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.


Bishop Hagg Wood - The next Saturday morning work task as part of Appleton & Spaunton Community Interest Company's management of Bishop Hagg Wood will be July 27 at 10am. Meet on site.


Garden Fete - The annual church fete and duck race takes place on Sunday, August 4. As usual it will be in the grounds of the Manor House which is on The Butts, the beautiful area at the south of the village. Brompton Beck flows through the extensive gardens of the Manor house and is where the plastic ducks fight it out for first place often competing with live ones. The fete starts at 2pm, with the duck race at about 3.30pm. Entry is £1 and duck numbers (purchase in advance or before 3pm) are also £1. The holder of the first duck over the finishing line gets £25 and there are prizes for second, third and last duck home. Teas and ice creams, stalls and children’s activities make up an opportunity to spend an afternoon without spending a fortune.

Church - The service at All Saints on Sunday, July 21, is at 9.30am. It is Holy Communion and will be taken by the Venerable David Garnett. There will be coffee afterwards.


Bridge club - The results of the meeting of the Bulmer Bridge Club on Thursday, July 11 were: 1st Thelma Hardware and Tom Nutman, 73.3 per cent; 2nd Val and Michael Allen, 57.3 per cent.


Church - The annual church fete takes place on Saturday, July 27, in the village hall. There will be a number of stalls, including bric-a-brac, tombola, raffle and more. Entry is free so come and join us for a chat and enjoy tea and cakes which will be available.

Rally - The very popular Classic Car and Motorcycle Rally is being held in the village hall and grounds on Sunday, August 18. For more information, phone Angela and Graham on 417335.


Service - Holy Communion taken by the vicar Rev Mark Brosnan and Rev Bridget Gillespie on Sunday, July 21, at 11am. The Make Way service is on Tuesday, July 23, at 7pm.


Bowling club - Helmsley Bowling Club has held its 22nd Annual Triples Whistlestop Competition. The competition was sponsored by Cropton Garage and 24 team from 14 clubs entered. The winning team was skippered by V Thompson, Holgate, York. Second place: C Qualter, New Earswick; 3rd place T Entwistle, Guisborough. Helmsley Bowling Club is a small friendly club situated next to the swimming pool. New members welcome. Phone John Laker 01439 771037.


All Saint's Church - The parish pilgrimage takes place on the weekend of August 10 and 11. This is the annual parish pilgrimage when they will visit all five of their churches by foot, car, bicycle or any means of transport for worship and refreshments.

Marie Curie - Kirkbymoorside Support Group will have a tombola stall at the Ryedale Show on Tuesday, July 30. On Sunday, August 11, Sleightholmedale gardens will be open and members of the Kirkbymoorside group will be serving teas from 1pm to 5pm.

Environment group - The next Repair Café will be held on Saturday, July 20, 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, household or garden items, bikes, toys, clothing mending and alterations. Refreshments will be available, proceeds going to local organisations. More volunteer repairers always welcome. Email June Emerson on or phone 01751 430907.

Coffee mornings - There will be two coffee mornings with table top sales on Wednesday, August 7 and August 28, from 9.30am to noon, at KMS Methodist Church. Tables provided at £5. To book, phone Anne on 07814 896826.

Library - Craft events take place at Kirkbymoorside library on Saturday, July 20, from 10am to noon. The second event is storytime on Monday, August 5, from 2.30pm to 3pm. It is for ages 0 to eight, no need to book, just go along on the day and get creative.

Heritage Day - On Saturday, July 20, from 9.30am to 4.30pm. Admission £2 and members will have displays and stories of local characters from Kirkbymoorside, including Ron Todd who had a programme made about “Kirkby’s Kingdom”, the Maw family and the travelling families from Kirby Mills. There will also be a dialect corner where people can learn more about Yorkshire Dialect and North Yorkshire County Archives will be there with their Pop-up Archives. In the evening at the chapel, they are having a special show “Twice Nightly” performed by actor Dominic Goodwin and singer Jessa Liversidge, based on the music hall and variety acts – comics and singers including Kirby’s own Herbert Carter. Tickets cost £5 each and there will be refreshments during the interval. Doors open at 7pm.

Shoeboxes - Clean empty shoeboxes are needed in readiness for shoebox appeal. They can be collected in the Kirkbymoorside. Phone 07814 896826.

