Re-opened after Covid rules were finally removed in July.
The trustees held their first meeting for many months and quickly realised just how much work needed doing at the hall, some of which had become quite urgent.
Between ‘lockdowns’ we had the long-awaited new noticeboards erected, either side of the entrance to the hall driveway; a vast improvement on the old wooden board on the wall (which we hope to take down soon).
Two new motion detector lights were also fitted above the hall doors.
The long list of work was prioritised, with repairs to the flat roof over the sports hall deemed the most urgent. Quotes were obtained and Skyline Roofers from Anstey completed the necessary works in August; making the roof watertight once more and cleaning and repairing the guttering.
Meanwhile, the trustees were made aware of a problem with the overgrown shrubbery and ivy along both sides of the driveway, which also needed urgent attention. A local firm was contacted and the hedges around the car park were trimmed and the trees and shrubs cut back to ground level along the driveway. Work on this area is ongoing, the stumps and rubbish to be removed this week for new easy maintenance landscaping.
Another job at the hall ‘signed off’ by the trustees last year was the purchase and erection of two new signs above both the hall doors, displaying the new village logo. We were unable to complete this work between ‘lockdowns’, but finally succeeded in August. The Fisher German team taking part in the National Forest Trek posed for us to show off one of the new signs.
Another much needed addition to the hall facilities was the purchase and installation of a freezer in the main kitchen.
With so much remedial, new works and projects required to get the hall back up and running and make it desirable for the local community, businesses and groups to use on a regular basis we knew that we would need to spend a great deal of money on the 50-year-old building, to enable us to compete with the newer more modern halls at Bagworth and Stanton under Bardon. The hall has to pay for its own upkeep especially as we are losing the current parish council grant, which is reducing by a thousand pounds annually over the next 8 years to zero.
Whilst the centre has a fairly healthy bank balance it was obvious that we would need money towards the major projects; landscaping the borders, new toilets, hearing loop, decking, enlarging the car park, decorating throughout, new curtains, new doors, repainting the car park lines and so much more, all major expenses costing far more than we have available.
With this in mind one of the trustees decided to approach a local business, Forterra, the large brickworks at Bagworth Heath, to seek financial help. We were contacted by their representative Helen Newbury, who visited the hall to meet with three of the trustees. Helen went away and pleaded our case to her bosses who very kindly donated £2500 to the Community Centre.
This money has been very gratefully received and has been spent on a projector and screen. The projector has been purchased; the screen is on order. This will be a very useful addition to our facilities, which will be made available to businesses and groups; the regular quiz night can now be made more interesting with the use of a pictures etc. Film nights will also become a possibility for the local community. The projector and screen will be a learning tool for the Playgroup and assist the theatre group with their productions. It is hoped that there will be sufficient funds left over from their very generous donation to purchase a three-seater bench made from recycled materials for outside the hall with a plaque thanking Forterra for their kindness.
Earlier this year seven-year-old Katie Smith did a sponsored walk and donated £500 to the centre – it is hoped that at the next Trustees meeting the trustees will vote in favour of a second bench being purchased for outside the hall.
Having been successful on our first attempt at raising monies, other companies will be approached for donations to help us make the two halls the best they can be for the local community, and the trustees will start fund raising events at the hall soon. Any suggestions gratefully received.
There will be a Craft fair, Murder mystery night, Seniors Christmas party and quiz night with fish & chip supper, held at the hall over the next few months.
We are ‘on the up’ and looking forward to more improvements to come.
The hardest part for the trustees hasn’t been what to spend monies on but trying to get tradespeople to quote for the work. We are desperate for the new toilets to be fitted but the builder who had been engaged to do this work in October has cried off. Do you know anyone who could quote and complete this work? Please get in touch if you have any skills that could help us? Plumbing, electrical, gardening, painting etc.
The National Forest Trek is a new fundraising challenge event providing participants with the chance to walk some or all of the 75mile National Forest Way. Created by three founding charities across the area of the National Forest, the event is open to all, including those that wish to raise funds for their own causes.
Support was given all the way from Beacon Hill, near the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre (DMRC), through ancient woodland and newly planted trees, to the finish at the National Memorial Arboretum, the nation’s year-round centre of remembrance.
The first break for the intrepid walkers came thirteen and a half miles from the start, at Thornton Community centre. There they were greeted by two of the trustees and Trailplus organisers who provided them with well deserved refreshments and a very welcome sit down.
Huge congratulations to everyone who took on the inaugural National Forest Trek last weekend. What an incredible achievement over £25,000 was raised for charitable causes.
See their website for more information on what sports are available at the hall.
These are the classes due to start soon in the sports hall – if you would like more information call them on 01530 242 706 or visit them at Innovation House, 232 Leicester Road, Field Head, Markfield, Leicestershire, LE67 9RG. There is an email contact form on their website.
