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Sunday Email: Issue 140

Welcome to your regular Sunday Email.

I wish you all a very happy, healthy and prosperous New Year.

07785 223707

Services at St Columba’s

  • TODAY – 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.
  • 29 January – No service (5th Sunday).
Topcliffe Surgery
The Surgery has experienced a large increase in the number of patients not showing up for their appointments. Between 1 and 29 December, ninety-six appointments were wasted due to non-attendance, with twenty-six of these wasted appointments in the week before Christmas alone. In an ever-busy world, surgery managers and doctors fully appreciate that unforeseen circumstances or last minute changes in schedules occur, but they appeal to anyone who can’t keep an appointment to let the surgery know. This enables staff to offer the slot to another patient.
Mummers fail to turn up
Due to illness, the Mummers performers were unable to appear as planned in Topcliffe on Thursday 30 December. It was unfortunate that they didn’t to get a message through to people in the village who could have let others know that the performances wouldn’t be going ahead. It appears a few people travelled to Topcliffe to see the plays and dancing and others left the warmth of their homes to watch the street-based theatre. It was a shame that the show didn’t go ahead, but we look forward to next year’s performances.
Dance date for your diary
Those of you who enjoyed some great music and dancing when The Flying Oysters visited Topcliffe pre-Covid, will be pleased to hear that they are coming back for a repeat performance. They’ve been booked for Topcliffe & Asenby Village Hall on Saturday 22 April. It’ll be a bring your own drinks evening but a tasty supper will be provided at the interval. Ticket prices and more information will follow soon. But for now, please make a note of the date in your diary.
Asenby Parish Council
There are two vacancies on Asenby Parish Council and it’s hoped that eligible village residents will put their names forward to be 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 no 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.
Free parking at Hambleton car parks
Monday 2 January is the final day of free parking at car parks operated by Hambleton District Council.
Cross Talk: January edition
January’s issue of the church magazine, Cross Talk, has been published and can be viewed here.
Topcliffe Post Office
The Post Office will be closed today and Monday 2 January opening as normal from Tuesday 3 January.
Fire safety in your home
North Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service has issued guidance to help residents stay safe from fire this winter. With fuel prices rising, many people may turn to alternative ways to heat their home, cook their food or manage other electrical appliances, and so this guidance provides advice on how best to avoid risks and stay safe. This includes:

  • Heating your home using devices such as portable heaters, solid fuel heating, outdoor heating and electric blankets.
  • Cooking – specifically using disposable or portable equipment.
  • Safe use of electrical appliances such as washing machines, tumble dryers and dishwashers.
  • The safe use of candles.
  • Fire detection and smoke alarms.
  • Signposting to support services that can help with managing energy bills, staying warm this winter and identifying fire risks in the home.

The guidance is available on this website

North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service can visit eligible members of the public to offer fire safety advice to reduce and prevent fires, identify possible risks in the home, test smoke alarms, plan potential escape routes and talk through bedtime routines to ensure safety during the night. To find out more visit:

Topcliffe & Asenby Community Warm-Up
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’s 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!
Meeting of Asenby Parish Council
The next meeting of Asenby Parish Council will be held at 7pm on Monday 9 January in the Village Hall.
Quiz Night at The Angel
The first quiz night of the New Year will be held at 8pm on Sunday 8 January at The Angel. It’s a really good night with a lot of fun and some lighthearted banter with the quiz master! So come along and enjoy yourselves. The Angel really make us welcome even offering a bottle of wine for a monthly draw. Hope to see more residents joining in in the New Year.
Art classes at the Village Hall
Two extra art classes will be in January at the Village Hall, each hosted by talented artist and teacher Rebecca Jayne.

  • Monday 9 January – a new series of the popular weekly art classes will start on 9 January and run until 7 February. 10am to 12 noon. Bring your own materials and create works of which you can be proud.
  • Saturday 30 January – 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.

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

Joe Cornish to talk about landscape photography
In a special Arts Society presentation, renowned local photographer Joe Cornish, who has his gallery in Zetland Street, Northallerton, will speak about landscape photography and how it fits neatly with the other arts. It’s on at Solberge Hall Hotel at 1.45pm on Tuesday 10 January. Free entry to Art Society members and £7 for visitors. Book via the website:
Asenby Institute – new members needed
Following the resignation of all existing committee members before Christmas, a Special General Meeting of Asenby Institute has been arranged at which it is hoped new committee members will step forward.

