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Sunday Email: Issue 159

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St Columba’s – Lent Services

  • TODAYat 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.
  • Sunday 4 June – (St Columba’s Weekend) – 6.30pm Festal Choral Evensong
  • Sunday 11 June at 10.45am – Holy Communion
  • Sunday 18 June at 10.45am – Choral Matins
  • Sunday 25 June at 10.45am – Holy Communion

Everyone is most welcome to come and join us for any of these services and refreshments are served after every Sunday morning service.

Thirsk Hall Open Gardens
TODAY – 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.


  • 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.

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.
Churchyard helpers needed
Yesterday was the first of three days on which volunteers were asked to help with maintaining the graveyard and pathways at St Columba’s. Twenty villagers turned out to help and they made a good start on tackling the jobs that need to be done to make the churchyard more presentable in advance of the St Columba’s Village History weekend on 3/4 June. A big thank you to all those volunteers who helped out.

Weather permitting, similar work parties are being sought on Saturdays 20 and 27 May to continue the good work. Again it’s hoped that community volunteers will step forward to give a helping hand with tasks like:

  • cutting the grass paths and certain other areas.
  • a ‘spring cut’ to the longer grass.
  • weeding of the gravel paths before applying some further gravel.
  • border weeding.
  • pruning in certain areas.

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).

Sunday Brunch & Summer Fayre
Karen Morley has agreed to organise a brunch and summer fayre on Sunday 6 August at Topcliffe & Asenby Village Hall. There’ll be more details nearer the date, but for now Karen is seeking interest from anyone who would like a stall. They are on offer at £5 each to any organisation with something to sell or promote. Contact Karen on 01845 577426.
Post Office closures
Topcliffe Post Office will be closed on the late Bank Holidays – 29 May.
Chip ‘n Dales
The Chip ‘n Dales fish and chip van is in Topcliffe each Friday tea time – 5 to 7pm.
2023 Produce Show
This year’s Topcliffe & Asenby Produce Show will be held in the Village Hall on Saturday 2 September. The Show rules and list of display categories can be viewed here and are also available on the Asenby and Topcliffe village websites.
Keep fit, have fun and meet friends
This is a repeat of last week’s message which attempted to attract new members to the Boccia Club, which meets each Tuesday afternoon in the Village Hall. There wasn’t much response following last week’s appeal and the danger is that the club will have to fold if it doesn’t have sufficient members to help pay its hall hire fee and cost of refreshments each week. 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. It meets from 1.30 to 3.30pm.
New allotments on offer to residents
As part of the major development planned for the playing fields in Topcliffe, the Parish Council is keen to provide additional allotment space for the village. The number of specific allotments will be determined in the light of the interest shown in advance 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.

There was a good turn out on the first day the camp operated, but there’s room for a few more. It’s all about 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. Just £5 per session and that includes a drink and homemade snack on arrival. To book telephone Hannah Secouet on 07979 526883.

PS: Hannah is planning to run day-long Base Camps in the summer holidays, which should be a great help to many parents. There’ll be more details in the Sunday Email nearer the date.

Volunteers wanted at Thirsk Information Centre
Thirsk’s information centre is entirely volunteer-run and is looking for a few more helpers. If you enjoy meeting people, local and from all over the world, then this is an opportunity you don’t want to miss. New volunteers will always work alongside an experienced Duty Manager who will show them the ropes. Check if you meet these requirements:

  • able to work at least one three hour morning or afternoon shift each week on a day of your choice, but with some flexibility.
  • experience in a customer-facing role is helpful, but not essential.
  • interest in the Thirsk area and North Yorkshire generally, although most of us learn from others and our leaflets and publications.
  • basic IT skills such as finding information online – training will be given.

If you are interested in volunteering please phone Jocelyn Caramello for a chat on 07482 084643

Art classes at the Village Hall
Remaining classes in the current series of six are on Mondays 15 and 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

Clash of Crowns
There’ll be a talk about the Battle of Byland 1322 – Yorkshire’s forgotten conflict – at Thirsk Community Library on Wednesday 17 May at 7pm. Author Harry Pearson will talk about the famous battle on our doorstep and its recent 700th commemoration. Refreshments included. All proceeds to help keep the library open. Tickets are £4 from the library or on the night.
Asenby Parish Council
Asenby Parish Council will hold its Annual General Meeting at 7pm on Thursday 18 May at Topcliffe & Asenby Village Hall.
The RItz Cinema, Thirsk

  • 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 –

Racing at Thirsk

  • 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.
  • Monday 5 June – Afternoon racing – Gates open 11am, first race 1.10pm.
  • Friday 9 June – Afternoon Racing with live music from the Flat Cap Brass Band.
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.
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

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.
Thorp Perrow events

  • 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.
  • Wednesday 7 June – Bee willow weaving – join expert willow sculptor, Anna Cross, to create your own stunning willow bee. All materials supplied. Refreshments and lunch included.
  • Thursday 22 June – Evening Tour & Drinks – join estate owner, Sir Henry Ropner and Curator, Faith Douglas, for an atmospheric after-hours tour of the Arboretum. A guided walk full of interesting stories about the history of the family, the house, the estate and the planting of the Arboretum. You will also discover more about the work that goes on today to conserve, restore and improve the gardens. Then canapes, drinks, chat and a chance to walk around the garden.

