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Sunday Email: Issue 180

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St Columba’s Services

  • TODAY (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
This is to give advance notice that 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.

Thirsk Artisan Market
TODAY: 15 October – Thirsk Market Square. Then on 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 Topcliffe Big Race Night
A fantastic night was had by everyone at the Race Night in the Village Hall last night. The hall was packed with over 90 eager racegoers and the atmosphere was electric…especially as the drinks flowed and the excitement levels rose. The photographs give a flavour of the event. Final calculations are still to be made but the amount raised for village hall funds is definitely going to top last year’s amount.

I would like to offer a big thank you to everyone who helps make the Race Night the huge success it is. Without sponsors the event simply wouldn’t happen, so thanks to those companies that donated to the raffle, to Hambleton Brewery for supplying the bar and ales, to those who named a race or a horse and Dalton-based IPN for supplying lots of dog food that was sold separately to raise additional funds.

Thank you also to the volunteer caterers who prepared a two course dinner for all the guests and to the other volunteers who worked hard on the night making the technical stuff work – running the bar, taking the bets and selling raffle tickets. Finally, thank you to all those who attended and helped raise a staggering amount for village hall funds.

Quiz night at the Village Hall
TONIGHT – the Sunday quiz is on at Topcliffe & Asenby Village Hall at 8pm.

Photograph shows last week’s winning team – Fishermen’s Friends – with quizmaster Jim Shaw.

Asenby Parish Council Updates

New Clerk -The Parish Council isin discussions with a candidate for the post of Clerk Parish and hopes to be able to make an announcement soon.

Parish Council vacancy – There continues to be a vacancy on the Parish Council. It can be filled by co-opting an interested person i.e. there’s no election to fight. The parish council meets a number of times each year depending on the needs of the village. For further information please email asenbypc

Volunteer Meeting – A meeting is to be held on Wednesday 25 October at 7:30pm in the Upper Committee Room at the Topcliffe & Asenby Village Hall. This will be an opportunity for those who’ve expressed an interest in volunteering to come together for an initial discussion around moving forward with the suggestions for the play park, and any other general activities that may be available. All are welcome to attend, so even if you haven’t already volunteered you’ll be most welcome, with no obligation. Plus, if you know of someone else who may be interested, please bring them along. It would be useful for planning if you could let the Parish Council know if you will be attending. Please mail: asenbypc.

Grass Cutting – A new contractor has been appointed to maintain the grass verges in the village, the park and the paths on the outskirts. They have completed one round of cuts but there is likely to be a couple more before winter if the grass keeps growing as it currently is. It may take the rest of this year for the grass to get back to ‘normal’ so please be patient.

Twinkle Toes Dance & Play
That’s the name of a new class about to be launched in Topcliffe & Asenby Village Hall. They start on Wednesday 8 November and then every Wednesday after that between 10am – 10.45am. The sessions, which are suitable for pre-school children and their parents or carers, and will involve bopping along to some action songs, telling stories though movement, creating characters, using colourful props and just having fun with dance and movement. Classes are led by Hazel Summerbell, a fully qualified dance teacher with many years’ experience.

The first session is free – however, pre-booking is required as there are limits on numbers. Please get in touch to book your little one’s place on twinkletoesdanceuk

Harvest Service in Topcliffe
Topcliffe Church of England Academy is to hold its Harvest Service at St Columba’s Church on Friday 27 October at 2.15pm. The school is asking for food donations, which can be delivered to the school between Monday 23 and Thursday 26 October. All donations will be presented to the Thirsk Food Bank.

The food bank has asked for the following donations: food staples, cereals, rice, noodles, pasta sauce, tinned tomatoes, tinned veg, tinned and packet soup, tinned and packet desserts, tins of tuna, coffee, long-life milk, squash, long-life fruit juice, biscuits, cooking oil, jam, honey, ketchup and other sauces, toothpaste, shampoo, shower gel/soap, toilet rolls, deodorant, household cleaning materials.

Please can all food be within its ‘best before’ date.

Chip ‘n Dales
The Chip ‘n Dales fish and chip van is in Topcliffe each Friday tea time – 5 to 7pm.
Events at The Angel

Christmas Party Nights: The only evening remaining for a Christmas Party booking is Saturday 23 December. All other dates are now fully booked. Menus, prices and booking forms can be seen here.

Christmas Lunches: The Angel would be happy to cater for companies and family groups wishing to book lunches during the festive season. Lunches can only be provided if the numbers make it worthwhile. Menus, prices and booking forms can be seen here.

Sunday lunches: Starting Sunday 29 October Sunday lunches will be served in the conservatory and function room. Booking will be essential. Menus can be viewed here.

Weekend openings: There are private booking today and next weekend. So the garden, conservatory and function room won’t be open to the public again until Friday 27 October.

Please call 01845 578000 for more information.

