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Sunday Email: Issue 189

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St Columba’s Services

  • TODAY – (17 December) at 10.45am Matins and at 6.30pm a traditional carol 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.

Artisan Market
TODAY: (17 December) – Thirsk Market Place between 10am and 3pm. Locally-produced arts and crafts, food and drink. A diverse, quality, shopping experience that celebrates independent producers and makers. For more information check out:
Village Quiz
Photograph shows last week’s winning team – The Long Street Mafia with quizmaster Charles standing behind.
The quiz will not be held over the festive period on Sunday 24 and Sunday 31 December. In the New Year the quiz will start again on Sunday 7 January.
Last dates for Christmas mail
There’s not much time left for posting cards and parcels if you want any chance of them arriving at their destination before Christmas. Tomorrow Monday 18 December is the last day for 2nd class mail and Wednesday 20 December is the final day for 1st class.
Senior Citizens’ Christmas Lunch
The senior citizens’ Christmas lunch held last Wednesday was a great success with well nearly 50 villagers having a traditional Christmas lunch and drinks. The entertainment was provided by Anne-Marie Mulley’s family members and friends – known as The Coffin Dodgers – who sang Christmas carols and a number of great sing-along numbers. Richard Byas, who retired as a local vet last year, gave a fascinating and funny talk about his experiences when training to become a vet and when practicing in this area for many years.
A big thank you is owed to organiser Judith Lowe and all the volunteers who helped prepare and serve the food and drinks, including Karen Morley (who was ill on the day but had done lots of preparation), Malcolm Morley, Linda Carver, Linda Robinson, Chris Bailie, Steve and Liz Hall, Clare Phillips, Chris Wiggins, Richard Byas, Peter Lowe and Doug Allan.
Warm Hub lunch
The next regular lunch will be on Wednesday 27 December.

The following lunch, on Wednesday 10 January, will be a one-off two-course lunch consisting of either a chicken or beef dinner and a pudding. It will be provided by using some of the cash surplus from the Senior Citizens’ lunch held last Wednesday.

Free Parking in Thirsk & Northallerton
North Yorkshire Council is allowing free Christmas car parking every Thursday in December and every day from Monday 25 Dec to Monday 1 January in local town centres, including Applegarth short and long stay car park, the Forum short and long stay car parks and Thirsk Market Place short stay, Millgate car park, Marage car park & Nursery car park.

Parking time limits still apply in the dedicated ‘short stay only’ car parks at Market Place Thirsk, Applegarth short stay and Forum short in stay in Northallerton.

The Catton Kitchen
The Kitchen is open TODAY (Sunday 17 December) between 10am-12noon.

Opening hours over the festive season are as follows:

  • Friday 22 December, 10am to 2pm
  • Saturday 23 December, 10am to 2pm.
  • Christmas Eve – 24 December, 10am to 12 noon.
  • Friday 29 December, 10am to 2pm
  • Saturday 30 December, 10am to 2pm
  • New Years Eve, 31 December, 10am to 12 noon.
  • New Years Day, 1 January 2024, 10am to 12 noon.

Christmas and New Year orders can be collected during these times or by special arrangement at other times.

Paper collection
Linzi, a member of staff in Topcliffe Post Office who is a volunteer at Whitby Wildlife Sanctuary is collecting old newspapers for animal bedding. If you can help please bag them up and drop them off at the Post Office. Thank you.
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 7.30pm. Show starts at 8pm. Tickets £10 pre-paid or £12 on the night.

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.

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.

A few examples are:

  • Tuesday 9 to Saturday 20 January – ‘People and Places’ – an exhibition of work created by members of the Heart & Craft and the ArtBeat Community. Curated by Artist Jane Claire Wilson the exhibition celebrates the creativity and sociability of local people. 10am – 4pm. Free Entry.
  • Wednesday 17 January – ‘Print & Texture’ – Experiment with different inking effects to explore pattern, texture and mark
    making. You will print your own unique artworks on different papers and fabrics. 10:30am – 12:30pm. £20.
  • Friday 19 January – ‘Mosaic Mirror’ – Learn how to accurately cut tiles, selecting from a wide range of designs, colours and materials. 10am. £65.

Visit Rural Art’s website – Home – Rural Arts for more details or to make a booking. Or just pop in if you’d prefer a face-to-face chat.

Ripon at Christmas

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

Christmas Carol Concert: TODAY – 17 December – The cathedral choir sings with the renowned St Cecilia Orchestra in a spectacular concert in the nave at 5.30pm. 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

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:

  • TODAY– 17 December
  • 23 December.

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

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.

The RItz Cinema, Thirsk

  • 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.

Chip ‘n Dales
The Chip ‘n Dales fish and chip van will be in Topcliffe 5 to 7pm on Friday 22 December. After the opening that day the service will be closed until Friday 19 January.
NYMR Santa Specials
Santa and his team of elves will have returned to the North Yorkshire Moors Railway this Christmas and they are offering magical journeys aboard the famous Santa Express. The final festive service is on Sunday 24 December. Visitors can climb on board and make some enchanting memories on a trip starting at Pickering. Book online
Christmas Day at Maple Park
The operators of the Maple Park Cafe are inviting people who might be alone or lonely on Christmas Day to pop in between 10am and 12 noon for refreshments and company. The cafe is part of the Maple Park crematorium complex on the A61, just west of Busby Stoop. See promotional leaflet here.
Thirsk Repair Cafe
Be greener by avoiding waste and save money by letting a team of dedicated and talented volunteers try to repair your broken or ‘worn-out’ items, such as phones, computers, clothes, appliances, tools (including sharpening) furniture and toys. The cost is a voluntary donation. It’s on Saturday 13 January between 10am and 1pm at Thirsk Library on Chapel Street. For further details or if you would like to volunteer, please email:
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 – Monday 18 December and Tuesday 2 January (one day later than normal).
  • Recycling – Friday 29 December (one day later than normal)


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

The council’s website states that these collection dates may change. You can check dates of collections at

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

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