St Mary’s Church.
THORNBOROUGH is the largest of the five villages in the benefice, with approximately 700 inhabitants. It is an inclusive, proactive and adventurous village with a thriving base of young families, organisations and clubs.
The Two Brewers is a popular village pub in the centre of the village. Several organisations meet there, as well as the pub hosting quiz nights and other fundraisers. Details are available on the Thornborough Parish Council website. https://www.thornboroughparish.org.uk.
St Mary’s Church is a 12th century grade 2 star listed building with Saxon origins. In the past five years £50,000 has been raised through fun and community events to restore the Chancel roof. This showed the support of the village for their church. A grant was received from the listed places of worship scheme to help with funding this work, which has been completed, so that the chancel is back in use. Other work has also been carried out recently to replace the roof of the North Aisle. More work is also required on the stonework of the tower, to comply with the requirements of the last quinquennial. This will be carried out within the next eighteen months.
As shown in the table of services on page 6 we hold two regular services a month together with several Songs of Praise during the year. A thriving Messy Church has been established, in conjunction with the Methodist Chapel, and weekly involvement with the infant school (4 to 7-year olds) which is situated next door to the Church. There is also a Pre-school currently run from the sports pavilion. Once a month we hold a porch sale of jams and cakes and serve coffee as both outreach and fundraising events.
Our recent harvest festival service filled the church and was supported by our local farmers who parked tractors on the village green.
There are, of course, challenges which are faced by many villages, affordable housing and loss of community facilities but Thornborough has proved it is not afraid of change and we want to see the Church at the heart of the village and its positive future development.