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.


Fracking Meeting- A meeting was called by the parish council to constitute a sub-committee to report on the large amount of conflicting evidence available about racking. More than 30 villagers attended and a sub-committee of six people was appointed to assist the council in formulating its response to requests from various bodies relating to fracking in the area.

Bishop Hagg Wood - The latest Saturday morning work task as part of Appleton & Spaunton Community Interest Company’s management of Bishop Hagg Wood was held on Saturday. Six people attended, the main tasks being wood collecting and burning brash. The next work task will be on Saturday, February 24 at 10am.

Slide show - There will be a Tea, Chat and History session at 2pm on Monday, February 5 and will include a new rolling slide show. Admission is £1.


Domino drive - Last Friday’s domino drive filled 11 tables and £156.14 profit was made for the village hall. First prize with a score of 120 went to Audrey Wildsmith followed by a tie at 114 between Erica Perrin and Ken Shields. Supper was served by Anne Tidd and Di Ford. The event was organised by David and Elaine Mudd.

Church - Easter, with its variable dates is early this year which means that the day before Lent, Shrove Tuesday (Pancake Day), is also early falling on Tuesday, February 13. All Saints Church has an annual open door event on Shrove Tuesday to carry out tasks like cleaning the chandelier ready for the new candles to be put in at Easter. Last year cleaners discovered some hidden holders inside the frame which had not been used in living memory. The raising mechanism has been electrified and the chandelier is able to be lit at Easter, Christmas and weddings. Cleaning starts at 11am and those helping will be rewarded with pancakes at midday. With enough helpers all the brass should be shining by 1pm. New volunteers are welcome. The service on Sunday will be Communion at 11am.

Quiz - The first village hall quiz of the season will be on Friday, February 9 at 7pm.


Market’s century - The village’s market will celebrate its 100th anniversary today (Saturday). To mark the occasion, £200 worth of vouchers in £50 and £20 denominations will be given to every 100th visitor. The vouchers can be exchanged for goods at any market stall or at the cafe. Janet Stark of The Wall at Coulton, who has attended all the markets, will be selling vegetables picked from the field that day. There will also be celebration cake made up of products from different stallholders. New stallholders include Renaissance Patissiere, which among other items will have chocolate cheesecakes and desert jams, Shabby Shack with shabby chic hand-painted furniture and White Rose Cider from a Yorkshire farmyard microbrewery. The community stall is the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, a local charity working to protect and conserve Yorkshire’s wild places and wildlife. The café, which has raised more than £98,000 since 2009 for churches, action groups, sports clubs and play park, will be run by Hovingham Action Group. Resident busker Josh Finn will be in attendance and the volunteer market manager is Chris Stark.


Environment Group - Organisers of the Environment Group’s repair café met a representative of Pocklington - The Bigger Picture at the session on Saturday, January 20. The Pocklington organisation wants to cut down the use of plastic, and the Environment Group is hoping to exchange ideas with them with a view to starting a project in Kirkbymoorside. A total of 11 items were mended, or advice given at the repair café in the Moorside Room, Church Street. Items included a steam cleaner, two jumpers, table lamp, two sports bags, dehumidifier, two stools, key-ring and a power washer. A total of £25 was raised by the café for the History Group and a further £30 was received in donations. The next repair café is on Saturday, March 24 from 10am to 2pm. For further information email or phone June Emerson on 01751 430907.

Menzown - Local naturalist Jim Prewess will be the speaker at the Menzown meeting in the King’s Head on Monday, February 12 at 7.30pm. New members are welcome.

Marie Curie - The first fundraising event of the year is the daffodil day street collection and coffee day on Wednesday, March 7. The sponsored daffodil walk will be held on Saturday, March 24. Details sponsor forms can be obtained from June Cook phone 01751 431160.

