2018 events - still to come

The first Thornton Christmas Tree Festival 15th-16th December

Would you like to decorate a tree?

This year,  the Friends of St. Peter’s (FOSP), Thornton, are organising their first ever Christmas Tree Festival at the church.  It will be open to the public over the weekend of Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th December (50p entrance per adult, with refreshments available) 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 new event?  There will be prizes for the best tree in the following categories:

  • most imaginative tree
  • best adults' tree
  • best children's tree

The theme of the Festival is Christmas Carols and Songs”, so all you need to do is choose your favourite carol or song and be inspired to decorate a festive Christmas tree!  Find out more......

PREVIOUS EVENTS – earlier this year (2018)

Christmas Craft Fayre - Saturday 17th November

226 Adults - and many more children flocked to this year's Christmas Craft fayre.  With many different craft stalls to browse, the community centre was abuzz!  paying people which is certainly up on last year.

The highlight was Santa arriving by steam traction engine- as one person said, "It was like a scene from pied piper - all the kids walked up with Santa and arrived en bloc". 

Michaelmas concert - Sunday 30th September

Annual Heritage Weekend - September 9th/10th at St Peter's Church
Church open and local history talk given by Pete Leadbetter with a chance to look through old maps and photos of our lovely village.

OPEN GARDENS - Sunday 17th June
Sunday 17th June saw the whole village of Thornton buzzing with folk clutching yellow programmes as they made their way around the fourteen gardens on show. It was quite a sight to behold!  Despite the slightly uncertain weather, being Fathers’ day and the World Cup on the TV, the event managed to attract 420 people from the village and the surrounding area.  And that was just the adults - there were children too, busily looking for the hedgehogs hidden in each garden.
Last minute deadheading and repairs after the rain and wind of the preceding 48 hours, had the gardens restored and back to looking at their best.  Stretching the full length of the village, the gardens showed a great variety of styles.
With refreshments, plant sales, book sales and games, there was plenty going on at the various locations. The Community Centre was a hub of activity, as was the Church which was beautifully decorated with flowers. 
As well as being a wonderful village occasion, the day raised an amazing £1848 for the maintenance, restoration and improvement of the church. 
Friends of St Peter’s would like to thank ALL those who gave their time and energy into helping out in any way.  But special thanks have to go to those who made the commitment early on and agreed to open their gardens for others to enjoy - without them the event would not have been possible - and they did us proud!  Our thanks, too,  to Leicestershire Garden Design for supporting the event.  It seems that, although there were a lot of exhausted people by the evening, everyone had a thoroughly enjoyable day! 

St George's Day Celebrations - Monday April 23rd.
Pie night at The Bricklayer's Arms and a "Last Night of the Proms" singalong.

Annual Meeting    Friday 20th April 2018 at Thornton Community Centre