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Sunday Email: Issue 163

Welcome to the Sunday Email. Please note I won’t be producing an email next Sunday, but your regular newsy update will be back as normal on Sunday 25 June.
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St Columba’s Services

  • TODAY: at 10.45am – Holy Communion
  • Sunday 18 June at 10.45am – Choral Matins
  • Sunday 25 June at 10.45am – Holy Communion
  • Sunday 2 July at 6.30pm – Choral Evensong
  • Sunday 9 July at 10.45am – Holy Communion
  • Sunday 16 July at 10.45am – Sung Matins
  • Sunday 23 July at 10.45am – Holy Communion
  • Sunday 30 July – No Service (5th Sunday of the month).

Everyone is most welcome to go along for any of these services. Refreshments are served after every Sunday morning service.

Summer at The Angel
TODAY – The Angel will be serving pizza and drinks in the garden 3pm until closing time. Enjoy a taste of summer!
The Hidden Gardens of Coxwold
TODAY: There will be 14 gardens open for visits and the Village Hall open for plants stall and teas between 1pm until 5pm. £5. Children free. Tickets from the desk in the Village Hall car park on the day.
Flower Power Fair
TODAY: A select group of the north’s best plant nurseries and specialists will be selling their plants at this fair at Thirsk Hall between 11am and 4pm. Adults £5 and child (under 13) free. Tickets at the gate or online at
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.
Topcliffe’s playing field closed until further notice
The Parish Council has started work on major improvements of the playing field, which includes laying of a pathway around the field and fencing off the new allotment area. For safety reasons the whole playing field area will be closed until the work is completed.

This map was recently posted on the Top Resident’s Facebook page by the Parish Council.

Heritage Weekend in pictures
Here are some photographs of the events held last weekend as part of the Heritage Weekend. Plus some interesting photographs of the event, the church and the village taken from a drone.
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A message from John Phillips, organiser of the Heritage Weekend.

I’d like to offer thanks for all the hard work put in by a huge number of people, seen and unseen, to make the St Columba & Village Heritage Weekend work so well. It was very much a team effort with all sorts of things going on in the weeks running up, particularly the churchyard working parties who made such a great difference to the look of things last weekend.

There was a lot of shifting of things (before & after) and of course the accommodation of the Regiment, both of which were principally down to the Blair family. Linda Carver did a fabulous job with the church flower beds which were in full colour and much commented on. The music at the Sunday services was lovely, thanks to Linda Hewlett, the Choir and Matthew Atterton.

The BBQ was great and well attended with thanks to those who added donations of food to give us a veritable feast and to those providing cakes and the like for the teas on both days!

Roz Norris put up wonderful and very informative historical displays in both the church and the school room. And Joan Blair’s flowers in church were simply beautiful.

I can’t thank everyone enough, or indeed by name, but all the help, donations and kind good wishes that we received were just wonderful and thanks of course to everyone who turned out to support us on the day.

Topcliffe Bridge Repairs
Most people will have seen the signs on the bridge stating that work on repairs to the parapet will start on Tuesday 20 June. In a letter to our Parish Councils, North Yorkshire Council gives a few more details: the work will be carried out with three way traffic signals and it will take the best part of three weeks to complete.

The letter also states that this work is part of an extensive programme of other works and some adjustment to this start date or the duration of the works may be necessary should unforeseen circumstances such as significant weather events or emergencies on the highway network arise.

If you have any issues during the works ring the Customer Service Centre on 0300 131 2131.

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.