HERE'S is all your latest Vale and Dale news. Find out what is happening in your neighbourhood, check out when your parish council meets or simply plan ahead with details of events taking place round the corner.


History talk - Dr John Finch will give a talk called Navvies, Pals and PoWs: the archaeology of Breary Banks Camp, Colsterdale, in the village hall on Thursday, February 22 at 7.30pm. Admission is £2.50.

Afternoon tea - A festive afternoon tea was in the village hall on Saturday, December 30. The organisers want to thank everyone who made the event a success, especially Jacki Milestone and Malcolm Leckenby, the master of ceremonies.


Domino drive - The last domino drive of 2017 took place in the village hall on Thursday, December 28. It was hosted by David and Elaine Mudd and raised £300 for Snainton Bowling Club. There were 12 tables in play and additional money was raised with a raffle and a lucky square competition run by Angela Mushet. Supper was included in the entry fee and was served by Edrene Rumley and Jim Dawson. Dave Pennock was the outright winner scoring 120. The next domino drive will be at 7.30pm on Thursday, January 25 at when the proceeds will be for the village hall.

Church - The service at All Saints on Sunday will be Morning Prayer conducted by Mark Evans.

Parish council - Brompton and Sawdon Parish Council will meet on Monday, January 15 in Sawdon Village Hall at 7.30pm.

Village Ventures -The next Village Ventures community lunch is on Wednesday, January 17 at 12.15pm.


Village hall - There will be a quiz night in aid of the village hall restoration fund in the Fairfax Arms at 8pm on Sunday. Entry is £1 per person with teams of no more than four. Pilates have started in the village hall. Sessions are held on Thursdays at 7pm and Tuesdays at midday.


Covenant service - Methodist Chapel members invited friends from Slingsby, together with the Anglicans from both villages, for their annual Covenant service which was taken by the Rev Tanya Short. Readers were Karen Bishop and Ian and Carol Battersby. The organist was Joyce Skelton. Refreshments were provided at the close of the service. The Covenant service is often described as Methodism’s liturgical gift to the ecumenical world.


Environment group - The next Repair Café will be held on Saturday, January 20 from 10am to 2pm in the Moorside Room, Church Street. People are invited to take items that need repairing and volunteers will do their best to mend them free of charge. Items can include computers, electrical and any household or garden items, bikes, toys, clothing mending and alterations. Refreshments will be available with proceeds going to local organisations. For further information email or phone 01751 430907.

Camera club - Kirkbymoorside and District Camera Club met at the Moorside Bar & Club to watch and discuss images from the Yorkshire National Exhibition and Yorkshire Photographic Union Projected Digital Image Exhibition. Chairman Harry Kingman felt many members had images that were up to the standard shown, and hoped members would enter the competitions this year. The next meeting will be on Thursday, January 18 when commercial photographer John Gardner will be showing examples of his work.

In Bloom - Kirkbymoorside In Bloom made the shortlist of Skipton Building Society’s Grassroots Giving initiative and have been awarded £500. Hundreds of applications from community groups, clubs and organisations from across the UK were received. To make it to the shortlist stage Kirkbymoorside beat off dozens of other applicants and the In Bloom group were able to demonstrate the positive impact it makes in the local community.

Rehearsal orchestra - The Friday Rehearsal Orchestra started its new sessions on Friday. Rehearsals will be held each Friday in the Memorial Hall from 7.30pm to 9.30pm for 10 weeks, with a break on Friday, February 2. Music to be played this term will include works by Schubert, Beethoven and Bernstein’s West Side Story. The final open rehearsal will be held on Friday, March 23 when friends, family and members of the public are invited to listen, and to join the party afterwards. New players are always welcome, particularly in the string and brass sections. For further details, phone June Emerson on 01751 430907 or email

Domino drives - The monthly domino drive at the bowling club is on Saturday, January 20 at 7.30pm. There will be a domino drive at Sturdy Court on Monday, January 15 at 7.30pm.

Messy Church - The next meeting is on Monday, January 15 from 4pm to 6pm. Accompanied children are welcome to join in activities and informal worship followed by a meal.

Tuesday Group - The meeting on Tuesday, January 23 will be a meal in the Methodist Church Jubilee room. Ann will be the leader. Kath and Sonja will be the tea hostesses.

Julian meeting - There is no meeting in January. The next meeting will be in the catholic Church on Tuesday, February 13.


Christmas quiz - Time is running out to return the Christmas quiz sheets in aid of St Gregory’s Minster, Kirkdale and St Hilda’s, Beadlam. The closing date for entries will be Saturday, January 20.


