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Sunday Email: Issue 183

Welcome to the Sunday Email.

Next Saturday 11 November is Remembrance Day. It is also the day Topcliffe’s Christmas Fair will be held in the Village Hall. At 11am those attending the fair will be asked to observe a two-minute silence in memory of those who have died fighting for their country.

And at 11am on Remembrance Sunday (12 November) a few villagers will gather in Jubilee Gardens to mark, in a very informal way, the service and sacrifice of all those who have defended our freedoms and protected our way of life. Please come along if you can.

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St Columba’s Services

  • TODAY (5 November), 6.30pm – Choral Evensong
  • Sunday 12 November at 10.45am – Remembrance Service led by Rev’d Stephen Wilson, the Military Chaplain at Alanbrooke Barracks, Topcliffe. There will be a number of military personnel in attendance.
  • 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.

Thirsk Farmers’ Market
TODAY (5 November) – On Thirsk’s Market Square from 9am to 2pm. Lots of local independent businesses who are passionate about the things they produce.
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 Church Street Crew.

Warm Hub lunch
The next Warm Hub lunch at Topcliffe & Asenby Village Hall will be on Wednesday 15 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.

Last Wednesday there were 58 lunches served and donations of £160 were received of which £50 has been presented to the adult disabilities charity Boot Shop in Easingwold, some paid the village hall rental and the balance was added to the Warm Hub Hardship Fund,

A special thank you to 12 year old Emelia Brierley who helped serve lunches last week. She proved to be a great help as the usual team was one person down.

Topcliffe Christmas Fair
The Topcliffe Christmas Fair will be held at Topcliffe & Asenby Village Hall on Saturday 11 November. It’s onbetween 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.

All stalls have now been taken. Thank you to all those who have bought a stall and apologies to those who wanted one, but couldn’t be accommodated.

During the fair, at 11am, there will be a two-minute silence to mark Remembrance Day.

Asenby Business Park – Planning application refused
A proposal to develop five commercial buildings containing 15 business units with associated access, landscaping and parking, on Wide Howe Lane, Asenby has been refused by North Yorkshire Council.

The refusal letter states the application was not suitable for the following reasons:

  • In the context of the rural location and size of Asenby village, it is considered that the scale of development is not appropriate in the proposed location and would result in significant harm to the character of the countryside and landscape character and to the form and character of the settlement. The proposal is therefore contrary to local plan policies EC3 and NE4.
  • The proposal is for largescale employment development on a site in the open countryside that is outside development limits and is not well related to a rural settlement. The proposal is therefore contrary to local plan policies GS2, GS3 and EC3, which seek to direct development to the most sustainable locations and to protect the character and appearance of the countryside.

That is good news for Asenby and the surrounding area. There are many sites that are more suitable for industrial and commercial development. The use of good quality agricultural land on the edge of villages is not necessary for these purposes. The application may have been contrary to various local plan policies, but the voice of the community no doubt had some impact on this decision. Maybe community action works after all? But let’s not be complacent. The applicant is more than likely to appeal, so watch out for further news, if indeed they do appeal.

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

New parish website: In the next week or so the parish council will be launching a brand new website containing lots of information about the work of the parish council and other village matters. Watch out for details on the Asenby Facebook page and in your Sunday Email.

Christmas gift from the Topcliffe & Asenby Charity
If you received a gift from the Feoffees of Topcliffe and Asenby charities last year you will still be listed to receive one this Christmas. Anyone who is 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.
Skipton on Swale Bridge Closure
Don’t forget! Skipton bridge is closedto 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:
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.
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: Sunday lunches are served in the conservatory and function room. Booking is 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 4 December both at lunchtime and in the evening. See full details here.

Please call 01845 578000 for more information.

Bible talks at the Village Hall
Undenominational bible talks will be held at Topcliffe & Asenby Village Hall on Tuesdays 7, 14 and 21 November from 7.30 to 8.30pm. Everyone welcome.
The RItz Cinema, Thirsk

  • 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.
  • Friday 17 to Thursday 23 November – no matinees – Typist Artist Pirate King.
  • Sunday 19 and Wednesday 22 November – matinees only – A Matter of Life and Death.
  • Friday 24 to Thursday 30 November – no matinees – Dance First.
  • Friday 1 to Thursday 7 December – no matinees – Dream Scenario.
  • Friday 8 to Thursday 14 December – no matinees – The Marvels.
  • Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 December – matinees only – Trolls: Band Together.
  • Friday 15 to Thursday 21 December – matinee on Wednesday 20 December – Napoleon.
  • Friday 22, Saturday 23, Wednesday 27, Thursday 28, Friday 29, Saturday 30 December and Tuesday 2, Wednesday 3 and Thursday 4 January 2024 – matinees on Wednesday 27, Saturday 30 December and Wednesday 3 January 2024 – Wish
  • The Ritz will be closed on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.

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

Autumn art classes at the Village Hall
The next series of six art classes starts tomorrow, Monday 6 November and runs through to 11 December. The classes are 2 hours long, 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

Dalton Village Events
A number of events are planned at Dalton Village Hall to raise the £20,000 that is needed for St John’s church repairs.

Ladies Fashion Show: To be held on Thursday 9 November. Doors open at 6.30 for a 7pm start. Tickets are available in advance from Linda on 07976 041993. Clothes can be purchased at bargain prices – around 50% off high street prices. There will also be a raffle. The bar will be open. Tea, coffee and cake will also be available.

Dalton Jumble Sale: 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. See leaflet here.

Christmas Fair: Dalton’s Christmas Fair will be on Saturday 2 December between 10am and 12 noon. There will be bacon sandwiches for sale. Lots of stalls, selling a variety of items, a tombola. Santa will be visiting with a little gift for all the children and the Dalton Ladies will be singing carols.

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
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.

NYMR Santa Specials
Santa and his team of elves will be returning to the North Yorkshire Moors Railway this Christmas and they hope you will take one of their magical journeys aboard the famous Santa Express. The festive special services are running the weekends of 25/26 November and 2/3, 9/10, 16/17 and 23/24 December. Visitors can climb on board and make some enchanting memories on a trip starting at Pickering. Santa will have a special gift for all the children on board – providing they’ve managed to stay on the nice list this year. Santa’s helpers will lead the fun and games. Book online
Sowerby and Topcliffe local election
An election is to be held in North Yorkshire’s Sowerby & Topcliffe Division on Thursday 30 November and Topcliffe residents will be able to vote at Topcliffe & Asenby Village Hall.

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:

Forest of Flowers
The Forest of Flowers in Huby is a conservation project started in 2015 and now well developed over 74 acres of woodland, wild flower meadows and ponds. It’s a flourishing natural habitat and a haven for wildlife. There will be a guided tour at 10am on Sunday 26 November. Check it out at
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 2 December from 10am and 1pm. No charge but a voluntary donation is welcomed. For further details or if you would like to volunteer, email thirskrepaircafe
Topcliffe Parish Council
The next meeting of Topcliffe Parish Council will be at 7pm on Thursday 7 December in Topcliffe & Asenby Village Hall.
Christmas Cruise on Ripon Canal
Ripon Scenic Cruises is offering a special festive canal journey on the Pride of Ripon with choice of warm mulled wine, hot chocolate or fruit punch with a mince pie or chocolate brownie. There’ll also be an opportunity to visit a Makers’ Market in the canal basin. The dates are Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 December. Book online at
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 6 and 20 November.
  • Recycling & Garden Waste – Thursdays16 and 30 November.


  • Recycling – Mondays 6 and 20 November.
  • Refuse – Mondays 13 and 27 November.
  • Garden Waste – Wednesdays 15 and 29 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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