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.


Moveable feast - Acklam’s Moveable Feast is on Friday, May 17, from 6 30pm. There will be a three-course meal which includes sherry, wine and coffee served over five venues around Acklam. £15 per person, with tickets available from Katie or Elaine on 01653 658795 or 658351. All in aid of Church funds, which includes repayment of loan used for professional work in the Old Churchyard. Everyone welcome.


Book launch - The Appleton-le-Moors History Group latest publication, The Life and Times of Frederick C Dawson School Teacher of Appleton-le-Moors (1841-1843), will be formally launched in the village hall, from 10am and noon, on Saturday, May 4. The book, which has 140 A5 pages, of which 12 are illustrations, will be on sale for £6.99. There will be a display of none published material. Refreshments will be available.

Alpaca Day - There will be an alpaca day at The Moors Inn on Saturday, May 11, from 11am to 3pm, including alpaca shearing, short walks with Alpacas and The Appleton Spinners.


Church - In brilliant sunshine, the Easter egg rolling took place as usual on Castle Hill. An enthusiastic group of children attended supported by mums and dads and afterwards there was a family service in church. There will not be a service at All Saints next Sunday, April 28. Instead there is a joint one at Snainton at 9.30am.

Local History Society - There will be an excursion to Rievaulx on Wednesday evening of May 1 led by Trevor Pearson. Meet in the square at 5.30pm when it is hoped to be able to share lifts. Arrival at Rievaulx scheduled for 6.30pm.

Picnic on the Butts - On Saturday, May 4, you are invited to join in with a grand picnic on the Butts from noon onwards. This is a free event and everyone is welcome to come and join in. Enjoy an afternoon with friends and family and get to know the Butts. There will be activities for children and you will be invited to take part in our wildflower identification challenge. So bring a picnic, something to sit on and get prepared to enjoy the scenery and relax. There will be a small marquee in case of inclement weather. However - ice creams will be on sale whatever the weather.


Spring Walk - A walk will take place on Sunday, April 28. It will be about 4.2 miles and start and finish at the village hall in Fadmoor. Meet at 2pm for 2.30pm start. Walk guided by Tom Denney, followed by a cream tea in the hall. £6 per adult and £3 per child over eight. To book, phone to Janet Denney on 01751 430095, email or Audrey Windress on 01751 431702, email Even if you don’t fancy walking, you can come for tea at about 4pm. Please let them know in advance. Proceeds to Fadmoor Village Hall.


Funds - The next bric-a-brac sale at Gilling East Village Hall will be at 10am on Saturday, April 27. Wildlife artist Jonathan Pomroy will lead a dawn chorus walk on Sunday, May 12, leaving Gilling East Village Hall at 5.30am. Cost is £5, to include bacon rolls (vegetarian option available). To book, email Both in aid of the village hall restoration fund.


Bowls club - Would you like to try the sport of bowls? Harome Bowling Club, in Owmen Field Lane, is holding its open day on Sunday, April 28, at 2pm. All welcome. Equipment will be provided. Phone M Armstrong, secretary, on 01751 432565 or D Barker, treasurer, on 01751 433135.


Bingo - A prize bingo night, in aid of the Helmsley branch of the RNLI, will be held at The Scout Hut, Helmsley, on Saturday, April 27, starting at 7.30pm. Doors open 7pm. There will also be a raffle.

RBL - On Sunday, May 12, during the 9.30am service at All Saints Church, Helmsley, the Helmsley branch of the Royal British Legion will be laying down their Standard. Due to dwindling membership, it is with regret that the Helmsley branch of the Royal British Legion has had to close. Anyone wishing to pay their final respects and attend the service will be made very welcome.


Quiz - There will be a family pub quiz at the Crown Inn, on Sunday, May 5, 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.


