The Parish Council has ten Councillors who meet bi-monthly to address Council services, issues raised by the residents of Thornley and the Council’s role in County Durham.

Vacancies do occur on occasion, so if you are interested in being a Councillor in the future and helping Thornley to flourish, please contact the Parish Clerk.

The Parish Council manages Thornley Village Centre, which provides many activities and events, and a place to hire for meetings, parties and other get togethers. Follow the link to Thornley Village Centre‘s page for more details.

The Council maintains grassed open space in the village, all of the former Thornley Colliery (pit) site, the Cemetery on Ludworth Road, the children’s playgrounds at Bow Street, Gore Hill, Ellerby Mews and the fitness equipment next to Thornley Village Centre. In addition it looks after Thornley War Memorial and provides floral displays around the village, and manages allotments on two sites.

It is also responsible for maintaining the Welfare Park Football Pitch that two teams have designated as their home pitch.

Volunteers are welcome to assist with the variety of activities that take place in the Village Centre. Please contact the Parish Clerk if you would be interested.