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Sunday Email: Issue 166

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St Columba’s Services

  • TODAY 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 come along for any of these services. 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 each week and it has become a popular social evening. 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 Topcliffe Big Race Night
Planning is well underway for the annual Big Race Night at Topcliffe & Asenby Village Hall on Saturday 14 October. Sponsors have been confirmed for the eight race names and donations for the raffles are steadily coming together.

The next step is the sale of horse names. There are eight races with eight horses in each, so 64 horse names available. They are only £5 each. Last year the names were sold quite quickly so punters are advised to reserve their horse(s) as soon as possible. Contact Doug Allan on 07785 223707 or email

Churchyard grass-cutting
In an attempt to build on the excellent maintenance work undertaken recently, another working party is planned for 10am to 1pm next Saturday 15 July. The aim is to keep the grass neatly mown and to tidy up around the gravestones.

On that day a view will be taken on whether to do the same on the following Saturday (22 July) if there is any work still required.

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 viewedhere and are also available on the Asenby and Topcliffe village websites.
Asenby News
Seems as though 10-year-old Oliver Robertson has come out of retirement to issue another edition of the Asenby News. He has published the latest edition with help from his sisters Evelyn, aged seven, and Connie, four.
Tesco Petrol
The petrol filling station at Tesco in Thirsk is closed until 17 July to allow essential maintenance work on the fuel tanks.
Chip ‘n Dales
The Chip ‘n Dales fish and chip van is in Topcliffe each Friday tea time – 5 to 7pm.
The RItz Cinema, Thirsk

  • To Thursday 13 July (No matinees) – Transformers: Rise of the Beasts.
  • Friday 14 to Thursday 20 July (Matinee on Wednesday 19 July) – Asteroid City.
  • Friday 21 to Thursday 27 July (Matinee Wednesday 26 July) – Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny.
  • Sunday 20 August -3pm – de Mowbray Festival – Charlie Chaplin’s ‘Shoulder Arms’ accompanied by the Festival Orchestra.
  • Saturday 16 September – Heritage Open Day – free tours of The Ritz, including the projection room. 10am to 5pm, on the hour. No Booking required, but ‘first come first served’. Maximum 15 people per tour. Approximately 45 minutes.

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 –

Outdoor Cinema: Dirty Dancing
A special outdoor screening of the hit film Dirty Dancing will be made at Thirsk Racecourse on Friday 14 July at 7pm (until 11.30pm). This is an open air cinema experience not to be missed. Tickets starting from £12 online from outdoorcinema
Pickhill Strawberry Fayre
The annual village fayre is on Saturday 15 July from 1pm until 11pm. During the day there’s all sorts of family attractions, stalls, games and food and drink. On the evening there’ll be a DJ from 5.30 to 8pm followed by a local band – Doubtful Bottle – playing from 9 to 11pm.
Artisan Market
The regular Artisan Market returns to Thirsk Market Place on Sunday 16 July between 10am and 3pm. Locally-produced arts and crafts, food and drink. A diverse, quality, shopping experience that celebrates independent producers and makers.

And on the same day, walk round the corner to the Handmade & Vintage Fair being staged at Thirsk & Sowerby Town Hall on Westgate. Lovely stalls, beautiful gifts. Also 10am to 3pm.

Historic Vehicle Rally
The Newby Hall annual Historic Vehicle Rally with – the North’s biggest one-day car show – featuring vintage and classic cars, will be held on Sunday 16 July between 10am-4pm. Adult £18, Child £15, Family £56, under 4s free (gardens only, house has supplement).
The Lion King comes to Topcliffe
Following a recent visit to London’s West End to see a performance of The Lion King, the 5 and 6 year olds of Maple class were inspired to recreate Disney’s fantastic musical.

The pupil’s version of the classic is on at Topcliffe CofE Academy on Tuesday 18 July. The performance starts at 1.30pm. Entry is free but by ticket, available from the school reception from Monday to Friday next week. There is limited availability so it’s a first come, first served basis.

Jobs at The Angel
There are two more recruitment events scheduled at The Angel. They are on Tuesday 18 July and Tuesday 8 August, both at 6.30pm. Pop along if you are interested in jobs in all areas of the business.
Village Hall Committee
The next meeting of Topcliffe & Asenby Village Hall Committee will be held at 7.30pm on Tuesday 18 July.
Soup & Sweet Lunch
The next Soup & Sweet lunch will be on Wednesday 19 July in theVillage Hall. Lunch served from 11.30am to 12.45pm. Selection of delicious soups followed by equally delicious cakes and bakes and tea or coffee. All welcome. No set charge, but donations welcome.

The last lunch raised £110, of which £50 was donated to the Salvation Army in Thirsk and the balance added to the Warm Hub Community Fund.

Beer and Pizza Night
Back by popular demand is the Beer & Pizza night at Thirsk Hall Sculpture Garden. It’s on Saturday 22 July from 6pm. There’ll be Bute Pizza, Fred & Bert’s and a fully stocked bar.

This event is sponsored by Hopical Storm from Timothy Taylor’s Brewery. Each ticket allows free entry to the Sculpture Garden.

This year the event is being staged to support Herriot Hospice @ The Lambert, a charity very close to everyone’s hearts. Free entry, but booking essential via

Rural Arts at The Courthouse in Thirsk

  • Cafe artist of the month – all of July – Wardell – a contemporary artist who lives in Boroughbridge. Jenine uses whatever organic or recycled materials she can find, everything from wool to egg shells. She works in all mediums from oil, acrylic, textiles, glass and ceramics. Her sculptures are on display at the Elm Gallery in Topcliffe.
  • Fresh 2022 winner Eleanor Carney – to Saturday 22 July – a two week exhibition of the artist’s work depicting a visual biography of living with the chronic disease, Crohn’s.


