Thwing & Octon Parish Council



You or your neighbours may need a great deal of help over the coming weeks. 

Loneliness, Food, Heating, Medication

Don't be afraid to ask


Chris on 01262 470255, Patrick 01262 470655, Gavin 07860656826 or Sandra 01262 470496

If you have a key holder, or lifeline in case of an emergency please let us know along with your telephone number.

WARNING beware of theft. Please keep your property and outbuildings secure.  There have been some local break ins. Please be aware of a small white van and/or of a blue golf.

The Parish Council continues to function during this difficult and, powers have been delegated to the Clerk, in consultation with the Chair. 

Legislation has been amended as from 4th April to allow remote meetings, our first meeting will be on Monday the 18th May, via Zoom

There will be no AGM this year and Cllr McDermott will continue to be chairman for a further term.

The requirement for the public inspection period of the accounts and Annual Return to include the first 10 working days of July has been removed, instead the period must commence on or before 1st September 2020, with the Annual return being approved and published by 31st August 2020

Parish (Reading) Rooms

As from 4th May the Parish Rooms will be open from Monday- Friday 12 noon to 4.00 pm for book exchange and jigsaws.

ERYC Community Tree Planting Fund 

see attached    guidance notes


 If you missed it, we have training videos and CPR packs for you to borrow. Please call Sandra on 470496


Volunteers required click here


The Parish Council is looking at the feasibility of providing a source of renewable energy within the Parish.

This could take several forms, either wind turbine, solar array, roof solar panels , or even solar on our street lights. 

Once we have more details we will be holding a community meeting to hear your views and discuss in more details.

Community Led Housing

The Parish Council is looking at the feasibility of providing a small number of community houses within the parish. 

A survey to establish a need is being drafted and will be circulated within the next few weeks, prior to a community meeting being held, to hear your views and discuss your needs.



Benefice News now on line   see Newsletter Page


Funding available for home security 



.   Click here for photos of Remembrance Weekend 2018  Friday, Sunday Wreaths & Crosses


Neighbourhood Watch

We are now members of the Neighbourhood Watch Scheme. Click here for the July Newsletter

Thwing & Octon PC defibrillators.

Now installed at the telephone kiosk in Thwing

and Octon Grange Lane ,Octon


On the 25th May 2018 new legislation came into force in  relation to data protection, and how we store data.

We will only use or store your data with your permission click here for our privacy policy and consent forms


Welcome to Thwing & Octon Parish Council Web Site

​Thwing & Octon Parish Council constitutes  9 Councillors which include a chairman and vice-chairman. In addition there is a Proper officer and Responsible Finance Officer,

​Meetings are currently held every month, in the church rooms at Church Lane, Thwing, and members of the public are welcome to attend. During restrictions due to the Covid 19 pandemic meetings are being held via a remote platform. Members of the public and press who wish to participate should contact the clerk for the link. 

​Anyone wishing to make representation to the Parish Council should contact the clerk Mrs Sandra Morrison on 01262 470496.

COUNCILLOR VACANCY  We still have one vacancy to fill and you can apply through co-option. Further details on Councillor page​

​About the area

Thwing is a small village on the eastern end of the Yorkshire Wolds, some eight miles from the North Sea. With its associated hamlet of Octon cum Octon Grange, it forms a parish four miles long covering 4,024 acres situated between 300 and 540 feet above sea level.

Opinions are divided as to the origin and meaning of the name Thwing, but most historians favour ‘a strip of high land’, derived from Scandanavian.  It is also said to originate from an old Norse word THIGA meaning to speak, implying a local court or meeting place. The finding of a ‘mot’ by archeologists lend support to this theory.

The parish is aligned from the tumulus known as Willy Howe in the east to the prehistoric earthwork in the southwest, and bounded by the Gypsey Race Valley in the north and a Roman road (the High St) in the South.

The pattern of field in the parish has remained largely unchanged from the Inclosure of 1769, and the free-draining wold soil with its underlying chalk subsoil is ideal for cereal growing and sheep production.

Thwing has a long and ancient history and evidence reveals signs of occupation at various times from Neolithic man to the Middle Ages. A dig in 1984 brought to light what could have been the main administration in Anglo-Saxon times and it could well have been the site for the ancient ‘Dic Ring’ administration centre, from which Dickering got its name.

On 13th of December, 1795, a stone weighing 56 pounds, fell within two fields of a house, -  So great was the force in its fall that it excavated a place 19 inches deep, and something more than a yard in diameter. It is now lodged in Mr. Sowerby's Museum, Lambeth Road, London. To perpetuate the spot where the stone fell, the late Major Topham erected a pillar, with a plantation around it. The pillar is built over the exact place which the stone excavated, and has this inscription on a tablet:-


                     on this spot,

                        December 13th, 1795, fell from the atmosphere,

                         An extraordinary stone!

                          In breadth 28 Inches,

                           In length 30 inches,


                          the weight of which was fifty-six pounds!

                            This Column

                         In memory of it, was erected by

                             Edward Topham,
























Thwing Mere Project

We have been talking about restoring Thwing Mere for some time. The Parish Council have now been successful in obtain initial funding to get the project under way. We have removed some of the overgrown reeds and weeds from the mere itself.

We have taken advise from the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust and work has  begun.

Some of the trees have been pruned where necessary, and two crack willows have now been felled. Any wood from tree management will be used to form a habitat for wildlife.

The clearing of the reeds has now been completed

The banking and flat areas have been weeded and cut. The flat area has been seeded .  The rear bank will be tidied but kept as a natural wild life habitat. 

Thanks to the Woodland Trust tree saplings have been planted adjacent to the roadside verge, and now in and around the banks.

A bench has been provided, which gives a lovely view over the mere, and nearby is a litter bin.


Planting of a small natural meadow area is also being considered. We have consulted with Yorkshire Wildlife Trust and the plan is still very much work in progress, so all ideas and comments are welcome, as we aim to restore this amenity for the whole parish to enjoy.

If you feel you can help with maintenance please let us know.

Contact for the Parish Council is the clerk  01262 470496