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Sunday Email: Issue 112

Welcome to the 112th issue of the Sunday Email
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Postscript on the Platinum Jubilee
Everyone who took part in the celebrations last weekend must have been impressed with the range of events organised – the Party in the Park, the Sunday Brunch, Church opening and tower tours, as well as various competitions to find the best Crown, the best decorated houses and best artwork produced by local schoolchildren. And earlier, there was the very successful Scarecrow trail. These events don’t just happen by magic! They take a great deal of time, energy and commitment to get things just right for the rest of us to simply walk in and enjoy. I am sure residents of our two villages will wish to offer their thanks to all the organisers of these many and varied activities. There are too many to list here, but they know who they are and they can feel happy and proud of their contribution. We are all extremely grateful, thank you and well done.

Last Sunday’s Email was issued before the Sunday Brunch was over. I mentioned that it had been a remarkable success. I can now report that a total of £343 was raised and this will be donated to the Village Hall to help support planned improvements including replacement of all windows in the hall and, hopefully, the construction of a new patio area later in the year.

St Columba’s services

  • TODAY- 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.

Maybe it is third time lucky for Asenby
Last week I reported that Harrogate Borough Council is trying for a third time to get some nominations for the five seats on Asenby Parish Council. Two previous attempts have drawn a blank.

Well, it looks like things are changing for the better as it’s understood a number of nominations were submitted by the deadline last Friday 10 June. The names of nominated candidates will be published next week.

This is very good news. It’s got to be better having local people managing village affairs, rather than nominated individuals from Harrogate Council.

Events planned at The Catton Kitchen
Here’s news of a few events planned at The Catton Kitchen over the coming weeks:

  • Friday 17 June, 4.30 to 8.30pm – burger night using as much of The Catton Kitchen’s produce and meat as possible. Join us at the market garden to enjoy your food where there will be a bar or pop in and collect your food to enjoy at home.
  • Saturday 9 July, midday to 6pm – BBQ and one year anniversary of The Catton Kitchen. An afternoon to showcase the market garden’s meat, salad and veg. There will be a bar and 90 minutes of live music. Adults and children welcome to come along to help Amy and Hugo celebrate twelve months of operation. Prices to be confirmed.
  • Thursday 21 July – Pizza night with Cozy P’s Woodfired Pizza. Go along to the market garden to enjoy your pizza where there will be a bar or, pop in and collect your food to enjoy at home.

Watch Facebook and Instagram for more information. Or call 07747 083155

Soup & sweet lunch
The next soup and sweet lunch will be held at the Village Hall on Wednesday 22 June at 12 noon. Cash raised will go towards paying the much-increased cost of printing The Tattler newsletter.
St James Coffee and Chat
Held at the church in Baldersby St James every Tuesday morning between 10 and 12 noon. A popular morning to meet friends old and new…and to swap your books at the same time.
They’re off at Thirsk
Tuesday 14 June – Thirsk Racecourse, Station Road, YO7 1QL. An afternoon of racing featuring Royal Ascot. Gates open 11am, first race 1.45pm. Call 01845 522276 or book online at
The Yorkshire critters – carvers of distinction
Up to Wed 15 June at Tennants Auctions, Leyburn, DL8 5SG. The Critter Carvers are a group of over
40 craftsmen working from the 1940s to the present day, who make oak furniture inspired by Robert ‘Mouseman’ Thompson. 8.30am to 5pm. Free entry. Call 01969 621146 for more information.
Knit and Natter
There’ll be a Knit & Natter session at the Milk Churn Farm Shop on Wednesday 15 June between 1.30 and 3.30pm. Pop along and enjoy 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.
The Ritz Cinema

  • 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).
  • Friday 17 to Thursday 23 June (Matinee on Wednesday 22 June) – Top Gun: Maverick

Please keep checking the website for the latest details –

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.

Unfortunately, because of poor attendance, Rural Arts is withdrawing the ‘Hearts and Crafts’ sessions from Topcliffe and Asenby Village Hall once this series of classes is completed.

Blooming lovely!
RHS Flower Show at RHS Harlow Carr, Harrogate HG3 1QB. Thursday 23 to Sunday 26 June – Browse and buy quality plants from specialist nurseries. These knowledgeable nurseries will share their unrivalled expertise and knowledge 9am-6pm. £14.25, child £7.25. Online booking essential.
Ripon Theatre Festival
The popular festival in Ripon is set to take place from Thursday 23 to Sunday 26 June and will host more than 40 performances for all ages, many of them free. Children and families will be spoilt for choice across the whole weekend. Ripon Library welcomes back Hoglets Theatre with a twilight show for little ones and Story Craft Theatre will bring an afternoon of crafty tales around the Heading into Space theme. Full information and tickets are available via the festival website at
Music at Junction 50
The first concert in this year’s ‘Music at Junction 50’ series takes place at St James Church, Baldersby St James on Wednesday 29 June at 7pm. It features two very talented young artists – Tara Viscardi on the harp and Robert Finegan playing the saxaphone. Tickets available from Sue Brown c.b.brown398 (07840 381558) or Colin Reid – colinreid97 (07770 620897) or at the door on the night.
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
Disco at The Angel
Everyone likes a disco featuring 70s, 80s and 90s hits so get on your glad rags for this big night out at The Angel. It’s on Saturday 16 July between 7.30pm and midnight and besides three decades of top hit music played by a great DJ , there’ll be a delicious BBQ supper. Anyone dressing in retro gear has the chance to win £75 worth of West Park Inns vouchers. And here’s the best part of it: buy your tickets in advance and get them for £5 – that’s half price. Purchase tickets on the night at the door and you’ll have to pay the full price of £10.
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 – Thursdays 16 June and 30 June.
  • Refuse – Mondays 20 June and 4 July.

Harrogate (Asenby):

  • Refuse – Monday 13 and 27 June
  • Garden waste – Thursday 16 and 30 June.
  • Recycling – Mondays 20 June and 4 July.
The week’s UK Covid statistics
• For the fifth week in a row, 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 195,962 deaths that had Covid mentioned on the death certificate.
That’s all for this week. Keep safe and remain well.