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.


Bishop Hagg Wood - The latest Saturday morning work task as part of Appleton & Spaunton Community Interest Company’s management of Bishop Hagg Wood was attended five villagers who collected wood and burned brash. The next work task will be on Saturday, June 30 at 10am.

Water Works - A concert by Jamie Walton in aid of the Water Works project drew a sell-out crowd at Christ Church on Sunday, May 27. He performed Bach Suites Nos 2, 3 and 4.

Singalong - The next Singalong session will be in the village hall at 6pm on Wednesday, June 6.


On stage - My Brilliant Divorce will be performed by the Library Theatre Touring Co in the village hall, Wilsons Lane, East Ayton, on Friday, June 29 at 7pm. Tickets cost £10.50 and are on sale at Derwent Valley Bridge Library, Pickering Road, West Ayton. Refreshments will be available. Phone Joy Tomlinson on 01723 862170.


May market - The village’s May market was held on Saturday and raised £216 for the Rainbow Centre in Scarborough. The money came from table rents, the proceeds of a raffle and stalls organised and run by volunteers from the Village Ventures team.

Church - The service this Sunday at All Saints Church will be an 11am Communion. It will be taken by retired clergyman the Rev David Clarke who has stepped in to help while the vicar, the Rev Stuart Hill, is on sick leave. The churchwardens - Don Jones, phone 01723 859437, and Mark Evans phone 01723 859233 - will answer any day to day queries.


Bridge club - Sheila Johnson and Gill Oxendale won the meeting on Thursday, May 24 with 61.7 per cent. Second were Sylvia Haines and Sylvia Roberts with 57.1 per cent. The club meets at 6.40pm every Thursday at Welburn Village Hall and invites partnerships interested in joining the club to phone the club chairman Lesley Conner on 01944 768152.


Jumble sale - Gillamoor School PTA will be holding a jumble sale in Kirkbymoorside Memorial Hall on Saturday, June 9 from 10am to noon. There will also be a cake stall and refreshments.


Swift evening - Wildlife artist Jonathan Pomroy will host a mid-summer swift evening in the village hall at 7.30pm on Tuesday, June 19 as part of UK Swift Awareness Week. Admission is £5 and includes light refreshments. There will be a short presentation using Mr Pomroy’s sketches, followed by a walk around the village to look at swifts, swallows and martins. Mr Pomroy, who is currently writing and sketching a book on swifts to be published in August, led a walk on Sunday, May 13 to hear the dawn chorus in the woods near Gilling. Twenty people set off from the village hall at 5.30am and among the birds seen or heard were wren, chaffinch, stock dove, chiffchaff, goldcrest, coal tit, barn owl, blackcap, blackbird, marsh tit, willow warbler, song thrush, redstart, grey wagtail, wood warbler, bullfinch and tree pipit.


On song - A concert by the 60 strong all-female Harmonia community choir will be held in St Michael’s Church on Saturday, July 7 at 7.30pm. Tickets are £7 which includes a glass of wine or a soft drink. The proceeds are in aid of St Michael’s Church. The choir, based in Malton, is in its ninth year and is a three-time winner of the Eskdale Festival Choir Recital Trophy. Tickets are available from Jenny Hellowell phone 01751 431072, Simon Cooper phone 01751 433246 and Neil Harrison phone 01751 433108 or email


Quiz - There will be a quiz in aid of St Chad’s Church at the Crown Inn on Sunday at 8.30pm. Entry is £2 and includes a sandwich supper. The prize is a voucher to spend at the Crown Inn.


Classic car show - The third Father’s Day Classic Vehicle Show is to be held at the Moorside Bar & Club, Shaw Drive, on Sunday, June 17 from 11am to 5pm. Last year’s event attracted a wide selection of about 50 cars, lorries, tractors and motorcycles. There is no charge for anyone wishing to bring their vehicles for display. Anyone interested in bringing their vehicle, or if anyone would like a table for an auto jumble, phone Geoff Curtis on 01751 431844 or 07798 751506 or email Admission is £1 with under-16s free if accompanied. There will be a barbecue, refreshments and bar.

