet NHS requests for additional direct support during this winter. At the same time, they are encouraging anyone who signed up as an NHS Volunteer Responder in March but had to step down due to other commitments, to re-join the programme and give as much time as they can.

As the programme evolves it will focus on direct support to the NHS with tasks such as the delivery of equipment to monitor vulnerable COVID-19 patients in their homes, and with stewarding people at vaccination clinics. They will also continue to support vulnerable people by delivering food and medication, and through Check In and Chat phone calls. They are not intending to replace any local volunteering activity. They aim to work collaboratively with volunteering leads in local areas.

If you are interested in joining as a volunteer you can attend an online meetings by clicking the link below at the specified time:
Thursday 19th November, 11.30-12.30 Join Microsoft Teams Meeting
Thursday 3rd December, 11.30-12.30 Join Microsoft Teams Meeting
Thursday 17th December, 11.30-12.30 Join Microsoft Teams Meeting

Beware of scams and crimes
Criminals are using the COVID-19 pandemic to scam the public. To help you avoid becoming a victim, we have highlighted on our website the wide variety of COVID-19 scams and crimes which have arisen, key protection advice and guidance on how to report these scams.

Community response stories
For further inspiration on ways in which you can support your community, have a look at our Community Response Stories. If you have a story you would like to share, please submit it using this form.

Domestic abuse survivors
Are you or someone you know is a domestic abuse survivor, the information below may be very useful. Women’s Aid Network: Many survivors will be feeling unsafe isolating in a house with an abusive person, and isolated from their support networks. Women’s Aid have put together some advice and information about support available. See Women’s Aid COVID-19 Resource Hub Safe Lives: They have put together some resources for people living with domestic abuse, and the professionals supporting them. They have also produced guidance for friends and family. Refuge: They are there for you if you, or someone you care about, is experiencing domestic abuse. Phone the National Domestic Abuse Helpline on 0808 2000 247. They also have a range of digital resources available at and Neighbourhood Watch: We have a range of information on domestic abuse on our website including how to help, spotting the signs and more. See more in our Domestic Abuse Toolkit.
Keep safe,


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Church services online

We plan for our very first online worship service to premier on tomorrow morning at 10:15am. Youtube is very easy to use. You just need to type in J22 Benefice and you will find our channel, or use the link below.

The service will be approx 35 minutes, allowing you to tune into the cenotaph or observe the 2 minute silence in whatever way you wish after it.