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, March 10, 10.30am, St Hilda’s - Benefice Eucharist.


History Group Talk - A very entertaining talk entitled “Heraldry” was given by David Haddon Reece was attended by more than 30 people. It was so well received that the prospect of a short course is imminent. A big thank you to Maggy Tebb, the organiser, and Shirley Brooke for her catering skills.


Traffic survey - Residents of East and West Ayton have highlighted more traffic speed restrictions in a survey carried out by Cllrs David Jeffels and Heather Phillips. Many have called for 20mph zones to be created and for vehicle activated signs to be installed. Both issues are being pursued. Other concerns include a curb on future house building, the need for more police patrols, vegetation control in roadside, street cleaning and litter picking, vehicle parking on footpaths, and creation of cycle paths.


Domino drive - The domino evening last Thursday, organised by David and Elaine Mudd, raised £159 for the village hall. There were 11 full tables and the overall winner for the night was Malcolm Thompson with a score of 116. Second place was held jointly by Peter Myers and Alan Fletcher both with 112 while in third place was Julian Gospel with 108. Close behind, all with 106 were Edwin Vasey, David Mudd, Dorothy Pennock and Ken Shields. Other winners were D Cowton, C Fletcher, A Cornick, K Vasey, A Mudd, E Grayson, C Brown, C Gibbons and P Cormick. Raffle prizes were won by C Gibbons, R Cocker, M Truran, E Perrin, P Cussons, M Myers, C Brown, M Sawdon, P Teasdale, P Myers, M Lecopnby and B Simpson. Supper was prepared and organised by Elaine Mudd, Kath Mudd, Anne Tidd and Di Ford. The next domino evening, which is the last in the winter season will be held on Thursday, March 28, starting at 7.30pm. Everyone welcome.

Church - The service on Sunday, March 10, at All Saints will be Morning Prayer taken by Dr Don Jones at 11am. March copies of The Messenger, the Benefice News, are available at the back of the church.


Bridge club - The results of the Bulmer Bridge Club competition held on Thursday, February 28, were: 1st Thelma Hardware and Tom Nutman, 61.5 per cent; 2nd Maragaret Lukey and Brian Crowder, 59.9 per cent.


Domino drive - The last of this season will be held on Tuesday, March 12, at 7.30pm, in the Band Room, Low Mill. This will also be the last one in the band room before the group returns to the new village hall next season. Everyone welcome for a fun evening whether you are an expert or have never played before.

General knowledge quiz - There will be a general knowledge quiz on Friday, March 22, in the Feversham Arms Inn, Farndale, at 8pm. Quizmaster will be Mick Stanley, teams of four maximum. Entry is £2 per person, plus raffle. Everyone welcome.


Village hall - There are a number of events coming up at Gilling East Village Hall, including willow weaving on March 16, bingo on March 29 and a bric-a-brac sale on April 27. For more details, email or look at their Facebook page, Gilling East Village Hub.

Exhibition - A climate change exhibition is being held in Gilling village church until the end of March.


Market - More than 900 visitors enjoyed a fine February Saturday at the Hovingham Village Market. Six new guest stalls sold local gin, Portuguese delicacies, rare breed pork, free range game produce, hand-knitted baby clothes, garden and home items made from reclaimed wood. North Yorkshire Rotters provided advice and guidance about composting and reducing food waste. The café was kept busy providing refreshments and a hub for the community raising funds for Hovingham Church. Local singer songwriter Josh Finn delighted visitors with his relaxing melodies. The next market is on Saturday, April 6.

Course - A map reading/navigation skills course led by an experienced, qualified mountain leader, Yorkshire Tour Guide and Blue Badge Guide, will take place on Saturday, March 9, from 10am to 1pm, at Hovingham Worsley Arms. Cost £20 (all proceeds to Frack Free Ryedale). Email Ann Nightingale at to reserve your place.


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

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

Tuesday Group - Members meet on Tuesday, March 12. Members visit the Pickering group for an evening with Thornton Dale choir.

Messy Church - The meeting this month is on Monday, March 28, in the Methodist church school room, from 4pm to 6pm. Accompanied children welcome. Activities informal worship.

