ASENBY MAY FEAST SUCCESS
Sixty supporters of Asenby Community Space sat down to a delicious May Feast in Topcliffe and Asenby Village Hall on Saturday 13 May and helped to raise over £1100 towards the Community Space funds.
A sumptuous dinner provided by the Yorkshire Party Company included fish tarts to start, rare roast fillet of beef with horseradish crème fraiche, sides of fresh salmon, salads and sticky chocolate brownies with berries and berry coulis. A glass of fizz set the scene on arrival, wine was served with each course and a dessert wine was served with pud. To complete a perfect evening, guest speaker local vet and tv super star Peter Wright regaled the audience with tales of his life as a vet.
The small committee of Asenby Community Space had decorated the hall with bunting, fantastic table candelabra draped with ivy and wisteria, and fairy lights. They were helped with dinner service by enthusiastic and efficient members of the Ist Topcliffe Scouts who were all presented with a signed photograph by Peter Wright. A luxury raffle included prizes such as tickets for a day at the Thirsk Races, vouchers for York Theatre Royal, dinner with wine at Lockwoods in Ripon, tea for two at Aldwark Manor, a £50 voucher to spend at a West Park Inn, a wire sculpture and a day’s tuition from Asenby artist Chris Moss plus many other prizes from local businesses.
This is the third event organised by the new committee of Asenby Community Space since it took over at the end of 2016. Thanks to astonishing support for the Christmas Mulled Wine Evening, the Pie, Pea and Pints Night and now the May Feast, the committee has been able to bank nearly £1200 which will go towards new play equipment and a face lift for the field that the committee hopes will draw in all age groups.
“It was just a wonderful night” said Siobhan Gifford who chairs the committee for AOS. “The hall looked amazing and everyone was in really good spirits. It felt like the very best of community events. The committee worked their socks off and we’d just like to thank all those who came along, and Peter Wright too of course. We’ve been asked what we’re going to organise next, so watch this space….”
The Asenby Institute committee is alive and well and raring to move forward in 2017.
At the AGM on 18 October, a new committee was elected and our first event was the traditional Asenby Mulled Wine and Mince Pie Evening which this year was held at Asenby Hall on Sunday 11 December. Just a lovely night! Thank you all for coming - you've helped us raise over £500 towards our 2017 plans. Thank you all so much.
There are several plans afoot for the forthcoming year but early in the year we’ll be coming round with a questionnaire to see just how many children and grandchildren we have in the village and what YOUR ideas are for the area….would you like to see more play equipment, a wild flower meadow, a dog walk, a nature trail, a place where everyone (not just children) might like to take a stroll or a seat in the sun. So do put your thinking caps on in readiness for our visit….
There is no getting away from the fact that the play park itself looks a little tired. We are planning to spruce it up as best we can for the moment although new equipment would be a future aim. However just right now funds are extremely low (and our mowing costs will rise to over £500 in 2017) so we very much hope that the whole village will support us in our fund-raising efforts. We’ll do everything we can to make sure that our news reaches you with flyers and posters and on this website but you could also check out our new Facebook page – search for Asenby Institute Community Space.
Any comments you have can be addressed to the committee in person or you can reach us by email on Asenby.Community.Space @hotmail.com. At this point it is worth a reminder that currently NO dogs are allowed in this Community Space. In accordance with the annual RoSPA report we have posted a new notice on the entrance gate and we would ask everyone to adhere to this hard and fast rule. It seems self-explanatory that no-one wants their children to be playing in an area where they might stumble into a pile of doggy unpleasantness. And with the best will in the world – even if you are the most conscientious of pooper scoopers - there is always going to be one that you don’t see happening!! So please stick to the NO Dogs rule and mention it to anyone you might see with their dogs on the field. Thank you.
Chair: Siobhan Gifford
Secretary: Alison Robertson
Treasurer: Rachel Harrison
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