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Sunday Email: Issue 171

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Summer Fair & Brunch
The annual Summer Fair and Brunch held last Sunday at Topcliffe & Asenby Village Hall was a great success with around plenty of people popping in for brunch and to browse the various stalls. A big thank you to everyone who went along.

Thanks also to the stallholders and to cake bakers, but most of all to organiser Karen Morley and all those who helped on the day, including Julie Coldbeck, Linda Carver, Linda Robinson, Jane Burnett, Malcolm Morley, Judith Lowe and Richard Byas (sorry if I have missed anyone).

A total of £380.55 was raised for village hall funds. Well done everyone.

St Columba’s Services

  • TODAY (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.

The Angel serving this afternoon
TODAY (13 August): You can get drinks and pizza at The Angel from 4pm. The garden is opening later than usual because of a Christening party earlier in the afternoon.
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.
Post Office closure
Don’t forget that Topcliffe Post Office counter will be closed next Saturday, 19 August, though the shop will open as normal until 12.30pm. Apologies are offered for any inconvenience this closure causes.
Village Hall library
Peter and Linda Manning have now sorted the Village Hall library, putting all the books into alphabetical order and removing old or damaged books, the best of which will be donated to the Baldersby St James book fair. The aim is to have the library open on Wednesday 16 August – the day of the next Soup & Sweet lunch. Books can be borrowed free of charge and simply returned once read.
The Topcliffe Big Race Night
There are only three horse names left unsold. 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 to buy one. Text Doug Allan on 07785 223707.

The Topcliffe Big Race Night will be held at Topcliffe & Asenby Village Hall on Saturday 14 October. Tickets for the night will go on sale next weekend from Doug Allan or Topcliffe Post Office.

Topcliffe & Asenby Produce Show
Only three weeks to go until the Produce Show. Hopefully lots of village gardeners and allotment holders will meet the challenge of ensuring they have quality fruit and vegetables to display. The show will be held on Saturday 2 September in 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

Social media risks at holiday time
It’s the peak of the summer holidays and many of us will be planning on jetting off to the sun or even taking a ‘staycation‘ here in the UK. The temptation whilst away enjoying ourselves is to keep in touch with friends and family, via social media sites showing them photographs of the places visited and the experiences being had. But posting your holiday photos not only tells your friends and family you’re having a good time it also advertises to criminals that you’re away and your house is empty.

Many insurers now have an exclusion stating that if you post photos advertising the fact that you are on holiday, you may not be covered if your house gets burgled. If your insurer does not have a specific Social Media Exclusion, they will have a general condition often called a ‘Duty of Care’ which states that you must take reasonable precautions to try and prevent a claim. Advertising that you are on holiday is like placing a sign on your front door stating your house is empty.

There are some steps you can take to keep safe:

  • Wait until you get back – Post your photos when you get home.
  • Lock down your social media – keep your social media settings private so only your friends and family can see them.
  • Turn off location services – if this is on and linked to your social media accounts then it will post your location.
  • Check your friends list – have a clear out of anyone who shouldn’t be there.
  • Remove personal details you don’t need – check online to see just what you can find out about yourself. Remove information that you don’t want to share.
  • Make sure you’re not tagged – ask friends/family not to tag you and warn them only to post when you’ve returned home. Adjust settings so you can review anything you are tagged in.
  • Check your insurance policy – read the small print or contact your insurer to check for any clauses relating to posting on social media.
Chip ‘n Dales
The Chip ‘n Dales fish and chip van is in Topcliffe each Friday tea time – 5 to 7pm.
Traders in Topcliffe and Asenby
it’s a while since the list of local traders was printed out in full, so here’s information about known traders. If any other traders operating in our villages would like to be added, or any details need correcting, please get in touch with Doug Allan on 07785 223707.

Most of these traders also have a Facebook and Instagram pages where you can check out latest information.

The RItz Cinema, Thirsk

  • 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 –

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.
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

Racing at Thirsk

  • 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.
  • All Creatures Great and Small Family Fun Day – Friday 1 September – a great day out for the whole family, and lots of entertainment for children, including a petting farm. Gates open 11am, first race 1.10pm.

Book online at

de Mowbray Music Festival
The annual Thirsk festival gets underway and a full weekend of musical delight is on the cards. Read the full programme here.

  • The festival opens on Friday 18 August at St Mary’s Church (next to Thirsk Hall), with a performance of the dramatic and thrilling opera double-bill Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci.
  • 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. And the Chestnut Suite at Thirsk Racecourse will host an evening of jazz with guest vocalist Eleanor Sandars,
  • Sunday 20 August -3pmat The Ritz Cinema – Charlie Chaplin’s ‘Shoulder Arms’ accompanied by the Festival Orchestra.
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 the garden.

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

Thirsk Artisan Market
Sunday 20 August – 10am-3pm – locally-produced arts and crafts, plus food and drink. A diverse, quality, shopping experience that celebrates independent producers and makers.
Wensleydale Show
(Leyburn DL8 5JG. On A6108 road Leyburn to Richmond)
Cattle, sheep, ponies, poultry, heavy horses, carriage driving, handicrafts, homecrafts, vintage tractors cars and steam machines, flower and vegetable show, walking stick competition, sheep dog trials, dry stone walling demonstration, Leyburn Band, gun dog scurry, terrier racing, children’s fun fair, bouncy castle, face painting and over 200 trade stands. Saturday 26 August from 9am. Free parking. Tickets online or at the gate.
Firework Champions
The annual firework championship take place at Newby Hall on Saturday 26 August. There’ll be four great firework displays with three of the UK’s best firework companies competing against each other with choreographed displays to music, followed by a huge finale display. The audience votes for the fireworks team they liked the most using their mobile phone. £25.
Child £13. Free on-site parking.
Malton Food Lovers Festival
A celebration of Yorkshire’s finest produce and cooking. Expect artisan stalls, delicious street food, talks, tastings, celebrity chefs, demos, festival bar, live music. Malton’s family foodie extravaganza is a festival like no other. It’s on Saturday 26 from 9am and Sunday 27 August from 10am. Free entry.
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.
Newburgh Priory Plant Fair
Always a favourite Bank Holiday plant fair with fabulous plants on sale, to suit all gardens and pockets. Home-made delicious food. Forty acres to explore. Bank Holiday Monday 28 August starting 11am.£5 per person (card or cash).
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 or stir fry.

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.
Baldersby Park After-School Club
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
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

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://
Bin Collections

  • Refuse – Monday 14 August.
  • Recycling & Garden Waste – Thursday 24 August


  • Recycling – Monday 14 August.
  • Refuse – Monday 21 August.
  • Garden Waste – Wednesdays 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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