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Sunday Email: Issue 114

Welcome to the 114th issue of the Sunday Email.
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Don’t buy – just borrow when you need it!
Here’s an interesting idea getting off the ground in Topcliffe. It’s a "Borrow, not Buy" scheme and it already is attracting support from local residents. It was launched by Martin Smith, who lives at the Old Police House and he says he has 12 outdoor folding Ikea chairs that might be handy if anyone is holding a summer BBQ. He also offers a 2x3m gazebo, camping equipment and various tools (such as a cordless hedge trimmer and strimmer) to anyone who would like to borrow them.

Sally Machen thinks it’s a brilliant idea and immediately added to the pool of things that others might like to borrow, including dining chairs, soup makers, slow cookers, books and other items. Sam Key offers a couple of quite large gazebos and a garage full of random tools that may be helpful if anyone needs them.

No doubt the scheme will grow in popularity as the range of items available increases. Here’s a dedicated Facebook link –

Fruityberry Fruit Farm
The popular fruit farm on the Dishforth to Sharow Road is open for pick your own. The farm now 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 –
Soup & sweet lunch
The next soup and sweet lunch will be held at the Village Hall on Wednesday 6 July at 12 noon. Cash raised will go to help with production costs of the The Tattler newsletter.
Summer Fayre and Afternoon Tea
Karen Morley and Linda Carver are planning to hold a Summer Fayre & Afternoon Tea at Topcliffe & Asenby Village Hall on Saturday 6 August between 11am and 3pm. Entry on to the event will be free of charge.

It’s going to be a similar event to the one held last Christmas when people were invited to hire a table for £5 to sell their wares or promote something. Anyone who would like a stall is asked to get in touch with Karen as soon as possible. There’ll hopefully be raffles and tombolas to support specific charities. Linda and Karen will put on their usual cake stall.

Afternoon teas which will include sandwiches, savouries, scones, cakes, plus tea, coffee or soft drink will be available at £5 per adult and £2.50 for children. If it’s a nice day (and it should be in August!) the hall’s recently acquired marquee will be erected so that tea can be enjoyed in the garden.

Last time help with baking was sought there was a tremendous response from kind villagers who were happy to help by baking cakes, buns, quiches or sausage rolls. Once again any help would be much appreciated on this occasion. Please contact Karen (577426) if you can assist.

St Columba’s services

  • TODAY- Sunday 26 June at 10.45am – Holy Communion.
  • Sunday 3 July at 6.30pm – Choral Evensong
  • Sunday 10 July at 10.45am – Holy Communion
  • Sunday 17 July at 10.45am – Choral Matins
  • Sunday 24 July at 10.45am – Holy Communion
  • Sunday 31 July – the Fifth Sunday in the month – No Service

All services conclude with refreshments and time to linger.

Thirsk Farmers’ Market
The next Northern Dales Farmers’ Market will be on Sunday 3 July. It’ll feature some of the very best food and drink producers in the country and the best bit – they’re all local small independent family businesses.
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.
Horse racing at Thirsk
There’ll be an afternoon race meeting at Thirsk on Wednesday 29 June. Gates open 11am, first race 1.20pm. Tickets online via
Open Day at Nature Reserve
The High Batts Nature Reserve on the Ripon to Masham Road (A6108) is holding an open day on Sunday 10 July from 10am to 4pm…and entry is free! There’ll be guided walks from 11am to 2pm, plus children’s activities, quizzes, bird ringing, refreshments. See link for further information.
St James Coffee and Chat
Held at the church in Baldersby St James every Tuesday morning between 10am and 12 noon. A popular morning to meet friends old and new…and to swap your books at the same time.
Children’s summer holiday events
A wide range of children’s activities is being held at Thirsk Community Library over the school holidays.

  • Saturday 23 July and Saturday 6 August – Clean and Tune up your bike workshop. 10am to 12.30pm. Children aged 7+ accompanied by an adult. Bring your bike to learn how to check it’s safe to ride. £2 per child. Booking essential.
  • Wednesday 27 July and Thursday 1 September – Aquatic Fanatic live animals workshop. 2 to 3pm. Children aged 4+ accompanied by an adult. £3 per child or £5 per family. Booking essential.
  • Thursday 28 July and Thursday 11 August – Young Gadgeteers, 2 to 3pm for 4-7 year olds. 3.15 to 4.15pm for 7 years+ age group. Become a mechanical engineer for the afternoon. £2 per child. Booking essential.
  • Tuesdays 2, 16 and 30 August – Lego and Duplo drop in. 2 to 4pm. Come and make your own creations. All ages welcome and under 8s need to be accompanied by an adult. Just turn up. Free.
  • Friday 5 August and Monday 15 August – Young Gadgeteers. 2 to 3pm for 4-7 year olds. 3.15 to 4.15pm for 7 years+ age group. Become an electronic engineer for the afternoon. £2 per child. Booking essential.
  • Thursday 25 August – Pin Ups. 2 to 3pm. Join local artist Chris Jeeson to create your own pin up and pop-up books. Children aged 5+ years. £2 per child. Booking essential.
  • Friday 2 September – Warhammer War Gaming taster session. 10.30 to 11.30am. Free session to find out what war gaming is all about. Suitable for children 7+ and no booking needed. Just turn up.

Pre-booking is required for some activities: Telephone 01609 534589 or call into the library.

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

  • From Sunday 3 July the Kitchen is teaming up with Lucy who is going to be holding a class 9-10am most Sunday mornings. There’s already a great deal of interest but there’s plenty of space for more to join in. It doesn’t matter what level you are at as this class will teach you along the way. Everybody is welcome. £9 for the hour (children free). If you are interested, contact details are below.
  • 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. Ticket prices are £15 adult £8 child under 11 which includes a plate of food, pudding and a welcome drink.
  • 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

Malton Show – Sunday 26 June – Scampston Park, Malton YO17 8NG
8am – 5.30pm. £12 adult, £16 OAP, £6 12-16s, under 12s free. E: – 07726 924450 – http://
Steam and vintage rally – Saturday 2 to Sunday 3 July – Duncombe Park, Helmsley,YO62 5EB. Featuring the The Great Yorkshire Traction Engine
Club 2022 Rally.
Rural Arts classes
The final Rural Arts ‘Hearts and Crafts’ class will be held at Topcliffe & Asenby Village Hall at 10am 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 Ritz Cinema

  • 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 –

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 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):

  • Recycling & Garden Waste – Thursday 30 June.
  • Refuse – Mondays 4 and 18 July.

Harrogate (Asenby):

  • Refuse – Monday 27 June
  • Garden waste – Thursday 30 June.
  • Recycling – Mondays 4 and 18 July
That’s all for this week. Keep safe and remain well.