Postage stamps - There was a great response to correspondent Maureen Rolph’s appeal for used postage stamps. They have been sent to Cancer Research, Hearing Dogs for the Deaf, Guide Dogs for the blind and RNIB. She collects the stamps throughout the year and can be contacted by emailing

Bridge club - At the latest game Judith O’Donnell and David Whitehead won North/South with 62 per cent. Enid Watson and Tim Johnson were runners-up with 56 per cent. At East/West, 66 per cent gave Steve Lonsdale and Robin Paige top spot. Bo and Tony Simpson were second with 55 per cent. Play of the week went to Pat Hainsworth and Anne Smith.

Moorside Bar and Club - The band Thru The Roof will be playing at the club on Saturday at 8.30pm. There is an entry fee of £3.50 for members and £4.50 for non-members. Doors open at 7.30pm.


Quiz - St Gregory’s Minster and St Hilda’s, Beadlam will share more than a £100 as a result of the Christmas quiz sheet which attracted a good number of entrants. No one had a fully correct entry. Each of the four winners had one wrong answer and there were two or three more with a single error. The answer that baffled most was Lewis, not Morse, to the question ‘He came after the dots and dashes.’


Heraldry talk - David Haddon-Reece will give a talk about England’s Royal Heraldry called Leopards, Lilies and Lineage on Saturday, March 10 at 6pm in the village hall. The illustrated talk follows the lineage of royal arms from the 12th century to the present day and explores some byways of the subject such as medieval bestiaries and Arthurian legend. Tickets cost £10 and include a finger buffet. The event has been organised by the Friends of Lastingham Church. To reserve a ticket email or 01751 417007.


Bridge club - In the second session of Malton Bridge Club’s handicapped teams competition there was a win for Richard Hilton, Derek Fox, Ed Robinson and Paul Walker, with Tricia Pearce, Madge Allinson, David Crossland and Keith Freeman in second place. The same two teams occupied the top two places in the final standings. In the Yorkshire League, Malton A suffered its first defeat, 11-9 at the hands of Scarborough, while Malton B also lost 11-9 to Ilkley C.


Winter salads - The January meeting of Marton and Normanby Gardening Club was opened by chairman Bill Tweedle, who introduced Tony Chalcraft and Jane Thurlow from The Nursery, Acomb, who encouraged members to grow winter salads. They passed around samples of salads now growing in their polytunnel and gave recommendations on which varieties to grow. The club’s next meeting is on Tuesday, February 13 at 7.30pm when Sarah Hopps will speak about The Gardens of Britain. Admission on the door at Marton Village Hall is £2 and includes entry into the evening’s raffle, tea, coffee and biscuits.


Bingo - The monthly prize bingo will be held on Saturday in the village hall at 7.30pm.


Bird talk - Richard Baines, the turtle dove project officer of the North Yorkshire Moors National Park Authority’s turtle dove project officer will give a talk in the village hall on Thursday, February 22 at 7.30pm. Admission is free and refreshments will be served after the meeting.

Domino drive - There will be a domino drive in the village hall on Thursday, February 8 at 7.30pm. Admission is £1,50 and includes tea or coffee and biscuits.


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.

Fishkeepers - Ryedale Aquarist Society members will meet at the home of Sue and David Marshall on Wednesday, February 7 at 7.30pm.

Jazz festival - The sixth Ryedale Festival of Traditional Jazz which will be held from Sunday, July 22 to Saturday, July 28. If tickets are bought before Thursday, May 31 they cost £5 for the Sunday Spirituals concert and £50 for the Monday to Saturday concerts. Individual tickets for any of the Monday to Saturday concerts cost £10. After May 31 prices increase to £12 and £60 respectively. To purchase tickets, send a cheque made payable to Ryedale Jazz Society with a stamp addressed envelope stating what tickets you require to Amy Ward, 51 Roman Avenue South, Stamford Bridge, York YO41 1LS or phone 01759 371583.

Domino drives - The Recreation Club will also host a domino drive on Friday, February 9 at 7.30pm.

PEEMS - Members of the Pickering Experimental Engineering and Model Society will meet on Wednesday, February 7 at the RVS Hungate Centre at 7pm when Nevile Foster will give a talk called The Design and Manufacture of Composite Structures.

