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Sunday Email: Issue 110

Welcome to the 110th issue of the Sunday Email.
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Platinum Jubilee Celebrations
Here’s the full programme of events in Topcliffe & Asenby over the Platinum Jubilee weekend. If you want to print off a copy of the leaflet produced by the village jubilee celebrations group, follow this link.

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 by 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 recently delivered to each home, or on Top Residents Facebook page. Forms can be left in the box outside Jenny Bumby’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 bringing 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.

Platinum Jubilee: Main National Events

  • Thursday 2 June: Queen’s birthday parade and Trooping the Colour takes place as Platinum Jubilee Beacons across 2,000 towns and cities light up.
  • Friday 3 June: National Service of Thanksgiving is held at St Paul’s, London. Ringing of Great Paul, the restored biggest church bell in the country.
  • Saturday 4 June: The Derby at Epsom Downs Racecourse and BBC Platinum Party at the Palace.
  • Sunday 5 June: Big Jubilee Lunch and street parties. Platinum Jubilee Pageant, a procession and performance in central London, involving 10,000 people and the Gold State Coach.
Asenby Platinum Jubilee Legacy Project
Last week there was an article about the plan to construct an ironwork bench around the base of the old chestnut tree on the green at the north end of Asenby village. The Asenby Institute has now released this sketch of the bench and confirmed that it has been commissioned. The cost is being partly met by a grant from Harrogate Borough Council. The chestnut tree was planted in 1897 to commemorate Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee.
Topcliffe Post Office – Jubilee opening times
Here are the opening times for the Post Office over the Platinum Jubilee Bank Holiday weekend:

  • Thursday, 2 June – 7am to 5pm.
  • Friday, 3 June – 8am to 4pm.
  • Saturday, 4 June – Closed (sorry but there’ll be no papers on sale. The staff are being given the day off so that they can enjoy the Jubilee celebrations with their family and friends).
  • Sunday, 5 June – Closed.
The Tattler
The next edition of The Tattler will be published on Tuesday 31 May and delivered door to door in our two villages over the following couple of days. It will carry a full programme for the Platinum Jubilee celebrations.
St Columba’s services

  • TODAY – Sunday 29 May – No Service.
  • Sunday 5 June at 6.30pm – Jubilee Service of Choral Evensong
  • Sunday 12 June at 10.45am – Holy Communion
  • Sunday 19 June at 10.45am – Choral Matins
  • Sunday 26 June at 10.45am – Holy Communion.

All services conclude with refreshments and time to linger.

Yorkshire to Ukraine
The raffle to raise funds for Yorkshire to Ukraine raised a whopping £6,500 – an amazing amount that will be invaluable in supporting aid trips to the war-torn country. The draw was held Friday evening and a full list of winners – including a couple in Topcliffe – will be posted on Facebook in due course.
Changes to Topcliffe Surgery clinical systems
The surgery has asked for the information about forthcoming system changes to be repeated this week.

The surgery is updating its computer systems and patients will need to take action to ensure they can access medical services via their Apps and to obtain their medications on time. The "Patient Access" App will soon stop working altogether and instead everyone should download and use the "NHS" App to order their medication. Patients won’t be able to order medication on the “NHS” App unless they also link their app to the Surgery. Help about how to do this can be found at

The main changes to the clinical systems will take place in July and patients will be unable to order their regular prescription whilst the changeover is taking place. So, requests for June and July medication should be made as soon as possible in June so that requests can be fulfilled ahead of the change. Patients can also order their medication or submit enquiries via the Surgery’s website

Changes like the one being planned will improve arrangements at the surgery, but it will be complicated and take time to complete, so everyone is asked to be patient (excuse the pun) during the transition.

Knit and Natter
The next Knit & Natter session at the Milk Churn Farm Shop is on Wednesday 1 June 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.
Tractor Fest
The UK’s largest vintage tractor and engine show will take place at Newby Hall over the Platinum Jubilee Bank Holiday weekend – Friday 3 to Sunday 5 June. Each year the show attracts over 1,600 exhibits as well as in excess of 12,000 visitors who also get access to the award winning gardens and other attractions. 10am-5pm. £50 family, £16 adult, £12 child. Tickets: 01423 322583 or via the website at
Northallerton Male Voice Choir
The choir will perform their Summer & Platinum Jubilee concert at The Forum, Northallerton on Saturday 4 June at 7.30pm. The choir will be joined by special guests, The Vintage Belles, an all female vocal group who sing songs with a twist of swing, boogie-woogie and jazz. Tickets: 01609 776230 or via website –
Farmers’ Market at Thirsk
The Northern Dales Farmers’ Market is once again visiting Thirsk Market place – Sunday 5 June from 9am until 2pm. There’ll be lots of stalls and you’ll be buying from some of the very best food and drink producers in
the country. And they’re all local small independent family businesses.
Soup & sweet lunch
The next soup and sweet lunch will be held at the Village Hall on Wednesday 8 June at 12 noon. Last week’s lunch raised £158 for the Royal British Legion.
Village Hall meeting
The AGM and an Ordinary Meeting of the Village Hall Committee will be held consecutively starting at 7.30pm on Tuesday 7 June in the Village Hall –
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 Ritz Cinema

  • To Thursday 2 June – Downton Abbey: A New Era (Proceeds from the shows on 28 & 29 May will be donated to The Red Cross in aid of Ukraine)
  • Friday 3 to Thursday 9 June – The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent
  • Saturday 11 & Sunday 12 June (Matinees only) – Sonic the Hedgehog 2
  • Friday 10 to Thursday 16 June – Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (This film contains flashing images which may affect viewers who are susceptible to photosensitive epilepsy)

Please keep checking the website for the latest details –

Rugby summer taster sessions
Thirsk Athletics Club is holding a series of rugby taster sessions over the summer to give youngsters from two to 17 an introduction to the game. They’re on Sundays 5 June, 10 July and 14 August between 9.30 and 11.30am. The club is based in Newsham Road (YO7 1QP). You can check out the club at http://
Rural Arts classes
The next Rural Arts ‘Hearts and Crafts’ class will be held at Topcliffe & Asenby Village Hall at 10am on Tuesday 21 June. The subject is silk printing. The final class in this series will be held on Tuesday 19 July, when the topic will be fused glass. You can simply turn up on the day – it’s free to attend and materials are provided.
The Great Yorkshire Show
Tuesday 12 to Friday 15 July and entry is by pre-paid ticket only. 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
Deer Shed Festival
The 12th Deer Shed Festival, Baldersby Park is taking place between 29 and 31 July. Full ticket details are available at
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 – Wednesday 1 June (one day earlier than usual) Thursdays 16 June and 30 June.
  • Refuse – Tuesday 7 June (one day later than usual) and Monday 20 June.

Harrogate (Asenby):

  • Refuse – Monday 30 May.
  • Garden waste – Thursday 2 June*
  • Recycling – Monday 6 June.

* Dates taken from Harrogate Borough Council’s website. 2 June is a Bank Holiday so either their teams are working as normal or the website hasn’t been updated!

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 177,977 UK deaths within 28 days of a positive Covid test and 195,347 deaths that had Covid mentioned on the death certificate.
That’s all for this week. Keep safe and remain well.