Thornton Open Gardens 2021 – now to be held ‘virtually’
It is with regret that I announce that Friends of St Peter’s, Thornton has decided that it will not be possible to hold its scheduled Open Gardens event this year. Despite the progress of the Vaccination programme, we feel that the Open Gardens in a village such as ours cannot be held in a socially-distanced way and so will not be practical this year.
Building on the success of last year’s ’virtual’ open gardens on YouTube (which was viewed 854 times), there will be something similar again this year. The format may differ, depending on the number of participants. As Open Gardens usually serves as both a social and fundraising event, this year we plan to link to an optional ‘JustGiving’ page so that people can donate if they wish to.
The deadline for submitting photos or a short video will be 20th June and the Virtual Open Gardens will be available to view in early July. If you think you may be interested in displaying your garden in this way, please let me know on firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are hopeful that we will be able to hold this event in June 2022, as it should be - for real, outdoors and welcoming everyone into our beautiful and unusual gardens.
2020- all events had to be cancelled:
OPEN GARDENS 2020 - held virtually - SEE THE VIDEO
EVENTS EARLIER THIS YEAR (2019)
Christmas Tree festival - 14th & 15th December
The Christmas Tree festival proved popular and attracted nearly 150 people to come and view the trees on display. This year's theme was 'Christmas critters' and there were entries from village groups, adults and children.
Visitors voted on the trees without knowing whose they were, and the results were announced at the 6pm Carol services and were as follows:
Adults category: 'Birds of the Air' by Friends of St Peter's
Children's category: 'While Shepherds watched their flocks...'
by childminder Trish Tyers and her 'charges'
Most ingenius/innovative tree: 'Au Naturel' by Steve and Sue Gilder
Well done and thank you to all who took part.
Christmas Craft Fayre - 16th November 2019
This year’s Friends of St Peter’s Christmas Craft Fayre was one of the most successful yet, with a big increase in visitors and a total of £1345 raised for the repair and conservation of St Peter’s Church. A very generous donation of £200 from Midland Quarry took the total to £1545.
A very jovial Father Christmas arrived at Thornton Community Centre on the back of a steam traction engine. It was a real joy to see Colin Harris driving the engine around the village with Father Christmas waving to folk as he passed by.
The 21 stalls displaying a whole host of beautiful items, many homemade from knits, bags, pictures and calendars to decorations, jewellery, bird boxes, and chopping boards, were a delight to see. Visits to Father Christmas in his grotto, and activities and crafts in the children’s corner were enjoyed by many. Martin’s Christmas quiz was as popular as ever and provided much conversation and speculation. The usual cake stall, tombola and raffle were very well supported by everyone and there was many a bargain to be found on the Bric a Brac stall. The café proved so popular that the kitchen ran out of food - especially the delicious bacon cobs!
Comments from the visitors and crafters alike were all about the friendly happy atmosphere that pervaded the day. Indeed all the crafters replied with a resounding ‘Yes’ when asked if they would like to book a stall next year.
A huge thank you to the stall holders, helpers and visitors alike, who supported this joyful event. A lot of hard work and effort but well worth it all.
The magnificent sum of money raised will help with the repairs to the church roof after thieves stole about 1 ton of lead in October. Thank you.
PREVIOUS EVENTS –2018
The first Thornton Christmas Tree Festival 15th-16th December
On the the theme “Christmas Carols and Songs”, trees came in all shapes and sizes. The church looked delightful with fourteen trees in total.
There were prizes awarded as follows:
- best adults' tree.
Helen Crouch: Driving home for Christmas
- most imaginative tree
'In the bleak Midwinter' - the church Beta bible group
- best children's tree.
Hark the Herald Angels Sing - Little Angels church baby, toddler and preschool group
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