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.


History Group - The History Group committee met recently in the village hall when progress to adding a name to the war memorial and the latest publication, Dawson’s Diary School Teacher of Appleton-le-Moors 1841-43, was discussed. The result of a printing grant should be known by early October. Two possible lectures for the 2018/19 season being considered are Navvies and Heraldry. Madge Allison offered to have her collection of local flints and pottery, obtained locally by field walking, examined by an expert and the most relevant of them will be displayed at the village hall. The next meeting will be at 11am on Tuesday, November 13.

Restoration unveiling - Displays by the History Group and Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, the two organisations instrumental in the restoration work of the pinfold, will be on show between 10am and noon in the Reading Room on Saturday, August 11. A commemorative plaque will be unveiled at noon. There will also be a small sale display of dry stone walling, refreshments will be available.

History walk - As part of the North York Moors National Park’s Breath of Fresh Air Walk scheme, a walk called Explore a 12th Century Village will start from the village hall on Sunday, August 5 at 10.45am, finishing at noon. Booking is essential and can be done online or by phoning 01439 772737.


Duck race - Numbers, price £1, for the annual village duck race, are available from church members or Di Ford, phone 01723 859211. The race will be the finale of the church fete which takes place on Sunday, August 5 in the grounds of the Manor House by permission of Nick and Clare Evans. The fete opens at 2pm and all the usual stalls and sideshows. Teas will be in the gardens with the duck race on the section of Brompton Beck within the grounds. If anyone has not got a duck number in advance they can be purchased on the day although the race organisers can’t guarantee that they won’t run out. The first prize is £25.

Church service - There will be a service at 8am on Sunday at All Saints Church. It will be Holy Communion using the Book of Common Prayer conducted by the Rev Peter Leah.


Bridge club - The session on Thursday, July 5 was won by Sandy and Peter Hill with Gill Oxendale and Sheila Johnson in second place.


Summer fete - St Gregory’s Church annual summer fete will be held in the village hall on Saturday from 2pm to 4pm. There will be several stalls including cakes, plants, bric-a-brac and tombola. There will also be a raffle. Afternoon teas will be available. There is no entrance charge.


Ladies Fellowship - It was a sunny evening for the visit to the garden of Dorothy Collis. Wine, strawberries and cream and birthday cake, made by Kathy Robson, marked Dorothy Masterman’s birthday. She is the group’s oldest member. The other birthday girls were Dot Collier, Joan Magson and June Sinfield. Joyce Wood and Carol Bankcroft will be celebrating birthdays in August. As well as just enjoying the garden, there was also a treasure hunt and a photographic quiz to guess various Kirkbymoorside locations. Ann Pennock and Eleanor Harrison won the treasure hunt and Margaret Carter won the quiz. There will not be a meeting during August but the next meeting is on Wednesday, September 12 at 7.30pm in the library for a girls’ night.

Environment Group - The next Repair Cafe will be held on Saturday, from 9.30am to 12.30pm. Any items that need repair or alteration can be brought along on the day, and volunteers will do their best to mend, or advise. There is no charge, but donations to the work of the Environment Group are always welcome. Computers, phones, electrical gadgets, toys, tools, clothes, Hoovers, ornaments, knitting to be untangled, small items of furniture to be reassembled – the volunteers are willing to try to tackle anything. For further inquiries phone June Emerson on 01751 430907 or email

Menzown - Gordon Clithero from the Beck Isle Museum spoke at the July meeting about the mining of iron ore in Rosedale, its roasting in furnaces, prior to transportation by railway, around the head of the dale and down the Ingleby Incline to Battersby Junction. He described the working of the mines, working conditions and eventual failure in the 1930s. He used many old black and white pictures. Members of Menzown will visit the museum on Monday, August 14, meeting at the door at 2pm.

Camera Club - The group’s next meeting at the Moorside Bar & Club will be a creative competition on Thursday, August 2.

Marie Curie - The Kirkbymoorside support group for Marie Curie will host a tombola stall at the Ryedale Show on Tuesday, July 31. To donate a prize, phone June Cook on 01751 431160.

Summer fair - All Saints Church summer fair will be held in the Memorial Hall from 9.30am to 12.30pm on Saturday, July 28. It will include a bottle stall, jams and pickles, plants, books, jigsaws, home-baked cakes, raffle and tombola.

Bridge club - North/South winners at the meeting on Tuesday, July 10 were Judith O’Donnell and David Whitehead. Second were Anne Avery and George Goodall. East/West winners were Bo and Tony Simpson with Anne Smith and Graeme Matthew the runners-up. Play of the week was won by Graeme Matthew.

Domino drive - The next domino drive at Sturdy Court is on Monday, July 30 at 7.30pm.


Charity barbecue - More than 80 people attended then barbecue at St Leonard & St Mary’s RC Church on Saturday. A small profit was made which will go towards the fund for the Philippines street children.


