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Sunday Email: Issue 195

Welcome to the Sunday Email.

Doug Allan
07785 223707

Village Hall – more bookings cancelled due to water leak
The Village Hall Committee has had to cancel more bookings due to the water leak and work to put it right. All bookings to Friday 9 February have now been cancelled.

The water is still turned off meaning that there is no water available to the kitchen or toilets and access to the hall is difficult until the problem is resolved. Thirsk-based TWC Drain Care are working on the problem and are installing a completely new water system within the Village Hall site.

Hopefully no further bookings beyond Friday 9 February will be affected but there is no guarantee at this stage. A decision will be made in the light of developments and progress on the works.

Bookings Clerk required for Village Hall
The Village Hall Committee is on the lookout for someone with an administrative and/or financial background to run the hall’s online booking service. There’s an electronic booking service in place but this needs an element of management and liaison with users. An honorarium will be offered at the rate of £15 per hour and by trial and experience it is anticipated that between 6 and 8 hours per month will be required. Training will be available. For a chat about this opportunity, please call either Andrew Eckersley on 07966 619016 or Nicky Wood on 07968 008261. Please submit your details to alieneck4000
St Columba’s Services

  • TODAY – Sunday 28 January at 10.45am – Holy Communion
  • Sunday 4 February at 6.30pm – Choral Evensong
  • Sunday 11 February at 10.45am – Holy Communion
  • Sunday 18 February at 10.45am – Sung Matins
  • Wednesday 21 February at 7pm – Lent Compline
  • Sunday 25 February at 10.45am – Holy Communion
  • Wednesday 28 February at 7pm – Lent Compline

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

David Cockburn’s Funeral: David’s funeral will be held in church on Monday 29 January at 1pm.

Date for your diary: The Northallerton Male Voice Choir will be performing in St Columba’s Church on Saturday 16 March. More details in due course.

Big Garden Birdwatch
Today (Sunday 28 January) is the final day of the 2024 annual Big Garden Birdwatch. You’ll need to put aside just one hour 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
Village Quiz
TONIGHT: Sunday 28 January and Sunday 4 February – The quiz will be held in the Plaza Suite at The Angel Inn at 8pm. Bring your own drinks and glasses. There won’t be any bar facilities. Please enter by via the entrance in the car park.

A huge thank you to Maggie and Dave Mathews for accommodating the quiz whilst the Village Hall is out of action.

Local milk and dairy produce services
Since Anne-Marie Barningham’s retirement several residents have asked for information about alternative door to door delivery services to households in Topcliffe and Asenby.

Although Anne-Marie can no longer deliver, she continues to supply a pick-up service for milk and eggs, and will order in other dairy products to order. You can collect items from the farm on Long Street, Topcliffe and call Anne-Marie on 07740 175311 to order produce.

The Post Office on Long Street sells milk.

Two family businesses are operating locally and are happy to take orders for home delivery:

1. Sunrise Farm & Dairy – a locally-based company run by Gemma and Brett Potter is expanding and is inviting people to get in touch if they would like Tuesday and Saturday morning deliveries from Saturday 10 February.
Ring 07866 530953 or email See their list of produce here.

2. Thirsk-based Stephen Pearson is also happy to take on new customers and will deliver on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Call 07518 502534.

Pop up for some marmalade
Asenby resident Clare Phillips is organising a pop up stall at her home, Asenby Hall, next Saturday 3 February to sell her amazing homemade range of marmalades. There’s three varieties – Seville orange, Seville orange with lemon and lime and Seville orange with grapefruit. Various sizes and prices in the range of £3 to £4, with smaller jars available at a cheaper price. Cash only please. The stall will be open 10am to 12 noon. Can’t make it? Call round at Asenby Hall at anytime or call Clare on 01845 577034 to place an order.
Traffic complaint
Topcliffe resident Linda Robinson, who lives on Front Street near the school, is the latest to complain to the authorities about speeding traffic through the village. Recently she wrote to North Yorkshire Police’s traffic unit to draw attention to an increasing concern about speeding motorists and farm vehicles…and the risk of injury to locals, especially schoolchildren. Her main points were:

  • Vehicles passing her home and the school in both directions are travelling far too fast – the 30 miles per hour speed limit is regularly ignored.
  • There should be a 20 mile per hour speed limit in the vicinity of the school.
  • Many residents along this part of Front Street/Station Road have concealed entrances and they face extreme danger from speeding traffic every time they attempt to leave their premises.
  • Traffic in the early and late hours are particularly ignoring speed limits as they presumably believe there will be no speed checks at those times. So, speed checks need to be carried out at different times of the day – not just during ordinary working hours.
  • Living in a rural area it is appreciated that farmers have to carry out their day to day tasks, but many huge tractors, often with trailers, are driven through the village at breakneck speeds.
  • There does not appear to be any policing of the seven-tonne weight limit. Large HGVs regularly flout the restriction and add to the traffic dangers throughout the village, but particularly near the school.
  • More police attention and publicity needs to be given to the problems of speeding so as to improve road safety in villages.
Blue Cross Charity Shop seeks volunteers
The Blue Cross on Thirsk Market Place is looking for more volunteers to help run its charity shop. See poster here for more details.
Thirsk Station’s new car park
Regular users of Thirsk railway station will know how difficult it can be to find car parking space. Well things are changing as there is a new car park nearing completion and it’ll be opening soon. It will offer over 50 extra car parking spaces charged at £3.90 a day. The new car park, which is protected by lighting and CCTV, is linked directly to the station by a footpath. Payment will be cashless and there’ll be daily, weekly and monthly options. The entrance to the new car park is close to the bus stop at the station, just before the Old Red House and on the right when arriving from Thirsk or on the left immediately after the existing main car park entrance, if arriving from Busby Stoop.
Topcliffe Art Classes
Tomorrow’s (Monday 29 January) and next week’s (5 February) art classes will be held at Thirsk Town Hall as Topcliffe & Asenby Village Hall is still out of action due to the water leak problem.

