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Sunday Email: Issue 213

Welcome to your Sunday Email.

Doug Allan
07785 223707

St Columba’s Services

  • TODAY – Sunday 2 June at 6.30pm – Choral Evensong
  • Sunday 9 June at 10.45am – St Columba’s Day, Festival Choral Eucharist
  • Sunday 16 June at 10.45am – Sung Matins
  • Sunday 23 June at 10.45am – Holy Communion, Fr. Robert Williamson
  • Sunday 30 June – No Service (5th Sunday)

Refreshments are served after every Sunday morning service.

Thirsk Farmers’ Market
TODAY: Sunday 2 June – 9am to 2pm – Around 20 artisan food and drink producers bring the fruits of their labour to the Market Place in Thirsk.
Local art and craft studios – open days
TODAY: (Sunday 2 June) and next weekend – Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 June – Art studios around the area are open as part of the North Yorkshire Open Studios event. The open studios can be visited between 10am and 5pm and a 10% discount will be given off any piece of artwork on sale at any of the studios if all seven studios are visited and the ‘passport’ stamped. See poster here and location maphere.
Village Quiz
TONIGHT: Sunday 2 June– The quiz is on at Topcliffe & Asenby Village Hall at 8pm.
A lovely evening was had by all at last week’s quiz. Debbie set a testing quiz and Pete & the three Ss – Sheila, Sylvia and Shirley – took the honours. Well done to the winners and all the other competitors. And thanks also to Karen for a lovely supper provided to celebrate Malc’s birthday.
Bench for Village Hall
The bench that was donated late last year to the Village Hall by the former Bowling Club that played at Topcliffe Playing Field, has come out of winter storage and is now positioned on the terrace near the front door to the hall. It looks great and will be welcomed by many who want to sit awhile and watch the world go by.
Churchyard maintenance volunteers
Doug, Karen and Andrew continued the regular grounds maintenance at St Columba’s churchyard yesterday.

It’s hoped that a few more tidy up days can be sorted during June and July to keep the grass looking neat and tidy…and also to begin clearance work on the terraces which are well overgrown with long grass and nettles. Watch out for details of planned dates on the Top Residents and Asenby Village Facebook pages. If a few people volunteer for just a couple of hours now and again, it’s surprising what a difference can be made.

Worries over development plans at Dalton Industrial Estate
Topcliffe Parish Council is expressing concern about changes to agreed plans for an extension to the Dalton 49 development area on Dalton Industrial Estate. The following article appeared last week in the Yorkshire Post.

Road repairs in East Lea/Back Lane
Contractors are scheduled to undertake repairs to Back Lane and East Lea (opposite the doctors’ surgery) on Thursday 6 June. Access will unavailable throughout the day whilst resurfacing is underway. There’ll also be some pothole repairs to School Lane.
The Tattler
The June edition of The Tattler is now out and should have dropped through your letterbox some time in the last few days. I hope you enjoy reading this issue.
Cross Talk newsletter – June
The latest edition of the church newsletter, Cross Talk, is now out. You can read it here.
Blue Cross Month
June is a special time at Blue Cross as efforts to raise funds for pets in need are intensified. Throughout the month, the charity will be hosting various fundraising events to raise awareness with its supporters and the wider general public. There’ll be coffee and cake served each Saturday morning from 11am…and they’ll welcome any baking donations.

Blue Cross has been active nationally since 1897 – originally set up as Our Dumb Friends’ League to save injured London horses, but its role widened soon after to offer care to pet animals of all types.

The local branch of the charity – based near Topcliffe – opened in 1987 and the homing centre was rebuilt in 2009. It provides a comprehensive range of support services for people and their pets, including kennels, foster care and a direct home-to-home rehoming scheme called Home Direct.

Members of the public are invited to participate in its fundraising initiatives by giving support online through their GoFundMe page. All contributions, no matter how small, can help provide care and support to the many pets at the centre receiving care and awaiting new homes. For more information please visit

Chip ‘n Dales
The Chip ‘n Dales fish and chip van is in Topcliffe every Friday 5 ’til 7pm
Topcliffe Academy – Dates for your diary

  • Monday, 3 June – School re-opens for second half of summer term
  • Friday, 7th June – Non-Uniform Day – children bring a donation for the tombola/raffle instead of cash.
  • Tuesday, 11 June – Class Photographs
  • Wednesday, 12 June – FOTS Bags2School Collection Day, 9am
  • Friday, 28 June – Mental Health Awareness Day – Non uniform day with an ‘Express Yourself’ theme (wear what’s you!)
Art classes at the Village Hall
The next block of six art classes starts tomorrow, Monday 3 June, in the Village Hall. They are on from 10am to noon. For more information and to book your place go to
St Columba’s Festival
This year’s Festival and History Day will be held on Sunday 9 June. The event will be more simple than usual with just one day to celebrate St Columba. At 10.45am there will be a Festal Choral Eucharist led by Rev. Canon Steven Harvey and the choir will sing the Missa Secunda by Hans Leo Hassler (1564-1612) as the setting. Refreshments will be served after the service.

