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 - St Hilda’s Church, Sunday, February 3, 11am, family service (Eucharist).

Tea, Chat and History - The next meeting will be held in the village hall from 2pm to 4pm on Monday, February 4. Admission £1. It will be the usual relaxed format but with the addition of a rolling slide show, history magazines and web-based family history research help.

Village hall - The latest Village Hall Management Committee were held in the village hall on Wednesday. As part of the refurbishment, the kitchen with a new larger cooker, over the sink water heater and toaster, are to be ordered. Past events included a very successful mid-Christmas Tea. All the usual regular events have restarted after the New Year break, including keep fit, singalong, art Classes, history group, gardening club and WI. Future Events will include an Easter Tea on April 22 and the annual village barbecue on August 31. The possibility of having a professional play is being investigated. A new fire log book has been placed in the hall in which the weekly fire checks will be recorded. Additional bags of salt are to be purchased for the winter period. Next meeting Wednesday, March 20, at 2pm.


Nostalgia night - An evening of nostalgia on Saturday, February 16, at 7pm, with artistes Ron Bilton and Neil Hardisty. An evening featuring songs from the 1960s and 1970s in Ron Bilton’s unique style and with the voice of Neil Hardisty. Refreshments available. Tickets cost £5 from Derwent Valley Bridge Library, Pickering Road, West Ayton, or at the door. Phone 01723 864892.


Church - The service at All Saints on Sunday, February 3, will be taken by Rev Gavin Wakefield. It is at 11am and will be Holy Communion. Forms are now available for the renewal of the Church Electoral Role, and can be returned to the back of church or to Jenny Worsley, church secretary, on 859794.

Domino drive - There were nine tables in play at the domino drive held on Thursday, January 24, and a profit of £113 was made for the village hall. David Mudd was the organiser for the evening and

supper was prepared and served by Anne Tidd. There was a clear winner for the evening in John Cockerill’s score of 122 whist Alan Fletcher came in second with 114 and Peter Robson pulled off third place with 112 closely followed by Julia Gospel with 110. Other winners were E Mudd, P Myers, M Leckonby, D Cowton, A Wildsmith, H Boddy, M Thompson, B Simpson and F Atkinson. The prize for the longest sitter went to M Kirby. Raffle prizes were won by E Grayson, S Eddon, L Jarvis, C Cockerill, M Myers, M Kirby, S Jarvis, P Robson, D Cowton, M Truran, C Fletcher, K Shields, J Cockerill and D Pennock.

Concert - The 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. 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.

Local History Society - The first meeting of the new year will take place in Brompton Village Hall on Wednesday, February 6, at 7.30pm. The speaker will be Michael Bortoft whose subject will be Sarony – The Photographer. New members welcome.


Bridge club - The results of the Bulmer Bridge Club on Thursday, January 24, first Brian Crowder and Judith Porter with 64.2 per cent and second John and Anne Prest with 57.9 per cent.


Services - Holy Cross Church, Sunday, February 3, 9.15am, Eucharist.


Market - The first market of 2019 is on Saturday, February 2, with more than 60 stalls selling locally-produced food and crafts. Guest stalls include Cooper King, of Stillington and Sutton-on-the-Forest, distillers of gin, Garden Wood Creations with wooden garden equipment and wildlife products and Cob Cider made from apples mainly from the Castle Howard estate with pure fermented fresh apple juice. Also Passione Della Pasta of Helmsley with fresh pasta, tomato sauces and Italian biscuits and cakes. The community stall is Dementia Forward with a tombola and Make it Wild has a unique new baby christening or naming tree dedication gifts. The community cafe will be run by Hovingham Tennis Club and the volunteer market manager is Graham Mason.


Quiz - A family pub quiz will take place at the Crown Inn, Hutton-le-Hole, on Sunday, February 3, at 8.30pm. Entry £2, including a sandwich supper. Prize is a voucher to spend at The Crown. The event is in aid of St Chad’s Church.


Church - Offerings at the crib at St Leonard and St Mary’s Church, during Christmas period, amounted to £28.55 which will be sent to the Friends of the Holy Lord charity. Unwanted or spare pot plants are being sought by Hugh Spencer, who will be potting up snowdrops to sell for CAFOD funds. If you have any spare please leave these in a bag in church. Churches Together in Southern Ryedale held a service to mark the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity at the Salvation Army Citadel in Norton.

Bridge club - The team of Anne Avery, Madeleine Webber, Charles and Hazel Ward had a big win in the second of the two sessions of Malton Bridge Club’s handicapped teams competition with a net score of 83 points. In second place were John and Beryl Bramall, Richard Hazlerigg and Bryan Hone with 65 points. These same teams finished respectively in the top two places overall. Thursday afternoon saw wins for Ruth and Roger Mattingly as North-South and Anne Butterworth and Tricia Pearce East-West. In The Yorkshire League on Sunday, Malton A lost disappointingly 17-3 against York A, but Malton B had another good win, beating Ilkley C 14-6.


