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.


Ploughmans supper - The event raising funds for ongoing work in the old churchyard was a great success, thanks to much generosity and support. Organisers thanked everyone who contributed in any way.

Church services - The midweek Holy Communion for the Benefice of Buckrose, which is each Wednesday during October, will be at 10am in the Church of St John The Baptist, in Acklam. The service of Evensong will be held on Sunday, October 14, at 6pm. Everyone is warmly welcome to go along to any of the services.


Macmillan Coffee Morning - This was held on Friday, September 28, at the home of Bob and Debbie Cook, Manor Garth, Aislaby, in aid of Macmillan Nursing, raised £607. Thanks to all who attended and everyone for their support.


Tea, Chat and History - The latest Tea, Chat and History of 2018/9 was held in the village hall last Monday and was very well attended with more than 20 people visiting during the two-hour session. As usual the “rolling” slide show was especially popular; a big thank you to Ian Acornley who operated the projector. The new magazine borrowing facility also seemed well received, as was the group’s access to Ancestry UK which has assisted visitors with their family history research. Also thanks to all the catering staff, including Shirley Brooke, Maggie Tebb and Margareth Priest. The next Tea and Chat of the 2018/19 season will be at 2pm on Monday, November 5.

Church - The sixth and final figure was placed in Christ Church on October 1 to commemorate the “fallen” listed on the village war memorial. The following sponsored a figure each – the Milestone family, the village hall, Christ Church, the Moors Inn and the history group. The final figure was a combined sponsorship by the Women’s Institute, the chapel and individual contributions. The figures will remain in place until the end of November giving a profound effect and significant visual impact.

The chapel - A service to commemorate the conclusion of the Waterworks Project was held on Sunday attended by about 30 people and followed by tea at the village hall. The Minister was Deacon Fiona De Boltz, the organist was Jean Lishman and the readers were by Val Bullidon and Katrina Lane. Members were also entertained by the North Riding Singers. Jacki Milestone gave an update on the project and was delighted to announce the £4,000 barrier has been breached.


Solar panels - The trustees of the village hall have applied to the North York Moors National Park Authority to install solar panels on the south facing roof-slope of the building. Any owner of the site or tenant or member of the public who wishes to make representations about the application should write to the Park Authority at The Old Vicarage, Bondgate, Helmsley YO62 5BP.


Harvest Service - There was a reasonable turnout for St Nicholas’ harvest festival, which was led by the Rev Mark Brosnan. Those present were relieved to see that the eco-loo was indeed still in situ and functioning just fine. This toilet not only serves those attending services, but also provides a welcome facility to church visitors and passing cyclists and walkers. There is a drinks dispenser at the back area of the church, providing free tea and coffee or cold water to any visitors and a good selection of books are also sold - all donations go towards the upkeep of St Nicholas. Lastly, there is a prayer tree which seems well used, with several visitors leaving prayers for inclusion in the monthly services.


History Society - The first meeting of the Brompton Local History Society of the 2018-2019 season took place on October 4. After a short AGM in which the only notable change was the election of Anne Tidd to the committee. Marie Woods of the Scarborough Society gave a short report on the excavations on Castle Hill which revealed a four foot wide six feet high stone wall, a piece of window tracery and finds from 15,000 to 50 years ago. This was followed by a talk by Stewart McDonald who after retiring from teaching history at the sixth form college has been researching Scarborough’s experience in the First World War. The next meeting is on Wednesday, November 7, when Brian Mulvana will tell members about Scarborough Trams. All welcome.

Spoken Word Evening - The Brompton-by-Sawdon Spoken Word Evening took place in the village hall on Saturday night. Events like these are taking off around the country and Brompton is one of the villages to be leading from the front. There was such a variety of chosen words from comedy, nostalgia, classic poems and prose, words from the heart and the soul of life itself. Readers included Bob and Marylyn, Alison and Martin, Anne and Norman, Mary, Lynn and Marcel, Leslie, Debbie, Steve, Hilary, Wendy and Pamela. There may have been a frost forming outside, but in the hall it was warm and cosy, friendly and inviting. The evening was completed by a supper.

Church - The service at All Saints on Sunday, October 14, will be Matins using the Book of Common Prayer. It starts at 11am and will be taken by Dr Don Jones. The Vicar, Rev Stuart Hill, plans to return to work on Sunday, October 28. Visitors to the church may notice a mural of leaves around the font. This was made by the children of our parishes who attend Messy Church.

