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Sunday Email: Issue 152

Welcome to the Sunday Email.
07785 223707
British Summer Time
Hope you didn’t forget to alter your clocks, they jumped forward by one hour at 1am this morning as summer time begins.
Ben Lowe
Most villagers will by now have heard the very sad news that Ben Lowe had a suddenheart attack and passed awaylast Monday morning. Ben, aged just 50, who had lived in Asenby most of his life, was a real gentleman in every sense of the word and he will be hugelymissed by all who knew and loved him. Our thoughts are with his wife Lesley, children Adam and Isaac, his parents and siblings Judith, Peter, Sally and William and the rest of his family and friends. Ben’s funeral will take place at 10am on Friday 14 April at Maple Park Crematorium.
St Columba’s – Lent Services

  • TODAY 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).
Scout leader’s funeral arrangements
Just a reminder that 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.
The Flying Oysters
Tickets for The Flying Oysters dance at the Village Hall on Saturday 22 April have sold out, but anyone wishing to be added to the reserves list should contact Doug Allan – 07785 223707.
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.
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
Last week £160 was raised of which £50 has been donated to the local Marie Curie nurses, with the remainder going into the Community Warm-up fund.

The last Warm-Up lunch of the winter will be held on Wednesday 29 March and a portion of the cash raised will go to Bluebell House in Northallerton, a self-funding day centre for people with dementia which a number of local people make use of to give their carers a few hours respite.

After a much deserved short break, the volunteer team will revert to providing Soup & Sweet on a fortnightly basis starting Wednesday 12 April.

North Yorkshire Police seek independent advisers
Our local police force is looking for volunteers to join its Independent Advisory Group which offers advice and support on a wide range of issues and acts as a link between the police and community. You can read more here.
Launch day approaches for new council
Next week sees the launch of the new North Yorkshire Council which replaces the existing county council and seven boroughs and districts in the biggest overhaul of local government services since 1974. The move to the new authority presents a “watershed” in how public services will be delivered for 615,000 residents and nearly 33,000 businesses and it is claimed will create vital savings running into millions of pound a year.

North Yorkshire Council will be the largest local authority in the country…though it will retain offices in each area and aims to keep local communities at its heart. Access to support and services will be via one telephone number, one website, one customer service team and one set of face-to-face customer access points spread across the whole county.
The savings that will be made by streamlining operations coincide with huge financial pressures on the public sector nationally amid soaring inflation of more than 10 per cent. It is estimated that there will be a shortfall of more than £30 million in the new council’s revenue budget for the next financial year, all of which will have to be covered by the one-off use of reserves after some additional savings have also been introduced.

It’s claimed that by joining up services and maximising spending power in its first few years, the new council is set to recoup between £30 million and £70 million, which will become annual savings.

The new council is being launched to pave the way for a long-awaited devolution deal, which is set to provide more decision-making powers to local political leaders and millions of pounds in additional funding from the government. A proposed 30-year devolution deal will provide a fund of £540 million and is due to lead to benefits ranging from new and better-paid jobs and improved skills and training to more affordable housing.

Swimming lessons for kids
Thirsk & Sowerby Leisure Pool is offering youngsters the chance to attend crash courses in swimming over the Easter holidays. The half-hour sessions will be ideal for those taking to the water for the first time or for young swimmers wishing to work on improving a specific stroke. See the details here.
Police to hold a scam surgery
On Wednesday 29 March, from 10am to 12 noon, Northallerton neighbourhood police team will be hosting a scam and crime prevention surgery at Barclays Bank, Northallerton. If you’re in town that morning, please feel free to drop in.

Fraud is when a person lies to you, or ‘scams’ you, to gain an advantage, such as taking your money or learning private information about you. This could be via email, text, phone or in person, either on the street or on your doorstep.

Some adults may be especially vulnerable to fraud and financial abuse. If you’re concerned about someone you know, contact your local social services and ask for Adult Social Care.

