Rural Network Services

Today we featured the following article in our weekly rural newsletter:

As a community contact, we would appreciate your help in getting as many people as possible to complete the survey.

The survey is being held in partnership with the Citizens Advice Rural Issues Group.

Research commissioned by the RSN last year shows rural areas are suffering more acutely from the rise in the cost of living compared to urban areas.

The purpose of the survey is to understand more about rural household budgets at, what is, a very difficult time for many.

Results from the survey will help us to engage more effectively with Government Departments, MPs and other policy makers.

The survey can be found at the following link:

We have also featured the survey via the following social media channels:


Rural Services Network& Citizens… – Rural Services Network | Facebook


RSN Online on Twitter: “@RSNonline & @CitizensAdvice Rural Issues Group have launched a rural cost of living household survey. Research has shown that those living in rural areas face extra costs & we now want to explore the impacts for households #ruralcostoflivingcrisis” / Twitter


Rural Services Network on LinkedIn: #ruralcostoflivingcrisis #ruralfairfunding

Please share the survey with all your contacts, networks, family and friends living in rural areas – the greater the response the better.

Note the survey closes on 31 March 2023.

Many thanks for your help

Kindest regards,

Richard Inman

Office and Website Manager

Rural Services Network

Tel: 01822 851370


The Rural Services Network seeks to provide a voice for rural communities by representing rural services, networking between rural service organisations and establishing and broadcasting best practice in rural service provision.

It comprises SPARSE Rural, the Rural Assembly, the wider Rural Services Partnership and the RSN Community Group. The organisation works with Rural England, a stand-alone CIC research group.

St Peter’s Church working party

Despite the weather last Saturday there was just a two hour window of opportunity at 10am, when it stopped raining long enough for six hardy villagers (all over 70) to turn up armed with trowels, spades, rakes, muddy boots and waterproofs to work in the churchyard.

Twenty pots of snowdrop bulbs were planted, together with 30 metres of hedging along the borders, whilst a good deal of lichen was scraped off the church masonry, and the footpath cleared of fallen leaves.

Thanks to Shirley, William, Barry, Chris, Mary and Gill for their intrepidness and hard work.

I’m sure there will be another working party soon – any form of help is always welcome.

It’s not all hard slog, as soon as the church clock strikes 11 – we all gather for a short break, under the lychgate for coffee, biscuits and a natter.

Who wouldn’t want to work in a place with a view like this!

Sadly there were no blue skies on Saturday- this photograph was taken at a previous working party in November.

Copyright – Gillatphotography

Along with the ongoing general maintenance of the churchyard, which has included the necessary taking down of another diseased beech tree (at a cost of £3000) last week, the Friends of St Peter’s are working towards creating a small garden of remembrance within the churchyard and spreading more plants throughout the grounds.

If you have any spare plants, for example, snowdrops, cyclamen, primroses, bluebells, daffodils, celandine, forget-me-nots (a few rhododendrons in the hedgerow perhaps) or any other suggestions, especially for plants that would bring colour in the summer and autumn, please get in touch.


Two, new, three-seater benches (made from 100% recyclable plastic) have been purchased with money donated by two local groups, the Ratby Ramblers and Glenfield U3A and will be placed in the churchyard in the next few weeks.

For those amongst us (like me) who struggle to get up the very steep footpath from the reservoir, one will be strategically placed on the left side of the path half way up the hill, on the flatish piece of land in line with the furthest tray shown in this photograph.

Copyright Gillatphotography

The FOSP’s are always busy raising funds for use towards the upkeep and improvements within the grounds and the church itself.

Unfortunately two diseased beech trees and faulty heating have made a big dent in the funds they had raised towards providing a stairlift in the church and creating the garden of remembrance, but your help is invaluable by supporting those fund raising events.

There are three such events coming up in the next few weeks – all to be held at Thornton Community Centre.

Clear Out Sale – Saturday 25th February

Folk group, Govannen’s Ceilidh – Saturday 11th March – (a few tickets remaining)

Thornton Quiz night and Fish and Chip supper – Saturday 1st April – (SOLD OUT)

If you have any fund raising ideas, or would be willing to organise an event, then please do get in touch.

Working Party – St Peter’s Church – 14th Jan

Happy New year to you all.

We have 60  metres of hedging to plant before March so I’d like to have a working party to try to plant at least 30 metres this coming Saturday 14th January from 10 until 12 noon.

Even if you make it for a short time that would be great. 

Bring any tools you think would be useful – spade, trowel for example and especially stout gardening gloves and a drink.

If you don’t fancy planting, there are several graves that need a good tidy, branches to collect up, etc.

Hope some of you can make it and the weather works for us.

Shirley G (Churchwarden)

Nosh & Natter

The Nosh & Natter luncheon is back after a 2 year break due to Covid ‘lockdowns’.

This group was originally created four years ago for retired and semi retired ladies who live in Thornton to get together once a month over lunch.

It has been decided that for the new year all lunches will be held at the Bricklayers Arms, but instead of midday on a Wednesday as before, it will be at a later time, and the day of the month may vary to allow for more accessibility.

The first luncheon of the new year will be at the Bricklayers Arms, Thornton on Thursday 26th January at 1.30pm.

If you would like to come then please email – at least a week before the date so that we can confirm the booking and numbers with Anna & Nic.