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.


Church services - The Midweek Holy Communion for the Benefice of West Buckrose will be at the Church of St John the Baptist, Acklam, each Wednesday during May with the exception of 29th. Everyone welcome.

Acklam Moveable Feast - Tickets for the Acklam Moveable Feast, which is on Friday, May 17, from 6.30pm, are available from Katie on 01653 658795 or Elaine on 01653 658351. Tickets are £15.


Service - Sunday, May 5, 11am, St Hilda’s: family Eucharist with Worship Band.

Talk - A most interesting and inspiring talk given by Helen Butters, one of the Four Mums In a Boat who rowed the Atlantic, was held in Ampleforth Abbey Theatre. The event raised more than £4,930 for Yorkshire Cancer Research Many thanks to all who supported this event and to the following for their generous raffle donations. Mannions, La Trattoria, Beautician (Kirby) The Star in the Harbour, White Horse Ampleforth, Geppettos, The Pheasant Harome, Champagne (Hugh and Elisa) and two books from Helen Butters.


Coffee morning - The annual coffee morning in aid of chapel and church funds will be held in the village hall on Bank Holiday Monday, May 6, from 10am to 11.30am. Stalls will include books, bric-a-brac, cakes, produce and a prize draw. Please come and support us.

Easter Tea - A well-attended Easter Tea was held in the village hall on Monday. The event raised £200 for village hall funds. The Easter Bonnet Competition was won by Maggy Tebb with Val Bulidon a close second. All the children who entered received a prize. A vote of thanks was given to Jacki Milestone, Maggie Tebb, Ivy Cook and all the ladies who organised the event.

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 five villagers, pilling brash and collecting usable firewood were the orders of the day. Next Work Task will be May 25, at 10am.


Church - The service at All Saints on Sunday, May 5, will be Holy Communion. It starts at 11am and all are welcome. The following day, the Early Spring Bank Holiday, is the annual Church Gift Day. The churchwardens Mark Evans and Don Jones will be at the village hall, from 10am and noon, to meet anyone who would like to bring along their gift envelopes, discuss the future of the church or see the plans for the proposed kitchen and toilet. Tea and coffee will be available but there will be a donation box for those who don’t have time to stay.

Picnic on the Butts - Last minute reminder about the invitation to the Butts picnic on Saturday, May 4, from noon onwards. This is a free event. There will be a scavenger hunt for the children and an opportunity to help us identify the plants and flowers growing on the Butts. Don’t forget to bring your picnic – ice creams will be on sale for your dessert.


Bridge club - The results of the Bulmer Bridge Club on Thursday, April 18, first Derek Searle and Chris Calvert with 67.1 per cent and in joint second Drummond and Val Murray and Tom Nutman and Thelma Hardwaree both pairs with 55.7 per cent.


Service - Sunday, May 5, 9.15am, Holy Cross, All-age Eucharist with Holy Baptism.


Services - Taking place at St Michael for this month are: Sunday, May 5, Morning Praise, 11am taken by Rev Michael Stephens. Sunday, May 19, Holy Communion at 11am with the vicar Rev Mark Brosnan. Make Way service is on Tuesday, May 28, at 7pm. They look forward to a concert in church on Saturday, May 18, with the Malton and District Male Voice Choir at 7.30pm. Tickets are £7 which includes a glass of wine or a soft drink and nibbles. Tickets available from Simon Cooper on 01751 433246, Neil Harrison on 01751 4331080 or Jenny Hallowell on 01751 431072.


Market - The Hovingham Village Market will be held on Saturday, May 4, from 10.30am to 1.30pm, with more than 60 stalls. They welcome guest stalls Anorak, with countryside home and lifestyle produce, and Earth Rise Designs, with natural and ethical clothing. The community stall is Kirkbymoorside Library to highlight that libraries are for everyone. The community cafe will be run by Scackleton Action Group and the volunteer Market Manager is Jim Harrow.


Quiz - A family pub quiz will take place 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.


Sale - There will be a pop-up dress agency in All Saints’ Church on Saturday, May 4, from 10am to noon, and from 2pm to 4pm. Coffee will be served from 9.30am. Good quality, clean clothes and accessories accepted. Bring on the day with hanger. Rails provided. Donations for items bought to All Saints’ Church Funds.