Community Lunch - The next Village Ventures Community Lunch will be held next Wednesday, October 17. The doors will open at 12.15pm.


Bridge club - The results of the meeting on Thursday, October 4 were: 1st: Thelma Hardware and Tom Nutman, 61.1 per cent; 2nd: Jane Bartlett and Sheila Briske, 60.4 per cent.


Talk - An illustrated talk with jeweller Susan Rumfitt entitled Pearls will be held at Great Habton Village Hall on Monday, October 15, at 7.30pm. Tickets are available from Mrs R Sellers on 01653 669490 or at the door. Wine and canapes will be served. Proceeds will be shared between the Yorkshire Air Ambulance and St Lawrence and St Chad’s churches.


Coffee morning - Residents joined together and supported Macmillan’s Worlds Biggest Coffee Morning on Saturday, September 29, the first charity event for Macmillan in the new community village hall. Thank you to all those who supported this worthy cause, which raised £439.66.


RNLI - The Helmsley branch of the RNLI is having its fish and chip supper, at a new venue, on Thursday, October 18, at 7pm. The event is now at The White Swan, Ampleforth. The tickets are £12.50 each and the phone number is 01439 770678.The speaker this year is Mike Picknett, from the Redcar Lifeboat Station. There will also be a raffle.


Festival - A Harvest Festival service was held at Hovingham Methodist Chapel on Sunday, October 7, led by Robert Rayner, from Ebberston. It was a subdued service due to an unexpected death of a chapel member and the Monday service was cancelled.


Bridge Club - The result from October 2. North/South winners were George Goodall and Tony Ward with 57.1 per cent in second place with 56.2 per cent were Pat Hainsworth and Angela Smith. East/West winners were Graeme Matthew and Mary Mortonson with 70.0 per cent in second place with 54.6 per cent were Sue Shuttleworth and Janet Sutor.

Dinner Club - The Wednesday dinner club at the Methodist Church has restarted after the summer break. New members are welcome. For details, phone Mrs Jean Lishman on 01751 432111.

All Saints Church - Harvest thanksgiving this year will take place on Sunday, October 14, at 10.30am. This year it will be followed by a faith lunch in church and everyone is invited to bring a plate of food to share. After the lunch the harvest gifts will be sold. All proceeds to USPG. Members of the junior church are collecting items for the shoeboxes which are being sent to the Orphanage in Romania.There will be a box at the Children In Distress shop to leave items. There will also be a box at the back of church on Sundays in October. List of items needed are small gifts sweets (not chocolate), soap, flannels, toothbrushes, brushes, combs, toiletries, gloves, hats, scarves, socks, tights, hair slides, small teddy bears, notebooks, pens, pencils, geometry sets, felt pens, colouring books, crayons, etc. and a Christmas card.

Christmas market - The market this year be held on Saturday, November 24, from 10am to 3pm. It is an excellent event to buy Christmas gifts and goodies and to enjoy what Kirkbymoorside has to offer. Kirkbymoorside Brass Band will be playing in the main street, activities for children, including face painting, and Santa’s grotto in the Dugout, from noon to 2pm. There will be more than 30 craft and local produce stalls in the main street and the Memorial Hall.

Camera club - The Kirkbymoorside and District Camera Club met at the Moorside Bar and Club in Shaw Drive for the first competition of the new season – The Hazlehurst Memorial Knockout Competition, which was judged by Colin Hugill from Stockton-on-Tees. Paul Stephenson had the highest points for his three images and won the Hazlehurst Trophy. Julie Cowdy was runner up. The next meeting at the Moorside Bar and Club is on Thursday, October 18, when Emma Littlefair will be giving an illustrated talk titled Pushing Photography to its limits.

Give or Take Day - The next Give or Take Day will be on Sunday, October 28, in the Memorial Hall, Kirkbymoorside. Deliveries can be made on Saturday, October 27, from 6pm to 8pm, or from 8pm on Sunday, October 28. Unwanted items of any kind can be brought along.

Entertainment - George McIntosh will entertain at the Moorside bar and club on Saturday, October 13. Phone 01751 432086.

