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.


Craft fair - There will be a craft fair in the village hall, Wilsons Lane, East Ayton on Easter Monday, April 2, from 10am to 3pm. Tables cost £10. To reserve a table, phone Joy Tomlinson on 01723 862170.


Domino drive - Last week a domino drive, organised by David and Elaine Mudd, raised £200 for Snainton Bowling Club. There were almost 10 full tables in play and a lucky square competition was organised by Rhien Cocker. Refreshments were served by Edrene Rumley and Jim Dawson. Winner of the dominoes was Ashley Mudd with 124 closely followed by David Mudd with 118. Erica Perrin was third with 114.

Church - The village will be the host parish for the Benefice which means that Snainton, Wykeham and Hutton Buscel church members will take part in this Sunday’s Palm Sunday procession and service to include a reading of the Passion narrative. People joining the procession should meet at Brompton Cemetery opposite the cricket field at 10am to walk together carrying palm crosses to All Saints Church joining those who have not taken part in the walk for the service at 10.30am. The Passion narrative is the story of the last week of Christ’s life with readers taking the parts of Christ, Peter, Judas, the high priest and other main characters while the rest of the congregation join in as Roman soldiers, disciples and the crowd. There will be coffee after the service.


Village hall - The next coffee morning at the village hall will be held on Tuesday, April 3 at 10.30am. The village hall annual meeting was held on March 7. Reports were received from the secretary and treasurer and included a healthy balance sheet. The officers elected were chairman, Graham Carter; secretary, Dick Feaster; and treasurer, Jean Feaster.


Into the blue - James Honeyborne, executive producer of The Blue Planet, recently gave a talk in aid of Yorkshire Cancer Research in The Arts Centre in aid of Yorkshire Cancer Research. Coupled with a quiz held in the White Swan, Ampleforth, it raised for than £4,600 for the charity.


Environment group - The Repair Café run by the Environment Group will be held on Saturday from 10am to 2pm in the Moorside Room, Church Street. People are invited to take items that need repairing and a team of volunteers will do their best to mend them, free of charge. Refreshments will be available, proceeds going to local organisations. For details phone 01751 430907. The group has produced little 50-page shopping-list pads which remind people to take less plastic home when they go shopping. They are available, at £1 each, from The Moorside Store and Summit Bakery.

Give or take - A Give or Take Day will be held in the Memorial Hall on Sunday, April 8 from 9am to noon. Goods may be delivered the day before between 6pm and 8pm and from 8am onwards on the Sunday.

Menzown - At the March meeting, club secretary Rhys Thomas gave a comprehensive survey of Quakers in banking, railways, chocolate making, social research, patterns of employment and housing, pacifism and shoe manufacture, which has given us the households names of Barclays, Lloyds, Rowntrees, Cadburys and Clarks. A vote of thanks was led by Frank Youren. An extra fact-finding trip is planned to the site at Knapton.

Bridge club - The latest game saw a close finish at North/South where Gill and Trevor Hardcastle came top with 62.5 per cent. Steve Lonsdale and Robin Paige were runners-up on 62.2 per cent a difference of one point. At East/West Bo and Tony Simpson were clear winners with 71.4 per cent. Anne Smith and Graeme Matthew were runners-up with 62.5 per cent. A rare no trump grand slam earned play of the week for Gill and Trevor Hardcastle.

Tuesday Group - A representative of Next Steps will be the speaker at the meeting of the Tuesday Group on at 7.30pm on March 27, in the Jubilee room at the Methodist Church. The leader will be Kath and Gwen and Sonja will be the tea hostesses.

Marie Curie - The Kirkbymoorside support group for Marie Curie’s annual sponsored daffodil walk in Farndale takes place on Saturday. For an entry form, phone June 01751 431160. There are two walks, both led by rangers from the North York Moors National Park Authority, starting at 10am. There is a short walk by the river and a longer walk taking in more difficult terrain.

Live acts - Brian Marlow will be the performer at the Moorside Bar and Club on Saturday at 8.30pm. The following Saturday, March 31, the entertainer will be Dave Lesley, also at 8.30pm.

St Catherine’s Hospice - The Kirkbymoorside support group are raising funds for the hospice with a couple of forthcoming events. There will be a prize bingo on Tuesday, March 27 at Sturdy Court at 2pm. On Thursday, March 29 there will be a quiz at the Royal Oak, Gillamoor, at 8pm. It is £2 per person to enter with up to four people in a team. Refreshments are included and there will be a raffle.

Amnesty International - Paul Wordsworth will speak about the York City of Sanctuary at the next meeting of the Kirkbymoorside group on Thursday, April 12 at the home of member Barbara. The regional conference will be held in Scarborough at the Friend’s Meeting House, Scarborough, on June 9.

