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 - At the latest meeting of the Village Hall Management a very busy autumn programme was discussed. Future events include an Autumn Clean on October 27, from 10am until noon, a Christmas Fair in aid of church and chapel on November 17, a Pop Up Sale on September 22 for Waterworks, and a Mid Christmas Tea on December 29. All the regular events are restarting, including Gardening Club, Art Classes, Singalong and History Group. The village barbecue was a particular success this September with over 80 people attending. The History Group asked for permission to put up a large framed Enclosure Award dating to 1776, which had been donated and framed by Lesley Jones. This was approved. At the request of the church, the hall will become a collection point when open for the food bank. The next meeting will be the AGM (all welcome) at 7pm on November 7.

Singalong - The Community Singalong will be returning next month so our first meeting will be in the village hall from 6pm until 7pm on Wednesday, October 17. It will then be on the first and third Wednesday of each month. All welcome.


Church - This weekend the church will, as always, be open in daylight hours and it will be decorated with Harvest flowers. In connection with the Village Heritage Weekend, the church will be hung with a textile exhibition commemorating the end of the First World War and will also feature other heritage displays. There will also be an opportunity to learn more about the bells. The Harvest Festival is at 6pm on Sunday and will include the rededication of the restored church clock, followed by a supper in church. The plans for the proposed toilet and kitchen are on display in the church, but for the moment facilities are available in the village hall.

Village hall - Throughout the weekend September 22 and 23 the village hall will be open from 1pm to 5pm for the Brompton Heritage Weekend. There will be displays, information and opportunities to share memories. This is part of an ongoing heritage project in the village and all are welcome whether new residents or old together with those from further afield. There will also be refreshments available throughout both afternoons. Books about the history of the village will be on sale. As part of the Heritage Weekend the Sir George Cayley Workshop will be open from 11am to 4pm. Entry notices will be displayed. It features displays relating to Sir George Cayley’s invention of the first man carrying flying machine and information about his other inventions.

Dominoes - The first domino evening of the new season will be on Thursday, September 27, at 7.30pm. Entry will be £2 to include a supper. David Mudd is the host for the evening and everyone is welcome from near and far. If anyone has any prizes they would like to donate they would be most welcome. Please contact Elaine Mudd or just bring them along on the evening.


Methodist Chapel - Hartoft Methodist Chapel are having a Harvest Service on Sunday, September 30 at 2.15pm. The preacher will be Rev Christine Hadden-Reece. The Harvest Festival Service will be on Wednesday, October 3 at 7pm, led by Jackie Recchia, followed by an auction of produce and supper. Everyone welcome.


Pub quiz - There will be a family pub quiz at the Crown Inn on Sunday, October 7 at 8.30pm. Entry £2, including a sandwich supper. Prize is a voucher to spend at The Crown. It will be in aid of St Chad’s Church. For further details phone 01751 417343.


Menzown - Sheila Johnson told the September meeting about an ongoing research project to examine two centuries of tree planting, garden creation and landscaping in Scarborough. Sheltered terrain and mild climate made this possible and the town was recognised as a healthy place to live and in which rare and exotic trees and plants could grow. Links were made with Kew, Dublin and the Mediterranean. A recording programme of what survives and a tree warden scheme are in operation. A vote of thanks was led by Bill Oldfield.

Repair Cafe - Kirkbymoorside Environment Group’s next Repair Café will be held on Saturday, September 22 from 9.30am to 12.30pm in The Moorside Room, Church Street. People are invited to bring along items that need repairing and the team of volunteers will do their best to mend them, free of charge. Items can include computers, electrical and any household or garden items, bikes, toys, clothing mending and alterations. Refreshments will be available, proceeds going to local organisations. More volunteer repairers always welcome. Further information from June Emerson at or 01751 430907.

Coffee morning - The Marie Curie coffee morning at Ryedale Garage is on Friday, October 12, from 9.30am to 12.30pm. Stalls will include tombola, raffle and home baked cakes, along with Marie Curie Christmas cards.

Domino drive - Sturdy Court will hold a domino drive on Monday, September 24, at 7.30pm. All are welcome.


Friday Night Orchestra - The Friday Rehearsal Orchestra will be meeting again from the end of September with a programme of works by Beethoven, Prokofiev, Butterworth and Sullivan. If you are an orchestral musician who enjoys playing informally without the pressure of concerts, and also loves to learn new works, this is ideal for you. Experienced and young players alike are welcome. Founded in 1990, Ryedale’s only amateur orchestra meets in the autumn and spring at the Memorial Hall in Kirkbymoorside on Fridays. For more information, contact June Emerson on or Facebook Kirkbymoorside Rehearsal Orchestra.

