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Sunday Email: Issue 168

Welcome to the Sunday Email.
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St Columba’s Services

  • TODAY 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.

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 Post Office
The cash machine in the Post Office is now working again. Apologies are offered to customers who have been inconvenienced by the recent machine breakdown.
Play park reopens
Topcliffe’s play park has reopened following some significant improvements. Yesterday youngsters gathered in the park to see what has changed and yo try out the new equipment.

The park still requires a few finishing touches, such as the allotment fencing, which it is anticipated will be completed tomorrow. If you’re visiting the park before then, please stay away from the areas dug out for allotments.

There will be some further tidying up of the playing field, later on in the year.

The Topcliffe Big Race Night
Horse names are still on sale at £5 each. Some of the whacky names chosen so far include, Hoppolong, Dizzy Daisy and Sirius. Who will you shout for? Naming a horse and becoming an owner means you’ll have a one in eight chance of winning a race and a bottle of bubbly. There were initially 64 horses for sale but 36 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 Topcliffe Big Race Night 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.

Chip ‘n Dales
The Chip ‘n Dales fish and chip van is in Topcliffe each Friday tea time – 5 to 7pm.
Beware of fake Microsoft emails
The latest scam email doing the rounds suggests that the recipient had been previously informed of a new Microsoft update, but hadn’t carried out the necessary update. It claims that Microsoft will stop all images and pdf files . It also suggests that Microsoft has noticed suspicious attempts on your email account and asks you to verify your account to avoid losing all your emails. As a last attempt to lure you in, there is a warning at the bottom of the email claiming your account will be suspended if no action is taken and a link to ‘Verify Right Now’ is supplied. Although the link leads to a convincing site, it is a scam that is designed to steal your Microsoft login details.

Action Fraud Alert advises that you should not click on any links or give out any personal or financial details.

Suspicious emails you think are a scam can be forwarded to: report If you believe you have been a victim of a scam please report it to the police on 101.

Reporting these types of emails have led to the removal of 242,000 scam websites as of June 2023.

Baby Bubble in Topcliffe
There’s a brand new weekly range of classes for mothers and babies coming soon to Topcliffe & Asenby Village Hall starting Friday 8 September. Baby Bubble is provided by Rosie Hopps and here’s a taste of what’s on offer:

Developed by Zumba and BabyFirst, Zumbini is a music and movement programme for children aged 0-4 which promotes the development of cognitive, physical, social and emotional skills through the exploration of music.

  • Baby Binis – learn how to exercise your baby’s body and brain through dance, music and play and see how these activities can nurture your baby’s early development. Each week Baby Binis will introduce a new developmental topic to help you understand how to support your baby’s growth. These classes provide you with ideas and activities that you can easily replicate at home. Suitable for babies from birth to walking.
  • Mini Binis – designed to get you and your little one moving and grooving to the unique, diverse Zumbini soundtrack. Musical exploration to promote the development of key motor and cognitive skills. And most importantly it’s great fun! Suitable for walkers up to school age.

Bath Babies
Combining the experience of baby’s early water exploration with the amazing benefits of nurturing touch and early sensory play to develop the connection and bond between mother and baby, without the price tag of baby swim classes. Bath Babies offers wonderful support for you and your baby as you transition into the fourth trimester, allowing baby to feel the security and calming effect of water, mimicking the sensations of the womb. Suitable from 6 weeks old.

Baby Massage
The benefits of baby massage are limitless, from connecting deeply with your baby to reducing the symptoms of colic and congestion.Whether you are new to parenthood or welcoming your newest addition, join us on a bonding journey to get to know your baby and connect with other parents in a safe, nurturing environment, free of judgement and the distractions of everyday life. Suitable for babies from 6 weeks old. One to one workshops or group online courses are available before 6 weeks old however we do not recommend that you use oil on your baby’s skin before 6 weeks of age (adjusted for preterm babies).

More information see leaflets here (1 and 2) and for bookings go to or Facebook

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 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 –

Jobs at The Angel
The final recruitment event at The Angel will be held on Tuesday 8 August 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.

Soup & Sweet Lunch
The next Soup & Sweet lunch will be on Wednesday 2 August 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 £83 of which £50 was donated to Topcliffe & Asenby Village Hall fund and the balance added to the Warm Hub Community Fund.

Rural Arts at The Courthouse in Thirsk

  • 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.
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. The event will take place in Northallerton High Street on Sunday 6 August.
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 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

  • Recycling & Garden Waste – Thursdays 27 July and 10 August.
  • Refuse – Mondays 31 July and 14 August.


  • Refuse – Mondays 24 July and 7 August.
  • Garden Waste – Wednesday 26 July and 9 August.
  • Recycling – Mondays 31 July and 14 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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