Thwing & Octon Parish Council


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Thwing & Octon Community Benefit Society and Friends extend their thanks to all who supported our weekend of WW1 and Armistice Day events. Funds raised for The Royal British Legion were in excess of £400. Sale of tickets and flags and help from ERYC WW1 fund covered the cost of the new plaque and other associate costs, leaving us with a small profit which is held in the Community Benefit Society's funds.   We hope to stage further events next year.   Click here for photos Friday, Sunday Wreaths & Crosses



​The Thwing & Octon CBS are pleased to announce the pre-planning application to refurbish the Falling Stone and demolish part of the outbuildings to provide new facilities of a café, orangery and sports facilities has been approved in principle by ERYC. 

​We need support in raising further funds to move the venture forward.

​Get involved and make the Falling Stone into a community pub

​This is your community and we need services to survive. 

Together we can succeed. Please pledge as much as you can. 

​This is a long term investment, and it is our intention to pay  interest once we are up and running. Meanwhile 30% tax relief is available on community investments. 

Pledge certificate


NHS Urgent Treatment Centres

New centres at Driffield and Bridlington are operational as from 4th April 2018

click here for guide and information


Neighbourhood Watch

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

Thwing & Octon PC have obtained defibrillators.

Now installed at the telephone kiosk in Thwing

and Octon Grange Lane ,Octon





We still need your support. Contact 01262 470496



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.

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

2019 is an election year.  Nomination forms are now available. 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. Our initial thoughts are to remove some of the overgrown reeds and weeds from the mere itself.

We have taken advise from the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust best way to ensure protection of the lining to the mere would be to spray the reeds with a glycophosphate based spray, we would also be looking at spraying the large clumps of comfrey that are taking over on the banking.

Some of the trees need pruning where necessary, and two crack willows need considerable cutting back as branches are beginning to fall. Any wood from tree management will be used to form a habitat for wildlife.

The banking and flat areas are to be cleared and the footpaths restored to give access, and create a sitting area. The rear bank will be tidied but kept as a natural wild life habitat. 

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.

Contact for the Parish Council is the clerk  01262 470496