It will be held at 7.30pm on Wednesday 11 January at the home of Siobhan Gifford at Green End Cottage, Asenby. Anyone interested in finding out more about becoming a committee member is invited to ring Siobhan Gifford on 01845 578300 or 07966 228206.

Christmas tree disposal
People will soon be thinking of taking down their Christmas tree and if they have real ones, thinking about how best to dispose of them. Residents in Topcliffe will benefit from a special one-off green waste collection by Hambleton Council on Thursday 12 January which is an opportunity to dispose of your tree. Trees must be chopped to be fully inside your green wheelie bin. Other green waste can also be included.

There isn’t a similar special collection for Harrogate residents so those living in Asenby will have to make arrangements to dispose of their tree at a local Household Waste Recycling Centre. The nearest is located near Thirsk (Ox Moor Plantation Lane, Sowerby, Thirsk YO7 1FA) and it’s open everyday except today (New Year’s Day) and Wednesdays 8.30am to 4pm.

Raise funds for Great Ouseburn School
Maybe you would be happy to pay £5 to have your tree collected and disposed of? SEK Handyman & Removals is taking bookings now and half the proceeds of each tree will be donated to Great Ouseburn community primary school to help build a new classroom. Check them out on Facebook.

Winter star gazing at Sutton Bank
‘Orion Night and Winter Stars’ is the title of this star gazing opportunity at the Star Hub located at Sutton Bank National Park Centre on the evening of Saturday 14 January between 7 and 9pm.

The constellation of Orion will dominate this event: its majestic presence in the south sky, harbours wonders including a great nebula where stars are born. You’ll also take a trip around the other great sky patterns of winter and keep an eye on the planet Mars, still riding high at this time of year.

The Star Hub provides a warm indoor space and a perfect viewing area. Tickets at £16 for adults and £10.50 for children are available online at

Village Hall Meeting
The next meeting of the Topcliffe & Asenby Village Hall Committee will be at 7.30pm on Tuesday 17 January.
Textile recycling
If you’re having an annual clear out of cupboards and wardrobes in the New Year, please save your discarded clothing and donate it to the Bags2School textile recycling event being held on Monday 23 January. 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.

Here’s a reminder of the items that are welcomed: men’s, ladies and children’s clothing – paired shoes (tied together or elastic band around) – handbags – hats – bags – scarves and ties – jewelry – lingerie – socks – belts – soft toys – household linen – household curtains – household towels – household bedding (bed sheets, pillow-cases and duvet covers).

The following items can’t be accepted: duvets and blankets, pillows and cushions, carpets, rugs and mats (including bath, shower and toilet mats), soiled, painted, ripped or wet clothing, school uniforms, corporate clothing and workwear or textile off cuts or yarns.

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.
Big Garden Birdwatch
Are you ready for The 2023 Big Garden Birdwatch? It takes place over the weekend 27 – 29 January. 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 the 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

Topcliffe Parish Council
The next meeting of Topcliffe Parish Council will be held in the Village Hall at 7pm on Thursday 2 February.
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, but there is room for a few extra participants, so she hopes that as the New Year unfolds 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 today (Sunday 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 –

The Catton Kitchen
The Kitchen is back to normal opening hours this coming week: so, open on Friday and Saturday between 10am and 2pm and on Sunday between 10 and 12 noon.

There’s also an amazing range of meats and vegetables, plus ready meals, which are ideal as a standby for those days when you’ve run out of ideas about what to prepare.

Email or go on the Catton Kitchen Facebook page and send a message.

Local traders

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

Bin Collections
Hambleton (Topcliffe):

  • Refuse – Tuesday 3 January (one day later than normal).
  • Recycling – Thursdays 12 and 26 January.
  • Garden waste – no further collections until the so-called Christmas tree collection on Thursday 12 January. Other green waste can be included.
  • Subscriptions for the 2023/24 garden waste service will be available March 2023.

Harrogate (Asenby):

  • Recycling – Monday 2 January.
  • Refuse – Mondays 9 and 23 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.