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Sunday Email: Issue 141

Welcome to your regular Sunday Email.

07785 223707

Quiz Night at The Angel
The first quiz night of the New Year will be held this evening at 8pm 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.
Services at St Columba’s

  • TODAY – 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
Last week it was reported that Topcliffe Surgery has experienced significant numbers of ‘no-shows’ – people not turning up for appointments. In December alone, ninety-six appointments were wasted due to non-attendance, with twenty-six of these in the week before Christmas.

Since highlighting this problem (but really not claiming any credit) there has been a big improvement: in the week Friday 30 December to 5 January, the practice had only ten appointments wasted due to non-attendance. Still far too many, but much better than previous weeks.

Surgery managers realise that In an ever-busy world, there will be occasions when it’s impossible to keep to an arranged time and date, 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.

Asenby Parish Council

1. Meeting cancelled
The meeting of the Parish Council scheduled for tomorrow, 9 January has been cancelled because of illness. The unavailability of one of the three remaining members of the council means the meeting would be inquorate.

2. Parish Council vacancies
As reported in recent Sunday Emails, there are two vacancies on Asenby Parish Council. The formal closing date for nominations is 5pm Monday 9 January. It’s hoped that eligible village residents will put their names forward by the closing date. If two eligible persons apply to join the Parish Council they would be automatically ‘elected’, but if more than two step forward, an election would be held no later than 14 March 2023.

If nobody puts their name forward, eligible residents can be co-opted onto the council…but right now no potential co-optees’ names have been put forward.

Bus fares capped at £2
Passengers using local buses should see a maximum fare of £2 charged until the end of March. Most bus operators, including Reliance, have joined the Get Around initiative to promote the government-subsidised fare. This includes these services: 19, 19M, 29, 30, 30X, 30SE, 31X, 40 and 70. Fares lower than £2 and free concession passes are unchanged.

The scheme will help families, commuters and other passengers save money this winter, backed by £60 million of government investment to cap single tickets at £2 until 31 March. The scheme seeks to get more commuters on buses and help to reduce emissions and congestion by taking an estimated 2 million cars off the roads.

Full government information on this and other Yorkshire bus companies’ £2 fares is at http://

Courier Fraud – warning!
North Yorkshire Police are warning that in the post-Christmas period they are receiving increasing numbers of reports of what is classed as ‘Courier Fraud’. This often involves a fraudster contacting a victim by telephone purporting to be a police officer or bank official. To substantiate this claim, the caller might be able to confirm some easily obtainable basic details about the victim such as their full name and address. Once ‘trust’ is established, the victim is asked to withdraw cash from their bank or to take some other action to help an investigation. Please be fraud aware and remember the police will never ask anyone to move money or withdraw money to assist in an investigation.
Topcliffe & Asenby Community Warm-Up
Warm-Up lunches take place at the Village Hall on Wednesdays between 11.30am and 1.30pm.

Last week’s lunch raised £101.50 of which £50 was donated to The Blue Cross animal rescue service in Topcliffe, with the remainder going into the Community Warm Up fund.

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 meets every Thursday 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!
Art classes at the Village Hall
There’s still chance to book a place on the two art classes 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
A Special General Meeting of Asenby Institute will be held at 7.30pm on Wednesday 11 January at the home of Siobhan Gifford at Green End Cottage, Asenby.

It’s hoped that a new committee will be formed. 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
Residents in Topcliffe will benefit from a special one-off green waste collection by Hambleton Council on Thursday 12 January for the disposal of Christmas trees. Trees must be chopped so as 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 Wednesdays.

Winter star gazing at Sutton Bank
There’s a 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 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.
Craft Fair in Topcliffe
On Sunday 29 January, Independent Thirsk Traders are holding their first craft fair of the year at Topcliffe and Asenby Village Hall. It will be on from 10am until 3pm, with an absolutely fantastic array of crafts created by some amazing, friendly and very talented people. There’ll also be a tombola and hot drinks will be available.

Independent Thirsk Traders is a trading group holding craft fairs throughout the year. Most of its traders hand craft their individual creations which include jewellery, cards, cushions, bags, crystals, pictures, sweet hampers, wood turned clocks, floral display pieces and many more. They are all local people bringing their talents to share with others in villages around Thirsk.

Big Garden Birdwatch
The 2023 Big Garden Birdwatch 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 the UK. You can register for the count and get access to some useful information, including a picture chart, about birds you are likely to encounter by going to

It’s easy! Simply count the birds you see from your garden, balcony or local park for an hour, then go online to tell the RSPB what you saw. You can watch from inside with a cuppa or wrap up warm and sit quietly with the birds outside.

So, if you’ve made a resolution to take more action for nature this year, Birdwatch is a great way to start.

Topcliffe Parish Council
The next meeting of Topcliffe Parish Council will be held in the Village Hall at 7pm on Thursday 2 February.
What’s on at The RItz
The cinema is closed today (Sunday 1 January).

  • 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 –

Dates for your diary

  • The Flying Oysters rock and pop band will be performing at the Village Hall on Saturday 22 April. Tickets will go on sale soon. Reserve tickets on Top Residents Facebook page.
  • The date of this year’s Deer Shed Festival has been announced. It’s on Friday 28 to Monday 31 July.
Local traders

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

Bin Collections
Hambleton (Topcliffe):

  • Recycling – Thursdays 12 and 26 January.
  • Garden waste – the Christmas tree collection is on Thursday 12 January. Other green waste can be included.
  • Refuse – Mondays 16 and 30 January
  • Subscriptions for the 2023/24 garden waste service will be available March 2023.

Harrogate (Asenby):

  • Refuse – Mondays 9 and 23 January.
  • Recycling – Mondays 16 and 30 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.