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Sunday Email: Issue 127

Welcome back to your regular Sunday Email.
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St Columba’s Church

  • TODAY – Sunday 2 October at 6.30pm – Choral Evensong with Harvest Festival, followed by supper with wine. A special service to give thanks for all the great benefits that we have received, even in these difficult times.
  • 9 October at 10.45am – Holy Communion and Neptune Commemoration with hymns. Service led by Revd Robert Williamson.
  • Sunday 16 October at 10.45am – Choral Matins.
  • Sunday 23 October at 10.45am – Holy Communion with hymns. Service led by Revd Robert Williamson.
  • Sunday 30 October – No Service.
  • Sunday 13 November – Remembrance Dayat 10.30am/10.45am (tbc) there will be a Remembrance Sunday Service, with Act of Remembrance at 11am followed by a separate service of Holy Communion with Baptism at 11.45am.

Regular Sunday services conclude with refreshments.

NOTE: The Neptune Commemoration is Topcliffe’s annual Act of Remembrance for the crew of RAF Neptune WX545 that flew out of Topcliffe aerodrome on 10 October 1956 and crashed on the Mull of Kintyre whilst on training exercises.

Topcliffe & Asenby Community Warm-Up
A trial ‘warm-up session held at Topcliffe and Asenby Village Hall last Wednesday went well with 16 people popping in for a bit of lunch and to meet friends and neighbours.

The idea of creating a ‘warm Space’ this autumn and winter will be increasingly important as the weather turns colder, the cost of heating homes rises dramatically and the cost of living crisis bites.

The weekly Community Warm-Up is on every Wednesday for two hours (11.30pm to 1.30pm) and replaces the former fortnightly Soup & Sweet lunches, although the volunteers making it work are essentially the same!

If any elderly or vulnerable villager is unable to get to the Village Hall because of reduced mobility, arrangements can be made for a home delivery of food. If you know of anyone who might benefit from a home delivery service, please mention their name to one of the organisers (see below).

The Village Hall Committee is supporting the initiative by giving free use of the hall for ‘warm space’ purposes over the next six months and both Asenby and Topcliffe Parish Councils, have indicated support in principle, subject to detailed consideration at their next meetings.

If you can help as a volunteer or could donate food (flour, sugar, soup, cakes etc) please get in touch with Karen Morley on 01845 577426 or Linda Carver on 01845 578014.

Thirsk Farmers’ Market
TODAY – Sunday 2 October – 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.
Parish survey about the play area and playing field
Topcliffe Parish Council has launched a survey to gather villager’s views about changes and improvements that might be made on the playing field and particularly at the children’s play area. The survey is on the village website at
Good news for Asenby
Residents of Asenby have learned that North Yorkshire County Council has agreed to change the local weight restriction order so that HGVs are stopped from through the village.

The 7.5 tonne weight restriction on HGVs that covers much of the area, including Rainton, Topcliffe and the A167 past Asenby has been in force for years but oddly the restriction has not applied to the main street though the village of Asenby. This anomaly has resulted in increased HGV traffic as drivers have found a way to thwart the ban by entering the restricted area via an unsigned highway, causing disturbance and damage, especially to the trees outside Crab Manor.

Now the county council has confirmed that the Weight Restriction Order is being amended and a new sign will be erected at the junction of Whaites Lane and Asenby’s main street. This work has been given a three-month priority so they should be in place by the end of the year.

A huge thank you is due to Councillor Nick Brown who has been instrumental in making this happen.

Re-opening of Sutton Bank
Sutton Bank on the A170 between Helmsley and Thirsk re-opens today.
A168 Topcliffe junction on southbound carriageway
The Highways Agency has announced that there will be works on the southbound carriageway of the A168 which will require the closure of the slip road into Topcliffe. The works will take place over three nights between 9pm and 5am from Wednesday 5 October. A diversion into Topcliffe from the A168 will be shown.
Cross Talk – October edition
The latest edition of the church newsletter Cross Talk has been published and can be viewed here.
Sale day in Topcliffe
The yard sale held last Sunday appears to have been a great success with lots of Topcliffe residents getting involved and running a sale of items they no longer wanted.
Here are a few pics of individual sales underway (each number is a link to a photo).
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Well done to everyone involved and particularly to Sally Machen for getting this event off the ground.

