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.


Event - A coffee morning will be held in the village hall on Monday, May 6, from 10am to 11.30am.

Bishop Hagg Wood - The latest Saturday morning work task as part of Appleton & Spaunton Community Interest Company’s management of Bishop Hagg Wood was attended by seven woodland folk. The work task was located in the group’s storage field and involved a great deal of tidying and a large bonfire. The next work task will be April 27, at 10am.


Dominoes - There were 12 tables in play for last week’s domino drive at Brompton Village Hall. The MC was David Mudd. £138 was made bringing the total for the winter season to £855. Supper was served by Anne Tidd, Abigail Mudd and helpers. At half time Anne Tidd, on behalf of the village hall committee, expressed thanks to David and Elaine Mudd for running these events and they were presented with a bottle of wine and a bouquet of flowers. She also thanked Kathleen Mudd for her continuing support in providing cakes for the refreshments and asked that a bouquet of flowers be delivered to her. She also thanked players, who come from as far as Helmsley, Farndale, Malton and Levisham, for their support. The winner of the £10 for the accumulator was Peter Myers with a total of 546.

Talent club - The village hall was packed on Friday night when Brompton and Sawdon Primary School talent club, run by Helen Wright put on a pop-up restaurant. About 14 pupils were involved with help from Mrs Wright, parents and Sue Stroud, the school cook. They created and served a three-course meal, non-alcoholic cocktails, word searches and colouring competition, raffle and a finale of entertainment. All of the ideas were the children’s own and they even made table confetti. About £300 was made for the parent’s association which supports the school.

Church - Last week’s joint Mothering Day Service was enlivened by the Very Rev David Garnett bringing a mother hen, a Silky, to church. This week things are back to normal with an 11am Communion in the village church of All Saints. All are welcome, and with retired clergy running the services at present, including David Garnett, the sermons are as varied as the clergy. The church annual meeting for all on the electoral role follows this Sunday’s service.

Old Post Office - The Old Post Office has now re-opened as a literary meeting place for tea, coffee, cakes and conversation.


Village Hall - On Saturday, April 13, a spring fair is being held in the village hall from 2pm to 4pm. Admission is free and refreshments are available. There is an exhibition of work by the late Jean Feaster of embroidery including goldwork and needle lace. Stalls include bric-a-brac, tombola, cakes and books. There is an individual stall in aid of Yorkshire Air Ambulance.


Service – The annual Farndale Daffodil Service will be held in St Mary’s Church, Farndale, on Sunday, April 14, at 2.30pm, followed by a walk along the beck by the daffodils.


Market - Hovingham Easter Market will be on Saturday, April 6, from 10.30am to 1.30pm with over 60 stalls selling local produce and crafts. Kevin Bradshaw has rebranded Gallery Beyond to Nunnington Galleries and will be displaying paintings from five artists Jonathan Pomroy, Liz Churton, Patrick Smith, Justine Warner and Lucy Saggers. Local artist Jonathan M Pomroy will be signing his new book On Crescent Wings - A Portrait of the Swift. Butterflies Chocolates with their special Chocolate Easter Bunnies and guest stall Earth Rise Designs with natural and ethical clothing. MIND have a community stall with hand decorated bird boxes and guest stall Por Favour, from Knaresborough, with fudge including vegetarian and vegan options. The other community stall is Yorkshire Wildlife Trust and two regulars Stall Smokehouse and Yorkshire Oils were winners of the Best Partnership at the Garbutt Elliot Yorkshire Food Entrepreneurs Awards. Hovingham Cricket Club will be running the cafe and also are looking for players, umpires and scorers for the 2019 season. The volunteer market manager will be Chris Stark.


Quiz - A family pub quiz will be held at the Crown Inn on Sunday, April 7, 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.


Bridge Club - On March 26, the North/South winners were Gill and Trevor Hardcastle with 56.75 per cent. In second place were Anne Avery and George Goodall with 54.37 per cent. The East/West winners were Steve Lonsdale and Robin Paige with 63.89 per cent. In second place were Graeme Matthew and Mary Mortonson with 60.76 per cent.

