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Sunday Email: Issue 129

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St Columba’s Church

  • TODAY: 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.
  • Wednesday 2 November at 7pm there will be a special service of Compline to celebrate the Feast of All Souls. This is the occasion in the church calendar when the faithful departed are remembered. Compline is a quiet reflective service of evening prayers and will in this instance last about 25 minutes. Those who would like to do so, can remember their loved ones by name during the service. Everyone is most welcome to attend and names of those to be remembered can be added to the list before the service starts or, if preferred, can be emailed beforehand to John Phillips – johnphillips05 or Chris Hewlett celhewlett
  • 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.

Booster jabs now available for over-50s
Since last Friday, everyone in England aged 50 or over is able to book their Covid booster and flu jab. That’s about 12 million in total. Most people will be offered the newer bivalent vaccine which targets the original Covid-19 variant and the more recent Omicron one. Details are on the NHS website.

Covid cases have again been rising and people have been advised to avoid vulnerable relatives, friends and colleagues if they feel unwell.

Topcliffe & Asenby Community Warm-Up
Warm-Up sessions are now a regular part of the village calendar, taking place at the Village Hall every Wednesday between 11.30am and 1.30pm. Numbers attending have increased week on week, with over 50 meals being served or delivered last Wednesday.

There is no specific charge for lunch, though those who can manage it are asked to make a donation. Last Wednesday £185 was raised, of which £75 was donated to the Blue Cross in Topcliffe and the balance has gone into the Warm-Up Community Help fund. This will help pay for food in future weeks and the organisers are looking at how further support might be offered to those in need during these financially difficult times.

The lunches are open to anyone who wishes to come along, including families. If you know of anyone who is elderly or vulnerable 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 now and again 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.

Help for Households
In response to increasing prices and the pressures around the cost of living, the government has launched the ‘Help for Households campaign’ to raise awareness of the support available amongst those that need it most.

The campaign gives clear information about the exceptional payments, energy support and existing support schemes available, so the public know what is available and where they can find help.

It brings together over 40 support schemes that the public may be able to access depending on eligibility. Additionally, a range of online tools will help citizens quickly and efficiently check the support they might be eligible for and how to access it. Check it out – Help for Households – Get government cost of living support

Play area and playing field – what’s your view
It’s not every day that residents are asked for their views on important elements of village life, so when an opportunity comes along you’d expect there’d be plenty of interest in people having their say.

A month or so ago, Topcliffe Parish Council launched a survey to get views and comments about possible developments at the village’s playing field and, in particular, at the play area. A few people have completed the survey, but it was hoped many more residents would participate and help draw up a ‘wish list’ of improvements.

There’s still time to take part, so please take five minutes to complete the survey. Here are the questions you will be asked to comment on:

  • Do you live in, or within 3 miles of, Topcliffe Village?
  • Is there enough play equipment in the current play area?
  • If "No" what other equipment would you like to see? Include types and age ranges here please.
  • Is there a need for accessible equipment for children with disabilities?
  • Should there be a wheelchair/pushchair accessible path from the gate to the play equipment?
  • Would you like to see a walkable pathway around the whole of the field?
  • Do you think the village needs more allotments for those who live in Topcliffe?
  • Would you want to go on a waiting list for such an allotment, if they were available?
  • Would you like to see more trees planted and wildflowers growing in the playing field?
  • And provision for wildlife such as bird and bat boxes?
  • Which would be your first priority for this project?
  • Would you have any concerns about the Parish Council improving this area to attract more users? If so, what?
  • Would you be prepared to volunteer to help with this project?

The survey is on the village website at

What’s on at The Catton Kitchen
Live Gig at Catton Kitchen – Saturday29 October – Sorry. This event has sold out.

Ready Meals – a wide range of ready meals, including pies that were so popular on the recent Pie Night, are available. There’s also a few pumpkins on sale.

Christmas Wreath Making – this year’s sessions will be held on Friday 2 December at 5.30-7.30pm; on Saturday 3 December at 2.30-4.30pm and Sunday 4 December at 12.30-2.30pm. They will be held in the little tipi with wood burning stove, mince pies and mulled wine There’s already considerable interest in these sessions, so please book early so that you are not disappointed. £45 per person (same price as last year).

The Angel is recruiting
The Angel in Topcliffe has a number of posts that it trying to fill. They need a Breakfast Chef who will work 6.30am to 12.30pm and several front of house staff who can be full or part-time. Experience is preferred but training will be given to any willing candidates. Call the manager, Lukas Allman on 01845 578000 or send in your CV to
Let’s Talk Local

From 1 April 2023, North Yorkshire Council will replace the current eight county, district and borough councils in North Yorkshire to deliver all the public services local councils currently provide. All eight councils are already working together to make sure that the services like waste collection and recycling, highways and planning, continue as usual.

The new council wants to know what really matters to you about your local area. Between now and December, it will be holding North Yorkshire’s biggest countywide conversation, Let’s Talk, asking residents how they would like to work with the new council. The first topic of conversation is Let’s Talk Local, which focuses on what’s important to you in your local area, whether that’s education, affordable housing or public transport, followed by conversations about the budget and proposed devolution deal later in the autumn.

Take part in the survey here: Have Your Say Today – Let’s Talk North Yorkshire – Commonplace

Art classes at the Village Hall
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://
Spooky fun for all at Monk Park Farm

  • For the little ones – pumpkin painting, mini pumpkin trail, witches potion making, giant pumpkin patch, fancy dress competition.
  • For the older ones – pumpkin carving, spooky farm tour, spider infested barn, witches lair, pumpkin catapult, bowing and lots more.

Every day up to 31 October. 2-16 year-olds £12, includes pumpkin. Also, family pricing. Booking essential – http://

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:


Story Craft Theatre perform Bat, Cackle, Pop!
It’s Winifred the Witch’s birthday and she thinks that everyone has forgotten. There’s going to be a rather big surprise party, but first a very special birthday cake needs to be made. All that’s needed are the last three rather spooky ingredients. This theatre is bubbling with all sorts of ghosts and ghouls (which are more silly than scary!).Fly away with the luxury BAT Airways and dabble in some spell making! This show will leave audiences aged 3+ spellbound. Story Craft Theatre make creative and interactive theatre for children to ignite imaginations, promote teamwork and create lots of fun.

Friday 28 October at 2pm, at Rural Arts, Westgate, Thirsk. Duration one hour. £8 adult, £6 child. Book online –http://

The Repair Shop Cafe
The next monthly repair shop in Thirsk will be on Saturday 5 November between 10am and 2pm. The venue has changed and it’s now being held at The Community Library in Chapel Street. 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. Voluntary donation. Email:
What’s on at The RItz

  • 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):

  • Recycling & Garden Waste – Thursdays 20 October and 3 November.
  • Refuse – Mondays 24 October and 7 November.

Harrogate (Asenby):

  • Refuse – Mondays 17 and 31 October.
  • Garden waste – Thursdays 20 October and 3 November.
  • Recycling – Mondays 24 October and 7 November.
That’s all for this week. Keep safe and remain well.