HERE 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.


Tree planting - Thirty adults and five children had fun planting 200 trees at the playing field on Saturday morning. Some were planted in memory of loved ones, others claimed for the planters and the rest for future generations to enjoy. Hot drinks and cakes were enjoyed.

Tea time - More than 50 people had Easter Monday tea in the village hall. Janet Isherwood won the Easter bonnet competition. The event raised £250 for hall funds.

Waterworks Project - There will be a coffee morning and informal session in the village hall on Saturday between 10.30am and noon to launch the Waterworks Project.


Local History Society - Sheila McGeown talked to the society on Wednesday, April 4 about Hackness in the 18th century. It was in this century that the village was moved from near the church to the road approaching Langdale End. At this time the farming practices were also reorganised. Two Brompton people had a hand in these changes - William Cossins and Cornelius Cayley. Cornelius Cayley lived in Hackness for a time. The next meeting is the excursion to St Martin’s Church, Scarborough, on Wednesday, May 2, meeting in the village square at 1.30pm.

Countryside quiz - The countryside quiz organised in aid of Brompton Primary School has raised more than £220 for school funds. Sixty-six completed sheets were returned, 30 of which were all correct. Jessica Mudd and Harry Mills, two pupils at the school, made the draw for the winners who were Mrs A Perry from Northamptonshire in first place, followed by Colin Gibson from Redcar. Entries were received from as far afield as Perth, Swansea and Devon. Answers to the quiz were as follows: cats and dogs, house sparrow, hawthorn, cattle trailer, comma, siskin, buttercup, cricket, devil’s darning needle, robin, hornbeam, cow parsley, flea, magpie, fiddle drill, ant, byre, swift, lesser spotted woodpecker, nettle, goldfinch, mountain ash, coot, elm, crow, dock, (crop also accepted), daddy long legs, birch, gnat, dead men’s fingers, campion, harrow, horse chestnut, broom, rail, combine harvester, traveller’s joy, wren, sorrel, sycamore. The next quiz, which costs £1, is available in the usual outlets - Hanns Butchers, Reeds Newsagents in Thornton-le-Dale and Glaves Butchers in Brompton. Alternatively, send money and a stamped addressed envelope to Countryside Quiz, 2 Sawdon Lane, Brompton-by-Sawdon, Scarborough YO13 9DT.

Community lunch - The next Village Ventures community lunch will be held in the village hall on Wednesday, April 18, at 12.15pm.

Parish council - The next meeting of the parish council will be on Monday, April 16 in the village hall at 7.40pm.

Church - The annual general meeting of the parochial church council at took place on Sunday, April 8. Mark Evans and Don Jones, who were re-elected as churchwardens, presented Gwen Stockill, retiring treasurer, with a vase and flowers to mark her many years of looking after the financial affairs of the church. The service at All Saints on Sunday will be at 10.30am. It will be a Benefice Eucharist for everyone in the area to mark the ordination as deacon of Pat Wood. There will be coffee after the service.


Bridge club - Anne and John Prest won the meeting on Thursday, April 5 with 63.8 per cent. Runners-up were Angela and Ian Barnett with 61.4 per cent.


Land of Iron - Farndale Yorkshire Countrywomen’s Association will be holding an open meeting for all on Wednesday, April 25 at 7.30pm in the Bandroom. The talk, called Land of Iron, will give an insight into the project currently being run by the North York Moors National Park Authority. The project will record, conserve and protect some of the most iconic structures and landscapes that remain, help nurture the wildlife that has reclaimed those spaces, and ensure an important part of local history is not forgotten. Made up of nearly 100 individual projects covering Rosedale, the Esk Valley and the Cleveland Hills, Land of Iron explores the story of ironstone mining in Rosedale, with areas of interest including Bank Top kilns, East kilns, Sheriff’s Pit and Rosedale Railway. The evening includes a supper and a raffle. Entry is by donation. Anyone interested in going to the meeting should phone Emma Smith on 01751 430175 email

Daffodil service - The annual Farndale daffodil service will be held in St Mary’s Church on Sunday at 2.30pm.