Menzown - Members meet at The King’s Head Hotel, at 7pm for a 7.30pm start, on Monday, March 11. It will be a Third Energy presentation on fracking.

Julian Meeting - Meetings are held on the second Tuesday on each month at The Catholic church, from 6.30pm to 7.30pm. The next one is on Tuesday, March 12. Any enquiries to Rev Tania Brosnan.

Chanticleer Singers - A Baroque choral masterpieces under musical director Jane Sturmheit, organist Geoffrey Coffin, sopranos Jenny Bianco and Linda Clayton at All Saints Church on Saturday, March 16, at 7.30pm.

Marie Curie - The ever-popular sponsored daffodil walk at Farndale is on Saturday, March 23. Sponsorship forms now available from June Cook on 01751 431160.

Bridge Club - The result from Tuesday, February 26 - North/South winners were Anne Avery and George Goodall with 62.15 per cent. In second place were Tim Johnson and Cynthia Metcalfe with 52.43 per cent. East/West Winners were Gill and Trevor Hardcastle with 61.51 per cent. In second place were Graeme Matthew and Mary Mortonson with 51.19 per cent.


New Gift Aid envelopes - These will be available in St Leonard & St Mary’s RC Church on March 10. If anyone would like a gift-aid form, then please speak with Lisa Gallon or Father Tim.

Bridge club - Dave Massey and Ed Robinson had a good win in Malton Bridge Club’s latest Cross-IMP pairs session with a score of 38 points. Second were John Bramall and Graham Burgess with 28 points with Madge Allison and Richard Hilton third with 20. On Thursday the North-South winners were Anne Butterworth and Richard Hilton, Ruth Mattingly and Dave Sonley winning as East-West. The last of the season’s matches in the Yorkshire League took place on Sunday with Malton A losing 13-7 to Leeds B to finish sixth in Division 1 and Malton B beating York D by the same margin to secure fifth place in Division 6.


Bingo - A prize bingo night on behalf of Harome Bowling Club will be held at Nawton Village Hall, Howldale Lane, on Saturday, March 16, at 7.30pm. Good prizes. All most welcome.


Service - Sunday, March 10, at 6pm, St Oswald’s - Evening prayer.


Dialect event - Pickering and District Horticultural Society is presenting an evening with Adam Collier on Saturday, April 13, at the Memorial Hall in Pickering, from 7pm to 9pm. Tickets are £8. To book or for more information, phone Dawn on 01751 476416 or Margaret on 01751


Football club - The numbers for week commencing February 25 for the Pickering Town Football Club weekly draw were five, 34 and 20 and £150 was won by Philip Allanby. Next week’s pot will be £75 and anyone wishing to join should get in touch with any committee member or Dunning Butchers.

Bridge Club - Last week was the fifth and final session of the Handicapped Pairs competitions. The winners with 62.94 per cent were Chris Brett and Pat Hainsworth. In second place with 56.42 per cent were Graeme Matthew and Anne Avery. In third place were Gill Hardcastle and Graham Burgess with 55.78 per cent. The overall winners in this competition were Graeme Matthew and Anne Avery. In second place were Gill Hardcastle and Graham Burgess and in third place Isa Eggleston and Jacki Foggin.


Quiz - Jennie will be hosting a mega quiz in the Fleece Inn on Friday, March 8, at 9pm. Cash prizes to third place, cash jackpot and hot supper for £2. The winners of Jennie’s Sunday night quiz in the Fleece were Team @ the Bar. The jackpot was a rollover.


Methodist Church report - The service was taken by Rev Dr Kevin Ridd. The vestry steward was Bert Blower, organist Doreen Lawson and the welcomer was Margaret Neave, who also took the offering. Bible readings were given by Allan Dunnington. Holy Communion was taken during the service. The preacher next week at 10.30am is Rev Dr R Whitfield. The monthly coffee morning is on Saturday at 10.30am. All are welcome.

