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Sunday Email: Issue 149

Welcome to the Sunday Email

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07785 223707

The award-winning Catton Kitchen
Congratulations to The Catton Kitchen who have won the Start-Up Business Award in Hambleton District Council’s 2022 Business Awards.

Proprietors Amy and Hugo Pearson attended the awards ceremony last Tuesday evening to receive their award.

Hugo and Amy had a dream of setting up their own market garden where they could make a living from small-scale food production based on sustainable and environmentally responsible methods. They also wanted to create a community hub where local people can meet, enjoy the space that has been created, eat and buy the food that has been produced…all on a very local basis and without creating any food miles.

As well as winning the Start-Up Business Award, they were also finalists in the Sustainability category.

They opened Catton Kitchen in July 2021 and since then, trade has steadily increased and the ‘Kitchen’, along with its popular café, has become a regular venue for people from surrounding villages.

They say the award is a sign that "people are interested and aware about what we do. Food security is a huge issue currently – home produced, seasonal and locally-grown food is fundamental to regaining our food sovereignty and we are proud to be playing our part."

St Columba’s – Lent Services
Throughout Lent there’ll be a service of Compline at 7pm every Wednesday. 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.

  • TODAY at 6.30pm – Choral Evensong
  • Wednesday 8 March at 7pm – Compline
  • Sunday 12 March at 10.45am – Holy Communion
  • Wednesday 15 March at 7pm – Complineled by Rev’d Robert Williamson
  • 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 led by Rev’d Robert Williamson
  • Wednesday 29 March at 7pm – Compline
  • Sunday 2 April at 6.30pm – Choral Evensong for Palm Sunday
Thirsk Farmers’ Market
TODAY – on the Market Square between 9am and 2pm on. All stallholders are local independent businesses which grow, rear or produce the food or drink available on their stall.
The Spring Tattler
The March edition of The Tattler has been printed and will be distributed door to door in Topcliffe and Asenby during the next few days.
The Elm Gallery
The gallery is closed until Saturday 11 March.
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 – with 75 per cent bought or reserved – so to avoid disappointment get yours soon. They are available from Doug Allan (07785 223707) or Topcliffe Post Office.

Church Street footpath repairs
Minor footpath repairs on Church Street this coming week are likely to create a few traffic problems in Topcliffe. The work is scheduled to start on Monday 6 March on pavements stretching from The Swan to the Methodist Chapel, and they will take a couple of days to complete.

There will be a diversion in place on Church Street and the one way system on Church and Front streets will be suspended and traffic lights will be in place. Car parking on Front Street will be banned for the duration of the works, so drivers will need to park their vehicles elsewhere.

Access to individual properties on both streets will be maintained whenever possible but, because of the nature of the work, there will be periods when access cannot be guaranteed. Anyone with special access needs can contact the County Council to discuss their position

Quiz success at the Village Hall
The weekly Sunday quiz is now held at Topcliffe & Asenby Village Hall. Come along tonight at 8pm and enjoy a bit of a laugh mixed with some good company. It’s also a chance to show off your general knowledge skills. Please bring your own drinks and nibbles. Glasses are available, but feel free to bring your own if you prefer.
Knit and Natter Club
The Knit & Natter club meets at Topcliffe & Asenby Village Hall from 1.30 to 3.30pm every Thursday.

Club members are busy creating bunting to decorate Topcliffe for the coronation of His Majesty the King on Saturday 6 May. They are still looking for 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
Last week 54 meals were served. A total of £177 was raised of which £50 has been donated to the Salvation Army in Thirsk, with the remainder going into the Community Warm-up fund.

Please note that the final weekly Warm Space lunch will be held on Wednesday 29 March. The volunteers will revert to providing soup and sweet on a fortnightly basis starting Wednesday 12 April.

Topcliffe & Asenby Village Hall
The Village Hall is available for hire to local organisations, businesses and individuals. It offers excellent facilities for a wide range of events including art and exercise classes, meetings, exhibitions, fayres, social events and lots more.

