St George’s Day Celebration

To celebrate St. Georges day this year, Friends of St Peter’s church organised an Open Evening on Monday 24th of April at St Peter’s Church, Thornton, followed by a Pie Night at the Bricklayers Arms.

The church was open between 6pm and 7.15pm for members of the public to watch the Bell Ringers rise and fall and ring various methods on the church bells.

Over 20 people turned up on the night to listen and watch, and some participated by way of chiming or ringing a bell.

St Peter’s Church – Bell ringing – copyright Gillatphotography

The evening continued with 49 villagers and bell ringers filling the Bricklayers Arms for an evening meal – delicious pies of all types to suit everyone – followed by a ‘singalong’ to old favourites, Land of Hope and Glory, Jerusalem etc., ending with a rousing rendition of God Save the King.

Thank you to landlords Paul & Becky for opening the pub especially for us, for decorating it with flags and bunting, and entering into the spirit of the evening providing the music on screen and the song sheets.

There was the obligatory raffle – which raised £95 and Paul & Becky donated £144.55 from the cost of the meals – making a total raised for FOSP of £239.55

A very good night was had by all.

Thanks to Eric Roberts (Tower Captain, St Peter’s Church) for organising the evening.

Thornton Tea with a Twist

Is back at the Community Centre at 2pm Wednesday 26th April.

Work on the Centre’s toilets has been completed until phase two in August.

Please come along for a cuppa, cake and a chat.

Everyone is welcome.

Shirley Garlick

Annual General Meeting

Friends of St Peter’s – (Supporting – St Peter’s Church, Thornton)

Annual General Meeting to be held

 at 7pm Thursday 27th April

at St Peter’s Church, Thornton

Everyone is invited.

Bagworth & Thornton Parish Council

Meeting Dates for 2023 – 2024

15th May 2023Annual Parish MeetingBagworth Community Centre
15th May 2023Annual Parish Council MeetingBagworth Community Centre
5th June 2023Parish Council MeetingThornton Community Centre
3rd July 2023Parish Council MeetingBagworth Community Centre
 No meeting scheduled 
4th September 2023Parish Council MeetingThornton Community Centre
2nd October 2023Finance Meeting – 6.00pmBagworth Community Centre
2nd October 2023Parish Council MeetingBagworth Community Centre
6th November 2023Finance Meeting – 6.00pmThornton Community Centre
6th November 2023Parish Council MeetingThornton Community Centre
4th December 2023Finance Meeting – 6.00pmBagworth Community Centre
4th December 2023Parish Council MeetingBagworth Community Centre
8th January 2024Finance Meeting – 6.00pmThornton Community Centre
8th January 2024Parish Council MeetingThornton Community Centre
5th February 2024Parish Council MeetingBagworth Community Centre
4th March 2024Parish Council MeetingThornton Community Centre
8th April 2024Parish Council MeetingBagworth Community Centre
13th May 2024Annual Parish MeetingThornton Community Centre
13th May 2024Annual Parish Council MeetingThornton Community Centre

The Markfield and Thornton theatre group


The Group will be performing “ GOING GREEN” by David Tristram from Wednesday 17th to Saturday 20th MAY 2023 at Thornton Community Centre at 7.30 p.m. nightly.

In choosing “ Going Green” , a tragicomedy, as our next production, we know that we have set our cast a huge challenge as the actors cope with the fast-paced dialogue and the various scenarios called for on stage.

Years ago, the word “green” seemed quite an ordinary one. We were encouraged to eat our “greens” and to count the bottles hanging on the wall- but that was about it! Now, however, the word has quite a different connotation when “going green” involves living an environmentally responsible life, and making choices that will help to preserve the Earth and its non-renewable resources instead of destroying them.

As the play opens, people have lost faith in the political establishment – worn down by expenses scandals, cash for questions, fat-cat bankers, austerity and riots. The whole country is crying out for a new direction, a fresh start. Step forward John Brown -future leader of the Green Party. John gives a blistering speech at the annual conference and the party faithful rise as one to greet their hero as John stands to deliver his stark message to the waiting world – “Go green …. or die”. Can this charismatic, driven man save the future ? That is debatable because John is hiding a terrible secret… one which will have surprising consequences.
We hope that you will come to discover what those consequences are. We promise to keep you wondering, guessing, and laughing too!

Tickets, (All £6), are on sale now and are available on 07438508166 or email
Your support for your local Group is much appreciated.

Muriel Walker for MTTG

Coronation Weekend – St Peter’s Church, Thornton

We invite you to join with us to celebrate the coronation of King Charles III

From Friday 5th May to Monday 8th May

There will be a  Coronation trail through St Peter’s churchyard.

On Saturday 6th May

From 9.30am to 10am there will be Bellringing at the church.

On Sunday 7th May

From 9 am to 11.30 am  there will be a Community Breakfast and Worship at Thornton Community Centre

On Sunday 7th May

From 12 noon to 5pm – St Peter’s Church will be open for visitors and there will be refreshments available

Thornton Church overlooking the reservoir
Copyright Gillatphotography

UK government’s new Emergency Alerts system is now live

The UK government’s new Emergency Alerts system is now live.
The system will enable people to be contacted via their mobile phone when lives are in danger. On Sunday 23 April 2023 at 3pm, there will be a national test of the Emergency Alerts service.

It will be used to warn you in the event of emergencies, such as severe flooding.

Emergency Alerts are sent to all compatible mobile phones within an area of risk. They don’t track your location, need your phone number, or collect personal data. Only the government and the emergency services will be able to send them. If you don’t have a mobile phone, you’ll still be kept informed through other channels.

If you get an Emergency Alert on your phone, you’ll hear a loud, siren-like sound. A message on your screen will tell you about the emergency and how best to respond. You’ll be able to check an alert is genuine at

If you receive an alert, read the alert carefully and follow the instructions.

You can opt out of receiving emergency alerts; for more information on how to opt out please go to

To find out more about Emergency Alerts, visit

Thornton Teas with a Twist – 3Ts

This Wednesday (12th) 2pm to 4 pm at Thornton Nursery

Hope you will be able to join us at Thornton Nursery for a cuppa, cake, and time to chat.  Everyone is welcome, including well behaved dogs on leads.

Do join us if you can, even if it’s only for a short while.  Drop in at any time. Looking forward to seeing everyone.

A huge thank you to the Nursery for hosting us.

3Ts on 26th April will be at Thornton Community Centre as usual.

For more information contact me, Shirley, on 01530 230 422 or email

Look forward to seeing you.

Organised by the village for the villagers.

Churchyard working party – St Peter’s church

There will be a churchyard working party this Saturday, 8th April.

The mowing contractor has let me know that they will mow on Tuesday. There are a lot of fallen branches etc that could do with collecting to make the mowing easier.

And of course all the usual jobs plus continuing to clear the edge of the field.

If you could join us that would be great, even if its only for a short while.

Bring whatever tools you think you might use, stout gloves and a drink.

Hope to see sime of you there

Thank you.