Baldersby Book Sale
A huge community effort resulted in another successful sale raising over £4,000 towards replacement of the church’s noisy radiators. A big thank you is offered to all those volunteers who helped set up and afterwards clear up the church.
Royal Mail Postal Strikes
It would seem that there will be almost as many days when Royal Mail postal workers won’t be working in the coming months as when the are on the job! A list of strike dates is here.
Trip to Uganda
The Revd Sheilagh Williamson, who despite being retired kindly takes communion services ay St James’s Church in Baldersby St James is going back to Uganda in January to visit a rural charity of Ugandan ladies who provide support for local children and women. She is collecting ‘presents’ to take with her and would welcome donations of toiletries, such as talc, hand cream, soaps and toothpaste for the ladies and pencil cases, pens, rubbers, sharpeners and crayons for the children. There’s a collection box at the back of the church for donations.
Covid booster jab
The autumn flu and Covid booster jab programme is now well underway and eligible people are being urged to protect themselves from serious illness by getting vaccines against both.

Topcliffe Surgery is administering flu and Covid booster jabs at the same time, though patients may be given only a flu jab if there is any problem with the supply of Covid vaccinations. They will still get their Covid booster, just at another appointment. Where possible, please book an appointment at the Surgery in person or via the ‘contact us’ form on their website so that ‘phone lines are kept free for patients requiring more urgent assistance.

The NHS is also inviting people to book a booster jab online. This normally means travelling to Northallerton to receive the vaccination. This is fine, but you will still need to book a flu jab at Topcliffe Surgery.

Covid booster jabs are available to under 65s in clinical risk groups, pregnant women, all over 65s, carers and care home residents, close contacts of immunosuppressed individuals and health and social care staff. All healthy 50-64 year-olds, including those that turn 50 before March 2023, will be eligible after 15 October, once those listed above have been prioritised.

Help develop an all-age friendly community
Community First Yorkshire and North Yorkshire County Council want to know what life is currently like for resident aged 50+ in North Yorkshire and how they can help improve things for the future. You can contribute and help develop a vision that will help create an all-age friendly community. This survey should take 10 minutes to complete.
Alert about Energy Bill support scam
In just over a week Action Fraud received 139 crime reports relating to fake text messages purporting to be from the UK government. The texts state that the recipient is “owed” or “eligible” for an energy bill discount as part of the Energy Bill Support Scheme. The links in the emails lead to genuine-looking websites that are designed to steal your personal and financial information.

Don’t fall for these scam messages. The fact is that a £400 discount off energy bills will be given to all households in from October 2022. You do not need to apply for the discount and you will not be asked for your bank details.

Yoga with Lucy
Lucy’s yoga classes at The Catton Kitchen have stopped now as it is getting too chilly for outdoor sessions, but you can join her Vinyasa Flow yoga class at Rainton Village Hall on Saturday mornings at 9.30am. It offers mobilising drills, stretching and strengthening all wrapped up in a flow. Each class ends with quiet relaxation to absorb the benefits of the session. The cost is just £9 per session. To book email lucy
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 begins an indoor class at Topcliffe & Asenby Village Hall this Tuesday, 4 October. The programme rotates on a three-weekly basis between Bodyblast (small handweights), Kettlehiit (using Kettlebells) and Legs, Bums and Tums. 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-