Messy church - The gift of the Holy Spirit was the subject of the Messy Church session this month. Activities included kite making, mobiles, streamers, blow football and flap the fish. June Cook led the informal worship and Sara Paxton led the singing. Party food, to mark the birth of the Christian Church, was prepared by Joan Magson and Cathryn Nicholson. The next Messy Church will be on Monday, June 18 from 4pm to 6pm in the Methodist Church, Piercy End. There is no charge.

Live act - Nigel Heap will be performing at the Moorside Bar & Club on Saturday, June 9. No entertainer has been booked for this Saturday.

Ladies Fellowship - There will be a talk about Ryedale Auctioneers at the next meeting of the Ladies Fellowship on Wednesday, June 13 at 7.30pm in the library.

Julian meeting - Members of the group will meet at the Catholic Church on Tuesday, June 12 at 6.30pm. For further information, phone the Rev Tania Brosnan on 01751 431452.

Car boot - The Kirkbymoorside support group for Marie Curie is holding a car boot sale at Welburn Manor on Sunday, June 24. For further details phone June Cook on 01751 431160.

Tuesday Group - The next meeting will be the annual general meeting in the Jubilee Room of the Methodist Church at 7.30pm on Tuesday, June 12.

Domino drive - There will be a domino drive at Sturdy Court on Monday, June 4 at 7.30pm.

Art exhibition - Maggie Roberts and David Shaw are staging an art exhibition entitled A Celebration of Nature at the Moorside Room, Church Street, on Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 6pm. It includes a diverse selection of original pictures, all for sale, from fine pencil studies and oil pastels to hand-embroidered collages and batik. Admission is free.

Open gardens - Kirkbymoorside In Bloom’s open gardens event is on Sunday, June 10 from 11am to 5pm. Tickets are £5 and include a cream tea which will be available on the day opposite Chisholm’s Monument. There will also be a plant stall. Anyone interested in opening their garden or joining In Bloom as a volunteer should phone Gaynor on 01751 430250.

Environment Group - Kirkbymoorside Environment Group is looking for someone with a van or trailer who would be willing to help people who would like to take, or give, large items, at its give or take days. The KMEG team are happy to help with lifting but have no suitable vehicle. It would involve being available for one Sunday morning twice a year. The next give or take day will be on Sunday, October 28, from 9am to noon.

Bookworms - The Library Book Group will meet on Monday, June 4 from 2pm to 3pm to discuss

Autumn by Ali Smith and Camino Island by John Grisham. For further information phone Sheila on 07800 764753.


Bridge club - There was a win for Sheila Johnson and Gill Oxendale at Malton Bridge Club on Wednesday, with Anthony and Moira Brown in second place and David Crossland and Keith Freeman third. In the final Thursday afternoon session of the season, the winners were Tim Johnson and Enid Watson in the North-South seats and Anne Butterworth and Richard Hilton as East-West. The Thursday sessions will resume in October.


Prize bingo - There will be a prize bingo session in the village hall at 7.30pm on Saturday at 7.30pm. It is to raise funds for the village hall.


Bridge club - The latest Butler score session was won by Tricia Pearce and Madge Allison with +53. In joint second place were Chris Brett and Pat Hainsworth and George Goodall and Anne Avery with +24.

Domino Drive - There will be a domino drive in aid of Pickering Cricket Club at the Recreation Club, Mill Lane, on Thursday, June 7 at 7.30pm.

Fleamarket - The fleamarket and gift fair which operates at the Liberal Club, Smiddy Hill, will be open every Monday, and Tuesday from 10am to 4pm each day until further notice. Last year the fair raised £500 for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance.

