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Sunday Email: Issue 105

Welcome to the 105th issue of the Sunday Email.
07785 223707
Sunday Brunch – TODAY
Join friends and relatives for a Sunday Brunch today at the Village Hall between 10am and 12 noon. There’ll be bacon, sausage and fried egg sandwiches on offer, with plenty of tea and coffee. All funds raised 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. Everyone is welcome and it would be great to see lots of you there.
St Columba’s services

  • TODAY – Sunday 24 April at 10.45am – Holy Communion.
  • Sunday 1 May at 6.30am – Choral Evensong.
Scarecrow Festival – only one week to go!
Here’s a last minute reminder that the Platinum Jubilee Scarecrow Festival will be held in Topcliffe and Asenby, as well as other local villages, over the Bank Holiday weekend, Saturday 30 April to Monday 2 May.

The scarecrow trail is being organised jointly by the Friends of Carlton Miniott School and the Friends of Topcliffe School. All you have to do is create a scarecrow or group of scarecrows with a royal theme and display them in front of your home or in your garden over the designated weekend. All the details about registering an entry, joining the scarecrow trail and fundraising can be viewed here.

In due course, more information and maps showing the location of all the scarecrows in all of the villages, will be available from Topcliffe Post Office and the Milk Churn Farm Shop.

Easter Trail Update
Message from organiser, Karen Hotham:
"First of all I’d like to say a huge thankyou to the Milk Churn Farm Shop for all the help they gave with distribution and collection of the forms, and secondly, a big thankyou to each and every participant in this year‘s egg hunt. It was so nice to see the children and families enjoying the trail and having fun. Congratulations to Wren Musgrove, the winner of the Easter Bunny Chocolate Hamper. Overall we managed to raise £72 (just a little short of last years amount!) for the Friends of Topcliffe School. Well done everyone.
Yorkshire to Ukraine Raffle
The volunteers at the amazing Yorkshire to Ukraine organisation based in Sowerby are planning a fundraising raffle and are hoping local companies and individuals might be willing to help by donating a prize. If you can help, please contact Ruth O’Hare on 07990 515179. Details of the raffle and where to buy tickets will be announced in next week’s Sunday Email.
Soup & sweet lunch
The next soup and sweet lunch will be held at the Village Hall on Wednesday 27 April at 12 noon. Donations raised at this lunch will go to the Blue Cross – the animal rescue centre in Topcliffe.
Dawn Chorus
Sunday 1 May is International Dawn Chorus Day and it should be a great time to enjoy one of the world’s most uplifting and magical experiences. Taking part is easy – just open your window or head outside and listen! You can learn more about this event by going to the website of The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds
May Bank Holiday BBQ & Band – Monday 2 May
Here’s an event that many villagers will be glad to see back on after two years of Covid. It’s The Angel’s May Bank Holiday BBQ with live music and best of all entry is free! The BBQ includes prawn skewers, vegetable skewers, burgers and sausages with bread rolls and freshly prepared salads. There’s more information at:
Knit and Natter
The next Knit & Natter session at the Milk Churn Farm Shop will be on Wednesday 4 May between 1.30 and 3.30pm. 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.
Comedy Night at The Angel
The next Hilarity Bites Comedy Club will be held at The Angel on Tuesday 3 May. Doors open 7.30pm and show starts at 8pm. Tickets £10 in advance and £12 on day of the show. Call 01845 578000.
Asenby Parish Council election
As reported last week, no one put their name forward to stand as a councillor on Asenby Parish Council, when candidates were being sought for the election on 5 May. Harrogate Borough Council is now re-running the nomination process in the hope that a few eligible villagers will put themselves forward for election (at a date yet to be decided). The new deadline for nominations to be handed in to the council offices in Harrogate is 4pm this Thursday, 28 April. If there is still fewer than the required quorum (three nominations), Harrogate Borough Council representatives will be appointed to make up the shortfall and manage village affairs.
Jubilee Tidy Up and Litter Pick
The date of the pre-Platinum Jubilee village tidy up in Topcliffe has been set as Saturday 14 May. It’s being organised by Topcliffe Parish Council with councillors Ben Collared and Malcolm Morley taking the lead. On the day, volunteers are asked to gather at the Village Hall at 8.45am for a 9am start. Consideration is being given to what jobs need to be tackled and volunteers will be allocated to work teams on the day. Bacon butties and drinks will be served at 11.15am as a thank you to all volunteers.
Police concerned about scams targeted at the elderly
It’s unfortunate that so many warnings about fraudsters and scammers need to be included in the Sunday Email, but the fact is that many people in North Yorkshire are falling foul of these nasty people. Here’s an appeal from North Yorkshire Police:

"Please can you help with getting advice to elderly family members, neighbours and those in the community? We are seeing a resurgence in phone scams where fraudsters impersonate police officers claiming a bank card has been used fraudulently. The scammers ask the target, most often an elderly person, for bank details, or ask them to go to their bank and withdraw cash, or to transfer cash to a nominated account as their own account has been compromised. Elderly folk who are often not on social media are being targeted and it is a group that is difficult to get advice to… so word of mouth warnings are being sought. Please talk to anyone you know who may be at risk and advise them that the police would not contact individuals in this way and that this type of telephone request will undoubtedly be a scam. If in doubt call the101 helpline for advice."

