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.


Services - The services in the Church of St John the Baptist are a midweek Holy Communion each Wednesday in January at 10am. There is also a Traditional Holy Communion on January 13, at 9am.


Grants - Amotherby Educational Foundation is charity which provides benefits to Amotherby Primary School. It also gives financial assistance to anyone under the age of 25 who are resident in the parishes of Appleton le Street, Easthorpe, Amotherby, Swinton and Broughton towards their education or to prepare them for entry into a trade or profession. A trustees’ meeting will be held on February 14. Applications should be sent in writing to Pamela Taylor, 2 Honeysuckle Cottage, Musley Bank, Malton, YO17 6TD, or email


Afternoon tea - A well attended and very enjoyable afternoon tea was held in the village hall. A big thank you to Jacki Milestone and everyone who provided the catering and not forgetting the Master of Ceremonies, Malcolm Leckenby.

History group - As there is no Tea & Chat in January, a Saturday morning event has been arranged for January 26, from 10am to 1pm, in the village hall. Two family history research desks will be operating and there will a guide village walk, starting at 11am. There will be a static display and a rolling slide show, as well as access to the archive, library and “field walking” finds. Refreshments will be available along with a raffle and “picture” treasure hut. Admission £1.

Singalong - The first of 2019 will be in the village hall from 6pm to 7pm on Wednesday, January 16.


Traffic survey - More than 70 residents have responded to a survey carried out by County Councillor David Jeffels into concerns regarding the junction of the A170 with Garth End Road and Cockrah Road. A wide range of suggestions have been made, which are now being studied by highway officers and engineers, and sent to the police for their comments.


Domino drive - A festive domino drive held in the village hall on December 27, was in aid of Snainton Bowling Club and raised £287 for funds. David Mudd was MC for the evening and 13 tables were in play. Supper, provided by members of the club, was served by Edrene Rumney, Jim Dawson and other helpers. A lucky square competition run by Angie Mushet was won by Alan Haigh, Elaine Mudd, John Cockerill, Ken Shields, Steve Eddon, Dave Penoock and Malcom Thompson. Top scorer and a clear winner in the dominoes was David Mudd with 120. The next domino drive to be held in the village hall will be on Thursday, January 24, at 7.30pm. Admission will be £2, to include supper.

Church - The Vicar of All Saints, Rev Stuart Hill, held his final service within the Benefice at Hutton Buscel on Sunday, January 6. He was assisted by the Deacon, Rev Pat Wood and Terry Cartlidge was the organist. This was followed by a lunch organised by Bev Waldie at which Stuart and his wife Karen were presented with a painting of Brompton. The day before he had attended a poetic dramatisation of the Epiphany performed by parishioners from Snainton, Brompton, Wykeham and Hutton Buscel. It was produced by June Thompson. On Sunday, January 13, Dr Don Jones will take Matins at 11am in Brompton Church. The pattern of services will remain the same apart from 8am communions which are not taking place during the interregnum. The communion services will generally be taken by retired clergy. The Parochial Church Council which is responsible for day-to-day decisions meets at King’s Head Cottage on Tuesday, January 15.

Community lunch - The Village Ventures Community Lunch will take place in the village hall on Wednesday, January 16, at 12.15pm.

Gardening Club - The club will kick off the New Year on Wednesday, January 30, with a talk by Jonathan Burton called In the Footsteps of George Forrest. It starts at 7.30pm and new members are welcome. Annual membership subscriptions of £6 are now due so it is a good time to come and join in as membership brings the added advantage of 10 per cent off plants at several local garden centres and nurseries.

Toddler Group - The Ducklings Group will be meeting in Brompton Village Hall each Tuesday during term time between 9.30am and 11.30am. New faces are always welcome so do come along and join in the fun.


Bridge club - The results of the first meeting of the spring session of the Bulmer Bridge Club on Thursday, January 3 were: North/South - 1st: Thelma Hardware and Tom Nutman 63.5 per cent; 2nd: Sandy and Peter Hill 57.9 per cent. East/West - 1st: Judith Porter and Brian Crowder 63.5 per cent; 2nd: Lesley and Arthur Conner 59.4 per cent. It has almost sold out, although if anyone still wishes to purchase one a few are still available from BATA, Kirkbymoorside, Feversham Arms Inn, Farndale, and Lion Inn, Blakey. Calendars are priced £6.


