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Sunday Email: Issue 182

Welcome to the Sunday Email.
Don’t forget the clocks went back an hour at 2am this morning.
The photograph above is of the poppies displayed on Asenby’s Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee bench.
07785 223707
St Columba’s Services

  • TODAY (29 October) – No service (5th Sunday in the month).
  • Thursday 2 November, 7pm – All Souls Service – to remember those who have died in the past year. 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
  • 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

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.

Above: photograph shows last week’s winning team – The Three Musketeers.

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.
Topcliffe Christmas Fair
The festive season in Topcliffe begins with the annual Christmas Fair at Topcliffe & Asenby Village Hall on Saturday 11 November. It’s on 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. Funds raised will go to Herriot Hospice and the Village Hall.

There is only one stall still available. If you would like to have it for just £5, please get in touch with Karen Morley on 01845 577426 or Linda Carver on 01845 578014.

RAF Leeming
The Station is about to enter a period of significant additional aircraft movement, with several exercises operating in the run-up to Christmas. From the beginning of November, RAF Leeming will host multiple aircraft types for sorties which will include low flying and some periods of 24 hour operation. Every effort will be made to keep the disturbance to a minimum.
Feoffees get ready for Christmas
The Topcliffe Charity Feoffees (or Trustees in modern terms), are preparing for Christmas by checking their lists of residents over 80 years of age who can qualify for a small gift.

Both Topcliffe and Asenby have charity representatives who present the gift each year. Topcliffe’s Feoffees are Anne-Marie Barningham and Doug Allan, whilst Asenby’s is Carole Ford.

If you received a gift last year you will still be on the list and will receive one this year. However, if you are eligible to receive a gift (over 80 and a permanent resident of Asenby or Topcliffe) and have not received one in the past, please contact your village Feoffee before November 30.

  • Asenby – Carole Ford – 07904 015942 or put a note through her letterbox at Dunnock House giving your name and address.
  • Topcliffe – Anne-Marie Barningham – 07740 175311 or catch her on her milk round.
  • Topcliffe – Doug Allan – 07785 223707.

Please share with your neighbours who may not receive the Sunday Email or have access to social media.

Asenby Parish Council Updates

Volunteers Meeting
The volunteers meeting originally 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

Clerk to the Parish Council
This 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 Councillor 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. For further information please email asenbypc

New weight limit sign erected at Asenby
This is the traffic sign that was erected last week on the approach to Asenby from the A168 (northbound). Judging by the instruction on the sign, drivers of vehicles over 7.5 tonnes in weight wanting to be at Dalton Industrial Estate, but have come off the A168 a junction too early, should turn right on Whaites Lane and then presumably (there is no sign directing them to do so), go southwards on the A168 to the Dishforth junction where they would need to cross over the highway to head northwards again to the Topcliffe/Dalton junction. It will be interesting to see if these instructions are followed.

It’s hoped that a sensible signage scheme around Topcliffe and Asenby and on the A168 is being created jointly by North Yorkshire Council and the government’s Highway Agency which is responsible for highway signs on the A168. Unfortunately, they do appear to be working a little disjointedly and at different speeds.

Sowerby and Topcliffe local election
Due to the resignation of Councillor David Whitfield, an election is to be held to fill the vacancy in North Yorkshire’s Sowerby & Topcliffe Division. The election is scheduled for Thursday 30 November and Topcliffe residents will be able to vote at Topcliffe & Asenby Village Hall.

Anyone wishing to put themselves forward as a candidate must submit a completed set of nomination forms by 4pm on Friday 3 November.

Those living in the division have until Tuesday 14 November to register to vote and until 5pm on Wednesday 15 November to apply for a postal vote.

For more information visit:

North Yorkshire Council seeks residents views on budget priorities
Residents across North Yorkshire can have their say on plans to save millions of pounds and ensure services are delivered as effectively as possible for thousands of households and businesses in the county. A countywide consultation is underway to glean the public’s views and pinpoint the key priorities for the budget for the next financial year.

The new council – which is not yet one year old – is facing major financial challenges which are mirrored across the public sector nationally.

Feedback received in this consultation will inform decisions on the 2024/25 budget and the Council Plan covering 2024 to 2028. You can take the survey here:

Skipton on Swale Bridge Closure
Don’t forget! Skipton bridge is closed for three weeksto allow for resurfacing work. 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. It should be reopened by Monday 13 November. For more information check out:

PS: Potters Plant Hire, who are based near Catton, have contacted Topcliffe Parish Council to explain that the Skipton Bridge closure will mean more of the company’s vehicles than normal passing through the village whilst repairs are underway.

