The Reservoir Inn (formerly the Tipsy Fisherman) – Thornton

The Parish Council made the following resolution at an Extra Ordinary General Meeting held virtually on Thursday 27th August 2020:

“The Parish Council is supportive of suggested alternative uses of the Reservoir Inn, Thornton as proposed by Cllr. Russell George Seconded by Cllr Steve Malcherczyk and passed unanimously to retain its employment status and heritage value for the community. The Parish Council further agreed to act in the capacity of facilitators to invite seriously planned business proposals.”

As the decision to defer the application to change its current use of a public house to residential until the 29th September 2020 speed is of the essence.

The Parish Council invite all interested parties to contact them as a matter of urgency with serious viable business proposals.

The Parish Council are enthusiastic and supportive to broker a deal satisfying the current owners commercial interests and a sustainable future use benefiting the community.

The Parish Council’s role will be restricted to one of facilitators with no commercial interest and no financial liability.

In the event of a proposal qualifying for grant funding the Parish Council will be supportive along with Borough and County elected representatives.

In the first instance please contact the Parish Council through the Clerk as per our website.



Cllr. Russell George, Chair

Thursday, 27 August 2020

Wouldn’t it be fabulous if there was interest in the village to turn the old pub into a community facility and bring it back to its former glory when it was known as the Tipsy Fisherman.

A tea room and delicatessen, with perhaps art work. crafts, books for sale for the villagers and visitors alike to benefit from. A social hub where our more senior citizens could meet during weekdays for a natter over tea and cake, a facility currently lacking in the village. A focal point for visitors at weekends after their stroll around the reservoir. Leicestershire’s many walking clubs and groups would be guaranteed to keep a tea room busy (I know I belong to 3 of them!!).

There may be start up grants available.

£2,250 per calendar month is needed to pay the rent.

Watch BBC tv on Saturday to see a familiar face!

I understand that our very own George Lee has been included and filmed by the BBC for their programme on Saturday to commemorate VJ day. There is a programme scheduled to start at 9.30 in the morning live from the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffs, then another programme later in the day. Apparently the BBC were with him for over 4 hours interviewing and filming in the garden. Well done George, we are very proud of you!

George Lee

Services at St Peter’s start again THIS SUNDAY!

THE REALLY GOOD NEWS IS: that we are starting church services in most of the churches across the Benefice this Sunday.

Services at St Peter’s, Thornton will start this Sunday (9th August) with Morning service at 10.30 am. All are very welcome!

A full risk assessment has been carried out by our church warden and approved by the area dean.

The church has been set up so social distancing is easy, hand sanitiser has been placed in the porch and on the book case, posters reminding people to remember social distancing and to use the hand sanitiser are in place.

Both inner and outdoors will be left propped open.Places where folk should sit are clearly marked.

Service booklets will be on seats already – placed there at least 3 days before the service.

There will be no singing and hymn books will not be in use.T

here will be no refreshments after the service.

Please wear facemasks. If that’s not possible, please contact Shirley Garlick on 230422, to let her know before your arrival.

The church is cleaned at least 3 days before each service.In other words, every possible precaution is being taken.

Other services in St Peter’s Thornton for the next few weeks are: August 16th Holy Communion and August 23rd Morning prayer – both at 10.30am.

For other services in the benefice – Copt Oak, Stanton and Markfield, check our website

St Peter’s Church – working party – Saturday 25th July

Message from Shirley, the churchwarden

“Hello everyone,

I am hopeful that the weather will be dry this Saturday, 25th July,  so there will be  a working party from 10 until 12 noon.

There are saplings to be cut back, graves to be tidied in the old church yard, fallen branches to collect up, to name a few of the jobs. 

If you would like to join in that would be brilliant, even if its just for part of the time.  Thank you.  Please bring your own tools and a drink.  Sorry, Covid 19 prevents me from providing drinks.  We still  need to keep to all the social distancing rules.

If you know anyone else that would like to join us please let them know and bring them along.

Cancelled of course if its wet”.