Tree Festival - There is to be a community Christmas tree festival in the Methodist church from December 16 to 23. It will be a great opportunity for everyone to come together and celebrate Christmas. The trees can be real or artificial and any height up to 5ft. Any queries, email Kath Hall at Kathryn.hall1949@gmail or Anne Charlton at

Repair cafe - The Repair café was held at The Moorside Room, Kirkbymoorside, on Saturday, September 22. The items brought for repair included two kettles, three electric clocks, a radio, and electric sander, a necklace, a glass stopper, stool, a hand-held Dyson, a toy lorry and two strimmers. The next meeting will be on Saturday, November 17, from 9.30am to 12.30pm. Please bring your broken items along. One of the volunteers will be offering 3D printing of replacement plastic components, up to 8” x 8”. The replacement part will be created with recycled plastic. If you would like to become a volunteer repairer, phone June Emerson 01751 430907 or email


Lecture - Friends of Lastingham Church 16th annual lecture will be given by Canon Dr David Kennedy and centred on Bede’s biblical theology as illustrated by his commentary on the Acts of the Apostles. It will take place on Saturday, October 27, at 6pm, at St Mary’s Church. Lecture tickets are £10. Supper tickets - £15. To book, phone 01751 417007, email or go to


Domino drive - On Saturday, October 13, there will be a domino drive in aid of St Giles Church, followed by fun quiz on Saturday, October 27, to raise funds for Lockton and Levisham Playing Field. Both events take place in Lockton Village Hall starting at 7.30pm and refreshments will be provided. Everyone welcome.


Bridge club - Keith Freeman and Madge Allison had a most impressive win in the first session of Malton Bridge Club’s new season with a score of 72.2 per cent. Madeleine Webber and Anne Avery achieved what would often be a winning score of 62.5 per cent, while Tricia Pearce and Stan Bough came third with 52.8 per cent. This Wednesday sees the start of the Positional Pairs while the Thursday afternoon sessions start on October 11.


Cream teas - There will be a craft fair with cream teas on Sunday, October 21, from 10am to 4pm, in the village hall to raise funds for the upkeep of the hall. Alongside the locally made crafts, consisting of pottery, knitting, cards, artwork, felting, honey Christmas gift ideas, there will be a cake stall. Members of the village have created a vintage inspired quilt which will also be raffled for Children in Need.


Church - Afternoon Around The Word will be held at Bethel Methodist Church on Saturday, October 13, from 2pm to 5pm. The afternoon will be led by Rev David Morris from Shipley. All welcome.

Speaker - At the September meeting of Ryedale Parkinson’s Support Group, held in Trinity Methodist Church, the speaker was Rosalyn Airey, Parkinson’s Disease information and support worker for Ryedale and the greater part of Yorkshire. Rosalyn was able to advise members on help that is available and arranged home visits for some. Her phone number is 020 7963 3605 for Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.


Weekly draw - The winning numbers for week commencing October 1 were: 8, 17 and 21. There were no winners, but as it was the first Monday in the month, the winner of the consolation prize with 8 and 17 was Diane Owston, who won the £50. Just a reminder that the football club’s next domino drive will be on Friday, October 19, at 7.30pm, at the Recreation Club.

Bridge Club - The latest session of duplicate bridge was the second of five weeks of Scratch Pairs. The winners with 61.11 per cent were Tricia Pearce and Stan Bough and in second place with 59.72 per cent were Graham Burgess and John Bramall. In third place were Terence Boyle and Tim Johnson with 56.94 per cent.

Play - This Evil Thing - a play written and performed by Michael Mears - will take place at Pickering Friends Meeting House, 19 Castlegate, Pickering, on Friday, November 2, at 7.30pm. Based on the true story of Bert Brocklesby, a Methodist Conscientious Objector in the First World War, it dramatically highlights the dilemmas and suffering entailed in an absolutist’s opposition to all forms of violence. All this is placed in the political and ethical context of the time whilst constantly posing the question ‘what would you have done?’ This play has travelled widely and has received excellent reviews. Entry is free, but donations are welcome. Phone 01751 472827 or


Thanksgiving - Services of thanksgiving for the harvest are being held at Rievaulx Methodist Church this weekend. On Sunday, October 14, the All Age Worship Service at 10.30am. will be led by Chris Fawcett, from Sedbergh. During the service any gifts of fruit, vegetables, etc, that children or adults would like to bring along will be received. The evening worship at 6.30pm will also be led by Mr Fawcett. The services will be continued on Tuesday, October 16, at 7pm when Terence Maw, from Thornton-le-Dale, will lead the service. After the service, there will be a harvest supper in the village hall followed by the sale of produce. This year a half of the proceeds of sale will be given to the DEC Indonesia Tsunami Appeal. The recent earthquake followed by a tsunami leaving behind a trail of destruction. Now hundreds of thousand of survivors are in need of food, water and shelter. The remaining half of the proceeds will be given to Hambleton Foodshare which is a community partnership covering Northallerton, Thirsk and Bedale areas who are involved in a myriad of ways, including distribution of about 40 food parcels each week. Join them as they give thanks for food and the demonstration of God’s goodness and provision. Please come along and bring your family and friends.


