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Sunday Email: Issue 118

Welcome to the 118th issue of the Sunday Email.
07785 223707
Aldborough & Boroughbridge Agricultural Show
TODAY – Sunday 24 July, at Newby Hall 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.
St Columba’s services

  • TODAY- Sunday 24 July at 10.45am – Holy Communion
  • Sunday 31 July – the Fifth Sunday in the month – No Service

All services conclude with refreshments.

Leyburn 1940s Weekend – CANCELLED
Anyone who read last week’s information promoting this show and thought they might drive over to Leyburn today should note that the whole event has been cancelled
Topcliffe Bridge – an update on the missing update
Two weeks ago North Yorkshire County Council’s latest response regarding repairs to Topcliffe Bridge was mentioned in the Sunday Email.It promised an update last week but unfortunately that update is still awaited.
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 seat takes shape
The seat being constructed to surround the venerable old chestnut on the green at the north end of Asenby village is nearing completion. Our photograph shows Blacksmith Louis testing the fit before sending it away to be galvanised. The chestnut was planted in 1897 to commemorate Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee and the metal seat is being provided to mark the Platinum Jubilee. The project is being organised by Asenby Institute, which has been awarded a grant by Harrogate Borough Council towards the cost.
The 2022 Produce Show
The annual Topcliffe and Asenby Produce Show will take place at the Village Hall on Saturday 3 September. So put the date in your diary! Any resident of Topcliffe and Asenby, as well as individuals who grow produce on allotments within the boundaries of our two villages, can put entries in the show. There’ll be 47 horticultural classes, as well as 16 baking/preserves classes, three floral classes, 10 hobbies classes and five classes just for children to enter. The full list of rules, categories and classes are available on both village websites – and or from Produce Show Secretary Judith Lowe (577911).
The Big Race Night
One of the most popular events on the village calendar is back following postponements during the pandemic. You can have a brilliant evening at the races, with an excellent supper and lots of excitement and fun. There’ll be a cash bar serving draught beer, lager, wines and soft drinks. And there’ll be some great prizes to be won on the raffle.

  • The Big Race night will take place on Saturday 10 September at Topcliffe & Asenby Village Hall. Doors open at 7pm and the first race is off at 7.30pm.
  • There’ll be eight races on the big screen and supper will be served at the halfway point.
  • All the horses now have an owner and have been given names. If anyone wants to check their purchase and chosen horse name they can call 07785 223707 or email
  • Tickets for the event are now on sale at £6 each. Entry includes a beef in red wine and crispy dumplings supper, or vegetarian 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).
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.
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.

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 our’ items. Access will be best from Gillings Court to the workshops behind the store. Saturday 30 July, 10am – 1pm. Voluntary Donation –
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
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
Soup & sweet lunch
The next soup and sweet lunch will be held at the Village Hall on Wednesday 3 August at 12 noon. Cash raised at this lunch will be donated to Cancer Research. Last week’s lunch raised £90.50 towards this year’s pensioners Christmas lunch.
Summer Fayre and Afternoon Tea
The 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.

  • Few 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.

Car rally to pass through Topcliffe
The annual St Wilfrid’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.
Thirsk and Sowerby Festival
Great fun for all the family at this event being staged on Sowerby Flatts on Sunday 7 August. Bouncy castle and an inflatable obstacle course, and as ever, this will be free for all to use. There’ll also be traditional family carnival rides, birds of prey, pony displays, archery and axe throwing displays, stalls and lots more. Kando Canine Capers will be returning to the festival again this year to seek out the dog with the most agility. 10am-4pm. Free.
Thirsk Farmers’ Market
Northern Dales Farmers’ Market will be in place in the Market Square on Sunday 7 August. There’ll be hand-picked, local independent stallholders, so you can be sure that the market presents some of the very best food and drink producers in the country.
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.
  • Following the huge success of the last burger night, another is being planned for 20 August. Watch out for more details and make sure you don’t miss out. Advance booking will be essential as last time more than 30 more people arrived than had initially been catered for.
  • Also look out for details about the launch our range of ready meals using our homegrown vegetables and home-reared meat.

Check out Facebook and Instagram for more information. Or call 07747 083155

Horse racing at Thirsk Racecourse

  • Saturday 30 July – The William Hill Thirsk Summer Cup Day. Gates open 11am, first race 2.05pm.
  • Friday 5 August – Circus Family Day. Gates open 11am.
  • Friday 12 August – Evening racing. Gates open 3pm, first race 5.07pm.
  • Friday 26 August – All Creatures Great and Small Family Day. Gates open 11am.

And to attract families to the racecourse, there’s now a family ticket for two adults and accompanied children for the Grandstand paddock for just £20.

Book online at

Concerts at Thorp Perrow
Flash! A tribute to Queen on 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:
Music at Junction 50
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.

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

St James Coffee and Chat
There’s weekly coffee and chat session held at the church in Baldersby St James Tuesday mornings 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.

  • 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 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 Friday 29 and Sunday 31 July. Full ticket details are available at
Ripley Agricultural Show
The popular Ripley Agricultural Show is on at Ripley Castle Park on Sunday 14 August. It promises to be a great day out. Family (2+3) £30, adult £12, child (5-16) £5.50, under 5s get in for free.
As You Like It – a brilliant outdoor performance
William Shakespeare’s ‘As You Like It’ will be performed at Newby Hall’s outdoor theatre on Friday 19 August at 7pm (gates open at 6pm). Performed by The Lord Chamberlain’s Men. Tickets also include access to the gardens from 12 noon for those who wish to make a day of it. Tickets £17 adult, £10 child. Book online or buy at the gate
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 28 July and 11 August.
  • Refuse – Mondays 1 and 15 August

Harrogate (Asenby):

  • Refuse – Mondays 25 July and 8 August
  • Garden waste – Thursdays 28 July and 11 August
  • Recycling – Mondays 1 and 15 August
That’s all for this week. Keep safe and remain well.