THE PARISH OF THORPE ACHURCH
The single parish of Thorpe Achurch is made up of what were originally four very small parishes namely: Achurch, Lilford, Thorpe Waterville and Wigsthorpe. The population is now 260, and comprises a good mix of young families, middle-aged and retired people. Apart from those who work on the local farms those in employment tend to be professional commuters, travelling to (for example) Northampton, Cambridge and London either daily or weekly. There is no shop, but there is a public house ("The Fox") on the main road at Thorpe Waterville, which serves good quality food and attracts a large number of customers.
The parish church, dedicated to St John the Baptist, is an imposing and airy building dating mainly from the fourteenth century. In recent years a great deal of restoration work has been done to the building, including the re-pointing of the spire; re-leading and re-pointing of the roofs; and a complete electrical re-wiring. In consequence the building is in good condition, and the large churchyard is maintained to a particularly high standard. There are three Sunday services each month, one of them being a Eucharist; one Morning Prayer; and one Evening Prayer. Fund-raising events have included a harvest supper, and punch and pate evenings.