Cinema - The Kirk Theatre, Hungate will be screening the film Darkest Hour on Wednesday, June 6 at 2.30pm and 7.30pm. Tickets are available from the box office or phone 01751 474833.

Super draw - Last week’s Pickering Town Football Club’s Super Draw for £600 was not won. The numbers were 32, 35 and 9. This week’s draw will be increased to £675. To join see any Pikes committee member or call at Dunning butchers shop, Bridge Street. To enter the draw costs £1 per week per entry. As well as the £75 weekly prize which is carried over if no winner there is a monthly consolation prize draw for £50 made on the first Monday of each month.

Quiz - The Bay Horse, Market Place, will host a general knowledge quiz in aid of the Yorkshire Air Ambulance on Sunday, June 10 at 7.30pm.

Ryedale Shopper - Next month’s trips are to Bridlington on Thursday, June 14, price £7, and Wednesday, June 27 to Northallerton, price £8. The following month the minibus will go to Scarborough on Thursday, July 12, price £7, and Harrogate on Thursday, July 26 price £8. For more information, or to book a place, phone 01653 699059 or 01653 698888. The pick-up points and times are as follows, 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.

Jazz festival - The deadline for cheaper advanced tickets for the 6th Ryedale Festival of Traditional Jazz is fast approaching. The festival will be held from Sunday, July 22 to Saturday, July 28. Tickets cost £5 for the Sunday Spirituals concert and for the Monday to Saturday concerts £50, with individual tickets for any of the Monday to Saturday concerts priced at £10. After May 31 the prices increase to £60 for the Monday to Saturday concerts and £12 for the individual concerts. To purchase tickets, send a cheque made payable to Ryedale Jazz Society with a stamp addressed envelope stating what tickets are required to Amy Ward, 51 Roman Avenue South, Stamford Bridge, York YO41 1LS or phone 01759 371583.

PEEMS - There will be a meeting of the Pickering Experimental Engineering and Model Society at the RVS Building, Hungate, on Wednesday, June 6 at 7pm.

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


History talk - The Historical Rillington Study Group will present Rillington - the development of a village through time, an illustrated talk by Pam Smith on Saturday, June 9 at 2pm in the church rooms. There will also be an exhibition of memorabilia and photographs from 1pm to 6pm. Admission is free, but donations are welcome. Refreshments will be available.

Parish council - A draft copy of the minutes of the parish council’s annual general meeting and ordinary meeting are available to view on the parish council’s website.


St Martin’s - Holy Communion at both services was presided at by the vicar, the Rev Andrew Moreland. Reader, Elizabeth Moreland, preached on Ephesians 1 about the triune God. At the 9.30am service, Edna Burton led the worship at the piano. Sue Johnson and Enid Plevey served refreshments. Janet Lamb read the lesson and Elizabeth Moreland assisted with the chalice. The sidesperson was Janet Lamb. The 11am modern worship and Communion service was led by the vicar. The band led the worship, Elizabeth Bradley read the lesson and was the sidesperson. Helen Swallow served refreshments. The Sunday Club shared what they had learned about building the houses of our lives on the solid foundation of Jesus.

Methodists - The service on Sunday was taken by Diane Robinson. The vestry steward was Allan Dunnington, the organist was Doreen Lawson, the welcomer was Margaret Harris and the offering was taken by Sheila Gray. Bible readings were given by Sheena and Allan Dunnington and Bob Jackman. In her address Mrs Robinson spoke of Pentecost and the Holy Spirit. The preacher this Sunday at 10.30am is the Rev Peter Cross.


