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Sunday Email: Issue 172

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St Columba’s Services

  • TODAY (20 August) at 10.45am – Sung Matins
  • Sunday 27 August at 10.45am – Holy Communion
  • Sunday 3 September at 6.30pm – Choral Evensong
  • Sunday 10 September at 10.45am – Holy Communion
  • Sunday 17 September at !0.45am – Sung Matins
  • Sunday 24 September at 10.45am – Holy Communion
  • Sunday 1 October at 6.30pm – Choral Evensong

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

Thirsk Artisan Market
TODAY (20 August)- 10am-3pm – locally-produced arts and crafts, plus food and drink. A diverse, quality, shopping experience that celebrates independent producers and makers.
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.
Library – get yourself a good read
Peter Manning will be opening the library in the Village Hall between 10 and 11am on Thursday 24 August. If you want to get some books or exchange ones you have, please pop along.
Topcliffe & Asenby Produce Show
Only two weeks to go until the Produce Show 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.

Key Times

  • Entries must be registered at the village hall between 9 and 11.30am on the day.
  • Entry fee of 50p per adult exhibit and 25p per child exhibit
  • Judging between 12 noon and 2pm.
  • Public viewing from 2pm.
  • Presentation of trophies and raffle draw at 2.45pm.
  • Exhibits can be removed at the conclusion of the draw.

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

Can you help?
The organisers of the Topcliffe & Asenby Produce Show would like to run a raffle to help raise extra funds to help keep the hall in good shape. If anyone has anything they would be prepared to donate as raffle prizes – a bottle of wine, box of chocs or unwanted prezzies – we’d love to hear from you. Call Doug Allan 07785 223707 or Judith Lowe on 01845 577911. Thanks.
The Topcliffe Big Race Night
All 64 horses competing on Race Night on Saturday 14 October have now been named. Thank you to all those who have supported the charity night by naming a horse and becoming an owner.

Tickets for the event are now on sale at £7 each from Doug Allan or Topcliffe Post Office. Each ticket is numbered and there’ll be a draw on the night with top-class prize of a luxurious over night for two at Crab Manor followed by a delicious breakfast.

Keep your doors locked
North Yorkshire Police are warning that opportunist thieves are trying and sometimes gaining entry to properties via unlocked front doors whilst homeowners are out enjoying or working in their rear garden. They are asking people to remember to lock front/side doors to reduce the potential for burglaries of the type described.
Leeming announce increased air movements
RAF Leeming has announced that there will be increased movement for multiple exercises taking place from the airfield from 21 August to 22 September.

The Station will be hosting various aircraft types for events which will include low flying and some periods of 24 hour operation. Station bosses want to act as good neighbours and inform local communities of such events that are additional to their normal flying activities. They say every effort will be made to keep the disturbance to a minimum.

Bags2School recycling event
Save the date – Friday 6 October. But better still start putting together all those textiles that you have been meaning to recycle or take to a charity shop. Our regular recycling event will take place at Topcliffe & Asenby Village Hall and will raise much-needed funds for the Village Hall and Topcliffe 1st Scouts. Further details to follow nearer the date.
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
Here’s information about known traders in our two villages and surrounding areas. If any other traders 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 24 August – matinee on Wednesday 23 August – Oppenheimer.
  • SPECIAL EVENT: TODAY – Sunday 20 August -3pm – de Mobray Festival – Charlie Chaplin’s ‘Shoulder Arms’ accompanied by the Festival Orchestra.
  • Friday 25 to Thursday 31 August – matinees Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 August – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem.
  • Friday 1 to Thursday 7 September – matinee Saturday 2 September – Meg 2: The Trench.
  • Friday 8 to Thursday 14 September – no matinee – Talk To Me.
  • Friday 15 to Thursday 21 September – no matinee – Gran Turismo: From Gamer to Racer.
  • SPECIAL EVENT – 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 –

Thorp Perrow

  • Friday 25 August – The fabulous Mercury – the ultimate Queen tribute band – will be playing in the superb grounds of Thorp Perrow. Performed in authentic costumes and with replica equipment, the show really is as close as it gets to the real thing.
  • 5 September – Try your hand at the line and wash technique at John Harrison’s Watercolour Workshop.
  • 13 September – Join expert, Paul Holden Ridgway, on a hunt for forest and field-based food and you learn how to forage from nature’s seasonal pantry in a safe and sustainable way. Wear appropriate footwear and outerwear. You may also like to take your own gardening gloves.
  • 19 September – Experience the healing benefits of nature and mindfulness under a canopy of autumn glory, led by Faith Douglas, author of The Nature Remedy and Mindfulness Practitioner.
  • 21 September – Create a seasonal layered planter of floral colour at this autumnal planting workshop. Learn about the right types of bulbs for potting and the practicalities of creating a pot of planted bulbs. Ready for flowering in spring 2024, you’ll take home a concoction that will delight next year.

http://Your Visit (Home) – Thorp Perrow

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

Wensleydale Show
(Leyburn DL8 5JG. On A6108 road Leyburn to Richmond) – Saturday 26 August from 9am. 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. Free parking. Tickets online or at the gate.
Firework Champions
The annual firework championships 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 2-9pm 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).
Soup & Sweet Lunch
The next Soup & Sweet lunch will be on Wednesday 30 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.

£140 was raised at the last lunch, of which £50 was donated to Yorkshire Air Ambulance and the remainder added to the Warm Hub Community Fund. An additional £26 raised by Richard Byas at the recent Fair & Brunch was also donated to the Yorkshire Air Ambulance.

Racing at Thirsk
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
More than a Name on a Memorial
This year marks 100 years since Harrogate’s war memorial was unveiled by Henry Lascelles, 6th Earl of Harewood on 1st September 1923.

The projected cost of the memorial and site was £10,000, but had risen to £12,000 by its completion. The foundation stone was laid on 2nd June 1922, by Major The Hon Edward Wood MP for Ripon (later Viceroy of India and the Earl of Halifax), in a ceremony apparently witnessed by 10,000 spectators.

Like all war memorials, Harrogate’s is of huge historical importance to the town, proudly recording the names of 1163 local brave men and women who died in two world wars. To mark this milestone anniversary, their names are being matched with their personal stories in an immersive exhibition More than a Name on a Memorial, which is on at the West Park United Reformed Church, Harrogate from 1 September to 12 November (Fridays and Saturdays, 10am – 4pm, Sundays 1 – 5pm.

The commemoration plans also include a comprehensive programme of 15 illustrated talks and two special film screenings. You can check out all event details

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 Maggie Mae – 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-2pm and Sunday 10am-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

  • Recycling & Garden Waste – Thursdays 24 August and 7 and 21 September.
  • Refuse – Tuesday 29 August (one day later than usual) and Mondays 11 and 25 September.


  • Refuse – Mondays 21 August and 4 and 18 September.
  • Garden Waste – Wednesdays 23 August and 6 and 20 September.
  • Recycling – Tuesday 29 August (one day later than usual) and Monday 11 September.

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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