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Sunday Email: Issue 204

Welcome to your Sunday Email.

Spring Forward! Don’t forget that the clocks went forward by one hour at 1am this morning (Sunday 31 March). And I wish you all a very happy Easter.

Doug Allan
07785 223707

St Columba’s Services

  • TODAY – Sunday 31 March – No service today.
  • Sunday 7 April at 6.30pm – Choral Evensong
  • Sunday 14 April at 10.45am – Holy Communion
  • Sunday 21 April at 10.45am – Sung Matins
  • Sunday 28 April at 10.45am – Holy Communion

Refreshments are served after every Sunday morning service.

Easter Party
TODAY – Sunday 31 March – The Thirsk Royal British Legion Club in Kirkgate is holding an Easter party between 3 and 5pm. This annual event will see a visit from the Easter Bunny and there’ll be an outside company providing a children’s disco and entertainment. Free entry and Easter egg for every child.
Village Quiz
TONIGHT: Sunday 31 March – The quiz is on at Topcliffe & Asenby Village Hall at 8pm.
At last week’s quiz we really mixed things up! As an experiment everyone drew a number to show which team they would join. The result was a great success – we had new teams and the opportunity to better get to know other quizzers. Sue presented the quiz which was top class and it was won (would you believe it?) by The Losers – Debbie, Derek, Judith and Mac. Obviously the team had little faith in their ability to win…but now they know better!
Ripon Street Party
TOMORROW – Monday 1 April, there’s to be a massive Easter Bank Holiday Street Fiesta in Ripon with lots of entertainment, great food and drink, plus stalls selling locally produced products. Pop along and join in the street party atmosphere. See poster here.
Topcliffe Surgery and pharmacies – Easter opening hours
The surgery will re-open after the Easter bank holiday weekend on Tuesday 2 April at 8am. In case of emergencies please ring NHS 111.

Local pharmacy opening hours for rest of weekend:

  • Sunday 31 March – Tesco Pharmacy, East Road, Northallerton DL6 1NP 12 noon – 2pm.
  • Monday 1 April – Boots Pharmacy, 203-204 High Street, Northallerton DL7 8LW 1 – 2pm.
Topcliffe Post Office
Closed today, Sunday 31 March, and on Monday 1 April. Open as usual from Tuesday 2 April.
Using social media whilst on holiday
It’s coming around to that time of year when many of us will be going on holiday and its natural to want to share photographs with those back home. But posting your holiday photos on social media whilst on holiday not only tells your friends and family you’re having a good time, it also advertises to criminals that you’re away and your house is empty.

Many insurers now have an exclusion clause stating that if you post photos advertising the fact that you are on holiday, you may not be covered if your house gets burgled. If your insurer does not have a specific Social Media Exclusion, they will have a general condition often called a ‘Duty of Care’, which states that you must take reasonable precautions to try and prevent a claim. Advertising that you are on holiday is like placing a sign on your front door stating you are away.

There are some steps you can take to keep safe:

  • Wait until you get back – post your photographs when you get home and don’t check in on Facebook as soon as you get to the airport or hotel.
  • Lock down your social media – keep your social media settings private so only your friends and family can see them.
  • Turn off location services – If this is on and linked to your social media accounts then it will post your location.
  • Check your friends list – have a clear out of anyone you don’t know well.
  • Remove personal details you don’t need – check online to see just what you can find out about yourself; you may be surprised by what information is there.
  • Make sure you’re not tagged – ask friends and family not to tag you and warn them only to post when you are back home. Adjust the setting so you can review anything you are tagged in.
  • Check your insurance policy – read the small print or contact your insurer to check for any clauses relating to posting on social media.
A new way to get in touch with the police

In an attempt to make it as easy as possible for you to contact the police, a new app called PoliceUK has been launched. It allows you to report a range of services online in the same way you would as if you called 101. The sort of reports that can be made in would include anti-social behaviour, domestic abuse or road traffic incidents. And it means you can do it whenever suits you without having to make a phone call. The app can be downloaded from Google Play and iOS app stores.

Alternatively, visit where you can do all the things you can on the app.

Of course, if it is an emergency you are reporting, always call 999.

Recycle your ink cartridges
Topcliffe Post Office is acting as a collection point for empty ink cartridges which are recycled to raise funds for the 1st Topcliffe Scout Group, which includes the Squirrels, Beavers, Cubs and Scouts that meet weekly in Topcliffe & Asenby Village Hall.
Chip ‘n Dales
The Chip ‘n Dales fish and chip van is in Topcliffe every Friday 5 ’til 7pm.
Thirsk Community Library
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.

