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Sunday Email: Issue 143

Welcome to your regular Sunday Email.

07785 223707

New Facebook page for parents in Topcliffe and surrounding villages
A new Facebook group was launched in Topcliffe last week to bring together parents and grandparents in the village and surrounding communities, including Asenby, Baldersby, Catton, Dalton and Rainton. It aims to create a platform for discussion about topics of mutual interest and share information about activities, groups, relevant local services and support…and possibly opportunities for get-togethers. In particular, the group will aim to promote the enjoyment, safety and development of local children. The full name of the group is Topcliffe, Asenby & Surrounding Village Parents.

Other community-based Facebook pages in our two villages are:

  • Top Residents
  • Asenby Residents
  • Alanbrooke Barracks
Quiz Night at The Angel
The Sunday evening quiz – tonight at 8pm in The Angel. It’s a really good night with a lot of fun and some lighthearted banter between teams and with the quiz master! It would be great to see some new faces, so please come along to test your general knowledge and enjoy yourselves. The Angel really make us welcome even offering a bottle of wine for a monthly draw.
Services at St Columba’s

  • TODAY – at 10.45am – Holy Communion.
  • 29 January – No service (5th Sunday).
Asenby Parish Council
Unfortunately, there has still been no interest from members of the Asenby community in filling the two vacancies on the Parish Council. This leaves only three councillors running the business of the village. It also means that if just one of the councillors can’t attend a meeting, say because they are ill or away on business or holiday, the meeting can’t proceed as it would not be quorate. Such uncertainty makes it very difficult to run the council smoothly and efficiently.

If any eligible resident is interested in being co-opted (rather than elected) to the Parish Council, please get in touch with the Acting Parish Clerk, Peter Palmer 01845 578057.

Topcliffe & Asenby Community Warm-Up
Warm-Up lunches take place at the Village Hall on Wednesdays between 11.30am and 1.30pm.

Last week 46 meals were served and £119 was raised of which £50 was donated to help fund The Tattler newsletter, with the remainder going into the Community Warm Up fund.

If you can donate any prepared food or ingredients 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!
Wanted: maintenance volunteers at Byland Abbey
Byland Abbey, which has a rich history and sits within the heart of North Yorkshire, is looking for volunteers to assist with general caretaking and maintenance. This is the first time English Heritage is offering volunteer opportunities at the site. Maintenance Volunteers will be part of a team helping to protect and preserve the site for the future. The majority of tasks will be small-scale maintenance such as fixing new signage in place, repairing existing fixings, painting small items, repairing fencing and gates, pruning branches (normally to make signs visible), lubricating joints/hinges on doors, gates and windows and renewing gravel/soil areas where puddles form. While on-site, volunteers are likely to meet visitors who may wish to chat about jobs underway and why volunteering is so important. There are no set hours and volunteers can fit the their volunteering around their life, giving their time as and when is convenient. Go to Portal Community First Yorkshire to learn more and apply.
Artisan Market
TODAY – The Artisan market featuring independent producers providing locally-produced arts, crafts, food and drink, is on at Thirsk market Square between 10am and 3pm.
Charity panto: Aladdin
There’s still time to get tickets for this hilarious pantomime performed by the award winning Northallerton Variety Company. It’s on at The Forum in Northallerton from today until Saturday 28 January (except Wednesday 25th) at 7.15pm. Plus matinees on Sunday 22 and Saturday 28 January at 2.15pm. Tickets are £9 to
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Textile recycling
Last call for your unwanted textiles. There’ll be a Bags 2 School textile recycling event between 8.30am and 12 noon tomorrow (Monday 23 January) at the Village Hall. The proceeds of the event will be shared between the Village Hall and 1st Topcliffe Scouts.

Here’s a final 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.

