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.


Open day - The History Group Open Day will take place on Saturday, January 26, from 10am to 1pm, in the village hall. Admission £1.


Countryside Quiz - The last in the series of Countryside Quiz sheets, raised £192, bringing the total raised for Brompton and Sawdon Primary School to £704. Jessica Mudd, a pupil at the school, drew the winning entries. The winner was Diane Perkins, from Norfolk, and in second place was Mrs Wallis, from Richmond. The consolation prize went to S MacGregor from Perthshire. In total 69 quiz sheets were returned and of those 24 were all correct. Answers: 1. Weasel; 2. Cuckoo; 3. Carrot; 4. Sheep tick; 5. Snail; 6. Bridleway; 7. Woodbine; 8. Beech; 9. Sedge; 10. Otter; 11. Magnolia; 12. Muntjac deer; 13. Lucerne; 14. Ladybird; 15. Capercaille; 16. Dutch Barn; 17. Cow; 18. Spruce; 19. Tractor; 20. Fern; 21. Willow warbler; 22. Barley; 23. Yew; 24. Free range; hens; 25. Storm petrol; 26. Heath; 27. Cattle crush; 28. Mistle thrush; 29. Spider; 30. Swallow; 31. Oilseed rape; 32. Eel; 33. Waterfall; 34. Gannet; 35. Swan; 36. Cabbage; white; 37. Salmon; 38. Frog; 39. Leatherjacket; 40. Knot

Church - There is no service at All Saints on Sunday, January 27. There is a 9.30am Communion at Snainton, an 11am Communion at Wykeham and a 6.30pm Evensong using the Book of Common Prayer at Hutton Buscel. The Benefice Council met last week and planning for the future appointment of new clergy is continuing.

Gardening Club - The club meet be on Wednesday, January 30, at Brompton Village Hall, at 7.30pm.


Bridge club - The results of the meeting of the Bulmer Bridge Club on Thursday, January 17 were: 1st Angela & Ian Barnett - 70.5 per cent; 2nd Thelma Hardware and Tom Nutman - 69.8 per cent.


Organ - At last the work on the organ has begun. Services, and the music, is continuing with the aid of an electronic keyboard and, of course, the choir, while various bits of the organ are being repaired or refreshed. They hope to have the organ re-assembled for Easter.

Services - During the winter months, until the clocks go forward, there is no Evensong at St Gregory’s. There is the usual 11am. service each Sunday, Choral Eucharist on most Sundays and Choral Matins on the second Sunday in each month. St Hilda’s, Beadlam, has its 9.30am service each Sunday. Both churches have boxes at each service for gifts for the local foodbank.

Quiz - There is still a week to go before the end of the Christmas and New Year quiz (Folk and Fairy Tales and Pantomimes), but completed entries need to be sent in, or delivered to Summit Bakery, Lytel Garth, Keldholme; or either church by Saturday, January 26.


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

Tuesday Group - Members meet on Tuesday, February 12, in the Methodist Jubilee room when members of the Kirkbymoorside Environment Group will speak on recycling. The leader is Sonja and the tea hostesses are Daisy and Ann. The meeting starts at 7.30pm.

Weekly market - Kirkbymoorside’s weekly market is held every Wednesday. Market traders interested in standing on the market should phone Sheila Ridley on 07881 807198 or by email

Table top sale - A table top sale is held every Wednesday in Kirkbymoorside’s Memorial Hall for £5 per table. If you are interested in having a table phone Sheila Ridley on 07881 807198 or email

Menzown - Local picture framer Anthony Bentley brought along several examples of his work for Menzown members to see at their last meeting. Mike Goslin gave the vote of thanks saying how thoroughly enjoyable it had been to see the techniques of framing.


Flower club - At the January meeting of Malton and District Flower Club Jennifer Stacey demonstrated the making of candles. Her 50 years of experience enabled her to describe how to include colours and perfume to a variety of waxes, using unusual shaped moulds both from specialist suppliers and your kitchen. The next meeting is on February 19 and is a demonstration by Ann Simpson entitled, Wood, Willow and Wine. New members and visitors are always welcome. For any enquiries, phone Maggie Tate-Smith on 01653 698741.

