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Sunday Email: Issue 176

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St Columba’s Services

  • TODAY (17 September) at 10.45am – Sung Matins
  • Sunday 24 September at 10.45am – Holy Communion
  • Sunday 1 October at 6.30pm – Choral Evensong
  • Sunday 8 October at 10.45 – Holy Communion
  • Sunday 15 October at 10.45am – Sung Matins
  • Sunday 22 October at 10.45am – Holy Communion and at 6.30pm a Harvest Festival service followed by a ’Bring and Share Harvest Supper.’
  • Sunday 29 October – No service (5th Sunday)

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 at 8pm.
The Topcliffe Big Race Night
Tickets for the Topcliffe Big Race Night on Saturday 14 October are selling fast. 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!
Library session
Volunteer librarian Peter Manning will be in the library in the Village Hall next Thursday morning between 9.30 and 10.30am. Pop along and say hello, return old books and check out the new selection available.
Asenby Play Park
Asenby Parish Council held a public meeting last Wednesday evening (13 September) to share the responses from the play park survey held earlier in the year. The meeting was well attended with 20 residents and there was generally a positive mood about the future of the park. A copy of the presentation can be viewed here.

There are around 320 residents in the village made up of 276 adults and 44 of school age. Of these, 69 responded to the questionnaire and 34 individuals left their contact details to enable the parish council to get in touch.

From the information provided, it can be seen that the park is used, albeit not extensively, and is likely to be used more if it better served the needs of the wider community. All of the equipment is used to varying degrees with the climbing frame, swings and slide being used most.

Suggestions for improvements to the park included better maintenance, a wild area with more flowers and trees, plus a new path and seating. There were also suggestions for more equipment, a dog walk area, a biking area and allotments.

All of these points were discussed at the meeting identifying both the benefits and the pitfalls. The majority of questions related to taking a plan forward, people’s availability to volunteer and availability of financing.

The parish council intends to revisit all of the feedback at the next council meeting (date to be confirmed) and start contacting potential volunteers with the aim of developing a plan over the next few weeks.

To contact the parish council email: asenbypc

Asenby planning application
The lodging of a planning application to expand the small business estate on the Rainton road, not far from the Crab and Lobster, has caused considerable concern among residents of both Asenby and Topcliffe.

Although the published final date for comments has passed, it is understood that a decision will not be made in the next couple of weeks, it’s worth people continuing to submit their views. The more that do so, the more likely the communities views will prevail.

Both parish councils have lodged their objections to the planning application. 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.

We’ll just have to wait and see if planners and our elected representatives put business expansion top of the priority list or are prepared to listen to local residents who are concerned about industrial growth on their doorstep and increased HGV traffic through their villages.

Poppy appeal!
The industrious ladies of the Knit & Natter group, which meets weekly in the Village Hall, have been busy making hundreds of poppies for a fantastic ‘waterfall of poppies’ display they are hoping to hang from St Columba’s church tower in advance of Remembrance Day in November.

Detailed negotiations with the church authorities have been underway and formal permission to undertake the plan is anticipated anytime soon. Once gained, soldiers from Alanbrooke Barracks will hang the display.

The Knit & Natter group would appreciate some help. If you can knit a few poppies and help sew them onto the cargo netting to complete the display, please get busy now and bring your poppies along to the Village Hall between 2 and 3pm next Saturday 23 September. Or drop off your poppies at the Post Office any time before Saturday afternoon.

Flu season approaches
This is a reminder that Topcliffe Surgery is 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.

All Creatures Great and Small returns soon
The fourth series of Channel 5’s popular "All Creatures Great and Small" is a
six-parter which will start in the late autumn. There’ll also be a Christmas special. This series will be set in the springtime of 1940.
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
Soup & Sweet Lunch
The next Soup & Sweet lunch will be on Wednesday 27 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.

Last Wednesday a total of £92 was raised of which £50 was donated to the Thirsk branch of Cancer Research and, after expenses were accounted for, the balance was added to the Warm Hub Community Fund.

Chip ‘n Dales
The Chip ‘n Dales fish and chip van is in Topcliffe each Friday tea time – 5 to 7pm.
Baldersby Park After-School Club
The popular After-School Club started again last week and is 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
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

Bible talks at the Village Hall
Undenominational bible talks are being held at Topcliffe & Asenby Village Hall on Tuesdays 19 and 26 September and 3 October. They will be on from 7.30 to 8.30pm. Everyone welcome.
The RItz Cinema, Thirsk

  • To Thursday 21 September – no matinee – Gran Turismo: From Gamer to Racer.
  • 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
‘More than a Name on a Memorial’ is an exhibition marking the centenary of Harrogate’s cenotaph. It shows 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. It’s onFridays and Saturdays, 10am – 4pm, Sundays 1 – 5pm until 12 November at West Park United Reformed Church, Harrogate.

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
Thursday 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
Hungrytown in Concert
The latest in a series of concerts being held in St Mary’s Church, Thirsk on Saturday 23 September, feature American folk duo Hungrytown. These first class musicians sing perfect harmonies which will be beautifully enhanced by the church’s acoustics and the wonderful sound and lighting set-up. See poster here. Tickets on the door. Price £15 includes Prosecco and nibbles.
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
Concert to raise funds to provide schooling in rural Uganda. At 7pm Monday 25 September in St Columba’s Church, Topcliffe. Some additional songs by pupils of Topcliffe Academy. Entry free but donations welcome. See leaflet here.
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.
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.
Through the Decades Disco
To be held at Dalton Village Hall on Saturday 30 September. Songs from the 60s through to the 2020s. Tickets are £5 available from Eleanor on 07841 036340.
Thirsk Artisan Market
Sunday 1 October – 10am-3pm – locally-produced arts and crafts, plus food and drink. A diverse, quality, shopping experience that celebrates independent producers and makers.
Fancy a job at The Angel?
If so, you need to attend the recruitment evening on Tuesday 3 October at 6:30pm at The Angel Inn, Topcliffe. Pop along to hear all about the many job opportunities available in all areas of the business – reception, kitchen, housekeeping and bar and restaurant.
Bags2School recycling event
If you’re having a clear out please save textiles for the regular village recycling event at Topcliffe & Asenby Village Hall on Friday 6 October. 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.

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.
Bin Collections

  • Recycling & Garden Waste – Thursdays 21 September and 5 October.
  • Refuse – Mondays 25 September and 9 October.


  • Refuse – Mondays 18 September and 2 October.
  • Garden Waste – Wednesdays 20 September and 4 October.
  • Recycling – Mondays 25 September and 9 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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