Carol singers - Gillamoor and Fadmoor carol singers performed at homes in the two villages on Sunday, December 23, and raised £780 for cancer research. About 40 people joined in and they finished up at Pete and Vicky Simpson’s house for stew and ginger wine. Thanks to all singers and the generous people of Gillamoor and Fadmoor.


Calendar – Thank you to everyone who has purchased the 2019 calendar in aid of Farndale Village hall.


Library - Kirkbymoorside Community Library is holding a table top sale on Saturday, January 12, from 9.30am to noon. Free entry. Refreshments available. A few tables are still available (from £2). Phone Geoff on 07715 700366. From January 12 to 19, the library will hold a book sale. If you spend £5 on books, you will get a free jute bag. Books from 50p.

Domino drive - There will be a domino drive at Sturdy Court on Monday, January 14, at 7.30pm.

Environment group - The next Repair Café at the Moorside Room 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 8ins x 8ins. The replacement part will be created with recycled plastic. To become a volunteer repairer, phone June Emerson on 01751 430907 or email

Menzown - The group will meet in the dining room of the King’s Head from 7pm on Monday, January 14, when Antony Bentley, from Kirkbymoorside, will talk about and demonstrate picture framing and restoration. The £8 annual membership subscription is due and 2019 programme cards will be issued.

Ladies Fellowship - Members meet for the first meeting of the New Year on Wednesday, January 9, at 7.30pm, in the library.

Songs Of Praise - Ryedale Christian council will hold a songs of praise at All Saints Church on Sunday, January 20, at 6.30pm.

Messy Church - The group will meet in the Methodist church on Monday, January 21, from 4pm to 6pm.

Tuesday Group - An evening with Edward Harrison will take place on Tuesday, January 22, in the Methodist Church Jubilee Room at 7.30pm. The leader is Janet and the tea hostesses are Jean and Margaret.

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

Table top sale - A table top sale will be held 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.

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

Band - Kirkbymoorside Town Brass Band Christmas Concert followed the Training Band’s Christmas Spectacular that was held at All Saints Church. Audiences were treated to festive selections from all five of the training bands, beginner band, learner band, community band, junior band and shining brass. Both concerts saw the annual awards being presented, congratulations to all the winners: Edith Butler Award for Potential - Tom Robson; Robin Butler Award for Progress - Annie Foster; Speight Cup for most improved junior not in Senior Band- Cally Cussons and Conor Woodward; Fran Maw Shield for contribution to Training Sections - The Williamson Family; Community Bander of the Year - Anita Bartram; Rollinson Rosebowl for most improved player in Senior Band- George Larson and Annabel Kent; Geoffrey Marshall Cup for Musicianship - Jeanette Kendall; Annie Butler Cup for Contribution - Emma Smailes; Keith Maw Shield for contribution from non-player - Eric Clark; 25 years service to - Lindsey Flintoft and Andrew Woodward.


Bridge club - In the final session of Malton Bridge Club’s Championship Pairs, there was a win for Madge Allison and Rob Ashdown with 65.3 per cent with Derek Fox and Richard Hilton second with 64.6 per cent, the same two pairs taking the top two places in the overall competition. Anthony and Moira Brown were third on the the night with 54.2 per cent while Anne Avery and Madeleine Webber were third overall. Thursday’s session was won by Terry Herbert and Charlie Callis ahead of Josie Halliwell and Sheila Miller. In the Yorkshire League on Sunday Malton A lost 12-8 at Huddersfield A but Malton B had a good 17-3 victory over Bridlington.


Church - There will be a service on Sunday, January 13, 10.30am, Benefice Eucharist.


AGM - Pickering & District Conservative Club annual meeting takes place on January 25 at 7.45pm at 40 Market Place, Pickering. Notices regarding nominations for chairman, committee etc are on display in the club.

