Support Thornton Community Centre

Thornton Community Centre is now signed up to Amazon Smile.

Always shop at, 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’

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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 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

Markfield & Thornton Theatre group

Well, we did it! After a long, enforced break, our Group staged a production to entertain, and hopefully, delight our audiences.

“Tis the Season to be Jolly”, a Murder Mystery written by Muriel Walker and directed by Anne Dobrowlska, was performed at Thornton Community Centre for three nights in December 2021.

It was a sell-out success and many congratulatory comments were received from audience members. They had enjoyed seeing live entertainment again; being in good company in a lively, seasonal atmosphere, and racking their brains to try to identify the murderer who,
unrepentant, stalked amongst them! Oh how the audiences interrogated the suspects! Not a stone went unturned (But many a red herring was netted!) !

Three new members have joined the ranks of MTTG, and it was good to see them , two on stage for the first time, bringing their roles to life, and thoroughly enjoying the comradeship of our friendly Group.

We discovered that, for one of our members, her role in the Murder Mystery was especially significant. Ena Illidge, who joined MTTG some years ago, was marking an unbelievable SEVENTY YEARS in amateur dramatics. Ena had lost count of the roles she’s played since she was sixteen, back home in the little village of Elsecar, in South Yorkshire. Her Mother said, “I’ve heard there’s a lovely drama group at the Miners’ Welfare… come along… I’ll take you!” And take Ena she did. She was immediately asked to prompt for a production of “Reluctant Heroes ”, but, when, a fortnight later, one of the group became ill, was catapulted into the role of a middle-aged WAC officer. Luckily, the uniform fitted! Previously, Ena had played the role of the Grandmother in “Murder at the Bugginses” at her Sunday School. She remembers that she did a lot of rocking in a rocking-chair and solved the murder! Maybe it was that early sleuthing success that lead her to triumph in later years as Miss Marple in amateur productions. She names Jane Marple as one of her favourite roles, but adds that her most favourite role of all was as Lady Bracknell in “The Importance of Being Ernest” by Oscar Wilde. She also relished the opportunity to deliver the Alan Bennet monologue , “A Cream Cracker Under the Settee” – a great feat of both memory and characterisation.

We could not let Ena’s seventieth year on stage go unacknowledged, so, on the last night, called her on to stage to receive a bouquet with our thanks and admiration. She is an unassuming person and was quite overwhelmed by the gesture. We are fortunate to have her as a talented, loyal and supportive member.

Ena Illidge

That conveniently brings me to the point that, we are always looking for new members for MTTG . A drama group needs lots of people, on stage and backstage, to enable productions to be staged. We meet on Wednesday evening at Thornton Community Centre.

Maybe you want to act or sing or dance? Maybe you can paint scenery, sew costumes and make properties? Maybe you’d like to be front of house, looking after our audiences? Is writing your talent? Would you just like to make new friends and be part of a welcoming Group?

If you are interested , ring Andy or Anne on O1530 469714 and they’ll answer any questions.

We have a lower age limit for membership of sixteen – but there is no upper age limit!

What’s next?
Our next production dates are 6th -9th April 2022 and we are planning to stage a comedy or farce as we feel that laughter is much needed! .
However, the volatile nature of the pandemic situation affects us all, so please watch this space.
The aim of our Group continues to be to bring a variety of live dramatic productions, which are worthy or your support, to the locality.
We hope to see you, and to hear your laughter in April 2022.

Muriel Walker