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.


Musical evening - On Saturday, December 15, at 7pm, there will be an evening of Flanders and Swann Songs and music by Michael Cooper in Acklam Village Hall. Mince pies and sherry will be served. Tickets are £8 and available from Katie 01653 658795 or Elaine 01653 658351. Proceeds will be used for required tree surgery in the old church yard in Acklam.


Waterworks - In the final Act of the Waterworks Project Mike Beresford, who works on water projects in Africa and other countries, visited the village hall to talk about his work. He was presented with a cheque for more than £4,500 which will help provide water and toilets to two villages in Sierra Leone.

Village hall - The village hall committee would like to thank The Moors Inn for the £73 donation to funds raised from the “Bar Bottle”.

Christmas fair - The annual event in aid of church and chapel funds was held in the village hall. A record turnout raised an amazing total of just over £800 to be shared equally. There were lots of stalls many with a Christmas theme and a huge prize draw took place first prize of a voucher for The Moors Inn was won by Peggy Aconley and the second prize of a Christmas hamper was won by Bill Ward. Grateful thanks to all who donated and came to support the event and especially the Master of Ceremonies Malcolm Leckenby.


Village hall - Brompton and District Gardening Club meets on Wednesday, November 28 at 7.30pm. This will be the AGM and Christmas celebration. All the groups which meet in Brompton Village Hall are open to residents not just of the village, but also everyone in the locality.

Church - The service at All Saints on Sunday is an 8am Communion using the Book of Common Prayer. It will be taken by the vicar, Rev Stuart Hill. The list for trees for the Christmas Fest should be finalised this week so will anyone who wishes to sponsor and/or decorate a tree and has not been in touch with Mary Jones by phoning 859437. The trees arrive on December 3 and will need to be decorated before the preview on the evening of Friday, December 7.


Bridge club - The results of the meeting on Thursday, November 15, were: 1st - Val and Michael Allen 64.5 per cent; 2nd - Thelma Hardware and Tom Nutman 63 per cent.


Calendar - The 2019 Farndale Calendar in aid of Farndale Village Hall is now available from BATA, Kirkbymoorside, Feversham Arms Inn, Farndale, and Lion Inn, Blakey, cost £6. All proceeds go to the hall. It will be available on Saturday, November 24, from the “Annwyn” stall at Kirkbymoorside Christmas Market.


Prize bingo - A prize bingo to raise funds for St Aidan’s Church, Gillamoor, takes place at The Moorside Bar and Club on Tuesday, December 4. Doors open at 7.15pm, eyes down at 8pm.


Quiz - A family pub quiz will take place at the Crown Inn, Hutton-le-Hole on Sunday, December 2, at 8.30pm. Entry is £2, including a sandwich supper. Prize is a voucher to spend at The Crown. Event in aid of St Chad’s Church, Hutton-le-Hole.


Bridge club - In the latest round of Malton Bridge Club’s Championship Pairs competition, Graeme Matthew and Anne Avery led the way with 60 per cent, Madge Allison and Rob Ashdown took second place with 59.6 per cent, while John and Beryl Bramall were third with 57.9 per cent. The leading places on Thursday afternoon were taken by Teresa Belt and Sally Beswick in the North-South seats and by Ruth Mattingly and Anne Butterworth as East-West.


Menzown - Three members gave short entertaining talks at the last meeting. The vote of thanks was given by Don Lomas who thanked all the speakers for a most interesting night. The next meeting will be for the Christmas dinner at The King’s Head on Monday, December 17, at 7pm for 7.30pm.

Tuesday Group - The meeting on November 27, welcomes Janice Clark who will speak on MWIB partnerships. Leader is Chrissie and the tea hostesses are Ann and Daisy. The meeting is at the Methodist church in the Jubilee Room at 7.30pm.

Crib Festival - All Saints Church Crib Festival will take place on December 1 and 2. The preview evening for on Friday, November 30, at 7pm, when wine and nibbles will be served. Free admission. The exhibition will take place on the Saturday, from 10am to 4pm, and on Sunday, from noon to 4pm.

Julian meeting - It will take place on Tuesday, December 11, at the Catholic church at 6.30pm to 7.30pm. Any enquiries to Rev Tania Brosnan.

Fun fair - The fun fair is in town until Tuesday, November 27.

