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.


Village hall - The village hall management committee held a meeting in the village hall last Wednesday. The main item on the agenda was the renewal of the hall’s insurance and a representative of the insurance broker gave a presentation on the existing policy and how it could be amended and improved. Suggested future events would include a valuation evening, Dalesmen concert and a summer hall cleaning morning. The next meeting will be on Wednesday, September 5.

Parish council - The next meeting of the parish council will be in the village hall at 7pm on July 5.


Egypt competition - Professor Joann Fletcher, the Egyptologist, author and television and radio presenter will give the Pat Almond Memorial Lecture in the village hall, Wilson’s Lane, East Ayton, at 7.30pm on Saturday, October 6. Derwent Valley BRIDGE Community Library, West Ayton, is running a set of competitions about Egypt for children and young people. There are three age categories. Children aged between 11 and 16 years of age should write a story of between 500 and 750 words starting with the sentence “I am Queen Cleopatra’s personal servant. The day began as usual and then…”. The first prize is £30 and the winner will be awarded a crystal trophy to keep for a year. Youngsters aged eight to 11 years old should draw a picture of an explorer of ancient Egyptian pyramids describing the clothes they are wearing and equipment they need, using labels. Children aged five to seven should draw a picture of an ancient Egyptian pyramid. All entries must be on A4 paper with your name, age, and school on the back. The deadline for entries is July 16. Entries can be left at the library in West Ayton or posted to Derwent Valley BRIDGE Community Library, 3 Pickering Road, West Ayton YO13 9JE. The trophy and prizes for all age categories will be presented by Prof Joann Fletcher on October 6.


Church - The Vicar, the Rev Stuart Hill, underwent successful hip surgery last Friday. Retired clergy are carrying out the main services at All Saints Church. On Sunday there will be an 11am Holy Communion service. The next Messy Church for families in the area will be on Saturday, July 7 at Hutton Buscel Village Hall at 4pm. Children attending need to be accompanied by an adult.

Open gardens - The event attracted more people than ever before and raised more than £1,100 for church funds. In addition, money from book and card sales will go towards the fabric fund. The sale of cream teas served during the open gardens raised more than £500 towards the village hall kitchen.


Village hall - The monthly coffee morning in June was well attended. Coffee and cakes were served by committee members. The next coffee morning is on Tuesday, July 3 from 10.30am to noon.


Fun Day - The village fun day at the playing field will be held on Sunday, July 1. Activities and events include climbing wall, bowls, bowling at the wicket, children’s games, rounders match, barbecue, school pupil v parents dodgeball match, raffle, tombola, cake stall and teas. Proceeds are in aid of playing field funds.


Play time - Dominic Goodwin and Cal Stockbridge will be performing the play Kaiser And I in the village hall on Thursday, July 5. It is set in 1914 before the start of the First World War when Kaiser Wilhelm invited an English dance instructress to put his officers through their paces. Tickets are £8 and available from or phone 01439 788059.


Harmonia - A concert by Harmonia, the 60-strong Malton-based all-female community choir based in Malton will hold a concert on Saturday, July 7 at 7.30pm in St Michael’s Church. Tickets cost £7 which includes a glass of wine or a soft drink. Tickets are available from Jenny Hellowell phone 01751 431072, Simon Cooper phone 01751 433246, Neil Harrison phone 01751 433108 or email Proceeds are in aid of the church.


Anniversary display - The town library is hosting a display until Friday, July 6 commemorating the 50th anniversary of the death of Sir Herbert Read in June 1968. The library staff throughout Ryedale and the wider county, look after the considerable stock of Read’s books. Read wrote the text of the 1951 Helmsley Festival of Britain. Thanks to a local resident, John Dean, one of the display’s organisers, has some press items on that event. Phone 01439 771639 for further information.


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.


Car show - The third Fathers’ Day Classic Vehicle Show was held at the Moorside Bar & Club raised more than £500 to help keep the club operating. The event attracted a wide variety of classic cars and motorcycles some from as far away as Leicestershire. The event was supported by The Lemon Tree, Something Special, Daisy Garden Centre, The King’s Head Hotel, Kirkby News, C W Strickland, JRA Services, and Moorside Stores.

