Service - Sunday, February 17, 11am, St Hilda’s: Holy Communion (BCP).


Tea, Chat & History - The first event of 2019 was held in the village hall on Monday and was again well attended with more than 20 people visiting during the two-hour session. A big thank you to Shirley Brooke for the catering and Hester Richardson for her contribution to the archive. The next group event is “Heraldry” a talk by David Haddon-Reece on Tuesday, February 26, at 7.30pm. Admission £2.50. The next Tea and Chat will be at 2pm on Monday, March 4.

Bishop Hagg Wood - The next Work Task will be on Saturday, February 23, at 10am. Meet on site all welcome.

Singalong - The bi-weekly community sing-a-long was held in the village hall on Wednesday. The next sing-a-long will Wednesday, February 27, at 5pm in the village hall. All welcome.


Community library - All are welcome to a talk by Chris Hansell in the library on Thursday, February 14, at 7pm, about the flora, fauna and history of Fylingdales Moor. Chris is a wildlife ranger for the Hawk and Owl Trust, which manages the Fylingdales Moor Conservation Area. He will talk about how the moor is managed to create a nationally important haven for wildlife and archaeology. Tickets are £4, including refreshments. Due to the popularity of these talks, advance booking is advisable.

Quiz - The annual quiz will be held on Friday, February 22, at 7pm, in Ayton Village Hall. Teams of four and individuals are all welcome. There will be a hot supper, a raffle, licensed bar and team prizes and trophies. Tickets are £6 per person (£5 for DVB Friends). Get your tickets now as advance booking is required to ensure a place. Tickets for both these events can be obtained from Derwent Valley BRIDGE Community Library, 3 Pickering Road, West Ayton, phone 01723 863052.

Book signing - There will be a book signing by local children’s author Alan Combes at 2pm on Wednesday, February 27. Alan has just published his latest book, The Rocking Horse Diary, which is for seven to 12 years olds. Come and meet the author and purchase a signed copy of his book at a special price. This is a free event.

Village hall - 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. Refreshments will be available. Tickets costing £5 are on sale at Derwent Valley Bridge Library, Pickering Road, West Ayton, or at the door. For details, phone 01723 864892.

Nostalgia - The village hall is playing host to 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 from Derwent Valley Bridge Library, Pickering Road, West Ayton, or at the door. For more information, phone 01723 864892.


Local History Society - At the first meeting of 2019 on Wednesday, February 6, Michael Bortoft told members about Oliver Francois Xavier Sarony 1820-1879. The society enjoyed Michael Bortoft’s tour through the eventful life of Sarony. There are changes to the next two meetings. The next meeting on March 6 will be ‘Recent Archaeological Work in Brompton (Castle Hill)’ with Trevor Pearson and on April 3, Marcus Jecock will tell the group about the excavations at Hanging Grimston. The two meetings have just been swapped round. Both these meetings will be in Brompton Village Hall at 7.30pm. Everyone is welcome.

Community lunch - The Village Ventures Community Lunch will be on Wednesday, February 20, at 12.30pm, where beef casserole will be on the menu.

Concert - The Blackheart Orchestra concert will take place in the village hall on Friday, February 15. Doors open at 7.30pm. Tickets £10 to include supper.

Parish council - The next parish council meeting will take place in Brompton Village Hall on Monday, February 18, at 7.45pm.

Church - The service in the village church on Sunday, February 17, will be at 9.30am. It will be Holy Communion and will be followed by coffee at the back of church. The recorders for Pevsner, the renowned guide to buildings including churches of historic importance, have visited recently to update our entry. They commented that they were delighted to find that that All Saints is kept open in daylight hours.


Bridge club - The results for January 31 were: 1st Gill Oxendale & Sheila Johnson; 2nd Arthur & Lesley Conner. The results of the Bulmer Bridge Club on Thursday, February 7, first Sylvia Haines and Sylvia Roberts with 64.6 per cent and second Tom Nutman and Thelma Hardwaree with 64 per cent.


Service - Sunday, February 17, 9.15am, Holy Cross: Eucharist.

