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.


Playing field - A great day at the playing field was had by all on Saturday. More than 30 people enjoyed playing games. There was a tremendous turn-out to support the local tug-of-war teams. About 100 people cheered the three teams as they valiantly dug in and pulled the rope. The local visitors team won, followed by the Moors Inn team, which had two valiant ladies within, the village team were the runners-up. It was a wonderful afternoon, many thanks to all those who helped it happen and a big thanks for all came and enjoyed our playing field. We shall look forward to next years summers event.

Village hall barbecue - More than 80 people enjoyed sitting in the sunshine for the annual barbecue at the village hall. A total of £454 was raised for hall funds. A very big thank you to everybody who helped in any way.

WaterWorks - A total of £197 was raised for the ongoing WaterWorks project with games and competitions before the annual barbecue. Thank you to all who gave so generously of their time to help.


Bridge club - The results of the Bulmer bridge competition held on August 30 were: 1st Thelma Hardware and Tom Nutman 65.4 per cent; 2nd Dorothy Notes and Diane Cooper 64.2 per cent.


Choir - Enjoy an evening with the Dene Choir in the Holy Cross Church on Saturday, September 15, at 7pm. The choir is a women’s choir, who were a re-formed school choir (The Dene School Choir, established 1977) led by Tina Roberts (Mezzo Soprano) and their accompanist is Malcolm Christine, the original founder. Tickets £7, children £1, which include refreshments.


RNLI - The Helmsley branch of the RNLI had their annual duck race on the beck last Monday. A total of £565 was raised, plus donations of £235.66. Thank you to everyone who supported the event. The winners were: first prize - No 374 Rianne Crusher, second prize - No 149 M Bradshaw, third prize No 336 Hector Armistead, and last duck down No 627 A Fletcher.


Support group - Ryedale Parkinson’s Support Group will meet in Trinity Methodist Church on Thursday, September 13, at 2pm, when the speaker will be Rosalyn Airey, Parkinson’s Disease Information and Support Worker for Scarborough and Ryedale. Phone Gill on 07794 439356 or Liz on 01653 694251.


JMK Run - The JMK memorial tractor run, now in its 14th year, takes place on Sunday, September 9. Entry forms are available from Malcolm Simpson on 01751 432645. If you wish to support, or make a donation to Marie Curie, phone June Cook 01751 431160.

Messy Church - The next Messy Church will be on Monday, September 17, at the Methodist Church, from 4pm to 6pm.

Open Show - The 38th open show for Kirkbymoorside Horticultural Society takes place on Saturday, September 22. Schedules of classes are available by phoning secretary Jill Hugill 01751 431670 or emailing Maureen Rolph at There are 114 classes. Entry for the children’s classes are free. The show opens to the public at 2pm.

Sturdy Court - There will be a domino drive at Sturdy Court on Monday, September 10, at 7.30pm.

Oasis - Enjoy coffee and a chat in the Methodist Church each Tuesday, from 10am to noon.

Concert - Kirkbymoorside Brass Band’s next concert will be the memorial hall on September 15 at 7.30pm. Tickets are £5 and available from JRA Computer services or The Summit Bakery. Phone 01751 432813.

Julian Meeting - Meeting are held on the second Tuesday of each month at the Catholic church, with the next one on Tuesday, September 11, from 6.30pm to 7.30pm. Enquiries to Rev Tania Brosnan.

Moorside Bar and Club - Nigel Heap will provide the entertainment at the club on Saturday, September 8, 8pm for 8.30pm. Phone 01751 432086. All welcome.

Ladies Fellowship - Members meet on Wednesday, September 12, at 7.30pm, in the library for a “Girl’s Night”. New members welcome.

All Saints - The newly-refurbished organ will be back soon and on the evening of Sunday, September 16, there will be a “Songs of Praise” during which the organ will be re-dedicated. This will be followed by wine and cheese as a thank you to all who have helped during the sabbatical. Members of the junior church meet at 10.30am in church.

Domino drive - The bowling club domino drives resume after the summer break on Saturday, September 15, in the club house at 7.30pm. All welcome.