Football club - The numbers for the week commencing December 31 for Pickering Town Football Club are 40, 37 and 14. As there were no winners, the winnings for next week will be £450.

Bridge Club - In the latest session of duplicate bridge, the winners with 58.73 per cent were Madeleine Webber and Beryl Bramall. In second place Terence Boyle and June Greene with 55.56 per cent. In joint third place Jean Wardman and Joan Taylor and the partnership of Graeme Matthew and Anne Avery with 54.76 per cent.


Carol singing - Members and friends from Rievaulx Methodist Church spent five evenings before Christmas Carol Singing around the houses in the villages of Rievaulx, Old Byland, Cold Kirby and Scawton and at the outlying houses and

farms in the area. Musical accompaniment for the singing was provided by Sheila Foster on the piano accordion. A record sum of £1,200 was raised to be divided equally between the Yorkshire Air Ambulance and the Alzheimer’s Society. Thanks to everyone who contributed towards this magnificent sum, to those who provided hospitality and refreshments each evening and to all those who turned out to join us.


Quiz - Six teams playing for £42 took part in Jennie’s Big Fat Mega Quiz of the Year in the Fleece Inn. The winners with 47 points were Gary, Steve and Co, second were The Who (43) and after a tie-break with Sue’s Crew, Back Touchers claimed third place (40.5). The £12 jackpot was won by Team @ the Bar. Jennie’s Sunday night quiz was won by Honeymooners, plus Mike and guests. The winners of Jennie’s Sunday night quiz in the Fleece Inn were Team @ the Bar. The jackpot was finally won by Gary, Steve & Co.


Methodist Church - The

Covenant service today was taken by Rev Dr Kevin Ridd and they were joined by friends from Ayton Methodist Church. The vestry steward was Allan Dunnington, the organist Gay Marr and the welcomer was Margaret Harris. Bible readings were given by Bob Jackman who read from Deuteronomy, Keith Higson who read from Jeremiah and Romans and Denise Earnshaw who read from John’s Gospel. The preacher next Sunday at 10.30am is Rev Martin Calver. The monthly coffee morning is on Saturday at 10.30am.

St Martin’s Church - The Rev Richard Firth presided and Reader Judith Dean preached at the 9.30am service of Holy Communion for the Feast of the Epiphany. Enid Plevey gave a bible reading, Carol Beswick and Enid Plevey were sidespersons, and Jim Baird assisted with the distribution of communion. Edna Burton accompanied the hymns on the piano and Clare Firth and Lucy Haycock served refreshments. Judith Dean preached again at the 11am service, which she also led. Sue Grice read and also played in the worship band, which was led by Richard Fuller with Steve Raettig, John Grice and John Taylor. Jenny Bland and Elizabeth Bradley ran the Sunday Club, Jo Taylor was the sidesperson and Elizabeth Moreland served refreshments after the service.


Community club - A packed house at community club witnessed its final bingo of 2018 with more than 50 playing. A record £736 left the building in a entertaining night’s bingo. Congratulations to Matty’s Millions winner walking onto millionaire’s row with a massive £105 million. Thanks to the Bingo Dabbers for their kind gesture towards the end of the evening, it was much appreciated. Also, as always, many thanks to Val and the team. Afterwards the Christmas raffle was drawn and congratulations to all winners. The next two bingo nights are on Saturday, January 12, and Saturday, February 16.

Methodist News - Sunday worship was led by Christine Fenwick assisted by the Worship Team. Chris Cade led the opening worship and played the organ. Sandra Cade led the Prayer and Kim Canterbury read the gospel lesson. Jean Brown dedicated the gifts to God’s work in the church and circuit. Afterwards they enjoyed coffee together.

Draw - Letters drawn on December 30 were D Q X.

Messy Church - On Saturday, January 12, Messy Church will meet in the Methodist Chapel Hall when we will be looking at the Lord’s Prayer. There will be a special story, songs and of course messy craft. Meet for tea at 4.45pm.

