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 - A big thank you to all that helped, attended and donated tombola prizes to the History Group Open Day at the village hall last Saturday. After expenses, more than £200 was donated to History Group fund. More than 70 people visited the event. The treasure hunt was won by Maggy Tebb with Gill Humphreys a very close runner-up and Jim Hall’s Village History Walk was a great success. A great deal of credit must go to committee members for their active support but a special thank you to Geoff Sherwin and Andie Cattle for their work on the family history research desks and the gatekeeper Malcolm Leckenby.


Nostalgia - Ayton Village Hall is hosting an evening of pure nostalgia on Saturday, February 16, at 7pm, with local artistes Ron Bilton and Neil Hardisty. An evening featuring songs from the 1960s and 1970s in Ron Bilton’s unique style and with the smooth voice of Neil Hardisty. Refreshments will be available. Tickets cost £5 are on sale at Derwent Valley Bridge Library, Pickering Road, West Ayton, or at the door. For more information, phone 01723 864892.


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.

Gardening club - The new year kicked off with an interesting talk given by Jonathan Burton, from the Yorkshire Arboretum, entitled, In the footsteps of George Forrest. Jonathan gave an overview of his recent foray into the mountains of Yunan in China, a place from where George Forrest, the famous plant hunter brought back many trees and shrubs that are familiar to us in our gardens today. The meeting was very well attended. The next meeting will be on Wednesday, February 27, when Dr Charles Lane will speak on tree health. New members are always welcome to these meetings.

Church - The service on Sunday, February 10, at All Saints will be Morning Prayer. It starts at 11am and will be taken by Dr Don Jones. The church electoral role, which is an optional register of those who attend All Saints or live within the Parish of Brompton and Sawdon, is due to be renewed this spring. Forms have been sent to those on the existing list and can be returned to the back of church or to Jenny Worsley. Anyone else who would like to have a vote with regard to church matters is welcome to pohone Jenny on 859794. There will be a meeting of the church fundraisers on Thursday, February 21, at 10.30am, at King’s Head Cottage. This is a very informal group and new members are always welcome.


Domino drive - The next domino drive will be held on Tuesday, February 12, at 7.30pm, and the last of this seasons will be held on Tuesday, March 12, at 7.30pm, both will be held in the Band Room, Low Mill. Everyone welcome for a fun evening whether your and expert or have never played before.


Village market - The Hovingham Village Market was held last Saturday with sunshine and the odd flurry of snow, though it was cold. Visitor numbers were slightly down, due to the weather, but most of the stallholders did well. Josh the busker was in fine voice, despite competition for the Hovingham Church bell ringers, who were practicing in the church. The cafe was popular and sold out of soup. The next market is on Saturday, March 2.


Bridge Club - The result from Tuesday, January 29. North/South winners were Anne Avery and George Goodall with 59.2 per cent. In second place Gill and Trevor Hardcastle with 58.9 per cent. East/West winners were Graeme Matthew and Mary Mortonson with 64.3 per cent. In second place Bo and Tony Simpson with 59.8 per cent.

Market - Kirkbymoorside’s weekly market is held every Wednesday. 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 by email

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

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

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. All are welcome.

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

Menzown - The next meeting will be on Monday, February 11, at The King’s Head Hotel, at 7pm for 7.30pm. The guest speaker will be Louise Mudd, from the Kirkbymoorside History Society, who will speak about a “A Surgeon’s Tale - An 18th century manuscript from Whitby about Arctic exploration”.

Messy Church - The February meeting of Messy church is on Monday, February 18, in the Methodist Church, from 4pm to 6pm.


Quiz - The latest Kirkdale quiz went well. There were not as many quiz sheets bought as last summer but never-the-less they will probably have about £200 by the time the last collections are returned. There were a number of all correct answers this time. Answer sheets are available at all the places that displayed the original quiz sheets and at St Gregory’s Minster. Once again they would like to thank all those who supported them by displaying the quizzes, especially Kirkby News, The King’s Head, Beadlam Grange, Wainds and The Lemon Tree. Thanks also to Summit Bakery for their support, and assistance in accepting completed entries, and to everyone who bought a quiz sheet. The lucky winners, the first four all correct entries drawn, were: 1st: Julia Bretman of Nawton; 2nd: Mrs R Simpson of Wrelton; 3rd: Jennifer Spence of Hartlepool; and the special prize (fourth correct entry opened) Emma Robson of Malton. Congratulations to all of you and thanks to all the supporters.


Domino drive - The next domino drive for the Lockton and Levisham Playing Field refurbishment will be held on Saturday, February 9, at 7.30pm, in Lockton Village Hall. Refreshments will be provided.