Bridge Club - In the first of the two sessions of Malton Bridge Club’s handicapped teams-of-four competition there was a win for Ed Robinson, Dave Massey, Derek Fox and Richard Hilton with a net score of 68 points. Tricia Pearce, Stan Bough, Charles and Hazel Ward took the second place with 57 points. On Thursday afternoon the North-South winners were Caroline Peall-Clegg and Carole Dixon ahead of Teresa Belt and Sally Beswick, while first place as East-West was shared between Charlie Callis and Dave Sonley and Roger and Ruth Mattingly.


Ladies Fellowship - The January meeting of St Mary’s Priory Ladies Fellowship has taken place. The speaker was Margaret Shaw from Malton Museum, who along with a friend, gave an insight into the unique Roman history in the area. Members learnt of the work of an archaeologist and then divided into groups looking at some items of 2,000 years ago compared with versions of things we have in our homes today. It was fascinating and enjoyed by all. A vote of thanks was given by Ann Shipley. After coffee, members had a business discussion, when future events were discussed. The raffle prize was kindly donated by Helen Morgan and won by Christine England. The next meeting is on February 7. New members welcome.


Family cinema - The next family cinema will be on Saturday, February 9, at 6.30pm, in the Memorial Hall and the film to be shown will be Christopher Robin. During the redevelopment of the Methodist Church, the cinema will have a temporary home in the main room of the Memorial Hall. Admission is still free, donations towards costs are welcome. The tuck shop will be open as usual with popcorn, snacks and soft drinks for sale and tea or coffee in the interval. Doors open at 6pm and the film starts at 6.30pm. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult. For details, phone 01751 472249.

Pickering Town Football Club - The Weekly Draw numbers for week commencing January 14 were 24, 21 and 37. There was no winner so next week the winner will get £600. Pickering Town Football Club has organised a domino drive on Thursday, January 31, at 7.30pm, at the Recreation Club.

Bridge Club - In the latest session of duplicate bridge, the winners with 66.67 per cent were Dorothy Cordery and Graham Burgess. In second place with 65.63 per cent were Joan Taylor and Jean Wardman. In third place were Terence Boyle and Anne Avery with 57.29 per cent.


Quiz - The winners of Jennie’s Sunday night quiz were Gary, Steve & Co, who were also the jackpot winners.


U3A - Ryedale U3A (University of the Third Age) has completed the celebrations of its first 25 years with a commemorative booklet detailing their activities from 1993 to 2018. The U3A is a self-help learning organisation for people who have completed their career or finished raising a family. Members of Ryedale U3A use their time to enrich their lives with new skills and experiences, pursue their interests, form new friendships and enjoy a sense of belonging to a vibrant community. It is now widely recognised that one of the ways to keep your brain young is to learn a new skill – so if you would like to try something new and contribute to a wide range of engaging and stimulating interest groups come to try us out. Ryedale U3A has a general meeting with a speaker on the second Tuesday of each month from 10am at Kirby Misperton Village Hall.


Methodist Church report - The service was taken by Diane Robinson. The vestry steward was Bert Blower, organist Doreen Lawson, the welcomer was Margaret Harris and the offering was taken by Margaret Neave. Bible readings were given by Allen and Sheena Dunnington who read from Corinthians and John’s gospel. The preacher next week at 10.30am is Michael Earnshaw.

St Martin’s Church - Rev Richard Firth presided at the 9.30am service of Holy Communion. He brought into his talk the project that the Benefice will be following over Lent as we consider how we as church congregations see our role in the areas where we are placed. Richard asked that over the coming month of the project we spend time together as we search how each of us can contribute in our individual ways to the work of St Martin’s. Jean Donovan gave bible reading, Jim Baird assisted with the distribution of communion, and Clare Firth served refreshments. Reader Elizabeth Moreland led the 11am service of modern worship and preached on Jesus’ first miracle. Tim Cremer led the intercessions and Helen Swallow read. The sung worship was led by Richard Fuller with Steve Raettig and John and Sue Grice. Elizabeth Bradley was the sidesperson and Helen Swallow served refreshments after the service.


Community and sports club - Come along to the quiz night on Sunday, January 27, at 8pm. All welcome.