Flower club - Malton and District Flower Club “Eggstravanganza” was a semi-imposed exercise in which members included ribbons and eggs in their fabulous designs.The winners were: Novice- Alice Thompson; Intermediate- Lorna Mastagliano; Lower Advanced- Kay Clyde; Advanced- Barbara Adamson; Gold Advanced - Jillian Swiers; Best in Show (including best use of garden materials) - Kay Clyde. The next meeting is on May 21 and will be a demonstration by Roma Berridge, entitled How does your garden grow. New members and visitors are always welcome. For more information, phone Maggie Tate-Smith on 01653 698741.

Bridge club - Richard Hazlerigg and Bryan Hone were the winners in the latest session of Malton Bridge Club’s handicap pairs competition with a net score of 52.5 per cent. In second place were Keith Freeman and Mike Shawcross with 52.1 per cent while Mike Jackson and Rob Ashdown were third with 50.8 per cent. There was no Thursday afternoon session last time but these resume this week.


Bridge Club - The result from Tuesday, April 16. North/South winners were Barry Smith and Bob Wardell with 60.8 per cent. In second place Christine Holland Roberts and Dennis Knight with 50 per cent. East/West winners were Gill and Trevor Hardcastle with 53.3 per cent. In second place Peter Small and Graeme Matthew with 52.6 per cent.

Coffee morning - The annual coffee morning for the Shoebox Appeal at Kirkbymoorside Methodist Church raised £340.54. A thank you to those who gave their support.

Environment group - The group will be holding its next Give or Take Day on Sunday, April 28, at Kirkbymoorside Memorial Hall, from 9am to noon. All your unwanted items can be delivered on Saturday, April 27, from 6pm to 8pm, or from 8am on Sunday. Please bring things early if you want lots of people people to see them.

Tuesday Group - The next meeting on Tuesday, May 14, is the annual meal. 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.

Ladies Fellowship - The next meeting is on Wednesday, May 8, at 7.30pm, in The Library and the subject is an “Incredible Journey”.

Julian Meeting - The meeting will be held at the Catholic church on Tuesday, May 14, from 6.30pm to 7.30pm. For detail, phone Rev Tania Brosnan on 01751 431452.

Camera club - The Kirkbymoorside and District Camera Club met at the Moorside Bar and Club in Shaw Drive last Thursday for an illustrated lecture given by Bob Helliwell from Selby CC entitled My Journey from Licentiate to Associate Honours and Beyond with the Royal Photographic Society of Great Britain. The next meeting at the Moorside Bar and Club is on Thursday, May 2, when Monty Trent will be giving a lecture entitled The Road Less Travelled – Confessions of a Tick Box Refusenik!


Benefice - April 28 (Low Sunday) St Hilda’s, Beadlam: 9.30am, morning service with Rev M Haynes; St Gregory’s Minster, Kirkdale: 11am, Matins with Hymns with Mrs M Timbrell (no choir); St Saviour’s, Harome: 9.30am, Eucharist with Rev S Binks; All Saints & St James, Nunnington: 11am, Holy Communion with Rev S Binks. May 5: St Hilda’s, Beadlam: 9.30am, All Age Worship with Rev S Binks; Nunnington: 11am, Matins, Mrs M Timbrell; St Gregory’s Minster, Kirkdale: 6pm, Choral Evensong, Mrs M Timbrell; St Saviour’s Harome: 6.30pm, evening service, Rev S Binks.


Coffee morning - On Saturday, April 27, there will be coffee, cake and music, from 10am to noon, in Leavening church in aid of Malawi school and Burythorpe bell tower.

Village show - The organisers of the annual leavening village show are reminding gardeners of a few of the things they might need to grow for this year’s village show in September. A Calyx of cherry tomatoes, runner beans, a tray of four mixed vegetables and not to forget to forget buy a bucket and a potato to grow a bucket. There will also need dahlias, crocosmia, michaelmas daisies, and 3 stems of different flowers. For the jar of chutney class, the chutney can be made soon, to allow it to mature before the show.


