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Sunday Email: Issue 167

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St Columba’s Services

  • TODAY at 10.45am – Sung Matins
  • Sunday 23 July at 10.45am – Holy Communion
  • Sunday 30 July – No Service (5th Sunday of the month).
  • Sunday 6 August at 6.30pm – Choral Evensong
  • Sunday 13 August at 10.45am – Holy Communion
  • Sunday 20 August at 10.45am – Sung Matins
  • Sunday 27 August at 10.45am – Holy Communion

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

Artisan Market
TODAY – The regular Artisan Market returns to Thirsk Market Place today and is on 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
TODAY – The Newby Hall annual Historic Vehicle Rally with – the North’s biggest one-day car show – featuring vintage and classic cars, is on today between 10am-4pm. Adult £18, Child £15, Family £56, under 4s free (gardens only, house has supplement).
Quiz night at the Village Hall
TONIGHT – the 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.
Topcliffe Bridge repairs completed
Well it’s done! It might have taken three or four years for the work to be tackled but in the end the job is finished and looks good. The contractors have made a superb job of constructing the new parapet and a thank you is due to them and North Yorkshire Council for finally organising the contract.
Asenby play park survey
Today there’s a final chance to complete the questionnaire about Asenby’s play park. The Parish Council’s survey will close at midnight tonight (Sunday 16 July).

The survey aims to help guide what actions the Parish Council should take with regards to the play park’s future. There are nine questions and it should take no longer than five minutes to complete. It can be completed online using this link:

The next Parish Council meeting is scheduled for 7pm on Thursday 27 July. The results of the survey will not be discussed at this meeting but a public meeting will be held at a date to be arranged.

The Topcliffe Big Race Night
Would you like to be the proud owner of a horse at Topcliffe’s annual Big Race Night? For £5 you can name a horse and see it ride out in one of eight races on the night. There were initially 64 horses for sale but half have now been sold…so you’ll need to act fast if you want to be sure of booking one. Call Doug Allan on 07785 223707 or email

The event is on at Topcliffe & Asenby Village Hall on Saturday 14 October. Tickets for the event will go on sale in August but you can add your name to a ‘waiting list’ if you wish. Same contacts as above.

Churchyard grass-cutting
Yesterday’s planned grass cutting working party at St Columba’s churchyard was cancelled due to the poor weather.

Another maintenance day is planned next Saturday 22 July from 10am. Please come along if you have an hour or two to spare.

Tesco Petrol
The petrol filling station at Tesco in Thirsk is now reopened.
Chip ‘n Dales
The Chip ‘n Dales fish and chip van is in Topcliffe each Friday tea time – 5 to 7pm.
Herriot Hospice @ The Lambert
A major fundraising campaign that aimed to raise £300,000 has smashed all expectations with almost £450,000 raised or promised. The cash is needed to complete the capital works on the Thirsk-based hospice. Now construction of the new local hospice can be completed and should open on track at the end of 2023.

The charity is looking for continued support and is asking the community in and around Thirsk to keep supporting the hospice to ensure its teams of nurses and other professionals delivering care across the district can offer the best care possible. Check out

Thirsk Hall Sculpture Garden
The Sculpture Garden at Thirsk Hall has reopened and it currently features a major exhibition by renowned stone carver Emily Young in Gallery One. Emily was named ‘Britain’s greatest living stone sculptor’, by The Financial Times. Some of her monumental sculptures will be placed in the garden and parkland.
There are new outdoor sculptures for visitors to explore, by a selection of artists including William Tucker, Richard Hudson, Rory Menage, Katie Hallam, Tim Ellis, Rosie Leventon, as well as Emily’s. All these artists are members of the Royal Society of Sculptors.
Wednesday to Saturday only – 11am to 5pm. Entrance £6.50 (concession: £5.50). Accompanied children free. Book online at or buy at the gate to the right of Thirsk Hall on Kirkgate.
The RItz Cinema, Thirsk

  • 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 –

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 pupils’ 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. Dave and Maggie are looking for individuals who thrive working in a team and are passionate about delivering great service to customers and guests.

Serving food, taking orders or working behind our brand new bar are amongst some of the duties involved, working in one of the most exciting new food and drink venues in North Yorkshire.

If you are passionate about working in hospitality, have excellent communication skills and want to be a member of a fun and busy team, either come to one of the recruitment evenings or send your CV to rose or katie, or call 01845 578000.

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

  • 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

Asenby Parish Council
The next meeting of Asenby Parish Council will be held at 7pm on Thursday 27 July at Topcliffe & Asenby Village Hall.
Summer Festival Racing
Go Racing In Yorkshire Summer Festival – A celebration of racing in Yorkshire in the height of summer. Friday 28 July. Gates open 11am, first race 2.00pm. Book online at
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
St Wilfred’s Procession, Ripon
This historic Ripon procession on Saturday 29 July will have brightly decorated floats driving round the city, generating a carnival atmosphere. It’s a unique event dating back to 1108 when King Henry granted a Royal Charter allowing the city to hold an annual fair. It is traditionally held to mark the feast of St Wilfrid. You can catch the procession at various points during the day: 1.30pm at Studley Road; 2.15pm at Allhallowgate; 3pm at Southgate; 4.05pm in the Market Place. At 4.30pm there’ll be a service at Ripon Cathedral. Check out the website
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.
Egton Bridge Gooseberry Show
The oldest Gooseberry show in the world, every year since 1800. Held at St Heddas Schoolroom, Egton Bridge between 2 and 6.30pm on Tuesday 1 August.
William Hill Summer Cup
Another opportunity to go racing at Thirsk Racecourse. With live music from The Black Marcs. Saturday 5 August. Gates open 11am, first race 2.50pm. Book online at
Jurassic Northallerton
The organisation ‘Love Northallerton’is bringing back one of the biggest and most successful events of 2022. This year’s Jurassic Northallerton will see more dinosaurs than ever, with you all invited to witness and be a part of this great spectacle.

The event will take place in Northallerton High Street on Sunday 6 August, you don’t want to miss this!

Dates for your diary: Events coming up later in the year

  • 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
  • Tuesday 22 August – Kayaking on the lake and forest adventure
  • Friday 25 August – Forest Art and African drumming in the woods
  • Tuesday 29 August – Archery with Thirsk Bowmen and forest adventure
  • Thursday 31 August – Forest School adventure

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.
Weekly art classes
The next block of six weekly art classes at Topcliffe & Asenby Village Hall starts on Monday 11 September. These classes, which run for two hours from 10am, are led by talented teacher/artist Rebecca Jayne. She’ll guide you with helpful tips and techniques and support you with creating your own artwork.

Full calendar of dates: Monday 11, 18 and 25 September, and 2, 9 and 16 October. Further details about the sessions will be issued the week before classes start to those who have booked.

Local traders

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

Bin Collections

  • Refuse – Mondays 17 and 31 July.
  • Recycling & Garden Waste – Thursdays 27 July and 10 August.


  • Recycling – Mondays 17 and 31 July.
  • Refuse – Mondays 24 July and 7 August.
  • Garden Waste – Wednesday 26 July and 9 August.

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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