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.


Parish council - The latest parish council meeting was held in the village hall on Thursday. There were no apologies for absence. A report was received from PC Fracking Advisory Group and the chairman is to respond to the government consultation request. Cleaning of drains and culverts was authorised and an investigation into the fault on Public Light No 4 (Ryecroft) is on going. The new dog waste bin has arrived and will be installed on the corner of South Ings once an onsite survey is completed. A cheque was issued for the outstanding village hall hire charges. Next meeting is 6.30pm on Thursday, March 14, 2019.


Concert - Blackheart Orchestra, as part of their Beautiful Europe Tour, will be appearing in Brompton Village Hall on Friday, February 15, providing a symphony of vocals, acoustic instruments and vintage synthesisers to delight their audience. The duo, who won the Best British Duo Award in 2014 and were Limelight Music Award Nominees in 2018, also won the PROG Magazine #4 Best New Band in 2018. In reviews they have won plaudits from a variety of sources; the Daily Express classed their sound as “Ethereal”; Radio 2 described them as “a great band”. Doors open at 7.30pm for an 8pm start to the concert. A bar and refreshments will be available. Tickets which are £10 to include small hot supper, are available from Anne Tidd on 01723 859551.

Church - This Sunday, January 20, Rev Peter Lear will take the 9.30am Communion Service, which will be followed by coffee.


Bridge - The results of the meeting of the Bulmer Bridge Club on Thursday, January 10 were:

1st: Sheila Briske and Jane Bartlett, 65.9 per cent; 2nd: Thelma Hardware & Tom Nutman, 63.5 per cent.


Sturdy Court - There is a domino drive at Sturdy Court on Monday, January 28, at 7.30pm.

Tuesday Group - Members meet on Tuesday, January 22, in the Methodist Jubilee Room with guest speaker Edward Harrison. The leader is Janet and the tea hostesses are Jean and Margaret. The meeting starts at 7.30pm.

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

Repair Cafe - The next Repair Café will be held on Saturday, January 19, from 9.30am to 12.30pm, in The Moorside Room, Church Street. Bring along items that need repairing and 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. For more information, email June Emerson or 01751 430907.

Songs Of Praise - Ryedale Christian Council invites you to a Songs Of Praise event at All Saints Church on Sunday, January 20, at 6.30pm. The theme is only justice and the speaker is Rev Dr Catherine Reid. Refreshments will be served after the service.

Bridge club - The result from January 8 were: North/South winners were George Goodall and Tony Ward with 65.5 per cent. In second place Cynthia Metcalfe and Tim Johnson with 55.0 per cent. East/West winners were Tony and Bo Simpson with 69.0 per cent. In second place Sue Pearson and Steve Lonsdale with 54.5 per cent.

Domino drive - The bowling club’s monthly domino drive is on Saturday, January 19, in the clubhouse at 7.30pm.

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

Ladies Fellowship - December and January have seen members in a definite party mood. The Christmas get-together in December was a lovely evening. Accompanied by Neil and Ruth Hannah, of Musical Memories, members enjoyed ourselves singing along to all our favourite Christmas songs and carols. This was followed by a magnificent faith supper. January was a very special occasion. To mark the 40th anniversary of Ladies Fellowship a celebratory dinner was held at the King’s Head. About 30 members attended and past and present members, who were unable to join the groups, were missed and fondly remembered. Cath Nicolson had brought along some of the old programmes and photos which brought back recollections of the good times members have shared over the years. Cathie Hather had made a beautiful cake decorated with sugar paste snowdrops. Thank you, Cathie. The tree adorned with the knitted decorations made at the November meeting looked wonderful at the Christmas Tree Festival. The event raised more than £1,000 for the Junior Band and Ryedale Special Families. The December and January birthday girls were Nancy Johnson, Pam Sails and Georgina Oldfield. A birthday card was also sent to past member, Pam Conway who is now a great-grandmother. The AGM is on Wednesday, February 13, at 7.30pm, in the library. Bring along your ideas and a small contribution towards the refreshments.

Market - Kirkbymoorside’s weekly market is held every Wednesday. Very reasonable rates and pitch sizes available to suit most traders. Market traders interested in standing on the market should phone Sheila Ridley on 07881 807198 or email

Table top sale - The first table top sale took place on Saturday, January 12, despite it being soon after Christmas all the stalls were booked and there was a good turn-out of customers. Organisers are planning to hold the next table top sale in March and they will publish the date soon. Thank you to everyone who came supported the event.


Bridge - There was an excellent attendance for the last session of Malton Bridge’s Positional Pairs competition. The winners on the night were Derek Fox and Richard Hilton with Philip Mason and Mike Jackson second and Rob Ashdown and Annette Jackson in third place. Derek and Richard were also the overall winners while the final second and third places saw the evening’s positions reversed. This week is the first of two sessions of a handicapped teams-of-four competition. On Thursday afternoon the winners were Nigel Miller and Anna Weaver as North-South and Ruth Mattingly and Anne Butterworth as East-West.


