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.


Carol service - A very well attended carol service was greatly appreciated on Tuesday evening in Christ Church, with readings by Maureen and John Lamey, Gill Humphreys, Margot Cairncross, Judith Godfrey and Father “Bill”. At the conclusion of the service the congregation enjoyed “mice” (sic) pies and mulled wine.

Singalong - The final Singalong of 2018 was held on Wednesday in the village hall, these choral events will restart early in 2019.


Christmas fair - The Craft and Chatter Christmas Fair on December 1 made £900 in aid of the children’s kidney and liver transplant ward at Leeds General Infirmary. Thanks to everyone who came and a big thanks to all helpers and the donations.


Postage stamps - Maureen Rolph is happy to collect your used postage stamps in Kirkbymoorside and Nawton and will forward these to Hearing Dogs for the Deaf, RNIB, Guide dogs for the Blind and Cancer Research. Email or phone 07732 271749.

Coffee morning - The All Saints Church coffee morning will take place on Saturday, January 5, in the church from 9.30am.

Sturdy Court - There is a domino drive at Sturdy Court on Monday, December 31, at 7.30pm.

Moorside Bar and Club - Saturday night entertainment on December 31 will be Clark Allen at 8pm. Also, there is a faith supper. Phone 01751 432086.

Table top - A table top sale will take place in the community library on Saturday, January 12, from 9.30am to noon. Tables are available from £2. To book, phone Geoff on 07715 700366.

Menzown - The first meeting will take place on Monday, January 15, at The King’s Head Hotel at 7pm. The guest speaker will be Antony Bentley from the picture framing and restoration gallery.

Tuesday Group - Members meet on Tuesday, January 8, in the Methodist Jubilee Room for an evening of games or recipes. The leader is Daisy and the tea hostesses are Linda and Pat. The meeting starts at 7.30pm.

Amnesty International - The Kirkbymoorside group will meet at the home of Chrissie in Kirkbymoorside on Tuesday, January 8, at 2pm. The group wish to thank those who have donated to Amnesty this last year.

Children’s Society - A big thank you to all the Children’s Society box holders for your loyal support. A total of £451.05 was raised.

All Saints - Members of All Saints fundraisers have a planning meeting on Tuesday, January 22, in the church at 7pm, to start plans for the coming year annual fundraising events.

Bridge Club - The results from December 18, North/South: In first place with 60.4 per cent were Barry Smith and Bob Waddell. In joint second place with 52.4 per cent were Tim and Irene Smith and Trevor and Gill Hardcastle. East/West: In first place with 64.9 per cent were Mary Mortonson and Graeme Matthew. In second place with 62.2 per cent were Tim and Lesley Vessey.


Bingo - £406 was raised for centre funds at the Christmas prize bingo held in Woodlands Community Centre. The caller was Melvyn Jacques and the checker Sue Nelson. The next prize bingo at the centre will be in March.

Quiz - Eight teams playing for £58 took part in Jennie’s Mega Christmas Quiz in the Fleece Inn. The winners with 57 points were Honeymooners, second were North & South (54) and third Tree People (53.5). The £15 jackpot was won by Tree People. The prize for the best Christmas jumper was awarded to Diane Wilford. Jennie’s next Mega Quiz at the Fleece will be on Friday, December 28, with cash prizes to third place, cash jackpot and hot supper all for only £2. The winners of Jennie’s Sunday night quiz were Mike and Col. The jackpot was a rollover. Mike Williams will be hosting a charity quiz for the Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation at the Fleece Inn on Friday, January 11, at 7.30pm. Entry is £12 per team of four and includes a hot supper. Entry forms are available from Mike Williams, 30 Low Moorgate, Rillington; Castle News, Castlegate, Malton, or by emailing and must be submitted by January 4.


New Year’s Eve - New year’s Eve celebrations at the sports club include live music with Dani Recchia and Emma’s disco. The club will be open from 7pm to 1am. Free entry. All welcome. Children’s must be accompanied by an adult.