Lacemakers - There will be a meeting of Pickering Lacemakers in the village hall on Saturday from 10am to 3pm.

Welcome Wednesday - Dementia Forward holds Welcome Wednesday sessions every Wednesday from 1pm to 3pm in the village hall. It is a chance to meet new friends, join in various activities and speak to a dementia advisor. For further information phone 01904 692473.


Family cinema - The audience enjoyed the animated film Early Man at the family cinema at the Methodist Church on Saturday. There will not be a family cinema in August but the new season of monthly films for the family will start on Saturday, September 15.

Bridge Club - In the latest session of duplicate bridge, the winners were John Bramall and Philip Mason with 65.42 per cent. In second place were Tricia Pearce and Stan Bough with 60.83 per cent and third were Graham Burgess and Graeme Matthew with 56.67 per cent.

Probus Club - The Vale of Pickering Probus Club met for lunch at the Forest and Vale Hotel, under the chairmanship of Colin Ruston. Christine Pietrowski gave a talk on superstitions and their origins. Club membership inquiries can be made by phoning 01751 472879.

Sponsored bike ride - A sponsored 48-hour bike ride in aid of Cancer Research UK and the Special Care Baby Unit at Scarborough Hospital will take place starting at 7pm on Saturday, September 1 from 19 Hungate where it will finish on Sunday, September 3. People are welcome to join in and do a lap or two or more. Volunteers and sponsorship are also needed. To obtain further information either call at Television House, Market Place; Flat 2 at 19 Hungate or call in at Big Bear Bikes, Southgate.

Bus service - The new town bus service which runs Monday to Friday, but not on Bank Holidays, has two routes, the 170 service leaves the Ropery at 9.55am, 10.55am and 11.55am and 12.55pm and 13.55pm going to Pike Road, Manor Drive, Littledale, Middleton Road. The second route is the 171 leaving the Ropery at 9.30am, 10.20am, and 11.20am, 12.30pm and 13.20pm going to Westlands, Ruffa Lane, Whitfield Avenue, Forest Road, Birch View, Eastgate, Mickle Hill, and Pool Court.

Gala day - Ryedale Sports Club will hold its annual rounders tournament at its gala day on Sunday, July 22, from 11am until late afternoon. Other activities include a bouncy castle, raffle, tombola, barbecue, ice cream and a bar. Car parking and entry is free.

Domino league - The annual general meeting of Pickering Domino League will be held at the Recreation Club, Mill Lane, on Wednesday, July 25 at 8pm. All teams are invited to attend with at least one representative. New teams for the 2018-19 season are needed. If you are interested, go to the meeting and make yourself known. If you are unable to attend then phone the league secretary on 07791 987645 so that further details of the league and its rules can be forwarded.

Yorkshire dialect - An Evening of Yorkshire Dialect with Adam Collier will be held at the Kirk Theatre, Hungate, on Wednesday, August 1 at 7.30pm. Tickets are available from the booking office, phone 01751 474833 or online at

Domino drive - Pickering Town FC will be hosting a domino drive at the Recreation Ground, Mill Lane, on Friday, July 20 at 7.30pm.

Super draw - Last week’s Pickering Town Football Club’s Weekly draw for £1,125 was not won. The numbers were 10, 18 and 35. This week’s draw will be increased to £1,200.

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

Jazz festival - The sixth Ryedale Festival of Traditional Jazz starts on Sunday at the Parish Church of St Peter and St Paul at 2.30pm with a spirituals concert featuring the Ryedale Jazz Band. All the other concerts will be held in the Memorial Hall and start each evening at 7.30pm with the Harlem Hot Stompers on Monday, July 23, New Orleans Heat on Tuesday, July 24, Jubilee Jazz Band on Wednesday, July 25, Tame Valley Stompers on Thursday, July 26, Dixieland Jazz with the Tees Valley Jazzmen on Friday, July 27 and Mick Lovell and his Siz-in-a-Bar on Saturday, July 28. Tickets cost £12 per concert or £60 for all the Monday to Saturday concerts and £12 for the individual concerts. For ticket details phone Amy Ward on 01759 371583.

Flower Club - Pickering Flower Club will meet at 7.30pm on Wednesday, July 25 at the RVS Hungate Centre for flower arranging demonstration called Summertime presented by Sue Maddocks.


Open-air service - An open-air service is being held next to the ruins of the abbey on Sunday, July 29 at 3pm. Vehicular access to the field is through the main abbey car park and directions will be given from the main road. The preacher will be Harry Hutchinson, from Sedbergh. There will be musical items by Rebecca Ducker, from Knayton, near Thirsk. People attending are invited to take a seat so they can sit out of their car for the service. After the service there will be tea in the village hall. The evening worship in the village chapel on the same day at 6.30pm will be led by Mr Hutchinson. Both services are being arranged by Rievaulx Methodist Church.