With a little knowledge you can protect yourself from fraudsters too. For more information and help and to report fraud, go to Action Fraud, the UK’s national fraud and cybercrime reporting centre.

Chip ‘n Dales
The Chip ‘n Dales fish and chip van is in Topcliffe each Friday tea time – 5 to 7pm.
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.
Art classes at the Village Hall
The last weekly art class in the current series is on Monday 27 March.

The next series of six classes begins on Monday 17 April, and subsequent dates are Monday 24 April, then in May they are Wednesday 3, Wednesday 10, Monday 15 and Monday 22 (In bank holiday weeks the classes are on Wednesdays). Classes are two hours long starting at 10am. The venue is Topcliffe & Asenby Village Hall. Rebecca will guide you with helpful tips and techniques and support you with creating your own artwork.

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 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.
  • Friday 14 to Thursday 20 April – (No matinees) – 65.
  • Friday 21 to Thursday 27 April (No matinees) – Shazam! Fury of the Gods.
  • Friday 28 April to Thursday 4 May (No matinees) – Dungeons & Dragons: Honour Among Thieves.

Ticket prices: All ticket prices are £6, unless otherwise stated.
Opening times: evenings – doors open 7pm for 7.30pm. Matinees doors open 2pm for 2.30pm.
Please check the cinema website for the latest information –

Free concerts at Ripon Cathedral
The last free lunchtime concert in the current series at Ripon Cathedral is on Thursday 30 March featuring Prima Musica students. Although entry is free, there will be a voluntary collection at the end. Refreshments are served at 12.30pm and the 50 minute performance starts at 1pm.
Thorp Perrow events

  • Easter trail – Saturday 25 March to Sunday 16 April – This year’s trail comes to life over the Easter weekend when Mrs Tiggy-Winkle, Peter Rabbit, Jeremy Fisher and other well-known characters can be spotted throughout the grounds of the Arboretum. Llttle explorers can meet Beatrix Potter and Mr McGregor as they collect clues for their trail prize. Standard entry applies. Trail sheets can be purchased on the day at an additional cost of £2.50 which includes a prize for all.
  • 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.

Classic Car Show

Thorp Perrow and Classic Shows have partnered to present a special King’s Coronation spectacular display of over 300 classic and modern classic cars, vintage vehicles, and motorcycles. On Monday 8 May from 10am, visitors can enjoy a full family day of dual access to both the car show and the Arboretum, all for the standard Arboretum admission price. There’ll also be a wide variety of retail stalls, food outlets, autojumble stalls alongside plenty of entertainment on the competition concours with Classic Show’s commentators and judges.

Thorp Perrow Arboretum admission prices apply for entry to both the Arboretum and Car Show. Bookings made online by 31 March, will get a special rate.

For more information on all of these events, as well as prices and bookings, go to:

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.

The Friends of Topcliffe Schools will have a stand at the event to raise money towards the cost of replacing play equipment at the school.

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
Sunday Lunch at The Swan
The Swan serves great Sunday lunches every week, but there’s a special treat coming up soon:

  • 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.
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
Ladies Fashion Show
The Friends of Topcliffe School are staging a ladies Fashion Show and Pop-up Shop at Dalton Village Hall on Thursday 4 May. See poster here. It’s one of a series of planned events being organised to raise funds to help replace dated and worn-out play equipment at the school. The show will feature a wide range of everyone’s favourite High Street brands and items will be on sale at greatly reduced prices. There’ll be a raffle with some fabulous prizes. Tickets are £5 from Karen on 07875 331277.
Local traders

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

Bin Collections
Hambleton (Topcliffe):

Harrogate (Asenby

  • Recycling – Monday 27 March and Tuesday 11 April (one day later than normal).
  • Refuse – Mondays 3 April and 17 April.
  • Garden Waste – Wednesdays 5 and 19 April.
  • The charge for 2023 is £43.50 for 19 fortnightly collections and you can apply at
That’s all for this week. Keep safe and remain well.
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