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 17, 11am, St Hilda’s: Eucharist.


History Group - The annual general meeting was held in the village hall. It was noted that a loss of £430 had been made during the last financial year, however this was on one off items relating to the centenary of the ending of the First World War. The book entitled “Frederick C Dawson School teacher of Appleton-le-Moors (1841-43)” is at the printers and a book launch is anticipated in the next month or so thanks to Grant Funding from Ryedale Rural District Council. The two very successful talks “Navvies” and “Heraldry” were held and the open day, which made £200 is to become an annual event. It was also decided that a further two formal talks will be held during the 2019/20 season and to continue with the monthly Tea, Chat & Chat will continue after an increase in attendances this year. The final Tea & Chat for this season will be at 2pm on Monday, April 1.

Singalong - The next Singalong will be held at 5pm on Wednesday, March 20, in the village hall.

Tea, Chat & History - The latest Tea, Chat & History of 2019 was held in the village hall on Monday and was again very well attended. As usual a big thank you to Shirley Brooke for the catering and to Ian Aconley for operating the slide projector. Ann Wilson produced an interesting paper clipping from which Hester Richardson quickly identified most of the school children. The next and final Tea & Chat of the 2018/19 season will be at 2pm on Monday, April 1.


Local History Society - At the Brompton Local History Society meeting on Wednesday, March 6, Trevor Pearson took members through the history of Brompton Castle Hill from the Scarborough historian Thomas Hinderwell noticing the foundations of ancient buildings through to a geophysical survey which confirmed the existence of something below the surface. This was a topographical survey which suggested the possibility of a very ordinary agricultural shed however an excavation in the garden of Castle Hill House in 2017 revealed the possibility of, not a shed, but a high status building. Excavations on Castle Hill itself in 2018 revealed a very substantial well built wall; architectural fragments which confirmed the existence of a high status building and finds ranging in date from the Middle Stone Age, from the Roman era and the last century. Despite these exciting discoveries much remains mysterious and the Scarborough Archaeological and Historical Society plans further work next September. At the next meeting on April 3, Marcus Jecock will tell members about the excavations at Hanging Grimston, a deserted Medieval village on the western edge of the Wolds with the potential of being as important as Wharram Percy. The meeting will be in Brompton Village Hall at 7.30pm. Everyone is welcome. The meeting on May 1 is an evening excursion to Rievaulx Abbey led by Trevor Pearson. For the time being the plan is to meet in the Square at Brompton at 5.30pm in order to share transport and to be at Rievaulx for 6.30pm. Final arrangements will be made at the April meeting.

Community Lunch - The Village Ventures Community Lunch will be held on Wednesday, March 20. Doors open 12.15pm.

Parish Council - The next Parish Council meeting will be held at Sawdon Village Hall on Monday, March 18, beginning at 7.30pm.

Church - When the brass chandelier was lowered for cleaning on Shrove Tuesday, Brompton Primary School children from Class One came to see it at close quarters. They also looked at the “Village” stained glass window which features their school and pupil Oliver Peacock led a viewing of the church tower. Oliver had been up the tower when it was open last September during the Village Heritage Day for supervised tours, and the youngsters were very interested in the five church bells. There are now several secondary school pupils learning to ring and it appears that there will be some more potential ringers once they are old enough. The service on Sunday, March 17 will be at 9.30am. It will be taken by Rev Tony Lindsay with Terry Cartlidge playing the organ. There will be coffee at the back of church to follow.


Bridge club - The results of the Bulmer Bridge Club Competition held on Thursday, March 7, were: 1st Tom Nutman and Thelma Hardware 63.7 per cent; 2nd Val and Michael Allen 81.6 per cent.


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

Village Hall Scrapbook – The village hall at Church Houses is in the process of being rebuilt (thanks to many donors and supporters, including funding from the Big Lottery). They are hoping building works will finish in May. They are keen to put together a scrapbook with pictures and stories of events and parties etc that have been held in the old hall over the past 70 or so years, and are also planning to bury a time capsule within the new hall’s foundations. They would be really pleased if anyone has any photographs or memories they would like to share with us in celebration of this, and can collect/will return any pictures. Please contact Hannah Ferdinando, junior trustee of Farndale Village Hall and Duke of Edinburgh volunteer, helping to organise the launch and events. Email or phone 01751 430028.


