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Sunday Email: Issue 155

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Modern Mosaic
TODAY is the last opportunity see the Modern Mosaic exhibition at RHS Harlow Carr Gardens. All of the mosaic artwork has been 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.
St Columba’s – Lent Services

  • TODAY- 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).

May Services

  • Sunday 7 May at 6.30pm – Choral Evensong in celebration of the King’s Coronation
  • Sunday 14 May at 10.45am – Holy Communion
  • Ascension Day – Thursday 18 May at 7pm – Compline
  • Sunday 21 May at 10.45am – Choral Matins
  • Sunday 28 May at 10.45am – Holy Communion
Artisan Market
TODAY in Thirsk Market Place from 10am to 3pm. Locally-produced arts and crafts, food and drink. A diverse, quality, shopping experience that celebrates independent producers and makers.
Geoff Lamb
Geoff Lamb’s funeral will take place at 2.30pm on Tuesday, 25 April at Hambleton Crematorium at Maple Park.
The Angel Inn at Topcliffe
The new owners of The Angel have announced that they have new email addresses for day to day business. They are:
Cut backs at Topcliffe cemetery
Last week Josh Barningham, working on behalf of the Parish Council, undertook a major cut back of undergrowth around the perimeter of Topcliffe cemetery on Whin Lane. The rampant undergrowth had spread across grassed areas and gravestones, making them impossible to visit. Now the whole site is looking clean and tidy again. Thanks to all involved.
Before photographs: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
After photographs: 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
DEFRA lifts bird flu order
The order that for six months has required bird keepers to keep their flocks indoors will be lifted on Tuesday 18 April as bird flu risks have significantly reduced. This means free-range flocks will once again be able to roam outdoors. However, the risk to flocks from avian influenza has not disappeared completely so bird keepers are being urged to maintain scrupulous biosecurity standards.
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Pension Tax Changes
Changes to pensions, announced in last month’s budget, mean there’s some big changes to how pensions are taxed. The pensions’ annual tax-free allowance has been increased from £40,000 to £60,000, allowing people to save more for retirement in a tax efficient way.

Although this won’t be immediately beneficial to many readers, a few could benefit significantly especially company owners who can reduce corporation tax bills by making company pension contributions, something that could be particularly important following the corporation tax rate rise this year. For example, if a company owner had put off making pension contributions in the early years of trading, but is now well established, it makes good sense for them to make up for lost time and increase their pension pot now.

The pension lifetime allowance has also been abolished meaning there is no longer a tax charge on those with pension pots greater than £1.07m. However, it is important to note that the 25% tax free lump sum that can be drawn down when first taking a pension, is now capped at 25% of the old lifetime allowance of £1.07m.

For those who have already accessed their pension, new contributions eligible for tax relief were capped at £4,000. This was done to stop people withdrawing the 25% tax free lump sum and ‘recycling’ it into their pension pot to gain further tax relief. In the budget this limit was increased to £10,000 per year as a way of encouraging people to continue to enhance their pension pots.

Timothy Potter | 07726 775533 |

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.
Rural Arts, Thirsk
The Rural Arts Collective’s first exhibition of 2023 is on until 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
The next Soup & Sweet lunch will be on Wednesday 26 April. All welcome.
Chip ‘n Dales
The Chip ‘n Dales fish and chip van is in Topcliffe each Friday tea time – 5 to 7pm.
The RItz Cinema, Thirsk

  • 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.
  • Friday 5 to Thursday 11 May – (matinee on Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 May) – The Super Mario Bros: The Movie.
  • Friday 12 to Thursday 18 May (no matinees) Renfield.

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 –

Art classes at the Village Hall
The next series of six classes begins tomorrow 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.

Special one-off classes:
Thursday 27 April – 10.30am to 1pm – Escape to the Sea – paint a seascape in oils.
Thursday 25 May – 10.30am to 1pm – Beautiful Yorkshire Landscapes – paint a view of your choice 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
TOMORROW – 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 rear of the church.
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 –

World Earth Day
Takes place at Thirsk & Sowerby Town Hall, Westgate, Thirsk on Saturday 22 April from 10am to 1pm. There will be stalls run by local and national charities pioneering environmental causes, workshops, a Repair Shop, a choir and many other activities. Refreshments available.

