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Sunday Email: Issue 169

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Topcliffe Summer Fair & Brunch
Next Sunday, 6 August, the annual Summer Fair and Brunch will take place at Topcliffe & Asenby Village Hall between 10am and 3pm. Brunch will include bacon, sausage and egg butties plus coffee, tea and cakes. Come and browse the various stalls – bric-a-brac, quality second hand toys, paintings and much more – and then stop for breakfast and a chat with friends and neighbours.
St Columba’s Services

  • Sunday 30 July – No Service today (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.

Model Railway Show
TODAY: The annual Model Railway Show is once again being held at Thirsk Town Hall 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.
Ripon Old Cars
TODAY at Ripon Racecourse there’s Classic Car Gathering with lots of other entertainment too, including non-stop kids fun and games. Refreshments and various stalls. Free car parking. All proceeds go to Alzheimer’s and various other charities. Gates open 9am-5pm, with entertainment starting 10.15am. Adults £5 and children under 14, free accompanied by an adult. Cash only – http://
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.
Librarian required
The Village Hall requires someone to take charge of the library in the ground floor committee room. The main task is to sort the book collection into alphabetical order by author, including books already on the shelves but also those returned by lenders and now stacked up on tables. It might take a couple of hours to put right and then an hour, say, once per month. However, if the volunteer would like to organise ‘open hours’ when the public can pop in (perhaps to coincide with sessions of the Soup & Sweet lunches), that would be welcomed. Contact Doug Allan on 07785 223707 if interested.
More bridges to be repaired
Maybe not on the scale of Topcliffe Bridge, but equally important from a safety point of view, are planned repairs to the two bridges on the riverside walkway between Topcliffe and Asenby.

Watch out for the work getting underway in the next couple of weeks. Signs will be erected advising of the closure when a date from the contractor has been received.

Crosstalk church newsletter
The latest edition of Cross talk is now available. You can read a copy here.
The Topcliffe Big Race Night
Giddy up! There’s only just over a dozen horse names left on sale so if you want to be an owner with a chance of winning a bottle of champagne on race night, you’ll have to act fast. There were initially 64 horses for sale but 52 have now been sold, leaving just 12 on offer. 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 mid August but you can add your name to a ‘waiting list’ if you wish. Same contacts as above.

Topcliffe & Asenby Produce Show
It’s been a strange growing season with unpredictable weather – cool spring, hot June and miserable July. So, it will be interesting to see how gardeners and allotment holders will meet the challenge of ensuring they have quality fruit and vegetables to show at this year’s Produce Show.

The annual show will be held on Saturday 2 September at Topcliffe & Asenby Village Hall.

There are 83 classes in five categories, including:
• 47 classes in the Horticultural section.
• 17 classes in the baking/jams/preserves and pickles category.
• 3 floral classes.
• 11 classes in the hobbies section
• 5 specific classes that only children can enter.

The full list and show rules, together with timings on the day, are available here or can be found on both village websites – and

Chip ‘n Dales
The Chip ‘n Dales fish and chip van is in Topcliffe each Friday tea time – 5 to 7pm.
Another scam warning
The public are being warned to be aware of scam text messages claiming to be from central government offering the recipient a Living Payment of £899. The link in the text sends you to a fake website that will harvest your personal information, including your bank details. All Cost of Living payments are sent out automatically and directly to those eligible, and recipients do not need to apply or contact the government at any stage.
Get reCycling – donate old bikes
Families who have unused bikes are being encouraged to donate them to the Get reCycling campaign, which returns to North Yorkshire household waste recycling centres during August. The bikes will in turn be donated to schools and community groups via the Brownlee Foundation and York Sport, where they will be used for cycle training.

Many bicycles sit in sheds and garages unused, either because they need repairs, or the bike has been outgrown or replaced with a newer model. For that reason, part of the campaign will focus on signposting people to low-cost bike repair workshops and social cycling opportunities around North Yorkshire, where bikes can be fixed and put back into use with new friends.

The campaign, which will run throughout August, is organised by Yorwaste, which manages household waste recycling centres (HWRCs) on the county council’s behalf. http://GET reCYCLING Campaign – Yorwaste

The Brownlee Foundation and York Sport are the main charity partners for this year’s campaign. The campaign will reflect the objectives of the Brownlee Foundation, which was founded by Olympic triathletes Alistair and Jonny Brownlee, to inspire children from all backgrounds to enjoy sport, encourage them to lead active lifestyles and benefit from the opportunities sport provides.

Our local HWRC is on Ox Moor Lane in Sowerby.

Monk Park Farm
This popular family attraction at Bagby near Thirsk is now open 10am – 5pm, 7 days a week. To avoid disappointment on weekends and during school holidays – please book your tickets online – http://
Yorkshire Day
Tuesday 1 August
is Yorkshire Day – a day to remember and celebrate the largest county in the UK. This year’s official civic celebrations are being held in Rotherham.
Soup & Sweet Lunch
The next Soup & Sweet lunch will be on Wednesday 2 August in the Village Hall. Lunch served from 11.30am to 12.45pm. There’ll be a selection of tasty soups followed by delicious cakes and bakes and tea or coffee. All welcome. No set charge, but donations welcome.
The RItz Cinema, Thirsk

  • To Thursday 3 August – (matinees Saturday 29 July and Sunday 30 July) – Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning.
  • Friday 4 to Thursday 10 August – (matinees on Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 August) – Elemental
  • Friday 11 to – Thursday 17 August (matinees Saturday 12 and Wednesday 16 August – Barbie.
  • Friday 18 to Thursday 24 August – (matinee on Wednesday 23 August) – Oppenheimer.
  • SPECIAL EVENT: Sunday 20 August -3pm – de Mobray Festival – Charlie Chaplin’s ‘Shoulder Arms’ accompanied by the Festival Orchestra.
  • Friday 25 to Thursday 31 Aug – (matinees Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 August) – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem.
  • 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.

