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Sunday Email: Issue 160

Welcome to the Sunday Email.
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Flower Power Plant Fair
TODAY – 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 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.
St Columba’s Services

  • TODAYat 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.

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 it’s 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.
Doug Manning – a message from his wife Mary
"A lot of you are already aware that my husband Doug died just over a week ago at home. He had been suffering from a terminal lung condition since having Covid over two years ago, but we didn’t expect to lose him so suddenly. Whilst he wasn’t much of a mixer, I know that many of you knew him and respected him as a good kind man.

"Anyone who wishes to say their goodbyes is welcome to attend his funeral at Maple Park Crematorium on 7 June at 2.30pm, then afterwards at The Angel, Topcliffe for a celebration of his life."

Churchyard helpers needed…just one more Saturday
Thank you to all the volunteers who have given freely of their time on the last two Saturdays to help with maintaining the graveyard and pathways at St Columba’s. The churchyard is certainly looking more presentable but there are a few more tasks that need attention on the last allocated maintenance day – Saturday 27 May. Please come along and give a hand.

It’s all about making the churchyard look its best for the St Columba’s Village History weekend on 3/4 June.

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 or rakes, if you can).

Views on Asenby play park to be sought
Asenby Parish Council is about to ask residents for their views on the village play park. During June, a questionnaire will be delivered to each home in the village to seek views on the play park as it is now, how it is used and what might be required in the future.

It’s thought that some residents might not even realise that there is a play park in the village, so the exercise may also act as publicity for its existence.

The questionnaire will arrive through everyone’s letterboxes so that even those who don’t use the park can have their say. Details will also be posted on the Asenby Residents Facebook page drawing attention to the survey and inviting comments.

In advance of the survey launch, anyone who wishes to register an interest and present a view, can email the Parish Council at asenbypc

New Bilsdale transmitter going live tomorrow
From early morning on Monday 22 May, most viewers’ TVs and set top boxes should automatically receive the new signals from the 300m tall structure. Any viewers experiencing blank screens should first perform a retune/re-scan and if problems persist, call the Project Restore Helpline on 0800 121 4828.
Here’s a link to the information:
Friends say thanks
The Friends of Topcliffe School would like to thank all those who supported the hugely successful fashion show event held recently at Dalton Village Hall. The group has now reached its first target to replace some of the play equipment at the school but fund-raising endeavours will continue and any community support or donations will be warmly welcomed and much appreciated. If you can help in any way, please leave a message at the school reception.
Want a stall at Topcliffe Summer Fayre?
There’s to be 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 Morley 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.
Everyman Cinema, Northallerton
The new Everyman Cinema on the Treadmills site in Northallerton opened for business last Friday evening. You can register to become a member and receive regular newsletters on their website at:
Post Office closures
Topcliffe Post Office will be closed on the late Bank Holiday – Monday 29 May.
Bank Holiday plans at The Angel
Despite much of The Angel being a huge building site whilst a major refurbishment is underway, owners Dave and Maggie Mathews, together with daughter Rose and son-in-law Jack, are doing their utmost to meet commitments made before the work was planned…and to organise events for locals on special occasions. This coming Bank Holiday weekend you can get pizza and drinks in the garden on Friday 26 May, 4pm until close; and both Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 May, 12 noon until closing.
The Angel is Recruiting
In preparation for the grand reopening of The Angel in the autumn, Dave and Maggie are beginning to consider the staff that will be needed to make it a top-class venue. They are holding a a recruitment event on Tuesday 27 June at 6.30pm when potential recruits can to discuss all of the amazing job opportunities that will be on offer.

There’ll be two more events on Tuesday 18 July and Tuesday 8th August at 6.30pm.

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.
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 during the rest of May and all of 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.

The RItz Cinema, Thirsk

  • 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 –

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 cakes and bakes with tea or coffee. All welcome. No set charge, but donations welcome.
Art classes at the Village Hall
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.

A new round of six Monday morning classes will start on 5 June – then 12,19,26 June and ,July 3 and 10. Classes are 10 to 12 noon. Anyone booking by Friday 26 May will receive an early-bird reduction. Book at

All classes are for artists of every level of experience…or none! Expert guidance is offered throughout the sessions. Equipment and paint provided. Refreshments included.

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
There’s to be a burger and drinks night at the Catton Kitchen on Saturday 27 May. If past experience is anything to go by it should be a great event. It is on from 4 until 9pm. Here are the menus for adults and children. Pre-ordering is not necessary but it would be helpful if those planning to go would let Amy know so that she can adequately cater. Call 07747 083155 or email

The Shack at Catton Kitchen is open as usual this weekend – Friday and Saturday 10 ’til 2pm and Sunday 10 ’til 12 noon.

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 at 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 The 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 – known as North Yorkshire’s orchard village – will have an interesting and varied collection of about 12 gardens open, from small back gardens to several acres. It’s on Sunday 28 and Monday 29 May between 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 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 the group will pass through Asenby and Topcliffe to assemble at Topcliffe playing field.
  • 2pm-3pm training/drilling at Topcliffe playing field (this 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.

The full programme can be viewed here.

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.
Racing at Thirsk

  • 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.
Local traders

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

Carlton Husthwaite Craft Fair
This craft fair will take place on Saturday 10 June between 10am and 3pm inside and outside Carlton Husthwaite Village Hall. The event, which is in aid of Dermentia UK, will have stalls, tombola, coffee, tea, cakes and lunchtime snacks. All welcome.
Bin Collections

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


  • Recycling – Monday 22 May.
  • Refuse – Tuesday 30 May (one day later than normal).
  • Garden Waste – 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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