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Sunday Email: Issue 178

Welcome to the Sunday Email.
07785 223707
Thirsk Farmers’ Market
TODAY – (1 October) from 9am to 2pm on Thirsk Market Square. Lots of local independent businesses who are passionate about the things they produce.
St Columba’s Services

  • TODAY (1 October) at 6.30pm – Choral Evensong
  • Sunday 8 October at 10.45 – Holy Communion, including the annual Neptune Commemoration – an act of remembrance for the aircrew of RAF Neptune WX545 which flew out of Topcliffe on 10 October 1956 and crashed on the Mull of Kintyre whilst on a training exercise.
  • 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)

All Souls Service
On Thursday 2November at 7pma service will be held to remember those who have died in the past year. Their family and friends will enjoy the beautiful and uplifting music from theRequiem Mass for six voices by Tomás Luis de Victoria’ (1548-1611), sung by the choir. Those who would like to do so can remember their loved ones by name during the service. Names of those to be remembered can be added to the list before the start of the service or, if preferred, may be emailed beforehand to John Phillips – johnphillips05 or Chris Hewlett – celhewlett

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

The Topcliffe Big Race Night
Only two weeks to go before the Topcliffe Big Race Night on Saturday 14 October and tickets are just about sold out – there’s just half a dozen left! The last few are 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.
Anne and Phil tie the knot
Last week it was mentioned in the Sunday Email that life-long Topcliffe resident Anne Billett planned to remarry. Today we offer her and her new husband Phil every congratulation and best wishes for a very happy future together. The couple were married yesterday at Sowerby Methodist Church and had their reception at Topcliffe & Asenby Village Hall. They will live in Topcliffe.

Anne aged 65, who works at Herbs Unlimited near Sand Hutton, is well-known in Topcliffe, having lived in the village all her life. She was born at Salmon Hall Farm, a mile or so past the Mill on Catton Lane. Her parents John and Dorothy Raynor were much involved in village life. As well as Anne, there were two siblings – Yvonne and Stephen.

In !976 Anne married John Billett who over the years became a good friend and helper to many in Topcliffe. They had four children – Sarah, Helen, Peter, Julie. John died in 2018 after a long illness.

Anne’s daughters encouraged her to join a dating app and it wasn’t long before she met Phil Haley, a sport and operatics fanatic from Batley, West Yorkshire. After a short ‘courtship’ Phil proposed in August 2022 and just over a year later they have tied the marriage knot.

Phil retired in 2019 after spending years in a range of careers, including local government, security, self-employment and latterly, health care. He loves cricket and continues to umpire matches in the Nidderdale league. He also loves Rugby League and has followed Batley Bulldogs since 1961. He is a member of both the Batley and Halifax Gilbert & Sullivan Societies.

Soup & Sweet Lunch
As autumn takes a grip and winter fast approaches, the regular Soup & Sweet lunches are being replaced by the more substantial Warm Hub lunches starting Wednesday 4 October. Then they’ll be held fortnightly throughout the winter months. As usual, lunch will be served from 11.30am to 12.45pm. There’ll be a selection of meals followed by delicious cakes and bakes and tea or coffee. All welcome. No set charge, but donations welcome.

There were 21 people at Soup & Sweet lunch last Wednesday and a further five meals were delivered to homes in Topcliffe. £104 was raised of which £50 has been donated to Animal Rescue Crew, some was used to pay the Village Hall rent balance was added to the Warm Hub hardship fund.

If you know of anyone in either of our two villages who would benefit from having a meal delivered (because they can’t get to the Warm Hub), please get in touch with Karen Morley on 01845 577426.

The photograph shows members of the Warm Hub team showing off their new aprons, made for them by the Bootshop at Easingwold and embroidered with names by Foxstitch of Thirsk.

Sale of wet and dry dog food
Local pet food business IPN (Inspired Pet Nutrition), based on Dalton Industrial Estate, has donated a quantity of nutritious dog food to the organisers of the Topcliffe Big Race Night, as a way of contributing to the fundraising efforts in support of the Village Hall.

As it would be quite difficult to deal with the produce on Race Night, it has been decided that the dog food will be put on sale outside the Village Hall on Friday 6 October whilst the Bags2School recycling event is taking place (see later article about that event). All the dog food will be offered at bargain prices and the income will be added to the funds raised on the Race Night and then presented to the Village Hall.