Luncheon club - The Ladies Luncheon Club at The Pheasant Hotel on Wednesday, April 4 was attended by 42 members and one guest. After lunch, the president introduced Amanda Field who talked about was designing and making couture hats. She had lots of hats on display and explained how they were made and how her business started up to the present time. Members were invited to try on the hats. For information on joining the club, phone 01439 770010.

RNLI bingo - The Helmsley fundraising branch of the RNLI is holding a prize bingo night and raffle in the Scouts’ Hut, on Saturday, April, 21 at 7pm.


Village market - There were a record number of more than 60 stalls at the monthly village market on Saturday. Eleven volunteers turned out at 7.30am to prepare for the market. The cafe was being run by Hovingham Cricket Club. The three community stalls generated a lot of interest and all the guest stalls did well. The next market will be held on Saturday, May 5.


History Group - The book Mustard and Lupins about local woman Kate Dowson is to be launched at the King’s Head on Wednesday, April 18 between 7pm and 9pm. It will be combined with a volunteers’ evening for anyone interested in the history group and how to become involved with it. The group is currently planning for is second Heritage Day on Saturday, July 28 and are looking for people help with it. Kate Dowson, nee Fletcher, who was born in Rosedale before moving to Cropton. She worked in the forests around Cropton during the Second World War. She was one of many local girls who weren’t part of the Timber Corps so not classed as Lumber Jills and who didn’t get the same recognition the Timber Corps got. She did the same job as men, planting trees, clearing out the woodland and fencing, working alongside prisoners of war from nearby Eden Camp, Malton. The book includes a story about a bomber which crashed in Spaunton in October 1943, the Halls of Pig Lug Farm, which was demolished in 1920, and a section on the Forestry Commission Nursery.

Churches Together - There will be a meeting of Churches Together in Kirkbymoorside on Wednesday, April 18 at St Chad’s Church at 2pm.

Live act - Billy Leonard will be the entertainer at the Moorside Bar & Club on Saturday, April 21 at 8.30pm. There will be no live act this Saturday because the club is being used for a private party.

Messy Church - There will be a session of Messy Church on Monday, April 16 at the Methodist Church between 4pm and 6pm.

Plastic reduction - The Environment 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.

Camera Club - Kirkbymoorside and District Camera Club met last Thursday at the Moorside Bar and Club for lecture by Ann Miles, of the London Salon, about creative techniques with camera and software. The club’s next meeting will be a natural history and portraiture competition on Thursday, April 19.

Book sale - The community library is having a sale of donated books, crafts and a cake stall on Sunday, May 6 between 11am and 4pm. Funds raised will go towards the upkeep of the building.


Concerts - Two concerts are being held at St Mary’s Church this month. The first is on Friday where the Thorne Trio will be performing. Kirkbymoorside Brass Band will give a concert called Best of Brass on Friday, April 27 under the direction of Sarah Woodward. Both performances start at 7.30pm and are priced at £10. Tickets are available from Mrs Cattle, phone 01751 417223, with the brass band tickets also available from JRA Computer services or Summit bakery in Kirkbymoorside, or email


Domino drive - There will be a domino drive held in the village hall on Saturday, April 14 at 7.30pm.


Bridge club - Richard Hazlerigg and Bryan Hone were the winners in the latest round of Malton Bridge Club’s handicap pairs competition with 63.3 per cent. Runners-up were Stan Bough and Annette Jackson with 62.3 per cent ahead of Philip Mason and Richard Hilton on 57 per cent. Richard and Bryan have a clear lead overall with Mike Jackson and Rob Ashdown in second place and Michael Wright and Alan Butterworth third. On Thursday afternoon there were joint winners in the North-South seats, Judith and Tim Scott tying with Margo and Ernest Smith, while Sally Beswick and Teresa Belt led the East-West scores.