The day sees a change of venue for the Repair Café. Get your broken item repaired. Learn how things are made. Meet and socialise over a cup of tea or coffee. Bring clothes, furniture, small
appliances, toys, computers, phones. Also knife and tools sharpening service.

The Flying Oysters
The Flying Oysters dance is on at the Village Hall on Saturday 22 April. Everyone who has purchased tickets is reminded that this is a bring your own drinks event.
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 –
Ever been swishing?
Swishing is a term used when items of clothing and accessories are handed in and exchanged for a similar number of items provided by others. You can give it a try on Friday 28 April at Romanby WI Hall. The idea is that during the afternoon ladies take along five items of good quality clothing, shoes or handbags for which they receive tokens. Then on the same evening, these tokens can be used to obtain items that other ladies want to swap. Items will be accepted between 2-4pm and the swapping get underway at 6pm. Unwanted items will be donated to charity at end of the event. Raffle and refreshments will be available. For more information contact Debbie Rainbird on 07721847187 or
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.
Topcliffe Parish Council
The next meeting of Topcliffe Parish Council will be held at 7pm on Thursday 4 May at Topcliffe & Asenby Village Hall.
Racing at Thirsk

  • Saturday 6 May – Thirsk Hunt Cup – the most prolific race day in the course’s calendar with first class racing. Watch top horses compete to be crowned Thirsk Hunt Cup Winner 2023. Gates open 11am, first race 1.10pm.
  • Thursday 11 May – Evening Racing in support of The ABF British Legions Charity. Gates open 3.30pm, first race 4.50pm.
Events at Thorp Perrow
Monday 8 May – a special King’s Coronation weekend spectacular display of over 300 classic and modern ‘classic’ cars, vintage vehicles and motorcycles. A wide variety of retail stalls, food outlets and autojumble stalls alongside plenty of entertainment on the competition concours with Classic Show’s commentators and judges. 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.

Wednesday 10 May – Spring blossom tour and afternoon tea/champagne served in the summerhouse overlooking the glorious grounds. All attendees will be given a spring flower posy to display in their home.

Tuesday 23 May – Birds of Prey Photography Workshop – a fantastic opportunity for a stimulating photography workshop in the bird of prey centre. Capture birds of prey – both stationary and in flight against the beautiful backdrop of Thorp Perrow. Refreshments and lunch included.

For more information on prices and bookings, go to:

Village Hall AGM
The Annual General Meeting of Topcliffe & Asenby Village Hall will be held at the hall at 7.30pm on Tuesday 9 May. The AGM will be followed by an Ordinary Meeting of the Village Hall Committee.
Vet talks about his new book
Well-known local Vet and author, Peter Wright, will be at the White Rose Book Café on Thursday 11 May to talk about his new book ‘The Tales and Tails of a Yorkshire Vet’. The popular TV star will answer questions and sign copies of his book. The event is free of charge. It starts at 7pm, with the doors opening at 6.30pm, and pre-booking is essential, either at the shop or by ringing 01845 524353.
London Film Music Orchestra at Ripon Cathedral
An immersive tribute to Hans Zimmer and John William’s most iconic music with a live orchestra in a moon-lit setting. Experience cinema’s most iconic music and hear the mesmerising music of the most iconic movie moments. Friday 12 May – two performances: 7pm and 9.30pm.
Hambleton Brewery Open Day
There’s to be an open day at Hambleton Brewery on Saturday 13 May from noon to 8pm and there’ll be tours, games, drinks, food and live music courtesy of The Bootleggers. Free entry. See poster here.
Asenby Parish Council
The next meeting of Asenby Parish Council will be at 7pm on Thursday 18 May at Topcliffe & Asenby Village Hall.
Local traders

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

Bin Collections

  • Recycling & Garden Waste – Thursday 20 April and Friday 5 May (one day later than normal).
  • Refuse – Monday 24 April.


  • 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).
  • Recycling – Monday 24 April and 8 May.

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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