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

Entertainment - Country Cousins perform at the Moorside Bar and Club on Saturday, November 24, 8pm for 8.30pm.

Market - Kirkbymoorside Christmas Market takes place Saturday, November 24, from 10am to 3pm. Kirkbymoorside Brass Band will play Christmas music in the main street close to the Christmas tree, from 11am. There will be more than 30 craft and local produce stalls in the main street and both floors of the Memorial Hall. (There is disabled access via a chair lift). There are activities for children such as face painting and Father Christmas will once again be in his Grotto from noon to 2pm, in the Dugout of the Memorial Hall. Free entry, however all children must be accompanied with an adult.

Kirkbymoorside Town Brass Band - The band will be performing Karl Jenkin’s Stabat Mater Suite for brass band at Ampleforth College on the Saturday, November 24. Tickets are available at or by phoning 01751 432813.

Ladies Fellowship - In November, members enjoyed a craft evening making decorations for the Ladies Fellowship tree for inclusion in the Christmas Tree Festival to be held in the Methodist Chapel in December. The money raised would be donated to the Kirkbymoorside Junior Band and Ryedale Special Families. It was felt this was a good community project to participate in. Members’ contributions to the Shoebox Appeal had been well received and 88 shoeboxes had been made up for distribution this Christmas. Pam Sails read a lovely prayer about slowing down and appreciating the world around us and it was agreed members were approaching a hectic time of year when this was a good thing to remember. Angela Prout and Linda Wilson were celebrating birthdays this month and a card had been sent to Joyce Miller in Scotland. Dorothy Masterman won the raffle. The evening ended with tea and biscuits and much satisfaction with what had been achieved together. A thank you to the tea hostesses Vera Kendall and Ann Potter. The Christmas meeting will take place on Wednesday, December 12, at 7.30pm, in the Methodist Chapel. There will be entertainment, followed by a faith supper.

Christmas Tree Festival - There is still time for individuals, groups and/or businesses to participate in the forthcoming Community Christmas Tree Festival by providing and decorating a tree which could be in memory of someone, promote your group or your business. Email or The festival is open from December 16 to 23, opening with a carol service at 10.30am on December 16. The Methodist Church will then be open both Sundays, from 2pm to 4pm, and each weekday from 10am to 3pm. Light refreshments will be served. Donations are to be shared between Ryedale Special Families and Kirkbymoorside Junior Band.

Library - Children’s paper craft activity in the library on the Christmas market day Saturday, November 24, from 10am to noon. Make and decorate a paper wreath star or tree decoration. No booking required.

Environment group - At the Repair Café, held at The Moorside Room, Kirkbymoorside, the items brought for repair included hedge loppers, food mixer, heaters and photographic net screen. The next one will be on Saturday, January 19, from 9.30am to 12.30pm. Please bring your broken items along. One of our volunteers will be offering 3D printing of replacement plastic components, up to 8in x 8in. The replacement part will be created with recycled plastic. To become a volunteer repairer, phone June Emerson 01751 430907 or email

Camera club - The club held a meeting at the Moorside Bar and Club in Shaw Drive in which Ray Bramall ARPS DPAGB APAGB gave an interesting lecture titled All kinds of Everything. He showed a wide range of subjects in the prints which were of a very high quality and enjoyed by all those attending. The next meeting at the Moorside Bar & Club is on the December 6, which is a monochrome competition.

Bridge club - The results from November 13 were: North/South winners were Judith O’Donell and David Whitehead with 55.6 per cent in second place Frank and Eileen Hayward with 52.4 per cent. East/West winners were Tony and Bo Simpson with 60.7 per cent in second place Anne Avery and George Goodall with 60.1 per cent.


Diary dates - Services and details of carol services are: December 2 - Advent Sunday, Choral Eucharist at 11am. December 9 (Still Advent) - Choral Eucharist at 11am. December 16 and 23, 4pm, carol services (Nine Lessons and Carols). Admission by free ticket. Tickets are available by post from Julia Maynard, The Old Forge, Pockley, York, YO62 7TE. Say which service you would like tickets (and how many tickets). Please enclose a stamped, self- addressed envelope. Also, please give your phone number in case it is necessary to contact you. In the event that bad weather makes access to St Gregory’s Minster too difficult, the services will be held at St Hilda’s Church, Beadlam. December 24, 11.30pm, Midnight Sung Eucharist. There is no other service at St Gregory’s on Christmas Day, but there will be a Christmas Communion Service at St Hilda’s, Beadlam, at 9.30am.


