Thieves Target Thornton Church

Shirley Garlick, Churchwarden, was contacted early on Wednesday 23rd October, by a villager reporting seeing damage to the St Peter’s church roof. On closer inspection 14 panels of lead had been stolen by a gang of professional thieves.

All the lead from the South Chancel roof and 7 panels from the South aisle were taken. Estimates suggest over 1 ton of lead was stolen.

The thieves damaged the lock on the gate at the far side of the reservoir and drove round to the gateway leading up to the church; it is believed they loaded the lead onto a smaller vehicle or trolley and wheeled it down to the waiting vehicle. They must have been there undisturbed for a considerable time.

Whilst throwing the cut lead off the roof one of the older headstones was damaged.

Torrential rain overnight poured through the roof onto the floors, carpet and altar before the roof could be made watertight. Fortunately other items had been removed to a drier place. More rainwater entered the building on Friday when high winds lifted the tarpaulin.

Huge thanks to D & G roofing for covering the roof with tarpaulins and everyone who helped with the mopping up and cleaning of the church.

Whilst the church becomes fit for purpose again services are being held at Thornton Community Centre.

This is the fourth attack on our church; two within the past 3 months. In August the thieves broke through the gates to the reservoir car park drove round and attempted to remove the lead; they failed, but damaged the roof in the attempt. Previously lead was taken on 28th March 2010 and on the 19th August 2017.

This is an evil, destructive crime – if anyone has any information then please contact either myself through this website, or Shirley Garlick.

Let us all be vigilant and report any suspicious behaviour around the village.

Christmas Tree Festival

“Christmas Critters”

Thornton Christmas Tree Festival at St. Peter’s Church, Thornton

Note change of time – from original poster

Following the success of last year’s Christmas Tree Festival at St Peter’s Church, Thornton, the Friends of St. Peter’s (FOSP), are organising their second Christmas Tree Festival at the church.  It will be open to the public over the weekend of Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th December (50p entrance per adult, with refreshments available for a small charge) and all money raised will go towards the maintenance of this lovely 14th century listed building.

Would you like to bring, decorate and exhibit a tree and be part of this event?   We do hope so!  There will be prizes in various categories and an impressive and colourful display of trees will make the Carol Service on Saturday 15th December even better than ever.

The theme of the Festival is Christmas Critters”, so all you need to do is to take your inspiration and decorate a tree based on animals and birds associated with Christmas traditions or stories. 

Where to obtain your entry form
If you would like to participate, forms will be available from the shop, school and the church from 11th November or email Mary Gibson on or Shirley Garlick on

*Please note:  Battery-operated lights only please (no electrical leads/cables).  Trees up to 1m (38”) high will be displayed above floor level on boards, ledges etc: all trees over 1m high will be displayed on the floor.

Day/time to bring your tree to church to decorate

St. Peter’s will be open for preparations on Friday 13th December, 2pm – 7pm for you to bring your tree into the church and decorate it.  You will be allocated your space on arrival.  If you need to come outside of those times, please contact Sue Bakewell to arrange a mutually convenient time: E-mail:

or Telephone: 01530 230 643

Day/time to take down and remove your tree from St. Peter’s

St. Peter’s will be open on Tuesday 17th December, 2pm – 7pm for you to take down and remove your tree.  If you need to come outside of those times, please contact Sue;  email or Telephone 01530 230643 to arrange a mutually convenient time.

Hope to see you at the festival and also don’t forget the annual Carol Service which will be held at 6pm on Sunday 15th December.

Cooking and Crafts

At a loose end or would you like to start a new hobby?
Why not come and join us to craft and chat or cook together at Thornton Community Centre.
From 1pm to 3pm every Monday (term time only).
Starts 28th October
Everything provided
Pop in and see what’s going on in your village

villagers attend the first session of the new Cookery & Craft sessions – Carrot cake in the making