Bible talks at the Village Hall
The undenominational bible talks continue throughout this month at Topcliffe & Asenby Village Hall. They are on Tuesdays 17 and 24 October from 7.30 to 8.30pm. Everyone welcome.
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 today and tomorrow: then Friday 20 October to Sunday 5 November -10am-5pm. Children £12.95 (includes a pumpkin to prepare), adults £9.95 with concessions. Book online
Fountains by Floodlight
Experience the magic of Fountains Abbey at night as the annual light display returns. See the ruins lit up against the night sky and hear the voices of local choirs ringing through the cellarium. Free for members. 21 and 27-28 October and 3-4 November. Book online at
Thorp Perrow’s Halloween Trail
The spooky season is nearly upon us and the Arboretum is running its Halloween Trail until Sunday 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 include a free gift. Standard entry applies. A discount is offered for all pre-booked tickets.
Thirsk Racecourse will be holding a beer, food and music festival on Saturday 21 October from 12.30pm onwards. There’ll be a genuine German band. Tickets at the door on the day or in advance from
Talk about Richmond Georgian Theatre
Thirkleby Local History Society is hosting a talk by David Palmer on Thursday 26 October at 3pm. It will be held in Thirkleby Parish Hall, Great Thirkleby YO7
2AT and tickets will be £3 on the door.
Canal trips in Ripon
The half term holidays are another great opportunity to take a trip on the lovely little narrowboat on Ripon Canal. The trips run from 10am on Saturday 28 October until Saturday 4 November. All tickets are £5.50 and include a small woodland creature finger puppet for every child up to 16 years old. Book online at:
The Yorkshire Flea
The next Yorkshire Flea will be held at Thirsk Auction Mart on Saturday 28 October between 11am and 6pm. There’s 70 to 100 traders in antiques and vintage items occupying stands in the foyer and pens. Stock from across three centuries and many subjects, including furniture, ephemera, glass and ceramics. Dogs allowed (not in cafe). £3 per adult. Accompanied under 16s & NHS employees (with work
ID) get free admission.
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 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
Ghost Story: The Room Upstairs
Clap Trap Productions will perform this haunting play written by BAFTA-nominated writer, Tom Needham. A strange noise, or just the wind? The mind can play tricks, but then maybe not! It’s on at Thirsk Hall on Saturday 28 October. Doors open 6pm. Tickets £15, which includes a welcome drink.
Clash of Crowns
Coxwold Local History Society present an illustrated talk about the Battle of Byland 1322 by Harry Pearson, historian, author and local ranger. It’s on Wednesday 1 November at 7.30pm at Coxwold Village Hall. Tickets are £10. Refreshments available.
Topcliffe Parish Council
The next meeting of Topcliffe Parish Council will be at 7pm on Thursday 2 November in Topcliffe & Asenby Village Hall.
Time-Travelling Adventures
A special children’s show for aged 6+ presented by Rural Arts at 4 Westgate, Thirsk. The Extraordinary Time-Travelling Adventures of Baron Munchausen is Jackanory meets Whose Line is it Anyway? An award-winning family show where top comedians tell extravagant improvised stories. There will be pirates and princesses, sword fights and spacemen, and all the stories are completely and irrefutably true. Friday 3 November at 6pm. Duration one hour. Tickets £8-£12. online at
Five Loose Chippings
Dance to local band Five Loose Chippings (remember they played at Topcliffe & Asenby Village Hall back in November 2019?). They’re on at Sessay Village Hall on Saturday 4 November at 7.30pm. Tickets, which include nibbles, are £10 if pre-booked from or £12 at the door.
Thirsk Farmers’ Market
At Thirsk market Square on Sunday 5 November from 9am to 2pm. Lots of local independent businesses who are passionate about the things they produce.
Autumn art classes
The next series of six art classes starts on Monday 6 November through to 11 December. The classes run for 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
Village Hall Committee
There’ll be a meeting of Topcliffe & Asenby Village Hall Committee at 7.30pm on Tuesday 21 November in the village hall.
The RItz Cinema, Thirsk

  • To Thursday 20 October – no matinees – The Old Oak.
  • Friday 20 to 26 October – no matinees – Past Lives.
  • Sunday 22 and Wednesday 25 October – matinees only – I know Where I’m Going.
  • Friday 27 October to Thursday 2 November – matinees on Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 October, and Wednesday 1 November – PAW Patrol: The Mighty Movie.
  • Friday 3 to Thursday 9 November – matinee on Wednesday 8 November – The Miracle Club.
  • Friday 10 to Thursday 16 November – matinee on Wednesday 15 November – The Great Escaper.
  • Sunday 19 and Wednesday 22 November – matinees only – A Matter of Life and Death.

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

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 19 October and 2 November.
  • Refuse – Mondays 23 October and 6 November.


  • Refuse – Mondays 16 and 30 October.
  • Garden Waste – Wednesdays 18 October and 1 November.
  • Recycling – Mondays 23 October and 6 November.

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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