Ladies Fellowship - The speaker for the meeting of St Mary’s Priory, Old Malton, was Christine Pietrowski. Her subject was about pub signs and members all had a fascinating insight into the history of many signs and how Christine became interested in the signs while playing “I, Spy” on long car journeys as a child. The talk was very interesting. A vote of thanks was given by Helen Morgan. After coffee, a business meeting was held discussing future events. The raffle was donated by Joan Lawrence and won by Ann Shipley. The next meeting will be on May 2 and will be the AGM.


Weekly draw - the numbers for the Pickering Town Football Club’s Weekly Draw for the week commencing April 15 were 30, seven and three and there was no winner therefore next week the pot will be £375.


Chapel anniversary - Special services are being held on Sunday, April 28, at Rievaulx Methodist Church to celebrate the chapel anniversary. The morning All Age Worship at 10.30am will be led by Grace Metcalfe from Ingleton, Bentham. The service will be followed by a finger buffet communal lunch. Evening worship at 6.30pm will also be led by Grace Metcalfe.


St Martin’s Church - The Rev Richard Firth presided and preached at the 9.30am service of Holy Communion for Easter Sunday, and the children helped with the Easter liturgy of candle lighting and blessing the Easter garden. In addition four of the Sunday Club group, Lucy, Becky, Elizabeth and Freya, were admitted to Holy Communion before Confirmation and helped lead the congregation in the communion prayer of thanksgiving. Edna Burton accompanied the hymns on the piano, Julie Stephenson and Dot Francis were the welcomers, and Kieron Middleton led the prayers. Jim Baird and Frances Simons assisted with the distribution of communion and Clare Firth served refreshments. Parish Deacon Rev Judith Dean led the 11am modern service of Holy Communion by extension, distributing the bread and wine consecrated at the earlier service. Chris Bray read and Elizabeth Bradley assisted with the chalice. Richard Fuller led the powerful sung worship with Steve Raettig, John and Sue Grice and John Taylor. Jo Taylor was the welcomer and Helen Swallow served refreshments after the service.

Methodist Church - The Easter day service was taken by Rev Mary Jackman. The vestry steward was Allan Dunnington, welcomer Margret Harris and the offering was taken by Margaret Neave. Joan Rue accompanied the singing on the piano. The service began with the bible reading by Allan Dunnington and during the first hymn the congregation decorated the cross with spring flowers. Bob Jackman gave the bible reading from Mark’s gospel and Michael King read a poem called The Sabbath Day was Over and Amanda Clayton sang a solo. During the service Holy Communion was taken. The preacher on Sunday at 10.30am is Anne Brown.


United Walk of witness - Rev Joe Kinsella led a United walk of witness for Good Friday. This started at St Hilda’s church with a reading by Barbara Grice followed by a meditation and prayer from Rev Joe. They processed to the village hall where Rev Joe led a meditation and prayers. The final stage of the walk was to the Methodist Church when Jean Brown read the lesson and Janet Magee the meditation. Rev Joe closed with prayer. The cross bearers were John Worthy and James Barstow. Afterwards they enjoyed hot cross buns and coffee in the Chapel Hall. This was a very special time in which everyone could share as transport was provided for those unable to walk between the prayer stations.

Community club - Vinyasa Flow Yoga every Monday from 7pm to 8pm, £5 each with mats provided - all abilities welcome. Sunday, May 5 - Cricket Fundraising Match with Scorers XI versus Sherburn XI starting at 1pm with live music from Eezy Goin and barbecue from 4pm to 7pm. Friday, August 9 - Gin Tasting Evening - more details to follow.

St Hilda’s Church - There will be a United Service of Holy Communion on Sunday, April 28, at 10.30am. This will be led by Rev Joe Kinsella and the preacher will be Rev Dr Kevin Ridd. After the service all are invited to stay and enjoy ‘soup and pud’. Everyone is welcome to come along.

Senior Citizen Luncheon club - Members met in the Chapel Hall and enjoyed a lovely lunch. Birthday greetings were sung to Janet and good wishes for her move to her new home were expressed to Edna. Barbara Grice was the quizmaster for the afternoon and this was won by Janet’s table. The next Luncheon club will be on Wednesday, May 15. Meet from 12.30pm for lunch at 1pm. For a lift, phone Christine on 01944 711294.

