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Sunday Email: Issue 117

Welcome to the 117th issue of the Sunday Email.

Take care over the next few days as the temperatures are likely to be very high. A red warning for extreme heat has been issued in much of England for the first time ever – meaning there is a “very likely” risk to life.

07785 223707

Milk Churn Farm Shop
The final day of trading at the Farm Shop will be Friday 5 August. The shop will trade until 5pm that day. It is understood that the property is to be converted back to a family house.
Topcliffe Bridge – an update
Last week North Yorkshire County Council’s latest response regarding repairs to Topcliffe Bridge was presented.An update was expected this week but unfortunately no new communication has arrived. Hopefully the further promised update can be presented next week.
Another jab for over 50s this autumn
All over-50s in the UK will be offered another Covid booster and a flu jab this autumn. For some people it will be their sixth dose of a Covid vaccine. Previously it was suggested it would be those older than 65 that would be offered the vaccinations. Others who will be eligible for a further dose include residents in a care home for older adults and staff, frontline health and social care workers and those aged five to 49 in a clinical risk group – including pregnant women. The jab will also be offered to those aged five to 49 who are household contacts of people with immunosuppression, and those aged 16 to 49 who are carers.

The details of the rollout have not been confirmed, however, it is thought immunisation will start with the oldest and most vulnerable from September.

The news comes as the spread of the BA.4 and BA.5 variants of Covid again rise to very high levels. It’s believed that expanding the offer will provide necessary protection to those at higher risk of severe illness and keep greater numbers of people out of hospital.

Cost of Living payments
Soaring energy bills – coupled with rising prices in supermarkets and shops – continue to put pressure on people, with figures showing more and more people are buying less food to get by. Now the government has begun to get the first of two payments, totalling £650, to around eight million households.

It’s being targeted at low-income households on benefits or those who receive certain support, such as Universal Credit, income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance, income-related Employment and Support Allowance, Income Support, Pension Credit, Child Tax Credit or Working Tax Credit. Those eligible – identified by the Department of Work & Pensions or HM Revenue & Customs – will be paid automatically, so they do not need to apply and payments should appear in accounts as “DWP Cost of Living.”

The first instalment of £326 should be made to most people between 14 and 31 July, while the second payment of £324 will follow in the autumn. For those receiving Tax Credits, however, the first payment is to be made from the autumn and the second from winter 2022.

In addition to the above, pensioner households will receive an extra £300 to help cover the rising cost of energy this winter, while people on disability benefits will receive an extra £150 payment in September. From October, households will have £400 taken off energy bills.

Supermarket helps families
Asda has announced it will help feed children this summer as part of its initiative to help families at a time of financial difficulty. Children aged 16 and under can eat a hot or cold meal for just £1 in Asda Cafés, with no minimum adult spend required. The ‘Kids Eat for £1’ initiative is available all day, every day from 25 July until 4 September. Baby food is also available as part of the initiative, with little ones able to enjoy a free pouch of Ella’s Kitchen baby food (70g pouch).

The nearest Asda supermarkets with a cafe are in Harrogate and York, so it’s only an offer worth taking up if you are already planning a trip to one of those stores.

Car rally to pass through Topcliffe
The annual St Wilfred’s Classic Car Rally, run by Ripon Motor Sports Club, is being staged on Sunday 7 August and the organisers have indicated that the cars will pass through Topcliffe between 9.55 and 11.30pm. The event is a mixture of special tests on private land and rallying (at designated highway speeds or less, through a number of villages surrounding Ripon. It should be quite a spectacle to see these classic motors going through the village.
Booking the Village Hall online
The new online booking system – Hallmaster – allows enquiries and bookings to be made directly on the village website. Payments are completed via PayPal or BACs. The Hallmaster booking pages can be found at Anyone experiencing any difficulty making a booking, should call 07857 836332.
Asenby Parish Council meeting
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!).
  • Those who had paid £5 to name a horse back in 2020 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 at £5 per name.
  • 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 is numbered and will be entered in a draw, the winner of which will win a night’s bed and breakfast at Crab Manor Hotel.
  • You can buy tickets now from Topcliffe Post Office, Doug Allan (07785 223707) or Judith Lowe in Asenby (01845 577911).
Gone phishing! How scams work
You wouldn’t let a thief enter your home, but what if the thief was masquerading as someone familiar, such as a postman, and tricked you into opening the door? Phishing works in a similar way – criminals impersonate trusted organisations by creating legitimate-looking messages and websites in order to trick people into opening the doors to their personal information. Once criminals have this information, it can be used to perpetrate fraud and cyber against you, or in your name.

Phishing attacks are a common problem faced by both individuals and businesses on a daily basis. The most impersonated organisations in phishing emails reported last year were the NHS, HMRC and Gov.UK. As of 31 May 2022, the National Cyber Security Centre’s Suspicious Email Reporting Service (SERS) has received over 12million reports from the public, and has removed over 83,000 scams and 153,000 malicious websites.

Most of the phishing scams have one thing in common, they started with an unexpected email or text message. The goal of a phishing attack is usually the same – to trick you into revealing personal and financial information.

Here’s some simple advice you can follow when it comes to dealing with phishing scams:

  • If you have any doubts about a message, contact the organisation directly. Dont use the numbers or address in the message – use the details from their official website.
  • Remember, your bank (or any other official source) will never ask you to supply personal information via email.
  • If you think an email could be a scam, you can report it by forwarding the email to: report. Send emails that feel suspicious, even if you’re not certain they’re a scam.
  • Most phone providers are part of a scheme that allows customers to report suspicious text messages for free by forwarding it to 7726. Your provider can then investigate the origin of the text and arrange to block or ban the sender, if it’s found to be malicious.
  • If you’ve lost money or provided personal information as a result of a phishing scam, notify your bank immediately and report it to Action Fraud:
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.
St Columba’s services

  • TODAY- 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.

