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Sunday Email: Issue 132

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Dalton expansion plans – have your say
Hambleton Council’s planning committee could have been close to approving a major planning application last week despite the fact that statutory consultees, including Dalton, Asenby and Topcliffe parish councils were unaware that the application had even been submitted. This means that residents in those villages were also in the dark about the plan. Fortunately, the planning committee accepted a deferral to give these consultees an opportunity to comment.

The application is for a significant development of industrial units and although, if approved, it will help create many new job opportunities, the application fails to mention the potential traffic impacts on the surrounding villages. Topcliffe doesn’t even get a mention when it comes to HGV movements!

At its meeting last Thursday, Topcliffe Parish Council agreed its position and will be submitting a formal response to the application without delay.

Topcliffe council is delivering a leaflet to all households in the village to inform residents of the situation and to encourage them to comment on the application. A copy of this leaflet can be read here.

It is also hoped that residents of both Topcliffe and Asenby will add their own comments by visiting Hambleton’s planning portal. You can follow the link below to see how you can have your say and help protect our environment and village life.

This story was reported in the Yorkshire Post last week. You can read the article here.

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. The lunches are open to anyone who wishes to come along.

Last Wednesday £121.50 was raised, of which £75 will be used to help with production costs of The Tattler newsletter. 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.

If you can donate any ingredients for a forthcoming lunch or would like to help in some way, please get in touch with Karen Morley on 01845 577426 or Linda Carver on 01845 578014.

St Columba’s Church services
• TODAY: 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. Both services will be led
by Revd. Steven Harvey.
• Sunday 20 November at 10.45am – Choral Matins.
• Sunday 27 November at 10.45am – Advent Sunday Holy Communion.

Regular Sunday services conclude with refreshments.

Thirsk Garden Centre Christmas Market
TODAY: The Thirsk Garden Centre Christmas Market continues today, 6 November, with lots of small local businesses showcasing their crafts and festive products. There’s also discounts available across the store, plus many competitions and a Hog Roast. Opens 10am. Free Entry.
Northern Dales Farmers’ Market
TODAY: There’ll be a Farmers’ market on Thirsk Market Place today from 10am. All stallholders are hand-picked so you can be sure that you’re buying from some of the very best food and drink producers in the country. And they’re all local small independent family businesses.

Make a note in your diary – the Christmas Market is on Sunday 4 December.

Quiz Night at The Angel
The Sunday evening quiz night at The Angel starts again on Sunday 13 November. It will be held in the lounge area to the left of the main bar as you walk in the main Long Street entrance. It’ll start at 8pm. Generally, participants will be in teams of four, which will be made up on the night. There’ll be two sections of 20 questions each and a decider in case of a draw. Entry is £1 per person and all the takings will go to the winning team.
Cross Talk – November edition
The latest edition of the church newsletter Cross Talk has been published and can be viewed here.
Topcliffe Post Office Shop – Saturday opening hours
Reminder: From Saturday 5 November the Post Office shop will open on Saturdays at 8am. The rest of the week opening hours remain as 7.30am.
Avian Influenza – housing of all domestic poultry
Both Topcliffe and Asenby are at present in Avian Influenza 10km surveillance zones following outbreaks of the disease in commercial poultry near Easingwold and near Thirsk. But as from tomorrow, Monday 7 November, mandatory measures for all poultry and captive birds come into force in all areas of England. The measures legally require all bird keepers to keep their birds indoors and to follow stringent biosecurity measures to help protect their flocks from the disease, regardless of type or size.
Ripon canal boat trips
Fancy a festive trip along the Ripon canal this Christmas? Tickets are now on sale for the winter warmer canal boat trips on Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 December. Trips take 45 minutes and start at 1.30pm. Tickets are £8.50 each and are available from Cathedral View Cafe, Ripon. Price includes homemade mince pie or chocolate brownie option (gluten free and vegetarian options), mulled wine/fruit punch. For children hot chocolate with all the trimmings is on offer. Full details here.
Topcliffe Christmas Fayre
This year’s Christmas fayre will be held at Topcliffe & Asenby Village Hall on Saturday 12 November between 10.30am and 3pm. There’ll be lots of craft stalls with a range of wonderful ideas for Christmas presents. At lunchtime, pies and peas (or a veggie alternative) will be on sale at just £3. There’ll also be plenty of cakes, bakes, tea, coffee and hot chocolate throughout the day.

Entry is free. All proceeds from the day will help towards the upkeep of the Village Hall. Full details here.

