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Asenby is a village in the ​Harrogate District of North Yorkshire, with a population of approximately three hundred.
It lies about five miles south-west of Thirsk, seven miles east of Ripon and twelve miles south of the county town of Northallerton.
The village is mentioned in the Doomsday Book.  It was part of the manor of Topcliffe at the time of the Norman invasion.
Asenby lies on the south bank of the River Swale and the majority of the surrounding land is given to farming.

Rural Arts – Arts and Crafts classes – 1.30 to 3.30pm – Tuesday 3 March at the Village Hall

This regular class held on the first Tuesday of each month is now attracting a dozen or so local residents. It’s felt that Rural Arts may be persuaded to continue financing the classes beyond April if we can demonstrate that local people are really keen to participate. So it’s hoped that a few more residents will start to attend to boost the numbers. Classes are free and they provide an opportunity to get hands-on experience of a wide variety of crafts.

Benefice Service – Sunday, 8 March at 9.30am - Queen Mary’s School, Baldersby Park

This special service is will be followed by breakfast at Queen Mary’s School and later there’ll be a Parish Walk at a location yet to be decided. All welcome

Lent Lunches –Friday 13 March, Wednesdays 18 & 25 March and Wednesday 1 April – 12.30 to 1.30pm at the Village Hall

During Lent the soup and sweet lunches are to be held on the above dates. Come along and enjoy a soup, cake and tea/coffee served by children of Topcliffe Church of England Primary School to raise money for Christian Aid. No set charge – donations welcome. There’ll be a collection of dried and tinned foods and toiletries for Thirsk Clock. 

Annual Parochial Church Meeting – 7.30pm on Monday 23rd Ma – St Columba’s Church

Everyone in the parish is invited and encouraged to attend the meeting. The church is keen to get active support from new people and is urgently looking for nominations for church officers – Wardens (two) and Parochial Church Council members (minimum of two) – from confirmed members of Church of England or allied churches.  The Wardens and PCC members will have significant opportunity to shape the future of the church. Application forms are available at the back of the church.

The Topcliffe & Asenby Challenge Quiz and Curry Night – Saturday 28 March 2020 – 7pm at the Village Hall

This is the first Topcliffe & Asenby Challenge Quiz organised by the Village Hall Committee. There’ll be questions on a wide range of subjects including geography, history, music, sport and general knowledge. You can come as a team of up to six or we’ll sort individuals into teams on the night. The winning team will be presented with the Challenge Quiz Trophy and will receive a cash prize - £1 from every entry ticket sold! A curry supper, with vegetarian option, will be served at 8pm. Bring your own drinks and pens! Tickets are £5 per person available in advance from Doug Allan or Judith Lowe, or at the door on the night.

Topcliffe Tidy Up Day – Sunday, 29 March 2020 – 10.30am to 12.30pm

Following the success of the first two tidy up days last year, a further event is being organised to tackle necessary work in the village. Volunteers are invited to join the working party and help further improve Topcliffe. Meet at 10am at the Village Hall.  Bring your own tools (gloves, brush, shovel, shears, loppers).  Refreshments will be available at the Village Hall throughout the morning.

 Topcliffe Big Race Night – Saturday, 18 April 2020 – 7pm until late at the Village Hall

One of the most popular events on the village calendar is back for a third year! Doors open at 7pm and the first race is off at 7.30pm. You can have a brilliant evening at the races, with an excellent supper and lots of excitement and fun. There’ll be a cash bar serving draught beer, tins of lager, wines and soft drinks. And there’ll be some great prizes to be won on the raffle.

Attic Auction – Saturday, 25 April 2020 at the Village Hall

The popular annual Attic Auction is returning to its normal late Spring slot and will be at the Village Hall on Saturday 25th April with all proceeds going towards St Columba’s. As usual the organisers are appealing for donations of anything saleable (but please no TV sets, computers, clothes or soft toys). Items can be taken to the Hall on the day of the sale from 8am with viewing from 12 noon and the auction starting at 2pm. More  details in future emails.


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