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Sunday Email: Issue 100

Welcome to the 100th issue of the Sunday Email. The first was issued on 4 April 2020 just after the first lockdown was introduced and there’s been an issue on all but three Sunday’s since then.

At last Wednesday’s lunch in the Village Hall I was very surprised to be presented with several gifts from recipients of the weekly email. The afternoon tea in a box and bottle of wine were very much appreciated. As were the reams of paper to help towards my costs for printing off a dozen, six-page emails each week for delivery to those in the village who don’t have access to PCs or smartphones. I’d like to offer a huge thank you to everyone who was involved.

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Karen & Malcolm Morley and Linda Carver make a presentation to a surprised Doug Allan.
Asenby supports plans for Platinum Jubilee
At its meeting last Wednesday evening, Asenby Parish Council agreed that it would encourage Asenby residents to support and join in Platinum Jubilee events planned in Topcliffe, making it a joint village celebration. Councillors said it made sense to join together to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee rather than duplicate plans and effort.

Although concerned about the potential cost of a scheme to improve and rename the riverside walkway between Topcliffe Bridge and Asenby, the parish councill agreed to investigate the idea and support at least some elements of the proposal. They acknowledged the offer of financial support from Hambleton Brewery and that additional finance might be available via grants from Harrogate Borough Council.

Separately, Asenby Institute is looking at presenting a commemorative mug to every Asenby child up to and including age 16, and will consider contributing to any other ideas that residents support.

Support for Ukraine
The Post Office continues to collect items to take to Ukraine. Items currently required are:

  • Bedding, duvets, pillows, sheets, blankets, camp beds, sleeping mats, yoga mats.
  • Tinned and dried food.
  • Hygiene products, including nappies, babies dried milk, baby food, baby wipes, toilet paper, disinfection items, shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, toothpaste and toothbrushes,
    shaving kits)
  • Electronics (power banks, torches, batteries).
  • Candles, plastic cutlery and bowls, hand and foot warmers.
  • First Aid (Bags, dressings, gloves, bandages, painkillers, cough and cold medicine, children’s medicines).
  • Children’s colouring books, crayons and pencils.

Cash donations to help meet fuel costs are also welcome.

St Columba’s services and Lent events

  • Sunday – 20 March at 10.45am – Sung Matins
  • Sunday – 27 March, Mothering Sunday, at 10.45am – a Family Holy Communion service (using modern language) to be taken by Revd Robert Williamson. Families are warmly encouraged to join in this special occasion.

Lent Lunches
St Columba’s are hosting Lent Lunches at 12 noon every Wednesday in March. Donations for all of these lunches will go to the Christian Aid Ukraine Appeal.

Some of you will have heard that Linda Carver, who helps Malcolm and Karen Morley in the kitchen at these events, took a tumble a few days ago and broke her arm, has bruises like an artist’s palette and a cut on her head. She wants you all to know that she is fine and in future she won’t be challenging youngsters to a race! Anyway, her absence won’t affect the lunches, which will continue as planned.

Lent Services of Compline
Also every Wednesday throughout Lent (up to and including 13 April) St Columba’s will hold a short 15 minute service of Compline (a peaceful reflective service of prayers and readings for the end of the day) in church at 7pm.

Rural Arts classes
The next ‘Hearts and Crafts’ Rural Arts class will be held at Topcliffe & Asenby Village Hall on Tuesday 22 March. Beyond then, classes will be held on 19 April, 17 May, 21 June and 19 July. You can simply turn up on the day – it’s free to attend and materials are provided.
Pilmoor Open Studio
The annual open studio will be held at Pilmoor Hall on Saturday 26 march between 10am and 4pm. Host Angela Hall will be joined by three other artists – Jane Littlefield (stained glass); Chris Moss (wire sculptures); Kim Coley (painting & printing) and Gordon Broadhurst (ceramics). For more details check out the promotional poster here.
Paint a spring garden
Rebecca Jayne is holding a special one-off painting class at the Village Hall on Thursday 7 April between 10.30am and 1pm. This is your chance to paint a spring garden in oils and you can be a beginner or experienced artist. All materials – canvas, paints and brushes, plus refreshments – will be supplied and there’ll be expert guidance. Price is £25. For more information call Rebecca on 07704 819806 or email info
Sunday Brunch
Plans are being made to hold a Sunday Brunch on Sunday 24 April between 10am and 12 noon. There’ll be bacon, sausage and fried egg sandwiches on offer, with plenty of tea or coffee. Any funds raised on the day will be donated to Call for Back Up, a charity that offers mental health support to blue light emergency services personnel, including fire fighters, police officers, ambulance drivers and paramedics.
Textile recycling – start cleaning out those cupboards
The next Bags2school textile recycling event at the Village Hall will be on Thursday 28 April. Please save all recyclable articles for the big collection day.
Parish & Village Hall meetings