Quiz - Many thanks to all who purchased the Colours and Shades quiz raising money for St Catherine’s Hospice. £250 was raised. First prize, R Ainscough, Thornton Dale; Second prize, J Dowkes, London; and Third prize, S Pennock, West Ayton. The answers were: 1 Purple; 2 Old Gold; 3 Scarlet; 4 Aubergine; 5 Maroon; 6 Pillar-box red; 7 Jade; 8 Violet; 9 Tan, 10 Flame; 11 Turquoise; 12 Rust; 13 Puce; 14 Russet; 15 Saffron; 16 Sky blue; 17 Carmine; 18 Bronze; 19 Natural; 20 Cherry; 21 Terracotta; 22 Champagne; 23 Green; 24 Yellow pages; 25 Black; 26 Peacock blue; 27 Copper; 28 Biscuit; 29 Camel; 30 Navy; 31 Salmon Pink; 32 Iron Grey; 33 Wine; 34 Ginger; 35 Sage; 36 Sable; 37 Tangerine; 38 Lemon; 39 White; 40 Magnolia; 41 Khaki; 42 Ultramarine; 43 Burnt Orange; 44 Caramel; 45 Buff; 46 Cream; 47 Magenta; 48 Harlequin; 49 Charcoal; 50 Lavender.

Oasis - Join us for coffee company and a chat each Tuesday in the Methodist church from 10am to noon. All welcome.

St Catherine’s Hospice - Kirkbymoorside Support Group for St Catherine’s Hospice will hold its AGM on Tuesday, February 5, at Manor Close Centre, at 7pm. New members welcome.

Sturdy Court - There is a domino drive at Sturdy Court on Monday, February 11, at 7.30pm. All


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

Julian Meeting - The next meeting is on Tuesday, February 12, at the Catholic church, at 6.30pm. Meeting are held on the second Tuesday of the month.

Ladies Fellowship - The AGM is on Wednesday, February 13, at 7.30pm, in the library. Bring along your ideas for our new programme and a small contribution towards the refreshments. New members most welcome.

Coffee Morning - All Saints Church monthly coffee morning in church is on Saturday, February 2, from 9.30am to noon.


Services - A Reminder that during the winter months (until the clocks go forward again), 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.


Service - St Oswald’s Church, Sunday, February 3, 9.15am Eucharist.


Football club - The numbers for week commencing January 21 for the Pickering Town Football Club weekly draw were 32, 29 and 24 and there was no winner therefore the rollover for next week will be £675.

Cricket club - Pickering Cricket Club has organised a domino drive for Thursday, January 31, at


Quiz - Yorkshire Cancer Research Pickering committee would like to thank the staff and customers of many diverse outlets within Pickering, Kirkbymoorside, Thornton-le-Dale and Goathland for supporting the Christmas quiz, held between late November and early January. The quiz raised just under £200, all of which will go directly into projects in partnership with researchers, scientists, clinicians, the NHS, public health bodies and other charities to make life-changing improvements to cancer outcomes in Yorkshire. Of the 186 quiz sheets sold, 45 entries were received back, of which only five sheets contained all correct answers. A draw was held to determine the first three places and the winner was Mr and Mrs Pettit from West Ayton, second place Mrs J Wardman from Pickering, and third Mrs W Walton, also from Pickering. The cash prizes of £15, £10 and £5 respectively, were donated anonymously and we would thank all of our secret supporters once again.

Domino drive - A domino drive will be held at the Recreation Club on February 8, at 7.30pm, to include tea and biscuits for the bowls club.

Bridge Club - In the latest session of duplicate bridge, the winners with 67.5 per cent were Madge Allison and Philip Mason. In second place with 65.5 per cent were Sue Hardman and Dorothy Cordery and in third place with 64 per cent Tricia Pearce and Stan Bough. Next week sees the start of the handicapped pairs competition.


Quiz - Six teams playing for £48 took part in Jennie’s Mega Quiz in the Fleece Inn. The winners with 60.5 points were Honeymooners, second were Sue’s Crew + 2 (59.5) and third were Team @ the Bar (57.5). The £12 jackpot was won by Sue’s Crew + 2. Jennie’s next Mega Quiz will be on Friday, February 8. Gary, Steve and Co were the winners of Jennie’s Sunday night quiz and the jackpot was won by Sue’s Crew.

Table tennis - The first of what is hoped to be many table tennis sessions will be held in the village hall on Sunday, February 3, from 2pm to 5pm. All equipment provided. Any age, any standard are welcome to this free event. Other times may be considered after feedback from those who play.


Embroiderers’ Guild - The Guild members met as usual on the last Saturday of the month in Snainton Village Hall. In the morning members worked on their own embroidery. The talk in the afternoon was by Anita Cassidy, one of the members. The title of her talk and power point presentation was “What is a Sketchbook?”. She explained that a few years ago she had done a correspondence course, where all work was photographed and sent to the tutor by email. She had learned a great deal about many artists, some of whom she had not heard about before, and had learned new techniques. The course had taken her three years to complete. She brought the sketch books that she had made for people to see.