Regular events for children:

  • Storytime – Monday afternoons 1.30 – 2.15pm;
  • After school club – Mondays 3.45 – 4.45pm
  • Warhammer Wargames Club – Mondays,
  • Lego Club – Tuesday and Thursdays – booking required;
  • Construction Play – Fridays 10.30 – 11.30am;
  • Get Crafty drop in art and craft sessions – Saturday 10.30am – 1pm

To book call 01609 534589 or email

Salsa for Beginners
A five-week Salsa class started last week in Sessay Village Hall and there are four more sessions on Thursday evening at 7pm. You can learn the fundamentals of the world’s most popular dance style. Everyone welcome – £5 per session. Call Jess on 07515 896534 for more information.
Warm Hub lunch
The next Soup & Sweet lunch will be held at the Village Hall on Wednesday 3 April from 11.30 to 12.45pm. There’ll be a selection of home-made soups, puddings, delicious cakes and bakes and tea or coffee. All welcome. No set charge, but donations welcome.

Rural Arts events

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

  • Drawing Urban Rooftops – Wednesday 3 April.
  • Colourways inspired by Albers – Friday 5 April.
  • Ceramic Organic Forms – Wednesday 10 April
  • Sketching pets and other animals – Wednesday 17 April
  • Bold birds in mixed media – Wednesday 24 April
  • Willow sunflowers – Tuesday 30 April

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.

Wensleydale Railway
There’s something for everyone at Wensleydale Railway over the coming months. They are planning plenty of events and activities and here’s a taste of what’s on with a link to the booking system:

Contact email: / 01677 425805

Topcliffe Parish Council
The next meeting of Topcliffe Parish Council will be at 7pm on Thursday 4 April in the village hall.
The Ritz Cinema

  • Wicked Little Letters – to Thursday 4 April – matinee on Wednesday 3 April.
  • Dune: Part Two – Friday 5 to Thursday 11 April – matinee on Wednesday 10 April.
  • Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire – Friday 12 to Thursday 18 April – matinee on Wednesday 17 April.
  • Kung Fu Panda 4 – Friday 19 to Thursday 25 April – matinee on Sunday 21 April.

Opening times: Evenings – doors open at 7pm for 7.30pm. Matinees – doors open at 2pm for 2.30pm. You can now book online at

Asenby Community Park
The Parish Council is looking for volunteers to plant some lower bombs and put up some benches on Saturday 6 April between 10am and 12 noon.If you can help please email
The repair workshop
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. The next repair Cafe is on Saturday 6 April from 10am to 1pm at Thirsk Community Library, Meadowfields, Thirsk. For further details or if you would like to volunteer, please email –
Easter canal cruises
The ‘Pride of Ripon’ is offering cruises on the scenic Ripon canal this Easter. They’ll run 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
Fancy a go at paddleboarding?
Try and stand up paddleboarding along the Ripon Canal Basin on Saturday 6 April between 10am and 4.30pm. Guidance and instruction from How Stean Gorge’s outdoor sports experts. All safety equipment is provided, including paddleboards, paddles, wetsuits, and buoyancy aids. Whether you are a seasoned paddler or a first-timer, the three-hour adventure caters to all skill levels. Tickets cost £65. Book online or call the adventure team on 01423 755666.
The Cherry Tones
The popular retro harmony duo from Hutton Sessay is performing at Sessay Village Hall on Saturday 6 April at 7.30pm (door and bar opens at 7pm). They’ll be singing lots of favourites from the 50s to the 80s, including many with a Motown feel. Pre-booked tickets £10 including nibbles from Heather Dale on 07467 549302. On the night at the door – £12.
Book and Postcard Fair
The annual Bedale Book and Postcard fair will take place at Bedale Hall (DL8 1AA) on Sunday 7 April betwen10am and 4pm. This year, besides the usual 30+ stalls, there’ll also be a range of vintage items on offer. Admission £2 with children under 14 free. Plenty of parking available.
Thirsk Farmers’ Market
The next Thirsk Farmers’ Market will take place in the Market Place on Sunday 7 April between 9am and 2pm. Around 20 artisan food and drink producers bring you the fruits of their labour.
Topcliffe Art Classes
The next series of weekly art classes at Topcliffe & Asenby Village Hall starts on Monday 8 April. There are seven classes in the series – the one in Bank Holiday week is on the Wednesday. They run for two hours from 10am to 12noon. Rebecca Jayne, artist and teacher will guide you with helpful tips and techniques and support you with creating your own artwork.

Rebecca Jayne is holding a special class on Thursday 11 April at Topcliffe & Asenby Village Hall between 10.30am to 1.30pm. The theme is ‘Paint Beautiful Blooms in Acrylics’.

She is also organising a class at the Himalayan Gardens at Grewelthorpe on Friday 17 May, 10am- 4pm – ‘Paint a Garden Landscape in Oils’.

