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Sunday Email: Issue 128

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

  • TODAY – Sunday,9 October at 10.45am – Holy Communion and Neptune Commemoration with hymns. Service led by Revd Robert Williamson. The Neptune Commemoration is Topcliffe’s annual Act of Remembrance for the crew of RAF Neptune WX545 that flew out of Topcliffe RAF Station on 10 October 1956 and crashed on the Mull of Kintyre whilst on training exercises.
  • 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 Day at 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.

Topcliffe & Asenby Community Warm-Up
The first ‘warm-up’ session held at Topcliffe and Asenby Village Hall last Wednesday went well with 30 people attending and seven meals being delivered to those who couldn’t get to the hall.

The Warm-Up sessions are now on every Wednesday between 11.30am and 1.30pm and it’s anticipated they’ll be increasingly valuable as the weather turns colder, the cost of heating homes rises dramatically and the cost-of-living crisis bites.

There is no specific charge for lunch, though those who can manage it are asked to make a donation. The organisers intend to keep £25 each week towards future meal preparations and the rest will go to a selected charity in a similar way to what happened at Soup & Sweet lunches. Last Wednesday £100 was donated to Animal Rescue Crew.

If you know of any elderly or vulnerable villager who is unable to get to the Village Hall because of reduced mobility, please mention their name to one of the organisers as volunteers will be more than happy to make a home delivery of hot food. And, 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.

Parish survey about the play area and playing field
There’s still time to take part in the Topcliffe Parish Council survey aimed at gathering residents’ views about changes and improvements that might be made to the playing field and particularly at the children’s play area. The survey is on the village website at
North Yorkshire Home Efficiency Fund
Residents in Hambleton can apply for funding for energy efficiency measures for their home. The North Yorkshire Home Efficiency Fund aims to help reduce energy bills, keep homes warmer and cut carbon emissions. If you meet the criteria, you can apply to YES Energy Solutions, who are delivering the scheme on the county council’s behalf. They will carry out a survey to identify what funding you could receive from the government scheme to upgrade energy inefficient homes.

If you are a homeowner or private renter you can apply if you meet the eligibility criteria. For privately rented properties, landlords are required to make a contribution to cover one third of the total costs. To qualify for the scheme you must:

  • be a resident in Hambleton.
  • have a household income of £30,000 or less or receive income related benefits.
  • live in a property with an Energy Performance Certificate rating of E, F or G.

Properties rated as D will also be accepted if fewer than 30% of D rated properties sign up to the scheme. You can find your Energy Performance Certificate or request a new one on the government’s website.

If you qualify for the fund, your property will undergo a survey and YES Energy Solutions will use that to see which improvements would improve your home’s warmth and efficiency the most. The type of home you live in will determine which improvements can be made and how much funding you could get which could be up to £10,000 or £25,000 for off-gas properties. This could include external wall insulation, loft insulation, cavity wall insulation, solar panels (PV), air source heat pump or high heat retention electric storage heaters. You can apply by using YES Energy Solutions’ online form – – or by calling them on 03301 355 321.

Chip ‘n Dales
The fish and chip van will not be in Topcliffe on Friday 14 October.
Live Gig at Catton Kitchen
The Catton Kitchen has announced that the talented local singer Ionica Adriana will be performing at the next pizza evening on 29 October. The event is on 3 until 7pm and there’ll be recorded music all afternoon, with Ionica performing in two half hour slots at 4.30pm and 5.30pm. As usual pizzas will be prepared by @cozypswoodfiredpizza. There’ll also be a bar, log burner and fire pit. Ticket prices, which include pizza, are £15 for adults and £10 for children. Booking essential and in advance by calling 07747083155 or emailing This is probably the final event of the season. If the weather isn’t kind on the day, customers can collect their pizza and a refund of the difference for the performance will be made.

From Friday 14 October, The Catton Kitchen will have available a wide range of ready meals which include its great pies that were so popular on the recent Pie Night. There’s also a few pumpkins on sale.

Postal Strikes – door to door deliveries
Last week the Sunday Email included a reference to the dates of forthcoming strikes at Royal Mail. The dates included strike action by all sectors of Royal Mail including postal delivery staff and those involved as drivers and at processing centres.

I am happy to make it clear that delivery posties – those who deliver mail to your door – are not on strike for all the dates mentioned last week. But there will be no deliveries on 13, 20 and 25 October; 4, 10, 16, 25 and 28 November or 2 December. This may change if Royal Mail and the Trade Unions get round the table to negotiate.

New Fitness Class in Village Hall
Lianne Ayling launched a new class at Topcliffe & Asenby Village Hall last week and she’ll be running sessions each Tuesday morning at 9.30am. The programme rotates on a three-weekly basis between various fitness activities. 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 –

Art classes to restart
Bookings have opened for the latest series of art classes at the Village Hall. They’ll take place on six Monday mornings between 10am and 12 noon over the coming months. If you are looking for a friendly class to join for weekly inspiration, creativity, learning and friendship, then these are for you. All levels of experience welcome. Plenty of advice and support to guide you on your own personal art journey.

Several one-off special art classes are also scheduled to take place 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

Knit and Natter
The next session will be at 1.30pm on Thursday 20 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
Yesterday saw the start of Spooktaculars at Thorp Perrow Arboretum. These Spooky events run until 1 November. So, put on your cloak, grab your broomstick and head out into the Arboretum in search of spooky creatures tombs, 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. http://
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
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 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 –

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 10 and 24 October.
  • Recycling & Garden Waste – Thursdays 20 October and 3 November.

Harrogate (Asenby):

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