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Sunday Email: Issue 188

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St Columba’s Services

  • TODAY (10 December) at 10.45am – Holy Communion
  • Sunday 17 December at 10.45am Matins
  • Sunday 17 December at 6.30pm – Carol Service – the traditional service of Nine Lessons and Carols with the St Columba Choir led by Linda Hewlett and accompanied by organist Matthew Atherton, followed by a delicious finger buffet and wine.
  • Saturday 23 December at 3pm – informal family crib service and carols led by Rev’d Dawn Ward.
  • Christmas Eve, Sunday 24 December – No morning service.
  • Christmas Eve, Sunday 24 December at 11.30pm – Midnight Mass and Eucharist led by Rev’d Robert Williams.
  • Christmas Day, Monday 25 December – No Service.

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

Scruton Station Edwardian Christmas
TODAY: (10 December) – Wensleydale Railway is presenting an Edwardian Christmas celebration at the fully restored Scruton Railway Station between 2 and 4pm. The afternoon of festive fun includes mince pies and mulled wine for adults and juice, biscuits and Christmas activities for children. Adults £5, children £2. 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 Long Street Originals and quizmaster Phil Haley.
Christmas tree
Topcliffe’s Christmas tree has now been decorated and is lit up each evening from 4 to 11pm. A big thank you to the volunteers who turned out last Wednesday to get the tree ready. It was definitely a case of many hands make lights work!
Bridge closure
Drivers should take note that Skipton on Swale Bridge will be closed on Monday 11 December from 9:30am to 3pm.
Warm Hub lunch
There will not be the usual Warm Hub 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. The next regular lunch will be on Wednesday 27 December.
Senior Citizens’ Christmas Lunch
Last call to those who wish to attend the senior citizens’ Christmas lunch on Wednesday 13 December. It’s open to residents of Topcliffe & Asenby aged 65 and over and will be held at the Village Hall. The cost for a full seasonal three course dinner, drinks and entertainment is £15 per head. Ring Judith Lowe on 01845 577911.
A ‘Thank You’ from St Columba’s to members of the Bowling Club
St Columba’s was recently very surprised and of course delighted to receive a most generous donation in excess of £1800 from Bowling Club funds and, in the absence now of any committee through which these feelings could be expressed, we hope that as many members as possible might pick this up through the Sunday Email. This gift will be most helpful in these difficult financial times and will be specially allocated for use either in the maintenance of the church fabric or for other projects solely within Topcliffe parish. So a huge thank you to all concerned from all at St Columba’s; and may we wish you a very happy and peaceful Christmas and a good new year.

John Phillips Vice Chair Topcliffe PCC

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: 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.

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. Event details on poster here.

New Year’s Eve: a fantastic New Year’s Eve party with buffet and music from The Doubtful Bottle. Starts 8pm. Tickets £25 per person.

Please call 01845 578000 for more information.

Chip ‘n Dales
The Chip ‘n Dales fish and chip van will be in Topcliffe 5 to 7pm on Fridays 15 and 22 December. After the opening on Friday 22 December the service will be closed until Friday 19 January.
Library festive opening hours
North Yorkshire Council libraries will be closed over the Christmas and New Year holiday period. Most libraries will be closed from lunchtime on Saturday 23 December until Tuesday 2 January 2024.

Although the buildings themselves may be closed, they can still be used for free digital services. There are thousands of free eBooks and eAudio books, as well as eNewspapers, eMagazines and eComics available to borrow, and you can consult a wide range of free reference resources, day and night, throughout the holiday period.

Check out the council’s website: Libraries | North Yorkshire Council

Rural Arts in the New Year

There’s a comprehensive and interesting variety of bright and bold workshops, exhibitions, performance and screenings for the January – April period! With almost 200 creative events and activities there’s something for everyone.

Visit Rural Art’s website – Home – Rural Arts or more details or pop in for a face-to-face chat.

The RItz Cinema, Thirsk

  • To Thursday 14 December – no matinees – The Marvels.
  • 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

Illuminated Winter Wonderland: Enjoy lights, decorations, snow machine, crafts and carol singing in Ripon Spa Gardens between 2 and 8pm from Friday 15 to Sunday 17 December. Free entry but donations welcomed.

Christmas Carol Concert: The cathedral choir sings with the renowned St Cecilia Orchestra in a spectacular concert in the nave at 5.30pm on Sunday 17 December. Tickets £15 for adults and £5 for children (5-16) from

Festival of Lessons and Carols: The Christmas Story told in readings and music from the Ripon Cathedral Choir. At the cathedral on Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 December at 5.30pm.

Midnight Mass: At the cathedral at 11pm on Sunday 24 December.

Christmas Eucharist: Christmas day service and communion at the cathedral. 10.30am on Monday 25 December.

Boxing Day Eucharist and Pilgrimage: St Stephen’s Day communion service at the cathedral at 9.30am on 26 December. Followed by a pilgrimage to Fountains Abbey.

New Year’s Eve in Ripon: The town’s New Year’s Eve celebrations start at 9.15pm in the Market Square with live music from a steel band and culminate in a firework display at midnight. There’ll be a Watchnight service at the cathedral followed by a torchlight procession to the Market Square in time for ringing in the New Year at midnight

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

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 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
Santa at Thirsk Garden Centre
Santa will be in his grotto at Thirsk garden Centre on weekends between 10am and 4pm until Christmas as follows:

  • 16 and 17 December
  • 23 December.

The cost is £6 per child, with all proceeds going to Thirsk Rotary and Herriot Hospice.

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
Carol singing in Asenby
On Wednesday 20 December at 6.30pm members of St Columba’s choir will lead the singing of carols around Asenby. Meet at Asenby Hall. Everyone is welcome to join in. A collection will be taken in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.
Carols round Topcliffe’s Christmas tree
Residents are invited to gather at the Christmas tree outside the Village Hall to sing carols at 7pm on Thursday 21 December.

Sheets with the words of the carols…and a few other festive songs…will be provided, but you’ll need to bring a torch or a mobile phone to light your way!

Afterwards, mulled wine and mince pies will be served in the hall. There’ll be no set price, but donations will be welcome.

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 – Thursday 14 December and Friday 29 December one day later than normal)
  • Refuse – Monday 18 December and Tuesday 2 January (one day later than normal).


  • Refuse – Monday 11 December and Wednesday 27 December (two days later than normal). Then Tuesday 9 and Monday 22 January.
  • Recycling – Monday 18 December and Wednesday 3 January. Then Monday 15 January.

You can recycle Christmas trees, free of charge, at all household waste recycling centres.

The household waste recycling centre at Sowerby is open 8.30am to 4pm every day, apart from Wednesdays. This year they will be closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day, 27 December, New Year’s Day and 3 January.

You can check dates of collections at

That’s all for this week. Keep safe and remain well.
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