Service - Sunday, March 17, 9.15am, Holy Cross: Eucharist with Holy Communion.

Village hall - The monthly craft class in Gilling East Village hall had a go at macramé. They started making a bookmark and moved on to making a wall hanging. Thank you to Kristel Hughes of Easingwold’s Zebramingo Crafts for organising the classes, each month is a different craft project and everything is provided to complete the activity.


Service - The Make Way service will be held in St Michael’s Church at 7pm, on Tuesday, March 26.


Bridge club - The result from Tuesday, March 5. North/South winners were Tim and Irene Smith with 54.17 per cent. In joint second place with 53.47 per cent were Tim Johnson with Cynthia Metcalfe and Judith O’Donnell with David Whitehead. East/West were Sue Shuttleworth and Janet Sutor with 63.49 per cent. In second place were Graeme Matthew and Mary Mortonson with 59.13 per cent.

Camera Club - The Kirkbymoorside and District Camera Club met at the Moorside Bar and Club in Shaw Drive for an Open Competition. The judge was Andrew Linscott from Northallerton. The winner of the print section was Bob Ordidge with Breeching Humpback Whale. Runner-up was Harry Kingman with Off to Work, Rajasthan. The projected digital image section was won by Ian Leadley with his entry Harbour Sunrise and in second place was John Clifton with Heather Burning. The next meeting at the Moorside Bar and Club is on Thursday, March 21, when Ian Wray will be giving an illustrated talk on Street and documentary photography.

Daffodil Walk - The walking boots are on for the annual Farndale daffodil walk on Saturday, March 23. The walks, one a short walk (3.5 miles) and a longer walk (7.5 miles) are led by the North York Moors National Park Rangers. To enter, phone 01751 431160 or email Refreshments served from 10am to 5pm in the band room at Low Mill. All profits for Marie Curie cancer care and support through terminal illness. Kirkbymoorside fundraising group organise the walks.

Tuesday Group - The next meeting on Tuesday, March 26, will have guest speaker Tanya Short. Leader is Kath and the tea hostesses are Jean and Margaret. The meeting is at the Methodist Church Jubilee room at 7.30pm. Tuesday group is open to all and aims to provide a meeting place where Christian responsibility at home, in the community and in church life is encouraged.

Messy Church - The Messy Church takes place in the Methodist Church on Monday, March 18, from 4pm to 6pm. Crafts, games, informal worship and shared meal. Accompanied children only. The theme is “Who is my neighbour?”

Environment group - The next Repair Café will be held on Saturday, March 16, from 9.30am to 12.30pm, in The Moorside Room, Church Street. You are invited to bring along items that need repairing and the team of volunteers will do their best to mend them, free of charge. Items can include computers, electrical and any household or garden items, bikes, toys, clothing mending and alterations. Refreshments will be available, proceeds going to local organisations. More volunteer repairers always welcome. For more information, email June Emerson: or phone 01751 430907.

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. Included in the programme are Dixit Dominus by G F Handel and Komn Jesu Komm by J S Bach, two of the greatest choral gems from the late Baroque. Tickets are £11 children and students free. Available on line at, 01653 691589, Hoppers or at the door.

Market - Kirkbymoorside’s weekly market is held every Wednesday. Very reasonable rates and pitch sizes available to suit most traders. Market traders interested in standing on the market should phone Sheila Ridley by phone on 07881 807198 or by email

Sale - 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 by phone on 07881 807198 or email

St Patrick’s Eve - On Saturday, March 16, in the Bronte Room of King’s Head, there will be samples of Irish wit and humour from 11am to noon. The only fee will be that all attenders buy a coffee from the hotel. Texts will be provided, and readers will select from a choice of scenes of A Woman of No Importance (Oscar Wilde); A Village Wooing (George Bernard Shaw) or Juno and the Paycock (Sean O’Casey). It is hoped to meet monthly thereafter. You may enjoy taking a part or just listening to others read. Email or phone 07792 895822.


Bridge club - The winners in the latest round of Malton Bridge Club’s handicap pairs competition were Derek Fox and Madge Allison with a net 54.9 per cent. In second place were Mike Jackson and John Hayton with 53.9 per cent followed by Philip Mason and Richard Hilton with 52.4 per cent. The Thursday afternoon winners were Tony Lindsay and Philip Mason sitting North-South and Steve and Terry Herbert as East-West.


