Twyford, Leicestershire

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52°41′3.65″N 0°55′25.8″W / 52.6843472°N 0.923833°W / 52.6843472; -0.923833

St Andrews, Twyford

Twyford is in the south of the parish of Twyford and Thorpe , and the name is derived from the two fords in the village.[1] There are two churches in the village; St Andrew (Church of England), which is a Grade I listed building with some parts dated from the 12th century,[2] and a Methodist church.

The other main focal points of Twyford consist of The Saddle Inn public house, run by mother and daughter Amanda and Eli Lowe, Twyford Recreation Ground and Twyford Village Hall.

Annually the village hosts "The Twyford Wheelbarrow Race", an event where teams consisting of two participants and a wheelbarrow race around the village. The event has bosted of even London 2012 hopefuls but generally is a family funday. Some participants run in fancy dress and the 2011 event is due to take place in August.

Other notable events in the past have been "The Twyford Carnival" hosted over many years in the 80's and early 90's. This included features such as The Red Arrows and appearing as "The Beer Tent" winning Dave Lee Travis Radio 1 Quiz show.

In 2002, Twyford hosted one of the largest events in the region for HM Queen's Golden Jubilee. It consisted of a traditional street party before moving to an evening entertainment in two large marquees at the Recreation Ground. The Sunday was a family funday with Tug of War event and Firework finale. The event was enjoyed by hundreds of people who came from far and wide to enjoy the event.

Again in 2003, Twyford continued the theme with an event to mark the 50th Anniversary of the Queen's Coronation.

There have also been sightings in the village of a large cat such as "panther" which apparently roams the area. However other than individual sightings and some loose evidence of sheep attacks nothing has, as yet, been officially confirmed.[3]

Twyford also is home to the Twyford and District Royal British Legion. Its Chairman is currently David Gulley and is one of the smallest branches in the Country with 22 members. In 2010, the honour was cast upon the branch when its Standard, carried by Branch Standard Bearer Leigh Higgins, represented the Leicestershire County at the National Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall in the presence of HM The Queen.[4]


  1. ^ "Twyford". Melton On Line. Melton Borough Council. Archived from the original on 18 September 2009. Retrieved 2008-08-24. 
  2. ^ "Detailed Record: Church of St Andrew". Images of England. English Heritage. 2007. Retrieved 2008-08-24. 
  3. ^ "Twyford Farmer reports a panther with cub". Leicester Mercury/Bigcatsinbritain. 2003. [permanent dead link]
  4. ^ "Leigh flys Flag At National Event". Melton Times. 

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