23 May 2024Annual Governance and Accounting Statements, 2023-24

The Annual Governance and Accounting Statements for 2023-24, which were approved and signed at the Parish Meeting held on 7 May 2024, are now available on the Parish Meeting Accounts webpage which can be seen by clicking here

11 May 2024Minutes from the Annual Parish Meeting held on 7 May 2024

Please click here to view the minutes from this meeting.

24 April 2024Parish Meeting in the Institute, 6.30pm, 7 May 2024

Agenda for Parish Meeting 7th May 2024
18.30 in the Village Institute 

1/ Agree last minutes
2/ Formal approval of pro bono appointment of internal auditor
3/ Presentation of Annual Return
4/ Appoint additional signatory for Thornton Steward Parish Meeting bank account
5/ Discuss any objections to planning application ZD24/00093/FULL (Back Lane). (Click here to see all associated details and documents on the North Yorkshire Planning website and click here to see the letter from NY Planning inviting observations on the proposal.)
6/ Vote on proposals from the social group re Parish events notice board
7/ Vote on grant of £550 for the Institute
8/ Update on Thornton Steward Parish Website -
9/ Discuss any action required to stop visitors from parking on grass at entrance to the village
10/ Update on D-Day celebration 06/06/2024
11/ Discuss honorarium
12/ Would any one like to take over the role of Parish Clerk?

Everyone Welcome 

12 April 2024Sunday Teas and Treats in The Institute are back!

09 April 2024Help needed for the Thornton Steward Spring Fair, 4th May, 10:30am - 2pm!

Hi everyone

We are now planning our spring fair event due to be held at the start of May and are looking from some help and support for you all to make this a successful event for the village.

Our plan is to run this from 10.30 - 2.00pm on the Saturday and we will be advertising this event outside of the village to attract more attendees.

We want to have a plant stall, book stall, tombola/raffle, games such as splat the rat and a treasure hunt, lucky dip for the children (of all ages), a produce stall with cakes, jams, chutneys etc. for sale, as well as offering refreshments on the day. We will also have a general stall for items to sell but not jumble.

So our request is as follows:-

Are there any people who could volunteer to help man any of the stalls on the day?

Also, we will be seeking donations for all of the stalls, specifically plants, produce, cakes and bakes, books, other items for sale, tombola prizes and items suitable for a lucky dip.

If you are able to support with any of the above, please let Alison know either by email or phone (01677 460135). We will confirm where / when to bring your donations closer to the time.

This is a great opportunity to enjoy the village community and share our lovely village with others for a few hours as well as raising funds for the village to support its ongoing needs.

Thanks in advance.

05 February 2024Curry Night plus 'Life on the High Seas' - A talk by Jenny Blackburn

Hello everyone

We are holding our first social event in the Institute on Friday 1st March at 7pm.

This will be a talk by Jenny Blackburn telling us about her adventures on a round the world sailing race, alongside a good meal of curry, rice and naan bread etc.

The cost for the meal will be £7 per person.

Please bring your own drinks.

RSVP  by 23 Feb to or telephone Alison on 01677 460135. 

17 January 2024Thornton Steward Social Activity Newsletter

Please click here to see details of events planned for 2024.

09 January 2024Energy Efficiency - Home Upgrade Grants are now available. Find out whether you are eligible!

The following information has been sent to the Parish Clerk by North Yorkshire Council, to alert us to the availability of grants which could help make our homes warmer and more energy efficient. Click here to see a poster summarising this information. 

A new grant is available for North Yorkshire residents to help make homes more energy efficient.  

The Home Upgrade Grant phase 2 (HUG2) is available to help homes that are not on mains gas and have poor quality insulation and inefficient heating systems. 

The grant can be used for improvements such as insulation and solar panels to air source heat pumps and smart heating controls. 

These will help save money on energy bills and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. 

To qualify for the new scheme residents must have a household income of £31,000 or less and/or meet other eligibility checks.

Properties must also be technically suitable for the measures available in the scheme and have a low energy efficiency rating (between D and G on an energy performance certificate).

Private rented properties are eligible to apply although landlords must contribute at least a third of the total cost of the upgrade. 

This scheme is now open and we are working with community interest company YES Energy Solutions who will deliver the improvements to homes.

They can be contacted by calling 01422 880 100 or visit the YES energy solutions website to find out more. You can also visit our website to register your details to find out more about the scheme.


