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Sunday Email: Issue 125

Welcome to the Sunday Email.
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St Columba’s

  • TODAY – Sunday 11 September at 10.45am – Holy Communion
  • ALSO TODAY – at 4pm, the official ‘Declaration of the new King’ will be marked in the Parish of Topcliffe.
  • 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.
Asenby Parish Council
Following advice received, Asenby Parish Council has decided to postpone its scheduled meeting on Monday 12 September until after the end of the period of mourning for Queen Elizabeth ll.
The Topcliffe Big Race Night
The race night was staged in the Village Hall last night and the excitement was equal to any experienced at Thirsk racecourse on a busy race meet day. Around 70 race goers enjoyed a night’s racing along with a fantastic supper and drinks. Organiser Doug Allan said that it was great to have the race night on again after a two year gap because of Covid. A big thank you is due to:

  • All the businesses and individuals that gave sponsorship, but particularly Hambleton Brewery of Melmerby and IPN at Dalton;
  • Karen & Malcolm Morley and Linda Carver for preparing the excellent supper;
  • John and Alf Teesdale from Sandhutton for their technical expertise in organising the races and betting;
  • Andrew & Karen Cussons for running the bar
  • Fran Eckersley and Julia McGann for running the betting desk;
  • Lynne Mee and Kim Hughes for organising the raffle
  • And especially to everyone who attended to make the night a success.

An announcement of how much was raised for Village Hall funds will be made in next week’s Sunday Email.

Churchyard grass-cutting
Following an appeal in a recent Sunday Email, several volunteers put their names forward to help with grass cutting in St Columba’s churchyard…and someone kindly offered a lawnmower, which will be used until next year, when the church wardens intend to purchase a new one. So, a big thank you to all concerned.

Grass-cutting in the churchyard is being limiting to certain paths and open areas, with the rest being left in a ‘wild’ state with meadow flowers. This means that mowing now takes not much more than an hour to complete. So, if anyone else would like to get involved, even in a very limited way, please do get in touch with John Phillips (

The Elm Gallery
Would customers please note that the gallery will be closed from Friday 16 to Friday 23 September. It will re-open on Saturday 24 September.
Warm Space for Topcliffe & Asenby
A group of Topcliffe and Asenby residents who are increasingly concerned about the impact of the cost of living crisis and the frighteningly high energy costs on the most vulnerable residents, is promoting the idea of creating a ‘Warm Space’. The group, who already organise the weekly boccia club and the fortnightly soup & sweet lunches, are looking at extending their sessions to provide a warm place for longer periods over the autumn and winter months. They have written to all Asenby and Topcliffe parish councillors, all Village Hall committee members and local district councillors on Hambleton District Council and Harrogate Borough Council seeking their backing and support for the project. You can read the full message here.

Any scheme to help villagers to keep warm will only work if there are sufficient volunteers to help out. Can you help? If so, please get in touch with Karen Morley on 01845 577426.

All change on local bus service
North Yorkshire County Council has announced a range of changes to Service 70 – the bus that travels between Northallerton, Thirsk and Ripon. From tomorrow, Monday 12 September, Reliance Motor Services will take over operating the service from Procters Coaches. This arrangement will be in place until April 2023 and during that time the county council will test the market and further consider the funding available for continuation of the service.

A copy of the revised timetable can be viewed here.

Covid booster jab
Starting next week, people will be invited for their autumn Covid booster jab. Although infections are falling, health bosses are predicting a resurgence of Covid and flu this autumn and winter. They are urging those eligible to protect themselves from serious illness by getting vaccines against both.

Topcliffe Surgery will be providing flu jabs from 20 September. It plans to administer the flu and Covid booster jabs at the same time, but this is highly dependent on the national supply of Covid vaccinations. Patients may be given only a flu jab if there is any problem with the supply of Covid vaccinations – but they will still get their Covid booster, just at another appointment. The following are eligible for the Covid booster jab:

  • Under 65s in clinical risk groups
  • Pregnant women
  • All over 65s
  • Carers and care home residents
  • Close contacts of immunosuppressed individuals
  • Health and Social Care Staff
  • All healthy 50-64 year-olds, including those that turn 50 before March 2023, but only eligible after 15October once those listed above have been prioritised.

