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.


Service - Sunday, September 1, 11am St Hilda’s: Family Eucharist with Worship Band.


Wildlife event - Here is a date for your diary. The 2019 Wildlife Event will take place on Saturday, September 22, in Brompton Village Hall. The hall will be full of displays supplying information on topics ranging from bats and invertebrates to water voles, wildflowers and The Butts. Throughout the afternoon there will be a programme of speakers – details of which will be announced in due course. Children’s activities will be available so there should be something for everyone and as ever there will be a constant supply of tea and cake on sale to keep you all going through out the afternoon.

Heritage Weekend - Throughout the following weekend September 28 and 29, the village hall will once again host a Village Heritage Weekend. It will provide an ideal opportunity to learn about the results of last year’s excavation on Castle Hill and the weekend will also feature a further archaeological excavation on Castle Hill. In the hall there will be displays, information and opportunities to share memories as well as take part in an exploration of the village. This is part of an ongoing heritage project in the village and all are welcome whether new residents or old, together with those from further afield. There will also be refreshments available throughout both afternoons. This is a free event and another date for the diary.

Church news - The service at All Saints this Sunday, September 1, will be Holy Communion at 11am. Updates about Brompton and other Churches within the local Benefice are available online at In September, they start the church’s contribution to the Village Heritage Weekend on Friday, September 27, with an early evening event showcasing the art of stained glass. The evening, which last from 6pm to 8pm, will feature information on the skill of stained glass production combined with the stories behind our own stained glass windows in the church. This will be the first fundraiser for providing toilets and a small kitchen in church, a project to be known as TASK (Toilets All Saints Kitchen).

Brompton Local History Society - In this year’s Brompton Local History Society lecture programme the emphasis is on ‘local’. The meetings are in Brompton Village Hall on the first Wednesday of the month at 7.30pm. September’s meeting is by staff from the North Yorkshire Record Office on researching the history of your house. In October Brian Walker, a local lad, will explain how to catch rabbits while in November Brian Mulvana will tell us about local water mills. At December’s meeting Linda McCarthy will give a disquisition on the oldest profession (this is not local) and in February, Brian Glaves, the local butcher, will give a commentary on the 1850s film The Story Of Wheat. Martin Bland’s parents live locally at Ebberston and in March he will explain how Forge Valley got its name. And finally, the local “castle” is the subject of April’s talk from Trevor Pearson.


Walk - Come on a guided walk around the moorland village of Commondale to explore some of its industrial past and changing identity. It is on Wednesday, September 4, starting at 1.30pm, outside the Cleveland Inn, Commondale, YO21 2HG. There are steep climbs and descents on this three-mile walk of about two-and-a-half hours. Refreshments afterwards. Please wear suitable clothing; the ground may be muddy in places. Dogs are not allowed. The walk, entitled An Uncommon Dale and led by John Roberts, is part of the North York Moors National Park’s A Breath of Fresh Air programme. It is free of charge; the national park welcomes small donations to support its work. Booking is essential. Go to or phone 01439 772738 to book.


Village Hall - The grounds of the village hall were full on Sunday, August 18, when the annual classic car and motorcycle rally was held. Forty-three classic cars of all ages and make were on display together with 71 motorcycles, including a number of Harleys again of varying ages. There were many enthusiastic visitors some travelling long distances. Refreshments were on offer and the selection of home-baked cakes, pies etc, provided by the village ladies was a sight to behold and extremely tempting. The kitchen staff were kept busy and sold-out quickly raising £1,000. Bric-a-brac, tombola, raffle and books were also busy and a final total of £1,685 was raised for hall funds. The many helpers are thanked. Date to note, next year August 23, 2020. The next event in the village hall is a coffee morning on Tuesday, September 3, at 10.30am.


Service - Sunday, September 1, 9.15am, Holy Cross: Eucharist.


Quiz - A family pub quiz will take place at the Crown Inn, Hutton-le-Hole on Sunday, September 1, at 8.30pm. Entry £2, including a sandwich supper. Prize is a voucher to spend at The Crown. All in aid of St Chad’s Church, Hutton-le-Hole.


Bridge Club - The result from Tuesday, August 20, North/South winners were Anne Avery and George Goodall with 60.4 per cent. In second place Tim and Irene Smith with 53.8 per cent. East/West winners were Bo and Tony Simpson with 66.2 per cent. In second place Chris Brett and Clarissa Napier with 57.5 per cent. One pair bid and made a small slam with 6NT.

Camera Club - The next meeting will take place at the Moorside Bar and Club in Shaw Drive on Thursday, September 5, when Andrew Linscott will be giving an illustrated talk titled Taking Stock.

Library - Free children’s activity, for ages two to six. No need to book, just come along on the day and have fun on Saturday, August 31, crafts and storytime, from 10am to noon.


Church services - St Gregory’s Minster, Kirkdale will continue to have sung Evensong on the second Sunday of each month at 6pm until October. On the other Sundays it will have a Choral Eucharist at 11am. Other Sunday and daily services in the benefice are shown in the magazine or on the notice board by the church.


Festival - The Festival of the Northern Saints takes place 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. On Saturday, August 31, at 7pm, the closing concert of the festival, will be the The Galliard Consort. Based in the North East, this versatile recorder consort brings a programme of music ranging from the 12th century to the present day. Tickets are £12. Visit or phone 01751 417007 or 01751 417223 and at the door.