• Village Hall Committee – 7.30pm on Tuesday 5 April. The AGM and an Ordinary Meeting of the Committee will be held consecutively starting at 7.30pm on Tuesday 7 June.
• Topcliffe Parish Council – 7pm on Thursday 7 April –
• Asenby Parish Council will meet at 7.30pm on Wednesday 18 May –

Both parish councils and the Village Hall Committee meet at Topcliffe & Asenby Village Hall.

Events at The Angel

  • Sunday 27 March – Mother’s Day – one of the busiest days at The Angel, so book early. Free glass of Frizzante for all mums.
  • Sunday 3 April – 12 noon to 3pm – Wedding Fayre – with a glass of Frizzante and canapes for all who call in, plus expert advice from experienced coordinators and suppliers.
  • Friday nights – 5 to 9pm – Land & Sea – steak or fish for two with a bottle of wine for £35.95
  • Sunday roast – 12noon to 8pm – traditional Sunday Lunch.

Check the website at or call 01845 578000.

Catton Kitchen

  • Farm Shop/Breakfast – Fridays and Sundays – 10 to 12 noon.
  • Fancy home-reared lamb at Easter? Orders now being taken.
  • Thursday 24 March – Pizza Night.
  • Saturday 9 April from 2pm for approx. 2.5 hours. In partnership with a small local business there’ll be a fun event to make some fantastic lampshades. You will learn how to make a contemporary 25cm drum shade which can either be placed on a lamp base or ceiling pendant. You just need to bring 0.5m of fabric or, you can purchase some on the day. All other materials will be supplied. Price £45 per person. Tea/coffee and cakes will be included.
  • Contacts: 07747 083155 and
  • To Thursday 24 March (Sunday 20 March – matinee show only) – Uncharted – Street-smart Nathan Drake is recruited by seasoned treasure hunter Victor “Sully” Sullivan to recover a fortune amassed by Ferdinand Magellan, and lost 500 years ago.
  • Friday 25 to Thursday 31 March (Matinee on Wednesday 30 March) – The Duke – In 1961, Kempton Bunton, a 60 year old taxi driver, steals Goya’s portrait of the Duke of Wellington from the National Gallery in London.
  • Friday 1 to Thursday 7 April – Dog – Two former Army Rangers are paired against their will on the road trip of a lifetime. Briggs (Channing Tatum) and Lulu (a Belgian Malinois) race down the Pacific Coast to get to a fellow soldier’s funeral on time.
  • Friday 8 to Thursday 14 April – Sideshow – When two inept criminals break into the home of a washed-up psychic in search of hidden loot, they get a lot more than they bargained for.
  • Saturday 9 April, Sunday 10 April and Wednesday 13 April (matinees only) – Disney’s Encanto – A Colombian teenage girl has to face the frustration of being the only member of her family without magical powers.
  • Friday 15 to Thursday 21 April (with matinees Saturday 16, Sunday 17 April and Wednesday 20 April. No evening show 17 April) – The Bad Guys – Several reformed yet misunderstood criminal animals attempt to become good, with some disastrous results along the way.
  • Friday 22 to Thursday 28 April (Matinee on Wednesday 27 April) – Phantom of the Open – Maurice Flitcroft, a dreamer and unrelenting optimist, managed to gain entry to The British Open Golf Championship Qualifying in 1976 and subsequently shot the worst round in Open history, becoming a folk hero in the process.

Please keep checking the website for the latest details –

Rural Arts events at The Courthouse, Thirsk

  • Mondays, 28 March to 23 May, 10am – 1.30pm. Monday Makers – Free nine week course. From printmaking to marketing, develop your creative and business skills on this course for unemployed people.

