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Sunday Email: Issue 122

Welcome to the Sunday Email.
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The Topcliffe Big Race – Saturday 10 September at Topcliffe & Asenby Village Hall. Doors open at 7pm and the first race is off at 7.30pm.

Everything is in place. All that is needed now are people to buy their tickets and then they can look forward to a great fun evening. So, if you’re planning to attend, please get your ticket now so that the organisers can be confident about numbers for catering. Entry tickets are on sale at just £6 each from Topcliffe Post Office, Doug Allan (07785 223707) or Judith Lowe in Asenby (01845 577911).

  • There’ll be a cash bar serving draught beer (£3 per pint), lager (£2 per tin), wines (£12 per bottle) and soft drinks.
  • There’ll be eight races on the big screen and champagne for the winning owner.
  • Entry includes a beef in red wine and crispy dumplings supper or vegetarian alternative, which will be served at about 8.45pm. Each entry 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.
  • There are some fantastic prizes to be won on the raffle.
The 2022 Produce Show
Just two weeks to go to the Topcliffe and Asenby Produce Show. It will take place at the Village Hall on Saturday 3 September. 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).
Asenby Parish Council
Last Sunday, Asenby’s parish councillors walked around Asenby village to check out a number of issues which had been raised at the last meeting of the council. These included: the Bank Top footpath, the playing field, location of litter bins, traffic issues, Green End parking. These issues will be discussed at the next Parish Council meeting on Monday 12 September at 7pm at Topcliffe & Asenby Village Hall.

A new village Facebook group has been set up at It would be great to see as many Asenby residents as possible on the group.

You can contact your Parish Council at asenbypc or via the Facebook page.

St Columba’s services

  • TODAY- Sunday 21 August at 10.45am – Sung Matins
  • Sunday 28 August at 10.45am – Holy Communion
  • Sunday 4 September at 6.30pm – Choral Evensong.

All services conclude with refreshments.

Thirsk Garden Centre Summer Market
TODAY – Sunday 21 August – is the second day of the garden centre’s Summer Market. There are lots of stallholders featuring independent businesses from the area and further afield. Also serving Gardener’s Afternoon Tea at just £8.50 and a 20% discount off plants, BBQs, water features and furniture.
Funeral of Garry Key
A final mention and reminder that the funeral of former Topcliffe Parish Council chairman, Garry Key, will take place at 1pm on Wednesday 24 August at Maple Park Crematorium, near Skipton Bridge. Everyone is welcome to attend.
Next Wednesday is Ukraine Independence Day and it’s a very special day in that country. Some of you will be aware that we have a Ukrainian guest, Nataliia, living with us and we know that Independence Day is very important to her, especially since the Russian invasion. We know from Nataliia that life in Ukraine is still very far from normal and people are experiencing huge problems because of the war.

Last week we had a message (see below) from Sahra Rayner of Willow View Farm in Topcliffe asking if she could put some sunflowers in front of the gallery next Wednesday and we are delighted to help. We will be baking some sunflower buns for anyone visiting the gallery on Wednesday and we’ll also provide a cup of tea or coffee to go with it. If you wish to make a donation for the refreshments, the money will be sent to the Disasters’ Emergency Committee for their valuable work in Ukraine.

Message from Sahra Rayner, Willow View Farm, Topcliffe
24 August is Ukraine’s Independence Day. It’s been thirty one years since their independence from Russia in 1991 and sadly six months since the invasion started. ‘Flowers from the Farm’ ( has been asked by the Cabinet Office to support the UK-wide campaign and as a member I want to show my support. I’ve grown some beautiful sunflowers in my flower field this year and a selection will be available at The Elm Gallery next Wednesday 24 August. Please take a free bunch whilst available, leave a donation if you wish. Please do a selfie with your sunflowers or take a photo of your sunflowers at home and share with the hashtag #sunflowersforukraine to show your support to Ukraine and their special day.

Post Office shop trials longer opening hours
The Thursday and Friday late opening of the shop at the Post Office (not Post Office services, which will continue to close at 5pm) will continue until further notice. The shop will stay open until 7pm. Lottery tickets will be available during these evening openings. If the trial works well, the longer hours may be extended to Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday openings.

It’s hoped that clearance will be given in the next week or so for the Post Office to become an Amazon Hub, which means that Amazon parcels can be delivered to the Post Office and then collected…so there’s no need to miss a delivery or have your parcels left out in the rain! The service also includes parcel returns to Amazon.