Moorside Bar & Club - Entertainment at the club on Saturday, September 22 is Tanya Turner at 8pm for 8.30pm. Phone 01751 432086. All welcome.

Open Show - The 38th Open Show for Kirkbymoorside Horticultural Society takes place on Saturday, September 22. Schedules of classes are available, phone secretary Jill Hugill on 01751 431670 or email Maureen Rolph, who will be happy to post one. There are 114 classes from flowers, vegetables, homecraft, photography and children’s classes. Entry for the children’s classes is free. The show opens to the public at 2pm.

Ladies Fellowship - The group have got together again after the summer break. Joan Baines opened the meeting with a little poem. They were pleased to welcome a new member, Vera. The Fellowship are helping with the shoebox appeal this year and members were asked to cover a shoebox with Christmas paper and to contribute towards the contents of the boxes. They are all to be taken down to the All Saints coffee morning on Saturday, November 3. Members were also invited to a coffee morning at the Friends’ Meeting House on Wednesday, October 3, from 10am to noon to mark Quaker Week. The September birthday girls were Audrey Bell, Jeanne Binns, Andrea Cooper, Eleanor Harrison, Jean Sherman, Margery Roberts and leader Kathy Robson. Kathy was presented with a bouquet of flowers. The speaker for the evening was Charlie (Charlotte) from The Body Shop. Chrissie Wright volunteered to be cleansed, toned, peeled, moisturised and finally made up. Joan Baines was then subjected to the same preliminary treatment before make-up was applied. Tea hostesses were Cath Nicholson and Linda Wilson. The raffle prize was won by speaker, Charlie. On Tuesday, October 9, the group will meet up with the Tuesday Group at 7.30pm in the Methodist Church. This has become an annual event.

Library - A Poetry Festival, ‘This Way Delight-Stress(less) Poetry’, showcasing local bards as well as classic writers such as William Blake, John Clare, Gerard Manley Hopkins, Ted Hughes, Dylan Thomas and many more, will be held on Thursday, September 27 and Saturday, September 29 at Kirkbymoorside Library. There will be ‘taster’ sessions at the Library on the Thursday or Saturday morning of the last week in September to coincide with a new display on the local poet and art critic Sir Herbert Read. Thereafter it is hoped to continue to provide an hour of poetry at a convenient time monthly in the library at a minimal cost subscription for room hire and facilities. Information and reply sheets with a return box will be provided at the library or by speaking with John Dean at the Memorial Hall Literary and Local Information Stall on market day, or by emailing


Displays - The Kirkdale Heritage and Read Forum displays on Herbert Read’s life and achievement, including the programme and script for the Helmsley Pageant (1951), will be at St Gregory’s Minster on Sunday, September 23 from noon. Herbert Read and several of his family either lie or are commemorated here. This precedes the poetry readings in Kirkbymoorside Library from Thursday, September 27 to Saturday, September 29 for which tickets are available through the library. Enquiries to 01609 534557. General enquiries about the Kirkdale Heritage Read Forum on


Bridge club - Graeme Matthew and Anne Avery were the winners in the latest summer session at Malton Bridge Club, just pipping Madeleine Webber and Richard Hilton for the top spot, with Stan Bough and Rob Ashdown also close in third place. The previous week resulted in victory for Paul Walker and Simon Ullyott ahead of Tricia Pearce and Stan Bough, with Derek Fox and Rob Ashdown close behind. There is just one more such session before the club’s AGM, while the Thursday afternoon social sessions are scheduled to restart on October 11.


Club 100 draw - Congratulations to winners of the Beckett Recreation Ground Club 100 draw for August. The winners were as follows: £50 - No 11 J Palmer; £30 - No 118 J Bennet; £10 - No 53 J King; £10 - No 18 M Rymer.


Harvest Festival - Services will be held at Bethel Methodist Church this weekend. The Harvest Family Praise Service will be held on Sunday, September 23 at 10.45am led by Rev T Short. At 6pm, Evening Worship will be led by Rev A Vaughan. Harvest celebrations continue on Monday, September 24. At 7.30pm, Jackie Recchia will lead a service of praise and thanksgiving. This will be followed by a sale and supper. All welcome.