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.
Knit and Natter
The next session will be at 1.30pm on Thursday 17 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!
Glow 2022 at Harlow Carr
Let it Glow! Enjoy an unmissable after dark spectacle of lights at RHS Garden Harlow Carr this festive season. See the garden in breathtaking beauty as amazing illuminations light your way on a spectacular Glow trail.

Members: peak adult £8.95, off-peak adult £7.95. Non-members: peak adult £14.95, off-peak adult £12.95. Open from 17 November to 30 December (check site for specific days) – 4.30pm – 8.30pm. Tickets must be booked in advance –

Sessay Christmas Fair
The village fair is on Saturday 19 November between 10am and 3pm at Sessay Village Hall. Full details here.
Table Top Sale
There’s to be a table top sale at Topcliffe & Asenby Village Hall on Sunday 20 November between 10am and 3pm. There’ll be a range of stalls, face painting plus refreshments. See details on leaflet here.
Dalton Autumn Lunch
Dalton church’s Autumn Lunch will be on Sunday 20 November – 12 noon for 12.30pm. There will be hot food, to include turkey, roast beef, ham and lots of vegetables, followed by many, many sweets. You will not go home hungry! Tickets are £12 per head, with a family ticket for 2 adults and 2+ children at £30, will be available from Judy on 01845 577607. Space is limited, so don’t wait to get your tickets.
Artisan Market – Thirsk Market Place
Locally-produced arts & crafts, food and drink. A diverse, quality, shopping
experience that celebrates independent producers and makers. 10am-3pm on Sunday 20 November.
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.
Thirsk Christmas Lights Switch On
Thirsk Market Place – Friday 25 November at 6pm.
Rainton Christmas Fair
Sunday 27 November from 11am until 1pm. Handmade wreaths, Christmas decorations, unwanted gifts and toys being sold in aid of the village play park and village hall. Refreshments of bacon sarnies, mince pies and cakes.
Topcliffe Parish Council
The next meeting of Topcliffe Parish Council will take place at Topcliffe & Asenby Village Hall at 7pm on Thursday 1 December 2022.
What’s on at The Catton Kitchen
Christmas Wreath Making – this year’s sessions will be held on:

  • Friday 2 December at 5.30-7.30pm
  • Saturday 3 December at 2.30-4.30pm
  • 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).

Ready Meals – a wide range of ready meals, including pies are available.

Planets Galore
Sutton Bank National Park Centre is staging another night of star gazing on Saturday 3 December 2022 between 7 and 9pm. It’s called ‘Planets and a Rising Moon’ and it promises to be an exciting night spying the ‘stars’ of the Solar System. £16, child £10.50. Book online at
Dalton Christmas Fair
Dalton church’s Christmas Fair will be held on Saturday 3 December between 10am and 12 noon. There will be various stalls, a tombola, bacon butties, and a visit by Santa with presents for the children. All welcome. contact Silvia on 01845 577020. There will also be an opportunity to put a message on the village Christmas tree, at a cost of £2 – please take your message to Sylvia at 30 Chapel Garth.
Art class at the Village Hall
A special art class is 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
Dalton Christmas Pantomime
Dalton village’s annual panto will be Cinderella, to be held in the village hall on Saturday 22 December at 6.30pm. Tickets are £9 for adults and £5 for children. The bar will be open. Availability is limited, so if you would like a ticket, please contact Eleanor on 07841 036340.
What’s on at The RItz

  • To Thursday 10 November (Matinee on Wednesday 9 November) – The Lost King.
  • Friday 11 to Thursday 17 November (matinee Wednesday 16) – Emily
  • Friday 18 to Thursday 24 November (No matinees) – Black Adam
  • Friday 25 November to Thursday 1 December (Matinee Wednesday 30) – The Banshees of Inisherin.
  • Friday 2 to Thursday 8 December (No matinees) – Living.
  • Friday 9 to Friday 15 December (Matinees on Saturday 10, Sunday 11 and Wednesday 14) – Matilda – The Musical.

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

St James Coffee and Chat
Baldersby St James – every Tuesday morning between 10am and 12 noon.
Local traders

A list of local traders in Topcliffe and Asenby can be viewed here.

Bin Collections

Hambleton (Topcliffe):

  • Refuse – Mondays 7 and 21 November.
  • Recycling & Garden Waste – Thursdays 17 November and 1 December (final green bin collection for this year).

Harrogate (Asenby):

  • Recycling – Mondays 7 and 21 November.
  • Refuse – Mondays 14 and 28 November.
  • Garden waste – Thursdays 17 November and 1 December (final garden waste collection of this year).
That’s all for this week. Keep safe and remain well.