Quiz - The pub quiz in aid of the Gilling Village Hall at the Fairfax Arms which was due to take place on Sunday, February 10, has had to be postponed until Sunday, February 17, at 8pm. Friday, February 22 sees Tim Chu and Ian Bailey perform live at Gilling East Village Hall, the music of Simon and Garfunkel, starting at 7.30pm. Tickets are £12 and available from


Church service - The service at St Michael’s on Sunday, February 17, is Holy Communion at 11am, taken by the vicar Rev Mark Brosnan.


Women’s Fellowship - Hovingham Women’s Fellowship had a most interesting speaker last week. Helen Hymans, a retired paediatric physiotherapist and committed member of Jacob’s Well Appeal told members of her work in Ghana. She has spent time helping cerebral palsy patients. By using appropriate paper-based technology, supportive chairs and standing frames were made from paper and cardboard. Also with funding from local Soroptimists some items were bought to help with working conditions in the clinics. Jacob’s Well Appeal is grateful for donations and Helen would particularly like children’s car seats and Fisher Price toys to aid her work with disabled children. If any person wants to give such items in the area, contact the Hovingham group.


Bridge club - The result from February 5 were North/South winners with 62.1 per cent were Tim and Irene Smith and in second place with 57.1 per cent were Judith O’Donnell and Steve Lonsdale. East/West winners with 61.2 per cent were Trevor and Gill Hardcastle and in second place with 57.9 per cent were Graeme Matthew and Mary Mortonson.

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

Sturdy Court - There is a domino drive at Sturdy Court on Monday, February 25, at 7.30pm. All welcome.

Tuesday Group - Members meet on Tuesday, February 26, at 7.30pm, in the Methodist Jubilee room, with guest speaker Jean Harrod, author and diplomat. The leader is Chrissie and the tea hostesses are Anne and Gwen.

Camera club - The Kirkbymoorside and District Camera Club met at the Moorside Bar and Club in Shaw Drive for an applied competition, judged by Roger Poyser from the Bishopthorpe Camera Club in York. Julie Cowdy won the print section with her image entitled Passiflora Caerulea. Runner-up was Colin Dilcock with Palau Des Les Arts. The digital projected image section was won by Ian Leadley with Waiting For The Moment. Runner-up was Barrie Tuck with his image At The Start. The next meeting at the Moorside Bar and Club is on Thursday, February 21, at 7.30pm, when Andrea Hargreaves from Pontefract Camera Club will be giving an illustrated talk entitled the Art of Metamorphosis.


Bridge club - There was a big win for Bryan Hone and Richard Hazlerigg with 63.9 per cent in the first round of Malton Bridge Club’s handicap pairs competition. Roger and Ruth Mattingly were second with 60.4 per cent followed by John and Beryl Bramall with 57.7 per cent. On Thursday afternoon the North-South winners were Nigel Miller and Anna Weaver ahead of Sally Beswick and Teresa Belt while the East-West scores were headed by Anne Butterworth and Richard Hilton, Roger Mattingly and Charlie Callis taking second place.

Church - A letter of thanks from the Survive Charity is on the noticeboard at St Leonard & St Mary’s RC Church, Malton, following the coffee and cake sale which raised £115.80. This was run by the First Communion candidates and was an ideal opportunity for people to meet and welcome them.


Derby - The Oswaldkirk Derby will take place at Oswaldkirk Village Hall on Saturday, February 17, at 7pm. Indoor horse racing and cash bar. Eight video races to bet on, half of the betting revenue will go to the village hall redevelopment fund. Entry charge £6 (includes a food-sharing platter. Tickets are limited, so to check availability by phoning 01439 787086. This event is sponsored by BATA.

Service - Sunday, February 17, at 9.15am, St Oswald’s: All-Age Worship.


Football club - The numbers for Pickering Town Football Club weekly draw for week commencing February 4 were 11, 4 and 6 and there were no winners therefore next week the winning jackpot will be £825. Being the first Monday of the month, the monthly draw was shared by Anne Aconley, Eric Baker, Heath Brown, Ann Sherwood and Mrs W Shipwright.