Opening times: evenings – doors open 7pm for 7.30pm. Matinees doors open 2pm for 2.30pm –

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

Racing at Thirsk

  • William Hill Summer Cup – with live music from The Black Marcs. Saturday 5 August. Gates open 11am, first race 2.50pm.
  • Circus Family Day – with performances from the National Festival Circus and plenty more children’s entertainment. Friday 11 August. Gates open
    11am, first race 2.10pm.
  • BresBet Sausage & Cider Evening – an evening of racing on Friday 18 August alongside a sausage and cider festival showcasing some of Yorkshire’s premium brands, including locally-produced Heck pork, chicken and vegetarian bangers and Masham Cider. Plus live music from Yorkshire lad Jack. Gates open 3.30pm, first race 5.25pm.
  • Book online at
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

Thirsk Farmers’ Market
The next Northern dales Farmers’ Market in Thirsk Market Place will be held on Sunday 6 August from 9am to 2pm. All stallholders are local independent businesses –
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.
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.
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. 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 along on the 8th or send your CV to rose or katie, or call 01845 578000.
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.

On Saturday 19 August follow the Musical Trail all over Thirsk. There will be musical acts popping up in cafes, courtyards and on green open spaces. Perfect for families and free throughout the day.

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 five 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

The Yorkshire Flea
The regular and popular Yorkshire Flea is at Thirsk Auction Mart on Saturday 19 August between 11am and 6pm. There’ll be around a hundred traders in antiques and vintage items. Ample free parking, plus cafe. Dogs allowed except in cafe. Admission £3 per adult. Free admission for accompanied under 16s and NHS employees (with work ID) free admission.
Community Day at Helmsley Walled Garden
There’s to be a Community Day at the Walled Garden in Helmsley on Saturday 26 August from 10am. Last entry 4pm. Events include two free guided tours of the garden where visitors will learn about the garden’s history, its design and how the volunteers keep it running smoothly. There’ll be a wormery workshop to demonstrate how important worms are to soil health and two puppet-making craft workshops for children aged three to 12. There’ll also be a chance to feed the chickens (for a small donation), pick a posy, play hide and seek or walk the labyrinth in your bare feet.

The Yorkshire Wildlife Trust and the RSPB will be in attendance so you can find out more about the protection of wildlife and birds and how these important organisations can be supported. The Vine House Café will host picnics, with a basket and blanket on loan to enjoy in our garden.

Dogs on leads are welcome throughout. £7 reduced entry rate, u16s free. Book the Craft Workshop, Wormery workshop and picnic at

Live Music at The Angel
On Bank Holiday Sunday, 27 August, there’ll be a special live music event featuring The Doubtfuls, plus some songs from Asenby resident, Harry Hutchinson. It all takes place in the garden at The Angel. The group starts playing at 3pm and will do a couple of sets. Harry will play in their intervals. Drinks will be served from 2 ’til 9pm and pizzas from 3-8pm.
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 James’ Church, Baldersby St James. 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.

Four female singers – The All Sorts – will be in concert on Thursday 28 September at 7pm. This group consists of singers who regularly appear for the likes of Scottish Opera. They offer arias from opera, songs from musical shows and well known items. They are renowned for providing a fun filled evening with audiences begging for more so don’t miss out! Tickets are £12.

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.
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. More information see leaflets here (1 and 2) and for bookings go to or Facebook
Baldersby St James Book Sale
The annual book sale will be held in the church on Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 September between10am and 5pm each day. Entrance is free, refreshments will be available. Pop along and browse the thousands of books. If you wish to donate books, please leave them in the church porch.
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.

Topcliffe & Asenby Village Hall
The next meeting of the Village Hall Committee will be on Tuesday 12 September at 7.30pm.
The Cookery Theatre at Stokesley Show
Jack Baldwin, Head Chef at The Angel, is one of six North Yorkshire chefs taking part in a Cookery Theatre at this year’s Stokesley Show on Saturday 23 September. The programme of performances is:

  • 11am – Ian Munro, Chef/owner, The Velveteen Rabbit Luncheon Club, Great Ayton.
  • 12 noon – Jon Appleby, Head Chef, The Feversham Arms, Helmsley.
  • 1pm – Gareth Bottomley, Head Chef, The Station Café Bar, Richmond.
  • 2pm – Jack Baldwin, Head Chef, The Angel Inn at Topcliffe.
  • 3pm – Ed Trewhitt, Master Baker, The Brickyard Academy, Brickyard Bakery, Guisborough.

Advance tickets available to purchase at

Local traders

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

Bin Collections

  • Refuse – Mondays 31 July and 14 August.
  • Recycling & Garden Waste – Thursdays 10 and 24 August.


  • Recycling – Mondays 31 July and 14 August.
  • Refuse – Mondays 7 and 21 August.
  • Garden Waste – Wednesday 9 and 23 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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