For more information on prices and bookings, go to:

Soup & Sweet Lunch
The next Soup & Sweet lunch will be on Wednesday 24 May in theVillage Hall. Lunch served from 11.30am to 12.45pm. Selection of delicious soups followed by a cakes and bakes with tea or coffee. All welcome. No set charge, but donations welcome.

The last Soup & Sweet lunch raised £84 of which £50 was donated to the local branch of Animal Rescue. The balance will pay the hire fee for the hall, help pay for ingredients for the next lunch and top up the Community Fund.

The Repair Cafe
The next repair cafe will be held on Saturday 27 May between 10am and 1pm at Thirsk Community Library on Chapel Street. It’s a chance to get items such as small appliances, computers, toys, tools and clothes repaired. It’s much better to try and give things a new life rather than bin them.
Catton Kitchen
Make a note in your diary that there’s to be a burger night on Saturday 27 May. More details in next week’s Sunday Email.
Malton Food Lovers Festival
Malton’s family foodie extravaganza is a festival like no other. It’s a celebration of Yorkshire’s finest produce and cooking with artisan stalls, delicious street food, talks, tastings, celebrity chefs, demos, festival bar, live music. It’s on the weekend of Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 May (9am start Saturday and 10am on Sunday). Free to enter.
Hambleton District Show
The largest horse show in the north of England will be staged Sutton Park, Sutton-on-the-Forest over the weekend Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 May. Hambleton District Show now has over 200 classes with qualifiers over the years for shows such as Royal International Horse Show and Horse of the Year Show. Spectators can come in their car, entering via the public entrance (not the horsebox entrance) for £10 per car. http://
Open Gardens

  • Only 20 minutes from Topcliffe, Husthwaite is an interesting and varied collection of about 12 gardens will be open in North Yorkshire’s Orchard Village, from small back gardens to several acres, on Sunday 28 and Monday 29 May. 11am to 5pm. The 12th century village church will also be open. Lunches and afternoon teas in the village hall. Sorry, but dogs will not be allowed in the gardens. £5.00 adults, accompanied children free. Tickets will be on sale at pay points in the village.
  • The Hidden Gardens of Coxwold will have 14 gardens open for visiting Plants stall and teas at the village hall. Sunday 11 June, 1pm until 5pm. £5. Children free. Tickets from the desk in the Village Hall car park on the day.
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:

Saturday 3rd June
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.

  • 1pm march through Asenby and Topcliffe to assemble at Topcliffe playing field.
  • 2pm-3pm training/drilling at Topcliffe playing field (his will include some ‘bangs’ so nearby residents should be aware of this!).
  • 3pm march through Topcliffe to St Columba’s Church.
  • 3.30pm presentation and talk inside church with demonstrations on the use of arms, small scale versions of which will be available for children to handle.
  • 4.30pm refreshments served.

Sunday 4 June

  • A celebration of the beauty, poetry and majesty of the Book of Common Prayer as reissued for use in church in 1662.
  • 11am Choral/Sung Matins (Book of Common Prayer) followed by coffee and perhaps lunch also.
    3.30pm ‘1662 and All That’ a talk in church given by Iain Milne of the Prayer Book Society (York Branch)
    4.30pm tea.
    6.30pm Choral Evensong (Book of Common Prayer). Wine reception to follow.
  • Tours of church, particularly the climbing of the tower, throughout the day though they will have to work around the other things going on in the church.
  • Special exhibitions and displays in church are still in the process of being finalised but are certainly taking shape.
  • It is possible that Sir Thomas Lunsford’s Regiment might do something further on Sunday afternoon but that is still not confirmed.
Northallerton Male Voice Choir – Summer Concert
This year’s summer concert will be held at The Forum in Northallerton on Saturday 3 June at 7.30pm. Featuring Musicality. Tickets £10 from The Forum Box Office or online at
A History of Japanese Woodcut
The next Hambleton Art Society event at Solberge Hall will feature Carol Wilhide Justin giving an historical overview of the dominant, popular Japanese art form of woodcut between the 17th and 19th centuries. Tuesday 6 June between 1.45-3.15pm. Members free, visitors £7 on the door.
Local traders

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

Bin Collections

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