The Village Hall Committee has introduced the Hallmaster online booking service. This is accessed via the village website – and allows enquiries and bookings to be made directly online. The Village Hall no longer has a Bookings Secretary.

Village Hall Committee
The next meeting of the committee will be at 7.30pm on Tuesday 7 March in Topcliffe & Asenby Village Hall.

£2 per journey bus fare scheme extended
The £2 cap on bus fares for single journeys introduced on 1 January, which initially was for a three month period, has been extended for three months to the end of June.

Reliance Bus Company, which serves Topcliffe and Asenby has given a few examples of the type of savings that can be made on single journeys: Thirsk to York was £5.90 and is now only £2 and Northallerton to Ripon was £6.40 but is now only £2. Take advantage whilst you can.

Cross Talk
The March edition of Cross Talk, the church newsletter, is available to read here.
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
The latest weekly art class led by artist and teacher Rebecca Jayne are underway and remaining dates are 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.

Don’t forget that there are two special one-off classes 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

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 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.
The RItz Cinema, Thirsk

  • 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: On 3 March all ticket prices are £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 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:

  • 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.
Dream & Doodle
A new weekly event is 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 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

Asenby Parish Council
There will be a meeting of the parish council at 7pm on Thursday 30 March at Topcliffe & Asenby Village Hall.
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 –
The Repair Cafe
The next repair cafe will be held on Saturday 11 March 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.
Dalton Film Club
A newly formed film club will start on Sunday 12 March at Dalton Village Hall. There’ll be a matinee at 2pm featuring Matilda the Musical. Then at 7pm the 15+ film will be Top Gun: Maverick. Entry is free of charge. The bar will be open and popcorn and sweets will be on sale.

Films will be shown every second Sunday of the month. Check out the hall’s Facebook page for details.

Thorp Perrow events

  • Spring Pruning – Thursday 16 March – 10am to 3pm – a hands-on educational workshop covering the fundamentals of what, when, where and how to prune. The workshop will take place both outdoors and in the Summer House, so sturdy footwear and gardening gloves are a must. Tickets include refreshments and a light lunch.
  • Easter Wreath Making – Thursday 30 March – 10am to 4pm – celebrate the joys of springtime creating a beautiful, nature-inspired door wreath. The workshop will take place in the beautiful Summer House. Tickets include refreshments and a light lunch.
  • Guided Daffodil Tour & Afternoon Tea – Thursday 6 April – 2 to 5pm – A lively and informative walk and talk tour when the daffodils are in glorious bloom. Learn some fascinating facts and care tips along the way. Afterwards, enjoy a traditional Afternoon Tea and a glass of champagne, all served in the Summerhouse overlooking the beautiful grounds.
  • An Introduction to Bushcraft – Tuesday 18 April – 10am to 4pm – Paul Holden Ridgway demonstrates bushcraft and wilderness skills, from shelters and fire lighting to navigation and plant identification. A course designed for beginners (adults only) which promises to be both fun and educational. Sturdy footwear and appropriate outdoor clothing required. Ticket includes lunch and refreshments.

For more information, prices and bookings, go to:

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

  • There’s a comedy night at Sessay Village Hall 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 call 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.
Dalton Domino Drive
The next Domino Drive will be on Saturday 25 March at 7pm in Dalton Village Hall. iIt will be to raise funds for St John’s Church. Admission is £2. All are welcome.
Dalton Ceilidh
There will be a ceilidh on Saturday 18 March with music provided by Blind Stag. A pie and pea supper will be served. Tickets are £12, available from Eleanor on 07841 036340.
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.
Local traders

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

Bin Collections
Hambleton (Topcliffe):

  • Recycling & Garden Waste – Thursdays 9 and 23 March.
  • Refuse – Mondays 13 and 27 March.
  • Subscriptions for the 2023/24 garden waste service are now open. The charge is £43.50. The current (purple) licences are still valid until 31 March 2023. The 2023-24 service starts 3 April 2023 and ends 29 March 2024.

Harrogate (Asenby)

  • Refuse – Mondays 6 and 20 March.
  • Recycling – Mondays 13 and 27 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.