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Sunday Email: Issue 185

Welcome to the Sunday Email.
07785 223707
St Columba’s Services

  • TODAY (19 November) at 10.45am – Sung Matins
  • Sunday 26 November at 10.45am – Holy Communion
  • Sunday 3 December at 6.30pm – Advent Sunday – Choral Evensong
  • Sunday 10 December at 10.45am – Holy Communion
  • Sunday 17 December at 10.45am Matins
  • Sunday 17 December at 6.30pm – traditional Service of Nine Lessons and carols.

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

Artisan Market
TODAY (19 November) – On Thirsk Market Place between 10am and 3pm. Locally-produced arts and crafts, food and drink. A diverse shopping experience that celebrates independent producers and makers. http://Little Bird Artisan Market, Organiser at Pedddle
Thirsk Heritage Show
TODAY (Sunday 19 November) – the third annual Thirsk heritage show is being held at Thirsk Auction Mart between 10am and 5pm. There’ll be vintage and classic tractors, engines, farming vehicles and also some non-farming vehicles from by-gone years. Admission for an adult was originally set at £8 but has been reduced to £5 as an acknowledgement of the cost of living! Children under 14 get in free of charge. See poster here.
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 – The Caravaners with quizmaster Andy Findlay.
Christmas Fair – a fundraising success
The final figures for the fundraising at last Saturday’s Christmas Fair in the Village Hall have been announced by organiser Karen Morley. The income from the very successful raffle totalled £225 and this amount has been donated to the Village Hall. All the income from food sales, an amazing £399.40, has been presented to the Herriot Hospice in Thirsk. Another big thankyou to the organisers, volunteer helpers, stallholders and everyone who attended.
Senior Citizens’ Christmas Lunch
Residents of Topcliffe & Asenby aged 65 and over are invited to the Christmas lunch in the Village Hall on Wednesday 13 December. The cost for a full seasonal three course dinner, drinks and entertainment is £15 per head. Places are limited so please apply early to Judith Lowe 0n 01845 577911.
Raffle and Chocolate Tombola
The deadline for donations to The Friends of Topcliffe School’s Christmas raffle and tombola is next Friday, 24 November. The raffle and chocolate tombola are being held to raise funds for children’s equipment for the forthcoming year. Donations can be left with Nicky at the school office or with Karen Hotham (07875 331277). See their poster here.
Asenby Volunteers Meeting
The meeting held on 14 November was well attended and lots of ideas relating to the outcomes of the play park survey and follow-up public meeting were discussed. These were mainly around developing areas with trees, shrubs and wildflowers, a circular walk, seating areas plus improvements to the play equipment.

Future actions focused on developing a proposed layout plan of what the park might look like, and maintenance of the equipment. Additional suggestions included putting up a shed to store small pieces of equipment such as footballs and a community event, possibly next spring, to launch the improvements.

More immediate action to undertake some tidying work, cleaning of equipment and cutting back overhanging trees is planned.

Keep an eye open for updates on Facebook (Asenby Residents), the Sunday Email and the new website (

There are still opportunities to volunteer for a variety of activities so if you are interested please email asenbypc

Other Asenby Parish Council Updates

New parish website: The Parish Council’s new website is now up and running. It presents information about the work of the Parish Council itself and lots of other village matters. It can be found at

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:

Christmas gift from the Topcliffe & Asenby Charities
Residents of Topcliffe and Asenby who are aged 80 and over can qualify for a small gift at Christmas from the Topcliffe charities. If you received a gift from the charities last year you will still be listed to receive one this Christmas. Anyone who is eligible to receive a gift and has 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.
Power Supply – Update
Northern Powergrid has indicated that the power supply in parts of Topcliffe will be cut off between 9am and 3.30pm on Thursday 23 November whilst some equipment repairs are carried out. It has not been possible to get more information about this issue, so just be prepared.

Anyone who wants to check if their house is affected should call 105 – a direct line to the company’s emergency unit.

Little Sprouts Childcare
A new children’s nursery whose mission is to provide amazing childcare at the lowest possible price, has opened in Sowerby. It caters for youngsters aged 2 to 5 and the fees are £5.50 per hour, £24 per half day and £47 per full day. Funded places are also available. For more information call 07745 704735 or email
Give the cold shoulder to cold callers
With the risk of seasonal storms causing structural damage to properties, North Yorkshire Police are warning residents to be aware of cold callers. They have had reports in the county about cold callers and leaflets for traders being put through the door.

