Thornton Community Centre ‘makeover’

Half term week at the centre has been exceptionally busy whilst the Play school children were on holiday.

First thing Monday morning the decorators moved in, together with the electricians.

Just five days later the decorators (3 of them) had painted the two halls, the meeting room, the storeroom, foyer and the kitchen at the centre, and the electricians changed all the lighting to LED’s, fitted (much needed) new lighting to the exterior of the building, repaired and replaced in other areas that needed attention. And whilst all this was going on Tom Orme popped in and replaced the faulty thermostats.

The curtains have been taken down and are at the dry cleaners, and today, the window cleaners arrived and cleaned all the windows and doors inside. Two weeks ago they cleaned the exterior of the building including the fascia, sills and guttering.

All the hedges have been trimmed and the grass cut. The centre (inside and out) looks so much smarter. We are getting it all spruced up before we celebrate the centre’s 50th anniversary next year.

The trustees would like to give a huge thank you to Johnson Wellborn Decorating and to Dave and his team from Glenfield Electrical for doing such a fabulous job for us in just 5 days,

We wouldn’t hesitate to give both firms and their workforce a 5* rating for being able to complete this work within a very tight schedule, for their thoughtfulness, helpfulness and communication skills, which all made for an excellent working relationship. Nothing was too much trouble for any of them and they all worked well together.

Mick & Dean at Johnson Wellborn Decorating – Telephone 07543 350832 or 07772 885788

Glenfield Electrical – 0116 2983831 – Email : – info@glenfieldelectrical.com

This is just the start of major work to be completed at the centre – but we really do need some help. We only have a small team of trustees who look after the two halls for the village. If you have a few hours a month to spare then please get in touch or come to our next meeting (7pm Thursday 17th November at Thornton Community Centre).

Thornton, St Peter’s churchyard working party

FOSP (Friends of St Peter’s) are tidying the boundary on the North side of the field below the new churchyard and the bit that sticks out and faces West.

They would like to clear right back to the tree line that forms the boundary. 

And then at some stage employ someone with a mini digger to move/spread out the soil/clay bank that has been formed by the grave diggers over the years.

The working parties always meet on a Saturday between 10am and 12noon,

The dates for the next three working parties are:

29th October 2022

12th November 2022

3rd December 2022 for tree planting. 

There are at least 7 trees to plant thanks to HBBC.

Volunteers started clearing brambles, ivy and dead branches last Saturday, and made excellent progress. 

Thank you to everyone who helped. 

This week the field was mown by the contractors, and it is now clear what needs doing!!

It would be great if you were to come along and help, even if it’s just for one party and 10 minutes!

You would need to bring gardening gloves, any tools you think you might like to use and a drink.

Thank you

Shirley Garlick (Church warden)

Christmas Tree Festival – St Peter’s Church, Thornton

Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th December

“Colours of Christmas”

Following the success of past Christmas Tree Festivals at St Peter’s Church, Thornton, the Friends of St. Peter’s (FOSP), are organising their fourth Christmas Tree Festival at the church. 

It will be open to the public over the weekend of Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th December (50p entrance per adult, with refreshments available for a small charge). 

All money raised will go towards the maintenance of this lovely 14th century listed building.

Would you like to bring, decorate and exhibit a tree and be part of this event?   We do hope so! 

There will be prizes in various categories and an impressive and colourful display of trees will make the Carol Service even better than ever.

The theme of the Festival is “Colours of Christmas”, so all you need to do is to take your inspiration and decorate a tree based on topics associated with Christmas colours.

How to enter

If you would like to participate, please let us know by contacting Sue Bakewell on 01530 231625 or email

Mary Gibson by email on, or

Shirley Garlick on 01530 230422 or email,

Entry forms will be available shortly and will be downloadable on this website.

*Please note:  Battery-operated lights only please (no electrical leads/cables).  Trees up to 1m (38”) high will be displayed above floor level on boards, ledges etc: all trees over 1m high will be displayed on the floor.

Day/time to bring your tree to church to decorate

St. Peter’s will be open for preparations on Friday 9th December, 2pm – 7pm for you to bring your tree into the church and decorate it.  

You will be allocated your space on arrival. 

If you need to come outside of those times, please contact Sue Bakewell to arrange a mutually convenient time.

E-mail: or Telephone: 01530 231625

Day/time to take down and remove your tree from St. Peter’s

St. Peter’s will be open on Tuesday 13th December, 2pm – 7pm for you to take down and remove your tree. 

If you need to come outside of those times, please contact Sue.

E-mail: or telephone 01530 231625 to arrange a mutually convenient time.

Alternatively, you may leave your tree in the church for the Christmas services and collect after Christmas – contact details to arrange this are as above.

Hope to see you at the festival.

Shirley Garlick (Church Warden)

St Peter’s Churchyard

Shirley would like to say a big thank you to the 8 people (one from as far away as Countesthorpe) who turned up to help her at St Peter’s today.

Drastic cutting back and removal of the brambles on the left hand side of the churchyard is required to reveal the tree line on the boundary and an embankment of soil needs to be removed/flattened.

The youngest helper was 69 years old, so we all had to pace ourselves, knowing that the nearest defibrillator was at the pub!

But 2 hours of hard labour achieved an amazing amount of satisfaction with most of the area cleared.

But there is still much more to do and any help would be gratefully received.

We all said who needs to go to the gym when you can get a good ‘work out’ clearing the hedgerows and getting them back into order – and it’s free!

If you would like to help and/or you have access to any machinery that would make the task easier then please get in touch with Shirley the Churchwarden.

Email: –

Six of the working party – L to R – Anne, Shirley, Sue, William, Sandy and Richard. Copyright Gillatphotography

Thornton Tea with a Twist

Just a reminder that tomorrow afternoon (Wednesday) is the third of our Thornton Tea with a Twist afternoons.

2 until 4 pm

Scones, jam and cream, biscuits, gluten free biscuits, tea, coffee squash.

Games, jigsaws, recycle table and books. Jigsaw library!

Hope you can join us for the afternoon.

If you need a lift, please do let us know.

If you are able to help, do let me know.

Thanks. Shirley.

Funeral of Mr George Lee

Mr George Lee’s funeral will take place on Thursday, 13th October at St Peter’s Church, Thornton at 12.30 pm.

George, who passed away aged 99 on 26th September, was a WW2 veteran and had lived in the village for 71 years.

The family will leave 49 Main Street, Thornton at 12.15 and walk to church following the hearse.

It’s an opportunity for people to pay their respects to this true gentleman.

Everyone is also very welcome to attend the funeral.

Shirley Garlick (Churchwarden)