Poppy display - To mark the centenary of the end of the First World War it is planned to mount a display of poppies on a cross outside St Andrew’s Church. This will be an opportunity for the community to remember those who gave their lives for our freedom. Volunteers are required to knit, crochet or make poppies from felt. Patterns are available in Andrew Molloy’s shop or from the Community Café on Tuesday or Thursday mornings. Completed poppies can be left in the church, church rooms or shop no later than Monday, October 15. For information, phone Jacquelyn Wood on 01944 758651 or Susie Kinsella on 01944 758989.

Quiz time - Four teams took part in a quiz at the Fleece Inn with guest quizmaster Mike Williams. The winners were Honeymooners plus Harry, second were Gary, Steve and Co. and third were Team @ the Bar. The £10 jackpot was won by The Who. The next mega quiz at the Fleece will be on July 27. Tom’s Sunday night quiz at the Fleece was won by Gary, Steve & Co. The jackpot was a rollover.


St Martin’s Church - The Rev Richard Firth presided and preached at the 9.30am service of Holy Communion which was kept as Sea Sunday. Rachel Watson and Kate Middleton led the children’s activities and Kate also assisted with the distribution of communion, Kieron Middleton led the prayers and Edna Burton accompanied the hymns on the piano. Sue Johnson, Dot Francis and Clare Firth were sidespersons, and Clare, together with Jean Fiedler and Lucy Haycock, served refreshments. Reader John Wells led the 11am service of modern worship. Jan Wells led the intercessions and Helen Swallow read. The sung worship was led by Richard Fuller with Chloe Proctor and John Taylor. Jenny Bland ran the children’s Sunday Club. Jo Taylor was the sidesperson and Helen Swallow served refreshments after the service.

Methodists - The service on Sunday was taken by Rev Bruce Russell. The vestry steward was Allan Dunnington, the organist was Gay Marr and the welcomer was Margaret Neave, who also took the offering. Bible readings were given by Sheila Gray, who read from Corinthians, and Michael King, who read from Luke’s gospel. The theme of Rev Russell’s sermon was divisions and he referred to Paul’s letter to the people of Corinth asking them to set aside their divisions and to be united in Jesus Christ. The preacher this Sunday at 10.30am is Richard Sheard. Refreshments will be served after the service.


St Hilda’s Church - The congregation were joined by friends from the Methodist Chapel for a service of Holy Communion led by Rev Joe Kinsella. Sidespersons were Barbara Grice and Keith Usher. Barbara also read Psalm 24. The Rev Dr Kevin Ridd was the preacher. The reading from St Mark’s Gospel was read by Jean Brown. The offertory stewards were Jean and Keith Usher. The organist was Martin Monkman, who also chose the hymns. After the service, lunch was served by Jean Usher and helpers. This Sunday there will again be the normal monthly Holy Communion service 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 to the public 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 fee is £4 to cover all gardens and children under 16 are free if accompanied by an adult. Any donations of tombola prizes and cakes will be appreciated and may be left with Carol Stephenson, 3 Sycamore Grove, Barbara Grice or any Parochial Church Council member. The proceeds will be divided between St Hilda’s Church and St Catherine’s Hospice.

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

Messy Church - Youngsters heard about Paul the tent maker and built their own tents at the Messy Church session in the garden of Mr and Mrs Chris Cade. The tents provided shelter from the sun to eat picnics. There will be no Messy Church in August, the next meeting will be on Saturday, September 8 at the chapel at 4.45pm.

Methodist news - Communion was shared at St Hilda’s Church on Sunday. Lunch was served after the service and fellowship continued as people chatted over the meal. The next United service will be at the Methodist Church on Sunday, October 21 when the preacher will be the Rev Joe Kinsella. There will be lunch afterwards. The preacher at the chapel on Sunday at 10.30am will be Christine Fenwick assisted by the worship team.

Show time - The village show will be held on Sunday, August 12 in 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.


Ladies Group - Sixteen members visited Tennants Auctioneers, Leyburn on Tuesday, June 12. At the meeting held on Tuesday, July 10, Peter Richardson spoke about Wet Wheels Yorkshire, a catamaran based in Whitby which gives people with complex disabilities the opportunity to drive and ride on the wonderful boat. Sara Guest will speak about Macmillan nursing at the next meeting on Tuesday, September 11 in the Methodist Hall.


Church service - There will be a service of Holy Communion at 11am using the Book of Common Prayer with hymns and a sermon at the village Minster on Sunday at 11am.


Bridge Club - Members of the club enjoyed their summer party with a buffet lunch at the New Inn on Monday, July 9. It was followed by a duplicate session and the winners with 73.8 per cent were Bob and Gladys Thompson with Tim Johnson and Bob Wardell in second place with 52.4 per cent.