Horse Racing at Thirsk

  • Monday, 25 April – Evening Racing – entry from 3pm with first race at 5.05pm.
  • Saturday, 30 April – Thirsk Hunt Cup Day – entry from 11am with first race 1pm.

Book online at

Deershed Festival
The 12th Deer Shed Festival will be staged at Baldersby Park between 29 and 31 July. There’s a fantastic range of music, comedy, arts, science and sport planned for people of all ages. Full ticket details are available at
Rural Arts classes
Rural Arts ‘Hearts and Crafts’ classes will be held at Topcliffe & Asenby Village Hall at 10am on Tuesdays over the coming months, the next is on 17 May and will look at mixed media and illustration. In later months the programme includes:

  • 21 June – Silk printing
  • 19 July – Fused glass

You can simply turn up on the day – it’s free to attend and materials are provided.

Textile recycling this Thursday
The Bags2school textile recycling event will be held this Thursday, 28 April. So, if you’ve been having an annual clear out of cupboards and wardrobes please take your bags of textiles to the Village Hall between 8.30am and 12 noon. 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
• Asenby Parish Council will meet at 7.30pm onWednesday 18 May in the Village Hall –
• Topcliffe Parish Council will next meet at 7pm on Thursday 19 May 2022 in The Angel (conservatory) –
• Village Hall Committee – The AGM and an Ordinary Meeting of the Committee will be held consecutively starting at 7.30pm on Tuesday 7 June in the Village Hall –
The Ritz Cinema

  • 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

  • Throughout April – Tuesday to Saturday, 10am-4pm – Cafe Artist of the Month – born and bred in Ryedale, artist Jennifer Weston’s recent work is part of the ‘Scenes from Scarborough’ public art commission and highlights the decline of marine life in the North Sea.
  • Monday Makers – Every Monday to 23 May. 10am – 1.30pm. Develop your creative and business skills on this course for unemployed people.
  • Friday 29 April at 7.30pm – The Brothers Gillespie – This renowned Northumbrian duo sing traditional and original songs with lyrical and visionary intensity.
  • Wednesday 4 May, 10.30am to 12.30pm – Summer Collage with Ink and Pen – Bring pressed flowers, fabrics, found objects (such as feathers), buttons, train tickets, photographs, newspaper clippings that you would like to use, although a large selection of items will be available.
  • Wednesday 11 May, 10.30am to 12.30pm – A Taste of Art: Decorative Bunting – All materials are provided.
  • For more information and to book places, go to
Local traders
Most of these traders also have a Facebook page where you can check out latest information.

Bin Collections

Hambleton (Topcliffe):

  • Refuse – Monday 25 April.
  • Recycling & Garden Waste – Friday 6 May (one day later than usual).

Harrogate (Asenby)

  • Recycling – Monday 25 April.
  • Refuse – Tuesday 3 May – changed due to Bank Holiday
  • Garden waste – Friday 6 May – changed due to Bank Holiday
Latest Covid surge thought to have peaked
Covid infections in the UK have fallen for the first time since the middle of January. The reduction in England suggests the recent surge in infections driven by the Omicron variant has peaked. It’s estimated that 3.8 million people had Covid in the week to April 16, down from 4.4 million the previous week.

These figures are still incredibly high, so this isn’t the time to become complacent. It’s no longer government advice to wear a mask, but many experts recommend wearing the best quality mask you can afford, ideally FFP2 or FFP3, if you find yourself in crowded or poorly ventilated areas.

The week’s UK Covid statistics
• Nearly 54 million first doses given – that’s 92.3% of the population aged 12+.
• 49.7 million second doses given – that’s over 86.4%.
• 39.1 million booster or third jabs given – that’s 68% of those eligible.
• The R number range remains at 0.9 to 1.1 meaning that on average every 10 people infected will infect between 9 and 11 other people.
• In total, there’s been over 22 million confirmed cases of Covid. There were 185,625 cases confirmed in the last seven days
• 13,752 people were admitted to hospital with Covid in the week to 15 April.
• 1,956 deaths in the last seven days.
• 173,352 UK deaths within 28 days of a positive Covid test.
• 190,124 UK deaths had Covid mentioned on the death certificate.
• Worldwide, the global death toll is 6,241,357.
That’s all for this week. Keep safe and remain well.