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Sunday Email: Issue 145

Welcome to your regular Sunday Email.

07785 223707

The Flying Oysters
Reputedly one of the North East’s best rock and pop bands, The Flying Oysters, will be performing at the Village Hall on Saturday 22 April. Last time they appeared in Topcliffe those present rated them as one of the best groups to have played the Village Hall and a great night was had by one and all.

Tickets, which are £12 and include a sausage and mash supper, are already selling fast so to avoid disappointment, reserve or buy yours now. They are available from Doug Allan (07785 223707) or Topcliffe Post Office.

Services at St Columba’s

  • TODAYat 6.30pm – Choral Evensong.
  • Sunday 12 February at 10.45am – Holy Communion.
  • Sunday 19 February at 10.45am – Choral Matins
  • Sunday 26 February 10.45am Holy Communion.
Covid booster jab appeal
Healthy 16 to 49 year olds have just over a week left to take up the NHS offer of a Covid booster jab. The top-up dose of vaccine can help protect against severe illness, even if you have caught Covid before. Anyone aged 16 or over, or an at-risk child aged 12 to 15, who has had both primary jabs is eligible for this booster, which has been available for more than a year.

According to the latest figures, more than 151m Covid vaccine doses have been administered in the UK – 53.8m first doses, 50.8m second doses and 40.4m booster or third doses. The latest publicity campaign is designed to attract any of the 10 million people who opted to stop after having had two vaccinations.

Appointments are available up to and including Sunday 12 February and you can book online at:

Funeral of the Rev’d Jim Thom
Just a reminder that the funeral of former Topcliffe vicar, the Rev’d Jim Thom (sorry about the incorrect spelling last week), takes place at the Leper Chapel at St Mary Magdalen in Ripon on Tuesday 14 February at 10.15am. He was vicar at St Columba’s from 1987 to 1993. He died peacefully in Harrogate on 11 January.
Quiz Night at The Angel
The Sunday evening quiz is being held 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.
Dog fouling problem
Once again the problem of owners allowing their dogs to foul village pavements and grassed area is causing great concern and annoyance. The latest complaints come from residents in the Manor Close area of Topcliffe, but there are other parts of both Topcliffe and Asenby where dog fouling is an issue.

Everyone knows that responsible dog owners carry poo bags with them and clean up after their pet…but there are some people in our community who obviously think the law doesn’t apply to them! But it does and if offenders are identified they will be reported to Hambleton Council, which will prosecute whenever it can.

Anyone can report dog fouling to the council. You can do it here:
Report It! ( The more reports made, the likelier that action will be taken.

Neolithic history on our doorstep
The three huge Neolithic monuments at Thornborough, just across the A1 from here, have been gifted to the nation by two local companies and will now be managed by English Heritage and open free to the public.

The Thornborough Henges complex, which have been described as ‘the Stonehenge of the North’ date back to around 3500BC to 2500BC and consist of three 656ft (200m) wide circular earthworks.

The henges are said to be the most important single ancient site between Stonehenge and the Orkney Islands. The central and southern circles were placed on the Heritage at Risk register in 2009 due to damage caused by livestock and rabbits.

Archaeological finds around the site suggest the henges were probably built as ceremonial or ritual centres and may also have served as trading centres and meeting places. Evidence also indicated they may have been covered in gypsum and would have glowed white for miles around.

BBC Radio York: Make a Difference Awards

BBC Radio York is again on the lookout for community groups or individuals who have gone the extra mile to help in their local community. They are wanting to hear about people who are going above and beyond to make a difference where they live. The awards are a chance to say ‘thank you’ and show recognition and appreciation for people who love to make life better for others.

Nominations close Sunday 5 March 2023 at 11:00pm. Winners will be selected by a panel of judges and awards will be given in each category, across each local BBC radio station. BBC – Make a Difference

Asenby Parish Council
In the near future there may be some good news about a co-option onto the Parish Council. A villager has shown interest in joining the council but there has to be a formal meeting of the Parish Council to confirm the co-option and a date is being sought right now. This will make four council representatives but still leaves one place left to fill – any volunteers?
Topcliffe & Asenby Community Warm-Up
Warm-up lunches are held every Wednesday between 11.30am and 1.30pm (food served to 12.45pm) at Topcliffe & Asenby Village Hall.