Domino drive - There will be a domino drive at Sturdy Court on March 26 at 7.30pm.

Churches Together - The Churches Together group will hold a fellowship meal at the Methodist Church on Saturday at 6.30pm. Father Kentigern will provide the main course and there will be bring and share desserts. There will be a maximum number allowed of 30 people with priority given to those who have attended the lunch time reflections. Phone Steve on 01751 430245.

Ladies Fellowship - Members of the Ladies Fellowship gave All Saints Church a good spring earlier this month. There was time afterwards to enjoy a cup of tea and biscuits and to catch up with one another. The March birthday girls were Judy Langham, Judy Parkinson and Ann Pennock. The knitted squares for the Lent blanket have started to come in. The next meeting will be on Wednesday, April 11 at 7.30pm in the library when June Cook will be the speaker.

Camera Club - Members met on March 15 for the open competition, Henrietta Byrne, from Richmond, was the judge. Richard Burdon came first in the prints section with Whitby Harbour Moonrise. Bob Ordidge’s Snow Monkeys in Hot Spring was second and Floral Art by Julia Cowdy was third. In the digital images section, Martin Williams was the winner with Stand out from the Crowd and second with The Uninvited Guest. Third place went to Paul Stephenson with Toboggan Smash.


St Gregory’s - The 11am Sunday service at St Gregory’s Minster on March 4 was cancelled because of bad weather. It the second time this year a service there has had to be cancelled because of snow and ice. Mothering Sunday saw a good congregation celebrating mothers and family life. Posies, made up by flower arrangers, were distributed after the service. There will be a service of Choral Matins at St Gregory’s at 11am on Palm Sunday (March 25). Instead of the usual 9.30am service at St Hilda’s, Beadlam, there will be a Palm Sunday procession and service from 10am in Wombleton, led by the Methodist minister. On Thursday, March 29, there will be a Christian Seder meal, followed by Holy Communion at St Hilda’s. Anyone attending should phone the Rev Sue Binks on 01439 770523 as numbers are necessary for catering purposes. At 9.30am on Good Friday, March 30, there will be a devotional service led by The Rev Bill Page. An evening service with the choir will conducted by the Rev Sue Binks at St Gregory’s at 6pm on Good Friday. An Easter Vigil and the Lighting of New Fire will take place on Saturday, March 31 at St John the Baptist Church, Pockley. Easter Sunday services on April 1 include 11am Choral Eucharist at St Gregory’s and 9.30am Eucharist at St Hilda’s. There will be a said Evening song service at St Gregory’s on Sunday, April 8.


Concerts - Four concerts are to be held at St Mary’s Church this spring. On Friday, April 13, The Thorne Trio will be performing, followed a fortnight later, on Friday, April 27 by Kirkbymoorside Brass Band with musical director Sarah Woodward. York City Gospel choir will be singing on Saturday, May 12 and on Friday, May 25 soloists from Opera North will provide an evening of operatic favourites on the theme of A Woman’s Life and Loves. All the concerts start at 7.30pm and tickets are priced at £10. Phone Andie Cattle on 01751 417223 for tickets.


Bridge club - In the club’s Cross-IMP pairs there was a win for Mike and Annette Jackson with 41 points, followed by Robin Ashdown and Derek Fox with 30 points and Tricia Pearce and Stan Bough with 13 points. Poor weather reduced the attendance in the Thursday afternoon session which was won by John and Beryl Bramall ahead of Roger and Ruth Mattingly. Malton B completed their season with a 15-5 victory in their postponed match against Leeds D in division five of the Yorkshire League on Sunday.


In the picture - The Ryedale Snapograher, who specialises in wildlife photography, will be at the village hall for an evening of chat and photographs on Saturday, April 7. Proceeds from the evening will go towards the continuing refurbishment of the hall. People attending can take their own snacks and drinks. Tickets are £5 and are available from Charlotte Dennison, Taymar Lodge, Marton, Heather Leggett, Lagnaha, Marton or email 


Bingo - The village hall is the venue for Harome Bowling Club’s fundraising prize bingo at 7.30pm on Saturday.

Spring clean - Easter Monday activities begin on April 2 with village spring clean at 10am. Anyone taking part should take gloves, black bin bags, strong brushes, wheelbarrows and spades to help with the tidy up. At 10.30am there will be the start of the grand potato challenge with people able to collect their potato from the pavilion. The potatoes can be grown in any compost or soil until the summer family fun day on Sunday, July 15 when the potato weigh in will be held.


Kids club - Stape and Newton Kids Club will be holding an Easter Bunny drive in the village hall on Saturday at 7pm. The jumble sale in the hall in January in aid of the club raised £370 for Club funds.

Craft and chat - There will be a craft and chat meeting in the village hall on Thursday, April 5 at 7pm. Admission is £2, which includes tea or coffee and biscuits.

