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Sunday Email: Issue 197

Welcome to the Sunday Email.

Doug Allan
07785 223707

Topcliffe & Asenby Village Hall
Progress has been slow but the work to install a new water supply network at the Village Hall is finally nearing completion. Bookings had been cancelled up to and including last Friday but no further cancellations are needed so things are now back to normal. There’s still a bit of tidying up to do here and there but this will not interfere with use of the hall and its facilities.

The Village Hall Committee would like to thank all users for their patience and understanding following the water leak and subsequent repair works.

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.

Village Quiz
TONIGHT: Sunday 11 February – The quiz is back at Topcliffe & Asenby Village Hall at 8pm. Once again, a huge thank you to Maggie and Dave Mathews for accommodating the quiz at The Angel whilst the Village Hall was out of action.
Winners of last week’s quiz
An absolutely excellent and testing quiz set by Lynne and won by The Good Nights after a tie-break decider with the Church Street Mob. Well done everybody.
Warm Hub lunch
The next Warm Hub lunch will be held at the Village Hall on Wednesday 21 February from 11.30 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.
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: –

Nunnington Hall this half term
Nunnington Hall, between Helmsley and York is staging a fun and interactive house trail guiding visitors through the various roles performed by household servants in1924. It’s on each day from 10.30am until Sunday 18 February and is the perfect indoor activity for all the family. See if you possess the skills that would have helped you gain employment as a servant at Nunnington Hall. Adult £11, child £5.50, family £27.50. Free entry for National Trust members and under 5s. Tel: 01439 748283.
A Menagerie of Mosaics
A celebration of nature’s wonders encapsulated in mosaic art featuring a rich tapestry of birds, animals and plants. Each piece of art is a testament to the diverse beauty found in the natural world. Indulge your senses in the exquisite beauty of mosaic creations meticulously brought to life by members of the British Association of Modern Mosaics. From intricate avian wonders to vibrant botanical scenes, every mosaic reflects the passion, creativity, and expertise of the talented artists. All of the stunning pieces on display are available for purchase. At RHS Harlow Carr in Harrogate to 25 February, 10am – 4pm daily. Members get free garden entry, and non-members pay the normal garden admission charge. See poster here.
The RItz Cinema, Thirsk

  • TODAY: Sunday 11 February – matinee only – The Inseparables.
  • ToThursday 15 February – matinee on Wednesday 14 February – The Boys in the Boat
  • 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.

Rural Arts events

  • 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 Arts’ 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.

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
The next meeting of Topcliffe Parish Council will be held at 7pm on Thursday 15 February in the Village Hall.
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 and 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.
Thirsk Artisan Market
On the Market Place in Thirsk on Sunday 18 February from 9am to 2pm. Locally-produced arts, crafts, food and drink. A diverse, quality, shopping experience that celebrates independent producers and makers.
Royal Scot Excursions
North Yorkshire Moors Railway is offering the opportunity for people to discover the majesty of No. 46100 Royal Scot through 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
Topcliffe Academy – dates for your diary

  • Monday, 19 February – School re-opens for second half of spring term
  • Thursday, 14 March – FOTS Disco, 5.30 – 7pm
  • Wednesday, 20 March – Easter Service at St Columba’s Church, 2pm
  • Friday, 22 March – Topcliffe’s Got Talent, 12.45pm
  • Friday, 22 March – School closes for Easter holidays, 2pm
  • Monday, 8 April – Staff Training Day
  • Tuesday, 9 April – School re-opens for start of Summer Term.
Topcliffe Art Classes
Here is a list of upcoming fun painting and art experiences and workshops that Rebecca Jayne 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

Thorp Perrow

  • 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 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:

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.

Repair your stuff
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 in return for a voluntary donation. The next Repair cafe is on at Thirsk Community Library on Saturday 24 February from 10am to 1pm.
Lambing time at Spilmans farm at Sessay
Families and young children are invited to lambing time on Spilman’s farm on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through to 25 February. Crafting opportunities included. Online booking essential. Timeslots from 10am until 2.30pm. Adults and children £6.50, carers £4.
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.
World Book Day
Renowned children’s author Saviour Pirotta will be visiting Topcliffe Academy on Friday 1 March as part of the annual World Book Day celebrations. He mainly writes children’s historical fiction, fantasy and retellings of myths and legends. His latest books are set in Ancient Greece, the Islamic Golden Age, the Stone Age and Ancient Egypt. Saviour recently wrote his first book for adults – a Sherlock Holmes mystery called The Case of the Pressed Carnation – and he also writes for the theatre. For the past few years he has lived in Scarborough.
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.

  • Saturday 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.

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
Thirsk Farmers’ Market
At Thirsk Market Square between 9am and 2pm on Sunday 3 March.
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.
Asenby Parish Council
The next meeting of Asenby Parish Council will be held in Topcliffe & Asenby Village Hall at 7pm on Wednesday 20 March.
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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