The full list of products on offer is here.


School Appeal
Topcliffe Academy schoolteacher, Hannah Parsons, is on the lookout for supplies of wool for a project she is leading in her classroom. She says the children really enjoy making natural art with sticks and wool. So, if anyone has any spare wool that they might consider donating, please pop it along to the school at any time.
‘Pearl of Africa’ Ugandan Children’s Choir
The concert given by the Pearl of Africa choir last Monday (25 September) in St Columba’s Church was a tremendous success with over fifty adults and many children in attendance. The colourful costumes, dancing and amazing voices of the youngsters made for a wonderful evening’s entertainment. The concert raised £352.79 in donations for the charity, which provides schooling for children in rural Uganda. Many thanks to everyone who worked so hard to make this such a memorable evening, whether by donations, cleaning, providing food and baking, or flower arranging.
Quiz night at the Village Hall
TONIGHT – the Sunday quiz is on at Topcliffe & Asenby Village Hall at 8pm.

Pictured are last week’s winners – Derek, Sue and Jim – with quizmaster Jim Shaw looking on.

Poppy display
The Knit & Natter group has now completed the display of poppies attached to a cargo net and the impressive ‘waterfall of red’ is ready to be hung at the start of the Remembrance commemorations.

A big thank you to all group members and other supporters in the village who took the time to knit the poppies.

There’ll be more in future Sunday Emails when the display is erected.

Topcliffe Carpet Bowls Club
This club plays social bowls on a Thursday evening from 7:30 until 9:30pm in Topcliffe & Asenby Village Hall. It is a fun and relaxed group and a great indoor activity to participate in now that the nights are drawing in. Everyone is welcome, so even if you’ve never rolled a bowl before, pop along and have a go. They’ll be only too pleased to see you. The cost is £3 and includes tea and biscuits.
Cross Talk
The church magazine for October is now in circulation. You can see a copy here.
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.

Asenby Parish Council
A vacancy currently exists on Asenby Parish Council due to a councillor resignation earlier in the year. This is an opportunity to join others in overseeing village services, both now and for the future, and to contribute to further developments. The parish council meets a number of times each year depending on the needs of the village. The vacancy will be filled by co-opting an interested person. For further information please email asenbypc
Christmas Party Nights at The Angel
The Angel is now taking bookings for Christmas Party nights in the function room. There’ll be more details published fairly soon. In meantime, please call 01845 578000 for more information and to book.
Cost of living payments…and potential scams
Cost of living payments from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) have been a lifeline for many low-income families since they were introduced in July last year, with millions receiving the payments. The last 2023 payment of £300 will be made between 31 October and 19 November. This will be the second of three payments by the government, with a further £300 payment to be paid in spring 2024. An announcement is expected at budget time in November about potential further payments.
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Risk of scams
Ahead of the autumn payment, the DWP is warning people to be on the lookout for potential scams that see criminals sending text messages claiming to be from the government. The message tells people that their cost of living payment is ready to be ‘claimed’ and says people need to click a link in the text to apply. However, the link takes the person to a fake website where they’re asked to hand over personal details including bank card details.

Remember, all cost of living payments are automatically paid by the DWP directly to those who are eligible, so customers do not need to apply or contact the government at any stage. If you think you’ve been scammed, contact your bank immediately. They might be able to stop any payments being made from your account. You can call 159 which will connect you to your bank – it works the same way as calling 101 for the police and will get you through to your bank safely and securely. Then you’ll need to change any passwords that you think have been compromised. You can report the matter to the police on 101 and Action Fraud by calling 0300 123 2040 or through the Action Fraud website.