Bridge Club - The result from Tuesday, April 23. North/south winners were Graeme Matthew and Peter Small with 58 per cent and second place with 57.5 per cent were Gill and Trevor Hardcastle. East/West winners were Chris Brett and Anne Scott with 65.5 per cent and in second place with 55 per cent were Jane Baldwin and Valerie Hawkes.

Brass Band - Kirkbymoorside Brass Band would like to say a huge thank you to Judy Turnbull for her recent fundraising skydive in aid of the band’s new concert hall. Also thank you to everybody that sponsored her. The next concert entitled Journeys in Brass is at All Saints Church, Helmsley, on Friday, May 10, at 7pm, featuring Kirkbymoorside Brass Band’s Community Band and Shining Brass. Tickets priced £5 are available on the night. Yorkshire Tunes & Tales will take place on Sunday, May 19, at 7.30pm, at Kirkbymoorside Memorial Hall. Join them for an evening celebrating Yorkshire, with Yorkshire’s own Adam Collier and Kirkbymoorside Town Brass Band. Tickets priced £7.50 are available for JRA Computer Services on 01751 432142, Summit Wholefoods on 01751 430033 or the band manager.

Meeting - The Kirkbymoorside Memorial Hall AGM will be held on Monday, May 13, at 7pm, in The Dugout. If you are interested in wanting to know more about the Memorial Hall, go along to the AGM.

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

Coffee morning - The monthly coffee morning in All Saints Church is on Saturday, May 4, serving coffee from 9.30am to noon. At this event the first draw for the club 100 monthly draw will take place.

Menzown - Members meet on Monday, May 13, at The King’s Head Hotel, at 7pm for 7.30pm. Guest speaker is Leslie Ayling. His subject is My Career in the Services.

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


Bridge club - The final session of Malton Bridge Club’s Cross-IMP Pairs competition was won by Mike and Annette Jackson with 35 points, ahead of Anne Avery and Graeme Matthew with 33 points and Madge Allison and Richard Hilton with 31. The overall winners of the competition were Madge and Richard with Mike and Annette second and Philip Mason and John Hayton in third place. The winners on Thursday afternoon were Dave Sonley and Charlie Callis as North-South and Audrey Shaw and Joan Pickering in the East-West seats.


Service - Sunday, May 5, 9.15am, St Oswald’s: Eucharist.

Fundraiser - There will be a May Day Tulip Time at Havoc Hall in Oswaldkirk on Monday, May 6, from 10am to 1pm. An opportunity not to be missed to see the tulip gardens at Havoc Hall on the outskirts of Oswaldkirk Village on the B1363 - York Road (signposted locally). Hundreds of plants for sale - annuals, perennials, grasses and box plants. Admission £5, which includes parking plus “a cuppa and a cake”. Proceeds to the village hall development fund.


Quiz - Six teams playing for £48 took part in Jennie’s Mega Quiz in the Fleece Inn. The winners with 54.5 points were gazeTeam @ the Bar, second were Dave’s Dollies (46) and after a three-way tie-break with Gary, Steve and Co and Us Two, third place went to The Who (43.5). The £12 jackpot was won by Dave’s Dollies. Steve, Gary and Co were the winners of Jennie’s Sunday night quiz. The jackpot was a rollover.

Bingo - £410 (including donations) was raised for All Saints Church, Thorpe Bassett, at a prize bingo held in Woodlands Community Centre. The caller was Melvyn Jacques and the checker Sue Nelson. The next prize bingo at the centre will be for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance on Wednesday, May 29.


Weekly draw - The numbers for Pickering Town Football Club Weekly Draw for the week commencing April 22 were 37, five and 16 and there was no winner therefore the pot for next week will be £450.

Bridge Club - In the latest session of duplicate bridge, the first of the Cross IMP Pairs, the winners were John Bramall and Gill Hardcastle with +27.30. In second place with +24.80 Tricia Pearce and Stan Bough. In third place were Graeme Matthew and Anne Avery with +24.40.


Embroiderers’ Guild - The speaker for the April meeting was Elizabeth Almond. In the morning she gave a talk and showed examples of different styles of white work, a technique used in many countries throughout the world. She then led a day school when members were able to transfer a design onto fabric and sew using a variety of thicknesses of threads and many different stitches. She then gave a further short talk on Kogin, a style of embroidery used by Japanese fishermen’s wives, and showed samplers that she had made using this stitch. Christina Hampshire gave a vote of thanks.