Coffee morning - The annual coffee morning for the Shoebox Appeal will take place on Wednesday, April 17, from 9.30am to 11.30am, at Kirkbymoorside Methodist Church. Cakes, produce, books and Bric a Brac stalls.

Tuesday Group - The next meeting on Tuesday, April 9, is entitled An Easter Evening. Leaders are Kath and Janet and the tea hostesses are Janet and Dorothy. The meeting is held at the Methodist Church Jubilee Room at 7.30pm.

Oasis - Join the group for coffee, company and chat each Tuesday from 10am to noon at the Methodist Church.

Amnesty International - Kirkbymoorside group’s next meeting is on Thursday, April 11, at Barbara’s home Nawton. The group plan to hold a coffee morning at the walled garden in Helmsley in July a date to be finalised. On Tuesday, April 9, Amnesty York’s meeting will have guest speaker Linda Fielding from Urban House Wakefield.


Jigsaw festival - On Saturday, April 6, there is to be a jigsaw festival in Leavening Primary School, from 10am to 4pm. There will be tea, coffee, soup and a roll available throughout the event, together with a tombola. Proceeds from the event will be shared between the Yorkshire Air Ambulance and Leavening churches.

Potato in a bucket - Potatoes and buckets are now for sale at Swan Cottage or Boundale Farm, for anyone planning to take part in this year’s annual Leavening Show’s “potatoes in a bucket class”. The village show is on Saturday, September 7. Schedules for the show will soon be displayed on the village notice board, so those wishing to take part will know what to grow in their garden or to make.


Bridge Club - Philip Mason and John Hayton had a big score in the latest session of Malton Bridge Club’s Cross-IMP pairs with 66 points. Mike and Annette Jackson came second with 40 points, with Derek Fox and Rob Ashdown third with 28 points. The Thursday afternoon sessions resume this week.


Coffee morning - A coffee morning will be held in the village hall on Saturday, April 13, from 10am to noon. There will be a raffle raising funds for the charity Candlelighters.

Quiz - A quiz evening held at The Rose & Crown hosted by Donna Foster and Millie Easton was a great success with 30 tables mainly of teams of six taking part. Thanks must go to the landlord and his wife for the use of the room and the quiz master Ian Teasdale. A tie for first place went to Mr and Mrs John Teasdale, Mr and Mrs D Pettit and Barbara Hickman and their prize Sunday lunch at Kirkbymoorside Golf Club. A wonderful total of £800 was raised for the charity Candlelighters. An ambassador for the charity David Pettit give a brief outline of the charity’s work.


St Mary’s Priory church fellowship - The monthly meeting was opened with a short prayer service by Sue Galley, acting chairman. Sue introduced the Rev Francis Lofthouse who gave an illustrated presentation regarding the work of Sylvia Wright. After training as a nurse at Leeds General Infirmary, Sylvia became a senior lecturer in nursing but in 1982 in her 40s she felt a calling to serve the poor in India. She settled in the town of Tiruvannamalai in Tamil Nadu South India, establishing a mobile clinic. From those small beginnings, Sylvia has established over the last 37 years a modern 180-bed hospital, a boarding school for 180 profoundly deaf children, a day centre for up to 100 severely disabled children and a nursing college for up to 120 students. Anne Smith gave the vote of thanks for a thought-provoking talk. Apologies were received from six members. Both Sue and Jacqui Gempton, secretary, read out the notices. The raffle prize was kindly donated by Sue and was won by Janet Tonge. Sue and Margaret Teasdale served tea and biscuits. The monthly competition was An Item relating to India, which was won by Sue.


Easter Coffee Morning - The St Leonard’s Hospice Easter Community Coffee Break will take place at Pickering Library from 10.30am to 12.30pm on Monday, April 15. There will be free tea, coffee and biscuits, plus jigsaws and the chance to win an Easter gift.