Here is a list of other upcoming fun painting and art experiences and workshops that Rebecca is promoting at Topcliffe & Asenby Village Hall over the next couple of months:

  • The next block of five weekly art classes starts on Monday 19 February.
  • Thursday morning, 29 February – ‘Paint Monet’s Garden inspired artwork in oils’.
  • Thursday 21 March, 10.30am to 2.30pm – Learn to draw and sketch with more confidence. A four-hour workshop with helpful tips and techniques and support with creating your own drawing and sketches of a range of still life arrangements. All materials will be provided and refreshments are included.

And there are alternative dates for classes held at Thirsk Town Hall:

  • Friday night 1 March – ‘Paint Monet’s Garden inspired artwork in oils’.

Plus this special class at the Himalayan Gardens at Grewelthorpe:

  • Friday 17 May, 10-4pm (day retreat) – ‘Paint a Garden Landscape in oils’.

Book online at

Chip ‘n Dales
The Chip ‘n Dales fish and chip van is in Topcliffe every Friday 5 ’til 7pm.

To book the fish and chip van for events, such as weddings, parties, corporate events and Christenings contact Paul and Karen via their Facebook page: –

The RItz Cinema, Thirsk

  • To Thursday 1 February – matinee on Wednesday 31 January – Anyone But You
  • Friday 2 to Thursday 8 February – matinee on Wednesday 7 February – One Life.
  • Friday 9 to Thursday 15 February – matinee on Wednesday 14 February – The Boys in the Boat
  • Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 February – matinees only – The Inseparables.
  • Friday 16 to Thursday 22 February – matinee on Wednesday 21 February – The Holdovers.

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

Creative Club meetings at Thirsk Library
Chris Geeson Creative Clubs are now a regular Saturday feature at Thirsk Community Library. The club sessions are on from 10 until 11.30am and are suitable for 6 to 13 year olds, though parents and younger members of the family can attend as well. Places are limited, so early booking is advised.

  • 3 February – Space-Scape Pictures
  • 10 February – Chinese Dragons
  • 2 March – World Book Day Special
  • 16 March – History-inspired Crafts
  • 30 March – Junk Robots

Look out for extra club events in the half-term and Easter holidays. To book call 01609 534589 or email See poster about current club activities here.

Thirsk Farmers’ Market
Around 20 artisan food and drink producers will bring the fruits of their labour
to Thirsk Market Place from 9am-2pm on Sunday 4 February.
Warm Hub lunch
The Warm Hub lunch scheduled Wednesday 7 February has had to be cancelled as the Village Hall is still out of action. A limited service will be available to those who normally have a meal delivered to their home.
Thorp Perrow
The popular Arboretum is offering all visitors half price entrance until Friday 9 February 2024. 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

  • Wednesday 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.
  • Wednesday 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.
  • Wednesday 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:

Rural Arts events

  • Wednesday 7 February – 10.30am to 12.30pm – A Taste of Art: personalised card design.
  • Friday 9 February – 10am to 3pm – Life Drawing – an introduction.
  • Tuesday 13 February – 10.30am to 12 noon – Whimsical Animal Felt Masks (a half-term activity).
  • Wednesday 14 February – 10.30am to 12.30pm – A Taste of Art: Expressive Watercolour Flowers.

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.

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 open at 7pm. There are more details on the poster linked here.
Royal Scot Excursions
North Yorkshire Moors Railway is offering the opportunity for people to discover the majesty of No. 46100 Royal Scot this February half term. Every day from Saturday 10 to Sunday 18 February you can embark on a 36 mile return journey between Pickering and Grosmont behind this stunning locomotive.
Journeys start at 11am and 2pm. Adults £45, children free, dog £3. Book online at
Signal Box Demonstrations
North Yorkshire Moors Railway is also offering the chance for enthusiasts to experience the fascinating inner workings of a signal box at Pickering Station. You can get a first-hand look at the technology that keeps trains on track. It’s on at 10am, noon and 2pm on Wednesday 14 and Thursday 15 February.
Topcliffe Parish Council
Due to the closure of the Village Hall whilst water works are underway, the next meeting of Topcliffe Parish Council has been re-scheduled for 7pm on Thursday 15 February.
Table Top sale at Sessay
Sessay Village Hall is holding a table-top sale between 10am and 1pm on Saturday 17 February. Refreshments available.

  • Sellers – book a table for just £10. Call Lisa on 07894 750155.
  • Buyers – pop along and bag yourself a bargain – toys, bric-a-brac, household items and lots more. Admission £1. All proceeds to support the Village Hall.
The Catton Kitchen
The ‘Dark Skies In The Vale’ events at Catton Kitchen on Friday 23 and Saturday 24 February have completely sold out.

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
You can easily check bin collection information via North Yorkshire Council’s website at

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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