Parish Council Election

The election on 5th May includes Thornton in Craven Parish Council. Would you like to be a Councillor for the parish? If you are interested, are over 18 years old and live in, (or within 3 miles of Thornton in Craven) you may be eligible to stand. The Parish Council has seven Members, if less than seven people apply to be a Councillor, those who do apply will be co-opted to the Council, if more apply, then an election will be held. If you would like further information please contact the Clerk (Mags) on

Avian Flu Update

The Chief Veterinary Officers for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have agreed to bring in new measures to help protect poultry and captive birds. The new housing measures will come into force across the UK from 00:01 on Monday 29 November 2021 to protect poultry and captive birds from avian influenza following a number of confirmed cases across Great Britain in recent weeks. See the AIPZ section.

The declaration for the second premises near Leeming Bar, Hambleton, North Yorkshire has been amended and the map reference and map have been updated.

Further testing has confirmed that the avian influenza strain in birds at the following premises as highly pathogenic (HPAI H5N1):

  • second premises near Thirsk, Hambleton, North Yorkshire
  • second premises near Leeming Bar, Hambleton, North Yorkshire
  • premises near Thirsk, Hambleton, North Yorkshire

Following confirmation of the pathogenicity, the Temporary Control Zones have been revoked and replaced by 3km Protection Zone and 10km Surveillance Zone around each of the premises.

For details of the cases and the measures that apply in the disease control zones in England, see the avian influenza: cases and disease control zones in England guidance. You can also find out about licences for movements from disease control zones in force.

Parish Council meeting cancelled

Please note that due to the Village Hall showing the Euro semi final match, the Parish Council meeting will not be held on Wednesday 7th July. The next Parish Council meeting will be on Wednesday 4th August 2021 at 7pm in the Village Hall. Good luck England.

Annual Parish Meeting

Annual Parish Meeting, Village Hall, 7.00pm on Wednesday 26th May

The Chair of the Parish Council invites all residents of the parish to attend this year’s meeting. Social distancing and face mask rules will still apply, unless otherwise specified.

Purpose of the Annual Parish Meeting
The purpose of the meeting is so that the Parish Council can explain what it has been doing over the last year and it enables electors to have their say on anything they consider is important to the people of the Parish.

Who can attend the meeting?
The Annual Parish Meeting is a meeting of all the local government electors for the Parish. It is NOT a meeting of the Parish Council. Anyone may attend but only registered electors of the village may speak and vote.

Will I be able to ask questions and make suggestions?
Any registered elector may ask questions of the Council, which will usually be answered by the Chair, the Clerk to the Council, or a designated Councillor.
It is requested that questions are sent to the clerk,, no later than 18th May, so that they can be added to the agenda, which will be circulated on the 19th May.
Only items on the agenda can be decided by a vote of those present.
An elector may also make suggestions and comment on anything pertinent to the people of the village. This will be welcomed and is the whole purpose of the meeting.

Who will chair the meeting?

The Chair of the Parish Council will chair the meeting, or in their absence the Vice Chair. If neither is able to attend, then the meeting will elect a chairman from those electors present.

Will Parish Councillors be there?
Yes, however, the purpose of the meeting is to enable the ordinary electors to have their say. Councillors will listen with interest and as electors themselves, also have the opportunity to raise questions and make comments if they wish.

Will notes be taken of the meeting?
A written record of the meeting will be taken and presented at the next Annual Parish meeting for approval.

What else happens at the meeting?
In recent years we have invited SELRAP and statutory organisations to speak about their work.

How long will the meeting last?
As long as need be within reason.  It really depends on those present and the number of questions and the discussion that is raised.  Generally, the meeting will last no longer than 2 hours.

End of Remote Meetings

From 7th May 2021 all Parish Council meetings will go back to Face to Face in the Village Hall. The first face to face Parish Council meeting will be on 2nd June 2021 at 7pm. Social distancing and any other Covid19 restrictions that are still in force will be adhered to.