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Sunday Email: Issue 87

Welcome to the 87th issue of the Sunday Email.
07785 223707
The December Tattler
The Christmas/Winter edition of The Tattler will be published and distributed door to door throughout the two villages next Wednesday (8 December).
Topcliffe Village Christmas tree
Topcliffe’s Christmas tree outside the Village Hall is now on display and lit each evening. A big thank you to everyone who helped get it put up and decorated last Sunday.

See the item about services at St Columba’s for details of a special Carols around the Christmas tree event on Wednesday 22 December.

Christmas lunch places going well
Thirty residents have so far put their name down for the Over 65s Christmas lunch on Wednesday 15 December, leaving only ten places left to be taken. 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.
Next soup and sweet lunch
The next soup and sweet lunch will be on Wednesday, 8 December at 12 noon. Money raised at this lunch will again help subsidise the cost of the Over 65s Christmas lunch on 15 December.

Message from Linda Carver and Karen Morley
A big thank you to whoever it was that put us forward for Hambleton Hero awards. it was very kind of you, but it couldn’t have happened without the support of all those who made delicious soups and cakes…and all of those who have attended the lunches over the last few months. Many thanks to you all.

Farmers’ Market
TODAY! There’ll be a Farmers’ market in Thirsk Market Place. It’s on until 2pm. You’ll find lots of stalls displaying a fantastic selection of great products.
Shed fund reaches £1,500
In just over three months Topcliffe Academy pupils and the local community have managed to raise £1,500 for a new equipment storage shed for the school’s Seedlings Nursery. Various fundraising activities were organised within the village and children from the Seedlings Nursery themselves took part in a sponsored walk around Topcliffe. Then Topcliffe Parish Council stepped in and agreed to contribute the balance needed to buy the shed. Now that’s what you call a real community effort.
Christmas gift for over 80 year olds
The Feoffees (trustees) representing the Charities of Topcliffe are aiming to deliver a small Christmas surprise to residents in Topcliffe and Asenby who are aged over 80 years of age. The Feofees representing both villages believe they have the names of the majority of residents who qualify for the gift…but they would be happy to hear from anyone who qualifies and hasn’t in previous years received a gift. All details will be treated in strict confidence. Please get in touch and supply your contact details (name, age, address, telephone number) to either:

  • Asenby Feoffee – Carole Ford on 01845 577718 r
  • Topcliffe Feoffees – Anne-Marie Barningham 07740 175311 or Doug Allan 07785 223707
Cross Talk
Cross Talk is the monthly newsletter published by the parishes of Topcliffe, Baldersby, Dishforth, Dalton and Skipton on Swale. It contains information about church services at the various churches in the parishes and news and items of interest supplied by its readers. To receive a copy please contact kitnorris It is issued by email and is also available on several websites – and
Handel’s – Messiah
A performance by Ripon Choral Society in the grandeur of Ripon Cathedral. on Saturday 11 December. Tickets: Cathedral shop or phone 07986 861332.
Christmas at the Farm Shop
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.

  • Christmas trees are now on sale.
  • 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.
  • Milk Churn Hampers – a range of delicious treats carefully packaged and hand-wrapped in an Emma Bridgewater tin.
  • Christmas treats from the cafe – 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 (

Christmas at St Columba’s
There’s to be a full range of Christmas services and events at St Columba’s this year, though the Parochial Church Council will always have an eye to adapting them if Covid considerations make that necessary. It’s hoped that there’s something on the agenda to suit most people and everyone will be most welcome.

► Sunday 19 December at 6.30pm – Service of Nine Lessons and Carols. The traditional telling of the Christmas story with an abundance of congregational and choir carols. St Columba’s Choir led by Linda Hewlett, Organist Matthew Atherton. Followed by refreshments including wine and finger food.
► Wednesday 22 December at 7pm – ‘Come and Sing’ carols for all, around the Christmastree, accompanied by a local brass band.Meet outside the Village Hall to start singing at 7pm. Followed by mince pies and mulled wine inside the hall.
► Christmas Eve Crib Service, Friday 24 December at 2pm, with an informal telling of the Christmas story. For all the family, especially those with young children.
► Christmas Eve Midnight Mass – Friday 24 December at 11.30pm – The First Christmas Eucharist to bring you into Christmas Day, with choir and carols.
► Christmas Day, Saturday 25 December at 9am. An informal Christmas Day service for all the family.

In addition, the usual Sunday services continue as follows;

  • TONIGHT! (5 December) 6.30pm – Choral Evensong
  • 12 December 10.45am, Holy Communion
  • 19 December 10.45am, Matins
  • 26 December (No service)

A message from all at St Columba’s
We send our very best wishes to you all for a very happy and blessed Christmas and 2022. We would also like to thank everyone for their support and understanding as we have negotiated both the Covid pandemic and the lengthy period we have been without a vicar.

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 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 – two sittings for a festive dinner – between 12 noon to 4.30pm.
  • Boxing Day – 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.