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Sunday Email: Issue 139

Welcome to your regular Sunday Email.

I wish you all a very merry Christmas.

07785 223707

Services at St Columba’s

  • TODAY – Christmas day – no service.
  • 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 in Ripon

  • TODAY – 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.
Carol Success
Around sixty villagers gathered around the Christmas tree to sing carols last Thursday evening. Afterwards they enjoyed mulled wine and mince pies in the Village Hall. £131 was collected for MacMillan Cancer Care, with a further £10 due through gift aid.

Organiser, John Phillips, said a huge thankyou is due to everyone who attended and to those involved on the night, including the St Columba’s Choir, the Barber family, from Church Street, who provided brass accompaniment, and John Hewlett who supported them on the trombone, Thanks also go those who generously took food to the hall to share and to the Village Hall Committee and the Parish Council who provided financial support.

Quiz Night at The Angel
The regular Sunday evening quiz is on hold over Christmas and New Year. The next one will be held on Sunday 8 January at 8pm at The Angel.
Wakeman Mummers visit Topcliffe
The Wakeman Mummers (Topcliffe Blue Stots) will be performing their traditional mummers play around Topcliffe on Friday 30 December. They will be meeting at The Angel at 11am.
Topcliffe Post Office
Here are the dates that the Post Office will be operating next week.
Closed: Today, Monday 26 and Tuesday 27 December and Sunday 1 and Monday 2 January.
Open: Wednesday 28, Thursday 29, Friday 30 and Saturday 31 December. And Tuesday 3 January onwards.
The Catton Kitchen
Great selection of meat, sides, pate and puddings that could help make your New Year meals that little bit extra special…and they all come from the market garden produce. There’s also an amazing range of ready meals, which are ideal as a standby for those days when you’ve run out of ideas about what to prepare.

Next open on Thursday 29 December between 10am and 2pm. However, they can offer flexible collections, if required – just email or go on the Catton Kitchen Facebook page and send a message.

Chip ‘n Dales
The Chip ‘n Dales fish and chip van is taking a winter break and won’t be back in Topcliffe until Friday 27 January.
Free parking over festive season
Hambleton District Council offer of free parking in its town centre car parks extends through to Monday 2 January 2023. No ticket is needed. Beware, however, that time limits still apply at short-stay car parks.
Topcliffe & Asenby Community Warm-Up
Last Wednesday’s lunch was so popular that the organisers ran out of food! The hall was full of villagers enjoying good food and the warm festive atmosphere. Forty nine meals were served, including some delivered around our two villages. In total, £156 was raised and some of this will be used to buy new kitchen equipment, with the rest going into the Warm-Up Community Help Fund, some of which will be distributed in the community in the New Year.

Warm-Up lunches take place at the Village Hall on Wednesdays between 11.30am and 1.30pm. The next lunch is on Wednesday 4 January.

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.

Knit and Natter
The Knit & Natter group are having a break over the festive season so there won’t be a meeting on 29 December. The next session will be held on Thursday 5 January at 1.30pm 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!
Keep Fit for mums with toddlers
The ‘circuits’ keep fit class that takes place in the Village Hall every Tuesday at 9.20am is proving extremely popular with mums with young children. It’s a great way to keep fit and as you can take the children with you, there’s no need to worry about finding babysitters. All abilities are welcome. Sessions range from dumbbells, kettlebells, legs, bums & tums and hand weights. Lots of variety and great fun!

Keep Fit instructor Lianne Ayling says there’s a lovely group already meeting up each week, (see photograph here), but there is room for a few extra participants, so she hopes that post-festive season more mums will come along. If interested, send her a message on her Facebook page – Fit with Lianne.

What’s on at The RItz
The cinema is closed 25, 26 and 31 December and 1 January.

  • To Thursday 5 January (no matinees. Each day except dates the cinema is closed – see above) – Strange World.
  • Friday 6 to Thursday 12 January (matinee Wednesday 11 January) – Aftersun.
  • Friday 13 to Thursday 19 January – (No matinees) – Avatar: The Way of Water.
  • Friday 20 to Thursday 26 January (matinee Wednesday 25 January) – I Wanna Dance With Somebody.

Updates: Please check the cinema website for the latest information –

Asenby Parish Council
Now that Tanyka Rawden and Jane Gallon have stepped down from the Parish Council there are two vacancies for new councillors. If two eligible persons apply to join the Parish Council they would be automatically ‘elected’, but if more than two step forward, an election will be held not later than 14 March 2023. If nobody puts their name forward, eligible residents can be co-opted onto the council. See link for further information.
Art classes at the Village Hall
There’s a choice of art classes coming up at Topcliffe and Asenby Village Hall, all hosted by talented artist and teacher Rebecca Jayne.

  • 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 for creating your own 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 none! Expert guidance is offered throughout the sessions. More information and online booking at

Asenby Institute – new members required
A Special General Meeting of Asenby Institute is to be held on Wednesday 11 January aimed at recruiting new committee members. Anyone interested in finding out more about becoming a committee member is invited to ring Siobhan Gifford on 01845 578300 or 07966 228206.
Textile recycling
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.
Big Garden Birdwatch
The 2023 Big Garden Birdwatch will take place over the weekend 27-29 January 2023. It’s the world’s largest garden wildlife survey and in 2022 almost 700,000 people took part, counting more than 11 million birds. Taking part in the count helps the RSPB build a vital snapshot of how garden birds are doing in each county and across the UK. Be prepared for January’s count by registering your interest and getting access to some useful information about birds you are likely to encounter.

Take part | Big Garden Birdwatch 2023 – The RSPB

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
Local traders

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

Bin Collections
Hambleton (Topcliffe):

  • Recycling – Friday 30 December (one day later than normal).
  • Refuse – Tuesday 3 January (one day later than normal).
  • Garden waste – no further collections until the post-Christmas collection on Thursday 12 January.
  • Subscriptions for the 2023/24 garden waste service will be available March 2023.

Harrogate (Asenby):

  • Refuse – Tuesday 27 December (one day later than normal).
  • Recycling – Monday 2 January.
  • Garden waste – no further collections until March 2023.
  • Subscriptions for the 2023 garden waste service open on Monday 9 January 2023.
That’s all for this week. Keep safe and remain well.