Menzown - David Bream, a volunteer ranger with the North York Moors Park Authority, was the speaker at the July meeting. He described the origin of National Parks in America, as a reaction to irreparable industrial or ecological damage. With film footage, he showed the many responsibilities and managements that the authority has, the obvious benefits of a National Park, the crucial role of local groups and volunteers and the challenge of finance. The group breaks for summer so the next meeting of Menzown will be on Monday, September 9, when the speaker will be the Rev Bridget Gillespie.

Quiz - Kirkbymoorside Horticultural Society has a quiz sheet out at the moment of general knowledge. Fifty questions and entries have to be returned by August 23. The Moors Inn at Appleton-le-Moors has donated the prize money. Money raised will help to stage this year's open show at the memorial hall on Saturday, September 21, and not as printed on the quiz sheet. If you would like a sheet quiz, email or phone 07732 271749 or Jill Hugill 01751 431670 or Viv Webster 01751 431316.

Bridge Club - The result from Tuesday, July 9. North/South winners were George Goodall and Anne Avery with 70.83 per cent. In second place Robin Paige and Steve Lonsdale with 56.67 per cent. East/West winners were Graeme Matthew and Mary Mortonson with 60.71 per cent. In second place Tony and Bo Simpson with 58.21 per cent.


St Gregory’s Minster - Until the end of August, St Gregory’s Minster will again provide volunteer guides in the church on most Saturday and Sunday afternoons to help visitors to appreciate the church and churchyard and its long history.


Festival - A festival of the Northern Saints will run at St Mary’s Church, Lastingham, until Saturday, August 31. The festival will include an exhibition of the story of the Northern Saints, including St Cedd, founder of a monastery at Lastingham, and will offer special events including concerts, recitals, cream teas and workshops. Visit for full details or phone 01751 417007. Special events coming up at the church include: Saturday, July 20, at 7.30pm, The Ebor Singers with musical director Paul Gameson. “Dusk Songs - Music for a Summer’s Evening” is a programme of sacred songs as well as part songs by Elgar, Whitacre and Kerry Andrew. Tickets £12. On Wednesday, July 24, at 11am (coffee served from 10.30am), there will be an organ recital by Tom Wrench, masters student at the University of Edinburgh and organ scholar at St Peter’s Episcopal Church in the city. The programme will include music by Lèon Boëllmann, Noel Rawsthorne and Saint-Saëns. Tickets £8. On Friday, July 26, at 7pm, Tales from the Dales - An evening with Adam Collier. Tickets £10.


Bridge club - Charlie Callis and Dave Sonley were this week’s winners at Malton Bridge Club, beating Mike Jackson and Rob Ashdown into second place. Gill Oxendale and Sheila Johnson finished third with Stan Bough and John Bramall in fourth place.

Sea Sunday- Sea Sunday will be celebrated this coming weekend at St Leonard & St Mary’s RC Church when the Church prays for all those who live and work at sea. There will be a second collection for Apostleship of the Sea, the official maritime welfare agency of the Catholic Church. It provides practical and spiritual support to seafarers visiting our ports. As it is dependent on voluntary donations, please give generously. For more information about its work, visit

Ryedale Food Bank - Volunteers are needed to prepare and deliver packed lunches to school children during the weeks July 22 – September 3. Please telephone 01653 697796 or email In May the foodbank provided food for 274 individuals (as against 74 in the same month in 2018). Stocks have become somewhat depleted, so extra supplies would be very welcome. Details of the most urgently needed items are: UHT juice and milk, jam, tinned meat incl. pies, tinned soup, tinned vegetables, cereal, tinned tomatoes, pasta sauce, tinned potatoes/ instant mash, tinned fish, rice, biscuits, sweets and chocolates and cat food. Items can be left in church and are delivered to the foodbank on a regular basis.

Dementia care - Dementia Care Matters is a leading UK organisation inspiring culture change in dementia care. Dementia – What it means to you, Wednesday July 24 at 7pm, St Michael’s Church, Market Place, Malton. Led by Rowena Mayman (Registered Manager, Health and Adult Services NYCC). Refreshments available. All welcome.