Old Photos of Dalton
Dalton Village Hall is looking for old photos of Dalton to copy and mount on a plain brick wall in their bar area. It’s possible that some readers of the Sunday Email might have images they can contribution. Please email, villagehalldalton if you are able to help.
Chip ‘n Dales
The Chip ‘n Dales fish and chip van is in Topcliffe each Friday tea time – 5 to 7pm.
The Angel recruitment
The planned recruitment evening on Tuesday 3 October at The Angel Inn has been postponed. A new date will be announced in due course – watch out for details. If you are interested in working at The Angel why not introduce yourself by completing the simple application form on the website at
Bible talks at the Village Hall
The undenominational bible talks continue throughout this month at Topcliffe & Asenby Village Hall. They are on Tuesdays 3, 10, 17 and 24 October from 7.30 to 8.30pm. Everyone welcome.
Macmillan Coffee Morning
Jane Burnett and friends will be holding a coffee morning in Topcliffe & Asenby Village Hall between 10am and noon on Saturday 7 October.
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
The regular village recycling event at Topcliffe & Asenby Village Hall takes place next Friday, 6 October. You can help volunteers raise much-needed funds for the Village Hall and Topcliffe 1st Scouts. It’s on from 8.30am to noon. If anyone has difficulty delivering their bags to the hall it’s possible that arrangements might be made to collect. Ring Doug Allan on 07785 223707.

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.

Volunteers needed for tree planting
KindleWoods – the woodland social enterprise organisation based in North Yorkshire – has finalised plans for its annual tree planting season 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

Halloween Pumpkin Spooktacular
The Monk Park Farm Spooktacular features pumpkin picking, carving and painting, as well as a mini pumpkin trail and even a pumpkin catapult. And there’s lots more Halloween fun besides, including potion making, a spider infested barn and a spooky farm tour, to a Farm Fright Night for the over 12s. Running on Friday 6 to Monday 9 October: Friday 13 to Monday 16 October; Friday 20 October to Sunday 5 November -10am-5pm. Children £12.95 (includes a pumpkin to prepare), adults £9.95 with concessions. Book online
Autumn at Thorp Perrow
Autumn is a great time to see the changing colours of the vast number of trees in the Arboretum. If you are making a special journey, please call the autumn colour hot desk on 01677 425323 to check the colour progress. Centre stage are the Acers and Maples in every colour from flame reds to salmon pinks and sunshine yellows. The autumn bays are also a must see during this magical season. During this busy season, visitors are advised to pre-book day tickets online at – where a saving can be made by booking in advance.

Thorp Perrow’s Halloween Trail
The spooky season is nearly upon us and the Arboretum has plans between 7 October and 5 November. Put on your cloak, grab your broomstick and head out into the Arboretum in search of spooky creatures. You’ll stumble across tombs and skeletons and many more Halloween frights. Trail sheets can be pre-booked or purchased on the day for £2.50 which includes a free gift. Standard entry applies. A discount is offered for all pre-booked tickets.

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.
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 next series of six art classes starts on Monday 6 November through to 11 December. The classes run over 2 hours from 10-12pm at Topcliffe and Asenby Village Hall. Rebecca Jayne, artist and teacher will guide you with helpful tips and techniques and support you with creating your own artwork. Book online at
NYMR Through the Decades
This North Yorks Moors Railways event on the weekend of Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 October will transport families and enthusiasts back to the iconic eras of the 1940s to 1970s. The music, fashion, and spirit of each era will come alive like never before with a journey through the decades highlighting some greatest hits and cultural touchstones of each era. So, grab your dancing shoes, dress in your favourite retro attire and prepare for a weekend of nostalgia and timeless entertainment on the Pickering to Whitby heritage line. Book online at
Thirsk Artisan Market
Remaining Artisan Markets on Thirsk Market Square this year are on Sundays, 15 October, 19 November and 17 December- all between 10am-3pm. You can get locally-produced arts and crafts, plus food and drink. A diverse, quality, shopping experience that celebrates independent producers and makers.
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 28 October from 10am and 1pm. No charge but a voluntary donation is welcomed. For further details or if you would like to volunteer, email thirskrepaircafe
Dalton Halloween Disco & Children’s Party
Dalton Village Hall is holding an adult Halloween disco, with optional fancy dress, on Friday 27October, starting at 7.30pm. Tickets are £5 from Eleanor on 07841 036340.

Then on Tuesday 31 October, also in Dalton Village Hall, there’ll be a children’s Halloween party from 4pm until 6pm. Tickets, which include a hot dog and drink, are £3 from Eleanor.

The RItz Cinema, Thirsk

  • 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.
  • Friday 13 to Thursday 20 October – no matinees – The Old Oak.

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

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

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 5 and 19 October.
  • Refuse – Mondays 9 and 23 October.


  • Refuse – Mondays 2 and 16 October.
  • Garden Waste – Wednesdays 4 and 18 October.
  • Recycling – Mondays 9 and 23 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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