Dominoes - The monthly domino drives in the village hall have finished until autumn.


Family history - Due to the popularity of their previous sessions, Ryedale Family History Group are returning to the library for more pre-bookable free one-to-one sessions. They will be held on the Tuesdays of March 27, April 10 and 24. 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. You must book a place in advance. Phone 01609 533624.

Flower Club - Ann Simpson will give a flower arranging demonstration titled Willow, Wood & Wine at Pickering Flower Club in the RVS Centre, Hungate, at 7.30pm on Wednesday, March 28. Guests are welcome. Entry is £5.

Family Cinema - Despite the wintry weather, several families attended the family cinema at the Methodist Church and enjoyed the animated adventure Justin And The Knights Of Valour. The next family cinema will be on April 14 when the film Paddington 2 will be screened. Admission is free, but donations are welcome. Doors open at 6pm, for 6.30pm start. The tuck shop will be open in the foyer and in the interval. Under-16s must be accompanied by an adult. Phone 01751 472249.

Probus club - Members of the Vale of Pickering Probus Club and their guests, including the president of the Rotary Club and Mrs Morgan, attended the anniversary lunch at the Forest and Vale Hotel, on March 13. The club celebrated the 50th anniversary of its foundation by Pickering Rotarians in February 1968. Tim Tubbs gave a talk called Jane Austen’s world - her heroes and heroines. Club membership inquiries can be made by phoning 01751 472879.

Registration evening - Pickering Bowling Club’s registration evening is at the Recreation Club on Friday, April 6 at 7.30pm. The bar will be open, and tea and biscuits served.

Fleamarket - The fleamarket in the Liberal Club, Smiddy Hill, starts its 2018 programme of openings during the Easter. It will be open on Good Friday, March 30 to Easter Monday, April 2 from 10am to 4pm daily. Last year the fleamarket raised £500 for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance.

Concert - Stape Silver Band will hold a concert on Saturday in the Memorial Hall at 7.30pm. The programme will include arrangements of popular music, film themes and traditional brass band music. The concert will also feature the training band and the Pickering Junior School brass class. Refreshments will be served at the interval and there will also be a raffle. Tickets cost £5 and are available from Television House, Market Place, or pay at the door.

Domino drive - Pickering Cricket Club will hold a domino drive at the Recreation Club on Thursday, April 5 at 7.30pm. Adam Collier is hosting a Yorkshire Dialect evening in the Memorial Hall on Saturday, April 21 at 7pm. The event is in aid of Pickering Horticultural Society. Tickets, which cost £6 and include refreshments, are available from Margaret Dunning, 13 Mill Lane, Pickering, or phone 01751 473697 or from Dawn Shepherd, phone 01751 476416.

Coffee morning - The Pickering and Thornton-le-Dale branch of the Royal British Legion hold coffee mornings at its Champley’s Yard headquarters every Monday and Saturday from 10am to 12.30pm.

Live act - The Dreamettes will be appearing at the Recreation Club, Mill Lane, on Saturday, April 28 at 7.30pm. Tickets, priced at £17.50, are on sale from the Recreation Club, phone 01751 473317, or from Dunning Butchers Shop, Bridge Street, phone 01751 472627. The evening includes food and a disco.

Musical Memories - The RVS Hungate Centre is the venue for Musical Memories on Monday, March 26 from 11am to noon. 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 not won. The numbers were 2, 39 and 22. This week’s draw will be increased to £450.

Quiz night - The Bay Horse, Market Place, will host a general knowledge quiz in aid of the Yorkshire Air Ambulance on Sunday, April 1 at 7.30pm.

Ryedale Shopper - The April trips are on Thursday, April 5, to Stokesley, price £8, and Thursday, April 19 to Scarborough, price £7. To reserve a place on the mini-bus, or for further details, phone 01653 699059 or 01653 698888. The pick-up points and times are Roxby Road, Thornton-le-Dale 9.15am, Eastgate/Hawthorne Lane 9.25am, Eastgate car park 9.30am, Ingsgarth 9.33am, Westgate/Manor Drive 9.35am and Middleton Road/Northway 9.40am.


Quiz - Jennie will be hosting a quiz in the Fleece Inn on Friday at 9pm. Entry is £2 per person and includes cash prizes to third place, cash jackpot and hot supper.

Bingo - A prize bingo will be held in Woodlands Community Centre on Wednesday, March 28 for centre funds. Doors open 6.45pm with eyes down at 7.15pm.


Maximising space - Mike Kinnes will give a talk called The Small Greenhouse and explain how to maximise productivity in even the smallest of spaces to Yorkshire Pelargonium and Geranium Society in the Memorial Hall on Sunday at 2pm. For further details please call Sheila on 07961 966617 or go to and click on the Yorkshire Pelargonium page.

