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Sunday Email: Issue 108

Welcome to the 108th issue of the Sunday Email.
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Platinum Jubilee Tidy Up and Litter Pick
The tidy up day held in Topcliffe yesterday was a great success. The 30 volunteers worked in glorious sunshine tackling tasks such as litter-picking the whole village, weeding and tidying the beds at Jubilee Gardens, weeding pavements and kerbs, sweeping and cleaning both sets of steps to the church, painting fences and John Pearson did some general strimming around the village. Everyone was then treated to some delicious bacon sandwiches, cakes and drinks back at the Village Hall. A thank you to Karen Morley and both Lindas who worked hard in the kitchen.
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It was fantastic to see so many children helping from the Topcliffe primary school. Many thanks to all who helped out.
Topcliffe grass cutting update – verges, playing field and cemetery
Message from the Parish Council

Due to a change of contractor, the first cut of the grass took place late a couple of weeks ago. The grass is scheduled to be cut during the last seven days of every month, April – October.

If the grass is growing quickly we will programme a mid-month cut, pending the contractors availability and the weather.

The playing field grass will be cut 18/19 May and again 3 to 4 days before the Platinum Jubilee celebrations.

The verges and cemetery have recently been cut.

Any questions on the grass cutting, please email Parish Councillor Ben Collard bcollard80

Yorkshire to Ukraine
Tickets for the raffle to raise funds for Yorkshire to Ukraine are now on sale at the Post Office in Topcliffe. They are £2 a ticket or a book of five for £10. There are some fantastic prizes. The raffle draw will take place on 27 May at the Frankland Arms in Thirsk from 4.30pm.

Yorkshire to Ukraine, based at Unit 7, Martree Business Park, Sowerby, continues to collect donations of aid. The important things still needed are bottles of water, hygiene products, sanitary wear, new underwear, baby milk, baby bottles, baby nappies and wipes, footwear, children’s colouring books and crayons, children’s entertainment, warm clean clothing, dried foods, tinned foods, sleeping bags and pet food.

Asenby Parish Council
Asenby Parish Council’s AGM will be held at 7.30pm on Wednesday 18 May in Topcliffe & Asenby Village Hall. The previous council has ceased to exist – all the office holders have all retired. However, the chairman must organise the AGM as there is still a legal requirement to hold this final meeting. As nobody came forward to stand as a councillor, the Parish Council will not be able to operate in the normal way in the future. The next step will see Harrogate Borough Council appoint representatives to deal with village affairs. At that point, local people will be able to be co-opted on to the Parish Council, if they wish.
Scarecrow Festival – local winners!
The winners of the Platinum Jubilee Scarecrow competition have been announced. They are:

Jenny Bumby, who chairs the Friends of Topcliffe School and who organised the scarecrow trail in Topcliffe and Asenby said: It was our first competition and it went extremely well. I’d like to give a massive thank you to everyone who took the time to make a scarecrow and all those who went to see them and donate their cash. Thanks also to the Friends of Carlton Miniott School for letting our two villages link in to their competition and to the Milk Churn Farm Shop and The Angel for handing out the trail maps. A total of £228.23 was raised to support our village school."

St Columba’s services

  • TODAY – Sunday 15 May at 10.45am – Sung Matins
  • Sunday 22 May at 10.45am – Holy Communion
  • Sunday 29 May – No Service.
Rural Arts classes
The next Rural Arts ‘Hearts and Crafts’ class will be held at Topcliffe & Asenby Village Hall at 10am this Tuesday (17 May). The subject is mixed media and illustration. Future dates and subjects are:

  • 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.

Knit and Natter
The next Knit & Natter session at the Milk Churn Farm Shop is on next Wednesday (18 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.
Applegarth Community Garden
There’ll be a stall on Northallerton market next Saturday (21 May) from 9am for gardeners to swap seeds and plants…and the community garden will be selling surplus plants.
Sion Hill Hall plant fair
Sion Hill Hall is opening its gardens and holding a plant fair in the stable yard next Sunday (22 May). There’ll be huge choice of plants and garden accessories, plus refreshments. The Hall is surrounded by five acres of beautifully landscaped grounds, including a formal garden based on a parterre, plus colourful herbaceous borders, a woodland walk, and a traditional kitchen garden. The Hall, close to Kirby Wiske, Opens 11am. Entrance is £5 cash at the gate.
Soup & sweet lunch
The next soup and sweet lunch will be held at the Village Hall on Wednesday 25 May at 12 noon. Donations raised at this lunch will go to the Royal British Legion. The last lunch raised £90 which has gone to support the Village Hall.
Platinum Jubilee Celebrations
A leaflet presenting details of all the activities planned in Topcliffe is being delivered door to door in Topcliffe and Asenby in the next day or so. Below is a list of the main points.

