St Peter’s Church – working party

Working party morning at St Peter’s churchyard this Saturday (20th August) to tackle some of the jobs.

Saturday’s weather looks set fair.

There are saplings springing up, graves to tidy, the hand rail to clear plus lots of other odd jobs.

It would be great if you could join us anytime between 10 and 12 noon.

Even if it’s only for a short time.

Bring any tools, gloves and a drink with you.

Chocolate biscuits provided.

Shirley (Church warden)

Heritage Weekend – 10th and 11th September

St Peter’s Church, Thornton will be open all weekend to visitors.
Come and explore our lovely Grade 1, historical church for yourselves.
There is no charge though refreshments will be available to purchase.

The church will be open between 10 am and 6 pm on Saturday 10th and from 1 pm till 5 pm on Sunday afternoon.

Ride and Stride – 10th September

Ride and Stride raises money through sponsorship for your chosen church and Leicester and Leicestershire’s Historic Churches Preservation Trust.

You may walk, ride or drive to some of the 400 churches and chapels open on 10th September.

Check out the website to see which Leicestershire churches are open, how you can take part and how you can make a donation.

Contact Shirley for more information 01530 230 422

Coming soon – to Thornton Community Centre

Social Afternoons for All

Following on from the great success of the Jubilee afternoon tea there will be social afternoons at Thornton Community Centre.

Twice a month on a Wednesday afternoon (2pm to 4pm) until December.

The first two dates will be Wednesday  14th and Wednesday 28th September.

Everyone is invited to drop in for a cuppa, cake and chat. 

Board games will be provided and a book swap available, but not compulsory! Just sit and chat if you wish.

There will be toys available for young families.

Meet old friends and make new ones, exchange ideas, learn new skills or just come for the company.

Just pop in and spend some time in happy surroundings.

If this new venture proves successful, we hope to continue in the New Year.

However, to make this initiative successful and ensure it does continue into the New Year – HELP is required.

Help with funding, help making the teas, help baking cakes, help assisting the less able get to the hall, donating games and books, giving talks, forwarding ideas etc.

For more information and/or you would like to offer to help please

Contact: – Shirley on 01530 230422 or email

Please pass this information on to your friends and neighbours.

Bagworth,Thornton and Merrylees Parish Council

County Councillor Peter Bedford will be holding an open Surgery scheduled on Saturday 6th August, 10.30am – 12.00pm, at Bagworth Community Centre.

Please come along and raise any concerns you may have or any suggestions on improvements that can be made in the Parish.

Thornton Yard Sale

Bank Holiday Monday – 29th August 2022

10am – 3pm

Always fancied attending a car boot sale to sell your unwanted items to raise a little extra cash in these difficult times?

But can’t face getting up at the crack of dawn and standing in the middle of a field somewhere; or can’t be bothered with the faff of selling on the internet.

Well now is your chance to sell those items from the comfort of your own home at a much more sociable hour.

Villager Chris Fitches is organising a ‘Yard Sale’ – if you are interested then please contact him as soon as possible so that he can gauge the level of interest to determine whether to go ahead or not.

Contact :- Chris Fitches – Email or Mobile :- 07583 812436

The National Forest Trek

The second National Forest Trek will be held over the weekend of the 9th, 10th and 11th September 2022. The first stage of the walk is from Beacon Hill to Thornton and the walkers will be stopping at Thornton Community Centre for refreshments from 11am onwards.

Interested in taking part? Then contact the organisers as below.

St Peter’s church ~ heatwave

In this expected Heat wave

St Peter’s church will be open from around 1 pm until 5  or maybe later if needed on Monday and Tuesday afternoons for folk to enjoy the cool.  This afternoon the church stayed at a steady 20 degrees despite it being 31 degrees outside.

Everyone is welcome, and welcome to bring anything to pass the time, books, games, knitting even comfortable seating! Or just come to explore the church history.

I will be there and will provide drinks – hot and cold, and chocolate biscuits.

There is also an assortment of games in church – chess, scrabble, uno, dominos and packs of cards.

Let’s use this building to bring relief from the heat. 

Shirley, churchwarden.