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Sunday Email: Issue 137

Welcome to your regular Sunday Email.

I hope that all Topcliffe and Asenby residents have by now received the Christmas edition of The Tattler. If you haven’t, it’s on its way. Issues at the printers and a delivery misunderstanding, together with a clash as I was away caring for my Mum, led to an unavoidable delay in getting the newsletter delivered door to door. Despite the problems, I hope you enjoyed this festive edition.

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Services at St Columba’s

  • TODAY: at 10.45am – Holy Communion, Rev’d Robert Williamson.
  • Sunday 18 December at 10.45am – Matins. Then at 6.30pm a 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.
  • Thursday – 22 December Carols around the Christmas treeat the Village Hall. Please arrive promptly at 7.30. Please bring torches to read the carol sheets that will be provided. Brass accompaniment kindly provided by the Barber family, and singing will be aided by members of St Columba’s Choir.
  • 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.
  • Christmas day – no service.

And in the New Year:

  • New Year’s Day – no service
  • 8 January – 10.45am- Holy Communion and at 6.30pm Choral Evensong for Epiphany.
  • 15 January at 10.45am – Choral Matins.
  • 22 January at 10.45am – Holy Communion.
Christmas trees still on sale in Topcliffe
Not bought your Christmas tree yet? If not, don’t worry, as Josh Barningham is still selling Christmas trees and decorations from the family farm on Long Street. 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.
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. Come along and test your general knowledge, meet friends and neighbours and have some fun.
Topcliffe & Asenby Community Warm-Up
Warm-Up lunches take place at the Village Hall every Wednesday between 11.30am and 1.30pm. The next lunch will be served on Wednesday 14 December. The lunches are open to anyone who wishes to come along.

Last Wednesday £104.50 was raised, of which £50 was donated to the Herriot Hospice in Thirsk. The balance has gone into the Warm-Up Community Help fund, which will be used to buy food for future lunches.

On Wednesday 21 December a Sunday-style roast beef lunch will be served. As usual, there will be no set charge and those attending are asked only to pay what they can afford…or nothing at all!

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.

News of possible financial support
Last week Hambleton District Council approved a new grant scheme aimed at supporting Warm Space initiatives similar to the one that operates at Topcliffe & Asenby Village Hall. The Council is offering funding of up to £500 to help these schemes and an application for support is being made.

Dalton Christmas Pantomime
The Christmas pantomime in Dalton this year is Cinderella and it’s being performed at Dalton Village Hall. There are still tickets available for tomorrow’s performance (Monday 12 December) at 7pm, but tickets for Thursday 22 December have now sold out. Tickets are £9 for adults and £5 for children. The bar will be open. 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.
Free parking over festive season
Hambleton District Council is spreading a little bit of festive cheer by making parking free in its car parks for two weeks over Christmas. Parking in every district council car park across Northallerton, Thirsk, Stokesley and Bedale, will be free from Monday 19 December to Monday 2 January 2023 (inclusive). No ticket is needed. Beware, however, that time limits still apply at short-stay car parks.
Hosepipe ban lifted
The hosepipe ban introduced by Yorkshire Water in August has been lifted. It was the first ban of its kind in 27 years and was brought in after low rainfall and high summer temperatures saw reservoir levels fall below 50%. While the ban was in place, consumers were urged to try to reduce the amount of water they used and it’s thought that as much as 28 million litres a day were saved.
Asenby Institute – new members required
Asenby Institute is urgently seeking new committee members to breathe new life and enthusiasm into its activities in the village. 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.
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.

Carols by Thirsk Clock
Festive carols at Thirsk Clock in the Market Place at 11am on Saturday 17 December. Raising money for Christian Aid. Everyone is welcome.
Knit and Natter
There’ll be Knit & Natter sessions on Thursdays 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!
Christmas in Ripon

  • 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.
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 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 – Thursdays 15 December and 30 December (one day later than normal).
  • Refuse – Mondays 19 December and 3 January (one day later than normal).
  • Green waste – no further collections until the post-Christmas collection on Thursday 12 January.

Harrogate (Asenby):

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