Methodist News - Tuesday Morning Coffee hostess was Liz Aconley and was the last morning in aid of the St Catherine’s Hospice as the target of £200 has been reached. Donations for coffee will now be given to Water Aid. They were blessed with the good Friday Walk of Witness and that afternoon they held a meditative style service in the Chapel. This was led by Sandra Cade and readers were Jean Brown, Liz Aconley, and Christine Fenwick. They enjoyed tea afterwards. It was lovely to be able to welcome friends and families to the Easter Sunday morning Worship which was led by Diane Robinson and Chris Cade was the organist. The sketch was by Chris and Sandra Cade and India Heron. The lesson from Luke’s Gospel was read by Liz Aconley who was Offertory steward with Jean Brown. They will be joining with Anglican friends at St Hilda’s for Holy communion next Sunday.


AGM - Snainton Playing Field and Village Hall will be holding its AGM on Wednesday, May 8, at 7.30pm, in the hall. There will be reports on finances, as well as the chairman’s report for the last year. Everyone welcome. The committee is always on the look-out for new volunteers.


Singers - Come and join the Stamford Bridge Singers and the Pocklington Singers for an evening of beautiful music on Sunday, June 30, at 7.30pm, in All Saints’ Church in Pocklington. The “Concert for Peace” begins with David Lloyd George signing the Treaty of Versailles on June 28, 1919, an event which effectively ended the First World War but sadly sowed the seeds for the Second World War in 1939. The concert includes the debut performance of Stuart Nettleship’s composition “An English Requiem”, along with Vivaldi’s Gloria. A collection will take place for the ABF The Soldiers Charity.


Domino drive - In the village hall on Saturday, April 27, and on Wednesday, May 1, raising funds for the village hall. £1.50 to play, including tea and biscuits.

AGM - The AGM of the village hall is on Thursday, May 9, in the hall at 7.30pm.

Walk - The village walk takes place on Wednesday, May 15. Meet at the hall at 6pm for a 6.30pm start.


Wombleton - June welcomed 20 members to the meeting. The minutes of the March meeting were read and approved. Jan asked members for suggestions of speakers for next year’s programme. Louise gave details of the Wombleton Village Walk to take place on May 15, meeting at the village hall at 6.30pm for a 7pm start. Entry costs £5 and includes supper. The competition for a brooch was won by Pilla Pickles with 10pts. Ann Grey introduced Tammy Andrews, who gave a presentation entitled “Close Encounters with Insects”. Tammy described herself as an enthusiastic amateur with a passion for photographing insects in their natural habitat. Her photographs were stunning showing close up details of a wide variety of insects. Members learnt about their habitat and how to differentiate between species. Tammy obviously has the patience to just sit still and wait for the subjects to settle enabling her to get a good shot. Ann thanked Tammy on behalf of members. Refreshments were served.

Rillington - The April meeting and AGM was attended by 16 members. The trophy for most points gained in the 2018 competitions was won by Sue Butler with 28 points, second was Babs Buckley (27) and third Valerie Gilbert (22). The following officers were elected to serve in 2019. Chairman and competition secretary Eileen Myers, vice-chairman Louise Tindall, treasurer Marjorie Grice, deputy treasurer Lorna Mastaglio, secretary and press secretary Sue Butler, assistant secretary Valerie Gilbert. The posts of speakers’ secretary and representative on Village Hall Committee were left vacant. At the business meeting which followed names were taken for the YCA AGM at Askham Bryan and the North Riding Spring Meeting at Malton Rugby Club. Several members had an enjoyable evening as guests of Sherburn Ladies Group. Invitations have been sent to six branches for the Scarborough Area Lunch at the Downe Arms on June 27. Subscriptions are to remain at £15 for 2019. Marjorie Grice sold tickets for the raffle which she also won. Following the business meetings Barbara Grice entertained with a quiz and a number of dialect readings. Sue Butler gave the vote of thanks. Christine Pietrowski will be the speaker at the May meeting.