Quiz - Six teams playing for £36 took part in Jennie’s Mega Quiz in the Fleece Inn. The winners with 57.5 points were Honeymooners, second were The Mixed Ups (54.5) and third were Team @ the Bar (54). The 12 pound jackpot was won by Welham’s Wanderers. Steve and Co were the winners of Jennie’s Sunday night quiz. The jackpot was a rollover.


Methodist Church report - The service was taken by Deacon Andrew Carter. The vestry steward as Allan Dunnington and the welcomer was Margaret Neave who also took the offering. The singing was accompanied by Joan Roue on the piano. Bible readings were given by Sheila Grey who read from Micah and Eileen Burn who read from Matthew’s gospel. The preacher next week at 10.30am is Laura McGarry. The monthly coffee morning is on Saturday at 10.30am. Everyone is welcome.


Football Club Letters Draw - The letters drawn on October 7 were F V W. There was no winner so next week’s prize total will be £450.

Coffee morning - The Macmillan Cancer support coffee morning was held in the village hall and the amazing sum of £820 was raised. Prize Draw winners were: Wine selection – Adele. Willowgate voucher - Stella Boyes. Champagne and chocolates - Jill Thorpe. Mayfield hotel voucher - Chris Ashton, Grouse whisky - Dawn Ashton. Stuart Moore chiropodist voucher - Christine Pickard. Kitchen goods - Jill Thorpe. Dean’s Garden Centre, tea for 2 - April. Chopping Board - Edie Harrison. Morrison’s voucher - Lorraine Walker. Vodka-Yvonne Sedman. Toiletrie s- June Wiles. Glaves meat tray - Pat Woodley. Fruit basket - Stella Boyes. Champagne and chocolates – Dawn Ashton. Bears - Chris Ashton. Sanctuary toiletries - Adele. Amaretto – Pat Woodley. Downe Arms voucher- Linda Harrsion. Sally Middlewood breakfast for 2 – Jill Thorpe. Helpers were Barbara, Edie, Linda, Janet, Amber, Christine and children from Sherburn CofE Primary School. Organisers, Chris and Carol would like to thank all helpers and kind sponsors and also all those who attended and gave so generously.

Sherburn Primary - A fantastic return to the small schools league for the Wolds and Vale Federation team with one win and one loss. Mr White said there was a very positive atmosphere at the game and the team worked well together. Thank you to Mr White and Mrs Stockill for supporting the team. School Harvest Festival - Please join them at 9.30am on Monday, October 22, for harvest festival at St Hilda’s Church. They will be collecting for Ryedale Foodbank on that day.

Messy Church - This will meet at Sherburn Methodist Church on Saturday, October 13. They will be hearing about David, “From shepherd boy to King”. Stories, songs, music and lots of messy craft. Meet for tea at 4.45pm. This is for the whole family. All welcome.

Senior Citizen Luncheon Club - Members meet at the Methodist Chapel Hall on Wednesday, October 17, from 12.30pm for lunch at 1pm. Entertainment after the meal by Allerston Aloud. Local transport in Sherburn village can be arranged, just phone Christine on 01944 711294.

Methodist News - Tuesday Coffee Morning hostess was Kim Canterbury and kind donations for coffee continue to be given to the Christmas Shoebox Appeal. Sunday Worship was led by Christine Fenwick assisted by the worship team. Music was by Chris Cade on the organ and Robin Magowan and Jean Brown on guitars. Ruth Heron led the Psalm of Praise and Liz Aconley was the offertory steward. After worship we enjoyed coffee in the hall. The service next Sunday at 10.30am will be an All Age Worship service led by the Worship Team. All welcome.


Guild - The Sinnington People’s Guild starts the 2018-2019 session on Tuesday, October 16, at 7.15pm in the Sinnington Methodist Chapel. The Market Weighton Waytes will give a concert which will be followed by supper. There is no entrance fee but a collection will be taken for Guild funds. Everyone is welcome.


