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Sunday Email: Issue 101

Welcome to the 101st issue of the Sunday Email. I’d like to offer a big thank you to everyone who got in touch to congratulate me on issuing the 100th weekly newsletter.

Mother’s Day is very special and I hope all mums reading this have really wonderful day.
07785 223707

Support for Ukraine
There are over 3,600,000 people, mainly women and children, who have escaped the war in Ukraine to neighbouring countries. Most have only a suitcase and whatever else they can carry.

Yorkshire to Ukraine is currently desperate for:
– Medical supplies, eg: first-aid bags, dressings, gloves, bandages, painkillers, cough and cold medicine, children’s medicines, life saving equipment.
– Food that can be eaten straight away, eg: biscuits, crackers, crisps, cereals, jelly pots, items that have a good date on them – tinned food like tuna fish etc. that doesn’t need cooking. Also needed are drinks, especially water.
– For children, eg: soft toys, books, crayons, colouring books & pens. Baby stuff, eg: nappies, new bottles,
dried baby milk, baby slings.

Address: 7 Marrtree Business Park, Sowerby, Thirsk YO7 3H. Follow the Facebook page for live updates from drivers delivering to the Ukraine border, updates on collection points, what is needed, volunteer roles and where to donate money:

Topcliffe Post Office continues to collect items to take to Ukraine. Items currently required are as above and cash donations to help meet fuel costs are also welcome.

Emilia also raises cash for Ukraine
Ten year-old Emilia Brierley, who lives in East Lea, Topcliffe, has unlocked a load of cash for Ukraine by making keyrings. Despite her busy school work and other commitments, Emilia wanted to play a part and do something positive to help. So far she has raised £180 and she’s looking to boost that amount. If anyone would like to purchase one of the blue and yellow keyrings for £3 – or whatever you can afford – please call her Mum, Joanna, on 07732 941758.

Knit and Natter!
The Milk Churn Farm Shop is hosting a knit and natter afternoon every other Wednesday 1.30 to 3pm, starting 6 April. It doesn’t matter how experienced you are, this is about enjoying an afternoon chatting and maybe trying something different whilst making new friends, or meeting old ones. A drink and cake is included in the price of £3. Bring your knitting or crocheting and share your knowledge or just come along to natter. Please ring the shop to confirm your seat 01845 400446.
Platinum Jubilee grants
Harrogate Borough Council has set up a Platinum Jubilee fund of £15,000 from which community groups and organisations in the district can apply for grants of between £200 and £1,000 towards events and activities associated with the bank holiday celebrations in June. Grants of up to £2,000 are available for legacy projects, such as the suggested Platinum Walkway, but projects must be completed by 30 September 2022. Applicants must show a clear link to the celebration of the Queen’s Jubilee in terms of theme and activity planning.

All applications must be submitted by noon on Friday 8 April 2022. Applicants will be informed of the outcome week commencing Monday 25 April 2022.More details are on the council’s website –

St Columba’s services and Lent events

  • TODAY 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.
  • Sunday 3 April at 6.30pm – Choral Evensong
  • Sunday 10 April, Palm Sunday, at 10.45am – Holy Communion (traditional language).
  • Saturday 16 April, Easter Eve, at 7.30pm – Easter Vigil and First Mass of Easter. This is perhaps the most glorious service in the church’s year, starting in near darkness with readings and unaccompanied singing by the choir, then the lighting of the Easter fire, the Paschal candle and candles throughout the church, and concluding with a special Holy Communion for Easter. After the service refreshments including finger food and wine will be served.
  • Sunday 17 April at 9am – Easter Day Service (not Holy Communion. The Easter Eve Service concludes with our Easter Eucharist).

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

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.

New season at Thirsk Museum
A new season is about to get underway at Thirsk Museum. It will open Monday 4 April through to 5 November.
Open Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays – 10.30am to 3.30pm (last admission 3pm).
From 11 May the museum will also open on Wednesdays, 10.30am to 1pm. Donations are appreciated in lieu of admission charge.
Asenby dog waste bins to be replaced
Harrogate Borough Council has announced that it is to replace all dog waste bins throughout the district and replace them with new, larger bins that can take dog waste and other rubbish. There are three bins in Asenby which will be changed.
Recycle your ink cartridges
The 1st Topcliffe scouts have started a scheme to collect and recycle printer ink and franking cartridges. Please don’t throw yours in the bin…just take them to the Post Office where there’s a collection box. The scouts will recycle the cartridges to raise funds for scouting activities.
NYCC Community Awards
Nominations are open for North Yorkshire County Council’s community awards which honour volunteers and groups who make a real difference in their community. There are three categories:

  • Best community group – awarded to groups carrying out voluntary activity/activities in North Yorkshire.
  • Volunteer of the year – awarded to individual volunteers carrying out voluntary activity/activities in North Yorkshire.
  • Making a difference – helping rural communities to flourish – awarded to individual or groups who have through their voluntary activity/activities made a real difference to a rural area of North Yorkshire. This award recognises unique, innovative, enterprising or resilient approaches to overcoming rural issues, challenges or disadvantage that have impacted on people, communities and/or the environment.

For more information and to make nominations go to: The deadline is 6 May

Thirsk Public loos to get revamp
The public toilets in Millgate, Thirsk will be refurbished this year. The cost will be covered by a ‘bounce-back’ grant aimed at helping towns recover from the Covid pandemic.
Yarnbombers active in Thirsk…again!
Amazing new displays of knitting skills have appeared all over Thirsk town centre. Look out for some fantastic creations.
Voting deadlines approach
The deadline for submission of nomination papers for candidates for parish elections in Asenby and Topcliffe is 4pm on Tuesday 5 April. There are five seats on both parish councils. If either parish election is contested (ie more candidates than seats), the polls will take place on Thursday 5 May. If there are no more than five candidates, there won’t be the need for an election and all candidates will form the councils.

