Bricklayers Arms – Thornton

I’m sure everyone in the village, and regular visitors to our lovely local pub would like to wish Ben and Jan, a very happy and long retirement.

They leave the pub on Sunday the 27th November for a well deserved rest after years of hard work at the ‘Brickies’.

We thank them for all they have done for the village, including the pie nights, the steak nights, Sunday lunches and especially Thursday quiz nights.

Whilst wishing them and their daughter Emma well in their new home, we would like to take this opportunity to extend a very warm welcome to the new licensees Anna & Nick.

Thornton Teas with a Twist – 3Ts

Wednesday afternoon teas.

Wednesday 23rd November 2 to 4 pm

Hope you will be able to join us on Wednesday at Thornton Community Centre for a cuppa, cake and time to chat.

Jigsaws, and board games, books, jigsaw ‘library’. A small play area for young families.

Just pop in and spend some time in happy surroundings.

If you would like to help with these Wednesdays, even for just the odd one, please do let me know.

Organised by the village for the villagers.

For more information contact me, Shirley, on 01530 230 422 or email

Look forward to seeing you.

Special treat on 14th December – we will be entertained by a string quartet, playing Christmas music. A treat not to miss.

Thornton Christmas Craft Fayre

Friends of St Peter’s annual, Christmas Craft Fayre was held yesterday on the 19th November.

A whopping £1730 was raised on the day thanks to everyone who put so much effort into making it such a success; the villagers who set the hall up and decorated the hall and then cleared away, the cooks and the washer uppers, the stall holders, and to everyone who donated time, money and raffle prizes and of course the public who came to support us.

Desford Food Bank

Desford Food Bank – opened on the 5th October 2022

A new, local foodbank opened on Wednesday 5th of October, at the Free Church in Chapel Lane in Desford.

It will be open each Wednesday from 11:15am to 1:15pm.

If you or somebody you know needs a referral to receive a bag (or bags) of food, please contact:

John Coughlan Local Area Co-ordinator: 07943026977

or Hinckley and Bosworth borough Council, St Martins Church or Desford Primary school.

The foodbank is also happy to receive gifts of food, these can be donated at the Academy/St Martins Church or direct to the Free Church

Hinckley Area Food Bank is currently requesting the following items to be donated:

Tinned Meat (400 G)
Tinned Fruit (340 G +)
Tinned Carrots/garden Peas
Rice Pudding
UHT Milk
Dried Milk Powder (300 G)
Instant Mashed Potato
Rice (250 G/500 G/1 Kg)
Washing Up Liquid
Female Deodorant
Extra Large Cereals (26+ Portions)
Sponge Pudding/long-dated Cake
Tinned Tomatoes
Coffee (100 G/200 G)
Tinned Fish
Pasta Sauce
Baby Wipes

Phone 01455697390

Father Christmas visits Thornton on 19th November.

Father Christmas will travel through Thornton on a steam engine before arriving at the Christmas Craft Fayre on Saturday 19th November.

Father Christmas – Nov 16th 2019

His timings if it’s not raining are approximately:

9.30am along Main street to Highfields,

9.45am to 9.50am at Highfields where he will be driven round The Green,

10.00am at The Bricklayers Arms

10.10am at Markfield Lane

10.15am back at the Community Centre.

10.30am in his Grotto with a sack of gifts.


There is a new article and photographs on the ‘Nature Notes’ page by local resident Andy Smith.

Check out the ‘Local events’ page to see what is happening over the festive season (updated last night)… especially in Thornton itself, starting with the Friends of St Peter’s Xmas Fayre on Saturday 19th November and don’t forget to get your entry form in for the Xmas tree festival on the 10th and 11th December.

Fancy a night of Gothic horror on Thursday? Then read on ..

Is That A Bolt In Your Neck

Thu 10 Nov 7:30PM – 75 mins + optional interval
presented by Gonzo Moose Theatre

Venue: – The Palace, Ibstock
Suitable for
Adults/Family (8+)
Ticket prices
£12.00 Standard / £7.00 Under 16

Inspired by the gothic horror movies of the 1930’s – think Frankenstein, Dracula, haunted houses, mysterious moaning and creaky floorboards, daft scary music and magical illusion. ‘Is That a Bolt In Your Neck?’ is a fast-paced, rollicking ride mixing spooky paranoia, surreal nightmare and frantic farce.
As lightning flashes across the sky, the rugged silhouette of an old dark house looms into view. Lost is a storm, this seems like the only possible refuge – but what happens when you hear mysterious moaning in the middle of the night? Behind every door lurks unimaginable horror….
This family show that is packed full of hilarious slapstick, verbal wit, live music and magical illusion. Featuring three fearless actors performing over 30 characters in just 75 minutes of action, an array of excellent props and daft puppets, you’ll gasp, laugh and be amazed at the horrific experiments, mind-boggling love and the sensational death-defying finale.
‘The cast and show were excellent. There was something for everyone . . . you really felt as though you were there in the creepy old house. The set was incredible. All in all excellent value for money’ Live & Local Audience Member ★★★★★ ‘Anarchic comedy theatre at its best’ Fringe Review
The Palace Community Centre, Ibstock
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