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.


Alpacas - Visitors will be able to meet the Moorside Alpacas, see alpacas being sheared and take a short alpaca walk at the Moors Inn on Saturday, May 11, from 11am to 3pm. All welcome. Free entry.

Book launch - The Appleton-le-Moors History Group held a book launch on Saturday in the village hall. Its latest publication “The Life and Times of Frederick C Dawson School Teacher of Appleton-le-Moors (1841-1843)” is a book of 140 A5 pages of which 12 are illustrations costing £6.99. Copies available from Jim 01751 417160. Thanks to all that attended especially Shirley Brooke and Maggy Tebb who provided the catering.


Picnic on the Butts - Unfortunately the picnic date last Saturday had to be postponed because of the weather. It was cold, wet and windy and no sort of day for a picnic let alone put up a marquee. It was a decision that could only be made on the day so apologies if you did in fact turn up during one of the sunny spells. Organisers will re-arrange the date for, hopefully, a time of better weather. So for now the ice cream has been stored, the scavenger hunt and eye-spy sheets filed away and the prizes kept for the next time. Hopefully you will be able to make the new date when it is decided upon.

Community Lunch - Just a reminder that the lunch this month will in fact be on the fourth Wednesday in the month, May 22, and not the third one as is usual. Doors will be open as usual at 12.15pm.

Defibrillator training - What would you do if someone collapsed in front of you? Come and join in an informal session familiarising yourself with the use of our defibrillator which could help you in this situation, given by members of the George Bairstow team on Saturday, May 18, at 2.30pm, in Brompton Village Hall. If you are interested in attending and to help with the catering, phone Mary Jones on 01723 859437.

May Market - Brompton’s annual May Market will be held on Bank Holiday weekend, Saturday, May 25, in Brompton Village Hall, from 10am to 12.30pm. There will be a variety of stalls and entrance will be £1.50 to include refreshments.

If you have something to sell, why not rent a table for £5. To book a table or to donate things for us to sell, phone Di Ford on 01723 859211. This year the chosen charity will be the George Bairstow Charitable Trust which supplied the defibrillator and has in its five years of existence, raised £100,000 of grants for local communities all across the UK.

Church - The service at All Saints on Sunday, May 12, will include a Baptism. It will be Morning Prayer and starts at 11am. It will be taken by Dr Don Jones and Rev Pat Wood. The collection on Easter Day when the church was packed came to almost £500 and the Easter flower displays, including Brompton and Sawdon Community Primary School’s Easter gardens can still be seen at church.


Artist - Wildlife artist Jonathan Pomroy will be leading a dawn chorus walk from Gilling East Village Hall on Sunday, May 12, starting at 5.30am. £5 per head, which includes bacon rolls (vegetarian option available) and tea and coffee. It is in aid of village hall restoration fund.


Church - Services at Saint Michael for this month are: Sunday, May 19, Holy Communion, 11am, with the vicar Rev Mark Brosnan. Make Way service is on Tuesday, May 28, at 7pm. There will be 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.


Fair - A Vintage and Collectors Fair held over the Easter weekend at Helmsley Town Hall, organised by Hazel Harper, raised £270 in lieu of admission charge and will be donated to "Freddie's Fund" raising funds to send Freddie to America for cancer treatment. Thanks to all who supported this event.


Market - The Hovingham Village Market was held last Saturday with an excellent turnout of visitors, despite the heavy showers and blustery wind. The green was open again for car parking which made parking easier. All the stalls did well, especially the ones selling flowers and plants for the garden. Josh the busker was in fine voice, between showers and the cafe run by the Scackleton Action Group did very well. The next market will be on Saturday, June 1.


Bridge Club - The results from Tuesday, April 30. North/South winners were David Whitehead and Ann Rutter with 58.3 per cent. Barry Smith and Bob Wardell were in second place with 52.5 per cent. East/West winners were Ann Scott and Chris Brett with 56.6 per cent. Margaret Ross and Peter Small were in second place with 55.8 per cent. Two pairs bid and made a small slam in no trumps and one pair bid and made a small slam in hearts and one pair bid and made a small slam in spades.

Camera club - The Kirkbymoorside and District Camera Club won the recent 3 Way Projected Digital Image Competition with Scarborough Photograph society coming second and Malton Camera Club third. The judge congratulated all the clubs on the high standard of photography. Last Thursday the KCC held a meeting at the Moorside Bar and Club in Shaw Drive when Monty Trent from Leeds CC gave a very interesting illustrated lecture on his style of photography. The next meeting at the Moorside Bar and Club is on Thursday, May 16, which will be the Best of the Year Competition for Projected Digital Images.

