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.
Here's an interesting new event for the summer. Topcliffe and Asenby are staging their first ever scarecrow festival this month and every household in the two villages are invited to get involved. It's open to all - young and old - and the theme is Nursery Rhymes. All scarecrows must be in position in a prominent place at the front of your property by Tuesday 27 Augustso that independent judges and visitors can see them. An application form must be completed for each competition entry and these are available from the village hall, Malc & Karen Morley or Debbie & Rob Roberts, Front Street. This is simply to allow the organisers to keep track of where the scarecrows will be located: they'll be preparing a map so visitors can follow a scarecrow trail to see the creative entries. Entry is free and The Little Yorkshire Hamper Company is sponsoring and providing the prizes, which will be presented at 3pm during the Produce Show on Saturday, 31 August.
The Good Old Days Music Hall – Saturday, 10 August – 7.30 to 9.30pm
Join us for a great evening’s singalong and some good old fashioned entertainment with music and songs from the ‘Good Old Days’. Tickets, which are £6 and includes refreshments (tea, coffee, sandwiches, cakes) are available from The Elm Gallery, Front Street (01845 577316). All funds raised will go to the St Columba’s Restoration Fund.
The Topcliffe & Asenby Produce Show – Saturday, 31 August
The popular annual show is open to all residents of Topcliffe and Asenby, and individuals who grow produce on allotments within the boundaries of our two villages. There’ll be 47 horticultural classes, 16 baking/preserves classes, 3 floral classes, 10 hobbies classes and 5 classes just for children to enter. This year, exhibitors are restricted to one entry in any class. As last year, there’ll be two trophies in the horticultural section, one for the person with the most points overall and another for the person with most "firsts". There’ll also be trophies for the best exhibits in other categories. Entries must be registered at the village hall between 9 and 11.30am on the day. Entry fee of 50p per adult exhibit and 25p per child exhibit. Judging between 12 noon and 2pm. Public viewing between 2 and 3.30pm. Raffle draw and presentation of trophies at 3pm. The full list of rules, categories and classes are available on both village websites or from Produce Show Secretary Judith Lowe (577911).
Art Connections – Classes re-commence Monday, 2 September
The regular Monday afternoon art class is back at the Village Hall…and hoping existing and new members will come along. The class, which caters for complete beginners through to those with more experience, is led by artists Vivien and Barry Wilton-Middlemass. Everyone has a free first lesson.
Grand Attic Auction – Saturday, 14 September
This annual event is normally held in May but this year is being staged later in the year – 14 September. All proceeds go to St Columba’s Church Funds. As usual, the auctioneer will be Asenby resident John Phillips. Viewing on the day will be 12 noon to 2pm with the sale commencing promptly at 2pm. The organisers hope locals will save and collect any items that might be suitable for the auction – furniture, books, bric-a-brac and even antiques! (but no TV sets, computers, clothes, bedding or used soft toys thanks). Items for the sale should be delivered to the Village Hall between 8 and 11am on the day. Limited storage might be available if items cannot be held until the sale. Contact John on 01845 577034.
This event is being staged in St Columba’s church. The organisers are looking for examples of the hidden talents of residents of our two villages. It can be any hobby or skill such as knitting, embroidery, woodturning, metal working, sewing, modelling, baking…or anything else! Exhibits will be displayed on the day and the public will be invited to come and see them and witness the talents that exists but that no one normally sees. Some people may be prepared to donate their exhibit to the church and any such items will be sold to raise funds for church restorations. Exhibits to be dropped off at the church between 10am and noon on the day or left earlier with Linda Carver, Karen Morley or Liz March (The Elm Gallery).
Sunday Brunch – Sunday, 17 November
Bacon or sausage and egg butties, along with endless cups of coffee or tea, will be on the menu at the next Sunday Brunch. Newspapers will be provided. Serving from 11am until 1pm. Come along and meet friends and neighbours over a leisurely breakfast. No tickets required.
Blues & Country with Five Loose Chippings – Saturday, 30 November
This Thirsk-based group of musicians play a whole range of music from Blues, Country, Bluegrass and classic western swing. They have all played in other formats to sell-out audiences over the last few years. Audiences have described them as “amazingly entertaining and foot-tappingly sensational”. Tickets are £8 including supper, available from Doug Allan (578526) or Judith Lowe (577911). Bring your own drinks.
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