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Sunday Email: Issue 157

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Major Kevin Young MBE
News of the passing of Kevin Young aged just 64 has shocked our community and the military world, which he was a part of for 43 years. Kevin died very suddenly on Saturday 22 April.

Kevin was born in Sunderland, travelled the world with the army, but he and Lorna settled in Topcliffe in 2001. Kevin was a popular member of the community – always positive, cheerful, helpful, and always impeccably dressed.

A true gentleman, Kevin was highly respected by everyone who knew him, especially those who served with him, played sport with him, were involved with him in his many charitable efforts… and those who simply knew him as a friend and neighbour.

He will be hugely missed by all those who knew and loved him. Our thoughts are with his wife Lorna, children David and Lyn and their partners Rob and Jo and his grandchildren Madeleine, William, Alfie and Lewie.

Kevin is to have a full military funeral with honours at St Mary’s Church, Thirsk on Thursday 11 May at 11.30am.

St Columba’s – Lent Services

  • TODAY- Sunday 30 April – No Service.
  • 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
Quiz night at the Village Hall
TONIGHT – the weekly Sunday quiz is on at Topcliffe & Asenby Village Hall. Come along at 8pm. The quiz is attracting a regular crowd of around 25 each week and its turning out to be a great social evening. There’s always room for a few more quizzers, so if you fancy testing your general knowledge and later having a chat with friends and neighbours, please come along. Bring your own drinks and nibbles. Glasses are available, but feel free to bring your own if you prefer.
Northallerton May Fun Fair
TODAY and TOMORROW – The High Street in Northallerton will be filled with rides and side shows. Noon to 10pm.
Knit and Natter Club
For the last few months the ladies attending the Knit & Natter Club have been busy making the wonderful decorations that have been put up on prominent buildings in Topcliffe for the King’s Coronation next month. The crowning glory is, perhaps, the magnificent piece on the post box outside the Post Office. This was made by Sylvia Storah and Helen Darwin. But it’s all amazing and a big thank you is due to all those who contributed in any way, including Debbie and Rob who climbed ladders to string up the decorations.

The Knit & Natter club meets at Topcliffe & Asenby Village Hall from 1.30 to 3.30pm every Thursday.

Post Office closures
Topcliffe Post Office will be closed on each of the three May Bank Holidays – 1, 8 and 29 May.
Cross Talk
The May edition of the church newsletter, Cross Talk, can be read here.
Race Night 2023
Those who like to attend the annual Race Night in the Village Hall may want to make a note in their diary that the 2023 event will take place on Saturday 14 October. It’ll be awhile before tickets go on sale, but for now just make sure that the date is kept free.
Topcliffe & Asenby Produce Show
Here’s another important date for your diary. The 2023 Produce Show will be held in the Village Hall on Saturday 2 September. Details of the categories and classes can be found on each village website.
Police warn of insulation scammers in our area
North Yorkshire Police say they have received several reports of residents receiving telephone calls from individuals claiming that they need to visit the property to inspect the loft insulation. These bogus callers say it’s so that they can supply a certificate as part of a ‘government scheme’. These calls are from scammers, so residents are asked to:

  • be wary of any approach made in a telephone cold call.
  • check the credentials of any company that contacts you out of the blue.
  • check any claims made, especially when the company is claiming to work with other agencies.
  • check the IDs of anyone who visits your property and keep any paperwork they give you.


  • provide any personal information to a caller that is not required.
  • agree to any work done until you have received a second opinion.
Reliance bus times in Topcliffe
There’s been a change of bus times on the No. 70 route between Northallerton and Ripon. On 23 April the times changed to:

Northallerton to Ripon (Monday to Saturday)

  • Stopping at the bus stop in Church Street
  • 10.53; 13.13; 16.13 and 18.33

Ripon to Northallerton (Monday to Saturday)

  • Stopping opposite the Post Office
  • 07.44; 09.24; 11.44; 14.44 and 17.04

To check times see the company website:
Service 70 – Reliance (

Chip ‘n Dales
The Chip ‘n Dales fish and chip van is in Topcliffe each Friday tea time – 5 to 7pm.
Catton Kitchen
A new brunch menu has been introduced at the Catton Kitchen and it’s proving to be extremely popular. The range of meals make use of ingredients grown or produced on the market garden. The waffles produced in the Shack’s new waffle machine are proving to be a hit with customers. The Kitchen is open today 10am to 1pm.

