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Sunday Email: Issue 85

Welcome to the 85th issue of the Sunday Email.
07785 223707
The December Tattler
I have started work on the Christmas/Winter edition of The Tattler. The deadline for copy is Tuesday 23 November and it will be published on Wednesday 8 December.
Topcliffe Village Christmas tree
Topcliffe’s Christmas tree will be erected, decorated and lit for the first time next Sunday, 28 November. A team of residents will put up the tree starting 10am and then decorations and lights will be added. The tree will be lit once it gets dark – at about 4.30pm – and then every evening of the festive season. Once again the village tree has kindly been donated by Debbie Roberts and Hannah Alderson of the Farm Shop and Post Office.

PS If anyone in the village(s) has any spare decorations they would be prepared to contribute, please contact Doug Allan on 07785 223707.

Christmas lunch places going well
The number of places booked at the Over 65s Christmas lunch on Wednesday 15 December has now reached 22. The organisers know that there are more residents that qualify so they wonder why they are not coming forward for this lovely event. The capacity on the day is 40, so anyone wanting to join in should get in touch soon as it’s first come, first served. The three-course lunch is being held in the Village Hall and it’s only £10 per person. Anyone aged 65 and over is very welcome to add their name to the list by calling Judith Lowe on 01845 577911.
Take your partners for Salsa and Bachata
There were some fancy dance moves in the Village Hall last night on the first of the new salsa and bachata sessions. There’s space for a few more participants in this regular Saturday night sessions. The classes are on between 6 and 8pm and a professional tutor is on hand to take participants through the basic dance moves. Each week there’s an hour of salsa and an hour of bachata and you can stay for both or just one. Cost: £5 for one hour or £7.25 for two. Bring your own drink. For more information and to book your place call Joanne Brierley on 07732 941758.
Soup and sweet lunch
The next soup and sweet lunch will be on Wednesday, 24 November at 12 noon. Money raised at this lunch, and the one scheduled for 8 December, will help subsidise the cost of the Over 65s Christmas lunch on 15 December.
Christmas at the Farm Shop
As Christmas rapidly approaches, the Milk Churn Farm Shop is gearing up to ensure it can meet local demand for trees, meat and poultry, veg boxes and everything else you need to make the festive season go well.

  • Fresh free range turkeys from Pollards of Thirkelby. From 4kg upwards. Orders now being taken.
  • Other meat and poultry such as goose, chicken and pork plus special meat boxes from Johnson’s of Thirsk – please check website for details.
  • The Farm Shop is preparing bespoke fruit and vegetable boxes with all the essentials for the festive season. Order by 14 December and collect to suit.
  • Christmas trees of many sizes will be available on site from Saturday 27 November. Pre-orders can be made any time before then.
  • Milk Churn Hampers – a range of delicious treats carefully packaged and hand-wrapped in an Emma Bridgewater tin.
  • Christmas treats – gingerbread latte topped with whipped cream, cinnamon and a gingerbread man or white hot chocolate topped with whipped cream, sprinkles and mini candy cane. Yummy!

Check out the Milk Churn Facebook page or website –
http://Christmas | Milkchurn (

Services at St Columba’s

  • TODAY! – Sunday 21 November, 10.45am – Choral Matins with hymns and readings.
  • Sunday 28 November, 10.45am – Holy Communion with hymns.
  • Sunday 5 December, 6.30pm – Choral Evensong
  • Sunday 12 December, 10.45am – Holy Communion.

Services planned for the Christmas period will be listed soon.

Christmas & New Year at The Angel
Everyone deserves something special for the festive season so The Angel at Topcliffe has lined up a few treats to enhance your Christmas and New Year celebrations.

