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Sunday Email: Issue 136

Welcome to your regular Sunday Email.
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Services at St Columba’s

  • TODAY: at 6.30pm – Choral Evensong
  • 11 December at 10.45am – Holy Communion, Rev’d Robert Williamson.
  • Sunday 18 December at 6.30pm – traditional service of Nine Lessons and Carols, with St Columba’s Choir, led by Linda Hewlett, accompanied by Matthew Atherton on the organ. Carols new and old and an opportunity to come and sing your favourites followed by finger food and wine.
  • Christmas Eve, Saturday 24 December at 2pm – Crib Service with Rev’d Dawn Ward. An informal telling of the Christmas Story for everyone to enjoy, particularly those with children.
  • Christmas Eve at 11.30pm – Midnight Mass – the Christmas service of Holy Communion for everyone, with Rev’d Robert Williamson.
Thirsk Farmers’ Market
TODAY – The regular Northern Dales Farmers’ Market will take place in Thirsk Market Place. 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:
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.
Village Christmas Tree
Topcliffe’s Christmas tree was erected and decorated yesterday by a team of local volunteers. It’s located outside the Village Hall on Front Street and it’ll be a festive feature in the village each evening through to early January. This year Topcliffe Parish Council and Topcliffe & Asenby Village Hall Committee shared the cost of purchasing the tree.

Here are some photographs of taken on the day:
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Carol Singing in the Village
On Thursday 22 December at 7.30pm there’ll be carols around the Christmas tree outside the Village Hall. Everyone is welcome, so do come and sing. Please bring torches to read the carol sheets that will be provided. Brass accompaniment will be provided by the Barber family, who live in the village, and the singing will be aided by members of St Columba’s Choir.

Afterwards, enjoy mulled wine and mince pies inside the Village Hall with seasonal good wishes from all at St Columba’s, Topcliffe Parish Council and the Village Hall Committee.

The St Columba’s Christmas Charity this year is Macmillan Nurses and any donations will be very gratefully received.

Feoffees gift at Christmas
The Feoffees – or Trustees – of the Consolidated Charities of Topcliffe are again planning to present a small gift to those over eighty years of age in Topcliffe and Asenby this Christmas. The cash comes from the charity’s annual surplus.

The Topcliffe Charity is an historical fund created for the benefit of Topcliffe, plus a number of surrounding villages, including Asenby, Baldersby, Dishforth, and Rainton, that were part of the ancient Parish of Topcliffe.

The nature of the charity has changed over the years, but it continues to create a small amount of income from invested funds which the Feoffees in each village are able to distribute as they see fit. The amount available for distribution is in proportion to each village’s population.

This year, the Topcliffe Feoffees have a total of £270 to distribute and the Asenby Feoffee has £70 to hand out.

There is no official record of those who are over eighty years of age, so the Feoffees rely on local knowledge to identify eligible residents. Last year’s lists of recipients in Topcliffe and Asenby have been updated, so those who received a gift in 2021, will automatically get one this Christmas.

If you qualify and want to be considered or to check that you are on the list, please get in touch with Anne-Marie Barningham on 07740 175311 or Doug Allan on 07785 223707 in Topcliffe or Carole Ford on 01845 577718 in Asenby. The deadline is Friday 9 December.

Christmas post deadlines brought forward
Royal Mail is asking customers to post their mail earlier than usual for Christmas this year as a result of the ongoing strike action by its workers.

Final dates for sending second-class post has been brought forward from December 19 to the 12th and for first class from December 21 to the 16th.

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.

Look here at the scrumptious food served last Wednesday. It included mushroom soup as a starter, sausage casserole, chicken & leek cobbler, or shepherd’s pie with a crispy cream top as a main course, desserts included treacle pudding, meringue, rice pudding or apple crumble. Plus, cakes, tea or coffee and sweet treats. Each week the menu is varied and equally delicious.

Last Wednesday £93 was raised, of which £75 was donated to the Boot Camp charity in Easingwold which supports adults with learning difficulties. 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 prepared food or 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.

The Tattler – December issue
Your Christmas edition of The Tattler is at the printers and will be distributed house to house throughout Topcliffe and Asenby from Tuesday 6 December onwards.

