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Sunday Email: Issue 115

Welcome to the 115th issue of the Sunday Email.
07785 223707
Village Hall bookings go online
Topcliffe and Asenby Village Hall is catching up with the times by introducing an online booking system. The Village Hall Committee is introducing Hallmaster, an electronic booking service. This will allow enquiries and bookings to be made directly online. The system is currently being trialed with users and hirers being asked to follow a link to access calendars and booking arrangements. Currently, payment must still be made by BACS, but in the very near future all financial transactions will be undertaken using PayPal.

The introduction of the online system is very timely as it coincides with the recent retirement of Judith Lowe who for many years looked after village hall bookings.

The Hallmaster booking pages are on the village website at Anyone experiencing any difficulty making a booking, should call 07857 836332.

Hall Hire Charges
At its meeting on 7 June, the Village hall Committee reviewed the hire charges for 2022-23 and these can be viewed here.

New Asenby Parish Council gets underway
The newly elected Asenby Parish Council met for the first time last Wednesday to conclude the Annual Meeting business held over from the May meeting. Congratulations to Tanyka Rawden who was elected as Chair of the new Council. The next full meeting of the Council will be held at 8pm on Wednesday 20 July, in the Village Hall.
Topcliffe Parish Council
There’ll be a meeting of Topcliffe Parish Council at 7pm on Thursday 7 July in the conservatory of The Angel Hotel. Beyond that, the next meeting with be on Thursday 1 September. Same time, same place.
And they’re off! The Big Race Night is back
The date is set for the Topcliffe Big Race night – it’s Saturday 10 September. It will be run at Topcliffe & Asenby Village Hall. There’ll be eight races and supper will be served at the halfway point. There’ll be a bar serving beer, lager, wines and soft drinks (sorry – no bring your owns!).

Race goers will know that the planned Race Night in April 2020 had to be postponed due to Covid and a ban on gatherings. A record was kept of those who paid £5 to name a horse. If anyone wants to check their purchase and horse name chosen, please get in touch (07785 223707 or There’s five horses still left to be named: the cost is £5 per name/horse. They are available on a first come, first served basis.

Tickets for the event will be £6 per head, including beef in red wine and crispy dumplings supper (or veggie alternative). Each ticket will be numbered and there’ll be a draw, the winner of which will win a night at The Crab & Lobster. Details about where you can buy tickets will be in next week’s email.

iPhone Scam
Scammers are targeting iPhone users with claims that their Apple Pay has been suspended. This latest text scam tells recipients that their Apple Pay – Apple’s mobile payment service – has been suspended and that they need to follow a link to reactivate the account. This scam is a text, sent from a mobile number, and reads: ‘Apple Pay has been suspended on your device. Please visit [].

Scammers often use tactics like this so that you panic and act fast. If you receive this message, don’t respond to it and don’t click on any links. If you’ve clicked the link already and you’re concerned you’ve given your details to a scammer, you should contact your bank immediately and report the scam to Action Fraud. You can also contact Apple Support if you’re concerned about the message you’ve received.

Church to close and parishes to merge
The Church Commissioners have proposed several changes to local parishes. It’s proposed that the parish of Baldersby with Dishforth and the parish of Skipton on Swale should be merged and that the church at Skipton on Swale should close and no longer be a building for regular public worship.

You can read the full proposition here.

Heritage Hub – Northallerton
Until October, Hambleton District Council is running an exciting new Heritage Hub which is designed to bring the community together to celebrate the town’s unique heritage. The Hub, which is located at 90 High Street, Northallerton, will display, for the first time, information about Northallerton’s past, its built heritage and the communities that live and work there, alongside objects from local people’s own collections.

It is also a place where people can meet and take part in interactive workshops relating to the town’s heritage and share their own stories which are being captured through a designated oral history programme.

For more information on the project, please contact Virginia Arrowsmith, Community Engagement Lead via email at vparrowsmith or ‘phone 07914 347892. There’s more information online at

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
There’s to be a Summer Fayre & Afternoon Tea at Topcliffe & Asenby Village Hall on Saturday 6 August between 11am and 3pm. Entry will be free of charge.

Organisers Karen Morley and Linda Carver are inviting organisations and individuals to hire a table for £5 to sell their wares or promote something, and there’s already considerable interest. Anyone who would like a stall for crafts, hobbies, books, etc, is asked to get in touch as soon as possible. There’ll also be raffles and tombolas to support specific charities. Linda and Karen will put on their usual cake stall.

From 11am to 12 noon, tea/coffee will be served with a choice of cake for £2 per head. Then from 12 noon through to 3pm afternoon teas will be served. You’ll get sandwiches, savouries, scones, cakes, plus tea, coffee or soft drink, all for just £5 per adult and £2.50 for children. If it’s a nice day the hall’s recently acquired marquee will be erected so that tea can be enjoyed in the garden.

APPEAL FOR HELP: 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) or Linda (578014) if you can assist.

St Columba’s services

  • TODAY- 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.