Church - A coffee and cake sale at St Leonard & St Mary’s RC Church, Malton, raised £115.80, which will be sent to Survive in York. Hugh Spencer is potting up snowdrops to sell for CAFOD funds. If you have any spare, please leave these in a bag in church.

Bridge Club - In the first session of Malton Bridge Club’s Cross-IMPs competition there was a close result between three pairs: Madge Allison and Richard Hilton with 37 points, Rob Ashdown and Derek Fox with 34 and John Hayton and Philip Mason with 32. On Thursday afternoon, North-South winners were Roger and Ruth Mattingly ahead of Dave Sonley and Philip Mason while the East-West winners were Charlie Callis and Richard Hilton with Anne Butterworth and Tricia Pearce second.


Club Draw - Beckett recreation ground 100 Club draw January winners were: £50 – No 121 D Otterburn-Smith; £30 – No 147 Blacklock Family; £10 – No 119 J Wheeldon; £10 – No 55 S Rymer.


Football club - Pickering Town Football Club’s Weekly Draw numbers for week commencing January 28 were 11, 32 and 26 and there was no winner so next week there will be £750 in the pot.

AGM - Pickering and District Horticultural Society will be holding their annual general meeting on Wednesday, February 13, at 7.30pm, in the RVS Hall, Hungate, Pickering. There will be light refreshments after the business. Anyone wishing to join the society would be more than welcome.

Bridge Club - Last week was the first of five weeks of Handicapped Pairs competitions. The winners were Isa Eggleston and Jackie Foggin with 60.73 per cent. In second place with 57.90 per cent were Graeme Matthew and Anne Avery and in third place with 53 per cent were Gill Hardcastle and Graham Burgess.

Air ambulance - Peter and Suzanne Wishshaw, owners of the The Bay Horse Inn, Market Place, Pickering, met with the Yorkshire Air Ambulance fundraiser last week. A sum of £640 was handed over which is the monies raised from the Sunday night fun quiz nights.


New book - Ryedale Family History Group has published a book, Westow War Memorial, which tells the stories of the 22 men who died in two world wars and who are commemorated on the Westow War Memorial. On Saturday, February 9, members of the group will launching the book at the table top sale in the cricket pavilion, from 10am to 1pm. Members of the group will be available to talk about their research for the book and copies will be on sale. For more details about the book and the Ryedale Family History group, phone 01653 628132, 01653 628952 or 07813 977613.


Soup and Pudding Lunch - The community soup and pudding lunch is always held on the second Tuesday in the month and the next one will be on Tuesday, February 12, from 12.15pm to 2pm. The January lunch was very well attended and organisers hope February’s will be equally successful. Everyone welcome.


Church - The service was a Songs of Praise and was organised by Allan and Sheena Dunnington. The organist was Doreen Lawson and the welcomer was Margaret Neave who also took the offering. Members of the church chose their favourite hymns and gave a a talk on why they had chosen their hymn. Allan lead the service and Amanda Clayton lead the prayers. After the service they had refreshments and fellowship in the school room. The preacher next week at 10.30am is Rev John Staton. The monthly coffee morning is on Saturday at 10.30am.

St Martin’s Church - The Rev Richard Firth presided and preached at the 9.30am service of BCP Holy Communion for Candlemas. At the end of the service, the congregation with lit candles gathered round the font as they gave thanks for the gift of Jesus the child of Bethlehem, and then turned their thoughts and prayers to the journey of the Passion of Jesus, his death and Resurrection. Enid Plevey gave a Bible reading and also was a sidesperson with Carol Beswick. Jim Baird assisted with the distribution of communion and Edna Burton accompanied the hymns on the piano. Clare Firth served refreshments. Elizabeth Moreland conducted the 11am service where the worship was led by the St Martin’s band with Richard Fuller, John and Sue Grice and John Taylor.


Community and sports Club - Ever fancied trying yoga? If so head down to Sherburn Sports Club and give Vinyasa Flow Yoga a try! Every Monday from 7pm to 8pm, £5 per session. Suitable for all abilities and mats are provided. No need to book just turn up.

Next Steps Coffee Morning - Don’t sit at home alone. You are invited to join others 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 - It is open at the village hall each Thursday from 9am to 11.30am. Come and enjoy tea or coffee and a lovely toasted teacake. There are play facilities for the children. Proceeds for village hall funds.

Messy Church - On Saturday, February 9, they will be “Celebrating God’s love”. There will be songs, stories and of course lots of messy crafts. Meet in the Chapel Hall for tea at 4.45pm.