Support group - Ryedale Parkinson’s Support Group held their spring lunch at Cedar Barn, Thornton-le-Dale, on World Parkinson’s Day and was very much enjoyed by the 20 members and friends who attended. This was followed by a very successful coffee morning on the Saturday at Princess Court, Malton, when £300 was raised for group funds. Many thanks to everyone who supported it. The next meeting at Trinity Methodist Church, Norton, is on Thursday, May 9, when John Edwards of the Hawk and Owl Trust will be the speaker. New members are always welcome. For more information, phone Gill on 07794 439356, or Liz 01653 694251 or Sandra 01944 758345.


St Martin’s Church - The Rev Don McIvor presided and preached at the 9.30am service of Holy Communion. Janet Lamb and Julie Stephenson were the welcomers and Edna Burton accompanied the hymns on the piano. Enid Plevey gave a bible reading, Jean Donovan led the prayers and Clare Firth and Julie Stephenson served refreshments. St Mary’s Parish Deacon Rev John Wells led the 11am service of modern worship. Jan Wells led the intercessions and Chris Birch read. The powerful sung worship was led by Steve Raettig with Richard Fuller, John and Sue Grice and John Taylor. Jenny and Duncan Bland ran the Sunday Club, Liz Cremer was the welcomer and Chris Birch served refreshments after the service. On Saturday, May 4, from 9am onwards, when the Tour de Yorkshire passes through Irton and Seamer, hot refreshments will be served in the layby on the main road in Irton village. Donations in aid of St Martin’s roof appeal.

Methodist Church - The service was taken by Anne Brown. The vestry steward was Bert Blower, organist Doreen Lawson and welcomer Margaret Neave who also took the offering. Bible readings were given by Amanda Clayton who read from Acts and Sheila Gray who read from John’s gospel. The service next week at 10.30am has been organised by members of the church.


Church - St Hilda’s Church was the venue for the Joint Celebration of Holy Communion with the Methodist Church. Rev Joe Kinsella led the service, the preacher was Rev Dr Kevin Ridd and jointly they offered the sacrament. The organist was Martin Monkman and Sandra Cade read the lesson from “Acts”, while the gospel was read by Keith Usher. The service finished with India and Kiara showing us the Prayer Book they had been making. At the close of the service everyone enjoyed “Soup and Pud”, which had been prepared and was served by Keith and Jean Usher, Margaret Adams, Christine Ashton, Betty Flinton, Barbara Grice and Carol Stephenson. Rev Joe Kinsella thanked all who had helped in any way, and also everyone for coming. The next service at St Hilda’s will be Morning Worship on Sunday, May 12, at 10.30am, led by Barbara Grice.

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. All are welcome and proceeds are for village hall funds.

Tuesday Coffee Morning - It was lovely to welcome Nicky from St Catherine’s Hospice to present a cheque for £230 in memory of Denis Woodley. This has been raised through generous donations for coffee when you pop into the chapel coffee morning each week. Thank you all so much. The cheque was presented by Lee Jack, Denis’s eldest grandson assisted by great grandchildren Ruby and Holly. The new charity will be Water Aid in memory of Pamela Wild who worked so hard to help this good cause.

Duck Race - Thank you to all who supported Sherburn duck race. 1st Megan Boden, 2nd Rich Wakefield, 3rd Kate Allanson. Last duck home Ash Oldroyd. The grand sum of £360 was raised. £250 was given to the cricket club and the remainder used to plant out the tubs. Thank you to Suzanne Pollard for keeping the beck in pristine condition.

Senior Citizen Luncheon Club - This will be held in the chapel hall on Wednesday, May 15. The speaker will be Nicky Grunwell from St Catherine’s Hospice. Please meet from 12.30pm for lunch at 1pm. Transport is available within Sherburn Village – just phone Christine on 01944 711294.

Methodist News - Tuesday Coffee Morning hostess was Judith Ruston and members were delighted to welcome Nicky Grunwell to receive the £230 for St Catherine’s Hospice. The coffee morning meets each Tuesday from 10am to 11.30am, there is no charge for coffee but any donations given are for charity. This is now Water Aid. All are invited to come along and enjoy coffee and a chat. Thursday at 1.30pm is craft club just come along and join in. The United Service at St Hilda’s was a blessing to all. Thanks go to Rev Joe for his welcome and leading; Rev Kevin for his preaching, Martin for the music and Keith and Sandra for reading the lessons. And, of course, to all the ladies who provided the super lunch afterwards. Sunday is a special day for members at the Methodist Church as it is the chapel’s anniversary. At 10.30am Deacon Andrew Carter will be leading the worship and afterwards they will be enjoying lunch together. An invitation is extended to all to come and share in the celebrations.