Menzown - The May meeting of Menzown will be on Monday, May 13, at 7pm, for 7.30pm, in the King's Head, Kirkbymoorside. Guest speaker is member Leslie Ayling on "My Career in the Services".

Journeys in Brass – A concert will take place at All Saints Church, Helmsley, on Friday, May 10, at 7pm featuring Kirkbymoorside Brass Band’s Community Band and Shining Brass. Tickets £5 are available on the night. Yorkshire Tunes & Tales, 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 £7.50 available for JRA Computer Services on 01751 432142, Summit Wholefoods on 01751 430033 or the band manager on 01751 432813.

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

Coffee morning - Coffee mornings take place in the Methodist Church each Tuesday, from 10am to noon.


Services - On Saturday, May 11, the AGM of The Friends will take place in St. Gregory’s Minster starting at 2.30pm. The meeting is open to all, although only members of The Friends may vote on the various items; it usually lasts less than 30 minutes. This will be followed by the Kirkdale Lecture to be given by Professor H Mytum on “The Rise of Popular Churchyard Commemoration: The Ryedale Experience in its National and International Context”. This may be of special interest to all who have ancestors buried at Kirkdale. Free entry. All welcome. After the lecture, everyone is welcome at St Hilda’s, Beadlam, in the millennium room for refreshments. Services in May in Kirkdale - May 12 at St Gregory’s Minster, 11am, Choral Eucharist - Guest Preacher the Ven Richard Martin; St Hilda’s, Beadlam, 9.30am, morning Service - Mrs K Gibbs; May 19 at St Gregory’s Minster, 11am, Choral Eucharist - Rev Bill Page; St Hilda’s, Beadlam, 9.30am, Holy Communion – Rev S Binks; May 26 at St Gregory’s Minster, 11am, Choral Eucharist – Rev S Binks; St Hilda’s, Beadlam, 9.30am, morning Service – Rev P Worth. From May until the end of August, St Gregory’s Minster, Kirkdale, will again provide volunteer guides in the church on most Saturday and Sunday afternoons, and Bank Holiday Mondays, to help visitors to appreciate the church and churchyard and its long history.


Bridge club - Tricia Pearce and Annette Jackson won the final round of Malton Bridge Club’s Handicap Pairs competition with a net score of 60.4 per cent. Second were Tim Johnson and Audrey Shaw with 56.8 per cent with Madge Allison and Derek Fox third with 56.7 per cent. The overall winners were John and Beryl Bramall ahead of Madge and Derek, with Tricia and Annette in third place. On Thursday the North-south winners were Anna Weaver and Richard Hilton ahead of Teresa Belt and Sally Beswick, while Joan Pickering and Audrey Shaw led the East-West pairs with Ruth and Roger Mattingly in second place. There are no more Thursday afternoon sessions this season but newcomers and visitors are particularly welcome on Wednesday evenings, with a partner guaranteed.


Club 100 - The April winners in the Beckett Recreation 100 Club draw were: £50 – No 149 C Adams; £30 – No 92 S & G Clements; £10 – No 100 M Clements & Laura; £10 – No 123 R Macintosh.


Archive - It is almost 80 years since evacuees came to Helmsley and Kirkbymoorside stations from Mersey Street Hull Seniors to Gilling and Harome on September 1, 1939. The Helmsley Archive now displays in full a photograph album of their activities under the names of these two schools, which are now closed. It is known that some seniors were happily installed at Ampleforth St Hilda’s and at Hawnby, and juniors at Lastingham and Hutton-le-Hole. If anyone in these communities remembers a link with Mersey Street School evacuees, please would they look first at the Helmsley Archive (online) and then get in touch quoting "Mersey Street Evacuees" to


Service - Sunday, May 12, 10.30am, St Oswald’s: Benefice Eucharist.


Weekly draw - Pickering Town Football Club’s weekly draw numbers for week commencing April 29 were 18, 24 and 29 and there was no winner, therefore the prize fund for next week will be £525.

Bridge Club - In the latest session of duplicate bridge, the second of the Cross IMP Pairs, the winners were Madge Allison and Rob Ashdown with +61.3. In second place with +13.5 Tricia Pearce and Philip Mason. In third place were Madeleine Webber and Beryl Bramall with +9.8.

Local History Month - May is Local History Month and to help celebrate at Pickering library there is a display of photographs from “Pickering Past & Present”, and a display from Thornton-le-Dale History Society. The library is also running two sessions for anyone interested in using the library Find My Past resources to trace their family tree. The sessions are on Friday, May 10, and Thursday, May 16, from 10.30am to noon. The sessions are free but you need to book your place at the library in advance.

