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Sunday Email: Issue 146

Welcome to your regular Sunday Email.

I’m afraid I am going to have to stop producing the Sunday Email on a weekly basis from 12 March as Mailchimp – the platform on which it is produced and circulated – has halved my monthly email allowance, in an attempt to force me onto a paid for arrangement. Mailchimp would like to charge me £12 a month for the privilege of sending out the Sunday Email each week, which you will understand I don’t really want to pay.

So, after issue 150 on 12 March the Sunday email will become a fortnightly publication. Many apologies to those readers who look forward to receiving an email every Sunday, but I am sure you’ll understand the problem and soon get used to a different frequency.

Maybe we should give the fortnightly email a new name? Any suggestions to

07785 223707

Dalton Village Hall – Jumble Sale
TODAY from 10.30am until 1pm. (apologies for giving the incorrect date in last Sunday’s email). 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.
Services at St Columba’s

  • TODAYat 10.45am – Holy Communion.
  • Sunday 19 February at 10.45am – Choral Matins
  • Sunday 26 February 10.45am Holy Communion.
Quiz Night at The Angel
TONIGHT at 8pm in The Angel. The last quiz night at this venue for awhile as the pub is closing down for a few months for a major refurbishment.

Alternative temporary venues are being considered so watch out in next week’s email for an update.

All change at The Angel
The only official announcement about the situation at The Angel so far is that it will close tomorrow (13 February) for a few months whilst refurbishments are underway. There is plenty or rumour and interest about the future ownership and long-term plans for development. We know that The Angel has been sold by the West Park Inns group to another consortium with local connections. Apparently, the deal will be finalised and signed tomorrow. It’s clear lots of residents are interested in what’s going on and what might be in store for the future, so it’s hoped more information might be available for publication in next week’s Sunday Email.
Knit and Natter Club
The club has also been temporarily displaced because of the closure of The Angel and for the next week or two, it will meet at Debora Alderson’s home on Front Street.

The Coronation
Members of the Knit & Natter club have come up with a scheme for the decoration of Topcliffe at the time of His Majesty the King’s coronation on Saturday 6 May. They have started knitting and they have set themselves a mammoth task to be ready in time for the ceremony. They are hoping that residents will help by making cash donations so that sufficient wool can be purchased. They are specifically looking for cash, rather than wool, as very specific coloured wool is needed and if they simply asked for wool donations, they would get too many different shades which would not work for the design.

Cash donations can be left in a collection pot at the Topcliffe Post Office.

If there is any cash left over, it will be used to purchase red and black wool for Remembrance Day poppies in November.

BBC Radio York: Make a Difference Awards

This item has been left in the email for one more week to give everyone time to consider whether any nominations of local community volunteers should be submitted.

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

Bernard Bateman MBE
The death of former councillor Bernard Bateman was recently announced. He died at the age of 78 on 26 January following a long illness. His funeral will be held at Ripon Cathedral at 12 noon on Tuesday 14 February.

In his time as a local councillor he held many key positions including Mayor of Ripon, Mayor of Harrogate Borough, Chairman of North Yorkshire County Council and was a councillor on Harrogate Borough Council for the Wathvale ward, which included Asenby. He was a regular attendee at Asenby Parish Council meetings.

Bernard was awarded an MBE in 1988 for his services to industry.

Neighbourhood Watch newsletter
The February edition of the Neighbourhood Watch monthly newsletter can be viewed here.
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 57 meals served overall between the hall and deliveries to homes in the villages. A total of £177 was raised of which £50 has been donated to Community Works in Thirsk, 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.

Chip ‘n Dales
The Chip ‘n Dales fish and chip van is in Topcliffe each Friday tea time – 5 to 7pm.
Wensleydale Railway
Residents living living in areas of North Yorkshire relatively close to Leeming, including those living in the YO7 postcode area, receive a 25% discount on all Wensleydale Railway standard train ticket prices. When making a booking, simply show the ticket office a document, such as a driver’s licence or utility bill, with your postcode details on it.

