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Sunday Email: Issue 177

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Independent Thirsk Traders – Craft Fair
TODAY: (24 September) – Craft fair at Thirsk Town Hall from 10am to 3pm. There’s a wide range of stalls offering handcrafted items, tombola and refreshments.
St Columba’s Services

  • TODAY (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.
‘Pearl of Africa’ Ugandan Children’s Choir
TOMORROW: (25 September) – Concert to raise funds to provide schooling in rural Uganda. At 7pm in St Columba’s Church, Topcliffe. Some additional songs by pupils of Topcliffe Academy. Entry free but donations welcome. See leaflet here.
Team Pearson on the tidy up trail…again
The Pearson family – Amelia, Marie and John – have again been tackling the litter problem in Topcliffe and helping to make the village look as attractive as possible. They collected two large bin bags of rubbish from the A168 entrance to the village and later cleaned up the area near the school where a large tree branch had fallen. Then they gave the road signs around the school a bit of a wash. As John said: "It’s the little jobs that can make a big impact on the appearance of our fabulous village."
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Change of plan for poppy creation
Unfortunately the idea of hanging a poppy feature from the tower of St Columba’s church will not be going ahead. However, the Knit & Natter group, and other supporters in our two villages who have been busy making hundreds of poppies to stitch to a net background, say they will be looking for an alternative location to hang the feature during the forthcoming Remembrance commemorations. The invitation for anyone in Topcliffe and Asenby to knit poppies and deliver them to the Post Office still stands.
Topcliffe resident to re-marry
Life-long Topcliffe resident Anne Billett has announced that she is to marry Phil Haley at 12 noon on 30 September at Sowerby Methodist Church.

The bride will be given away by her son Peter. Phil’s best man, Dave Wood, has flown in from Javea, Spain where Phil lived for a number of years. They have been great friends for more than 25 years.

Anne and Phil, who hails from Batley, met online and have been together since May 2022.

There’ll be a longer article and photograph of the wedding in next week’s Sunday Email.

Flu season approaches
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.

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 (eg 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.

Clerk to Asenby Parish Council – Vacancy
Asenby Parish Council continues to seek a Clerk to support councillors 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
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 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 Tuesday 26 September and 3 October. They will be on from 7.30 to 8.30pm. Everyone welcome.
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.
The RItz Cinema, Thirsk

  • 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.

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.
More than a Name on a Memorial
The ‘More than a Name on a Memorial’ exhibition marking the centenary of Harrogate’s cenotaph continues Fridays and Saturdays 10am to 4pm and Sundays 1 – 5pm at West Park United Reformed Church, Harrogate.

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.

The commemoration plans also include a comprehensive programme of illustrated talks, music performances, plays and film screenings through to 11 November. Check out all event details at

Frankenstein – a monster play
A mad scientist dreams of conquering death by creating life. Performed in Northumberland Theatre Company’s fast-paced and physical style, and drawing directly from Mary Shelley’s original text, this is a cautionary tale of creation, betrayal, revenge and murder. With a monster who can still strike terror into the hearts of audiences everywhere… you’ve been warned! Saturday, 30 September at 7.30pm at The Courthouse, Thirsk.
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. The hotel is looking to recruit a Sous Chef, Chef de Partie, Commis Chef, Breakfast Chef and kitchen porters, as well as reception, housekeeping, bar and restaurant staff.
Topcliffe Parish Council
The next meeting of Topcliffe Parish Council will be at 7pm on Thursday 5 October in Topcliffe & Asenby Village Hall.
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.

Want to help plant trees?
The annual tree planting season organised by KindleWoods – the woodland social enterprise organisation based in North Yorkshire – is starting to take shape and more volunteers are needed to make up the teams.

Tree planning will take place at various lovely locations across North and West Yorkshire, including Thirsk. Planting days – which are Wednesdays from early November onwards – are great social occasions and there’s always hot drinks and biscuits on the go…and some lovely company.

There’s a volunteer training day coming up on Friday 6 October at KindleWood’s base in Thirsk where planting techniques and species identification will be explained.

If you are interested in some outdoor volunteering this winter, please get in touch with Katie on 07355 917943 or email katie

Asenby Parish Council meeting
The next meeting of Asenby Parish Council will be held at 7pm on Tuesday 10 October in Topcliffe & Asenby Village Hall.
Soup & Sweet Lunch
The next Soup & Sweet lunch will be on Wednesday 11 October 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.
Autumn painting class
There’s a special one-off art class at Topcliffe & Asenby Village Hall on Thursday 12 October between 10.30am and 1pm. The theme is autumn and its magnificent colours. See more details here.
The Topcliffe Big Race Night
Only three weeks to go before the Topcliffe Big Race Night on Saturday 14 October. Have you purchased your ticket yet? Theyare selling fast and numbers are limited. They’re on sale at £7 each from Topcliffe Post Office or Doug Allan. The price includes a two course supper and each numbered ticket will be entered in a draw on the night with the prize of a luxurious over night for two at Crab Manor followed by a delicious breakfast.
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

  • Refuse – Mondays 25 September and 9 October.
  • Recycling & Garden Waste – Thursdays 5 and 19 October.


  • Recycling – Mondays 25 September and 9 October.
  • Refuse – Mondays 2 and 16 October.
  • Garden Waste – Wednesdays 4 and 18 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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