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Sunday Email: Issue 130

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Topcliffe & Asenby Community Warm-Up
Warm-Up lunches take place at the Village Hall every Wednesday between 11.30am and 1.30pm. There is no specific charge for lunch, though those who can manage it are asked to make a donation. Last Wednesday £155 was raised, of which £75 was donated to the Village Hall 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. The volunteers are looking forward to welcoming a few families next Wednesday during half-term.

The organisers suspect there are some residents in our two villages that may not be aware of the lunches or perhaps need encouragement to pop along on Wednesdays. If you know of anyone who is elderly or vulnerable who might attend if they were to be picked up and dropped off, please get in touch. Alternatively, if you know anyone 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 don’t forget, if you can help as a volunteer now and again or could donate food (soup, hotpot, flour, sugar, puddings, cakes etc) please get in touch with Karen Morley on 01845 577426 or Linda Carver on 01845 578014.

Help for Households
This article is repeated this week to give residents a chance to access important information about help that can be gained as the cost of living continues to rise.

The government’s ‘Help for Households campaign’ aims to raise awareness of the support available to 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

Can you help at Boccia classes?
There’s a small, dedicated team of volunteers who each Tuesday afternoon help out at the Boccia class in the Village Hall. But a few more volunteers are needed to help out on occasions when the regulars aren’t able to be there. Next Tuesday is a case in point, when only one person is available as the others have appointments elsewhere.

Boccia is an exercise and fun session for elderly folk and the volunteers help out by organising the activities and refreshments. It’s on between 1.30 and 3.30pm each Tuesday. If you are prepared to give up a couple of hours to help out, please call Judith Lowe on 01845 577911.

St Columba’s Church services

  • TODAY: 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 6 November at 6.30pm Choral Evensong.
  • Sunday 13 November at 10.45am Service of Remembrance and at 11.45am Holy Communion with Baptism.
  • Sunday 20 November at 10.45am Choral Matins.
    Sunday 27 November at 10.45am Advent Sunday Holy Communion.

Regular Sunday services conclude with refreshments.

Topcliffe Post Office
The Post Office will be going to winter opening on Saturdays starting from 5 November. From that date it will open at 8am instead of 7.30am.
Play area and playing field – what’s your view?
There’s still time to have your say about future plans to develop the playing field and play area in Topcliffe. Topcliffe Parish Council has a survey on the village website and it only takes a few minutes to complete it. Our parish councillors are hoping to get a wide range of views to help inform how they should proceed but they would welcome community views before moving forward. The survey is on the village website at
Topcliffe Bridge – an update re repairs
On the 13 October photographs of the most recent damage to Topcliffe Bridge were sent to the North Yorkshire County Council and an update on planned repairs was requested. Here is a summary of the reply:

  • Arrangements were made for a temporary barrier to be put in place on Friday 14 October as a matter of priority. It appears as though the barrier has been struck by a vehicle given the extent of the damage. There is, therefore, the possibility of injury, so contact has been made with North Yorkshire Police to see if the incident was reported and requesting that any information they have be shared.
  • Regarding the extension of the bridge parapet, progress has been made though not without challenges. The procurement exercise for the stone yielded two submissions and only after an extended period of time. Following checks that the stone is of the required type and standard and on finalisation of the size specifications, an order was placed with the provider last week. Now the stone has been sourced, the process for commissioning a suitably qualified contractor to build the parapet will commence in the next 2 weeks with a requirement to construct by the end of the financial year.
  • Whilst progress to date has been slower than anticipated, I’m sure you will agree that we need to ensure the quality of the materials and workmanship is to the highest possible standard. Please be assured every effort is being made to ensure delivery as quickly as possible. You will be kept updated on progress.
Topcliffe Parish Council
Meetings of Topcliffe Parish Council will take place at Topcliffe & Asenby Village Hall at 7pm on Thursday 3 November and Thursday 1 December 2022.
Asenby Parish Council
The next meeting of Asenby Parish Council will take place at Topcliffe & Asenby Village Hall at 7pm on Monday 14 November 2022.
Topcliffe & Asenby Village Hall Committee Meeting
The next meeting of the Village Hall Committee will take place in the Village Hall at 7.30pm on Tuesday 22 November 2022.
Hot Peppers!
Asenby gardener Peter Lowe – he’s the one who won the horticultural trophies at the Produce Show in September – has a surfeit of hot chilli peppers and is happy to give some to anyone who would like them. Call 01845 577911.
What’s on at The Catton Kitchen
Ready Meals – a wide range of ready meals, including pies are available. There’s also a few pumpkins on sale.

Pizza and Live Gig – Saturday29 October – This event has sold out.

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).

Art classes at the Village Hall
Weekly art classes are taking place each Monday from 10am to 12 noon at the Village Hall. 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.

A special art class is also scheduled to take place on Thursday 15 December – "How to paint a hare, fox or owl in a moonlit winter landscape using acrylics". This class is 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 3 November 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!

Debbie Roberts, who has been involved with the group from the start, said a fantastic job is being done in preparation for Remembrance Sunday. There are plans to decorate Jubilee Gardens and the outside of St Columba’s Church with knitted poppies. They are likely to be going up this Thursday, 27 October and it’s hoped that an army contingent from Allenbrooke Barracks will be on hand to assist.

Spooktaculars at Thorp Perrow
Spooktaculars are taking place at Thorp Perrow Arboretum each day through to 1 November. 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://

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://

Homebuilding & Renovating Show
Whether you plan on renovating, or are building your new home from scratch, the Homebuilding & Renovating Show in Harrogate is the place to go for professional input and advice. There’ll be over 200 exhibitors and you’ll be able to benefit from free 15-minute consultations with experts, masterclasses, seminars, and much more. Visit the website to get two free tickets, worth £24, granting you 1-day access to the event, which takes place at the Harrogate Convention Centre on 4-6 November 2022.
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 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.
  • Friday 4 to Thursday 10 November (Matinee on Wednesday 9 November) – The Lost King.

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 24 October and 7 and 21 November.
  • Recycling & Garden Waste – Thursdays 3 and 17 November.

Harrogate (Asenby):

  • Recycling – Mondays 24 October and 7 November.
  • Refuse – Mondays 31 October and 14 and 28 November.
  • Garden waste – Thursdays 3 and 17 November.
That’s all for this week. Keep safe and remain well.