Last week was another very busy week – thought to be the busiest so far, with 53 meals served overall between the hall and deliveries to homes in the villages. A total of £150 was raised of which £50 has been donated to the local branch of Animal Rescue Crew, 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!
Chip ‘n Dales
The Chip ‘n Dales fish and chip van is in Topcliffe each Friday tea time – 5 to 7pm.
The RItz Cinema, Thirsk

  • To Thursday 9 February (matinee on Wednesday 8 February) – Empire of Light.
  • Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 February – Matinees only – Matilda – The Musical (Singalong version).
  • Friday 10 to Thursday 16 February – No matinees – Till.
  • Saturday 11, Sunday 12 and Wednesday 15 February – Matinees only – Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile.
  • Friday 17 to Thursday 23 February – No matinees – Tár.
  • Friday 24 to Thursday 2 March – No matinees – The Fabelmans.
  • Friday 3 to Thursday 9 March – Matinees on Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 March – Puss in Boots: The Last Wish.

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 –

Events in Dalton Village Hall

  • Jumble Sale – TODAY from 10.30am until 1pm. The proceeds will be for Rose Dawson’s owl fund. Rose, who lives in Thirsk, has spent years rescuing and rehabilitating injured owls. The proceeds will help with food and vet’s bills.
  • Family Race Night- Saturday 18February at 6.30pm. Entry is free of charge
  • Domino Drive – Saturday 25 February at 7pm. Admission is £2, with £1 for 5 raffle tickets. Tea and biscuits are served at the interval. The proceeds of this event will be for the village hall funds. All ages are welcome.
The Textiles of Bhutan
A fascinating lecture by art consultant and exhibition curator Zara Fleming is being held at Solberge Hall Hotel on Tuesday 7 February between 1.45 and 3.15pm. Zara specialises in the art and culture of Tibet, the Himalayan areas and Mongolia. She introduces this outstanding art form and explains how textiles are crucial to Bhutan’s cultural identity. Free for Art Society (Hambleton) members, visitors £7. Tickets on the door.
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 in North Yorkshire. Tickets £12 each…or save £2 per ticket if you buy in advance from The Angel at Topcliffe.
Thirsk Lego 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 –
David Gibb’s Family Jukebox
At school half-term give your family a musical experience to remember! Join David and his magical music Jukebox as he takes you on a trip through his hilarious and often surreal imagination, where wolves roam the school corridors, dragons live under the bed and teddy bears dance the night away at the disco. This Rural Arts performance is on at The Courthouse, Westgate, Thirsk on Friday 17 February at 3pm. Adults £8 and concession £6. Age guidance 3+.
Artisan Market
The next market featuring independent producers providing locally-produced arts, crafts, food and drink, will be held on Thirsk market Square on Sunday 19 February between 10am and 3pm.
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
Free concerts at Ripon Cathedral
The free lunchtime concert series at Ripon Cathedral continues in February and March. Although entry is free, 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:

  • 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.
Snowdrops at Thorpe Perrow
The first of the arboretum’s spring flower events will take place between 10am and 3pm on Friday 24 February. Join curator, Faith Douglas, for this hands on, educational workshop where you will learn to identify different varieties of snowdrop (Galanthus), propagate the seeds, and plant the bulbs ready to take home. You’ll also have the opportunity to assist with the management of the arboretum’s special collection. The workshop will take place both outdoors and in the summer house, so sturdy footwear, warm clothing and gardening gloves are a must! Tickets £40 to include refreshments and a light lunch.
Khooghi by Kauser Mukthar
Kauser Mukhthar’s family-friendly show, set within a beautiful toy theatre stage, uses puppetry, music and song to tell a story of humour, tragedy and hope, built around a song and a Kashmiri folk tale. It’s on at Rural Arts at The Courthouse, Westgate, Thirsk at 7pm on Saturday 25 February. Tickets are £8 – £10.
Art classes at the Village Hall

  • 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

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 – Thursdays 9 and 23 February.
  • Refuse – Mondays 13 and 27 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.