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Sunday Email: Issue 199

Welcome to your Sunday Email. Only one more to go before the 200th edition of the weekly news email is reached!

Doug Allan
07785 223707

Thank you to last year’s sponsor
It’s a year since Faro Finance agreed to sponsor the Sunday Email in order to cover fees that have to be paid to Mail Chimp, the platform on which the email is published. This is the final week of their sponsorship.

I am very grateful to Faro for the support the company has given and I wish them every success in the future.

In 2024/25 the cost of the Sunday Email will be covered from a small advertising surplus on The Tattler account and support received from the Warm Hub Community Fund. The support of the volunteers behind the Warm Hub is greatly appreciated.

St Columba’s Services
There’ll be a service of Compline every Wednesday at 7pm throughout Lent. This is a short evening service, originally used to close the day of monastery or convent life. It consists of reflective prayers and readings and takes about 15 minutes and it is a lovely peaceful way to close a busy day. Everyone is most welcome to come along.

  • TODAY – Sunday 25 February at 10.45am – Holy Communion
  • Wednesday 28 February at 7pm – Lent Compline
  • Sunday 3 March at 6.30pm – Choral Evensong
  • Wednesday 6 March at 7pm – Lent Compline
  • Sunday 10 March at 10.45am – Mothering Sunday Holy Communion
  • Wednesday 13 March at 7pm – Lent Compline
  • Saturday 16 March at 7pm – Northallerton Male Voice Choir (see details in list below)
  • Sunday 17 March at 10.45am – Sung Matins
  • Wednesday 20 March at 7pm – Lent Compline
  • Sunday 24 March at 10.45am – Palm Sunday Holy Communion
  • Wednesday 27 March at 7pm – Lent Compline
  • Saturday 30 March at 7.30pm – Easter Vigil and Choral Mass

Refreshments are served after every Sunday morning service.

Village Quiz
TONIGHT: Sunday 25 February – The quiz is on at Topcliffe & Asenby Village Hall at 8pm.
Winners of last week’s quiz
Susan, Derek and Alan – with guest team member Doug – were the winners of Phil’s challenging quiz last Sunday. Well done to all who took part.
Warm Hub lunch
The next Warm Hub lunch will be held at the Village Hall on Wednesday 6 March 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.

Last Wednesday 48 meals were served, including six which were delivered to homes in the village. Donations totalled £159 of which £50 has been presented to Animal Rescue Crew.

Topcliffe Academy excellent SIAMS report
Just before half term Topcliffe Church of England Academy had a SIAMS inspection. That’s a Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools – an assessment to see how the school is upholding its Christian foundations as a church school. Now headteacher Abi Clay has shared the inspector’s report.

A full copy of the short report can be read here, but in summary it states that the school is an incredibly nurturing and inclusive school where everyone lives by the Christian values of compassion and respect in everything it does. It was noted that collective worship is at the heart of the school and that the children are able to talk confidently about theology, philosophy and debate ethics and injustice as part of their everyday language.

Driving and mobile phones
Over the next few weeks North Yorkshire Police will be supporting a national campaign targeting drivers using their hand-held mobile telephone whilst driving. It’s illegal to use a handheld phone while driving a motor vehicle on the roads in the UK and even using a hands-free option can incur penalties if your driving is deemed to be dangerous. Drivers using a phone are four times more likely to be in a crash.
The police have the right to stop anyone who they think may have been distracted and not in control of their vehicle, and prosecution could follow.

Some drivers apparently believe they can use their phone if stopped at traffic lights or queuing in traffic, or when their engine automatically cuts out when the vehicle stops, but all these actions are also illegal. And you can’t use a phone whilst supervising a learner driver nor are you allowed to hold or use a device that’s offline or in-flight mode when driving your car.

You can use a hand-held phone when safely parked and the engine is off, and if you need to call 999 or 112 in an emergency and it’s unsafe or impractical to stop. Interestingly, you can use your phone when making a contactless payment in a vehicle that is not moving, for example at a drive-through restaurant.

You can use hands-free mobile devices while driving as long as you do not hold them at any time during usage. The device must not block your view of the road and traffic ahead.

Breaking the rules can lead to getting six penalty points on your licence and a £200 fine. Anyone getting six points within two years of passing their driving test will lose their licence.

You can get three penalty points if you don’t have a full view of the road and traffic ahead or proper control of the vehicle. And having points on your licence will result in higher insurance costs.

