Thornhaugh village lies west of the A1, seven miles southeast of Stamford. Its name is derived from the Anglo Saxon and means a thorn enclosed low-lying meadow beside a stream. There is evidence of a settlement as far back as the 12th century and for many centuries the population would have consisted of land owners, farmers, clergymen, millers and workers on the land, in the woods and quarries. Thornhaugh is a village with a small static population but the area within the parish is one of the largest in the county of Cambridgeshire. It was declared a conservation area in 1979 and residents benefit from the peace and quiet of living in a small village rather than a busy town.
St Andrew’s church contains a monument to the memory of William Russell, First Baron Russell of Thornhaugh. He is recorded holding high office in the service of Queen Elizabeth I and was a comrade-in-arms and close friend of Sir Philip Sidney. Sir Philip bequeathed to Sir William Russell his suit of gilded armour and many people thought that the helmet which was displayed for many years above the monument in the church, was part of this armour. Although this was not so, the helmet was nevertheless found to be of great value and was promptly removed for safe keeping.
The next Parish Council Meeting is scheduled for 20th July. Having reviewed current Government Guidelines relating to Covid19, we have taken the decision to hold a face to face meeting – albeit socially distanced. However, to ensure compliance and of course safety for all, we are not able to open the meeting to public participation.
There will be an agenda item as normal to address any issues that residents wish to raise, so could I ask you please to let me have any questions or concerns you have prior to the meeting. Please either come and talk to me or email on firstname.lastname@example.org or of course if you prefer you can call me on 07717 505797.
We haven’t taken this decision lightly and to ensure that we can have as many residents as possible at the normal Annual Parishioners Meeting and the Annual General Meeting we will be holding a “business as usual” meeting this time and will hold the annual meetings as soon as guidance is clearer on larger groups of people from different households being able to meet safely.
Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any issues you wish to raise
Chair, Thornhaugh Parish Council