Methodists - The service on Sunday as taken by the Dr Rev Kevin Ridd. The organist was Doreen Lawson, the vestry steward was Bob Jackman and the welcomer was Mary Jackman. The Lenten prayers were given by Bert Blower. Bible readings were given by Eileen Burn and Sheena Dunnington. The theme of Dr Rev Ridd’s sermon was the Spirit of God and he talked of how in the modern world there is a perception that the life of a wealthy person is worth more than a poor person. He went on to say that poverty is not natural it is something we have created. The preacher this Sunday at 10.30am is Rev Graham Morgan. There will be no Singing for Fun session this Friday.


Quiz - There will be a quiz at the Community and Sports Club on Sunday at 8pm. It is £1 per person to enter and teams can have a maximum of five people. A free light supper will be provided.

Letters draw - There was no winner of Sherburn FC’s letter draw on Saturday. The letters were C, G and Z. This week’s prize will be £135.

St Hilda’s - The next service at St Hilda’s will be Holy Communion on Sunday at 9am when the Rev Joe Kinsella will officiate.

Methodist news - The Tuesday coffee morning hostess was Kim Canterbury. Sunday worship was led by the worship team with Chris Cade on the organ assisted by Tom on guitar. Sandra led the prayers and Jean and Christine shared about the collective worship at the school. The Palm Sunday Holy Communion service at 10.30am will be led by the Minister, the Rev Dr Kevin Ridd. There will be a reflective service on Good Friday, March 30 at 3pm and will be followed by a tea in the hall.


People’s Guild - Caroline Neuff gave a presentation called Following the Viking Trail on Tuesday, March 13 to Sinnington People’s Guild. Starting in Norway, she cruised to the Shetland and Orkney islands, the Faroes and onto Iceland and Greenland. She showed photographs, told amusing tales and explained the history of each area and island. She was welcomed and thanked by Jill Simpson who was also the pianist. Tea and biscuits were served. There is no meeting in Holy week. The next, and final meeting of the 2017-2018 session, is on Tuesday, April 3 at 7.15pm when the guild will welcome back the White Rose Male Voice Praise. Supper will be served. There is no charge, but a collection will be taken for guild funds.


Ladies club - The meeting held on Tuesday, March 13 was an illustrated talk called Atlantic Odyssey given by Fiona and Michael Bennett. They spoke about of their voyage across the Atlantic from Tenerife to Martinique. The next meeting, on Tuesday, April 10, is a visit to Stanbrook Abbey.


Bridge club - The competition held on Monday, March 12 was won by Audrey Shaw and Angela Smith with 62.7 per cent. In second place were Pat and George Donnor with 54 per cent.


Active Tuesdays - Every Tuesday between 7pm and 8.30pm there will be Active Tuesday sessions in the cricket pavilion. It is an opportunity to dance, join in games, listen to music or sing along. There is no need to book. Entry is £1 to cover the hire of the pavilion. There will be tea, coffee for sale. For more details, phone Julie Price on 01653 618214.

Spring fair - Westow Cricket Club’s annual spring fair will be held on Saturday, March 24 between 10.30am and 1.30pm. It will include a children’s fun run around the cricket ground at 11.30am for children aged 11 years and under. There will be certificates for all runners. Entry is free. Phone Julie Price or Ron Welford for more details on 01653 618214.


Wood carvers - Ryedale Wood Carvers meet every Tuesday from 9.30am to 3pm in the village hall. For further information, phone 01751 473206.


Appleton-le-Moors - Because bad weather, the president, Mrs Humphreys, and the committee, cancelled the joint meet with Cropton WI last month. The meeting will now go ahead on Wednesday, March 28.

Thornton-le-Dale - The president welcomed members and two guests to the March meeting. Birthday cards were presented to Kath, Karen, Edith and Tracey. Members were reminded to check the various lists for the spring lunch, the WI quiz and the outing in June. The branch will be having a tombola stall at the village hall on Saturday, May 5 when the Tour de Yorkshire passes through the village. Donations of items for the stall can be taken to the April meeting. The branch is investigating workshops for breadmaking, flower arranging, cake decoration and handicrafts. Pauline, Mary and Carol updated members on the progress with the poppy display. They had made a sample poppy wreath and they are planning to make one for each of the names listed on the war memorial. Help will be required to help stitch the poppies to the backing netting. There was a guess the weight of the poppies activity, which was won by Betty. The speaker was unable to attend, so Karen stepped into the breach with a presentation about her dog agility experiences. After the presentation a game of beetle was played and won by Ruth and Arline. Refreshments were served by Karen, Jane, Pauline and Edith. The next meeting will be on Tuesday, April 10 when Jill Smith will talk about setting up her business, Billington Blooms. Guests are welcome.