Luncheon club - Members meet at Sherburn Chapel Hall on Wednesday, January 16, and it will be our 17th birthday party here at Sherburn. The club was established in Weaverthorpe some years before that but moved to Sherburn Chapel Hall in January 2002. Please come along and help us to celebrate. Meet from 12.30pm for lunch at 1pm. Transport in Sherburn village is available if needed, or if you have any queries, just phone Christine on 01944 711294.

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.

Community Café - We are open at the village hall each Thursday morning from 9am to 11.30am. Come and enjoy tea or coffee and a lovely toasted teacake. There are play facilities for the children. All are welcome and proceeds are for Village Hall funds.

Methodist News - The worship in the Chapel on Sunday was led by Janette Biltcliffe. Readings for Epiphany Sunday were by Sandra Cade and Kim Canterbury. The organist was Chris Cade and the audio visual operated by Liz Aconley. Refreshments were enjoyed in the hall afterwards. The Worship next Sunday at 10.30am will be led by the Minister, Rev Dr Kevin Ridd and will be our annual Covenant Service with Holy Communion. Has anyone borrowed or taken home to wash, one of our tablecloths? We are

missing six blue cloths and four orange ones. It is so easy to just pop a cloth in the cupboard after

it’s been washed and forget all

about it. Please check your linen cupboards.

Community club - The next two of our popular bingo nights are on Saturday, January 12 and Saturday, February 16. Put the dates in your diary.


People’s Guild - Sinnington People’s Guild have invited the Thornton-le-Dale Ukuleles to the Methodist Chapel on Tuesday, January 15, at 7.15pm. All are welcome to the concert and following supper. There is no charge but a collection will be taken for a charity.


Church - The Methodist Church Christmas Celebrations began with Churches Together carol singing in the village followed by coffee and mince pies. The carol service was led by Rev Ruth Duck with carols. Readings were given by Mary, Pauline, Barbara and Mervyn. The Christmas Day service was led by Rev Ruth. A collection was taken for Action for Children and amounted to £108.60. John was organist for both services. Donations of £72 from the Christmas Card Board will be sent to Martin House Hospice. Joyce Nellis also sent £250 to Martin House Children’s Hospice from the sale of marmalade etc.

Ladies group - Thornton-le-Dale Ladies Group had their first meeting of the new year and had a very interesting afternoon. Gordon Clitheroe from Pickering’s Beck Isle Museum came to speak. His title was Pickering Alterations which was about the different shops and places that have changed over the many years. He was assisted by Peter Anderson who showed the group photographs on the screen of the town. Philippa thanked them for a lovely afternoon. Tea and biscuits were served at the close. The next meeting is the annual general meeting on Thursday, February 7, at 2pm.


Mini Musicians - The Mini Musicians group is starting again on Thursday, January 10 in Westow Cricket Club Pavilion, from 10.30am to 11.15am, followed by weekly classes every Tuesday and Thursday, from 10.30am to 11.15am each day. The sessions offer a fun introduction to music through games and songs for children aged one to four with Vanessa who is an experienced piano teacher. To book a place, phone Vanessa on 07850 422155 or email

Table top sale - There is to be a two-day table top sale on Saturday, February 9 and Sunday, February 10, from 10am to 1pm each day (no need to dismantle stall at the end of Saturday). Stalls are free to anyone raising money for charities, local groups or good causes (but places still need to be booked in advance). The cricket club will be serving tea, coffee, home baking and bacon rolls over the two days for club funds. To book, phone Julie on 01653 618214.

Didi Rugby - There is Didi Rugby for children aged 18 months to four years, on Friday, January 11, in Westow Cricket Club Pavilion, from 10am to 11.30am. To book, phone Emma on 07730 596663.

Open doors - Volunteers are opening the Westow Cricket Club pavilion on Saturday, January 26, and Sunday, January 27, 10am to 1pm each day. They will be serving tea, coffee (50p per mug), cake and bacon rolls. There will be pool, cards and dominoes to play, as well as second hand books (paper backs 50p). All in aid of the cricket pavilion running costs. Everyone welcome, including walkers and cyclists.


Film - The next film evening in the village hall is on Friday, January 25, at 7pm, when the film being shown will be Swimming With Men.