Methodist News - The Coffee Morning hostess was Elizabeth Aconley and the kind donations for coffee will be given to St Catherine’s hospice in memory of Denis Woodley. The Craft Club continue to meet on Thursdays at 1.30pm. If you would like to join them just come along and enjoy a cuppa and a chat as you do your craft. It was lovely to welcome friends from St Hilda’s to join in worship on Sunday morning. The welcomer was Kim Canterbury, opening praise was led by Jean Brown. Chris Cade led the read of the Psalm and Sandra Cade led the prayers of Praise and thanksgiving. Betty Flinton read the story of Jesus changing the water into wine from John’s gospel and these led to our prayers of Confession by Elizabeth Aconley. Christine Fenwick operated the audio visual and led prayers for others. Barbara Grice presented an ABC of the bible in rhyme which was a very novel way of reminding us of the bible stories. Taking the letter W to represent our Bible Reading India and Christine did a little sketch of the wedding when Jesus turned water into wine. India also made a beautiful Alphabet Bible picture. Afterwards everyone enjoyed a lovely lunch together in the hall. The service next Sunday at 10.30am will be led by the Worship Team and all are invited to come and praise God.

Senior Citizen Luncheon Club - Members all enjoyed the birthday party meal and it was lovely to welcome Minister Rev Kevin Ridd to share with the group. After members had eaten, they played table games amid much laughter, which were organised for by Jean Brown. Members sung birthday greetings to themselves, after all the lunch club has been at Sherburn now for 17 years, and Mary Dickinson blew out the birthday candle for everyone and, as they had all eaten far too much lunch, members took a piece of cake home to enjoy later. The next meeting of the Luncheon Club will be on Wednesday, February 20 when Rev Samantha Taylor is coming to share with members the work of the foodbank at Westway Open Arms, Eastfield. Please meet from 12.30pm for lunch at 1pm. Transport in Sherburn Village can be arranged by phoning Christine on 01944 711294.


People’s Guild - The Thornton-le-Dale Ukuleles gave the Sinnington People’s Guild a fun evening of music and singing on Tuesday, January 15. Led by John Scoble and David Swann, the group played for the first hymn - Amazing Grace. Continuing with an assortment of songs from the First World War; a Beatles medley and other old time favourites. The congregation were encouraged to join in with tambourines, maracas and bazookas. Kay Metcalf welcomed and thanked all for a most enjoyable night. Supper was served. The collection, for the work of the Leprosy Mission totalled £143.90. The next meeting is on Tuesday, January 29, at 7.15pm. Bridget Gillespie will give a talk entitled “Creation and Creativity” to which all are welcome.


Bridge Club - The result from January 14 were - first place Barry Smith and Bob Wardell with 60.2 per cent; second place Margaret Lowe and Isa Eggleston with 56.3 per cent.

History society - Residents in the Thornton-le-Dale area will get a chance to discover more about the History of Hull at the monthly meeting of the History Society at 7.30pm on Wednesday, January 30. The speaker at the event, which will be held in the Hill Memorial Institute in Maltongate, is Howard Dalton, who has an extensive knowledge of the history of Hull. He has a particular interest in the the early medieval period when the town grew up around the settlement of Wyke. Howard Dalton’s talk will trace the city’s growth as a port over the centuries; its renaming as Kingstown Upon Hull in 1299 and its transformation into market town, military supply fort. trading hub, fishing and whaling centre and industrial metropolis.


Open doors - Volunteers are opening the doors of Westow Cricket Club Pavilion for tea, coffee, cake and bacon rolls on Saturday, January 26 and Sunday, January 27, from 10am to 1pm, raising money for the cricket club. There is a pool table, cards, dominoes and second hand books for sale (paperbacks 50p). Why not arrange to meet with friends. The pavilion has good parking and accessible facilities.


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.


Wombleton - In June’s absence, Jan welcomed 17 members and introduced a new member, Gwen, who has recently moved to the village. The minutes of the November meeting were read and signed. Carol asked for suggestions for a venue for the Spring Lunch in March and it was decided to go to Kirkbymoorside Golf Club again this year. The £85 raised at the Christmas Party, instead of a Secret Santa, is to be divided between two local charities, KMS Brass Band and the Hydrotherapy Pool for William Chambers of Marton. Louise asked if, in the future, the new programmes could be given out in December so that members would know what the January meeting was about. She also reminded members about the Film Night in the village hall on January 25, when “Dancing with Men” will be shown. The competition for a winter scarf was won by Alice Graham with 10 points. Daisy introduced the speaker Max Moore, who gave a talk about his work as a probation officer in Leeds. Daisy thanked Max on members behalf and this was followed by question from some of the group. Refreshments were served and the meeting closed at 8.45pm.