Draw - The Beckett Recreation Ground 100 club draw winners for December were: £50 – No 104 Dargan Family; £30 – No 133 P Berry; £10 – No 39 Stockton Family; £10 – No 105 R & S Rymer.


Meeting - Ryedale Parkinson’s Support Groups first meeting of the New Year took place at Trinity Methodist Church and was very well attended. The speaker was John Sheepy, chairman of the Harrogate branch and a member of Parkinson’s UK Research Network for Yorkshire and Humberside. A most informative and helpful meeting. The next meeting is on February 14 when the speaker will be Lotte Shaw of Co-op Estate Planning with “Tax, Care and Toy Boys”. New members and those interested in Parkinson’s are always welcome. Phone Gill on 07794 439356, Liz 01653 694251 and Sandra 01944 758345.


Probus Club - The Vale of Pickering Probus Club met on Tuesday, January 8 for lunch at the Forest & Vale Hotel, under the chairmanship of Anthony Brown. Fred Normandale and David Mercer gave a very informative and entertaining talk on “Tall Ship Sailing for all”, based on their extensive experience with The Jubilee Sailing Trust. Club membership enquiries welcome, phone 01751 472879.

Football club - Pickering Town Football Club weekly draw numbers for week commencing January 7 were 24, 14 and 12 and there was no winner so next week’s pot will be £525 but as it was the first Monday in the month there were two with 24 and 14 and they were Chris Nichols and Ann Sherwood and they will each receive £50 as it had been a rollover.

Cricket club - Pickering Cricket Club has a domino drive on Thursday, January 31, at 7.30pm, at the Recreation Club.

Allotments - Outgang Lane Allotments in Pickering have full and half plots available to rent now for the 2019/20 season. All enquiries to the secretary Sallie Harland on 01751 471556.

Farmers’ market - The town’s monthly farmers’ market will take place in the Market Place on Thursday, January 17, from 8.30am to 1pm.


AGM - Rosedale and District Show annual general meeting will be held in Rosedale at the Reading Room at 7pm on January 23.


Methodist Church - The service was taken by Rev Martin Calver. The organist was Doreen Lawson, vestry steward Bob Jackman and the welcomer was Margaret Neave who also took the offering. The hymns chosen by Martin were favourites of the church and were enjoyed by the congregation. The service next week at 10.30am will be taken by Diane Robinson.


St Hilda’s Church - Morning Worship was led by Barbara Grice, with sidespersons being Sue Mennell and Christine Ashton. Music was supplied by Bill Hyndford on the keyboard and the lesson was read by Carol Stephenson. Coffee at the end of the service was served by Jean Usher and helpers. Next Sunday - January 20 - there will be a joint with service at the Methodist Church; the next service at St Hilda’s will be Holy Communion when the Rev Joe Kinsella will officiate, on Sunday, January 27 at 9am.

Football Club Letters Draw - The letters for the last draw were C, M and X. The winner was Mrs E Suggit of West Garth, Sherburn, who received £495. Thanks go to everyone who has supported this draw over the years and everyone who has helped with the drawing and distribution of the letters every week.

Community Club - A busy bingo night at the Sherburn Community and Sports Club saw 54 players witness £660 paid out in a exciting night of play. How unlucky was the Higher/Lower game failing on the last number. Congratulations to all winners and also the first Matty’s Millionaire winner of 2019 walking on to Millionaires Row with a massive £97 million. Next bingo will be on Saturday, February 16.

Methodist News - The coffee morning hostess was Kim Canterbury and your kind donations for coffee are to be given to St Catherine’s Hospice in memory of Denis Woodley, the husband of Pat, one of the coffee morning hostesses. Craft Club continues to meet on Thursdays at 1.30pm. Just pop along and enjoy a cuppa and a chat as you do your craft. The Covenant Service with Holy Communion was led by the Minister Rev Dr Kevin Ridd. Music was by Chris Cade on the organ, who led the opening worship and also read the lesson from Jeremiah. The reading from Romans was by Kim Canterbury who also assisted with the Holy Communion. The lesson from John’s Gospel was read by Liz Aconley who, assisted by Jean Brown took up the offering. Coffee and cake were enjoyed in the hall afterwards. Next Sunday at 10.30am they look forward to welcoming friends from St Hilda’s, and anyone else who would to join them, for a United Service in the Methodist Church. The preacher will be Rev Joe Kinsella and they hope that people will be able to join them for lunch afterwards.

