Fourteen members of the Thornton Ladies ‘Nosh & Natter’ group met at the Bricklayers Arms to enjoy a Christmas lunch together today. They normally meet on the last Wednesday of the month, if you are interested in joining the group contact Helen Robinson. Email:- email@example.com
The three new bells were delivered to the church today and hoisted into the tower.
Contact Eric Roberts (Tower Captain) if you are interested in learning how to the ring the bells – we now have 6 in total. firstname.lastname@example.org
St. Peter’s Church – Bell Fund
Calling all Leicester City supporters – We have been donated 4 Stadium Tour Vouchers (valid until 20/4/2020) – A behind-the-scenes-tour at King power Stadium and chance to see the home of the Foxes “through the eyes of the first team”An excellent Xmas gift- Now being auctioned until midnight on the 16th December 2019- bids invited to email@example.com, leaving your name, address and contact details i.e. Email or phone number.
Highest bidder to be notified by email or phone.
Tower Captain at St Peter’s, Thornton
The three additional bells will arrive at the church next Tuesday 3rd December at 11.30am where they will be on display for all to see. However in the afternoon they will be individually hoisted up into the bell chamber for hanging.
This will be the only opportunity to view the bells so please make a note in your diaries.
Some may wish to stay on to watch the interesting and somewhat dangerous way in which they are manpowered from ground floor through the first floor trapdoor into the bell chamber! Eric Roberts – Tower Captain
The story so far from … John Taylor & Co Bell Foundry, Loughborough
St Peter’s parish church houses a ringable three, with a tenor bell weighing 8 cwts. The bells were last rehung in a new cast iron and steel bellframe by Taylor’s in 1939, when two of the bells were recast. The parish placed an order to augment the ring to six, with a new treble in memory of John Jelley, and two ex-Keltek bells. All new fittings will be provided and the bellframe will be extended to accommodate the new bells. A new rope guide will be manufactured and installed to make the bells easier to handle. The new treble bell’s mould is complete and it has been cast. This bell is being presented by the Keltek Trust in memory of John Jelley.
The extension bell frame is being manufactured, and new iron lowside frame castings have been founded and fettled prior to construction.
The two Keltek bells and the newly cast treble have been tuned and fitted with their headstocks.
This year’s Friends of St Peter’s Christmas Craft Fayre was one of the most successful yet, with a big increase in visitors and a total of £1345 raised for the repair and conservation of St Peter’s Church. A very generous donation of £200 from Midland Quarry took the total to £1545.A very jovial Father Christmas arrived at Thornton Community Centre on the back of a steam traction engine. It was a real joy to see Colin Harris driving the engine around the village with Father Christmas waving to folk as he passed by.The 21 stalls displaying a whole host of beautiful items, many homemade from knits, bags, pictures and calendars to decorations, jewellery, bird boxes, and chopping boards, were a delight to see. Visits to Father Christmas in his grotto, and activities and crafts in the children’s corner were enjoyed by many. Martin’s Christmas quiz was as popular as ever and provided much conversation and speculation. The usual cake stall, tombola and raffle were very well supported by everyone and there was many a bargain to be found on the Bric a Brac stall. The café proved so popular that the kitchen ran out of food – especially the delicious bacon cobs! Comments from the visitors and crafters alike were all about the friendly happy atmosphere that pervaded the day. Indeed all the crafters replied with a resounding ‘Yes’ when asked if they would like to book a stall next year.A huge thank you to the stall holders, helpers and visitors alike, who supported this joyful event. A lot of hard work and effort but well worth it all.The magnificent sum of money raised will help with the repairs to the church roof after thieves stole about 1 ton of lead in October. Thank you.
Less than two weeks to go to Thornton’s ever popular, village quiz night.
Over 60 places already booked – but we can squeeze a few more in to the hall. Don’t miss the opportunity for fish & chips in Thornton, courtesy of Ellistown Fish & Chip shop.
7pm (for a 7.30pm start) Friday 6th December at Thornton Community Centre.
£10 per person.
100 questions including a picture round, a connections (interval) round and 2 audio rounds. The questions will not be too difficult (I am writing them over the next few nights!)
Cash prizes for the top two teams (shared in the event of a tie). One round of card bingo for cash prizes.
Don’t worry if you don’t have a full team – we can sort teams on the night.
Then contact Gill Tapping – firstname.lastname@example.org – as soon as possible.
Live on BBC Radio Leicester 7pm Monday 23 December 2019 Sing along with the broadcast at: The Bricklayers Arms, Main St, Thornton.
The Friends of St Peter’s Church were pleased to announce that their annual Craft Fayre held on Saturday 16th November raised £1300 towards the church funds and Midland Quarry gave a donation of £200.
Special thanks to Colin Harris who brought Father Christmas to the Fayre by steam traction engine.