Domino drive - A domino drive will be held at Pickering Recreation Club in Mill Lane on Friday, September 13, at 7.30pm, for the bowls club. £1.30 to include light refreshments.

Weekly draw - The numbers for week commencing August 19 for the Pickering Town Football Club Weekly Draw were 34, 8 and 23. There was no winner therefore next week’s pot will be £150. Anyone wishing to join can get details from Dunning Butchers or any committee member.


Service - Sunday, September 1, 9.15am, St Oswald’s: Eucharist.


Soup and Pudding Lunch - It was an exceptionally busy Soup and Pudding Lunch in August, well attended with young and old alike due to the summer school holidays, along with a number of visitors to the village. They would like to thank all helpers on the day, and the new waiter Robin Beck, who was praised by many, did the job very well. The next lunch will be on Tuesday, September 11, and they are looking forward to seeing all again then.

Summer barbecue - The other event in the month, on Saturday, August 17, was a summer barbecue, with live music performed by local village band The Cycopaths, who played music from the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s. Despite torrential rain the day before, the weather was kind, no rain and loads of sunshine. The raffle was very generously sponsored by Dean’s Garden Centre, Castle Howard, Stephen Joseph Theatre, North Yorkshire Moors Railway, Flamingo Land, Proudfoot, Rodgers Nursery, York Theatre Royal, Dalby Forest, Burton Agnes Hall Gardens, and William’s Den. Prize winners were P Chandler, K Hammond, J Mellowson, L Illidge, A Archer, R Munford, Mrs Cooper, A Olley, S Powell, Mrs Tillman, I Legg, A Patterson and J Stockill. Grateful thanks go to all helpers on the day and especially on Sunday putting the marquee away in the wind.


Methodist Church - The service was taken by Rev Dr Kevin Ridd. The vestry steward was Bob Jackman, organist Doreen Lawson and the welcome was Margaret Neave who also took the offering. Bible readings were given by Bert Blower who read from Isaiah and Sheila Grey who read from Matthew’s gospel. They were pleased to see Kevin back after his sabbatical and the theme of his sermon was the way we act as Christians. He went on to say that it is not just saying the right things and attending church it is a firm willingness to do the will of God. We know that God’s will is to love thy neighbour as yourself and there are many people who do not profess to be Christians but they are still carrying out God’s will. During the service Holy Communion was taken. The service next week at 10.30am has been arranged by members of the church.

St Martin’s Church - The Rev Richard Firth presided and preached at the 9.30am service of Holy Communion. Following the short sermon series on the names of God, Richard reflected on the name of Esh Oklah, God the consuming fire. Using various scriptures he compared the presence of God in the Pillar of Fire that guided the Israelites to freedom with the fire of the Holy Spirit that guides Christians in their life journeys today. Julie Stephenson and Gisa Moore assisted by Elizabeth and Lucy from the children’s group were the welcomers, Julie also served refreshments with Sue Johnson at the end of the service and Edna Burton accompanied the hymns on the piano. Lay Preacher John Worthy led and preached at the 11am service of Modern Worship and again reflected on the names of God of El Kanna and Esh Oklah. John also led the intercessions prepared by Rita Worthy, and Richard Fuller read and led the sung worship with John and Sue Grice, Helen Swallow served refreshments after the service.


St Hilda’s Church - There will be no Morning Worship on Sunday, September 8, but there will be a Pet Service at the church at 2pm.

Methodist news - The Tuesday Coffee Morning hostess was Elizabeth Aconley and kind donations for coffee continue to be given for chapel kitchen supplies. Sunday morning Holy Communion Service was led by Rev Brian Fitzpatrick. Welcomer was Kim Canterbury and steward Liz Aconley who also read the lesson from the first book of Kings. Opening worship was led by Jean Brown and Chris Cade and Sandra Cade saw to the children’s work. Christine Fenwick did the audio visual equipment. One of Mankind’s basic needs is for someone to listen to us. The only real answer to that is God. You will never find He’s too busy or that you are number 15 in the queue because He is always available and always ready to listen. After the worship, they all enjoyed coffee together in the hall. The Holy Communion service next Sunday at 10.30am will be led by Rev Christine Hey.

Pilgrim Walk - Sherburn was delighted to welcome the pilgrims walking the St Hilda’s Pilgrimage from Lincoln to Whitby. Pilgrims stayed at the Community Club and at the Methodist Church and friends were able to join them at worship at the Parish Church of St Hilda for Morning Holy Communion. After the service the pilgrims continued their prayerful walk onto Pickering with stops for prayers at East Heslerton, Yedingham and Thornton-le-Dale on route.


Jumble sale - The Sheriff Hutton Jumblies will be holding a jumble sale on Saturday, September 7, at 2pm, in the village hall, to raise money for Yorkshire Cancer Research.


Fundraiser - A stall outside the Methodist Church was held on Tuesday raising £140 for Martin House Children’s Hospice. Money raised since January will be presented to a representative on September 3 when Christmas cards will be on sale in the Methodist Schoolroom, from 10am - 11.30am.

Bridge Club - The result from Monday, August 19. In first place Pat and George Donnor with 60.3 per cent. In second place with 54.8 per cent were Barry Smith and Bob Wardell.


Domino drive - The next domino drive to raise funds for the village hall will take place on Saturday, August 31, at 7.30pm. £1.50 to play includes tea and biscuit. All welcome. There will be another domino drive on Wednesday, September 4.