Bridge Club - Last week was the second of five weeks of Handicapped Pairs competitions. The winners were Graeme Matthew and Anne Avery with 63.71 per cent. In second place with 57.88 per cent were Madge Allison and Rob Ashdown and in third place with 50.88 per cent were Tricia Pearce and Stan Bough.


Quiz - Eight teams playing for £52 took part in Jennie’s Mega Quiz in the Fleece Inn. The winners with 53.5 points were Gary, Steve and Co, second were Mike Fiona and Col (52) and after a tie break with Team @ the Bar, Honeymooners came third (51). The £13 jackpot was won by Mike, Fiona and Col. Jennie’s next mega quiz will be on Friday, February 22. Gary, Steve & Co were the winners of Jennie’s Sunday night quiz. The jackpot was a rollover.


Talking Magazine - The Ryedale Talking Magazine is a small charity based in Pickering. It provides a completely free monthly audio magazine for anyone who finds reading difficult or even impossible because of visual impairment of any kind. The items are chosen and read by our team of volunteers and there is a wide variety of subjects to listen to. The magazine is recorded onto CD and sent out and returned post free. If required, they can provide CD players. If you would like to receive a sample CD to see if it’s your cup of tea, phone Val on 01751 476499.


Methodist church - The preacher was Rev John Staton. The organist was Doreen Lawson, vestry steward Bert Blower and the welcomer was Margaret Harris. The offering was taken by Margaret Neave. Bible readings were given by Amanda Clayton who read from Hebrews and Margaret Neave who read from Luke’s gospel. The preacher next week at 10.30am is Paul Midgley. The World Day of Prayer prepared by the ladies of Slovenia for Seamer and Ayton is at this chapel is on Friday, March 1, at 2pm. Everyone welcome.

St Martin’s Church - The vicar the Rev Andrew Moreland presided and preached at the 9.30am service of Holy Communion. Dot Francis gave a bible reading, Jean Donovan led the prayers and assisted with the distribution of communion, and Edna Burton accompanied the hymns on the piano. Sue Johnson and Enid Plevey served refreshments. Rev Andrew preached again at the 11am service of modern worship, which he also led. Helen Swallow read and Sue Grice led the intercessions. Steve Raettig led the sung worship with Richard Fuller, John and Sue Grice and John Taylor. Jenny and Duncan Bland ran the young people’s Sunday Club. Tim Cremer acted as sides person and Helen Swallow served refreshments after the service.


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 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!

St Hilda’s Church - Barbara Grice led the service for Morning Worship taking “Belief” as the theme. Music was supplied by Bill Hyndford on the keyboard and the lesson was read by Christine Ashton. Sidespersons were Sue Mennell and Carol Stephenson and coffee was served at the end of the service by Jean Usher. The next service at St Hilda’s will be Holy Communion on Sunday, February 24, at 9am, when the Rev Joe Kinsella will officiate.

Messy Church - After they had enjoyed sausage and chips, thanks to RJ’s for the chips, they went into Chapel and sang about God’s love. There were lots of crafts to do. They made heart-shaped bunting which you can see in the link window. Valentine cards were very popular as were the beautifully covered heart shaped twigs. They decorated little baskets which were filled with love heart sweets. There were some lovely heart shaped biscuits to decorate. After closing prayers and songs it was time for home until next month when we will meet for tea at 4.45pm on Saturday, March 9. All are welcome to come along. Thanks go to the “Messy team” who work so hard so that we can enjoy this lively style of worship.

Methodist news - The Tuesday coffee morning hostess was Pat Woodley and you kind donations for coffee continue to be given to Saint Catherine’s Hospice. Thursday at 1.30pm craft club met and coffee and cake was enjoyed. All are invited to this meeting, just come along, you will be most welcome. Sunday worship was led by members of the congregation when they looked at

the lectionary readings through the eyes of prayer and meditations. Coffee was enjoyed afterwards. The service next Sunday at 10.30am and will be led by the Worship Team.

Luncheon Club - This will be held on Wednesday, February 20. Please meet from 12.30pm for lunch at 1pm. The speaker will be Rev Samantha Taylor who will be updating us on the works going on at Westway Open Arms, Eastfield. This includes the food bank which they support. If you need transport in Sherburn Village just phone Christine on 01944 711294.


