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.


Service - Sunday, February 24, at 11am, St Hilda’s: Eucharist.


Parish Council - The next meeting will start at 6.30pm on Thursday, March 14, at the village hall.

History Group - The next group event is “Heraldry” a talk by David Haddon-Reece on Tuesday,

February 26, at 7.30pm. Admission is £2.50. The next Tea & Chat will be at 2pm on Monday, March 4. The annual general meeting will be held in the village hall on Wednesday, March 6, at 7.30pm. All welcome.


Sale - There will be a table top sale in Ayton Village Hall on Sunday, February 24, from 9am to noon. Doors open at 8.30am for sellers to set up. Browsers come and see what bargains you can find. Refreshments will be available. Tables cost £5. To book your place and for more information, phone Bev on 01723 865033 or email


Church - There will not be a service at All Saints on Sunday, February 24. There will be a 9.30am Communion at Snainton and an 11am one at Wykeham together with Evensong at 6.30am at Hutton Buscel. On Shrove Tuesday, March 5, anyone who can spare some time to help with the special spring clean at All Saints will be rewarded with a lunchtime pancake. This when the magnificent chandelier gets a year’s worth of candle wax cleaned out and its brass cleaned by team of volunteers. A target this year is a sort out of the recesses of the vestry cupboards, untouched for about 40 years. Just come along from 11am bringing any favourite cleaning materials if you wish, there will be more at church.


Service - Sunday, February 24, at 9.15am, Holy Cross: Morning Prayer, with Sermon.


Quiz - A family pub quiz will take place at the Crown Inn, Hutton-le-Hole on Sunday, March 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, Hutton-le-Hole.


Bridge Club - The results from Tuesday, February 12 were: North/South winners were Barry Smith and Bob Wardell with 60.1 per cent. In second place Tim Johnson and Cynthia Metcalfe with 55.6 per cent. East/West winners were Peter Small and Graeme Matthew with 59.8 per cent. In second place Tony and Bo Simpson with 56.8 per cent.

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, 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. The meeting starts at 7.30pm.

Ladies Fellowship - The AGM took place in February and was well attended. Helen Robertshaw opened the meeting with a lovely poem about friendship. The group looked back over the speakers and various activities and outings which members have enjoyed over the past year and made plans for the coming year. Dorothy Collis had prepared a financial report and subscriptions remain unchanged. There were thanks and flowers for Kathy and helpers. Kathy suggested knitting hats, scarves or mittens for the Shoe Box Appeal as the group’s Lenten project this year. A collection was made to sponsor Judy Turnbull’s skydive to raise funds for the new band room and concert hall in Manor Vale. Margaret Carter, Margaret Gamble, Chrissie Wright, Joan Baines, Norma Griffiths and Barbara Coram all celebrate birthdays this month. The evening ended with a faith supper, cups of tea and time for catching up.

Spring clean - The next get-together is on Wednesday, March 13, to do some spring cleaning at All Saints where members will meet from 6.30pm. Do come and give a hand if you are able.


Bridge club - Richard Hilton and Madge Allison were the winners with 51 points in the latest round of Malton Bridge Club’s Cross-IMP pairs competition. Second were Mike and Annette Jackson with 28 points followed by Tricia Pearce and Stan Bough with 20.5 points. The North-South winners on Thursday afternoon were Roger and Ruth Mattingly, ahead of Audrey Shaw and Richard Hilton while the East-West scores were headed by Nigel Miller and Philip Mason, Anna Weaver and Tricia Pearce taking second place. In the Yorkshire League on Sunday Malton A lost 13-7 to Sheffield A while Malton B had a third successive win, 12-8 against Brighouse B.


Quiz - A pub quiz will take place at The Rose & Crown on Friday, March 29, at 7.30pm, to raise funds for Kathy Boothman who is running the London Marathon for the charity Candlelighters which is the charity supporting her daughter Grace aged 10 through her treatment. If you wish to support come along to the quiz, sponsor Kathy, make a donation or donate a raffle prize for the quiz, phone Donna Foster on 07799 667672.


Support group - The February meeting of the Ryedale Parkinson’s Support Group took place in Trinity Methodist church with a very good attendance. The speaker was Caroline McCann of Co-op Estate Planning who gave a very informative talk. At the next meeting on Thursday, March 14, the speaker will be Hannah Miller, speech therapist at Scarborough Hospital. New members and carers always welcome. Phone Gill on 07794 439356, Liz on 01653 694251 and Sandra on 01944 758345.