Entertainment - On Saturday, October 13, at 7pm, in the village hall, John Scoble and David Swann will perform their double act, followed by the Thornton Dale Ukulele Band. John is well known for his enthusiastic music-making particularly when involving children; or you can sit quietly and enjoy. Tickets are £5 or £2.50 for children and include refreshments. There will be a tombola. Tickets are available from Pat on 01653 628620, Tony’s shop in Slingsby or at the door. It will be an evening of fun and music.


Bridge Club - The result from Monday, October 1. First place North/South were Mary Mortonson and Lynda Lockwood with 69.2 per cent, in second place Barry Smith and Bob Wardell with 53.3 per cent. First place East/West were Carole Dixon and Angela Smith 59.4 per cent, in second place Pat and

George Donnor with 56.3 per cent.

Choir - Mary welcomed Marske Fishermen’s Choir who were at Thornton-le-Dale Methodist Church on the evening of September 28. The choir were brilliant and there was a good congregation. The supper was provided by the Ladies Group which was appreciated. A collection taken by Margaret and Phillipa was for Ladies Group funds and will be given to charities at the annual general meeting. The choir were thanked by Philippa.

Ladies Group - The monthly Ladies Group meeting was held on Thursday, October 4. The speaker was not able to come so members had a holy beetle drive, with lots of fun and laughter. Tea was served by Margaret, Joyce and Sally. The next meeting is on November 1 when the speaker will be John Flintoft, who will be telling members his ironmongery and locksmith tales. Ladies don’t forget to bring your 5ps to this meeting or the December one.


Cricket pavilion - The volunteers who have been opening the Westow Cricket Club pavilion for hot drinks, home baking and bacon rolls every Saturday and Sunday throughout the summer between 10am and 2pm, would like to thank everyone for their support. The Pavilion will be closed at weekends during October and will re-open on Saturday, November 10.


Film evening - The committee of the village hall will host a film evening in the hall on Friday, October 19, at 7pm, showing the film Darkest Hour.

Jumble sale - The popular jumble sale in the village hall is on Friday, October 27, from 10am to noon.

Domino drive - A domino drive takes place in the village hall on Saturday, October 27, at 7.30pm. £1.50 to play, including tea and biscuits. All welcome. Domino drives are held every last Saturday of the month and every first Wednesday of the month.


Wombleton - On Tuesday, September 18, Wombleton Village Hall echoed to the sounds of David Swann on guitar playing and singing some of his own folk songs to entertain 42 YCA members and their guests. David is a very talented song writer and raconteur who kept everyone enthralled by his anecdotes and songs, many of which were based on local history and events. Member were encouraged to join in with the choruses and did so very enthusiastically. It was an extremely entertaining evening thoroughly enjoyed by everyone, as well as raising money for local charities. The Ryedale Show results were: Handicraft Section: E M Boyes Cup - J Russell, Wombleton YCA; Flower Section: Nina Harrison Salver - N Ward, Wombleton YCA; Cookery Section: Harmony Houlston Cup - H Sewell, Wombleton YCA; Photography Section: Salver-J Campling, Farndale YCA; Art Section: Helmsley Branch Cup - S Setterington, Farndale YCA; Most Points Overall: Posy Bowl - C Gamble, Wombleton YCA.


Appleton-le-Moors - After a busy August with trips to the ESK valley Theatre and a film night in the village’s Reading Room, members enjoyed the opportunity of a chance to chat and catch up at the “eyes down” evening at the September meeting. Mrs Humphreys, president, was delighted to inform the meeting that they have recently joined up their 30th member, making the membership the biggest it has been for many years. After this relaxing monthly meeting, members will be picking up the pace again in the months to come with a further theatre visit planned to see the ESK Valley Theatre Company’s Owl and the Pussycat at Helmsley Arts Centre, and another film night in the village, both in November. Fourteen members and guests travelled to Newcastle at the end of September to see the Calendar Girls. Despite being such a well known story, the Gary Barlow sell-out musical did not

disappoint - a fabulous show, thoroughly enjoyed by everyone. Calendar Girls returns to the north with performances in Hull and Sunderland and it comes highly recommended. Jonathan Pomroy will be giving us a talk on Sketches of North Yorkshire Landscape and Birds at the October meeting. Jonathan is a well known local wildlife and landscape artist, who produces stunning images, and members are eagerly awaiting this illustrated presentation. Guests are most welcome to join us at this meeting on Wednesday, October 24, at 7.30pm.