Vacancy - There is a vacancy, due to retirement, for the post of chair of Pickering and District Horticulture Society will hold its annual general meeting at the RVS Hungate Centre on Wednesday, February 14 at 7.30pm. Anyone interested is asked to phone the society’s secretary on 01751 474939.

Sight Support meal - Pickering and District Rotary Club is hosting a three-course meal at the Spice 4U restaurant to raise money for Ryedale Sight Support Group. There will be two sittings on Sunday at 12.30pm and 3.30pm. Tickets cost £20 and are available from Spice 4U by text to 07927 906709.

Family history - Ryedale Family History Group are offering free one to one sessions at the library on the Tuesdays of 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.

Movie - The film Victoria & Abdul will be screened at the Kirk Theatre, Hungate, on Wednesday, February 7 at 2.30pm at 7.30pm. Admission is £7.50 with concessions £6. Tickets can be obtained at the theatre’s booking office which is open on Tuesdays from 11am to 1pm, phone 01751 474833 or email

Musical Memories - The RVS Hungate Centre is the venue for Musical Memories on Monday, February 12 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.

Super draw - Last week’s Pickering Town Football Club’s Super Draw was won not won. The numbers were 2, 11 and 33. This week’s draw will be doubled to £150.

Quiz night - The Bay Horse, Market Place, will host a general knowledge quiz in aid if the Yorkshire Air Ambulance on Sunday at 7.30pm.


Methodists - The service on Sunday was taken by Michael Earnshaw. The organist was Doreen Lawson, the vestry steward was Bert Blower and the welcomer was Margaret Harris. In his address, Mr Earnshaw talked about how hymns are used as a way of praising God and he mentioned some of his own favourites including Blessed Assurance by Fanny Crosby. The preacher this Sunday at 10.30am is the Rev Martin Calver.

St Martin's - The Rev Andrew Moreland, the vicar, presided and preached at both communion services on Sunday. He spoke about the celebration of the feast of The Presentation of the Lord: the baby Jesus being presented in the temple to the elderly priest Simeon. He explained the Jewish ceremonies of circumcision, dedication, purification and sacrifice and what we can learn from them. He spoke about Simeon and how he was a righteous, devout man, who was prayerfully expectant and led by the Holy Spirit. At the 9.30am service Edna Burton accompanied the hymns and gave the bible reading. Andrew led the intercessions and Jean Donovan assisted with the chalice. Janet Lamb and Julie Stephenson were sidespeople and Julie also served refreshments between the services. At 11am Elizabeth Moreland led the intercessions, Christine Bray read and Elizabeth Bradley assisted with the chalice. Richard Fuller led the sung worship with John and Sue Grice and John Taylor. Liz Cremer ran the children’s Sunday Club. Jo Taylor was the sidesperson and Wendy Haslam served refreshments after the service.


Methodist news - Donations at the Tuesday coffee morning continue to be given to the Circuit Breakfast for the homeless held at Westborough Methodist Church, Scarborough. Another volunteer is needed to help at the coffee morning on the first Tuesday in the month. Either contact the hostess on duty or see Liz, Kim or Judith. The Sunday worship was the annual covenant service including Holy Communion led by the Minister Rev Dr Kevin Ridd. He was assisted in the communion by Kim Canterbury, who also read one of the lessons. Sandra Cade welcomed everyone and was also a reader. Liz Aconley operated the audio-visual equipment. Rev Kevin spoke about the importance of people’s covenant with God and agreeing with God about the way He wants us to try to live. After worship refreshments were enjoyed in the hall. The service on Sunday at 10.30am will be led by the Rev Mary Jackman.

St Hilda’s - The Holy Communion service on Sunday was led by the Rev Joe Kinsella who took as his theme, Jesus in authority. Sidespersons were Betty Flinton, who also read the lesson, and Barbara Grice, who officiated at communion with the chalice. The organist was Martin Monkman. After the service, coffee was served by Jean Usher and helpers. The next service will be on Sunday, February 11 at 10.30am and will be led by Barbara Grice.

