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Sunday Email: Issue 196

Welcome to the Sunday Email.

Doug Allan
07785 223707

Topcliffe & Asenby Village Hall
The Village Hall Committee is hopeful that work on the new water supply piping network will be completed as planned this week and that no further bookings will need to be cancelled beyond Friday 9 February. If that position changes, hall users will be contacted in person and messages will be posted on the Village Hall, Top Residents and Asenby Residents’ Facebook pages.
Village Hall Bookings Administator
There has been some positive interest in the booking administrator’s role which is being offered on an honorarium basis. Thank you to those who have expressed an interest. A decision will be taken as quickly as possible and all applicants will be contacted in due course. The Village Hall Committee does not require any further applications.
St Columba’s Services

  • TODAY – 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.

Date for your diary: Don’t forget thatThe Northallerton Male Voice Choir will be performing in St Columba’s Church on Saturday 16 March. More details in due course.

The Angel at Topcliffe
TODAY: There’ll be no lunches served to the general public today (Sunday 4 February) as there’s a private function taking place. Things return to normal next Sunday 11 February.
To make a booking call 01845 578000.
Thirsk Farmers’ Market
TODAY; Sunday 4 February.– Around 20 artisan food and drink producers will bring the fruits of their labour to Thirsk Market Place from 9am-2pm.
Village Quiz
TONIGHT: 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 via the entrance in the car park.

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

Winners of last week’s quiz
It was a great quiz at The Angel last week. Jim’s musical pop picker’s questions from the 1960s really got the memories going. Well done the ‘Back Seat of the Bus’ team – Anne, Phil, Lynne and Mac – for an excellent score.
Topcliffe Art Classes
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

Cross Talk Newsletter
The February edition of the local church magazine Cross Talk is now out. you can read it here.
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: –

Raise the Roof
Lots of people are interested in the history of their own homes but perhaps don’t know how to set about tackling the necessary research. Well an exhibition at Thirsk Library from Tuesday 6 to Thursday 29 February might be just what is needed to get potential sleuths moving. ‘Raising the Roof’ is an exhibition describing how to investigate the history of your house, the plot on which it stands, the past owners and occupants, structural changes made over the years and lots more. There’s also a talk Tuesday 27 February if you want to hear more from the experts. The poster here also has websites where you can begin your research.
Warm Hub lunch
The Warm Hub lunch scheduled for 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. Normal service will be resumed on Wednesday 21 February.
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.

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.

The RItz Cinema, Thirsk

  • 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.

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

  • Snowdrop month is now underway. Collect a map as you arrive and follow the snowdrop trail through the Arboretum learning all about the interesting and rare varieties as you go along. There are 41 different types of Snowdrop thriving on the woodland floor, ranging from the garden favourite to some more rare and unusual types.
    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:

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.

  • 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.

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.
Cookery Book Sale
Northallerton’s Secret Garden is holding a nearly new cook book sale on Saturday 17 February from 10am until 2pm. The books are in fantastic condition, all hard backs never been used, by top cooks from all over the world. It’s on at the Zion United Reform Church, Northallerton. Refreshments will be served.
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.
Dalton Village Hall Events
Band Night: The Mothers will perform at the next village band night on Friday 23 February. Tickets are £10 and available from Eleanor on 07841 036340.

Pop-up Cafe:The next pop-up cafe will be on Saturday 2March from 9.30 to 11am. Everyone is welcome to come along for bacon or sausage sandwiches, toasted teacakes and tea or coffee.

The Angel Comedy Night
The next Hilarity Bites Comedy Night at The Angel in Topcliffe will be staged on Thursday 29 February. Doors open 7.30pm and the show begins at 8pm. Tickets £10 if purchased in advance or £12 on the door. For more information see poster here or call 01845 578000.
Wedding Open Day
There’ll be a wedding open day between 12 noon and 2pm on Sunday 3 March at The Crab & Lobster, Asenby. For more information email
Mother’s Day Lunch in Topcliffe – Sunday 10 March

  • The Swan is now taking bookings for lunch, which will be served from 12 noon to 3.30pm. Call 01845 595185 or message them on their Facebook page.
  • The Angel is also taking bookings and lunch will be from 12 noon to 4pm. Call 01845 578000 or message them via their Facebook page or website.
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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