Wet and windy weather can see residents needing to make urgent repairs to their properties, which may lead to homeowners receiving cold-calls from bogus traders with offers to repair roofs, clear gutters and remove fallen trees. Scammers are most likely to target elderly and vulnerable people and our advice is to always say no to cold callers.

Bogus traders will often point out a minor repair which, after they are let into the property, escalates into a list of jobs that may be overpriced, unnecessary and unsafe. It is also an opportunity to sell insulation products which can be unsuitable for residents’ needs.
Many traders will be booked up, so the advice is to be wary of ‘traders’ who can arrive to start the work the following day and push for a quick agreement to use them. Don’t agree to offers of building work, home repairs or maintenance that come from a cold call.

Don’t be afraid to say no, don’t be pressured and check with others if the work is required and what is a fair price to pay.
Always stop and take a moment and think, do I really need this work done? Obtain other quotes and seek advice, and recommendations for trades people from friends and relatives.

If residents feel threatened or intimated by a cold caller, they should report it immediately to the police by calling 999. Non-urgent issues can be reported to the police via 101.

Art classes
The current series of weekly art classes at the Village Hall continue through to 11 December. The Monday classes run from 10am to 12noon. 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. At Topcliffe & Asenby Village Hall and the subject will be how to paint a Festive Scene in Acrylics.

And some readers may be interested in another special class – how to paint a magical winter wonderland in acrylics, which is being held at Thirsk & Sowerby Town Hall on Thursday 30 November. Relax and enjoy being guided with tips and demonstration showing how to create a wintery artwork of your own. See poster here.

Book online at

Events at The Angel

Sunday lunches: Sunday lunches are served in the conservatory and function room. Booking is essential. Menus can be viewed here.

Christmas Party Nights: Small or large businesses wishing to celebrate alongside others are invited to book available nights – 1, 2, 8 and 15 December.

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.

Chip ‘n Dales
The Chip ‘n Dales fish and chip van is in Topcliffe each Friday tea time – 5 to 7pm.
The RItz Cinema, Thirsk

  • Sunday 19 and Wednesday 22 November – matinees only – A Matter of Life and Death.
  • To Thursday 23 November – no matinees – Typist Artist Pirate King.
  • 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.

Bible talks at the Village Hall
An undenominational bible talk will be held at Topcliffe & Asenby Village Hall on Tuesday 21 November from 7.30 to 8.30pm. Everyone welcome.
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.
Lunchtime talk: Wensleydale Railway
A lunchtime talk about the Wensleydale Railway by Connor Lagus and Christine Butterworth at the North Yorkshire County Records Office, Malpas Road, Northallerton. Noon on Friday 24 November. Christine will play the part of Elizabeth Newton, the Station Master’s wife, telling the story of her family’s life and how they came to work at Leeming Bar Station in the 1920s. Talk 45mins followed by discussion. £2 including refreshments. No need to book.
Thirsk Christmas Lights Switch-On and Fair
Taking place on the Market Place and at the Town Hall. The Christmas Lights big Switch-On takes place at 6.30pm on Friday 24 November on the Market Place, but there’s lots going on before and after. There’ll be stalls, café and Santa in the Town Hall from 4-7.30pm on Friday and 10am-3pm on Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 November.
Ripon at Christmas
Food & Gift Fair: 100 stalls with a lovely selection of Christmas gifts, food and drink in the stunning setting of Ripon Cathedral. Enjoy mulled wine and festive treats, including hot turkey sandwiches, mince pies and homemade cakes whilst listening to Christmas music. Family activities, Christmas prize draw. Friday 24 and Saturday 25 November 9.30am-4.30 pm. £6, children free (0-15). Book online at or just pop along.

Artisan Christmas Market:
At the Market Place 10am to 3pm on Sunday 26 November. Plenty of stalls and other attractions.

Vivaldi’s Four Seasons: A special candlelit Christmas concert in the spectacular setting of Ripon Cathedral at 7.30pm on Wednesday 29 November. Tickets £19 from

Advent Procession and Carol Service: at Ripon Cathedral at 5.30pm on Sunday 3 December.

Macmillan Carol Concert: Drinks and canapes at The Old Deanery followed by a candlelit carol concert at Ripon Cathedral from 6pm on Monday 4 December. More information and booking at

See more festive events in Ripon by visiting http://www.christmasin

Makers Market
Rural Arts Christmas Makers’ Market is on at The Courthouse in Thirsk on Saturday 25 November between 10am and 4pm. You can pick up some gorgeous gifts or treat yourself to something special at this showcase of contemporary art and craft from talented artists. Free entry. See poster here.
Festive Wreath Making – Three opportunities

1. Wreath making classes will be held at Rainton 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.