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Sunday Email: Issue 170

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Topcliffe Summer Fair & Brunch
TODAY: 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. Hope to see some of you there.
Thirsk Farmers’ Market
TODAY: The Northern Dales Farmers’ Market is on in Thirsk Market Place from 9am to 2pm. All stallholders are local independent businesses –
Jurassic Northallerton
TODAY: ‘Love Northallerton’is staging Jurassic Northallerton featuring more dinosaurs than ever. The event will take place in Northallerton High Street.
Thirsk & Sowerby Festival on the Flatts
TODAY: this family event takes place 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.
St Columba’s Services

  • TODAY 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 in the news
Residents in Topcliffe have hit out at Yorkshire Water over raw sewage smells that have been experienced for years, with the company failing to do anything positive to put things right. The story, which was carried by the BBC’s news website on Friday, can be read via this link:
Post Office closure
Topcliffe Post Office counter will be closed on Saturday 19 August, though the shop will open as normal until 12.30pm. Apologies are offered for any inconvenience this closure causes.
Walkway bridge repairs
Contractors, working for Asenby Parish Council, yesterday completed repairs to the two bridges on the riverside walkway between Topcliffe and Asenby.
Village Hall Library
A big thank you to Topcliffe residents Lynne & Peter Manning who responded to the appeal for someone to tidy up the shelves in the Village Hall library. Peter and Lynne are going to spend some time putting all the books in alphabetical order by author, add the many books that are stacked on tables and in bags, and sort out those books that can be recycled to the Baldersby St James book sale.

Villagers are reminded that the library can be accessed whenever the hall is open (though please ask the organiser of any event that is underway if it is ok to walk through to the rear committee room). One good day to visit is on alternate Wednesdays when the Soup & Sweet lunch is on. There is no charge for loaning books – just pick what you want and return it when you’ve read it.

The Topcliffe Big Race Night
Who would like to buy one of the last few horse names available for the Big Race Night on Saturday 14 October? There are just nine remaining, 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. Call Doug Allan on 07785 223707 or email

The Topcliffe Big Race Night will be held at Topcliffe & Asenby Village Hall and tickets will go on sale mid-August. 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.
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://
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.
The RItz Cinema, Thirsk

  • 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 –

Racing at Thirsk

  • 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
Soup & Sweet Lunch
The next Soup & Sweet lunch will be on Wednesday 16 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.

Last week’s lunch raised £137 of which £50 was donated to the Thirsk branch of The Royal British Legion and the balance went in to the Warm Hub Community Fund.

Family Events at Thorp Perrow

  • 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.

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.

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.
Base Camp at Baldersby Park
The Base Camp sessions throughout August at Baldersby Park have proven extremely popular, so much so that there’s only one place left and that’s on the Forest School adventure on Thursday 31 August. It is on between10am – 3pm fand suitable for ages 7-14.

The popular After-School Club will be returning on Thursday 14 September and running every Thursday until October half-term. Sessions are 3.30 to 4.45pm and the cost is £5 per child.

For more information go to

Wild Wok at the Catton Kitchen
There’s to be a Wild Wok evening at the Catton Kitchen on Saturday 2 September from 4 until 8.30pm. There’ll be live music from the exceptional @maggiemaemusic – an artist who performed at an event last year and proved to be extremely popular. Tickets are £18 for adults and £10 for children. Price includes a bowl of delicious market garden noodles.

The Catton Kitchen’s market garden shop and cafe shack is open each Friday and Saturday 10am til 2pm and Sunday 10am to 12 noon.

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.

Rural Arts at The Courthouse in Thirsk

  • 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

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

  • Recycling & Garden Waste – Thursdays 10 and 24 August.
  • Refuse – Monday 14 August.


  • Refuse – Mondays 7 and 21 August.
  • Garden Waste – Wednesday 9 and 23 August.
  • Recycling – Monday 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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