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Sunday Email: Issue 116

Welcome to the 116th issue of the Sunday Email.
07785 223707
Milk Churn Farm Shop to close
Announcement made on Top Residents’ Facebook page last Tuesday

It is with heavy hearts that we have decided that we can no longer keep The Milk Churn Farm Shop running as a viable business and so, in the not too distant future, we will be closing the doors for good.

Running a business in times like we are experiencing is a massive challenge but we have found it amazingly rewarding, with just a few disappointments along the way. We have met some fantastic customers who have become firm friends and so having to make the decision to close has been particularly painful and difficult.

Opening during the pandemic was always a gamble, but along with austerity, huge electric tariffs still rising, cost of foods at wholesale increasing hugely and for personal reasons, it is no longer viable to remain open.

It has truly been an honour to serve the local community. Our philosophy was to provide fresh food but shop local it seems for us, is becoming a thing of the past as food prices rise and people need to search for a deal in order to put food on the table. We cannot compete with the supermarkets who buy in bulk to reach cheaper prices.

All the staff will still remain with us as we will soon be opening the sandwich shop as an attachment to the Post Office. Following a few alterations the farm shop, with the council’s help, will return back into a home and be sold. We will be continuing our local products online and our fresh foods are earmarked for a new exciting venture.

We have no set date at the moment for closure but it won’t be too far away.

Thank you to all our customers for your support this last few years, it has meant the world to us. Onwards and upwards whilst new ideas are formulating and we will keep you posted.

Best Wishes
Debbie, Hannah and Rob

And unfortunately there’s another sad announcement…

John hangs up his gavel for the last time

Time has been called on the annual Attic Auction, an event which has been staged at the Village Hall for around 25 years. The decision was taken at last week’s Parochial Church Council where auctioneer John Phillips reported that it was time for him to retire from the event.

He said: "Unfortunately, despite so much help from people around the village, the principal burden still falls on me and, not being quite as young as I was, my ability to prepare and catalogue the sale and then conduct it all in the same day is beginning to fade!

"We have had these auctions every year since the mid-1990s, apart from 2020 when it had to be cancelled due to Covid. It has been a great run and always a pleasure for the organisers and villagers alike. I would prefer to step down while that is still the case – things were starting to creak a bit last year!

"So, I shall be hanging up my gavel at long last! I would, though, like to thank my ever enthusiastic and long suffering team of helpers both from the church and the village, as well as the generous donors providing things to sell, without whom nothing would have happened. It has always been fun and sometimes even hilarious and we have great memories to look back on."

Editor’s Note: I am sure that everyone in Topcliffe and Asenby will wish to thank John for the many years service as a brilliant auctioneer and fundraiser. He was always part of a team, but the heaviest burden always fell on his shoulders. It was always a joy to see and hear him in action and his performances and the Attic Auction itself, will be sadly missed.

Topcliffe Bridge – an update
Regular Sunday Email readers will recall that a request was submitted to North Yorkshire County Council’s highway department for Topcliffe Bridge to be repaired in time for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. The response was that every attempt would be made to schedule the works in June, but they were unlikely to be done in advance of the Jubilee celebrations. Last week a request for an update on proposals for doing the job was sent and this reply was received on Friday.

"Thank you for your latest enquiry concerning the improvement works at Topcliffe Bridge. Unfortunately it hasn’t been possible to progress the work as quickly as intended due to awaiting approvals from Historic England and the Environment Agency and a recent technical matter concerning the masonry. I’m pleased to say, however, that all approvals are now in place. Efforts have been made to include in the delivery of this work a broader procurement package of works for the Safer Roads Fund project, but, due to its more specialist nature, we are having to procure separately which has also extended the delivery time. Please be assured that the delivery of this work remains a priority and I am meeting with colleagues next week to finalise details and will contact you again following that meeting to provide a further update."

There’ll be a further update next week.

Village Hall bookings go online
The ongoing trial of an online booking system at the Village Hall is going extremely well and by all accounts proving popular with those hiring the hall for their activities and private parties. Hallmaster, as it is called, allows enquiries and bookings to be made directly on the village website. People simply follow a link on the village hall pages which takes them to calendars and booking procedures. Currently, payment must still be made by BACS, but in the very near future all financial transactions will be undertaken using PayPal.

The Hallmaster booking pages can be found at: Anyone experiencing any difficulty making a booking, should call 07857 836332.

New Asenby Parish Council gets down to business
The newly elected Asenby Parish Council will meet at 8pm on Wednesday 20 July, in the Village Hall.
The Big Race Night
The Big Race night will take place on Saturday 10 September at Topcliffe & Asenby Village Hall. There’ll be eight races on the big screen 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!).

The 2020 race night had to be cancelled at the last meeting due to Covid. Those who had paid £5 to name a horse at that time can be confident their payment is still valid and their choice of name is on the Race Card for September’s event. If anyone wants to check their purchase and chosen horse name they can call 07785 223707 or email There’s a few horses still left to be named and they are available on a first come, first served basis.

Tickets for the event are now on sale at £6 each. Entry includes a 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’s accommodation at The Crab Manor Hotel. You can buy tickets from Monday onwards from Topcliffe Post Office, Doug Allan (07785 223707) or Judith Lowe in Asenby (01845 577911).

Soup & sweet lunch
The next soup and sweet lunch will be held at the Village Hall on Wednesday 20 July at 12 noon. Cash raised will go towards the pensioners Christmas lunch.

Cash raised at the last two lunches – £188.50 in total – has been donated to help meet the increasing costs associated with printing the The Tattler newsletter.

St Columba’s services

  • TODAY- 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.

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

There is already quite a few stalls taken but organisers Karen Morley and Linda Carver are keen to hear from anyone else who would like to hire a table for £5 to sell their wares or promote something. There’ll also be raffles and tombolas to support specific charities.

On the day, from 11am to 12 noon, tea/coffee will be served with a choice of cake for £2 per head. Then from midday 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 (01845 577426) or Linda (01845 578014) if you can assist.

Happy 1st anniversary Catton Kitchen
This week marks the first anniversary of the opening of The Catton Kitchen and a special party was organised yesterday to mark the occasion. Owners Amy and Hugo held a garden party and BBQ, with music provided by a very capable soloist/guitarist Topcliffe resident Daniel Burdett who entertained the crowd with popular songs for all age groups and some he had even written himself. The day was a wonderful success and there’s a few photographs here:
Daniel singing his heart out
Enjoying the atmosphere
An afternoon in the sunshine
Other events at The Catton Kitchen
Here’s news of a few events planned at The Catton Kitchen over the coming weeks:

  • Lucy Day is holding a yoga class from 9am until 10am each Sunday. 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.
  • 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.

Check out 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. 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.

It’s hoping the Knit & Natter gathering will find a new home in which to meet once the Milk Churn Farm Shop closes.

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 hits 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.
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:

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.

The Ritz Cinema

  • 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
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
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 14 and 28 July
  • Refuse – Mondays 18 July. and 1 August

Harrogate (Asenby):

  • Refuse – Mondays 11 and 25 July
  • Garden waste – Thursdays 14 and 28 July
  • Recycling – Mondays 18 July and 1 August
That’s all for this week. Keep safe and remain well.