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Sunday Email: Issue 181

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St Columba’s Services

TODAY (22 October) at 10.45am – Holy Communion. Then at 6.30pm the Village Harvest Thanksgiving and Supper takes place. This annual service, for families and people of all ages, celebrates the harvest and what the world provides for our needs. It will include favourite harvest festival hymns along with readings and prayers. Please bring a contribution to the supper if you are able. Wine and hot and cold drinks will be available. Harvest Festival was once one of the greatest ‘parties’ in the village calendar, so do go along to join in…and maybe it can become so again? Everyone is invited and welcome.

Future services

  • Sunday 29 October – No service (5th Sunday)
  • Thursday 2 November, 7pm – All Souls Service – to remember those who have died in the past year.
  • Sunday 5 November, 6.30pm – Choral Evensong
  • Sunday 12 November at 10.45am – Remembrance Service
  • Sunday 19 November at 10.45am – Sung Matins
  • Sunday 26 November at 10.45am – Holy Communion

Note about All Soul’s Service: Those who would like to do so can remember their loved ones by name during the service on Thursday 2 November. 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.

Topcliffe covered in poppies
Poppy displays have appeared all over Topcliffe this last week. The main displays can be seen at the Toll Booth, Jubilee Gardens, the Post Office and the Village Hall.

A big thank you to the ladies in the Knit & Natter group for their hard work in creating the poppies and sewing them to the netting for the ‘waterfall displays’. Also to Rob Roberts who made the wooden poppies on stakes and who has spent much time erecting the various displays.

Topcliffe Big Race Night
The final figure raised at last week’s Race Night was a fantastic £2,186.50. This money has been presented to the Village Hall to help keep this invaluable asset available to our community. Once again, a big thank you to everyone who helped make the evening such a great success.
Quiz night at the Village Hall
TONIGHT – the Sunday quiz is on at Topcliffe & Asenby Village Hall at 8pm.

Above: photograph shows last week’s winning team – The Caravan Crew.

Warm Hub lunch
The next Warm Hub lunch at Topcliffe & Asenby Village Hall will be on Wednesday 1 November. 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 33 meals served at last Wednesday’s lunch, including some home deliveries. £114 was raised of which £50 has been donated to Community Works in Thirsk, some was used to pay the Village Hall rent and the balance was added to the Warm Hub hardship fund.

Topcliffe Christmas Fair
Yes it’s that time of year again when we start thinking about the festive season and the annual Christmas fait at Topcliffe & Asenby Village Hall. This year it’s going to be held on Saturday 11 November between 10am and 3pm. There’ll be plenty of craft stalls selling lots of items that will make great Christmas presents. Free entry. Refreshments will include hot roast pork sandwiches with stuffing and apple sauce, plus cakes and tea or coffee. There’ll also be a raffle with some great prizes. All welcome.

Want a stall? If you would like to have a stall at this event for just £5, please get in touch with Karen Morley on 01845 577426 or Linda Carver on 01845 578014.

National Three Peaks Challenge
A couple of weeks ago an article was included in the Sunday Email about a group of locals who planned to tackle one of the UK’s biggest walking/climbing challenges to raise cash for the British Heart Foundation in memory of Ben Lowe, who passed away in March this year. The aim was to tackle three peaks – Snowdon, Scafell Pike and Ben Nevis in 24 hours.

The challenge took place over the weekend 14/15 October and the £2,000 fundraising target was easily smashed, with £3,600 being raised. And it was completed in 23 hours 15 minutes. Congratulations to those taking part and a big thank you to everyone who supported this amazing event.

Asenby Parish Council Updates

Clerk to the Parish Council: Unfortunately, the person who was interested in taking on the role of Parish Clerk has withdrawn her application, so the post still needs to be filled. The Clerk is needed to support parish 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 as guidance and support will be available. For further information please email: asenbypc

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

Volunteers Meeting – The volunteers meeting planned for Wednesday 25 October has been postponed until 7.30pm on Tuesday 14 November. It will take place in the Upper Committee Room at Topcliffe & Asenby Village Hall. This is an opportunity for those who’ve expressed an interest in volunteering to come together for an initial discussion. The aim is to consider how the village can move forward with the suggestions for the play park and any other general activities. 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.

