Change to Fashion night date

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The fashion night has been changed to september.

The date and details soon to be confirmed.

2nd August Sorry for the delay  in the team confirming details about the fashion night event.


We will hopefully have some news soon…

Thornley Bake Off results……

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Hot off the press .……

Well, its all over bar the shouting,
Our Great Thornley Bake Off was a brilliant day with over 80 fantastic creations. Many thanks to everyone who took the time to enter and take part.
The results are as follows:

Showstopper class. 1. Derby Arms (Sue & Joyce) 2. Louisa Cocks 3. Tricia 
Large Cake class. 1. Laura Brogan 2. Irene Pearson 3. Helen HayhurstSmall
Cakes/muffins 1. Leslie Arrowsmith 2. Jordan Beringham 3. Joanna Fawcett
Biscuits 1. Lesley Lloyd 2. Janet Ward 3. Helen Hayhurst

Tray Bake 1. Harriett Lloyd 2. Louisa Cocks 3. Gill Roper

Pies & tarts 1. Eileen Forshaw (Best in show) 2. Andrew Holden 3. Emily Hallett

Under 12′s 1.Anna Haworth Wheatman 2. Kate Hayhurst 3. Joe Hayhurst

Cakes were sold off after judging with any surplus being donated to the Belarus children currently staying in Chipping.

Great day had by all, the kids enjoyed bat the rat and the coconut shy, tombola etc. Rain held off for the afternoon, this could well become an annual event.

Thanks go to Helen Colley( Farmhouse Fare puddings) our guest judge who was brilliant.

A big thanks again to all who helped make it such a great day.


40 bake off entries received and more coming in…

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Friends of Thornley School FOTS met last night

We’re digging out the best china and putting out the bunting……
Had a flurry of late entries for this weekends bake-off & garden party at Lee House church. If you’re not up for baking come and enjoy the fantastic home baking & afternoon tea in the gardens or The Pampered Chef cookery demo. If the sun comes out we might even crack open the Pimms……..

Thornley Parish Council AGM

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Positive moves…..

Thornley Community Space have been invited  to attend the Parish Council Annual General meeting on  the 17th June 7.30pm. ( poster outside the Derby Arms)

This should be a positive meeting as we are please to confirm that a draft of the lease has been drawn up kindly by Vincents the Solicitors after discussion with both ourselves and the PC.

We have submitted the application to start the process for the Thornley Community Space / Old Thornley School to be managed as a  new charitable organisation, and the draft constitution for the CIO, as a step to being able to finance the building development through funding grants and bank account, and an appropriate management framework of Trustees.

The feasibility study made great headway at our promotional stall at Chipping Steam Fair but we have also sent more feasibility forms out to all on the growing email list too… We do not want to miss anyone as everyones views / ideas are important for what you want from this Community Space.

Your feedback is valuable and will contribute to how  the project / Thornley School is developed.

Lets all get involved…

Sponsor a Slate Campaign.

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What is the Campaign about….

Sponsor a slate on the old Thornley School roof. 

The Thornley Community Space group are working towards renovating the Old Thornley School to create a social meeting place. The existing Roof on the School is in a poor condition. There has been theft of lead and subsequent damage to the roof. This has resulted in the school being open to the weather and elements.

For £10 a slate, sponsors have their names, or that of someone whom they wish to remember bound into a record book of sponsors which will be kept as a legacy in the school.

On Sponsoring a slate you will be given for your own record  the number of the slate you have sponsored. Alongside a small print of the Thornley School and a piece of original Westmorland slate dating back to 1880.

We are aiming to raise the roof……..  


Meeting with Parish Council …. 18th March

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Positive progress was made tonight at the meeting regarding working towards the peppercorn lease arrangement. Our next aim is to complete a feasibility study and building survey / costing of renovating the Thornley School.  Security fences have been erected today to prevent further theft or damage to our building.  We thank everyone for their support  and there is certainly a wealth of skills and expertise in Thornley on offer  for this project. A legacy / history is in the making…..  We aim to involve everyone who is willing to offer their support .  We will not turn down any offer whether big or small. We need you…

A big thank you.

A SELL OUT !!!! Hot Pot Supper at the Derby Arms……

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The Hot Pot supper proved to be a sell out of 130 tickets. It was a brilliant night snug and warm at the Derby Arms.  It was our first fundraising event and we want to thank all those who contributed, attended, gave prizes etc and helped to make the night a great success!! The place was packed until late with a great atmosphere and much laughter and chat. All together we raised a fantastic £1800 which is an amazing result for our 1st event and sets us on our way to many more.

The Sponsor a Slate Campaign was launched and created huge interest – see our website for further details ( coming soon).

We are arranging further events , So  thanks again and watch this space for further news………

Survey for support

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Update…. 5th March 2013.

We have now received a response from Parish Council and confirmation that our support survey was successful. We are now moving forward to complete a feasibility study and looking how the Community Hub will be run and used. We are exploring possible grants and funding alongside the fun raising events. Too date good progress has been made re arranging a structural / building survey of the Thornley School and what seems a positive contact with a local person re possible funding / grants etc.

We will keep you all informed… watch this space… and soon (be warned) a questionnaire will be heading your way…

28th February 2013 - The survey for support requested by the Parish Council  has now been submitted. We would like to thank everyone for their contribution and support. The outcome was very positive and the data will provide valuable information for future feasibility studies. But more importantly the spirit of Thornley was felt and welcomed as a good sign……