Centre of Thirsk roadwork closures
Vehicular access to the centre of Thirsk will be restricted on weekday evenings over a two week period from Monday 6 to Friday 17 November to allow for roadworks.
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

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

Festive 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.

Christmas: Opening for food on Christmas Eve and Boxing Day (booking essential). There’ll be no food served on Christmas day, however drinks will be served from 11.30am to 1.30pm.

Wreath making class: Here’s a date for your diary. Plans are being made for a wreath making class on Monday 4December both at lunchtime and in the evening. More details to follow.

Please call 01845 578000 for more information.

Art for Youth Exhibition
This biennial exhibition at Queen Mary’s School near Topcliffe starts Tuesday evening (31 October) and is on until Saturday 4 November. Asenby resident Eric Moss is among the 70 talented artists displaying their work. He says: “I’ve gone large for this worthy event, my last show of 2023, with six of my large Ceramicano assemblies in different clays and finishes. There are raku glazed indoor pieces and unglazed stoneware compositions that can display in or outdoors year round. Most of these can accommodate a glass globe lamp to make the art functional – and light adds an extra dimension in every case.”

Artworks on display include paintings, etchings, photographs, sculpture and ceramics. Prices range from £40 to £4000. Exclusive Viewing session, Tuesday evening – entry £15 (book online). Free viewing Wednesday 1 November 10am – 3pm; Thursday 2 November 10am – 7pm; Friday 3 November 10am – 3pm and Saturday 4 November 10am – 3pm Full details at

Art for Youth North champions new and established northern artists whilst raising funds for UK Youth, formerly Youth Clubs UK, the largest national body and a leading charity for the youth sector whose patrons include HRH Princess Anne and Nigel Mansell.

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 Tuesday 31 October from 7.30 to 8.30pm. Then the dates are: 7 and 14 November. Everyone welcome.
Kid’s Hallween party
On Tuesday 31 October Dalton Village Hall is holding 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

  • ToThursday 2 November- matinee today (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.

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
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. Friday 3 and Saturday 4 November. Book 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 Display
Here is some information about a public firework display at Hillside Rural Activities Park – near Knayton on Saturday 4 November. See details here.

Please note that Thirsk Rotary is not holding a firework display at Thirsk Racecourse this November. Apologies for including incorrect information in last week’s Sunday Email.

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 each day 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:
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 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 at the Village Hall
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. Rebecca Jayne, artist and teacher will guide you with helpful tips and techniques and support you with creating your own artwork.

There’ll be a special class in the ‘Paint and Relax’ series on Thursday 7 December between 10.30am and 1pm. The subject will be how to paint a Festive Scene in Acrylics.

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.
‘The Forgotten War – The English Civil War in Yorkshire 1642/43
A Northallerton & District Local History Society talk by Mike Turpin of the Campaign for British Archaeology (Yorkshire). Starts at 7pm on Tuesday 14 November at Sacred Heart Church Hall, 41 Thirsk Road, Northallerton, DL6 1PJ (rear hall). Non members £3. (free for those in full-time education). Contact: heritage1138@outlook.
Hilarity Bites Comedy Club
The ever-popular Hilarity Bites Comedy Club will be on at Rural Arts, 4 Westgate, Thirsk at 7.30pm on Wednesday 15 November A fast-paced evening with three top comedians. Host Pete Otway is a former BBC New Comedy Award finalist. £10 if booked in advance and £12 on the door. Book online at
Dalton Jumble Sale
In Dalton Village Hall on Saturday 18 November between 10am and 1pm. Lots of stalls selling a wide variety of items including clothes, toys, household and Christmas decorations and gifts. Refreshments available. 50p entry per adult. Under 16s free. Money raised will go to help Dalton Church. See leaflet here.
Artisan Market
On Thirsk Market Place on Sunday 19 November between 10am and 3pm. Locally-produced arts and crafts, food and plus drink. A diverse shopping experience that celebrates independent producers and makers.
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.
Rainton Christmas wreath making classes
Wreath making classes will be held at Rainton with Newby Village Hall on the following dates:

  • 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

  • Recycling & Garden Waste – Thursdays 2 and 16 November.
  • Refuse – Mondays 6 and 20 November.


  • Garden Waste – Wednesdays 1 and 15 November.
  • Recycling – Mondays 6 and 20 November.
  • Refuse – Mondays 13 and 27 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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