To vote in the elections on 5 May, you must be on the electoral register by Thursday 14 April 2022. Those who are 18 or over on polling day, should be making sure they are registered to vote. Help with electoral registration is available at Hambleton District Council (for Topcliffe residents) and at Harrogate Borough Council (for Asenby residents). Those who are on the electoral register will have received a polling card or letter last week or will get one this week.

If you know that you will not be able to get to the polling station on 5 May, you can apply to vote by post or proxy. You will need to complete and return your application by 5pm on Tuesday 19 April.

A proxy vote is when you apply for someone you trust to vote for you, but they must be eligible to vote in the election themselves. If you apply for a proxy vote, the person voting on your behalf can go to the polling station to cast your vote or can apply to vote for you by post. You will need to complete and return your application by Tuesday 26 April.

Thirsk Farmers’ Market
Northern Dales Farmers’ Market on the morning of Sunday 3 April – presenting some of the very best food and drink producers in the country. And the best bit – they’re all local small independent family businesses!
Book signings at the White Rose Bookcafe

  • Photographer Lucy Saggers will hold a book signing session between 6.30pm and 9pm on Thursday 7 April. Her book ‘Ford of the Sorrel‘, was shortlisted at the Belfast Photo Festival 2022. Books can be pre-ordered now and they’ll be personally signed on the night. Tickets £3, redeemable against a copy of her book. Light refreshments available. Email: ot telephone 01845 524353.
  • Rob & Dave of Channel 5’s Cannon Hall Farm will be signing their book ‘Springtime at Cannon Hall Farm’ on Saturday 9 April. The book has all the animal antics but also tales of bygone days when traditional skills, crafts and daily practices shaped life in the countryside. Pre-orders taken and books will be personally signed on the day.
  • Children’s author James Harris will be signing his new books ‘Happytown must be destroyed’ and ‘The Unbelievable Biscuit Factory’ on Friday 22 April between 11am to 12.30pm.
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
Rural Arts classes
The next ‘Hearts and Crafts’ Rural Arts class will be held at Topcliffe & Asenby Village Hall on Tuesday 19 April. Beyond then, classes will be held on 17 May, 21 June and 19 July. You can simply turn up on the day – it’s free to attend and materials are provided.
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 spring Bags2school textile recycling event at the Village Hall will be held on Thursday 28 April. That gives everyone loads of time to undertake that annual clear out of cupboards and wardrobes. Please keep your bags of textiles for this charity collection. If you have trouble storing the bags, contact Donna Fleming (07591 438766) or Doug Allan (07785 223707) and they will try to make arrangements for storage until the collection day. The proceeds of the event will be shared between the Village Hall and 1st Topcliffe Scouts.

Just as a reminder, the following items are welcomed: men’s, ladies and children’s clothing – paired shoes (tied together or elastic band around) – handbags – hats – bags – scarves and ties – jewelry – lingerie – socks – belts – soft toys – household linen – household curtains – household towels – household bedding (bed sheets, pillow-cases and duvet covers). We are unable to accept duvets and blankets, pillows and cushions, carpets, rugs and mats (including bath, shower and toilet mats), soiled, painted, ripped or wet clothing, school uniforms, corporate clothing and workwear or textile off cuts or yarns.

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 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.
  • Tuesday 5 April – doors open 7.30 for 8pm – Hilarity Bites Comedy Night – £10 in advance or £12 on the night.
  • 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.
  • Saturday 9 April from 2pm for approx. 2.5 hours. In partnership with former Topcliffe resident, Diane West, 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 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.
  • Wednesdays starting 30 March – 10.30am to 12.30pm – Boats in Acrylic – With all materials included and each workshop suitable for beginners, these Wednesday morning Taste Of…sessions give the perfect introduction to a range of artistic styles and techniques. £12.

For more information and to book places, go to

Events on at The Forum

  • 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 and Friday 22 April (one day later than normal).
  • Refuse – Mondays 28 March, 11 April and 25 April

Harrogate (Asenby)

  • Refuse – Mondays 4 and 18 April and 2 May.
  • Garden waste – Thursdays 7 and 21 April and 5 May.
  • Recycling – Mondays 28 March and 11 April and 25 April.
Second booster jab
People aged 75 and over, care home residents and the immunosuppressed aged 12 and over, can now book a spring Covid booster vaccine. The second booster or fourth jab is being made available to around five million people, with 600,000 expected to have been invited to get the jab in the last week. It comes as official figures show infection rates are rising in all age groups – including the over-70s.

The NHS Covid-19 vaccination programme will contact people when it is their turn to be vaccinated again and, once they have an invitation, they will be able to book their appointment through the National Booking System either online or by calling NHS 119. The fourth jab will be made available to more people later in the year.

The week’s UK Covid statistics

• 52.7 million first doses given – that’s 91.7% of the population aged 12+.
• 49.4 million second doses given – that’s over 85.8%.
• 38.7 million booster or third jabs given – that’s 67.3% of those eligible.
• There have been nearly 20.8 million confirmed cases of Covid.
• 599,244 people tested positive in the last week. That’s a 8% decrease on the previous week.
• 14,376 people were admitted to hospital with Covid in the week to 21 March.
• 950 deaths in the last seven days. A 26% increase compared with the previous week.
• 164,454 UK deaths within 28 days of a positive Covid test.
• 186,094 UK deaths had Covid mentioned on the death certificate.
• Worldwide, the global death toll is 6,144,411.

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