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Sunday Email: Issue 153

Welcome to the Sunday Email.
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Thirsk Farmers’ Market
TODAY – On the Market Place, Thirsk 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
TODAY – there’ll be an indoor car boot sale at Dalton Village Hall between 10am and 12 noon. Admission for adults is £1 and refreshments will be on sale.

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

St Columba’s – Lent Services

  • TODAY is Palm Sunday. There’ll be a Choral Evensong and distribution of palms at 6.30pm.
  • Wednesday 5 April at 7pm – Final Lent Compline.
  • Friday 7 April between 2 and 3pm – Good Friday Service‘At the Cross’ led by Rev’d Robert Williamson.
  • Saturday 8 April at 7.30pm – Easter Eve Vigil and First Eucharist of Easter, a choral communion service led by Rev’d Robert Williamson. This service, the highlight of the Christian year, begins with the vigil in the unlit church with readings and unaccompanied singing from the choir. The vigil finishes with the arrival of the Easter Light which spreads to all candles throughout the church and leads into the celebration of the Easter Eucharist sung by the choir to the glorious music of Byrd’s Four-Part setting. (The church music of Byrd is particularly commemorated this year, it being the 400th anniversary of his death in 1623). After the service the congregation will be offered refreshments, including wine and finger food, to complete the Easter celebrations. Matthew Atherton will play the organ for the second part of the service. Thanks are extended to Linda Hewlett for leading St Columba’s Choir and making these celebrations of Easter so special.
  • Easter Day – Sunday 9 April – No Service.
  • Sunday 16 April at 10.45am – Choral Matins.
  • Sunday 23 April at 10.45am – Holy Communion service led by Rev’d Robert Williamson.
  • Sunday 30 April – No Service (5th Sunday of the month).
Ben Lowe
Ben Lowe’s funeral will take place at 10am on Friday 14 April at Maple Park Crematorium.
Geoff Lamb passes away
It is with sadness that we learn of the passing of Geoff Lamb, who lived in East Lea. He died on Friday morning. Many villagers will remember Geoff as a very gentle and quiet person who regularly attended Boccia sessions and Warm Space lunches at the Village Hall.
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.
Topcliffe & Asenby Community Warm-Up
The last Warm-Up lunch of the winter held last Wednesday saw the highest number of meals served since the Warm Hub started last October. It raised £203 of which £50 has been donated 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. The remainder went in to the Community Warm Up Fund.

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

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.
Men in a shed!
An interesting project called ‘The Ripon Men’s Shed’, has been operating for nearly two years…and it continues to go from strength to strength. So much so, that’s it’s now open on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays – 10am to 3pm – each week.

Topcliffe resident Colin Ratcliffe is a strong supporter of the ‘Shed’, a concept that originated in Australia and is now well spread worldwide. He joined Ripon Men’s Shed when it was first formed and says it’s a fantastic organisation that can give individuals a great deal of pleasure. “I have always enjoyed working with wood and machines, and on retirement I took up woodturning. Initially I got involved with the Veterans Workshop run by Help for Heroes at Catterick, but sadly, due to staff changes and Covid, it has ceased to function.

"So, when the Shed was launched in Ripon l decided to join it and it has been a thoroughly enjoyable experience. I particularly enjoy helping to maintain the collection of machines and other equipment and sharing my experience in a group of like-minded people from all walks of life.”

If you fancy popping along and enjoying some woodworking and wood turning, or just a chat and a coffee or tea, the men would love to see you. It’s at 28 Water Skellgate, Ripon, HG4 1BH – behind the New Life Church. Check out our Facebook page…RiponMensShed

Modern Mosaic
Anyone planning a visit to RHS Harlow Carr Gardens over the Easter period will have the opportunity to see an impressive exhibition of mosaic artwork produced by local artists, including Siobhan Gifford, who lives in Asenby.

Under the banner ‘Coast & Country’, there are intricate pieces featuring land and seascapes, sea creatures, animals and birds. All items on display are for sale.

Siobhan said: "The exhibition is being mounted by this region’s arm of the British Association of Modern Mosaic Artists. Almost 30 members are exhibiting works of art which range in price from £1 to over £1000.

"I work mostly in hand cut glass tiles although two of my pieces are picque assiette, a type of mosaic made of pottery and ceramics. Some of my pieces are mounted on wooden boards or old roof slates but many of the works on exhibition are framed. There is a stunning mosaic jewellery cabinet and there are also kits so that you can try your hand at making your own small mosaic. It’s a really good exhibition and I highly recommend a visit."

The exhibition is on now between 10am to 4pm each day through to 16 April. Check out the poster here.

Chip ‘n Dales
The Chip ‘n Dales fish and chip van is in Topcliffe each Friday tea time – 5 to 7pm.
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.
Pipe Band Performance
The North Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Pipe band will give a performance entitled ‘Spring into Spring’ between 6 and 8pm on Tuesday 4 April on Thirsk Market Square.
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 – 1.45 – 3.15pm free to Art Society members, visitors £7. Tickets on the door or online from:
The RItz Cinema, Thirsk

  • 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 –

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
Easter Egg Fun
The annual Topcliffe & Asenby Easter Egg Hunt will take place on Easter Saturday, 8 April. There’ll be a trail of eggs, including a golden egg, to find. Purchase your trail sheet from the Post Office or Elm Gallery in Topcliffe. Suggested donation £2. See more details here.
Easter Sunday Lunch at The Swan
The Swan serves great Sunday lunches every week, but there’s a special lunch treat coming up on 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.
Dalton Film Club
Films are shown on the second Sunday of every month in the Village Hall. The shows are free of charge. Popcorn and sweets are available for sale, and the bar will be open.

  • Sunday 9 April at 2pm – Hop – the Easter bunny’s teenage son heads to Hollywood!
  • On the same day at 7pm, the 15+ film will be the murder mystery When the Crawdads Sing.
Thorp Perrow events

  • 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 Harrison’s Watercolour Workshop. Lunch provided.
  • Easter trail – until Sunday 16 April – spot Mrs Tiggy-Winkle, Peter Rabbit, Jeremy Fisher and other well-known characters 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

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

Art classes at the Village Hall
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’s a special one-off class scheduled for 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

St Columba’s Church – Parochial Council Annual Meeting
The Annual Meeting and election of officers will be held in St Columba’s Church on Monday 17 April at 7pm. If you wish to vote in the election please collect an application form for enrolment on the Electoral Roll from the church or from kitnorris

The Church Council would really welcome anyone from the wider parish, who might wish to learn something of how their local church works and to ensure that it continues always to be there for any and all who might find they need it for whatever reason.

Band Night with The Bootleggers
There will be a band night in Dalton Village Hall on Friday 21April from 7.30pm. Admission is £5 – please call Eleanor for tickets on 07841 036340.
The Flying Oysters
A few tickets for The Flying Oysters dance at the Village Hall on Saturday 22 April have become available. Contact Doug Allan – 07785 223707.
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. More details from Pete Keighley, Head Junior Coach –
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

  • Refuse – Tuesday 11 April (one day later than normal).
  • Recycling & Garden Waste – Thursdays 6 and 20 April.


  • Recycling – Tuesday 11 April (one day later than normal).
  • Refuse – Mondays 3 April and 17 April.
  • Garden Waste – Wednesdays 5 and 19 April.

Waste collections are now the responsibility of the new North Yorkshire Council. You can check dates of collections and subscribe to the Green Waste collection service at

That’s all for this week. Keep safe and remain well.
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