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Sunday Email: Issue 162

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Topcliffe History Weekend
Yesterday the celebrations to mark St Columba’s Day and the Village History Weekend got off to a fine start. The main themes were the history of Topcliffe and how events of the 17th century affected the people of the village, along with the role of the church over the centuries.

The visit of Sir Thomas Lunsford’s Regiment was a colourful and fascinating feature of Saturday’s events, with people enjoying seeing the regiment pass from Asenby to Topcliffe and then undertake exercises on the playing field in Topcliffe. And a talk in St Columba’s about the Civil War and other conflicts was much enjoyed.

Today the celebrations continue with:

  • 11am Choral/Sung Matins (Book of Common Prayer).
  • BBQ and Village Picnic in the churchyard from 12.30pm. There’ll be sausages, burgers, salads and puddings as well as wine and soft drinks and everyone from the parish is warmly invited to join us. If there is anything else that people might like to bring along to contribute to the meal, please do. It is very much hoped that the volunteers who helped maintain the churchyard on three consecutive Saturdays last month will pop along and join in the meal.
  • Tours of church, particularly the climbing of the tower, 2 until 5pm, though they will have to work around the other things going on in the church.
  • Special exhibitions and displays in the church.
  • 3pm – More manoeuvers by Sir Thomas Lunsford’s Regiment on the Topcliffe Playing Field.
  • 3.30pm ‘1662 and All That’ a talk in church given by Iain Milne of the Prayer Book Society (York Branch). A celebration of the beauty, poetry and majesty of the Book of Common Prayer as reissued for use in church in 1662.
  • 4pm teas served in the Church Hall/School Room.
  • 6.30pm Choral Evensong (Book of Common Prayer). Wine reception to follow.
St Columba’s Services

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  • 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 Farmers’ Market
TODAY – All stallholders at this market are local independent businesses who grow, rear or produce the food or drink on their stall. They’re passionate about what they do and it shows. Thirsk Market Place, 9am to 2pm.
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.
The Tattler
Watch out for The Tattler arriving through your letterbox in the next few days.
Doug Manning
Doug’s funeral will take place at Maple Park Crematorium on 7 June at 2.30pm, then afterwards at The Angel, Topcliffe for a celebration of his life.
Topcliffe’s playing field closed until further notice
The Parish Council has announced that work on a significant improvement of the playing field and equipment will start on Monday 5 June. The whole area will be closed until the work is completed.
Cross Talk
The June edition of the church magazine, Cross Tallk, is out now. You can read it here.
Repairs to Topcliffe Bridge parapet
It looks like it’s finally going to happen! After nearly two years of complaining and pushing, arrangements have been made for the parapets of Topcliffe Bridge to be repaired. During last week signs appeared on the bridge to announce that work will begin on 20 June and take around three weeks.

It has been a long hard battle to get to this point, so let’s hope that no more problems arise and the work is completed as planned.

We all know that it is likely the bridge will be crashed into again at some point fairly soon after the repairs are done, but that’s no reason why villagers and visitors should have to put up with unsightly red and white plastic barriers on the bridge. One day the council will find a solution that works but we’ll all have to be patient (as the sign suggests) until that time.

Topcliffe Academy
Pupils in Ash Class at Topcliffe Academy recently undertook a sponsored walk in support of the Madagasca Smile Project. The aim is to help provide a permanent water supply for the La Montagne Antanamonpera school in Madagasca, with which they have pen pal links. Currently children there have to walk 7km each day to get clean water. The Topcliffe pupils completed 55 laps of their school playing field, which is also 7km, to experience what is is like to have to walk that distance. They managed to raised £700. Well done to all pupils involved.
Village Tidy-Up day announced
The next tidy-up in Topcliffe will be held on Saturday 1 July and it’s hoped that lots of volunteers will give up a couple of hours to help clean up the village and make it more presentable. Tasks will include a litter pick, removing weeds and debris from gutters, painting of fences and road sign cleaning. Meet at the village hall at 8.45am. Bacon sandwiches and coffee will be provided at 11.15am in the village hall.
Chip ‘n Dales
The Chip ‘n Dales fish and chip van is in Topcliffe each Friday tea time – 5 to 7pm, but please note that it will be closed until 10 June.