Groups are listed in alphabetical order.  There are not many so it should be easy to find a particular group, or type of group.  Further details of these groups is being added daily. Where group names are in Bold Black without further details, we know the group exists or has recently existed but don’t know details.  All links to further details or external websites are in Bold Green.

We are inviting each group which doesn’t have its own website to write a page or so of information  to go on this website.  If you can add to the information we have, or require further details of any of the groups please contact

The inclusion of any group should not be taken as an endorsement of any group.

  • Art Club      Meets every Tuesday from 7pm to 9pm at Thornton Methodist Church.  Holds an Annual exhibition.  For further details contact  832260  (Updated June 28, 2016)
  • Branwell House Coin Collecting and Metal Detecting Club
  • Branwell House Video Group
  • Brontë Bell Chapel Action Group     Brontë Bell Chapel goes back over 400 years and has a wealth of local history, also a Brontë connection as this is the place where Patrick Brontë was Minister from 1815-1820 and Charlotte, Emily, Anne And Patrick Branwell were christened. Thornton is the Birthplace of the famous Literary figures. The Old Bell Chapel Action Group meet every Saturday morning to maintain the graveyard and rebuild the damaged graves. We have a wilderness corner, a bat box programme a bird nesting box system and we recycle our leaf mulch for the bedding plants.  Open all year round and volunteers always welcome.  If you have been inspired by the work the Action Group does in maintaining and improving the grounds, We would love to hear from you. We meet at the Bell Chapel every Saturday from 10am to 12noon. No gardening or DIY experience required, just a willingness to get involved. Under 18s are welcome when accompanied by an adult. So dig out your wellies and come and get involved, as little or as often as you can. The Group also have a Facebook page.  (Updated June 28, 2016)
  • Brownies, Rainbows, Guides, and Rangers:  For information on all Girl Guiding Groups in the area see the national Girlguiding Association website The Girlguiding Association also has a website covering North-East England, including Yorkshire here.  We know of one Brownie pack in Thornton, (Updated June 22, 2017)
  • Craft Club      Meets at Thornton Methodist Church every Thursday from 7pm to 9pm.  Bring your own craft or start a new one.  Further details on 832260.  (Updated June 28, 2016)
  • Headley Golf Club    (Updated June 28, 2016)
  • Litter Picking Group      Organised by Thornton Community Partnership  We meet at 10am, on the 1st Saturday of every month, (weather permitting), to pick up litter in the village.  Litter picking tongs and bags provided.  Contact cliverichardson24 for further details. (Updated May 31st, 2018)
  • Not So Young Keep Fit     Exercise for the over 55 year olds.  Held at Thornton Methodist Church on Fridays, 1.30pm to 3pm.  Just drop in for further details.  (Updated June 28, 2016)
  • Royal British Legion, Thornton Branch    Has 2 main aims: to raise money for the work of the Royal British Legion both nationally and locally, and to give social support to ex-servicemen.  There is no requirement for members of the Legion to be ex-Servicemen or women.  Meet at 7.30pm on the last Monday of the month.. Further details from Mike Herbert at    (updated 20 October, 2017)
  • St. James’ Fellowship Group       Meets on some Monday afternoons at 2pm in the Church Hall.  Has interesting speakers and refreshments.  (Updated June 28, 2016)
  • Sapgate Gardens Association       Sapgate Gardens Association was set up after local residents in Thornton came together with local councillors to create allotments & a community garden.  (updated 23 March, 2017)
  • Thornton ATB Running Club
  • Thornton Camera Club
  • Thornton Community Partnership       A voluntary group of local residents who work with Councillors and Council officers to improve Thornton.  Out of the Partnership have come 6 projects:
    • Thornton in Bloom (at the suggestion of the late Councillor Mrs. Valerie Binney).  Thornton in Bloom is now separate from  TCP, although some of its volunteers are aso TCP volunteers.
    • Thornton Christmas Lights, led by J. Nelis
    • the Litter Picking Group,
    • Thornton Goes Wild (see below), led by L Horam
    • a campaign to have a locally-elected Council for Thornton, leaflets and public meetings to be September onwards.  Watch our What’s On page for details,
    • and this website, led by C Richardson. 
    • We meet with our local councillors and/or Bradford Council officers every 2 months to discuss our programme and problems which may have arisen in the area.  Between meetings we are working on our projects.  Every resident is welcome to come to our meetings, which are normally held in the meeting room at South Square.  Email for further details. (Updated July 21, 2016)
  • Thornton Cricket Club   The Cricket Field is on Hill Top Road.  There are 3 adult teams, and 4 Junior teams  which all play in the Halifax Cricket League:
    • The First XI  play in the Premier Division 1st XI, on Saturdays, and finished the 2016 season 7th out of 12 teams.
    • The 2nd XI play in the Premier League 2nd XI, on Saturdays, and finished the 2016 season also 7th out of 12 teams
    • the 3rd XI play on Sundays in Division 2 of the Sunday League., finishing 6th out of 8 teams.
    • The Under 9s are in the U/9’s Section B league, and finished 5th out of 6 teams.
    • The Under 13s are in the U/13’s North league, and finished 5th out of 9 teams.
    • The Under 15s are in the U/15’s North league, and finished 10th out of 12 teams.
    • The Under 17s are in the U/17’s North league, and finished 9th out of 10 teams.

All fixtures are in the What’s On each day section of this website.  Thornton CC also have a Facebook page, and Twitter (Updated September 16, 2016)

  • Thornton Fairtrade Group
  • Thornton Goes Wild (School Wood),  a Thornton Community Partnership Project, to improve the wood either side of the Great Northern Trail from the west of Thornton  School Playing Fields.
  • Thornton Means Business
  • Thornton Methodist Church Fellowship Group  Meets on some Tuesday afternoons at 2pm in the Church Hall.  Has interesting speakers and refreshments.   (Updated June 28, 2016)
  • Thornton Veterans Crown Green Bowling Club  Play in the Bradford Veterans’  Crown Green Bowling League, from April to September.   They also have teams in 2 divisions of the Monday evening league -Thornton A and Thornton B in the Carter’s Sports and Dunne’s divisions, and a team in the Wednesday afternoon league, Division 3 (Peter Gilroy – name of the Division).   Their Home games are played at Thornton Bowling Green up Wensley Bank West.   For further details contact (Updated June 28, 2106)
  • Thornton Youth Club
  • Thornton Well-Being Café     Bradford Council’s Adult Services who run the Older Peoples Mental Health Programme has provided funding so that Thornton gets its very own Wellbeing Café for local people over the age of 55.  The cafe is intended to help older people with mild to moderate mental health issues and for those people who are isolated, lonely and becoming a little depressed. Carers, spouse or a friend are encouraged to come along and join in.  The cafe will provide a free service which includes coffee, tea, cakes and biscuits. There will be speakers from local agencies such as Age Concern, Alzheimer’s Society etc. Entertainment will be provided at each session.  Futher details call Kathryn Halford on 01274 816748 or 07592 011977 , or .  (Updated June 28, 2016)
  • Top Royd Allotments Association     Association for allotment holders at Top Royd Street Allotments.   (Updated June 28, 2016)

  (Updated April 6, 2017)


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