Next month J22 Benefice will be launching our new ‘J22 Community Worship Service’, a fresh and interactive modern service in Markfield, Thornton and Stanton under Bardon.
If you are a musician, then get in touch as we look forward to growing the band over the coming months! Contact Revd Andrew on 01530 249746 or

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Circular Benefice Walk

Saturday, 11th September

If you enjoy walking, why not join us on Saturday, 11th September on a Parish walk of about 8 miles and lots of stiles through beautiful countryside visiting some of our local churches: St Peter’s in Thornton, St Michaels in Markfield, St Marys’ in Stanton, the Quiet Garden at the site of Holy Rood, Bagworth, and Cross Hills Baptist Church.

The walk starts at the Lych-gate at St Peter’s Church in Thornton (LE67 1AA) and heads to Markfield following the Leicestershire Round through Brown’s Wood.  From here our path takes us to Stanton, and then onto Bagworth, and finally back to Thornton through the new woodlands.

We will leave Thornton at 11 am.  You will need to bring drinks and a packed lunch.  Footwear suitable for walking is necessary. If you would like more information or you would like to take part,  please contact William & Shirley on 01530 230422


Those of you who live with seven-year-olds will know that they are very prone to asking unusual questions at odd moments! One such question surprised Matt and Kaylee Smith, of Thornton, when their daughter suddenly asked, “Please can I do a sponsored walk for the Community Centre?”

Mum Kaylee says that she had no idea what out the idea into Katie’s head. “She loves the village, and for, a little girl, is very community-minded, but where this idea came from, we can only wonder!”

Katie already had the suggested route in her head… from the doorstep of Thornton Community Centre to Bradgate Park and back again. Mum and Dad pointed out that it is rather a long walk when you’re only seven, but Katie, who loves the outdoor life, was adamant that she could do it.

So, in April, arrangements were made. As you can imagine, the Thornton Centre Trustees were absolutely delighted to agree to the proposed event. Sponsorship details were clarified and excitement in the Smith household grew daily.

The day, (10th April 2021), dawned drizzly; but, nothing daunted, Kaylee , accompanied by Mum and canine member of the family, Elmo, set off early in the morning. I understand that Katie smiled all the way… striding forth with no complaints and only one stop at Newtown Linford for a well-earned ice-cream.

Katie and Mum Kaylee set out from the Community centre
Katie leaving the reservoir behind
Katie, Kaylee and Elmo reach Bradgate Park.

It was a wonderful effort and Katie raised £500 for the Centre!

We did intend to arrange a “handing over of the cheque” ceremony, so that we could publicly acknowledge this little girl’s generosity. However, Covid restrictions put paid to that.

So, herewith,  the Trustees of Thornton Centre would like to express their gratitude to Katie and her very supportive family, and also to those who sponsored the walk.


Muriel Walker (for the Trustees of Thornton Community Centre)

The National Forest Trek

Friday 17th – Sunday 19th September

The National Forest Trek is a one, two, or three-day charity challenge walk, across the 12 stages and 75 miles of the National Forest Way.

Participants can choose between raising money for the three founding charities, or for a charity of their choice for a cause close to them.

Alternatively, the event is also open to those who would prefer to fund their own entry.

If you are a charity interested in getting involved in the event, please contact us on to find out more.


As the walk progresses from Beacon hill and leaves Bradgate Park, the next section of the Trek takes you out of the ancient Forest of Charnwood and towards one of the largest continuous tracts of woodland in The National Forest. The route takes you through Martinshaw Wood, where coniferous woodland is being replaced with native species, and on through a variety of young and mature woodlands.

From the wonder of woodland to the serenity of water and, more specifically, Thornton Reservoir. This attractive and tranquil expanse of water is a delightful spot to pause along the route of the Trek. Make a point to return and if you chose to take the three-mile surfaced path around the reservoir, don’t miss the sculpture trail hidden amongst the mature woodland.

The ‘trekkers’ will take refreshments at Thornton Community Centre

Thornton Community Centre

We Need You

After a long sleep Thornton’s community centre is gradually waking up to life post Covid.

We are now open for business as usual.

The hall is a wonderful resource in the village and welcomes, residents and visitors alike.

The hall must certainly take the prize for the best view in the county, looking out across Thornton reservoir and the National Forest.

An ideal venue for many different events including wedding receptions, corporate days. business and group meetings, concerts, quiz nights and much more.

The community centre also benefits from a separate Sports Hall – where there are facilities to play badminton, table tennis, basketball, five a side football and more.

However, the hall is fast approaching it’s fiftieth birthday.

Residents got together in 1972 to fund raise for the hall and by 1973 the hall was built and being managed by a group of trustees.

The trustees were able to meet in July for the first time in many months and take stock of the ravages of time upon the hall.

It is apparent that much work is needed on the old hall to move it firmly into the twenty-first century and make it fit for purpose.

We have a long list of essential works that need to be carried out at the hall.

Urgent roof repairs. Extensive work required on the entrance borders. New toilets. Drain inspection. A decking area built at the rear of the hall. Hearing loop fitted throughout. Carpark extended. New kitchen floor. Re-decoration throughout. New furniture. New curtains. Screen and projector. Plus, so much more.

Several quotes have already been obtained for some of the works and it is already apparent that we will need approximately £100,000 to do all the works necessary.

We are asking the community and local businesses if they can help us raise the money necessary to carry out the works involved, by fund raising, donations (money, time, goods), offering grants or simply hiring the hall.

If you think you can help – please contact us through email address   –