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Sunday Email: Issue 158

Welcome to the Sunday Email.

Whether you are a Royalist or not, no-one could deny that Britain did what it does best yesterday. Pomp and tradition abounded, it was a right royal occasion and precision personified. All those involved yesterday should be rightly proud.

Our two villages certainly seemed to put on their own show for the coronation with bunting, garlands, knitting and street parties. And it was great to see so many people enjoy a garden party with live entertainment at the Angel yesterday. Maggie and Dave did what they do best, perfect hosts. There wasn’t a seat left in the hotel’s large garden, children had fun running around and there were lots of happy dogs for us to pat.
Thanks to Maggie and Dave and we hope your renovations are going well. So many people turning up yesterday was a real message of support for you. The whole community is looking forward to your opening early autumn.

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Thirsk Farmers’ Market
TODAY 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
St Columba’s – Lent Services

  • TODAYat 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 25 – 30 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.
Classic Car Show at Thorp Perrow
TOMORROW – 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. For more information on prices and bookings, go to:
Major Kevin Young MBE
Kevin’s funeral will take place at St Mary’s Church, Thirsk on Thursday 11 May at 11.30am.
Coronation bench unveiled
Asenby’s new Coronation Bench, which is dedicated to the memory of Ben Lowe, (see plaque photograph here) was unveiled yesterday on the day of the King’s Coronation. The bench was commissioned and paid for by Asenby Institute and constructed by local blacksmith, Louis Sturt. It is positioned at the far end of the main street through Asenby, close to the junction with Thwaites Lane.
Churchyard helpers needed
Weather permitting, on the next three Saturdays – 13, 20 and 27 May – it’s hoped that community volunteers will step forward to give a helping hand with some ground maintenance at St Columba’s churchyard. Volunteers are asked to meet at 10am. The aim is to tidy up the churchyard in advance of the St Columba’s Village History weekend on 3/4 June (see details elsewhere in this email).

The tasks needing attention include:

  • a ‘short-cut’ to the grass paths and areas.
  • a ‘spring cut’ to the remainder, longer grass.
  • weeding of the gravel paths as required before applying some further gravel.
  • border weeding.
  • sweeping the steps down towards the bridge.
  • some pruning, as necessary.

There’s lots of ways in which to get involved and any help, whether large or small, will be very much appreciated. It is always lovely to have this green area in the centre of our village looking neat and well tended.

Anyone prepared to offer an hour or two is asked to let John Phillips know by email johnphillips05 or telephone 01845 577934 or just turn up if you can. Come with suitable equipment (robust mowers, strimmers, forks, spades, if you can).

Post Office closures
Topcliffe Post Office will be closed on each of the forthcoming May Bank Holidays – 8 and 29 May.
Chip ‘n Dales
The Chip ‘n Dales fish and chip van is in Topcliffe each Friday tea time – 5 to 7pm.
Keep fit, have fun and meet friends
The Boccia Club, which meets at 1.30pm every Tuesday afternoon in the Village Hall, is looking for new members to ensure its viability in the coming months. The club is open to all regardless of age or ability and it offers a great chance for exercise that isn’t too strenuous…along with tea and cake and a chance to meet friends for a chat. It’s currently just £2 per session, including the refreshments.
Anyone like an allotment?
Topcliffe Parish Council is this year developing some new allotments as part of the major refurbishment taking place on the playing field and the names of people interested in having one are now being taken.

Anyone within the Topcliffe parish is eligible and those wanting to join the waiting list should contact Parish Clerk, Alexandra Robson, by email at and provide their name, address and a contact number.

After-School Base Camp
Youngsters aged 5 to 11 can join this after-school activity at Baldersby Park (grounds of Queen Mary’s school) on Thursday afternoons in May and June. They will have adventure, fun and creativity, and 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.

The RItz Cinema, Thirsk

  • 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.
  • Friday 19 to Thursday 25 May (matinee on Wednesday 24 May) – The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry.
  • Friday 26 May to Thursday 1 June (matinees on Saturday 27, Sunday 28 and Wednesday 31 May) – Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.
  • Friday 2 to Thursday 8 June (matinee on Wednesday 7 June) – Book Club 2: The Next Chapter.
  • Friday 9 to Thursday 14 June (matinees on Saturday 10, Sunday 11, Wednesday 14) – The Little Mermaid.
  • Friday 16 to Thursday 22 June (matinee on Wednesday 21 June) – Are You There God? It’s Me Margaret.

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 –

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.
Art classes at the Village Hall
Weekly art classes are on Wednesday 10 May (in Bank Holiday weeks the classes are on Wednesdays), Monday 15 and Monday 22 May. 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 on Thursday 25 May – 10.30am to 1pm – Beautiful Yorkshire Landscapes – paint a view of your choice in oils. This class is 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

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.

Events at Thorp Perrow

  • 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:

Racing at Thirsk

  • 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.
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.
Catton Kitchen
Make a note in your diary that there’s to be a burger night on Saturday 27 May. More details to follow.
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
Many apologies to all those residents who put their wheelie bins out on the wrong date last week. I had misread the details on North Yorkshire Council’s website.

  • Refuse – Tuesday 9 May (one day later than normal) and Monday 22 May.
  • Recycling & Garden Waste – Thursday 18 May and Friday 2 June (one day later than normal).


  • Recycling – Tuesday 9 May (one day later than normal) and Monday 22 May.
  • Refuse – Monday 15 May and Tuesday 30 May (one day later than normal).
  • Garden Waste – Wednesday 17 May and Thursday 1 June (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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