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Sunday Email: Issue 190

Welcome to the Sunday Email.

I would like to wish you all a very merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous New Year.

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Christmas quiz and party
It was a full house at last Sunday’s bumper Christmas quiz and there was a real party atmosphere with lots of drinks poured and a fantastic buffet supplied by the quizzers themselves. The quiz – which consisted of 140 questions, – was put together by Jim Shaw and Doug Allan. Everyone present was a winner…but the team in first place was Susan & Derek Sykes and Phil Haley. Congratulations and well done.
Village Quiz – dates
The quiz will not be held over the festive period – tonight (24 December) and next week, Sunday 31 December. In the New Year the quiz will start again on Sunday 7 January.
Carol Services
Asenby: The evening of carol singing in Asenby on Wednesday last went very well with sixteen carollers in total, including members of St Columba’s choir some local parents and children talking part. many people were on the look out for the carol singers passing by, and some commenting that they had missed the singing in recent years! The evening finished with mulled wine and mince pies at Asenby Hall and a very respectable £126.72 was raised for Macmillan Cancer Care.

Topcliffe: The carol service at the Christmas tree outside the Village Hall on Thursday evening also went really well. There were around 30 adults and chidren…and they were all in good voice. Afterwards everyone enjoyed mulled wine and mince pies in the hall. Thanks to all of those who turned out on a cold night. You made it all worthwhile. Sorry there are no photographs; we were all too busy singing to have thought about taking any!

St Columba’s Services

  • TODAY – Christmas Eve – No morning service. TONIGHT 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.

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.
Christmas in Ripon
TODAY (24 December) – Festival of Lessons and Carols: The Christmas Story told in readings and music from the Ripon Cathedral Choir. At the cathedral at 5.30pm.

TONIGHT – Midnight Mass: At the cathedral at 11pm.

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

The Catton Kitchen
Opening hours over the festive season are as follows:

  • TODAY – Christmas Eve – 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.

The Swan’s festive opening hours
See the attached leaflet here for The Swan’s opening hours and when food is being served over the holiday period..
Post Office opening hours
Topcliffe Post Office’s opening hours over the holiday period are shown on the poster here.
Thirsk Garden Centre
The garden centre’s opening hours over Christmas and New Year are shown here.
Deer Shed wins Festival of the Year award
The popular family orientated Deer Shed festival which is held at Baldersby Park each year has won the Festival of the Year award in the The LIVE Awards.

The LIVE Awards, which recognise the leading companies and individuals in the £4.5bn UK live music business, were presented on 12 December in London, in front of an invited industry audience.

The Christmas nativity – A Midwife Crisis
Topcliffe Academy’s reception classes – Willow and Ash – performed an amazing nativity play last week and lots of parents and other residents of the village popped along to enjoy it. ‘A Midwife Crisis’ carried the message of Christmas and filled the audience with festive cheer. It was so lovely for the children to have the opportunity to perform on stage and work collectively to achieve such a high quality performance and showcase some talented individuals.
Be safe and secure over Christmas
North Yorkshire Police have issued some timely advice about how we can stay safe and keep our homes secure over the festive period. They suggest that spending just a few minutes doing a few simple checks can mean our homes stay safe and secure

  • Always lock your doors – both front and rear – especially when going out but even when you are at home. The police say that most burglaries happen via unlocked doors as opportunistic thieves seek out any opening that they can take advantage of.
  • Shut your curtains on an evening, and if you are going out leave lights and a radio on to give the impression you are home.
  • Keep your keys and valuables out of sight, and not within reach of windows or letterboxes. The most common items taken in a burglary are car keys, cash and bank cards, so especially keep these items out of sight.
  • Be careful how you dispose of boxes that contained expensive Christmas presents. Take them to the recycling centre: leaving them in your blue bin may be a great way for an opportunist to know what you have inside the house.
  • Double check your vehicles, sheds and garages are locked.

Community Messaging
Did you know that North Yorkshire Police operate a Community Messaging service? It’s a free email alert system that anyone can join. Local police teams use the system to let people know what’s happening in their area and to offer details about such things as burglary prevention and property marking events, plus information about crime appeals.

Football Success
Topcliffe Academy’s Year 5/6 girls football team had amazing success in the area finals of the recent competition held at Thirsk School and Sixth Form College. They came away as winners and will now compete in the North Yorkshire Girls’ Football Finals to be held on Thursday, 18 January at York College.

The team – Beth, Ava C, Ava S, Matilda, Kensie, Gabi, Lilly, Amelia, Millie and Honour have so far had an outstanding competition, winning every single one of their games. Congratulations to all.

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 special 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.

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.

The RItz Cinema, Thirsk
The Ritz is closed on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.

  • Wednesday 27 and Thursday 28 December – Matinee on Wednesday 27 December and Friday 29 December to Thursday 4 January with matinees on Saturday 30 December and Wednesday 3 January – Wish
  • Friday 5 to Thursday 11 January – matinees on Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 January – Wonka

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

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:
Chip ‘n Dales
The Chip ‘n Dales fish and chip van will not be in Topcliffe until Friday 19 January.
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
It was mentioned last week that there was a statement on North Yorkshire Council’s website announcing that dates of collections are subject to change. Well, annoyingly, they did change after the Sunday Email was published so some readers may have recorded dates that are now incorrect. I don’t like publishing incorrect information, so over Christmas and New Year it will be best if readers check the council’s website to ensure they know the correct collection dates.

After the festive season you can recycle your Christmas tree, 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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