Little Angels is back! – Friendly group for babes, toddlers and preschoolers

Little Angels is back after the summer break and we can’t wait to see how the little ones have grown!  A session of play, songs and story. Bring your youngster and enjoy the company of other mums/ grandparents/carers. All are very welcome and there is no charge. At St Peter’s Church on Thursday (1st) from 2-3pm.    We meet monthly during term times and there is no charge. Why not give it a try?
Hopefully see you there! 
Lis and Helen

Thornton Community Centre Administrator Required

Job Description:

The trustees of Thornton Community centre are looking to employ a part-time administrator to assist the volunteer trustees with the day to day running of the hall.  

This is a paid role with the amount being subject to discussion and the roles adopted.

The scope of the job is flexible as some elements are not essential. 

For the full role below we envisage the time commitment to be around 6 hours per week on average, although this could vary from week to week. 

You will be given full training and have the ongoing support of the trustees.

This job would suit someone looking for a few hours of work per week which can largely be fitted around existing commitments but there is a need to be flexible, particularly regarding bookings and key collections etc.  

Duties will include:

Deal with enquiries for bookings including showing people round the hall.

Maintain a booking calendar and oversee the bookings electronically on Hallmaster.

Send out booking emails, liaise with the treasurer to confirm receipt of payments.

Produce an Excel spreadsheet detailing the bookings with contact details of the hirer, day, date, time, hall, cost and keyholder.

Open and close the hall to hirers (or where necessary arrange for a trustee to be available) and show hirers where all the equipment they require is kept.

Book annual servicing of equipment e.g., boiler/electrical checks/fire alarm/PAT testing and other inspections/maintenance as required e.g., window cleaning, hedge and border maintenance etc. and keep relevant records.

Obtain quotes for repairs/maintenance.

Review the Policies and Procedures adopted by the trustees on an annual basis.

1). Equality statement. 2). Health and Safety policy statement. 3) Complaints, Discipline, Grievance policy and Procedures. 4) Bullying and Harassment Policy and Procedures. 5) Alcohol and substance Misuse Policy and Procedures. 6) Safeguarding Policy and Procedures 7). Data Protection and Information Sharing Policy. 8). General Data Protection Regulation and Privacy Notice. 9). Environmental Policy Statement. 10). Environmental Recycling Policy and Procedures.

Liaise with village website administrator to update details as and when required. 

Check accident book.

Produce and circulate the agenda for the monthly meeting of the trustees.

Attend the meeting, take the minutes and circulate to the trustees.

Action any recommendations as requested by the trustees.

Source grants.

General admin.

Personal Qualities:

Basic computer literacy essential – Word, Excel, on line diaries, on line banking (viewing only).

Basic numeracy.

Must be organised and methodical.

Good communicator.

Friendly and approachable.

Must be available/flexible in the hours worked.


The Community Centre is losing the financial support from the Parish Council over the next 7 years and it is vital that the trustees generate sufficient income to make the hall self-sufficient.

The Centre celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2023 and there is large programme of upgrades required to get the hall ready for the next 50 years.

You will be playing a vital role in ensuring the future of the village hall by managing the existing bookings and generating new bookings from regular users and visitors alike and exploring the possibility of the premises being used as a wedding venue etc.


If you would like to obtain more details or to apply, please contact the Trustees – on email: –

Website: –

‘Thornton Tea with a Twist’ – a new regular social event for the village

Following on from the success of the jubilee teas, a group of villagers have organised a series of afternoons over the next few months. We have called it ‘Thornton Tea with a Twist ‘ (or the Three Ts!) and it is a free afternoon for anyone from the village to drop in for a cuppa and chat. Open to all ages there will refreshments with games available as well for those who wish, and a book swap. There will be children’s toys too. It will be on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month from 2-4pm at the Community Centre – the first one is on 14th September. Whether you come on your own or with a friend, this is an excellent way to spend an afternoon and meet fellow villagers. Hope to meet some of you there!

St Peter’s Church – working party

Working party morning at St Peter’s churchyard this Saturday (20th August) to tackle some of the jobs.

Saturday’s weather looks set fair.

There are saplings springing up, graves to tidy, the hand rail to clear plus lots of other odd jobs.

It would be great if you could join us anytime between 10 and 12 noon.

Even if it’s only for a short time.

Bring any tools, gloves and a drink with you.

Chocolate biscuits provided.

Shirley (Church warden)

Heritage Weekend – 10th and 11th September

St Peter’s Church, Thornton will be open all weekend to visitors.
Come and explore our lovely Grade 1, historical church for yourselves.
There is no charge though refreshments will be available to purchase.

The church will be open between 10 am and 6 pm on Saturday 10th and from 1 pm till 5 pm on Sunday afternoon.

Ride and Stride – 10th September

Ride and Stride raises money through sponsorship for your chosen church and Leicester and Leicestershire’s Historic Churches Preservation Trust.

You may walk, ride or drive to some of the 400 churches and chapels open on 10th September.

Check out the website to see which Leicestershire churches are open, how you can take part and how you can make a donation.

Contact Shirley for more information 01530 230 422

Coming soon – to Thornton Community Centre

Social Afternoons for All

Following on from the great success of the Jubilee afternoon tea there will be social afternoons at Thornton Community Centre.

Twice a month on a Wednesday afternoon (2pm to 4pm) until December.

The first two dates will be Wednesday  14th and Wednesday 28th September.

Everyone is invited to drop in for a cuppa, cake and chat. 

Board games will be provided and a book swap available, but not compulsory! Just sit and chat if you wish.

There will be toys available for young families.

Meet old friends and make new ones, exchange ideas, learn new skills or just come for the company.

Just pop in and spend some time in happy surroundings.

If this new venture proves successful, we hope to continue in the New Year.

However, to make this initiative successful and ensure it does continue into the New Year – HELP is required.

Help with funding, help making the teas, help baking cakes, help assisting the less able get to the hall, donating games and books, giving talks, forwarding ideas etc.

For more information and/or you would like to offer to help please

Contact: – Shirley on 01530 230422 or email

Please pass this information on to your friends and neighbours.

Bagworth,Thornton and Merrylees Parish Council

County Councillor Peter Bedford will be holding an open Surgery scheduled on Saturday 6th August, 10.30am – 12.00pm, at Bagworth Community Centre.

Please come along and raise any concerns you may have or any suggestions on improvements that can be made in the Parish.