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Sunday Email: Issue 124

Welcome to the Sunday Email.
07785 223707
Produce Show
Yesterday’s Topcliffe & Asenby Produce Show went extremely well and there were plenty of entries in most classes…and lots of people went along to check them out and enjoy the show. The winners were (the links take yo to a photograph):

Thanks to everyone who exhibited and those who popped along to support the show. And a special thank you to Show Secretary Judith Lowe for all her hard work making it happen.

The Topcliffe Big Race Night
The next big event in the village is the Big race Night next Saturday, 10 September at Topcliffe & Asenby Village Hall. It’s an evening not to be missed. Where else can you get a two course supper, drinks at greatly reduced prices, exciting racing on the big screen, champagne for the winning horse owners, a chance of winning bed & breakfast at The Crab Manor, some fantastic raffle prizes and lots of fun and excitement – all for just £6.

Entry tickets are on sale at from Topcliffe Post Office, Doug Allan (07785 223707) or Judith Lowe in Asenby (01845 577911).

  • Cash bar serving draught beer (£3 per pint), lager (£2 per tin), wine (£12 per bottle) and soft drinks.
  • Eight races on the big screen and champagne for the winning owner.
  • 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.
  • Doors open at 7pm and the first race is off at 7.30pm.
St Columba’s services

  • TODAY- Sunday 4 September at 6.30pm – Choral Evensong
  • Sunday 11 September at 10.45am – Holy Communion
  • Sunday 18 September at 10.45am – Said Matins
  • Sunday 25 September at 10.45am – Holy Communion
  • Sunday 2 October at 6.30pm – Choral Evensong with Harvest Festival, followed by supper. (Full details in due course).
  • All regular Sunday services conclude with refreshments.
Topcliffe Post Office
The trial opening of the Post Office shop (not the Post Office itself) on Thursday and Friday evenings is going well so will continue for the foreseeable future. Obviously the extra hours until 7pm are proving helpful to customers. Lottery tickets will be available during these evening openings. If the trial continues to work well, the longer hours may be extended to other evenings.

The Post Office is now 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.

Due to the high cost of energy, a decision has been taken not to open the hot and cold food bar in the area attached to the Post Office until there’s more certainty about gas and electricity prices. All the equipment that would be required in the bar would be big consumers of energy, so opening now would simply be too risky.

Latest edition of Cross Talk
The latest edition of the parish church newsletter, Cross Talk, has been published. You can read it here.
Thirsk Community Library – Autumn Events
Thirsk Community Library has prepared a comprehensive range of activities for kids as the new school term begins. Details are on this flyer.

At the end of September, the Library is starting an adults games club that will be free, including refreshments. It’ll be an ideal place to go on the darker, colder days and nights, especially as energy bills go sky high! The library will be a good place to go to keep warm and have a cuppa. Check out the flyer here.

Autumn at Thorp Perrow
With summer coming to an end, the first tell-tale signs of autumn are showing at the Arboretum. This is a wonderful time to visit the 100 acre woodlands to see the spectacular colours and spot nature’s harvest of berries, fruits and fungi. There’s also a range of workshops – Fungus Foray; Christmas Wreath making and Willow Weaving a Stag’s Head. Read more on their website:
Thirsk Farmers’ Market
TODAY – 4 September – Northern Dales Farmers’ Market in the Market Place, Thirsk. It features hand-picked stallholders, so you can be sure that you’re buying from some of the very best food and drink producers in the country. And the best bit – they’re all local small independent family businesses.
Events at The Angel

  • Tuesday 6 September – Hilarity Bites Comedy Club – Doors open at 7.30pm, show starts at 8pm.
  • Saturday 1 October – 2pm until late – Oktoberfest – wide range of German beers, BBQ and live bands. Free entry.
  • More information and tickets from the venue or online at
Cycling Tour of Britain
Stage four of the Tour of Britain – between Redcar and Duncombe Park in Helmsley on Wednesday 7 September. Popular seaside towns such as Saltburn-by-the-Sea and Whitby will be raced through before the route heads into the North York Moors National Park. The unforgiving final 30km of this 150km stage will feature climbs up Carlton Bank (2km long, 9.8% average gradient) and Newgate Bank (2km long, 6% average gradient) before descending into the finish at Duncombe Park, one of Yorkshire’s finest historic houses and estates. For more information check out:
Knit and Natter
The next session will be at 1.30pm on Thursday 8 September 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!
Ripley Decorative Home & Salvage Show
Friday 9 to Sunday 11 September – Three-day outdoor boutique style event aimed at those who love to source beautiful pieces for the home and garden. Laid out in marquees and shopping arcades and spilling out onto the lawns. Showcasing hand-picked exhibitors offering original French furniture, British industrial salvage, garden furniture and statuary, period home fixtures and fittings, textiles, and much more. Free parking, on-site catering, a licensed bar and plenty of space. It’s advised that you take cash and card (no cash machine) and your own carrier bags. Large purchases can be collected by vehicle.
Friday: 12 noon – 5pm £10 per person; Saturday: 10am – 5pm, £7.50 per person; Sunday: 10am – 5pm, £7.50 per person. Accompanied under 16s admitted free. Dogs on leads welcome.
Tesco Petrol Station, Thirsk
Just a reminder that Tesco’s petrol station in Thirsk is closed for refurbishment until Saturday 10 September.
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
North Yorkshire County Show
The annual show will be staged at Otterington Hall, South Otterington (DL7 9HW) on Sunday 11 September from 8am. £35 family, £12 adult, £9 child, under 5s free. Buy online or at various outlets, see website –
Closure of Sutton Bank
Sutton Bank on the A170 between Helmsley and Thirsk will be closed from 7am on Sunday, 11 September until 7pm on Sunday, 2 October to allow for the most extensive maintenance programme in its recent history.