Weekly draw - Pickering Town Football Club’s Weekly draw numbers for week commencing March 25 were 33, 18 and 25 and there was no winner therefore the prize pot will be £150 next week.

Dialect evening - Pickering & District Horticultural Society are presenting an evening of Yorkshire dialect to be given by Adam Collier. The presentation will be held in Pickering Memorial Hall on Saturday, April 13 and will be from 7pm to 9pm. Cost of the tickets is £8 which will include light refreshments. The tickets are available from Dawn Shepherd on 01751 476416 or Margaret Dunning on 01751 473697, admission by ticket only.

Bridge Club - In the latest session of duplicate bridge the winners were Madge Allison and Rob Ashdown with 65.63 per cent. In second place with 57.29 per cent were Stan Bough and Graham Burgess. In third place Graeme Matthew and Anne Avery with 50 per cent.


Bingo - £325 was raised for centre funds at the March prize bingo held in Woodlands Community Centre. The caller was Melvyn Jacques and the checker Sue Nelson. The next prize bingo at the centre is for All Saints church, Thorpe Bassett, on Wednesday, April 24.

Meeting - The annual parish meeting will be held in the church rooms at 7.30pm on Monday, April 8. Agenda items include future litter pick dates, grants to local community groups, Christmas lights 2019 and the recreation ground and pavilion. There will be an open forum for residents to highlight issues of concern, to propose community projects and express views on where they would like council tax money to be spent. Local groups, clubs or associations are invited to promote their organisation. Tea/coffee will be available on arrival.

Show - Rillington and District Horticultural and Industrial Society’s 96th annual show will be held on Saturday, September 7. The subjects for the photography classes are transport, study in black and white, an open class and a photograph accompanied by an amusing caption. For 12 year olds and under there is a competition for the biggest sunflower head. Sponsors are required for a number of classes at the show. £3 per class gets your name in the schedule. Phone Richard Denton on 758136 or email

Meeting - Malton Rural East Community and Police Consultation Group will be meeting in Woodlands Community Centre at 7pm on Wednesday, April 10. This is a chance to air your views and question your local officers about crime issues, road safety and anything else you feel needs addressing. Representative from highways, housing and other safety partners are invited too should your query be concerned with other areas of the community. Light refreshments will be available on arrival.


Embroiderers’ Guild - The guild met as usual on the last Saturday of the month in Snainton Village Hall. This month there was a talk and slide show by Jessica Grady, a textile artist and embroiderer, in the morning. She showed a selection of her work which was colourful and used many recycled items such as rubber bands and plastic drinking straws made into sequins. She also showed designs for fabric and wall papers that she had made. In the afternoon some of the members did a workshop, led by Jessica, making embellished textile mandalas – round designs with beads sequins and recycled items sewn onto fabric.


St Martin’s Church - The service for Mothering Sunday was held in St John the Baptist church in Cayton and was a Benefice Service for the three churches of Seamer, East Ayton and Cayton that make up the Benefice. The service was led by the vicar the Rev Andrew Moreland, and the Rev Richard Firth preached and presided at the Holy Communion. The readings, prayers and the music were made up of a combined contribution from the various churches. Flowers and cards were distributed to everyone in the congregation to acknowledge not only the love, care and work of present day mothers but also to acknowledge and remember all who had either mothered children alongside or in place of a mother, as well as those mothers who were now in eternal rest. At the end of the service a wonderful spread of refreshments was served by the congregation of Cayton church.

Meeting - The annual meeting of the Friends will be held in the St Martin’s Church Seamer church rooms on Monday, April 8, at 7pm, with refreshments. All are invited to come and hear how the Friends are working to improve the environment and look of the village.