Every Tuesday @ 10.15am – 11.00am (another SoccerTots) starting 05/10/21
Every Tuesday @ 11.15am – 12.15am (Table Tennis) starting 28/09/21
Every Wednesday @ 11.00am – 11.45am (MiniMovers) starting 06/10/21
Every Wednesday @ 12.25pm – 1.25pm (Yoga) starting 06/10/21
Every Thursday @ 11.45am – 12.30pm (CycleBugs) starting 07/10/21
Every Thursday @ 1.00pm – 2.00pm (Multi-Sports MashUp) starting 30/09/21
“ME Sports in the Community host a number of clubs, classes and groups at our centre which are extremely popular and fantastic for the community. The sessions are always well attended and very well run…It is great to see so many young people taking part in sport and there is a huge buzz around the local area that a sporting icon like Matt Elliott is actively involved in our community. We couldn’t recommend them highly enough!” Muriel Walker Trustee at Thornton Community Centre
Those of you who live with seven-year-olds will know that they are very prone to asking unusual questions at odd moments! One such question surprised Matt and Kaylee Smith, of Thornton, when their daughter suddenly asked, “Please can I do a sponsored walk for the Community Centre?”
Mum Kaylee says that she had no idea what out the idea into Katie’s head. “She loves the village, and for, a little girl, is very community-minded, but where this idea came from, we can only wonder!”
Katie already had the suggested route in her head… from the doorstep of Thornton Community Centre to Bradgate Park and back again. Mum and Dad pointed out that it is rather a long walk when you’re only seven, but Katie, who loves the outdoor life, was adamant that she could do it.
So, in April, arrangements were made. As you can imagine, the Thornton Centre Trustees were absolutely delighted to agree to the proposed event. Sponsorship details were clarified and excitement in the Smith household grew daily.
The day, (10th April 2021), dawned drizzly; but, nothing daunted, Kaylee , accompanied by Mum and canine member of the family, Elmo, set off early in the morning. I understand that Katie smiled all the way… striding forth with no complaints and only one stop at Newtown Linford for a well-earned ice-cream.
It was a wonderful effort and Katie raised £500 for the Centre!
We did intend to arrange a “handing over of the cheque” ceremony, so that we could publicly acknowledge this little girl’s generosity. However, Covid restrictions put paid to that.
So, herewith, the Trustees of Thornton Centre would like to express their gratitude to Katie and her very supportive family, and also to those who sponsored the walk.
THANK YOU, KATIE! YOU ARE A SHINING STAR.
Muriel Walker (for the Trustees of Thornton Community Centre)
As the walk progresses from Beacon hill and leaves Bradgate Park, the next section of the Trek takes you out of the ancient Forest of Charnwood and towards one of the largest continuous tracts of woodland in The National Forest. The route takes you through Martinshaw Wood, where coniferous woodland is being replaced with native species, and on through a variety of young and mature woodlands.
From the wonder of woodland to the serenity of water and, more specifically, Thornton Reservoir. This attractive and tranquil expanse of water is a delightful spot to pause along the route of the Trek. Make a point to return and if you chose to take the three-mile surfaced path around the reservoir, don’t miss the sculpture trail hidden amongst the mature woodland.
The ‘trekkers’ will take refreshments at Thornton Community Centre
After a long sleep Thornton’s community centre is gradually waking up to life post Covid.
We are now open for business as usual.
The hall is a wonderful resource in the village and welcomes, residents and visitors alike.
The hall must certainly take the prize for the best view in the county, looking out across Thornton reservoir and the National Forest.
An ideal venue for many different events including wedding receptions, corporate days. business and group meetings, concerts, quiz nights and much more.
The community centre also benefits from a separate Sports Hall – where there are facilities to play badminton, table tennis, basketball, five a side football and more.
However, the hall is fast approaching it’s fiftieth birthday.
Residents got together in 1972 to fund raise for the hall and by 1973 the hall was built and being managed by a group of trustees.
The trustees were able to meet in July for the first time in many months and take stock of the ravages of time upon the hall.
It is apparent that much work is needed on the old hall to move it firmly into the twenty-first century and make it fit for purpose.
We have a long list of essential works that need to be carried out at the hall.
Urgent roof repairs. Extensive work required on the entrance borders. New toilets. Drain inspection. A decking area built at the rear of the hall. Hearing loop fitted throughout. Carpark extended. New kitchen floor. Re-decoration throughout. New furniture. New curtains. Screen and projector. Plus, so much more.
Several quotes have already been obtained for some of the works and it is already apparent that we will need approximately £100,000 to do all the works necessary.
We are asking the community and local businesses if they can help us raise the money necessary to carry out the works involved, by fund raising, donations (money, time, goods), offering grants or simply hiring the hall.