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Sunday Email: Issue 148

Welcome to the Sunday Email.
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Lent services
Throughout Lent there’ll be a service of Compline at 7pm every Wednesday, starting 1 March. Compline for Lent is a quiet reflective service of prayers and readings for the end of the day and the service lasts about 15 to 20 minutes. The usual services will be held on Sundays.

The church won’t be organising Lent lunches this year as the Warm Space lunches are being held each Wednesday.

  • Wednesday 1 March at 7pm – Compline (Evening Prayers)
  • Sunday 5 March at 6.30pm – Choral Evensong
  • Wednesday 8 March at 7pm – Compline
  • Sunday 12 March at 10.45am – Holy Communion
  • Wednesday 15 March at 7pm – Compline
  • Sunday 19 March at 10.45am – Choral Matins on Mothering Sunday.
  • Wednesday 22 March at 7pm – Compline
  • Sunday 26 March at 10.45am – Holy Communion
  • Wednesday 29 March at 7pm – Compline
  • Sunday 2 April at 6.30pm – Choral Evensong for Palm Sunday
The Spring Tattler
The March edition of The Tattler is in production and will be ready for distribution on Tuesday 7 and Wednesday 8 March. It’ll include loads of interesting articles about what’s happening in and around our two villages.
Quiz success at the Village Hall
Last Sunday, the weekly quiz was held at Topcliffe & Asenby Village Hall and it proved to be a great success with the largest number of people attending since before Covid!

Come along tonight at 8pm and enjoy a bit of a laugh mixed with some good company. It’s a chance to show off your general knowledge skills…or learn a few things and boost your education! Please bring your own drinks and nibbles. Glasses are available, but feel free to bring your own if you prefer.

Knit and Natter Club
Starting this Thursday, the Knit & Natter club will meet at Topcliffe & Asenby Village Hall from 1.30 to 3.30pm.

The club aims to decorate Topcliffe with amazing knitted bunting for the coronation of His Majesty the King on Saturday 6 May. They have three months in which to achieve their goal and are hoping that residents will help by making cash donations so that sufficient wool can be purchased. They are 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.

Topcliffe & Asenby Community Warm-Up
Warm-up lunches are held every Wednesday at Topcliffe & Asenby Village Hall between 11.30am and 1.30pm (food is served until 12.45pm).

Last week 50 meals were served. A total of £148 was raised of which £50 has been donated to the Herriot Hospice 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.

Angel bookings honoured
The Angel at Topcliffe has indicated that most bookings for private parties, weddings and meetings in the Plaza Suite made under the previous ownership, will be honoured even though the hotel is closed for everyday business whilst a refurbishment is underway. If you have a query regards a booking, please call 01845 578000.
Special Appeal
Last week the death of Avril Pearson, who was for many years a history teacher at Queen Mary’s School, was announced. She lived at Skipton on Swale and leaves behind two dogs which are now looking for a good home, preferably together. They are currently at Tails of Swale, Catton (07590 649369) and are a black lab boy and a girl spaniel, both about 10 years old. Can anyone help?
The Catton Kitchen
Amy and Hugo are about to launch a weekly ‘Weed-nesday’ when the market garden will be open between 9am and 12 noon starting 9 March for people to call in and be close to nature, enjoy the space and help with planting and general tasks. Tea and biscuits will be provided to volunteers.

The Kitchen has started to sell veg boxes to order…and already there’s been a good take up. But there are a few spaces still available on a first come, first served basis.

They are also going to be updating their menu as we head into the warmer weather, so do pop down to see how the market garden is developing. Check out the Facebook page and website for more details: Call 07747083155.

Fraud warning after devices placed on cash machines
During the night of last Thursday, three cash machines in Northallerton were found to have had devices placed on them which collected withdrawn money, making it look like the machine was not working. They had been painted, and were designed to look like cash dispenser slots, making them hard to identify as fraudulent.

The police are appealing for anyone who noticed suspicious activity around cash machines in Northallerton to get in touch. Please call 101, quoting reference 11230034273. The advice is that we should all remain vigilant when using cash machines, and report any suspicious activity or similar incidents to the police.

Chip ‘n Dales
The Chip ‘n Dales fish and chip van is in Topcliffe each Friday tea time – 5 to 7pm.
Art classes at the Village Hall
Last Monday the latest weekly art class led by artist and teacher Rebecca Jayne started…and there are five more weeks to go so you can still join in. The remaining dates are: 27 February, 6,13, 20 and 27 March. Each class is two hours from 10 am to 12 noon at Topcliffe & Asenby Village Hall. Rebecca will guide you with helpful tips and techniques and support you with creating your own artwork.
On booking further details will be sent about the session.

