17 May 2019Annual Accounts and Minutes from the Parish Meeting held on 14th May 2019

Minutes from this Parish Meeting (also the AGM) can be seen by clicking here and the documents relating to the annual accounts which were approved and signed off during the meeting can be seen by clicking here.

26 March 2019Minutes from the Parish Meeting held on 19th March 2019

Please click here to see the minutes from this meeting.

24 March 2019Thornton Steward Parish Meeting

Thornton Steward would like to thank Sue Hird for her work over the past few years as Clerk to the Parish Meeting. Sue has now retired and her role has been kindly taken on by Angela McCormack Should you wish to contact Angela her email is

24 March 2019The Future of the Institute

The future of The Institute


The Institute is very much valued by walkers and cyclists. Many of whom come back year after year for their tea and toilet breaks. They help so much towards its upkeep. The village monthly coffee morning also kindly make a valued contribution. However, the group of Trustees who take care of the Institute are dwindling due changes of circumstances from house moves to health.


Jim Brierley, the Chairperson, along with the Trustees has always ensured that the The Institute is kept clean on a daily basis, maintained, act as an information point and a book exchange. Since the refurbishment via a lottery grant at the Millennium and further grants it has hosted many social activities. Over the past four years much time has been spent on securing its future by altering the management structure to, in particular, exclude any liability on Trustees and ensuring that, should in the case of closure, it retains charitable status.


New people in the village are very positive in that there are making a concerted effort to regenerate local activities. Many of these could take place in The Institute. But without new Trustees who are prepared to take on the roles of caring for the property the future of the The Institute is at risk. Trustees are no longer confined to living within the Parish. Just by giving a few hours a month and attending a meeting a year the building will be secure for the next generation.


For further information please contact Jim Brierley at

21 February 2019Community equipment amnesty launched across North Yorkshire

Local NHS and social care leaders are calling on people across North Yorkshire and York to return loaned equipment like walking frames, crutches, beds, mattresses and hoists when no longer needed.

Last year the NHS launched a national so-called “crutch amnesty” to deal with concerns that perfectly good medical equipment is going to waste. It’s thought that for every 50 pairs of crutches issued through the NHS, only 10 pairs are returned. With a pair of crutches typically costing around £12.50, the annual bill for crutches in the NHS is estimated to be around £3 million.

This is also costing the local health service tens of thousands of pounds – money that could be invested elsewhere.

On behalf of the NHS clinical commissioning groups in North Yorkshire and York, Dr Charles Parker, Clinical Chair of NHS Hambleton, Richmondshire and Whitby Clinical Commissioning Group said: “We’re calling on people to return, recycle or request collection of unwanted equipment so it can be used again by someone else in need.

“It’s vital we manage local NHS resources and budgets responsibly and reducing waste plays a big part in that.”

Councillor Michael Harrison, Executive Member for Adult Services and Health Integration for North Yorkshire County Council said: “Health and social care equipment includes a range of products to assist independent living at home, including mobility and communication aids, shower chairs, perching stools, walking aids and pressure relieving mattresses/cushions.

“A lot of this equipment never finds its way back to the provider when it’s surplus to requirements. It’s quite likely it’s just been put in the garage or in the cupboard under the stairs and forgotten about once it’s served its purpose.”

Michaela Harris, Business Support Manager from Medequip Assistive Technology Ltd (Medequip) which provides the service said: “If our customers have equipment they no longer need, they can simply get in touch with us and we’ll pick the equipment up for free – just ring 01423 226240 or email

“Alternatively, surplus equipment can be returned to one of Medequip’s depot drop-off points in Scarborough or Knaresborough, or deposit it in one of three amnesty bins. There are currently two at York Hospital and one at the Friarage Hospital, Northallerton. We’re looking at increasing the number of these bins across other North Yorkshire and York locations.”

21 February 2019How does the fear of crime affect you and your local community?

The Office of the North Yorkshire Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner is working with the University of York to investigate just that, and your opinion could help them to better understand how crime affects our community.

Researcher Sam Hutchinson, Community Mapping Project Officer at the OPFCC, is running a survey on this subject as part of his undergraduate dissertation at the University of York.

The survey builds on Sam's community mapping work and the results from the National Rural Crime Network's survey of 2018. Both suggest that rural communities are more fearful of crime, despite being statistically safer.

This survey will help the Commissioner and the police understand which factors could be contributing to the fear of crime in both rural and urban communities, potentially improving how the police across the UK interact with local communities.

You can start the survey by clicking on this link:

If you have any questions about this work, please contact Sam by either calling our office or emailing him at:




The Parish Meeting still requires a
Finance Officer from the 1st April 2019.

This is a voluntary position and entails keeping
a cash book in Excel and sending out cheques 
for purchases by the Parish Meeting,
compiling the Annual Return, signing and
returning to the Auditors.

Please note that without anybody filling the
above position, the future of Thornton Steward
Parish Meeting is in jeopardy.

Please email:

10 January 2019Precept consultation - Investing in our local police and fire and rescue service. Have your say!

The Thornton Steward Parish Meeting has received the following communication from Julia Mulligan, North Yorkshire Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner. Our feedback is required via an online survey which should take take only 2 or 3 minutes to complete and there are links below to further information about the consultation. The survey ends at midnight on 20th January 2019.


Precept consultation

I am asking North Yorkshire residents how much they are willing to pay in their council tax bill for North Yorkshire Police and North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service.

The survey began on 13 December and is open until 20 January 2019.

The survey will be carried out in two ways, by telephone to a representative sample of taxpayers and online where any resident can have their say. It is with the promotion of the online survey that I would like your help with.

I’d be extremely grateful if you could help promote the online survey on your website / blog, public notice boards, at your public meetings and when you are engaging with your communities. If you use social media, look out for #TellJulia at and please re-tweet and share.

Read the press release
Find out about the consultation
Start the survey at
Posters and leaflets are available to download from my website

If you would like hard copies of the poster or leaflets please contact my office. The leaflet includes the questionnaire with free post return.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Thank you very much for your help.

Kind regards

Julia Mulligan
North Yorkshire Police Fire and Crime Commissioner

12 December 2018Minutes from the Parish Meeting held on 7th December 2018

Please click here to see the minutes from this meeting.

06 November 2018Time to Celebrate - The Thornton Steward Institute Foundation!

The Institute was opened in 1926. A philanthropic idea put into motion by a group of people from the Parish. They included a smallholder, a landowner, the vicar and a housewife. It provided a meeting place; somewhere to read the papers; regular dances and fetes; and a wide range of activities and uses. It obtained charitable status and has continued since its inception with a range of Trustees to manage its affairs. 

The original constitution was complex. To simplify the constitution, in particular in the areas of liability, which affected the recruitment of Trustees, a process was started over four years ago to set it up as a Charitable Incorporated Organisation. A CIO. With the support of Richmond Council for Voluntary Services, Law Works, (an organisation that seeks out pro bono legal work), and Latham and Watkins, Solicitors, London this has finally been achieved. 

The CIO is called Thornton Steward Institute Foundation. 

Its first meeting is to be on 6th December at 7pm in The Institute. 

All welcome! Come along and join us for a drink to celebrate!

22 October 2018Family History: Thompson Hall and Ann Newton

We have received an email with further information about this couple who lived in Thornton Steward in the 1800s. See the Family History page for more details.

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