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Sunday Email: Issue 134

Welcome to your regular Sunday Email.
07785 223707
Quiz Night at The Angel
The first quiz, since lockdown, was held last Sunday evening. It went well, with 19 competitors in five teams testing their knowledge. It’s now going to be held every Sunday at 8pm. There are two sections of 20 questions each and a decider in case of a draw. Entry is £1 per person and all the takings go to the winning team.
St Columba’s Church services
• TODAY: At 10.45am – Choral Matins.
• Sunday 27 November at 10.45am – Advent Sunday Holy Communion.
• Sunday 4 December at 6.30pm – Choral Evensong
• Sunday 11 December at 10.45am – Holy Communion
Regular Sunday services conclude with refreshments.
Tabletop Sale
TODAY – There’s a tabletop sale on at Topcliffe & Asenby Village Hall between 10am and 3pm. There’ll be a range of stalls, face painting plus refreshments. See details on leaflet here.
Artisan Market – Thirsk Market Place
TODAY 10am-3pm – Locally-produced arts & crafts, food and drink. A diverse, quality, shopping experience that celebrates independent producers and makers.
Topcliffe Bridge Repairs
North Yorkshire County Council has provided an update on planned repairs to Topcliffe Bridge. The tender documentation for the construction of the new bridge parapet has been published with responses from companies to be returned by 16 December. The contract will require completion of the work by the end of the financial year (31 March).
Dalton expansion plans
Hambleton Council’s planning committee will meet to decide the recent Dalton Industrial Estate expansion plan on Thursday 24 November at 1.30pm. The meeting will be held at the Civic Centre in Northallerton. The officer recommendation is that it should be approved.

According to the planning portal, 43 individuals, along with both Asenby and Topcliffe parish councils, have registered their comments. It’s clear that the majority would generally be in favour of new developments and the jobs that come with them, but only if guaranteed conditions are attached to protect our villages from illegal HGV trespass.

The updated planning officer’s report to the committee does now include a list of conditions that go some way to meet the demands of Topcliffe and Asenby.

Last week Topcliffe Parish Council had discussions with the developer and North Yorkshire County Council’s Highways Department. The developer has agreed to make a fixed sum contribution to the provision of an APNR camera system, and the Highways Department and the developer have jointly prepared a new signage scheme for the A168 and other local roads. Both actions meet the Parish Council’s suggested conditions and therefore it is now supporting the planning application.

The full text of Topcliffe Parish Council’s update on the situation can be viewed here.

Topcliffe & Asenby Community Warm-Up
Warm-Up lunches take place at the Village Hall every Wednesday between 11.30am and 1.30pm. The lunches are open to anyone who wishes to come along.

Last Wednesday £111 was raised, of which £75 was donated to the local branch of Cancer Research. 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.

Christmas trees on sale in Topcliffe
This festive season Josh Barningham is selling Christmas trees from the family farm on Long Street. Trees can be inspected and ordered now and trees will be available for collection from early December (or earlier by agreement). The Yorkshire-sourced Nordmann trees measure 4 to 8 feet and can be fresh cut or potted. Check out the sales leaflet here for sizes and prices. Enquiries and orders – 07716 334211 or via Facebook.
Christmas Lunch for local pensioners
This year’s pensioners’ Christmas lunch will be held at Topcliffe & Asenby Village Hall on 13 December at 12.30pm. The cost for a three course Christmas lunch with drinks and entertainment is just £15 (a price that is considerably subsidised). For more information check out the poster here. To book please contact Judith Lowe on 01845 577911.
Water works lead to road closure in Asenby
North Yorkshire County Council’s highways department has advised Asenby Parish Council of plans by Yorkshire Water to close the main road through Asenby outside Laneside for two days – 29 and 30 November 2022 – to install a new water supply.

The road closure and associated diversion routes can be viewed using this link

Mala Bead Necklace Workshop

  • Location: Topcliffe & Asenby Village Hall.
  • Date and time: Sunday 27 November between 1:30 and 4:30pm.
  • Cost: £35.00 per person including all materials and afternoon tea.

Mala translates to ‘String of Beads’, originating from the ancient lineage of the Himalayan Yogis and traditionally used as a tool during prayers. Today a Mala is still used by thousands of practicing Yogis but it also makes a wonderful decorative necklace or bracelet for yourself or as the perfect Christmas gift. It can make for a really great talking point around the dinner table!
During this three-hour workshop participants will design and create their own string of Mala beads and learn about the history of Mala, and how they are used in practice. In a simple guided meditation, each person will set an intention for their beads.

No previous experience is necessary. All materials will be provided, including afternoon tea (please advise of any allergies) and an organic cotton drawstring bag in which to store or present your necklace. Places are limited and bookings should be made by using this link:

Letter to Santa
Just a reminder about the deadline for requesting a letter from Santa. Make sure your letter is posted by Friday 9 December or there’s a risk Father Christmas won’t be able to send an answer.

  • In the letter, let Santa know what you’d like for Christmas so he can add you to his list.
  • Put your full name and address in your letter so Santa knows where to reply.
  • Write this address – Santa/Father Christmas, Santa’s Grotto, Reindeerland XM4 5HQ – on the envelope and stick a stamp on it.
Stackable chairs
The Village Hall has just taken possession of some brand new chairs that were donated by a community organisation in York. This means that twenty older stackable chairs are surplus to requirements and are being offered to any local organisation that is able to make use of them. If interested, please contact Doug Allan on 07785 223707.
Energy Saving Tips
With the cost of living on the rise, there’s never been a better time to cut your energy bills and be kind to the planet. Over half of the energy costs in most homes goes on heating and hot water, so it’s really important to look at home heating habits to see if there are small changes that can be made to reduce heating bills. Supplier EDF has put together these tips, but they are relevant for everyone.