St Mary’s Priory Fellowship - The February meeting St Mary’s Priory Fellowship in Old Malton has taken place. The speaker for the evening was Pam Towler who spoke on a “Year in Kew”. Members heard of restoration work of an extremely high pagoda and many features both indoors and out. Members saw some features such as the tree walk and some very old trees, including a chestnut of about 300 years old. Members had a glimpse in the Palm House, Water Lily House and a very beautiful display of orchids which can be seen in January. They were also shown some beautiful slides of wildlife and flowers in spring and roses, including the Lancashire and Yorkshire roses. A vote of thanks was given by Joan Lawrence. After coffee and biscuit members had the business part of the evening discussing future events. The raffle prize was kindly donated by Jean Douthwaite and won by Jacquie Gempton. The next meeting will be on March 7 and new members are always welcome.


Songs of Praise - Saturday, February 23, at 6pm, Oswaldkirk Village Hall.

Service - Sunday, February 24, at 9.15am, St Oswald’s: Eucharist.


Probus Club - The Vale of Pickering Probus Club met on Tuesday, February 12, for lunch and their AGM at the Forest & Vale Hotel under the chairmanship of Anthony Brown. Colin Ruston was elected chairman for 2019, David Haddon-Reece as vice-chairman, David Billett as secretary and treasurer, and Terence Boyle, Ron Murray and Charles Weston, committee members. Club membership enquiries welcome by phoning 01751 472879.

Football club - Pickering Town Football Club Weekly Draw numbers for week commencing February 11 were 33, 18 and 13, and £825 was won by Christine Hodgson, therefore the pot for next week will be £75 and anyone wishing to join the draw can now do so by just getting in touch with anyone from the club or Philip at Dunning Butchers.

Bridge Club - Last week was the third of five weeks of Handicapped Pairs competitions. The winners with 63.38 per cent were Trish Pearce and Stan Bough. In second place with 56.13 per cent were Gill Hardcastle and Graham Burgess. In third place were Dorothy Cordery and Sue Hardman with 54.69 per cent.

Family Cinema - A large audience of parents and children enjoyed the delightful film Christopher Robin at the recent Family Cinema. The next monthly Family Cinema will be on Saturday, March 2, at 6.30pm, and the film Smallfoot will be screened in the Memorial Hall, the cinema’s temporary home while the building work continues on the Methodist Church premises. Admission is free, donations towards costs are welcome. Doors open at 6pm and popcorn, snacks and soft drinks will be for sale with tea or coffee also available in the interval. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult. For details, phone 01751 472249.

Market - The next Pickering Farmers’ Market will be held on Thursday, February 21.


Quiz - The Devil’s Advocate were the winners of Jennie’s Sunday night quiz in the Fleece and also won the £25 jackpot.


St Martin’s Church - The Rev Richard Firth presided and Parish Deacon Rev Judith Dean assisted and preached at the 9.30am service of Holy Communion. Kieron Middleton led the prayers and gave a bible reading. Clare Firth and Sue Johnson were sidesperson, Edna Burton accompanied the hymns on the piano, and after the service Clare served refreshments. Kate Middleton led the children’s activities where the children looked at the question of love as we had just celebrated St Valentine. In the midst of making wonderful chocolate and marshmallow cookies that were later shared with the congregation, the children learned that although we often hide our love for others when sending Valentine cards, our love for God is to be shared with everyone just like the cookies. Judith preached again at the 11am shorter service of modern worship, which she also led. Tim Cremer read and Richard Fuller led the sung worship with John and Sue Grice. Liz Cremer was the sidesperson and Elizabeth Bradley served refreshments after the service.

Methodist church - The preacher was Paul Midgley, the vestry steward was Allan Dunnington, organist Doreen Lawson, welcomer and the offering was taken by Margaret Neave. The bible reading was given by Jean Cockerill who read from Mark’s gospel. The prayers of intercession were carried out by Amanda Clayton. The preacher next week at 10.30am is Deacon Andrew Carter. The World Day of Prayer is at 2pm on Friday, March 1. Everyone welcome.


People’s Guild - The Sinnington People’s Guild was delighted to welcome back the Filey Festival Singers on Tuesday, February 12. Directed and accompanied by Malcolm Dalby, the singers gave a varied programme of sacred music. Prayers were led by Betty Wright. Two choir members gave Bible readings. Dr Margaret Pawson read an amusing poem about Noah building his ark and Val Raw read a Pam Ayres poem. All joined in the singing of three congregational hymns. Supper was served. The collection for the work of the RNLI totalled £110.10. The next meeting is on Tuesday, February 26, at 7.15pm. “Victorian Chemists” will be the subject of Michael Pitt’s talk to which all are welcome.