For more information and to book places, go to

Events on at The Forum

  • Wednesday 23 March at 8pm – Lost Voice Guy: Cerebral LOLsy.
  • Saturday 26 March at 7.30pm – Bon Jovi Forever – 2022 – Back by popular demand. The only Bon Jovi tribute show you need to see!
  • Sunday 27 March at 7.30pm – Jasmine Harrison – My World Record Row – The Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge rower tells her dramatic story of her Atlantic crossing.
  • Wednesday 30 March at 7.30pm – Jenny Eclair at Sixty – having hit 60 (but still a year younger than Madonna) the comedienne tells it as it is!
  • Saturday 2 April at 7.30pm – An evening with Nigel Owens – Rugby Union icon Nigel Owens is one of the most engaging and humorous characters in the game of rugby.
  • Thursday, 7 April at 7.30pm – Northallerton & District Flower Club Spring Open Evening – Chelsea Gold Medalist Mark Entwistle demonstrates “The Secret Life of Colour” Former UK Florist Of The Year and innovative floral designer.
  • Friday 8 April at 7.30pm – An Evening with Gill Sims – Gill will be interviewed by Jo Middleton, author of Playgroups and Prosecco and creator of Slummy Single Mummy. It should be an hilarious look at the changing face of motherhood as your children grow from toddlers to teenagers.
  • Saturday 9 April at 3pm – Mark Thompson’s Award-Winning Spectacular Science Show – You think science is boring, think again! This is science like you have never seen it before. Designed for children and adults alike, the show explores the strange and magical properties of matter with exploding elephant’s toothpaste, vortex-generating dustbins and even howling jelly babies!

Call 01609 776230. Tickets online at

Local traders
Most of these traders also have a Facebook page where you can check out latest information.

Bin Collections

Hambleton (Topcliffe):

  • Recycling & Garden Waste – Thursdays 24 March and 7 April
  • Refuse – Mondays 28 March and 11 April

Harrogate (Asenby)

  • Refuse – Mondays 21 March and 4 April.
  • Garden waste – Thursdays 24 March and 7 April.
  • Recycling – Mondays 28 March and 11 April
Green Waste Collections
Licences for green waste collections in 2022/23 are now available from Hambleton and Harrogate councils. Any household not paying the fee and displaying the appropriate licence on their green bin, will not have its green waste taken away.

Covid cases rise again
For the first time since January all UK nations last week saw an increase in infections, and it is said to be the clearest indication yet that the virus is once again becoming more prevalent. Around one in 20 people in private households in England are believed to have had Covid in the week to 12 March – that’s 3.3 million people, according to the Office for National Statistics. This is up from one in 25 or 2.6 million people, in the previous week. All age groups are affected, including the 75s and over, who are due a spring booster jab to top up protection. An easily spread sub-variant of Omicron, called BA.2, is now causing most cases.

Meanwhile, hospital admissions rates have increased among all age groups, but are highest among over-85s. But vaccines are still helping to stop many severe cases, say experts.

All Covid restrictions on travel lifted
Going on holiday from the UK to a foreign country became a lot easier last Friday, as the government scrapped all remaining coronavirus travel restrictions. The law on filling out passenger locator forms for those arriving in the UK was lifted, as were all testing testing requirements for those arriving in this country. The changes apply to both vaccinated and unvaccinated people. However, anyone travelling abroad from the UK will still have to comply with the Covid measures in place at their destination.
Covid inquiry: draft terms of reference published
The government has published its draft terms of reference for the public inquiry into how the Covid pandemic was handled. The main topics of the inquiry will be to examine the response to the pandemic and its impact in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland – and to produce a factual narrative account of what happened.

Representatives of the Covid-19 Inquiry will visit towns and cities across the UK over the next few weeks to meet with people impacted by the pandemic and to get their views on what should be examined. The inquiry team also plans to identify the lessons that can be learned so it can inform the UK’s preparations for future pandemics. A consultation on the terms of reference has commenced and runs until 7 April. The easiest way to submit views is at

The week’s UK Covid statistics

• 52.7 million first doses given – that’s 91.7% of the population aged 12+.
• 49.3 million second doses given – that’s over 85.7%.
• 38.56million booster or third jabs given – that’s 67.1% of those eligible.
• There have been nearly 20.1 million confirmed cases of Covid.
• 552,198 people tested positive in the last week. That’s a 38% decrease on the previous week.
• 12,029 people were admitted to hospital with Covid in the week to14 March.
• 752 deaths in the last seven days. A 3% increase compared with the previous week.
• 163,511 UK deaths within 28 days of a positive Covid test.
• 185,273UK deaths had Covid mentioned on the death certificate.
• Worldwide, the global death toll is 6,098,265.

That’s all for this week. Keep safe and remain well.