09 December 2020Christmas Greetings to us all from a former resident of the village - Mr Percy Sadler

We have received the following email from Mr Sadler:

I have just been giving a thought to the Village with its old lead pump and Institute together with other features that form part of my memories, having lived in the village during the war years.  

I was resident in the village from  the date of my birth, 1931 until I left work at Manor Farm to join the Police Service in 1958.

I have a lot of memories tucked away in my mind of days that used to be.
I have a Special Interest in the Village since my Dad was drowned near Jervaulx Abbey along with a colleague of his when I was only five years of age.

This email has only been sent to wish all the residents of the Village a



09 December 2020Come along to the 2020 Thornton Steward Carol Service - Friday 18th December at 6:30 pm on the village green

This year, the carol service will be held outside on the village green. There will be only four lessons and the choir will be there to sing the carols.

Please keep a safe distance and wear masks, wrap up warmly and bring a torch. (Chairs, too, if standing would be a problem.)

Sadly we are unable to serve refreshments this year, but you can be sure of a warm welcome! 

09 December 2020Minutes of remote Parish Meeting held on 3rd December 2020 to agree Annual Precept for 2021-22

It was agreed during the meeting to increase the Parish Precept by £100 to £2,400 per annum.

Minutes from this meeting, held online via Zoom because of the Covid-19 pandemic, are now available on the Parish Meeting pages of the website and can also be seen by clicking here

23 November 2020Parish Meeting - Online via Zoom to agree the Parish Precept for 2021/22, Thursday 3rd December 2020 at 6pm

Because of the ongoing Covid-19 situation, the next Parish Meeting will be held online via Zoom and the agenda is as follows:

1.   Welcome to our virtual meeting.
2.   Take register 
3.   Parish Precept.  Should our request remain at £2,300 for the year 21/22 or be increased by £100 to £2,400? Discuss and vote, include any votes submitted previously by paper and signed/dated before 20th November 2020.
4.   A.O.B

Details on how to participate in the meeting can be found on the village noticeboard or by emailing 

04 October 2020St. Oswald's Church Prize Draw

During October 2020, the church is raising much needed funds by holding a draw.  

The prize is a lovely painting of "Coverham Bridge." 

If you wish to enter, please put your £5 entry money on a cheque made out to St Oswald's Church, Thornton Steward and place it in an envelope. Write your name, address and telephone number on the outside of envelope and hand it to Richard and Sue Calvert, Old Hall Cottage (last on left leaving School Lane.) 
At the end of the month the envelopes will go to the Vicars for processing and draw.  

Good Luck.

Sue Calvert 

20 August 2020Minutes from the Parish Meeting held on 11th August 2020

Minutes from the AGM, originally planned for May 2020, are now available on the website, along with the Annual Governance and Accounting Statements for 2019-20.

They can be seen via the Parish Meeting pages or via these links:

Minutes from the AGM held on 11 August 2020

Annual Governance and Accounting Statements for 2019-20

01 August 2020Agenda for Parish AGM, Tuesday 11 August 2020

The Parish Annual General Meeting is to be held at The Institute on Tuesday 11th August 2020 at 6.30pm.

Due to the impact of Covid19, we have made some adjustments to how this meeting will be managed. Advice has been taken from the YLCA (Yorkshire Local Councils Association).

  • The meeting will take place outside of The Institute, weather permitting. Otherwise indoors.
  • Social distancing measures will be in place and adhered to.
  • We may have to limit numbers inside.
  • Doors and windows will remain open. 
  • No one will be allowed into the kitchen. 
  • Hand sanitiser will be provided, and face masks must be worn.
  • Meeting will be limited to addressing the Annual return. AOB will be noted, however discussed at a later date (unless urgent). 

Sadly, due to poor Wi-Fi and internet reception, we will be unable to consider a remote meeting via a zoom link. We hope you understand.

1. The Annual Return 
2. AOB

Angela McCormack 
(clerk to Thornton Steward parish meeting)

21 July 2020Thornton Steward Church Services to be resumed following suspension due to Covid-19

The rectors, Reverend Liz Moody and Reverend Jeffery Payne, are delighted to announce the beginning of a gradual return to our Service timetable.  

Please note the following dates and alterations necessary to keep us all safe. 

•    Current services will take place on the Village Green with social distancing in place.
•    There will be no hymns as singing is not currently allowed.
•    The service will last approximately 20 minutes. 
•    Unfortunately, there will be no pew sheets.  Service sheets will be available on the church website. 
•    Refreshments will not be available at close of service.
•    Please bring your own chair if you need to be seated.

Service times
10.30 a.m.           Sunday 2nd August
10.30 a.m.           Sunday 23rd August

Should the weather be wet, then we will be able to follow the Rector’s service at home on email as we do currently.

As public worship and money raising events are currently suspended, the church is respectively requesting donations be made, either online at     or by phone on 01969 326069 / 07443 581463 


Liz and Jeff

24 April 2020Postponement of Parish Meeting AGM - Now on Tuesday 11 August 2020

Due to the current restrictions surrounding COVID-19, we have been advised to delay our AGM and submission of the Parish AGAR (Annual Governance & Accountability Return) with a new deadline of September 1st.  

With this in mind we have postponed the date of our AGM (due to take place on 12th May) which will now be held on Tuesday 11th August 2020. Details will follow nearer the time.

21 March 2020Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Closure of The Institute and postponement of Cheese and Wine Social Evening

Please note that owing to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, the Trustees of the Institute have, with great regret, taken the decision to close the Institute until further notice. 
The toilet is closed at present, but this will be reviewed in due course.
Sincere apologies to all those walkers and other visitors who will miss the facilities that are normally available.

The Cheese and Wine Social Evening, planned for 27 March, has also had to be postponed... hopefully not for too long!

View All Stories

site map | cookie policy | privacy policy | accessibility statement