Community and Sports Club - Due to two committee members leaving the area we have two vacancies available on the management committee. For more information, the secretary Yvonne Slack on 01944 710728 or any committee member. On Sunday, May 5, there will be a cricket fundraising match with Scorers XI versus Sherburn XI starting at 1pm with live music from Eezy Goin and barbecue, from 4pm to 7pm.


Easter celebrations - The Easter celebrations began on Good Friday with the Churches Together Walk of Witness from All Saint’s Church to the green for a short service led by Rev Duck followed by hot cross buns in the Methodist schoolroom. On Easter Day there was a short service held on the green led by Rev Sally Gough. The service in the Methodist Church was led by Rev Penny Worth with Frank, Barbara, Mary, Pauline and Rosalind taking part in readings. John was the organist.

Bridge Club - The results from Monday, April 15. In first place with 63.5 per cent were Tim Johnson and Ruth Hunt and in second place with 55.6 per cent were Peter and Lesley Jaram.


Clothes collection - Westow Cricket Club would like to thank everyone would donated items for the old/unwanted clothes collection. More than 45 bags were collected and were sold by weight in aid of the club, raising £104 for club funds. Next collection will be in November this year.

Open House - Volunteers will be opening the Westow Cricket Pavilion on Saturday, May 4, from 10am to 1pm, and will be serving tea, coffee, cold drinks, home-baking and bacon rolls in aid of the cricket club. There will be pool, cards and dominoes if anyone would like to play. Everyone is welcome, including cyclists, walkers and friendly dogs on leads.

Annual plant sale - 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.

Summer Fair - Westow Cricket Club is holding its annual summer fair on Sunday, June 23, from 10.30am to 1pm. There will be various stalls, including the cricket club cakes stall and tombola. Tea, coffee, cake and bacon rolls will be be sold during the event in aid of the cricket club. To book a stall (£5) or get more information phone Julie 01653 618214.

Car boot sale - Westow Cricket Club are planning a car boot sale on Sunday, July 14, from 10am to 1pm. Pitches will be £5 each.


Pavilion - The grand opening of the newly-refurbished Wombleton Sports and Recreation Club pavilion and changing rooms will take place on Sunday, May 5, at 4pm. Free entry, barbecue, drinks, fun and family games.

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

Village walk - The popular village walk takes place on Wednesday, May 15. Meet at the hall at 6pm for a 6.30pm start. Entry costs £5, which includes supper.


Appleton-le-Moors - A lovely talk by a lovely lady on April 24, with Sophie from Bakehouse in the Barn sharing her baking career story, including insights into working in catering before running two

successful businesses herself, and demonstrating her passion for patisserie, as well as creating a luscious Tunisian orange cake, which members will all definitely be trying to recreate from the recipe they were given. As usual the night featured fun, friendship and education, and it was great to welcome some visitors. Next month, a virtual tour of the village with local history specialist and National Park ranger Jim Hall. All welcome.

Helmsley - Eighteen members attended the April meeting of Helmsley WI on Thursday, April 25. After the minutes were read and various notices announced, the secretary Chris led the group through the making of rag wreaths. This allowed for plenty of chatter while they knotted lengths of fabric to a frame to produce some amazing creations. Thank you Chris. The competition for “something I have made” was won by Bridget with Moira coming second and Zena third. Refreshments were served by Helen and Sonia along gorgeous lemon meringue pie made by Ann and chocolate crispies by Hazel. Thank you ladies. The meeting next month is on Thursday, May 23, at 7.30pm, in National Parks when Cluny Chapman a shepherdess and textile artist will be giving a talk. For more information, email or phone Helen on 01439 771707.

Malton - The April meeting was opened by president Sharon Cawte and as secretary Laura Edwards was on holiday Danielle Collins stepped into place to take the minutes. This month’s meeting was a talk on the history of millinery with a demo on hat making along with a “try on” session which everyone thoroughly enjoyed. Members learned about how to choose the perfect hat for your body shape, height and dress choice. Tea and cake was provided by Gill Plues and Karen Coales. The next meeting is Thursday, May 23, which will be a fun evening learning how to dance Bollywood style. Visitors welcome. Email for further details.