Church - A letter of thanks from CAFOD, for the Fast Day offering of £488 from St Leonard & St Mary’s RC Church, Malton, is on the whiteboard. There will be a meeting of parents who would like their children to make their First Holy Communion during 2019, on Wednesday, November 28, at 7pm, in St Leonard’s Parish Hall. Application forms will be available from the back of the church and St Mary’s RC Primary School and can be returned to Fr Tim, Helen Jenkins and Johanna Davis. A selection of parish and charity Christmas cards are for sale in church. New supplies have arrived.

CAFOD Action Group – Harmonia Concert will take place on December 8 at 7.45pm. Tickets will be on sale after every Mass until that date. Tickets are £8, to include light refreshments.


Remembrance - On Saturday, November 10, about 30 people attended the event to commemorate 100 years since the end of the First World War. The event, in St Oswald’s Church, heard readings and poetry, and there was an interesting display of memorabilia. The following day, November 11, saw a good attendance at St Aidan’s Remembrance Mass (24) and about 45 people at St Oswald’s for the Remembrance Day service. Later, 25 members of the congregation joined in the celebratory bell ringing at 12.30pm.

Church - The service on Sunday, November 25 will be the Eucharist, St Oswald’s Church, at 9.15am.


Draw - Pickering Town Football Club Weekly Draw numbers for November 12 were 28, 39 and 4. There was no winner therefore the pot for next week will be £450. Pickering Town Football Club would like to thank everyone who donated to the sponsored walk which just failed to reach the £1,000 which was brilliant and a special thanks to Jim Hodgson for his hard work.

Probus Club - The Vale of Pickering Probus Club met on Tuesday, November 13, for lunch at the Forest and Vale Hotel, under the chairmanship of Colin Ruston. Charles Weston and Ron Murray gave a talk entitled Travels without a donkey, reflecting on R L Stevenson’s famous route in southern France. To join, phone 01751 472879.

Family cinema - The feel good family film Trolls was screened to an appreciative audience at the recent Family Cinema at Pickering Methodist Church. The next Family Cinema will be on Saturday, December 1, at 6.30pm, and the film will be Incredibles 2. Admission is free - donations towards costs are welcome. Doors open at 6pm and the film starts at 6.30pm. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult. The Tuck Shop will be open in the foyer and during the interval.


Quiz - Six teams playing for £48 took part in Jennie’s Mega Quiz in the Fleece Inn. The winners with 60 points were Backtouchers plus Mike, Col and Fiona, second were The Who (51) and third Gary, Steve & Co (50.5). The £12 jackpot was won by Sue’s Crew. Jennie’s next Mega Quiz will be on Friday, November 30. Gary’s Team were the winners of Jennie’s Sunday night quiz. After a tie break with Gary’s Team, Team @ the Bar won the jackpot.


Methodist church - The service last Wednesday was led by Bob Jackman. The organist was Doreen Lawson, vestry steward Allan Dunnington and the welcomer was Margaret Neave who also took the offering. Bible reading were given by Denise Earnshaw, Bert Blower, Margaret Neave and Sheena and Allan Dunnington. Amanda Clayton gave the prayers of intercession and reflected on the bible readings which all gave the message of learning patience when we pray and our expectations while we wait for an answer. Coffee and fellowship was enjoyed after the service. The preacher next Sunday at 10.30am is Rev Nigel Spencer.


Football Club Letters Draw - The letters drawn on November 18 were C T W. As there was no

winner next week’s prize fund will be £180.

Community club - Live music from Les Donkin on Saturday, November 24, from 9pm. The monthly quiz takes place on Sunday 8pm. It is only £1 per person to enter for teams of up to five people.

Methodist news - Tuesday Coffee Morning hostess was Judith Ruston and until the end of November your kind donations for coffee will be given for the Christmas shoeboxes. Sunday morning service was led by the Worship Team. Chris Cade led and opening time of worship and praise assisted by Jean Brown who led the praise prayers. The cola challenge was undertaken by Alice and Janet but they decided that far from coke being the real thing, only Jesus Christ offered everlasting refreshment. Judith Ruston was the offertory steward. Sandra Cade led the Prayers of Intercession and Christine Fenwick offered the blessing. Afterwards light refreshment were enjoyed in the hall. The Holy Communion service next Sunday at 10.30am will be led by Rev Bruce Russell and all are invited.

