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Sunday Email: Issue 135

Welcome to your regular Sunday Email.
07785 223707
Quiz Night at The Angel
The Sunday evening quiz is held each week at 8pm at The Angel. Entry is £1 per person and all the takings go to the winning team.
St Columba’s Church services
• TODAY: 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.
Rainton Christmas Fair
TODAY – 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.
Mala Bead Necklace Workshop

  • TODAY – between 1:30 and 4:30pm.
  • Location: Topcliffe & Asenby Village Hall.
  • Cost: £35.00 per person including all materials and afternoon tea.

A three-hour workshop designing and creating a string of Mala beads and learning about the history of Mala. All materials will be provided, including afternoon tea and an organic cotton drawstring bag in which to store or present your necklace. Last minute bookings via:

Dalton expansion plans
As expected, Hambleton Council’s planning committee approved the Eldmire Lane development on the Dalton Industrial Estate at its meeting last Thursday. In fact, the approval was unanimous.

Fortunately, the planning committee acknowledged the strength of feeling in local communities and approved the plan with a number of conditions that go a long way towards meeting community expectations.

Most villagers will accept new developments and the jobs that come with them, but only if guaranteed conditions are attached to protect our villages from illegal HGV trespass.

Topcliffe Parish Council fought hard to ensure the planning committee, county highways department and the developer fully understood the strength of feeling within local communities and thankfully a string of suitable conditions were attached to the final approval.

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.

There are fears that despite requiring these desirable conditions, the national highway agency and others in authority will find it difficult to get things put in place in a timely fashion. There is talk of considerable delay whilst details are considered, like road signs being designed and erected. That sort of bureaucratic delay will be totally unacceptable to villagers and no doubt pressure will be brought to bear on those who impede progress.

Meanwhile, a big thank you is given to the parish councils in Topcliffe and Asenby and to all of the villagers who took the time to comment on the Dalton plan and to make sure that councillors and planners realised the strength of feeling locally.

Some media coverage of this story:
Topcliffe: Call for action over lorry drivers ignoring village HGV ban – BBC News

Magna Carta village in Yorkshire says ’70 lorries a day’ are ignoring HGV ban and damaging listed toll booth | Yorkshire Post

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 £126 was raised, of which £75 was donated to Community Works in Thirsk. 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 they 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 and places are going fast! 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
Asenby residents are reminded that Yorkshire Water will be installing a new water supply this week which requires the closure of the main road through Asenby outside Laneside for two days – 29 and 30 November.

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

Knit and Natter
There’ll be Knit & Natter sessions on the following Thursdays in December – 1, 8, 15 and 22 December. They are held in the TV lounge at The Angel, starting at 1.30pm. 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.
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 and pies – have been a huge hit and they are now being made every other week to keep up with demand. Recipes are being alternated to keep things fresh and offer wider choice.

Fresh bread – a new bread range, launched a few weeks ago, is proving extremely popular and attracting much positive feedback.

Opening hours – are being kept the same at the moment (Friday and Saturdays 10am to 2pm and Sundays 10am to 12 noon), whereas last year winter hours started in October. The new tipi with log burner means there is a dry and warm space for customers.

Hugo and Amy are concentrating on their planting calendar at the moment and hope to expand on bed space again next spring offering even more seasonal veg. They’re also looking at ways of expanding the number of events they can hold in 2023.

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.
Thirsk Farmers’ Market
The regular Northern Dales Farmers’ Market will take place in Thirsk Market Place on Sunday 4 December. There’ll be hand-picked stallholders, so you can be sure you’re buying from local, small and independent food and drink producers. For more information visit:
The Repair Cafe
The next Repair Cafe will be held at Thirsk Library on Saturday 10 December between 10am and 2pm. Be greener by avoiding waste and save money by letting a team of dedicated and talented volunteers try to repair your broken or worn-out items. Bring clothes, furniture, small appliances, toys, computers, phones, tools or anything else needing attention. Voluntary donation.
RBL Christmas Concert
Thirsk Royal British Legion Band will be performing their Christmas Concert at Thirsk Town Hall on Saturday 10 December at 7.30pm. Refreshments and Raffle. Free with a retiring collection. Just turn up!
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.
Christmas learning at Thirsk library
Children aged up to 11 years are invited to pop along to Thirsk Library’s free drop in event with lots of Christmas activities between 10am and 2pm on Monday 19 December. Christmas crafts, games, reading, drawing, colouring and lots more. Email for more information or just turn up and join in.
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 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.
  • Friday 16 to Thursday 22 December (No matinees) – Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.
  • Friday 23 December through to Thursday 5 January (no matinees. Each day except dates the cinema is closed – see below) – Strange World.
  • Closed 24, 25, 26 and 31 December and 1 January

Updates: Please keep checking the website for the latestdetails –

Rural Arts launches spring programme
As Rural Arts approaches 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’ Church 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):

  • Recycling & Garden Waste – Thursdays 1 December (final garden waste collection this year) and 15 December.
  • Refuse – Mondays 5 and 19 December.

Harrogate (Asenby):

  • Garden waste – Thursdays 1 December (final garden waste collection of this year) and 15 December.
  • Recycling – Mondays 5 and 19 December.
  • Refuse – Mondays 28 November and 12 December.
That’s all for this week. Keep safe and remain well.