Prize 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.

Quiz - There will be a pub quiz 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, who is 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 Millie Easton or Donna Foster on 07799 667672.


Oz Cafe - The Oz Cafe will be open on Saturday, March 16, from 10am to noon, at the village hall. It will be a chance to catch up, gossip and mingle. Tea, coffee, cakes.

Service - Sunday, March 17, 9.15am, St Oswald’s: Morning Prayer with sermon.


Football Club - Pickering Town Football Club’s weekly draw numbers for the week commencing March 4, were 10, 11 and 23. There was no winner but as it was the first Monday in the month the consolation prize was shared by Ryan Cooper and Dave Harrison. Next week’s pot is £150.

Domino drive - Pickering Town Football Club is organising a domino drive on Friday, March 15, at the Recreation Club, starting at 7.30pm. Everyone welcome.

Bridge Club - Last week’s bridge was a Charity Challenge competition and in first place playing North/South were Philip Mason and Madge Allison with 60.5 per cent and in second place with 55.5 per cent were Dorothy Cordery and Sue Hardman. In first place playing East/West were Tricia Pearce and Stan Bough with 65 per cent and in second place Gill Hardcastle and Sue Pearson with 60.5 per cent.

Family Cinema - The animated film “Smallfoot” was enjoyed by lots of children and parents at the recent Family Cinema in Pickering. The next Family Cinema will be on Saturday, April 6, at 6.30pm, in the Memorial Hall, their temporary home as the building work continues in the Methodist Church. Admission is free, donations towards costs are welcome. The film to be screened is “Wreck-it Ralph breaks the Internet”. Doors open at 6pm and there will be popcorn, snacks and soft drinks for sale. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult.

Allotments - The annual general meeting of the Pickering Allotments Association will be held at the Recreation Club, Mill Lane, Pickering, on Thursday, March 21, at 7pm. All allotment holders are invited to attend. Outgang Lane Allotments in Pickering have full and half plots available to rent now for the 2019/20 season. All enquiries to the secretary, Sallie Harland, on 01751 471556.


Quiz - Seven teams playing for £52 took part in Jennie’s Mega Quiz in the Fleece Inn. The winners with 53 points were The Who plus Mike, Fiona and Col, second were Sue’s Crew after a tie-break with third placed Gary, Steve & Co both on 52.5. The £13 jackpot was won by The Brothers Trim. After a tie-break with Sue’s Crew the winners of Jennie’s Sunday night quiz were Gary, Steve & Co. The jackpot was won by Sue’s Crew.


Church - The preacher on this first Sunday in Lent was the Rev Robert Whitfield, the welcomer was Margaret Harris, and the organist was Doreen Lawson. The vestry steward was Allan Dunnington. Bob Jackman led the Lenten prayers, and laid the first symbol, the 30 pieces of silver at the base of the cross. The lessons, the first from Romans, were given by Denise Earnshaw, and the reading from Luke, read by Brenda Whitfield was of the temptations of Jesus. The collection was taken by Margaret Neave, and coffee was served by Mandy Clayton. The preacher next week is Lorraine Booth, and the concert by Village Voices will be on March 30, at 7pm. Ticket at the door £6 to include a light supper.


St Hilda’s Church - Morning Worship was led by Barbara Grice, who spoke on Lent. The lesson from Luke’s Gospel about the temptation of Jesus was read by Carol Stephenson and music was supplied by Bill Hyndford. Sidespersons were Christine Ashton and Sue Mennell, and coffee at the close of the service by Betty Flinton and helpers. The next service at St Hilda’s will be Holy Communion on Sunday, March 24, at 9am, when Rev Joe Kinsella will officiate. On Sunday, March 31, there will be a Benefice service for Mothering Sunday at 10am when everyone will be most welcome.

Community club - Bingo will take place on Saturday, March 16, at the Sherburn Community & Sports Club. Tickets £7, night starts at 8pm. Odd/Even games carrying good amounts. £542 was paid out at the last bingo. The last bingo before the summer break will take place on Saturday, April 6.

Senior Citizen Luncheon Club - This will be held in the Sherburn Methodist Chapel Hall on Wednesday, March 20. A speaker from the fire service will be giving advice on fire safety in our homes. Please meet from 12.30pm for lunch at 1pm. Transport in Sherburn Village can be arranged, phone Christine on 01944 711294.