Christmas Shoeboxes - 145 boxes were sent by Sherburn Village on the first leg of their journey to send “love in a box” to a needy child. This is an amazing total and thanks go to all in our village – and beyond who have helped us to reach this magnificent total.


People’s Guild - Members thoroughly enjoyed a superb evening of music and song on Tuesday, November 13. The Northern Ryedale Singers, conducted by Clare Haynes, sang a varied programme of sacred and secular songs. Choir pieces, some sung unaccompanied, included old favourites and a Remembrance Day song called The Soldier which was specially arranged by the pianist Richard Haynes who also played a piano solo “Marigold”. Marje delighted everyone with her solo “Love’s old sweet song,” as did John, singing Handel’s “Silent worship”. Two items were accompanied by three ukuleles, the second one, a solo “Tiptoe through the tulips” sung by Richard. “Wonderful world”, an instrumental duet played by John on the saxophone with Richard on the guitar. Finally, a duet by Clare and Richard “A nightingale sang in Berkley Square”. A large buffet supper was served. The collection for the work of Home and Overseas Missions totalled £151.50. The next meeting is on Tuesday, November 27 at 7.15pm. Farndale farmer David Mead will give an illustrated talk “Wild in Namibia” to which all are welcome.


Bridge club - The result from November 12. In first place Bob and Gladys Thompson with 63.9 per cent and in second place Barry Smith and Bob Wardell with 57.4 per cent.


Christmas Fair - The Westow Cricket Club Christmas Fair is on Sunday, November 25, from 10.30am to 1.30pm, in the cricket pavilion. Entry is free. There will be various stalls, including locally handmade gifts, Christmas cards, knitted items and PDSA and Thornybeck Farm stalls. The cricket club will be serving tea, coffee and bacon rolls, together with running a tombola, plus a stall selling cakes and home baking. Christmas draw tickets will also be on sale. Donations for cricket club stalls can be dropped off at the pavilion on the day or on Saturday, November 24, from 10am to 1pm. All the monies raised will be used for cricket club/pavilion expenses.

Kick boxing - On Tuesday, December 4, there is to be a ladies introduction to fit kick boxing class in Westow Cricket Club pavilion, from 7pm to 8pm. Price is £8 to take part and all equipment provided. Qualified tutor. Phone Julie 01653 618214 to book a place.

Workshop - The next hula hoop workshop with High Hoops in Westow Cricket Club Pavilion will be on Tuesday, December 11, from 7pm to 8pm. £7 to take part with hula hoops provided. Phone Julie 01653 618214 to book a place.


Craft fair - The annual Christmas craft and gift fair will take place on Thursday, November 29, from 7pm, in Wrelton Village Hall. There will be various stalls, plus homebaking, raffle, tombola and refreshments. Proceeds towards Ryedale Special Families and Peter Simpson’s Trust Fund. Free admission.


Domino drive - A domino drive takes place in the village hall on Saturday, November 24. £1.50 to play, including tea and biscuits. Domino drives are held every last Saturday of the month and every first Wednesday of the month.

Coffee morning - The Christmas coffee morning is on Saturday, November 24, in the village hall, from 10am to 11.30am.

Film night - The next film to be show in the village hall will be Paddington 2 on Friday, December 7, at 7pm.


Thornton-le-Dale - The November meeting held the AGM where Margaret Smith was re-elected as president and a new committee formed. The programme for next year was announced with thanks to Karen Hyatt and her team for their hard work in compiling it. The poppy display in the village was truly spectacular with almost 5,000 poppies made this year. Forty wreaths were hung to commemorate the fallen soldiers in the Great War from the village. Purple poppies were made for the animals and white for the pacifists. Valerie Rogers received a prize for making the most poppies. Floral gifts were given to Mary Richardson, Pauline Closier and Carol Rynhart in appreciation of their hard work in the organisation and display of the poppies. A quiz was then enjoyed by all which was then followed by a “poppy” themed supper. There will be a craft meeting on December 10 in the village hall to make a floral wreath decoration. The next meeting will be on Tuesday, December 11.