Make a note in your diary that there’s to be a burger night on Saturday 27 May. More details to follow.

The RItz Cinema, Thirsk

  • 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 latest series of weekly art classes is now underway these dates remaining – 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 class:
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

After-School Base Camp
Here’s just the thing to keep the kids busy after school each Thursday during May and June. Youngsters aged 5 to 11 can join this after-school activity at Baldersby Park (grounds of Queen Mary’s school) for adventure, fun and creativity. Each week there’ll be a different adventure – everything from orienteering to making tree spirits, pond dipping and investigating just how many things you can do with sticky weed! Whatever the weather, children will be active, creative and supported by experienced practitioners as they explore the 90 acres of private parkland.

Drop off 3.30 – 3.45pm, pick up 4.45pm. Four sessions for just £20 and that includes a drink and homemade snack on arrival. To book telephone Hannah on 07979 526883.

How did they paint that?
The Hambleton Arts Society is presenting an introduction to technical art history and explaining how art historians use science and technology to identify a work’s authenticity. It’s on at Solberge Hall, Newby Wiske from 1.45pm to 3.15pm on Tuesday 2 May. Art Society members free, visitors £7. Tickets on the door.
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.
Celebrate the King’s Coronation at The Angel
Dave Mathews and his team are putting on an event at The Angel to celebrate the coronation of King Charles III. It will take plave on Saturday 6 May from 3.30pm onwards and will feature live music, a DJ, pizzas and bar. All welcome.
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. As it’s Coronation Day, the ceremony will be streamed live before racing begins and there’ll also be
    celebrations throughout the afternoon, including
    stilt walkers, face painting, balloon modelling and lots of themed fun activities for all ages. Gates open 11am, first race 1.10pm.
  • Thursday 11 May – Evening Racing in support of The ABF British Legion’s Charity. Gates open 3.30pm, first race 4.50pm.
  • Saturday 20 May – Irish Day! Go dressed in your favourite Irish-themed outfits and enjoy a fun packed day. Live music from the Emerald Thieves. Gates open 11am, first race 1.10pm.
Thirsk Farmers’ Market
On Sunday 7 May between 9am and 1pm a wide range of Independent businesses will present their locally-grown or produced products on stalls on the Market Square. These stallholders are passionate about what they do and it shows. More information at
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.

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.
Captain Cook: the Greatest Yorkshireman?
Former Topcliffe resident and author of the Millennium Book of Topcliffe, John Graham, is to give a talk about Captain James Cook to the Northallerton & District Local History Society at 7pm on Tuesday 9 May. His theme will be to argue that Captain Cook is the greatest Yorkshireman that ever lived. The talk will be held at Sacred Heart Church Hall, 41 Thirsk Road, Northallerton. Non members £3. (free for those in full-time education). Tickets from Mike Sanders on 07566770625.
Soup & Sweet Lunch
The next Soup & Sweet lunch will be on Wednesday 10 May in theVillage Hall. Please note that the lunch will start later than usual – 12.30pm until 1.30pm. Selection of delicious soups followed by a selection of cakes and bakes with tea or coffee. All welcome. No set charge, but donations welcome.

The last Soup & Sweet lunch raised £141 of which £50 was donated to the local branch of Cancer Research. The balance will help pay for ingredients for the next lunch and top up the Community Fund which is regularly distributed to those in our two villages believed to be suffering hardship.

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
Women’s introduction to golf
This is a fun taster session aimed at introducing women to the world of golf. There are two sessions on Saturday 13 May at Thirsk and Northallerton Golf Club. They are 10 to 12 noon and 1 to 3pm. All equipment provided. For more information or to book a place, call 01845 525115.
Thirsk Hall Open Gardens
On Sunday 14 May pop along to Thirsk Hall to enjoy a relaxing afternoon with tea and cake…and shop for rare plants.
Dalton Film Club
Films are shown on the second Sunday of every month. Popcorn and sweets are available for sale, and the bar will be open.