Messy Church - After the sausage and chips tea (thanks to RJ’s for the chips), members went into Chapel and Sandra told a story from her treasure chest. They did lots of crafts about these rules. They also learned a special dance which was part of the closing worship. The next Messy Church will be on Saturday, April 13, when they will learn about Palm Sunday and hear Henry’s Story. Of course there will be lots of messy craft too. Meet for tea at 4.45pm. All welcome.

Methodist News - Everyone is giving so generously at Tuesday Coffee Morning, they are getting closer to their target for St Catherine’s Hospice. The hostess was Pat Woodley. The generosity of the folk never ceases to amaze them. Craft club met on Thursday, if you would like to join them just come along at 1.30pm you will be most welcome. Holy Communion for the first Sunday in Lent was led by the Minister Rev Dr Kevin Ridd. Pre-worship was led by Chris Cade and the Lenten Liturgy was read by Jean Brown and Sandra Cade. The Bible lessons were read by Liz Aconley. Kim Canterbury assisted Rev Kevin with the Communion. After the service, they enjoyed coffee together in the hall. The service next Sunday will be led by the Worship Team and an open invitation is give to all. Please note the timetable for Sunday mornings. Pre-service prayer in the hall at 10am. Pre-worship in the Chapel from 10.15am leading into the service at 10.30am.


People’s Guild - The Rev Ruth Duck led the Sinnington People’s Guild into Lent on Tuesday, March 5. Using hymns, Bible readings, prayers and poetry, Ruth explained the meaning of Lent. Ruth was welcomed and thanked by Jill Simpson. John Woodmancey was the pianist. Tea and biscuits were served. The next meeting is on Tuesday, March 19, at 7.15pm. John Porter will speak on Scarborough lifeboats, Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow. All welcome.


Country market - The market is being held in the village hall on Saturday, March 16, from 10.30am to 2.30pm. They will have all the usual stalls selling food, celebration cards and beautiful hand-crafted bird boxes, fruit and vegetables, cakes, honey and biscuits. There are some new additions to the market; a range of Stepney Hill meat and poultry and, as it is a dog friendly market, a stall selling homemade dog biscuits. Also beautiful pictures. There are wood carvings outside with a great range of bedding plants and there is always the tombola to chance your luck on. The market also sells a good range of sandwiches and homemade soups.


Bridge club - The result from Monday, February 25. In first place Barry Smith and Bob Wardell with 65.9 per cent. In second place Tim Johnson and Ruth Hunt with 62.7 per cent. The result from Monday, March 4. In first place Barry Smith and Bob Wardell with 65.9 per cent. In second place Margaret Lowe and Isa Eggleston with 57.9 per cent.

Ladies Group - Members held their annual lunch at Balderson’s Cafe on March 7. The next meeting will be on April 4 at 2pm in the Methodist Schoolroom, when they will be having a beetle drive.


Hula Hoop workshop - There are still places on the Hula Hoop workshop, which is on Tuesday, March 26, from 7pm to 8pm. £7 per person (payable in advance). A range of hoop sizes will be available, to

try, so you can get the one that’s just right for you. Phone Julie Price on 01653 618214 to secure a place.

Open days - There is to be two open days in the Church of St Mary, in Westow, over the Easter weekend of Saturday, April 20 and Sunday, April 21, from 10am to 4pm, each day. There will be a children’s Easter egg hunt, refreshments, the chance to look around this beautiful church and find out about the church’s history.

Plant stall - The annual Westow Playing fields Association plant stall will be on Sunday, May 5, in the Westow Cricket Pavilion car park, starting at 10am. There is usually lots of plants to purchase, including bedding plants. There will also be tea, coffee and home-baking on sale. The money raised from plant sales and the refreshments will be used for the upkeep of the Westow play area. Donations of plants to sell are always appreciated and can be taken on the day.


Film - The next film in the village hall is on Friday, March 22, showing Kings of Thieves at 7pm.

Domino drive - A domino drive will take place in the village hall on Saturday, March 30, raising funds for the village hall. £1.50 to play, including tea and biscuits.

Quiz evening - A date for your diary is the quiz evening on Friday, April 12, in the village hall, at 7.30pm.