People’s Guild - Christine Pietrowski gave a fascinating illustrated talk to the Sinnington People’s Guild on Tuesday, February 5, entitled “The Old Bull and Bush”. Christine spoke of and showed the history and meaning of pub signs from the earliest ale houses, the roadside coach houses and monastic breweries to the present day. She tested members’ knowledge of the most popular names. Tea and biscuits were served, John Woodmancey was the pianist. The next meeting is on Tuesday, February 19, at 7.15pm. Dr Peter Hartrey will return to give an illustrated talk “Trekking to the Milam Glacier” to which all are welcome.


Bridge Club - The results from Monday, February 4. North/South winners were Pat and George Donnor with 61.7 per cent. In second place Margaret Lowe and Isa Eggleston with 59.2 per cent. East/West winners were Janet Sutor and Sue Shuttleworth with 60.0 per cent. In second place Mary Mortonson and Lynda Lockwood with 50.4 per cent.


Table top sale - The organisers of the table top sale in Westow Cricket Club Pavilion over the weekend of February 9 and 10, would like to thank everyone who popped in, had a stall or helped in any way. Home-baking and bacon rolls were enjoyed, together with tea and coffee, which were being sold in aid of the cricket club and pavilion running costs. After the success of this table top, there will be further ones at a later date.

Spring Fair - The annual Westow Cricket Club Spring Fair is planned for Saturday, March 23, between 10.30am and 1pm. Bookings for stalls are being taken (£5 per stall). There will also be the second annual children’s fun run. Anyone wishing to have a stall (£5 payable in advance) or would like more details should phone Julie Price on 07749 928563 or email

Workshop - On Monday, February 25, there is to be a young composer workshop between 10.15am and 2pm in Westow Cricket club pavilion. The workshop is open to anyone aged between four and 11. Learning about writing music and performing, using imaginations and performing in a group at the end. Places are £25 and packed lunches will be needed, Places are limited so booking is essential. Email for more details.

Knit & Natter - The fortnightly Knit & Natter, crochet and chatter, craft is on Wednesday, February 20, between 7pm and 9pm in the Westow cricket pavilion. Experts to beginners and everyone in between welcome. For details, phone Pam on 07891 814017


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.

Domino drive - A domino drive will take place in the village hall on Saturday, February 23, raising funds for the village hall. £1.50 to play, including tea and biscuits.


Snainton - Angela Howgate welcomed 44 members and three visitors to the February meeting. Jerusalem was sung and were accompanied by Diane Costello on her cello, who was the speaker for the evening. Christine Robinson introduced Diane and she began with a beautiful piece of classical music. Everyone was entranced with her playing and she explained how hard and dedicated you have to be to secure a place in an orchestra and become a professional musician. She is a very very accomplished cellist. While the members were enjoying a delicious faith supper Angela went through the business. She thanked Sue Lumb and Ann Pilgrim-Green for updating the notice board which looked very attractive with the green hearts. The newsletter was looked at and reminders went out for members to put their names down for the Spring Council Meeting on April 10 and the lunch at the Forest and Vale on June 21. Angela asked if any budding writers would be interested in entering for the Lady Denman Cup. Four members showed an interest to be in the quiz team in Pickering on May 20. Forthcoming events are: Ebberston and Allerston WI 100th anniversary lunch at Forest and Vale on Thursday, March 7, at a cost of £23.50; A lunch at the 1909 restaurant has been arranged on Friday, March 15 - three courses £12.50; Audrey Ireland will run a card making workshop on Thursday, February 14, and the winning card will go through to the Victorian Valentine Card competition at the Spring Group meeting - Ayton Village Hall March 19. The winners of the competition of ‘A Musical Theme in any Craft’ was won by Angela Howgate, second place Christine Robinson, third place Ann Hodkinson. Next meeting will be on Tuesday, March 5, with speaker Francis Langley ‘A Taste of India’. The competition is ‘A Beadwork/Jewelled Accessory’. Hostesses are Denise Caines, Jill Allen, Di Ford, Joyce Clayton, Denise Proctor. Flowers by Jenny Worsely.