Heritage day - The next Kirkbymoorside Heritage Day, sponsored by Kirkbymoorside Town Council, will be on Saturday, July 28 from 9.30am to 4.30pm in the Methodist Chapel rooms, Piercy End. The theme will be Lest We Forget, commemorating the end of the First World War and the impact it had on the town. There will be displays, exhibits, books and information as well as cakes and coffee. Entrance will be £2 and there will be a tour of All Saints Churchyard at 1pm, with the opportunity to learn more about the residents who didn’t return home from the Front. Local actor Dominic Goodwin will present a selection from his upcoming revue in the Memorial Hall from 7pm and 9pm. There will also be a chance to learn about the Memorial Hall and gift from Captain Frank, who served in the Tanks Corps, to the town. Tickets will be £2.50 for adults, available in advance from JRA Computer Services and Children in Distress, or at the door. For more details phone Louise on 01751 432064.

Musical evening - All Saints Church will host a musical evening on Friday, July 6 with Paul Tranmer and friends, featuring Alastair Coughlan, Marjorie Coughlan, Clare Haynes, Liz Sayers and the Northern Ryedale Singers. The concert starts at 7.30pm and entry is by donation. Refreshments will be available and there will be a raffle.

On song - The Dalesmen Singers will be performing at the Methodist Church at 7.30pm on Saturday. Tickets cost £8, which includes supper, and are available from Audrey Windress, phone 01751 431702 or email

Ladies Fellowship - On Wednesday, July 11, members will be visiting Dorothy’s garden in West Lund Lane at the earlier time of 7pm. If any member has a garden chair they should take it along. If it should rain the meeting will be held in the Friends’ Meeting House, West End.

Brass Band - Kirkbymoorside Brass Band’s will be performing on Sunday, July 8 at 7.30pm at the Kirk Theatre, Pickering. Tickets are available from the theatre’s box office, phone 01751 474833 or log on to

Menzown - Gordon Clithero will speak about the Rosedale mining and railway at the meeting on Monday, July 9 in the King’s Head dining room at 7.30pm. New members welcome, just turn up on the night.

Camera club - Kirkbymoorside and District Camera Club met at the Moorside Bar & Club for its annual presentation of cups and trophies to last season’s competition winners. Members Mike Ward, Bob Ordidge, Steve Bell and Harry Kingman then gave presentations of their work which had inspired them to take more images and improve their standard of photography. The club’s next meeting will be a members’ evening on Thursday, July 5.

Messy Church - The June meeting of Messy Church took the Holy Trinity as its theme. Activities included Trinity jigsaws, Trinity pyramids, clover leaves, tripods and a three-legged race. In the informal worship, children thought about things that come in threes. Prayers were based around Mars Bars. The shared meal comprised, triangle sandwiches and crisps, three fruits in a dish and a three-tiered cake. The next Messy Church will be on Monday, July 16 from 4pm in the Methodist Church.

Poetry Festival - The town is to host a poetry festival in September called This Way Delight. Organised by the Kirkdale Heritage Herbert Read Forum, it will honour both local and international poets with readings and singing lyrics on love and landscape, peace and war. Venues will be announced as soon as the organisers have a nucleus of helpers. A large resource of individual writers and anthologies is available to support readers. Anyone who wishes to help, or needs further information, should get in touch with John Dean at the Wednesday market stall at the Memorial Hall or email

Domino drive - There will be a domino drive at Sturdy Court on Monday, July 2 at 7.30pm.

Live entertainment - Tanya Turner will be performing at the Moorside Bar & Club on Saturday, starting at 8.30pm.


Village fete - The annual fete will take place on the school playing field, Malton Road, on Sunday, July 8, starting at 2pm. There will be children’s races and singing, stalls, games, coconut shy, tombola, refreshments, a bar and barbecue from the Jolly Farmers pub, bouncy castle and a demonstration of sheep shearing. Tea and cake will be provided by the Friends of Leavening School. There will also be a raffle with prizes including a Robert Fuller print, wine from the local vineyard and sloe gin.