If you are eligible, please contact the Surgery to book your appointment. Where possible, please do this in person or via the ‘contact us’ form on our website so that ‘phone lines are kept free for patients requiring more urgent assistance.

Closure of Sutton Bank
From today, Sutton Bank on the A170 between Helmsley and Thirsk will be closed and won’t be open again until 7pm on Sunday, 2 October.

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.

Tesco Petrol Station, Thirsk
The Tesco petrol station in Thirsk is now open again after refurbishment.
Trees and Hedges
North Yorkshire County Council is reminding residents to cut back overgrown trees and hedges on their property so that they don’t cause a hazard to the public. Landowners and occupiers have responsibility for trees and hedges on their property and they must make sure these do not obscure road signs, reduce visibility for road users or prevent people using the road or pavement safely. They are also responsible for removing dead or decaying trees and other growth, removing branches that hinder high-sided vehicles or block light from a street light, and for making sure roads and pavements are clear of debris from cutting work. For more information please visit
Thirsk Community Library – Autumn Events
Thirsk Community Library has prepared a comprehensive range of activities for kids as the new school term begins. They include:

Warhammer Wargames Club- Mondays weekly term time 3.45 – 4.45pm for 8 – 14 year old children. Cost £2 per child. Suitable for both beginners and more experienced players/model makers. Try out different ways of painting figures; learn to make your own battlefield scenery; have the chance to try out other gaming with Lord of the Rings, Doctor Who, Star Wars and Battle Cars. Booking essential.

Lego Club – Tuesdays and Thursdays weekly term time 3.45 – 4.45pm. Suitable for children aged 5 and over. Lego is provided and each week we shall have a different theme. Cost £1 per child. Booking essential.

Storytime Mondays – Weekly 1.30 – 2.15pm during term time. All pre-school children welcome. Free. Enjoy stories, rhymes and songs and activities for young children in the library. Just turn up, no booking required.

Construction Play – Every Friday from 10.30am until 4pm. All pre-school children welcome and it’s free. Just turn up!

Bookings via library or phone 01609 534589.

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.

Baldersby St James – Book Sale
TODAY – The Book Sale is on today (Sunday 11 September) from 10am to 5pm.
North Yorkshire County Show
TODAY – The annual show will be staged at Otterington Hall, South Otterington (DL7 9HW) today (Sunday 11 September). £35 family, £12 adult, £9 child, under 5s free. Buy online or at various outlets, see website –
Horse Racing at Thirsk
The last meeting of the season will be staged tomorrow (12 September). Gates open at 11am. Book online at
The Tattler – Autumn Issue
The autumn edition of The Tattler will be published next Tuesday 13 September and distributed door to door in Topcliffe and Asenby over the following few days.

If any recipient of the Sunday Email does not have a hardcopy of The Tattler delivered to their home, arrangements can be made to have one sent by email. Please contact the editor, Doug Allan, if you would like to be added to the email circulation.

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. The last lunch raised £79 for the Boot Shop charity in Easingwold.
What’s on at The RItz

  • Fisherman’s Friends: One And All – 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 –

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.
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 save money by letting a team of dedicated and talented volunteers try to repair your broken or ‘worn out’ items. Open: 10.30am to 12.30pm. Voluntary donation for repairs undertaken –
The Catton Kitchen

  • Market Garden Pie Night – 4 to 8pm on Saturday 17 September – View the mains and puddings menu.
  • 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.

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.
Knit and Natter
The next session will be at 1.30pm on Thursday 22 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!
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.
Events at The Angel

  • 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
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):

  • Refuse – Mondays 12 and 26 September.
  • Recycling & Garden Waste – Thursday 22 September.

Harrogate (Asenby):

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