Auction - There will be an auction in aid of the village hall maintenance fund in the village hall on Friday, June 29. Viewing is at 7pm with the auction starting at 7.30pm. There are more than 40 lots including a day’s racing at Beverley, Ripon and Thirsk, Flamingo Land tickets, family tickets to Burton Agnes Hall, Nunnington Hall and Wolds Way Lavender, golf for four at Scarborough North Golf Club, guided tour of museum and afternoon tea for six at Grange Farm, East Heslerton and annual membership of Scampston Hall and Walled


Coffee morning - The recent coffee morning organised by Judith Ruston and Kim Canterbury raised £253.40 for Christian aid. As £115 of the sum was gift aided, the charity will receive more from that source. The treasure hunt was won by Angela Holdsworth and Boris the bear found a new home with Stella Boyes and Christine Ashton managed a double when she won both the sweets and the fruit. Anyone who still has to put in a donation envelope can take it to the Tuesday coffee morning at the chapel where it will be sent on.

St Hilda’s - The Holy Communion service at St Hilda’s Church on Sunday was led by the Rev Joe Kinsella who was assisted with the chalice by Barbara Grice. Barbara also read from the book of Romans. Sidespersons were Keith and Jean Usher and coffee after the service was arranged by Jean and friends. The next Service at St Hilda’s will be on Sunday, June 10 at 10.30am and will be led by Barbara Grice.

Show time - Schedules are available for the village show which will be held on Sunday, August 12 at the village hall from 1pm to 3.30pm. Entry is free. A raffle will be drawn at 3pm. There will be an after-show barbecue in the car park of the East Riding pub from 4pm onwards.

Methodist news - The coffee morning last week was for Christian Aid. Sunday worship was led by Paul Midgley who took as his text John 3 verse 16. The reading from Isaiah was by Janet Tebb and Prayers of Intercession were led by Sandra Cade. The organist was Chris Cade. Coffee was enjoyed in the hall after the service. The Holy Communion service this Sunday at 10.30am will be led by the Rev Martin Calver.

Race night - Sherburn Sports & Community Club is hosting a race night and pie and peas supper in aid of Sherburn FC on Saturday at 8pm. There is no entry charge.

Memorial fundraiser - There will be a family fundraiser on Sunday, June 10 at the village hall from 10am to 2pm. It will include a table-top sale, craft fair, tombola, children’s activities, bouncy castle, cake stall, tea and coffee. The proceeds are for a memorial bench in memory of Jane Cawood. To book a table, phone Tracy Vitty on 07432 506392. For further information, or to make a donation, phone Boo Wharton, or Kay Miles on 07376 465729.

Gin show - Members and visitors will be able to taste a variety of gins at the Gin Show at the Sports and Community Club on Friday, June 8 to talk all things gin. Tickets for the event, which includes a talk by a gin specialist and five premium gins, accompanied by tonic and garnish, are £25. To get tickets log onto

Letters draw - Sherburn FC’s draw on Saturday produced the letters B, N and W. As there was no winner, this week’s prize will be £315.


Musical evening - Malton Male Voice Choir will be performing at the Methodist Church on Friday at 7pm. There will be supper after the performance and a collection will be taken for church funds.

Ladies Group - The next Ladies Group meeting will be on Thursday, June 7 at 2pm in the Methodist schoolroom when Mrs Shaw and friends will present Call My Bluff.

Bridge club - The meeting on Monday, May 14 was won with 63.5 per cent by Tim Johnson with Audrey Shaw. In second place with 59.4 per cent were Pat and George Donnor. Barry Smith and Bob Wardell won at the meeting on Monday, May 21 with 63.5 per cent. Joint runners-up were Tim Johnson with Audrey Shaw and Pat and George Donnor with 60.3 per cent.


Domino drive - There will be a domino drive in the village hall on Wednesday, June 6 at 7.30pm to raise funds for the hall. It is £1.50 to play and includes tea biscuits.


Appleton-le-Moors - The branch welcomed back local musician David Swann to its May meeting. Members enjoyed an evening of folk songs, on topics as diverse as Dolly Shepherd: Queen of the Air, the Staithe Gansey, Betty’s of York, and the Wild West. Next month there will be another visit from local photographer, David Mead, who will be showing pictures of a recent trip to Namibia.