Thornton through the years

Our village in the past

Two Thornton village calendars (1999 & 2000) were recently found in a filing cabinet at the Community centre. Lost keys meant that two cabinets at the hall have remained locked for many years. On these calendars there are 25 photographs of bygone Thornton. They have been scanned, cropped and enhanced to produce the images shown in the ‘About the Village’ section… click on the sub menu ‘gallery’ to find them.

Fish & Chip van

If you are fed up with turkey next week – look out for Ashley in the fish and chip van on Thursday instead of Friday. He will be on his usual round at the usual time but a day early.

Thornton reservoir car park

The refurbished reservoir car park re-opened today.

It looks very smart with the newly tarmacked surface and there are two or three extra parking bays together with five bays for blue badge holders.

Look out though for the geese and ducks – they have become so used to having the car park to themselves they are not in a hurry to move out of the way!

Thornton reservoir car park 24.12.21 – copyright Gillatphotography

Christmas Eve church services

We are really sorry but we have had to cancel both services on Christmas Eve.

We have decided to cancel the Christingle Services throughout the Benefice this year because of Covid. We need to keep everyone safe.

However, Christingle packs, with oranges,  glow sticks and instructions will be available for collection from the Lychgate, at St Peter’s Church,  between 4 and 4.30 pm on Christmas Eve. 

There will be an online YouTube Christingle service airing at 6pm on Christmas Eve.  Just type J22 Churches into the YouTube channel.

And we have had to cancel the Midnight Holy Communion service in Thornton due to illness – not covid though. Reverend Andrew has tried to find cover for the service but it’s proved impossible at such short notice.

There is a Midnight Communion service at St Michael’s at 11.30pm on Christmas Eve to which everyone is invited.

Everyone is also invited to the Christmas morning service at St Mary’s, Stanton at 10.30 am.

Please spread the word about all this.   Thanks.

Wishing you all a Christmas full of hope, joy, and love,

Shirley

Christingle 2021

We are really sorry but we have decided to cancel the Christingle Services throughout the Benefice this year because of Covid. We need to keep everyone safe.

However, Christingle packs, with oranges,  glow sticks and instructions will be available for collection from the Lychgate, at St Peter’s Church,  between 4 and 4.30 pm on Christmas Eve.  We look forward to seeing you.

There will be an online YouTube Christingle service airing at 5 or 6pm on Christmas Eve.  Watch out for more details.

We wish you all, whatever your circumstances, a Christmas full of love, peace and joy.

For more information please send an email to me, Shirley, at  churchwarden.thornton@gmail.com

Thornton Quiz night with Fish and Chip Supper

After a 22 month break because of Covid restrictions/lockdowns – Quiz nights at the village hall are back (we hope!) on Saturday 8th January ’22. But as I write the rules are changing as the infection rate rises. We can only hope that by then ‘things’ have settled a little. If deemed too risky, nearer the time, the quiz will be postponed to a later date.

Ashley has kept the villagers going throughout Covid with his wonderful fish and chips every Friday afternoon/evening, so I asked if he could cater for 60 of us at a quiz night, and he readily agreed. Here’s hoping it can all go ahead as planned. Profits after expenses will go to the FOSP (Friends of St Peters charity).

Christmas Tree Festival

Thornton Christmas Tree Festival 2021 took place over the weekend of Saturday and Sunday 11th & 12th December. The theme this year was ‘Christmas Stories in any media, including film’.

Despite the short notice that the festival would be held this year there were still 10 wonderful entries covering the 3 categories:-

1) Adult 2) Children/family 3) Most ingenious/original.

There were approximately 150 – 200 visitors to the church over the 2 day period and 105 voting slips were completed.

The 50p entrance fee and a small donation for refreshments raised £180 for the Friends of St Peter’s.

Winner – Adult category – The Polar Express (The Thornton Ringers)

Copyright – Gillatphotography

Winner – Children/family – The Snowman & Snowdog (Little Angels)

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Winner – Ingenious/original – Two sides of a Christmas Carol (Beta Group)

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Overall feedback was positive and everyone enjoyed the opportunity to do something ‘Christmassy’, whilst looking around our wonderful and interesting church. I’m sure there will be an even bigger and better Christmas Tree festival next year.

The weekend culminated in the ‘9 Lessons and Carols’ service in the evening. A lovely way to end a lovely weekend.

Best wishes to all for Christmas and the New Year.

Copyright – Gillatphotography