Dog training - The Vale of Pickering Dog Training Club is now meeting at the The Memorial Hall, Old Malton on Friday evenings. There are spaces currently available for the Puppy Foundation Course. For more details about the Club or the course phone 07811 443585 or call in on a Friday at 6.45pm.


Bridge club - In the latest session of duplicate bridge the winners were Terence Boyle and June Greener with 60.42 per cent and in joint second place were Judith O’Donnell and Graham Burgess and the partnership of George Goodall and Anne Avery with 56.25 per cent. The bridge club took part in the Kath Grimoldby Yorkshire Simultaneous Pairs.

Garage sale - On Saturday, September 22, there will be a special garage sale of surplus household and garden goods etc held at 75 Outgang Road, Pickering, from 9am to 1pm with all proceeds going to Ryedale Special Families.


YCA - 16 members were present at the September meeting of the Rillington and District branch of the Yorkshire Countrywoman’s Association, held in the village hall. The speaker was John Porter, a crew member of Scarborough RNLI, which dates back to 1801. John’s presentation included footage of the early days of the charity, through to the latest lifeboat at Scarborough which cost £2.5 million and can cover a distance of 100 miles out to sea. Elizabeth Saint thanked John for a very interesting talk. John judged the competition for a lemon dessert and awarded first prize to Sue Butler, second was Mollie Tindall. Five members had enjoyed the “Posh” Afternoon Tea at Kirby Misperton where a celebration cake had been cut to mark the Coral Anniversary of the YCA. Three members wish to attend the Autumn Meeting at Nether Poppleton in October. The hostesses were Babs Buckley and Mollie Tindall. Marjorie Grice sold tickets for the raffle which was won by Babs Buckley.

Mega quiz - Jennie will be hosting a mega quiz in the Fleece Inn on Friday, September 21, at 9pm. Cash prizes to third place, cash jackpot and hot supper for only £2. Jennie’s Sunday night quiz was won by Team @ the Bar. The jackpot was a roll-over.

Bingo - A prize bingo for Ryedale Dog Rescue will be held in Woodlands Community Centre on Wednesday, September 26. Doors open 6.45pm, eyes down 7.15pm.

Coffee morning - A coffee morning for Macmillan Cancer Care will be held in Woodlands Community Centre at 10.30am on Friday, September 28. Free admission with tombola and cake stall.

Table tennis - Free to try table tennis sessions will be held in the village hall on Friday, September 28 from 7pm to 9pm, Saturday, September 29 and Sunday, September 30, from 10am to noon and 2pm to 4pm both days. All equipment provided for any age and standard.


Flower festival - The Rosedale Abbey Flower Festival in aid of the Save Rosedale Abbey Church appeal is on every day until Sunday, September 23, from 10am to 5pm, with free entry. On Saturday, September 22 there will be a Harvest Service at 6pm followed by a bring-and-share supper. All are welcome. There is an urgent need for extensive roof repairs and to raise money for work estimated to cost at least £90,000. Come and enjoy the wonderful flower displays, photographs and objects representing different aspects of the dale and help them reach their target. The displays are the work of local flower arrangers and Pickering Flower Club. People can sponsor a roof slate and have their name or the name of a loved one written on it, or buy a 2019 locally photographed appeal calendar or totebag. There are also three antique art works going to sealed bids – all related to Rosedale. Visit for details.


St Martin’s Church - The Rev Richard Firth presided and preached at the 9.30am service of Holy Communion. Richard used the reading from the Book of James which highlighted how our spoken words can result in much hurt and anger when used without thought as to their reception. Kate Middleton led the children’s activities where the children learned to always try to speak kindly to friends and others and not to tell tales. They also made rice crispy cakes to show how we all should stick together. Jim and Marion Baird were sidespersons, Jean Donovan gave a Bible reading, Kate Middleton assisted with the distribution of communion, and Julie Stephenson served refreshments. Reader Judith Dean led the 11am service of modern worship and preached from Mark 8 on what it means to ‘take up our cross’. Tim Cremer led the intercessions and Liz Cremer read. Richard Fuller led the moving sung worship with Chloe Fuller and John Taylor. Jenny Bland and Jean Donovan ran the Sunday Club, who explored how the things we say affect other people and how we can say positive things to build other people up. Jo Taylor was the sidesperson and Helen Swallow served refreshments after the service.