27 December 2023CANCELLED - BRING YOUR LEFTOVERS EVENING, planned for Thursday 28th December

Apologies to those who had planned to attend this event, which has been cancelled due to too few people expressing interest in attending.

02 December 2023Enquiry about the origin of 'Arklow Hill'

The website has received the following enquiry from Mr Pat Power. If anyone has any information which could help in his research, he would be most grateful if you could contact him using the email address below.

Hello from Pat Power,  Arklow,  Co Wicklow, Ireland.

I am doing some research into other ‘Arklow's. So far, there are three as well as my home town of Arklow. They are in Co Wexford, Ireland, an Arklow Hill near the village of Crosby Garrett, in Cumbria and your community in Thornton Steward. Would anyone in the heritage or local history community in Thornton Steward throw any light on the origin of the name Arklow Hill? I have the derivative for the other three but yours has eluded me.

Any help or suggestion in further research would be greatly aAppreciated.

Yours faithfully  
Pat Power (Mr)


22 November 2023Christmas Carol Service and Decorating the Church

Whilst there are still a few shopping days left until Christmas, there is a date for the diary which needs a mention.

Friday, 8th December 2023 at 18:30 sees this year’s Christmas Carol Service in our very own St. Oswald’s church. The traditional service is a lovely start to the festive season and features Christmas Carols accompanied by an organist in the beautifully decorated church. Please join us all on this special occasion for the service followed by mulled wine and mince pies generously provided by our neighbours.

Any willing volunteers who can spare some time and join the merry band on the morning of Thursday, 7th December (from 9:30am) would be extremely welcome to help decorate the church.

Given the super weather we have been having, car parking is extremely limited and so we ask that this is restricted to those who really need it.

05 November 2023'Trim the Institute' evening, with Mulled Wine, Pie and Peas!

As we fast approach the Christmas season, we invite you to join in decorating the Institute, having a glass of mulled wine and enjoying pie and peas with your neighbours.

Please click here for more details and RSVP to Alison with your choice of pie by Monday 27th November.

01 November 2023POSTPONED - Pie & Peas Supper and Games Night in The Institute

Unfortunately, numbers were a little low for this event, so the decision was taken to postpone and make it a festive event and 'trim the Institute' evening on 2 December instead.

Further details will be available in due course.

30 October 2023New photos added to the website!

Those of you who attended the Harvest Lunch in The Institute in September will have seen a fabulous array of photos on display and they have now been added to the website.

Please click here to see them.

11 October 2023Minutes from the Parish Meeting held on 27 September 2023

Please click here to see the minutes from this meeting.

23 September 2023Percy Sadler, former resident of Thornton Steward

The website received an email two days ago, letting us know the sad news that Percy has passed away peacefully, following a long illness. His funeral is at 11am on 2nd October at Kirkleatham Crematorium.

Percy was born in Thornton Steward in 1931 and he lived here until he decided to join the police force and move to the north east at the age of 27.

He was very fond of the village and sent warm Christmas greetings to us all in 2020, followed by some wonderful poems, which he kindly agreed could be published on the website. They can be found by clicking the following link:

The Poems of Percy Sadler

Rest in Peace, Percy.

16 September 2023Christmas Wreath Making Workshop, Friday 8th December in The Institute

16 September 2023Wine Tasting Competition in the Institute, Saturday 7th October at 7pm

Please click here to see details of this event and confirm your attendance by 29th September.

18 August 2023Parish Meeting in the Institute, Wednesday 27 September, 2023, 18:30

To see the agenda for this meeting, please click here.

17 August 2023Curry and Quiz Night - Friday 1st September, 7pm

11 July 2023Village Fete, Saturday 15th July - Change of plan... 3pm start!

As the weather forecast is not looking great for this weekend, our next social event in the Village is now the Fete with tea and cakes to be held in the village Institute from 3pm.

• The fete will have tables selling books, plants and produce ( fruit / veg, baking etc.)
• We will be offering tea and cakes for sale
• All proceeds from the fete will go to the village funds
• We are looking for contributions to the fete - please drop any donations for the fete a couple of days in advance and pop into the car port at Moorlinch where there will be a table ready for them
• All welcome

02 June 2023Minutes from the Parish Meeting held on 31 May 2023

Please click here to see the minutes from this meeting.

02 June 2023Annual Governance and Accounting Statements, 2022-23

The Annual Governance and Accounting Statements for 2022-23, which were approved and signed at the Parish Meeting held on 31 May 2023, are now available on the Parish Meeting Accounts webpage which can be seen by clicking here

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