The hot and cold food bar attached to the Post Office will be opening soon. Watch out for more details.

Fishing at The Sheepwash, Topcliffe
Most long-term residents of Topcliffe will know of the Sheepwash and are likely to have some idea about who owns it and who can fish from its banks. But those who have more recently moved into the village might like a bit of information. The Sheepwash is an area of land to the left off Catton Lane (about 100m down from The Swan) and it stretches to the River Swale. It is signposted and there are benches for visitors to sit and look at the tranquil river scene. The land and the associated fishing rights are owned by Topcliffe Parish Council and Topcliffe residents have the right to fish there. At one time many years ago, residents’ guests were also allowed to fish but this rule was changed as it was virtually impossible to police.

In the main, the Sheepwash is a peaceful place but now and again the presence of fishermen who quite clearly have no right to be there, can cause concern. It’s not unknown for minor disputes to develop between local residents and trespassing anglers…and some fishermen can be upset when residents’ dogs decide to swim in the water and disturb the fishing! But the fact is that there’s no excuse for illegal fishing: the Parish Council’s private fishing signs are quite explicit.

Yorkshire Water introduces Hosepipe Ban
Last week a drought was officially declared in Yorkshire and this week sees the start of a temporary hosepipe ban throughout the entire county of Yorkshire. From Friday 26 August Yorkshire Water will introduce its first hosepipe ban for 27 years as reservoir levels fall below 50% of their normal capacity. Over 5 million customers will be affected and anyone breaking the ban faces a fine of up to £1,000. You can read the full list of banned activities here.
Energy Price Shocker
Ofgem, the energy regulator, is due to announce the next energy price cap this coming Friday, 26 August. It will come into effect from 1 October and it will remain at the announced level until 31 December. Last week, an energy consulting firm predicted an increase in the cap could see the typical energy bill reach £4,266 per year by January 2023. This comes after another surge in wholesale energy prices and confirmation from the regulator that the energy cap review would move from a biannual to a quarterly event, meaning new caps will be introduced more regularly.

As the market is in crisis, with wholesale prices at unprecedented highs, there is nothing meaningfully cheaper than price-capped tariffs, so the vast majority of consumers are having to face up to the steep increases. If you want to learn more about the energy price cap and what it means for consumers, a good place to start is Martin Lewis’s Money Saving Expert website.

Christmas Fayre
This year the Christmas Fayre will be held at Topcliffe & Asenby Village Hall on Saturday 12 November. Bookings for stalls now are being taken. They’re just £5 each – that’s much cheaper than the price stallholders have to pay at other Christmas events in our area. There’ll be more about this event nearer the date.
Knit and Natter
The next session will be at 1.30pm on Thursday 25 August in the TV lounge at The Angel. The cost for refreshments remains at £3 and everyone is welcome to attend, whether for a knit, just for a natter or both!
Soup & sweet lunch
The next soup and sweet lunch will be held at the Village Hall on Wednesday 31 August at 12 noon. Cash raised at this lunch will be donated to the Boot Shop charity in Easingwold. The last lunch raised £70 for Community Works Thirsk.
Covid booster jab on its way
The second booster jab (fourth vaccination in total) will be rolled out starting early September. Care home residents and people who are housebound will be among the first to be vaccinated from September 5 and a wider rollout to all over-50s will start on September 12. Individuals will be contacted by the NHS when it is their turn to get the jab.
RAF Leeming
Here’s a reminder that this week we’ll see increased aircraft movement out of RAF Leeming. It’s a major air and ground exercise taking place from 23 August to 23 September 2022. Low flying for short periods may be necessary, along with 24-hour operations. A spokesperson said: "The airfield understands its responsibility as good neighbours and hopes residents will bear with it as these additional flying activities take place. Every effort will be made to keep disturbance to a minimum".
New Fitness Class in Village Hall
Lianne Ayling, who currently runs a range of outdoor fitness classes at the Sowerby Sports Village Track, is planning to launch an indoor class at Topcliffe & Asenby Village Hall this autumn. From Tuesday 4 October she’ll be starting a programme that rotates on a three-weekly basis between Bodyblast (small handweights), Kettlehiit (using Kettlebells) and Legs, Bums and Tums. These classes are child/buggy friendly so parents can come along with their children.

