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Sunday Email: Issue 154

Welcome to the Sunday Email. I would like to wish everyone a very happy Easter.
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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.

  • TODAY at 2pm – ‘Hop’ – the Easter bunny’s teenage son heads to Hollywood!
  • And at 7pm, the 15+ film will be the murder mystery ‘When the Crawdads Sing’.
St Columba’s – Lent Services

  • TODAY- 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.
New Emergency Alerts to your Mobile
A new emergency alerts system enabling people to be contacted via their mobile phone if their lives are at risk is about to be launched by the government. The service will be used to warn you about life-threatening emergencies such as severe flooding.

Emergency alerts are messages sent to all compatible 4G and 5G mobile phones when there’s a danger to your life, health or property in the area you’re located. They don’t need your location or phone number and only the government and the emergency services can send messages. If you don’t have a mobile, you’ll still be kept informed through other channels.

To ensure the service works effectively, there will be a nationwide test on Sunday 23rd April. If you receive a test alert you won’t need to do anything.

After that, if you get an emergency alert on your phone, you’ll hear a loud, siren-like sound. A message on your screen will tell you about the emergency and how best to react, depending on the incident. You’ll be able to check an alert is genuine at

To learn more, look out for the nationwide information campaign and visit

Big thank you to the Warm Space volunteers
We have some amazing people in our two villages. People who care about the health and well-being of their friends and neighbours, particularly those who are less fortunate than others and need a little support now and again.

One recent example of fantastic volunteering is the Warm Space lunches that ran throughout the winter months and ended on Wednesday 29 March. During the six months over 2,720 meals were served, mostly to those who came along to the lunches to enjoy the food, keep warm and socialise, but of these, 350 were delivered to the homes of those unable to get to the Village Hall.

Most of food served was prepared and donated by the volunteers but some had to be purchased using cash donated at each lunch. But a staggering £1,700 was raised and given to seventeen local charities and a further £1,200, in the form of cash or groceries, was distributed to villagers thought to need a bit of help.

So a big thank you to: Karen and Malcolm Morley, Linda Carver, Richard Byas, Linda Robinson, Jane Burnett, Julie Coldbeck, Chris Bailey and Amanda Graham…and of course, to everyone who attended lunches or contributed in any way whatsoever.

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.
Topcliffe Post Office
Closed tomorrow – Easter Monday.
Thirsk Garden Centre

  • Easter Sunday – Closed
  • Easter Monday – 9am to 5pm
Knit and Natter Club
The Knit & Natter club meets at Topcliffe & Asenby Village Hall from 1.30 to 3.30pm every Thursday.
Chip ‘n Dales
The Chip ‘n Dales fish and chip van is in Topcliffe each Friday tea time – 5 to 7pm.
Rural Arts, Thirsk
The Rural Arts Collective’s first exhibition of 2023 is on from Tuesday 11 April to Tuesday 25 April between 10am and 4pm each day. Entry is free of charge. The Collective is a group of artists who develop their work through Rural Arts Open Studio Scheme and it is a spectacular display of printmaking and ceramic work. Everyone is welcome to visit The Courthouse, Thirsk.
Soup & Sweet Lunch
After a much deserved short break, the Warm-Up volunteer team will restart Soup & Sweet lunches on a fortnightly basis starting Wednesday 12 April. All welcome.
The RItz Cinema, Thirsk

  • 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 –

Thorp Perrow events

  • Watercolours 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:

Modern Mosaic
Anyone planning a visit to RHS Harlow Carr Gardens before Sunday 16 April 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, by thirty different artists. All items on display are for sale. The exhibition is on 10am to 4pm each day through to 16 April. Check out the poster here.
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 classes 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.
Catton Kitchen – first event of 2023
The first event of the year at the Catton Kitchen takes place from 4 until 8pm on Saturday 22 April. Local singer/songwriter Maggie Wakeling will be performing for 90 minutes in three separate 30 minute slots. Cozy Woodfired Pizza will be available during the late afternoon and early evening and, as usual at these events, there’ll be a drinks bar. Tickets priced at £16, which includes entry and one pizza per person, are available from the market garden shack or online from Please note that a fee is payable on online bookings.

You can check out Maggie Wakeling here –

The Flying Oysters
There are two tickets available for The Flying Oysters dance at the Village Hall on Saturday 22 April. First come, first served. £12 each to include supper. Bring your own drinks.
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) and Monday 24 April
  • Recycling & Garden Waste – Thursday 20 April and Friday 5 May (one day later than normal).


  • Recycling – Tuesday 11 April (one day later than normal).
  • Refuse – Monday 17 April and Tuesday 2 May (one day later than normal).
  • Garden Waste – Wednesday 19 April and Thursday 4 May (one day later than normal).

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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