Craft and chat - There will be a craft and chat meeting in the village hall on Thursday, April 19 at 7pm. Admission is £2 which includes tea or coffee and biscuits.


Flower club - Pickering Flower Club welcomed Ann Simpson to perform the first flower arranging demonstration of the year on Wednesday, March 28. The title for the evening was Willow, Wood and Wine with the floral creations raffled off at the end of the evening. Three new members joined the club and there is room for more. The club meets at the WRVS Hungate Centre on the fourth Wednesday of the month at 7.30pm. The club receives support from Malton Flower Club members.

Bridge Club - The latest session was won by Tricia Pearce and Stan Bough with 63.5 per cent. In second place were George Goodall and Anne Avery with 56.5 per cent with Isa Eggleston and Jacki Foggin third on 52.5 per cent.

Gardening talk - The Hardy Plant Group of the Pickering Horticultural Society will meet in the Memorial Hall on Thursday, April 19 at 7.30pm when Janette Merilion, a garden designer and lecturer, will give a talk called Gardening on Walls and Fences.

Board games - Pickering On Board will meet on Sunday at the Friends’ Meeting House, Castlegate, from 6pm to 8pm to play various board games.

Ghost story - Blindfold, a ghost story written by Tom Needham about two men haunted in the First World War, will be performed at Claptrap Theatre at the Quakers’ Meeting House on Saturday, at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £8 and are available by phoning 01653 669554.

Fleamarket - The fleamarket in the Liberal Club, Smiddy Hill, is open daily from 10am to 4pm.

Kirk Theatre - The Crackpot Theatre Company will be performing productions of The Circus of Life and Flying Saucers Have Landed at the Kirk Theatre, Hungate, on Tuesday, April 24 at 7.15pm.

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.

Domino drive - Pickering Football Club will hold a domino drive at the Recreation Club, Mill Lane, on Friday April 20 at 7.30pm.

Dialect evening - 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.

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, April 23 from 11am to noon. A minimum voluntary contribution of £3 per person to include refreshments is requested.

Super draw - Last week’s Pickering Town FC Super Draw was not won. The numbers were 36, 2, and 19. This week’s draw will be doubled to £150. The April monthly consolation prize draw was made for the £50 monthly prize which was won by Kath Heselton. Her winning numbers were 20 and 36. To enter the draw costs £1 per week per entry. To join, see any Pikes committee member or call at Dunning Butchers shop, Bridge Street.

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

Farmers’ market - The town’s monthly farmers’ market will take place in the Market Place on Thursday, April 19 from 8.30am onwards.


Bingo - A total of £350 was raised for Woodlands Community Centre funds at a prize bingo held in the centre. The caller was Melvyn Jacques and the checker Sue Nelson. The next prize bingo at the centre will be held on Wednesday, April 25 with funds raised going to All Saints Church, Thorpe Bassett.

Quiz time - Seven teams playing for £56 in prize money took part in Jennie’s mega quiz in the Fleece Inn. The winners with 55 points were Gary’s Team, second were The Who (54) and after a tiebreak with Sue’s Crew, Team @ the Bar took third place. Jennie’s next mega quiz will be on Friday, April 20. Her Sunday night quiz was won by Gary’s Team who also won the jackpot.


Methodists - The service on Sunday was taken by Laura McGarry. The vestry steward was Bob Jackman, the organist was Doreen Lawson and the welcomer was Margaret Harris. The offering was taken by Margaret Neave. Bible readings were given by Tina Greenley, who read from John’s gospel and Margaret Harris, who read from the book of Acts. In her sermon, Laura talked about Thomas who refused to believe that Jesus had risen until he had seen and touched the wounds that Jesus had sustained on the cross. After the crucifixion the Apostles stayed together as a covenant community caring for one another. The preacher next week at 10.30am is Thomas Clayton. The monthly coffee morning will be held Saturday and the first of our summer concerts is on Saturday, April 28 at 7.30pm. Admission is £6 to include light supper.