  • Festive Menus – evenings from 1 to 24 December – Monday to Saturday – 3 courses for the price of 2. Similar deal for lunches Monday to Thursday.
  • Party Nights – limited availability left on 3, 10 and 11 December.
  • Christmas Day – 25 December – two sittings for a festive dinner – between 12 noon to 4.30pm.
  • Boxing Day – 26 December – lunch from 12 noon until 4pm
  • New Year’s Eve – 12 to 2.30pm – the last lunch of 2021.
  • New Year’s Eve – Big Charity Party Night raising funds for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance. Tickets only £20 to include entry and buffet.
  • New Year’s Eve – Dinner – 5 until 9pm – with DJ in the bar area and festivities until late.
  • New Year’s Day – Brunch – 11am until 5pm.

Call 01845 578000 or visit the website for more details and bookings.

Amazon to stop accepting payment by Visa credit card
Online retail giant Amazon will stop accepting payment via UK-issued Visa credit cards from 19 January 2022. Customers will still be able to use Visa debit cards and non-Visa credit cards, but the decision to bar UK Visa credit cards will affect millions of shoppers. Many commentators are suggesting that Brexit is behind the issue. Back in 2015 Brussels capped cross-border fees for transactions inside the EU but the limit no longer applies to payments here now that the UK is no longer a member. Since Brexit, Visa has raised its transaction fees beyond the EU level and that is what is thought to have caused Amazon’s action.
Parish Council meetings
Both Parish Councils meet at Topcliffe & Asenby Village Hall.

Christmas post dates
Here are the dates for your Christmas postings:

  • Cyprus, Eastern Europe, Greece, Iceland, Malta, Turkey – Friday, 26 November
  • Western Europe – Monday, 29 November
  • Airmail to Operational HM Forces – Monday, 29 November
  • Airmail to Static HM Forces – Monday, 6 December
  • UK 2nd Class – Saturday, 18 December
  • UK 1st Class – Tuesday, 21 December
Latest from Catton Kitchen

  • Breakfast baps available Thursday to Sunday each week and lunch options served Thursday to Saturday each week, all made from home grown produce where possible.
  • 07747 083155 or check out hello
Thirsk Christmas Lights
Thirsk Yarnbombers are selling Christmas decorations at Topcliffe Post Office. They are also having a Christmas craft stall on Thirsk Market on Saturday 4 December. Look out for them and please give them your support.
Dalton Christmas Fair
There’ll be a Christmas Fair at Dalton Village Hall on Saturday 4 December, 10am to 12 noon. Admission is £2 for adults and £1 for children (which includes a gift from Santa). There will be various stalls, a tombola, singing from Dalton Voices, and bacon butties! Pop along and enjoy a browse through the stalls and a chat over a cuppa and butty.
Northallerton Male Voice Choir – Christmas Concert

There’s a real treat in store this festive season when the excellent Northallerton Male Voice Choir, accompanied by their guest (the Easington Colliery Band), present their Christmas concert. It’s at the Forum in Northallerton and there’ll be two performances – 3pm and 7.30pm on Saturday 18 December. Tickets are £10 and you book via the Forum website at

  • To Thursday 25 November – The French Dispatch – A love letter to journalists set in an outpost of an American newspaper in a fictional twentieth century French city that brings to life a collection of stories published in “The French Dispatch Magazine”.
  • Friday 26 November to Thursday 2 December – The Last Duel – King Charles VI declares that Knight Jean de Carrouges settle his dispute with his squire by challenging him to a duel.
  • Friday 3 to Thursday 9 December – Dune – Feature adaptation of Frank Herbert’s science fiction novel, about the son of a noble family entrusted with the protection of the most valuable asset and most vital element in the galaxy.
  • Friday 10 to Thursday 16 December – Spencer – During her Christmas holidays with the royal family at the Sandringham estate, Diana decides to leave her marriage to Prince Charles.