If anyone outside our two villages would like to receive an electronic copy of The Tattler, please get in touch with Doug Allan at

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.
Cross Talk
The Christmas edition of the local church magazine Cross Talk is now out. You can read it here.
Asenby Institute needs you
Asenby Institute is urgently seeking new committee members after the three current committee members resigned at the AGM on Wednesday 23 November.

Historically, the Institute ran the now demolished village hall and organised regular events there. Later it became involved in developing the recreation field and playpark through fund raising and grant applications. Until Covid struck, the Institute organised the village’s successful festive mulled wine and mince pie evening as a charity fund raiser, donating over £1,000 to Herriott Hospice over recent years. Its most recent project was the construction and installation of the bespoke Platinum Jubilee Bench under the old chestnut tree on the village green

The Institute now needs new life and enthusiasm breathed into its work. Retiring committee members have agreed to remain as ‘caretaker’ members until a Special General Meeting on 11 January 2023. In the meantime, anyone interested in finding out more about becoming a committee member is invited to ring Siobhan Gifford on 01845 578300 or 07966 228206.

Nominate a local company for an award
Everyone is being encouraged to nominate businesses or individuals from across Hambleton in Hambleton District Council’s annual Business Awards. The awards are an opportunity to celebrate business success in the area and the council is keen to receive nominations for those businesses and individuals people think should be recognised for their achievements.

There are plenty of wonderful businesses serving our two villages so maybe they deserve an entry in these awards. It’s likely that simply being in the awards line-up would be beneficial and give businesses a boost.

Are you prepared to nominate one of our local incredible businesses? The closing date for nominations is Saturday 31 December. For the categories and how to enter see

For further information please email

Topcliffe & Asenby Village Hall
The Village Hall is available for hire to local organisations, businesses and individuals. It offers excellent facilities for a wide range of events including art and exercise classes, meetings, exhibitions, fayres, social events and lots more.

The Village Hall Committee has introduced the Hallmaster online booking service. This is accessed via the village website – and allows enquiries and bookings to be made directly online. The Village Hall no longer has a Bookings Secretary.

Snooker Club
Membership subscriptions for the snooker club are now overdue. The fee for the current year was set at the AGM in September and it is £30 – an increase of £5 to help meet increasing energy costs. Existing and new members should arrange payment to David Bowman as soon as possible. Members who do not plan to remain in the club are asked to return their door key to David Bowman. He can be contacted on 577843.
Knit and Natter
There’ll be Knit & Natter sessions on the following Thursdays in December – 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!
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!
Christmas in Ripon

  • Saturday 10 December – 7.30pm – Ripon Choral Society perform Handel’s Messiah at Ripon Cathedral, followed by carols. Tickets online from
  • Thursday 15 to Sunday 18 December – 2 to 8pm – An Illuminated Winter Wonderland at Ripon Spa Gardens. Free entry but donations welcomed.
  • Sunday 18 December – 10am to 3pm – Christmas Market – soak up the atmosphere and follow the market trail as it winds through Ripon’s historic marketplace. All the traditional market favourites including bratwurst, pies, cheese, cakes, fresh coffee and mulled wine.
  • Sunday 18, Friday 23 and Saturday 24 December– 5.30pm – Festival of Lessons & Carols at Ripon Cathedral. The Christmas story told in readings and music. Featuring the Ripon Cathedral Choir.
  • Saturday 24 December – 11am – Ripon Cathedral presents the Journey to Bethlehem, an interactive service for families.
  • Saturday 24 December – Midnight Mass at Ripon Cathedral.
  • Sunday 25 December – 10.30am – Christmas Day Festal Eucharist.
  • Monday 26 December (boxing Day) – 9.30am – Eucharist for St Stephen’s Day followed by pilgrimage to Fountains Abbey.
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.
Christmas Lunch for local pensioners
There are just a few places left at this year’s pensioners’ Christmas lunch 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.
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 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
Apologies if you found last week’s information about bin collections a little misleading. I hope it didn’t confuse readers too much.

Hambleton (Topcliffe):

  • Refuse – Mondays 5 and 19 December.
  • Recycling – Thursdays 15 December and 30 December (one day later than normal).
  • Green waste – no further collections until the post-Christmas collection on Thursday 12 January.

Harrogate (Asenby):

  • Recycling – Mondays 5 and 19 December and 2 January 2023.
  • Refuse – Monday 12 December and Tuesday 27 December (one day later than normal)
  • Green waste – no further collections until March 2023.
That’s all for this week. Keep safe and remain well.