Methodist Church - The service on Sunday was led by Bob Jackman and Amanda Clayton. The vestry steward was Allan Dunnington, organist Doreen Lawson and the welcomer Margaret Harris. The offering was taken by Margaret Neave. Bible readings were given by Sheena Dunnington, Tina Greenley and Bert Blower. Patricia Mollon gave a talk on Feed the Minds, a charity which started over 50 years ago and helps in education and Christian teachings all over the world. She explained that 97p out of every pound donated is spent on education and told of some of the places where the charity had helped. In his address Bob spoke about promises and the consequences that can occur when a promise is given. The preacher next week at 10.30am is Michael Kitchen and it is the Harvest Festival service.


Sports club - A full house at the Sherburn Community & Sports Club saw £508 paid out on the first bingo session of the season. The higher/lower game failed on the last number for £150. The next bingo session is on Saturday, September 29. The bingo session scheduled for October 20 will now be on October 27. The popular monthly quiz night will be held on September 30 at 8pm. All welcome.

St Hilda’s Church - Rev Joe Kinsella led the Pet Service which was held outside the church. After the opening hymn Rev Joe welcomed each pet in turn, learning their name along with that of the owners. There were several dogs, hamsters, guinea pigs, an automated budgie a unicorn and several other pets. A second hymn followed, with short prayers asking God to bless the pets and then each one received a personal blessing from the vicar. The service closed with another hymn followed by the blessing, after which each pet received a certificate saying it had attended the service. The next service at St Hilda’s will be Holy Communion on Sunday, September 23, at 9am, when the Rev Joe will officiate. The ukulele concert by the Thornton-le-Dale Ukulele Group will be on Friday, September 21 in the village hall, starting at 7pm. Admission £5. Any enquiries to Barbara Grice on 01944 711038.

Football Club Letters Draw - The letters drawn on September 15 were B H T. As there was no winner, the prize fund next week will be £315.

Messy Church - After enjoying pizza they acted out the story of the call of Samuel. Afterwards they made a large model of the tabernacle at Shiloh where Samuel helped Eli the priest. There were foam figures to dress and gingerbread men to add icing clothes to as they remembered how Samuel’s mother Hannah had brought him a new tunic each year. The next Messy Church will be on Saturday, October 13. Meet for tea at 4.45pm. The whole family is welcome.

Methodist news - The Sunday service was led by the Worship Team. They looked at the Lectionary lesson from James which told them about taming their tongues. India showed a horse’s bridle and explained how it worked to help explain the reading. Kiara read from the prophet Isaiah. Music for the singing was provided by Chris Cade on the organ and Sandra Cade led prayers. The service of Holy Communion next Sunday at 10.30am will be led by Rev Dr Kevin Ridd and all are welcome. Sunday, September 30 will be the Harvest Festival at 10.30am. This will be an All Age Celebration led by Deacon Andrew Carter and will be followed by a Harvest Lunch. Any gifts will be for the foodbank at Westway Open Arms, Eastfield.

Coffee morning - The Macmillan World’s Biggest Coffee Morning will be at Sherburn Village Hall on Friday, September 28. Coffee will be served from 10am to noon. Magnificent prize draw, tombola and all the usual stalls. Any kind donations of tombola prizes would be much appreciated and can be given to Carol Stephenson. Everyone is welcome.


Coffee morning - Sheriff Hutton Jumblies will be holding their 19th Macmillan World’s Biggest Coffee Morning on Saturday, September 29, from 10am to noon at the Village Hall. There will be homemade refreshments, cake stall, various other stalls, tombola, raffle. Bring your small change to add to the famous Money Tree.


Bridge club - The competition on Monday, September 10 was won by Barry Smith and Bob Wardell with 57.4 per cent. In second place were Peter and Lesley Jaram with 53.7 per cent.

Musical evening - Thornton-le-Dale Methodist Church are staging a musical evening given by Marske Fishermen’s Choir on Friday, September 28 at 7.30pm. Supper will be served afterwards. A collection will be taken for Ladies Group Funds.


Open house - Volunteers will be opening the Westow Cricket Club pavilion for tea, coffee, homebaking and bacon rolls on Saturday, September 22 and Sunday, September 23, from 10am to 1pm both days. Money raised will be used towards the running of the pavilion and cricket club. Everyone welcome. There will be pool, dominoes, cards available inside and plenty of space outside for ball games/running around (weather permitting).

