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Sunday Email: Issue 186

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

  • TODAY (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.

Thirsk Christmas Celebrations
The Christmas lights in the Market Place were switched on last Friday evening and look spectacular. There’ll be stalls, café and Santa in the Town Hall from 10am to 3pm today, Sunday 26 November.
Forest of Flowers
TODAY: 26 November – 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 Check it out at
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 – DADs (Doug, Alan and Derek) with quizmaster Sue.
Warm Hub lunch
The next Warm Hub lunch at Topcliffe & Asenby Village Hall will be on Wednesday 29 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 will not be a lunch on Wednesday 13 December as the Senior Citizens’ lunch is being held that day. Hopefully, most of the regulars will be attending that event anyway.

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.
Asenby Parish Council

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
This is a last call to residents of Topcliffe and Asenby who are aged 80 and over who are eligible 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.
Nursery kids walk for wildlife
Children attending the Seedlings nursery at Topcliffe Academy raised £319.75 on a hedgehog walk in and around the village. The fundraising challenge was to raise as much money as possible to support The Wildlife’s Trust mission to protect 30% of land and sea by 2030. Nursery leader Katie Watson said: "The children were marvellous and so keen to raise money to help wildlife. I’d like to give a great big thank you to everyone who gave their support."
Electricity job on Front Street
By now everyone will be aware that Northern Grid – or at least one of its sub-contractors – are indeed carrying out work on Front Street. This is despite the fact that when contacted just over two weeks ago the firm said that there was no record of any planned work in Topcliffe. Anyway, the contractor is installing a new powerline to The Angel Inn to ensure that the hotel has sufficient power when all the current and future improvements are completed.
Blister Packs
Heather Holt wishes to thank all of those residents who saved their medicine blister packs over recent months. Unfortunately, Heather is having to stop the collection service as it has proved impossible since SuperDrug stopped taking them to find another organisation willing to recycle them.
Art classes
Some readers may be interested in another 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.

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.

Book online at

Events at The Angel Inn

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

Christmas Party Nights: Small or large businesses wishing to celebrate alongside others are invited to book. There are just a few available dates left.

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.

Comedy Night: Yes it’s back! The regular Stand-Up Comedy Night is returning to the Angel Inn on Thursday 28 December. Doors open at 7pm. Show 7.30 to 10.30pm. Tickets £10 pre-paid or £12 on the night.

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.

After the opening on Friday 22 December the service will be closed until Friday 19 January.

The RItz Cinema, Thirsk

  • 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.

Ripon at Christmas

Artisan Christmas Market:
At the Market Place 10am to 3pm today 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

Festive Wreath Making – Three opportunities
1. The Catton Kitchen also has two wreath making sessions coming up on Saturday 2 December between 2 – 4pm and on Sunday 3 December between 12 noon and 2pm. They cost £45 per person, including mulled wine and treats. Call Amy to book places on 07747 083155 or email