New Changes to the Highway Code

The UK government are making 3 very important changes to the Highway Code, which will affect all road users. These changes will come into effect on 29 January and include:

1) New hierarchy of road users prioritising pedestrians and then cyclists over other road users
2) Priority for cyclists over cars when cars are turning
3) Pedestrians having priority over cars at junctions plus changes to cyclist positioning to ensure better visibility

More information and details of the changes here: Table of changes to The Highway Code (publishing.service.gov.uk)

Support Thornton Community Centre

Thornton Community Centre is now signed up to Amazon Smile.

Always shop at smile.amazon.co.uk, where you will be prompted to choose your nominated charity. Amazon will donate 0.5% of the net purchase price (excluding VAT, returns and shipping fees) of eligible purchases to Thornton Community Centre.

(Be aware when selecting the charity – we are listed as Thornton Community Centre, Coalville as there is another very similar ‘Thornton Village community centre’ listed).

How does our organisation receive the donations? Each quarter, AmazonSmile makes donations to eligible charitable organisations by electronic funds transfer. Donations will be transferred within 28 days after the end of the following calendar quarter.

How to help the ‘Friends of St Peter’s’

Friends of St. Peter’s Church – Thornton needs your help! Sign up to easyfundraising & raise FREE donations every time you shop online with over 6,000 retailers. John Lewis, Argos, Uswitch, eBay and many more are waiting to give a free donation. Plus once you’ve signed up and raised £5 in donations, easyfundraising will give us an extra £5 bonus donation!

Sign up to support us here – https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/invite/7KFT4V/

Shirley Garlick – Churchwarden

Open Gardens 2022

This year we are planning to hold Thornton Open Gardens – for real! It will be on Sunday 10th July, from 1-6pm. WATCH FOR MORE INFOMATION!

Clear out sale – Thornton Community Centre

The Friends of St Peter’s fundraising group is holding a ‘Clear Out Sale’

26th February from 11 am until 2 pm Thornton Community Centre.

Sellers :- come and make some money selling those bits and pieces you once loved but now need new homes, or gifts for which you have no further need.

A 6ft table will cost just £5 to hire – contact :- Shirley via email churchwarden.thornton@gmail.com or phone 01530 230422 

Buyers :- come along and bag yourself a bargain.

Kitchen :- will be open for refreshments

Quiz nights are back at the Community Centre

Saturday night saw the long awaited return of the ‘village quiz’. The last one took place in March 2020 (just two days before the devastating ‘Covid lockdowns’ began). Who would have dreamt back then that it would be nearly two years before we would meet again.

With safety in mind the numbers in the hall were restricted to 60, and once announced back in November, the quiz was an immediate sell out. However, continued uncertainty over ‘will we, won’t we’, go back in lockdown and some ‘quizzers’ testing positive during the week, the number reduced to 45 on the night; four tables were set up on either side of the hall – leaving everyone well spaced and comfortable. There was definitely an excited buzz around the hall, quiz night was the first social event many had attended for a long time.

An added bonus to the night was the provision of freshly cooked fish and chips by Ashley and his partner who brought his van to the hall. A slight panic for the organisers when the van broke down on Friday – but phew, the electrical fault was fixed in time for Saturday night.

What a treat; those of us in the village who regularly dine out on his fish and chips on a Friday evening know how good they are, but they were a revelation to visitors from outside the village who hadn’t sampled them before. Gorgeous, fresh and piping hot, with a pot of mushy peas thrown in. He will be back!

Copyright – Gillatphotography

This time it was decided that all the proceeds from the quiz were to benefit St Peter’s church and be donated to the Friends’ of St Peter’s Group who work tirelessly to maintain and improve facilities at the church and in the church yard, and more specifically to help towards the unexpected costs of having the diseased beech tree removed.

Paula Smith’s team won first prize, achieving a score of 101 out of a possible 106 , with second place to Mary Gibson’s team on a 100 points. Prize money of £36 was shared amongst the two teams, and immediately donated back to be added to the proceeds for FOSP.

After hall hire costs and the cost of the food there is a total of £190 to be donated to FOSP at their next committee meeting on Wednesday. Well done everyone who made that possible and thank you to the helpers who set up the hall and did a ‘Covid clean’ prior to the event.

Hopefully – there will be another quiz night in March (possibly the 19th). Watch this space.

Nature Notes

The ‘Years End’ – notes from Andy Smith on the visitors to the reservoir during November and December have just been added to the Nature Notes page of the website. It is fascinating to see all the different birdlife that is visiting Thornton during the winter months. Thank you Andy for letting us share your knowledge and enthusiasm.

Reservoir Road, Thornton

A new year but an old problem. Chaotic and selfish parking along Reservoir Road and Main Street all day on Friday, Saturday and Sunday of the Bank Holiday.

Reservoir Road, Thornton Sunday 2nd Jan 2022 – copyright Ann Barwell