On 21 and 22 September, road maintenance will also take place on the A170 Sutton Road between Felixkirk Road and Moor Lane. Access to Sutton-under-Whitestonecliffe will be maintained, but road users are being warned of delays. Apologies for any inconvenience during both closures.

Asenby Parish Council
The next Parish Council meeting will be on Monday 12 September at 7pm at Topcliffe & Asenby Village Hall.

A new village Facebook group has been set up and all residents are invited to join it:

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

Horse Racing at Thirsk
The last meeting of the season is on the afternoon of Monday 12 September. Gates open at 11am. Book online at
The Tattler – Autumn Issue
The autumn edition of The Tattler will be published on Tuesday 13 September and distributed door to door in Topcliffe and Asenby over the following few days.
Topcliffe Village Hall Committee Meeting
The next meeting of Topcliffe & Asenby Village Hall Committee will be on Tuesday 13 September at 7.30pm.
Soup & sweet lunch
The next soup and sweet lunch will be held at the Village Hall on Wednesday 14 September at 12 noon. Cash raised at this lunch will be donated to Herriot Hospice. Last week’s lunch raised £79 for the Boot Shop charity in Easingwold.
The Repair Cafe
On Saturday, 17 September, you can get your broken items repaired, learn how things are made and chat over a cup of tea or coffee at The Repair Cafe. It’s at the rear of 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.10.30am to 12.30pm. Voluntary donation for repairs undertaken –
The Catton Kitchen

  • Market Garden Pie Night – Saturday 17 September – more details to be announced soon. Make a note in your diary!
  • 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

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.

What’s on at The RItz

  • Bullet Train – To Thursday 8 September (No matinees).
  • Fisherman’s Friends: One And All – Friday 9 to Thursday 15 September (Matinee on Wednesday 14 September).
  • Nope – Friday 16 to Thursday 22 September (No Matinees).
  • Three Thousand Years of Longing – Friday 23 to Thursday 29 September (Matinee on Wednesday 28 September).

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

St John’s Church, Skipton on Swale
Sunday 18 September at 4pm – Sadly St John’s Church is holding its final service before officially closing on 1 October. Bishop Paul Ferguson will be leading the service. Everyone is welcome to come along for one last service commemorating the life of this church and the many people who have worshipped there over the years. Refreshments will be served after the service.
Yard Sale
There’s to be a yard sale in Topcliffe on Sunday 25 September. Sally Machen is behind the idea and she held a ballot on Top Residents to find the preferred date. Anyone can join in and its free to participate. All you have to do is set up a stall outside your home from which you can offer for sale all the bits and pieces that you want to get rid of. It’s a great way to raise a bit of extra cash and meet friends and neighbours. There are only a few basic rules: please don’t block pavements with stalls, chairs or queues and no selling business products.
Dalton Events
Here are details of a few events coming up in Dalton village:

  • Harvest Service and Supper – Friday 16 September at 7pm – Dalton Parish Church.
  • Annual Vintage Teas – Saturday 17 September, 2 to 4pm in the Parish Church. Everyone is welcome to come along and enjoy a cup of tea or coffee with sandwiches and cakes.
  • Pop-Up Cafe – Saturday 24 September from 9.30am until 11.30am in the Village Hall. There will be bacon and sausage sandwiches and cups of tea and coffee on sale. As an extra, there will be a free training session on the use of the defibrillator taking place in the committee room.
  • Domino Drive – Saturday 24 September at 7pm – In the Village Hall. All welcome. Proceeds will be in aid of church funds.
  • 80s Evening – Saturday 1 October from 7pm – an 80s evening with disco and fancy dress in the Village Hall. Tickets are £5 on the door.
An evening with Jonathan Moseley
Well-known floral designer and horticultural expert Jonathan Moseley will be giving a talk and demonstration at Baldersby St James’s church at 7.30pm on Tuesday 4 October. Tickets are £10 and refreshments are included. Contact
New Fitness Class in Village Hall
Fitness Instructor Lianne Ayling will launch an indoor class at Topcliffe & Asenby Village Hall on 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-

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.
St James Coffee and Chat
The weekly coffee and chat session is 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.
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 8 and 22 September.
  • Refuse – Mondays 12 and 26 September.

Harrogate (Asenby):

  • Refuse – Mondays 5 and 19 September.
  • Garden waste – Thursdays 8 and 22 September.
  • Recycling – Mondays 12 and 26 September.
That’s all for this week. Keep safe and remain well.