Press release: Thornton Christmas Light Switch On


 Thornton Christmas Light Switch On

 Nag’s Head Pub Car Park, Green Lane, opposite Thornton Village Green

3 December 2021 6.00pm – 6.45pm

On Friday 3 December 2021 Thornton Parish Council was delighted to hold Thornton’s biggest-yet Annual Christmas Light Switch On at the car park of the Nag’s Head, Green Lane opposite the Village Green. The switch on was the first since 2019 as last year there was no switch on to celebrate the beginning of the festive season due Covid-19 restrictions.

At 6.00pm crowds of upwards of 300 people of all ages gathered to join in the Christmas fun. Entertainment was provided by music from the Strung Together Ukulele Band, dancing from Crosby-based dance school Carmen Maria Academy and carol singing led by members of the Thornton Community Choir. Crowds were also entertained by a visit from Santa and the Crosby Rotary Club’s Santa Float as well as Shy Lowen Horse and Pony Sanctuary’s very own Christmas horse, Rolo. Rimrose Valley Friends also came along to join in with the festivities and had their locally produced calendars for 2022 available to buy.

The Mayor of Sefton Councillor Clare Carragher joined the celebrations in time for the big switch on and, along with Sefton Central MP Bill Esterson and Thornton Parish Council Chair, Councillor Bob McGill, watched on as Debi Jones did the countdown for Thornton’s special guest of honour, Lily, who pressed the big red button to officially switch the lights on. Lily, aged 4, has had a very difficult year. She also is involved with local charity An Hour For Others that works to build communities through unity, kindness and compassion.

James O’Keeffe, Vice Chair of Thornton Parish Council: “Thornton Parish Council were delighted to bring this community festive event back after its absence last year. What a fantastic way to start the Christmas season, with amazing contributions provided by Strung Together Ukulele Band, Carmen Maria Academy of Dance, carols led by Thornton Community Choir, Santa with the Rotary Club of Crosby and of course Rolo, Shy Lowen’s Christmas horse who loved meeting his fans! Everybody enjoyed the Switch on which proved to be a heart-warming event for everyone, young and old. The attendance of so many members of the community reminds us how important events like this really are to the people of Thornton and the feedback we’ve received from attendees has all been overwhelmingly positive. We were so pleased to welcome the Mayor of Sefton to our event and it was truly a privilege to have as Thornton’s Special Guest of Honour Lily: an incredible young girl who has had a difficult time this year.  She’s a real superstar and did a great job turning on the lights. It was a truly community-wide event and we’re so grateful to the Nag’s Head pub who kindly allowed the use of their car park to host the event. Not forgetting the members of the public who came along to help celebrate. Thanks to every single person who attended and helped to make it such a memorable occasion.”

Thornton only had its first Christmas tree in 2016 and in 2018 Thornton was one of the places in Sefton to plant a living tree to be used for Christmas celebrations every year. Alongside the Christmas Tree lights being switched on, Thornton also welcomed the return of the special Nativity Scene that was made locally for the benefit of the community by local residents Alec Kelly and Ged Moyles.

Press release: Thornton Remembers at the War Memorial Plaque 14th November 2021


Thornton Remembrance Sunday Service

War Memorial Plaque, Stocks & Sundial, Water Street

14th November 2021 10.45am

On Sunday 14 November 2021 Thornton Parish Council held the Remembrance Sunday service at the War Memorial plaque at the Stocks & Sundial at the corner of Water Street and Green Lane opposite the Village Green. The service was well supported and members of the community gathered together to participate in the public act of remembrance where the Two Minutes’ silence was observed and there wreaths were laid. Also displayed at the service were three silhouettes of servicemen from the First World War which had been especially made by Cllr Kevin Rathbone.

Representatives from the churches: All Saints with St Frideswyde’s, King’s Church and St William of York, as well as the Women’s Institute, were all in attendance and prayers and readings were offered.

4th Crosby & District Scouts were on parade at the service and contributed to the service with a reading.

James O’Keeffe, Deputy Chair of Thornton Parish Council: “Thornton Parish Council were proud to welcome the return of the Service of Remembrance here in Thornton this year. Due to Covid-19 restrictions last year’s Remembrance Sunday looked very different to previous years with Sefton’s Remembrance service going online. This year, being the centenary of the formation of the Royal British Legion, is so poignant because of everyone’s experiences over the last year and a half. We are grateful to all of the members of the public who attended the service as well as the fine contributions provided to the occasion by the local churches and 4th Crosby & District Scouts. It was really special for the community to gather together once more in memory of all those who died in war in the defence of our country and community.”

This year’s Remembrance Sunday Service is only the third of its kind to have been held in Thornton but Thornton Parish Council are committed to continuing to hold a Remembrance Service every year from now on.


Thornton and Manor Ward first monthly litter pick. Saturday 4th September 10:00 am

Thornton and Manor Ward first monthly litter pick.

Saturday 4th September 10:00 am.

Meet at the Corner of Thornfield Road and the Crescent next to Subway.

Join Thornton Parish Council for our first joint monthly litter pick with Manor Ward councillors.
Together we can help to make Thornton tidy and share the love of our home and it’s a great chance to meet others in the community and help keep Thornton tidy.
…see you there!

Coronavirus/Covid-19 Message from the Parish Council

Dear residents

In response to the recent outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19), and following the latest Government advice, Thornton Parish Council has taken the necessary steps to cancel all meetings. It is therefore incumbent upon the Council that there will be no April ordinary Council meeting.

For all of us right now the current crisis is a challenging time while we do our best to take care of ourselves, our families, loved ones and the wider communities where we all live and work.  If anyone has any concerns about how they or a vulnerable or elderly neighbour or relative is going to be able to cope with the restrictions to our day to day lives that the Government may ask us to make,  whether it is practical things like food deliveries or practical help, please can you email: or phone: 07722 929 483 and we shall immediately put you in touch with someone who can assist.

We hope this cancellation is just for the one month of April and that we can reconvene in May.  It almost goes without saying, please keep safe and take care  during this difficult time.

Best Regards

Thornton Parish Council


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Updated: 21st March 2020