  • Stalls still available for produce, crafts, hobbies etc. – £5 each.
  • 11am to 12 noon – tea/coffee will be served with a choice of cake for £2 per head.
  • From midday through to 3pm – afternoon teas (sandwiches, savouries, scones, cakes, plus tea, coffee or soft drink) all for just £5 per adult and £2.50 for children.

Can you help? Karen and Linda will be running a cake stall as well as organising afternoon teas. They would welcome any help from those able to supply baking – cakes, buns, quiches or sausage rolls etc. Please contact Karen (01845 577426) or Linda (01845 578014) if you can assist.

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

Knit and Natter: Last meeting at the Milk Churn
There’ll be a Knit & Natter session as usual at the Milk Churn Farm Shop on Wednesday 27 July between 1.30 and 3.30pm. But after that the venue will change as the Milk Churn Farm Shop is closing down.

It’s hoped that Knit & natter will transfer to the Village Hall …but more on this once details are confirmed.

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.
Volunteer Recruitment Drop-In
Have you got time to help out at Kiplin Halland Gardens? They’re holding drop-in day so potential volunteers can pop in for a ‘cuppa’ and a chat to find out more. It’s on Thursday 21 July between 11am. If you’re interested, drop them an email to let them know you’re going along: admin
Horse racing at Thirsk Racecourse

  • The Sky Bet Go Racing In Yorkshire Summer Festival continues on Friday 22 July. Gates open 11am, first race 1.10pm.
  • The William Hill Thirsk Summer Cup Day on Saturday 30 July. Gates open 11am, first race 2.05pm.

Book online at

Leyburn 1940s Weekend
The Market Place in the centre of town becomes an arena for all things 1940s – with music, singing, dancing, stalls and all manner of vehicles including military vehicles, farm machinery, buses & vintage cars. Friday 22 to Sunday 24 July. Check out more details at:
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 – Friday, 23 July.
  • Flash! A tribute to Queen – Friday, 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:

Woodfield Car Boot Sale
Located off York Road, Thirsk. Saturday, 24 July – afternoon car boot sale. 1pm – close (sellers can set up at 12.15). Toilet facilities and catering on site. Sellers £5 per car + small trailer £2 extra. Vans £10. Buyers £1 each. Under-16s free.
Music at Junction 50

  • Sunday 24 July at 11am. The return of local harpist Mary Reid who has played in Baldersby St James a number of times. In this shorter more informal ‘coffee concert’ she will perform pieces from composers such as Bach, Paganini and Salzedo.
  • Thursday 1 September at 7pm – Sirocco Winds – the 2022 concert series has featured five young talented musicians of the highest quality who will perform a wide range of music, and will speak about the music they play and why it is important to them. 7pm. £10 including refreshments.
  • Friday 2 September at 7pm -The Genovia Bassoon Quartet will provide a whirlwind musical tour which will showcase items from various musical genres and will demonstrate the amazing versatility of the bassoon.

For tickets telephone01765 640624 or on the door on the day.

St James Coffee and Chat
And here’s a reminder of the weekly coffee and chat session 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.
Aldborough & Boroughbridge Agricultural Show
Held at Newby Hall on Sunday 24 July, between 10am-4pm.Baking, handicrafts, horticulture, children’s classes, flower arranging, photography and farm produce. Dog, cattle, sheep, horse and donkey classes. Tickets include entry into the gardens and legendary adventure playground. Book online or buy at gate.
Ryedale Agricultural Show
Staged at Wellburn Park near Kirbymoorsidefrom 8.30am on Tuesday 26 July. Adult £16, Child 5-16s £8, under 5s free. Tickets online or card payment on the day.
Ryedale Festival
Fifty inspiring performances are planned on various days through to Sunday 31 July. It might be called the Ryedale Festival but there are events everywhere – including Sowerby, Coxwold, Ampleforth and Husthwaite. Many will book up quickly, but there are others for which you can still buy tickets. Book online
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 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 –

The Repair Cafe
You can get your broken items repaired, learn how things are made and socialise over a cup of tea or coffee at The Repair Cafe, behind the Community Works re-use store in Thirsk. Be greener by avoiding creating waste and also saving money by letting a team of dedicated and talented volunteers try to repair your broken or "worn out" items. Access will be best from Gillings Court to the workshops behind the store. Saturday 30 July, 10am – 1pm. Voluntary Donation –
Deer Shed Festival
The 12th Deer Shed Festival, Baldersby Park is taking place between Friday 29 and Sunday 31 July. Full ticket details are available at
Thirsk Model Railway Show
To be staged at Thirsk Town Hall, Westgate, Thirsk on Sunday 31 July between 10am and 4pm. Ten model railway layouts, modelmaking demonstrations, trade stands and refreshments. All profits to Yorkshire Air Ambulance Adults £5. Accompanied children free. Pay in advance or at the door.
Open Days at Sutton Park, Sutton on the Forest

  • Monday 1 August to Tuesday 30 August.
  • Gardens Open – 11am – 5pm. Adult £5 / Child £2.50 / Concessions £4.
  • House Tours- 1:30pm and 2:45pm. Ticket includes entry to Gardens. Adult £10 / Child £5 / Concessions £6.50.
  • Tickets onthe door or by email (advisable) – suttonpark
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):

  • Refuse – Mondays 18 July and 1 August
  • Recycling & Garden Waste – Thursdays 28 July and 11 August.

Harrogate (Asenby):

  • Recycling – Mondays 18 July and 1 August
  • Refuse – Mondays 25 July and 8 August
  • Garden waste – Thursdays 28 July and 11 August
That’s all for this week. Keep safe and remain well.