Thornton’s newest residents

Are they all mine! – Copyright Gillatphotography

Just hatched – number three – Copyright Gillatphotography – 17th May 2021

Bundle of fluff – Copyright Gillatphotography – 17th May 2021

Keeping snug -Copyright Gillatphotography – 17th May 2021

Two down – five more to go – Copyright Gillatphotography – 17th May 2021

Proud parent – Copyright – Gillatphotography

First trip out – Copyright Gillatphotography – Sunday 16th May 2021

Love a duck – Copyright Gillatphotography

Peekaboo – Copyright Gillatphotography

Our Mandarin has taken up residence in the woods

Copyright Gillatphotography

Leicester Outdoor Pursuits Centre

Fifteen Acres of Adventure in the Heart of Leicester Providing adventurous outdoor activity experiences designed to stimulate, educate and motivate young people and others at affordable prices in a challenging and safe environment.

This is a registered small charity that has experienced tough times over the past 15 months..

Why not have some fun and try out their fantastic facilities with family, friends, work colleagues.

Leicester Outdoor Pursuits Centre

Free Online Webinars – Cyber Awareness Fraud and Scams

Leicestershire Police Cyber Protect are partnering with Nationwide Building Society to bring you advice and guidance on how to stay safe online and avoid scams in two free webinars.

The first session is a non tech awareness webinar for the public on Thursday 13th May 1.30pm – and is aimed at anyone who uses email and the internet.

The second session, 18th May 6pm,  is aimed at businesses including an overview on current threats and signposting to a vast array of free resources in order to help increase their resilience against cybercrime and fraud.

Places must be booked through Eventbrite – either via the link below, or, if you prefer not to click on links, search “Nationwide Cyber” on the Eventbrite home page.

13th May – Public Session

18th May – Business Session
Message Sent By
Sam Hancock (Police, Cyber Protect Officer, Leicestershire)

Nature Notes

See the nature notes page for Andy Smith’s Spring update.

Ratby Burroughs – bluebells – copyright Gillatphotography

Christian Aid Week

Christian Aid week runs from Monday 10th May until Sunday 16th May.

If you would like to donate to Christian Aid please pass your donation in the sealed envelope, which will be delivered to you shortly, to one of the following addresses: The Corner Shop; 23 Main Street; 1 Beech Drive; 2 Highfields; 221 Main Street; 232 Main Street

Thank you, Shirley (230 422)

For more info on Christian Aid visit

Budokan Kempo Karate Club

As lockdown eases Thornton Community Centre begins to re-open after several months of closure.

And an exciting new Karate club will be coming to the village.

Chris Fitches had hoped to start up a Budokan Kempo Karate Club last October but was thwarted by the lockdown. It is now scheduled to start on Thursday 20th May.

There will be two hour sessions of Budokan Kempo Karate starting at 6.30pm  every Thursday in the Community Centre sports hall.

Childrens session – 6.30pm – 7.30pm

Adults session – 7.30pm – 8.30pm

For more information:-  Contact: Chris Fitches 07583 812436

Local resident wins photography competition

Thornton resident, Colin Harris, celebrates after winning local photography competition, run by homebuilder, McCarthy Stone.

Colin Harris

The competition was judged by MP for Hinckley and Bosworth, Dr Luke Evans, who selected Colin Harris’ winning image, entitled ‘Winter’s Icy Sunrise’.

Colin Harris – Winter’s Icy Sunrise’ – copyright

Colin Harris’ winning image, ‘Winter’s Icy Sunrise’, will now be professionally printed and displayed in McCarthy Stone’s show complex at Elizabeth Coxhead Gardens.

The competition called for local residents to share photographs of their favourite scenery, wildlife, and landscapes in Hinckley, Leicestershire, and the surrounding areas, taken on their daily walks during lockdown.

Colin, who was awarded £250 for his photograph, said: “While my walks have been restricted to around Hinckley, I feel very fortunate to live in such a beautiful place with so many scenic views to enjoy.

“I have always really enjoyed taking photos, and this particular photo of the Thornton Reservoir with St. Peter’s Church in the background is a favourite. I was delighted to win this competition, and I am looking forward to visiting Elizabeth Coxhead Gardens to see my photo in situ.”

Dr Luke Evans said the standard of all the entries was phenomenal and was a real testament to the talented amateur photographers around Hinckley.

Dr Evans said: “I certainly had a tough decision to make. I chose Colin’s image because the winter morning sunlight perfectly captures the natural rural beauty of our area.

“It reminded me that even in the darkest days of winter there is hope too – particularly apt for this COVID winter. I look forward to seeing it in place at Elizabeth Coxhead Gardens when restrictions have eased.”

Samantha Watkins, Deputy Divisional Sales and Marketing Director for McCarthy Stone Midlands, offered the company’s congratulations to Colin for winning the competition.

Samantha said: “There are so many stunning views in and around Hinckley, and Colin’s image really captured the beauty of the area.

“Although current restrictions mean that we haven’t been able to officially unveil the image in our new show complex just yet, we look forward to welcoming Colin to see it for himself once we can safely open the doors.”

McCarthy Stone received the Housebuilder Special Recognition Award 2020 for working hard to protect its customers during the pandemic.

Story courtesy of the website In Your Area –

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Little Angels – COME AND SAY HELLO TOMORROW! (Thursday 6th).

‘Little Angels’ is set to return Thursdays from June- group for babes, toddlers and preschoolers & their adults.

HOWEVER – Jayne and I will be at the small play area behind the community centre tomorrow (6th) from 2.30-3pm. If you and your youngster(s) are free on Thursdays, why not come along for a play and say hello! It’ll be great to meet you/see you again after so long!

The group normally meets on the first Thursday of the month on term-time, at St Peter’s 2-3pm, starting back on June 3rd. Little Angels is free and offers play, singing, stories and friendship. All very welcome!