Cross Talk
The latest edition of the church magazine has been published. It can be read here.
Baldersby St James – Book Sale
The Book Sale is on Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 September open from 10am to 5pm each day. If anyone has books to donate for the sale just drop them into the church. Lots of helpers are needed from Thursday 8th to put out books, and on Sunday 11th to tidy up. If you can help please email Susan Brown at c.b.brown398
Events on at The Catton Kitchen
Here’s news of a few events planned at The Catton Kitchen over the coming weeks:

  • Starting today, Sunday 3 July, Lucy is holding a yoga class from 9am until 10am. 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

Open Day at High Batts 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.
The Great Yorkshire Show
Tuesday 12 to Friday 15 July and entry is by pre-paid ticket only. Tickets from
Knit and Natter
There’ll be a Knit & Natter session at the Milk Churn Farm Shop on Wednesday 13 July 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.
Pickhill Strawberry Fayre
The village Strawberry Fayre will be held on Saturday 16 July from 1pm to 11pm. There’ll be a wide range of activities including, a bouncy castle, water slide, assault course, games, sports races, craft stalls, ice cream van, all-day food and BBQ. From 5 until 9pm there’ll be a DJ playing everyone’s favourite music.
Dalton Village Gala
The Village Gala is on Saturday 16 July, from 2pm to 5pm. There will be children’s races, a photograph competition and various stalls. Entry is free. All welcome. More details on Dalton Village Facebook page.
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.
Narrowboat Cruises on the Ripon Canal
Now here’s a nice idea for a summer activity to suit people of all ages. Ripon Scenic Cruises is offering narrowboat cruises on the Ripon Canal. It’s craft, The Pride of Ripon, is fully insured and licenced to carry 12 people. It is accessible for wheelchairs and up to two wheelchairs can be accommodated on each cruise. Based at the Ripon Canal Basin there is free ample car parking on site (spaces permitting). No booking is required for regular half hour long trips. The cost is £5 per adult and £2 per child.

For that special treat, you can hire the narrowboat for family outings, parties, staff or club trips, anniversary celebrations or any other excuse for a great trip in the outdoors. Private hire is £95 per hour, booking is essential and a few days’ notice is needed.

Operating days for half hour trips during term time are 11am to 4pm Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays, whilst during the school holidays it will be Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays. Dates and times for private cruises can be agreed. For further details or to book please contact Richard Willis on 01765 609777 / 07712 774089 or check out the website at

Marfield Wetlands Nature Reserve
No matter whether you are seriously into Natural History or just like walking in a pleasant location, the Marfield Nature Reserve, located just outside Masham, offers a pleasant walk accompanied by lots of wildlife and lovely scenery. There are three hides which have padded seats [such luxury] and you can enjoy a fairly flat walk or try something longer. This is a little gem which is not particularly well known or overcrowded. There is parking at the Reserve and dogs are allowed on leads. The postcode is HG4 4NX.
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.

Last Rural Arts class in current series
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.
Concerts at Thorp Perrow
By popular demand, ABBA Sensation and Flash! A tribute to Queen are back to perform at Thorp Perrow near Bedale. The two sensational tribute bands never fail to get the crowd up on their feet to dance the night away. There’ll be hit after hit, anthem after anthem, as the groups power out some of the greatest songs of all time. Performed in authentic costumes and with replica equipment the show really is as close as it gets.

  • ABBA Sensation – 23 July.
  • Flash! A tribute to Queen – 26 August.

Gates open at 7.30pm. Performance starts at 8.30pm and ends at 10.45pm. Picnics can be taken in, but there’s also hot and cold food and drinks on sale. Tickets via the website at:

The Ritz Cinema

  • 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
  • Friday 22 to Thursday 28 July (Matinee Wednesday 27 July – Elvis
  • Friday 29 to Thursday 4 August (Matinees – Saturday 30 July, Sunday 31 July, Wednesday 3 Aug) – Minions 2: Rise of Gru

Updates: Please keep checking the website for the latest details –

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 4 and 18 July.
  • Recycling & Garden Waste – Thursdays 14 and 28 July

Harrogate (Asenby):

  • Recycling – Mondays 4 and 18 July
  • Refuse – Mondays 11 and 25 July
  • Garden waste – Thursdays 14 and 28 July
Covid is still with us
Covid infections are continuing to rise, the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics show. The data suggests about 2.3 million people had Covid last week. That’s an increase of half a million on the previous week. Experts say two new fast-spreading subvariants of Omicron – called BA.4 and BA.5 – are likely to be driving new infections. These two strains make up more than half of new Covid infections and officials expect more people to test positive in the next few weeks. Interestingly, this wave appears to be driven by reinfections meaning that people who have had the virus previously are catching it again. BA.4 and BA.5 Omicron are not thought to be any more dangerous than earlier variants of Covid and most people will not be very ill with it. The good news is that although hospitalisation rates are up, this hasn’t so far been accompanied by an increase in the number of Covid related deaths.
That’s all for this week. Keep safe and remain well.