Parkinson's Support Group - Ryedale Parkinson's Support Group meeting for July was held in Trinity Methodist Church when Dr Stephen Smith of York University electronics department made his annual visit to update the group on his research work. There was a good attendance with four new members. The June meeting was an outing to Burnby Hall Gardens, Pocklington, a cloudy afternoon but still enjoyed by all. Next they have an afternoon tea on Thursday, August 8, at Park Farm, Rillington, followed on September 3 with a new venture "Dancing with Parkinson's" at the Kirkham Henry Studio. The regular meetings held on the second Thursday of each month at 2pm will return to Trinity Methodist Church on September 12. Phone Gill on 07794 439356, Liz on 01653 694251 and Sandra on 01944 758345.


Lacemakers - Pickering Lacemakers are meeting in the Old School Room on Saturday, from 10am to 3pm. This is a self help group open to anyone who is interested in making lace. The first class is free to prospective members. For more information, phone Liz Large on 01642 473258 or email

PICKERING Probus Club - The Vale of Pickering Probus Club met on Tuesday, July 9, for lunch at the Forest & Vale Hotel, under the chairmanship of Colin Ruston. Lindsay Dutch, a member of York Speakers’ Club, gave an exemplary talk on the terror of public speaking which offered much helpful advice. Club membership enquiries welcome by phoning 01751 472879.

Bridge Club - In the latest session of duplicate bridge, the second of the Handicapped Summer Pairs, the winners were Chris Brett and Pat Hainsworth with 62.64 per cent. In second place with 61.67 per cent were Philip Mason and John Bramall. In third place Madeleine Webber and Beryl Bramall with 57.23 per cent.

Family cinema - Parents and children of all ages enjoyed the musical Mary Poppins Returns at the recent family cinema which now takes a summer break. The new season of monthly family films will start on Saturday, October 5, at the new time of 6pm (doors open at 5.45pm). Admission is free, donations are welcome. On October 5, the family cinema will be in the Memorial Hall as the redevelopment work continues at the Methodist Church. For more information, visit

Draw - The numbers for the week commencing July 8 for the Pickering Town Football Club were 30, 15 and 31 and there was no winner so next week the pot will be £300.


Service - An open air service is being held on Sunday, July 28, adjacent to the spectacular Rievaulx Abbey. Vehicular access to the field is through the main Rievaulx Abbey car park and directions will be given from the main road. The service begins at 3pm when they welcome back Rev David Emison, former Minister of the Ryedale Circuit, as the guest preacher. There will be musical items by Linda Clapp, from Pickering. You are invited to bring a seat so that you can sit out of your car for the service if you are able to do so. After the service there will be tea for everyone in Rievaulx Village Hall. The evening worship in Rievaulx Chapel on the same day at 6.30pm will be led by Rev David Emison.


Quiz - Six teams playing for £48 took part in Jennie's Mega Quiz in the Fleece Inn. The winners with 60.5 points were Team@ the Bar, second were Gary, Steve & Co (59) and third Honeymooner (58). The £12 jackpot was won by Gary, Steve & Co. Jennie's next Mega Quiz will be on Friday, July 26. Sue's Crew were the winners of Jennie's Sunday night quiz. The £32 jackpot was won by Team @ the Bar.

Race night - A race night held at the Fleece Inn raised £600 for the Ryedale branch of the MS Society.

Bingo - A prize bingo will be held in Woodlands Community Centre on Wednesday, July 24, for the Marie Curie Charity. Doors open 6.45pm, eyes down 7.15pm.


St Martin’s Church - The vicar, the Rev Andrew Moreland presided and preached at the 9.30am service of Holy Communion. Jim and Marion Baird were the welcomers, Jean Donovan led the prayers and assisted with the distribution of communion, Edna Burton accompanied the hymns on the piano and Clare Firth and Helen Stevens served refreshments. Rev Andrew preached again at the 11am service, which he also led. Helen Swallow read and Sue Grice led the intercessions. Sue also took part in the sung worship, led by Steve Raettig with John Grice and John Taylor. Liz Cremer was the welcome and Helen Swallow served refreshments after the service.

Methodist Church - The preacher at Sunday's service was the Rev Mary Jackman, and the Communion for Pentecost was celebrated. The door steward was Margaret Neave, who also took the offering. Doreen Lawson was the organist, and Allan Dunnington was the vestry steward. The Gospel reading from Matthew was given by Jean Cockerill and Sheila Gray read from Ezekiel. The preacher next week is the Rev Graham Morgan. They have been invited to join with Ayton Methodist Church on August 4 to celebrate their 50th anniversary. The service will be led by the Rev Kevin Ridd, and there will be no service at Seamer.