Bridge club - Annette and Mike Jackson won the latest summer session at Malton Bridge Club with Derek Fox and Richard Hilton in second place. In joint third place were Tim Johnson and Audrey Shaw tying with Josie Halliwell and Sheila Miller. The previous week saw a win for Josie and Sheila ahead of Graeme Matthew and Anne Avery, with Anthony and Moira Brown in third place.


Summer fair - The Friends of Nawton Primary School’s summer fair, which had a seaside theme, made a profit of £1,052. Winner of guess the number of shells in the jar was Beverly Garbutt. The correct answer was 103. Paul Foster won the flip-flop flinging competition for adults. The winner in age group 12 to 16 years was Max Ridley, eight to 11 years A Matique and seven years and under Bobby Rymer. Lilly Foster won the seaside in a shoebox competition. The runner-up was Alfie Blacklock.

Quiz - Sixteen correct entries were received to the recent quiz sheet. The winners were drawn from the hat by the school’s head teacher at the summer fair. First was Mrs L Hewitt (Hovingham), second Mrs Ritter (New Marske) and third Mrs C Davis (Pickering).

Prize bingo - There will be a prize bingo to raise funds for the village hall in the hall on Saturday, July 7 at 7.30pm. The August bingo will be the last regular bingo, but it is hoped to hold one at Christmas.


Celebration services - Chapel anniversary services will be held at Bethel Methodist Church this weekend. Family worship will be held on Sunday at 4pm, followed by afternoon tea and the evening celebration at 6pm. Both services will be led by Michael Bursell from West Ayton.


Bash - The annual Nunnington Bash takes place on Saturday. It will include music, food and a bar. Money raised is in aid of the Yorkshire Air Ambulance and village hall funds.

Car boot sale - There will be a car boot sale on cricket field on Sunday, July 15 from 10am to 2pm. Phone Donna Stamp on 01439 748310 for further information.


Gala day - Ryedale Sports Club, based in Thornton Road, will hold its annual rounders tournament at its gala day on Sunday, July 22 from 11am until late afternoon at its headquarters. Other activities include bouncy castle, raffle, tombola, barbecue, ice cream and a bar. Car parking and entry is free. The sports club, which was established in 1960, is looking for new members to participate in their sports on offer - croquet, tennis, football and table tennis. For further information, email or log on to the club’s website at

Bridge club - In the latest session of duplicate bridge the winners were Rob Ashdown and John Bramall with 60.32 per cent. In joint second place were Sue Hardman and Dorothy Cordery and the partnership of Tricia Pearce and Madge Allison with 55.56 per cent.

Charity fundraiser - The Recreation Club, Mill Lane will stage a charity Country Classics evening on Saturday. The show will include solo tributes to country artists including Hank Williams, Tom McGraw, Willie Nelson, Don Williams, Charlie Rich and Vince Gill. Tickets costs £12 which includes a pie and peas supper. Tickets are available from the Recreation Club, phone 01751 473317 or from Dunning Butchers shop, Bridge Street, phone 01751 472627.

Cinema - The Kirk Theatre, Hungate, will screen The Greatest Showman on Wednesday, July 4 at 2.30pm and 7.30pm. Tickets are available from the box office or phone 01751 474833.

Domino drives - Pickering Cricket Club will be holding a domino drive at the Recreation Club, Mill Lane, on Tuesday, July 10 at 7.30pm. On Friday, July 20, also at 7.30pm at the same venue Pickering Town

Football Club are having a domino drive.

Brass Band - Kirkbymoorside Brass Band will be holding a concert at the Kirk Theatre on Sunday, July 8 at 7.30pm. Tickets available from the box office, phone 01751 474833. Ryedale Rose Festival - Pickering plant centre and nursery R V Roger will be hosting the Ryedale Rose Festival on Saturday and Sunday, July 7 and 8 from 10am to 5pm each day. Admission is free. Email for a show schedule and entry form.