St Martin’s Church - The Rev Richard Firth presided and Parish Reader Elizabeth Moreland preached at the 9.30am service of BCP Holy Communion on the Feast of the Transfiguration. Jim and Marion Baird were sidespersons, Edna Burton gave a bible reading and accompanied the hymns on the piano, and Janet Lamb served refreshments. Elizabeth Moreland preached again at the 11am service of modern worship, which she also led. Chris Birch led the intercessions and Mary Otway read. Liz Cremer ran the young people’s Sunday Club. Richard Fuller led the powerful sung worship with Chloe Fuller and John Taylor. Elizabeth Bradley was the sidesperson and Helen Swallow served refreshments after the service.


Next Steps coffee morning - Don’t sit at home alone. You are invited to join them 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. All are welcome and proceeds are for village hall funds.

Messy Church - Meeting at the Methodist Chapel on Saturday, March 9. Sandra will have another special story from her treasure chest as we explore the 10 Commandments. Stories, songs, dance and, of course, lots of crafts. Meet for tea at 4.45pm. All are welcome to come along.

Methodist News - Coffee morning hostess was Judith Ruston and your kind donations for coffee continue to be given to St Catherine’s Hospice. If you enjoy craft pop along to the Chapel Hall on Thursday at 1.30pm and enjoy coffee and chat as you do your craftwork. Sunday worship was led by Rev Nigel Spencer on the theme of the Transfiguration. A dialogue between Jesus and Peter was done by Chris Cade and Liz Aconley. Readers were Christine Fenwick and Kim Canterbury. They enjoyed coffee and pancakes after the worship. The Holy Communion Service next Sunday, the first in Lent will be led by Minister Rev Dr Kevin Ridd and all are invited. Please note the new timings for Sunday morning. Pre-service prayers in the hall at 10am moving into the chapel for Pre-worship at 10.15am leading into the service at 10.30am.

Community club - Don’t forget the next bingo night on Friday, March 16.


People’s Guild - On Tuesday, February 26, Michael Pitt gave his final public talk on Victorian Chemists to the Sinnington People’s Guild. His interesting talk was illustrated with various tools of the trade which are on display at the Beck Isle Museum in Pickering. John Woodmancey was the pianist. Tea and biscuits were served. The next meeting, to which all are welcome, is on Tuesday, March 12, at 7.15pm. Margaret Shaw will give a talk entitled “Every object tells a story”.


Service - Members from Slingsby, Hovingham, Scackleton, Coneysthorpe and Barton-le-Street churches and chapels joined together to attend the annual World Day of Prayer service (formerly known as Women’s World Day of Prayer) at the Methodist Chapel, Slingsby, last Friday. This service, with the theme “Come, Everything is Ready!” had been prepared by Christian Women in Slovenia. They were told of the time Slovenia had been part of Yugoslavia and after its independence in 1991. The closing prayer was to mutually support one another on the path of freedom, justice and peace.


Spring Fair - Westow Cricket Club annual spring fair is on Saturday, March 23, between 10.30am and 1pm. Stalls include: handmade items, cards, bags, knitted items, pork pies and gifts. The cricket club will be having a cake stall, tombola and second hand books, as well as a cake raffle. They will also be serving tea, coffee, cake and bacon rolls together with cold drinks. There is to be a children’s obstacle course for children under 11 years. Everyone is welcome. Anyone wanting a stall (£5) should phone Julie on 01653 618214 or email

Pilates - Classes take place at Westow Cricket Pavilion. They will be every Tuesday, from 1.45pm to 2.45pm. Classes are suitable for all abilities/experience. Classes are £6 each. To book a place or for more details, phone Cheryl on 07988 106862 or email

Didi Rugby - There is Didi Rugby for children aged 18 months to four years, every Friday in Westow Cricket Club Pavilion, from 10am to 11.30am. To book a place, phone Emma 07730 596663.

Hula Hoop workshop - On Tuesday, March 26, there is to be a Hula Hoop workshop in Westow Cricket Club Pavilion, from 7pm to 8pm. As well as waist hooping, there will be lots of fun little moves and tricks, including some partner moves, which will get everyone moving. A range of hoop sizes will be available, to try, so you can get the one that’s just right for you. Places must be booked before the evening at £7 per person (payable in advance). To book, phone Julie Price on 01653 618214.