Free concerts at Ripon Cathedral
There’s a lunchtime concert series being staged at Ripon Cathedral on a range of Thursdays until the end of March. Entry is free of charge, though there is a voluntary collection at the end. Refreshment are served at 12.30pm and the 50 minute performances start at 1pm. Here’s what’s on:

  • 26 January – Alex Woodrow on the organ.
  • 23 February – Performance by students from Leeds University.
  • 2 March – Charlotte Harper, Soprano.
  • 9 march – Keith Dale on the organ.
  • 16 March – Performance by students from Leeds University.
  • 23 March – Ed Jones on the organ.
  • 30 March – Prima Musica students.
Chip ‘n Dales
The Chip ‘n Dales fish and chip van will be back in Topcliffe next Friday (27 January) at 5pm.
Jack Bowater as Ed Sheeran
The amazing Jack Bowater performs Ed Sheeran’s classic hits in this concert at Easingwold’s Galtres Centre on Friday 27 January at 7.30pm. Performing on the trademark Martin acoustic guitar, Jack matches Ed stride for stride in vocal ability, guitar playing and stage presence. Tickets £15 from:
Big Garden Birdwatch
The 2023 Big Garden Birdwatch takes place next 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.

The Repair Cafe
The next repair cafe will be held on Saturday 28 January between 10am and 1pm at Thirsk Community Library on Chapel Street. It’s a chance to get items such as small appliances, computers, toys, tools and clothes repaired. It’s much better to try and give things a new life rather than bin them.
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.

Art classes at the Village Hall
There’s a number of one-off art classes planned at the Village Hall:

  • Saturday 28 January – 10.30am to 1pm – Painting on Fabric – Just bring your fabric item – denim jacket, purse, bag, baseball boots, cushion cover, table runner or other item.
  • Thursday 30 March – 10.30am to 1pm – Spring Flowers and Garden Birds painted in oils.
  • Thursday 27 April – 10.30am to 1pm – Escape to the Sea – paint a seascape in oils.

These art class are for artists of every level of experience…or none! Expert guidance is offered throughout the sessions. Equipment and paint provided. Refreshments included. Price £25/£28. More information and online booking at

Topcliffe Parish Council
The next meeting of Topcliffe Parish Council will be held in the Village Hall at 7pm on Thursday 2 February.
Comedy Night at The Angel
The next Hilarity Bites Comedy Night will be held in the Plaza Suite at The Angel on Tuesday 7 February. These ‘stand-up’ nights present some of the best comedians on the circuit to North Yorkshire. Tickets £12 each…or save £2 per ticket if you buy in advance from The Angel at Topcliffe.
Thirsk Brick Show
Here’s news of a great day out for children and families who have an interest in building with Lego. The show will be held between 10am and 4pm at Thirsk Town Hall on Saturday 11 February. More details can be seen on the poster here.
Valentine’s at The Angel
There’ll be a special menu – including sharing choices – available from Saturday 11 to Tuesday 14 February for all romantics looking to celebrate with their Valentine. Check out the website for details –
The Rainton Gardening Club
The popular gardening club based in Rainton Village Hall is inviting anyone interested in gardening to join the club which meets on the third Tuesday of each month. The first meeting of this year will be a ‘taster’ meeting on Tuesday 21 February at 7.30pm when plantsman Chris Small will talk about the seasonal progression ‘From Winter to Spring’. There are eight speakers booked for the coming year, plus four summer garden visits included in the annual membership fee. For more details please contact Gill Common, Club Secretary – gillcommon
The RItz Cinema, Thirsk

  • To Thursday 26 January (on matinee Wednesday 25 January) – I Wanna Dance With Somebody.
  • Friday 27 January to Thursday 2 February (matinee on Wednesday 1 February) – Tom Hanks is ‘A Man Called Otto‘.
  • Friday 3 to Thursday 9 February (matinee on Wednesday 8 February) – Empire of Light.
  • Matinees only on Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 February – Matilda – The Musical (Singalong version).

Prices: Adult – £6, concession – £5 (14 and under, over 60s and matinees).
Opening times: evenings – doors open 7pm for 7.30pm. Matinees doors open 2pm for 2.30pm.
Updates: Please check the cinema website for the latest information –

The Flying Oysters
The North East’s best rock and pop band will be performing at the Village Hall on Saturday 22 April. Tickets are £12, which includes a hot supper, and they’re on sale now from Doug Allan (07785 223707) or Topcliffe Post Office.
Deer Shed Festival 2023
The date of this year’s festivalhas been announced. It’s to be held from 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 – Thursday 26 January.
  • Refuse – Mondays 30 January and 13 February.
  • Subscriptions for the 2023/24 garden waste service will be available March 2023. There is still no indication of the price that will be charged from 1 April 2023.

Harrogate (Asenby):

That’s all for this week. Keep safe and remain well.