Dementia advice - There is an opportunity to speak to a dementia support advisor in confidence at Pickering Medical Practice, Southgate, on Friday, July 6 from 10am to noon. To make an appointment phone 01751 471296, option two.

PEEMS - There will be a meeting of the Pickering Experimental Engineering and Model Society in the RVS Centre, Hungate, at 7pm on Wednesday, July 4.

Super Draw - Pickering Town Football Club’s Weekly Super Draw for £900 was not won last week. The numbers were 1, 17 and 5. This week’s draw will be increased to £975. 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 night - The Bay Horse, Market Place, will host a general knowledge quiz in aid of the Yorkshire Air Ambulance on Sunday, July 8 at 7.30pm.

Musical Memories - There will be a meeting of Musical Memories at the new venue of the RVS Hungate Centre on Monday, July 2, from 11am to noon. A minimum voluntary contribution of £3 per person to include refreshments is requested.


Garden party - An Elegant Garden Party to raise funds for the Shoe Box Appeal is to be held at Greenbanks, 5 Westgate, on Saturday, July 14. Afternoon tea will be served at two sittings, 3pm and 4.30pm with admission from 2.30pm. Tickets at £5 and are available from the Community Cafés in the village church rooms, on Tuesdays and Thursdays and Mondays at West Heslerton. Prior booking is essential. There will also be stalls and raffles. In the event of bad weather there will be a marquee and indoor seating. Donations of cakes, scones, raffle prizes, bottles and chocolates would be appreciated and can be left at the church rooms on the day before the garden party or on the morning of the event.

Cleaning up - Nine residents took part in the recent Love Where You Live action morning to rid the village of litter and rubbish.

Summer fair - The Friends of Rillington School are holding a summer fair at the school from 3pm to 4.30pm on Friday, July 6. There will be refreshments, an opportunity to play a few games, browse or buy crafts, plants or cakes. Anyone interested in having a stall should email or leave a message at the school office. Small tables cost £5 and large tables £8. The Friends of Rillington School have also launched their annual summer raffle with 30 prizes to win donated by local attractions and businesses. Prizes include Flamingo Land tickets, North Yorkshire Moors Railway tickets, York Theatre Royal tickets and tickets for Castle Howard Proms. Tickets cost £1 and are available from the school office and Rillington Stores. The raffle will be drawn on Monday, July 16 at 4.15pm in the school hall.


St Martin’s - The vicar, the Rev Andrew Moreland, presided and preached at the 9.30am service of Holy Communion. Dot Francis gave a Bible reading, Jim Baird assisted with the distribution of communion, and Edna Burton accompanied the hymns on the piano. Sue Johnson and Clare Firth were sidespersons, and Clare also served the refreshments. The Rev Firth led and preached again at the modern communion service at 11am. Tim Cremer led the intercessions, Becky Cremer read and Elizabeth Moreland assisted with the chalice. Richard Fuller led the sung worship with Steve Raettig, John and Sue Grice and John Taylor. Liz and Josh Cremer ran the children’s Sunday Club. Liz also acted as sidesperson, Esme Raettig took the offering and Helen Swallow served refreshments.

Strawberry teas - Friends of Seamer Village are holding the annual strawberry teas on Sunday, July 8 from 2pm to 4pm on the village green. Entrance, including refreshments, is £2 with reductions for accompanied children.


Quiz - The monthly quiz at the Community & Sports Club will be held on Sunday at 8pm. Teams of up to five people can join in and it us £1 each to enter. A free light supper will be provided.

