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Sunday Email: Issue 205

Welcome to your Sunday Email.

Doug Allan
07785 223707

St Columba’s Services

  • 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.

Thirsk Farmers’ Market
TODAY: Sunday 7 April: Thirsk Farmers’ Market will take place in the Market Place between 9am and 2pm. Around 20 artisan food and drink producers bring you the fruits of their labour.
Book and Postcard Fair
TODAY: Sunday 7 April– The annual Bedale Book and Postcard fair will take place at Bedale Hall (DL8 1AA)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.
Village Quiz
TONIGHT: Sunday 7 April – The quiz is on at Topcliffe & Asenby Village Hall at 8pm.
The winners of last week’s quiz were the Shaw family competing under the title "It’s a Shaw Thing". Jim and Carol were joined by their grandchildren Oscar, Isobel and Elijah. The excellent quiz was set by Debbie. Well done everyone.
St Columba’s churchyard maintenance
Volunteers are being sought to help to get St Columba’s churchyard into shape for summer. Unfortunately anticipated external help from the Community Pay Back scheme hasn’t materialised and, as the church wardens are strapped for funds, they cannot afford to hire contractors. So once again it’s a matter of relying on the goodwill of those who can help in any way to keep this special green space in the centre of our village in a state that is welcoming to all whether locals, passers-by or walkers, with or without dogs.

Organiser John Phillips said:” I think those who helped out last year greatly enjoyed the opportunity to get busy with the large and happy group of volunteers that turned out to help. They were keen to help tidy up this very visible feature of our village and also to enjoy a social occasion together. So, I am planning a first working party on Saturday 4 May starting at 9.30 through to about 12.30pm. Then on the following Saturdays in May, as appropriate and weather permitting.

“Volunteers don’t have to be there for the whole time: they can simply pop along and do what they can to give their support. There’ll be some tools and lawnmowers available, but if people can bring whatever they might have to help – rakes, trowels, spades, forks, extra mowers etc. – that would be wonderful.” Refreshments will be served.

Village BBQ
As last year, all volunteers, along with all other villagers, will be welcome to attend the village BBQ in the churchyard on the Sunday 9 June as part of the St Columba’s Weekend celebrations.

New bus schedule for Topcliffe and Asenby
From tomorrow 8 April the No. 70 bus operated by Hodgsons Buses will be operating between Ripon and Northallerton, with stops in Asenby and Topcliffe. The full timetable is here:
Asenby Community Park
The play equipment and surrounding areas in Asenby’s Community Park are looking great following a clean up courtesy of Thirsk-based Cleancore UK. Well done everyone involved.
Thanks also to the many volunteers who turned out yesterday to help clean out the hedge backs. Plenty of branches, leaves and other rubbish were removed and things are looking a whole lot better now.
Chip ‘n Dales
The Chip ‘n Dales fish and chip van is in Topcliffe every Friday 5 ’til 7pm.
Yoga with Alex
‘Yoga with Alex’ restart tomorrow, 8 April at two locations near Topcliffe – Thirsk Town Hall and Coronation Hall, Boroughbridge. See poster here for more details. These classes are suitable for beginners and those with experience wishing to improve or regain their balance, strength and mental well-being. Call 07927 141616 or email Alex on
Topcliffe Art Classes
The next series of weekly art classes at Topcliffe & Asenby Village Hall starts tomorrow 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 u18s 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
• Friday 7 June – afternoon racing
• Sunday 16 June – Father’s Day Skybet Sunday Series
• Monday 24 June – afternoon racing.

Rural Arts events

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

  • 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.

The Ritz Cinema

  • Dune: Part Two – 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

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 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.
Ripon Cathedral Spring Show
There be lots to see and do at Ripon Cathedral’s Spring Food, Home and Garden Show on Saturday 13 April from 10am – 4pm. Come and enjoy a day filled with incredible food, inspiring home furnishings, and stunning garden plants and accessories. The Riggmoor Reindeer and mobile petting farm will be set up on the Cathedral’s forecourt and inside there’ll be children activities on all day. including free colouring and Lego ‘build and play’ sessions. The Cathedral Choristers & Scholars will be running a fundraising Chocolate Tombola. Adult entry £5. For more information and to book visit:
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

Nosterfield Nature Reserve
An exciting day for 14 to 18 year olds on the nature reserve. Saturday 13 April from 10am to 1pm. See poster here.
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.
Soup & Sweet Lunch
The next Soup & Sweet lunch will be held at the Village Hall on Wednesday 17 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.