Didi Rugby - There will be two Didi Rugby taster session, coming shortly in Westow Cricket Club pavilion for little ones aged 18 months to six years. The sessions are designed to promote active healthy lifestyles from as young an age as possible while developing the core skills and values of the sport, focusing on building confidence and ultimately having fun. The taster sessions are on Friday, October 5 and Friday, October 19, from 10am to 11.30am. Contact Emma Cutress on 07730 596663 or for more more details or to book a place on one or both of the sessions.

Quiz night - There is a quiz night on Friday, October 19 in Westow Cricket Pavilion in aid of the Church of St Mary, Westow, 7.30pm start. Solo quizzers are welcome, however tickets (£6 per person and include a pie, peas and jacket potato supper, followed by puddings) need to be purchased in advance to help with numbers for food. Tickets are limited and can be purchased from Simon Hogg, June Harrison, Alison Dalby or Judith Pearson.

Hula hoop workshop - On Tuesday, October 23 there will be a hula hoop workshop in Westow Cricket Club pavilion from 7pm to 8pm. The session is open to beginners and those more experienced. Cost £7 per person. Phone Julie Price on 01653 618214 for more details.

Christmas fayre - The annual Westow Cricket club Christmas Fayre will be on Sunday, November 25, from 10.30am to 1.30pm in the cricket pavilion. For more details or to book a stall (£5, payable in advance) phone Julie on 01653 618214.


Domino drive - There will be a domino drive on Saturday, September 29 at 7.30pm in the village hall, raising funds for the hall. Cost of £1.50 to play includes tea and biscuits. All are welcome. There will also be a domino drive on Wednesday, October 3.

Harvest festival - The harvest festival is on Friday, September 28 in the village hall, at 7.30pm.


Snainton - As part of Snainton WI’s 100th birthday celebrations there was an afternoon tea at Hackness Grange in July. An amazing 90 guests attended the event. The ladies were dressed beautifully and the room was decked out with drapes, lights and flower arrangements on tables. Among the guests was Jennie Potter (Federation chair), Francis Langley (Federation vice chair) and Laurence Anderson (Federation secretary). Angela Howgate gave a toast to Snainton WI and a special mention to a member who had been awarded the British Empire Medal in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list. She then talked about the formation and history of Snainton WI. Three beautiful celebration cakes had been made and decorated by the members and after they were cut the afternoon tea began. A poem was read by Audrey Ireland, which had been written by Elaine Reynolds. Ann Pilgrim Green had painted two paintings depicting Snainton WI over the years, and recited her poem incorporating the lines of Jerusalem. The entertainment were Bob Williams and James Innes-Parlour singing lovely songs from the sixties. On July 26, members enjoyed a meal at the Blacksmith’s Arms at Westow. In August, Angela Howgate hosted a barbecue at her home. Cakes, plants, produce and books were donated and sold. A raffle was held and a guess the tortoise’s name competition. A remarkable £275 was raised, with £100 going to the Rainbow Centre and £175 donated to the Saturday Breakfast Club. On Saturday, September 8, Snainton WI held a dance in the village hall inviting spouses, friends and family. Dave Pinkney entertained with his 60s and 70s music. A light supper was served and the evening was a great success. Meetings are held on the first Tuesday of every month. On Tuesday, October 2, they are holding their annual Harvest Auction.

Thornton-le-Dale - The September meeting was led by Karen Hyatt in the absence of the president. Karen welcomed 33 members and two guests. Birthday cards were presented to Mary Richardson and Ann Naylor. Members were asked to consider various requests from the Federation including lace making for a birthday card for the Queen, readers for the Carol Service and a delegate for the Autumn Council Meeting. Offers of supper items were sought from members for the October meeting when they will be joined by guests from several other local WIs. Members were also reminded to bring items of produce and baking for the Harvest auction. Mary Richardson gave members an update on the poppy project. A poppy workshop will be held on September 20 at the Community Room at Roxby Gardens. The poppies will begin to be displayed in the week prior to Remembrance Sunday. Karen gave members information regarding the 2019 programme, which is beginning to take shape. Ideas are still required for our outing and a social activity. Lesley Mitchell told members that lunches will be available at the Masonic Hall, in Pickering, over the War Weekend. The speaker for the evening was Jonathan Botham, who gave an excellent talk about Elizabeth Botham and the development of her bakery business. From humble beginnings as a girl in service, she went on to marry a widowed farm worker and they went on to have 14 children. Elizabeth first sold her baking from a handcart, before buying a shop in Whitby. Refreshments were served by Mary Richardson and Barbara Dransfield. The next meeting (Harvest Auction and Supper) will be held on Tuesday, October 9. Guests welcome.