St Hilda’s Church – Morning Worship was led by Barbara Grice. The lesson from Luke’s Gospel was read by Carol Stephenson. Music was supplied by Bill Hyndford and sidespersons were Sue Mennell and Christine Ashton. Coffee was served at the end of the service by Keith Usher and helpers. The next service at St Hilda’s will be the United Service on Sunday, July 21 at 10.30am when they welcome friends from the Methodist Church. The preacher will be the Rev Pam Ward. A light lunch will be served after the service. Sunday, July 28 will be the normal monthly Holy Communion Service at 9am. On Friday, July 26, there will be a coffee concert starting at 11am which forms part of the Ryedale Festival.

Messy Church - Met outside in the garden this month. Thanks to Chris and Sandra Cade for their kind invitation. After parachute games and a picnic tea members were treasure seekers and followed clues which led them round the village and eventually back to the garden. Special thanks to Barbara Grice, Carol Stephenson and Jean Brown. There will be no Messy Church in August but we meet again on Saturday, September 14, at the Chapel Hall at 4.45pm for tea. Stories, songs and of course, messy craft.

Village show - The ninth village show will be held on Sunday, August 11 in the Sherburn Village Hall from 2pm to 3.30pm. Entry is free. A raffle will be held and this will be drawn at 3pm. Lots of classes, vegetables, fruit, flowers pot plants, handicrafts, photography and baking including the Sherburn fruit loaf. The children, too, have their own classes. Thanks to all the local businesses who have advertised in the show schedule and also Kingspan for the printing. After the show you are invited to the East Riding when the takeaway menu will be available. From previous show proceeds helped by a grant from the parish council they were able to plant 1,500 snowdrop and crocus bulbs around the village and also purchase the Christmas tree. We are aiming to do the same this year. Thank you to everyone for supporting the show.

Methodist News - Elizabeth Aconley was the Tuesday Coffee Morning hostess and next week should be the last collection for Water Aid. The generosity of Sherburn folk is amazing. During August any kind donations for coffee will be for the produce for the Chapel Kitchen. Craft Group continues every Thursday at 1.30pm. Welcomer was Kim Canterbury, Offertory steward was Liz Aconley and prayers were led by Jean Brown, Sandra Cade and Christine Fenwick. Chris Cade led opening time of praise. Next week there will be no service in the chapel as they are joining with their Anglican friends at St Hilda’s Church at 10.30am. The preacher is Rev Pam Ward. The service will be followed by a light lunch.


Bridge Club - The result from Monday, July 8. In first place with 72.2 per cent were Lynda Lockwood and Mary Mortonson. In second place with 65.3 per cent were Tim Johnson and Ruth Hunt.


Car boot sale - The organisers of the annual car boot sale in Westow on Sunday, July 14, would like to thank everyone who helped in anyway, donated items, had a pitch, went along or purchased tea, coffee, cake or a bacon roll. A total of £344.55 was raised for the cricket club, which was a great result. They hope those selling goods from their cars had a good day also.

Open house - Volunteers will be opening Westow Cricket Pavilion on Saturday, July 20, and Sunday, July 21, from 10am to 1pm each day. (Also during cricket match on Saturday afternoon). They will be serving tea, coffee, cake, bacon rolls and cold drinks in aid of the cricket club and pavilion running costs. The TV will be on, plus there will be pool, cards and dominoes to play plus second hand books by donation. There is plenty of space for children to run around both inside and outside, with footballs available on request. Everyone welcome.


Domino drive - The next domino drive will raise funds for the village hall on Saturday, July 27, at 7.30pm. £1.50 to play, includes tea and biscuit. All welcome.


Thornton-le-Dale - The July meeting welcomed Margaret Shaw and her assistant Caroline both volunteers from Malton Museum. Members listened to a very interesting talk about the development of the museum. “A journey through time” from the 1st century to the 20th, followed with artefacts found in the local area which were passed around for us to handle. Edith Shephard thanked them for a very informative talk. Mary Richardson, Pauline Closier and Carol Rynhart prepared plastic flowers (with a little help from time to time from WI members) from old bottles and cans which are displayed on the village green as part of the "Flower festival and Village in Bloom”. This Rubbish Garden is truly magnificent.