Flower club - Pickering & District Flower Club was represented at the recent Harrogate Spring Flower Show. Club treasurer Lindsey Smith and Secretary Emily Stevens entered the club class entitled "Whatever the Weather", the display of a lightening bolt which took more than five hours to construct didn't win a prize but there was some very good feedback from the judges. Although initially disappointed at this result there was individual success; Lindsey achieved a highly commended (fifth) in the 45cm class Cake Topper with her intricate floral handbag design and in the same class Emily achieved very highly commended (fourth) with a rainbow and unicorn design. Emily then when on to achieve a personal best gaining a third in the craft class "Scatter Cushion". In all of the designs and arrangements plant material must dominate. Thank you to the staff at Norman and Gray Agricultural Buildings who fabricated the lightening structure and to Steam and Moorland Garden Centre for the loan of some sundry items for the design. If you are interested in taking up a new hobby or would like to come to a demonstration or a workshop, email Everyone is welcome whether you are an expert arranger or a complete novice.


Methodist Church - The service was prepared by Ann and Eileen and the theme of the service was love. The organist was Doreen Lawson, vestry steward Bob Jackman, welcomer Margaret Harris and the offering was taken by Margaret Neave. Prayers were given by Bob Jackman and Amanda Clayton. Bible readings were given by Michael King and Dave Burn who read from Corinthians Tina Greenley read from John, Sheila Gray read from Kings and Bert Blower spoke about the Psalms. Macey Burn sang two solos and played her ukulele. Fellowship and refreshments were enjoyed after the service. The preacher next week at 10.30am is Janette Biltcliffe. Everyone is welcome.

St Martin’s Church - The Rev Richard Firth presided and preached at the 9.30am service of BCP Holy Communion. Carol Beswick and Enid Plevey were the welcomers, Dot Francis gave a bible reading and Edna Burton accompanied the hymns on the piano. Jim Baird assisted with the distribution of communion and Lyndsey Smithson served refreshments.


St Hilda’s Church - The next service at St Hilda’s will be Morning Worship on Sunday, May 12, at 10.30am, led by Barbara Grice.

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 – phone Christine on 01944 711294.

Messy Church - It will meet at Sherburn Chapel on Saturday, May 11. Sandra will be telling one of her special stories about the Wise and foolish Builders. There will be, of course, lots of messy craft activities. Meet for tea at 4.45pm.

Community and Sports club - Due to two committee members leaving the area, the club has two vacancies available on the management committee. For more information, phone the secretary Yvonne Slack on 01944 710728 or any committee member.

Methodist news - The Tuesday Coffee Morning has received a certificate and letter of thanks from St Catherine’s Hospice for their recent fundraising efforts. This was read out to everyone by the Minister Rev Kevin Ridd. Meet for coffee each Tuesday from 10am to 11.30am at the Chapel Hall. There is no charge for the coffee, but any donations are given to charity. The current charity is Water Aid in memory of Pamela Wild who worked so hard for this charity. Craft Club meets each Thursday at 1.30pm, just come along and bring your craft, there is no need to book. It was lovely to welcome some Anglican friends from St Hilda’s to the chapel anniversary celebrations on Sunday. Worship was led by Deacon Andrew Carter. Organist was Chris Cade; readers Jean Brown, Janet Magee and Barbara Grice. Sandra Cade led the children’s work in the Hall after they all enjoyed the story Deacon Andrew told the children. This was the last service with Deacon Andrew and thoughts and prayers go with Andrew and his wife Rev Jane as they move north. After worship they all enjoyed lunch together in the hall. The worship next Sunday at 10.30am will be led by Rev Martin Calver and all are welcome.


Post Office - The new part-time Post Office is now operating from the village hall committee room. The Post Office will be open on Monday, from 1.30pm to 3.30pm, and on Fridays, from 9.30am to 11.30am.


Bridge Club - The result from Monday, April 29 were North/South winners were Barry Smith and Bob Wardell with 60.4 per cent. In second place with 55 per cent were Tim Johnson and Ruth Hunt. East/West winners were Angela Smith and Kathleen Allnutt with 60.8 per cent. In second place were Pat and George Donnor with 56.3 per cent.


Jumble sale - It will take place on Saturday, May 18, at Weaverthorpe Village Hall, from 1pm to 2.30pm. Admission for adults £1, including a drink and biscuit. Accompanied children free. Jumble can be donated on Friday, May 17, from 7.30am to 8.30am, or from 11.30am on May 18. Sorry we cannot accept electrical items. Proceeds to be divided between Weaverthorpe Village organisations. For details, phone Sue on 01944 738804.


AGM - The AGM of the village hall is 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.