• Turn down your thermostat. Just one degree lower could save you up to £128 a year. Set a timer on your thermostat for your heating to come on only when you need it.
• Turn the heating flow temperature down on your combi boiler from 80℃ to 60℃ to save up to £112 per year. Such a reduction cuts the boiler’s energy consumption, without lowering the temperature of your home. This isn’t suitable for all systems so check your boiler instructions or contact your supplier.
• Don’t heat empty rooms. Individual radiator thermostats mean you can adjust the temperature in each room accordingly.
• Keep doors between adjoining rooms shut. This way, you stop the heat from escaping.
• Run your heating for an hour less each day. Even using a little less energy each day adds up to savings over time.
• Bleed your radiators. Trapped air can make your radiators less efficient, so they’ll be slower to heat up.
• Keep the heat in. Simply closing your blinds or curtains in the evening can also stop heat loss by up to 17%. Just be sure your curtains don’t cover the radiators.

Festivities in Ripon
Ripon’s Christmas celebrations are underway. The lights were switched on yesterday and over the weekend of 25 and 26 November, between 9.30am and 4.30pm, there’s a Christmas Gift and Food Fair at Ripon Cathedral. Over 100 stalls, children’s craft activities and live music. Tickets £5 for adults and free for accompanied under-12s.

On Sunday 27 November there’s also an Artisan Christmas Market being held on the Market Square between 10am and 3pm.
then 5.30pm, there’ll be an Advent Procession and candlelit Carol service at the Cathedral.

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.
Asenby Institute AGM
To be held at 2.30pm on Wednesday 23 November at Green End Cottage, Asenby. Everyone welcome, especially those who might be interested in finding out more about the work of the Institute and joining the committee.
Thirsk Christmas Lights Switch On
Thirsk Market Place – Friday 25 November. Entertainment starts at 5pm with performances from the Rock Choir, Butterflies, Richmondshire, Thirsk and Dales Gymnasts and JS Karate Academy. The lights will be switched on at 6.30pm.
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.
Knit and Natter
The next session will be at 1.30pm on Thursday 1 December 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!
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 Sylvia 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.
Glow 2022 at Harlow Carr
The RHS’s festive light spectacular at Garden Harlow Carr starts is now on until 30 December, 4.30 – 8.30pm. Members: peak adult £8.95, off-peak adult £7.95. Non-members: peak adult £14.95, off-peak adult £12.95. Tickets must be booked in advance
Dalton Christmas Pantomime
Dalton village’s annual panto will be Cinderella, to be held in the village hall on Monday 12 December at 7.00pm and Thursday 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.
Art classes at the Village Hall
There’s a wide choice of art classes scheduled at Topcliffe and Asenby Village Hall over the next couple of months, all hosted by talented artist and teacher Rebecca Jayne.

  • Thursday 15 December – "How to paint a hare, fox or owl in a moonlit winter landscape using acrylics". The cost is £25 and this includes all materials needed to complete your masterpiece. Refreshments will be provided. Time: 10.30am to 1pm.
  • Monday 9 January – a new series of the popular weekly art classes will start and run until 7 February. 10am and 12 noon. Bring your own materials and create works you will be proud of.
  • Saturday 30 January 2023 – 10am to 1pm – Painting on Fabric – helpful tips and techniques with creating your own creative, vibrant painting on fabric. Equipment and paint provided. Refreshments included. Just bring your fabric item – Denim Jacket, purse, bag, baseball boots, cushion cover, table runner or other item. On booking further details will be sent about the session.

All of the advertised art classes are for artists of every level of experience…or of none! Expert guidance is offered throughout the sessions. More information and online booking at

Ripon canal boat trips
Fancy a festive trip along 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.
Textile recycling
This is advance notice that the next Bags2School textile recycling event will be held on Monday 23 January 2023. If you’re having an annual clear out of cupboards and wardrobes in the New Year, please save your discarded clothing. You’ll be able to drop off your bags of textiles at the Village Hall between 8.30am and 12 noon. If you have trouble storing the bags, contact Donna Fleming (07591 438766) or Doug Allan (07785 223707) and they will try to make arrangements for storage until the collection day. The proceeds of the event will be shared between the Village Hall and 1st Topcliffe Scouts.
What’s on at The RItz

  • 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 –

Rural Arts launches Spring programme
As Rural Arts appoaches its 30th anniversary it has announced plans for an amazing programme of events for adults, children and families, including workshops, exhibitions, music and dance performances and lots more. Rural Arts is based at The Courthouse in Thirsk. The full programme can be checked-out at
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 21 November and 5 December.
  • Recycling & Garden Waste – Thursdays 1 December (final green bin collection this year) and 15 December.

Harrogate (Asenby):

  • Recycling – Mondays 21 November and 5 December.
  • Refuse – Mondays 28 November and 12 December.
  • Garden waste – Thursdays 1 December (final garden waste collection of this year) and 15 December.
That’s all for this week. Keep safe and remain well.