Welcome to the Thornhams


Village Hall

The playground at the Village Hall is open.
As you are probably aware, village halls are now allowed to re-open however the Trustees have decided, in line with many village halls, not to do so at present.  Summer holidays are always a quiet time for hall bookings and we will reassess the situation as and when hirers feel confident enough to restart classes.  At that time we will of course follow all the Government reopening guidelines re Covid.
The Trustees believe the current situation has reinforced the need to upgrade/increase the hall’s toilet facilities, provide an extra, better entrance/exit to the hall, etc. etc. for which it already has planning permission so when it is felt that the time is right to pursue the search for grants, those of you who offered your services in the past may well be asked for help


For information about support available in the Thornhams for shopping, collecting medicines, etc please see the Messenger or phone 01379 788207.

Help is also available from Citizens Advice Mid Suffolk who can give advice on problems at work, help people struggling to pay their bills and work out if people are getting all the financial help they are entitled to.  They are a local charity and their advice is free.  They are open Monday – Thursday 9.30am – 3.30pm and Friday 9.30am – 12.30pm.  People can call them on 01449 676060 or contact them via their website: https://www.midsuffolkcab.org.uk/contact-us/

In the Thornhams, with a great deal of help from friends and neighbours, we can offer help with collecting prescriptions, some shopping and plenty of company on our new Whatsapp group (just phone if you’d like an invitation to join). We are aware that some people do not have internet access, this makes life difficult when official agencies and supermarkets assume everyone does. Therefore, here are telephone numbers for: Tina 01379 788207, Eileen 01379 678650, Joan 01379 788468 and, in Parva, Christine 01379 783 226. We will all do our best to help.

We are looking ahead to the day we can meet in person again, we think a celebration will be called for. As a reminder we’ve put four pdfs on the Notes from Thornhams page (click it on the black bar above) to remind us all of fun events we’ve held previously, all ideas for the future welcomed!


Our hall is for hire – details here.

To find out if it is free consult the calendar here

You can find the previous ‘posts’ home page here

Thornham Bowls Club postings can be found here

The twin villages of Thornham Magna and Thornham Parva lie within a mile or so of each other through wooded country lanes. The surrounding area is mostly arable farming with cattle on the water meadows through which the River Dove flows. The combined population in 2001 was about 170, being measured at 210 in 2011.

They are separate civil parishes both of which are too small to have parish councils. They are each governed by a ‘Parish’ or ‘Village’ meeting. All residents can attend and speak at a meeting and all on the electoral roll can vote at a meeting. The minutes are posted on this site here. Thornham Magna Thornham Parva

To learn more about the Thornhams visit Notes from Thornham. an exceptional historical record of the Thornhams and the surrounding area. originally published in The Messenger over the last three years.

Installation of a defibrillator in Thornham Magna behind the classic red phone box that is now a ‘Bookswap’.

Thornham Magna the larger more southerly of the villages has a grade II* listed pub, The Four Horseshoes, the Street Forge Workshop and the Thornham Walks located within its parish.

Events notices at Thornham Walks
Thornham Parva Church.

Thornham Parva has a rare thatched church which has the grave of Sir Basil Spence the architect of the new Coventry Cathederal, with only a few scattered houses.

The two parishes share a substantial brick built Parish Hall dating from 1924.