New project for the Mere

Events 5th May 2022

Thankyou to all those who attended the blessing of our new Memory Pole, I hope you enjoyed the celebrations.

Anyone wishing to place a plaque on the pole in commemoration of a loved one should contact the Parish Clerk on or tel: 01262 470496

Queens Platinum Jubilee Celebrations

Official weekend 2nd June to 5th June 2022

For Thwing & Octon celebrations started on the Thursday the 2nd June, with refreshments and entertainment, a piper, choir and music leading to the lighting of the beacon at 9.45pm and serving of the jubilee tarts. A great success and enjoyed by all.

Call for Volunteers for keeping our village tidy spare 

Can you spare a little  time,  maybe 1hr or so,  a month to help tidy the village, litter pick etc? Many hands can make light work and a huge difference to our lovely parish.


Area of Outstanding National Beauty Consultation   have your say link


Call for Volunteers for Community Transport

If you have some time to spare click here for more information


Various types of Financial Help is available for residents through ERYC funding click here  and here for brief details



Walk-in vaccinations are still available across East Riding

If you or somebody you know is yet to have a COVID vaccination and would like one, there are plenty of walk-in sessions available.

There is also the health and wellbeing bus, which travels across the East Riding, offering vaccinations on board.

Visit for the dates of the walk-in sites and for dates for the health and wellbeing bus. For information on walk-in sites available in Hull, visit Hull Clinical Commissioning Group online.

If you can’t find a convenient walk-in session you can still book a jab through the National Booking Service or by calling 119.

Need Help or advise - ERYC Community Response Hub and Wider Support for our Communities and Businesses

WARNING beware of theft. Please keep your property and outbuildings secure.  There have been some local break ins.  


Our chairman is Cllr E Peacock and vice chair is Cllr P Burdass.


The Parish Council has undertaken a  feasibility study to provide a source of renewable energy within the Parish. This is now complete and details can be obtained from the clerk, or any member of the parish council. The study has shown that a community heat network is not viable at the moment, although this may change as central government develop their plans for carbon neutrality. The parish council do however intend to progress plans to replace our existing street lights with solar lighting.

A record of the presentation given on the 10th October  can be viewed on the web page at . This site will also be update in due course with the full reports

A survey to assess your views and requirements regarding the upgrading of the street lights  has been conclude, thank you to all those who contributed. Your views will be taken into account as we progress the plans. see attached . Survey results here


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










.   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.

These 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 Clerk who is the Proper Officer and Responsible Finance Officer for the council.

Due to the recent escalation of Covid restriction powers have been delegated to the Clerk in consultation with the Chair until the next scheduled meeting

​Meetings are currently held every month, normally in the church rooms at Church Lane, Thwing, and members of the public are welcome to attend. Due to the increased risk from the Omnicom variant of covid there will be no meeting in January 2022. All enquiries should be passed to the clerk.

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

COUNCILLOR VACANCY  We have two vacancies 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 & Octon Parish








Thwing Mere Project

Thanks to funding obtained from The Post Code  Lottery and Tesco Bags of Help, 2019/2020 saw the  project start to take shape, and Thwing Mere is now being used by both residents and visitors. 

In 2020 we were successful in gaining additional funding from Lissett Wind Farm Fund to both continue with the Mere project, and also to restore the old water pump on Dukes Lane, and work on this is now near completion.

Thwing & Octon Amenities Group have generously offered the Parish Council a further grant of £1700 towards the purchase of a lawn mower for joint use by the Parish Council and the PCC to cut community grass and Thwing All Saints cemetery.

Some of the trees at the Mere 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. Further tree work is to be done, following a recent tree survey that we have commissioned.

The initial clearing of the reeds has been completed, although further work will need to be done.

The banking has been treated to reduce the cleavers and weeds and coir matting has been laid, to give structure and support.  The flat area has been seeded and late 2020 we planted 1000 daffodil bulbs, with a further 3000+ planted in 2021.  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 for general use including dog poo.

Part of the Lissett Funding has enabled the purchase  of an additional  picnic bench, and thanks to funding from Do It for East Yorkshire, a beacon and village sign has been erected .

We hope you enjoy the Mere and surrounding area, please respect our environment., and responsibly dispose of any litter 


New planters have been installed at all entrances to the village.


We are looking for volunteers to help with maintenance in all areas, please let us know if this could be you. 

Contact for the Parish Council is the clerk  01262 470496