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Sunday Email: Issue 173

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St Columba’s Services

  • TODAY (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.

Live Music at The Angel
TODAY – (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.
Quiz night at the Village Hall
TONIGHT – the Sunday quiz is on at Topcliffe & Asenby Village Hall at 8pm. 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.
Newburgh Priory Plant Fair
TOMORROW – Monday 28 August starting 11am. 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.£5 per person (card or cash).
Lifebuoys installed
Two lifebuoys have been installed at riverside sites in Topcliffe – one at The Mill and the other at The Sheepwash. Nine year-old Amelia Pearson put them up with a little help from her dad, John, and Rob Roberts. Josh Barningham put in the posts that they are attached to. They were paid for by Topcliffe Parish Council. Thanks to all concerned. The riverbank is all the safer for your efforts.

John and his family have been busy on a few other village jobs lately, including:

  • Sweeping the turning circle at the school, removing all debris and clearing out the drains that were blocked.
  • Cutting the two hedges at the doctors surgery
  • Removing bags of rubbish from the cemetery on Whin Lane.
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.

Library – get yourself a good read
Peter Manning will be opening the library in the Village Hall between 11am and 12 noon on Wednesday 30 August. If you want to get some books or exchange ones you have, please pop along.

A big thank you to Mary Manning (no relation) who has kindly donated a substantial number of new books to freshen up the collection. To start with, they’ll be kept separately on the table so that users can easily identify them.

The Tattler – September issue
Preparation of the next edition of the Tattler newsletter is now underway. It will be delivered to all households in our two villages on Tuesday 12 September.
Topcliffe & Asenby Produce Show
Less than a week 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

Fence painting – helpers needed
It was intended that the roadside fence from The Swan to the school would be painted on the last village Tidy Up day held in July, but the weather was so bad it was impossible to tackle. Now parish councillor, Ben Collard is looking for a few volunteers to help him do the painting on Saturday 9 September. If you have an hour to spare and are happy to help keep our village looking smart and tidy, please come along at 9am. All paint and brushes provided. Meet outside The Swan.
Sutton Bank closure
The A170 at Sutton Bank will be closed for routine maintenance by North Yorkshire Council from 7am Sunday 10 September to 7pm on Sunday 17 September. Diversion routes will be sign posted.
Public meeting to discuss Asenby play park
Following a village consultation about the play park, parish councillors have collated all replies from the questionnaire and are now planning to hold a meeting for Asenby residents where the results will be revealed and there’ll be discussions about the play area’s future. The meeting will be held at 7.30pm on Wednesday 13 September at Topcliffe & Asenby Village Hall.
Bags2School recycling event
Save the date – Friday 6 October. If you’re having a clear out please save textiles for the regular village recycling event at Topcliffe & Asenby Village Hall. You can help volunteers raise much-needed funds for the Village Hall and Topcliffe 1st Scouts. Further details to follow nearer the date.
The Topcliffe Big Race Night
Tickets for the the Race Night on Saturday 14 October 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.
North Yorkshire Independent Advisory Groups are recruiting
North Yorkshire Police are looking for new members to join the IAGs (Independent Advisory Groups) that operate in each part of the county. IAGs are a way for the community to work with the police to help improve services. Locally there are vacancies in Hambleton and Harrogate areas.

IAGs consider local issues such as stop and search figures, hate crime statistics, critical incidents or issues raised as relevant and topical to the public in their area. They act as a critical friend to scrutinise policing and policy decisions and debrief incidents and operations.

Group members are not expected to be a spokesperson for any particular community, but should bring their own personal experiences and perspectives. Anyone who works or lives within the North Yorkshire Police area is eligible to apply to become a member.

Meetings are held at least quarterly. However, in the event of a major incident additional meetings may be held. If you are interested please email:

Chip ‘n Dales
The Chip ‘n Dales fish and chip van is in Topcliffe each Friday tea time – 5 to 7pm.
Traders in Topcliffe, Asenby and surrounding area
There’s a wide range of small businesses operating in Topcliffe and Asenby and in close proximity to our two villages. Check them out when you need work doing or a service provided: it’s great to be able to support local! The list is here.
The RItz Cinema, Thirsk

  • To Thursday 31 August – matinees today 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 –

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 on 1 September 1923 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, three music performances two plays and two special film screenings. You can check out all event details at

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.

Thirsk Farmers’ Market
Lots of local independent businesses who are passionate about
the things they produce. Sunday 3 September from 9am to 2pm.
Thorp Perrow

  • 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

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
Heritage Open Day
England’s largest history and culture festival takes place during September – and the best part is that every property taking part is free to visit. It’s a great chance to see hidden places and try out new experiences. The Heritage Open Days happen between Friday 8 September and Sunday 17 September. Dates, times and booking details for all 178 free properties and events in North Yorkshire are online at
The Repair Cafe
Be greener, avoid waste and save money by letting the team of dedicated and talented volunteers at the Repair cafe try to repair your broken or ‘worn-out’ items. It’s at Thirsk Community Library on Saturday 9 September between 10am and 1pm. No charge but a voluntary donation is welcomed. For further details or if you would like to volunteer, email
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.
A Festival of Brass
A free concert at St Mary’s Church, Kirkgate, Thirsk on Sunday 10 September at 3pm. Music by Thirsk Royal British Legion
Band. Refreshments served. Donations to support St Mary’s Church.
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
Independent Thirsk Traders – Craft Fair
The next craft fair at Thirsk Town Hall will be held on Sunday 24 September from 10am to 3pm. There’s a wide range of stalls offering handcrafted items, tombola and refreshments.
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. Jack will be ‘performing’ at 2pm. Advance tickets available to purchase at
Monk Park Farm
This popular family attraction at Bagby near Thirsk is now open 10am – 5pm, seven days a week. To avoid disappointment on weekends and during school holidays – please book your tickets online – http://
Bin Collections

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


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