St Hilda’s - The Rev Joe Kinsella officiated at the celebration of Holy Communion, assisted by Barbara Grice with the chalice, on Sunday. Martin Monkman played the organ and the lesson from Corinthians was read by Keith Usher. Sidespersons were Betty Flinton and Barbara Grice and coffee was served at the close of the service by Jean Usher and helpers. July starts with morning worship led by Barbara Grice on Sunday, July 8 at 10.30am. The following Sunday there will be a united service with Methodist friends at St Hilda’s sat 10.30am when the Rev Joe Kinsella, assisted by Rev Dr Kevin Ridd, who will also be the preacher, will officiate at Holy Communion. After the service a light luncheon will be served. The usual monthly Holy Communion service will be held at St Hilda’s on Sunday, July 22 at 9am. There will be no coffee served after this service as it is open gardens day. Ten gardens and the church will be open from noon to 5pm. Programmes will be available from the village hall where refreshments will be on sale. There will also be a tombola. Entry is £4 to cover all gardens and children under 16 are free if accompanied. Any donations of tombola will be appreciated and may be left with Carol Stephenson, 3 Sycamore Grove, Barbara Grice, or any Parochial Chuch Council member. The proceeds will be divided between St Hilda’s Church and St Catherine’s Hospice.

Luncheon Club - This month members enjoyed afternoon tea hosted by Chris and Sandra Cade at Forge Villa with an opportunity to explore the lovely garden. The next meeting is on Wednesday, July 18 at the Methodist Church hall from 12.30pm for lunch at 1pm. Transport within the village can be arranged by phoning Christine on 01944 711294.

Methodist news - Tuesday coffee morning hostess was Pat Woodley and any donations for the coffee continue to be given to the Air Ambulance. Class 1 from Sherburn School visited the chapel as part of their topic work. The Sunday Worship was led by Deacon Andrew Carter. The welcomer was Kim Canterbury, who also assisted in worship by reading the Gospel lesson. Steward Jean Brown also read the lesson. Psalm 84 from the Message was read by Elizabeth Aconley. The organist was assisted by Robin Magowan on guitar. After worship refreshments were enjoyed in the Hall. The service on Sunday at 10.30am will be led by Christine Fenwick.

Letters draw - Nick Dobson of St Hilda’s Crescent won £460 in Saturdays Sherburn FC letters draw with the letters K, L and N. The prize fund this week will be £45.

Coffee mornings - Next Steps hosts coffee mornings in the village hall on Tuesdays from 10.30am to 12.30pm. It also includes social activities. Local free transport is available if needed by phoning Dianne, the rural initiatives transport co-ordinator, on 01653 690854 or 07422 572738.


Music evening - Derwent Valley BRIDGE Community Library are holding a fundraising evening of musical entertainment in the village hall at 7.30pm on Friday, July 27. It will feature Malton Rock Choir and Skyliner. Tickets are £9 including a light supper. The cost is £8 for Friends of the library. There will be a licensed bar and tickets, which are available from the library at 3 Pickering Road, West Ayton, phone 01723 863052 will be sold for a summer draw.


Volunteers Hub - One hundred residents attended a meeting of the new Village Volunteers Hub in the village hall on Thursday, June 21. It resulted in a wide range of projects being suggested including Village in Bloom, developing the village pond and litter picking. The intention is to provide future activities that will meet the needs of the full age range of residents. Litter picking sessions will be held on the following Sundays – July 15, August 12, September 16 and October 14. Anyone who wants to join in should meet at 11.30am outside the Hills Memorial Institute. There will be cake and tea afterwards. Email David Bartlett on

Bridge club - The meeting on June 18 was won by a huge 75 per cent by Tim Johnson and Audrey Shaw. In second place with 61.1 per cent were Lynda Lockwood and Mary Mortonson.


Car boot - There will be a car boot sale on Sunday, July 15 between 10am and 1pm at the cricket ground. Entry for cars is £5, payable in advance. Phone Julie Price on 01653 618214 to book a place.

Summer fair - The event held at the cricket pavilion raised £760.82. The summer draw winners were tickets to Ripon Races, Rebecca England; tickets to Thirsk Races, Pam Farrow; tickets to York Races, Matthew Smart and tickets to T20 blast, Christine. The guess the weight of the cake, which weighed 4lb 15oz, was won by Chris Defty. About 10 children took part in the find the pictures game and each won a packet of sweets.


Domino drive - There is a domino drive on Saturday at 7.30pm in the village hall. It is to raise funds for the hall and is £1.50 to play and have tea and biscuits. There will also be a domino drive on July 4.