St Hilda’s Church - A United Benefice Service for Mothering Sunday held at St Hilda’s Church was led by Rodney Wood with the Rev Judy Duke giving the talk on the origins of the celebration. Martin Monkman played the organ and the lessons were read by Jacqueline Wood and Barbara Grice, both of whom took the collection. Prayers were led by Irene Jervis. The sidespersons duties were undertaken jointly by Betty Flinton, Christine Ashton and Sue Mennell. Fruit juice, cordial and biscuits were served by Jacqueline Wood. Cards and certificates of merit for Mums prepared by Barbara Grice were given out with crayons and stickers for the children to complete. At the close of the service Rev Judy Duke blessed the posies of daffodils and tulips, which had been prepared by Janet and Charlotte Clarkson, Christine Ashton and Barbara Grice and one was given to everyone in the congregation. The flowers had been generously donated by Janet Clarkson and James Barstow. The next service at St Hilda’s will be the Lay Service led by Barbara Grice on Palm Sunday, April 14, at 10.30am. On Good Friday – April 19 – there will be a Walk of Witness starting from St Hilda’s at 11am, when the cross will be carried up the village to the Methodist Church.

Next Steps coffee morning - 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.

Duck Race - This will be held at East Beck at 3pm on Monday, April 22, raising funds for Sherburn Cricket Club and the Memorial Tubs. Cost is £1 per duck and there will be cash prizes for the first three ducks and also a special prize for the last duck home. Duck sponsors available at the East Riding and after the race there will be a raffle drawn at the East Riding. Phone Tracy Vitty 01944 711403.

Community Club - The next bingo will be held on Saturday, April 6, which will be the last one before the summer break.

Methodist news - Tuesday Coffee Morning held from 10am to 11.30am. Last week’s hostess was Judith Ruston. Thursday Craft Club from 1.30pm, no booking just come along. The service on Mothering Sunday was led by Rev Bruce Russell. Readers were Kim Canterbury and Jean Brown. Lenten Liturgy was by Christine Pickard and Christine Fenwick. Flowers, kindly prepared by Sandra Cade, were given out to the congregation. We all enjoyed coffee together in the Hall afterwards. Next Sunday at 10.30am the service will be led by the Worship Team. A warm invitation is extended to all.


Jumble sale - The Sheriff Hutton Jumblies will be holding their next jumble sale on Saturday, April 13 at 2pm in the village hall to raise money for York SANDS.


People’s Guild - The Guild closed the 2018/19 season with a musical evening given by the Castleford-based White Rose Male Voice Praise. Trained and conducted by Trevor Jones and accompanied by Brenda Knowles, the choir sang a selection of sacred music. Cliff read two monologues and the choir concluded with a Welsh setting of When I Survey The Wondrous Cross. The large congregation was thoroughly uplifted, enjoyed the programme and joined in the three hymns. Holy, Holy, Holy was requested and sung as a finale. The choir was welcomed and thanked by the president, Jill Simpson, who was delighted to receive a large bouquet of flowers in recognition of her work for the Guild. The collection, for Guild funds, totalled £162.07. Supper was served. The Guild will return in October.


Ladies group - Eighteen members attended the meeting held on March 12. It was a very interesting talk given by the Ryedale auctioneer Angus Ashworth about his stint in Iraq and Afghanistan with the territorial army while settling up his business in Kirkbymoorside. The next meeting to be held on April 9 is a talk given by Helen Morgan about cardboard furniture. The meeting will be held in the Methodist Hall at 7.15pm.


Redcoats performance - Redcoats by Mikron Theatre is being performed at Snainton Village Hall on Tuesday, May 21, at 7.30pm. Tickets are £13. Musical director Rebekah Hughes was born and raised in Snainton. Due to the success of their show about the suffrage movement last year, tickets are expected to sell out quickly. Phone Jill Allen on 01723 859235. Come and celebrate all that made Butlins so memorable, including bonny babies and knobbly knees. Usual refreshments of teas, coffees and cake will be on sale.