Community club - The monthly cash bingo night will be held at the Community and Sports Club on Saturday. Books will be on sale from 7.15pm with eyes down at 8pm.

On song - Lez Donkin will be singing at the East Riding pub on Saturday at 9pm.

Charity quiz - The East Riding pub will host a charity quiz on Saturday, March 10 at 8pm. It is for teams of up to four people and it’s £1 per person to enter. There will also be a raffle with proceeds for the village hall.

Letters draw - There was no winner of Sherburn FC’s letters draw on Saturday. The letters were C, P and Z. This week’s draw will be for £240.


People’s Guild - The Rev Anne Freestone gave a talk about her life to the Sinnington Peoples’ Guild on Tuesday, January 23. Ordained at Durham Cathedral, a time of curacy and parish work followed before Anne decided she would like a change of direction. She was appointed chaplain to the Howard family at Castle Howard. Anne explained her work with all the staff and her outreach to the villages and Slingsby school. She is also chaplain to Catterick Garrison, working with the medical team and soldiers following the conflict of war. She was welcomed and thanked by Jill Simpson who was the pianist for the hymns. Tea and biscuits were served. The next meeting is on Tuesday, February 6 at 7.15pm when Jac Thomas will speak about her time in Peru.


Open house - Volunteers will be serving hot and cold drinks with home-baked cake in the cricket club pavilion on Saturday and Sunday, between noon and 3pm each day. Money raised will be for the running of the cricket club. There will be a pool table, cards, dominoes and television to watch. Entry is free.


Jumble sale - There will be a jumble sale in the village hall on Saturday, February 24.

Domino drive - A domino drive will be held in the village hall on Wednesday, February 7 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.


Craft fair - The organisers of the craft fair on Thursday, November 30, have announced it raised fund £820 for Ryedale Special Families and Peter Simpson’s Trust Fund.


Appleton-le-Moors - Mrs Humphreys presided at the January meeting when three new members were welcomed. Andrew and his team from Scarborough and Ryedale Mountain Rescue Team were the speakers for the evening. The team rely on public donations to be able to train and buy equipment. It operates on a day to day basis, helping and assisting the emergency services, not only search and rescue organisations, but also help when there has been extensive flooding in the area. A collection for the team was held on the night and they joined members for supper. February is the annual joint meeting with Cropton WI which will be hosted by Appleton-le-Moors.

Sinnington - The branch were given an illustrated talk by Professor Sampson (member Jane Staley) about the history of the Lyke Wake Walk. She spoke about its founding member Bill Cowley and its subsequent development as one of the most gruelling walks. It had a membership of thousands in its heyday in the 1960s. The meeting on Thursday, February 8 is a members’ beetle drive with hot dog supper. New members are always welcome or just come along as a visitor. The branch recently lost one of its oldest members, Molly Scaling, who had been a member since coming into the village in 1962. The WI were pleased to help by arranging the tea in the village hall after her funeral in the Methodist Chapel. She will be sadly missed by the branch and the village where she had always played a large part.

Thornton-le-Dale - The January meeting was led by Valerie Rogers, in the absence of the president. Birthday cards were presented to Ruth Ainscough, Sue Shuttleworth and Valerie Rogers. New members were welcomed, and subscriptions were taken. A minute’s silence was held in memory of Mary Manthorpe, the oldest member of the branch, who passed away in Scarborough Hospital on Sunday, January 7. Members signed the list for the trip to the Esk Valley Theatre and to make their choice for the annual meeting resolution. The first walk of the year will be held on Frida, starting at the Market Cross at 1pm. The evening’s speaker was Jo Bonham who gave a talk about the history of district nursing. Jo was thanked by Wendy Hutchinson. Refreshments were served by Wendy Scoble and Wendy Hutchinson. The next meeting will be held on Tuesday, February 13 when Roger Osbourne will give a talk called Landscapes of the North York Moors. Guests are always welcome.