The last Soup & Sweet lunch held on Wednesday 3 April saw 46 meals served and a total of £165 raised, of which £50 was donated to the Bootshop charity in Easingwold. After paying hall rent the balance was added to the warm Hub Community Fund.

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.
Macmillan Coffee Morning at Tails of Swale
The Catton-based dog daycare and boarding service, Tails of Swale (YO74SG) is holding a Macmillan Coffee Morning and raffle on Saturday 4 May between 10.30am and 1pm Entry £5 to include a hot drink and cake. Not surprisingly, all dogs welcome. See poster here.
Brewery Open Day
The Hambleton Brewery at Melmerby is holding its annual open day on Saturday 4 May between 12 noon and 8pm. There’ll be brewery tours and lots of entertainment for all age groups, plus gin and beer bars and street food. See poster here.
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 Parish Council’s AGM will be on Wednesday 8 May at 7pm in Topcliffe and Asenby Village Hall (Upper Committee Room). Residents of the village are encouraged to attend.
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:

Topcliffe Parish Council
The next meeting of Topcliffe Parish Council will be at 7pm on Thursday 16 May in the village hall.
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,
Ripon Theatre Festival
The third Ripon Theatre Festival is back for 2024 and there’s a great programme in store. It will feature the very best in touring theatre, street entertainment, family shows, comedy, dance and storytelling across five days and six nights. There’ll also be community performances, workshops and pop-up surprises. Ticketed and free performances for all ages. Bringing colour and culture to brighten the city.

  • Royal Engineers: 2024 marks 75 years since the Royal Engineers were granted the Freedom of the City of Ripon. A series of celebratory events is planned over the weekend 8 and 9 June. More details to follow soon.
  • Hilarity Bites Festival Special: An extra special theatre-style comedy club in partnership with Ripon Theatre Festival. Featuring Tarot, Black Liver, Joe Kent-Walters and host Lee Kyle. This comedy collaboration has a twist of theatre and a dash of music with a good dollop of improvisation. At Ripon Arts Hub, Allhallowgate on Tuesday 2 July. Doors open at 7:30 pm. Show at 8pm. Tickets £10.
  • Look After Your Knees: A solo performance by Yorkshire-based physical comedian Natalie Bellingham about the pain and beauty of love, what it is to both connect and unravel. It’s a celebration of being human in all its banality, sprinkled with joy and ridiculousness. Wednesday 3 July at 8pm at Ripon Arts Hub, Allhallowgate. Tickets £12.Presented in memory of Ripon Theatre Festival founder, Ian Holloway. There will be a collection after the show for St Michael’s Hospice.
  • Shakespeare’s Royals: Barrie Rutter OBE presents an evening of entertainment in Ripon Cathedral. Friday 5 July at 7.30pm. Tickets £14 to £16. More details to follow.
  • Looking for me friend: the music of Victoria Wood: Friday 5 July at Ripon Arts Hub, Allhallowsgate. Tickets £14 to £16.
  • The Adventures of Doctor Doolittle: Newby Hall & Gardens is the venue for a special Ripon Festival event on Saturday 6 July. They will be welcoming the fabulous Illyria, masters of outdoor theatre, who will present The Adventures of Doctor Doolittle, a very funny, exciting and much-loved family adventure. Great opportunity for a family picnic.

Book online at

Advance Notice of Upcoming Summer Events
Here are spome dates to note in your diary. More details about these events will be added to the Sunday Email nearer the dates.

  • Harogate Food & Drink Festival: 29 and 30 June. A feast on The Stray. Tickets from http://
  • Harrogate Fake Festival: Saturday 13 July see the best fake bands on The Stray. Tickets from
  • Catton Fest – the big annual event at The Catton Kitchen will take place on Sunday 14 July between 2 and 8pm. See poster here.
  • 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.
  • World Axe Throwing Championships: This event will be staged at Thirsk racecourse on the weekend 23 to 25 August. More details later.
  • Fireworks Championships – Newby Hall from 4 until 10pm on Saturday 24 August. Fireworks Championships 2024 – Newby Hall
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 5pm every day, apart from Wednesdays. You are asked to allow enough time to unload your waste before the site closes.

That’s all for this week. Keep safe and remain well.