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Sunday Email: Issue 113

Welcome to the 113th issue of the Sunday Email.
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St Columba’s services

  • TODAY- 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.

Asenby Parish Council is ‘saved’
As reported last week a third attempt was started to get some nominations as councillors for Asenby Parish Council. Two previous attempts had drawn a blank, but this third go has finally raised some interest. By the closing date last Friday, there had been four names put forward – David Cockburn, Nikki Fox, Tanyka Rawden and Malcolm Sollitt. They are now declared elected unopposed. Four is sufficient for the council to be quorate. There is a fifth seat available and the Parish Council will consider a co-option in due course, if anyone is interested.

And a very special thank you is due to ex-chairman of the council, Peter Palmer, who has agreed to act as Parish Clerk on a temporary basis. There’ll be an advertisement in due course for a permanent clerk. Anyone fancy the job?

Milk Churn Farm Shop launches online market
Our very own farm shop is going national in the next few weeks with a new online marketplace. Locally produced food and drink will be available for delivery anywhere in the UK. It could be a well-earned treat or a gift for someone special. It means the farm shop’s range of local and artisan products will be just a click away! Watch their website for more details.
Can you help the scouts?
1st Topcliffe Scouts are urgently looking for more adult helpers. There’s an excellent team at the moment but more are needed to help out with full scouting teams and a long waiting list of youngsters wanting to join. If you think you might be able to assist, please het in touch with Donna Flemming on 07591 438766.
Fruityberry Fruit Farm
The popular fruit farm on the Dishforth to Sharow Road has opened for another season. This year the farm has specially designed raised beds for the elderly, children and wheelchair users, so fruit picking couldn’t be easier! There are strawberries, raspberries, gooseberries and black currants available. Opening times are Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 10am to 5pm. Group bookings available Tuesday and Thursday. For more information check out –
National Cream Tea Day – 24th June
The fourth Friday of June each year is an event marked boldly in every foodie’s calendar. Cream teas have been a British staple since the 19th century, when the Duchess of Bedford decided that the wait between lunch and dinner was unacceptable. What then became a lavish spread of sandwiches, cakes, scones and tea, with guests massively overdressed for what is essentially an elaborate snack, soon became a popular event for tourists in tea rooms across the UK.

The cream tea is a compact and more casual version of the more elaborate afternoon tea, one that has been enjoyed by Britons in tea rooms, cafes and even humble garden centres for the last few centuries.

The Thirsk Garden Centre is celebrating the rich heritage of this tradition by offering reward card customers a free small scone to share when two friends each buy a hot drink.

This is a timeless ceremony meant to be shared! Jam first, of course.

Zoe seeks your views
Crime Commissioner Zoë Metcalfe is holding a series of meetings across North Yorkshire to hear views on proposals for North Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service. The nearest meeting to Topcliffe & Asenby will be on Northallerton High Street on Wednesday 20 July from 10am until 4pm.

The Commissioner is considering proposals for North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service over the next three years. The plan being discussed, sets out how the Service would seek to deploy its people, equipment, and resources. These proposals are based on an extensive risk assessment across North Yorkshire and York, which has identified the likelihood and severity of fires, road traffic collisions, water related incidents, and other emergencies.

If you can’t call in to see Zoe, you can have your say online by completing the consultation at

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.
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.
Knit and Natter
There’ll be a Knit & Natter session at the Milk Churn Farm Shop on Wednesday 29 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 23 June (Matinee on Wednesday 22 June) – Top Gun: Maverick
  • Friday 24 to Thursday 30 June (Matinee on Wednesday 29 June) – Downton Abbey: A new Era
  • Friday 1 to Thursday 7 July (No Matinees) – Good Luck To You Leo Grande
  • Friday 8 to Thursday 14 July (No Matinees) – Jurassic World: Dominion
  • Friday 15 to Thu 21 July (Matinees – Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 July) – Lightyear

Please keep checking the website for the latest details –

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

  • 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

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 Inn’s 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):

  • Refuse – Mondays 20 June and 4 July.
  • Recycling & Garden Waste – Thursday 30 June.

Harrogate (Asenby):

  • Recycling – Mondays 20 June and 4 July.
  • Refuse – Monday 27 June
  • Garden waste – Thursday 30 June.
That’s all for this week. Keep safe and remain well.