Bridge club - The final session of Malton Bridge Club’s championship pairs was won by Graham Burgess and Mike Jackson with 63.9 per cent, just ahead of Madge Allison and Rob Ashdown with 62.5 per cent. Derek Fox and Richard Hilton were third with 54.9 per cent. Derek and Richard were the overall winners, with Graham and Mike moving up to second place ahead of Annette Jackson and Philip Mason. In the Yorkshire League, there was a 16-4 win for Malton A over Bradford A which moved them up to second place in division one. Malton B drew 10-10 with Brighouse A in division five.


Winter salads - Marton and Normanby Gardening Club’s first meeting of the year was due be held in Marton Village Hall on Tuesday when guest speaker Tony Chalcraft was to give a talk called Winter Salads. The December meeting was a Christmas get-together with a buffet, quiz and raffle.


Welcome Wednesday - Dementia Forward organise Welcome Wednesday meetings every Wednesday from 1pm to 3pm in the village hall for people to meet new friends, join in various activities, speak to a dementia adviser and enjoy refreshments. For further details, phone 01904 692473.

Lacemakers - Pickering Lacemakers will meet in the village hall on Saturday, January 20 from 10am to 3pm.


Winter warmer - An afternoon called Winter Warmer, with mulled wine and nibbles, will be held in the village hall on Sunday from 2pm to 4pm.

Craft and chat - There will be a craft and chat session in the village hall on Thursday, January 18 from 7pm to 9pm. Admission is £2 which includes tea, or coffee, and biscuits.

Jumble sale - A jumble sale, organised by the Newton and Stape Kids Fun Club, will be held from 11am to 2pm on Saturday, January 20 in the village hall Refreshments will also be served. Admission is £1, which includes a drink. Any offers of jumble would be welcome, phone Cathryn on 01751 476592.


Diary dates - A diary has been donated to the library. It is hoped that organisers of social and fundraising events in the town and the surrounding area will put their events in the diary to avoid too many events being held on the same day. The diary can be found on the front table in the library.

Christmas lunch - The Christmas Day lunch held in the RVS Centre, Hungate, was attended by 25 people who otherwise would have been on their own. Daphne Bowes, on behalf of the organisers, wishes to thank all who attended, the volunteers, the Rotary Club for providing transport and anyone who made donations, including the Ryedale Lions.

Shoebox appeal - A total of 280 filled shoeboxes were sent from Pickering to the annual Shoebox Appeal. The Scarborough warehouse, to which the Pickering ones go, housed 5,560 filled boxes which were sent to Romania.

Domino drive - There will be a domino drive in aid of the football club at the Recreation Club, Mill Lane, on Friday, January 19 at 7.30pm.

Family history - Ryedale Family History Group are offering free one to one sessions at the library on the following Tuesdays - January 16 and 30, February 13 and 27. The sessions are for anyone wishing to trace their ancestry and is either not sure where to start or needing some help to progress. The session times are 10.30am, noon and 1.30pm. Anyone interested should book a place in advance at the library in person or telephone 01609 533624. The sessions have to be pre-booked at the library and are not walk in sessions.

Farmers’ market - This month’s farmers’ market will be held in the market place on Thursday, January 18 from 8.30am onwards.

Hardy Plant Group - The annual general meeting of the Hardy Plant Group of the Pickering Horticultural Society will be held in the Memorial Hall on Thursday, January 18 at 7.30pm. There will be a guest speaker, or quiz, and be light refreshments.

Memorial Hall - The January WEA talk will be held in the Memorial Hall, Potter Hill, on Friday when Andrew Husband will speak about the hall. The meeting will start at 7.30pm. There is no charge, but a donation of £2 will help to cover costs.

Pantomime - Pickering Musical Society’s pantomime Goldilocks and the Three Bears will run at the Kirk Theatre from Friday, January 12 to Saturday, January 20, with the exception of Monday, January 15. The show will start at 7.15pm with matinee performances at 2.15pm on Saturday, January 13 and 20. Phone 01751 474833 or log on to for tickets.

Super draw - Last week’s Pickering Town Football Club’s Super Draw was not won. The numbers were 37, 7 and 8. This week’s draw will be increased to £225. The January consolation prize draw was also made last week. There are two winners who share the £50 monthly prize, George Smith and Lisa Taylor. The numbers were 7 and 37.

Musical Memories - The RVS Hungate Centre is the venue for Musical Memories on Monday, January 22 from 11am to noon. The aim is to provide sessions where people can meet up with friends, old and new, to share in singing songs together, with the added benefit of a biscuit with a cuppa. Musical Memories is a community interest company and a not-for-profit company. A minimum voluntary contribution of £3 per person to include refreshments is requested.

Quiz - The Bay Horse will host a general knowledge quiz in aid of the Yorkshire Air Ambulance on Sunday, January 21 at 7.30pm.

Bridge club - The latest session of duplicate bridge was won by George Goodall and Anne Avery with 73.75 per cent. In second place were Madeleine Webber and Beryl Bramall with 52.08 per cent. John Bramall and Rob Ashdown were third with 51.25 per cent. A duplicate pairs competition will be held next week. The club’s annual general meeting will be on Thursday, January 18 at 7pm.