There’ll be a BBQ lunch with hot food being available from 1.15pm. Drinks, including wine, will be available along with ‘bring and share’ salads and puddings. Everyone is very welcome to either or both of these events. Please give advance notice to John Phillips (01845 577034) if you intend to come to the BBQ so that he has some idea of catering requirements.

After lunch the usual tours of the church, tower and churchyard will take place, but for reasons of safety, children will need to be at least ten years old to be able to climb the tower. The day will close with a service of Compline at 6pm.

Soup & Sweet Lunch
The next Soup & Sweet lunch will be held at the Village Hall on Wednesday 12 June 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 lunch on Wednesday 29 May saw 52 meals served and £112 raised in donations. The week’s chosen charity was Cancer Research, Thirsk, and they have received £50. After rent payment and other minor costs, the balance was added to the Warm Hub Community Fund.

Catton Kitchen – opening hours to be extended
The popular Catton Kitchen is extending its opening hours. From Thursday 13 June it will open Thursday to Sunday. Check out their Facebook page for times and events.
Topcliffe Ceilidh – last few tickets available
The Topcliffe Ceilidh is on Saturday 22 June at Topcliffe & Asenby Village Hall. The Cod Beck Ceilidh Band will be providing the music and calling. Doors open from 7pm and dancing starts at 7.30pm. This is a bring your own drinks event. Tickets are £10, which are on sale at Topcliffe Post Office, are selling fast so to avoid disappointment get yours soon. The supper is a pulled pork and apple sauce roll (alternative for vegetarians).There’ll be a raffle with some great prizes. This is a fundraiser to help support the Village Hall.
The Angel Comedy Night
The next Hilarity Bites Comedy Night at The Angel in Topcliffe will be held on Thursday 27 June . 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. See poster here.
Topcliffe Parish Council
The next meeting of Topcliffe Parish Council will be at 7pm onThursday 4 Julyin the Village Hall.
Village Hall Committee
The next meeting of the Topcliffe & Asenby Village Hall committee will be held at the Village Hall on Tuesday 9 July at 7.30pm.
Asenby Parish Council
The next meeting of Asenby Parish Council will be held on Wednesday 10 July at 7pm in the upper committee room at Topcliffe & Asenby Village Hall. All welcome.
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.
Alex Scott in concert at The Village Hall
Alex is a very talented solo artist with a great repertoire of songs from the 1960s to the present…all guaranteed to get you on the dance floor or at least to get your feet tapping. This cabaret-style evening is likely to be extremely popular so make sure you get your tickets as soon as possible. This is a bring your own drinks and nibbles evening. All profits will go to help support and maintain the Village Hall.
Chef’s Table at The Catton Kitchen
Following the success of last year’s Chef’s Table event, the idea is being repeated this year on Friday 2 and Saturday 3 August. There’ll be a delicious range of meat, seafood, vegetables and cheese served over seven or eight courses, with wine pairing. Tickets are £140 per person. Booking essential. Contact Amy at Catton Kitchen via the Facebook page or by calling 07747 083155.
Topcliffe & Asenby Produce Show 2024
The show will be held on Saturday 31 August at Topcliffe & Asenby Village Hall and there will be 83 classes in five categories: 47 horticultural classes: 17 baking, jams, preserves and pickles classes: 3 floral classes: 11 hobbies classes and 5 specific classes that only children can enter. The full list of categories and show rules, together with timings on the day, are available here.
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,
The Ritz Cinema

  • Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes – to Thursday 6 June – matinee on Wednesday 5 June.
  • La Chimera – Friday 7 to Thursday 13 June – matinee on Wednesday 12 June.
  • If – Friday 14 to Thursday 20 June – matinees on Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 June.
  • Hard Miles – Friday 21 to Thursday 27 June – matinee on Wednesday 26 June.
  • Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga – Friday 28 June to Thursday 4 July – matinee on Wednesday 3 July.

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

Poppy Project D-Day Concert
On Thursday 6 June between 7 and 10pm, Ripon Cathedral will host a special concert to mark the 80th anniversary of D-Day and 75th anniversary of the Royal Engineers Freedom of the City of Ripon. The concert will include performances by Mark Sidwell, Ripon City Band, The Dishforth Military Wives Choir, The Duchy Belles and Charlotte Potter. The event is organised by Ripon Community Poppy Project and tickets are £15.

For more information see poster here and to book tickets visit:

There’ll be a full-sized knitted tank on the forecourt of the Cathedral on Wednesday 5 and Thursday 6 June.

Summer Music Series
These summer Rural Arts/De Mowbray Music evening concerts last around an hour and are a chance to greet the weekend in style, joined by talented performers from a range of musical backgrounds. Each concert starts at 6.30pm and tickets are £10 (£8 for concessions). Venue: The Courthouse, Thirsk.

  • Friday 7 June – The Derrick Harris Trio – all things jazz.
  • Friday 30 August – Native Gallantry – baroque strings.