Beware of rogue buyers on Marketplace
Facebook Marketplace is a great place to buy and sell goods and services, however, unfortunately the platform is also seen as a hunting ground for scammers selling non-existent, fake and dangerous goods, as well as trying to prey on those selling products. North Yorkshire Police is advising anyone who selling on Facebook Marketplace, to look out for these red flags:

  • Buyers refusing to meet up in person.
  • Anyone wanting to move the conversations outside of Facebook Messenger.
  • Those asking for items to be shipped before payment is received.
  • Buyers providing a prepaid shipping label.
  • Buyers overpaying then asking for a refund of the difference.
  • Those with no profile picture on Facebook.
  • Requests for your phone number or other personal information.

Payment scammers pose as buyers who ask to purchase an item and claim to have sent a payment. They may send a counterfeit cheque, use a fraudulent payment method, or claim to have overpaid and request a refund for the excess amount. They might also exploit sellers by using payment methods that can be easily cancelled after an item has been posted or delivered.

If you think you may have been a victim of this scam, please contact your bank immediately and report this to the police on 101 or via their website

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 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

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 a private booking today so the garden, conservatory and function room won’t be open to the public. The Angel will welcome customers on the weekend starting Friday 27 October.

Please call 01845 578000 for more information.

Skipton on Swale Bridge Closure
A three-week road closure will be in place at Skipton-on-Swale Bridge from Monday 23 October. It’s to allow for work to permanently resolve surfacing degradation issues. The closure will apply at all times to traffic, pedestrians and cyclists. A signed diversion route will be set out diverting traffic around the closure via the A6055, A684 and A167/Boroughbridge Road. For more information check out:
Bible talks at the Village Hall
The undenominational bible talks continue throughout this month and next at Topcliffe & Asenby Village Hall. The next session is on 24 October from 7.30 to 8.30pm. Then the dates are: 31 October, 7 and 14 November. Everyone welcome.
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.
The RItz Cinema, Thirsk

  • To Thursday 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.

Topcliffe Academy’s Harvest Service
Topcliffe Church of England Academy’s Harvest Service will be held 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.

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.

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. 27-28 October and 3-4 November. Book online at
Catton Kitchen Pumpkin Event
Pumpkins can be picked at anytime Friday 27 to Sunday 29 October during the usual opening hours.

Or pop along to pick your own pumpkin and enjoy some Halloween themed food on Saturday 28 October between 12 noon and 3pm. We’ll be serving spiced pumpkin soup with bread or pork and pumpkin pies with chips. The kitchen’s popular cookies and ice cream will also be available. You can carve your pumpkin and help us feed the excess to the pigs.

If possible let Amy know you’re going. Call 07747 083155.

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
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.
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.
Firework Displays
Here is some information about public firework displays this year.

  • Thirsk Rotary – at Thirsk Racecourse on Saturday 4 November. See details here.
  • Hillside Rural Activities Park – near Knayton on Saturday 4 November. See details here.
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 until Sunday 5 November -10am-5pm. Children £12.95 (includes a pumpkin to prepare), adults £9.95 with concessions. Book online
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 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
Twinkle Toes Dance & Play
Just a quick reminder that this new class starts 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

Scratch Night 2023
A captivating evening of spoken word performances awaits you on Friday 10 November at Rural Arts annual Scratch Night. It’s a night of poetry and storytelling, but with a twist – it’s not just about listening, the audience will have a chance to say what they think. The lineup features three incredible artists unveiling fresh, exciting works – Kevin Flaherty, Fadumo Hussan and Ilaria Passeri. And the extremely talented Henry Raby will be comparing the evening’s performances. Enjoy a drink and discuss the night’s performances, as well as network with your fellow enthusiasts. Tickets for this Courthouse event can be booked at or by calling 01845 526536.
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.
Christmas wreath making classes
At Rainton with Newby Village Hall:

  • Saturday 25 November, 12.30 to 3.30pm.
  • Sunday 26 November, 9.30am to 12.30pm.
  • Monday 4 December, 10am to 1pm.
  • Friday 8 December, 10am to 1pm.
  • Sunday 10 December, 10am to 1pm.

Tuition, materials, drinks and cake included in the price of £30. Contact Gill Common on 07585 151910.

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 23 October and 6 November.
  • Recycling & Garden Waste – Thursdays 2 and 16 November.


  • Recycling – Mondays 23 October and 6 November.
  • Refuse – Mondays 30 October and 13 November.
  • Garden Waste – Wednesdays 1 and 15 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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