There are no matinees on any of these films. Please keep checking the website for the latest details –

Events on at The Forum

  • Friday 26 November at 7.30pm – The UK Rock Show – Get ready to be transported back to the 80s heyday of classic rock, combining the feel of a rock festival with the atmosphere of a top end rock arena tour.
  • Sunday 28 November at 7.30pm – Comedy with Gary in Punderland – get ready to dive into a rabbit hole of the best jokes in the world from Apollo sensation Gary Delaney.
  • Thursday 2 December at 7.30pm – Jenny Eclair: Sixty! Having hit 60 (but still a year younger than Madonna), Jenny Eclair confronts a new decade of decrepitude.
  • Saturday 4 December at 7.30pm – The Upbeat Beatles – This is a rockin’ band with tight musicianship and powerhouse vocals! You’ll be jumping from the word go!
  • Sunday 5 December at 7.30pm – ‘Anything Goes, the musical’ – Filmed live at the Barbican in London, this production features an all-star cast. A heart-warming romance with spectacular dance routines and some of theatre’s most memorable songs.
  • Saturday 18 December – 3pm and 7.30pm – Northallerton Male Voice Choir present their Christmas concert, with special guests, the Easington Colliery Band.

Enquiries 01609 776230. Tickets online at

Topcliffe & Asenby Village Hall

  • Art classes – 10am to 12 noon each Monday to 6 December.
  • My Time Yoga – 1.30 to 2.45pm – every Monday.
  • Boot Camp – 7 to 8pm – Mondays
  • Boccia Club – 1.30 to 3.30pm every Tuesday. More participants welcome
  • Library – 1.30 to 3.30pm every Tuesday (access at other times with agreement of activity leaders.
  • Squirrels – 5 to 6pm every Tuesday.
  • Beavers – 6.15 to 7.15pm every Tuesday.
  • Soup & Sweet lunch – 12 noon to 1pm on alternate Wednesdays – next is on 10 November
  • Cubs – 6.45 to 7.45pm every Wednesday.
  • Pammy’s Pilates – 6 to 7pm, every Thursday evening.
  • Indoor Carpet Bowls – 7.30 to 9.30pm every Thursday.
  • Boot Camp – 6 to 7pm every Friday.
  • Scouts – 7.30 to 10pm every Friday.
  • Salsa and Bachata dancing – Saturdays – 6 to 8pm.
  • Topcliffe & Asenby Village Hall Committee – 7.30pm on Tuesday 23 November.
  • Election for new Police , Fire & Crime Commissioner – all day Thursday 25 November.
  • Topcliffe Parish Council meeting – 7.15pm on Thursday, 2 December
  • Elderly folks Christmas Lunch – 12 noon – Wednesday 15 December
  • Carols at the village Christmas tree – 7pm Wednesday 22 December (led by members of St Columba’s Choir). Mulled wine and mince pies afterwards in the Village Hall.
  • Asenby Parish Council meeting – 7.30pm on Wednesday, 19 January

To encourage existing and new group activities, use of the Village Hall is being offered free of charge until 31 December (this does not include commercial one-off or private hires for parties and social functions). The Big Race Night and Challenge Quiz & Curry Night will hopefully be rescheduled early in 2022.