  • A Midsummer Night’s Mischief – Thursday 3 August at 2.30pm – the fairies in the forest are starting a fight – but which side are you on? Team Titania or Team Oberon? Hoglets Theatre presents their interactive and larger-than-life version of Shakespeare’s summer comedy – especially for young audiences. Expect wild characters, raucous singalong songs, puppets, stunts and some frankly ridiculous disco dancing. Age guide 5+.
  • NT Live Screening: Fleabag – Thursday 7 September at 7.30pm – written by and starring Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Fleabag, Killing Eve) . Fleabag is a rip-roaring look at some sort of woman living her sort of life.

http://What’s On – Rural Arts – Arts activities, events and exhibitions

The Deershed Festival
A three day wonderland of music, comedy, arts, science, theatre and sport for all ages, set in the beautiful parkland at Baldersby Park near Topcliffe.
Friday 28 to Monday 31 July. More information and booking arrangements via the website at
Model Railway Show
The annual Model Railway Show is once again being held at Thirsk Town Hall. It will be on Sunday 30 July from 10am until 4pm. There will be eighteen layouts plus demonstrations, trade stalls, tombola, refreshments and a children’s competition. Adults £5 and accompanied children free. All profits to Yorkshire Air Ambulance.
Dates for your diary: Events coming up later in the year

  • Sunday 6 August – Jurassic Northallerton – a free family event in Northallerton town centre.
  • Saturday 2 September – Topcliffe & Asenby Produce Show will be held at the Village Hall.
  • Saturday 14 October – Topcliffe’s Big Race Night at the Village Hall.
Topcliffe Summer Fair & Brunch
The annual Summer Fair and Brunch will take place at Topcliffe & Asenby Village Hall on Sunday 6 August between 10am and 3pm. Brunch will include bacon, sausage and egg butties plus coffee, tea and cakes.

There’s just a couple of stalls available. If you are interested in taking one, please contact Karen Morley on 01845 577426. They are £5 each.

Thirsk & Sowerby Festival on the Flatts
This annual family event will take place on Sunday 6 August starting at 10am. It’s a free fun day for all and promises to be bigger and better as every year more and more, bigger and better things are added to the list of attractions.
Family Events at Thorp Perrow

  • Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 August – Family Fun Weekend – There’ll be giant inflatables, soft play, archery, crafting and face painting. Visitors can also enjoy the Bird of Prey displays, walk the Summer Trail, eat at the Tea Room.
  • Wednesday 16 to Sunday 20 August – Thrills of the big top – Enjoy a fabulous, fun-filled family show in a traditional Big Top tent with the famous National Festival Circus in the grounds of Thorp Perrow. With clowns, contortionists, jugglers and tumbling acrobats, there’s entertainment for all the family. Showtimes: 11.30am, 1pm and 2.30pm. Refreshments will be available. Children under 2 years old are free of charge, however they must sit on a parent or guardian’s knee. Admission into the Arboretum is not included in the circus ticket.
  • Friday 25 August – The fabulous Mercury – the ultimate Queen tribute band will be playing in the superb grounds of Thorp Perrow. Mercury are the UK’s most authentic live tribute to the music of Freddie Mercury and Queen. Hit after hit, anthem after anthem, the group will power out the band’s greatest songs. Performed in authentic costumes and with replica equipment, the show really is as close as it gets. Always a sell-out, so book now to avoid disappointment!

http://Your Visit (Home) – Thorp Perrow

de Mowbray Music Festival
The annual Thirsk festival gets underway on Friday 18 August and a full weekend of musical delight is on the cards. Read the full programme here.
Base Camp for kids
Base Camp is an outdoor learning space in Baldersby Park, run by Hannah Secouet. Within the 90 acres of parkland, Hannah and her staff facilitate school visits, run an after-school club and also host holiday camps utilising all the wonderful natural attributes the park has to offer.

This coming summer holiday Base Camp is hosting four adventure days, each offering something very different.

  • Friday 18 August – Forest Olympics and well-being (5 places left).
  • Tuesday 22 August – Kayaking on the lake and forest adventure (3 places left).
  • Friday 25 August – Forest Art and African drumming in the woods (5 places left).
  • Tuesday 29 August – Archery with Thirsk Bowmen and forest adventure (4 places left).
  • Thursday 31 August – Forest School adventure (8 places left).

10am – 3pm for ages 7-14. For more information go to

Music at Junction 50
The second concert in this year’s Junction 50 series will be held at 2.30pm on Saturday 2 September at St Lawrence Church in Carlton Miniott. The event will feature Mary Reid and brilliant Scottish folk singer, Ainsley Hamill. The pair met through their work with Live Music Now which supports young musicians to play in hospitals, care homes and schools for special needs pupils. They will provide a short programme of about 45 minutes duration and afterwards tea will be served. The event is free, but donations would be welcome.
Topcliffe Parish Council
There was a meeting of the Parish Council last Thursday (6 July) and the Minutes will be published in due course. There is no meeting of the Parish Council in August. The next meeting will be on Thursday 7 September at 7pm in the Village Hall.
Local traders

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

Bin Collections

  • Recycling & Garden Waste – Thursdays 13 and 27 July.
  • Refuse – Mondays 17 and 31 July.


  • Refuse – Mondays 10 and 24 July.
  • Garden Waste – Wednesday 12 and 26 July.
  • Recycling – Mondays 17 and 31 July.

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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