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Sunday Email: Issue 193

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Village Quiz
TONIGHT: Sunday 14 January – The quiz will take place at 8pm in the Village Hall. All are welcome.
The winners of the first quiz in 2024 were The Misfits – Charles, Jim, Lynne and Mac. Looking over their shoulders is Andy who was quizmaster. Well done everyone.
St Columba’s Services

  • TODAY – Sunday (14 January) at 10.45am – Holy Communion
  • Sunday 21 January at 10.45am – Choral Matins
  • Sunday 28 January at 10.45am – Holy Communion
  • Sunday 5 February at 6.30pm – Choral Evensong

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

Asenby Parish Council
Asenby Parish Council has announced the death of one of its members, Councillor David Cockburn. In a statement, the Parish Council said it respected David’s constructive input on village and council matters and said that he will be sadly missed. The Parish Council went on to offer their condolences to his wife and family at this sad time.

The meeting of the Parish Council scheduled for Thursday 18 Januaryhas been postponed and a new date will be announced in due course. In the meanwhile if there are any parish queries please contact asenbypc

Warm Hub lunch
The next Warm Hub lunch at Topcliffe & Asenby Village Hall will be on Wednesday 24 January. 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.

Last Wednesday’s lunch was a special one-off three course meal at which over 60 meals were served. There was a choice of a beef or pork with a range of vegetables, followed by delicious sweets and hot drinks. In total was £211 received in donations. £50 has been presented to Cancer Research (Thirsk) and the remainder, after hall rental payment and the purchase of some essential supplies, was added to the Warm Hub Community Fund.

Sutton Bank closure
On Tuesday 16 January the A170 at Sutton Bank will be closed from 6.30pm to 10.30pm for repairs to the barriers.
World axe throwing championship coming to Thirsk
An international axe throwing championship is coming to the UK for the first time ever and Thirsk will be the host town.

Baldersby-based club, the Axemore Throwing Club, is taking the lead on planning and delivering the world championships, which are sanctioned by the Global Axe Throwing Commission, the international governing body for double-bit axe throwing.

The world double-bit axe throwing championships are held every two years and have previously been held in Germany in 2017, Sweden in 2019 and Canada in 2022 ( a year later than normal due to Covid).

The event will be staged at Thirsk racecourse on the weekend 23 to 25 August. Not surprisingly, national and local tourism boards will be using this event to promote Thirsk to the international tourists, and already bookings are starting to come in for B&Bs, hotels and campsites.

Trading opportunity
There’ll be a wide range of additional activities on the racecourse over the weekend, including a huge market area. Organisers are now seeking local businesses and organisations which would like to have hot food sites or have stalls offering artisan crafts, food or drink, or can present workshops or might be able to offer other activities. For more information, please email Naomi at bluecrow7

New Chief Constable appointed
Tim Forber, who is presently serving as Deputy Chief Constable at South Yorkshire Police, has been confirmed as the new Chief Constable of North Yorkshire Police. The announcement follows a robust recruitment process in December. Mr Forber’s starting date is yet to be confirmed.

The photograph shows Mr Forber with Police, Fire & Crime Commissioner Zoe Metcalfe.

Weekly art classes
Weekly art classes are on in the Village Hall each Monday through to 5 February. The sessions, which are two hours long, from 10-12pm, are led by artist and teacher, Rebecca Jayne. She will guide participants with helpful tips and techniques and support you with creating your own artwork.

And looking ahead to the spring
Start spring feeling more confident with drawing and sketching. Join this four-hour workshop from 10.30am to 2.30pm on Thursday 24 March at the Village Hall. Rebecca Jayne, will guide you with helpful tips and techniques and support you with creating your own drawing and sketches of a range of still life arrangements. All materials will be provided and refreshments are included. You can bring your own lunch or pay for a light lunch pre-ordered from a local caterers nearer the time.

Book online at

The RItz Cinema, Thirsk

  • Matinees Only – TODAY – Sunday 14 and Wednesday 17 January – The Red Shoes
  • To Thursday 18 January – no matinees – What Happens Later
  • Friday 19 to Thursday 26 January – matinee on Wednesday 24 January – Ferrari
  • Friday 26 January to Thursday 1 February – matinee on Wednesday 31 January – Anyone But You

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

Thorp Perrow
The popular Arboretum is offering all visitors half price entrance until Friday 9 February 2024. So why not wrap up warm and enjoy a winter walk with friends and family…and maybe treat yourself to a hot chocolate and delicious food from the tea room?

Tickets can be pre booked on their website – just enter the code ‘halfprice’ in the promotions box and click apply – Alternatively you can purchase tickets from the admission area upon arrival.