Contact can be made via her Facebook page. If you would like to join this class or for any others Lianne provides, use the link below and use the code FIRSTCLASS50 for 50% off! Link-

Topcliffe Village Hall Committee Meeting
The next meeting of Topcliffe & Asenby Village Hall Committee will be on Tuesday 13 September at 7.30pm.
St James Coffee and Chat
There’s a 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.
The Ritz Cinema

  • Charlie Chaplin’s ‘A Dog’s Life’ and a selection of new short films by students of the acclaimed National Film and Television School will be accompanied live by a 13-piece orchestra, conducted by Benjamin Ellin. This is a Thirsk Hall Festival event. Today starting at 3pm. Tickets £10, under 16s £5 on the door or in advance from:
  • Where the Crawdads Sing – To Thursday 25 August (No Sunday evening show. Matinee Wednesday 24 August).

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

Horse Racing at Thirsk

  • Friday 26 August – All Creatures Great and Small Family Day. Gates open at 11am.
  • Saturday 3 September – Ladies Day. Gates open at 11am.
  • Monday 12 September – Afternoon Racing & Season Finale. Gates open at 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

Children’s summer holiday events
A wide range of children’s activities is being held at Thirsk Community Library over the school holidays.

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

  • Yoga classes are held each Sunday morning between 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, ring the number below.
  • Check out the range of ready meals using homegrown vegetables and home-reared meat.

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

Concerts at Thorp Perrow
Last chance to get tickets for Flash! A tribute to Queen, which is 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:
Wensleydale Show
Held in Leyburn just off the A6108 Leyburn to Richmond road on Saturday 27 August. Family (2+3) £25, Adult £10, Child (5-16) £5, Under 5s free. Online or at the gate:
Fireworks Champions
This annual event at Newby Hall is back with a bang! On Saturday 27 August, three of the UK’s best firework companies competing against each other with a 10 minute professional firework display choreographed to music followed by a larger huge finale display. The event is the only one of its type in the UK where the audience have the capability to vote for the team they liked the most using their mobile phone. £23, child £13 (+£1.50 booking fee). Book online
Malton Food Festival
The Malton Food-lovers’ Festival is a celebration of Yorkshire’s finest produce and cooking. Expect artisan stalls, delicious street food, talks, tastings, celebrity chefs, demos, festival bar and live music. It’s recommended you arrive hungry! From 9am on Friday 26 and Saturday 27 August and from 10am on Sunday 28 August.
Newburgh Priory Plant Fair
Go along and be enchanted at the plant fair held within the beautiful gardens and grounds of Newburgh Priory. There will be select plant growers presenting a huge selection of plants for sale. Afterwards enjoy home-made savouries and cakes in the old Refectory Cafe. Monday 29 August from 11am to 4pm, with last entry 3pm. Tickets £4 per adult, children free. On the gate or in advance from
Events at The Angel

  • Bank Holiday Monday – 29 August – 12noon until 5pm, BBQ, children’s games and lots of fun! Free entry.
  • Tuesday 6 September – Hilarity Bites Comedy Club – Doors open at 7.30pm, show starts at 8pm.
  • Saturday 1 October – 2pm until late – Octoberfest – wide range of German beers, BBQ and live bands. Free entry.
  • More information and tickets from the venue or online at
Music at Junction 50
Thursday 1 September at 7pm – Sirocco Winds – five young talented musicians of the highest quality will perform a wide range of music and will speak about the music they play and why it is important to them. £10 including refreshments. For tickets telephone01765 640624 or on the door on the day.
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
Helperby Beer Festival
It’s been three years since the last beer festival in Helperby…but it’s back on Saturday 17 September starting 12.30pm. It’ll be better than ever with a huge choice of amazing and cool beers and lagers, wine bar, prosecco & gin bar, and food. There’ll be a great music line up including Rory Hoy, Chu Ma Shu, The Bootleggers, Borderline, All the King’s Men, The Feds, What the Duck and Mark Stevenson.

Check out the festival Facebook page for more details.

Tickets and vouchers for food and drink are available online now.

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 25 August.
  • Refuse – Tuesday 30 August (one day later than usual)

Harrogate (Asenby):

  • Refuse – Monday 22 August
  • Garden waste – Thursday 25 August
  • Recycling – Tuesday 30 August (one day later than usual).
That’s all for this week. Keep safe and remain well.