Book online at

Racing at Thirsk
Here’s the first few race days in the schedule at Thirsk Racecourse.
Tuesday 9 April – an extra meet to launch the season’s racing. Accompanied u18’s come free and do not require a ticket or badge. Gates open 11am.
• Saturday 20 April – Vickers Bet race day.
• Saturday 4 May – Thirsk Hunt Cup
• Saturday 11 May – Irish Day
A talk from a Yorkshire vet
Matt Jackson-Smith, one of the stars of television’s The Yorkshire Vet, is the guest speaker at the Galtres Centre in Easingwold at 7.30pm on Friday 12 April. Matt, 34, trained as a vet at the University of Glasgow, the same place that the world’s most famous vet, Alf Wight, studied. He now works at Donaldson’s Vets in Huddersfield as a vet treating farm animals and small animals. On the TV show he is well-known for his love of exotic species, having snakes and a Bearded Dragon called Dennis as pets, as well as his beloved dog, Harry. Tickets are priced at £20 and the event starts at 7.30pm.
Spring Food, Home & Garden Show
Get ready to indulge in a delightful celebration of all things spring at Ripon Cathedral from 10am to 4pm on Saturday 13 April at the spring food, home and garden show. The day will be filled with food, inspiring home furnishings, and stunning garden plants and accessories. Tickets are £5 plus a booking fee and the event runs from 10am to 4pm. Online at
Spring Plant Fair
The Newburgh Priory Spring Plant Fair is to be held on Sunday 14 April between 11am and 4pm. Admission £5 (card or cash). Children free. Top plant specialists and garden accessory stands plus home made food too.
Book launch at Thirsk Garden Centre
J. M. Hall’s third novel – A Clock Stopped Dead – will be launched at Thirsk Garden Centre on Wednesday 17 April at 2.30pm. See poster here.
Thirsk fire fighters in charity car clean
Fire fighters based at the Thirsk fire station are holding a charity car wash on Saturday 20 April between 9am and 1pm. All money raised will go to The Fire Fighters’ Charity. See poster here.
The Angel Comedy Night
The next Hilarity Bites Comedy Night at The Angel in Topcliffe will be held on Thursday 25 April. Doors open 7.30pm and the show begins at 8pm. Tickets £10 if purchased in advance or £12 on the door. For more information and tickets call 01845 578000.
The Harrogate Spring Flower Show
This year’s Spring Flower Show will take place at the Great Yorkshire Showground from Thursday 25 to Sunday 28 April. Featuring stunning show gardens, vibrant plant and flower displays, live talks and demonstrations, great garden shopping and the biggest exhibition by florists and flower arrangers in the country. Book online at –
The Yorkshire Flea
The next Yorkshire Flea will be held at Thirsk Auction Mart on Sunday 28 April from 11am to 6pm. Expect between 70 and 90 dealers selling all sorts of vintage items and antiques.
Indoor Car Boot Sale
Bagby & Balk Village Society are organising an indoor car boot sale on Sunday 28 April between 10am and 12 noon. It will be held at Dalton Village Hall. Admission £1 per adult, Refreshments will be available.
Topcliffe & Asenby Village Hall Committee
On Tuesday 7 May starting at 7.30pm there’ll be the AGM followed by an Ordinary Meeting of the Village Hall Committee.
Asenby Parish Council
The next meeting will be on Wednesday 8 May at 7pm in Topcliffe and Asenby Village Hall (Upper Committee Room).
Dalton Jumble Sale
There’s to be a jumble sale at Dalton Village Hall on Saturday 11 May from 10am to 1pm. It’s to raise cash for the Village Hall. The organisers are asking for donations of any items that might sell – anything in good, clean working order – such as unwanted birthday presents, last year’s school uniforms, children’s games and activities, clothes, household items, outgrown baby items, small furniture. Donations can be dropped off at the hall (sorry, no collection arrangements).
Thorp Perrow

  • Classic Car Sundays – 12 May and 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 26 May -10am – 4pm.
  • Summer Bird of Prey Photography Workshops – Wednesdays 12 June, 28 August and 2 October. 10am – 4pm. A light picnic lunch included.
  • Sensation ABBA Tribute – Saturday 13 July
  • The Freddie & Queen Experience – Friday 2 August

More details and bookings:

Iconic street food at Catton Kitchen
The very popular caterers Squid & Tonic will be serving their iconic street food at The Catton Kitchen on Saturday 18 May between 4 and 8pm. See poster here. In this unusual collaboration The Catton Kitchen will supply many of the home-grown food ingredients and Squid & Tonic will cook and present it as part of an amazing menu. Entrance to the event is free: just pay for what you eat and drink. Booking required in advance. Email: or call 07747 083155.
Sessay Scarecrow Festival
This year’s festival is on Sunday 19 May. Details are still being finalised but please make a note in your diary as it’s a great family day out. There’ll be a checklist and questions for children to answer along the scarecrow trail with a reward for those that participate. There’ll also be refreshments, BBQ, tombola and bar. Save the date.
Sessay Floral Art Demonstration
Renowned floral designer and TV regular Jonathan Moseley will be demonstrating a range of floral art techniques at Sessay Village Hall at 7pm on Tuesday 4 June. Tickets are £20 to include a glass of wine and raffle ticket. Call Doreen Till on 01845 577906 or email – paces are strictly limited,
Deer Shed Festival
This year’s Deer Shed Festival will be on at Baldersby Park over the weekend – 26 to 29 July. The programme for this year’s festival is shown here.
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.