Menzown - Sheila Johnson will tell the Story of Scarborough’s Parks at the next meeting on Monday, September 10, from 7.30pm, in the dining room of the King’s Head. New members welcome; first visit free.

Bridge club - The results for August 21 were: 1st North/South Barry Smith and Bob Wardell with 59 per cent, 2nd Pat Hainsworth and Angela Smith with 55 per cent.

East/West winners were Gill and Trevor Hardcastle 62 per cent, 2nd Margaret Ross and Tom Morton 53 per cent. The latest game saw Peter Small and John Mortenson 1st North/South with 54 per cent. Pat Hainsworth and Anne Smith were a close second on 53 per cent. East/West winners were Judith O’Donnell and Ann Rutter on 60 per cent followed by Bo and Tony Simpson with 57 per cent. An excellent defensive play earned play of the week for Tony Ward and Paul Whittaker.

Poetry stall - The Pocket Poetry Stall at Kirkbymoorside Memorial Hall will this week be distributing details of the autumn displays and events across Ryedale celebrating Kirkbymoorside’s “local” Herbert Read in his 50th anniversary year. Poetry Please is also being launched - a monthly poetry reading aloud hour in a room above Kirkbymoorside Library. The day and time have to be agreed with would-be participants and the library management. More than 20 sets of poetry books are available for free. Small charge for room hire.


Recital - An organ recital by Dr Roy Massey, Organist Emeritus of Hereford Cathedral, will take place on Saturday, September 8, in St Mary’s Church, Lastingham. There will be coffee at 10am, followed by the concert at 11am. Tickets are £10 and available from Lastingham Grange on 01751 417345.


Produce and handicraft show - The annual produce and handicraft village show is on Saturday, at 2.30pm, in Leavening Primary School. The event is organised by the Leavening YCA and the Acklam Ladies. Entry is £2 adults, 50p children. Mr C Burt will open the event. There will also be a raffle, bran tub, homemade crafts and a card stall. Judges will be Mrs Prescott - produce and preserves. Mrs B Howards - handicrafts. Mrs K Miller - Children’s classes. Mrs N Coats - fruit, vegetables and flowers. Mr J Richardson - photography. Prize cards will be awarded to 1st, 2nd and 3rd places. Trophies presented include - the Silver Jubilee Rose Bowl (exhibitor with most 1st’s in show). The Utterly Vegetable Cup (children’s 3 vegetables in a tray over 8 yrs). The Ashworth Vegetable Cup (children’s 3 vegetables in a tray 7yrs and under). Childrens Trophy (Child with most points). The Craft Cup (best exhibit in craft section). The Garden Shed Tankard (Best exhibit in fruit and veg section). The Silver Cup (best rose in class 19). This year there will be a new cup awarded for the best overall baking from Pauline Sanderson. Last date for entries is tomorrow (Thursday). Event open to everyone. Phone Nancy Spencer 01653 658381 or email


Church - The Journey in Faith meetings at St Leonard & St Mary’s RC Church, Malton, began last Tuesday, September 4. The aim is to meet fortnightly during the autumn in the Parish Centre at 7pm. New members are welcome. For more information, phone Sue Westmacott on 01653 628035.

Bridge club - There was a win for Sheila Johnson and Gill Oxendale last Wednesday at Malton Bridge Club, second place going to John and Beryl Bramall with Sally Beswick and Teresa Belt taking the third position


Show - The annual show took place in the village hall. It was a superb day for weather and for the number of people attending. There was a barbecue, disco, games, stalls, tombola, raffle, cafe, bar and dog show. Thanks go to all who contributed to this event. Proceeds from this event will go into the ongoing refurbishment of the village hall, the continuing development of the new playground and Marton and Normanby Gardening Club. Trophy winners: Single Rose (Mary Sellars Crystal Rose bowl) awarded to Rosina Bell; Perpetual Salver - awarded to Keith Dowell; Jubilee footpath Cup-awarded to Keith Dowell; Tom Tyler Cup (tomatoes) - awarded to Ann Mulholland; Founders Cup - awarded to Veronica Piercy; Southill trophy-awarded to Charlotte Hirst; Cross cup-awarded to Alison Crofts Smith; Smiths Shield (childrens) - awarded to Emma Gospel; Gwen Holmes Commerative trophy (Victoria Sponge) - awarded to Alison Tweedle.