Messy Church - After a lovely pasta tea members went into the Chapel and Sandra told members a special visual story to explain the Lord’s Prayer. Messy activities were all centred on prayer. They made beautiful prayer boxes and wall hangers of the Lord’s Prayer that could be taken home to hang up. The next Messy Church will be on Saturday, February 9, and as it is nearly St Valentine’s Day they will be celebrating God’s love for us. Please meet for tea at 4.45pm.


People’s Guild - Sinnington People’s Guild held its members’ night on January 8. Amusing and serious readings were given by Brian and Mary Holmes, Sue Galley and Gilbert Dobson, who also sang a solo accompanying himself on his accordion. Favourite hymns were chosen by Nancy, Joyce, Freda, Benny, John and Heather. Sue Galley and Jill Simpson collated the evening with John Woodmancey as the pianist. Tea and biscuits were served. The next meeting is on Tuesday, January 22, at 7.15pm. Janet Brown will give a presentation of her holiday in Sri Lanka.


Quiz - After a tie break with Team @ the Bar, Sue’s Crew were the winners of Jennie’s Sunday night quiz in the Fleece Inn. The jackpot was a rollover.


Bridge Club - The results from Monday, January 7 were: In first place Peter and Lesley Jaram with 61.1 per cent. In second place Mary Mortonson and Lynda Lockwood with 57.4 per cent.


New class - A new Tuesday Mini Musicians class is starting on Tuesday, January 15, in Westow Cricket Pavilion, from 10.30am to 11.30am, Thursday classes will be continuing as usual. The sessions are aimed at children aged 18 months to four years, with music and movement. Each session is £4 to attend and parents are welcome to stay. To book, phone Vanessa on 07850 422155.

Book launch - The stories of the 22 men listed on the Westow War Memorial are told in a book which is being launched on Saturday, February 9, at 10am, in Westow Cricket Club Pavilion. The book has been researched and published by the Ryedale Family History Group. Members of the group will be on hand to talk about the book and their findings while completing the research. Copies of the book Westow War Memorial will also be on sale at £12 each.

Table top sale - There are still some spare tables at the table top sale in Westow Cricket Pavilion on Saturday, February 9, and Sunday, February 10, from 10am to 1pm. Forest of Galtres Camera Club projector fund, PDSA and Ryedale Family History Group are some of the groups taking advantage of the free stalls being provided. Westow Cricket Club will be selling tea, coffee, slices of cake, bacon rolls throughout the event, together with second hand books. Anyone wishing to have a free stall for their good cause, charity or group, phone Julie Price 01653 618214.


Film night - The next film evening in the village hall is on Friday, January 25, at 7pm. The film showing is Swimming With Men.

Domino drive - A domino drive will take place in the village hall on Saturday, January 26, at 7.30pm. and Wednesday, February 6, raising funds for the village hall. £1.50 to play, including tea and biscuits.


Appleton-le-Moors - At the meeting on December 12 members enjoyed a button making craft activity and supper. The group welcomed several guests and potential members. On January 23, the group will be welcoming Hambleton District Council to introduce members to New Age Curling and Boccia Ball. New members are always welcome on the fourth Wednesday of the month in the village hall.

Snainton - Thirty-eight members and two visitors attended the first meeting of 2019 on January 8 in Snainton Village Hall. President Angela Howgate welcomed and wished everyone a Happy New Year. After the centenary year in 2018 every member had been given a 2019 calendar showing pictures of all that had taken place in the year and committee members were thanked for delivering them. Sue Lumb, Audrey Ireland and Lyn Heating were thanked for doing such a lovely tree for the Brompton Church Christmas Tree Festival. Members had been invited to Ebberston’s Centenary dinner in March. A meal out has been organised for Friday, March 15, at the 1909 restaurant at a cost of £12.50 for a three-course lunch. The overall winner of the competitions entered in 2018 was awarded to Christine Robinson, second place Ann Pilgrim-Green and third place Liz Pryor. Members were reminded of the village jumble sale which will be taking place on Saturday, February 2. The games evening began with members split into teams to play darts, shove ha’penny, two quizzes and feely bags. It was a very enjoyable evening and was finished with a beautiful faith supper and recitations from Marcel, who did an excellent take on Alan Bennett. The next meeting is on Tuesday, February 5.

Thornton-le-Dale - Members welcomed Jo Russell (resident manager) and Karen Sharpe (Almoner) from the Jack Berry House in Malton, which is a state-of-the-art rehabilitation and fitness centre for injured jockeys opened in 2015. The two ladies delivered a very informed talk about the facilities. These include a fully equipped gym, hydrotherapy pool, four respite rooms and many staff to give advice on things such as nutrition and fitness. Most services such as physiotherapy and massage are free of charge to professional licence holders, including apprentice jockeys. Their motto “Racing to Recovery” allows many riders to continue in their sport.