Service - The annual World Day of Prayer service (formerly known as Women’s World Day of Prayer) will take place at the Methodist Chapel, Slingsby, on Friday, March 1, at 2pm. This service, with the theme “Come, Everything is Ready” has been prepared by Christian Women in Slovenia. All welcome.

Ladies group - Members meet at Slingsby Methodist Hall on the second Tuesday of the month at 7.15pm. Organised events this year include, talks on cardboard furniture, Ryedale Dog Rescue and secrets in the attic. Also guest speakers include a Ryedale auctioneer, an author Jane Lovering and Glennis Whyte, from the National Trust. Members are also having a mystery evening outing and full day outing to Beverley and Staal smokehouse. Want to do something different? Why not join them for the first meeting on Tuesday, March 12, or phone 01653 628363 for more details.


Talk - Thornton-le-Dale Local History Society will be meeting at the Hill Institute in Maltongate at 7.30pm on Wednesday, February 27. A talk will be given by Ian Neale on the arrival of Christianity in Roman Britain. The illustrated talk will show how mosaics, inscriptions, hoards and burials have shed light on the growth of the religion in what had previously been a Pagan society.

Bridge Club - The result from Monday, February 11. In first place with 61.9 per cent were Margaret Lowe and Isa Eggleston. In second place with 57.9 per cent were Peter and Lesley Tucker.


Open doors - Volunteers are serving tea, coffee, home baking, bacon rolls and cold drinks again in Westow Cricket Club Pavilion on Saturday, February 23, and Sunday, February 24, raising money for the cricket club and pavilion running costs. There will be the option to play pool, cards, dominoes, as well as second-hand books. Everyone is welcome.

Ground works - Sunday, February 24, will be the third weekend when players and members of Westow Cricket club will be carrying out repairs and maintenance at the cricket ground, between 10am and noon. Anyone willing to help in anyway will be made welcome.


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. There will also be one on Wednesday, March 6, raising funds for the village hall. £1.50 to play, including tea and biscuits.


Kirkbymoorside - An above average attendance met in early January for a hat debate, which was very popular. President Carol Smith led the meeting, assisted by secretary Chris Martin and treasurer Alison Sigsworth. A sub-committee, chaired by Angie Fawcett, was set up and met later that month to discuss and organise ideas and suggestions for the group’s centenary year in 2020. Raffle prizes were won by Barbara Coram and Hilary Hoyland. The competition was won by Jan Tattersall, with Hilary second

and Jane Jackson third. Birthday posies by Jan were presented to Chris Martin and Judith Fletcher. A record attendance was noted at the February meeting when member Jane Jackson demonstrated and helped members to make marzipan hedgehogs. It was greatly enjoyed and prompted much laughter. Jane judged members’ efforts, first removing those deemed Best in Class and then choosing her

Best in Show. Reports and updates were given on the Tuesday Walks, Craft and Chat, the Red Box Project, a trip to York Theatre Royal and Ryedale Show. The raffle was won by Judith Fletcher and Glad Savege. The competition winner was Carol Smith, with Barbara Coram second and Eliza Treasure third. Barbara received her birthday posy. The next meeting is at 2.15pm on March 4 in the Methodist Chapel Schoolroom, when members will discover what happens when you dial 999. Visitors and new members are always welcome.

Appleton-le-Moors - Members enjoyed a warm welcome and a most entertaining evening at their annual joint meeting at Cropton Women’s Institute. Lucy Adlington, from the History Wardrobe, took

her audience on a romp through Regency England with her “Bad Girls and Bonnets” dramatisation. Through costume, literature and anecdote, Lucy brought the period, in all its facets, to life, taking members back to a time when women could be arrested, and deported, for simply being “ungovernable”. The presentation was once again followed by a delicious supper. Later this month members will enjoy their annual dinner at the Moors Inn and the next meeting, on March 27, is a visit from Wack’s Wicked Plants of Scampston, who will share their collection of RHS Chelsea gold award winning carnivorous plants. All welcome.

Thornton-le-Dale - The February meeting saw two talented ladies Mary Richardson and Carol

Rynehart display their remarkable efforts of plastic flowers made from recycled plastic bottles and bottle tops. This will be followed by a craft session where members will be shown how to make them. The evening then continued with an informative talk given by Mathew Wilkinson from Yorwaste on how to reduce and reuse waste material, unusable material being burnt to produce energy. During the following week a walk around Goathland was enjoyed by a few members.