Correspondent - Any items of news from Pickering and surrounding villages can be forwarded to Glenis Sales either by phoning 01751 473348, or 07522 0437331 or by email to


Quiz - Seven teams playing for £48 in prize money took part in Jennie’s 2017 review of the year quiz in the Fleece Inn. The winners with 73 points were Team @ the Bar. The £14 jackpot was won by BoBos. Jennie’s next quiz will be on Friday January at 9pm.


Methodists - The service on Sunday was taken by Laura McGarry. The organist was Doreen Lawson, the vestry steward was Bob Jackman and the welcomer was Margaret Neave, who also took the offering. The bible reading was given by Amanda Clayton who read from the first book of Genesis. Laura’s sermon was based on the bible reading. The preacher this Sunday at 10.30am is the Rev Brian Fitzpatrick. The monthly coffee morning will be held on Saturday at 10.30am. The service on New Year’s Eve was taken by Rev Kevin Ridd and was attended by friends from West Ayton Methodist Church. The organist was Doreen Lawson. The vestry steward was Bob Jackman. The welcomer was Mary Jackman and Margaret Neave took the offering. Bible readings were given by Margaret Harris and Keith Higgs. In his sermon Kevin spoke about the Magi who looked for the Christ child in palaces but were amazed to find him in a humble stable. Refreshments were enjoyed after the service. Rev Ridd also led the carol service on Saturday, December 23. The organist was Doreen Lawson. The service began with the fourth Advent candle being lit by Dave Burn and the bible readings, telling the Christmas story, were read by members of the church. Mince pies and hot ginger wine was enjoyed after the service. On Christmas Day the service was taken by Rev Bruce Russell and was attended by members of Cayton Methodist church. The lighting of the last Advent candle and the prayers was performed by Rev Mary Jackman.

St Martin’s - The Rev Richard Firth presided, parish assistant Kieron Middleton preached and Edna Burton accompanied the hymns on the piano at the 9.30am service of BCP Holy Communion on the feast of Epiphany. Kieron looked behind the story of the visit of the Magi to the infant Jesus, using a range of historical and astronomic research to give some depth to the visit of these largely unknown figures from the East. Carol and Enid were sidespersons and Trish and Elizabeth served refreshments after the service. Kieron preached again at the 11am service of modern worship, which he also led. Josh Cremer read and Liz Cremer led the intercessions. The sung worship was led by Becky Cremer with Tim Cremer (guitar and keyboard) and John Taylor (drums). Jo Taylor was the sidesperson and Elizabeth Bradley served refreshments after the service. The vicar, the Rev Andrew Moreland presided and preached at the regular Together Service which was held in the church of St John the Baptist East Ayton, for the three churches in the Seamer Benefice group. He used his sermon to look ahead to the New Year. John Haslam accompanied the hymn singing on the organ and the vicar led the time of sung worship on his guitar. After the service, refreshments were served by members of the congregation of St John’s.

SHERBURN St Hilda’s - The service at St Hilda’s on Sunday at 10.30am will be led by Barbara Grice. There will be a joint service with Methodist members at the Methodist chapel on Sunday, January 21 at 10.30am, not at 9am as advertised in the monthly newsletter. It is hoped to hold three more joint services during the year with two at St Hilda’s and one more at the chapel.

Water Aid – Pamela Wild raised £520 for Water Aid from her knitting Christmas novelties of angels, Christmas puddings and goodie baskets, each one containing a chocolate.

Sports club - A cash prize bingo session will be held at the Community & Sports Club on Saturday. Books will be on sale from 7.15pm with eyes down at 8pm. Geoff Collins and Steve Mudd won this year’s 5s and 3s domino competition. The trophy was donated by Malc Simms in memory of his late wife, Sibby Simms.

Letters winner - Pat Bean won £240 in the Sherburn FC letters draw on Saturday, January 6, with the letters B, M and V. The letters drawn on New Year’s Eve were C, H and l but there was no winner. Next week’s prize will be £60. Anyone wanting to join the draw should call in at the sports club or phone 07766 202123 for further information.

Christmas shoeboxes - Members of the Methodist Church want to recycle people’s old Christmas cards for the annual shoebox appeal. Each box has a card inside so the child receiving it knows where it has come from and it also makes the gift more personal. Knitters are already busy and wool for the sets of hats, scarves and mitts for the shoeboxes are required. Anyone who can help out should phone Angela on 01944 710608 or Christine on 01944 711294 or drop things off at the Tuesday coffee morning at the Methodist Church.

Messy Church - There will be a session of Messy Church at the Methodist Church on Saturday, starting with tea at 4.45pm. Youngsters will explore the story of Jonah and the whale.