St Martin’s - The vicar, the Rev Andrew Moreland, presided and preached at the 9.30am service of Holy Communion on Sunday. He based his talk on the gospel reading when Jesus appeared to his disciples but Thomas refused to accept his appearance unless he could see the person of Jesus. Andrew commented that Thomas wanted the resurrection of Jesus to be authenticated, and he needed to see to believe. Jim Baird assisted with the distribution of communion and Edna Burton accompanied the hymns on the piano. Elizabeth Chapman and Trish Winlayson were sidespersons and Clare Firth and Sue Johnson served refreshments. The Rev Moreland also preached at the 11am modern service, which on the second Sunday of the month is shorter, usually just under an hour, with no separate Sunday Club for the children. He led the service and the intercessions. Richard Fuller led the sung worship with John Grice, John Taylor and Sue Grice, who also gave the reading. Jo Taylor was the sidesperson and Mary Otway served refreshments after the service.


Letters draw - Sherburn FC’s draw on Saturday produced the letters D, E and Y. As there was no winner, the prize fund next week will be £90.

United service - There will be a joint service with Anglicans and Methodists at St Hilda’s Church at 10.30am on Sunday when the preacher will be Rev Dr Kevin Ridd. Soup and pudding will be served after the service.

Confirmation - The service at St Hilda’s Church on Sunday, April 22 will be a confirmation service conducted by the Bishop of Selby at 10am. Refreshments will be served in the village hall after the service.

Methodists - The coffee morning hostess was Pat Woodley and donations for coffee go to the Circuit breakfast for the homeless. The coffee mornings have raised £200 which will be presented to Lesley Usher from Westborough at the Luncheon Club meeting on Wednesday, April 18. Future donations for coffee will now be given to the Air Ambulance. The craft group continues to meet on Thursdays at 1.30pm. The Sunday worship was led by the Superintendent Minister, the Rev Graham Morgan. The welcomer was Jean Brown and Chris Cade led the opening praise, assisted by Robin Magowan on guitar. Rev Graham explained the fullness of life. Refreshments were enjoyed in the hall after worship. There will be a session of Messy Church on Saturday starting at 4.45pm.

Luncheon club - The Senior Citizen Luncheon Club will meet for lunch on Wednesday, April 18 at 12.30pm for lunch at 1pm. The speaker will be Lesley Usher who will receive the cheque raised at the coffee mornings for the Breakfast for the homeless. Transport within Sherburn village can be arranged by phoning Christine on 01944 711294.


Musical evening - Sinnington People’s Guild closed the 2017-18 season with a musical evening given by the Castleford-based White Rose Male Voice Praise. Trained and conducted by Trevor Jones and accompanied by Brenda Knowles, the choir sang a selection of sacred music and an Al Jolson medley. A monologue was read and two poems written and recited by Russell. The large congregation enjoyed the programme and joined in the three hymns. The choir were welcomed and thanked by the president, Jill Simpson who received a large bouquet of flowers in recognition for her work for the guild. The collection, for guild funds, totalled £143.50. Supper was served. The Guild will resume in October with a musical evening. There is no membership fee and no charge at any of the meetings.


Ladies Group - Leader Philippa Preston welcomed Jeff Andrews to the April meeting. He gave a talk about his life and travels at home and abroad. The tea hostesses were Gwen Bradley, Joyce Wood and Margaret Vasey. The next meeting will be on Thursday, May 3 at 2pm in the Methodist Schoolroom.


Charity sale - There will be a sale of pre-loved women’s clothing and accessories in the village hall on Saturday, April 21 from noon to 3pm. It is in aid of Rags to Riches Romanian Dog Rescue. Items will include ladies wear, jewellery, footwear and accessories, including some well-known labels and some new items. Purchases can only be made by cash. Cash only please. Entry is £2 and includes light refreshments. For further information, phone Dawn on 01653 618340 or Mandy on 01653 618662.