Some events coming up

  • 24 January – Rose Pruning Workshop – The first session in the spring flower series. Learn all about the theory and techniques of rose pruning. Find out why pruning is essential for healthy growth before using your new-found knowledge and skills on specimens in the Arboretum.
  • 7 February – A Literacy Celebration of Winter – Enjoy winter-inspired poetry and prose in this workshop of walking, talking and lively discussion. With well-known (and not so well-known) works of literature both historic and modern, see winter through the eyes of those with the right words in the right order in this casual workshop celebrating seasonal literature.
  • 21 February – Snowdrop Workshop – The second in the spring flower series. A hands-on workshop where you will learn to identify different varieties of snowdrop (Galanthus), propagate the seeds, plant the bulbs ready to take home…and take part in some snowdrop conservation in the Arboretum.
  • 6 March – Spring Pruning Workshop – Another in the spring flower series. Learn all about early spring pruning in this practical, hands-on workshop covering the fundamentals of what, when, where and how to prune before using your new-found skills in the Arboretum.

More information and bookings:

Bible talks at the Village Hall
The series of undenominational bible talks continues at Topcliffe & Asenby Village Hall. They will be held on Thursdays 18 and 25 January from 7.30 to 8.30pm. Everyone welcome.
Chip ‘n Dales
The Chip ‘n Dales fish and chip van will be back in Topcliffe next Friday, 19 January.

Rural Arts in the New Year

  • 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.
  • Saturday 20 January – ‘Draw and Paint Dogs’ – develop your life drawing skills with model Cocker Spaniel, Inca. 2 – 5pm. £85.
  • Wednesday 24 January – a workshop introducing punch needle embroidery to beginners. Participants will produce a patterned coaster. 10:30am – 12:30pm. £20.
  • Thursday 25 January – ‘Sing, Sign and Sensory’ – a fun and engaging activity for children aged up to two years of age. These enchanting performance workshops presented by Effectus Theatre combine the power of music, sign and sensory play to create a magical experience. 10:30 to 11:15am. £7.50.

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

Topcliffe & Asenby Village Hall
The next meeting of the village hall committee will be held in the Village Hall at 7.30pm on Tuesday 23 January.
Comedy Night at The Angel
The next Comedy Night at The Angel will be held on Thursday 25 January. Doors open at 7.30pm and the show starts at 8pm. See poster here for details. More info and tickets from the venue or online at: or call 01845 578000
Five Loose Chippings
Some readers will remember the name and performance of the Thirsk-based group of musicians, the Five Loose Chippings, who a few years ago played at our Village Hall. Well, there’s another opportunity to see them locally when they perform at The Courthouse in Thirsk at 7.30pm on Friday 26 January. The band has made a name for themselves playing a variety of music from blues, country and bluegrass through to pop classics and western swing. No set entry charge: pay as you decide. Online at
Big Garden Birdwatch
The RSPB’s annual Big Garden Birdwatch 2024 is fast approaching. It takes place between 26 and 28 January. It’s the UK’s biggest citizen science wildlife survey, and it’s so easy to take part.

Big Garden Birdwatch is fun, free and you don’t need to have a garden: any outdoor space near where you live will work just fine. So, join half a million nature lovers and help the RSPB understand how birds are faring.

To take part in Big Garden Birdwatch, you’ll need to put aside just one hour any time on the weekend 26 to 28 January, and count all the different birds you see in your garden, balcony or local park. When you’re done, go online and tell the RSPB what you saw. It’s that simple. For more information and to sign up for the birdwatch, go to

Topcliffe Parish Council
The next meeting of Topcliffe Parish council will be held at 7pm on Thursday 1 February in the Village Hall.
Sessay Comedy Night
There’s a Comedy Night being staged in our neighbouring village of Sessay on Wednesday 7 February. It’s at the village hall and starts at 7.30pm, though the doors and bar opens at 7pm. There are more details on the poster linked here.
The Catton Kitchen
The Shack’s first events of the year has been announced. Amy and Hugo are working with teams at our two local National Parks – Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors, along with the Heritage Fund UK, to bring Dark Skies In The Vale events to Catton village. The dates are Friday 23 and Saturday 24 February from 6 to 8.30pm. So, if you fancy an evening under the stars with storytelling, nature walks, astronomers and a serving of some home grown/reared food, then get your free tickets now from

And a reminder that the Catton Kitchen is open as normal over the winter months – Friday and Saturdays 10am to 2pm and Sundays 10am to 12noon.

Vinyasa Flow Yoga
Lucy Day is holding Vinyasa Flow yoga sessions at Rainton Village Hall every Saturday morning at 9am. If you are interested in attending, please email or call 07970 049928 for details.
Yoga with Alex
‘Yoga with Alex’ classes are held at two locations near Topcliffe – Thirsk Town Hall and Coronation Hall, Boroughbridge. See poster here for more details. These classes are suitable for anyone wishing to improve or regain their balance, strength and mental well-being. Call 07927 141616 or email Alex on
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 – Mondays 15 and 29 January and 12 February
  • Recycling – Thursdays 25 January and 8 February
  • Green Waste – Thursdays 22 February and 7 March.


  • Recycling – Mondays 15 and 29 January and 12 February
  • Refuse – Mondays 22 January and 5 and 19 February
  • Green Waste – Wednesday 24 January

The Council always warns that dates on its website are subject to possible change. You can check the council’s website to ensure you have the correct collection dates.

The Sowerby Household Waste Recycling Centre is open 8.30am to 4pm every day, apart from Wednesdays.

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