Party time - The next meeting of the Senior Citizen Luncheon Club will be on Wednesday, January 17 and is the club’s anniversary party. There will be a quiz organised by Barbara Grice. Transport is available within Sherburn village, just phone Christine on 01944 711294.

Methodist news - The Sunday worship was led by Margaret Crofts, assisted by her husband, Frank. The welcomer was Kim Canterbury and the steward was Jean Brown. The offertory steward was Liz Aconley. It was Margaret’s last time with the Sherburn congregation before she steps down from preaching. She spoke about the power of the Holy Spirit and of a Syrian refugee family with whom she and Frank had become friendly. Children presented her with a card for thanks for her ministry. This Sunday at 10.30am the service will be led by Rev Nigel Spencer. On Sunday, January 21 members of the chapel will be joined by Anglican friends from St Hilda’s when the Rev Joe Kinsella will preach. There will be lunch afterwards. A traditional service of lessons and carols was held at the chapel on Christmas Eve. Readers included Chris and Sandra Cade, Hannah Magowan, Luke Heron, Jean Brown, Liz Aconley and Christine Fenwick. Once in Royal David’s City was sung by Kiara Heron accompanied by her sister, India, on the organ. India also read a prayer. After the service refreshments were enjoyed in the hall. The Christmas Day worship was led by Christine Fenwick and the worship team with Chris Cade on the organ and Robin Magowan on guitar. The New Year’s Eve service was led by the Rev Emma Morgan who took as her theme the Journey of Life. The welcomer was Kim Canterbury who also read the story, from Luke’s Gospel, of Jesus being recognised by Simeon and Anna as the Messiah when he was taken to the temple to be consecrated as a baby. Offertory steward Liz Aconley also operated the audio-visual equipment.


Ladies Group - Jill Simpson spoke to members of the Ladies Group about her recent trip to India. Her friend, Dr Gowri Pai, was a key figure in setting up an Anandashram (old age home) in 1995 in Puttur. Since then a pain and palliative centre, home nursing training, a physiotherapy unit and a cattle farm have been added. They go out to schools and other places holding eye clinics. Any child needing glasses are given a pair free of charge and those needing surgery are taken to hospital that day. A total of 2,086 pairs of glasses were handed out last year. Jill visits and helps at the eye clinics. She usually takes money that has been given to her from different meetings and concerts that are raising funds for the work being done. Joyce has sent £270 to Martin House Children’s Hospice from the sale of jam and marmalade. A total of £890 has been given this year to the hospice. The next Ladies Group meeting will be the annual general meeting and faith tea is on Thursday, February 1 at 2pm.


Open house - Volunteers will be serving hot and cold drinks together with slices of cake in Westow Cricket Club pavilion on Saturday and Sunday between noon and 3pm each day. There will also be games of pool, cards, dominoes. Entry is free and money raised will be used for the running of the cricket club.

Pilates - Pilates classes have started in cricket pavilion every Tuesday from 2pm to 3pm. Classes are £6 each. To book a place, or for more details, phone Cheryl Reid on 07988 106862 or email


Domino drive - There will be a domino drive in the village hall on Saturday, January 27 at 7.30pm. It is £1.50 to play and includes tea and biscuits. Domino drives are held in the hall every first Wednesday and last Saturday of each month.


Leslie Johnson The funeral of Leslie Johnson took place on Wednesday, December 20 at St Andrew’s Church, Rillington, followed by cremation at the East Riding Crematorium, Octon. The service was conducted by the Rev Joe Kinsella and the Rev Judy Duke. The organist was Mike Dixon. Tributes were paid by John Crossland of Heslerton Cricket Club and Brian Maud of Malton and Norton Lions. Mr Johnson, of Pine Tree Avenue, Rillington died in York District Hospital at the age of 70 after several months illness. Born and bred in the villages, he was a self-employed painter and decorator, a churchwarden at St Andrew’s, chairman of Heslerton Cricket Club, a member of Lions International, the Association of Cricket Officials, the Cricket Society, Yorkshire County Cricket Club, Scarborough Cricket Club, the Institute of Advanced Motoring and Bridlington Sailing Coble Preservation Society. There were more than 250 general mourners, friends and colleagues. Family mourners were Karen Johnson (wife), Margaret Bramley (sister), Andrew and Tracy Bramley, Stephanie Bramley and Rebecca Bramley (nephew and wife and daughters), Stuart and Dawn Bramley, Jamie Bramley, Steven Bramley and Adam Bramley (nephew and wife and sons), Brian Johnson, Christine Johnson, Malcolm Spaven, Rosy Spaven, Adam Spaven, Steve Spaven, Lesley Spaven, Valerie Grice, Chris Grice, Howard Fletcher, Martyn Fletcher, Ian Fletcher, Nick Fletcher, Tim Ward, Ralph Lowe and Shirley Lowe (cousins).