Sunday 14 May

  • 2pm the matinee for the kids will be Up.
  • 7pm the film for 15+ will be Belfast

The shows are free of charge, but any donations towards the costs involved would be greatly appreciated.

Clash of Crowns
Thirsk Community Library presents a talk about the Battle of Byland 1322 – Yorkshire’s forgotten conflict. Author Harry Pearson will talk about the battle on our doorstep and its 700th commemoration last year. Wednesday 17 May at 7pm. Refreshments included. All proceeds to help keep the library open. Tickets are £4 from the library or on the night.
Asenby Parish Council
The next meeting of Asenby Parish Council will be at 7pm on Thursday 18 May at Topcliffe & Asenby Village Hall.
The Singing Vicar
The Rev’d Robert Williamson, who is a regular celebrant at services at St Columba’s Church here in Topcliffe, will soon be taking to the stage for a very different sort of performance. On Saturday 20 May he will undertake a three-hour long ‘singathon’ to raise funds for Shelterbox, a charity that provides much needed support to individuals and families around the world where shelter and life-sustaining support is needed.

As the singathon is soon after King Charles’ coronation, all the hymns and songs will include ‘King’ or ‘Crown’ in their content.

It takes place at the Methodist Church in Northallerton. Everyone welcome to pop in between 10am and 1pm on the day. Refreshments will be available.

The event is being organised by Northallerton Mowbray Rotary club of which the Rev’d Williamson is current President. Donations can be made on the day or online at

Raising the Roof
Dishforth Military Wives Choir will be performing their ‘Raising the Roof’ concert at St John the Baptist Church, Kirby Wiske, on Saturday 20 May starting at 7pm. Tickets are £10 and refreshments are included. Contact Derek Sharpe on 07866 090152.
Flower Power Plant Fair
Once again Sion Hall is bringing together the very best of northern growers and nurseries to display and sell their quality plants and garden items. The fair, which is on Sunday 21 May from 11am until 4pm, is a chance for plant enthusiasts and keen gardeners to meet, learn from the experts and buy the latest in unusual, rare plants and shrubs as well as those key classic favourites. It’s also an opportunity to view the private gardens at Sion Hall 11am-4pm. £5, children free. Tickets on the gate.
Topcliffe History Weekend
There’s a very special event planned in June to mark St Columba’s Day and to celebrate the history of Topcliffe and the role of the church over the centuries. On Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 June St Columba’s Church is organising a Village History Weekend and this year it will explore how events of the 17th century affected the people of Topcliffe. Plans are well underway and include:
• A visit from members of Sir Thomas Lunsford’s Regiment, a re-enactment group specialising in recreating the battles and lifestyles of the English Civil War. There’ll be a talk and presentation of arms and artefacts from the period with opportunities for children and adults to get involved. The regiment will camp over the weekend and march through both Asenby and Topcliffe to undertake training exercises on the village playing field.
• A talk from the Prayer Book Society on the Sunday afternoon in celebration of the beauty, poetry and majesty of the Book of Common Prayer (1662) as used in St Columba’s services of Evensong and Matins. Followed by tea and then Choral Evensong at 6.30pm.
• Displays of archives, papers and artefacts from the 17th century – if anyone has anything they might lend to add to this, please do get in touch. This could include a review of the story surrounding the exchange of the ‘King for Gold’ in 1646 at or near Topcliffe.
• A picnic or barbecue in the churchyard on Sunday lunchtime, plus teas and tours of the Church, including the chance to climb to the top of the tower and admire the views (not for young children).

The programme may be extended as new opportunities arise.

Local traders

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

Bin Collections

  • Refuse – Tuesday 2 May (one day later than normal)
  • Recycling & Garden Waste – Friday 5 May (one day later than normal).


  • Refuse – Tuesday 2 May (one day later than normal).
  • Recycling – Tuesday 9 May (one day later than normal).
  • Garden Waste – Thursday 4 May (one day later than normal).

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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