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Sunday Email: Issue 151

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St Columba’s – Lent Services

  • TODAY 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
  • Palm Sunday – 2 April at 6.30pm – Choral Evensong and distribution of palms.
  • Wednesday 5 April at 7pm – Final Lent Compline
  • Saturday 8 April at 7.30pm – Easter Eve Vigil and First Mass of Easter, a choral communion service with full choir and refreshments afterwards
  • Easter Day – Sunday 9 April – No Service
  • Sunday 16 April at 10.45am – Choral Matins
  • Sunday 23 April at 10.45am – Holy Communion
  • Sunday 30 April – No Service (5th Sunday of the month).
Artisan Market
TODAY – There’s an Artisan Market on Thirsk Market Place between 10am and 3pm. It offers locally-produced arts, crafts, food and drink. A diverse, quality, shopping experience that celebrates independent producers and makers.
Scout leaders funeral arrangements
The funeral of Stuart Carter, who was well-known in local scouting, will take place on St James Church, Baldersby St James at 2pm on Wednesday 29 March. Those in the scouting movement are invited to wear their uniform. Family flowers only.
Flag idea dropped
Andrew Eckersley has reluctantly dropped his idea to construct a commemorative flagstaff and pole above the old stone cross on Long Street. Following publication of his scheme in The Tattler and last week’s Sunday Email he received a couple of positive comments, but quite a few negative ones. If, in the future, there is any appetite to resurrrect the idea, Andrew says he will be happy to get involved again.

Now he hopes someone else will pick up the baton and come up with an idea for commemorating both the late Queen Elizabeth II and recognising the coronation of our new King.

The Flying Oysters
Tickets for The Flying Oysters dance at the Village Hall on Saturday 22 April have completely sold out.
Quiz night at the Village Hall
The weekly Sunday quiz is on tonight at Topcliffe & Asenby Village Hall. Come along at 8pm. Please bring your own drinks and nibbles. Glasses are available, but feel free to bring your own if you prefer.
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Knit and Natter Club
The Knit & Natter club meets at Topcliffe & Asenby Village Hall from 1.30 to 3.30pm every Thursday.

Cash donations continue to be accepted towards a wool fund so that the group can knit a range of decorations for the King’s Coronation on Saturday 6 June. Donations can be left at 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
The lunch on 22 March will be a ‘Daffodil Lunch’ to raise cash to support local Marie Curie nurses.

There are only two Warm-Up lunches left – 22 and 29 March – before the volunteer team revert to providing Soup & Sweet on a fortnightly basis starting Wednesday 12 April.

Last week 54 meals were served. A total of £159 was raised of which £50 has been donated to the Royal British Legion in Thirsk, with the remainder going into the Community Warm-up fund.

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 Mondays 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.

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

The RItz Cinema, Thirsk

  • 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:

  • 23 March – Ed Jones on the organ.
  • 30 March – Prima Musica students.
Thorp Perrow events

  • Easter Wreath Making – Thursday 30 March – 10am to 4pm – celebrate the joys of springtime creating a beautiful, nature-inspired door wreath. Tickets include refreshments and a light lunch.
  • Guided Daffodil Tour & Afternoon Tea – Thursday 6 April – 2 to 5pm – A walk and talk tour when the daffodils are in glorious bloom. Afterwards, enjoy a traditional Afternoon Tea and a glass of champagne served in the Summerhouse.
  • Watercolour with John Harrison – Thursday 13 April – 10am – 4:30pm – Capture the beauty of the Arboretum in your own hand with John’s Harrison’s Watercolour Workshop. Lunch provided.
  • 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). 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’s a special treat coming up soon:

  • Mothering Sunday FULLY BOOKED
  • 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. It will raise funds for St John’s Church. Admission is £2. All are welcome.
The Sky at Night
Sutton Bank National Park Centre is organising a special event to give people the chance to get a step closer to the cosmos and to unlock its many treasures using powerful telescopes. The Hub provides a warm indoor space for colourful presentations with a purpose-built viewing area alongside. If it’s cloudy, you’ll still see stars thanks to a brilliant computer based planetarium show. The event is suitable for adults and children over six years old and is perfect for novices. Saturday 25 March, 7.30-9.30pm. £17 adults and £11 for children. Price includes warm refreshments. Tickets online at:
British Summer Time
Clocks go forward one hour – Sunday 26 March at 1am.
The North Yorkshire Moors Railway
The Moors Railway has introduced a 12-month annual pass for the journey between Pickering and Whitby and return, using standard timetabled services. There’s also a new single-use £15 pass for shorter journeys. Children aged 15 and below continue to travel free at all times on standard timetabled services. The season starts on Monday 27 March, with services running every day up to Sunday 5 November.
Parish Council meetings

  • Asenby Parish Council will meet at 7pm on Monday 27 March.
  • Topcliffe Parish Council will meet at 7pm on Thursday 30 March.
  • Both meetings will be held at Topcliffe & Asenby Village Hall.
Springtime Live
This special springtime show is on at the Great Yorkshire Showground in Harrogate on Saturday 1 April. Families can get up close to farm animals including rabbits, goats and sheep. There’s lots of activities to choose
from, including rides on tractors, cookery workshops, face painting, felting,
moosical fun with Moo Music, wizard wand whittling and much much more! There’ll be Peppa Pig as well as Peter Rabbit who will be making his debut
and both will be on stage throughout the day. Diggerland will also be at
Springtime Live for the first time. £12, child £7, family (2+3) £33. Tickets
online only.
Thirsk Farmers’ Market
On the Market Place, Thirsk on Sunday 2 April from 9am to 2pm. All stallholders are local independent businesses who grow, rear or produce the food or drink on their stall. They’re passionate about what they do and it shows.
Indoor Car Boot Sale
There’ll be an indoor car boot sale at Dalton Village Hall on Sunday 2 April between 10am and 12 noon. Any organisation or individual wishing to have a table should contact Deborah Sayer on 07762 085408 or send a message on Facebook to Bagby & Balk Village Society page. Public admission for adults will be £1 and refreshments will be on sale.
Book signing event
J M Hall, the author of a new book, ‘A pen dipped in poison’, will give a talk, answer questions and sign copies of his book, at Thirsk Garden Centre on Tuesday 4 April at 2pm. The event, which is being staged in conjunction with White Rose Books, is free to attend.
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.
Sandro Botticelli and Renaissance Art
The next event at Solberge Hall Hotel, Newby Wiske will see James
Lindow’s illustrated lecture on Sandro Botticelli and the golden age of
Renaissance Art. Botticelli’s art epitomises this period under the patronage of Lorenzo de Medici and his circle. Tuesday 4 April – 1.45pm-3.15pm free to Art Society members, visitors £7. Tickets on the door or online from:
Middleham Stables Open Day
A unique chance to look behind-the-scenes in Middleham stables. This year eight racing yards will be open. There will be a shuttle bus service running from car parks located at DL8 4PP or DL8 5SG throughout the day. 9am-4pm on Friday 7 April. Book online
Cricket training for juniors
Rainton Cricket Club is looking out for young boys and girls, from school year 2 upwards, to join the club. There’ll be outdoor practice for year 2s to year 8s each Monday evening at 6pm starting Monday 24 April. Coaching will be taken by qualified and DBS checked trainers. For more details please contact Pete Keighley, Head Junior Coach by emailing
Local traders

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

Bin Collections
Hambleton (Topcliffe):

  • Recycling & Garden Waste – Thursday 23 March.
  • Refuse – Monday 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 20 March and 3 April.
  • Recycling – Monday 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.
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