Chip ‘n Dales
The Chip ‘n Dales fish and chip van is in Topcliffe every Friday 5 ’til 7pm.
Catton Kitchen
Closed on the weekend Friday 1 March to Sunday 3 March.
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 latest block of five weekly art classes started last Monday (19 February).
  • Thursday, 29 February – 10am to 1pm – ‘Paint Monet’s Garden inspired artwork in oils’.
  • Thursday 21 March, 10.30am to 2.30pm – Learn to draw and sketch with more confidence.
  • Thursday 11 April, 10.30am to 1.30pm – Paint Beautiful Blooms in Acrylics.

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

The RItz Cinema, Thirsk

  • TODAY: to Thursday 29 February – matinee on Wednesday 28 February – All Of Us Strangers.
  • Friday 1 to Thursday 7 March – matinees on Sunday 3 and Wednesday 6 March – Jackdaw.
  • Sunday 3 March – Fundraising evening for the Herriot Hospice – featuring the London Mountain Film Festival – a fabulous night of big screen outdoor adventure films. 7.30pm. Tickets £10.
  • Friday 8 to Thursday 14 March – matinee on Wednesday 13 March – Argylle.
  • Friday 15 to Thursday 21 March – matinee Wednesday 20 March – The Iron Claw.
  • Friday 22 to Thursday 28 March – matinee on Wednesday 27 March – Bob Marley: One Love.
  • Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 March – matinees only – Migration.

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

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.
Dalton Village Hall 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.
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.

Rural Arts events

Here are some of the workshops coming up at The Courthouse in Thirsk:

  • Digital Camera Techniques: Capturing the Everyday – Saturday 2 March.
  • How to Paint Botanical Watercolours – Mondays 4 and 25 March.
  • Linocut Printed Cards – Wednesday 6 March.
  • Enamelling a Unique Item – Wednesday 13 March.
  • Creating a Copper Wire Hare – Tuesday 19 March.
  • Traditional Sign Painting – Wednesday 20 March.
  • iCan – Get to Know Your IPad – Saturday 23 March.
  • Experimental Textiles – Saturday 23 March.
  • James and The Giant Peach Paperwork – Tuesday 26 March.
  • Ceramic Tortoises – Wednesday 27 March.
  • Matilda’s Watercolour Paintings – Thursday 28 March.
  • Penguins from Everyday Junk – Thursday 28 March.
  • Experimental Print – Friday 29 March.

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.

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.
Thorp Perrow

  • Spring Pruning Workshop – Wednesday 6 March – 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.
  • Collaging Workshop with celebrated environmental artist James Owen Thomas – Wednesday 13 March – 10am to 1pm.
  • Easter Wreath Workshop – Wednesday 20 March – 10am to 3pm.
  • Classic Car Sundays – 12 May and Sunday 9 June – 10am – 2pm. Take your classic vehicle to the gardens for easy Sunday morning coffee, bacon sandwich and car chat.
  • Vintage Vehicle & Classic Car Show – Sunday May 2024 -10am – 4pm

More information and bookings:

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.
Topcliffe Academy – dates for your diary

  • 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.
Northallerton Male Voice Choir to perform in Topcliffe
The Northallerton Male Voice Choir will be performing in St Columba’s Church on Saturday 16 March. The choir will give a wide and varied evening of traditional and modern songs. The concert starts at 7pm (doors open from 6pm). Tickets are £10 to include a glass of wine or soft drink and light refreshments at the conclusion. Children £5. All proceeds will go to the fund set up to maintain the fabric of the church building. Tickets available from John Phillips on 01845 577034 or 07831 188819. See poster here.
Asenby Parish Council
The next meeting of Asenby Parish Council will be held in Topcliffe & Asenby Village Hall at 7pm on Wednesday 20 March.
Base Camp for kids
Kids can kick start the Easter holidays with some springtime adventures including archery, campfire cooking, nature trails walking, woodwork, crafts and woodland games in the 90 acres of private parkland at Base Camp, Baldersby Park. Camp activities are supervised by qualified and experienced staff. Wednesday 27 and Thursday 28 March, 10am to – 3pm, £30 per child. For more details see poster here and to book online, go to
Easter canal cruises
The ‘Pride of Ripon’ is offering cruises on the scenic Ripon canal this Easter. They’ll run from Friday 29 March to Saturday 6 April from 10.20am every half hour. There’ll be bunnies galore and a quiz for everyone to complete, with a prize worth up to £8 for every child under 14 years of age. Cruises start at Ripon Canal Basin – HG4 1AQ. If you have any queries about accessibility, timings or other issues call 01765 609777 or email
Traders in Topcliffe, Asenby and surrounding area
A list of traders and businesses in Topcliffe and Asenby is shown here. If your business is missing from the list or any information needs updating, please contact Doug Allan.
Bin Collections
You can easily check bin collection information via North Yorkshire Council’s website at

Garden waste licences for 2024 are now on sale from North Yorkshire Council. Purchase your licence online –

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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