Methodist news - Your kind donations for the coffee on Tuesday morning continue to be given to St Catherine’s Hospice. If you like crafting come along on Thursday at 1.30pm and enjoy a cuppa and a chat as you work at your craft. Sunday worship was led by Laura McGarry who took God’s love as her theme. Liz Aconley read the lesson from 1 Corinthians and Christine Fenwick the Gospel from St Luke. Chris Cade was the organist. After worship we enjoyed coffee and chat in the hall. There will be worship next Sunday at 10.30am and all are welcome.


People’s Guild - The snowy weather necessitated the cancellation of the Sinnington People’ Guild on Tuesday, January 29. Kay and Jill hope everyone was contacted in time. The next meeting is on Tuesday, February 12, at 7.15pm. The Filey Festival Singers will give a concert of sacred music to which everyone is welcome. Supper will be served. There is no charge but a collection for the work of the RNLI will be taken.


Bridge Club - The result from Monday, January 28. In first place Conny Tate-Smith and Aileen Fisher with 59.5 per cent. In second place Margaret Lowe and Isa Eggleston with 54.8 per cent.


Table top sale - There will be a table top sale on Saturday, February 9, and Sunday, February 10, from 10am to 1pm each day. Stalls so far on February 9 include ones raising money in aid of: Forest of Galtres Camera Club projector fund (prints and photographs, keyrings), PDSA helping poorly pets in York (wheel of fortune, books, DVDs, bric-a-brac). There is also a book launch by Ryedale Family History Group (Westow War Memorial). The book tells the stories of the 22 men commemorated on the Westow War Memorial. The cricket club will be selling tea, coffee, slices of cake, bacon rolls throughout the event. as well as second hand books. There is still spare places, if anyone would like be part of the event. Stalls are free to good cause, charity or groups raising money. Phone Julie Price on 01653 618214

Pilates - Pilates classes are making a welcome return to Westow Cricket Pavilion. They will be every Tuesday from 1.45pm to 5pm. Classes are suitable for all abilities/experience. Classes are £6 each. To book a place, phone Cheryl on 07988 106862 or email

AGM - Westow Cricket Club AGM is taking place on Friday, February 22, in the cricket club pavilion at 7pm. Everyone is welcome.


Craft fair - Thanks go to everyone that supported the craft fair on November 29 to raise funds for Ryedale Special Families and Peter Simpson’s Trust Fund. They raised £1,010. The winner of the lucky squares was Mr A Hale.


Film - The next film matinee in the village hall is on Sunday, February 24, at 2pm, is The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society.


Sinnington - Members had a very busy social time in December with a Christmas lunch at Cedar Barn and a Christmas party on their December meeting night. The January meeting business discussed ACWW – the NFWI is concerned about changes in the way funds are being allocated and have asked for clarification. The annual conference is in Bournemouth on June 5. Appleton-le-Moors is to send a delegate in place of Cropton or Sinnington who were unable to find a member who could attend. NYEFWI - Spring Council Meeting takes place at Scarborough Spa, on Wednesday, April 10, two members to attend. Members were reminded about a lunch at Monk Fryston Hall Hotel, on Thursday, March 21; £25 for members only, members to contact secretary if they are interested in going. Completed Resolution Selection forms were collected by the secretary to send off in the next week or two and members were reminded that the annual fees of £42 for 2019 are now due. Allocation of jobs for 2019 - the list has been finalised and is now posted on the notice board. Catherine Slowther has taken over as WI representative on the Village Hall Committee. Thanks were given to Sue Richardson for carrying out this role for a number of years. Ryedale Show – the 2019 schedule is now available and the secretary was asked to email a copy to all members. It is hoped members will enter the co-operative category again this year and the secretary was asked to put this item on the agenda for the February meeting so that they can ask for volunteers. Possible outings for 2019 - currently there are two outings under consideration these are afternoon tea at Lastingham in the spring, Pickering panto – concessionary ticket price of £11 per ticket for mid-January, Rotary Club Afternoon Tea, this is scheduled for Tuesday, June 18, 2019. A food and helper’s list will be circulating nearer the time. Social time - the guest speaker was Lyn Hempsall who came to talk about chimps, orangutans, gorillas and much more. Lyn gave a fascinating talk on how she became interested in these animals after seeing the distressing way they are treated especially as tourist attractions. Her interest took her to Malaysia to visit and volunteer in an Orangutan sanctuary and then to Uganda where she spent time observing Gorillas and seeing the work being done in educating children about living with wildlife and how to protect it. Vote of thanks was given by Julie Flanagan. February meeting – this will be a beetle drive and hot dog supper evening at 7.15pm in the village hall on February 14. All the catering arrangements are in place but members are asked to bring £2 each towards the supper and the supper group which is R to W are asked to bring sweet treats. Visitors are always welcome.