Knit and Natter
The next session will be at 1.30pm on Thursday 6 October 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!
Spooktaculars at Thorp Perrow
The Arboretum at Thorp Perrow is organising a Spooky season with a Halloween trail, which will run from 8 October until 1 November. So, put on your cloak, grab your broomstick and head out into the Arboretum in search of spooky creatures. You’ll stumble across tombs and skeletons and many more Halloween frights. Trail sheets can be pre-booked or purchased on the day for £2.50 and a free gift is included. Standard entry applies. Pre-booking is strongly recommended and a discount is offered for all pre-booked tickets.
Paulinus Singers: Truth and Beauty
On Saturday 15 October at 7.30pm the Ripon chamber choir, the Paulinus Singers, will present a programme of a capella choral music in St James’s Church at Baldersby St James. There’ll be music by Tallis, Byrd, Purcell, Palestrina, Parry and Finzi. Tickets are available on c.b.brown398
Art classes with Becky Thompson
Several art classes led by talented artist and teacher, Becky Thompson, are scheduled to take place at Topcliffe & Asenby Village Hall in the coming months.

  • Thursday 20 October – How to paint an autumn-inspired landscape in oils.
  • Thursday 15 December – How to paint a hare, fox or owl in a moonlit winter landscape using acrylics.

These classes are for artists of every level of experience…or of none! Expert guidance is offered throughout the session. Classes are £25 and this includes all materials needed to complete your masterpiece. Refreshments are served. Times: 10.30am to 1pm. More information and online booking at

Pig Race
Sessay Village Hall is organising a Pig Race on Saturday 22 October and you can be the proud ‘owner’ of a racing pig in each race for just £5. There’ll be a pie and pea supper and also a raffle and bar. Starts at 6.30pm. Pre booked £4, on the door £5, children free. Tickets: Doreen Till – or phone on 01845 577906.
Down the Herriot Line
The Wensleydale Railway has announced details of a fun-filled family event, ‘Down the Herriot Line’, an interactive on-train performance based on the All Creatures Great & Small books by James Herriot. Trains travel from Leeming Bar to Leyburn and back and you’ll be accompanied on your journey by a collection of actors who will play out a number of cameos based on the All creatures Great & Small books. This is a very interactive event with actors in period dress and a collection of animals to pet and have your photo taken with.

The dates are 22 and 23 October and trains leave Leeming Bar at 10:30, 13:00 & 15:30. Numbers are limited so early booking is advised to avoid disappointment. The full trip takes just under 2 hours and refreshments will be available at both Leeming and Leyburn.

More information:


What’s on at The RItz

  • To Thursday 6 October (No matinees) – Fall – This work contains flashing images which may affect viewers who are susceptible to photosensitive epilepsy.
  • Friday 7 to Thursday 13 October (Matinee Wednesday 12 October) – See How They Run.
  • Friday 14 to Thursday 20 October (Matinee Wednesday 19 October) – Ticket to Paradise.
  • Sunday 16 October (matinee only – 2-5pm) – Yorkshire Silent Film Festival – Laurel & Hardy, Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton and Harold Lloyd in a smorgasbord of silent film comedy, with live musical accompaniment.
  • Friday 21 to Thursday 27 October (No matinee) – Moonage Daydream – This work contains flashing images which may affect viewers who are susceptible to photosensitive epilepsy.
  • Saturday 23, Sunday 24 and Wednesday 26 October (Matinees only – Tad The Lost Explorer and the Curse of The Mummy.
  • Friday 28 October to Thursday 3 November (Matinee Wednesday 2 November) – Mrs Harris Goes to Paris.

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

Christmas Fayre
This year the Christmas Fayre will be held at Topcliffe & Asenby Village Hall on Saturday 12 November. All stalls have now been reserved and no further bookings can be taken. There’ll be more about this event nearer the date.
Thirsk Community Library – Autumn Events
Thirsk Community Library has prepared a comprehensive range of activities for kids during the autumn term. They include:

Warhammer Wargames Club- Mondays weekly term time 3.45 – 4.45pm for 8 – 14 year old children. Cost £2 per child. 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 there’ll be 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.

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 6 and 20 October.
  • Refuse – Mondays 10 and 24 October.

Harrogate (Asenby):

  • Refuse – Mondays 3, 17 and 31 October.
  • Garden waste – Thursdays 6 and 20 October.
  • Recycling – Mondays 10 and 24 October.
That’s all for this week. Keep safe and remain well.