St Hilda’s Church - The East Riding Pub was the venue for the annual “Sup and Sing” service at the kind invitation of the landlord and landlady, John and Caroline. Organised by Barbara Grice, the music was supplied by Bill Hyndford, with the singing being led by his granddaughter Kayleigh, who also performed some solos. Carol Stephenson and Christine Ashton ran the raffle, which raised £109 for church funds. Rev Joe Kinsella thanked John and Caroline, the helpers and everyone for their attendance. The annual service of lessons and carols was held at the church. The Rev Joe Kinsella welcomed everyone and led the Lord’s Prayer and gave the Blessing at the close of the service. The organist was Martin Monkman and sidespersons were Keith Usher and Barbara Grice. Lessons were read by Margaret Adams Christine Fenwick, Alex Thompson, Keith Usher, Betty Flinton and Chris Miles. Mince pies with tea/coffee was served at the close of the service by Jean Usher, Carol Stephenson and Christine Ashton.

Senior citizen Luncheon Club - The hall was decorated, the nativity scene in place and everything was set for the Christmas lunch. Everyone enjoyed a beautiful meal. Afterwards they sang Christmas carols. Thanks to India and Kiara Heron for making a lovely banner telling the story of the carol. Father Christmas assisted by Mrs Christmas gave out gifts to everyone. Thanks go to all the team who worked so very hard to give such a special afternoon. Thanks to go to the Parish council, represented at the lunch by Jason Peel who, dressed for the occasion, acted as our ‘wine’ waiter; and for the generous grant given to help finance this event. The next meeting of the luncheon club will be on Wednesday, January 16. Meet from 12.30pm for lunch at 1pm.


People’s Guild - The Christmas story in song was well presented to the Sinnington People’s Guild on Tuesday, December 18, by the Thornton-le-Dale Friends. Accompanied by John Woodmancey and led by Mary Hoggarth, the singers sang old and new carols, interspersed by readings given by Margaret, Kay and Mary. The congregation enjoyed singing six favourite carols. The collection, for the work of the Methodist Relief Development Fund, totalled £101.90. Supper was served. The next meeting, a members’ night, is on Tuesday, January 8, at 7.15pm.


Bridge club - On Monday, December 17, the bridge club enjoyed their Christmas lunch at the Forest and Vale. This was followed by a bridge drive which was won by Pat and George Donnor. They were presented with the Sylvia Bray trophy. They also won the trophy for the best average score over the year.


Domino drive - A domino drive takes place in the village hall on Saturday, December 29. £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.

Film - The next film to be shown in the village hall will be a matinee on Sunday, December 30, at 2pm, showing Finding Your Feet.


Wombleton - Members celebrated the end of another successful year with their annual Christmas Party. There were 21 members and one guest in attendance and the evening opened with enthusiastic carol singing led by Daisy Barnes on the keyboard. This was followed by a light-hearted Christmas quiz and a delicious shared buffet supper provided by the members. The whole evening was most enjoyable and a fitting end to 2018. New members are always welcome; the group has booked a varied range of speakers for 2019. They meet at 7.30pm on the third Tuesday of each month in Wombleton Village Hall.

Rillington - Twenty members attended the group’s Christmas dinner at Fleece Inn. Chef Mike Moss judged the competition for the most attractively wrapped parcel and awarded first prize to Tracey Ireland, second was Irene Mansell and third Babs Buckley. Sue Butler thanked Mike for an excellent meal. The 2019 programme arranged and printed by Tracey Ireland was distributed to members. The secretary will see that members not present receive a copy. Earlier in the month seven members had attended Sheila Meadley’s final cookery demonstration at Weaverthorpe. On a sadder note, member Pam Heath died in November. Pam was a valued member of the Rillington branch since June 2017 and, prior to that, Sherburn.