Book online at

Racing at Thirsk

Friday 7 June – afternoon racing
• Sunday 16 June – Father’s Day Skybet Sunday Series
• Monday 24 June – afternoon racing.
• Wednesday 3 July – afternoon racing
• Wednesday 17 July – afternoon racing
• Friday 26 July – GRIY Summer Festival

Great Knaresborough Bed Race
The annual bed race with supporting parade through Knaresborough streets. 11am-4pm on Saturday 8 June. Free.
Conserving Nature
Nosterfield Nature Reserve is holding its next conservation club on Saturday 8 June between 10am and 1pm. It’s open for young people aged 14-18 years who enjoy working outdoors, are interested in finding out more about wildlife and keen to develop practical conservation skills. On the day, you’ll find out about how butterflies and moths are recorded at the reserve and help to identify and record species.

The Reserve works with ‘Power of 10 award scheme’ which offers rewards to young people for their volunteer hours, so you can work towards your first award. To find out more and to book a free place, visit

Tractor Fest
This year’s Tractor Fest will take place on Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 June at Newby Hall. It’s the UK’s largest vintage tractor and engine show with over 1,600 exhibits as well as in excess of 12,000 visitors who also get access to the award-winning gardens and other attractions. 10am-4pm. £60 family, £20 adult, £15 child, under 4s free. Tickets: Online.
Flower Power Plant Fair
There’ll be a plant fair in the gardens of Thirsk Hall on Sunday 9 June starting 11am. There’ll be a selection of refreshments throughout the day and you can also plan to have lunch in the grounds. Entry £5 per person, Under 13s free.
Cruises on the Ripon Canal
Ripon Scenic Cruises have a range of cruises planned including:

  • Father’s Day – Sunday 16 June – private cruises from 10am for a minimum one hour and maximum two and a half hours. Each dad onboard will receive a bottle of local craft ale. Maximum twelve guests.
  • Afternoon tea and prosecco – each Saturday afternoon in June, July and August.

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

Rural Arts events

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

  • Ceramic Hare – Friday 21 June
  • Collage Master Class – Wednesday 3 July
  • Freehand Embroidery – Wednesday 10 July
  • Wild Wire Flowers – Friday 12 July
  • Working with Jesmonite – Wednesday 17 July

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.

Dalton Fest
This year’s Dalton Fest will be held on Saturday 22 June at Dalton Village Hall and on the village’s playing field. Gates open at 2pm, music starts at 4pm. The Black Bears will be headlining, along with many other bands. There will be pizzas and fish and chips on sale, along with ice cream. Picnics are welcome but no barbecues please. The bar will be open, where candy floss, sweets and novelties can also be purchased. A great day out for all the family. Tickets are available from Eleanor on 07841 036340 and are priced at £12 for adults, £6 for children (up to 16 years of age). A family ticket (2 adults and 2 children) is £28.
Baldersby St. James Church

  • “The Average Angel” – a One Woman Play – in church on Friday 28 June at 7pm for 7.30pm start. Tickets £6 on the door.
  • Music@Junction 50 – Sadly the planned concert on Thursday 4 July has had to be cancelled as it coincides with the church being used as a Polling Station for the General Election. The concert planned for Thursday 19 September at 7pm features husband and wife Andrea and Djodje Gajic performing Ad Libitum on violin and accordion. See poster here. Further details available from Colin Reid – – or by telephone – 01765 640624
  • This year’s Book Sale will be held on the weekend of Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 September. The organisers invite donations of any books, which can be left in the church at any time during the day.
Harrogate Food & Drink Festival
This annual festival is taking place on Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 June.A feast and amazing entertainment on The Stray. http://Buy Tickets – The Harrogate Food & Drink Festival 2024: A Feast on The Stray – The Stray, Oatlands Drive, Harrogate (
Ripon Theatre Festival
The 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.

Hilarity Bites Festival Special: An extra special gig 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.

Tales from the Scriptorium: – medieval heritage crafts and stories – two interactive sessions at Fountains Abbey on Tuesday 2 July. Book online at

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.

A spoonful of Julie: a tribute to Julie Andrews packed with songs and medleys – Wednesday 3 July lunchtime (1pm) at Holy Trinity Church, Ripon.
Short Story Writing Workshop with Ilaria Passeri: a practical and creative session at Ripon Library at 11am on Friday 5 July.

Mr Owen’s Pocketbook; – poetry and performance from WW1 in Ripon Cathedral where Wilfred Owen spent his last birthday. Friday 5 July at 2pm.

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.

Fate and the Warrior – rehearsed reading of a new play about Caribbean author Edgar Mittelholzer – at the Workhouse Museum at 3pm on Sunday 7 July.

Book online at

Thorp Perrow

  • Sensation ABBA Tribute – Saturday 13 July
  • The Freddie & Queen Experience – Friday 2 August

More details and bookings:

Catton Fest
The big annual event at The Catton Kitchen will take place on Sunday 14 July between 2 and 8pm. See poster here.
Advance Notice of Upcoming Summer Events
Here are some dates to note in your diary.

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