Song of Praise - On Sunday there will be a songs of praise on the village green at 2.30pm. If it is wet, it will take place in Methodist chapel. Refreshments after service, everyone welcome.


Dominoes - A domino drive will be held at the Recreation Club in Mill Lane on September 14, at 7.30pm, for the bowls club.

Bridge Club - In the latest session of duplicate bridge, the winners were Terence Boyle and June Greener with 61.11 per cent. In second place Joan Taylor and Jean Wardman with 56.25 per cent. In third place with 51.39 per cent were Madeleine Webber and Robin Ashdown.


Quiz - Six teams playing for £48 took part in Jennie’s Mega Quiz in the Fleece Inn. The winners with 56 points were Honeymooners, second were Mike, Fiona, Col and Rich (55) and third Sue’s Crew (531/2). The £12 jackpot was won by Steve, Gary and Co. Jennie’s next Mega Quiz will be on Friday, September 7. Jennie’s Sunday night quiz was won by Honeymooners plus Col and Rich. The jackpot was won by Team @ the Bar.

Bingo - A prize bingo held in Woodlands Community Centre raised £377 for centre funds. The caller was Melvyn Jacques and the checker Sue Nelson. The next prize bingo will be held on Wednesday, September 26, for Ryedale Dog Rescue.

Quiz - Jennie’s Sunday night quiz was won by Sue’s Crew, the jackpot was a rollover.

Bowls - After the summer break a new season of Short Mat Bowling commences in the village hall on Monday, September 10, from 7pm to 9pm. All equipment is free of charge. The fee is £3 per session with the first trial session for new members free of charge.


Festival - The “Our Rosedale Harvest” Flower Festival takes place from September 15 to 23, from 10am to 5pm, with free entry. The festival opens with a preview evening at 6.30pm on Friday, September 14. On September 22, there will be a harvest service at 6pm, followed by a bring-and-share supper. The “Save Rosedale Abbey Church” appeal committee is holding a flower festival in the church to raise awareness of the urgent need for extensive roof repairs and to raise money for work estimated to cost at least £90,000. So far the community has raised £15,000 and they need to increase that amount which, together with grant money, will save the much-loved church from closure. For details, visit


Methodist Church - The service was taken by Reverend Nigel Spencer. The vestry steward was Bob Jackman, organist Doreen Lawson, welcomer Margaret Harris and the offering was taken by Margaret Neave. Bible readings were given by Margaret Neave who read from James and Eileen Burn who read from Mark’s gospel. During the service Holy Communion was observed. The preacher next week at 10.30am is Christine Fenwick. The monthly coffee morning is on Saturday at 10.30am.

St Martin’s Church - The Reverend Richard Firth presided at the 9.30am service of Holy Communion, and also delivered the sermon for the day prepared by Lay Minister Elizabeth Moreland, who was unable to be in church because of illness. Enid Plevey and Carole Beswick were sidespersons, Jim Baird assisted with the distribution of communion, and Edna Burton gave a bible reading and also accompanied the hymns on the piano. Clare Firth and Elizabeth Chapman served refreshments. Steve Raettig led the 11am service of modern worship, and he also led the intercessions. Sue Grice gave the Bible reading and the sermon prepared by Elizabeth Moreland was read again, this time by Mary Otway. John Grice led the sung worship with Sue Grice, Steve Raettig and John Taylor. Elizabeth Bradley was the sidesperson and Chris Birch served refreshments after the service.

Community activities - In the month of September St Martin’s congregation is holding a pub quiz and a “good old fashioned” jumble sale. The pub quiz is in the Londesborough pub, Main Street, at 7pm, on Tuesday, September 11. There will be a presenter putting the questions and the main prize will be a meal for four people at the Londesborough. Teams of four will compete with a charge of £10 per team. The jumble sale will be in St Martin’s Church Room, opposite the church, on Saturday, September 15, from 10.30am to noon. Admission is 50p. Items for sale can be brought to the church room at 8pm on Friday, September 14, or by phoning 01723 865654.