All-day rover tickets cost from only £18 if booked online or £20 in-person and seniors (over 65) are £16 if booked online and £18 in-person. This price is before any discount is applied! And all children (3-15 years) travel for only £1 each!

Check the website for the latest times & prices: the booking office on 01677 425805.

The RItz Cinema, Thirsk

  • 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 –

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+.
Events in Dalton Village Hall

  • 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.
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 Thorp 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.
Thirsk Farmers’ Market
The next Thirsk Farmers’ Market will be held on the Market Square between 9am and 2pm on Sunday 5 March. All stallholders are local independent businesses which grow, rear or produce the food or drink available on their stall.
Australian Aboriginal Rock Art
Paul Bahn presents the world’s longest unbroken art tradition. Exploring both
this ancient and current art form, highlighting its regional differences and many meanings. At Solberge Hall Hotel from 1.45pm to 3.15pm on Tuesday 7 March. Free to Art Society members, Visitors £7 on the door.
Celebrate International Womens Day with Rural Arts

  • Wednesday 8 March – 3.30 to 4.30pm – Female Pioneer Portraits – a session inspired by influential women. Draw bold and colourful illustrations of famous female pioneers, such as Rosa Parks, Malala Yousafzai or Emmeline Pankhurst.
  • Wednesday 8 March – 11am to 12 noon – a second workshop inspired by influential women. How to recreate the stunning enlarged flower paintings of modern artist and contemporary painter Georgia O’Keefe.
  • Both events will be held at The Courthouse in Thirsk and the cost is £7.50.
Opera for the People
Popular opera and crossover music (think Andrea Bocelli and Katherine
Jenkins), where the audience choose the songs to be sung from the song menu. Songs include popular opera, popular classical songs, songs from musicals and Pavarotti pop section. It’s on at The Courthouse in Thirsk at 7.30 pm on Thursday 9 March. Tickets are £10.
Model Rail & Engineering exhibitions
This annual event is being staged at the Yorkshire Event Centre on the Yorkshire Showground in Harrogate on Friday 10 and Satuarday 11 March.
Two fantastic events, one admission ticket. Some of the best model railway
layouts including the UK’s biggest – the gigantic 200ft Heaton Lodge Junction.
10am-5pm each day. Adult £15, Family £30 (2+3). Tickets are cheaper when bought online –
Spring Pruning at Thorp Perrow
This is a hands-on educational workshop with Thorp Perrow’s Curator, Faith Douglas, will cover the fundamentals of what, when, where and how to prune. Then you’ll put your new found skills to practice in the Arboretum. The workshop will take place both outdoors and in the Summer House, so sturdy footwear and gardening gloves are a must!

Thursday 16 March – 10am to 3pm. Tickets £40 with refreshments and a light lunch included.

Sunday Lunch at The Swan
The Swan serves great Sunday lunches every week, but there are two special treats coming up soon:

  • Mothering Sunday – 19 March – A day to celebrate and appreciate the wonderful women in our lives mums/grannies/aunties and everyone in between. Serving lunch 12noon to 4pm.
  • Easter Sunday – 9 April – A great time to spend time with family and friends. Serving lunch 12 noon to 4pm.
  • Please call 01845 595185 to book or message us on Facebook.
Dishforth Military Wives in concert
‘Spring into Song’ is the name of the concert the Dishforth Military Wives Choir will give at 7pm on Saturday 25 March at All Saints church, Thirkleby. Tickets are £20 and include the first drink and nibbles. The concert will raise money to be split between All Saints Together, a charity that supports the church in Thirkleby, and Herriot Hospice at The Lambert, Thirsk. Tickets from Gill Walmsley on 07969 571002.
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

Racing in Thirsk
The season opener at Thirsk Racecourse is the Easter Family Day on Tuesday 4 April. There’ll be some fantastic racing but also lots of entertainment for all ages, including face painting and balloon modelling, plus live music from Georgia Grace. Gates open from 11am. First race at 1.10pm.
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.

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):

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