Playing Field and Village Hall - The recent EASY Band concert was a resounding success and raised £520 towards the upkeep of the premises. Thanks are due to those who came along to support the event (another full house), performed by the extremely talented musicians from the Scarborough Music Centre. Appreciation must be recorded for the volunteers who worked tirelessly on the night and made the occasion run so smoothly. A super result – well done to all involved. The next fundraiser will be on Tuesday, May 21, when the Mikron Theatre Company will be performing Redcoats, tracing the life of Billy Butlin and his holiday camps. Tickets are on sale now, by phoning 01723 859235.


Bridge Club - On March 25, the North/South winners were Barry Smith and Bob Wardell with 67.5 per cent. In second place were Tim Johnson and Isa Eggleston with 60.0 per cent. The East/West winners were Pat and George Donnor with 56.3 per cent. In second place were Angela Smith and Kathleen Allnutt with 54.2 per cent.


Open house - Volunteers are continuing to open Westow Cricket Club Pavilion every Saturday and Sunday between 10am and 1pm. There is a pool table, cards, dominoes, second hand books (by donation), free wi-fi, good company, together with tea, coffee, home baking and bacon rolls. Money raised is in aid of the running costs for the cricket club and pavilion.

Belly dancing - On Tuesday, April 9, from 7pm to 8pm, there is belly dancing for beginners in Westow Cricket Club Pavilion. Those going along will learn something new; that is good exercise that helps improve flexibility and core strength, all combined in a fun evening. Taking things at their own pace, or be as energetic as you want. Expect lots of laughter, as everyone gets to know the moves. Entry is £5 per person to take part. Tea, coffee and cold drinks will be available to purchase. No previous experience required and everyone welcome. There will be jingly hip scarves to borrow but those attending are asked to wear flat shoes and clothes they can move in. To book, phone Julie on 01653 618214.

All Stars Cricket - Junior cricket sessions at Westow Cricket Club for children aged five to eight years will be starting on Sunday, May 12, from 10am to 11am, followed by every Sunday. Anyone with children wishing to be involved can register on All Stars Cricket provides boys and girls from five to eight years old with eight weeks of non-stop fun. The activity and game based programme is suitable for all skill levels, providing your child with the foundations to begin a lifelong love of physical activity and cricket, while making friends in a safe and enjoyable environment. Cricket for children nine to 11 years will be 10.30am to noon on Sundays.


Appleton-le-Moors - The WI welcomed members and guests to enjoy a presentation by Wack’s Wicked Plants of Scampston about their carnivorous plants and exploits at various flower shows all over the country, including a Gold Medal at Chelsea. Members then had the opportunity to buy a plant to help with pest control in the house or garden. Great fun was had by all. Next we welcome Bakehouse Barn, Hovingham, for a demonstration. All welcome at 7pm on April 24.

Helmsley - The March meeting of Helmsley WI took place on Thursday, March 28 at 7.30pm. 20 members attended along with one visitor. A warm welcome was extended to our new member Clare. After the minutes were read and notices read out, we handed over to our guest speaker. Jennifer Tetlow, a local stone sculptor gave a talk on the process she follows when working on a piece. Her passion and enthusiasm was apparent as she described the tools and methods she uses to create unique and beautiful sculptures. The raffle was drawn and refreshments served. The competition for an unusual stone was won jointly by Zena & Paddy. Third place was Chris. Any ladies interested in joining our group are welcome to attend two meetings free of charge and without obligation. Phone Helen Robinson on 01439 771707 or email

Malton - The March meeting was opened by president Sharon Cawte who welcomed members and five visitors. The red box appeal collection for local secondary schools was complete for this month and will be handed to schools next week. Thank you to Josie Rowley for taking the lead on this. The bottle top campaign was also in full swing, bottle tops will be handed to Lush cosmetics when one of the members makes a trip into York. Guest speaker for the evening was Adam Collier giving a very funny interesting and educational talk on the Yorkshire Dialect. Members were taught to count in Yorkshire dialect which proved entertaining and was enjoyed by all. The next meeting is on Thursday, April 25, which will be a talk on millinery. Email for further details.