Thursday 2 June to Sunday 5 June

Street and House Decorations – It’s hoped that all Topcliffe & Asenby households will embrace the party vibe and help transform the two villages into a brightly decorated royal wonderland with bunting flags and other decorations. It’s suggested that house decorations should go up on Wednesday 1 June and remain in place until at least Tuesday 7 June, but longer if you wish. The best decorated house in each village will be chosen on Saturday 4 June, starting at 9am and there’ll be a prize for the winners.

Thursday 2 June and Friday 3 June

The Angel celebrates the Platinum Jubilee – There’ll be a special celebration at The Angel between 12 noon and 5pm on Thursday 2 June and Friday 3 June. Activities will include a bouncy castle, treasure hunt, games and live music. Vintage harmony duo, The Cherry Tones, will perform songs from across the seven decades of the Queen’s incredible reign. These promise to be a family-friendly, feel-good days out. Free Entry for all.

Saturday 4 June

Platinum Jubilee Party in the Park – This is the main event of the weekend and will be held on the Playing Field in Topcliffe. There’ll be live music, an inflatable assault course, family fun… and an ice cream van will be on site. Families will be invited to take part in a flat green bowls competition at the adjacent bowling green. Those attending are invited to make a donation towards the cost of putting on the event. Collection boxes will be positioned at the gate.

Gazebo pitches can be pre-booked for a fee of £10 via Jenny Bumby on 07840 468672.

It will start at 2pm and everyone is invited to come along with their own picnic and drinks to enjoy an afternoon of fun.

Wendy and Louise Bumby are preparing afternoon teas for those who would prefer not to have to make up their own picnic. The teas must be pre-ordered by Wednesday 1 June and a form is included in the leaflet being delivered to each home, or on Top Residents Facebook page. Forms can be left in the box outside Jenny’s house at Rangimarie, Long Street. Or call 01845 577358. The price is £5 per head and the tea will consist of sandwiches, a savoury, scone and cake.

Children are invited to attend the party in their own homemade monarch’s crown and there’ll be a competition to find the best on the day.

Saturday 4 June

A view from the tower – Throughout the afternoon there’ll be an ‘open-church’ event at St Columba’s for visitors to look around the church and enjoy refreshments. The church tower will be open for guided tours for those who wish to see how the village looks from above in its Platinum Jubilee colours.

Sunday 5 June

Platinum Jubilee Sunday Brunch – Brunch will be served in the Village Hall from 10am to 12 noon. There’ll be a full range of breakfast buns, cakes and a plentiful supply of hot and cold drinks. There’ll be Sunday newspapers available and all money raised will go to help maintain the Village Hall.

Paintings on a royal theme by children attending Topcliffe Academy (and any other children who care to enter) will be on display and they’ll be judged to pick winners from each age group. The best crowns will also be on display.

Sunday 5 June

Platinum Jubilee Choral Evensong – A service will bring the Platinum Jubilee Weekend to a close will be held at St Columba’s Church at 6.30pm. The service will be followed by refreshments. It’s hoped that our two villages might find this a nice way to close the extended weekend’s celebrations. Everyone is warmly invited to attend.

Comedy Night at The Angel
The next Hilarity Bites Comedy Club will be held at The Angel on Tuesday 7 June. Doors open 7.30pm and show starts at 8pm. Tickets £10 in advance and £12 on day of the show. Call 01845 578000.
The Great Yorkshire Show
This year’s show takes place at the Great Yorkshire showground in Harrogate from Tuesday 12 to Friday 15 July and entry is by pre-paid ticket only. There’ll be all the usual features that help make the show so ‘great’, but this year there’ll be a brand new stage for presentations from well-known farming stars. Local vet Peter Wright will appear every day, whilst Adam Henson will be there on Tuesday 12 July; J B Gill on Wednesday 13 July; Matt Baker on Thursday 14 July and Amanda Owen on Friday 15 July. Tickets from
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
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 19 May – Operation Mincemeat
  • Friday 20 to Thursday 26 May – The Lost City
  • Friday 27 to Thursday 2 June – Downton Abbey: A New Era (Proceeds from the shows on 28 and 29 May will be donated to The Red Cross in aid of Ukraine.)

For a trial period, subtitles are now used on films presented on Sunday evenings.
Please keep checking the website for the latest details –

Rural Arts events at The Courthouse, Thirsk
For information on classes and workshops, 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):

  • Recycling & Garden Waste – Thursday 19 May.
  • Refuse – Monday 23 May.

Harrogate (Asenby)

  • Refuse – Mondays 16 and 30 May.
  • Garden waste – Thursday 19 May.
  • Recycling – Monday 23 May.
The week’s UK Covid statistics
• The R number range remains at 0.7 to 0.9 meaning that on average every 10 people infected will infect between 7 and 9 other people.
• There have been 176,708 UK deaths within 28 days of a positive Covid test and 193,713 deaths that had Covid mentioned on the death certificate.
That’s all for this week. Keep safe and remain well.