Church - The Vicar, Rev Andrew Moreland, presided at both services of holy communion and preached on Nehemiah Chapter 8, the account of Israel hearing the Book of the Law read at the Water Gate. At the 9.30am traditional service, Edna Burton accompanied the hymns, Janet Lamb read and Jean Donovan assisted with the chalice. Julie Stephenson and Janet Lamb were the sidespersons and Julie also served refreshments between the services. At the 11am modern service, Sue Grice read and Elizabeth Moreland led the intercessions and assisted with the chalice. The sung worship was led by Steve Raettig with John and Sue Grice and John Taylor. Liz Cremer was the sidesperson and Helen Swallow served refreshments after the service.


Community and sports Club - The quiz night on January 27 was won by The Weaverthorpe No Nowts! They obviously know something though. Well done to them. The envelope game was unclaimed and stands at £100 on our next quiz on February 24 at 8pm. All welcome. Ever fancied trying yoga? If so head down to Sherburn Sports Club and give Vinyasa Flow Yoga a try. Every Monday evening from 7pm to 8pm £5 per session. Suitable for all abilities and mats are provided. No need to book just turn up. See you on the mat.

Methodist News - The coffee morning hostess was Judith Ruston and your kind donations for coffee continue to be given to St Catherine’s Hospice. Sunday Worship was an All Age Café church led by the Worship team. Prayers were led by Sandra and Jean and Chris played the organ for the singing. Liz read the bible lesson and offertory stewards were India and Kiara. Members made up a jigsaw of the Lord’s Prayer and could take home a set of pieces to remind them of the way this prayer, as well as being a beautiful prayer to pray just as it is, can also be used as a pattern for our own prayers. There was an opportunity to light a candle for an situation or person for which we were concerned. The service next week at 10.30am will be led by Laura McGarry. Everyone welcome.


People’s Guild - The Sinnington People’s Guild welcomed Janet Brown on Tuesday, January 22. Janet gave a very colourful presentation of her 2017 holiday in Sri Lanka. Grateful thanks were expressed for a most enjoyable and interesting evening. Tea and biscuits were served. John Woodmancey was the pianist. The next meeting is on Tuesday, February 5, at 7.15pm. Christine Pietrowski will give a talk entitled “The old bull and bush” to which all are welcome.


Ladies group - Thornton-le-Dale Ladies Group annual general meeting is on Thursday, February 7, at 2pm, in the Methodist Schoolroom. This will be followed by a bring and share tea. Members please think what you can help with to keep this event going.

Bridge Club - The result from Monday, January 21. North/South winners were Barry Smith and Bob Wardell with 55.8 per cent and in second place Moira and Antony Brown with 55 per cent. East/West winners were Janet Sutor and Sue Shuttleworth with 56.3 per cent, in second place were Mary Mortonson and Lynda Lockwood with 55 per cent.


Open House - After the success of last week’s open house at Westow Cricket Club Pavilion, the volunteers are opening the doors again, from 10am to 1pm, both Saturday and Sunday this week. They will be serving tea, coffee, cake, bacon rolls. There will be the pool table, cards, dominoes and secondhand books. All welcome.


Domino drive - There will be a village hall on Wednesday, February 6, at 7.30pm, raising funds for the village hall. £1.50 to play, including tea and biscuits.


Appleton-le-Moors - At the meeting on January 23, members welcomed Joe McKechnie from Hambleton District Council for a session of New Age Curling and Boccia Ball. Members enjoyed both sports greatly and everyone had great fun. The next meeting is the annual joint session with their sister WI at Cropton on February 13 and February 27 will see members at the Moors Inn for the annual dinner.

Malton - President Sharon Cawte opened the first meeting of the year. It was a bitter cold evening yet still a satisfying turn-out of members. Members welcomed visitors, one local and one all the way from Devon. Also the new dual member. Annual memberships were renewed by treasurer Deborah Savage and Laura Edwards passed information on upcoming events. Details of the red box campaign, assisting young girls in poverty with sanitary products, were discussed and a donation to a local secondary school will be carried out after the February meeting if you would like to donate towards this campaign please get in touch. The guest speaker was Sue Parsons of the Tom Parsons Trust. Sue gives an emotional, but informative talk, on the tragic events of losing her son Tom, his heart condition and the work the trust carries out locally purchasing defibrillators and nationally with the British Heart Foundation (BHF) on the often silent heart condition myocarditis, tears were shed, everyone was gripped and felt Sue was an absolute inspiration. Sue also handed everyone a BHF pin badge. Tea, coffee, cake and biscuits were served in social time. The next meeting is on Yorkshire dialect,on Thursday, February 28, at 7.30pm. Doors open at 7pm. Visitors welcome as always at £4 per head, which includes tea, coffee, cake and biscuits. Email