Local traders

  • The Angel at Topcliffe – Check out full details at info
  • The Catton Kitchen – 07747 083155. Check out or folllow on Facebook.
  • Chip ‘n Dales – the Fish & Chip van is in Topcliffe on Fridays between 5 and 7pm.
  • The Elm Gallery – Call 01845 577316 or 07709 223920, check out the website at: or follow on Facebook.
  • Fotiá Candles – Nikki and Sam Key’s home-based business producing soy wax candles, wax melts and diffusers – or call 07879 447953.
  • The Little Yorkshire Hamper Company – Kerry Parker runs this business supplying beautiful hampers containing the best of produce from small Yorkshire food and drink producers. 07793 775987.
  • The Milk Churn Farm Shop & Cafe – Opening hours: Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 9am – 5pm; Thursday 9am – 1pm; Saturday 9am – 4pm. Closed on Sundays and Mondays. Trees and turkeys – you can now place your order for Christmas. follow on Facebook or call 01845 400446
  • Studio 18 Hairstylist – unisex hairdressing salon run by Nicola James at 18 Long Street (opposite the surgery). Open Monday to Saturday. Male and female adults as well as children. For an appointment call Nicola on 07851 034815.
  • The Swan – Providing traditional home-cooked food. Extra choices on Wednesday Pie Night. Take-away meals every day. Sunday lunch served 12 noon to 4pm. On Saturdays, food is served 12 noon until 8.30pm and the bar stays open until late. Bar times: Monday to Thursday 5pm to close; Friday 4pm to close; Saturday 3pm to close and Sunday 12 noon until close.
  • The Thirsk Food Bank – collection point at the Milk Churn Farm Shop.
  • Topcliffe Post Office – New opening times are: Shop sales, including newspapers – 7am to 5pm, Monday to Friday and 7am to 12.30pm Saturday. Post Office services – 8.30am to 5pm, Monday to Friday and 8.30am to 12noon on Saturdays. New lines are being added every day so don’t forget to pop in for more than just your stamps or newspaper.
Bin Collections

Hambleton (Topcliffe):

  • Recycling & green waste – Thursday 2 December.
  • Refuse – Mondays 22 November and 6 December

The garden waste collection on 2 December will be the last regular collection until 24 February. However, there will be a one off collection on 13 January to take Christmas trees. Normal garden waste is accepted during this collection.

Harrogate (Asenby)

  • Recycling – Mondays 22 November and 6 December.
  • Refuse – Mondays 29 November and 13 December
  • Garden waste – no more collections until March.

The council will be in touch in January to explain what you need to do if you want to have your garden waste taken away in 2022.

The week’s Covid statistics

  • 50.7 million first doses given. 46.1 million second doses. 88.2% of the population aged 12+ has now had the first jab and over 80.2% the second.
  • 14.6 million have now had a booster or third jab. That’s over 25% of those eligible.
  • There were 40,941 new Covid infections yesterday and 283,718 people tested positive in the last week. That’s an 10% increase on the previous week.
  • 6,087 people were admitted to hospital with Covid in the week to 16 November.
  • There were 150 deaths reported yesterday and 1,031 in the last seven days.
  • The total number of UK deaths within 28 days of a positive Covid test now stands at 143,866.
  • 166,730 deaths registered in the UK had Covid-19 mentioned on the death certificate.
  • Worldwide, there have been 257 million infections and the global death toll is 5,158,599.
Covid News Round-up

  • Bookings for the Covid booster jab are opening this week for people aged 40 and over. Sixteen and 17-year-olds will also be able to book in for their second jab from tomorrow. People eligible for a booster can get the top-up jab from six months after having their second dose. But they can book their appointment from 7am on Monday when the National Booking Service opens.
  • Austria, which has a relatively low vaccination rate,has imposed a lockdown on the unvaccinated, agreed a full national Covid-19 lockdown starting on Monday and announced mandatory vaccination in the New Year. The Austrian Chancellor expressed his anger at the anti-vaxers saying: "Too many people have been incited into not getting the jab by too many political forces, flimsy vaccination opponents and fake news.
  • Germany saw several days of record infections last week and Ministers are talking about a national emergency that requires a combined national effort. Restrictions are already in place for unvaccinated people in areas with high hospital admissions and people need to show Covid passes on buses and trains, and in workplaces. In Bavaria Christmas markets have been cancelled.
  • Violent scenes have erupted in The Netherlands as hundreds of protesters gathered to oppose Covid measures in the country. A three-week partial lockdown was introduced earlier this month.
  • Demonstrations are also set to take place in Switzerland, Croatia and Italy, as nations in mainland Europe struggle to contain coronavirus outbreaks.
  • The organisers of the Australian Open tournament has confirmed that unvaccinated players will not be allowed to compete in next January’s tournament in Melbourne.
That’s all for this week. Keep safe and remain well.