Two special one-off classes are scheduled:

  • 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. More information and online booking at

The RItz Cinema, Thirsk

  • 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.
  • Friday 10 to Thursday 16 March (no matinees) – Magic Mike’s Last Dance.
  • Friday 17 to Thursday 23 March (no matinees) – Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania.
  • Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 – Matinees only – Marcel the shell with Shoes On.
  • Friday 24 to Thursday 30 March – CLOSED for film work on a popular TV series.
  • Friday 31 March to Thursday 6 April (matinee on Wednesday 5 April) – What’s love got to do with it?
  • Friday 7 to Thursday 13 April (Matinee on Wednesday 12 April) – Allelujah.

New ticket prices: Starting 3 March all ages, all shows (including matinees) all tickets will be £6, unless otherwise stated.
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 –

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. Refreshments are served at 12.30pm and the 50 minute performances start at 1pm. Here’s what’s on:

  • 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.
Topcliffe Parish Council
The next meeting of the parish council will be at 7pm on Thursday 2 March at Topcliffe & Asenby Village Hall.
Dream & Doodle
This is a new event running in Topcliffe & Asenby Village Hall on Thursday mornings led by Katrina Addison. Her intention is to provide relaxing classes where participants are encouraged to take a very free artistic approach using a variety of media from pencils to paint…and with relaxing music in the background. “These are classes to help you unwind”, says Katrina “it’s not about demonstrating a particular artistic strength, but more to do with relaxation and expression.”

Forthcoming classes are from 10 to 11am on Thursdays 2, 9, 16 and 23 March, and others may be organised if these go well. Each hour-long session is £7.50. For further information call 07890 429159 or email – dreamanddoodleart

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.
Village Hall Committee
The next meeting of the committee will be at 7.30pm on Tuesday 7 March in Topcliffe & Asenby Village Hall.
Celebrate International Women’s 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, who 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.
Hilarity Bites Comedy Night
The comedy nights at The Angel might be on hold during the refurbishment but you can still get to a popular and local Hilarity Bites venue at either Thirsk or Sessay.

  • On Wednesday 1 March the comedy returns to The Courthouse in Thirsk with a fun, fast-paced evening of side-splitters, hosted by Karen Bayley and featuring Sam Serrano and Steve Gribbin. 7:30pm. £10 –
  • The next comedy night at Sessay Village Hall is on Wednesday 22 March starting at 7.30pm. It will feature Rob Rouse and Peter Brush, with host Jon Pearson. The bar will be open. It is £12 on the night or £10 if booked in advance from D Till, telephone 01845 577906.
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.
Easter Wreath making at Thorp Perrow
If you believe that wreaths are for every season then this Easter workshop is for you. Celebrate the joys of springtime creating a beautiful, nature-inspired door wreath to welcome family and friends to your home at Easter. The workshop is on Thursday 30 March from 10am to 4pm and it will be led by Curator Faith Douglas. It will take place in the beautiful Summer House located in the garden of Thorp Perrow. The cost is £70 and refreshments and a light lunch will be provided. All equipment is provided but you may like to bring gardening gloves.
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.
Guided Daffodil Tour & Afternoon Tea
In early April Thorp Perrow Arboretum bursts into colour when the thousands of daffodils come into bloom and it’s an amazing sight to see. This lively and informative walk and talk tour on Thursday 6 April is led by Curator Faith Douglas. She will show you the best of the daffodil collection and share some fascinating facts and care tips along the way. Afterwards, you will enjoy a traditional Afternoon Tea and a glass of champagne, all served in Thorp Perrow’s Summerhouse overlooking the beautiful grounds. Tickets £60. http://
Introduction to Bushcraft
Join Paul Holden Ridgway in this introduction to bushcraft and wilderness skills at the beautiful Thorp Perrow arboretum. between 10am and 4pm on Tuesday 18 April. From shelters and fire lighting to navigation and plant identification, this course is designed for beginners and promises to be both fun and educational. Price £70 to include lunch and refreshments. Sturdy footwear and appropriate outdoor clothing required. Please note this is an adults only workshop.
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.

Local traders

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

Bin Collections
Hambleton (Topcliffe):

  • Refuse – Mondays 27 February and 13 March.
  • Recycling & Garden Waste – Thursday 9 March.
  • Subscriptions for the 2023/24 garden waste service will open in March.

Harrogate (Asenby)

  • Recycling – Mondays 27 February and 13 March.
  • Refuse – Monday 6 March.
  • Garden Waste – Wednesday 22 March (only for those who have paid the annual subscription). The charge for 2023 is £43.50 for 19 fortnightly collections and you can apply now at
That’s all for this week. Keep safe and remain well.