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Sunday Email: Issue 175

Welcome to the Sunday Email. This week’s is the 175th since the first was circulated in April 2020.
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St Columba’s Services

  • TODAY 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.

A Festival of Brass
TODAY (10 September): A free concert at St Mary’s Church, Kirkgate, Thirsk at 3pm. Music by Thirsk Royal British Legion Band. Refreshments served. Donations to support St Mary’s Church.
Quiz night at the Village Hall
TONIGHT – the Sunday quiz is on at Topcliffe & Asenby Village Hall at 8pm.

This photograph is of last week’s quizzers. Just shows how popular the evening has become.

There’ll be no ‘open’ session of the library this coming week, but f you want to get some books or exchange ones you have, please pop along at anytime the Village Hall is open (but please ask whoever is using the hall at the time).
The Tattler – September issue
The September Tattler has been delivered to all households in our two villages a little earlier than originally planned. It was due out on Tuesday but the printer finished the job ahead of schedule. I hope you enjoy the read.
Urgent action needed if you oppose latest planning application
Both Asenby and Topcliffe Parish Councils have expressed concern about a recently submitted planning application to expand the small business estate on the Rainton road not far from the Crab and Lobster. It is seen as another significant industrial area being built within the weight restriction zone that is meant to protect the two villages. Traffic to and from this new site would have a legal right to travel past Asenby and through the centre of Topcliffe.

Asenby Parish Council objects on the following grounds:
1) The application represents a major development and as such is too extensive for the area.
2) The volume of traffic (both cars and HGV) will be excessive for the small roads leading to and from the site.
3) The multiple junctions of the A167 with Whaites Lane and Wide Howe Lane are not suitable for such an increase in both volume and type of traffic.
4) Although the parish council agrees there are excellent road links to the A168 travelling south, and the A1M, any vehicles of all sizes travelling north on the A168 to the A19 would likely pass through Topcliffe, which is already a busy village. Preferably HGVs needing to get to the A19 would be forced access the A168 southbound down to the A1M junction and then undertake a ‘U-turn’ to travel north. But it is more likely many large vehicles would ignore the 7.5T restrictions and add to the Topcliffe congestion.
5) There are business parks already in the vicinity of Thirsk which have been planned with vehicle access in mind and, even if currently are full to capacity, it would make more sense to extend these than build in a rural area where roads are not designed for the purpose.
6) There are bus stops in Asenby and Topcliffe but we feel that these are mainly irrelevant as the types of visitors and reducing timetables will result in little use of public transport.

Hopefully residents of both villages will feel equally strongly about this application and will lodge objections/comments via…/applicationDet…
but it must be done by tomorrow, 11 September.

Fence painting – thank you
Parish councillor Ben Collard would like to thank all the volunteers – Peter Manning, Roy Beckwith, Doug Allan, Stacey Kendall, Lee Wainwright, Malcolm Ealand, Fran Eckersley, Linda Bumby, Jenny Bumby and Florence Bumby who turned up yesterday (9 September) to help paint the white roadside fencing between The Swan and the school. Also a big thank you to Linda Robinson who lives close by and brought out a cup of tea for everyone.

Some photographs:
1: The fence before painting.
2: The volunteers
3: Linda Robinson
4. The fence after painting.

These little jobs are likely the responsibility of the Council’s Highways Department but getting action to keep them looking smart, tidy and safe is hard to achieve, so it’s easiest to simply do the job ourselves.

A huge thank you to Thirsk Decorating Centre who donated the paint.

Flu season approaches
Topcliffe Surgery is now offering flu vaccinations to the following patients – those aged 65 years and over (including those who will be 65 by 31 March 2024); under 65 years and in an at-risk group (e.g. asthma, diabetes, heart disease etc); pregnant women; those in long-stay residential care homes; carers in receipt of carer’s allowance, or those who are the main carer of an elderly or disabled person and frontline health or social care workers.

Patients aged 50-64 years not in an at-risk group are not eligible for a flu jab through the NHS this year.

Topcliffe Surgery patients entitled to a jab will be contacted and invited to call in for their vaccination during October and November as and when vaccinations are available. Please be patient and wait for the surgery to contact you.

Clerk to Asenby Parish Council – Vacancy
Asenby Parish Council is seeking a Clerk to support them with administrative duties. The council meets a number of times each year depending on needs within the village. This is a paid post and would particularly suit someone who has held a similar post in the past, although this is not essential. For further information please email: asenbypc
Baby Bubble in Topcliffe
New classes for mothers and babies have started in Topcliffe & Asenby Village Hall each Friday morning. Baby Bubble is provided by Rosie Hopps. More information see leaflets here (1 and 2) and for bookings go to or Facebook
The Topcliffe Big Race Night
Have you bought your tickets for the Topcliffe Big Race Night on Saturday 14 October? They’re on sale now at £7 each from Doug Allan or Topcliffe Post Office. Ticket price includes a two course supper. 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. The number who can attend is limited so don’t leave it too late!
Weekly art classes
The next block of six weekly art classes at Topcliffe & Asenby Village Hall start tomorrow (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.
Soup & Sweet Lunch
The next Soup & Sweet lunch will be on Wednesday 13 September 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.