Bingo - The long-awaited return of bingo is nearly here. Eyes down for the first session on Saturday, September 8.

Letters Draw - The football club letters drawn on September 2 were A I J. As there was no winner the prize fund next week will be £180.

St Hilda’s Church - The next service will be the Lay Service led by Barbara Grice on Sunday, at 10.30am, followed by the pet service at 2.30pm, when everyone is welcome to bring their pets (large or small). All larger pets must be kept on a leash. Each pet (and its owner) will receive a certificate. There will be a concert in the village hall on Friday, September 21, at 7pm, by the Thornton-le-Dale Ukulele Group. This promises to be a fun night with tickets costing £5 to include light refreshments available from Keith Usher (01944 711448) or Barbara Grice (01944 711038).

Community and sports club - The long-awaited return of the bingo night is here. Eyes down on Saturday, September 8.

Open day - Sherburn fire station held an open day and there were demonstrations of animal rescue, how they cope with a road traffic accident and aerial ladder platform. Delicious cakes were available to buy in aid of The Firefighters Charity. They are looking to recruit retained (part-time on call) firefighters. Could that be


Methodist News - Tuesday Coffee Morning hostess was Kim Canterbury and the kind donations for refreshments continue to be given to the Christmas Shoebox Appeal. Craft Club meet every Thursday from 1.30pm, just come along and enjoy a cuppa and a chat while you do your craft. Sunday worship was led by Tom Clayton, from Scarborough. Readers were Jean Brown and Kim Canterbury and Offertory stewards were Hannah Magowan and Jean Brown. Robin Magowan played guitar. After worship, the congregation enjoyed coffee together in the hall. Sunday morning worship next week will be led by Reverend Pam Ward at 10.30am and are most welcome.

Messy church - This will be held on Saturday, April 15 at the chapel when they will be looking at the story of Samuel. There will be songs, stories and, of course, lots of Messy Craft. Please meet for tea at 4.45pm. This is a worship event for the whole family.

Next Steps Coffee Morning - Don’t sit at home alone. You are invited to join us at Sherburn Village Hall on Tuesdays from 10.30am to 12.30pm. Pop in for a brew, cakes and a chat. Social activities provided too. Local free transport is available if needed. Phone Dianne, the rural initiatives transport co-ordinator, on 01653 690854 or 07422 572738 for more information.

Community Café - It is open at the village hall each Thursday, from 9am to 11.30am. There are play facilities for the children. Proceeds are for Village Hall funds.


Ladies Group - After a summer break, the next meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 11, at 7.15pm, in the Methodist Hall.

Sara Guest will give a talk on Macmillan nursing. New members welcome.

Produce show - The show will be held on Saturday, September 15, at 2pm, in the village hall. A total of 78 classes for vegetables, fruit, flowers, home produce, agricultural produce, photography and children’s classes. The competition for the largest pumpkin and marrow is always very popular with giant pumpkins in previous years weighing in at over 130lbs. Entries open to residents of Slingsby, Fryton, South Holme and all children at Slingsby School.

Harvest festival - It will be held at the Methodist Church on Sunday, September 23, at 10.30am. The service of thanksgiving will be led by Reverend Ken Gowland, from Helmsley, with participation from members of the congregation. After the service there will be a harvest lunch in the schoolroom. Everyone welcome. After the service, gifts of produce will be donated to the local food bank.


Church - The Methodist Church had a busy weekend with a scarecrow dressed as Joseph in his coat of many colours. Coffee was served Saturday and Monday. Sunday afternoon John played organ music. Joyce had a stall Saturday and Monday with cakes, jam etc for Martin House Children’s Hospice and raised £329.


Music night - The organisers of the music night in Westow Cricket Pavilion on Saturday, September 1, would like to thank everyone who went along, donated food or helped in anyway to make the evening a great success. Also to the band Inn Transit for providing great music. A number of people took advantage of the lovely supper. The evening was a great community social evening, enjoyed by cricket club members and residents of Westow.