Car boot sale - The cricket club’s car boot sale on Sunday raised £292 for club funds.

Art exhibition - The annual village art exhibition will be held in the cricket club pavilion on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, August 18 and 19. The exhibition is a display of various mediums with the majority for sale. Those wishing to enter their pieces (£1 per item) should phone Julie Price on 01653 618214.

Open house - Volunteers are serving home baking, tea, coffee, cold drinks and bacon rolls at the cricket pavilion on Saturday and Sunday from 10am until 1pm each day raising money towards the running costs of the cricket club and pavilion.


Middleton Aislaby and Wrelton - Dr Chris Blackburn from the Mercy Hospital Ships charity was the speaker at the meeting on Wednesday, July 4. The next meeting, which is open to guests, is on Wedneday, September 5 at 7.15pm in Middleton Village Hall when Charlie Heap will talk about the Birds of Prey at Duncombe Park. Anyone who would like to learn more about the branch should email

Snainton - President Angela Howgate welcomed 44 members and two former members who had visited for the branch’s centenary year. The meeting, which was held on Tuesday, July 3, began with a toast of Pimms to a member who had been awarded the British Empire Medal in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list. Four members had enjoyed an Italian holiday and members were invited to a summer meal at the Blacksmiths Arms at Westow. The speakers for the evening were Freddie Drabble and Charles White who gave a talk about their adventures with the Sons of Neptune, who for the past four decades, have pressured water authorities and the government for clean, sewage-free beaches and sea in Scarborough. The competition of a nautical Limerick was won by Liz Pryor, Anne Pilgrim Green was second and third place went to Christine Robinson. As part of the centenary celebrations there was an afternoon tea at Hackness Grange on Thursday, July 1, attended by 90 guests. People turned out in summer attire to befit the special occasion and the room was decorated with drapes, lights and flower arrangements on tables. There were members from various WIs in our area, past members, along with Jennie Potter, Federation chairman; Francis Langley, Federation vice-chairman and Laurence Anderson, Federation secretary. Angela Howgate gave a toast to Snainton WI and talked about the formation and history of this branch of the organisation. Three celebration cakes had been made and after they were cut the afternoon tea began. A poem was read by Audrey Ireland which had been written by Elaine Reynolds about Snainton WI. Ann Pilgrim Green had painted two paintings depicting Snainton WI over the years which were displayed in the room. She had also written and recited a poem incorporating the lines of Jerusalem. After the meal, Bob Williams and James Ineson-Parlour sang and played some songs, mainly from the 60s era. One hundred years on the branch goes from strength to strength and long may it continue.

Thornton-le-Dale - The president welcomed members and guests from Updale, Snainton, Lockton and Levisham and Cropton WIs to the July meeting. The speaker for the evening was Dr Kate Giles, who gave an insight into the history of the medieval wall paintings in Pickering Church, which she has researched for a number of years. She told how, over various periods of time, the paintings had been changed, how attempts had been made to obliterate them and how they had been altered, depending upon the prevailing thoughts at the time. Dr Giles was thanked by Margaret Smith. Birthday cards were presented to Wendy Hutchinson, Yvonne Bennett and Florence Elgar. Business items included information about the Autumn Council meeting, a proposed holiday with Snainton WI in May 2019 and news that the new Federation partner is Frances Langley. Other points of interest were detailed in the July meeting notes. Members were reminded that a walk was be held on Thursday, July 12 to see The Man on the Moors and dates were given for Ryedale Show and Thornton-le-Dale Show. Those members attending the theatre trip in August, were asked to pay for the transport and chose their supper menu. The annual meeting report was read. Mary Richardson and Pauline Closier gave an update on the poppy project, which has received a great response from members. Examples of the poppy wreaths were on display. The next workshop will be on Thursday, September 20 at Roxby Gardens. Karen Hyatt gave a report of the progress on the 2019 programme. A request for outing suggestions was made. The next programme planning meeting is on Friday, August 3 at The New Inn. Refreshments were served by Ruth Ainscough, Betty Walker and Julie Stonghair, assisted by members of the committee and others.


Rillington and District - The July meeting of the Rillington and District branch of the Yorkshire Countrywomen’s Association was a visit to R V Rogers Nurseries at Pickering. There were 11 members present and were first shown the nursery field where acres of young roses are grown. The field was a picture, with roses of every colour in bloom and their perfume filled the air. David, the host, spoke about the many cultivars and varieties of roses they grow and how new stock is grown by using the budding method. After tea and coffee in the nursery, he showed how and when to successfully prune roses, how to prevent blackspot and how and when to fertilise. Members were then free to peruse the sales area which stocks many plants other than roses. Sue Butler thanked David and nine members then met at the Fleece Inn for tea. Pauline Waslin will give a talk on Burton Agnes Hall at the August meeting.