At the last lunch (30 August), £118 was raised of which £50 was given to Doug Allan to help fund the production of The Tattler and Sunday Email.

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.
Macmillan Coffee Mornings
Several coffee mornings are planned in support of the Macmillan Cancer Support charity. Please give them your support.

  • Thirsk Yarnbombers (which includes quite a few members in Topcliffe), will have a coffee morning at Thirsk Town Hall on Wednesday 27 September between 10am and noon. Take along your knitting or crocheting too if you wish.
  • The Angel at Topcliffe will hold a coffee morning on Friday 29 September from 11am.
  • Jane Burnett and friends will be holding a coffee morning in Topcliffe & Asenby Village Hall between 10am and noon on Saturday 7 October.
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.
Vinyasa Flow Yoga
Lucy Day is holding Vinyasa Flow yoga sessions at Rainton Village Hall every Saturday morning at 9am. If you are interested in attending, please email lucy or call 07970 049928 for details.
Slow and gentle Yoga with Alex
Another yoga class that may be of interest to Topcliffe and Asenby residents is organised by Alex at two locations close by:

  • Thirsk Town Hall, Tuesday 1.45 to 2.45pm and Thursday 11.15am to 12.15pm.
  • Coronation Hall, Boroughbridge, Wednesday 9.45 to 10.45am.

Suitable for anyone wishing to improve or regain their balance, strength and mental well-being. Call 07927 141616 or email Alex on

The RItz Cinema, Thirsk

  • 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.
  • Friday 22 to Thursday 28 September – no matinees – And Then Come the Nightjars.
  • Friday 29 September to Thursday 5 October – matinee on Wednesday 4 October – My Big Fat Greek Wedding 3.
  • Friday 6 to Thursday 12 October – (matinee Wednesday 11 October – A haunting in Venice.

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

More than a Name on a Memorial
As part of the celebrations marking the centenary of Harrogate’s cenotaph, a special exhibition is being staged showing how the names of 1163 local brave men and women who died in two world wars and are listed on the war memorial, have been matched with their personal stories. The title of the exhibition is ‘More than a Name on a Memorial’, and it’s onis on at West Park United Reformed Church, Harrogate until 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

Thorp Perrow

  • 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

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 are on until Sunday 17 September. Dates, times and booking details for all 178 free properties and events in North Yorkshire are online at
Events in Dalton

  • St John’s Church Harvest Service: The Harvest Service will be in church on Friday 15 September at 7pm, followed by a supper. All welcome.
  • Vintage Afternoon Tea: Back after being cancelled last year due to the passing away of Queen Elizabeth. In the church on Saturday 16 September 2pm until 4pm. Come along and have a chat and enjoy sandwiches, cakes, scones and tea and coffee. Donations welcome.
  • Through the Decades Disco: The disco will be in the Village Hall on Saturday 30 September. Songs from the 60s through to the 2020s. Tickets are £5 available from Eleanor on 07841 036340.
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. Jack will be ‘performing’ at 2pm. Advance tickets available to purchase at
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.
‘Pearl of Africa’ Ugandan Children’s Choir
Fundraising Concert, Monday 25 September in St Columba’s Church, Topcliffe, organised in conjunction with Topcliffe Academy. Further details to follow shortly. Save the date.
Music at Junction 50
In the final concert of this year’s Junction 50 festival, four female singers – The All Sorts – will perform 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.
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.

Just as a reminder, the following items are welcomed: men’s, ladies and children’s clothing – paired shoes (tied together or elastic band around) – handbags – hats – bags – scarves and ties – jewellery – lingerie – socks – belts – soft toys – household linen – household curtains – household towels – household bedding (bed sheets, pillow-cases and duvet covers). We are unable to accept duvets and blankets, pillows and cushions, carpets, rugs and mats (including bath, shower and toilet mats), soiled, painted, ripped or wet clothing, school uniforms, corporate clothing and workwear or textile off cuts or yarns.

Bin Collections

  • Refuse – Mondays 11 and 25 September.
  • Recycling & Garden Waste – Thursdays 21 September and 5 October.


  • Recycling – Mondays 11 and 25 September.
  • Refuse – Mondays 18 September and 2 October.
  • Garden Waste – Wednesdays 20 September and 4 October.

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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